Doing the didgeri

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The didgeridoo is a wind instrument from Australia. Last week’s program at the Grand Saline Public Library was Didgeridoo Down Under. Those attending learned about the importance of ecology, animals from Australia and some got a turn trying to play the didgeridoo.

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TVEC Charitable Foundation awards grants

Courtesy photo TVEC Public Relations Representative Kari Wilmeth, left, presents a grant check to Sharon Stehsel, second to left, and Terri Davenport of the Van Zandt County Community Partners ABC Room.

The TVEC Charitable Foundation recently awarded five grants totaling $21,500.

Founded in 2013, the foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization, created to serve the community and help improve the quality of life for residents in our service area. The foundation is funded entirely by donations from TVEC members who participate in Operation Round Up.

Grant recipients were:

First Community Church Crandall - $2,500. The church has a contract with Texas Presbyterian Hospital Health Ministry to provide first aid training. The grant funds will be used to provide AED and CPR training to a wide range of groups using the church facility.


All about magic at VZC Library

Courtesy photo This week’s entertainer was Todd McKinney the Magician.

Summer Reading is sponsored by Trinity Valley Electric Company, Splash Kingdom and Friends of Van Zandt County Library.

Summer Reading is held at 10 a.m. each Friday at Van Zandt County Library, 317 First Monday Ln.

Next week the program will be Zoofari. 

This week’s entertainer was Todd McKinney the MagicianThe Lions Club was also here and did free vision screenings for the children after the program. 

The winners of prizes at Summer Reading this week are:  Legos – Paxten Ray; Splash Kingdom tickets – Madison Gomez and Corbyn Gaulette; $50 cash - Miles Drinkall; Gift bags – Ricky Guerrero, Kenzie Peolka, Braylee Chaney, Hallie Erwin, Grace Lote and Maverick Beard.     

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Hey, batter batter

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July 8 theme for Storytime was Baseball.  Ms. Rhonda read three books, ‘Players in Pigtails,’ “Goodnight Baseball” and “Who’s on First.”  The craft of the day was a picture frame with foam stick ons.  There are two more meetings of Storytime this summer with a “Sleeper Over” July 28 where the children will bring their favorite stuffed animal to spend the night at the library.  Friday July 29 they will return to see what fun their animals had during the night. Join us at 10 a.m. Tuesday for Storytime.   

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Genealogy society to hear from Hunt County historian

Carol Taylor

The monthly meeting of the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society will be held at 1 p.m. July 23 at the Van Zandt County Library, 317 First Monday Ln. in Canton.  

Guest speaker will be Carol Taylor, speaking on the history and events in Van Zandt and other North Texas counties following the Civil War.

Taylor is the former director of the Northeast Texas Genealogy Center in Greenville.  She is chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission and has researched and written numerous Hunt County historical markers. 

Through her love for history and genealogy, she has merged family history and local history. 

Taylor began her family history at age 12 by interviewing relatives.  For more than 30 years, genealogy has been her profession.  She has spoken to genealogy societies throughout North Texas and at the Angelina College Genealogy Conference in Lufkin where she is currently the conference coordinator.


Storytime keeps active during summer

Sam Deen from Cross Fit Van Zandt taught all the Summer Readers how to keep active and healthy. We learned it is important to continue getting exercise every day. Summer Reading is held at 10 a.m. each Friday morning at 317 First Monday Lane. Next week the program will be Todd McKinney the Magician. The Lions Club will also be here to do free vision screenings for the children after the program.

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Therapy Dogs visit Christian Women’s meeting

Courtesy photo Therapy Dog Ladybug


The Therapy Dogs of Van Zandt County, Hobo and Ladybug, with their owners Pat Hammond and Vicki Ragle, went to the Christian Women’s meeting at the Crawford House Monday, June 20. 

The program concluded with scriptures on four of the 138 animals mentioned in the Bible  

Refreshments were served by the ladies from the Crawford House with a theme of ‘Noah's Ark.’

The next program will over a local man’s mission trip to Honduras on July 18.  The  meeting is open to the public.

Ragle explained how the dogs bring comfort and give emotional support to the ill and those in stressful situations.  Besides reading programs at local libraries, the dogs also pay visits to the assisted living and nursing home facilities in Van Zandt County.  “They really bring joy and are the highlight of the resident’s week,” Ragle said. 


All about bugs

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The theme for Storytime at the Van Zandt Library was “Bugs” on Tuesday, June 21.  The favorite book was the Hungry Caterpiller by Eric Carle.  Craft for the day was a beautiful butterfly.  Come join us on Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

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Veterans Auxiliary elects new officers

July 1, the new officers of local Veterans of Foreign Wars in Canton, Post 9171, will begin their year of service.

Ann Mallow will serve as president with Sheryl Ranne as senior vice president. Diane Farmer will be secretary/treasurer.

Other officers are Conductress – Marian Pelton; Guard – Karen Tanner; and Chaplain –Brenda Shinn.

This auxiliary is a part of District 30 in the Texas State Veterans Auxiliary, and a part of the National Organization  of the Veterans Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America. The Texas State President is Andrea King, and the District 30 President is Linda Duncan Faught of Post 3894 in Waxahachie.

According to information from the group, “Veterans Auxiliary members volunteer to assist their local posts to extend American freedom and equal rights  and justice to all men and women; and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies.


Couple celebrates 60 years of marriage

Marvin and Helen Matus

Marvin and Helen Matus are celebrating their 60th anniversary this year.

The couple was married June 30, 1956, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Abbott. 

They made Dallas their home, attending St. Pius X Catholic Church for 48 years. Here they raised four children and learned to square dance.

To say they love dancing is an understatement, for more than 40 years they have danced all over the country and held leadership roles for many square dance conventions.

In 2004, they returned to country living in the Wills Point area. They are active members of St. Therese Catholic Church in Canton and enjoy gardening. 

Their children and spouses – Richard, Nancy and her husband Brian, Michael and his wife Carrie and Greg and his wife Jude – along with granddaughters, Nicole, Kelsey and Penelope, are honoring them with a gathering for family and friends.


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