Health Fair set at FUMC Mabank
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Texas Cooperative Extension, Home Instead Senior
Care, and Cardiorespiratory Home Systems are proud to sponsor the 2007
Tri-County Community Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept.
8, at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank.
What better way to kick off your fall than with a health fair?
Start this season off right by pampering yourself with free health
screenings at the 2007 Tri-County Community Health Fair.
Have your questions answered by an assortment of medical professionals
as well as community health volunteers.
Some of the free screenings include blood pressure checks, pulse
oximetry, cholesterol and PSA checks, hearing exams, ear canal exams,
hearing aid cleaning, spinal alignment tests, massage therapy, and
Participate in a blood drive or have a mammogram in the mobile
To schedule your mammography, call (903) 603-4980.
For families with children, representatives from the Children’s Health
Insurance Program (CHIP) will be available to sign children up for
There also will be immunizations, which are important for this
sometimes-hectic back-to-school time!
In general, health fairs are a great way for people to find motivation
to make healthy lifestyle changes, receive free health screenings in
order to prevent illness and disease or manage the complications of an
In addition to the many health vendors and businesses, there will be
lots of door prizes and snacks for people to enjoy. Not to mention on
There’s really no reason not to join in if you’re in town Saturday,
Sept. 8, at the First United Methodist Church of Mabank for the 2007
Tri-County Health Fair.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Extension
Office at (903) 675-6130.
Annual community blood drive
Rachel Francis of Trinidad bravely allows Georgia Cooper (right) of the
Carter Blood Center prepare her to make a blood donation. Every pint of
blood helps three ways, Cooper said.
Carter Blood Center’s Araceli Villarrel takes the temperature of Phil
Logsdon of Fairfield before clearing him to donate blood Saturday during
the car show in Seven Points.
Tackle shop has lots of lures,
but even more allure
By Larry D. Hodge
Special to The Monitor
GREENVILLE–It’s easy to drive right by Sabine Tackle
Supply on U.S. Highway 69 between Greenville and Lone Oak and not notice
The sign on the front of the small white building blew off in a recent
windstorm, and the string of Christmas lights around the outline of a
minnow shines no more.
Only a sign on the south side of the building tells you you’ve found it.
Once you enter, there’s no doubt you are in a major-league bait and
Rods by 40 different makers stand at attention just inside the entrance.
Display racks and cases bulge with hooks, bobbers, sinkers and lures.
Aerators hum in the minnow room on the left, and on the right a reel
repair person hunches over a workbench, immersed in the innards of a
But before you notice all that, three other features catch your eye.
One is the wood floor stretching out among the organized clutter of
fish-catching devices, giving the tackle shop the feel of an old-time
general store, which in a way it is.
Adding to the homey feel is Shelby, the store’s yellow Labrador
retriever, who greets customers with a cold nose and wagging tail.
Most arresting is the diminutive woman behind the counter, leaning over
a copy of a recent fishing magazine with a customer twice her height,
telling him what’s biting and where and how to catch it.
He’s paying attention, and for good reason.
Betty Evans has spent 46 years in the tackle business, the last 23 at
this location, but her connection to fishing goes much farther back.
On the wall behind the cash register is a 1938 picture of a young girl
and a man holding two large yellow catfish with the Lake Bridgeport Dam
in the background – Evans and her grandfather, Van Harris, a commercial
Evans is a living link between the Texas of yesteryear, when the state
had few lakes and few people and most anglers fished for food, and the
Texas of today, a state with hundreds of reservoirs and tens of millions
of people and anglers who fish mainly for the thrill of catching a fish
and releasing it rather than eating it.
“As a child I spent my summers with my grandfather,” she says. “I went
with him every morning and helped him bait the hooks.
“He always thought that cattle and fish traveled the same way, had their
trails. I had to keep the boat between the big red barn on this side and
the big oak tree on the other.
“I also helped him cook the bait in my grandmother’s washpot. It looked
like big dumplings and was flavored with sweet oil of anise and
“We would catch a lot of fish. Rough fish like drum, buffalo and carp. I
remember coming in almost to my knees in fish in the bottom of his
little boat, and sometimes we would have to unload and deliver and then
go back,” Evans said.
Evans has operated a wholesale tackle business since 1978, and that
accounts in part for the sheer volume of merchandise on display.
Or maybe she just likes fishing stuff. Whatever the reason, this store
that looks so small from the outside appears much bigger on the inside.
“This is pretty much the only place you can find what you need unless
you want to go clear to Bass Pro Shops,” customer Shawn Pickering said.
Browsing the shelves turns up some items that are, frankly, a bit dusty.
“You have to buy for business whether you are going to have it or not,”
“You are at risk at times. Terminal tackle – hooks, lines, sinkers – is
the least at-risk purchase. It will be sold. Lures and plastic baits are
the hardest to stay ahead of, since they are always changing. I have a
lot of items in here that are old enough to vote,” she said.
The merchandise for sale changes regularly, but the building where it’s
housed does not.
“I went to my banker one time and told him I was thinking about
improving my building – which is an old service station – or even
building a new one,” Evans recalls.
