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Merry Christmas! Peace & Rest... “And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans--and all that lives and move upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused--and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself.” ― Sigrid Undset I love this time of year. I love all of the decorations. I love all of the merriment. But I especially love all of the music. As most of you know, I love to sing. Unfortunately, this year, I have been told that I can’t sing in our Christmas musical. Not because I am not wanted. Because I am supposed to be on vocal rest. Yes, that’s what I said, vocal rest. Okay, okay – you can stop laughing now! It hasn’t worked very well so far. I’m hoping that in the next week, since we will be off for a few days, I will actually be able to at least have a few hours each day of rest. I really miss not being able to sing. I love Christmas. I love Christmas music. I love singing Christmas music. I love knowing the Christ came into this world just for me. He has blessed me beyond all of my dreams. I love my family, my life – and my pets.
of that healing soul – you know, the one that will lay with you when you are sad, or play with you when you are bored, or sleep with you when you are tired. From a Chihuahua, to a Sheltie, to a Poodle, there have been a variety of babies to love. My heart swells with love for my babies. They are my family, too. This month’s issue is also full of pictures from our Christmas Pet Contest – with our winner on the cover. Obviously I am not the only one who considers their pet their family! I loved looking at all of the photos and watching the votes come in! I hope you all love looking at them, too. For those of you who don’t have a pet – or maybe want to add another one—check out the ones who needs a new home toward the back of this month’s magazine. What a great Christmas present for these babies to have a new “forever” home! However, make sure you know the commitment you make when you choose to adopt! They want someone to love them forever – not overnight! So choose carefully – and they will love you unconditionally forever!
This issue, we are honoring those who help others with their pets. There are so many service animals in our area that help children and adults deal with their illnesses and injuries. Isn’t is amazing that at a time when miracles happen every year, we are highlighting animals who help make those miracles happen I hope you have a wonderful, blessed Christmas! May God for someone out there? Maybe it’s a child with diabetes who bless you! now understands a little better how to deal with his disease, or maybe it’s a person in a nursing home who is lonely and needs a friendly head to pat for just a little while – whatever the case, dogs can be a healing balm. I have always had a pet and have always known the benefits 8
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Beth Little has always loved animals. As soon as she was old enough, she started volunteering at Angel Animal Hospital in Pasadena, Texas. Though she was doing thankless work, she was given valuable time to shadow the veterinarian and hone in on what would become her lifelong passion. “I grew up an only child, and I always had pets,” Beth says. “I have a special place in my heart for them and I love to help them and keep them healthy. I love to see people have a bond with their pets.” Now Beth is an important member of the dedicated doctors and staff at Westridge Animal Hospital. Beth began working with Dr. Murray in 1986 and began working at Westridge when it opened in 1989. Since then, she has worked everything from reception to surgery check-in. Currently, she works with laser therapy that is used for wound healing, post-op surgery and ear problems. Also, she is in charge of customer relations which includes being the voice behind the Westridge Hospital Facebook which currently boasts close to 1400 followers. She posts reminders for animal owners and pictures of the pets that visit the clinic. “The best part of my job is getting to see the people who come into the clinic and taking pictures of their pets,” Beth says. “Our customers can contact us on Facebook, and they really love to see pictures of their ‘kids.’ It’s become a fun way for us to be in contact with our customers.” Of course, the hazard of working around the four-legged species is the constant desire to take them home. Beth and her husband, Robert, a pastor at Lifehouse Church in New Boston, currently own five dogs and a cat, all rescues. “Robert is an animal lover like me,” Beth says. “In fact, the church does a free breakfast on Sunday mornings, and one morning, a little kitten wandered into the the kitchen. He ‘shooed’ her out, but she just came right back, and that’s how we got Hezzie.” Ruby, Beth’s yellow lab, was rescued by a couple who found her on the side of the road. When they brought her in, it was discovered she had parvo and would need medical care. The couple, who had just had a baby, didn’t think they could afford her bills, so Beth spoke up. “There are so many animals who don’t have homes, I prefer to get ones that are really needy,” Beth says. “The shelter is over populated and the rescues are full. I just wish more people would spay or neuter their pets. When I saw Ruby, I said, ‘If I treat her, can I keep her?’ Now she is one of the family.” December 2013
In fact, Ruby is a fixture at Westridge Animal Hospital ever since Beth discovered she had diabetes. She stays with Beth so that Beth can administer her twice daily injections.
“I never thought I would have a diabetic dog,” Beth says. “I’ve helped with treatment for diabetic dogs and cats, but never realized I would have one. It is hard for owners who don’t have someone at home during the day because diabetic animals need shots, and at first, they could have some side effects until you get right dosage.”
Ruby used to stay during the day with Beth’s mom, Charline Grimes, and one day Charline mentioned that Ruby looked like she was losing weight. Beth realized that though she hadn’t reduced Ruby’s food, she was getting skinnier and drinking a lot more water. The realization hit Beth that these were often the first signs of diabetes, so she brought Ruby to the clinic to get tested. Sure enough, Ruby’s glucose levels were extremely high. It took a few months, but eventually, they got Ruby regulated with the help of twice daily injections. However, just a few short months later, Ruby developed cataracts and lost her vision. “Ruby lost her vision really quickly and didn’t have time to adjust,” Beth says. “She had trouble getting around and would just sit in a corner. I couldn’t stand that. It was an expensive surgery, but I wanted to get her lenses replaced completely to remove the cataracts. I started selling things around the house and put together a fundraiser and a garage sale to raise extra money. But, it was all worth it when I came to pick her up and she came around the corner and saw me.” Many owners aren’t aware of the signs of a diabetic animal or that diabetes can affect both cats and dogs. “We are seeing more and more diabetic cases,” Beth says. “It’s honestly the same as it is with people. Except, animals don’t realize how bad things are. People think the worst when they hear bad news. Dogs and cats just need an owner who cares about them. Owners should look for weight loss, excessive thirst and excessive urination as signs of possible diabetes. However, we do a glucose test as part of our annual blood work, so hopefully we can catch it then.”
