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Volume 27, Number 4

April 2015

28 Pages

Lubbock, Texas 79401

Lubbock Native to be Featured Artist at Arts Festival The featured artist for the Lubbock Arts Festival is Berkley White, a world-renowned underwater cinematographer and photojournalist from Lubbock. White’s exhibit, “Under-

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water Explorer/Adventurer with an Artist’s Eye” will be on display throughout the festival, which takes place April 18-19 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. White will be onsite throughout the festival to talk about his experiences and show his work, which has appeared in National Geographic and with the Jacques Cousteau Foundation. White’s fine-art photography depicts aquatic animals such as sea lions, sharks and giant manta rays. His experiences include swimming with sharks in the South Pacific, leading scuba expeditions around the world, and teaching divers how to take better underwater photos and video.

Elizabeth Regner, executive director of the Lubbock Arts Alliance, said she is thrilled and privileged to have an artist of White’s caliber headlining this year’s festival. “Families will be amazed at what they will learn from his work, and collectors will have a unique opportunity to view and purchase it,” Regner said. White, a Lubbock native, was raised in a cotton-ginning family and first took a camera underwater near his grandfather’s cabin at Possum Kingdom Lake in Palo Pinto County. After graduating from Monterey High School in Lubbock, he earned a degree in marine biology from Hum-

An underwater creature photographed by Berkley White, a graduate of Monterey High School, is the featured artist for the Lubbock Arts Festival. (See Lubbock Arts Festival, Page 3).

45th Annual Ranch Day Set for April 11

Pulmonary Health, April 22 ........... 2 Luncheon & Style Show, April 10 .. 6 Water Restrictions, April 1 ........... 22 ‘Lubbock Lights,’ April 9 ........... 23 Celebrity Luncheon, April 23 ......... 27 Parkinson’s Awareness ...... 5

boldt State University and went on to work for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. After working as an assistant for a few local underwater photographers, White opened his own Monterey-based business, Backscatter, in 1994. Backscatter is now the world’s largest underwater camera store. As an artist, White said he strives to give people who haven’t seen the ocean an idea what it’s like to be there and provide pieces that will inspire them.

The smell of burning coals and mesquite wood will fill the air April 11 as Lewis Neely opens the doors to a 1917 blacksmith shop.

Activities for the young and youngat-heart will highlight the 45th annual Ranch Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 11 at the National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 Fourth St. adjacent to the Texas Tech campus. More than 4,000 visitors attend Ranch Day every year, and 150 volunteers work to make the center come alive with historical interpretations and hands-on experiences. The event will include hands-on science and history demonstrations as well as a 20-foot Comanche tepee on the front lawn, music, dancing, and an old-fashioned “Snake Oil Magic Show” in the 6666 Barn.

The Texas Tech Equestrian Center ranch horse team will provide horse rides and a horse demonstration while rope maker Greg Davis will help visitors make their own ropes. Two chuck wagons will be set up in the 19-acre historic park to demonstrate chuck wagon cooking. Guests can buy hamburgers and hot dogs as they enjoy the park and participate in such memorable activities as washing clothes on a washboard, churning butter, riding horseback, and pumping a railroad handcar. Volunteers from Texas Tech and local organizations will supervise science (See Ranch Day, Page 2)

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Ranch Day to Draw More Than 4,000 Visitors nation’s historic ranches. but encourages donations to The center is supported support its educational prostations where activities will by the Ranching Heritage grams. include constructing simple For more information, visit machines, learning about Association and Texas Tech University. or contact steam power, and exploring The center does not charge Julie Hodges, at 806-742range science. The “Ranch Hand Experi- admission for its activities, 0498 or ence” program will allow visitors to get work cards Medication Cleanout will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when they arrive and have their cards stamped as they April 18, at the Tech Physicians Medical Pavilion, 3601 4th St. Bring unused, expired, or no-longer-needed medications. complete each activity. Leave the medications in their original containers. This will After six activities, visitors be a drive-through service provided by School of Pharmacy. can take the stamped work Help prevent poisonings, abuse, and misuse, and protect the cards to the Matador Office to receive cowboy pay that environment. For details go to or call at 806can be spent at the Waggoner 351-5626. Commissary. The National Ranching Heritage Center is a 27Garrison Institute on Aging – Healthy Aging Lecture Series acre museum and historical park that offers educational will be held at 4 p.m. April 22. Dr. Cynthia Jumper will present “Pulmonary Health.” programs and exhibits to The 45th annual Ranch Day is set for April 11 at the The event is free and will be held at the Academic Classpromote interest in ranching National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock. These young ropers were among visitors to last year’s event. history and contemporary room Building, Room 150 on the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center campus, 3601 4th St. The 27-acre museum and historical park provides ranching. guests the opportunity to experience the sights and Blood pressure screenings are from 3 to 4 p.m. The center provides 48 sounds of the nation’s ranching history. For details, call 806-743-7821 or online authentic dwellings and ranch aging. structures from some of the (Continued from Page 1)

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Lubbock Arts Festival Set for April 18-19 The 37th annual Lubbock Arts Festival will be held April 18-19 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. Admission to the festival will be $4 for adults and $2 for children under 12. The festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 18 and from noon to 5 p.m. April 19. The two-day event will feature 150 visual artists from around the nation displaying and selling original work. The festival presents a variety of works each year, from drawings, paintings and pottery to jewelry, glass, and sculpture. This year’s featured artist is Berkley White, a worldrenowned underwater cinematographer and photojournalist from Lubbock. White’s exhibit, “Underwater Explorer/Adventurer with an

Artist’s Eye” will be on display throughout the festival. A juried gallery of professional work will be available for viewing as well as artwork from local school children. Performing stages will showcase local and regional talent with song, dance, theatre and instrumental performances. Demonstrations by artists will take place along with 10 different “Kid Stops,” which will provide free art-related activities for children such as take-home projects, a book fair, and a chance to perform on the Kid’s Karaoke stage. There will also be a chance to participate in Young Artist and Young Writer competitions. A free public performance by the Santa Fe Opera Spring Tour will be held at 7 p.m. April 18 as well as a professional children’s theatrical

Story That Began at Estacado Will Continue at USC Nicole Mitchell, the Lubbock ISD graduate featured in the Estacado High School

Nicole Mitchell

“Stories” television commercial, got her match on Match Day this past weekend at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. Mitchell will graduate from medical school this May at the top of her class. She received her firstchoice match with the University of Southern California where she will begin her four-year residency program in obstetrics and gynecology in July. Prior to attending Estacado High School, Ms. Mitchell attended Wester Elementary School and Smylie Wilson Middle School.

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performance by the Storybook Theatre of Texas at 5 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday. More information is available at or by calling 744ARTS.

Wellness Forum Set for April 10 “Keys to Aging Well,’ a wellness forum hosted by Lubbock RSVP, will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Broadway Church of Christ, 1924 Broadway. Registration will begin at 8:45 a.m. Topics are targeted for those 55 or older or those who are caregivers. A light breakfast and lunch are included with reservations. The event is free, but attendees must call the Lubbock RSVP office at 743-7787, by 5 p.m. April 7.

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Art n Music n Dance n Theatre n Underwater Photography* *Featured artist Berkley White is a world-renown underwater explorer, cinematographer, and photo journalist.

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By Rollin A Long No doubt you know people who are great storytellers. No doubt you know people who try to be or think they are great storytellers. Same thing applies to writers. Some are great writers, and others try to be or think they are great writers. We had an old friend who spent his last years in a lovely assisted living home with his wife of more than 60 years. Mr. Rasco was a handsome man. He was cheerful, a perfect gentleman, tall, slender, and stood perfectly erect and straight which was amazing for a man nearing 95 years old. Never loud, his voice was even-toned, and he spoke plainly, always with a twinkle in his eye. We all looked forward to visiting with him, and he always made us feel like he was glad to see us. After graduating from college, Mr. Rasco got a job in a bank. He was there a very few days when the president

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of the bank called him into his office to give some advice to his young employee. “Son, there is something you need to know. When a fellow comes into the bank to ask for a loan for his farming operation, be sure to shake hands with his wife. If the wife’s hands have callouses or they seem a little rough, you will know she is a worker. “That means the farmer won’t have to hire help and has a better chance of getting his loan paid off.” Mr. Rasco told the story a little better than I just did; in fact, he told it a LOT better. We were all laughing and could hardly believe it, but he convinced us it was a true story. I asked him if he ever actually did that. He said “Not really,” but then he backed off a little. “Well, there was one time I sort of tried it, but not really.” Each time we visited our other friend, we would always go down the hall to see Mr. Rasco. If we had someone with us who had not heard that story, we asked him to please tell it

again. He seemed always to be pleased to do so, and each time we would laugh all over again. Mr. Rasco has been gone several years now, but his story, along with a few others, lives on. We always get another laugh each time we think of or tell it to some person who has not heard it before. There are storytelling organizations and college courses that teach people how to tell stories. It would be great if people would take advantage of those opportunities as there are lots of good stories waiting to be told. Many people want to tell them, but simply do not know how to get their point across. If it is a funny story, to them, so often the mistake of laughing at your own jokes and stories ruins it for everyone who tries to be polite and listen. THINK about this: Listen carefully and pay attention to what happens when someone tells a story. Do some serious THINKING, and perhaps you can improve your own skills without having to attend those classes.

