Rotary Club’s celebrity waiter
dinner set for Aug. 18
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Event co-chairpersons Colleen Hinckley and Kim McClaskey have
announced the theme for the 2007 Celebrity Waiter Dinner to be
“Margaritaville, Escape to Paradise,” and the date as Saturday, Aug. 18.
The dinner will be held again this year at the Athens Country Club.
Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7:15 p.m. The
live auction will begin at 8:30 p.m.
A silent auction will be going on from 6 p.m. through dinner.
“The committee is working hard to make the event event more exciting
than ever before.
“Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite “Margaritaville, Escape
to Paradise” costume and get your tickets early as they always seem to
go fast.” Hinckley said.
This year’s list of celebrity waiters includes some favorites from past
dinners, as well as some new faces.
The list includes David Holstein, Dr. Aaron Stephen, David Cain, Wade
McKinney, Robert Render and Chris Pickens, Molly Pyle, Richard Sanders
and Dr. John Loar.
Also, Judith McGilvray, Bud Henry, Mike Groom, Sue Cardin, Sue Stalcup,
Charlie Arnt, John Jeter, Lana Mock, Sara McAtee, Dr. Mark Roberts and
Additional waiters include Linda Fernald, Mike Moore, David Riddoch,
Scott McKee, Wade Gent and Raymond Schackleford.
Again this year there will be a live auction, with Kenny Odom conducting
According to Kim McClaskey, the list of auction items is outstanding.
For tickets or more information, please call Glenda Holbrook at (903)
Remember to make plans to attend and help the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek
Lake fund their goals to present scholarships to some deserving
graduating seniors from Eustace, Mabank and Kemp high schools.
There were more than 30 scholarships presented this year. Local students
as well as many other lake area organizations will be benefactors from
the proceeds of the Rotary Club’s annual fund-raiser.
This year’s event marks the organizations 11th Celebrity Waiter
Each year the club strives to come up with new, unusual and fun themes
to keep it’s fund-raising event original and entertaining as well as a
successful benefit affair.
Program speeds hip, knee surgery
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–A new program is aimed at getting patients with hip or
knee replacement surgery up and around more quickly than ever, the Cedar
Creek Lake Kiwanis club heard Wednesday.
Tyler-based Trinity Mother Frances Health System is inaugurating a new
orthopedic program through its Joint Replacement Center, spokesman Mike
Hines told the club during its weekly luncheon at Vetoni’s Italian
Hines, as Mother Frances Health System’s administrative director for
strategic development, travels the East Texas region meeting with
physicians and patients to gauge how well the hospital does.
The Joint Replacement Center’s newest orthopedic surgeon, Dr. William F.
Phillips III, was scheduled to speak to the Kiwanis members, but had an
emergency procedure arise Wednesday morning, Hines said.
The new program at the Joint Replacement Center is geared toward making
the patient both knowledgable about the surgical procedure and able to
begin rehabilitation almost immediately, Hines said.
Surgeries are now scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays, so the patient can
go home by Thursday or Friday, he said.
“We try to do a lot of education before the surgery, and identify all
the things they will be experiencing,” Hines said. “We try to take some
of that fear of the unknown out of the procedure.”
Patients who have a knee or hip replaced usually are up and walking that
same day, he said.
“We’re seeing patients leave the hospital happier,” Hines said. “This
(program) certainly allows them to get in and out of the hospital
Customer service is a major focus for Mother Frances, and part of that
is getting the health care providers out into the region – trying to
enable people to put a face with the name, Hines said.
“We’re recognizing the growth that’s going on here,” Hines said. “We’re
trying to personalize our health care by taking all our new specialists
out into the region and introducing them.”
Mother Frances Hospital is marking its 70th year with a number of new
programs aimed at making health care easier to obtain, such as the
Telecare Plus program.
Telecare Plus is a telephone hot line that enables anyone to speak with
a health care professional at any time of the day or night.
“In most situations, they will be able to give you some alternatives
that you can apply right there in your home,” Hines said.
A new cardiologist will be starting service at the Trinity Mother
Frances Clinic in Canton next month, and a new neurosurgeon will be
starting in Tyler July 16.
“His specialty is minimally-invasive brain surgery,” Hines added. “He
just got back from Germany, where he trained on a one-of-a-kind
Instead of “cracking open” the skull, the surgeon can use
high-technology tools to reach a tumor through a natural body opening,
such as the nose, making it possible to reach and remove formerly
inoperable tumors, he said.
Starting July 1, physicians at Trinity Mother Frances Health Systems
will now be on the United Health Care approved list.
The hospital system’s emphasis on customer service is one reason it’s
ranked in the top 5 percent nationally in customer satisfaction, he
Every Monday, a group meets to review every customer service issue,
“We have to generate an action plan – how can we make sure this won’t
happen again?” he said.
For more information on the Joint Replacement Center, call the center at
(903) 590-8673, or check the website at
Scurry horse trainers chosen
for Mustang training challenge
Special to The Monitor
SCURRY–Husband and wife horse trainers Steve Smith and Wendy
Hilton-Smith, of Cornerstone Training, are two of only 100 trainers
throughout the nation selected for participating in the Extreme Mustang
Makeover, a training competition with $25,000 in prizes.
