News & Events Archive - 2016

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Help Whitney Kids this Sunday
Posted December 2, 2016

Lake Whitney Jr Livestock Association Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser, AR 15 Raffle, and Silent Auction will be held on Sunday, December 4th at the Whitney High School Cafeteria from 11am-1:30pm.

All you can eat catfish or chicken will be featured. All proceeds will be used to purchase Whitney FFA and 4H kids livestock projects at the Hill County Fair in 2017.

Some of the silent auction items include gift certificates from Tres Hermanos, Salon FM 933, Texas Cafe, a Kendra Scott necklace and earrings, Texas Ranger memorabilia, and lots more.

Come out to help support the kids!


Christmas Concert
Posted November 15, 2016

The Bosque Chorale will present Agnus Dei - Lamb of God, Born to Us for their Christmas concert this year. The event will be held on Thursday, December 8 at 7:30 pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Clifton. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

To purchase tickets, call 254-675-3724 or purchase from White Bluff residents who are also Chorale members: John and Caroline Upchurch 254-694-8575, Charlie and Chris Whisenand, Mildred Jackson, Jackie Torell, and Beth Botten.


Sewer Rates for 2017
Posted November 15, 2016

Don't forget that each year's sewer rates for your home are based on your total water usage in the December, January and February bills. To minimize your sewer rate next year, be sure to conserve water as much as possible during this time period.

Note that meters may be read a few days before the end of the month so keep that in mind when you begin to conserve.


Time to Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries
Posted November 15, 2016

The WB VFD reminds everyone to change the batteries in their smoke detectors once a year. Getting in the habit of doing this every fall when we set the clocks back is a good way to remember to do this.


Veterans Day Celebration in Whitney
Posted November 5, 2016

Fort Graham Chapter DAR and the Church of Christ invite the public to join in a Veterans Day Celebration on Friday, November 11 at 10am at the Church of Christ in downtown Whitney.

They will honor veterans of all wars, whether they served state side or abroad. The program will include patriotic music from Randy Hays and from the Whitney High School Choir, recognition of veterans from all branches of service, and inspiring videos from veterans.

Following the patriotic celebration, refreshments will be served in the church hall. Join them as they remember the service and sacrifices made by these men and women who paid the price for our freedoms.


Garage Sale to Benefit Paw Pals
Posted November 2, 2016

Paw Pals annual garage sale will be held in Hillsboro on Sat, Nov 5 and Sun, Nov 6. The event will run from 8 am - 5 pm both days at 116 E Franklin, just west of the square.

They are accepting donations now from 8 am to 5 pm at that location. Anyone needing help with any donation can call Ron Stone at 512-560-7865.


Community Prayer Gathering
Posted November 1, 2016

There will be a commmunity wide prayer gathering in downtown Whitney on Saturday, November 5. The event will begin at 9 am.


BBQ Fundraiser to Benefit Hill County CPS
Posted October 12, 2016

The Hill County Child Protective Services Board will hold its 5th annual fundraiser on Saturday, October 22 in Hillsboro. This year's event will include a BBQ, silent auction and live entertainment.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Adult tickets include a chance to win a Yeti Cooler and kids' tickets include a chance to win a Kindle Fire. For more information, see the flyer with this article, email Cindy McCage or call her at 254-694-2446, email Brittney Westmoreland or call her at 254-723-4580.


WB Chapel Art and Craft Show and Sale
Posted October 12, 2016

The White Bluff Chapel Art and Craft Show will he held Saturday October 22 from 10 to 5 and Sunday October 23 from 11 to 4 at the White Bluff Chapel Fellowship Hall.

Come see all of the great gift ideas. Meet the artists. They will have woodcrafts, paintings, jewelry, wreaths, baked goods, quilts, and much more.


