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December 2017 | Volume 11/Issue 12

Christmas Traditions Glimpses from four generations of women in the Fruge family

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From the Publisher December is here already! I can't believe it. It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and enjoying time with family and friends, at the end of 2016! I love the Christmas season. I particularly enjoy all the food that comes with this time of year. (My body doesn't like all the extra calories, but I'll worry about that in January!) The Fruge's have been friends of ours for many years. I love having gettogethers and playing with Anne's Baby Maren, while everyone gathers around the table to enjoy the many things we all bring. Anne, of course, has worked for ALT for many years. When we were debating on what type of article we wanted to include for the December issue, it occurred to me that her family was the perfect family to highlight. They are all very close, have lots of traditions, and love getting together! And who doesn't love getting recipes from other people? I mean, I was excited to have all of their recipes and intend to try some of them for my own family. The family has now grown to include two babies, Maren and Mason, who are both adorable! They will end up with so many traditions passed down to them. Although the article was all about the women in the family, we can't forget the men -- Max and Patrick. Max is the perfect grandfather, taking care of both children while we were preparing for our shoot. You can see the love and care shining from his eyes as he holds one while trying to get the other to smile! He truly loves his family and wants the very best for them. Anne's brother, Patrick, lives in the Dallas area, and visits quite often, very much taking part in all the family festivities and loving on his niece and nephew. Whatever traditions you may have for your family, remember that memories made are worth so much more than gifts bought. I remember so many Christmases as a child, eating my mom's chicken and dumplings, turkey and dressing, and candied sweet potatoes. We were talking just recently about how no one in the family actually knows how to cook any of that but me. I was always the one standing by, watching and tasting, as she made dinner for us, and I have practiced for many years to perfect that. Hopefully Jaclyn will learn, as I did, and keep the tradition alive. So, no matter what you have planned, enjoy celebrating Jesus' birth with your family. Make some memories. Do something good for someone less fortunate. Sponsor a family or a child. Be the change in the world you want to see. God bless you and yours this Christmas...

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Christmas Traditions Throughout the generations, the Fruge family has passed down its secrets to a wonderful, fun-filled, Christmas! by Anne Fruge Granado When I think of Christmas, I think of walking into my mother’s house. Immediately, the smells of the holidays assail my senses: candles burning on the table by the door, cinnamon coffee cake baking in the oven, and evergreen branches gracing the holiday arrangement on the table. As you step into the room, visiting family members say “hi,” and my mom comes rushing out of the kitchen wiping her hands before she helps me carry in a bag of presents, delicious cheeses, and jalapeño jelly. As a child, the magic of Christmas was entwined in the mystery of Santa, and the miracle of Jesus’ birth. Reading the Christmas story and putting out handmade decorated sugar cookies were the highlights of Christmas Eve. I remember going to bed in my upstairs room imagining that every creak in the old house was reindeer hooves on the roof. Suddenly, I would wake up to the morning light streaming through the window and rush to my brother's and sister’s rooms so we could go down the stairs together. After opening presents, my mom and grandmothers would retreat to the kitchen to work on a delicious breakfast including my Gran’s famous Mexican “fudge,” and they would start preparations for the Christmas feast to come while everyone played with presents around the tree.

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like it did when I was a child. For me, the joy of Christmas changed when I went away to college and began to explore the world of food. I would stay awake studying in my dorm room, but I needed something on the TV to make it seem less like work. One day while channel surfing for the perfect backdrop to my comprehensive history test, I found the Food Network, a channel I did not even know existed. Late at night, Emeril’s “Bam!” would then switch to Iron Chef Japan. The awkward voice-overs and over dramatic subtitles made it the perfect choice for studying. Soon, my TV never left the channel, and I began to talk to my mom on the phone about ingredients and techniques I was seeing. As the years passed, my parents did a wonderful job of keeping our holiday traditions alive. Even as teenagers, we read the Christmas story before bed and had stockings for “Santa” to fill. The story of Jesus’ birth began to take on new meaning as I explored the adult world of loss, pain, hope, and love. However, each year it seemed like the magic and mystery of Christmas was replaced with long to-do lists, the financial strain of buying presents and the stress of shopping. I remember sitting by the tree as a teenager as my mom and grandmothers worked in the kitchen and wishing that the day felt more

