‘adopts’ raccoon family group
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Raccoons are smart. They know how to steal food
from humans, and don’t mind doing some damage while they’re at it.
John Wilson reported raccoons in his Mabank neighborhood (the 500 block
of S. First Street) were tearing shingles off his roof and continually
getting in the family’s garbage cans to scrounge a meal.
“After the third time (having to fix the roof), I decided it was time to
declare war,” Wilson said.
Thinking there was a single raccoon involved, Wilson reported he tried
to trap the ’coon.
Raccoons don’t have natural burglar masks for nothing – Wilson said the
varmints continually stole the bait without getting caught in the trap.
“We decided to put a deer feeder on our back property to try to keep him
away from the house,” Wilson reported in an e-mail to The Monitor.
“What we didn’t expect was the large number of raccoons that showed up
to eat,” Wilson added. “We have had as many as 12 to 15 at one time.”
One of the raccoons showing up regularly is an albino, which the family
named Snowball, Wilson said.
Young ones, old ones and a couple of huge ones (40 to 50 pounds) are
routine visitors, Wilson said.
“We now feed them every night – corn, cat food and table scraps,” he
said. “They seem to be happy, and haven’t bothered our roof or trash
cans in a while.”
Wilson said the family put up four floodlights to illuminate the feeder,
and often sit in the dining room at night to watch the raccoons chow
“We have the west-side ’coons and the east-side ’coons,” Wilson said.
“Sometimes, they arrive at the same time, and have a stand-off for the
The family (John, wife Nancy, and the youngest of four boys, a junior at
Mabank High School) now take pictures of the raccoons feeding, which
doesn’t seem to bother them.
“The one we call ‘Freckles’ is the camera clown,” he said.
model railroad show set
Special to The Monitor
FORT WORTH–The Lockheed Martin Model Railroad Activity (LMRA) railroad
clubs 25th annual model train show will be held Saturday-Sunday, Oct.
The train show will turn gyms 1, 2 and 3 of the LMRA Sports Fitness
Center, located at 3400 Bryant Irvin Road, southwest Fort Worth, into a
hub of model railroading fun.
Admission is $6 per person with children under 10 admitted free. It is
an ideal event for children.
There will be 180 dealer tables as well as several local area modular
The local clubs will be the Heartland RR from Dallas, the Trinity N-Trak
Club of Fort Worth and the Tex-N Modular from Dallas.
In addition, the award winning modular club from Shreveport, La. the
ArkLaTex Modular RR Club will be attending the show.
This club makes many appearances during the year at train shows,
hospitals and malls throughout East Texas and Louisiana. It will have a
display the right height for small children to see.
Children will delight in seeing the Thomas the Tank miniature trains
running on the modules.
There will also be a new Thomas the Tank play area for children this
year, where they will be able to build layouts and run battery powered
Thomas the Tank engines and watch Thomas videos.
A special attraction this year will be a gathering of Circus Model
Builders, Inc. and the Carnival Historical & Model Builders Society.
These two organizations will be displaying circus trains, miniature
circuses and carnivals and other types of circus memorabilia.
Members represent the states of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, New
Mexico and Texas.
In addition to the traveling modular clubs, the fabulous LMRA club’s
permanent layout will be open both days of the show.
You will want to visit the club room located in the clubhouse building
and see all the changes that have been made to the layout since last
The city of St. Charles has been completely rebuilt.
The Mountain States refinery has been improved with a lot of detail.
In addition, the Red Mesa Mountain area is just about finished. Signals
and many new details have been added to other areas.
Come to the show and see the many changes that have been made since last
While at the show, visit one of the many dealers. They will have many
railroad items to sell, such as trains, videos, prints, memorabilia and
In conjunction with the model train show, the LMRA is sponsoring Pottery
in the Park in the picnic area.
On display will be items made by the stained glass, rock hounds,
ceramics, pottery and camera clubs.
Stop at the Pottery in the Park as you are going to the railroad show.
Also, visit the Holiday Jingle Arts and Craft show being held in the
LMRA clubhouse Trinity Ballroom. (There is an additional fee to attend
the arts and craft show.)
Bring the whole family and spend the day at LMRA.
For more information on the Model Railroad Show, contact Bob Bray at
(817) 713-6887 or LMRA at (817) 732-7731.
vaccination clinic set for Saturday, Oct. 20
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–Friends of the Animals will hold a
low-cost vaccination clinic for pets of area residents, 2-4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20.
It will be held at the Friends’ clinic in the southeast corner of State
Highways 198 and 334 in Gun Barrel City in the red brick office strip
behind the Chevron station. No appointment is necessary.
Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers.
A rabies shot will cost $10. The annual vaccination for dogs or cats to
protect from five different diseases will cost $15. The feline leukemia
test and vaccination will be available as well.
Although these low-cost vaccinations are usually only available to its
spay/neuter clients, this vaccination clinic will be open to everyone.
The clinic will also offer microchipping for cats or dogs. A tiny chip
is inserted into the scruff of the pet, which can be read by a scanner
available at shelters everywhere. Your lost pet comes home. Cost for
this is $20, which includes the permanent national registration.
Also available for sale will be Frontline Plus, the monthly flea and
Frontline Plus costs $26 for a 3-month supply for a cat and ranges from
$28 to $31 for a 3-month supply for dogs.
These products are actually available to anyone year ‘round at the
Friends’ clinic on Tuesdays.
There is a rabies epidemic in Texas – and anyone who has had a dog with
parvo or distemper knows the suffering that animal goes through – and
that it is very contagious to other dogs.
Friends of the Animals Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic has been open since
July 2002 and has neutered more than 12,000 animals in that time, saving
and preventing literally millions of little lives. Surgery is done by
Prices for surgery range from $25 for a male cat to $65 for a giant
breed female dog.
If you would like to volunteer, have questions, or make an appointment,
call (903) 887-PETS.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Chris. I am a male
Retriever mix pup. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I am a very sweet young man with
lots of energy. I have been given my first shots. I am a sweet
kid looking for my new forever home.
My name is Hazer. I am a
beautiful male Lab mix. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I am now current on all of my
shots, but I still need to be fixed. I am a good boy looking for
my new forever home.
My name is Jax. I am a beautiful
male Pomeranian mix. I was brought to the shelter by someone who
found me. I am a good little guy in need of a wonderful new
start on life.
My name is Missy. I am a
beautiful female Dachshund mix. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I am now current on all of
my shots. I am a sweet girl looking for my new 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