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Candlelight Tour of Homes

The Oliver Loving Home

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Love is in the hair Longtime stylist, barber put customers first by Richard Allen Hoopla Correspondent


rom Truvy’s Beauty Shop in “Steel Magnolias” to Floyd’s Barber Shop in Mayberry, much more trasnpires than haircuts and perms. Stop by on any given day and you’ll find out when Mable is going to be a grandma again or how many tackles John’s grandson had in last Friday night’s football game. While the world has changed in many ways, Rita’s Salon and Bobby’s Barber Shop in Weatherford remain constant. RITA’S SALON Started in 1986 by owner Rita Hall, the salon is the result of a long-time earnestness that began when she entered the cosmetology program at Weatherford High School in 1978. “The first and foremost thing is I have a passion. I enjoy doing my clients’ hair,” she said. “A person can have awesome technical skills, but if they don’t have the ability to engage with people, they won’t last.” Rita has that skill, and she has definitely lasted. Nearly two decades ago she expanded her location, and now her staff has grown to eight. She has customers who have been coming to her place since it opened. “This is a very special business,” she said. “You develop real relationships. I’ve been doing this long

enough that I’m now doing the hair of children and even grandchildren.” Some continue to come though they no longer live in the area, such as V.A. and Alta Trussel, who now live in Mansfield. She’s been cutting their hair since the mid-90s. “Rita is a very special person. She is a great friend, as well as a tremendous hairdresser,” V.A. said. “When we moved from Weatherford in 2003, we tried to find someone that could cut our hair here in Mansfield. After four months we started driving the 100 miles round trip each month to return to Rita.” “Another lady has made trips back to Texas from New Mexico,” Rita said. “She coordinates her trips to visit family so she can come here also.” Janine Courtney has been a steady customer since 2005. “I live 45 minutes away and will only go to Rita,” she said. “I have very difficult hair, and a lot of it, and her knowledge and skill has been beyond compare. I call Rita my hairgician. “I always tell her my time at the salon is like my therapy, and I always know when I leave there, I’m going to look and feel 100 percent better.” Rita works hard to stay relevant in the business. She is consistently going to hair shows and developing new trends. Her oldest client is 83, but she also draws the younger crowd. If you don’t have that next generation growing, you’ll put yourself out of business,” she said. “What happens to a

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Rita Hall has been styling hair for customers, such as Rita Price, for over three decades.

church if there’s nothing but old people?” Even though her clients enjoy each other’s company, one thing you will not find in Rita’s Salon is gossip. “I do not gossip, and I have no tolerance for it, either,” she said. “But any and everything has been discussed. A lot of praying goes on in here, too. They build each other up.” Among her favorite memories is one day when a lady gave her what Rita said was good advice. “I was griping about my husband watching football so much. She said, ‘Honey, I don’t like football either, but I sit down with him and watch because I love him,’” Rita said. “This little lady has passed, but she gave me such great advice.”

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“People want somebody who’s going to listen and care,” nail tech Naomi Scott said. “It’s a loving environment here.” Raised in Weatherford since age 8, Rita is at home in her salon, with her family close by. Her mother and father live just down the road. Her mom is still a client. “Where else is she going to go?” Rita asked with a laugh. “And short of winning the lottery, I’ll be here. I might even stay if I win.” BOBBY’S BARBER SHOP Almost six decades ago Bobby Back took the advice of a friend and headed to Fort Worth from the Panhandle. He’s been in this area ever since, and his shop is a staple just off the square in Weatherford, where it’s been for nearly five decades. “I had a friend who was a barber, and one day I asked him if he thought I could make a living doing that,” Bobby recalled. “He said I could, so I came to Fort Worth and went to barber school. That’s the year (1961) that TCU beat Texas and Texas was the No. 1 team in the country.” Indeed, the Horned Frogs won 6-0 in Austin that November. And, just like that game, Bobby, now 82, has become a legend. “I started with Bobby down the street when he was with Dunn and Newberry. Bobby had the seat in the back,” said Jerry Youngblood, who’s been having his hair cut by Bobby for five decades. “I came over here when he came over with (W.A.) Nipper.” That was the early 1970s. The shop is in the same exact place today. There’s nothing fancy about Bobby’s Barber Shop. It’s a great place to get a haircut, shave, and enjoy some good conversation.

