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Mon
01
Feb

Genealogical society names volunteer of the year

Sandra Jones congratulates Van Zandt County Genealogical Society Volunteer of the Year Tom Tyler

At the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting Jan. 23, Tom Tyler of Canton was recognized as Volunteer of the Year for 2015. 

Tyler is a regular volunteer librarian at the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History. He assists with numerous projects of the society and volunteers to take tombstone photos at local cemeteries in answer to requests through findagrave.com.

A regular feature of the genealogy meetings is a short item of genealogical or historical interest presented by Martha Heard of Canton.  This month’s topic was the Teapot Dome Scandal of the 1920s.

Mon
01
Feb

Pilot Club

Wills Point Pilot Club donated Christmas cheer to the Alzheimer's residents of Crestwood Health & Rehabilitation in the form of craft supplies. The Wills Point Pilot Club volunteers were then thanked by Christmas Carols sung by the residents. Pictured is Lettie Clark, President Wills Point Pilot Club and Debra Huff, Life Enrichment Director for Crestwood and Pilot member. The Wills Point Pilot Club is a 501C3 volunteer organization helping the community by supporting brain health and helping residents stay safely in their homes with Lifeline monitors. 

Mon
01
Feb

All about underpants

The craft for the day was a cut out silhouette that each child got to dress in their favorite color clothes during StoryTime at VZC Library.

Children at Storytime at VZC Library Jan. 22 learned all about getting dressed and learned that the first step is putting on underpants.

“Underwear,” by Mary Elise Monsell was read to children and is about Zachary the zebra who does not like or snaps or sleeves or slippers or zippers but he did like “underwear” of all descriptions. 

The next story was “Dinosaurs Love Underpants” by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort.  Dinosaurs were all wiped out, a long way back in history.  No one knows quite how or why but the answer may just be underpants. 

Mon
01
Feb

Take a look at a book at the VZC Library

Surveys across the country indicate that students are not learning history or government.  Indeed, many colleges do not require even one course for graduation in most majors.    Do you know when the Civil War was?  Do you “remember Pearl Harbor”?  Do you know how many senators are in Washington?  Do you know what the electoral college is?

Try a history book the next time you are looking for an exciting read. 

Or pick a book about the Constitution of the United States.   Consider the pages and pages of laws and rules that are in force now, and compare that to the simplicity of our founding document.

Tue
12
Jan

Volunteers needed at library

Volunteers Ed and Cindy Rakestraw changed out the display case in the foyer of Van Zandt County Library the past week.

“The Rakestraw’s have been doing the display for several years and always make it fresh and fun,” librarians said.  

Volunteers are needed at the library. Those who wish to volunteer are asked to visit the library and fill out a volunteer application form.

The Van Zandt County Library is located at 317 First Monday Lane in Canton and is free to all Van Zandt County residents.

 

Tue
12
Jan

Start your new year at the library

Elvis Allen, an eminent historian and Van Zandt native, will present the program at the regular meeting of The Friends of the Van Zandt County Library at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan.11. 

The topic is” The War over the County Seat.” 

“Many natives don’t know much about this facet of Van Zandt History, and newcomers may not even know it happened.  Come to the library and hear this true story,” librarians said.   

Memorials continue to remember friends and loved ones who were library supporters. 

Tue
22
Dec

Countdown to Christmas

Storytime Dec. 11 started off with Christmas carols led by Ms. Rhonda.  The first story read was “Here comes Santa Cat” by Deborah Underwood. The book is about a cat that needs to be nice since Christmas is coming and being nice doesn’t come naturally.  The book was illustrated by Claudia Rueda. 

The next book read was “Not Until Christmas, Walter!” By Eileen Christelow.  Walter is the family dog that does not wait until Christmas to enjoy the presents. 

During craft time the children made a Santa ornament to take home.  The next Storytime will be at 10 a.m. Jan. 8 at the Van Zandt County Library.

Tue
15
Dec

Snowflakes and stars

The chilly weather kept the attendance down at the library on Friday, Dec. 4 but those that came enjoyed hearing “Christmas without a Tree” that featured Grumpy Gramps, a pig with a Bah Humbug spirit.
“More Snow for Kids” is a true story of a south Texas Christmas miracle that saw a record breaking snow fall in south Texas in 2004. The last book was about Santa having one too many Christmas goodies on one of his stops and not being able to get back up the chimney.  With the reindeer pulling and the dog, cat and even a mouse pushing Wh—oo-oosh out came Santa.  The children’s craft for the day was decorating a Christmas tree with shiny stars and snowflakes.

Mon
07
Dec

NSDAR honors county veterans

Left to right, Pastor David McNary, Harold Tanner, Chapter Regent Sherrie Archer, County Commissioner Virgil Melton and Ron Wilson were all present at the November meeting of the NSDAR meeting. Veterans were honored with a service pin.

The Neches River Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution paid homage to veterans at its meeting held Nov. 12. 

Special recognition was given to veterans who served at any time during the Vietnam era which spanned from 1955 to 1975. 

Regent Sherrie Archer presented pins designed for this remembrance to the veterans in attendance and thanked them for their service and their sacrifice.

Mon
07
Dec

Find your roots at the VZC library

“It’s The Lightcrust Doughboys from Bewley’s Mills”…  If you remember that radio introduction, you are surely a long-time Texan.

 The Van Zandt County Library has a book about them, and their times in The Texas Collection. “Paddling the wild Neches,” tells the story of the Neches River, and points to some things we Texans need to do to preserve it.  This is also in the Texas Collection, as is “One Ranger, A Memoir” and the “History of the Humble Oil and Refining Company.”

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