One Inspiration Passes

Another day passed as Beverly’s life on earth ended. I hope her family realizes how much Beverly was admired by many colleagues. They must give her due credit for what she added to this world in such a short time.

Italy’s first annual Christmas festival: Parade

Image: Ho, Ho, Ho! Merry Christmas! — Santa and his lovely wife Mrs. Claus are front & center as they pass through downtown Italy, Texas during Italy’s first annual Christmas festival.

Saturday was the day in Italy. Locals lined the street as vendors sold their wares and a big parade marched through downtown and all around the city. There hasn’t been a parade or festival in many years but from the looks of things, this won’t be the last.

Italy’s first annual Christmas festival: Main Street Activities

Image: Italy Christmas Festival 2008

If you walked down the street down town Italy, Saturday morning, you would have seen this little town bustling with activities and fun. The street was filled with vendors selling their wares such as jewelry, crosses, home baked goodies, Christmas ornaments, and lots more. You could just feel the excitement of Christmas in the air.

Annual Christmas concert scheduled

The Italy 7th Grade and High School Band will perform their Christmas concert on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 6:30 in the dome. The community is cordially invited to share this special time with our award winning band.

FUMC Pastor, Beverly Hamilton, Passes Away

Image: Rev. Beverly Hamilton — Rev. Beverly Hamilton, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, was also the President of the Italy Ministerial Alliance.

On Friday morning, Rev. Beverly Hamilton, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Italy and mother of Italy High School senior, Mike Vlk and friend to many, went home to be with our Lord at the age of 46.

Agenda: Italy ISD board meeting

Image: Italy ISD Agenda — Agenda for Italy ISD Board of Trustees meeting for Monday, December 13, 2008.

The Italy ISD Board of Trustees will meet in their regular meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. The agenda includes a draft update to the TASB board policy, certification of board member training, approval of gifted/talented guidelines, and request to get bids for energy efficient lighting. The school board meets in the administration offices at the high school. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

Titus Women’s Club shared coats with many

Image: Happy Coat Recipient — This cute little girl loves her new coat.

Titus Women’s Club of Milford worked with Milford ISD and the Milford Angel Tree to determine who might be in need of a coat in the community. They got busy and called those on the list and got coat sizes. They set up the Milford Senior Center as the site to pick up the coats.

UPDATE! Breakfast with Santa!

Image: Breakfast with Santa

The Lions Club Delivers! This Saturday, December 13th, the Italy Lions Club will host its 3rd Annul Breakfast with Santa. If you are unable to get out Saturday morning they will be happy to deliver to your door!

Selected events around Texas

There are still lots of activities around our area to fill your holiday time. If you just stay in Italy on Saturday your whole day will be busy. Is travel on your mind? That’s ok too. Just take a look at the different events and you can plan many family activities.

Mamma’s Place

Image: Juana Martinez — Juana is right at home in front of the cash register at her family owned business, MaMa’s Place.

Who would have ever thought that I would open a restaurant? This was Juana Martinez’s (owner of Mamma’s Place) thoughts when her Pastor suggested she open a Mexican restaurant. “I had never even worked in a restaurant before,” stated Juana.

Italy High School has decked the halls

Image: Junior class wins contest — IHS sponsored a decoration contest and the junior class won.  Pizza for everyone!

The trees are trimmed, the stockings are hung and the mistletoe proudly suspends from the ceiling in the hallway. The students of Italy High School have adorned the walls with various decorations and it is wonderful to walk around the school just to enjoy the scenery.

UPDATE!…Italy’s First Annual Christmas Festival and Parade

Image: Italy Christmas Festival Poster — Italy’s First Annual Christmas Festival will bring the community of Italy together to celebrate the Christmas holidays.

Saturday, December 13th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM the city of Italy will have it’s first annual Christmas Festival and Christmas parade. Santa Claus, his elves and even Frosty the Snowman will be on hand. They have also just added more fun to this festival. They will have cash prizes and other great giveaways!

Church will host benefit for local family

Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church will host a benefit for Edwin & Lyndsey Wallace on Sunday, Dec 14, 2008 at 4:00 pm. The church is located at 117 Harris Street in Italy. Everyone is invited to participate.