VFD BBQ Fundraiser to Include Raffle and Silent Auction
Posted September 27, 2016

The WB VFD BBQ will be held on Saturday, October 8 from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

As in the past, there will be raffle and silent auction items donated by neighbors and local businesses. This year, many local businesses have donated gift certificates for dining, haircuts, vet appointments and more. Some of the other items that will be raffled or auctioned off include a brand new golf push cart valued at $199, a motorcycle lift, a decorative lamp, and golf rounds at the Retreat in Cleburne.

New this year, Paw Pals (Hill County's no-kill pet shelter) will be onsite at the beginning of the evening with 4 or 5 dogs that attendees can visit with. These dogs will be kept far enough away from the crowd in order to not disturb the rest of the evening's events. This is an opportunity for anyone interested to get more information on this Hill County organization.




For tickets to the BBQ, email Linda Yeary or call her at 254-221-0101. For more information, see the VFD BBQ & Music flyer or email Linda Wilmarth or call her at 254-205-3693.


Electronics Recycling
Posted September 27, 2016

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WBVFD will again offer as a benefit to White Bluff residents the transport of items to Itasca for Hilco's recycling program. A list of acceptable items is in the flyer in this article.

You may bring your items to the fire station at any time and place them by the flag pole. The items will be taken inside the building each evening. If you need assistance with getting an item to the fire station, email Guin McGinnis or call him at 694-2187.

Please have your items at the fire station prior to October 25.

Note: Hilco does not accept loose batteries for recycling, but both Home Depot and Lowes accept Lithion Ion batteries at their Customer Service desks.


Garden Club Looking for Plants
Posted September 10, 2016

The Lake Whitney Garden Club will be having a booth at Pioneer Days in Whitney on Saturday, October 1. They are looking for donations of plants and garden related items to be sold at the festival. 

If you have anything that you can donate, you can drop them off at Ursula Stone's house at 14002 Sandy Oaks Drive. She would like to have these by September 30. Arrangements for pick up can be made if needed.

For more information email Ursula or call her at 512-560-2881.

Even if you don't have anything to donate, plan to stop by their booth on October 1 and see what's for sale. You'll find lots of items ideally suited for this area.


Pink Partners Golf Tournament
Posted September 10, 2016

Details for the golf tournament benefitting Providence Pink Partners are now available.

The event will be held at the Old Course from 8 am - 1 pm on Monday, Oct 3, with a shotgun start at 8:30 am. You can sign up as a team or as an individual. All proceeds benefit women in Hill County.

For more information, see the event flyer, email Linda Yeary or call her at 254-221-0101 or call Joan Grubbs at 254-694-8559. Think Pink! Wear Pink!


WB VFD BBQ & Music Fundraiser-
Tickets on Sale at Mailboxes Tuesday, Sep 6
Posted August 2, 2016


Tickets to the 10th annual White Bluff VFD BBQ & Music fundraiser are now available from VFD members. Additionally, tickets will be sold at all of the mailboxes from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6. New this year, you can also purchase tickets online or make a donation directly to the fire department.



The event will be held Saturday, October 8, from 5 - 9 p.m. at the firehouse. Tickets are $40 per couple, $20 for singles, and kids are $5 at the door.  Proceeds will go to help pay for our newest fire truck which will be on display at the fundraiser.

This year's menu will feature BBQ brisket and sausage, beans, potato salad, drink and dessert. Dinner will be served from 5 - 6:30 p.m. A DJ will once again spin tunes from the 50's and 60's along with country tunes and some more recent music for the young and young-at-heart. Requests are always welcome.

A raffle will be held that night for the quilt pictured. This beautiful quilt, which was handmade and donated by the WB "Going to Pieces" quilting group, features autumn shades in a traditional pattern.

Rides on one of the fire engines will be available for the kids and any interested adults. The VFD also expects to have a Careflight helicopter and/or ambulance on display.

Please bring your own chairs. Alcohol is not permitted.

For tickets, email Linda Yeary or call her at 254-221-0101. For more information, see the VFD BBQ & Music flyer or email Linda Wilmarth or call her at 254-205-3693.


