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Volume 27, Number 8

August 2015

28 Pages

Lubbock, Texas 79401

Joe Arrington Cancer Center Celebrates 20 Years of Service Vision for the future, renovations and new construction unveiled

Covenant Health’s Joe Arrington Cancer Research and Treatment Center (JACC) has provided the most comprehensive cancer care available to patients on the South Plains for 20 years. On July 23,

hospital officials and community members celebrated the facility’s history and looked forward to the future. Though JACC’s official grand opening wasn’t held until September of 1995, the

Senior Citizens Day, Aug. 21 National Senior Citizens Day is Aug. 21, a day of special recognition for all seniors. It’s a great time to let your favorite senior know just how special he or she is to you.

Inside Caregiver Conference, Aug. 12 ......... 3

first infusion treatment was provided at the cancer center in July 1995. The vision of treating the disease, as well as the mind, body and spirit which led up to that initial treatment, still guides JACC today. Covenant Health continues to provide individualized, Christian-based cancer care to patients in the area without the need for travel beyond Lubbock. “I’m so proud of JACC and all they provide for our patients every day,” said Covenant Health CEO Richard Parks. “Cancer affects all of us at some point in our lives, be it a personal diagnosis or that of a loved one. “At Covenant Health,

Shelly Biggs, director of the Joe Arrington Cancer Center; Roxie Taylor, first/original director of the center; Barbara Arrington, widow of Joe Arrington; and Charley Wasson, executive director of Hospice of Lubbock.

we’re proud to provide the highest quality oncology care to the people in this area and more than pleased to make a significant investment not

only in the treatment of cancer patients, but also critical research to help beat the disease.” (See Covenant Health, Page 15)

School supply drive ......................... 12 Let’s go fishing ................................. 13

Maines Brothers, Aug. 8 .................. 13 Texas Tech football ......................... 28 Artist rendering of the outside of the renovated Joe Arrington Cancer Center.


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Photos by Victoria Holloway

‘Putting on the Dog’ photo exhibit Dooley, Lakeland Terrier, photo by John Franklin

Putting on the Dog: Dogs Without Borders is a display of photographs of dogs at the International Cultural Center, 601 Indiana Ave., in Lubbock. Dog lovers, including at least 19 Texas Tech University employees and students, have photos on display in observance of the dog days of summer. “When visitors enter the ICC galleries during the Putting on the Dog: Dogs Without Borders photo exhibit, most of them immediately start smiling ear to ear,” said Jane Bell, senior

director of outreach and operations at the center. “Not only do our visitors love the exhibit, it also is a great favorite for the staff of the Office of International Affairs. Several staff members have photos of their own dogs in the exhibit, and I think they are all delighted to have images of their canine companions framed for all to see.” The exhibit promotes the center’s international mission by listing the origin of the dog breeds under each of the 64 photographs. Of the more than 150 dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, only a few originated in the United States. The public also can view the photographs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Aug. 25.

Boy Howdy, a Vizsia, photo by Ashton Thornhill

Alice scanning the sky for birds, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, photo by Amanda Ingram

Murphy, Scottish Terrier/Schnauzer, photo by John Franklin


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Caregiver Conference set for Aug. 12

The 2015 Caregiver Conference is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 12, at 1501 Ave. Q, the Prosperity Bank Operations Annex Building. The event is free and open to all caregivers, anyone facing the challenges of dementia, and those who want to learn methods for dealing with the stress that comes with caregiving. Guest speaker is Tam Cummings, author of “Untangling Alzheimer’s” and “The Final Year...The Final Moment.” RSVPs are to be sent to Linda Rautis at 806-762-8721 or lrautis@spag.org. The event is free, but seating is limited. Lunch will be provided. The South Plains Association of Governments, Area Agency on Aging is sponsoring the event. An attendee at last year’s conference said Cummings is amazing. “At the time, my husband was having many, many health issues, and I was his caregiver. My husband died in late October, but what I learned from Tam made such a difference in those last few months.” Cummings is a gerontologist dedicated to untangling the complexities of dementia, and she’s also the founder of The Dementia Association.

An internationally recognized author, educator and keynote speaker, Cummings has helped thousands of families and professional care partners throughout the United States, England, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand understand the stages of dementia and the process of the disease. Tam’s books are designed to allow the first-time caregiver and the longtime professional gain the understanding and skills they need to work effectively with persons with dementia. Her stages of dementia tool, the DBAT, is adapted from the Global Deterioration Scale. Updated with the behaviors easily recognized in each stage of dementia, the DBAT allows families to track the disease process, prepare for the future, and recognize how the behaviors of their loved ones are directly related to damage in the brain’s lobes. As a gerontologist, Cummings provides private consultation and education services to families, extensive education courses for nurses, social workers, administrators, and activity directors, keynote addresses and breakout sessions on dementia or the aging process for national, state or regional conferences

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and individualized programming for dementia and memory care communities. Cummings has worked in dementia communities for more than two decades, giving her firsthand experience with persons with dementia, their struggles, and behaviors, and the frustration families and professionals face daily. She has used that experi-

ence to develop her stages of dementia tool. She is dedicated and passionate about helping care partners learn the skills needed to provide for care. Cummings has been the director of social work for a skilled nursing facility, the program director for memory care communities, and a geriatric case manager for per-

sons with dementia. She has been in private practice for more than four years. A master’s graduate of Baylor University’s Institute of Gerontological Studies, Cummings complemented her education with post-graduate studies in educational psychology at Baylor and rural public health at Texas A&M University.

2015 Caregiver Conference Area Agency on Aging

Wednesday, August 12 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

1501 Avenue Q

Prosperity Bank Operations Annex Building Lubbock

Speaker: Tam Cummings Information and lunch will be provided. Deadline to register: July 31, 2015

RSVP to Linda Rautis at 762-8721 / 687-0940


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Infectobesity expert receives 7-figure grant for diabetes research During his research that led to the discovery of a virus that causes obesity, a Texas Tech professor identified a viral protein that may lead to a new diabetes treatment. The professor may be only steps away from a drug that will change the way diabetes is treated, and he has a hefty grant to help him get there. Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar, a professor and chairman of the Department of Nutritional Sciences, received almost $3 million from Vital Health Interventions while at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University. When he came to Texas Tech in November, he

brought along both the project and the grant for continued research. The research is based on human adenovirus 36, which causes obesity in humans and animals while at the same time reducing blood sugar, a phenomenon Dhurandhar first noticed years ago in rodent models. “It’s a little paradoxical because you have an agent that is making an animal fatter, so you would expect their glucose levels to deteriorate,” he said. He isolated a protein from adenovirus 36 responsible for reducing blood sugar and tested it on both diabetic cells and animals. Both ex-

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periments showed the protein improved diabetes, and other researchers doing similar experiments confirmed Dhurandhar’s results. The next step is developing a drug that eventually will be tested on humans, which, if successful, could be a significant step forward in treating diabetes. Diabetes occurs when glucose builds up in the blood instead of being used by cells for energy production. In a normal circulatory system, glucose molecules in the bloodstream will enter the fat and muscle cells that line the blood vessels. Insulin, a hormone, is needed to start the molecular reaction that pulls the glucose into the cells. A Type 1 diabetic doesn’t produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes is known as insulin resistant; the body produces insulin but is ineffective in promoting glucose intake by the body’s cells. In both types of diabetes, glucose can build up in the

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blood at dangerous levels. Providing insulin or drugs that promote the action of insulin are some of the main approaches to decrease glucose levels in the blood, thus treating diabetes. The adenovirus protein Dhurandhar and his research team identified reduces blood glucose levels in the absence of insulin and without mimicking the action of insulin. Diabetes also affects the liver. The human body needs glucose all the time, which is provided by food. Normally, some of the surplus glucose is stored in the liver. This stored glucose is released when a person is not eating, and the release is terminated when a

person is eating. In diabetes, this release of glucose is uncontrolled, thus contributing to an increase in blood glucose levels. This protein also blocks uncontrolled glucose from liver cells, Dhurandhar said, which would contribute to lower blood sugar. “The beauty of this is this protein acts independent of insulin. Hence, the drug we develop may work for Type 1 because it will act in the absence of insulin, or it could work in Type 2 in the presence of insulin resistance,” he said. He is optimistic the protein will have similar effects on humans as it has shown in other organisms.

