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Rotary members enjoy
Christmas music by Avanti

By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–The Avanti singers have been busy bringing the sounds of Christmas to lake area clubs, and Dec. 19, it was the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake’s turn.
Members were treated to a melodious version of “Jingle Bells” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”
The audience also participated in a sing-a-long that included several classic carols, such as “Silent Night,” originally written to be played on a guitar.
The Avanti Singers was formed in 1993 by Jean Robinson and Hula Beets.
Robinson is the current director of the Avanti Singers.
In other business, members:
• were reminded of the holiday meeting changes. There will be no Rotary luncheons during the holidays. The next meeting is set for noon Friday, Jan. 9.
• were urged to help find candidates for a July trip to Japan.
Applications for young people, between 15-19 years old, are due in February.
The youth must provide their own air fare and $300. There is no other cost, as they will stay in the homes of Rotarians. For information call Barbara Turner at (903) 498-4636.

Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Jean Robinson directs the Avanti Singers in a lively rendition of “Jingle Bells”
at the Friday Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake luncheon at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant.

Boar’s Head Festival slated
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Athens will present its annual Boar’s Head Festival at 4 p.m. Sunday (today).
The pageant of Christmas music and festivities is followed by a complete dinner in the parish hall.
The church is located at 2101 E. College St., just ¼ mile off U.S. Highway 175 on the east side of town.
Admission is free and a free-will offering will be accepted.
The Boar’s Head legend arose from a story that a scholar was studying a book of Aristotle while walking through the forest on his way to Christmas Mass.
Suddenly; he was confronted by an angry wild boar.
Having no other weapon, he rammed his metal-bound philosophy book down the throat of the charging animal and ended the danger.
That night the boar’s head, finely dressed and garnished, was borne in procession to the dining room, accompanied by carolers singing.
The Boar’s Head may be the oldest continuing festival of the Christmas season.
First observed 675 years ago at Queen’s College in Oxford, England, the tradition continues in Athens and all are welcomed to the celebration.
For more information or to reserve a place at dinner, please call (903) 675-1639.

Women’s Club donates
to Athens Crisis Center

Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club members donate gifts and supplies to the
Crisis Center in Athens at the club’s Dec. 16 meeting. Pictured are (from left)
projects chairman JoAnn Kaikkonen, club president Barbara Caudell and Crisis
Center staff members Teresa Bluhm and Donna Johnson.


Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

My name is Nelson. I am a beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever home.

My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my new home.

We are a whole litter of Shepherd mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so we have no history. We have been started on our first set of shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.

I am a beautiful Border Collie, who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful kid looking for a new home.

Pictured are just a few animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals. The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220 County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.

For further information visit our website at


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