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Les Cockrell: Ann’s Haven VNA schedules training program

Ann’s Haven VNA has scheduled an 18-hour training program for volunteers in August, according to an announcement from Ginny Hudson, Ann’s Haven volunteer coordinator.

The training session will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17, 24 and 31, and prospective volunteers should complete all the sessions.

The training will be held at Ann’s Haven VNA, 325 W. McKinney St., Suite 101 in Denton. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided all three days, but participants are welcome to bring a sack lunch.

Seating is limited, and those interested can call Hudson at 940-349-5900 to reserve a place.

Hospice volunteers are essential members of the hospice team and assist in many ways, according to the announcement. Individuals who are interested in helping terminally ill patients and their families who reside in Denton County are invited to inquire about opportunities.

Direct patient care volunteers provide support for people with a terminal illness and their families through visits, caregiver relief and assistance with errands.

Volunteers also assist with clerical duties, special projects and bereavement services.

Training gives volunteers a clear understanding of hospice philosophy and teaches them to become effective caregivers for patients and their families, the announcement stated.

Topics covered include the interdisciplinary team, spiritual and cultural diversity, family dynamics and bereavement.

VNA encourages family members to wait a minimum of one year following the death of a loved one before volunteering as a hospice patient care volunteer or bereavement support volunteer.

For more information about Ann’s Haven Hospice, visit .


Library to offer class on making a film from digital clips

An upcoming class at Denton’s North Branch Library will teach how to make a film from digital clips.

The class, inspired by Cory Doctorow’s book Pirate Cinema — Short Film Creation, will be offered from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a press release from the library.

The class will teach participants how to make a piece of art or create a short film using video clips. Participants will learn how to rip clips legally from the Web and assemble them into short films, the press release stated.

The North Branch Library is located at 3020 N. Locust St. To register for the class, call 940-349-8752 or e-mail


Local conservation priorities topic of annual meeting

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Denton County Soil and Water Conservation District have scheduled a local work group meeting from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday at the Joseph A. Carroll Building, 401 W. Hickory St. in Denton.

The annual meeting, which is open to the public, is to set local conservation priorities and to discuss conservation topics and issues relevant to helping Denton County farmers and ranchers better conserve on-farm natural resources, according to a press release.

In addition to updating attendees on recent conservation efforts, officials will also collect public input to help guide future conservation activities. Farmers, ranchers and all others interested in obtaining USDA technical and financial assistance to improve private land in Denton County are invited to participate.

For more information, contact Steven Ray, Natural Resources Conservation Service District Conservationist, at 940-383-2691, extension 3. For more information, visit the website at .


City sponsors certified water quality monitoring training

The city of Denton will sponsor certified water quality monitoring training Aug. 7 and 8 in the conference room of the main City Hall, 215 E. McKinney St., city officials announced recently.

There is no cost for the training, but registration is required by contacting Mendie Schmidt at 940-349-7141 or

Phase I of the training will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and phase II will be offered 12:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7. Phase III training will be offered in another location at a later date.

Optional advanced training on bacteriological and nutrient monitoring will be available from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and 10 a.m. to noon, respectively, Thursday, Aug. 8.

The training, to certify new volunteers, is part of the statewide Texas Stream Team program, a network of trained volunteers and supportive partners working together to gather information about the natural resources of Texas. Texas Stream Team is administered through a cooperative partnership between Texas State University, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to the press release.

For more information about the city of Denton’s watershed protection program, visit For more information about the Texas Stream Team program, visit .


CoServ foundation donates to victims of tragedies

The CoServ Charitable Foundation recently donated $25,000 to survivors of the May tornadoes that struck Oklahoma and Granbury, as well as victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, according to a CoServ press release.

Most of the foundation’s grants are distributed to local community-based nonprofit organizations and first-responders within the CoServ community, but when a pressing need in areas not served by CoServ arises, the foundation can respond using unrestricted funds — money raised through the foundation’s annual golf tournament and CoServ Employee fundraisers and payroll deductions, according to the press release.

Nearly 400 electric co-op members from at least four different electric distribution systems had their homes and businesses destroyed or heavily damaged by tornadoes in May, said Sid Sperry, director of public relations for the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives.

“The CoServ Charitable Foundation’s gift of $5,000 is tremendously appreciated,” Sperry said.

The CoServ Charitable Foundation also provided $10,000 to the West Volunteer Fire Department for relief efforts after the fertilizer plant explosion and $10,000 to the American Red Cross to help victims of the May tornado that swept through the Granbury area.

Since its founding in 2004, the foundation has awarded nearly 500 grants to help fund activities and organizations that make a difference in 48 communities in North Texas. For more information about the foundation and its ongoing assistance efforts in communities served by CoServ, visit CoServ Charitable Foundation or the CoServ Facebook page.


Free conference available for caregivers

A free conference on Alzheimer’s disease titled “Practical Help for Hardworking Caregivers” will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church of Denton, according to a press release from organizers.

The conference is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association in conjunction with Stepping Stones Activity and Socialization Group and will be held in Flinn Hall at the church located at 201 S. Locust St. To register, call 1-800-272-3900 or go online at .

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