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Volume 29, Number 6

June 2017

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Lubbock, Texas 79401

Western Art & Gear Show set for June 17

Western art and gear collectors will have an opportunity to purchase art pieces and meet the artists at the 4th Annual Summer Stampede Western Art and Gear Show from 6 to 11 p.m. at the National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 4th St. The annual event will feature more than 80 original pieces by 28 artists and craftsmen. The show and sale will begin at 6 p.m. in the NRHC main gallery followed by a 7 p.m. dinner on the patio, and an 8 p.m. dance to the Western swing music of Jake Hooker and the Outsiders. “A portion of the proceeds will benefit the educational and restoration programs of the center,” said Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell,

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emphasizing that the art and gear show is unique for this part of the country. “We take a lower commission than most galleries and don’t require a bidding process,” he said. “Buyers can meet the artist, pay the posted price, and take the artwork home that day.” Summer Stampede provides a unique mix of art that combines both Western paintings and gear, including spurs, stirrups, bits, belt buckles and jewelry. Campbell said a limited number of tickets are available for the show and must be purchased in advance either online at or by calling 806834-0469. Cost is $85 for the general public and $75 for RHA members.

One of the more than 80 art pieces available for sale at the National Ranching Heritage Center during the 4th Annual Summer Stampede Art and Gear Show includes “Catch the Roan,” an oil painting by Kerrville artist Herman Walker.

Texas Tech Alumni Association to celebrate 90 years On May 30, 1927, the first graduating class of Texas Technological College established the organization that would become the Texas Tech Alumni Association. Ninety years later, the association

is larger than ever and continues to be loud and proud supporters of Texas Tech. Help celebrate this milestone from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 2 when

(See Alumni Association, Page 2)

2nd – 90 Years, Texas Tech

14th – Flag Day

2nd – Watercolor

17th – Summer

3rd – Corvette Club car

17th – ‘Cyanotype’

3rd – Photography

18th – Father’s Day

3rd,4th,6th – D-Day

20th – First day of Summer

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‘Art of the Cyanotype’ workshop, June 17

‘Solar Powered Sound’ by Carol Flueckiger

A workshop, The Art of the Cyanotype, is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 17 at the Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave. Cost is $15, and the workshop is open to ages 10 and up. Learn the process of making cyanotype prints, one of the earliest photographic processes. Naomi Hill, instructor, will introduce participants to aspects that are common

to most of the historical processes and their variations, including making simple negatives for printing, safe and proper materials handling, paper preparation and coating, exposure, and processing. Pre-registration is required by 5 p.m. June 13. Payment must be made at the time of registration. For more information and registration, please call 806.775.3562.

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Watercolor Society Show, June 2

The West Texas Watercolor Society 2017 Spring/ Summer Show is set for 6 to 9 p.m. June 2 at the Lubbock Municipal Garden & Arts Center, 4215 University. The West Texas Watercolor Society Exhibit comprises approximately 100 water media artists from primarily the West Texas area. These artists utilize watercolor and acrylic media in a variety of styles. In addition to displaying and selling their work, artists will be competing for merit awards as judged by artist Tina Fuentes.

Alumni Association (Continued from Page 1)

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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Call today to RSVP by June 5th: 806-368-6565 Join us in honor of caregivers, family members, and friends who love or have loved someone with dementia. Dove Release provided by Lake Ridge Chapel & Memorial Designers. Complimentary dinner provided by Kindred Hospice for the first 25 people to RSVP.

Call today to RSVP by June 9th: 806-368-6565 Enjoy a complimentary lunch prepared by our Executive Chef Esteban and learn more about understanding dementia-related behavior and the best ways to respond to loved ones struggling with dementia. Presented by Hannah Ives, from The West Texas Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association.

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the group will host a 90th Anniversary Celebration event in appreciation of its members in the Anders Courtyard at the McKenzieMerket Alumni Center on campus near 19th and University. The casual evening in Lubbock will include live music, great food, drinks, and fellowship for members only. RSVP online at http://, or call Britta Tye at 834-2933. If you are not a member and would like to join, contact the Alumni Association and join at the Century Level for the anniversary price of $90.

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‘Infamy: Dec. 7, 1941’ Casas for CASA raffle tickets available Casas for CASA raf- relating to the child’s educaFor more information – on exhibit through June 9 fleThe fundraiser is working in tional, medical, or emotional about Casas for CASA or to

“Infamy: Dec. 7, 1941” a special traveling exhibit will be on display through June 9 in the Timeline Gallery at the Silent Wings Museum, 6202 I-27 N. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The traveling exhibit developed by the National WWII Museum, graphically illustrates the impact of the deadly Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor – the dark day that plunged the nation into World War II. The Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941, shocked the United States and led to a declaration of war against Japan the following day in the wake of this and other surprise attacks against military targets in Guam and the Philippines. Through images and text, the traveling exhibit explores

the visceral impact of the surprise attack on civilian and sailors. Striking images of the damaged U.S. fleet massed at Pearl Harbor illustrate the extent of the blow dealt to America’s sense of security and the bravery of the sailors who rescued each other, defended their ships, and would quickly bring the fight to Japan over the next four years of war in the Pacific. The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today – so that future generations will know the price of freedom, and be inspired by what they learn. Visit silentwingsmuseum. com or call 806-775-3049 for admission prices or to schedule a tour.

T’ai Chi Chih in the Plaza in June The 2nd annual T’ai Chi Chih in the Plaza is set for 9:30 a.m. every Saturday in June at the Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza. T’ai Chi Chih is a series of 19 movements and one pose that make up a meditative, low impact form of exercise. Practicing T’ai Chi Chih can help reduce stress, regulate hypertension, and improve balance and muscle tone. Certified instructors, Cindy Dunn and Winston Deane, will lead T’ai Chi Chih in the Plaza. Admission is free. The Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza is located at 1824 Crickets Avenue across from the Buddy Holly Center. For more information, call 806-775-2685.

partnership with the Parade needs, and the most appro- learn how you can become a of Homes, June 10-25, in lot priate, permanent placement CASA volunteer, visit www. 124 on the corner of Avenue for that child. U and 102nd Street. The raffle is for a custombuilt playhouse or doghouse donated by members of the West Texas Home Builders Association. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Tickets will be sold from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday during the Parade of Homes show. (Every Wednesday in June.) Funds raised will help recruit, train, and support new CASA volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected foster children. The drawing will be held at 6 p.m. June 25. Attendance is not necessary to win. A CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate, helps foster children navigate the child welfare system and Lubbock Meals on Wheels ensures their needs are being met while working to help find safe, permanent homes. CASA volunteers work alongside attorneys and social workers. They interview parents, Our volunteers deliver family members, teachers, a lot more than a meal. doctors, foster parents, and One hour a day, a week or a month other adults who may have can make a difference. information about the child. They then make recomCall mendations to the court today about any issues or concerns

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Constipation: what is normal or healthy? By Brittany Ghergherehchi Licensed PhysicaL TheraPisT

