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Volume 29, Number 7

July 2017

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Lubbock, Texas 79401

Patriotic tribute set for July 3 at Cactus Theater “All Hands On Deck!” is a patriotic tribute show set for 7 to 9:30 p.m. July 3, at the Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave. “We are incredibly excited to present this professional touring tribute to the Greatest Generation,” said Darryl Holland, owner of the Cactus Theater. “Folks have been asking for us to bring a theatrical-based show back to the Cactus – and we are very fortunate to have landed this patriotic show to present the day before Independence Day. “This act has a residency

in Branson through much of the year, but they take the show out on the road occasionally – and we had a date available that allowed them to stop in Lubbock to present this high-quality show.

Inside Independence Day, July 4 Patriotic tribute, July 3... .page.1

“It’s going to be an incredible night.” Ticket prices range from $25 to $60, and can be purchased online at CactusTheater.com or by calling 762-3233.

“We want to fill the Cactus Theater with folks who appreciate the timeless quality of the sights and sounds that made the USO tours of the 1940s such a lasting legacy. This show

features the music, dress, video clips - everything that will make lasting memories all over again. “More than 40 songs are woven throughout the show, and the lively entertainers do it all - sing, dance, recreate radio jingles of the day.” “All Hands On Deck!” show creator is Jody Madaras, a Broadway veteran. “We are reminded ev(See Patriotic show, Page 2)

4th on Broadway events....page.12 Family Caregiver Conference, Aug. 10.....page.13

Foods to boost memory....page.15 Free summer meals for kids & teens.................... .page.2 Social isolation is bad......page.19 Low water use plants...... .page.5 Yoga in the Plaza..............page.21

One of the scenes from “All Hands On Deck!” set to be performed July 3 at the Cactus Theater.


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Free summer meals for kids and teens across Lubbock County

The Texas Hunger Initiative, the South Plains Food Bank, YWCA of Lubbock, and Lubbock ISD and Frenship ISD are collaborating with a diverse group of partners to provide the Free 4.5 million Texans are food insecure, Summer Meals program for kids and teens in the area. including 1 out of every 4 children. As a result, more area kids and teens will be connected gap” when school is out of the Texas Department of this summer to health and session. Agriculture work with the The U.S. Department of organizations to offer the nutrition resources, helping to close the crucial “summer Agriculture (USDA) and free summer meals.

Many summer meals sites, which are registered with the USDA, offer fun learning and recreational activities so kids and teens can eat a healthy meal while staying active and hanging out with friends. Program details: * Meals are free to children and teens ages 18 and younger who come to a Summer Meals site. * Food served follows

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USDA nutrition guidelines and is paid for by the USDA. * Summer Meals sites are at schools, churches, community centers and other places that are safe for kids and teens. * Parents don’t need to apply to the program to get a free summer meal for their kids. They can just bring their child to a Summer Meals site. Visit https://www.lubbockisd.org/summermeals to view a map with meal sites, dates, and times of operations; call 211; or text FOODTX to 877-877 to find the nearest meal site.

Patriotic show on July 3 at Cactus (Continued from Page 1)

eryday that our country has challenges,” Madaras said. “I wanted to write about patriotic unity, what’s right about our country, and thank our veterans in a musical way. “I know how much these songs mean to them, and I have discovered as we have toured across America how much they inspire audiences of all ages. I want everyone to leave our show feeling a little better and happier about our country.” The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.


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Gym offers military & veterans discounts

Wellness Today is a gym located off South Loop 289 and University, 2431 S. Loop 289. It offers cardio and strength training equipment, personal training, group exercise classes for all fitness levels, underwater treadmills, registered dietitians, and weight loss programs. It is also a Silver Sneakers and Silver & Fit location. July’s special is a discount on all memberships for active military and veterans. Phone is 806-771-8010.

Resurfacing S. Loop 289 frontage roads Motorists traveling south Loop 289 frontage roads should anticipate various lane and intersection closures as the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) starts a project to resurface the south Loop frontage roads and turnarounds, from I-27 to just west of Slide Road. The $7.5 million project will also make roadway repairs to a portion of the west Loop 289 mainlanes at 34th

on this busy roadway, the majority of intersection work will take place overnight, but nighttime traffic should still expect lane closures and detours.” Evening work is expected to begin around 7 p.m. and conclude each morning by 6 a.m. Work on the frontage road (straight-away) lanes, has been scheduled as daytime work and will require various lane closures, ramp

closures, turning restrictions, and delays. Lane closures are also planned during the west Loop 289 mainlane work. Drivers are advised to pay attention and slow down as they enter the work area for their safety and the safety of the workers. Work will take place weather permitting. Construction is anticipated to wrap-up in late-September.

Downtown Bible Class

Counselors for the Health Insurance Marketplace Certified Application Counselors are available to provide free application assistance for those interested in obtaining health insurance. Although, Certified Application Counselors are located at the main site at 1610 5th St., appointments can be made to be assisted at any location of Community Health Center of Lubbock. Open enrollment begins Nov. 1, and ends Jan. 31, 2018. Call 806-765-2611 and ask to speak with a Certified Application Counselor for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Street. Project contractor J. Lee Milligan, of Amarillo, Texas, began work in June to mill the frontage roads intersections and then resurface with asphalt hotmix, said Stuart Withington, P.E., TxDOT’s Lubbock Area assistant engineer. “Work to resurface the major intersections and turnarounds is up first on the construction schedule,” Withington said. “To minimize the impact to traffic

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Ann Apple, Organist

The Downtown Bible Class cordially invites you to attend Bible classes each Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the west end of the Legacy Event Center at 14th St. and Avenue O. The music begins at 9:30. We sing the old humns that everyone knows so well. Our teacher, Reverend John Ballard, teaches the lesson from 9:45 until 10:15. Come at 9 a.m. for coffee, donuts and Christian fellowship. Ann Apple will be playing beautiful hymns on the great organ in the sanctuary. It is a very relaxed atmosphere, and we know you will enjoy it.

