Dog training reset for March 27
Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–Dog training for both puppies and adult dogs
has been rescheduled to begin at 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, March 27,
at April’s Pet Place in Seven Points.
The five-session program will be held indoors. Registration will begin
at 5:45 p.m. the first night.
Classes are sponsored by the Gun Barrel City Friends of the Animals with
a portion of the class fee of $95 for the five-week course going to that
Content of the classes will be age appropriate for puppies (8 weeks to 5
months) and adults (dogs 5 months and up).
All dogs enrolled must be current on their vaccinations and some form of
flea control. (Puppies must have had a minimum of two of their three
Proof of shots must be presented at time of registration.
The course includes instruction in problem solving, recognizing and
correcting common behavior issues such as jumping, pulling on leash,
nipping or mouth games, and house training.
Instruction includes verbal commands and hand signals, with techniques
designed to get and keep the dog’s attention.
Class handouts are provided for each night’s lessons.
All training is conducted using gentle, positive, motivational training
methods by veteran trainer Joan B. Guertin, whose background includes a
school teaching background and 50 years experience as a breeder, trainer
and dog show competitor.
For more information and pre-registration, contact April’s Pet Place at
Class size will be limited, so register early.
Additional information can also be obtained from class trainer Joan
Guertin by calling (903) 887-3803 (message) or (903) 340-7087 cell
Telephone Pioneers resume
delicious luncheon socials
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–The Southwestern Bell Telephone Pioneers
reopened their building on Luther Lane for monthly luncheon gatherings
after the cold season forced them to move their meetings to other
The homecoming was enjoyed by about 30 members and guests March 13.
The popular luncheon, which also serves as the main source of
fund-raising for the philanthropic organization, is open to anyone to
attend and is held on the second Thursday of each month at 308 Luther
Lane in Gun Barrel City.
This homecoming luncheon featured pot roast, pinto beans, delicious
salads, hot rolls and an array of desserts, all for $8.
The Pioneers pride themselves on “answering the call of those in need.”
Each year, they contribute tens of thousands of hours visiting nursing
homes, the Kaufman County Children’s Shelter, collecting clothing and
food for Break the Chain Against Domestic Violence, the Genesis Women’s
Shelter and Good Samaritan food bank.
They also operate a Talking Books repair program for the blind and
The local Cedar Creek Redbud Club No. 342 is one of the very few clubs
to own and maintain its own building. Though a benefit, it also presents
its 87 members with the challenge of upkeep, repairs and rising utility
In years past, the club’s social luncheons have attracted up to 200
participants – especially for fish frys and barbecues.
Board president Velma Himes wants to remind folks the food and
fellowship is still rich, and all are most welcome to join them.
The Pioneers’ next social luncheon is set for noon Thursday, April 10.
“The fellowship of the Pioneers club is a great binding force, as
members have shared significant life events with one another, as well as
community service projects,” Himes added.
Currently, club members are taking orders for and sewing sturdy reusable
bags for carrying home groceries in honor of Earth Day, April 22.
Each grocery bag, a fund-raising project, can hold two gallons of milk,
“It’s our way of helping encourage people to go green,” she added.
The bags sell for $10 each, and include inside and outside pockets.
Place an order by calling (903) 887-2691, and someone will call you
Housing problems skirt lake
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–The nation’s problems with housing loans
has not reached into the Cedar Creek Lake real estate market.
Gary McClaskey, the keynote speaker for the monthly luncheon of the
Greater Cedar Creek Lake Chamber of Commerce March 14, said real estate
is still going strong in Henderson County and the lake area.
McClaskey is the vice president of the Henderson County Board of
Last year was one of the biggest sales years for the lake area – $98
million in waterfront properties and $36 million in acreage with
residents sold, he explained.
“We are successful here. Sales are growing every year. One of the things
we do not have are tract developers, and we have plenty of lenders,”
A lot of people are moving into Kaufman and Henderson counties from the
Metroplex, he said.
“Most of the people we deal with have ‘wants,’ not ‘needs.’ They want to
be here,” McClaskey said.
Changes are happening in the lake area that is rearranging the housing
“We have a lot going on with high-end homes,” he said, adding buyers are
purchasing one to three lots, bulldozing the small houses, and building
large, expensive homes on the waterfront.
“Just recently they have re-established the property owners’
association. In the next three years there will be some drastic
changes,” he explained.
One of the changes being considered, with high gasoline prices and all,
is the possibility of railway transportation at some time in the future,
In other business, chamber members heard:
• Don Kinney was named Business of the Month for March.
• the chamber earned $102 for its participation in the Salvation Army
Bell Ringers event during the Christmas holidays.
Thchamber donated the amount back to the Salvation Army.
• the luncheon was attended by 85 members and guests.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Nelson. I am a
beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back
and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever
My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful
female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other
dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my
shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my
We are a whole litter of Shepherd
mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so
we have no history. We have been started on our first set of
shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.
I am a beautiful Border Collie,
who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the
shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful
kid looking for a new home.
Pictured are just a few
animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220
County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at