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Whitesboro Hosts Ninth Community Art Show
March 31, 2016

The Whitesboro Parks and Recreation Department hosted its ninth art show, now known as the Shauney P. Lucas Community Art Show, March 18th through 20th at the Jimmie O. Rector Community Center. PARD Director Penny Renfroe declared the event a great success. “We exhibited a total of 342 pieces of art from 54 different artists! We are so grateful to the local artists for submitting a great variety of art for the community to enjoy! We are really blessed to have such talent here, and fortunate to be able to display some fascinating pieces of art! We even had several professional artists participating! What a treasure we have right here in Whitesboro!”

In addition to the entries from community artists, there were over 100 photos by Shauney Lucas on display. This was an opportunity to publicize the Shauney P. Lucas Memorial, and photos were sold to raise money for the fund that grants multiple scholarships. Anyone interested may still donate to that fund by contacting Karen at eklbain@yahoo.com.

The show began on Friday evening with a reception for the public to meet the artists. Renfroe said, “I personally enjoy the artists’ reception because I get to meet the talented people of our community and ask them about their work, their history, and the perspective of their different pieces. It’s also gratifying to hear the older artists encourage the younger artists! And I think the chance to compliment someone on their work is rewarding! It’s always meaningful to the artists to see that people notice and appreciate their work!”

The reception was co-hosted by the Whitesboro History Club. “The ladies of this organization add so much to this event by hosting the reception. We are so fortunate to have them as co-sponsor for the art show! They are great hosts for the entire weekend,” added Renfroe. The show continued on Saturday and Sunday with an opportunity for the public to view the display.

The Whitesboro Parks and Recreation Department’s first art show was held in 2008. The fourth show held in 2011 was renamed for Shauney Lucas, a PARD employee and local artist that was killed in an accident in 2010. Renfroe added, "We enjoy providing an opportunity to celebrate the creativity and talent of our community. Having organized the first Community Art Show with Shauney, it's such a fitting way to remember her and to continue to be inspired by her life and her talent!"

If you have an idea for a community special event, call the PARD office at 903.564.5964. For more information about PARD activities, visit the website at www.whitesborotexas.com/PARD.


Boy Scouts Honor Whitesboro Hero Charlie Baum

“Life is good. I do not harbor any animosity for the things that happened to me. Would I do it all again? Yes, I sure would. We’re the luckiest people on earth. You’ve got to go through something to appreciate it.” ~~ Charlie Baum

These words seem surprising coming from the man that enlisted voluntarily in the Army Air Corps, endured the 100 mile Bataan Death March, survived forty-two months as a prisoner of war, and weighed eighty-six pounds when he was freed. Whitesboro native Charles Baum, World War II veteran, was the epitome of honor, courage, valor, and fortitude. Lest the sacrifice of this hero be forgotten, a local Boy Scout is on a mission to create a lasting memorial to Mr. Baum.

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Whitesboro Hosts Fifth Community Art Show
March 2015

The Whitesboro Parks and Recreation Department hosted its eight art show, now known as the Shauney P. Lucas Community Art Show, March 6th through 8th at the Jimmie O. Rector Community Center.  PARD Director Penny Renfroe declared the event a great success.  “We exhibited a total of 286 pieces of art from 40 different artists!  We are so grateful to the local artists for submitting a great variety of art for the community to enjoy!  We are really blessed to have such talent here, and to be able to display an amazing quality of pieces!  We even had several professional artists participating!  What a treasure we have right here in Whitesboro!”

Shauney P. Lucas Art Show

In addition to the entries from community artists, there were over 100 photos by Shauney Lucas on display.  This was an opportunity to publicize the Shauney P. Lucas Memorial Fund, and photos were sold to raise money for the fund that grants multiple scholarships.  Anyone interested may still donate to that fund by calling Karen at 903.564.5964.

The show began on Friday evening with a reception for the public to meet the artists.  Renfroe said, “I personally enjoy the artists’ reception because I get to see young artists interact with older counterparts!  It’s gratifying to hear the older artists encourage the younger artists!  And I think the chance to compliment someone on their work is rewarding!  It’s always meaningful to the artists to see that people notice and appreciate their work!”  Participating artists ranged in age from 5 years to age 89!  

The reception was co-hosted by the Whitesboro History Club.  “The ladies of this organization add so much to this event by hosting the reception.  We are so fortunate to have them as co-sponsor for the art show!  They are great hosts for the entire weekend,” added Renfroe.  The show continued on Saturday and Sunday with an opportunity for the public to view the display.

 
The Parks and Recreation Department’s first art show was held in 2008.  The fourth show held in 2011 was renamed for Shauney Lucas, a PARD employee and local artist that was killed in an accident in 2010.  Renfroe added, "We enjoy providing an opportunity to celebrate the creativity and talent of our community. Having organized the first Community Art Show with Shauney, it's such a fitting way to remember her and to continue to be inspired by her life and her talent!"

If you have an idea for a community special event, call the PARD office at 903.564.5964. 



Whitesboro Hosts Fifth Community Art Show (2014)

The Whitesboro Parks and Recreation Department hosted its Shauney P. Lucas Community Art Show March 1st through 3rd at the Jimmie O. Rector Community Center.  PARD Director Penny Renfroe declared the event a great success.  “We exhibited a total of 302 pieces of art!  We are so grateful to the local artists, as well as the local schools, for submitting a great variety of art for the community to enjoy!” 

  


In addition to the entries from community artists, there were over 100 photos by Shauney Lucas on display.  This was an opportunity to publicize the Shauney P. Lucas Memorial Fund, and photos were sold to raise money for the fund.  Anyone interested may still donate to that fund by calling Karen at 903 564-5964.

