Life Is a Gift Today before you say an unkind word - Think of someone who can’t speak. Before you complain about the taste of your food - Think of someone who has nothing to eat. Before you complain about your husband or wife - Think of someone who’s crying out to GOD for a companion. Today before you complain about life - Think of someone who went too early to heaven. Before whining about the distance you drive, Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet. And when you are tired and complain about your job - Think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your job. And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down - Put a smile on your face and think: you’re alive and still around.
Strange Advice From the Old Farmer
* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. * Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance. * Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. * A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. * Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled. * Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight. * Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads. * Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you. * It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge. * You cannot unsay a cruel word. * Every path has a few puddles. * When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty. * The best sermons are lived, not preached. * Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway. * Don’t judge folks by their relatives. * Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. * Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t botherin’ you none. * Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. * If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’. * Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got. * The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’. * Always drink upstream from the herd. * Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment. * Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in. * If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around. * Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
WOMEN’S REVENGE ‘Cash, check or charge?’ I asked, after folding items the woman wished to purchase. As she fumbled for her wallet , I noticed a remote control for a television set in her purse. ‘So, do you always carry your TV remote?’ I asked. ‘No,’ she replied, ‘but my husband refused to come shopping with me, and I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him legally.’ UNDERSTANDING WOMEN (A MAN’S PERSPECTIVE) I know I’m not going to understand women. I’ll never understand how you can take boiling hot wax, pour it onto your upper thigh, rip the hair out by the root, and still be afraid of a spider.
Well, the Fourth of July is almost here, so I wanted to send you some easy recipes for cooling off. Hope you enjoy them. Want to say Get Well Soon to Jean Mertens, my sister-in-law, who is more like a sister than a sister-in-law, just without all the fights that sisters have. If you would like me to find a recipe, just send me an email at auntpat@ texastwister.us. Frosty Strawberry Pops Servings: 8 Prep time: 10 min. Cooking time: 0 Ingredients: 2 c strawberries, stemmed 2/3 c Fat Free evaporated milk 3 TBS light corn syrup 3 TBS frozen orange juice concentrate, or any type of frozen concentrate juice Directions: In blender container, blend all ingredients about 1 min. or until smooth. Pour into 3 oz wax-coated cups (one per serving) Place in shallow pan and insert a wooden craft stick or plastic spoon into the center of each. Freeze until firm, about 4 hours. After pops are frozen, they can be transferred to a plastic bag for freezer storage. To release pops from cups, dip briefly into hot water up to rim. Calories: 73 Calories from Fat: 24% Fat: 1.9g Carbs: 0 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Frozen Fruit Chunk Cups Servings: 6 Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time: 0 Ingredients: 1 c apple sauce, chunky or regular 2/3 lbs fresh strawberries, stemmed 2/3 lbs mandarin orange segments, drained 1 cup grapes (optional) 2 TBS orange juice concentrate Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Spoon fruit mixture into individual dishes or paper cups. Freeze until firm. Remove from freezer about 30 min. before serving. Calories: 64 Calories from Fat: 20% Carbs: 0 Fat: 1.4 g +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Orange & Pineapple Crush Servings: 2 Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time: 0 Ingredients: 2 fresh pineapple sliced 1/2 c orange juice 1 c diet lemon-lime soda pop Directions: Chop pineapple and process in a blender or food processor for a few seconds until it is well crushed. Mix together orange juice and lemon-lime soda. Divide the crushed pineapple between 2 glasses and top with the juice mixture. Serve chilled. Calories: 97 Calories from fat: 5 % Carbs: 0 Dietary Fiber: 0.6 mg.
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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.
And then the fight started... My wife sat down on the couch next to me as I was flipping channels. She asked, ‘What’s on TV?’ I said, ‘Dust.’ And then the fight started... =================================================== My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary. She said, ‘I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3 seconds.’ I bought her a scale. And then the fight started... ==================================================== When I got home last night, my wife demanded that I take her someplace expensive... so, I took her to a gas station... And then the fight started.... =================================================== My wife and I were sitting at a table at my high school reunion, and I kept staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table. My wife asked, ‘Do you know her?’ ‘Yes, I sighed, ‘She’s my old girlfriend. I understand she took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she hasn’t been sober since.’ ‘My God!’ says my wife, ‘who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?’ =================================================== And then the fight started... I took my wife to a restaurant. The waiter, for some reason, took my order first. ‘I’ll have the strip steak, medium rare, please.’ He said, ‘Aren’t you worried about the mad cow?’ ‘Nah, she can order for herself.’ And then the fight started.....
July, 2009 and volleyball) because Dad also looks so forward to watching his grandchildren & great grandchildren during these family competitions each year. We have planned a whole day of events to celebrate who our father is and Dad jokingly says that he can’t wait. The job is to capture that persons’ life, and to tell it with all you got. It is important however, to get your funeral home involved
Q. My brother has requested that his funeral be held on
before the death occurs; so that they can assist you with
Mother’s back porch. He wants the family to have a huge
the many details. I suggest that you talk with the family
party and family picnic for his service. I know people have
first and write down what you would like, then call several
done this after cremation but he does not want to be cre-
funeral homes for prices and ideas. I am sure that what-
mated. Can we do this with the casket there and who do we
ever your family does will be as unique as your brother
need to call to arrange this?
