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Hope you all spent the 4th of July doing just what you wanted . . . whether it was just having a quiet day at home or celebrating by attending fireworks displays or picnics. It has been reported to us that there were a number of outstanding fireworks shows from Rising Star to Proctor Lake to Granbury!

I enjoyed a picnic at Proctor Lake with friends with hot dogs and hamburgers, and a drive around our Comanche County Square admiring the patriotic light and music show! (Thank you to all who had a hand in constructing the light show. We appreciate you!)

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The meteorologists are predicting triple digit days ahead. So what’s new! For most of us who have lived in Texas for a long time, that’s just to be expected come July and August. So, drink plenty of water and try to stay cool!

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Heard this morn on the news that marching band members in Texas are going to be required to have physicals. I think that’s a good idea. I remember when the CHS marching band would march in the Rodeo Parade every summer back when I was in the band, there would always be at least two or three members who would pass out from the heat!

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Our local landscapers report to us that they have been extremely busy this spring and summer with trimming trees, mowing, etc, all due to the abundance of rainfall Comanche County has received. But . . . . believe me, we’re not complaining about the rain . . . we’re thankful for it! Pasture grass is tall and livestock are fat!

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We’ve been seeing a number of tourists walking around our historic square this summer, reading the historical markers, dining at our restaurants, having a cup of gourmet coffee at the coffee shop, shopping at our shops, and finally stopping by the Soda Shop for a cool, refreshing ice cream cone or soda. Naturally, what I’m happy about, we’ve a number of shops, on and off the square, where one can purchase really nice, pretty tops and pants, and more! It takes me back to when the Comanche square could boast of ladies apparel shops on three sides of the square!

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The Class of 1962 has more fond memories of being together at Marvin and Sharon McKinnon’s home a few weeks ago, and memories of a delicious dinner of barbecue with all the trimmings, and a huge array of delicious homemade desserts. One of the standout desserts that everyone was raving about was Sylvia (Timmons) Evans’ Apricot Dessert. (She says you can use other fruit such as blueberries, cherries or peaches, but she said her favorite was with fresh apricots.)

SYLVIA’S APRICOT DESSERT

Set out 8 oz. cream cheese to reach room temperature, as well as 1 ½ sticks margarine.

CRUST: Cream 1 ½ sticks margarine and 2 tablespoons sugar. Add 1 ½ cups flour, a cup chopped pecans and work together well. Pat into a greased 13 x 9 pan. Bake 25 minutes until lightly brown. Cool.

Layer 8 oz. cream cheese and 2 cups powdered sugar. Mix well. Fold in small carton Kool Whip. Layer on top of cool crust. Mix 2 teaspoons lemon juice with fruit and layer on top. Chill.

May use Comstock Pie filling or you can make your own with fresh fruit for top layer.

Cook fresh fruit, chopped small or almost blended with 1 c. granulated sugar until sugar dissolves. Add cup of powdered sugar and heaping tablespoon corn starch. Stir until thick and smooth. I usually use 1 to 2 cups of fresh fruit. Pour over pan and chill.

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