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Volume 28, Number 4

April 2016

24 Pages

Lubbock, Texas 79401

Couple celebrates 5-year anniversary By Victoria Holloway Kent and Lanita Clark celebrated five years of marriage in the Medical ICU waiting room at Covenant on March 21. Five years earlier, Kent was a critically ill patient in Covenant. After being admitted to Covenant Hospital on March 16, 2011, the couple found out that Kent was having an adverse reaction to a medication that

In April 1st - April Fool’s Day 9th – Ranch Day 15th – Income Tax Day 16th – Kids Fish 16th - 17th - Lubbock Arts Festival 22nd – Earth Day Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

Inside Casas for CASA ........................ 2 Watercolor exhibits, April 24 ... 2 ‘Storytellers’ April 9 .................. 5 Celebrity luncheon, April 19 .. 10 Paul’s Project, April 12 ........... 15 Kids Fish, April 16 .................. 24

eventually destroyed 80 percent of his lungs. Scar tissue in his trachea was closing off, and Kent was suffocating. He was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston for an emergency procedure that would hopefully save his life. And it did. He returned to Covenant Health where he celebrated his 70th birthday on Aug. 9, 2011. Two days before Thanksgiving, he was finally home. Unsure if Kent was going to survive, the couple decided to get married in the hospital on March 21, 2011, several months before the planned-out wedding set for July. Kent said they had already booked the venue, purchased rings, and bought decorations for the wedding ceremony. Nurses and doctors from the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Covenant put together a wedding for the couple, and hospital chaplain Barry Moynihan officiated the ceremony. Before marrying, Lanita and Kent had been neighbors and friends for 25 years. They watched each another take care of their spouses who had seth rious health conditions. Their families were friends, Kent and Lanita Clark celebrated their 5 (See Anniversary celebration, Page 22)

wedding anniversary in the Medical ICU at Covenant on March 21. Photo by Victoria Holloway

Entries sought for Post Art Show The Post Art Guild will be hosting its 52nd Arts on Main Street show in May, and invites all local artists to enter their work for judging and display. Entries can be delivered to the Post Community Center at 129 W. Main St. from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 4. All entries must be ready for hanging or display. Entry fees are $7 per entry for non-members, $5 for members; $3 for students 18 and younger.

No class work, kits, wet paint, or works deemed in poor taste will be accepted. Entries will remain on exhibit until sold or until the show closes. Post Art Guild receives 25 percent on all art sales. Ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in various categories. Categories will include landscape, portrait, (See Post Art Show, Page 22)

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Casas for CASA set for April 2-9

The 11th annual Casas for CASA raffle fundraiser is set for April 2-9 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, weather permitting, at the United Supermarkets at 8010 Frankford Ave. Participants will have the opportunity to win a custom-built playhouse or doghouse while helping raise funds to provide volunteer advocates to abused and neglected foster children. The drawing will be held at 6 p.m. April 9. Raffle tickets are available for $5 each, 5 for $20, or 10 for $40. CASA will also host special theme days during the event. Monday, April 4 is Superhero Day. Come dressed up as your favorite costumed crusader. Members of the West Texas Squad of Star Wars Garrison, 501st Legion will be available for pictures from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 is Tex-

as Tech Spirit Day. Show your Tech pride in your favorite Tech apparel. Have your picture taken with the Texas Tech Masked Rider from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9 Morris Safe House will host a Dog Adoption Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can take home a new best friend. CASA of the South Plains advocates work alongside attorneys and social workers. They interview parents, family members, teachers, doctors, foster parents, and other adults who may have information about the child. They then make recommendations to the court about any issues or concerns relat-

ing to the child’s educational, medical, or emotional needs, and the most appropriate, permanent placement for that child. “By moving Casas for CASA to April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we are better able to raise awareness of the need for volunteer advocates in our community. “At least 10 children enter into foster care each week. These children deserve to have someone that will be there to represent their best interest at all times,” said Gabe Ballesteros, director of communications and marketing for CASA of the South Plains. “We encourage everyone to join us at Casa for CASA and show your support for these most vulnerable children,” Ballesteros said. For questions or comments about Casas for CASA, contact Amy Stripling, special events and marketing coordinator, 763-2272 or email

“Fire and Water” by Annalee Schubert, was featured in 2015’s West Texas Watercolor Society exhibition.

Watercolor Society exhibits on display through April 24 The Buddy Holly Center will host the annual spring exhibition of the West Texas Watercolor Society. Initially organized in 1962 and formally chartered by the State of Texas in 1973, the society was instituted for the purpose of promoting the highest aesthetic standards in the art of watercolor painting. Artists from across the region will present their creations in a wide range of watercolor styles and methods. This year’s juror for the exhibition will be Lindy Cook Severns. West Texas Watercolor Society will be on display through April 24, in the Fine Arts Gallery at the Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave.

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New Neighbors kicks off Texas Tech quilt raffle The New Neighbors Club has kicked off its 2016 fundraising event -- raffling a king-size Texas Tech quilt. Club members, Doris Young and Mary Penny began quilting together in 2010. They are also members of the South Plains Quilters Guild. This is the third year they have donated one of their creative Doris Young and Mary Penny display the king-size quilts to New Neigh- Texas Tech quilt that will be raffled off as a fundraiser bors for the club’s for New Neighbors Club. fundraising. Penny said she and Doris spent Women’s Club. For additional informost of last summer cutting pieces, mation, call 799-4450. New Neighbors Club is a 38-yearpressing, sewing together, and finally getting to the stage of quilting. old, not-for-profit community service Mary said she and Doris had a lot of and social organization. Mary Valentini, the club’s comfun, lots of laughs, and filled many evenings quilting in front of the munity relations chair, said the club’s television watching Texas Rangers purpose is to bring together Lubbock area residents for camaraderie and ballgames. Doris and Mary are a classic ex- fostering an interest in civic and soample of what New Neighbors is all cial welfare. New Neighbors undertakes two about -- friendship, having fun, and or three charitable, humanitarian, or contributing to the community. Raffle tickets are $5 each and can social welfare projects each year. President Margaret Toler said all be purchased by calling Mary Penny, 368-5684, Ann Ellis, 441-6651, or of the funds from their fundraising emailing events are given to community proThe raffle drawing will be held grams. Last year, the club awarded May 13 during the New Neighbors more than $11, 000 to non-profit commonthly luncheon at the Lubbock munity services agencies.

Club luncheon to feature Elaine Milam

The New Her story and that of her brother is Neighbors Club weaved into the tapestry she creates. will meet at Milam is a professional and busi10:30 a.m. April ness woman who is actively involved 8, at the Lubbock in the community and advocating for Women’s Club, the wellbeing of children. 2020 Broadway. This program is most timely beLubbock cause April is National Child Abuse Women’s Club Prevention Month, and May is NaElaine Milam Past President tional Foster Care Month. Elaine Milam will present an inspiring For more information, contact story about her experience growing up Mary Valentini at 799-4450 or newas a child in the Methodist Children’s Home in Waco, Texas.

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Underground duct system: Phase 3 Phase 3 of the Downtown Underground Duct System began in early March. The project will move overhead utilities to a system of conduits under sidewalks on the east side of Avenue J from Mac Davis Lane to 19th Street. On-street parking and pedestrian traffic will be affected during the construction. Access to all businesses will remain open. The project is expected to be completed by November.


