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Volume 2, Issue 7 © 2019 Hoopla. All rights reserved. Hoopla is published monthly and distributed to more than 65 locations throughout Parker County, including the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce and the Parker County Senior Center. For home delivery, subscriptions are $18 per year and can be sent to: Hoopla, P.O. Box 305, Weatherford, Texas 76086. CARRIE TAYLOR-LLOYD

On the cover: Twentieth Century Clubhouse gets new roof It’s easy to overlook the small house on the corner of Main and Lee streets, but the historic building is getting a great deal of attention since a new roof was installed mid-April. For over two years, Twentieth Century Club members have been raising funds for the roof after an insurance claim was originally denied. Recently, the insurance company took another look at their situation and agreed to cover the expense. Any funds raised by the club will now go toward indoor repairs. The ladies currently meet for a potluck lunch and business meeting at noon

on the second Wednesday of each month (except July and August). They frequently initiate projects for veterans – a long-standing tradition since the clubhouse once hosted USO functions during WWII. The building still has its original stage, where the Fabulous 50s Band performs at 7 p.m. on every third Friday. Locals can rent the building for small functions. The facility has a full kitchen, central heat and air, and seating for up to 80 people. Several current club members are pictured in this month’s cover photo, taken by Carrie Taylor-Lloyd.

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Raising plants, spirits and the next generation of gardeners by Rick Mauch Hoopla Correspondent Over 50 years ago, a young man from Texas attending Ohio State University was asked by a young lady at a luncheon to take a vacant seat. He did, and that was the first step toward a union that continues today, one that has blessed their lives and the lives of anyone who comes in contact with Neil and Lynn Sperry. “It was the best decision I ever made,” Neil said. “I did go back and tell my girlfriend that I really liked the guy,” Lynn said. “I also remember that my cousin had


Lynn and Neil Sperry on their wedding day in 1967. made a trip to Dallas when they were in high school, and I thought, ‘Dal-

las. That’d be nice to go to sometime.’ Well, I did, and now I live there.” Actually, the Sperrys live in McKinney. He, of course, is a renowned horticulturalist with a weekly radio show on WBAP 820AM Sunday mornings from 8-10, along with being on the Texas State Network Saturday mornings from 11-noon and five-minute programs weekday mornings. Neil is also a published author. His 1991 book “Complete Guide to Texas Gardening” is the fourth-best-selling gardening hardback in American history. His latest book, “Lone Star Gardening,” is available at

He’s in the Texas Radio Hall of Fame and has received numerous awards. Meanwhile, Lynn has been working for over 35 years to change the lives of young people by serving on the McKinney School Board. Together, they have given many youngsters a second chance through Serenity High, a recovery school in McKinney ISD they helped establish in 1999. “In our community I’m recognized as, ‘Oh, you’re Lynn’s husband,’” Neil said with a laugh. Truth is, no matter what they accomplish individually, they always SEE SPERRY, P. 4

