Everyone is busy getting ready for Thanksgiving. Many are expecting visitors over the holiday and some may be going away to visit relatives or friends. Just remember to drive carefully if you are going to be on the road. It is a waste of time to tell everyone not to over eat, because that is all part of Thanksgiving, as are parades, ball games and of course there will be some that will be hunting.Raymond Hicks reported that Bobby, Debbie and Laura Beth Hicks attended the Texas A & M football game Saturday in College Station and watched Johnny Football score five touchdowns, three passing and two running. It was an exciting day. They returned to Bend on Sunday afternoon and watched it all again on TV. With more than 80,000 people in the stadium, a man sitting next to Laura Beth asked her why he had heard her name before and she told him, ”from my grandfather.” The man was David Cox from Lampasas and was Raymond’s best friend in High School. David Cox, John Snell and Raymond made a trip to Calgary, Canada in the summer of 1951. Mr. Cox told her several stories and she questioned her grandfather about them. Of course, Raymond tried to deny them all. After all grandfathers have to keep their image.Raymond and Lewvon attended the Bend Community Meeting Saturday, enjoyed a tasty Mexican dinner and very good music before the dinner.A fairly large crowd gathered to enjoy the entertainment by the Pausitive group from Goldth-waite. Logan Pauswang made his debut playing a fiddle to the delight of everyone. You can bet that he will be performing more. They had just recently returned from a trip to Nashville and Branson. After their performance everyone enjoyed the Mexican food and desserts that members of the community had prepared. Pat and Bonnie Millican recently received a friendship quilt and all the names were of Bend ladies from yesteryear. They visited with Lola Morris and took the quilt with them. She shared wonderful stories about the ladies whose names appeared on the quilt. The Millican’s have some other friendship quilts and are planning to take them to her so she may be able to tell some history of the folks who signed them. Pat and Bonnie should take a tape recorder with them on their next visit; or better yet, take some videos. What a treasure Lola is to the community.Winnie Lou McCoury reported that if you are needing a special gift for someone, you might want to contact her to purchase a Bend Cook book. She still has a good supply and can be reached by calling 628-3261.Jane Clark reported her son Bobby Clark of Round Rock, Clinton Wallace and his two boys, Lane and Colton from Hutto, and their cousin Heath hunted over the weekend. Colton, an eight- year-old, got his first deer and Heath also got one. Saturday Jamie Houdyshell took her son A.J., along with Kristi Messer and her two children, Jordan and Jaylee, to see the Enchanted Rock, and Sunday A.J. celebrated his birthday at the home of his grand parents, William and Jane Clark, with other members of his family..Happy birthday greetings go out to Greg McCoury, who will celebrate a birthday November 23; to Ava Laine Preece, whose birthday is November 25; to Diane Gibson, who will celebrate a birthday November 28; and to Nathan Poor, whose birthday is November 29.