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Today's Weather
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Click The Tab To Learn The History Of The Name
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Doris Sanders has recently posted several interesting articles about Poolville history on the Facebook group “Poolville History."  If Poolville ever has a public library or a chamber of commerce, Doris should be in charge of it. She has shelves of books and clippings about Poolville happenings, most of which are thoroughly organized so she can find anything she wants in short order. This may not be unusual for her, but I am very jealous.  If you are not a Facebook person, don't worry.  As she posts new historical happenings, they will appear here.
Remember Poolville When
1906 Poolville Publishing co.- " While the health of the country is always good, this is such an attractive place in which to live that it has always had a high class of professional men, and the town is especially proud of its physicians. The health officer of the county resides here, and all of the three physicians, who are all..... (word was not readable due to fold or worn spot), stand at the top of the profession in this county. There is no jealousness among them, and they practice in perfect accord. The three physicians are Dr. W. J. Sparks, Dr. J. A. McConnell and Dr. W. H. Carter."

Dr. Sparks has a memorial marker on the square.
It is believed that Dr. Kinnard was the first physician in the village.
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The Downunder Horsemanship Website
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Poolville Happenings
In an effort to raise awareness for Poolville Tennis, Coach Ben Coggins has brought back "Tennis Tonight," something that once happened here in years past but has not been a part of the tennis scene for quite a while. "Tennis Tonight" is a monthly event for Poolville ISD staff, administration, students, parents, and residents of Poolville to come out to the high school courts and enjoy some fun and maybe even play a little tennis!

Tennis Tonight is a once a month event, repeating the first Thursday of each month 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  All skills levels are invited to attend and all PISD students, parents, staff, and administration are welcome to participate. The PHS Tennis Team will provide cold bottled water and light refreshments / fruit.
Tennis Tonight - Will Resume in February
Poolville FFA has made a change to the way it will present the monthly floral arrangements.  Instead of posting a photo, they will give a description (colors and flowers).  This will make the arrangement a little more of a nice surprise according to Hope Sorrels of the Ag. Department.  

January arrangement will be: Gatsby Themed! A little winter wonderland meets the fun roaring '20s. Colors will be white, cream, light pink with accents from the classic The Great Gatsby, and have the classic look with roses, carnations, throw in some fun with eucalyptus and leather leaf greenery. 
Monthly Flowers Available - New Procedure
Poolville Third Graders Honor Veterans
Text & Photos by Greg Bade
Area Happenings
His slow walk and western drawl would hardly reveal the talent that comes from his working cowboy hands, but underneath the hat and behind the glasses there is the warm sparkle of a man who knows horses and how to draw them.

It has been a busy week for renowned western artist Chuck DeHaan. On Thursday (10-24) he was honored at a special banquet where he and a few others were inducted into the Texas Trail of Fame. The following Monday he was the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Weatherford Art Association.

Mr. DeHaan spent an hour before a very attentive audience talking about the way he goes about creating images for his paintings, demonstrating everything from horses to people to trees to rabbits. In his dry western humor he explained to never begin a drawing thinking it will be fantastic or in his words, “the best drawing of a horse ever made.” He admitted that his first attempts, even now, are likely to be “ugly.” His method is to get a basic image on paper with pencil so that anyone could recognize it as what it is supposed to be. Once that is done, look at it and begin making adjustments. Since horses are what he knows best, he offered much explanation as to the anatomy of a horse and the generally accepted and expected proportions.

He emphasized that what he as an artist wants to do is to capture the spirit of the horse he is drawing. What makes that horse different and what makes that horse worthy of a painting. When painting from a photograph, he offered that a good look at the photograph must happen first, but then the photo should be placed aside, and the spirit should be rekindled by what the artist remembers from the photo.

His process for creating a painting is intensive. First comes a pencil drawing – a rough sketch trying to create a shape that anyone would recognize. The next step is to place a piece of onion skin paper over the pencil sketch and make “corrections” using a different color pencil. When those corrections are made, a third piece of onion skin paper is placed over the second, and the final details a sketched in yet another color. The onion skin paper prevents numerous erasures and smudges of the first pencil drawing.

For his demonstration at the meeting he used charcoal and white paper that would allow erasures, but they did smudge.

About half way through his presentation, someone in the audience asked if he always painted with his hat on. As only an old cowboy could reply, he answered, “Unless I take it off.”

The crux of his presentation was this: “This is the way I do it. It may not work for you, but I hope that you were able to get something usable from what I have told you.” 