By Joan Blackmon, Coordinator Lead With Experience

Volunteer Opportunities and Information: April is National Volunteer Month. Volunteerism is an enormous part of strengthening communities across America. It is no different in Lubbock and the area. During the month of April, several government entities will issue proclamations thanking volunteers for the

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service they provide to the community. In 2015, Lubbock RSVP volunteers volunteered more than 107,000 hours, which equates to an economic impact of more than $2.68 million. Special thanks to the Lubbock County Commissioners Court, cities of Lubbock, Shallowater, Wolfforth, Slaton, and Ransom Canyon, and also SPAG-AAA for recognizing one of our most valuable resource – service to others. Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer. ~ Author Unknown. Meals on Wheels Lubbock Meals on Wheels serves more than 700 meals each day to individuals who are unable to prepare a hot and healthy meal.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. TTUHSC, 3601 4th St. Academic Classroom Building Room 100 Free Event. Snacks Provided. Blood Pressure Screening from 3pm-4pm. For details, call 806.743.7821 or visit

This non-profit agency is looking for volunteer drivers, both regular and substitute to deliver meals. Each route contains approximately 10-12 meals and can be delivered in an hour. Orientation and background checks are required for all delivery volunteers. There is a wait-list for additional recipients, and the need is great for volunteers. For more information contact LMOW at 792-7971 or RSVP at 743-7787. Health Sciences Center Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center not only provides physicians, staff, and services to meet the healthcare needs of West Texas community – it also provides education and research opportunities through various school and science departments. Volunteers are valued contributors. Volunteers have the opportunity to serve in a variety of ways. TTUHSC is eager to enlist greeters and escorts at the information desks. Morning and afternoon slots are available. A special need is in the cardiology department within the Department of Internal Medicine. For information or if you have questions, please contact Logan Heinrich at 806.743.9095 or the RSVP office at 743-7787. Crafts & materials RSVP can accept any craft or materials that you no longer need. Items in special need is clean material (any time, we even use double knit), yarn (baby or 4-ply), clean batting and fiberfill, thread and craft paints. If you are spring cleaning and have some items that are you no longer use, we have

several groups that can put to good use. Call the office for more details at 743-7787. Lakeside Rehab Lakeside Rehabilitation and Care is looking for volunteers. Volunteers can assist in directing activities, reading, doing artwork or handcraft, or visiting with residents. No special talents are needed, just a willingness to help brighten the day of others. For information contact RSVP at 743-7787. Foster Grandparents Foster Grandparents Program is in need of senior volunteers at various child center settings in the Lubbock area. The program supports volunteers with a small travel stipend. To find out more about the program and volunteer qualifications, call 806-783-6672. Funny Quotes Folks who do not know why America is the Land of Promise should be here during an election campaign. ~ Author Unknown

Build a man a fire and he will be warm for an hour. Set a man on fire, and he will be warm for the rest of his life. ~ Terry Pratchett

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. ~ Dalai Lama

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To all volunteers For all that you give to others, we can never say “Thank you” enough. For more information on locations to volunteer and about RSVP, call the RSVP office at 743-7787.

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‘Storytellers’ evening on April 9 to benefit Covenant Childrens’ ‘Storytellers’ is set for 7 p.m. April 9 at the Cactus Theatre, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave., with a 6 p.m. pre-party at McPherson Cellars and a 10 p.m. after-party at Tornado Alley. This year’s featured songwriters are Leslie Satcher, Marv Green, and Danny Myrick, and will be hosted by Jay Boy Adams. Gregg and Jenny Turner are chairing the event with Brett and Ginger McDowell supporting as vice chairs. For information on tickets, contact Valerie Kerr at Covenant Foundation, 806-7256114. The event is an annual fundraiser of Covenant Health Foundation. Proceeds this year will provide support for a newly developed pediatric transport team that will bring Covenant Children’s pediatric expertise to the region, and enable the seamless and safe transport of pediatric patients from outlying facilities. “Life-saving equipment is essential for safe care of infants and children in any situation, but even more important for stabilization and transfer to our children’s hos-

pital,” said Marguerite Fallon, vice president for patient care services and nursing at Covenant Women’s and Children’s. “The purchase of a stateof-the-art ventilator will provide the critically ill child or infant with a secure airway during transfer. This piece of equipment can be used on the smallest infant to young adult.” The monitor/defibrillator will allow the transport nurse to receive real-time vital signs and can be used for any arrest situation while transporting. This equipment not only benefits the patient, but gives the patient’s family reassurance that they are being taken care of with dependable, quality equipment. About the Storytellers Marv Green, a southern California native, moved to Nashville in March 1993. Within six months, Green’s songwriting caught the attention of producer Scott Hendricks, who signed Green to a publishing deal with Big Tractor and Warner Chappell music. Artists who have recorded his songs include George Strait, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Reba, Dierks Bentley,

and Lonestar. A little bit muddy-water Mississippi and a little bit California beach bum, Danny Myrick grew up playing, singing and writing for his family gospel band while being consumed with 70s FM radio. He achieved his first #1 gospel song as a writer at age 17 before moving to Nashville and spending the 90s singing lead in country rock band, Western Flyer. As a writer, Myrick’s musical diversity has led to cuts by artists ranging from Gloriana to Joe Cocker, and he has celebrated numerous hit songs, including Craig Morgan’s “International Harvester,” Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah,” and 2009’s most-played country song, “She’s Country” by Jason Aldean. Native Texan Leslie Satcher is Nashville songwriting royalty. Best known for her hit songs “When God Fearin’ Women Get The Blues” by Martina McBride, “Troubadour” by George Strait, and the Gretchen Wilson & Merle Haggard hit “Politically Uncorrect,” Satcher’s songs have been recorded by a veritable who’s who of the music world.

‘Annie’s Chat & Chew’ fundraiser set for April 2 For more than 20 years, Annie’s Chat and Chew has raised money for Lubbock Meals on Wheels. This year’s Chat & Chew will be at the Mae Simmons Senior Center, 2004 Oak Ave., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 2. For a donation of $10, guests will be served fried

catfish and other homemade dishes. Come on out, visit with old friends, make new ones, and remember a very special woman. All donations benefit Lubbock Meals on Wheels, helping people remain at home, well fed, and independent as long as possible.

This fundraiser was started by longtime volunteer Annie Sanders and is continued in her memory. For more information, call Mary at 806-792-7971.

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Granny digresses and exposes the real ‘War on Women’ OK folks, this “fashion war” has had me seething for many years. Since my major in college was fine arts and design, I find that the selections of women’s fashions out there today are a cross between Halloween costumes and hand-me-downs from the Adams Family. Give me a break! There are few trends now that have all 3 basic elements of good design – balance, line and scale. First category to critique – bridal fashions. Since those strapless numbers came on the scene, it gives a whole new meaning to that Rogers and Hammerstein II song from “Carousel,” “June is Bustin’ Out All Over.” I always thought brides were to look demure and innocent. Whether or not they were in days past is another discussion for another time.

The magnificent fabrics and beading are a total waste on such poor designs. Have you seen those “mermaid” or “fish tail” designs? These are just all wrong! Today, most of the bridal ‘get-ups’ out there look like they were made for the gals who work at the Bunny Ranch in Nevada. Especially the see-through corset designs – ugh! These dresses defy the three basic elements of design: Balance – The umpteen yards of fabric on the bottom and so little on top make these dresses bottom heavy. It almost looks like it wouldn’t take much to fall off. Line – The line abruptly ends at the bust line. It looks like something is missing or forgotten. A continuous strap on one shoulder would do the trick. Scale – The scale is all wrong because the propor-

tions are all wrong to most figures. Also, the other two elements are non-existent. I’m amazed at the lack of modesty, especially in churches. Does cleavage belong in any church now? Is it accepted? The same goes for those terminally ugly bridesmaid dresses. When Prince William married Kate Middleton, I thought her wedding gown was exquisite and would start a trend of more modest and beautiful designs, but no luck. A wedding is no place for show and tell, especially in a house of worship. Now for category two – leggings/jeggings paired with beautiful tunics. Are you kidding me? I do own several tunics that I love, however, leggings are to be considered underwear. Whether women are Miss Twiggy or Miss Piggy types, these two garments when

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worn with tunics that do not cover the “back side” or derriere when bending down is nothing short of gross. Wearing boots does not make it all better. Legging and jeggings should be worn as a garment of warmth – under skirts or dresses when the temperature is under 40° and the weather is nasty. I met a woman in a department store recently, and we were discussing the leggings on a near-by rack. She agreed; she wears hers for warmth. Remember the recent TV cable show “What Not to Wear,” with Stacy Lundon and Clinton Kelly? Remember the 360° mirror that tells all? Imagine being in front of one of those, then bend down and see what shows – enough said. Incidentally, those tunics of mine are coordinated with well-fitting slacks or clam diggers, always considering those three basic elements – balance, line and scale. Category three – Shoes. These puppies should be called “water boarding” for the feet. These torturous designs are a podiatrist’s nightmare. Actually, these outrageous pieces of garbage are probably a huge boost to their practices. And what about all the foot surgeries being performed by orthopedic specialists? For three years now I’ve been looking for a nice pair of dressy (leather or suede) boots that don’t look like Nazi marching boots. Everything in the catalogs show more brads, buckles and nail heads than in the hardware isle at Home Depot. Give me another break.

