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January's Calendar of Events Step Up, Scale Down Monday, Jan. 7

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service kicks off its 12-week weight management program. Classes meet at 5:15 p.m. each Monday at 604 North Main Street in Weatherford. $40 registration. Pre-register by calling 817-598-6168.

20th Century Club Wednesday, Jan. 9

Potluck lunch, 11:30 a.m., 321 S. Main Street, Weatherford.

Parker Co. Women’s & Newcomer’s Club Friday, Jan. 11

Dr. Tod Farmer, President of Weatherford College, will be the

guest speaker, 9:30 a.m. registration, First United Methodist Church, 301 S. Main Street, Weatherford. Lunch reservations, 817-757-7379 by Jan. 4.

Baptist Church, 910 N Main Street, Weatherford. Register at www.zontaparkercounty.org or call 817-6291447.

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Quilter’s Guild

Vintage car club discusses upcoming car events and shows, 6:30 p.m., Harberger Hill Community Center, 701 Narrow Street, Weatherford.

Maria Hall will present “Quilting Makes the Quilt" and present three quilts that are identical except for the quilting technique, 6:30 p.m., North Side Baptist Church, 910 N. Main Street, Weatherford.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

Zonta's Amelia Earhart Luncheon Wednesday, Jan. 16

Zonta Parker County launches its year-long centennial celebration with an annual luncheon recognizing those who have advocated and empowered women both locally and globally, $30, 11:30 a.m., North Side

Thursday, Jan. 17

Daughters of the American Revolution Tuesday, Jan. 22

Kay Lee will discuss the DAR Indian Schools, 2 p.m., North Side Baptist Church, 901 S. Main Street, Weatherford.

John Wayne with theater executives during the “It’s Movie Time in Texas” publicity tour in 1951. The Duke was in two major films that year, “Operation Pacific” and “Flying Leathernecks,” but his main objective was to ease tensions after it was announced his upcoming film, “The Alamo,” would be primarily filmed in Mexico. There was no pacifying outraged Texans and, in the end, Wayne was forced to take the role of David Crockett in order to get financial backing for the movie since building a replica set in Brackettville, Texas, raised the cost of producing the film significantly. The replica village (Alamo Village) was finished in 1957 under the direction of Alfred Ybarra, and the film was released in 1960. Until 2009, Alamo Village was open to tourists.

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Red Steagall by Rick Mauch Hoopla Correspondent When Red Steagall stops to think about his life, it’s not uncommon for him to go back in his mind to when he was a teenager, age 15, to be exact. That’s when he had a bout with polio. It was a time when he could have given up, let the disease win. Instead, he focused on the words of his mother. “My role model was my mother,” Red said. “She told me I could do anything I wanted as long as I obeyed the laws of Christ. Even today I ask myself before I do something, would momma approve?” With his mom’s support, Red conquered a life-threatening illness that he’d seen take down other youths. Instead, Red used it to build himself up. “It strengthened me in a lot of ways,” he said. “I had to adapt, and I don’t ever remember feeling bad about that. My football career was over, so I had to find something else. “I don’t think I ever thought about it any other way except to do what I had to do to get over that bridge. I don’t think you can teach attitude to move individuals in tough circumstances. They either have it or they don’t.” Red clearly had it. The “something else” he found was entertaining

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Red and Gail Steagall enjoy the rural life of Parker County, Texas. people. Now at age 79, he is a legend in his field as an actor, musician, poet, and stage performer with an emphasis on the western genre. He has performed far and near for some of the most prestigious audiences in the world, including a special party for President Ronald Reagan at the White House in 1983. But Red is just as happy sitting on the porch of the Parker County Ranch he and his wife Gail own. It’s a bit out of the way from the everyday hustle and bustle - and they’d have it no other way. Red and Gail have been married for 41 years. “We knew each other for many years before we married, and so this relationship is built on longtime friendship and respect,” Gail said. “We’ve disagreed on things, but we’ve never had a major argument.

