The Albany News (Albany, Tex.), Vol. 134, No. 26, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 19, 2009 Page: 4 of 28
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The Albany News
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The Albany News
Oldest .journalistic venture west of the Brazos
Publisher Donnie A. Lucas
Melinda L. Lucas
Albany area residents will have the
opportunity to enjoy an "old-fashioned"
kickoff to the Christmas season again
this year, complete with a night-time
parade set for Saturday, November 28.
There are a lot of traditions in Alba-
ny, and one of the newest is the colorful
parade that brought Christmas cheer
and excitement to a large crowd last
By all accounts the parade was a
hit last year, and hopefully this year's
event will be even more successful. But
a parade takes effort - both by those
organizing them and those participat-
ing in them.
Albany residents and businesses are
encouraged to sponsor a float or entry in
the parade. The only real stipulation is
that each entry must have lights.
The parade provided fun and excite-
ment for all ages last year. There was
even a bit of friendly competitiveness
among a couple of local businesses,
with promises of bigger and better en-
tries this year.
The parade will be followed by the
lighting of the gazebo and Christmas
tree on the courthouse square, along
with a short musical program to get
everyone in the mood.
Traditions are what set communi-
ties apart, and Albany is certainly no
exception. But traditions take work
and determination to persevere and
actually become a tradition.
The Christmas parade is off to a
great start and with a little effort we
can build on what has already been
done and make it another Albany tra-
Following the parade, stores will be
staying open later than usual to wel-
come customers with refreshments. Al-
bany's downtown is lined with unique
shopping opportunities with a variety
of goods that should fulfill everyone's
The annual Christmas Tour of
Homes has also been set for the follow-
ing weekend, December 6 and includes
several homes that have not been on
the tour before.
It is really shaping up to be a anoth-
er special "old-fashioned" Christmas in
Make plans now to be part of each
and every special event being planned.
You will be glad you did.
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Guilty as charged: Just one more service I offer
I know for a fact that I am not the only
parent that would need to enter a guilty
plea when it conies to this subject. If you are
a parent you have participated in a little
make believe yourself, when it was neces-
You are probably already wondering,
what in the world is she
talking about, right?
Well, that would
be telling our children
things that are not
always 100 percent true.
JP. | We tend to rationalize
l I or excuse ourselves for
our behavior because we
_ ... - .. are doing this THING in
the best interest of/mr
children. At least that's what we convince
ourselves we ftre doing.
Let me ask you....Have you ever told
your child to stop crossing their eyes
because they are going to stick like that for
life? I have, many times. Now honestly, in
my 60 years 1 have yet to see a child who
has crossed their eyes and suffered perma-
nent visual damage.
HoW about ...Get your hand back in the
You, me & everyday life
car...you want it to blow off' Now 1 don't
know about you, but I've never seen a hand
blowing down the freeway ....but, I do know
using that threat, my kids didn't stick their
hands out the window anymore.
And. of course, there is the one we have
all used at one time or another. The old
Don't pick your nose and put your finger
in your mouth.
Do you want to
get worms in your
stomach? Again, 1
doubt that there
is any medical research to back up that
My kids were always familiar with
one word....the most dreaded word in their
vocabulary ,..IMPETIGO! Of course, they
pronounced it In-fun-tigo. This was the
worst threat I could issue. With every mild
scratch or insect bite, I would issue the
WARNING.. If you scratch that it will get
infected and you will get In-fun-tigo. They
had no idea what that was but they could
tell by the way I said it they didn't want any
part of In-fun-tigo.
All of these little fibs or exaggerations
came home to me a couple of weeks ago
GUESS WHAT I Fo®?t
.A GREAT GIFT
FOR YOUR OOMSEPSKM
m A GA6 GIFT
FOR YOUR LIBERAL
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when 1 was visiting my grandchildren (the
weekend of the eternal photo shoot). My
grandson who has entered the terrible twos
picked up the habit of picking his nose. After
telling him several times to stop, as he sat in
my lap, I found myself saying "Drew, did you
know there is a snail in your nose and if you
keep putting your finger in there, he might
' just bite it off." I
have no idea what
prompted me to
say that, it just
came out. Funny
thing, I didn't see him with his finger in his
nose the rest of the weekend.
