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Volume 28, Number 6

June 2016

24 Pages

Lubbock, Texas 79401

Wind Energy Experience to host grand opening, June 22-25 By Skylar Starbuck The American Wind Power Center is hosting a grand opening for the new Wind Energy Experience Center, June 22 through June 25. The grand opening events start on Wednesday, June 22, with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. for the new Wind Energy Experience Center. The American Wind Power Center has added 33,000 square feet of space with new windmills, Photo by Skylar Starbuck trains and miniature houses. A 4,000 foot train track with larger “G” scale trains runs through the build- guest appearance by Alta Reeds. Mrs. Reeds built ing, featuring scenery of the Texas Panhandle from all of the houses in the special miniature display. Saturday, June 25, is Casino Night from 6 p.m. around 1900 to 1950. to 11 p.m. Casino Night will include casino games, Admission to the museum will be free the entire food, a Texas Hold ‘em tournament and a silent week. Museum hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on auction. All proceeds will benefit the daily operaTuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Thurs- tions of the center. Tickets must be purchased for Photo by Skylar Starbuck the evening. Eddie Bilderback is working on the road that day the museum will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets for the Casino Games are $50 per person will be part of the train track display. Sunday museum hours are 2 to 5 p.m. On Wednesday, June 22, there will be a show- and gives access to the food stations, cash bar, and case of the Wingen turbine. A Wingen turbine is an (See Grand opening events planned Page 2) electric producing wind turbine that was manufactured in LubSummer th bock in the 1970s. The Wingen 14 - Flag Day Stampede model is interactive and runs th 19 - Father’s Day “Queen of Hearts” is a through an entire blade pitching charcoal and graphite th 20 - First day of Summer cycle. drawing by Mary Ross Thursday, June 23, is dediBuchholz, an awardcated to celebrating the relawinning artist who lives with her husband tionship between steam engine and three children on trains and water pumping winda ranch near Eldorado. mills. Thomas the Train will Summer Stampede .................... 3 More than 30 Western also be making an appearance artists and craftsmen Summer Showcase .................... 4 for the young at heart. The muwill exhibit art at the Summer Stampede seum will be open until 8 p.m. Hospice training ........................ 2 Western Art and Gear Thursday. Show on June 18 at Water conservation ................... 5 Friday, June 24, is dedicated the National Ranching to Miniature Madness, with a Heritage Center. 4th on Broadway ...................... 24

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Carnival Day at the Park Hospice training set for June 24-26 Carnival Day at the Park is set from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 4 at the northwest corner of Maxey Park, across from the Children’s hospital, on 24th Street. Hosts for the event are Covenant Children’s and Kohl’s Cares. As part of the Healthy Heroes initiative, organizers of the free event invite families to come out for family fun and activities, including tasty treats, inflatable bouncers, games, giveaways and prizes, and health education opportunities.

Covenant Children’s has received a new grant of $24,692 from Kohl’s Cares in a continued partnership to educate and provide awareness on health and wellness to the community through the Healthy Heroes initiative. Kohl’s commitment to Covenant Children’s is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys, where 100 percent of net profit benefits children’s health and education programs nationwide.


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Do you have the heart and compassion to be a Hospice of Lubbock patient volunteer? Persons of all ages are encouraged to consider being a part of this meaningful mission. To be certified, one must complete 16 hours of training offered by Hospice of Lubbock staff to prepare for sharing this special end-of-life time with Hospice of Lubbock patients and families. Training will be Friday, June 24 from 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, June 25 from 8 a.m. to 4p.m.; and Sunday, June 26 from 1 to 5 p.m. All classes will be at Hospice of Lubbock, 3702 21st,

on the northwest corner of 21st Street and Louisville in the Louisville Place Building. All 16 hours are required for the volunteer to be certified. Hospice of Lubbock volunteers provide support and care for persons in the last phases of disease in order for them to live as fully and comfortably as possible. Volunteers should have reliable transportation – each assignment’s schedule is based on the patient’s need and the volunteer’s availability. Because one in four dying Americans is a veteran, Hospice of Lubbock has also

implemented a veteran-toveteran volunteer program. “People who have common life experiences usually begin to trust each other,” said Cheryl Presley, volunteer services coordinator. “We encourage veterans of all ages, from all branches of service, to volunteer with us so they can share experiences with veteran patients. “When veterans interact, their common language and experience can form a strong relational bond.” Any potential volunteers are encouraged to contact Hospice of Lubbock at 7952751.

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Laura Offutt paints a miniature building that will be part of the scenery along the train tracks.

2,500 in casino chips. Entrance in the poker tournament is an additional $100 and includes the food stations, cash bar, 2,500 in casino chips, and an additional 2,500 in chips. The Texas Hold ‘em tournament will be from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday. Entries for the tournament close June 10. Prizes will be awarded. For more information on the grand opening of the Wind Energy Experience visit

Eddie Biderback and Ron Dingle work on building a road that will be part of the train track display at the Wind Energy Experience Center, June 22-25. Photos by Skylar Starbuck

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“Crowning the Prairie” is an oil on linen painting by Lubbock native David Griffin whose passion for Western art has roots in the history of his grandfather, L.M. “Rip” Griffin, working on the Matador Ranch from 1908 to 1920.

Western Art & Gear Show set for June 18 at Ranching Heritage Center More than 30 Western artists and craftsmen will exhibit nearly 100 pieces of art at the third annual Summer Stampede Western Art and Gear Show from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at the National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 4th St. The art show and sale will include dinner on the patio at 6:30 p.m. and an evening of Western Swing dancing to the music of Jake Hooker and the Outsiders beginning at 8 p.m. “A Western art show fits well with our mission to preserve and interpret the history of ranching,” said Carl Andersen, executive director of the center. “You can walk through our front door and see art that depicts the ranching way of life, and then walk

out the back door into our historical park and see actual ranch structures like the Matador Half-Dugout, the Four Sixes Barn, and the Pitchfork Cookhouse.” Collectors of art will have an opportunity to purchase new art pieces and meet the artists and craftsmen. “The majority of our exhibiting artists will be at Summer Stampede,” Andersen said. “They like to come to this show because we have a younger crowd than you see at most art shows.” Andersen said the art show is designed to draw both baby boomers and millennials by offering a popular band and affordable art and gear for collectors. Limited tickets are available and must be purchased in advance either online at or by calling Vicki Quinn-Williams at 806-834-0469. The cost is $85 for the general public and $75 for members of the Ranching Heritage Association. Paintings and gear that are not purchased at Summer Stampede will remain on exhibit and available for purchase in the Mary Belle Macy Gallery for two weeks after the event. The National Ranching Heritage “Ready to Rope” by Brian Asher, who lives near Snyder, is a pencil Center is a 27-acre museum and drawing reflecting the artist’s historical park offering educational intimate knowledge of cowboy life programs and exhibits that promote after having spent his adult years working on some of the largest and interest in ranching history and contemporary ranching issues. most historic ranches in Texas.

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Mackenzie Middle School honors Mark Lanier Mackenzie Middle School honored Mark Lanier as the school’s first Distinguished Alumni recipient. The event was held May 20 in the Mackenzie auditorium, 5402 12th St. After the pledges and welcoming comments, Lanier spoke. He was

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presented with a plaque and honored with the school song. “Mark Lanier is renowned and respected attorney,” said Mackenzie principal John Martinez. “Due to his success in academics at the Texas Tech University School of Law and his success in law as an attorney, we feel he is an excellent role model for our Mackenzie students.”

Lanier is a graduate of Texas Tech and a former Mackenzie Middle School student. He practices law in Houston with additional law offices in New York and California. Lanier was also the keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony for the Texas Tech University School of Law.