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Brady appointed to Lubbock ISD Board Liver disease isn’t only due to alcohol consumption

The Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees met in closed session in June to interview five applicants for the open at-large seat on the Lubbock ISD board. Trustees returned to open session four hours later and voted 6-0 to appoint Zach Brady to the vacancy. The parent of two Lubbock ISD students, Brady is an attorney, small busi-

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ness owner, and both of his parents were public school educators. Brady will serve until the next regular board election on May 5, 2018, when voters will select a candidate to fill the remainder of the unexpired term, which ends in May 2020. Laura Vinson is board vice president. “We had outstanding candidates for this position and were pleased to see the sincere interest in serving the students of Lubbock ISD,” Vinson said. “I look forward to working with Zach and know his background will make him a great asset to our board.” Brady will be sworn in as a trustee at board meeting in the near future.

Liver disease and liver problems are well-known side effects of drinking too much alcohol, but there are also liver diseases that can affect the body in people who drink little to no alcohol. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) refers to a range of liver conditions generating from too much fat stored in liver cells. It is becoming increasingly common, especially in western nations and among people ages 40-50. Signs and causes of NAFLD Doctors aren’t 100% sure what causes fatty liver disease, but there are known risk factors including obesity, high blood sugar, high levels of fats in the blood, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, PCOS, underactive thyroids, or underactive pituitary gland. Complications of NAFLD can be minimal, including fluid buildup in the abdomen, or can be life threatening, including liver cancer or liver failure. Signs of the disease include having an enlarged liver, fatigue, pain in the upper right abdomen, abdominal

swelling, enlarged blood vessels just below the skin surface, enlarged Sameer Islam, M.D. breasts in men, an enlarged spleen, red palms, and jaundice, which refers to yellowing of the skin and eyes. It’s time to call your doctor if you have any persistent signs mentioned above. Treatments for NAFLD? A new study indicates that highly structured health education, nutrition, and exercise programs are a good resource for patients. The study included 495 patients, 236 of whom had evidence of NAFLD. They were enrolled in a 12-week program that included daily lectures on nutrition in combination with moderate intensity aerobic exercise. The program helped most of its participants lose weight and see a drop in their BMI, resulting in a reduction in the nonalcoholic fatty liver disease symptoms and concerns. If you’re concerned that you might fall into this

category of patients with NAFLD, it might be time to visit your healthcare provider for a checkup. NAFLD is not always evident in physical exams, so you may need blood tests or imaging exams to diagnose underlying issues. In the meantime, a healthy approach to diet and exercise is a good starting point to reducing your risk of the disease. If you are overweight or have struggled with losing weight, come see us for alternatives including a nonsurgical alternative called ReShape. It is a new, innovative means to lose the extra pounds and live a healthier lifestyle. Sameer Islam, MD is a board-certified gastroenterologist and hepatologist in Lubbock, 806-761-0747, www.sameerislam.com.


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Low water use plants can bring color to landscapes By Katherine Drury Education and outrEach coordinator High Plains Underground Water Conservation District Your WaterWise landscape doesn’t have to be

als that surround a columnshaped center, resembling a sombrero. Its droopy petals can be all yellow, all red, or a mix of the two colors. Since the Prairie Coneflower is a native plant, it is

Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus)

devoid of color. Plant low water use annuals and perennials to keep your garden bright, while reducing irrigation and overall maintenance. Here are a couple of drought tolerant flowers: Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida columnifera) Prairie Coneflower, also called Mexican Hat or Thimbleflower, is a native wildflower found all over the state. This perennial flower displays yellow and red pet-

easy to grow. It is droughttolerant, a quick grower, and easily started from seed. It grows aggressively and might out compete weaker plants. Flowers will bloom from June through August. Seeds are easy to harvest in August or September and should be planted in the fall. If you’re growing these in your garden, allow the plants to go to seed after flowering ceases in autumn before mowing or collecting seeds. Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus) This perennial shrub is an excellent choice if you want to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your landscape. While it can grow in a variety of conditions, partly shaded areas are best suited for this plant. It is both heat tolerant and drought resistant. Turk’s Cap can grow up to six feet high and almost just as wide.

Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)

The plant gets the name Turk’s Cap because of its red, twisted flowers that resemble a Turkish turban. It goes by many other names as well, such as Texas Mallow, Red Mallow and Mexican Apple.

Cut this shrub to the ground each year in early spring before new growth begins. The “Mexicanus” variety is known as Giant Turk’s Cap, and “Drummondii” is a smaller variety.


