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Volume 30, Number 2

Inside & in February February is Black History Month 1st – ‘Columbia 15 Years After’ – page 5 2nd – Wear Red Day 2nd & 3rd – ½ Price Book Sale ....... page 4 3rd – Day the Music Died 4th – Super Bowl 14th – Valentine’s Day

February 2018

24 Pages

Lions Club 66th Annual Pancake Festival, Feb. 17

The Lubbock Lions Club is flippin’ pancakes again to make a difference. The 66th Annual Pancake Festival is set for Feb. 17 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The all-you-can-eat menu consists of light, fluffy pancakes, sausage, orange juice, and coffee. Tickets are $6 in advance or $7 at the door. Children age 2 and under eat free. Tickets may be purchased from any Lions Club member, at all Bolton locations, at the YWCA at 35th and Flint, at the Talkington Center on 62nd and Elgin, at the Catholic Charities Office at 102 Ave. J, and at the Lubbock Lions Club

14th – Ash Wednesday

Office located at #4 Briercroft Office Park until 3 p.m. Feb. 16. Tickets may also be purchased online at lubbocklions.org until 3 p.m. Feb. 16. Pick them up at ‘will call’ the day of the event. Tokens are $1 each and can be purchased at several tables at the event. “For just one token, you can enjoy two slices of freshly cooked, crispy bacon,” said event Co-Chair Terry Holeman. “We plan to serve 18,000 hungry people throughout the day, (See Lions Club Annual, Page 4)

Mardi Gras set for Feb. 27

17th – Lions Pancake Festival ........... page 1 17 – Norwegian Heritage Baking ............ page 2 th

19th – Presidents Day 27th – Mardi Gras by Meals on Wheels ....... page 1 Red Steagall to receive Golden Spur Award ... page 12 Lubbock Women’s Club benefit ............ page 2 YWCA to honor Women of Excellence . page 2

Lubbock, Texas 79401

Blizzard baby, Catherine Royalty, turns 103 on Feb. 17. See story on page 6.

Mardi Gras 2018 is set for 5:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Exhibit Hall, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. The Lubbock Meals on Wheels event will include food from 35+ local restaurants, live music by Element, beads and cash bar, children’s activities, silent auction, and benefit drawings featuring Southwest Airlines tickets. Tickets purchased in advance are $40 for adults, $10 for children 17 & under. Tickets are available at lubbockmealsonwheels.org, 806-792-7971, 2304 34th St., and Select-a-Seat (+ service charge), at the door ($45).


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Women of Excellence to be honored The YWCA of Lubbock will induct 11 women into its Women of Excellence Academy at 6 p.m. March 8, during a reception and dinner at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. In its 30th year, the Women of Excellence program honors women of Lubbock who have achieved excellence in their careers or professions and whose contributions to business, industry, community organizations and our community are crucial to the success of the same. Members of the commu-

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org, or call the YWCA at 806 The Lubbock Women’s son. Early reservations are -776-9723. Club annual benefit event encouraged. will be held at 6 p.m. April Additionally, the purchase 2018 Women of 6 at the Lubbock Women’s of a $25 “Golden Ticket” Excellence recipients: Club, 2020 Broadway. will make you eligible for a Jean Caslin, arts This year’s benefit, Leis $5,000 prize drawing during Linda Ferguson,business & Laughter Luau, will take the luau. You do not need to Linda Donahue, education attendees to a Hawaii set- be present to win. Becky Garza, government ting with entertainment, All proceeds from the leis, luau, and a Hawaiian Luau go toward the maintenity submit nominations for Lindsay Penrose, medicine the prestigious awards, and Carolyn Moore, professions Taki cash bar. Guests will be nance and preservation of the greeted with hula dancers, Historical Lubbock Women’s an independent, anonymous Shanna Hargrave, religion leis, and Hawaiian music. Club Building. panel determines the recipi- Katharine Hayhoe, science Hawaiian attire will add to For more information, ents. Aliza Wong, social justice the fun, but is not required. contact Lubbock Women’s Individual tickets are $75 Kathy Gilbreath, Mary Nell Cost of Luau is $75 per per- Club at 763-6448. each, and reserved tables of Strong Community Service eight are $750 each. Norwegian Heritage Baking Event, Feb. 17 Tickets can be purchased Emilee Acevedo, youth leadIf you have a sweet tooth, Norwegian, Swedish, or ership online at www.ywcalubbock. like to bake, or maybe have Danish roots, then Vestlandet has an event for you. Vestlandet is the West Texas Chapter of the Norwegian Society of Texas. Feb. 17 will be Vestlandet’s 4th Annual Heritage Baking Event and Soup Supper from 1:30 to about 5 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 22nd & Avenue W. Members will be helping visitors and members make Norwegian favorites such as out how Interim can help your family! krumkake, Norwegian heart waffles, eplekake (apple cake), rosettes, and/or sandbakkels. Following the baking, attendees are invited to join in 3305 101ST STREET eating all the goodies they have learned to make, and sup on homemade soups. For more information or to RSVP, contact Abbie at 806-252-2515.

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By Garrison Institute on Aging Are you still trying to recover from the holidays and guests and food? Today, let’s try to take recovery a step at a time.

Space

Sometimes, we see the decorations still around and think “What would be the problem in keeping them up until next Christmas?” Yep, that is me, too. Take this clean-up a step at a time. Pick one room, maybe one shelf, and get it done. While you are at it, take a look at “stuff” that continues to get put in a box but never used. Now is the time to recycle and either toss or donate. You may think that there is no use for the items, but let me assure you - someone, somewhere can use it. Resale shops are glad to take items off your hands. You can even get a tax deduction for items. For large amounts, most will come by and pick up. Craft, fabric, yarn, etc. can be donated to RSVP. Any items they cannot use, they can find a home for. Starting off the year with a clean slate will make you feel like you have accomplished a lot. Rome was not built in a day, but one step at a time.

thrown them out the window because it was just too hard or you really were attached to those ‘less than healthy’ habits. No need to quit, just pick one and go for it. The motto ‘one day at time’ is best reserved for habits we all need to break. I have a friend who was disappointed when she found out she had only lost three pounds until her doctor told her ‘three pounds is a brick!’ Now when I think about all the bricks we carry around, how great would it be to have one less brick! Whether it is weight, smoking, wellness, take one and go for it. If you falter, tomorrow is a new day.

Education

Do you have classes you would like to attend or things you would like to learn? It’s not too late. The City of Lubbock offers numerous classes and seminars for all ages, interests, and locations. Find something you like, and go for it. You may learn a new skill and make new friends.

Support groups

Are you or a family member or a friend dealing with a chronic disease, life-altering situation, or upcoming event? There are support groups for almost every Resolutions We have all made reso- ailment, concern, and life lutions and have probably event. If you or someone

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you know has a chronic lung issue or other respiratory ailment, check out Better Breathers. They meet the second Monday of each month at the UMC Activities Center, 5217 82nd St. For information, call 775-8950. Almost every family is dealing with someone with dementia. Carillon House, 1717 Norfolk Ave., hosts a session the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. Call 470-2841 for details. Brookdale Monterey, 5204 Elgin Ave., hosts a session on the 4th Monday of each month at 11:30. Contact Allison at 401-4837 for details. The Garrison Institute on Aging hosts a session the third Thursday of each month at noon. Call 743-7821 for details. In addition, there are support groups for Parkinson’s, depression, drugs, divorce, gamblers, and parenting, just to name a few. If you are seeking help, call 743-7821, and someone will help you find a source. Remember, you do not have to go on this journey alone.

