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Back in the Kitchen Pat Rudkin, the lady from the News, has donated 2 more good sounding recipes this week. Thanks a lot Pat, you are a doll, no matter what your husband says ! Just kidding. BASIL TOMATO PIE 1-8 ounce can Crescent din- ner rolls (or use frozen puff pastry) 2 to 4 teaspoons olive oil 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced' 8 Italian plum tomatoes, sliced Freshly ground pepper 1/2 cup chopped basil 8 oz. Provolone cheese, soft- ened 1/4 to 1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese, shredded Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray 10-inch pie pan or tart pan with cooking spray. Separate dough and press evenly over bottoIK and sides of pan. Prick with fork and bake 15 minutes or until golden. Lightly saute garlic in olive oil, then add basil just to warm it. Arrange half of Provolone Wednesday, By Mary Reppond cheese over crust; top with half of the tomatoes. Sprinkle with half of the Parmesan. Repeat the layers. Spoon basil/garlic mixture over the top and sprinkle with pepper. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes. I think I will keep the next recipe for next week, but it is a good one, so watch for it. August 22, 2001 - The Malakoff News - PAGE 5A MalakoffHigh School Reunions A reunion for the Malakoff High School Classes of '40, '41, '42, '43, '44 and '45 will be held on Saturday, Septem- ber 29 in the Malakoff Com- munity Center at 503 N. Terry Street (Hwy. 198) in Malakoff. The reunion will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be an infor- mal event. Students from other classes, spouses and teachers are welcome to attend. There will be a charge of $10 per Ier- son to cover expenses. Lunch will be catered by Danny's Smokehouse of Athens and will be served at 12:30 p.m.  If possible RSVP by Septem- ber 15th. Esperanza (Hope) Copenhaver, 6300 Bettinger Drive, Colleyville, Texas 76034- 7559. Please call 817-498-1710 to RSVP or e-mail at DID YOU JUST GROWL AT ME? By Steve Martaindale A neighbor couple both have children from previous marriages. His are grown and gone. She has a pre-teen son and a daughter just starting college, both of who usually live with their father but who spent the summer here with their mother. Morn told me the other day that the kids were leaving, the daughter to college and the son back to his dad for the start of school. "And I'm hav- ing a little trouble with it," she said. "It's been nice having him around." I mentioned that we were about ready to see our daugh- ter return to college, just as the neighbor's daughter pulled up in her pickup truck. "Oh, her," morn said i,n indicating her daughter, "she can go." It was said in a joking man- ner because we both knew what it meant. Once they're ready to set out on their own, they can be monsters hang- ing around the house. I men- . Ca fish Harvest at TFFC Texas Voice The Texas Freshwater Fish- fees tQ TFFC are $5.50 for eries center "catch and release" adults, $4.50 for seniors 65 and tioned that it would be nice to get the house back on a normal timetable. "I know what you mean," she said. "They're like vampires, they stay up all night and sleep all day." Kids in their late teens . what do you call them? Young adults really is not spe- cific enough because it can include those in their mid- and even late-20s. Teen-agers isn't fair, because even a child of 13 is a teen. Pooling personal experience with the anecdotes of many friends who now have or have had offspring at that stage of de- velopment, I suggest we just call them monsters and get it over with. MONSTER MASH They are like Zombies when they finally do get up in the late morning, stumbling around and always in a bad mood. The dress and groom- ing habits of some are no bet- ter than the living dead. At times, you think your monster might indeed be the Headless Horseman. That, at least, would explain some of the brainless things he does. Her tunnel vision when she wants something gives you reason to consider the possi- bility your child might really be a Cyclops. Those noises emanating from his room would support the theory that your son is a Werewolf and that he's smart enough to drown out his howls with heavy metal. When you're looking for