Raider Red Meats BBQ and Ribeye Championship set for Aug. 28-29

The annual Raider Red Meats BBQ & Ribeye Championship will be held Aug. 28-29, giving cooks locally and nationwide the opportunity to square off against each other. The cookoff will take place on the southwest side of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences building in the C12 and C14 parking lots. “We were excited about the event’s success last year,” said Tate Corliss, meat lab manager and director of Raider Red Meats. “This is becoming a great tradition for Texas Tech and Raider Red Meats.” Cooks from across the nation are invited to compete in

four meat divisions – chicken, pork, ribs and brisket. The entry fee is $225 per team and covers all categories. Early registration ended July 15, and registration forms and additional information are available at www. raiderredmeats.com. Check-in and setup begins at noon Friday, Aug. 28. Judging will follow on Saturday, Aug. 29, with winners announced following the judging. Those wishing to serve as a judge for the event on Saturday can apply to do so at the Red Raider Meats http:// www.depts.ttu.edu/meatscience/orders/.

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Cost effective options for aging in place Most families today are unaware of the wealth of options available when considering care for senior loved ones. When seniors begin to demonstrate difficulty with certain daily tasks, families may automatically believe it is time for assisted living or a nursing home. However, they may not realize exactly what that entails or that these are not necessarily the best options for every senior. Today, the senior care industry and new technologies make it possible for older adults to continue to live in their own homes safely and with assistance. An American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) study showed that 90% of all older Americans preferred to remain in their own homes as they age, and many seniors dread the thought of going into a nursing home. The reasons are understandable. Aging in place has many benefits. Seniors who remain in their own homes as they age enjoy the consistency of belonging to communities where they may have lived for many years surrounded by friends and families. This offers both emotional and social benefits as they have an already established support network. Overall, quality of life is better when seniors are as independent as possible and can participate in their

communities in a meaningful way. Remaining in the home also avoids the stress of relocation and acclimating to new environments, and, even more compelling: aging in place can be cost effective. Since many seniors own their homes outright, they may not have mortgage expenses. Even if they are paying a mortgage, the expense may be cheaper than the fees for assisted living, which are usually not covered by Medicare. On average, the monthly cost of an assisted living facility in 2014 was $3,500. This cost increases when you add additional services, such as cleaning, cooking, and so forth, which are sold a la carte. Nursing home care, which is also generally paid out of pocket, can be quite costly. Data from 2009 show that staying in a nursing home at an average cost of $5,243 per month, was more than five times as costly as aging in place, at an average cost of $928 per month. What’s more, many seniors who are placed in assisted living or nursing homes, could age in their own homes with a few home modifications and assistance with activities of daily living. Many families who are considering care for their loved ones do not realize that assistance with daily living activities is not automatically provided when the senior moves into assisted living. These are generally add-on services. In this respect, aging in the home can also be more cost

effective than receiving this same assistance in an institutional setting. On average, in 2009, out-of-pocket monthly costs for seniors to obtain assistance with daily activities in their own homes was $554 versus $1,065 in an institution. For seniors who wish to remain in their own homes and continue to be part of their communities, there are many options.

In-home care can be a viable, costeffective solution for those who may need some assistance to help keep them independent participants in their communities. As the seniors’ needs change, the care provided in the home can adapt to those changes to provide more care and services to help keep them safe and healthy in their own homes. -- http://www.comfortkeepers.com


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Take an Olive Garden ‘tour’ on Slide Road with someone special Recently my Ransom Canyon friend invited me to have lunch at the Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, at 5702 Slide Road, on the north side of the South Plains Mall. We decided to avoid the noon rush and meet at 1 p.m. We were promptly seated, and a very courteous waiter soon arrived at our table. After reviewing the extensive menus, we both selected the Tour of Italy which is the current special. It’s a new menu item, and, believe me, it is quite a deal. The “tour” is made up of 3

separate selections, and you choose one of each. 1. Eggplant Parmigiano $12.99; Chicken Lombardy $14.99 (includes 3 cheeses and bacon); Chicken Parmigiano $16.99 2. Signature Pasta Category: Spaghetti with meat sauce; Ziti with 5-cheese marinara sauce; Fettuccine Alfredo 3. Premium Pasta Category: Ravioli di Portobello; Tortellini al Forno; Lasagna Classico The pasta choices are included in the price of the main selection as well as the

endless soup or salad plus their freshly baked breadsticks. Anyone who has ever dined at the Olive Garden agrees that no matter what else is offered on the ever changing menu, they are well remembered for that famous, famous salad. I have even seen the dressing for sale at Sam’s Club. In my opinion, it doesn’t’ come close. There must be a highly secret ingredient omitted. Friend and I finally decided on the Eggplant Parmesan, the Fettuccini Alfredo, then

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the Tortellini al Forno. Soon after, the waiter brought that wonderful salad complete with a generous topping of parmesan cheese and several breadsticks. Everything was served hot and to say delicious is an understatement. Although we were both stuffed like turkeys, we couldn’t turn down the temptation of those glorious deserts. Friend ordered the Black Tie Mousse cake $6.99, and I, the Tiramisu $6.49. Friend’s mousse cake was the most gorgeous concoction of chocolate I’ve ever seen. She loves chocolate. Other desserts offered start at $2.79. My hostess friend had some great “doggie containers” to take home. Six other entrees are featured on their “Craveable Classics” menu, ranging from $8.79 to $17.99. Three appetizers are also offered on this special menu, and two are priced at $8.49, while the large Sampler Italiano is $9.49. Their regular large menu is quite extensive. There are 13 choices of appetizers, 5 choices of soups and also many pasta, chicken, fish and meat entrees. For the calorie conscious, there is a lighter selection available. Prices on this menu are from $9.99 to $16.99. For the adult beverage crowd, beer, cocktails and a lengthy wine list are included on the back side of the menu folder. Wine is offered by the glass or up to a full bottle. The other menu lists three specialty margaritas; $6, $7 & $7.50, YUM. The Sangria is served either by a single

glass, $4, or a pitcher for $22 (serves 4). It is noted on the menu that all the top brand names in premium spirits are only used in the mixed drinks. For the non-alcoholic patrons, they serve us some yummy fruit smoothies, lemon and other fruity “ades,” and specialty coffees. Of course the usual soft drinks, fresh-brewed iced tea, and even peach and raspberry are included. These all have unlimited refills. Italian bottled water is also available by the half liter for $2 or full liter for $3. Dining at the Olive Garden is definitely an awesome experience, especially when shared with dear friends or family members. True friendships are real treasures and rare these days. Take the time and enjoy the Olive Garden with someone special. For more information: 806791-3575 or for online ordering go to ogtogo.com. Until next time – stay cool in these dog days of summer. Granny I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People move out of the way much faster now. You can tell a lot about a woman’s mood just by her hands. If she is holding a gun, she’s probably angry. I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.


