If you scroll down a bit, you’ll see that many months have passed since our last post. I apologize for the long delay, but have had other priorities that made it impossible for me to find the time needed to update this website and blog. But with so many things going on, and the holidays just around the corner, I decided that it was time to sit down and update the news here.

So first, here are a few things going on in Fannin County:

This Saturday, September 29th, the Sam Rayburn House Museum will present their annual Farming Heritage Day from 10 AM to 3 PM. Free to the public. Local FFA and 4-H groups will show their livestock, and there will also be a display of antique tractors. Demonstrations include cotton-picking, cotton-ginning, weaving, knitting, making corn husk dolls, churning butter, and many other farm-related activities. There’s something for every age, so bring the whole family. Best of all — it’s FREE!

On Monday, October 1st, the Fannin County Master Gardeners will present a program on how to identify and care for wildflowers. Take a sack lunch and join them at noon at the Williams Building of First Presbyterian Church of Bonham. You don’t need to be a master gardener to attend, but after this program, you might decide you’re interested in becoming one! For more information, contact the Fannin County Extension Office at 903-583-7453.

Then on Thursday, October 4th, the Ravenna Community Center will have our monthly covered dish supper at 6:30 PM. Everyone is welcome — just bring your favorite dish and join us for fellowship with friends and neighbors.

Bonham Trade Days run October 4 – 7.

The Fannin County Fair will kick off with a parade on Saturday, October 6th, and then the Fair itself gets underway on Wednesday, October 10th and runs through Saturday, October 13th. Visit their website for all the details: http://www.fannincountyfair.com/

Tuesday & Wednesday, October 9 – 10, the Ravenna Community Center will be filled with local crafters for our monthly get-together.  Whatever craft you enjoy, bring it with you and enjoy the company of others who enjoy crafts.  We start at 10 AM and stay till folks are tired.  Bring a sack lunch.  THIS month, many of these crafters will be working feverishly to complete projects to sell at our Holiday Bazaar — details on that a little further down in this post.

On Saturday, October 20th, the Ravenna Community Center will host our monthly Gospel Music Jamboree.  Join local folks who bring their guitars, fiddles, and other instruments and make some great music.  Every month on the third Saturday starting at 6:30 PM.

On Friday and Saturday, October 26 – 27, the Ravenna Community Center will be the site of a Holiday Bazaar, starting at 8 AM and running till …. who knows how late!  Organizers promise to stay open as long as there are customers, even if that’s “dark-thirty”.  Local crafters have been busy for months, creating quilts, crochet items, jewelry, glass garden sculptures, bird houses, and much more.  They will also have a selection of plants for the yard, along with some household cleaning products made by a local DIYer, including liquid laundry detergent and dishwashing powder.  Plus, they’ll offer decorations for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  And one crafter is making goat milk bath soap AND beautiful soap dishes.  You’re sure to find unique gifts for everyone on your holiday list!

And all of this is just the next 30 days!  The Holiday Bazaar comes at just the right time, because before we can say “Bibbity Bobbity Boo” it will be Halloween, and then Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and then we’ll be starting a new year.  Whew!  Makes me tired just thinking about all of this in advance!

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The Ravenna Craft Club invites you to join them on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 28-29, 2012, at the Ravenna Community Center.  Starting at 10 AM each day, local crafters will be busy working on a variety of craft projects, sharing tips, and generally enjoying one another’s company.

Pam brought an embroidery project to Craft Club in November.

 

The tables at the Ravenna Community Center gave Pill plenty of room to work on this beautiful quilt.

 

Whether you just have an hour or can spend the whole day, bring any craft project you’re working on, or supplies to start a new project.  The Community Center has lots of nice long work tables, so there’s plenty of room to spread your project out – quilts, sewing machines, whatever – there’s room for everything!

If you plan to stay a little while, bring something to eat and drink.  Some people like bringing a sack lunch, and others prefer to bring something to share potluck-style.  This is a great time for fellowship, and a good way to get some craft projects done. If you can spend time with us on both days, you are welcome to leave your project spread out on the table at the end of the first day. That way, you can get going right away on the second day.

Hope to see you there!

The Ravenna Community Center has been collecting medical appliances to add to its Lending Library for use by local residents. There is no charge for this service.  If you need equipment, or if you have equipment you’re willing to donate, call Betty Lakey at 903-583-3416.

Current inventory includes the following items:

Bedside Commode (adult potty chair)

Walker

Wheelchairs (2)

Shower Bench

Betty says she will also have a pair of aluminum crutches and 2 walking casts/boots soon. Since we don’t all have good insurance that will cover the costs of such appliances, this is a great opportunity to get what you need without ruining your budget.  Remember – these things have all been donated, and they will be available for LOAN.  You’re free to use them as long as you need them, but we do ask that you return them when you’re done. And please, return them in clean and working order, which is exactly how they will be when we loan them to you.

Many thanks to Betty Lakey for spearheading this effort!

Have you seen this dog?

Posted on 11 Jan 2012 In: News, Uncategorized

Nanna is a beautiful Great Pyrenees who guards sheep on a farm in Cumby, TX. She went missing on Christmas Eve.  Thankfully, she has a microchip, so if a responsible person finds her, there’s a good chance she can be returned to her family, who is missing her a LOT. They’ve even created a Facebook page for Nanna. You can read more about this dog and see more photos here.

