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Easy Street Shelter – Saint Jo Animal Shelter striving to help the lost and abandoned

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By BARBARA GREEN

It has been a rocky road for Easy Street Animal Shelter in Saint Jo, but the vision for a no-kill facility to serve the community is finally taking shape.

The idea for a shelter was sparked about 10 years ago by Saint Jo Veterinarian Dr. Sharon Gaston, who operates Cactus Clinic. She recalls talking up the idea in 2004 or 2005, and there was interest from the community to move forward.

With the project moving ahead, Gaston was seriously injured in an accident during the Jan. 1, 2006, wildfires while she was trying to rescue some horses that were in danger. Her road to recovery from her head injuries has been very difficult and is still “ongoing,” she says as her capabilities are not what they use to be.

Back working at the clinic, her desire to provide a safe environment for homeless and abandoned animals never wavered. In the last two years, volunteers have helped get it off the ground. The Easy Street Shelter formed a nonprofit 507(c)(3)corporation and a board was established.

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Deadline nears for Wreaths Across America purchase

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There is still time to purchase a wreath and support the Wreaths Across America program in Bowie to lay wreaths on veteran’s graves in Elmwood Cemetery.
Deadline to purchase a wreath is Dec. 6 at a cost of $15. Visit the GFWC Amity Club of Bowie Facebook page for the order form or call Angela at 940-841-11315.
Families also may purchase wreaths they can pick up and take to other cemeteries. Wreaths will be laid in ceremonies on Dec. 17 at Elmwood. The public is invited to attend.

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All Together Show joins youth fair schedule

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There will be a new addition to the Montague County Youth Fair in 2023 as the All Together Livestock Show debuts on Jan. 5, 2023.
Justin Hansard, county AgriLife Extension agent, said All Together is designed to give students with special needs an opportunity to participate in the Montague County Youth Fair without the requirement of raising or prepping their own livestock animal.
Participants will be matched with a volunteer(s) and livestock animal and given the opportunity to show that animal in the ring for an individualized experience.

Entries are now open for the show.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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McKinney, Moore receive top 2022 firefighter awards

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By BARBARA GREEN
editor@bowienewsonline.com
The City of Bowie Fire Department honored its own this week during the annual Thanksgiving awards dinner on Nov. 21.
City officials, friends and families of firefighters attended to watch as service awards and firefighter training certifications were presented, along with the firefighter of the year honors. New firefighter recruits also received their badges that were pinned on by friends and family.
Assistant Fire Chief Joel Moore brought the welcome and served as emcee in the absence of an ill Fire Chief Doug Page.

The Roy Gene Williams Award is an award for a volunteer firefighter selected by his fellow volunteers. Levi Davis, 2021 award recipient, presented the 2022 honor to James McKinney.
Firefighter of the Year was presented by Cody Byler, 2020 recipient and it went to Joel Moore.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

Joel Moore, the Firefighter of the Year recipient is congratulated by Ross Hamilton, fellow firefighter. They are the only men who have won the Firefighter of the Year Award three times. See more photos in the weekend Bowie News.
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