NEIGHBORHOODS

Caskey graduates from miniatures to full-size horses

Around LufkinMichael Miller, son of Susi and Mike Miller, is going to school at Savannah College of Art & Design to get his Master’s in theater. He has the lead in musical “Urinetown” in May in Georgia.

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Ann Caskey had always wanted to push herself to get through a half-marathon. Her kids are all runners, and she thought maybe she could do it! Second, she wanted to own and learn to ride a full-size horse. They owned miniature horses for 29 years, and the last one passed away in September. Her husband, Jim, got “Rain” (the horse’s name), a halter, a lead rope, and riding helmet for Ann for Christmas. Rain is beautiful and sweet, and she is going to start lessons soon.

Ann ran in the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco. It started at Union Square and finished along the Pacific Coast — breathtaking views! Her son, Charles, and his wife, Crystal, from Davis, Calif., met them in San Francisco for the weekend and since Crystal had run the same marathon before, they knew where to find Ann at certain spots to cheer her on.

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Michelle Haney, Nickie Ashby and Ashley Pigg are training for the Woodlands CB&I Sprint Triathlon which is in May. We will have to watch for their results. Go Girls!

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Virgie and Malcom McKinley’s son, Stefan, was in town from Barksdale Air Force Base to see his new “brother” Angus, who is a Scottish White Terrier, a Westie who is 8 weeks old. Stefan is in missile maintenance and repair in Shreveport. Virgie had pictures of Angus on her phone.

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The LHS Girls of 1954 met at Cotton Patch on March 13. Those enjoying the visiting were: Patricia Brittain Brown, Jimmie Burris Milligan, Barbara Costlow Davis, Edna Joe Russell McClendon, Patsy Melton Head, Geraldine Burris Renken, Charlene Reeves Cortines, Wanda Joy Burkett Gibson, Sally Hunter Selman, Marilyn Berry Grimes, Peggy Tatum Lankford, Doris Thornton Harkness, Barbara Saxton

Parker, Sue Goodwin Raney and Billie Kennedy Childress. Those unable to attend were: Shirley Beckham Ware, Billie Robinson Willmon, Shirley Applewhite Woolf, Mae Bushman Carnes, Joann Harbuck Rhodes, Joan Norris Hopson, Deloris Elliott Russell, Laura Gilbert Williford and Rachel Segrest Spruill.

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Shirley and Charles Ware have a dead pecan tree in their yard. Does anyone want to cut the tree for the pecan wood?

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I called and found out that the Angelina County Cancer Survivor Dinner will be Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m. at Keltys First Baptist Church. Cards should be in the mail to RSVP. Relay for Life is Friday, May 3, at the Lufkin Middle School at 7 p.m.

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Suellen Renfrow Hawthorne from Grapevine celebrated her birthday on March 17 with many wishes on Facebook.

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Much has been written about the 1963 Lufkin Panther baseball team that is the only Lufkin baseball team to ever win state championship. We were at the game where they were honored. Jonanna Perry Reidinger came from Fort Worth to cheer with Robert Poland Jr. like they did in 1963 when they were cheerleaders. Jonanna stayed with Alyce Anne Baggett. Some wives in the crowd were: Sheila Wood, Marsha Cook, Paula Rusk, Lynn Myers, Terri Maberry, Lois Lowe and Micki Paulette. Players were Pete McKenzie, Joe Lowe, Duncan Cavanaugh, Larry Cook, Mike Maberry, Bill Conrad, David Rusk, Roy Myers, Bubba Wood, Joe Lee Register, Scott Taylor, David Brevell, Rocky Thompson, Tom Berry, and David Paulette. David was just out of the hospital and made the game. Hugh Woolf was deceased. Dick Gardemal is deceased but was the coach for this team. Pete McKenzie threw out the first pitch for the Panther game against College Park. He was the winning pitcher in the state game.

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On Saturday, March 23, Larry Cook, Pete McKenzie and Joe Lowe were recognized at a luncheon in Carthage on the 1964 Panola Junior College baseball team.

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Happy Birthday: Helen Tullos, Hunter Haglund, Cole Corley, Harmon Moore, Nancy Winston, Lindsey Watts, Karen Lazarine, Hollie Bartlett, Jimmie Putnam, Jonathon Temple, Ruth Brandenburg, Kylie McCarty, Frederic Tims, Michelle Deaton, Ed Booth, Peyton Mathis, Marian Corley, Harold Morris, Mary Martha Henderson, Len Medford.

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Happy Anniversary: Ed and Linda Mount, Katherine and Jeff Todd.

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Martha and Ray Carswell were in Montgomery for the third birthday of grandson Tucker Ray Carswell, son of Jill and Jon Carswell.

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The Mosaic Center’s 8th annual Dinner & Auction had a sellout crowd of more than 350 at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center. The CMB Trio, Gene & Mike Ramsey and Carolyn McClendon, entertained the group. There were live and silent auction items and silent dessert auction. Martha and Ray Carswell bought Sandy McEntire’s cake for our table of Linda Ellis, Jetta Westerholm, Gloria Arnold, Edward Smith, Ernest and me. Sid Medford was the master of ceremonies for the evening. Glenda King gave the invocation before the buffet dinner. There was a Grandough heart shaped decorated cookie at each place. Mack Carnes did a good job on the live auction items. Susan Newcomer received the Volunteer of the Year Award that had been named “Emily Award” for both Emily Shelton and Emily Shelton Watts. Charles Newcomer, who teaches math in the GED program at the Mosaic Center, was recognized as a volunteer with his wife who are wonderful role models for the women that are going through the program. Tonia Blackshire was the featured speaker. She is a Mosaic Center Graduate and now is in managerial status at Olive Garden Restaurant. I went there on Friday for lunch and told her that her speech was very positive and I was so proud of the way that she had turned her life around for the better. Donna Busler, Executive Director, and her staff have done a marvelous job in giving women “a hand up, not a hand out”. Karen Gray is the president of the Board of Directors. She gave a beautiful prayer at the close of the evening.

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Jean Dillahunty called that she has a hummingbird. I guess they have passed me. I even bought two new feeders.

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Phyllis Royle and I went to the Museum of East Texas to see the Easter Basket interpretations and watched as the children did water colors with Agnes Smith and Carolyn Spears created Easter bonnets. Auction items were on display and one was a painting of a rufous hummingbird by Ann Phifer Reyes. She has a real rufous that has been at her house in Four Seasons all winter. Cliff Shackelford at SFA said that it is from the Rocky Mountains. Juan and Ann Reyes and her father Wilbur Phifer have been watching the rufous hummingbird all winter.

Yvonne van der Wal and Dixie Welch were helping with the Easter event. J.P. McDonald was at the front door. If you go to the museum, enter from the north parking lot by the loading dock or at the handicapped entrance on Paul Street. Saturday, March 30 is the next reception for the collection of Robert Poland’s 95 pieces of autographed early 50’s rock n roll memorabilia. Kyley Cantwell helped inventory and pick the pieces for this exhibit. Denise Stringer Davis will also have her work on display.

See you there.

Contact Janice Ann Rowe at roweja@suddenlink.net.