Saturday, January 31, 2009

A place called home: Georgetown center provides home for retired priests

Telegram Staff Writer

What happens to a Catholic priest when he retires?
Having taken a lifelong vow of chastity, he's got no wife or children.
There's only three options: He can go to a parish where a priest needs help and work on a part-time basis, filling in when the main priest is ill or on vacation; he can purchase his own home if he has the financial means to do so; or he must live in a facility owned by his diocese.
Father Charles Davis opted for Choice No. 3. Retired from St. Mary's in Temple, Christ the King in Belton and St. Joseph's in Killeen, Davis now lives at the John Paul II Residence for Priests in Georgetown. Located next to St. Helen's Catholic Church, the residence is within 10 miles of Southwestern University.
'It's a great place to call home,' Davis said.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Clubs are good for your health

Telegram Staff Writer

Being a member of a club isn't just a diversional activity.
It's a useful tool in building strong mental health.
'The nature of your relationships with other people is important to your well-being,' said therapist Linda Chupik, the founder Chupik Counseling & Consulting in Temple. 'Studies show that people who participate in activities that are not self-centered, like social and service clubs, live longer than those who don't.'
And they're generally happier.
'Organizations offer many different activities - like quilting, bingo, book reviews or whatever - for you to get involved in,' said Bill Berning, a 40-year clinical psychologist retired from Associated Family Counselors in Temple. 'And that provides social stimulation, which is an important step in coping with life's blows.'
Mary Young understands this. She recently wrote a letter to the Bell County Newcomers Club, thanking its members for their help and friendship in her transition from wife to widow.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Youngsters share talents, hugs with seniors

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From show-and-tell to pet birds, the third graders from Central Texas Christian School are finding they have a lot in common with people more than 10 times their age.
Twice a month, the youngsters visit the residents of Hearthstone Assisted Living Center. It's part of a mission outreach program that's now a decade old.
'I like older people, so I wanted a program that would benefit them,' said Wendy Wolfe, the third-grade teacher who started it.
The visits have turned into an enjoyable experience for all parties involved.
'It's so wonderful because we get to see the kids,' said Ruth Miksch, a Hearthstone resident. 'It's something I enjoy very much.'
So does 8-year-old Taylor Humphrey of Temple.
'We get to come visit and talk and walk in the garden and play with cats,' Humphrey said. 'It's always a fun day when we come to see them.'

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Woman paints the way for granddaughter

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The back of a brick building in Belton is taking on a new look. No longer a wall of pale brown, it has become a work of art.
'There's a bright blue sky, some green hills and golden flowers,' said Ann Montgomery of Belton, pointing to her creation at Vintage Daze, 213 E. Central. 'I think I'll call it 'French Countryside.''
She painted the landscape with the aid of her 5-year-old granddaughter, Jenna Montgomery of Belton.
'It's all part of a project to spruce up the back side of the store,' Ms. Montgomery said.
The owner, Sandy Bigham, said plans are to transform the area into a break nook.
'We want the back patio to be a place where people can come drink coffee or have lunch,' Ms. Bigham said. 'It's in the process of being fixed up.'
The mural was the first step. A vendor at the store, Ms. Montgomery volunteered to paint it because she enjoys arts and crafts.
'She said she had an idea for a painting, and I told her to go for it,' Ms. Bigham said. 'It turned out great. I love it.'

Public Enemies: Film based on book by Temple native

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This summer's Johnny Depp film has ties to Temple.
Set for release on July 1, 'Public Enemies' is based on a book of the same title by Bryan Burrough, a 1979 graduate of Temple High School.
The Universal Pictures production will be Burrough's first cinematic credit, and he's very excited.
'It's awesome,' Burrough said. 'I can barely believe all this is happening.'
Published in June 2005 by Penguin Press, Burrough's non-fiction book discusses the development of the FBI and what he calls the golden era of crime.
'In 1933 and 1934, the country had some of its best outlaws,' Burrough said. 'People like Ma Barker, John Dillinger and George 'Machine Gun' Kelly were in the headlines.'
It's also the time J. Edgar Hoover came into the spotlight.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Ladies put a new curl in Bible study

