The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on June 3, 1983 · Page 7
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 7

Baytown, Texas
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Friday, June 3, 1983
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THE BAYTOWN SUN Friday, June 3, 1983 7-A (DIMENSION Pet Parker* Oak Tree Special To Baytown Recently I was locking through some olcjBaytown Sun files when I came across so^ie clippings about thq old oak tree in the middle of West Texas Avenue. For some of ^ us who have lived in Bgy town for a nupber of years we recognize that that old tree has become a symbol of Baytown. Although the tree has been the victim of termites, crystals in the soil and was issued its death warrant by Baytown City Council, the tree still stands. The old oak has been a center of modern controversy from its very beginnings. It was situated smack dab in the middle of a much needed right of way for the new stretch of road to old Baytown. Price Pruett, who owned the acreage, told County Commissioner Charlie Massey, "Charlie, I'll give you the land for the right of way if you'll promise to leave my oak standing till it dies of natural causes." Believing the tree was on its last leg, City Council approved a motion to chop it down in 1950. Former Mayor R.H. "Red" Pruett, Price's son, decided to pay City Council a visit. He reminded them of the promise to leave the tree alone until it died of natural causes and asked permission to call in a tree surgeon. For five years Pruett cared for the tree and fought having it removed. He erected curbing and reflectors so that the possibility of accidents would be eliminated — all at his own expense. The "Texas Avenue Oak" has special significance for me personally because for many years my Dad's service station was located right by it. In fact, people used to refer to it as "the station by the big tree." If nobody knows where anything else is in this town, they know where to find the big tree. As a young girl, I can remember Daddy telling the fellows that worked for him all about the infamous oak and how people just wouldn't stand for cutting it down. He said that was the stubbornest tree he'd seen in his life and that nothing could kill it — not termites, not traffic mishaps and not. even City Council. 1 understand there is such a thing as "oak tree syndrome." A Texas politician has said that he has a personality "defect" which his wife calls "the oak tree syndrome." "I believe right is right and wrong is wrong," he explained. "If you've got a nickel of my money, I want it. If I have 30 cents of your money, I want you to have it. "Oak trees get uprooted in hurricanes but palm trees don't because they are flexible." Coupons Not Necessarily Bargain "Cents-off coupons for use in food markets are a form of advertising and not necessarily a bargain for consumers, farmers or grocers," says Mary Clayton, a family resource management specialist with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Teias A&M University System. Much attention has been focus' ed on people who receive "free" grcceries by collecting coupons' anl utilizing special coupon of- feis. Coupon clubs and newslet- teis have sprung up as more con- suners look for ways to save mmey. 'But using coupons may not be tht best answer to high food prices for many families," says Ms. Clayton. According to USDA research, coupons are primarily issued for storable, brand-name items instead of less processed, perishable products. Coffee, prepared foods, breakfast foods, flour and flour mix products, account for 10 percent of the consumer food budget, yet make up about 60 percent of the value of coupons redeemed. "If consumers are primarily concerned with reducing food costs," states Ms. Clayton, " they should compare the cost of brand- name products with cents-off coupons, to generic or house brands which may be less expen- sive." Consumers should also consider preparing more dishes from "scratch", which will generally result in lower costs than processed, prepared food items even with coupon reductions, recommends the specialist. Many grocers object to coupons because they feel the reimbursement of their handling costs are inadequate and the doubling of coupon values cuts profits, says Ms. Clayton. Coupons have little effect on the demand for agricultural producers' raw farm products because they are mostly used to promote food with a low farm price compared to retail price, she adds. Manufacturers have found that using coupons for advertising is a good way to introduce new products, build brand loyalty, and insure that reductions are passed on to the consumer, notes Ms. Clayton. As a result, the coupons distributed by manufacturers skyrocketed from 10 billion to 90 billion between 1965 and 1980. Although 3.3 cents of every $10 spent by the consumer for food goes to cover the cost of coupons, it is unlikely that food prices would drop in the absence of coupons, says Clayton. It is more likely that manufacturers would shift to other types of advertising, she adds. Famous Doctor Says He Never Advocated Child Permissiveness As he celebrates hs 80th