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Clubs and Such

BNI (Business Network International) - Cedar Creek Professionals - meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Comfort Suites, located at U.S. Hwy. 175 and TX 198 in Mabank. Larry Williams (903) 887-2847 or

Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. (903) 498-5725 or (903) 498-3830.

Cedar Creek Art Society meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. A $3 donation per artist is asked.

Cedar Creek Domino Club meets each Wednesday morning at the KC Senior Citizen Center, 405 W. Walnut in Mabank. (903) 887-6549 or (903) 887-1514.

Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Thursday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.

Cedar Creek Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m., Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.

Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday for fellowship and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. The club is located off Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. (903) 432-3552.

Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Wednesday at The Jalapeno Tree in Gun Barrel City, except the second week of the month, when the club meets Thursday in conjunction with the area chamber of commerce.

Cedar Creek Optimist Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. Danny Hampel at (903) 778-4508.

Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday. (903) 887-4796.

Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. Dee Ann Owens at (903) 340-2415.

Cub Scout Pack #333 meets at the First United Methodist Church of Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. Mary Harris at (903) 451-5280 or Tonya Capley at (903) 498-4725.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101 meets the second Monday of each month at the Senior Citizens Center on Hwy. 31 in Athens.

Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Kathey Brown email or (800) 422-2260 or visit

GriefShare Recovery support group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Cedar Creek Church of God, located at 142 Rodney Dr., Gun Barrel City. (903) 887-0293.

Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. (903) 451-4221.

Kaufman County Republican Women’s Club meets the third Saturday of each month at the Farm Bureau Insurance Company, located at 2477 N. Hwy. 34 in Kaufman. (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.

Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. Dr. Jim Collinsworth at (903) 887-7486.

Lake Area Council of the Blind meets at 6 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at West Athens Baptist Church.

Lake Area Democrats Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. Email bhanstrom@embarq for more information.

Mabank Al-Anon Family Group meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at Mabank First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Families of alcoholics are welcome. (903) 887-2781.

Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. (903) 887-5252.

Mabank Garden Club meets at 1:45 p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May and December).

Mabank TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Mabank First Baptist Church. (903) 887-7700 or (903) 451-0126.

Oak Harbor/Tanglewood Crime Watch meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the R.T. Beamguard Community Center in Oak Harbor.

Rainbow Girls, Masonic Youth organization meets on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Masonic Lodge. Donna Dean at ddean45@

Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. (903) 887-6201.

RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank.

Southeast Kaufman County Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the center, located at 300 N. Dallas Street in Kemp. (903) 498-2140.

Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.

Trinity Valley Community College Band meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the TVCC band hall. Group is open to any community member who plays an instrument. (903) 675-6222.

Trinity Valley Singles Support Group meets at 7 p.m. each Monday at Athens First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Lovers Lane. This is a support group for singles of all ages. Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna Stinson (903) 675-7270.


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Best friends make bird feeders as gifts for building fund
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–Two friends, Del Byford and Pat Sharp, have found a way to be both creative and generous.
“We couldn’t afford birthday and Christmas gifts so about five years ago we started making feeders and bird houses as gifts,” Sharp said.
Now they are very busy completing bird houses and feeders to be used in “October Fest” set for Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Cedar Creek Church of God, Gun Barrel City.
Visitors to the July Fest (July 2) in Gun Barrel City got a good look at several styles of birdhouses they have made. 

Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Pat Sharp (left) and Del Byford show off a Dallas Cowboy bird house they made, complete with a Cowboy helmet and a lone star on the white and blue back ground.

“We are doing this for our (church) building fund,” Sharp said, explaining the church’s plan to expand at its present location.
In addition to giving the items to the church, they also donate to Special Olympics.
“We love doing this,” Sharp said.
“Del does most of the birdhouses in state outlines and then he cuts out a small state bird and puts it on the house,” she said.
Sharp paints the state bird and the state flower, giving them beautiful, realistic coloring.
So far, they have made bird houses for 16 of the 50 states, including: Texas and Oklahoma, of course, Arkansas, Maine, Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee, Louisiana, Indiana, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Nebraska, Colorado and New Mexico.
“This is something we can do to help with our share of the donations,” Sharp adds.
Then showing her spirit and sense of humor, she laughs at her next comment.
“This is not really a business, it’s a way for me and Delbert to stay busy and keep off the streets.”
“However, we do sell them to individuals where we can. We usually earn just enough to buy more wood and supplies,” she added on a more serious note.
The couple are best friends and companions and they each have a serious problem that has put them both in wheel chairs.
But neither Sharp nor Byford lets their situation affect their ability to love God and to be productive.
Both face crippling ailments that they refuse to give in to.
Byford has Multiple Sclerosis. He was diagnosed with the disease in 1971.
“Before the disease put me in a wheel chair I was able to do a lot of things,” he said.
Then as the problem wore on he was unable to do things the way he used to.
“Then I found out I could do things like the cutting and shaping. I really do enjoy it,” Byford explained.
Sharp has an inherited condition from birth called CMT.
CMT, or Charcot-Marie- Tooth disease, is a neurological disorder, named after the three physicians who first described it in 1886.
CMT is not caused by anything a person does and it isn’t contagious.
CMT usually isn’t life threatening and it almost never affects the brain.
But it does cause damage to the peripheral nerves and neuropathy, muscle weakness and wasting, including some loss of sensation, mostly in the extremities of the body such as the hands and feet.
Although her hands are twisted into permanent fists, Sharp is the one who does the painting and a lot of it is very intricate work, as she details in the feathers, beaks and eyes of the state birds.
Sharp and Byford enjoy the company of neighbors and friends who often come over just to enjoy watching them work.
Nils Peterson is just such a friend. And his wife, Candy, likes to crochet and make gifts too.
Byford has three grown sons.
Sharp’s son, Todd, and his wife, Kim, own Sharp Construction. Her younger son, David, is the manager.

























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