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Posts published in “Day: May 19, 2005”

Chamber hears update on Highlands Heritage Projects

HIGHLANDS — Jim Strouhal presented an update to plans for the restoration of the Highlands Railcar #524, and Margie Elliott talked about the museum project and memorial wall that will be built at the site of the Highlands Chamber building.

Strouhal is one of the founding members of the Highlands Heritage Museum and Preservation Project, along with Roy & Margie Elliott, John Richardson, Vern Miller, Alton Neatherlin, Gary Wiggins, and Harry Johnson III.

The railcar now sits in the backyard of Mrs. Johnson on Battlebell Road, and volunteers are needed to help with the restoration work, Strouhal said.

Current work includes cutting away and replacing steel members of the car, and rebuilding windows. The windows are being built by a restorer in Dallas who specializes in this type of work.

Business at the luncheon included approving new bylaws, that gave 501c3 status to the Heritage project. According to Roy Elliott, the Heritage projects will benefit from this tax exempt status, allowing more personal and corporate contributions.

Strouhal started his presentation by telling about the history of the Highlands/East San Jacinto area, based on new material that has been surfacing in the museum project. He reviewed the land grants, indian settlements, French influence, and the influx of Anglos in the 1880’s. Ship building was a major activity in Lynchburg at this time, he said. In the 1900’s William Terrell brought farming and canning to the area. In the 20’s Harry K. Johnson Sr. founded the Houston Northshore Railway. This history is available in a book for sale at the chamber.

Car #524, known as the Highlands car, was the last car to run on the system, and holds significance and much nostalgia for this reason.

Texas Scholars picnic for prizes

CROSBY — A perfect Spring day and all the breeze one could ask for made last Thursday on the Crosby Fair & Rodeo Fairgrounds an ideal picnic setting.

Local sentiment in favor of higher standards for education by the business sector found theater in the Texas Scholars Luncheon hosted by the Crosby/Huffman Chamber of Commerce.

Students from Crosby High and Huffman’s Hargrave High School that took the curriculum required to earn the Texas Scholars designation and achieved at least a C grade point average were treated to some barbecue chip sandwiches, snacks, sodas and a bevy of prizes lavished by local businesses on May 12.

Steve Myers, Superintendent of Huffman ISD, congratulated students on their accomplishments. Dr. Don Hendrix orated on the realities of graduation being a beginning, the probabilities of distraction from purpose in junior college and unique challenges for those entering the employment market now or in the near future. See page 8 for pictures of both schools’ classes.

Crosby baseball drops pair to Brenham; ends season

CROSBY — One the best seasons for the Crosby High baseball program over the past few years came to a close this past weekend with a pair of losses to the Brenham Cubs in a best-of-three series.

Crosby ends the season with a 20-7 record.
An inability to bring the runners home hurt the Cougars in the opening game, as they lost 8-0.

The Cougars strung together eight hits, but could not convert those hits into runs stranding 12 baserunners.

The long-ball sounded the death knell for Crosby in game two, as Brenham hit three home runs en route to a 11-3 victory.

Crosby fell behind early as Trey Buck gave up a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning.

The home run was an aberration for Buck, who threw a no-hitter a week earlier to clinch the district title for Crosby.

In the bottom of the second, Brenham picked up four hits, scoring twice more for a 3-1 lead.

Crosby got onto the scoreboard in the top of the third inning when Derrick Dalcour drew a walk. The fleet-foot Dalcour scored from first on a single by Eric Swendsen.

The flood waters hit in the bottom of the third inning when Brenham loaded the bases with a single, a walk and a bunt. The next batter went deep to give the Cubs a 7-1 lead. The Cubs would put one more run by the end of the inning.

Shannon Talbott led off the top of the fourth inning with a single. He later scored on a sacrifice by Eric Ledvina.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Cubs added two more runs for a 9-2 lead.

Kolby Kidder made it a 9-3 game in the top of the fifth when he took first after being hit by a pitch. The Cubs pitcher tried to pick Kidder off, but the throw was wide and he was able to score on the error.

Dusty Ashworth, who pitched the bottom of the sixth for Crosby, gave up a two-run homer to give Brenham a 11-3 advantage.

Crosby VFD to hold benefit cookoff

CROSBY — The First Annual Crosby Volunteer Fire Department Cook-Off “Friends, Family & Fundraising” will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25 at Texas Wild on FM 1942. All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the CVFD.

