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Garden Club Plants Seed That Produced Wealth Of Necessary Tools, Equipment

Members of the Crockett Garden Club are elated to have $700 worth of new tools and other equipment from AMES Companies, Inc. to use in the Plants of the Bible Garden.  Pictured in the garden with some of the new tools and a big “Thank You” for AMES are Sandy Farrar, Connie Hand, Peggy Bozarth, Polly Brann, Jolene Renfro, Lou Stout, Ashley Perry, Pat Vilbaum and Mary Smith. (Photo by Kelly McChesney)Members of the Crockett Garden Club are elated to have $700 worth of new tools and other equipment from AMES Companies, Inc. to use in the Plants of the Bible Garden. Pictured in the garden with some of the new tools and a big “Thank You” for AMES are Sandy Farrar, Connie Hand, Peggy Bozarth, Polly Brann, Jolene Renfro, Lou Stout, Ashley Perry, Pat Vilbaum and Mary Smith. (Photo by Kelly McChesney)

By Lynda Jones
Editor-in-Chief

About two years ago on an unassuming vacant piece of land owned by First United Methodist Church in Crockett, the Crockett Garden Club embarked on an adventure that members previously only dreamed of becoming the reality it is today. They envisioned a garden containing as many as possible of the more than 100 plants mentioned in the Bible.

FUMC loaned the Crockett Garden Club the land, and the ladies started digging. Not only did they dig in the dirt, they dug for financial resources. In addition to semi-annual plant sales, they planted a seed with AMES Companies, Inc. Earlier this month, that seed produced a bountiful harvest.

The metaphorical seed was a grant application to AMES Companies, Inc. The harvest includes approximately $700 worth of rakes, hoses, garden carts and other equipment to help make the Plants of the Bible Garden a total dream come true.

The AMES Companies, Inc. grant is part of a national program to furnish gardening tools for local landscaping projects.

This program was open to the 5,602 garden clubs that are members of the National Garden Club, Inc.
The application process for the tools grant included submitting a description of the Crockett Garden Club's Plants of the Bible Garden project, along with a list of tools requested and why they are needed. The club submitted its documents to the AMES Project Committee for judging and approval.

Members of the club say they are thrilled to have AMES see the value of the work that is being done in the Plants of the Bible Garden and to be awarded the tool grant. Before receiving the grant, the club had one rake, one hoe, etc.

Since starting the project, the Crockett Garden Club as planted 60 plants and trees mentioned in the Bible. The garden also contains benches to rest on, a butterfly garden and certification as a National Wildlife Sanctuary.

The garden is open to the public for tours at no cost, and an informational handout has been developed to enable visitors stroll at their own pace and learn about the individual plants. A Diboll Garden Club recently visited, as well as a Red Hat Society group from the Houston area.

With the new tools and equipment from AMES, Crockett Garden Club members expect completion of the garden to be easier to attain. "Additional plants will continue to be installed as they are located for sale, and are found to be adapted to grow in East Texas. A meditation area to memorialize loved ones is being developed, and another area with plants that have a Christian tradition, but are not mentioned the Bible (dogwood trees, Easter lilies, holly, etc.) also is in the works," member Jolene Renfro explained.

Crockett Garden Club members have done the planning and most of the planting in the garden. The club holds two flower sales a year to raise funds for this project and its other city beautification projects. "We have also involved a Boy Scout troop in the clearing of the flower beds and Girl Scout troops in planting some of the herbs in the garden," said Renfro. "In addition, we have used the service of people who are doing court-ordered community service."

The AMES Companies, Inc. was founded in 1774 by blacksmith John Ames and today is located in Camp Hill, PA. The company's brands include AMES® True Temper®, Razor-Back® Professional Tools and Jackson® Professional Tools. Tools from this company have been used to build the Transcontinental Railroad, the Statue of Liberty, the Hoover Dam, Mt. Rushmore and the American Highway System, to name just a few significant constructions. The tools are known for being quality, well-built gardening equipment.

While they aren't tackling a task as monumental as the American Highway System or Mt. Rushmore, the Crockett Garden Club already is using its harvest of tools to complete the Plants of the Bible Garden and other beautification projects in the City of Crockett. The garden is located next to FUMC Crockett.

