BONHAM — The Friends of Bonham Senior Center will host the regular 1st Saturday Music Night this week, 7 p.m., at the Bonham Senior Citizens Center, 210 East 6th Street. The program is free and open to the public, but donations are welcomed and used by the group to aid the senior nutrition and activity programs in Bonham and the surrounding area.

Friends of Bonham Senior Center


BONHAM — The Friends of Bonham Senior Center will host the regular 1st Saturday Music Night this week, 7 p.m., at the Bonham Senior Citizens Center, 210 East 6th Street. The program is free and open to the public, but donations are welcomed and used by the group to aid the senior nutrition and activity programs in Bonham and the surrounding area.


Tentative entertainers include the McFarland Kids, Bob Corley, Donna Henard, Marshall Ray Ashby, Lenny Paulk and others. Music will be mainly classic country with a few rock and roll oldies.


For information, call 903-583-4963.


Grayson County Historical Society


Dusty Williams will be the guest speaker when the Grayson County Historical Society meets at 6:30 p.m. on April 8 at Frontier Village inside Loy Lake Park in Denison. The session is free and visitors are welcomed.


Williams, of Howe, is a local author and cemetery preservationist. He will be discussing the Grayson County "Poor Farm." The farm was located west of Sherman on what is now known as Shady Oaks Road. It was established by the county on land that had been the home place of James H. and Elizabeth Jackson Vaden. The original Vaden family cemetery was expanded and changed to the County Poor Farm Cemetery and is also referred to, at times, as the Pecan Grove Cemetery. The Pecan Grove community and school house was located nearby. The cemetery has a number of unmarked paupers’ graves. When the county farm was closed in the 1960s, it was converted to the Shady Oaks Nursing Home. The building was later torn down and houses now sit where the building once stood. The only original building remaining is the superintendent’s house located across the street from the original county farm building.


Meeting hosts will be Linda and Arnold Day, Rebecca Holt, Donna and Norman McLaren and Jeri and Joel Basset.


The Grayson County Historical Society meets at 6:30 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month. John Ramsey serves as president and Duane Heatley as vice president. For more information, call 903-891-9379 or 903-463-1674 or send an email to jbdustbunny@gmail.com.


Grayson County Retired School Personnel Association


The Grayson County Retired School Personnel Association will meet April 8 at Grandy’s Restaurant in Sherman. Those wishing to have lunch should arrive at 11:30 a.m. and the program and business meeting begins at noon. The session is open to all retired school personnel.


Bringing the program entitled "It Takes A Village" will be Martha Nuchols of the Grayson Advocacy Center. The group will also be honoring Special Education teachers and counselors.


President Linda Vandergriff-Thoms conducted the Feb. 11 meeting of the association and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Hubert Long gave the prayer.


Lucy Walker from the Amarillo Retired School Personnel Association was welcomed as a guest and all elementary teachers were honored at the meeting. Ella Brown received the special apple award for conducting the January meeting, and Dorothy Lee was thanked for being the greeter.


Margaret McCord introduced the day’s speaker, Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown. He discussed what the district attorney’s job is, the Texas Juvenile Justice System and consumer fraut.


Pat Stewart presented minutes of the last meeting and Lee gave the treasurer’s report. Phyllis Long, chairwoman of the Health Care Committee, handed out information on colds and the flu. Larry Threadgill, chairman of the Legislative Committee, spoke on the elections and the importance of the primary election. The Retirement Education group of Calvin Hiett, Jo Etta Penn, Lee, McCord and Vandergriff-Thoms reported on the recent retirement seminar.


The Texas Retired Teachers Association convention will be April 13-15 in Dallas. Vandergriff-Thoms invited members to her home to complete goody bags for the event.


Members from each school district were counted and recorded for the contest. The winning school district will be announced at the May meeting.


The "recipe of the month" was provided by Janet Francis and Annette Snider.


Door prize winners were Penn, Ella Brown and Threadgill.


Nature Photography Club/Friends of Hagerman


Allen Rich has been named as the April "Photographer of the Month" by the Friends of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. A virtual exhibit of 12 of his photographs taken at the refuge are now being featured at www.friendsofhagerman.com.


Rich, a resident of rural north Texas, is the editor of North Texas e-News. He became familiar with the refuge in 1973 as a student at Grayson College. A regular visitor to the refuge, he uses a Nikon D7000 with an f2.8 70x200mm lens to capture images.


"It seems I have always been fascinated by photography, but my avocation became a vocation when I started doing sports photography 25 years ago," says Rich. "That was before the advent of fast digital cameras - back when you shot four rolls of black and white film, then hurried back to the darkroom to develop the negativees. Nowadays, I feel blessed to work for North Texas e-News and devote time almost every day to photography. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is an amazing regional resource and, for a photographer, every visit is a different adventure - birds, animals, wildflowers, sunsets - this place has it all!"


Rich adds that, "The educational opportunities offered by Friends of Hagerman NWR are almost endless. Those opportunities include Youth FIRST, Second Saturday, and a number of activities for photographers, including the Nature Photography Club which meets bimonthly. On May 17, professional photographer Trey Neal will conduct a nature photography workshop at the refuge."


The refuge is located at 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman. For more information, call the refuge at 903-786-2826 or go to www.friendsofhagerman.com.