People, Places & Events


Safe refuge for battered women, children offered
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The Family Peace Project of Athens partnered with Break the Chain Against Domestic Violence three years ago.
These non-profit organizations recognize the primary need of battered women is a safe refuge for themselves and their children.
The Family Peace Project covers Henderson County while Break the Chain Against Domestic Violence covers Kaufman, Henderson and Van Zandt.
Their mission is to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of domestic violence victims through coordinating with other community services such as counseling, support groups, legal assistance and medical needs.
Abuse occurs in one out of every four relationships, it touches all ages, races and socio-economic groups.
Every 9 seconds in the United States a woman is assaulted and beaten and 80 percent of all physical abuse goes unreported.
Often women stay with the abuser because they feel they cannot support themselves or their children alone not realizing that their children are at a much higher risk of becoming both victim and perpetrator of violence in the future.
The Family Peace Project of Athens and Break the Chain Against Domestic Violence offers safe facilities that nurtures and supports the brave women who realize this and want to change from victim to victor!
If you need help call 1-800-869-4663 or 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
The National Call To Protect program enables people to retire their wireless phones in a manner that will help the environment and provide phones, with matching airtime, to domestic violence agencies.
In addition, the funds generated through Call To Protect collections and other wireless industry programs have provided grants totaling more than $10 million to national organizations leading the campaign to end domestic violence.
“The number of families we serve constantly increases so the additional funds and resources we gain from these type of programs are vital to our work,” executive director of Break the Chain Against Domestic Violence Jan Wood said.
The Daniel McMahon Chapter is one in 3,000 chapters of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which has a national membership of more than 168,000.
“Sometimes you wonder if a small contribution really makes a difference, however, when you multiply that contribution by our national membership the numbers become quite impressive and you know a difference is being made in people’s lives.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our Chapter to support a local program that can benefit from the backing of another national organization as a result,” DAR Daniel McMahon chapter vice regent Cindy Cremeans said.
You can help Break the Chain Against Domestic Violence by donating your used cell phone.
All collected phones are sold, recycled or refurbished and Break the Chain Against Domestic Violence earns wireless phones with airtime, additional airtime minutes and cash grants through the collection.
You can donate your used cell phone to The Family Peace Project in Athens at 720 E. Corsicana or mail them to Break the Chain Against Domestic Violence at P.O. Box 627, Crandall, TX 75114.
Information on the Call To Protect program can be found at
For information on Break the Chain Against Domestic Violence contact Jan Wood at 1-903-880-6539.
Information on the Family Peace Project can be obtained by calling (903) 677-9177.
Information on the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution can be found at or contact the local Daniel McMahon Chapter through Regent J.D. Ferguson at (903) 489-0973.

Reservations still available for chamber Austin bus trip
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce invites and encourages any lake-area citizen to participate in the traditional Cedar Creek Lake Area Day at the Texas State Capitol Tuesday, Feb. 6.
There are still seats available on the bus traveling from the lake area to Austin to bring citizens in contact with legislators during the 80th Legislative Session.
The bus will depart downtown Mabank at approximately 6:30 a.m. and travel to the Texas State Capitol, arriving mid-morning for a full day of organized activity.
The contingent will be recognized from the floors of the House and the Senate by Senators Robert Deuell and Robert Nichols and State Rep. Betty Brown, with proclamations declaring Feb. 6 “Cedar Creek Lake Area Day.”
Included in the trip price is a special working lunch at the Doubletree Inn, a pleasant walk from the Capitol.
Deuell, Nichols and Brown have been invited to join the lunch, giving them an opportunity to address the group and answer questions.
In addition to the elected representatives, a speaker from the State Comptroller’s office is being invited to address the group and answer questions.
The afternoon will be spent in meetings with representatives from the Governor’s Office on Economic Development and Tourism, and the Agriculture Department.
“The meeting room setting makes it very easy to converse with the speakers, and everyone has an opportunity to ask questions and take notes,” TGCCLACC president Jo An Hanstrom said.
The bus will leave Austin at approximately 4 p.m. for the return trip.
Scott Six of Star Lite Custom Homes is heading the organizational committee for TGCCLACC, and Amy Gould of Brown’s Athens office is coordinating the legislative portion of the trip.
The trip is a powerful opportunity to be part of a unified group representing the entire Cedar Creek Lake community to the Legislature.
Elected officials from all 13 lake area communities are particularly being encouraged to set aside the day and attend.
The trip is being offered for $75, which includes a seat on the bus, lunch at the Doubletree and refreshments on the bus.
Incidentals are the responsibility of the individual.
Space is limited, so please call The Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce office at (903) 887-3152 or e-mail to to make reservations or to have your questions answered.

