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Delta HOPE House Fundraiser

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Delta HOPE House Fundraiser

Delta HOPE House and Food Pantry will be having a fund raiser February 23rd, 2019. A Chili/Stew Dinner for a $5.00 Donation, then a Silent Auction. Call (903) 715-0937 for more information.

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Dinner Bell Menu For February 20, 2019

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Dinner Bell Menu For February 20, 2019

Dinner Bell February 20, 2019 Community Partner:   Legacy Hospice Menu: Mexican Lasagna  Pinto Beans Salsa Salad with Guacamole Ranch  Garlic French Bread Honeybun Cake Baked Pears (no added sugar dessert) Same time (11:45 a.m.). Same place (Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church). Won’t you join us for great food and wonderful visits with friends at the tables where you are seated? Hope to see you.

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Tira News for Feb 15th, 2019

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Tira News for Feb 15th, 2019

By Jan Vaughn We want to express our appreciation to the North Hopkins Beta Club for their donations to the Tira Food Pantry. They had a “Pack the gym!” night, where NH basketball fans received free admission for wearing a red shirt and bringing a canned item. Yvonne Weir reports, “Dustin, Natalie, and Maria spent last weekend with us. We had a good game of Canasta. On February 8th Wesley attended A Night to Shine at Brightstar Church. It is sponsored partially by Tim Tebow. Wesley loves to dance and many of his friends were there.” She adds, “On Saturday, we spend the night in Dallas. Dacy, Elise, and Eli visited us. We ate at Outback, and then the kids swam. On Sunday, we went to Texas Skatium with Dustin, Natalie, and Maria. Wesley enjoyed rollerblading with Dustin.” Joyce Dodd would like to remind everyone that the next Bible study, at the Tira Methodist Church, is at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19th . Everyone is welcome. Chip and I were in Dallas on Saturday and Chip did some repairs for his sister, Linda Ellen Vaughn, that afternoon. Afterward, we all went to Islamorada Fish Company, inside Bass Pro Shop, for a delicious meal. I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or [email protected]

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Going Green By Johanna Hicks

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Going Green By Johanna Hicks

