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Posts published in December 2012

New track dedicated to Mulloy’s memory

HIGHLANDS – Most everyone that knew Mark Mulloy also knew he was a remarkable man, dedicated to his family, the community, and his beloved Rotary friends.

Mark was at one time president and owner of the Highlands State Bank, and later part-owner of Woodforest National Bank and the Crosby State Bank. His success in the banking business allowed him to be generous to his interests, especially the communities of Highlands and North Shore.

Unfortunately, Mark died of skin cancer in June 2009 after a valiant fight against the disease. Before he succumbed, he donated a sizable sum to the local Rotary club, and the club wanted to honor his friendship and generosity with a community project in his name.

HES teachers Cindy Creel and Lindy Orr got together with the club, and it was decided that a revamped walking track and playground equipment next to the school would serve the children and the community. It was appropriate that this project would be dedicated in his name, and Rotary presidents Patricia Scott, Denise Smith, and Dane Listi over three years worked to make it happen. Sterling White generously donated a stone marker in Mark Mulloy’s name.

A visit to the doctor brings good old memories

Some four or five weeks ago I had a relatively bad experience turn into some very fine memories from my childhood. I took an unfortunate tumble in the tub five weeks ago on a Sunday morning. I bloodied a couple of toes, and cut and otherwise did slight damage to my right knee.

Went to see my Doc and found there was no serious damage. He suggested I stay off my feet as much as possible and use a cane for a few days to assist the knee. “You may not really need the cane but it will help some and probably get you some undeserved sympathy,” Doc commented with a big smile. It did both.

I first thought of having to buy a cane, and then remembered I had a cane at home that once belonged to my Great-Grandpa Herman Springer. He was an Ohio farmer in the southeastern part of the state not many miles from the Ohio River. He lived there many years with my Great-Grandma Amelia. They both lived long lives and I can well remember some good times visiting them as a youngster. Grandpa died on my Mother’s birthday, Feb. 5, 1942, and Grandma died about three months later. I was then 12.

I remember visiting their farm when I was six or seven, taking walks with Grandpa and getting some good food from Grandma. When we visited Grandma always had something that was my favorite. How well I remember talking with them, watching their big smiles and frequently getting teased a little. At that point I was the only great-grandchild they had.

A couple years later they sold the farm and moved to an apartment in Wheeling, W.Va close to my great-uncle Ernie, their oldest son. Things were limited in the apartment but Grandpa and I still enjoyed one another. They had a fireplace that was always burning in colder weather. That fire was a frequent recipient of tobacco waste Grandpa always seemed to have in his mouth. He chewed “Mail Pouch” regularly.

They were great country-western fans and attended the Saturday Night Wheeling Jamboree at the Capitol Theatre frequently. There they became friends with some of the entertainers who later went on the Nashville, Tenn. “Grand Old Opera” and had some limited success in Hollywood as well.

One of those was Shugg (sp?) Fisher. He gave my Grandpa Herman one of his guitars back in the 30s. Grandpa learned to play a few tunes on it in his late 70s and 80s. he was good enough to entertain his Great-Grandson and the rest of the family but a professional player he wasn’t.

When Grandpa and Grandma passed in 1942 I became the owner of that guitar. I was just beginning to play the saxophone and tinkered a little with the guitar but never really used it. When I went to the service in 1952 my parents moved and the guitar disappeared.

Thoughts of that guitar and Grandpa playing it remain with me 70 years later. In addition to that cane mentioned above, and used for the first time since 1942 recently, I have an old tie stick-pin of his that I still cherish greatly. Those memories and more have taken a lot of sting out of my recent fall, which is also history. Grandpa Herman and Grandma Amelia remain in my memories to this day.

Such are the people, places and things that have touched my life in my home!

Merry Christmas

Me and the Mrs. Wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a happy next four years.

It might take that long to get all the household goods squared away or at least learn where everything is now. Frustrating when you try and find a kitchen item or wonder where she put it.

Pesky old fruit flies have already found a home. They gather around the items of fruit and the onion pile. Will have to put up one of those sticky strips near the kitchen sink light and leave it on at night. Those things sure did work in the other house with a fluorescent bulb.

Have to buy bananas on a regular basis for my monkey or at least that’s what I tell the cashier at the grocery checkout. Maybe a mini net would help keep the pesky gnats off the fruit.

Had to repaint the shutters again at the old place, she didn’t like the color of green selected by yours truly. The color was of what would sell, got two calls on it but the excessive chatter was not worth it so I give in and broke out the roller with a darker color green.

Painting and moving furniture is something women should not be allowed to do once moving begins or the first daub is daubed. Had to paint the hall bathroom three times before a certain yellow color could be achieved a while back.

