Jun

29

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 29, 2014

Monitor Photo/Robyn Wheeler The Mabank Depot will display several trade collector association show ribbons won by Barker, a gift shop with  whistles, train hats and model trains, unique railroad artifacts and more. The Mabank Depot is located at 222 W. Mason next door to the Dairy Queen. Admission is free for children 12 and under.

Monitor Photo/Robyn Wheeler
The Mabank Depot will display several trade collector association show ribbons won by Barker, a gift shop with whistles, train hats and model trains, unique railroad artifacts and more. The Mabank Depot is located at 222 W. Mason next door to the Dairy Queen. Admission is free for children 12 and under.


Depot will feature train sets, gift shop and unique railroad artifacts

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–Cedar Creek Lake Rotary Club members were treated to a mini-train display by Mabank electric train expert Roger Barker at the June 20 meeting at the Cedar Creek Country Club.
“I became interested in model trains in 1993 and when I put them under the Christmas tree for my grandchildren and the hobby grew from there, Barker said.
“I had to move all the trains out of house in 1999,” he added.
Barker has embarked on a new project in conjunction with the Mabank Economic Development Corporation (EDC) in the creation of the Mabank Depot, which Barker hopes will be open for visitors around Labor Day.
The EDC owns the real estate and Barker will open the building as a toy train orphanage and a tribute to the town’s railroad past.
The depot will be open four days a week and will be home to a large collection of trains and unique railroad artifacts such as a 1903 color schematic of the Westinghouse brake system, a 1936 yellow prewar American Flyer train set and a 1926 railroad lantern.
The Mabank Depot will also carry several trade collector association show ribbons won by Barker, and a gift shop with whistles, train hats and model trains.
“The museum will house about 100 train sets.”
“One wall which is eight feet high and 32 feet long will be fully shelved every five and a half inches,” Barker said.
The new facility will also include an HO layout for train collectors to run their trains.
“Train enthusiasts won’t have to take up space in their house to run their trains,” Barker said.
Barker does not plan on doing any restoration, but he does some repair work at cost.
The Mabank Depot will charge a small fee for visitors but admission is free for children under 12.
Barker said his favorite models are the Burlington Zephyr and a copper mercury set from 1936.
The first train set was made somewhere around 1880 and the oldest set Barker has owned was from 1913.
“I’m 71 and this is another career for me.”
“The depot will be a real nice attraction, and train fans will go out of their way to see it,” Barker said.
The Mabank Depot will also carry maps of old train routes, and two surveys of Mabank, one of which was not used.
“The First State Bank would not be where it is today if they had built the second plan had been used,” Barker said.
The Mabank Depot is located at 222 W. Mason next door to the Dairy Queen.
In other news, Rotarians heard:
• HELP Center executive Director Leslie Sanders was installed as a new member.
• Rotary member and former Cedar Isle Restaurant owner Lou Talbot is the new Cedar Creek Country Club General Manager.
• No meetings will be held Friday, June 27 and July 4.
• the next Celebrity Waiter meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at Hector’s Restaurant in Gun Barrel City.
Sponsors and auction items are needed.

Jun

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 22, 2014

Courtesy Photo Myrtle Cemetery Board members (from left) Bobby Montgomery and Rex Carter, Texas Cemetery Restoration, LLC graphic illustrator and craftsman Daniel Kieninger and Myrtle Cemetery borad member James Patak pose for a photo after the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association meeting.

Courtesy Photo
Myrtle Cemetery Board members (from left) Bobby Montgomery and Rex Carter, Texas Cemetery Restoration, LLC graphic illustrator and craftsman Daniel Kieninger and Myrtle Cemetery borad member James Patak pose for a photo after the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association meeting.


Special to The Monitor
ENNIS–The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Chapter 1191, held their June monthly meeting in Ennis.
Texas Cemetery Restoration graphic illustator and craftsman Daniel Kieninger spoke about the mission of Texas Cemetery Restoration and how it began by owner James “Rusty” Brenner.
The Texas Cemetery Restoration company mission is to offer exceptional conservation, preservation and restoration services to individuals and cemetery associations for their cemetery and monument restoration projects.
It includes cemetery assessments, leveling, cleaning, and repair of damaged or broken monuments.
Almost all of the work is done on-site at the cemetery, rarely are monuments removed from the cemetery for preservation. This is to ensure the monuments are not exposed to any more risk from handling and transporting than is necessary.
The architectural designers generate a cemetery map in AutoCad, drawing existing grave locations, tombstones, structures, roads, trees, other cemetery features, and finally new burial locations.
They assign grave reference locations on the map for reference to the corresponding database, and also create an expandable database that is referenced to the global positioning system (GPS) cemetery map.
The database can be generated into several user friendly programs for easy grave identification information for cemetery record personnel.
Texas Cemetery Restoration has more than 15 years experience in monument conservation.
Brenner began the monument preservation business while working as a teenager with his father at his monument company in Crockett.
He fell in love visiting old cemeteries, photographing old tombstones and learning about the history of the people who settled this land and made it home.
When Brenner was about 19 years old, he felt someone needed to preserve the beautiful monuments that memorialized our ancestors and created Texas Cemetery Restoration. 
For more information on cemetery preservation, call Daniel Kieninger or Rusty Brenner at (214) 686-0014.
For NARFE membership information, call (903) 874-3092.

Jun

05

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 5, 2014

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–Belguim foreign exchange student Antoine Dumont spoke to the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake members at their May 30 meeting at the Cedar Creek Country Club.

“This experience has been so much fun. I had a great time. Everyone was very welcoming and nice,” Dumont said.

Dumont lived with two families and was a part of two Rotary Clubs during his visit.
“I ate a hamburger for the first time. It was very hot and made me cry. And your Texas weather is very hot,” Dumont said.

Belguim, he explained, does not use spices in their food.

Dumont had plenty of other ‘firsts’ including going to a prom, tasting Mexican food, fishing, playing golf, painting at Stop-n-Gogh and experiencing a haunted house.

“I told my parents about the haunted house and they said “Americans are crazy,’” Dumont said.
While here, he also went to a Texas Rangers baseball game and a Dallas Stars’ hockey game, went camping and traveled to Corpus Christi to go to the beach.

Dumont said his favorite American things are fishing, the beaches and hot girls.

Dumont will travel to New Orleans for a few weeks before heading home.

After returning to Belguim, Dumont will attend college, majoring in civil or aerospace engineering.
“Antoine has learned the term ‘redneck,’ as well as the Pledge of Allegiance. He really immersed himself in our culture,” host parent Chris Russell said.

“Families do not have to be perfect to host a student. They just have to provide three meals a day, transportation and be willing to show them a good time,” host parent Andrea Groom said.
Dumont showed a slideshow of his experiences and Rotary members were given several minutes after his speech to say their goodbyes.

In other news, Rotarians heard:
• the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake was awarded the Bill Campbell Award for the second time for the most outstanding performing club at the District 5830 Conference May 16-17. The club received the award in 1997-98.

The club also received the Presidential Citation Award with distinction for growing stronger and creating positive change in the community.

They were also given the Rotary Central Recognition Award for setting and achieving membership goals as well as service and foundation giving.

Recently, the club gave more than $27,000 to local organizations such as Labor of Love, the Mabank, Malakoff and Kemp Education Foundations, several local food pantries and The Library at Cedar Creek Lake and the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank.

• Celebrity Waiters are needed for the Rotary Club’s Aug. 9 Celebrity Waiter fundraiser.
Tickets are $75 per person and includes dinner, and a live and silent auction. The 2014 theme is “Under the Big Top.”

• the club will not meet June 27 and July 4.