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Texas Hunting and Fishing Licenses on sale today

TPWD Hunting and Fishing License

The start of a new hunting season is right around the corner and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is reminding hunters and anglers that current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except the Year-from-Purchase All-Water Fishing Package) will expire at the end of August. New licenses for the 2021-22 season go on sale Aug. 15

Annually, Texans purchase more than 2.7 million hunting and fishing licenses and directly fund a multitude of conservation efforts and recreational opportunities, helping make Texas one of the best places in the country to hunt and fish. Some of the many projects made possible by license sales include fish stocking, wildlife management, habitat restoration, public hunting leases, river fishing access and Texas Game Wardens.

Outdoorsmen and women can purchase a variety of licenses online through the official TPWD website, by phone at 1-800-895-4248 during regular business hours or in person at more than 1,800 retailers across the state.  Anyone planning to buy their license from TPWD’s Austin Headquarters is reminded to make an advance appointment. Appointments may be scheduled up to one week in advance. Call 1-800-262-8755 or 512-389-4828 to schedule.

TPWD encourages repeat license buyers to use the expedited checkout process, which speeds up re-purchasing the same license bought in recent years.

Customers can access their past and current licenses in several ways: (1) an electronic photo of one’s license, (2) an emailed receipt of your purchase; (3) one’s account in the online license sales system; (4) via License Lookup in the Outdoor Annual app or in the My Texas Hunt Harvest app. Hunters and anglers must still have a physical license for any activities requiring tags.

Hunting and fishing regulations for the 2021-22 season are available online at outdoorannual.com, on the Outdoor Annual mobile app or in the printed Outdoor Annual booklet. The mobile app is free, and once downloaded, it works without internet connectivity which makes it easy for hunters and anglers to view regulations in even the most remote locations. Other features include license lookup, location-based functionality such as “Hunting Seasons and Regulations by Location,” “Where to Fish,” and more.

Printed copies of the Outdoor Annual can be picked up at license retailers when customers purchase their license or at TPWD offices Additionally, the Outdoor Annual website offers the option to download and print all or select sections of the Outdoor Annual.

The My Texas Hunt Harvest app, which can be accessed through the Outdoor Annual app, enables electronic submission of mandatory harvest reports, including alligator gar harvest reporting. The app also allows hunters to complete their on-site registration for many TPWD public hunting lands. Hunters can hunt on more than one million acres of public land with the purchase of an Annual Public Hunting Permit.

When buying their license, resident hunters and anglers may wish to purchase an entry in the Lifetime License Drawing. Three lucky winners will each win a Lifetime Super Combo License and never need to buy a Texas hunting or fishing license again.  Entries are $5 each and can be purchased online, by phone or at any license retailer. The first entry deadline is Sept. 30.

When making their purchase, license buyers can also add a donation of $1, $5, $10 or $20 to help support the Hunters for the Hungry program or the Fund for Veterans Assistance. Donations to the Hunters for the Hungry program provide hunters with a way to donate legally harvested deer to participating processors. The processed meat goes to local food banks to feed Texas families in need. Donations to the Fund for Veterans Assistance program provide grants to veteran service organizations and nonprofit charitable institutions, assisting veterans and their families at the community level throughout Texas.

For frequently asked questions about Texas hunting and fishing licenses, visit the TPWD website.

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World’s Largest Steam Locomotive to stop in Pottsboro on 2021 Big Boy Tour

Union Pacific 4014

On August 13, 2021, Union Pacific’s Big Boy No 4014 to stop in Pottsboro

The world’s largest steam locomotive returns with “The Big Boy 2021 Tour” leaving Cheyenne, Wyoming, August 5, and making stops in communities along the origianl route.  It will stop in Pottsboro at Grayson Street from 1:45 pm – 2:15pm on August 13, 2021.

Union Pacific 4014“Weighing in at 1.2 million pounds, the Big Boy makes a big impression in communities it visits, reminding us of bygone days and the important role the railroad continues to play in our global economy,” said Scott Moore, senior vice president – Corporate Relations and chief administrative officer. “This summer, we are proud to announce that the Big Boy will be back to tour through 10 of the states and hundreds of the communities which Union Pacific serves.”

Twenty-five Big Boys were built exclusively for Union Pacific, the first of which was delivered in 1941 to handle the steep terrain between Cheyenne and Ogden. Of the eight still in existence, No. 4014 is the world’s only operating Big Boy. The other seven can be found on display in Cheyenne, Wyoming; Denver, Colorado; Frisco, Texas; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Omaha, Nebraska; Scranton, Pennsylvania; and St. Louis, Missouri.

Union Pacific strongly encourages visitors to keep safety top of mind while viewing and photographing No. 4014 on its journey. For everyone’s safety:

  • Remember, trains can’t stop quickly to avoid people or vehicles on the tracks.
  • A train’s distance and speed can be deceiving.
  • The average train overhangs the track by at least three feet – take extra precaution and stand back at least 25 feet.
  • Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and right of way are private property.
  • Never assume tracks are abandoned or inactive – always expect a train.

The Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car, a multi-media walk-through exhibition providing a glimpse at the past while telling the story of modern-day railroading, will accompany the Big Boy on its tour. A steam tracking map showing No. 4014’s location and route will be available at upsteam.com

 

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Preston Trail DAR at Frontier Village for Historic Preservation and Memorial

Price-Shaw Cabin

 

The Preston Trail National Society Daughters of the American Revolution of Pottsboro, Texas had a busy two weeks at Denison’s Frontier Village and Museum

On April 10th, many of the chapter Daughters, along with the cooperation of Museum President Dr. Charla Harris and other staff from the Frontier Village, especially Village grounds Manager Mark Harris, completed the inside re-chinking to one room of the Price/Shaw Cabin.  Some members of the Preston Trail DAR who volunteered in this all-day effort were: Regent Jeanne Groff, Sandy Sharp, Natalie Bauman, Lynda Fleming, and prospective members Roma Waidner and Angela Rodriguez.  The Preston Trail chapter as part of its Historical Preservation mandate adopted this cabin to act as year-round caretakers and docents during special events.  The NSDAR awarded a grant to the Frontier Village to restore the cabin, and April 10th activities were part of that ongoing effort.  The cabin is a dog-trot style house, so one more interior room remains to be re-chinked.  It is hoped the work can be completed before the Frontier Village’s 50th Anniversary celebration in June.  Other members that day met to plan the upcoming Memorial, help chink and give the finishing touches to the completed room of the cabin by cleaning up and arranging the furniture.  They also cleaned the nearby church building across from the Price/Shaw cabin.  These members included: Jeanne Groff, Natalie Bauman Gloria Huhtala, Lisa Lettie, Vicki McComack, Katie Strief, Sandy Sharp, Lynda Fleming, Johnnie Templeton, Margaret Alverson, and Michelle Alverson.

April 17th there was another special day.  It started with a brunch to welcome the Texas State Regent, Mrs. Susan G. Tillman and Texas State Registrar, Mrs. Susan Johnston at the Bay at the Lake, aka “Bon Appetite Y’all” at 10:00 am. The chapter Daughters enjoyed visiting on a more personal level at he relaxed event. 

In the afternoon, at Frontier Village, the DAR chapter and guests assembled for two services in the Village Museum. The first service was to dedicate a flagpole, flag, and bench, donated to the Frontier Village, and placed in front of the Price/Shaw cabin.  These items were donated in memory of departed Daughters and husbands of Daughters of the chapter.  After these proceedings, the Memorial Service began in honor of our departed members, complete with religious hymns, prayers, patriot rituals and further tributes to those departed.

Those memorialized were as follows: DAR Daughter Eva Desse Pinchard Anthony, DAR Daughter Mary Lou Madden, DAR Daughter Ruby Jane Kusgen Latham, DAR Daughter Martha Butts Neyman, DAR Daughter Linda Spradling McAnaney, Johnnie Smith, husband of DAR Daughter Barbara Smith, Gerald Alverson, husband of DAR Daughter Margaret Alverson, Norman Denton, husband of DAR Daughter Rebecca Denton, Charles Morton, husband of DAR Daughter Gloria Morton, Paul Strief, husband of DAR Daughter Katy Strief, Robert Moorehead, husband of DAR Daughter Patricia Moorehead, David Landers, husband of DAR Daughter Elizabeth Landers, Amos “Pat” Templeton, husband of DAR Daughter Johnnie Templeton, George Pauksta, husband of DAR Daughter Melissa Kerr-Pauksta, and Bill Neyman, husband of DAR Daughter Martha Neyman.  Their names will also be placed on the Preston Trail chapter’s flagpoles in remembrance.

Dignitaries participating in and present at the Dedication and Memorial Service included special guest, Mrs. Susan G Tillman, Texas Society DAR State Regent; Honorable Mayor-Pro-Tem J. C. Doty, City of Denison; Honorable Bill Magers, Grayson County Judge; Honorable David Plyler, Mayor, City of Sherman; Mrs. Susan Johnston, Texas DAR State Registrar; Dr Charla Harris, President Frontier Village Executive Board of Directors; Mrs. Jeanne Groff, Regent, Preston Trail NSDAR Chapter; Michele Alverson, Vice-Regent Preston Trail NSDAR Chapter; Mrs. Janet Wagnon, Regent – Martha Jefferson Randolph Chapter, NSDAR; Honorable Horace Groff, Grayson County Judge, Retired; Mrs. Gay Hilbert, Chaplain, Preston Trail Chapter, and NSDAR; Mrs. Dianne Pratt, Chaplain Elect, Preston Trail Chapter, NSDAR and Historic Preservation Co-Chair, Vicki McComack.

One of the chapter’s foremost areas of service is to America’s veterans.  The entire Preston Trail chapter participates in fundraisers that fund a program called “Opening Doors for Disabled Veterans,” which remodels the bathrooms of disabled veterans of Grayson County so they will become handicap accessible.   

Would you like to be involved in the good works that DAR participates in?  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 www.facebook.com/PrestonTrailNSDARPottsboroTX75076 on Facebook or www.DAR.org.

The Preston Trail Chapter of the DAR next meets the first Thursday of the month at 5pm for snacks and fellowship and at 6pm for chapter meetings and programs from September to May. There is no meeting in December.  The meeting location is at the Georgetown Baptist Church north of Pottsboro at 207 Georgetown Road. 

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 www.DAR.org or connect with DAR on social media at facebook.com/TodaysDARtwitter.com/TodaysDAR and youtube.com/TodaysDAR.

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