1. My first job was working in an orange juice factory, but I got canned. Just couldn’t concentrate. 2. Then I worked in the woods as a lumberjack, but just couldn’t hack it, so they gave me the axe. 3. After that, I tried being a tailor, but wasn’t suited for it -- mainly because it was a sew-sew job. 4. Next, I tried working in Starbucks, but I had to quit because it was the same old grind. 5. Then, I tried being a chef - figured it would add a little spice to my life, but I just didn’t have the thyme. 6. Next, I attempted being a deli worker, but any way I sliced it, I couldn’t cut the mustard. 7. My best job was a musician, but eventually found I wasn’t noteworthy. 8. I became a professional fisherman, but discovered I couldn’t live on my net income. 9. After many years of trying to find steady work, I finally got a job as a historian - until I realized there was no future in it. 10. My last job was when I tried working in a muffler factory, but that was too exhausting. So, I tried retirement, and I found I’m perfect for the job.

NOTICE TO INTERESTED PERSONS The Lubbock Metropolitan Planning Organization invites interested persons to review and comment on the Draft FY 2017 Unified Planning Work Program. Comments may be submitted beginning May 29 to June 7, 2016 to the LMPO, located at 916 Main Street, Suite 531, Lubbock, TX 79401 or email to Two public meetings will be conducted. June 1, 2016 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the LMPO office, located at 916 Main Street Suite 531 and June 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at 916 Main Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room. Documents can be viewed at the Lubbock MPO office and also at This public notice of “public involvement activities” and time established for public review and comment on the Draft FY 2017 UPWP will satisfy the program-of-projects requirements of the Urbanized Area Formula Program (Section 5307) of the Federal Transit Administration.

Guardianship: Do you know your responsibility? Lubbock County’s annual guardianship seminar will have an array of speakers addressing various issues that can cause guardians “heartburn” if ignored. The Guardianship Symposium is set for June 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Arbor Hotel and Conference Center. A family guardian of the person can become easily entangled with the guardian of the estate when submitting the required annual reports to the Court. The new Bill of Rights for Wards places responsibilities and accountability upon professional and family guardians for assuring a ward’s civil rights are preserved. Some examples of issues that probably will be dis-

cussed at the symposium: 1, Criminal background checks; 2. Alternatives to guardianship; 3. Proper notification to relatives of ward’s status; 4. How wards are covered by American Disabilities Act (ADA); and 5. Ward’s right to complain about the disposition or management of clothing, furniture, vehicles, or other personal effects. Discounted fees are available for those not requesting professional continuing education credits, including seniors, veterans, and private guardians. For more information, contact the Office of Dispute Resolution at 806-775-1720.

Concerts at the Buddy Holly Center The Buddy Holly Center is gearing up for another summer of music and fun with the annual Summer Showcase Concert Series. Performances are every Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard, from May 26 to Aug. 25. The Summer Showcase experience is in a modern environment where patrons can enjoy original and unique Texas-made music and is free to the public. There will be a cash bar, food and beverages available for purchase. No outside beverages are allowed. The schedule is June 2 - Mike Pritchard – Rock & Roll June 9 - Wendy Colonna – Folk Rock June 16 - Jenni Dale Lord – Americana June 23 - Patricia Vonne – Latin Roots Rock June 30 - John Sprott – Rock & Roll July 7 - Sugarwitch – Rockabilly, Surf Rock and Desertbilly July 14 - Outlier – Blues, Metal, Country and Latin July 21 - Brandy Zdan – Indie Rock and Alternative Folk July 28 - Mariachi Amistad – Mariachi Aug. 4 - Gypsy Jayne – Jazz Rock Aug. 11 - Wade Parks – Americana Folk Aug. 18 - hONEyhoUSe – Blues, Soul, Folk and Americana Aug. 25 - Josh Grider & Drew Kennedy – Country, Folk and Americana

Golden Gazette • June 2016 • Page 5 Meals on Wheels Lubbock Meals on Wheels serves more than 700 meals each day to individuals unable to prepare a hot and healthy meal. Volunteer drivers are always needed. Each route contains approximately 10-12 meals and can be delivered in an hour. Orientation and background checks are required for all delivery volunteers. The need is great for volunteers. Construction has begun on the new building to add capacity to the current delivery schedule. One hour of time can make an incredible difference in the life of someone. Call 792-7971 or RSVP at 743-7787. TTUHSC Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center not only provides physicians, staff, and services to meet the healthcare needs of West Texas community – it also provides education and research opportunities through various school and science departments. Volunteers are valued contributors to the team. Volun-

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Volunteer Opportunities and Information: teers have the opportunity to serve in a variety of ways including greeters and escorts at the information desks. Morning and afternoon slots are available. A special need is in the cardiology department in the Department of Internal Medicine. For information or questions, contact Logan Heinrich at 806-743-9095 or the RSVP office at 743-7787. Craft materials RSVP can accept any craft or materials you no longer need. Items that are in special need are clean material (any time, we even use double knit), yarn (baby or 4-ply), clean batting and fiberfill, thread and craft paints. If you are spring cleaning and have some items you no longer use, we have several groups that can put the items to good use. Call the office

for more details at 743-7787. King Hearing Center RSVP Spring Forum was held in April. More than 200 attended, and more than 40 vendors were on hand to provide support and information. One vendor has extended an offer to the public. King Hearing Center will be offering a free hearing screening. Call Jessica at 745-7878 and request a free hearing evaluation, mention RSVP ($179 value). Retiring I wanted to let all the folks who like to read the RSVP Voice, I will be retiring at the end of the month. It has been a pleasure to provide information to the Lubbock community. You will see me around town continuing to volunteer. You are truly a treasure to the Lubbock community! Parting thoughts from my desk…. How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. ~ from “Annie” Don’t cry because it is over. Smile because it happened. ~ Dr. Seuss You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. ~ Dr. Seuss Happy trails to you, until we meet again. ~ Dale Evans For more information on locations to volunteer and about RSVP, call the RSVP office at 743-7787.

Community Health Center of Lubbock hosts free diabetes self-management and nutrition classes. Each course is provided in a group setting and meets once weekly for 8 weeks. The classes are free and

open to the public. A new class starts June 7, and goes through July 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Community Health Center of Lubbock Main Clinic, 1610 5th St. Call 806-765-2611 for registration.

Water conservation, watering schedules Stage 1 drought restrictions are still in place. Restrictions associated with Stage 1 include: • Landscape irrigation allowed during two assigned days per week • Irrigation schedules are based on the last digit of the house address: Addresses ending in 0, 3, 4, or 9 – Monday and Thursday Addresses ending in 1, 5, or 6 – Tuesday and Friday Addresses ending in 2, 7, or 8 – Wednesday & Saturday • Soaker hoses, drip irrigation, and hand watering are allowed any day at any time • City operations and wholesale customers must adhere to restrictions. • Variance applications for irrigating new landscape material are available at The City’s annual water conservation measures began April 1. These measures include: • On scheduled watering days, irrigation is allowed from midnight to 10 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to midnight. • No irrigation is allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on any day from April 1 to Sept. 30. • Irrigation must be applied without significant runoff. • Irrigate less than 1.5 inches of water per week. • Do not irrigate during precipitation events. When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and I could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.”