Health Aging Lecture Series

The Garrison Institute on Aging will host a seminar at 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at Carillon Windsong Building, 4002 16th St. The speaker will be

Dr. Nandini Nair, director of Advanced Heart Failure and with Cardiovascular Health at TTUHSC. She will address “Heart Failure: Risks and Prevention.” Attendance is free. Call 743-7821 for details.

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You are invited to the

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February 2 & 3, 2018 • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Sale: 10. Romance for a quarter. 9. Textbooks, cookbooks, poetry, humor, DVD’s, religious, puzzles and more. 8. Kindle in the bathtub? 7. You can fill a personal library for under twenty dollars. 6. Books can be read in sunshine. 5. Create folded book art. 4. Introduce the younger generation to the printed word. 3. Keep retirees off the street. 2. Maps for arts and crafts. And the number one reason to attend the half price book sale: 1. Did we mention everything is half off?

By Margaret Merrell February is a special month when many words are used over and over that are scarce the rest of the year. Quite obvious, of course, is the word LOVE. When you give a little thought to your own usage of “love,” you may be surprised how many ways you use the word in your everyday life. Compare to how many times you see or hear “love” during the Valentine season. We tell our loved ones we love them on a regular basis. Sometimes it becomes so routine, we are not really feeling what we are saying. What is that old piece of advice from some forgotten sage? “Say it like you mean it!” You might really enjoy discovering those little special

ways of expressing this powerful feeling. Just touch someone and look them in the eye when you say, “I love you;” don’t just toss the words over your shoulder as you go out the door. Sure, we all are grateful for the gesture, no matter how it is presented, but why not try some new and simple ways to let those around you see you and hear you when you share such a moving and deeply felt emotion with them. You may be surprised at the number of open hearts you will discover even if the month is not February. Have a very happy time trying something new. As for me, well “Happy Valentine’s Day” with much love and many blessings!

Lions Club Annual Pancake Festival

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and all of the profits go directly toward local charities.” In addition to plenty of orange juice, milk and coffee, the grocery list includes 6,000 pounds of pancake batter, 17,280 ounces of margarine, 80,000 links of sausage, and 41,000 ounces of pancake syrup including sugar-free syrup. The food is freshly prepared and cooked throughout the day. Plenty of bubble gum and cotton candy for everyone will be available. The atmosphere is festive and family oriented. Children’s activities and entertainment are ongoing throughout the day. Raffle prizes are available for one token. The raffle items include a weekend package for 4 at the Great Wolf Lodge and Indoor Water Resort

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Pancake Festival Saturday, Feb. 17 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Tickets $6 in advance $7 at the door

in Grapevine, Texas, and lots of merchandise totaling more than $2,000 in value. More than 700 volunteers, including students from Texas Tech University, will assist at the festival. Volunteers will be available to help visitors with special needs into the Exhibit Event Hall and carry pancakes to the tables. Look for the Special Needs entrance sign at the northeast corner of the Civic Center.


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‘Columbia 15 Years After’

exhibit at Silent Wings Museum “Columbia 15 Years After” is a special exhibit at the Silent Wings Museum commemorating the 15th anniversary of the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia when it broke apart during reentry on Feb. 1, 2003. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 1, with a special guest speaker, former NASA Astronaut Col. Steven W. Lindsey. Lindsey is a retired U.S. Air Force pilot and a veteran of four space flights, logging more than 1,510 hours in space. He is the senior director and co-program manager of Space Exploration Systems for Sierra Nevada Corporation. The exhibit will be on display through June 17, in the Timeline Gallery at the Silent Wings Museum, 6202 N. I-27. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

General admission to the museum is $8; seniors 60+ is $6; ages 7-17 is $5; college students with ID, $5; museum members and active duty military are free. Children 6 and under accompanied by a family member are free. The display will focus on the Columbia space shuttle program, the crew, and the 80 experiments that were accomplished during the mission. This exhibit is in partnership with the Texas Tech University Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, The Texas Aviation Heritage Foundation, and NASA Flight Operations. The Space Shuttle Columbia was the first Orbiter to take a crew into Low Earth Orbit on April 12, 1981. The Columbia would fly another 27 missions between 1981 and 2003. Prior to its disintegration, the shuttle was scheduled to fly another two missions.

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Catherine Royalty: 103 on Feb. 17

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Her grandparents built a two-story house near what is now called Broadway and Avenue Q. A few years later, her parents built a house a block west of her grandparents’ house, and that’s where Catherine grew up. She graduated in a class of 200 students from Lubbock High School in 1932. That class was the first to graduate from the current Lubbock High building. Catherine in 1932, when she “That was during the Degraduated from high school. pression, so we didn’t have do because I like the moun- a prom. We went to Buffalo Springs for our senior trip. tains.” She learned to drive when The only reunion we ever she was 12, and has driven had was in 1982.” (See Royalty celebrates, Page 9) all over the U.S. by herself. Catherine’s dad, W.W. (Walter William) Royalty, came to Lubbock in the late-1800s and started out 1310 Ave. Q • Lubbock,TX 79401 as a cowboy before becom- 806-744-2220 • 806-744-2225 Fax GOLDEN GAZETTE is pubing the first Dodge dealer in lished monthly by Word PublicaLubbock. tions, 1310 Ave. Q, Lubbock, TX “He went from horses to 79401. News items, letters to the cars.” editor, photographs, and other items may be submitted for pubHer mom, Lyda (May) lication. All letters must include Royalty, worked as a court the writer’s name, address and reporter because she knew telephone number. Letters may be edited. Advertising rates are shorthand. She also worked available upon request. For a subfor The Lubbock Leader, scription, send a check to Golden Lubbock’s early-day newsGazette for $24 for one-year, or paper, and worked at Adams $48 for two-years. Abstract. Staff: Jo Anne Corbet, Bené Cornett, Dr. Elva Edwards, Her mom came to LubMary Ann Edwards, Randal bock in 1905, and in 1906, Hill, Dr. Sameer Islam, Calva her mom and dad married. Ledbetter, Gary McDonald, According the official Margaret Merrell, Cathy Mottet, records, her grandfather, Irma Quevedo, Cary Swinney, G.M. Royalty, filed a claim Mary Valentini, James K. White View the Gazette online at: for land in Lubbock on April www.wordpub.com 24, 1902.