Save the Dates - Pink Partners Events Oct 1 and Oct 3
Posted August 2, 2016

Advocates for Breast Cancer Awareness will once again be teaming up with Pink Partners - Providence Foundation for the following events:

  • 5K Walk / Run on Saturday, Oct 1 CANCELLED
  • Golf Scramble on Monday, Oct 3

Mark your calendars now and make plans to think pink and wear pink. Details will be published at a later date. If you have questions you may email Linda Yeary for more info.


The Smokin Hawg BBQ Opens
Posted July 21, 2016

The Smokin Hawg BBQ Restaurant located on FM 933 just north of the main entrance to White Bluff opened today. They will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 am - 9 pm, and Sundays from 11 am until 4 pm. They are closed on Wednesdays.

The restaurant is currently BYOB until they receive their liquor license, which should be in about 60-90 days. It is owned by WB resident and VFD firefighter Clint Herrin.

Click on the menu to the right to enlarge it.


Road Closure on Tuesday, August 2
Posted July 21, 2016

On Tuesday, August 2, the railroad crossing on FM 933 just north of Blum is scheduled to be closed from 2:00 am until 5:00 pm. Make a note of this and plan to either not head north that day, or take a different route.


Calling All Artists
Posted July 21, 2016

Artists and craftspeople are invited to show and sell their products in this year's WB Arts and Crafts Show.

As in the past, it is sponsored by WB Chapel and will be held at the White Bluff Chapel Fellowship Hall. Any WB resident may exhibit at the show. This year's dates are October 22 and 23. Tentative hours are 10 to 5 on Saturday and 10 to 4 on Sunday.

Those who plan to attend, mark your calendars. Those who plan to exhibit, email Harry or Ginger Seurkamp or call them at 694-7206.


Beginning Bridge Lessons at WB
Posted July 15, 2016

Interested in learning how to play bridge? Thomas McMillin has offered to teach beginning lessons at White Bluff.

The classes will begin Wednesday, September 21 at 1:00 pm in White Bluff Chapel Fellowship Hall and continue every Wednesday for ten weeks. They are open to any property owner within White Bluff.

Each class will run 3-4 hours in length. The beginning of each class will include a review of the prior class, in case you happen to have missed it. Cost for the entire program will be $30 which includes a workbook and supplies for each lesson. The workbook also includes exercises you can do at home to improve your skills.

Both men and women are welcome .... the more, the merrier. The group will need a few volunteers to bring card tables.

You MUST REGISTER BY MONDAY AUGUST 8 in order for your workbook to be ordered and received in time for the classes. For more information or to indicate your interest, email Anne Fox or call her at 694-7334.



Older Drivers
Posted July 15, 2016

The Mature Driving Program & Bridgeway Health Services will co-sponsor a seminar about talking with an older driver regarding stopping or altering driving.

The 90-minute seminar will be held at the Whitney Library on Thursday, August 18 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. Refreshments will be served at 5:30.

Click on the flier for more information including info on pre-registration which is encouraged.


Be Careful During the Dog Days of Summer
Posted July 12, 2016

Over the past week, there have been two heat-related calls to 911 in White Bluff. The first responders of the WB VFD would like to remind you to be especially careful during the dog days of summer. People aged 65 and older are more susceptible to temperature changes and may overheat quickly.

The CDC recommends the following:

Stay Cool
Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness.
Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
Find an air-conditioned shelter.
Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
Avoid direct sunlight.
Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
Take cool showers or baths.
Check on those most at-risk twice a day.

Stay Hydrated
Because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat.
Drink more water than usual.
Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink more fluids.
Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
Remind others to drink enough water.

Stay Informed
Stay updated on local weather forecasts so you can plan activities safely when it's hot outside.
Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.
Learn the symptoms of heat illness.

Muscle cramping might be the first sign of heat-related illness, and may lead to heat exhaustion or stroke. Here is how you can recognize heat exhaustion and heat stroke and what to do:

Heat Exhaustion
Heavy sweating
Weakness
Cold, pale, and clammy skin
Fast, weak pulse
Nausea or vomiting
Fainting

What You Should Do

Move to a cooler location.
Lie down and loosen your clothing.
Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible.
Sip water.
If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.