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A great place hidden in plain sight – Dimba’s Recently I was running errands and became hungry for an afternoon snack. Driving near the intersection of 50th and Quaker – one of the busiest in the city, the name Dimba’s Chicken and Seafood caught my eye. I had to go down a few streets and turn back since I missed the entrance to their parking lot which faces Quaker. Upon entering, I noticed several awards hanging on the wall and a very large menu placed above the order desk. Also noticed were the eight

booths, all occupied with patrons feasting on various menu items. A line of cars was waiting for pick-up orders at the drive thru window. There were 2 others in line ahead of me to order their “take outs.” Got the picture? This little place is as busy as a beehive, so they must be doing something right. Everything and everybody moved along without any glitches. It was nothing short of amazing. While waiting in line, I looked over the selections for

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a good finger-food-type snack that could be eaten in my car “on the run.” The mozzarella cheese sticks seemed to be right on, especially with the reasonable price of $3.59 for 6. By the time the order was ready, which took hardly any time at all, I was again on my way. After opening the box, to my surprise were 6 large beautiful cheese sticks, not the usual little ones served in other restaurants. They were hot with a crunchy coating and delicious. Immediately the decision was made to definitely come back and place a family order later in the week. After such a busy week, “Mom” was entitled to a cook-free Saturday night. So to Dimba’s it was for a take-out order. We decided to do 3 different meals so as to sample something from each plate. First was a 3-piece dark, fried chicken which included a generous serving of fries, 2 puffs and gravy for $5.45; next an order of 3 steak strips with gravy, fries and 1 puff

for $4.75; next an order of a 3-piece southern style catfish with the same sides for $4.75. Also ordered was a pint of coleslaw for $2.50 and a large order of onion rings (about 12) for $4. All this food, and you can do the math, including tax was under $25. It is said everything is bigger in Texas, and the onion rings were no exception. To my taste, the fried batter was a bit too hard and difficult to eat. Everything else was delicious. The coleslaw was different because the cabbage was chopped instead of shredded and thus gave an interesting texture which could be eaten with a spoon. There are 13 different categories which includes their $5.95 “Daily Specials,” 21 sides, 2 fried pies – apple or cherry, beverages, family packs, seafood dinners, fried chicken dinners, etc. The seafood selections consist of white fish, cat fish – fillets or whole -- shrimp, clam strips, fried oysters, and a seafood combo for $8.15. Chicken “your way” seems to be the order of the day.

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There are so many combos – too many to list, however they do offer livers and my all-time favorite – gizzards. To my knowledge there’s only one other place in Lubbock to purchase these delicacies. Dimba’s has a catering service and delivery for groups of 10-50 or more. They also have a mobile kitchen which will come to your event for 50 or more. Two locations are available in Lubbock – 421 Frankford (4th and Frankford), 281-1681 and 5010 Quaker, 799-0830. Call-in orders are highly recommended especially on all chicken selections since these are made fresh for every order. For a small establishment to have such great food and excellent service is certainly deserving of my A+ rating. Try it, you’ll like it! Happy Father’s Day to all. Granny

Road & drainage improvements to East Erskine

Roadway and drainage improvements for East Erskine Street from Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to East Loop 289 began March 15. This project will construct a new full-width asphalt roadway with curb and gutter and associated drainage improvements. Access to East Erskine Street from Zenith Avenue, Guava Avenue, and the Loop 289 frontage road will be closed at various times throughout construction. The project is expected to be completed by October, weather permitting.

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Good clean food -- know what you are eating

Sometimes the will of the American people wins out, but not in the way we expect. About 90% of Americans have wanted a law that requires food companies to label products that are genetically modified. The companies wouldn’t label their products voluntarily. Americans need to know what they are putting in their mouths. As much as 41% of all cancers are caused by environmental factors. It is our right to know what we feed ourselves as well as our families. Otherwise, how can we make any progress in our health? There isn’t a pill that takes the place of food. I’m glad because I like to eat. The Dark Act went before congress recently. If was called the Dark Act by activists because it would deny us access to knowing whether food was genetically modified. The people of Vermont voted that their food had to be labeled as to whether it was genetically modified, and the date the law would become effective was getting close. Opposing forces wrote a law that would make it illegal to label genetically modified foods or if genetically modified organisms were in the food products. It sounds crazy and reminds me of the old saying that truth is crazier than fiction. But big money was behind it, and with enough money, many things can happen. One of the reasons big food companies have said they didn’t want to label that GMOs were in the foods was it would cost the consumer so much more money because they would have to change the labels on the products. Have you noticed that labels change all the time? Another argument was people should be glad to have the genetically engineered foods because there are no negative health effects and it would save the world, providing more food. If that were the case, why wouldn’t they want to advertise that this product is genetically engineered? If it were so good, that should be a selling point, and they should want everyone to know it. Americans let their congressmen know they wanted to know what was in their food. They wanted to know if their food was genetically engineered or if it contained genetically modified organisms. Thank God, the congressmen aligned with the people and did NOT pass the Dark Act, even though it was by the slightest of margins.

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Millions of dollars have been spent over the last several years to prevent GMO labeling. I find that particularly sad because there are so many needs out there that money could have helped. But at least we get to know what is in our food. Something shifted. In the last few months, before the vote for the Dark Act, Campbell’s made an announcement that they are going to label their products. After the Dark Act failed to pass, numerous other companies have come forward saying they will voluntarily label their products. And now the companies are saying it won’t cost much to change the label. So we will finally get labeling of genetically modified foods. So be on the lookout in your grocery store. Let’s see how this plays out. If people choose the nonGMO foods, they will be sending a signal to the food companies, Monsanto and farmers: we do not want genetically engineered food. I think we need to back up further than labeling. If you don’t understand what all of the ruckus is over having genetically engineered foods or foods that have genetically modified organisms in them, then I’d like to give you a couple of resources. “GMO Myths and Truths,” written by Claire Robinson, Dr. John Fagan and Michael

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By James K. White Many agree that 1939 was the greatest year ever for the Hollywood movie industry. Released in 1939 were “Gone with the Wind,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Stagecoach,” “Wuthering Heights,” “Of Mice and Men,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and other great movies. “Gone with the Wind” won the Academy Award for Best Picture with “The Wizard of Oz” reportedly (and unofficially) finishing second. An oddity here is that both of those movies shared the same director, Victor Fleming. Some interesting trivia

concerning “The Wizard of Oz” is that the daughter (Liza Minelli) of the actress who played Dorothy (Judy Garland) married in 1974 the son (Jack Haley, Jr.) of the actor who played the Tin Man (Jack Haley). According to a 2015 health study, 33.6% of American adult males are obese. Only 3.7% of Japanese adult males are obese. If you don’t count the Sumo wrestlers, the rate is about 1%. Diets, lifestyles and heredity are factors in obesity. I entirely blame heredity in my particular case.

Macaws are magnificent creatures. They are the largest (39 inches in length) of all parrots, and many, both male and female, have brilliant plumage. Macaws typically mate for life and can live upwards of 60 years. In January of this year, a man in Northern Idaho hooked and landed a 28-pound rainbow trout which would have easily set a new record (old record = 20 lbs.), but according to Idaho fishing rules, the huge fish had to be released back into the Clearwater River. There was no opportunity

Notification of a Call for Projects for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) The Lubbock Metropolitan Planning Organization (LMPO) has issued an agency call for Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funded projects. The TAP is a reimbursable federal funding program and all applicable federal rules apply. Additional information is available at: Contingent upon the availability of federal funding, the expected TAP amount available for this program call is $1,380,000. Applications for TAP projects can be viewed at or the LMPO office at 916 Main St. #531, Lubbock, TX 79401. Deadline for TAP application is June 3, 2016.

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or adequate time to weigh the trout on state certified scales prior to release. The fish was unofficially weighed and numerous photos were taken, but no record was sanctioned by the state game commission. Commodities markets can be famously volatile, tempting adventures. In January 1932, one could purchase all the silver he could afford at $4.32 per ounce. In December 1979, the price hit $99.53 per ounce. November 2001 found the price to be $5.54 per ounce. Having a reliable crystal ball would be very handy. Fortunes have been both made and lost attempting to

guess futures values in commodities. The consistent winners might seem to be those who sell antacid to “players.” One note of interest: silver, gold, etc. is not traded using the same weight measurements as would a chef, notably 16 ounces per pound. Precious metals are vended using troy ounces (12 ounces per pound). Well, I suppose that huge rainbow trout is still swimming in the Clearwater River, should you fancy an angling challenge. Whatever you decide, have a great week.