“We haven’t advertised a lot, but we do give good haircuts, I think,” Bobby said with a laugh. “And the customers have been pretty dang nice over the years.” But then, Bobby and his staff have been nice to them as well. That’s one of the main reasons they keep coming back. “This is home,” long-time customer and friend Jerry Clinton said. “I’ve known Bobby 40 years.” Bobby said in this business a big part of the success is simply giving the customers what they want. “I had a man come in and he said he just wanted scissors and a comb. I wound up cutting his hair for 39 years,” Bobby said. Over the years, Bobby has cut the hair of many influential people, including legendary astronaut Gus Grissom. “I shaved him, actually,” Bobby said after some thought. “It was a special day. He came in with Bill McDavid.” Lenora Smithers has worked alongside Bobby ever since he came to the shop. She has a long list of clients herself, adding to the atmosphere of the place being somewhere folks go to escape for a little while. “Everybody tells jokes, has fun. We have a lot of regulars and they call us by name. That means a lot,” she said. “There’s a reason folks keep coming back to their favorite barber shop, and it’s not just the haircuts,” Bobby said. “I was watching a guy on TV getting his haircut by a 107-year-old. We keep doing this and they keep coming back for the same reason. We love everything about the atmosphere, the camaraderie -- just a good old time. “Now, I don’t think I’ll still be doing this when I’m 107, but I’m going to be around a little bit longer.”

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Candlelight Tour of Homes set for Saturday, Dec. 8 If it’s been a few years since you experienced the rich history and holiday glow of the homes on The Parker County Heritage Society’s Annual Candlelight Tour, this is definitely a year you won’t want to miss. This year’s tour is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. “The tour this year will allow our guests to see different homes. Everyone is very excited to show these homes for the first time,” said Janice Sanders, co-chair of this year’s tour. One of these homes is the Oliver Loving Home. Oliver Loving and his family lived at 301 W. Spring Street from 1862-66. Many original features remain, including the porches, wood flooring, doors, hardware, ceilings and glass transoms. Loving led the Goodnight-Loving Cattle Drive, which rounded up loose cattle that had escaped during the war. It brought great wealth to Texas and helped feed the country during a difficult time. The drive was made famous by the movie Lonesome Dove. Co-Chair Emily Prowell says the tour also includes some old favorites with new owners. “We also are featuring two historic churches, a

celebrated over 110 years of serving children in our community. “The best part of our tour is that the proceeds benefit historic preservation projects in Parker County,” Boyd added. “If you’ve driven by our beautiful historic homes, this is your opportunity to come inside and see the beauty that is within each of them.We invite everyone to come get into the holiday spirit at this year’s tour.” This year, several local restaurants are offering discounts and have helped in sponsoring the tour, which brings so many guests to town. These include Short Chef Coffee House & Bistro, MesMELISSA MOORMAN This year’s tour also features Prince Memorial CME quite Pit, Pizza Place, Yesterday’s Sandwich Shop, Baker’s Ribs and Iron Skillet. at 410 W. Oak. Tickets are on sale at the Weatherford Chambeautiful garden oasis in the heart of the city and Loving-Pinner ber of Commerce (401 Fort Worth Highway), at Home Spring Street the Doss Center that continues to add to its exhib- 301 W.the Doss Heritage and Culture Center (1400 Texas its and displays of Parker County’s rich history,” Drive), and online at www.parkercounty said Prowell. heritagesociety.com. “This is a great tour this year with many homes Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and children 12 and under. Purchase tickets in adin the same area and neighborhood,” said Parker vance and pick them up at the Doss Center on tour County Heritage Society President Greg Boyd. “We also have the Pythian Home that recently day. We are very pleased to showcase this home on the tour this year. Record show this house was built in 1857 and the original owner was W.A. Pleasant. Later Oliver Loving, the Dean of the Texas Cattle Drive and of the Goodnight -Loving Cattle Drive, and his family live in it from 21862-1866. It was near the heart of downtown Weatherford. Loving was from Kentucky was a rancher and cattle driver. He and his wife Susan along with their nine children lived in Palo Pinto County and in Weatherford during his cattle drive years. The house is on the corner of Alamo and W. Spring Street. This twobedroom, one bath, frame house has its original porches. Many original features remain as you will notice such as the wood flooring, original doors and hardware, high ceilings, and glass transoms. There is beautiful stained trim work and also an original clawfoot tub.