Felty, Owens named to All-State band
Special to The Monitor
HOUSTON–The Association of Texas Small School Bands is pleased to announce the selection of the 2007 ATSSB All-State Band.
Danielle Felty and Corey Owens, members of the Eustace High School Band, were selected as members of this band. They play the trombone and tuba, respectively.
They were chosen for this honor in competitive auditions held this year across the state at region and area levels.
Felty and Owens play under the direction of Eustace High School band directors Todd Felty, Patricia Williams and Chad Bentley, who are members of the Association of Texas Small School Bands, a 1,000-member group of band directors in class lA, 2A and 3A high schools in Texas.
This is Felty’s second time and Owen’s first time to perform as a member of the ATSSB All-State Band.
Felty is the daughter of Twyla and Todd Felty in Gun Barrel City. Owen is the son of Kristina Stanley in Eustace.
More than 9,000 high school band students from across Texas auditioned in 20 different regions for a place in their respective all-region bands.
The top chairs in each region advanced to one of the five area auditions held this past weekend across the state, and only 240 of these 1,360 students were selected for all-state honors.
The ATSSB All-State Bands will meet in rehearsals in the historic Scottish Rite Auditorium in downtown San Antonio from Feb. 14-17, and will present a concert beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17.
Jeff Hellmer from the University of Texas at Austin will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Jazz Ensemble.
Jerry Junkin, also from the University of Texas at Austin, will be the clinician-conductor of theAll-State Symphonic Band.
Bill Brent from Northwestem State University in Natichitoches, La., will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Concert Band.
ATSSB has commissioned David Holsinger to write “On the Overland Stage to El Paso,” for the Concert Band.
ATSSB has been commissioning works for small-school concert bands each year since 1995.

Calling all artists. Mixed Media Workshop set Feb. 3
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The greatly anticipated Maureen Brouillette Mixed Media Workshop is Saturday, Feb. 3.
You still have time to sign up! This is a chance to hone your skills and widen your horizons. See what you are truly capable of in all arenas.
Even if you are typically not a contemporary/modern painter Maureen’s skills and knowledge are sure to help enhance any kind of work that you do and open your eyes to new ideas.
Brouillette is a full-time professional artist and teacher.
Her art has been widely exhibited, including a March, 2006 solo exhibit at the Fairmount Gallery in Dallas.
She has received numerous regional and national awards, including recent awards from the International Society of Experimental Artists, Society of Watercolor Artists, and Southwestern Watercolor Society, where she received the 2005 Best of Show.
Brouillette has shown in many other venues, including the Arlington Museum of Art and the McKinney Avenue Contemporary. She was recently featured in the November, 2006 issue of The Artist’s Magazine in an article titled “When One Is Not Enough.”
You may find out more about her at
Her workshop begins at 10.a.m. and is destined to be an exciting and fun learning experience for all involved.
Call the center today at (903) 677-1010 to sign up and get your supply list.
We have a Mosaic Workshop and a Portrait or Figure Drawing Workshop in March as well.
We have had an enormous request for stained glass classes lately and would like to let all of you know we are taking steps towards making that happen.
Also on our calendar is our annual Giant Garage Sale scheduled for the weekend of March 9, 10, and 11.
Bargain hunters make note! We are currently collecting donations and there is sure to be some great stuff.
If anyone would like to make a donation to our garage sale, please call or come by.
We have another music show lined up Saturday, Feb. 24.
Contact Jerry Tyner (903) 677-2166 for more information on artist, times and ticket prices.
Thinking of hosting a party?
Call and ask us about renting our wonderful 4,400 square foot gallery.
It is a great place to host events and includes lighted stage, bar and seating areas as well as tons of open floor space for table and chair placement, mingling and dancing.
The Northeast Texas Center for the Arts is conveniently nearby and esthetically pleasing.
A quick reminder to everyone that our open studio and usual gallery features are always available during operating hours.
We have recently rotated the Gallery and added more new pieces so I would like to cordially invite all of you to stop in and see the wonderful works your local artists are creating.
Who knows? – Maybe you’ll find a piece that captures your heart or would be the perfect accent to your home.
We hope to see many of you in the center soon. Hand-crafted items are wonderful gifts and keepsakes.
Don’t forget Valentines Day will be here soon! Come in and buy one of kind art from our local artists or make your own artwork for someone special.
Call or come by with questions.
We are located at 415 N. Prairieville, near Athens Alley behind the Cottage Garden Tea Room. (903) 677-1010. Operating hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and noon – 4 p.m. Saturday.