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PAGE 4- The Malakoff News - Friday, August 4, 2006 I our We opened our water bill here at the paper the other day and nearly dropped our teeth. Instead of our average $55 bill, this one read $412.30. That's a lot of money just for bathroom privileges for a hand- ful of women. "What are we going to do?" The girls asked me. "If this is not a mistake, and we can't fix it, I'll tell you what we are going to do: we are going to have our water cut off, and we are going to go 8cross the street to Cedar Lake Nursing Services to use the bathroom!" As much as everybody wasn't looking forward to that prospect, we agreed we'd probably have to do it. I'm not sure how that would have gone over at the nurs- ing service, since some govern- ment initials called HIPPA prom- ise severe penalties if we even look like We would disclose any private information about our cli- ents. Even though you probably ouldn't be real interested in the details of Mrs. Smith recovery from gall bladder surgery, I can see where a bunch of newspa- per types coming and going regu- larly might make our nurses ner- vous. Luckily, we get to keep our water on. The city is graciously going to fix it for us. Thank God! Loretta Humble Around About ] people from getting them. We didn't even know we had one. Finding it out was a huge surpme. But ali's well that ends well: thecity4s changing out our meter to one more befitting the needs of a few ladies in their offices, and everything is fine, There were a few others who got the same shock, who the city is also working with. I suspect if you got one of those sur- prise bills you' re prob- ably already talking to the city. If not, please do. If you don't need that kind of meter, they. don't want you to have it While I was at City Hall, I asked Glen Herriage what could be done about the speed that trucks, and cars for that matter, whiz dar0ugh this town on Hwy 31. The speed limit is 45 mph. In Trinidad, the limit is 50 mph, and they really whiz through there. I guess most people are like me: I figure if the signs say 45 they really mean it would probably be okay to do at least 50. Seems to me some of the trucks push it a lot further. Forty-five seems a little fast to me. Kerens and Athens have 35 mph 5mits. If I understood Glen righ the city can't just up and change the" speed limit, but if the citizens want it lowered, the city can pe- tition the state to change it. Seems to me like a good idea, before one of these trucks runs As you may remember, our somebody d0wn. newspaper building once housed Usually this column is just a the U.S. Post Office, which we bunchoffoolishness, try:algtornake were able to buy right during the youlaughoratleastmicker. Guess Savings and Loan Crash years I'm trying to do a public service ago. That huge water line, along this week. I'm asking your opin- a meter was ate: ion: Woutdyot!lil l / rently ired by federal limiting? lbecificatidl . That might have If or been overkill, sioce I don't think post offices use much more wa- ter per person than we do. The big line means we could suddenly turn everything on and use up way too much of the city's water. Plus, having to fix the big things when they break costs the city lots more So, the city has put a high basic charge on those type meters, both to help pay for the extra cost, and to discourage the paper. I'm lhumble @eatlhlinka and the per is malnews @earddinl .net. Or you could call us at 903-489-0531. And by tbe way, we still haven,t landed an editor, although we do have a good lead. So help us send us news, send us pic- tures, get out and do something dif- ferent and make some news. (But if you do Ihat, call us first: we not only want news; we want ascoop.) Who's Your Baby? Here at Cedar Lake Nursing ade! What a great way to beat & Rehab we've put up a "tem- the heat! porary nursery". Actually, it's We would also like to invite a wall of famous babies. Who's you to bring some. school sup- babies are they? They are baby pic- tures of staff mem- bers who work here at Cedar Lake and we are all having a wonderful time guessing who's baby picture be- longs to who. The object of this contest is to fool evei'yond. If you want to see a beautiful baby or two, drop by and peek at ours, make your own guesses and spend some time reminiscing with some of .our residents about their days of raising babies. We'll serve you up a cold glass of lemon- : = '-- plies to drop off in Cara Harmon the activity office. We are holding a school supply drive for our staff mem- bers who have school aged chip dren. We're hoping to collect enough to give each employee Cedar Chest with childrenalittle something to help their kids get started in school this year; however, we can't do it without your help. So, pl se help us to help them. Until next time Cara Harmon, Activity Director, Ce- dar Lake Nursing & Rehab, Malakoff O Theresa Willbanks weds Jas. E. Wallace in Dallas ceremony By Britt Thompson From The Malakoff News Friday, August 4, 1950 Miss Theresa Willbanks, formerly of Malakoff and daughter of Mrs. Eva Willbanks of this city, and J. H. Willbanks of Dallas, was united in marriage pn Satur- day evening to Mr. James E. Wallace. The groom is a son of. Mr. and Mrs. N. Wallace of Paris The wedding took place in the Urbandale Methodist Church in Dallas, with the Rev. John C. Cook officiating The double ring ceremony was used. The bride, given in marriage by her brother, J. J. Willbanks, wore a suit of skipper blue with cocoa associates, and her flowers were white ca- mellias. Mrs. Michael O'Neal, the bride's only attendant, was also dressed in skipper blue and wore a corsage of pink gladioli. Mr. Michael O'Neal served as best man. Mr. Robert Kelly, organist, played the wedding music and accompanied the vocalist, Mr. Elmo S. Giles, who sang "Be- cause" and "I Love You Truly." Only a few close friends and relatives of the couple were in attendance at the ceremony. Mr. and, Mrs. Wallace will make theft home in Dallas, and are no, at