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June 5-9

Frontier Days PRCA Rodeo Activities start nightly at 7:30 p.m. Adults $20. Children (6-11 years) $10. Kids 5 and under are free, Parker County Sheriff ’s Posse Grounds, 2251 Mineral Wells Highway

June 8-10

Lone Star Guitar Festival Three days of concerts, workshops, classes and a contest for $1,000, Weatherford College Majorie Black Alkek Fine Arts Building, 225 College Park Dr., 7:30 p.m. Friday through 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

June 10


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Memorial Butterfly Release Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Chapel provides one butterfly to represent the memory of your loved one. Additional butterflies to release at an additional cost, 3-4 p.m., Chandor Gardens, 711 W. Lee St. All proceeds will go to CASA - Hope for Children. Reservations required. Call Misty Engel at 817-594-2747.

June 15 and 16

Anita Goodesign Event Two one-day events that include an opportunity to sew three different projects on top model Brother machines, $59 per person, lunch included. Limited space. Call 817-599-6643.

June 17

PapaPalooza at Heritage Park An event honoring fathers, featuring fun and food for the whole family, and benefitting the Chandor Gardens Expansion Project, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., 378 Jack Borden Way. Adults $10. Children (3-12) $5. Kids under 3 are free.

July 4

Fourth of July Festival Pancake breakfast kicks off festivities at 7:30 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies, a car show, live entertainment, games, vendors and more, $10 per car, Still Waters Retreat, 403 County Road 3672 in Springtown.


n On the Cover

Donna Lawson of Azle took a bite out of cancer, and then celebrated her clean bill of health by indulging with friends in the Big Apple. Girlfriends (pictured above from left to right) Brenda Cook, Lawson, Rhonda Clevenger, Betty Stroup and Heidi Smith, took in a Broadway show, toured Rockefeller Center, explored the Statue of Liberty, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, and visited the World Trade Center and Museum. Cook says the ladies also ate a lot of delicious food, but they burned off those calories by walking about 7 miles each day. At left, Texas girls Lawson and Cook take in Time Square. Email photos from your last trip to seniors@ hooplamagazine.com.

Gracing our cover this month are members of the Parker County Women's and Newcomer's Club, who recently hosted their annual style show highlighting the season's latest trends. Lois Gonzales (on the right) stole the show in lacey palazzo pants, a pink blouse and a wide-brimmed hat. Belk furnished clothing for all of the models. The show's committee members were (top photo, left to right) Alicia Pittman, Marlene Kelsch, chairperson Mary Ripperton, Linda Butler and Opal Dale. Other models included (bottom photo, left to right) Elaine Hardt, Sharon Weigant and Jo Ann Tarbay. Proceeds from the style show go toward the group's scholarship fund. The Parker County Women's and Newcomer's Club is open to all ages and meets the second Friday of each month at the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. An optional buffet lunch is available for $11.

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Life at a different pace Weatherford's old friend Dr. James Keith Roland still practicing both medicine and music by Trena Jennings Claywell Hoopla Contributor At the age of 66, most are looking to retire, but nothing could be further from Dr. James Keith Roland’s sights. After having a family medicine practice in Weatherford for more than 35 years, Dr. Roland moved to Coleman a little more than a year ago to live “life at a different pace,” as touted by a local billboard. While his life has taken many unexpected turns, the desire to be a doctor has never changed. “Growing up, I wanted to be a doctor before I started first grade," he said. His father said the family was too poor for him to become a doctor, but he believed if he worked hard enough it would happen. It did thanks to the many scholarships he earned after being named both the top biology student and the top chemistry student at Austin College in Sherman. Dr. Roland chose family medicine because he wanted to be able to do everything, from treating common ailments to delivering babies and performing surgeries. As he began to search for a place to set up a practice, he struggled with specialists not wanting him to treat the same things they treated. “I didn’t go through this to just see sore throats and colds," he said. "I wanted to treat the whole thing.” He learned that Dr. James Newton, who was a resident doctor one year ahead of him at John Peter Smith Hospital, had set up practice in Weatherford, as well as Dr. David Reeve from Corpus Christi. Those two doctors, Dr. Roland believes, paved the way for him to practice medicine in Weatherford. After completing his residency at Fort Worth's John Peter Smith Hospital in 1981, Dr. Roland