My mom had always been the cook in the family. As a stay-at-home mother, she believed her duty was to provide hot meals every night as her family regathered at home around the table after our days at school and work. We hardly ever ate out except for an occasional Friday night trek to a fried fish restaurant or a Sunday outing to Golden Corral or KFC. While food had always been an important part of every holiday, and we all had our own favorite dishes, growing up in small town Atlanta had not provided me with the window into the vastness of the food world that came from watching the Food Network. Luckily, food began to bridge the gap that


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years of teenage angst and struggle against parental authority had dug into the relationship between my mother and I. As we connected over thin crust pizza with prosciutto and cedar planked salmon, the door was opened to new experiences together. She came to visit me at college, and we would make the drive to Little Rock to eat at new places and try new things. Then, we would pick up dessert from some fabulous place we had heard of and take it back to Arkadelphia to eat in twin beds watching Iron Chef Japan. These times together helped patch the hurt places and fill in the holes our angry words had left as high school had drawn to a close. For the first time, I felt like my mom was my friend. Soon, we were printing out Food Network recipes and filling binders to the brim with things we wanted to try (pre-Pinterest, of course). Family gatherings and holidays became a time to try poblano and sausage stuffing, Ina Garten’s rustic apple tarts, whole beef tenderloin and cheeses that went beyond the Walmart three pack of cheddars. Our family never fought us on being the official taste-testers for everything we wanted to try (including a horrendous Christmas Eve encounter with duchess potatoes) and the excitement and adventure began to spread. As a family, we began to get excited to try new restaurants, attempt new recipes, and bring home

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“Our

traditions will be spread to a new

generation,

and we will see the magic and mystery through new

Eyes.”

exciting finds from the grocery store. Family gatherings became excuses to “try something new” and vacations became adventures in culinary cultures. We began sending each other pictures of our food when we went somewhere awesome, and we looked ahead at menus when we picked our next food find. When my brother comes home from Dallas, he always asks what we are having, and my mom and I try to up the ante every time. Recently, inspired by her favorite sauce at Ironwood, Mom and I made homemade remoulade for my Mimi’s Ritz cracker crusted fried shrimp that we stuffed into mouthwatering po-boys. The satisfaction of making the sauce didn’t just come from the fact that it turned out delicious; there is pride in attempting something new and having it please other people. My mom and I may have brought culinary arts to the forefront of our family’s conversations and times together, but each family member brings something new to the table. My brother, Patrick, is extremely adventurous with food. His college days in Austin and early career days in Houston gave us an excuse to travel to some of the hottest spots in food culture. He introduced my husband, Jason, and I to raw oysters, at his favorite place in Houston, and surprisingly, we had to order


creative with my meal choices, and she has surprised me every Monday with something new and delicious. My mom is truly not afraid to try to cook anything. She finds a recipe and decides to make it, even if it means an extensive hunt for uncommon ingredients. More than that, my mom is the consummate hostess. While I’m more likely to reach for paper plates and take some short-cuts, my mom’s table looks gorgeous at every family event and holiday. She takes pride in her menu and table choices. She says that she got this from her mother, my Gran, who moved in with my parents six years ago.

another round. He’s also not afraid to experiment with food substitutions and healthy alternatives. On our lake trip this summer, he introduced us to riced cauliflower with turkey tacos. I was dubious about healthy food being any kind of culinary adventure, but the tastes were exotic and inspiring. My sister, Emily, will cook anything, but she is especially good at grilling. She is the one who taught us the secret of putting mayo on grilled corn on the cob, and how to grill pork tenderloin without over cooking it. Her fresh guacamole and deviled eggs are requested at every family event. A recent addition is the cranberry salsa she has begun making for Christmas. Her recipe book is varied, and she is never afraid to try something new and tell us how it turned out.

