Area student is finalist in ‘Teen’ model search

More than four million readers will be meeting neighborhood resident Brittainy Spaht, 15, this month in the pages of “Teen” magazine as part of the publication’s 1993 Great Model Search promotion.

Spaht is a regional semifinalist, one of 480 teenagers selected from among 24,000 entries, according to the magazine’s Kathy Provencher.

Winners will receive cash and merchandise awards, as well as an opportunity to appear on the cover of the October “Teen” magazine.

Past honorees in the program include Faith Ford of CBS-TV’s “Murphy Brown” and Tiffany-Amber Theissen of NBC-TV’s “Saved By The Bell.”

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Exchange Club Honors Hamm, Alverson

Erin E. Hamm and Brian Alverson were honored recently by the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands as “Youth of the Month,” says publicity director Bob Eckert.

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Hamm is president of the Lake Highlands chapter of Students Against Drunk Driving, a three-year member of the Student Council, a member of the National Honor Society, and a member of the women’s soccer club, for which she has received all-district honors.

Alverson is vice president of the Latin Club, co-captain of the Mock Trial Team, and a member of Students Against Drunk Driving and the Theater Club. He has been cast in four plays and was selected as best male chorus member. Alverson also is a member of the varsity tennis team.

The students received a certificate of accomplishment, a framed portrait and a $100 savings bond, Eckert says.

The Exchange Club is a neighborhood civic organization focusing on community service. The group is open to the public and meets most Fridays at Galveston Island Restaurant, Skillman and Royal, at 7 a.m.

For more information, call Eckert at 340-0030

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Area ‘Angels’ Brighten Spring for Shut-Ins

Several neighborhood groups turned the impending demise of hundreds of daffodil bulbs into a gift for an elderly botanist living in a retirement village.

When customer Billie Templeton recently learned that Calloway’s Nursery, 7410 N. Greenville, was preparing to destroy the bulbs, she convinced assistant manager Kelly Ell to donate the bulbs to neighborhood organizations.

Ell agreed to the proposition, and Templeton contacted Suzy LaDue at the Alzheimer’s Association as part of Templeton’s quest to find an appropriate home for the bulbs.

LaDue recommended Grace Presbyterian Village in Oak Cliff, which is home to former botanist Edith Anderson, who “adopted” the bulbs.

Recently, more than 500 daffodil bulbs are blooming in locations throughout the retirement center’s campus, which is home to more than 320 residents.

White Rock Water Station Plans May 8 Open House

The historic White Rock Pump Station, 2900 White Rock Road, has scheduled an open house and 5K run Saturday, May 8, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in recognition of National Drinking Water Week, according to Dallas Water Utilities’ Georgeann Elliott.

The pump station is located on the west side of White Rock Lake and is home to City offices and computers controlling the entire City’s water supply.

Activities included as part of the open house include entertainment, pump station tours, Xeriscape demonstration garden tours, and seminars on composting, saving money on water bills, and how to make money-saving minor plumbing repairs.

Additional tours of the nearby fish hatchery area, children’s activities, free face painting and a “Moon Walk” also have been scheduled.

The 5K race and fitness walk begin at 8:30 a.m. A children’s 1K fun run, called the Water Spurt, begins at 8:10 a.m. Admission is free; race participants must pay $17 on race day ($5 for the Water Spurt), with the first 1,000 entrants receiving T-shirts.

Race packets are available at Phidippides Running Center, 5500 Greenville Avenue. For information, call 670-4022.

Proceeds benefit Volunteers in Plumbing, a plumbing repair program that helps needy City water customers save water and money. The volunteers (Dallas Water Utilities employees) donate their time and use donated supplies to repair minor plumbing leaks in toilets, sinks and faucets for customers who cannot afford private-contractor repairs.

The Volunteers in Plumbing program is supported by the Center for Housing Resources, Teter’s Faucet Parts Center and All-Tex Supply Inc.