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Light My Fire: The Doors, July 1967 He was genius-level brilliant, as handsome as a Greek god, and his rich baritone voice defined late 1960s rock. By Randal Hill But to everyone who wryterhill@msn.com knew James Douglas Morrison, the Doors’ lead singer, and, ultimately, self-destruche was also a frustrating tion. study in rebellion and excess The son of a Navy admiral

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and his wife, Jim was born in 1943 in Melbourne, Florida. He graduated from high school in Virginia in 1961, then moved to Los Angeles to earn a bachelor’s degree in film studies at UCLA four years later. After graduation, he devoured philosophy books and wrote dark, abstract poetry and offbeat song lyrics. At a Santa Monica dive called the Turkey Joint West, former fellow UCLA film school grad Ray Manzarek led and played organ in a blues band called Rick and the Ravens. (Rick was Ray’s guitarist brother.) One night Manzarek invited former UCLA classmate Morrison onstage to sing. Unprepared for his stage debut, Jim belted out “Louie Louie” until his voice went hoarse. Manzarek eventually broke up his band and reformed it as The Doors, with himself as keyboardist, Jim as lead singer, and friends Robbie Krieger on guitar and John Densmore on drums. They chose their new name from Aldous Huxley’s “The Doors of Perception,” a book that advocated the use

of psychedelic drugs. The quartet became a fixture at hip Sunset Boulevard clubs before signing with Elektra Records late in 1966. “The Doors,” the first of their 10 platinum-selling albums, featured Light My Fire. The ultimate 1960s erotic rock anthem was created mainly by guitarist Krieger as a slow blues tune, much like Jose’ Feliciano’s laidback 1968 cover version. The original, more upbeat Doors track ran over seven minutes in length - much too long for radio airplay. Trimmed to under three minutes (Manzarek’s powerful extended organ solo was cut dramatically), Light My Fire rocketed to #1 on the 1967 Billboard charts. When the Doors performed Light My Fire on The Ed Sullivan Show, Morrison had promised to sing “Girl, we couldn’t get much better,” substituting “better” for “higher,” which Sullivan incorrectly feared was a drug reference. Jim had reluctant-

ly agreed to the change but defiantly sang the original lyrics when the show was aired live. The band was never invited back. On the tour road, The Doors members frequently had to contend with their star’s rampant alcoholism. In Off the Record, Robbie Krieger admitted, “When we played live, it was usually baby-sitting time with him…I loved the guy when he was straight. I disliked him immensely when he was drunk.” Former Doors manager Bill Siddons once said, “He told those around him, those who loved him and cared about him and tried to get him to stop drinking, that he wanted to die before he was 30.” On July 3, 1971, Jim Morrison was found dead of a heart attack in the bathtub at his Paris apartment. He was 27 years old. It was reported that he had the slightest of smiles on his face.

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McBride receives A Surprise on 34th Street highest honor Eddie McBride, president/CEO of the Lubbock Chamber, has received the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Marvin Hurley Award, which was announced June21 at the annual TCCE Conference in League City. The Marvin Hurley Award is the highest honor and award that is presented annually. It is presented to individuals who have demonstrated excellence over their career with respect to individual chamber-related career accomplishments, excellent service to their community, and exceptional contributions to the Chamber of Commerce profession as a whole. Under McBride’s direction since 1999, the Chamber has received numerous awards and recognitions. The Chamber was twice awarded the prestigious 5-Star accreditation recognition by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2009 and 2014 and won

Eddie McBride

the 2008 and 2012 Chamber of the Year Award, the best Chamber in the nation in its dues category awarded by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. He also received the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Distinguished Service Award in 2011. The award is named after Marvin Hurley, a former Texas chamber professional who served as CEO of the Houston Chamber and is still considered one of the greatest chamber executives to serve in Texas and the nation.

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W. 82nd & Homestead Ave. 34th & Memphis Ave.

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A few months ago, I was driving north on Boston Ave. and noticed that Manara Café is at 34th and Boston Ave. Although I never had the opportunity to dine at the original 50th Street location, I would now make it for sure a dining destination. Several columns ago, I wrote about the meaning of “cosmopolitan” and how it relates to the influence of different cultures in the variety of restaurants and the foods that are offered, especially here in Lubbock. Manara translated means light house in the Lebanese language. This cozy café is a real beacon of light toward making Lubbock a true cosmopolitan city. Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food is a real love of mine. While living in El Paso many years ago, some of our close friends were of the Greek, Syrian, and Lebanese cultures. They taught me many of their recipes. To this day, several of these delicious foods are prepared in my own kitchen. At the end of this column I will share two recipes with you. Manara is owned by Fakhreddine Alsheikh and his wife, Carolina. He told me to call him “Fred.” That works for me! He uses 14 spices which he orders from Houston plus all ingredients on the menu items are fresh and everything is made from

scratch every day. His city and country of origin are Beirut, Lebanon, so authenticity is the definite operative word. Recently, our eldest daughter invited me to a belated Mother’s Day lunch, so this was the perfect opportunity to try Manara Café. For appetizers, we chose the Dolmas (rice stuffed grape leaves) and Falafel (fried ground chick peas) plus an order of “Crunchy Fries.” Everything was deli-

cious! The fries were coated with a mystery ingredient to give that fabulous crunch. Maybe Fred will share his secret with me on my next visit. As her main entrée, daughter chose the Chicken Shawarma Wrap which includes tomatoes, pickles, with a yummy garlic sauce, all wrapped up in fresh pita bread. I ordered the Veggie Platter which includes Hummus, Babba Ghanoush (egg-

(See Manara Café, Page 9)


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Covenant Health earns Excellence in Healthcare Awards Four Covenant Health hospitals were recently recognized by national healthcare research leader Professional Research Consultants, Inc. for excellence in patient experience. Covenant was honored with these national awards during the 2017 Excellence in Healthcare Conference in Austin in June. Covenant Medical Center earned Gold Achievements specifically for South 9 General Medicine and South 4 Cardiac Telemetry. Covenant staff also earned Silver Achievements for East 6 Cardiac ICU and South 6 Orthopedics. Covenant Children’s earned a Silver Achievement for its Patient Experience Council/3 North Pediatric Inpatient; a 5 Star Excellence

