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01/02/13 01:45 PM #4    


Jc Cooper

I bet a lot of Eagle Lake oldtimers will remember this lady.

Singer Patti Page Dies in Encinitas

Page sold millions of records under both the pop and
country music genres

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

One of America's musical icons, Grammy-Award winner Patti
Page, has died at a nursing home in Encinitas according
to her personal manager.

In her seven-decade recording career, Page sold more than
100 million records making her one of the most successful
female recording artists.

Page performed all over the world and was often asked to
sing her biggest-selling record, "The Tennessee Waltz"
which she recorded in 1951.


01/03/13 09:13 AM #5    


Jc Cooper

Several reports of sleet yesterday. Quite a bit of it in Lissie for about 45 seconds.

01/11/13 08:22 AM #6    


Just Visiting

So sad. We lost two great veterans since Christmas. Not only great veterans but great people. They will be missed. Losing a familyh member is a terrible thing but to lose them during the Christmas holidays is even worse. May they rest in peace and their familys draw comfort in knowing they left an honorable legacy.



01/11/13 08:27 AM #7    


Just Visiting

I did not know either of these gentlemen personally but everyone that talks about them speak highly of them. I agree it makes it more difficult when a loved one is lost during a holiday. We always relate that holiday to a lost loved one.


01/11/13 08:29 AM #8    


Just Visiting

Who ever put this web page together has my gratitude. This is a wonderful thing.

Gladys from Houston

01/11/13 08:31 AM #9    


Jc Cooper

I'm glad you guys found us. Please accept our sympathy for your loss. And thanks for the kind words about our web site.


01/29/13 07:37 AM #10    


Jc Cooper








The average age of the U.S. military man is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work, and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's; but he has never collected unemployment either.


He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing; and a 155mm howitzer.

He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher, and use either one effectively if he must.

He digs foxholes and latrines, and can apply first aid like a professional.

He can march until he is told to stop, or stop until he is told to march.

He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient.

He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.

He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.

If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.

He has learned to use his hands like weapons, and weapons like they were his hands.

He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.


He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all.

He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime.

He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed.



He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.

Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.


He has asked nothing in return, except
Our friendship and understanding.

Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.

And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.

As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot. ...

A short lull, a little shade, and a picture of loved ones in their helmets.

'Lord, hold our troops in Your loving hands. Protect them, as they protect us.

Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need.

In Jesus' name we pray.  Amen.'

When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our ground troops in Afghanistan, sailors on ships, and airmen in the air, and for those in Iraq, Afghanistan and all foreign countries.

There is nothing attached. ...

This can be very powerful. ...

Of all the gifts you could give a U.S. Soldier, Sailor, Coastguardsman, Marine, or Airman, prayer is the very best one.



01/29/13 09:47 AM #11    


Just Visiting

Heard on the street that Shoppa's is leaving town and that the boot camp has been bought.

01/29/13 11:33 AM #12    


Just Visiting

Yes, I heard that Shoppa's is moving somewhere around East Bernard. I wonder what will happen with the building. Maybe they can turn it into a fishing resort and stock that little pond with a bunch of fish.


01/29/13 05:41 PM #13    


Jc Cooper

I've heard that some oil company is buying, or leasing, the old Shoppa location. Heck, I heard a Burger King was coming, a Church's Chicken, a Home Depot and a UPS store. I'll believe 'em when I see "em.

01/30/13 07:21 AM #14    


Just Visiting

Has anyone heard that the government might restart the draft and draft women. Sounds like a crock of spit to me.


01/31/13 12:04 PM #15    


Just Visiting

What are they doing at the old nursing home? It looks like someone is trying to dig the place up and haul it off.


02/02/13 02:31 PM #16    


Just Visiting

Office space. Owned by the same people that are remodelling the building across from the old Struss store. Whoever they are they are spending a lot of money.

