Mar

01

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 1, 2015

Courtesy Photo Pinnacle Women’s Club member Sandy Molander (from left) presents donations to Family Peach Project representative Kathey Floyd, Faith in Action Outreach Teri Caswell and Disciples Clinic of Athens Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gary Williamson at the PWC January meeting. Also pictured (right) is PWC member Marlene Ungarean.

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Pinnacle Women’s Club member Sandy Molander (from left) presents donations to Family Peach Project representative Kathey Floyd, Faith in Action Outreach Teri Caswell and Disciples Clinic of Athens Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gary Williamson at the PWC January meeting. Also pictured (right) is PWC member Marlene Ungarean.


Special to The Monitor
PINNACLE CLUB–The Cedar Creek Lake community supported this year’s Pinnacle Women’s Club Garage Sale which enabled them to give donations to many organizations with their philanthropic endeavors.
Organizations receiving donations at the January meeting included the Family Peace Project, Disciples Clinic of Athens and Faith In Action Outreach.
The Family Peace Project works with victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse in Henderson County.
The Disciples Clinic of Athens provides medical and dental care for uninsured low-income working residents of Henderson County.
Faith in Action Outreach provides food, clothing, medical prescriptions and counseling. They also provide food to more than 100 children through a weekend food program.
Faith in Action is located in Malakoff but also serves Eustace, Cross Roads and Trinidad areas.
Pinnacle Women’s Club member Marlene Ungarean expressed appreciation for their services.

Feb

12

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 12, 2015

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler Artist John Fannin, of Tool, shows a wide array of pottery at the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake meeting at the Cedar Creek Country Club Feb. 6.

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler
Artist John Fannin, of Tool, shows a wide array of pottery at the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake meeting at the Cedar Creek Country Club Feb. 6.

Tool man creates pottery with character

By Robyn Wheeler
Special to The Monitor
KEMP–Local potter John Fannin told Rotarians about his life’s work as an artist, how he is starting over in Tool and the sarcasm and humor found in his trademark face jugs at their weekly meeting at the Cedar Creek Country Club Feb. 6.
“My parents and grandparents came from Mabank and Log Cabin,” Fannin said. “And I worked many years with my brother on a tree farm in Dallas.”
Fannin moved to Colorado in 2004 to pursue an interest an art including metal sculpturing, painting and pottery.
“I wanted to know everything about art in all trades. I studied the American Folk period very heavily. It changed my life.”
After the passing of several family members, Fannin’s work slowed down and he was indecisive as to where to go and how to move on. With the help of his sister, he moved back to Texas about six months ago and has picked up where he left off.
“Many centuries ago, the potter’s trade was a necessity and local shops were located in town next to the hotel, barber shop, general store and post office.
Fannin opened a pottery shop in the Colorado mountains with an outdoor gallery allowing visitors to watch him work.
He also gave glazing and pottery lessons to anyone who wanted to learn the trade.
“I wanted to give back. I was blessed to have so many people who gave me that knowledge. I want to give back and continue to receive.” Fannin said.
“Starting over again is all about having faith in God, the people around you and yourself,” Fannin said.
Fannin creates bowls, pie plates, and other usual pottery but his niche is with face jugs.
“I just think they’re fun and they sell,” he said. “I try to add sarcasm and humor into every piece.”
Each of Fannin’s face jugs and art work are one-of-a-kind and usually sell for upward of $150.
Fannin says he enjoys encouraging people to do things they want to do and step out of their comfort zone.
“I hope to begin classes here in the lake area soon. I’m working on a location and various times which would accommadate residents the best,” Fannin said.
To view more of Fannin’s art work, go to www.jwfannin.com.
For more information, contact Fannin at (719) 293-1839 or jwfannin@-gmail.com.

Feb

08

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 8, 2015

Courtesy Photo  Kaufman County Master Gardeners’ Spring Seminar “Aquaponics: Growing Fish and Plants Together” is set for Feb. 28 at Grace Fellowship Church in Oak Grove.

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Kaufman County Master Gardeners’ Spring Seminar “Aquaponics: Growing Fish and Plants Together” is set for Feb. 28 at Grace Fellowship Church in Oak Grove.

Learn to grow fish and plants together

Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–Kaufman County Master Gardeners present their Spring Seminar “Aquaponics: Growing Fish and Plants Together” at 9 a.m. Saturday Feb. 28, at Grace Fellowship Church in Oak Grove.
Aquaponics is a soil-free, herbicide-free, pesticide-free method for producing naturally-grown, healthy, fresh vegetables and fish locally.
While aquaponics is not really new, it is enjoying a resurgence of interest. Both commercial growers and home gardeners are attracted to aquaponics because it requires less space, only 5 percent water and up to 70 percent less energy than conventional gardens.
In addition, yields are higher and growing time is shorter.
Bay City Texas AgriLife Extension Center Extension Fisheries Program Specialist Peter Woods will discuss the difference between aqua- and hydroponics, the basic concepts of aquaponics, suitable plants and fish, and examples of some commercial operations.
Green Phoenix Farms in Mansfield Adam Cohen will discuss aquaponic systems suitable for the backyard gardener.
Grace Fellowship Church is located at 7650 FM 1388 in Oak Grove.
For more information, contact Sharon Burden at (972) 932-9069 or sbburden@ag.tamu.edu.