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Sun
23
Jul

Bee fit with Bob

The perfect excuse

Many moons ago, I had a sales organization and we sold motivational books on records including a portable player. It was fun and profitable.

Luther T. was a below-average salesman and had an excuse for everything he did or did not do. People would attend our meetings just to hear his latest excuse. His excuses were complex, creative and well crafted. He was a master of excuse presentation.

Here are several of my favorites:

“You all know my beloved spouse, Ima Jean. Well, she thought she had pneumonia, but the intern doctor gave her a subscription and it turned out to be a runny nose.”  You must admit this is an unusual excuse for being late.

“Luther Jr. would have made a touchdown, but nearly had a compounding fragment of his kicking leg when he dropped that ball, because it was tossed flappity by that skinny kid whom is of short height.”  That is one complicated convoluted excuse for being late.

Tue
18
Jul

This week in Canton History...

Canton Herald July 13, 1961

Mr. and Mrs. David Norman will celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary on July 16, 1961.

Wed
12
Jul

The Inspired Cook

Column 16 of The Inspired Cook for the Canton Herald

                Summertime is the perfect time to teach your children an essential life skill that they can utilize for the rest of their lives—how to cook. With this knowledge, they not only can improve the quality of their lives but also their health.

                Research shows that children who help cook family meals are more inclined to eat a more healthful diet. Another benefit of helping to cook involves their eagerness to try new foods, which should please many parents.

Mon
10
Jul

Be Fit with Bob

Old habits are hard to break and switching to good habits is even harder. In one of my college classes we talked about habits. All right handers were told to put their pencil in the left hand. Left handers switched to the right hand. Next, we wrote our name on a paper as fast and as neatly as we could. My writing was awful. My name looked Chinese. Now here is the shocker. We graded each other’s papers for the grade to go on our record for the day. Nobody gave an A or F. Only B’s and C’s.

Bad work was not called bad work. It was “politically correct.”

Sat
08
Jul

This week in Canton History...

Canton Herald, June 29, 1961

Such a Special celebration is scheduled Tuesday, July 4th by the Canton Fire Department after a barbecue and picnic at the Canton City Park.

According to Chick Chaney, program chairman, two baseball games are being scheduled. One game will be played between the local boys’ team and out of town team. Chaney told the Herald that the firemen are trying to arrange a white-colored girls, 10 to 15 years of age, game also.

There will be a barbecue dinner served chuck wagon style beginning at 5 p.m. and lasting until 7 p.m. Music will be furnished during the barbecue by Blake Martin and his Westerners.

T. D Brown, fire chief, said that there will be pony rides for the children beginning at 1p.m. in the afternoon along with boat rides for the adults.

Tue
04
Jul

The Inspired Cook

Best Baked Beans

With family reunions, picnics, and Independence Day fast approaching, I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite recipes, which would be perfect to serve at any of these occasions.

I created it 38 years ago. Simply called my best baked beans, they are the best I’ve ever eaten. Everyone who has eaten them has loved them, too. No brag, just fact.

My inspiration for creating it came from a recipe an old cookbook. The original recipe called for using dried beans, which was too time-consuming in my opinion. Therefore, I chose to use canned pork and beans instead. By the way, Van Camps is the only brand that I recommend using.

Mon
03
Jul

Celebrating independence at VZC Library

The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day or July 4, has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941.

The tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence. This historic document was drafted by Thomas Jefferson.

From 1776 to the present, July 4 has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades, concerts, to more casual family gatherings.

Sun
02
Jul

This week in Canton History...

Canton Herald, June 29, 1961-Such a Special celebration is scheduled Tuesday, July 4th by the Canton Fire Department after a barbecue and picnic at the Canton City Park.

According to Chick Chaney, program chairman, two baseball games are being scheduled. One game will be played between the local boys’ team and out of town team. Chaney told the Herald that the firemen are trying to arrange a white-colored girls, 10 to 15 years of age, game also.

Fri
30
Jun

Keeping eyes wide open as VZC Grand Jury Foreman

On June 21, I completed one of the most eye-opening and rewarding experiences that I have ever had as I finished a six-month term serving as the foreman for the Van Zandt County Grand Jury.

When I received my jury summons soon after the Christmas holidays in early January, I did not pay a whole lot of attention to the “fine print” on the summons notice.

I knew that I had an appointed time and date to report to VZC District Judge Teresa Drum’s court for what I thought at the time was going to be a petit jury trial selection.

When I arrived in the district courtroom at the VZC Courthouse in Canton, myself and 40 other individuals who showed up that day were informed by the judge that the selection involved picking individuals to serve on the VZC Grand Jury.

Out of the 40 citizens present in the courtroom, VZC District Judge Teresa Drum announced that there would be 12 individuals and two alternates that would be chosen to serve on the VZC Grand Jury.

Tue
27
Jun

This Week in Canton History

Canton Herald, June 22, 1961:  Wills Point T&P Railway office was burglarized early last Friday morning and six first-class mail pouches were taken in the burglary, according to chief of police Grady Barnard who investigated the burglary.

Mail was taken off of an east bound train about 11 o’clock Thursday night and deposited at the T&P office. The crime was apparently committed between that and 5:30 a.m. Friday morning when Maurice McKnight, mail carrier arrived to pick up his mail pouches, Mr. Bernard said. Immediately Mr. Bernard, Deputy Sheriff Gerald Waters of Edgewood and Miss Rebecca Sewell, postmaster were notified in the investigated session began. Later that morning postal inspector W. F. Hansen of Tyler arrived on the scene.

The burglar or burglars gained entry through the front door which the hasp of the lock had been cut clear off and the lock left intact.

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