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One day, one of Beth’s church friends, Janet Hutchison, mentioned that she was helping with a local camp for children with Diabetes called K.I.D.S. Day Camp. Janet is one of the camp nurses. “I said, if you ever need anything, let me know, and she thought it might be a cool idea to introduce the kids to Ruby,” Beth says. “So, we set up a date and time for her to visit with each age group at the camp.” K.I.D.S. Day Camp is a summer camp for children ages 6 to 18 with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes held at Camp Preston Hunt. The camp is offered free of charge through the help of donors in the community and the support of the Kiwanis Club of Texarkana. The
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made Ruby a diabetes alert for her collar. Seeing how the kids reacted to Ruby made Beth willing to consider taking her into schools.
“The kids loved her, but more than that, I think we all shocked each other,” Beth says. “They didn’t realize that there were animals with their condition, and Ruby and I were shocked Since their start in 1993, the camp has expanded from to see kids who had 11 campers their first year to 40-50 in the past few years. The been diagnosed at organization believes that it’s important for children with diabetes to under two years of realize they are not alone. They hope, by meeting and interacting with age. They wanted to other children with diabetes, the campers will learn to work with their know if Ruby could disease and develop a more positive view of their future. live a normal life and if she got injections. By sharing Ruby’s “A lot of parents are really reluctant to send their child off story and listening to to camp alone, especially the younger ones,” Jackson says. “This their stories, I think we is a really great alternative where kids can have the summer camp experience and be close to home. This year when we offered diabetes educated each other.” education classes in the morning, Beth brought Ruby, and the kids really loved meeting her. They realized that it’s not just humans who For more information about Ruby, contact Beth Little through the Westridge Hospital Facebook page. get diabetes, pets can get it too.” By the end of their time together, the kids were taking pictures with Ruby, and she made it to the camp video. The kids also 18
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When a desperate owner came into PetsMart, she found her puppy trainer, Debra Enoch, and said, “Here take this dog! We just can’t handle him anymore.” Debra, who owned another dog from the same litter, didn’t want the animal to be taken to the shelter or put down, but she kept thinking, “What in the world am I going to do with a deaf dog?” However, though Debra’s adoption of this dog, Moxxie, and a beautiful sheltie, Clancy, who is deaf and half blind, Debra realized the value in what most people see as an unwanted disability. Through her work with them, she also found healing for some scars in her own life. Debra grew up in a military family that traveled every few years, and due to the constant upheavals in her life and a struggle with ADHD, Debra found it easier sometimes to connect with animals than humans. “I feel sorry for my family for having to deal with me growing up,” Debra says with a smile. “I had some problems and it wasn’t always easy handling a kid with ADHD. We just didn’t know that much about it back then. Once we moved to a new place, I almost hesitated to even try to make friends because as soon as I got used to them, I’d probably have to move. However, we always had a family pet, and when we moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, I got a job as a volunteer at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. I just loved working with the animals. Even now, working as a trainer, Debra feels like she can get “on the level” with the dog and figure out what might be causing some of their behavioral problems, but she will admit that it’s “still hard for me to figure people out.” Debra met her husband, David Enoch, in Colorado. They’ve been married for 28 years and he currently works for TXI, a leading supplier of cement, aggragate, and consumer product building materials in Texarkana. While they were still living in Colorado Springs, Debra went through two traumatic incidents that changed her entire life. “One night, I was closing a store that I managed, and I was held at gunpoint. All of a sudden, anytime I went anywhere, I was December 2013
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“The best thing about my job is the ability to make a difference on whether a dog stays in the home,” Debra says. “Most dog owners come to me as a last option. Either their dog won’t follow commands or they pee in the house or they won’t come when they are called. If we can change just one thing, that can mean the difference between this dog getting put down or finding a forever home. I work hard to solve these problems because I can’t stand to see a dog put to sleep.” With her own deaf dog, Moxxie, Debra had to realize two things. First, deaf dog owners need a yard because once the dogs are out, it’s hard to call them back. Debra uses vibrations from stamping her foot, flicking the lights on the porch on and off or using a laser light. She also realized that any deaf or blind dog owner needs a lot of patience. “With patience, these dogs can become one of the best dogs you’ve ever had,” Debra says. “They pay attention with their eyes and the cues you make with your body. They aren’t worried with distractions like a clatter of plates in a restaurant or kids screaming; they are just waiting for the next signal from you.” Then, Debra rescued a super smart Sheltie who was deaf and half blind. When she saw him in the shelter, she thought, “How will this dog even have a chance of being adopted with this much against him?” Debra couldn’t leave him there, so she took him home and named him Mr. Clancy.
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“Rescues are great. They are the way to go,” Debra says. “You don’t have to pay $300 for a dog to have a good one. All of mine are rescues.” It took almost three months for Debra to gain Clancy’s trust, but soon, they developed a really strong relationship. “It did take a while to get our signals down and for us to trust each other,” Debra says. “But, once you have a blind or deaf dog, you will always want one. So many people are scared of the challenges of owning a blind or deaf dog, but let me tell you, many of these dogs are scared themselves. They need someone to work with them, someone they can trust. You know, I think, my family gave me a chance, and so I will give them a chance.” The bond between Clancy and Debra helped Debra with her PTS. She noticed that Clancy would pace back and forth in front of her when he sensed a tensing in her emotions, and he would often block people from invading her personal space. Debra started using Clancy as a service and therapy dog. Now Clancy visits the hospital and the nursing home regularly. “He warms people’s hearts,” Debra says. “He gets in bed with them; he’s very emotional. It’s almost as if he can feel someone’s troubles. Many times they will beg me not to leave, or to just stay 5 more minutes. You know I think Clancy is special, but I also believe that his disabilities give others hope.” Debra also has several people contact her or come to the store with questions about deaf and blind dogs. She’s been able to offer advice to several customers on how to transition the dog into the home.