Got my concealed gun permit recently and went over to the local Bass Pro Shop to get a small 9 mm for home protection. When I was ready to pay for the gun and bullets, the cashier said, “Strip down, facing me.” Making a mental note to complain to the NRA about the gun control wackos running amok, I did just as she had instructed. When the hysterical shrieking and alarms finally subsided, I found out she was referring to how I should place my credit card in the card reader. I’ve been asked to shop elsewhere in the future. They need to make their instructions to seniors a little clearer.

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Parkinson’s Awareness Month is April April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, an opportunity to honor those who are fighting this illness, whether it be the patients, medical professionals who treat the patients, or the caregivers who make a dignified life possible for those with the disease.

According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation , up to 1 million Americans are living with Parkinson’s disease, an illness that overwhelmingly affects seniors. While film and TV star Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 30, he’s the rare exception. According to the foundation, 96 percent of people with Parkinson’s are diagnosed after age 50. Parkinson’s does not receive as much media attention as Alzheimer’s, but Parkinson’s is also incurable and is the 14th leading cause of death in America according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Parkinson’s: More than Just Tremors When most people think of Parkinson’s, they think of the tremors – shaking. But tremors aren’t the only physical symptom, and not all people with Parkinson’s experience tremors. People with Parkinson’s may have other motor problems such as rigidity, issues with posture, and overall slowness of movement. Furthermore, Parkinson’s can cause mental and cognitive problems as well. People with Parkinson’s may have difficulty with planning, problem solving, and other complex tasks. Parkinson’s is even a cause of memory loss and dementia. These symptoms gradually get worse over time. While treatments can sometimes slow the progression, no treatment can reverse the course of the disease. As the illness

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progresses, the patient becomes more disabled. Assisted Living and Parkinson’s Seniors with Parkinson’s commonly find that they need long-term care. Countless seniors with Parkinson’s reside at assisted living communities, including Martin Bayne, an assisted living resident-advocate who writes about assisted living and issues affecting the elderly on his blog, The Voice of Aging Boomers. Bayne made a candid video describing how he developed the disease and how he lives with it. In the video he explains clearly that for those

with advanced Parkinson’s, living independently isn’t an option. “In this kind of state, I can’t do very much of anything,” Bayne said. “I can’t

walk. I can’t bathe myself. I can’t eat by myself. So for me, an assisted living facility is the only option. “But I carry on every day, and I’m joyful to be alive.”


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digits. They were desperate to defend the Alamo against an onslaught of thousands of fresh Mexican soldiers, and they were failing. The five delegates burned the midnight oil – literally – jotting down ideas that would change history. The next morning, the other 54 delegates returned to what we now call Independence Hall to make it official. It was March 2nd, 1836, and the first lone star had just been hoisted into the sky as a symbol of Texas freedom and the now independent Republic of Texas. For 10 years, the Republic thrived on the same ideals that still drive our state: freedom, personal responsibility, and plain old hard work. On Dec. 29, 1845, Texas became the 28th state to join the United States – the first state with history as its own independent nation. Although the Republic of Texas was short-lived, the Texas spirit lives on. Look around, and you’ll see we’re still Texans undeterred, working hard to pro-

Luncheon & Spring Style Show, April 10 The New Neighbors Club will host its monthly luncheon with a style show by Accessory Touch with the theme, “Bling in the Spring with Cindy,” at 10:30 a.m. April 10, at the Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway. Members, guests and interested individuals are welcome. You do not need to be new to the Lubbock area to participate. Cost for the luncheon is $14 and reservations are required. New Neighbors, is a 36-year-old club and continues to offer many social activities such as Out to Lunch Bunch, Gardening, Book Club, Movie Lovers, Bridge, Mahjong, and other interest groups. New Neighbors is also involved in several community service activities. For more information, contact Mary Valentini at 799-4450 or email:

vide for our families. Our state’s employment boasts the fastest growth rate of all 50 states, and creates the most international trade of all 50 states. And we still fight just as hard to protect our ideals and our neighbors. County Commissioner Ben Perry hit the nail on the head when he told me what we Texans know too well: “Being a Texan doesn’t describe where you’re from, it describes who your family is.” So as spring comes along, and we celebrate new beginnings of all kinds, I know across Texas we’ll all be celebrating the beginnings of our great state, right here in Washington-on-the-Brazos, nestled between the Barrington Farm and the Jordan Creek. That’s where Texas became Texas.

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Golden Gazette • April 2015 • Page 9 A smile is a curve that sets and other items are packed for Family Promise everything straight. this effort. of Lubbock Phyllis Diller We need groups to sign Family Promise of LubChristmas Cards (can be Sun- bock needs a volunteer to asday School groups, children’s sist on Monday, Tuesday and organizations, social groups), Wednesday to answer phones By Joan Blackmon, Coordinator Lead With Experience donations of ‘free stuff,’ and from 9 a.m. to noon. Calls are decks of cards. Items that are usually from homeless famiVolunteer Opportunities and Information labeled with a company logo lies looking for shelter. The is looking for volunteer driv- (pens, sticky pads, golf tees, volunteers assist with basic Vet to Vet Program Vet to Vet Program is ers. Each route contains ap- and other small items) are information, and training is Residential, Hospital beginning a program for vet- proximately 10-12 meals and recommended. If you have 1 provided. Call Elpidia at 806or 10 – we can use them. 744-5035 x203. erans to serve veterans, and can be delivered in an hour. & Rehabilitation HomeCare For information, contact Orientation and backprovide veterans in residential for people of all ages living centers an opportunity ground checks are required the Lubbock RSVP office at Volunteers On Call Individualized Plan of Care ‘Volunteers On Call’ is to interact about their service for all delivery volunteers. 743-7787. Assistance with activities looking for you. Often, there More than 700 meals are deto their country. of daily living are groups who need assisTo become a part of this livered each day, and the need StarCare 24-hour on-call availability tance with mail-outs, reggroup, contact the RSVP of- is growing. For information, Specialty System and support StarCare Specialty System istrations, or other office fice. It’s about sharing stories call 806-792-7971. Transportation to and is looking for volunteers activities. and listening to the history of from appointments to visit with individuals in If you would like to be St. John’s the greatest generation. Meal Planning & Preparation nursing facility who have added to this list – contact the United Methodist Church Light Housekeeping St. John’s United Meth- intellectual disability, devel- RSVP office at 743-7787. St. Paul’s Thrift House Veteran’s Aid & Attendance When opportunities arise – St. Paul’s Thrift House odist Church Benevolence opmental disability, or related needs help. It is a resale Program is in need of volun- conditions. Call Kristin Tovar you will be notified and if you shop that sells used clothing, teers each Tuesday from 1 to at 806-215-2942, and she will can help that is great. ‘Those who can, do. household items, books, etc. 3 p.m. Volunteers will assist help you find a date and time right for you. Those who can do more, volat reduced prices. It is located in the food voucher program, unteer.’ – Author Unknown distribution of hygiene items, at 1508 Ave. X. Quality, Compassion & Care The revenue is utilized by Spanish translation, and benthe Episcopal Church Women efits assistant. If interested, contact Wes at St. Paul’s. They are in need of volunteers to staff the Gaddie at 361-244-2335. Thrift House. Volunteers usually take one shift (between Stockings for Servicemen Lubbock Health Care Center is a fully licensed and certified skilled nursing facility In 2014, Lubbock RSVP accepting Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance. 1.5 to 3 hours) per month, and and its volunteers assisted in hours can vary. Duties include helping cus- providing more than 4,000 tomers, writing tickets, and stockings for servicemen making change. If interested, serving overseas. This effort Daily Services Rehabilitation Services takes months to complete. contact Renee Haney, Thrift Our staff works together to provide The rehabilitation team includes; If you or your group would House Liaison at 806-762a wide range of daily services to our * Registered Physical Therapists like to help, we can use the 2893. residents. Daily services include: • Registered Occupation Therapists assistance. Old Christmas • Registered Speech Therapists • Skilled Care • Pharmaceutical Services Lubbock Meals on Wheels cards, new Christmas cards, • Dietary Lubbock Meals on Wheels personal size toiletries, games North Loop 289



