Volume 28, Number 3
Lubbock, Texas 79401
In March You won’t ﬁnd them in the Bible, but many cherished Easter traditions have been around for centuries. The most prominent secular symbol of the Christian holiday is the Easter bunny.
Daylight Saving Time begins March 13 3.14 is Pi Day St. Patrick’s Day – March 17 First day of spring – March 20 Good Friday – March 25 Easter – March 27
Inside Mayors’ Beans & Cornbread luncheon ................................. 2 Beware of IRS scams ................. 8 Elected officials ........................ 23 Coping with caregiver anger .... 27
Spring forum set for April 1
A spring forum focused on topics from health, wellness, money and legal issues, to social networking is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 1, at the Broadway Church of Christ, 1924 Broadway, east entrance, lower level. “Compass for Questions and Answers for Wellness” is a free seminar for those 55 and older. The forum is hosted by Lubbock RSVP, the Garrison Institute on Aging, and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. The seminar is free, but attendees must register by 5 p.m. March 29. Call the Lubbock RSVP ofﬁce at 743-7787 to reserve a spot. Topics will include home health and personal care, nutrition and exercise, money and legal matters, hospice and palliative care, social networking, and dollars and ‘sense.’ A light breakfast and lunch for attendees and vendors will be served.
It was introduced to America by the German immigrants who brought over their stories of an egg-laying hare. The decoration of eggs is believed to date back to at least the 13th century, while the rite of the Easter parade has even older roots. Other traditions, such as the consumption of Easter candy, are among the modern additions to the celebration of this early springtime holiday. The Bible makes no mention of a longeared, short-tailed creature who delivers decorated eggs to well-behaved children on Easter Sunday. Nevertheless, the Easter bunny has become a prominent The ceramic statue of a bunny couple was symbol of Christianity’s hand-painted by Mary Wilson, the first editor of the Golden Gazette. Wilson, a retired most important holiday. The exact origins of journalism teacher, served as editor of the Gazette from 1989 to 1995.
this mythical mammal are unclear, but rabbits, known to be prolific procreators, are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life. According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare. Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. and the fabled rabbit’s Easter morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated baskets replaced nests. Children often left out carrots for the bunny in case he got hungry from all his hopping. SOURCE: HISTORY.COM
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Mayors’ Beans & Cornbread Luncheon set for March 4 The 27th annual Mayors’ Beans & Cornbread Luncheon is set for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 4 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Luncheon tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at
the door or by calling either Hospice of Lubbock, 806795-2751 or the Covenant Foundation at 806-725-6020. The luncheon is the largest fundraiser of the year for Hospice of Lubbock and is
hosted by mayors from all over the region. Beans, cornbread, dessert and drinks, catered by River Smith’s, will be served at the luncheon. Patrons may add a Klemke’s Raider Alley Sau-
sage link for $2. Live music will be provided by the Lubbock Texas Rhythm Machine and the Stars of the Cactus Theater. A “Tip Your Waiter Contest” will also take place during the luncheon, with proceeds also going to Hospice of Lubbock. Local celebrities and community leaders comprise the
wait staff. The waiter with the most tips wins a traveling “Golden Apron” trophy at a special presentation after the luncheon. This fundraising event raises money for Hospice of Lubbock’s non-funded and under-funded hospice patients and families, Grief Recovery Center, and Children’s Grief Camp each summer.
Winter tree care: pruning & tree care basics Caring for trees is part science and part art. The science behind tree care, pruning, and tree-care basics will be discussed from 1 to 3 p.m., March 5 at LHUCA, 511 Ave. K. The trees at the LHUCA courtyard will serve as the canvas for participants. At-
tendees need to bring their own gear, including hand pruners, pruning saw, gloves, and anything else that might be needed. Jonathan Motsinger with Texas A&M Forest Service will lead the event. This event is free to the public.
Spring book sale at the Wolfforth Library
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Friends of Wolfforth Library will be holding the spring book sale at the Wolfforth Library, 508 E. Highway 62/82, beginning March 29 from noon until 7 p.m.; March 30-31 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and April 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friends of the Library is a non-profit organization supporting the programs and services of the area. The friends also have an ongoing book sale all during the year of hard- and paperback books. Phone number at the library is 806-855-4150.
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Bringing history to life because the past is us By Victoria Holloway The first time Henry Crawford “set foot in Texas” was when he had his second interview for a registrar, or recordkeeping, position at the Texas Tech museum. Crawford said he was hired at the museum in 1990 and recently retired as curator in December 2015. As the historical curator at the museum, he said he researched, preserved, collected, and identified historical items. His specialty was in firearms and military equipment. “I often talk about (an object’s) relationship to living history,” Crawford said. For example, he said “a chair is just a chair,” but the relationship between the chair and person who made it and used it brings the history of the chair to life. His experience working at museums ranges over 35 years beginning with his first museum job while studying history at Western Illinois. After that, he worked at the Milwaukee Public Museum while studying for his master’s in history and museums at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. “The thing that thrills me about (history) is that the
Henry Crawford helps bring history to life in his role as a Ranch Host.
blood that goes through me is the same blood that went through somebody else 500 years ago,” Crawford said. Many of his childhood memories revolve around visiting museums in Crawford’s hometown, Chicago, which has more than 30 major museums. “I’ve always loved history, and it’s just always been a part of me,” he said. His mom was a school teacher, and when she took her classes on field trips to go
to museums, Crawford would always tag along. Crawford’s love for history reaches beyond working at museums and into his involvement with the Ranch Host organization at the National Ranching Heritage Center, located next to the Texas Tech museum. The Ranch Hosts are a group of mostly retired individuals who help out with events at the ranching center, educate people about the past, and perform living history reenactments.
Henry Crawford volunteers as a Ranch Host at the National Ranching Heritage Center. Crawford retired as museum curator in December.
Ever since he started working at the museum, he said he has participated in Ranch Host events, taught classes, and guided tours at the ranching center. “My first event here was Candlelight Christmas in 1990,” Crawford said. As a retiree, he continues to remain actively involved in
the world of history through his participation in the Ranch Hosts, museum boards and committees, and teaching classes about various historical topics. “We are physically and mentally related to the past,” Crawford said. “We shouldn’t neglect the past because the past is us.”
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Pre-Kindergarten programs promote academic success Administrators from Lubbock ISD joined State Senator Charles Perry and State Representative John Frullo in late January at Joan Y. Ervin Elementary to discuss the value of early childhood education, a priority of Governor Greg Abbott in the 84th Legislature. Deputy Superintendent for Academic Services Theresa Williams, Ed.D., compared low socio-economic children attending the Lubbock ISD Pre-Kindergarten program with children who did not attend Pre-K in LISD, outlining a significant difference in the district’s ability to close the gap in school readiness for children from low income families. Research indicates that children from low-income families come to school having heard up to 30 million fewer words than their middle-class counterparts.
The difference translates into a disparity in learning words and learning to read. Sixty-four percent of students attending Pre-K in LISD were on grade level in kindergarten reading, while only 44 percent were on grade level that did not attend LISD Pre-K. Students attending LISD Pre-K needed less academic intervention in kindergarten than non-Pre-K students. Attending Pre-K in LISD means the child’s academic progress will be closely monitored and compared to recommended learning outcomes, and the district will provide meaningful opportunities for parental engagement. Berhl Robertson Jr., Ed.D. is superintendent of Lubbock ISD. “We know that attending Pre-K in Lubbock ISD increases a student’s opportunity for academic success
in kindergarten,” Robertson said. “Lubbock ISD has made full-day Pre-K a priority in our budget and in our academic plan, and we appreciate the leadership shown by our legislative delegation in that partnership.” HB 4 from the 84th Legislative Session provided about $118 million over the biennium for grants to school districts providing high quality Pre-Kindergarten programs. The Texas Education Agency is in the final stages of developing rules for the implementation of HB-4. To qualify for the grant, the legislation required that Pre-K programs provide a high quality curriculum, develop and implement a Parent Engagement Plan to help achieve and maintain high levels of parental engagement opportunities and that each student’s academic progress be measured.
‘Lubbock Uncorked’ wine festival set for April 15 Tickets are now available for the first annual Lubbock Uncorked, a wine festival hosted by the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, to be held from 3-9 p.m. April 15, at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA). The stage will be set for 20-30 wineries from Lubbock and across the state as well as around the world to share their various wines and education on products and the industry. The event will feature wine tastings, boutique beer tastings, food from local restaurants including food trucks, some of the best Lubbock
music, and classes geared toward wine education. Tickets are on sale now for $25 at www.selectaseatlubbock.com and will be available for purchase at the chamber office beginning March 14. Tickets can also be bought the day of the event for $30. The price of admission will include wine and food tastings as well as a commemorative wine glass while supplies last. Lubbock is home to a growing, thriving wine industry that includes some of the best wine makers and grape growers in the country. The evening prior to the
wine festival, on April 14, a wine dinner will take place to honor the founding fathers of Texas wine. Tickets for the dinner will also be available in March. Welcome to 2016 - here is the summary of civilization at the end of 2015. • Our phones – wireless • Cooking – fireless • Cars – keyless • Food – fatless • Tires –tubeless • Youth – jobless • Leaders – shameless We are speechless, and government is clueless.