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“Recently, I trained a deaf dog, and then he got a home,” Debra says. “The best part of my job is hearing people with success stories. I love to see their accomplishments with their dog.” Debra has heard stories about how dogs can help dyslexic students feel comfortable reading in front of an audience, and this gives her hope that the world is slowly realizing how beneficial animals can be in our lives, especially in those kids lives who are struggling with illness and handicaps. “I had dyslexia in school, and I think all my teachers just thought, ‘Well, she doesn’t get it,” Debra says, “I spent college with a tutor, but I really hope that future generations of these students will get the help and support they so greatly need. They aren’t dumb; they just need extra help. I think a dog would make a great audience!” Now, Clancy and Debra are often at Petsmart waiting to see how they can help people see the potential and the joy in owning an animal, even if that animal isn’t perfect. Debra helps owners who are considering puppy training, therapy dog training or service dog training, and she hopes to spread awareness that deaf and blind animals make great companions; they just need a loving home. “You know your life can change in 15 minutes,” Debra says. “But, God will get you through anything, and I know now that you go through things for a reason. You may not find that reason till many years later, but He will show you.” “For the first time in my life, I feel like I can help people. Scars are not only visible on the outside. For all the broken places that I have in my life, my dogs were given to put those back together.” “Some people see disabilities; all I see is blessing.”
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“I once heard a woman who had lost her dog say that she felt as though a color were suddenly missing from her world: the dog had introduced to her field of vision some previously unavailable hue and without a dog, that color was gone.” American writer Carolyn Knapp observes, “That seemed to capture the experience of loving a dog with eminent simplicity. I’d amend it only slightly and say that if we are open to what they have to give, dogs can introduce us to several colors with names like wildness, nurturance, trust and joy.” Few understand Knapp’s insight as well as Shea Wilson, the Public Information Officer for the Arkansas Department of Corrections and Renie Rule, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Executive Director of Development. These two have seen dogs showing off their colors and the differences that those doggie colors can make in the lives of Arkansas inmates. Rule is the founding patron and a volunteer with Arkansas’ Paws in Prison program. Thanks to her enthusiasm, leadership and generous donation, the Paws in Prison program was launched on December 8, 2011. This program is a perfect example of entities and individuals within communities and government creating successful partnerships to benefit everyone. Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC) partners with animal shelters and advocate groups around the state for rescue animals. Prison wardens select inmates to train the animals. Volunteers—professional trainers, caseworkers, adopting families—work together to provide adequate training and perfect matches. The idea for the Arkansas Paws in Prison (PIP) program began when Renie Rule met with a group from ADC, after receiving the blessing of Gov. Mike Beebe. Dr. Mary Parker, vice chair of the Board of Corrections, and ADC Director Ray Hobbs, were eager to embrace the program and a mechanism was soon in place for a visit to Missouri and a careful examination of their “Puppies for Parole” program. In August 2011, a four-person team representing ADC traveled to see first-hand how the Missouri program operates and get ideas on how to implement a successful program in Arkansas. The group included Parker, former ADC Assistant Director Dina Tyler, Wilson and Rule. Missouri officials were eager to share their information so that the August 2011 visit enabled the Paws in Prison Arkansas program to be launched in December 2011. Amazing how quickly knowledge and support and funding (Paws in Prison funds are private donations) can produce results. fold:
perish (hundreds of dogs are euthanized in Arkansas every year) by better preparing them to be loving, obedient and adoptable pets. More than 250 dogs have been rescued from euthanasia since the Paws in Prison program began almost two years ago. 2. The program will give inmates the skills necessary to support successful rehabilitation and reentry—and ultimately improve public safety. 3. At the same time, this is an opportunity for the inmates to do something positive for the communities of Arkansas. In states where similar programs operate, they have had a profound impact on inmates and staff, thus improving security and the quality of life inside the institutions.” Everyone’s working together is the only way to keep the Paws in Prison program successful. The essential ingredients are: 1. Dogs 2. Inmates 3. Adopting Families 4. Volunteers The role of each group is crucial to the success of the PIP Program. FIRST: DOGS Dogs are managed solely by the various shelters from which they come. The Arkansas Department of Corrections has nothing to do with selection or adoption of animals. Partnering shelters select, manage and adopt out the dogs used in the program. Every kind of dog admitted to a rescue shelter will be considered. “At one point, we had an entire litter of German Shepherd puppies given to one of the rescue shelters, “ Wilson reports. “We have had two mastiffs, Saint Bernards and bichon frisés, dalmatians and lots of Heinz 57 varieties.” All dogs are selected carefully for their suitability in the program. Major criteria include characteristics like gentle temperaments, quick intelligence and non-aggressive behavior. The assessment process is strict and typically effective; but there are rare cases when dogs are not the right fit for an institutional environment, and those dogs go to foster homes. Without this program, many of the dogs would have been euthanized. SECOND: INMATES Participating inmates are selected by the prison wardens. Each dog is assigned two inmates so that there is no interruption in training if a dog cannot go into an area with his trainer, such as the hospital or kitchen, etc. Dogs do have regular down time, too. Inmate trainers receive weekly instruction from professional dog trainers. The training period for companion pets is eight to 10 weeks. Service dog training lasts about six months. For more information, consult: http://adc.arkansas.gov/PawsInPrison/Pages/AvailableDogs.aspx http://adc.arkansas.gov/PawsInPrison/Pages/Trainers.aspx
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Words? Dogs respond to them, but they speak with their eyes, a wagging tail or even a moist lick or two. A large, red lab and German Shepherd combo dog, briefly a part of my family, would gently encase my arm in his large mouth when he felt he needed more attention and love. His drooping head and sad eyes spoke volumes, and I miss his excited jumps and starts when we set out on our walks. He enjoyed my reading to him and being briskly brushed. He was a special companion who learned quickly. His trust and joy were always evident and precious. Companion pets are important to any partner. Service dogs perform more sophisticated tasks, although the Paws in Prison program does not include the complex training like seeingeye dogs, etc. may require. “It’s incredible what some of these dogs learn to do,” Shea Wilson says. The first item of business for inmates is naming their charges when they arrive. For example, James Dulaney and Sherman Noble, inmates in Tucker’s first class, named their dog “Sky.” Dulaney said, “The sky is a wide range. It represents freedom. The sky’s the limit. 32
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It’s that tinsel time of year again. Even though I annually welcome the lights and trees, the proliferation of good will, music and celebration, somehow this year is different. I really want to believe in that sense of renewal and hope personified by the Christmas season. I’ll admit I’m getting older, but age and attitude do not have to wrinkle at the same rate. Maybe I can help myself somehow. Where to start? Making words visible somehow seems to add clarity to my understanding, so maybe…. instead of just reading Christmas letters, this year I will write one of my own, but to whom? The obvious choice is that jolly bearded fellow with the red suit and shaking “little round belly.” He does have a “ginormous” job, however, so perhaps I can find some additional helpers? How about my readers—whoever and wherever they may be? I suppose I need to explain. On November 5, I pulled into my driveway, a lone traveler completing a 2747.9 mile adventure. Thirteen days earlier I had entered US Highway 82 almost outside my Powderly, TX, door and followed those US Highway 82 signs all the way to Alamogordo, New Mexico. Along the way I discovered fields of blooming dwarf sunflowers in West Texas, dipped my hands (and feet) into the briskly flowing, cold artesian springs of Artesia, New Mexico, bathed in the moonlight of New Mexico’s full moon, appreciated the green of the Lincoln National Forest then visited with an RSVP volunteer in Alamogordo’s visitors center. Three of her four children live in Texas. Outside Alamogordo, the White Sands National Monument beckoned, and an empty McDonald’s cup was the perfect vessel for scooping some of the white sand from a highway right of way. My GrandBoys need to see and feel this. On to Las Cruces, truly a town with an international flavor. For example Malooly’s Carpet City, Rendezvous Café, Rodriquez Collision Repair and Pepe’s Restaurant appeared side by side on Quisenberry Street. 40
Time now for my first interstate travel. It was a forced surrender, but the most direct avenue into Tucson and my special Great Old Broad friend, Saralaine Millet. Predictably, I-10 provided plenty of opportunities to dart in and out of lengthy truck convoys and feel more like a race car driver than a curious traveler. (OOPS! My prejudice is showing.) Just outside Tucson, an Arizona rest stop provided a welcome respite from the race track while offering an inexplicable view. Gigantic boulders piled on top of each other surrounded the rest stop’s perimeter. One reminded me of a whale opening its gigantic jaws for the anticipated rush of water. The randomness in which these boulders were arranged and no obvious signs of a dome or lava flow or even water reminded me of the cataclysmic events speculated in the formation of the Grand Canyon. I lingered too long. I hit the freeways of Tucson at 5 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. What fun it was to juggle reading the directions Saralaine had provided me to her house, the freeway signs to get me there and the brisk-and getting brisker-flow of weekend traffic. To top it off, the very exit I needed was partially blocked by a disabled vehicle. However, I was having an adventure. Fortunately, I managed the correct exit and headed over the little Tucson Mountains toward Saralaine’s desert retreat. After some corrective moves, I reached the “Primitive road. Proceed at your own risk” sign that introduced the passage to her house and pulled into her front yard later than I had intended. I was greeted by a delightful pair whose hospitality, senses of humor and unassuming intelligence made my stay a pleasure that defies description. After passing the inspection of Security Chief Dr. Tom (he suspected all us Texans are always “packin’”), I joined them in a welcome refreshment. We all rose early next morning, and I accompanied Saralaine on her daily walk route. She and Tom are
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be at least 75 years old before they can sprout their first curved arm, and many are supporting more arms than one. I felt as if I occupied a very small place and moment in their time. The concluding highlight of my visit was an introduction to Saralaine’s talented novelist daughter, Lydia Millet (check out her website). Visiting at her large southwestern style dining table, Lydia was a multi-tasking mom managing her children’s activities, feeding the dog and planning her yard’s landscaping. To an admiring reader, this encounter with the person behind the pen adds another level of appreciation. Nonetheless, the Primitive Road had to be traveled once more as I departed Tucson, headed for Cameron, Arizona, and the Navajo school in which I would spend the next week. My passage to and through Phoenix and on to Flagstaff had to be by Interstate, so I braced myself for the speed and sameness of the route ahead. As a lone traveler, my eyes were fixed on the road and the requisite road signs; however, the fact that Phoenix was spread all over the territory was inescapable, and the stretch of Route 66 I traveled in Flagstaff was like stepping back in time. I would have missed all those drive- inns had I not left the Interstate one exit too soon. Finally, I was on Old US 89 and headed toward Cameron (I hoped). Cameron was never named on any road sign, so I pulled over to check my map (yep, no GPS) several times until I saw the huge, bright yellow and red sign: “CAMERON TRADING POST, Seven miles ahead.” By now the forests around Flagstaff had disappeared, and the land was slightly rolling hills with occasional boulders to obscure the suggested meeting of distant earth, mountains and sky. The red, barren land bordered the asphalt as it snaked its way across this waterless landscape. The entrance to the Wupatki National Monument is visible from a distance, and I have time to check out the December 2013
