‘Friends of Lake Crook’ announce free outing at the lake from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday

Celebrate Lake Crook Park

“Friends of Lake Crook” — a group dedicated to preserving the city-owned lake as an alternative to city designs of bringing in major outside development — has announced a free “Celebrate Lake Crook” outing from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the lake.

Free hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available for all, said Jackie Alsobrook, acting co-chair of the “Friends of Lake Crook” committee.

Festivities will begin with raising of the flag, followed by the Pledge to Allegiance and singing of “God Bless America.

Among the activities that follow will include a scavenger hunt, “Beach Ball in the Air” contest, finger frisbees, and a kite-flying contest.

The recently formed organization wants to revive interest in Lake Crook after years of neglect. The group wants to create nature trails and gardens and to enhance the lake with paddle boats, kayaks, fishing boats and sailboats.

 

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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.