“I asked what he thought about that, and he said, ‘I wouldn’t fix what’s
not broken. Your building has character. It has an old wood floor and is
laid out like an old country store. If you really want my opinion, I
wouldn’t change it much.’”
Evans took his advice, putting on a new roof and adding a room on either
side of the original.
And she never forgot who made it possible. “Every time a customer came
in and said, ‘Look what you did,’ I said no, we did it, with your
When Evans says we, she includes her four children and eight
grandchildren. “All of them have worked here at some time,” she says.
“It was a joy to be able to help them with a part-time job while they
were in school. Three of my grandsons still spend a lot of time in
One is Matt Prince, now a railroad conductor, who still helps with reel
repair from time to time, relieving Evans of that duty.
Evans passes on her fishing heritage and knowledge to customers as well
as family. “You meet a lot of people today who don’t know how to tie a
hook on the line,” Evans says.
“The 1940s babies’ parents didn’t have as much time to teach them
things. You’d be surprised how appreciative they are to be shown. But
unless they ask my advice, I normally don’t offer it. I don’t try to
sell people bait. I give them what they ask for unless they ask me for
“We don’t force anything on anybody,” Prince says. “That’s one of the
things our customers like.” You’re much more likely to get a cold nose
from Shelby than a hard sell from Evans or clerk John Adair.
“We carry everything from low-end to the best you can buy,” Evans points
out. “In my little country store I can put together a $500 rod and reel
in just a minute, or I can sell you a $15 rig.”
Evans says she has never had any trouble being a woman in a
traditionally male line of business.
“At first I was really concerned about it. I didn’t know if I would be
accepted,” she says. “But customers just kind of put their arms around
me. I found if you have what they want, they don’t care what you are.”
Watching Evans wait on customers, including sending some to a competitor
for minnows because her delivery has not arrived, makes me realize
people do care what Betty Evans is: the genuine article.
She speaks their language, shares their passion. “I love to fish,
especially for crappie, because I love to eat crappie,” she says. “I
love to catch catfish or crappie or anything in the water. It’s very
therapeutic and relaxing.”
Evans finds kindred souls in all walks of life. “I don’t have a lot of
money, but I have a lot of tackle,” she smiles. “Sometimes I turn tackle
into money. I paid for my teeth and my orthopedic shoes with tackle,
because both those doctors are fishermen.
There’s no way I can tell you who or how many, but through the years
there have been lots of electricians, plumbers and yard workers who’ve
said, ‘Look, I’ll take a rod and reel instead of money.’”
A bait and tackle shop with atmosphere, a great selection of
merchandise, fair prices, a store dog with a cold nose and a
knowledgeable staff is sometimes hard to find, and one wishes Sabine
Tackle Supply could last another few decades.
It won’t. Evans has no plans to retire, but none of her children or
grandchildren have the desire to take over the business. “They all have
their own careers,” she says proudly and without a trace of regret.
Time will not erase Sabine Tackle Supply, but a planned widening of U.S.
69 will. “The new road will run right through the middle of the front
room,” Evans says.
There’s no bitterness in her voice. After all, she still has a lot of
fishing to do, and anyone with a wholesale tackle business has plenty of
gear, none of it old enough to vote.
History comes alive in Ghost
Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–A memorable way for children and adults to learn about the
history of Kaufman is to attend the upcoming Ghost Walk and Archeology
Fair set for Saturday, Sept. 29.
The event is sponsored by The Kaufman County Historical Commission and
surrounding counties in observance of Texas Archeology Awareness Month
An opening ceremony at 9 a.m. begins the day of living history
reenactments, exhibits, site tours, hands on demonstrations, live period
music and a lot more.
Members of the public are invited to bring their own artifacts to share,
identify or evaluate (by Archeology Division Stewards).
Cost is $3 per adult, $2 for children between the ages of 4 and 14 and
free for under 4 years of age.
As night falls, the “Ghosts of Kaufman County’s Past” will be presented
in a tour of small groups escorted on a predetermined walk.
The tour is estimated to take approximately an hour to complete.
As no electronic sound equipment is used, the audience is asked to tour
in absolute silence. For that reason, no children under the age of 12
will be admitted. Tour tickets are $10 each.
For information and tour schedules call (469) 376-4121.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Asia. I am a very
sweet Catahoula mix. I was brought to the Shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I am very friendly, walk on a
leash, fixed and have received my shots. I am a very beautiful
girl looking for my new forever home.
My name is Shelly. I am a
beautiful little Collie mix? I was brought to the Shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. So far I am a sweet baby.
I am full of energy and just plays with other pups. I am a
wonderful kid looking for my new forever home.
My name is Shark. I am a
beautiful female Lab mix. I was brought to the Shelter by my
owners who were not able to keep me. I am a good girl, I get
along well with others, even other females and I adore people. I
am a wonderful kid looking for my wonderful new home.
My name is Alley. I am a
beautiful female DSH black with white cat. I was abandoned on
one of the shelter worker’s porch in a box with my litter of
kittens. All of my kittens have been adopted. I am now fixed
with all of my shots. I am a very sweet and lovable girl looking
for a home.
Pictured are just a few
animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220
County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at