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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 the second and fourth Tuesday of each month 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 OranWhite 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.

  Reierson’s 200th birthday celebration April 17
Special to The Monitor
PRAIRIEVILLE–The 200th birthday of Johan Reinert Reierson will be celebrated Saturday, April 17, at the Four Mile Lutheran Church in Van Zandt County.
Known as “The father of Norwegian immigration to Texas,” Reierson, in 1845, established the state’s first Norwegian settlement, located in the area of present-day Brownsboro in Henderson County.
In 1848, he established a second settlement, located astride the Kaufman-Van Zandt county line with the town of Prairieville marking its western edge.
Prior to emigrating, he had been editor of a newspaper in Christiansand, Norway, in which he advocated emigration to America for Norwegians seeking better opportunities in life.
In 1843, he toured the American frontier from Wisconsin to Texas in search of suitable places to settle.
He returned to Norway and published the 1844 book “Veiviser” (Pathfinder), which described the various areas he had inspected.
It was the most comprehensive book about America published in Norway up to that time.
The book was widely read and had a marked influence on Norwegian immigration to all parts of America.
Reierson was born in Vestre Moland Parish, near Arendal in the southern part of Norway.
Of the 103 Norwegians listed in the 1850 Texas census, almost all were from southern Norway and followers of Reierson.
By 1853, three more large groups had arrived in Texas in ships that departed from Arendal, increasing Reierson’s followers to about 300.
Though Reierson did not establish the Bosque County settlement, six of the eight families who first settled there in 1854 were from Reierson’s East Texas settlements.
Eventually, the Bosque County settlement grew to become the largest Norwegian settlement in the South.
The April 17 celebration, sponsored by the Norwegian Society of Texas, will begin at 11 a.m.
The agenda includes addresses by retired Judge Derwood Johnson of Waco and Professor Charles Russell of Houston, followed by the laying of a wreath on Reierson’s grave and a lunch hour.
Celebration chairman Wayne Rohne of Arlington, has invited the public to attend. All are requested to provide their own picnic lunch.
Four Mile Lutheran Church is located north of Mabank and northeast of Prairieville.
From Dallas, go south on U.S. 175 to Kemp. Take the State Highway 274 and Farm-to-Market 1391 exit and go right on FM 1391 across U.S. 175 about eight miles to FM 90. Turn left on FM 90 and go three to four miles to the Prairieville store, and follow the sharp right FM 90 takes. Go three miles, just into Van Zandt County, to VZ County Road 2607.
Alternate route would be to head east on I-20 to the FM 47 exit and turn right (south) on FM 47. Follow it seven or eight miles to FM 90 and turn right. Go three miles to the sign “Four Mile Lutheran Church,” and turn right on VZCR 2607.
For additional information, call (817) 277-4078 or (817) 797-5314.

 

Brookshire Grocery Co. receives Green Grocer Award
BGC makes every day Earth Day
Special to The Monitor
TYLER–Selected for its approach on sustainability practices and environmental responsibility, the trade magazine Supermarket News has recognized Brookshire Grocery Company (BGC) as one of the new Green Grocer Award recipients for 2010.
BGC was acknowledged for its numerous efforts that are in effect company-wide, including increasing its recycling program and for decreasing its energy usage.BrookshiresRecycling.jpg (135630 bytes)

Brookshire’s Mabank store manager Dean Fannin (left) stands with assistant managers Ken Roberts, who holds a bag of plastic bottles, and Allan Statham next to the store’s recycling center Monday. Brookshire’s received the 2010 Green Grocer award for the many ways it is being environmentally responsible.

“Two years ago, our company set as one of its strategic goals that we would work to protect the environment through responsible education and continuous improvement in our usage of energy and natural resources,” Brookshire’s SVP of corporate development and executive sponsor of the company’s sustainability program Greg Nordyke said.
As an example of BGC’s efforts to providing a greener atmosphere for its partners and for its customers, Supermarket News highlighted the company’s decision to increase its recycling program, decrease energy usage at all of its retail stores, reduce the usage of water in its manufacturing plants and its acquisition of more fuel-efficient vehicles in the company’s fleet.
BGC is beginning construction on a new concept store, Fresh, which is planned to include new technologies (including a wind turbine generator); allow for the collection of rainwater for irrigation; and provide roofs that will reflect solar heating, rather than absorb it; among many others.
Fresh will also use recycled materials during its construction to reduce waste.
The company has even taken steps to reduce the number of plastic and paper bags it uses, by encouraging customers to use one of several eco-friendly designed reusable bags available in all stores.
Every time a customer brings in a reusable bag when they shop, they receive .5 off per bag from their total shopping bill.
To date, the company has paid out more than $120,000 to customers for their bag re-use.
With its public outreach through the use of reusable shopping bags and recycling center for plastic bottles, bags and aluminum cans – Brooklshire’s makes everyday Earth Day, not just on April 22.
“Going forward, we will only continue to grow and to mature in our level of social and environmental responsibility,” Brookshire’s president and CEO Rick Rayford said.
“We want to integrate an awareness of the greater world around us and its betterment into every aspect of our company,” he added.

 

11th tomahawk throwing contest set April 24-25
By Michael V. Hannigan
Monitor Staff Writer

MALAKOFF–It isn’t normal to see tomahawks flying through the air in the age of the iPhone and the iPad.
That is unless it is April in Malakoff.
The 11th Annual Texas State Knife and Tomahawk Championship will be held behind the Malakoff Community Center Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25.
The event is billed as the world’s largest mountain man throwing event, and is produced by the Cedar Creek Knife and Tomahawk Club, the country’s premier group of throwers.
Last year several members of the club were shown on the History Channel program “Extreme Marksman,” and there are also several websites where members are performing demonstrations and teaching the art of knife and tomahawk throwing.
As always, the Rotary Club of Malakoff is sponsoring the state championships.
Entry fee for the event include:
• Men and Women Pro Division: $25 for knife and $25 for ‘hawk
• Men and Women Amateur Division: $15 knife and $15 ‘hawk
• Junior Division: $10 knife and $10 ‘hawk
Late registration will be accepted up until 8 a.m. Saturday.
Pre-1840 dress is required of all contestants.
There will be cash prizes awarded in the pro division and prizes for the amateur and junior divisions. Bonus awards will be presented for overall aggregate winner in both men and women’s division.
Matches start at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and competition is open to the public.
In addition, this year there will be a primitive bow competition April 23-24.
There will be a large on-site primitive camping area and traders are welcome.
For more information, contact Chuck Weems at (903) 677-3581.

 

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
The domino effect is a chain reaction that occurs when a small change causes a similar change nearby, which then will cause another similar change, and so on. My name is Domino, and I got my name not only because I’m black and white like a domino tile, but also because my outgoing, cheerful personality causes my doggie roommates to smile. This also causes our human friends to smile, which even causes the kitties in the cat room to smile.
I am an 8-month-old male Pointer/Terrier mix. I love children, other dogs, and even get along great with kitties. I’ve had all my shots and am ready to be adopted. If you’d like to experience the domino effect, I am sure to put a forever smile on your face when you take me to my forever home.
I currently live with a foster family, so if you would like to meet me, call my friends at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake at (903) 432-3422 to make an appointment. You can also email them at dogshsccl@yahoo.com.
 

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.

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