Loving-Pinner Home


Tour of Homes December 8 from 11 to 7

Tickets to visit all 10 historic properties are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and children. Purchase tickets in advance at the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce, The Doss Center, or online at.parkercountyheritagesociety.com and pick them up on tour day at the Doss Center. Proceeds benefit community preservation projects.

301 W. Home Spring Street Bailey-Kurtz

We are very pleased to showcase this home on the tour this year. Record 418 W. Water Street Home Kindel –Morgan show this house was built in 1857 and the original owner was W.A. Pleas402 W. Spring Street ant. Later Oliver Loving, the Dean of the Texas Cattle Drive and of the GoodThis Second style homeThis is constructed of This house was builtEmpire in 1880French by LeonNeo-Renaissance Bailey and his wife Maggie. lovely night -Loving Cattle Drive, and his family live in it from 21862-1866. It was hand quarried nativebeen stone. features a mansard roof ofWhile copper, Victorian house has never on Itthe Candlelight Tour before. the a corner near the heart of downtown Weatherford. Loving was from Kentucky was a square porch renovated columns, deeply windows and twenty-inchhome tower, has been beautifully some ofrecessed the historical features still rancher and cattle driver. He and his wife Susan along with their nine chilthick Started in 1876 andthe completed 1881. Thistrim is the oldest remain. Paystone specialwalls. attention when entering house to in the detailed dren lived in Palo Pinto County and in Weatherford during his cattle drive in Weatherford. The house also has 12-foot ceilings, 8 foot work, two-story wave glasshome as well as the stained-glass features. There are original years. The house is on the corner of Alamo and W. Spring Street. This twodoors windows and hardware and transoms from 1880. While you will enjoy viewing in the original structure, hardwood floors and 37 windows. The bedroom, one bath, framethe house hasupdates its original porches. Many the original his home, to Amaintain its original house details has theoforiginal dirt floortasteful cellar with coal help chute. coal furnace is datremain as you will notice such as the wood flooring, original doors charmfeatures in 1876 keeping that time period. ed andwith marked in red paint R.W. Kindel. A local druggist for sixty years, and hardware, high ceilings, and glass transoms. There is beautiful stained a civic leader, and the original owner of the house, Kendel prove to be intrim work and also an original clawfoot tub. strumental in bringing electricity to Weatherford. Texas historical landmark.

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Maulsby402 –McCright HomeStreet W. Spring