“We’ve just begun to get to know each other,” says Hilton-Smith of her
competition Mustang, which she has named “Murphy.”
“Each day there is improvement, and each day I like this horse more and
more. I think my favorite part about him right now is his curiosity.”
Smith calls his competition horse “Diago.” “He is still untrusting, but
is actually doing well. He’s getting used to my training tools and used
to leading out. I’m really trying to work on building his trust and
confidence in me,” Smith said.
The Mustang Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the Bureau of Land
Management and the Nevada Wild Horse and Burro Commission brought 100
wild Mustangs gathered from the Nevada hills to holding facilities in
Nevada and Oklahoma.
The Mustangs used in the competition are sorrel or bay and similar in
size, age, and condition. Trainers who were invited to participate in
the Extreme Mustang Makeover were assigned their horses by lottery.
The Smiths picked up their Mustangs at the Paul’s Valley holding
facility near Oklahoma City, on June 6.
“We were both excited when we went to pick up our horses,” Smith said.
“We weren’t sure what to expect when we went to pick up our horses,” say
Hilton-Smith. “We were excited, and at the same time I was wondering
what I have gotten myself into. I’ve worked Mustangs before, and it is
no easy task.”
“The second day was an eye-opener,” Smith says. “I got as far as having
Diago turn to face me (as opposed to running away), and was able to
touch his head. That’s it, and that was a lot for him.”
Trainers will have until Saturday, Sept. 22, to work with their horses.
Then, they will compete with the other Extreme Mustang Makeover
contestants at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth.
During the competition, the Mustangs will be judged on conditioning,
groundwork, and their ability to navigate a mounted “horse course,”
representing maneuvers and obstacles commonly encountered in
recreational and trail riding situations.
“I’m really trying to not make it about the competition, but about doing
what’s right for my horse,” Hilton-Smith said.
All Mustangs participating in the Extreme Mustang Makeover will be made
available for adoption through an auction held at the Will Rogers
Equestrian Center on Sunday, Sept. 23.
For a complete list of selected trainers, rules and regulations for the
Extreme Mustang Makeover event, or more information about the Mustang
Heritage Foundation, visit
For more information about Cornerstone Training, visit
www.cornerstonehorsetraining.com or call (903) 498-4724.
Regular updates on Murphy’s and Diago’s training can be found online at
Walk Across Texas challenge
set in Canton
Special to The Monitor
CANTON–Excitement built Friday morning as the group of more than 75
people formed in front of the Van Zandt County courthouse.
As several businesses sent employees over to see what in the world was
happening, it was evident that a fun and friendly competition was
unfolding as County Judge Rhita Koches issued a challenge to Curves of
The challenge consisted of county courthouse employees challenging
Curves of Canton participants to whom would walk the farthest.
It seems that Curves of Canton will wash courthouse windows if they
lose, and the courthouse employees will wash the windows of Curves if
This is all part of a program called Walk Across Texas, which was
created in 1996.
The program established by Texas Cooperative Extension is encouraged by
Dee Lee Smith, Van Zandt County Extension agent, and instigator behind
the walking frenzy.
“Everyone knows regular exercise greatly improves health,” she said.
“Getting started is not easy.”
To help people get started and establish a habit of regular exercise,
Walk Across Texas (WAT), an eight-week program kicked off in Canton this
week on the courthouse steps.
Walk Across Texas uses friendly competition and group support to help
people not only start exercising regularly, but also to continue
exercising long after Walk Across Texas is over.
Walk Across Texas is a free program. All participants need is a pair of
comfortable walking shoes.
Regular walking has a great impact on health problems like diabetes,
high blood pressure, cholesterol, gall bladder disease, falls and
fractures, osteoporosis, depression, stress, obesity and even the risk
Regular walking at a moderate intensity level boosts immunity, too. A
recent national study showed walking 30 minutes four to five times
weekly and loss of 7 percent of body weight significantly lowered one’s
risk for developing diabetes.
Walking is not the only way you can participate in the program.
Jogging, bicycling and many other activities are included activities
that count towards mileage.
Look to the courthouse second floor hallway and Curves to find the
progress of each group weekly. It will be updated each Monday.
Call the Van Zandt County Extension office for more information at (903)
Educational programs of Texas Cooperative Extension are open to all
people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age or
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Princess. I am a beautiful female
Terrier mix. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control, so
I have no history. So far I am a little shy but I am also
friendly. I have just been fixed and now current on my shots. I
am a good girl looking for a wonderful new home.
My name is Happy. I am an older female Akita
mix. I am a very happy girl with a very laid back personality. I
do not have much history, however I am now current on my shots.
I am a wonderful girl looking for my new wonderful forever home.
We are two Border Collie females. We are very
active girls. We were brought to the Shelter by our owner who
was not able to keep us. We are very playful and seem to get
along well with others. We are two beautiful girls looking for
our new forever home.
My name is Tiny. I am a beautiful female adult
Shepherd mix. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control so
I have no history. So far I seem to be very sweet, seem to be
housebroken, I walk on a leash and seem to get along well with
make dogs, I don’t care for other females. I have been started
on my shots. I am a beautiful girl looking for my new forever
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