DRT meeting

From front to back are Paula Metzinger, president, Johnnie McWilliams, District IV representative, and Barbara Davis, second vice president, of the Mary Hall Mantooth Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. At the March meeting, McWilliams gave an update on the Daughters’ Republic of Texas History Center, planned for a December 2020 opening date in Austin.

The Mary Hall Mantooth Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas met March 19, at Ralph & Kacoo’s.

President Paula Metzinger gave the invocation. The pledges were led by Rosemary Varsey, second vice president.

Financial numbers on the presentation of ‘’The Alamo’’ are still incomplete; a final report is due in April. The registrar reported the application of Megan Turrentine, Metzinger’s granddaughter, as a new member of DRT. The deaths of Zuleika Griffin and Jimmie Milligan were reported; Mrs. Griffin was a charter member of the chapter.

The nominating committee reported the slate of officers for next year. They are: Janice Ann Rowe, treasurer; Julie Jumper-Morris, chaplain; Susan Sumners with co-chair Janie Slack, registrar; Joan Ragland, secretary; Sandy Dendy, second vice president; and Len Medford, first vice president. No president is currently nominated.

Sumners and Mary Goodwin, as members of the DRT Library Committee, reported that although the state juvenile and young adult book awards have been reinstituted, no awards will be given this year. And District Representative Johnnie McWilliams reported on matters from the state Board of Management.

Hotel reservation are now open for the state DRT convention in Austin.

Bobbie Davis asked for each member to bring examples of or stories about preserving family histories to the April 19 meeting.

Lufkin Dance Club

Every Monday in April, the Lufkin Dance Club will offer dance lessons from 6:30-9 p.m. at SPJST Lodge No. 191. The cost is $7 per lesson, per person.

Instructors for basic dance steps are Bernard and Catherine Hylands for the first four lessons — be sure to bring a partner.

The fifth Monday will be line dancing only, and the instructor will be Carolyn Joffrion.

Spring dance April 12 from 7-10 p.m. New band “Bad Habit” will provide live dance music. Bring a dish for the Pot Luck Buffet. Family environment and friendly fellowship. Membership encouraged but all welcome. Under 17 free. For more info: 715-7116

The Lodge is at 197 Hughes Road. For more information, call Donna Franklin at 715-7116.

Lufkin Art Guild

Registration for the Lufkin Art Guild Spring Show is now open through April 6.

Contact Richard Faviell for help and information at 366-0495 or rof@consolidated.net. All skill levels are accepted from Student to Professional.

The show will be open to the public from 1-5 p.m. April 12-13, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. April 13. The show will be at The Grand, 416 S. First St.

Call Art Guild president and treasurer Carol Faviell at 632-3447 for more information.

East Texas Genealogical Society

The East Texas Genealogical Society and Tyler Stake Family History Center will co-sponsor the 19th annual Family History Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13 at the Tyler Family History Center, 1617 Shiloh Road, Tyler, TX 75703. The keynote speaker will be William D. “Bill” Buckner. The event is open to the public and free.

Buckner has been the genealogy supervisor of the Genealogy Center of the Waco-McLennan County Library for the past 20 years. In addition to teaching a quarterly “Genealogy Beginners Class,” he has had numerous speaking engagements with various organizations, leads McLennan County Cemetery Interest Group.

His first session will cover searching newspaper archives; the topic for session two is understanding genealogy periodicals.

Breakout classes will be from 1-4 p.m. Sessions include “Finding Grandpa in the Future — Patterns, Trends, Predictions,” “Tips & Tricks to Get you Started or Unstuck,” “Building a Research Timeline” and “Daughters of the American Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution.” Other sessions include “Daughters of the Republic of Texas and Sons of the Republic of Texas,” Proving your Lineage to join the Daughters and Sons of War of 1812, Beginning Genealogy, and “FamilySearch” (Beginning & Intermediate)

For more information, contact TylerFamilyHistoryFair@gmail.com or Scott Fitzgerald, (903) 539-5572.

Texas Forestry Museum

The Texas Forestry Museum will hold its second adult lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Dennis Ford will give a short presentation on the ins and outs of woodturning, followed by a demonstration. Guests will then have the chance to try their hand at woodturning on a lathe.

The event is free, but those interested in attending should RSVP at 632-9535 by Monday.

Habitat for Humanity of Angelina County accepting applications

Habitat for Humanity of Angelina County will be accepting applications for home ownership through April 18.

Habitat for Humanity of Angelina County is a nonprofit ministry that partners with individuals in the community to provide safe and affordable homes for low-income families.

Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage over 20 years with no interest and no up-front closing fees.

To qualify for a home through Habitat for Humanity of Angelina County, applicants must be a resident of Angelina County for a minimum of six months, must meet the programs income guidelines, and must not currently own their own home or property.

For more information, visit angelinahabitat.org or call 632-8445.

Diboll Civic Club hosts 2019 Operation Clean-Sweep.

The Diboll Civic Club, which is committed to enhancing the community environment of Diboll, announced the launch of its 2019 cleanup event Operation Clean Sweep, taking place on April 27 in Diboll.

