Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Book for a cook: Seaton sisters share savory snacks

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If you don't know what to fix for dinner, leave it to the Seaton Christian Sisters to give you some ideas.
They've compiled a 400-page cookbook full of dinner, party and dessert ideas. Entitled 'Blessings from the Kitchen,' the book's recipes are divided into these categories: Appetizers and beverages, soups and salads, vegetables and side dishes, main dishes, breads and rolls, cookies and candies, and this and that.
'Most of the recipes have been handed down from family to family over the generations,' said Helen Haisler, one of the cookbook contributors. 'The dressing, for example - my grandma made it, my mom made it and now I make it. It's not Christmas without it.'
That's the way Joyce Skrabanek feels about her sausage and sauerkraut.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Blind craftsman creates spooky world

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There's not much not scary at the Hoskinson house.
Bats and goblins fly from the trees in the front yard. Skulls and headless men lean on the fencepost, and corpses play peek-a-boo from coffins in the backyard.
'Everything's been up since the first of October,' said David Hoskinson. 'Had to be able to enjoy it.'
It's not the sight of the decorations, though, that pleases the blind Mr. Hoskinson. It's the love of his handiwork.
'He does the carpentry and woodwork,' said wife Mari - who does the painting and helps with the design. 'He works power tools, climbs on ladders, everything. He even does the wiring for the sound. Scary music plays at night.'
Neighbor Rusty Williams attests to the quality of Mr. Hoskinson's skill.
'He makes some awesome stuff,' Williams said. 'He's been working on this year's stuff since the day after last Halloween.'

'Army' plans new center

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The Salvation Army of Temple wants to build 'A Center of Hope.'
'We're in a feasibility study right now,' said Capt. Martha Burchett, the director. 'We have to find out the cost, what location would be best and how big it should be.'
Her goal is to create a community service facility that will offer programs in counseling, transitional housing, drug and alcohol rehabilitation and character development for at-risk youth.
Funds for the center will come from a capital campaign fundraiser, set to start in the spring of 2009.
Assisting Ms. Burchett in this endeavor is an advisory board full of community leaders like Sam Farrow of Extraco Bank, Richard Archer of the Texas Veterans Land Board, Lonzo Wallace of Temple Fire Rescue, Jimmy Stewart of Wal-Mart, Realtor Bob Arris and Chaplain Jack Covington of the First Responders Fellowship.
'There's a lot of needs in this community that we can meet if we can get the resources to do it,' Wallace said.
He and Covington said the homeless and at-risk youth are two populations that need help and attention.
'Growth has been astonishing in this area, practically non-stop,' Covington said. 'But when the good grows, the bad grows too. And we've got to be prepared to address it and be there to help.'
The Center of Hope, however, will not be a place for free hand-outs. It will follow the Salvation Army mission code.
'We're about touching hearts and changing them,' Capt. Burchett said. 'We're about providing the tools to make positive change and growth happen.'

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Latin Mass resumes at St. Mary's Church

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The Latin Mass is returning to St. Mary's Catholic Church after an absence of more than 40 years.
'It took some work to make it happen, but now that it's here, we're all excited,' said Keb Burns, director of adult Catholic education at St. Mary's.
It's not just a one-time deal. The Latin Mass will become a regular fixture of worship at the Temple church. Father Gregory Hanks of Rockdale will offer it the first Sunday of every month at 5 p.m., starting Nov. 2.
'Nothing's going to change about the regular Mass (the one said in English),' Ms. Burns said. 'It'll still be there. The Latin Mass is an opportunity for those who want it to have it.'
Officially called the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite and sometimes referred to as the Gregorian Rite and Tridentine Mass, the Latin Mass was a regular practice at all Catholic churches until the Second Vatican Council dismissed it in 1962.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Carrying on in the name of Love

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He died in 2002, but people are still talking about him.
'Robert Love was that kind of guy - he was cool,' said longtime friend Bruce Matous of Temple. 'He meant lots of things to lots of people.'
And it'll be a long time before his memory fades.
His name is a permanent fixture to the newly formed Robert S. Love Foundation.
'It's a local organization committed to raising money for cancer research,' said Charles Lucko, foundation founder. 'Everything we do will benefit the Scott & White Cancer Research Institute.'
How this came to be is a story of loss, but it's also a story of friendship.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Polka starts Bartlett church's party

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Hey, hey, the gang will be there for Sunday's polka service at St. John's Lutheran Church in Bartlett.
With laughs and upbeat music, Oma and the Ooompahs plan to launch the church's 125th anniversary celebration with a German flair.
'And that's fitting,' said Charles Gersbach, president of the church council. 'We're a church of Czech and German roots, family and tradition.'
A bite of the congregation's homemade sausage will prove the man's not kidding.
'We're all so excited about the anniversary,' said Shirley Fischer, a woman who was baptized, confirmed and married at the Bartlett church. 'Our families go back four and five generations. That's identity.'

