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  Grant provides cameras for Sheriff’s Department
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–A solid waste implementation project for the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department met with no opposition from the commissioner’s court Monday.
Commissioners approved a resolution and the signing of the grant.
“It is for equipment and kind of a wide range of things–cameras, possibly one vehicle, just a variety of equipment. It is a non-matching grant,” Sheriff David Byrnes said.
In other business, commissioners:
• tabled releasing a construction bond and accepting the maintenance bond for High Point Lakes Estates, Phase 2.
• announced there will be no commissioner’s court on Monday, Jan. 21 (Martin Luther King Day). The court will convene instead at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22.
• approved budget transfers as presented by Hal D. Jones, county auditor.
• paid bills totaling $408, 471.24.


Physicians embark on medical mission to the Philippines
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–For indigent residents of two cities in the Philippines, a visit next week by two Kaufman physicians is more than just a shot in the arm.
Dr. Angelina Rivero, an OB-GYN, and Dr. Manuel Rivero, an internist, will join 10 other doctors of various specialties for a five-day, medical/surgical mission.
Both doctors are on the medical staff of Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman, which has donated several boxes of supplies for the trip.
They leave Thursday (today).
“The trip truly is a labor of love,” Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman President Patsy Youngs said.
“I am humbled by the dedication of these physicians to give so selflessly to improve the health of people half a world away who are in need,” she added.
The trip is Rivero’s sixth medical mission to the Philippines in as many years.
She and her husband, both first generation Filipino-Americans, will be traveling with fellow members of the North Texas Association of Philippine Physicians.
The association, which boasts more than 50 members in the North Texas area, organizes a medical mission annually.
“This is our way of giving back,” Angelina Rivero said.
“Many people there are in need of medical attention but have no access to care,” she added.
Other physicians traveling this year include a general surgeon, a pediatric surgeon, a plastic surgeon, and an ear, nose and throat specialist.
“A lot of children there have cleft lip and cleft palate. Our group will be able to perform corrective surgeries for these children and for adults who need surgery for various conditions,” Dr. Rivero said.
During the 2004 trip, the group performed 47 operations in a matter of days.
The Riveros will first travel to Iloilo City on the Iloilo province in the Visaya region of the Philippines.
There, they will embark on the medical portion of their mission, treating local residents for diabetes, high blood pressure, infectious diseases, and other conditions.
They will then travel by ferry to Bacalod City in the province of Negros Occidental, where they will join the surgeons in their group and assist with operations.
Each physician is responsible to fund his or her own travel.
In addition to its annual medical missions, the North Texas Association of Philippine Physicians has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build a village of 30 homes in another region of the Philippines, Dr. Rivero said.
The homes are built for a mere $1,000 each, and they replace the shanties in which many Filipino families live.
The project is called Gawad Kalinga, which means, “Giving Help.”
The organization of physicians provides the materials and guidance, and Habitat for Humanity builds the homes, Angelina Rivero said.
The group also plants a garden in the village, so residents can grow their own food.
“We want them to become as self-sufficient as possible,” Rivero said.
Giving back to the Filipino people has become a way of life for Angelina and Manuel Rivero.
The couple met in medical school at Far Eastern University and moved to the United States in 1971, after graduation.
Nine years later, they were among the first physicians recruited to join the medical staff of the newly constructed Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman.


Stroke screening at Mabank Jan. 23
Special to The Monitor
DALLAS–Residents living in and around the Mabank community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke.
The complete screening package now includes a new heart rhythm screening, checking for irregular heartbeat which is a major risk factor for stroke.
Life Line Screening will be at the Tri - County Library 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23.
The site is located at 132 E. Market St. in Mabank.
A stroke, also known as a “brain attack,” is ranked as the third leading killer in the world.
Screenings are fast, painless and affordable. They help identify potential health problems such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease.
A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women.
Register for a Wellness Package with Heart Rhythm for $149. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.
Life Line Screening was established in 1993, and has since become the nation’s leading provider of preventive screenings.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-888-754-1464. Pre-registration is required.



Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

My name is Dixie. I am a beautiful female Bassett Hound. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control so I have no history. I have been fixed and my stomach is tatooed, but my owner hasn’t called about me. I am a wonderful girl in need of a home.

My name is Honey. I am a beautiful mix breed small female. I was brought to the Shelter by someone who rescued me and my seven pups after I was rolled by a car. I broke my pelvic bone, but I am now better. I do sometimes seem to favor walking on my front two legs. I have not had the greatest life, but look forward to having a family to care for me. I seem to get along well with older dogs, but not puppies. I am a bit shy, but once I get to know you I am a good girl. I am looking for a new home.

My name is Cotton. I am a beautiful male kitten. I was brought to the Shelter and was so small I had to be bottle fed by a wonderful foster mommy. I am around 12 weeks old and have been started on my first shots and wormed. I am very playful and very affectionate kitten. I am such a good kid deserving of a wonderful family.

My name is Katie. I am a beautiful female Yellow Lab. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control. So far I seem to be very sweet. I am looking for a good home.

My name is Sox. I am a beautiful male orange and white cat. I am a very affectionate boy, I seem to get along well with others. I am a very good boy in need of a forever home. My name is Wyndell. I am a beautiful male gray Tabby mix. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. After a while, I seem to get along with others. I am a good boy looking for a good home.

My name is Zsa-Zsa. I am a beautiful 3-4 year old female Terrier mix. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control, so I have no history. Something has happened to my left eye at some point in my life. So far I seem to be very sweet and seem to get along with others. I am a beautiful girl looking for a new home. My name is Baxter. I am a beautiful male Terrier mix. I was wandering the streets and picked up by animal control. I walk on a leash, seem to be house broken and love to ride in a car. I am a wonderful young man looking for a new forever 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.

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