Heat Stroke
High body temperature (above 103°F)*
Hot, red, dry or moist skin
Rapid and strong pulse
Possible unconsciousness

What You Should Do

Call 911 immediately — this is a medical emergency.
Move the person to a cooler environment.
Reduce the person's body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.
Do NOT give fluids.

And this specifically for those over 65

People aged 65 and older are more susceptible to temperature changes and may overheat quickly.  Special care must be taken to prevent heat related illnesses. 


Help Support PawPals
Posted June 20, 2016

Hill County Paw Pals is now an "adopt-a-shelter"! Do your online shopping through adoptashelter.com and Paw Pals gets a donation.

Here's how it works. Go to adoptashelter.com, click on Shelters, then Select a Shelter. Search for "Hill County Paw Pals" and click on "Shop Now".

You then get the online mall, from which you can search for an online retailer or scroll down the list. Some of the most popular sites are Expedia, Amazon, Petsmart, Walmart, Target, and ebay. Do your shopping, the donations will accrue, and PawPals will receive a check.


Food Co-op Delivers to Whitney
Posted June 20, 2016

Bountiful Baskets is a not-for-profit food co-op for people who want to have more fresh produce for less money. In order to participate, you must set up a free account on their website. You can order a regular basket for $15 or an organic basket for $25 (small processing fees additional).

Baskets are ordered online and then delivered to the Whitney Library at 7:30 pm on Fridays. If you fail to pickup your basket, the produce is donated to local fire departments. Each week's selection is different and you may also have the opportunity to buy specific seasonal items in bulk, such as strawberries during the summer.


Zumba Comes to White Bluff
Posted June 20, 2016

Zumba classes hosted by Shandell Sadoski are held every Monday & Wednesday evening from 6:45-7:45pm. The cost of class is $5 per class or $35 for 10 classes.

The classes are held in the Lonestar Room at the Cascade pool. Come dance your way into fitness.


Vacation Bible School Comes to WB on June 22-26
Posted May 10, 2016

White Bluff Chapel's 2016 VBS will be held from Wednesday June 22 through Sunday June 26. Children 3 through 12 are welcome to participate. Teenagers and adults may sign up to volunteer to help with the younger kids.

This year's theme is "Cave Quest: Following Jesus, The Light of the World". For more information, click on the flier in this article or go the the White Bluff Chapel website.

VBS Child Registration Form
VBS Volunteer Form


Community Garage Sale on May 7
Posted May 2, 2016

Several White Bluff families are hosting a community garage sale this Saturday, May 7, from 9 am untill 4 pm. It will be held in the Champions Realty parking lot across FM 933 from the White Bluff entrance.

Anyone is welcome to set up and man their own table or just come and shop. For more information, email Kathy Richey or call her at 694-0264.

Remember, one person's trash is another person's treasure.


WB 5K Fun Run / Walk on June 11 to Benefit WB VFD
Posted April 25, 2016

EVENT CANCELLED

The White Bluff Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor a 5K Fun Run / Walk on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Registration is 7:30 am - 8:00 am at the Rustic Pool pavilion, and the run/walk will begin at 8:30 am sharp. Photos from past events are posted on the event's facebook page.

Online registration and payment of the registration fee are new this year. A snail mail option is also available. Registration and payment information is available on the WBVFD webpage.

The entry fee of $25 includes a t-shirt for those who register and pay by Saturday, May 28. For more information, you can email Nancy Gibson or call her at 254-694-4226.


Quilt Raffle Tickets Go On Sale May 21
Posted April 25, 2016

For the sixth year in a row, the "Going to Pieces" quilting group of White Bluff has made a quilt that will be raffled off on October 8 at the VFD BBQ Fundraiser. This year's quilt features autumn colors - reds, golds, and greens with a touch of blue and purple.

Raffle tickets go on sale on Saturday, May 21, at the annual POA meeting. The meeting will begin at 10 am at the New Course pro shop, and raffle tickets can be bought before or after the meeting. The winner need not be present on October 8 to win.



