Posted by : April 13, 2014
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Michele Milligan, a quilter from Mesquite, is collecting T-shirts and patches to create special quilts for the Kemp family members of First Responder William Scott Tanksley, who died in the line of duty while assisting a motorist on an icy overpass Feb. 10 in Dallas.
Mesquite quilter responds to Tanksley funeral with comforting craft
Monitor Staff Reports
MESQUITE–A quilter, who was touched by the expression of grief and respect at the loss of Kemp resident and First Responder William Scott Tanksley answered a call from the Heroes Memorial Foundation to make a quilt for Scott’s family.
Michele Milligan, 41, read a Facebook message from a man seeking the creation of a quilt to honor Tanksley and she responded.
You see Milligan had seen the line of cars and emergency vehicles, police motorcycles and flags displayed on Feb. 17 for Tanksley motorcade on Northwest Highway.
The funeral procession for the Dallas firefighter passed right in front of her.
“I literally pulled over into the parking lot of the Jack in the Box and cried,” she told WFAA News. “I don’t know him; never met his family; but it touched me that all these people would honor this man in that way.”
So when the opportunity presented itself to do something, she did.
So far she has been able to collect T-shirts and patches from fire and police departments across Texas and the nation.
She put the work out online, and the message has spread to New York, California, Disneyland Arizona, Indianapolis and Andover, she said.
“These aren’t even all of them. I continue to get boxes and envelopes every day with patches and T-shirts in them. She’s going to continue to accept donations for the quilts through June 1.
“Then we will begin the planning phase for the quilts,” she said.
She plans to create one quilt for Scott’s widow and three smaller ones for his children. “It will be something they can hold on to,” she said.
One of her favorite T-shirts comes from Mississippi State University, where Scott played college baseball.
She expects the work to take six to eight months to complete with a few willing hands.
If anyone wants to donate a patch, they can be sent to Pieced Together Studios, C/O Michele Milligan, 15330 LBJ Frwy, Suite 421, Mesquite, TX 75150.
Posted by : April 13, 2014
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Eustace mother of six, Tristan Rhys, (second from left) holds her daughter, Seven, after picking up litter in a vacant Gun Barrel City lot. Also pictured are (from left) Sailor, Sassy, Pirate, and Tuesday (standing) holding Rad.
Mom and children pick up litter in vacant lot
Special to The Monitor
EUSTACE–It’s often been said that laughter is contagious, but a Eustace woman and her six children learned a couple of weeks ago that good deeds are also contagious.
While traveling on State Highway 334 from Eustace into Gun Barrel City with her children, Tristan Rhys, of Eustace, saw something that needed attention.
After several days of windy weather, Rhys noticed a vacant lot next to Boots Liquor was strewn with trash and was an unsightly mess.
Before Rhys’ children knew what was happening, Sassy, 8, Pirate, 7, Sailor, 5, Rad, 3 and Seven, 2, their mother stopped at the vacant lot.
Rhys and her children did not know that Gun Barrel City adopted “The 10 on Tuesday” campaign (everyone picks up at least 10 pieces of trash every Tuesday), a project related to the Litter Reversal program and Don’t Mess with Texas.
Thanks to the conscientious Rhys, her children, and Boots Liquor store owner, an unsightly view soon became a nice clean field, no longer littered with trash.
All from one family, from another community who cared.
Posted by : April 10, 2014
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Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Bobby Rosenbalm and his wife, Carrie check on the brisket they’ve been smoking since 1 a.m. Saturday for the three-meat cookoff benefit at the Eustace fire station. This is the first event the Athens couple has entered. They and their 13-year-old daughter, Cassidy, spent the night in sleeping bags huddled on lawn chairs to prepare their mouthwatering entries of ribs, chicken and brisket. Bobby works for Atmos Energy, one of the event sponsors.
Many more photos from this event can be found in the April 10, 2014 issue of The Monitor.