Dr. James Keith Roland moved to Coleman after practicing medicine in Parker County for decades. moved to Weatherford. One of his most memorable experiences as a young doctor was volunteering to be the only oncall doctor at Campbell Memorial Hospital, now known as Medical City Weatherford, on a Fourth of July weekend. Dr. Roland related that the ICU was full and that people were piling up in the emergency room. A female patient was admitted to the ER with a gunshot wound to the chest. With no time to transport the patient to Fort Worth, Dr. Roland dove right in to put into action his JPS training. He found that the hospital did not have the equipment to perform the needed procedure. A colleague informed him that they did not perform those types of procedures for liability reasons. He had to change the way he approached emergency medicine in the small town of Weatherford. He spent the next several years building a thriving practice, working from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the office, and spending the rest of his time delivering babies and performing surgeries at the hospital. It

was not unusual to answer five calls after midnight from the hospital. “It takes a toll on a young man,” he said. As time went on, things began to change. Getting payment from insurance companies became more difficult. He invested in an MRI partnership with other doctors that failed and lost his $100,000 investment. He built a new house, and his old house sat on the market for years. He was on the verge of bankruptcy. Health problems for both Dr. Roland and his wife, Vicki, also took their toll. From 1994 to 1995, the couple both underwent multiple surgeries. Then, in 2010, a week before their 36th wedding anniversary, Vicki passed away from a brain tumor. Dr. Roland was devastated. He went back to work the next week, because he said, “This is my only sanity.” Vicki had passed away at their home and Dr. Roland found it too difficult to be there. He began singing karaoke as an outlet. During this time, he slept very little and described himself as “a walking zombie.” He related that he had a difficult time with the first chapter of James and find-

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ing joy in difficult times. “I’ve always understood why we go through difficult times. It makes us stronger, " he said. "All I’ve been through was just that much of what He went through for me. If you can look at bad things in that perspective, then you get through it.” Dr. Roland eventually began dating his now wife, Tiffany. “Tiffany saved me," he said. "She literally saved my life, and she’s been amazing ever since.” However, difficulties with his practice continued. Insurance companies and Medicare were limiting his ability to order tests and prescribe medicine for patients. “It got so frustrating that I couldn’t pay bills and do what I wanted to do," he said. "It was time to leave.” After consulting with his children, he sold his house in Weatherford, and he and Tiffany moved to Coleman County where they built a barndominium on a piece of land he had purchased decades earlier. Thinking he would semi-retire, Dr. Roland sought out Dr. Paul Reynolds at Coleman County Medical Center, but there were no positions available at that time. It just so happened that a drug rep was visiting a clinic in Abilene and was bemoaning that his favorite doctor in Weatherford had moved to Coleman. Elizabeth Young, a Family Nurse Practitioner, worked at that clinic. Young had previously worked at a practice in Coleman that closed when the doctor retired, and she now saw an opportunity to return. She called Dr. Roland and they formed the Family HealthCare Clinic, located at 123 Santa Anna Avenue in Coleman. Dr. Roland currently sees three to four of his Weatherford patients a week, but he said, “It was hard to leave folks that I knew couldn’t come out.” Patients who live closer to Coleman County, however, are glad that he is now closer. He said he's been pleasantly surprised that he is able to add

