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
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 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each
month. For more information, please call 887-1087. The public is invited
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 Management District #4
meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at
Oran White Civic Center in Tool.
Henderson County Historical Commission
meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical
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
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
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
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 7 p.m. in the OranWhite Civic Center the third Thursday of each
month. For more information, please call 432-3522. The public is invited
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.
Electronics recycling set
for Terrell Aug. 1
Special to The Monitor
TERRELL–The Environmental Co-op and Lone Star Credit Union have teamed
up to bring an electronics recycling and shredding event to all citizens
of Kaufman County from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 1, in the Tanger
Outlet Mall parking lot in Terrell.
No other electronic recycling or shredding events are planned this year
so we really want to let everyone know about this opportunity.
Citizens can bring up to four 11x17-size boxes full of materials to be
shredded per vehicle.
All cell phones, batteries of all kinds (including car batteries), ink
jet and laser cartridges, stereos, small appliances (including
microwaves, mixers, fans, air conditioners, etc), and all other
electronics to recycle.
There is a small fee for monitors and TVs, due to the expense of
Monitors are $5 each and TVs are based on size (up to 15 inches, $10;
16-32 inches, $20 and more than 32 inches, $30).
Citizens might want to remember that there is a charge to dispose of
these items at the landfill, so we encourage everyone to take advantage
of this opportunity and dispose of their electronics safely and
‘PitPops’ raise the roof for
Special to The Monitor
WAXAHACHIE–”The PitPops,” a nine-piece oldies rock band from the Lake
Highlands area of Dallas, will be featured at the Ellis County Habitat
for Humanity fund-raiser Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Waxahachie Convention
The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m.
Single tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
You may purchase a table for eight for $105 (on-line only).
There will be a cash bar and concessions available as well as a large
Tickets may be purchased on-line at
Call (972) 937-2797 for information.
The PitPops consist of a full rhythm section, percussion, brass section
and vocalists, and plays a wide variety of popular hit songs from the
60s and 70s. They describe their music as “rock and roll with soul.”
The original band members met because they all had children in the Lake
Highlands High School Marching Band.
They volunteered to help the award winning group to support their kids
and the band program.
But the dads soon found out that not everything in a marching band
There are heavy “pit” instruments (such as tympani and xylophones) that
have to be lugged into position for each performance.
The dads who help with these and other chores have always been known as
In 2000, it was decided to put together a musical group consisting of
It turned out that many of the dads had previously been in bands and
some were still active musicians.
During their first living room practice, they decided to honor all of
the band dads by naming the group “The PitPops.”
Since their humble beginnings the group has developed into a real band
with quite a following.
For more information visit their website,
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry
founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a
decent, safe and affordable place to live.
They build with people in need regardless of race or religion and
welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.
Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County is a group of Ellis County people
concerned with decent housing for God’s people in need.
It raises money, recruits volunteers and constructs inexpensive but
sturdy homes at cost and provides other supportive services and
For more information visit the website,
By Linda K. Holt
KAUFMAN – Back in the spring of 2007, I had the pleasure of attending a
day seminar about Dragonflies & Damselflies of Texas at the botanical
gardens in Fair Park in Dallas.
After a brief lecture and slide show, the group followed the
enthusiastic and knowledgeable speaker around the water features of the
pointed out the various varieties. Helping us to sharpen our eyes to
what to look for. And even catching some of the more elusive ones in a
huge net that he had brought along.
Monitor Photo/Linda K. Holt
A Widow Skimmer dragonfly rests during its hunt at the waters edge of
Kaufman City Lake park.
I was amazed at how many kinds of dragonflys and damselflys are in
the area. Once you know what to look for, they’re easy to spot.
Most could only be spotted using a scope or a long lensed camera. They
range in size from less than an inch to six inches long.
When the tour was over there was still plenty of daylight left. I was
pumped with my new knowledge of flying subjects to shoot so I stopped at
Kaufman City Lake park on the way home to try out my new spotting
I wasn’t disappointed. Within an hour I had found four different kinds
flitting about the reeds and cattails on the edge of the lake.
The lovely Widow Skimmer shown here made getting a decent photo
relatively easy. Many dragonflys have habitual flying patterns.
They hunt between two or three select spots that they return to
regularly, alighting to rest or consume their prey.
Once you spot their resting spot, you can usually get a good photo
within a couple of minutes.
There are several kinds that rarely ever stop to rest, continually
patrolling the waterways looking for food or a mate.
Those have been an extreme challenge to photograph.
Some species will rest up in trees at night. Their dark brown bodies
easily blending in with the tree bark.
Hunting dragons continues to be my favorite activity whenever I am
walking along the marshes and waterways of East Texas.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
We have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
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
County Road 2403 in
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