Jul

14

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 14, 2017

CEDAR CREEK LAKE- Outdoor enthusiasts typically cannot wait to get outside and make the most of a beautiful day. But in their haste to enjoy the great outdoors, men and women can easily overlook safety precautions that protect them from potential hazards.
Though it’s easy to get excited about a sunny day, it’s important for outdoor enthusiasts to take safety seriously. No matter your activity, always bring adequate sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun, and remember to bring enough water to stay hydrated throughout the day.
In addition to packing sunscreen and water, outdoor enthusiasts can employ various additional safety methods depending on which activity they choose to enjoy.
Cycling
Cyclists must always be on alert for those with whom they are sharing the road. While many motorists respect cyclists, there are some who see cyclists as a nuisance, and such motorists may drive recklessly around cyclists in an attempt to scare them off the road. Cyclists are oftentimes at the mercy of motorists, so it pays to stay as attentive as possible.
Never listen to an MP3 player or another music player while riding a bike. Such a distraction could prove deadly if it takes your attention away from the road. Alertness is important when cycling, as are the following precautionary measures:
The first tip is to always wear a helmet and reflective clothing that makes it easy for motorists to see you. Next, obey the traffic laws. Third, always ride with traffic. Finally, inspect your bicycle and address any mechanical issues before each ride.
Hiking
When the weather permits, few activities combine the benefits of physical activity with the aesthetic appeal of nature as well as hiking does. Hikers should never hike on poorly developed trails or trails that are too difficult for them to handle, and they should have at least a basic understanding of the symptoms of altitude sickness. Always share your route with friends or family members before embarking on a hiking trip. This protects you if you should get lost or injured and you need a rescue team to find you. Hikers should also pack the following supplies before hitting the trails: a compass, flashlight and extra batteries, a whistle and signal mirror, map of the park that includes the trails you plan to hike, waterproof matches, first aid kit and a blanket
Inline skating and skateboarding
Inline skating and skateboarding are popular activities for adults and children alike. But even though you may associate such activities with your childhood, that does not mean the risk of injury is insignificant. In fact, even seasoned skateboarders and veteran inline skaters have suffered broken bones or head injuries while skateboarding or skating. Proper attire is essential for skaters and skateboarders hoping to prevent injury, so be sure to wear the following gear the next time you hit the half-pipe or go skating by the boardwalk: a helmet, knee pads, wrist guards and elbow pads
Water sports
Water attracts the sun, so it’s imperative that anyone planning to spend ample time on or around the water take steps to protect their skin. Wear appropriate clothing and apply sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor of 15.
Never take to the water after you have consumed alcohol. Alcohol can dull your senses, making you less likely to recognize a dangerous situation should one present itself.
If you plan on entering the water, always enter feet first and do your best to avoid swimming alone. When you employ the buddy system while swimming, you are ensuring there is someone there to help you should you begin to struggle or to alert lifeguards or other safety personnel should something go awry.
If you to plan to fish on a boat, let your loved ones staying behind on land know where you plan to fish so they can share this information with authorities if your boat has problems or you don’t return on time. While on the boat, always wear a flotation device and make sure the boat is not running as you board and dismount.
The great outdoors can be enjoyed throughout the year. But outdoor enthusiasts will have a much better time if they take the necessary steps to reduce their risk of injury.