and thank you for wanting to celebrate his life in a very
A. What a wonderfully unique way of remembering a
special way. (If you have a question that you would like
loved one. I get so excited when someone steps away from
answered in this column, please write to Ask The Direc-
the ‘traditional’ to celebrate a loved ones life. These types
tor c/o Ingram Funeral Home P/O. Box 2218 Quinlan,
of services are very easily performed and the memories of
it will last a lifetime. Most people believe that the choice of funeral locations is very limited when the casket is present. Many families today do not have a home church and perhaps feel that a service at a funeral home will take away from the personalization of the service. Many funeral services (with the body present) have been done in back yards, gymnasiums, parks, museums or football fields. Since there are no laws against the location of a funeral, any funeral home you choose should be able to assist your family in your many options and hopefully give you some great ideas for the service. The funeral home will possibly need to go to your home to ensure there is enough room to move the casket in easily and perhaps some furniture may have to be moved. Together with the family, the funeral director will set a time to bring the casket to the house. My own father’s funeral service will be held in our back yard (where we always have our family get-togethers) and following the service; our family will have a family barbeque-complete with my brother’s homemade BBQ sauce that Dad just loves. Our family is also planning to have our traditional family games (ie. football, yard crochet,
The following students have made the Superintendent’s Honor Roll for the 2008-2009 School Year @ Lone Oak Elementary: First grade: Zachary Allen, Cooper Dale, Jacob Derryberry, Nathan Gibson, Gage Gilbert, Allison Hackett, Mara Hammonds, Aubreigh Oliver, Caitlin Carpenter, Kaitlyn Kalisek, Jack Kizer, Jolie Pope, Madison Smith, Hailey Zetterberg, Tore Gilchrist, Jacob Maritt, Beyonca Martinez, Madelyn Moser, Marissa Voss, Serena Rodriguez, Chloe Taylor. Second grade: Payton Allen, Colton Barrett, Reagan Huggins, Sarah Bowen, Vanessa Miltenberger, Mandy Ryan, Santino Trujillo, Ashlaine Wilson, Sierra Shields.
Box, Laighla Gassner. Third grade: Baylie Baker, Garrett Gibbs, Grace Gilbert, Francisco Gonzalez, Nick Hackett, TJ Neece, Claire Neivandt, Cade Patton, Ariel Ross, Carl White, Hunter Adams, Aden Boyer, Cullen Brown, Jose Davila, Cody McGee, Dyllan Fronterhouse, Michael Hall, Andy Lozoya, Jordyn Sellers, Walker Webb, Quanah Pendley, Dylan Bargerhuff, Aubrie Shaw, Mari Keatts. Fourth grade: Kristin Campbell, Kaitlin Hall, Cameron Henry, Tyler Hooten, Mariah Nichols, Brooke Phillips, Grace Vella, Anthony Bonetti, Garrett Brumit, Hunter Brumit, Cameron Coleman, Madie Wilson, Zachary Godwin, Ashlee Isenberg, Cami Moore, Trent Wilson, Colby Howard, Chance Thompson, Brett Kelly.
lie Voss, Garrett Carpenter, Abby Derryberry, Mykenzi Gilmore, Justin Hooten, Sarah Kizer, Cody McGee, Sarah Thompson. Fourth grade: Cash Barnes, Haley Conley, Danielle Hass, Ethan Powell, Chance Thompson, Kylie White, Katherine Yeager, Christie Cook, Aaron Seward, Bradley Scott, Zach Godwin, Garrett Brumit, Hunter Brumit, Carlos Hernandez, Kole Johnson, Jacey Seiber, Madie Wilson, Jennifer Polk. Fifth grade: Justus Seiber, Justin Carson, Sydney Humble, Coleton Lasseter, Callie Spradling, David Tanoos, Maddie Vinson, Rebekah Johnson, Cody Floyd, Clay Moats, Carly Prim, Rebecca Schumann, Gina Thompson, Dane White.
Third grade: Makenna Baldwin, Meagan Dagenais, Taylor Hooten, Russell Jackson, Danny Martinez, Bailey May, Natalie Voss, Garrett Carpenter, Abby Derryberry, Mykenzi Gilmore, Justin Hooten, Sarah Kizer, Sarah Thompson, Lexi Busby, Dacotah Killian, Trevor Howard, Brianna Wilson.
The following students have made the A/B Fifth grade: Tegan Gannon, Brandon Keck, Logan Pat- Honor Roll for the 6th six weeks @ Lone Oak terson, Justus Seiber, Eric Shaw, Justin Carson, Morgan Elementary:
Fourth grade: Jennifer Polk, Carlos Hernandez, Christie Cook, Bradley Scott, Aaron Seward, Haley Conley, Danielle Hass, Ethan Powell, Kylie White.
The following students have made the Principal’s Honor Roll for the 6th six weeks @ Lone Oak Elementary:
Fifth grade: Sydney Humble, Coleton Lasseter, Callie Spradling, Maddie Vinson, Clay Moats, Carly Prim, Rebecca Schumann, Gina Thompson, Dane White.
First grade: Hunter Bryan, Caitlin Carpenter, Preston Gonzalez, Fallon Harris, Kaitlyn Kalisek, Jack Kizer, Jolie Pope, Madison Smith, Cole Stover, Nicholas Yeager, Hailey Zetterberg, Kelsie Dent, Tore Gilchrist, Delanie Hamilton, Jacob Maritt, Beyonca Martinez, Maddie Moser, Marissa Voss, Katie Williams, Zak Wright, Zachary Allen, Cooper Dale, Jacob Derryberry, Nathan Gibson, Gage Gilbert, Allison Hackett, Mara Hammond, Aubreigh Oliver, Kirsten Dent, Micah Kilgore, Serena Rodriguez, Chloe Taylor.
