People, Places & Events



  Danish rescue boat tells heroic tale at Holocaust Museum
Special to the Monitor
HOUSTON–The Holocaust Museum Houston will host its one millionth visitor this month with the installation of a rare Holocaust-era artifact.
A Danish rescue boat will tell the heroic story of a three-week period in 1943 when Christians in Denmark risked their lives to save more than 7,200 Jews from almost certain execution at the hands of Nazi Germany.
The authentic fishing boat of the type used to ferry Jews and 700 others from small towns along the Danish coast to safety in Sweden under cover of darkness has been located and donated to the museum.
It arrived Oct. 31 and is part of a permanent exhibition “Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers.”
Formal dedication ceremonies are set for 3 p.m. Sunday (today) at 5401 Caroline St. in Houston’s Museum District.
Admission to the Museum is always free.
The boat is being placed next to the Museum’s Holocaust-era railcar, also built in 1942, to help the Museum teach visitors the continuing importance of each individual’s responsibility to act when confronted with injustice.
“Our railcar and other artifacts tell the stories of incredible evil committed by ordinary people against their very own neighbors, museum chair Walter Hecht said.
“They remind us of the horrible injustices that occurred while much of the world stood idly by and did nothing.”
“Only by being confronted with this kind of evidence of the past, and only by reminding future generations of their responsibility to prevent it, can we ensure that such atrocities are never allowed to happen again, to any group of people, anywhere in the world,” Hecht said.
The boat, built in 1942 in Denmark and carrying the signal letters XP 2853 was once named the “Jorn Finne” but was officially renamed the “Hanne Frank” or Anne Frank in English, in 1985.
The 37.1-foot long 13.9 foot wide and 5.7-foot deep boat was located, documented and acquired after an extensive effort spanning several years.
Museum personnel were searching for it since 2001, but were told all such boats had fallen into disrepair and were no longer traceable or had been destroyed.
The Denmark Consul General in Houston was contacted, however the search again failed.
However, in 2006 while visiting Denmark on vacation, museum executive director Susan Myers located a boat broker in the small town of Gilleleje who said he knew of such a boat.
The largest boat brokerage in Denmark, Norway and Sweden – N.B. Ferdinandsen & Sonner – then promised not only to locate the boat, but to arrange for its refurbishment to its original 1942 condition and then to donate it to the Museum in memory of a father and father-in-law, who were both honored by the Yad Vashem museum in Israel for their own part in the Danish boat rescue of Jews in 1943.
Jan Ferdinandsen is expected to attend the boat’s formal dedication, as is current Danish Ambassador to the United States Friis Arne Peterson and former ambassador Ole Philipson, who himself survived the Nazis when other Danes helped the then 6-year-old Philipson flee to Sweden in the fish hold of a boat similar to the one donated to the Houston museum.
The ordeal began in the first few days of October 1943 when the Germans began a nationwide action to round up all Danish Jews for deportation to the concentration camps. Six percent of Danish Jews were captured, but Denmark’s citizens revolted and helped 7,200 make it safely to Sweden along with 700 non-Jewish relatives.
Gilleleje’s own 500 households cared for hundreds of refugees hiding them in the local church attic before ferrying them across to Hoganas in Sweden. The church eventually was stormed by the Nazis.
The Houston exhibit was made possible by generous support.
Once officially installed at the Museum, Jan. 20, 2008, the boat exhibit will be open for public viewing free of charge. Viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For more information about the Holocaust Museum Houston or this exhibit, call (713) 942-8000 or visit

Stroke and Osteoporosis screening coming to Mabank
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Residents living in or around the Mabank community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or serious bone fracture.
Life Line Screening will be at Tri-County Library beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23.
The site is located at 132 E. Market St. in downtown Mabank.
Appointments will begin at 9 a.m.
A stroke, also known as a “brain attack,” is ranked as the third leading killer in the world, and the leading cause of nursing home admissions.
Stroke often occurs without warning. The good news is that painless screening can help identify problems that lead to stroke before it is too late.
Screenings are fast, painless and low cost. They test for blocked carotid arteries, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs.
Bone density screening is also offered to assess the risk of osteoporosis.
These screenings are important because of the silent and often debilitating nature of the conditions.
The majority of strokes are caused by plaque buildup in the carotid arteries.
The abdominal aorta is the largest artery in the body and a weakness in the walls of the artery can cause a ballooning called an aneurysm, which can rupture.
A ruptured anuerysm is generally fatal. Peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, is also known as “hardening of the arteries.”
Sufferers have a four-to six-fold increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Risk is evaluated through a measurement called the “Ankle-Brachial Index,” which is obtained by reading the systolic pressure in the ankle and arm.
Register for a Complete Wellness Package with Heart Rhythm at $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 vascular screenings.
More than 85 ultrasound teams are on staff to travel to local communities, bringing the screenings to residents.
These non-invasive, inexpensive and painless, ultrasound tests help people identify their risk for stroke, vascular diseases or osteoporosis early enough for their physician to begin preventive procedures.
For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call toll-free (877)-237-1287, or visit us on the web at
Pre-registration is required.

Celebrity benefit set for Tri-County Library
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MABANK–A Texas celebrity and author will visit the Tri-County Library, in a benefit program and book-signing event from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 16.
Annie Golightly’s entertainment career spans 36 years and includes a 1992 performance in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
Over her long career she got to perform with such greats as Rosemary Clooney, Tom T. Hall, Rex Allen, Ace Reid and Arthur Duncan.
She has also played for such notables as former Texas Gov. John and Nellie Connally, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Chuck Connors, Nelson Rockefeller and four presidents, including presidents from Argentina and Panama.

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Annie Golightly, a.k.a. Ann Milford Smith, born on a cotton farm in Fannin County, will speak about her many adventures and her newest book “Dreams And A White Horse” at a Tri-County Library benefit to be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 16, at the library.

Golightly is a nominee for the Cowgirl Hall of Fame Museum, and has published several books, including “Down A Cotton Row” and “Dreams and a White Horse.”
The latter is a story of a 20th century cattle drive over and through the asphalt jungle, about 1,800 miles across six states, to fulfill a lifelong dream of riding a white horse to the Northwest – a story of self discovery apart from the trappings of civilization.
In 1995, she was asked to perform at several rodeos for some cowboys going on a cattle drive. They didn’t intend for her to travel with them, but she bugged them so much, they finally let her come. She was the only woman on the six-month trek.
“There’s no better way to see the country than between a horse’s ears,” The Tyler Morning Telegraph quoted her.
Golightly is a friend of lake area residents Jean Robinson and Terry and Don Owen.
Visit with Golightly and hear of her many adventures.
“She is a very unique individual,” librarian Claire Stout said.
Tickets are on sale for $10 at Hydrangea House or the library, 132 E. Market St. in Mabank. Light refreshments will be served.
Call (903) 887-9622 for further information.


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.

For further information visit our website at