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Posts published in February 2005

Opposites attract

Me and the Mrs. are about as different as night and day. It is said that opposites attract as we been stuck together like magnets for might near 36 years. Reckon what I’m getting at is; she’s educated while I ain’t.

She went all the way through high school and on to college ultimately got a college education and some couth while I was lucky to get through the ninth grade. Our conversations are probably different than most households, here’s an example:

We got on the subject of last week’s newspaper article of the Raphael painting making its tour of the United States. The subject painting is entitled “LaFornarina” (c. 1520) by Raphael Sanzuio (1483-1520). The painting ain’t nothing more than a naked woman from the belly button up and is said to have fascinated scholars for centuries. I told the Mrs. that the reason they were fascinated was because they probably couldn’t believe a woman would pose for something like that back in those days.

I said to her, how this can be called art and what Janet Jackson did at last year’s Super Bowl was indecent and vulgar. At least Ms Jackson’s was so fast, I didn’t get to see what happened. Art to me are the bronze Mustang Horses at Los Colinas near Dallas, a pretty woven Indian blanket or a colorful jar of pepper sauce. The Mrs. simply shakes her head as she reads the big city paper.

Ain’t suppose to talk about politics none but what would you do to help social security?

Deep foreign aid cuts would be tops on my list followed by requiring members of Congress to start paying their fair share of social security taxes not to mention severe pay cuts in their retirement packages. What is that old saying, “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander?”

Or just get down on all the fraud, especially in the Medicare system.

Surely there are numerous other cuts that could be made to salvage the current system rather than have the funds placed in something like the stock market. That’s about as dumb a decision as windshield wipers on a goat’s butt. Enough politics, somebody will be saying unkind words if I continue on the subject.

Personally, I think one of the greatest things about marriage is that as both husband and father, I can say anything I want to around the house. Of course, no one pays the least bit of attention.

I know what men want. Men want to be really, really close to someone who will leave them alone.

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Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today, it is called Golf.

Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?

Why did kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

February packs a lot in 28 days

February, the year’s shortest month, seems tohave a lot going for it.

As a child I always remembered February for several reasons. First, my Mother and Dad both celebrated birthdays during the month; 1st (Dad) and 5th (Mother). Second, the ground-hog always came out of its hole on February 2 looking for Spring.

As a wee one I always wanted Dad to take us to Punxsutawney, Pa. so I could see the world’s greatest predictor of the weather, “Punxsutawney Phil.” Dad never seemed that interested, nor did Mom, so we never made the trip. Now Phil has faded into my past.

February is American Heart month. Inasmuch as daughter Denise works for the American Heart Assn. we give that celebration its due. February 4th was National Wear Red Day as recognition of symptoms of a heart attack and what heart disease does to us Americans.

It is also Black History month. In this celebration we remember all of our Black brothers and sisters and learn more about black history.

National birthdays include Thomas Edison (11th), Abraham Lincoln (12th) and George Washington (22nd). Edison’s birthday has all but been forgotten except for a note on the calendar and we celebrate the birth of Lincoln and Washington on a convenient Monday (this year the 21st). More, I believe, to give us another long weekend rather than remembering these two leaders of our past.

Ah, Valentine’s Day — February 14. That day we can’t forget as it is a real opportunity for the retail industry to make some money so it is advertised to the hilt. I usually remember my Valentine, spouse Linda, with a gift. However, this year she only received a “Happy Valentine Day Honey,” as I spent my gift budget on a 50th anniversary gift for her on December 29. She still loves me!

I almost forgot “World Marriage Day,” on February 13. That day is not advertised much, not recognized much and no one cares much. However, I believe we should pay more attention to that holiday than most, if not all of the rest, this month. Well over 50 percent, maybe two-thirds, of our marriages are ending in divorce these days. Maybe we need to spend more time worrying about what goes into the making of a marriage and what keeps them going. A high percentage last little more than three-years.

Boy Scout Day was February 8, and most churches and other Scout sponsoring organizations recognize that event. I heard an outstanding presentation of Boy Scout Sunday a few days ago and you will hear more about that next week.

The twenty-eight days of February seems to have one holiday after another. Oh yeah, it is also International Friendship Month. We can all use more of that.

Such are the people, places, and things that have touched my life in my West Virginia home.

