The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on August 30, 1987 · Page 19
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August 30, 1987

The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 19

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THE BAYTOWN SUN Sunday, August 30. 198? 5-B ED HURST, left, will turn over duties of Baytown Evening Optimist Club president to W.C. Reevea in October Hurst proud of Optimists' role in community activities By JIM KYLE Baytonian Ed Hurst has been a member of the Baytown Evening Optimist Club for nearly 20 years. On Oct. 1 he will hand the gavel of the president to W.C. Reeves. Like most Optimist members. Hurst is proud of his club's performance the past year and is enthusiastic about the year ahead. The club meets in a clubhouse each Monday at 7 p.m. on Market Street. For many years the club has owned this property, a gift of the late Fred Dittman, Optimists do more than just eat and meet. They map out a blueprint of action and get results that help the "entire community. This past year was a busy one. Their annual oyster fry in April netted more than $2,800. The club banked in excess of S10.000 from Christmas tree sales and peanut sales dropped $2,000 into the bank. These funds are spent in many ways, said Hurst, as he reeled off the projects: 4-Pee Wee Football and the Goodfellow Bowl, with proceeds going for Christmas gifts for needy kids. 4-Annual contribution to Boys" Harbor in Morgan's Point. This faculty is solely supported by Optimists in the Houston area. -^Four $250 scholarships a year — two for Sterling High School students and two for Robert E. Lee High School students. -i-Annual oratorical contest for junior school students. -r"Welcome Stranger" project, a Christmas Eve tradition in Baytown, -Annual observance of "Respect the Law Week" and awarding a plaque to a deserving law officer. Reeves, incoming president, says he is looking forward to his responsibilities Being president of the club is nothing new. He was president 25 years ago and has been a club member some 33 years. Reeves is ready to implement the "Chicken Club" in Baytown The project will center on elementary school children to teach them the evils of drugs. "We plan on spending whatever time and money it takes to make this project fun and accepted by youngsters "starting out in life." Reeves said. Vacant wall canvas for western artist VEOPLE DENTON (AP) - The brown building on East Hickory Street is vacant except for an apartment in the back, but it has been attracting attention lately. Pete Foster, who painted a mural on the Yellow Rose Club here last year, has painted another of his Western mountain scenes on the side of the two- story vacant building. The Western scene shows a backdrop of brown mountains with a cowboy on a horse, a stream flowing from the mountains to the front of the picture, and a gray buffalo and brownish- orange steers grazing on one side of the picture. An old house sits on the other side and tall cactuses grow near the stream. A bright blue sky highlighted with clean, white clouds touches off the top of the mural. Foster, who appears to enjoy painting as much as the spectators like his work, says mountains are his favorite scene, but he adds that he's painted "everything." Foster worked for a sign company in Dallas and he had his own company. Argyle Signs, from 1967 to 1976. Although he was born and reared in the Denton area and graduated from Justin High School, Foster spent the last nine years traveling and painting. He moved back to Denton around the end of June. Doc Smith, owner of A.R. Motors and the building on which the mural was painted, drove by while Foster was walking along the road and asked him to do the mural. Smith said he had known Foster for many years and he knew he was the one to do the mural. "1 hunted him a long time," Smith said. "1 told him what I wanted to do. I knew he could do what I wanted." In Denver. Foster painted a 280-foot-long mural that serves as a backdrop for one of the world's largest sets of miniature trains, on four walls inside Union Station. This year, he painted a fiddle and some guitars on a wall inside the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, and a mural outside Loretta Lynn's home near Nashville. He also worked on BAYTOWN EYE CENTER Dr. James G. McKinnon and sta// will continue to deliver quality eye care at the same location in Gulf Coast Hospital 2800 Garth Rd., Suite A that we have occupied /or the past 16 years. • Routine eye exams /or glasses • Cataract surgery at "NO COST" /or medicare patients (including limousine service to & /rom hospital. • Contact lenses. • Radial Keratotomy, • Laser surgery • Emergency care (day or night). Please call /or appointment. 420-2440 some buses and vans for country singers. It's harder to do outside murals because of the cracks on the sides of buildings, Foster said. "You'll wear out a set of brushes,"he said. It also can be distracting when people walk or drive by and comment, but Foster seems to enjoy the attention. "I'll work 10 minutes and talk for an hour," he said. Some of the people who stop, though, are anxious to talk to Foster about his work, one man has spoken to him about doing a mural on the lobby wall of Denton State School, and a few other places are considering adding murals. "Everybody's interested, but they're not quite ready," Foster said. Murals draw attention to a business, he said. He compared them to handmade quilts, adding that anything done by hand is worth more. Foster plans to do other jobs in this area, including some sign jobs he has talked to people about, and possibly buy a house. He plans to add a partner around the first of the year. A former helper. Larry Fry. now lives in Kansas, but will rejoin him. Fry. who is like a son to the 61-year-old Foster, is "one of the best (artists) I've ever seen." Foster said. ALCOHOL DRIVING DISASTER Teac The Choice of lers Nationwide. The family of Apple- II personal computers. They are the computers-of-choice among teachers nationwide. 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