As a summer full of warm weather and rain tip-toes toward the first hard freeze of autumn, heaps of brush and fallen limbs are an increasingly common sight outside Parker County residences.
For the second time this year, local government officials are offering to take care of residential organic waste — and just about anything else — for free.
Weatherford sanitation officials are opening the First Monday Trade Days grounds from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, for city residents with a penchant for cleanliness. The City is requiring proof of residency this year, and is asking citizens to bring a utility bill or photo identification.
On the same day, and at the same time, crews are scheduled to man the county’s four precincts to collect waste from unincorporated areas.
Historically, throngs of trailer-toting pickup trucks form lines outside the county’s four precinct barns, eagerly waiting to unload anything from old boats to mobile homes. Precinct 2 reported more than 1,000 truck and trailer loads of unwanted items were dropped off during the spring cleanup in March.
Parker County Commissioners direct traffic during the often chaotic mass-dumping days. In addition, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler is expecting an honest day’s work out of approximately 30 trusty inmates, assigned to assist both city and county residents unloading waste. Dumpers are encouraged to separate metals and trash from wood and brush materials.
The City and the County started offering the free dump service to residents twice a year about 10 years ago — once during the spring season, and again each fall. For a little while after dump day, Parker County Environmental Officer Connie Goode agreed things around the county do seem to be cleaner.
“For people who have been storing refuse or rubbish around their place, this is a great opportunity for them to take advantage of a free service,” Goode said. “Especially if you live in a neighborhood because there are health and safety code violations that could stem from storing a lot of this stuff.”
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Rainforest Camp at Burch School of Music
In June, there were seven students who explored the flora and fauna of the rainforest through music at The Burch School of Music. Each child made his or her own rain stick, along with other crafts and art work. For two hours each day for five days, students explored a different level of the rainforest, starting with the emergent layer at the top, moving through the canopy, the understory, the forest floor and the rivers. They let bats fly (black balloons) and were eaten by a boa constrictor. On the last day they dressed as natives and drummed together.
Republican Women to meet Aug. 14 at Doss
The Parker County Republican Women’s monthly meeting will be Aug. 14 at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford. The meeting is open to the public.
Peaster FFA students attend state convention
The 86th Texas FFA Convention was recently held in Fort Worth. Peaster’s Hannah Ford completed her year of service as a state officer.
Parker County Heritage Society to meet Aug. 19
Parker County Heritage Society will meet Aug. 19 in the home of Nathan and Abby Hamessely at 410 W. Spring St. at 7 p.m.
AgriLife to offer parenting classes Aug. 19, 21
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will offer parenting classes on Aug. 19 and 21, 2014, at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center. The classes will be from 1-5 p.m. each day and will include lunch. The cost to attend the class is $10 per person for the two-day class. Scholarships are available.
CASA receives national certification for its efforts
WEATHERFORD – CASA Hope for Children of Parker and Palo Pinto County has just been awarded certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association. This certification recognizes that CASA Hope for Children is in compliance with National CASA’s high standards for quality child advocacy.
Weatherford FFA attends state convention in Fort Worth
Members from the Weatherford FFA chapter attended the 86th annual Texas FFA State Convention July 14-18 in Fort Worth.
DAILY RECORD: Marriages and deaths
Marriages and deaths recorded from July 16, 2014 to July 22, 2014. This information is being provided as a courtesy by the Parker County Clerk. Every effort is made to see that the information is correct and complete. The Parker County Clerk is not responsible should there be an error within the information provided.
Dept. of State Health Services releases Aug. schedules
Texas Department of State Health Services immunization clinics for August:
Traveling the path to success
Several factors aligned to set Louriann Villa on the path to success including a mother she considers a hero, the Weatherford College Upward Bound program and scholarship funds.
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