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By James K. White

It was in 1896 at Athens, Greece, that Thomas Burke won the first Olympic medal for the United States. He finished first in the 100m dash (with a time of 12.0 secondsa). Buraake also won gold in the 400m dash with a time of 54.2 seconds. Initially, the first place medals were made of solid gold. That policy became very expensive for the host countries. The last time the awards were made of pure gold was in 1912 at the Stockholm Olympic Games. Since 1912 first place medals have been gold plated. For all of you “Back to the Future” fans, I have news that could possibly delight. Marty McFly is not likely

to be making more trips, but “new” DeLoreans should soon be made available to the American market for the first time in more than three decades. Production models of 300 of the iconic cars will be for sale with significant upgrades, especially with respect to the engine which finds the old 130-hp power plant being replaced with a 300-hp “beast.” The stainless steel exterior and the gull-wing doors will still be featured in the DCM-12. Some folks mistakenly believe that wine from grapes was first made in early Grecian times, about 500 B.C. Archeologists have uncovered artifacts near the ancient Armenian village of Areni

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languages as some form of “hurricane.” In 1709 Fray Espinosa of Nueva España wrote in his diary that a region north of the river called Rio Grande featured several springs and a river that ran year ’round. It was partially because of this written report that between 1718 and 1731 Spaniards established five Catho-

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Quilters exhibit opens Feb. 2 (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay As part of the First Friday Art Trail, the Lubbock Municipal Garden & Arts Center will host a reception Feb. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. for the opening of South Plains Quilters Exhibit. The exhibit features the fiber art works of the South Plains Quilters Guild. This free exhibit will be on display at the Garden & Arts Center through February. The Lubbock Municipal Garden and Arts Center strives to offer an array of fun and comprehensive classes and events for all ages and is located at 4215 University Ave. For more information on classes or reservations, call the Lubbock Municipal Garden and Arts Center at 806-7673724, email pgriffith@mylubbock.us or visit the website at www.lubbockgac.org.

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Otis Redding, February 1968

Sittin’ in the morning sun/ I’ll be sittin’ when the evening comes Otis Redding was at peace—sort of—when he began his best-known creation on a friend’s houseboat in Sausalito, California. On one lazy, sunny afternoon in 1967, Redding strummed his acoustic guitar and softly sang whatever lyrics drifted into his head. He was going somewhere with a tune, he just didn’t know where. Looks like nothing’s gonna change/Everything still remains the same Were those lines meant to be ironic? At that point Otis Redding was really all about change. He had wowed the overwhelmingly white crowd at the recent Monterey Pop Festival. Aretha Franklin had taken his “Respect” to Number One on Billboard’s pop chart. He had been listening to Bob Dylan and the Beatles. He talked of starting his own record label. Born in 1941, Redding had grown up in Macon, Georgia, the home of Little Richard and James Brown, both early major influences. Redding left school at age 15 and went on the road to sing with the Upsetters, Little Richard’s former backup group. Later on, Redding hooked up—as lead singer—

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with another Macon outfit, Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers. They had scored a regional hit called “Love Twist,” and Atlantic Records was showing interest. In October 1962, Atlantic invited Jenkins to do some recording in Memphis. Jenkins didn’t drive, so Redding chauffeured his friend in a borrowed station wagon. The Memphis house band that day included a future Redding collaborator, guitarist Steve Cropper. The Jenkins’ session never came together, but in the studio that afternoon Redding cut an original soul ballad called “These Arms of Mine.” It became the first of 21 hit singles he would record in his brief lifetime. On Oct. 4, 1967, Redding met with Cropper in a Memphis recording studio to polish Redding’s “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay.” “We knew we finally had the song that would cross him over to the pop market,” Cropper would say later. But only Redding and Cropper believed in the future classic. The power

people behind Volt Records (Otis’s label) hated what was offered and condemned the song as being too “pop” for Redding’s hard-core fans. Where was that signature Otis Redding soul? And what was with that adlibbed whistling of Redding’s that showed up at the end? Three days after finishing recording “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” Redding died at age 26 when his small private plane slammed into a Wisconsin lake. He and his five-piece band, the Bar-Kays, had been heading to Madison for a club date. One band member survived the crash. Steve Cropper ended up tinkering with Redding’s work by adding sound effects of gently lapping waves. The result was a fine point on what rock historian Dave Marsh once declared being “as whole, as fully realized and mature, as any record ever made.” Music fans obviously agreed; by the end of the century “Dock” had earned a phenomenal 6 million spins on the radio.


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Kickball & softball league registration Early registration for Parks and Recreation’s adult kickball league and softball league will be held through Feb. 2. The cost per kickball team is $215.

of March 5. a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday teams needing players. Kickball league play is The 10-game season lasts through Friday or register available for men’s and approximately 8-10 weeks. online at www.playlubbock. mixed teams. To register, come by the com. Softball league play is Parks and Recreation Office For more information, call available for men’s, wom- at 1611 10th St. between 8 775-2672. en’s, and mixed teams. Players must be 18 years Lubbock old or older to participate, W. 82nd & Homestead Ave. Royalty to celebrate 103rd birthday and team rosters must have 34th & Memphis Ave. (Continued from Page 6) Lorenzo As for her longevity, she a minimum of eight playThe Royalty family was had an aunt who lived to be ers with a maximum of 20 Nazareth one of the founding families 105, and a cousin who lived players. Post of the First United Methodist to 107. Individuals without a softShallowater Church in Lubbock. “You just never know ball team can register as a Slaton “Mom was in church just how long you’re going to be free agent, and their informaabout every time the doors around.” tion will be passed along to were open, and I was usually with her,” Catherine said. “As a child, I had a bicycle and was in Camp Fire girls, and went to church.” “Some neighborhood boys built me a pair of stilts, and I had roller skates. I grew up Every Sunday alone. I do have an adopted sister who is 10 years younger and lives in California.” 14th & Avenue O “I always loved animals. I in downtown Lubbock would take a cat home from school with me and tell my Ann Apple, Organist Calvin Gray, Teacher This quarter we’ll be studying the book of Acts. mother that he just followed me home,” she said, “but she The Downtown Bible Class cordially invites you to attend Bible classes each Sunday morning wouldn’t let me keep it.” at 9:30 a.m. in the west end of the Legacy Event Center at 14th St. and Avenue O. So when she was out on The music begins at 9:30. We sing the old hymns that everyone knows so well. her own, she had a Cocker Spaniel and a cat. Our teacher, Calvin Gray, teaches the lesson from 9:45 until 10:15. Catherine earned a masCome at 9 a.m. for coffee, donuts and Christian fellowship. ter’s from Texas Tech, taught school for 36 years, served Ann Apple will be playing beautiful hymns on the great organ in the sanctuary. as a WAVE in San Francisco It is a very relaxed atmosphere, and we know you will enjoy it. during World War II, and traveled the world. Downtown Bible Class Cost per softball team in $330. Regular registration is Feb. 5-9 with a cost of $245 per team for kickball and $360 per team for softball. Play begins the week

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you don’t want to attempt it again. If you find yourself heavier than you want to be, addicted to foods that are not healthy, and too frustrated to do anything about it, you should seek a new perspective. Perhaps your motivation to lose weight and get healthy would return with full-force if you learned that obesity is a leading cause of cancer death second only to tobacco use. That’s right, your weight may put you at greater risk for developing - and dying from cancer. Prove It The International Agency for Research on Cancer and the Centers for Disease Control looked at 1,000 studies and found that people who are overweight or obese have a higher chance of developing 13 different kinds of cancer. In fact, the risk for cancer diagnosis is proportional to the amount a person is overweight. In the studies, patients were diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus, liver, gallbladder, stomach, colon and rectum, pancreas, kidney, thyroid, uterus, ovary, and breast for women who were postmenopausal. The CDC also noted in JAMA, Journal of the American Medical Association, that of the adults diagnosed with cancer under the age of

65, half were overweight or obese. This is extremely sensitive but crucial information we need to take seriously. What is considered overweight or obese? It may be difficult to know which category you fall under, if any at all. Obese and overweight are terms that express your body mass index (BMI). BMI is a ratio determined by your height and weight. It does not reveal the amount of fat content in your body, but reveals whether or not you are over the recommended healthy weight compared to your height. Someone who is overweight has a BMI of 25-29.9. You are considered obese if you have a BMI of 30 or more. Outside of cancer, overweight and obesity also puts

you at risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and many critical GI issues such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). As obesity rises in the United States, so does the need to take control of our bodies and do our part to avoid a fatal diagnosis. Sameer Islam, M.D. is a boardcertified gastroenterologist and hepatologist practicing in Lubbock. www.sameerislam.com

What city claims to be the sunniest place in the U.S.? In Yuma, Arizona, the sun shines for an average of 11 hours a day. The usual forecast is sun for 90 percent of the year, averaging a total of 4,015 daylight hours each year.


