‘Steel Magnolias’ set for Wills
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
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
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
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
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.
For more information, go to
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
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
• 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.
“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!
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
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