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"All I’ve been through was just that much of what He went through for me. If you can look at bad things in that perspective, then you get through it.” two to three new patients a week to his practice. Starting a new practice has not been without its struggles. He uses his retirement money to pay for his licenses and fees. In December of 2017, he began debating whether or not he would be able to continue. The mother of one of his patients assured Dr. Roland it would be okay because he is working for God now. “Anytime you can help somebody [do what] they can’t do for themselves, it’s God’s work.” He said, “That lady totally changed my attitude.” It was then that Dr. Roland realized, “He has given me an ability ... He’s not going to let me starve.” Fortunately, in February, he received his first Social Security check to supplement his retirement. Dr. Roland says what he enjoys most about having a smaller practice is, “It gives me more time to be with patients, because I talk. I’ve had several people come in on way too many medicines.” He is able to help patients determine which prescriptions they may not need and also help them change their lifestyle so they do not need some medications. “It’s easier to write a prescription for a symptom than it is to go back and say, ‘If you quit doing this and you quit doing this, you won’t need it,'" he said. "I’ve got the time now, and I can go back and say let’s change things – let’s do things different so you don’t need the medicine. That’s a blessing that I can do things that I didn’t have the time to do before.” He also feels blessed that he gets to work with his wife of six years everyday and is enjoying the new life they are building in Coleman. “We love it here," he said. "The people are just amazing. A traffic jam

here is when you meet another car, and you wave them on.” Dr. Roland has continued his passion for gardening, though on a much smaller scale. According to Tiffany, he had 150 rose bushes in Weatherford. He's downsized to five since rattlesnakes in the area make gardening difficult. His most prized rose bush is a cutting from his mother’s rosebush, which she planted in 1946. While in Weatherford, Dr. Roland was the longtime drummer for a band called Elixir. He is now lead singer for The Outlanders Classic Rock Band. Their first performance was to a packed house at Coleman’s local bar, Buggy Wheel, on April 7. Dr. Roland also enjoys woodworking. He especially enjoys making projects for his six grandkids, who range

in age from 12 months to 12 years. Living on 300 acres in Coleman County affords Dr. Roland many opportunities to engage in another favorite pastime, hunting. Of the many activities Dr. Roland engages in, the most important to him is teaching God’s Word. He leads a Bible study group every Thursday evening at the clinic. Looking back on his career and thinking about the young Dr. Roland, he said, “I wish I knew half of what I thought I did.” He believes that his experiences, professional and personal, good and bad, have led him to be the kind of doctor he is today. He believes in educating his patients and being compassionate. “I’ve tried to treat every patient as if they’re my family,” he said.


Dr. Roland (left) and bandmates play to a full house at Coleman's Buggy Wheel.


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Get ready for peaches and long evenings in the garden June in Parker County means peaches, school’s out, and long evenings to spend in the garden. Here are some chores you’ll want to consider. Plant: • New lawngrasses, preferably early in the month before temperatures soar to the heights. • Crepe myrtles while they’re in bloom so you can get the exact color you want. Check each variety’s mature size to be sure it’s a match for the space you have available for it. • Heat-beating annuals that can stand up to the summer ahead. Ten of the best: Angelonias, pentas, moss rose, fanflowers, copper plants, purple fountaingrass, trailing lantanas, and for shade, coleus, wax begonias and caladiums. Prune: • Erratic shoots from shrubs, vines, also low-hanging branches that cast too much shade on turfgrass below. • Blackberries immediately after harvest to remove canes that just bore fruit. They will never bear again. Take growing tips out of remaining shoots to encourage side branching, to keep plants more compact. • Mow lawn at same height as you did all spring. Raising mower does not conserve water or improve heat tolerance.

Timely Tips

by Neil Sperry Gardening Expert

Fertilize: • Actively growing shrubs, groundcovers, flowers, vegetables with highnitrogen or all-nitrogen fertilizer. Half or more of the nitrogen should be in slow-release form. • Iron-deficient plants (yellowed leaves with dark green veins most prominently displayed on newest growth first) with iron (with sulfur included to help acidify soil). • Patio pots and hanging baskets with each watering with completeand-balanced, water-soluble plant food with each watering. On the lookout: • Early blight on tomato plants causes yellow, thumbprint-like blotches on leaves. Control with labeled fungicide. Keep foliage dry. • Seridium canker is attacking both Italian and Leyland cypress causing large sections to turn brown. Unfortunately, there is no recommended fungicide. Some may sell expensive remedies but nothing has proven to stop it.

