The Cedar Creek Bible Church is hosting free skating from 7 to
8:30 p.m. Friday March 23. Parents may drop off children ages 4
through sixth grade. Skates, sodas, popcorn, hot chocolate and
sno-cones provided free. The church is located one mile north of
the traffic light in Seven Points on SH 274. For information
call the church office at (903) 432-2175.
McDade’s open house
McDade’s Nursery invites the community to celebrate its open
house, “Spring in the Garden,” from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday,
(today). Free chili dogs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The nursery is
located at 1000 N. Tool Drive, SH 274, Tool. For information
call (903) 432-0106
Natalie’s carnival benefit
A Carnival benefit for Natalie Newman, 13, suffering from
Freidreich’s Ataxia is set for 1 p.m. Sunday (today), at the
Mabank Pavilion. Events include bounce house, train ride,
dunking booth, clowns, petting zoo and concession stand. Natalie
will take the funds raised to the Ride Ataxia benefit Saturday,
March 24, in Dallas.
The Rootseekers Genealogy Society meets at 7 p.m. Monday, March
19, at Tri-County Library, downtown Mabank. Clifton Smith will
review his book, “John McDougald, His Descendents from Florida
to Texas,” one of the first families in the Kemp area. Meetings
are open to the public. For information, visit
CCL Women’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club executive board meets at 1
p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake in
Mabank garden Club
The Mabank Garden Club meets at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at
the Tri-County Library in Mabank. The program, “What’s New in
the Nursery,” will be presented by Stephen Gent of McDade’s
Nursery. Guests welcome. For information call Celene at (903)
Sarah Maples DAR
The Sarah Maples chapter of DAR is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March
21, at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points. The
speaker is Lee Lloyd TSDAR vice chairman volunteer genealogist
on “My Favorite Places to go On the World Wide Web.”
Kiwanis pancake day
The Kiwanis Club of Cedar Creek Lake is hosting a “Pancake Day,”
from 6 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 22, at Saint Peter Lutheran
Church, 130 Luther Lane, Gun Barrel City. Free delivery to
businesses with minimum of three orders. Fax meal orders to
(903) 432-2415 between 7 to 11 a.m.
VFW sock hop
The VFW Post 4376, Seven Points, is hosting an old-fashioned
sock hop, Friday, March 23 with prizes and hot dogs. Dance music
provided by D.J. Sweetpea Vanderburg. For information and time,
call (903) 432-2138.
Shelter open house
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is hosting its “Raising
the woof” open house at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24, to celebrate
the completion of the new shelter, located at 10200 CR 2403,
Trinity Baptist women
The Trinity Baptist Church is hosting a women’s conference, “In
His Steps,” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24. A
continental breakfast is at 8 a.m. and a lunch will be served.
For information call Maxine Tart at (903) 477-1474, Claudine
Hoover at (903) 773-2411, or Betty Lee at (903) 778-2832.
Special Olympics benefit
A Special Olympics dinner, dance and auction is set for 6:30 to
10 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Mabank Intermediate School.
VFW cancer benefit
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4376 are hosting a Lasagna
Dinner at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, benefitting cancer research.
Events include a silent auction, bake sale and baskets. For
information call Auxiliary 4376 at (903) 432-2138.
The American Legion Auxiliary scholarship applications are now
available in the counselor offices at Eustace, Kemp, Mabank,
Malakoff and Trinidad high schools. Application deadline is
Thursday, March 29. Scholarships may be used for any type of
post high school training or education, such as 2 or 4 year
universities, trade schools, or speciality institutes.
CCL Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar creek Lake is hosting a bridge
tournament benefitting The Library at Cedar creek Lake,
Thursday, March 29. For information on membership or the bridge
tournament and cost, call Ruth Pimm at (903) 778-4752.
The city of Tool Trash-Off is set for 8 a.m. until dumpsters are
full, Saturday, March 31, at the maintenance barn, corner of
Sunset & SH 274. Items not accepted include; paint, freon,
tires, carpet & brush, hazardous items, roofing materials,
batteries, appliances with freon. For information call the city
at (903)432-3522, ext. 1.
