Years ago for Sunday, Nov 10, 2013

Nov. 7, 2013 at 5:07 a.m.


Nov. 13 - The officers of the Victoria Home and School Club and the teachers of Victoria High School invite the mothers of Victoria to meet them informally in the auditorium of the High School on Friday evening, Nov. 14, at 8 o'clock. There is also a special invitation extended to the school board, the fathers and all others interested in good schools. This is the first opportunity that has been offered for the parents and teachers to meet in this manner, and it is hoped that all will feel the importance of being present. The guests will be received by Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Page, Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Tracy, Mr. and Mrs. F.B. Lander, Mr. and Mrs. Meyer, Mr. and Mrs. F.B. McDannel, Mr. Heath, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Zirjacks, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. McCan, Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Ward, Mr. and Mrs L.G. Kreisle and Mrs. Thurlow.


Nov. 10 - Approximately 981 votes were cast in the county in the general election held Tuesday. Little interest was shown in the election except in areas in which new drainage commissioners were elected. In Drainage District Two, W.J. Menke, Earl Bundick and L.P. Schulz were re-elected in a field of 12 candidates. In District Three, in which the race was hotly contested, the incumbents, J.F. Lala, M.W. Williams and Lad Marek, were also returned to office.

Nov. 11 - Six carloads, approximately 10,800 dressed turkeys from the Victoria County area were to be shipped to Eastern Thanksgiving market over the weekend, it was learned Saturday. Three carloads from the Joe Montag dressing plant and three cars from the Cudahy plant were to be routed out of here Saturday night and Monday, destined for the Thanksgiving tables of Eastern families. The market opened here at 13 cents, jumped as high as 16 cents for a brief period and Saturday morning fell back to 15 cents.


Nov. 12 - A new football stadium is apparently in store for Victoria. Trustees of the Victoria Independent School District Monday approved by a 3-2 vote a much-debated motion to open official negotiations on the purchase of a 44-acre tract adjacent to Victoria High School. Reserve funds currently invested would be used to purchase the $90,000 tract, and the initial $300,000 to $350,000 cost of the stadium would be financed by revenue bonds.

Nov. 15 - Leading the Patti Welder Junior High Band this year are Drum Major Donna Dossey, Head Twirler Chrys Ryder, Betty Carver, Diane Smith, Dawn Miller and Carol Gravette.

Leaders of the Crain Junior High Band are Drum Major Gary Thornton, Head Twirler Suzanne Reese, Terry Branch, Linda Kellis and Rebecca Mikeska.


Nov. 14 - Two American Heart Association-funded researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston are conducting two separate research projects in the Victoria Independent School District this school year.

The projects, which will formally kick off on Wednesday, will study lifestyle factors in families and how these lifestyles indicate a high risk of cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Larry E. Laufman, assistant professor in the education division of the DeBakey Heart Center at Baylor College of Medicine, and Dr. Alexander W. Siegel, professor of psychology at the University of Houston and adjunct professor in the education division of the Baylor DeBakey Heart Center, will discuss their projects during a meeting of the Coastal Bend chapter of the AHA at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Victoria Regional Medical Center's executive dining room.

Laufman is conducting a project which will measure cholesterol levels of VISD sixth through eighth grade students to identify high-risk families.

Surveys of students and their families began last week regarding lifestyle habits. In early December, those students will be screened for cholesterol levels.

During January and February, Laufman will screen and counsel families of students who were identified with high cholesterol levels.

This research project should have immediate benefit for those families identified with high cholesterol levels.

These families will receive counseling about how to lower cholesterol levels through diet and exercise. Long range benefits of this project are aimed at determining ways to screen the mass population through student screening.

Siegel's two-year project targets adolescents and smoking.

Nov. 16 - A Victoria woman has developed a board game that is being used as an aid in educating X-ray technicians in 500 schools across the country.

Anna van Amersfoort, program director for Citizens, said she invented the game - called the Radiologic Technology Discovery Game, or Radiologic Discovery for short - to put some fun into her students' education.

"There are various textbooks out, but before (Radiologic Discovery) there was not a way to really do something that was both fun and educational, and I believe that education should be fun."

She said she had tried different types of competitions in her class to make learning more enjoyable before her students suggested she create a board game patterned after Trivial Pursuit.

She fashioned the first game board out of a piece of cardboard and came up with 1,200 radiology-related questions, which she wrote out on 3 by 5 cards. Then she took the prototype to class.

"I tried it with the students for about a year and it was very successful. They were really learning without realizing that they were learning."

Figuring that the game would be useful to all radiology students, she sent a letter to the American society of Radiologic Technologists asking if they would be interested in marketing the board game.

ASRT liked the idea, terming it "an excellent marketable product," and set up a task force which developed the game into its present form.

The non-profit society then surveyed the more than 800 college- and hospital-based X-ray schools in the United States to see what they thought about the game.

Mrs. Amersfoort relinquished all her rights to the game and its proceeds to ASRT in order to make Radiologic Discovery as inexpensive as possible.



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