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MABANK–Rootseekers Genealogical Society heard Ruth Shelton of Crowley speak on “Seeking your Roots” May 19, at the Tri-County Library.
Shelton reminded members that seeking your roots takes time and you must be patient.
It’s a must, if you hit that brick wall, to step back and give it a rest for some time and then go back, and put some effort into it, just don’t give up.
Shelton spends a few hours researching records each Monday at the Latter Day Saints Library near her residence.
She also provides assistance to members of the Rootseekers Genealogical Society in Mabank, when needed.
Her favorite websites are www.FindAGrave.com and www.FamilySearch.org.
Shelton first became involved in genealogy in 1957 when she traced her McLendon ancestors.
Then in 2001, she received a call from a distant cousin living in Indianapolis. At that time, she learned her grandmother, whom she thought had three sisters, actually had 13 siblings.
Shelton was determined to find out what had happened to the other siblings and her research lead her to Quitman, Miss.
Shelton has one son who lives in Benbrook, two grandsons and three great-grandchildren.
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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.
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Motion lab, mind control activities, T-rex races and more
By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake members heard Perot Museum of Nature and Science Director of Corporate Giving Christina Cavalier speak about the many displays and activities at the museum May 2.
“The Perot Museum is 85,000 square feet and contains 11 exhibition halls and one traveling hall,” Cavalier said.
“Our paleontologist found two new species of dinosaurs in Alaska. The museum now displays a 35-foot Malawisaurus fossil,” Cavalier added.
In addition to a never-seen before dinosaur, the five-floor museum features a 3-D theater, a dino dig for children 5 and under and a sports hall with a motion lab allowing visitors to race a T-rex against professional athletes.
Also of interest is the Dynamic Earth Hall that has an earthquake shake table, Being Human Hall and Energy Hall.
“I could get lost in the Energy Hall. I learn something new every time I go in there,” Cavalier said.
Perot Museum also features a mind control simulator where visitors can move Ping Pong balls with their brain waves and have an opportunity to control a robot.
Adults Only programs are available as well, giving grown-ups a themed night out on the town. Adult programs feature a cash bar, innovative experiments and dynamic performances.
The fun doesn’t stop there. The Perot Museum also offers workshops for Brownies and Girl Scouts and homeschools, as well as sleepovers, summer camps and a Night at the Museum.
The Perot Museum is the result of merging the Science Place, Dallas Children’s Museum and the Dallas Museum of Natural History together.
The museum has a great view of the downtown Dallas skyline and is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Memberships are available.
For more information, go to www.perotmuseum.-org.
In other news, Rotarians:
• awarded Mabank Independent School District Education Foundation $2,000, accepted by board member Deborah Brendel.
Brendel said MISD has a diverse community of more than 3,600 students with 2,600 receiving free lunches.
“Through this grant we can provide programs to help students be successful in the workplace, breaking the cycle of poverty,” Brendel said.
• Kemp ISD Education Foundation was also awarded a $2,000 grant, accepted by Melinda Polk.
Polk said the grant will be used for innovative teaching methods.
• the golf tournament April 25 raised more than $13,000.
• heard Rotary Club member Lou Talbot received $25 for perfect attendance.
• heard Mike Moore and Ronnie Davis win two free tickets to the Perot Museum.
• heard District 5830 is up by 14 members since 2013, seven of which are from the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake.