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Highlands Little League celebrates 51 years

HIGHLANDS—The Highlands Little League celebrated over a half-century of bringing baseball to the community this past weekend with their 51st Annual Opening Day.
The celebration began Friday night with the annual queen’s pageant.
Each team is responsible for raising money before the start of the season. During the pageant the team that raises the most money is recognized and their “queen” is named the Little League Queen for that year.
This year the Major Braves raised close to $27,000 earning Madison Bennett the queen’s title. Rebekah Stombaugh, who represented the Tee-ball Astros placed second with her team earning $18,000. Coming in third was Diana Singer, from the Major Indians with $17,000. Singer was the 2003 Little League Queen.
According to League president Grant Slusser, the league raised over $100,000.

This year’s pageant also featured a talent competition in three age groups. In the Peewee class, Hannah Dooley won first for her singing of “Take me Out to The Ball Game.” Anna Keyes placed second, Savannah Pipkins placed third and Cassandra Weber came in fourth.
In the Junior Division, Jaclyn Holloway wowed the judges with her balloon sculpting skills. Briana Pipkins placed second and Savannah Pogue placed third.
Stombaugh also won first in senior talent with a prose selection of the ‘truth behind Mary’s Little Lamb.’ Marlo Lamb came in second and Leigh Ann Thompson placed third.
Before the start of the season, the league had a fun day during which a homerun derby was held. Derby winners were: 5-6 year olds: Colton Belvin and Landon Stockwell 1st; Baylor Doffing, 2nd. 7-8 year olds: Ty Cook, 1st; Andrew Pantoja, 2nd and Zane Weaver, 3rd. 9-10 year olds: Tyler Masterson, 1st; Alex White, 2nd and Kyle Davis and Ethan Lansford, 3rd. 11-12 year olds: Joseph Cross, 1st; John Pantoja and Justin Parker, 2nd and Theron Stockwell and Watson Moore, 3rd.
Activities continued Saturday morning with a parade on Main Street and Opening Day ceremonies at the ball fields.

Crosby ISD, library feel impact of growth

Crosby—Today and Tomorrow, Third in a three-part series.

By DON SPRINGER
CROSBY– When populations go up or down some of those most interested in these changes include the school systems and the post office. Particularly the school systems can be dramatically impacted by swings in populations in a short time period. Crosby ISD, the Crosby Library and the local post office have such an interest in Crosby’s growth now and in the future.
To look at this subject the Crosby ISD released a study in late 2006. “The area growing in student enrollment but not as dramatically as some expected,” said Superintendent Dr. Don Hendrix in a recent interview. “Because of the increased businesses along Rt. 2100 a larger impact on our enrollment was expected.”
For the school years of 2000-2001 to 2005-2006 the growth in the five schools in the Crosby ISD showed a growth of zero percent (2001-2002) to a high of four percent for the years 2003-2004 and 2004-2005. Year 2006-2007 were not available from the report.
For K-5th grade the study showed a growth of 1,883 students to 2,169 from 2000 to the current year. Sixth to 8th grades showed an increase from 929 to 1,092 and Crosby High School an increase from 1,167 to 1,436 over the same six years. While these increases may not seem dramatic it does show an increase of over 700 students in the local ISD in these years.

