Local Events

Veterans park to be dedicated

Whitney Veterans Memorial Park, located at 217 South Colorado Street in Whitney, will be dedicated Saturday, November 11, at 10 a.m.

The park is an effort of Operation Greater Love, a faith-based group of volunteers from the Lake Whitney area with the goal to give back to veterans.

The Veterans Memorial is being financed through the sale of engraved pavers and donations. There is still room for pavers to be added to the park, and they may be purchased for $150.

To purchase an engraved brick paver or for more information, visit http://www.operationgreaterlove.org or visit Tucker Lumber.

Annual food drive efforts continue

November is the month the community comes together to help restock the shelves of Our Daily Bread during the Food For Families drive.

Non-perishable items may be dropped off at area schools, churches or at the food bank located at 601 South Bosque during hours of operation.

Monetary donations may be mailed to: LWMA (food drive), P.O. Box 1502, Whitney, TX 76692.

The main day of the drive is Friday, November 17, at the Whitney Church of Christ.

Our Daily Bread is operated solely by volunteers, racking up around 400 man hours a month in order to serve over 275 families in need of food assistance during emergencies or just to make ends meet until the next paycheck.

The partial “Client Choice” agenda cuts down on waste by allowing clients to choose some of the hygiene items or fresh/frozen foods they need in addition to the basic food box.

The 85,000-pound goal for the drive should comfortably cover efforts in 2018, according to food bank volunteers.

Lakeside VFD to hold soup, salad dinner

The Lakeside Village Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary will hold a soup and salad dinner Saturday, November 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the fire hall.

“With all of the rich holiday foods available, we decided to try a ‘comfort food’ meal for this hectic time of the year,” said Auxiliary President Vicki Johnson.

“The ladies are preparing several different types of homemade soups so that attendees can choose whichever soup they’d like to enjoy,” she added.

The soups will be accompanied by a salad and crackers or cornbread as well as dessert and drinks. Cost will be $8 for adults and $5 for children under 10.

Raffle items will be available at three for $1 or “arm’s length” for $5, and the drawing will be held shortly before 7 p.m. Winners will be notified by phone if they have already left the dinner.

The Lakeside Village Fire Hall is located at 136 CR 1275, just east of Hwy 56 and FM 927 next door to the water tower.

Democrats to host candidates at monthly meeting

The Hill County Democrats will welcome a candidate for governor and a local native running for Texas House District 108 at their monthly meeting Monday, November 13, at 6 p.m.

The meeting will be held at El Conquistador restaurant, located at 1516 Old Brandon Road in Hillsboro.

Joanna Cattanach is a Democratic candidate for the Texas House of Representatives and a 1999 graduate of Blum High School.

Cattanach attended Blum High School from 1996-1999 and became a competitive debater at the district and regional level.

She also participated in speech and business clubs as well as attended dual credit community college courses and advanced placement courses.

She is a former foster child and first-generation college graduate of Baylor University. She is also a former Dallas Morning News reporter, freelance writer and television commentator. She now teaches journalism at both the community college and university level in the Dallas area.

Joanna and her husband, Fadel, live in East Dallas with their two children.

Tom Wakely, a candidate for governor, will also speak. Wakely graduated from Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, and after graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force.

After his honorable discharge from the military, he returned to San Antonio and immediately joined César Chavez’s Texas Farm Workers Union campaign.

In 1985, he answered a different calling and entered the Chicago Theological Seminary; an ecumenical institution, one of seven seminaries historically affiliated with the United Church of Christ.

After leaving seminary he became Executive Director of the Southeastern Wisconsin Communities Organized for Public Service. During his time with this organization he organized and founded the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lakes in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, where he served as the congregation’s first minister for two years.

He returned to Texas, settling in Manor, a rural community located east of Austin. For the next ten years he worked in Manor and East Austin building affordable housing through a faith-based non-profit affiliated with St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Manor.

He also served as Parish Social Minister at St. Joseph’s during this time. In addition, Tom repaired and rehabbed over 100 homes in East Austin through the Austin Metropolitan Ministries Hands on Housing program.

In 2010, Tom moved back to San Antonio taking care of hospice patients at Ann’s Place.

Everyone is invited to attend the meeting and meet the candidates.

Democrats to meet Nov. 9

The Bosque Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting at the Meridian Civic Center, located directly behind the Bosque County Sheriff’s Office, Thursday, November 9.

It will begin at 6 p.m. with a potluck supper followed by the regular meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Special speaker will be Beverly Stiba, who will discuss healthcare options including the Affordable Care Act.

Anyone interested is invited to attend.

HCRW to host veterans celebration

Hill County Republican Women will host a celebration of veterans at their meeting set for Tuesday, November 21.

Local veterans of all branches have been invited to speak. A light meal and drink will be served, and the public is invited to attend.

The meeting will be held at Lake Whitney Public Library, located at 602 East Jefferson Avenue in Whitney, at 6 p.m.