People, Places & Events


‘Taste of Cedar Creek Lake’ set for Monday, March 26
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–If you’ve never experienced the annual “Taste of Cedar Creek Lake,” or you’ve just been waiting for this once a year chance to sample so much fine restaurant food in one evening, now’s the time to purchase your tickets to this very popular awards banquet and showcase of The Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce member restaurants.
The event will be Monday, March 26, at Lakeview Assembly of God Church Gymnasium, with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m.
“Taste” chair Bruce Easley explained the popular and ever-growing event simply outgrew Mabank Middle School, where it had been held in previous years. The new venue will offer seating for more than 300 people.
General admission tickets are still only $10 per person.
New this year are reserved tickets at $15 per person.
The reserved tickets will be exchanged at the door for a tent card to put the ticket holder’s name on and place at their seat.
Reserved seating will be premium seating, closest to the stage.
Only a certain number of these tickets will be available and they are selling fast.
They are available at the chamber of commerce office at 604 S. Third Street, Ste. E in Mabank, closed noon-1 p.m. for lunch.
The tables seat eight and by purchasing eight tickets the entire table can be held. Any number less than eight will just ensure a seat for the evening, with random seating.
This 12th annual “Taste” banquet, with a theme of “CSI Commitment-Service-Integrity” will feature cuisine from member restaurants Special Touch Catering, Chili’s, Vetoni’s Italian, Brookshire’s Mabank, Brookshire’s Seven Points, Papacita’s, Dairy Queen of Seven Points, Janna B’s, Mom’s Kitchen, Good To Go Brisket, Extreme Bar-B-Que, Wings Over Seven Points, Seasons’s At Mabank House, The Yellow Rose, The Hydrangea House, and Pizza, Etc. McClain’s is furnishing table cloths.
This is a perfect opportunity to experience a “taste” of the offerings of these restaurants and businesses.
In addition to the participating restaurants, approximately 40 businesses and individuals have very generously donated beautiful centerpieces that will be given as door prizes to lucky attendees.
Community volunteers and teachers will be honored during the awards portion of the evening, including the prestigious Citizen of the Year and Life Time Service awards.
The Cedar Creek Lake Pacesetters Club, an honorary group of volunteers who are serving as the “Taste” Committee this year, will announce their new members for ‘07.
Chamber branches will be making presentations, and the Ambassador of the Year will be announced also.
Jo Ann Hanstrom, president of TGCCLACC, has expressed her appreciation to “Taste of Cedar Creek Lake” committee chair Bruce Easley, and his committee for putting together a fun, special night, filled with great food, entertainment and recognition of the many special volunteers of the Cedar Creek Lake Area community.
She also commented, “The publicity provided by The Cedar Creek Pilot, The Lake Area Leader/Monitor, Cedar Creek Shopper, Malakoff News, and KCKL is invaluable, and we can’t thank these businesses enough for their continued support of TGCCLACC events.”
General Admission tickets are available at Southside Bank inside Brookshire’s in Seven Points, as well as the Chamber office.
Call the Chamber office at (903) 887-3152 for additional information.

Getting ready for spring
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Customers gathered Friday and Saturday for the annual open house at Lakeview Landscape on State Highway 274 in Tool. Jan Countryman, behind the counter, helps a couple of gardeners with their purchases. Vegetables, herbs and many varieties of flowers in colorful blooms, were on display in the greenhouse. It was natural for customers to walk out with trays loaded with nature’s beauty, ready to plant in local gardens.

Rotary has thirty $500 scholarships to give away
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake has $500 scholarships to give away to 30 high school graduates of Mabank, Eustace and Kemp high schools. There’s not much time left to turn in applications for this year’s awards.
Last year, five scholarships were not awarded because no one applied for them.
Community members are encouraged to let graduating seniors from Kemp, Eustace or Mabank who will be attending a community college, four year-college, or a vocational-technical school in the fall, know to pick up an application from their high school counselor and return it to them, or mail it to Mabank High School, Attn: Rebecca Smith, 822 W. Mason St., Mabank, TX 75147, postmarked no later than April 4.
Graduates must have/be:
• an overall grade average of 75 or higher, or G.P.A. of 2.5 and above
• a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, counselor, or principal
• a letter of recommendation from a member of the community, not related to the student
• a member of a club or organization that participates in community service or have completed some type of community service, personally
• a United States citizen.
Submit a copy of the most recent transcript, scholarship application, and letters of recommendation to the school counselor by April 5, or mail to the address above.
The Rotary Club will present two additional $500 scholarships to adults 25 years old or older, who are attending Trinity Valley Community College and enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours with a degree plan on file.
Anyone interested in these scholarships should contact the financial aid office at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens at (903) 675-6233.
In accordance with the Rotary Club’s desire to further education and literacy, scholarships are also available to anyone who does not have a high school diploma but wishes to take the GED (Graduate Equivalency Exam).
Applications for the GED scholarship may be picked up at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake or Tri-County Library in Mabank or by contacting Glenda Holbrook at (903) 498-7277.
The Rotary Club’s support of improved literacy in the Cedar Creek Lake area has been promoted by the giving of personal dictionaries to every third grader who attends a school in Mabank, Kemp or Eustace for the past two years.
Additional literacy support is evidenced by the $10,000 used to buy books, and give them to every elementary student in the Kemp and Eustace.
The Rotary Club thanks everyone for their generous support of its fund-raising activities that fund Rotary scholarships, as well as donations to other organizations such as the Community Resource Center, both local libraries, and the Kaufman County Children’s Emergency Shelter.
The two major Rotary fund-raisers are the Celebrity Waiter Dinner set for August 18 at the Athens Country Club and the Benefit Golf Tournament to be held at Kings Creek Golf Club Friday, April 27.
You may support either of these events, by contacting the event chairman.
Kim McClaskey (903) 451-5669 and Colleen Hinckley (903) 451-5050, co-chair the Celebrity Waiter Dinner, and Debra Davis (903) 887-2870, chairs the golf tournament.
The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake currently has 47 members and is always interested in new member applicants.

