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Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 319.39
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  Education, planning, preparation and life jackets save lives
By Jim Salzmann
Special to The Monitor

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The national media has been saturated with the gripping story of four athletes who went fishing off Clearwater, Fla., recently.
National Football League players Victor “Marquis” Cooper and Cory Smith, along with former University of South Florida football players Will Bleakley and Nick Schuyler, were thrown into the sea when their boat capsized Feb. 28.
Schuyler alone was rescued and is recuperating from the effects of exposure and hypothermia, while the U.S. Coast Guard search for Cooper, Smith and Bleakley was called off March 3.
Doctors were calling Schuyler’s survival “a miracle,” since he was in 63-degree water for about 46 hours before his rescue. Doctors estimated Schuyler would not have survived another eight to 10 hours if he had not been found.
These men set off confident in their knowledge and skill, but were overpowered by nature. The tragic result of an enjoyable outing of four friends reminds us all to take proper care when setting out upon the waters.
According to the Center for Disease Control, the number of people who die in recreational boating accidents each year is about the same as those who perish in general aviation accidents.
There is a high perception of the potential dangers inherent in aviation, while boating is thought to be relatively safe.
In most places, a person with no boating experience can rent a boat and take to the high seas – no questions asked. The same is not true for operating an airplane or even an automobile.
Most boating accidents are preventable. It starts by everyone on a boat wearing a properly fitting U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket.
Wearing a life jacket will keep you afloat and help delay the effects of hypothermia. Remember – life jackets save lives!
Education, planning and preparation are also vital to a successful boating outing.
Education. Whether your state requires boater education or not, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary urges that every boater takes a Boater Education class.
Just like an automobile or an airplane, operating a boat requires more than just throttling up or setting a sail and getting underway.
There are navigation rules, weather considerations, knowing how to respond to a person overboard, knowing how to place a distress call and knowing how to respond when you are physically unable, among other bits of knowledge.
Remember – educated boaters save lives. Take a boating safety class. Call Jon Raden, Public Education Staff Officer, at (972) 875-7842.
Preparation and Planning. Have your boat checked out to make sure it complies with applicable Federal and State regulations for boats.
These checks conducted by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadron help make sure that you have needed safety equipment on your boat.
Remember – safe boats save lives! Get a Vessel Safety Check.
File a Float Plan with a friend or other relative. Make sure they know where you plan on boating and when you plan on returning.
They also need to know who to call, if you do not return at the indicated time.
Make sure you have effective communications for your boating outing. A marine band VHF-FM radio can be extremely valuable, but has limited range.
Additionally, cell phones become less effective the further you are from shore, and may receive no signal at all beyond 15-20 miles.
Take a lesson from the Boy Scouts – be prepared for sudden and dramatic changes in weather, whether you are couple of miles offshore or 20 miles away from land.
It is common for fog to develop or strong winds to start blowing. Listen to weather forecasts before you go and on your VHF-FM marine radio while underway.
Many times, weather near shore is significantly calmer than weather offshore, and knowing the forecast for your intended destination can help you decide whether to leave the dock, stay in more protected areas or even stay at home.
What if you do end up in the water unintentionally? If you are wearing your life jacket you’re half-way there.
If the boat does capsize, keep everyone together and stay with the boat
Flares, mirrors, strobe lights, whistles and other signaling devices allow rescuers to quickly locate people who are already in the water and need help.
The Coast Guard will search at night, as well as during daylight, and anything that will make you more visible significantly aids your ability to be detected.
Again, always wear a life jacket. Life jackets save lives!


Youngsters turn out for the second Little League skills assessment in Kemp

Three-year-old Brooklyn Schultz breaks away from coach Tanya Patterson to make the catch on a ground ball during the Cedar Creek Area Little League skills assessment in Kemp March 7.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kendall Penland, who turns 4 March 24, fires the ball back to first base during the Cedar Creek Area Little League skills assessment at Kemp’s KASA ballfields Saturday. Coaches are scheduled to hold the first Little League baseball and softball drafts Saturday, March 14.

Mom Kim Vincent helps 3-year-old Ethan don his fielder's glove during the player assessments at the KASA ballfields off State Highway 274.

Michaiah Hernandez throws the ball back to first base during the player assessments. CCALL coaches were scheduled to hold a player draft Saturday.



MHS, EHS both fall
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Both Mabank and Eustace soccer teams were defeated in their next-to-last district matches Tuesday night.
The loss was most critical for the youthful Eustace Lady Bulldogs, as they saw their slender playoff hopes severely damaged in a 4-1 loss to the Athens Lady Hornets.
Hallie Mathis provided Eustace’s only goal.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Lady Bulldog LaShawnda Martin (white uniform) gets tripped by Mabank Lady Panther April Cron (8) as she and teammate Ashton Norman battle Martin for possession during their District 31-4A soccer match in Eustace March 6.

Mabank’s girls, who have already clinched the District 31-4A fourth-place berth, also fell to the Lindale Lady Eagles 4-1 Tuesday night.
Mabank’s boys, who still have an outside shot at grabbing the district’s fourth-place berth, became the latest Lindale victim, 8-0.
Unbeaten Lindale (20-0, 9-0 in district) has not allowed a single goal in district play, outscoring opponents 51-0.
Both Mabank and Eustace soccer teams were scheduled to wind up regular season play Friday night, with Eustace’s teams heading to Chapel Hill.
Mabank’s girls were scheduled to host Athens, while Mabank’s boys visited Athens.


Upcoming games


March 17
MHS b @ Lindale tourn.

March 23
MHS boys @ Ennis
MHS girls @ Canton
KHS @ EHS tourney


March 26
Crandall Coca-Cola Relays


March 16
KHS @ Crandall
EHS vs All Saints

March 17
MHS vs Terrell*
EHS vs Brownsboro

March 20
MHS @ Red Oak*
KHS @ Van*
EHS @ Mineola*

March 24
MHS vs Mesquite Poteet*
KHS @ Wills Point*
EHS vs Canton*

March 27
MHS @ Forney*

March 31
MHS vs Lancaster*
KHS @ Mineola*
EHS vs Wills Point*
*district contest


March 16
MHS @ Red Oak*

March 17
KHS @ Canton*
EHS vs Van*

March 18
MHS vs Mesquite Poteet*

March 20
KHS @ Van*
EHS @ Mineola*

March 24
MHS @ Forney*
KHS @ Wills Point*
EHS vs Canton*

March 27
MHS vs Lancaster*
*district contest

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