a monster to take out the trash or clean the bathroom, you would swear yours is indeed the Invisible Man. Even though you know that you cannot lecture a monster because she is now an adult and is capable of making her own decisions and doesn't re- ally have to listen to you any- more, etc., etc., you can't help yourself at times. That's when you find you're darling offspring turning into a Gar- goyle right before your eyes, blocking out all of your logic with her eyes and ears of stone. Your monster may have lived I The March of Dimes to the Cancer Crusade. She hauled young people to church youth camps and meetings. Her homemaking talents par- alleled her community and church work. She may have cooked at low temperatures, but she did it in high gear. Her chicken and dumplings are legendary as are her banana-less banana pud- dings. She as- sumed my kitchen as her own when my family built a house "from scratch." She cooked for ten to twenty people every Satur- day for several months. I think she dusted and vacuumed at the same time. My mother was super-mom before the phrase became popular. Now, though, she's just not quite up to speed. It's hard on everybody involved. Her friends miss her at the Senior Center every day telling them how to serve lunch and play Chicken Foot. Her Sunday School Class feels her absence after decades of dedication. Her choir must fill the empty chair. Those used to vistin' with her at the Phillips 66 Station will have to find someone else with whom to chat. If misery loves company, she, my brother and I have lots of it. See, my generation has entered the "Oreo" Age. Like Genera- tion "X" or the Baby Boomers, we have our own "tag." In the last several years, our parents have lost independence, com- ing to depend on us at the same time our children have launched themselves into the world and finding it less hospitable than WHAT NOW? Some things need immediate attention, Some things can wait. Other things just shouldn't happen. Confessing that I'm a professional procras- tinator, I must admit that I've mulled over this column for the last few weeks without ever sit- ting down to put pen to paper or fingers on key- board. I believe my procrastina- tion, on this oc- casion at least partially justifiable. One of my fu'st published per- sonal essays carried the title: Rite of Passage. It concerned my youngest son's chaotic first days of pre-kindergarten and subsequent kindergarten. Fam- ily, friends, teachers, and even his pastor knew of his anxieties, suffered,with him, and prayed for a hasty adjustment. Now my family faces another rite of passage, but as yet, we've found little to celebrate - like learning to read and write or experience independence. What we face now is on the opposite end of life's spectrum. My mom's age seems to be catching up with her. I always thought with her continual speed, she'd outrun aging. Mother and movement have been constant companions. She ran the football sidelines back in the days before U.I.L rules made it a "no no." She chased down the culprits who dared show up in downtown Malakoff without proper western attire during Rodeo Week - even hung on through a car window when one tried to make a mistimed getaway. She can- vassed the city in causes from through the clumsiness of early teens when his body grew faster than his awareness of the fact, but he is still a regular Godzilla when you let him get into the same room with deli- cate items. For all their worldliness and clevemess, our monsters almost all have one glaring weakness that they never can see in themselves. They become Ghosts when they start lying to us and we can see fight through them. And it seems they never know it. Whether a Swamp Thing dragging itself home from some quagmire, Extraterrestrials who have no idea how life on this planet really works or a Mummy who dresses in noth- ing but rags, we can't help but love them and try to outlast monsterhood. Why? Because they really are Vampires. Even though they drain the blood from us, we can't help but en- joyit. Free-lance writer Steve Martaindale may be reached at or through his Web site, www.ATexas i' By Donna Drake Farmer home, have retumed at various times for various lengths of time. We of the "Oreo" Age are the cream between the choco- late