Northeast Texas Children’s Museum Announces Friendship Bridge Fundraiser

Northeast Texas Children’s Museum Announces  Friendship Bridge Fundraiser

Northeast Texas Children's Museum Friendship Bridge FunraiserCommerce Texas | March 22, 2017

The Northeast Texas Children’s Museum will welcome area Bridge players to “Friendship Bridge” on Monday, April 10 at 1:30.   The event is the longest running fund-raising event for the Children’s Museum. “We have watched friendships grow each year around the Bridge table, “said Nancy McFarland, co-chair of the event. “We enjoy seeing returning friends and welcoming new participants each year.”

The event provides a relaxing environment for the players. Groups may rotate to other tables or stay together throughout the afternoon.“We will have a table for beginning Bridge players. Sometimes when individuals have not had the opportunity to play in the last year, they enjoy being with other players of the same level,” said Toni Deaton, the other co-chair.

The afternoon will include Bridge, dessert, and cash prizes for winners of high, second high, and low.  There will also be drawings for other prizes. Tickets are $25 a person and can be purchased at the Children’s Museum or by credit card by calling the Children’s Museum at 903-886-6055.

DiVine Homes developing Lake Texoma’s first Luxury Craftsman Home Community

DiVine Homes developing Lake Texoma’s first Luxury Craftsman Home Community

DiVine Homes Located just off Georgetown Road in scenic Pottsboro, Texas, Whispering Meadows is a new gated community, just minutes to the lake, shopping and only 1 hour from Dallas. With the Counties most desired school system and numerous recreational area’s nearby, it is truly a unique location.

Whispering Meadows, is a $13 million dollar project that will feature 48 Craftsmen style homes. This private community will feature a state of the art playground, basketball court and fishing pond in a beautiful park setting with picnic tables, benches and barbecue area.

Countless hours have gone into creating an array of thoughtfully designed plans ranging from 1400 Sq. Ft. to 3000+ Sq. Ft. and a “Estate Collection” of homes are also available. What are expensive upgrades in other communities, are standard features in Whispering Meadows. Each home will have designer kitchens and baths with solid wood cabinetry, granite counter tops and hardwood floors.  Master suites will feature glass enclosed walk in showers, freestanding tubs and large walk-in closets. Many of the designs include a spacious covered patio with an outdoor fireplace for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

Whispering Meadows SitemapDuring phase 1 of Whispering Meadows development, your custom home will start at only $190,000. If you are one of our first 5 buyers you will receive a $25,000 upgrade package. The time is now to seize this one time opportunity to not only own a brand new home but to belong to this premier community, Whispering Meadows. After these first five homes are gone prices will increase for the next section of phase 1.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be one of the first buyers and take advantage of this limited offer.

ABOUT DIVINE HOMES DiVine Homes is a family owned building development company with over 50 years of combined experience. Hundreds of homes from the coastal beaches of New England to the serene  shores of Lake Texoma bear our name. Our work stands out not only for its sheer quality, but for the relationships we have built along the way.   We are proud to back our work by a 10 year warranty because our homes are “Built to last a Lifetime”.




Mid-winter fishing on Lake Texoma has been great! Nice catches of Striper and Sandbass. All are being caught on artificial swimbaits on points and ledges in 8 to 25 feet of water. Casting out, letting it sink to or near the bottom, slow retrieve and waiting for that tap to set the hook!

Come on out to Lake Texoma and rent a cabin, eat some local food, rent a boat, go camping…there’s plenty to do out here! It was great to see all the boats out last weekend…sailboats, cruisers, speed boats, fishing boats…all out enjoying the beautiful clear waters and bright sunshine. It’s going to be a great year on Lake Texoma so head on out there and take advantage of our wonderful resource!!!

Artificial lure fishing for these fish is the best. We get to move around the lake, see some wildlife, and enjoy the scenery. The weather has been mostly great this winter and the long term forecast looks great for the rest of winter. The lake is recovering nicely from the flood and it is great to see!!!

I know a lot of kids will be out for Spring Break coming up soon, so get those kids out on the water to catch some fish. Nice cabins are available for rent at my marina. Come on out and wet a line!!

See y’all soon!

Capt. Stephen


Commerce Leadership Institute Begins New Class

Commerce Leadership Institute Begins New Class

Commerce Leadership InstituteThe Commerce Leadership Institute (CLI) Class of 2017 met for the first time at Dixie Turman’s State Farm office in Commerce on Wednesday, January 18.  The Commerce Leadership Institute was established in 1988, making this the 29th CLI class.

