Lake Life

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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) 887-6549.
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. 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.
Celebrate Recovery meets each Friday at Rope, Catch & Ride Church in Mabank, located at 570 VZ CR 2807. For more info, call (903) 603-8051.
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.
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. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943, email, or (800) 422-2260 or visit
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.
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. Call (903) 887-0293 for more information.
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 Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant 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 the Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. Email   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. Call (903) 887-2781 for info.
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.
Rainbow Girls, Masonic Youth organization meets on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Masonic Lodge. For more information contact Donna Dean at
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 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) meets at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church of Athens. Call (903) 489-0563 or (903) 675-2600 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) 675-7270.


Area resident reunites with long-lost son
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–Though she often thought of him and wished him well, she didn’t think she’d ever get to see the son she gave up for adoption or know the man he had become.
But just like a fairy tale, her wish came true.
About a month ago, Geneva Martin, a resident of the Kemp Care Center, received a phone call. It was from her long-lost son, someone she hadn’t seen in 38 years.
“I was on top of the world,” Geneva said. “I was surprised and happy. I never thought I’d ever hear from him.”
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Dan Allin and wife Stacy (left) hold a barbecue with newly discovered kin, including mother Kemp resident Geneva Martin, sister Loriann Easterly, (her children) nephew Chris, niece Ashley (on floor left), 2-year-old son Jak, neice Kelli and nephew Clay in a recreational vehicle at the Lakeridge RV Park in Gun Barrel City Tuesday.

“When I called Mom, she asked right away, ‘when am I going to get to see you?’ And my wife answered, ‘as soon as we can,’” her son recounted.
Daily calls followed and the exchange of photographs until last Monday, after a 1,700-mile road trip, Dan Allin met his birth mother for the first time.
“As I was getting closer to the Kemp Care Center, my stomach started getting into knots,” he said.
“It’s like a story on TV or one you read in a newspaper,” he said, trying to descibe his emotion.
Allin, his wife, Stacy, and their nearly 2-year-old son Jak made the 30-hour road trip from Leyard, Conn., to Kemp – the culmination of 26 years of dreaming.
Geneva told The Monitor that she gave birth to her son in 1972 in Fort Fairfield, Maine, where she is from originally. When he was born, she feared for his life.
“His father threatened to kidnap him from the hospital,” she said. “I gave him up for his own safety with help from the doctor and a lawyer.”
“I saw him once, soon after he was born, but then never again until now. It’s just amazing,” she said.
Several years and children later, Geneva followed her mate to Texas for work in 1979, and has been here ever since, spending most of her time in Pleasant Grove.
Dan was reared in Connecticut by Cindy and Bob Allin, who on his 12th birthday told him that he was adopted.
By then, his biological father had been dead nearly 10 years. Dan said he didn’t start to look for his biological parents until recently.
“My (adopted) dad was offering to help me do the research, but I knew it was something I needed to do myself,” Dan said.
Several months ago, his wife spurred him on by suggesting they take a trip up to Maine to see where he came from, since phone calls to the area hadn’t yielded any useful information.
A high school classmate told Dan that she knew a person who used to be friends with Dan’s mother, and she lived in Maine.
Dan and Stacy started with one name and address.
“Within two hours (of arriving in Maine), I knew where my mother was and talked to my aunt,” he said.
He met his aunt (his mother’s sister) in Canada and an uncle in Maine. “They told my about my sister in Kemp,” he said.
Geneva had lived with her daughter for a couple of years, but after a serious health challenge, Geneva was moved to the Kemp Care Center to convalesce, and she decided to stay.
“I didn’t want to impose on my daughter any longer,” she said.
One of Dan’s first calls was to his sister, Loriann Easterly. He went to her house upon arriving in the area and discovered he also had two nieces and two nephews, he said.
Dan has also discovered a brother in Florida, who he favors in looks, and another brother in Dallas.
“We were in the middle of having dinner, when Loriann said, ‘let’s go see Mom,’ and the butterflies started in my stomach,” Dan said.
So now, Geneva, 65, is getting acquainted with her six-foot tall son, who is a Red Sox fan and works in a casino.
She learned that all through school, he played every sport the school offered – soccer, golf and baseball.
She has also become acquainted with the family her son is building. Dan and his wife, Stacy, are rearing her two children – a son, 10, and a daughter, 11, in addition to little Jak.
Although the older children didn’t come on the Texas trip, they were part of the trip to Maine, and have met some of the people Geneva grew up with.
“It feels great having him as my son. He’s my son,” she said proudly.
And Dan can’t stop smiling.
“We’ve been waiting a long time to meet her. It’s just awesome to have found my mother. I feel lucky to have two loving mothers,” he said.

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