Is it a message for things to come? Probably so, as projections were made for all five schools from 2008 to 2015 and they show the student enrollment at all five schools exceeding the practical capacity of classroom space available. The only difference is in that year school enrollment will exceed the practical capacity.
Barrett Primary has a practical capacity of 675 students and can expect an enrollment exceeding that number by 209 in 2015. In that same time period Newport Elementary and Drew Intermediate will exceed their practical capacity by 382 and 335 students respectfully.
Crosby Middle has a practical capacity of 720 currently and can expect an enrollment of 1,151 by 2015. This is an overage of 431 students.
The four-year Crosby High School will also take a hit. It can expect an enrollment of 2,079 students by 2015 and has a design capacity of 1,435.
Changes in all levels will be necessary over the next few years to accommodate these increases. From the year 2000 to 2015 the Crosby school system will have a total enrollment increase of over 3000 students. In 2000 the enrollment from K-12 was 4,000 and in 2005 is expected to top 7,000. Superintendent Hendrix recently announced his retirement. Thus, the new superintendent, his staff and the ISD board will have an immediate challenge to meet these increases.
Diane Barker, Head Librarian at the Crosby Branch Library, provided the Star-Courier with some revealing growth statistics for the local library. For a five-year period, 2002-2006 the Crosby Branch circulation grew from 78,754 books per year to over 109,294. “The stats would have been higher for 2006 but we were only opened one day in December,” stated Barker. The library was closed from early December to late January for remodeling, rearranging of the collection and the creation of a new adult area. A handsome mural was also added to one interior wall.
Barker said the library has a very supportive community and “is pleased to help…with various needs. The growing children’s programs are important to us and we try to provide a variety of programs and materials to meet their needs and interests.”
The largest growth in circulation for recent years at the Crosby library was from 2003-2004 when the circulation rose by approximately 20,000 in that 12-month period. In 2005-2006, the latest statistics available, showed a circulation increase by approximately 5,000. As mentioned earlier this was really an 11-month period due to the December closure.
The Crosby Post Office perhaps has a lesser problem but has been seeing increases over the past few years and will see more in the future. Local Postmistress Gwendolyn Davis told the Star-Courier the delivery area has grown by over 1,300 boxes since 2003, the oldest year she has available. In 2003 the post office had 7,575 boxes and currently is serving 8,876.
The post office has an Operations Program Office in Houston that deals with delivery growth. In areas such as Crosby routes sometimes become too large and additional routes must be established.
This is occurring in Crosby.
As shown in this and earlier articles in this three-part series future growth will continue to impact the post office. Routes will change, perhaps annually, or even more often. However, postal authorities are committed to meet new delivery demands as required and will continue to strive for the best results available.
Postmistress Davis indicated one of the current local post office challenges is the growing pain caused by the loss of long-term seasoned employees and being replaced by new hires or short-service personnel.
No doubt the Crosby growth will continue and local residents will see more changes as Crosby goes from a small town to a large unincorporated area between now and 2015. More and more houses will be built, more and more businesses will take their places along FM 2100 or Hwy. 90 and be sure the costs of buying land and building will continue to escalate.
One real estate representative estimated the building and land costs have gone up by some 25% since the turn of the century.
Crosby the tide of change will continue to impact you. Sit back and enjoy it!

Doin my chores…

My first wife will be at the house this evening, coming back from a trip above the Mason Dixon Line. She has been up there spoiling the already rotten grandkids and her first son.
Yours truly has been in charge of the cat latrine AKA cat box while she’s out moseying around up Nawth.
In addition to the latrine duty, KP duty was also added to the list of chores during her spring break. Have to pull KP duty as well since there is nobody else to run the scullery. With a one butt kitchen, the scullery is in the kitchen.
If I’m coming out of left field for some of you, the scullery is the place to wash dishes. KP duty is kitchen police.

Normally the chief cook is yours truly while the chief bottle washer is the Mrs. She usually swabs the deck too.
Since she’s gone, I got to swab the deck and did; my way.
She uses one of these wussy Swisher things to clean the floor. I broke out the swab that has to be wrung out as the wringer is attached to the swab. This ain’t no sponge mop now.
Swept the deck first then with bleach and water, the deck was swabbed and scrubbed in places. A rinsed swab was then used to get up excess water and bleach.
Seeing as how it would take a while to dry and didn’t want the felines tracking the deck, I used her Swisher to dry the floor. It is nothing more than a wide, narrow piece of towel that has Velcro to attach to the handle.
Needless to say the floor was clean enough to eat off; ask Four Dog if you don’t believe it.
Anyway, after a dozen or so trips thru the kitchen to the garage and the outdoors, there were bits of grass, dirt and such on the nice clean kitchen floor. Aggrr; no wonder she gets right down mean after she swabs the deck and anyone tracks through there. White floor in the kitchen – No Mas!
Learned a long time ago not to track after my mother mopped; she’d hit you in the rear end with a wet mop and once is all it took.

