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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 and Thursday mornings and Saturday afternoons at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. For more info, call (903) 498-4351.
Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points.
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.
Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Thursday for fellowship and dancing. The club is located off Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. A donation $5 per person is asked.
Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Wednesday at Lakeridge RV Park in Gun Barrel City (across from D.Q.), 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 information please 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 information, call Mary Harris at (903) 451-5280 or Tonya Capley at (903) 498-4725.
Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943 or Malisa Bilberry at (903) 340-7451, or email
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 2667 meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Aley United Methodist Church. For more information, please call Suzann Smith at (903) 887-3889.
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 Tuesday at the Nutrition Center in Kemp. For more information, please 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 Dairy Queen in Seven Points. Everyone is welcome. Email for more information.
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 2:45 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.
RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank. The public is welcome to attend.
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 more info, call (903) 498-2140.
SUICIDE SURVIVORS GROUP for those grieving the loss of someone by suicide, meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mabank.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meet at 6 p.m. each Monday at the First Baptist Church of Mabank. Contact Gaye Ward at (903) 887-5913 for more info.
TVCC Singles meet at 7 p.m. each Monday in the Nutrition Center at TVCC, located off Park Street near the Athens Country Club. This is a support group for singles of all ages and is supported by TVCC. For more info, call Hilda Anding at (903) 489-2259.




Tri-County Library gets a new resident
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–If you haven’t already noticed, or haven’t visited the Tri-County Library in Mabank lately, there is a permanent resident living there!
She doesn’t take up too much space and doesn’t own a lot of stuff – definitely not a “pack rat” like some of us. And, until a very short time ago, she didn’t even have a name.
However, most patrons have welcomed the sight of her, and generally approve of her living in the library.

Monitor Photo/ Linda K. Holt
Whisper, a smoky gray tabby, trots across the floor of the children’s book section at the Tri-County Library with a favorite toy. It won’t take her long to own “the joint.”

A brief naming ceremony and welcome Valentine’s Day party was given in her honor Feb. 14.
Nameless no more, next time you see her, you may address her as “Whisper.”
That was the winning name chosen from the library’s “name the cat contest.”
Eight-year-old Haile Buttram, daughter of Mabank resident Sonya Stephens, submitted the catchy and appropriate name for the four-month-old smoke-gray tabby with white socks.
Other candidates for her name were Libby, Page Turner, Smoky and Boots.

Monitor Photo/ Pearl Cantrell
Eight-year-old Haile Buttram submitted the winning name for the library’s new mascot, a kitten called Whisper.

So, how did a cat come to live in the library, you ask?
Ask Sydney Busch. Back in October, Busch saw the story of Dewey on CBS “Sunday Morning” television show.
Dewey was the mascot of Spencer Public Library in Spencer, Iowa, for nearly 20 years.
Over the years, Dewey Readmore Books became an integral part of promoting books and learning in that community.
Discovered as a kitten, half-frozen in a book drop one morning in January, 1988, the library staff made it their mission to save and love Dewey.
A naming contest was launched to find the perfect name for the recovering kitten, who made himself at home inside the library.
His care was supported by the collection of recycled aluminum cans by library staff, who were soon joined by friends and patrons’ money donations for Dewey’s food and kitty litter.
Needless to say, Dewey earned his keep by generating publicity for the library, which became known as far away as Japan.
Of course, many people who seldom visited the library started to, just so they could visit with Dewey.
Sadly, Dewey passed away not long ago, which generated the “Sunday Morning” television story about him, a story that left Busch in tears.
It is foreseen that Whisper will follow in Dewey’s paw prints.
“We hope Whisper will be an added attraction and comfort to patrons visiting us,” librarian Claire Stout said. “The volunteer staff here are all very happy to have her.”
Busch, the “Friends of the Animals” low-cost spay/neuter clinic founder, determined the Tri-County Library would be a perfect spot for a library cat, and started searching for the feline she thought would be best suited to lots of social contact.
“I wanted a kitty to come from the animal shelter, first of all,” Busch told The Monitor.
This kitten she found was in a foster home that helps take the overflow from the Humane Society Animal Shelter in Tool.
The foster owner pointed out Whisper’s even temperament and winning ways.
“And boy, was she right,” Busch said.

Monitor Photo/ Pearl Cantrell
Members of the Tri-County Library board and friends join librarian Claire Stout (center) in welcoming the newly named library cat, Whisper, to its new home.

Busch suggested the library isn’t the only place a kitten or small dog in residence can benefit.
“There are just hundreds of beautiful kittens and wonderful adult cats, many of them already spayed or neutered, waiting to find home,” she said.
The idea of a “host cat” can be used by area businesses, Busch said.
The Bluebonnet Emporium in Gun Barrel City and Old Friends Antiques in Mabank have “fabulous tabby cats” in-house which attract traffic to those businesses.
“Gilbert and Jones has a small dog,” she added.
She admits that business pets take a little work and upkeep, but are great assets at driving in traffic.
“Its something people talk about,” she said.

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