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Halloween Edition The Fiddler’s back, playing his song By Janice R. Edwards The Bulletin

Seems like our fall weather has turned into freaky Indian Summer. We’ve had a lot of heat in an extended summer this year. Yesterday, Roy, my husband, spotted a great “V” and thought it was our Snow Geese making an early visitation. But it turned out to be a great number of White Pelicans, who settled as one on Pelican Lake just beyond the bank of the San Bernard River. Then, for an unseen reason, they rose as one being and left. Pretty strange nature observation, but then, we live right on Music Bend of the San Bernard,

nicknamed “the singing river,” where strange things have been known to happen. In the autumn, when the days begin to shorten, and the sun begins its slow slide into the Gulf of Mexico, the winds pick up, and the sky and everything that seems to touch it, takes on a pink glow. The Scots call this time of day, the gloaming – a great descriptive word this close to Halloween. The tides begin to recede, leaving the thousands of individual oysters back up McNeil’s Bayou and the back lakes, exposed like thousands of skeletal fingers reaching up from the silt, looking for

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Trick or treat – and treat, and treat... Edward A. Forbes The Bulletin

Halloween is a holiday revered by the young and by the manufacturers of sugary sweets of varied descriptions. Every adult has a Halloween story, although probably not one they would share with the young and impressionable. I don’t have a story as much as impressions of different Halloweens. It was a cool evening in Luling, and I was in the eighth or ninth grade. My only assignment for the evening was to get my younger brothers to an organized Halloween event, gather them up at its conclusions and shepherd them home safely.

I had planned earlier in the day to meet a rag-tag group of guys to go trick or treating safely away from adult supervision. As my position for the evening was to be supervisory, I didn’t have anything to put the anticipated booty in. I improvised by untucking my T-shirt and holding it out for the proffered treats. This proved adequate as we spent most of the evening hiding from each other on the mostly dark, unlit streets. We finally selected a small wood-framed home with a brightly glowing porch light as a likely source of treats. We began knocking on the door and waiting for an answer while yelling “Trick

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Cats have no fear Missing: one of wheelchair, nor kitchen and of its occupant stuff in boxes

By Ernie Williamson The Bulletin

I have learned to cope with wheelchair life. I can drive with hand controls, use special devices to reach the top shelves, take off a wet bathing suit while sitting and even perform wheelies over bumps. One thing I haven’t mastered, however, is coexisting in the same house with three cats. When we moved into our current house after my spinal cord injury, we made every effort to make the house wheelchair accessible. We added a ramp and replaced carpeting with tile. What didn’t occur to me, and

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Fair Queen 2019

By John Toth The Bulletin

For three decades I knew where everything was – to the left on the counter, coffee and sugar. Behind me in the fridge, milk. Cups above me on the left. Everything had its place. Until now. Because there is no kitchen.

Ramblings For the first time since we moved into this house, the kitchen is getting an overhaul, and I am looking for stuff because where the kitchen used to be is now emptiness. “Where are the cups,” I asked. “Where are the plates? Where are the spoons?” “They’re in one of those boxes,” came the reply. That doesn’t help. The boxes contain many things wrapped in old newspapers. These things used to be on shelves and in drawers. Now they all look like The Bulletin. (Try doing this with your tablet or notebook.) The dishes were wrapped individually and placed in boxes with no labels. Why did each piece needed

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 2019 Brazoria County Fair Queen, Destiny Cottrell from West Columbia H.S. (See more photos on Page 9.)

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Strange but True By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, Ph.D. DID YOU LEARN OR INHERIT YOUR FEARS? Q. Fear of needles, fear of spiders, fear of dentists — last year, about 9% of adults in the U.S. lived with a specific phobia. What do psychologists say: Are phobias genetic, or are they learned? A. “The degree to which phobias can be inherited differs wildly, depending on the fear,” says Agata Roxe in “Discover” magazine. After reviewing relevant papers in the “Journal of Anxiety Disorders,” researchers concluded that fear of blood, injury and injections could be up to 71% heritable, while fear of getting trapped in a stuck elevator, for example, or other specific situations, tend to be explained by past events. In another study of the causes of odontophobia (dentists), clinical psychologist Cameron Randall examined 1300 people whose family members also participated. They rated their dental fear and fear of pain and also had their DNA analyzed. It appears that the fear of dentists was 30% gene-driven; fear of pain was related to genetics 34% of the time. The other 70% was likely linked to participants’ negative

