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THE COMMUNITY NEWS October 29, 2010 3A

ANNETTA

Annetta mayor resigns


◗ Lumsden says mission
is complete after water
system purchase
By Dominic Genetti
The Community News

Now that everything is complete


and the town of Annetta owns the
Deer Creek water works system and
the City of Hudson Oaks the Dyegard
water system Annetta Mayor Phil
Lumsden has decided to step down
from his post.
“Now I’m going to have a little
time of my own,” Lumsden said. “It’s
kind of surreal to a certain extent.” DOMINIC GENETTI/THE COMMUNITY NEWS
The official announcement came Ashlea McIntire, a Vandagriff Elementary 1st grader, read the most books
last week at Annetta Town Hall. in her class and got a ride to school in a fire truck thanks to the Aledo
Word of Lumsden’s decision came as Volunteer Fire Department.
a shock to the five other area mayors
of East Parker County.
To give everyone a chance to say
Aledo VFD sponsors reading program
good-bye to the long-tenured mayor, DOMINIC GENETTI/THE COMMUNITY NEWS
Hudson Oaks Mayor Pat Deen invit- The mayors of East Parker County gathered at Hudson Oaks City Hall for The Aledo Volunteer Fire week. The winners in each grade
ed Lumsden, area representatives a send off for Annetta Mayor Phil Lumsden who resigned from his posi- Department recently completed included: Vandagriff Elementary
and the East Parker County mayors tion. (From left) Annetta South Mayor Gerhard Kleinschmidt, Annetta North a voluntary reading initiative for – Kindergarten, Taylor McGraw;
to the Hudson Oaks regular city Mayor Rob Watson, Hudson Oaks Mayor Pat Deen, Lumsden, Aledo Mayor Kit elementary school students in the 1st, Ashlea McIntyre; 2nd, Luisa
council meeting Oct. 25 to speak. Marshall, Willow Park Mayor Ken Hawkins. Aledo ISD. The literacy program Andasola; 3rd, Wyatt Mott; 4th,
“I will never forget the times I outgoing mayor. Law suits were filed and communica- was developed as a way to increase William Day. Coder Elementary –
observed you stand up to the leaders “It’s awesome to me to be able to tion difficulties between East Parker focus and time spent reading by cre- Kindergarten, Landon Lewis; 1st,
during a conference to do what was call you a friend and to know that County cities grew abrasive. But a ating competition for fire depart- Carson Schmitz; 3rd, Jessica Parker.
best for the community,” Annetta we’ve been a part of a team that has fast forward to the past three weeks ment issued prizes. The student Stuard Elementary – Kindergarten,
North Mayor Rob Watson said. seen East Parker County move for- shows that everything settled, which in each grade, at each school, who Saddie Smith; 1st, Emma Davis;
Annetta South Mayor Gerhard ward in ways that we’d never imag- gave Lumsden the opportunity to spent the most extra time reading 2nd, Makayla Brinkman; 3rd,
Kleinschmidt, Willow Park Mayor ine.” move on to bigger and better things. won. Caroline Suchocki; 4th, Harper
Ken Hawkins, and Aledo Mayor Hawkins referred to Lumsden as Plans for his “retirement” include Reading time was documented Smith. McCall Elementary
Kit Marshall also complimented a “safety valve through much of the the rebuilding of a sailboat, building by either the parents or by teach- – Kindergarten, Avery Horton;
Lumsden on his service to his com- last year and half.” a log splitter and traveling. Lumsden ers. The winning students earned 1st, Caitlin Beaty; 2nd, Andrew
munity. and his wife will be going to New a ride and drop off at school in a Pennington; 3rd, Jake Ashabraner
“I appreciate more than anything
“You’ve done a tremendous York next month and to visit their fire truck, as well as a department and 4th, Alyssa Hackerson. The
your leadership,” Hawkins said. “You
job out here and you’ve set a good son in the Seattle area in December issued backpack. The program was grand prizewinner, Harper Smith,
have done an incredible thing for
example for all of us to follow,” before taking a trip to Europe next also timed to come to completion even spent every recess for three
everybody in East Parker County.”
Klenschmidt said. spring. in conjunction with October’s Fire weeks to achieve his total of 42
But this wasn’t the first time that
Marshall took the time to not And there’s also time for other Prevention month. hours! Outstanding!
Lumsden attempted to leave office.
only address Lumsden, but to also things. AVFD Training Coordinator Congratulations and a great
“I kind of assumed at that time
address his wife. Steve Green administered the effort by all of the students who
that everything was going to be on “I’ve even started playing golf
“It takes a lot to be married to program as well as coordinated put in extra hours of reading! The
cruise control and that they actually again,” he said.
a mayor,” Marshall said. “You are with administrators and teach- men and women of the Aledo
didn’t need me anymore,” Lumsden When asked about his handicap,
a very special woman because you ers at each of the four elementary Volunteer Fire Department salute
said in the decision to purchase the Lumsden couldn’t resist his witty
have supported Phil in the time that schools in the district. Winners your achievement. Keep up the
Deer Creek water system. persona by coming back with a joke.
he has put forth for Annetta.” began receiving their rides to great work!
However, that situation grew “My handicap is between my
school in Aledo Engine 34 this - Chief Scott Mitchell
Her words then shifted to the larger and Lumsden held his ground. ears,” he said.

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