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Homeless Outreach Team created to work for safety of all The Lubbock Police Department announced today the creation of the Homeless Outreach Team to help better address the needs of displaced individuals in downtown as well as the businesses operating there. This effort will ultimately extend across the city. With the support of Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and other allied organizations, the objectives of the new team
ing to all 911 calls regarding financial status is,” said Po- in the effort to end homelesshomeless individuals or calls lice Chief Greg Stevens. “If ness. The Homeless Outreach for service, the Homeless you need the assistance of the Team brings an important Outreach Team will work to Lubbock Police Department, partnership in homeless serkeep them out of jail, when we will do everything in our vices to our community,” said Chad Wheeler, president of possible, by diverting them to power to help.” As of Jan. 29, 2015, more the South Plains Homeless services or shelters. The new team is comprised than 350 homeless individu- Consortium. The Lubbock Police Deof Sergeant Eric Quijada, als live in the Lubbock area, Corporal Steven Bergen, and according to the point-in-time partment has involved the Corporal Korie Archambault count conducted by the South consortium in its planning who are dedicated to helping Plains Homeless Consortium. activities. “Homelessness is not a An estimated 26 percent of the homeless find success. Their duties could range those identified had been con- problem unique to Lubbock, from directing those individu- tinuously homeless for more but as the city grows, so als to agencies that can help than one year, making them does the problem,” Chamber address mental health disor- chronically homeless based Chairwoman Beth Bridges ders or substance abuse issues on the Department of Hous- said. “I applaud the Lubbock when needed, to assisting in ing and Urban Development’s Police Department for taknoscope allowing the doctor resume building or serving as definition. ing a proactive approach in to take pictures or video of a reference for a job. “Cities across the country ensuring public safety for all the colon. “It makes no difference have recognized the critical and making way for further This procedure can detect who you are or what your role of local law enforcement economic development.” ulcers, tumors, areas of inflammation or bleeding and polyps- a benign mole that if left alone can turn into cancer. In collaboration with All materials, including anesthesia and colon prep kits, will be provided to the patients who qualify for the A free seminar for anyone 55 and over. free colonoscopy. Qualifying patients must be 50 years of age or have a family history of colon cancer, and meet the financial • Home Health and Personal Care criteria. • Nutrition and Exercise Those interested must call • Money and Legal Matters 806-725-7448 between 8 a.m. • Hospice and Pallative Care and 4 p.m. Monday through • Social Networking Friday, to be screened for • Dollars and ‘Sense’ qualification for this preventive procedure. Community leaders to assist with any questions or concerns for the Senior Population will be to maintain public safety for all Lubbock residents and to seek lasting solutions for the homeless. “This is a win-win situation for everybody,” said Beth Bridges, chairwoman of the Lubbock Chamber. “The new team will help those who need it most and make sure downtown remains a safe place to do business all while saving taxpayer dollars.” Responsible for respond-
Free colonoscopy clinic for patients who qualify Plan plenty of time for qualification screening and test preparation. People over the age of 50, or who have a family history of colon cancer, may be in need of a colonoscopy. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and this event marks the fifth annual free colonoscopy clinic provided by Covenant Health. The clinic will be held April 2 at the Covenant Endoscopy Center, located at 3610 21st St. A colonoscopy is a test that looks into the inner lining of one’s large intestine using a flexible tube called a colonoscope. A small video camera is attached to the end of the colo-
Free prenatal classes
A six-class series for new and well-seasoned parents will provide education on a variety of topics for a healthy pregnancy and baby’s development. Door prizes and a chance to receive free baby items are also provided. The next class begins March 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Community Health Center, 1610 5th St. Call Yvonne Carrillo at 806-765-2611 ext. 1009 for more information or to register.
Compass for Questions and Answers for Wellness!
Event is free to the public. Topics are related to Aging Well in Place, Caretakers and Senior Community and Wellness and Social Opportunities. Reservations are required - deadline is March 29, 2016.
Friday — April 1, 2016
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8:45 am Attendee Registration • 9 am - 2 pm Seminar (light breakfast and full lunch included with reservation)
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743-7787 by 5 pm Tuesday, March 29
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“The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Seeds of Hope do is to go to Him in faith and It was time to climb into express our needs. bed after reading a story from The ultimate the Bible. “Now Edie,” said “I really need help. I don’t her Mom, “be sure to kneel even know how to explain down and say your prayers it. Many people think my before climbing into bed.” problems are insignificant and Kissing her gently, she re- quite trivial. minded her that she would be “I can even understand downstairs making sure she that. I know some people that would be safe. have been through so much The next morning at more than I have who have breakfast her mom said, survived, and they have lived “Well, Edie, did you say to tell their stories. your prayers before you fell “I really, really need help asleep?” but don’t know what to do or “Well, sort of, Mom,” she who to turn to.” So went the replied. “I got down on my story. knees and started to pray. There are times in each of Then I thought, ‘God, You our lives, no doubt, when we must get bored with this kind have made similar statements of stuff night after night. or cried words that echoed the “Why don’t You listen same desperate feelings. carefully, and I’ll tell You the We were defeated by the story of The Three Bears.’ So demands of life and felt desI snuggled in bed and told perate and empty with no Him the story of The Three strength to go on. Bears. I really think He enOur words were inadequate joyed it.” or unavailable to share our God gave us no specific misery. formula to follow when we And if we were able to “get pray. it out,” would anyone underIn Jesus’ model prayer we God doesn’t call the are reminded of all of the important things that we are to qualified, he qualifies take to God in prayer. the called. Jesus, in Gethsemane, set a marvelous example. His stand our fears and frustraprayers were simple, sincere tions? And if they did, would they extend a helping hand or and straight forward. David knew it was not offer a listening ear? Sometimes we are threatnecessary to follow a formula. “Hear my prayer, O God; ened by people we don’t listen to the words of my even know. We hear of their mouth,” is how he began a attacks through the warnings of others and know they want prayer on one occasion. Then with openness and to hurt us. Sometimes we know who honesty he said what he had to say and God responded and our oppressors are yet can do nothing to eliminate the met his immediate needs. God is that way. When we power they have over us. David found himself in a have a need, all we have to
God is that way
GUIDO EVANGELISTIC ASSOCIATION similar situation. He looked around for help and deliverance and found no one ready to help him But he knew that there was saving power in the name of God and cried out, “Surely God is my help; the Lord is the One Who sustains me.” Often God brings us to a place in our lives to force us to realize that He alone is the ultimate Savior!
He is risen
Lo, there was a great earthquake, for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it; his appearance was as lightening and his clothes were as white as snow. For fear of him, the guards trembled and became as dead men. And the angel said to the women, “Be not afraid I know that you seek Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. He is risen. He is not here. Why seek the living among the dead? Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered up into the hands of sinful man and be crucified and on the third day rise again.’ Come now and see that place where He lay. (Then they remembered His words.)” “Go quickly and tell His disciples and Peter that He is risen from the dead, and lo, He goes before you into Galilee. There, you will see Him as He told you.” Some went away with fear and trembling and said nothing because they were afraid. Others went away quickly with fear and great joy and ran to tell the disciples.
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‘I Fought the Law’ hit #9 in March 1966 Bobby Fuller’s music obsession began when he first saw Elvis Presley belting out “Heartbreak Hotel” on TV in 1956. At that moment, the 14-year-old El Paso lad decided that one day he too would sing and play guitar just like the King. But when fellow-Texan Buddy Holly exploded onto the music scene with his band the Crickets, Fuller switched his allegiance overnight. He loved - and copied - Holly’s playful yet confident delivery and frantic guitar playing. With younger brother Randy on bass and friends on drums and another guitar, he assembled Bobby Fuller and the Fanatics. They became a top El Paso draw and cut a few singles on some local labels. One was an early version of “I Fought the Law,” originally a track from a post-Buddy Holly album called “In Style with the Crickets.” When the El Paso gigs dried up in the mid-1960s, Bobby and friends motored to Hollywood and began knocking on doors. Enter Bob Keane, a recordlabel owner and the discoverer of hitmaker Ritchie Valens. Since Valens’s death in a 1959 plane crash, Keane had been searching for another teen-idol superstar. After meeting Bobby Fuller, he knew he had found his man. Keane liked the band’s earlier “I Fought the Law” but decided to remake the tune after creating the name Bobby Fuller Four for his new Mustang label - with a thicker, harder-driving sound that was more Beatles or Byrds than
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Buddy Holly. Keane proved himself right when his production of “I Fought the Law” reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in spring 1966. Sadly, Bobby Fuller never lived to enjoy future stardom. In July 1966, he was found dead in his car near his Hollywood apartment. His body displayed numerous bruises, and a gasoline-soaked rag was stuffed into his mouth. Incredibly, the L.A. coroner ruled Fuller’s death a suicide in a bizarre mystery that was never solved. To many, “I Fought the Law” represented a prototype for early punk music - it became the scorching debut single in 1979 for the Clash - with angry lyrics that began Breakin’ rocks in the hot sun/I fought the law, and the law won. The magazine Rolling Stone labeled the song “outlaw romanticism.” Was it? Sonny Curtis, who wrote the classic, explains: “It has always amused me that people try to analyze it. “I don’t mean to sound flippant, but I’ve never taken it that seriously. There was nothing other than my imagination that inspired me. I was alone in my living room one afternoon, trying to write a song. “I was just pickin’ my guitar and letting my mind go, the way you do when you write a song. It only took
Comfort Keepers receives Choice Awards Comfort Keepers received both the Best of Home Care Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice awards from Home Care Pulse. Awarded to the top-ranking home care providers, based on client and caregiver satisfaction scores gathered by Home Care Pulse, Comfort Keepers is now ranked among home care providers across the country who have proven their ability to provide an exceptional working experience to employees, and the highest quality care to clients. “We want to congratulate Comfort Keepers on receiving both the Best of Home Care Provider of Choice Award and the Best of Home Care Employer of Choice Award,” said Aaron Marcum, CEO and founder of Home Care Pulse. “Since these awards are
based on real, unfiltered feedback from clients and caregivers, Comfort Keepers has proven their dedication to providing a great work environment and solid training to employees, while maintaining their focus on client satisfaction. “We are pleased to recognize their dedication to quality, professionalism and expertise in home care.” Lisa Carson, RN is the owner of Comfort Keepers. “Receiving this award means a great deal to Comfort Keepers” Carson said. Since 2002, Comfort Keepers has been assisting in seniors’ homes in Lubbock and surrounding areas to help with household chores, meal preparation, bathing and grooming, companionship, and personal care.