n 'What's the fastest-growing shade tree?' I get this question a lot. Before I answer, I ask if they care how the tree looks. Also if it has serious insect or disease problems. Also if it’s welladapted to the soil in their area. Also if it’s likely to die within 10 or 20 years. Then I ask them to rank these things in order of importance. That’s when they realize that they’d rather invest in a high-quality shade

tree that’s going to live for 100 years and not give them fits about pests, soil or climate problems and that isn’t just flat out ugly. That said, the best trees for Parker County: live oak, bur oak, Shumard red oak, chinquapin oak, cedar elm, pecan and Chinese pistachio. All grow at a steady rate. Magnolias are great, but they do tend to be slower.

Daylilies are one of Sperry's favorite flowers.


n Sperry's Plant of the Month: Daylilies This has been my favorite flower since I was about 10. I used to mow yards in exchange for new hybrid types, and some of my favorite memories as a youngster were when my mom and dad would take me to big daylily gardens in Houston and Conroe. And the selling points have just gotten better: • Well-suited to all of Texas as long as they have full sun, good soil and ample moisture. • Easily grown, even by a kid in his backyard! • Tens of thousands of varieties. • All colors except true blue, many with contrasting color bands, or “eyes.” • Single- and double-flowering forms. • Mature heights ranging from 12 to 48 inches. • Flower sizes from 1 to 10 inches in diameter. • Best selections are from private gardens and Daylily Society sales.

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To weed or not to weed

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and what is beautiful to one may be a nuisance to another. The term "weed" can be rather ambiguous, but a general definition would be that weeds are any plants growing where they are not desired. Many lovely plants can be considered “weeds” if they're too aggressive or invasive in one’s garden, taking over more space than they were allotted and growing rapidly in spaces where they were not originally desired. These plants detract from the health, growth or appearance of lawns, flower beds and crops. For reasons that are functional, cosmetic and environmental, weeds interfere by: • competing with desirable plants for sunlight, nutrients, water and growing space. • causing irritation by means of burs, thorns and prickers. Some natural poisons in plants can also be harmful to humans and animals. • causing damage by means of their roots to drains and foundations. To manage weeds, you must first identify your problem, then determine the severity, and finally use appropriate controls to get rid of your undesirable plants. To help identify weeds, look for a simple book on the subject with pictures and descriptions. Many wildflowers are beautiful but they can also be very aggressive and quickly take over a small space. A perfect example is Mexican Hat, also known as Prairie Coneflower, an attractive wildflower that can spread at a rapid pace, crowding out desirable plants. Annual weeds produce thousands of seeds and live only one season. The seeds are very small and will likely not germinate if they're too deep in the soil. They are also susceptible to rotting, as well as being consumed

Common Ground by Liz Street

Parker County Master Gardener

by insects and birds. Examples of annual grass weeds are: annual ryegrass and bluegrass, barnyard grass, crabgrass, field sandbur and fescue grass. Annual broadleaf weeds include chickweed, henbit, prostrate spurge, purslane, sow thistle and field madder. Perennials live for three or more years. While some reproduce by means of seeds, others reproduce by creeping stems, either above ground as stolons or beneath as rhizomes. There are plants such as nutsedge wherein the rhizomes produce tubers that grow new plants. Individual plants in a lawn or flowerbed may be a series of plants, sprouted from such tubers. If the rhizomes, stolons, or nuts (tubers) of perennial weeds are broken, new plants can form from the pieces. Therefore, hand pulling such weeds or attempting to remove them with a hoe may not be successful in eliminating them. While Bermuda grass may be wonderful in your lawn, it can overtake a landscape bed rapidly if not controlled. This is a perfect example of a plant that can be both desirable and a problem, depending upon location. The best way to prevent the problem of weeds is to: • have healthy plants and a healthy lawn. • use seed and soil materials that are weed-free. • clean all mowers, hand tools, etc., to prevent transport. • select plants appropriate to your area, keep the soil fertile.

