Lifestyle

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.

Wed
26
Oct

Texas State Library event held at VZC Library


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Thirty-six libraries across North East Texas came to the Van Zandt County Library to attend a Texas State Library and Archives Commission training session on the TexShare Database programs.

The state library offers 69 free resources online to local accredited libraries so that they can offer these to their patrons. Some of the online resources available are: Legal Documents, Job and Career tests and resume builders, GED and test prep help, ESL classes, Crafts and Hobbies, Language Learning Software,

Tue
25
Oct

Falling squirrels at VZC Library


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Ms. Rhonda read stories about fall during Storytime at the Van Zandt County Library.  One book was about a squirrel that did not want to leave his house and was always prepared for any emergency until he discovers that he is a ‘flying’ squirrel and can jump into the unknown and return home.  One of the books told about all the fun things to do in fall like jumping in leaves, apple picking, the county fair, hayrides and carving pumpkins.  The last book was titled ‘Those Darn Squirrels’ which was a story about a man that loves birds and hates squirrels. However, after the birds flew south he was lonely and the squirrels held a meeting and decided to give the old man a present.  Storytime is held at the Van Zandt County Library 317 First Monday Lane, Canton at 10 a.m. every Friday. 

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Thu
20
Oct

Redmond celebrates 35 years


Courtesy photo Mary Redmond and Scott Hyde

Mary Redmond of Van began working with the Van Zandt County Appraisal District in 1981 and has been a dedicated member of the appraisal district’s staff for 35 years. Redmond continues to serve as the collection clerk for the district. An engraved desktop clock was awarded to her on Sept. 21 by Scott Hyde, Chief Appraiser.

Hyde conveyed his deepest appreciation, which was echoed by the district staff, in show of their sincere support for Ms. Redmond’s continued service and dedication to the Appraisal District as well as the community of Van Zandt County, organizers said.

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Thu
13
Oct

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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