about 20 minutes. I was trying to write a country song, something with a Johnny Cash feel. “I’m just thankful that it stirs something in people and makes them like it, for whatever reason. I’ve always been grateful that the rock ‘n’ roll gods came through for me and helped me make it happen.” Sources: Wenner, Jann S. (Editor). “Special Collector’s Edition: Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” Copyright 2010. www.allmusic.com, www.bobbyfuller. net, www.classicbands.com, www.discogs.com, www. imdb.com, www.rcs-discography.com, www.rockabillyhall. You know why a banana is like a politician? He comes in and com, Email interview with first he is green, then he turns yellow, and then he’s rotten. Sonny Curtis: Aug. 17, 2015
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Americans’ relationship with money: personal finances and giving back Despite the financial uncertainties faced by many Americans, generosity is surprisingly at the forefront of their minds. According to the 2015 Money Mindset Report by Thrivent Financial, 61 percent of Americans said they would rather be called generous than financially successful. In fact, more than 1 in 3 Americans think the purpose of the money they make is to give back – whether during their lifetime or after. While this is positive, the emerging theme from Thrivent’s research report illustrates that although Americans want to be generous, they aren’t preparing financially for the future. They’re lacking in longterm financial strategies, advice and tools, and this generally holds true regardless of income level. The 2015 Money Mindset Report, conducted in partnership with Wakefield Research, surveyed 1,001 U.S. adults ages 18+ to learn more
about Americans’ relationship with money, including how they make decisions when it comes to their personal finances, giving back to others, and the role of faith in their finances. In addition to highlighting the emphasis Americans place on generosity, the survey showed that many still face difficult challenges and lack confidence when it comes to managing day-to-day finances and long-term financial goals:
Only 27 percent of Americans are very confident they are making the right decisions with their money. Many Americans struggle with finances in the following ways: 32 percent don’t have an emergency fund, 25 percent don’t have a long-term financial strategy, and 21 percent don’t have a short-term strategy. In fact, 79 percent don’t have a financial adviser. Most Americans aren’t protecting their finances or
preparing for the future. More than half of Americans (53 percent) don’t have life insurance, 62 percent don’t have a retirement fund, and 89 percent don’t have disability income insurance. “The results from the survey show that many people want to be generous, but uncertainty about their finances may be keeping them from taking action to give back to others,” said Debra Hedgcoth, a financial representative with
Thrivent Financial. “Taking steps to be wise with money, including creating long- and short-term financial strategies, protecting against potential setbacks, and finding small ways to make a difference, can help lead to a life where individuals can be wise with money and live generously.” To view the full report and analysis by Thrivent Financial, visit Thrivent.com/ moneymindset.
into making a false tax payment. Many phone scams use threats to try to intimidate you and may also leave “urgent” callback requests, sometimes through automated email lists or phone calls. The emails will often contain a fake IRS document with a phone number or an email address for you to reply. Common tactics • Caller ID spoofing. scammers use: Scammers often alter caller • Scare tactics. These ag- ID to make it look like the gressive and sophisticated IRS or another agency is scams try to scare people calling. The callers use IRS
titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate. They may use online resources to get your name, address, and other details about your life to make the call sound official; and • Phishing email and regular mail. Scammers copy and use official IRS letterhead in email or regular mail they send to victims, in an attempt to make the scam look official.
• Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.
Beware of IRS scams by phone and email The IRS has reported a growing number of aggressive scams that taxpayers have received through email and phone calls. The TTU Office of the Chief Information Officer joins the IRS in reminding everyone to stay vigilant and protected.
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If you do not owe taxes or have any reason to think that you do: • Do not provide any information to the caller. Hang up immediately; • Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Use TIGTA’s “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page to report the incident; and • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes. If you have unresolved tax debt, call the IRS at 800-8291040 for assistance. These scams are highly profitable to these criminals. The IRS reports nearly 4,550 victims who have collectively reported more than $23 million in financial losses as a result of tax scams over the past two years.
Golden Gazette • March 2016 • Page 9 Lubbock Meals on Wheels serves more than 700 meals each day to individuals who are unable to prepare a hot and healthy meal. This nonproﬁt agency is looking for volunteer drivers, both regular and substitute to deliver meals. Each route contains approximately 10-12 meals and can be delivered in an hour. Orientation and background checks are required for all delivery volunteers. Currently, there is a wait-list for additional recipients and the need is great for volunteers. One hour of your time can make an incredible difference in the life of someone who is homebound, elderly, or disabled. For more information, call 792-7971 or RSVP at 743-7787. Gentiva Hospice is looking for music volunteers. Individuals, pair or group musicians are needed to perform
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several groups that can put them to good use. Call the ofﬁce for more details at 7437787. Lakeside Rehabilitation and Care is looking for volunteers. Volunteers can assist in directing activities, reading, doing artwork or handcraft, or visiting with residents. No special talents are needed - just a willingness to help brighten the day of others. For information contact RSVP at 743-7787. Foster Grandparents Program is in need of senior volunteers at various child center settings in the Lubbock area. The program supports volunteers with a small travel stipend. To ﬁnd out more about the program and volunteer qualiﬁcations, call 806-7836672. RSVP Spring Forum is scheduled for April 1 (no kidding). This free event will be held at the Broadway Church of Christ from 9-2. Pre-registration is required. For more details, contact the RSVP ofﬁce at 732-7787 or 743-7821. Funny Quotes for Income Tax Season… As we prepare for tax sea-
for seniors in group settings through various school and or individual homes where science departments. Volunteers are valued conelderly people live who need tributors to the team. Voluninteraction and encourageteers have the opportunity to ment. Training and accompa- serve in a variety of ways. niment is provided by the TTUHSC is eager to enlist Gentiva office. Songs can greeters and escorts at the include country, gospel, folk, information desks. Morning love songs, and others. Train- and afternoon slots are availing and accompaniment is able. A special need is in the provided. Volunteers are also needed cardiology department within for ofﬁce duties to include the Department of Internal making copies, stapling pack- Medicine. For information or if you have questions, contact ets, ﬁling, and others. For more information, call Logan Heinrich at 806-743Katherine McLamore at Gen- 9095 or the RSVP ofﬁce. RSVP can accept any tiva Hospice at 806-831-1664 or the RSVP ofﬁce at 743- craft or materials that you no longer need. Items that are in 7787. Texas Tech University special need is clean mateHealth Sciences Center rial (any time, we even use double knit), yarn (baby or As I was lying around, (TTUHSC) not only provides 4-ply), clean batting and ﬁpondering the problems of the physicians, staff, and services berﬁll, thread and craft paints. world, I realized that at my to meet the healthcare needs If you are spring cleaning of West Texas community age I don’t really give a hoot – it also provides education and have some items that are any more. you no longer use, we have If walking is good for your and research opportunities health, the postman would be immortal. f o o t Te c h A whale swims all day, only eats ﬁsh, drinks water, but is still fat. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years, while a tortoise doesn’t run and does mostly nothing, yet it lives for The ultimate in safe: 150 years. And you tell me to exerPedicures cise? I don’t think so. STORE HOURS Just grant me the senility Manicures Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. to forget the people I never Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Massages liked, the good fortune to reFor the Spa: member the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.
son, I need something funny to laugh at so I do not cry. Of course I talk to myself. Sometimes I need expert advice. ~ Anonymous Happiness is typing your name in Google search and ﬁnding funny search results. ~ Anonymous The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin ~ Mark Twain It is a good thing that we do not get as much government as we pay for. ~ Will Rogers Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing, and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even. ~ Will Rogers The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has. ~ Will Rogers To all volunteers: For all that you give to others, we can never say “Thank you enough!” For more information on locations to volunteer and about RSVP, call the RSVP office at 743-7787. Today is a good day to volunteer!