birthday, Dr. Benjamin Spock, the famous pediatrician whose teachings have ijfluenced the raising o: millions of children around the world, vants the record set sraight once and for dl — he has never ad- wcated permissive child rearing. "Since 1968, I have teen hounded and raunted by the accusations of those who say that I advocate permissive child Bearing," Dr. Spock says. "And some other people claim tiat 1 renounced my permissive' philosophy and turned strict. "If 'permissive' means allowing children to have and do and say almost anything they want (which is what most people think it means), then I never had such a philosophy. In fact, I believe the opposite; I'm bothered — really bothered — when children are allowed to be rude or demanding or uncooperative." Dr. Spock says false accusations began soon after his indictment for anti- Vietnam War activities. Some foes, he said, accused him of advocating "instant gratification." a charge that showed they had not read his book "Baby and Child Care." Then, eight years ago, a press release heralding a forthcoming article by Spock was headlined "Why are there so many bratty children? Dr. Spock blames the experts." This evoked further misunderstanding. Dr. Spock says "The newspaper editors and newscasters who were under the impression that I was permissive interpreted the press release to mean that I had turned my back on that philosophy because it produced spoiled children. I de- nied that I had ever been permissive or that I had changed my mind. But it's impossible to counter an incorrect report. "I'm still asked the same old question every week of my life. You can see why I'm on the defensive," Dr. Spock says. "Children deserve to be respected, I feel, because they are, on the average, as idealistic as adults, as truthful, as original and creative, as loving, as loyal. But it is important for parents to show their children they respect themselves too and to ask for respect from their children." Tips Benefit Contact Lens Wearers One of the questions most frequently asked of eye doctors by their female patients is, •'How do I apply make-up if I wear contact lenses?" It's really quite easy if you follow a few simple guidelines. Q: DO I APPLY MAKE-UP BEFORE OR \FTER PUTTING CONTACT LENSES IN MY EYES? A: In the case of daily-wear lenses (hard and soft), insert lenses before applying makeup. It's even easier with extended-wear lenses which, because of their higher water content (up to 71 percent), can be left in the eyes day and night, for up to two weeks. When you wake up, wash your face and apply make-up as usual. Q: CAN I STILL WEAR MASCARA WITH CONTACT LENSES? A: According to Ronnee Medow, optical technician for a New York ophthalmologist, the best kind of mascara contains no lash- building fibers that may drift into the eyes and cause discomfort. "Several coats of color- enchancing mascara can achieve the desired lengthening effect without the irritation caused by loose fibers." Q- WHAT IF MASCARA OR SOME OTHER KIND OF MAKE-UP GETS ON THE LENS ITSELF? "A: Simple remove and clean the lens. Q: I USUALLY LINE MY INNER EYELID WITH AN OIL-BASED CRAYON. CAN I CONTINUE THIS PRACTICE WITH CONTACT LENSES? A: "Lining the inner, mucous membrane portion of the lower eyelid is not recommended by eye doctors," says Medow. "It will produce tears in most eyes, indicating stimulation of the body's own natural defenses. Lin- ing the outer, lower lid, just below the lash line, with a water-based eyeliner is the safest approach, followed second by using an oil- based stick well on the outside of the lash line." Q: IF I WEAR EXTENDED-WEAR LENSES, SHOULD I USE OIL OR WATER- BASED MAKE-UP? A: According to Edward Schmitt, Ph.D., director of research and development for CooperVision Optics, makers of Permalens Extended-Wear lenses, water-based make-up is best. Q: WHAT ABOUT EYE SHADOW? SHOULD I USE WATER-BASED SHADOW? A: Both Schmitt and Medow agree that the best shadow for contact lens wearers is water- based shadow which is either pressed powder that goes on dry, or powder that is mixed with water, then applied. If water-based shadow does wander into the eye, natural tear action will wash the particles to the corners of the eye, where they will naturally flush out. In general, the higher the water content of the lens, the more comfort-, able you will be wearing make-up. Q: SHOULD I USE SOAP AND WATER, OIL OR COLD CREAM TO REMOVE MAKEUP? A: Medow suggests using whatever you use normally, taking the usual care not to get any substance other than water in your eye. That's. why water-based make-up is best. If you accidentally get some in your eyes, it flushes clean with water. If you would like free literature on eye-care write to: Extended-Wear Lens Information Bureau, 3333 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, Calif. 