Jul

14

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 14, 2017

By Denise York
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–One can’t help but notice all the building going on in Mabank. From the completely renovated Magnolia Crossing to Market St. and the new Dickie’s Barbecue Pit going up at the corner of SH 198 and Mason St., the signs of progress long-awaited are everywhere.
Mabank Mayor Jeff Norman is excited. “We, the city and the EDC, have worked long and hard to bring in new business. We have been aggressive with incentives and now we are seeing the fruit of our labors. It is a great time for Mabank,” he said.
Guy New is the new owner of the Dickie’s Barbecue Pit soon to grace one of the busiest intersections of the city, the corner of Mason St. and S.H 198 (Third St.). New tells The Monitor “I was driving through and passed the beautiful high school and drove through Mabank, thinking ‘what a great place for a new Dickie’s.’”
New, who owns the Dickie’s Barbecue Pit in Rowlett, is in his seventh year of operations there and has great ideas for the new location, including being a member of the community and having a presence in all the local events. “We have big plans for our Grand Opening including a fundraiser for the local tornado victims and “Vince Vance and the Valiants” will be performing. We’re going to do it up big.”
New plans to open the restaurant by the end of August but has already been active in the area, catering for several private events as well as supporting the Western Week in June. He plans to be at the Uncle Fletch Davis Hamburger Festival in Athens. “We cook and you take the credit” is our motto. We have delicious barbecue at affordable prices and we will be a big part of the community.”
Magnolia Crossing, located near the intersection of Highways 175 and 198, is one of Mabank’s newest business centers. Magnolia Crossing is a complete renovation and modernization of the old Panther Plaza. The Crossing will be home to East Texas Orthodontics, Glam Bar Salon, Lawndale Dental Lab, and Magnolia Dental.
Glam Bar Salon is a new styling salon founded by local stylist Denise Zavala. Several well known Mabank stylists, who have a combined total of more than 30 years’ experience, will also join Ms. Zavala in providing styling for the Mabank area. Glam Bar Salon’s new facility in Magnolia Crossing is nearing completion and will be opening soon.
Both Magnolia Dental and East Texas Orthodontics are excited to begin serving the Mabank area. Magnolia Dental is owned and operated by Dr. Gerard Macy, an East Texas native and a 2005 graduate of Baylor Dental College in Dallas. Since 2005 Dr. Macy has been a partner in another East Texas dental practice and has now opened Magnolia Dental to realize his dream of a community-focused dental practice that can provide complete dental care for all family members, including very young children, teenagers, parents, grandparents, and all area residents.
In addition to Dr. Macy, the Magnolia Dental team includes five certified and highly trained professionals, including Dr. Macy’s wife, who is a Mabank High School graduate. The Magnolia Dental team boasts a combined total of more than 50 years of dental experience. In addition to family dentistry, Magnolia Dental offers veneers, TMJ care, guided implant surgery, sedation dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. State-of-the-art dental technology used by Magnolia Dental includes 3-D imaging and ‘immediate,’ on-site production of crowns. Visit www.magnolia.dental.
East Texas Orthodontics is owned and operated by Dr. Matt Brown, a 2010 graduate of Baylor College of Dentistry and the only board-certified orthodontist in Mabank. Dr. Brown and his team at East Texas Orthodontics work with both children and adults to customize orthodontic treatment to fit individual needs, goals, and lifestyle. East Texas Orthodontics offers the latest in discrete esthetic braces solutions, the flexibility of Invisalign treatment, or the time-tested benefits of traditional braces. New offices for East Texas Orthodontics are nearing completion and will be opening soon. Visit www.easttexasorthodontics.com.
Lawndale Dental Lab, founded by Mr. Thomas Garza, C.D.T. and Dr. Macy, will offer the highest level of denture services to all dental offices in East Texas. The lab will offer same-day service in relines, repairs, and other denture services. Facilities for Lawndale Dental Lab are nearly completed, and the lab will be fully operational very soon.
New on Market St. is Twisted Sisters Wines and Finds in a new building they share with Mamie Ruth Mercantile. Both business offer unique items and a wonderful relaxed shopping experience, with Twisted Sisters offering a wine bar as a gathering place to unwind and even listen to live music. They offer outdoor seating as well as meat and cheese snack trays. Mamie Ruth Mercantile offers enticing items in every corner and adds another great place to shop on Market St.
Mabank Business Suites on Eubank St. offers office space as well as a conference room fully equipped with high-speed internet and audio visual presentation set-up. They rent by the hour or day and offer a convenient, centrally located facility.
Two Mexican restaurants join the lineup of new eateries in Mabank. Taqueria Guadalupana, located adjacent to the Valero on SH 198 (formerly Milano’s Pizzeria) and Jalisco’s Mexican Grill on Market St. offer opportunities for lunch and dinner and are expected to open by the end of summer.
Plans are underway for a new Jack-In-The-Box on the north end of town and work is still ongoing for the Mabank drive in across from Solar Turbines on FM 90.

Jul

12

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 12, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–The Cedar Creek Poker Run kicks off at the Boondocks on July 15 in Seven Points.
Pre-registration begins on July 14 and runs from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Rates are $25 per poker hand. Don’t forget to pick up the 2017 Poker Run t-shirt as well. The Boondocks are located at 2101 E. Cedar Creek Pkwy, Seven Points. To contact, please call (903) 432-2010.
Registration on the day of the Poker Run begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 12 p.m. You can come meet around 200 or 300 people at the event. You may also purchase poker hands as well as merchandise, raffle tickets and renew or buy a membership.
The Poker Run stops will happen from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., followed by a party at Tom Finley Park in Seven Points. The Bad Monkeys will be playing from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Also during this time the poker hands will open, and the silent auction will begin. Raffle tickets will also be sold for the Booze Barrel, followed by the live auction at 7 p.m.
After the live auction, Poker Run winners will be announced. The winners of the raffle will also be drawn, as well as the announcement of the best dressed crew winners.