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Comprehensive prevention program reduces falls HHS-supported study tests falls intervention program Families and physicians have a new tool in the fight against falls - a comprehensive prevention program developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that reduces both falls and resulting use of long-term care such as nursing homes. The prevention program, which includes clinical inhome assessments of health, physical functioning, falls history, home environment, and medications to create customized recommendations, was developed by HHS based on the research evidence on risk factors and interventions. Using a randomized control trial, the program was tested among long-term care insurance policy holders age 75 and older to determine whether the intervention was effective and, if so, the impact on long-term care utilization. The study found that the program led to significantly lower rates of falls over a one-year study period. Those who received the intervention had a 13 percent lower rate of falls, and an 11 percent reduction in risk of falling compared to the control group. Participants also had a significantly lower rate of injurious falls. Long-term care insurance claims were 33 percent lower over a three-year period. The intervention, which cost $500 per person to administer, saved $838 per person. Falls -- which happen to 1 in 3 people age 65 and over

every year -- can cause pain, suffering, and death, and cost an estimated $35 billion in health care spending in 2014. They are a leading risk factor for needing long-term care at home or in a nursing facility. Given the impact of falls, findings from the study give hope for reducing the rate of falls among the growing population of older adults. “While falls are preventable, we need to intervene at the right time in a way that is comprehensive and yet individually tailored,” said Richard Frank, Ph.D., assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at HHS, whose office funded the study. “Preventing falls helps everyone: the older person, their family, and the health and long-term care systems. And this study shows that by investing in falls prevention, we can reduce long-term care use and spending.” The risk factors for a fall

include fear of falling, gait and balance problems, certain medications, clutter in the home, and some health conditions. Few interventions have taken a comprehensive approach to address all of the risk factors through one program. Although this study focused on the rate of falls and long-term care utilization and costs, future research will examine the impact of the intervention on health care utilization and costs. “We expect to see a similar or greater return on investment in terms of health care costs,” Frank said. More information about the intervention and the study design are available at http:// aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/ fallexpfr.htm. The study appears online and in print in the June issue of Health Affairs. - U.S. Department of HealtH & HUman ServiceS


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Family history: Also known as ‘Generations of tall tales’ By Margaret Merrell Those of us who have researched our family histories know how exciting it is to uncover our ancestors’ stories. The majority has been orally passed from generation to generation until we or some family member like us put them into print. This is only one of the many rewards we glean as we pursue the genealogy of our families. I want to share with you one of my favorite family stories. My great, great grandfather was a trapper in the Ozark Mountains in the Arkansas

area. He married the daughter of the chief of a small tribe. The couple built their cabin in the woods along with other settlers. Neighbors admired what a great, hardworking wife the Indian princess became and how quickly the mountain man/trapper had taken on his role of husband, father and settler. One day a neighbor discovered grandfather’s secret of success. Passing by their cabin, the gentleman saw the princess wife sitting on the front porch all wrapped up in a blanket, no husband or

children in sight. Returning the next day from the “settlement” with supplies for his home and family, he found the woman wrapped in her blanket, just like the day before. He stopped to inquire if there was some trouble he could help with. She shook her head “no,” thanked him, and settled into her blanket. The man, quite puzzled, continued down the road and came upon my grandfather near a little stream digging up plants. After greeting each other, the neighbor just had to ask why the man’s wife was sit-

ting on the porch for two days. “Well, sir, I will tell you, if you give me your word you will not tell another soul.” They reached an agreement. “One thing about Indian women I did not know is how persuasive they can be. “When my wife gets her mind set on something for me to do, and I do not get it done after a day or two, she takes her blanket and goes to the front porch, and stays there singing her tribal songs and just doing nothing. “She does not cook, tend to the chickens, nor does she milk the cow, or do any work

Covenant Health concludes negotiations with Aetna

Covenant Health and Covenant Medical Group successfully negotiated to continue their contract with Aetna, effective July 1. Aetna members may continue to see their Covenant provider. “Covenant is excited to extend our partnership with

Aetna that began in 2005, said Richard Parks, CEO of Covenant Health. “We look forward to continuing to provide health care services to the Aetna Medicare retirees and regional employers with Aetna insurance. “While these negotiations are common in the market,”

Parks said, “we acknowledge the uncertainty this has provided to our patients, and are please it is resolved prior to any disruption. We look forward to strengthening our contractual relationship with Aetna to benefit their members in our region.”

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Ralph Holmes is Aetna’s market president for North Texas. Aetna serves approximately 14,000 members in the West Texas market, and offers numerous benefit designs. “We are pleased to reach a new agreement with Covenant Health that will allow us to continue to offer our members access to a broad network of high-quality facilities and physicians in the greater Lubbock area,” Holmes said. The new contract will allow Aetna patients the ability to receive in-network benefits from Covenant Medical Group Physicians and Covenant Hospitals. You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone? That’s common sense leaving your body. I didn’t make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.

of any kind. She keeps the children in the house until I have fulfilled her request. “This is the last load of these special plants she wants to put in her garden. Thank Heavens! I am starving for a home-cooked meal, and I surely do not get along with that darn milk cow!” Both men laughed, the neighbor helped with the last loading of the wagon then hurried his mule-drawn wagon down the road. He laughed aloud thinking about the fun everyone would have when they heard this story. Whoa… He slowed the mules after the vision of HIS wife sitting on the front porch wrapped in a blanket….. May you recall a story about your ancestors, be it history or a “tall tale.” Let it bring laugher to others as well as to yourself.

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Seeds of Hope It’s all new

“Congratulations” is a word of encouragement we all enjoy hearing. Being recognized for any of our accomplishments means someone has noticed what we have done. It usually brings us feelings of worth and value, importance and significance. Often we swell with pride saying, “Look at me! I’m someone special.” When things had finally stabilized in David’s life, he paused briefly and rejoiced by saying, “He put a new song in my heart.” This was not the first time God heard and answered his prayers. God had delivered him many times - perhaps more times than he could ever remember. And this may not necessarily have been a new song. It could have been one he sang many times before. Thanksgiving and praise were a central part of his life. Recognizing God’s goodness is a predominant theme in the Psalms. But “a new song in his mouth, a new hymn of praise.” What could this possibly mean? All too often we take God’s goodness for granted. We expect His deliverance from messy situations. We expect Him to heal us when we are sick, we expect Him to provide for our financial needs, we expect Him to be with us when we travel. And He is. And He does guide and guard us and give us what we need. And we express our thanks. Usually. But every time, God does protect us and provide for our

needs is a new act of deliverance. Each day is a new day and each gift a new gift because we have never been where we are today. It’s all new.

More than we deserve

Crowds followed Jesus for many different reasons -- some out of curiosity, some for His teachings, some for the miracle of touch that brought healing. He did what no one else had ever done. He brought life and light, hope and healing, and truth. Keith Miller wrote an interesting book entitled “The Second Touch.” In it he spoke of Jesus healing a blind man. There was one occasion when He touched a blind man=s eyes, then he looked around and saw people Alike trees walking.@ Then Jesus touched his eyes again and his eyesight was fully restored. It was the second touch from Jesus that completed the miracle. David needed a second touch. Feelings of distress and defeat were overwhelming him. But they could not erase previous memories of

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GUIDO EVANGELISTIC ASSOCIATION God=s goodness and grace. So he asked God not to withhold His mercy from him, and asked God to save him as He had in the past. Though his sin overtook him, he persevered. He began this Psalm by reminding God that on one occasion he waited patiently, and God rescued and planted his feet on a rock. Now, things were different. AGod, come quickly! I need You! You saved me before - please do it again. This is more than I can handle.@ And God reached out - again. There=s good news here for all of us. David needed that second touch. And, later on he would need more touches. Every time he needed a touch, he went to God and prayed. And God answered every prayer and gave him many touches. That=s the way God works. His outstretched hand is always open. When we go to God in prayer, we expect all or nothing. Often, however, our requests are granted in bits and pieces. But we always receive much more than we deserve.

Lubbock Chamber adds two board members The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce has added two new board members. The Chamber has added Keith Bryant, Superintendent of Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District, and Abel Castro, executive vice president and chief deposit officer at FirstBank & Trust Co. Since 1913, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce’s mission of strengthening, promoting and serving its member businesses has positively benefited the region and local quality of life. The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce represents more than 2,000 businesses and 73,000 employees on the South Plains with $900 million in economic impact to West Texas. The Chamber has twice earned the distinguished 5-Star

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Words of Wisdom Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. ~Maya Angelou

Symbolism is a fascinating influence Symbolism is so fascinating when you think about how our lives are influenced by the symbols that surround us. What is amazing is how subtle these symbols are since they have been such a part of our lives without us realizing it. Traffic signs are just one example of how we understand without actually reading them. We immediately recognize their shape, color and size. We know what red, yellow and green signify. We recognize that an octagon shape indicates a STOP sign. Also, we notice that signs that provide information on the Interstate highways are green with white writing. Start noticing the different shapes, colors and what info they relay that we are hardly aware of. Christian symbols have always fascinated me. Not all denominations use sym-

bolism as much as others. Therefore it does not seem important to those who have not learned their meaning.