WB Ladies Golf Tournament on Apr 25
Posted March 28, 2016

The 15th Annual Bluebonnet event sponsored by the White Bluff Ladies Golf Association will be held this year on Monday, April 25. This is a "Two Lady Best Ball" format tournament. The event gets underway with an 8:30 am shotgun start at the New Course.

One entry form per 2-person team should be submitted by Friday, April 15. For more information, email Carolyn Kuhlmann or Linda Yeary.


Kids Summer Program
Posted March 28, 2016

Lake Whitney Public Library will again be holding a Summer Program for kids on Thursday mornings for six weeks in June and July. Horticulturists, firefighters, police officers and others will be demoing / explaining water safety, electricity, dinosaurs, horses and more.

The programs will be held at the Library located at 602 E Jefferson Ave beginning at 10:30 am from June 9 through July 14. Click on the flier or call the Library at 694-4639 for more information.


Messiah Concert
Posted March 28, 2016

The Bosque Chorale will present its Spring concert on Friday, April 15. The Lenten / Easter postion of the Messiah will be performed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clifton at 7:30 pm.

More information is available on the concert flier or at the chorale website. Email John or Caroline Upchurch for tickets or if you have further questions.



Help WB VFD to Help You
Posted March 21, 2016

There are two things you can do after you call 911 to help the WB VFD get to you as quickly as possible. If anyone in the house is able, then

  • Be sure that the front door is unlocked
  • If it is dark, turn an outside light on so the fire department can locate the home quickly. Also, turn on inside lights so they can see where they are going once they enter the house.

These two simple things can make a difference.



Easter Sunday Activities
Posted March 21, 2016

On Easter Sunday, March 27, White Bluff Chapel will hold a 7 am sunrise service on the hillside overlooking the marina.  Please bring lawn chairs or blankets.  Parking is available at the site.

Following the service, there will be a breakfast served at the White Bluff Chapel fellowship hall. Everyone is welcome to attend both the service and the breakfast. 

Later that morning, White Bluff Resort will host activities around the Lighthouse Restaurant from 11am to 1pm. This will include Easter egg hunts by age groups: 0-2 yrs., 3-6 yrs., and 6-10 years old. They will also have a bounce house, craft table and Easter cookie decorating. The Easter Bunny will make his grand entrance at 11am and will be available for pictures.


WBC Arts & Crafts Show
Posted March 21, 2016

Mark your calendar now for this year's Arts & Crafts Show to be held at White Bluff Chapel on Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23. Hours are expected to be 10 to 5 on Saturday and 10 to around 4 on Sunday.

Those artists and craftspeople interested in participating should email Harry Seurkamp or Ginger Seurkamp or call them at 694-7206.


Save the Date - WB VFD BBQ Fundraiser on Oct 8
Posted March 3, 2016

The 10th annual WB VFD BBQ & Street Dance Fundraiser will be held this year on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Tickets go on sale in person at the WB POA annual meeting in May. New for 2016, you can purchase couples, singles, and kids tickets online now.

This annual event is the primary fundraiser for the VFD and always draws a good crowd. Make plans to save that evening for a great time with your neighbors.


Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group in WB / Whitney
Posted March 3, 2016

Christine Schroeder-Morren* of the North Central Texas chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is facilitating a support group for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients. Meetings are free of charge and held the 1st Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at White Bluff Chapel. The meetings offer a confidential environment for attendees and are open to everyone.

Help with issues such as the Do's and Don'ts of working with persons with Dementia, How to find Respite Care, Emergency Room Visits, Behaviors, Money Matters, Legal Plans, Basic of Alzheimer's Disease and many more topics are discussed.

* UPDATED Contact Information as of April 8, 2016:

For additional information, go to the Alzheimer's Association website, call the North Central Texas Chapter office in Waco at 254-753-7722, or call Tricia Shelton, a WB resident, at 325-658-1343. As a former Alzheimer's professional supporting 10 counties in West Texas and a former caregiver to an Alzheimer's family member, she is ready to guide you through this new journey and encourages your participation in a support group.

