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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.

  Chamber members hear boat safety tips
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–Laughter at someone else’s expense may not be the kindest, but it always makes one feel better to learn others can make the same dumb mistakes that you can.
Willie Moore of Lynn’s Marine called the mistakes he made “stupid.” ChamberWillieMoore.jpg (69224 bytes)
He went on to tell members of the Cedar Creek Lake area Chamber of Commerce things to check to make their boating safer.
Moore was the keynote speaker at the monthly Chamber luncheon and described his shock when his boat passed him going about 30 miles an hour on one of his road trips.
“You really do need that safety chain,” he explained, then added to also check lug nuts and tires on the boat trailer.
Be sure to bring along a flashlight (with fresh batteries) and a cell phone, he added.
“In addition to the cell phone in case of an emergency, have an emergency plan and an emergency contact number,” he advised.
Boaters need to learn the rules and laws of the water.
It is a law that children 13 and younger wear their life jacket, and there must be a life jacket on board for everyone else when the boat is underway, he said.
In other business, members:
• heard the Brookshire’s Grocery stores in Seven Points and Mabank were named June Business of the Month.
• were reminded of Eustace Pioneer Day Saturday, June 19.
• were reminded of Business After Hours at Triple N Ranch at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 25.
• were reminded of the annual Mabank Western Week and Rodeo Monday through Saturday, June 21 -26.
• heard the Gun Barrel City July Fest and Concert in the Park is set for Saturday, July 3.
• were reminded to mark their calendars for the “Red Hot 18,” Chamber golf tournament set for Monday, July 26.

Master Gardeners hold free summer workshop
Special to The Monitor
BEN WHEELER–Whether you need to improve your current garden, plan to start a second crop, or plan to start a new one in the fall, attending the free Henderson County Master Gardener (HCMG) workshop Thursday (today) is an excellent way to get you started on the road to success.
The workshop will be presented at 6:30 p.m. by Jim Bundscho, manager of the Ben Wheeler Community Garden and Education Center, located at 1270 Farm-to-Market 279 in Ben Wheeler.
Last September, the garden you see in the photograph shown with this article was part of a six-acre plot of two-foot-tall Bermuda grass.
Bundscho is a man who lives to teach and share, has total respect for the environment and says he can fix anything that’s been broken.
He can obviously, as demonstrated in the photo, “make the desert bloom.”
He came to East Texas from the Houston area, where he had worked to help create Houston’s largest Farmer’s Market.
He worked with the Montgomery County Ag Extension Office in Conroe designing and installing drip irrigation systems, as well as rainwater collection systems.
He was an active member of the Montgomery County Master Gardeners.
Bundscho will take the workshop attendees through the steps he used to create this garden from scratch.
The steps will begin with the elimination of grass at the site (would you have thought of cardboard?), recommendations for soil testing, and include his method of irrigation, fertilizing, bed formation, composting, use of compost, trenching, planting with seed and transplants, spacing, pest control, harvesting and successive (doing it again) planting.
His January planting of cilantro, arugula and mixed lettuce seed survived the snow.
Every practice he talks about can be used in every garden, from a small home plot to the acre he is now working, and you can see the result.
Every step in the process is important, though Bundscho experienced one step creating his garden that he may not recommend.
His garden was visited by a runaway herd of cows that thoroughly stomped the ground before being rounded up.
He discovered later that the germination was better in the footprints that the cows had left behind, because they had, of course, compressed the ground!
The HCMG will be serving up cold squash soup made from the center garden vegetables, as well as some raw veggie treats to be dipped in a homemade crudite.
In addition, Nina Ellis of the HCMG will help Bundscho create a demonstration garden of native plants at the Center this fall.
This is the second workshop in the HCMG Summer Series offered free to the public.
For further information on the Series, check the HCMG website at Henderson.co.tx.mg.org or call the AgriLife Extension Office at (903) 675-6130.

Mabank High School honored
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Mabank High School has been awarded the National High Schools That Work (HSTW) Gold Improvement Award for 2009-10.
Mabank is one of only 12 schools from the 1,300-plus strong national network of HSTW sites that has received this recognition.
Congratulations to the staff and leadership at Mabank for earning this title.
“The dedication and hard work of the MHS faculty and staff is continuing to make MHS one of the best schools in the nation,” principal Brad Koskelin said.
A team of school leaders, counselors, and teachers will accept this award at the HSTW National Conference in Louisville, Ky., in July.
The award is sponsored by the Southern Region Education Board.
The Southern Regional Education Board is a multi-state compact for education, founded in 1948.
High Schools That Work, launched in 1987, is the largest high school improvement effort in the United States.
Criteria for the award is:
• HSTW site improved mean score in reading, mathematics and science by at least 10 points from 2008 to 2010 on the HSTW Assessment,
• at least 50 students completed the 2010 HSTW Assessment (or at least 75 percent of the senior class if it is fewer than 60 seniors).
• participated in both the 2008 and 2010 HSTW Assessments,
• population assessed both years is comparable Met state AYP or had a graduation rate of at least 85 percent (state-reported data) and
• did not earn the Pacesetter Award in 2010.

 

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.

For further information visit our website at petfinder.com


 

 


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