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February 20, 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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Lake Life


Purtis Creek Park is ‘wonderful cooperative effort’
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–A switch from high tech back to nature has really worked for Purtis Creek State Park’s new superintendent.
Mendy Davis came to Purtis Creek from Lake Mineral Wells State Park back in mid-September, and has been astounded at the cooperative effort state agencies routinely put forth for the relatively tiny park three miles north of Eustace.
“I’ve never seen so many (Texas Parks & Wildlife) divisions working in cooperation to manage the resources here for the state,” she said. “It’s a wonderful cooperative effort.”
After graduating from Mineral Wells High School in 1982, Davis spent 12 years as the IT (information technology) project manager for Fort Worth-based Computer Sciences Corp. She has two grown sons and one grandchild, with a second grandbaby on the way.
To get away from computers, Davis worked part time at Lake Mineral Wells and found she enjoyed the outdoor life.
The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon changed her focus forever.
“I re-evaluated what I wanted to do in my life, and decided to be a steward of our natural and cultural resources,” she said.
Joining the Lake Mineral Wells staff full-time more than six years ago, Davis became a state-certified Master Naturalist and obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2009 from Tarleton State in Brownwood.
When her Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) supervisors asked where she would be interested in serving, “I said ‘I like trees’,” she recalled.
Learning about the Purtis Creek park superintendent’s position, she visited the area and knew instantly she was home, she said.
“This park is unique in that it’s so diverse – from piney woods to open prairie and grasslands,” Davis said.
A long-standing bass “catch-and-release” program at the park produced a ShareLunker bass last year, and the fishing for other species remains robust.
The lengthy drought a few years ago helped kill off a water lily infestation, and TPWD aquatic environment specialists are helping re-introduce native plants into the lake.
“They have four species growing for us in Athens (at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center),” Davis said.
Purtis Creek also has a diverse animal population.
“Our wildlife manager, Heidi Bailey, was out this last week to check our deer herd, seeing if they have adequate nutrition and vegetation, and are not over-grazing,” Davis said.
In the past, the park has hosted youth duck hunts, and Davis said Game Warden Steve Stapleton is looking to see if the park will be able to reintroduce youth hunts next year.
“We have a very diverse staff, as well,” she added. “The people here consider our citizens as a key resource. I’m very proud of the staff we have here.”
The park is budgeted for 7.5 employees, plus a half-time senior STEP employee. An intern will be hired this summer, and nine volunteer hosts handle “myriad duties” around the park when staff members are tied up on other things, she said.
“This park has always had managers with vision,” Davis said. “They’ve worked for the future to bring in people to experience what we have here.”
New fish attractor lights and floodlights are scheduled to be installed on the park’s two fishing piers within the next 30 days or so, and the park roads are scheduled to be resurfaced during hot weather in July.
“We’re also updating our rental equipment, and adding more kayaks,” she said.
Eustace Police Chief Robert Walker and his wife Holly will be operating the park’s bait shop Wednesday through Sunday, starting March 1.
“They do a wonderful job taking care of our customers,” Davis said. “They also fix really good meals.”
A long-underway project, adding 4.3 miles of new hiking trails, is nearly complete and ready to open to the public.
Collectively known as the Wolfpen Trails, the handicapped-accessible trails will have four new guide kiosks, and new park maps showing the trails are being printed, Davis said.
The existing 1.3 mile trail to the park’s primitive camping area is unchanged, except the trail and the camping area now have a new name – the Beaver Slide Nature Path and Camping Site.
There are three new trails – the 2.1-mile blue trail, the one-mile green trail and the 1.2-mile red trail.
“We’re hoping to put in a new (RV) camping loop with 50-amp (electrical) service and sewer this fiscal year,” Davis said. “We’re also hoping to add Wi-Fi wireless Internet service on the camping loop and the boat ramp area.”
Wi-Fi service currently is available only near the park office, she explained.
The park also has a new sign, identifying it as Purtis Creek State Park, instead of Purtis Creek State Recreational Area.
“(The park) is a wonderful combined effort,” she said. “So many people are putting resources together to make this really a jewel.”





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