Posted by : July 17, 2014| On :
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–The Gun Barrel City Masonic Youth Rainbow Girls attended the state conference in Waco, June 26-29.
The Gun Barrel City Assembly was recognized for being an Exemplary Vanguard Assembly for having no loss in membership, participating in Box Tops and Labels for Education, supporting the Scottish Rite Hospital as the State Charity Project and contributing many hours of service.
Several members were regognized for years of service including:
• Carrie Currey, six years
• Tara Trimmins, four years, and
• Michelle Sanderford, three years.
Currey and Shelby McGallian earned proficiency certificates and Samantha Ramos competed in the Ritualistic Competition.
Currey was appointed as Grand Representative to Montana/Nebraska.
The girls participated at sessions as pages and guards, and sang in the choir. They were treated to an evening at the Hawaiian Falls Water Park in Waco.
The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is a service-oriented, leadership organization for girls between the ages of 11 and 20.
Rainbow Girls participate in a wide array of activities, including leadership training, service projects, competitions and annual retreats.
Their younger group, the Pledges, have activities for girls ages seven to 10.
For more information, call Donna Dean at (903) 345-2001 or Tonya Currey (903) 275-3524.
The Gun Barrel City Rainbow Girls and Pledges are sponsored by the Cedar Creek Lake Masonic Lodge and the Gun Barrel City Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star on Legendary Lane in Gun Barrel City.
Posted by : July 3, 2014| On :
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club (CCARC) Saturday, July 12 meeting at the Mabank Cafe will feature former Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Enforcer Riley Hollingsworth as its guest speaker via Skype.
Breakfast buffet begins at 8 a.m. and the meeting begins 9 a.m.
Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, held the title of Special Counsel for the Spectrum Enforcement Division of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau until his retirement in 2008.
A popular speaker at ham radio conventions nationwide, Hollingsworth visited with the CCARC last winter via Skype videoconferencing. He was such a hit with members that he will be back to tell more “war stories” about his career as chief enforcer for the FCC.
All ham operators and anyone interested in amateur radio are invited to attend.
About the Club
Formed in 1981, the CCARC has more than 40 members from throughout the tri-county area.
It maintains a VHF repeater system providing hand-held radio coverage to hams throughout the lake area.
CCARC participates in the National Weather Service SKYWARN program and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service.
The club provides classes to those who wish to join the ranks of amateur radio.
For more information, go to www.k5ccl.org.
Posted by : June 29, 2014| On :
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.