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Posts published in “Day: May 29, 2003”

Chamber reviews Overpass progress with Eversole

CROSBY– Members of the Economic Development committee of the Crosby/Huffman Chamber met with Commissioner Jerry Eversole last week, to review progress and design details on the proposed overpass to be built by the Texas Department of Transportation on FM2100, over the main Union Pacific railroad tracks near Kernohan.

Chairman Larry Koslovsky and other committee members heard Eversole discuss schedule, progress to date, and what the County can pay for, and not.

The committee also reviewed some design sketches, prepared by architect Gilbert Hoffman after meetings with TxDOT engineers. They seek to portray the community’s desire to blend the new structure in to the existing older city fabric. The sketches show antique style lighting, concrete railings and support structures reminiscent of older county roads and bridges. The overpass is being built in an area of Crosby that is historically the earliest business center.

The overpass is planned to be four lanes, with frontage roads at grade. Eversole said that surveying is now underway, bids would be let in the 4th quarter of 2004, with construction beginning by July 2005. Completion could follow in 16 to 24 months after that.

In commenting on the overpass, Eversole noted how Crosby is changing. In 20 years, everything will have changed, whether we like it or not. He said, “You have to plan for growth, and not let growth plan you.”

Local Memorial Day celebrated with respect and protests

By BOBBY HORN JR.

DAYTON— Last year, when Crosby ISD decided to hold classes on Memorial Day local veteran Joe Anselmo helped organize a protest in front of the high school which he says drew national attention.

This year, perceiving a similar injustice in Dayton, Anselmo aided members of the Liberty Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #562 and the local American Legion Post in forming their own protest in front of the Dayton ISD Administration Building.

According to the DISD school calendar, which was approved by the board of trustees in January 2002, Memorial Day was set aside as a bad weather day. Greg Hayman, assistant superintendent of the district, said that in the fall, the school district was forced to close its campuses under threat of a hurricane, which eventually turned away from the area. In order to get the 180 days of instruction mandated by the state, he said, the district had to use May 26 as an instruction day.

Anselmo said that when he heard that Dayton would be holding classes, he attempted to contact the superintendent, Nancy Fuller, twice. Eventually, he said, he heard back from her and she told him that while students would be in class they will be and have been taught the meaning behind Memorial Day.

Despite the efforts by the school district to offer an educational alternative to releasing students, Anselmo said that it wasn’t good enough and that students should not have to attend class on Memorial Day.

Anselmo said that a successful protest in Crosby last year inspired State Senator John Whitmire of Houston to file legislation that would prohibit schools from holding class on Memorial Day.

This legislation, Anselmo said, has passed both houses and is awaiting the governor’s signature to make it law. Hayman said that it is ironic that there were two school districts within Whitmire’s 15th Senatorial District who chose to classify Memorial Day as a bad weather day and could have been forced to hold classes.

Dayton was not the only local school district to hold classes on Memorial Day this year. Liberty ISD also held classes. Les Wylie, commander of the Liberty VFW, said that they did not plan to protest in Liberty because they did not have enough people available.

While classes were held in Dayton Monday, it was not business as usual. At 9:30 a.m. students from every campus, along with parents and community members gathered at Bronco Stadium for a Memorial Day Celebration. This celebration included a performance by the Wilson Junior High Band, a recognition of Dayton veterans and reading of student essays dealing with patriotism.

Highlands Rotary presents scholarships to youth

Highlands Rotary Club presented their Scholarships last week to college-bound students. Each year the local club presents 8 scholarships, worth $1000 each per school year, to outstnding local students who have presented applications and grade transcripts for consideration by a committee of the club. Recipients this year, their school, college choice and major are as follows: HOLLI SWICK, Texas A&M, wildlife & fisheries; MAYRA GARCIA, Chinquapin, Trinity Univ., environmental studies; HILLARY CREEL, Sterling, Lee College, education; TARRELL THIBODEAUX, Sterling, UT Austin, pre-med; DUSTIN JONES, Sterling, Lee College, business; KRISTINA WESELKA, Sterling, UT Richardson, cosmetology/psychology; KRISTAN HOFFMAN, Bellaire, Carnegie Mellon, english. Inset photo, REBECCA NIBBE, Sterling, Univ. of Mary Hardin/Baylor, business. Also seen in the photo above are Larry White, club scholarship chairman, and Joe Hausberger, club president. Funds for the scholarships come from the Chili Feast held each February by the Rotary Club of Highlands. Mayra Garcia received the Jay E. Bird Honorary Scholarship, and Kristan Hoffman received the Beverly Culbreath Honorary Scholarship.

Algae taints Crosby MUD

By LEWIS SPEARMAN

CROSBY – Beginning Tuesday, May 20, residents inside Crosby Municipal Utility District had begun to complain of foul taste and odor from their drinking water.

One resident exclaimed, “I had bragged about how good we had it here until last week! Finally, I had family visiting from all over the country for Memorial Day week and when the wife went to serve breakfast, my little niece said, ‘Looky, there’s chocolate in the ice.’ I reached into the ice bucket and smelled a piece – I’ll tell you it didn’t smell like chocolate at all. I hate to think what the adults thought was going on before we got some store-bought ice in here. I just want your paper to find out what those people at the water plant are trying to do to us!”

“The water smelled and looked dirty. My neighbor said it made her sick.” expressed a pretty lady at a weekend gathering.

Crosby M.U.D. board member Raymond Johnson explained that the taste and odor in the local water had come from an algae bloom.
Scientists describe an algae bloom as a formation of microscopic aquatic plants in freshwater. This eutrophication process is an excessive growth of algae or other water plants which depletes oxygen levels of deeper water.

According to Johnson, the water district has a 4 bay pond in the surface water plant that was overflowed three feet to get rid of the algae infested water. Thereafter, the system was flushed, hydrants were drained to remove algae from the lines.