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East Cedar Creek Freshwater Supply District meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the ECCFSD office on Hammer Road just off Welch Lane in Gun Barrel City.

Eustace City Council meets at 7 p.m. in the Eustace City Hall the first Thursday of each month. For more information, please call 425-4702. The public is invited to attend.

Eustace Independent School District meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Eustace High School Library. For more information, please call 425-7131. The public is invited to attend.

Gun Barrel City Council meets in Brawner Hall at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-1087. The public is invited to attend.

Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation meets at 1831 W. Main, GBC, at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-1899.

Henderson County Commissioner’s Court meets every Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Henderson County Courthouse in Athens. The public is invited to attend.

Henderson County Emergency Services District #4 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at 525 S. Tool Dr. in Tool.

Henderson County Historical Commission meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical Museum.

Kaufman County Commissioner’s Court meets the first, second, third and fourth Monday of each month at 9:45 a.m. in the Kaufman County Courthouse in Kaufman. The public is invited to attend.

Kemp City Council meets at Kemp City Hall at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 498-3191. The public is invited to attend.

Kemp Independent School District meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Board Room in the Administration Building. For more information, please call 498-1314. The public is invited to attend.

Log Cabin City Council meets the third Thursday of the month in city hall. For more information, please call 489-2195. The public is invited to attend.

Mabank City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Mabank City Hall the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-3241. The public is invited to attend.

Mabank Independent School District meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call 887-9310. The public is invited to attend.

Payne Springs City Council meets at city hall at 7:30 p.m. every third Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 451-9229. The public is invited to attend.

Payne Springs Water Supply Corp. meets the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Payne Springs Community Center, located at 9690 Hwy. 198.

Seven Points City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Seven Points city hall the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3176. The public is invited to attend.

Tool City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the Oran White Civic Center the third Thursday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3522. The public is invited to attend.

West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District is held at 5 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3704. The public is invited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AARP offers free tax aid
Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–Free income tax assistance services will be provided by AARP Tax-Aid volunteers. These services will be available from Feb. 2 through April 13, at the following times and locations:
8 a.m. to noon Mondays, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points, 410 East Cedar Creek Parkway.
8 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, in Malakoff at the Senior Citizens Center, 503 North Terry Street.
8 a.m. to noon Fridays, in Athens at the Henderson County Senior Center, 3344 Hwy 31 East.
Here are some important facts taxpayers should know:
• Our services are free, to include electronic filing.
• All eligible returns will be filed electronically,
• All returns are completed with computer software.
• Taxpayers do not have to be elderly or members of AARP.
• We are busiest the first few weeks of February. If taxpayers are patient and come in later in the season, we will probably not be as busy and the wait may be shorter.
• Married taxpayers should both come to the site unless one is incapacitated.
• We do not prepare extremely complicated returns; however, we will assist taxpayers with such returns and advise them what steps they should take to get their return completed.
• Counselors may not be present for the entire posted hours if no taxpayers are present for assistance.
• We will normally stay longer than the posted hours if extremely busy.
• This service is provided by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS.
All taxpayers should bring a copy of any return for the prior tax year, 2010; and all tax-related documents that have been received in the mail, including W-2s, 1099s, SSA1099s, broker’s statements showing dividends, interest, capital gains distributions, or sale of capital assets like stocks, bonds and real estate.
Other documents that will be needed are Social Security cards for all taxpayers and all dependents, date of birth for all dependents, amount of any property taxes paid, and the amount of any Economic Recovery Payment received in 2010.
If you have any questions, please call (903) 778-2423.

 

Family, friends help Eva Kaikkonen celebrate 100th
By Kisstrin Kaikkonen Cozier
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–Nearly two dozen family members were on hand Saturday to mark Eva Kaikkonen’s 100th birthday at the Cedarview House in Gun Barrel City.
Family members flew in from as far away as Hawaii, California, Michigan and Arizona for the birthday party, which, technically, was a couple of days early, as my grandmother’s actual birthday was Monday.
Born Eva Marie Caradonna March 21, 1911, in Detroit, Mich., she grew up in a traditional Italian-American home and has attended mass at the Catholic church regularly her entire life.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eva Kaikkonen holds up an American flag, flown over the U.S. Capitol in commemoration of her 100th birthday and sent to her by U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, during a birthday reception for her at the Cedarview House in Gun Barrel City Saturday. For more on the event, see page 10A.

