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As I Was Saying
By Opal Toney

Flag wavin' . . .
I’m lookin’ out my window. Yes, I have more than one, but my favorite in the world is on the east side of my bedroom. I spend a lot of time there.
And I’m sittin’ here now thinkin’ about how in a few days it will be the Fourth of July.
I have many memories how it used to be celebrated when I was growin’ up.
There was usually a community-wide picnic and much flag waving.
I’m all for that, but this year I’ve run into a bit of a problem.
Several years ago, one of my sons-in-law and his brother, Shelly, came by and surprised me by puttin’ a tall, tall flag pole right by my window!
I’m still happy about that–and have enjoyed it thru the years.
A short time before that took place a good friend, by the name of Midge, brought me a bunch of young trees from his yard. He planted ‘em in my yard–where I wanted ‘em! And they all lived!
I told the “flag pole guys” that someday the trees would grow as tall as the flag pole–which seemed unlikely at the time.
But now they have! On Flag Day Daughter #2 and her daughter, my granddaughter, Jennifer, brought me a new flag.
They sent it up the pole–a nice breeze was blowin’ and the flag spread out–got stuck among the limbs and leaves and is still there.
To see it you have to stand under the tree and look straight up!
But I can always wave a flag somewhere–and I’m mighty proud to do so! God bless America!
As I was saying, I’m lookin’ out my window.


Job training now available in Terrell
Special to The Monitor
TERRRELL–If you are over 55 and on a limited income, Experience Works is the answer.
If you are having trouble finding a job and need training to update your skills, come and see us. The following training positions are available.
• Receptionist
• Office Clerical
• Administrative Assistant
• Stockroom
Experience Works is a national, non-profit organization providing income-eligible seniors with training, experience, supportive services and information they need to improve their lives, gain self-sufficiency, realize their goals, and obtain employment.
Based on their interests and goals, participants in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) are assigned to training sites where they learn skills to further their goals while performing community service.
Participants receive training, supervision, and experience and are compensated with a wage by Experience Works.
We are funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) under Title V of the Older Americans Act.
Meet with Experience Works representatives:
• Experience Works representatives will be available to meet with you at the Texas Workforce Center in Terrell (109 Tejas Ste. 300) between 1 and 3 p.m. Thursday, July 6.
For more information:
Contact Laural at (903) 275-2667, or go to for more information.







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