Sunday, November 25, 2007

Needle works art into hobby

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

A needle may be pulling thread, but the term is not always 'sew.'
'It's stitch, not sew,' said several members of the Heart of Texas Needlework Guild.
None of the seamsters would comment about their craft until that was understood.
'Stitching is what we do,' said Betty Bunker of Temple.
To sew is to link pieces of material together with needle and thread, she said, whereas to stitch is to adorn and decorate.
Embroidery is an example of stitch work.
'Some of us sew, too,' Mrs. Bunker said. 'But stitching is what we're about.'

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Cathedrals spark students' creativity

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

'It is wise to learn; it is God-like to create.' - John Saxe, 19th century U.S. poet
If it's God-like to create, then the halls of St. Mary's School are divine.
The cathedrals that decorate them are the proof, for they were borne from the imaginations of its students.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Temple Free Clinic helps couple

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

She's the lady who escorts patients to the exam rooms at Temple Community Free Clinic. Her days are filled with answering phones, filing and lab work - the daily administrative tasks that help keep health care available and affordable for people in need.
But Jackie Hutton isn't a typical employee who sought her job via an interview and application.
Her seven-year tenure as clinic secretary is a result of the six years she spent as clinic patient.
'Coming to the Temple Community Free Clinic was one of the best moves I ever made,' Mrs. Hutton said, emphasizing that she is very grateful during this holiday. 'Everything I have today is because I came to be a patient here. This clinic saved my husband's life.'

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Local artwork has role in Julia Roberts movie

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Paintings from a local family will decorate the set of 'Fireflies in the Garden,' a spring 2008 Dennis Lee film starring Julia Roberts.
Now the property of Monice Bittenbinder of Temple, the dozen paintings are the art of her mother, the late Lynn Brazelton of Waco. Mrs. Brazelton and her husband, the late William Brazelton, owned the Brazelton Art Gallery in Waco, 1975-1995.
Carla Curry, a member of the movie's set crew, found one of Mrs. Brazelton's paintings at an Austin resale shop earlier this year.
'She saw it, fell in love with it and had to have it for the movie,' said Debbie Haber of Austin, the movie's art department coordinator. 'Her boss took a look at it and said he wanted as much as he could get from that artist.'
Untamed but sullen, the soft-colored painting looked like something that Ms. Roberts' character would own, Ms. Haber said.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Homeless help group is in time oftransition

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Its purpose is to help homeless families find places they can call their own.
After providing them with shelter and food for a month or so, Family Promise of East Bell County finds its success as homeless families secure steady jobs.
But as the non-profit organization faces the close of its third year, it finds itself needing help from the community.
Nobody's available to man the Family Promise office.
'We need volunteers to work at the office and help with administration work,' said the Rev. Pat Dietrich, Family Promise board president and interim director. 'We're in transition, right now. We need help for everything from filing to stocking to answering phones.'

Sunday, November 4, 2007

City Federation honors the woman who takes care of club business

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

She's the voice on the phone when you call, and she's the face you see when you go inside.
Her name is Nayeola Ford - the manager of the City Federation Clubhouse at 219 King Circle in Temple.
October marked her 20th anniversary. The Federation presented her with a plaque and bouquet of red roses to thank her for her two decades of service during a special program on Oct. 9.
Her job hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday - a schedule that fits her title of general manager.
But her tasks and workplace are anything but common.

Morgan's Point man remembers teaching '60s & '70s pop star: Joe Scarcella was B.J. Thomas' choir instructor

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

All the raindrops in the world can't flood away the fact that B.J. Thomas got an F in choir.
'Now, it's funny,' Thomas said in a recent phone interview. 'I walk into a room and say, 'Hey, I failed choir,' and nobody believes me. But it's true.'
The man who gave Thomas that F is Joe Scarcella of Morgan's Point - a member of the choir at Taylor's Valley Baptist Church in Temple. He's a 1955 graduate of the Baylor School of Music.
'I had forgotten about it,' the 73-year-old Scarcella said recently, laughing. 'But that's right. That rascal. He had missed a weekend activity that was mandatory. He knew the rules.'
It took Thomas a few minutes to admit that.
'I knew failing was a possibility,' Thomas said, almost whining. 'Didn't think it actually would happen.'
His exaggerated bitterness faded with a laugh. He holds no grudge against Scarcella, finally saying he accepts full responsibility for the F.
'Mr. Scarcella was always a wonderful guy,' Thomas said. 'He's a very nice guy. I had a great time in his class, and I learned a lot from him.'

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Recovered sex addict to speak at local church

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

'I was a sex addict.'
For the Temple-born Jonathan Daugherty, the truth of his sentence inspired him to launch Be Broken Ministries - a national Christian outreach effort that offers counseling services to sex addicts and those who love them. He and his wife, Elaine, operate the ministry out of San Antonio.
'In August 1999 I sat by myself on my living room couch. Alone and scared,' Daugherty, 32, said, noting that summer was when God planted the ministry's roots in his heart. 'I (was trying) to piece together what 13 years of sexual addiction had just torn apart.'
His obsession with pornography, prostitutes and strip clubs, he said, drove his wife out of the house. The couple had been married four years at the time.
'She did the right thing by leaving and protecting herself from any more unnecessary pain,' Daugherty said. 'My life was unraveling, and I couldn't harness my out-of-control behaviors. I remember thinking I might be better off dead than alive.'