By Rollin A Long Symbols do not have the same meaning to one person as they do to others. One example is church steeples. Some teach that the steeple indicates the soul reaching up to God, so the higher the better. Another reason for steeples was when some Christians came to the early American colonies, their concern was that the church would literally be the center of the community. Churches were built in the center as a constant reminder that God and church was the center of their lives. As the towns grew and homes had to be built farther and farther away from the church, they could not see the church from where they lived and worked. That was when Protestants began putting tall steeples on their buildings, so they could be seen from greater distances. So today, we can usually be pretty sure that when we see a building with a steeple, it is probably a church. No doubt you are noticing many churches that do not have steeples. That is either because they do not want one or do not know or appreciate the tradition of the meaning. Symbolism is vital to many people when it comes to

which school is being recognized. Does anyone know the difference in OU, OSU, Texas Tech, Texas A&M or Shattuck Indians, Gage Tigers, Higgins Coyotes, or Arnett Wildcats? Those can all be recognized miles away, and it is vitally important they not be confused. We all know people who would not buy cars in certain colors because they might be recognized as a fan of that “other” team. God forbid. Then there are those iconic signs that all kids and adults know. Who does not know those Golden Arches? How about Colonel Sanders and Sonic? Everyone knows the color of the can of soft drink they prefer. No one even has to be able to read. We KNOW the color and shape of the one we want. What does the shape of a sombrero or fish symbolize to you? We could go on and on, but one good thing is that hopefully, your awareness has become piqued. Common symbols influence, then inform how we think, what we eat, and choose without even thinking about it.

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It’s not just about home repair From Laurie Foster Backyard Mission I am a “task” person, and it is really easy for me to just focus on the “project.” God has been gracious to remind me over and over that the project is secondary to the person. He gave me 3 good reminders recently. After measuring a roof for a man who was going to do the labor himself, I asked if I could pray for him. He began to weep and said, “I just miss my wife so much.” She had passed away earlier in the year, and his heart was broken. Next I stopped by a house where the roof had been completed, to pick up leftover materials. The woman met me at the door and proceeded to share that her boyfriend, who had put on the roof for her, had come back high on drugs and beat her up. She was still limping and bruised. And my third reminder came from a woman who came by the office to pick up a voucher for a window air conditioning unit. She turned to leave, and I asked if I could pray with her before she left. She spun around, eyes wide, and said,

“That has never happened before.” People need shelter, but even more, they need to know there is a God who sees them, loves them, and hurts with them. This spring we had a great thing happen. Five builders/ roofers in the West Texas Home Builders Association adopted one of our old roofs and replaced it free for Backyard Mission. The five companies are Jordan Wheatley Custom Homes, Dan Wilson Homes, James Jordan with Betenbough Homes, Kevin Tosi with Tosi Roofing, and Kevin Reed with Clearview Homes. We cannot thank these guys enough for their big hearts and willingness to “love their neighbor” here in Lubbock. Backyard Mission exists to repair homes and restore hope. Donations can be made to Backyard Mission, 8205 Quincy Ave., Lubbock 79424, 806-300-0184, www.backyardmission.org. Donations can also be made in honor of or in memory of someone. Backyard Mission is led by Laurie Foster, founder and director.

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Project SOS: a school supply drive for students in need

Joe Womble (2nd from the left), regional vice president of The United Family, joins Lubbock-area superintendents on July 22 for the start of the Supply Our Students school supply drive. The drive will continue until Aug. 11. Pictured are Julee Becker, Joe Womble, Berhl Robertson, Macy Satterwhite, and Michelle McCord. Photos by Victoria Holloway

Frenship Interim Superintendent, Michelle McCord, places the first handful of supplies into a donation barrel at United Supermarkets, 82nd Street and Boston Avenue. Barrels are located near the entrance at Lubbock-area United Supermarkets, Market Street, and Amigos. Cash donations can be given during checkout.

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

Berhl Robertson Jr., superintendent of the Lubbock Independent School District, waits in line at United Supermarkets to purchase school supplies for the Supply Our Students, or SOS, school supply drive. Donations from the drive will support students in need at Cooper, Frenship, Lubbock, Roosevelt, and Slaton school districts.

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Slaton Superintendent Julee Becker, Lubbock-Cooper Deputy Superintendent Macy Satterwhite, and Frenship Interim Superintendent Michelle McCord gather school supplies to fill donation barrels for the kick-off of the school supply drive.

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Landmark Vamos a pescar, let’s go fishing, Aug. 8 The 7 annual Vamos The event is hindered by cost. It’s simply a After Dark a Pescar, Let’s Go Fishfree, does not re- chance to build memories. th

Visitors see the nocturnal nature of the Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark during monthly night hikes, in the Landmark After Dark series. The night hikes are scheduled to being 30 minutes before sunset and usually are held every third Saturday of each month. Visitors should wear comfortable, sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Night hikes are always held, weather permitting. The event is free and open to the public. The Yellowhouse Draw nature preserve has 4.5 miles of hiking trails, including an allaccess half-mile wildflower trail that is a boardwalk, a three-quarters of a mile archaeological trail, and 3-mile nature trail. Bicycles are allowed on the nature trail.

During a visit to the mental asylum, I asked the director how they determine whether or not a patient should be institutionalized. “Well,” said the director, “we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup, and a bucket to the patient to ask him or her to empty the bathtub.” “Oh, I understand,” I said. “A normal person would use the bucket because it’s bigger than the spoon or the teacup.” “No,” the director said, “a normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?”

ing event will be held from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 8, at Buddy Holly Lake at Cesar Chavez Drive and North University. Los Hermanos Familia uses fishing as a hook to bring families together and organizes the annual Vamos a Pescar, Let’s Go Fishing event to reconnect children and parents with nature, while strengthening family bonds. “Fishing provides us with time to unwind from the pressures of life and a way to relax or simply have fun. It’s just a great way to build memories with family and friends,” said Frank Garcia, event co-chair, whose father, the late Gonzalo Garcia Sr., a farmer, had made a last

request to go fishing with the entire family during his recovery after a heart bypass, but he died the next morning. “There’s nothing quite like experiencing buying your first rod, or the thrill of catching your first fish, or getting your first fishing cap, which becomes a symbol of that day at the lake,” Garcia said. “We know families are busy,” he said. “My dad’s work often prevented him from getting to participate in family outings and activities.”

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quire a fishing license, and the lake is stocked with hungry catfish. Garcia said organizers work tenaciously to ensure the families a great time, and keep it free so families are not

Interested participants can pre-register online at www. letsgofishinglubbock.com, through Aug. 6. On-site registration will take place Aug. 8, beginning at 6 a.m. For more info visit www.loshermanosfamilia.org, or call 806-792-1212.

