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February 6, 2011






Clubs and Such

BNI (Business Network International) - Cedar Creek Professionals - meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Comfort Suites, located at U.S. Hwy. 175 and TX 198 in Mabank. For more information, call Larry Williams (903) 887-2847 or
Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. For more information, call (903) 498-5725 or (903) 498-3830.
Cedar Creek Art Society meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. A $3 donation per artist is asked.
Cedar Creek Domino Club meets each week on Wednesday at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. For more info, call (903) 887-6549.
Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Thursday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m., Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday for fellowship and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. The club is located off Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. Call for more information, (903) 432-3552.
Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Wednesday at The Jalapeno Tree in Gun Barrel City, except the second week of the month, when the club meets Thursday in conjunction with the area chamber of commerce luncheon.
Cedar Creek Optimist Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. For more info, call Danny Hampel at (903) 778-4508.
Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday. For more information call (903) 887-4867.
Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. For more information, call Dee Ann Owens at (903) 340-2415.
Cub Scout Pack #333 meets at the First United Methodist Church of Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For info, call Mary Harris at (903) 451-5280 or Tonya Capley at (903) 498-4725.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101 meets the second Monday of each month at the Senior Citizens Center on Hwy. 31 in Athens.
Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943, email,  or (800) 422-2260 or visit
Girl Scout Troop 2667 meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Aley United Methodist Church. For more info, call Suzann Smith at (903) 887-3889.
GriefShare Recovery support group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Cedar Creek Church of God, located at 142 Rodney Dr., Gun Barrel City. Call (903) 887-0293 for more information.
Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. For more information, please call (903) 451-4221.
Kaufman County Republican Women’s Club meets the third Saturday of each month at the Farm Bureau Insurance Company, located at 2477 N. Hwy. 34 in Kaufman. For more info, call (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.
Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. For more info, call Dr. Jim Collinsworth at (903) 887-7486.
Lake Area Council of the Blind meets at 6 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at West Athens Baptist Church.
Lake Area Democrats Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. Email  for more information.
Mabank Al-Anon Family Group meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at Mabank First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Families of alcoholics are welcome. Call (903) 887-2781 for info.
Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. Call (903) 887-5252 for info.
Mabank Garden Club meets at 1:45 p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May and December).
Oak Harbor/Tanglewood Crime Watch meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the R.T. Beamguard Community Center in Oak Harbor.
Rainbow Girls, Masonic Youth organization meets on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Masonic Lodge. For more information contact Donna Dean at
Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. Call (903) 887-6201 for info.
RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank.
Southeast Kaufman County Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the center, located at 300 N. Dallas Street in Kemp. For info, call (903) 498-2140.
Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church of Athens. Call (903) 489-0563 or (903) 675-2600.
Trinity Valley Community College Band meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the TVCC band hall. Group is open to any community member who plays an instrument. Call (903) 675-6222 for info.
Trinity Valley Singles Support Group meets at 7 p.m. each Monday at Athens First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Lovers Lane. This is a support group for singles of all ages. For more info, call Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna Stinson (903) 675-7270.









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 Local 3-year-old born with half a heart
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–Pregnancy is a happy time of anticipation, planning and excitement for an expectant mom.
When she was in her fifth month of pregnancy, all of that was dramatically interrupted for Christy Massengale.
During a regular check-up, the sonogram of her baby caught the attention of the technicians, then her doctor.
“The doctor told me he was sending me to a specialist,” Massengale said.
After visiting with the specialist and then a cardiologist, she got what had to be the worst news of her life.
“I was told the baby’s heart was not developing,” she said.
The news was devastating and heartbreaking.
“I was like a child throwing a temper tantrum. I blamed God and I bargained with God,” Massengale said.
The baby was diagnosed with hypoplastic-left heart (HLHS). In other words, her baby was missing the left side of her tiny heart, one of the most serious forms of congenital heart disease.
That was nearly three years ago. Little Eleanore turns three Sunday, Feb. 13, Massengale said.
During her short life she has had five surgeries, two of them open-heart surgeries with a third planned for this coming April.
“They are all very complicated. With only one side of her heart, her blood, both blue and red blood flows through a single section,” she explained.
The surgeries are creating a way for the one section she has, to perform as two sides, carrying the oxygen rich-blood as well as the oxygen poor-blood, but through separate ventricles.
In addition to the surgeries, little Eleanore spends a lot of time in the hospital.
“We’re in Dallas a lot (at the hospitals. Even if she just gets a cold, she is in danger,” Massengale said.
One out of every 100 children are born with some type of heart defect (CHD), she explained.
“Until mine, I never knew children had heart problems,” she said.
The American Heart Association says the cause of HLHS is not known and occurs in 1 to 3 babies in every 10,000 births.
Though the defect is not correctable, some babies can be treated with a series of operations or by a heart transplant.
The first operation is performed soon after birth, the second between four and 12 months of age and the third operation between 18 months and three years old.
Virtually all children with HLHS will need heart medications, heart catheterization and additional surgery.
Children with HLHS are advised to limit their physical activities to their own endurance levels and require lifelong follow-up by a cardiologist.
Christy and husband Ryan take it a day at a time. Eleanore’s condition prevents her from enrolling in a day care, due to her weakened immune system, a symptom of her condition.
Her parents keep portable oxygen tanks at home for immediate use if a monitor indicates her oxygen saturation levels drop severely.
Without medical intervention, 95 percent of these babies die within the first month, especially if it goes undetected during pregnancy and birth.
According to Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, specializing in CHD, more children die from congenital heart defects than from all childhood cancers combined.






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