Tiny stories with great meanings

All the villagers decided to share, health to spare & to pray for rain. On the day friends who care. of prayer, all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. 1310 Ave. Q • Lubbock,TX 79401 That’s FAITH. 806-744-2220 • 806-744-2225 Fax Every night we go to bed GOLDEN GAZETTE is published without any assurance of bemonthly by Word Publications, 1310 Ave. Q, Lubbock, TX 79401. ing alive the next morning, News items, letters to the editor, but still we set the alarms to photographs, and other items may be submitted for publication. All wake up. letters must include the writer’s That’s HOPE. name, address and telephone number. Letters may be edited. AdWe plan big things vertising rates are available upon for tomorrow in spite of request. For a subscription, send zero knowledge of the future. a check to Golden Gazette for $24 for one-year, or $48 for two-years. That’s CONFIDENCE. Staff: Camila Bonifield, Jo Anne We see the world suffering, Corbet, Bené Cornett, Mary Ann but still we get married and Edwards, Mike Lankford, Gary McDonald, Skylar Starbuck, have children. Cary Swinney, Carole Taff, Mary That’s LOVE. Valentini On an old man’s shirt was Contributing writers: Doris Akers, Joan Blackmon, Dr. written a sentence ‘I am not Elva Edwards, Randal Hill, Dr. 90 years old. I am sweet 16 Sameer Islam, Margaret Merrell, with 74 years experience.’ Cathy Mottet, James K. White That’s ATTITUDE. Contributing jokester: Calva Ledbetter May you always have love View the Gazette online at:

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By Randal Hill

‘Paperback Writer’ and The Beatles, June 1966 It’s the spring of 1966. You’re a creative Beatle, and you know that whatever your band releases next will undoubtedly rocket to #1 overnight on the hit charts. So you know that it’s OK for you to sometimes try something different, maybe push the envelope a bit. Maybe even to the point of putting a letter inside that envelope. It all started one day when Paul McCartney was driving to John Lennon’s estate. McCartney began thinking about, of all things, books. Books? Hmmn. Paperbacks from England’s Penguin Books had become wildly popular there after World War II. They seemed to be everywhere during the 1950s and 1960s. Could there be a song idea here? Paul began imagining lyrics in the form of a business letter… Dear Sir or Madam, would you read my book? It took me years to write. Will you take a look? Paul’s convoluted story “Paperback Writer” told, among other things, of a desperate writer promising that his book would sell millions of copies, while also offering to do anything to please the potential publisher, including lengthening the work or

changing the manuscript’s style. Paperback books in England at that time were usually cheaply produced, slim volumes and not the “thousand pages” that McCartney describes in his song. Also a bit strange was his line It’s based on a novel by a man named Lear. This is an obvious reference to one of John’s favorite authors, poet and humorist Edward Lear (1812-1888); however, Lear never actually wrote a novel. When it came time to record “Paperback Writer,” John Lennon and George Harrison decided to have a bit of fun. In the song’s second chorus, the two don’t sing “paperback writer” in the background but “Frere Jacques” instead. Why? Who knows? The future smash would be different from prior winners in another way. John had been complaining that the Beatles’ bass lines were never strong enough to suit him. According to Mark Lewisohn’s “The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions,” this was remedied by recording engineer Geoff Emerick, who explained, “First of all, Paul played a different bass, a Rickenbacker. Then we boosted it further by using a loudspeaker as a microphone.

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We positioned it directly in front of the bass speaker.” Another engineer, Tony Clark, cut the master for “Paperback Writer,” which became the loudest Beatles release to date. To do this, Clark used a new piece of recording equipment called the Automatic Transient Overload Control for the volume increase. “It was a huge box with flashing lights and what looked like the eye of a Cyclops staring at you,” he said, “but it did the trick.” While it was Paul McCartney who composed the fictional scenario, it was John Lennon who had actually been a paperback writer before the song came about. Lennon’s 1964 book “In His Own Write” became a popular UK publication, as did “A Spaniard in the Works” a year later. And both had been done in the whimsical style of – yes - that legendary “novelist” Edward Lear.

Man kills self before shooting wife and daughter This one I caught the other day and called the editorial room and asked who wrote this. It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible. They put in a correction the next day. Something went wrong in jet crash, expert says Really? Police begin campaign to run down jaywalkers Now that’s taking things a bit far. Panda mating fails; Veterinarian takes over What a guy. Miners refuse to work after death No-good-for-nothin’ lazy so-and-so’s. Juvenile court to try shooting defendant See if that works any better than a fair trial. War dims hope for peace

I can see where it might have that effect. If strike isn’t settled quickly, it may last awhile Ya think? Cold wave linked to temperatures Who would have thought? Enfield (London) couple slain; police suspect homicide They may be on to something. Red tape holds up new bridges You mean there’s something stronger than duct tape? Man struck by lightning: faces battery charge He probably IS the battery charge. New study of obesity looks for larger test group Weren’t they fat enough? Astronaut takes blame for gas in spacecraft That’s what he gets for eating those beans.

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George Nelson: A Lubbock Legend People think they know George Nelson. He’s a successful lawyer - been one for years. He has led many civic organizations, presented manya-prestigious plaque to honor friends, and according to his son John Nelson, may have paved the way or inspired a rock ‘n’ roll legend. George is also an artist, a songwriter, poet, and an humble man who seems to give more credit to others than accepting all the kudos he deserves. Born and raised in Lubbock, George went to Dupree Elementary, Central Ward Elementary, Carroll Thompson Junior High, Lubbock High School, and Texas Tech. His family survived The Dust Bowl, the Depression, the 60s, and the 1970 Lubbock Tornado. In 2012, George completed 50 years of law practice, but he didn’t stop. He left private practice that year and now serves as director of the Lubbock Private Defenders’ Office. Along the way, some interesting things have happened to George Nelson.

In the movie “Forrest Gump,” there’s a scene where Elvis Presley says to Forrest, “Say, man, show me that crazy little walk you just did there. Slow it down some.” And then, as Paul Harvey would say, the “rest of the story” is Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show gyrating his hips. George’s youngest son, John Nelson, said that’s pretty much what may have happened right here in Lubbock, at Lubbock High School’s 1953 annual song writing contest. John theorizes that when his dad’s song beat the songwriting team of Buddy Holley (later Holly) and Bob Montgomery with his, “Some Day You’ll Pay,” those guys must have liked the sound. Holley and Montgomery went on to win in 1954, George’s senior year. Holley, Montgomery, and Larry Wellborn won with “Flower of My Heart” which became their class song in 1955. “When you listen to Dad’s song he wrote in 1953, then you hear Rave On, and Maybe Baby. there’s no doubt that the galloping start-and-stop style Dad created was an in-

spiration. “Some Day You’ll Pay” is a good ballad, and I’m sure Buddy knew it, too. Hell, everyone must have known it, that’s why he won.” George Nelson laughs at the idea that his song influenced history. “John just loves his Dad and has a huge imagination,” George said. George was in the tenor section of the Lubbock High Choir with Buddy Holley for two years. George remembers winning first place for “Some Day You’ll Pay,” but it was “Poor Candy Heart” he wrote in 1954, his senior year, that lost to Buddy, Bob, and Larry that George feels is the better tune. George said his work was pure luck, and his songs just had a little fame around the parties and among close friends. “I played baseball and was pretty busy with everything. Buddy was a very nice guy and talented beyond belief. He could play any instrument and just had the music in his head all the time. I played a banjo ukulele pretty well, and then learned the guitar. I was nowhere near as talented as

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The Lubbock Evening Journal highlighted George’s baseball successes at Lubbock High.

Buddy; just liked to sing and write a few songs now and then.” George Nelson bought his first and only Gibson guitar in 1954 and taught himself to play. Baseball was a priority, but he still would hear the words or a tune in his head and would jot them down. He told his dad, Garrett Hobert Nelson, a local attorney, former Texas State Senator, and one time a candidate for Lt. Governor, that he wanted to pursue his music ambitions in Nashville. G.H. responded with a resounding, “No you don’t, you want to go to law school.” The rest was history, and George graduated from Texas Tech and went to SMU Law School.