90010. GARY RUSSELL, son of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Russell, has been officially nominated as a United States National Speech and Drama Award winner, an honor fewer than 10 percent of all speech and drama students can hope to achieve. An active member and honor roll student at Horace Mann Junior High, Gary is taught speech by Nan Garrett. Graduation Parties Rosalyn Stewart, recent graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, was honored with a hamburger supper at Tookies Restaurant in Kemah. Hostesses for the event were Shawn Herrington and her daughter, Shari Don. Guests were Veronica Tapp, Shawn Allen, Steffani Mitchell and Mrs. Leonard Stewart, mother of the honoree. A barbecue and swimming party was also held for Miss Stewart at Walnut Ridge. Gary and Terri Lannou hosted the event. Mrs. Stewart was again included in the festivities as a special guest. Miss Stewart was given the gift of a .Cannon 35mm camera at the party. COMPUTER PROGRAMMING CLASSES Children 8-15 Handi on Workshop Club News Beta Psi • End of year reports were the subject of discussion when the Texas Beta Psi chapter of Phi Sigma Alpha International met May 3 in the home of Mrs. Archie Hale. Nine members and one guest, Mrs. Steven Warford, attended the meeting. Mrs. Henry Lyles, president of the group, conducted the business meeting. Reports were given by all officers concerning the activities of the chapter. Mrs. J.C. Eurkett, historian, read a history of the chapter. Standing rules were discussed and changes made. Opal Crosby, Mrs. G.B. Chatham and Mrs. Roy A. Brown, members of the yearbook committee, reported that yearbooks will be ready for distribution in August. New officers for 1983-84 were installed by Mrs. Lyles. They are Mrs. Chatham, president; Mrs. Brown, vice president; Mrs. Everett Center, recording- corresponding secretary; Mrs. Glyn Taylor, treasurer; Mrs. Hale, extension officer; and Mrs. Lynn Woods and Mrs. Van Cox, program moderators. As new president, Mrs. Chatham held a short business meeting. Socials will be held during the summer and regular meetings will resume Sept. 3. Dues for the year were collected by Mrs. Taylor. Mrs. Chatham also presented a past president's gavel to Mrs. .Lyles. Mrs. Hale served brunch. The Area Assembly Luncheon, scheduled for June 11, was discussed. Beta Psi will co-host the meeting with Delta Beta and Delta Gamma. Catholic Daughters Court Mary St. John 2197, Catholic Daughters of America, will hold an installation of new officers on June 14 at St. John's Catholic Church on Baker Road. Margaret Cutbirth, state second vice regent, will be present. New officers are Marilyn Singer, regent; Dee Gregorcyk, first vice regent; Dorothy Robbins, second vice regent; PriscillaMassengale, recording secretary; Terri St. John, financial secretary; Doris Cezeaux, treasurer; and Verna Miller, monitor. Trustees are Ethal Simpson, Ruth Casey and Miriam Griffin. Hostesses will be Deborah Kinsey, Claire McCamey and Charlene McQuitty. On June 12 the members will serve at the church bazaar. Another coming event is a picnic at the home of Ethel Simpson on June 17 at which time the Catholic Daughter of the Year will be revealed. Members are reminded to collect items of clothing, school supplies, sewing items, soap, sheets, religious articles, tooth brushes, crochet and knitting goods to send to the missions. Lakewood Garden Club The Lakewood Garden Club held a luncheon in the home of Cheryl Reed for the final meeting of the year. Carolyn Lowe installed Lynne Foley as president for the coming year, Gayle Tilton as membership vice president, Anna Haley as program vice president and Ann Pritchett as recording secretary. Also installed were Cheryl Reed as treasurer, Joy Rodda as historian and Janie Poepsel as parliamentarian. Committee chairmen are Kay Brewer, civic; Charlotte Foster, telephone; Pat Poirot, publicity and Linda Veselka, yearbook. Baytown Duplicates Betty Hartman and.Marge Zeglin won first place north- south division honors during Baytown Duplicate Bridge Club play held May 31. Mary Pennington and Miles Wright were first place winners in the East-West division. Other scores include Doris Harrop and Pat Martin, second place for north-south; and Sue Sanchez and Paula Tillery, second place for east- west. Medical Auxiliary Jerry Rushing of the Palmer Drug Abuse Program will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Baytown Medical Center Auxiliary. The regular monthly meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. June 8 in the hospital annex conference room. Catholic Daughters Court Mater Dei 1829 of the Catholic Daughters of America will install new officers at 7 p.m. June 6 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. A meeting and covered dish supper will be held following at the Knights of Columbus Hall. New officers to be installed are Dolores Beauchamp, regent; Jean Jaubert, first vice regent; Dorothy St. John, second vice regent; Judy Tyler, recording secretary; Helen Cernoch, treasurer, Nancy Mann, financial secretary; Maria Walker, monitor; Cleo Leibham, Hilda Boudloche and Bert Bergeron, trustees. At the May meeting Kathy Barnett announced that Bobbie Tyler, a senior at Robert E. Lee, was awarded the Court's 1983 scholarship. The hostesses for the May meeting were Mary Balke, Leora Bossley, Mary Cushman and Ruth Barnett. Members are asked to bring a covered dish to the June meeting. 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