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Thanksgiving Show at the Muddy Buck supports Food Bank

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Enthusiasm and good music are never at a shortage when it comes to PandoraJohnProductions, particularly when Evergreen residents gather to support a good cause.  This time it was to raise money for the Food Bank at Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO), relies on contributions from local churches, charitable organizations, corporate and individual donors. 

Blue Moon Bluegrass and Somebody's Brother filled the hours with live entertainment on Saturday, November 22nd, at the Muddy Buck.

More than 600 pounds of food and toiletries were hauled off to the Food Bank at the end of the evening, and Warren Rose's challenge to match $400 turned into $4,000 in donations as people gave generously.  Advice overheard being given to newcomers from New York -- "The best way to fit in is to get involved and give back."



On Thanksgiving – giving thanks for regaining some of what I'd lost

Written by Linda Kirkpatrick on .

There have been a number of suggestions about how to set new traditions for family on Thanksgiving.  My favorites have been those centering around each person's opportunity to talk about one thing he or she is thankful for – from the littlest grandchildren to the matriarchs at the heads of tables and patriarchs carving the birds.  No one will get dessert without some expression of thanks.

Among the many things for which I'm grateful is something my readers might appreciate -- an improving memory!  

Writing down names when I take pictures had become a nightmare for me, as sometimes people would expect that I should remember their names from three years ago when I took their picture at some event.... I knew that meeting dozens of new people regularly was a reasonable excuse in my mind, even if others didn't readily understand that.  But when it got to the point of struggling to remember the names of those I truly did know, I began to worry.  Was it old age?


Meet Kevin Ruble

Written by Stephen Knapp on .

As a boy, Kevin Ruble dreamed about trains.

“I’m a fourth-generation railroad man and an avowed ‘foamer,’” says Ruble, referring to that class of individual who bursts into a lather at the mere sight or sound of a diesel locomotive. “Railroads have always been my passion.”

Born in Champagne, Ill., Ruble’s freight-hauling fancies spent long years parked on a siding as his father’s job carried him to 11 different temporary homes across the Midwest and Texas. It wasn’t until Ruble graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville that his boyhood ambition started working up a head of steam.

“I followed my life’s passion right out of college,” explains Ruble, a fit man with a quiet, friendly demeanor. “I got a job with the Katy Railroad.”