‘Friends of Lake Crook’ invite supporters to 5:30 p.m. meeting today

eParisExtra logoThe group trying to enlist citizen support against aggressive development of Lake Crook has scheduled its second meeting for 5:30 p.m. today at picnic tables under a pavilion at the lake.

However, because storms are in the forecast for Paris this afternoon and evening, there are contingency plans for the “Friends of Lake Crook” to meet at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds instead in the event of inclement weather.

Jackie Alsobrook, one of the organizers of the group, suggested that people go first to the meeting room in the north part of the building in which Rita Haynes’ fairground offices are located.

The meeting will either be there at 5:30 p.m. or, if not, there will be a sign directing people to go on to the planned Lake Crook site, Alsobrook said.

“Friends of the Lake Crook” prefer a quiet program of improvements at the lake free of involvement by outside investors. The organization desires to build walking paths, a children’s petting zoo, canoes and paddle boats, plus the possibility of a number of cabins that would be available for rent to lake visitors.

Charles Richards, eParisExtra

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.