Lake Life

& Such

Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. For more information, call (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 week on Wednesday at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. For more info, call (903) 498-4351.
Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Tuesday 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 and Friday, at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405. Saturday is a 10 p.m. candlelight meeting.
Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday and fourth Saturday for fellowship and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. The club is located off Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. Call for more information, (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 luncheon.
Cedar Creek Optimist Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. For more information please call Danny Hampel at (903) 778-4508.
Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday. For more information call (903) 887-4867.
Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. For more information, call 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. For information, call Mary Harris at (903) 451-5280 or Tonya Capley at (903) 498-4725.
Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943 or Malisa Bilberry at (903) 340-7451, or email
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 2667 meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Aley United Methodist Church. For more information, please call Suzann Smith at (903) 887-3889.
Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. For more information, please call (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. For more info, call (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.
Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Tuesday at the Nutrition Center in Kemp. For more information, please call 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 Dairy Queen in Seven Points. Everyone is welcome. Email  for more information.
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. Call (903) 887-5252 for info.
Mabank Garden Club meets at 2:45 p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May and December).
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.
Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. Call (903) 887-6201 for info.
RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank. The public is welcome to attend.
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. For more info, call (903) 498-2140.
SUICIDE SURVIVORS GROUP for those grieving the loss of someone by suicide, meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mabank.
TAMARACK LADIES CLUB meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meet at 6 p.m. each Monday at the First Baptist Church of Mabank. Contact Gaye Ward at (903) 887-5913 for more info.
TVCC Singles meet at 7 p.m. each Monday in the Nutrition Center at TVCC, located off Park Street near the Athens Country Club. This is a support group for singles of all ages and is supported by TVCC. For more info, call Hilda Anding at (903) 489-2259.



It’s ‘Home, Home On The Range’ at 505 ranch
Business community gets close-up view of The 505 Cedar Creek Ranch Club
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–Momentum is building at the 505 Cedar Creek Ranch Club in Mabank.
Developer Eastern Partners invited the local business community to see what is hidden from the road during an area chamber of commerce “Business After Hours” gathering July 21.
The well-screened resort development has four houses in some phase of construction and two houses already built.
A full third of its 56 ranchette lots are sold, and their owners are already enjoying a wide selection of recreational opportunities on the ranch’s 400 acres of deeded open range, Eastern Partners representative Newton Hopkins told The Monitor.

Monitor Photos/Pearl Cantrell
Dentist Roberto Loar stretches his neck to get a good look at the bull elk head hanging in one of the guesthouse duplexes for lot owners at the 505 Cedar Creek Ranch Club during a chamber after-hours mixer.

Definitely a resort development, the 505 offers ranch-style amenities without the work of operating and maintaining a ranch.
The smallest lots are a little more than an acre, and the largest lot is seven acres. Regardless of size, each lot comes with a minimum of 120 feet of lake frontage and heavily-wooded privacy.
Constructed homes are required to have at least 3,000 square feet under environmental controls, and 80 percent in masonry facade, Hopkins said.
The first thing noticed about the clubhouse is the stack of fishing poles and tackle box sitting by the front door, ready to use on any of the ranch’s several stocked ponds.
Inside, the clubhouse features an open configuration with views of the lake, reminiscent of a lakeside cabin, except for the spacious, commercial-style kitchen, where visitors can bake a pizza, whirl up a smoothie or icy concoction or even roast a turkey.
Passing through to the flagstone patio with overhead fans, one looks down on a small sandy beach with two wooden loungers that seem to beckon. A boat dock stretches out into the dredged frontage.
(The ranch owns a computerized dredger, which has been clearing an even 10-foot depth from the shoreline to 200 feet out, Hopkins said.)
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Unseen by the public, The 505 Cedar Creek Ranch guesthouse gets the once over from chamber members during a recent open house.

Nearer at hand, an infinity-edge swimming pool and hot tub offer a choice of swimming venues. A neighboring fire pit, encircled by stone benches, suggests marshmallow roasting after dark.
Inside, a large wall-mounted television set opens onto rustic, yet comfortable lounging areas.
Property owners who do not have a house built yet, or who perhaps will never build a house but will hold the lot for posterity, may still enjoy a weekend at the ranch.
A guest house opposite the clubhouse can bed up to 12 comfortably, or two separate parties at a time, as it provides two complete kitchens, living rooms and bedroom suites.
“The clubhouse and guest house were completed a year ago,” Hopkins said.
There are two stocked ponds. A very large pond situated nearest the home sites has a canoe and life jackets conveniently located.
The ranch is also strewn with five miles of wooded trails for hiking, horseback riding or all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riding.
“This is a place where a kid can be a kid,” on-site sales and general manager Bob Jenkins said.
“They can be out all day, exploring in woods or field, even camp out, while parents know the perimeter is secure from unwanted intruders,” Jenkins said. “Our owners come down with their kids or their grandkids, and they just have a blast.”
An ATV course has been mapped out beside one of the ponds, and offers a shaded resting place for parents to oversee the activity.
One of the trails opens up on a teepee, set on a wooden platform for a campsite, complete with a stacked cord of wood for fire-making and a hitching post to tie up any ponies.
A fully-stocked skeet range is also located on the ranch for some exciting target practice.
A large horse stable is also nearing completion to house horses lot owners may wish to keep at the ranch.
A small convenience building contains camping gear and other “toys” so lot-owners can fully enjoy all the ranch has to offer.
Classified as a wildlife management area, the ranch is home to rabbits, beavers, a wide variety of birds (especially ducks), deer and even a small population of coyotes.
A few acres are kept in hay and are being operated as a range, Jenkins said.
Eastern Partners won city approval of its development agreement Aug. 16, 2006 (the year of the drought). Mabank chiropractor Jeff Gaddis is one of the builders and brought the property to the attention of Eastern Partners.
The property was formerly owned by the Burke family, who wanted to see the character of the ranch preserved.
While putting in the infrastructure – roads and underground utilities, trails and recreational sites – work crews came upon at least one grave of a Mason forebear.
(In 1900, the Mabank townsite was set aside by the Mason and Eubank families.)
Asphalt roads in the development have been handed over to the city of Mabank for maintenance, Hopkins said.
Lot prices range from $395,000 to $525,000, with all property taxes paid through the homeowners association, Hopkins said.
For more information, call (903) 887-3000, or visit the website at

Copyright © 2008, MediaOne, L.L.C.