For instance back in my banking career, it involved moving furniture, file cabinets and going to get the paper order. We had a dozen or more large legal file cabinets used in a department of the bank. There were some asbestos lined cabinets also, they’ll hurt you.

Bet we moved those files (full) many times over. Have moved them more than once in a single move as opinions differed among the movers as to where the files should go.

Reading on Facebook and all these people being blessed and giving thanks again. Felt like yours truly has been blessed along with all them blessed people.

Got some deer sausage links from Du, something you cain’t buy at the Kroger or Wal-Mart.

Got a sack of home grown tomatoes from my gardening guru in Highlands, Texas.

Had Thanksgiving with one of the twins, been almost 20 years.

Blessed out by the Mrs. on the color of shutters I painted over at the old house. Shoot fire, if I don’t get blessed out occasionally, I might feel like I’m doing something right.

Charlie Farrar can be reached via email at: xuscg@yahoo.com.

FM2100 to close at railroad Dec 18-21

CROSBY – The railroad is going to close Main Street here from Tuesday through Friday next week.

This week Dr. Keith Moore, Superintendant of Crosby ISD, received notice that Union Pacifiic Railroad will be working on their rail lines and will have to close FM 2100 both northbound and southbound beginning Tuesday, December 18 at 6:00 a.m. until Friday, December 21 at 6:00 p.m.

Notice first reached ESD#5 (the ambulance service in Crosby) last week and that was communicated to the school district.

The Miller-Wilson and First Street crossings will remain open for this period.

Local business owners have reacted. Velma Ellison of Alliance Properties said, “This is very bad planning on behalf of Union Pacific. Not going to be fun.”

Gena McMillian of Best Teas & Candles on Kernohan St. said, “Tell everyone I’m going to be selling everything in the store at half off before Christmas instead of after. Hard to sell things when people have a hard time getting to you.”

The overpass construction is apparantly unrelated to the railroad repairs. Overpass construction is expected to last for another eight months.

The bridge at Old Beaumont Highway is being repaired until April 30, 2013. It should be open at 3:00 p.m. that Tuesday. In case you needed to know the name for that roadway officially, it is named BS90 U. East and West from Sheldon Road to FM 2100 is closed.

Crosby Children’s Festival unites community

CROSBY – The Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce outpaced even themselves with the 14th Annual Children’s Christmas Festival last Saturday, here.

Dr. Ryan Konarik launched the Jingle Bell Run at 8:00 a.m. and off on a dash for 5 kilometers went contestants.

At 10:00 a.m. the Family Shows of Houston carnival and a mainway of crafts, charities and concession stands filled the Crosby Fair & Rodeo Pavillion. The kids screamed with fun and the public turned out in droves to line the parade and fill the Fairgrounds.

The 14th Annual Christmas Parade went down Church Street to First, east on Runneburg and back south on Pecan to the Crosby Fair & Rodeo Fairgrounds. Winners of the parade entries were Little Country Church in New Caney for Best of Show, they had a float and a brilliant classic car escort. Best Business was Bud’s Storage with a trailride of excellent equestrians and a wagon pulled by horses that looked like ringers for Roy Roger’s Trigger. Best Organization went to Crosby Band that filled the air with excitement and sounds of Christmas. Eddie Foster proved beyond doubt that he could sing Country Western well and Word Photography provided that each child should have a picture and get to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas

At dusk the ceremonial tree lighting was filled with song and emotion.

Christmas time comes to Crosby and Huffman

HUFFMAN and CROSBY – Beginning last Saturday and continuing this Saturday parades, games and pictures with Santa are the rule here as the areas welcome the Christmas Season to northeast Harris County.

The Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce has stepped closer to uniting the entire community again with the successful rekindling of the Huffman Christmas Parade featuring Huffman’s rescue service, Precinct 3 Constable Deputies and a wide variety of entertaining floats and vehicles. There was even a visit from Team Impact.

The events of last weekend included Goody bags for kids that visited with Santa, children’s activities, cookies and chocolate a Christmas Tree Lighting and Caroling at the Children’s Christmas Celebration in Huffman.

This Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. until dark, the Children’s Christmas Festival and Parade will be held at the Crosby Fairgrounds. A Jingle Bell 5 K Run will be held. A carnival with rides will grace the Fairgrounds. There is to be a bevy of local entertainment at the Fairgrounds under the covered pavilion. There is to be lots of vendors, crafts, shopping and food. The Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce is going to provide hot-dogs. Word Photography is going to take and give away pictures with Santa and the kids can tell Santa what they want for Christmas. Goody bags will be given to kids that speak with Santa.

