Preston Trail NSDAR Hosting Constitution Week Events

Preston Trail NSDAR Hosting Constitution Week Events

Members of the Preston Trail National Society Daughters of the American Revolution reached out to city councils in Grayson County, encouraging them to officially proclaim September 17-23 as Constitution Week in their city and encourage their citizens to reaffirm the ideals the Framers of the Constitution in 1787 by protecting the freedoms guaranteed us through this guardian of our liberties. Preston Trail NSDAR Regent McComack, and prospective Linda Miller, were proud to accept the Proclamation for Constitution Week, presented by Deputy Mayor, Ms. Pamela Howeth (a previous Texas DAR Teacher of the Year Award recipient) on behalf of the City of Sherman.   1st Vice Regent Bauman received a similar Proclamation from Pottsboro Mayor Mr. Frank Budra, at the Pottsboro City Council Meeting on September 10th.  Regent McComack will accept the Proclamation from the City of Denison on September 17th.

More than six members of the Preston Trail NSDAR chapter are participating in a program to read a book about the Constitution to Sherman ISD grade school children during Constitution Week, September 17 – 23.

‎Preston Trail NSDAR Regent McComack and Linda Miller put up two displays in the Denison Library to engage the public in Constitution Week.  The Pottsboro Public Library and multiple grade school libraries in Sherman ISD will be decorated by other members as well.

Preston Trail Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution cordially invites you to attend and to participate in its Constitution Day ceremony and public reading of the U.S. Constitution, Monday, September 17, 2018, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., at the Grayson County Courthouse, 100 West Houston Street, Sherman, TX in the West Courtroom, located on the second floor.  The ceremony will honor the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787. The ceremony will include participation by Preston Trail DAR Commemorative Events Committee Chair and 2nd Vice Regent Catherine Giles, Regent Vicki McComack, Vice Regent Natalie Bauman, Chaplain Gay Hilbert, Treasurer Lisa Lettie, members Michelle Alverson, Sherry Collins, Raye Nilius and Terisa Wilson, prospective Linda Miller and Regent Linda Moore of Rebecca Crockett NSDAR (Gainesville, Texas), Edmund Terrell SAR Chapter members, U.S. military veterans, VFW and Women’s Auxiliary, newly naturalized U.S. citizens, Women’s Crisis Center, Habitat for Humanity, Austin College and Grayson College.

The event will include diverse members of the public with a Color Guard, music, songs, poetry, and public reading of the U.S. Constitution.

At the conclusion there will be a bell-ringing event on the courthouse lawn at 3:00 to represent the Ringing of Bells Across America, a tradition new Americans in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania began 231 years ago in celebration of the U.S. Constitution. Bring a hand bell and join us!

Would you like to be part of our meetings and be able to listen to the interesting speakers we have each month?  You are welcome to come and see what the DAR is all about even if you are not a member.  Would you like to be involved in the good works that DAR participates in?  The chapter has people ready to research your ancestors to find your patriot for free.   Anyone interested in receiving help to prove their ancestry for qualification to become a Daughter of the American Revolution are welcome to contact our chapter at on Facebook or

The speaker and topic for next month’s meeting will be Julie Avedikian teaching us “How to use the GRS (Genealogical Research System) & GRC (Genealogical Records Committee) for Genealogical Research.”  The Preston Trail NSDAR next meets Thursday, October 4th, and thereafter through May on the first Thursday of the month at 5pm for refreshments and social hour and at 6pm for programs and chapter business meetings, with the exception of December.  For the meeting location please contact the chapter at

 The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 177,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations.  DAR members are committed to volunteer service having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years.  To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit or connect with DAR on social media at and

Constitution Week Declaration
Vicki McComack-Pamela Howeth-Linda Miller

Austin College Opens Adams Observatory for Star Party

Austin College Opens Adams Observatory for Star Party

Sherman, Texas | September 6, 2018

Austin College’s Adams Observatory opens its doors to the community for a Star Party on Friday, September 14, 2018, inviting visitors to explore the universe through the largest research telescope in North Texas. The come-and-go, free event begins at 9:30 p.m. and continues until 11 p.m. at the College’s IDEA Center.Advance registration is requested at Should weather conditions require a cancellation, an announcement will be posted that day on the Austin College website, and registrants will be notified by email.