experiences, such as particularly painful drills. Other research has looked more directly at how nurture may shape certain fears. For instance, parents repeating “It’s O.K., it’s O.K.” during their young kids’ vaccinations affected the children’s likelihood of developing pre-vaccination fright, perhaps because such repetition seemed to communicate the parents’ own anxiety. Parents: Be aware. THOSE BLASTED TUMOR CELLS Q. A diagnosis of cancer is both terrifying and devastating. What new foe takes aim at tumor cells that spread via the bloodstream? A. A laser beam, shone from outside the skin, finds these circulating tumor cells (CTCs) — “the first such noninvasive diagnostic to be demonstrated in humans,” says Emily Waltz in “IEEE Spectrum” magazine. Lead researcher Vladimir Zharov and his team tested their system in people with melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, and found that it accurately detected CTCs in 27 out of 28 patients, “with a sensitivity that is about 1,000 times better than current technology” (“Science Translational Medicine”). A few patients actually had a (979) 849-5407 October 29, 2019 THE BULLETIN Page 3

high percentage of CTCs killed, in real time, as they raced through the bloodstream. As Zharov says, this technology has the potential to significantly inhibit the spread of cancer. “If developed further, the tool could give doctors a harmless way to hunt and possibly destroy such cells before they can form new tumors in the body.” Countless lives could be saved. NAMES TURNED INTO WORDS Q. People, real or fictional, have had their names coined into words in the English language. Can you define “dewitt,” “malaprop,” “nestorize” and “pythagorize”? A. “Dewitt,” to kill by mob violence, is coined after brothers Johann and Cornelius De Witt, Dutch statesmen who were killed by a mob in 1672, says Anu Garg on his “A.Word.A.Day” website. The verb “malaprop” means “to misuse a word by confusing it with a similar-sounding word, producing a humorous effect.” Mrs. Malaprop, a character in Richard Sheridan’s play “The Rivals,” confused words in this manner, for example, saying “pineapple of perfection” instead of “pinnacle of perfection.” And “nestorize” is named after King Nestor of Pylos, oldest and wisest of the Greeks; hence, the word can be defined as “filling someone with the idea of being very wise.” Finally, “pythagorize” is named after Pythagorus (c. 570-495 BCE), a Greek philosopher who believed in the transmigration of souls. The word can mean “to convert (a person or thing) into another.” But you may know the name from the Pythagorean theorem, and there’s actually a Pythagorus Day. Says Garg, “It doesn’t occur every year. Last one was 8/15/ 17 (8 squared + 15 squared = 17 squared). Next will occur on 12/16/20 (12 squared + 16 squared = 20 squared). Start planning the celebration now!” (Send STRANGE questions to brothers Bill and Rich at

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Pierre Delecto? Romney’s secret Twitter account unmasked By Caitlin Webber

Bloomberg News (TNS)

WASHINGTON – Sen., Mitt Romney uses the alter ego “Pierre Delecto” to lurk on political debates and occasionally defend himself on Twitter. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor, who’s said he’s

not running for president again, confirmed to the Atlantic on Sunday he was behind the Twitter handle @qaws9876. The account has since been locked. Romney is one of President Donald Trump’s favorite Republican targets on Twitter — earlier this month he called the Utah senator