Chamber awards banquet draws large crowd

Keating Chevrolet Business of the Year; Amadors receive President’s Award


CROSBY – A packed dining room at the Monument Inn attested to the interest that the Huffman and Crosby communities have in their Chamber’s 2005 Awards Banquet, and the annual festivities and good food were enjoyed by the record crowd.

The program was chaired by Chamber president Nancy Oliver, and the banquet was chaired by Don Cox and Jan Cox. Nancy oversaw the presenters and those who receive recognition, and then the new board was sworn into office by Judge Tony Polumbo.

The awards that were presented included Business of the Year, presented to John Keating Chevrolet by Jerry Blizzard; Citizens of the year, which went to Ken Moran from Huffman, presented by Steve Myers, and Dan Kasprzak of Crosby, presented by Don Hendrix; Employee of the Year, presented to Chuck Murray by Jerry Blizzard; Volunteers of the Year, presented to Doris and Marvin Arnold by old family friend and pastor Larry Koslovsky, and Bob Ward, presented by Nancy Oliver; and finally the President’s Award to Angella and Mike Amador for their selfless contribution to the chamber and the community, and as Nancy said, “They are always there, and don’t know how to say ‘no’.”

After the awards, Judge Polumbo installed the new board, which consists of Julie Hain, Jerry Blizzard, John Sparks, Bob Ward, Wendie Grant, Don Cox, Larry Koslovsky, Venita Smith, Nancy Oliver, Jerry Jones, Steve Myers, Dianne Fleming, Janice Kolin, Steve Coon, Joe Anselmo, Don Hendrix, Keenan Smith, and Mike Amador.

Crosby VFD’s swiftness saves buildings, lives

Crosby Volunteer Fire Dept.’s Chief Alan Kulak was on his way to church on Feb. 9 when he saw flames shooting from the roof of Apaseo Restaurant on FM 2100 at Kernohan. Apparently a ballast from neon trim lights caught fire to roof parts. Kulak and a quickly mounted crew battled the blaze with help from Highlands VFD to save the restaurant, which opened the next day. Kulak attributed the save to the efforts of the fire crews from Highlands and Crosby.

Also, as seen in this second picture, Crosby VFD & ESD#5 cooperate to rescue a driver from a two car accident on FM 2100 at Hare Rd. on Monday, Feb. 14. Fortunately, the swift actions of both rescue crews extracted the previous occupant of the red car to safety and on to the hospital with only minor injuries.

Hospital opens $5.9 million facility

Cardiac procedures improve at San Jacinto Methodist


BAYTOWN – On Feb. 11, San Jacinto Methodist Hospital opened its new $5.9 million Cardiovascular Center with a dedication ceremony.

Hospital officials said the 14,000-square foot facility consolidates both invasive and non-invasive cardiac procedures in a centralized location. There are also two new Cardiac Catheterization Labs, an 8-bed holding/recovery area and all Neuro-Cardio-Pulmonary (NCP) testing connected.

“This is a major step forward in cardiac care for an ever-growing population in the Baytown area,” said Randall Zarin, vice president of operations, who has directed construction of the center from the time of its groundbreaking May 2004.

The two new catheterization labs bring the cath lab total to four, with the existing labs to now be completely dedicated to interventional radiology and special procedures.

“The new cath labs are equipped with a state-of-the-art GE catheterization equipment and Digital ACS Network that gives our physicians and technologists the ability to view all X-rays and cardiology procedures electronically,” Zarin said. “We’re the only facility in the Methodist Hospital System with this capability.”

“SJMH is one of a few hospitals in the country that allow medical personnel to review radiology and cardiology images on one system,”
Zarin added.

Chamber hears of Goose Creek $220 mil Bond election options

New schools for Highlands


HIGHLANDS – Members of the Chamber of Commerce heard a presentation of the reasoning behind the proposed Bond sale that will be voted on April 2nd in the Goose Creek school district.

The talk was made by Gilbert Santana, chairman of the Political Action Committee, Mike Wilson, and Donald Dunn of Highlands. All of these were on the committee that has been working and meeting for 7 months to come up with a plan to meet the needs of the district as it grows. Also present at the Chamber luncheon were Superintendent Barbara Sultis, and Asst. Superintendent Dr. Toby York, as unofficial observers.

The bond proposal will be in two parts on the ballot. One section will deal with expenditures to handle the growth in the district and build or remodel buildings. The other section will deal with maintenance items for existing facilities. Voters may decide on either or both issues.

