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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.

  Tyler Dance Group will head TFFC’s Cinco de Mayo
Special to the Monitor
ATHENS–Athens will celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) Saturday, May 8, with food, music and dancing in addition to the normal TFFC activities such as fishing, tram rides and dive show presentations.
Featured performances will be presented at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. by the Tyler Ballet Folklorico, directed by Cecilia Salgado.
The accomplished dance group will be returning for its third performance at TFFC.
Other popular attractions will be dance performances by Athens elementary students and a salsa contest featuring hot sauces from local restaurants.
“Smokey the Bear” will make a special appearance and pose for photographs and give hugs. Kids are invited to have their pictures made with “Smokey.”
In keeping with the Texas-Mexican heritage theme of the event, Texas State Parks interpreters from the Rio Grande Valley will be offering bird walks and other outdoor activities as well as sharing information about state parks located near the border with Mexico .
Music will also be provided for public dancing from 4:30-9:30 p.m. in the Hart-Morris Conservation Center by DJ Will.
Event hours will be from 1-10 p.m. Saturday.
Reduced admissions prices of $2.50 for adults and $1 for students ages 12 to 18 will be in effect after 1 p.m. Children under 12 will be admitted free after 1 p.m.
Food will be available for purchase, and persons or businesses interested in selling food or other items at the event should contact James Booker at (903) 670-2266.
Cinco de Mayo is one of two Mexican national holidays celebrated throughout Texas.
According to The Handbook of Texas, these celebrations originated in Mexico in the nineteenth century.
Cinco de Mayo (May 5) commemorates Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza’s victory May 5, 1862, over the French expeditionary forces at Puebla , Mexico.
The second holiday, Diez y Seis de Septiembre (Sept. 16), commemorates Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s grito de Dolores (“cry of Dolores”) on Sept.16, 1810, at the village of Dolores, near Guanajuato.
Diez y Seis is Mexico ’s national Independence Day.
The Cinco de Mayo festival was second in importance only to Diez y Seis.
This event recalled the Mexican defeat of French forces in Mexico in 1862.
Exiled Mexican conservatives had invited Napoleon III of France to send the Maximilian and his wife, Carlota, to rule Mexico , in opposition to the reform movement led by Benito Juárez.
Cinco de Mayo has a special relationship to Texas in that the leader of the Mexican army that defeated the French troops at the Battle of Puebla May 5, 1862, was a native Texan, Ignacio Zaragoza,was born in Goliad.
Many Texas cities developed a fiestas patrias tradition.
In Houston the celebrations began in the 1920s, when the Hispanic population grew large enough to require a Mexican consulate.
In 1973 Mexican-American leaders clashed with the Mexican consul in Houston, declaring that the true function of their fiestas patrias was to promote their own unique Mexican-American heritage and lifestyle, and not that of Mexico.
It is in that spirit that the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Texas Freshwater Cinco de Mayo at TFFC is sponsored by Red Hat Rentals, McDonald’s, Schneider Electric, ETMC – Athens, FutureMatrix, Inc., Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites – Athens, First State Bank, Virtual Communication Specialists and Citizens National Bank.

 

 

Labor of Love volunteers construct wheel chair ramp
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Thursday, April 15, a team of Labor of Love (LOL) volunteers, under the watchful eye of hoomewoner Sudie McCullough and project manager Tom Barnes, built a much needed ramp at her home.
McCullough will be 88 this year.
She fell last month on the stairs to her home and had to crawl to the top of the stairs and over to a table to get up.
A walk up ramp was immediately requested.
McCullough is very fortunate to have a caring grand daughter living across the street.
McCullough has three sons, one daughter, 25 grandchildren and 15 great-grand children.
In addition, the team of volunteers made several other needed repairs to her home, including the installation of stair railings at the opposite end of the porch, replaced the bathtub faucet, and patched the tub.
The people of Henderson County can take great pride in its volunteers, like those who are part of Labor of Love and their willingness to give of their time to improve the quality of life for the less fortunate families living among us.
The Labor of Love, a United Way agency of Henderson County, is a faith-based volunteer organization that has as its mission to provide home repairs free of charge to the handicap, indigent elderly, single mothers and grandmothers raising grandchildren across all of Henderson County.
Examples of repair or modification of homes made year round include construction of wheelchair ramps, installing grab bars, widening bathroom entrances, fixing rotted front steps, repairing leaking faucets and roofs, holes in floors, etc.
We have over 20 years of home repair experience with a focus on health and safety issues.
LOL take’s great pride in its 2009 accomplishments.
The volunteer organization worked hard, long hours in good weather and bad, expending 5,110 hours to complete 216 projects.
Included were the construction of 45 wheelchair ramps and the repair or replacement of many roofing projects, improving the quality of life for 216 families.
There were 104 projects directly assisting people over 65 years of age.
In addition, 88 projects involved people with some form of disability.
In 2007, when Labor of Love was established, 25 families were served. That increased to 65 the following year. In 2004, 118 individuals benefited, which grew to 166 in 2005. The following year, 176 requested help and got it and so did 214 more in 2007. Labor of Love hit a peak in 2008 with 231 service projects, which brings us to 216 in 2009.
This growth and longevity is due to God blessing our efforts with financial means through the faithfulness and generosity of our sponsors, and also the hard work of our volunteers.
Labor of Love serves Henderson County from Chandler to Trinidad.
If you need assistance, call (903) 675-LOVE and ask for an application to be mailed to you.
If you would like information or to join the team of volunteers, please call the same number and request a phone call.

 

Family Peace sets annual fund-raiser
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The Family Peace Project’s ninth annual waffle breakfast is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 8, at the First United Methodist Church, 255 Lovers Lane in Athens.
The fresh-made, malted Belgian waffles are always delicious and include a wide array of toppings and sausage on the side.
Hot coffee, juice and milk will round out the menu.
In addition, participants can enjoy live music and child-friendly activities, including a bounce house.
Local agencies will be available to provide information on their services in the community.
All of this food and entertainment is provided for only $5 in advance or $6 at the door.
Money raised through the sale of advertisement and ticket sales assists the Family Peace Project in its continued assistance to the families that experience domestic violence in Henderson County.
Some services provided (but not limited to) are safe shelter, community resource referrals, transitional homes, transportation assistance, utility assistance, clothing, furniture, household items, medications, school supplies, toys, plus much more.
If you have questions about the waffle breakfast or any of the services offered by the Family Peace Project, please call Paula Winter at (903) 489-3091.

 

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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