               When you hear the words “going green,” your thoughts probably turn to water conservation, energy conservation, using environmentally-safe cleaning products, and so on.  However, the focus of this column is totally different.  I’m talking about salad greens – spinach, in particular.                Spinach, best grown in mild climates with an abundance of fertile, high quality soil and water, put Crystal City, Texas on the map in 1917.  This southern area of Texas is best known as the Wintergarden region and is recognized by farmers for its long growing seasons.  From 1930-1950, the Wintergarden region experienced a “spinach boom,” making Texas the top spinach producing state in the US. Over time, consumer demands influenced production in Texas, leading to varieties such as “baby” and “teen” flat-leaf spinach, according to Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Horticulturist.  From 2006-2016, Texas experienced a 29% increase in spinach production, jumping from 32,025 tons of spinach produced to 41,215.                Spinach is a versatile food.  It can be eaten raw as a salad or in combination with other salad greens.  It can be cooked by itself as a side dish, or used in a casserole, soups, pastas and dips.  Other than being a popular commodity in Texas, spinach has many nutritional benefits, including its high vitamin and mineral counts, caloric density, and its contributions to heart health. Nutritional facts for 100g (or 3 ⅓ cups) of spinach: ·        2.86g of protein ·        3.63g of carbs ·        0.39g of fat ·        28.1mg of Vitamin C ·        501 IU of Vitamin A ·        416 IU of Vitamin K ·        144 mcg of Folate And for all that goodness, it’s very low in calories – one cup of spinach equates to a total of 6 calories, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).                AgriLife Extension’s Dinner Tonight has developed a plethora of recipes to incorporate spinach into your meals as a main ingredient, including Chicken and Spinach Lasagna, Spinach Quiche, Black bean and Spinach Quesadillas, and Spinach Pasta Toss. To find more nutritious spinach recipes, visit https://dinnertonight.tamu.edu and be sure to try out the recipe in today’s side bar! Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes                Approximately 12% of Hopkins County residents have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is here to help understand how to control this disease!  “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes” is a 5-lesson series targeted toward individuals with type 2 diabetes, but is also beneficial for those with type 1 (insulin-dependent).  Here are the details.  Be sure to contact our office if you would like to participate: When:  Mondays and Thursdays, March 11, 14, 18, 21, and 25Where:  Hopkins County AgriLife Extension Office, 1200 W. Houston, Sulphur SpringsTime:  6:00 p.m. (will also offer a 1:30 session if enough interest)Cost:  $25 covers 3-ring binder with materials, refreshments, door prizes, incentive items (if the cost is a burden, let us know – we have scholarships available)Topics: Getting Started – How Food Affects Your Blood Glucose/ recommended Blood Glucose Ranges;  Checking Your Blood Glucose/Recognizing Carbohydrate Foods; Beyond Diet, Improving Blood Glucose with Physical Activity; Diabetes Medications; and Celebrating Diabetes Control While Avoiding ComplicationsCall 903-885-3443 to reserve a seat.  We’ll need name, address and phone number to send you the registration form (or you may drop by the Extension Office in advance) Don’t let your diabetes control you – you can control your diabetes! Closing Thought Learning is not attained by chance.  It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence – Abigail Adams Recipe of the Week Spinach Lasagna Ingredients: 4 teaspoons olive oil – divided 8-ounce can tomato sauce ¼ teaspoon pepper ¼ cup Parmesan cheese 2 cloves garlic, minced 10-ounce package fresh spinach, washed, stemmed, and chopped 16-ounce can diced tomatoes ½ teaspoon oregano ¼ cup chopped onions 8 ounces uncooked lasagna noodles 12 ounces 1% fat cottage cheese (or 12 ounces reduced-fat ricotta cheese) 8 ounces shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese Directions: Preheat oven to 375ᵒF.Lightly coat 9 X 12 baking dish with nonstick spray.In large saucepan, sauté garlic in 2 teaspoons olive oil for 1 minutes.  Add tomato sauce, tomatoes, pepper and oregano.  Simmer gently over low heat, uncovered while preparing other ingredients.In large skillet over low heat, sauté onions in remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, stirring constantly until transparent but not brown.  Add chopped spinach, stirring constantly to separate and heat the spinach.Layer uncooked lasagna noodles, sauce, spinach mixture, cottage and mozzarella in baking dish.  Repeat, using all ingredients, ending with a layer of sauce.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese on top.Tightly cover with foil and bake for 1 hour, or until noodles are cooked. Nutrients per serving (makes 8 servings): Calories – 263; carbohydrate – 26 g; dietary fiber – 3 g; protein – 19 g; sodium – 508 mg Johanna Hicks Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Family & Consumer Sciences 1200-B W. Houston P.O.Box 518 Sulphur springs, TX 75483 903-885-3443 – phone 903-439-4909 – Fax...

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Mitchell Chapel COGIC Lunch

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Mitchell Chapel COGIC Lunch

Chicken Fried Steak lunch, $8.00.

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Kiwanis Club Annual Fundraising Pancake Day is Saturday February 16, 2019

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Kiwanis Club Annual Fundraising Pancake Day is Saturday February 16, 2019

