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.


Van Zandt County library storytime

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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It’s always wild at the library

Courtesy Photos The Force is strong at the Grand Saline Library As part of the Grand Saline Public Library’s summer reading program, younglings recently took part in “Jedi Training”. Activities included making light sabers, Yoda puppets and wookiee bookmarks.

We would like to invite all the local children to attend Wild Things Zoofari at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, at the Grand Saline Public Library. 

Wild Things Zoofari is a traveling petting zoo that will be making at stop at the library for our summer reading program. 

Wild Things Zoofari brings a combination of domesticated and wild species. They are committed to teaching children and adults about wildlife and inspiring them to help preserve our planet. 

We had another great coloring contest this year.  It is always fun to see all the different interpretations of the same coloring pages.  This year the participants got to choose between a fox, a night view of a city, and a human anatomy picture. 

We are proud to announce that our winners are Layla Paige Thompson – Group One (ages 0-6), Michael Gatlin – Group Two (ages 7-12), Katherine Dean – Group Three (ages 13-17) and Carla Yaw – Group Four (ages 18 & Up).  


Methodist Men of Edgewood hold annual fundraiser

A plentiful amount of food was served, including barbeque and deserts.

The Methodist Men of Cheatham Memorial United Methodist Church held their annual barbeque fundraiser in late May. 

The participation greatly exceeded last year’s totals with people coming from all over the

   County, according to information form the men’s group. There was “plenty of great barbeque, side dishes, desserts and great gospel music performed by Tin Top Road. Music was enjoyed by all.”

      The Methodist Men would like to express great appreciation to Cheatham’s congregation, the community and

   surrounding counties for all of the support and donations they received.

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Walkers to celebrate golden anniversary

Howard and Sue Walker

The family of Howard and Sue Walker are inviting friends and family  to celebrate the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary at Lakeside Baptist from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 2.

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Storytime fun, summer times

There was a special guest at the Van Zandt County Library during Storytime May 20. 

Matt Porter came and played the guitar and led the children in singing.  The songs included “Bingo,”  “Old MacDonald” and “The Hokey Pokey” which had all the children giggling. 

Ms. Rhonda read Pete the Cat and his Magic Sunglasses.  Pete is a real favorite of the younger set at the library.  The craft of the day was a sunshine magnet.  

Preschool Storytime will be moving to 10 a.m. Tuesday for the summer beginning June 7.  

The next “Dog Days at the Library” will be at 4 p.m. June 8 and the summer reading programs for the 12 and under group begin at 10 a.m. Friday, June 10. 

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Military News

U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Brian M. Fields has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

According to information from the Air Force, the airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Fields is the son of Danny and Nikki Fields of Wills Point and Donna Fields and Everett Hill of Edgewood. He is the grandson of Corine Hill of Edgewood.

He is also the husband of Fa'lisha Fields.

The airman graduated in 2009 from Edgewood High School.


Henley reads at Storytime

Courtesy photos

The Van Zandt County Library had a guest reader for Storytime May 13.  Author LeDann Henley came and read her book “Shimmy-Shimmy Shamrock and the Legend of the Leaves.”  The children then made a shamrock craft. 

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Summer story time moving to Tuesday

Reading program begins June 10

May means high school graduation and it’s great to see these promising young adults heading into their futures. 

We at the library wish each one bright year’s ahead. Libraries have played a large part in their 19 years of schooling. 

Also in May, Armed Forces Day is May 21. The library has a varied inventory of books covering all aspects of military service.  Don’t forget to thank those who have served for their contribution to our nation’s security.

If you haven’t seen the newly renovated library, come by and be sure to visit the new release section.  New selections are arriving each week. 

There have been inquiries about a book sale, since there wasn’t one this spring.  Another sale will probably take place this fall. 


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