Column from Jennifer Ross at the WP Chamber

Brick$ Buck$ are here!

Never before has the visibility of the “shop local” tag been greater than it has become in recent years. With small communities taking charge of highlighting the benefits of shopping locally and programs like Small Business Saturday designing special days when these benefits are heavily marketed, it is no wonder that the buzz is spreading!

Wills Point has been swimming with activity through our local businesses in the last few weeks. Brick$ Buck$ are here and are available now with local residents and customers getting into the spirit. Some lucky local customer is going to win $5000 just for visiting and shopping in our local businesses! There are seventeen Wills Point merchants who have made tickets available in their store and thirteen sponsors who helped to make this shop local program possible.


Grand Saline Library Holidays are here! Are you ready?

The end of the year is coming faster than most of us are ready for.  There are so many things to do before the Christmas holidays. 

We would like to remind everyone that we are closed on Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday.

 The first week of December will be a busy one for us.  We are hosting a painting party on Friday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m.  The party/class costs $35 and there are a limited numbers of spaces, so you need to contact the library to sign up for this event. 

On Saturday, Dec. 5, as part of the city-wide celebration, we will have Santa visiting the library from 4:30 to 6:30pm.  You can bring your camera and take pictures with Santa for free and we will also be serving refreshments.  


State Capitol HIGHLIGHTS

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Nov. 9 affirmed a Brownsville federal district judge’s Feb. 15, 2015, order forbidding the Obama administration’s implementation of DAPA, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Residents Program. 

Against the wishes of Congress, the White House sent out a memorandum in November 2014 extending the reach of the policy include to more people.

Gov. Greg Abbott reacted to the Fifth Circuit ruling  on Nov. 10, saying: “The court’s decision is a vindication for the Rule of Law and the Constitution. The president’s job is to enforce the immigration laws, not rewrite them. President Obama should abandon his lawless executive amnesty program and start enforcing the law today.”

In affirming the lower court’s ruling, the Fifth Circuit sided with Texas and 25 other states that sued to prevent the implementation of DAPA on three grounds:


State Capitol HIGHLIGHTS

Governor rails against Dallas sheriff’s detention policy

Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 26 wrote to Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, saying her “case-by-case immigrant detention plan will no longer be tolerated in Texas.” 

Under the sheriff’s current policy, an undocumented person who committed minor offenses is not held past their release date an extra 48 hours for federal immigration authorities. 

Abbott accused Valdez “of refusing to automatically detain all criminal immigrants pursuant to the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) federal detainer program, which is designed to prevent dangerous criminals from being released into communities.”

The governor said actions the State of Texas could take to combat such policies are:

- Passing laws that prohibit any policy or action that promotes sanctuary to people in this state illegally.


Come be a mouse in the rat race at the VZC library

The Van Zandt County Library has an important off-site partner in The Library of Genealogy and Local History which is located in the Courthouse Annex, across from Hillcrest Cemetery in Canton.  

The Genealogy Society of Van Zandt County is one of the most active in the state of Texas and has had many award winning members and books compiled by members. 

At the VZC library, members of the group have a display in the foyer each month.   Currently displayed are books about various communities in the county.  

The phone number, 903-567-5012, will get you to a volunteer who can help you with family searches and other history questions as well as hours of operation.


Grand Saline Library

Medicare program coming to library, you can, too!

Mark your calendar! On Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. we will have a guest speaker at the library to talk about Medicare enrollment. 

This free workshop will help you make an informed decision when you enroll for Medicare.  Even if you are not old enough for Medicare yet this workshop will give you some things to think about and help you prepare for when you do reach that magical age. 

The workshop will be conducted in the Civic Center in the back of the library building. 

It’s the time of year when everyone starts planning their family and work holiday celebrations.  Don’t forget that the Civic Center is available for rental and is perfect setting for those events.  You can rent the Civic Center for a day for one hundred dollars plus a one hundred dollar deposit. 


State Capitol HIGHLIGHTS

Revenue estimate reflects slowdown in energy sector

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Oct. 14 announced the release of his office’s Certification Revenue Estimate.

The “CRE” is an update to the Biennial Revenue Estimate, a document that gives state lawmakers a good idea of how much revenue will be available for general-purpose spending in 2016-2017, the next two-year state budget period. 

The CRE, Hegar said, reflects “any new laws from the session that could affect state revenue, as well as the most current fiscal and economic data.” The 140-day legislative session concluded four and half months ago, on June 1.


Come browse at the VZC Library

It still feels like summer, but the ads and the stores are beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

 It is not too early to begin making Christmas stockings, or sewing designer clothes for a child’s favorite doll. 

Suggestions for crafts, jellies, relishes, and other “make ahead” gifts may be found at the Van Zandt County Library.   Recipes for special baked goods are available also.

The library staff will be dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes at 10 a.m. Oct 30, for Storytime.  Come say “Boo” to them.   Children may dress up if they wish.

The Acer Notebook and American Girl Doll raffle is coming to a close.  Don’t miss out.

Political campaigns begin so far ahead of party conventions that it is easy to get disgusted with them, and ignore the whole procedure. 

The library has books by and about many of the candidates that will help decision making in this important election year. 


Baked potato day is coming

It’s time for the Friends of the library baked potato sale. 

Beginning Thursday, Oct. 29, you can start placing your order for the meal.  The meal will include one of our famous large baked potatoes with pulled pork, chives, cheese, butter, sour cream and a homemade dessert for just $6. 

If you work in Grand Saline check for a signup sheet at your place of employment, you can also signup by calling or coming by the library.  All orders are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5.  The luncheon will be on Thursday, Nov. 12, between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

If you can’t participate in the baked potato sale but would like to support the Friends of the Library you can do so by making a donation at the library. 

The role of the Friends of the Library is to help fund the library because library governing boards cannot fundraise.  


Find a bargain, enrich life with reading at the VZC Library

Thursday, Oct. 22 is the big day to find out who are the lucky people that  will take home the American Girl Doll, and the Chrome Notebook offered by the Friends of the Van Zandt County Library.  

New Advisory Board members will begin their terms at the regular meeting Oct. 22.  Their job is to keep policies up to date and to advise the commissioners court of needs and any problems with the library. 

Preschoolers Storytime continues to be well attended.  The Oct. 23 theme is “llama, llama.”  It is a great way to encourage love of books.  Studies show that children who are introduced to reading early are  more successful in the classroom.

At 2 p.m. Saturday Oct. 24, the Genealogy Society will be back in the Buchanan Room for their regular meeting.  Visitors and new members are always welcome.


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