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East Cedar Creek Freshwater Supply District meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the ECCFSD office on Hammer Road just off Welch Lane in Gun Barrel City.
Eustace City Council meets at 7 p.m. in the Eustace City Hall the first Thursday of each month. For more information, please call 425-4702. The public is invited to attend.
Eustace Independent School District meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Eustace High School Library. For more information, please call 425-7131. The public is invited to attend.
Gun Barrel City Council meets in Brawner Hall at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-1087. The public is invited to attend.
Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation meets at 1831 W. Main, GBC, at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-1899.
Henderson County Commissioner’s Court meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. in the Henderson County Courthouse in Athens. The public is invited to attend.
Henderson County Emergency Services District #4 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at 525 S. Tool Dr. in Tool.
Henderson County Historical Commission meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical Museum.
Kaufman County Commissioner’s Court meets the first, second, third and fourth Monday of each month at 9:45 a.m. in the Kaufman County Courthouse in Kaufman. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp City Council meets at Kemp City Hall at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 498-3191. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp Independent School District meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Board Room in the Administration Building. For more information, please call 498-1314. The public is invited to attend.
Log Cabin City Council meets the third Thursday of the month in city hall. For more information, please call 489-2195. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Mabank City Hall the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-3241. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank Independent School District meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call 887-9310. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs City Council meets at city hall at 7:30 p.m. every third Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 451-9229. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs Water Supply Corp. meets the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Payne Springs Community Center, located at 9690 Hwy. 198.
Seven Points City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Seven Points city hall the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3176. The public is invited to attend.
Tool City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the Oran White Civic Center the third Thursday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3522. The public is invited to attend.
West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District is held at 5 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3704. The public is invited.
  Late Fall gardening tips
By Brian Cummins
VZ County Extension Agent

CANTON–With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, there are some things that can be done around the yard and landscape if time permits.
Should you find some free time, consider the following:
• Complete the planting of spring flowering bulbs. Tulips may be planted as late as early January and still do well if properly refrigerated and chilled 45 to 60 days prior to planting.
• Select and plant needed woody landscape plants. Winter planting allows the new plants to wake up out of dormancy in their new home.
This will help establish the new plants before summer heat. You might want to delay planting plants like azaleas, which might be damaged by severe cold.
• Protect tender outdoor plants from the winter cold with 4-6 inches of mulch. Make certain that the soil is moist before a hard freeze.
• Shape hollies and use the prunings for Christmas color. Keep in mind, that hollies produce berries on old or second year growth. Avoid cutting back too much of the current season’s growth as this is where next year’s berries will be formed.
• Compost fallen leaves; they make an excellent organic soil for spring and summer gardening.
Don’t allow fallen leaves to collect on lawns to block off light and air.
• Good time to make dormant oil spray to control scale insects. Follow the instructions on the label to avoid damage to plants.
Scale insects may be found on fruit trees, camellia, gardenia, euonymus and other plants.
• Keep soil in potted poinsettias and other holiday plants moist, but never extremely wet or overly dry. Protect plants from heat vents.
All potted holiday plants need natural light and do best when not exposed to direct sun.
• Clean the vegetable garden and annual beds of weeds and old plants to prevent a carry-over of insects, disease and weed seed.
• Start looking through seed catalogs now and order early so that you will be ready to plant in the spring.
• Begin selecting fruit and nut plants for a winter planting. Choose only varieties that are adaptable to East Texas.
A list can be found at: http://vanzandt-tx.tamu.edu/publications.cfm 
Then click on horticulture and then click on Fruit and Nut Varieties
• Last minute shopping suggestions for a gardening friend: a new gardening book, a subscription to a Texas garden magazine, a plant, a nice container, good labor-saving tools, or even a promise of a root cutting from a plant in your yard.
 

Workshop for dog lovers set Jan. 16
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–Dog owners seeking better health and improved behavior for their family dogs and puppies will want to attend the healthy dog workshop set from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Natural Health Market, 2404 W. Main St., Gun Barrel City.
Problem behaviors and many health issues can be traced back to the diet the dog is fed.
Topics to be presented include healthy natural diets for family pets and performance dogs, maintaining parasite free dogs naturally without the use of harmful chemicals, and improved behavior by eliminating preservatives, additives and dyes found in most commercial dog foods.
Samples of a top, holistic dog food will be introduced and will be available, along with recipes to improve the eating habits and improve appetites of the fussiest eaters.
The workshop will be conducted by veteran dog trainer, behavior consultant and longtime show dog competitor Joan Guertin, breeder of Best in Show-winning Pembroke Welsh Corgis.
Open to the public free of charge, donations will be accepted to aid in the valuable work of Friends of the Animals, the area’s low-cost spay/neuter clinic.
Although the family pets are not invited to this workshop, attendees are invited to ask questions regarding problem eating habits and problem behaviors and arrangements can be made for private consultations if warranted.
For additional information, contact the Natural Health Market at (903) 887-6366 or Joan Guertin at (903) 887-3803 or (903) 340-7087.

Girl Scouts Christmas drive helps feed homebound pets
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–The Cadette Girl Scout Troop 2810 delivered more than 150 pounds of pet food to Brawner Hall for the Meals on Wheels pet food drive.
The girls launched a campaign three weeks earlier to collect the food, as part of their Christmas community service.
Troop 2810 would like to thank those who contributed to the drive.
This donation helps folks who receive meals through the Meals on Wheels program.
Often, they share their meal with their pets.
Call Brawner Hall if you would like to help.

 

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
The domino effect is a chain reaction that occurs when a small change causes a similar change nearby, which then will cause another similar change, and so on. My name is Domino, and I got my name not only because I’m black and white like a domino tile, but also because my outgoing, cheerful personality causes my doggie roommates to smile. This also causes our human friends to smile, which even causes the kitties in the cat room to smile.
I am an 8-month-old male Pointer/Terrier mix. I love children, other dogs, and even get along great with kitties. I’ve had all my shots and am ready to be adopted. If you’d like to experience the domino effect, I am sure to put a forever smile on your face when you take me to my forever home.
I currently live with a foster family, so if you would like to meet me, call my friends at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake at (903) 432-3422 to make an appointment. You can also email them at dogshsccl@yahoo.com.
 

We have many 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 petfinder.com


 


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