The Diboll Civic Club plans the event to perform outside repairs, painting, yardwork and other “fix-up” projects for elderly and disabled community members. Projects are selected from submitted nomination forms. Individuals of all ages are invited to participate.

In addition, Keep Diboll Beautiful will host the annual Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-off event to remove litter and debris throughout the community.

Churches, schools groups, businesses, other local groups and individuals are needed to form work teams for the events. Each team will be assigned a project. Volunteers will be provided supplies, tools, drinks and meals for the day.

More information about the event can be found on the Diboll Civic Club and Keep Diboll Beautiful Facebook pages.

Lufkin Community Band welcomes new members

The Lufkin Community Band is always looking for adults interested in playing in the band. No auditions are required. If you played an instrument in high school or college, join us. Come to a rehearsal at 7 p.m. any Tuesday in Hudgins Hall on the Angelina College campus. Visit facebook.com/Lufkin Community Band/ for more information.

Seniors age 55 and older needed as Foster Grandparents

Put a little extra money in your pocket and participate in enjoyable social activities with other seniors.

Morning or afternoon schedules are available with a daily hot meal, mileage reimbursement or local transportation available, uniforms and semi-monthly checks.

Enjoy a flexible 20- to 40-hour week. Use your talent and experience to help children learn and develop.

For information, call 633-3767.

Deep East Texas Area Agency on Aging

Are you concerned about the needs of older people? Do you like to follow problems through to resolution? An ombudsman is a member of a group of volunteer patient advocates who work with nursing home residents. For many residents, all they need is someone to talk to. You could be that someone.

Ombudsmen work with 41 nursing and 18 assisted living facilities throughout the Deep East Texas Region. Each volunteer is paired with a facility and visits that facility two hours every week. Training to become a volunteer ombudsmen is provided free of charge by the Area Agency on Aging. The job of an ombudsman is to make sure the quality of care received is up to standard.

If you need assistance in solving a problem in a nursing home, contact Tonya Jackson, managing local ombudsman, at (800) 256-6848 extension 5326 or (409) 384-5704 ext. 5326, or Charity Kiser, local staff ombudsman, at extension 5355. Both are with the Deep East Texas Area Agency on Aging.

Also, if you’re among the many Americans facing financial challenges with their health care costs, there may be ways you can save money on your health care costs if you have Medicare.

If you have limited income and resources, you may qualify for Medicaid — a joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs.

Even if you don’t qualify for Medicaid, there are four programs that may help you pay for your Medicare premiums and other costs: Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program, Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary Program, Qualifying Individual Program, Qualified Disabled and Working Individuals Program. View details and eligibility qualifications at medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/.

Call your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)/Area Agency on Aging at (800) 442-8845 or (903) 218-6500 and speak to a certified benefits counselor.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program in need of volunteers

If you are 55 or older and interested in volunteering at any of the organizations listed, call Marilyn Gardner with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program at 362-6922. These organizations have a need for volunteers: Harbour Hospice, Angelina Arts Alliance, Angelina County Senior Center, Area Agency On Aging, Brandon Elementary, city of Lufkin (Main Street), Community Reassurance Program, DETCOG Homeland Security (CERT), DETCOG Lufkin, DETCOG Ombudsman Program (Regional), Diboll High School, Family Crisis Center, Goodwill Industries, Habitat For Humanity — Lufkin, Hope Center of North Lufkin, Hospice in the Pines, Lufkin Adult Learning Center, Lufkin American Red Cross, Lufkin Police Department, Lufkin State Supported Living Center, Lufkin Veterans Administration, Museum of East Texas, Pregnancy Help Center, RSVP Advisory Council and County ADV. COMM, RSVP Office — Angelina County, Salvation Army, Salvation Army Adult Day Center, Second Blessings Food Pantry and Thrift Store, Temple Elementary School — Diboll, Temple Memorial Library — Diboll, Texas Forestry Museum, Timber Point Apartment Homes, and the Women’s Shelter Thrift Store.

Angelina County A&M Club

Former students of Texas A&M University will assemble for the annual Muster ceremony on April 21 to honor all Texas Aggies who have passed away within the last year.

Muster activities will begin at 5 p.m. at the Harmony Hill Life Outreach Center, 2305 S. John Redditt Drive in Lufkin. All former and current students, their families, and friends of Texas A&M University are invited to attend.

Muster honors the memories of A&M men and women whose deaths prevent them from answering Roll Call at this year’s Muster. The Roll Call is a roster compiled of all former and current students who have died over the past year. As each name is called, a friend or family member will answer “Here!” symbolizing that their memory lives on in the hearts of Aggies everywhere. It is one of more than 300 such gatherings worldwide that are held annually on and around April 21. For more information regarding the Texas Aggie Muster held in Lufkin, or to add a name to this year’s Roll Call, please contact Jay Jelinek at 936-676-0684, or by email at jjelinek1020@gmail.com. We request that you RSVP by no later than noon April 19th. Read more about Texas Aggie Muster and other Texas A&M Traditions and Programs at http://tx.ag/MusterHistory.