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July 21
, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 317.59
Water Temperature:
92 degrees - top
88 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

Red Hot ‘18’
The annual Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce golf tournament, the Red Hot “18” will be held Monday, July 25, at Kings Creek Golf Club, with a 7:45 a.m. check in and an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
Entry for the tournament is $60 per player in advance, $65 the day of the tournament, which includes a light breakfast, golf, cart and lunch.
For information, contact Tiffany Lilly at (903) 887-6001, Robbye Grissom at (214) 926-1395 or Debra Davis at (903) 887-2870, or contact the chamber office at (903) 887-3152, or e-mail

Purtis Creek State Park will host a night of stargazing and activities from 9 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 23. For more information, contact Purtis Creek State Park at (903) 425-2332.

Learn campfire skills
Purtis Creek State Park will have a campfire skills program from 8 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 30. There will be workshops and seminars geared to help you learn outdoor skills. There will also be campfire gatherings and hayrides. For more information, contact Purtis Creek State Park at (903) 425-2332.

Canoe/Kayake Skills
Purtis Creek State Park will hold basic canoe and kayake skills lessons from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Learn basic paddling skills, including safe entry and exit of the boat. Reservations are required. The deadline is the day before the lessons. For information, or to make reservations, call Purtis Creek State Park at (903) 425-2332.

Upcoming Events

FBC-GBC Basketball

July 22
End-of-season tourney
7 p.m. Seed 4 vs Seed 5
8 p.m. Seed 3 vs Seed 2
9 p.m. 4/5 winner vs
Seed No. 1


































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Mabank Texans take third in Mildred
By Sam Epps
Monitor Sports

MILDRED–The Mabank Texans 7-8 year-old boys machine pitch baseball team competed in the District 12 playoffs in Mildred last week.
The Texans beat the Palmer Bulldogs, 21-6, in the first game, but lost to the Athens Xpress, 23-14, in their second game.

Courtesy Photo/Trinia Guttuso
The Mabank Texas 7-8 year old boys machine pitch baseball team took third in the District 12 playoffs in the Mildred last week. Pictured are, (from left, front row) Coy McManus, Andrew Sullivan, Paul Guttuso, Ismael Maltos; (middle row) Caden Smith, Travis Donnell, Cole Gaddis, Wade Kemp, Darion Peace, Hudson Fraser; (back row) coaches Gary Kincade, Scott McManus, Chris Kemp and Sean Donnell.

They beat and eliminated the hosting Mildred Longhorns, 20-10, and eliminated the Palmer Outlaws, 20-3, in the nightcap.
On Friday, the Texans played the Athens Rangers for a chance to face the Athens Xpress in the championship game.
The Texans stayed close in the game, but fell just short, losing to the Rangers 18-14, finishing third in the tournament.
Mabank racked up a 14-1 regular season record, earning them a spot in the playoffs.
As a playoff-bound team, the Texans had the opportunity to draft three players from other teams in the American League to assist them in the playoff games.
They chose Ismael Maltos of Eustace, Darion Peace of Malakoff and Hudson Fraser of Scurry.

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Keep boats clean to help prevent spread of invasive species
Special to The Monitor
AUSTIN–During boating season this year, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is urging boaters to take extra caution against invasive species such as giant salvinia and zebra mussels. The best thing any boater can do to prevent the spread of these harmful species is by keeping their watercraft free of the small but insidious invaders.
“Zebra mussels were first documented in Lake Texoma in 2009, and we’ve got to try to keep them from spreading any farther in this state,” TPWD Inland Fisheries regional director Brian Van Zee said.
The TPWD have implemented a public awareness campaign, “Hello Zebra Mussels, Goodbye Texas Lakes: Clean, Drain and Dry” to better educate boaters on the dangers zebra mussels pose to the state’s aquatic ecosystems, private property and water-related infrastructure such as water supply systems.
“Our message is simple,” Van Zee said. “If you keep or use your boat or personal watercraft on Lake Texoma, or have operated in out-of-state waterways already infested with zebra mussels, clean, dry and drain your vessel before heading to any other body of water in Texas.”
Of immediate concern in North Texas, he said, are lakes such as Lavon, Ray Hubbard, Lewisville, Grapevine, Possum Kingdom, Granbury and others.
These lakes are on the Trinity and Brazos River systems and they are heavily used by recreational boaters.
“In their larval form, zebra mussels are impossible to see with the naked eye,” Van Zee said. “This is why it’s particularly important to clean, drain, and dry boats, even when the boat appears to be clean,” he explained.
TPWD recommends this simple, three-step procedure for anyone transporting a watercraft that has been used on Lake Texoma to another water body:
• Clean all vegetation, mud, algae and other debris from the boat and trailer before leaving the lake.
• Drain all water from the motor as well as the livewell, bilge, bait buckets and any other compartments or systems that hold water before leaving the lake.
• Dry the vessel and associated equipment for a minimum of seven to 10 days during the months of May through October or for 15 to 20 days from November through April.
These drying times are approximations, and conditions such as cooler air temperatures, higher humidity and whether or not the vessel is kept in dry storage should be considered.
While these are the easiest preventive measures boat owners can take to help prevent the spread of zebra mussels, boats and other vessels that have been kept on Lake Texoma for an extended period of time and are infested with zebra mussels may require additional cleaning procedures.
Power-washing with water at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit and flushing the motor, bilges, live-wells and other water intake systems with 140-degree water will kill zebra mussels. To be effective the water coming out of the flushed systems needs to reach 140 degrees to ensure the entire system was exposed to water hot enough to kill the mussels.
If it is not possible to clean the internal systems or compartments using 140-degree water, the use of either straight vinegar or a chlorine bleach and water solution (one-half ounce bleach to one gallon water) can be effective at killing zebra mussels as long as the mixture is kept in contact with the mussels for 20 to 30 minutes.
Clean water should be used to flush the chemicals and dead mussels from the boat following treatment. Boat owners should check with their manufacturer to be sure using these chemicals will not void their warranty.
Large vessels with complex water intake systems such as those used for cooling the engine, air conditioning or personal sanitation may require decontamination by a boat mechanic or marina.
For more information on zebra mussels and other invasive species see the  website.

Getting the hits right

Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Kemp incoming high school girls work on serving at the Kemp Lady Yellowjacket high school volleyball camp Tuesday. Next week, volleyball camp for girls entering grades five through seven will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, and from 1 to 4 p.m. for girls entering eighth and ninth grades.



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