Sep

23

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 23, 2013

Courtesy Photo The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake members were treated to a cheery Fall-themed buffet at the Sept. 10 meeting.  Pictured are (from left) hostesses Gloria Wood, Donna Shields, Betty Corkan, Carla Jones, Pat Janow and chairperson Judy Crews.

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The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake members were treated to a cheery Fall-themed buffet at the Sept. 10 meeting. Pictured are (from left) hostesses Gloria Wood, Donna Shields, Betty Corkan, Carla Jones, Pat Janow and chairperson Judy Crews.

Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake met at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points Sept. 10.
Refreshments were served by hostesses chairperson Judy Crews, and members Gloria Wood, Donna Shields, Betty Corkan, Carla Jones and Pat Janow. The morning brunch was laid out buffet-style with a cheery Fall theme.
The program was delivered by Nella Phillips with a review of “My Lucky Life” by Dick Van Dyke. Phillips has spoken many times in the lake area and is a well-known orator with various clubs throughout the state. The Literary Club members were invited to sing along with Phillips in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins tunes. The book reveals many interesting facts about Dick Van Dyke, such as how he was chosen by Walt Disney to play a lead role in Mary Poppins. His highly regarded family man reputation cinched him the role of a lifetime.
The Bridge Tournament benefiting The Library at Cedar Creek Lake is set for Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church on Will White Road and Old Indian Trail, just off SH 274, in Tool.
There will be three divisions in the tournament: Rubber Division, Sanctioned Duplicate Division and Newcomers Division (new to bridge).
A hot lunch is included in the $20 fee and many prizes will be available.
The upcoming Oct. 10, program will feature former police officer Catherine Torrez speaking on safety and prevention tips from her book “Tragedy to Triumph.”
Guests are welcome.
For more information about membership or the bridge tournament, call Lucy Smith at (903) 432-2399 or Ruth Pimm at (903) 778-4752.

Sep

18

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 18, 2013

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell Tarrant Regional Water District Cedar Creek Reservoir manager Buckley Butler dispels rumors and misinformation about the Cedar Creek Reservoir at a meeting of the Henderson County Board of Realtors, when it met for its quarterly meeting at Hector's Restaurant in Gun Barrel City Sept. 11.

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Tarrant Regional Water District Cedar Creek Reservoir manager Buckley Butler dispels rumors and misinformation about the Cedar Creek Reservoir at a meeting of the Henderson County Board of Realtors, when it met for its quarterly meeting at Hector’s Restaurant in Gun Barrel City Sept. 11.

Cedar Creek Reservoir manager speaks to Realtors, HCBOR elects new officers

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–The Henderson County Board of Realtors named its new slate of officers for its new year.
The quarterly meeting tallied ballot results retaining current president Angie Tuley, vice president Brad Rummel, treasurer Robert McAtee Jr, secretary Marsha Bourne and director Gary McClaskey, who introduced the keynote speaker of its Wednesday luncheon at Hector’s Mexican Restaurant with much levity.
“We want to know who has pulled the plug on the lake,” McClaskey asked as he introduced answer-man Cedar Creek Reservoir manager Buckley Butler to a full room and attempted to sell tomatoes to audience members.
Butler said he has heard everything during his 30-year tenure. He reassured Realtors that he was raised in the area and graduated from Mabank High School and so was very well acquainted with every rumor known to man about the lake’s decreasing level.
One of the oddest rumors was from a man who wanted to be reassured that if the lake went down beyond a certain point that it would refill again, as he had heard that it wouldn’t.
“Let me put it this way,” Butler said. “It was empty when it was dug out, you can’t get much lower than that.”
He told how during two days in May, 1990, the rain events were so heavy that he had to let out 3½ times the volume of the reservoir over a two-day time span.
The only thing certain about this reservoir is that the lake level is constantly in flux, he said. Currently, the reservoir is about 6½ feet below normal pool level of 322.
On Sept. 10, Tarrant Regional Water District pumped 107 million gallons from the reservoir to supply its customers, mostly communities in the Fort Worth area. Its sister lake, Richland-Chambers (down 9.5 feet) is supplying 222 mg/d, he said.
The two reservoirs are part of a group of TRWD lakes that includes Eagle Mountain (down 6 feet) and Bridgeport (down 19.5 feet.) When these lakes’ capacities combined drop below 75 percent, the Drought Contingency Plan is initiated in stages.
It is now in Stage 3, calling for mandatory conservation measures and designated landscape watering to no more than twice weekly.
Butler said, he recently sent out 8,500 letters to lake front properties at Cedar Creek Reservoir to remind them of the mandated watering schedule, and reported how angry some people can become when told when they can and cannot water their lawns. He hopes the “Lawn Whisperer” media campaign will help residents embrace the importance of conserving.
“The less water used by everyone, the less will need to be pumped out of the lake,” he said. “Conservation really does make a difference.” He added that water used in fracking, makes up only 3 percent of the total water supply used.