By the way, have you seen those 7” spiked heels with 3” platforms? To quote a retired English teacher and friend of mine, “ugly, uglier and ugliest.” Now for some real fashion distress – this year’s Academy Awards red carpet spectacle. I must first comment on the magnificent gown worn by Giuliana Rancic. She is a regular panelist on Fashion Police, now being hosted by Joan Rivers’ daughter, Melissa. Giuliana was a co-host on the pre-red carpet show and wore the most gorgeous gown I’ve seen in decades. It reminded me of those gorgeous gowns worn by Loretta Young on her show back in the 50s. Giuliana’s gown was a golden yellow satin, and the focal point of the bodice was a huge rose-like twist of fabric while the upper part of the bodice ended with a sheer fabric of the same color and embellished with tiny sparkling crystals. The skirt was a straight cut, no high slits, no nonsense – just gorgeous. Her figure is perfection, and she was a perfect model for this gown. For the second half of the show, she changed into a form fitting white gown which was embroidered at the waist with beautiful pastel colored flowers. Both of these gowns were totally elegant and not strapless. Tim Gunn, whose accomplishments would fill at least two pages of this newspaper, was a guest panelist on the next evening’s Fashion Police. He has been a mentor on (See Fashion Designs, Page 7)

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Three Lubbock ISD campuses named to Texas Honor Roll Three Lubbock ISD campuses have been recognized as Texas Honor Roll Star Schools. These are schools that serve high poverty populations, perform well on standardized accountability measures, and are closing the achievement gaps between diverse ethnic groups. The three LISD campuses are Hutchinson Middle School, the Talkington School

for Young Women Leaders, and Preston Smith Elementary. In addition to being an Honor Roll Star School, Smith Elementary also earned the Honor Roll STEM designation. The STEM designation recognizes higher student performance in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. The Honor Roll Star and

STEM schools are selected by the Educational Results Partnership in collaboration with the Institute for Productivity in Education. These schools are demonstrating consistently higher levels of student academic achievement, improvement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps among ethnic minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged students.

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Project Runway since 2004 and received an Emmy in 2013 for his amazing work on this reality TV show. His comment of “vulgar” on some of these red carpet disasters was dead on. He even stated that if some of these designers were in his school, he would make them pack up and go home. I couldn’t agree more. The two most disastrous gowns were worn by Heidi Klum and Charlize Theron. Heidi looked like she exploded out of a gigantic gift

bag loaded with pink tissue paper. Yikes! Charlize’s gown was a red fitted number and probably used a thousand yards of double-faced Scotch Tape to keep from being arrested. It reminded me of two red rags hanging from a clothes line; just awful. Tim’s comment on this one was a deserving “vulgar.” For my opinions to be validated by someone like Tim Gunn was very gratifying. It’s been stated that the glory days of fashion design was in the 50’s.

To name a few of the stars of that era who inspired the looks which influenced the designs that trickled down to our local department and boutique stores are: Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Cristobal Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain, Edith Head (of movie fame and winner of many Oscars), Hattie Carnegie, Pauline Trigère, James Galanos, and last but not least Diane Von Furstenberg who is still a leader in the fashion world. She became best known for her famous knit dresses of the 70s which also included a wrap-around design. Her dresses were worn by thousands of women world-wide including me. Well folks, I guess you can tell by now this “war on women” is one I have no intention of joining. Let’s hope the future of fashion design will again show us some real beauty, modesty and common sense. In the meantime, I’ll keep looking for a beautiful pair of boots. Wish me luck! Till next time, Granny P.S. I didn’t even have the time to write about those godawful mini-skirts – all wrong!

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California Dreamin’ - The Mamas and Papas - April 1966

All the leaves are brown that changed her life. me finish this song, Mich. and the sky is grey.... Her husband John was gen- Help me, and you’ll thank me Michelle Phillips well re- tly shaking her awake with for this someday.’” members the 4 a.m. incident the words, “You have to help John already had much of the song composed by the time he woke her that morning. John: “One of the first songs we worked on was written during the winter (of 1963-64), inspired by a bonechilling walk through the snows of Central Park. We were daydreaming of bright sun, blue skies, and palm trees. “L. A. was home for Michelle, and as winter dragged on in New York, it was impossible not to miss the 12-month California summer.” To escape the bitter cold, the pair had briefly visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral, an inspiration for the song’s second verse: Stopped into a church, we passed along the way. Michelle enjoyed visiting churches; John wanted only to get warm. Michelle later explained the line Well, I got down on my knees and I pretend to pray: “John hated the verse, as he was turned off to churches by unpleasant memories of parochial school. But he couldn’t think of anything better, so he left it in.” (www. Note: In “California Dreamin’” listeners have often mistakenly thought the group sang ‘I began to pray’ rather than ‘I pretend to pray,’ and many heard the line

By Randal Hill

‘The preacher liked the cold’ as ‘The preacher lights the coals.’ The future classic was first recorded in Los Angeles by Barry McGuire -- with the Mamas and Papas providing background vocals -- as a follow-up to his million-selling “Eve of Destruction.” But at the last minute, Dunhill Records owner Lou Adler erased McGuire’s vocals and had the Mamas and Papas record their voices over the instrumental track. John Phillips decided he wanted something more exotic than the standard middle guitar solo. During a break, he stepped into the hallway at the recording studio and ran into session jazz musician Bud Shank, a master of the saxophone and flute. When John asked Shank to contribute an alto flute solo to the song’ break, Shank nailed it elegantly on the first take. “California Dreamin’” was to be the first of nine Top 40 singles for the group that had once lived in a tent in the Virgin Islands. Between 1965 and 1968, the Mamas and Papas would sell 40 million records. (The group’s back story unfolds

Perspective.... ‘Mr. Clark, I have reviewed this case very carefully,’ the divorce court judge said. ‘And I’ve decided to give your wife $775 a week,’ ‘That’s very fair, your honor,’ the husband said. ‘And every now and then I’ll try to send her a few bucks myself.’

in their million-selling 1967 musical biography called “Creeque Alley.”) To many music fans, nothing would ever resonate quite as strongly as the song that first brought the Mamas and Papas fame. In her autobiography California Dreamin’, Michelle Phillips recalled, “’California Dreamin’ was a great song. “It was one of those songs, like, ‘Damnit, I don’t want to be boxed in to what my life has to offer. I’m going to change it. “The only one who can change it is me. It gave impetus to change.”

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Diet tips to help with stomach problems By Sameer Islam, M.D. A patient recently told me about a typical morning for her. As she is getting Sameer Islam, ready for M.D. work, her stomach cramps up, and she feels like she needs to be near a bathroom at all times. In preparation, she gives herself at least 2 hours to get ready. When she goes out, she often takes routes she knows will have public restrooms along the way. Does this sound familiar to you? For a number of my patients and up to 20% of American adults who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), this is an everyday reality. Though their exact symptoms and severity may differ, people who suffer from IBS have their days greatly influenced by how their gastrointestinal tract behaves.

This is Lexi. She’s an 8-weekold German Sheppard. I bought Lexi as a surprise for my wife, but it turns out she is allergic to dogs, so we are now looking to find her a new home. She is 59 years old, a beautiful and caring woman who drives, is a great cook, and keeps a good house. I’m only responsible for what I say not for what you understand. So, when is this old enough to know better supposed to kick in?

A single flare-up of symptoms can mean hours of misery and pain. Though no one really knows what can cause IBS, in recent years there have been more non-medical treatment options including dietary changes. When you have IBS, the foods you eat and your eating habits are very important. Choosing the right foods can help ease discomfort caused by these symptoms. Here are some of the dietary recommendations I provide to patients who suffer from IBS. As always, please make sure to discuss with your healthcare provider before implementing any of these suggestions. What general guidelines do I need to follow? ● Keep a food diary. This will help you identify foods that cause symptoms. Write down: ● What you eat and when. ● What symptoms you have. ● When symptoms occur in relation to your meals.