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come back to being a team. At their 50th anniversary, a pastor referred to them as, “a pair of people who are united in spirit.” The Sperrys have three children, daughter Erin, along with sons Brian and Todd. They have seven grandchildren. They also have two pets, a dog named Sky and a cat that is nameless. “Cats don’t adopt names very well,” Neil said with a chuckle. “Over the years we’ve had about 22 dogs, and they’ve all been from the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).” Just another way to help someone or something in need. That’s what the Sperrys do best, and COURTESY of what they are most proud. The Sperrys at one of Neil's book signings. Being adopted at birth, Neil understands the importance of someone loving you and striving to make a difference in your life. It was from his the McKinney Education Foundation, which infather, a botanist, that he developed his love of cludes a $10 million endowment for scholarships. gardening. “I’ve had that in my blood. I’ve gotten a lot from “He was my hero,” Neil said. my mother (a teacher),” Lynn said. His dad, originally from Nebraska, founded And with Serenity High, they have given many the Biology Department at Sul Ross University in youngsters another chance at a productive life. Alpine during the Depression. He also co-foundThey helped establish the school for young men ed the Range and Forestry Department at Texas and women in recovery from life-threatening adA&M, where Neil began college before transferdictions. It opened October 11, 1999, as the naring to Ohio State. His mother also headed the tion’s only public high school of its kind. Serenity Engineering Library at A&M. has served students from more than Both husband and wife admit 25 partnering school districts. HunIn the gardening that Lynn does not share Neil’s dreds have graduated from Serenworld, Neil Sperry skills in horticulture. ity. Others have transitioned back “He’s the plant person,” she said, is known as a to their home schools to complete smiling. “I have a brown thumb.” best-selling author. their educations. Together, though, they are turn“Of all the things we do, this is ing a lot of things into gold for the In their hometown what we are most proud of,” Neil said. young people and families in their of McKinney, he They’ve also had a considerable community. Neil and Lynn were impact on Parker County residents says he's known involved in starting The Crape and vice versa. Neil enjoys meetMyrtle Trails of McKinney Founda- as 'Lynn's husband.' ing his local readers and listeners tion in 1998. Its goal in the ensuing Together, they make and occassionally visits Chandor years has been to establish McKin- quite a team. Gardens, where his friend Steven ney as the “go-to” city for anyone Chamblee works as a horticulturist. who wants to see crape myrtles. “He is a fine horticulturist and the “Our city has planted more than 10,000 crape best horticultural writer I’ve read,” said Neil. myrtles within the medians of its streets,” Neil In the little spare time they have, Neil collects says. “We have established a 7-acre park where all clocks and radios, carves Santas and turns pens 120 known varieties of crape myrtles are growing that he sells to raise money for the McKinney alongside one another. And each May, on the FriEducation Foundation and Serenity High. Lynn day before Mother’s Day, our organization distrib- collects dishes. In particular, she has some rare utes more than 2,000 one-gallon crape myrtles to Haviland dishes from her grandmother’s wedding each 5th grade student in McKinney ISD to take in 1910. “They don’t make them anymore,” Lynn home to his or her mother as a Mother’s Day gift.” said. “They are very hard to find.” So are folks like the Sperrys. Lynn was a founding force, helping establish

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Mother’s Day is fast approaching. fied educational expenses. (Be aware, though, that withdrawals not used for This special holiday reminds us of the qualified education expenses may be joy we receive from the powerful bond subject to federal and state taxes, as between mother and child. To help well as an additional 10% penalty.) mark the occasion, you may want to As the 529 plan owner, you have flexconsider making certain financial gifts, ibility in using the money. For example, including the following: if you’ve designated For your mothone of your children er: as the 529 plan’s IRA contribeneficiary, and bution – If your that child decides mother is still by Mary H. McDow not to pursue any working, she is Edward Jones Adviser higher education, eligible to contribyou can switch the ute to an IRA, but beneficiary designation to another she might not always fully fund it – so child or to yourself. you may want to help. You can’t conYou can choose the 529 plan offered tribute directly to your mother’s IRA, by any state, but your contributions but you can write her a check for that purpose, though, of course, she can use might be tax deductible if you invest in your own state’s plan. Tax issues for 529 the money however she likes. In 2019, plans can be complex, so, before investthe contribution limit for a traditional ing, consult with your tax advisor. or Roth IRA is $6,000, or $7,000 for inShares of stocks – Giving stock dividuals 50 or older. (A Roth IRA does shares to children is a good way to help have income limits that can reduce the them learn some of the basics of investcontribution amount or eliminate it ing. You can track the progress of their altogether.) stocks with them, and even do some reInsurance premium – If your mother search together about why prices may has life, disability or long-term care be going up or down. By getting chilinsurance, why not offer to pay some dren involved early, you may help instill of the premiums this year? Long-term a lifelong interest in investing. care premiums, in particular, can be Charitable gifts – Many children are quite costly, especially for older policynow concerned about various social holders. issues. You can help encourage this Introduction to a financial profesinvolvement – and possibly an appresional – If your mother doesn’t already ciation of the value of philanthropy – work with a financial professional, by making a gift to a charitable group consider introducing her to yours, or to whose work aligns with your child’s someone else who is recommended by interests. friends or relatives. A financial advisor We don’t need to exchange presents can help your mother move toward her on Mother’s Day to show our appreretirement goals – and, at some point, ciation for one another, but certain also can work with legal and tax profes- financial gifts can help provide needed sionals to assist your mother with her support – and even some valuable life estate plans. lessons – for your loved ones. For your children: 529 plan contribution – If your children are still of school age, you may want to contribute to a college savings This article was written by Edward Jones for vehicle. One popular choice is a 529 use by your local Edward Jones Financial savings plan. When you invest in this Adviser, Mary H. McDow, 102 Houston Ave., plan, your earnings can grow tax-free, Suite 203, 817-598-0882. Member SPIC provided the money is used for quali-