Longtime friend, and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity brother Monte Hasie remembers all of George’s songs vividly. “Of course George beat Buddy Holley. I know he won -- George is an awesome musician. He was an alldistrict baseball player, hellof-a pitcher, he was a good student, good at singing, he’s been a respected lawyer, good father and husband, and I can tell you a loyal friend. He’s good by any measure. “With that said, he’s the ugliest guy you’ve ever seen in pink chaps and a pink vest singing “Rhinestone Cowboy,” but even ugly, he brought the house down.” Hasie was referring to a 1977 performance by George for

(See A Lubbock Legend, Page 11)

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the Junior League Follies annual fundraiser. Hasie recalls many FIJI parties at Texas Tech when George’s song “Poor Candy Heart” would be requested. “Back in our day, there were guys that had some talent, and George was one of them. They would get together and next thing you know, it was something great. At Lavinrac Renretsew (Westerner Carnival spelled backward), those guys could sing, or play or dance. “Then at Tech, George and some other Fijis won the junior class talent show with a rendition of “Smokey Joe’s Café.” It was awesome.” Hasie reflected on the events of that era, and dreamed of a ‘what if.’ “With the talent Buddy Holly had and all he did in 4 years, there’s just no telling what might have happened if he hadn’t died. But one thing I know, George could have been right there with him. His son John went out to LA as a sound engineer and has been a real success. “He has his father’s genes with that musical talent. John is quite talented. He worked with that guy with the wild hair; oh, what’s his name. He wouldn’t let anyone but John do his sound board.” (Lyle Lovett was the wild hair guy.) John did work for Lovett and has worked for Clint Black, Willie Nelson,

Neil Diamond, Fleetwood Mac, Dave Matthews, and many other talents in the business, but he credits his father, George, for creating the sound that inspired a legend. John’s theory about his dad’s tune and creative music style was also published in Virtual Lubbock, by Chris Oglesby, another Lubbock native. Oglesby has a book “Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air, Legends of West Texas Music,” due for a reunion of sorts this year, and credits many Lubbock Legends for great musical talents. George appreciates his son’s affection, but thinks John’s assessment of him as a musical inspiration to the stars is “greatly exaggerated, to say the least.” George Nelson is confident that his father GH was right, and becoming a lawyer was a great choice for him. He married his high school sweetheart in August 1957, and they started a family. He has penned a few more songs through the years, starting in 1961 as assistant district attorney in Lubbock. One of his favorite compositions was even a gift to his father. It was about some bad times in East Texas when his granddaddy couldn’t afford to feed his family, but he wasn’t going to steal. (See A Lubbock Legend, Page 21)

George Nelson (red circle) was a member of the Lubbock High School Choir in the mid-1950s. The two choir members circled in white are Buddy Holley, and Joe Love Stogner.

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Rush Elementary students plant vegetables, grains Members of the Lubbock Master Gardeners Association, Dale Shaw and Delila Ford, volunteer at Rush Elementary where they teach fifth-grade students how to plant vegetables, fruit, grains, and flowers. Shaw said he started the garden in 2004, shortly after he joined the Lubbock Master

Gardeners Association. Rush Elementary Principal, Mary McGann, said the garden has taught students to appreciate the land, farming, and where food comes from. “There’s no better science lesson than to have actual, living plants that produce fruits and vegetables,” McGann said.

Delila Ford helps Rush Elementary students, Maya McMillen and Abby Mills, sort out seeds to plant as they label their plants. Ford started volunteering at Rush Elementary in 2005.

Students Allie Nelson, Isaackiel Duran, Alexavier Carrillo, Azanell Featherston and Abby Mills observe the pansies, which are a winter flower. Shaw said when the temperature reaches 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the evening, the pansies will begin to die off.

Students Madeline Brock-Holmes, Abby Mills, and Maya McMillenn point at the plants to identify each one.

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Students Isaackiel Duran and Azanell Featherston examine the mustard plant. The entire mustard plant pictured was grown from one seed, Shaw said.

Students Maya McMillen, Abby Mills and Azanell Featherston, observe the radishes in the garden. Shaw said they plant a variety of vegetables, fruits, and grains, so students will be exposed to many different foods.


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Tips to help avoid medication mistakes Ninety-one-year-old Fred lives in an independent retirement community and is usually skilled at managing all of his many medications. After a bout with congestive heart failure, he was prescribed a diuretic to help eliminate fluid from his system. It worked and he got better. So he quit taking the medication. It was one less pill he had to remember to take. He viewed the prescription as a temporary medication when the doctor actually intended for him to keep taking the prescription. Soon the fluid began to build up again, and Fred was back in the hospital. Nearly 20 percent of seniors who are taking five or more prescription medications surveyed by Home Instead, Inc. reported challenges in managing their medication regimen including understanding directions for taking the medications. Such medication manage-

ment uncertainty could put seniors at higher risk for a medical issue or emergency due to incorrect dosage or adverse medication interactions. And that can lead to potentially devastating consequences. Each year, there are nearly 100,000 emergency hospitalizations for adverse drug events in U.S. adults ages 65 years or older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Following are suggested ways to help minimize the risk of medication mistakes.

The suggestions are from Home Instead Senior Care and Dr. Jane Potter, geriatrician and director of the Home Instead Center for Successful Aging at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Get a pill organization system or service Approximately 50 percent of patients do not take their prescriptions as prescribed, according to the 2011 study, “Medication Adherence: WHO Cares?” That’s why a pill organizer is so important. Check out Simple Meds to learn more about the ben-

efits of an organized system for medication management. Simple Meds pharmacists dispense prescriptions, over-thecounter medications and vitamins in simple, multi-dose packets. The medications will be sorted and conveniently organized into single serving packets, labeled with the date and time they should be taken as prescribed by the senior’s doctor. Make one doctor the gatekeeper to manage medications It’s typical for an older adult to have multiple doctors, which is potentially dangerous. Dr. Potter suggests that your senior designate a primary doctor as the gatekeeper. Most people assume that doctors talk to one another, but you can’t assume that’s the case. They may not be aware of everyone involved in your older adult’s care. Keep a list of all providers and who is managing what, and update the list at least an-

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maintain open communication with the doctor to help avert medication problems. Consider writing down questions in advance so you and your loved one remember everything you intended to discuss during an appointment. If your senior is having trouble paying for medications, talk with the doctor One of the biggest deterrents to medication adherence is cost. If an older adult is having trouble paying for a medication, discuss this with the doctor and pharmacist. Generic options can be cheaper and some pharmaceutical companies offer discounts.

Tell your senior loved one’s health care provider if you suspect he/she is depressed Depression might make sticking to a medication regimen more difficult. Furthermore, some medications can contribute to depression Be sure to let your doctor know if your senior loved one seems depressed.. Consider a caregiver If you’re feeling overwhelmed and unable to manage medications - or you’re a family caregiver worried about an older adult’s ability to manage medications - consider hiring a caregiver companion. Contact your local Home Instead Senior Care office to learn more.

City Wide Pride Committee honored The City Wide Pride Committee was recently presented an award plaque for its donation of $1,000 toward the materials needed to build an arbor in the courtyard at the Community Revitalization Center, at 2301 Ave. A. Presenting the award was Eric Strong, the center’s director. Accepting the award were the co-founders of the City Wide Pride Committee, Donna Zartman and Cathy Mottet; and Mike Baker, board member. The volunteers who con-

structed the arbor are Joe Ramirez, supervisor; Matthew Borunda, Tony Rios, and Zach Rios. The committee members also toured the Caviel Museum which is currently displaying a collection of new

and vintage African American quilts. Both buildings are partners of the Roots Historical Arts Council. The council hopes to be part of the First Friday Art Trail in the near future.

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Seeds of Hope Patience

A pastor decided to change the order of service. He convinced himself that his congregation was bored and disinterested in his messages because they had been following the same format for several years. For years the ushers would take up the offering, the choir would sing, and then he would preach. To “mix” things up he decided that he would have the choir sing, then he would preach, and the ushers would take up the offering at the close of the service. Little Janie sat quietly through a particularly boring message. Finally, realizing that something was different she whispered to her Mom, “Do you think if we paid him now he would quit?” Waiting is often difficult. We pray from a deep reservoir of faith believing that God is anxiously waiting to hear and answer our prayers. Sometimes the answers come quickly. Other times we do not understand the delay and lose heart and hope. We may even wonder if

God is deaf to our requests. Sometimes physicians give us a prescription with a bit of advice: “This medication will work, but you are going to have to wait a few days before you are relieved of all of your symptoms. Be patient.” “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him,” David said. He was able to rest in God because of God’s faithfulness to him in the past. He had been deeply disappointed by many others but never by his Lord who always protected and defended him.