Adams Observatory TelescopeThe evening will feature the planets Mars and Saturn, along with other delights of the night sky. “This is a special time to view Mars and Saturn,” says Dr. David Baker, Physics Department chair and director of Adams Observatory. “Earlier this summer, these planets passed relatively close to Earth—Mars was closer to Earth than it will be for another 17 years. Both planets still shine brightly in the night sky, and the views are magical through the Adams Observatory telescope.”

 The IDEA Center is located at 1108 E. Richards Street, and parking is available nearby. Visitors should meet outside the main entrance of the IDEA Center, and guests will be taken to Adams Observatory in small groups on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional smaller telescopes will be available on the roof and lawn for stargazing. Students and faculty will be on hand to assist and provide details about the night’s featured objects.

 “At this event, we get to share our enthusiasm, and our telescopes, with the community. Come join us to experience the vastness of space,” said Dr. David Whelan, assistant professor of physics. “There is no better way to appreciate our place in the universe than sharing it with other space enthusiasts.”

 Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change LivesAustin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

Hagerman Adopt-a-Nestbox program helps Bluebirds

Hagerman Adopt-a-Nestbox program helps Bluebirds

By Wes Crawford, Friends of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

The Adopt-a-Nestbox program is a well-established volunteer activity of the Friends Of Haggerman.  In 2018,  31 volunteers monitored 52 nestboxes and some also helped with trail maintenance.  Due to these efforts, at least 200 birds safely fledged from our monitored nestboxes, including 148 Eastern Bluebirds, up from last year.

The Adopt-a-Nestbox program will begin again  on December 1st, when twenty of the refuge’s nestboxes will go up for adoption for a fee of $35. Those who adopt a box will be able to follow all the exciting happenings in their nestbox via an emailed weekly report, complete with pictures and information about the stages of development of the birds and babies inhabiting it throughout the season. Funds from the adopted nestboxes go toward maintaining all of the nestboxes on the refuge.

NestboxesOur nestbox monitors had their first meeting in late February, when they paired up and selected the trails they preferred to monitor. Each week a pair of monitors carefully open each box and note observations on the Cornell NestWatch data sheet. A volunteer specialist enters the data into the Cornell database for scientific monitoring and research, and another volunteer emails the reports, with pictures, of each nestbox’s progress to its adoptive owner in the adopt-a-nestbox program. Though each nestbox is checked weekly, each pair of monitors activates monthly, on a rotating schedule.

We are excited about our 2019 season because we will be working with an OU researcher to use a nestbox camera to monitor one of our boxes. We hope to be able to generate a video image of the happenings frominside the box. The video will be available for educational use for programs at the Refuge.

If you enjoy being outdoors, care about helping wildlife and want to get to see some of the beauty at HNWR, the NESTBOX TEAM is for you. Join us by contacting us via the FOH website,

We wish to thank our team members for their help:
Dick Malnory, Ken Neuhard, Steve Keller, John Brennan, Susan Knowles, Bert Garcia, Sue Raasch, Walter Bryant, Don Lawrence, Ken Hildebrand, Trey Crosthwaite, Jerry Reid, Enid Kasper, Sharon Barker, Bill Nance, Kathy Nance, Larry Vargus, Wayne Meyer, Donna Rogers, Nana Rylander, Sue Abernathy, Cathy Van Bebber, Jim Russell, Teresa Crawford, Patricia Crain, Gene and Nancy Cushion.

We also thank Dick Malnory for fabricating box panel repairs.  A new addition to our program this year was a mowing team that helped the staff keep Harris Creek and Raasch trails mowed and vegetation clear from around the nestboxes. Our team consisted of Bert Garcia, Larry Vargus,
Don Lawrence, Gene Cushion, Alan Bosma, Jay McCurley, Stephen Walker, and Mike Grubb.