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Christmas ball benefits fire departments

Representatives from the Lockney and Floydada volunteer fire departments display donation checks from the Country Christmas ball. Pictured are Wendell Sollis, Dustee Sollis, Lindell Stapp, Donny McGlaughlin, and Craig Dubois. The event was held Dec. 16 at the Floyd County Friends Unity Center with nearly 400 in attendance. Entertainment was provided by Wendell Sollis and the Sidekicks All Star Band. Each fire department received $4,000. An additional $2,000 was provided to each department by Reagor Dykes auto dealership of Floydada. Volunteer firefighters of Lockney and Floydada helped set up the Unity Center.

I hate when I gain 10 pounds for a role, & then realize I’m not an actress.

Every moment matters. Don’t waste a single one. For over 35 years, Covenant Heart and Vascular Institute has provided everything from routine community health screenings to advanced heart procedures. There are many serious causes of chest pain including heart attacks, blood clots and aneurysms. If you are experiencing chest pain – come see the specialists at the only certified Chest Pain Center in Lubbock. Together, we’ll help ensure you’re enjoying every moment with a full heart. To learn more and take an online risk assessment, visit covenanthealth.org/heart.


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Western entertainer Red Steagall to receive Golden Spur Award

Western recording artist and cowboy poet Red Steagall was named recipient of the 2018 National Golden Spur Award on Jan. 13 during a surprise reception in Fort Worth planned to coincide with the annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. “The award is the most prestigious honor given by the ranching and livestock industry in recognition of accomplishments by an individual,” said Jim Bret Campbell, executive director of the National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University. Campbell revealed the 2018 honoree to a crowd gathered to hear the announcement at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas near the stock show grounds. Steagall will be honored Oct. 13 in Lubbock during a formal Golden Spur dinner. “Red Steagall has spent a lifetime telling the story of ranching,” Campbell said. “Through his music, poetry,

syndicated radio show, and television show, Red has helped ensure that the stories of the real West don’t just fade into obscurity. “Most importantly, Red reflects the values, integrity and character that have always been a part of ranch life.” Established in 1978, the award is a joint recognition given by six of the leading state and national organizations in the ranching and livestock industry: American Quarter Horse Association, National Cattlemen’s Foundation, Ranching Heritage Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Texas Farm Bureau, and Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. At age 79, Steagall has held celebrity status since the 1970s as a Western entertainer. The popular Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival has been held every October in Fort Worth for the past 27 years. His radio show is

carried by 155 stations in 34 states, and he records 26 new episodes a year of “Somewhere West of Wall Street,” a television show that appears on RFD-TV. Steagall’s career as a musician began in the mid1960s. He was born Russell Steagall in Gainesville, Texas, but grew up in the small Panhandle town of Sanford, Texas, population 181. Steagall describes his childhood as “idyllic,” which might seem strange for someone diagnosed with polio at age 15. The Salk vaccine came too late for Steagall, but music lessons on a $10 secondhand mandolin strengthened his fingers after polio destroyed the deltoid muscle of his left shoulder and weakened his left arm and hand. Although he is essentially one-handed, the singer-songwriter cowboy has played mandolin and guitar in a band since his college days and performed at the White House and at concerts in the Middle East, South

History of Chocolate, Feb. 9 “The History of Chocolate” will be presented by Jess Peterson at the News Neighbors Club luncheon at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9, at the Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway. The New Neighbors Club members, guests, and interested individuals are welcome.

You do not need to be new to the Lubbock area to participate. Cost for the luncheon is $15, and reservations are required. New Neighbors, is a 40-year-old club and offers many social activities such as out-to-lunch bunch, book club, movie lovers,

bridge, Mahjong, various card games, and other interest groups. New Neighbors is involved in several community service activities. For more information or reservations, contact Judy Carnes at 806-407-3028 or email newneighbors@ymail. com.

Red Steagall

America, Europe, Australia, and beyond. Steagall began a career as an agricultural chemist after graduating from West Texas State University with a degree in animal science and agronomy. During college he began writing songs, formed a country band, and even continued playing at rodeo dances while working for five years as a chemist. One day a friend who was making it big in the music business called from California and said he needed help. Steagall headed to Hollywood, eventually became a music industry executive,

and had his first success as a songwriter when Ray Charles recorded his “Here We Go Again.” Other country hits followed and Steagall moved to Nashville before resettling in Texas with his wife, Gail, at his ranch near Fort Worth. When he began writing cowboy poetry, his influence as a poet became so well known by 1991 that the Texas legislature voted him the official Cowboy Poet of Texas. In 2006, Steagall was named Poet Laureate of the State of Texas, a distinction never before given to a cowboy poet.


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Creating a Culture of Intentional Inclusion

The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce recognizes the evolving demographic changes in the nation’s workforce. To deliver a platform for businesses to work together to affect real change in the workplace and the community, the Lubbock Chamber will hold its first Diversity Summit on March 6. The theme of the summit will be, “Belonging: Creating a Culture of Intentional Inclusion.” Prices range from $50 to $225. Lunch, sessions and reception are $225, or $150 for chamber members; sessions and reception are $75 or $50 for chamber members; and lunch is $75 or $50 for chamber members. “The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce is an advocate for business, and we know that addressing the ever-changing workforce challenges is an integral component to the growth and sustainability of our member businesses and our community,” said Cory Powell, Lubbock Chamber chairman. The chamber will create community awareness about the competitive advantage of having a diverse and inclusive business climate through a

series of breakout sessions. The topics are The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion; Awareness of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace; Beliefs and Business; Using Cultural Differences to Improve Your Workplace; The New View on Diversity/The Cost of Culture; and a CEO Forum – the Art of Collaboration. These sessions will follow a lunch with keynote speaker and bestselling author, Dr. Gail Evans, “Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman.” Throughout history, Evans said women have struggled to find parity in the workplace. In trying to play by the “boys’ rules” they’ve missed the opportunity to play on the same team. Women must be each other’s greatest supporters and understand that another women’s success is her own success. Evans worked in the Johnson administration and was instrumental in creating the Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity and the 1966 Civil Rights Act. She became the executive vice president of CNN. For more information, contact the Lubbock Chamber at 806-761-7000 or visit LubbockChamber.com.

