Grayson College Rotaract Club presents Community Service Award

Grayson College Rotaract Club presents Community Service Award

Grayson College’s Rotaract Club celebrated its second year as a club sponsored by the Grayson County Rotary. As part of its year end celebration, Grayson College Rotaract President, Christina Childress, presented the club’s 2016-17 Community Service Award to Brandy Barnard for her work with the Denison Animal Welfare Group (DAWG).

Brandy Barnard recieves awardBarnard shared her story of losing her dog, recovering him, and working with friends to establish the Denison Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) in 2014.  When their first location flooded after only a year, the group moved into its current home, the old South Side Fire Station on Spur 503. Barnard emphasized the generosity of the many volunteers who donate money and care for the dogs and cats waiting to find new homes after being abandoned. She spoke of DAWG’s work with the Oklahoma Spay Network that helps to keep more stray pets from being neglected and spares adopters the responsibility and costs associated with pet care. Cats are cared for by volunteers at PetSmart and PetCo. Dogs are at Petco for adoption on Saturdays from 10-4.

Barnard spoke enthusiastically about the upcoming DAWG 5K run and shorter walking event for raising funds that will take place in Heritage Park on Saturday May 12 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Runners and walkers may register and enjoy the exercise and the support of a truly deserving cause. Leashed and friendly pets are welcome to join in the fun!

In addition to recognizing Barnard and her service, Childress presented a check for funds raised for End Polio Now to Grayson County Rotarian Terry Everett.  The Grayson County Rotary will double the check before sending it on to Rotary International. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will triple the donation in support of the goal of eliminating polio.

Grayson College’s Rotaract meets during the academic year twice monthly with students from a wide variety of majors. They volunteer with local Rotarians and have traveled to Dallas to help Fair Park Rotarians staff the Texas Discovery Gardens during the Texas State Fair. The group raises funds for Rotary International’s End Polio Now vaccination campaign so that they give locally and globally, reflecting the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self—He Profits Most Who Serves Best.” GC professor Jean Sorensen and librarian Alvin Bailey sponsor the campus organization.

Shad Rule Changes Take Effect in Texas

Shad Rule Changes Take Effect in Texas

Texas Parks and WildlifeAustin Texas | Texas Parks and Wildlife Department | April 30, 2017

New rules that govern the possession and sale of gizzard and threadfin shad collected from public fresh waters go into effect April 13.

The changes passed earlier this year by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission will require persons who use containers exceeding 82 quarts in volume when collecting shad to obtain a $60 Permit to Possess or Sell Nongame Fish Taken from Public Fresh Waters. Persons collecting shad for use as bait or stock in private lakes would need a permit if their container volume exceeds 82 quarts. A permit will continue to be required if the shad collected are sold or exchanged for anything of value regardless of the container size used.

No permit is required if the shad are used only as bait on the lake where they are collected, or if a licensed fishing guide possesses and furnishes the shad as bait to customers as part of the guide’s services.

According to TPWD Inland Fisheries Director of Information and Regulations Ken Kurzawski, this change allows the department to better monitor shad harvesting to ensure their sustainability in Texas fisheries and addresses concerns about the spread of invasive species.

“Transfer of zebra mussels is our primary concern,” Kurzawski said. “Before this change, no permit was required if the shad were not sold, so there was less opportunity to inform those users of the risks of the zebra mussel transfer…so these regulations give us an avenue to do that.”

Information on obtaining a nongame fish permit can be found at http://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/fishboat/forms/ or by calling 512-389-4742.

Source:  http://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/releases/?req=20170413a

Grayson College Year-End Student Art Exhibit 2017

Grayson College Year-End Student Art Exhibit 2017

2nd Floor GalleryThe Grayson College Year-End Student Art Exhibition is a juried show featuring selected works by Grayson College Visual Arts students currently enrolled in the art program or taking an art studio class in the spring 2017 semester. Student work will be selected into the exhibit and juried for awards.

Work in any media is eligible. Art work must be current and completed while enrolled at Grayson College. Artists are not limited to the number of works submitted. All artwork must be original and for sale. Flat work must be suitably framed, wired, and ready to hang.

All work submitted must be for sale and eligible for the purchase award ($250) regardless of the assigned value of the work.

The College reserves the right to reject any work that is deemed unsuitable for the exhibition.

All reasonable care will be given to artwork while in the custody of GC. Works are submitted at the artist’s risk. Grayson College nor those individuals setting up and taking down the exhibit cannot assume responsibility for damage or loss incurred before, during, or after the exhibition

Delivery of artwork for exhibit: Monday, May 1. Work will be accepted between 2:30pm and 4:30pm. No work will be accepted after 4:30pm.

Exhibition open to the public:
May 3 thru May 12.

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Friday 9am to 3:30pm

Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony: Tuesday, May 9, 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Awards to be announced at 7:15pm

Lake Texoma early spring fishing report by Jerry Dorsey

Lake Texoma early spring fishing report - Jerry Dorsey

Lake Texoma | April 29, 2017

March and April not my favorite time for fishing stripers on Lake Texoma.  It’s always cold and windy.  But it is a wonderful time for spring break, flowers blooming, and beautiful sunrises.

