Lifestyle

Thu
02
Feb

Elephant fun at Storytime

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Ms. Rhonda reads stories to children at Storytime at the VZC Library.

The theme for Storytime this week was elephants.  Ms. Rhonda read ‘Elmer’ by David McKee about a patchwork elephant that was laughed at by all the other elephants.  He cleverly colored himself with the juice of some berries so that he was grey like the other elephants.  When he joined the herd they were so serious it make him want to laugh so he lifted his trunk and shouted ‘Boo!’ which caused all the elephants to jump in surprise and begin to laugh.  It began to rain and Elmer’s patchwork started to show again.  The elephants decided that they must celebrate this day each year as the day of Elmer’s best joke.  All the elephants would decorate themselves in his honor and have an Elmer’s Day parade.

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Tue
24
Jan

VZC EEA group celebrates

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Van Zandt County EEA member Carolyn Minor reported the following concerning the VZC EEA group.
“The Van Zandt EEA group ended a busy year with the annual Christmas party and luncheon. After a brief business meeting, the party got underway. Share, show and tell was the first activity. The group shared favorite Christmas memories, and some brought ornaments and shared their stories. A game of name the desserts brought lots of laughs. They played Chinese Take- Away with the gift exchange followed by an ugly Christmas sweater contest. Everyone had a good time. Now it’s time to prepare for another great year,” said Minor.

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Tue
17
Jan

Donation

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Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial members Dan Maurieri, Ron Carroll and Cary Hilliard accepted a $2, 000 check from Laura Melton who represented the TVEC Charitable Foundation.

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Wed
11
Jan

VZC employees gather for holidays

VZ County Sherriff's Office

The county employees all gathered on Dec. 15, 2016, at the Farm Bureau meeting room in Canton to celebrate the upcoming holiday season and to enjoy a meal courtesy of County Judge Don Kirkpatrick and his wife, Benegene.
The county employees enjoyed a barbeque lunch and homemade holiday treats for dessert.  Those in attendance enjoyed live Christmas music performed by local musician.
Tickets were given out as employees arrived and drawings were held throughout the luncheon for cash prizes that was generously donated by Judge Kirkpatrick and wife. The cash prize drawings were awarded in increments of $10, $25, $50, and 2-$100 prizes for a grand total of $1,000.

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Tue
20
Dec

VZC Library releases holiday schedule

As Christmas and the New Year holidays approach, the library's organized programs take a break. Storytime will resume in January as well as Dog Days.

The Friends of the Library will hold the January 2017 meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 9.

Friends of the Library are still taking donations for the Christmas Bow Project, an annual fundraiser to maintain and improve the children's section. All the librarians and volunteers wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the patrons of the library and citizens of Van Zandt County. 

Sun
18
Dec

Volunteers honored at VZC Library

Photos by Britne Hammons 

The Friends of the Van Zandt County Library held a volunteer appreciation brunch Monday, Dec. 12.  “The brunch is a small way to say thanks for all of the hard work and many hours that volunteers put into the library. Without the volunteers, the library would not be as successful as it is today,” said Susie Pulley, VZC Librarian.

Pulley also introduced guests Beverly and Carl Birdwell. Mrs. Birdwell is the daughter of the late Al Coleman, who was one of the original first members of the Advisory Board of the VZC Library. 

Fri
16
Dec

Putman-DeBoard

Catrena Putman and Chris DeBoard announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. The couple plan to wed Dec. 17, 2016. Putman works as a hospice nurse. DeBoard is a Wills Point firefighter. 

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Thu
08
Dec

Kirkpatrick speaks to UDC

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The Jesse Miller Foster Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy held its regular November meeting at the Dairy Palace in Canton Monday, Nov. 21. 

The guest speaker was Paula Jacobs Kirkpatrick of Canton. She brought a quilt that commemorated her civil war ancestors.  Each block design was from 1865 and had a special meaning for an ancestor.  For example, her ancestor who served in Texas had the quilt block called "Texas Tears."

 Shown in front of the quilt are Chapter President Donna Carter and Kirkpatrick. 

The Chapter meets every third Monday and visitors are always welcome, members said.   

Wed
07
Dec

Bake sale successful for VZCHS

The Van Zandt County Humane Society held its final fundraiser for 2016 at Higginbotham Ace Hardware in Canton. 

Carol Whatley, president of the organization, spearheaded the event.  "Our annual Thanksgiving Bake Sale is such fun, and many people in the community look forward to it.  The team at Ace Hardware is always so generous with their assistance and space for us to set up, and we appreciate them.  Usually, when we are ready to leave, we will offer the employees whatever they wish at half price, but this year we sold completely out before noon.  This event was a real success, and we thank everyone who contributed."

All proceeds go directly to the care of the animals.  VZCHS is non-profit, all volunteer and organized under 501(c)3 guidelines.  For further information about their work, visit vzchumanesociety.org, or call 903-962-5700.

Sat
19
Nov

Ragans celebrate 60 years

Jack and Joyce Ragan

Jack and Joyce Ragan, of Wills Point, are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married Nov. 18, 1956, in Wills Point. Jack  worked as a plumber and Joyce was a mail carrier.

They have three children, Pam and Kurt Smith of Rice, Carla and Brady Roberts of Canton, and Tommie and Traci Moore of Tyler; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The Ragans are members of First Baptist Church in Wills Point.        

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