My father, Max, has always enjoyed great and simple food. He’s just as happy with a leftovers sandwich and Fritos as he is with a perfectly cooked steak. However, at every restaurant, my dad wants to know what they are famous for and order that dish. Sometimes the waiter’s recommendations are a home run, and sometimes, like a family favorite story about eggplant parmesan, they are less than extraordinary. However, my dad will try anything, and he

praises everything we attempt in the kitchen. Mom and I tend to keep talking about how the new recipe needs more salt and less time in the oven, but my dad will make yummy sounds and eat his entire portion. Then, he always pushes my mom and I out of the kitchen while he does the dishes. My father’s encouragement always gives us confidence to try something new.

My Gran always made holidays look easy. When we arrived at her home in Dallas, she already had snacks laid out and three-day coconut cake in the fridge. When we woke up in the morning, she would have breakfast ready and individual cups of powdered sugar at our places for us to dip our strawberries in. Being

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at Gran’s always felt like a treat. She had prepared for everything and thought of everything, and meal-planned perfectly for every member of the family. I now know how much work went into these visits, and I can see where my mother gets pride from providing these experiences for us. Ultimately, the women in our family paved the way to make holidays a time about food and family around the table. My grandmothers and my mother passed down the traditions that made the holidays special. They hung up the decorations, cooked everyone’s favorite dishes, and worked tirelessly to host anyone who may walk through the door. As my mom and I began cooking and hosting parties and Christmas events together, I was able to appreciate all the little things they had done for so many years. Without even trying, food began to unite the holidays in a way that couldn’t happen when it was only my mother and grandmothers in the kitchen. Growing up, I remember them calling us for dinner;


now, the kitchen is the place to be. When you walk into my mother’s house during the holidays, pet our faithful door greeter, Riley, and head straight to the kitchen, you will find me stirring the sauce on the stove, my dad carving up the meat, my mom creating the appetizer charcuterie platter, my sister asking someone to taste her salsa, my Gran setting the table, and Patrick and Jason doing whatever they can to help. The happiness is not just in the Instagram-worthy final product but in the hours it takes to prepare it together.

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Now there are two new babies in the family. Maren, 11 months, and Mason, 1 month, who will soon be enveloped in the magic of Christmas with Santa and stockings. We will take them to get their pictures made with Santa and drive through magical lights. We will get them to leave out cookies for Santa and set out the nativity scene as we read through the Christmas story. Our traditions will be spread to a new generation, and we will see the magic and mystery through new eyes. As we cook in the kitchen, we will keep an eye out for them playing with presents under the tree. However, as they grow older, I hope the tradition they like the most is cooking with family and visiting around the table. I hope one day they, too, find the joy of the holidays in the kitchen with us.

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Pour strawberries, oranges and pineapple into a colander over a sink to drain. 2. Once drained, transfer mixture to serving bowl. 3. Stir in bananas and 1 can cherry pie filling (do not drain the pie filling) 4. Keep chilled until you serve

Gran's Coffee Cakes (makes 2) (Perfect as gifts for the holidays!)

Gran's Three Day Coconut Cake 1 pkg. Duncan Hines butter cake mix 3 pkgs. Frozen shredded coconut, thawed but still cool 1 small carton of sour cream 2 cups granulated sugar 1.

Bake butter cake mix into three layers following directions on package. 2. Mix coconut, sugar, and sour cream and spread between layers and on top. 3. Wrap in Saran Wrap and place in the refrigerator. 4. The cake is better after being refrigerated for 3-4 days before serving.

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2 sticks butter 1 ¼ cup sugar 2 eggs, beaten 1 cup sour cream 1 tsp. Vanilla 2 cups flour 1 tsp. Baking powder ½ tsp. Baking soda 1 cup chopped nuts 5 tablespoons white sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1. Cream together sugar, butter, eggs, and add vanilla. 2. Mix in sour cream and flour alternately, beginning with flour and ending with flour


3. Make the topping by mixing together nuts, white sugar and cinnamon. 4. Grease two round cake pans. 5. In each cake plan, alternate ½ batter, ½ topping, ½ batter, rest of the topping mixture. 6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.