Award in Overall Quality of Care; and two 4 Star Excellence Awards in Nursing Care and Physician Engagement. Covenant Plainview earned a Gold Achievement: Achieving Excellence through Education, Training, Accepting the excellence awards for Covenant were Susan Sayari, Candy Landbeck, Kelly Johns, and Interdisciplin- Karen Baggerly, Karen Dean, Cindy Grissman, Joe Inguanzo Ph.D. CEO of PRC, and Frances Shephard. ary Teamwork; and 4-Star Physician Engage- ganizations and individu- Baggerly, regional chief care Conference has brought als who achieve excellence nurse executive for Covenant together hundreds of healthment award. care leaders to celebrate their Covenant Levelland throughout the year by im- Health. “We are so fortunate to work to transform the patient earned a Gold Achievement: proving patient experiences work in a healing ministry experience. based on surveys of their No Physician Rounds Alone; where our values and misTo learn more about the and 5-Star Patient Experi- patients. “These national awards sion are lived out each day. 2017 Excellence in Healthence recognition: HCAHPS Communication with Doc- are a testament to our care- I am so proud of all our care care Awards, including eligigivers and the compassionate teams for their exceptional bility and criteria, visit www. tors. PRCCustomResearch.com. The Excellence in Health- care provided to all patients service and quality.” The Excellence in Healthcare Awards recognize or- through them,” said Karen

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Manara Café offers Mediterranaen and Middle Eastern food on 34th St. (Continued from Page 7)

plant dip), Falafel, Dolmas and salad. Everything was delicious. There are 6 other platters offered and include saffron rice or fries, salad and pita bread. The menu also offers 3 selections of salads, 2 with either chicken or beef, and the other is an authentic Greek salad complete with feta cheese. This will definitely be on my order for next time. Tabbouleh is not on the menu, but if you call and request it ahead of time, he will prepare it for you. Water, teas and soft drinks are available by the bottle. I did notice something interesting; there were no salt and pepper shakers on any of the tables but then realized everything was properly seasoned, at least for my taste. At the checkout desk are beautiful large jars of imported olives - both green and black for sale. Here again we’re talking authentic! The labels were printed in Arabic and very colorful. They looked fantastic. There’s another item related to this culture which is his Baklava dessert. I’ve had this delicacy many times before, and to say it’s a richly delicious honey soaked pastry is an understatement. We were both so full that dessert was not an option. We even had “doggie bags” to take home.

Manara’s address is 2623 34th St. The phone number is 701-4190. Lunch hours are Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinners are served Thursday thru Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Here are the 2 recipes I promised. They are my version of Hummus and

Eggplant Dip. The authentic recipes call for Tahini, but sometimes is difficult find. Instead I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil. So here goes in time for your 4th of July parties. These are delicious dips and work well with any chips or veggie platters. You cannot mess up either one.

Hummus

1 can drained garbanzo beans (reserve liquid) ¼ cup of reserved liquid (save the rest for soups) Zest of 1 lemon (zest it first) Juice of same lemon ½ t. salt 1 clove chopped garlic ¼ cup EVOO or more needed for moisture A couple sprigs of fresh parsley Put first 6 ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth. Then very slowly drizzle in EVOO while the blender is still running. Lastly, blend in the parsley until small flakes appear. Enjoy! Possible additions: ½ roasted red bell pepper, skin removed, or ½ cup roasted carrots.

Babba Ghanoush (Eggplant Dip)

Cut a large eggplant in half lengthwise and brush a generous amount of EVOO on cut side. Put on sheet pan, cut side up, and roast in oven at 350 degrees till golden brown on top. Take out of oven and cool completely to room temperature. Next, scoop out pulp from “shell” and place in blender. Proceed as above. There is no need to add bell pepper or carrots to this dip! Note: Since the eggplant contains so much moisture you may not want to use all the lemon juice. You be the judge. Do use all the zest, salt, parsley and EVOO. Note 2: My son-in-law hates eggplant, but when served this dip, he loved it. He didn’t mind getting fooled. Until next time – Have a Happy 4th of July, and God Bless America, Granny

Diabetes self-management & nutrition classes

Free Diabetes Self-Management and Nutrition classes are offered at the Community Health Center of Lubbock. Each course is provided in a group setting and meets once weekly for 8 weeks. Participants are presented with information and instruction for diabetes self-management. These classes are free and open to the public. Contact Jo D Scarborough at 806-765-2611 ext. 1302 for upcoming classes.

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By James K. White

Over the last several decades, people have dumped goldfish into Lake Tahoe. Some of those fish have flourished because of clean water, plentiful food sources, and few predators. Swimmers, boaters and shoreline observers daily report sightings of goldfish that measure as much as 17 inches beautifully glistening in Tahoe’s pristine water. Progress in the prevention of some strains of the much dreaded rabies has been significant. However, in 2014 there were more than 500 confirmed cases of skunkborne rabies in the state of Texas. On a brighter note – there were no recorded instances of coyotes or gray foxes in Texas carrying the disease during that same year. An aggressive distribution program wherein oral vaccines coated

with food-baits (such as fish meal) were dropped in areas where rabies had previously been a problem infecting foxes and coyotes. Studies indicate that the vaccine has been very effective. Scientists and wildlife experts are hoping a similar practice will yield similar results with the Mephitidae residents. Authorities advise that people avoid contact with skunks, especially during daylight hours. I must wonder what sector of our population had to be cautioned to not pet or aggravate skunks. On second thought, I suppose the target audience could be some of my less astute kinfolk. A researcher from Cornell University has conducted research which suggests that when passengers fly at altitudes above 20,000 feet,

their tastes in foods change. And so do their cravings – collectively. Requests for tomato juice spike dramatically while orders for sweet drinks and beer decrease. These results tie in with an Oxford report that the environs at eating establishments alter the dining behavior of patrons. A quiet restaurant with fast attentive service is sought by mature diners who are more likely to eat leisurely while sipping some expensive wines or liqueurs. I would wager that many knowledgeable restaurant owners were already aware of these “discoveries.” Personal investigation has allowed me to discern that England has no kidney bank. However, it does have a Liverpool. I apologize. Surely Hillary is aware: the first governor of New