IS IT ME, OR IS THERE SOMETHING DIFFERENT ABOUT YOU?: While visiting his twin brother who was serving time for murder in a maximum-security prison in Mersin, Turkey, a 19-year-old man switched places with him, allowing the killer to walk out the door. But the guards quickly realized that something wasn’t right, because they had come to know the prisoner in the year he had spent there. Police went to his home and brought him back. Now, both brothers are locked up. IF ONLY SHE COULD HAVE FOUND A WAY TO AVOID CALLING ATTENTION TO HERSELF: A woman was arrested for shoplifting a $25 T-shirt from a store in Okaloosa Island, Fla., after she was spotted bicycling undressed from the waist up on the road from the scene of the crime. Perhaps she should have put the shirt on first. HEY SARGE, IT SOUNDS LIKE HE’S DRUNK AGAIN: A man was arrested in Marathon, Fla., for making calls to the police emergency number that were so vulgar that the cops would not reveal exactly what he said. However, officers did disclose that the suspect “is well-known to law enforcement for frequent alcohol-related encounters with deputies.” COULDN’T SHE JUST TEAR THEM UP & RECYCLE THEM?: A 19-year-old woman accidentally set fire to the carpet of her apartment in Lincoln, Neb., after she used a butane torch to burn some of the love letters from her ex-boyfriend, then left the rest of them on the floor when she went to another room to take a nap. NOBODY WILL EVER KNOW: A man, hired to walk a couple’s dog while they were out of town, was spotted on surveillance film rummaging through the cabinets of their Streetsboro, Ohio, home, and swilling down very expensive bourbon right out of the bottle. The dogwalker was fired since his job did not offer booze benefits. WELL, THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT COLORS TO WEAR: A couple of nudists got married Oct. 2 at a ceremony at the groom’s family home in Berkshire, England, in which they, their wedding party and all of their 30 guests did not wear apparel. Since they “do not feel comfortable in the presence of clothed people,” they hired four waiting and two bar staff who were willing to work undressed. OF COURSE I’M O.K. TO DRIVE: A woman was arrested for drunk driving after she drove drunk to the police station in Chambersburg, Pa., to pick up her boyfriend, who had also had been arrested for drunk driving. A COUPLE OF HOPELESS ROMANTICS: A man and a woman, who were arrested for bicycling while intoxicated in Fernandina Beach, Fla., engaged in intimate relations while handcuffed in the back of the police cruiser. SO, IT LOOKS LIKE A PRETTY GOOD GUN COLLECTION: Police raided the Johnstown, Pa., home of a convicted felon suspected of trading drugs for guns. In addition to stolen weapons, the officers found more than 500 stamp bags of heroin, about 50 ecstasy pills and hits of LSD, 1 ounce of crystal methamphetamine, about 10 grams of cocaine, suboxone, mushrooms, molly and some 25 grams of marijuana.

“pompous” and said he “choked” in the 2012 presidential race. But the Pierre Delecto account doesn’t include the president among the hundreds of other politicians, journalists and family members it follows, according to Slate, which initially identified the account as likely Romney’s. Romney is a leading Republican critic of Trump and among a few that have openly denounced the president’s efforts to persuade Ukraine and China to investigate his political rivals. Pierre Delecto has tweeted only 10 times, according to Slate, and only in reply to other tweets. One of those replies includes a tweet to Bloomberg’s Steven Dennis pointing out his defense of Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr and another challenging journalist Soledad O’Brien for apparently accusing him of having no moral compass.


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County library system to lend out T-Mobile hot spots As part of a new mobile initiative, the Brazoria County Library System will begin lending Wi-Fi hotspots to cardholders to help bridge the digital gap in our communities and open up new opportunities for residents who might not otherwise have access to the internet. The library system has 50 TMobile hotspots available as part of the program. Library patrons can place a request for the item for pickup at their local branch. The service is for adult cardholders in good standing (less than $10 in outstanding fines and no overdue books). The hotspot checks out for Fewer rural Americans are online: 39 percent of rural Americans lack home broadband access – in contrast to only 4 percent of urban Americans.

14 days, with no renewals. The late fee is $1 per day and the device is disabled when overdue. The new circulating mobile hot-

spots will be featured on the library webpage:, and patrons can view the guidelines and place requests there.

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Free tax preparation and filing help will be available at county libraries

Free in-person income tax preparation and filing will be available Feb.3 through April 15, at the following local libraries through AARP Foundation Tax-Aide: Freeport – Mondays; Brazoria – Tuesdays; Angleton - Wednesdays; and Lake Jackson; Thursdays. Although the program is focused on low- to moderate-income folks with a special emphasis on seniors, it offers tax preparation to anyone, free of charge. Membership in AARP is not required. Please contact your local library to confirm times and closings for holidays The local Tax-Aide district prepares close to 1200 tax returns at these locations every tax season. If interested in joining this effort to help others with tax preparations and filing, please call (979) 341-9322 or visit All tax law and software training and tax publications are provided free of charge. (979) 849-5407 October 29, 2019 THE BULLETIN Page 7

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Tricking cats to get out of my wheelchair’s way is not easy (Continued from Page 1)

what nobody warned me about, is that I would have to navigate around three four-legged balls of fur throughout the day. Sometimes, but not often, they even move. I love our rescued cats, but for seven years I have lived in fear that I would accidentally run over a tail or an outstretched paw. I constantly need to remind myself to look before I roll. My wife is always alerting me to cats in the vicinity. It finally happened the other

day. My wheelchair clipped the tip of Sweetie’s tail. Fortunately, she wasn’t seriously injured, but my hearing may never be the same. Other cat annoyances I can handle. I don’t mind them trying to catch the cursor on my computer while I am typing a column, or dragging stray socks around the house or even sleeping in my wheelchair when I’m not in it. But I wish they had more fear of my wheelchair. Part of the problem is the natural desire of the cats to

be petted. They settle dangerously close to my chair when they want to be petted. Petting them, of course, only encourages them to keep doing it. Pushing them away doesn’t work either. They think I am trying to pet them. And ignoring them doesn’t help. They just look up at me. They make me feel as guilty as I do watching one of those feed-the-world’schildren public service announcements.