● Avoid foods that cause symptoms. Talk with your healthcare provider about other ways to get the same nutrients in these foods. ● Eat more foods that contain fiber. Take a fiber supplement if directed by your healthcare provider. ● Eat your meals slowly, in a relaxed setting. ● Aim to eat 5 to 6 small meals per day. Do not skip meals. ● Drink enough fluids to keep your urine clear or pale yellow. Water is a very effective, yet underutilized method to treat IBS. ● Ask your healthcare provider if you should take an over-the-counter probiotic during flare-ups to help restore healthy gut bacteria. ● If you have cramping or diarrhea, try making your meals low in fat and high in carbohydrates. Examples of carbohydrates are pasta, rice, whole grain breads and cereals, fruits, and vegetables. ● If dairy products cause your symptoms to flare up, try eating less of them. You might be able to handle yo-

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Hospice of Lubbock doctor earns award Local celebrities to A local physician associated with Hospice of Lubbock has earned a 2016 Texas New Mexico Hospice Organization Advocate award. Melanie Oblender, M.D. has been named as one of four recipients for the award. Oblender has served in numerous roles at Hospice of Lubbock and is the founder of the Covenant Health Palliative Medicine program. The award recognizes and rewards outstanding hospice agencies, professionals and volunteers. “It is natural that a talented, compassionate physician would be held in high respect by her colleagues; and she is,” said Charley Wasson, executive director of Hospice of Lubbock. Oblender’s first exposure to hospice was in the early 1990s in Galveston. If one of her patients were to go on hospice, she remained the attending physician. As a pediatric oncologist, she made a practice of remaining as the attending physician for the children, supporting the child

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and family while on hospice. When she moved to Lubbock, and as a veteran of the Army and Air Force, she had an opportunity to help her fellow servicemen and women. Often when the VA would send them back from Amarillo, they needed a physician at the end of their life. She would take over as their attending and work with hospice until their death. In September 1999, Oblender accepted an offer to serve as an associate medical director for Hospice of Lubbock. She had a busy practice as

a pediatric oncologist/hematologist, but had a passion for providing end-of-life care. She was the medical director from 2005-2010, before stepping down to return to her service as associate medical director. In 2005, she approached the leadership at Covenant Health to advocate starting a palliative medicine program. Since then she has seen more than 5,600 patients, building one of the largest programs between Dallas and Albuquerque. Oblender has an enduring philosophy that strong teams are necessary to support patients and their families. Wasson said she picked up her philosophy from the Kaiser Cement Trucks. “The trucks used to say ‘Find a hole and fill it,’” Wasson said. “Dr. Oblender works hard to meet the needs of our patients and families. She looks for the holes and how we can fill them. She is dedicated, humble, funny, empathic, and pushes everyone to be the best they can be.”

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The 2016 AWC Celebrity Luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 19 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. Each year the AWC Lubbock Chapter honors local people whose accomplishments have made the Lubbock area a great place to live and work. AWC is the Association for Women in Communications, a national organization. Headliner awards are presented to people whose achievements or contributions have received widespread positive recognition through the media. Headline awards will be presented to Chandler Bownds; Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar; Dina Jeffries & Jax, chief cheer officer for Ronald McDonald House; Rob Weiner; and Tom Stone. Gold Medals are presented to people who, over an extended period of time, have

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Lubbock ISD student wins presidential recognition Kamron Taylor has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. Taylor is a junior at the Talkington School for Young Women Leaders. The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. The Talkington school nominated Taylor for this national honor last fall in recognition of her volunteer service. Taylor began volunteering around the age of 12. She

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was part of an all-girls group called Sisterhood of Success that met once a week and worked on different projects to help the community. These projects included making blankets for local women and children in protective care, making care packages at the local food

bank, and helping at several local nursing homes. She has also been a longterm volunteer at the Parkway/Guadalupe Neighborhood Centers, and during the summer, she has volunteered as a camp counselor. Taylor is also active in the Teen Outreach Program. This group’s mission is to meet different needs for the Lubbock community. One of the service projects to which Taylor has dedicated many hours involves making encouraging cards and care packages to hand deliver to the Lubbock homeless shelter. “I volunteer for one reason: to help strengthen my community,” Taylor said. “There is always something to be done that can greatly change another person’s life; so, I

volunteer to make a difference.” Berta Fogerson is principal of the Talkington school. “Kamron is genuine in her passion for service learning projects,” Fogerson said. “She cares greatly about the

people in her community, and she does everything in her power to help make life better for those in need. She is a role model and a true leader and mentor to her sisters at Talkington School for Young Women Leaders.”

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Cotton farming is a big deal in Lubbock By Victoria Holloway Cotton is a big deal in Lubbock County with about a quarter of the economy tied to the cotton industry. The risks for farming are great, but the rewards are great, too. Long-time Lubbock cotton farmer, Doug Hlavaty, and his brother operate on the farm their grandfather settled on in 1920. Hlavaty’s dad was also a farmer, and Hlavaty worked for his dad on the farm part time until he graduated from Texas Tech in 1976 with an agronomy degree. “I’ve learned how to work

pre-planting season, preparing the land for planting by spraying for weeds and plowing the soil. “Right now when we’re plowing the ground, it’s just the smell of that fresh soil being worked that gets you excited about the year,” Hlavaty said. These past few years, he said, have been some of the toughest times in farming because cotton is in oversupply, and prices are low. Hlavaty said he and other farmers are struggling to break even. “Some things you can’t control,” Hlavaty said. “God’s

husband part time with his farming operation. “Our time is by the weather, and so he would work those hours by the weather,” Valerie said. Before cell phones, she said the only way to communicate when Doug was out in the field was by CB, or Citizens Band, radio. Doug and Valerie Hlavaty have three children, ages 26, 31 and 34. Even though Doug was busy farming, she said he was able to take off work on his own time to coach their children’s baseball and basketball teams. Their vacations, she said, were during spring break and Christmas because summer was Doug’s busy season. “We knew that during summer it was sun up to sun down, but when it rained, we could go eat out and go to the movies,” Valerie said. “It was always a special day when it rained because you couldn’t get in the Doug Hlavaty is a third-generation farmer in Lubbock County. field at all.” Since she did not grow up hard,” Hlavaty said. “And in control, so you just give when you work hard, things him faith, and it seems like it in a farming family, she said it was an adjustment living usually turn out good at the works out.” His wife, Valerie Hlavaty, on a farm, but now she can’t end of the year.” The labor for farming is a retail management in- imagine going back. “It would be very hard for changes from season to sea- structor in the College of Huson, he said. Hlavaty is in the man Sciences and helps her me to move back into the city again,” Valerie said. “It’s such a great life in seeing that miracle — God’s miracle — of a plant growing and being used all over the world to feed the world and Join us for Sunday worship at 10 a.m. to clothe the world.” † Classic Worship † Quality Teaching Mary Jane Buerkle, director of communications at † Biblical Preaching Plains Cotton Growers, grew 1215 Slide Road 799-8691 up on a cotton and peanut

farm in Rochester, Texas, which has a population of about 350 people. Buerkle said about a third of Lubbock and the surrounding counties economy is tied to agriculture. Of that 33 percent, about a quarter is directly related to cotton farming. “When you consider that Lubbock County is the number one cotton-producing county in the nation, you can see just how significant cotton is to this area,” Buerkle said. Because of the oversupply of many crops that are grown in this area and the dip in prices, she said the last few years for agriculture have not been easy.

“It affects everybody all throughout the chain,” Buerkle said. “We’d like to see prices come back up to where our producers could at least break even.” She said cotton producers are struggling with a lack of demand, so consumers in this area need to make sure they are buying cotton products. “We want to remind people to look for cotton when they’re shopping, especially in this economy, especially here around Lubbock,” Buerkle said. “We certainly need to be very aware of that because that eventually trickles back to our producers and every one in our economy here.”