The show began at the Jimmie O. Rector Community Center on Friday evening with a reception for the public to meet the artists.  Renfroe said, “Many of the participating artists attended.  I personally enjoy the chance to visit with the artists about their lives and their work.  It’s always fun to hear old friends say, ‘wow, I didn’t know you could do that!’ to someone they’ve known for years.”  Participating artists ranged in age from 4 years to age 90!

The reception was co-hosted by the Whitesboro History Club.  “The ladies of this organization add so much to this event by hosting the reception.  We are so fortunate to have them as co-sponsor for the art show!  They are great hosts for the entire weekend,” added Renfroe.

The show continued on Saturday and Sunday with an opportunity for the public to view the work.  Renfroe went on to say, “Our community is blessed with talent.  Once again, I’m encouraged to see the talent from our young people.  We had art work from Whitesboro Middle and High Schools, Collinsville and S&S high schools.”  This year a new attraction was added, as the Whitesboro Middle School art program hosted a live demonstration of coiling.  “We are grateful to Miriam Wallace for arranging the demonstration and including two of her students!  What a great addition to the show!”
If you have an idea for a community special event, call the PARD office at 903.564.5964.  For more information about PARD activities, visit the website at www.whitesborotexas.com/pard


Shauney Lucas Scholarship Fund Announced

Shauney Lucas was tragically killed in an automobile accident in October, 2010 at the age of 18.  Shauney was an award-winning photographer who was just beginning her studies in Visual Arts and Photography.  At the time of her death, she was a student at Grayson County College, and she planned to attend Texas Women’s University.


Father & Daughter Dance big Success again in 2014!

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The Whitesboro Parks & Recreation Department has renamed its community art show after photographical artist, Shauney Lucas.    Read Shauney Lucas Story >> 


City Council Recognizes PARD Advisory Board
November 10, 2009

The mayor and members of the Whitesboro City Council recognized members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board at their meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2009.

Members were given a certificate of appreciation for their volunteer service to the citizens of Whitesboro.

Pictured are Mayor W.D. Welch, Chris Dobbs, Jim Schuessler, Jeff Butts, and Erin Attaway. Not pictured is Karen Holle.

The Parks and Recreation Department is grateful to the Advisory Board for the time, energy, creativity, and commitment. They, along with the hundreds of other volunteers, make possible the events and programs of the department. Thank you so very much!


Baillio Named TAAF Top Male Athlete of the Year
Januray 15, 2009

 

Baillio Family

  Pictured from left to right are Gerri, Hayden, and Lynn Baillio

Among the thousands of male athletes in the great state of Texas, Hayden Baillio has been declared number one by the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation.  On January 15, 2009 Baillio was presented with the prestigious Top Male Athlete of the Year award at the organization’s annual Hall of Fame Banquet. 

Baillio attended the banquet with his proud parents, Lynn and Gerri Baillio, and his coach, Brad Urban, along with Parks and Recreation Director Penny Renfroe.  Renfroe said of the event, “It was such an honor to see this young man represent our community to the state of Texas.  He is a man of character, dedication, and integrity.  I am so proud of him, and our entire community celebrates with him!”

On October 14, 2008 Baillio was recognized by the Mayor of Whitesboro and the Whitesboro City Council as the local Athlete of the Year for the Whitesboro Parks and Recreation Department and the Region VII Male Athlete of the Year for the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF).  Baillio’s face is easily recognized locally, as his picture appears on area billboards in his football uniform.  Now his name is easily recognized throughout the state of Texas for this latest achievement.

Hayden’s father, Lynn Baillio, says of the event, “It was a great honor to be included in that company.  It was room full of great athletes, and it was an honor to be there.  TAAF has been good for Hayden, and we really support their programs.”

Hayden is a 17 year old senior at Whitesboro High School, and has recently accepted a full scholarship with the University of Texas.  In 2001, he began participating in Whitesboro’s Parks and Recreation TAAF summer track program. Baillio has been throwing the shot put and discus since that time.  His accomplishments in TAAF and UIL competition are numerous.  He has competed at the local, regional, and state levels every year as a TAAF participant, and as a national TAAF participant in 2005 and 2007.  In UIL competition, Mr. Baillio has competed at the local, district, regional, and state level, and he recently was invited and competed in the Nike Outdoor Elite Track Meet, which was held in North Carolina.

Hayden Baillio was also a starter for Whitesboro High School’s football team and is on the school’s basketball and power lifting teams.  His efforts in power lifting have afforded him the opportunity to participate at the state level for three years.
Aside from his athletic accomplishments, Hayden is an honor student at Whitesboro High School and a member of the First Baptist Church.  He was a member of the prom committee and has volunteered the past two summers as a mentor for SEEK camp, a summer camp designed for autistic children. 

Coach Brad Urban says of Baillio, “His effort to excel is remarkable.  Hayden is self-motivated and can be seen practicing, alone, in the weight room and disc and shot put rings for hours at a time.  His accomplishments are many, but his good nature and respect for other athletes and the sport of track and field makes him the ideal choice for this honor.”

Mr. Baillio is also a model for sportsmanship.  During practices, Hayden will instruct the younger shot put and discus throwers.  He is an excellent role model for these young athletes.  There have been many times that Hayden was the only individual who could soothe an upset young athlete when he or she did not do as well as expected.  On the competition field, Hayden Baillio is known to encourage other throwers, even if the individuals are his close competitors.  And, Hayden will be the first to shake the hands of those who he competed against, even if he did not place first in the event.

Baillio is the State AAA Shot Put record holder and the State AAA Discus record holder.  In TAAF competition, he is the 2008 State Champion in the shot put and discus competition.  In 2007, Hayden was the National Runner-Up in both the shot put and discus.