If this is your birthday, congratulations! You are sharing this date with two country music artists. Martina McBride, born in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, in 1966. The diminutive powerhouse claims the Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year award four times behind such message-soaked singles as "Independence Day" and "A Broken Wing". Happy 49th, Martina! Also celebrating today, James Otto,born in Fort Lewis, Washington, in 1973. Emerging from the loose-knit Muzik Mafia posse, the soul-tinged singer nets a 2008 hit with "Just Got Started Lovin' You." He also co-writes Jamey Johnson's "In Color" and The Zac Brown Band's "No Hurry". Happy 42nd, James!

It's National Lasagna Day!  

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Here's hoping you have a big appetite today.  Sure, it may be hot and humid and cooking up a pan of Lasagna will make the kitchen a lot hotter. But who cares, because as it cooks, the smell will drift throughout the house. Your mouth will soon  begin to water and by the time dinner time rolls around, you'll have a huge appetite for a huge piece of lasagna. Depend on it.

Now Let's P-A-R-T-Y!

Royce DeGrie

Concho Valley birthdays include:   

Isiaih Sanchez, 6. From Grandma Becky and Aunt Mona.

Sybil Snodgrass, old enough. From all of her clogging buddies.

Happy Anniversary to: 

Jim & Jeannette Stewart, 9 years.  They will be in our drawing Friday morning for a dozen roses from Southwest Florists.