Nancy’s Notions


Teach Your Teen about Nutrition Facts Panels

If decoding the information on a food
package is a challenge for adults, think
of how hard it is for teens who are just
beginning to make choices for themselves.
Give your teens help as they become more
aware of what they’re putting in their bodies.

A wealth of information greets a healthconscious
label reader in the Nutrition Facts
portion of a food package. Focusing on just a few
nutrients can make label reading more manageable
for young consumers.

For instance, encouraging teens to focus on foods
rich in fiber could be one place to start. Fiber is
found naturally in a variety of healthful foods including
whole grains, fruits, vegetables and beans. For
foods to limit, have teens watch out for those with
lots of added sugars and salt. Candy, soda,
baked goods, chips and other popular snack
foods have few valuable nutrients.

For a teenager-sized appetite, a single portion
often doesn’t satisfy. Some teens could
consume an entire bag of chips or a bottle of
soda that actually contains several portions
better suited for splitting between friends.

Encourage them to get in tune with their
bodies and listen to their internal hunger and
fullness cues. Teens are growing and need
both calories and nutrients. Focusing on
nutrient-rich foods — fruits, vegetables, legumes,
lean protein, low-fat dairy and whole
grains — will help your teen fill up without
overdoing it on calories, fat, sugar and salt.

Assertions that manufacturers make about
their foods often send mixed messages. Who
would guess that a sugar-loaded cereal could
be a source of whole grains, or that a fruitflavored
beverage could boost immunity?

Teach your teen to investigate further when
the message on the front of the package is
questionable. Studying the Nutrition Facts
label helps determine whether or not it’s a
healthful choice. Eating disorders are more
common during the teen years, especially for
teen girls. If your teen becomes obsessed with
reading Nutrition Facts Labels and overly
restrictive about food, discuss what makes a
balanced healthy lifestyle and consider calling
the National Eating Disorders Association

With teens’ increased independence, parents
often are no longer in control of what
they eat. Instilling general principles of
healthy eating will help guide teens when
they’re out and about. Mobile apps and other
online tools may motivate a teen to be mindful
of eating habits. For example, they could
use reminders to drink plenty of water and get
their daily servings of fruits and vegetables.
There’s no question that your teenagers will
indulge in less-than-nutritious choices along
the way but continue to encourage them to
take ownership of their health — it will pay off!


Do You Remember?


By Voda Beth Gradine_

Kendall and I have been going around town meeting people today. On our visits I would ask what people wanted me to write on for this week. Carol Williams brought up a good idea, so here goes. Let’s think about restaurants from the past.

One of the oldest cafes Post had was the American Café. Wif Scarbough ran it for many years. It was located across the street from the Dispatch where the Garza County Appraisal Office is today. It was open 24 hours a day. They advertised hot biscuits.

Look at McDonald’s and imagine that corner having a Texaco gas station and Levi’s Restaurant in that same property. That was where I had my first chicken fried steak, outside of my mother’s. Levi Noble owned and ran the place, and it was always full. It had the biggest pair of levis hanging on the walk I’ve ever seen. It hung there forever. It was on the main highway going through Post, so there were usually people driving through in there.

Levi’s Ranch Café in the 1960s.

The first cafeteria I can remember is Al’s Cafeteria. It was a new building up the street from Levi’s about a block. Al and Inez Norris built and ran the cafeteria. I always picked too many dishes, and Daddy made me eat them all. The Norris had a lady that worked for them named Ellsie Mae Jackson. She and her husband L.D. bought the cafeteria and named it Jackson’s Cafeteria. It was known far and wide as one of the best eating establishments around these parts. One reason was because of L.D.’s great Bar-B-Que. I’ve heard people say it was as good if not better than Underwood’s. Ellsie Mae was a hard worker and a wonderful cook. L.D. and his cigar was always there helping in every way.

Let’s go on up the highway to the corner of 15thand Broadway. This was the Hi-Way Café. Nolan and Marie Miller operated this place in the 1950s. During the 1960’s Woodrow “Shorty” Bland ran this café. It was open 24 hours a day. The building is still standing and the Chapa Family ran the restaurant called Matamoras .

Down where Sonic is now was Judy’s Café. Wesley Northcutt was the owner and ran the place. I’ve heard it was named for a daughter , or it was named for his late wife. Judy’s was open for several years in the 1950s and 1960s. It then became the Drover House, but I’m not sure who owned it during this time. In the 1970s Damon Stotts came to town and ran his first restaurant in that spot. It was called Damon’s. Damon’s was a really good place for Mexican food. His was different than any Mexican food I’ve ever eaten.

