Posted by : June 22, 2014| On :
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.
Posted by : June 5, 2014| On :
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.
Posted by : May 22, 2014| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (CCLACC) members heard from guest speaker Texas Parks and Wildlife Assistant State Park Director Kevin Good that Texas’ 95 state parks receive eight million visitors a year.
“Parks are dependent on the entry fees to operate them,” Good said.
Texas has 600,000 acres in state parks and the largest park is Big Bend Ranch.
Good said state parks have recreational value, preserve our natural resources, have cultural aspects, provide quality family time and make economic contributions to the state.
Park visitors bring funds to surrounding local communities by eating at restaurants, shopping and buying gasoline.
“Tourism at state parks provide 600,000 jobs in the state,” Good reported.
The state parks are in need of investment. More visitors bring more business but also additional operating costs.
“We are thankful for our volunteers. They provide more than 250,000 man hours,” Good said.
“One in four workers at a park is a volunteer.”
Good will be asking the upcoming legislative session for funds to maintain the parks and make capital improvements.
As the lunch sponsor, Purtis Creek State Park Director Mendy Davis, spoke about the need to replace the 25-year-old playground equipment at the park outside of Eustace.
“A new playground cost $100,000 and we’ve raised $4,000 so far,” Davis said, and encouraged chamber members to visit the park.
“We want children to visit the park early so they will be good stewards of our natural resources,” Davis explained.
Kid Fish was held May 10, and children received rods and reels courtesy of Trinity Valley Electric Co-op.
Davis reminded everyone, “we have water.”
The Mabank Fire Department was named as May’s Organization of the Month by Ambassador President Marty Mullins. They were selected for their assistance with the Chamber’s Car Show and Kiwanis Krawfish Boil May 3.
CCLACC President Jo Ann Hanstrom and Kiwanis representative Tate Cramm made donations to the Mabank Fire Department.