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Make a Difference Day set for Oct. 25
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Did you know that the “greenest” thing you can do with your old garments is to make sure they get reused?
Give them to a local charity, a thrift store or clothes closet or take them to a consignment shop.
Several organizations and churches participating in Make a Difference Day will find good homes for the clothing. Some are Family Resource Center, Angel’s Closet and others.
One Man’s Treasure, sponsored by St. James on the Lake Church, collects men’s clothing to outfit men for job interviews. Call Robert Jenkins at (903) 880-0189.
Bring your used athletic shoes and children’s shoes to your local school, or to the Make a Difference Day drop-off at the Mabank Arena, Saturday, Oct. 25, to support a program that provides shoes to children around the world.
Donated shoes will be given to the Shoe Bank, located in Rockwall. Please tie pairs of shoes together to make sorting easier.
Other activities scheduled for Make a Difference Day include:
• home repair items that need attention by Labor of Love
• food drives sponsored by Enchanted Oaks Ladies Club, Eustace ISD, Mabank ISD, Dance Connection (dance-athon and food drive) and Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club, and
• visitation and outreach for local nursing homes and shut-ins, sponsored by Lighted Pathways Health Services, Angel’s Care Home Health and Hospice Golden Years.
The Mabank Cedar Creek Lions Club will collect used eyeglasses, and Mabank Band Booster Club will sponsor a used electronics collection at the arena Saturday, Oct. 25.
Additionally, the Environmental Co-op will have dumpsters located at the Mabank Arena for residents to drop-off bulky waste items.
Contact Jan Wood at (903) 880-6539 to determine how you or your organization can get involved in Make a Difference Day.

Kemp Festival set Oct. 25
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–The Kemp Business and Civic Association (KBCA) will present the Kemp Fall Festival beginning at noon Saturday, Oct. 25.
Local vendors, food booths, games, contests, live music, performances, a street dance and outdoor theater are among the lineup of festivities planned.
A parade starts at 1 p.m. and the street dance will go from 5 to 9 p.m.
The festival centers on the Kemp City Park at 9th and Main streets.
Parade floats and units, along with equestrian entrants, will form up at 12:30 p.m. at the Kemp High School parking lot. All other parade entries meet in the Kemp Cafetorium parking lot.
Parade participants are welcome to pass out flers, candy, stickers and other family-friendly promotional items.
The parade route follows Main Street to 8th Street by the nursing home and back again to the starting point.
The association is expecting more than 1,000 residents to converge on downtown Kemp to enjoy the festivities.
Admission to the festival and parade route is free. Parade entries are asked to contribute donations of canned and paper goods to help support local food banks.
Those wanting to participate in the pumpkin coloring and carving contests are asked to fill out an application, available at the Clemmo Feed Store, located across from the post office.
Booth space is available for a $10 donation to the KBCA.
Those wishing to reserve booth spaces or to enter the parade may contact Diana Clemmo at (903) 498-5055, or visit the website

Rotarians hear computer security expert
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–The words may be familiar – firewall, digital asset, privacy compliance – but the concept is hard to understand for the average person.
But not so with Eric Gore, who has been in computer security for 30 years.
“I was formerly with Fidelis Security Systems in Washington, D.C.,” Gore told members of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake at Friday’s luncheon.
Gore is now the managing partner with Gore Focus, Ltd. The contracts handled by the company include security services for the military.
On most computer systems, the “firewall” protects anyone from entering the computer and planting a virus.
However, with the military and other government offices, it is a two-fold job, Gore said.
“We reversed the ‘firewall’ conception, making sure the ‘good stuff’ doesn’t leak out to the bad guys,” he explained.
As an example of information the military would not want to leak out, the Army Corps of Engineers has information on camps in Iraq, air photos of American bases and other sensitive material.
“IT (information technology) was in the news a year or so back when the Chinese broke into the Pentagon’s system,” he said.
Now there is a project underway to prevent China and others from breaking in (or “hacking”) and obtaining information, Gore added.
Sometimes it’s someone who works in a strategic position who sends things out.
“A Department of Defense employee changed the name on some information and sent out a spreadsheet containing names of more than 18,000 military personnel,” Gore said.
A fairly new project is a new branch of the Air Force, the Air Force Cyber Command at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, which is working to help protect cyber information, Gore explained.
In the question-and-answer period, Rotarian Robert Blaase asked if we (U.S. military) couldn’t reverse some of the hacking.
“We are taking a more offensive stance,” Gore replied.
Rotarian Mike More wanted to know if the security technology will be expanded to businesses.
Gore explained that it is being expanded to all types of the private sector, including banks, health care institutions and investment companies.
In other business, Rotarians heard:
• plans for Make a Difference Day are well underway.
Trash containers will be positioned at the Mabank Rodeo Arena from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.
There will not be a residence check, and tires (four per household) and other items will be accepted.

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

My name is Nelson. I am a beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever home.

My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my new home.

We are a whole litter of Shepherd mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so we have no history. We have been started on our first set of shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.

I am a beautiful Border Collie, who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful kid looking for a 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


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