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TIRA NEWS Sept. 2, 2009

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The Tira City Council met on Tuesday night at the community center. Leon Curtis, field representative with the Texas Water Development Board, met with the group and explained

the National Flood Insurance Program. He is involved with the state agency that works with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and he helps implement the program. He brought a map and showed the group the flood plains in our area. The group approved an ordinance and resolution to join the National Flood Insurance Program. City secretary Jan Vaughn presented the quarterly financial statements, and Sandra Wester, Tira Volunteer Fire Department Treasurer, presented the financial report for the department. Volunteer Fire Chief Malcolm Joslin reported on the monthly payments from Hopkins County and mentioned the possibility of having a stew in the fall, but no date was set. Mayor Floyd Payton reported on the agreement regarding the pest control service for the community center. The annual community Christmas party was scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. The next regular meeting will be on Tuesday, Dec.1, at 6 p.m.

Tiffany Joslin is planning to have a yard sale at her home on Saturday. Items include bunk beds; baby girls' clothes; boys, men, and women's clothes, including plus sizes; and misc.

Chuck Olmsted hosted a fly-in and skeet shoot at his home on Saturday. Several people attended and enjoyed the day. He served barbecue for lunch. Tira residents may have heard and seen the planes as the pilots flew over the community to land on his grass strip.

Next time you will hear about John Long's harrowing experience after he had been “on the top of the world” on the Monch, a major peak, in Switzerland.

This week we will hear about John Long's harrowing experience - after he had been “on the top of the world” on the Monch, a major peak, in Switzerland.

“After making it down to the final exposed ridge set, the first we had had to ascend, the unthinkable happened - I slipped as another team approached! Luckily, I had, driven my axe deep into the snow and saw everyone behind me fall and arrest as I had gone down on the deadly ice, but my guide, who had us anchored, saved my life - well, God gave me another chance - I know that, now. As we picked up, the team took another quick break on the exposed ledges and then descended fairly quickly and without incident to the second rock section, which we rappelled. We glissaded down the final snow slopes to the last pitch of rock, which we down-climbed and then walked off the southwest ridge of the Monch - to celebrate again! This time it was with tourists who had been watching us at the Jungfraujoch station from the observation deck and were gathering on the glacial trail to meet us. They were cheering and clapping their hands. I was excited, for sure, but not as excited as they seemed to be at greeting us. I felt pretty special, to say the least. My guide had to leave at that moment - to mount a rescue on the deadly Eiger, I believe, but we have kept in touch and I always will think a lot of him. He taught me so much and we have since become friends. I hope, of course, that I will go on to climb other summits, as there is so much to do and see.

“On that beautiful summit, I could see the Black Forest of Germany, the French and Austrian Alps, and also, into Italy - four major European nations, from one single point with an indescribable view above the clouds. As I walked, an American tourist family stopped and wanted their pictures taken with me. I was, very touched, and then as I staggered to the station, they offered one by one to carry my pack, saying it would be an honor for them. I walked and visited with them recounting my team, my guide, and what I could see, only to realize that people were following me in a long line just to hear me speak, I suppose. When I did arrive back at the station, I was exhausted, almost to the point of blacking out. The American tourist family bought me a drink of hot chocolate and I began to regain my faculties. It was a bit scary for me and then I ate another snack and had some water. You cannot have enough water. I could not thank them enough for helping me. They even rode on the train back to Wengen with me. I then continued on the train to Lauterbrunnen and after putting everything up in my hotel room, laid down and took a nap, which I had certainly earned on the Monch. Later that evening, I went to Grindelwald, toured the city for a bit and then had dinner there, before returning to my hotel in Lauterbrunnen. I then walked, exhausted, but appreciative, to see the valley, with the sun coming down behind the majestic peaks. I was so blessed. It was beautiful. I will never forget it. The next morning, I boarded a train for France and the gorgeous city of lights, Paris, but not before shipping my gear in Lauterbrunnen at the post office. Lauterbrunnen was so friendly. I love Switzerland so much - not just for its natural beauty, but also for its wonderful people. France would welcome me, as well. In my next installment, I will take you from France into London and then pause so you can enjoy London and my beautiful and special experience there with me.”

If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact Jan Vaughn at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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