Looking for help, I searched for advice on safely using wheelchairs around pets. You would think it would be a common problem for wheelchair users. I found nothing, not even on the Internet. Sweetie is the worst of the three cats. She goes where I go. She also has the annoying habit of stretching out in the middle of the floor, effectively blocking me from going where I want to go. It’s as if she has set up her own toll booth: Pet me to go through. My wife laughs when I take a detour rather than force Sweetie to move. Recently, Sweetie has taken to sprawling in the doorway to the study. In fact, as I type this column right now, she is napping at the doorway, blocking my exit. I have several escape plans. In the past I have tried to fake her out by getting up a head of steam and making it appear I was going to run her over. She would stroll away.

That worked for a while, but soon she just ignored me. So I developed a new tactic. I trick her. When she blocks my path, I put my hand down at the side of the wheelchair as if I want to pet her. She is such a sucker. She gets up and comes around to the side of the chair. I pet her for a moment, and then escape while she is no longer blocking my path. This still works, but recently I have begun wondering if there weren’t methods to her madness. She’s blocking the doorway more often and getting petted more often as her reward for moving to the side of the chair. It makes me wonder who the real sucker is. (Ernie Williamson welcomes reader input. Please contact Ernie at Or, mail Ernie in care of The Bulletin, PO Box 2426, Angleton, TX. 77516)

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Brazoria County Fair winners recap

Congratulations to all the winners at the recent Brazoria County Fair. We’ll publish more photos in future issues.

2019 Little Mister and Miss, Carter and Makinley

B’port College offers students free food, professional attire Brazosport College and the Houston Food Bank are teaming up to help students lower their financial burdens while enrolled in college. With the newly created Gator Mart, Brazosport College students will be eligible to receive up to 60 pounds of healthy food twice a month through food scholarships. Available food will include produce, dairy, meat and non-perishables. This program is designed to lower the financial stress of household

grocery costs while students are working toward an education at Brazosport College. “Over 15 percent of individuals in the state of Texas face food insecurity, which is higher than the national average,” said Kelli Forde Spiers, BC Office of Student Life Director. “The goal of this collaboration between Brazosport College and the Houston Food Bank is to reduce food insecurity for our students, ultimately enhancing their academic

and career success,” she added. In addition to Gator Mart, the College will also be opening the BC Clothing Closet, which will offer free professional or business casual clothing to students that can be used for job interviews or any other situation that requires more professional attire. Brazosport College will host the grand opening of the Gator Mart and Clothing Closet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5 in room HS-102 of the Byron & Sandra Sadler Health Professions/Science Complex at Brazosport College. The event will feature remarks from Brazosport College and Houston Food Bank representatives at 12:30 p.m. Refreshments will also be served. To be eligible to shop at the Gator Mart or the Clothing Closet, students must be currently enrolled in courses at Brazosport College. Gator Mart will be open on Tuesdays (11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.), Wednesdays (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Thursdays (9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.). For more information about the BC Gator Mart, the Clothing Closet or the program’s grand opening on Nov. 5, call (979) 230-3412 or email Send your community or group announcements to or mail them to The Bulletin, P.O. Box 2426, Angleton, TX. 77516.

