Dave and Pat Ripsom added the 4th Great-grandson to Our Granddaughter Amy and husband Kevin Giroux in Rochester, MI. They now have a total of l2 Great-grandsons. Yes, it is true. They are all beautiful and healthy. God has been good to us. He was born on the 26th of March, just missing their Pap's birthday on the 28th of March and Granddaughter Valaurie, sister to Amy had her 3rd child on his birthday, would that not have been a story to tell them later in life.

Cynthia Smith reports that a few weeks ago while perusing the food column by Addie Broyles of the Austin Statesman, her interest was drawn to the subject of chicken salad. Broyles went on in the article to say that chicken salad recipes may be very varied by southern cooks and asked that anyone wanting to share their recipe with her should call or email her. Cynthia called and she told Broyles about her two ways to make chicken salad, one way being a more savory sort with no fruits added and more of a smooth concoction, but her preferred recipe is what her husband Pat Smith and one daughter called 'fruit salad with a little chicken'. Neither recipe are that unusual but because in the conversation with Broyles she was asked how the recipe came to pass and from there Cynthia told her about the award winning cookbook that The Community Garden of Johnson City in 1991. They also talked about the wonderful help from Kitty Crider, then Food editor, at the Statesman and the wonderful launching of the cookbook with full page color pictures and stories about the women who put together the cookbook. This story also carried a picture of Potluck on The Pedernales and told where it could still be bought and of course there was a mention of Lady Bird Johnson being a charter member of the Garden Club so many long years ago and of the chapter of recipes from Lady Birds cookbook at the summer White House at Stonewall. The entire story can be found online in the Statesman edition for March 25, 2015. Cynthia says, "It is always nice to grab some 'free' mention for Johnson City and our award winning cookbook."

Former Johnson City citizens John & Norma Kinchen were visiting in town this past weekend. They enjoyed game night as they used to, visiting with friends & attending church at the First Baptist Church.

A fine group of Johnson City ladies enjoyed lunch at the New Orleans Cajun Restaurant in Marble Falls on Tuesday, March 24th. It was a toss up which was the most pleasant – the food or the fellowship!

Congratulations to North Blanco County Emergency Medical Services (NBCEMS) Director Ben Oakley! He was one of the first in the nation to become a Certified Ambulance Privacy Officer. Of course, the class to be certified was held in Las Vegas – just an added bonus!

June Dahmann was honored with a surprise birthday party on Friday, March 27th. Friends & family gathered at the Texas Highway 290 Diner to enjoy lunch, birthday cake & watching her open her gifts! It was one of those milestone birthdays, but you will have to ask June which one!

Get well wishes to Sam Debo! He had an emergency appendectomy at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg on Friday.

If you are interested in becoming an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), a new class in starting on April 7th at the EMS station. Call 868-7834, Ext. 703 for more information.

If you happened to be in Dairy Queen recently, you could have seen the Duggar family of "Nineteen Kids and Counting"! How exciting here in Johnson City!
You might be a Johnson City native if you remember when Emil Kroll had a Liquor Store & Eureka Tourist Court where El Agave Restaurant is today.

Happy Birthday wishes to: April 3rd – Jeff Redman; April 4th – Armando Ruiz, Audrey Zoeller, David Bradley, Pamela Bonn & Leonard Denton; April 5th – Blake Caulkins, Alyce Duncan, Curtis Duncan, Jennifer Holt, Ken Neeley, Shawn Edwards, Jake Phillips, James Deal, Paige Dalland, Colleen Gardner & Randi Harrell; April 6th –Alyssa Rush; April 7th – Albert Moursund & Ruthie Weirich; April 8th – Tim Moreland, Kelly Danz, Whitney Walston; and on April 9th – Ayden Hubenak, Geneva Eubanks, Bennie Hudson, Doug Smith, Luke London, Adlai Weiershausen, Wyatt Peters, Stewart Fannin & Angela Shelton.

Anniversary Congratulations to James & Karen Newman on April 5th; to David & Penny Houston and Derek & Ronnie Birck on April 7th; and to Roger & Sandra Danz and Mary & Ed Weirich on April 8th.

Tip for the week: Let someone jump ahead of you in line. If you notice an elderly person, a mom with young kids, or a customer with only two items to buy, let them cut in front of you.

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