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Fisher House lands Santa

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NORTH POLE - Santa's paying special attention to military families this year.
Now through Jan. 1, signs reading 'Official Santa Landing Zone' will decorate the lawns of the U.S. Fisher House lodges for families of military members undergoing medical treatment.
The beneficiary of this year's Operation Santa Sign, the Fisher House Foundation will also receive $2 from every Santa sign sale that takes place throughout the naouttion.
Costing $12.99, the signs will be available at through Dec. 31. The signs measure 24 inches wide by 18 inches high, and the purchase includes a stake for display purposes.
Operation Santa Sign is an annual charity project of, an online store for personalized academic apparel.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Standing on the promises: Grove church celebrates 125 years

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St. Paul Lutheran Church at The Grove has been partying since January.
“This year is very important to us,” said Pastor John Heckmann. “We’re celebrating our 125th anniversary.”
To commemorate the occasion, the church has heard special programs from former pastors.
“They’ve given a special service every other month,” Heckmann said. “The point was to highlight church life.”
Topics were fellowship, nurture, stewardship, worship and service.
“Everything we’ve been doing has been leading up to Oct. 26,” Heckmann said.
Oct. 26 is the date set for the official 125th anniversary celebration. There will be two special worship services, festival activities and a barbecue meal at noon served with Westphalia noodles.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

More than a little blue turning 50

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Most of us learned about the little blue people on TV.
The Smurfs, turning 50 this month, had their own show 1981-1990. Papa Smurf was the boss, Smurfette was the girl and Gargamel was the bad guy.
But the Hanna & Barbera cartoon studio wasn't where the cheery mushroom dwellers were born.
The Smurfs surfaced Oct. 23, 1958, as supporting characters in a cartoon strip called 'Johan and Peewit' by a Belgian artist named Pierre Culliford.
Always having 'gnome-like adventures,' the Smurfs - or the Schtroumpfs as Culliford called them - quickly became an entity of their own. Under the penname Peyo, Culliford authored several Smurf books.
As the stories circulated, the Smurfs captured an international audience.
The world's languages developed their own words for Smurf. In Spanish, a Smurf is a Pitufo; in Germany, they are Schlumpfs; the Nam Ching Ling are Smurfs in China; and a Smurf is called a Dardassim in Hebrew.
This was in the '60s and '70s when it seemed here a Smurf, there a Smurf, everywhere a Smurf Smurf. The cartoon was still a decade into the future; and the movie 'The Smurfs and the Magic Flute' didn't hit the silver screen until 1982.
These days, as they celebrate their 50th anniversary, the Smurfs aren't as popular as all things Harry Potter, but they're by no means an endangered species.

Love of Smurfs runs in family

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There's a Smurf drawer in her house.
That's where Patsy Daniel of Temple keeps her Smurfs - all 88 of them.
But on Monday they weren't in the drawer. A sea of blue faces littered her kitchen table.
There was Farmer Smurf, Chainsaw Smurf, Halloween Smurf, Mermaid Smurf and Smurfs with every accessory imaginable.
'They're for the kids,' Ms. Daniel said. 'They love to play with them.'

Fundraiser will benefit study of premature birth

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Mommy goes to the hospital, has her baby and takes him home.
That's generally how it goes unless the baby's born premature.
If that's the case, Mommy's a powerless person sitting on the sidelines as a team of doctors prepares her child for life in an incubator.
That's how it was for Ashley Jones of Robinson, the keynote speaker for the Oct. 23 March of Dimes fundraiser. Her son Braxton weighed 15.2 ounces when he was born.
'He had to stay in the incubator for 3 months,' Mrs. Jones said. 'We took him home Dec. 15, his due date.'
In the first months of her son's life, Mrs. Jones and her husband Luke waited and watched.
'You live hour by hour,' Mrs. Jones said. 'One minute he's doing wonderful, but the next he's taken a step back.'
While he was in the incubator, Braxton couldn't breathe on his own.
'He was on a ventilator, and then he was breathing with treatments like they give for people with sleep apnea,' Mrs. Jones said. 'But then there was a step back, and he was on the ventilator again.'
Those long months proved productive. A bright-eyed, healthy Braxton turned 1 on Sept. 11 - without any sign of having been born premature.
'We were really lucky,' Mrs. Jones said. 'He didn't have any of the heart problems or brain bleeds that are associated with being born premature. Just one eye surgery to fix his sight.'

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Jail ministry plans annual banquet: Millionaire will share success story

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Inmates are in jail. They're not dead.
Their spirits are alive and hurting, needing support and care just like anyone else, said Steve Cannon, executive director of J.A.I.L. Ministry - a Christian volunteer group that provides spiritual nurture to area juveniles and the inmates of Bell County Jail.
The weekly J.A.I.L. schedule overflows with activities. Evenings alternate with worship services, Bible studies and one-on-one encouragement sessions.
Man power is no problem. The group routinely welcomes new volunteers.
'But there's always a need for supplies and new Bibles,' Cannon said. 'And a need for funds to pay our administrative costs.'
The J.A.I.L. budget relies on contributions from the community, the bulk of which comes from J.A.I.L.'s annual fund-raising banquet.
This year, the banquet will take place Oct. 28 at the Bell County Expo Center.

Nazarenes celebrate 100 years

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Sunday's a big day for the Nazarenes.
More than 21,000 churches worldwide are planning to celebrate the denomination's centennial.
No matter the church, country or time zone, the celebratory sermon and video will be the same.
'It'll all be coming from the same passages and same scripture,' said Gary Hocker, pastor of the Cove Church of the Nazarene. 'It's the same theme.'
The centennial sermon is entitled 'The Church as a Holy People.' Its author is Jesse Middendorf, the general superintendent of the Nazarene church. A PowerPoint presentation accompanies the sermon, giving pastors the option to refer to animated images for emphasis.
In order to give the celebration service an identity common to all Nazarenes, the General Board of the church has also designated a centennial set of scripture readings and music selections.
The 10-minute video that will play at the centennial services is entitled 'Out of Many One, Out of One Many: The First 100 Years of the Church of the Nazarene.' It highlights the heritage, message and mission of the Nazarene church. A companion video designed for children will be available as well.
Some of the local Nazarene churches have added unique festivity to their individual celebrations of the centennial.