People, Places & Events




Rotarians discuss changes/events
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–Members of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake discussed changes and upcoming events at their meeting weekly meeting Friday.
The main change for the area is the merging and new name of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman.
Three hospitals – Harris Methodist of Fort Worth, Arlington Memorial and Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman – combined to become Texas Health Services, THPHK representative and Rotarian Pat Jackson said.
The club ended the year in “very good shape” financially, president Ted Ingersol said.
With that good financial condition, members heard the club will make $1,500 donations to both The Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points and Tri-County Library in Mabank.
Both donations were approved by the club’s board of directors.
Chairpersons are needed for the club’s two annual fund-raisers, the Celebrity Waiter Dinner and the golf tournament, past president Lee Montgomery said.
The annual book giveaway and dictionary donations sparked some interesting “thank you” letters from the elementary school recipients.
Program co-chair Bob Burns read several of the letters to the audience and said he will continue to read more at future meetings.
Volunteers are needed at the next book give-away, set for 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at Kemp Primary School, Burns added.

Photography hobby turns into business
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–What started out as a class in high school and college that turned into a hobby is now a business for Jayme Perelli, owner of Jayme Perelli Photography, Gun Barrel City.
“This isn’t my first studio,” Perelli said, recalling that she lived and worked in Las Vegas for 12 years and in 1997 opened her own studio.
“The thing that made me become really interested was the fact that in looking back, there was not enough family photos,” she said
“Not many family members before me had picked up a camera to preserve our family history,” she added.
About mid-October she opened her studio in the lake area.
“I’m very happy with what I do,” Perelli said, adding that a lot of people don’t enjoy their jobs and dread going to work.
“It was really Dino (her husband) that encouraged me to take my hobby and turn it into a business,” she said.
“I’m very happy he pushed my in that direction,” Perelli explained.
Not far from Blockbusters, down a street and into a wooded residential area, is the large red metal building that bears the logo of her studio.
The building sits cloaked in the peaceful shade of huge native oaks, a three-quarter acre of a nine-acre parcel the couple purchased for her to do outdoor photography with children and their pets in natural settings.
“We plan to create several setups that will become natural backdrops for families and children to be photographed in,” she explained.
“The areas will possibly include a train area, with tracks and railroad warning signs and maybe even a railroad car,” she said.
Also under consideration is an area with rustic weathered items such as fencing and an old building, seasonal garden areas with a bridge, she added.
Perelli is not one to limit her creativity with styles or strict, self-limiting guidelines.
“I can’t say there’s one style I prefer over another. I really like to blend styles. I want to leave it where people’s personalities are free to come through,” she said.
As an example, Perelli said she may ask the families to do something silly such as stick out their tongues at each other, not to catch the act but to photograph the reaction such as smiling, laughing and touching.
She also enjoys wedding photography. “It’s not as easy as some would think,” she said.
“You have to be a certain type of personality to do good wedding photography. You must be very patient,” she explained.
Her successes are easily documented by a scrapbook full of thank you notes.
“I love to hear afterwards what my clients think about their wedding photos,” Perelli said.
“It makes me happy to know that I have created something they can use as a family heirloom- an album to be passed down from one generation to another,” she added.
Perelli offers a couple of extra advantages not normally found in small community businesses.
Her clients can view their photographs on a large screen, featuring different arrangements for the viewers to choose from.
The pictures can also be viewed within a choice of frames, she said.
And the pictures come with guarantees.
“They are luster-coated for protection against fading and deuteration. With proper care, the pictures can last 100 years,” she explained
And gallery-type portraits on canvass can last up to 200 years,” Perelli explained.
“Since 2001, every wedding picture I capture is saved in several safe places, including being archived with a company off-site so in case of a disaster, replacement copies are available,” she said.
“That way they can be replaced,” Perelli explained, adding three of her clients had house fires that claimed their belongings, including their precious wedding photos, but were able to replace them.
“I bill myself as a people photographer. I do high school seniors, children, animals, family portraits with their pet included,” she said.
Before the photo shoot, Perelli says she schedules a pre-session consultation to determine where, when and how the shoot is to take place and to give them advice.
She tells her clients the actual shoot will take at least a half-hour to 45 minutes but that it usually takes about an hour or two and that she will be using a couple of different setups.
Those needing a family portrait or planning a wedding can contact the studio by e-mail at  or by calling (903) 887-3830.

Cedar Creek Lake Day set in Austin
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–A chartered bus will depart downtown Mabank at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, headed to the Texas State Capitol for Cedar Creek Lake Area Day in the 81st Texas Legislature.
The bus will be loaded with passengers who include local elected officials and other citizens from Cedar Creek Lake, hosted by staff and board members of the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber of Commerce has organized and sponsored the one-day trip for many years, and Chamber President Jo Ann Hanstrom stresses the point that the trip to our state capitol is a powerful opportunity to be part of a unified group representing the entire Cedar Creek Lake area community.
“This isn’t just about the chamber of commerce. We always encourage everyone to be a part of our day at the Texas State Capitol and enjoy the recognition from our elected officials,” Hanstrom said.
“It’s also an opportunity to talk one-on-one with State Rep. Betty Brown and Senators Deuell and Nichols.
“We meet with select state agencies during the afternoon and their representatives bring valuable information about programs and decisions that affect our particular area,” Hanstrom said.
The $75 fee includes bus transportation, lunch at the Doubletree Hotel (a short walk from the Capitol building) and snacks on the bus.
The only out-of-pocket expense to participants is what they may choose to spend at the Capitol Gift Shop.
The one-day trip will start in downtown Mabank at approximately 6:30 a.m. with a 4 p.m. departure from Austin. Expected arrival back at the lake is 8 p.m.
Call (903) 887-3152 to reserve and pay by MC/VISA.
E-mail  to reserve your seat, or stop by 604 S. Third St. Ste. E (the Lawndale Bldg.) during the hours of 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Seating on the bus is limited, so make your reservation now and plan to be a part of the traditional Cedar Creek Lake Area Day in the 81st Texas Legislature.
It’s fun, it’s informative and it’s important to our community.

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

My name is Nelson. I am a beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever home.

My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my new home.

We are a whole litter of Shepherd mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so we have no history. We have been started on our first set of shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.

I am a beautiful Border Collie, who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful kid looking for a new 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


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