Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Good catches snagged during annual Pecan youth fishing tournament




A Mississippi native who has been a Texas transplant for 28 years, Diane Long is a wife, mother and English teacher who has written Pecan Plantation Bits for 14 years cumulatively. She spends her time gathering neighborhood news and teaching students how to avoid passive voice.


The PAC staff hosted a favorite annual event last week when the youth fishing tournament took place at the pond on the No. 10 hole of Pecan’s golf course. A solid crowd of young people along with generous adult volunteers baited hooks, reeled in lines, and weighed and recorded the catches. The temperate morning weather made the outing a most pleasant one.

The PAC calendar for the youngest residents of Pecan overflows with summer activities.  Members may see a full viewing in “The Columns” as well as at the PAC front desk.


Saturday, June 24, brings the much-anticipated Volunteer Fire Department/Emergency Medical Service Auxiliary’s golf tournament fundraiser. Countless hours and numerous volunteers have been hard at work preparing for the festivities of the day as teams are set, and players are ready for the course. Pecaners do, however, still have a way to participate and support our emergency volunteers because raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the clubhouse pavilion until 4 p.m., at which time drawings will occur.

As Lana Robinson wrote, “Thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes have been donated by generous businesses and individuals as an additional fundraising activity in connection with the 2023 Auxiliary golf tournament.”

Robinson emphasizes how the Auxiliary thanks these prize donors and relies on the sale of raffle tickets both to make the tournament a fun day as well as to achieve fundraising goals.

Prizes may be viewed and tickets bought until drawing time; winners do not have to be present to win. All proceeds from the day benefit Pecan’s emergency service personnel.


Road work scheduled to begin last week is slightly delayed and currently holds a tentative start date of Monday, June 26.  Residents will receive updates as they are available.

Folks will see crews first on Prospect Hill before moving to Brierfield, Bellechase, and Monticello. Completion of the work will provide smoother, improved streets in our community. Work will take several weeks to accomplish, and residents are asked to be patient and understanding during the construction schedule.


Missoula Children’s Theater is coming to Pecan for its annual summer appearance, and this year’s play of choice is Cinderella.  Auditions will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 26 at the PAC gym and are open to students entering first grade through 12th grade. Actors must be available for rehearsals for the entire week, both morning and afternoon, as well as for both performances on Saturday, July 1.

Participation in this event is free, and attendees may sign up for audition times at the PAC: 817-573-7952.


Pecan’s Widows and Widowers Club will meet again on Tuesday, June 27, and the location has moved to the EMS building located on Monticello Drive. The group has grown to approximately 40 members and invites fellow Pecan widows and widowers to join its next gathering.

The evening will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by a picnic dinner at 6. Sloppy Joe sandwiches will be provided by Chef Jordan Ray, and attendees will contribute sides and desserts. Guitarist Carolyn Troland will provide music and “campfire sing-along” tunes, and corn hole, golf disc toss, and Chutes and Ladders will complete the evening. Cool and casual dress is welcome.

Folks desiring more information about the group and its upcoming meeting should contact Caryl Mahaffey at caryl.mahaffey@charter.net. The club is open to all widows and widowers living in Pecan.


Pecan’s Breakfast Club will meet again on Wednesday, June 28 with breakfast service beginning at 8 a.m. and the program at 9. Ben Anthony of Anthony Enterprises and Steve Guy, Project Manager for Patten Properties, will be present for an extended question and answer session. Reservations and breakfast selections are due by noon on Tuesday, June 27. Call 817-573-2641.


The golf pro shop announces that play on Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4, will follow the regular lottery plan. The LGA will not be on the course on that morning.


Pecaners are anticipating the Pecan Plantation Art Guild’s Fine Art Show 2023 coming up on Friday, July 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Pecan clubhouse ballroom. The PPAG boasts a wealth of talent, and the show will provide neighbors an opportunity to admire the work of guild members.


A “castle-full” of little princesses, all adorned in gowns, tiaras, and jewels, occupied the clubhouse ballroom last week for Pecan’s annual “Princess Tea Party.” Approximately 50 royal ladies sipped tea from antique teacups, enjoyed tasty treats, and participated in songs, crafts, and story time with Kay Jones. Thank you to Joi Keahey, Janie Honea, Elizabeth Honea, and the PAC staff for making this event filled with “cuteness overload” happen.


Pecan’s Archery/Air Gun Association held an archery camp earlier this month for the youngest shooters in our community, and the event was very much “on target.” Loads of gratitude go to the volunteers and participants for making this happy gathering happen.

dianedlong@yahoo.com | 817-579-9360