Any time you find a stray dog, I hope the FIRST thing you do is take it to your local vet or shelter to be scanned for a microchip.  Responsible pet owners have our pets chipped to make it easier to be reunited with them if they’re ever lost or stolen.

If the dog you’ve found is NOT chipped, please do NOT leave the dog at the shelter unless you KNOW it’s a no-kill shelter.  Most city and county “pounds” are over-loaded with animals these days, and every time another dog is brought in, they have to go to the back and pick a dog who has been there a few days without getting adopted or claimed by its owner, and put it down. That’s the harsh reality. Even worse, dogs who are surrendered by their owners are often the first to be put down, because the shelter folks know that no one is going to claim the dog, and its only chance at life is to be adopted.

If you find a dog but can’t take care of it yourself even temporarily, please look for a rescue group who may be able to take the dog in as a foster. There are many breed-specific groups as well as rescue organizations that take in ANY kind of dog.  You can find most rescue groups on Facebook, or through an internet search. If you’re not able to do THAT, then please contact me and I’ll be glad to refer you to some groups who might be able to help. But really, can’t we all spare a few minutes to make a few phone calls to save the life of a dog or cat? If we are so busy that we can’t make that little effort, perhaps our priorities are out of whack.

Lynnette Lakey Taff – Cell Phone 214-616-6961 of find me on Facebook.

Have you tossed out your poinsettias yet?

Posted on 11 Jan 2012 In: Gardening

I love poinsettias and always buy several to decorate the house during the Christmas season.  I’ve always heard that poinsettias are poisonous, so I was unsure about putting them in my compost pile.

I searched the internet and found a few gardening websites that told me it was safe to put poinsettias in the compost, but I found one article that I thought was particularly helpful, and thorough in their approach.  Here’s a short excerpt from this excellent piece:

“Toss poinsettias on a compost pile, dirt and all,” Wilkerson said. “They have such a narrow carbon-to-nitrogen ratio that the plants will decompose rapidly, and the potting medium will also contribute to a richer compost material. ”

If you want to read the entire article, visit this page of the High Plains Journal website.  And by the way, if you’re the kind of person who thinks you should plant the poinsettias in your garden and try to keep them alive and even get them to re-bloom next year, good luck!  I’ve tried that a few times over the years and have had no success.  A comment from the expert mentioned in this article made me feel better. He said that poinsettias, which are not native to the U.S.A., were never meant to be perennials.  So don’t feel guilty – after they’ve quit looking pretty, go ahead and throw your poinsettias in the compost.  It’s the earth-friendly thing to do.

The Ravenna Craft Club invites you to join them on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 17 – 18, 2012, at the Ravenna Community Center.  Starting at 10 AM each day, local crafters will be busy working on a variety of craft projects, sharing tips, and generally enjoying one another’s company.

Goat Feed Sack turned into a great shopping tote!

Whether you just have an hour or can spend the whole day, bring any craft project you’re working on, or supplies to start a new project.  The Community Center has lots of nice long work tables, so there’s plenty of room to spread your project out – quilts, sewing machines, whatever – there’s room for everything!

The tables at the Ravenna Community Center gave Pill plenty of room to work on this beautiful quilt.

If you plan to stay a little while, bring something to eat and drink.  Some people like bringing a sack lunch, and others prefer to bring something to share potluck-style.  This is a great time for fellowship, and a good way to get some craft projects done.

Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 6:30 PM

If the weather forecast is correct, we should have beautiful weather for our first potluck dinner of the year at the Ravenna Community Center.  The forecast calls for Thursday to be sunny and warm with a high of 64 degrees and a low of 41.

So make plans to join us for good food and fellowship with your neighbors.  Thursday, January 5th at 6:30 PM at the Ravenna Community Center.  Now that Christmas is behind us, how about bringing something different for our potluck – maybe some sour cream chicken enchiladas or red beans and cornbread?  How about BBQ brisket or fried fish?  No more turkey and cranberries and all that holiday food!

Hope to see you all there!

Christmas Parade in Bonham

Posted on 7 Dec 2011 In: Events, Holidays

Photo linked from North Texas e-News

Bonham’s Christmas parade is coming up soon – Friday, December 9th. The Bonham Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors this annual event; the theme this year is “A Magical Christmas”.  The parade will start on Main Street at 6 PM, travel around the Square, and end at Center and 9th Street.

Call the Bonham Chamber at 903-583-4811 for more information.

To see more photos from previous years, click here to check out the North Texas e-News website.

Bonham Trade Days

Posted on 6 Dec 2011 In: Events, Shopping

DATES: Thursday – Sunday, December 8 – 11, 2011

LOCATION: Fort Inglish Park, HWY 56 at HWY 121, Bonham

Come enjoy one of the oldest trade days in North Texas!  Finish your Christmas shopping and “trade local”.

Christmas on the Square in Honey Grove

Posted on 2 Dec 2011 In: Events, Holidays

DATE: Saturday, December 3rd

TIME: 9 AM – 6:30 PM; Stew & Cornbread Luncheon from 11:30 AM – 1 PM

LOCATION: On the Square in Honey Grove

The Honey Grove Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them for a full day of Christmas fun this Saturday, December 3rd.  Visit with Santa, enjoy Christmas music, watch the parade. You can even bring your canine companion for the Mutt Strutt.

For more information, contact the Honey Grove Chamber of Commerce at 903-378-7211.

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