Friends of Hagerman/Nature Photography Club

Friends of Hagerman/Nature Photography Club

Dr. Michael B. Keck has been named as the March "Photographer of the Month" by the Friends of Hagerman. A virtual gallery of Keck’s photographs at the refuge will be featured at

Keck, a biology professor at Grayson College, visits the refuge several times a month. He has also been a presenter for the refuge’s Second Saturday nature series. For his bird photography, Keck uses a Canon 6D with a 300mm F4 lens.

The refuge offers photographers more than 11,000 acres of wildlife habitat with a myriad of photo subjects. In addition, the Nature Photography Club meets bimonthly at the refuge and is open to anyone interested in nature photography. The next meeting w ill be at 12:30 p.m. on March 8. A program on the use of Lightroom software for photo editing will be given by John S. Mead. On May 17, professional photographer Trey Neal will conduct a workshop. The group’s annual photo contest is set for later this year.

Friends of the Sherman Library

The Friends of the Sherman Public Library will host a book review luncheon on March 5 in the Hope Waller Community Room at the library. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. and the review begins at noon. The activity is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations are needed and can be made by calling 903-892-7240.

Reviewing Candice Millard’s "Destiny of the Republic - A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President" will be Carolyn Montgomery. A seventh generation Texan and member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Montgomery grew up in Lubbock, graduated from Texas Tech University and did graduate work there and at Texas Woman’s University in Denton. She is retired after 36 years (25 of which were in Sherman) working in public schools as a speech/language pathologist and autism specialist.

Montgomery and her husband, Bob, have four children and eight grandchildren. They enjoy traveling and have visited France, Hawaii, Alaska and China. They also spent three weeks in Africa on a mission trip with their church, Grace United Methodist. Montgomery is a Stephen Ministry Leader, president of the Tuesday Literature Club and president-elect of the Sherman Community Players where she has been active for 31 years on stage and off. She is past president of the Women’s Gift Exchange and helped start a new church ministry called SHARE: Taking it to the Streets, aiding the homeless.

Denison Rotary Club

Denison Rotarians heard about the local Ironroot Republic Distillery during this week’s meeting. Presenting the information were Robert Likerish and Jonathan Likerish, owners, and Kari Mancher who handles the company’s advertising and labeling. They were introduced by Kris Spiegel.

Slides of the Denison facility were shown as the speakers explained that they are licensed to make beer and whiskey. They will be making whiskey in Denison under their own label. Brandy, vodka, gin and other liquor will also produced, made like bourbon whiskey. The owners have taken blends from around the world and experimented with them in their Denison operation. One of their goals is to purchase their ingredients locally and throughout Texas. The Denison distillery will also include a cocktail lounge and tasting bar.

Presenting next week’s Rotary Club program will be William Deering of the Denison Police Department. He will be giving details on the department’s new K9 officer.

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