People, Places & Events



  Help ‘Blue Santa’ 2007
By Judge Monica Corker
Special to the Monitor

SEVEN POINTS–There is nothing that can compare to the wonder in the eyes of a child opening a present Christmas morning.
However, many area children spend Christmas just like any other day, wondering why “Santa” didn’t visit them – why other children received gifts and they didn’t – wondering if they did something wrong.
But with your help, we can make a difference to those children in our area who would otherwise not receive gifts on Christmas.
“Blue Santa” is in need of your help.
We need new unwrapped toys or donations of money to purchase toys, to help the children of our community who can’t help themselves.
We are working hard this year to make the second annual “Blue Santa” program a success.
“Blue Santa” is a program in which Seven Points city employees and other volunteers provide underprivileged children toys for the holidays.
The “Blue Santa” program finds families that are in need of help with making the holidays a happy occasion, and helping to make their wishes come true.
“Blue Santa” verifies the need before choosing the children who receive toys, so abuse of the program is nearly eliminated.
This effective program relies heavily on community participation, especially from the business community.
Partners in the “Blue Santa” program are vital to its success and the public is being asked to get involved and help the children of this community.
Please be an active “Blue Santa” partner.
Donate to their cause the one time a year when it would mean the most to our smallest residents, the children.

Native American Week proclaimed
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Native American Awareness Week began in 1976 and recognition was expanded by Congress and approved by President George Bush in August, 1990, designating the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month.
Mabank Mayor, Larry Teague signed a proclamation urging citizens to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities.
Betty Foster has a special interest in Native Americans.
Born and raised in Oklahoma, her ancestry is Native American. The history and culture of our great nation have been significantly influenced by American Indians and indigenous peoples and their customs and traditions.

Rootseekers hear history of photography
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Nell Walker was the speaker for the Rootseekers Genealogy Society meeting held at the Tri-County Library recently.
Walker’s topic was “Old Photographs.”
She has two sons, David and John and a lovely husband Robert.
She is registrar of the Sarah Maples Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, and belongs to Colonial Dames, Dallas County Pioneers and Rootseekers.
The year 1839 is recognized as the beginning of photography.
While many people were working on various techniques for nearly 30 years prior, the first commercially viable method was announced and published in Paris that year.
Announcements appeared Jan. 7, 1839, in the local newspapers heralding the dawn of nothing less than a miracle.
This process was called Daguerrotype by Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre, a commercial artist and theater producer.
He worked for 10 years to develop a method to capture images to a canvas by mere exposure to the desired scene.
While similar research was being conducted by others in France and England, his method was the first that became commercially viable.
It probably didn’t hurt that Daguerre was a promoter also.
While realizing that maintaining financial control of the process would be nearly impossible once it was published, he persuaded the French government to grant him a pension for life in recognition of this breakthrough he was giving to the world.
The Daguerrotype photograph remained the dominate means of photography until the late 1850s.
By this time, less expensive, easier to produce Ambrotypes became popular. Virtually all serious Daguerreotype photography ceased by the mid 1860s.
The Ambrotype was patented in 1854 by James Ambrose Cutting that produced a very attractive image on glass.
It was made by coating a piece of glass with silver solution and exposing this to the image.
The image is on the back of the glass and is sandwiched with another glass behind it.
The back glass is coated with a black substance. Care must be taken to not scratch the back, dark surface, as you will scratch away the photograph.
Because the photograph is glass and very fragile, all Ambrotype pictures were mounted in a frame, usually brass, and then placed in a protective case.
Tintype appeared about 1856 and is usually more difficult to date. The tintype spanned a longer time-frame than other photographic techniques, and it was not easy to write on the surface.
Unless it was placed in a case, or a carte de visite sleeve, there was no supporting evidence of its origin. The tintype is also known as ferrotype.
It was made of iron and no tin is used. It was introduced by Adolphe Alexandre Martin in 1853 and became instantly popular in the United States and Great Britain.
The Carte de Visite the first pocket photographs appeared in 1859. A Carte de Visite is a piece of thick board with a photograph mounted on it. They were much cheaper to buy than images from earlier processes of photography. They were also less delicate requiring no velvet lined cases, which made them ideal for mailing to friends in far away places.
The Cabinet Card appeared in 1863 in London by Windsor and Bridge and 1866 in America.
It is a photographic print mounted on card stock. The cabinet card received its name from its suitability for display in parlors, especially in cabinets and was a popular medium for family portraits.


Lake Area Halloween Highlights

Monitor Photos/Kerry Yancey
Thirteen-month-old Emma Carpenter drops a color-flashing toy as she walks through the Mabank Pavilion during the annual Halloween festival. Emma’s parents are Jennifer Dooley of Mabank and Sidney Carpenter of Vicksburg, Miss. Relatively warm weather brought more than 2,000 children and parents to the Pavilion, stretching the normal two-hour festival to more than three hours.


Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Fairy princess Gabriella Vazquez, 2, of Kemp, pauses to look back at the crowd in the Mabank Pavilion before getting into the car with her parents, Janalea and Stanley Vazquez.











Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Little skunk Pearson West, 15 months, carries his pumpkin across the Pavilion during the annual Halloween festivities Wednesday. Pearson is the son of Mitch and Stacy West of the Cedar Creek Country Club area.








Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
One-year-old TayTay Taylor, dressed in a “Shrek” costume, holds on to mom Tabalisha Oliver’s fingers as they walk through the Mabank Pavilion Halloween carnival Wednesday.







Monitor Photos/Kerry Yancey
Fourteen-month-old Andrew Harrell greets “Sassy,” held by The Witch (Karen Kelso) at the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake’s Interact Club booth at the annual Halloween carnival in the Mabank Pavilion Wednesday. Andrew’s parents are Marie and Michael Harrell of Mabank.




Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

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 need to be fixed. I am a good boy looking for my new forever home.

My name is Ben. I am a beautiful male Yellow Lab mix. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control so I have no history. So far I am a very friendly boy and I seem to walk okay on a leash. I am current on my shots. I am a good kid looking for my new forever home.

My name is MeMe. I am a beautiful female Heeler. I was dropped off at the Shelter with no history except for the five pups that were with me. I am a beautiful girl with lots of love. I also smile when I see you. I am a very good girl in need of a loving new forever home.

My name is Tanner. I am a beautiful male Chocolate Lab. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control so I have no history. I am a beautiful playful boy with a good personality. I am looking for my new forever 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.

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