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Laborers for the harvest

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Wellesley Community Church in Wellesley, Massachusetts

Donnie O’Fallon recently led a dozen members of the North Side Baptist Church Boomer Life Ministry to Winthrop, Mass., just outside of Boston, to work with a new church plant, Harbor City Church, pastored by Jason Tallent. O’Fallon reports that only eight out of a 1,000 people in the area claim to have a relationship with Jesus. Winthrop was known as “The Burned Over District” because the fires of revival went through Winthrop so often. People of Winthrop were once known for their spiritual fervor that seemed to set the area on fire. Tallent’s continued prayer for this area is “Do it again Lord, do it again, send laborers into your harvest.” The group stayed in Winthrop, where Jason Tallent and his two

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high-school aged daughters served as amazing tour guides. Jason and his family are driven by their passion for the Lord. As Jason works with the community doing volunteer work, it has allowed doors to open for the Lord. Harbor City Church has been meeting for three months in a cityowned building the church pays $50 a month to rent. That alone is a testament of how God’s hand is on the SEE BOOMERS, P. 9

He has the power to move us into a place of hope ‘The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.’ Proverbs 18:10

Do you ever find yourself in a place of hopelessness? The lack of hope is a sneaky thing. It doesn’t always come in a moment of depression or in strong feelings of despair (although it often does). Many times hopelessness can show up in the daily grind, as we go about our all too normal routine, or maybe in our aging bodies when things aren’t working the same as they once did. Or perhaps we feel hopeless when we hear that God loves us, but knowing ourselves very well we can’t imagine how He could. When we go through these seasons of hopelessness, it can feel like there is no room for redemption. We can be convinced that all is lost. Last month, Christians around the world celebrated Easter, which is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection three days after His betrayal and

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death. The six weeks that follow Easter can be called Easter-Tide, which is an intentional time of living in the tide of Christ’s resurrection power. It’s in this season that we are reminded of what Christ’s resurrection can mean for our lives. In Luke 24, there is a story about two men walking to the town of Emmaus. They are followers of Jesus, but are in a place of despair knowing that He had died just days before. We see their hopelessness when they say to the man walking with them, “We had

hoped [Jesus] was one who was going to redeem Israel.” Now all seems lost and they are trying to figure out what to do next. They stop for a meal and convince the man to eat with them. It turns out to be the resurrected Jesus. When they recognize Him, they are filled with hope. What had brought despair into their lives had now been brought back to life. This is the resurrection power of Jesus. When things seem dead in our lives, when all seems lost, living in the tide of Jesus’ resurrection fills us with hope. Even when we don’t understand how it works, resurrection means that all will be well. In His resurrection, Christ has the power to redeem the most hopeless places and move us into a place of hope. In this EasterTide, I pray you are washed up in the tide of Christ’s resurrection power.