Many people have differing opinions of “normal” bowel movement frequency and type. Some believe it is normal to have one bowel movement per day. It can be normal to have three bowel movements per day to 3 per week. This is under the assumption that the stool is smooth, soft, and well-formed. If your bowel movement frequency falls into the less than 3 bowel movements per week or if your stool appears hard, lumpy, and pellet-like, you could be suffering from constipation. Constipation is considered a condition in which there is a lack of ease to pass stool and has a reported rate of up

to one third of Americans. Sometimes, constipation can be a direct result of dietary changes. Not enough water and fiber intake can result in constipation. Constipation can occur because of too little water in your body and increased uptake of water from your intestines during digestion. In this case, the solution would be to increase water intake. Other times, it may be necessary to increase fiber intake. Fiber, when used properly, can relieve and even prevent constipation. Constipation can also be a result of some prescription medications. Because your doctor recommends these medications, it is always important to discuss your issues of constipation with your

doctor to work to alleviate your symptoms of constipation. Never stop taking medications without speaking with your doctor first. As we age, aspects of our bodies begin to change and slow down. This can often include our bowels. When this occurs, it can take longer for our bodies to digest the food we have eaten. This gives the body extra time to take water from our stool, resulting in constipation. Another possible reason for constipation could be inactivity. With increased exercise, our body receives stimulation. When this occurs, even our digestive system gets the hint that it also needs to get moving, which can help stool

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‘Click It or Ticket’ marks more than 5,000 Texas lives saved TxDOT along with its safety education partners, Texas Department of Public Safety, City of Lubbock, Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, and local first responders gathered at the Lubbock County Courthouse Gazebo on May 19 to raise public awareness of TxDOT’s 15th annual Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign. The Click It or Ticket campaign is dedicated to preventing serious injuries and fatalities by reminding drivers and passengers about the importance of wearing a seat belt and the fines they face for not buckling up. In 2002, only 76 percent of Texans wore seat belts. Today nearly 92 percent buckle up. But 8 percent still don’t, and that unbelted number doubles to 16 per-

cent at night, when more fatalities occur. Last year, 62 percent of the 994 unbelted fatalities occurred at night, and total unbelted fatalities increased 9 percent over 2015. In 2016, there were 69 motor vehicle traffic crashes in the Lubbock District in which unrestrained occupants sustained fatal or serious injuries. These crashes resulted in 29 fatalities and 52 serious injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that since its inception in 2002, the Texas “Click It or Ticket” campaign has resulted in 5,068 fewer traffic fatalities while preventing 86,359 serious injuries and saving more than $19.3 billion in related economic costs.

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Giving Back - The New Neighbors Club of Lubbock gave a total $18,200 to six nonprofit community service agencies in May. Accepting the donations are Dr. Paul Frazier, Texas Tech Food Panty; LeAnne Carnes, Children’s Connection; Fiona May, Family Guidance and Outreach Center; Mary Gerlach, Meals on Wheels; Gary Vaughn, South Plains Honor Flight; and Alexis Arnold and Adair Murillo, Inside Out. New Neighbors is a social and civic club that believes in giving back to the community. Each year, two fundraising events are held by the club, and all proceeds are given to service agencies.

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73rd anniversary of D-Day to be commemorated June 3,4,6 The Silent Wings Museum will commemorate the 73rd anniversary of D-Day on June 3, 4 and 6. The events will honor the sacrifices made by the Allied forces on the shores of Normandy, France, during a critical moment in the War in Europe. Activities throughout the weekend include screenings of the documentary “D-Day Remembered,” vintage WWII aircraft and vehicles on display, living history groups, and children’s activities. All aircraft will fly-in and be on display as weather permits. This event is free. Museum hours each day are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The documentary, “D-Day Remembered,” will play every hour until 4 p.m. each of the three days. June 3 ● Air Force B-25 Devil Dog flies in ● PT-26 & AT-19 aircraft in British colors fly in ● L-2 & L-3 Aircraft fly in (weather permitting) ● Ricky’s Auto Repair–Vintage Jeeps ● US 1st Infantry Division Living History Group ● Abilene Axis and Allies Living History Group ● 325th Glider Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Living History Group ● Children’s activities throughout the day June 4 Saturday’s schedule plus at 3 p.m. ● Air Force B-25 Devil Dog departs

‘I Got Rhythm,’ The Happenings, June 1967 George and Ira Gershwin’s iconic We sounded pretty darned good, so “I Got Rhythm” came from the 1930 we decided to get together.” musical “Girl Crazy,” which saw They became the Four Graduates Ethel Merman make her Broadway and for a couple of years sang in debut and Ginger Rogers become a Catskills resorts (“for peanuts”) to star. Three versions of the song soon ran up the hit record charts. Fast-forward to By Randal Hill 1967. The popu- lar music world is often defined by psychedelic ex- gain exposure and experience. perimentation, drugs, long hair, and Miranda later became a $25-afunky outfits. week songwriter in the music-pubEnter a vocal group of four clean- lishing office of the Tokens, former cut, short-haired, suit-wearing New singers who had hit Number One Jersey guys, looking more Wall with “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” Street than Woodstock. years earlier. They say they want to record When the Tokens started a record older songs - some from as far back label called B. T. Puppy, they cast as the 1920s and 1930s - in the hope about for talent. Miranda brought of achieving success alongside the in his other three Graduates and auDoors and Jimi Hendrix and Jeffer- ditioned. “They loved us!” he said son Airplane. later. The Four Graduates morphed Hmmn. Well, good luck, guys. into the more modern-sounding HapFor the Happenings, this offbeat penings and were soon on their way approach landed them on Billboard’s to AM radio stardom. Hot 100 nine times from 1966 to For the group, choosing to record 1969. the jazz standard “I Got Rhythm” The cocky quartet liked to take probably struck many in the music “oldies” and add their own spin - business as being odd at best or, at rich, tight vocal harmonies wrapped worst, just plain crazy. around upbeat tempos, elaborate But the New Jersey crew firmly orchestration defining each punched- believed they were on the right track. up remake, and the strong, confident For their remake, Bob Miranda comtenor/falsetto of Bob Miranda out posed a brief introduction: front. Somehow, this worked. In this vast and troubled world, we “We all came from Paterson, New sometimes lose our way. Jersey,” Miranda explained on clasBut I am never lost; I feel this way “We met one night at because… a dance in East Paterson. We actually Once the Happenings’ version met in the men’s room, ‘cause that’s kicked into high gear moments later, where all the singers were. The echo. the listener was hopelessly hooked.

“’I Got Rhythm’ was a natural for us,” Miranda said. “There was so much space in the song for us to put these unique vocal hooks…We just knew when we played it back that it was a hit. It just sounded so natural, and everything seemed to be there.” And it was. The original tune was, of course, unfamiliar to most Happenings fans. When Bob Miranda was asked who wrote the song and he would answer that it was George Gershwin, the response was sometimes, “Oh, is he in the group?” A newly married man asked his wife, “Would you have married me if my father hadn’t left me a fortune?” “Honey,” the woman replied sweetly, “I’d have married you, no matter who left you a fortune.”