The following students have made the A/B Honor Roll for the 2008-2009 School Year @ Lone Oak Elementary: First grade: Kayden Alvis, Payton Gann, Heath Kelley, Efrain Leon, Joe McCallum, Kadey Reynolds, Hunter Bryan, Preston Gonzalez, Fallon Harris, Adriana Lozoya Heagan Steed, Cole Stover, Nicholas Yeager, Ethan Adair, Alexis Barrow, Gregory Blackwell, Kelsie Dent, Delanie Hamilton, Lindsay Hand, Brianna Jiminez, Katelynn Williams, Zakary Wright, Kirsten Dent, Micah Kilgore, Anthony Solorzano. Second grade: Gabe Baker, Gabriela Davila, Justin Dooley, Katie Jackson, Jayden Marsh, Brandon Pullen, Stephen Sikes, Kaden Thompson, Jessica Williams, Hannah Conley, Jordan Denton, Jacee Dudley, Calynn Franco, Brennen Kile, Faith Ragsdale, Rebekah Rial, Kayle Todd, Marila Watson, Adrianna Wilson, Cheyenne Knapp, Haley Lummus, Tyler Rhea, Ashley Sanders, Tanyon Shields, Jayde Standley, Aaron Voegele, James Whitehead, Cameron
Gibbs, Eden Godwin, Hayden Hunt, Rebekah Johnson, Jacob Reese, Payton Rust, David Tanoos, Cody Floyd, Sawyer Spradling, Hannah Wooten.
Second grade: Cheyenne Knapp, Sierra Shields, James Whitehead, Payton Allen, Colton Barrett, Gaby Davila, Reagan Huggins, Katie Jackson, Stephen Sikes, Jessica Williams, Sarah Bowen, Jordan Denton, Jacee Dudley, Calynn Franco, Brennen Kile, Vanessa Miltenberger, Faith Ragsdale, Mandy Ryan, Santino Trujillo, Adrianna Wilson, Ashlaine Wilson. Third grade: Lexi Busby, Dyllan Fronterhouse, Michael Hall, Dacotah Killian, Andy Lozoya, Walker Webb, Dylan Bargerhuff, Trevor Howard, Mari Keatts, Quanah Pendley, Jordyn Sellers,Aubrie Shaw, Brianna Wilson, Makenna Baldwin, Meagan Dagenais, Nick Hackett, Taylor Hooten, Russell Jackson, Danny Martinez, Bailey May, Francisco Gonzalez, TJ Neece, Claire Neivandt, Ariel Ross, Nata-
First grade: Ashley Dagenais, Adriana Lozoya, Heagan Steed, Ethan Adair, Alexis Barrow, Gregory Blackwell, Lindsay Hand, Brianna Jiminez, Kayden Alvis, Payton Gann, Heath Kelly, Joe McCallum, Kadey Reynolds, Hailey Roden, Anthony Solorzano. Second grade: Aimee Booth, Tyler Rhea, Jayde Standley, Gabe Baker, Justin Dooley, Jayden Marsh, Kalyn Pope, Brandon Pullen, Jesse Rodriguez, Kaden Thompson, Austin Warren, Hannah Conley, Megan Ryan, Kaylee Todd, Laighla Gassner, Peggy Wilson. Third grade: Maggie Hanson, Dominic Hogue, Ethan Hunt, Trystinn Johnson, Blake Miller, Jill Moore, Haley Smith, Savannah Rhein, Baylie Baker, Garrett Gibbs, Grace Gilbert, Cade Patton, Nathan Stevenson, Hunter Adams, Cullen Brown. Fourth grade: Colby Howard, Ky Allen, Gavin Jackson, Fran Kleplin, Jack Nichol, Ashlee Isenberg, Cami Moore, Trent Wilson, Justus Chambers, Emily Christoffel, Cameron Coleman, Brett Kelly, Kody Killgo, Walker Powell, Anthony Bonetti, Kristin Campbell, Kaitlin Hall, Cameron Henry, Grace Vella, Rhalie Weathers. Fifth grade: Tegan Gannon, Brandon Keck, Ta’ah Kelly, Seth Broughton, Logan Patterson, Eric Shaw, Morgan Gibbs, Eden Godwin, Hayden Hunt, Payton Rust, Allen Ragsdale, Sydney Schneider, Sawyer Spradling, Jayce Womack, Hannah Wooten.
Happy 4th of July to All!!
(Miss Jean had her gallbladder taken out in early June, so to speed her recovery along we’re reprinting last July’s recipes. Don’t worry she is doing fine, just not up to going thru her recipes yet! She’s feeling good enough now to check to see what I’m putting into the pots on the stove though!) I’m not having the unusual recipes again, but I do have the Chocolate Gravy recipe for you.