The Maines Brothers Band set for Aug. 8 The Maines Brothers Band Concert & Panhandle Dance is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, in the Exhibit Hall at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. All original members of the The Maines Brothers Band will be back together for a one-night-only event singing their favorite hits including “Break the Fall” and “Amarillo Highway.” The concert will include a dance this year. Ticket prices are $45 on the floor and $35 in the bleachers, seat-back chairs. For tickets, call 770-2000 or online at selectaseatlubbock.com

Covenant Health and Covenant Medical Group have a new Aetna contract effective July 1, 2015. There will be no disruptions in care for Covenant patients who are covered by an Aetna plan. All Aetna policyholders will continue to receive the excellent health care services they’ve come to expect from Covenant Health. For more information regarding insurance coverage at all Covenant Health locations call 806.725.6548


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therapeutic purposes as well as to bring joy to people in schools, at workplaces, or even at a gas station. Sonja Mitchell said Honey is so small they transport her in their minivan. She said her husband always makes sure to get gas when Honey is in

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Covenant Health invests in the renovation and expansion of cancer center (Continued from Page 1)

JACC as it stands today began as a quest for quality oncology care close to home, led in large part by Lubbock cardiologist Joe Arrington and the leadership at St. Mary’s Hospital, which through a merger with Lubbock Methodist Hospital in 1998 became Covenant Health. When the doors opened in September 1995, there were about 20 employees. The cancer center now employs 140 health care professionals, nine onsite physicians, has grown to more than 60,000 square feet of clinical space, and provides more than 20,000 cancer treatments annually. Shelly Biggs, now the clinical director of JACC, along with Dr. Paul Anderson, radiation oncologist, treated the first patient at JACC. “There was this huge vision at the time to be able to provide the patients at St. Mary’s comprehensive cancer care that focused on the body, mind, and spirit with cuttingedge technology,” Biggs said. “Joe Arrington faced a prostate cancer diagnosis himself and had to go to another facility for radiation, and he thought, ‘Why wouldn’t we have that service here for our patients?’” Customer: I can’t get on the Internet. Tech support: Are you sure you used the right password? Customer: Yes, I’m sure. I saw my colleague do it. Tech support: Can you tell me what the password was? Customer: Five little star thingies.

Though Dr. Arrington did not live to see JACC treat its first patient, his legacy lives on in the facility that still bears his name today. Covenant Health is investing approximately $29 million in the renovation and expansion of JACC as a part of the health system’s Keeping the Covenant building campaign. As part of campaign, JACC is undergoing a massive renovation to improve patient flow, update technology, and create a soothing environment for patients and their families. “It’s not just about going to a facility and getting treatment,” Biggs said. “It’s about providing the most advanced and comprehensive cancer care in the region that’s focused on the patient. We have patient navigators, social workers, financial counselors, and genetic testing, along with other services all coming together as a support team located within the cancer center.” She said new Elekta radia-

Artist rendering of the inside of the renovated Joe Arrington Cancer Center.

tion machines that will be installed as a part of the project are among the most technically proficient on the market. “The new linear accelerators allow us to deliver radiation very precisely and spare healthy tissue.” The upcoming advancements have been aided by a partnership with the CH Foundation which provided a lead grant of $5 million to the Keeping the Covenant

campaign. The gift is to be paid over five consecutive years in $1 million installments so long as the Covenant Health Foundation raises an equivalent match each year. The total impact of the grant is $10 million which will be applied predominantly to the JACC portion of the project. Parks said the gift from the CH Foundation is an incredible blessing.

“The gift reflects our 20year commitment to our patients and confirms our vision and reputation as the local source for excellent cancer care in Lubbock and the South Plains. The partnership between Covenant Health and the CH Foundation illustrates the type community we have here in Lubbock, and we couldn’t be more proud to promote the legacy of JACC as we move to the future.”

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HAWK pedestrian hybrid beacon installations The City of Lubbock installed the first high-intensity activated crosswalk, or HAWK, pedestrian hybrid beacon in late July. The first two installations were at University Avenue at Main Street and University Avenue at 14th Street.

These installations will convert the existing pedestrian traffic signals that operate in green-yellow-red mode to a HAWK pedestrian hybrid beacon. A third HAWK pedestrian hybrid beacon is under construction at 27th Street and Av-

enue Q, and a fourth HAWK is planned for 44th Street and Avenue Q. The HAWK pedestrian hybrid beacons assist pedestrians and bicyclists in crossing a street at a marked crosswalk. The HAWK beacons are

expected to increase pedestrian safety when crossing a thoroughfare while decreasing vehicle delay on the thoroughfare. Before the HAWK is activated by a pedestrian, vehicle traffic will observe a dark signal.

Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Sequence

Drivers see a dark display and may proceed. Pedestrians see a steady don’t walk symbol and must not cross. When a pedestrian presses a button, the vehicular displays are activated showing flashing yellow indications. During the busiest times of day, there may be a delay after pressing the button similar to a regular traffic signal. Steady yellow indications warn drivers that a red indication will follow. Pedestrians remain on the curb waiting for the walk symbol. Steady red indications require drivers to stop. Pedestrians see the walk symbol and may begin crossing the street. Flashing red indications require drivers to come to a complete stop, but they may proceed after yielding to pedestrians in the crosswalk. The flashing don’t walk symbol warns pedestrians that a steady don’t walk symbol will follow.

After the pedestrian button is pushed, motorists will see a flashing yellow followed by a solid yellow display, informing the driver that the signal will soon turn red. During the driver’s red signal, the pedestrian is directed to cross the street with a “walk” indication. When the pedestrian “flashing-don’t walk” indication is on, the driver sees flashing red signals. During the flashing red signal, drivers must come to a complete stop, then proceed after yielding to a pedestrian in the crosswalk. The City urges drivers to be aware of these changes, and use caution while driving through these intersections.

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School of Law alumni honored at State Bar of Texas

Moot court team reaches finals in state competition

Several Texas Tech University School of Law alumni were honored at the State Bar of Texas’s meeting in San Antonio. W. Mark Lanier, Class of 1984, a lead donor for the Law School’s Mark and Becky Lanier Professional Development Center, received the Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award during the Texas Bar Foundation’s annual dinner. The award recognizes a trial lawyer who has demonstrated high ethical and moral standards and exceptional professional conduct, thus enhancing the image of the trial lawyer. Judy Crowder Parker, Class of 1985, presiding judge of Lubbock County Court at Law No. 3, was

honored with the 2015 Judge Merrill Hartman Pro Bono Judge Award during the Bar Leaders Recognition Luncheon. The award is given to a judge, sitting or retired, who provides outstanding pro bono service. Parker is the second Texas Tech alumna to receive the award in as many years, joining Kem Thompson Frost, a 1983 graduate and Chief Justice of the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston. At the Texas Young Lawyers Association annual meeting and reception, C. Barrett Thomas, Class of 2008, was sworn in as president for 2015-16. Priscilla D. Camacho, Class of 2005, was sworn in as chairwoman, succeeding Texas Tech alumnus

Dustin Howell, Class of 2008. Also at the reception, Amber James, Class of 2008, earned a President’s Award of Merit, while Laura Pratt, Class of 2009, received the Commitment to Service Award. Three of the law school’s most recent graduates helped lead Texas Tech to a secondplace finish in the State Moot Court Competition, narrowly losing the final round to the South Texas College of Law. Lauren Welch, Katherine Handy Calhoun, and Drew Robertson, all of whom graduated in May, argued in the championship round before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Calhoun is Texas Tech’s first three-time national advocacy champion, making

her one of the most decorated advocates in the history of the Law School. “We are incredibly proud of our alumni who were honored last week at the State Bar of Texas annual meeting,” said Darby Dickerson, dean of Texas Tech University School of Law. “Our

graduates have established a strong track record of excellence and service. “They are leaders in the profession and their communities. They give back without expecting recognition. The fact that others see the true value in what they do is icing on the cake.”

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ACA implemented changes to strengthen the Medicare program Leadership in Washington vital aspect for future success

By Peter Laverty Seniors Are Special The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has changed the Medicare program and possible changes are in the future. The goals of the ACA were to increase health insurance coverage for those under age 65, improve the performance of the health care delivery system, and slow cost growth. Less recognized were the provisions of the law that implemented changes to strengthen Medicare. The ACA continues to address gaps in Medicare preventive and prescription drug benefits. It initiated testing of new payment methods to improve the “value of care” received by beneficiaries. It also extends the solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund by slowing the growth of future Medicare outlays. The ACA started moving Medicare away from fee-forservice payment, which it has always used, and looked at the possibility of holding health care providers accountable for both the quality and cost of care. The ACA went further and established the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, enabling Medicare to test new models of provider payment and service delivery. They created pilot programs and challenged them to look at better ways to furnish medical care and services. Several of CMMI’s pilot projects are just now beginning to produce results. Much work remains to identify and spread successful payment innovations before they will be expanded to additional

markets. The ACA also is making important changes to the Medicare Advantage program, (Medicare Part C), where beneficiaries choose to receive their Medicare benefits from private plans. Payment rates to Medicare Advantage plans are being controlled and restricted until those plans are on a par with Original Medicare. Ideally, these changes were intended to provide incentives for Medicare Advantage plans to improve the quality of patients’ health care and encourage Medicare Advantage beneficiaries to choose plans with higher quality and lower cost. This has proven difficult to review with such great disparities in plans across the country. Seniors Are Special agrees that even though these new policies will strengthen Medicare, they were not intended to address some of the most serious challenges facing Medicare in the future. Without additional changes, the retirement policies of the past 50 years will cause the total Medicare outlays to outpace growth in the economy, claim an increasing share of the federal budget, and exceed the revenues currently dedicated to the Medicare program. I don’t expect this to be resolved during an election year, and now with candidates running years in advance of elections, it may never get the debate time needed with Congress or the American public. They are looking at what issues are effecting our beneficiaries — particularly the poorest and sickest.