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Lubbock Music NOW: Corvette Club charity Art being accepted car show set June 3

Lubbock Music NOW, a project of Civic Lubbock, Inc., is accepting entries for original works of visual art to be considered for the cover of the 2017 edition of a CD featuring locally produced music. Lubbock Music NOW seeks to recognize musicians living in the Lubbock area “working the circuit” and to give visitors a picture of what the local music scene is producing. The entry submission deadline is June 30. The winning entry will receive a one-time cash prize of $200. All entries must be submitted online through Café Call for Entry, Artwork should reflect the spirit and vibrancy of Lubbock’s music scene. The call for entry is open

to all artists who live within a 100-mile radius of Lubbock and is open to all 2-D media including but not limited to digital photography, graphic design, printmaking, drawing, painting, and mixed media. Artists may submit one entry for consideration. Entries must be original in design and execution and completed within the last two years. The winning entry will be selected by a panel of independent, professional visual artists and musicians. For more information, contact Elizabeth Regner with the Lubbock Arts Alliance, 806-744-2787 or by email at Information is also available on the website, www.

Sunday concerts at Wagner Park

Bring blankets, lawn The Caprock Corvette Restrooms, food, and chairs and picnics to Wagner Park and listen to the Club will host a car show for shade are available. charity from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Caprock Corvette Club Westwind Brass Band every Sunday evening at 8 p.m. June 3 at the Drug Empo- president is Mike Wragg. rium parking lot at 82nd & “We are a Car Club with a beginning June 4. Additional concerts will Slide Road. passion for everything CorRegistration is at 9 a.m., vette as well as a sense of be held at 8 p.m. on June 11, and the show is from 10 a.m. service for the community in 18, & 25, and on July 2, 9 to 2 p.m. which we live,” Wragg said. & 16. Free concerts for all ages Every summer, the club For more information go holds a benefit car show with to www.caprockcorvetteclub. under the West Texas sky. Wagner Park is at 26th all proceeds going to charity. com or call Mike Wragg at Street and Flint Avenue. All Corvette owners may 806-790-8297. participate. There is a class for each generation of Corvettes, as well as the additional classes of People’s Choice, Daily Driver, Convertible, and Best of Show. Registration is $25 per car. Show participants will judge the entries. There will be lots of awards, door prizes, and good music. Bring the family to see the “cool cars.” Spectators are free. The show will take place “rain or shine.”

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Covenant Children’s welcomes Sanchez quadruplets

Covenant Children’s welcomed quadruplets born to Donavin and Cassie Sanchez of Lovington, N.M., on the morning of May 3. Born at 30 weeks, the two boys and two girls are healthy and being cared for in the Covenant Children’s neonatal intensive care unit. The babies are Arrow (3

lbs. 7 oz.), Gunner (3 lbs. 1 oz.), Cheyenne (2 lbs. 14 oz.) and Scarlett (2 lbs. 11 oz.). Both boys are 16”, and the girls are 15.5” long. Multiples are not new to this family. Cassie is herself, an identical twin, while Donavin has a history of twins in his family. They have a four-year-old

son, Hazen. Dad Donavin said Mom Cassie is feeling great and everything went perfectly. “We are very excited, nervous, but very excited,” Donavin said. “The babies are completely healthy, she’s healthy, and everything’s perfect! From a family of three to a family of seven, it probably won’t hit me until we get home.” Dr. Bill Atkinson, maternal/fetal medicine specialist, delivered the foursome, along with Dr. Joseph Killeen, obstetrician. “As you can imagine, this was a very complex case,” Atkinson said. “Cassie was hospitalized with us for 10 weeks.” Atkinson and Killeen have Cassie and Donavin Sanchez, new parents of quadruplets, both delivered quads on nualong with their 4-year-old son, Hazen. merous occasions.

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Two new principal assignments and a special education staff change will begin in the 2017-2018 school year. Brandi Lay will serve as the principal of Whiteside Elementary School. Lay has been an assistant principal at Cavazos Middle School for the past four years. She previously served as a counselor and classroom teacher in Lubbock ISD, including Whiteside from 2002-2007. She earned a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies and master’s degree in education from Texas Tech University. Lay has

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Her first time & what she had hoped for By Margaret Merrell The hospitality room of B & B’s Auto Shop was filled with the aroma of brewing coffee. The urn on the small table in the corner was making rather odd rumbling and spewing noises as it labored through its morning ritual. The well-dressed woman and her teenage daughter sat several chairs apart and silently watched and listened to the coffeepot; each locked in her own private thoughts. I wish mother had gone on to work. She is making me so nervous! She and Dad have practically preached to us our entire lives about responsibility, integrity and all that. I bet Dad would have just wished me luck and left me to handle this by myself. The final long swishing sound announced the coffee was ready. The slender blonde girl was the first to fill a plastic cup and took it to her mother. “Thank you, Sweetie.” The woman stood, walked over, and gazed out the large front window, thinking, I really should be in the office right now. Jennifer knows exactly the circumstances that have brought her to this moment. Maybe I should trust her to make a decision or two, on her own. An older lady entered the room. “Ladies, one of the

Mr. Browns will be with you shortly. I see you found the coffee.” Pouring herself a cup, she made her exit. Mother and daughter exchanged looks and the girl smiled as her mother dabbed at her nose with a Kleenex. “Mother, what you just got a whiff of are the normal odors from a garage and repair shop. Don’t you remember when Jimmy and I repaired the fender on his old pickup?” “Yes, I remember, but this place is much worse! It is giving me a headache. Jenny, do you think you can see this through without me? I really should be in my office, and it looks like this may take longer than we anticipated.” “Sure, Mom. No problem and don’t worry. I will be just fine. You are always saying that every experience whether negative or positive teaches us something new.” “That’s my girl! Call me with all the details when you are free. Bye, bye.” Jenny watched her mother’s car merge in with the morning traffic. She felt a little tightness in her throat. Oh, Mom! I really do love you! Were you picking up on my thoughts? Hmmmm, that is pretty spooky! A deep masculine voice called her name. “Jennifer?” “Yes, sir!” Jenny turned to face a gentleman that reminded her of her grandfa-

ther. He extended his hand. “I am William Brown. Most folks call me Bill. My son, Mike and I own this business. “He will be free in about five minutes. Let us go into the office and start going over some of the paper work.” Jenny followed him into a nice, clean office that had a faint scent of something like a new car. Just as she sat down in a comfortable chair, the younger Mr. Brown came bouncing into the office. More introductions. “Well, Jennifer, Mike and

I have studied all the information on all the forms and have reached a pretty important decision.” “Yes, sir,” Jenny was really nervous at this point. “We never dreamed we would be hiring a female apprentice for Mike, but you come very highly recommended by your auto shop teacher at your school. “He also informed us that you have been your big brother’s right hand girl, helping him repair cars ever since you picked up your first wrench. We want to welcome you as a member of

our crew, here at B and B’s Auto Shop.” “Thank you!” Jennifer wanted to hug them both, but kept her cool and shook their hands. Her first job - and just the one she hoped for! Just wait until she told her family. “Gee, I wonder what Dad will have to say about his little ‘grease monkey.’ Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end. Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.