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Here’s the thing. It’s VERY possible that she won’t believe you, especially now that she is expecting. Some people would rather live in denial than upset the world they are living in. If she were to believe you and investigate and discover that he has been cheating where does that leave her? Would she have to leave and then be a single mom or would she stay and have to live with the fact that her husband was unfaithful? See, it’s a tough call. That’s probably why you wrote me, huh? ☺ If it were my closest friend in the world or a family member, I might take the chance and butt in. But a casual acquaintance? I don’t think I would get involved. Unless you have a love for drama and want to be right smack in the middle of it, take a pass. Instead of telling the wife, maybe work on your friend. Help him to see how his unfaithfulness is only going to cause pain for those he loves, especially his unborn child. When he shares his cheating stories with you, respond with disapproval. I didn’t say “judgment”, I said disapproval. There is a big difference. My best advice- follow your gut. If your gut tells you to get involved, do it. My instinct has never let me down, not one time ever. Best of luck, Kendra
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Healthy Personal Finance Resolutions for the New Year The new year is the time when many individuals start making resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle. And while resolving to eat better and exercise more is a good thing, you should be sure to make resolutions that pertain to the overall health of your personal finances as well. Develop a budget and stick with it A good way to start the year on the right track financially is to make sure that you have a budgeting system in place. Start by identifying your income and expenses. Next, add them up and compare the two totals to make sure you are spending less than you earn. If you find that your expenses outweigh your income, you’ll need to make some adjustments to your budget plan (e.g., reduce discretionary spending). Once you have a budget, it’s important to stick with it. And while straying from your budget from time to time is to be expected, there are some ways to help make working within your budget a bit easier:
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Two Paths, Both Taken A Journey through Life Well Lived Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost
Few people, if any, live life without facing the dilemma Frost describes in his famous poem. Two paths lie before the traveler, and each road is equal in appearance except the direction each takes. Because of the physics of nature, however, the speaker cannot travel both ways and must choose between the two. He understands that once he makes his decision and steps onto the chosen path, the other road is destined to become a distant memory, a lost opportunity he doubts will ever come his way again. Francine Francis, Director of Marketing, Communications and Physician Relations at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, has been such a traveler, but her story is a bit different than that portrayed in Frost’s poem, mainly because Francine knows that paths, though they diverge on many occasions, can also converge along life’s way, making much more possible than the traveler might think. *** It was May of 1973, and Tony Orlando and Dawn’s “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree” filled the airways as America’s sons and daughters continued to return home from Vietnam. In Washington D.C., the Nixon administration scurried into survival mode as the Senate of the United States conducted televised hearings on the Watergate scandal. In many ways, our nation was at a crossroads, and while Hometown, USA felt the underlying tremors of
instability, it went about its business, carrying on life as it always had. Texarkana was no different. It was May, so area high schools were preparing their latest class of seniors for commencement exercises. Francine Kale was among the graduates from Arkansas High School, and the event prompted her to consider the paths that had led her to this day. Francine grew up in a home where hard work, integrity, and commitment were more than words. Both her father and mother, Francis and Ruth Kale, instilled in her and her sister, Betty, a philosophy that life isn’t about just getting something; it’s about giving your all and appreciating what comes your way as a result of doing your best. When Francine was a student, that philosophy meant she had better give her all in school and cherish the learning that happened in the process. That was just fine with her because she had an insatiable desire to learn and an equal fondness for asking questions, even to the point of wearing out her welcome with those she chose to “interrogate.” One neighbor, after tiring of Francine’s neverending questions, insisted that he heard the child’s father calling for her. Francine’s response was to pause, carefully listen, then report, “No, he’s not,” and with that she proffered the next question for the neighbor’s consideration. Undaunted by much of anything, Francine continued giving her all throughout school, though in a more mature fashion than she demonstrated with her neighbor. She was an excellent student, and by the time she was in high school, she was already exhibiting an author’s knack for penning words into art. Her English teachers took note of her gift and encouraged her to continue her education at college. This, too, was fine with Francine because she had always dreamed of going to college and knew she could be successful. But college wasn’t her only dream; it was only one path before her. There was another dream, one she cherished in her heart even more than going to college – she was in love with Gary Francis and engaged to marry him in the summer following graduation.
The happy couple did marry in the summer of ’73, and Francine remained true to character, giving her all in their relationship and appreciating the blessings that came in return. During their twenty-three years of marriage, they started a business together, brought two amazing boys into the world, raised their sons, Chad and Greg, with love and commitment, watched Francine’s writing grow into a fulltime position at the Texarkana Gazette, celebrated her career move to CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, and most of all, enjoyed living life together – day by day.