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York was George Clinton (1777- 1795). He served a second time 1801-1804. Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest U.S. president ever in office. He became our chief executive at age 42 when William McKinley was assassinated. At age 43, John

A school teacher injured his back and had to wear a plaster cast around the upper part of his body. It fit under his shirt and was not noticeable at all. On the first day of the term, still with the cast under his shirt, he found himself assigned to the toughest students in school. Walking confidently into the rowdy classroom, he opened the window as wide as possible, then busied himself with desk work. The classroom became a bit unruly, and he admonished them. This happened several times. When he would do work at his desk, the strong breeze from the window made his tie flap annoyingly. He kept rearranging and rearranging the tie as the class raised its level of unruliness. Finally, becoming disgusted with the wayward tie, he stood up, took a big sta-

F. Kennedy was the youngest person ever elected to the presidency in 1960. Well, be prudent enough to avoid skunk dalliances while in Texas – and have a great week.

pler off his desk, and stapled the tie to his chest in several places. Discipline was not a problem from that day forward.

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Golden Gazette • July 2017 • Page 11

Invitation to a spring cleaning

By Margaret Merrell No, you do not have to bring your broom, mop and bucket, and dust cloths. Simply get comfortable in your favorite chair, tune in some quiet, restorative music, and just lean back and relax. Make gentle moves until you feel every muscle slowly “letting go.” With your body at ease, turn your thoughts to focus on your mind. Now is the time you may want to close your eyes. This is where we start our spring-cleaning. In the front of your mind we have several boxes bearing names such as “Throw Away,” “Sort & Save,” and “Use Daily.” Let us move to the deeper corners to start our cleaning. Here is a drawer crammed full of good intentions and I meant to’s. The time has passed to act on any of the contents, and they are just cluttering up needed space. Empty the drawer into the Throw Away box. This gives you a fresh start to say and do those things for yourself, family and friends. Don’t toss them back into the drawer. Carry through with each one as it comes to your mind. Now this box is interesting. It is full of memories. This will take some time, but it all goes into the Sort & Save box.

Take time to savor all the good times in your life. Carefully place the memories of loved ones no longer on this earth and some of the sad times along side the happy and delightful times you have lived. Remove any lingering thoughts of disappointments, anger, revenge and jealousy or envy and place them in the Throw Away box. They bring you no happiness, and they only take away from the joy of your blissful memories. Here is a beautiful chest with delicate carvings of flowers, trees, mountains and streams. Lifting the satin-lined lid, we discover many marvelous, beautiful essences that make up the core of our soul. We find that at some time the chest had been neglected and left open, and some of the contents are soiled and in need of a good cleaning. Thankfulness needs a good dusting. Honor could use a polishing. Hope is in bad need of airing and fluffing. Positive spirit is a little crumpled. Love is tucked into one corner and needs growing room. Prayer is somewhere near the bottom. One by one everything in the chest is given special

attention and returned to its trust are freshly restored. Enjoy and rejoice. Now is original state. Prayer takes away the dust and wrinkles. the time to count your blessPrayer gives each one its ings. special shine and space. Place all of the contents of the chest into the Use Daily box. Go to your Use Daily box and activate its contents every day. There will no longer be any need for dusting, polishing, cleaning and rearranging. Look how all the sad, nagging and unpleasant things have been taken care of! What an uplifting feeling! What a great job of spring cleaning. Now your faith, love and

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4th on Broadway at Mackenzie expands to 4 days try music. July 2 music Amigos La Raza on the from William Clark Green, Plaza at the Lubbock County Randall King and Grant Courthouse Square, on Texas Gilbert. July 3 music from Avenue, between Broadway Randy Rogers Band, Dalton Domino and Shotgun Rider. and Main Streets. Music of AJ Castillo, Ed- Lubbock County Courthouse die Gonzalez, David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, Gary Hobbs, Sekreto, Bobby G & The Galaxy Band, and DJ Sancho. Gates open at 1 p.m., music starts at 2 p.m. Kids 12 and under get in free. $15 advance tickets are available at Pronto Mart, Montelongo’s, Seminole Beer Barn, Stop & Go Square, on Texas Avenue, in Lamesa, or online at raza- between Broadway and Main Streets. ontheplaza2017.eventbrite. Gates open at 7, show com. starts at 7:30. One night July 2 & 3 passes for the festival are Two days of Texas coun-

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Engineering logic

Two engineers were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking at its top. A woman walked by and asked what they were doing. “We’re supposed to find the height of this flagpole,” Sven said, “but we don’t have a ladder.” The woman took a wrench from her purse, loosened a couple of bolts, and laid the pole down on the ground. Then she took a tape measure from her pocketbook, took a measurement, announced, “Twenty-one feet, six inches,” and walked away. One engineer shook his head and laughed, “A lot of good that does us. We ask for the height and she gives us the length!” Both engineers have since quit their engineering jobs and are currently serving as elected members of Congress.