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A tough ‘bill’ to swallow Drug prices continue to increase while drug companies earn billions By Peter Laverty Director, SeniorS Are SpeciAl My patience may finally have run out for Big Pharmacy with recent reports showing its continued strangle hold on America’s health care costs and the dire effects on the cost of Medicare for our Medicare population. These reports show the costs are still soaring for the fifth straight year of doubledigit increases. In a recent article by Candy Sagon for AARP, titled “Rx Drug Costs for

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Older Adults Still Soaring – AARP,” Sagon reported that nearly 300 brand name drugs increased almost 130 times faster than general inflation from 2014 to 2015. Even with the growing outrage from some politicians and patients over soaring drug prices, it has done little if anything to slow their ascent with the retail price tag. Most of the brand-name drugs used by older Americans jumped an average of 15.5 % in 2015. Let me give you examples of what Sagon found in her investigation. Sagon found examples of drug price increases over the past 10 years to include Ativan 1 mg tablets, the anti-anxiety drug, with price hikes of up to 2,873 % between 2006 and 2015, and the antidepressant Wellbutrin XL 300 mg tablets, which increased by 1,185 %. The retail price of Humulin U-500, a short-acting insulin product used to treat diabetes, rose by 538 % over the past 10 years, most of that in the past five years. Prescription drug price increases affect retirement programs, those without a prescription drug plan, and taxpayer-funded health care programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. In fact, Sagon’s findings

echo an earlier report earlier this year by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that looked at the 20 highest price increases from 2014 to 2015. Spending by CMS on these drugs jumped from $146 million to $486 million, the data showed. That’s just five of the more than 3,300 medications on the Medicare formulary. “We will never get health care costs under control as long as drug manufacturers are free to set incredibly high prices and then increase them every time the mood strikes,” said report co-author Leigh Purvis, director of health services research for AARP’s Public Policy Institute. Americans pay the highest price for prescription drugs in the world. And as a result, nearly 1 in 5 U.S. residents - 35 million people - do not fill a prescription each year

because they ate the closing of the Part D cannot afford it. donut hole. • Allow residents and In 2015, the five largest drug pharmacies to import safe, affordable drugs from Cancorporations raked in more ada, which thousands of than $50 billion seniors already do, and evenin profits. tually from other select counThey manip- tries. • Require drug companies ulate the drug market to artifi- to disclose financial inforcially inflate the mation including profits and cost of generic pricing information and indrugs. They re- crease competition of generic formulate and re-brand exist- drugs and incentivize innoing drugs to gouge consum- vation among Big Pharmacy. In the wealthiest nation ers with high prices. And that money comes right out of the on earth, at the richest period in our country’s history, it Social Security benefits. At a time when the 37% is shocking that millions of of the average Social Secu- residents are forced to go rity check goes toward out- without critical, lifesaving of-pocket health care costs, medication because of the it is critical that Congress “profit at any cost” mentality act to protect the American of prescription drug corporations. people from these out-of-control pharmaceutical corporaWrite or call your congressmen tions. to express your concerns: Last month, several members of Sen. John Cornyn Congress introduced 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. the “Improving AcWashington, D.C. 20510 cess to Affordable 202-224-2934 Prescription Drugs Sen. Ted Cruz Act” to lower drug prices and rein in Russell Senate Office Bldg. #404 Washington, DC 20510 abuses by the phar202-224-5922 maceutical corpoRep. Mac Thornberry rations. The bill 2208 Rayburn House Office Bldg. would: Washington, D.C. 20515 • Allow Medicare to negotiate fair 202-225-3706 prices and acceler-

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4th on Broadway, a 4-day festival

Entries & food/craft vendors needed This year’s 4th on Broadway four-day festival kicks off July 1, with La Raza on the Plaza, followed by the two-day “4th on Broadway mini-fest” on July 2-3, which culminates with the Randy Rogers Band. Tickets are on sale at Select a Seat. July 4th will include the 4th on Broadway parade, picnic in the park, free evening concert, and the firework extravaganza, plus many new events. Events on July 4th are free,

making 4 th on Broadway the Largest Free Festival in Texas. Local businesses, nonprofits, and individuals are invited to register now to be a part of the 4th on Broadway parade, which is broadcast live on KLBK-TV. The parade includes 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for nonprofit and commercial categories. With an expected 80,000 participants taking part in the weekend events, vendors, food trucks, and local busi-

nesses are invited to sign up to sell food and other items at the 27th Annual 4th on Broadway festival. Vendors are needed for La Raza on the Plaza, the minifest, along with the picnic in the park, and the evening concert on July 4th. More information and applications can be found at under the “Get Involved” tab. Benefit-drawing tickets for the personally autographed, custom Garth

Brooks Takamine guitar are one for $10 or 12 for $100 and may be purchased at www.broadwayfestivals. com/raffle or by calling 806749-2929. The drawing will be held at the July 4th free evening concert, need not be present to win. All proceeds

help keep Lubbock’s 4th on Broadway festival free for the entire region. For more information or questions, contact Colee Orf at 806-749-2929 or admin@

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

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By James K. White Did you ever play with Lincoln Logs? Those iconic toy building sticks were patented in 1920 by John Lloyd Wright. John had a father that was somewhat famous named Frank Lloyd. We have all experienced days wherein “things went poorly.” I can identify with a man I read about that had broken his right forearm and was wearing a newly Military dad surprises children at school – Spc. Joshua hardened cast later that same McKee arrived home to Lubbock on the morning of April afternoon. He tripped and 27 after 8.5 months in Iraq. Two of his children were in school at Wheelock Elementary, rehearsing for an upcoming broke his nose when the unkindergarten and first-grade PTA program. With help from fortunate’s face hit the arm the school and McKee’s wife, Beatriz, McKee surprised cast. Dang it, dang it. his children in front of a gym full of Wheelock students. A few years back, a book Diamond, 10, and Jaevoni, 5, were blindfolded while dad was published claiming that walked up behind them. McKee will be stationed stateside in Fort Hamilton, Kentucky. Pictured are Beatriz, Diamond, during the era of the Underground Railroad, a code was Joshua, Zoey, and in front, Jaevoni. sewn into homemade quilts in order to relay messages clandestinely. Scholars are largely skeptical of this assertion. No valid documentation supporting the theory has been presented. Serious researchers suspect this is another example of intriguing, but false history. Every planet in our solar system has been named for a Roman or Greek deity -- except one. Earth was dubbed Earth even before it was recognized as a planet. Earth is thought to be derived from an Old English word that

means “dirt.” The phrase “low man on the totem pole” actually connotes the opposite of its commonly intended meaning. The lowest carving on most totem poles is the most observed and the figure first carved on the bottom indicates importance and significance. It was in 1898 when New York City first encompassed much of the area that comprises the metropolis today. That was the year that an assemblage of several municipalities joined the cities of Brooklyn and Manhattan to unite harbor facilities under one local government. I might add that of the five boroughs forming NYC, only one is not an island: The Bronx. In Colonial America ‘bout 300 years ago, people of age 35 had usually lost most of their teeth because of various

dental maladies. It seemed strange to some that the truly wealthy lost their teeth sooner and in larger volume than did the middle classes or the impoverished. The main factor was sugar consumption. Only the rich could afford all the sugar they desired. Inferior dental hygiene plagued all classes. A person of age 50 who possessed a full set of his/her natural teeth was rare. Another urban legend bites the dust: Nowhere on earth does the sun heat pavement or rocks to a temperature hot enough to fry an egg. A temperature of at least 158 degrees Fahrenheit would be required to fry a typical chicken egg. The hottest surface temp yet detected with validation was 145° F and that was on blacktop pavement, not a sidewalk. Oh well, bon appetite and have a great week.