The CLI Class of 2017 consists of Jim Ayres, Amy Barrow, Erica Contreras, Stephanie Davies, Amanda Escobedo, Darrek Ferrell, William Ford, Devin Girod, W. Scott Lancaster, Katie McKenna, Rachel Mitchell, Jamie Morgan, Kris Myers, Kristen Neeley, Charles Perry, Erik Pietersma, Rickey Porter, Krista Rasco, Ann Reel, Victoria Reeves, Diane Stegall, Jeremy Tanner, and Patricia Tremmel.  Michael Barera and John Weatherford, members of the CLI Class of 2016, are serving as co-leaders for this year’s CLI class.

CLI promotes community involvement and civic leadership. The class will meet twice a month for 10 sessions this spring, during which class members will visit local businesses, schools, the university, and various city facilities to get a broader understanding of all of the parts that work together to make up our wonderful city.

In addition to the regular class meetings, the CLI class will attend an all-day outdoor team-building experience in April.  The class will also attend the Commerce Chamber of Commerce annual banquet on February 16th.  As it has for many years, the CLI Class of 2017 will conduct a fundraiser barbeque in conjunction with the Bois d’Arc Bash on Friday, September 22.  In addition to being a substantial team-building exercise for the current CLI class members, proceeds from the barbeque help to assure that the CLI program will continue for future class participants.

“This 29th class of the Commerce Leadership Institute is on their way to improving Commerce,” says Commerce mayor and CLI alumnus Wyman Williams.  “It is so rewarding to see such a high level of leadership come together to learn about the various institutions that build our community.”

Author:  Michael Barera, CA, MSI | Archivist – James Gee Library, Texas A & M University Commerce



TRASHION IVThe Grayson College Visual Arts Department will host its fourth “Trashion IV” runway style trash fashion show, in conjunction with the 2017 Texoma Earth Day Festival in Sherman, Texas on Saturday, April 22 at the Sherman Municipal Grounds.

According to “Trashion is a word which is used to refer to objects and garments produced from discarded, unwanted, and leftover items.”  Trashion encompasses everything from home décor to garments, and public interest in trashion started exploding in the late 1990s, when being environmentally ethical while staying chic started to come into style. Trashion is considered to be a form of upcycling which refers to repurposing things for new uses, rather than simply getting rid of unwanted objects.

Trashion is a fusion of the words “trash” and “fashion,” and it is meant to imply that things made from recycled objects don’t need to be lacking in style. While anyone can browse a vintage or thrift store, someone interested in trashion might delve into boxes, piles of discards destined for the dump, and other more unconventional sources for potential artistic inspiration.

Trashion jewelry often uses discarded and waste metals, both from within the jewelry industry and outside of it, and artists may use things like bottle caps, discarded containers, and so forth to make their jewelry more visually interesting and to remind consumers of the jewelry’s origins. Trashion clothing often involves custom sewing, integrating several sources of discarded textile materials in designs which can vary widely, from sleek and hip to more casual and laid-back.”

The runway trash fashion and accessories show is open to all area artists, designers, college art students and high school art students in their junior and senior year. Work should include no less than eighty percent (80%) recyclable trash, found objects, and discarded fabric material.

Artists are limited to three (3) entries. The fashions on the runway are to be appropriate for “family oriented viewing”. The College reserves the right to reject any work that is deemed unsuitable for a show that is to be viewed by all ages or does not adhere to the theme of the show. Artists are to provide their own models for the runway show.

All reasonable care will be given to fashion wear and models in the show but fashions and their models are submitted at the artist’s risk. The Grayson College Visual Arts Department nor the organizers of the 2016 Texoma Earth Day Festival cannot assume responsibility for damage or loss incurred before, during, or after the show.

Runway “Trashion IV” Show Schedule

  • Notification of intent to participate in the show is to be sent to Steve O. Black (see information below). In addition, please submit the following information for designs and accessories no later than noon, Friday, April 14.

Saturday, April 22, 2016
• Model Line-Up: 2:15pm, back of gazebo
• Runway Show begins at 3:00pm

For information on the Trashion IV Fashion Show contact Steve O. Black at Grayson C Art Department (903) 463-8662 or e-mail to
Author:  Steve O. Black

Grayson County College Visual Arts Department