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Golden Gazette Crossword Puzzle ACROSS
1. Hard exterior of an egg 6. State of drowsy contentment 9. Cry 13. Embankment 14. The power to reject 15. Beige 16. Sandlike 18. Image 19. Dull resonant sound 20. Fertile area in a desert 21. Circular band 22. Implement 24. Pass legal judgment 25. Deadly 28. Plantation 31. Red earth pigment 32. Become liable for 33. Doze 36. Keep away from 37. Large, pale-colored antelope 38. Celestial body 39. Male child 40. Treat with disdain
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46. Person who prefers to be alone 47. At what time 49. Learned 50. Peruvian native 51. Former Russian ruler
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CuddleCot donated to Covenant Children’s Brittney Rasco of Idalou donated a CuddleCot device to Covenant Children’s in late February. In May 2013, Rasco gave birth to Brylen Danielle, who lived less than an hour. They held her and took pictures with her for several hours. Around midnight, she was taken to the morgue to be
cooled and brought back to the family the next morning. After having Brylen, the family prayed that God would provide a way to honor Brylen differently from what already was provided for parents who have angel babies. Two and a half years after the birth of Brylen, they came across the idea of a
CuddleCot. With the help of many supporters, the Rascoes raised the funds to purchase a CuddleCot. The CuddleCot device significantly helps parents who suffer the loss of a baby. Dealing with the death of a baby is incredibly difficult for parents, and bereaved parents should be given the option of
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spending time with their baby, according to the Flexmort website, manufacturers of the device. Providing families time through the use of the CuddleCot is encouraged by midwives, bereavement practitioners, and still birth/neonatal charities. Time allows the family to form an important bond with their baby. Whether dressing the baby, taking photographs, or simply just staying close, this helps families in dealing with the loss. In a warm room, the baby’s condition can deteriorate quickly, so cooling the baby is essential. The CuddleCot allows the family to spend every moment with their baby, precious moments where every minute counts.
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I’m going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I’ll do that second week. By James K. White Hello. It has been about 13 months since I last penned a column. Since then, I have had several visits to the Houston Medical Center for treatment of stage 4 cancer. After undergoing numerous “medical procedures,” there are body parts missing, and I have lost just over 100 pounds. However, I feel stronger again and mentioned to my wife that I had half a mind to resume writing Mullet Over. She assured me that quantity of mind was plenty for my particular compositions. So here goes: A justice on the U.S. Supreme Court is given an annual salary of $249,300. The chief justice makes $260,700. A certain starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals makes $30,000,000 per year which parses to about $1,200,000 per regular season game – no matter how he performs during any particular outing. Illinois is often celebrated as “The Land of Lincoln.” It should be noted that Abe was born in Kentucky in 1809 and spent most of his childhood in Kentucky and Indiana. Also interesting is that a boy named Jefferson Davis was born in Kentucky in 1809. These two lads would have
business dealings later (18611865). In 1980, some fortunate soul using a metal detector near Kingower, Victoria, Australia, had his beeper “go berserk.” He had found a gold nugget that weighed just over 72 pounds. The specimen was named “Hand of Faith” and is currently on display at the Golden Nugget casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are at least 29 distinct species of rattlesnakes in the Americas. At least 65 sub-species have been identified. All rattlesnakes are poisonous, even some of the “dead” ones. James Madison measured 5 feet 4 inches and has thus far been our shortest president. Lincoln at 6 feet 4 inches was our tallest chief executive. In 1924, Kimberly-Clark introduced facial tissues to the American public. Later called Kleenex, the product was promoted as a cleansing aid – primarily aimed at the removal of cold cream. In one of the best merchandise selling moves of all time, Kleenex was soon advertised as a disposable handkerchief. Use suggestions expanded to include baby-cleansing as well as various personal hygienic purposes. The product soon became available
“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.” - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway) “I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.” - Clarence Darrow
in several sizes, colors and fragrances. Ben Franklin was our first U.S. Postmaster General (1775). I assume most of our readers have seen the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” at least once. The scene where Butch (Paul Newman) uses too much dynamite was partly based on a real-life incident. In 1911 Oklahoma, one Elmer J. McCurdy and his gang stopped the Iron Mountain Missouri-Pacific and tried to steal $4,000 from the train’s safe. Elmer used ‘way too much nitroglycerin (which he had stolen from the U.S. Army). The paper money was incinerated and about $450 in silver coin was melted into three lumps, which the gang purloined. Well, watch out for rattlesnakes and have a great week.
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City-Wide Pride beautifies Lubbock, helps reduce crime rates By Victoria Holloway Keeping Lubbock neighborhoods and businesses clean and attractive may have more beneﬁts than just looking pretty. One of City-Wide Pride’s founders, Donna Zartman, said maintaining curb appeal and cleanliness reduces crime rates and increases the value of property. “People are happier,” Zartman said. “It’s a place they want to be, and it feels like home.” Zartman, who graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture, helped start the group 16 years ago. She is a gardening coach and has three children and four grandsons. “We were frustrated that code violations were not getting taken care of,” Zartman said. “If you get your car impounded, you have to go get it out, but if you have a dead tree fall over on the neighbor’s fence, it’s a little different. You may get a ticket, but you never have to pay for it.”
The committee started with about 20 people who were involved in neighborhood associations. City-Wide Pride members
tion, Ysidro Gutierrez, said the awards encourage people to continue to maintain their landscape. “(The award) makes peo-
Donna Zartman graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s in horticulture. She helped start City-Wide Pride in 2000.
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attend city government meetings to advocate for codes to be enforced, she said. The members also organize clean-up efforts around the city and give out awards to businesses, churches, and schools that keep their establishments clean and visually appealing. President of the organiza-
ple aware that someone noticed how they’ve kept up their property,” Gutierrez said. He has been a part of CityWide Pride for ﬁve years. Gutierrez is a former Lubbock County commissioner and is a current candidate for mayor. The group continues to
draw awareness of code violations and safety hazards to the city government and the public, Zartman said. “Our only focus as an organization is to beautify the city,” she said. City-Wide Pride’s next project is to plant more trees in the parks and continue to
enhance the community in cleanliness and charm. The City-Wide Pride committee meets once a month. Anyone interested in attending a meeting, becoming a member, joining a clean-up team, or donating to the organization can call 806-7712777 or 806-797-8237.
Ever since I was a child, I’ve always had a fear of someone under my bed at night. So I went to a shrink and told him, “I’ve got problems. Every time I go to bed I think there’s somebody under it. I’m scared. I think I’m going crazy.” “Just put yourself in my hands for one year,” said the shrink. “Come talk to me three times a week, and we should be able to get rid of those fears.” “How much do you charge?” “Eighty dollars per visit,” replied the doctor. “I’ll sleep on it,” I said.
Six months later the doctor met me on the street. “Why didn’t you come to see me about those fears you were having?” he asked. “Well, 80 bucks a visit, three times a week for a year, is $12,480. A bartender cured me for $10. I was so happy to have saved all that money that I went and bought me a new pickup truck.” “Is that so?” he said with a bit of attitude, “and how, may I ask, did a bartender cure you?” “He told me to cut the legs off the bed. Ain’t nobody under there now.” It’s always better to get a second opinion.
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New Neighbors Club to feature retired neurologist and author
Life is ...
Tom Hutton, a retired neurologist and author of “Carrying the Black Bag” will be the featured speaker at the New Neighbors Club at 10:30 a.m. March 11. The group meets at the Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway. The book is a hybrid of memoir and short story. Hutton’s specialty is Parkinson Disease, and many of the stories in his book directly involve patients suffering from the disease.
Even Adolf Hitler shows up in one piece, titled “Did Adolf Hitler’s Parkinson’s Disease Affect the Outcome of World War II?” You do not need to be a member or new in town to participate in the luncheon or this thoughtprovoking program. To learn more about this 38-year-old club or make a reservation, contact Mary Valentini, 799-4450 or newneighbors@ ymail.com.
Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is life, fight for it. Life is a gift from God. ~ Unknown
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Loneliness & isolation can affect health Eleven million, or 28%, of people age 65 and older, now live alone according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Consider these facts from the Administration on Aging: • People over 65 have an average life expectancy of almost 20 more years, which is a long time to live alone. • While 72 percent of men over 65 are married and living with someone, only 45 percent of women are married, and 37 percent are widows. • Almost half of women over 75 live alone. Lack of contact with others is a serious issue among seniors. Sometimes, a senior has no local network of family and friends, and feels disconnected from the community. Other times, a senior may withdraw into isolation as a result of health conditions,
depression, or mental illness. Fear of falling can keep a senior isolated in his or her home, as can fatigue, chronic pain, or shame over memory problems. In addition, many seniors become nervous about driving. As a result of these factors, older adults may be alone for days or even weeks without someone to watch over them.