Mom's Rolled Cinnamon Sugar Angel Cookies 2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 cups of flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon salt 1 (15 oz) container creamy vanilla frosting 1.

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Beat ¾ cup butter at medium speed until fluffy; gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating well. Add egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, beating well. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients Gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Shape dough into a ball. Cover and chill for 30 minutes. Roll dough to 1/8" inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with cookie cutter and gently transfer to lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 6-7 minutes or until lightly browned. Carefully remove cookies to wire racks to cool. Microwave frosting, uncovered, on high for 45 seconds or until spreading consistency. Spoon frosting on top of cookies and spread evenly. Decorate. Let stand 10-15 minutes to dry ALT-Mag.com | December 2017 021


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Teresa’s Christmas Beef Tenderloin with Shallot Sauce 1 lb. shallots, peeled and halved lengthwise 2 tablespoons olive oil ¾ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon salt 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder 1 ½ teaspoons pepper 1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh or ½ teaspoon dried thyme 1 (6-pound) beef tenderloin, trimmed (Mom buys her’s at Sam’s and then cuts in half to lay in the bottom of the pan) ¼ cup olive oil 3 cups beef broth 1 cup dry Marsala wine 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons water 3 tablespoons butter or margarine ¼ teaspoon pepper Garnish: fresh thyme 1.

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Toss shallots and 2 tablespoons oil in a bowl; stir in ¾ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Set aside. Stir together 1 tablespoon salt and next 4 ingredients. Rub tenderloin with ¼ cup olive oil; sprinkle seasonings over top and sides of tenderloin, pressing gently with fingers. Place tenderloin in a large roasting pan; arrange shallots around tenderloin. There’s no need to grease the pan because tenderloin and shallots have been oiled. Bake, uncovered, at 500 degrees for 25 minutes. (The high temps and oil always make our smoke alarms go off, but we just open a few windows!) Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake 30 more minutes or until meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of roast registers 145 degrees (medium rare) or 160 degrees (medium). Meanwhile, stir together beef broth and Marsala wine in a large skillet. Bring to a boil; boil 6 to 8 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 2 cups. Remove tenderloin to a serving platter and cover with aluminum foil; reserve shallots and drippings in pan.

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9. Add broth reduction to pan, and place over medium heat on cooktop, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of pan. 10. Whisk together flour and water until smooth; stir into sauce in roasting pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened. Add butter, stirring just until melted. Stir in ¼ teaspoon pepper. 11. Thinly slice roast, and serve with sauce. Garnish, if desired.

Emily’s Christmas Cranberry Salsa 12 oz fresh cranberries ¾ cup granulated sugar (add more to taste) 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped coarsely (leave the seeds in if you like it spicy) ½ cup cilantro 4 green onions 2 tablespoons lime juice Pinch of salt 1. Place all ingredients in the food processor and pulse until desired consistency. 2. Chill in the fridge for a couple of hours (preferably overnight) to allow the salsa to macerate. 3. Serve over cream cheese and with crackers. Note: Taste to make sure your salsa doesn’t need more sugar. Some cranberries are more tart than others.

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Texarkana’s YOUNG Top Lawyer

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J.michael brock, pllc Education • New Boston High School Graduate of 2006 • B.S.B.A in Finance - University of Arkansas - 2011 • UALR William H. Bowen School of Law - JD 2015 Licenses and Certifications • Licensed to Practice Law in Texas & Arkansas • Licensed Mediator Memberships • Member and President - Elect of the West Bowie County Rotary Club Practice Areas • Probate • Estate Planning • Family Law • Social Security Disability • Real Property/Real Estate • Business Organization Law