On down the street in the block where the Post School Maintenance and Bus Barn is today was a metal building Toby Thomas built for a restaurant. He had previously ran a drive-in on the north side of Post. This restaurant was started as Toby’s. It was about like his drive-in food, but you could go in and set at a table. In the late 70s Damon bought Toby out and moved Damon’s down the street. From Damon’s it became Linda’s for a while, then Rosemary Rogers Cole became the owner and operator of the place, calling it Rosie’s. This was a very good place to eat and visit with the townspeople.

Next door on the same block was Bob West Western Wear. Mike Babb bought the building and made a Bar-B-Que place out of it. He pattered it from a place down the country. You would order the choice of meat. Mike would cut it off a large piece of barbeque and place it on a piece of butcher paper. The sides were in bowls like a cafeteria. This restaurant was then purchased by Jerry Osborn for a restaurant. His specialty was fish.

Back on Main Street down between Ira Pump and Hotel Garza was a little building that housed the bus stop and a café. A Mr. Dobbs ran the café during the bus stop era. Later the café was run by Fuzzy and Lucille Windham. It was called Fuzzy’s. This was the place to go eat after a big night of dancing at the dance halls.

Out on east Main Street about the time Post was able to sell alcohol was a steak place called Genez’s. It was owned by Gene Hays and his mother-in-law Inez Capps. This was a place people came from all around for a good steak. Gene was the cook and Inez was the chief waitress.

The newest of the restaurants I want to mention is near the location of Genez’s, only twenty or thirty years later. The name, L.D’s Daughters, explains who owned and operated this place. It was L.D. and Ellsie Mae’s daughters Ruthell Stanley and Trena Woods. It was a cafeteria with the best food around for noon only. I really miss this place, but like their mother, they worked way too hard.

I’m sure many of you can remember other cafes that have made their mark in Post. If you think of them, just remember all the good food and happenings from each place. Next week will be the drive-ins of Post.

Peggy’s Corner


By Post Public Library Staff_

Here it is the middle of September and fall is around the corner…Monday, September 23 will be the official start of the Autumnal Equinox when the day and night are roughly equal in terms of length.

The library is busy putting up scarecrows and displaying pumpkins along with pulling books about fall along with some Halloween books for young readers. A display has been created at the library for young readers with books, bring your young readers and check it out.

Featured authors this week are Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child collaborate to create exciting mystery thrillers that are never predictable.

There newest thriller is “Old Bones” brings to life the legend of the Donner Party.

From the inside cover of the book: “Nora Kelly, a young but successful curator at the Santa Fe Archaeological Institute, is approached by a historian, Clive Benton, with the opportunity to lead an expedition unlike any other. It begins with the story of the ill-fated Donner Party, who became permanently lodged in the American consciousness in the winter of 1847, when the first skeletonized survivors of the party stumbled out of the California mountains, replete with tales of courage, resourcefulness bad luck, murder and barbarism.

Benton has uncovered the long-lost diary of one of the camp’s victims, an account which may break new ground in the truth of what happened in the wilderness all those years ago and point to an additional camp previously lost to history. Nora agrees to lead the expedition, and along with a team of talented explores and archaeologists, Kelly and Benton venture into the Sierra Nevada in search of the camp.

Soon, they learn that the discovery of the camps is just the tip of the iceberg. The truth behind those long-dead pioneers is far more complex and surprising than they could have imagined and these centuries-old crimes may have modern day repercussions that place the expedition in the sights of junior FBI agent, Corrie Swanson, about to embark on her first active case as lead investigator”.

This is the first book of the new Nora Kelly series co-authored by Preston and Child. Relic the first in the Pendergast Series has been made into a movie.

Come into the library and ‘Get Caught Reading’…also you can follow the libraries programs and newest books on Facebook – search for Post Public Library and like us to get updates.


The 501 by Hanaba Munn Welch


Free advice to beggars

Beggars can’t be choosers.

Maybe not, but they can be demanding. Seemingly that’s what it takes if you’re going to make your living as a panhandler. I speak from experience.

No, I’ve never tried begging, unless you count the time I needed about 12 francs to get from the heart of Paris to Orly to fly home. I had money, but it was Belgian. I had planned to exchange it, but – as so often happens in France – the moneychangers were all on strike that day.