• use appropriate control measures, especially proper management of irrigation. Some mechanical controls include: landscape fabric or layers of newspaper to suppress weed growth, use of mulch to assist in weed control, reduction of the amount of water needed, and keeping the soil cooler, use of drip irrigation as a more effective method of watering conservatively, and, of course, hand weeding. Herbicides should always be a last resort and only if you fully understand their use and the consequences thereof. The product’s label will have the necessary information for application and should be read carefully. In addition to numerous weeds found in the lawns of Parker County, a rampant grower found extensively is greenbriar, a broad-leaf perennial vine with thorns and glossy, dark green, heart-shaped leaves. It is almost impossible to destroy, with a very strong root system. It does provide black berries for several species of birds and provides cover for wildlife, but it is very aggressive, invasive, and generally nasty. You can control it somewhat by mowing. If you can dig out its tap root you can eliminate it, but neither herbicides nor glyphosate will damage this vine. Many spring weeds go away when summer’s temperatures soar, and many grassy annual weeds are not noticeable in well-maintained lawns, thus negating the need for herbicides. For more information, check www. agrilifeextension.tamu.edu

Hoopla's Gardener of the Month Homer Babbitt

Hoopla's Gardener of Month discusses natural gardening By Homer Babbitt I grew up in a rural area where gardening was a way of life. If you didn’t raise it, grow it, or shoot it, you didn’t eat. I retired about 18 years ago and live in a wooded area in East Parker County along Silver Creek. I selected a spot for a small vegetable garden, which I still maintain, but the rest of it is another story altogether. Trying to tame several acres in a rural area is a lot more difficult and expensive than dealing with a small residential lot in the city. I have learned that it’s best to work in harmony with nature and just leave things as natural as possible. You save a lot of time, money and energy this way. Plus, you use less water. Gardening should be enjoyable, so don’t fight nature – you won’t win.


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Horse Sense Mary Williams' background gives her an edge in quilting

by Paula Hunt Parker County Quilter's Guild Quilter’s Guild President Mary Williams is often recognized for her beautiful quilts, but it was the cutting horse industry that brought she and husband Bob to Weatherford in 2010. After she and Bob married they relocated from her home in Sidney, Montana to Salem, Oregon where she spent many years as a management analyst for the Department of Transportation. The skills that she perfected may explain why she is so good at “quilt math” and designing her own quilt patterns. Now, Mary primarily focuses on maintaining the couple's 10-acre ranch and caring for their five horses. “In spring and summer, I like to plant and maintain a flower garden of potted plants on the patio," said Mary. "It has been tricky learning what works in this hot, dry climate after living in Oregon. We also love to


Mary Williams with her horse, Oakley, draped in one of her quilts prowl antique and junk stores looking for little treasures. And then if there is time left, I quilt.” Mary comes from a family of women who have always sewn . In fact, she started sewing at the age of 10 in her local 4-H club. During the late 1970s, she made Eleanor Burn’s log cabin quilts for family members, but it was not until she retired that she really became interested in quilting as a form of creative expression. In quilting circles, it is said that, “some of us are piecers, and some of us are quilters.” While Mary quilts

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some of her own quilts on her Sweet Sixteen quilting machine, in her heart she is a piecer. She most enjoys patterns that are detailed, and puzzle-like in nature. In fact, she refers to herself as a “pattern first, fabric second kind of quilter” and she “likes to let the pattern and design drive the fabric colors and styles she chooses for a quilt.” Mary has used all types of fabrics in her projects over the years, but her favorite fabric may be batiks. “I must say that batiks are amazing fabrics," she said. "The range of col-

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ors and patterns is unbelievable, and they are so nice to work with.” Before moving to Weatherford Mary did not really have a large supply of fabric, but she was quickly influenced by her newfound guild friends and now has a “relatively small” stash. Inspiration comes to Mary when she sees quilts that others have made at shows, at bees, or at the guild’s monthly show and tell. She has plenty of opportunity to be inspired at quilting bees since she attends a different one each Wednesday, as well the monthly Library Bee. Mary feels that bees are the most valuable part of a guild because they provide small group settings, which allow people to get to know one another better and form deep friendships. These close bonds, she said, are difficult to forge if you only attend the one big guild meeting each month. Her favorite project was a batik quilt pattern called Starlight. "I learned to use Tri Rec rulers and the fabrics had to be laid out just right to create the desired effect," she said. "And, then I got a lot of satisfaction from making a black and white quilt of my own design that required a lot of attention to layout and construction.” Mary’s creativity and attention to detail are responsible for many of her quilts being awarded ribbons in the guild’s bi-annual quilt show.