My daughter called me a few days ago
and said "I have to tell you something funny.
I overheard Drew talking to himself in the
car. He was holding his finger up and say-
ing.... no, no finger, don't pick my nose." My
daughter went on to say, "I think he's afraid
the snail might bite it off." She ended the
conversation with, "I guess he'll scare the
other kds to death now with the snail-up-
the nose S|ofy just like we always did with
the in-fun-tigo threat. Thanks a lot mom."
1 responded with, "you are very welcome."
Just one more free service that I offer.
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
284 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510-4304
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn
51 7 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
U.S. Rep Randy Neugebauer
1026 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
State Sen. Craig Estes
PO Box 12068
Austin, Texas 78711
State Rep. Jim Keffer
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
Let's get together and give thanks...
Thanksgiving Day comes next week.
Many of us will be counting our blessings
as individuals, as families and as church
groups. How about as a town ?
As a civic community, Albany has had a
very good year and has much to be thankful
for. So much so that I can only list a few of
the things and without much elaboration.
lh niMMrtirnl,n order, we are thankful as a
A sparkling, virtually
new library within the old
premises, the county com-
missioners court willing
to back it, and volunteers
like Carolyn Waller, Janna
Ledbetter, Jim and Saun-
dra Nobles and others who
brought it to completion.
An invigorated sheriff's department.
Under the leadership of Sheriff Ed Miller, it
is vigorously enforcing the law and making
a real difference.
A more accessible and transparent city
council led by Mayor Ed Tackett. The new
meeting time and place and the new at-
titude are improvements.
The successful search for a new city
manager. Dave Ramon begins his duties in
December. May he find personal and profes-
sional satisfaction in Albany.
A ministerial alliance wherein the pas-
tors genuinely like each other and find joy
Amblin' through Albany
in cooperating. These several pastors work
hard for their respective congregations and
for the general good of our community.
Volunteer fire departments who were
equal to the awesome challenges of the past
year. Those raging grass fires didn't just go
out on their own; it took people with skills,
stamina and determination.
return to better
health of some
friends dear to us
all and important to Albany. I won't embar-
rass them bv mentioning names, but you
know who they are, and so du they.
A Resource Center that effectively served
the less fortunate among us in a variety of
ways. They did it with little fanfare and not
nearly enough recognition or accolades.
A smooth move to a new post office with
all the attendant changes. I/ed by Postmas-
ter Denise Gray, there was a minimum of
disruption and frustration. That wasn't easy.
The opening of several new businesses:
Los Cazadores. Hubbard House, Integra-
Care, Vintage Vanilla, The Fill up Station,
and a new pharmacy due to open very soon.
The Old Jail Art Center that, even in
the absence of a new director, continued to
distinguish itself with outstanding exhibits
and educational programs. The staff has
continued to excel.
The much improved appearance of the
courthouse grounds, the Bank Park and
downtown generally, with benches, beautiful
planters and handsome trash bins. There
have even been dramatic improvements to a
couple of streets.
The Fandangle Association and the per-
formers who earned on the great tradition
of the Fort Griffin
all the people who
worked so hard to
make it happen.
The large group of Albany individuals
who were wiling to volunteer in various
ways to work without pay for the public
good of our town. Other towns should be so
Some things that did NOT happen:
floods, hail, tornadoes, residential or down-
town fires, or pandemic disease.
Looking back at this still incomplete
list, how many cities, especially small West
Texas towns, have that much going for
This coming Sunday evening, November
22 at 6 p.m.. at the First United Methodist
Church, we have an opportunity as a com-
munity to express our thankfulness. Rev.
