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Thu
28
Jul

Summer Reading gets ready to Zoofari

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This week’s entertainer was Todd McKinney the Magician.

Summer Reading is sponsored by Trinity Valley Electric Company, Splash Kingdom and Friends of Van Zandt County Library.

Summer Reading is held at 10 a.m. each Friday at Van Zandt County Library, 317 First Monday Ln.

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Tue
26
Jul

Austin Bank Welcomes Nancy Wilson


Nancy Wilson

Jeff Austin III, vice chairman of the board of Austin Bank, recently announced Nancy Wilson has joined the bank as assistant vice president and retail office manager in their Van office.

“We are pleased to welcome Nancy who is a skilled banker with more than 35 years of experience.  Her strong customer service skills and management experience will help to serve our customers and the Austin Bank team,” said Austin.  “Nancy has both the skills and desire to help families and businesses with their financial needs; and a strong commitment to the Van community.”

Wilson previously worked with First State Bank in Ben Wheeler as a senior vice president, BSA officer, compliance officer and loan department supervisor.

Tue
26
Jul

Goodbye, Marleigh


Wildthings Zoofari entertained the children at the Summer Reading Program of Van Zandt County Library. Joey the kangaroo was a big hit and everyone enjoyed petting him, librarians said. Summer Reading is sponsored by Trinity Valley Electric Company, Splash Kingdom and Friends of the VZC Library.

July 22 was the last Summer Reading Program at the VZC Library and was also Volunteer Marleigh Cowgill’s last day as a volunteer at the library. “Marleigh has given years unselfishly and many hours to help at the Library and she will be missed. The Librarians wish her well as she attends school in California,” librarians said.

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Sun
24
Jul

Doing the didgeri


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The didgeridoo is a wind instrument from Australia. Last week’s program at the Grand Saline Public Library was Didgeridoo Down Under. Those attending learned about the importance of ecology, animals from Australia and some got a turn trying to play the didgeridoo.

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Fri
22
Jul

TVEC Charitable Foundation awards grants


Courtesy photo TVEC Public Relations Representative Kari Wilmeth, left, presents a grant check to Sharon Stehsel, second to left, and Terri Davenport of the Van Zandt County Community Partners ABC Room.

The TVEC Charitable Foundation recently awarded five grants totaling $21,500.

Founded in 2013, the foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization, created to serve the community and help improve the quality of life for residents in our service area. The foundation is funded entirely by donations from TVEC members who participate in Operation Round Up.

Grant recipients were:

First Community Church Crandall - $2,500. The church has a contract with Texas Presbyterian Hospital Health Ministry to provide first aid training. The grant funds will be used to provide AED and CPR training to a wide range of groups using the church facility.

Thu
21
Jul

All about magic at VZC Library


Courtesy photo This week’s entertainer was Todd McKinney the Magician.

Summer Reading is sponsored by Trinity Valley Electric Company, Splash Kingdom and Friends of Van Zandt County Library.

Summer Reading is held at 10 a.m. each Friday at Van Zandt County Library, 317 First Monday Ln.

Next week the program will be Zoofari. 

This week’s entertainer was Todd McKinney the MagicianThe Lions Club was also here and did free vision screenings for the children after the program. 

The winners of prizes at Summer Reading this week are:  Legos – Paxten Ray; Splash Kingdom tickets – Madison Gomez and Corbyn Gaulette; $50 cash - Miles Drinkall; Gift bags – Ricky Guerrero, Kenzie Peolka, Braylee Chaney, Hallie Erwin, Grace Lote and Maverick Beard.     

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Wed
20
Jul

Hey, batter batter


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July 8 theme for Storytime was Baseball.  Ms. Rhonda read three books, ‘Players in Pigtails,’ “Goodnight Baseball” and “Who’s on First.”  The craft of the day was a picture frame with foam stick ons.  There are two more meetings of Storytime this summer with a “Sleeper Over” July 28 where the children will bring their favorite stuffed animal to spend the night at the library.  Friday July 29 they will return to see what fun their animals had during the night. Join us at 10 a.m. Tuesday for Storytime.   

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Tue
19
Jul

Genealogy society to hear from Hunt County historian


Carol Taylor

The monthly meeting of the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society will be held at 1 p.m. July 23 at the Van Zandt County Library, 317 First Monday Ln. in Canton.  

Guest speaker will be Carol Taylor, speaking on the history and events in Van Zandt and other North Texas counties following the Civil War.

Taylor is the former director of the Northeast Texas Genealogy Center in Greenville.  She is chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission and has researched and written numerous Hunt County historical markers. 

Through her love for history and genealogy, she has merged family history and local history. 

Taylor began her family history at age 12 by interviewing relatives.  For more than 30 years, genealogy has been her profession.  She has spoken to genealogy societies throughout North Texas and at the Angelina College Genealogy Conference in Lufkin where she is currently the conference coordinator.

Sat
09
Jul

Storytime keeps active during summer

Sam Deen from Cross Fit Van Zandt taught all the Summer Readers how to keep active and healthy. We learned it is important to continue getting exercise every day. Summer Reading is held at 10 a.m. each Friday morning at 317 First Monday Lane. Next week the program will be Todd McKinney the Magician. The Lions Club will also be here to do free vision screenings for the children after the program.

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Thu
07
Jul

Therapy Dogs visit Christian Women’s meeting


Courtesy photo Therapy Dog Ladybug

 

The Therapy Dogs of Van Zandt County, Hobo and Ladybug, with their owners Pat Hammond and Vicki Ragle, went to the Christian Women’s meeting at the Crawford House Monday, June 20. 

The program concluded with scriptures on four of the 138 animals mentioned in the Bible  

Refreshments were served by the ladies from the Crawford House with a theme of ‘Noah's Ark.’

The next program will over a local man’s mission trip to Honduras on July 18.  The  meeting is open to the public.

Ragle explained how the dogs bring comfort and give emotional support to the ill and those in stressful situations.  Besides reading programs at local libraries, the dogs also pay visits to the assisted living and nursing home facilities in Van Zandt County.  “They really bring joy and are the highlight of the resident’s week,” Ragle said. 

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