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It takes about 145 U.S. copper pennies to make a pound. That is in reference to 16 ounces and not the British pound. Those who claim to know, say the famous Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met at a church in Liverpool (Woolton Parish) in 1957. Long before John and Paul met, James K. Polk was the first American president to have a description of his inauguration ceremony reported using the newly invented telegraph. This would have been in 1845. I think he meant to say “adversity” when a professional basketball player said in a recent interview “I’ve had to overcome a lot of diversity.” Although Neil Fletcher almost certainly was not the inventor of the corn dog, he is the person who first popularized the scrumptious cuisine back in 1942 as a vendor at the Texas State Fair. However, it was some four years later when a soldier (Ed Waldmire) stationed at Amarillo decided that the corn dog should be served on a “holder.” Ed first used small forks and then later tried small wooden sticks. Munch munch. Have you been humming “Turkey in the Straw” today? This melody goes way back in origin. It was a standard for minstrel shows in the 1820’s and was a long-standing ditty even then. The earliest reference seems to be as an Irish song “The Old Rose Tree.” It is still a popular piece played

at many Western dances, and the tune is often used by ice cream trucks to solicit customers. I think it was the melody for my school song. Maybe not. Are you ever aggravated by the taxes that are imposed upon our meager resources? Those who have the taxing power have historically been somewhat creative in their efforts. I offer in evidence the 1718 actions of Peter the Great (Czar of Russia). That clever monarch declared that all in Russia had to pay a soul tax. Everyone but Peter had to pay the tax. Those who did not believe in souls were required to pay the tax but were permitted to call it a “religious dissenters” tax. Peter also taxed possessors of various other items such as beards, beehives, boots, chimneys and basements. Some people appear to be cheap, resulting in changed fates. Lee Harvey Oswald might well have escaped almost immediate capture after the John F. Kennedy assassination if he had not called attention to himself by entering the Texas Theatre in Dallas without paying the 90 cent admission fee. Well, consider thanking Fletcher and/or Waldmire the next time you enjoy a nice health-bolstering corn dog and – have a groovy week. We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Some of the better April Fools’ hoaxes perpetrated over the years

Space Shuttle Lands Ursa who noted, “Bears hi- men sitting in an army barbernate in the winter, and in bershop having their helmets 1972: The Veterinary Re- tween their population and in San Diego Diseases of Brunus edwardii

cord, the weekly journal of the British veterinary profession, contained an article about the diseases of Brunus edwardii, which was described as a species commonly kept in homes. The article warned that pet ownership surveys have shown that 63.8 percent of households are inhabited by one or more of these animals, and there is a statistically significant relationship be-

the number of children in a household. The public health implications of this fact are obvious, and it is imperative that more be known about their diseases. For months afterward, the Veterinary Record was dominated by letters about Brunus edwardii, most of which offered new observations about the species. Brunus edwardii is more commonly known as the “Teddy Bear.”

The Great Comic Strip Switcheroonie 1997: Comic strip fans opened their papers on April 1, 1997, and discovered their favorite strips looked different. In many cases characters from other strips popped up out of place. The chaos was the Great Comics Switcheroonie. Fortysix comic-strip artists conspired to pen each other’s strips for the day. Scott Adams of Dilbert took over Family Circus by

Bil Keane, where he added a touch of corporate cynicism to the family-themed strip by having the mother tell her kid to “work cuter, not harder.” Jim Davis of Garfield took over Blondie, which allowed him to show his famous overweight cat eating one of Dagwood’s sandwiches. The stunt was masterminded by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott, creators of the Baby Blues comic strip.

Dutch Elm Disease Infects Redheads 1973: BBC Radio broadcast an interview with an elderly academic, Dr. Clothier, who discoursed on the government’s efforts to stop the spread of Dutch Elm Disease. Dr. Clothier described some startling discoveries that had been made. He referred to the research of Dr. Emily Lang of the London School of Pathological and Environmental Medicine. Dr. Lang had apparently found that exposure to Dutch Elm Disease immunized peo-

ple to the common cold. Unfortunately, there was a side effect. Exposure to the disease also caused red hair to turn yellow and eventually fall out. This was attributed to a similarity between the blood count of redheads and the soil conditions in which affected trees grew. Therefore, redheads were advised to stay away from forests for the foreseeable future. Dr. Clothier was in reality the comedian Spike Milligan.

1993: Dave Rickards, a deejay at KGB-FM in San Diego, announced that the space shuttle Discovery had been diverted from Edwards Air Force Base and would instead soon land at Montgomery Field, a small airport located in the middle of a residential area just outside San Diego. Thousands of commuters immediately headed toward the landing site, causing enormous traffic jams that lasted almost an hour. Police eventually had to be called in to clear the traffic. People arrived at the airport armed with cameras, camcorders, and even folding chairs. Reportedly the crowd swelled to more than 1,000 people. Of course, the shuttle never landed. There wasn’t even a shuttle in orbit at the time. The police were not amused by the prank. They announced they would be billing the radio station for the cost of forcing officers to direct traffic.

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1980: Soldier magazine revealed that the fur on the bearskin helmets worn by the Irish guards while on duty at Buckingham Palace keeps growing and needs to be regularly trimmed. The most hair-raising fact about the bearskins has been discovered by scientists recently. The skins retain an original hormone, which lives on after the animal has been skinned. Scientists call it otiDogs to be painted white ose, and it is hoped it can be 1965: Politiken, a Copen- ing all dogs to be painted put to use in medical research hagen newspaper, reported white. This was to increase — especially into baldness. that the Danish parliament road safety by allowing dogs The article quoted Maj. had passed a new law requir- to be more visible at night.

the spring, the skins really trimmed. The story was run start to sprout.” in the London Daily Express A photo showed guards- and run as a straight story.

Internet Spring Cleaning 1997: An email message spread throughout the world announced the Internet would be shut down for cleaning for 24 hours from March 31 until April 2. This cleaning was necessary to clear out the “electronic flotsam and jetsam” that had accumulated in the network. Dead email and inactive ftp, www, and gopher sites would be purged. The cleaning would be done by five very powerful, Japanese-built, multi-lingual, Internet-crawling robots situated around the world. During this period, users were warned to disconnect all

devices from the Internet. The message supposedly originated from the “Interconnected Network Maintenance Staff, Main Branch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.” This joke was an updated version of an old joke that used to be told about the phone system. For years, gullible phone customers had been warned that the phone systems would be cleaned on April Fools’ Day. They were cautioned to place plastic bags over the ends of the phone to catch the dust that might be blown out of the phone lines.

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Lubbock Woman Travels the World, Sees Every Continent By Cara Vandergriff Rita Pettigrew was raised in Lubbock, Texas, and after spending her life traveling to countless countries on every continent in the world, she finally found her way back home. Born in Austin, Texas, in 1928, Rita moved to Lubbock with her family at age 3 and lived there until her parents moved to Tahoka, Texas, when she was just entering high school. “My parents moved to Tahoka, so I didn’t get to go to Lubbock High,” Rita said. “I went off to a private school in Tulsa.” After graduating from high school in 1946, Rita went to the University of

Texas at Austin to study business personnel management. After earning her bachelor’s degree in 1950, Rita was told she needed to rethink her career. “This was around the time of World War II,” Rita said, “and all of the men said, ‘Sorry lady, our men won’t take orders from a woman.’ So while I was deciding what else I wanted to do, I went to work at an insurance company.” Then Rita received a call from the superintendant of an Austin school district, asking her to teach a business class. “He needed someone who could teach business, and I was qualified,”