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There’s no shortage of writings on the subject of leadership. Perhaps it is because we are facing so much economic and financial insecurity. Everyone is looking for a way to reorganize their thinking about how we can recover what we have lost. Another wrote, “The increasing rate of change is causing lots of fear. Facing the rapid rate of change in world markets is causing uncertainty, and people don’t know what to believe.”

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GUIDO EVANGELISTIC ASSOCIATION “People need something that will give them safety and answer their questions about what is going to happen next,” said a professor of economics. “Leaders and managers are looking for the ‘silver bullet’ to solve their problems, but none is available,” said a consultant. One leader sounded foolish, even silly. He wrote, “Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.” But he, of all of the leaders who have taken their places in history, knew exactly what he was talking about. From his experience as a shepherd and a king, a warrior and a parent, he had discovered that the Lord alone was able to lead him, to give him answers, provide solutions to his problems, and enable him to make good decisions. He looked to his leader, the Lord God of Israel, who had led his people into paths of prosperity and peace. He looked to the ultimate leader who had proven himself “right” since the beginning of time.

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A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, ‘What does love mean?’ The answers they got were broader, deeper, and more profound than anyone could have ever imagined. ‘When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis, too. That’s love.’ – Rebecca, age 8 ‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’ – Billy, age 4 ‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’ – Karl, age 5 ‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’ – Chrissy, age 6 ‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’ – Terri, age 4 ‘Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him , to make sure the taste is OK.’ – Danny, age 8 ‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and just listen.’ – Bobby, age 7 ‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every day.’ - Noelle, age 7 ‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’ – Tommy, age 6

‘During my piano recital , I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’ – Cindy, age 8 ‘My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’ – Clare, age 6 ‘Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’ – Elaine, age 5 ‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.’ – Chris, age 7 ‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.’ - Mary Ann, age 4 ‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’ – Lauren, age 4 ‘When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’ – Karen, age 7 ‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.’ – Mark, age 6 ‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’ – Jessica, age 8 A 4-year-old child’s next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, ‘Nothing. I just helped him cry.’

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June 1 - Flip a Coin Day National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Furr’s Family Dining, 6001 Slide Rd, 11:30 a.m., 799-6796 or 795-9158. June 2 - National Bubba Day Summer Showcase – Mike Pritchard – Rock & Roll - concert at the Buddy Holly Center, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard. Free. Cash bar, food, and beverages available for purchase. Texas-made music. June 3 - Doughnut Day June 4 - Hug Your Cat Day Carnival Day at the Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the northwest corner of Maxey Park, across from the Children’s hospital, on 24th Street between Nashville and Peoria avenues. June 5 - World Environment Day June 6 - National Yo-Yo Day June 7 - National Chocolate Ice Cream Day June 8 - Best Friends Day June 9 - Donald Duck Day Summer Showcase – Wendy Colonna – Folk Rock - concert at the Buddy Holly Center, 5:30 to 7:30

p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard.See the online calendar at Click on “Enriching Lives Calendar” Free. Cash bar, food, and bevis free. Learn to manage your June 16 - Fresh Veggies Day Dance Center, 2305 120th St. erages available for purchase. lung disease and live better. Summer Showcase – Jenni Dale Smoke- & alcohol-free. Brisket Texas-made music. Meets the second Monday of & pulled pork sandwiches w/ Lord – Americana - concert at the June 10 - Iced Tea Day every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. chips $5 per plate. 765-8736 or Buddy Holly Center, 5:30 to 7:30 June 11 - National Corn on at the UMC Activities Center at 747-4344 for more info. www. p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard. the Cob Day 5217 82nd Street, 82nd & Slide Free. Cash bar, food, and bevThe Roundtable Luncheon from in Rockridge Plaza. erages available for purchase. Wolfforth Once-a-month Craft 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Hillcrest June 14 – Flag Day Fair - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Texas-made music. Country Club main dining room Monkey Around Day Wolfforth Library Meeting Room, June 17 - Eat Vegetables Day 4011 North Boston Ave. Jeanine Quilters – The Chaparral Quilters June 18 - Splurge Day 508 E. Hwy 62/82 in Wolfforth; Hill, executive director CASA Guild, 7 p.m. Garden & Arts Summer Stampede Art and Gear Free admission; Handmade “The Forgotten Children: Foster Center, 4215 S. University. For items / baked goods / direct Show, 5 to 11 p.m. - Western Care in America.” $15 per permore info, 788-0856. Meets the sales. art and gear collectors will have son, limited menu includes des2nd Tuesday each month. an opportunity to purchase new June 19 - Father’s Day sert and beverage. Travel north Alzheimer’s Association careart pieces and meet outstand- June 20 - Ice Cream Soda on University Avenue then turn giver support group – Rawlings Day ing artists and craftsmen from left (or west) on Newcomb Street Senior Center, 213 40th St., Lub5 to 11 p.m. during the Sum- 1st day of summer and proceed to the Clubhouse bock, at 10:30 a.m. Meet with mer Stampede Western Art June 21 - Go Skate Day front entrance. those who understand. A safe and Gear Show. Guests will Alzheimer’s Association careBallroom Dance with Fiano and place for caregivers, family, and giver support group – Enlivant dine and dance to the Western Jeanette, Tango, 6-8 p.m. from friends of persons with demenSenior Living Community (Santa swing music of Jake Hooker and $10; LHUCA, 511 Ave. K, 806tia. Fe Place), 3404 SW 5th, Plainthe Outsiders. Advance ticket 762-8606. Lubbock Area Amputee Support view, at 3 p.m. Meet with those purchase is required. Tickets June 12 - Red Rose Day Group -- Furrs’Cafeteria, 6001 who understand. A safe place for are $85 ($75 for RHA members) June 13 - Sewing Machine Slide Road, 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the caregivers, family, and friends of and can be purchased by calling Day Red Raider Room; purchase persons with dementia. Vicki Quinn-Williams at 806-834UMC Better Breathers Club -- a your own meal (or you do not westtexas 0469 or online at http://ranchingsupport group for people with have to eat); call 806-748-5870 June 22 - Nat’l Chocolate chronic lung disease such as for more info. Eclair Day Country Western Dance – 7 p.m. COPD, asthma, pulmonary fi- June 15 - Smile Power Day Lubbock Area Square & Round (See Enriching Lives, Page 19) brosis and lung cancer. Joining

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Don’t keep family in the dark about your plans By Zach Holtzman Financial advisor, Edward JonEs You might work diligently at building a financial roadmap for your retirement years and a comprehensive estate plan. But you can’t just create these strategies – you also have to communicate them. Specifically, you need to inform your spouse and your grown children what you have in mind for the future – because the more they know, the fewer the surprises that await them down the road. Let’s start with your spouse. Ideally, of course, you and your spouse should have already communicated about your respective ideas for retirement and have come to an agreement on the big issues, such as when you both plan to retire, where you’ll live during retirement, and what you want to do as retirees

-- volunteer, travel, work part time and so on. But what you both might have let slip through the cracks are the important specifics related to financing your retirement. You’ll need to answer several questions, including these: When will you each start taking Social Security? Are there strategies for maximizing both of your Social Security payments? When will you need to start tapping into your respective retirement accounts, such as your IRA and 401(k)? And, once you do start withdrawing from these accounts, how much should you take out each year? You may want to work with a financial professional to address these issues, but however you proceed, you and your spouse need to be “on the same page” regarding the key financial components

of your retirement. Now, consider your grown children. You need to clearly communicate your estate plans to them, not only for the sake of openness and honesty, but also because they may well play active roles within those plans. So when talking to your children, make sure you cover these areas: Durable power of attorney – You may well decide to give one of your grown children the durable power of attorney to pay bills and make financial choices on your behalf if you are unable to do so. Estate executor – An executor is the person or entity you name in your will to carry out your wishes. An executor has a variety of responsibilities, so you’ll want to choose someone who is honest and capable of dealing with legal and financial matters. Again, you could

ask a grown child to serve as your executor, but, to avoid potential conflict of interests among your children, you might want to go outside the family. Talk with an attorney about how best to name your executor. Status of will and living trust – Assuming you have already drawn up a will, share it with your grown children. The same is true with a living trust, a popular estateplanning tool that may allow your survivors to avoid going through the time-consuming, public, and expensive process of probate. A will and a living trust will obviously contain a great deal of information your chil-

dren should know about – so take the time to explain your thinking when you created these documents. You want to enjoy a comfortable retirement, and you want to leave a meaningful legacy through your estate plans. To help accomplish both these goals, you need to include your loved ones in your arrangements – so open those lines of communication. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors are not estate planners and cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your estate-planning attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation.