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21 LISD students win swimming & diving All-State honors Two Lubbock High School students, Isaac Lovell and Thad Zuber, have been named to the Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Diving All-State First Team. Two other LHS students and one Monterey High School student were named to the Diving All-State Second Team. One LHS student was named to the Diving Honorable Mention list. A total of eight LHS swimmers were named to the All-State Second Team. Nine LHS swimmers and two Coronado High School swimmers were named to the All-State Honorable Mention list. Swimmers are chosen by their

times throughout the year at meets or from their times at district, regional, or state. For the divers, the top eight finishers at the state meet make the first team, the ninth through 16th place finishers at the state meet are chosen as the second team and the top eight scores from the regional, which did not qualify for state, are chosen as honorable mention. A complete listing of the students and their honors is below. First Team All-State Isaac Lovell Thad Zuber

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Thom Haverdink 200 Medley Relay Lubbock 400 Free Relay Domingo Flores 200 Medley Relay Lubbock Maverick Marpa 200 Medley Relay Lubbock Isaac Echols 50 Free Lubbock 100 Free 200 Medley Relay 200 Free Relay Gabe Vega Diving Monterey McKinley Scheppler Diving Lubbock Alina Schneider Diving Lubbock Charles Lascano 200 Free Relay Lubbock Rafael Flores 200 Free Relay Lubbock 400 Free Relay Kolos Nagy 200 Free Relay Lubbock 400 Free Relay Tyler Findley 200 Free Relay Lubbock

Alex Bien Diving Lubbock Samantha Hallier 500 Free Coronado Kayla Gerhart 100 Breaststroke Coronado Paige McCaskill 200 Medley Relay Lubbock 100 Backstroke 400 Free Relay Mara Swoboda 200 Medley Relay Lubbock 400 Free Relay Gianna Millares-Rosiles 200 Medley Relay Lubbock Jennifer Qasim 200 Medley Relay Lubbock 500 Free 400 Free Relay Kolos Nagy 200 Free Lubbock Maverick Marpa 100 Fly Lubbock Thomas Haverdink 100 Backstroke Lubbock Domingo Flores 100 Breaststroke Lubbock A.J. Grisham 400 Free Relay Lubbock

Decathlete shatters state record All five Lubbock ISD high schools competed at the State Academic Decathlon small, medium and large school meets held in Irving and San Antonio during the last weekend in February. Lubbock High senior Pretom Shome won the statewide Mickey Andress Award, the award reserved for the highest individual score in any given division. Pretom’s score was 9,358. Along with the award comes a $3,500 scholarship. In addition to being the highest scoring student in Texas in the medium school division, Shome also shattered the previous record for an individual high score in the medium school division which was 9,340 set in 2014. Shome scored more than 900 out of a possible 1,000 points in each of the 10 decathlon events and also won an additional seven medals. LHS Academic Decathlon Coach is Nathan Timmons.

“Pretom is a true Renaissance man who exemplifies the very best of Lubbock ISD through his impressive leadership, work ethic, Pretom Shome and determination.” The LHS team finished fourth overall and third in Super Quiz. Lubbock ISD also had two, top-10 finishers in the small school division. Estacado High finished fourth and the Talkington School for Young Women Leaders finished sixth. Estacado won third in Super Quiz. Monterey and Coronado competed in the large school division. Monterey improved its team record by 500 points, and Coronado senior Tucker Matis brought home two individual gold medals for science and art.

A little boy went up to his father and asked: ‘Dad, where did my intelligence come from?’ The father replied. ‘Well, son, you must have got it from your mother cause I still have mine.’

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Covenant announces promotions Covenant Women’s & Children’s has new leadership in two key roles. Dr. Amy Thompson moves from chief medical officer to chief executive officer. Clay Taylor, former CEO of Covenant Plainview, moves into the role of chief operations officer beginning in May. Thompson, who was CMO for three years, has been serving as the interim CEO since last summer while Chris Dougherty was on medical leave. Dougherty has transitioned into the role of chief culture and experience officer for Covenant Health. “Amy has proven her exceptional abilities in many areas, including physician/ employee relations, regional growth strategies and campus program development,” said Richard Parks, CEO of Covenant Health. “Those who know Amy will agree that she is a delight to work with and exemplifies our values as well as a Christ-like attitude

Dr. Amy Thompson

Clay Taylor

in every effort and breath she takes.” After completing the pediatric residency training program at TTUHSC where she served as chief resident, Thompson served the department of pediatrics as a pediatric hospitalist and became chief of the division of inpatient medicine in 2009. Her passion for quality care for hospitalized children led her to become CMO at Covenant Children’s in 2013. Taylor came to Covenant Plainview in 2011 and has spent the last five years serving in roles including chief financial officer, chief op-

erations officer and chief executive officer. Previously he worked as the chief financial officer for Brownfield Regional Medical Center. Prior to that, he worked 11 years in Denver City as the CFO and then the CEO of Yoakum County Hospital. Taylor’s background and knowledge of community hospitals and providers in the region will be invaluable in Covenant Women’s & Children’s growth and service outreach plans. He will provide operational leadership, guidance and oversight and serve as a strategic business partner.

Nonstop airline service from Lubbock to Phoenix A new daily nonstop service on American Airlines between Lubbock and Phoenix, began March 3. “We are excited for the new market that will open with this flight between Lubbock and Phoenix,” said Kelly Campbell, director of aviation in Lubbock. “We hope this nonstop service will help strengthen connectivity networks for our passengers.” Travelers can find more information about this flight, including departure and arrival times, on American Airlines’ website, American Airlines cur-

rently has seven arrivals and seven departures daily from Lubbock. Lubbock’s airport began as the Lubbock Municipal Airfield in 1929. The United States Government’s War Department took over the airport in 1942 and created the South Plains Army Airfield, which grew to be the largest glider training facility in the world. After World War II, the airport was again operated by the City of Lubbock. Commercial airline service began on July 1, 1945 with a flight to Dallas operated by Braniff Airways.

Pioneer Airlines, Continental Airlines, and Trans-Texas Airlines soon began serving Lubbock and a new terminal was built in 1950. In 1976, a new passenger terminal was dedicated which was expanded to its present size in 1986. The airport is home to a number of general aviation service providers, freight airline operations, industrial parks, and three commercial passenger airlines. More information about Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport is available at

Inaugural fundraising social for Paul’s Project, April 12 An inaugural fundraising project for Paul’s ProjectGrace Campus is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 12 at McPherson Cellars, 1615 Texas Ave. The event will include tasty food, fellowship, music by Michael Richards, and a small silent auction. McPherson wines will be available for purchase. While there is no charge, donations will be requested at the door. Through this event, the goal is to raise awareness and resources to continue building a healthy environment at Paul’s Project-Grace Campus. 2015 was a big year for Paul’s Project. While serving the homeless in the community for several years, it was in 2015 when a board of directors was

formed, and it became an official 501(c)3 non-profit. In 2015, Paul’s Project took over Grace Campus, formerly known as Tent City. The vision is to restore hope and a renewed sense of purpose in the lives of individuals by providing a positive environment that encourages authentic change. The main people worked with are the homeless, and those involved with the criminal justice system or otherwise in need of transitional housing. As the vision grows, awareness and funds are needed to continue to meet the needs. For more information, contact Christopher Moore at 806-544-3365 or

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For success: avoid emotional investment decisions

By Zach Holtzman Financial advisor, Edward JonEs What’s the biggest obstacle to your ability to invest successfully? Is it the ups and downs of the financial markets? Political events? The fact that you weren’t born rich? Actually, the chief hurdle you face is something over which you have control: your own emotions. Your emotions can lead to a variety of ill-advised investment behaviors, such as these: • Cutting losses – Declines in the financial markets can lead some investors to try to “cut their losses” by selling investments whose price has declined. Yet, when prices have dropped, it may actually be a good time to buy investments, not sell them, especially when the investments are still fundamentally sound. • Chasing performance –

In the investment world, the flip side of “fear” is “greed.” Just as some investors are propelled by fear of loss, others are motivated by quick, big gains. They may pursue “hot” investments, only to be disappointed when the sizzle quickly fizzles. Instead of trying to “score” that one big winner, you may be better off spreading your investment dollars among a range of vehicles – stocks, bonds, government securities, certificates of deposit (CDs) and so on. While diversification can’t guarantee a profit or protect against loss, it may help reduce the impact of market volatility on your portfolio. • Focusing on the short term – When the market is down, you might get somewhat upset when you view your monthly investment statements. But any individual statement is just a snap-

shot in time; if you were to chart your investment results over a period of 10, 15 or 20 years, you’d see the true picture of how your portfolio is doing – and, in all likelihood, that picture would look better than a statement or two you received during a down market. In any case, don’t overreact to short-term downturns by making hasty “buy” or “sell” decisions. Instead, stick with a longterm strategy that’s appropriate for your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. • Heading to the investment “sidelines” – Some people get so frustrated over market volatility that they throw up their hands and head to the investment “sidelines” until “things calm down.” And it’s certainly true that, when owning stocks, there are no guarantees; you do risk losing some, or all, of your investment. But if you jump

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to Ned Davis Research, a leading investment research organization. The bottom line? Staying invested over the long term can pay off. (Keep in mind, though, that the S&P 500 is an unmanaged index and isn’t meant to depict an actual investment. Also, as you’ve no doubt heard, past performance is not a guarantee of future results.) Our emotions are useful in guiding us through many aspects of our lives, but when you invest, you’re better off using your head – and not your heart.