Well, last week was my birthday. My wife didn’t wish me a happy birthday. My parents forgot and so did my kids. I went to work and even my colleagues didn’t wish me a happy birthday. As I entered my office, my secretary said, “Happy birthday, boss!” I felt so special. She asked me out for lunch. After lunch, she invited me to her apartment.

We went there, and she said, “Do you mind if I go into the bedroom for a minute?” “OK,” I said. She came out 5 minutes later with a birthday cake, my wife, my parents, my kids, my friends, and colleagues all yelling, “SURPRISE!” while I was waiting on the sofa ... naked.


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8 ways to be a more optimistic caregiver It was a simple fill-inthe-blank statement at the Caregiver Stress Relief community : “Today I feel grateful for _______.” And yet, oh, the differences between responses. “Not much,” DeeAnn candidly commented. “It’s been a bad day, and I don’t roll with the punches very well.” In contrast, Ednita claimed gratitude for “the occasional breeze we’re getting today,” while Chris was grateful for “still being able to help others.” Some caregivers may relate more with DeeAnn and less with Ednita and Chris as they go through their stressful caregiving day. And that’s OK. Like every other human being, family caregivers experience good days and bad days. But if you’d like to learn how to cultivate more optimism in your caregiving life, you may be interested in these tips for creating positivity and building resiliency in the face of adversity.

1. Look for the Good

Author Catherine Pulsifer said, “To find optimism, look for the good things in life.” This advice may be easier said than done; however it’s important to help keep the negative thoughts at bay. Try making a list each day of things that are good in your life.

such as the Caregiver Stress anxiety. According to HelpGuide.org, “Humor helps Relief community. you keep a positive, optimis“Don’t say anything to 4. Find happiness tic outlook through difficult yourself that you wouldn’t through health A healthy diet and exer- situations, disappointments, say to anyone else,” recomand loss.” mends a mayoclinic.org cise can go a long way to article on positive thinking. improve mood and main- 7. Keep it simple Sometimes, doing only Turning off the negative dia- tain positivity in your life. what needs to be done – logue in your head can be a Exercise can reduce stress, powerful tool to harness op- increase energy, and foster dishes, laundry, meals – can timism. The first step is rec- good sleep habits. Can’t find make the days less dauntognizing negative thoughts 30 minutes a day to exer- ing. Don’t set unrealistic and reframing them in your cise? Break it up into three goals for yourself. To keep it mind.Instead of thinking, 10-minute chunks. Eating simple, pick one thing to ac“This will never work,” you well can also impact wellbe- complish and focus on that. 8. Take time for might say to yourself, “I’ll ing. try again a different way.” 5. Remember you are yourself Positive thinking takes prac- doing your best Whether it’s a quick walk tice, and with time you’ll around the block or meeting Alzheimer’s expert Karen notice fewer critical or nega- Garner tells caregivers on a friend for lunch, taking a tive thoughts popping into her blog to remember “… break from caregiving duties your mind. you know you did the best is important for your health 3. Lean on positive you could at that particular moment.” Karen was a carepeople Surrounding yourself with giver to her husband before positive friends and family is he passed, and said “I was A lawyer had a wife and helpful when trying to stay entrenched in the battle of upbeat. Phyllis, a family caregiving that leaves little 12 children and needed to caregiver, said she is grateful room for luxuries like taking move because his rental for “the helpful people I have the time to write and read agreement was coming to met on my journey. Their and sit quietly to reflect on an end for the home where all that is happening.” She he lived, but he was havkindness is inspirational.” “You are the average of reminds caregivers that they ing difficulty finding a new the five people you spend showed up when it mattered home. When he said he had 12 the most time with,” said the most and were present. children, no one would rent the late Jim Rohn, entrepre- 6. Laugh to lighten to him. neur, author and motivational your load He could not lie and say speaker. Not only does laughter he had no children. After Choose to spend time with make you feel good, its those who give you energy positive effects stay with all, lawyers cannot and do and positivity. If getting to- you long after the chuckling not lie. So, he had an idea: he sent gether in person is not pos- subsides. Research shows sible, connect online or join a that laughter lowers stress his wife for a walk to the supportive online community hormones, relaxes muscles, cemetery with 11 children. He took the remaining one improves mood, and eases with him to see homes with

2. Speak kindly – to yourself

and wellbeing. If you’re able to take time off, it will be good for both you and your loved one. Look to a family member, friend, or professional caregiver to give you a few hours to yourself so you can recharge and maintain an optimistic outlook. Caregiving can be rewarding, but no caregiver breezes through the journey without feeling some degree of negativity and hopelessness creeping in. By following tips to stay positive, you may be able to transition your outlook to one of optimism and gratitude for even the smallest positive things in life. - www.caregiverstress.com

the real estate agent. He liked one of the homes and the agent asked, “How many children do you have ? He said, “12 children.” The agent asked, “Where are the others? The lawyer answered, with a sad look, “They are in the cemetery with their mother. And that’s the way he was able to rent a home. MORAL: It is not necessary to lie; one only has to choose the right words. Lawyers don’t lie; they are creative. And don’t forget: Most politicians are lawyers.


Page 16 • February 2018 • Golden Gazette Feb. 1 - No Politics Day “Columbia 15 Years After” exhibit at the Silent Wings Museum commemorating the 15th anniversary of the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia when it broke apart during reentry on Feb. 1, 2003. Opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. General admission to museum is $5-$8. Feb. 2 - Bubble Gum Day Half Price Book Sale! – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the basement of the Mahon Library, 1306 9th St. Books, audio books, music, movies, puzzles, art. Prices from 25 cents to $1+. First Friday Art Trail - free public art happening held mainly in the Lubbock Cultural District. 6-9 p.m., rain or shine. Explore the trail on your own, or jump aboard one of the free First Friday Trolleys and ride to the galleries along the downtown route. Go Red for Women - National Wear Red Day – Join the fight against heart disease and stroke. Advocate for more research and swifter action for

women’s heart health. Feb. 3 - Feed the Birds Day Fiber Arts Society – crochet and knit at the Garden & Arts Center, 4215 University, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 401-6441 for more info. Half Price Book Sale! – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the basement of the Mahon Library, 1306 9th St. Books, audio books, music, movies, puzzles, art. Prices from 25 cents to $1+. Roundtable Luncheon, 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m., Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston Ave. “Write Right” by Thomas Nichols, author & past police chief of Lubbock and Lubbock School District. $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert & beverage. North on University Avenue, turn west on Newcomb Street, and proceed to clubhouse. The Day the Music Died – Musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie

Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, and the pilot, Roger Peterson, died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. Feb. 4 - Thank a Mailman Day Super Bowl LII – Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots Feb. 5 - Weatherman’s Day Feb. 6 - Chopsticks Day Lubbock Gem & Mineral Society – 7 p.m. Forest Heights UMC, 3007 33rd St. www.LubbockGemAndMineral.org. Feb. 7 - Send a Card to a Friend NARFE - National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Furr’s Family Dining, 6001 Slide Rd, 11:30 a.m., 3688655 or 799-6796. Feb. 8 - Boy Scout Day Caregiver Support Group – 5:30-6:30 p.m., 2nd Thursday each month. Raider Ranch, 6806 43rd St. Free but RSVP to 368-6565. Feb. 9 - National Pizza Day History of Chocolate – pre-

