Cattle Baron’s Gala is enjoyed by many

Janice Ann Rowe

The long awaited baby girl has arrived! Analeigh Grace Watkins was born Oct. 12, weighing 6 pounds 14 ounces. Her proud parents are Tara and Brent Watkins. Analeigh was 19 inches long.  Grandmother is Ann Watson.
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Nancy Winston, daughter of Callie and Randy Winston, is engaged to Kirk Henson, son of Paulette Walker and the late Perry Henson.  They will marry May 3 in Lufkin.  Nancy sold The Very Thing and moved to Austin where she is a chef at Lake Austin Spa Resort.  Mary Wallace was his grandmother, and we all remember Mary.
We ate at Schotzsky’s for their birthday celebration. Joan and Dennis Rankin were having a “date” lunch too.
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Ashley Verner and Lee Slaughter are engaged.  She is the daughter of Karen Metteauer and Edgar and Joe Ann Burton.  Lee is the son of Pat and John Lee Slaughter.  He gave her an engagement ring at the beach last week end.   No wedding date has been set.
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I got my flu shot and saw Peggy and Paul Draper in CVS.  Have you had your flu shot?
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The Pineywoods Cattle Baron’s Gala for 2013 was almost a rain out.  Finally the rain stopped and the weather was cool and it was enjoyed by all.  Dr. Jeff and Dessa Glass were the hosts at their Jack Creek Ranch for “Leavin’ Cancer in the Dust” theme.  I met Richard and Phyllis Glass, parents of Jeff, and we had an enjoyable evening.  Becca and Jeff Chance were the chair persons and they had help from the community and volunteers.  The one that I appreciated was Jay who drove the “mule” around the parked cars while Oscar Dillahunty and Ernest looked for the car.  I was able to try the “Mr. Wonderful” cupcake made by Grandough’s Justin Kezar.  He told me the ingredients were: chocolate cupcake with chocolate icing with crushed pretzel sprinkles and a fried piece of bacon dipped in chocolate on top.  I digress….Paula Metzinger had one at the Lufkin Bistro and took a picture of it for her granddaughter and then the wind blew it off the table before she could eat it.  I had to try one for Paula.
Back to the Gala:  We sat to eat with Diane and Jim Dunbar, Starla and Paul Bickerstaff, Joe and Darlene Loving, Cyndy and Pat Aldred and enjoyed the food by Eddie Deen along Route 66.  Our goody bag was an insulated cooler from Brookshire Brothers.  Inside was a smaller insulated cooler from Atkinson Candy/Academy of Dance; Southwest Securities – coffee mug; Joe  McCleskey/Angelina Excavating – drink cup; Goodwin-Lasiter, Inc – tape measure; Whataburger – sun glasses; Haglund Law Office, First Bank & Trust East Texas, Faust Miller Light –koozies; Amy Ross, DDS  – note pad; Paul Wright Motor Company – cap; Memorial Medical Center – pill box; Carroway Funeral Home – umbrella; Jerry L Johnson M.D. – water bottle; Urgent Doc – T shirts; Lufkin Coca Cola Company – beach towel; Kaywin Carter M.D.- ice cream scoop; Bancorp South – nail file; Lufkin Printing Co – utility pocket knife; and some hand sanitizer. We look forward to next year when Dana and Kevin Smithhart are the chairs.
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Happy Birthday:  Tyler Greening, Brad Leinart, Mahaley Campbell, Jeremy Moss, Dana Smithhart, Floyd Yancy, Sr., Floyd Hall, Preston Polk, Kelly Haney, Kenley and Case Shockley, Jennifer Robinson, JoAnn Waak, Helen Douglas, Allen Hines, Blake Deaton, Joe Rich, Lucille Anderson, Tom Selman, Gary Jo Looney.
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Happy Anniversary:  Regina and Russell Julian, Linda and Hugh Anderson.
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Alyssa Dunbar, daughter of Diane and Jim Dunbar, is the only student from The University of Texas, where she is a junior, to study government/politics at The University of Sheffield this year. She will return home Jan. 4.  The University of Sheffield is the No. 1 school of politics in England.  This was her choice of universities after she completed an internship last spring semester in Austin for State Rep. Debbie Riddle.  Her plan is to be a lobbyist for public policy – following law school.  University of Sheffield also has the largest enrollment of international students with 5,000 this year.  Alyssa is living in a 13-bedroom house which has two kitchens and three bathrooms.  She is on the third floor and describes her room like that of Harry Potter’s!  Most of the students in her house are from either USA or Canada, but a couple are from other countries.  They try to house all the American students together as they allow them to finish their semester early – Dec. 20 vs. February.  Their semesters start last week of September and end the first week in February.  International students arrive a week early as they have many activities planned and this helps them to meet friends.  Alyssa met three girls – from Finland, Sweden and Germany.  They have developed a very special relationship and are learning from each other.  Fortunately for Alyssa, all girls speak English.  The university schedules day trips for them, but the students have formed “travel” groups and travel together.  Alyssa’s first weekend, she and two housemates vacationed in Paris.  The second weekend she and one housemate went to Dunbar, Scotland.  Of course, her daddy made sure she visited Dunbar Golf Club. Jim and her brother Tyler will have great Christmas presents when she returns.  Recently, she took a day trip to Oxford England and Oxford University.  She called so excited as she went to the “Great Hall” which is the same hall that they use for all the Harry Potter films – it is the dining hall.  They use the same staircase on the university for the movies as well.  Trips she has planned in the future include Edinburg, Dublin and Amsterdam.  The kids try to plan a trip for each weekend taking turns on who picks the location.  They do not have classes on Fridays and classes do not begin until late Monday afternoon, so this allows them extended travel time on the weekends.  They fly to many places if it is off the island, but trains are the best method of transportation.  They stayed in a hostel in Paris.  The family communicate with Alyssa via an app called VIBER, where they can talk live and text her.  It is a free app on the iPhone, but she does have to be connected to the Internet for her to use it for free – no USA data rates!  Dianne highly recommends it to anyone who has someone out of the country.
I will have more next week about what Diane and Alyssa did before she started school in the fall.
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Catch you around town.

Contact Janice Ann Rowe at
roweja@suddenlink.net.