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FINALLY a way to fix the PAIN of a BULGING DISC Are you suffering from back pain, arm or leg pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arms or legs? Then it’s likely you’re suffering from a Bulging DISC. That’s when one of your spinal discs are bulging and causing these, sometimes severe, symptoms because of the effect it’s having on your nerve system. You may have already had this diagnosed on an MRI and thought that there is little that can be done about it. That’s a major problem: bad information, because in the right hands, a lot can be done for you. To end the misery caused by Bulging DISCS, you must have the right information. Pay close attention because I’m going to destroy some important myths and give you the facts. MYTH: Bulging DISC problems will just “go away” with some rest. FACT: If you are dealing with leg pain, then you must seek help from a Bulging DISC specialist immediately. If left untreated, the problem can lead to permanent nerve damage - and lifelong pain. MYTH: Pain is the only problem associated with Bulging DISC problems. FACT: In severe cases, this problem can lead to the inability to control your bowels, bladder and sexual potency - leading to embarrassing situations. MYTH: You must take pain medications to deal with Bulging DISCs. FACT: Drugs like muscle relaxants, pain killers, narcotics, antidepressants, and anti-seizure medications have serious potential side-effects and do not cure Bulging DISCs. MYTH: “I must have done something wrong to damage my DISC.” FACT: Physical work or simply sitting at a desk for long periods can lead to Bulging DISCs. Accidents and trauma can also be the culprits. Pregnancy can cause damage. DISC bulges can happen to anyone - including super-fit celebrities like Tiger Woods, Sylvester Stallone, and British Olympic medalist Ian Wynne. MYTH: Stop exercising and get several weeks of bed rest to let the Bulging DISC recover… FACT: Staying active can help to relieve the pain and prevent the pain from getting worse. Staying inactive in bed could be the worst advice - based on a recent study in the Netherlands. MYTH: DISC Bulges or herniations require surgery. FACT: No! There’s been a huge breakthrough in the treatment of Bulging DISCs.

MYTH: “There’s nothing anyone can really do. I’m just stuck with this for the rest of my life.” FACT: With the correct treatment from a healthcare professional who specializes in Bulging DISCs, you can find relief from the core cause - and the symptoms. MYTH: Getting a Bulging DISC properly diagnosed is expensive. FACT: Not true. Dr. Carl McAfee in Weatherford is currently offering an initial consultation with one of their specialists for just $29. Dr. Carl McAfee, D.C. is a Bulging DISC Expert in Weatherford. This procedure does not require a hospital stay and, in most cases, you’ll be able to continue with your normal daily activities with little interruption. The focus is on finding - and correcting - the original cause of the Bulged DISC. According to Dr. McAfee, “We use a specialized digital x-ray motion study analysis to precisely diagnose the cause or your Bulging DISC. This means superior, longterm results for most people.”


Because the treatment is non-surgical, safe, and easy, most patients report relief from their pain and associated symptoms early in the process. Take the Next Step - END the Suffering … Initial Consultation Just $29. The first step is to secure a thorough examination with Dr. Carl McAfee, DC. Call 817-594-0281 to schedule this article (CODE: 02HOOPLA2018) and they will happily reduce their usual consultation fee of $275 to just $29! Only 100 reader consultations are available at this exclusively discounted rate. Call them now and get a full and thorough examination to pinpoint the cause of your problem for just $29. The normal cost of such an exam is $275, so you will save $246! Call them now at 817-594-0281 and cut out or tear out this valuable article and take it to your appointment. You’ll be on your way to safe, lasting relief ! You can even call on the weekend and leave a message on their answering machine to secure your spot, and they promise to return all calls. During the week, staff can be very busy helping patients, so if they don’t pick up straight away, leave a message. Quote this special discount code: 02HOOPLA2018.