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work the church is doing in the area. The group toured two newly planted churches, Natick and Wellesley, both pastored by Jay Mudd. In June, NSBC will be sending a crew to help with construction at the Wellesley church. Jay’s vision is to plant 10 churches in 10 years. In addition to the work with the churches, the Boomers also went into the community to reach people on the streets. They spent a couple of days picking up trash at two city parks. One early morning, they served coffee, tea and cocoa at the train stop. This was a great opportunity to meet and greet people. They also helped with the set-up and tear down of chairs for the Sunday service. The Boomers also played the role of surrogate grandparents as the Tallent family has three biological children, ages 20 to 16, two adopted children, ages 10 and 6, and a 16-month-old foster child with special needs. Support and encouragement are vital to pastors and their families, who are struggling in the day-to-day work of ministry in areas like Winthrop. Boston is America’s most historic city, so of course some sight-seeing was built in to the plan. During their


Church volunteers passed out free coffee, tea and cocoa at the train station and in an effort to spread the word about the new churches in the Boston free time, the Boomer group walked the Freedom Trail, which included the home of Paul Revere, the Old North Church and Faneuil Hall. They also walked the grounds of Harvard/ Cambridge College. They were treated to a tour of Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. Fenway remains much like it did the day it opened in 1912. Their last tour day afforded an opportunity to see the Cape Neddick Lighthouse in Maine and a chance to see the Bush Compound in Kennebunkport from afar.




Lives were changed on this trip – both on the streets of Boston and in the Boomers’ hearts. Carla Jordan said, “I was truly blessed to be part of this trip. I was reminded that my purpose in life, is not only to share God’s word, but to show God’s love and to build relationships. God’s love is powerful and lasting.” “We accomplished all we set out to do initially and more,” said O’Fallon. “We were all amazed at how well and how warmly we were received by the people there. This predominantly Catholic community is being blown away by the fact of people are coming from the South to show and share the love of Christ and share the message of the Grace of God.” “People need to experience mission – any mission – to catch the ex-

citement of really serving Christ and spreading the gospel,” said Rene Fulton. “We need to get out of our comfort zones and experience ministries going on in the United States, as well as around the world.” Mission trips are all about getting out of the pew and going just as Jesus commanded in the great commission. Sometimes it is about taking God’s message to a group that may have never heard it before. Sometimes it is about helping other churches in their ministries. Sometimes it is reading to children and handing out hugs. It is hard to bring back the vision. You need to go and catch it! It is an experience that will change lives on both ends and a sacrifice you won’t be sorry you made.

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Erhorn’s personality shines in her handiwork by Kay Burleson Quilter's Guild of Parker County

a wedding quilt while giving the new husband lessons in patterns, designs, color selections and how to shop for fabrics. Dan has now beWith a mix of quilting skills and come a willing participant in helpwarm outgoing personality, Dixie ing solve pattern probErhorn is a tribute lems. Recently when to the local comDixie wanted to make munity and the a quilt with a guitar deQuilter’s Guild of sign and could not find Parker County. a pattern, she and Dan Dixie spends time visited a local music working on handshop, and then he desewn projects with signed the pattern for a quilting group the quilt. from Brock, atDixie learned to sew tending meetings as a small child while and making quilts growing up on a farm for quilt shows and in southern Oklahoma. auctions of the The family moved to PCQG, and chairthe Texas Panhandle ing the Library Bee area when Dixie was quilting group. nine. Another longShe began maktime practice is ing some of her own always making a clothes about age 11. wedding quilt for Quilting came later friends and famwhen Dixie began her ily members. DiCOURTESY PHOTO xie recalls think- Dixie’s husband, Dan, created first quilt about 2000. Retired now, she has ing that there was a guitar pattern for this stuntaught quilting classno one to make ning piece. es and spends about her a wedding 30 hours per week enjoying this quilt when she married Dan Erhobby. Since people always want horn in September 2016 because to see her quilts, Dixie celebrated she was always the one who made her birthday recently by having a the quilts! So she did make herself

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Growing older...a personal perspective I’m Jim Young, a Realtor and Senior Real Estate Specialist with Keller Williams Realty. I am an active senior, still doing real estate, as I have for 20-plus years. I love real estate and helping people find their “dream” home. I don’t plan to retire as long as I feel that way. If I make a little money in the process, that’s OK too. Still, I can’t ignore the inevitability that, at some point in time, I may have to give it up. I have given a great deal of thought to what lies ahead, as I am sure all of you have. I have been blessed with reasonably good health, have a caring family who lives nearby, and a paid-for home that I love. I don’t want to change any of that, but… Considering My Situation We all age. Eventually, we will have to make some age-related decisions about our future. For some, those choices and solutions may come easy, for others… not so much. In any case, making those decisions sooner is better than later. A decision put off, is a decision made more difficult.

