Paul and Ofelia Martin have both been selected by the Friends of Hagerman as “photographers of the month” for August. A virtual album of their photos taken at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge will be exhibited at www.friendsofhagerman.com/Gallery throughout August.

Friends of Hagerman


Paul and Ofelia Martin have both been selected by the Friends of Hagerman as "photographers of the month" for August. A virtual album of their photos taken at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge will be exhibited at www.friendsofhagerman.com/Gallery throughout August.


"I have been interested in photography since I was a teenager," explains Paul Martin. "It wasn’t until a few years back that I decided to actually study the ‘science and art’ of it. Photographing the birds in my back yard in Melissa is what inspired me to try and become better. Ofelia finally broke down and started to get interested when we began making regular trips to Hagerman and the Heard Museum in McKinney. We both enjoy the walks and the wildlife/scenery. It’s just relaxing and peaceful. Ofelia uses a Canon 70D and I use a Canon 6D. Our favorite and most used lens is a secondhand Canon 400mm F5.6L with 1.4x and 2x extenders. In the last few years, we both have learned about and experienced a wide variety of wildlife we never knew existed. We look forward to each new outing and what new bird or animal we might see next."


The refuge has been closed to the public since late May due to flooding. However, the public will again be allowed access to the refuge’s Visitors Center starting this Friday. It can only be reached via Refuge Road from SH 289. It is hoped that the full refuge will be accessible by early September.


Triple L Club


The fourth of July was observed when members of the Triple L Club of the First Baptist Church in Sherman held their July 21st meeting. Paul Larson opened with a prayer and one new member plus two guests were introduced.


Richard Lair led a sing-a-long, accompanied by Sheila Williams, pianist. Members joined in a number of patriotic songs.


Marguerite Prichard and Wanda Meyers won the day’s door prizes.


Bettie Sykes presented the treasurer’s report and read minutes from the June meeting.


Presenting the program was Joyful Noise, a group comprised of Lisa Mitchell and Sara Vogel presenting a selection of country and popular songs.


The next "play day" will be from 9:30 a.m. until noon on Aug. 4. The next regular meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 18 at the church.


Harry Gates closed the session with a prayer and blessing for the luncheon that followed.