Rita said. “Well, I got hired, and I liked teaching so much that I went back to school after one year and got my degree in physical education.” Rita earned her degree in physical education, a path she chose due to her desire to teach outdoors, and taught for five years in Texas. Soon enough, however, she decided she wanted to move somewhere where she could earn a higher salary. “I liked teaching, so I decided I wanted to get paid for it,” Rita said. “So I sat down with a map.” Rita said she knew New York and California were the two high-paying states for teachers, so her ultimate decision was whether she wanted to go north or west. After selecting New York and applying for a position there, she Rita with some of her favorite souvenirs. was hired and said goodbye going to Spain every year as a chapto Texas for 26 years. “I started off teaching in Albany erone, and began to visit Europe more for nine years, and then I moved to a frequently on tours or with friends. “I went to Europe several times, place called Lansingburgh and taught there the rest of my time,” Rita said. pretty much all over,” Rita said. “I lived in a historic little town called “Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Waterford and it’s where the Mohawk Italy, Norway, Sweden, Finland, England. Those were mainly tours. and Hudson Rivers join.” Rita spent the next three decades Sometimes I just went with friends, in New York teaching and enjoying and we toured on our own.” After retiring from teaching, Rita a number of outdoor activities, from stayed in New York for five years, mountain climbing to sailing. “I lived in the foothills of the Ad- working as a volunteer ambulance irondack Mountains, and I climbed driver and a bank employee. In September of 1991, on her 63rd all 46 peaks,” Rita said. “I also loved boating. I bought a small sailboat and birthday, Rita made the decision that learned how to sail. I joined a sailing would change her life. “When I was 63 years old, I declub and became a member of the cided I was going to go around the Coast Guard Auxiliary and a boating organization called the U.S. Power world,” Rita said. Unable to find a travelling partner Squadrons. I taught boating for about who was willing to spend as much nine years.” It wasn’t until she left the country time away as she wanted to, Rita defor the first time, as a chaperone on a cided to take the trip alone. “I wanted to go on my own,” Rita school trip to Spain, that Rita realized (See Pettigrew, Page 13) her passion for travel. She continued

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said. “I may spend a week in this town or I may spend a day and just go. It was something you couldn’t plan, not with the attitude I had.” So, Rita packed her bags and took off by herself for 16 months. She started her trip with tours around China, the African Safari, Tibet, and Nepal, and then began working her way around the globe. “I was a senior member of the youth hostel, so I stayed in youth hostels everywhere I went,” Rita said. “I loved it. I had more fun than anything I’ve done since.” Although she was traveling by herself, Rita said she was seldom alone. “The kids in the youth hostels would say, ‘Where are you going today, Rita? Come with us!’ So I’d go with them, and some days they’d come with me. I socialized all the way around the world,” Rita said. “I kept contact with several people I met for a number of years afterward.” Rita travelled from country to country on trains and buses, trying to save airplane trips only for when they were absolutely necessary. “In an airplane, you fly over and you don’t see anything,” Rita said. “You see trees and stuff, but you don’t see the country. I chose trains and buses, and they were quite an experience.” On a train ride from Moscow to Beijing, Rita said she realized she was the only white woman on the train. When they got

into China, she was the only woman in her car. Rita said one of her favorite memories is an encounter with wildlife she had in the Galapagos Islands. “I had an experience there very few people will ever have,” Rita said. “I was snorkeling in shallow waters, and I felt something by my foot. When I looked down, it was a sea lion. He was coming toward me on his back and got up level with me so we were eye to eye. He moved off to the side and rolled, so I rolled. He did a flip, I did a flip. We played for about 20 minutes, just this totally wild animal and me.” Rita has visited every continent in the world. “I didn’t do it all on that trip,” Rita said, “but I have

hit every continent. I’ve been to the Arctic, Antarctica, Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, Australia. Even Iceland, Greenland and New Zealand.” When it came to the number of countries she’s visited, however, Rita didn’t know. “You know, I never did count them,” Rita said. “That just wasn’t an interest to me. I wasn’t trying to set a goal, I was just going where I wanted to go and seeing what I wanted to see. That changed from town to town depending on what I heard or thought of.” When Rita’s 16-month adventure finally came to an end, she decided to stop by Lubbock before heading back to New York. It was then that she found the house she lives

in now, when a friend brought her to help fix it up. “We came to this address because it had been her mother’s house, and she was going to sell it,” Rita said. “When I went on to east Texas to visit relatives, I wrote back to say, ‘I’m going to come back and buy your mother’s house.’” Rita returned to New York and started packing her bags before even hearing if she got the house. “I guess I had a desire to come home,” Rita said. On April 1, Rita received the call telling her the house was hers. She left New York for good and headed back home to Texas in May 1993. Since then, Rita has been spending her time driving for Meals on Wheels, meeting with game groups weekly and

working in her yard. “I’ve just been trying to stay out of trouble,” Rita said, with a laugh. Rita said she still travels every chance she gets. She visits her old friends in New York once a year for two to three weeks, and said she likes to visit other neighboring states while she’s up north. Out of all the places she’s been, however, Rita said she wouldn’t return to any. “I wouldn’t go back,” Rita said, “because there are still places I haven’t seen. Some of them are right here in the states.” Rita said she’d like to take a local cruise around the Maine Islands or up the Snake River where Lewis and Clark explored. (See Pettigrew, Page 23)

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Top 10 Most Important Items to Know about Medicare By Peter Laverty SENIORS ARE SPECIAL Those of you on Medicare know it plays a crucial role in providing retirement medical and financial security, and with it, your health care expenses become predictable. Medicare is complicated, and it does not cover all of your medical expenses. Let’s review what Mark Miller of Retirement Revised lists as the top ten most important things you need to know about Medicare.

1. There are two basic choices in how you receive your Medicare. When you enroll into Medicare, you have the option to enroll in traditional, fee-for-service Original Medicare, or a Medicare Advantage plan. Medicare’s traditional fee-forservice program, (Original Medicare) allows you to see any health care provider anywhere in the country who accepts Medicare. You put together your individual plan with several different insurance

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options (see No. 2, below). Medicare Advantage is a managed care option that takes you out of Original Medicare and puts you into the private insurance world. In doing so, it rolls all the different parts of Medicare into one option. Most recipients save some money with an Advantage plan, but there is a very big trade-off: with Medicare Advantage Plans, you must use that insurance company’s provider. Having Medicare Advantage means you may need to select a new primary care physician and possibly use a different hospital. In addition, your health care costs more when using a service that is out of the company’s network. Many Advantage plans are not portable if you move out of their market area. Many specialty hospitals do not accept Advantage plans. 2. Medicare is made up of four separate parts. (Parts A, Part B, Part C, and Part D.) If you chose to join Original Medicare, you sign up for Part A, and for most, Part B. You then have the option of adding Part D. Part A covers hospitalization, Part B is outpatient services, and Part D is prescription drug coverage. Most pay no premium for Part A, but you will pay a monthly premium of $104.90 for Part B, and premiums for Part D drug plans vary. You may also want to enroll in a Medigap plan, which fills the gaps between what Medicare’s approves and what Medicare pays (see No. 3). If you choose to join a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C), remember it includes its own unique prescription drug coverage – some with no additional monthly premium. However, it is imperative that you review your prescription drug needs to determine which Advantage plan works best for you. You are still responsible for paying your monthly Part B premium, which Medicare then passes along to your provider.

3. You may also choose to select a Medigap policy. Medigap insurance policies fill in the health care costs gaps you face with Original Medicare, and supplements Medicare’s basic coverage. Medigap policies cover both Part A and Part B deductibles and coinsurance for extended hospital stays and outpatient services. Medigap pricing varies in cost by where you live, be it a rural community or large metropolitan city, the policyholder’s age, and sex. The benefits, however, are standardized nationally using alphabetical plan types and labels. It’s best to purchase a Medigap policy during your open enrollment period. Open enrollment lasts for six months and starts the first day of the month in which you turned 65 and enrolled in Medicare Part B (outpatient services). Insurance companies are legally required to sell you a policy during open enrollment. They can’t exclude pre-existing conditions or charge you a higher premium because of past or current health issues. All Medigap plans insure against the possibility of high out-of-pocket Part A and Part B co-insurance costs. Beyond the basic coverage, Medigap plans provide escalating levels of coverage, and higher premiums, as you move through the alphabet of options. It is best to buy the most comprehensive coverage you can afford. 4. If you’re a higher income earner, you will pay more. High-income earners pay surcharges on premiums for both Part B and Part D. The surcharges affect only about 5 percent of Medicare enrollees because most retirees don’t have incomes high enough to start them. However, those who do, the extra costs are substantial. The surcharges affect tax filers with an annual income of $85,000 or more and joint filers with income over $170,000 on a float(See Medicare, Page 15)

