T-N-T Youth Organization

T-N-T Youth Organization

For the 38th year, the T-N-T Youth Organization, based in Denison, will host a Thanksgiving dinner. This year’s event will be held Nov. 23 at 410 North Fannin Avenue in Denison. It is offered free of charge to the public. Arrangements for meals to be delivered to the sick, shut-ins and the disabled who are unable to attend can be made by calling 903-463-5204 or 903-465-8711 by Nov. 21.

Each year, the organization provides a full Thanksgiving meal to several hundred people. To help make that possible, the group is asking for donations of food items or money in which to purchase needed items. If possible, all donations are needed by Nov. 19 in order for proper planning and preparation.

To donate or for more information, contact Thomas Rucker Jr., executive director of the T-N-T Youth Organization, at 903-463-5204 or 903-465-8711.

Texas Home Economics Association

The annual Holiday Ideas Program hosted by the Texoma Home Economics Association (formerly Grayson County Home Economics Association) is set for this Thursday. The event will be at 6 p.m. in the second floor assembly room of the Grayson County Court courthouse and the cost to attend is $5 per person. Reservations are not necessary and proceeds to into the association’s scholarship fund.

The theme for the program is "Gifts From The Heart." Presenters will include Alyssa Mathes of Shady Bridge Farm in Tom Bean and Leef Bloomenstiel of Apple Leef Farm in Van Alstyne. Mathes will show products made on their farm such as goat’s milk and wildflower honey soaps and beeswax products. She will also have a honey tasting and samples of honey-glazed pecans. Bloomenstiel is a spinner, dyer and weaver of fibers from animals raised on her farm. She was recently featured in the Dallas Morning News and also participated in the recent artisans’ exposition at Loy Park in Denison.

Each attendees will receive a recipe booklet and a surprise gift. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening, and club members will have brief "show and tell" ideas between the two presenters. Refreshments created from some of the recipes in the hand-out will be provided.

For more information, call 903-893-0459 or 903-487-9188.

Denison Rotary Club

Information on the Denison Public Library renovation project was given when the Denison Rotary Club met last week. Providing the invormation was Alvin Bailey, introduced by club president Don Perschall.

Bailey reported that the project is scheduled to begin in December and the library will be closed for six weeks. The books will be moved to a vacant, downtown building. The renovation will include new restrooms, a children’s program area, new carpeting, renovations of the entryway and customer service desk, new furniture, lancscaping and minor exterior repairs. Security will be upgraded to help lessen the number of lost or unreturned books.

In celebration of Education Week, members will be meeting this week at Hyde Park Elementary School.

For more information on the Denison Rotary Club, go to www.denisonrotary.com.


President Paul Richards led the Nov. 7 meeting of the Lake Texoma Chapter 1290 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees. The session was held at The Renaissance in Sherman.

Bruce Hottel, service officer, gave the opening prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Diane Geer read minutes from the last meeting and Jane Cranford provided the treasurer’s report. Buddy Harris, first vice president, shared information on credit card scams recently reported in Texomaland. Members were reminded about open season for insurance decisions and the national NARFE raffle currently in process.

Carol Hottel, second vice president, read names of the November birthday honorees. They are Tom Davis, Janis Meyer, Joe Murley and Adine Powell.

The 2014 slate of officers was accepted by acclamation. They are: Paul Richards, president; Ralph Mattingly, first vice president; Jackie Oliver, second vice president; Diane Geer, secretary/programs; and Jane Cranford, treasurer.

Presenting the day’s program was Ian Carey of Carey Hearing Center, assisted by his wife, Raegon. He reported that it is estimated that 78 percent of people age 60 and older will suffer hearing problems. Symptoms of hearing loss may include muffled speech, difficulty understanding words in a crowd, asking for repeated comments, elevating the volums or the radio or television, avoidance of some social gatherings and withdrawal. Some causes can include a build-up of ear wax, infection, tumors and eardrum damage. Inner eat damage factors include aging, heredity, occupation or recreational noises and some illnesses and medications. Approximately three percent of people have conductive (medically-treatable) hearing loss and 97 percent have sensorineural (permanent, non-treatable) hearing loss. Hearing loss prevention can include protection of ears in the workplace, regular heating tests and avoiding loud noises. Carey fielded questions following his presentation.

For information about NARFE, call 903-465-0099.

Red Hattitudes

The Red River Red Hat Hattitudes of Bells gathered last week at a Sherman restaurant with 12 attendees. The gathering was overseen by Queen Mother Shirley Littrell. Events for March, May and July, 2014 were discussed.

Cindy Johnson directed a gift game.

Joyce Mohling and Wanda Hutcheson will direct a graduation event on Jan. 18, 2014. Two "pink hat" members will be moved up to official Red Hat membership.