People, Places & Events


Third annual Appraisal Fair set
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Cedar Creek Civic League is sponsoring the third annual Antique Appraisal Fair from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 10.
This year’s fair will be held at First United Methodist Church, 501 South Third Street, Mabank.
Last year’s appraisal fair was a success, and Don Cowan and Sam Webb have agreed to come back again for this year’s event.
These professional appraisers make the sharing of their knowledge both entertaining and educational for the audience.
This is an audience-interactive appraisal program and a chance to receive relevant information and oral appraisals of heirlooms and flea market finds alike.
Cowan is an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers and owner of New England Antiques and Interiors in Dallas.
Webb is the owner of SWA Antiques in Carrollton, and at one time owned a gallery in Washington, D.C.
They have worked together for years to provide nationwide appraisals and estate liquidation services.
Cowan is a columnist for Antique Prime Magazine and regularly teaches college courses on antiques and collectibles.
Webb lectures on glassware and porcelains of Europe and America.
The appraisers’ expertise welcomes a wide variety of items for appraisal and discussion.
Furniture, glassware, costume jewelry, textiles, etc. are all welcome, although no coins, stamps, gemstones or firearms and weapons of any kind will be accepted.
For the $25 admission fee, participants will receive professional oral appraisals on two items.
Additional items can be appraised for an additional fee of $8.
For those who just want to be entertained, but have nothing to be appraised, admission of $10 will be charged at the door.
Tickets will be available from Civic League members, at Main Place Cinema and various other merchants.
This is the only fund-raiser held by the Cedar Creek Civic League, and all profits help support the League’s many beneficiaries, including both area libraries, HeadStart, Special Olympics and the NeoNatal Unit at East Texas Medical Center in Athens.
For further information, contact Janice Ellis at or (903) 451-5100, or Teddie Harpole at or (903) 887-0188.

Community supports MVFD fish fry

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Mabank Mayor Larry Teague (center) hugs the city’s favorite newswoman
Opal Toney and visits with Opal’s brother Bob Sapp during the annual fish
fry benefitting the city’s fire department Saturday. The event cleared $4,000.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
The Mabank Firefighters Auxiliary kept the dessert table stocked during
the four-hour event and a jump house and popcorn dispensing machine
were big hits with the younger set.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
The serving line was continuous throughout the evening. Here firefighter
Robbie Munden (at right) serves Mike Hooper, followed by Maryann and
Wayne Anthony. On the menu was shoestring home fries, coleslaw, hush
puppies, beans and, of course, fried catfish.

Rotarians learn Alzheimer’s symptoms
By Barbara Gartman

Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–The long good-by as Alzheimer’s is often referred to, affects not just the victim, but family, caregivers and friends.
Symptoms ranging from short-term memory loss to forgetting whole experiences and no longer recognizing loved ones were described by April Dansby, Family Services Coordinator for Alzheimer’s Association.
Dansby was the keynote speaker for the weekly luncheon of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake.
“Today’s generations are living longer and longer,” Dansby said, adding that may be part of the reason more Alzheimer’s cases are being seen today.
“And not every person has the same symptoms,” she explained.
She said in “normal” aging people sometimes lose the ability to recall part of an experience, but Alzheimer’s patients lose a lot more.
“They forget whole experiences,” she said.
The patient gradually becomes unable to follow written or spoken directions, can’t use notes as reminders and gradually becomes unable to care for themselves.
In other business, Rotarians:
• were told the Celebrity Waiter Dinner date has been set for Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Athens Country Club.
• reminded Dave Tanner will perform at the Friday, March 9 luncheon at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant.

Colonial Dames hear Lela Evans
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The Martin’s Hundred Chapter National Society Colonial Dames Seventeenth Century of Mabank, recently had an opportunity to have as their guest speaker, Lela Golightley Evans.
Her topic was, “TexShare Database and Heritage Quest.”
Evans has been involved in placing genealogy information on the Internet since becoming a county coordinator for the USGenWeb Project in 1998.
She is currently the coordinator for Parker and Palo Pinto Counties in the TXGenWeb Project, and co-coordinator for Tallahatchie Co. MSGenWeb Project.
Evans has served as the orphan county director and mentor director for the TXGenWeb Project and is currently the event coordinator.
She is the president of the Lancaster Genealogical Society and is a member of the Pleasant Run Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
She is employed by Library System Services and is the genealogy associate at the Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library.
In addition, a hobby of hers is dressing in Victorian period costumes while attending SASS (Single Action Shooting Society) events with her husband, Robert.
Her program was well received by all who attended.
TexShare Database and Heritage Quest is a subject that is educational and very interesting to fledgling genealogists searching the Internet.

MHS Chorale to perform at Disney World
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MABANK–The Mabank High School Chorale will be flying to Orlando, Fla. to participate in a nationally recognized choral opportunity at Disney World.
After reviewing video tapes and CDs choir director Catherine Lindsley sent, Disney officials selected the Mabank Chorale to sing on its stage.
They will appear on the “Future World Stage” near the Imagination Pavilion in the Epcot Center.
Choir director Catherine Lindsley received the letter from Disney officials saying after review of CDs and video tapes she had submitted, the choir was chosen to sing on the Disney stage.
Lindsley will be taking about 35 of her best musicians along with several parents.
The trip will be April 21-24 and the performance will be Sunday, April 22.
The students have been raising money for the trip through fund-raisers and special concerts all year long. Corporate sponsorships are greatly appreciated and needed.
For more information on the trip or how you can help, call Lindsley at (903) 887-9366.

Achievement Academy cites Sims
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MABANK–The United States Achievement Academy announces Mabank High School senior Steven Roy Sims has been named an United States National Leadership and Service Award Winner.
Sims, a Mabank resident, will appear in the United States Achievement Academy’s Official Yearbook which is published nationally.
The award is a prestigious honor very few students can ever hope to attain.
In fact, the Academy recognizes fewer than 10 percent of all American high school students.
“Recognizing and supporting our youth is more important than ever before in America’s history.
“Certainly, United States Achievement Academy winners should be congratulated and appreciated for their dedication to excellence and achievement,” founder of the United States Achievement Academy George Stevens said.
The criteria for selection are a student’s academic performance, interest and aptitude, leadership qualities, responsibility, enthusiasm, motivation to learn and improve, citizenship, attitude and cooperative spirit and dependability.
Sims is the son of Steve and Tanya Sims.
His grandparents are Larry and Rebecca Crocker of Mabank and the late James and Joann Sims of Seagoville.

Pinnacle women assist research
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MABANK–Joani Platt is not only a board member of “Kevin” Ewing’s Sarcoma Fund, but she is the grandmother of “Kevin”, for whom the foundation is named, and is a member of the Pinnacle Women’s Club.
“We were pleased to have the opportunity to assist in a worthwhile cause that directly affects one of the members,” Marsha Smith said.
A check for $500 was issued to assist in the research efforts specifically for this very rare type of children’s bone cancer.
The treatment options for Ewing’s Sarcoma are potent doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation, surgery, and sometimes endoprosthesis, which is an artificial bone replacement within the body.
“Children with cancer possess the insatiable mind-set of meeting challenges without desperation, courage beyond fear, and hope devoid of barriers. The Women’s Club is privileged to be able to assist in a small way in the search for answers for children affected by this rare disease,” JoDee Neathery added.