“We both know any decision either of us makes is going to put family first. We still turn to each other and go over everything, and the first thing we always ask is what’s going to be best for the family and our relationship.” Red still stays busy, as does Gail, who runs the product sales side of their business. There’s not a lot of time for hobbies, though he does love working with the horses on the ranch, collecting Civil War memorabilia, and occasionally getting in a round of golf. “My handicap is my back swing,” he said with a laugh. He no longer plays New Year’s Eve shows, quitting about three years ago, because he would rather “enjoy my family and me at the ranch.” He does, however, stay busy each


George and Juanita Steagall with their children (from left) Carroll, Barry (in front), Sue Anne, and Russell ‘Red.’ After his time in the Navy, Red’s father became an oil field worker. His mother See STEAGALL, P. 6 taught school.

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Red and Gail Steagall have been married for 41 years. ‘We still turn to each other and go over everything, and the first thing we always ask is what’s going to be best for the family and our relationship.’

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fall with the Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering in the Fort Worth Stockyards. He admits that after it started in 1991 he is somewhat surprised it is still around - but the popularity is hardly waning. “We hoped, but to be truthful, I didn’t think it would go 10 years,” the ever-humble Red said. “The rodeo is always exciting, and our chuckwagon camp is always fun. Our trade show is dedicated to people who enjoy the west. I guess it all adds up to people just enjoying themselves.”

Growing up in the south, with his origins in Gainesville, Red became infatuated with the cowboy way of life. It became the major inspiration behind his work, including his poetry. “I like telling a story like nobody’s ever told in that way,” he said. “Like my TV show, I like to find things the general public doesn’t know about.” Red has a show on RFDTV entitled “Red Steagall is Somewhere West of Wall Street.” It airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. The show takes him many places. And though he’d already traveled plenty before, he gets excited at the many destinations.

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“We go anywhere that has a western set of values, and any place folks are willing to listen,” he said. “I’m pleased there’s still an element that exists in our society, people who still like real things, leather and oak wood.” Red has also worked on several television shows. In fact, among the many unforgettable moments in his career, which has included acting in a couple of major films (“Benji the Hunted” in 1987 and “Big Bad John” in 1990), producing “Big Bad John,” and numerous TV appearances, he ranks an appearance on the classic show “Hee Haw” in 1974 among his favorites. “Roy Clark was a real good guy. He was instrumental in me getting on the show. I wasn’t part of the national scene,” Red said. “That was a lot of fun.” When Red isn’t working, he’s spending time with family at the ranch. He and Gail have a son, Steven, who lives in Bakersfield, California. They also have two grandsons, Louis and Cody, and great grandson Darrin. And though they live quite a bit apart, they are close. Red and Gail have also watched their beloved Parker County grow up around them. When they moved there in 1977, it was nothing like today, with a much more wide-open landscape, fewer businesses and a

lot more trees. “The growth hasn’t effected our life. Sometimes it takes me a little longer to get places,” Red said, chuckling. “But my office is on my ranch, out here where we choose to be most of the time.” Of course, friends are always welcome to pay a visit to the ranch. Say, for example, Reba McEntire wanted to stop by, the door is always open and, by the way, she has dropped in on a number of occasions. The two have been close since he discovered the country music legend years ago, speaking at least two or three times a week to this day. “I didn’t discover her, the talent was always there,” Red said humbly of the day she sang the National Anthem at a rodeo at which he was performing in the mid-1970s. “She had a fire in her belly, and her momma and daddy did that. I just happened to be there at the right time, but somebody was going to be the lucky person, and I guess that was me.” Red invited Reba and her mother to Nashville. They recorded a couple of songs, and from there history was on its way to being made. “She’s proof that if you open that door, talented people will walk through it,” said Red. Just as he did when he was given the chance. And he said there’s not a day that goes by he doesn’t take a See STEAGALL, P. 7

