Lufkin’s Bistro enjoyed by more than 800

Marc Lishewski and Dr. Brent Campbell successfully completed the 12th annual Escape From Alcatraz Swim on Sunday, Sept. 29, in San Francisco. The swim is an event put on by the South End Rowing Club (circa 1873 origination). Most, who have been to San Francisco, have seen Alcatraz Island via the ferry ride. In this case, the ferry took about 600 swimmers out to the island in the morning during rather calm conditions … if one likes fog, overcast, choppy, dark green, 58-degree water. They jumped off the boat promptly at 9 a.m. and swam across San Francisco Bay to the Aquatic Cove finish. Plenty of safety boats, kayaks, etc. accompanied them and others across. ABC News Worldwide noted the race in the nightly news because three blind swimmers made it across as well. The swim took Lishewski and Campbell about 45 minutes, and they can’t wait to do it next year!

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The Lufkin’s Bistro was a huge success. More than 800 people enjoyed the food and beverages served from the Brookshire Brother’s wineries and the food was from our local restaurants. Helping volunteer to set up under the direction of Tara Watson-Watkins, executive director of the Lufkin Convention and Visitor’s Bureau were: Angelina College basketball team, AC baseball team, AC women’s basketball team, AC softball team, Lufkin High School Student Council, LHS Cheerleaders and LHS Panther Pride. City employees from Solid Waste, Street, and Parks and Recreation departments, LCVB board members and city officials also were on hand to put up and take down everything. The event was sponsored by Brookshire Brothers, A-1 Party Rentals, Kwik Kopy and the Main Event. Autumn McDaniel, administrative assistant for LCVB, was helping keep things moving while Tara was on a scooter wheeling up and down the two blocks checking tables.

We sat with Charlotte and Dale Anderson, Martha and Ray Carswell, Dianne and Mike Gibson and visited with many First Christian Church friends.

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I found out from Mark and Cassie Hicks that Brenda and Kaylee Sullivan are moving The Pink Leopard Boutique from their present small location to the corner of the Hotel Angelina where we thought Thompson’s was going. Mark says they will be able to move Nov. 1. Mona Hill with Milagros Tea House will move her food products into the Pink Leopard Boutique spot and have a downtown location with her Italian gelato.

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Dana Windsor Helton has moved her KB Yoga & More into the old Lee’s Jewelry location at 105 South First. She will have yoga classes during the week and painting parties. Check her out at kb-yoga.com or facebook KBYoga. Phone is 936-526-4795. She is trying to bet me to take Yoga lessons. Patress Schaeffer was at the shop during the Bistro. All of the shops were open, and people were checking out their merchandise in these downtown shops.

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Amy Poland Preyer and her 4- month-old baby, Robert “Bobby” Douglas Preyer, from Colorado were honored at a Sip and See at the home of Jan Deaton. Other hostesses were: Sheila Telford, Terri Zeleskey, Ann Caskey, Mary Jo Gorden, Jane Wagnon, Barbara Carter, Sylvia Ricks, Anne Halter, Lisa Haglund, Jane Johnson, Joann Roquemore, Kathy Sample, Cissy McCarroll, Louise Maxwell, Martha Bates, Ellen Hollis, Ann Watson and Christi Stage. Grandmother Linda Poland was all smiles about “Cinco” which is what she calls Bobby since he is the fifth Robert in the Poland family.

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Jeannie Poland McCusker is the 10th grade counselor at Lufkin High School.

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If you did not go to the LHS Theatre Department’s “Rumors” by Neil Simon, you missed a real treat. Mark Keith, director, and Debbie Garrett, technical director, did a super job on the play. The only one that I knew was Kate Peterson, daughter of Barbara and Leonard Peterson and granddaughter of Dot Brookshire. They were at the Thursday night performance where Patsy Hines and I enjoyed many laughs at this comedy. Lois and Bob Chambers sat behind us, and I could hear them laughing too.

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Ernest and I enjoyed the fried catfish at Cotton Patch on Friday and saw Sue Morgan eating catfish and Bob Morgan with the veggie plate.

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Pat Brown had a letdown because we had no football game to listen to or go to see. I called her that the Panthers were playing on the cable channel 15 and it was the A&M Consolidated game against our Panthers. We won half time. Pat has not had swarms of humming birds like last year.

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Happy Birthday: Donna Parish, Stanley New, Jason Carr, Shane Greenville, Claude Smithhart, Jeffrey Todd, Phil Parr, Carolyn New, Dolly Hudgins, Jake Wood, Clinton Teutsch, Robin Reynolds, Brenda Lowery, Charles Kent, Dave Bowley, Andrea Friesen, Oscar Dillahunty, Frank Stevenson, Katherine Saunders, Suzy Harkness, Holly Perkins-Meyers, Agnes Hutson, Edward McFarland, Jason Carter, Laurie Brown, Fred Hutson, Mary Samford, Nancy Horn, Kimberly Graham.

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Happy Anniversary: Sue and Max Rolf

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Mabelyne McKnight celebrated her 91st birthday with a luncheon at the PineCrest with her birthday group: Mary Nell Taylor, Daphene Clarke, Jetta Westerholm, Gloria Arnold, Linda Ellis, Mimi McKnight from Austin, Mona Woods from Houston, daughter Linda Thomasson and granddaughter Stephanie Husband from Washington D.C. The second birthday celebration started at 3 p.m. at the new home of Tammy Head on Saddle Ridge. Tammy and Mabelyne have the same birthday date, Sept. 29. Those enjoying the $800 birthday cake were Carol Byrd from Jacksonville and Shirley Baum. From there, they went to the family farm between Palestine and Tyler where the men were cooking for them. Tom McKnight cooked brisket and it was enjoyed by Vickie and George Fowler from Dallas, Wendell Thomasson, Wes Thomasson and Ty Thomasson who made up the 15 that attended. On Sunday morning, Mimi cooked filet of dove for Sunday brunch with biscuits and gravy for a surprise for Mabelyne. Tom McKnight bought the $800 birthday cake at a fund raiser in the hill country. They enjoyed it all week end.

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Wanda Wesch hosted an open house at Mama Tried last week and had a crowd getting things for Christmas.

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Jim and Mary Jane West attended his River Boat Patrol group reunion in Branson, Missouri. This was their third time to get together from their patrol days in Vietnam. Jim’s boat had more representation at the reunion. There were 6 Navy seamen per boat that was 50 feet long. They were the Mine Division 113 Vietnam that swept for mines in the water ways. Shows in Branson that they enjoyed were the Dixie Stampede and Joseph.

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Catch you around town.

 

Contact Janice Ann Rowe at
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