The total amount to be raised by the sale of bonds will come to $220 million new bonds, and $20 million that were authorized in a previous election but never sold, said Santana.

If all the bonds are sold and the money spent for facilities, it would mean a tax increase for the average home owner of $127.50 per year, assuming the appraised value of their house was $100,000.

Growth projections through the year 2010 indicate their will be an additional 2400 students in the district that must be accommodated. To meet this need, the committee proposes a new elementary and a replacement elementary. Also planned is a replacement for Highlands Junior School, construction of another junior school, and a new high school on a site at N. Main and Wallisville, that would serve the Highlands community.

Drug Dog at work: Jones’ Deputies track drugs in McNair; major cocaine, pot

McNAIR – Precinct 3 Deputy More has a nose for finding illegal drugs, and his comrades have come to regard him as an essential team member when there is a question about the presence of contraband.

On the evening of January 28, More aided in finding a half pound of ‘boat’ (near pure) powder cocaine on Fayle Street inside a truck that was illegally parked outside a house that is suspected to be used for drug exchanges. On February 2 at about 9:25 p.m., Deputy More helped a Texas Highway Patrol Officer bust about 10.5 pounds of marijuana, according to Captain Jack Hagie.

More is one of the most frequently trained deputies on the force but does not pack a pistol. That should not be interpreted to mean that his bark is as bad as his bite, both are telling. This dog’s addition to the force was one of Precinct 3 Constable Ken Jones’ campaign promises and has paid a dividend in drug interdiction for the Precinct.

The cocaine find was brought on by the suspected driver having parked in the middle of the street. As Deputies closed in on the suspect, the suspect fled into the drug house and out the other side. Although deputies established a perimeter, the suspect escaped for the time being and later filed a report that the truck had been stolen from the location.

The 10.5 pounds of Marijuana was found to be inside a car suspected by the Highway Patrol to smell of burning rope. When the officer stopped the car near John Martin Road, he asked if he could search the vehicle and the driver said, “No.” When Deputy More arrived however, the K-9 deputy instantly keyed all the probable cause needed to make the search.

Chili Feast stories: Mundy Garcia wins truck; 700 dine on Chili

HIGHLANDS – The Rotary Club held their 30th annual Chili Feast last Saturday, and a large part of the community turned out for good fun, good chili, and the excitement of “almost” winning a new pick-up truck.

But one lucky ticketholder did get a new GMC truck. It was Mundy Garcia of Bay City, who learned of his good fortune from his sister, Rosie Rodriguez, on the telephone. It seems that Mundy was working that day, and missed some of the excitement that others enjoyed.

Rotary chili feast chairman Steve Miller reported that the event raised a net amount of about $36,000, that will be used for community projects throughout the year by the club. For the first time this year, the club had sponsors as well as raffles and ticket sales, so the income was higher than in previous years.

Sponsors included Crosby State Bank, RhinoPak, Griffith Truck & Equipment, and Sterling White.

Miller said that the auctions raised almost $8,000, and the ticket sales about $50,000. Other income came from card draws, desert sales, and miscellaneous items.

The Rotary Club has about 25 members, and were aided in the execution of the event by the wives auxiliary, the Boy Scouts, and the Interact Club of Chinquapin School.

The auctioneer was Ken Garcia, and entertainment was provided by the Pic n Grin band. Congressman Ted Poe was on hand, and pulled the first ticket in the raffle. Also present were Constable Ken Jones, Judge Tony Polumbo, Judge Mike Parrott’s staff, and many other personalities of the community.

The major prize was a new GMC extended cab pick-up truck, but also given away were 11 other prizes during the drawing, ranging from TV sets to a complete computer set-up.

Students to help tsunami victims in Southeast Asia

Drew Intermediate fifth grade students are currently trying to gather 3,000 units of bottled water for Southeast Asia tsunami victims, their teacher Janie Wilkins said Tuesday.

The project began three weeks ago and Wilkins said the response has been fair.

Wikins said the students are doing this as part of their curriculum to take part in community service education.

“It gives the fifth graders an opportunity to give back,” Wilkins said. “We were trying to find someone in need.”

You may drop off your unopened bottled water in front of the school Monday through Friday. Wilkins said she designates students to pick up dropoffs each day.

The donations continue until the end of the month at the school.