Lady Buffaloes matches make for fun evenings out

Utopia High School’s Lady Buffaloes are playing some good volleyball and will meet Brackettville in the local gym Tuesday evening beginning at 5.

The ladies are now 2-0 in district play after defeating La Pryor and Sabinal. Kylie Bomer deserves a shout-out for her outstanding serving against Sabinal, scoring 12 continuous points in the first game and six serves in the second game.

The concession stand offers some tasty dishes, and the exciting games make for a fun evening out on the town. Everyone is encouraged to support our school athletes.

The cross-country teams traveled to Ingram yesterday to run against some tough competition.

Around Town

Our community is saddened at the news of Darlene Longbotham’s recent death. Darlene was a much loved member of our community, and her dedication to home health and elder care offered an invaluable service to so many in the area. Her kind and soothing manner endeared her to many, and a beautiful smile lit up her sweet face making all feel comfortable in her presence.

Condolences to her husband, Kelly, and her children and grandchildren. The Longbothams retired to Utopia from their home in Harlingen over 20 years ago and quickly became a part of all the activities of our town. Darlene will be greatly missed.

Also sympathy is extended to Leota Hosman on the death of her sister Cora Clayton Cockerill in Arkansas. Leota is now the lone survivor of the nine children of Abner Wilson and Lola Mae Clayton. Abner’s family came to Vanderpool in 1906 after riding the train to Sabinal and then loading all their possessions in the wagon they also brought for the trip to the Sabinal Canyon.

The Sept. 18 Pickin’ on the Porch at the Methodist Church featured a wide variety of music and musicians. A beautiful solo by a 90-year-old who accompanied herself on the piano, an emotional rendition of an old hymn with new phrases added by a young mother, a duet featuring two sweet ladies in their 80s, and several pieces by members of the talented church band including an old Jimmy Rogers song from the depression era.

Pastor Chad Chamness was not to be outdone as he used his preaching time to sing a song that took him back to his roots in the “Old Country Church.” Music often takes us to a place where words cannot go. I’ve played the piano at the nursing home almost every week for the last five years. I’ve seen a stroke victim unable to speak suddenly begin humming along to Amazing Grace.

I’ve heard several with dementia sing every word to songs from their childhood. I’ve seen tears flow as an old country fiddle tune brought back long-lost memories and big smiles of joy as peppy music made the residents want to dance.

Music touches our soul. Music makes connections across our brain and, according to dementia experts, is the last memory to lose. Music is great therapy and enriches our world. I believe everyone attending the Pickin’ on the Porch this past Wednesday went home greatly blessed.

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