Loneliness affects the brain
Loneliness may speed up the onset of dementia. In a recent Dutch study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, researchers followed more than 2,000 healthy, dementia-free seniors for three years and found that 13 percent who reported feeling lonely developed dementia by the end of that time, as
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compared with 6 percent with strong social support.
Loneliness harms the heart
In 2012, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) compiled the results of numerous studies and concluded that there’s a proven link between loneliness and heart disease. In one study, researchers at Harvard followed 44,000 people with heart disease and found that 8 percent of patients living alone passed away after four years, compared with 5.7 of those living with a spouse or others. In research on the outcomes of coronary disease, Swedish researchers discovered that coronary bypass patients who checked the box “I feel lonely” had a mortality rate 2.5 times higher than other patients 30 days postsurgery, and that even five years later they were twice as likely to have passed.
Loneliness can mean a shorter lifespan
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When researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, followed a group of seniors for six years, they found that by the end of the study, almost a quarter (22.8 percent) of all the older adults who had reported feeling isolated or lonely had died. Another 25 percent had suffered significant health declines. In contrast, among the seniors who said they were happy or satisfied with their social lives, only 12.5 percent had declining health, and only 14.2 percent had died.
Ways to help protect seniors from loneliness
Help seniors become more social-media savvy through their use of email, news sites and sites of interest (music, hobbies, shopping, etc.), and connections through Facebook. Provide companionship with conversation and activities such as cooking and eating together, reading aloud to the senior, playing games, scrapbooking, listening to music, or taking a walk. Provide transportation to seniors so they may visit family and friends, go shopping, attend events, and visit outdoor venues such as parks. Help a loved one find support and/or social groups at senior centers, YMCAs,
places of worship ─ wherever seniors tend to gather. Also, as a caregiver, make sure that older adults who live alone take their medications as prescribed, eat healthy foods on a regular basis, sleep well, and get some form of exercise. Monitor them for these details, ask questions ─ and for extra support, encourage their family members to do so as well. Isolation and loneliness are key signs that a senior lacks the support and tools needed to live a healthy, independent life and may be spiraling into decline. Comfort Keepers Interactive Caregiving can help by keeping senior clients engaged physically, mentally and emotionally while living independently at home. www.comfortkeepers.com
“Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.” - Moses Hadas “I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” - Mark Twain “He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.” - Oscar Wilde
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Ladies with typo-writers They’re back - those wonderful church bulletins. Thank God for the church ladies with typewriters. These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced at church services. The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals. Scouts are saving aluminium cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children. The sermon this morning: “Jesus Walks on the Water.” The sermon tonight: “Searching for Jesus.” Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands. Don’t let worry kill you off - let the church help. Miss Charlene Mason sang ‘I will not pass this way again,’ giving obvious pleasure to the congregation. For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs. Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get. Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on Oct. 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow. At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What Is Hell?” Come
early and listen to our choir practice. Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones. Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered. The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment, and gracious hostility. Pot-luck supper Sunday at 5 p.m. with prayer and medication to follow. The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon. This evening at 7 p.m. there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin. The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast. Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. Please use the back door. The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” in the church basement Friday at 7 p.m. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy. Weight Watchers will meet at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
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Local celebrities to be honored April 19 The 2016 AWC Celebrity Luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 19 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. For more than 30 years, the AWC Lubbock Chapter has honored local people whose accomplishments have made Lubbock and the area a great place to live and work. AWC is the Association for Women in Communications, a national organization. Headline awards will be presented to Chandler Bownds; Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar; Dina Jeffries & Jax, chief cheer officer for Ronald McDonald House; Rob Weiner; and Tom Stone. Headliner awards are presented to people whose achievements or con-
tributions have received widespread positive recognition through the media. Gold Medals will be presented to Matt Bumstead, Carpenter’s Church, Junior Vasquez, Tim Collins, and Vernita Woods-Holmes. This award is presented to people who, over an extended period of time, have worked to improve the quality of life for a broad spectrum of those living in the Lubbock area. First United Bank will receive the Louise Allen Award for outstanding corporate community service. Chris Cook will be honored with the Mary Ann Edwards Professional Communicator Award, which recognizes an individual working in the communications industry whose at-
1. Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a “steering wheel” that directs the right path throughout the journey. 2. So why is a car’s windshield so large and the rear view mirror so small? Because our past is not as important as our future, so, look ahead and move on. 3. Friendship is like a book. It takes years to write but only a few minutes to burn. 4. All things in life are temporary. If they’re going well, enjoy them they will not last forever. If they’re going wrong, don’t worry - they can’t last long either. 5. Old friends are gold. New friends are diamond. If you get a diamond, don’t forget the gold because to hold a diamond,
you always need a base of gold. 6. Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, God smiles from above and says, “Relax friend, it’s just a bend, not the end.” 7. When God solves your problems, you have faith in his abilities; when God doesn’t solve your problems he has faith in your abilities. 8. A blind person asked St. Anthony, “Can there be anything worse than losing eyesight”? He replied “Yes, losing your vision”. 9. When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you. 10. Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.
The fact that there’s a highway to hell and only a stairway to heaven says a lot about anticipated traffic numbers. My people skills are just fine. It’s my tolerance to idiots that needs work.
tention to the creation, management, distribution and consumption of ideas and information have made significant contributions to the disciplines and positively impacted the community. The Beth Pratt Communicator of the Year award will be announced at the luncheon. It recognizes an AWC member who has demonstrated excellence in the profession, positive support of the chapter, and demonstrates a commitment to the purposes of AWC. The George Mahon Award for extraordinary public service is presented to a person who has dedicated his
adult life to a broad array of public service efforts that result in accomplishments. The honoree will be announced at the luncheon. The event is a benefit sponsored by the Lubbock Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications. Proceeds help fund scholarships for Texas Tech College of Media and Communication students and the professional development of AWC members. For more information, contact Sherry Saffle, 632-3440.
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Lunch with #’s 1 and 2 at Lubbock’s ‘Old Faithful’ Recently our #2 daughter visited us from the Phoenix, Arizona, area and treated her older sister and me to lunch at Harrigan’s. This establishment has been in existence since 1977 and except for a few hiccups, has always been locally owned. They are located at
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3827 50th Street in the west end of Memphis Place Mall. Needless to say, they have been faithful to our Hub City for all these years. The three of us ordered from the “Lunch Specials” menu and for starters we ordered the scrumptious “Fried Sampler” which consisted of zucchini chips, mushroom, and asparagus spears, served with their own homemade ranch dressing; talk about yummy! Not a crumb was left. The price which generously serves 3 is $12. Daughter #1 ordered the lunch quiche which was prepared with crowns of broccoli and chicken breast. She chose their signature prime rib and mushroom soup and a side salad – all included for $10. She also is an excellent judge of food and noted how delicious everything was. She even had enough for a takehome box. Daughter #2 and I ordered the “Texas Hot Brown.” The geniuses who thought up this one knew exactly what they were doing. This concoction consists of Harrigan’s famous prime rib and New Orleans potatoes on Texas
toast, topped with red wine mushroom sauce, cheddar cheese, jack cheese, and fried onions. Now folks, trust me on this one, it rates a 10+ on a scale of 1-10!! There are no words, and all this for $11. Besides all our delicious food, the service was impeccable. I must also mention their delicious warm and grainy bread, not like any other, anywhere. Nothing more needs to be said about such a special treat. The lunch menu consists of 11 choices and range in price from $8 to $12 and is served Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The regular menu offers choices of chicken fried steak, steaks, prime rib, pork chops, baby back ribs, meat loaf, seafood, pastas, signature burgers and of course, 5 choices of desserts. A kid’s menu for the 12 and under crowd includes a soft drink or milk – 5 choices of entrees – all for $4 each. Those are almost at-home prices especially for those growing gigantic appetites. The rest of the menu of-
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fers 6 starters, 3 soups, 4 entrée salads with a choice of several dressings including several fat free options and 8 wonderful sides. Last but not least, a Sunday brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers 10 selections. Happy Hour is every day from 4 to 8 p.m. and their recently remodeled “Legends Lounge” is now nonsmoking. A private dining room, the “Memphis Room,” is available for meetings,
rehearsal dinners, birthdays, etc. and accommodates up to 50 people. If you are ever on I-20 down Odessa way, there is a Harrigan’s location at 2701 John Ben Sheppard Parkway. Wonderful food awaits you, even on your travels. Try Harrigan’s for your next culinary experience. Granny rates them an A+! Until next time, have a happy and blessed Easter. Granny
Easter egg hunt, March 25
Games, fun and an Easter egg hunt are set for 2 to 4 p.m. March 25 at Chatman Community Clinic, 2301 Cedar Ave. Age categories for the egg hunt are 0-3 years; 4-6 years; 7-12 years. Bring the family and enjoy the day sponsored by the Community Health Center of Lubbock.
Diabetes Self-Management & Nutrition classes
Free Diabetes Self-Management and Nutrition classes will begin March 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Community Health Center, 1610 5th St. Each course is provided in a group setting. Each class meets once weekly for 8 weeks. Participants are presented with information and instruction for diabetes management. These classes are free and open to the public. Contact Josh Moreno at 806-765-2611 ext. 1007 for registration.
