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BNI (Business Network International) - Cedar Creek Professionals - meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Comfort Suites, located at U.S. Hwy. 175 and TX 198 in Mabank. For more information, call Larry Williams (903) 887-2847 or
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 info, 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 info, 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 info, 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 info, 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.
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.
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.
Trinity Valley Community College Band meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the TVCC band hall. Group is open to any community member who plays an instrument. Call (903) 675-6222 for info.
Trinity Valley Singles Support Group meets at 7 p.m. each Monday at Athens First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Lovers Lane. This is a support group for singles of all ages. For more info, call Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna Stinson (903) 675-7270.


Gun Barrel City Airpark planned
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–Even though the Gun Barrel City Airpark isn’t finished yet, it is well on its way.
When completed sometime next year, the Airpark will provide a place for pilots and their families to meet for social gatherings, barbecues and other events, Robert Blaase said.
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Galen Irwin (left) shows his 1962 Cessna 127 to fellow flying enthusiast Robert Blaase. The pair, along with several other pilots, purchased the old airstrip on Harbor Point Road in Gun Barrel City and are turning it into a first-class private facility. Upon completion sometime in 2011, the Airpark will be open for use.

In November, 2008, Blaase and Eric Gore presented their plans to the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake.
The pair outlined plans to enlarge and upgrade the facility, promising to put Gun Barrel City “on the map.”
The Airpark will ease the trip for those wishing to fly into the area, whether for business or pleasure, Gore explained.
“While the field is primarily a private strip, it will be available for those who make previous arrangements,” Gore said.
Blaase and five others have partnered in rebuilding the facility, located on Harbor Point Road in Gun Barrel City.
“I have had a hangar here for 14 years,” Blaase said.
The runway not only has been resurfaced, but has been extended from 2,700 feet to 3,000 feet, and widened by 12 feet, giving a full 46-foot width for landing.
“About 15 active pilots are using the runway so far, and four new pilots are expected soon,” Blaase confirmed.
The strip currently has 26 hangars and is fully insured, he added.
In October, Blaase and another partner, Galen Irwin, showed off the strip, adding there are plans to black-top it, then add white stripes, as well as fully fence the park.
The group also hopes to get its own fuel storage tank.
Even the lighting is almost complete, and other advantages are coming on board.
“We hope to become more active as more and more flyers hear about the airpark,” Irwin said.
“The completion of the airpark should add to the value of property close by,” both agreed.
Other plans include proposed educational options in conjunction with school officials.
“Hopefully, some of the kids will become interested in flying,” Blaase said.
Irwin’s 16-year-old son, Andrew, is already interested in learning to fly.
Irwin showed off his 1962 Cessna 172, explaining it would do 135 mph, and cruise at about 120 mph.
“The really neat advantage of flying is the plane will travel about 600 miles on a tank of gas (approximately 39 gallons),” he said.
The strip will accommodate small, single-engine planes, capable of carrying four to six passengers.
Improving the Airpark is the concept of a group of pilots, who heard the runway property was up for sale.
The group was concerned they might lose their ingress and egress rights, secured on their property deeds.
“Without that, our hangars would become very expensive storage buildings,” Blaase said.
Soon, the airstrip is getting its own call sign, which will tell pilots exactly where Gun Barrel City is located.
Only 55 miles southeast of Dallas, the area is known for fishing, boating water skiing and a growing community of retirees.
For those who would like to find out more about the airpark, they are invited to visit the new website:


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