The Canadian Record (Canadian, Tex.), Vol. 118, No. 16, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 17, 2008 Page: 21 of 36
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THE CANADIAN RECORD
THURSDAY 1 "7 APRIL ZOOS
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WEATHER IS NEVER RELIABLE
in the Texas Panhandle. Right when you
think you have it all figured out, Mother
Nature plays her trump card.
When I rolled out of my nest this morn-
ing and my feet hit the cold floor, I could
tell it was going to be another short coat
day. This old brown jacket, washed and
put up for the warm time, got drug out
again. While pulling on the short coat, my
thumb poked plumb through the sleeve.
"This old jacket is getting a bit worn."
Just as I have done so many times be-
fore, I tossed the old jacket in the can. Ten
minutes later I retrieved the short coat
and put it back on. "Maybe you'll last a
little longer." So hard to get rid of a soon-
If my memory serves me correctly, I
got this jacket twenty-some-odd years
ago. There are several new coats hanging
in the closet. This old short coat just feels
I wouldn't wear it to a Sunday-go-to-
meeting, a fancy ball or a dinner party.
However, out here in the bush, it's just
fine. Like an old friend. Just pure-dee
While overseeing one of my first Rio
Grande turkey hunts here on the wildlife
management area a while back down the
dusty road, I traded a long coat to one of
the hunters for this short coat. It was a
fair trade. We became good friends. Wow,
time sure gets away. Several Rio Grande
turkeys have died since that trade.
Both elbows in this coat are long gone.
Worn plumb through. A good friend of
mine patched up the holes for me several
years back. We went out and ate supper at
J.R's steakhouse in Woodward, Oklaho-
ma, after she had completed her artwork
on the jacket. Now she lives out in West
Texas. I still hear from her occasionally.
The right-hand pocket of this short coat
was ripped big. It caught on a limb, slow-
ing my fall from the top of a rather tall wil-
low tree. A pair of crows had taken avicide
poison from a feed lot. Two of their crow
weanlings were still alive in the nest.
Something to remember: Fat boys
should stay out of tall willow trees. I made
it up to the nest. Reaching over into the
pile of sticks, I grabbed the wee crows and
poked them in my coat pocket and began
my descent. Oops!
Snap, crackle, pop! The limb I was
standing on broke. My go-down time in-
creased tenfold. That ground was pretty
Jack, Yancy and I all survived the fall.
We became close friends. They still fly by
occasionally. Cuts and bruises heal. Coats
have to be mended.
My old coon hound, Heart, adored this
brown jacket. She curled up on it, nose to
tail, whenever she got the opportunity.
Hounds have a special smell. This brown
jacket has turned a tour or two inside a
washing machine. She was a good dog.
Patched up "chew holes"on the back
side of this coat shine big from 15 years or
so back. Calhoun smelled a piece of licorice
that had been forgotten in the left-hand
pocket. Coons like licorice candy. Coons
can do a wicked job on a brown canvas
short coat. Calhoun is long gone. He left
his mark. A coon's reason for being is to
make a big mess.
Many Merry Christmases have past
since one of my nephews wanted a beagle
hound puppy. When I walked through the
front door of my folk's house that year, tot-
ing gifts for Christmas celebration, Mat-
thew looked up at me and said, "Uncle
Little Robert, did you get me my pup?"
I gave him one of those "Oh my gosh, I
forgot" looks. Matt sorta drooped a little
bit. His eyes sure did light back up when
that beagle pup poked its head out of my
brown coat pocket. He was but a wee pup
and babies have "accidents." That "te-te"
stain washed right out.
Matthew is grown up now but he still
likes beagles. Shoot, I can't get rid of this
jacket—there are too many adventures
waiting in its pockets.
Reckon I'll just get some thread and
patch the thumb hole in this old brown
Enjoy Your World—it's a good place
Camp RYLA is Rotary program
Pease River Opry onstage April 2G
Pease River Productions will bring Shane Vandiver and the National Swing Band of Texas
back to the Pease River Opry on Saturday, April 26, at 7 pm. Pease River Opry is geared for
great family fun. Concessions will be available: BBQ sandwiches, chips, candy, soft drinks and
water. Tickets are Adults, $12; Students (under 18), $7; The Pease River Playhouse is located
at the historic WPA rock gymnasium on Hwy 287 at Goodlett, Texas. For more information
call (940)674 2477; log onto www.peaseriverproductions.org; or e-mail the following address:
info(ft'pease rive rproduc tions.org.
By John Hughes
The Canadian Rotary Club met on Tues-
day, April 15, at Canadian High School to n-
troduce the CHS junior class to the Rotary
Youth Leadership Award or Camp RYLA.
Camp RYLA is an intensive 5-day pro-
gram held at Lone Tree Bible Ranch in Capi-
tan, New Mexico, that teaches high school
students leadership, character development,
free enterprise, and patriotism. The camp is
open to both boys and girls who will be enter-
ng their senior year of high school this fall,
and participants are selected for their lead-
ership qualities, academic achievement and
moral standards. RYLA teaches students us-
ng guest speakers, team building activities,
outdoor activities, and nteraction between
youth and adult leaders.
Camp RYLA will be held June 2-6,2008.
Sarah Rader, a CHS senior and past at-
tendee of RYLA, gave a presentation on her
RYLA experience last year and encouraged
others to attend. She said that it was a great
opportunity to meet people, and enjoyed the
activities offered by the camp.
Antonella Laumann, the Canadian Rota-
ry Club's exchange student from Argentina,
will be attending Camp RYLA this summer,
and the club will pay all expenses for two boys
and one additional girl to attend the camp.
Applications are due May 1 and may be
obtained from Charles Kessie, George B'ri ■
ant, April I lion, or any other member of the
Sarah Rader and Antonella Laumann
Canadian Rotary Club.
Next week's noon meeting will return to
the WCTUBuilding, and the club encourages
persons interested in Rotary to contact a club
member and attend the meeting with them.
In addition to those named above, other
members in attendance at Tuesday's meeting
ncluded Beth Briant, Richard Brock, Tom
Denney, Robert Ezzell, Rusty Fuqua, Mike
Gardiner, Carroll Haygood, John Hughes,
Don Rader and Glenn Rieketts.
The following brides and brides-elect
have made their wedding selections with us:
1 Kelly Northcott <& Ida Corte^
ebecca Schallert <& Luke b'arrar
iMcey Johnson <& Dustin Henderson
Amanda Bentley & Matt LeFever
Tianna Hardin <& Bryan Bartlett
Christine B>artlett <& Wes Curbo
Kathy Lee & Shea Province
Rachel Bass <& Camden Dorris
Taylor Weit^el & Clay Arrington
Rachel Wicker <&Jason Adkins
Casey Tipps <& Matthew Crafton
Dawn Innis <& Danny Flowers
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