1 C. Water 1 C. Milk ¾ C. Sugar 1 Lump Butter
5 T. Flour 2 T. Cocoa 1 t. Vanilla
Put water & milk into med. size skillet on med. high heat. When this mixture begins to get hot add the butter. Stir until the butter is melted. Mix sugar, flour and cocoa, add this mixture to the water and milk, stirring until it begins to thicken. Then add the vanilla and continue to stir until it is as thick as you want it. As Phil says, “You can eat it on a biscuit or on just a piece of bread.” Hope you try this and ………..Enjoy! Another Squash Casserole 1/3 C. Mayonnaise ¼ t. Salt ½ C. Milk ¾ Stick Oleo 2/3 C. Cheese, grated 3 -4 lbs. Yellow Squash Salt and Pepper to taste Wash your squash and then slice and cook it with a little salt until tender. Drain the squash well. Add oleo, salt and pepper. In a small mixing bowl, combine mayo, milk and cheese. Combine this mixture with the squash and spoon into a greased casserole dish. Bake at 350◦ for 30 minutes. Cool slightly to set. Serves 4 – 6 people. You may add bread crumbs on top. Then……………Enjoy!!
Royse City ISD is proud to announce our 20082009 Campus and District Teachers of the Year! Our campus teachers of the year are nominated by their peers then a campus vote determines the campus winners! Congratulations to: Royse City High School—Chandra Caffee Royse City Middle School—Sheli Holmes Ruth Cherry Intermediate School—Heather Meeks Davis Elementary—Ron Corcoran Anita Scott Elementary—Fern Richardson W.R. Fort Elementary—Angela Homan Miss May Vernon Elementary—Marie Lowry Our campus teachers are interviewed by a panel of outside judges who make the final decision of district teachers of the year and the announcement is made at our Employee Appreciation Program. This year we are pleased to announce Angel Homan as Royse City ISD’s Elementary Teacher of the Year and Chandra Caffee as Royse City ISD’s Secondary Teacher of the Year! Our district teachers of the year will move on to participate at Region 10 for the Regional Teacher of the Year. The teachers are also honored at a RangRoyse City ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year er Baseball game and are treated to a very special Royse City ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year luncheon in August where the regional winners are announced. Congratulations to our 2008-2009 Campus and District Teachers of the Year! We are thrilled and honored that you all choose to teach at Royse City ISD.
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KANANAUGH METHODIST- Greenville NOE OLVERA
WALTER SMITH MEMORIAL
W.H. FORD MEMORIAL
10. GREENVILLE ROTARY CLUB
11. FHS BAND BOOSTER CLUB
HALEY BRANDEBERRY, JUSTIN KIZER
12. QUINLAN HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI HALEY BRANDEBERRY, ARIELL FORD 13. QISD Teacher STAR SCHOLARSHIP HALEY BRANDEBERRY
Band Boosters - Haley Brandeberry, Justin Kizer,
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God is so amazing! He not only wants to answer us when we are in desperate need. God is so loving, that He cares about the little things that matter to us. I have experienced many prayers when I need Him right then to come through for me and He did. I see lots of people that only find God in their time of desperate need. In my journey to my personal relationship with God, I have found that He loves me so much that just when I talk to Him, He has been there. I want to share with you the time I was just talking out loud to God telling him something I would really enjoy. I was sitting on my back porch drinking coffee, admiring his creation, the trees, the wind blowing and the birds singing. I remembered that I had not seen a humming bird that new spring. I have these flowers that grow on my trees and the humming birds usually really like them. And, ever once in a while, you can get a glimpse of one. As I was sitting outside, I said “God, I want to see a humming bird”. It was just a thought in my head and I just said it to God. I went back in the house for a couple of hours to start my house work. After awhile I took a break, and went back out on the porch and sat in the rocker. All of a sudden I heard this noise. I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from, so I looked back at the door to see if my son or husband was making a buzzing noise. No one was there and when I turned my head forward this hummingbird was right in my face! It was moving back and fourth right towards my nose! Of course, I was in shock at the moment and I shooed it off, only to realize that I had just asked God a few hours earlier to see a humming bird! I was so amazed that I even cried. Because I realized at that moment, God loves me so much He would bring a humming bird to me just because I asked.
Three Caddo Mills High School Seniors placed first at the state level in STAR Events in April at the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) State Leadership Meeting in Corpus Christi. STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. The students will advance to national competition in July in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Amber Menefee Mobile Memorial was at Caddo Mills High School Thursday, May 28 for the annual drinking and driving program led by FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America). This was part of a two week program that Erin Richardson, a senior FCCLA member, planned, addressing the many dangers of teen driving, such as drowsiness, distractions, speeding, seatbelts, and drunk driving. The Amber Trailer travels all over Texas and Oklahoma showing the dangers of drinking and driving by sharing the story of 21-year old Amber Menefee who died when her car collided with a SUV that was traveling the wrong way on the West Loop in Lubbock. The driver of the other vehicle, 20-year old Erin Reagan, had a blood alcohol level of 0.147, nearly double the legal limit, at the time of her arrest. Sam Owens, a police officer in Paris, Texas, accompanied the mobile memorial and warned the student body of the consequences of drunk driving and encouraged them to make good choices.
Picture left to right: Danielle Lumsden, Meghan Delaney, Meagan Mulkey
What does the end of school mean? In Caddo Mills it means
1. Field Day 2. Awards, Awards, and more Awards 3. Puppet Shows in Spanish 4. Senior Citizen’s Luncheon and “Peter Pan” presented by the Elementary Students 5. Kindergarten Graduation 6. Graduating Seniors’ Breakfast 7. Staff Luncheon 8. Mentors and 1st Year Teachers honored 9. Teacher of the Year Announcement 10. And the end of another Outstanding School Year!
July, 2009 EARTHQUAKE!!!