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Francine’s other dream, the road that included college and earning her degree, ran quietly to the side of her chosen path. It was in the shadow of the larger dream but still very present, and sometimes the path would converge with the main road and allow her to pick up a few classes along the way at Texarkana College. Then the paths would diverge again. Francine explains it best with, “Life interrupts. You adjust and go forward.” Even with the difficulty of earning college hours at a very slow pace, Francine does not regret marrying her husband right out of high school or putting her degree on hold for a while. In fact, she is immensely grateful she chose as she did. What she could not have known in 1973 is that the path she shared with Gary would only be twenty-three years long; he would pass away in 1996 due to Diabetes Type I complications. Her time with
him and all that she invested in their marriage and family, therefore, is of tremendous worth. After time, Francine was able to think beyond her grief and realized her life paths were no longer clear. What would she do with the family business? How would she raise their sons alone? Would she be able to advance in her career enough to support the boys in the way she and Gary planned? What about college; was that even feasible now? It was at that point that Francine decided to further explore the path she dreamed about at seventeen, the one that beckoned her to go to college and earn her degree – but was it too late? Not according to Dr. Ronald Bright who told Francine about the BAAS program. After talking with him about the program and once again drawing from her parents’ core philosophy – always give your all, no matter what –she took advantage of CHRISTUS St. Michael’s employee tuition reimbursement incentive and began her journey toward completing her degree. The program was perfect for her. Her previous college credits counted on her transcript even though some were over five years old. The knowledge she already possessed from years of work in the communications and marketing field received college credit through the portfolio process. And best of all, the BAAS program helped her realize just how much she had already accomplished in life. Without all the self-reflection, exploration of practice and theory, and projection of goals, Francine probably would have continued feeling like she had a “little chink in [her] armor,” like there was something she needed to do but had not done. In December of 2011, a mere three years after starting the program, Francine completed the path to her degree. She walked across the stage, took her diploma in hand, and in that moment as family and friends cheered her on, she realized an overwhelming sense of accomplishment she finds hard to explain. The best she can do is smile and say, “My daddy had already passed away by the time I walked across the stage, but on that day,” she raises her tiny fist in the air, “I know he was saying, ‘Way to go, Baby! You did it.’ In that moment, all the hard work and time I had invested didn’t really matter. The feeling I experienced was absolutely worth it all.” Today, Francine is busy traveling many paths as they converge and diverge along the way. Whether her endeavors include spending time with Chad and Greg and her grandsons, Dawson and Tyler, working with her marketing team at CHRISTUS St. Michael (a team she describes being more like family than co-workers), or participating in Texarkana’s many community events, Francine strives to be part of the greater good, and part of that greater good is encouraging others to make the most of their lives. For those who are considering attending college as a seasoned adult, she says, “don’t let fears or obstacles fool you into thinking it is too late” to accomplish your dreams, hopes, and goals. Real dreams never die, and “as long as you are living, you’re going to be doing something. Why not do something that’s going to make life better – for you and for others? In the end, that’s all that matters.” Lisa Myers is a clinical faculty member at TAMU-T and is the Coordinator for the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program. Visit TAMUT.EDU/BAAS for more information. 72
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The DecemberSweet Tooth... If there was ever a time when consuming sweets was acceptable, it’s December. In fact, it’s not only acceptable, It’s encouraged. As long as I can remember, Thanksgiving is like the start of the “Indy 500” for eating. Pies, cakes, candy, chocolate sauces, fruit-filled pastries and the sweet drinks are just a few sugar rushes we can expect to guzzle during the month of December. Ok, it’s inevitable that sugar will be consumed in quantity during the holiday season. So, let’s make sweets even better by adding a cordial or a dessert wine to your holiday menu. Amazingly, it’s really easy and relatively inexpensive to end your meal in spectacular fashion. So here’s what we are going to do; I’m going to pick a sweet libation and match it with a list of delicious desserts. If you are dieting, you may want to stop reading, NOW! Amaretto, Frangelico Sambucca, and Tuaca are a few Italian cordials that are very popular during the Holidays. All three are utilized in a number of different ways. For example, all three are wonderful when drunk neat (no ice or mixer) in a wine or brandy snifter. All three cordials make excellent sours, daiquiris or martinis. Finally all three are very compatible in sauces and glazes. Obviously, Amaretto cookies, cheesecake and puddings are mainstays in our holiday baking. However, if one adds a tad of Amaretto to a cream sauce that might make its way onto a baked www.vincentsfinewines.com email@example.com chicken breast. The nutty almond flavor enhances INFORMATION DESK FOR WINE PAIRING, PARTY PLANNING, PRODUCT INFORMATION the entire dish. I still enjoy SPECTACULAR PRIVATE RESERVE WINE ROOM CIGAR ROOM my cordials and liqueurs MEZZANINE AREA FOR SEMINARS AND DEMONSTRATIONS the brandy snifter sans 1 0 % O F F W I N E & C I G A R S O N T U E S D AY S ! in the ice.
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medication to the person sitting behind the welcome desk, thank you for all that you do.”
The firefighters held a fundraiser selling t-shirts they had designed in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“We are here to try and find a cure for cancer. While we want to support those organizations that search for a cure, we don’t want to forget about those patients who are fighting cancer on a daily basis,” said Robbie Witterstater, AFGE Local 1029 Union Steward. In addition to the check, each cancer patient received a $50 gift card to a local restaurant. “This means a lot to me and my family,” said Graf. “From the person giving me my
Pictured from left to right: (front row) Tammy McKamie, RN, GCN, OCN, Clinical Oncology Patient Navigator, Carl Graf, Keisha Turner, Michael Smith, Janie Cromeans, and Gary Upp, director of the CHRISTUS St. Michael W. Temple Webber Cancer Center. (back row) Shawn Clay, Clovis Jewell, Sid Jones, Robbie Witterstaetter, Captain Michael Miller, Captain Tommy Parker.
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The Texarkana Humane Society is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to re-homing orphaned animals, promoting the human-animal bond, preventing animal cruelty, educating children and adults about responsible pet ownership and preventing pet overpopulation. In order to reduce the number of unwanted animals and the euthanization of them at the shelter people need to spay/neuter their pets. The Texarkana Humane Society has a program to help individuals do this and urge everyone to get involved and tell your neighbor, family, and friends to be responsible and do their part in putting a stop to this problem here in our city. Have them contact us regarding our program. Call 903 8386334 and we will be glad to help you.
Texarkana Humane Society
The Texarkana Humane Society is always needing volunteers as well as foster homes. If you would like to get involved and lend a helping hand they would love to talk with you. They are also needing the following items to help with the care of all the babies that come into foster: Puppy and kitten chow, formula for the babies, animal baby bottles, as well as monetary or debit card donations. We have a big need for individuals who have the time to bottle feed some of these babies. It is so sad when we cannot take any in because we are full and would welcome a few more bottle moms. It is a great expereince as well as very rewarding taking care of these little ones. If you can help with donations or feeding call Sherrie at 903 838-6334. Volunteers who agree to provide a foster home for our strays are provided with medical care for the animals. The Humane Society pays for all immunizations and spays or neuters the animal.
Our goal is to place these animals in permanent homes with responsible, loving pet owners. All of our services are provided through private donations from our community. Donations are accepted and needed! Our animal friends appreciate you and your donations are tax deductible! (The Humane Society is all volunteers and all money goes towards the animals.) Weâ€™ve got a full house! Please come visit us! You might find the addition your family has been looking for! Do you have an animal that needs a new home? Please donâ€™t neglect it! Call us and let us help you find a foster home. We will list your animal on our Facebook page at no charge. Let us help! For more information, contact Sherrie Thompson, President, at 903.838.6334, or go to www. texarkanahumanesociety.com. Weâ€™re also on Facebook!
