Sep

11

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 11, 2014

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler St. Jude Catholic Church parishioner Cynthia Snyder speaks to Rotary Club members about The Gabriel Project, an organization that helps mothers and babies in need.

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler
St. Jude Catholic Church parishioner Cynthia Snyder speaks to Rotary Club members about The Gabriel Project, an organization that helps mothers and babies in need.

St. Jude Catholic Church to host International Food Festival Sept 12-13

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake members heard about all the many activities that will take place at the St. Jude Catholic Church Rummage Sale and International Food Festival Friday-Saturday, Sept. 12-13.
“The purpose of the event is to raise money for the church’s Blessed Mother Teresa Outreach (BMTO) and The Gabriel Project and to promote fellowship,” Festival Chairperson Vickie Weaver said.
“We are all wearing matching T-shirts and the 40 community businesses that supported the event have their names printed on the back. A merchant bag with business cards, pens and notepads, will be given out to visitors at the gate,” Weaver said.
The rummage sale is both days and the food festival is Saturday, Sept. 13.
“This is going to be a huge event,” Weaver said.
Saturday’s festival will feature bounce houses, Clydesdale horse rides, a variety of vendors, live music, chuckwagon cooking, cakewalk, tractor-pulled train ride and much more.
The grand prize giveaway is four tickets to a Dallas Cowboys game.
BMTO helps needy Cedar Creek Lake citizens pay utility bills or gas for transportation to and from doctor appointments.
“Sometimes the monetary funds drop near zero,” Weaver said. “We appreciate the support and know we live in a great community that helps its fellow man,” she added.
St. Jude parishioner Cynthia Snyder also spoke about The Gabriel Project program which provides help to women and babies in need.
“The Gabriel Project gives food, baby items, transportation and support,” Snyder said.
“The church acts as a safety net and assures mothers they we will provided for,” she added.
Gun Barrel City Manager Gerry Boren attended the meeting in support of St. Jude, the festival and its projects.
“At this year’s parade (in December), we will ask everyone to bring diapers for The Gabriel Project,” Boren said.
In other news, Rotarians heard:
• Make A Difference Day is set for Saturday, Oct. 25. Electronic recycling and paper shredding will be available at the Mabank Pavilion. However, volunteers are needed for loading and unloading.
• the Rotary Club will give away 600 dictionaries to Kemp, Mabank, Malakoff and Eustace students sometime early this week.
• The second annual Cedar Creek Lake Lawnmower Races in Gun Barrel City are set for Saturday, Oct 4. The event will also feature a brisket cook-off and local young talent.

Aug

14

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 14, 2014

Courtesy Photo Governor, a one-eyed brown tabby stub-tailed Manx kitten (left) and her sister, Hope, a dilute torti tailless (rumpy) Manx will be available for adoption from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Love Your Cat Adoption Center located at T-Bar-T Farm Supply at 2836 East U.S. Highway 175 just East of SH 34, in Kaufman.

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Governor, a one-eyed brown tabby stub-tailed Manx kitten (left) and her sister, Hope, a dilute torti tailless (rumpy) Manx.

Adopt a cat or dog at the “Empty the Shelter” event

Special to The Monitor
TOOL–The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake (HSCCL) is waiving adoption fees during its “Empty the Shelter” event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, sponsored by NBC5 in Dallas.
Regular adoption fees are $85 for cats and kittens, $90 for dogs and $100 for puppies.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake (HSCCL) is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization serving the animals and people of Kaufman and Henderson counties.
Their mission is to promote the humane treatment of animals through care, education and advocacy.
The humane society is more than 30 years old and provides shelter, food and care to more than 3,500 animals each year.
HSCCL is located at 10200 CR 2043 in Tool, 100 yards south of the intersection of SH 274 and Arnold Hills Road.
The intersection is south of Brookshires in Seven Points and north of McDade’s Nursery in Tool.
For more information or to volunteer, call (903) 432-3422.

Jul

27

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 27, 2014

Courtesy Photo Dallas veterinarian Dr. Glen Campbell, Friends of the Animals Spay and Neuter Clinic volunteers and staff gather in the operating room on a Tuesday surgery day.

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Dallas veterinarian Dr. Glen Campbell, Friends of the Animals Spay and Neuter Clinic volunteers and staff gather in the operating room on a Tuesday surgery day.


Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake open its doors 12 years ago to spay and neuter dogs and cats. More than 30,000 surgeries later, the clinic is still going strong.
Dallas veterinarian Dr. Glen Campbell comes to Gun Barrel City each Tuesday to perform the surgeries, and has been named one of the best vets in Dallas by D Magazine. He has been the veterinarian for the clinic since the day it opened.
Volunteers who have been with this clinic from the beginning and are still volunteering their time include Leslie Kelly, Cheryl Gee, Janice Hunt, Lou Wiley, Joy Simmons, Victoria Hamelin, Bill Storey and Toni Miles.
The affordable spay and neuter clinic is a non-profit charity and performs surgery one day a week by appointment only. The clinic is not a veterinary practice and is dependent on donations to stay open.
Prices for surgery range from $25 for a male cat to $65 for a giant breed female dog. The clinic also sells Activyl Plus for cats and dogs for flea control.
Spaying and neutering dogs and cats means fewer feral cats and dog packs roaming around and the community becomes better every day.
For those families for whom even this very low price of surgery is a strain, there are several grants to assist with the cost.
The Family Resource Center in Gun Barrel City (Monday-Friday), Christian Life Center Food Pantry in Gun Barrel City (Tuesday/Thursday) or Athens Food Pantry (Monday-Friday) can provide a voucher for this surgery to those who qualify. A co-pay is requested.
The earlier a cat or dog is spayed or neutered, the healthier it will be later in life and the quicker they will recover from surgery. The clinic will perform surgery on animals as young as three months or three pounds.
The clinic can also microchip pets for just $20. Microchipping includes inserting a tiny microchip into the scruff of the pet’s neck. If the pet ever ends up at a shelter, the staff will scan him or her, find the owner’s number and the pet is returned home. No appointment is necessary for this quick procedure but it is only done between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays. Only cash or check is accepted.
Flea season is here again and the clinic sells Activyl Plus. Don’t be fooled by products that are less expensive.
To make a surgery appointment or for volunteer information, call (903) 887-7387.