Perry Altenbaumer, local Kiwanian Perry Altenbaumer, a 20-year member of the Sulphur Springs Kiwanis Club is inviting everyone who likes pancakes to attend the annual fundraising all-you-can-eat on Saturday February 16, 2019 at the Civic Center! In addition to stacks of piping hot, fresh pancakes, Perry and his fellow Kiwanians will also have bacon, sausage, coffee, milk and juice for all diners who attend. Cost is $7 per person, and there is no charge for children under age 6. Tickets can be purchased from any Kiwanis member or at the door on Saturday. Pancakes will be served from 7am til 2pm and there will be plenty of room for dining and visiting with friends you may meet there. The Kiwanis Club puts on the annual Pancake Day to raise money for good causes in the community. Among local organizations which benefit from Kiwanis Club support are Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the Help a Child Benefit, Shadow Ranch Equine Center, Li’l 4’s Club, Relay for Life, Bright Star Basketball, Special Olympics, the Sulphur Springs Soccer Association, Hopkins County Girls Softball and Boys Baseball Associations and others. They annually provide backpacks for the CANHelp Back to School Drive, provide and cook hot dogs for the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Buford Park, and assist in the Spirit of Christmas Food Drive through the local Brookshire’s store. During graduation time in May, the Kiwanis Club sponsors two $1500 scholarships for graduating seniors from schools within Hopkins County. Earlier this month, the club provided and cooked hot dogs for the Kids Fishing Day at Peavine Pinion Pool, put on by the Wild Turkey Federation. So, within a 12-month period, the Sulphur Springs Kiwanis Club helps a lot of individuals! Another fundraising effort by the club is their American Flag Display sponsorship. If you have seen the eye-catching display of American flags lining the major roadways in Sulphur Springs on 5 major flag-display holidays through the year, you have the Kiwanis Club and their flag display sponsors to thank. Sponsors pay $35 per year and the Kiwanis Club does the rest. Some of the display sponsors pay for ten or more flags to be displayed, assuring there is good coverage through town. Any individual or business along the display route can be part of this. Just contact any Kiwanis member, or Perry Altenbaumer at 903-885-9168 or leave a message at the Appliance Hospital at 903-885-1256. Members are also needed in the Sulphur Springs Kiwanis Club. If you are interested in membership, you can attend one of their weekly meetings held at noon on Wednesdays in the Fellowship Hall of League Street Church of Christ to find out more!

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Dinner Bell Menu For February 13, 2019

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Dinner Bell Menu For February 13, 2019

Dinner Bell February 13, 2019 Community Partner:   Hopkins/Rains County Farm Bureau Menu: Meatloaf (it is renowned) Mashed Potatoes (well seasoned and buttery)   Bacon Infused Green Beans Super Special Salad Yeast Rolls and Butter  Strawberry Cake Valentine Sugar Free Dessert Dinner Bell served its first meal (meatloaf and mashed potatoes) on February 1, 2012. Come celebrate our birthday with us. Same time (11:45 a.m.). Same place (Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church). Hope you come to our birthday party. I promise a good meal and smiling faces to start our eighth year.

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Child Passenger Seat Safety Check Set in Franklin County

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Child Passenger Seat Safety Check Set in Franklin County

PARIS –  Texas Department of Transportation personnel will conduct a child passenger seat check from 10 a.m. to noon on March 2 at the Mt. Vernon Elementary School in Mt. Vernon, Texas. TxDOT personnel and representatives of the Mt. Vernon Head Start program and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will be on hand to help parents evaluate their current child passenger seats. “Parents can come by with their vehicle, child and car seat, and we will help them make sure their seat is safe and installed correctly,” said Monica Yates, TxDOT traffic funding specialist based in Paris. “We also need to know your child’s weight and height, so please bring that info with you.” According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3 out of 4 child passenger seats are not properly installed. Common child safety seat errors include: installing the seat too loosely; putting the harness straps through the wrong slots; leaving harness straps too loose; positioning the chest clip incorrectly; and using the wrong seat belt path. Drivers should refer to their specific car seat manufacturer’s manual for instructions on how to install a safety seat. The vehicle owner’s manual also includes information on the proper placement of car seats and proper use of the seat belt or LATCH system.