Sep

18

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 18, 2013

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell Dolly Holland (center) and Gladys Forrester (just behind her on other table) are both celebrating their 100th birthdays with friends in a joint birthday party set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Senior Center at the Ballpark in Mabank. Plans call for a live band, tree dedication and of course, a colossal birthday cake.

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Dolly Holland (center) and Gladys Forrester (just behind her on other table) are both celebrating their 100th birthdays with friends in a joint birthday party set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Senior Center at the Ballpark in Mabank. Plans call for a live band, tree dedication and of course, a colossal birthday cake.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Cedar Creek Domino Club, along with the Senior Center at the Ballpark, is hosting a Birthday Bash for two special members passing the century mark.
Club president Patsy Black and center director Lisa Smith have planned a special birthday cake for Gladys Forrester and Dolly Holland. The festivities are set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. A special luncheon and tree-planting ceremony are part of the celebration that will include presentations of certificates from the White House and governor’s office.
It is hoped that many of the area’s seniors will join them at the center and check out all the activities and camaraderie there is to be had at 405 West Walnut St. Calls are received at (903) 887-0067. The center is open five days a week and offers a nutritious low-cost lunch.
Both women are avid domino players, full of vim and vigor. Forrester marked her centennial Aug. 9 and Holland’s 100th birthday comes Oct. 4.
They agree that playing dominoes is a highlight of their week and helps them keep their wits sharp and their social skills polished.
The domino club is actively seeking new members to join the fun at the senior center every Wednesday. Tournament play begins right after lunch, at around 11:30 a.m. Prior to lunch, players warm up in friendly competition starting at 9 a.m., picking up tips from one another.
Unique to the “42” tournament as the club hosts it is the changing of partners after each game. This virtually eliminates the problems with “cheating” that many other tournaments have. In addition, the club has found that it could relax some of the rules adopted from the Halletsville Texas Tournament, considered by many the largest and most prestigious tournament worldwide. This practic has produced a friendlier atmosphere, which has resulted in a growing membership over the years.
Begun in 1998 as a nonprofit with just 12 members, the club first met at the fire station in Mabank and was able to collect dues and donate more than $15,000 to support the firefighters.
The move to the Senior Center in 2011 proved to be a good one, as the roomier space can accommodate more tables. Today the club averages five to six foursomes.
Over the years, the club has sponsored several tournaments around the lake and annual holiday luncheons. However, the straight domino players faded away, and the current players just want to play “42.”
Club vice president Lanny Roberts says if a few straight domino players wished to join they would be welcome to resume their favorite game.
Those unfamiliar with the game of 42, might be interested to know that it is most likely that it was invented by some young card-playing Baptists, who eventually gave up the corrupting influence of cards and replaced it with the game of 42, which they invented.
The name refers to the maximum points that can be scored in a given game, while it follows rules similar to such card games as canasta, spades and bridge. It is also considered by proud Texans to be the state’s most cherished and one of the oldest family table games, dating back to 1887.