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Make-up, blow dryers and hair curlers - at church?
That's the idea for 'Beauty Shop Talk,' a new Bible study at Memorial Baptist Church in Temple.
'Getting your hair done and talking to your friends. Nothing's more relaxing than going to the beauty shop,' said Trina Meadows, program creator. 'We want to bring that relaxed feeling to church.'
For the study's first session on Jan. 24, part of the church will be transformed into a beauty salon.
'It'll be great. It'll have the look and feel of a beauty shop,' Mrs. Meadows said. 'The point is to give women a place to get together, feel comfortable and have fellowship.'
Meeting 2-4 p.m. on Saturdays, the six-week program is open to all women in their 20s and 30s. There's no cost to participate, but childcare will not be provided.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Hot chocolate: Belton grad takes top prize

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When she turned 16, Jennilee McCaffrey didn't want a car. She wanted a KitchenAid mixer.
'So we got her one,' said mom, Denise McCaffrey of Temple, not at all surprised by the request. 'Ever since she was a child, she's enjoyed cooking. She had a tiny, little apron that she always wore.'
The child cook grew up to be a pastry chef.
And last month, Miss McCaffrey won her first professional culinary contest. She took the top honor - the Hot Chocolate Award - at the Dec. 3 'World of Chocolate' event.
The annual competition is an annual fundraiser for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and its goal is to find 'the altogether tastiest treats.'
This year's best-tasting treats were Miss McCaffrey's gingerbread brownies, pecan and peppermint truffles, caramelized banana and spicy milk chocolates.
'Winning was wonderful,' said Miss McCaffrey, a 2000 Belton High School graduate. 'It was probably the most exciting night of my life.'

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Church cares for dementia and Alzheimer's patients

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St. Francis Episcopal Church has started a new ministry called Tuesday's Solace.
It's a way for caregivers of people with dementia or Alzheimer's to get an afternoon of personal time.
'The patients come in for a day of activity,' said volunteer coordinator Ginger Jones of Temple. 'We exercise, sing, play bingo and do arts and crafts. It's good socialization time for them, and it's a good break for their families.'
Having formed in September, the group cares for eight to 10 people with dementia or Alzheimer's 1 to 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Game inspires man to write fiction

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Dungeons and Dragons is more than a game.
For people like Michael Flanery of Moody, it is a source of literary inspiration. Celebrating the publication of his first novel, he says the D&D world gave him an appreciation for fantasy and the tools to create believable characters.
'My entire high school career was devoted to the paper-and-pen version of D&D,' Flanery said, grinning. 'I don't remember much about those years other than elves, wizards and orcs.'
He stopped playing D&D when he was 17 because he left home to serve in the military. But he didn't abstain from the fantasy world for long. His adult years found him an avid fan of online role-playing games.
'The more I played, the more I read,' Flanery said. 'Any kind of book I could get my hands on. And a couple of years ago, I was reading this one book and it was a particularly horrible book. I told the wife I could write one better than that, and she said, 'Well, why don't you?' It was kind of a dare, but I took her up on it.'
So Flanery started writing his first book, 'Dream Paladin.' It's a fantasy novel about five Holy Knights of the Church. They are all champions of good, but the men have different lifestyles, different careers and different regions of the country.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Author seeks stories about the Nolanville Encampment

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Not much of the Nolanville Encampment remains.
There's an old water tower, a few rundown cabins and a cement slab. But the 12-acre site isn't barren. It plays host to more than a century of memories.
From 1885 to 1996, the Nolanville Encampment was the annual destination of hundreds of Christians - the congregation members of the Nolanville Church of Christ and their friends and families.
'It was a tent meeting gospel revival,' said Paul Chapman of Killeen, a history enthusiast who's writing a book about the camp's history. 'Baptisms would take place in the creek behind the woods.'
They'd meet the Friday before the first Sunday of August and camp there for 10 days.
'And it was rough living for the first 40 years or so,' Chapman said. 'Mosquitoes were bad, and you had to haul water from the creek. Any food you ate you brought with you.'