Birds, snakes and fish at Outdoor Fools
Day April 7
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) is
holding its annual Outdoor Fools Day from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 7.
All activities are free with regular paid admission to the
center. Adults are $5.50, seniors $4.50 and children 4 to 12
The event is held to showcase outdoor recreation
opportunities in East Texas such as camping, fishing and
dutch oven cooking while demonstrating skills that make them
Among the variety of activities include:
• The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center representatives who
will display various birds of prey, explain their place in
the ecosystem and why it is important to protect them.
The birds will be displaying during the noon presentation in
the Hart-Morris Conservation center and throughout the
grounds at other times.
• Wildlife on the Move presents “The Unhuggables” show,
featuring a variety of animals and fun facts.
Presenter Eric Brittingham delivers a rapid-fire
presentation about wildlife habitats and conservation. He’ll
also debunk the myth that snakes are slimy by allowing
guests to touch a 12-foot python following the 11 a.m. and 1
Many of the Wildlife on the Move creatures will also be on
display at various times throughout the day.
• The Texas Parks and Wildlife Departments Coastal Fisheries
Division will present a saltwater touch tank filled with
harmless creatures. Caution, they may not seem harmless just
by looking at them.
• The Lone Star Bowhunters Association and Dutch Oven
Cookers will display life-size replicas of deer, hogs and
turkeys and serve homemade goodies cooked on coals and
served up warm.
• The Texas Trackers will be at the Wetlands Trail, to
demonstrate how a dog’s sensitive sense of smell allows it
to follow the trail of a wounded animal. Please leave pets
at home as they are not allowed on the fisheries property.
• TFFC offers hunter education courses and instructors will
be present to answer questions.
• Fishing is always free at TFFC, a license is not necessary
and bait and tackle are always furnished. Guests may bring
an ice chest for transporting their catch.
Visitors are welcome to bring personal fishing gear, but
only single hooks with the barb mashed down are allowed.
Individuals may harvest and keep up to five trout for free.
Go to the Anglers Pavilion for check in, orientation prior
to fishing and reporting catches before exiting the park.
Other exhibits will include animal track identification,
fly-fishing and kayaking instruction and hunter education.
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is located at 5550 FM.
2495, in Athens, 75 miles southeast of Dallas.
A short video of last years highlights can be viewed at
For information or directions, call (903) 676-2277 or go to
Storage Warz Stuff offers an unusual
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Garage and yard sale enthusiasts, along with
those hunting for something to take to an antique show and
your ordinary bargain hunter will really enjoy shopping at
the fairly new business called Storage Warz Stuff.
Owner Glenda Morris describes her business as “unique”
because the merchandise is different everyday.
“Every time you come in you will see different stuff,”
She opened her storage sales store March 1.
The new store is located at 123 Dunaway Ave. in Gun Barrel
City, between the Family Dollar store and Lakeway
Store hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
It is across the street from where she once operated Healthy
Bodies and Oils. She still offers the toxin-free soaps,
shampoos and lotions, but now at her new location, along
with health-giving essential oils.
Her son, Justin, and his friend, Roy, attend the auctions
and bring in the contents they have bought, keeping the
merchandise constantly rotating, she explained.
“The first day after placing an ad in the paper, customers
were coming in and we had just returned from a storage
auction the night before,” Morris said.
“It was a sight to see as our customers were having to dig
through the containers to see what we had,” she added.
“The store was just packed with the merchandise but the
customers didn’t seem to mind,” Morris explained.
“I think they enjoyed it and I reminded them that one never
knows what they might find,” she said.
Prices are always negotiable, she added.
“I always want to have the best prices for my customers, so
if there is something in the store you want, just give me a
price and we’ll talk about it,” Morris said.
Keeping the merchandise “new” is pretty simple, she said.
“What does not sell after a short period of time will be
taken to an auction. That way we can keep putting different
stuff in our store,” Morris explained.
Going into the storage sale business was neither a
coincidence nor the result of a long-term planned project.
“I asked the Lord to give me a new business to do and he
told me to go into storage auctions,” she recalled.
“The next morning my son (Justin) called and said, ‘Mom,
guess what the Lord told me to do? The Lord said to buy
storages.’ I was amazed and I told him to move down here as
soon as possible,” she said.
Justin and Roy very recently moved to the area from Denison.
Justin drove a truck for Werner and Roy was a Dallas
paramedic, she explained.
“My dream is for the business to grow so much that we have
to have a much bigger warehouse for the contents,” she said.
Buying storage merchandise can sometimes be either exciting
or maybe gross, depending on what is in the containers.
As an example, Morris recounted this incident:
A man was in the same type of business and purchased a
storage consignment for only $15 but there were rats in it.
When asked why he bought the lot, the man answered he
couldn’t lose at just $15, and he could just kick the rats
Her hopes are pinned to the idea that one man’s garbage is
another man’s treasure.
For information, call (903) 880-5636 or stop by for a brief
treasure hunt of your own.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
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.
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