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Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah’s Ark. ONE: Don’t miss the boat. TWO: Remember that we are all in the same boat! THREE: Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark. FOUR: Stay fit. When you’re 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big. FIVE: Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done. SIX: Build your future on high ground. SEVEN: For safety’s sake, travel in pairs. EIGHT: Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs. NINE: When you’re stressed, float awhile. TEN: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals. ELEVEN: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.

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If you have children, plan to have children, plan to marry someone with children, listen up!

Your children get only one childhood and they will remember it! by Ginger Lane If you are abusing your children in any way, physically or mentally, STOP IT! If you are neglecting your children for your own desires, STOP IT! If you are getting drunk, using drugs, STOP IT! If you are not using your finances properly for your children, STOP IT! If you are sexually abusing your children,STOP IT! If you are lying to your children, STOP IT! If you are lying in front of your children,STOP IT! If you are abusing, yelling, or lying to your spouse in front of your children, STOP IT! If any of these things apply to you, then I am speaking directly to you. What are you thinking? That the above described behavior is ok? It isn’t! Now, nobody’s perfect, but come on. Years ago, abuse wasn’t talked about. Now, there are places to get help. The shame is not in getting help, it’s in not getting help. I am sick and tired of mean, selfish parents! I grew up with a fairy tale childhood. The way it is supposed to be. I never so much as heard my mother and father yell at one another. Not even so much as a “Shut Up!” Of course, they had disagreements, but I never knew about it. They had their ‘discussions’ in private. I wasn’t beaten, left to fend on my own, and all of my financial needs were met. They did not act like it was a burden, but a blessing they could provide for me. We were not ‘rich’, but within the budget, we had all of our needs taken care of. My parents considered their children’s needs above their own, and that is the way it should be. They didn’t humiliate or belittle me. They made sure I was given a Christian life. They did not judge me, or distrust me, or embarrass me. When my parents told me anything, I could take it as the absolute truth. Your children did not ask to be born, so when you have them, it is your responsibility to give them the best you can give. Your wants and desires come second to their needs........always! I was 16 years old before I found out that parents abused their children. I was brought up in a time when Father Knows Best and Leave It To Beaver shows were on. That’s how I thought it really was. Do you want your children to remember their childhood and think of you as heroes in their eyes? You should be thinking of every move you make in front of your children. I can promise that if you are not acting right, it will come back to haunt you. They will hold resentment towards you the rest of their lives, and I don’t blame them. Fighting, cursing, name calling between spouses or divorced parents in front of the children is wrong. You shouldn’t do it at all, but if you are going to act stupid, have the courtesy of not involving the children. Don’t get them in the middle of it! I’ve been talking to a few people about their childhood. Their memories are marred with their parents doing (or not doing) what parents should. But, they do remember. I am amazed at the stories of being dropped off in the wrong places, left to fend on their own, betrayal, drugs, drinking, Mom and Dad’s boyfriends and girlfriends, not having enough to eat while their parents are headed to the beer store and not having nice clean clothes for school. And, the people I have been talking to are adults! And the way they were treated still brings them to tears. Amazingly, a lot of the people who describe this type of childhood are great parents, but some carry the tradition to their children because that is what

they learned from you. If you are a person who is mistreating your children, I can assure you that if I were your child, I would wish you no harm, I would even forgive you. But when the time comes that you are the person who needs care and attention, when you are old and feeble, I would feel no responsibility to care for you no more than I would for a stranger. If you behaved horribly and neglected me as a child, I would walk away wishing you the best of luck. . My feeling is that you do not have a responsibility to your abusive parents. If they have not turned their lives around, owned up to their bad behavior, and truly begged for your forgiveness, you do not have an obligation to care for them when they are feeble. You did not get to enjoy your childhood, so enjoy your freedom from them as adults.

If you hurt your children in any way, get some help. There is no excuse on this earth for bad behavior.


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August, 2009 WORK WORK PLAY **At a radiator shop (A-1 Radiator): “Best Place in Town to take a Leak” **On a plumbers truck: “We repair what your husband tried to fix.” **On the trucks of a local plumbing company in NE Pennsylvania: “Don’t sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.” **At a tire shop in Milwaukee: “Invite us to your next blowout” **Door of a plastic surgeon’s office: “Hello. Can we pick your nose or would you rather do it” **At a laundry shop: “How about we refund your money, send you a new one at no charge, close the store and have the manager shot. Would that be satisfactory?” **At a towing company: “We don’t charge an arm and a leg. We want tows.” **On an electrician’s truck “Let us remove your shorts.” **In a nonsmoking area: “If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action.” **On a maternity room door: “Push. Push. Push.” **At an optometrist’s office: “If you don’t see what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place.” **On a taxidermist’s window: “We really know our stuff.” **In a podiatrist’s office: “Time wounds all heels.” **On a fence: “Salesmen welcome! Dog food is expensive.” **At a car dealership: “The best way to get back on your feet -- miss a car payment.” **Outside a muffler shop: “No appointment necessary. We’ll hear you coming.” **In a veterinarian’s waiting room: “Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!” **Sign in a veterinarian’s office: “All unattended children will be given a free kitten” **In a restaurant window: “Don’t stand there and be hungry. Come on in and get fed up.” **In the front yard of a funeral home: “Drive carefully. We’ll wait.”