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Photographic Artifacts of Rick Dingus, March 4 at the museum An exhibition, “Changing Places: the Photographic Artifacts of Rick Dingus,” opens March 4 at the Museum of Texas Tech University. Refreshments will be provided at 6 p.m., and an opening night talk by Liz Wells begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium at the museum. Rick Dingus has partici-
pated in more than 24 solo shows and more than 100 group exhibitions since 1977. Dingus’ photographs have been collected by more than 50 public collections including Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth; Getty Museum, Malibu, California (Sam Wagstaff Collection); Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin;
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., and various international museums. A recipient of numerous grants and purchase awards, Dingus most recently served
Celebrity Chef Stephan Pyles to speak at Women’s Club The Lubbock Women’s Club Historical Foundation and The Ernestine Payne Welborn Endowment Community Speaker Series will welcome Stephan Pyles as a speaker for the Annual Speaker Series. Pyles will speak at 6:30 p.m. April 7 at The Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway. Tickets, ranging in price from $50 to $100, are available at The Lubbock Women’s Club, 806-763-6448. Stephan Pyles is a pioneer of New American Cuisine, having been at the forefront of the renaissance in American cooking a generation ago. Considered the founding father of Southwestern Cuisine,
Pyles has opened 21 restaurants over the last 30 years, including Routh Street Café, Star Canyon and Stampede 66. Pyles has authored four highly successful cookbooks and hosted two seasons of the Emmy Award-Winning PBS series “New Tastes from Texas.” He was the first person in the Southwest to win a James Beard Award for Best Chef. Pyles has cooked for dignitaries and celebrities around the world, including five American presidents and Queen Elizabeth. Sandy Core is president of the Lubbock Women’s Club. “We are thrilled to welcome Chef Pyles to Lub-
bock,” Core said. “If you love to cook or like most of us, enjoy a wonderful meal, then join us for a fun evening at the Lubbock Women’s Club. We will feature items from Stephan’s cookbooks on the menu that night.” A tireless philanthropist, Pyles is a founding board member of the Share Our Strength, an international hunger relief organization and received its Humanitarian of the Year award. He is a life board member of the North Texas Food Bank and founded The Hunger Link, Dallas’ perishable food program. Pyles has given $250,000 in culinary scholarships.
as co-investigator with Robin Germany to create a “Millennial Collection” at the Southwest Collection with the aid of a Research Enhancement Funds grant at Texas Tech University, 1999-2000. More than 100 works have been published or reviewed in books, catalogues, and periodicals. Dingus is author of “The Photographic Artifacts of Timothy O’Sullivan,” UNM Press, 1982. Liz Wells was born in London, lives in Devon, UK. She writes and lectures on photographic practices. She has a particular inter-
est in land and environment as explored through photographic and other media. Her monograph, Land Matters, (I B Tauris, 2011) investigates ways in which photographers engage with issues about land, its representation and idealization, demonstrating how the visual interpretation of land as landscape reflects and reinforces contemporary political, social and environmental attitudes. The exhibition will be open until 9 p.m. that night. Rick Dingus and Liz Wells will be available for discussion in the gallery after her talk.
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Tim Collins providing an update 806.775.2933 Refreshments will be provided Lightning in a Bottle: The Art and on the LEPPA project to build at 6 p.m., and an opening night Craft of Flash Fiction with Katie a Buddy Holly Hall Performing talk by Liz Wells begins at 6:30 Cortese, 6-8 p.m., $45; LHUCA, Arts Center. p.m. in the Helen DeVitt Jones 511 Ave. K, 806-762-8606. Easter Egg Hunt - 10 a.m. games, Auditorium at the museum. March 9 - Panic Day 11 a.m. hunt begins, free, ages: March 5 - Multiple March 10 Popcorn Lover’s walking-10, The Easter Bunny We help seniors at home, Personality Day Day and his wife will hide thousands because home is where the heart is. 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March 13 - Ear Muff Day Time change March 14 - National Pi Day Better Breathers Club is 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. For info, call Lori Stroud, 775-8950. March 15 - Dumbstruck Day March 16 - Incredible Kid Day March 17 - Saint Patrick’s Day Taste of Clay - Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. free, LHUCA, 511 Ave. K, 806-762-8606. March 18 - Supreme Sacrifice Day March 19 - Quilting Day Roundtable Luncheon at Hillcrest Country Club from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Main Dining Room, 4011 North Boston Avenue Lubbock TX 79415. Public is invited at $15 per person, limited menu includes beverage and dessert. Travel north on North University Avenue then turn left or west on Newcomb Street and proceed to
the Clubhouse. Speaker is Larry Holland on Buying from Local Businesses and the multiplier of money in a local economy. March 20 - Earth Day First day of spring Palm Sunday March 21 - Fragrance Day March 22 - Goof -Off Day March 23 - Chip and Dip Day March 24 - Chocolate Covered Raisin Day Taste of Clay - Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. free, LHUCA, 511 Ave. K, 806-762-8606. March 25 - Good Friday Heart Matters discussion at Covenant Health, discussion on heart matters and other health issues; 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. Speaker is Laura Low, certified cardiac rehabilitation professional; her topic is Bluezone – Longevity. March 26 - Make Up Your Own Holiday Day 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. SquareDanceLubbockTx.com.
March 27 - “Joe” Day Easter March 28 - Something on a Stick Day March 29 - Smoke and Mirrors Day Spring book sale - Friends of Wolfforth Library at the Wolfforth Library, 508 E. Highway 62/82, from noon until 7 p.m. March 30 - Take a Walk in the Park Day Health Aging Lecture Series – “Colorectal Cancer Prevention” – 4 to 5 p.m., Health Sciences Center, 3601 4th St. Room 150 in the Academic Classroom Building. Free. Call 806-743-7821 for info. Spring book sale - Friends of Wolfforth Library at the Wolfforth Library, 508 E. Highway 62/82, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 31 - Bunsen Burner Day Spring book sale - Friends of Wolfforth Library at the Wolfforth Library, 508 E. Highway 62/82, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and April 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Taste of Clay - Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. free, LHUCA, 511 Ave. K, 806-762-8606. Coming in April April 1 – Compass for Questions and Answers for Wellness! –
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Will the presidential election affect investment outlook? By Zach Holtzman Financial advisor Edward JonEs We’re just a few weeks away from the first caucuses and primaries, so presidential election season is in full swing. As a voter, you may be keenly interested in the election process. But as an investor, should you be concerned? If you take a look back, you might be somewhat encouraged over the prospects of the financial markets this year. In the last 12 presidential election years, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has been up nine times and down just three. So, election years must be good for the financial markets, right? Not necessarily. In every year, the markets are influenced by a variety of factors: interest rates, inflation, corporate profits, geopolitical events, economic growth, even the weather. And it’s safe to say that 2016 will be no different. At this early stage of the year, one could say that some of these factors, such as continued low interest rates and a reasonably strong economy, might bode well for investors. But there’s a lot of 2016 ahead of us – and it’s notoriously difficult for anybody, even so-called experts, to
accurately predict the market’s performance over a relatively short time, such as a year. Still, the market’s history of pretty good results in presidential election years may not be entirely random. For one thing, the White House is never the only office being contested; elections are also held for every congressional district and many seats in the Senate. Consequently, during these election years, campaigning often takes precedence over legislating. This legislative inactivity tends to be welcomed by the financial markets, which generally dislike surprises, big changes and new directions. However, you can’t really count on past trends to provide a certain roadmap for the year ahead, in terms of the performance of the financial markets. As mentioned above, many factors influence this performance, and at this early stage in the year, we just can’t predict which of these factors will take precedence. So, instead of worrying about things you can’t control, focus on those that you can. For starters, review your investment mix. Does it still properly reflect your goals, risk tolerance and time hori-
zon? Over time, even if you haven’t made many changes to your portfolio, it can become “unbalanced.” For example, if you own some stocks that have increased greatly in value over the years, these stocks may now be taking up a larger percentage of your holdings than you had intended, bringing with them a higher degree of risk. Consequently, you might want to consider selling off some of these stocks and using the proceeds to fill in other gaps in your portfolio. On the other hand, if you think
your mix of investments is not providing you with the returns you need to help make progress toward your longterm objectives, you may need to add some vehicles that can provide you with more growth potential. After all, it’s 2016 now, so whatever your age, you are another year closer to retirement. Will this year look like past presidential election years, as far as good returns from the stock market? No one can say for sure. But if you “vote” for smart investment moves, you won’t be sorry.
Three Lubbock businesses named Blue Ribbon Winners by U.S. Chamber Three Lubbock Chamber of Commerce members have been named 2016 Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the “Dream Big” Small Business of the Year Award competition. Bahama Bucks, Benchmark Business, and Live Oak Animal Hospital have been recognized for their success, innovation and contributions to economic growth and free enterprise. “We are proud to have such exceptional businesses in Lubbock and to call them Chamber members,” said Chamber Chairwoman Beth Bridges. “All three of these companies are outstanding representatives of the Lubbock business community.” All Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners are in the running for the Community Excellence Award, which recognizes one business that has found notable success in the eyes of its community. The winner of that award will be decided through online public voting that opened Feb. 18. “Small businesses provide a powerful example of what’s possible in our free enterprise system. Day in and day out, these companies exemplify the strong American values of hard work, innovation, persistence, and entrepreneurship,” said U.S. Chamber Presi-
dent and CEO Thomas J. Donohue. “The Chamber is proud to recognize these tremendous small businesses for all of their achievements.” On March 9, the U.S. Chamber will announce seven regional finalists from among this year’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners - 13 of which are from Texas. All of the 2016 winners will be honored at the 12th annual America’s Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C. During the summit, one regional finalist will receive the “Dream Big” Small Business of the Year Award, and a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the U.S. Chamber.