W. Neo-Renaissance Akard Street style home is constructed of This Second Empire212 French

Altfather-Fitzgerald Home This charming four-bedroom ranch style home was originally built Forest a corner hand quarried native stone. It features a mansard roof ofby copper, and Jane Milliken Maulsby in the520 early W. 1950’s. Jane Maulsby’s parents were Spring Street tower, square porch columns, deeply recessed windows and twenty-inchCharles Millikan and Gertrude Harnatt who lived at 708 South Waco in the Originally, this home and surrounding land belonged to W.F. as stone Started in 1876sold andthe completed isAltfather, the oldest homethick where Jeanwalls. grew up. Her parents Maulsby’sina 1881. portionThis of their record around 1892. and his wife Pennsylvania. adjoining landshows tohome build family Altfather home. Maulsby was afrom longceilings, time 8 foot two-story intheir Weatherford. TheForest house also haswere 12-foot Weatherford resident and President ofhardwood Mutual Building andaLoans for Mr. Altfather was a the bookkeeper his wife and was homemaker. The windows in the original structure,and floors and 37 windows. The many years. On tour for the very first time, this home has been in the family Altfather’s owned a major portion of the the house has the original dirt floor cellar withland coalbefore chute.itAwas coaldivided furnaceinto is datfor 57 years. It has only had two additional owners. In 2010, the Luig family current subdivision. It is not the frame could have ed 1876 marked red paint R.W.clear, Kindel. A local druggist for sixty purchased andand made many in updates intotally keeping withbut the character inhome style of years, rock addthe it. This of construction was typically sometime the home. Inleader, 2017, McCright family purchased the home andused have add-to be beahad civic and thestyle original owner of the house, Kendel prove ined some personal but have maintained thevery period style, including tween 1935intouches and 1945. This style was prevalent in thelandmark. Weatherstrumental bringing electricity tohome Weatherford. Texas historical original hardwood flooring, as well as many other features and fixtures. You ford and Mineral Wells area during this time period and after World War II. will not want to miss seeing this home. A design of the 50’s with an updated Thecharm current purchased thistoday’s charming home in 2002 and has continflair and thatowner provides function for family. ued to restore and maintain many of the original details.

Texas Pythian Home 1825Altfather-Fitzgerald E. Bankhead Drive Home

Bailey-Kurtz Home 418 W. Water Street

Originally, this home surrounding land belonged W.F.strucAltfather, as The Knights of Pythias beganand construction of this unique Frenchtostyle record around 1892.March Altfather and as hisa wife were for from Pennsylvania. ture in 1907.shows The doors opened 1, 1909 residence widows Mr. Altfather was a bookkeeper and his wife and was agardens, homemaker. The and orphans. The Pythian home was self-sustaining, housing a owned a major of the land before washome divided dairy,Altfather’s orchard and livestock on itsportion 164 acre lot which allowedit the to into the current It is not totally clear, butThe thehome frame home could have provide trade subdivision. learning opportunities for its residents. also housed a school 1970s, which students from over Parker County. haduntil rockthe add it. This styleserved of construction wasalltypically used sometime beThe home no1935 longer serves widows and orphans but does temporary tween and 1945. This style home was very provide prevalent in the Weatherout-of-home for children from families in need. ford andplacement Mineral Wells area during this time period and after World War II.

This house was built in 1880 by Leon Bailey and his wife Maggie. This lovely Victorian house has never been on the Candlelight Tour before. While the home has been beautifully renovated some of the historical features still remain. Pay special attention when entering the house to the detailed trim work, wave glass as well as the stained-glass features. There are original doors and hardware and transoms from 1880. While you will enjoy viewing the original details of his home, the tasteful updates help to maintain its charm in keeping with that time period.

520 W. Spring Street

The current owner purchased this charming home in 2002 and has continued to restore and maintain many of the original details.

Sponsored by First National Bank of Weatherford Maulsby –McCright Home 212 W. Akard Street

This charming four-bedroom ranch style home was originally built by Forest and Jane Milliken Maulsby in the early 1950’s. Jane Maulsby’s parents were Charles Millikan and Gertrude Harnatt who lived at 708 South Waco in the home where Jean grew up. Her parents sold the Maulsby’s a portion of their adjoining land to build their family home. Forest Maulsby was a long time Weatherford resident and the President of Mutual Building and Loans for many years. On tour for the very first time, this home has been in the family for 57 years. It has only had two additional owners. In 2010, the Luig family purchased and made many updates in keeping with the character in style of the home. In 2017, the McCright family purchased the home and have added some personal touches but have maintained the period style, including original hardwood flooring, as well as many other features and fixtures. You

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First United Methodist Church

Methodist Church returns to tour It’s hard to ignore the beauty of the historic First United Methodist building on South Main Street, which is why the Parker County Heritage Society is celebrating its return to this year’s Candlelight Tour. The church, which was built in 1893, features a 55-foot-high beaded ceiling in the sanctuary in a tonguein-groove herringbone pattern. Tours and performances are scheduled throughout the day.