Later on we’ll conspire to more good deed doings as we fellowship with carolling and a Christmas Tree Lighting.

These events are free for the public to attend.

For more details on these and other events call 281-328-6984.

Last month five new businesses became members of the Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce.

The Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to re-start their Community Development Committee in January. The annual Installation of board members will also be held that month.

Visit and join the Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce where the motto is, “Unite in the Community.”

Moving out

After living in the same house for 34 years, the Mrs. finally decided she was ready to move on. Needless to say, yours truly was more than ready and tickled that she finally consented to move. Yours truly has spent several years of looking at houses on Lake Rayburn and Lake Livingston, but she couldn’t live there and continue to work, saying the commute is too much.

Found a nice house less than two miles from the old house and made arrangements to move there. Gone is the little garden of weeding and no more getting to watch the sights of birds and other creatures of the wild along Goose Creek. Will miss the one butt kitchen and all the yard plants but hope to transplant a few to the newer house.

Nothing but headaches and frustration dealing with getting everything turned on and hooked up at the newer house. The local cable TV provider failed horribly as did their telephone people. One girl wanted to charge 35 bucks to have the cable hooked up by the field man. They tried desperately hard to get me to sign up for the phone service and get the complete package. It did not seem they understood the meaning of not only no, but hell no. Read my lips! Spent 58 minutes on the phone thinking my battery would run out.

Amazing how companies have picked up the practice of banks, charging for any and everything they can stick to you.

Called Sears about our propane gas grill which had quit igniting and had rusted through in several places. So glad that a five year warranty was purchased with the grill. Spent much time on the computer talking telephone and it does not understand my Southern accent, but got down to near the end of what I was wanting, and be Johnny Brown if their phone did not start back at the very beginning again. Got in the car and rove to Sears and ultimately completed ordering new parts for the grill. Also set up an appointment as to when to expect a man to come out and install them.

The parts arrived by UPS and the repairman came out. Had three parts which were not needed and another piece to the side burner which has never been used. Don’t get me wrong, the grill repairman did a good job but the person doing the phone work must have been pre-occupied in doing the parts order.

Bigger house, smaller yard but still close to all. Old house was total electric with no complaints; the newer one has gas stove and heat. Gas top stove has already singed some hairs and taught the cooker not to pick up a pot of boiling water because the handles get very hot cooking with gas.

Don’t care what they say; I’ll take electric any day period.

Charlie Farrar can be rached via email: xuscg@yahoo.com.

Thank you to witnesses of helicopter accident

Dear Editor,

Readers of the Highlands Star – Crosby Courier may remember a helicopter accident that occurred on the afternoon of September 10, 2012, near Crosby. A Robinson R-22 crashed near a pipeyard off Miller Road No. 2 and ten burst into flames. The accident killed the pilot, Christopher (“Chris”) Yeager, and his passenger, Joyce Ates.

The family of Chris Yeager would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to all of the witnesses who stopped, approached the burning helicopter, and tried to rescue the occupants. We want each of you to know that we appreciate your amazing courage and your kindness.

Although Chris and Joyce did not survive, we realize that you did your best trying to save them, even at the risk of your own lives. Your efforts will never be forgotten.

We would also like to thank everyone who called emergency personnel, assisted at the scene of the accident, provided information to investigators, prayed for these loved ones, or tried to help in any other way. God bless each and every one of you. We will forever keep you in our hearts and prayers.

Joseph and Paula Yeager

Lubbock, TX

Bad weather doesn’t stop Santa in Highlands – Santa greetings move inside, Tree Lighting damp but bright

The Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber hosted the Christmas Tree Lighting on Tuesday night, December 4th, starting at 6 pm. Due to heavy rain and the threat of lightning, the Santa arrival and greetings were moved into the Chamber building.

There, a steady stream of children and even adults sat on Santa’s lap, and told him of their innermost desires (we think, but only Santa knows.)

Cookies were donated by the Horizons, Golden Corral Restaurant and Community Resource Credit Union. Hot Chocolate was donated and served by the Rotary Club of Highlands.

Pictures of the children with Santa were made by Linda Sims Photography. Each child or adult received a colorful print in a gift folder to take home. Children had their picture with Santa for a donation of an unwrapped toy.

The festivities went on for several hours, starting at 6:00 PM at the Heritage Park located at the Railroad Tracks in Highlands and continuing in the Chamber building. Several hundred children came to see and talk with Santa, but the numbers were down from last year due to the weather.

The Highlands volunteer fire department participated, with a fire truck and lots of firement having their picture taken with Santa. At the end of the evening, Santa whispered to the Star-Courier that he had more fun than anyone.