Miller Grove News 01/16/2015 by Brandon Darrow
Cold weather and rain have been on most people’s minds lately. I’m not particularly fond of the cold weather but I know we do need the rain so I won’t complain. Lake Fork and Tawakoni are both still very low and need quite a bit of water to be restored to the water level that they once maintained.
Received a note from Charles Bennett the other day with some information about our VFD. He said that at the organization’s regular business meeting on Jan. 8, new officers were elected for the year of 2015 and they are as follows: Jay Hoffman will replace Brian Thomas as Chief, Justin Block will replace Ron Flecker as Asst. Chief, Bob Flecker was re-elected as Treasurer, Charles Bennett will replace Mark Pence as Secretary. Charles said, “We are always trying to improve and provide the most professional and effective service we can to the community we live in. While elections may have changed our leadership, the officers who no longer hold the position they had will still be on the roster and continue to provide the same great service to the community as firefighters. We may have taken on new roles or positions but we are all family in the fire service we provide. We are so thankful for the leadership and knowledge and effort given by the outgoing officers and look forward to another great year under leadership of the incoming officers.” Charles also reminded me that they are continually in need of new members. He relayed, “Without new members we can only do so much to be there when the time comes. There are so many things in the dept. to be done. We understand not every member can suit up and go into a burning structure but maybe you can drive a truck or assist in paperwork. Maybe you can help keep the station clean or keep the lawn cut. Maybe you’re a mechanic, or plumber, or electrician. All of these are things we regularly need and it would help our budget go towards training and equipment instead of to the repair man. So really by being a plumber for example and fixing a leaking water valve in the station, you just helped us save money to fuel and truck to go put out the fire at John Doe’s home, or your home. Any way you volunteer helps. Every person makes a difference. Really think about your neighbors, friends, and loved ones next door. Wouldn’t you want to help them in a time of need? Wouldn’t you want them to help you in a time of need? Help us help you! Volunteer! Call the station at 903-382-3505 or call Charles Bennett at 903-440-1872 to volunteer.” I know many times our volunteers in the community are over looked and under appreciated (not just in the volunteer fire department but in other avenues as well) and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who assists in helping our community in any way, shape, form or fashion.
Happy Birthday this week to Vonda Kerby & David Key on Jan. 11; Betty Wilcox & Ashley (Gerondale) Tate on Jan. 12; Miranda Frobish, Charlotte Hayes, Chris Abbott, Lane Lennon & Ashley (Blackstead) Oler on Jan. 13; Linda (Lambert) Cope & Mary Lou (Woods) Hoover on Jan. 14; Crystal Stillwagoner, Michelle (Boykin) Roberts & Adrian Estrada on Jan. 15; Charleigh Smith & Shyan Harris on Jan. 16; and Dalyn (Petty) Beck, Clark May & Chuck Regan on Jan. 17.
Congratulations to my cousin Shelly Ragan Crow who recently got engaged to Jay Gaston of Emory!
As you travel the highways and byways don’t forget that all roads lead back home and back to Miller Grove. Please send me any newsworthy information. My email address is [email protected].