In June, 3 or 4 (depending on who you are talking to or what website you visit) earthquakes shook our Texas. It was a cluster around the Cleburne area. Since then, I’ve heard several people say. “That’s never happened here.” “We don’t have earthquakes in Texas”. And, a bit of hysteria about drilling or when is the next one. Here’s a bit of history about our great state and earthquakes. In all, more earthquakes have been detected in the area since October than in the previous 30 years combined, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. I checked there website and there have been 8 recorded. But, it is not really anything new. We’ve had earthquakes before and we’ll have them again. It’s just Mother Nature at one of her better mysteries. And, according to wikipedia.com: On January 8, 1891, violent shaking of buildings and a few toppled chimneys were reported from Rusk, Texas. These effects were evaluated as intensity VII. A locally damaging earthquake occurred at Panhandle, Texas, on March 28, 1917. Some cracked plaster was reported, and children were evacuated from a school building. Another disturbance occurred in the area on July 30, 1925. There were three distinct shocks over a period of 15 seconds. Major problems were the shaking of dishes from shelves and rattling and creaking of furniture. The 1931 western Texas earthquake heavily damaged many buildings at Valentine. Also, many chimneys fell. The shock occurred at 5:40 a.m. on August 16; although people were panic stricken, there were no fatalities and only a few minor injuries from falling adobe. The shock, measured at magnitude 6.4, (and is the strongest recorded in Texas that I could find). Slight damage resulted from an earthquake in the Mexia - Wortham area on April 9, 1932. A moderate earthquake affected an area of about 7700 square kilometers in northeastern Texas and an adjoining portion of Oklahoma on April 11, 1934. The tremor was most distinctly felt at Arthur City. A widely felt earthquake with an epicenter in the Continued on next page
July, 2009 Continued from page 16 Panhandle region occurred on June 19, 1936. On March 11, 1948, another shock in the Panhandle area caused minor damage. The Texas Panhandle area was the center for another moderate shock on June 20, 1951. Four shocks over 6 hours affected an area of about 26,000 square kilometers in northeastern Texas and bordering portions of Arkansas and Louisiana on March 19, 1957. Effects were felt at Diana, Elkhart, Gladewater, Marshall, Nacogdoches, and Troup, Texas, and Magnolia, Arkansas. A series of moderate earthquakes in the Texas Louisiana border region near Hemphill started on April 23, 1964. Epicenters were determined on April 23, 24, 27, and 28. There were numerous additional shocks reported felt at Pineland, Hemphill, and Milam. The only damage reported was from the magnitude 4.4 earthquake on April 28 - wall paper and plaster cracked at Hemphill. The magnitude of the other epicenters changed from 3.4 to 3.7. Shocks were also felt at Pineland on April 30 and May 7. Another moderate earthquake on August 16 awakened several people at Hemphill and there were some reports of cracked plaster. The shock was also felt at Bronson, Geneva, Milam, and Pineland. Another moderate earthquake on August 16 awakened several people at Hemphill. The Texas Panhandle region experienced another tremor on July 20, 1966. The magnitude 4.8. Several street signs were knocked down and windows were broken at Kermit from a magnitude 3.4 earthquake on August 14, 1966. Four small earthquakes occurred near El Paso on May 12, 1969. The first two shocks, 23 minutes apart, were measured at magnitude 3.3 and 3.4. On February 15, 1974, an earthquake in the Texas Panhandle caused plaster cracks.
THERE ARE HEROES AMONG US!
by Ginger Lane
I am and always will be in awe of people who put their lives on the line for the rest of us. There isn’t a doubt in my mind, I would run and hide at the first hint of violence or a disastrous situation. Yet, generation after generation keeps breeding the kind of men and women that keep us safe and step up to do what most of us would only dream of being able to do. In December, 2008, 14 month old Alanna Jisha died in a tragic accident. While driving across the 515 bridge on Lake Fork, their families car went into the water. Alanna couldn’t survive the accident, but the camera that has the last months of her life might have. It is still hidden in the waters at Lake Fork. Even now, people are still trying to help the family recover the camera. Everyone in the area is watching to see if it ends up on shore. And, I would like to share with you the information I got on some real local heroes who have joined the search. The Commerce Emergency Corps Dive Team is a group of people who go above and beyond as they volunteer to dive, search , and to recover bodies, evidence, and yes, even a camera for a grieving family. I never thought about the organization responsible for giving us this service until now. And, to my amazement, it is a group of volunteers. Not only do they give their time, they dig in their own pockets when the donations don’t cover expenses. Jack Mize is the coordinator for this great organi-
zation. He wrote and sent me the information below. I am asking you to please dig into your pockets now and put the Commerce Emergency Corps Dive Team on your donation list. You can contact Jack at 903-243-6175 to find out how you can help. The Commerce Emergency Corps Dive (CEC) Team is a team that is part of a first responder organization who specialize in Public Safety Diving and is one of its kind. CEC is not part of any public agency, but funded solely by donations with a very small budget with volunteers who desire to offer professional level of service to the community.