Rotarians learn too many adults can’t read
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–Statistics tell a grim story about adult literacy in the United States.
Members and guests of The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake listened to Howard Smith at Friday’s luncheon as he stressed the need for volunteers to help adults learn to read.
“There are 90 million adults who cannot read a children’s book,” Smith said as he explained the available statistics.
According to the United Nations, the U.S. ranks number one in the list of the countries that can read.
But still 40 percent of the adult population has difficulty reading, Smith said.
“Of those in the below basic reading ability group, 14 million have a high school diploma (but still can’t read),” he added.
“Still, another 50 million can read a food label but not a book,” Smith said.
Local statistics are just as serious, he said.
“In Henderson County there are 80,000 people, 60,000 are adults and the 40 percent rate is probably higher,” Smith added.
“There are more than 20,000 (residents) who can not read a book like ‘Huckleberry Finn,’ and they ought to be able to read that,” he said.
While The Library at Cedar Creek Lake has an adult reading program, volunteers are needed.
“We need tutors who can give as little as an hour a week,” Smith said.
In other business, Rotarians:
• were reminded of the March 30th meeting when Rotarians will get to tour the new Mabank High School.
• told scholarship applications are due back by Thursday, April 5.
In addition to the scholarships for Eustace, Kemp and Mabank graduates, two special $500 adult scholarships, for those aged 25 and older returning to Trinity Valley Community College are available.
• were reminded the annual golf tournament is set for 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 27.
• learned the club is now 100 percent Centurion, in which every Rotarian donates $100.
Participation in the golf tournament pays the $100 for the year.

Cedar Creek Bible Church to hold Spring Carnival
Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–“Free Family Fun Night” is set from 7-8:30 p.m. for Friday March 30, at Cedar Creek Bible Church.
This annual event, called the Spring Carnival, features more than 30 games, prizes, cotton candy, hot dogs, sodas, and lots of fun.
Families are encouraged to participate together in this evening of free entertainment.
Kids up to and including sixth grade play all kinds of carnival games such as duck pond, bug off, and ring toss.
Children can also participate in a simulated backyard circus, according to Katrina Mondragon, administrative assistant for Cedar Creek Bible Church.
“Last year we had many families who came out to watch their children enjoy this fun community event,” Mondragon said.
“It reminds me of being at the fair. I enjoy watching my kids play all the games, and they love the prizes. You can’t help but smile all evening long,” remarked Stella Jarvis, whose two boys can’t wait to attend this event every year.
Cedar Creek Bible Church is located at 700 N. Seven Points Blvd, one mile north of the traffic light in Seven Points.
For more information, call the church at (903) 432-2175.


Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
ABOVE–My name is Pitty (pitiful little puppy). I am a beautiful male Lab mix pup. I am approximately four months old. I am beginning to learn to walk on a leash. I am very playful and will be fixed and current on my shots on March 20. I am a wonderful little guy looking for a wonderful home.
ABOVE–My name is Molly. I am a 10 year old beautiful female black Lab mix. I am fixed and current on my shots. I was originally adopted out of a shelter in Garland and was well taken care of. My family moved and was not allowed to take me with them. I am a wonderful girl.
ABOVE–My name is Frankie. I am a beautiful female Border Collie/Malamute and possible Shepherd mix...I think? I was brought to the Shelter by animal control so I have no history. I walk on a leash and seem to enjoy people. I am a wonderful girl in need of a wonderful home.
ABOVE–My name is Roxy. I am a 4-5 month old female, full-blood black Lab. I am current on my shots and am very playful. I am walking on a leash the best I can and I just love to lay and let you rub my belly. My owners had to give me up because they were moving out of the country. I am a wonderful little girl in need of a wonderful forever 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 Wednesdays.

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