During Saturday’s party, she was presented with a congratulatory letter from Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who included a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol March 15. She also received similar letters from Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
She met my grandfather, Gustov “Sanders” Kaikkonen, while mistakenly thinking he was her neighbor, as he worked on a vehicle outside of her home. All she could see were legs sticking out from under the car.
She addressed the man by her neighbor’s name. He rolled out on the dolly he was on, and said, “I’m not ‘so and so’ but will I do?”
Ah yes, he will do! He was blond, blue-eyed and a gentleman. After a few potholes, they were married on Halloween Day in 1928, when she was 17½.
My grandmother was always an ambitious person. She and her husband became landlords to help build their capital.
My grandfather worked as a metal fabricator in the automobile industry, and my grandmother operated a dress shop in Detroit.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
ABOVE: Great-grandchildren dance to the big-band music of Frank Sinatra during Eva Kaikkonen’s 100th birthday party at the Cedarview House Saturday.

I remember Grama telling me stories about her trips to Chicago and New York.
She would go to those places, see the current fashions, come back to Detroit, design and sew them. She was very successful selling her own versions of current fashions in her dress shop.
Her most beloved pastime was to go fishing. She absolutely loved to go fishing.
She would take a frying pan with her, sit on the bank of the lake, build a campfire, catch some fish, cook them up right there in her pan and keep fishing for more. She’d eat the fish as she went.
When Eva Kaikkonen had her first child, it was during the Great Depression.
My grandmother told me she and her husband brought their baby girl, Viola, home from the hospital and made a bed for her inside a dresser drawer. Viola was later followed by Arthur, Gus and Robert – though I’m sure she finally got a crib!
My grandparents would winter in Lehigh Acres, Fla., each year, and they also retired there.
Grama told me when they bought their lot in Lehigh Acres, they were the first house to go in. Later, a second house went in, and her husband walked over to the new neighbor’s home to welcome them to the area.
The new neighbor turned out to be a co-worker from the very auto company my grandpa had retired from back in Michigan! Small world!
My Grama lost her beloved husband later in life and was very happy and lucky to have such a sweet man to share her life with for as long as she did. All of her children are all doing well. She has four children, nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
 

 

VZ CrimeStoppers issues $1,000 Reward
Special to The Monitor
VAN ZANDT COUNTY–An anonymous tip that led to the arrest of a Canton woman for drug and credit card fraud has resulted in a $1,000 reward from the Van Zandt County CrimeStoppers.
The arrest of the woman was made following a call to the CrimeStoppers hotline.
The woman was arrested by county deputies in connection with two outstanding warrants for possession of a controlled substance – she stands accused of dealing drugs – and a third warrant for credit card abuse, a form of theft.
The woman had been on the “Top 10 Most Wanted” list that the Sheriff’s Office maintains on an ongoing basis.
“Because of the seriousness of these charges, we felt that the anonymous tip that lead to this arrest deserved our maximum reward,” said Andy Flowers, president of the Van Zandt County CrimeStoppers.
“We encourage more people to call us with information about crimes and criminals. We have the money in the bank to give out generous rewards; what we need are the tips that lead to more such arrests,” Flowers added.
Van Zandt County CrimeStoppers always offers cash rewards for anonymous tips that lead to the arrest of a criminal offender, someone who has either just committed a crime or is wanted on a warrant.
By calling (903) 567-7867, you can anonymously provide information about a crime.
When you call, you are given a special code number. After the crime is solved or the individual arrested, you can use that code number to arrange to collect your cash reward. CrimeStoppers callers never have to give their names or any identifying information.
Van Zandt County CrimeStoppers uses cash from criminal court fines and donations to finance its rewards of up to $1,000 for anonymous tipsters.
More information about CrimeStoppers is available online at www.vanzandtcrimestoppers.org  or by calling the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office.

 
Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

We have many 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 petfinder.com

 

 

 

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