The volunteers we have as divers have varying backgrounds but a deep desire to use their SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) skills to assist the public in an emergency/recovery situations. We are registered with the 911 Emergency Management Services and are dispatched when our team is needed. We also assist
Texas Twister law enforcement in the Delta, Hunt, and Kaufman counties with investigations that require searching sub surface water areas. Our water experiences vary considerably as it could be Cooper Lake, Lake Tawakoni, a cattle pool/pond, or even a cistern. The CEC Dive Team members are: Jack Mize (Coordinator), DR1John Derr (Safety Officer), DR2/Med Diver Chris McCaslin (Safety Diver), DR1 Craig Betterton (Training Officer), Les Mize, Amanda Mize, Jason Maxey, DR1 Josh Lambert, Andre Richardson, Tony Stephens, Jim Davenport, and David Pryor. The “all-volunteer” group operate and train with a specialized set of equipment for diving in zero or no-visibility water safely. Though we are all certified as Open Water Divers on the recreational level through PADI or such recognized diving organization, we encourage further training through Dive Rescue International (DRI). DRI is one of the few recognized Public Safety Diver training organization who certify Public Safety Divers around the world for government agencies, law enforcement, fire departments, and special response teams that are classified as Public Safety. CEC has adopted the dive methods taught by DRI. The special training practice and advanced equipment we use are: Full-face masks, underwater communications, underwater video camera, searching while being tethered, dry-suits, underwater search patterns, lifting equipment for salvage, recovery operations, and life-safety in each area as each bears a level of added risk to the diver. Continued on next page
888-355-5263 There Are Heroes Among Us - Continued from previouspage Due to the limited budget not everyone has been certified through DRI, but each year CEC tries to send at least one person to get that specialized training. Each person who goes through DRI to obtain DR1 level certification has an “eye opening” experience. The training is very unique and each person who returns has an increased level of confidence in their skills and awareness of the overall involvement in Public Safety Diving. Every diver that returns increases our level of service offerings to the community and enhances the safety on each dive operation going forward. The Commerce Emergency Corps Dive Team was requested to perform an operation for a camera recovery from an accident that happened in December on the 515 bridge crossing Lake Fork. This search was scheduled and completed on Saturday the morning of June 13th. Details of the Search: The CEC dive team members assembled at 7AM in Emory at the Brookshire’s parking lot for briefing. After the dive team members: Jason Maxey, Josh and Susan Lambeth, Les and Amanda Mize, Shane Smith, and John Derr arrived, we went over the dive plan from a sketch of the scene and search teams were assembled.. There were two search teams tasked with looking for articles missing from an accident with a digital camera being the primary item of interest. Search Team 1 members consist of Jason Maxey (Primary Diver), Susan Lambeth (Safety Diver), and Shane Smith (Line Tender). Search Team 2 members are Josh Lambeth (Primary Diver), Les Mize (Safety Div-
July, 2009 er), and Amanda Mize (Line Tender) with John Derr being the recovery scene operations officer. We entered the water at 9AM and completed our search of the ‘point of entry’ where the vehicle entered the water at 12 noon. We performed an arch-pattern search from 2 points on the southeast side of 515 bridge. An area of 150’ x 75’ was searched and the dive team can confirm the camera was not in that area. Visibility in the water was about 2-3 ft at depths down to 15ft and 0-1ft at our max depth of 19ft during the dive. Water temp was 70-72 degrees at most of our diving depths. The winds were coming in from the south at 10 to 15 MPH when we arrived leaving us to deal with some steady waves on the surface which calmed to a slight breeze and mostly flat water by the time we completed. The CEC plans to make other dives to recover the camera, and we will keep you updated on their progress.
COMMERCE EMERGENCY CORPS DIVE TEAM ROSTER
Tri~County Hunt/Delta/Kaufman Jack Mize #267, Commerce Coordinator 6.0 John Derr, Commerce Safety Officer 6.0 Chris Mcaslin, Commerce Safety Diver 6.0 Craig Betterton #269, Commerce Training Officer 3.0 Les Mize, Quinlan Diver
Vince Pryor, Quinlan Diver Jason Maxey, Union Valley Diver Josh Lambreth, Quinlan Diver Andre’ Richardson, Commerce Diver Amanda Mize, Quinlan Diver Tony Stephens, Able Springs Diver Jennifer Pryor, Commerce Diver David Pryor, Commerce Diver Jim Davenport, Celeste Constable Diver Susan Lambreth, Quinlan Diver
Alanna Jisha October 8, 2007 - December 15, 2008
July, 2009 Faith Is a Lifestyle
By Pastors Dean & Ruth Remmers FaithisaLifestyle@yahoo.com In another church that my husband and I pastored some years ago, a woman was angry with me for not singing her favorite song in church. “OK,” I said, “Tell me what it is and if I know it, I’ll sing it.” She was upset over something that she had never asked about before. That church had more than one complainer: one didn’t like the color of toilet paper we put in the restrooms, one complained because visitors were throwing cigarette butts on the parking lot before they came into service, another said the color of my hose didn’t match the hemline of my dress, and so on. It sounded like a nursery full of crying babies! They wanted to fuss, squall, and squabble over every nit-picky thing. They didn’t know anything about unity, and they certainly couldn’t tell you where to find the Love Chapter in the Bible (I Corinthians 13). Needless to say, that church had a very poor reputation in the community. They were known by their fruits, which were mostly bruised and rotting. They didn’t realize their selfish disobedience to the Word of God had eternal consequences. We have pastored and worked in different churches over the span of almost three decades. While we haven’t made