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Crockett Intermediate School will host a book fair March 2nd through March 9th. An amazing selection of books is headed our way! At the Book Fair you will find the latest and finest titles for kids, as well as books of interest to parents. Mark your calendar for our Family Visiting Time in conjunction with the Crockett Blood Drive on Monday, March 2nd until 5:30 PM. From easy readers, to picture books, to best sellers and more, the Scholastic Book Fair connects kids with books they want to read.
Through “One for Books”, for each dollar raised, Scholastic Book Fairs will donate a book to a worthy cause!
Click on http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/crockettintermediate for more information.
Saturday night was an outstanding night for party-goers and Meals on Wheels alike. The fun filled evening raised record funds for Lamar County Human Resources Council and its programs including Meals on Wheels. Sponsorships, underwriting, ticket sales and live and silent auctions generated $58,555 gross revenue and exceed the previous year’s effort by almost $20,000 according to Tanteta Hilliard, executive director.
An auction package consisting of a 15 person prime rib dinner and private concert by national recording star Cas Haley to be held at Richard Drake’s party barn was purchased by Toyota of Paris for $3,600 and a Mardi Gras “King Cake” by Cater 4 You raised $2,100 when purchased by Cypress Home Health.
The event, now in its 9th year featured a New Orleans style Mardi Gras and was well attend as always.
Lamar County Human Resources Council operates Meals on Wheels, which serves over 500 meals a day as part of a home delivered and congregate meal program in addition to elderly transportation and other programs.
Picky Eaters Welcome
Like most mothers I know, I have often feared that my children were going to starve. Luckily we are blessed, and I have always been able to offer my children 3 meals a day…. not that they were always interested in eating it! I can remember taking my oldest into my pediatrician in Chicago when she was a toddler. I was practically in tears because she would literally only eat 6 things– cheerios, French fries, chicken nuggets, noodles, bread, and pancakes (little did I know that she was the good eater of my three kids!). And in a calm, wise, old voice our doctor told me something I will never forget – toddlers grow on air and love, and that she would be just fine. And he was right… she is now almost as tall as me, eats like a truck driver and still loves… pancakes!
Taking your kids (no matter what the age) to the Kiwanis Pancake Days is just one of those timeless Paris, Texas traditions. Held out at the Lamar County Fairgrounds, Pancake Days are the first Friday and Saturday of March (this year Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th) from 6am until 8pm. My kids really love it when we go for dinner– remember as kid how exciting it was when mom announced you were having “breakfast for dinner”? Now I know that my mom either (a) hadn’t gone to the grocery store or (b) was exhausted or (c) had a headache or (d)all of the above. Its great fun and you are guaranteed to see lots of people you know with syrup on their chins and happy about it too!
Not only are Pancake Days a great way to feed your family (and mom doesn’t have to cook) all the funds raised are used locally to improve the community and in particular support youth programs, including Imagination Library of Lamar County, local schools, Lamar County Crime Stoppers, Camp Kiwanis at Pat Mayes Lake, Holiday Food Baskets, Senior Santa at local nursing homes, and the Children’s Advocacy Center.
“But unfortunately, when you have a kid, you sometimes eat everything they leave behind. So far today I’ve had some of her leftover pancakes with peanut butter.” Actress Joely Fisher
From One Mommy to another,
County Commissioner Kevin Jenkins sought Monday (Feb. 28) to take away oversight of county emergency management coordinator Ronnie Bass County Judge Chuck Superville.
“They can’t do that,” Superville said. “They can’t say, ‘Judge, you are the director of emergency management, but we’re going to hire and fire your personnel.’ “
Under state law, the county judge is responsible for the county’s emergency preparedness and response and may appoint an emergency management coordinator to manage day-to-day program activities.
“The law is plain, but whenever a commissioner asks that something be put on the agenda, I have to do it,” Superville said.
Jenkins is commissioner for Precinct 3, the county’s northwest quadrant.
Bass, a paramedic and veteran firefighter, was hired “a couple of years ago” as the emergency management coordinator – a job that pays about $100 a week for eight hours of work, Superville said.
“What I want him to do right now is to help prepare a drill for the city and county and hospital,” the judge said.
Bass response was: “You’re not paying me enough to do that,” Superville said.
“He wants a fulltime car, an office, a phone – but he doesn’t want a boss,” Superville said.
The “real reason” for Jenkins’ move to take oversight away from him, Superville said, is “He (Bass) is real good friends with the commissioner,” Superville said.
The judge said Jenkins told him, “I don’t want you to fire him.”
Superville presides over the commissioners court, whose other members include commissioner Lawrence Malone of Precinct 1, the southeast quadrant of the county; Lonnie Layton of Precinct 2, the southwest quadrant; and Keith Mitchell of Precinct 4, the northeast quadrant.
The commissioners court took no action on the proposal pending a look at what other counties are doing.
The Paris City Council is expected to grant a 99-year lease to a group that seeks to build a veterans’ memorial adjacent to the Paris Eiffel Tower.
“This is the big hurdle we need to clear in order to get the veterans’ memorial process really started up,” interim city manager Gene Anderson said Friday.
The Red River Valley Veterans’ Memorial will be built on the other side of the Eiffel Tower from Love Civic Center on a space about the size of a football field – 300 feet from front to back and 131 feet wide.
The memorial will honor the military veterans from the City of Paris, Lamar County, and the Red River Valley.
Doug Weiberg, chairman of Red River Valley Veterans’ Memorial Inc., said the corporation has committed to funding a $20,000 perpetual care fund at a local bank to provide funding for future maintenance, upkeep and repair of the memorial. The fund also will cover utility bills and insurance.
The memorial will be constructed in three stages, with the first stage to begin immediately.
In consideration of the commitment to establish a perpetual care fund, the council will convey a 99-year lease for the 0.9022-acre site that shall automatically renew and be extended for successive 10-year terms.
The civic center will oversee maintenance and upkeep of the memorial site, with money from the perpetual care fund.