Rush 4th grader wins spelling bee The champion speller in the Lubbock ISD District Spelling Bee was Britney Manna, a Rush Elementary 4th grader. Runner up was Jie Ye, an Evans Middle School 8th grader. Students competed through 26 rounds, and the winning words were prosaic, angst. Britney will represent LISD in the Region Spelling Bee on March 5, at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.
Elected officials as of now
Precinct 3: Lorenzo “Bubba” Sedeño Precinct 4: Patti Jones U.S. President: Barack Obama U.S. Vice-President: Joe Biden Constables U.S. Senator: Ted Cruz Precinct 1: Paul Hanna United States Representative District 19: Precinct 2: Joe Pinson Randy Neugebaurer Precinct 3: Marina L. Garcia Precinct 4: C.J. Peterson State Justices of the Peace State Senator District 28: Charles Perry JP Precinct 1: Jim Hansen Texas House of Representatives District 83: JP Precinct 2: Jim Dulin Dustin Burrows JP Precinct 3: Aurora Chaides Hernandez Texas House of Representatives District 84: JP Precinct 4: Ann-Marie Carruth John Frullo State Board of Education: Marty Rowley City Texas State Officials City of Abernathy Governor: Greg Abbott Mayor: Lindsey Webb Lieutenant Governor: Dan Patrick Mayor Pro-Tem: Sharon Kester-Fair Attorney General: Ken Paxton Council Members: Shawn Vandygriff, Victor Comptroller of Public Accounts: Glenn Hegar Cavazos, Michael Macias, Jay Stephenson Commissioner of General Land Office: Village of Buffalo Springs George P. Bush Mayor: Velvet Keys Commissioner of Agriculture: Sid Miller Alderman, Mayor Pro Tem: Tony Bowen Commissioner’s Railroad: Christi Craddick Aldermen: Caroline Hamilton, Tammy Leer, Commissioner’s Railroad: David Porter Dennis Wardroup, Alan Robinett Commissioner’s Railroad: Ryan Sitton City of Idalou Supreme Court of Texas Mayor: David Riley Chief Justice: Nathan Hecht Mayor Pro-Tem: Troy Stegemoeller Justices: Don R. Willett, Debra Lehrmann, Councilmembers: Joe Sisk, Darrell Fuller, John Devine, Paul W. Green, Jeff Brown, Jeff Mandie Moore, Tim Spann Boyd, Phil Johnson, Eva Guzman City of Lubbock Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Mayor: Glen Robertson Presiding Judge: Sharon Keller Council members: Victor Hernandez, Floyd Judges: Lawrence E. Meyers, Bert Richard- Price, Jeff Griffith, Jim Gerlt, Karen Gibson, son, Kevin Patrick Yeary, Cheryl Johnson, Latrelle Joy Michael E. Keasler, Barbara Parker Hervey, City of New Deal Elsa Alcala, David Newell Mayor: Leta Owens-Maxfield Texas Justice, 7th Court of Appeals Mayor Pro-Tem: Beth Robinson Chief Justice (PL1): Brian Quinn Council members: Peter Clausen, Todd Smith, Justices: Mackey Hancock, Patrick A. Pirtle, Gayla Teeter, Mark Kelley James T. Campbell City of Ransom Canyon Mayor: Robert Englund County Mayor Pro-Tem: Jana Trew County Judge: Tom Head Aldermen: Donna Clarke, John Schmersey, Sheriff: Kelly S. Rowe Criminal District Attorney: Matthew Powell Lyle Way, Billy Williams Tax Assessor: Ronnie Keister City of Shallowater County Treasurer: Sharon Gossett Mayor: Robert Olmsted, Jr. County Clerk: Kelly Pinion Mayor Pro-Tem: Keny Arnold District Clerk: Barbara Sucsy Councilmen: Norman Moore, Tory “TJ” District Judges McAuley, Chris Cody, Rodney Cates District 72nd: Ruben Reyes City of Slaton District 99th: William “Bill” Sowder Mayor: D. W. “Dubbin” Englund District 137th: John J. McClendon III Mayor Pro-Tem: Lynn Buxkemper District 140th: Jim Bob Darnell Councilmen: Weldon “Squeaky” Self, Benny District 237th: Les Hatch Lopez, James A. “Buster” Tucker District 364th: Bradley S. Underwood City of Wolfforth County Court at Law Judges Mayor: Charles Addington Number 1: Mark J. Hocker Council members: Julie Merrill, Bruce MacNumber 2: Drue Farmer Nair, Randy Gross, David Cooper, James Number 3: Judy Parker Vardy Commissioners Precinct 1: Bill McCay - Source: http://www.votelubbock.org/voter-education/ Precinct 2: Mark Heinrich elected-officials/#ElectedOfficials
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‘Beneath the table’ on the far side of that big pedestal By Margaret Merrell Many families change their residences a great many times while raising their children. My own family did not move very often. The years I lived with my father, mother and siblings, I have only wisps of memories of the first houses. Two houses were my favorites. Each had huge kitchens and ample room for my mother’s giant, pedestal, round oak table. It was made entirely of wood, and I can envision in my mind the grain and how the little lines wavered their way down the center pedestal and to the end of the carved, decorative feet, of which there were four. Each “foot” made a nice little seat for a little girl always slipping away to her special hiding places. There was a carved border around the tabletop. Every Saturday was furniture-polishing day. My sister worked on the top, and my job was the pedestal underneath. I can still remember the smell of that polish. During the week, my mother kept an oilcloth covering on the table, but after the polishing on Saturday, she would put something pretty on a crocheted doily right in the middle of the shining table. Special linen and some-
times lace tablecloths were used for Sundays and special occasions. One late afternoon, my mother was cooking our supper, and I was playing with my Raggedy Ann doll beneath the table. I could smell the fresh coffee she had made for my father when he came in from work. The two would sit at the big oak table and have coffee and talk about work, family, plans and dreams. This particular day, my mother seemed rather agitated. She was telling my father that she wanted to repaper the walls of the living room and get some new curtains. Every spring, my mother thought it quite necessary to “redo” at least one room. Today, she was making her case to include not only the living room, but also, the room my sister and I shared. When my father started reminding my mother of other needs for the family that he thought were more important than wallpaper and curtains, well, things really got interesting. That was when I realized I should have revealed myself earlier, but now, I was too scared that I would be in trouble for listening in on their conversation. I made myself as small as possible and hid on the far
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side of the big pedestal. I still listened. The talk about amounts of money did not mean anything to me, but I could tell from their voices they were not very happy. My father had never lost his temper during my entire life, and even now he did not raise his voice but talked firmly and calmly. My mother was the spirited one with something of a temper, however, I learned early on by observing my siblings what would set her off, and knew when to change my behavior or make myself scarce. The discussion taking place over my head continued until Mother rose to pour more cups of coffee. Everything became quiet, and I peeked around the pedestal to see if I was alone. No. Mother was just sitting down while letting out a long sigh. “Well, I certainly did not want to use it, but I have the money to buy the wallpaper. I saved it from the egg money.” I could just see my mother gritting her teeth as she spoke. “That being the case, I suppose we can afford one set of curtains.” The tender way my father spoke, sent shivers down my spine. My mother let go another long sigh saying, “I could dye the old ones and put them up in the girls’ room.” “I bet we can pick up a gallon of paint at Montgomery Wards, and I will help you paint the room for our two young ladies.” When I peeked this time, their legs were really close facing each other. I heard murmured “thank you” from both parents, and it was my time to let out a big sigh.
Suddenly, my father’s big brown hand reached under the table and tapped my shoulder. I was caught! I crawled out very slowly with my cheeks burning. I was almost in tears, but could see my mother’s big smile and her beautiful brown eyes. Glancing quickly up at my father, I was relieved to see his one-sided grin and twinkling, sky blue eyes. They were really enjoying
this moment. I bet they knew I was beneath the table all the time. My father took my hand, “Time to go to work. Come with me, baby girl, let’s go milk Old Babe before supper.” Our kitchen remained my favorite room, but I was very careful to never to get caught listening in on family conversations from “beneath the table!”
I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it. My wild oats are mostly enjoyed with prunes and all-bran. I finally got my head together, and now my body is falling apart. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded. If all is not lost, then where the heck is it? It was a whole lot easier to get older, than to get wiser. Some days, you’re the top dog; some days you’re the lamp post. I wish the buck really did stop here; I sure could use a few of them. It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere. The world only beats a path to your door when you’re in the bathroom. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he’d have put them on my knees. When I’m finally holding all the right cards, everyone wants to play chess. It’s not hard to meet expenses. They’re everywhere. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth. These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, and then wonder what I’m “here after.”