Kennard Community Donates 34 Computer Chairs To KES

KISD Computer ChairsKennard Elementary students Ava Champagne, Darbi Ennis, Terrah Breaux, Taylor Gauitheier, Emily Tims and Averie Elizondo watch as Laine Dowdy, KHS junior, assembles one of the new computer chairs recently donated by the Kennard Parent/Teacher Organization. At their first meeting of the school year, when looking for projects for the upcoming year, the PTO members were told that the current computer lab chairs were in poor condition and needed to be replaced. They put the word out into the community about the need, and within 12 hours 34 purple chairs were donated by various individuals and church organizations. Mrs. Shelly Norvell, elementary principal, said "We are grateful for the abundance of support we have received." (Courtesy Photo)

Harmon Graduates With Art Degree

Shantana-harmon 200pxShantana Harmon, a 2008 graduate of Crockett High School, graduated from the University of Phoenix with an Associate of Art degree on May 1.

She is the daughter of Kenneth and Felicia Harmon. Grandparents are Calvin and Dorothy Watson of Crockett.

Freeman Earns Membership In Collegiate Honor Society

Courtney FreemanCourtney Lea Freeman of Lovelady has been accepted into membership of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).

Membership is by invitation only and is based on grade point average,

Freeman, a 2013 graduate of Lovelady High School, attends Texas Tech University in Lubbock where she is majoring in nursing.

She was on the dean's list for both the fall and spring semesters.

Freeman is a member of the Tech Trap and Skeet team and recently competed in the National

Collegiate Championship shoot, earning a fourth place finish in Whiz-Bang.

Willis-Duncan Wed

Willis-Duncan Wed

Willis-Duncan Wed

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel A. Willis would like to welcome William and Bradley Duncan to their family. William and Ashley were married on April 26 2014. They are making their home in Nacogdoches.

Local Student Earns SFA Scholarships

SFA student John Burns (right) and peers receive the Albert Ruel Parrott Memorial Scholarship from Dr. Steven Bullard (middle), dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, at the 2014 Forestry and Environmental Science Awards Convocation. Burns also received the Bone Hill Foundation Field Station Scholarship during the ceremony. (SFASU Photo)SFA student John Burns (right) and peers receive the Albert Ruel Parrott Memorial Scholarship from Dr. Steven Bullard (middle), dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, at the 2014 Forestry and Environmental Science Awards Convocation. Burns also received the Bone Hill Foundation Field Station Scholarship during the ceremony. (SFASU Photo)

NACOGDOCHES – John R. Burns of Crockett was awarded the Albert Ruel Parrott Memorial Scholarship and the Bone Hill Foundation Field Station Scholarship at the 2014 Forestry and Environmental Science Awards Convocation at Stephen F. Austin State University.

The Albert Ruel Parrott Memorial Scholarship was established through the SFA Alumni Association in 1992 by Jewell Esther Parrott to honor the memory of her late husband, Albert Ruel Parrott. Parrott was a lifelong resident of east Texas and a graduate of Garrison High School. He was associated with W. A. Parrott and Sons Sawmills, which operated for many years near the communities of Wells, Garrison, Blackjack and Chireno.

Burns, a sophomore majoring in forest wildlife management at the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, is confident that he made the right choice by enrolling at SFA.
"I felt that SFA had the best forestry program in the state, and I am able to major in forestry and wildlife dually," Burns explained.

Burns' passion for land management and the outdoors will be an asset this summer as he attends SFA's six-week Forestry Field Station at the Piney Woods Conservation Center. In an effort to offset the rising cost of tuition and fees, The Bone Hill Foundation offers its Field Station Scholarship to those students attending the Forestry Field Station.

During his time at SFA, Burns has served as the secretary of the SFA Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, work project manager for SFA Sylvans, and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma honor society.

After graduation Burns hopes to work as a consulting forester and wildlife manager, and feels that his time spent at SFA has prepared him well for his future in natural resource management.

"The Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture has a wonderful forestry program," Burns said. "I feel that I will have a strong background to start my career when I graduate."
Burns is the son of Gary Burns and the late Lori Burns of Crockett.