Veteran's BBQ

The annual Veteran’s BBQ was held on Wednesday, November 11th at 6pm.  The dinner was hosted by the Downtown Men’s Sunday School Class They meet on Sunday morning’s at 9:30 at the old Library building down on the Courthouse Square. This ministry has an outreach program that extends throughout the county. They support Loaves and Fishes, the Community Garden, the Senior Citizen Center, Toys for Tots, community improvement projects, volunteer fire departments and countless other organizations. Volunteers helped to set up the tables, staff from the Senior Citizen’s Center served the dinner and the BBQ was provided by Dwayne Saverence.

Veterans in attendance ranged from the youngest being 25 all the way to 94 years old. All military branches were represented including the Air Force, Navy, Marines, Army, and the Coast Guard. The Santa Anna Mountaineer Band played the “Star Spangled Banner” during the presentation of colors and provided patriotic musical entertainment throughout the night including “Taps,” and “The Grand Old Flag”.  Master of Ceremonies was KRBC Chief Meteorologist and Coleman native, Randy Turner.

The keynote speaker was Coleman’s own, General Terry Scott. General Scott is a graduate of Coleman High School and Texas A&M University. He served in the US Army for 32 years and his last position was Commander of all Army Special Operations Forces World Wide. During his Army career he served 3 tours in Vietnam, commanded a brigade in Grenada, was Commander of the Joint Special Operations in Europe and served as Assistant Division Commander at Fort Stewart. While there he was deployed to Saudi Arabia in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He also commanded the second recognized infantry division in Korea and during his career he earned five declarations of valor. He currently teaches at Howard Payne University and for the last eleven years served as an advisor to the Veterans Administration on disability compensation issues. During his speech he addressed problems facing the Veteran’s Administration and their ability to care for soldiers upon their return from combat. He gave recommendations to Congress for change in the way soldier’s medical issues are handled such as post-traumatic stress disorder, head trauma from explosives and amputations. He advised that while some changes have been made, there is more work to be done to ensure the mental and physical well being of returning soldiers and aging veterans.  

CCMC Ladies' Auxiliary Meeting

The CCMC Ladies Auxiliary met on Monday, November 16, 2015, in the Dining Room of the Coleman County Medical Center.  Thirteen members were present.  The meeting was called to order at 10:15 AM, by President Dorcia Holtz.  Ann Adams read the Auxiliary prayer.

Carol Pennington, Secretary, read the minutes for the October meeting which were approved as read.

Dorothy McDonald, Treasurer, presented the report which was approved as read.

Dorcia Holtz will take care of tray favors for the month of November.
The Cards, Membership, Publicity and Scrapbook Committees had no report.

Carol Pennington reported that the Gift Shop is doing very well. She asked that only a pencil be used when filling out the daily total sheets. She also reiterated that if you are not able to work your scheduled shift, please try to find a replacement before calling Malloy.

Fundraiser ideas were discussed. The Fall Bake Sale will be this Friday, November 20, in the lobby of CCMC. It will start at 8:00 am and each member is asked to bring two items. Pre-orders are welcome so call your friendly Pink Lady! We will not have a Tour of Homes. Because of this, fundraiser ideas are needed!

The CCMC Activity Committee has invited the Auxiliary ladies to attend their Thanksgiving luncheon, Thursday, November 19, from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm.

There will be no meeting in December. The next meeting will be Monday, January 18, 2016.

Volunteers wanted! We welcome anyone who is interested in serving CCMC through the Auxiliary.

The meeting was adjourned at 11.15 AM.

2015 Santa Anna Veterans Day Program

2015 Santa Anna Veterans Day Program

Article was written by Jennifer Brown (Art Teacher)
Photos by Tex Wright (HCIT) 

Santa Anna ISD welcomed Veterans on Wednesday, November 11, in the High School Auditorium.  The program featured archived interviews with Santa Anna Veterans, Albert E. Potter and Thomas E. Potter.  Father and son, respectively, recounted their military experiences.   Albert E. Potter is a Korean War Veteran and Thomas E. Potter is a Cold War Veteran.