02/02/13 03:27 PM #17    


Jc Cooper

Answering some of your questions:

Nobody seems to know what they are doing with the old nursing home. Surely whoever owns it is not going to compete with the other nursing home being built. Maybe they are going to make it an assisted living facility which I would think would do pretty good in Eagle Lake. I have my doubts about the new nursing home. I don't see the market base for an 80+ bed nursing home in Eagle Lake. How many discharge planners are there here? I would venture a guess at 0. Maybe 1.


Office space. Owned by the same people that are remodelling the building across from the old Struss store. Whoever they are they are spending a lot of money.


What are they doing at the old nursing home? It looks like someone is trying to dig the place up and haul it off.


Yes. Outgoing Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta said in his parting speech, that he could see the day that a draft might be necessary and if a draft was re-instated women would be in the mix. That might be the end of the push for women in combat.

Has anyone heard that the government might restart the draft and draft women. Sounds like a crock of spit to me.


02/12/13 07:33 AM #18    


Jc Cooper

News you should know.



A bus carrying five passengers was hit by a car
in St. Louis, but by the time police arrived on
the scene, fourteen pedestrians had boarded
the bus and had begun to complain of
whiplash injuries and back pain.


A convict broke out of jail in Washington D.C.,
then a few days later accompanied his girlfriend
to her trial for robbery. At lunch, he went out for
a sandwich. She needed to see him, and thus had
him paged. Police officers recognized his name
and arrested him as he returned to the courthouse
in a car he had stolen over the lunch hour.


Police in Radnor, Pennsylvania, interrogated a
suspect by placing a metal colander on his
head and connecting it with wires to a photocopy
machine. The message "He's lying" was placed in
the copier, and police pressed the copy button
each time they thought the suspect wasn't
telling the truth. Believing the "lie detector" was
working, the suspect confessed.

When two service station attendants in Ionia,
Michigan, refused to hand over the cash to
an intoxicated robber, the man threatened
to call the police. They still refused, so the
robber called the police and was arrested.

A Texas: A man convicted of robbery worked
out a deal to pay $9,600 in damages rather
than serve a prison sentence. For payment,
he provided the court a check--a *forged*
check. He got 10 years.


Here are some people who should not be
allowed to venture into society Police in
Wichita, Kansas,arrested a 22-year-old man
at an airport hotel after he tried to pass
two (counterfeit) $16 bills.


A man in Johannesburg, South Africa, shot
his 49-year-old friend in the face, seriously
wounding him, while the two practiced
shooting beer cans off each other's head.


The Chico, California, City Council enacted
a ban on nuclear  weapons, setting a $500
fine for anyone detonating one within city


"There's a fine line between fishing and
standing on the shore looking like an idiot."
-- Steven Wright


02/13/13 12:58 PM #19    


Just Visiting


I'm new here but now that I have a new computer I'll be chickinging from time to time.


02/15/13 07:00 AM #20    


Jc Cooper

We have a new ELEMA member. Isidoro Ramirez made the pledge last night during the VFW Post 8783 meeting. We are very happy that he has decided to join us.


02/19/13 06:58 AM #21    


Just Visiting

Fires, fires, fires. Everywhere. The old rice drier, weimer and somewhere in freylsburg. What's going on. And horse poopy all over the hiway.


02/28/13 09:54 AM #22    


Just Visiting

The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a
rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his
electric saw quit, and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start.
While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence. On arriving, he invited me in
to meet the family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a
small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands.
After opening the door, he underwent an amazing transformation. His face was
wreathed in smiles, and he hugged his two small children and then gave his wife
a kiss.
Afterward, he walked me to my car. We passed the tree, and my curiosity got the
better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier.
“Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” he replied. “I know I can’t help having troubles
on the job, but one thing for sure, troubles don’t belong in the house with my
wife and children. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come
home. Then in the morning, I pick them up again.”
“Funny thing is,” he smiled, “when I come out in the morning to pick them up,
there aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”



03/27/13 07:07 AM #23    


Board Director 3

Word going around bad news for some local boys.


04/03/13 07:46 AM #24    


Board Director 3

Good rain. Some hail. A lot of lightening. Wondering if anyone in our had any damage.

