People, Places & Events



  Application for Rotary scholarships deadline March 28
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake would like to encourage high school seniors to continue their education.
They will be offering 30 $500 scholarships to graduates from Eustace, Kemp or Mabank high schools who plan to pursue their education at a community college, four-year college, or a vocational/technical school.
To apply, you must meet the following requirements:
• be United States citizen.
• be graduating by Aug. 15.
• be a member of a club or organization that participates in community service or have completed some type of community service personally.
• have a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, counselor or principal.
• have a letter of recommendation from a member of the community who is not related to you.
• have an overall average of 75 or higher.
• submit a copy of your most recent transcript.
After you apply, prospective scholarship recipients will be scheduled for personal interviews with the Rotary Club scholarship committee.
Letters from the Rotary Club prior to graduation will notify applicants who are chosen to receive these scholarships.
The scholarship will be void after the fall semester of 2008, unless prior arrangements have been made with the Rotary scholarship committee.
If chosen to receive the scholarship, you must submit proof of full-time enrollment to:
Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake Treasurer, P. O. Box 1658, Mabank, TX 75147.
The treasurer will forward the scholarship money to the school in which you are enrolled.
Scholarship funds are to be used for tuition, fees and books at an accredited institution of higher learning or an approved vocational or technical institute.
Applications must be received by March 28.
Scholarship applications may be turned into your counselor’s office or mailed to:
Mabank High School
Attn: Rebecca Smith
18687 U.S. Highway 175 E., Mabank, TX 75147
If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Smith at (903) 880-1600 or (903) 292-3450.

Outdoor Fools Day set at TFFC
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Birds will fly and snakes will slither during Outdoor Fools Day at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Saturday, April 5.
Doris Mager, founder of Save Our American Raptors (SOAR), will present raptors in flight at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Hart-Morris Conservation Center.
Birds to be presented are American kestrel, great horned owl, screech owl and crested caracara.
Members of the audience may be photographed with the birds following each performance for a $5 donation.
The audience will also be allowed to photograph the birds as they fly.
Outdoor Fools Day is an annual event designed to acquaint East Texans with the outdoor resources available for them to enjoy.
Members of various divisions of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, conservation organizations and outdoor-related businesses will have displays and conduct hands-on activities that teach outdoor skills such as archery, camping, kayaking, dutch oven cooking and fishing.
Anglers may harvest five rainbow trout from the center’s ponds and streams at no charge. Those intending to keep fish should bring an ice chest and ice.
All activities are included with the price of admission. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A partial list of organizations participating includes Sea Center Texas, the Dogwood Chapter of the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society, Texas Master Naturalists, Sky Ranch, Lone Star Bowhunters Association, the East Texas Herpetological Society, Bob Cappallo, Tyler Audubon Society, Wildlife on the Move, SOAR and Bass Pro Shops.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department personnel from the Coastal Fisheries, Inland Fisheries, Wildlife, State Parks and Communication Divisions will also take part.
Mager has more than 40 years experience rehabilitating injured birds of prey and conducting educational programs on understanding and appreciating birds of prey.
In 1963, while she was working as a store manager for the Florida Audubon Society, an injured red-tailed hawk was brought in for treatment.
All were afraid of the hawk, but Mager volunteered to care for it, nursed it back to health and released it back into the wild.
Mager’s love of birds of prey grew, and she conducted bald eagle nesting surveys in Florida for 17 years.
Mager once spent seven days and six nights in an abandoned eagles’ nest to raise money for the now-famous Florida Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland, Florida.
In 1983 she founded SOAR to focus her attention on public education programs.
She has traveled almost 200,000 miles in her current van crisscrossing the United States making presentations in parks, schools, wildlife centers and on Indian reservations.
For more information call (903) 676-2277.
Scheduled exhibits and activities:
Raptors in Flight, Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, Reptile Displays, Saltwater Touch Tank, Dutch Oven Cooking (free samples), Skins and Skulls Display, Story-Telling, Animal Tracks, Camp Set-up, Kayaking, Invasive Plant Identification and Control, Native American Skills, Fly-fishing, Fish Prints and Birding.

Pinnacle women donate to East Texas Crisis Center
Special to The Monitor
PAYNE SPRINGS–December 10, was the beginning of the giving season for the Pinnacle Women’s Club.
A luncheon was held at the Pinnacle Club for the recipients of this year’s charitable donations.
The organizations on the receiving end are at the forefront of the needs within our community and the Women’s Club is honored to be in a position to assist them in any way possible.
“We are pleased to present the East Texas Crisis Center a check for $1,000.
This organization provides a fundamental tool in assisting victims of violence as they serve as advocates for abused families in our area,” PWC president Colleen Hinckley said.
If you are in need of help or wish to help this worthwhile organization, more information is available on their web site,
The month of April has been designated “Sexual Assualt Awareness Month” in hopes of bringing continuing light to this overwhelming problem and a chance to those who suffer the consequences of violent behavior.


Come Adopt Us At
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 home.

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 new home.

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


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