The Albany News (Albany, Tex.), Vol. 132, No. 38, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 14, 2008 Page: 4 of 14
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The Albany News
Thursday, February 1 4, 2008
The Albany News
Oldest journalistic venture west of the Brazos
Publisher Donnie A. Lucas
Melinda L. Lucas
An Albany Valentine
Valentine's Day is traditionally a day of
love, and what better time to consider the
things to love about Albany. This community
is touted as unique, and indeed it is. Any two
citizens could come up with completely differ-
ent "top 10" lists because there are so many
Here are some to consider:
• Safety - Albany is not a perfect place,
but it is much closer than majiy other plac-
es both large and small. For the most part,
kids are free to enjoy their childhoods riding
bikes and skateboards around town without
parents having to hire bodyguards or going
into a nervous rigger the entire time they
are gone. Of course, that doesn't mean that a
little caution isn't warranted.
• Spirit of Cooperation - Albany has more
than its share of organizations, committees
and boards, but there seems to be an extra
degree of cooperation that makes this town
a "can do" place. Projects both big and small
are usually routinely completed without a lot
of fuss. There are exceptions, of course, and
personality conflicts can occur in the best of
situations, but overall, things normally run
• Volunteerism - Albany has more than
its fair share of dedicated volunteers. From
those who spend hours on the stage at the
Prairie Theater to those who spend hours un-
der the hood of a fire truck, this community is
not lacking in people who are willing to give
of their valuable time.
• Preservation of the Past - Albany is
known far and wide for the Fandangle, its
historic courthouse and downtown area, and
a love for things in its past. Albany is certain-
ly not stuck in the past, but there is definitely
more than the usual interest in honoring it.
• Culture - Albany is dripping in it. There
is the Old Jail Art Center, the Aztec, the
Whitney, Albany Mainstreet Playhouse, the
Fandangle, recitals, concerts...the list goes
on. Albany has something of note happening
all the time.
• Shopping - The selection of merchandise
is outstanding, despite the fact that right now,
we need a few new businesses downtown.
• Education - Albany has much to offer
local students. For its size, the local school
district has been spotlighted numerous times
and in several ways as being one of the best
in the state.
There are some blemishes, no doubt. The
streets could use improvement; some of the
facilities are run down; trash nd weeds
aren't unheard of. But for the most part, there
is much to love about Albany. Occasionally we
need to stop, reflect and say thanks.
Albany is definitely a "Sweetheart of a
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Male card buyers fall into 3 groups
The big day is here. It's one of the most ■
important days of the year, for women anyway.
For some men it seems to be one of the most
dreaded. Valentine's Day!
For all of you men who have done nothing.
- yet - you are probably in big trouble. You've *•
waited far too long and now, all that is left are
the "already picked over cards." This gives the
wrong message. It basically says, "I've watched
all the football games and
I haven't had time to think
about Valentine's Day." Not
good. I'm thinking you won't
score any points again this
Valentine's Day is about
romance and comes around
only once a year. So from a
woman's view point it's the
one day you can make her
feel extra special, just for that day? That
shouldn't be too hard, right? r
It's very entertaining to watch men trying to
pick out Valentine cards. They usually fall into
1. Mr. Got To Have A Card Grabber - This
is the man who rushes into the store and scans
the area for the Valentine card display. He jogs
over and immediately finds the wife section (be-
ing careful to avoid the girlfriend / lover section,
knowing that could cause a problem). He looks
at maybe two cards, reading only the front of the
card and then proceeds to the check out counter.
Before paying, he grabs a 2 x 3 box of generic
candy from the display
next to the cashier. In
and out in less than
five minutes. He scores
2. Mr. Gosh These Cards Are Expensive
- Here is the man that seeks out the display
and seems to really enjoy reading the cards. The
problem is he keeps turning the cards over to
check the price of each one. He is debating on •
two different cards. One of the cards is fairly
plain and cost one dollar. The other card has a
beautiful cover, has a very sweet verse inside and
seems to grab his heart. The price on the card is
He jockeys back and forth between the two
cards and finally makes his decision. Yep, you're
right again, he chooses the dollar card. He does
You, me & everyday life
redeem himself slightly with the purchase of a
small box of nice chocolates. He scores, but not
3. Mr. Steal My Heart Away, Please - Now this
is the man who actually has been looking at cards
for two weeks. It's very important to him to find
just the right card. He takes his time to read each
one. Finally, he finds it. You can tell that he has
found the perfect card
by the big smile on his
face. For just a mo-
ment he seems to even
blush a little. This card
says exactly what he wants to say to the person
that means the world to him. Sounds so simple,
doesn't it? He scores - big time.