Local firemen honored at annual banquet

Image: Italy firemen honored — Our local volunteer fire department was honored Monday night at the Uptown Cafe.  Each man was given an award for service.

Family and friends gathered at the Uptown Cafe as the ESD #3, Italy Fire Chief, Don Chambers and Captain Jackie Cate honored the local firemen at an appreciation dinner Monday night. Each volunteer was given an award for years of service.

IHS Varsity Girls unable to hold-off Indian attack

Image: Tournament Champions — The Waxahachie JV Lady Indians won the Italy Invitational Tournament with a decisive victory over the Italy Lady Gladiators by a score of 53-39 in the Championship game.

The Varsity Lady Gladiators sporting their black uniforms were pumped up to battle the Waxahachie JV Lady Indians in the Italy Invitational Tournament Championship. The Lady Gladiators were forced to ‘circle the chariots’ since the Lady Indians were shooting jumpers and layups like precision arrows in this game.

IHS hosts read-a-thon

Image: IHS host reading marathon — Everything is prepared. The easy chair and quiet corner are awaiting the students, faculty and staff to begin the Reading Marathon scheduled Dec 8-12. Popcorn and a drink are other perks to reading in the week-long event.

The fourth annual Reading Marathon will be in full swing Dec 8-12 at the Italy High School Library! Students, faculty and staff will be participating in a week-long event that will have someone constantly reading in the “Reading Parlor” in the library from 8 a.m. Monday morning until school dismisses at 3:20 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12.

Italy Varsity Girls & Boys play for the Tournament Championships

Image: Head Basketball Coach Kyle Holley — Head Basketball Coach Kyle Holley was active during the Italy game against All Saints in the second round of the Italy Invitational Tournament. Italy won the game 68-56 and will play for the championship Saturday, December 6th at 7:30 p.m.

Italy Varsity Girls & Boys will be playing in the Italy Invitational Tournament Championship Saturday, Dec 6th. The Varsity Lady Gladiators play Saturday, at 6:00 p.m. for the championship. Italy’s Varsity Boys play in their championship game at 7:30 p.m. Everybody make it to the Coliseum and cheer loud for our Italy basketball squads and let’s get the Dome Rocking!

Angel Trees

Image: Independent Bank Angel Tree — As you can see the tree is still full of little “Angels” waiting to be adopted for Christmas.

Tis the season to be jolly and spread the joy of giving to others! There are several “Angel” trees in Italy and Milford with many “Angels” waiting to be adopted.

Plan your holidays with our calendar

Image: Bethlehem Revisited — Make your plans to see Bethlehem Revisited the first two weekends in December.  It is a treat for the whole family.

The holidays are here! There are so many activities that can fill your upcoming days and we list a few here for you. You and your family can have many opportunities to celebrate the upcoming season in style.

Milford One Act Play brings home the awards

Image: Rachel Strange — Rachel Strange won Best actress in the UIL competition.

The Junior High level UIL One Act Play competition was held November 22nd at Frost ISD. Milford ISD took second place. Khristy Strange (co-director) said, “ I have enjoyed working with this group. We worked hard and it paid off. All of the kids were fantastic."

Poinsettias for Sale

Image: Poinsettias for Sale — The sale of these Poinsettias will send a youth to camp.

The First Baptist Church youth group is taking orders for Poinsettias. This fundraiser will be raising money for the youth to go to camp. The camp is held at Three Mountains Retreat in Clifton, TX.

IYAA Sports banquet and Basketball sign-ups

Image: I.Y.A.A. Sports Banquet — The IYAA Sports banquet honoring local youth will be Saturday, December 6, 2008 starting at 12:00 p.m. and ending around 2:00 p.m. at the Stafford Elementary gymnasium in Italy, Texas. “The winning tradition starts here.”

The IYAA will be having its end of the season football/cheerleading banquet on Saturday, December 6, 2008. The festivities will start at 12:00 p.m. and end around 2:00 p.m. at the Stafford Elementary School gymnasium in Italy, Texas. Hotdogs and beverages will be provided before the trophy ceremonies.