2019 Brazoria County Fair Mom is Kristi McIntyre.

2019 James Massey Award Recipient, Colby Patterson from Alvin H.S.

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or Treat” in unison. We knocked repeatedly to no avail. The lights were on, and we could hear a radio playing. Our scout advised there was a guy shaving in the bathroom, so we continued our assault on his door. Suddenly the door was jerked open, and big man yelled, “What do you kids want?” “Trick or Treat!” we replied in perfect unison. “You kids are too old to be trickor-treating, and I don’t have any candy anyway. Get out of my yard now, or else.” This was not the normal response we had come to expect, and we adjourned to a dark spot a short distance away to discuss his response and our next course of action. It was decided that another unfortunate pal and I would go back and turn on

the outside faucets as wide open as they would go. Not having the courage to say no to this group of peers, my fellow accomplice and I began our trek of fears back to the house to turn on the water. We snuck up on those faucets. In my case, there was the added fear that we would get caught, and my parents would kill me. And further, that this was probably some sort of sin that would have me banished for life from the Luling Presbyterian Church. We arrived undetected and turned them on and then turned to sneak away, when, boom, the door was flung open, and The Guy ran out yelling, “If I catch you, I’m going to kick your (expletive)!” The fear of God, Big Guy, parents and who knows what else, put wings on my feet. He unfortunately had a

large garbage can that tried to stop me, but I ran over it, through it and stomped it to death, as there was no way he was going to catch me. I didn’t stop running until I got back to gather my siblings and started our two-mile walk home. It took that long for my heart rate to return to normal. Jumping ahead a few years to 1978 in Angleton, I had just purchased my home. This was to be my first Halloween as a homeowner in a neighborhood. I was single and a little naïve. I decided that it was healthier for the anticipated trick or treaters to give each one a quarter instead of that unhealthy, tooth-decaying candy. My only attempt at decorations was a plastic pumpkin with a lightbulb in it, the cobwebs that grew naturally around my front door and a blacklight bulb in the fixture inside the front door. I closed the store at 6 p.m., grabbed a hamburger at the Short Stop - that memory makes my mouth water - and dashed home. I turned off all non-essential lighting and put the TV on low volume and settled back with my five rolls of quarters and waited for the little urchins to arrive. As darkness fell, the very young ones with their parents arrived, and I started dispensing the quarters. This seemed to confuse the very young, but the parents seemed thankful. As it got later, the goblins became progressively older. The neighbors had advised me to expect 40 to 50 kids, but I was on my third

roll of quarters, which at 40 per roll, far exceeded the projected number I had anticipated. I then began to realize that a lot of these kids were wearing the same costumes. The realization that I was being “had” arrived at the same time the doorbell sounded again. I looked at the group at the door, which now consisted of eight or more, and said, “You guys are only entitled to

one quarter a night, and I’ve seen you all at least once before.” Older and wiser, both achieved in one evening at home. I unplugged the pumpkin, turned off the porch light, got a beer and watched TV. (Edward Forbes wants to hear from you. Email him at or send comments by snail mail to The Bulletin, PO Box 2426, Angleton TX. 77516.)

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something to grab. Your senses are piqued, everything seems surreal. And then you hear it. Faint, at first, carried by the coastal breeze over the back lakes. Then, it hits the river and is amplified, and you stand, mesmerized by the unearthly strains. The hair on the back of your neck stands up, and you feel goosebumps crawling up your arms. The Fiddler’s back. For over a century, people have been hearing the strange strains of an unearthly fiddle at Music Bend on the San Bernard. In fact, it’s our greatest claim to fame. Many ver-

sions of the tale have been told, but I happen to like the one Catherine Munson Foster put down in her book, “Ghosts Along the Brazos.” In this tale, two fishermen lived along the banks of the Bernard, and one of them was a fiddler who played at local functions. Seems like he got a portion of a song in his head and could not quite remember the rest of it. So, he kept playing the portion he remembered over, and over, and over again, hoping the rest of the song would pop into his head. It never did. The unmusical fisherman asked his partner to stop – more than once. But the rest of the tune

was so close, so the fiddler kept playing. The unmusical partner finally had enough and ended the repetition by chopping off the Fiddler’s head and throwing him and his fiddle into the river. To this day, even in death, the Fiddler still tries to get the song right from time to time. If you keep an open mind and come to the river at gloaming, you may still hear him play. I know I have. (Jan wants to hear from you. Write her in care of The Bulletin. Email: Snail mail: The Bulletin, PO Box 2426, Angleton TX, 77516.)

