Apr

13

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 13, 2014

Frances Henderson

Frances Henderson

Frances Marian Williams Henderson passed into a better world on April 4, 2014. She was 89.
Services were held Sunday, April 13, at Payne Springs United Methodist Church, with Rev. Scott Stewart officiating. Burial was in Payne Springs Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Mrs. Henderson was born August 19, 1924, in Hudson, Colorado, but spent most of her growing up years in Kansas and Missouri.
She was preceded in death by parents Francis Marion Williams and Maude Lena William –Lowe (nee Major); brothers Irving Henry Edwin Williams and Oscar Leroy Williams; nephews Edwin Lee Williams and Thomas Michael Williams; and her husband of 67 years, Marion Tressler Henderson.
She married Marion Henderson October 17, 1943, in Emporia, KS.
While her husband was serving in the European Theater, Mrs. Henderson worked as secretary for the Soil Conservation Service in Emporia. She also attended college at Emporia State Teachers College during this time.
A devout Christian, she was a Sunday School teacher from her youth, teaching pre-teens at Grace Methodist in Emporia, and upon moving with her husband to Texas, was a member of Highland Terrace United Methodist Church in San Antonio for 20 years.
While residing in Houston she attended St. Stephen’s UMC for 12 years, and St. Matthew’s UMC for another 11 before moving to Cedar Creek Lake, and joining the Payne Springs UMC congregation, where she was a stalwart member for 25 years.
Beyond mere church membership, Mrs. Henderson was a devoted student of the Bible, and was in the habit of daily prayer, meditation and biblical cross-referencing. She exuded Christian love to all she met.
A devoted wife and mother, her outgoing, ebullient spirit, natural optimism, and excellent culinary skills made her instantly loved by all who met her throughout her long life.
She is survivied by her children Marin J. “Jim” Henderson and wife Gail, Cedar Creek Lake area; George E. Henderson and wife Gayleen, Grand Junction, CO; Janice Mohr and husband Greg, Woodland Park, CO; David F. Henderson and wife Ednelza, Conroe; and Alan G. Henderson and fiancé Bernita Howard, Dallas; grandchildren Sara Knell, Cathrine Erbacher, Marianne Bayfield, Amy Kirch, Laura Haggerty, Rebekah Burnitt, Brian Mohr, Michael Mohr, Michelle Rendleman, Jeremiah Mohr, Jonathan Henderson, Angela Howard, and 26 great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her niece, Penny Williams, and nephew Marion Wayne Williams. She will be missed by all who knew her, and most especially her family.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Apr

10

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 10, 2014

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell Library volunteer Ann Morrow assists a group of girls gain some hands-on experience using the comptuers at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Library volunteer Ann Morrow assists a group of girls gain some hands-on experience using the comptuers at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake.


By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

SEVEN POINTS–The Library at Cedar Creek Lake staff and volunteers hosted 110 second grade students from Eustace Primary recently for an interactive tour of the many research and fun learning materials to be discovered at the library.
“We’ve been trying to reach out to the schools to make them aware of the resources available here,” library director Sondra Price said of the visit.
“We also want the Head Start parents in the area to know about the English as a Second Language program we have here, along with GED and literacy programs,” she added. “The library is a great community resource on so many levels.”
The second graders spent nearly two hours experiencing a variety of things the library offers, starting with a special program brought to them by Kaufman County Urban Forester Pam Corder.
She helped the students to realize just how important trees are to our lives, so they won’t be taken for granted or mistreated.
Students got to express some of the facts they learned about trees in a craft project following Corder’s presentation.
The library offers just such educational and entertaining programs weekly throughout the summer to peak curiosity on a variety of subjects, which can all be explored in more depth through its informational resources on the shelves and online.
Small groups of students were lead on mini scavenger hunts for particular book titles, videos and audio books, while other students explored the online resources.
These include:
•eBooks, downloadable to tablets using your library card number.
• the Learning Express Library, which offers homework helps.
• A to Z maps, Global Road Warrior, and A to Z USA, which can be accessed with the user name – sevenpoints and password – library.
• TexShare Databases, include resources from any library in the state, and finally
• the library’s own database at www.cedarcreeklibrary.com.
“We do have a lot of databases and get homework help with eBooks for kids for their tablets. If they can’t get to the library and if they have their library card they can still check out books through the library,” Price noted.
“We hope to start these students as library users so they’ll want to visit often, especially during our summer reading programs,” Price said. “Much thought and effort are put into bringing educational programs to the area’s young people. We want them to be able to take full advantage of these opportunities.”
The library has 12 Internet computers and some laptop computers used in the various educational programs it offers to independent learners. The library also provides free WiFi access for those with tablets, smart phones and laptop computers.
Volunteer opportunities also abound for adults and teens.
“Teens who are working to graduate as Distinguished Scholars, need a certain number of volunteer hours. The library is a great place to volunteer,” Price said.
Currently, DECA club teens are operating The Greater Good tutoring program. There are also many other opportunities for teens who want to volunteer here, she added.
The library works with around 20 adult volunteers, not including the 15 board members. Volunteers are always needed for smooth and efficient operations.
Eustace Primary teacher Kim Temple said the teachers were thrilled for the opportunity to bring their classes to the library.
“In second grade, we not only want to develop reading skills but we want to instill a lifelong love of reading. We are hoping our kids visit the library and enjoy the summer program offered,” she said.
“Our kids thoroughly enjoyed the planned activities and especially the opportunity to learn how to look up their books. The popcorn and juice were an added bonus! Our students came back excited about using the information they learned about trees,” she added.
“We are definitely hoping to include a trip to the library next year. A great well organized trip!”
The Library at Cedar Creek Lake is located at 410 E. Cedar Creek Parkway, Seven Points, Texas 75143 and its telephone is (903) 432-4185.

Apr

10

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 10, 2014

Monitor Photos/Summer Simpson Mabank’s Justin Smith places third in the high jump with a 5'10" leap over the bar.

Monitor Photos/Summer Simpson
Mabank’s Justin Smith places third in the high jump with a 5’10″ leap over the bar.

Lady ’Dogs take second

Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–The Mabank Panthers boys track team took first place at the ’Jacket Relays in Kemp April 3, while the Eustace boys and girls teams finished in second place. The Kemp girls finished third and the Kemp boys finished fourth out of the eight teams competing.
Individual boys first place winners include: Pole Vaunt – Duncan, Eustace; 3200m Run – Perez, Kemp; 400m Relay, Mabank; 800m Run – Zimmer, Eustace; 100m Hurdles – Summerhill, Kemp; 100m Dash – Penix, Mabank; 800m Relays, Mabank; 400m Run – Smith, Mabank and 1600m Run – Perez, Kemp.
Individual girls first place winners include: Shot Put – Culp, Eustace; Discus – Holcombe, Eustace; High Jump – Crocker, Eustace; 400m Relay, Kemp; 800m Relays, Kemp and 300m Hurdles – Allen, Eustace.
District track meets are scheduled for April 9 and 10. Kemp travels to Eustace for the district meet and Mabank travels to Van to see which team is best.
More photos from this event are in the Thursday, April 10, 2014 issue of The Monitor.