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Well, summer is finally here and I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to cook when it’s this hot. So, I’m sending in some no cooking recipes. I also, want to say “Welcome Home Jean!” you were missed and it good to have you back where you belong, right next door. Simple Fruit Salad Servings: 4 Preparation time: 15 min Cooking time: 0 min Ingredients: 1 tsp cream 2 tsp mayonnaise ( I use the Lite Mayonnaise) 1/2 cups seedless grapes, washed and drained 2.0 pear, peeled, cored and sliced 2.0 peach, peeled, pitted and sliced Cooking Directions: Combine fruit in a salad bowl. Mix mayonnaise with cream in another bowl and pour over fruit. Toss and serve. Per Serving: Calories 107,Carbohydrates 22.2 g,Sugar 16.9 g ,Fat Total4.4 g Exchanges Milk Exchanges 0, Vegetable Exchanges 0 ,Fruit Exchanges1.4 ,Bread Exchanges 0 Other Carbohydrates/ Sugar Exchanges 0 ,Very Lean Meat/Protein Exchange 0 Fat Exchanges 0.4 ______________________________________________ The kids will love this one and it’s healthy for them too. No-Bake Peanut Butter Power Bars Recipe Yield: 8 bars Ingredients: Canola cooking spray 1 tablespoon butter or canola margarine 1/3 cup reduced-fat smooth peanut butter 2 cups miniature marshmallows, lightly packed 1 cup low-fat granola 1 cup Rice Krispies cereal (or other puffed rice cereal) 1/3 cup ground golden flaxseed (golden flax works better in this recipe) Preparation: 1. Coat an 8x8-inch baking pan with canola cooking spray. Put the butter, peanut butter, and marshmallows into a medium-sized microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds, or until mixture is just melted. Stir to blend. 2. Microwave again briefly if the mixture isn’t melted or smooth. Then stir in granola, puffed rice and flaxseed. 3. Spread the mixture in the prepared pan, flattening it evenly with a sheet of waxed paper. Let it cool completely before cutting into 8 equal-sized bars. Nutritional Information:Per serving: 207 calories, 5.5 g protein, 31 g carbohydrate, 8 g of fat ( 2 g saturated fat, 1 g monounsaturated fat, 1.8 g polyunsaturated fat) , 4mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 174 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 35%. Omega 3 fatty acids = 1 g, Omega 6 fatty acids = 0.7 g ______________________________________________

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Ok, this is cooking, but not in the oven where it will heat up your whole house and these are really good. Tuna Patties Yield: 2 servings (2 patties each) Ingredients: 1 can (6 ounces) solid white tuna canned in water, drained 2 tablespoons chopped onion or green onions 1 egg white 1 tablespoon pickle relish (optional) 1 tablespoon light Italian salad dressing 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs 2 teaspoons canola oil or olive oil (canola cooking spray can be substituted) Preparation: 1. In medium bowl, combine tuna, onion, egg white, relish, Italian salad dressing, and panko crumbs. 2. Shape into four patties. Begin heating nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat surface with oil or cooking spray. Add patties and fry on both sides until lightly browned. Serve with salad, soup, or whole grain bread. 3. Nutritional Information: Per serving: 297 calories, 44 g protein, 12 g carbohydrate, 7.5 g fat, 0.8 g saturated fat, 3.2 g monounsaturated fat, 2 g polyunsaturated fat, 47 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 697 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 23 percent. Omega-3 fatty acids = 1 gram, omega-6 fatty acids = 1 gram.


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Q. My mother lives in Dallas and we just put her into a nursing home there. We live in the Lake Fork area and don’t know the best way to handle her funeral when the time comes. Can you give some ideas on how to handle this? A. Many people choose a funeral home based on the driving distance and location of the funeral home. Unfortunately, many people base this decision on the distance from the place of death to the funeral home (ie. hospital, hospice center, nursing home etc.). The very first thing that your family will need to do is found out mom’s wishes. Does she want a traditional funeral? Does she want burial? Does she want to be cremated? Does she want a service with the cremation? Maybe she has friends that will want to say goodbye to her or perhaps she has outlived her friends and only family is left. Does she even have an opinion or does she want the family to make all the decisions without her? All these questions are very important to answer before you call any funeral home. Once a decision is made on the ‘type’ of farewell; then you can move to the next step. Now it’s time to shop and like any shopper you need to look at price and quality of service and merchandise. First, call several ‘local’ funeral homes within the area that your mother is in. The phonebook or the newspaper is a good beginning for you. Perhaps the nursing home may even have a list of funeral homes that could help you get started. Phone a few and be upfront with what you want. Explain to them your decisions and do not be shy about getting the best price. If the price is more than your family is prepared for; than exercise your right to began deleting ‘itemized’ options from your choice or inquire about other inexpensive packages that fit your need. Also call several funeral homes in your ‘local’ area and discuss your decisions about her service. You may even want to personally meet the people that will be caring for your mother. Go into the funeral home a get a ‘feel’ for the place and the directors. Do they answer your questions and make suggestions? Do they go out of their way to make you feel comfortable? If you’re getting an uneasy feeling before the death occurs than that feeing will be magnified with the added burden and grief that a loved ones death is sure to bring. You must feel good about your decision. Keep good notes on who you spoke with, their prices and other information that you have received. Most of the time, small rural towns will have much lower prices than larger metro cities- the same can be said of the funeral service industry. While an extra ‘transportation’ charge will need to be added to the complete cost of the funeral service; you may find that the total cost of the complete service is less expensive when a small town funeral home is used. Rest assured, if you do your homework now then you will save yourself from a lot of unnecessary burden and regret later. Your family will also be able to focus on what is truly important, the celebration of your mothers life. (If you have a question that you would like answered in this column, please write to Ask The Director c/o Ingram Funeral Home P/O. Box 2218 Quinlan, Texas 75474).