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This Spring Vegetable Egg Casserole is the perfect way to highlight all of your favorite seasonal veggies. And when paired with zesty feta cheese, and baked up into an easy casserole, it’s the perfect make-ahead dish to serve a crowd. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 small white onion, peeled and diced 1 large carrot (or 1 cup of baby carrots), peeled and diced 1 pound asparagus, cut on the diagonal into bitesized pieces 4 ounces sugar snap peas, halved 3-4 cups chopped broccoli florets (about 1 medium head of broccoli) 2 cloves garlic, minced 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, sliced 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese 12 large eggs, whisked 1/2 cup milk salt and pepper Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute for 4-5 minutes, or until it is soft and translucent. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, carrot, asparagus, snap peas, broccoli and garlic, and stir to combine. Continue cooking for about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the veggies have softened and cooked through. Add mushrooms and cherry tomatoes, and stir for another 3-4 minutes. Transfer about half of the veggie mixture to the prepared baking dish, and spread the veggies out in an even layer. Sprinkle evenly with half of the feta cheese. Repeat by adding the remaining veggies on top in an even layer, followed by the rest of the cheese. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk the eggs and milk and a generous pinch of salt and pepper together until combined. Then evenly pour the egg mixture over the veggies. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the casserole comes out clean.

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75 organizations urge Senate to defend Medicare & Medicaid

Washington, D.C. - More than 75 national organizations sent a letter to Senate leadership on May 22, urging them to reject the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and to engage in a transparent, bipartisan dialogue on needed reforms to enhance health care access and affordability. The letter voices opposition to provisions in the AHCA that undermine Medicare’s financing and risk access to essential care for people with Medicare and Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act imposed a small tax increase on the highest earners that helped put Medicare on stronger financial footing. The AHCA’s repeal of this tax will result in lost revenues, causing the Medicare Hospital Insurance (Part A) Trust Fund to become insolvent two years earlier than anticipated. The letter expresses alarm that Congress would knowingly vote to undercut the Trust Fund. The AHCA also advances devastating Medicaid cuts per-capita caps - that threaten access to needed care for the 11 million people with Medicare who also depend on Medicaid. One in five people with Medicare rely on Medicaid to cover vital long-term home care and nursing home

services, to help afford their Medicare premiums and cost-sharing, and more. “Federal cuts to Medicaid would drive states to make hard choices, likely leading states to scale back benefits, impose waiting lists, implement unaffordable financial obligations, or otherwise restrict access to services,” the letter read. Joe Baker is president of the Medicare Rights Center. “A Medicaid cut is a Medicare cut,” Baker said. “One in five people with Medicare rely on Medicaid to access home and community-based services and nursing home care that they would otherwise go without. “Medicaid is also the lifeline that helps millions of older adults and people with disabilities afford their Medicare premiums and cost-sharing. “Per-capita caps are not a viable path forward to support our aging nation; the Senate must start from scratch.” Kevin Prindiville is ex-

ecutive director of Justice in Aging. “The AHCA risks the health and financial security of millions of older adults in our families and communities,” Prindiville said. “Slashing the program’s funding by over $800 billion eliminates Medicaid’s 50-year guarantee that older adults can count on Medicaid when they need it the most. “We call on the Senate to protect seniors and Medicaid,” Judith Stein is executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy. “Simply put, this legislation is not a health care bill,” Stein said. “A health care bill would strengthen coverage and delivery programs. AHCA gratuitously weakens Medicare, decimates Medicaid, and guts insurance for 24 million people. “We urge the Senate to reject this charade and develop a real health care bill that improves coverage and enhances the Affordable Care Act.”


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You can find country western dancing on a grand hardwood floor every 2nd, 4th, and 5th Saturday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. at the LASRDF Dance Center, 2305 120th St. in Lubbock. The Donnie Martin Band provides the live music on the 2nd and 5th Saturday nights with square dance clubs hosting the event. The Country Company band provides the live music on the 4th Saturday night with the new organization Country Western Dance Club (formerly Lubbock Dance Club) hosting. Brisket and pulled pork barbeque sandwiches with chips may be purchased at the kitchen. Water, tea, and coffee are provided to the dancers. The building is a smoke- and alcohol-free environment.

The parking lot is large and well- lit. Singles and couples are encouraged to come dance. The cost at the door is $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers. Memberships are available for $20 annually. Check out the website for more information. Recently, a fund has been set up to purchase a defibrillator for the building. Also available in the building is square dancing. New lessons will begin in the fall. Contact Ellen Spoon at 806-765-8736 for more information. Round dancing (choreographed ballroom dancing) is on Tuesday nights. Contact Renee Horton 806-777-3404 for information.

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Page 16 • June 2017 • Golden Gazette Pearl Harbor Exhibit – “Infamy: Dec. 7, 1941” a traveling exhibit on display through June 9, Timeline Gallery at the Silent Wings Museum, 6202 I-27 N. Museum open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. June 1 - Dare Day Summer Showcase Concert Series – Mikayla Griffin, Americana/Pop/Country, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard of the Buddy Holly Center. June 2 - Doughnut Day 90 years of Texas Tech Alumni Association - celebrate from 6 to 8:30 p.m. 90th Anniversary Celebration event, in the Anders Courtyard at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center on campus near 19th and University. West Texas Watercolor Society 2017 Spring/Summer Show - 6 to 9 p.m., Lubbock Municipal Garden & Arts Center, 4215 University. June 3 - National Trails Day Caprock Corvette Club car show

for charity, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 3, Drug Emporium parking lot at 82nd & Slide Road. Registration at 9 a.m., show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Register car for $25. Wildflower Photography class - 9 to 11:30 a.m., Lubbock Lake Landmark, 2401 Landmark Dr. $20, sign up with 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. June 4 - Hug Your Cat Day June 5 - Environment Day June 6 - Gardening Exercise Day Lubbock Gem & Mineral Society – 7 p.m. Forest Heights UMC, 3007 33rd St. Silent Wings Museum - opens at 10 a.m. free to the public in celebration of D-Day. June 7 - Chocolate Ice Cream Day