Traditional Medicare’s benefit design reflects a 50-year-old program that many feel has matured into a fragmented network of health care service and delivery. Because of that, Medicare is now looking at the current program, which uses separate hospital, physician, and prescription drug benefits, and asking if these could not be combined and simplified. They are reviewing to see if combining these systems would reduce administrative cost, and the difficulty of coordinating care. One of the main areas they are investigating is our feefor-service provider payment system used by traditional Medicare and most MA plans. The current system provides little to no incentive to eliminate duplicative or ineffective care, coordinate care, or substitute lower-cost care alternatives — and in effect penalizes providers who do so. To keep our current Medicare program solvent, increases in deductibles, less care of service, doctor and

hospital fees will have to rise unless changes are made in the overall health care system. Our current mismatch between benefits and needs will be an increasing source of concern as families struggle with increases in out-ofpocket costs, serious health conditions as we age, and inadequate options for caring for family members with physical and cognitive functional impairments. While the Affordable Care Act was not designed to change Medicare, it has

touched on a small area offering a repair not a fix to the program. We need leadership in Washington that will look into making Medicare more viable and successful in the future. Medicare’s long-term fiscal solvency, complexity, and gaps in coverage will need to be addressed. As millions of Americans age into Medicare, federal budgetary pressures will inevitably focus attention on more fundamental reform of the program.

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COPD management tips for caregivers If you’re caring for a loved one with a chronic medical condition such as COPD, you might feel drained much of the time. The medications, the appointments, the sheer logistics of wrangling the medical equipment involved — it all can seem overwhelming to manage. A few strategies can help reduce the stress a chronic illness can bring to caregivers and their loved ones.

The Challenges of COPD Caregiving According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 12 percent of men and women over age 65 in the U.S. have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which makes it one of the most common chronic medical conditions within the aging population. When a loved one receives a diagnosis of COPD, you may face a number of changes. More pills may be added to a possibly already bulging pillbox. Inhalers might appear, each with a unique dosing schedule. Doctor and respiratory

therapy appointments can proliferate on the calendar. Portable oxygen tanks, tubing and a home concentrator machine might need to be installed and maintained. If all of this sounds daunting to you, you’re not alone in feeling that way. Many caregivers find it difficult to manage their loved one’s chronic disease. These four tips will help you get organized.

1. “Outsource” medication management Medication management represents one of the more confounding aspects of caring for a family member with COPD, since prescription therapy may extend beyond pills to include on-demand treatments like a rescue inhaler. Instead of trying to figure out a complicated medication schedule on your own, one solution is to have a professional do it for you. SimpleMeds by Home Instead can be a solution. SimpleMeds has experienced pharmacists inventory all current prescriptions and create a dosing schedule. Then they send a monthly supply of the

medication in pre-packaged units. Each individual packet is labeled with the date and time it should be taken. The service also can deliver inhalers for conditions like COPD. You can also ask a nurse to help you develop a medication schedule. Next time you take your senior family member to the doctor, ask to talk to the clinic nurse to help you understand what the new COPD medications are for. The nurse can create a dosing schedule to help you manage the medications. If no nurse is available at the doctor’s office, ask the pharmacist for help. 2. Get help coordinating the logistics of COPD Because COPD is a progressive disease (meaning it only gets worse with time), your loved one will likely face increasing challenges related to mobility. In the beginning, simply figuring out the logistics of taking a trip to the grocery store with oxygen tanks in tow may feel insurmountable. How many tanks do you need? Where can you put them? How is this going to work when Mom needs both

hands on her walker? Consult a professional home care provider such as your local Home Instead Senior Care franchise. Many of their caregivers have experience in helping their senior clients with walkers, oxygen hoses, tanks, and more. They can advise you about logistical strategies that can help at home and when getting out and about.

3. Set up a transportation support system A diagnosis of COPD may mean more doctor appointments or trips for respiratory therapy. You may not be able to take time off work frequently to take your aging parent to a multitude of medical appointments. Setting up a support system strictly for transportation can help reduce your stress in this area. Recruit family members and friends to help take your senior family member to appointments. You can set up a simple online calendar and ask people to sign up for specific appointment times, or you can ask people to commit to a ‘standing’ week each month. For instance, one person

could agree to be available for transportation to all appointments during the third week of every month. If you don’t want to impose on other people to help get your loved one to appointments, consider hiring a caregiver to provide transportation. These professionals will not only take your senior relative to any necessary appointments, but they will take notes about how the visit went and what instructions were given. 4. Prioritize time for self-care Between helping your loved one take medications on time, changing the oxygen tubing cannulas on a schedule, and providing transportation to appointments regularly, you might feel COPD has taken over your life. To avoid burning out from the demands of family caregiving, it’s imperative to prioritize and schedule time for self-care. One great way to do this is to set up one day per week to devote to your own needs. Have a friend or family member relieve you from your caregiving duties, or get a (See COPD, Page 28)

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In life’s tough lessons, love them more Life has some tough lessons. One is that we cannot make another adult do what we think they should do. I have numerous patients and friends who often fret over their husbands or wives. They do not think they eat correctly. Sometimes it is over cholesterol readings, and the choices they should make because their numbers are high. Sometimes, it is just over poor choices around food. They know they don’t eat enough vegetables for example. Or, they drink too much alcohol. It doesn’t really matter what food group is missing from the spouse’s diet, the fact of the matter is, we all get to make our choices, especially with food. If you have a child, you can limit what they eat. And if you are the cook in the family, you can make good choices for dinner. But what control do you have over the food they eat when eating out? The bottom line is -- it will not and cannot work for a spouse to try to control the partner’s eating habits. I had a patient in the office the other day, and she was expressing how she tried to get her husband to take this supplement or eat this food. She was stressed over his health, and I am trying to help her with her health. I said, “I’ll tell you what you do. You tell him to make sure he has a lot of life insurance.” As per usual, she looked at me for a few minutes. I

continued with, “He is his own person, and he knows the concern from you as well as his doctors. It turns into nagging. You can’t be his wife and mother at the same time.” She agreed. It is a hard lesson. We see it with parents all the time. The parents want something for their child, whether it is an experience, such as camp, or a toy, more than the child wants it. This simply does not work.

want their spouse to stroke out or have a heart attack or keel over from diabetes, but there is little we can do (but stress ourselves) unless they are willing to change some things. I often say, “Give the other person the respect to make his own decisions.” It is hard, but so true -- we want good health for them perhaps more than they want it for themselves. Some people have a wake-

moment. We only have the to do what you want him to now. So after reading this, do. Give up punishing him give your sweetie a big kiss and instead love him. and give up trying to get him “Love them even more!”

