Families report enjoying their vacations

This will be the shortest description of a vacation, but it’s the most I could get from Doug Baldree. Doug, Rita and Garvis Baldree went riding around for five days toward Alabama to visit friends; on to Kentucky to visit distilleries; then to Springfield, Mo., to see the Bass Pro Shop and back home.
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I had a lot better communication from Tommy and Angie Fenley about their recent trip. They were gone for five weeks to Billings, Mont., to visit with their son, Tommy Jr., his wife, Ali, and their two children, 10-year-old Ryan and 8-year-old Samantha. They spent several days and hours watching Ryan play his Little League baseball games. Ryan was so good he made the all-stars and was unable to go with the rest of the family into Yellowstone National Park where they spent three days and two nights in a remote forest ranger’s cabin. It was 30 miles to the closest of anything and only 50 yards away from bear signs. There was no electricity or running water and the bathroom was an old outhouse several yards from the cabin. When Angie felt the 3 a.m. “nature call,” she woke Tommy and had him go with her to the outhouse. It was rather chilly during the night with temperatures in the high 30s and their sleeping bags felt good. They woke up to the smell of Tommy cooking some of his famous breakfasts. During the day it was quiet with no one or anything to create much noise. One day was spent going across Bear Tooth Pass and enjoying a picnic lunch. Tommy and Angie both agreed this year’s camping was much better than last year’s when they returned to their campsite and discovered their tent had collapsed and everything they had was wet.
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Jeff Vanover stopped by the store on his way back to Houston. Earlier in the summer he and his wife Lisa (McClain) had rented an RV touring bus to drive to Red Rock, Colo.; Victor, Idaho and Alta, Wyo. Driving the 40-foot “diesel pusher” all the way was not Jeff, but Lisa!
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Congratulations to April Fowler, daughter of Jennifer and Gary Horton, upon her graduation from ITT with a Computer Science degree. April lives in Houston with her husband, Joe, and 2-year-old daughter, Brooklynn. Her family celebrated the special event in Galveston.
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We want to congratulate and thank Eric Chandler for the bountiful garden he and his family have had this summer at their home in the Pine Valley area. He has shared cantaloupes and watermelon with friends, neighbors and the Round Table.
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It was good to have our Texas state representative, Trent Ashby, stop by and visit at the Round Table while he was in Diboll. Trent has just completed his first, and I might add very successful, first session of service for our district. He didn’t tell us but on the final day of the 83rd Legislative Session in Austin, Trent was voted by his peers as the Outstanding Republican Freshman of the Year. During his first year Trent Ashby passed six bills and served on two powerful House committees. Although educators have been trying for years, this was the year it finally happened — a bill that will reduce the excessive testing and exams for high school students. It will also change graduation requirements that will allow students more flexibility. We are proud of Trent Ashby and congratulate him on a job well done!
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More congratulatory news: Cody Wright, son of Lori (Burgess) and Chad Wright of Hudson finished his high school tie-down calf roping career as No. 10 in the U.S.! Making the 22-hour drive to Wyoming to watch him were his parents, his sister Cealy Kay (C.K.), and his two grandmothers, Judy Burgess and Tommie Wright and her niece Elaine (Byron), who drove the proud grandmothers.
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Leonard and Billie Robison drove to Pearland to deliver their great-grandsons, Logan and Luke McGowan, back home after spending a few days here in Diboll. The boys were near the ages of 4 and 6 and kept their great-grandparents on the run.
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Good friends, Joe Anthony and Joe Jr. Wilkerson came in one morning bringing a box of donuts for the round table and fresh tomatoes from the Anthony garden. The donuts were good, but the tomatoes were even better. Joe enjoyed visiting with Kathryn (Havard) Chuke who came in with Mary Lou Havard. Joe and Kathryn both attended Diboll High School and enjoyed reminiscing about the good ole days.
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JoAnn (Breazeale) Bencivenga came in for Colorado pinto beans and local honey. Sophia (Morris) Lenderman came in for seeds to plant a fall garden.
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The His & Hers Trade Days was the recipient of this month’s Diboll Business Association “Pack the House” last Friday evening. Ice cream and cookies were served to those that stopped by between 6 and 8 p.m. Jan Wilkerson serves as secretary of the Business Association, The Diboll Civic Club and The Design 4 Diboll Committee. She was one of the vendors selling her Tupperware items. With all she does and being so involved with her church, community, school and civic affairs, she managed to hand shell and put up 59 quarts of peas in the freezer! Phyllis Kirkland, who is the music teacher for all Diboll elementary students during the school year, was present at the trade days with her homemade jewelry and other blingy items. Her husband is gearing up to get involved with his homemade wood items. Dwayne and Eva Fairchild are new to the trade business, but were present with antique items — one of which was an iron bed stead which John Ralph purchased. From Charlotte Morris’ collection I purchased two cigar boxes and a rolling pen and John Ralph added to his collection of meat grinders he bought from David Carter, the “His” part of the new trade business, His & Hers Trade Days. Mr. and Mrs. Marvin McKnight were there selling goodies for the Pine Grove Church. There were several other vendors selling their goods and everyone seem to enjoy the ice cream, especially Raymond Lenderman.
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Enjoy your summer and don’t forget to come see us … ’round the table.

Sandra Pouland, owner of Pouland’s Real Estate, contributes this column. Stop by the Round Table or email her at sandra@poulands.com or 936-829-4040.