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
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 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each
month. For more information, please call 887-1087. The public is invited
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 Management
District #4 meets at 7 p.m. the third
Tuesday of each month at Oran White Civic Center in Tool.
Henderson County Historical Commission
meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical
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
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 7 p.m. in the OranWhite Civic Center the third Thursday of each
month. For more information, please call 432-3522. The public is invited
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.
Who do you know, who would ...
A story of a rescued baby raccoon
By Tanya Mathews
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–How many people do you know would take the time to
rescue a baby raccoon from drowning?
Drenching rains fell on the Cedar Creek Lake area April 17.
Michaud was leaving his boss’ home when he heard a whimpering noise. He
looked around him and found a small baby raccoon lying in a puddle of
water in a small ditch.
Courtesy Photo/Tanya Matthews
Gun Barrel City code enforcement officer Jacqui Calaway (left) attempts
to feed a baby raccoon that Robert Michaud (right) found half-drowned in
a small ditch and brought into the city hall April 17.
He picked up the raccoon and wrapped him in a towel. He brought the
raccoon to City Hall, because he didn’t know exactly what to do about
As he was relaying his story to me at the front desk, code enforcement
officer Jacqui Callaway came in, immediately sized up the situation and
walked right back out to her truck.
When she returned, she had an animal baby bottle with formula in it.
She tried several times to feed the raccoon. He whimpered, and she tried
again and again, and again repeatedly, until the cub learned what the
contraption was all about.
A cardboard box was located in the office, a heating pad was placed in
the bottom of the box, and the raccoon was tucked into bed, warm and
Callaway, a strong advocate for animal rescue, is still acting as mamma
to the raccoon by bottle- feeding him every four hours.
She plans to get him acclimated to the outside as he begins to get older
and will then turn him loose in the woods surrounding her home.
Once again, I ask, “How many people do you know would take the time to
rescue a baby raccoon from drowning?”
I am honored to say that I know two tenderhearted animal lovers, officer
Jacqui Callaway and Mr. Robert Michaud.
Volunteers contribute to
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–When Faith Sickels worked as supervisor of emergency room
secretaries for 16 years at a hospital in Garland, she always thought
how nice volunteering would be when she saw how it contributed to the
When one of her friends started volunteering at Texas Health
Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman about a year ago, she thought she would as
“I always thought you had to be a fancy lady to volunteer. But really,
it’s for anyone,” Sickels said.
According to a report published by the Corporation for National and
Community Service in 2007, volunteering can boost mental health and the
social connections help buffer stress. Also, volunteering can provide a
sense of purpose and vitality, key elements in helping treat depression.
After being widowed twice and losing dearest animals, Sickels wanted to
get out and interact with people. Sickles, now residing in Kaufman, has
found that volunteering gives her a purpose and makes her feel better
that she is giving back.
“I just meet the nicest people. Everyone working and volunteering here
is great. Even the patients are so nice,” Sickels said.
Sickels works in the gift shop and often finds herself working on
pamphlets for the ER and guiding people where they need to go.
“We are so appreciative of our volunteers,” the volunteer coordinator at
Texas Health Kaufman Pat Jackson said.
“Their servant approach spreads a good attitude to everyone and makes
working here a blessing,” she added.
The Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource January issue recommends to those
wanting to volunteer to:
• get involved in what makes you happy or focus on an issue that you
care deeply about.
• consider skills you’ve developed over the years and can share, or
skills you’d like to learn.
• find organizations and opportunities. Places that often need help
include hospitals, schools, libraries, food banks, religious
organizations, parks, environmental programs, youth groups, humane
societies, historic sites and arts organizations.
• decide on how much time you can offer. Opportunities can range from
getting involved in short-term events such as fundraising walks or
bicycle rides to long-term, ongoing activities such as tutoring.
• phone or visit the organization you’re interested in to determine if
it would be a good fit. If it’s not, keep looking.
According to the Mayo Clinic, to realize the health benefits of
volunteering, a commitment of 40 to 100 hours a year is needed, studies
have shown. That equates to a couple of hours a week.
National Volunteer Week is being celebrated April 19-25.
For information about volunteering at Texas Health Kaufman, please
contact Pat Jackson at (972) 932-7394.
To learn more information about volunteering log onto
To learn how to become a Texas Health volunteer log onto
Cat surgery special at Friends of
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–Friends of the Animals is offering a special for getting
your cat spayed or neutered, starting Tuesday, May 19.
All cat spays and neuters are just $10 – for males or females!
Surgery is done by appointment only and may be booked by calling (903)
A male cat can impregnate dozens of females in a single day – and a
female cat can give birth up to four times a year, good reasons for
getting those cats fixed now, before they give birth (again!).
Friends, a non-profit charity, has run the low-cost spay/neuter clinic
in Gun Barrel City since July, 2002, and has performed more than 16,000
What this means is that literally millions of little lives have been
saved and prevented.
But even without the special sale price, the cost of being a responsible
pet owner is very cheap.
Dog surgeries range from $35 to $65, depending on the sex and size of
Surgery is performed by Dr. Glen Campbell, who runs a veterinary
practice in Garland and comes to the lake each Tuesday to do surgeries.
Dr. Campbell was named by D Magazine as one of the top veterinarians in
The clinic also sells Frontline PLUS to control fleas and ticks, a must
this time of year. This will be one of the worst flea seasons ever –
don’t let your pet suffer.
And the clinic also microchips pets every Tuesday.
For $20, a chip is inserted into the scruff of your pet.
If he’s lost, every shelter in the area has a scanner – and your pet
comes home. This price includes the chip and the permanent national
Volunteers are always needed at the Tuesday-only clinic.
Call (903) 887-PETS for information about the clinic or to volunteer.
Tax-deductible donations to this non-profit charity may be sent to P.O.
Box 5455, Gun Barrel City, TX 75147.
Or, visit the website
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