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The Kiwanis Club of Paris was started in 1951 and originally had 58 club members. The first Pancake Days raised $235 and served 350.
The club now has 130 members and last year served 8,212. To do that it takes 2,400 lbs. of pancake mix, 23,500 ounces of syrup, 2,304 lbs. of sausage, 240 gallons of milk, 285 gallons juice, 19,000+ butter servings, 3-4 thousand cups coffee, 27,000 oz. soft drinks , 96 lbs lard, 24,000 napkins, 1000+ man hours of hard work.
Pancake Days are March 7th and 8th and tickets are $6 in advance, $7 at the door. Tickets available at Lamar National Bank.
The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research is inviting residents in the Smith watershed to a public meeting to discuss a water quality project. The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 6th in the Council Chambers Room at the Paris City Hall located at 150 1st St SE in Paris. Sign-in will begin at 5:45pm and the meeting will start at 6:00pm.
Smith Creek is within the Red River Basin within Lamar County. Smith Creek extends from the confluence with Pine Creek north of Paris to the upstream portion of the stream in north Paris in Lamar County. Smith Creek is on the state’s list of impaired waters for having bacteria levels that exceed water quality standards for primary contact recreation.
At this meeting, landowners and citizens will have the opportunity to learn about a new project, Recreational Use Attainability Analysis for Ten Creeks in the Red River and Neches River Basins, which focuses on assessing the level of recreational use occurring among Smith Creek.
Since decisions made about these waterbodies will affect landowners, citizens, industries, and municipalities, local participation is fundamental to the success of this project. Stakeholders will be asked to provide guidance on the direction of this project.
Stakeholders will be given an opportunity to review historical land use data and discuss how this effort will create an updated recreational use classification for the Smith Creek watershed.
Nikki Jackson, with the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research, will give background information on Smith Creek and introduce the recreational use attainability analysis project. “Stakeholder input on survey sites and recreational use is crucial to the success of the project,” Jackson said.
This project is funded by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board through a general revenue nonpoint source grant to the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research.
For more information about the meeting, visit the project website at http://tiaer.tarleton.edu/ruaa/index.html or contact Jackson at 254-968-1902 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board administers Texas’ soil and water conservation law and delivers coordinated natural resource conservation programs through the State’s 216 soil and water conservation districts. The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board is the lead agency for planning, implementing, and managing programs for preventing and abating agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint sources of water pollution. The agency also administers a water supply enhancement program through the targeted control of water-depleting brush; works to ensure the State’s network of 2,000 flood control dams are protecting lives and property by providing operation, maintenance, and structural repair grants to local government sponsors; and facilitates the Texas Invasive Species Coordinating Committee.
Stephen (Steve) Clark Reese, author of the recently released book Graviton is having a book debut on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Heritage Hall located at 1009 W Kaufman St, Paris, TX 75460.
Steve began writing Graviton several years ago when he told his wife Cindy that he thought he could write a more realistic science fiction book than the ones he had been reading. He said he felt like the basics should make some sort of sense to the readers and the science should seem somewhat reasonable. So after six months of pondering his story, Steve began writing the now published Graviton. Some of the story lines came from dreams that he had at different times and even a dream from his childhood of flying, just not in an airplane.
In the story, Jack Redman, rancher, businessman and part-time inventor stumbles on an amazing invention that allows him to manipulate the forces of gravity. Jack soon realizes that his invention could have some serious consequences if it fell into the wrong hands and decides to develop the technology in secret. Unfortunately Jack’s teenage son Robert discovers his father’s research and does some experimenting of his own.
After Robert injures himself in an experimental craft, Jack decides to keep his son close by putting him under the wing of one of his top scientist, Dan Sarnoski. Robert stays busy under Dan’s supervision, yet Robert still manages to find himself in situations that could potentially expose Jack’s discovery.
Graviton explores the awesome power that lies in the discovery of new technologies as well as possible hazards that could be involved with attempting to control the forces of nature.