everyone happy, there have been many testimonies through the years and acts of kindness that have really blessed us and encouraged us to continue doing what God had called us to do. The flock the LORD has currently given us to shepherd is an exceptional group of people. While not perfect, they consistently demonstrate their love for us and others. (One October Sunday morning we walked into our building to find the congregation had set it up and decorated for a special Pastor’s Appreciation Day. Wow! They had the whole day planned from a special speaker to public “Thank Yous” and a fellowship dinner.) Let me give you some other ways that they have blessed us…giving us love offerings…sending us on ministry trips…remembering our birthdays…coming to practices…giving us a pat on the back, a smile, and a kind word…baking us a special dish…taking us to dinner…cleaning the church…mowing the yard…coming to church faithfully and being faithful in their giving…bringing others with them…praying for us…showing kindness to our children…working with specific groups in the church…sending us notes and giving us good reports of answered prayer…. This list could go on and on, but you get the picture. They see what needs to be done or what they feel would please the LORD and they do it! Sometimes I see these men gather around my husband and I am reminded of King David and his mighty men of valor—they’d follow him into battle anywhere. And it is a very humbling experience when the ladies of our church tell me they want me to visit with our guests after a church dinner rather than help them clean up. I have every confidence in them that everything will be taken care of down to the smallest detail. And there is no replacement for people’s faithfulness. As pastors, when you have people who are willing to work as long and as hard as it takes to get the job done, you feel very blessed. When people come week after week and soak up the Word of God as you preach or teach it—that is so encouraging! When you can see that they are taking the messages and applying them to their Monday-Saturday lives, it makes the sacrifices of ministry worthwhile. On the rare occasion that they do have to miss, they let you know ahead of time so that you aren’t caught off guard. These are the kind of sheep that Pastors love to shepherd. It’s easy to find fault and wallow around in misunderstandings, but it is a mark of Christian maturity to walk in love. If you’re not appreciating your pastor the way you should, ask the LORD to forgive you, and begin letting God’s love work through you. The heartfelt title “Pastor” spoken from a sincere heart (as in Pastor Remmers) is an encouragement in itself. Learn to appreciate the gift of your pastor that God has given you. After all, he is the shepherd of a flock, protecting and guiding the sheep under the leading of the Great Shepherd, our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25:40
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Baby Teeth For some reason, many people feel like losing a tooth is not big deal. Teeth are living tissue and perform may valuable functions for us, and they deserve a little more credit. You have ten fingers, but is one starts to hurt, your first thought isn’t , Oh, just cut it off - I’ve got nine more!” But for some reason, this is the attitude that many people have about their teeth. Maybe this attitude comes from the fact that we get two sets of teeth during our lifetime. By the time we’re two years old, we typically have our full set of 20 baby teeth. These teeth provide several valuable functions. They help a child eat, speak, and smile. Another very important function is to maintain the proper space needed for the permanent teeth that will replace them. Around six years of age, we begin to get our first permanent molars and we also begin losing some of our baby teeth which are then replaced by permanent teeth. This process goes on until we are about twelve, at which time, most of us have all of our permanent teeth with the exception of wisdom teeth which typically don’t start coming in until the late teens. Our baby teeth only have to last 5 to 10 years, but our permanent teeth have to last the rest of our lives. If a baby has teeth, then those teeth could get cavities, so it is important to start taking care of your baby’s teeth immediately. With an infant, you can use a special finger brush, a cloth, or a soft toothbrush. As your child gets more teeth, you want to get them into the habit of brushing at least twice daily, once in the morning and then before going
to bed. I see many children as young as three or four with a mouth full of cavities! As you can imagine, doing dental work on a child who is unable or unwilling to cooperate can present a few challenges and some of these children require a pediatric dentist who must hospitalize them and put them to sleep to do the work necessary. Many people feel that trying to save baby teeth is unnecessary since there will eventually be a permanent tooth to replace it. Early loss of a baby tooth can create other problems for your child later on, however. For example, loss of a baby molar too soon can result in the teeth behind it erupting in the wrong place which can lead to crowding and blocking out some of the other permanent teeth. This can result in your child have a “jacked up” smile and needing braces, which is Solution on page 27 a lot more extensive and expensive treatment than just saving the baby tooth in the first place. If you are someone who has struggled with tooth problems your whole life and know how terrible it can be, help your child out. Teach them good habits early on and take them to the dentist for regular check-ups. If you take care of your teeth, they’ll take care of you.
in water. For example, if my child weighs 50 pounds then she needs to drink 25 ounces of water each day. It’s a good idea to offer your child something to drink often, especially during warm weather, because young bodies can become dehydrated so easily. Children are more likely than adults to ignore their thirst when they’re busy playing. I hope you are all enjoying your summer! Be sure to drink lots of water and keep your kids hydrated too! Be safe and have FUN!