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Baker solves puzzles to improve arthritis, more by Cynthia Henry Hoopla Publisher Ed Baker may be 95, but he's more spry than many of the younger whippersnappers at Senior Care at Holland Lake. On any given day, you'll find him zipping down the hallway -- a bright pink monkey on his scooter basket leading the way. He's on his way to therapy. Well, it's his therapy. Ed started doing jigsaw puzzles about seven years ago, but it's more than a hobby to him. "I started about six months after my wife passed away," he said. "I had rheumatoid arthritis, so I thought I'd never be able to do anything with my fingers. I started out with a 54-piece puzzle, and this is what I wound up with (pointing at the many puzzles hanging on the sitting room wall)." In all, he says he's finished over 1,200 puzzles, and he claims it's helped his dexterity. "It's the best therapy there is!" he exclaimed. "But it's not only that... It keeps your brain activated if you have Old Timer's or dementia. It will set it back. It won't cure it-- but it will set it back and delay it. And that's what I'm trying to do here is get people activated in puzzles instead of sittin' around and letting their brain go dormant -- because then the dementia takes over." Although he finds the puzzles relaxing, Ed says it's frustrating when puzzles have missing pieces. Although manufacturers will send missing pieces, they will charge several dollars for shipping. "You gotta watch that," said Ed. Fortunately, his friends from the care center's coloring group have helped him on occasion by coloring pieces to fill in where puzzle manufacturers have failed him. Ed has many friends both inside and outside of the care facility -- he's lived in Parker County since he got out of the service as a young man. Being a longtime resident and WWII vet, much has been written about his time in the Army, where he served in the Southwest Pacific, Germany, and even served as sergeant of the guards during the Nuremberg Trials. "After I got out, I went to work in Montgomery Ward's. I worked there when they had the big flood (in 1949)." Back in the day, Ed was most widely known around town for his appliance repair service, but he also worked at Plaza Theater on the square, as a civilian tech rep in Vietnam, and later drove a


Ed Baker tackles a Route 66 puzzle at Senior Care at Holland Lake. Weatherford ISD school bus for 18 years. "You never retire. That's just a word," he said. Of the many things he's done, Ed says the most important work he's done was for the Lord. After hurting his back in Vietnam, Ed constructed a home studio and began spreading the good word by creating tapes of music and spoken word, which he sent to fans throughout the world. In response, Ed and his wife, Maudie, welcomed guests from around the globe to their Weatherford home. Maudie worked for 28 years at Mineva's Cafe (where Iron Skillet stands today). She loved to quilt and displaying her award-winning creations at Will Roger's Coliseum. She also taught others how to quilt. "She's quilting up there now," Ed said, pointing upward. After his wife's passing, Ed kept busy with his evangelism and the jigsaw puzzles. He also enjoyed wood crafts and made frames for many of the completed puzzles. He found homes for his puzzles all over the world. He's par-

ticularly proud of a puzzle that hangs at North Side Baptist called, "The Miracles of Christ," and he's sent other framed puzzles to friends as far away as Prague, Czechoslovakia. But, eventually, Ed couldn't live on his own anymore. He left the woodcrafting equipment and his home studio behind when he moved to Senior Care at Holland Lake three years ago. "I put on a great rebellion," he said of his arrival. He recalled it was the facility administrator, Donna Tillman, who helped ease the transition. "She said, 'Mr. Baker, we are thankful that you are here. Your daughter didn't send you here. God sent you.'" Ed says he still does a little evangelism at times when other residents get to talking, "but I always let them open the door." Recently, he started a weekly gospel hymn singalong at the facility, but it's been put on hold until he fully recovers from a bout with pneumonia. "I'm comin' back!" he promised. “I’ll never get out of here," Ed said. "But that’s alright. I know where I’m goin'."

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Question: I am having more problems with my memory. Is this something I should be concerned about? Answer: As we age, many changes occur. After we turn 40 years old, we start experiencing noticeable changes physically, with our memory and thinking skills. These changes are considered to be part of the normal aging process. However, if the changes start interfering with your safety,

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Luke remains heart and soul of quilting guild Guild founder inspired by travel, fellow quilters by Paula Hunt Parker County Quilter's Guild When I began to write this article about incoming guild president Pam Luke, I realized that this article would be as much about the guild itself as it would be about Pam. Pam provided the “heart and soul” that created the Quilter’s Guild of Parker County. “The founding of the Guild unofficially began in 1998 when Sharon Haire, a friend and shop owner in Millsap, asked me when I was going to start a guild," said Pam. "I thought about it for a long time. I settled on a vision and drafted an organizational plan. "In the summer of 1999, I invited members of the Library Bee to come to an informational meeting at the Senior Center to see if they were interested in starting a guild. Nine women showed up. After much discussion, we closed the group and agreed that the 10 of us would become the found-


Pam Luke with one of her winning creations at the quilt show last year. ing board of the Quilter’s Guild of Parker County. After close to seven months of monthly planning meetings, we held our first public guild meeting in February of 2000. We would become a non-profit 501(c)3 in January of 2001.” Pam served as the guild’s first president, and as Yogi Berra would say, “It is deja vu all over again” as

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year of college. Retirement has not yet happened for Pam, but she still finds time to enjoy the hobbies of quilting and collecting buttons. “My mother taught me to sew, crochet, and embroider. My greataunt was a quilter. So, I have always admired the needle and fiber arts.

