torsion springs (the springs above the door) should only be
adjusted by a professional. Do not attempt to repair or
adjust torsion springs yourself.
Old Springs - Your garage door’s springs are arguably the
most important and most dangerous part of your door. Springs
wear out. When they break, injury can result. If you have an
older garage door, have your springs inspected by a
professional technician and replaced if needed. If your door
has two springs, both should be replaced, even if one is not
broken. This will not only prevent any damage caused by the
breaking of the second spring, but also keep your door
Loud Springs - Springs can squeak and be noisy. This is
caused by normal use and does not necessarily indicate a
problem. Before calling a professional service technician,
use a spray-on lubricant (recommended especially for garage
doors). If the noise persists, call a professional garage
door installer for service. WARNING - Springs are under high
tension. Only qualified persons should adjust them.
Garage door springs, cables, brackets, and other hardware
attached to the springs are under very high tension and, if
handled improperly, can cause serious injury. Only a
qualified professional or a mechanically experienced person
should adjust them, but only by carefully following the
The torsion springs (the springs above the door) should only
be adjusted by a professional. Do not attempt to repair or
adjust torsion springs yourself.
A restraining cable or other device should be installed on
the extension spring (the spring along the side of the door)
to help contain the spring if it breaks.
WARNING - Never remove, adjust, or loosen the screws on the
bottom brackets of the door. These brackets are connected to
the spring by the lift cable and are under extreme tension.
Regularly lubricate the moving parts of the door. However,
do not lubricate plastic idler bearings. Consult the door
owner's manual for the manufacturer's recommendation.
Neighborhood Crime Watch Program
Lavon's Neighborhood Crime Watch Program is sponsored by the Lavon Police Department and is one of several projects to focus on their Crime prevention initiatives. The Crime Watch is a group of neighbors looking out for each other. It is getting to know each other and becoming familiar with your neighbors' habits and vehicles so that you will know when something is suspicious or out of the ordinary.
In addition to recognizing potential suspicious activities, Crime Watch participants report such activity by calling the police. All of this doesn't make you a nosey neighbor - it makes you a good neighbor in the old-fashioned sense of the word.
Many people don't want to bother the police because they are afraid that it may not be a real emergency or that they may be embarrassed if their suspicions turn out to be unfounded. The police would much rather be called out to investigate than to be called after a crime has been committed. When in doubt, always call 911. The 911 dispatch center is staffed with trained operators who will evaluate your call, rank its priority, and dispatch it to the appropriate officer.
DO NOT take unnecessary chances by attempting to confront a suspicious person. Crime watch does NOT mean being a vigilante. Participants do not confront suspects or take any personal risks at all.
Contact your Neighborhood Captain or the Lavon Police Department
to find out specifically what Crime Watch can do for you and what you can do for Crime Watch.
Could Lake Lavon have been named “Lake Thompson Switch?” Who was Josephine? What are the Gumbo Pits and how did Nevada (nuh-vay-duh) get its name?
Where was Milltown and what was the Central National Road?
Answers to questions like that will be explored by those who board the seventh annual Colln County Cruise April 24 under the direction of the Collin County Historical Commission and the County Coalition of Historic Groups.
The Central National Road was the area’s first road, extending from John Neely Bryan’s crossing on the bank of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River in Dallas County to Travis Wright’s landing on the south bank of the Red River opposite the mouth of the Kiarnichi River. The road crossed through Collin County just west of the present site of Josephine and connected with existing roads that enabled international traffic between St. Louis and San Antonio. The road literally put Collin County on the map.
Before it was Lavon, the community was Thompson Switch, named for the early postmaster Elbert C. Thompson. The subsequent name Lavon was from Thompson’s son, Lavon “Bud” Thompson.
In the 1840s travelers along a major trail from Bonham to Dallas would camp on the creek near the early settlement of Millwood, site of three mills, a school, a church and the homes of nearly 200 people. the only reminders of the town are some grinding stones and the well-maintained Millwood Cemetery, which overlooks a hilly landscape said to contain Indian ceremonial mounds.
Two stories explain Nevada’s name. Granville Stinebaugh bought the original 160-acre site for $480 and chose the name, some say, because he liked the sound of it when he was on his way to California for the 1849 Gold Rush. Others say he chose the name as a reminder of his hometown, Nevada, Mo., which uses the same pronunciation. Stinebaugh’s chosen home flourished until May 9,1927, when a tornado ripped through, killing 27 people and injuring 75 more. Rescuers tended to the wounded in the shelter of the Baptist Church, where the blood stains on pews remain apparent to this day.
When. J.C. Hubbard founded a town in 1888, he named Josephine for his daughter. The Farmersville settler gave the four-acre site to the St. Louis Arkansas and Texas Railroad. Fires razed the town in 1910 and in 1935. Near town, the railroad (since named the Cotton Belt RR) manufactured Ballast Gumbo Gravel by burning wood with a combination of local clay. Long after the large pits no longer produce the synthetic gravel for bedding cross ties, they are popular fishing holes.
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