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ing tax scale. 5. If you sign up late, you will pay penalties. Medicare filing errors due to late enrollment are costly. Medicare eligibility begins at 65, and sign-up is automatic if you already receive Social Security benefits. If you have not signed up it is not automatic. It’s important to sign up sometime during the three months before your 65th birthday, the month you turn 65, or the three months following. Failure to do so can lead to increased premium penalties later on. (Although signup can be done up until three months after the 65th birthday, there is a waiting period for people who don’t enroll by the end of the month that they turn 65.) Monthly Part B premiums jump 10% for each full 12-month period that a senior could have had coverage but didn’t sign up. For example, a person who fails to enroll for five years faces a 50 % Part B penalty – 10 percent yearly. Penalties also are applied to both Medicare Part D (prescription drugs) and Medicare Advantage plans (Part C) that include drug coverage. 6. You should re-shop your coverage. The annual enrollment period for Part D and Advantage programs runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 each year. This is the opportunity for seniors already signed up for Medicare to re-shop their coverage – and you should do it annually. Insurance companies

change their formulary, copays, and deductible yearly. By doing so, they can increase the drugs cost by hundreds of dollars monthly or make it more difficult to purchase certain drugs. Also, your drug needs may have changed since you signed up for your last plan, making your current plan less beneficial. 7. The Affordable Care Act improved Medicare. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) isn’t primarily focused on Medicare. Despite what you have heard, the law improves Medicare, rather than harms it. The law shrinks the prescription drug program’s catastrophic-level coverage gap – known as the “donut hole” – and added a free annual preventative check-up. For retirees not yet 65 years old, the new insurance exchanges provide an important new guarantee that insurance coverage will be accessible – the law prohibits insurers from turning away

applicants with pre-existing conditions. Insurers also can’t put lifetime limits on the dollar value of coverage or rescind coverage if you become ill. 8. Don’t confuse Medicare and the ACA. Annual enrollment for Medicare and ACA marketplace exchanges overlap. Medicare prescription drug (Part D) and Advantage (Part C) enrollment runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 each year. Shopping for ACA exchange policies run from Nov. 15 to Feb. 15. 9. Long-term care isn’t covered (much). Medicare does cover the first 100 days of care in skilled nursing facilities for patients who were first admitted to a hospital for three consecutive days. It also covers some home health services and hospice care. But Medicare doesn’t cover ongoing nursing home or assisted living charges. 10. Costs are moderating. Medicare costs have

been flat or declining over the past few years – and that has been reflected in Medicare premiums. Part B premiums stayed

level in 2015 for the third consecutive year at $104.90. The average Part D premium rose by about $1, to $32 per month.

Annie’s Chat & Chew, April 11 Annie’s Chat and Chew is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 11 at the Mae Simmons Senior Center, 2004 Oak Ave. The event is an annual fundraiser for Lubbock Meals on Wheels. The fundraiser, which was started by long-time volunteer Annie Sanders, will serve fried catfish and other dishes to guests while honoring the memory of Annie Sanders. Donations will be accepted at the door to help fund the purchase of meals for the homebound community of Lubbock. For more information, call 806-792-7971.

Meals on Wheels Emergency Kits Lubbock Meals on Wheels provides emergency meal kits to its recipients to be used in the event of deliveries being canceled due to inclement weather. Due to Lubbock’s winter weather, three emergency meals have been provided this winter. Each recipient will receive a “healthy meal in a bag” to be used if deliveries cannot be made on any given day. Local media will be notified that Lubbock Meals on Wheels will not deliver in the event of a snow day, and recipients can use their emergency meal kit. Meals on Wheels volunteers package the meals. If the kit must be used due to weather, a fourth emergency meal will be provided for the remainder of the winter.

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Shannon Reese talked to Taylor Lenzmeier about Silver Sneakers and Wellness Today.

Clay Ament showed Carolyn Sowell where the screening rooms were down the hall. Sharri Dimpsey and Gloria Gutierrez hosted a table with resource information.

Spring Screening Held March 12

Etta Mayer and Terry Dalton checked in at the entry table and receive information about other health clinics around town.

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), in collaboration with the Garrison Institute on Aging, hosted a Spring Screening Health Fair on March 12. Some of the screenings included blood pressure screening, nutrition screening, and medication review. There was a Farmer’s Market, Tai-Chi demonstrations and a drive-thru car check. Vendors provided information about Alzheimer’s and other health related topics. Photos by Clayton Errington

Kenneth Staton got his height checked before receiving his BMI score. (Body Mass Index)

Joan Blackmon talks to Mike Blackmon and Gloria Gutierrez about the screening day.

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By Margaret Merrell For several years I have had the honor and pleasure to meet once a week with a group of writers residing in a local retirement community. My first visit was an eye opener for me! I was welcomed by the happiest bunch of my senior peers I had been with in quite some time. I could feel the energy and the enjoyment grow as the class progressed. I realized right away that here was a treasure of inspiration and knowledge that

would prove invaluable for me, and anyone traveling the path of aging. Each class member had beautiful and interesting life histories they shared through their writings. Every spring we hosted a psychology class from a nearby college for a luncheon and did our best to answer their questions about our personal experiences and challenges we had met on our journey. Members made short presentations delivered with their own technique and touch.

Here are a few of their personal gems of wisdom. Live a life you will always be proud to claim. Make happiness your constant companion. Never stop learning new things. Even Socrates, as an old man, found time to learn music and to dance. He thought it time well spent. Do not let life get you down. It is too hard to get back up. Take good care of your body. Adjust your activities and exercises to fit your physical

state and keep right on going. Just because your back goes out more than you do, is no reason to quit. We all experience growing old when almost everything hurts and what does not hurt does not work anymore. For our young friends: Respect old people. After all, they graduated from high school without, computers, the Internet or Smart phones. In youth, the days are short and the years are long. In old age, the years are short and the days are long. Share a bit of your sunshine when you meet a grumpy old man or a cranky old woman.

A big smile and hello. A handshake, a helping hand, or maybe a hug carries a lot of meaning. It’s true, even old folks like to be bragged on occasionally. Old age can be a shipwreck, but with the love and understanding from bright young people, there will be many happy and thankful survivors. May all of you soar on the wings of success to fulfill your dreams. May happiness and love be with you throughout your lives; especially when you step onto that path of aging. Remember: You can’t live without it!

Diabetes Self-Management & Nutrition Classes Community Health Center of Lubbock hosts free Diabetes Self-Management and Nutrition classes. Each course is provided in a group setting. Each class meets once weekly for 8 weeks. Participants are presented with a wealth of information and instruction for diabetes management. These classes are free and open to the public. Contact Josh Moreno at 806-765-2611 ext. 1007 for upcoming class information.

Step Up to Fitness for Adults Community Health Center of Lubbock is offering free exercise classes, the first Monday of every month, from 7-8 p.m., at the Arnett Benson Medical & Dental Clinic, 3301 Clovis Road. This program focuses on prevention and healthy living. For more information and registration, contact Yvonne at 765-2611, ext. 1009.

Walking Clubs Would you like Community Health Center of Lubbock to start a Walking Club in your area? Contact Yvonne at 765-2611, ext. 1009. Participants with most sessions attended and most walking steps will be awarded monthly.

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Ornithology Class Has Great Study Area, Lubbock Rich with Species of Birds ...takes you back by Dick Dedrick

Pop Machines I put a five dollar bill in a pop machine the other day, and it gave me $3.50 in change. You know where this is going: I’m about to do a column on the high cost of living Well, you’re wrong. It’s a column on pop machines. Or whatever they call them today. As for the high cost of living, I’ve learned to live with that. But back to pop machines: I remember when they weren’t machines. They were just rectangular tubs filled with cold water and big chunks of ice, with a Coke or Nehi logo on the side, along with a bottle opener that had a bottle cap catcher, where you could dig out different caps, in case you saved them. Which I did. I don’t know why I did.

I don’t know why I saved match book covers either. Or why my mother saved string. People just saved things back then. But back to pop machines again. Their high tech ways don’t compare to reaching down through freezing water and bringing up a Pepsi or Delaware Punch or Orange Crush, and drinking it, whatever it was. That’s how I do things. I drink the brand I pull up because I figure there’s a reason for it. Another thing: You paid at the counter, where the nice lady said thank you, Richard. And if you still had another nickel, you could buy a giant Tootsie Roll that you could chew on for an hour. Because back then they really were chewy. Not soft and tiny.

