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)
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
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 Vetonis 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or (800) 422-2260 or
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.
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 Quilters 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.
Henderson County Retired School Personnel meets at 2 p.m. the second Wednesday each month at the First United
Methodist Church of Athens. Call (903) 451-3585 for info.
Kaufman County Republican Womens 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
Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon
each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant 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 the Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points. Email bhanstrom@embarqmail .com
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 2:45
p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May
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 email@example.com.
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. 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 info, call (903)
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.
Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11
a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.
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) 675-7270.
PSFR honors members, supporters during
Monitor Staff Reports
MALAKOFFChanging technology means firefighters have to train hard to recognize new
dangers, members of the Payne Springs Fire Rescue (PSFR) department heard at their annual
awards banquet March 6.
Most of the departments 44 members and a number of special guests were on hand for
the 36-year-old departments banquet, marking 2009 accomplishments.
One major accomplishment was so startling, it prompted fire chief Randy Harley to review
figures a second time, just to be sure.
For 2009, the Payne Springs Fire Rescue suffered an in-district total loss of just
$184,000, and saved more than $4 million in property, Harley said.
That is awesome, he pointed out. We have a lot of high-dollar homes in
the district that we responded to.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Nearly all of the 44 members of Payne Springs Fire Rescue gather for a photo
during the 36-year-old volunteer fire department's annual awards banquet at the Malakoff
Community Center March 6. The department responded to 801 calls during 2009, with an
average of 14 members responding to fire calls and an average of five members responding
to rescue/medical calls.
The PSFR responded to 801 calls in 2009, with nearly half (395) being rescues and/or
emergency medical service runs. The department responded to 121 fires during the year.
An average of 14 members responded to fire calls, with an average response time of six
minutes. The average response time for a medical call was seven minutes, with five members
Last years Firefighter of the Year, Dillon Herbert, was the
departments top responder for both fires and medical calls, although Harley pointed
out the top four fire responders and top two medical responders were very close in the
number of calls.
Stephanie West had the second-highest number of responses for both fire and medical calls,
and both Ed Baggett (third) and Patrick Harris (fourth) were very close in the number of
medical responses, Harley reported.
Tanker drivers Dick Stein (third) and Donald Mecklin (fourth) were also close to the top
in fire responses, he said.
The remaining top medical responders were Treena Becker (fifth), Stein, Mecklin, Nathan
Gilbreath, Michael Juica and Harley.
Fifth place on the fire responses went to Becker, followed by Harris, Juica, Chris Perez,
David Woodcock and Harley.
Harris was honored as the departments Firefighter of the Year, and cited
for his unusual dedication in responding to calls, sometimes mounted on a bicycle.
Gilbreath was honored as the departments Rookie of the Year.
Department members put in 20,603 man-hours of work during the year, with a large
percentage being training hours, Harley said.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Payne Springs Fire Rescue members look over the department's new E-1 fire engine,
scheduled for formal delivery March 20, following the department's banquet at the Malakoff
That high level of training really showed the night of Jan. 11-12, when
the PSFR responded to the Lake Athens Baptist Church at the request of the Athens Fire
Department, which was already at the scene of another burning church, the Grace Community
Both churches were among 10 East Texas houses of worship burned between Jan. 1 and Feb.
20, when two young men were arrested through a combined federal/state/local investigation
and identified as serial arson suspects.
Athens Fire Chief John McQueary, serving as the guest speaker for the second straight
year, admitted he had never worked with volunteer firefighters before coming to Athens.
This (Lake Athens Baptist fire) was one of the first times I was able to watch your
department under the gun, he said. Yall did a tremendous job.
I did watch thats my job, McQueary added. I watched a
really good team in operation.
Anytime we have something like that come up again, Id love to have yall
respond, he said.
McQueary said changing conditions and technology means firefighters face new dangers and
We can no longer get on a roof and cut a hole in a modern roof, he said.
We cant lean inside a car through the window and hold traction without the
fear factor of having a side airbag go off.
What was standard procedure 20 years ago may be extremely hazardous now, McQueary said.
Speaking directly to the younger firefighters in the audience, McQueary said, You
have to dedicate yourself to study and learn about fire service and its hazards.
No matter how bold a firefighter may be, buildings are not constructed the same way as
they were, and new plastics produce different toxins when burned, he pointed out.
We have to recognize these changes, he said.
Harley told the gathering the departments motto, Our family serving your
family, was literally true, pointing to members of his family surrounding one of the
tables set up inside the Malakoff Community Center.
Since the departments organization in 1974, the PSFR has gradually obtained a number
of first-class fire apparatus, and Harley noted the departments fourth E-1 fire
engine was waiting outside for members to look it over before it is formally delivered
The Payne Springs community should be honored that we have an apparatus where we can
ride safely and comfortably to a fire scene, Harley said.
During the banquet, special recognition was extended to Jimmy and Irma Reynolds, who
provide land and support for the departments main fund-raiser of the year, the
Halloween Woods of Terror.
Also getting recognition were the Pinnacle Womens Club, members of the Emergency
Services District No. 2 board (Charles Oram, Robert ONeil, Nelda Reynolds, Jimmy
Reynolds and Ken Shaver).
All of the departments members were recognized, starting with assistant chiefs Randy
B. Hardee and David Woodcock, captains Donald Mecklin, Darrell Posey and Jason Dixon,
lieutenants Stephanie West, Treena Becker and Dillon Herbert, safety officers Randy F.
Hardee, Chuck Harley and Michael Juica, and medical officers Capt. Jason Thorn and Lt. Ed
The PSFR also has a board of directors, with president Dick Stein, vice president David
Woodcock, chief Randy Harley, secretary Kay Hardee, treasurer Chris Reed and chaplain
Members include Gerald D. Baggett, Bryan Bird, Cindy Bird, Marlie Bird, Thomas Eden,
Gilbreath, Cristina Godby and Jay Gordon.
Also, Kay Hardee, Harris, Nathan Juica, Kellie Kelsay, John Laywell, Jason Lewis, Gary
Mason, Perez, Chris Reed, JoVonna Shelton, Stein and Alisha Teague.
Also, Cortney Thomas, Chris Walley, Shannon Ward, Glenda Harley, Jane Horton, Michael
Horton, Tonya Posey and Lil Woodcock.