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THINGS NOT TO SAY IN A JOB INTERVIEW

“I’m not wanted in this state.” “How many young women work here?” “I didn’t steal it; I just borrowed it.” “You touch somebody and they call it sexual harassment!” “I’ve never heard such a stupid question.” “I have a problem with authority.” “I would be a great asset to the events team because I party all the time.” “Cross-dressing isn’t a problem, is it?” “What do you want me to do if I cannot walk to work if it’s raining? Can you pick me up?” “Can we wrap this up fairly quickly? I have someplace I have to go.” “What is your company’s policy on Monday absences?” “If this doesn’t work out can I call you to go out sometime?” “If I get an offer, how long do I have before I have to take the drug test?” “When you do background checks on candidates, do things like public drunkenness arrests come up?” “So, how much do they pay you for doing these interviews?” “I was fired from my last job because they were forcing me to attend anger management classes.” “What is two weeks’ notice? I’ve never quit a job before, I’ve always been fired.” -


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Answered prayers, answered prayers! I tell

you that I know an amazing God! Since I have been writing about answered prayers in Texas Twister, I have started seeing them all around me. Not just my prayers. The prayers of others around me. At this point in my life, I am in amazement with God. He is so real. Seeing God answer prayers is my favorite thing in life. It is like my passion. It is so wonderful and powerful to know how real and loving God is.

I want to tell you one of my favorite prayers

God answered for me. About 2 years ago I was at a ladies retreat. We had been there a couple of days and I was down at the front of this meeting seeking God with all my heart. The preacher was preaching. I don’t recall what she was saying, but all of a sudden this thought came into my head, “Why are you trying to get so close to God if your husband is not going to?” At that moment, I realized how hard it would be to live for God the best I could if my family wasn’t doing the same.

Just as these thoughts were spinning through

my head, the preacher stopped talking, then got very loud. And this is what she said. “That is a lie from Satan! If you will follow God and seek him with all of your heart, your husband and your kids will follow right behind you!” Don’t think that didn’t get my attention! How did she know I was thinking that? I knew God used that preacher for me. I knew those words were for me. I chose to turn to God and get as close to him as I could. Today, my husband, my son, and my step daughters live for God. Life is better than I ever imagined.

Remember, if you would like to tell about a

prayer God answered for you. Email it to misty@ texastwister.us

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Foundation Extends Brick Campaign Through August 31 - Foundation Supports QISD

The Foundation giving 5K to the Edge – LtoR – Foundation Programs VP Barbara Norris, VP of Development Steve Tucker, QISD Edge Director Chris Taylor, Board Member Dale Chreene and VP of Administration Melanie Kuykendall.

Foundation gives $5,000 to The Edge-Breaking Limitations after-school program

One of the dreams of several Education Foundation board members since its inception was to help create an after-school program in QISD. This next school year, that is happening. Quinlan ISD Superintendent Micheal French named JMECC Principal Chris Taylor as the new Director of the program. District funds were budgeted to establish and maintain an after-school program for as many students in the district as possible. The program will serve 250 students in K-10th grades. Students have to be invited to be a part of the program. Teachers and volunteers from throughout the District are offering their energy and talents to bring unique and fun course offerings from Karate to guitar lessons, cooking classes, mosaic art, gardening, dance, cheer, basketball, flag football, game station days and so much more. Students at the junior and senior level will be utilized as volunteers to help facilitate and mentor younger students. “This is a community-wide and district-wide initiative that will make a difference in kid’s lives. We want them to love coming to school and we want them to build relationships and essentially create a safe environment in which they will grow and learn,” said Taylor. The QISD Education Foundation approved a one-time initiative grant of $5,000 to The Edge-Breaking Limitations. According to President Dr. William Claxton, “This is a one-time event that the board approved mainly because it is a district-wide endeavor. Mr. Taylor was very organized, he has every detail outlined. It will service each campus equally. In the future, should the program request more funds, they will have to write a proposal in the normal cycle, the first Monday of February each year as outlined by the Foundation. We are honored and excited to support this program and watch it become a successful, integral component of our communities.”

In the Fall of 2009, the Foundation will have given a total of $70,000 to QISD since the Foundation started in 2005!

The Quinlan ISD Education Foundation would like to send a sincere Thank You to the QISD school community of supporters. According to Dr. Bill Claxton, “This year, the Foundation implemented a brick campaign to expand the current courtyard monument tribute of founding donors at Ford High School. The campaign has been extended through Monday, August 31, 2009. The Foundation is considerate of the fact that this year has been a real hard year in our local, county, state and national economy. We also feel that what we are able to offer Quinlan schools is very important and instrumental in raising the level of education in our local classrooms.” For as little as $50, any one individual or business can purchase a permanent tribute to supporting Quinlan schools that will be on display for generations to come. Please call (903) 356-1220 or email Tiffony Hopper at tiffony.hopper@quinlanisd.net for more information.

Do you have a unique talent? Would you like to volunteer? Do you have extra game boards and more lying around the house? The Edge- Breaking Limitations after school program is seeking volunteers, community guest speakers, and supplies from intact game boards at home, art and craft supplies, shelving, containers with lids, kitchen supplies, utensils and more are being sought for donation from the community. “Many of these things may be lying around your house or business and aren’t being used. Please consider donating these kinds of things to our program,” pleaded Taylor. If you have any donations that are gently used or would like to learn more about other areas of the Edge, please email Taylor at Christopher.taylor@quinlanisd.net or call (903) 356-1250.

