Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 19, 2014

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell New shelter director Colleen Tapia shows a basket of goodies donated to the shelter Saturday by the Terrell Animal Alliance during the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake's open house.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
New shelter director Colleen Tapia shows a basket of goodies donated to the shelter Saturday by the Terrell Animal Alliance during the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake’s open house.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

TOOL–The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake held an open house Saturday to acquaint the community with its facilities, volunteers, board members and new shelter executive director Colleen Tapia June 14.
Tapia will focus on reuniting lost pets with their owners, increase pet adoptions and the transporting of animals to rescue groups.
She also wants to increase the number of active volunteers at the shelter by speaking to community groups on the many ways area residents can help.
“I’m eager to meet with the many strong groups in this area,” Tapia said.
Toward those ends a number of monthly get togethers and networking opportunities are set for the lunch hour, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points on Wednesdays, June 18, July 16 and Aug. 20.
Volunteer orientations are held from time to time. All are also welcome to attend board meetings, which are held at 6 p.m. the fourth Tuesday, check the website or call (903) 432-3422 for the location. It changes monthly.
A special benefit event Rollin’ Round Quarter Auction is set for Sunday, July 20 at the Optimist Community Room, 410 John Thomas in Seven Points from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
If you missed the open house held at the animal shelter Saturday, check out the shelter’s website at www.hsccl.org. Select the Adoptable Pets tab to meet the residents at the shelter, awaiting selection as a companion.
Volunteer Kristi Robeson adds new photos to the Facebook page regularly. When you Like or Share posts, it increases the likelihood of shelter dogs and cats being adopted.
Fostering opportunities also abound. Send an email to info@hsccl.org.
The shelter also keeps an active wish list for useful items at www.tinyurl.com/HSCCLwish. Or use www.adoptashelter.com, prior to making any online purchase; to share the benefits with the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake.
The shelter also welcomes the donation of the following items used daily: bleach, (He) laundry soap, paper towels, toilet paper, antibacterial dish soap, heavy duty 40-gallon, 3-ply trash bags and 13-gallon kitchen bags, canned dog food (lamb or chicken & rice), dry cat food, kitty litter, kitten and puppy milk supplement.
Replacement items include shop and fiber brooms, squeegee heads, commercial mop heads, long-handled scrub brushes, towels, dust pans, especially commercial grade stand-up dust pans; color and black ink cartridges for HP 564.
Other needed items from time to time are cat houses and trees, Kuranda dog beds, stainless steel dog and cat bowls, washer and dryer, utility van for animal transport.
Schools, businesses or groups may sponsor a supply drive; for information contact the shelter at info@hsccl.org.
The organization is qualified with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charity, so all donations are tax deductible.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 9, 2014

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell

All American Pumbing scored the “Biggest Fan Club” who helped dress the All-Americans.
Many more photos from this event can be found in the Sunday, June 8, 2014 issue of The Monitor.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 1, 2014

Special to The Monitor
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.