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TEXARKANA'S TOP LAWYER 2017

ADMINISTRATIVE/ REGULATORY LAW TEXARKANA'S TOP LAWYER

Winner: Monty G. Murry Murry & Hudspeth

First Runner -Up: George Matteson Law Office of George Matteson Nominees: Howard Mowery Butch Dunbar Demaris Hart

TEXARKANA'S TOP YOUNG LAWYER

Winner: Cade Mayo J. Michael Brock, PLLC First Runner -Up: Ben King Nix Patterson & Roach Nominees: Josh Thane Randal Smolarz

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Winner: Jennifer Doan Haltom & Doan First Runner -Up: Greg Giles Moore, Giles, & Matteson Nominees: David Ruff George Matteson Jim Haltom Phillip Jordan Darby Doan

APPELLATE PRACTICE Winner: John Mercy Mercy Carter Tidwell, LLP First Runner -Up: Jonathon Ross, Assistant US Attorney US Attorneys Office Nominees: Ryan Locker, Assistant US Attorney Lisa McPherson Troy Hornsby Donald R. Ross Lauren Sutton Richards, Asst. District Attorney

BANKING & FINANCE LAW Winner: Nick Newton Langdon Davis Law Firm First Runner -Up: Rob McGinnis Law Office of Rob Mcginnis Nominees: Kyle Davis Cory Floyd

BANKRUPTCY AND CREDITOR

Winner: David Ruff Law Office of David Ruff First Runner -Up: Rodney McDaniel McDaniel Law Office Nominees: David James


BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS

CRIMINAL DEFENSE NONWHITE COLLAR

Winner: Wes Jordan Jordan Law Firm LLP

Winner: Jason Horton Jason Horton Law Office

First Runner -Up: Kyle Davis Langdon Davis Law Firm

First Runner -Up: Shorty Barrett Barrett & Tyler

Nominees: Nick Newton Troy Hornsby David Glass Phillip Jordan Jim Haltom

Nominees: Jeff Harrelson Craig Henry Joe Tyler Darren Anderson John Pickett

First Runner -Up: David Carter Mercy Carter Tidwell, LLP Nominees: Brent Langdon Ben King Mark Burgess Darren Anderson Brent Langdon Jim Haltom

CORPORATE LAW

Winner: Jim Haltom Haltom & Doan

Nominees: Jason Horton Jeff Harrelson John Pickett Darren Anderson

DUI/DWI DEFENSE

Winner: Jason Horton Jason Horton Law Office

CRIMINAL DEFENSE COMMERCIAL LITIGATION WHITE COLLAR

Winner: Howard Mowery Spicer Rudstrom PLLC

First Runner -Up: Joe Tyler Barrett & Tyler

Winner: Craig Henry Law Office of Craig Henry Law Office of

David Ruff, II Licensed to practice in Texas and Arkansas

First Runner -Up: Shorty Barrett Barrett & Tyler Nominees: Mike Lusk Mark Elliott John Pickett Jacob Potter

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Top Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights Lawyer

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EMPLOYMENT LAW

Winner: Louise Tausch Atchley, Russell, Waldrop, and Hlavinka, LLP First Runner -Up: Greg Giles Moore, Giles, & Matteson Nominees: Lisa McPherson David Glass

FAMILY LAW

Winner: Demaris Hart Langdon Davis Law Firm First Runner -Up: Michael Friedman Friedman Law Office Nominees: Howard Mowery Mark Elliott Amy Freedmam

HEALTH CARE LAW Winner:

Paul Miller Miller, James, Miller, & Hornsby LLC

MEDIATION

First Runner -Up: Howard Mowery Spicer Rudstrom PLLC

Winner: John Mercy Mercy Carter Tidwell, LLP

Nominees: Paul Miller Marshall Wood Hawley Holman David Glass

First Runner -Up: Demaris Hart Langdon Davis Law Firm Nominees: James Cranford John Greer

LABOR LAW

Winner: Greg Giles Moore, Giles, & Matteson First Runner -Up: Louise Tausch Atchley, Russell, Waldrop, and Hlavinka, LLP Nominees: Paul Miller David Glass Glen Hudspeth Jim Haltom

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE DEFENDANTS

Winner: Paul Miller Miller, James, Miller, & Hornsby LLC First Runner -Up: Howard Mowery Spicer Rudstrom PLLC

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INSURANCE LAW

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PERSONAL INJURY DEFENDANTS

Nominees: Alan Harrel Jennifer Doan John Greer J. Michael Smith

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE PLAINTIFFS

Winner: David Carter Mercy Carter Tidwell, LLP First Runner -Up: John Greer Greer Miller Nominees: Howard Mowery Darby Doan

Winner: Paul Miller Miller, James, Miller, & Hornsby LLC First Runner -Up: Brent Langdon Langdon Davis Law Firm

First Runner -Up: Howard Mowery Spicer Rudstrom PLLC Nominees: Ben King Brent Langdon David Carter

PRODUCT LIABILITY DEFENDANTS

Nominees: Howard Mowery Mark Burgess Jon Beck

Winner: Brent Langdon Langdon Davis Law Firm

PERSONAL INJURY PLAINTIFFS

First Runner -Up: Howard Mowery Spicer Rudstrom PLLC

Winner: Monty G. Murry Murry & Hudspeth

Nominees: Brandon Cogburn Marshall Wood John Thane Darby Doan

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PRODUCT LIABILITY PLAINTIFFS

Winner: Howard Mowery Spicer Rudstrom PLLC First Runner -Up: David Carter Mercy Carter Tidwell, LLP Nominees: Ben King Brent Langdon Hawley Holman J. Michael Smith Darren Anderson

WORKERS COMP CLAIMANTS

First Runner -Up: Jennifer Doan Haltom & Doan Nominees: Don Capshaw Mark Elliott Wes Jordan Bobby Howell Nick Newton Mike Unger

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TRUSTS & ESTATES

WORKERS COMP EMPLOYERS

First Runner -Up: David Glass Smith Weber Law Firm

Winner: Ed Miller Miller James Miller & Hornsby LLP

REAL ESTATE LAW

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First Runner -Up: Mike Brock J. Michael Brock, PLLC

Winner: Jeff Elliott Elliot Law Firm

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Murry Law Office Specializing in Auto, Truck & Motorcycle Accidents

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Loss of a Spouse/Family Member What is it? When your spouse or a family member dies, you'll need to handle numerous financial and legal matters. Even if you've always handled your family's finances, you may be overwhelmed by the number of matters you have to settle in the weeks and months following your loved one's death. While you can put off some of these tasks, others require immediate attention. After planning the funeral, you'll need to get organized, determine what procedures to follow to settle the estate and claim survivor's and death benefits, and find competent advice to help you through this difficult time.

Planning a funeral A funeral allows the family and friends of the deceased to both celebrate that person's life and mourn their death. Funerals often take into account religious and social traditions. According to Christian tradition, funerals often include a visitation of the body (also called a viewing or a wake) and a ceremony performed by a clergy member, family member, or friend. There may be readings, music, and words spoken about the deceased person's life. However, they are personal-not legal--events and should reflect your own preferences, as well as those of the deceased and other family members. Although you aren't required to do so, you may wish to hire a funeral director to help you, particularly if you are planning a funeral on short notice. He or she can help you coordinate the details and help you apply for death certificates and certain survivor's benefits.

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number of documents. Locating these documents (and applying for certified copies of some of them) should be your first step in getting your finances organized. You'll also need to set up files to keep track of important documents and paperwork, keep a phone and mail list to record important calls and correspondence, and evaluate your short-term and long-term finances.

Settling an estate Your spouse or family member may have named you executor of his or her estate. If so, you'll need to find out what procedures to follow. Settling an estate means following legal and administrative procedures to make sure that all debts of the estate are paid and that all assets are distributed to the rightful persons. If you are named executor in a will or if you are appointed as the personal representative or administrator of an estate, you will be responsible for carrying out the terms of the will and settling the estate directly or with the help of an attorney. Paying income and estate taxes You may have to file city, state, and federal tax returns, including Form 1040 (U.S. Individual Tax Return), Form 1041 (Fiduciary Income Tax Return), and, if the gross estate is large enough, Form 706 (U.S. Estate Tax Return). In addition, your state may impose a state death tax or an inheritance tax.

Filing a claim for insurance and/or survivor's and death benefits Life insurance benefits are not automatic; you have to file a claim for them. Ask your insurance agent to begin filing a life insurance claim. If you don't have an agent, contact the company directly.


Although most claims take only a few days to process, contacting an insurance agent should be one of the first things you do if you are the beneficiary of your spouse's or family member's policy. You should also contact your spouse or ex-spouse's employer as well as the Social Security Administration (SSA) to see if you are eligible to file a claim for survivor's or death benefits. Tip: If your spouse was a federal, state, or local employee, then you are likely eligible for governmentsponsored survivor's benefits. In addition, children under age 18 or parents who are dependent upon their children for financial support are sometimes eligible for Social Security survivor's benefits. Tip: Dependent children or dependent parents are sometimes eligible for benefits from employersponsored plans or Social Security.

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Finding competent advice Getting expert advice is essential if you want to make good financial decisions. After all, you are probably doing many things for the first time, such as filing a life insurance claim or settling an estate. In fact, an attorney is one of the first people you might contact after your spouse or family member dies because this person can help you go over the will and start estate settlement procedures. Your funeral director can also be an excellent source of information and may help you get death certificate copies and apply for Social Security and veteran benefits, among other things. You may also wish to contact a financial professional, accountant, or tax advisor for help with your finances. And don't overlook the help of other widows and widowers; having been through it before, they may be able to provide you with valuable information and support.

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December 1 - 2

Holiday Arts Market 10 am to 5 pm and 10 am to 4 pm Regional Arts Center 321 4th Street, Texarkana, TX 75501

December 2 - 3

Christmas Tour of Homes will be held from 4 pm – 8 pm both days. Tickets are $25 and available at the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce located at 819 North State Line Avenue or call (903) 792-7191. Tickets may also be purchased from any QHNA member. For more information contact Mary Warner at marynwendell@cableone.net

Sunday, December 3

A Night of Christmas Music 6 pm Live singing with many different singers. First Assembly of God 3401 West 7th Street, Texarkana, TX, 75501 Free Admission

Friday, December 8

Dinner and Show; The Fumbly Bumbly Angels 7 pm Tickets sold in advance or at the door. Adults tickets: $10.00 Children ages 4 - 11 $7.00 House of Prayer Holiness Church 519 Grim St. Texarkana, AR, 71854 Call Pastor Heath at 903-490-9712 or Amber 903-490-0853 for details or tickets.

December 8 - 9

Fourth Annual Drive Thru LIVE nativity 7 pm - 9 pm On Friday 6 pm - 9 pm On Saturday There will be over 100 people in costume bringing alive the story of Jesus' birth. You will be required to take a census & pass your gold coin to the Roman Soldiers in order to gain entrance into the City of Bethlehem. All of this is possible without leaving the comfort of your vehicle. This event is open to the public and FREE for everyone! First Assembly of God (The old Lighthouse) 3401 West 7th Street Texarkana, TX 75501

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Drop-in Art Workshop (FREE) 1 pm to 4 pm Regional Arts Center 321 4th Street, Texarkana, TX 75501

Saturday, December 9

4th Annual Santa Sprint 8 am Join Texarkana Museums System as they "Adore to Restore" the Ace of Clubs House. Come ready to run, stroll or walk in your Santa Suit, Elf Costume or Ugly Christmas Sweater and grab a pair of jingle bells. For more details, call 903-793-4831. Sign up through Facebook or at RunSignUp.com/SantaSprintTXK

Saturday, December 9

Jack Frost Cookies & Milk 2 pm - 3 pm Jack Frost "nips" by the Discovery Place Interactive Museum to share stories, cookies and milk with young and old! Have your pictures made with Jack, make your own cookie cutter to take home from our Tinkering Studio and enjoy a yummy tummy treat.

Thursday, December 14

Cirque Dreams Holidaze 7:30 pm Perot Theatre 221 Main Street, Texarkana, TX 75501

Thursday, December 14

Holiday Keepsake Art Journaling Workshop with Agnes Tirrito 6:30 pm Regional Arts Center 321 4th Street, Texarkana, TX 75501

A Christmas Spectacular presented by Holland Gerrald's Dance Company 6:30 pm All proceeds are donated to directly to the St. Michael's NICU. This year we are proud to present a special musical guest, Anna Petrillo, from New Jersey. A Raffle will also be held. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at Companydancetexarkana.com or at the door the night of performance. For questions please contact Holland Gerrald at 903.277.0729 or companydancetexarkana@gmail.com

Thursday, December 21

Families can make a gingerbread house with their kids 6:30 pm The cost is only $10.00 The room will be decorated as candy land. Hosted at First Assembly of God Lighthouse Church on 3401 West 7th Street Texarkana, TX 75501 must call 903-306-1978 to sign up last day to sign up will be December 10th

December 27 - 29

Winter Art Camp Jr. with Lindsay Foster Ages 5 - 7 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm December 27, 28, and 29 Cost: $65 (Registration required) Arts on Main 218 Main Street, Texarkana, TX 75501

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Winter Art Camp Sr. with Megan Griffin Ages 8 - 12 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm Cost: $65 (Registration required) Arts on Main 218 Main Street, Texarkana, TX 75501

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ATLANTA ANIMAL LEAGUE Facebook.com/ AtlantaAnimalLeague BOXER RESCUE OF TEXARKANA Facebook.com/ BoxerRescueOfTexarkana KITTIES PAD RESCUE Facebook.com/TheKittiesPad MUTTLEY CREW GERMAN SHEPHERD RESCUE Facebook.com/ MuttleyCrewRescue POODLE PATCH RESCUE INC PoodlePatchRescue.com PASSION FOR POOCHES (mostly small dogs) Facebook.com/passionforpooches

Sophia - Arklatex

Cocker Spaniel Rescue

Sasha

Tracker

Texarkana Humane Society

Max

Muttley Crew

Poodle Patch Rescue Inc.

ANIMAL CARE & ADOPTION CENTER

TEXARKANA ANIMAL LEAGUE Facebook.com/ TexarkanaAnimalLeague TEXARKANA HUMANE SOCIETY TexarkanaHumaneSociety.org Facebook.com/ TexarkanaHumaneSocietyInc TEXARKANA REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN RESCUE Facebook.com/TkReptileRescue TOBY’S TALES (mostly wildlife) Facebook.com/Tobysname

Bruce Wayne

Texarkana Humane Society

Kindred

George

GG

Valkyrie

The Animal Care & Adoption Center of Texarkana, Arkansas is located at 203 Harrison, Texarkana, AR, 71854. For more information, call 870.773.6388, or visit: www. animalcareadoptioncenter.org or www.facebook.com/AnimalCare AdoptionTXK. 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.

Weasley

Sally

Pebbles

Mercury

Ebonee

Jackie

Adidas

Allie

Atari

Nova

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We also have SPONSORED dogs and cats! This means someone has already paid for their vetting! Come see who’s waiting! We are always in need of caring, capable volunteers to assist in with duties at the center, adoption events, fund-raising activities and more.

WE’RE OPEN! M-F 11A-5P & SAT 11A-2P


I wish I may, I wish I might, find a home by Christmas night! SPAY

NEUTER

ADOPT

5820 Richmond Rd. | Texarkana, TX 75503 | (877) 525-4825 | Fax: (870) 330-0057 ALT-Mag.com | December 2017 069 info@texarkanaanimalleague.org | TexarkanaAnimalLeague.org


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