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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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Lake Life


Nurturing wood ducks with nesting boxes
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Tissie Krenek (a.k.a. The Duck Lady - a.k.a. Linda Schwartz) introduced a new group of children and their families to the world of wood ducks and ways to assist their repopulating East Texas through nesting boxes.
“Ducks in a Box” was the last presentation at the Tri-County Library’s Summer Reading Program held July 28.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Tissie Krenek (left) shows boys a photograph of newly hatched ducklings following a presentation on the use of a nesting box at the Tri-County Library in Mabank recently.

Krenek brought the fascinating life cycle of about eight types of perching ducks, including the magnificent wood duck merganser and regal mallard, to the community room at Tri-County Library.
When Krenek first came to the area in 1985, she hardly ever saw one of these tree-breeding ducks at the lake. By 1993, she and her husband had done enough research to launch the Cedar Creek Lake Bluebonnet Nesting Project.
And it all started with finding a duck egg in her garden and nurturing it to hatchling and independence.
As a result of her work, talks to public groups, building scores of nesting boxes and assisting her Enchanted Oaks neighbors to duplicate her efforts, there is now a breeding population of the wood duck and other breeds like them.
Populations had decreased in the early 20th century due to the draining of wetlands and the clearing of forests, especially old growth riparian forests containing many mature trees with nesting cavities.
Research of the late 1940s demonstrated that wood ducks would adapt from old growth trees to the use of nesting boxes, spurning a movement to protect wetlands and repopulate the species.
By the time Tissie discovered the plight of wood ducks, their numbers were still declining in portions of Oklahoma and Texas, even while in other parts of the country they were increasing at about 6 percent a year.
An ideal wetland for raising wood ducks has flooded shrubs and trees, such as buttonbush and black willow, substantial emergent growth and floating aquatic vegetation, open water, especially over shallow depths. These are the best place to put up nesting boxes.
Krenek described how dedicated bird watchers will keep careful count of the days so as to be on hand when the hatchlings “pop” out of the box “like popcorn” after a 27- to 32-day incubation period.
“The hen makes a weeping noise that the chicks recognize her making while she brooded over her eggs and immediately begin to follow her,” she said.
Krenek first gained designs for her nesting boxes from the Texas Department of Parks and Recreation. But a quick search of the Internet will tell someone nearly all they need to know to get started on their own nature adventure with ducks.
Cypress, cedar or just plain plywood will do for building a simple nesting box. The most important part is situating it so predators won’t have easy access to the eggs or hatchlings and to discard pine needles that starlings may bring in to take over the nest for themselves, Krenek said.
“Ducks start to scout for a nesting place in January and February, so it’s important to have boxes in place by then. It is also important not to place them too close together – no more than one every 100 yards,” she said.
The best place would be attached to a dead tree over a flooded area, but still accessible to you, so you can clean it out from time to time and check on the hen and eggs. If attaching it to a boat dock, provide adequate defences against snake intrusion by encasing the wood in white PVC piping, which is generally too slick for snakes to slither upon.
Fill the box with wood shavings (not saw dust) from a pet store, eight to 10 inches thick.
Duck feathers in with the wood chips indicates that the hen has begun to incubate a clutch of eggs. The eggs will be hidden in the wood chips, and the hen rotates them throughout the incubation period and will not leave them, except for short periods early morning and evening to eat.
Once a chick is hatched, and matured to a hen, she will return to the box to lay her own clutch of eggs. A box can carry two clutches of eggs a year, Krenek said.

























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