LIVINGSTON – Care-givers and infants are invited to “come have fun at the library” at 10:30 a.m. each Thursday for “Baby and Me” programs at the Livingston Municipal Library, 707 N. Tyler.
“Baby and Me” story time is for babies and caregivers and during which Nita Kuehn leads the group in songs, finger plays and reading books. The caregiver and baby interact with each other during these activities.
After Kuehn’s program, the caregivers are given the opportunity to read to the baby. A play and stay session is next while moms interact with each other. This has proven very beneficial to the caregiver and to the baby.
he library has other weekly activities including Story Time for children 5-8 years old is every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Different story tellers will present the program each week and some weeks may feature science and/or crafts.
On Tuesday mornings at 11 the library hosts Toddler Time for toddlers up to age 5. Kuehn also uses puppetry, finger plays and songs during these programs and counting and colors are featured each week.
Family members are welcome to come to any of these events.
For more information please contact Kuehn at 936-327-4252 or check the library’s web page at www.livingstonlibrary.net for additional events.
ACE - Thanks to a grant from the Texas A&M Forest Service, the South Polk County Volunteer Fire Department reached a milestone as it was able to purchase a new tanker truck that will provide more water to fire scenes in the area.
The new 2017 Kenworth T-370 Tanker, built by Fouts Brothers, has a capacity of 3,000 gallons and is the first machine of its kind at the small fire department in Ace.
According to Fire Chief Christopher Moehlmann, the truck was a much-needed upgrade from the department’s older trucks.
“It has doubled our capacity and now we can get more water to these rural areas that don’t have pressure water sources,” he said. “We will also better assist the other local departments.”
Representatives from the Texas A&M Forest Service visited Ace on Tuesday to formally present the $200,000 grant check to Moehlmann, Asst. Chief Richard Tullos and Asst. Chief Randy Touchet. Local officials were also present, including Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy, State Rep. James White and representatives from U.S. Representative Brian Babin’s office.
The grant was issued under the Texas Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program, which provides funding to rural departments for the acquisition of vehicles, equipment and training. The amount granted for the tanker was a 90 percent matching fund, provided by the Texas A&M Forest Service.
The South County VFD was able to provide the remaining $22,225, most of which came from community fundraising efforts in the past year.
“Without the community’s help, this would not be possible.” said Moehlmann. “We are very thankful for their support.”
The department’s next Annual Fall Fundraiser event will take place Oct. 1 from 11 a.m – 2 p.m. and includes all-you-can-eat soup, chili and sandwiches for $10 a plate.
Community members are welcome to visit the fire station on Mondays for training at 6:30 p.m. to check out the new tanker. For more information, visit the South Polk County VFD Facebook page at facebook.com/SPCVFD.