There are still honest people in the world

Newspapers, TV and radio are full of stories concerning people doing the wrong things. Hardly a day goes by that one does not read front-page stories of people in trouble for criminal acts. One would think the world contains nothing but people out for gain at someone else’s expense.
Here is a story that might brighten your day and perhaps instill a little faith in the humans about us. It’s about one Charles Stevens of Highlands.
As the story unfolds we find one of our senior citizen ladies doing her Saturday morning shopping. She had stopped at the Food Town store in Highlands where she found the parking lot full and customers going and coming. She made her way into the store, made her purchases and went through the checkout. As usual she pushed her cart to her car, unloaded the groceries and headed out of the parking lot.

After leaving the parking lot she realized her purse was missing. Frantically, she turned around, returned to the store to report her loss. While talking to the manager, Raymond Gonzales, he asked her name. When she responded he said, “Your purse is at the customer service counter.”
Like most women her pursed contained her life. “My wallet, my money, about 100 credit cards, well maybe not that many, and a host of other items,” she said. “There were enough credit cards for a dishonest person to enjoy a great shopping spree.”
It seems the above mentioned Charles Stevens is responsible for keeping the Food Town parking lot free of buggies. In the process of making his rounds he found the lady’s purse and returned it to the manager. All of the contents were intact.
The frantic customer was highly pleased and relieved at getting her purse returned. So much so, she wanted to share the honesty of Stevens with others and she told me the story. Now I have relayed it to you.
Certainly Stevens should be complimented for his honesty and he, his manager and all of Food Town can be proud of this Highlands worker. I would like to think all people would follow Stevens’ example but my experience tells me that isn’t the case.
As the customer said in passing on this story, “There are still some honest people in this world?” Yes there are and Stevens is one of them. I offer a tip of my Touch of Life hat to Charles Stevens of Highland’s Food Town.
Such are the people, places and things that have touched my life in my home!
Don Springer can be reached at touchlife@worldnet.att.net.

Dates set for Dayton Ole Tyme Days

DAYTON— The 15th annual Dayton Ole Tyme Days Festival is here again, April 20-22. Admission is free! New events this year include a 42 tournament and a Youth Bake Off.
The 42 Tournament will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 21 at The Cowboy Church located at 310 N. Church Street in Dayton. Donation per person is $10. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. The team that wins the most games out of eight will win the tournament. First and second prize VISA gift cards will be awarded. For more information, contact Jerry Whitney at 936-298-3011, 936-334-4266 or email: whitney@tech-stars.net.
Bake-Off
The Youth Bake-Off registration will be between 9 and11 a.m on Saturday at The Kountry Kitchen restaurant located on Main Street in Dayton. Anyone between the ages of K-12 is welcome to enter their baked goods. For cakes and pies, no “ice-box cakes or ice-box pies” will be allowed. For cookies, 24 cookies are needed to qualify.
The first entry is $3. Additional entries are $2 each. To enter your cakes, pies and cookies in the Bake-Off, contact Mindey Psencik at 936-402-0081 or email: midie6@aol.com or visit www.oletymedays.com to find an entry form on the Bake-Off page.
Helping Scholarships
The Ole Tyme Days Festival is held annually to promote Dayton, Texas and to raise money for local youth scholarships. The festival has grown tremendously over the past fifteen years.
All proceeds benefit the Dayton Ole Tyme Days Youth Scholarship Fund. Thank you to our many sponsors (past and present).
For more festival information and the full schedule of events, go to the festival website www.oletymedays.com.
Volunteers sought
Volunteers are always welcome at the Dayton Ole Tyme Festival. Planning meetings will be held April 5, 12 and 19 in the courtroom of the Dayton Police Department.