Welcome Back to School! Monday, August 24, 2009

New School Hours (all campuses) – 7:55 am – 3:20 pm QISD Registration times vary at each campus during the first week of August for new students. Please call the following numbers for registration times and other back-to-school news and information:

Wal-Mart giving 5K to the Foundation – LtoR – WM Asst. GM Troy Roberts, Foundation VP Barbara Norris, Foundation VP Steve Tucker, QISD Principal and Edge Director Chris Taylor, Foundation member Dale Chreene, Foundation President Dr. William Claxton and VP of Admn. Melanie Kuykendall.

Wal-Mart Supercenter in Quinlan gives $5,000 to the QISD Education Foundation

Wal-Mart Supercenter in Quinlan awarded the QISD Education Foundation with a $5,000 check on Monday, June 29, 2009. Claxton said, “Wal-Mart Supercenter has been the largest contributor to the QISD Education Foundation and the entire Foundation board and Foundation supporters thank you for giving back to many fine groups in the community. As far as our Foundation, your donations make a huge difference in what we provide to Quinlan schools in supplemental resources not allowed in the budget.”

JMECC (pre k-k) – 903-356-1250 Cannon (1st – 3rd ) – 903-356-1300 Butler (4th – 5th ) – 903-356-1400 Thompson (6th – 8th ) – 903-356-1500 Ford (9th – 12th ) – 903-356-1600 Main QISD Phone – 903-356-1200 Parents need to be sure to check out the updated dress code standards that will be enforced in QISD before purchasing school clothing. The elementary campuses are slightly different from middle and high school; therefore, parents are encouraged to call their child’s campus for more information about certain pieces of clothing or school policies and procedures.


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A little boy was afraid of the dark. One night his mother told him to go out to the back porch and bring her the broom. The little boy turned to his mother and said, “Mama, I don’t want to go out there. It’s dark.” The mother smiled reassuringly at her son. “You don’t have to be afraid of the dark,” she explained. “Jesus is out there. He’ll look after you and protect you.” The little boy looked at his mother real hard and asked, “Are you sure he’s out there?” “Yes, I’m sure. He is everywhere, and he is always ready to help you when you need him,” she said. The little boy thought about that for a minute and then went to the back door and cracked it a little. Peering out into the darkness, he called, “Jesus? If you’re out there, would you please hand me the broom?”

A new pastor was visitng the homes of his parishioners. At one house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came to his repeated knocks at the door. Therefore, he took out a card and wrote “Revelation 3:20” on the back of it and stuck it in the door. When the offering was processed the following Sunday, he found that his card had been returned. Added to it was this cryptic message, Genesis 3:10.” Reaching for his Bible to check out the citation, he broke up in gales of laughter. Revelation 3:20 begins “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” Genesis 3:10 reads, “I heard your voice in the garden and I was afraid, for I was naked.”

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2009 Scholarship Recipients Justin Rogers Allison Cherry Memorial Scholarship Ann Maly Davis Scholarship Fund Jacy Jackson Battle of the Badges Scholarship Walter Thomas Battle of the Badges Scholarship Comfort Care Dental Scholarship Kiwanis Scholarship Raymond & Elizabeth Cameron Ernesto Vargas Campbell Allen Murray Scholarship Debbie Powell Memoral Scholarship Kiwanis Scholarship Megan Davis Scholarship Rockwall Women’s League Scholarship Royse City Chamber Scholarship Ty Young Claycomb & Assoc. Scholarship Early Bird Rotary Scholarship Employee Blue Jean Scholarship Middle School Scholarship Texas Leadership Scholarship RCHS Student Council Scholarship Kasie Lofton Claycomb & Assoc. Scholarship Early Bird Rotary Scholarship Ariana McZeal Comfort Care Dental Scholarship Royse City Chamber Scholarship Kristina Dahmer Early Bird Rotary Scholarship Texas Leadership Scholarship Royse City HS Choir Scholarship Janis Mapps Employee Blue Jean Scholarship Wynn Posey Employee Blue Jean Scholarship Royse City Athletic Booster Club Oklahoma Baptist Univ (Track) Academic Bison (OBU) Academic (OBU) Anita Scott Scholarship (FBCRC) OBU Matching Booster Austen Sharp Farmers Electric Coop Scholarship Kiwanis Scholarship Texas Tech Univ Scholarship Dallas Scottish Rite Scholarship Chelsea Smith Employee Blue Jean Scholarship NTAPT Early Grad Scholarship Alyssa Null Howard Joslin Scholarship Dylan Jones Kiwanis Scholarship Republican Men’s Scholarship Emily Ashton Wright Megan Davis Scholarship Girls Scouts Scholarship Lacy Osborne Republican Women’s Scholarship Megan Frausto Royse City Athletic Booster Club RCHS Student Council Scholarship Univ. of Houston Lacy Haren Royse City Athletic Booster Club RCHS Student Council Scholarship Oklahoma Baptist Univ OBU (Athletics) Anita Scott Scholarship (FBCRC) OBU (Matching Booster) Alysia Null Royse City Athletic Booster Club