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My mentor was Mimi Ayers – a fine quilter who co-authored books with Pat Campbell.” However, it was not until 1994 that Pam first started quilting by taking classes at local shops and guilds. There is not any one technique that Pam claims as her favorite, but she does a lot of work with art quilts and has a love for embellishments. While applique is her least favorite, she does appreciate the work that is involved. Pam’s career does not allow her to be a member of any bees at this time, but she does think “they are an extremely important part of a guild. It is the social life, so-tospeak. Bees are the tradition that brings shared experiences of family, life and laughs among women. I don’t know any quilter who does not enjoy a good bee – even if they

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are just a guest. I have been priviwhere and everywhere.” She likes leged to be a guest of several bees. every color, but has a fondness for Each one is unique and special.” odd colors such as periwinkle and Inspiration comes to Pam citron and, while orange is not a through quilt shows, art quilt mag- favorite, she feels that “a little hint azines, and the placof orange always es that she travels. I know that the guild spices up a quilt.” Her favorite project will continue to serve When it comes to is a wall hanging fabric types, Pam those in need in our made years ago. “It feels that 1930s is hand quilted and area while continuing and Civil War embellished. I draft- to foster the art of fabrics have their ed all of the quiltplace in any stash quilting through ing patterns from since they repreeducation with Oriental embroisent the look of a dery patterns and continued support. specific era. Howpatterns on butever, she feels that tons. It was the only project I took Batiks are “tried and true in that with me to Australia to work on for the look is never dated.” four months, so it brings back fond During the past year, Pam has memories of quilting times and been instrumental in improving friends down under.” the guild’s website. She has transPam considers, "Where do you formed an outdated bland weblike to shop?" a loaded question site into a vibrant public face of the and declares that she is an “equal guild, and with her at the helm, I opportunity fabric shopper – anyam sure that the website will con-


tinue to develop. “I believe the guild has become an asset to the Parker County community and surrounding areas. It supports so many other charitable organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Grace House, Meals on Wheels among many others. I may have had a vision early on about how a guild would thrive and flourish in this area, but I am so proud to say that the guild has more than accomplished my vision and its mission for close to two decades solely because of its dedicated members, leaders, and community support. I know that the guild will continue to serve those in need in our area while continuing to foster the art of quilting through education with continued support. On that note, I would like to thank everyone for their past support and I look forward to working with the community and members as the incoming president.”

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Happy New Gardening Year, Parker County! Happy New Gardening Year! You have a fresh chance to prove your plant-growing prowess, because we all start out even when the calendar changes. Plant: n Established trees and shrubs that need to be dug and moved. This must be done while they’re dormant in winter. n Fruit and nut trees and bramble berries. Choose only varieties recommended for your part of Texas. Independent nurseries tend to stock the locally adapted types. n Onions, asparagus roots and English snap peas late in month. n Cool-season color during winter warm spells. List includes pansies, violas, pinks and snapdragons. Prune: n Peach and plum trees to remove strongly vertical shoots. Maintain scaffold branches 24 to 30 inches from ground, always pruning to outward-facing growth. n Grapes to remove as much as 80 to 85 percent of cane growth. n Evergreen shrubs to reshape, but whenever possible avoid formal shearing. It’s far better to choose plants whose mature sizes fit the spaces you have available.

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n Mistletoe from tree branches. If possible, remove it when clumps are still young and small. Fertilize: n Pansies, pinks and other winter color plants with high-nitrogen, water-soluble plant food each time that you water them. n Asparagus plantings in late January with high-nitrogen, quickrelease fertilizer to stimulate rapid development of spears. On the Lookout: n Have frost cloth near at hand to protect tender plants should extreme cold threaten them. You can leave it in place for as long as it’s needed. It’s a good idea to buy it, cut it to fit the beds, and have it ready to use as soon as it’s needed. n Aphids on tender new growth during warm spells. You can often blast them off with a hard stream of water, or most general-purpose insecticides will have legal labels for their control.