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Of course, we all want a comfortable lifestyle and a stable situation where we can stay put and “age in place” as people say. But for some, what has been a spacious and comfortable home for years, may gradually “outgrow us” and its size, and age, plus maintenance costs may become burdensome, financially, physically, or both. So, Now What? Moving ahead can involve a complex set of decisions for the entire family, as you think about future needs. Decisions will involve finances, potential relocation, housing and property issues and much more. I am not a financial expert, but I can be helpful to you with the other issues, and especially real estate considerations. For me, housingrelated decisions seem a little less complex due to my years of real estate experience.

Recently, I have learned more about a sensible home finance option for those 62 years of age or older. It is a HECM For Purchase (Home Equity Conversion Mortgage), which is a flexible option for real estate financing that offers some very positive financial benefits, whether you are down-sizing,

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n Jim’s Stay Healthy Tip After going through open heart surgery a few years back, I met my current cardiologist. He is an advocate of nutrition as the key to a long, healthy life and suggested I start my day with a nutrition-dense smoothie. I took his advice about 10 years ago and have since lost 85 pounds

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Who won last month’s Find-the-Frog contest? Hoopla reader Laura Elkins found the hidden frog on page 6 of last month’s issue. The unofficial Hoopla mascot was hiding in plain sight inside a Hoopla subscription ad. Readers had two chances to win last month because the frog was inadvertently also placed on P. 15. To enter this month’s Find-theFrog Contest, submit: • Your name • Address • Phone number • A brief description of where you saw the hidden frog (not

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Get the most out of your time in the garden with Sperry’s suggestions We’ve turned a corner and the growing season is unfolding at breakneck speed. I’ve jotted some notes to help you get the most out of each moment you spend in your garden. Plant: n Nursery plants while supplies of trees, shrubs, vines and groundcovers are still at their very best. n Hot-weather annual color including copper plant, firebush, lantana, angelonia, fanflower, pentas, periwinkles (Cora series), zinnias (Profusion or linearis), moss rose, hybrid purslane, gold star esperanza and others. n Turfgrass from sod (all types) or seed (bermuda). Prune: n Spring-flowering shrubs and vines to restore natural growth form. n Lower branches from shade trees to allow more sunlight to reach turf below. Weight of new leaves and shoot growth often pull branches down lower. Do not prune oak trees until mid-summer to reduce the risk of spreading oak wilt. n Broken or dead branches from trees and shrubs. Have certified arborist do any major pruning of shade trees. Fertilize: n Lawns with all-nitrogen fertil-

izer with upwards of half that nitrogen in slow-release form. n Same type of all-nitrogen food for trees, shrubs, groundcovers and even flower and vegetable gardens unless soil test suggests some other ratio. n High-nitrogen, water-soluble plant food to hanging baskets and patio pots each time you water them. On the Lookout: n Rose rosette virus. This fatal disease has no cure, nor is there a way to prevent it. Remove afflicted plants at first signs of infection: exby Neil Sperry tremely thorny Gardening Expert and vigorous stems, often with red coloration. Buds fail to open properly. Pruning affected canes out merely allows it to spread to other landscapes. n Crape myrtle scale. If you have had the white scale insects on trunks of your crape myrtles, and if sooty mold has followed, apply Imidacloprid as a soil drench mid-May to prevent the problems. n Broadleafed weeds such as dichondra, poison ivy can be treated with 2,4-D based herbicide. Be sure to follow the label directions carefully. n Dallisgrass. Spot treat with a glyphosate-only herbicide applied carefully with a trigger bottle only to the dallisgrass clumps. Cut a circle in a sheet of cardboard to use as a baffle to protect adjacent turf.

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