Former Lubbock ISD swimmers continue to win big at next level Two former LISD swimmers won conference championships on the same night, Feb. 27, 2016 – Madisyn Cox and Jaecey Parham. Former Lubbock High swimming superstar Madisyn Cox has her eye on the 2016 Summer Olympics and has already qualified for the Olympic trials in five events -- the 200-IM, 400IM, 200-Free, 400-Free and 200-Breaststroke. She is ranked 12th in the world in the 200-IM and fifth in the United States. Two girls will be selected for the 200-IM and the current difference between the number one American and Madisyn is 1.5 seconds. Her next best opportunity is the 200-Free because they will select six girls in this event for the 800-Free Relay,

and she is in the top 10 in the United States on this event. Olympic trial finals will be June 26-July 3 in Omaha, Nebraska. In recent action at the Big 12 Swimming Championships last weekend, Madisyn, swimming for the University of Texas, took first-place medals in the 800-Free, 200IM, 400-IM, 400-Medley Relay, and 200-Breaststroke. She set a conference and school record in the 400-Medley Relay, was named the Big 12 Swimmer of the Meet, and also named to the First Team All-Academic Team. Former Monterey Plainsman Jaecey Parham who swims for Rice University won the Conference USA Championship in the 200-IM.

I hate it when the voices in my head go silent. I never know what they are planning.

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Seeds of Hope


Prayer – his source of noon I cry out in distress, and a conductor came to her and He hears my voice.” said, “Madam, if you’ll allow strength

“Don’t worry about the sweet by-and-by,” said the president of the university I attended years ago. “That will be here soon enough. God has promised it, and that’s all we need to know. As sure as God has kept His Word in the past He will honor it today, tomorrow and every day, from now until the sweet by-and-by is here. What we need to worry about is the nasty now-and-now.” That goes with the phrase we often hear: “Some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.” While being concerned about and planning for the future makes good sense, we need to be much more concerned about what we might do every moment of every hour to honor God every day. With that thought in mind, David said, “But I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and at

Notice his priorities: He would not retire at night without going to God in prayer, asking for His forgiveness, peace and protection so he might rest well and be at ease with God. Nor would he begin his day without asking God to guide him and guard him and give him His power and protection. And then - right in the middle of the day - he would stop everything and go to his Lord in prayer. He needed His help in the “now.” Prayer, for David, was not a trivial ritual. It was his life - his source of strength. “I cry out - He hears!”

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Years ago an elderly lady boarded a train for the very first time in her life. As she sat comfortably in her seat, she continued to clutch her small suitcase tightly, fearing something might happen to it. As the train left the depot

me, I’ll place your suitcase under your seat so it won’t burden you down. The train is perfectly capable of carrying you and your baggage.” “Oh, no,” she objected. “I want to take care of my baggage by myself.” Many of us are like that gracious, yet frightened, lady. We want to take care of our “baggage” by ourselves. In the most loving and encouraging way, David advised us to “Cast your cares on the Lord, and He will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” The word “care” in Hebrew means “what is given to you in life, your lot.” And the word “sustains” means that He will “support and nourish” us. When we throw our “lot” - or ourselves and all of our problems - on the Lord, He will not only hold us up and “sustain” us but he will “never let us fall.” David was nearly destroyed by men who wanted to deceive and destroy him. But it did not happen. He took all of his pain and problems, his attackers and adversaries, his sins and short comings to the Lord, and God upheld him and stabilized him and saved him. When I was a child I thought “nap time” was a punishment. Now, as a grownup, it feels like a small vacation.

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Thrivent Mutual Funds named one of Barron’s Top

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vey included 67 fund families with funds in five categories: general equity, world equity, mixed equity, taxable bond, and tax exempt bond. Only funds with at least one year were included, minus the effect of sales charges/fund loads and 12b-1 fees. Rankings were asset weighted, so larger funds had a greater impact on a fund family’s overall ranking, and then weighted by category, with each category assigned a percentage. Fund families had to meet certain criteria to be included in the survey. Thrivent Mutual Funds was ranked third for the 1-year period, 36 over 5-years, and 45 over 10-years for the period ending 12/31/15. Anyone interested in a career with Thrivent Financial

can visit careers. Thrivent Financial is represented in the local area by Debra Hedgcoth. She has offices at 2022 82nd St., Suite 102 in Lubbock and can be reached at 806-795-7474.

Paving on Upland Avenue Asphalt paving on Upland Avenue between 114th and 130th streets will continue through April, depending on weather and construction. Upland between 114th and 130th streets will be completely closed to traffic during this time and detours will be in place. Signs will direct motorists. This work is part of road maintenance being done on Upland between 82 nd and 130th streets.

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April 1 - April Fool’s Day April 2 - National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day Annie’s Chat & Chew at the Mae Simmons Senior Center, 2004 Oak Ave., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For a donation of $10, guests will be served fried catfish and other homemade dishes. Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston Ave. Speaker is Sam Segran head of the IT department at Texas Tech. Topic is “The ‘Barbarians’ are inside the Gates! Are you prepared? What is happening in Internet safety?” $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert & beverage. Travel north on University then turn left (or west) on Newcomb Street and proceed to clubhouse front entrance. April 3 - World Party Day April 4 - National Walk to Work Day April 5 - Go for Broke Day April 6 - Sorry Charlie Day National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Furr’s Family Dining, 6001 Slide Rd, 11:30 a.m., 799-6796 or 795-9158. April 7 - No Housework Day Introduction to Drawing with Lando Valdez, 6-9 p.m. $60; LHUCA, 511 Ave. K, 806-762-8606. Taste of Clay - Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. free, LHUCA, 511 Ave. K, 806-762-8606. April 8 - Draw a Picture of a Bird Day

New Neighbors Club 10:30 a.m. at the Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway. Lubbock Women’s Club Past President Elaine Milam will present an inspiring story about growing up in the Methodist Children’s Home in Waco. Reservations required. 799-4450 or newneighbors@ April 9 - Name Yourself Day Ranch Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Young and young-at-heart will enjoy annual Ranch Day activities when cowboys, horses, chuck wagons, & 150 volunteers make pioneer life come alive for visitors to the National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 4th St. No charge event. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston Ave. Speaker is Dr. Tom Hutton, “Carrying the Black Bag: A Neurologist’s Bedside Tales.” Hutton is a retired neurologist from Texas Tech who now lives in Fredericksburg. $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University then turn left (or west) on Newcomb Street & proceed to Clubhouse front entrance. Ballroom Dance with Fiano and Jeanette, Foxtrot, 6-8 p.m. from $10; LHUCA, 511 Ave. K, 806762-8606. Casas for CASA drawing to be held, 6 p.m. 763-2272 or email