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1. ACE is a little 3 yr old Terrier that weighs only 18 pounds. He is neutered, current on shots, heartworm negative and microchipped. We rescued him from our local shelter after being there for a year. This little guy gets along well with other dogs and cats and is doing good on his housetraining. He would be a great addition to any family. A fenced yard is required. For more info call Sherrie at 903-838-6334. 2. LACY is a year old Terrier mix that weighs 19 pounds. She is spayed, current on shots, heartworm negative and microchipped. This sweet little girl gets along with other dogs and cats. She is also doing great on her housetraining. A fenced yard is required. For more info contact Sherrie at 903-838-6334. 3. This little guy is BANDIT. He was born around 8/18
and was bottle fed by his foster mom. Bandit is now ready to leave his foster and find his furever family. He is current on puppy shots and is doing really good with his paper training. We believe he is a lab mix. A fenced yard is required. For more info call Sherrie at 903-838-6334. 4. SISSY is a pretty little Pom mix that is around a year old. She weighs 14 pounds, spayed, fully vetted, heartworm negative and microchipped. She is housetrained, gets along well with other dogs but is still a little shy. A fenced yard is required. For more info call Sherrie at 903-838-6334. 5. This handsome little guy is BEAR. He was born around 8/18 and was bottle fed by his foster mom. Bear is now ready to find his furever family. He is
current on puppy shots and is doing really good with his paper training. He is a lab mix. A fenced yard is required. For more info call Sherrie at 903-838-6334. 6. LUNA is a blue Chihuaha mix weighing in at 8.3 pounds. This precious little girl is full of love. She is housetrained, current on shots, gets along great with other dogs and would be a great addition to any family. For more info call Christine at 903-278-6575. 7. TRUDY is an 8 month old Shepherd/Terrier mix that weighs less than 27 pounds. She has been fully vetted. She is spayed, microchipped, current on all shots and heartworm negative. This little girl is great with other dogs, is good with children, and learns quickly. She is doing great on her training. A fenced yard is required. For more info call Susan at 903-826-9004.
1. BRUCE is a male Terrier mix. He’s shy at first, but once he gets comfortable he loves to play and cuddle. He’s been waiting since March. 2. DONAVIN is a male Chihuahua. He’s pretty laid back, loves to curl up in a lap and is very friendly! He’s been waiting at the shelter since June. 3. FOXY is a female Hound mix. She’d be great for
“This month we’re featuring some very sweet babies that desperately need a good home. They have all been here far too long and are all VERY sweet. Please help!!!” -Miss Bertha Animal Care & Adoption Center WHO ELSE CAN HELP? Artex Animal Welfare, Inc. (mostly horses) 903.824.1990 Little Paws Rescue 903-280-3083 Poodle Patch & Friends email@example.com Passion for Pooches (mostly small dogs) 903.832.8632 Texarkana Animal League 877.525.4825 Texarkana Reptile and Amphibian Rescue 903.809.3761
a family and has been waiting since July 2012. 4. GALILEO is a neutered male Pit mix. He loves to explore and would make a great walking companion! 5. LARA is a female Pit mix. She is very laid back and loving. She’s been waiting since August 2012. 6. LUKE is a male Labrador mix. He’s a little
The mission of the Animal Care & Adoption Center of Texarkana, Arkansas is to be a technologically advanced, self sustaining, human and animal friendly facility that specializes in personal customer service from a team of knowledgeable, caring individuals who endeavor to achieve rapid placement of all adoptable animals. We are always in need of caring, capable volunteers to assist in with duties at the center, adoption events, fund-raising activities and more. Your tax-deductible donation will help care for and assist in the adoption of loving animals to good homes! The Animal Care & Adoption Center of Texarkana, Arkansas is located at 203 Harrison, Texarkana, AR, 71854. For more information, call Connie Slater at 870.773.6388, or visit www.animalcareadoptioncenter.org. We’re also on Facebook! We’re open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 - 5:00. Please note, all dogs adopted from this shelter MUST be spayed or neutered. Spays cost $89-$104, neuters are $76-$92 depending on the weight of the dog.
How can you help the THS? The Texarkana Humane Society is always in need of dry food for puppies, dogs, cats and kittens, scoopable cat litter and litter boxes, collars, leashes, toys, beds, heartworm and flea medications, gift cards and monetary donations. These donations are all tax deductible, as the Texarkana Humane Society is a 501c3 organization. If your are interested in donating, helping with events, fostering or working fundraisers call Sherrie at (903) 838-6334.
nervous, but ready for a family to love him. He’s been waiting at the shelter since April. 7. JEFF is a male Wirehaired Terrier. He’s a little skiddish but quick to bond when shown love. He’s been waiting since January.
8. MONTE is a male Labrador mix. He’s alert, keen and a natural guard dog. He’s been waiting since April. 9. RED is a male Labrador mix. He has a happy-go-lucky personality and has been waiting since August 2012. 10. RAE is a female. She’s goofy and loves to be loved on! She’s been waiting at the shelter since January. 11. SABRINA is a female Heeler mix. She is very loving and playful. She’s been waiting at the shelter since January. 12. ROSCOE is a male German Shepherd mix. He is well behaved, calm and has been waiting since May. 13. SAREENA is a female Hound. She’s been waiting at the shelter since May. 14. VICIOUS is a male Lab/Pit mix. He’s been waiting at the shelter since May.
Look at Levi with his new dad, Perry Steitler. Not sure which one is happier. As soon as Perry saw Levi, he knew this was the one for him. A big thank you goes out to the Steitler family for giving this wonderful little fella his furever home! Courtesy of the Texarkana Humane Society
Happy Tails! December 2013
Considering adding a fur-baby to your family this Christmas? Rescued is our favorite breed! Adopt! Don’t Shop! If you can’t adopt, foster. If you can’t foster, donate and/or volunteer. If you can’t donate or volunteer, spread the word. You might just save a life!