By Cara Vandergriff The department of biological sciences at Texas Tech offers a class sure to excite all bird lovers: ornithology. The class, offered as a zoology credit, is taught by one of three ornithologists on campus and is an opportunity for students to learn about birds in the classroom, in the lab, and in the field. Nancy McIntyre, professor of biological sciences and the curator of birds at the Museum of Texas Tech, is teaching this semester’s ornithology class and said Tech students are lucky to live in an area so rich with different species of birds. “Texas has more bird species than any other U.S. state,” McIntyre said, “and the bird collection at the museum is the second largest in Texas with over 5,000 specimens.” Ornithology students study birds in the lab using stuffed specimens and feathers, and

go on field trips to local areas to study birds in their natural setting. The class helps students study the origins, taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, behavior and ecological importance of birds. At the end of the course, students will be able to identify local species by sight and sound, recognize features, understand unique physical and behavioral traits, and understand the evolutionary linkage of birds to other animals. McIntyre said learning about birds is important, as it serves as an important link to Texas’ past as well stimulates the economy.

“Many of the birds come from areas that are now completely developed or urbanized, and they illustrate our state’s rich natural history,” McIntyre said. “Bird watching is an important part of our state economy as well, especially in Big Bend, the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and some other areas.” Lubbock is also home to a local chapter of the Audubon Society, the Llano Estacado Audubon chapter, that holds free public talks and bird walks for the public. More information is available at https://www.facebook. com/LlanoEstacadoAudubonSociety.

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window is a real convenience. If dining-in is your preference, choose from the large menu on the wall, and then proceed to the cashier who will take your order and payment. The receipt will have a number printed on top which will then be noted on several computer screens, placed in strategic areas when the order is ready. Your order is placed on a tray for you to carry. There are no waiters or waitresses. They do have employees who clear and clean the tables and booths, so a tip is appreciated. There is a large beverage bar complete with soft drinks, teas, water, ice, etc. It’s all self-serve. In lieu of paper napkins all tables are equipped with rolls of paper towels. Believe me, you’ll need them. This is a great familyfriendly place to enjoy delicious food. It’s no frills and casual, but Texas all the way! Granny rates an A+ for food and friendly atmosphere. There are two Lubbock locations: 4416 98th St. and 3216 4th St., Happy Easter to all, Granny

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TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Life Run Center, 8240 Boston Ave., weigh in 4 to 5:25, meeting 5:30, 787-1045.

Each Wednesday:

Wednesdays at the Arboretum, help plant, clean, maintain Lubbock Memorial Arboretum gardens, 4111 University, 797-4520 for details. Laughter Yoga, Covenant Lifestyle Center, 6th Floor, East Parking Garage, 3615 19th St., 5:30 p.m., 725-0708,

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Make A Joyful Noise Ministries, Asbury House Of Prayer Brown Room, 2005 Ave T, 544-7310 Bible Study Men and Women, 6 to 7 p.m., Talk Time (women only), 7 to 8 p.m., Irene McGaha 544-7310, Wednesday, April 1 – Fun at Work Day National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Furr’s Family Dining, 6001 Slide Rd, 11:30 a.m., 799-6796 or 795-9158 Ongoing Grief Recovery Support Group, Hospice of Lubbock, Grief Recovery Center, 3702 21st St., 1:30 or 7 p.m., 795-2751 Caregivers Support Group, Grace Medical Center Main Conference Room, 2412 50th St., 7 p.m., 6325752 Thursday, April 2 -Peanut Butter and Jelly Day Friday, April 3 -- Don’t Go to Work Unless it’s Fun Day First Friday Art Trail, Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, 511 Ave. K & other stops including the

Museum of Texas Tech, 4th St & Indiana Ave., 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 4 -Tell a Lie Day South Plains Woodturners, Wood Shop of Target Sheet Metal Manufacturing, 315 SE Loop 289, 10 a.m., 784-0607 or 799-7059 Heritage Fiber Guild, Open to all workers of fiber crafts, Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 Fourth St., 10:30 a.m. to noon, Patricia, 7838957. Sunday, April 5 -Go for Broke Day Monday, April 6 -Sorry Charlie Day Diabetes Support Group, Knipling Education Conference Center, 21st St. & Louisville Ave., 6 p.m. Diabetes Support Group, Lubbock Eye Clinic Conference Room, 3701 34th St., 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 -Caramel Popcorn Day C.O.P.E. with Women’s Reproductive Cancers, Open to survivors and caretakers, First Foursquare Church, 10701 Indiana, 6 p.m., Amber at 796-1317 Gem & Mineral Society, Forrest Heights United Methodist Church, 3007 33rd St., 7 p.m., 799-2722 Wednesday, April 8 -Draw a Picture of a Bird Day Seniors Are Special, McInturff Conference Center, University Medical Center, 3 p.m. Thursday, April 9 -Name Yourself Day

Lubbock Lights: Celebrating the Musical Heritage of the South Plains -7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Allen Theatre in the Student Union building on the Texas Tech University campus. 806-742-2121 or 806-777-7851. Memory Care Support Group, Isle at Raider Ranch, 6806 43rd St., 5:30 p.m., 806-368-6565. Llano Estacado Driving Society, Furr’s Family Dining, 6001 Slide Rd, Dinner 6 p.m., Business meeting 7 p.m. Memory Care Support Group, Bacon Heights Baptist Church, 5110 54th, North Entrance, 6:30 p.m. Country Company Band, Lubbock Senior Center, 2001 19th St., 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 10 -- Golfer’s Day “Keys to Aging Well,” Wellness forum hosted by Lubbock RSVP, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Broadway Church of Christ, 1924 Broadway. Registration at 8:45 a.m. Caregivers’ Support Group, Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 7702 Indiana Ave., 10 a.m., 792-3553 New Neighbors Club, Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway, 10:30 a.m. 806-799-4450 or Caring for the Caregiver Support Group, Grace House, 6502 4th Street, House #3, Lunch provided, RSVP to 791-0002, 11:45 a.m., 795-2751 Lubbock Inflammatory Bowel Disease Support Group, St. Elizabeth’s Catholic University Parish, 2316 Broadway, 7:30 p.m., 3700705 Presidential Lecture & Performance Series, Robert Hass, former U.S. poet laureate and National Book Award- and Pulitzer-Prize-winning

poet, environmentalist and teacher, Allen Theatre in the Texas Tech Student Union building. Tickets are $18, available through SelectA-Seat locations, at 806-770-2000 or at Saturday, April 11 -- Barbershop Quartet Day 45th annual Ranch Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 11 at the National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 Fourth St. adjacent to the Texas Tech campus. Downtown Art Market, 19th St. & Buddy Holly Ave., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Annie’s Chat and Chew 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 11 at the Mae Simmons Senior Center, 2004 Oak Ave. South Plains Woodcarvers, Garden & Arts Center, 4215 University Ave., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Collectors Corner, Antiques & Collectibles Sale, Garden & Arts Center, 4215 University Ave., 9 a.m. April through August Second Saturday at the Arboretum: Learn about plants, gardening and more. Children (Youth 6-12) welcome to do a special gardening activity of their own while adults attend the seminar. Sponsored by the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum. Refreshments at 9:30 a.m., program at 10 a.m. Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, 4111 University Ave., 797-4520 Newcomers Bridge Club, The Bridge Center, 2563 74th, 7 p.m. Sunday, April 12 -Big Wind Day Monday, April 13 -Scrabble Day South Plains Quilters Guild, Garden

& Arts Center, 4215 University Ave., 10 a.m. UMC Better Breathers Club, UMC Activities Center, 5217 82nd St., Ste. 128, 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 -- Reach as High as You Can Day West Texas Parkinsonism Society, Covenant Health System Knipling Education & Conference Center, 21st St. & Louisville Ave., 6th floor of West Parking Garage, noon, lunch served Ongoing Grief Recovery Support Group, Hospice of Lubbock, Grief Recovery Center, 3702 21st St., 1:30 p.m. or 7 p.m., 795-2751 Lubbock Area Amputee Support Group, Knipling Education and Conference Center, Covenant Hospital, West Parking Building, 6th Floor, 6 p.m., Bob Stargel, 790-3770 or Nancy Stargel, 281-7646. Chaparral Quilters Guild, Garden & Arts Center, 4215 University Ave, 7 p.m., 788-0856 Wednesday, April 15 -Rubber Eraser Day Thursday, April 16 -Eggs Benedict Day Raising Our Children’s Kids (ROCK,) Library, First United Methodist Church, 10 a.m., All welcome Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, Carillon House, 1717 Norfolk Ave., 5:30 p.m., 281-6117 Hepatitis C Support Group, Preston Smith Library, TTU Health Sciences Center, 3601 4th St., 7 p.m., 7432730 x229 Cancer Survivor’s Support Group, Joe Arrington Cancer Center, 4101 22nd Place, 7 p.m., 725-8002 (See Calendar, Page 22)

