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Town Talk

By Megan Carr

City Manager Lee Davila recently spoke with David Shammas, Real Estate Manager for the McDonald’s Corporation, in an effort to bring a McDonald’s to Friona. Shammas stated that they are currently doing a big push on remodeling all of their restaurants across the country and have temporarily put a pause to new store development. Once they resume development, they will reach out to Friona. The City Manager wants to hear from you! What businesses, restaurants, and/or development would you like to see in Friona? If you have a suggestion, please email them to cityinfo@frionatx.us.

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The Senior baseball players and their parents will be recognized at the Friona home game on Saturday, April 21st against River Road. The Varsity game will start at noon and the players/parents will be recognized after the game. Come out and support the Chieftains and our Seniors!

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Earth Day is coming up on April 22, and this year’s campaign is ‘End Plastic Pollution’. The Earth Day Network website provides this quote, “From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. In response, Earth Day 2018 will focus on fundamentally changing human attitude and behavior about plastics and catalyzing a significant reduction in plastic pollution.” If you’ve never seen video footage of plastic in the oceans or a photo of one of many beached whales filled with trash, it is an alarming and harsh reality. I encourage everyone to visit www.earthday.org to read more about Earth Day’s history and ways that this organization is hoping to clean up our planet.

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Speaking of cleaning up, check out the article in this week’s paper about ‘Keep Friona Clean’, a project starting this month to better the city for residents and visitors. Keeping a litter-free environment is a tough challenge that requires participation on many levels, but is well worth the efforts. I take a few of my plastic grocery bags with me when I walk my dog, and can easily fill two or three of them with trash that I find just in my line of sight. Do your part!

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We are but a few days away from the 2018 Senior Steak Dinner, and now is the time for last minute tickets. As a reminder, the tickets are $15 in advance and $16 at the door. Don’t miss your chance to celebrate this year’s Friona seniors at this fantastic feast!

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Pre-K registration is happening a couple of weeks later than usual this year due to some changes being made to the system. Registration dates will be held May 1-4, and we will be sure to keep you updated on information until then.

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The new Family Dollar building on Highway 60 is going up in a flash, it seems. Every time I drive by, the building takes on a little more shape. Glad to see some new and exciting things happening around the town. We don’t quite have an estimated opening date for the new business, but we’ll keep our eyes and ears open and let you know.

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This Friday, April 13, from 6-9 p.m., the Don Harrington Discovery Center in Amarillo will open during the evening hours for another ‘Discover for a Dollar’ event. Admission is only $1 per person courtesy of sponsor, Groovy Pop Popcorn. Members of the Discovery Center are admitted free. The public is invited to come and enjoy an evening at the Discovery Center complete with Space Theater shows, live science demonstrations, and critter encounters. Plus enjoy all of the exhibits, including the spring traveling exhibit, Wild Music! Discover for a Dollar is also supported by KAMR Local 4 News and Fox 14 News.

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In recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9-13, the Texas Department of Transportation reminds drivers that every day requires caution when driving through work zones—or at any time while driving, really. Be safe out there.