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Family Caregiver Conference set for Aug. 10 The 2017 Family Caregiver Conference is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 10, at First United Methodist Church, 1411 Broadway. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The event is free, but seating is limited. Lunch will be provided. Stephanie Hoffman of Music and Memory will be the speaker. She is the former Director of AGE of Central Texas Adult Day Health Center, where she pioneered person-centered care. Hoffman is the Central U.S. Re-

gional Director for Music & Memory and serves as VP of Education and Training for the Texas Culture Change Coalition. She helped pass legislation securing dignity and autonomy for elders (SB 1999). Stephanie is inspired by those who think differently and believes that strong collaboration is key to positive change in long-term care. A screening of the documentary “Alive Inside” will be shown. “Alive Inside” is a cinematic exploration of music’s

capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. This stirring documentary follows numerous visionaries in healthcare including social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as it demonstrates music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. The conference is open to all caregivers, anyone facing the challenges of dementia, and those who want to learn methods for dealing with the

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Foods to boost memory

Holley Aguilera RegisteRed dietitian Wellness today Have you been more forgetful lately? Are you misplacing items around the house or forgetting appointments? Memory is affected by varying factors including physical activity, lifestyle, environment, and genetics. Diet also has a significant impact on memory and giving your brain a boost. Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins all play important roles in memory and brain function. There are simple ways to increase your daily intake of these nutrients. First of all, increase your fruit and vegetable intake. The old saying, ‘an apple a day will keep the doctor away’ has some truth behind it, but make sure you get vegetables, too. Aim to get a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables each day - preferably fill half your plate at every meal. This will not only provide multiple vitamins, minerals and fiber, but also will aid in enhancing memory. Here are a few ideas on how to increase fruit and vegetable intake: · throw spinach, bell pepper, and onion into an egg scramble · snack on fresh vegetables and dip in hummus or guacamole

· have washed fruit to grab as a snack · enjoy fruit as a sweet and healthy dessert · make a smoothie with both vegetables and fruits Pay special attention to increase your intake of berries such as blackberries, blueberries, and cherries to provide more flavonoids which may help enhance memory and brain function. Summer time is the perfect season for cherries. Have washed cherries on hand for a quick and tasty snack. Another great way to provide your brain and body with a healthy boost is by increasing your Omega-3 fatty acids. These are naturally found in fish, walnuts, ground flaxseed, and chia seeds along with other foods that are fortified such as eggs and milk. Fish specifically provides DHA which is necessary for overall brain health. Aim for two servings of fish (not fried) per week to help meet

your Omega-3 fatty acid goal. Having canned tuna counts - just buy tuna canned in water not oil. Change up the flavor profile of fish by adding salsa, spice, or fruit. Try different cooking methods such as grilling, baking, or steaming fish and add a few vegetables for a complete meal full of brain boosting qualities. Help yourself remember those doctor’s appointments and upcoming events by increasing your fruit, vegetable, and Omega-3 fatty acid intake. If you would like a personalized meal plan or more nutrition information on dietrelated health issues, come see the dietitians at Wellness Today. Holley Aguilera MS, RD, LD is a Registered Dietitian at Wellness Today, 2431 South Loop 289. Call for an appointment, 806-771-8010. Resource: http://www.eatright. org/resource/health/wellness/ healthy-aging/memory-boostingfoods

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Page 16 • July 2017 • Golden Gazette 4th on Broadway - four-day festival - July 1, La Raza on the Plaza, followed by the two-day “4th on Broadway mini-fest” on July 2-3. Tickets are on sale at Select a Seat. July 4 - 4th on Broadway parade, picnic in the park, free evening concert, fireworks extravaganza, and more. July 1 - Joke 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. July 2 - World UFO Day Sunday Concert in the Park: Westwind Brass Band, 8 pm, Free, Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, Wagner Park, 26th and Flint. July 3 - Compliment Your Mirror Day Patriotic tribute at the Cactus Theater – “All Hands On Deck!” – 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets $25 to $60 at CactusTheater.com or 762-3233. July 4 – Independence Day

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crest Country Club main dining room 4011 North Boston Ave. Gloria Quinton presentation on “Fire Safety in the Home & Things to Remember,” $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University Avenue then turn left (or west) on Newcomb Street and proceed to the Clubhouse front entrance. Second Saturday Program - Caprock Beekeepers Association, with David Naugher, 10 a.m. at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, 4111 University Avenue, 806-797-4520. July 9 - Sugar Cookie Day Sunday Concert in the Park: Westwind Brass Band, 8 pm, Free, Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, Wagner Park, 26th and Flint. July 10 - Teddy Bear Picnic UMC Better Breathers Club -- a

