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Neighborhood news roundup

Sgt. Crawford Tapped as Lakewood Parade Grand Marshall

Sgt. Tony Crawford, who was paralyzed after being shot near Lakewood Elementary School last year, will be grand marshall of the annual Lakewood 4th of July Parade.

“Lakewood Goes Country” is this year’s parade theme, says organizer Carol Hensley of Group One Realtors.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Cambria and Lakewood; parade entrants should assemble at 9:30 a.m. A one-mile from run begins from the same location at 8 a.m.

The parade travels down Lakewood Boulevard to Winstead/Tokalon Park, where refreshments, snow cones and entertainment will be available free-of-charge.

More than 500 people participated in the parade last year, and thousands of spectators lined the parade route. Individual and group entrants are welcome, Hensley says. Last year’s participants include fully decorated floats, residents on bicycles, and children dressed in theme costumes pedaling tricycles.

Minyard Expansion Update: Construction Set for ’93

Minyard Food Stores’ expansion of its Lakewood store is expected to begin in January, according to a Minyard representative.

The $1 million expansion project will increase the existing store, located at 2118 Abrams, by 70% to 42,710 square feet, says David Hardin, Minyard real estate representative.

The grocer had hoped to begin construction earlier this summer, with completion slated for November.

“There were a few little hitches,” Hardin says. “People don’t need to expect any dirt to by flying immediately, but we’re going to get to it as soon as we can.”

Floor plans and elevations for the store are not completed, Hardin says. The store will remain open throughout the construction.

As part of the expansion, the Rucker Insurance building and former Southwest Savings building at Gaston and Richmond will be demolished. Also being demolished is the building housing Ice Cream on the Rocks, Centennial Liquor and Fishburn’s Cleaning.

Relocation plans for the retailers are pending, but all are expected to remain open through the end of the year, Hardin says.

His Ace-in-the-Hole is Worth $25,000

Rick Curtis wasn’t really excited about playing in the recent Lee McShan Jr. Golf Tournament, sponsored by the White Rock Kiwanis Club.

“I was really hesitant because I don’t like playing when there’s nothing at stake,” says Curtis, who plays golf several times weekly.

“So I wasn’t thinking about any reward for myself. And then it happened.”

“It” was a hole-in-one on Chase Oaks Golf Club’s par 3, 177-yard hole with a seven iron. More remarkable, Curtis says, was the hole-in-one’s payoff: $25,000.

“It’s just kind of astonishing to see the ball go in the hole and be $25,000 richer,” says Curtis, who operates the Shell Auto Care at Garland and Peavy.

Also happy about the ace was Trice Carpet’s Bret Wehby, chairman of the golf committee.

“Thank goodness for insurance policies,” says Wehby, who noted that McShan Florist and the Car Bath funded a “hole-in-one insurance policy” for the event.

More than $8,000 was raised during the tournament, Wehby says. Beneficiaries include the Children’s Miracle Network, Special Olympics, White Rock Center for Hope, White Rock YMCA, Boy Scouts and scholarships for Bryan Adams and Skyline high school students.

Curtis says most of the money is still burning a hole in his pocket.

“My intention was to save all of it, but we decided to treat ourselves, and we bought a ski boat with a little bit of the winnings.”

Children’s Art Show Planned at Library

Lakewood Library Friends board members Susi Parks Grissom and Lynn Armstrong are organizing the first children’s art exhibit at the Lakewood Branch Library, 6121 Worth.

Categories include preschoolers to age 5, ages 6-8, and ages 9-12. Children are encouraged to submit one work of art to the library between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 1 only, with the show opening Aug. 4.

Children are encouraged to submit two-dimensional art (no sculpture or mobiles, please) related to the Summer Reading Club’s theme, “Discover the World of Reading”.

Art must be presented in “ready-to-hang” condition. Additional details are available at the library or by calling 670-1376.

In other library news, the “best of show” winner of the annual library art show was Tammy M. Gore for her black-and-white lithograph “Annunciation”.

Barbara Moody won first place in the watercolors division, with second place to Jo Warner. Oils and acrylics honors went to Deborah Dowell McDysan (first) and Audrey Varner. Maureen Connolly won first in black-and-white photography, while Steve Crane placed second.

In the color photography division, Carolyn Burtt placed first and Nichelle Wilson placed second. Gore was awarded first in the print, drawings and mixed media class with Stephen Mabry receiving second.

Judges included Cheryl Vogel, Barry Whistler and Ferne Koch.

Spence Academy Student is Published

Alex Spence Academy student Jodie Turner’s poem and illustration will be published in “Words of love”, a book by Michael Blake, best known as author of “Dances With Wolves”.

Blakes publishing company sponsored a nationwide writing contest, “Young Authors On Love”, to select student authors to be featured in the new book.

Mary Ann Sadek, Turner’s TAG (talented and gifted) teacher at Spence, was not surprised by her student’s success.

“She is an excellent writer,” Sadek says. “She will succeed at anything she sets her mind to.”

