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‘Junktique’ is well attended
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell

If the early bird gets the worm, then these early birds to the Best Friends of the Library at Cedar Creek Lake sixth annual Junktique sale Thursday walked off with just the right treasure. The sale was held at the community room of the Library in Seven Points Thursday and Friday.



By Kristin DeLong
HC Ext.ension Agent

ATHENS–It’s no secret that childhood obesity is a big problem in the United States.
Look around and there’s more than a small chance you’ll catch a glimpse of it up close and personal.
The good news is, you can help. As parents, you play a major role in how active your children are. Physical activity has been on the decline with the new age of video games and computer access.
I am so convinced that this is such an important topic to discuss in our society that I will devote the next two articles about it.
It’s no mistake that I am writing this article in the middle of Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention month.
Dr. Stephen Green of Texas Cooperative Extension authors a series of newsletters called, “Connections.”
His information about how why our kids aren’t moving and how to make a positive impact is useful for anyone wanting to see a change in our youth. Read on to find out what he says about teaching our children good media habits.
Establishing, monitoring, and modeling good habits is important in all facets of life. Setting the standard for children by establishing the rules of your home and modeling a healthful lifestyle is a first step in guiding children to pursue lifelong healthy practices.
It is the responsibility of parents and care providers to establish, monitor and model good habits concerning the use of media. The following recommendations are intended to help you establish good media habits in your child care center or home:
Limit television viewing to no more than one to two hours per day (American Academy of Pediatrics, 1995).
This means knowing how much TV children watch and not hesitating to reduce the time.
Plan television viewing in advance. Use a TV guide or newspaper to select the shows you would like to watch (note the rating system for age-appropriateness). Help children and youth prioritize what they watch.
Turn the set on for these programs only, or better yet, record the shows and eliminate the commercial viewing.
Be a good role model. Though television may seem benign, our own habits and attitudes in front of the screen can influence children.
If we are watching TV, we are also limiting important time that could be spent talking with each other and sharing in each other’s lives (Dickey, 2002).
We must practice what we preach. This means having self-discipline regarding TV, computer and video games.
It also means modeling good behaviors as alternatives to media, such as physical activity, constructive hobbies, reading, etc.
Minimize the influence of television. To keep the TV from being a central part of your child care program, keep the TV off during mealtimes, make conversation a priority, and don’t center furniture around the TV.
Avoid television viewing for children under the age of 2.
Research on early brain development shows that young children have a critical need for direct interactions with parents and caregivers for healthy brain growth, as well as development of appropriate social, emotional, and cognitive skills (American Academy of Pediatrics, 1999).
Don’t use television, video games or recreational computer time as a reward. Using these media as rewards may make their use seem more important to children.
Support the Children’s Television Act of 1990, which mandates programming of educational and instructional benefit to children and limits the amount of advertising allowed during children’s programming.
Educate children to be responsible consumers.
Don’t expect children to ignore commercials for snack foods and candy. Watch programs with children, and teach them that commercials are designed to sell products.
Help children develop healthy eating habits and become smart consumers by recognizing a sales pitch. Studies document that children under age 8 are unable to understand the intent of advertisements and accept advertising claims as true.
These young viewers cannot distinguish advertising from regular television programming. Additionally, while older children understand the nature and intent of advertisements, many of the products advertised may be harmful to their health (American Academy of Pediatrics, 1995).
Provide alternatives to television, video games, and recreational computer use. Parents and care providers are responsible for how much time their children spend in front of the TV, computer, or video screen.
Encourage both indoor and outdoor activities for children – particularly those activities that encourage active play (i.e., fun physical activity).

Month of May spay/neuter special
Special to The Monitor
CRANDALL–Kaufman County Animal Awareness Project (KCAAP) offering a cat and kitten spay/neuter special for the month of May.
Kittens can mature as early as five months and deliver their first litter at around six months of age.
More than 50 percent of the litters delivered to shelters and killed, are first time litters that new owners were not expecting. Our shelters are overwhelmed by kittens this time of the year and 95 percent of them do not make it out alive.
KCAAP has received a grant to help spay/neuter 200 cats and kittens in the month of May for only $10 which includes the rabies vaccination.
This grant is for multiple cat households only. You must bring in at least two cats per household with a maximum of four cats per household to qualify for this special rate.
The grant is offered on a first come first served basis. You must call to schedule an appointment.
Residents from anywhere in the Northeast Texas area can take advantage of the program thanks to KCAAP’s shuttle service.
The KCAAP Critter Cruiser travels to Canton, Garland, Mesquite, Mineola, Corsicana, Van and Waxahachie.
Because Texas law requires current rabies vaccination, if proof cannot be provided at the time of surgery, the animals must be vaccinated. All animals that enter the clinic will be issued a flea pill. 
 The program also provides complete vaccinations, heartworm tests, heartworm preventive and flea preventive at reduced rates.
This grant can not be used for rescue groups, animals up for adoption or those that will be relocated to new homes.
When scheduling an appointment you must mention this grant.
For more information, to schedule surgery, arrange for shuttle service or to become a volunteer, call (972) 472-3500.
KCAAP is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) volunteer organization that has provided low-cost pet sterilization surgeries and vaccinations, as well as free surgeries for the pets of disadvantaged Texas residents, for almost three years, performing more than 8,000 surgeries. 
 KCAAP’s low cost spay/neuter regional clinic is located at the corner of U.S. Highway 175 and Farm-to-Market 148 in Crandall.


Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

ABOVE–My name is Reverse. I am a beautiful male 3-4 years old Min-Pin mix. I am fixed and current on my shots. I walk on a leash and absolutely adore people and I get along well with others. I was adopted out last year and brought back to the shelter by animal control. The girls who work here remembered who I was. I love to lay in your lap and am just a wonderful boy. I do get a little upset when left alone, so I sometimes chew things up. It is best to have a fenced yard or a good size run/crate to place me in when you’re not home. Unfortunately, I am heart-worm positive. I am in need to gain weight and attention to my coat, I have lost some hair. I would make a wonderful pet to someone of any age. I am a wonderful boy in need of a wonderful loving family who will be there for me forever.
ABOVE–My name is Baby. I am a beautiful 6-7 years old female Terrier mix. I am fixed and in need of my rabies shot. I walk on a leash and am still very playful. I was brought to the shelter by animal control looking so pitiful. I had a pretty good spell of the mange. I have received a few mange baths and am looking good now. I really had a rough time. I am now growing my coat back and am getting plenty to eat and the girls at the shelter spoil me pretty good. I am a wonderful loving old girl looking for my new loving forever family.

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 Wednesdays.

For further information visit our website at