It's a shame that we set aside only one day a
year to say "I Love You." Flowers, cards, expen-
sive gifts and candy are all nice. In reality, what
a person wants most is to know that they are
loved and they are needed. People come and
go too quickly in this lifetime and we all need
to learn to be more generous with those three
little words. Of course, a really good hug works
Happy Valentine's Day!
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 Longwortn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
State Sen. Craig Estes
P.O. Box 12068
Austin, Texas 78/11
State Rep. Jim Keffer
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
Falls can often be avoided with precautions
2008 MEMBER: Texas Press Association,
West Texas Press Association.
By Bill Mattson
Many thanks to the loyal readers who have
encouraged me to resume writing these newspa-
per articles. I really appreciate your kind words.
lb bring everybody up to speed, we are all
doing well over at the EMS station. We are very
busy, if not out on runs taking care of our pa-
tients, then busy with the other duties we have
keeping the EMS service running smoothly. And,
believe me, it takes us all working full time to
have one of the best EMS services in the state.
Here in the last few weeks I've noticed that
we have been called to several fall victims. I
have to "'fess up" that I too, did a very undigni-
fied back flip with a twist on my own back porch.
Luckily, nothing was injured but my pride. It
got me to thinking that if I can fall so easily, it's
worth a few words here.
The profile for the "average" fall victim is an
older person in their own home. We get a sense of
complacency in our familiar surroundings. Then,
don't notice those pesky little changes, a bunched
up area rug, that extension cord we used last
evening, etc. The other thing that I've noticed
is people tend to fall more when wearing socks
rather than slippers or shoes. A typical scenario
is an older person sitting in their favorite chair
watching television, gets comfortable and takes
off their shoes. During a commercial, our victim
decides to go get something from the kitchen. As
he (or she) gets up, they lose their footing due to
wearing socks and fall, striking their head on the
padded arm of the chair. A family member hears
the commotion and runs in to find our victim on
the floor. EMS is called to "check out" our victim.
In this scenario, our victim is simply helped up, a
set of vital signs and short history taken and all is
returned to normal.
Here's another scenario. Our victim is in bed
for the night and feels the call of nature. As she
gets out of bed, she slips on the area rug that isn't
secured to the floor and falls, striking her head
on the nightstand and
goes unconscious. Luck-
ily, a family member
hears the noise and
investigates. Our victim is found bleeding heavily
from the head wound and has other minor cuts
and skin tears from the fall. EMS is called for a
transport to one of our area hospitals. When we
get there, the victim is now conscious and alert
to her surroundings, but is still very confused, lb
make sure that there is no further injuries and to
protect the victim's spinal cord from any injury,
we apply a cervical collar and place our victim on
a backboard. These two devices are NOT comfort-
able, but they are credited with preserving many
people's ability to walk and move normally. Our
victim is safely transported to the hospital. The
CT scan shows a small area of the brain to have
some minor bleeding, a concussion. The victim is
admitted to the hospital for suturing of the lac-
eration and a couple of days of observation. The
result, our victim is laid up for a couple of weeks
and is stil} sore for a month after that.
So, what can be done to minimize the chance
EMS in Shackelford Co.
for a fall? Several simple things are all that is
needed. First, do like my wife, Laura, does; keep
a pair of soled slippers next to the bed. When she
gets out of bed, the slippers are there and easy to
slip right into. Second, make sure that any area
rugs are secured to the floor with double-sided
sticky tape. Third, keep the normal pathways
clear of obstructions. And last but not least, don't
be too'proud to ask for help. An arm for support
or somebody carrying
a package is a lot less
finding yourself on the
floor, possibly severely injured.
