Jimmy Allison, others about to turn on Christmas lights

Janice Ann Rowe

On Dec. 1, Jimmy Allison will turn on his Christmas lights. Sadie gave me directions to their house at 216 Nye Lee St. Turn off Highway 69 North and one mile outside of the city limits, turn left on Sugar Lane. Go across the rail road tracks and turn left on Nye Lee. They are on the left. There are other houses near them that have lights in the yards and on the house.

Laura Allison has been greeting at Sam’s Club for 8 years.

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Martha and Ray Carswell were in Montgomery for an early Thanksgiving with Jon and Jill Carswell and children Emma, Abby and Tucker Ray.

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Winnie Graham had a signing for her book “Under the Blackgum Tree” at the Texas Forestry Museum. It is a history of the East Texas Pineywoods and the settlers who loved them. Winnie is a sixth-generation Texan and earned her electrical engineering degree from LSU and studied anthropology at the University of California-Los Angeles. After her engineering career, she began a second career by starting and managing a wholesale plant nursery. Her book can be purchased at the Texas Forestry Museum, on Barnes & Noble website or Amazon.com. I learned that her father, Fred Graham, was working for Lufkin Foundry in 1929 when the pumping unit was invented.

Also signing books was Jeanie Freeman-Harper. Her books are written about 1800s East Texas sawmill towns. “Jesse McCann” and “A Mist in the Pines” are two of the novellas that can be found at the Texas Forestry Museum’s Company Store. For more information call 936-632-9535.

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Janette Waller, with CVS photo department, has worked for them for 15 years. She is the best when it comes to having my photos made at the CVS on Frank Avenue.

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Hughie Anderson had his before-Thanksgiving hunt at his lease in Mason. Those going were: Ernie Rowe, Ernest Rowe, Chad Rowe, Justin Rowe, Alan Moore, Terry Haney and Clifford Warren. “Pappa Snow” Hugh Anderson did the cooking for the group.

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An Evening in Old Bethlehem will be Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, at the George H. Henderson Jr. Expo Center.

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Judy Dixon is still traveling to see grandson Jake Dixon, son of Cami and Shane Dixon, as he plays for LaGrange in the 3A football playoff games. They are into the third round and will play Ingleside. He is a junior and the backup quarterback and played in the 50- 8 win over Canyon Lake. He is the holder for extra points and field goals.

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Cooper and Julie Castleberry moved in August and bought the house on Suntory Way, across the street from Sally and Trey Denman at Crown Colony. Cooper is still refereeing and has been to Hawaii, AirForce/Navy game at Annapolis and to Conway, Ark. He was in Reno but the game started at 9:30 p.m. so all of his friends, including wife Julie, were asleep. His next game will be Kansas vs. Kansas State. I told him to let me know his schedule so we can watch for him. He will have three more games after Thanksgiving and we will have to wait and see what they are.

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Nancy Manning had her Christmas sale last week. Some shopping while I was there were Linda Alexander, June Clement, Julie Zeagler, Harriett Tamminga and Susie Shands.

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Happy Birthday: Jacob Lawrence, Kyle McDaniel, Brandon Zoss, Jean Dillahunty, JonAnna Arnold, Shelia Harkness, Lou Ann Jumper, Lee Ann Lipscomb, Zachary Looney, Margie Kirkland, Ann Richardson, Kelsie Roach, Tara Watson-Watkins, Ray Jayroe, Trey Hensley, Hall Henderson.

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Happy Anniversary: Sandra and Bryan McCarty, Ella and Bill McGaughey, Jo Ann and Thomas Anderson.

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The Angel of Joy Lutheran Church will have a German Christmas Service on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. Songs and readings in will be in German with the sermon in English. Refreshments to follow service. It will be truly a unique holiday experience.

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Lufkin Rotary Club waffle bake chairman Valena Spradley wants to remind everyone about the waffle bake. This is the 57th year. It will be Dec. 4-5 at Angelina College. Last year they served over 1,200 people! They will be wearing new T-shirts that say “making waffles since 1956.” They moved the opening time to 5 p.m. so come straight from work. They are encouraging more first-time visitors so there will be a special prize for the 57th first-time attendee.

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Elizabeth Jenkins called me from Lubbock and will be in our area at Christmas time for a family reunion in Jacksonville. She hopes to make the trip to Lufkin for a visit.

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Sue and Max Rolf are the proud grandparents of Max English Rolf, born Nov. 8. Baby Max weighed 7 pounds 13 ounces and was 20 inches. His parents are Catherine and Ben Rolf and his 2-year-old brother is Benjamin Carter. They live in Fort Worth. Other grandparents are Kay and Philip Goodwin. Great-grandmothers are Jean English and Jean Goodwin.

