It’s November and fall is in the air. The first Annual Prickly Pear Wine and Food Festival was a great success even with the rain, but those of us in Coleman County will never turn down rain. People enjoyed the rain and all of the booths and exhibits that went with the Prickly Pear. It’s football season in Coleman County and the local teams are doing well. Yes, fall is definitely in the air. The Chamber has been very busy helping with all of the projects that are going on in Coleman and Coleman County and looking forward to the Holiday Season. It’s fun to see people getting involved and shopping in our downtown area as well as other parts of Coleman. With the cooler days, there are smiles on many faces. Many hunters will be coming into Coleman and participating in the hunting that Coleman County is so famous for. The majority of the hunters and land owners will be participating in the Annual Hunter’s BBQ. The BBQ will be on Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Coleman County Youth Activity Center (Bill Franklin Center) from 6 – 9 PM. An admission charge of $10.00 will make you eligible to win one of the many door prizes. Active Military and children 6 and under will be admitted free. There will be raffle opportunities for a Kawasaki 610 4x4 Mule ATV. A custom fire pit made by the Coleman High School Ag Kids and a $350 Gift Certificate will be given away by the Chamber of Commerce. Major prizes like guns and Yeti Coolers will be awarded, but you are not required to be present to win those. Everyone is welcome to join us on Friday night. Let’s show these hunters and their family that Coleman is a friendly place and we love having them here.
We would like to spotlight one of our business members ….. Grammer’s. Grammer’s has been in the same location since 1935 which is 106 Commercial Ave. in Coleman, Texas. Grammer’s was started by John and Elizabeth Grammer. Bob and Retha Yates purchased it in 1976 and Jerry and Liz Jones have been the owners since 2004. Liz started working at Grammer’s in 1969 through the D.E. Program at Coleman High School during her Jr. year of High School and has been working there ever since. Grammer’s is open Monday through Saturday and has a wide variety of merchandise. Liz has stated “Every time I tell Jerry I’m going to order something different, he says ‘I don’t know where you’re going to put it’!” Grammer’s merchandise includes clothing for ladies and several lines of jewelry including Montana Silversmiths. Liz has added Wrangler jeans, Wrangler shirts, and George Strait shirts for men. You will find Fredericksburg Farms foods and lotion products. There are books for the kids and grownups as well. If you like to cook, you’ll find the perfect cookbook along with fun kitchen items to spruce up your kitchen. You’ll find beautiful frames and Leanin’ Tree cards for any occasion, and much, much more. Our children’s department has a large selection of cute baby items, boys Wrangler jeans and shirts, girls Bonnie Jean dresses and sets and a big selection of bows to complete any outfit. You’ll find that perfect outfit if you are a sports fan. There are infant items about UT, Texas Tech, and A&M. Grammer’s is the place to add your registry for that upcoming wedding or preparing for that new little bundle and people shop for wedding and baby shower gifts just for you. There have been many wonderful ladies that have worked at Grammer’s as the years have gone by and this year is no exception. Karen Mendoza is Liz’s current employee. Karen and Liz would love to see you, visit with you and show you all of the new “stuff” in the store. To top the experience off, when you find that perfect something they will ring up the sale on their “state of the art” 1912 cash register. Make your way to downtown Coleman and try out the Grammer’s shopping experience.
The second business member we would like to spotlight is the Lake Coleman Volunteer Fire Department. Coleman Lake, formerly Coleman Reservoir, is on Jim Ned Creek fourteen miles north of Coleman in Coleman County (at 32°02' N, 99°28' W). It is owned and operated by the city of Coleman for municipal water supply. Construction of the 3,200-foot-long earth-fill dam, built by the R. N. Adams Construction Company, was started in August 1965 and completed on May 10, 1966; deliberate impoundment began in April 1966. The cost was well over $1 million. The reservoir has a capacity of 40,000 acre-feet with a surface area of 2,000 acres at the service spillway elevation of 1,717.5 feet above mean sea level and a capacity of 59,000 acre-feet with a surface area of 2,530 acres at the emergency spillway crest elevation of 1,726 feet above mean sea level. The drainage area above the dam, part of the Colorado River basin, is 292 square miles.
1975 time frame The Patterson family started selling lots around the lake. Since then the lake has grown in number of residents to approximately 350 to include ranches and lake residents. The biggest part of our residents are retired. The Lake Coleman Volunteer Fire Department has a 911 area established by West Texas Central Council of Governments and the Coleman County Fire Fighter Association of 86 square miles. The dept actively works wildland fires, wrecks of all sorts, structure fires and medical calls at Lake Coleman and gives mutual aide to all of Coleman County as well as Callahan County, Or where ever needed. Chief Randy Teague 325-513-1370.
The Chamber of Commerce is open from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. We are located at 218 Commercial Ave., Coleman, Texas and our phone number is 325-625-2163. We invite you to stop by and visit us any time.