On a personal note, many thanks to all who
have been asking about Laura and her cancer. I'm
happy to report that she went in for her two-year
checkup and is still cancer free. Prayers do work
and we are very thankful to everybody for their
A little Over seven months ago, we were blessed
with our fifth grandchild, Kaden. He had kind of a
rough first two weeks of life but is now doing very
well. We got down to Austin a week or so ago and
visited with him and his parents. He now weighs
18 pounds. Despite the rough beginning, he is the
happiest little boy. Just after Christmas, Kaden
got to ride Grandpa Bill's horse. I don't know who
was more thrilled, Kaden or me.
Again, thanks to all for your encouragement.
Laura and I now feel that we are part of the Al-
bany family. Be safe out there, watch out for fall
potentials and...keep on wearin' those seatbelts.
Coach Knight plans to 'still be around'
Colorful collegiate basketball faded by several
shades with the sudden retirement of Texas Tfech
Coach Bobby Knight. (Someone said he waked
on Groundhog Day, saw his shadow and figured
it meant six more weeks of basketball.)
Assuring his successor, son Pat, and other
coaches that he will "still be around," it will be
interesting to see how he handles the transition
from coach to fan.
This could result in an attendance boost.
There may be "new" fans attending now just to
watch Bob, or, as he is aptly nicknamed, "The
Millions marvel at Knight's NCAA record of
902 collegiate victories. The
meter started at age 24 when
he was named basketball
boss at West Point. He
remains the youngest hire in
history for a Division I head
coaching assignment in a
Knight claims baseball to
be his favorite sport, and my
faulty memory linked him to
a golf-coaching position in his
early years. It wasn't he.
Maybe it was veteran basketball Coach
Jim Boeheim of Syracuse. He was indeed golf
coach there almost a half-century ago. Anyway,
whoever it was realized that collegiate golf was
rarely headlined on the sports page. So he called
in tournament results to the newspaper only
when the team won. "At season's end, what few
Dr. Don Newbury
fans we had thought we had made it through the
season undefeated," the coach laughed.
Much has been made of Super Bowl TV
numbers that rubbed against the 100 million
mark. But on the same weekend, 200 million fans
watched the Houston
Rockets beat the Mil-
waukee Bucks, 91-83,
in what was called the
"Chinese Super Bowl."
The basketball game was beamed to China for
fans there to see two of their "favorite sons," the
Rockets'Yao Ming and Milwaukee's Yi Jianlian.
'Course, those 200 million Chinese didn't get
to see the Dalmations, Clydesdales and assorted
other animals featured in Super Bowl XLII com-
Uncle Mort called from the thicket, talking
about nothing but the parking prices proposed for
the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium. "I can't believe
they can make ends meet just Charging 75 cents,"
I suggested that he re-read the newspaper. I
told him that I feared that a decimal point had
I heard papers shuffling, then came a long
pause. Then, his voice stiffened. "$75 to park is
The Idle American
an outrage* Mort fumed, launching his litany
about what it wouty take to get him to a game.
First off, he'd have to be the winner of a free
ticket or luck into one from a friend.
Then he would deal with the parking. "If
mineral rights come with the parking, fine," he
added, "If not, they'll have to give me a pass up to
my doctor's suite. I'm sure he would validate the
Retired NFL official and career educator Jim
1\inney is busy on the speaking circuit.
One of his claims is that he made the high-
est score in history on
the football officials'
entrance exam. He
says he got 98 out of
"The only two things I failed were eyesight
and judgment," he jokes.
Along-time big-time coach is Joe Paterno
at Penn State. Pressure groups there finally
dislodged his annual salary info: $512,000 and
change. "I'm well-paid, not overpaid, and it's more
than I need," he said.
Responding to whether he felt son Jay, now
an assistant at Penn State, is ready for a head-
coaching assignment, Patemo answered: "He has
the ability to be a head coach, but it would be
tough to take over at Penn State because it would
be as if I programmed the whole thing."
Two of my favorite pets are "peeves."
Before TV came along, radio broadcasters at
football games told me nothing when they men-
tioned teams "moving left to right on your radio
dial." What if my radio happened to be configured
vertically, or I happened to be upside down?
During the Super Bowl, analyst TVoy Aikman
spoke of "unchartered" waters. Aren't such waters
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