Milam Community Theater to stage Agatha Christie mystery

A foggy night, a lost traveler and murder set the stage for intrigue and suspense in Milam Community Theater’s production of Agatha Christie’s “The Unexpected Guest.”
“We are truly fortunate to have such a fabulous group of seasoned actors,” said MCT President Randy Leo. “Veterans of the MCT stage, Janice Cowan, Dustin Owens, Martha Lee, Chris White, Clayton Owens, Mona Butala, Jack Terhune and Bobby Schiller are cast in this show. And, after a long absence, we’re thrilled to have Liz Lewis and John Nelson once again performing with us,” he said.
“Also, returning to the director’s chair is Melanie Reed,” Leo said. “Melanie is no stranger to the stage but just started directing a year ago with the MCT production of ‘Twelve Angry Men.’ “Melanie brings a passion and vision to ‘The Unexpected Guest’ that promises to make it a fantastic show.”


Buffalo Soldiers programs in state parks

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Buffalo Soldiers program celebrates its 20th anniversary during Black History Month with living history events at three Texas state parks.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Buffalo Soldiers program celebrates its 20th anniversary during Black History Month with living history events at three Texas state parks.
The Buffalo Soldiers will set up camp from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cedar Hill State Park near Dallas on Feb. 13, Sheldon Lake State Park and Environmental Learning Center near Houston on Feb. 20 and Blanco State Park between Austin and San Antonio on Feb. 27.
The Buffalo Soldiers open house events will include hands-on interpretive activities for families and visitors of all ages that center around daily life for soldiers and civilians on the Texas Frontier during the late 1800s. Activities will include animal tracking lessons, cane pole fishing, a frontier baseball game, Buffalo Soldier and Native American history lessons, a cooking camp and more.


Birthday celebration

Agnes McKittrick celebrated her 106th birthday on Sunday, Jan. 24, at Cameron Nursing Center. Helping her celebrate were her 'baby sister' Martha Stuhff, who recently turned 90, and Mary Mowdy.

Cameron Nursing & Rehab was proud to help celebrate a special birthday this week. Agnes McKittrick celebrated her 106th Birthday on Sunday, Jan. 24.

McKittrick, born in 1910, has been a resident at Cameron Nursing & Rehab since 2009. She was joined in the celebration by her “baby sister” Martha Stuhff, who recently turned 90. Mrs. Stuhff said she was thrilled to fly in from Nevada to celebrate this day with her sister.

Residents and staff, including Mary Mowdy (Center), gathered to wish Mrs. McKittrick a very happy birthday and hope to get some secrets from the sisters.


Still time to register for Master Naturalists classes

Master naturalist Katherine Bedrich studies a plant during a recent project. A new round of Master Naturalist training classes begins Monday, Jan. 12.

The El Camino Real Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists is planning a series of weekly training classes for new members starting on Tuesday, Jan. 12, and going through the end of March. Most of the classes will be scheduled from 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays in Milano with a few field trips on Saturdays. The entry deadline has been extended until the first day of class. Those interested in attending may contact Dorothy Mayer 254-482-3235 or Barbara Cromwell 512-826-1189.
“We are very excited to be able to offer a new training class with presentations from experts in various fields of science and nature,” said Master naturalist Don Travis. “For example, there will be classes on Entomology, Herpetology, Biology, Ornithology, Mammalogy, and Ecology, to name just a few.”


Mardi Gras event set Feb. 6

Attendees look over auction items at last year's Mardi Gras Bash. This year's event is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at Simon George Hall in Cameron.

The fourth annual Mardi Gras Bash benefitting the Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship Foundaiton is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Simon George Hall, 401 S. Karnes, in Cameron. Tickets to the event featuring a Cajun food dinner, auctions and activities for the kids are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 18 years. Tickets are on sale at the Cameron Chamber of Commerce, Milam County Extension Office in Cameron, The Rockdale Reporter, and Rodenbeck Farm & Ranch in Thorndale.

The foundation honors the memory of the late Christine Holcombe, longtime Milam County Extension Agent. Over the past three years $41,000 in scholarships have been awarded to Milam County residents who are currently in college.


Pecan show history reflects county's agricultural heritage

Nell Wiggins won first place in this year’s adult division of the pecan pie contest and John Hanke won first place in the youth division.

This year’s Milam County Pecan Show earlier this month sent 20 entries to the regional competition, AgriLfe Extension Agent Floyd Ingram reported.
Entries placing first and second advance to the regional contest.
Robert Schuetze won grand champion honors in all three divisions. His ‘Sioux’ variety entry won grand champion in the commercial division; his “other” variety entry and “native” variety entries won grand champion honors in the two native divisions. Schuetze also won reserve champion honors in the commercial division with his “Cheyenne” entry.
Winning reserve champion honors in the native divisions were Nick Albus, “Barton” variety entry, and Sherwook Lucko with a “native” variety entry.
In the accompanying pecan pie baking contest, winners in the adult division were Nell Wiggins, first place, Betty Backhaus, second place, and tying for third place were Bentley Hause and Micah Holcombe.


Book signing set Saturday

Ida Pearl West Canady at a recent book signing at the Cameron Public Library.

There will be a book signing at the First Street Coffee Gallery on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. 

Author Ida Pearl West Canady will sign copies of her book, "Inspirational Religious Poems." A portion of the sales will be donated to help a family in need for Christmas.


Pecan show

County Judge David Barkemeyer and District Judge john Youngblood judged entries in the Milam County Pecan Show pie bake-off Tuesday at the AgriLife Extension office.

Milam County pecan producers entered the annual Pecan Show this week at the AgriLife Extension office. In addition, the pecan pie bake-off drew entries in both youth an adult categories.

Noting that it was a ‘tough job, but someone has to do it,” County Judge David Barkemeyer and District Judge John Youngblood judged the pecan pie baking contest. Extension specialist Bill Ree judged the pecan entries.

Full results will be published next week.


Final this weekend performances for MCT comedy 'Noises Off'

Flavia (Kelita Thomas), Phillip (Tristan Torres) and Mrs. Clackett (Tia Stone) in a scene from the Milam Communty Theater production of Noises Off!

In opening weekend performances, Milam Community Theater’s fall production of “Noises Off!” had theater goers rolling in the aisles.
A classic British farce by Michael Frayn, “Noises Off!” is a play about a play where backstage antics and relationships threaten to wreck the actual performance. Once the lights come up, there is no break in the comedy as “Noises Off!” actors rehearse at the last minute trying to open an already questionable play (“Nothing On”) about doors and, of all things, sardines.
“That’s what it’s all about. Doors and sardines. Getting on — getting off. Getting the sardines on — getting the sardines off. That’s farce. That’s the theater. That’s life.” exclaims frustrated Nothing On director Lloyd, in one scene.


Change of venue for Saturday's Fall Festival

There’s been a change in venue in the Stopping the Madness Antibullying Foundation’s second annual Festival on the Square set for Halloween Day, Saturday, Oct. 31, The event has been moved to George Simon Hall at St. Monica’s Catholic Church with activities still scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In addition to family entertainment, games and activities the event will include a chili cook-off with judging at 3 p.m. Entry fee is $20 and the top winners will receive cash prizes. Everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite recipes to the competition for SMAF’s Best Chili in Texas.
Cameron Police Chief Randy Dixon reported to the Cameron City Council Monday that he will be among the competitors, adding that CPD officers will be on hand at the festival to visit with families and sharing information about the harmful effects of bullying.


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