A cowboy, who just moved to Wyoming from Texas, walks into a bar and orders three mugs of Bud. He sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn. When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three more. The bartender approaches and tells the cowboy, “You know, a mug goes flat after I draw it. It would taste better if you bought one at a time.” The cowboy replies, “Well, you see, I have two brothers. One is an Airborne Ranger, the other is a Navy Seal, both serving overseas somewhere. When we all left our home in Texas, we promised that we’d drink this way to remember the days when we drank together. So I’m drinking one beer for each of my brothers and one for myself.” The bartender admits that

this is a nice custom, and leaves it there. The cowboy becomes a regular in the bar and always drinks the same way. He orders three mugs and drinks them in turn. Then one day, he comes in and only orders two mugs. All the regulars take notice and fall silent. When he comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender says, “I don’t want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your loss.” The cowboy looks quite puzzled for a moment, then a light dawns in his eyes, and he laughs. “Oh, no, everybody’s just fine,” he explains, “It’s just that my wife and I joined the Baptist Church, and I had to quit drinking.” “Hasn’t affected my brothers though.”

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Covenant announces scholarships, new officers, donation Covenant Women’s and Children’s Auxiliary hosted its annual scholarship and induction luncheon May 26. Ten Covenant Health employees received $2,000 scholarships to assist with future education expenses for the 2016-2017 school year. The recipients are Gabriella Aviles, Chelsea Caniglia,

Sara Hindman, David Hinojosa, Ben Keck, Jessica Lopez, Rebecca Neel, Lesley Prieto, Vicky Quilantan, and Mary Helen Sanchez. The event also saw induction of auxiliary officers for the coming year. The slate includes Carla Walden, treasurer; Marilyn Dickey, recording secretary; Dickie Holcomb, correspond-

ing secretary; Peggy Scott, vice president; Gary Bradley, president elect; and Pat Marx, president. The organization has committed $500,000 over five years to Covenant Health’s Keeping the Covenant capital campaign, and presented $50,000 of that total at the luncheon.

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Summer Showcase – Patricia Vonne – Latin Roots Rock - concert at the Buddy Holly Center, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard. Free. Cash bar, food, and beverages available for purchase. Texas-made music. June 25 - Log Cabin Day The Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 North Boston Ave. Sue Jones, coordinator for National Ranching Heritage Center “If the Walls Could Talk,” $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. Country Western Dance – 7 p.m. Lubbock Area Square & Round Dance Center, 2305 120th St. Smoke- & alcohol-free. Brisket & pulled pork sandwiches w/ chips $5 per plate. 765-8736 or 747-4344 for more info. www. June 26 - Forgiveness Day June 27 - Sun Glasses Day June 28 - Paul Bunyan Day Friends of the Texas Tech Libraries and Architect Brian Griggs will host a discussion about campus architecture. Tours of the University Library and Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library will follow. Begins at 5:30 p.m. in University Library Room 309. RSVP to Len Markham at 834-4765 or email June 29 - Hug Holiday June 30 - Meteor Day Summer Showcase – John Sprott – Rock & Roll - concert at the Buddy Holly Center, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard. Free. Cash bar, food, and beverages available for purchase. Texas-made music.

June 23 - National Pink Day Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group – Cuidado Casero Home Health & Hospice, 2118 Broadway, Lubbock, at 1 p.m. Meet with those who understand. A safe place for caregivers, family, and friends of persons with dementia. alz. org/westtexas June 24 - Take Your Dog to Work Day Heart Matters discussion at Covenant Health, 9-10 a.m., at the Knipling Education and Conference Center, on the 6th floor of the West Parking Garage at the corner of 21st and Louisville.

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A scary but amusing experience By Margaret Merrell This is a true story, but I am withholding the names of the characters. After so many years, we seniors feel we have lived through just about every accident or incident ever known. We usually do not mind sharing our “adventures,” but there are times some prefer to remain nameless. This is one of those times. The senior lady lives a happy life with her two dogs and one cat. All are good companions. They make a fine family picture, snuggled together on a double recliner. Late one evening, the lady and her oldest and largest dog had been enjoying watching television from the depths of the oversized chair. When the movie was over, she pushed the button along the side of the chair to lower the footrest and raise the back side into upright position. Nothing happened, not a thing moved as she pushed and jiggled the control.

She made a slight move forward, but immediately discovered the foot rest moved downward with very little pressure, and the back of the chair also started moving up and over. Terrified, the lady moved all of her weight back onto the seat area. Luckily her phone was right by the chair, so she called her son for help. He realized she was scared and told her to sit still, and he would be right over. All this time, her dog had kept her place at the other end of the seat. She too sat still -until she heard someone at the front door. That was when the dog jumped up and came down on the footrest, slamming it to the floor. Poor thing did not know what to do when her mistress went flying out of the chair to the center of the room. The son and his wife entered the room and rushed to the woman lying twist-

ed on the floor. She was stunned, but not unconscious. They gently worked and talked with the lady until she was clear in mind, and they checked for injuries. She kept telling them she was fine; shook up, but no horrible pains or signs of broken bones. She agreed to go to the neighborhood walk-in clinic with her son to get examined. Her poor dog sat to one side and looked totally confused about what had just happened. At the clinic, after many

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tell her story, over and over. They showed concern for her wellbeing but showed their amusement over how it all came about. She soon began to see the funny side of what had happened to her. Now she can tell her story with laughter and dare anyone to top her tale of how her dog catapulted her out of her chair. Do you have a similar story? Share it with someone and enjoy the laughter. Laughter is the best medicine, right?

The prune is making a comeback By Sameer Islam, M.D. Sometimes the prune can have a bad reputation, but let’s set all that aside in light of new research from Texas A&M University. According to a study in which rats were fed either a controlled diet or a diet containing prunes, the rats eating prunes had significant-

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X-rays, the lady checked out with only soreness and a few bruises. The doctor told her she was a very lucky lady and seemingly had strong bones. The good doctor had trouble holding back a smile and little laughter when the lady told him how her dog had tossed her out of her chair. The dog and the lady recovered, her son installed a new motor for the recliner, and their household returned to a happy, peaceful place. The only exceptions were when friends and family came to visit, and the woman had to

ly reduced numbers of precancerous lesions. How does this work? The dried plums Sameer Islam, help our gut M.D. bacteria stay healthy, which leads to less inflammation and risk of colon cancer. “Through our research, we were able to show that dried plums promote retention of beneficial bacteria throughout the colon, and by doing so they may reduce the risk of colon cancer,” said Dr. Nancy Turner, Texas A&M AgriLife research professor. Since colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., maybe consider adding a couple of high fiber prunes to your breakfast. Screening for colon cancer is the most important step for colon cancer prevention. If you are 50 or older, it’s time to schedule your colonoscopy.

A colonoscopy is a procedure in which a gastroenterologist is able to view the entire length of your colon through a camera on the end of a thin screening tool. You will be given medicine to make the procedure comfortable, and most patients tolerate it very well. A screening colonoscopy can save your life. If found early, colorectal cancer is over 90% curable. The procedure is covered by most insurance policies with no out-of-pocket expense to you. Most people have heard horror stories of the “prep” day and refuse to have the procedure. You should know that the available preps have come a long way and a typical response is, “It wasn’t as bad as I was expecting.” Sameer Islam, M.D., is a board-certified gastroenterologist and hepatologist. His office number is 806761-0747, www.sameerislam. com.