Aggie Gladbach of WB is serving as an assistant support group leader and is uniquely qualified to offer her insights into caregiving through her work with hospice.


Dial 911 for Emergencies
Posted February 10, 2016

In case of an emergency, dial 911. The 911 dispatcher will then dispatch the appropriate first responders to your home.

DO NOT call Security first. This will only delay the response to your emergency.


Electronics Recycling
Posted February 10, 2016

WBVFD will again offer as a benefit to White Bluff residents the transport of items to Itasca for Hilco's recycling program. Please refer to the list of acceptable items that was included in your Hilco bill and also on the Hilco website.

You may bring your items to the fire station at any time and place them by the flag pole. The items will be taken inside the building each evening. If you need assistance with getting an item to the fir station, email Guin McGinnis or call him at 694-2187.

Please have your items at the fire station prior to March 30.

Note: Hilco does not accept loose batteries for recycling, but both Home Depot and Lowes accept Lithion Ion batteries at their Customer Service desks.


Beverage Can Recycling
Posted February 10, 2016

White Bluff VFD has a blue barrel outside the fire station for dropping off beverage cans to be recycled. Please place only aluminum beverage cans in here. This is not meant for cans that contained food.


Calling All Knitters and Crocheters
Posted January 6, 2016

For those ladies who like to knit and crochet, need a refresher course or are interested in learning, the WB Knit & Crochet group is the place for you. They meet at White Bluff Chapel on the first and third Monday mornings of each month from 10 am to noon, in the Children’s Sunday School room. The hats and small lap robes that they make are sent to the Children's Medical Center of Dallas Chemo Department and the adult lap robes are sent to patients of Providence Hospice of Whitney.

You do not have to be a member of the White Bluff Chapel to attend. Bring a G or H crochet hook and the group will provide yarn to get you started. They work from yarn that has been donated to the group. If you are a beginner, you may want to purchase a ball of “Sugar 'n Cream” yarn (available at Walmart and craft stores) to get started by making a dish cloth. 

The group enjoys the twice-a-month fellowship and has a lot of fun creating these community projects. Children's Medical Center of Dallas and the Providence Hospice of Whitney are very appreciative of and thankful for their charity. 

Email Sandy Cannon or call her at 254-694-1983 for more information.


Women's Bible Study at WB
Posted January 6, 2016

Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) is an non-denominational in-depth Bible Study.

There is a satellite group that meets at White Bluff Chapel on Thursdays at 10 am, for women only.

They are having an introductory meeting for anyone who might be interested in joining their current study of Revelation. This intro class will be held on January 21 at 10 am. The group is open to all women in the Whitney area.

Email Nancie Yarbro or call her at 254-315-2076 with any questions.


WB Chapel VBS 2016
Posted January 2, 2016

White Bluff Chapel Vacation Bible School will have a new look and a new schedule for 2016.  3 through 12 year old children will begin the experience each morning, Wednesday, June 22 through Sunday, June 26.  10 through 12 year olds can also participate in mission based activities and field trips each afternoon. 

Registration will be available in May along with the hours of operation. Email Kay Lea Scott for more information.



Recycling Greeting Cards
Posted January 2, 2016

Linda and Ned Wilmarth are collecting used greeting cards for recycling on behalf of St Jude's Ranch for Children in Texas and Nevada. Used greeting cards, including Christmas cards and especially birthday and thank-you cards, are being collected.

The children of St Jude's participate in making new cards by removing the fronts of the cards and attaching a new back made with recycled paper.

If you would like to help, you can drop off any used cards that you have in the box by the front door at the Wilmarth home at 46010 White Bluff Dr. You can cut off the backs and drop off just the fronts, or you can drop off the entire card. Greeting cards with handwriting on the back side of the front of the card cannot be used.

For more information on the program, go to the St Jude's greeting card recycling program website.



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