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n Plant of the Month: Nandina I’m a strong advocate of this group of plants – or at least of many of them. I marveled at their durability when I was a kid mowing around them in those big, old homesteads in College Station. Those plantings back then were the original species Nandina domestica, sometimes called “heavenly bamboo,” although everyone I knew just said “nandina.” Our grandmas’ grandmas grew it. Then along came a shorter selection called appropriately “Compacta.” It’s still one of my favorites, growing to 42 inches tall. However, I prune mine annually and keep my beds at 32 inches tall. I’ll explain how in a moment. In recent years we’ve seen a proliferation of shorter types with seemingly endless shades of burgundy, red, green and yellow in their leaves. And the old ‘Umpqua Warrior’ shouldn’t be forgotten. I grow it for a tall visual barrier to 72 inches. Nandinas grow well in sun and shade, but you get the best winter color when they’re out in the sun. Give them neutral or slightly acidic soils if you can, and keep them constantly moist. Use a high-nitrogen, lawn-type fertilizer to promote the best growth. Prune nandinas in early February, before new growth begins, to



remove half or two-thirds of their canes (starting with the tallest canes first). Cut each cane back to within 1 inch of the ground. That will force it to sprout out and send up shoots from below, and that will keep the planting thick and attractive. Don’t ever cut a nandina cane back part way. Remove fruit clusters while you’re pruning so they won’t be around when cedar waxwings blow into town and start gorging themselves. Nandina berries can be toxic to them.

n Readers Ask “Is it good to ‘top’ my crape myrtles?’ No! It ruins their natural growth form – forever. It delays their first bloom by 6 or 7 weeks in the summer, thereby costing you one or more rounds of blooms every year. Bloom heads are over-sized and

heavy, weighting the branches down. Topping does not correct for plants that are too large for their surroundings – they grow right back. If you have a crape myrtle that is too tall, either move or remove it! There is never any good reason to top a crape myrtle!

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n Reach Out New Grief Share sessions starting at three locations The holidays are a struggle for those who are dealing with the loss of a loved one, so three area churches are beginning new sessions this month. This is good news for those with a busy schedule, since each venue hosts on a different day of the week. For details, see the listings below. You'll also find listings for area Parkinson's and Alzheimer's groups.


























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n Grief Share, new 12-week session begining Jan. 5. Meets Saturdays, 10 a.m., North Side Baptist Church, 910 S. Main Street, Room 128, Weatherford, 817-5998612. Enter through the Children's Building door on E. First Street. n Grief Share, new 12-week session begining Jan. 21. Meets Mondays, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Main Street, Room 109, Weatherford, 817-5943030. Enter on corner of College and Oak Streets. n Grief Share, new 12-week session begining Jan. 24. Meets Thursdays, 6 p.m., South Main Church of Christ, 301 S. Main Street, Weatherford, 817-599-4231. n Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group, 1st Thursday each month, 10 a.m., North Side Baptist Church, 817-336-4949. n Parkinson’s Support Group, last Tuesday of each month, North Side Baptist, Room 102, 3 to 4 p.m., 817-901-4658. n Parkinson’s Caregiver Support Group, 2nd Tuesday of each month, North Side Baptist, Room 104, 11 a.m. to noon, 817-901-4658.

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Seniors can save on generic prescription medications For a majority of Hoopla readers, we are faced with a decision about the medications we take. Can we continue to take medications that will lessen our financial security? We’re truly at a disadvantage when it comes to dealing with our survival, both medically and financially. We’re constantly between a rock and a hard place. Our physicians give us a medication to help us through the health issues we face daily. We go to the pharmacy to have the prescription filled. Maybe the pharmacist will have two choices, but will we get a brand-name drug or the generic drug? Generic drugs contain the same dosage and active ingredients as the brand-name competitive. However, the brand-name drug is costlier because the manufacturer has to reclaim money spent on research and

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development. From recent history we know that some manufactures go out of their way to justify the higher cost. After a period of time the brandname manufacturer will lose the right to be the primary “maker” of the medication. At that time, other drug companies are free to make the drug, and the generic drug is born. Its cost is significantly less – as much as 30 to 50 percent cheaper. Ask your physician for the generic drug if possible. If unavailable, ask them for samples of the brand-name drug left by the pharmaceutical company’s sales representative.



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