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Annual INRA meeting to take place Saturday

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The 2010 annual meeting of the Indiana National Road Association (INRA) will take place at the Masonic Lodge, 201 N. Walnut St., Brazil, at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 17.

INRA will be joined by guest speaker Jim Albright, the last guard off of the Federal Prison on the island of Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay.

Albright was transferred to the Federal prison in Terre Haute, where he served as a guard for many years and where he currently lives with his wife Cathy.

He is the author of "Last Guard Out," that chronicles his time spent on what is called "Devil's Island," by some.

He will provide photos and artifacts from his time spent on "The Rock."

Also attending this year's annual meeting as a speaker will be Hoosier author Cheryl Jacques, author of "Magnolia Principle."

A fifth-generation landscape designer, Jacques writes about life, hope, embracing nature's dizzying diversity, coping with disappointment (over changes in things and dreams), about persistence, patience, spirituality, joy and love.

In her recent book, Jacques writes about how, even beyond gardening's healthful nurturing, people can learn ... from Magnolias, how to root their spirit in what's lasting ... from Wisterias, how to wait for great beauty to bloom ... from Hydrangeas, how to nurture neediest things ... from Shrub Roses, how cutting down can build up ... from Indiana Pinks, how to dance with hummingbirds, and more.

The meeting is free and open to the public, and will again feature discounts for INRA memberships and merchandise as well as food and tours of the Brazil bank building, Davis building and the old telephone company in Brazil.

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