Tyler District A.M.E. churches celebrate

First Lady of the Tyler District Sis. Mavis Muse, left, and Presiding Elder Rev. Mittie C. Muse, Sr., center, listens as Sis. Beverly Nutall gives the occasion and express to them what they mean to the Tyler district.

By Delanda Johnson/Special to HCN

This weekend for the Tyler District of the A. M. E. Church was filled with celebrations. The Tyler District of the A. M. E. Church consist of 30 churches across Texas; which includes Athens, Larue/Moore Station, and Malakoff.

The first celebration was on Saturday, August 25th; at Ebenezer A. M. E. Church in Tyler, Tx., for the Anniversary of Presiding Elder Rev. Mittie C. Muse, Sr. and First Lady Sis. Mavis Muse.

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Athens Masonic Lodge blood drive exceeds goal

Athens Masonic Lodge #165 hosted Carter BloodCare for a blood drive at Brookshire’s on Saturday, August 18, 2018. The goal for the blood drive was 30 units. The Lodge has had this same goal for 4 years, and the most units ever collected was previously 28 units. That changed this past Saturday, when 31 units were donated.

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Type 2 Diabetes classes coming to Chandler

Press release

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Henderson County and CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic – Chandler have partnered up to offer a comprehensive diabetes education series called, Do Well Be Well with Diabetes. The five-session series will provide participants with the latest information on managing blood sugar. Do Well Be Well with Diabetes was designed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialists to target patients who have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, have had diabetes for many years, or for the spouses and caregivers of loved ones with diabetes. The five classes provide a foundation of knowledge about diabetes and empowers individuals to manage the disease. Each lesson will be presented by local health care professionals with expertise in the subject area.

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Radio clubs to help Boy Scouts Jamboree-On-The-Air

The Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club (CCARC) is assisting the Athens Amateur Radio Club (AARC) in this year’s Boy Scouts Jamboree-On-The-Air (JOTA). In this event, Boy Scouts will be trying to earn their ham radio merit badge by participating in an amateur radio event. The scouts have to be on the air for at least 10 minutes to earn their merit badge.

This event will be held at the First United Methodist Church at 225 Lovers Lane in Athens on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The public is welcome to attend as they please. There will be demonstrations for both short range (2-meter, Athens to Cedar Creek) communications as well as long range (40-meter & 80-meter, with other scouts in other states).

The CCARC members will be wearing their noticeable red club shirts.

Goodbye to Margaret Ann Trail

The Sarah Maples Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held a last goodbye at the Tea Room in Mabank on August 3, for Margaret Ann Trail, a friend and colleague. Margaret Ann has been a member of the Chapter for many years. She held many positions such as Regent, Vice Regent and her last position was as Treasurer. Margaret Ann is moving to Tennessee to be near her daughter. She recently handed me this bio of herself, she says:

I am a workaholic. Trying to say No. Since I retired I have served on 8 community boards. I was born in Texas, raised in Iowa and have lived in 12 states. I played snare drum in marching and concert bands through college. I started a Mah Jongg club several years ago and they play at my house every Tuesday afternoon. My passion is gardening. I love to cook entrees. I dislike baking. My blueberry pie brought $210 at the Kaufman County Hay Show cake auction. I hate bookkeeping and procrastinate about doing income taxes. I was a beef producer owning about 60 cows and their calves; I was a city girl, and over the past 16 years have taken many courses in beef production, pasture and pond management. I have a private pesticide applicator license. I was a hobby beekeeper with 10 colonies of bees. I hoard craft materials thinking that someday I will weave, knit, draw, paint or otherwise create lovely things with my stuff that I have moved all over the U.S. When I was growing up I wanted to be the wardrobe manager for a circus or a forest ranger in a lookout tower. I was happily married for many years to Newt Trail, a 747 pilot who I met on a ferry in San Francisco Bay. My grandkids live in Nashville, Tennessee. Before I die I should clean closets!! Margaret Ann titled this bio “15 Things you didn’t know about me.”

We all wish Margaret Ann all the best as she moves into her new home in Tennessee. It has taken a lot to down size from about 50 acres. She has been working for months to clean out all the barns, and getting the house ready to sale. It has been a huge undertaking and took courage to do it. We are proud of you Matt and will miss you so much, you are leaving a big hole in all our hearts.