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‘Steel Magnolias’ set for Wills Point
Special to The Monitor
WILLS POINT–The Talent Box Productions, Inc. production of “Steel Magnolias,” written by Robert Hasling, will open Friday, at 7:30 p.m. June 1, at the Theatre, 244 North Fourth, Wills Point.
Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3.
These are regular performances with admission for adults, $10, seniors and students, $8, and children 12 and under, $5.
Reservations may be made by calling toll free (877) 882-7763. Please leave your name, telephone number, date you wish to attend and the number in your party. Your reservation will be confirmed.
Dinner Theatre productions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 10.
Admission for these performances is $15 per person. Reservations are required and may be made by calling toll free (877) 882-7763. Leave your name, telephone number, date you wish to attend and the number in your party. Reservation will be confirmed.
This heart warming audience favorite takes place in Truvy’s Beauty Shop and focuses on the ups and downs of a group of Southern ladies.
This production will end the 2006-07 season of The Talent Box.
It is directed by Virginia Reid-Yost of Terrell. The cast has been selected and rehearsals are under way.
Bonnie Reichel of Terrell will be Truvy; Carol Whatley of Martins Mill will be Ouiser; Brenda Akin-Martin of the Tawakoni/Quinlan Area will be Clairee; Linda Cooper of Terrell, will be M’Lynn; Britney Hudgins of Mineola will be Shelby and Haley Pfaff of Mineola will be Annelle.

May is electrical safety month
Special to The Monitor
ARLINGTON, Va.–Do you have any idea what those buttons on your bathroom’s electrical outlet are for? Would you know if your home’s circuits were overloaded?
May is National Electrical Safety Month, and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) urges you to use this month to learn the answers to these and other questions about your home’s electrical system.
According to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC), there was an annual average of 104,500 (unintentional, electrical, residential structure) fires from 1999-2003, which resulted in about 500 deaths, 4,280 injuries, and nearly $1.5 billion in property loss. CPSC’s latest data (2003) indicate that there were an estimated 160 electrocutions related to consumer products.
“Knowledge can save your life,” ESFI president Brett C. Brenner said.
“If you know the signs of an overloaded electrical circuit or how to test a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet, you can prevent electrocution or electrical fires,” he added.
During National Electrical Safety Month, ESFI recommends that consumers focus on a different electrical safety issue each week.
May 6-12: Use ESFI’s Indoor Electrical Safety Checklist to evaluate the electrical systems inside your home. Make it a contest: see who can identify the most opportunities to improve your home’s electrical safety.
May 13-19: Use ESFI’s Outdoor Electrical Safety Checklist to ensure that you Look Up! Look Down! Look Out for Safety! And remember to call 811 before you dig to prevent electrocution from underground power lines.
May 20-26: If your window air conditioning unit is connected by extension cords to the other side of the room, it’s time to talk about safe use of extension cords. Download ESFI’s brochure, use extension cords safely.
May 27-30: Electrical safety begins in the home, but it shouldn’t end there! If your power strip looks like a bowl of spaghetti, you’re putting yourself – and your co-workers – at risk of electric shock or electrical fire. During the final week of National Electrical Safety Month, perform an electrical safety inspection of your office.
Taking these simple safety precautions could prevent you from being one of the thousands of people injured or even killed by preventable electrical hazards each year.
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By Kristin DeLong
HC Extnedion Agent

ATHENS–Summer is right around the corner.
After all the April showers (and now May showers, too) the hot Texas sun will be blazing soon. Let’s appreciate the clouds while they’re here.
With summer comes the sometimes challenging task of keeping our kiddos occupied and out of trouble.
For me summer always meant bike-riding, swimming, and playing kickball every day with neighborhood kids.
It was a time to be active and be outside. However, there were also those days that none of those activities could hold my attention.
And so came the bothersome (for my mother) complaint not only from me and my three other siblings: “I’m bored!” It seemed like every idea that came forth from my mother’s mouth after this complaint was never good enough.
Reading a book, making a craft, visiting grandparents, etc. were sometimes not the best answer for an active 9 year-old. For every parent reading this article, I hope you’ll find these few tips from Prevent Child Abuse Texas (PCAT) to be helpful when your children mumble that unavoidable grievance this summer.
These tips not only offer solutions for summertime boredom, but general ideas for how to keep any summer tension to a minimum.
• Establish a budget for summer spending. Be realistic about what you can afford to spend on entertainment, special foods, travel, etc.
• Hold a family meeting to discuss summer plans. Ask for ideas from the children for family activities that would appeal to them.
• Post a calendar of family activities in a place where all family members will see it.
• Check community calendars and local lists of events to find inexpensive or free activities for children.
Write all possibilities on individual slips of brightly colored paper and put them in a “summer fun jar.”
When children have been especially cooperative with other family members, allow them to choose a slip of paper from the jar. Then, the family can enjoy an afternoon of fun activity together.
• Have your children make a list of elderly or shut-in neighbors in your area. Plan to share a meal, some of your time, or run errands for these neighbors. Explain to children that helping and sharing are important elements.
• Find time to relax and reflect on simple joys of summer. When you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed, take a break to get a better perspective on what needs to be done and what can be done.
• If you find that it is becoming difficult to avoid being verbally or physically harsh with your children, Stop. Don’t take out your anger on your kids. Instead, try the following:
• Take a deep breath and count to 20.
• Phone a friend.
• Take a walk outside. Or use another form of exercise.
• Laugh. Even a comedy show on television will help relieve stress.
• Spend one hour doing something you really enjoy.
Important Dates
“Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes,” a series to help people living with Diabetes manage their disease through nutrition, exercise, and the prevention of complications will be offered again in August.
Call the Extension office (903) 675-6130 to find out more details and reserve your spot today!


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