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Kitchen demolition has its pitfalls – like not having a kitchen (Continued from Page 1)

to be protected so carefully? Because after the boxes were filled, I dragged them a short distance across the floor to another room. “I thought that we were going to use paper plates and paper cups,” said one of the two members of the wrapping team. “We could, but where are they?” I asked, hoping that I could also use one of those cups to get some ice water. “They’re in one of those boxes.” That doesn’t help. I was not the only one who felt like a fish out of water. The pets were wondering what the banging was all about. We kept the pets away from the workers to allow them to proceed without any kittens climbing up their pants or dogs begging for food. Or, one dog barking at them while

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they worked – that would be the Yorkie, of course. When time came for the animals to be finally released from their room confinements, they excitedly rushed to the kitchen and then wondered why it is so empty and ugly now. Then time came to make dinner, which was now more difficult than when we had counters and a kitchen sink. You really don’t appreciate these things until one day some people come along, rip them out and throw them outside. I know, I know. It’s a first-world problem. We could have picked something up, but neither of us volunteered. It had been a long day traveling to Houston and then doing a little yardwork. And, we were not in the best of moods, since the Astros were losing to the Yankees in Game 5.

I opted for vanilla cookies and milk. It seemed like a reasonable solution to dinner without a kitchen. Sharon chose cereal. It became obvious that her choice would generate some dishes that needed to be washed, but the kitchen sink now sat in a pile of debris outside, and the dishwasher was relocated into the garage. And the dishes were already getting piled up in the guest bathroom sink. “Where is the dishwashing detergent? And, we’ll need a sponge and one of those scrubbers with a handle.” I pointed out that they all used to be by the sink, as if that really needed to be pointed out. I knew what the answer would be. “They’re in one of those boxes.” That doesn’t help. We’re obviously not very good at this.

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By Dwight Perry

The Seattle Times (TNS)

Five minutes for smashing, anyone? The NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers have instituted a “Disassembly Room” at Wells Fargo Arena, where a fan, for $35, can channel his or her inner Broad Street Bully and smash things like flat-screen TVs, dishware, bottles and guitars with, say, a hockey stick, baseball bat or sledgehammer. “The concept is definitely oneof-a-kind and nontraditional,” said Valerie Camillo, Flyers president of business operations. “We ran the concept by some of our fans, who told us they thought this would be a fresh way to have some harmless fun.” Beating the racket Former world badminton champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand got a doping violation overturned because she proved she ate contaminated meat at a buffet restaurant. Comforting to know that our

SPORTS STORIES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED shuttlecock heroes, at least, aren’t tainted. Fingers do the talking A pro-democracy tweet by Rockets GM Daryl Morey has the NBA in economic hot water with the Chinese government. On the bright side, though, Morey is suddenly the morning-line favorite to win this year’s Donald Sterling “Oops!” Award. Just wondering Does Arkansas linebacker Bumper Pool have a brother named Gene? Timeout The NFL fined injured Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger $5,000 for wearing an Apple Watch on the sideline. Or, as Roethlisberger calls his trusty timepiece, Little Big Ben. Music to their ears The Bills have signed defensive end Wyatt Ray — the late Nat King Cole’s grandson — to their practice squad. Buffalo fans’ No. 1 wish: Save your greatest hits for Tom Brady.

Tampa With Success Dept. The Rays drew a season-high 32,251 fans for their ALDS Game 3 win over the Astros. What, was it bobblehead night or something? Up on the roof Tyler Ivens, a Knoxville sportsradio host, is living on the roof of Toyota Knoxville and vowing to stay there until the Volunteers (1-4 with the only victory coming against Tennessee Chattanooga) win another football game. So what does he have a better chance of catching first — a win, or shingles? Dog days of slammer? Padres pitcher Jacob Nix was arrested and charged with criminal trespass in Peoria, Ariz., after he allegedly tried to enter a home through the doggie door. Looks like he could use a little more work on his back-door slider. Here’s the beef Germain Ifedi, the Seahawks’ starting right tackle, stands 6 feet 5 and weighs 311 pounds. In other words, that’s a big If.

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Why do we add “In Jesus’ name” to our prayers?

Q: Why do Christians close their prayers “In Jesus’ name?” - P.Q. A: This wonderful name reminds us – and those listening – that Jesus has opened the door to Heaven for us. We can approach Him, and speak directly to Him, only because of what He has done for us. The phrase “in Jesus’ name” is not a magic formula we add in order to make God answer our prayers. God answers our prayers solely because of His Son Jesus Christ. God knows what is best for us. When we pray, therefore, we seek God’s will in our prayers. This

pleases Him because He wants to show us the way to life, the way to peace – the way to Him. We gain access to the Lord by faith in Him, and He brings us into His wonderful grace (Romans 5:1-2). Thank God for the wonderful privilege of prayer. It should be an integral part of our lives at all times. “We will give ourselves continually to prayer” (Acts 6:4). In the morning, prayer is the key that opens to us the treasures of God’s mercies and blessings; in the evening, it is the key that envelops us under His protection and safeguard. Throughout Scripture we see Jesus demonstrating the power

of prayer as He prayed to His Father in Heaven. How much more should we go to Him in prayer? Nothing can replace a daily time spent alone with God in prayer. We can also be in an attitude of prayer throughout the day – sitting in a car or at our desks or visiting with someone in the neighborhood. “Let us therefore come boldly ... that we may obtain (God’s) mercy and find grace” (Hebrews 4:16). Tribune Media Services