home.at 221 South Edgefield. CONTRIBUTEr TO LOOKING BACK If you h photographs, ar- ticles, or family histories that you would like to see in the Looking Back column, please contact Britt Thompson at the following email address: rbtnyu81 @ sbcgl0bal.net. Thompsoh can also be reached by mail at Britt Thomp- son, 7033 Blalock Drive, The Colony, Texas 75056. Photo- graphs and text can be in any format. DOWN MEMORY LANE Click on the Down Memory Lane link at www.malakoffnews.net. Share ygur memories as new pictures from Malakoff's past are posted regularly. Mr. James E. Wallace and Miss Theresa Willbanks By Rick Hirsch,meet these requirements, and controtis rarely needed under shrubs, ground cover, County Extension Agent U.S. producers can apply except in Unwanted places, etc. Nests usually are made USDA has annoumc, e,d that, :for approval of their-bwn These wasps'are very dif- in the fullsun where vegeta- effective immediately, the USDA QSA Program for age ferent than the social Fasp tion is sparse and soil is well Japanese market is now verification or have, their (hornets, yellow jackets and drained. ap to ,S heef,!g e qlled i one Cicada kil,If ccjnitfo Of these wasps productsfromeat+flevexified . ation their is nec.gss y;due to the In- to be 20 month +of a.ge=.or,=gram ;: d. line prey s caffon f hiltlr e ' 'plaeatea yotmgerf e announcement www.ams.usda.gov/lsg/arc/ rather than to defend their or if there is an extremely ended a months- " qsa n.htmor ne ts. The wasps feed on large number of flying long dispute that resulted in shut- ting down a top destination for :::~:. ~%. high-quality beef and beef variety meats produced by the United States worth about $1.7 billion a year. Agrivie Japan closed its borders to U.S. beef af- ter BSE was discovered in Washington State in Decem- ber 2003. The Japanese market was briefly re- opened in late 2005, but closed this January because there was a shipment of veal steaks that contained bone materials. As was the case Iwith the initial reopening of the Japanese market in Decem- ber 2005, for U.S. cattlemen to meet export require- ments into Japan, cattle must come through a Qual- ity System Assessment (QSA), which is part of the Beef Export Verification (BEV) program run by USDA. The QSA stretches from the farm to the packer and ensures that the beef is source and age verified. Texas Cattle Feeders Asso- ciation in Amarillo is coor- dinating a QSA program to Riek Hirsch au fifiedmtmx. i L A R G E WASPS IN THE AREA: Our office has received numer- ous phone calls this past week on an extremely large wasp that is nesting in a hole in the ground. These are not Africanized ,Bees or "Killer Bees." Africanized bees look just like our native bees, except they are extremely aggres- sive. The Cicada Killers are actually one of the benefi- flower nectar while the im- haatute or larval stage feeds primarily upon cicadas that are brought to the burrow by the adult. These wasps are com- monly seen in the summer flying around the lawn, shrubs and threes searching for cicadas. Cicadas are captured, paralyzed by their sting and taken back to feed the Y ung. Cicadas are very large insects, sometimes called "locusts". They sing extremely loud in trees dur- ing the summer. Cicada killers over winter as larvae in the soil. Pupa- cial insects. tion occurs in the spring and Although female cicada adults emerge in mid-June to Killer Wasps rarely sting un- early July. Emergence con- less disturbed, homeowners tinues throughout the sum- may become alarmed or mer. Females feed, mate and frightene l because of their very large size and foraging habits in unwanted areas. The wasps become a nui- sance when 1tSey dig holes in lawns, flower beds, gardens and golf courses, kicking out six to eight inch diameter horseshoe-shaped pile of s0il around the entrance. The male has especially aggres- sive territorial behavior, but does not sting. Females, if bothered, can give a painful sting. Normally the female wasps are not aggressive dig burrows for several weeks before preying on ci- cadas. There may be many indi- viduals flying over a lawn, but each female digs her own burrow six to ten inches deep and one-half inch wide. The ground burrowing wasp may be found in sandy soils to loose clay in bare or grass covered banks, berms, hills as well as raised sidewalks, driveways and patio slabs. Some may nest in planters, window boxes, flower beds, around in search-of cicadas; the following control mea- sures should help. You can apply carbaryl (Sevin); dust into and around the nest en- trance. If the entire lawn is ' infested yoil may try a spray of the same product over the entire infested area. Repeat treatments may be needed. The best time for applying any insecticide to the wasp nests is after dark when the female wasps are in their nest and it should be cooler. Always be extremely careful when working around wasps. Remember, before using any insecticide, always read and follow all label directions and precautions. IMPORTANT DATES: August 7th - 9th Beef Cattle Short Course - College Station August 9th & 10th Estate Planning Seminar - College Station August llth & 12th - Hunter Education Course - Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center - To pre-register con- tact Jim Parker at 903-489-2937 .or ipparker3 @earthlink.net Rick Hirsch is the Henderson County Extension Agent - Agriculture for Texas Cooperative Extension. Visit our web page at henderson-co, tamu, edg. Hhhrff ~ Southes'n Gateway To Cedar Creek 1,~tt f 903-489.0531 Fax: 903-489-2543 PO. Box 509, Malakoff, TX 75148 LORETTA HUMBLE -" PUBLISHER TEXAS PRESS ASSOCIATION ISSN: 1050-8937 * Published weekly by The Malakoff News, 103 South Terry Street, Malakoff, Texas 75148. Subscription rates are $25.00 per year and $20.00 per year for Senior Citizens. Entered as periodicals at Malakoff, Texas 75148. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: TheMalakoffNews, P.O. Box 509, Malakoff, Texas 75148. 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