04/15/13 04:27 PM #25    


Board Director 3

Wharton County and Colorado County looking for stolen pickup headed for Eagle Lake. Silver 4 door 2013 Chevrolet. Vehicle uas firearms in it. If you see it, report it.

05/10/13 07:06 AM #26    


Board Director 3

Don't really care for the way this weather seems to be shaping up.

05/14/13 11:46 AM #27    


Board Director 3

Bad wreck in Altair. Early report one DOA, one injured, highway blocked.

Correction: Fatal accident is at Sandy Creek on 90A. There is an additional accident in Altair, injuries unknown.

05/31/13 06:57 AM #28    


Board Director 3

Digging history: RAF Museum set to raise Nazi bomber from English Channel

By Jeremy A. Kaplan

Published May 30, 2013

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Side-scan sonar imaging provides a haunting look at the Nazi bomber, which the RAF museum plans to salvage in late May.Port of London Authority/RAF museum


A sonar image reveals the body of the Dornier, half buried beneath the sands of the English Channel.Port of London Authority/RAF museum

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A British museum is about to haul 8 tons of history out of the English Channel -- the only remaining Nazi Dornier bomber from the World War II Blitz on London.

The plane, one of a formation of German Dornier Do-17 that Hitler sent to the southeast coast of England in his efforts to blast the country out of World War II, has sat in a shallow grave 60 feet under water since 1940.

It was lost for decades, buried beneath the time, the tides and the seafloor of Goodwin Sands, a large sandbank off the coast of Kent County, the last bit of rolling English countryside before Britain gives way to the straits of Dover, 20 or so miles of cold sea, and ultimately, France.

'There are no other Dornier 17s left that we’re aware of. I really can’t stress enough how important this is.'

- Ian Thirsk, head of collections at the RAF Museum

And conservationists battling the weather had hoped to lift the plane out as early as today. It's an historic restoration effort years in the making, said project manager Ian Thirsk, head of collections at the RAF Museum in England.

“We’re pretty much on tenterhooks. It’s very exciting,” Thirsk told Unseasonable weather has delayed the actual lift, which will take a few hours and may occur as early as Sunday or Monday, with a decision due Saturday night.

“It’s been three years to plan this project, so the last stages are obviously critical,” he said.

Sidescan sonar images revealed the silhouette of the craft in 2008, as the shifting sands exposed the perfectly preserved plane for the first time. The Dornier’s very existence is remarkable: It’s a-one-of-a-kind piece of history, he said.

“There are no other Dornier 17s left that we’re aware of,” Thirsk told “I really can’t stress enough how important this is.”

The Dornier’s rarity is an odd fact of the era: The hundreds of fighters that England shot down were smelted during the war and reused, ironically turned into British aircraft to continue the battle against the Germans.

“We’ve got a Spitfire and a Hurricane and a German Messerschmidt,” Peter Dye, director general RAF Museum, told earlier this month. “All the other aircraft were sent to smelters and recycled, ironically enough into our aircraft.”

“You might say it’s environmentally sound,” he added wryly.

Once pulled from the waters, exposure to air will immediately begin to degrade the plane, Thirsk explained. So the RAF Museum, in conjunction with the Port of London Authority, the National Heritage Memorial Fund, and Imperial College London have designed an elaborate process of preservation.

After a special lift raises the plane from the seafloor, it will be doused with sea water and covered with chemicals and gels to preserve it, before the wing section is removed for transportation.

It will then be driven a few hours down the highway -- likely the first time a Nazi craft has navigated England’s roads in half a century.

The preservation process involves a months-long -- or even years-long -- lemon-juice shower, an odd solution devised by the Imperial College’s Department of Material Science that strips away the Channel's chemicals and prevents exposure to oxygen.

By washing away the chloride with citric acid, the surface is effectively protected and a barrier to further corrosion built, Dye explained. The process is lengthy, and the entire proceeding will cost roughly half a million pounds (around $750,000). But the uniqueness of the find makes it truly worthwhile, he told

“We feel that this is a unique survivor, the only German bomber from the Blitz that’s left. And it’s hugely important to British national history,” he said.

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