Second “Walk with a Doc” Thursday night at Dragon Park

Walkers at Dragon Park at the 1st "Walk with a Doc"

Walkers at Dragon Park at the 1st “Walk with a Doc”

The Lamar Delta County Medical Society will host another “Walk With a Doc” on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 6 pm at Dragon Park behind Paris Junior College (across from the Love Civic Center).

Walkers will enjoy a refreshing walk with Dr. Amanda Green and other health care professionals, who will provide support and answer questions during the walk. There will be a 5-10 minute presentation at the beginning of the walk, and a limited number of free pedometers and T-shirts will be available for participants.

Blood pressure monitoring will be available on site. Dr. Green encourages anyone in the community of any age to join the walk. This is a free program and preregistration is not required. Future walks will be announced via the Walk With a Doc website,http://www.walkwithadoc.org/, and are currently scheduled for May 15 at 6 pm.

walk with a doc 2The Paris Walk with a Doc program is part of a state-wide initiative funded by a grant from the Texas Medical Association Foundation with major support from the Aetna Foundation. The grants help TMA doctors host walks with their patients, as well as provide marketing and promotional materials, and cover technical support from the Walk With a Doc organization.

Walk With a Doc is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country. “This program has had tremendous participation and success in many other cities around the country, ” said Dr. Green. “I’m very pleased to be part of this exciting and simple program that shows improved health results for so many people.”

Why walk? “There is no question that increasing exercise, even moderately, reduces the risks of many diseases, including coronary artery disease, breast and colon cancer, and Type 2 diabetes, ” said Dr. Green. “Research has even shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour that you exercise regularly.” According to the American Heart Association, walking as little as 30 minutes a day can provide these health benefits: improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels, help maintain a healthy body weight and lower the risk of obesity, enhance mental well-being, and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

walk“Walk With a Doc allows physicians to interact with their patients outside the office, where they can see their doctors practice what they preach. What’s discussed in the office is put int motion outside the office,” said Debbie Fuller, MD, vice president of the TMA Foundation and immediate past chair of the TMA Council on Health Promotion. She said patients’ comments and questions during the walks tend to feed off one another as they discuss general health and lifestyle issues with a person they trust – their physician. “It’s me and my patients, real-life in sweats together, just talking about health and well-being while we’re out getting exercise,” she said.

About the Lamar Delta County Medical Society (LDCMS): LDCMS members include 60 local general medicine physicians as well as subspecialists. The membership has supported the local Kids’ Marathon, Hard Hats for Little Heads, as well as 5-7 $1000 scholarships yearly to promote Paris students interested in health careers. To learn more, go tohttp://www.ldcms.org/

About Texas Medical Association (TMA): TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans. FMA Foundation raises funds to support the public health and science priority initiatives of the TMA. To learn more, go to http://www.texmed.org/.

About Walk With a Doc: Walk with a Doc is a non-profit organization that encourages healthy physical activity in people of all ages, to reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country. Walk with a Doc was started in 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir, a board certified cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio. To learn more, go to http://www.walkwithadoc.org/.

Lamar County Junior Livestock Association celebrates 46th anniversary with ribbon cutting event

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Yesterday was certainly a day to remember for the Lamar County Junior Livestock Association. Not only did it mark the organization’s 46th anniversary, but it was also officially welcomed as a new member of the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce.

The ceremony was held in the Coliseum at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds. Chamber ambassadors and organization members alike gathered in the ring at 3 pm, anxiously awaiting the ribbon cutting that would mark this momentous occasion.

Phyllis Brumley, one of several directors-at-large who has been involved in the organization for 38 years, did the honors of cutting the ribbon. Though the Association has existed in Lamar County for nearly 50 years, Brumley stated that many in the area are still not aware of the organization and all the work involved. She hopes to raise awareness through this new membership.

“Since Lamar County is an agriculture-based county, we hope that by us joining the Chamber, this will make more people aware that this goes on. Some people here in Lamar County have no idea,” she said. “They’ve never been to a livestock show. They don’t know what we do, they don’t know how hard it is for these kids to show these animals and work these projects. They have to buy them, feed them, and it takes a lot of time, a lot of money, and also, it teaches them lots of responsibility.”

Simply put, the Lamar County Junior Livestock Association consists of all Lamar County 4-H Clubs and FFA chapters. Whereas FFA is a program associated with schools, 4-H is on a national level. According to 4-H director, Paula Sorreno, those who wish to participate in the shows must be members of both organizations in order to qualify.

“Here, all five school districts come together as well as all the 4-H kids,” she said. “They all come together and show their projects here.”

The shows may involve the selling and buying of livestock, but rest assured, no paychecks go to the undeserving. The kids do not have to worry about their hard work going to waste. The primary focus is-and always will be-on the kids.