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Kellie Wyrick Royse City Athletic Booster Club Micah Gibbs Royse City Athletic Booster Club Justin Jacobs Royse City Athletic Booster Club Various Scholarships Kollin Padon Royse City Athletic Booster Club Skyler Strahm Stick Robinson Scholarship RCHS Student Council Scholarship Oklahoma Baptist University Scotty Arterberry Stick Robinson Scholarship Brittney Burke Texas Exes Chapter Scholarship RC Business Professionals of America Sadie Thomas Trinity Valley San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Sean Smallwood Royse City HS Debate Scholarship RC Business Professionals of America Yasmin Landry Royse City HS Choir Scholarship Lauren Stanley Kristen Nicole Leatherwood Memorial Zuleyma Aguilera Dallas Campus Scholarship Kevin Carson Boy Scouts Scholarship Abraham Ponce Career Colleges & Schools of Texas Lauren Toler Career Colleges & Schools of Texas Shelby Woolly Girls Scouts Scholarship Mackenzie Turner Science Club Scholarship Tulane University (Dean’s Honor) University of Pittsburg Nicholas Lamb Nucor Brittany Gilliam RCHS Student Council Scholarship Rachel Booth RCHS Student Council Scholarship Kayla Dove Navy Derrick McNary Navy Justin McNary Navy Cody Jacobs Navy Edwin “Ty” Johnson Navy Nathan Butler Army Kevin Williams Army Gabriel Martinez Army Luke Beck Univ. of Alabama (Athletic) Univ of Alabama (Merit) Trixie VanWinkle Univ of Texas Arlington (Fresh. Honors) Kylie Kniep Scholarship Zuleyma Aguilero Scholarship Lee Radley Scholarship Kirah Arvie Early Grad Scholarship Elizabeth Clark Early Grad Scholarship Chelsie Dove Early Grad Scholarship Shelby Becknell Early Grad Scholarship Gabriela Enriquez Early Grad Scholarship Heather Harvey Early Grad Scholarship Leticia Hernandez Early Grad Scholarship Marlyn Interiano Early Grad Scholarship Jarvis Loftis Early Grad Scholarship Jamie Mack Early Grad Scholarship Haley Maxwell Early Grad Scholarship Daeleon Moore Early Grad Scholarship Vanessa Ponce Early Grad Scholarship Kimberly Richardson Early Grad Scholarship Caleb Risley Early Grad Scholarship Jackie Russell Early Grad Scholarship

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Priscilla Schneider Early Grad Scholarship Blair Stiles Early Grad Scholarship Kenneth Stuble Early Grad Scholarship Richard Stuble Early Grad Scholarship Kemme Walker Early Grad Scholarship

Royse City High School Booster Club Officers Named PRESIDENT - MIKE CAPP VICE PRESIDENT- TROY EDWARDS SECRETARY- JANET SETTLES TREASURER- WENDY MERRITT MEMBERSHIP- PATTY JOHNSON PROGRAM DIRECTOR- WENDY MERRITT SPIRIT SHOP- DEBBIE POLLOCK CONCESSIONS- JERRY LUMSBEN

Royse City High School

Valedictorian: Mackenzie Michelle Turner – Plans to attend Rice University – major of study Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Salutatorian: Austen Ray Sharp – Plans to attend Texas Tech University – major of study Engineering


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THE FIRST REPUBLIC OF TEXAS James Long (born February 9 1793 Culpepper County Virginia died 11 May 1822 in Mexico) led the unsuccessful filibuster Long Expedition to Texas. He was the first President of the first Republic of Texas. (A filibuster is someone who engages in an unauthorized military expedition into a foreign country to foment or support a revolution.) Long was a former US Army surgeon in the War of 1812 who served at the Battle of New Orleans. He married Jane Herbert Dent Wilkinson in 1815 and owned a plantation in Natchez, Mississippi. Many Americans and French settlers the American southwest were opposed to the AdamsOnis treaty of 1819 that settled the border dispute between the United States and Spain. Long teamed up with José Félix Trespalacios a former Mexican who had fought against Spanish rule in Mexico. They made their first filibuster expedition to Texas in 1819. He attempted to recruit Jean Lafitte and his men, but Lafitte turned him down. Several of Long’s recruits were former French soldiers who had started a settlement in Texas the Champ d’Asile that Spanish troops crushed in 1818. Long was successful in capturing Nacogdoches, with his followers proclaiming Long the first President of the Republic of Texas. However a Spanish expedition routed Long and his followers. Long led a second unsuccessful expedition from the Bolivar Peninsula the following year where his men seized Presidio La Bahía. He was imprisoned, then shot in Mexico. One of Long’s followers, Benjamin Milam believed that Trespalacios who had been captured and freed was responsible. His widow, Jane Long, the first woman of English descent to settle in Texas gave birth to Mary Jane Long the first child born in Texas of English descent. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Long_(filibuster)

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Another exhibit focuses on the future of man travel to the Moon. How this next wave of explorers will reach the Moon aboard the future Aries I and V rockets is described in this exhibit

all Caddo Mills ISD schools on August 20,

along with scale models of the rockets. These rockets are currently under development as the

2009. Griffis Elementary and Lee Elemen-

replacements for the space shuttle.

tary will be from 6-7pm.Caddo Mills Middle School and Caddo Mills High School will be

Crystal Dodson (4th from left back row) is a

from 6:30-7:30pm.

5th grade science teacher at Griffis Elementary. Crystal was chosen by her professors for this class. Cheri Davis, left, and Dr. Kent Montgomery of NASA EXHIBITS ON DISPLAY AT A&Mthe Texas A&M University-Commerce PlanCOMMERCE PLANETARIUM etarium and astronomy students show some of the exhibit materials associated with the NASA exhibit now at the A&M-Commerce Planetarium.

COMMERCE, Texas -- The Planetarium at Texas A&M University-Commerce is continuing its year-long celebration of the Year of Astronomy and 40th anniversary of the first Moon landing. On loan from Johnson Space Center-Houston are several exhibits displayed in the lobby of the planetarium in the Science Building at A&M Danielle Lumsden and Meagan Mulkey, of Caddo Mills recently participated in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) at Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) 2009 National Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN. They received a gold medal in Chapter Showcase Manual, one of 22 national STAR Events available to FCCLA students. Their medals were presented at a recognition session honoring all participants at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center on Thursday, July 16. More than 5,300 members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the nation attended the meeting.