WOW! We are definitely in Texas! It is hot and it’s only going to get hotter! I don’t know about your family but our family has been spending lots of time outdoors! We usually wait until the evening when it’s cooler, though. My kids play and play until you force them to come inside. I was thinking the other day about how many fluids they had consumed that day and wondering if it was enough to keep them hydrated. Children need to consume less sodas, juice, and even milk. You might think that you are hydrating your children when you are having them drink sports drinks or flavored water, however they need water. I noticed that I was drinking too much of everything but water, so I started being more conscious about the amount of water I was drinking. I would have never guessed it, but now my kids are drinking more water! I knew they watched everything I did, but couldn’t believe they noticed just that little change. We recently went out for dinner and before the server walked up, I said, “I think we should all drink water, it’s so good for us.” Normally, they would throw a fit. Nope! Since we were all drinking water, it was okay for them to drink it too! Here are some tips to help motivate your children to drink more water. **Fill up a pitcher and keep it in the fridge. **Get some sports bottles with the squirt lids. **If you can’t get your child to drink plain water, you can get juice and do 50% juice and 50% water, and slowly add more water and less juice day by day. I had to do that with my 2 year old and it works pretty well! If you’re worried that your child may not be consuming enough water, a good rule of thumb is that they need to drink half of their body weight (pounds to ounces)
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Well, summer is here. The wind has blown, it seems, since November. The bass fishing is good one day slow the next. Water temp. is around 88 to 90 degrees. The lake looks good and the fish have been moving out to 15 to 33 feet deep water. Now is when you need to break out the Carolina rigs, Dropshots, DD22’s and Joe Spait Spoons. For Carolina Rigs the baits of choice have been watermelon red, green pumpkin flukes, and zoom centipedes. Fish them off of main lake points around grass lines, and timber. Use a one ounce weight and as long a leader as you can throw. Six to eight feet leaders will float your bait above the grass and let it fall slow through the strike zone slower. I use a 30lb Power Pro Braid for a main line and 25lb Seaguar Fluorocarbon for leader material. Owner Riggin Hooks are my hooks of choice. Also don’t forget the Berkley Blue Flek Power Worm for a big fish bite. Drag your rig slow and always keep in contact with your bait. The bite may sometimes be very light, and you may not feel anything but a spongy feel. Set the hook on anything that feels different. For dropshotting, I use a 30lb Power Pro with a 15lb Seaguar Fluorocarbon leader tied directly to the braid with a nail knot, a #2 circle hook, and 3/8 oz Dropshot weight rig. Berkley U-tail worm in pumpkin chartreuse or watermel-
on red with tail dipped in chartreuse dye works well. Also, try a Lake Fork Trophy Tackle Hyper Finesse worm in watermelon red. Cast around grass and up into timber. Use an erratic retrieve twitching rod tip every 5 to 6 cranks of the reel turn. Start and stop retrieves works well also. Make the fish think it is a wounded baitfish. With the Joe Spait Spoons, cast them out and let them sink on a free spool, keeping in contact with the spoon on the way down, strike will occur on the fall. Both sizes of Joes Spoons work great. Silver and gold spoons with chartreuse tape work great. Use slow subtle jerks, pulling the bait off the bottom about a foot at a time until you get bit. Don’t forget to keep plenty of water and sun block in the boat, and be careful out there. Stop by Froggy D’s Bait and Tackle for your fishing and rainwear needs. Also stop in at Lake Fork Lighthouse and Fisherman’s Cove Marina for tackle and good dining. I still have
some days open in June and July, so call and lets book that trip on Lake Fork for the trophy bass of a lifetime. Or, Lake Tawakoni for sandies, hybrids and strippers. Call me at Tim Walkers Guide Service at 817-999-7876, Froggy D’s at 903-765-2100, Lighthouse at 903-765-2415, and Fisherman’s Cove Marina at 903-765-2943. Let’s go fishing!
The Importance of Exercise Walking can add minutes to your life. This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $7000 per month. My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was 60. Now he’s 97 years old and we don’t know where he is. I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me. The only reason I would take up walking is so that I could hear heavy breathing again. I have to walk early in the morning, before my brain figures out what I’m doing.. I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks. Haven’t lost a pound. parently you have to go there.
Every time I hear the dirty word ‘exercise’, I wash my mouth out with chocolate. I do have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them. The advantage of exercising every day is so when you die, they’ll say, ‘Well, she looks good doesn’t she.’ If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country. I know I got a lot of exercise the last few years,......just getting over the hill. We all get heavier as we get older, because there’s a lot more information in our heads. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Every time I start thinking too much about how I look, I just find a Happy Hour and by the time I leave, I look just fine.
True or False 1. Automobiles could be made to run on animal fat. 2. Low tires can cause poor gas mileage. 3. Putting sugar in a car’s gas tank will ruin the engine. (Don’t be an idiot and try this!) 4. If you drive with the tailgate down, it will increase your gas mileage. 5. You will always get better gas mileage with premium gasoline. 6. Diesel engines get better gas mileage than gasoline.
A man was riding his Harley along a California beach when suddenly the sky clouded above his head....In a booming voice, the Lord said, “Because you have tried to be faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish.” The biker pulled over and said, “Build a bridge to Hawaii so I can ride over anytime I want.” The Lord said, “Your request is materialistic. Think of the enormous challenges for that kind of undertaking; the supports required to reach to bottom of the Pacific and the concrete and steel it would take! It will nearly exhaust several natural resources. I can do it, but it is hard for me to justify your desire for worldly things. Take a little more time, and think of something that could possibly help mankind.” The biker thought about it for a long time. Finally, he said, “Lord, I wish that I, and all men, could understand our wives; I want to know how she feels inside, what she’s thinking when she gives me the silent treatment, why she cries, what she means when she says nothing’s wrong, and how I can make my woman truly HAPPY.” And the Lord replied...... “You want two lanes or four on that bridge?”
6. True...Diesel has a higher energy density than gasoline. gas mileage. the best 5. False...Your owner’s manual will recommend the grade of fuel to get 4. False...Studies have shown it actually hurts your fuel economy. 3. False...Sugar doesn’t dissolve in gasoline. 2. True... If they are not properly inflated, they do not roll as easy. 1. True... Biodiesel is made from plant or animal fat.