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March 18, 2012






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Free skating
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.

Rootseekers Society
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 Seven Points.

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) 451-4016.

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, Tool.

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.

Legion scholarships
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.

Tool trash-off
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 suspicious letter
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 all clear.
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 record
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 update.
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.













































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