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classes on Saturdays beginning July 8 through Aug. 26, at 9 a.m. in the Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza, 1824 Crickets Ave. Bring a yoga mat, towel or blanket, sunscreen, and water to stay hydrated. 775-2685. Wolfforth Once-a-month Craft Fair - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wolfforth Library Meeting Room, 508 E. Hwy 62/82 in Wolfforth; Free admission; Handmade items / baked goods / direct sales. Country Western Dance – 7 p.m. Lubbock Area Square & Round Dance Center, 2305 120th St. Smoke- & alcohol-free. $5 admission for members, $7 for non members. Brisket & pulled pork sandwiches w/chips $5 per plate. 765-8736 or 747-4344 for more info. www.SquareDanceLubbockTx.com. July 16 - Fresh Spinach Day Sunday Concert in the Park: Westwind Brass Band, 8 pm, Free, Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, Wagner Park, 26th and Flint. July 17 - Hug Your Kids Day July 18 - National Caviar Day July 19 - Raspberry Cake Day July 20 - Moon Day Summer Showcase Concert Series – Colin Gilmore, Indie Rock/ Alternative Folk, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard of the Buddy Holly Center. July 21 - Junk Food Day July 22 - Hammock Day Yoga in the Plaza - free yoga classes on Saturdays beginning July 8 through Aug. 26, at 9 a.m. in the Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza, 1824 Crickets Ave. Bring a yoga mat, towel or blanket, sunscreen, and water to stay hydrated. 775-2685. (See Enriching Lives, Page 18)


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Cardboard boat races complete annual STEM Challenge Students from 10 Lubbock ISD middle schools completed the 2017 Middle School STEM Challenge on June 9 with cardboard boat races at the Pete Ragus Aquatic Center. The team from Hutchinson Middle School took first place in the race, followed by teams

from O.L. Slaton and Smylie Wilson tying for second place. The team from O.L. Slaton won the “Longest Float Award.” Teams of four students worked during the week on a variety of mini-challenges to test their engineering skills and learn concepts applicable to the competition. The teams applied STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) information gleaned during the week to design and build boats out of cardboard and duct tape. The Texas Tech University STEM Center for Outreach, Research & Education (STEM CORE) and the Lubbock Independent School District joined forces for the fourth consecutive year to host the event. The winning team takes home the Dwyer Cup, named for the program creator, Dr. Jerry Dwyer. Each Lubbock ISD middle school sent a math or science teacher and four students to represent their campus in the competition from June 5-9. One Texas Tech undergraduate student joined each team as a mentor. Participating schools were: · Atkins Middle School · Cavazos Middle School · Dunbar College Preparatory Academy · Evans Middle School · Hutchinson Middle School · Irons Middle School · Mackenzie Middle School · O.L. Slaton Middle School · Smylie Wilson Middle School · Talkington School for Young Women Leaders

Hutchinson Middle School team won first place.

Smylie Wilson Middle School tied for second place.

O.L. Slaton Middle School won the ‘longest float’ award and tied for second place.


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We all need a little rest An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard; I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of. He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner, and fell asleep. An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out. The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks. Curious, I pinned a note to his collar: ‘I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.’ The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar. ‘He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3. He’s trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?’

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Distracted driving crashes in Social isolation threatens well-being “The prevalence may be in determining what works Speaking before the U.S. Texas up 3 percent in 2016 Senate as high as 43 percent among for helping to reduce social Special Commit-

An estimated 1 in 5 traffic crashes in Texas is caused by distracted driving, and the problem is getting worse. As part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, the Texas Department of Transportation launched its “Talk, Text, Crash” campaign to remind drivers to stay focused on the road. “People are dying on Texas roadways because drivers are diverting their attention from the road to talk on a phone, send a text, post to social media, or engage in some other distracting behavior,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “When drivers take their focus off the road, they put themselves, their passengers, and others at risk. It’s just not worth it.” Last year, there were 108,962 distracted driving crashes in Texas – up 3 percent over 2015. Those crashes killed 452 people and seriously injured another 3,068. These crashes are highest among younger drivers ages 16 to 34. In Texas, 38 percent of

drivers say they regularly or sometimes use a cell phone while driving. Text messaging is particularly dangerous as reaction times double when drivers read or send text messages. A driver texting at 55 mph will lose sight of the road for nearly five seconds, which is comparable to driving the length of a football field while blindfolded. While mobile phone use is the most recognizable driving distraction, other highrisk activities that can take your eyes or mind off the road include adjusting a music player, grooming, eating, or programming a navigation system. The “Talk, Text, Crash” campaign reminds drivers to: Put away the phone – or turn it off – before getting behind the wheel. Pull over to a safe location if you must talk or text. Use an app that will block texts and calls while driving. Tell friends, family and colleagues you won’t respond to calls or texts when driving. Always give driving your full attention.

tee on Aging, social work professor Lenard W. Kaye, DSW, Ph.D., urged lawmakers to support programs that help older adults stay connected to their communities. Kaye is a fellow of The Gerontological Society of America and serves as director of the University of Maine Center on Aging. Joining three other experts at a hearing titled “Aging Without Community: The Consequences of Isolation and Loneliness,” he reported to the committee that social isolation is a silent killer — due to placing people at higher risk for a variety of poor health outcomes — and he warned that more Americans are living in isolation than ever before.

community dwelling older adults,” Kaye said. “And the risk is high as well for caregivers of older adults given that caregiving can be a very isolating experience.” Kaye’s testimony also highlighted the state of current research in solving the problem of social isolation among older adults. “Due to the various life events that can trigger social isolation, from death of a significant other, to loss of transportation to health decline, effective interventions will need to be diverse, and they will need to be tailored to the personal circumstances of the isolated individual,” he said. Kaye said there is still significant progress to be made

isolation. Lack of rigor in studies of interventions aimed at reducing loneliness can make it difficult to evaluate some of these strategies. GSA Executive Director and CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH, congratulated Kaye on his testimony and said the organization will be a committed partner with the Senate as it develops potential legislation. “GSA and many of its members are actively working in this topic area to demonstrate evidence-based interventions that can be translated into sound policy and practice to improve the lives of people as they age,” Appleby said.

