At the Springville Times, we pride ourselves on bringing you the best original stories and news from people who live and work right here in this community. Over the next several weeks, we will be featuring our staff and writers so you can get to know all of us a little better.

Jolene Hawkins writes the Look Back history column each week. She was born in Louisiana and grew up in Bryan, TX (where Texas A&M is). Jolene moved to Springville in 1988 when she married her husband, Thomas, who grew up here.

Jolene loves the area’s history and volunteers at the Lucy Bensley Center three days a week, where she creates local historical posts and photos for the Center’s Facebook page and webpage as well as assists others in researching town history and their own family history.  She loves to learn amazing stories of the town and the town’s people, and helps them record and find details and photos when possible.

Jolene is also involved with the Echoes Through Time Civil War museum, and helps with their presentations they do on the last Wednesday of each month, as well as create posts for the Facebook page.

Jolene also does butter churning demonstrations with a friend— they are known as Grandma Butter and Aunty Herb.

She assists several area folks with their webpages and Facebook pages, and also helps at the Erie County Fair in the Historical Building each year.

Jolene, a proud grandmother of three, takes local photos and creates notecards to sell at different craft shows, along with her needled felted pictures. She loves to help new people coming into the community to learn more about the area and feels lucky the Lucy Bensley Center is located in the same building as the Chamber of Commerce office.

While Jolene is not originally from Springville, she has come to love it as her own. “Springville is alive with history!” she says.“The town is alive with activity and where else can you have a drive your tractor to school day, or a ducky derby, where plastic ducks are turned loose in the town stream to race, Pageant of Bands march down the street every May, Dairy Fest in June, Fiddle Fest  in July, local bands or singers playing every Thursday in the park, or hear some good ‘ol banjo country music at the Mercantile every Tuesday and Thursday during the warm weather, and on Tuesdays all year round.”

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