I approached various individuals to see if they’d give me some French francs for my Belgian francs. Instead of taking my money, they all freely donated to my cause and told me to keep my Belgian currency. Everybody was really nice. Don’t believe those stories about Parisians being rude. They’ve always been nice to me, especially that day.

Normally I’m on the other side of things. I hate giving money to someone with a pitiful cardboard sign asking for help. I also hate not giving it to them. My favorite thing is to give a food item if I have one.

Me: “Want some yogurt?”

Beggar: “No thanks.”

Me: “You don’t like yogurt?”

Beggar: “I do, but I only like the kind with the fruit in the bottom.”

And so it goes. Sometimes my gift horse is accepted. At least half the time it gets refused. Tastes differ.

Today, as I was parking my car at my favorite coffeehouse and thinking of an Italian cream soda, a woman walked up and asked for a ride to HEB supermarket. She said she had two dollars’ worth of food stamps. I asked her name. She told me it was Katy.

I agreed to give Katy a ride. I cleared paperwork off the passenger seat. Some items remained on the floor. She asked me to move them too. I did.

Then she asked to go to a different supermarket – the one with the higher prices.

Then Katy confided that she really wanted cigarettes even though she’s been trying to quit.

I said if I smoked and had no money, I’d be picking up cigarette butts. I really would. She told me that was unhealthy. I told her I’d snap off the filter part where someone’s lips might have left germs. She wasn’t about to buy my suggestion.

Long story short, I took her to the pricier supermarket, bought three Roma tomatoes, used my debit card to get ten dollars in change, gave her five (she’d already acquired two dollars from someone she’d just met) and offered her a tomato. She declined saying she didn’t have any teeth.

Advice to beggars:

If somebody offers you something, take it. Fake your appreciation. Throw it away later or trade it for something. The giver will develop as jaded attitude toward you and your ilk if his or her donation is refused.

On the other hand, it must feel good to tell your would-be Good Samaritan to keep the apple. Or the tomato.

Cowboys Among Us


By Linda Puckett/Executive Director_

Garza County Historical Museum
This week we are writing about a gentleman
known by everyone in the county, Mr.
Noel White. Noel is a native son of Garza
County born to L.C. and Bula White. He
said he had always had a horse, and one
of his earliest memories is of his brother
putting him on the back of a horse when
he was very young. When his mother realized
what was happening, she immediately
yelled out, “Carter Gene get that baby off
that horse.”

When he was a kid about ten years old,
he rode a palomino in the Post Rodeo Parade.
He remembers that Scotty Samson
came up to him and they talked for a minute.
Scotty told him something he would
always remember, “the outside of a horse
is good for the inside of a boy.”

Noel said he started a few colts and began
roping calves in about 1951, competing
in amateur shows and some AJRA rodeos.
He also entered Team Tying events, later
to become known as Team Roping. From
the late 60’s until mid 90’s Noel trained
and showed cutting horses. The organization
was Caprock Cutting Horse Association,
he served as president and wife Orabeth
was the secretary. He proudly states
that they always did everything together. I
think that holds true even today.

Thirty years ago Noel and Orabeth built
an arena at their place in Graham Chapel
for Kids to participate in play-day events.

These Kids were not just competing for
buckles; they wanted to learn. “Boys and
girls always volunteered to help me put on
the event, and I found a place for them
all. Looking back, of all the buckles I
have ever won, they don’t mean as much
as helping a Kid does. It’s always good to
win, but for us it’s all about the Kids.” The
folks that bought their place in Graham
Chapel, Caleb and Courtney Howard carryon
the tradition. They call it the Graham
Chapel Community Play -Day. Noel
and Orabeth now live in town in the cutest
little cottage, beautifully decorated with
items that depict the special life that they
have shared together.

The other side of Noel White is music.
For more than thirty-five years he
has been playing and singing at our local
Nursing Home for the elderly. I remember
in the old days he and friends played
a certain night every week. I think now he
plays once a month here, at Trailblazers,
at Lynnwood Assisted Living in Tahoka
and other venues in the area like Coyote
Store in Gail. We all like hearing the old
cowboy music.

Noel used to do some day work on area
ranches, something he really liked doing.
But now he is so excited that just last
Tuesday he rode his mare Oreo. He is so
happy about that and plans to continue
riding. So Noel keep on riding Oreo for
as long as you can and keep making music,
and thank you so much for sharing your
story with me.

Have a great week everyone