The West News (West, Tex.), Vol. 111, No. 52, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 27, 2001 Page: 1 of 8
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The oldest business in West - established in 1889
Volume 111, No. 52 - One Section
Thursday, December 27, 2001
Christmas tree recycling
Area residents wishing to discard their Christmas trees this
year may bring them to the city's wastewater treatment plant,
where the city's wood chipper is located. The city uses the tree
chips for its landscaping projects during the year. The trees
may be brought by the treatment plant from 9 a m. - 4 p.m.
Friday and from 9-11 a.m. Saturday. It is also open at those
times on the following weeks. There is no charge for bringing
the trees to this site.
Voter registration cards to be mailed
New voter registration certificates are to be mailed to all active
McLennan County registered voters at the end of this year.
These certificates are to be valid through Dec. 31, 2003. As a
result of a redistricting plan that McLennan County's Commis-
sioners Court has approved, there are precinct voting changes
which effect 47,000 voters in the county which become effective
Jan. 1. There are no proposed changes for precincts 65. 66,67,
68 and 69, which includes much of the West area and northern
portion of McLennan County.
Senior Center to close New Year's Day
The West Senior Center is to be closed on New Year's Day and
will open again on Jan. 2.
Penelope Ag Boosters plan dinner
The Penelope Ag Booster Club has scheduled a chili - stew
dinner starting at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 6 in the Nativity of the
Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall in Penelope.
A drawing is planned and for information on this drawing,
contact any booster club officer or Jim Machac at 254-533-5610.
Proceeds from this fund-raiser are to aid in the purchase of
animals at the Hill County Fair.
42 Domino Tourney at Trade Days
A 42 Domino Tournament is scheduled in conjunction with the
next Old West Trades Days planned for Jan. 12 and 13 in the
Lorch Building. The tournament is to begin at 10 a.m. Jan. 12
with the championship game planned for noon Jan. 13. Entry
fee is $5 a team and there will be a winners' and losers' bracket.
To enter, contact the West Chamber of Commerce at 826-3188.
A Trade Days official reported last weekend's Trade Days went
well and there are currently only 20 booth spaces available ($15
each) for the January show.
Ag Boosters schedule raffle
The West Area Ag Boosters are currently selling raffle tickets
to give away four prizes. The prizes are 1. John Deere Lawn
Mower, 2. 5 ft. by 10 ft. utility trailer, 3. $200 gift certificate,
and 4. $100 gift certificate. To purchase tickets, call 826-3296
Benefit account for cancer patient
A benefit account has been established at West Bank and Trust
for Kay (Porter) Dickinson, a cancer patient who is currently
undergoing treatment. She is unable to work and her husband
is disabled. Money in the account is to be used to defray medical
costs and to aid in living expenses. For further information, call
AARP Driving Course in West
An AARP 55-Alive Driving Course is planned for Jan. 7 and 8
beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the West Community Center. Those
interested in taking the course are asked to contact Shirley
Dulock at 826-4115 or Jack Felts, the instructor, at 826-3155.
The cost of the two-day class is $10 per person.
West doctor receives Fellow Award
The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
(ACOFP) honored West physician Dr. George Smith with a
Fellow Designation. His award was announced during the
ACOFP's Annual Conclave of Fellows Award Banquet earlier
this year in San Diego, California. The honorary designation of
Fellow is bestowed upon those candidates who have contrib-
uted outstanding national and local service through teaching,
authorship, research or professional leadership. The winners
have contributed outstanding service in their professional
career and family practice duties in their community activities.
West VFW's New Year's Eve Dance
A free New Year's Eve Dance is planned at West VFW Post
4819. The club opens at 4:30 p.m. with the dance to begin at 8
p.m. Black-eyed peas and cornbread are to be served at mid-
night. Everyone is invited to attend.
Sokols plans New Year's Eve activity
Sokol West has scheduled a lock-in on New Year's Eve begin-
ning at 7 p.m. and continuing through 9 a.m. New Year's Day
in the Sokol Gym in West. This is for Sokol members only at a
price of$20 per person. The deadline for getting tickets for the
lock-in is Dec. 28. For further information, call 826-3053.
