Life and Community
Forward Ride: by Steve Reisman
Organizers of the 23rd annual Peach Pedal Bike Ride say 2,270 riders braved the heat at the event on Saturday. The ride saw a 20 percent jump in participation compared to last year.
Participants from across Texas as well as Louisiana, Oklahoma, and even one rider from Wisconsin made the trek to Weatherford for the ride, which included routes of 100 kilometers, 39-miles, 26-miles and 9-miles. The event is a joint effort between the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce and the Weatherford College Foundation.
Randy Keck/The Community News: The annual Peach Festival in Weatherford drew a huge crowd on Saturday. While attendance figures are not yet available, the annual event typically draws 30,000 or more visitors. More photos will be in the July 15 issue of The Community News
Randy Keck/The Community News: The Aledo Volunteer Fire Department held a pancake breakfast Saturday morning at the main fire station. Fire trucks were on display and area residents were treated to pancakes, sausage links, orange juice and coffee.
Eric WilloughbyTwo fundraisers are in the works this weekend to benefit Eric Willoughby, an Aledo High School student who was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma (rare bone cancer) in his right arm last February.
A garage sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at 504 E. Oak St. in Aledo. In addition, there will be a fundraiser at the Willow Park Sonic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the same day. T-shirts are also still available for $10. Call Kristen at 817-907-6734.
Ranch bash, music festival and fundraiser organized by local landowners
Special to The Community News
Country music’s biggest stars will be in Palo Pinto County for the “Buckets & Boots” ranch bash on Saturday, July 9 to benefit local fire departments hit hard by this spring’s devastating wild fires.
The event, featuring Grammy-nominated artist Pat Green, Randy Rogers, Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack, Wade Bowen, Bobby Duncan and others (to be announced), will take place at the Rocker B Ranch located at 1125 Chaney Lane in Graford, Texas.
First 100 Patrons Swim FREE at Cherry Park Pool
First Financial Bank Sponsors a Free Swim Friday, June 10
On Friday, June 10 First Financial Bank will partner with the Parker County Hospital District, QXFM and the City of Weatherford to sponsor a FREE swim for patrons of the Cherry Park Pool.
First Financial is graciously covering the fee to enter the Cherry Park Pool for the first 100 guests. In addition, the Parker County Hospital District (PCHD) will also supply the first 100 guests with FREE items encouraging safety in the sun. In an attempt to educate as many community members as possible the local radio station, 89.5 QXFM, will broadcast live from the Cherry Park Pool with information preventing skin cancer, sun burns, dehydration, sun exposure and such.
Girl Scouts Summer Camp
For parents wondering what their daughter will do for fun this summer, Girl Scouts offers a variety of summer camps for various ages. Registration for day, resident and high adventure trips is under way. Girls do not initially have to be a Girl Scout to register for camp.
This year, traditional offerings of Resident Camp will be available, such as horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, ropes course and archery, in addition to several new offerings such as cooking and art.
San Antonio, TX – Thomas Densmore of Parker County will participate in the Texas Brigades program this summer. He was selected based on his academic records, interest in wildlife and natural resources, and leadership abilities.
The Texas Brigades’ mission is to empower high school youth with the necessary skills and knowledge in wildlife and fisheries, habitat conservation, land and water stewardship, team building, communication, and leadership to become ambassadors for conservation in order to ensure a sustained wildlife and fisheries legacy for future generations. This is the 19th year of the Brigades.
There are five Brigade camps being held this summer; two Buckskin Brigades, two Bobwhite Brigades, and a Bass Brigade.
At its annual Status of Women luncheon May 4, the Zonta Club of Parker County awarded more than $13,000 in scholarships to 14 Parker County women and named Roxanne Hobart, incoming club vice president, as its 2011 Clubwoman of the Year.
Receiving scholarships - and their major and college or university - were:
§ Catherine Lundy-Peterson of Weatherford, marketing and fashion merchandising, Stephen F. Austin;
§ Elisa Gomez of Weatherford, medical, Weatherford College
§ Chandler Spooner, Weatherford, nursing, WC/TCU
§ Christie Dossey, Weatherford, accounting, WC
§ Diana Steedley, Weatherford, nursing, WC
§ Christy Hardin of Poolville, psychology, Tarleton
§ Shelby Carter, Weatherford, education-dance, Ranger College
§ Amy Smith, Weatherford, nursing, WC
Ms. Senior Parker County, Carmen Ashby: Lady Lions roaring for an opportunity to pose with the newly crowned, 2011 Ms. Senior Parker County, Carmen Ashby. Pictured from left to right are Gail Tilley, Connie White, Carmen Ashby, Lynn Manaco, Kathy Lyon. The Weatherford Senior Center takes pride in the fact that Ms. Ashby is a daily attendee at the center where everyone encouraged her to participate in the pageant.