FUMC Performances and Sanctuary Tours 11 a.m. - FUMC Chancel Choir Noon – Sanctuary Guided Tour 12:15 p.m. – A Joyful Noise with Anderson’s Good Medicine 1 p.m. – Sanctuary Guided Tour 1:15 p.m. – Christmas Piano Music 2 p.m. - Sanctuary Guided Tour 2:15 p.m. - FUMC Men’s Ensemble 3 p.m. – Sanctuary Guided Tour 3:15 p.m. – Hand Bell Choir and Women’s Ensemble 4 p.m. - Sanctuary Guided Tour 4:30 p.m. – Classical Guitar 5:15 p.m. – Sanctuary Guided Tour 5:30 p.m. - The Christmas Story 6:15 p.m. - Sanctuary Guided Tour 6:30 p.m. – Contemporary Music 7 p.m. - Ending prayer


Ralonna Fitzgerald in her kitchen next to a farmhouse sink. “I had a guy doing some plumbing work, and he said, ‘I’ll give you a thousand dollars for it,” she said. “You can see I didn’t take it.”

‘You take a house and you make it a home’ by Richard Allen Hoopla Correspondent Some of the greatest things come in small packages. Fun size candy bars. Grandchildren. And the home of Ralonna Fitzgerald. Only 1,100 square feet with two bedrooms and one bath, it will be prominently on display on West Spring Street when the Candlelight Tour arrives in Weatherford on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. “I called Emily (Prowell, one of the Tour directors) and said I think you made a mistake,” Ralonna said. “She said, ‘We want some smaller homes, and yours fits perfectly.’” Ralonna moved into the small rock home in 2002, following the death of her husband. She figures it was built in the late 1930s or early 1940s. The quaint home features wooden flooring throughout. Each room, though small, is cozy and welcoming. The living room is highlighted by a coffee table that was once a blacksmith’s billow. There’s also a chifferobe that stands 7 feet tall and doubles as a TV console.

Against the wall is an antique organ. Thanks to some handiwork by Ralonna, it once again plays. “No one would buy it because it was on the third floor, but I found a man and said, ‘I’ll give you 50 bucks if you’ll put this in my truck,’” she said. The small kitchen is where she spends much of her time. She loves to cook. It is highlighted by a farmhouse sink that takes one back to a scene from “The Waltons.” In the laundry room is a height chart for each of her 13 great-grandchildren, and she has one on the way. She has one daughter and six grandchildren. The huge backyard and accompanying covered patio is a popular spot to hang out when family visits. “They have trouble fitting in the house,” she said with a laugh. The hallway features shiplap walls, partly covered with quilts. In the middle is a special door that does not open to anything except a person’s imagination when they look in the mirror. And, of course each of the bedrooms has its own special touches,


Ralonna at her antique organ such as her mother’s crocheted collars, or doilies created by her mom and grandmother. There’s also a caricature portrait of her father, and a collage of handprints from her grandchildren. “You take a house and you make it a home, no matter the size,” Ralonna said. And though she wasn’t on the tour last year, her home grabbed attention nonetheless. In fact, a couple was so impressed that she gave them a tour anyway, and they wanted to buy the place. “They’ve been back two or three times,” she said. “It’s flattering, but I’m staying put. I absolutely love it here.”


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Readers ask Sperry about armyworm damage With fall shading toward winter, this is the time to get many major gardening tasks wrapped up here in Parker County, like that new greenhouse perhaps! Plant: n New trees and shrubs, but do so according to a well-thought-out plan. Buy shade trees early in November so you can see their entire leaf canopy and determine their vigor. n Absolutely last call to overseed ryegrass for green turf all winter. Perennial rye germinates more uniformly in cooler weather and is easier to maintain, but it’s also harder to find and more expensive. Like annual rye, perennial rye dies out with the heat of early May. n Pansies, pinks, snapdragons, ornamental cabbage and kale for cool-season color. n Spring bulbs. Best types include small- and early-flowering daffodils such as Carlton and Ice Follies. Types like King Alfred and Mount Hood seldom bloom after the first year. Grape hyacinths and summer snowflakes are also good repeaters. Tulips must be given artificial chilling: 45 or more days in the fridge at 45 F. Do not plant before mid-December.