Singles dance planned in Waco
The Waco chapter of the T.A.S.A. has scheduled a Singles
Dance from 6-10 p.m. Dec. 30 at VFW Post 2148 in Waco.
Singles 21 and over are invited to come and a dress code is to
be enforced. For more information, contact 662-3734.
Parents meeting for potential twirlers
Parents and students are invited to attend a meeting regarding
upcoming twirling lessons by Kim Kolar Bartosh. The meeting
is planned for 7 p.m. Jan. 7 in the West Community Center. For
further information, call Kim Bartosh at 744-4287.
Details announced at West press conference.
"Operation Uplink" to aid military families
SBC Communications and the
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
announced duringa Dec. 19 press
conference at West VFW Post
4819 information concerning a
group effort to aid families with
loved ones serving in the mili-
Debbie Keel, regional director
for Southwestern Bell Telephone,
made the announcement at the
press conference, which included
approximately 30 area West
VFWand Ladies Auxiliary mem-
bers, that SBC had made a
$250,000 donation to the national
VFW organization. The VFW,
through its Operation Uplink
program, will use the funds to
provide more than 30,000 pre-
paid calling cards to connect
thousands of current service
members and hospitalized vet-
erans with their families this
holiday season. SBC and the
VFW also are encouraging oth-
ers to donate to this program.
Frank Podsednik, West VFW
Post 4819 commander, praised
the program and said there was
not anything more uplifting for
those in the military than hear-
ingfrom their loved ones at home.
VFW Commander in Chief
James Goldsmith praised the
program in a Dec. 18 statement
describing the program as "our
way of bringing military fami-
lies together, which is especially
important during the holiday
season. Nothing is appreciated
more than a chance to hear the
Please turn to page two for more
on Operation Uplink.
Debbie Keel (left) announced SBC's donation to the VFW Operation Uplink program. Pictured with Mrs. Keel (left to right)
are Peewee Zahirniak, West VFW Commander Frank Podsednik, West VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Ruby Betz and VFW
District Commander Jim Garrett.
Area VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members listen during last week's press conference concerning the VFW's Operation
2001 headlines ranged from Depot
museum to hospital's closing
The year 2001 is quickly com-
ing to an end as area residents
will be ringing in the new year in
less than a week. Before every-
one turns their attention to 2002,
let's take a look back at the sto-
ries and events which shaped
this past year's first six months.
West Trade Days officials were
busy prepari ng for their monthly
event in the Lorch Building as
they planned to incorporate ga-
rage sale items with their regu-
lar vendor items.
News came about West resi-
dent Angeline Sykora being
named Fraternalist of the Year
by KJZT (Catholic Family Fra-
ternal of Texas). She was chosen
for this state-wide award from a
field of four finalists after being
nominated by St. Ludmila Soci-
ety 11 in West.
It was not a good start of the
year for Gholson Grocery as a
vehicle struck the store at 13097
Gholson Road forthesecond time
in less than three years. A one-
ton pickup rammed into the
buildingon Jan. 11 severely dam-
aging the structure.
Twenty-two West FFA, Jun-
ior FFA and 4-H members sold
their animals for $29,770 during
the McLennan County Junior
Livestock Show and Sale Jan.
19. The youngsters had placed
high enough with their animals
to qualify for the sale.
West Independent School Dis-
trict curriculum coordinator and
testi ng d i rector Mary An n Marak
was honored by school district
officials and employees on her
retirement from the West schools
during the month. Mrs. Marak
served 27 years in the West ISD
and spent her past 39 years in
the field of education.
West High School Trojan Band
members Scott Kapczynski and
- Amanda Witt were chosen to the
All Region Band and All Area
Bands. Amanda was also chosen
to the All State Band.
West Lady Trojan Melissa
Maler signed a letter of intent to
attend Temple College on a soft-
ball scholarship. Maler was a
Texas High School Girls Coaches
Association first team all state
Please turn to page four for
more onthe year 2001 in review.
Carrying the Olympic Flame...
In the picture to the right, Nelda Prause carries the Olympic Flame through
the streets of Dallas. In the above picture, Dr. George Smith is pictured
during the Olympic Flame relay in Austin as the Flame is passed from one
torchbearer to another.A story on their rememberances on this "once in a
lifetime" event is featured on page two.
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