“Everybody in this organization is a volunteer,” said Association Treasurer, Steve Tucker. “Nobody gets paid. [It’s] non-profit. All the money goes back to the kids.”

With the increased awareness from the Association’s new place in the Chamber of Commerce, Brumley hopes the community can come together and help ensure every animal is sold. If one buyer does not have enough money to pay for an animal, he/she and another buyer(s) can start a buying pool together.

“We need help from the community,” she said. “You know, we sell up to 115 lots of animals every year. This year, we’re only going to sell 103 and each of one of those animals needs a buyer.”

Both Brumley and Tucker stated that knowledge and acceptance of the fact that the animal is a market animal (intended to be eaten) is crucial before becoming a member.

“This is the cycle, this is where our food comes from and we need people to be aware, to raise this,” she said. “Because if we didn’t, we’d be like one of those countries that [doesn’t] get to eat.”

Just like in any other good organization, members must learn skills that don’t just help them in the present, but will allow them to succeed later on in life.

“Really, that’s part of our organization, it’s showing kids, parents, the community, this is where our food comes from,” Tucker said.

The Lamar County Junior Livestock Show begins at 8 this morning with a horse show check-in and the final sale of market animals will begin at 6:45 pm in the Coliseum. For more information about the association or 4-H, visit http://www.lcjl.org/ or http://www.4-h.org/.

100 Target Trap Shoot this Sunday, April 13th

skeet1-150x150The Paris Skeet and Trap Club will be holding a 100 Target Trap Shoot this Sunday, April 13th.

The Shoot is open to any age, ATA member, 4H member. Bring a gun and they will squad you.  The club urges 4H shooters, near and far, to come out.  Saying “this is a golden opportunity to get in another mock competition practice before your District shoot! You are welcome to join us!”

The Adult Entry fee for the 100 targets is $25.  The entry fee for Youth, 17 and under, and 4H members is $12 and each will shoot 2 rounds of 16 yard line trap. There will be one to two youth prizes awarded, depending on how many shooters they have.

This is not a registered shoot.  The PSTC will begin throwing registered targets in mid May.

The Trap Shoot will have 25– 16 yard line targets; 25– handicap targets; 50 doubles targets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uncle Jesse Bass Fishing Tournament

Kelly Meredith shows off the fish that won the tournament in 2013.

Kelly Meredith shows off the fish that won the tournament in 2013.

The 27th Annual Uncle Jesse Memorial Big Bass Classic fishing tournament is to be held at Pat Mayse Lake on May 3, 2014.  Entry fee is $50.00 per fisherman or $225 per four man team. All proceeds go back into helping Lamar County Students.

For questions for entry forms, please contact the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce at 903-784-2501 or email judy@paristexas.com or gina@paristexas.com.

There are great prizes and outstanding trophies for winning teams to be displayed at your business.

2nd Annual Karaoke Night benefiting the Paris Community Theatre is April 26

TheatrePlazaLooking for something new, fun and different to do on a Saturday night and support a great cause too? Then be sure to get your tickets for the 2nd Annual Karaoke Night benefiting the Paris Community Theatre.

This unique, casual fundraiser will be on Saturday, April 26 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Depot, located at 1264 South Main.

Complimentary hor’ douvres will be offered, and there will be a cash bar (over 21 only). There will also be a live auction. Items to be auctioned include PCT season tickets, a reader’s theatre dinner for six, Paris Bakery Pizza Night gift certificate, free yoga classes at the PCT Centre and much, more.

But the main attraction will be the Karaoke singing. Come out and listen to your friends and neighbors take the mike, or perhaps you will find yourself on stage.

Since the late 1970s, PCT has been a cultural cornerstone of Paris. The historical Plaza Theatre was purchased in downtown Paris on the square in 1981 and was renovated in 1985. Each year, PCT produces six plays, including at least one musical and a Christmas production. Next season, PCT will also produce two “Off Plaza” plays, host the annual Haunted Theatre tours, and sponsor two Community Choir concerts.

The Paris Community Theatre receives no funds from the city, the state or the federal government. PCT is wholly supported by ticket sales, individual donations and corporate business sponsorships.

PCT is a true gem to Paris, Texas. Come out to sing on Saturday, April 26, or just to applaud those who do and raise much needed funds for the Paris Community Theatre. Great prizes have been donated and will be awarded to singers — whether individuals or groups. The Grand Prize is to “open” for a concert at That Guy’s Coffee Listening Room. Eddie Clement will be the emcee at Karaoke Night.

Advance tickets to the event are $15 and may be purchased by email at pct@1starnet.com, or by calling the PCT box office at 903.784.0259. All funds raised go to support PCT. Karaoke Night is sponsored by Cypress Home Health.