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May 2018

Hoopla: News and Entertainment for Parker County Adults 55+

Time for Financial "Spring Cleaning"

The days are longer and the temperatures are warmer – so it must be spring. For many of us, that means it’s time for some spring cleaning. But why stop with sprucing up your living space? This year, consider extending the “spring cleaning” concept to your financial environment, too. How can you tidy your finances? Here are some suggestions: “De-clutter” your portfolio. As you go through your home during your spring cleaning rounds, you may notice that you've acquired a lot of duplicate objects – do you really need five mops? – or at least some things you can no longer use, like a computer that hasn’t worked since 2010. You can create some valuable space by getting rid of these items. And the same principle can apply to your investment portfolio, because over the years you may well have acquired duplicate investments that aren’t really helping you move toward your goals. You may also own some investments, which, while initially fitting in to your overall strategy, no longer do so. You could be better off by selling your “redundant” investments and using the proceeds to purchase new ones that will provide more value. Get organized. During your spring cleaning, one of your key goals may be to get organized. So you might want to rearrange the tools in your garage or establish a new filing system in your home office. Proper organization is also important to investors – and it goes beyond having your brokerage and 401(k) statements in nice neat piles. For example, you may have established IRAs with different financial services companies. By moving them to one provider, you may save some fees and reduce your paperwork, but, more important, you may find that such a move actually helps you better manage your investments. You’ll know exactly where your money is


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Money Matters by Mary H. McDow Edward Jones Advisor

going, and it could be easier to follow a single investment strategy. Also, with all your IRAs in one place, it will be much easier for you to manage the required minimum distributions you must start taking when you turn 70-1/2. (These distributions are not required for Roth IRAs.) Protect your family’s financial future. When cleaning up this spring, you may notice areas of concern around protecting your home – perhaps there’s a crack in your window, or your fence is damaged or part of your chimney is crumbling. Your financial independence – and that of your family – also needs protection. Is your life insurance sufficient to pay for your mortgage, college for your kids and perhaps some retirement funds for your spouse? Do you have disability insurance that can provide you with some income if you become ill or injured and can’t work for a while? Have you considered the high costs of long-term care, such as an extended nursing home stay? A financial professional can help you determine if your insurance coverage is adequate for all these needs. Consider putting these spring cleaning suggestions to work. They may help you keep your financial house in good shape for all the seasons yet to arrive.

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Look familiar? Where have you seen it? The reveal is on P. 12.

Bavousett wins a night under the stars Mary Lou Bavousett, a loyal Hoopla reader and frequent contestant in our monthly hide-and-seek game, will soon be enjoying a night at Granbury's Brazos Drive-In. Mary found the hidden frog on P. 6 of last month's issue and won this month's prize -- admission for one carload at the popular drive-in. Ready to win next month's prize? We hid the same frog (pictured at

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Debra Sue Waters combines love of painting, horses Debra Sue Waters of Millsap was named Weatherford Art Association's top artist for the month for April. Her painting "The Wild One" was inspired by a photograph of a buckskin horse running toward the camera, surrounded by dust. "I didn't want to plagiarize the work, so I took pictures of my own horse 'Sparky,' who is a bay and doesn't even have a long mane," she said. "I made the painting up as I went along using him as my primary model." Waters has a degree in Interior Design, but teaches horseback riding for a living. "I travel all over the country teaching, so I don't have as much time to paint as I would really like," she said. "I can't complain since I get to go to some fabulous places at someone else's expense." Waters said she has always drawn and is mostly self-taught. "The internet has some great re-

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Debra Sue Waters with her painting ‘The Wild One,' which is currently on display at Doss Heritage and Cultural Center.

sources for artists," she said, "and I spend a lot of time in airports and on planes killing time on my computer watching online art demonstrations." Debra and her husband Ken have two daughters, Ashton and Amanda. "We love living here in Parker County," she said. " I feel very blessed to be able to combine my love for horses with my love of art." The Weatherford Art Association will sponsor an art contest at this year's Peach Festival.