Take charge of your health! – free information hour, 5:15 p.m. Dr. Dunn’s Vision & Wellness Center, 2704 82nd St. Call 745-2222. National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Furr’s Family Dining, 6001 Slide Rd, 11:30 a.m., 799-6796 or 795-9158. June 8 - Best Friends Day Dove Release – 5:30 p.m., honoring those who have loved someone with Dementia, The Isle at Raider Ranch, 6806 43rd St. RSVP 806-368-6565. Summer Showcase Concert Series – Gypsy Jayne, Jazz Rock, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard of the Buddy Holly Center. June 9 - Donald Duck Day June 10 – Iced Tea Day Second Saturday Program - Gardening on the Llano Estacado - Liz Smitten, 10 a.m., Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, 4111 University, 806-797-4520. The Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 North Boston Ave. “The Impact of the Cotton Industry to the High Plains of Texas” by Kody Bessent, V.P. operations & legislative affairs for Plains Cotton Growers, $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. June 11 - Corn on the Cob Day June 12 - Red Rose Day UMC Better Breathers Club - a

support group for people with chronic lung disease such as COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. Joining is free. Learn to manage your lung disease and live better. Meets the second Monday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

at the UMC Activities Center at 5217 82nd Street, 82nd & Slide in Rockridge Plaza. June 13 - Sewing Machine Day Lubbock Area Amputee Support Group -- Furrs’ Cafeteria, 6001 Slide Road, 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Red Raider Room; purchase your own meal (or you do not have to eat); call 806-748-5870 for more info. Quilters – The Chaparral Quilters Guild, 7 p.m. Garden & Arts Center, 4215 S. University. For more info, 788-0856. Meets the 2nd Tuesday each month. June 14 - Monkey Around Day Take charge of your health! – free information hour, 5:15 p.m. Dr. Dunn’s Vision & Wellness Center, 2704 82nd St. Call 745-2222. “Understanding & Responding to Dementia Related Behavior” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Complimentary Lunch, The Isle at Raider Ranch, 6806 43rd St. RSVP asap 806-368-6565. June 15 - Smile Power Day Summer Showcase Concert

Series – Jenni Dale Lord Band, Americana/Country, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard of the Buddy Holly Center. June 16 - Fresh Veggies Day June 17 - World Juggler’s Day Western Art and Gear Show - 4th Annual Summer Stampede 6 to 11 p.m. at the National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 4th St. $85 for the general public, $75 for RHA members.

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. The Art of the Cyanotype - workshop, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave., $15, ages 10 and up. June 18 - Splurge Day June 19 - Kissing Day June 20 - Ice Cream Soda Day June 21 - Yoga Day Take charge of your health! – free information hour, 5:15 p.m. Dr. Dunn’s Vision & Wellness Center, 2704 82nd St. Call 745-2222. June 22 - Chocolate Eclair Day Summer Showcase Concert Series – Mariachi Mexico Lindo, Traditional Mariachi, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard of the Buddy Holly Center. June 23 - Columnists Day Rummage Sale - Indoor/outdoor community rummage sale & (See Enriching Lives, Page 22)

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Ranch Hosts awards - Twenty-one Ranch Hosts received special recognition recently for providing service “above and beyond” the normal responsibilities of National Ranching Heritage Center volunteers. Shown with the center’s executive director, Jim Bret Campbell, are Lewis Neely, Jim Rymer, Brad Larson, Sylvia Pearson, Caleb Logan, Walt Eads, Cole Adams, Mike West, John Levacy, Ron Cox, Allen Anderson, Donna Wright, Becky Poteet, Patricia Herman, Alice Cox, Sonja Mitchell and Jack Mitchell. Those not shown are Linda Fisher, Jane Quade, Malinda Lynch and Garry Wright.

Photography show June 2-July 22 at Buddy Holly Center

Ranch Host of the Year - National Ranching Heritage Center Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell (right) congratulates Mike West for being named Ranch Host of the Year during a recent volunteer appreciation dinner for the nearly 150 Ranch Hosts who contributed a combined 13,509 volunteer hours at the center in 2016.

A blonde pushes her BMW into a gas station. She tells the mechanic it died. After he works on it for a few minutes, it is idling smoothly. She says, “What’s the story?” He replies, “Just crap in the carburetor.” She asks, “How often do I have to do that?”

“Illuminance,” a national competitive biennial competitive photography show will be on display in the Fine Arts Gallery of the Buddy Holly Center from June 2 through July 22. The theme for this year’s show is “A Musical View,” chosen by Juror Brett L. Erickson. The theme explores the long-standing relationship between music and photography, and invited photographers explore the interchange of tone, color and image, in all its powerful permutations. Juror Brett L. Erickson is an internationally acclaimed photographer. As a professional journalist and documentary photographer, his work has been featured in outlets such as www., National Public Radio, American Public Media, and Nebraska Educational Telecommunications.

He formerly served as the da Duffy, Carol Flueckiger, freelance Central Nebraska George S. Gati, Steve Goff, Bureau Chief for NET Radio Manuel Gonzales, Melinda (Nebraska Public Radio). His Green Harvey, Chris Hanoch, first book, “PlainSky, Nebras- Naomi Hill, Craig Kelley, kans,” with National Geo- Amy Kim, Michelle Kott, graphic’s Sam Abell, was published in 2013, and he is working on a second book involving the culture of rural rodeos in the High Plains of the American West. Erickson teaches yearly courses at the world’s foremost photographic educational center, the Santa Fe Photographic “Moontime” by Beckwith Thompson – 2017 Best of Show Workshops. Erickson will host a Gal- Ann McDonald, Sherry Peña, lery Talk during the Closing Lindsey Phillips, April Pilley, Reception at 3 p.m. July 22 in Thelma Pilley, Donna Rose, the Fine Arts Gallery. Melany Sarafis, Fran Sherpa, Participating artists for this Casey Smith, Christena Steyear’s Illuminance include: phens, Beckwith Thompson, Kristina Arafat, Megan Bet- Ashton Thornhill, Mitchell teridge, Emmitt Booher, Lin- Wachtel and Jocelyn Young.

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Ballet in the Park begins June 3 Parks and Recreation and Ballet Lubbock will host the first-ever Ballet in the Park at 10 a.m. every Saturday in June beginning June 3. This open-air, outdoor fitness class for ages 7 to adult is designed to introduce and nurture students in the art of dance. Come ready to tendu, jump and stretch to classical composers and maybe some rock ‘n’ roll, too. Wear comfortable shoes and seasonally appropriate clothing to dance in. Bringing a small towel, water and sunscreen are recommended.

Marcos Antonio Vasquez will lead Ballet in the Park. Youth under 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This event will be held at Maxey Park in the grassy area to the left of the Maxey Community Center building. Admission is free. Maxey Community Center is at 4020 30th St. The center is open MondayThursday from 8:30 a.m. noon and 1 - 8 p.m., Fridays 8:30 a.m. - noon and 1 – 5:30 p.m., as well as on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information, call the center at 806-767-3796.