Commerce. One of the exhibits focuses on the Apollo missions, which landed men on the Moon nearly 40 years ago. The exhibit uses a pictorial timeline to outline the historical events that culminated on getting man to the moon. Viewing the exhibit may provoke a memory of the actual event for some visitors while others may be seeing images of the historical events for the first time.

Erin Richardson, daughter of Joel and Jill Richardson of Caddo Mills, was presented with the Myra Hasty and Dr. Pat McLeod Scholarship at a recent awards luncheon in Houston at the Westin Galleria. The scholarship is awarded through the Career and Technology Association of Texas to students who have excelled in career and technology program participation and overall student achievement. Erin is pictured here with Mrs. Myra Hasty at the awards luncheon.


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The LA Times reported that an anthropologist from UCLA was digging at a site near San Francisco and after digging down 25 feet found copper telephone wires. He concluded based on the depth these were found that in the early 1800’s California had already developed a phone line system well ahead of the rest of the country. Not to be outdone, the New York Post published an article about an anthropologist that was researching a site near Hells Gate. He discovered copper wires with plastic ends buried 35 feet below the surface. The scientist concluded that New York had developed an internet network in the 1700’s well before anyone else in the country or world! After reading these stories, Boudreax, an attendee of the Raceland La. college went out to a sugarfield next to Bayou LaFourche and dug down 50 feet and found NOTHING. He went back to the LaFourche Gazette and reported what he did and found. He concluded that Louisiana had already gone wireless in the 1600’s!!!!! ******************************************************************* You might be a redneck if: It never occurred to you to be offended by the phrase, ‘One nation, under God.’ You might be a redneck if: You’ve never protested about seeing the 10 Commandments posted in public places. You might be a redneck if: You still say ‘ Christmas’ instead of ‘Winter Festival.’ You might be a redneck if: You bow your head when someone prays. You might be a redneck if: You stand and place your hand over your heart when they play the National Anthem. You might be a redneck if: You treat our armed forces veterans with great respect, and always have. You might be a redneck if: You’ve never burned an American flag, nor intend to. You might be a redneck if: You know what you believe and you aren’t afraid to say so, no matter who is listening. You might be a redneck if: You respect your elders and raised your kids to do the same. You might be a redneck if: You’d give your last dollar to a friend.


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flossing and then they really start to live it up! Because the dentin is softer, the bacteria are able to destroy it much quicker, often leaving the outer enamel shell intact except for the pinhole. This means that the inside of your tooth could have a pretty large hole without you even being aware of it—until, of course, the dentin becomes so weak that it can no longer support the outer enamel shell. Then you bite down on something, and the enamel shell cracks and breaks and suddenly half of your tooth is gone.

“Decay”

Once the insulating layer of enamel is gone, the tooth may be very sensitive to sweets or temperature changes. Since dentin also has those tubules that extend to the nerve space, the acid and other toxins that bacteria produce can then reach the nerve and ir-

Many times a patient will walk into my office complaining that they were eating

ritate it. If this is caught early enough, then removing the decay and placing a filling or

and their tooth just broke—often times while eating something soft like a piece of bread-

crown, depending on how large the hole is, can often solve the problem without lasting

and they wonder just how it happened. The truth is, they most likely had a cavity that

nerve damage. If left untreated, then the toxins can do irreparable damage, or the bacteria

they weren’t even aware that greatly weakened their tooth structure. To understand how

themselves can invade the nerve. If either of these things happens, then you will have to

this happens, you have to know a little about the structure of a tooth.

get the tooth pulled or get a root canal and crown.

The crown of your tooth has enamel on its outside surface. Enamel is the hardest sub-

stance in the body and it is very insulating. Under the enamel is a layer of dentin, which

Brushing properly and flossing removes plaque so that bacteria don’t get the opportunity

is a hard substance, but not as strong as enamel. In the middle of the dentin is the pulp

to even begin making a hole in your tooth. Also, regular checkups can catch a cavity early

chamber that contains the nerve and blood supply to the tooth. Dentin also has little tu-

when a simple filling with solve the problem. Going to see your dentist twice a year will

bules, or pores, that communicate with the nerve space. When we don’t brush properly

greatly decrease your chances of ending up with a dental emergency right in the middle

and floss, we leave plaque under the gum line and in between the teeth. Plaque has a lot

of a busy workday or long holiday weekend, and it will save you money in the long run.

of bacteria in it, and these bacteria thrive on sugary foods and drinks, producing acids

Remember, take care of your teeth and they’ll take care of you.

that begin to make a hole in the enamel of the tooth. This hole may be very small, like a pin hole, but once the bacteria have made it all the way through the enamel they can then reach the inner, softer dentin. Once inside the tooth, bacteria are safe from brushing and

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August, 2009 Faith is a Lifestyle