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May 2018

What's the best advice your dad ever gave you? You are as good as your word. – Peggy Hutton

When I was in high school, my dad told me, "Don't date boys in high school. Just be friends." – Libby Meeker

When my brothers and I were in our pre-teens, our dad always reminded us to be respectful of our elders. Living in the post-depression and WWII eras, respect was all a lot of people had. – Dr. Morris Maniscalco

My dad said, "If you want something, you'd better get a job!" – Dennis Brown My dad always said, "Call me when you get where you are going, so I'll know you're ok." – Sissy Pogue

My dad, Judge Eddleman Pickard was one fun man. He was the only Justice of the Peace for Parker County during the late 50s and early 60s.His office was in the big courthouse, and he would look out the window watching this 16-year-old race the boys around the square! He told me I had better not get caught speeding or I was going to jail. I never got a speeding ticket until I was much older! – Nadeen Murphree

My father was a Navy man, so he always told me, "Never be the first to volunteer for anything." – Sam Nobles Being a military dad, he told us, "Always make your bed, and be sure to get a good education." Eduation was very important to him. – Carrie Sneed

When I was 15 years old, my dad said to me, "Babe, you are good, and you are smart. Remember to always do what you think is right." – Jolene Russell

The one thing that my daddy used to say was "to always keep my family together (as long as you're not being abused)." I will be celebrating 40 years of marriage in August, so I guess it's working. – Debra Camp

My father told me to always be honest and treat everyone the same, regardless of their skin color. – DeeAnn Barnes The only thing I remember that my father told me was to work hard. – Dena Dial

If a job is worth doing, do it well. – Frank Platt

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Getting to know the girls Next Door by Cynthia Henry Hoopla Publisher

chat. They always have room for another, and they also have a wealth of experience to share with anyone interested in learning to sew. “Someone’s getting a hug,” said Carolyn “We have people who just started quilting and Moschetto matter of factly. people who’ve spent 50 or more years sewing,” said It’s not uncommon for the ladies Moschetto. of the Next Door Quilters group She recounted a woman in her to welcome each other with open 80s who joined recently and had arms, but Moschetto was referring never sewn before but wanted to anyone who receives a quilt or to make a blouse. The group was handcrafted item. happy to assist. “Someone’s hands made that,” she “I just love all the ladies,” said explained. “It was made with pure Moschetto, “and Clint and Lance love.” (of Sewing World) are great.” There’s a lot to love about the Next The Next Door Quilters work Door Quilters, which was started on individual projects during the by Moschetto when she was new to first meeting of each month. Evthe area a couple of years ago. SEWING WORLD ery third Friday, they host a demNext Door Quilters members Using the popular website Next onstration. Recent demonstra(from left) include Jerre Dale, Door, she asked if anyone else in tions have included paper piecing, her area was interested in forming Barbara Williams and Lissa bowl cozies, and pillow cases with a quilting bee. The group has since Russell. french seams. then grown to roughly 15 members. One of the group’s matriarchs is The ladies range in age from 50s to 90s and meet 91-year-old Eula Phillips, who Carolyn says makes at Sewing World of Weatherford on the first and about a quilt a month and regularly donates her third Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. projects to the Parker County Quilter’s Guild. Some sew. Some embroider. Some simply sit and Phillips says she began quilting before she even


Eula Phillips (left) gets a little help from Carolyn Moschetto, who started the Next Door Quilters group. started school. “I thoroughly enjoy being with the group," said Phillips. "I just love to share what little I know with others and learn from them. You never get too old to learn." She looks forward to the meetings and demostrations. "You very seldom go when you don't learn at least one little trick," she added. Even if you don’t have a current project, Moschetto encourages you to join. “We have fun!” she said. “And, what better way to meet somebody?”


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