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Fall clean-up for all, swimming for your health

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Neva Lindell offered several ideas for the Build a Better Bowie campaign.

“The Big Fall Haul”

Organize a weekend(s) in the fall to clean up the junk just lying around.

This could include old sofas, stoves, broken toys, non-working appliances, branches under four-feet long, etc. Haul ‘em away. Beautify Bowie.

•The Big Fall Haul would be free to residents.

• Put a bid out to hire (Montague County) one or four big truck teams to haul it away.

• Set up command posts in parking lots in all parts of town.

• Organize groups of volunteers to coordinate loading.

• The adult volunteers could be individuals or teams from VFW, Kiwanis, church groups, etc.

• Young adult volunteers could be Boy Scouts, FFA, 4-H or church groups.

• These volunteers could go out Thursday and knock on doors to see if folks needed stuff toted to the curb.

• Saturday, load it up and haul it away.

• Volunteers who help and residents who need their help would need to fill out a hold harmless agreement.

• The truck companies would have to sign a COI and hold harmless.

• The city could pay for the big trucks, dump fees and provide cookies and coffee for the command stations. Apply for a grant to help cover costs.

• Promote The Big Fall Haul heavily: Bowie News, 81/2X11-inch fliers for businesses and churches, and the radio station. Maybe Wendy can talk about it.

• If successful, it could be an annual event.

Summer Fun

The outdoor pool is beautiful. Consider having extended pool hours.

• Lap swimming from 7-9 a.m. or 7-9 p.m.

• Maybe a morning fitness class.

This could be a low-cost way to promote fitness and fun in the community. It would also provide employment and responsibility for guards.

Promote in the Bowie News, flyers and on the radio station. Maybe there is a grant to help fund this.

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Water line break sprays water to the sky

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City of Bowie water crews repaired a break in this eight-inch water line on Tarrant Street in between Lindsey and Mason Wednesday. It started as a small trickle, but once the dirt was removed the line blew out, but it was soon repaired on the water supply was turned off. There were no shutdown to the water supply during the work. (Photo by Barbara Green)
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Vera Rae

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Vera Rae

April 19, 1940 to October 29, 2023
AUSTRALIA – Vera Rae, 82, passed away peacefully after a set of health issues following a fall on Oct. 7, 2023.
Vera was born in Stockport, England to John “Jack” and Alice Gooch. They migrated to Australia following the Second World War, settling in Western Australia.
Vera met the love of her life in 1957, Robert John Rae, and they married on May 30, 1959. They were blessed with two daughters, Jenny and Debby.
Vera loved the Lord, had a strong faith, and was a prayer warrior. Throughout her various illnesses in life, she remained cheerful, gracious, and loving.
Vera was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Alice Gooch; in-laws, Don and Amy Rae, and nephew, Justin Gooch.
Vera is survived by her loving husband, Robert Rae, Port Kennedy, Western Australia; daughter, Jenny Rae Rizzolo and partner Paul, Bowie, TX, and Debby Rae Harvey and husband Ian, Waikiki, Western Australia; grandchildren, Mandy Jones, Jodie Ehle, Jacilyn Kenny and Bronwyn Has; and great grandchildren, Tahlia, Tanaya, Shelby, Khy, Jordyn, Mollie, Bryce, Brett, Kobe, Lilly, Caitlin, Morgan and Olivia.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Greenfield’s Funerals, Port Kennedy Western Australia.
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Alton “Fred” Allen

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Fred Allen

March 17, 1945 – May 15, 2022
RINGGOLD – Alton “Fred” Allen, 77, longtime resident of Ringgold, passed away on May 15, 2022 in Bowie.
The family received friends from 7 – 8 p.m. on May 17 at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m. on May 18 at Cowboy’s Last Ride Cemetery in Bowie with Richard Allen officiating.
Fred was born March 17, 1945 in Decatur to Alton “Frank” and Zula Prestwood Allen. He was a lifelong worker in the oil field and in his free time enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Dick Allen and Gene Allen.
Fred is survived by his children, Lynn Allen, Ringgold and Zula Carol Dietrich and husband Steve, Petrolia; grandchildren, Blake Allen, Brady Allen, Barrett Allen, Jason Gray, Jennifer Gray, Terry Dietrich and Timothy Dietrich; great-grandchildren Cody and Kendra Harralson and Lincoln Gray; sister Zelta Baker, Bloomfield, NM and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
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