By Pastors Dean & Ruth Remmers FaithisaLifestyle@yahoo.com

There was nothing we could do in the natural. It was out of our hands. Our car was out of control as we hydroplaned at 70 mph across an I-10 overpass east of El Paso. It is true about time slowing down on the inside of you while all around you things are zooming by. I knew if we regained traction on the bridge, we would go over the guardrail because we were sliding sideways. Instead, we slid the length of the bridge and regained traction on the asphalt highway. I had to put my physical senses on hold—they gave me few options, none of which were favorable. I rested my head back against the seat as I spoke the Name of Jesus. The car shot into the mud-filled median, spinning round and round. A wave of mud closed us off from the world for a few moments until the rain and wipers swished it off. It was like sitting in a darkened theater when the movie starts—only we didn’t like the show. The car had come out of its spin and was headed backwards into oncoming traffic. I saw the other vehicles coming towards us; my natural mind knew we would not be able to avoid a collision. I just trusted Him. At that point, that was all there was to do. My life already belonged to God, but I committed that moment to Him knowing He could supernaturally do what wasn’t possible in the natural. BAM! Just as we were about to enter the rush of oncoming traffic, we hit something that sent us back through the ditch and up onto the correct side of the highway where there was no traffic. I immediately turned to look at what we had hit, but there was nothing there that my physical eyes could see. We were SAFE! We stopped a short distance down the road to check the car—no scratches, no dents! We only found a plug of grass stuck in the car’s undercarriage. Was there an angel standing on the edge of that interstate that pushed us away from the rush of oncoming traffic and back into our own lane again? Something was there: we felt the impact, and it knocked our car away from danger. God’s Word says that He gives His angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways (Psalm 91:11). In our early years of marriage I decided to “help” my husband while he was at work by clearing some prickly pear off our city lots. A backhoe operator was doing some road work in front of our place and loaded our truck for free, and a friend helped me shovel it out by hand at the dump. She had to leave before we finished the last load, but I decided I could do it myself. (I don’t know why we women think our physical bodies can do all the things our minds determine to do.) I drove around the dump thinking someone else might be dumping and perhaps help me unload, but the place was completely deserted. I was already exhausted from shoveling the other loads, but I began working to get that hill of cactus, dirt and rock out of our truck. It didn’t take long before I realized that I couldn’t do it. I stopped shoveling and stood on top of that heap, turning to get a panoramic view of that desolate place. There was still no one in sight, no one to help me at all. Tears rolled down my face mingling with the dust and sweat. I half-heartedly asked the LORD to send someone to help me, knowing that no one was coming, knowing that I had done this to myself…. I had just looked behind me, but as I turned again,

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there were three men standing at the back of the truck. How they had gotten there without me seeing them walk up was beyond my understanding. They didn’t speak English, but I understood that they wanted to shovel out my problem for me. Within a few minutes they had finished the job, and I turned to get in the truck. When I looked back, they were gone. They had left just like they had come. While we’re not to seek after or worship angels, Hebrews 13:2 says, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” I think they entertained me. Thank You, Lord.


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“Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread.� --Thomas Jefferson The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn. --Alvin Toffler

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Take Your Children Fishing!

Ginger Lane

This is my grandson, Cameron, on a fishing trip with his dad. He had a great time, and it is so important to remember to just do things for fun with the kids. We are so busy with our day to day lives in work and outside obligations that we sometimes forget just to stop and enjoy our children. Get away in a setting where there are no distractions. Leave the toys at home, forget about the TV, house and yard work and just take off. My mom always told me I could clean house when my son was grown. She knew the priority of things. Oh, and don’t forget the safety gear, sunscreen, and plenty of water. Summer is almost over, but you still have time before back to school!

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SUSAN (age 4) was drinking juice when she got the hiccups. ‘Please don’t give me this juice again,’ she said, ‘It makes my teeth cough.’ *************************** DJ (age 4) stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked: ‘How much do I cost?’ *************************** MELANIE (age 5) asked her Granny how old she was. Granny replied she was so old she didn’t remember any more. Melanie said, ‘If you don’t remember you must look in the back of your panties. Mine say five to six.’ *************************** STEVEN (age 3) hugged and kissed his Mom good night. ‘I love you so much that when you die I’m going to bury you outside my bedroom window.’ *************************** BRITTANY (age 4) had an ear ache and wanted a pain killer. She tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle. Seeing her frustration, her Mom explained it was a child-proof cap and she’d have to open it for her. Eyes wide with wonder, the little girl asked: ‘How does it know it’s me?’


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WOMEN WHO KNOW THEIR PLACE A point of view... Barbara Walters, of Television’s 20/20, did a story on gender roles in Kabul, Afghanistan several years before the Afghan conflict. She noted that women customarily walked five paces behind their husbands. She recently returned to Kabul and observed that women still walk behind their husbands. From Ms. Walters’ vantage point, despite the overthrow the oppressive Taliban regime, the women now seem to walk even further back behind their husbands and are happy to maintain the old custom. Ms. Walters approached one of the Afghani women and asked, ‘Why do you now seem happy with an old custom that you once tried so desperately to change. The woman looked Ms Walters straight in the eyes, and without hesitation said, ‘Land Mines.’ Moral of the story is: (no matter what language you speak and where you go) BEHIND EVERY MAN, THERE’S A SMART WOMAN.


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I heard on TV we are getting a little cool down this weekend. That will sure help out a lot. I don’t know if I have gotten soft about the heat or if it really is hotter than it used to be. We had some fresh purple hull peas last week. They were really good. I cooked them in chicken broth and added some diced ham, a small piece of bacon and chopped up a little onion to go in them as well. Try that with a pan of cornbread and some onion on the side. Yumm! It is still summer even if it’s a tad bit cooler, so let’s try another Potato Salad for our recipe this month! This is a great, quick, one pan summer meal. Add a fresh spinach or lettuce salad and your dinner is served! Another Potato Salad 2 lbs. Small Red Potatoes ½ C. Chopped Red Onion ½ C. Sliced Green Onions 6 T. Cider Vinegar, Divided ½ lb. Smoked Sausage (I use Eckrich Skinless) 6T. Olive Oil 1 T. Dijon Mustard ½ t. Pepper Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water for 20 to 30 minutes or until tender; drain. Rinse with cold water; cool completely. Cut into ¼ inch slices; place in a large bowl. Add onions and 3 T. Vinegar; toss. In a medium skillet, cook sausage in oil for 5 to 10 minutes or until it begins to brown. Remove with slotted spoon and add to potato mixture. To drippings in skillet, add mustard, pepper and remaining vinegar; bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Pour over potato salad mixture; toss gently. Serve immediately. Enjoy!!


