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)
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.
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
Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist
Church in Mabank on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Kathey Brown
email firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at La
Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. Dr. Jim Collinsworth at (903)
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 mail.com 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)
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@ hotmail.com.
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.
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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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
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
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
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
“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.