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From the monthly archives: December 2008

English Scones

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Make your own delicious scones, an absolute requirement for any good tea party, with this simple recipe.

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Devon Cream

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The only true accompaniment to scones, Devon Cream is wonderfully sweet. With this recipe you can enjoy a superb cream that many hunt down.

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Cucumber Sandwiches

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The aristocratic cucumber sandwich is the main feature of the tea table. It’s given a modern and flavorful twist with goat cheese.

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Answering the Alarm

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Area firefighters protect life and property. Get an up-close introduction to our local fire departments.

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My dad, J.D. Bush, was a civilian firefighter, Crew Chief, at Perrin Air Force Base for 28 years. He retired when the base closed in 1971. I started to work for Chief Bill Palya in November 2001. When he told me that he was trying to get possession of the old fire station, I was thrilled.

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Where There’s Smoke….

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The rattle of the alarm echoed across the area, signaling a chlorine leak from a storage tank at the large industrial plant in Grayson County. As the men encased in the special gear that gives them the look of moon-walking astronauts went about the very serious job of dealing with the problem, a company representative standing a safe distance from the scene remarked.

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If you have ever shared an office workspace with women of childbearing age, you will no doubt be familiar with the office baby shower. This is not a suddenly put together affair, but one that occupies hours of planning and coordination on the part of the shower givers.

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B&B for Birds

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While much of the wildlife of North Texas is slowing the pace of their activities in anticipation of the onset of winter, at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge along Lake Texoma and Big Mineral Creek, the waterfowl are about to reach the peak of their seasonal cycle.

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Get on the Bus

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You know a thing or two about road trips when you’ve been planning them for thirty years. On Vickie White’s first charted motor coach excursion nearly that long ago she took a group of seniors, not the ones in high school, to St. Augustine Texas. The bus made an unusual three stops for ice of all things.

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“Would you like a cup of tea, pastor?” The very question made me a little uncomfortable. I drink hot tea occasionally, but not usually with a group of finely dressed women, softly clacking their china cups and saucers together, smearing a slightly different lipstick color on each rim, hair perfectly coiffured, fragrances wafting through the air, a tin of cookies on the table.

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