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Quote, end quote — Bob Molinaro in the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, on the NFL fining Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr., among others, $14,037 for unsportsmanlike conduct: “Let’s assume the fines were deserved, but what’s with the $37? Is that some sort of service charge?” — Comedy writer Alex Kaseberg,

after the Yankees ran Minnesota’s playoff losing streak to 16 with an ALDS sweep: “Worst result for twins since ‘The Shining’.” — Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post, on Jay Gruden’s ouster in D.C.: “Daniel Snyder fired the wrong guy early Monday. … We can only assume that every mirror in Snyder’s home is broken.”

Bulletin Horoscope

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feel invisible or that you blend in with the scenery during the week ahead. Just because you aren’t the center of attention doesn’t mean that anyone loves you less. Enjoy being part of a family unit. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Focus on owning things that will provide lasting pleasure and on relationships that withstand the test of time. In the week ahead, your friends will enjoy your ideas, and you may grow closer to loved ones. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Place more emphasis on compatibility than combativeness. Enjoy numerous romantic moments in the upcoming week, but don’t attempt to put joint plans into motion when you sense friction may occur. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You may have stars in your eyes in the upcoming week, but that’s a good thing because this helps you look for love in all the right places. Other people may find you more attractive than usual, so make first impressions count.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Your upcoming week can be filled with helpful opportunities. Your judgement may be better than usual about financial matters, but you may also be frustrated by a situation that involves a bill. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Even the most dedicated, hardworking individual deserves some time off. Embrace any opportunity to relax or enjoy a little recreation in the upcoming week. Be on the lookout, as an unexpected offer might answer your prayers. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In the week ahead, your home can become a place where you can work on a fascinating hobby or a meeting place for friends and extended family. Your best supporters are within the family circle. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The first half of the week is a perfect time to meet a romantic partner if you hope to achieve a meeting of the minds. Someone’s helpful advice can put you on the right path.

October 29 1618 - Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded under a sentence that had been brought against him 15 years earlier for conspiracy against King James I. 1652 - The Massachusetts Bay Colony proclaimed itself to be an independent commonwealth. 1940 - The first peacetime military draft began in the U.S. October 30 1735 - John Adams, the second President of the United States, was born in Braintree, MA. His son became the sixth President of the U.S. 1831 - Escaped slave Nat Turner was apprehended in Southampton County, Va., several weeks after leading the bloodiest slave uprising in American history. October 31 1922 - Benito Mussolini became prime minister of Italy. 1926 - Magician Harry Houdini died of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix. His appendix had been damaged 12 days earlier when he had

been punched in the stomach by a student unexpectedly. During a lecture, Houdini had commented on the strength of his stomach muscles and their ability to withstand hard blows. November 1 1512 - Michelangelo’s paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel were first exhibited to the public. 1604 - “Othello,” the tragedy by William Shakespeare, was first presented at Whitehall Palace in London. 1800 - U.S. President John Adams became the first president to live in the White House when he moved in. November 2 1721 - Peter the Great (Peter I), ruler of Russia, changed his title to emperor. 1783 - U.S. Gen. George Washington gave his “Farewell Address to the Army” near Princeton, N.J. November 3 1507 - Leonardo DaVinci was commissioned by the husband of Lisa Gherardini to paint her. The work is known as the Mona Lisa.

1892 - The first automatic telephone went into service at LaPorte, IN. The device was invented by Almon Strowger. 1900 - The first automobile show in the United States opened at New York’s Madison Square Garden. 1941 - U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Grew warned that the Japanese may be planning a sudden attack on the U.S. November 4 1842 - Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd in Springfield, IL. 1846 - A patent for an artificial leg was granted to Benjamin Palmer. 1847 - Scottish obstetrician James Young Simpson discovered the anethestic qualities of chloroform. 1880 - James and John Ritty patented the first cash register. 2001 - Hurricane Michelle hit Cuba, destroying crops and thousands of homes. The United States made the gesture of sending humanitarian aid. On Dec. 16, 2001, Cuba received the first commercial food shipment from the U.S. in nearly 40 years.