Bicycle & motorcycle safety

May was National Bike Safety Month and National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Mayor Dan Pope encourages all citizens to put safety first. “As the warmer weather arrives, bicycle and motorcycle traffic tend to increase in our city,” Mayor Pope said. “To keep riders and drivers safe, it is important for everyone to know the rules of the road, minimize distractions, and be courteous while sharing the roadway.” By law, bicycles on the road are vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s bicycle safety initiatives focus on encouraging safer choices on the part of bicyclists and drivers to help reduce deaths and injuries. The NHTSA encourages motorcyclists to make themselves visible, to use DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets, and to always ride sober. For more safety information, visit

Dinner surprises for grandparents

Several weeks ago our Lubbock-born granddaughter, who is presently a resident of Boston, called to inform us that she and her 2 sisters were going to gift us with 4 delivered dinners so I wouldn’t have to cook! Yeah!! These dinners were to be our Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts. What a thoughtful give. I gave her 3 of our favorites who deliver – Steak Express, Stella’s, and Italian Garden. They planned to have 4 deliveries. So far, we have received 3 dinners, 2 from Steak Express and 1 from Stella’s. Although Steak Express is best known for steak entrees, we chose to have 2 Friday deliveries of their Grilled Shrimp Chef Salad. Fridays are meatless days for us. Steak Express’s Chef Salads are huge and besides the mixed greens, are topped with a perfectly sliced hard-boiled egg, and the hot grilled shrimp are wrapped in foil on the side. These are the best grilled shrimp “West of the Mississippi.” They are perfectly seasoned and are considered in the jumbo category. Five shrimp are included with the chef salad, and you have 7 choices of dressings. If shrimp is not your preference, they also offer Grilled

Chicken or Sirloin Chef Salads. The menu is extensive. There are 16 entrees, 6 hot sandwiches including burgers, 13 sides, 3 desserts which includes the most delicious Chocolate Chip Cake ever and is large enough to share 3 ways. There are 3 selections for the kiddo crowd, also are teas, including gallon sizes, soft drinks, and bottled water. All deliveries have been prompt with very courteous delivery people. They have even carried the orders all the way to our kitchen. Our other delivery came on Mother’s Day from Stella’s Restaurant. The present location has been in existence for several years and is owned by Billy Rizzo. The restaurant was named after Mom Rizzo, “Stella.” She is no longer with us; however I was honored to meet her many years ago. Her recipes have been an influence on this restaurant. The Mother’s Day treat consisted of the most fabulous entrees. First we had a grilled 12oz. rib eye; complete with baby grilled squash, mashed potatoes, creamed button mushroom gravy and a Caesar Salad. Another was a chicken breast rolled with a delicious mystery stuffing. I know mushrooms and rice were

among the ingredients. Included with this entrée were the same mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus and a large side salad. Another entrée consisted of grilled shrimp, crab, lobster and rice in a delicious cream sauce. There was so much food; we even had some for lunch the next day. Last but not least, we have not had our 4th and last delivery. I presume it will be from Italian Garden which I have already written about several months ago. The food is always “top notch.” I must mention our other 2 granddaughters who helped their Boston sister pull this off. One lives in Houston and is a marketing director for a shipping company, the other, who happens to be the oldest, is an attorney in San Antonio. She and her attorney husband are expecting #2 in late September. This will be #6 great-grandchild for us. Our Boston granddaughter and husband have 2 boys whom we adore and miss terribly. A huge thanks and much love to our Grand 3. Happy Father’s Day to all! Granny P.S. So far 3 boys and 2 girls – Guess what we’re pulling for?

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Arts & Craft Show, June 5-10 The Lubbock Adult Activity Center will be hosting its first ever Arts and Craft Show from June 5 - 10. Show off your artistic talent by entering your drawings, paintings, ceramics, woodwork, knitting, quilts, crocheting, needlework, jewelry and more. Prizes will be awarded for each category.

The Arts and Crafts Show is for contestants ages 40 and above, and there is no entry fee for submitting artwork. Entries must be received at the center by 5 p.m. June 2. A reception for family and friends will be held at 10 a.m. June 10 and the winners will be announced. Lubbock Adult Activ-

ity Center is located at 2001 19th St. Hours of operation are Mondays and WednesdaysFridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call Lubbock Adult Activity Center at 806-767-2710.

Celiac disease – not just simple intolerance Celiac disease - it’s time to join the discussion about celiac disease and how it affects the lives of millions of people around the world who suffer from it. What is celiac disease? Simply explained, celiac is an autoimmune reaction to gluten. It should not be confused with a simple intolerance to gluten. In patients with celiac, actual damage is done to the small intestine as a result of gluten consumption. Celiac is not a disease you can catch; it is something you are predisposed to from birth and can be triggered by several different things including genetics, certain external triggers, diet, or enzymes within the body.

can sometimes be difficult to diagnose. The most common complaints include abdominal cramping, bloating, anemia, constipation, diarrhea, loss of energy, irritable bowel, joint pain, weakness, weight loss, mouth sores, and even infertility. If you are concerned with your health Sameer Islam, and feel M.D. that you might be suffering from celiac, it’s important to schedule a visit to see your healthcare provider to help determine a diagnosis. There are blood tests available that can indicate if you are suffering from celiac or something else.

How to know if you are suffering from celiac? There is no comprehensive list of symptoms that How is celiac treated? Unfortunately, there’s no all celiac patients have, so it cure for celiac disease.

It can only be treated and managed. The first step to managing the condition is through proper diet. It’s important to remain gluten free and to understand other foods that might trigger your symptoms. If you can avoid these foods, your symptoms should be reduced. Discuss your diet with Dr. Islam to determine if you are experiencing vitamin or dietary deficiencies and if supplements will help. In addition, certain medications can help with symptoms. Schedule a visit to see a healthcare provider if you’re concerned that you may be suffering from celiac disease.

Sameer Islam, MD is a boardcertified gastroenterologist and hepatologist practicing at Southwest Gastroenterology,

TSA PreCheck enrollment event Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport will host a TSA PreCheck enrollment from Monday, June 5 to Friday June 9. The event will take place at the ticket counter from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. each day. The TSA PreCheck program allows low-risk travelers to experience faster, more efficient screening at participating U.S. airport checkpoints for both domestic and international travel. TSA at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport offers this program when staffing and capacity allows.

Many people returning to Lubbock also depart from airports that offer this service. Local travelers are encouraged to take advantage of this in-person enrollment period to make the process easy and hassle free. To learn more about the TSA PreCheck program, schedule an appointment, and learn what documentation is needed, visit identgo. com/tsa-precheck. Walk-ups are allowed, but appointments are preferred. The cost is $85 and is valid for 5 years. These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, ‘For fast relief.’

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What should you know about establishing a trust By Zach Holtzman Financial advisor Edward JonEs You don’t have to be a CEO or multimillionaire to benefit from a trust. In fact, many people gain advantages from establishing one – so it may be useful to learn something about this common estate-planning tool. Why would you want a trust? For one thing, if you have highly specific wishes on how and when you want your estate to be distributed among your heirs, then a trust could be appropriate. Also, you might be interested in setting up a trust if

you’d like to avoid the sometimes time-consuming, usually expensive and always public process of probate. Some types of trusts may also help protect your estate from lawsuits and creditors. Currently, only a small percentage of Americans will be subject to estate taxes, but estate tax laws are often in flux, so things may be different in the future – and a properly designed trust could help minimize these taxes. If you decide that a trust might be right for you, you should work with an experienced estate-planning attorney.