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See the online calendar at Click on “Enriching Lives Calendar” ‘Storytellers’ - 7 p.m. Cactus Theatre, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave., with a 6 p.m. pre-party at McPherson Cellars, and a 10 p.m. after-party at Tornado Alley. For information on tickets, contact Valerie Kerr at Covenant Foundation, 806725-6114. April 10 - Siblings Day April 11 - Submarine Day Better Breathers Club is a support group for people with chronic lung disease such as COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. Joining is free. Learn to manage your lung disease and live better. Meets 2nd Monday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the UMC Activities Center at 5217 82nd St., 82nd & Slide in Rockridge Plaza. For info, call Lori Stroud, 775-8950. April 12 - Big Wind Day Quilters – The Chaparral Quilters Guild, 7 p.m. Garden & Arts Center, 4215 S. University. For more info, 788-0856. Meets the 2nd Tuesday each month. Lubbock Area Amputee Support Group - Furrs’Cafeteria, 6001 Slide Road, 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the

Red Raider Room; purchase your own meal (or you do not have to eat); call 806-748-5870 for more info. Film Study, Planes, Trains, and Telephones: Technology and the Cinema with Dr. Allison Whitney, 6-9 p.m. from $10, LHUCA, 511 Ave. K, 806-7628606. Inaugural fundraising project for Paul’s Project-Grace Campus - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. McPherson Cellars, 1615 Texas Ave. April 13 - Scrabble Day April 14 - International Moment of Laughter Day Introduction to Drawing with Lando Valdez, 6-9 p.m. $60; LHUCA, 511 Ave. K, 806-762-8606. Taste of Clay - Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. free, LHUCA, 511 Ave. K, 806-762-8606. April 15 - Titanic Remembrance Day April 16 - National Stress Awareness Day Country Western Dance – 7 p.m. Lubbock Area Square & Round Dance Center, 2305 120th St. Smoke- & alcohol-free. Brisket

& pulled pork sandwiches w/ chips $5 per plate. 765-8736 or 747-4344 for more info. www. Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston Ave. Speaker is Greg Stevens, Lubbock Chief of Police on “Crime Trends, Perceptions & Fear of Crime.” $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University then turn left (or west) on Newcomb Street & proceed to the Clubhouse front entrance. KidsFish event is set from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Maxey Park, 4020 30th St., hosted by the Lubbock Lions Club. April 17 - Blah, Blah, Blah Day Hank the Cowdog in Concert, 2 p.m. (VIP event at 12:30 p.m.) “Hank the Cowdog in Concert” 60-minute program of fun and wholesome family entertainment. John R. Erickson will bring to life the characters from his award-winning Hank the Cow(See Enriching Lives, Page 20)

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Backyard Mission update By Laurie Foster, director The goal of Backyard Mission remains the same: 1. Get people warm & dry by providing free home repairs, using volunteer labor and buying materials with donated money. Demonstrating the love of Christ. 2. Give Christians/service groups the opportunity to put their belief into action,

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by loving and serving their neighbors. 3. Help other churches start a Backyard Mission program. Creative & surprising The longer I follow the Lord, the more I discover about Him. His ways are unpredictable. This year, He has been both creative and surprising. We were honored to be included in the will of Chester Green - a precious man whom I had known for many years of attending LakeRidge UMC together. The gift we received from his estate is allowing Backyard Mission to start 2016 in the best financial shape ever in 23 years. We called a board meeting to begin praying about God’s desire and purpose for the gift. It wasn’t too long until He began to answer. A local church, Experience Life, approached us with the goal of completing all our remaining 2014 and 2015 applications - 35+ projects. I love that after 23 years He still surprises us. One of Experience Life’s “life groups” began working in mid-March. The group was led by Curry Blackwell. Projects to date: 1,261

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dog book and audiobook series. Erickson will perform at 2 p.m. in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center during the annual twoday Lubbock Arts Festival. He will sing and share tales about the tough cowdog. A special VIP event will be held before the concert for a limited number of Ranching Heritage Association members from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. RHA members can pick up the free VIP tickets at the National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 4th St. April 18 - International Juggler’s Day April 19 - National Garlic Day AWC Celebrity Luncheon - 11:30 a.m., Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. For tickets, email Yvonne Limon at Film Study, Avant Garde Film vs. Narrative Film with Dr. Wyatt Phillips, 6-9 p.m. from $10, LHUCA, 511 Ave. K, 806-762-8606. April 20 - Volunteer Recognition Day Free lecture on the causes & prevention of blindness and Alzheimer’s, 5:30 p.m. Dr. Dunn’s Vision & Wellness Center, 2704 82nd St., Call 745-2222 for reservations. April 21 - High Five Day Introduction to Drawing with Lando Valdez, 6-9 p.m. $60; LHUCA, 511 Ave. K, 806-762-8606. Taste of Clay - Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. free, LHUCA, 511 Ave. K, 806-762-8606. April 22 - Girl Scout Leader Day April 23 - Take a Chance Day Gun & Blade Show – Lubbock Civic Center, 9 to 5 Saturday; 10-5 Sunday; $6 adults; guns, knives, ammo, holsters, accessories, coins, jewelry, collectibles. Junior Rough Riders Quailapalooza, 1-3 p.m. - Quailapaloo-

za is designed for children 5 to 12 years old and will focus on Northern Bobwhite Quail, how scientists study them, what their habitat is like, who their predators are, and why their population is declining. RSVP to Shelby Schwartz at shelby.schwartz@ or 806-834-1225. The event is free to Ranching Heritage Association members and $5 for non-members. Country Western Dance – 7 p.m. Lubbock Area Square & Round Dance Center, 2305 120th St. Smoke- & alcohol-free. Brisket & pulled pork sandwiches w/ chips $5 per plate. 765-8736 or 747-4344 for more info. www. Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston Ave. Speaker is Shawn Wade, director of policy analysis & research, Plains Cotton Growers, speaking on Historic and Economic Importance of Cotton on the Texas High Plains.” $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University then turn left (or west) on Newcomb Street and proceed to Clubhouse front entrance. April 24 - Pig in a Blanket Day Gun & Blade Show – Lubbock Civic Center, 9 to 5 Saturday; 10-5 Sunday; $6 adults; guns, knives, ammo, holsters, accessories, coins, jewelry, collectibles. April 25 - World Penguin Day April 26 - Hug an Australian Day Watercolor with June Musick, 6-9 p.m. $80; LHUCA, 511 Ave. K, 806-762-8606. April 27 - Tell a Story Day Healthy Aging lecture series – “How Muscles Might Help Your Brain” 4 to 5 p.m., TTUHSC, 3601 4th St. Academic Classroom Building, Room 100, free,

blood pressure screening 3 to 4 p.m. 743-7821 or www.ttuhsc. edu/aging. April 28 - Astronomy Day Watercolor with June Musick, 6-9 p.m. $80; LHUCA, 511 Ave. K, 806-762-8606. Taste of Clay - Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. free, LHUCA, 511 Ave. K, 806-762-8606. April 29 - Arbor Day Heart Matters discussion at Covenant Health, discussion on heart matters and other health issues; 9-10 a.m., at the Knipling Education & Conference Center, 6th floor of the West Parking Garage at 21st and Louisville. April 30 - Honesty Day Country Western Dance – 7 p.m. Lubbock Area Square & Round Dance Center, 2305 120th St. Smoke- & alcohol-free. Brisket & pulled pork sandwiches w/ chips $5 per plate. 765-8736 or 747-4344 for more info. www. Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston Ave. Speaker is Eddie McBride, president and CEO of Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. Update on “Imagine Lubbock Together.” $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University then turn left (or west) on Newcomb Street and proceed to Clubhouse front entrance. Coming in May: Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show and Sale - May 7-8, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane, 10 to 6 Saturday; 10 to 5 Sunday. Note: To add an event, delete an event, or make changes, email or call 744-2220 by the 20th of the month for the following month’s publication.

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Kent and Lanita Clark were married in the Covenant Medical ICU on March 21, 2011. Photo courtesy of Lanita Clark

Covenant Health arranged an anniversary celebration at the Medical ICU for Kent and Lanita. Pictured are Lanita; Kent; Sherry Gray, Kent’s sister who is a case manager in the emergency department at Covenant; Cayce Kaufman, just behind his sister, is executive director of patient experience; Chris Shaver, vice president of human resources; Susan Stegemoeller, nurse manager, MICU.; Karen Baggerly, vice president of nursing; Bary Moynihan, a Covenant chaplain who performed the original wedding ceremony; and Zane Ellis, nurse manager, endoscopy.