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Kay and Philip Goodwin have another grandson, Robert Clark Goodwin Jr., born to Robert and Jessica Goodwin at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. Clark was born Nov. 13 and weighed 8 pounds and 13 ounces and was 21 ½ inches long. His other grandparents are Lois and Keith Troska from Minnesota. Great-grandmothers are Jean English and Jean Goodwin. Robert is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and a submarine officer stationed at Annapolis at the U.S. Naval Academy as the company officer on campus.

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Laura and John Koch are the proud grandparents of Truitt Riehl, born Nov. 1 to Shelley and Chance Riehl in Colorado Springs, Colo. Truitt weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces. His 2-year-old brother is Jace. Great-grandmothers are Jetta Westerholm and Doris Rawlings of Louisville, Kent. Laura said that Truitt sleeps at night and is awake all day.

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Sarah Austin is my seat mate at the Temple Theater Angelina Arts Alliance. She thought it would be raining and had “pull” with her sister Karen Foley to take us to the covered area at the theater and come and get us. Karen said that Sarah was the oldest and they did what she told them. My sibling is not that considerate! Neither are my children!

* * *

Pat Hazell with “The Wonder Bread Years” was hysterical. I have not laughed so much in a LONG time. So many of the things that he remembered were what I had remembered. I like Spam and so does David Burris. Natalie Crowson told him where she hides baby Jesus (in her nativity) until Christmas when he was born. Ask Jeff Goodier what he has that a grandfather has. We started with the pledge to the flag. It was a fun night.

* * *

Christmas is coming since Rudolph has become the beacon of Christmas and is shining with all of his lights. Thanks to all that took time to make this happen.

* * *

I went to the downtown antique shops on Friday. David and Bonny Hicks had estate sale things in their shop on Frank Street. Then Len Medford and I met again at Heritage. I told them that I was not getting out late at night since their refreshments were from 3 to 9 p.m. From there I went to Mama Tried and visited with Wanda Wesch and Cheryl Arnold. While I was there cards came for the Holiday Express Destination Downtown for a Hometown Christmas Shopping Day on Saturday, Dec. 7. They had the address wrong for Mama Tried. She is at 206 S. First St. I told Wanda that everyone knew where she was.

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Hope that your Thanksgiving is a good one. Catch you someplace during the holidays.

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See you someplace during the week. Catch you around town.

 

Contact Janice Ann Rowe at
roweja@suddenlink.net.

On Dec. 1, Jimmy Allison will turn on his Christmas lights. Sadie gave me directions to their house at 216 Nye Lee St. Turn off Highway 69 North and one mile outside of the city limits, turn left on Sugar Lane. Go across the rail road tracks and turn left on Nye Lee. They are on the left. There are other houses near them that have lights in the yards and on the house.

Laura Allison has been greeting at Sam’s Club for 8 years.

* * *

Martha and Ray Carswell were in Montgomery for an early Thanksgiving with Jon and Jill Carswell and children Emma, Abby and Tucker Ray.

* * *

Winnie Graham had a signing for her book “Under the Blackgum Tree” at the Texas Forestry Museum. It is a history of the East Texas Pineywoods and the settlers who loved them. Winnie is a sixth-generation Texan and earned her electrical engineering degree from LSU and studied anthropology at the University of California-Los Angeles. After her engineering career, she began a second career by starting and managing a wholesale plant nursery. Her book can be purchased at the Texas Forestry Museum, on Barnes & Noble website or Amazon.com. I learned that her father, Fred Graham, was working for Lufkin Foundry in 1929 when the pumping unit was invented.

Also signing books was Jeanie Freeman-Harper. Her books are written about 1800s East Texas sawmill towns. “Jesse McCann” and “A Mist in the Pines” are two of the novellas that can be found at the Texas Forestry Museum’s Company Store. For more information call 936-632-9535.

* * *

Janette Waller, with CVS photo department, has worked for them for 15 years. She is the best when it comes to having my photos made at the CVS on Frank Avenue.

* * *

Hughie Anderson had his before-Thanksgiving hunt at his lease in Mason. Those going were: Ernie Rowe, Ernest Rowe, Chad Rowe, Justin Rowe, Alan Moore, Terry Haney and Clifford Warren. “Pappa Snow” Hugh Anderson did the cooking for the group.

* * *

An Evening in Old Bethlehem will be Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, at the George H. Henderson Jr. Expo Center.

* * *

Judy Dixon is still traveling to see grandson Jake Dixon, son of Cami and Shane Dixon, as he plays for LaGrange in the 3A football playoff games. They are into the third round and will play Ingleside. He is a junior and the backup quarterback and played in the 50- 8 win over Canyon Lake. He is the holder for extra points and field goals.