Trusts can be highly effective estate-planning vehicles, but they can also be complex and varied – so you’ll want to make sure you understand what’s involved. One important decision will be to choose a trustee. The trustee is legally bound to manage the trust’s assets in the best interests of your beneficiaries, so your choice of trustee is extremely important. Your first impulse might be to select a family member, but before doing so, consider asking these questions: Does he or she have the experience and knowledge to manage your financial affairs competently? When called upon to make a decision that may affect other family members, will your prospective trustee act

in a fair and unbiased manner? Will naming a family member as trustee create a strain within the family? Does your prospective trustee have enough time to manage your trust? Does he or she even want this responsibility? Do you have other family members who are willing to serve as trustee if your chosen trustee cannot do so? This last question leads to another key aspect of establishing a trust – specifically, you can name a “co-trustee” to help manage the trust, and also a “successor trustee” who can take over if the person named initially fails or refuses to act in the capacity of trustee. Again, you will want to put considerable thought into whom you ask

to take these roles. And you don’t have to stick with individuals, either — you can decide to ask a financial institution to serve as trustee. By hiring such an institution, you will gain its objectivity and expertise, but you still need to ask many questions about costs, services provided, and so on. Finally, as you develop your plans for a trust, consider communicating your wishes and ideas to your family and anyone else who may be beneficiaries. When family members don’t know what to expect, disappointment and frustration can follow. If you know your loved ones are on board with your estate plans, you may feel even more comfortable in putting these plans in place.

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Lubbock city pools are open Tuesdays through Sundays 1 - 6 p.m. Entrance fees are $2 for youth (17 and under) and $2.50 for adults. Children 2 and under are free. Group rates are available for groups of 35 or more and must be scheduled through Kayla at 806-775-2670. Pool rentals are available for parties Thursday-Sunday from 7 - 9 p.m. by coming into the Parks and Recreation Office at 1611 10th Street or

reserving online at www. For questions, call 806-775-2673. • Clapp Pool, 46th & Avenue U, 806-767-2736 • Mae Simmons Pool, 24th & MLK, 806-767-2732 • Maxey Pool, 4007 30th Street, 806-767-3739 • Montelongo Pool, 3200 Bates Street, 806-767-2734 For those who want to swim all summer, Summer Splash Passes are available at the Parks and Recreation Office at 1611 10th St., Mon-

day-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Passes are as follows: • Family Splash Pass Good May 30 – Aug. 12. Cost: $150 for a family of four. • Individual Splash Pass - Good May 30 – Aug. 12. Cost: $65 for children and $90 for adults. • 30-Day Splash Pass Cost: $45 for children and $60 for adults. • 7-Day Splash Pass Cost: $10 for children and $14 for adults.

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Wildflower photography class set for June 3 Lubbock Master Gardeners will continue their educational Art of Horticulture Series with a class on photographing the landscape. Wildflower Photography is set for 9 to 11:30 a.m. June 3, at Lubbock Lake Landmark, 2401 Landmark

Dr. Fee for the class is $20. Learn how to capture beautiful images of flowers in bloom. Topics will include the fundamentals of nature photography, wildflower identification, and capturing close-up and landscape images. The lecture will be led by Kippra Hopper, a local writer and photographer. Following the course, participants may practice their new skills among the basket flowers in full bloom at the landmark. Class size is limited. Ma-

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fundraiser - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Our Lady of Grace, 3111 Erskine, booths selling crafts, clothes, home decor, housewares, and much more. + raffle. Proceeds to help feed the children of Lubbock. For more information, call Anna at 806-241-7279 or Sharon at 806-500-9202. June 24 - Swim a Lap Day The Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 North Boston Ave. “Upbring, working to break the cycle of Child Abuse” by Joy Loper, program director for Neighborhood House $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. Rummage Sale - Indoor/outdoor community rummage sale & fundraiser - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Our Lady of Grace, 3111 Erskine, booths selling crafts, clothes, home decor, housewares, and

much more. + raffle. Proceeds to help feed the children of Lubbock. For more information, call Anna at 806-241-7279 or Sharon at 806-500-9202. June 25 - Log Cabin Day CASA Raffle Drawing – Drawing for CASA raffle fundraiser, 6 p.m. in lot 124 on the corner of Avenue U and 102nd Street. June 26 - Forgiveness Day June 27 - Sun Glasses Day June 28 - Paul Bunyan Day Take charge of your health!

– free information hour, 5:15 p.m. Dr. Dunn’s Vision & Wellness Center, 2704 82nd St. Call 745-2222. June 29 - Hug Holiday Summer Showcase Concert Series – Nuclear Juarez, Surf Rock, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard of the Buddy Holly Center. June 30 - Meteor Day Coming in July 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, with the Randy Rogers Band. Tickets are on sale at Select a Seat. July 4 - 4th on Broadway parade, picnic in the park, free evening concert, and firework extravaganza. Note: To add an event, delete an event, or make changes, email or call 744-2220 by the 20th of the month for the following month’s publication.

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Ride of Silence Honors Cyclists By Samantha Brookes Dozens of cyclists biked down Indiana Avenue at 7 p.m. May 17, in silence as they honored fellow cyclists who have been killed in motor vehicle accidents.

The 11-mile, slow-paced ride with police escort started at 19th Street and Texas Tech Parkway and continued down Indiana Avenue to 98th Street and back. The ride was preceded by a recitation of the poem, “Ride of Silence” by Mike Murgas, a prayer, and then a moment of silence. The ‘Ride of Silence’ was started by Chris Phelan after his friend, Larry Schwartz, was struck and killed by a bus while out cycling. To honor his friend, Phelan organized the first ride, held on May 21, 2003 in Dallas, with 1,000 riders

in attendance. The following year the ride took place in more than 50 locations. Since then, there have been more than 445 events, with events in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 48 countries, and all 7 continents. The ride in Antarctica was done in the ‘spirit’ of the event and took place inside the Palmer Station on stationary bikes. This year there were more than 337 confirmed events around the world, 25 in Texas. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 818 pedal cyclists were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2015, a 12.2 percent increase from 2014. Texas was 28th in the nation, per capita, with 50 fatalities in 2015. Florida was 1st in number and per capita with 150 fatalities in 2015. Jill Booker, the organizer of the ride in Lubbock and member of the West Texas Cycling Association, said that not only is the ride to honor cyclists who have died but she hopes to also promote road safety. She encourages cyclists to wear helmets and brightly color clothing, and motorists to be aware of cyclists. “We want to encourage a better relationship between motorists and cyclists on the road,” Booker said.

-Mike Murgas Tonight we number many but ride as one In honor of those not with us, friends, mothers, fathers, sisters, sons With helmets on tight and heads down low, We ride in silence, cautious and slow The wheels start spinning in the lead pack But tonight we ride and no one attacks The dark sunglasses cover our tears Remembering those we held so dear Tonight’s ride is to make others aware The road is there for all to share To those not with us or by our side, May God be your partner on your final ride

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