People, Places & Events


USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 5-14 installs new officers
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–Dr. Bill Fackler was ceremonially installed as the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 5-14 commander, and David Tanner as the Flotilla vice commander during the Flotilla’s annual Change of Watch banquet Saturday.
“The major change in having Bill Fackler assume command,” two-year outgoing commander David Laing told the gathering at the Cedar Creek Country Club, “is that he will take Flotilla 5-14 to new levels of excellence.”
Fackler, a retired pediatrician, noted he had worked in the Auxiliary more than 29 years before being named commander.
“I’ve avoided it to the best of my ability,” he said, getting a big laugh.
Tanner noted the Auxiliary was continuing to face a major operational challenge, due to the record-low water level in Cedar Creek Lake.
In addition to the new commander and vice commander, new Flotilla staff members were also ceremonially sworn in by incoming USCG Auxiliary Division 5 Capt. Neal Pugsley and outgoing Division 5 Capt. Mike Coyne.
“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Anytime you have something happening in Division 5, look to 5-14, because they’ll do it right,” Coyne said.
“The leadership you’ve given to the Division is outstanding,” Pugsley told the group.
Laing and Coyne handed out numerous awards to Flotilla members for achievements during the past year.
A special Coast Guard Auxiliary award was presented to Charles and Betty Abbott in recognition of their outstanding efforts to save four people from a swamped boat on Cedar Creek Lake July 25, 2004.
New staff officers for 2007 include vessel examiner Dave Rist, secretary Helga Nicholas, communications John Steele, communication services Howard Nicholas, membership training John Griffin and finances Bruce Ruska.
Also, operations Charles Abbott, marine dealer visitation Royce Brimage, social chairman Betty Abbott, information services Rosemary Farmer, aids to navigation Sandy Janow, public affairs Linda Fernald, publications Jan Harding and public education Al Harding.

Low-cost pet vaccination offered
Special to The Monitor
CRANDALL–Kaufman County Animal Awareness Project will be offering a low-cost vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at their new facility located in Crandall.
Rabies vaccinations will be offered for $6 and complete vaccination packages will be available for $20.
Dog packages include DAV2PPv plus Cv plus rabies and Cat packages include FVRP-C plus rabies.
Additional vaccinations include Bordetella (Kennel Cough) $10, Lime $10, Feline Leukemia for $10.
“We have seen a huge increase in Parvo cases at the clinic this fall. The
warm weather has helped the virus survive into the winter months.
Please keep your pets vaccinated against this deadly disease.” KCAAP president Bonnie Hill said.
Microchips will be offered at $10 which includes lifetime registration in the national data base.
Additional services available are heartworm test, deworming, flea prevention
and Heartworm prevention. Every visitor will receive a free gift for their pet.
KCAAP is located at 1317 U.S. Highway 175, Suite 1100 in Crandall.
The building is located on the northwest side of U.S Highway 175, four building down from Farm-to-Market 148.
No appointment is necessary. Contact them at (972) 472-3500.

Van Zandt County toy run scheduled
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WILLS POINT–The Third Annual Butch Adkison Toy Run for Van Zandt County is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9.
Motorcyclists begin at Lester Field in Wills Point at noon and ride through Edgewood, Fruitvale, Grand Saline and Canton.
The ride ends at Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9171 on I-20 in Canton for the collection of toys and contributions.
There will be free chili, picture opportunities with “Harley Santa,” live music, door prizes, and onsite vendors.
U.S. Navy veteran and motorcycle enthusiast Butch Adkison began this toy run with the help of VFW Post 9171 and the Ladies Auxiliary in 2004 to bring toys and financial assistance to needy families in the county.
He was soon joined by more than 100 bikers who participated in the first run.
In the summer of 2005, Adkison had to have both of his legs amputated above the knees and was unable to ride his motorcycle any longer but was determined the toy run would go on.
He helped organize the second annual toy ride in December of 2005 and it raised more than $3,000 and 150 toys. Sadly, Adkison passed away just weeks later.
Organizers of this year’s event have dedicated the toy run to his memory.
Anyone wishing to contribute may bring an unwrapped toy or $10 donation to the Canton VFW or call the numbers below.
All toys and financial donations go to assist needy families in Van Zandt County, including the families of Soldiers in the Armed Forces.
For more information call Marvonne Land at (214) 676-7282 or Sam Sahami at (903) 288-6369.