People, Places & Events



  Wiesinger is keynote speaker for Master Gardeners conference
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Come and help celebrate the arrival of spring gardening in East Texas at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Cain Center in Athens.
That’s when the Henderson County Master Gardeners come together to share what they do best – what they have to offer with the community and each other.
The offerings are bountiful in this eighth annual Spring Conference.
The keynote speaker is Chris Wiesinger, founder and president of Southern Bulb Company.
An article titled “The Bulb Hunter” in the March issue of Southern Living begins “Some things have to be done while you are still young, and before you realize they are probably nearly impossible.”
At the age of 27, Wiesinger not only set out with a truck and a shovel in search of heirloom bulbs that had survived the heat and humidity of the old south; he started a bulb nursery at a time when virtually all of the bulb breeders in the world were Dutch.
“What keeps me going,” he says, “is the thrill of the hunt.”
As with any hunt, the “hunted” changes with the season, but always the focus is on rare and heirloom bulbs.
He has wonderful stories about how and where he finds these bulbs, his protocol for asking permission and the interesting people he has met along the way.
The Master Gardeners first met Wiesinger in the free fall educational workshop and asked him to return for this event as soon as the standing ovation ended.
Further information on Chris can be obtained from his website
Bulbs and art work from Southern Bulb Company will be available.
Come early. The evening will start with a plant sale and auction.
Many of these special plants have been carefully nurtured and grown throughout the winter by Master Gardeners especially for this event.
The gardeners will be in hand to discuss horticulture and offer advice on their care and placement in the garden.
This annual plant sale has become an important part of our celebration, and you may find yourself conducting your own hunt for that one special plant.
Any tiller of the soil knows that good nourishment is an essential part of growth and survival.
Master Gardeners have chosen Sadler’s Catering of Jacksonville to provide our gourmet meal this year.
Sadler’s catered the Christmas Master Gardener dinner in 2007, and we look forward to “digging into” their succulent fare once again.
This conference brings together Master Gardeners from Henderson and surrounding counties, and those interested in learning more about what is happening when “the sturdy seedling with arched body comes shouldering its way and shedding the earth crumbs.”
Come early to fully participate in the camaraderie of this exciting annual event. Drawing for door prizes will be held throughout the evening.
Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased at the County Extension Office, East Texas Arboretum or from any Henderson County Master Gardener or intern.

Kaufman County Fair begins
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–The 2008 Kaufman County Fair will take place April 1-5, at the Kaufman County Fairgrounds, State Highway 34 in Kaufman.
Activities abound with something offered to everyone.
Livestock projects begin Thursday morning at the broiler show.
Rabbits and swine show that evening.
Market goat, breeding goat, commercial doe and market lambs shows get started at 8 a.m. Friday morning.
Shop projects will be judged at 2 p.m. followed by the commercial heifer show at 5 p.m. and the steer show at 6 p.m. The breeding beef show is at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The fair is open to all residents of Kaufman County and those that attend school in the county.
All divisions of the Creative Talents contest for the Kaufman County Fair will be judged in the following categories:
• Adults, post-high school, 19 years and older.
• Senior, ages 14-18 and passing all classes the previous six weeks.
• Intermediate, ages 11-13 and passing all classes the previous six weeks.
• Juniors, ages 8-10 and passing all classes the previous six weeks.
• Children, ages 7 and under and passing all classes the previous six weeks.
Nonfood items will be checked into the fair 1-7 p.m. Monday, March 31-April 1, at the fairgrounds in the Women’s Building. Early check-in is available at after noon Monday, March 31.
Food items will be checked in for judging from 1-7 p.m., Wednesday, April 2.
All items will be judged from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 3.
Public viewing of entries will take place at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 3, and from 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday, April 3.
The livestock show portion of the fair wraps up Saturday with a barbecue at 3:30 p.m., followed by the annual auction at 5 p.m.
For more information, contact County Extension agent Carrie L. Sharp, CEA-4-H and Youth Development, Leona Page or Jackie Robertson, 2471 north State Highway 34, Kaufman, TX 75142, (972) 932-9069.


Texas CASA races set for April 12 in Palestine
Special to The Monitor
PALESTINE–Not only is the month of April Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, but it is also the month of the annual fund-raiser for CASA of Trinity Valley.
This event is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and Texas CASA.
The race is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, at the Story Elementary School located on East Loop 256 in Palestine.
Registration can be completed at  Registration form may also be obtained by calling (903) 675-7070.
On-site registration begins at 7 a.m.. race day. Races begin at 8 a.m.
Packet pickup will be at the Anderson County YMCA 3-6 p.m. Friday, April 11.
Runners will receive a t-shirt, and those placing in the top three of each age group will receive a trophy.
Races are chip timed and placing will be presented immediately following the races.
A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer gives a “voice” to the child he or she is assigned to and acts as the “eyes and ears” for a judge.
As a child’s advocate, a volunteer investigates, researches, and completes tasks that ensure the successful outcome, while the child’s case goes through a tedious court and foster care process.
Volunteering with CASA of Trinity Valley is a positive step towards protecting our children from abuse and neglect.
Often the CASA volunteer is the only person the child has to turn to during the difficult process of change in his life.
The CASA does not work as the caseworker or attorney, instead they help in ways a caseworker or attorney cannot.
Last year, 4,928 trained CASA volunteers worked diligently to find permanent homes for 20,509 abused and neglected children in Texas alone.
CASA plays a key role in these children’s lives and are, in the children’s eyes, irreplaceable.
“Being a CASA volunteer is not for everyone. This is a challenge but a rewarding, informative and intimate one,” executive director Lee Ann Millender said.
Volunteers must undergo a background check, 30 hours of training and make at least a one year commitment to the children.
Training for area volunteers will be scheduled for May in Palestine.
Right now, there are 68 CASA programs operating in 202 counties across the state, including CASA of Trinity Valley serving Henderson, Anderson and Cherokee Counties.
For more information about CASA programs, please call CASA of Trinity Valley at (903) 675-7070, or visit
This spring, will you take the time to volunteer in your community?
This April you can do more. You can give a voice to a child in your community by becoming a CASA volunteer.


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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