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sented by Jess Peterson at the New Neighbors Club luncheon, 10:30 a.m., Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway. $15. Reservations required. Call 806-407-3028 or email newneighbors@ymail.com. Feb. 10 - Umbrella Day Roundtable Luncheon, 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m., Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston Ave. Gary Morgan, Ph.D. executive director, Museum of Texas Tech University. $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. North on University Avenue, turn west on Newcomb Street, and proceed to clubhouse. Feb. 11 - Make a Friend Day Feb. 12 - Lost Penny Day UMC Better Breathers Club - 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 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. Feb. 13 - Get a Different Name 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. Stroke & Brain Injury Support Group – 4 to 5 p.m. at

Trustpoint Rehabilitation, 4302 Princeton St. For survivors, family members, and caregivers. 749-2222. Feb. 14 - Valentine’s Day Ash Wednesday Feb. 15 - Gum Drop Day Feb. 16 - Do a Grouch a Favor Feb. 17 - Random Acts of Kindness Lions Club Pancake Festival – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. All-youcan-eat menu of pancakes, sausage, orange juice, and coffee. $6 tickets in advance; $7 at the door. Children 2 & under, free. Wolfforth Once-a-month Craft Fair - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wolfforth Library Meeting Room, 508 E. Hwy 62/82 in Wolfforth; Free; Handmade items / baked goods / direct sales. Artistic Expressions - 10 a.m., $35, Ages 13+, New! Class will provide all materials needed to create your masterpiece. A skilled artist will spark your artistic expression and guide you. Appetizers, beverages and music. Pre-registration required by noon the Wednesday before each class, Maxey Community Center, 4020 30th St. Feb. 18 - Drink Wine Day Feb. 19 – Presidents Day Feb. 20 - Love Your Pet Day Feb. 21 - Card Reading Day Feb. 22 – Margarita Day Retired Teachers meeting – “Change The Ending To Someone’s Story” by Laura Atkins, Donation Clinical Specialist at LifeGift; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., $15, Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway, RSVP required - navrkal@swbell.net. Feb. 23 - International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day Artistic Expressions - 10 a.m., $35, Ages 13+, New! Class will provide all materials needed to (See Enriching Lives, Page 22)


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Uncle’s famous pizza - what are the chances? Several years ago, I mentioned that both sides of my family were in the restaurant business. One restaurant was owned by one of my mother’s brothers and is still located in Fairborn, Ohio. Fairborn is just outside of Dayton, Ohio, and is home to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The Air Force Base is one of the largest bases in the U.S. My uncle use to tell me how the pilots would load up their jets with orders and

deliver to our troops all over Europe. Now fast forward to this past Dec. 4. My wonderful orthopedic surgeon gave me a brand new hip. After being in the hospital for a few days, they then sent me to a rehab facility for two weeks. One day while there, I happened to be wearing my Ohio State T-shirt. A nice gentleman, who was there for his 96-year-old father, mentioned that my team didn’t make the playoffs but came in at #5.

After a short conversation, he mentioned he was stationed at Wright-Patterson (years ago) and was employed at the base hospital for more than 10 years. I asked him if he had ever eaten at Giovanni’s Restaurant. He not only ate there every weekend but estimated that he probably had more than 300 pizzas delivered. When I told him Giovanni was my uncle, he was stunned. He also said a group of friends dined there on a regular basis. The attrac-

Christian announces for City Council

He believes everyone has some- his career, which now includes thing to give to the community – more than 30 years of executivelevel experience in marketing, work, wealth, or wisdom. Longtime Lubbock resident advertising, and public relations The District 5 spot is being Randy Christian launched his campaign for the District 5 seat on the vacated by Councilperson Karen Lubbock City Council with a recep- Gibson at the end of her term in May. The next municipal election tion on Jan. 16. “We are going to grow because is May 5. we are in Texas and because we have Texas Tech UniverQuality sity,” Christian said. “We also End of Life have agriculture, cotton and Care grapes, as well as many other things.” He is dedicated to looking to the future and giving back to the community. Christian is a West Texas native with a lengthy track record of leadership that not only includes his professional career, but civic, community and governmental involvement as well. Christian attended Amarillo College and the University of North Texas before launching

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tion at Giovanni’s was the pizza because of the fabulous crust. This nice gentleman now lives in Georgia. So folks, what are the chances? Now for a bit more info. This past August, our eldest daughter and son-in-law had gone to Dayton for a family reunion. One of my cousins and his wife, along with our daughter and son-in-law decided to dine at Giovanni’s. Although no family members are now involved in the business, the recipe for the fabulous crust and many other menu items remain the same. This restaurant is still popular in the area and has been written up in local magazines and newspapers. It’s the fabulous pizza crust that put this restaurant “on the map.” Any other pizza I’ve eaten over the years, are pizza “wanna be’s!” At my rehab one day, our

daughter was visiting me, and as chance would have it, happened to meet the Georgia gentleman in the hallway. So I introduce him to Giovanni’s great niece. He was again surprised and told her all about that fabulous crust. So folks, if you ever visit my home town or know any Air Force people who may be stationed there at any time, give them this address: Giovanni’s Restaurant, 215 W. Main St., Fairborn, Ohio 45324. The phone number is 937-878-1611. Another tidbit of info: Wright-Patterson may have some connection with the Roswell phenomenon. It is believed that “alien wreckage” is being stored there. Again, what are the chances? Until next time – Happy Valentine’s Day to all! Granny

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Covenant achieves high quality honors

T h e o l d e s t computer can be traced back to Adam and Eve. Surprise! It was an apple, but with extremely limited memory. Just one byte, and then everything crashed.

Covenant Medical Center earned a 4-star rating out of a possible 5 in overall hospital quality ratings contained in the new report by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Covenant’s high rating is above the national average of a 3 and shows improvement from a rating of 3 in 2016. Covenant Health Plainview and Covenant Health Levelland also improved to 4-star ratings in 2017, both up from 3 stars the previous year. The improved rating is consistent with similar reported quality results this year from other national ranking agencies, validating Covenant Medical

Center as most respected and awarded hospital in Lubbock. US News and World Report’s latest Best Hospitals edition ranked Covenant as the Best Hospital in the Panhandle Plains region and as one of the top 12 hospitals (top 2 percent) in Texas. Healthgrades awarded Covenant the most five-star ratings of any hospital in Lubbock and the region. The Leapfrog Group recently awarded Covenant a “B” grade on patient safety. “Covenant Medical Center is the only tertiary referral center in the area that treats trauma and all types of complicated cases to receive such a high rating,” said Cynthia Salisbury,

chief quality officer for Covenant Health. “We’re proud of all the providers in the area as our common goal is to provide topquality, safe care to our community. I am especially proud of the continued improvement in quality and safety scores at all of our facilities, which goes to the dedication and ongoing commitment of our medical staff and caregivers.” The CMS Star rating, available at www.medicare.gov/ hospitalcompare, reflects specific hospital performance on more than 50 quality metrics across seven areas: mortality, safety, readmissions, patient ex-

perience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care, and efficient use of medical imaging. Covenant Plainview’s improved, overall hospital rating of 4 out of 5 stars is better than the national average of 3. Covenant Levelland’s improved overall hospital rating of 4 out of 5 stars also is better than the national average of 3. Covenant Levelland had no rankings below the national average and ranked above the average on most ranked domains. The CMS Star ratings use Medicare and Medicaid data; the results are for adult patients only; Covenant Children’s is not included.