The program opened with the Santa Anna Mountaineer Band, under the direction of Mr. Jesse Lotspeich, playing the “Star Spangled Banner.”   ACE Program second graders delivered the Pledge of Allegiance in American Sign Language under the direction of their teacher, Mrs. Johanna Lara.  Sixth graders, Silas and Makayla then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Opening prayer was led by Jacob Gibson, Senior Class President.
Following the opening prayer, the Mountaineer Band played “Grand Old Flag.”   Ashley Beauchamp recited “A Soldier Speaks,” which was submitted by Carl Langford for the day’s program.  Emily Hart sang acapela “Scarlet Tide” and “Amazing Grace.”  Seventh grader, Lily led the audience in “U.S. Air Force.” Seventh graders, Brooklyn, Coy and sixth grader Serinity sang “Love Can Build a Bridge.” Ethan Mendoza lit candles for a tribute to the Veterans.

Roll Call was then read by high school teacher, Jennifer K. Brown.  Audience members stood as their Veterans names were recognized.   Mr. Carl Langford recognized the Santa Anna High School students who placed American on Veterans’ graves at the Santa Anna Cemetery.
The Mountaineer Band concluded the 2015 Veterans Day program with “Civil War” and “TAPS.”

Additional SAISD students who contributed to the production of the program were Jaymee, Lohn, Angel, Lexie, ABriana, Maria, Laci and Aimee.

Mr. Tex Wright, himself a Veteran, of Have Camera in Texas and his wife, Patsy, photographed the attending Veterans in front of the ACE constructed American Flag.
A Special Thank You to Mr. David Robinett, Mrs. Laurie Hunter, Mrs. Aletha Patterson and the entire SAISD faculty and staff.  An additional Thank You to ACE Coordinators, Brandi McIver and Jennifer Rutherford, for printing the programs, for providing time for ACE students to create the fabulous American Flag stage prop in construction paper ringlets and for allowing the second graders to learn the Pledge of Allegiance in American Sign Language.

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Chamber Chat - November

Chamber Chat - November

It’s November and fall is in the air.  The first Annual Prickly Pear Wine and Food Festival was a great success even with the rain, but those of us in Coleman County will never turn down rain.  People enjoyed the rain and all of the booths and exhibits that went with the Prickly Pear.  It’s football season in Coleman County and the local teams are doing well.  Yes, fall is definitely in the air.  The Chamber has been very busy helping with all of the projects that are going on in Coleman and Coleman County and looking forward to the Holiday Season.  It’s fun to see people getting involved and shopping in our downtown area as well as other parts of Coleman.  With the cooler days, there are smiles on many faces.  Many hunters will be coming into Coleman and participating in the hunting that Coleman County is so famous for.  The majority of the hunters and land owners will be participating in the Annual Hunter’s BBQ.  The BBQ will be on Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Coleman County Youth Activity Center (Bill Franklin Center) from 6 – 9 PM.  An admission charge of $10.00 will make you eligible to win one of the many door prizes.  Active Military and children 6 and under will be admitted free.  There will be raffle opportunities for a Kawasaki 610 4x4 Mule ATV.  A custom fire pit made by the Coleman High School Ag Kids and a $350 Gift Certificate will be given away by the Chamber of Commerce. Major prizes like guns and Yeti Coolers will be awarded, but you are not required to be present to win those.  Everyone is welcome to join us on Friday night.  Let’s show these hunters and their family that Coleman is a friendly place and we love having them here.

