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The Legend and History of the Poinsettia

One of the most popular Christmas flowers is the Poinsettia, with its bright red or crisp white leaves, and deep green stems. Poinsettias were first introduced to the United States in 1825 by Joel Robert Poinsett, amateur botanist and first ambassador to Mexico. He introduced the plant to the United States when he brought some cuttings to his plantation in Greenwood, South Carolina. December 12 is National Poinsettia Day, an official day set aside to enjoy this symbol of holiday cheer. It was established upon the death of Mr. Poinsett to honor him and the plant he made famous. He died in 1851.

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“Safe Phone Zones” implemented at rest areas

With holiday travel beginning, the Texas Department of Transportation recently announced the implementation of Safe Phone Zones at 55 Safety Rest Areas and Travel Information Centers (TICs) across the state. The GEICO sponsored Safe Phone Zones are part of the Department’s S p o n s o r A c k n o w l e d g e m e n t Program, which seeks companies to fund various benefits for drivers – such as free Wi-Fi at Safety Rest Areas and TICs – in exchange for receiving public recognition through highway signage.

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Rudolph stops in Daingerfield

Hudson Duke, son of Allison and James Duke, visits with Rudolph at the Daingerfield Public Library’s “Breakfast with Rudolph” event on Saturday, Dec. 3.

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Community theatre: a family affair

For right at 20 months, the Community Theatre of East Texas has called Hughes Springs home. In that 20 months, the theatre has produced four major productions, and had countless numbers come through their doors as actors, crew, and audience members.

Those who have taken part in previous productions use a special word to refer to the theatre: family. When one spends 12 weeks with a group of people, they have a tendency to form a bond very kin to that of a family. The company’s current production is no different. After spending many long hours together, the cast and crew of A Christmas Carol can feed off of and react to one another as if they have known each other for years.

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Daingerfield alum adapts children’s book for stage

Shane Strawbridge, a 2001 alumnus of Daingerfield High School, has been commissioned by the Hollins Theatre Institute to write a stage adaptation of the awardwinning children’s book, Marvelous Cornelius, by Phil Bildner. The play will tour schools in Roanoke, Virginia this winter, then open on Mill Mountain Theatre’s Trinkle Stage on Jan. 28, 2017.

At Daingerfield High School, Strawbridge was an honor student and participated in many extracurricular activities. He graduated in the top 10 and received the 2001 “Ideal Student” award from the Twentieth Century Club. Strawbridge has had his plays performed across the country. Several of his plays will be published in December by Polychoron Press. As an actor, Strawbridge has been nominated for and won many awards. He was named one of Dallas-Fort Worth’s best actors by CBS in 2011.

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DPS offers tips to avoid vehicle theft during the holidays

The Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding Texans about the potential for vehicle thefts during the holiday season and is advising individuals to takes extra precautions to guard against possible auto thefts. Vehicle burglaries are also a concern during the holiday season.

“The holiday season is a busy time for everyone - including criminals; and DPS is urging Texans to do what they can to keep vehicles and valuables safe from possible thieves,“ said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “The months of December and January can be prime times for auto theft and burglaries. It is important to always lock car doors and store valuables out of sight.”

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Why ‘Not In My House’ is for all adults, not just parents

By Rebecca Smith

While parents are the number one influence on a teen’s decision whether or not to drink, they are not the only influence.

That’s why the Northeast Texas Coalition Against Substance Abuse’s “Not In My House” campaign is for all adults, not just parents.

About 65 percent of minors report that they get their alcohol “from friends and family.” Of course that includes parents, but it also could include older siblings, older friends, or other adult family members.

A lot of people may think there’s nothing they can do about a minor drinking if that minor isn’t their child. But there are lots of things you can do. For starters, simply don’t provide it.

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Christmas tunes offer soundtrack for lifelong memories

Some stores start stocking Christmas decorations and wrapping paper as early as the end of October, and some families begin decking their halls in holiday finery in late November. But for many people, the holiday season has not truly begun until the music synonymous with this festive time of year has hit the airwaves. Christmas music typically begins flooding the airwaves on the day after Thanksgiving, or Black Friday, if not before. With access to satellite access, Christmas music junkies can listen to their favorite Christmas music all year 'round.

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Leftover Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t have to mean turkey sandwiches

Turkey is a staple on most Thanksgiving tables. Leftovers from the big meal can sometimes last into the next week. It is what to do with those leftovers that can get tricky. Here are a few different options for that leftover thanksgiving feast. Full recipes can be found at Delish.com.

Thanksgiving leftover lasagna: here is a recipe that uses more than just the leftover turkey. Mashed potatoes, green beans, turkey, and gravy all make this a jazzed up leftover dinner. Even the cranberry sauce finds its way into this dish.

Thanksgiving in a blanket: This is another snack that uses more than just turkey. Wrapping prepared stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey, and cranberry sauce in croissants makes a quick, handheld after-Thanksgiving snack. Use the gravy as unique dipping sauce.

 

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“Trees in the Park” a huge success

Hughes Springs has brought back a tradition that began in the 1990s. “Christmas Trees in the Park” returned to Spring Creek Park during this year’s Holiday on First Street.

The city provided trees to those who wished to purchase and decorate a tree for the event. Businesses and groups from around the city brought decorations of all varieties to decorate approximately 20 trees. Trees were decorated with everything from carrelated decorations, and decorations made by children to old-world decorations such as popcorn strands and peanut butterand bird seed pinecones. Each group had someone present on Nov. 21 to light their tree as they were announced.

Gina’s Hair Salon hosted the event, and the Globe Gallopers offered up refreshments for the event as fundraiser for their Ireland trip. Following the lighting of the trees, visitors were invited to walk around, taking in the brilliance of the evening, before settling in to watch movies in the park.

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