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Prune: n Damaged or dead branches from large trees. Early fall rains broke many around our landscape. n Remove all dead stubble from perennial gardens. n Mow to remove fallen tree leaves. Use in compost or as mulch beneath shrubs or over perennials. Fertilize: n Cool-season grasses ( fescue turf or rye used for temporary winter color) with high-nitrogen food. n Cool-season annual color plants with water-soluble, high-nitrogen plant food weekly for maximum growth before winter.


Chrysanthemums are a symbol of autumn and bloom reliably each autumn.

n Plant of the Month: Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums bloom reliably this time every year. They’re garden perennials that come in almost all colors, shapes, sizes and forms. The types you most commonly see in nurseries used to be called “cushion mums” because they resembled colorful pincushions of On the Lookout: blossoms. More commonly referred n Broadleafed weeds such as to simply as “garden mums,” they dandelions, clover, chickweed, hen- tend to be the first types in bloom. bit as they germinate and begin to Their flowers come in shades of red, flourish. Apply broadleafed weedpink, lavender, rich purple, orange killer spray according to label direc- and white. They bloom through Octions before weather turns really tober and into November. cold later next month. Florist mums (types you buy as potted plants, then set out into the garden) are large plants with larger flowers. They flower 4 to 6 weeks

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later, often well into November, and their flowers come in many unusual forms. Enthusiasts sometimes “disbud” their plants, meaning that they remove all but one bud per stem so that the terminal bud at the end will grow larger and showier. Chrysanthemum stems will die to the ground soon after the flower heads dry. You’ll see tufts of new growth popping up around their bases later in November. Cut the old stems back to about an inch above those tufts. That new growth will become next year’s stems. If you decide to dig and divide your mums, those new shoots will be your guides. You can divide them in late fall or very early next spring.

n Readers Ask “My lawn was hurt really badly by armyworms a few weeks ago. Have they done permanent damage? What can I do to help it recover?” This year was unlike any other I’ve seen in my 47 years in North Central Texas in terms of armyworms. They just kept coming for weeks. But the good news is, as far as home landscapers are con-

cerned, they only eat the leaf blades of bermudagrass (their preferred food source). Even by the time you read this, your grass will be well on its way to recovery. By spring, the armyworm invasion of 2018 will be a distant memory. Your next call to action will be application of a highquality lawn food next spring to get it off to a vigorous start.

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November 2018

Calendar of Events Zonta International Wednesday, Nov. 7

Carrie West from the Willow Park Police Department will speak, 11:30 a.m., North Side Baptist Church, 910 N Main Street, Weatherford.

Parker Co. Women’s & Newcomer’s Club Friday, Nov. 9

Registration at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10, followed by lunch, First United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 301 S. Main Street, Weatherford.

Veterans Breakfast Saturday, Nov. 10

sored by the Twentieth Century Club beginning at 7:30 a.m., 321 S. Main St., Weatherford

Veterans Day Parade Saturday, Nov. 10

Opening ceremonies and special introductions begin at 9:30 a.m. at the viewing stand in the parking lot next to the Ninth Grade Center in Weatherford. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and moves toward the courthouse on Main Street, then turns left on Oak Street.

20th Century Club Wednesday, Nov. 14

Potluck lunch, discussion on upcoming events, 11:30 a.m., 321 S. Main Street, Weatherford.

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Martha B. Heifrin Thomas showing her patriotism at Parker County’s Armistice Day Parade on Nov. 11, 1927.

Quilter’s Guild

Thursday, Nov. 15 Quilters will share current projects, 6:30 p.m., North Side Baptist Church, 910 N. Main Street, Weatherford.