Steve was born in Santa Barbara, California and he and his family returned home to Texas in 1968 when he was 9 years old. He and his wife Cindy live just outside of Paris and have two daughters and eight grandchildren. Steve works as a network administrator with Rivercrest ISD. Steve has published two stories in The Paris News entitled, “I Hate to Mow” and “A Visit From My Father Remembered”. He also publishes a blog entitled “Graviton, My Thoughts, My Imaginations” at www.graviton.us. He currently serves as the Community Lay Director for the North East Texas (NET) Emmaus Community and as the Outreach Pastor for Family Worship Center in Paris. Steve and his wife Cindy are also involved with Residents Encounter Christ, a volunteer program with the Buster Cole State Prison in Bonham, Texas.
Don’t be alarmed on Wednesday afternoon if you see a large number of police cars, fire trucks or EMS vehicles at the Love Civic Center. They will be part of the “Emergency Management and Healthcare Conference”, which is an emergency preparedness exercise.
The exercise is an emergency operations exercise sponsored by the Northeast Texas Regional Advisory Council (NETRAC) serving Trauma Service Area “F”, Ark-Tex Council of Governments (ATCOG), serving a nine county area in northeast Texas, and the Emergency Medical Task Force – 4 (EMTF-4) serving Trauma Service Area “F” and Trauma Service Area “G” (the Tyler region). The exercise includes deployment of the NETRAC Ambulance Strike Team, EMTF-4 Registered Nurse Strike Team, EMTF-4 Ambus, the EMTF-2 Ambus, and the NETRAC 28-bed Mobile Medical Unit (MMU), to include a medical surge response and all-hazard response system. The exercise will give participants an opportunity to evaluate organizational performance of current emergency preparedness response plans and capabilities for an incident impacting our nine county region. The exercise will focus on key responder coordination, critical decisions, and integration of assets necessary to save lives and protect the public during a catastrophic incident.
The exercise will take place on Wednesday, February 26th, at Love Civic Center in Paris, Texas, from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.
Exercise Scenario: A class of nursing students and instructors from Paris Junior College travel by bus to the Northeast Texas Emergency Preparedness and Healthcare Conference. While in transport a mentally unstable male student, who has recently been discharged from the nursing program, takes the students and instructors on the bus hostage. As the student pulls out his weapon (gun), the bus driver jerks causing the bus to swerve. The gun discharges causing a bullet to hit the bus driver. The bus driver loses control resulting in a broadside collision (T-Bone collision) with an oncoming car. Approximately 25 students, 2-3 instructors, and several law enforcement personnel will be impacted as victims.
The training exercise will commence when the response efforts begin as local law enforcement take control of the scene, and request assistance from the necessary emergency responders (i.e. Fire, SWAT, Police, EMS, as well as Emergency Management officials). All regional medical response officials will be dispatched by the emergency communications center (911).
Because of the scale of the impact, the regional Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) will be deployed to provide emergency and trauma care to victims (the MMU will already be on display with appropriate trained staff to assist). The scenario concludes with more severe patients being transported by both air and ground EMS to Paris Regional Medical Center and Titus Regional Medical Center. Less severe patients will be transported by ground EMS Units to the NETRAC Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) to be seen on-site by trained medical personnel operating in the MMU. Once patients are evaluated in the MMU, those needing further care will be transported to other regional hospitals (East Texas Medical Center – Clarksville and Hopkins County Memorial Hospital), and all others will be discharged home.
“One of NETRAC’s, ATCOG’s, and EMTF-4’s main goals is to ensure the citizens and medical community of our region are prepared when it comes to both natural and man-made disasters,” Shae Watson, Executive Director of NETRAC said. “We are extremely excited to partner and exercise with ATCOG, EMTF-4, and local and regional medical and emergency response agencies, while allowing the citizens in the western part of our region to see the support our organization can make available to them in the event of a disaster.”
The Public is invited to tour the Mobile Medical Unit along with the complete display of emergency response vehicles and units on Monday, February 24th beginning at 5:00 pm.
The Annual Mardi Gras Fundraiser benefitting the Lamar County Human Resources Council is Saturday, February 28th from 6:00pm – 11:45pm. at the Love Civic Center.
The Lamar County Human Resources Council is dedicated to developing the community human resources to their fullest potential, to coordinate existing services and to initiate future programs based on community neeed. The Council oversees the Meals on Wheels program and other senior programs.