Senior supplies needed
The Kemp Certified Nurse Aide class seeks help with “Supplies
for Seniors” benefitting Kemp Care Center, full size hygiene
products include shampoo, body wash, deodorant, shaving cream,
razors, toothpaste and denture care products. Red boxes are
placed at Kemp Family Pharmacy, First National Bank of Kemp,
many area churches and all Kemp school campuses. For information
call Liz Thorne, RN, at Kemp HS – (903) 498-9273.
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Mabank clinic gets
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–A suspicious letter received at Dr. Chaim Banjo’s Mabank
clinic at 802 W. Mason St. prompted quick action by Mabank
police chief Kyle McAfee.
The clinic was quarantined for three hours until a bio-hazmat
team from the Garland Health Department and bomb squad gave the
It contained a white powdery substance that turned out to be
nontoxic, McAfee said.
Office manager Judy Crocker said she knew right away the letter
wasn’t right because it listed the clinic as the sender. It was
part of her mail as a returned letter.
“We hadn’t addressed any letter to the Washington D. C. area,”
she said. “I handle all the mail for the office,” the
22-year-old Kaufman resident told The Monitor.
After receiving the letter in question, she telephoned the
doctor at his Mesquite office, who told her to call the police.
Crocker added that she had heard the news reports of other
suspicious letters being received at restaurants and schools
along the Eastern Seaboard recently. At least 20 suspicious
letters were reported in news reports this past week in the
Washington D.C. area, and six states. One school was evacuated
due to a note received there. The white substance in that case
turned out to be flour, according to news reports.
Several schools in the Dallas area, a middle school in
Connecticut, an art museum in New York City, a bank in
Birmingham, Ala. and schools in Massachusetts and Rhode Island
all received similar letters.
The FBI and an investigator from the postal service were also
dispatched to the clinic, McAfee said.
If anyone receives a suspicious piece of mail, it should be
secured immediately along with anyone who has been in contact
with the letter in a closed up area away from anyone else.
“Evacuate the area and don’t touch it anymore,” McAfee said.
“Don’t wave it around or show it to everyone to get their
opinion,” McAfee cautioned. “And call the police right away. We
know how to handle these situations.”
ERCOT sets new wind
Special to The Monitor
AUSTIN– The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the
state grid operator and manager of the wholesale electric
market, hit a new wind record March 8, exceeding the previous
record by almost 200 megawatts (MW).
Wind output reached 7,599 MW at 8:41 p.m., Wednesday, March 7,
exceeding the 7,403 MW record from the previous day, March 6, by
196 MW. Prior to March 6, the record for wind output in ERCOT
was 7,400 MW, recorded on Oct. 7, 2011.
At the time of Wednesday’s record, wind was supplying 22 percent
of the total system load, 34,318 MW.
Coastal wind farms supplied 1,018 MW of the new record, along
with 6,581 MW from the west and north zones. ERCOT currently has
9,838 MW of installed wind capacity, the highest of any state in
the US, including 7,531 MW in the western part of the state, 232
MW in the north, and 2,075 MW in the coastal region.
“March is typically a high wind month for ERCOT, but these new
records are also due in part to a new transmission analysis
tool. We started using this new tool this week which allowed us
to move more wind energy from the west zone,” director of grid
operations and system planning Kent Saathoff said.
ERCOT began using the new tool March 6 to calculate day-ahead
and real-time west to north stability limits.
“In the past, we’ve had some slack built into some of our
transmission limits because these limits had to be set well in
advance,” Saathoff said. “The new tool runs an analysis on
real-time conditions every 30 minutes so it gives us a more
fine-tuned analysis,” Saathoff explained.
ERCOT increased its installed wind capacity last month by 9 MW
with the addition of Trinity Hills Wind in Nueces County.
Projects currently under review are expected to add 18,000 MW of
wind generated energy, according to the February system planning
According to records dating back to 2010, wind generated energy
has provided between 15 to 26 percent of daily electrical energy
consumption (7,227 MG to 7,600 MG) in Texas.