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Water Restrictions Begin April 1 Stage 1 drought restrictions are still in place. Restrictions associated with Stage 1 include: • Landscape irrigation allowed during two assigned days per week • Irrigation schedules are based on the last digit of the house address: Addresses ending in 0, 3, 4, or 9 – Monday and Thursday Addresses ending in 1, 5, or 6 - Tuesday and Friday

Addresses ending in 2, 7, or 8 – Wednesday & Saturday • Soaker hoses, drip irrigation, and hand watering are allowed any day at any time • City operations and wholesale customers must adhere to restrictions. • Variance applications for irrigating new landscape material are available at water. On April 1, the city’s an-

Brains of older people are slow because they know so much. People do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains. Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full, so, too, do humans take longer to access information when their brains are full. Researchers say this slowing down process is not the same as cognitive decline. The human brain works slower in old age, but only because we have stored more information over time. The brains of older people do not get weak, they simply know more. Also, older people often go to another room to get something, and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for. It is not a memory problem; it is nature’s way of making older people do more exercise. — So there.

nual water conservation measures begin. These measures include: • On your scheduled watering days, irrigation is allowed from midnight to 10 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to midnight. • No irrigation is allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on any day from April 1 to Sept. 30. • Irrigation must be applied without significant runoff. • Irrigate less than 1.5 inches of water per week. • Do not irrigate during precipitation events.

(Continued from Page 21) Arnett Benson Neighborhood Association, Maggie Trejo SuperCenter, 3200 Amherst, 7 p.m. Friday, April 17 -Blah, Blah, Blah Day Saturday, April 18 -Juggler’s Day Lubbock Arts Festival – Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane, 744-ARTS, or www. Kids Fish – Free fishing, food and fun at Maxey Park 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.

One day God was looking down at earth and saw all of the rowdy retirees’ behavior that was going on. So he called his angels and sent one to earth for a time. When the angel returned, he told God, “Yes, it is bad on earth; 95% of retirees are misbehaving and only 5% are not.” God thought for a moment and said, “Maybe I had better send down a second angel to get another opinion.” So God called another angel and sent her to earth for a time. When the angel returned, she went to God and said, “Yes, it’s true. The earth is in decline; 95% of retirees are misbehaving, but 5% are being good.” God was not pleased. So he decided to email the 5% who were good because he wanted to encourage them, and give them a little something to help them keep going. Do you know what the email said? OK, I was just wondering because I didn’t get one either.

Medication Cleanout -- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Texas Tech Physicians Medical Pavilion, 3601 4th St. Sunday, April 19 -- Garlic Day Lubbock Arts Festival – Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane, 744-ARTS, or www. Monday, April 20 -Look Alike Day UMC Better Breathers Club, UMC Activities Center, 5217 82nd St., Ste. 128, 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 -Kindergarten Day Caregivers Education & Support Group, Security State Bank, 7801 Quaker Ave., 10 a.m., 687-7474 Lubbock Stroke Club, Furr’s Family Dining, 6001 Slide Rd, 11 a.m., 799-0231 Wednesday, April 22 -Jelly Bean Day

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Thursday, April 23 -Take a Chance Day Celebrity Luncheon – Annual luncheon celebrating Lubbock’s best, Overton Hotel, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 806-748-9312 for reservations. Indoor/Outdoor Walking Group, Hodges Community Center, 4215 University Ave., 10:45 a.m. Country Company Band, Lubbock

Senior Center, 2001 19th St., 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. South Plains Plant Society, Garden & Arts Center, 4215 University Ave., 7 p.m., 767-3724 Friday, April 24 -Pig in a Blanket Day Your Heart Matters Breakfast Club, Covenant Medical Center Knipling Education & Conference Center, 21st Street & Louisville Ave., 6th floor West Parking Garage, 9 a.m., 1-866-4COVENANT Saturday, April 25 -Penguin Day Sunday, April 26 -- Pretzel Day Monday, April 27 -Babe Ruth Day Dementia Support Group, Quail Ridge, 5204 Elgin, 3 p.m., 788-1919 Tuesday, April 28 -Great Poetry Reading Day Alzheimer’s 101, Texas Tech University Library, Room 150 (Library Lab), 15th St. & Boston Ave., 5:30 p.m., 725-0935 or email stephani. Llano Estacado Audubon Society, Garden & Arts Center, 4215 University, 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 29 -Shrimp Scampi Day Thursday, April 30 -Hairstyle Appreciation Day Country Company Band, Lubbock Senior Center, 2001 19th St., 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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‘Lubbock Lights’ Set to Honor Musical Heritage, April 9 “Lubbock Lights: Celebrating the Musical Heritage of the South Plains” will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 9, in the Allen Theatre in the Student Union building on the Texas Tech University campus. Tickets for this event are $18 and available through Select-A-Seat. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and a CD signing will follow the event. This event will honor the musical heritage and creative legacy of the South Plains. Honorees for this event are musicians Wade Bowen, Butch Hancock, Terri Hendrix, and Lloyd Maines.

Two are Texas Tech alumni, three are from Lubbock, and all have international followings. The program will be a moderated group discussion of their creative process, along with performances of their original music. Bowen, a graduate of Texas Tech, has had two of his albums rise to the Top Ten among country records. Hancock is a Lubbock native and alumnus of Texas Tech who co-founded the band The Flatlanders and is considered to be one of the nation’s most prolific songwriters. Hendrix is a multi-instru-

mental singer-songwriter with classical music training. Maines grew up just outside of Lubbock. The son of one of the original Maines Brothers Band, Lloyd and his brothers formed the widelyacclaimed second version of the Maines Brothers Band. Before he became one of the nation’s most respected producers, his legendary skills at the steel guitar helped power the first Joe Ely Band. He earned a Grammy for producing “Home,” the 2003 album by The Dixie Chicks. For more information, contact Suzanne Taylor at 806742-2121 or Andy Wilkinson at 806-777-7851.

Pettigrew Ready to See More of the U.S. (Continued from Page 13)

“I would go tomorrow if somebody said let’s go,” Rita said. After all of her travels and experiences, Rita said she didn’t feel like she had changed, but she had learned. “I felt like I knew more than I had ever known,” Rita said. “I realized that people can be so different, and yet

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still show up with two legs, two arms, two eyes, and so on.” She said her experiences have helped her become more willing to accept people as they are and not to expect them to be exactly like she is. “Give the foreigner a try,” she said. “Don’t try to make them what you are; don’t try to make them do what you

do. Give them a chance to show you something.” Rita suggested that people travel, and that they do so in a way that they experience more than just seeing landmarks. “Try to experience the way they live,” Rita said. “To me, that’s the purpose of travel: to not just see things, but to experience their life.”

