The Wednesday Study Club news

The Wednesday Study Club held their monthly meeting at the Blackwell House in Canton, Sept.28.

Vice-President Lisa Goode announced this year’s upcoming programs. “The group will enjoy a Christmas Tea at Roseland Plantation and a 1950s Party with Elvis,” Goode said.

Study Club officers served as hostesses and furnished a salad luncheon, member said.

Club officers are Wendy Horton, president; Lisa Goode, first vice-president; Jill Godwin, second vice president; Shirley Cockerham, secretary; Jean Griffith, treasurer; Marilyn Brockman, historian; Peggy Walden, reporter; and Mary Ann Eblen, parliamentarian.

The next meeting of the Study Club will be “A Fashion Show by Daisy’s” and will be held at the Van Zandt County Country Club on Oct. 26

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Tips to Prepare a Holiday Budget

It’s the holiday season and you know all that it entails, so don’t let the expenses catch you off-guard -- from traveling to see family to throwing your massive annual party to simply completing your holiday shopping.

Even though retailers cut prices last year, according to the National Retail Federation, holiday sales increased 3 percent from the previous year.

Early planning and smart strategies can help you end the year on a positive financial note.

Plan Ahead

In the run up to the holidays, put some extra money aside from each paycheck and earmark it for holiday spending. A bit of padding in your purse won’t hurt and can only serve to make you feel more secure all season. Making this happen may require pinching a few pennies on daily expenses -- whether it’s bringing lunch from home rather than eating out or skipping the designer latte for a cup of coffee at work.

Create a Budget


Therapy Dogs wag tails at fashion show

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The Therapy Dogs of Van Zandt County participated in a fashion show at Canton Oaks Oct. 4.

The dogs modeled outfits with themes of beach fun, country and western, life at large, superheroes, make believe and bling. Dogs participating in delighting the residents were Baci the Bichon, Boomer the black Lab, Hobo the goldendoodle, Maggie the pit bull, Ladybug the giant schnauzer, Princess the pom and Zoey the Great Pyrenees.

The dogs delighted the residents of Canton Oaks. There was a lot of laughter and fun throughout the whole show,” said Vickie Ragle, VZC Therapy Dogs spokesperson.

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Animals receive blessing

Courtesy photo Father Studenny gives Alicia the dog a blessing during the Blessing of the Animals held Oct. 1.

The Van Zandt County Humane Society participated in the annual "Blessing of the Animals" Oct. 1. 

Carol Whatley, president of the organization, was in attendance.  "We had such a great time, and the weather was gorgeous.  There were quite a few dogs, and a horse named Easter was there for a blessing too.  Father Studenny seems to enjoy the celebration as much as we do.  He blesses the group and then each animal separately.  We took a deaf puppy, Alicia, and the picture shows how she feels.  I think we all wanted to kiss his forehead."

St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of all animals; his life is celebrated each year during the first week of October.

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Robertson, Lee to wed

Virginia "Jenny" Lee and John Paul Robertson

John Paul Robertson and Virginia "Jenny" Lee announce their upcoming nuptials for Oct. 22, 2016.  
Both are 1995 graduates of Wills Point High School.  The couple will be exchanging vows in a 1940s themed, double ring ceremony in Breckenridge, Texas at Trinity Baptist Church at 4:30 p.m. 
There will be a 1940s themed reception following the wedding.  The couple will reside in Breckenridge, TX where John Paul works as a warbird restoration mechanic for Ezell Aviation.  John Paul is the son of Barbara Gillentine Robertson of Wills Point and Presley Robertson of Elmo. He is the grandson of Wanda and the late Dewey "Buster" Robertson of Elmo.  
Virginia is the granddaughter of the late Col. Thomas L. and Betty Moring of Wills Point. She is the daughter of Rebecca Moring Stewart of Wills Point and Charles and Judy Lee of Rowlett.


To the moon and the stars ...

Courtesy photo Storytime participants made moon and stars crafts at the VZC Storytime.

The theme for Storytime this week was bedtime.  Ms. Rhonda read ‘How Dinosaurs say Goodnight’, ‘Bears in Beds,’ Max and The Won’t Go to Bed Show’ and the last book, ‘Don’t let the Pigeon Stay up Late.’  These stories created lots of giggles for our great crowd today, librarians said.  The moon and stars craft was lots of fun for the pre-schoolers.  The next theme for Storytime will be toys and tractors.

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VZC Genealogy Society to hold workshop

The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society will present a genealogy workshop for the Root Seekers Genealogy Society at the Cedar Creek Lake Library from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16.

Registration fee is $20 for those who preregister and $25 at the door. 

A syllabus is included in the registration fee.  Various topics in genealogy research will be discussed, organizers of the event said.

Registration and coffee will be at 8:30 a.m. and the morning session will begin at 9 a.m. 

To pre-register, make check payable to Root Seekers Genealogy Society and mail to President Margaret Ann Trail, 18500 CR 4057, Kemp, Texas 75143. 

For more information, call 903-880-7133, or contact the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History at 903-567-5012.

The Cedar Creek Library is located at 410 E. Cedar Creek Parkway, Seven Points.


Fall season storytime

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Storytime at the Van Zandt County Library has moved back to 10 a.m. Friday and the fall season started off with a big crowd. Ms. Rhonda
read “Homer the Library Cat,” “Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa” and “The Not so Quiet Library.” The craft for the day was a book worm
with each child spelling out their names to make the worm.

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Revolutionary War, migration routes topics of genealogy seminar

If you are interested in finding your Revolutionary War Ancestors, writing your family history or tracing the migration routes of your early American ancestors, these topics will be discussed at the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society genealogy seminar Sept. 24. 

Speaker for the seminar will be well known genealogist Don Raney.  Raney has been an active genealogist for more than 30 years. 

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Genealogical Society Holds Meeting

Courtesy photo Guest speaker Larry Turner and Genealogical Society President Jan Crow.

The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society held its monthly meeting Saturday, Aug. 27 in the Buchanan Room of the County Library.  

Guest speaker for the meeting was Larry Turner of Wills Point who spoke on the attack on Pearl Harbor.  This year marks the 75th anniversary of the attack.  He related the story of four young men from Van Zandt County who were serving on the USS Arizona at the time.  The four men were Van Wood, B.J. Johnson, D.C. Ayers and Raymond Johnson.   

The next society meeting will be our all-day seminar on Saturday, Sept. 24 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 885 First Monday Lane (Hwy 859) in Canton.   The speaker for the seminar will be Don Rainey.  Mr. Rainey will speak on “The Battle of Kings Mountain”, “Finding Your Revolutionary War Ancestor”, “Early American Migration Routes” and “Writing Your Family History with Historical Context”.  For more information, please call the Library of Genealogy and Local History at 903-567-5012.


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