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All five academic decathlon teams qualify for state
All ﬁve of Lubbock ISD’s high school Academic Decathlon teams qualiﬁed for state at regional decathlon competitions in late January. In the large school division, Monterey High School won the Region I contest with a score of 45,035 points - a school record. Coronado won second at the Region I meet and qualiﬁed for state as an at-large team. In the medium school division, Lubbock High attended the Region IX
meet, ﬁnished third overall, and also qualiﬁed as an at-large team. In the small school division, Estacado and Talkington both qualiﬁed for state, winning ﬁrst and second place, respectively, at the Region I meet. Lubbock ISD is the only district in Texas to have teams in all three divisions (small, medium and large) represented at the state meet. Additionally, LISD is the only district in the state (with ﬁve or more
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high schools) to have all of their high schools qualify for the state meet. Academic Decathlon teams may qualify for the state meet either by winning their division at the regional level, as long as there are at least ﬁve teams competing in that same division, or by earning a cumulative point total high enough to allow them to compete as an “at-large” team. Monterey qualiﬁed by winning its division against ﬁve other teams. The other four high schools qualiﬁed as “at-large” teams. Coordinator for Lubbock ISD’s Decathlon program is Angela Carter. “We watch these kids work from
May until January for moments like this,” Carter said. “To have every single high school in the district qualify for state - it’s extraordinary. “We have coaches who spend countless hours dedicated to building relationships, fostering study habits, and creating ideal learning situations, and their efforts cannot be overlooked. “As some districts choose to sacriﬁce programs that foster the gifted and talented, Lubbock ISD has the foresight and the wisdom to continue to hold the program as a priority. The coaches and students are grateful for that support. And it’s wonderful to see that it pays off.”
Worth named associate superintendent Mike Worth was hired as the associate superintendent for elementary by the Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees at a Mike Worth February meeting. Currently serving as principal of Cavazos Middle School, Worth will begin his associate superintendent duties in late March to coincide with the retirement of Joel Castro, who serves in one of two associate superintendent for elementary positions. Worth has been principal at Cavazos since 2005 and was assistant principal at the school from 1997 to
2000. He also served an assistant principal at Monterey from 2000-2003 and the associate principal from 2004 to 2005. He taught history at Irons Middle School from 1990-1997. Under Worth’s leadership, Cavazos was recognized as one of only 153 campuses in the state to earn all seven distinction honors in the 2015 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests. In December 2015, Cavazos was named a Model School by the International Center of Leadership in Education. Worth has also been invited to present at the 2016 International Model Schools Conference in June. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas Tech University.
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5 tips to cope with caregiver anger How do you react when your senior parent or spouse asks you what day it is for the thousandth time that morning? Do you sometimes feel like screaming? Or what about when your formerly sweet wife suddenly hits you in the face with her fist as you are trying to dry her off after a shower? If it’s the first time she’s done this, you might shrug it off. But what about the tenth time? Or the twentieth? Do you feel like shouting “stop that!” at her? In a best-case scenario, caring for a senior loved one would bring the two of you together in an intimate bond, providing memories you could cherish long after they’re gone. But all too frequently, the rigors of caregiving combined with the erratic behaviors exhibited by seniors with dementia or other health issues can lead caregivers to feel rage and other so-called “negative” emotions. One member of the Remember for Alzheimer’s Facebook community put it this way: “I hope and wish that my wife’s dementia had brought us closer together. It hasn’t. In fact, she blames me for her present limitations, weeps, complains, hits me, and does little (in my opinion) to help herself.
“While I realize this behavior is all disease-inspired, it has become increasingly hard for me not to feel anger, disgust and resentment. I have become a full-time caregiver to a person who looks like my wife but has become an angry, disgruntled stranger.” Dementia is not the only condition that can cause changes in a senior’s behavior. Medical conditions like stroke - or even the side effects of a medication - can alter a senior family member’s personality and ability to reason. Stubbornness and irrationality on the part of a senior can create a perfect storm of impatience and anger in a family caregiver. When you spend all your energy getting your loved one to shower and use the bathroom, only to find feces smeared on the walls later that evening, you might feel like blowing your stack in fury. “Just when I thought my day was finally over, now I get to spend another hour cleaning up this disgusting mess!” When family caregivers open up about their emotions, they are quick to talk about their feelings of stress, sadness and depression. But they don’t often talk about the anger, impatience, and even rage that can flare in an instant. Who hasn’t snapped once or twice during their caregiving journey, and then relentlessly beat themselves up for it later? If you have ever felt like clenching your fists and screaming in frustration, you are not alone.
Most caregivers probably would treat a toddler in the experience these strong emo- same situation. You may find you have tions from time to time. The key lies in coping with them. more patience at the thought of dealing with a small child Tip #1: who is having a tantrum than you can muster for coping Forgive Yourself Don’t expect to maintain with an adult displaying the a perfectly patient attitude at same behavior. all times. This is unrealistic. Tip #3: Human beings are not perfect. If you experience an epi- Get Something to Eat Speaking of tantrums, anysode of impatience or anger, forgive yourself. Try to give one who has raised children yourself credit for the thou- knows the highest probability sands of times you have ex- for a meltdown occurs in the hibited great patience - and late afternoon, when a child for the hours and hours of is hungry. This is partly due to a natuloving care you provide to ral drop in blood sugar levels your senior family member. that occurs when a person Tip #2: hasn’t eaten for a few hours. Think Like a Toddler Low blood glucose levels can If you are caring for a impair your coping ability. You can help yourself and 3-year-old, you probably do not shout angrily at them your senior family member because they cannot compre- avoid a potential afternoon hend the concept of waiting meltdown by eating a healthy another two hours for dinner. snack together. Ideally, aim Instead, you likely re-direct to eat something every three their attention and give them hours to maintain your blood sugar levels. You might find a snack. Toddlers display very little your ability to cope with the self-regulation, and they can’t stress of caregiving improves follow any sort of complex considerably. logic. Tip #4: Seniors with cognitive issues can exhibit this type of Go Ahead behavior, too. Punch a Pillow Your parent, spouse or Sometimes, physically other senior family member ventilating your rage can be obviously is not a child - and very therapeutic. If you’re you should always strive to “having a moment,” feel treat them with the dignity free to excuse yourself and and respect you reserve for go scream into a pillow. Or adults. But their cognitive punch the pillow, if it makes function may correlate more you feel better. closely to that of a toddler As a longer-term stratthan an adult. egy, consider increasing the If your senior loved one is amount of exercise you get. driving you crazy in the mo- Physical activity is a wellment, ask yourself how you known mood booster, so any
time you can get some exercise, it should help reduce your overall stress level and possibly your anger, too.
Take Time Off
Easier said than done, right? Remember: you can’t draw from an empty well. Often, impatience and anger stem from exhaustion. Caregiving can sap your strength mentally, and it can have negative effects on your physical health if it disrupts your sleep or eating habits. If you cannot tap other family members to take over the caregiving duties for a day or more, consider hiring a professional caregiver. For a small fee, you can recoup some peace of mind, regain your perspective, and fill up your well of patience. Taking time away from caregiving benefits both you and your senior loved one. Lastly, don’t feel guilty if you experience anger, impatience, disgust or any of the other “negative” emotions during your caregiving journey. Sometimes, just acknowledging these feelings can dissipate them. Enlist a trusted confidante who is willing to hear your frustration and anger without judging you or trying to fix the problem. You might find this strategy alone allows you to cope much better with the unpleasant emotions that can accompany caregiving. Beyond anger, you probably deal with a wide variety of emotions, including fear and grief.
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Washing clothes on a washboard.
A chuck wagon
Photos courtesy of the National Ranching Heritage Center
The Harrell House
Ranch Day set for April 9 at Ranching Heritage Center Activities for the young and young at heart will highlight the 46th Annual Ranch Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 9 at the National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 4th St. More than 4,000 visitors attend Ranch Day each year as more than 150 volunteers work to make the ranching center come alive with living history demonstrations and
hands-on experiences for the whole family. The event will also include hands-on ranch science activities, a ranch-horse skills demonstration by the Texas Tech Ranch Horse and Rodeo teams, a stick horse rodeo, music, dancing, and a magic show at the 6666 Barn. Guests may participate in such historic activities as visiting with living history
docents to learn about life as a pioneer, leather working, washing clothes on a washboard, churning butter, and riding horses. Science activities will include learning about wind energy, exploring animal science, and investigating plants and soils. The “Ranch Hand Experience” program will allow visitors to get work cards
when they arrive and have their cards stamped as they complete each activity. After six activities, visitors can take their stamped work cards to the Matador Office to receive cowboy pay that can be spent at the Waggoner Commissary. The center is a unique 27acre museum and historical park that offers educational programs and exhibits to
promote interest in ranching history and contemporary ranching issues. The center provides 48 authentic dwellings and ranch structures from some of the nation’s most historic ranches. The center does not charge an admission fee for its activities but encourages donations to support its educational programs.
Published on Feb 26, 2016