wafers. We get squished between the Cookies and licked pretty often. No one even asked us if we wanted to be cream instead of a wafer. We had lots of experience as wa- fers and none as creamy fill- ing. But here We are holding the cookies together, and no one, cookies on either side or cream, seems particularly comfortable in the newly assigned role. I'm not even fond of Oreos. I'd rather be a Twinkie or even a Ding Dong. I've been called the latter on more than one oc- casion. Twinkles are soft, sweet and tasty. And Ding Dongs? Well, they're choco- late, so they have to be good. Oreos are an all-together differ- ent matter. They're hard unless dunked in milk. That paints an image of whole families drown- ing together just to soften the situation and get through it. Surely, there's an easier way. I'm surfing the Web, and sug- gestions are welcomed. Mother has a birthday com- ing up in no time. Soon a year for her will be 1/86th of her life. September 1st she'll be "four- teen away from 100" as she frequently reminds us. She's promised to go the distance, and if anyone I know can do it, she can. So we'll celebrate her birthday but not the most recent rite of passage - more bitter than sweet. We'll sing 'q-Iappy Birthday" and recall the "Pre- cious Memories." fishing requirements is tempo- rarily being replaced with a "catch and keep" philosophy for area cat-fisherman. The Center's 1.5-acre fishing pond is heavily stocked with channel catfish annually as part of TFFC's mission to encourage more young people to take up fishing as a pastime. Channel catfish grow quickly and in order to maintain a bal- ance with the available pond habitat some fish need to be re- moved periodically. Throughout the month of August, interested anglers can pay an extra $5 fee and catch and keep five catfish per person. Regular admission over and $4.50 for children, 4- 12. Anglers can bring their own bait and tackle or use the equip- ment provided. Sign up for this harvest program is at TFFC's Anglers Pavilion adjacent to the pond. Fishermen 17 years and older are required to possess a valid Texas fishing license. The Texas Freshwater Fish- eries Center is an aquatic na- ture center and hatchery com- plex operated by Texas Parks and Wildlife 75 miles SE of Dallas on FM 2495 four miles east of Athens, TX. Call 903- 676-2277 for more informa- tion. 00EBBIE S PF00KE announces her move to The Barber Shop Specializing in men's and women's cuts We need your head in our business/ 502 E,R, gya!J0000BJy4: M a!ako fro I f' ' 1 / / 56K/V.90 / (903) 451-22661 At $15 95/month  5.95/m Office Hours: ! 1 a.m._7 p.m.1 |  V "4 - Closed Sat.-Sun. 1 Ivation fee with 1 year pre-   89afi | paid account. Total cost is $191.40.   I . PARAGON - AUGUST 15 & 16, 26 & 27, SEFrEMBER 2 & 3 6:30 a.m. At Trinidad DQ $39.50 Includes $14 cash back, bus, hoteldouble occupancy, luggage handling ea. day and free breakfast. Bus Stops: Old Bud's, Gun Barrel City, 7:00 a.m. NOW ENROLLING Monday thru Friday 6"30 a.m. - 6"00 p.m. Serving children 18 month through School age 'he center is an integral part of Cedar Lake Nursing Home where the children take dally walks to visit residents and have designated hallways [ to display their art work for the residnts to enjoy. Thematic activities are )lanned for an intergenerational approach to quality care. 4 Star CCMS Designated Vendor Quality Based Curriculum On-site Nature trail Voted best daycare 2000 by readers of Athens Daily Review The goal of Cedar Lake Nursing Center is to promote the social, physical, emotional, and intellectual development of all children through planned daily activities. 1613 W. Royal Blvd. Malakoff 903-489-2400 TJ e Malakoff News (903) 489-0531 Fax" (903) 489-2543 PO. Box 509, Malakoff, TX 75148 LORETTA HUMBLE, PUBLISHER RICHARD TOWNLEY, EDITOR EMILY GAlL LUNDY, TRINIDAD EDITOR BANESSA ESTRADA, PRODUCTION MANAGER STEPHANY SIMMONS, PRODUCTION/WEBMASIER CHERYL MATTHEWS, GENERAL MANAGER MARY EP,8-DUNN, ADVERTISING MANAGER PAT RUDKIN, OFFICE MANAGER ISSN: 1050-8937 * Published weekly by The MalakoffNews. 111 E. Mitcham, Mala- koff, TX, 75148. Subscription rates are $17.00 per year in Henderson County, $22.00 per year elsewhere in Texas, and $25 per year outside Texas. 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