Daughters of the American Revolution Tuesday, Nov. 27

Discussion on member heritage, 2 p.m., North Side Baptist Church, 901 S. Main Street, Weatherford.

Parker County Cruisers Christmas on the Square Tuesday, Nov. 20

Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m., Harberger Hill Community Center, 701 Narrow Street, Weatherford.

Saturday, Dec. 1

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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.”


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Healthy Fun

by Janet Standifer Parker County Dementia Care Trainer

Boost your brain power! Question: “What games are good to exercise the brain?” Answer: Great question and a very important one! “As we get older, we routinize our self so we have this lovely little routine that fits in a box,” said Dr. Jull Bolte Taylor, a Harvard brain scientist. “So, what you’re saying to your brain is, ‘It’s okay, you only have to be the size of the box.’ But that’s not what we want. We want new and unfamiliar, and that’s what you want to do. You want to keep your brain cells excited.” Playing brain games and activities might help reduce the risk of decline with cognitive and memory skills as we age. We need to keep our brain active to improve memory, daily life skills and overall mental health. It is essential to keep the mind active. Here are a few suggestions on games and activities that boost that brain power! n Sudoku n Mahjong n Chess n Jigsaw Puzzles n Crossword Puzzles n Solitaire n Arts and Crafts n Bingo n Logic Puzzles n Trivia Pursuit n Botanical Identification n Reading and discussion n Video Games n Volunteering n Learning a New Language n Board Games Send your questions about brain health and dementia care to janet@jstandiferconsulting.com or call (817) 901-4658.

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November 2018

Veterans honored in Klein’s many creations by Paula Hunt Parker County Quilter’s Guild The fact that Veterans Day is in November makes it the perfect month to write an article about Becky Klein. She is a self-described “military brat” with a father who served three years in the Navy and 23 years in the Air Force. She has also earned the title of “military wife” with a husband who served four years in the Navy. Becky’s father fought in the Korean War and her husband fought in the Vietnam War – so you can see why Veterans Day is special to Becky. In the past year, she and her mother have spearheaded an effort to make quilts for our local veterans that has resulted in nearly 100 quilts being delivered to veterans groups and veterans residing in local nursing homes. Her energy and drive inspired the members of the Quilter’s Guild of Parker County to participate in a big way. Becky made her first quilt in 1981 when she took an adult education class. The instructor taught the technique of piecing entirely by hand, but Becky knew that she “had a sewing machine at home that worked just fine,” so she did not do any more hand piecing after that.


Becky Klein with one of the many patriotic quilts she creates each year. That was the one and only quilt she made until the year 2000 when she joined a quilt guild in North Dakota. That was also the year she retired for the first time after working for 23 years as a reservation agent for U.S. Airways. I say the “first time” because she retired again in 2014


from her position as manager at a local storage unit company. Since her second retirement, Becky has been spending her days piecing quilts, reading, quilting on her longarm machine, and spending time with her grandchildren. Her years being a “military brat”

and a “military wife” took Becky to many different places around the world. She lived in Washington, Colorado, California, New Mexico, North Dakota, North Carolina, Okinawa and Germany to name just a few, before joining her parents and sister in Weatherford about 8 years ago. Becky and her husband of 35 years have three grown sons and five grandchildren. Becky is a self-taught longarm quilter and quilts for herself as well as for others. In fact, dozens of the quilts delivered to the veterans were created by Becky without any compensation. It was all part of her good-hearted contribution to a very worthy cause. Becky tries hard not to miss a meeting of her favorite bee, the Queen Bees, which meets in Azle. She also spends time publishing the guild newsletter and serving as vice president of the guild. Piecework and paper piecing are Becky’s favorite techniques. As a matter of fact, she currently has a quilt made of paper pieced hexagons in bright colors that she needs to quilt. However, according to Becky, she still needs to think about it a bit before she decides how she wants to quilt it.

