Hearing Care Centers give children the gift of hearing
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Getting the gift of hearing is easier than most
people think – you visit your local Avada Hearing Care Center and they
provide you with a complete hearing evaluation and the hearing
instruments you need.
However, for many, that isn’t an option, due to their life situation,
which is why Avada regional directors across the country are dedicated
to improving the quality of life for disadvantaged individuals.
The Avada Hearing Care Centers Regional Director for Texas Chris Czop (Avada
is an operating subsidiary of Hearing Healthcare Management Inc. (HHM)),
traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico, Nov. 4-8, 2007, with Hearing Aids for
The group he traveled with included Ray Solcher, the executive director
of Hearing Aids for Latin America, along with Mark Brumbeck, Gary Coté,
John Freeman and Ashley Sill.
They dispensed more than 300 hearing aids in three days to children in a
small clinic in Guadalajara.
The trip carried a lot of meaning for Czop.
“People rode all night on buses to see us. We saw children hear for the
first time, and their parents crying with joy,” Czop said. “It was a
very emotional experience. In my 22 years in this business, that trip
was the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had.”
Hearing Aids for Latin America is a Houston-based charity that is not
affiliated with any hearing aid manufacturers.
The organization does four to five trips a year to provide
hearing-impaired adults and children free hearing instruments and
Last year alone, the organization helped more than 1,000
hearing-impaired children and adults.
Nationwide, Avada Hearing Care Centers’ mission has always been to serve
the hearing-impaired with the highest degree of professionalism,
technology and service available.
Czop exemplifies this mission, and has gone above and beyond to donate
his time to help improve the quality of life of hearing-impaired people
who otherwise would not have the resources available to them.
“It’s extremely important to everyone associated with Avada to provide
hearing-impaired individuals with the instruments they need to
rediscover life through better hearing,” Czop said.
Avada of Mabank is located at 1424 South 3rd Street, Suite B.
Everyone over the age of 55 should have annual hearing screenings. Avada
Audiology and Hearing Care Centers offer free hearing screenings for
Avada operates more than 240 hearing care centers nationwide.
For more information about Avada of Mabank and its services, please call
(903) 595-1811, or visit www.avada.com.
Local woman loses 197 pounds
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–For most people losing 15 or 20 pounds is a struggle,
especially when they have to stay on a diet for a lengthy period of a
Pam Bowen began her quest to lose weight in March 2004, now four years
later she has reached her goal.
That first Weight Watchers (WW) meeting she attended, Bowen weighed in
at 353 pounds, shocking even to her at the time.
Now she weighs a trim 155 pounds.
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Pam Bowen (left) accepts a floral arrangement provided by Capt’n “B”
Floral etc. Brenda Price of Weight Watchers presents the flowers and a
lifetime membership to Bowen for losing 197 pounds during a four year
Although she does have some extra flesh to get rid of,
it’s not as much as it could be.
“Exercise has controlled the amount of excess skin. I truly believe God
led me to this,” Bowen said.
In the beginning she doubted the program would work for her, so she put
off following the instructions from the first meeting.
However, when she did start the following Monday, and after following
the ww instructions very lightly for only four days, she found she had
lost several pounds.
After that she decided to give the program her full attention and try to
get her life back.
At the 100 pounds lost mark, she made a list of 10 things most people
take for granted but that she now enjoys. The list includes:
• wearing panty hose to church.
• sitting in armed chairs.
• shopping at the malls.
• kneeling at the alter for prayer.
• turning over in bed.
• climbing up into a pickup truck.
• sitting down in a small car.
She could barely fit into her own car. The steering wheel dug into her
Everything she did everyday was hindered by her weight, she said.
“Pam is a beautiful example to all of what Weight Watchers can do for
people who commit to the program,” WW leader Brenda Price said.
She is 52 years old and has learned the importance of eating healthy and
controlling portions, Price explained.
For her diligence, Bowen was presented a lifetime membership to Weight
Watchers at its meeting Thursday.
“I’m very proud. I feel wonderful. I feel like I am starting a whole new
life,” she said.
In honor of her overall achievement in her weight loss journey, a huge
colorful floral arrangement was also presented to her from Capt’n “B”
Bowen is a 20-year veteran Wal-Mart employee. She works in the cash
She is also planning to join the WW workforce as a receptionist helping
others lose weight in a healthy manner.
“I think people have to have a mind-set (in order) to succeed. And when
they do Weight Watchers is the best program for the money,” she said.
Flower show set for April 14
Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–The Cedar Creek Lake Garden Club will hold its annual
flower Show 1-4 p.m. Monday, April 14, in the Community Room at The
Library at Cedar Creek Lake.
Many beautiful and unique floral arrangements are presented each year.
The public is welcome and encouraged to visit this one-day showing.
This show will close with a happy winner of a unique, 42-inch round
outdoor umbrella table, whose top is set with mosaic tiles.
For more information about this annual fund-raiser or rules for entering
the flower show, please call Sarah Hutchens at (903) 778-4243.
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
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
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