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up call and change their ways. Unfortunately, the wakeup call for some people is death. If a man is between 50 and 60 and has a heart attack, 50% of the men will die from it. If that was your first challenge, you didn’t have a chance to make any changes. Start now. Some would rather eat what they want now because they never know when they will die. That is true, and that is one perspective. And if that is your spouse’s perspective, there isn’t much you can do about it. We need to allow each person to live his own life and make his own choices without punishing him for doing so. Yes, the life might be shorter, but instead of worrying, why not try to have the best time you can? Enjoy the moment, every

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See the online calendar at www.LubbockSeniorSource.com. Click on “Enriching Lives Calendar” ning with family, friends, and neighbors, games, refreshments, and entertainment, Rawlings Community Center, 213 40th St. Aug. 2 - Friendship Day Aug. 3 - Watermelon Day Movie Matinee, 1 p.m., free, ages 50+, Copper Rawlings Community Center, 213 40th St. Aug. 4 - U.S. Coast Guard Day Aug. 5 - Work Like a Dog Day National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), meet at Furr’s Family Dining, 6001 Slide Rd, 11:30 a.m., 799-6796 or 795-9158.

Every Saturday The Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market at the corner of 19th Street and Buddy Holly Avenue from 9 p.m. to 1 p.m. through October.

Aug. 6 - Wiggle Your Toes Day Summer Showcase Concert Series – Buggaboo – Americana Rock at the Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard, original and unique Texas-made music; free; cash bar, food, and beverages available for purchase. No outside beverages allowed. Legal Aid Clinic, 5:30 pm, free, all ages, West Texas Legal Aid sponsors this clinic for free legal advice, Mae Simmons Community Center, 2004 Oak Ave.

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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 the second Monday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the UMC Activities Center at 5217 82nd Street, 82nd & Slide in Rockridge Plaza. For info, call Lori Stroud, 775-8950. Aug. 11 - Son and Daughter Day Quilters – The Chaparral Quilters Guild, 7 p.m. Garden & Arts Center, 4215 University. For more info, 788-0856. Meets the 2nd Tuesday each month. Lubbock Area Amputee Support Group friends -- 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. Aug. 12 - Middle Child’s Day

Aug. 8 - Sneak Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day The Maines Brothers Band Concert & Panhandle Dance, 7:30 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. All original members of the The Maines Brothers Band will be back together for a one-night-only event. The concert will include a dance. Ticket prices are $45 on the floor and $35 in the bleachers, seat-back chairs. For tickets, call 770-2000 or online at selectaseatlubbock.com.

Aug. 13 - Left Hander’s Day Memory Care Support Group, Isle at Raider Ranch, 6806 43rd St., 5:30 p.m., 806-368-6565. Summer Showcase Concert Series – Reverend Al and The Pythons – West Texas Rock & Roll at the Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard, original and unique Texas-made music; free; cash bar, food, and beverages available for purchase. No outside beverages allowed.

Aug. 9 - Book Lover’s Day Spirit of ’45 Day, 1 to 5 p.m., all ages, free. The Silent Wings Museum will honor the veterans and the end of WWII. A day to remember the era that took on the responsibility of laying down the foundations for a better future for its children and generations beyond. Silent Wings Museum, 6202 N. I-27, 806-775-3049.

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Texas Tech sets summer enrollment record

Texas Tech University set another enrollment record for 2015 summer semester with 11,975 students enrolled as of the 15th day of classes (June 23), the official reporting day. This year’s enrollment number exceeds the record set in 2014 with 11,632 students. At the beginning of the 2014-2015 academic year, Texas Tech shattered enrollment numbers with 35,134 – the third-largest increase in a single year since university opened in 1925. Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis credits the efforts of the university community for the continual growth. “Our faculty have done a wonderful job of engaging our students through effective teaching and hands-on research, which has encouraged more and more students to continue pushing toward degrees during the summer months,” Nellis said. “The environment in which our students are taught and learn is conducive to a successful experience yearround.” While recently moving up five spots in the national universities rankings by U.S.

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and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out, and in which, an alarm goes off by going on. English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible. PS. - Why doesn’t ‘Buick’ rhyme with ‘quick?’

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Cowboy Symposium

National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration is looking for volunteers to assist at this event to be held Sept. 11, 12, and 13, at the Civic Center and the Underwood Center. Volunteers are needed for ticket sales and greeters at various events. Cowboy poets, musicians, storytellers, artists, historians, authors, publishers, exhibitors, horse trainers, chuck wagon cooks and honest-togoodness cowboys and many more will head to Lubbock to celebrate the United Sates’ largest gathering of ranching, cowboys and the western way of life. If interested, contact Kathy at 743-2385 for additional information.

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. This nonprofit 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. There is a wait-list for additional recipients, and the need is great for volunteers. One hour of your time can make an incredible difference in the life of someone who is homebound, elderly, or disabled. For additional information call 806-792-7971.

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Volunteer Opportunities & Info to learn how to ride a tractor, ride a lawnmower or operate a weed-eater. Volunteers are also needed to assist in the museum, learn about windmills, and be available to answer questions from visitors. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 100 windmills are on display, and more than 90 are rare and unique. For additional information contact the center at 806-7478734 or go to www.windmill. com

Stockings for Servicemen

In 2014, Lubbock RSVP and its volunteers assisted in providing more than 4,000 stockings for servicemen serving overseas. If you or your group would like to help, we can use the assistance. Old Christmas cards, new Christmas cards, personal size toiletries, games, and other items are packed for this effort. We need groups to sign Christmas cards, donations of ‘free stuff,’ and decks of cards. Items that are labeled with a company logo (pens, sticky pads, golf tees, and other small items) are recommended. If you have 1 or 10 – we can use them. For additional information, contact the Lubbock RSVP office at 7437787.

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in the Lubbock community. There are a variety of ways to provided assistance. Some needs are patient-focused or administrative. Hospice volunteers provide socialization, veteran-to-veteran visits, music outreach, pet therapy, and respite care relief. Groups and/or individuals are encouraged to apply. Training is provided and equips the volunteers to service in a variety of settings and time frames. Contact Katherine McLamore at 806831-1664 to discuss options.

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to experience the 1938 Academy Award for Best Picture film of “You Can’t Take It With You.” This is a special thank you to the senior volunteers and guests of the Lubbock community. There is no cost for the event, however, attendees will need to confirm their attendance by calling 743-7787 or 743-7821 to add your name to the list. I will end with my favorite laugh of the day. Five things you will never hear southern boys say… 1.When I retire, I am movin’ north. 2. I’ll take Shakespeare for $1,000, Alex. 3. Duct tape won’t fix that. Movie night 4. I don’t have a favorite Lubbock RSVP and Covfootball team. enant will host a free event 5. Unsweetened tea just for the public. Movie Night tastes better. 2015 will be held at the Today is a great day to Arnett Room at Covenant Lakeside on Aug. 7. Doors volunteer! will open at 5:30 p.m. for a ‘Only a life lived for others is great meal of hot dogs and the a life worthwhile.” – Albert Einstein trimmings. Attendees will get family rooms are housed at University Medical Center and Covenant Lakeside. The rooms provide a personal respite care inside the hospital setting. It gives families of children undergoing medical treatment a place to grab a snack, rest, reflect, or even freshen up with a shower. Volunteers provide information, guidance and support. Services are available to serve families whether home is two miles or two thousand miles away. If you are interested in assisting at the family rooms, call Treasa (Covenant) at 806725-5362 or Shonda (UMC) at 806-775-8496.

StarCare Specialty System is looking for volunteers to visit with individuals in nursing facilities who have intellectual disability, developmental disability, or related conditions. If you have a little time during your busy week, A woman was flying from call Kristin Tovar at 806-215- Melbourne to Brisbane. 2942, and she will help you Unexpectedly, the plane find a date and time that is was diverted to Sydney. just right for you. The flight attendant explained there would be a Volunteers on Call Volunteers on Call is look- delay, and if the passengers ing for you. Often, there are wanted to get off the aircraft, groups who need assistance the plane would re-board in with mail-outs, registrations, 50 minutes. Everybody got off the or other special projects. If you would like to be added to plane except one lady who this list – contact the RSVP was blind. A man had noticed her as office at 743-7787. When opportunities arise, you will be he walked by and could tell notified, and if you can help, the lady was blind because her Seeing Eye Dog lay quithat is great. etly underneath the seats in Ronald McDonald front of her throughout the Family Rooms entire flight. Ronald McDonald Family He could also tell she had Rooms need your help. The flown this very flight before

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because the pilot approached her, and calling her by name, said, ‘Kathy, we are in Sydney for almost an hour. Would you like to get off and stretch your legs?’ The blind lady replied, ‘No thanks, but maybe Max would like to stretch his legs.’ All the people in the gate area came to a complete standstill when they looked up and saw the pilot walk off the plane with a Seeing Eye dog. The pilot was even wearing sunglasses. People scattered. They tried to change planes and airlines. Remember: Things aren’t always as they appear.