Youth Group Plans Retreat to Arkansas; Registration Still Open

The Saint Bernard of Clarvaux youth group will be painting and refurbishing farm buildings of Subiaco Abbey July 25-Aug. 2 in Subiaco, Arkansas, as part of the group’s annual mission trip, says youth director Judy Porter.

The Arkansas monastery was founded in 1878, Porter says, and the barn to be painted by the youth group was built in 1904.

Any high school student in the Diocese can attend the retreat, Porter says. Participants must pay a $75 deposit and demonstrate six “prayer support team members”; adult sponsors age 25 and above also are invited to attend.

Last year, the group gutted an old hotel in Ojo Amarillo, New Mexico, with students from White Rock United Methodist also joining the group.

For more information, call 320-1884. Saint Bernard of Clarvaux is located at 1404 Old Gate Lane.

Dallas #71 Elks Lodge Reports Active Summer

Savings Bonds recently were awarded by Dallas #71 Elks Lodge to outstanding students at Robert T. Hill Middle School, according to Lodge member F. Jones.

The Lodge has “adopted” Hill, sponsoring the boys and girls soccer teams and participating in drug awareness programs. Group members also visit the Veterans Hospital to serve refreshments to hospitalized veterans.

Members also visit the Austin Street Shelter for homeless, with members and their wives preparing an evening meal each month, Jones says.

The group supports various children’s summer camp programs, Jones says, including Buckner Camp and the Texas Elks Children’s Services camp, which is a facility for severely handicapped children who otherwise could not attend camp.

For more information about the group, call 686-0320.

Landry Center Offers Exercise/Nutrition Program for Kids

An ongoing nutrition and fitness program for children is being offered by the Tom Landry Sports Medicine & Research Center at Baylor, according to Mary Ann LoPour, program coordinator.

The Promoting Education for Aerobic Kids (P.E.A.K.) program teaches nutrition, self esteem, aerobics, and awareness and understanding of the body, LoPour says.

Children ages 5 and up are eligible for the class, which costs $5 per class $20 per month or $50 for three months.

“This is a unique concept that combines on how the body works in an entertaining way,” LoPour says.

Classes meet Saturday morning at Baylor Fitness Center. For more information, call 820-2891.

News & Notes

GAN HONORED: Elizabeth Gan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paulus Gan, was honored by Duke University recently as one of the most talented seventh-graders in the country. Students honored by Duke earned scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing Assessment (ACT) higher than 50% of college bound high school seniors. More than 61,000 students participated in the program, and only 2,243 students qualified for the honor. Gan attends Alex W. Spence Talented and Gifted Academy.

PUPPET SHOW: The Dallas Puppet Theater, 3018 Commerce, has scheduled performances for the summer, including “Dick Whittington and His Cat” July 17-30; and “Pinnochio” Aug. 1-Sept. 2. Performances are Fridays and weekends, with special weekday performances available for schools and groups. Call 939-0004 for information.

SCHOOLS HONORED: Bishop Lynch High School and Lakehill Preparatory School were among 89 schools honored recently for volunteer efforts by the Meadows Foundation. The East Dallas schools received cash awards of $500 to recognize special community service projects conducted by volunteers. The Foundation awarded $73, 250 in total grants as part of the program.

EXPECTATIONS CHOSEN: The following students have been selected for the 1992-93 J.L. Long Expectations Show Choir: Erin Armstrong, Caroline Clore, Ty Daily, Rosa Diaz, Brooke Ferguson, Macy Halford, Staci Jenkins, Kristin Lambert, Stacy Melios, Liz Milbank, Janna Nelson, Megan Ohm, Amanda Platt, Elizabeth Salinas, Misty Smith, Ana Soleto, Cashena Thomas, Neal Andreason, Jacob Bobek, Clark Cree, Scott Donaghe, Merritt Drury, Ryan Elkmark, Joseph Farrier, Kevin Johnson, Walter Lequizamo, Maclain Looper, John Pedigo, Josh Ridgway, Andrew Robbins, and Trevor Speck.

RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONIES: The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Casa Linda Hair & Nail Salon, 1152 N. Buckner, Suite 123. The salon is owned by Georgia Russell, who also owns Wavelengths at Lakeland and Ferguson Road.

Also, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Angelo’s Italian restaurant, 6341 LaVista. The restaurant is owned by Bernadette Teresa Maria Fantinucci.

THEATER FOR KIDS: The Lakewood Branch Library, 6121 Worth, will host the Target Time Family Outreach Tour, a series of programs prepared by the Dallas Children’s Theater. The programs are free for children and begin at 2 p.m. in the library’s auditorium. Featured programs include “Oliver Twist” July 2, “Wilma’s Revenge” July 30, and “Creative Dramatics” Aug. 6. Call 670-1376 for information.

LENDING OFFICE OPENS: Lakewood resident Patrick Cordry has been elected vice president of First Lakewood National Bank’s new residential loan division, according to Edward D. Phillips, chairman of the bank’s board. The mortgage division offers a variety of residential financing products, including mortgages, home improvement loans and construction loans.


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