We would like to spotlight one of our business members ….. Grammer’s.   Grammer’s has been in the same location since 1935 which is 106 Commercial Ave. in Coleman, Texas.  Grammer’s was started by John and Elizabeth Grammer.  Bob and Retha Yates purchased it in 1976 and Jerry and Liz Jones have been the owners since 2004.  Liz started working at Grammer’s in 1969 through the D.E. Program at Coleman High School during her Jr. year of High School and has been working there ever since.  Grammer’s is open Monday through Saturday and has a wide variety of merchandise.  Liz has stated “Every time I tell Jerry I’m going to order something different, he says ‘I don’t know where you’re going to put it’!”  Grammer’s merchandise includes clothing for ladies and several lines of jewelry including Montana Silversmiths.  Liz has added Wrangler jeans, Wrangler shirts, and George Strait shirts for men.  You will find Fredericksburg Farms foods and lotion products.  There are books for the kids and grownups as well.  If you like to cook, you’ll find the perfect cookbook along with fun kitchen items to spruce up your kitchen.  You’ll find beautiful frames and Leanin’ Tree cards for any occasion, and much, much more.  Our children’s department has a large selection of cute baby items, boys Wrangler jeans and shirts, girls Bonnie Jean dresses and sets and a big selection of bows to complete any outfit.  You’ll find that perfect outfit if you are a sports fan.  There are infant items about UT, Texas Tech, and A&M.  Grammer’s is the place to add your registry for that upcoming wedding or preparing for that new little bundle and people shop for wedding and baby shower gifts just for you.  There have been many wonderful ladies that have worked at Grammer’s as the years have gone by and this year is no exception.  Karen Mendoza is Liz’s current employee.  Karen and Liz would love to see you, visit with you and show you all of the new “stuff” in the store.  To top the experience off, when you find that perfect something they will ring up the sale on their “state of the art” 1912 cash register.  Make your way to downtown Coleman and try out the Grammer’s shopping experience.

The  second business member we would like to spotlight is the Lake Coleman Volunteer Fire Department.  Coleman Lake, formerly Coleman Reservoir, is on Jim Ned Creek fourteen miles north of Coleman in Coleman County (at 32°02' N, 99°28' W). It is owned and operated by the city of Coleman for municipal water supply. Construction of the 3,200-foot-long earth-fill dam, built by the R. N. Adams Construction Company, was started in August 1965 and completed on May 10, 1966; deliberate impoundment began in April 1966. The cost was well over $1 million. The reservoir has a capacity of 40,000 acre-feet with a surface area of 2,000 acres at the service spillway elevation of 1,717.5 feet above mean sea level and a capacity of 59,000 acre-feet with a surface area of 2,530 acres at the emergency spillway crest elevation of 1,726 feet above mean sea level. The drainage area above the dam, part of the Colorado River basin, is 292 square miles.

1975 time frame The Patterson family started selling lots around the lake. Since then the lake has grown in number of residents to approximately 350 to include ranches and lake residents. The biggest part of our residents are retired. The Lake Coleman Volunteer Fire Department has a 911 area established by West Texas Central Council of Governments and the Coleman County Fire Fighter Association of 86 square miles. The dept actively works wildland fires, wrecks of all sorts, structure fires and medical calls at Lake Coleman and gives mutual aide to all of Coleman County as well as Callahan County, Or where ever needed.  Chief Randy Teague 325-513-1370.

The Chamber of Commerce is open from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday.  We are located at 218 Commercial Ave., Coleman, Texas and our phone number is 325-625-2163.  We invite you to stop by and visit us any time.

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Fine Arts League attends Water Color Workshop

Fine Arts League attends Water Color Workshop
Tom Lockhart, Bill Shields, Ginger Test, Debbie Cooper and Marian Johnson

Four members of the Fine Arts League of Coleman County, attended a 3 day water color workshop, by Colorado Artist Tom Lockhart.

Coleman Masonic Lodge #496 Raffle

Coleman Masonic Lodge #496 Raffle
Nina Childress from the Coleman Chamber of Commerce; and Dana Veteto from the Coleman Masonic Lodge #496

The Coleman Masonic Lodge recently held a raffle, for a rifle and a shotgun, to raise money for their scholarships.

The winner of the rifle was Billy Swindall. The winner of the shotgun was Patrick McMahon.

All proceeds from the raffle go to the Masonic Lodge scholarship. The amount that is raised is matched by the Grand Lodge.

Veteto said, "The Masonic Lodge would like thank everyone who helped. Without the support of the community, and surrounding areas, we could not do this."

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