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For Ciro and all who served From 1952 to 1953, the Maniscalco brothers (Ciro, Horris and I) were assigned to the same Navy ship in California. Ciro died at age 22. I wrote the last verse to the poem soon after his death in 1954. Later, I was asked to do a beginning and middle to the poem, and submit it to

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In Peaceful Sleep by M.V. Maniscalco

The afternoon train left the station and on the platform, a burning kiss fresh to her cheek, a mother stood weeping. Her only son had left to join others who were called to fight for their country. The middle aged woman watched as the train disappeared beyond the horison. Loneliness filled her heart as she turned away. She would await the return of her son and prayed it would be soon. The huge-gray shadow cut through the chilled darkness. Off in the distance was the land; from its depth flashes appeared, as death reached out its unwelcomed hand. The weary men aboard listened as the unwanted guests passed by; and, in silhouette, standing alone was a sailor; his youthful eyes staring into the night. On the shore another flash raced into the darkness and found its mark. Then all was still. From the darkness a voice was heard -- MOTHER? The six a.m. train left the station and remaining on the platform a long, heavy box lay silent. Men lifted the flag-covered crate and slid it upon a waiting truck. To a sorrow-filled home taken. It was opened and out of it came a coffin; shining from the glow of the sun. The lid was lifted and there inside was the body of this mother’s son. His untroubled face looked as though he was in peaceful sleep, and hoping the alarm would not wake him from his dream.

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You can still gain tax benefits from charitable donations Like most people, you probably In fact, you may be able to move up know several organizations worthy of to $100,000 from your IRA per year to your philanthropy, and you may well an eligible charity and have it count have contributed to them, perhaps as your RMDs, even if the amount doon an annual basis. In the past, when nated is more than the required miniyou’ve made charitable donations, it’s mum withdrawal. been a win-win: You were able to proEven if you aren’t 70 ½ yet, you vide support to a worthy organization might still gain some tax benefits and you received from certain types some valuable tax of charitable donabenefits. But with tions. When you the passage of itemized, and you the new tax laws, by Mary H. McDow donated appreciatthings may have ed stocks, you were Edward Jones Advisor changed considgenerally allowed erably for many a charitable deduction for the full fair people. Are there still tax benefits to market value of the stocks on the date making a charitable donation? of the transfer, even if your original Here’s some background: Previcost was only a fraction of that value. ously, you may have been able to deNow, if you don’t itemize, that charitaduct your charitable donations if you ble contribution is not deductible, but itemized deductions on your income you can still avoid the capital gains tax return. So, for example, if you were taxes you’d have to pay if you sold the in the 25 percent tax bracket and you securities, rather than donating them. gave $1,000 to a qualified charity, you Finally, you could name a qualified may have been able to deduct $250. charity as a beneficiary of your IRA But under the new tax laws, the or 401(k). This can allow the assets to standard deduction is almost doubled pass free of income tax to the charifor 2018, to $24,000 for joint filers, and table group. $12,000 for single filers. As a result, far Given the increased standard defewer people are likely to itemize their deductions. If you’re in this group, you duction resulting from the new tax may find that you have less incentive, laws, many charitable groups are worat least for tax reasons, to make chari- ried about the potential loss of contributions. Nonetheless, as we’ve seen, table gifts. However, receiving a tax deduction you can still find ways to get some tax benefits from your own charitais not the only tax benefit of making ble gifts. And you’ll still get the same a charitable gift. If you own an IRA satisfaction from supporting a good and you’re 70 ½ or older, you genercause. ally must start taking withdrawals – technically called required minimum distributions, or RMDs – from your traditional IRA. (Roth IRAs are not subject to RMDs until after the death of the owner.) If instead of withdrawing the money, the IRA owner decides This article was written by Edward to transfer the funds directly to a qualJones for use by your local Edward Jones ified charity, the distributed amount can be excluded from the IRA owner’s Financial Advisor, Mary H. McDow, 102 income. So, in effect, you can get a siz- Houston Ave., Suite 203, 817-598-0882. able tax benefit from your generosity. Member SPIC

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