History of the World On This Day

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): The week ahead can offer opportunities to bring some of your dreams to fruition. Be vigilant about obeying the rules and taking care of shared duties. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Your hard work won’t be taken for granted in the week ahead. You might receive more recognition for your achievements than anticipated. Spend some quality time with a loved one. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Your logic will come in handy when you are at work or performing a job. You can ensure that your position is secure by being sensitive to subtle hints and gentle reminders. Your partner will offer perceptive ideas. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Duty comes first. Get your everyday tasks completed before you head off for the art show, the soccer field or a visit with friends. The first half of the week may be ideal to arrange a consultation with a professional. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You may

Bulletin Crossword Puzzle of the Week

Solutions on the right side of this page In memory of Greg Wilkinson

DOWN 1 Electric guitar effect 2 Letter-shaped beam 3 __ Bora: Afghan region 4 Scrooge’s “Nonsense!” 5 Worry about something, slangily 6 Cloak-and-dagger org. 7 Animated bug film 8 Bar mitzvah toast 9 What fries are fried in 10 Ukr. or Lith., once 11 Actor Foxx 12 Freeway off-ramps 13 Savage sort 18 Tipplers 22 Cockpit figure 24 “I’m __ human” 26 Little lie 27 First fairy tale word 28 Second fairy tale word 29 Trampled (on) 30 ‘80s-’90s crime boss John 34 Mission Control org. 35 Benevolent fraternal group 36 Salty expanses 38 Center of power 40 Bygone phone feature 43 Pal of Piglet 44 Radio City Music Hall design style 46 Cursory looks 47 Long-legged wader 50 “... near and __ my heart” 51 Assailed verbally, with “out” 52 Surprise win 53 Bright signs 54 Press conference format, briefly 58 Degs. for choreographers 60 Old Roman robe 61 Future D.A.’s exam 62 Sicilian volcano 64 D.C. big shot 65 Morn’s counterpart (C) 2019 TRIBUNE CONTENT AGENCY, LLC.

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Page 14 THE BULLETIN October 29, 2019 (979) 849-5407 42 “Bewitched” witch 45 Buster Brown’s dog 22 Indy service areas ACROSS 48 Jamaican music genre 23 “Do __ others ... “ 1 “Handle __ care” 49 Liqueur holder 25 Most doubtful 5 Burns with hot liquid 52 Last word of a verbally cited 27 Ready-to-send correspondence 11 Ex-Florida governor Bush passage 31 Network with regular pledge 14 “__ Ben Adhem” 55 “Doctor Zhivago” heroine drives 15 Reacts facially to a bad joke, say 56 Potpie veggies 32 D-Day French city 16 Chopping tool 57 Hydroelectric facility 33 Steak orders 17 What snowbirds seek in winter 59 Quik maker 37 Calm under pressure 19 “Mamma __!” 63 Dad, to grandpa 39 Since Jan. 1, in accounting 20 Mecca’s peninsula 64 Ideal party thrower described 41 Folksy account 21 Heat in a microwave by the first words of 17-, 27- and 49-Across 66 Cutoff point 67 C to C, in music 68 Richard of “A Summer Place” 69 Org. with a PreCheck Program 70 Sets free 71 Facts and figures

Columbia Christian Senior Citizens Center Menu

629 E. Bernard, West Columbia, TX, (979) 345-5955 Menu subject to change Monday, Nov. 4: Chili Wed. Oct. 30 : Fried with beans, rice, beets, peas, fish, savory fries, pinto beans, peaches & cottage cheese, carrots, slaw, hush puppies, crackers, dessert. dessert. Tuesday, Nov. 5: Baked Thursday, Oct. 31: Sweet chicken, dressing/gravy; mashed & sour meatballs, rice, navy potatoes, green beans, carrot & beans, turnip greens, jello, garlic raisin salad, rolls, birthday cake. toast, dessert. Served at 11:30 a.m. For Friday, Nov. 1: Lasagna, Meals on Wheels, call by 9:30 green beans, beets, tossed a.m. For takeout, call by 10:30 salad, garlic sticks, dessert. a.m., ready at 11 a.m.

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