American Legion

American Legion

WHITEWRIGHT — The annual "Trick or Treat" event and a chili cook-off will be held this Saturday and Sunday at the 4th Monday Trade Days in Whitewright. The monthly trade days is sponsored by the American Legion.

For "Trick or Treat," parents are encouraged to bring their children to the trade days where vendors will be handing out candy. Prizes will be awarded to children with the best costumes.

The North Texas Annual Firefighters Chili Cook-Off will be this Saturday at the trade day. More than 30 volunteer fire departments will be competing .

Also planned for Saturday will be the Red River Motorcycle Run, hosted by the American Legion.

For more information, go to or call Andy Guiette at 972-480-3389.

Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Post 2772

The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2772 in Sherman will hold a "Trunk or Treat" Halloween party this Sunday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Youngers from 0 to 12 years of age are welcomed to attend. There will be a costume contest with first, second and third place prizes.

Entries for the annual Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen Essay competitions are due by midnight on Nov. 1.

For information on the Halloween party, the competitions or the organization, call President Linda Harding at 903-815-5773 or Senior Vice President Vernell Flood at 903-893-6039.

Red River Rose Society

Claude Graves discussed Rose Rosette Disease (RRD) at the recent Red River Rose Society (RRRS) meeting. He was introduced by Sandy Haynes, president of the society.

Graves, who has spoken at several RRRS meetings, is the past president of the Dallas Historic Rose Society, a sponsor of the Chambersville Rose Garden and an advocate of old garden roses. The RRD virus, first observed in the United States in 1941, has now made its way into Texomaland. It is carried by the microscopic eriophyid mite. Commonly-used insect killing sprays have not worked on the mite, making the disease virtually incurable. The infection produces reddishness at the tips of rose canes with twisted growths known as "wich’s broom." An increase of tiny thorns may appear along the rose stems. Eventually, the leaves wither and turn brown and the whole bush dies. No rose varieties, including the EarthKind, are any more susceptible to the virus than others. Graves advised to destroy the entire rose bush as soon as the disease is recognized. Carefully remove the plant and all roots and burn them or place them in a bag and bury them in the landfill. This helps prevent the spread of the disease. He added that plant scientists are now working to find a way to eradicate the mite itself or the virus it carries.

Graves warned attendees to use caution when determining if a plant has RRD. Red tips can also be fresh, healthy new growth on a rose bush. The over-spraying of a herbicide such as Round-Up can also produce RRD-like effects on roses.

During the society’s monthly drawing, young rose bushes were awarded to SuZanne Petersen, Stanley Henderson, Linda Spiller and Marilyn Odom.

The next meeting of the society will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Denison Public Library. Visitors are welcomed to attend.

Martha Jefferson Randolph NSDAR

The Martha Jefferson Randolph Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) met Oct. 17 at Woodlawn Country Club. The meeting was called to order by Regent Beverly Martin. Reciting of the ritual, pledges to the flags, the American’s Creed and the Preamble to the Constitution were led by Joyce Davidson, Carol Cloud, Shelia Coffee and Sarah Beaver.

The speaker, Marcy Carter-Lovick, was introduced by Carol Holden, vice regent. Carter-Lovick presented "Don’t Forget the Ladies — Women Patriots of the Revolutionary War." Carter-Lovick is a member of the Elizabeth Crockett NSDAR chapter of Granbury and has served that chapter as registrar, vice regent, regent and parliamentarian. She currently serves as chairwoman of TXDAR’s Chapter Development and Revitalization Committee and is the national vice chairwoman of the South Central Division for the Lineage Research Committee. She is a DAR-certified volunteer field genealogist and genealogy consultant and is a member of 10 different lineage societies.

An installation for new member, Inez Scott, was conducted by Cheryl Waters, registrar, and Joyce Davidson, acting chaplain.

An update was given on the chapter’s plans for the re-dedication of the 1936 monument marking the Butterfield Trail and Marcy’s California Trail. The restoration project is complete and ready to be moved to the Grayson County Courthouse square where the Grayson County Facilities Department has prepared a base. Working with John Ramsey, president of the Grayson County Historical Society, and Judge Drue Bynum, the re-dedication ceremony has been scheduled for Nov. 22 at 2 p.m.

Several members wore period costumes to the meeting then gathered at a Sherman business to have a photographs made with a restored Butterfield Overland stage coach that is on display there.

Committee reports were given by Ann McDougal, American Heritage, and American Indian Committee by Mary Nan Rogers. Holden presented the National Defense report.

Davidson gave the benediction and then members enjoyed the presentation of "voices" gifts.

Pioneers 4-H Club

VAN ALSTYNE — The Pioneers of Texas 4-H Club recently participated in Van Alstyne’s "Great Big Fall-Der-All" by holding several fund-raising activities.

Members and leaders conducted a ping-pong toss and held a raffle for a hay ride. Winning the hay ride was Kelly Cain of Anna who will be treated to a hay ride with a cook and photos on a CD to take home.

The November "Thanksgiving" meeting will begin at 1 p.m. at the First National Bank of Tom Bean. The event will include a Thanksgiving dinner and a special dedication of the American and Texas flags to the group. Special guests will be present and anyone interested in 4-H is encouraged to attend.