BNI (Business Network International) - Cedar
Creek Professionals - meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Comfort Suites,
located at U.S. Hwy. 175 and TX 198 in Mabank. For more information, call Larry Williams
(903) 887-2847 or www.bninetexas.com
Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30
p.m. each Tuesday. For more information, call (903) 498-5725 or (903) 498-3830.
Cedar Creek Art Society meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Thursday of
each month at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. A $3 donation per artist is asked.
Cedar Creek Domino Club meets each week on Wednesday at the Mabank
Volunteer Fire Department. For more info, call (903) 887-6549.
Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Thursday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste.
D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m., Sunday, Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903)
Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday for fellowship and dancing.
Doors open at 6 p.m. The club is located off Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. Call for
more information, (903) 432-3552.
Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Wednesday at The
Jalapeno Tree in Gun Barrel City, except the second week of the month, when the club meets
Thursday in conjunction with the area chamber of commerce luncheon.
Cedar Creek Optimist Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen
in Seven Points. For more info, call Danny Hampel at (903) 778-4508.
Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday. For more
information call (903) 887-4867.
Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at Vetonis
Italian Restaurant. For more information, call Dee Ann Owens at (903) 340-2415.
Celebrate Recovery meets each Friday at Rope, Catch & Ride Church in
Mabank, located at 570 VZ CR 2807. For more info, call (903) 603-8051.
Cub Scout Pack #333 meets at the First United Methodist Church of Mabank
the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For info, call Mary Harris at (903) 451-5280 or
Tonya Capley at (903) 498-4725.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101 meets the second Monday of each
month at the Senior Citizens Center on Hwy. 31 in Athens.
Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in
Mabank on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943,
email email@example.com, or (800)
422-2260 or visit www.gsnetx.org.
Girl Scout Troop 2667 meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Aley United
Methodist Church. For more info, call Suzann Smith at (903) 887-3889.
GriefShare Recovery support group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Cedar
Creek Church of God, located at 142 Rodney Dr., Gun Barrel City. Call (903) 887-0293 for
Gun Barrel Quilters Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the second
Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. For more information, please
call (903) 451-4221.
Kaufman County Republican Womens Club meets the third Saturday of
each month at the Farm Bureau Insurance Company, located at 2477 N. Hwy. 34 in Kaufman.
For more info, call (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.
Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican
Restaurant in Kemp. For more info, call Dr. Jim Collinsworth at (903) 887-7486.
Lake Area Council of the Blind meets at 6 p.m. on the second Saturday of
the month at West Athens Baptist Church.
Lake Area Democrats Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the
month at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more
Mabank Al-Anon Family Group meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at Mabank First
Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Families of alcoholics are welcome. Call (903) 887-2781
Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth
Tuesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. Call (903) 887-5252 for info.
Mabank Garden Club meets at 1:45 p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the
third Tuesday of every month (different times in May and December).
Oak Harbor/Tanglewood Crime Watch meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday
of the month at the R.T. Beamguard Community Center in Oak Harbor.
Rainbow Girls, Masonic Youth organization meets on the second and fourth
Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Masonic Lodge. For more information contact Donna
Dean at email@example.com.
Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. Call
(903) 887-6201 for info.
RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the
Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank.
Southeast Kaufman County Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors meets
at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the center, located at 300 N. Dallas
Street in Kemp. For info, call (903) 498-2140.
Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month
at the TLC Hall.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the
First United Methodist Church of Athens. Call (903) 489-0563 or (903) 675-2600.
Trinity Valley Community College Band meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in
the TVCC band hall. Group is open to any community member who plays an instrument. Call
(903) 675-6222 for info.
Trinity Valley Singles Support Group meets at 7 p.m. each Monday at
Athens First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Lovers Lane. This is a support
group for singles of all ages. For more info, call Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna
Stinson (903) 675-7270.
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ETMC dedicates updated Cancer Institute in Athens
Latest radiation technology delivers precise treatment with fewer side effects
By Toni Gerard-Clay
Special to The Monitor
ATHENSThe old is being made new in 2011
and ETMC will literally be ringing it
in a Hope Bell, that is.
The ETMC Cancer Institute, located near the hospital, at 1801 S. Palestine St. in Athens,
closed its doors this past summer for remodeling and updating. A public dedication
ceremony was set for noon Friday, Jan. 7.
The primary objective behind the cancer institutes renovation was to replace the
previous linear accelerator, used to deliver radiation, with a state-of-the-art dual
This is the most current technology of its kind available, allowing patients to receive
even more precise radiation treatments with even fewer side effects.
The new machine also speeds up the delivery of treatment. Internal mechanisms allow for
the shape and intensity of the radiation beam to be altered without the use of external
lead blocks and wedges, which previously were moved around by a therapist during a
In addition to switching out the machines, more lead was added to the vault which houses
the more powerful equipment.
The clinic was also remodeled to improve patient flow, and a lighted nature mural was
added to the ceiling of the treatment room.
We want our patients to have something other than ceiling tiles to look at while
theyre receiving treatment, said Todd Sigmon, vice president of the ETMC
We know undergoing radiation therapy is difficult, so if we can help ease
someones mind a bit by placing a nature scene on the ceiling, then we want to do
that, Sigmon added.
The extensive renovation to the facility is part of ETMCs continuing commitment to
bringing the best possible healthcare to Henderson County. In December 2009, ETMC Regional
Healthcare System purchased what was up until then known as the Athens Cancer Center.
Radiation oncologist and ETMC Cancer Institute Medical Director Dr. Heidi McKellar has
continued to conduct consultations and make treatment assessments in Athens throughout the
transition period. Dr. McKellar is an example of ETMCs second-to-none commitment. A
former Stanford University professor, she trained at the world-renowned MD Anderson Cancer
We pride ourselves on the fact that the medical staff in Athens is excellent,
said Sigmon. We have doctors here who have trained at some of the best cancer
centers in the country. Now that were able to deliver IMRT (intensity modulated
radiation therapy) and all other external beam radiation treatment, there is no reason to
seek radiation therapy elsewhere.
Our patients will receive the highest level of care from doctors who work and live
among them, using the best equipment available anywhere.