Then it’s time to head to the boat dressed in winter, 100 MPH foul weather gear, and nice warm underwear.  It’s just part of the gear for those in a boat, running 35 MPH across a lake for Stripers!  I have long known, 23 years guiding on Lake Texoma, that this was the drill, and have been in 23-degree cold factor weather, and the fish don’t know that!    When I drop anything down that resembles food, Bam, all thoughts of weather disappear, almost.   Fish this time of 2017, early part of spring, are somewhat smaller as the big bad babies are sunning in the creeks, having babies.  Kind of has a ring to it, don’t it?   Anyway, the joy of leaving the docks, with whatever is your method, is exciting, and challenging.

All thoughts of weather are diminished by conversation, and the thrill of being away from work, school, or whatever.   23 years of this guiding has let me enjoy the beautiful sky’s, great fishing, conversations with new and old customers who love to fish!    I can’t think of anything better I could have decided to do than Guiding on Lake Texoma, the Striper capital of the world!   Oh yes, the Lake Texoma early spring fishing report.

Lake Texoma early spring fishing report Now days, your guess is as good as mine, relative to size, but you’re going to catch fish, and lots of them, at least with CrossCreek Guide Service.   I fish mainly with artificial (umbrella rigs) trolling for big fish, and bait for helping to get a limit of 10 fish per person, 2 of them over 20 inches.   Better days I catch so many overs, I am constantly throwing them back until I get that box fish of under 20 inches fish.    I charge $300 for two people, and $100 thereafter, cause I am worth it.   Not to mention, I am full of something lots of people call entertaining.   Call it what you like.   I clean and red meat your catch, bag them for eating, the way I clean mine to eat.   I am in a boathouse at Little Mineral Resort, and you can see more of me on Facebook and my website, (being updated) www.striperfish.com.  Jerry Dorsey is my name, but most call me JD.    903-786-3981.   One picture, oh maybe two…  Hope to hear from you soon!

 

Jerry "JD" DorseyAuthor

Jerry “JD” Dorsey has been a professional fishing guide on Lake Texoma for 23 years.  His friendly, down home style and his perchance for “telling it like it is” makes hima an all time favorite fishing guide and author.  Contact him at 903-786-3981 to book your next Lake Texoma fishing trip.

Theatricks to hold 3 day play writing conference

Theatricks to hold 3 day play writing conference

Theatricks Play Writing ConferenceStages Back & 4th!

Youth theater Playwriting Conference

Sherman Community Players’ youth theatre, Theatricks, is hosting a very fun and active theatre conference, STAGES (Student Theatre Artists Generating Entertaining Scripts), this summer for the fourth year now.

The conference will be held June 8,9,10, 2017 in the historic Kidd-Key Auditorium in Sherman, TX. The focus of the three-day conference will be the creation of 10-minute one-act plays. The plays will be performed on the Kidd-Key stage on day three of the conference. Students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to attend.

Day One

The conference will kick-off with a workshop taught by award-winning playwright, Ruth Cantrell, who will share her expertise as she instructs participants in the process of writing a play.

Ruth currently works with the Dallas Children’s Theatre as a teacher. Before that she was the professor of Theatre Arts at New Mexico State University in Las Cruses, NM from 1985 to 2012 where she taught: Script Analysis, Acting I, Acting II, Acting Styles, Creative Dramatics, Playwriting, and Introduction to Theatre. Her plays are published by Youth Plays (www.youthplays.com). While in New Mexico, Ruth was awarded the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence and Achievements in the Arts (New Mexico’s Highest Arts Award).

Following the playwriting workshop, students will actively participate in a session on improvisational technique taught by professional Lindsay Goldapp. During this activity, students will learn tools which will aide them in the development of a storyline.

After lunch, participants will be divided into groups to begin writing 10-minute one-act plays. Each group will choose a storyline to base their play.

After dinner, there will be a fun MURDER MYSTERY social event for everyone to participate in hosted by Theatricks’ teen theatre group, the Supporting Cast.

Day Two

On day two, groups will finalize their scripts and turn them in to be judged by Ms. Cantrell. Local artists will be on hand to assist each group by providing information about the selection of props and costumes available for their performances.

After lunch, each group will rehearse and take turns on the Kidd-Key stage, with the assistance of a lighting and sound operator, to discuss technical preparations for their play productions. Groups will also finalize costume selections with the assistance of a local costumer.

The evening’s festivities will take place at The Rialto Theater where all can enjoy an interactive evening at a vintage movie theatre, viewing a classic one-man cowboy show, THE COWBOY AIN’T DEAD YET! (TCA traveling artist). Don’t forget to dress up in your western wear.

Day Three

On day three, all groups will make their final modifications and hold dress rehearsals in preparation for performances on the Kidd-Key Stage.

The culmination of the weekend, of course, will be the performances of the one-act plays. The first performance will begin at 6 p.m. There is no charge for the performances, and the public is invited to attend. At the conclusion of the evening’s performances, awards will be presented for “Best Written Script”, “Best Produced Play”, “Best Actor” and “Best Actress”, “Best Use of Theatrical Elements”, “Most Creative Character Costume”, and “Best Use of Costume Elements” among others.

Registration

The STAGES Conference registration fee is $75.00 per registrant and includes participation in all workshops, the six served meals, the opening night social event, the evening at the Rialto, and the opportunity to meet and make new friends and acquaintances. Registration forms can be obtained from Theatricks’ website (www.theatricks.org) or call 903-893-8525.

Guests

Guests coming to Sherman but not participating in the conference (parents, younger siblings, etc.), can enjoy a variety of fun activities offered by Sherman’s Downtown Businesses and Museums.