Golden Gazette Crossword Puzzle ACROSS

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3 9. Lofty nest 40. Part of speech 41. Exclamation of surprise 42. Chair 43. Waterfall 44. Trial 46. Woman who writes poetry 49. Desecrate 52. Drinking vessel 53. Defamatory 56. Capital of Peru 57. Therefore 58. Heavy book 59. Singles 60. Duck with soft down 61. Type of gun 62. Narrow ledge

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Mr. Hollingshead helps his mom enjoy movies On June 6, 2008, a unique flag was flown over the U. S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., to commemorate a special event. A watershed moment in American history? Well, sort of. The banner honored the 75th anniversary of the drive-in movie theater. Its beginning can be traced back to 1932, when folks living on Thomas Avenue in Camden, New Jersey, might have witnessed some strange goings-on from neighbor Richard Hollingshead. He had nailed a bedsheet between two trees by his driveway, set a home movie projector on the hood of his car, and placed a radio behind the sheet. Then Hollingshead, his radio blaring at full volume, had projected a movie onto his fluttering “screen.” Why all that weird activity? Hollingshead had been concerned about his mother, who was a rather large lady. To Mrs. Hollingshead, a visit to an indoor movie house guaranteed great discomfort in a too-tight theater seat. Richard figured that, if a film could be enjoyed from the comfort of a spacious auto seat, this could alleviate his mother’s problem. And so was born the drive-in movie concept. One year later, and with three other investors, Hollingshead bought 400 nearby acres and terraced 336

parking spaces in gentle front-wheel inclines, so that vehicles directly in front of car-cocooned drive-in viewers wouldn’t block the screen. Newspaper ads for the new Automobile Movie Theater showed a chubby woman trying to squeeze into a movie-house seat. On opening night, visiting movie patrons handed over 25 cents each to see a British comedy called “Wives Beware” on a 40-by-50-foot screen. Customers instantly embraced Hollingshead’s brainchild—they could relax in their vehicles, smoke cigarettes, bring their kids, chat without being shushed. Drive-ins weren’t just for families, either; for romantically inclined teenagers, the media soon labeled such venues “passion pits.” Hollinshead’s biggest early problem involved sound. RCA had created three six-foot high speakers that supposedly guaranteed equal sound distribution everywhere on the grounds. But front-row people were subject to an ear-pounding volume, while back-row

While most former sites seating area, a playground, have morphed into housing a shuttle, and a full-service restaurant that offered roof- developments or shopping centers, the remaining weedtop dining. Unfortunately, the un- infested lots and flea-market avoidable passage of time locales now stand as sentibrought unwelcome changes nels to still-vivid memories in the form of soaring land of silver-screen stories once values and competition from told under nighttime skies. viewers could barely hear. increasing technology, espeAlso, neighbors griped about cially with the development “He is a self-made man the nightly noise. Eventually of popular home video sys- and worships his creator.” RCA came to the rescue by tems. - John Bright developing wire-attached speakers that hung on car windows. Thanks to a prosperous economy and a growing car culture, drive-in theaters mushroomed in popularity • Tired of sitting at the doctor’s office? after World War II. By 1958, the number of such sites— • Do you find it difficult to find a ride to your appointments? featuring about 25% of all • Are you ready to have your healthcare on your own terms? movie screens in America • Take advantage of this covered MEDICARE service at the time—reached its and let our physicians and nurse practitioners peak with 4,063 locations. provide your primary medical care in your HOME. The largest such venue was the All-Weather Drive-In Brought to you by L ubbock in Copiague, New York, and F amily which boasted 2,500 parking Medicine and schedule a housecall today. spaces, an additional indoor

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What’s the investment outlook for 2018?

By Zach Holtzman Financial advisor Edward JonEs By most measures, 2017 was a pretty good year for investors. But what can you expect in 2018? It’s difficult to precisely predict

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growth may be more modest than in other regions, which could result in international stocks outperforming domestic ones. Here’s another consideration: Low interest rates typically benefit the financial markets – and unless inflation jumps sharply, the Federal Reserve will probably remain patient, only raising short-term rates slowly throughout 2018. Despite these positive signs, there’s also reason for caution. Political uncertainty and changes in economic policies may lead to increased market volatility. Another factor is the long-term history of the stock market, which includes a drop of 10% or more – technically called a “correction” – about once a year. We’ve gone two years since the last correction, so it would not be surprising if we saw one in 2018. Given this outlook – which could be classified as “moderately optimistic” – what investment moves should you consider this year? Here are a few suggestions: Rebalance your portfolio The market’s gains may have increased the value of your stocks so much that they now represent a greater percentage of your portfolio than you had intended – and you may not be comfortable with this increased presence. So, you may want to rebalance your portfolio to achieve a suitable mix of stocks and bonds, based on your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. As part of this rebalancing, and in an effort to help reduce the impact of market volatility, you may need to add investment-grade bonds and cash investments. (Of course, bonds carry some risks, too, including interest rate risk and credit risk.)

The availability of cash will also make it easier for you to purchase stocks during a market downturn, when prices may be lower. Look beyond U.S. borders You may want to consider adding some international equity investments to your portfolio, if appropriate. As mentioned above, these stocks may do better than U.S. stocks in 2018, but regardless of performance, the presence of global stocks can help diversify your portfolio – and diversification can help decrease your overall risk level. (However, diversification can’t guarantee profits or protect against all losses.) Keep in mind that international investing carries some inherent risks, such as those related to currency fluctuations and foreign political and economic events. Be aware of “big” versus “little” If you don’t own many stocks of smaller companies, you might consider adding them to your portfolio. Smaller U.S. stocks have traditionally outperformed larger ones and may benefit from stronger economic growth and lower corporate tax rates. Be aware, though that small company stocks tend to be more volatile than those of larger companies. And, as with all stock investments, you may risk losing some or all of your principal. You may want to consult with a financial professional to determine which of these moves, or any others, are right for you. You can’t control the external factors affecting the financial markets, but you can take total charge of your own investment decisions – and in the long run, these decisions can help determine your success as an investor.


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Bone health & nutrition for a healthy life Drink your milk. A familiar phrase you have probably heard and said. Milk, or dairy in general, are best known for their calcium and vitamin D benefits. These nutrients are important in order to keep your bones healthy. As we age, we are at increased risk of developing weak bones and osteoporosis, which can lead to fractures and breaks. So, how do we keep our bones healthy? From a nutrition standpoint, eating a well-balanced diet with the right amounts of calcium and vitamin D are vital in maintaining or strengthening bones. The focus should be on a healthy diet containing 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, low in sodium, and providing adequate protein. Also include 2 to 3 servings of moderate to high calcium and vitamin D foods daily. Most people need at least 1,000 mg of calcium along with 15-20 mcg of vitamin D every day. Depending on your health status, age, gender, and diagnoses, these numbers may vary. Speak with your doctor

and a dietitian to personalize your menu. Below, you will find lists of foods high in calcium and vitamin D. There are also many foods fortified with calcium and vitamin D; read those food labels. Foods that are a significant source of calcium (300-400 mg): • 8 oz. yogurt • 1/2 C. evaporated skim milk • 1/2 C. dry milk powder • 8 oz. milk • 8 oz. fortified orange juice • 1/4 C Parmesan cheese • 1 oz. Swiss or Gruyere cheese • 1/2 C part-skim ricotta cheese • 3 oz. canned sardines with bones • 1 calcium-fortified cereal/ protein bar Foods that are a significant source of vitamin D: • 8 oz. milk • 8 oz. yogurt • Cod liver oil • Egg yolk • Fatty fish Did you know that vegetables such as turnip greens, broccoli, and beans also contain calcium? That’s just one more reason to make sure and eat your vegetables.

