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WCCMUD implements drought water level plan
Special to The Monitor
TOOL–Effective immediately, WCCMUD will implement the drought contingency plan, severe drought level.
The Cedar Creek Lake level is so low that pumps cannot pump the daily water demand.
All outside use of water by any customer is expressly prohibited and will continue until further notice.
Beginning with the December reading, a water rationing surcharge will apply to all residential customers.
Customers will be charged $10 per thousand gallons in excess of 10,000 gallons per month in addition to normal usage charges.
Example:
Customer using 12,000 gallons per month.
Normal water billing would be $53.75.
With surcharge implemented will be $73.75.
(Surcharge only applies to water usage).
If customers have any questions regarding implementation of this Drought Contingency Plan, contact the WCCMUD office, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (903) 432-3704.
ORDER
All outside use of water by any customer is expressly prohibited and will continue until further notice.
Penalties to be incurred for violation of this order:
• Any person found to be violating this order shall be served by the District with notice stating the nature of the violation. The offender shall immediately and permanently cease all violations.
• If the violation has not ceased within 24 hours of the notice given above, the person violating this order shall be fined in the amount of $100 for each violation. Each day of violation shall be deemed a separate offense.
• Any person violating this order for m ore than 48 hours after notice has been given above, shall have their water service disconnected by the District.
• Violators shall be liable for prosecution by the District under any and all applicable statutes of the State of Texas, both civil and criminal.
• Any person violating this order shall become liable to the District for any expense, loss or damage occasioned the district by reason of such violation.
Exemption from rationing surcharge.
Customers wishing to claim exemption from the rationing surcharge must make application at the District office. Determination of exemption will be made by the general manager after the District has inspected the customer’s claim.

Pet Talk
Holiday do’s and don’ts
By Joan B. Guertin
Special to Monitor

The savory scent of turkey, dressing and all the fixin’s wafting through the house signals the holiday season is once again upon us.
The humans in the household will be primed for all the goodies that will tempt the palate. Our pets just perk up because their instincts are to sample anything that smells good. And, as much as we would love to share the goodies, owners beware – holiday fare can prove deadly to family pets.
As the owners of a pack of Pembroke Welsh Corgis, I have long been conscious of my responsibility to monitor the food that passes through their mouth. After all, it is a fact, recognized by most Corgi owners, that to a Corgi’s mind, every meal could be its last. Unfortunately, veterinarians are generally accustomed to seeing dreadfully overweight members of the breed.
In my household, the rule is that I watch their intake, both quality and quantity. How I wish that they were as willing to monitor what I chose to put into my mouth and swallow!
No one needs to tell me how guilty one can be made to feel by a look and a shift of the eyebrows. Then, they add the sweep of the tongue over the lips. Just one little taste, they beseech. Just one little taste, we concur, telling ourselves that just a wee bit can’t possibly hurt.
Maybe it will, and maybe it won’t. My advice is to err on the side of caution!
There are some definite no-no’s, however.
The majority of fixin’s really aren’t healthy for animals. Much of it is too rich, too full of preservatives and additives, to do the pet any good.
Many animals can’t easily digest the skin that we want to feed them. To some, excess fat can lead to major health problems. The cooked turkey carcass is full of bones depleted of natural moisture.
Those bones will splinter readily, and can pierce vital organs such as the stomach and intestines, or even catch in the throat.
The raisins found in some sweet potato recipes or stuffing have been shown to be toxic to many animals. They certainly don’t need the rich potatoes and gravy.
But, we do want to treat our four-legged friends to some of the festive holiday fare. Consider some of the following:
• save the giblets, uncooked, and add to Rover’s regular food as a treat.
• cut up some fresh fruit – an apple, orange or banana – and mix with the dog food
• drain the fluid off of the vegetables and mix with the dog food
• boil the neck and giblets in water, or low-salt bouillon, and add to regular food.
While the family dines on holiday fare, give the dogs a special raw bone as a treat.
The family cat might enjoy part of a can of mackerel.
After the meal, instead of hitting the sofa for a nap, gather the kids, family and pets and enjoy a brisk walk and work off some of those calories.
You will all feel better, and ultimately won’t feel so guilty about any overindulgence. And, of course, it will leave some room for that dessert humans will enjoy later in the day.

Dallas Chamber Orchestra to perform
Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–Plans are well underway to bring the Dallas Chamber Orchestra (DCO) to Cedar Creek Lake.
The Endowment Fund of the Library at Cedar Creek Lake is organizing a two-concert series, Feb. 3 and March 24, 2007.
The orchestra is under the direction of violinist Ronald Neal, who has served as director/concertmaster of the Dallas Chamber Orchestra for 26 seasons.
In 1977, he created the DCO and under his direction the DCO has gained recognition as a “tightly knit, well disciplined ensemble with enormous spirit and enthusiasm.” Dallas Morning News.
Tickets are available by calling the Library at (903) 432-4185.
Seats for each performance may be purchased for $50, or $55 at the door.
There will also be a reception following each performance in the Library’s Community Room.
Main Place Cinema in Seven Points has donated a theatre to host the Concerts.
An original watercolor painting has also been provided by Dallas artist J. Roye Meyer, and will be the prize in a drawing at the second concert.
The painting is on display at the Library, and tickets will be available in the coming weeks.
The Endowment Fund is a 501(c)3 organization, created separately from the Library, to support the Library at Cedar Creek Lake.
Donations and charitable annuity gifts to the Endowment Fund will generate a growing and steady interest income stream to aid the Library in meeting the annual operating budget so that programs and services at the Library may continue.
There are numerous opportunities to underwrite the concert series and are possible by contacting Karen Kennedy, board president of the Endowment Fund at (903) 432-4185.