* * *

Cooper and Julie Castleberry moved in August and bought the house on Suntory Way, across the street from Sally and Trey Denman at Crown Colony. Cooper is still refereeing and has been to Hawaii, AirForce/Navy game at Annapolis and to Conway, Ark. He was in Reno but the game started at 9:30 p.m. so all of his friends, including wife Julie, were asleep. His next game will be Kansas vs. Kansas State. I told him to let me know his schedule so we can watch for him. He will have three more games after Thanksgiving and we will have to wait and see what they are.

* * *

Nancy Manning had her Christmas sale last week. Some shopping while I was there were Linda Alexander, June Clement, Julie Zeagler, Harriett Tamminga and Susie Shands.

* * *

Happy Birthday: Jacob Lawrence, Kyle McDaniel, Brandon Zoss, Jean Dillahunty, JonAnna Arnold, Shelia Harkness, Lou Ann Jumper, Lee Ann Lipscomb, Zachary Looney, Margie Kirkland, Ann Richardson, Kelsie Roach, Tara Watson-Watkins, Ray Jayroe, Trey Hensley, Hall Henderson.

* * *

Happy Anniversary: Sandra and Bryan McCarty, Ella and Bill McGaughey, Jo Ann and Thomas Anderson.

* * *

The Angel of Joy Lutheran Church will have a German Christmas Service on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. Songs and readings in will be in German with the sermon in English. Refreshments to follow service. It will be truly a unique holiday experience.

* * *

Lufkin Rotary Club waffle bake chairman Valena Spradley wants to remind everyone about the waffle bake. This is the 57th year. It will be Dec. 4-5 at Angelina College. Last year they served over 1,200 people! They will be wearing new T-shirts that say “making waffles since 1956.” They moved the opening time to 5 p.m. so come straight from work. They are encouraging more first-time visitors so there will be a special prize for the 57th first-time attendee.

* * *

Elizabeth Jenkins called me from Lubbock and will be in our area at Christmas time for a family reunion in Jacksonville. She hopes to make the trip to Lufkin for a visit.

* * *

Sue and Max Rolf are the proud grandparents of Max English Rolf, born Nov. 8. Baby Max weighed 7 pounds 13 ounces and was 20 inches. His parents are Catherine and Ben Rolf and his 2-year-old brother is Benjamin Carter. They live in Fort Worth. Other grandparents are Kay and Philip Goodwin. Great-grandmothers are Jean English and Jean Goodwin.

* * *

Kay and Philip Goodwin have another grandson, Robert Clark Goodwin Jr., born to Robert and Jessica Goodwin at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. Clark was born Nov. 13 and weighed 8 pounds and 13 ounces and was 21 ½ inches long. His other grandparents are Lois and Keith Troska from Minnesota. Great-grandmothers are Jean English and Jean Goodwin. Robert is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and a submarine officer stationed at Annapolis at the U.S. Naval Academy as the company officer on campus.

* * *

Laura and John Koch are the proud grandparents of Truitt Riehl, born Nov. 1 to Shelley and Chance Riehl in Colorado Springs, Colo. Truitt weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces. His 2-year-old brother is Jace. Great-grandmothers are Jetta Westerholm and Doris Rawlings of Louisville, Kent. Laura said that Truitt sleeps at night and is awake all day.

* * *

Sarah Austin is my seat mate at the Temple Theater Angelina Arts Alliance. She thought it would be raining and had “pull” with her sister Karen Foley to take us to the covered area at the theater and come and get us. Karen said that Sarah was the oldest and they did what she told them. My sibling is not that considerate! Neither are my children!

* * *

Pat Hazell with “The Wonder Bread Years” was hysterical. I have not laughed so much in a LONG time. So many of the things that he remembered were what I had remembered. I like Spam and so does David Burris. Natalie Crowson told him where she hides baby Jesus (in her nativity) until Christmas when he was born. Ask Jeff Goodier what he has that a grandfather has. We started with the pledge to the flag. It was a fun night.

* * *

Christmas is coming since Rudolph has become the beacon of Christmas and is shining with all of his lights. Thanks to all that took time to make this happen.

* * *

I went to the downtown antique shops on Friday. David and Bonny Hicks had estate sale things in their shop on Frank Street. Then Len Medford and I met again at Heritage. I told them that I was not getting out late at night since their refreshments were from 3 to 9 p.m. From there I went to Mama Tried and visited with Wanda Wesch and Cheryl Arnold. While I was there cards came for the Holiday Express Destination Downtown for a Hometown Christmas Shopping Day on Saturday, Dec. 7. They had the address wrong for Mama Tried. She is at 206 S. First St. I told Wanda that everyone knew where she was.

* * *

Hope that your Thanksgiving is a good one. Catch you someplace during the holidays.

* * *

See you someplace during the week. Catch you around town.

 

Contact Janice Ann Rowe at
roweja@suddenlink.net.