People, Places & Events

    Scottish Rite Hospital Provides Amputee Ski Trip
Special to The Monitor
DALLAS-Fourteen Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) patients attended the hospital's 25th Annual Amputee Ski Trip to Winter Park, Colo. One of them was Brooke Holcombe of Mabank. 
The week-long trip was Jan. 23-28.
Other attendees included Raymond Affleck of San Angelo, Jacob Brochtrup of Austin, Jessica Constancio of Austin, Jordyn Downey of Bedford, Haylie Duncan of Fort Worth and Kaitlyn Gilbreath of Andrews.
Also, Sarah Hunter of Carrollton, Allen Jamerson of Henderson, Jake Lopez of Rowlett, Bradley Meinen of Fort Worth, Jose Sanchez of Lewisville, Cody Shropshire of College Station and Julie Villanueva of Sonora.
Snow skiing is well suited for amputees, and with special equipment they quickly become competitive and often excel at the sport. 
"I can make a leg and get them up and walking again but I can't heal the spirit. The ski trip lets them heal in a way that we couldn't duplicate," TSRHC director of proshetics Don Cummings said.
Each year the hospital takes 14 teenagers to Winter Park to learn to ski. 
"I am certain that although these kids have faced challenges beyond their years, each of them returned changed in some positive way by this experience," Cummings said.
American Airlines provided transportation for the patients, medical staff and chaperones for this life-changing experience.
Skiing at the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled creates a focus for the trip, but the personal growth and challenges the teens overcome are often more life changing than the actual accomplishment of skiing. 
The goal of the trip is to foster a sense of self-confidence, discovery and independence for these special children. 
Thanks to generous friends, the trip is available at no cost to patient families.


Brian Morse Wins Calf Scramble in Fort Worth
Special to The Monitor
FORT WORTH-A Mabank High School student is among the winners in the Calf Scramble event during the Feb. 2, evening rodeo performance at the 110th edition of the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show. 
Brian Morse, son of Marsha Morse of Mabank, and a Mabank FFA member, caught and haltered his calf faster than his opponent.
Morse's effort is being sponsored in memory of Don C. King of Canyon. 
The Calf Scramble, which allows 16 students to compete at each one of the 30 Stock Show Rodeo performances, has eight winners per performance. 
Winners are awarded a $500 purchase certificate. 
The certificate will go towards the purchase of a registered beef or dairy heifer for a year-long 4-H or FFA project.
Winners must care for their animals throughout the year and return to Fort Worth for the 2007 Stock Show to exhibit in the Junior Heifer Show. 
Those who do the best job will be in line to be awarded college scholarship funds. 
Last year, scholarship grants were made to 53 students.
All the participants receive a special T-shirt. Consolation prizes of a certificate for a pair of Justin boots go to the remaining participants. 
Mrs. Baird's Bakeries and Justin Boots have proudly sponsored this event for many years.
The nation's oldest livestock show is currently underway now through Feb. 5 at the world-class Will Rogers Memorial Center. 
The Stock Show features 24 days of family fun and entertainment and will host a record number of nearly 25,000 livestock entries throughout the run. 
For ticket information on any performance or Stock Show event, call (817) 877-2420 or visit