Sunday, April 12, 2009

He's 'The Doc': At 82, Dr. Weinblatt is still patient with patients

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'Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee. Hey, diddly-dee, a doctor's life for me!'
Walk into his office on the corner of Third and French, and you'll hear Dr. Jack Weinblatt singing this tune. It's his theme song.
'It worked in 'Pinocchio,' and it works for me,' he said. 'I'm Dr. Jack.'
He's 82 years old - and still doctoring. He serves as medical director for six area nursing homes, and he works at his family practice three days a week.
'I'd be an idiot to quit. I wouldn't be Dr. Jack if I quit,' he said. 'You can't fish all day. I don't like yard work, and you can't sit and watch trains all day. I love being Dr. Jack. It's what I do. I like helping people.'

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Ministry builds women's shelter in Troy

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Come May, there'll be a shelter for victims of domestic violence in Troy.
It'll be run by Shield of Grace Ministries from the Belton First Assembly of God.
'We've got a house, and it's being remodeled,' said Alicia Prado of Temple, project board member. 'We plan to be open by the middle of May.'
Pastor Harry Thrasher of Belton First Assembly of God says the shelter will be a great asset for the community.
'It's a good thing because in the ministry, we see women who are battered and fearful for their lives but have no place to go,' Thrasher said. 'We want to open doors to them and give them counseling, so that they can get their lives back on track. It's a chance for them to get out of bondage.'
But the shelter won't be funded and managed by Belton Assembly of God alone.
'It's a community effort,' said Melissa McCoy, shelter board member. 'Several other churches have joined the effort, and our volunteer count is up to 20 or so.'

Russian woman converts then translates

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As a child, Christina Matkina had no knowledge of Jesus or the Bible. She was 15 when she became a Christian.
'All it took was a single sermon,' Miss Matkina said. 'That happened in 1995, and it changed my life.'
In Russia on a mission trip, Russell Chupik of Rogers stopped to share the message of Christ at Miss Matkina's high school.
'He said, 'There is someone who will always talk to you, someone who will always listen and care,'' Miss Matkina said. 'I liked the idea of that. I was lonely growing up. My mother raised me and my sister by herself, so she was always working. She didn't have time to nurture the spiritual life.'
Her friends, also, were of no comfort.
'They could always tell me of their problems, and I would listen,' Miss Matkina said. 'But when I had a problem, nobody cared. Nobody wanted to listen.'
So she approached Chupik and asked him to tell her who 'that guy was.'
'He said, 'That's Jesus Christ. Invite him into your heart, and he will be there and he will be your savior because that's what the Bible promises,'' Miss Matkina said. 'I did.'
Since then, Miss Matkina said her life has been filled with an overwhelming sense of the Lord's presence. It has encouraged her to become a full-time missionary.
And on April 3, Miss Matkina had the opportunity to reunite with Chupik.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Club gets groovy with vintage style

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Vintage wear is not out of style.
That was the theme of the Newcomers Club's April 1 style show at the Wildflower Country Club.
'The thing about vintage is that it's fun,' said Maxine Willingham, a Salado area buyer and personal shopper of women's apparel. 'And we love to see how it transpires to the new fashions of today.'
Jeannie Parker, one of the event's six models, agreed.
'Vintage is timeless,' Ms. Parker said. 'And very lovely.'
The show had the feel of a trip in a time machine. The models sported 18 fashions that were popular in the '60s and '70s. Ms. Willingham said the outfit selection showed how styles changed from 'hippie to disco.'

Therapy turns grief into works of art

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Art therapy is what happens after talk therapy fails.
'Words are often insufficient,' said Sandy Ellis of Temple, social worker and grief counselor. 'So you can't always just talk about it.'
So to help her clients, she relies on art.
'Creating a vision, it helps to express what's going on inside,' she said.
It's a useful therapy for adults and children.
'It helps older people broach subjects they're uncomfortable with,' Ms. Ellis said. 'And for the children, the art helps them show what they don't understand.'
Art therapy can take dozens of forms: collages, drawings, paintings, sculptures, journaling and 3-D structures.
The options, Ms. Ellis said, are endless.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Jewish congregation forms in Harker Heights

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She needed a spiritual home.
'If you're Jewish, you don't have that many options as to where to worship,' said Caren Cohen of Harker Heights.
That's because the nearest synagogues are about an hour away. There's one in Waco, one in Austin and another on the Fort Hood military base.
'That pretty much well limits it for the rest of us,' Mrs. Cohen said. So she and her husband, Larry, spearheaded the effort to form a Jewish congregation for the local community. Based in Harker Heights, it's called Simcha Sinai, which in English means 'Joy where the Torah was received.'
So far it's got about 30 members.
'And we get more each week as word gets out,' Mr. Cohen said. They meet for worship and a homemade Sabbath meal at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of the month at various members' homes. To obtain specific locations, people should contact the Cohens at 254-231-4930 or