How do invasive species affect you?

Come learn the consequences of having these species in our environment, and what you can do to help prevent their spread.

By Lydia Holley/Special to HCN

Master Gardener Peter Cole will present “How Invasive Species Affect You” on Tuesday, December 18, 5:30 p.m. at the Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library, 121 S. Prairieville, Athens, TX.  A part of the Henderson County Master Gardener Association’s ‘Learn at the Library’ series, this presentation is free to the public.

Invasive species in Texas include plants, animals and insects.  Cole will identify what makes a species invasive and the impact they have on our lives. Kudzu, emerald ask borer, feral hogs, fire ants and bed bugs are all invasive species.  Billboards advise you to “clean, drain and dry” your boat.  Do you know why?

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GBC Masonic Youth attend Christmas Honor Tea

The Gun Barrel City Rainbow Girls attended a Christmas Honor Tea at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. There was beautiful live Christmas music and delicious refreshments to be enjoyed while honoring the state officers and recognizing the top Poinsettia sellers. Selling the flowers is an annual project for the Dallas Area Rainbow Girls. The Poinsettias decorate the Scottish Rite Hospital for the holidays, and proceeds from the sales are donated to the hospital. The Rainbow Girls also decorated one of the hospital’s many Christmas trees with tiny books and owls, which are the Grand Worthy Advisor’s emblems this year.

The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is a service-oriented, leadership organization for girls between the ages of 11 and 20. Rainbow Girls participate in a wide array of activities, including leadership training, service projects, competitions, and annual retreats. Their younger group, the Pledges, have activities for girls ages 7 to 10. Please contact Mrs. Tonya Currey at 903-920-5608 or Mrs. Donna Dean at 903-879-4305 for more information about the Rainbow Girls or visit txiorg.org. The Gun Barrel City Rainbow Girls and Pledges are proudly sponsored by the Cedar Creek Lake Masonic Lodge and the Gun Barrel City Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star on Legendary Lane in Gun Barrel City.

Caption for picture: (L-R) Emily Currey, Grand Representative to Alabama and Mississippi; Tara Trimmins, Jr. Member of the Grand Executive Committee; and Laura Walters

Masons present check to AISD for Dyslexia Program

Pictured from left to right, Michael Burton, Jeff Almrud, Kyle Tidmore, Randy Daniel, Rob Risko, Sarah Davidson, Sara Chamblee, Erica Rodriguez, Angela St. Valentine, and Sheri Leamon. (Courtesy photo)

Press release

Athens Masonic Lodge #165 presented a check for $3,000 to the Athens Independent School District on Monday, October 22, 2018. The check was presented during the Monthly School Board Meeting, and was in support of the District’s adoption of a new, scientifically validated, dyslexia teaching program developed by the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Five AISD teachers have already begun training to implement the program.

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Masonic Youth participate as Mason’s install new officers

The Gun Barrel City Assembly #369 Masonic Youth Rainbow Girls participated in the installation of officers for the Cedar Creek Lake Masonic Lodge #1431 in Gun Barrel City on Saturday, July 14. Tara Trimmins presented the incoming Worshipful Master, John Irvin, with his Bible and a framed miniature lambskin apron. And Samantha Ramos was honored to perform the Gavel Ceremony in presenting the new Worshipful Master with his hand-carved gavel. Tara is a Junior Member of the Grand Executive Committee, and Samantha is Grand Patriotism, Grand Assembly of Texas, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.

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