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To test your fishing trivia knowledge, take this test and give yourself 1 point for every correct answer. Be warned, this quiz is tough. Q. In what century did bass fishing begin? A. Bass fishing is an old sport. The correct answer is that it started in the 18th century. However, like most beginnings it was a rudimentary beginning, the progress we’ve made a few centuries is almost frightening. Most likely, it began in the southern regions of the US. But, today bass fishing is an international obsession and professional as well as amateur fishing competitions can be found all over the world. Q. When was the first bass fishing reel invented? A. Between 1768 and 1770. The first multiplying reel was invented during this time. This is the great great granddaddy of your modern bait casting reel. The proud inventor was one Onesimus Ustonson. Three cheers for Onesimus! Q. Who invented the first level-wind design reel? A. No other than William Shakespeare Jr. from Shakespeare Company fame. Before he secured a patent for his invention in 1897 he was a patent medicine salesman. His invention was a hit with fisherman of his day and as they say “the rest is history...” Q. What year was the first spinner lure created? A. 1915. This was the creation of the William J. Jamison Co. The spinner that started it all was called the Twin Spinner is the grandpa of your modern spinner. Q. Can you name the US president that precipitated today’s bass fisheries? A. Did you guess Franklin D. Roosevelt? I hope so. You are correct. He created the Tennesse Valley Authority which was responsible for the building of various dams throughout the united states. These impoundments became the playgrounds of today’s bass fishermen. Q. Which US Company is responsible for the development of nylon fishing line? A. DuPont invented nylon in and started selling nylon monofilament fishing lines. Q. In what year did the first professional bass fisherman win the first million dollars in fishing? A. The year is 1992 and the winner of was Larry Nixon and those million dol-

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lars where the the total earnings he made in one year fishing professionally. Q. Can you name three species of bass that are currently being fished in professional bass fishing events? A. Large mouth bass, small mouth bass, and Kentucky bass Q. In what decade did bass fishing first become popular? A. The 1950’s is widely considered as the decade that popularized bass fishing in the United States and prompted the technical developments in bass rods, reels, boats and lines that we enjoy today. Q. How much money does the bass fishing industry contribute to the US economy? A. You would probably be surprised to know that the the bass fishing industry is responsible for $50 - $70 billion dollars of activity in the US economy, and that number is growing every year as fishing related sales increase because of bass fishing’s growing popularity. Article Source: EzineArticles.com

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A fire started on some grassland near a farm in Indiana. The fire department from the nearby town was called to put the fire out. The fire proved to be more than the small town fire department could handle, so someone suggested that a rural volunteer fire department be called. Though there was doubt that they would be of any assistance, the call was made. The volunteer fire department arrived in a dilapidated old fire truck. They drove straight towards the fire and stopped in the middle of the flames. The volunteer firemen jumped off the truck and frantically started spraying water in all directions. Soon they had snuffed out the center of the fire, breaking the blaze into two easily controllable parts. The farmer was so impressed with the volunteer fire department’s work and so grateful that his farm had been spared, that he presented the volunteer fire department with a check for $1000. A local news reporter asked the volunteer fire captain what the department planned to do with the funds. “That should be obvious,” he responded, “the first thing we’re gonna do is get the brakes fixed on that stupid fire truck.”


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TALKIN’ ‘BOUT SAVIN’ YOU SOME BUCKS!! Tire pressure can greatly impact fuel mileage. You should check to make sure what the correct tire pressure is for your automobile. If they are not at the proper pressure, you run the risk of suffering at the gas pump and having to replace your tires earlier than necessary. Keeping the correct pressure stated by the manufacturer in your tires is the safest and cost efficient way to go. Here are some more tips for saving at the pump!

Things you should never say to a police officer: **Sorry officer, I didn’t realize my radar detector wasn’t plugged in. **You must’ve been doin’ about 125 mph to keep up with me! good job! **I thought you had to be in relatively good physical condition to be a police officer **You’re not gonna check the trunk are you?

Drive Vehicle Sensibly: Avoid aggressive driving. Speedy and rash driving, rapid acceleration and irrational use of brakes wastes gas and so all this should be avoided to lower the gas mileage. Observing Speed Limit: At speeds above 60 mph, usually gas mileage decreases. It is also safer to observe a constant speed limit. Remove Excess Weight Using Cruise Control Checking and Replacing Air Filters Regularly. Proper Inflation of Tires Using Clean Engine Oil Checking Exhaust System Checking of Carburetor Avoid Idling Less Use of Air Conditioner Avoid Driving with Open Windows Puzzle on Page 18

Kids Say the Darndest Things A mother and her young son returned from the grocery store and began putting away the groceries. The boy opened the box of animal crackers and spread them all over the table. “What are you doing?” his mother asked. “The box says you can’t eat them if the seal is broken,” the boy explained. “I’m looking for the seal.”

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After putting her children to bed, a mother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. At last she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard her three-year-old say with a trembling voice, “Who was that?” Puzzle on Page 19


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