Grant provides cameras for
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
• 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,
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
She and her husband, both first generation Filipino-Americans, will be
traveling with fellow members of the North Texas Association of
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
“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
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
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.
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
Stroke screening at Mabank
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
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.
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
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
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