By BARBARA GREEN
When teacher Melissa Zamzow came to Bowie Independent School District in 2018 she saw it as an opportunity to work across the spectrum of music and creativity she loves.
It has been all of those things fulfilling many of her own passions for music and performing, however, with 31 years behind her as a certified teacher she has decided to retire. She hopes to substitute teach, expand her baking business and add more time to what she considers “the most important job of grandmother” to a beautiful one-year-old girl.
The veteran teacher, age 56, was honored with a reception Thursday afternoon and her family is planning a celebration for later in June when they can all get together.
Melissa and her husband, Randy, also a teacher at the high school, came to BISD in 2018 where she was hired to direct high school and junior high choirs, seventh-grade band, direct the high school color guard and assist with the sixth and eighth-grade bands. She is the third director of a three-person team that all works together during marching season.
She says the long hours of doing multiple jobs has become tougher and Zamzow felt it was time slow down some of those demands. The teacher had to give up color guard this year after having surgery on her thumb, which does not allow her to spin the flagpoles. She helped build the program up as they began to compete and win accolades.
Read the full feature in the mid-week Bowie News.
Fall heralds the C&B Heritage Festival
The first weekend in October will be full of activities for everyone from Second Monday Trade Days at Pelham Park to Chicken and Bread Days Heritage Festival in downtown in Bowie.
The 28th year of the heritage festival welcomes more fun activities from the Championship Fiddler Competition to the Piston Heads Auto Club Show to the art exhibit downtown will come alive with celebration.
This year Bowie Community Development is adding a Chicken and Bread Days Bass Tournament on Oct. 8.
Sip & Stroll
The festival weekend begins with a Chicken scratch-themed Sip & Stroll with me event which opens the festival from 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 6.
Downtown locations are encouraged to decorate with fall décor and add fun, unique white leghorn chickens to win the prestigious people’s choice awards. In addition, the evening will include a preview of talented fiddlers jamming together filling the air with cheer and there will be horse-drawn carriage rides available.
Sip and Stroll will feature 35 downtown participating locations. Guests may purchase an armband for $10 and receive a souvenir glass, which gets you a tasting at the location. You are welcome to use a previous glass, but you must have an armband.
The tradition of Chicken and Bread Days Heritage Festival is the start of our longstanding tradition of selling chicken and biscuit that would eventually evolve into Second Monday Trade Days.
Activities on Oct. 7 include the fiddle contest, fall games, kid’s activities, art show, car show and live music all in downtown, plus a new bass tournament on Oct. 8 at Lake Amon G. Carter.
See the full schedule and map of activities in your Saturday Bowie News.
Region 9 college fair set for Oct. 19
Wichita Falls, Region 9 Education Service Center will host a College Fair on Oct. 19 from 6-7:30 p.m.
All ninth-12 grade students in school districts served by Region 9 ESC are encouraged to attend along with their parents. Region 9 ESC is located at 301 Loop 11, Wichita Falls. This includes all school districts in Montague County.
The college fair provides students the opportunity to visit with representatives from universities and colleges from Texas, Oklahoma and other states.
Representatives from military branches also will attend, along with community organizations such as Texas Workforce Commission, Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation, etc.
Representatives from Midwestern State University will present a session on avenues for financial aid. Region 9 ESC will have a representative to speak on careers in education. Region 9 ESC School Counseling Specialist, Lacy Murphey, will be available to answer questions from students, parents and high school counselors.
High school counselors also can provide registration and additional information. Students may pre-register at, falltacrao.swoogo.com/registration, but preregistration is not required to attend.
Panther kicker named homecoming queen
Kyler Dunn was crowned homecoming queen for Saint Jo High School Friday night and was escorted by her father Charlie Dunn. She is senior class president and kicker on the football team, among other activities. (Photo by Jordan Neal)
(Cover photo) Homecoming Queen Kyler Dunn is surrounded by the other beautifully dressed ladies of the homecoming court. (Photo by Jordan Neal)
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