Boxer Rescue of Texarkana
We are a small boxer rescue group with a mission to rescue boxers in need, get them fully vetted, and find their forever homes. We need foster homes to help us. We rescue boxers from kill shelters, chained in yards, dumped in the country, abused, emaciated and owner surrender boxers. We do not have a facility. All of our boxers are in foster homes living with families until they get adopted. We operate on our money and donations to pay vetting and expenses, so we do charge an adoption fee. You can make a donation to Boxer Rescue of Texarkana by sending a check or money order to our PO Box OR you can contact Westridge Animal Hospital at 903-838-9572 to make a donation to our account.
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Jeff Tarpley Rescue is a full time rescue effort dedicated to helping animals. JTR is an independent rescuer. All animals for adoption are rescued from shelters or owner surrenders. The mission is plan ole common sense, rescue, spay/neuter-gett’em healthy and find a wonderful home. Jeff Tarpley Rescue welcomes all inquires from home owners and condo, apartment dwellers. A completed adoption application and upon approval, adoption contract is required. Residences in the 50 states and Canada with a minimum age of 18 years old are considered for adoption. Adoption fees depend on the expenses of vetting, treating and caring for the animal. PO Box 282 Nash, Texas 75569. (903)-490-2959
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We rescue German Shepherd Dogs from the Arklatex. MCR is a small rescue that usually has 2 to 10 rescued German Shepherd Dogs in the process of getting vetted and trained to become a new member of a loving home. MCR operates on donations and the income of the owner/operator of the rescue. MCR mainly rescues GSDs but often has other breeds available too. Our rescued dogs are given basic obedience training, crate-training and some house training. P.O. Box 520, Fouke, Arkansas 71837
Little Paws mission is to be dedicated to finding forever homes for rescued or displaced dogs and educating people to be responsible pet owners. So often, the animals we rescue have suffered abandonment, neglect and abuse, and it is why we are dedicated to making a positive difference in their lives from the moment they enter our foster program. Our goal is to help them in every way we can ...emotionally, socially, physically... so that the transition into their forever homes will be as smooth as possible. Little Paws Rescue is a small breed rescue, specializing in chihuahuas, poodles, and schnauzers. We accept owner surrenders and abandoned strays, as well as dogs from area animal shelters.
Little Paws Rescue www.facebook.com/LittlePawsRescueTexarkana
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Poodle Patch Rescue
www.poodlepatch.petfinder.com www.facebook.com/ThePoodlePatch Poodle Patch is a five year old, non-profit, 501 c (3), all volunteer, rescue and rehoming organization for homeless, unwanted, neglected, or abused animals. Founded primarily for Standard Poodles but take all others when space permits. We are volunteers who also work full time paying jobs. We prefer email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are always neeed.
Texarkana Animal League
Texarkana Animal League (TAL) is a volunteer-based organization that is dedicated to improving the welfare of animals in the local shelter & the community. TAL exists to provide protection and care for abandoned, abused, neglected and unwanted animals. We also want to promote animal welfare through programs and services that mutually benefit animals and people. Texarkana Animal League is a 501c3 nonprofit that offers community assistance through three programs: Foster Care, a Low Income Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP), and a LifeSaver Grant program for local rescues. Along with helping in the community, TAL still works as the support arm for the city-run animal facility by providing the vaccinations for all the animals housed in the shelter. To find out more information about Texarkana Animal League, please visit us on the web at www.TexarkanaAnimalLeague.org or by calling us at 877-525-4825.
Calendar of Events
DEC 2 Grand opening of the Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Club at 3:00pm. For more information, email Sann_Terry@uss.salvationarmy.org
DEC 2 Auditions for the Tony-Award winning Dark Comedy, God of Carnage, at Stilwell Theatre on Texarkana College’s campus at 7:00pm. A playground altercation between eleven-yearold boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters. For more information, 903-276-7206.
DEC 2 29th Annual Main Street Texarkana Christmas Parade at 7:00pm.
DEC 3 Red Lick ISD Second Annual Christmas Tree Lighting & Program: Red Lick, Texas: The Faculty, Staff, and Students of Red Lick ISD invite the entire Texarkana community to come enjoy the start of the Holiday Season. The Second Annual Red Lick ISD Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at the Middle School on Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:00pm. Students at Red Lick have prepared a special program that will be presented by the Kindergarten and First Grade Students. “This will be our Third community Christmas tree lighting and program. The Kindergarten and First Grade classes have been working hard for the Christmas Program presented at the event. We
hope that the entire Community will come and help celebrate with us on December 3rd” stated Rose Mary Neshyba, Superintendent of Red Lick ISD.
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Deck “The Healing Place” Halls from 4:00pm7:00pm. The Healing Place of Texarkana will host a Christmas celebration in honor of our new community outreach center. Come tour our new facility and find out how we plan on serving our community. We are currently in stage 1 of development and will officially open our doors January 2014. Help us stock our shelves with the following items to help empower our community: We need paper, pens, binders, 2 flat screen t.v’s, 2 dvd players, projector, and more. We will provide free resources to the community. Job training, GED, College Prep, Relationship Building, Clothes closet, Financial Freedom, Health & Fitness and more. For more information, 903-691-0310.
The New Boston United Fund will present “Homes for the Holidays,” a Christmas tour of homes, on Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $5.00. Please call 903-278-3090 for information.
CASA’s Operation Playhouse will be at the Texarkana Convention Center for ice skating and family fun. Operation Playhouse is an annual playhouse fundraiser benefiting CASA for Children. For more information, 903-792-1030.
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DEC 6 Hendrix Trio and FRIENDS present ‘gaither’ format with local and regional artists at Faith Baptist from 7:00pm - 9:00pm. For more information, 903-792-3011.
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