Martins Mill third graders earn green thumbs

Courtesy photo Third grade students of Martins Mill Elementary School with VZC Extension Agent Tommy Phillips and Master Gardener and Junior Master Gardener Donna Burcham.

Third grade students at Martins Mill Elementary recently completed the Golden Ray Series of the Junior Master Gardener Curriculum of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.   

Students received their completion certificates at the end of the year awards assembly.

The students were guided by art teacher and Master Gardener  Elizabeth Lowe and Master Gardener  and Junior Master Gardener Specialist Donna Burcham.   The students have a series of raised garden beds of the south side of the school campus and it is doing quite well, said AgriLife representatives. 

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Summer reading pays off

Prize winners for Van Zandt County Library’s first Summer Reading program are: $50, Taylor Cauley; two tickets to Splash Kingdom, Kaitlyn Moody, Caleb Schaphorst and Clayton Cauley; building sets,  Paige Davis, Esteban Galan and Alonzo Ramirez.  “Thank you to Trinity Valley Electric Company, Splash Kingdom and Friends of the Library for sponsoring Summer Reading 2017,” said VZC librarians.

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Marriage Licenses

Thomas J. Dodd and Jamie Ann Hansel

Steve R. Keltner and Rebecca Jo-Ann Harris

Matthew James Dale and Kelly Annalisa Blanchard

Larry Leroy Jackson and Katherine Ann Slone

David Wayne Aaron and Analie Meryl Sharp

Bret Mason Canerdy and Destiny Leigh-Anne Hill

Richard Adam Davis and Heather Lynn Couch

Jess Walter Berkebile and Amy Marie Becker

Jonathan Dan Farmer and Heather Jo Williams

Nathan Keith Crouch and Alyssa Cheyenne Nicole Plummer

Cotton Benjamin Hendley and Hannah Mattice Fleming

Ridge Ray Crow and Ashlin Ruthie Nicole Lovett


Culinary herbs topic of program at VZC Library

Which is it "herb" or "erb"? Find out during the Van Zandt Library series "Culinary Herbs in your Garden and Diet" at 10 a.m.  June 15.

The presentation will focus on the top common culinary herbs, how to grow them and how they can be incorporated into a diet. Discover fun facts about these and other herbs that are edible and tasty. Techniques for preserving your favorite herbs will be discussed and recipes shared.  

 The presentation will be facilitated by Master Gardener Vegetable Specialist Nancy Szabo.  Gardening has long been a hobby for Nancy who moved to Texas from Ohio three years ago. She became a Master Gardener to learn gardening techniques in this very different climate.  Both Nancy and her husband retired from careers in Information Technology and now live on a 40-acre farm in Wills Point along with cows, chickens, dogs, a donkey and cat.


Summer fun begins at GS Library

You have kept us on our toes this summer at the library. During the last week of May and first week of June, we have been busy having lots of fun and learning lots of new things. 

Wild Things Zoofari visited and we learned about toucans, lemurs, porcupines, serval cats, fennec foxes, and wallabies. The fennec fox was the favorite of the day. Over 200 people came to see the animals. 

We have also started our annual coloring contest. This summer we are coloring pictures of the library. The coloring contest is open to all ages, from babies to adults. 

We closed out the week with a visit from the TAME (Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering) Trailblazer science museum on wheels. Over 100 children toured the museum and got to learn all about science. From aerodynamics to weather, the Trailblazer had it all. 


Area generosity impacts GS Library

April and early May were very busy for the library.  During a five-week period we sent out over 200 thank you cards or acknowledgments for donations that were sent to or received for the library. Because of your generosity, we are able to breathe a sigh of relief. 

The money we raised, along with the generous support from the City of Grand Saline, has put us in the position that we feel confident for the future.  As we start looking towards the budget process this summer, we feel like we have the support needed to help keep the door open at Grand Saline Public Library. 

As always, grants and local support are very important to our operations.  We are grateful to everyone who gives to the library.  We are especially grateful to the Athena Club, Friends of the Library and Morton Salt, who give to us annually.  


Master Wellness volunteers complete training

Courtesy photo Newly certified volunteers are Bob Moore, Nancy Crim and Patsy Shaw.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Van Zandt County agent Melisa Rhodes recently instructed the first Master Wellness Volunteer training program.

Rhodes remarked, “the first and last classes were held in person at our office with Katie Phillips of Kaufman County Extension office assisting with instruction while the other three were online courses.”  The inaugural group of Master Wellness Volunteers of Van Zandt County completed the 40 hours of training in health and nutrition, and passed the certification exam to become certified volunteers were Nancy Crim of Ben Wheeler, Bob Moore of Canton and Patsy Shaw of Martins Mill. 

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Michels, Harris wed

Kristi Ann Michels and Mark Thomas Harris were married April 22, 2017, at St. Roch Catholic Church, Indianapolis, Ind. with Fr. James Wilmoth officiating. 

The bride is the daughter of Tim and Patti Michels of Edgewood. The bridegroom is the son of Tom and Jane Harris of Indianapolis. 

The bride is a graduate of The University of Dallas. She is employed as a project coordinator at St. Vincent’s Hospital.

The bridegroom is a graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University and is employed at Citizen’s Energy. The couple lives in Indianapolis.

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Birth Announcement

It’s a girl!

Brian and Lana Abbott are happy to announce the birth of Lucy Gail Abbott. She was born on at 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Dallas.
Lucy measured 19 1/2 inches and tipped the scales at 8 lbs. 7 oz.
She was joyously greeted at home by big brothers, Brady Jack and Caleb Nolan.
Proud grandparents are Richard and Carol Abbott of Mesquite; Jim and Janet Davis, Bill and Donna Burns and Kevin Wilkerson, all of Canton.
Great-grandparents are the late Tince and Bonnie Abbott and James and Martha Fuller,
Wick and the late Dixye Wilkerson, Gerald and Dana Beth Chamblee, all of Canton.

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Sheriff speaks to groups

Courtesy photo

The Van Zandt County and White Deer Landing and the Neighborhood Crime Watch organizations held their quarterly meeting  March 18.  Van Zandt County Sherriff Dale Corbett along with Captain Tim Scharfenberg attended the meeting and addressed questions from the members. 

Back row, left to right, Diana Moreland, Delbert Kurley, Gilbert Kelley, Michel Kellar, Melissa Kellar, Sally Ronk, Chuck Hoey, Buck Derr, Jacque Vanderwind, Dwayne Scott, Phillip Shackleford; and front row,   Steven Stewart, Pastor Jimmy Jones, Roy Reid, Pat Kelley, Sherriff Dale Corbett, Captain Tim Scharfenburger, Rhonda Bickerstaff, Timothy Bickerstaff, Jean Lee, Judy Kerley, Betty King, Chris Patton, MaryJo Lawson, Michelle Dryden, and Melinda Hardin.

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