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Diversify your investments but consolidate your providers By Zach Holtzman Financial advisor Edward JonEs You have probably heard that diversification is a key to investment success. So, you might think that if diversifying your investments is a good idea, it might also be wise to diversify your investment providers – after all, aren’t two (or more) heads better than one? Before we look at that issue, let’s consider the first half of the “diversification” question – namely, how does diversifying your investment portfolio help you? Consider the two broadest categories of investments: stocks and bonds. Stock prices will move up and down in response

to many different factors, including good or bad corporate earnings, corporate management issues, political developments, and even natural disasters. Bond prices are not immune to these dynamics, but they are usually more strongly driven by changes in interest rates. To illustrate: If your existing bond pays 2 percent interest, and new bonds are being issued at 3 percent, the value of your bond will fall, because no one will pay you full price for it. (Of course, it may not matter to you anyway, especially if you planned to hold your bond until maturity, at which point you can expect to get your full investment

back, providing the bond issuer doesn’t default.) Here’s the key point: Stocks and bonds often move in different directions. If you only own U.S. stocks, you could take a big hit during a market downturn, but if you own domestic and international stocks, bonds, government securities, certificates of deposit, and other types of investments, your portfolio may be better protected against market volatility, and you’ll have more opportunities for positive results. (Keep in mind, though, that even a diversified portfolio can’t prevent all losses or guarantee profits.) So, it clearly is a good idea to diversify your invest-

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and expense by consolidating your accounts. But most important, by placing all your accounts with a single provider, possibly under the supervision of a single financial advisor, you will find it much easier to follow a single, unified investment strategy, based on your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. You won’t get conflicting advice, and you’ll receive clear guidance on important issues, such as the amounts you can afford to withdraw each year from your retirement accounts once you do retire. Diversification and consolidation – one is good for building an investment portfolio, while the other can help you invest more efficiently and effectively. Put the two concepts together, and make them work for you.

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I’ve sure gotten old! I have outlived my feet and my teeth, I’ve had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, new knees, and fought prostate cancer and diabetes. I’m half blind, can’t hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts. Have bouts with dementia. Have poor circulation; hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. Can’t remember if I’m 85 or 92. Have lost all my friends. But, thank God, I still have my driver’s license.

The senility prayer

Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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100 Years of Texas transportation celebrated

Refurbished 1918 Liberty Truck

By Samantha Brookes This year marks the centennial of the Texas Department of Transportation, originally the Texas Highway Department, founded on April 4, 1917. The Lubbock District of TxDOT celebrated with a ceremony on June 2nd, outside the historic Texas Highway Department building, located on the Panhandle South Plains Fair Grounds, and had a side-by-side display of equipment both new and old, highlighting the progress that has been made. Progress certainly was the theme of the event as each speaker remembered where we were and how far we have come. Steven Warren, Lubbock District Engineer, spoke of the changing duties of TxDOT. “We went from getting the farmer out of the mud, to getting the commuter out of the smog,” Warren said. Though roads and their

construction may seem a mundane thing to celebrate TxDOT provides Texas with a needed service and a rich history. Prompted by rallies demanding better roads and newly available federal funding, the Texas Highway Department was created. Within the first nine months of its opening the Texas Highway Depart-

ment registered nearly 200,000 vehicles and drew the first official map showing the routes of 8,865 miles of improved roads. In the 1920s, 100 miles of continuous pavement was scarce, and workers were posted at impassable highway stations to pull stuck motorists out of the mud after heavy rains. During the 1930s the task of expanding these roadways helped to create jobs during the Great Depression. Toward the end of the decade Texas saw its first roadside parks, designed and built with local resources to conserve and reflect the culture and landscape of the area. Though TxDOT has always continued forward, when the United States entered World War II, construction had slowed due to federal need of the material and resources for the war effort. Once the war was over there was a surge in automobile traffic, and the suburb boom began, TxDOT picking right back up where they had left off. Dewitt C. Greer, former chairman of the department, focused efforts on the construction of the Farm

to Market system – crucial in the transportation of goods from Texas’ large agriculture industry to market, and helping those in newly built suburbs commute to work in the city. In 1956, President Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act, which provided states with funding for modern expressways with controlled access and no grade crossing. This was

great news for a state the size of Texas, and would greatly help in cutting down travel times. Texas’ size would prove to be an issue because materials were hard to come by and steel was expensive. However, this obstacle led to the innovation of pre-cast, pre-tension concrete bridges which used very little steel. This was more economi(See TxDot celebrates, Page 24)

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Steamrollers from 1917 and 2017 displayed side-by-side

TxDOT celebrates 100 years (Continued from Page 23)

Today TxDOT is responsible for 313,228 road miles, the most in the nation and a far cry from the 8,865 it started with. TxDOT doesn’t just see progree in the past but in the future. Texas State Senator, Charles Perry, said transportation will continue to be a priority for the State. “It is not just about concrete, these

cal and allowed TxDOT roads and bridges to span greater distances and carry heavier loads. Still pushing forward with innovation, engineers are working to improve road surfaces that reduce wet weather accidents and road noise. In 1995, TxDOT launched its most ambitious and forward operation, TransGuide. The most advanced intelligent transportation system in the U.S., TransGuide monitors State-of-the-art Grader the passage of traffic over sensors embedded in guys have to be forward thinking roadways and can detect any acci- about what the technology of today dents within two minutes and alerts is going to bring tomorrow,” Perry said. first responders.

Reporters interviewing a 104-year-old woman. “And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?” the reporter asked. She simply replied, “No peer pressure.”

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