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Lubbock Lake Landmark celebrates 79 years ADA all-access half-mile trail open

Lubbock Lake. And the Landmark has just made it easier for all to access the site. An ADA all-access halfmile trail is open for those needing accommodations. Galleries in the interpretive center explain the archaeology of the Landmark. And the nature preserve has lots of basket flowers right now. Hunter-gatherers, from Clovis to Protohistoric peoples, the Apache and Comanche nations, and the founding of a mode r n c ity are each a part Andrea Moreno, a graduate student at the of the history Landmark, explains how an atlatl works of this Nato visitors last year at the Archaeology in tional Historic Action Day. The Lubbock Lake Landmark is celebrating 79 years of discovery that began with the accidental unearthing of a Folsom point in 1936 and continues to the present day. For thousands of years, across hundreds of generations, people have come to

Landmark that is one of the known sites in premier archaeological and North America to natural history sites in North contain evidence of continuous huAmerica. The Lubbock Lake Na- man habitation tional Historic Landmark cel- spanning 12,500 ebrated its annual Archaeol- years, the Lubogy in Action Day on July 11. bock Lake NaVisitors got a unique be- tional Historic hind-the-scenes look at an Landmark is a reactive archaeological site nowned archaeowhere field crew members logical site, and a 335-acre natural were excavating. Other researchers dis- history preserve. cussed how environmental This summer ’s and cultural clues fit into the excavation marks time period currently under 79 years of exploinvestigation at the Landmark ration at the site. Various spear points have been excavated The preserve since the Landmark’s beginnings in 1936 and throughout the Llano Eshas 4.5 miles of when the first Folsom point was found. tacado region. Children’s activities took trails throughout. place in the Interpretive Cen- The trails are located in a Berl Huffman Athletic Comter and included spear throws, meander of the Yellowhouse plex in northwest Lubbock, animal tracks, and pottery Draw that is a native short- at 2401 Landmark Drive, accessible via marked Loop 289 grass plains habitat. puzzles. Trails include an all-access exits, or by following signs at Adults and children watched demonstrations boardwalk on the wildflower U.S. 84 -- Clovis Highway about flint knapping and trail, a nature hiking trail, and -- through Landmark Lane to Landmark Drive. learned about cowboy culture a archeology trail. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bikes are allowed on the and other activities of past Tuesdays through Saturdays; nature trails. inhabitants. The Lubbock Lake Land- 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays; and This is the only time each year that community mem- mark is located across from closed on Mondays. bers are given tours through the Landmark’s Quaternary Research Center, where they can view some of the artifacts and bones being collected at the Landmark. The Landmark is a unit of the Museum of Texas Tech University. Archaeology in Action Day is made possible by the support of the Helen Jones Foun- Archaeology in Action Day is the only day that the Lubbock Lake dation Inc. Landmark opens its excavation sites and laboratory for the public to Photos courtesy of Lubbock Lake Landmark As one of the few view.


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Aug. 18 - Bad Poetry Day Aug. 19 - Aviation Day Aug. 20 - National Radio Day Summer Showcase Concert Series – Patricia Vonne – Latin Roots Rock at the Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard, original and unique Texas-made music; free; cash bar, food, and beverages available for purchase. No outside beverages allowed. Aug. 21 - Senior Citizen’s Day Aug. 22 - Tooth Fairy Day The Roundtable Luncheon at 11:15 am - 1 p.m., Hillcrest Country Club main dining room, 4011 N. Boston Ave. Speaker is Jay

Brown speaking on the history of Lubbock Community Theatre. Public is invited, limited menu, $15 including beverage and dessert. Aug. 23 - Ride the Wind Day Aug. 24 - Vesuvius Day Aug. 25 - Kiss and Make Up Day Aug. 26 - National Dog Day Texas Tech Football Kickoff Breakfast, 6:45 a.m. at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center, 2322 Mac Davis Lane. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury will be in attendance. Tickets are $45. Chamber members get a discounted price of $35. Tables of eight may be purchased for $400 and $550. Register by noon Aug. 21, online at LubbockChamber.com or call 806-761-7000.

Aug. 27 - Just Because Day Aug. 28 - Race Your Mouse Day Monthly Heart Matters Discussions - Knipling Education and Conference Center, on the 6th floor of the West Parking Garage at the corner of 21st and Louisville. For information call 1-866-4COVENANT. Aug. 29 - More Herbs, Less Salt Day Aug. 30 - Frankenstein Day Aug. 31 - National Trail Mix Day Note: To add an event, delete an event, or make changes, e-mail maedwards@wordpub.com or call 744-2220 by the 20th of the month for the following month’s publication.

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 and meets once weekly for 8 weeks. Participants are presented

a wealth of information and Dental Clinic, 3301 Clovis instruction for diabetes man- Rd. agement. The classes are free Aug. 12, through Sept. and open to the public. 30, from 10 a.m. to noon at Mae Simmons Community Upcoming classes: Aug. 4 through Sept. 22, Center, 2004 Oak Ave. Contact Josh Moreno at from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Arnett Benson Medical & 806-765-2611 ext. 1007 to register.

Fried Squash Croquettes

Looking for a simple side dish to use garden-fresh yellow squash? Try this straightforward version of fried squash. 2 cups yellow squash, finely chopped 1 cup onions, finely chopped 1 egg, beaten 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour vegetable oil In a large bowl, combine squash, onion, egg, salt & pepper. Mix well and stir in flour. In a skillet, heat ½-inch oil over medium-high heat. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls into oil. Cook about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown, turning once. Drain croquettes on paper towels.

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Texas Tech football kickoff breakfast set for Aug. 26

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The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce will host its Texas Tech Football Kickoff Breakfast on Aug. 26, at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center, 2322 Mac Davis Lane. The event begins with the serving lines opening at 6:45 a.m., and the program begins at 7 a.m. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury will be in attendance at the breakfast. Tickets are $45. Chamber members get a discounted price of $35. Tables of eight may be purchased for $400 and $550. This price includes sponsor recognition. Tickets, tables and sponsorships are still available. Register online at LubbockChamber.com or call 806-7617000. Registration deadline is noon Aug. 21.

2015 Texas Tech football schedule Sept. 5 Sept. 12 Sept. 19 Sept. 26 Oct. 3 Oct. 10 Oct. 17 Oct. 24 Oct. 31 Nov. 7 Nov. 14 Nov. 21 Nov. 26 Dec. 5

Sam Houston State Bearkats Lubbock UTEP Miners Lubbock Arkansas Razorbacks Fayetteville, AR TCU Horned Frogs Lubbock Baylor Bears Arlington, TX Iowa State Cyclones (HC) Lubbock Kansas Jayhawks Lawrence, KS Oklahoma Sooners Norman, OK Oklahoma State Cowboys Lubbock West Virginia Mountaineers Morgantown, WV Kansas State Wildcats Lubbock Open Date Texas Longhorns Austin, TX Open Date Ticket Office: 742-4412, 742-TECH (8324) Website: www.texastech.com Email: athletic.tickets@ttu.edu

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professional caregiver to provide respite care. Then use that “time off” to do something you really enjoy. Self-care doesn’t have to be elaborate. Sometimes just soaking in a bubble bath for an hour can act as the best stress-buster. When you implement a self-care plan, you’ll be able to return to your

caregiving life with renewed energy and spirit. Helping a senior family member manage a disease like COPD isn’t always easy, but it can be managed with the right support. Instead of trying to figure everything out from scratch, involve the appropriate professionals for advice and organizing strategies.

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