Steve Ulrey of the host church will preside,
and the Rev. Rosemary "Roz" Thomas of
Triivity Episcopal will give the sermon. Let's
all get together and give thanks.
A call to buglers across America: Honor our vets
It was a statistic that my eyes locked on
a few years back. Had my gaze been a drill
bit, a hole would have burned through the
Subsequently, the stat has grown, its
contemplation causing misty eyes. Thoughts
scrambled, there is a yearning for "time out"
to "sort out" significance in a wobbling world
On Veterans Day eve,
the mournful stat sad-
dened again: On average,
1,800 US military vet-
erans die each day. The
figure, at the top of my
mind's numbers, won't go
.. . Most of them, under-
Dr. Don Newbury arf, WWII vet-
erans. from the era of George Beverly Shea.
Maybe you heard the comment on his 100th
birthday. America's beloved gospel singer said
he's been "long on the ladder."
Veterans commonly request to have
"Taps" played at their memorial services.
This seems ever so "doable," doesn't it?
The tune's span is seconds - not mihutes
- requiring just 24 notes Now, this shocker
There aren't enough bugler volunteers to
provide live renditions. For more than 70
percent of the services last year at Dallas-
Fort Worth National Cemetery, electronic
Thoughts closest to my soul suggest the
need to extend national calls for buglers
- and potential buglers. The piercing impera-
tives should lie pleas to institutions, organi-
zations and individuals. Surelv. in a countrv
known for its volunteerism, this can come to
In the process, the lives of American
servicemen and women will be honored in the
most dignified manner possible.
There's already a national organization
dedicated to the project: Bugles Across Amer-
ica ibuglcsacrossamerica.org) The cause is a
among us will
quickly sound neg-
They will point to the difficulty of hitting
every note, and that there are no "do-overs."
Prevailing, though, can be encouragers
who believe that volunteers will emerge,
benefitting both those who blow the horns
and those who hear them.
It is more a matter of the heart than of
Like the lives being' honored, horn-blowers
must be committed to giving their best effort.
If there are sometimes mangled notes, let
them but remind that we all fall short.
"Taps" dates back to the Civil War.
Though we rarely hear the words, they
are worth considering. The five verses are
attributed to anonymity, and here's the first
Day is done, gone the sun, from the lakes,
from the hills, from the sky All is well, safely
rest, God is nigh.
True then, true now.
A memory of some 40 years remains vivid.
A graveside service for a military veteran
had iust ended. The dav was cold and wav:
The Idle American
sleet was pounding the canopy. At the final
"amen," two young members of the armed
services removed the US flag from the coffin,
then proceeded to fold it.
And re-fold And re-fold. It never came
out right, this rumpled mess that they finally
plopped into the widow's lap. Their faces
were crimson with embarrassment.
At first, anger
sprang up. Why
were they sent''
Why weren't they
able to fold it cor-
rectly? More "whys" had to get in line.
As I drove away, 1 noticed the two failed
flag-folders huddling near the grave, perhaps
wishing for "do-overs." They were crying,
their tears becoming ice flakes on their way
Their contrition framed an immediate
backdrop for nobler thoughts. Maybe their
hands were simply too cold, or the fabric too
frozen, or their nerves too frayed.
My thoughts turned inward. Did I have
knowledge of flag etiquette? Did I honor it
properly at every opportunity? Did 1 have
new resolve, as I know these youngsters did,
growing from the experience?.
Then, like now, I recall the little poem ofl-
repeatod by the late Dr. Guy 1). Newman, a
wonderful preacher/patriot/president during
my college days.
No one escapes when freedom fails. The
best folks rot in filthy jails. And those who
scream 'appease, appease,' are hanged by
those thev tried to please,
Here’s what’s next.
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Lucas, Melinda L. The Albany News (Albany, Tex.), Vol. 134, No. 26, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 19, 2009, newspaper, November 19, 2009; Albany, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth393784/m1/4/: accessed September 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Old Jail Art Center.