Lifestyle

Mon
28
Aug

The Inspired Cook

Homemade spaghetti sauce, that’s amoré

                Do you have a favorite ethnic food? I certainly do. Other than good ol’ down-home, country cooking, my favorite types of food are Italian and Tex-Mex. In fact, these cuisines have been my favorites since I was a teenager.

I simply adore the seasonings that comprise their flavor profiles. You may have noticed that I frequently incorporate them into my food creations.

My passion for Italian food began in 1968, when my aunt Merle first prepared a delectable spaghetti dinner for my family. To accompany it, she served a green salad drizzled with Italian dressing and toast made of thickly sliced French bread slathered with butter and sprinkled with garlic salt.

Yum! I can taste it now!

Almost every time we went to Dallas to visit her and my uncle, my sister Beckie and I would request this meal. As a dutifully devoted aunt, Merle always granted our wishes.

Tue
15
Aug

KWJB The Bee and Van Zandt News honored for service by Canton FFA

Austin, Texas – The Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas (VATAT) held their annual Professional Development Conference, July 24-28, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. Agricultural science teachers spent the week attending professional development workshops, training classes and general sessions with motivational speakers to enhance their current teaching methods and keep up with the latest curriculum developments in agricultural education and technology. Members from across Northeast Texas received VATAT Awards during the Area 6 Meeting held Tuesday, July 25, at the Hilton Arlington. The VATAT Outstanding Radio Station Award can only be awarded by the VATAT to 1 deserving radio station in Area 6 and is based on a nomination from a VATAT member. This award was created to acknowledge appreciation for radio stations that publicize agriculture education and FFA programs in Texas.

Mon
14
Aug

Using the best resources possible- libraries

Four times a year a group of librarians and library staff from libraries across northeast Texas come together to exchange ideas and share information. 

This group is an invaluable resource to each of us.  There are city libraries, county libraries and non-profit libraries represented.  There are libraries from more metropolitan areas and libraries from very rural areas.  The one thing that we all have in common is that we all are working to bring the best resources possible back to our communities.  

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Sun
06
Aug

Stuffed animals stay the night

 

Thursday, July 27, preschool children came to the Van Zandt County Library for Storytime for their stuffed animals.  It was a dark and mysterious night at the library with stuffed animals that were busy exploring, playing games and having snacks.  The children returned on Friday morning for snacks and a video of all the antics of their stuffed animals. 

“The children were surprised to see what those mischievous critters did overnight at the library. A big thank you to Ms. Rhonda and to Austin Lomas who photographed and produced the stuffed animal video.  Storytime for preschoolers will move back to Fridays at 10 a.m. beginning Sept. 8. Join us at the Van Zandt County, 317 First Monday Lane, Canton,” said VZC Librarians.

 

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Sat
05
Aug

Happy 50th Anniversary

Kelly and Cindy Cole are celebrating 50 years of marriage.

They were wed Aug. 11, 1967, at First Baptist Church in Mabank. After beginning their teaching careers in Mesquite, they settled in Van in 1971 where they taught in Van ISD until they both retired in 2001.

They have spent much of their time since retiring enjoying their children, Randall and Melissa Cole and granddaughter Susanna of Maumelle, Ark., and Susan and Micah Lewis and grandchildren Grant, Gabbie and Gabe of Grand Saline.

Their family will host a come-and-go reception at First Baptist Church in Van, where they have been members since 1971.

Friends and family are invited celebrate with the couple from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. 

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Thu
03
Aug

All about birthdays!

Storytime at Van Zandt County Library was all about birthday’s this week. Mrs. Rhonda read fun stories about celebrating. Storytime will not meet in August but will resume at 10 a.m. on Fridays in September.

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Wed
02
Aug

GS Library to host Foundation Chapter

The world is changing at fantastic speed.  The future requires people who can problem solve, adapt and communicate in workplaces and environments that are increasingly complex.  The truth has radical implications for what and how we teach children.

A significant body of research over the last few decades supports this perspective, and acknowledges that creativity and other 21st century skills are critical for success in work and life. Recently a popular survey by IBM of 1,500 CEOs from 60 countries and 33 industries identified creativity as the “most crucial factor for future success.” Seventeen countries in the OECD, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, identify “creativity and innovation” as the number one competency. 

Sat
22
Jul

GS Library planning fall programs

Now that the big programs for the summer are over, we are focusing on fall planning. We will be upgrading our public computers to a similar system in August. In order to upgrade to the new system, we may have a day or two with limited computers available; but we will post updates of progress on our Facebook and twitter pages. 

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Sat
22
Jul

Farewell, Zoey

Zoey, a Therapy Dog of Van Zandt County, has lost her battle to cancer. She passed away July 1, she was 7 years old. She was a Therapy Dog of VZC for four years. She was owned by Kathy Burkham.

“Zoey had been experiencing health issues for several weeks. Zoey never failed to bring delight to both young and old alike in her therapy dog role. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her,” said Burkham. “Zoey was a Great Pyrenees who was adopted from SPIN, Saving Pyrs in Need.”

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Fri
21
Jul

Storytime fun at the Beach

The theme for Storytime on Friday, July 18 was ‘beach trip.’  Ms. Rhonda read “Aqualicious” by Victoria Kann.  This splashy addition to the bestselling “Pinkalicious” library makes a day in the sun absolutely Aqualicious!.  Pinkalicious loves the beach, especially when she finds a miniature mermaid named Aqua tucked inside a shell!  She and her brother help the mini-mermaid find her way home.

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