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Wednesday, March 17, 2010 • Posted March 16, 2010 10:00 PM

White House Sends Thanks to Mike Smith

March 17, 1961

Michael Smith is the proud possessor of a letter of thanks from the White House thanking him for a gift of potholders which he had addressed to President Kennedy.

The letter says: “It was certainly friendly of you to want the President to have the assortment of potholders that you made for him. He asked me to thank you for remembering him with such a nice gift. The president asked me to extend his thanks and very best wishes.”

The letter was signed by Evelyn Lincoln, personal secretary to the President.

Michael, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dorsey Smith, is a fifth grader in Blanco School.

Early Bird

March 14, 1980

The Early Bird 4-H Club met on Monday, March 10. There were 17 members, three adult leaders and Carolyn Lehman were present.

Stacy and Tracy Rust joined.

Donna Sultemeier gave inspiration, Laurie Lindig gave a program, and Carolyn Lehman gave a talk on the 4-H Roundup and the project show.

Kevin Sultemeier had recreation.

Special thanks to Donna Sultemeier who served as secretary. Louise Rowe served refreshments.


March 13, 1970

Mr. and Mrs. James E. Thompson of Austin announce the arrival of a baby girl, Katherine Ann.

She was born February 26 at Seton Hospital weighing 9 pounds, 3 ounces.

Maternal Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rappmund of Blanco.

Paternal are Mr. and Mrs. Earl Thompson of Rome, Ohio.

Bikeathon set

March 14, 1980

Bike-A-Thon chairman Mandi Neil today asked Blanco residents to participate in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital “Wheels for Life” Bike-A-Thon, April 12.

Volunteer workers and riders are needed for the Bike-A-Thon to raise funds for the research center and its battle against childhood cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.

Interested persons can contact Mrs. Neil at 830-833-4228.

One Week Left For Farm Program Sign Up

March 13, 1970

Producers with a feed grain base, wheat allotment or cotton allotment are reminded that the final date for participation in these programs is March 20.

Participation is voluntary. Those who sign up and comply with the program provisions will earn benefits such as eligibility for price support loans, price support loans, price support payments or wheat marketing certificates and may earn payments for additional diversion of feed grain and wheat average beyond the diversion required for program compliance.

If you have any questions concerning these programs, please come by the ASCS office.

Blanco River

March 14, 1980

There was a meeting of the Blanco River 4-H Club on Wednesday, March 4. Deron Hunter call the meeting to order and the members recited the motto and pledge. Sandra Jones called roll and read the minutes of the previous meeting.

We talked about passing out appreciation tokens to the buyers during the sale at the County Stock show next year.

We also had a report on how everyone did at the San Antonio and Houston Livestock Shows.

BVFD sets alarm system

March 14, 1980

Blanco Volunteer Fire Department Chief Leroy Weirich announces that the local department will not use a numerical system of alarms to avoid confusion with the noon whistle and to alert firemen how badly they are needed.

From now on, one whistle will be the noon whistle or will announce a volunteer meeting or drill. Two whistles will mean a grass fire and three whistles a structural fire (house, barn, business) fire.

Three whistles repeated, said the chief, means a major fire and that all volunteers are needed urgently.

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