For information about the program, call 670-4297.

Genealogical Group Plans Symposium

The Genealogical Institute of Texas, co-founded by neighborhood resident Barbara Baylis, is planning a five-day genealogy symposium in July, according to the group’s Joy Dickinson.

The symposium will provide people interested in genealogy with a variety of information concerning the topic, Dickinson says. Tips on researching family ties and other genealogical issues will be provided.

For information about the program, call 233-9248.

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Old East Dallas Cleanup Repairs 20 Area Homes

More than 1,000 volunteers participated in the Old East Dallas Renaissance Project last month, painting and repairing more than 20 area homes, says the group’s publicity director, Dale Meyler.

Also, five City parks were cleaned, graffiti was removed from a variety of location, and about a dozen empty lots were cleaned, along with nearby parkways and alleys, Meyler says.

Sponsors of the event included Mobil Oil, Clean Dallas, Glad Bag-A-Thon, DART, East Dallas Christian Church, Centex Corp., Drees Homes Inc., Mrs. Baird’s Breads, Rudolph’s Market & Sausage Factory, People Helping People, Monsanto Roundup, Baylor Medical, Dallas Youth Services and the Dallas Police Department.

For more information about the group’s ongoing efforts to clean up its neighborhood, call 826-6106.

Bethany Coffee House Celebrates 1st Birthday

The Bethany Coffee House, founded and operated by neighborhood residents Brian and Nancy Terrell, celebrates its one-year anniversary Friday, May 7, with artists Wendy and Will Welch.

The coffee house, located in Bethany Lutheran Church, 10101 Kingsley, offers local folk music on the first Friday of each month from 8-11 p.m.

The coffee house is smoke- and alcohol-free, with proceeds from admission benefiting the local community through the church’s community ministries fund.

Mobile Mammography Set May 8 at Clements

Clements, Realtors, and Baylor-Komen Breast Centers are jointly providing access Saturday, May 8, to Baylor’s mobile mammography van in the parking lot at Clements, Realtors, 6500 E. Mockingbird, says sales manager Ray Hardin.

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Baylor will file insurance for participants, and will accept check, money order or major credit cards to pay for the $72 exam. Results will be mailed to participants and their doctors within 10 working days.

To schedule an exam, call 1-800-422-9567. The screenings are scheduled from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Master Gardener Students Sought for Horticulture Class

The Dallas County Extension Service is seeking volunteers to participate in its Master Gardener program, according to Stacy Reese, county extension agent.

The program is designed to train volunteers in gardening knowledge so they can assist the extension service provide information about good gardening practices to the community, Reese says.

Volunteers will receive 72 hours of training in areas such as floriculture (flowers, house plants and herbaceous plants); olericulture (vegetables); pomology (fruits); and ornamental horticulture (trees, shrubs, vines, lawns and ground covers).

The course is scheduled Mondays during August, September and October. Cost is $150, of which $75 is refundable following the end of a 72-hour volunteer period. Volunteers will be expected to participate in educational programs for schools and nursing homes, make presentations through the extension service’s speakers bureau, and work at garden projects, plant clinics and home and garden shows.

News & Notes

LH RECYCLING: The neighborhood surrounding Lake Highlands Elementary School has received its new aluminum recycling bin, says Alice Coker. Proceeds from collections will be used to purchase additional playground equipment for Lake Highland Elementary. Call 340-2100 for information.

BANK DIRECTOR: Swiss Avenue Bank has elected Bill E. Carter to its board of directors, according to the bank’s Sue Dorsey. Carter is president of Carter Financial Management.

BIKE AWARD: Trevor Glanger of Wheels in Motion has been selected as one of the country’s top 100 bicycle dealers by Bicycle Dealer Showcase, the business publication of the cycle and fitness industries. The dealers were selected by distributors, sales representatives and other dealers. Wheels in Motion, which operates three bicycle and fitness stores in the Dallas area, has received the award for four consecutive years.

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