Demonstrating How To Get The Proportions Correct
Whether it is a human, a horse, a tree, a barn or a rabbit, the first step is to get something on the page that anyone could recognize.  It's okay to start with ugly.  It gives you somewhere to go.
Noted Artist Chuck DeHaan
Presents at Weatherford Art Association
Article & Photos by Greg Bade
Chuck DeHaan was recently inducted into the Texas Trail of Fame.
Third graders from the classes of Kim Thomas, Angela 

Smeal and Erika Jones made their way to the Poolville 

Cemetery today (Friday 11-8) to place U.S. flags on the 

graves of veterans. It's an annual tradition for the third 

grades to do this the week before Veteran's Day. This year

 the activity was delayed due to weather, but they got it 

done.  Good job students!
Kim Thomas and her students read the headstone and prepare to place a flag.
Poolville's only parade which is held on Veteran's 

Day, has been cancelled this year due to weather. 

Temperatures are supposed to drop significantly and

 rain is predicted. The program at the elementary 

school gymnasium and the luncheon at the 

Methodist church are still being held.
Veteran's Day Program Article and Photos at the Bottom of the Page
Veteran's Honored by Community
Article & Photos by Greg Bade
Despite the fact that the season’s first norther blew in with a vengeance around 9:00 this morning, the gymnasium at the elementary school was filled with students, parents and community members to honor veterans. The indoor ceremony is usually preceded by a parade, but that was canceled late last week due to the impending weather.

After the colors were posted by local scouts and the opening prayer was offered by Superintendent Jeff Kirby, a rousing rendition of the National Anthem was sung by student Haylinn Charles.
There were many different readings by students honoring veterans, but perhaps the most stirring part of the program was the introducing of the veterans by the students. Each veteran was called out by a student and was given a token of appreciation for his or her service.
Another highlight of the program was the unfolding of a giant flag by the students of the Poolville FFA.
Toward the end of the ceremony, Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA was played, and everyone rose to their feet and began waiving US flags.
The program concluded with Ken Steele – US Air Force, playing Taps from the stands.  To hear what he played, click the photo.
By this time the weather had changed significantly, so the expected crowd did not materialize at the Methodist church where a luncheon was served to honor the veterans. There were around thirty-five people in attendance, but there have been years where the number is much larger.
Fifth Graders of the Monarch Council were tapped to help serve the meal to the veterans.
The oldest veteran in attendance was Curly Talmage, age 97, who served in the Marine Corps and was part of the Asiatic Pacific Campaign (1941-1945). Curly was present at the Battle of Iwo Jima and is a member of Poolville United Methodist Church. 
Poolville Pooch Finally Found:  A Feel -  Good Story
On November 14th, the Poolville Post received a request from a Poolville reader to post information about a missing dog name Kate. At that time the dog had been missing for six days. Two days later the owners reported that the dog had been found. The touching story is printed below.

Kate belongs to my brother Tyler and his wife Sara. She went missing the morning that her owners lost their bull mastiff Moxie to cancer. Kate and their Great Dane got out of their backyard in Poolville. Later that day the Great Dane came back home, without Kate. Tyler and Sara and multiple family members went out searching for hours. Kate was posted on many lost dog sites and Facebook pages. We checked shelters, the chipping company, and the humane society. So many people shared Kate's missing flyer. 

Poolville schools shared Kate's picture with the kids. That night, the cold front came through, dropping the temperature into the teens. The next night had a chill factor of 5°. We continued to search and share her picture daily. So many were praying for Kate. On the evening of the 18th we got a call from Sid and Shelly Matcham, who said they saw Kate on Turpin Lake Rd. She was too afraid to come to them when they called her. Tyler and Sara were in Fort Worth, but turned around and headed back to Poolville. 

Knowing they were an hour away still, Tyler called our brother Chance, our Mom, and myself (all live in Poolville) to get out there and see if she would come to us.
 It was dark by then, and Kate was in a field, hiding next to some loud gas pump machinery. Kate wouldn't come to us, but she didn't run away. We would call her and she would bark and cry. This went on for over an hour until Tyler and Sara got there. Tyler said that Kate was too scared to come to him until he pointed his flashlight at his own face, then she knew who he was. 
Kate survived single digit temperatures, high winds, rain, coyotes, and no food, all alone for 8 days. The family wants to thank everyone that shared and searched and prayed for sweet Kate. Kate is now home with her family. Prayers were answered.
Story & Photos by Chalyn Weaver
Editor's Note:

There are many positive stories to tell about life in our little community, but as any of us with pets know, stories of lost dogs or cats do not always have a happy ending. This story touched especially touched me because it was a Poolville story.  Thanks to Chalyn Weaver for contacting the Poolville Post and for sharing the happy reunion of Kate and her family.  The Poolville Post is always happy to post missing pets .
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