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animal, still life, abstract, textiles, 3-D, and youth. The Best of Show award winner will receive $250. Judging will take place at 2 p.m. May 5 and is closed to the public. Exhibit hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7. The elderly priest, speaking to the younger priest, said, “You had a good idea to replace the first four pews with plush bucket theater seats. It worked like a charm. The front of the church always fills first now.” The young priest nodded, and the old priest continued, “And you told me adding a little more beat to the music would bring young people back to church, so I supported

The show will close May 7 with an awards presentation at 5 p.m. Local artists of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to enter their work. Information is available at or call Sheri Overstreet at 495-3493, or Linda Puckett at 495-2207.

you when you brought in that rock ‘n roll gospel choir. Now our services are consistently packed to the balcony.” “Thank you, Father,” answered the young priest. “I am pleased that you are open to the new ideas of youth.” “All of these ideas have

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and they saw each other’s children grow up. She was married for 35 years, he for 45 years. Lanita has one daughter, and Kent has three children. “We both miss each other’s spouses,” Lanita said. In May 2006, Kent asked Lanita if she would go to him been well and good,” said the elderly priest, “but I’m afraid you’ve gone too far with the drive-thru confessional.” “But, Father,” protested the young priest, “my confessions and the donations have nearly doubled since I began that.” “Yes,” replied the elderly priest, “and I appreciate that. But the flashing neon sign, ‘Toot ‘n Tell or Go to Hell’ cannot stay on the church roof.”

to a JDs concert at the Cactus Theater. “He said, ‘I’m not trying to put the moves on you or anything. Strictly as friends, just as neighbors,’” Lanita said. The concert, which was in July, was their first outing together. It was six months after Kent’s wife died and two and a half years after Lanita’s husband died. “In 45 years of marriage, I had long forgotten any (pickup) lines, and I’m not sure I knew any 45 years prior,” Kent said. Lanita and Kent sold their two houses that were across from each other and had a new house built that will accommodate whatever needs may arise. The house includes artificial grass, so they don’t have to mow, and hallways and doors wide enough to

Kent and Lanita honeymooned in Hawaii in 2014. Photo courtesy of Lanita Clark

comfortably fit a wheel chair through. They don’t need it now, but they both know what they needed when their spouses were ill. The couple took a delayed and long-awaited honeymoon in Hawaii for two weeks in September 2014. Lanita said Kent calls every day “thanksgiving” because he is thankful for every day he gets to live.

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Remembering Grandpa with happy recollections

Christopher Lopez

Corey Butler

Dr. Paige Sawyer

3 teachers selected for Beaumont awards Three Lubbock ISD teachers were recently announced as Beaumont Foundation Newton Excellence in Education Award winners. The teachers are Dr. Paige Sawyer, a fourth-grade teacher from Roscoe Wilson Elementary; Christopher Lopez, an eighth-grade social studies teacher at O.L. Slaton Middle School, and Corey Butler, a Pre-AP/AP social studies teacher from the Talkington School for Young Women Leaders. As a part of the Beaumont Foundation’s ongoing commitment to supporting education, the Frank and Nancy Newton Excellence in Education Award was created to recognize superior contributions of teachers whose leadership and dedication inspire a spirit of learning in students of all backgrounds and learn-

ing abilities. The program also strives to provide public recognition and financial incentives to teachers who are furthering excellence in their profession. Each award recipient will be honored at an awards gala at 6 p.m. in the Merket Alumni Center on May 11. In addition, the recipients will receive mementos and a $10,000 cash award. A total of six teachers in Lubbock County are selected annually to receive the Newton Award, and this year three of the six are from LISD. Wayne Reaud is chairman of the board of the Beaumont Foundation. “Education is the key to a better future, and great teachers are the key to education, Reaud said. “Our winners are outstanding representatives of excellence in education.”

By Margaret Merrell One of the earliest memories I have of my paternal grandfather was sitting at his feet on the front porch of his house. He sat in a cane bottom, straight back chair. He pulled from the pocket on the bib of his overalls, a square of chewing tobacco and very carefully removed the wrapper. “Look here, girl”, he said, as he held the tobacco for me to look. There stuck to one corner was a very small tin, red mule. Grandpa took his pocket knife and carefully removed the red mule, shined it on his shirt sleeve, then very carefully attached it to the collar of my dress. I remember his laughter when I gave him my biggest hug. One Sunday, after the noon meal that we called Sunday dinner, I joined Grandpa on the shady end of the long front porch. He almost always was humming , whis-

tling or singing in a very soft voice one of his many , many songs. I learned later in life they were mostly little love songs, funny songs, and lullabies from Ireland. Yes, Danny Boy was one of them, but it made me feel sad, even though I could not understand all the words. By that time some of the grownups and more grandchildren had joined us all asking for special songs. We all fell silent when we heard something that sounded like drums being played far away. Grandpa started whistling a fast little tune, and the drum beat turned into many and joined right in with the whistling. Some of the grownups and some children began to sing the words, and it was then we realized the magical drumming was Grandpa’s fingers thumping the rungs of his favorite chair. He was like a one man band. People were doing all sorts of dancing and jigging and

stomping along with Grandpa and all the singers. The laughter and excitement grew with every new song. Young and old soon had to sit down to rest, and that was when that beautiful old man with the magical fingers closed his concert with a couple of soft, sweet lullabies. I was hugging his legs and humming along the best I could. I was barely aware of my father lifting me into his arms and putting me in my big sister’s lap for the drive home. Grandpa was an avid reader with his favorites being Western and detective books and magazines. He was a wonderful story teller, but we will save that for another time. Happy memories for you all! Just think about it. Don’t confuse my personality with my attitude. My personality is who I am. My attitude depends on who you are.

Board hires principal for Cavazos The Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees hired Marti Makuta as principal Marti Makuta at Cavazos Middle School at their workshop meeting on March 10. Makuta served as assistant principal at Cavazos since 2006.

A 19-year veteran with the Lubbock Independent School District, Makuta began her career as a teacher at Haynes Elementary School in 1997 where she taught for nine years. Following an assistant principal internship at Lubbock High School in 2006, she began her career as an administrator at Cavazos. Makuta is married and has three children in LISD.


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Kids Fish set for April 16 in Maxey Park

The third annual KidsFish event is set from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16 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 KidsFish 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. “There’s a sad trend of kids spending more and more of their time alone indoors on video game systems. “Spending quality time together outdoors is great for family building,” Mitchell said. “This community event

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will teach kids how to enjoy what the outdoors has to offer whether it be fishing or just getting outside and being with their family.” 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 at the event. Cabela’s will be supplying bait and

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a limited number of poles to borrow at the event. So if you don’t plan on coming early, you might bring an extra pole with you just in case. 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 11a.m. Bring chairs, a blanket, and sunscreen. For more information regarding the event and to register, visit and like Kidsfish on Facebook at Vehicles prohibited from driving on city parks For additional informaSpace is limited, so please call With the warmer months In addition, citizens should tion, email Mallory Mitchell arriving, the City of Lubbock not drive or park on the grass at mallory.mitchell@tpwd. for and Parks and Recreation by the playa lakes while fish- wants to remind citizens that ing or on the grass surrounddriving or parking vehicles ing soccer fields and softball, Keep your valuables safe for only $15 a year on the grass or landscap- baseball and little league ball ing located in a city park or fields. on city property is prohibWith this in mind, Parks A PlainsCapital Bank Safe Deposit Box provides cost-effective, secure storage for your most ited by the City of Lubbock and Recreation asks for your important documents and valuables. Visit Code of Ordinances Section help in keeping our parks PlainsCapital Bank at 50th & University or in the 16.01.004(6). in great shape for all of our Carillon Windsong building to take advantage of Driving or parking on park citizens. exceptional customer service and our special Safe Deposit Box offer: property results in damage to Police officers have the both turf and irrigation sprin- ability to ticket anyone parkGet a 3x5 Safe Deposit Box for just $15 a year, kler systems and can result in ing or driving in a city park. plus a one-time key deposit of $20. costly repairs. To report someone driving Call 795-7131 for additional sizes and prices. Citizens should hand carry or parking on park property, items from the street or park- call the non-emergency phone ing lot to the interior of a number for Lubbock Police park. Department at 775-2865.

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