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George had heard the story his whole life and put the words into a song. “It’s a story my father told me about his papa, and Dad couldn’t tell the story without getting tears in his eyes,” George said. “If the rest of the song was as good as that catch line, it could be a hit,” George said, critiquing his own talents. “One time I was stuck in Houston waiting for a plane for several hours and wrote a song, “Passing Through Killin’ Time.” I always liked it, too. “I sent some of my songs to Willie Nelson one year but

never heard from him. I even told him he could have the songs and record them if he wanted,” George recalled. There’s more than musical talent in his head. George has mastered bronze sculpting, poetry, and can still keep up on the dance floor with his wife of 59 years, Joe Love Stogner Nelson. “George does everything from the heart, and of course, I think he’s pretty special, most days,” Joe Love said. When the children were small, the Nelson family would gather in George and Joe Love’s room where the

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It Always Brought a Tear to Daddy’s Eye Here’s a story daddy told me ‘bout his Papa Of a hard life and the hard times now gone by Of the early days in the piney woods of Texas And it always brought a tear to daddy’s eye In a cleared-out patch of piney woods Near a small East Texas town With a Georgia Stock and a worn out mule My grandpa plowed the ground A raw-boned man plowing brand new land And a crop still months away With no shoes on his feet and no food to eat Today or yesterday About three miles to the south toward town Lay T.B. Kiesler’s store They’d turned him down on his credit there, But he wasn’t gonna starve no more Through the swingin’ door of that little store Past the people standing there Got him two big sacks of flour and beans And walked out as they stared No he wouldn’t beg and he couldn’t buy But neither would he steal He just did what he had to do To get himself an honest meal It’s a story told me ‘bout his Papa Of a hard life and the hard times now gone by Of the early days in the piney woods of Texas And it always brought a tear to daddy’s eye © 2016 George Nelson

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Someday You’ll Pay (Song that won the contest at Lubbock High School 1953) Someday you’re gonna be sorry dear For breakin’ my poor heart Someday you’re gonna be sorry dear For causing us to part You broke my heart and threw it away But now baby you’re gonna pay Someday you’re gonna be sorry dear For breakin’ my poor heart You know I always loved you Nobody else would do And yet you threw my heart away And now our love is through You broke my heart and threw it around But now I’ve stopped my slippin’ around Someday you’re gonna be sorry dear For breakin’ my poor heart

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stereo was and listen to George put on shows. John Nelson remembers this image and credits his dad for his talent and encouragement in the music industry. “When I graduated from college, my dad gave me his Gibson guitar, and it means more than anything in the world to me. I’m pretty sure he gave it to me because he forgot to get me anything,” John said. “I’ve worked for some of the greats, and some of the most wellknown artists in the world, but I know my Dad was the inventor, albeit unofficial inventor, of rock ‘n’ roll, and you can quote me on that.” The Nelsons have given to the Lubbock community. Just about every project beginning has had George or Joe Love Nelson somewhere behind the scenes working to build something to better the community. “We’ve tried to help when we can,” said Joe Love.

In the 70s, for one of the Junior League Follies, George received a standing ovation and roaring crowd for his rendition of “Rhinestone Cowboy.” The curtains opened with a harem of semi-clad harem ladies fanning a hidden George. When the harem girls’ fans opened and revealed the singing cowboy dressed in pink chaps, pink vest, and smoking a big cigar, belting out re-written words to the song by Glen Campbell, the audience went wild. “It was a hit because Campbell and the song were awarded a Grammy on television that same night, and it was just good timing,” George said. George Nelson entertained Hasie said it was because George as the “Rhinestone Cowboy” looked so ugly in those chaps. at the Junior League Follies. Joe Love and George have raised four children: Eric, Margie, Elizabeth (husband Kirby), and John; and enjoy a crew of grandchildren & great grandchildren, Kara Leigh, Ryan, Lisa, Ethan Shane, Mathew, Kyle, Clay, Ben, Misty, Jacob, Allison, Austin, and Brady.

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Talkington student wins $16,000 scholarship

New Neighbors Club awarded funds to four agencies. Pictured are Mary Gerlach with Lubbock Meals on Wheels; Charley Wasson with Hospice of Lubbock; Fiona May with Family Guidance and Outreach Center; and Myron Hargrove with the South Plains Honor Flight.

4 agencies awarded $2,000 each New Neighbors Club held its annual membership luncheon in May where funds were awarded to four local agencies. Each agency was given $2,000. A cop pulls a guy over for weaving across two lanes of traffic. He walks up to the driver’s window and asks, “You drinkin’?” The driver said, “Well that depends – You buyin’?”

This year’s recipients were Lubbock Meals on Wheels, Hospice of Lubbock, Family Guidance and Outreach Center, and South Plains Honor Flight. As a not-for-profit organization, New Neighbors Club conducts two fundraising events a year, and all proceeds are given to community programs. “We work very hard in raising funds and take pride when we are giving back to our community,” said Mary Valentini, board member.

A senior at Talkington School for Young Women Leaders is one of seven recipients of an inaugural scholarship award from the Young Women’s Preparatory Network. Olivia Oldham will receive a $16,000 scholarship. Oldham plans to attend Texas Tech University to study interior design, architecture and business management. Seniors graduating from the network schools throughout Texas were selected because they embody the mission and core values upon which the organization was founded: leadership, college readiness, and health/well-

“Olivia is persistent and diligent,” Gunia said. “She is also the brightest student I have ever encountered in my teaching career.” Lynn McBee is CEO of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network. “Upon review of their applications, it was clear that these are extremely deserving young women with outstanding accomplishments and contributions to their Olivia Oldham community,”McBee said. “They truly represent wellness. Additionally, they are recognized for their capacity rounded Young Women’s Preparatory Network leaders, to lead and serve. Kirsten Gunia is the Talk- and we are thrilled to grant ington Pre-AP and AP Chem- them this scholarship, which istry and Forsenic Science will help them afford a college degree.” teacher.

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LISD honors outgoing trustee members

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Melissa Collier, president of the LISD board of trustees, expresses her gratitude for the service of Vernita Woods-Holmes and Dan Pope. Pictured are Vernita’s son, Vernita WoodsHolmes, Denise Pope, Dan Pope, Melissa Collier, and Behrl Robertson Jr., superintendent.

The Lubbock Independent School District honored two former members of their board of trustees at a reception on Wednesday, May 25 at the LISD Central Office. Dan Pope and Vernita Woods-Holmes served a combined 25 years on the board. Woods-Holmes did not seek reelection for the board. Dan Pope had a successful run for Lubbock mayor. Melissa Collier, president of the board, and Berhl Robertson Jr., superintendent of LISD, thanked both Pope and Woods-Holmes for their

service. Collier said of Pope and Woods-Holmes, “I know you’ll both continue to be involved in Lubbock Independent School District because you do have a love for this community and this district and most importantly for the children that we serve here every day.” Woods-Holmes has served LISD for more than 50 years as a teacher, principal, and board member. In his final remarks Pope said, “You can’t ever take for granted the trust that the community has in your schools.”

4th on Broadway at Mackenzie celebration, July 2-4 July 4th will be celebrated with a three-day event, July 2-4 in Lubbock. Street dances are set for 6 p.m. to midnight on July 2 and 3 at the plaza by the Lubbock County Courthouse. The July 2 dance will feature Tejano music. The July 3 dance will highlight Texas country music. July 4th begins with a parade on Broadway from 9 to 11 a.m., starting at Broadway and Avenue M and heading east to Mackenzie Park. Other events include a Yankee Doodle Dash 7 to 8:30 a.m., a picnic in the park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and an evening concert from 7 to 10:30 p.m. The day will conclude with a fireworks extravaganza from 10:10 to 10:30 p.m. in Mackenzie Park.

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