Along with the added calcium benefits, fruits and vegetables provide other nutrients necessary for good bone health including vitamin K, potassium, and magnesium. Be intentional about getting in your 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Don’t forget your protein. Add a lean protein of beans, fish, eggs, chicken, turkey, or meat to most meals to ensure you are getting adequate intake. This will help to ensure a balanced meal plan. The last, but still very important part of your diet is sodium. Put that salt shaker down. Sodium causes our bodies to lose calcium. Limit salty snack foods, canned items, and processed foods such as luncheon meat. Look for foods that provide <20% of the daily value for sodium. Exercise and daily activity are also important aspects to bone health. Ask your doctor about seeing a physical therapist or starting a safe exercise routine. To maintain your bones, eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, get adequate protein, and eat 2-3 servings of foods high in calcium and vitamin D daily. If you have questions about your diet, or need a meal plan, come in and see one of the registered dietitians at Wellness Today.

Holley Aguilera MS, RD, LD, registered dietitian at Wellness Today, 2431 S. Loop 289. Call for appointment, 806-771-8010. Source: nutritioncaremanual.org

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Start growing bolder In 1900, the average life expectancy was 49. Today, thanks to advancements in medicine, health care, and technology and improved personal lifestyle choices, everyone has the very real possibility of two or even three decades of active life beyond what is considered normal retirement age. Our post-retirement years can actually be longer than the years we spent working and building careers. For the first time in history, this entirely new life stage offers limitless opportunities to reinvent yourself, pursue passions, repair relationships, build new relationships, give back to the community, leave a meaningful legacy, and more. The key to tapping into and making the most of this new life stage is to stop simply growing older and start grow-

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How to declutter your home

As you make a house your home, many households acquire a plethora of items over time. Eventually you find yourself saturated in clutter. Starting the declutter process to a clean and orderly home can feel daunting when you have an entire house to go through. Often with decluttering, you find items that are in excellent shape yet no longer have use in your home. These items may be great for liquidation. We have put together a few tips and tricks to get your decluttering process started and help you recognize items that may work well in an estate sale or online auction. Tips for Decluttering Before you begin, pinpoint the end purpose for your decluttering efforts. Are there specific rooms that need the most care? Are you de-

cluttering certain item types like furniture, knick-knacks, or kitchen utensils? Or are there specific life events you are preparing for such as moving to a new home. It may even be beneficial to visualize how you would like to see a particular room or your home as a whole. ● Try sorting unwanted items into three categories sale, donate/ gift, and discard. ● Use boxes, bags, or baskets for sorting items. ● When deciding what to keep or dispose of ask yourself if you used the item in the last 3 months to a year. ● Decluttering roomby-room can make the task a bit less daunting, especially with a uniform process for each room. ● Anything that is still in the box, or very gently used, should be considered for selling, donating or gifting.

● Create a home for important papers, and information you need to go through. ● Consult experts such as Caring Transitions on antiques or highvalue items. ● Donate or sell clothing that you haven’t worn in the past year. ● Our experts recommend, “Anything in off-site storage should automatically be sold or donated.” ● Discard well worn, old, holey, or torn clothing or bed linens or towels. Spotting items that may be hidden gems As you declutter, there are a few items you may want to look for that could sell well in an online auction or estate sale. ■ Brand-name clothing or accessories ■ Vintage Pyrex and collectible glassware ■ Items still in the box or with a tag ■ Sports equipment ■ Electronics (especially tablets) ■ Collectible figurines

■ Furniture made of real wood ■ Vintage lamps ■ Vintage picture frames ■ Vintage atlas, globes, or maps ■ Old cameras & lenses ■ Sports memorabilia ■ Vintage music players and boxes ■ Antique jewelry ■ Paintings, sculptures, pottery by celebrated artists If you are unsure of an item’s value, here are a few ways to tell if it may be worth a look from an expert, such as the Caring Transitions Estate Sale and Online Auction specialists: ►Check for distinctive markings ►Research items similarly made online ►Research the artist or designer who created the item By combining these tips you may find hidden gems in the clutter. Some of the most recent top selling items on the Caring Transitions online auction platform include cars, classic cars, vintage jewelry, farm equipment, rare furnishings, and retail equipment. - CaringTransiTions.Com

Barbie: Examining an Icon

‘Barbie: Examining an Icon’ will be on display through March 18, in the Fine Arts Gallery at the Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave. Created by Ruth Handler, co-founder of Mattel, Barbie came on the scene in 1959 at the New York Toy Fair. Now 59 years later, Barbie is still a global icon. In addition to the exhibition, a panel discussion will feature the varying viewpoints of experts from the areas of Women’s Studies, clothing/fashion/ textiles, and marketing from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8.

What country would qualify as the most stressed-out nation in the world because of the living conditions? By looking at the homicide rate, the GDP per capita, continued income inequality, corruption, lack of education opportunities and unemployment numbers, one thing is clear: Nigeria’s people are, hands-down, the most stressed out population in the world.


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The spelling error

One simple spelling mistake - even a typo - can make life miserable. I recently texted a short, romantic note to my wife while I was away on a fishing trip, and I missed one small ‘e.’ No problem you might say.

Not so. This tiny error has caused me to seek police protection to enter my own house. I wrote, “Hi darling. I’m enjoying and experiencing the best time of my whole life. I wish you were her.”

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(Gluten free) ∙ Serves 5 • 1/2 cup bacon, cooked & chopped • 1 tsp garlic powder • 1/4 cup green onions • 1 lb Russet potatoes, cut • 1 tomato • 5 eggs • 1/2 tsp pepper • 2 tsp salt • 3 tbsp olive oil • 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese • 1 cup milk • 1 tbsp Parmesan, grated

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Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). 2. Thinly slice the potatoes 3. Put the sliced potatoes in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of pepper, and Parmesan; use hands or a spoon to evenly coat the potato slices. 4. Lay the potato slices in a pie dish starting from the middle and working your way out, overlapping the potato slices. Line the edge of the pie dish with overlapping potato slices.Fill in any gaps with leftover potato slices. 5. Bake for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are just cooked and not yet brown. 6. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, tomato, green onions, bacon, cheddar cheese, 1 teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of pepper, and garlic powder. 7. Slowly pour the egg mixture over the potatoes, if the potatoes begin to lift up, stop and press them down with a spoon. 8. Bake for 30 minutes or until the eggs are set and the potatoes are brown. 9. Slice and serve, and enjoy.

Golden Gazette February 2018  

Lubbock's Senior Newspaper

Golden Gazette February 2018  

Lubbock's Senior Newspaper