Lifestyle

Wed
07
Dec

Retirement


Photos by Britne Hammons

Doug Stuart, left, helped his wife, Eva Stuart, right, celebrate her retirement from Van Zandt County Nov. 30. Eva had been a county employee for 33.5 years, and began her career in 1983. She served the county at the Ag Extension Office.

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Tue
06
Dec

Mathea Guild hosts trivia game


Courtesy photo From left to right, Lou Ann Everett, Max Callahan, Sandy Giles and Ann Russell.

The Mathea Guild met Nov. 10 at the Plaza Museum in Canton.

Ann Russell held the meeting in the absence of President,Rose Dearman. Shirley McMahan introduced the speaker for the day, the well-known Max Callahan.

Callahan, a teacher, taught at Canton Junior High for 17 years and was principal for 15 years. As a teacher, he incorporated a game like Jeopardy in his classroom.

At the meeting, Lou Ann Everett, Sandy Giles and Ann Russell played a game like Jeopardy on a board provided by Callahan. Lou Ann Everett won the game.

The December Mathea meeting will be a luncheon at the Victorian Lady Tea Room in Mabank to celebrate Christmas. Visitors are welcome, Mathea Guild member said.

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Mon
05
Dec

Bake sale successful for VZCHS


Courtesy photo Participating in the bake sale from left to right was Brenda Jones, Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett and Diane Poole.

The Van Zandt County Humane Society held its final fundraiser for 2016 at Higginbotham Ace Hardware in Canton. 

Carol Whatley, president of the organization, spearheaded the event.  "Our annual Thanksgiving Bake Sale is such fun, and many people in the community look forward to it.  The team at Ace Hardware is always so generous with their assistance and space for us to set up, and we appreciate them.  Usually, when we are ready to leave, we will offer the employees whatever they wish at half price, but this year we sold completely out before noon.  This event was a real success, and we thank everyone who contributed."

All proceeds go directly to the care of the animals.  VZCHS is non-profit, all volunteer and organized under 501(c)3 guidelines.  For further information about their work, visit vzchumanesociety.org, or call 903-962-5700.

Thu
01
Dec

Kirkpatrick speaks to UDC


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The Jesse Miller Foster Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy held its regular November meeting at the Dairy Palace in Canton Monday, Nov. 21. 

The guest speaker was Paula Jacobs Kirkpatrick of Canton. She brought a quilt that commemorated her civil war ancestors.  Each block design was from 1865 and had a special meaning for an ancestor.  For example, her ancestor who served in Texas had the quilt block called "Texas Tears."

 Shown in front of the quilt are Chapter President Donna Carter and Kirkpatrick. 

The Chapter meets every third Monday and visitors are always welcome, members said.  

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Wed
30
Nov

Giving thanks


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Thanksgiving was the theme for Friday’s Storytime at the Van Zandt County Library.  Ms. Rhonda read ‘The Night Before Thanksgiving,’ ‘Over the River A Turkey’s Tale’ and ‘Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks.’  The children loved making and modeling turkey headbands that they made during craft time.  The next Storytime will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 2

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Tue
15
Nov

Four Mile Church sale successful

Four Mile Lutheran Church reports a successful ‘Loaves and Fishes,” garage sale with over 600 families benefitting from the sale.

“This is our Women of ELCA’s fundraiser. Our heartfelt thanks go out to each member of our church, and all members of the community, who gave of themselves in any way, to insure success.  We appreciate every person who came to make our sale a great success. There were over 600 families that came to the sale,” said Betty Trednick, church member.   Thrivent Financial matched funds raised from the sale.

For more information about the church or the sale, call 903-385-0017.

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Sun
06
Nov

Edgewood city park sees renos


Courtesy photo From left to right, Pattizo Musselwhite, Helen Howell and Lee Howell of EDC, Council member BJ Pendleton, Mayor Steve Steadham, City Administrator Petra Marley, Council member Louis Dunn, Dan Reece with Texas Parks and Wildlife, Mike Tibbets and Kevin Vanhoozier with Hayter Engineering.

Edgewood celebrated the completion of the city park renovations with a ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 21. The park received a new concession stand, restrooms, and a new pavilion. The first event scheduled for the new city park pavilion will be Dec. 3 for  Christmas In the Park.

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Wed
02
Nov

Santa’s Helpers prepare for Workshop


Courtesy photo Santa’s Helpers from left to right are Judy Dickens, Carolyn Davis, Diana Wilcoxson, Carol Stroud, Faye Wright, Jackie Hammons and Pearl Beaty.

The Van Zandt Extension Education Association met on Oct. 17  and began designing one of kind cards, gift bags, tags, boxes and ornaments with the guidance of the talented scrape booking and card creator Cathy Cummins. 

Under the guidance of Mrs. Cummins the group created a one of a kind collection that will be available at the 2nd Annual Santa’s Workshop to be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15. in the Farm Bureau Meeting Room. 

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent Melisa Rhodes of Van Zandt County along with County Extension Agents from Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, and Rains Counties will present a wide variety of items that will demonstrate how to survive the holidays on the budget with budget friendly gift ideas, recipes, and decorating tips.

Tickets to the event are $5 and can be purchased at the Van Zandt Extension office. Tickets will be on sale at the door; however, pre-purchased ticket holders will be guaranteed a seat at the event.

Mon
31
Oct

Baa ,baa black sheep


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During Storytime at the Van Zandt County Library  Ms. Rhonda read ‘Guess Who’s on the Farm’, ‘The Noisy, Noisy Farm’ which included meows from the cat, quacks from the duck, baaas from the sheep, mooos from the cow and even a cock a doodle doo from the rooster. 

The last book was ‘Hound Dawg’ which was a play on the classic Little Red Hen; however, in this story all the animals help make the cornbread except the dog. He later redeems himself by saving the cornbread from a raccoon trying to steal it while it’s cooling on the window ledge.  The children made a paper chicken during craft time.  Storytime is held at 10 a.m. every Friday at VZC Library.

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Sun
30
Oct

It’s Halloween at the VZC Library


Mimi Sherwin

Wooo...it's the scary time of the year! Per history.com, “straddling the line between fall's plenty and winter's scarcity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.”

During Storytime at the Van Zandt County Library, Miss Rhonda will be reading books about Halloween. At 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, prepare to be spooked!

Mimi Sherwin is the subject of this week's Volunteer Profile. She feels that libraries are a vital part of a growing community and has volunteered five years in an effort to help keep the library progressing.

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