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Love is in the Air By Johanna Hicks

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Love is in the Air By Johanna Hicks

               Ahhh, February – a month of love, Valentines, hearts, flowers, candy, candlelight, and romance.  The months of December and February are popular for marriage proposals, and many couples will be embarking on a journey to plan the perfect wedding.  However, the WEDDING is not the important part.  The MARRIAGE should be the focus of any healthy relationship.  I am pleased to announce the Twogether in Texas Marriage Education workshop.  Here are the details: When:  Saturday, February 9, 2019Where:  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – Hopkins County office, 1200 W. Houston, Sulphur SpringsTime:  8:30 a.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m.Cost:  nothingBenefits:  great information; refreshments, lunch provided; engaged couples will receive a certificate to save $60 upon applying for a marriage license This workshop provides several topics for discussion.  Marriage Expectations explores the different expectations brought into the marriage by each partner, whether spoken or unspoken.  We’ll examine very specific tasks, such as grocery shopping, lawn care, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning the bathroom, car maintenance, carrying out the trash, cooking, paying the bills, etc.  This is a fun, useful session that will help couples identify their specific expectations. Communication is unique among couples.  Find out if you are the expander or the contractor when it comes to communication.  Neither is wrong, just different.  Discover the importance of two-way communication and gain understanding of how your partner communicates.  Conflict resolution helps couples to work through the process of solving conflict.  Disagreements will pop up – that’s a given in any relationship.  The difference between a healthy marriage and an unhealthy marriage is how that conflict is managed.  Couples will work through a hypothetical disagreement in order to be equipped with the skills to manage a real conflict. Money Management is a biggie.  Even couples who don’t have much to begin with will learn how to set up a budget.  The Bean Game allows couples to walk through the process by recognizing priorities.  Many couples say that money is the major source of conflict, when in reality, the issue is control. In the Goals and Dreams session, couples will begin to think about their future – what they want their marriage to look like 10, 20, 30 years down the road.  The whole message behind this session is to dream big.  Together, the important dreams can come true. Although there is no cost to the workshop, I do need couples to contact our office so adequate preparations can be made.  Please call 903-885-3443 and give us your name and phone number.  There is no need to bring anything.  As mentioned earlier, refreshments and lunch will be provided, along with everything else you will need. Off to a Healthy Start                While we’re talking about starting a marriage on healthy footing, let’s think about getting active and eating right!  Lack of time or a busy life doesn’t have to stand in the way of healthy habits. According to AgriLife Extension’s “Walk Across Texas” program, 30 minutes a day is all it takes to start the journey of improving your health. Physical activities that increase your heart rate and get you moving can range anywhere from moderate to vigorous, depending on the level of intensity you want to achieve. Every-day activities such as cleaning, gardening, taking the stairs, or even raking the leaves counts as exercise! Additional exercises include: ·        Walking ·        Mowing the lawn ·        Water aerobics ·        Biking on level ground ·        Running or jogging ·        Vacuuming the house Besides aiding in weight loss, exercising regularly can increase energy levels and strength, and reduce stress. In addition to helping you feel better overall, exercise has also been proven to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, while helping to maintain or reduce high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes.  If you’re new to the active lifestyle, remember to start slow and set manageable goals for yourself. Like losing weight, getting in shape doesn’t happen overnight. In order to achieve maximum results and become healthier, supplementing your exercise with healthy and nutritious foods is key.  Sometimes even small changes in your favorite recipes make tremendous differences in terms of calories and fat. Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to give up flavor!  Replace butter with unsweetened applesauceReduce sugar by 1/3 cup or use a natural alternative to replace the sugar by using honey, agave nectar, or datesUse 2% or fat-free Greek yogurt instead of sour creamUse whole grain flour instead of all-purpose To find more recipes and recipe substitutions, visit dinnertonight.tamu.edu. Closing Thought I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble – Rudyard Kipling Johanna Hicks Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Family & Consumer Sciences 1200-B W. Houston P.O.Box 518 Sulphur springs, TX 75483 903-885-3443 – phone 903-439-4909 – Fax...

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