You can believe all the right things and still be a jerk. You can believe all the right things and still be miserable, still be in bondage, or still be untransformed. So, the emphasis on belief is, I think, modern and mistaken. It’s also very divisive – once people start thinking that being a Christian is about believing the right things, then anybody’s list of what “right things” are becomes a kind of litmus test as to who’s really a good Christian and who’s not. Being a good Christian is about one’s relationship with God. And that relationship with God can go along with many different belief systems.” -- Marcus Borg in “Living the Questions 2.0”


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Use common sense when it comes to the latest greatest idea about health Do you remember the days when we were told that eggs were bad for you because they have so much cholesterol in them? We were also told we should eat low fat. The shelves at the grocery stores were soon filled with low fat alternatives. But that wasn’t enough. Drugs were made to lower the awful cholesterol. And that is how the best marketing campaign in history started. Everyone became very concerned about cholesterol. When people talked about their health, everyone knew their number. They didn’t know any other blood chemistry result, but they knew their cholesterol number. Often the conversation was about the changes they were making to get that number down. Maybe you changed your diet to just eat egg whites and toss the yolk. It is time to notice that the winds are changing. Actually, I have always loved eggs and never gave them up because they seem so basic. When I was in chiropractic school back in the early 80s, cholesterol at 240 was considered normal. Most people might not realize that as we have taken cholesterol out of the diet, we have more and more dementia by the older population. Cholesterol is a major player in the brain, and I’ve even seen people who were exhibiting symptoms of dementia who were taking a cholesterol medication, and when they stopped taking the medication, they no longer exhibited those symptoms. Cholesterol is necessary for proper brain function. Another misconception for most people has been that unless you are a junk food junkie, it is hard to bring down cholesterol from diet alone. I had one patient who said every day he would go across the street and get a fast food

hamburger for lunch. His cholesterol soared, and when he quit that habit, his cholesterol decreased by 40 points with no other intervention. But change is in the wind. People now know that fat is good for you. Not rancid fat from fried foods and processed foods, but the good fats we get from avocados and nuts -- what I call real food. Real food is food you get from nature, not from some process that has altered it. Now, finally after 15 years of research showing that to be the case, the United States government, in its 2015 edition of Dietary Guidelines, will say something to the effect that they do not believe that eating foods with cholesterol is of concern. Let me say that again. Foods with cholesterol

are not of concern to your health. To put this in perspective, the Dietary Guidelines are made to give citizens information to help them make better dietary choices. Since the 1970’s, one of the core goals of this group was to warn Americans about keeping their cholesterol below 300 mg/day. So now, the truth comes out. Did they think God made an error in the way food was made naturally? To pull the egg yolk out, for the sake of our health, seems crazy now. And what does that say about all of the medication that has been taken to lower cholesterol all these years? Cholesterol-lowering medications have been the greatest marketing ploy in my adult life. The pharmaceutical companies have made big money selling cholesterol medications. And, it can take years for the information in science to hit the individual doctor’s offices. Remember they get their information from the pharmaceutical companies. But now you know and can take this to your doctor.

There will still be some people who have such high cholesterol levels that, even with a good diet, they may need help to bring the cholesterol down. Those people have familial cholesterol problems, and they need to pay heed. It is called familial hypercholesterolemia and meds might be necessary. Things change and will continue to change. So when you hear the latest greatest idea someone has for you to be healthy, you might consider this column. Consider our history. When I was a child, almost all children had their tonsils taken out. Today, that is not the case. Why? Attitudes changed, and it became apparent that we did not have an extra part of the body that needed to be removed. Just a matter of common sense. In other words, what God gives, we hope man doesn’t take away. My wife and I had words, but I didn’t get to use mine. Committed to Caring for Caregivers An online source of information designed to assist family caregivers in gaining information and insight during the journey of caregiving.

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How the First Earth Day Came About By Senator Gaylord Nelson Founder oF earth day From American Heritage Magazine, October 1993 The idea for Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. For several years, it had been troubling me that the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country. In November 1962, an idea occurred to me that was, I thought, a virtual cinch to put the environment into the political limelight. The idea was to persuade President Kennedy to give visibility to this issue by going on a conservation tour. I flew to Washington to discuss the proposal with Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who liked the idea. So

did the President. The President began his five-day, 11-state conservation tour in September 1963. The tour did not put the issue onto the national political agenda, but it was the beginning that ultimately became Earth Day. I continued to speak on environmental issues to a variety of audiences in 25 states. People were concerned about the environment, but the politicians were not. After President Kennedy’s tour, six years passed before the idea that became Earth Day occurred to me while on a conservation speaking tour out west in the summer of 1969. At the time, anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, called “teach-ins,” had spread to

college campuses across the nation. Suddenly, the idea occurred to me - why not organize a huge grassroots protest over what was happening to our environment? If we could tap into the environmental concerns of the general public and infuse the student anti-war energy into the environmental cause, we could generate a demonstration that would force the issue onto the political agenda. At a conference in Seattle in September 1969, I announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment and invited everyone to participate. Wire services carried the story from coast to coast. The response was electric.

Telegrams, letters, and telephone inquiries poured in from all across the country. The American people had a forum to express its concern about what was Earth Day is April 22. happening to the land, rivers, lakes, and air. lengthy article by Gladwin For the next four months, Hill reporting on the astonishtwo members of my Senate ing proliferation of environstaff, Linda Billings and John mental events. “Rising concern about the Heritage, managed Earth Day affairs out of my Senate environmental crisis is sweeping the nation’s campuses office. Five months before Earth with an intensity that may be Day, on Nov. 30, 1969, The on its way to eclipsing student New York Times carried a (See History of the First, Page 28)

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Celebrity Luncheon Honoring Local People Set for April 23 Gold Medal awards are given to those who have worked to improve the quality of life for the Lubbock area. Gold Medalists are George McMahan, The Most Rev. Placido Rodriguez, CMF, Lindsey Callaway Toy Drive, Dan Taylor, and Don MacNair. Bayer Crop Science will be presented the Louise Allen Award for outstanding corporate community service. Robert Wernsman will be posthumously awarded the Mary Ann Edwards Professional Communicator Award that recognizes an individual in the field of communications who has made significant contributions and What do these seven words have in common? positively impacted the community. 1. Banana 5. Revive The George Mahon Award 2. Dresser 6. Uneven and the Beth Pratt AWC 3. Grammar 7. Assess Communicator of the Year 4. Potato Look at each word carefully. No, it is not that they all have will be announced at the luncheon. at least 2 double letters. The George Mahon Award Answer: recognizes an individual for In all of the words listed, if you take the first letter, place it at the end of the word, and then spell the word backward, it extraordinary public service and is presented to a person will be the same word. The annual Celebrity Luncheon honoring outstanding people is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center, 2322 Mac Davis Lane. The Lubbock Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications sponsors the event. Individual tickets are $60 and reserved tables of eight are $550. Tables and tickets may be reserved and purchased by emailing Sherry Saffle at, or submitting contact information through The award recipients for

this year’s Celebrity Luncheon are as follows. Headliner awards are presented to individuals or groups whose achievements have received positive recognition through the media. Headliners are Eddie Dixon, artist who created two nationally-acknowledged sculptures; Katharine Hayhoe, climatologist named to TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2014; TTU Baseball Team, advancing to the 2014 College World Series; and TTU Fiber and Bipolymer Research Institute for advances in alternative uses for cotton, including medicinal uses.

who has dedicated his adult life to a broad array of public service efforts. The Beth Pratt AWC Member of the Year Award rec-

ognizes a member who has demonstrated excellence in the profession and given positive support to the AWC chapter.

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Kids Fish on April 18 Promotes Community Involvement The second annual Kids Fish event is set from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 18 at Maxey Park, 4020 30th St., hosted by the Lubbock Lions Club. Children of all ages and abilities are invited. There is a wheelchair-accessible fishing area and playground. The event is free and open to the public. There will be playgrounds, a rock climbing wall, face painting, lunch, and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office will have child fingerprinting and IDs for safety. “The Kids Fish will encourage families to get out and get involved,” said Mallory Mitchell, Lubbock Lions Club director and Texas Game Warden for the Texas

Parks & Wildlife Department. “I think social interactions have changed over time, and a lot of people have become reclusive,” Mitchell said. “My hope is that continuing this Kids Fish event for the community will teach kids how to enjoy what the outdoors has to offer.” The lake at Maxey Park will be specially stocked with Channel Catfish provided by funding from the Texas Game Warden Association to ensure there will be plenty of opportunities for children to catch a fish. Parents or guardians can fish for free with their kids. Bring a fishing pole and tackle. A limited number of poles

History of the First Earth Day (Continued from Page 26)

discontent over the war in Vietnam...a national day of observance of environmental problems ... is being planned for next spring ... when a nationwide environmental ‘teach-in’ ... coordinated from the office of Senator Gaylord Nelson is planned.” We were headed for a spectacular success on Earth Day. The grassroots activities had ballooned beyond the capacity of my U.S. Senate office

staff to keep up with the telephone calls, paper work, inquiries, etc. In mid-January, three months before Earth Day, John Gardner, founder of Common Cause, provided space for a Washington, D.C., headquarters. I staffed the office with college students and selected Denis Hayes as coordinator of activities. Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level.

can be borrowed at the event. A casting station for kids and adults will be set up for those who want to learn how to fish. Lunch will be served at 11

a.m. Bring chairs, a blanket, and sunscreen. For more information regarding the event and to register, visit and like Kidfish on

Facebook at www.facebook. com/kidfishlubbock. For additional information, email Mallory Mitchell at Mallory.mitchell@tpwd.

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