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Sat
28
Jan

Getting ready for winter

It’s late January, the high temperature today will be 70 degrees, and our topic is getting ready for winter. Perhaps we will have a couple months of cold weather, perhaps not. If we do, let’s get ready for it!
How deep in the ground are your water pipes? When the ground surface freezes, the cold penetrates the ground. Eventually it will get deep enough to freeze your water pipes. We all know about keeping a little water running through the pipes to prevent them from freezing. To be on the safe side, start the water when the outdoor temperature is forecast to be freezing.
How long should you let the water run? It depends on how long it stays below freezing and how deep your water pipes are. Ours are a foot deep. We dribble the water for twice as long as the weather stays below freezing.
By the way, drink plenty of water. It’s easy to get dehydrated in winter. No one expects to get dehydrated in winter, so we never think about it.

Wed
25
Jan

VZC Library has patrons covered

Do you ever go into the library and see that there are not many patrons inside? It is very quiet and peaceful at the library.  It was reported last week that last week that volunteers are needed to help the library run smoothly. In fact, volunteers help cover the wide array of activities and tasks that needed to be completed for the library to run smoothly.
The annual report covering 2016 was just compiled by Van Zandt County Library Director Susie Pulley which also featured an enlightening picture of the numerous library activities.
Under program statistics, there were 60 adult programs with 1,100 attendees and 55 children’s programs with 2,433 attendees. Under volunteer statistics, there were 36 volunteers working a total of 2,122 hours. The weekly volunteer average is 41 hours per week.

To read the full article, subscribe to the Wills Point Chronicle or pick up a copy from one of our vendors.

Mon
23
Jan

This week in Wills Point History Friday, Dec. 2, 1949

Friday, January 20,1961
Mrs. Charlie Scott, was honored with a retirement party on Tuesday evening, Jan. 10, at Stella’s dining room when fellow workers and Southwestern Bell Telephone Company district traffic superintendent, J.B. Bell, of Tyler met for a buffet dinner. Mrs. Scott was the recipient of more than one honor at the party. In addition to receiving honors upon her retirement after forty years and 11 months of service with the company, she was honored for having a perfect working attendance for ten years. Mr. Bell presented Mrs. Scott with a lifetime membership certificate in the Telephone Pioneers of America Club. She also received a fruitcake for her recognition. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Wed
18
Jan

This Week in Wills Point History

Friday, January 13, 1961
  “We are happy with the success that has been our good fortune to enjoy here at the First National Bank during 1960.” R.W. Curtis, president of the bank reported when glancing back over the last twelve months of operation. Our business has shown a gradual improvement during the 10- year period from 1950 to 1960. During the last five years the bank has made numerous improvements to the building. Included is the installation of year-round air conditioning. For this project the ceiling of the building was lowered, adding greatly to the inside appearance.  Eugene Wilcoxson, an employee of the bank since his graduation from high school in 1957, was promoted to the office of assistant cashier on January 10. Other employees of the bank are Mrs. Harvey L. Burns, Mrs. John W. Jamieson, Mrs. Ralph McLeod, Mrs. Douglass Lindsey, and William Frison, custodian.” (See newspaper for complete article.)

Thu
12
Jan

Start 2017 with a trip to the VZC Library

Happy New Year from the Van Zandt County Library. We welcome 2017 and all the exciting new things that come with it. Make your New Year's Resolution to spend more time at the library.
Have you driven by the library in the last two weeks and noticed the ttwo big changes? The old and sick tree by the front entrance has been removed. Also, the new sign has been installed and is up and running. The sign was purchased for the library by the Friends of the Library and its purpose is twofold. First, it brings visibility to the location for new patrons; and second, it displays information about what's happening inside the building.

To read the full article, subscribe to the Wills Point Chronicle or pick up a copy from one of our vendors.

Tue
10
Jan

This Week in Wills Point History

Friday, January 6, 1961:

  “The conversion to dial system for telephone subscribers in Wills Point will become a reality one minute after 1 a.m. Sunday, January 8.  Wills Point is the largest town in Southwestern Bell Telephone Company’s north Texas district, which has not already been converted to the modern system of telephone service. When Wills Point switches to the dial telephone service Sunday every number in the city (approximately 1,100) will be changed. Emergency numbers are most important. It would be wise to write all emergency numbers and fasten them near the phone for emergency use. To report a fire dial TR3-2222.” (See newspaper for complete article.)

Wed
28
Dec

This Week in Wills Point History

Friday, December 23, 1960

  “Since there are only three shopping days remaining until Christmas Day, Wills Pointers are hurriedly finishing up their last minute errands. The town was decorated and lit earlier this month for the festive holiday season. A 20 foot fir tree was lighted with bright lights and the Rose Memorial has been lighted and decorated with tinsel.”

  “Letters to Santa Claus: Dear Santa, I am a big boy 4 years old. My sister is two years old. We have tried to be good. Sometimes we fight, but we always stick together, when Daddy and Mommy take over. I would like a holster gun, a road grader and a little bicycle. Sandra wants a baby doll buggy, and a tricycle. I would also like some firecrackers in my stocking. We will be at Pa Pa’s in Wills Point on Christmas Eve. We love you. Steve and Sandra Baker.”

Tue
27
Dec

VZC Library closed through Jan. 3

The holidays are being celebrated at the Van Zandt County Library. The Friends of the Library held the annual Volunteer Brunch Dec. 12. Staff and volunteers enjoyed a delicious meal together. Family members of Al Coleman also attended. Mr. Coleman's name has recently been added to the Memorial Plaque which honors citizens who contributed to the building and growth of the library.

FOL has received a memorial donation for Toni Barrentine by Bob and Sandra Giles; a memorial donation for John Guthrie by Alice Bomar and Bobby Peynter; a donation honoring Betty Hooks by Beverly Chadwick; and a donation given by the Texas Star Quilters Guild.

Thu
22
Dec

The perks of growing older

Who says getting older doesn’t have its privileges? Regardless of where you live, seniors qualify for a wide range of discounts and related benefits.

These perks are offered by retailers, restaurants, transportation providers and senior organizations. They range from free coffee to discounts of all kinds. Some discounts are well-known. Others may be available, but are only extended upon request. Regardless, all have the potential to help make your Golden Years a bit more affordable!

There are a number of dedicated websites (www.boomerplaces.com; www.seniordiscounts.com, www.theseniorlist.com;) that track businesses offering senior discounts. All feature information on age requirements and other limitations that might apply.

Sun
18
Dec

Be on the lookout for porch pirates

They may not walk around with a parrot on their shoulder, say “aargh!” or sail a ship, but they do walk around snatching packages off doorsteps. Porch Pirates are increasingly becoming a problem, and there will likely be a rise in incidents this holiday season. Some reports claim thieves are to following the delivery trucks, helping themselves to packages once they have been delivered.

Packages left outside of homes are stolen every year, especially during the holidays.

“While it's frustrating and outrageous that thieves would stroll up to your home and take your deliveries”, said Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB Serving Central East Texas. “There are steps you can take to prevent the bad guys from getting away with the goods.”

BBB offers the following tips to keep pesky porch pirates away from your packages:

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