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Mon
03
Oct

Fall into books at the VZC Library

Babies...nothing cuter! Whether you're looking at puppies, kittens, people or a baby giraffe that's taller than you, no one can resist those big innocent eyes and surely cuddling is in order. Carl Sandburg said, “A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.” This week's Preschool Storytime will feature “babies.”

The week's volunteer profile features Susan Evans. She followed her interest in reading into the library and has worked there for two years. She has a background working with computers, with an associates degree in computer aided design.

Working about four hours every week, Susan's jobs include shelving books and generally helping out where needed. Her least favorite part is dealing with the Dewey Decimal System as she shelves books. Thank you, Susan for all you do to help the staff and patrons of the library.

Thu
29
Sep

Senior fraud affects millions of Americans

Easy living, easy victim

There are than 18,500,000 Americans over the age of 75. Another 10,000 turn 65 each day. This trend has led to a dramatic increase in financial crimes targeting the elderly. Many normal aspects of the aging process – memory loss, poor eyesight and reduced ability to think critically – make them susceptible to financial exploitation.

More than 90 percent of reported elder abuse is committed by members of a senior’s own family. Most by their adult children, followed by grandchildren, nieces and nephews and others. There are also plenty of strangers willing to take advantage.

Seniors often have substantial retirement “nest eggs” which they spent a lifetime accumulating. Many own a home and have excellent credit. Those raised in the 1930s, 40s and 50s – particularly in rural communities – tend to be more polite and trusting. This makes them a tempting target for con artists.

Thu
29
Sep

First In, Last Out

Masons to hold recognition banquet Nov. 12

“First In, Last Out.”  What exactly does that mean? Several weeks ago marked the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. And it brought to mind so many memories and thoughts about our first responders and I wanted to share a few thoughts.

On 09/11/2001, it meant that law enforcement officers, paramedics and firefighters were the first responders to arrive at a horrible tragedy in lower Manhattan. Many of them never left.

Wed
28
Sep

State Capitol Highlights

Defense secretary promotes new hub to partner with tech startups

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Sept. 14 announced the opening of a “Defense Innovation Unit Experimental” hub at the Capital Factory in downtown Austin.

Carter and University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven said the hub would provide opportunities for innovators to partner with the Department of Defense to develop technologies to address the nation’s security challenges.

“Austin’s commitment to innovation, access to talent and academia, as well as the department’s longstanding ties to Texas, make this an ideal next location for DIUx,” Carter said.

Gov. Greg Abbott added, “Texas is the new frontier in innovation, and with the arrival of DIUx, the Department of Defense’s best technologists will be right here in Austin.”

Tue
27
Sep

Every cent counts for libraries, too

What can you do for your library?  The next time you get ready to order flowers or a plant for a funeral or memorial service we would love if you would consider making a memorial donation to the library.  All you have to do is bring by or mail in cash or a check and let us know who it is in memory of and we will send the family a card acknowledging the donation in the name of the loved one who passed.  You can also give donations in honor of someone.  If you know someone who doesn’t want or need gifts you can give to the library in honor of them and we will send them a recognition card as well so that they know about your gift.  The next you come to the library grab some loose bills from your purse or wallet or spare change from your car and drop it in our donation jar.  Every cent counts.  There does not have to be a special occasion to give to the library.  Nothing excites us more than when someone brings in a check or a little extra cash to donate.  When the mail comes and there

Tue
27
Sep

From bananas to bandanas, we’ve got news covered

If you have made it this column, thank you dear reader for staying with me past our front page and finding page 3.   That means that you surely have noticed the change in design on the front page. Or have you? Either way, the Van Zandt News might look a bit different this week, and it will for the weeks and months to come. In fact, we are rolling out a lot of new changes and designs that we hope will be pleasing to our readers. 

During my inaugural week of news editor, I have learned a lot. I have learned that newspapers rely on many people, not just a few and that includes our readers. So, I hope that our readers will take the time to say “Hey, I like the changes,” or “No, let’s not do that.” I’m a tough girl, I can handle your opinions. But, please know we are highly trained professionals and all of us in the news and design department are under the age of 35. Does that scare you? It shouldn’t, we’ve been doing it for a week now.

Tue
27
Sep

From bananas to bandanas, we’ve got news covered

If you have made it this column, thank you dear reader for staying with me past our front page and finding page 3.   That means that you surely have noticed the change in design on the front page. Or have you? Either way, the Van Zandt News might look a bit different this week, and it will for the weeks and months to come. In fact, we are rolling out a lot of new changes and designs that we hope will be pleasing to our readers. 

During my inaugural week of news editor, I have learned a lot. I have learned that newspapers rely on many people, not just a few and that includes our readers. So, I hope that our readers will take the time to say “Hey, I like the changes,” or “No, let’s not do that.” I’m a tough girl, I can handle your opinions. But, please know we are highly trained professionals and all of us in the news and design department are under the age of 35. Does that scare you? It shouldn’t, we’ve been doing it for a week now.

Sun
25
Sep

Footnotes from the VZC Library


Beth Muse

As a retired kindergarten teacher, I loved to gather the children around me and read to them. The interest and excitement that they displayed was such fun to see; and I admit, I felt like a kid again as I watched! If you haven't had the pleasure of being in a group of children as they listen to a story being read, put that on your bucket list.

Speaking of reading to children, at 10 a.m. this Friday, Sept. 23 during Preschool Storytime, Miss Rhonda will be reading stories about trucks and tractors. Most children love the noise and power of these vehicles; and I'm sure they will have lots of response as these books are read.

This week's volunteer profile is about Beth Muse who has volunteered for two years. The home-school mom, whose daughter Abigail is also a volunteer, began volunteering because of a love for the library and all it offers the community.

Tue
20
Sep

Solve a puzzle at GS Library

Do you like puzzles?  The Grand Saline Public Library is now checking out jigsaw puzzles. Puzzles can be an expensive hobby and we want to help make it more affordable for you.  You can now check out puzzles for two weeks with one renewal, if needed, at the library.  Currently, all our puzzles have between 500 and 1,500 pieces.  There are several puzzles with specially shaped pieces to make your puzzling experience more challenging. 

When the new school year starts we like to take the time to try new things at the library.  Two years ago in September we brought eBooks, downloadable audio books, and streaming video to our patrons.  We have more ideas for this year so be on the lookout for more offerings from the library. 

To read the full article, subscribe to the Van Zandt News or pick up a copy from one of our vendors. 

Mon
19
Sep

State Capitol Highlights

Paxton says subpoena of corporation's records violated First Amendment 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sept. 9 announced he had filed a friend-of-the-court brief “in defense of the First Amendment.”

The brief, he said, explains that Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Tracy Healey “exceeded her constitutional authority by attempting to shut down a viewpoint on an issue of scientific debate — climate change.”

Paxton, in the brief, states constitutional objections to the Civil Investigative Demand that Healey issued to ExxonMobil Corporation for its marketing and sale of fossil fuel-derived products and securities. She demanded more than 40 years of internal company documents. Paxton supports ExxonMobil’s effort seeking to block Healy’s demand from being enforced.

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