This event will be for all ages. For children there will be a Moonwalk, face painting, sno-cones and more. Adults can enjoy live music, good food and cold beverages.

“The Department needs to generate another means of income. The Golf Tournament has been profitable but with the economic growth of Crosby our calls have continued to increase each month,” said Alan Kulak, chief of the CVFD. “We are hoping that this event will assist with some of the unexpected expenses we have been hit with such as the increase in fuel prices, pump and transmission repairs just to name a few. We are looking forward to this event and hope it gets bigger and better every year.”

The CVFD has had only one fundraising event in the past two years, the Annual Hot Shotz Golf Tournament, which began in 2004.

The majority of the CVFD’s monies come from taxes from homeowners, which is .05¢ per every $100 valuation. The CVFD has increased the number of Stations in the Crosby area from two Stations to five Stations to better protect the outlying areas of Crosby and assist homeowners with lower Homeowners Insurance Policies by obtaining a lower ISO rating.

Did you know the CVFD consists of ALL volunteers? Approximately 53 men and women from our community volunteer their time and efforts to protect your land, homes, children and businesses. The Volunteers are responsible for Crosby & Barrett Station, which encompasses 103 square miles. They also handle Mutual Aid calls for Harris County, more specifically, Highlands, Huffman, Sheldon, Channelview and Dayton.

Entry fee is $100 for a 20 x 30 space which includes electricity and water. Cooking categories will be Fajitas, Chicken, Ribs, Open Side Dish and Brisket, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Trophies and cash prizes for 1st Place Brisket, 1st Place Ribs and 1st Place Chicken.

If you have a team that would like to participate or for more information please contact Joe Anselmo at 281-328-4598 or 281-328-7173 or you can call the CVFD at 281-328-2300.

Leaving a child unattended in a car

“Each morning I drop off my daughter at a day car center. I leave my son in his car seat, walk my daughter to the door, return to my son and then drop him off at his grandparents. Most of the time, I never lose sight of my son or car. Am I violating the law leaving him in the car by himself for a short time?”

You never stated how old your son is, but I presume he is less than seven years old. This day and time it is very dangerous to leave any child unattended in a motor vehicle.

You didn”tsay, but I am sure when you get out of your car to take your daughter into the day care center that you take your keys with you, and the windows in your vehicle are cracked open. In the summer time, even in the morning hours, it can get quite warm and muggy.

It is always dangerous to leave children in the vehicle unattended. How many times have we heard of someone leaving their small child inside the car and the child locked themselves inside or even worse “car thieves” take a vehicle not even knowing the child was in the back seat?

It all can happen so fast; be careful at any time leaving a child unattended in a car.

Now I will try to answer your question. Section 22.10 of the Penal Code states that if a person intentionally or knowingly leaves a child in a motor vehicle by themselves for longer than five minutes and the child is younger than seven years of age, they are in violation of the law and guilty of a Class “C” misdemeanor. Section 22.041 of the Texas Penal Code states that a person commits an offense if they have care, custody, or control of a child younger than 15 years old and they intentionally abandon the child in any place under circumstances that expose the child to an unreasonable risk of harm. In this section “abandon” means to leave a child in any place without providing reasonable and necessary care for the child, under circumstances under which no reasonable, similarly situated adult would leave a child of that age and ability.

From what you have asked, I don’t see any violation; but always be careful and observant when leaving small children unattended even for a very short time. The law says not longer than five minutes. Thank you for your question.

Ken Jones is constable of Harris County Precinct 3, which includes most of East Harris County.

Rotary present Scholarships

Highlands Rotary Club presented their annual scholarships to local students at a dinner last Tuesday night. Pictured above are Club president Trish Scott, Barbara McPhee, Chair person Dr. Larry White, President Elect Steve Miller, and students Angela Rideau, Adam Muldrow, Missy Kwapick, Laci Alsbrooks, Brittany St. Ann, Candace Smalley, Jessica Cowley, Jessica Rackley, and Michael Webb Jr. Keynote speaker for the evening was Judge Tony Polumbo.

Special presentations included the Beverly Culbreath Scholarship to Kristi Gonzalez, J. E. Bird Scholarship to Erika Smith at Chinquapin, and Pat McPhee Memorial Scholarship to Stevi Poplaski of Crosby HS. Rotary presented a record number of scholarships to these 12 students, from funds raised at the Annual Chili Feast.

Take Steps to Supplement Your Retirement Plan by Aaron Cole, A.A.M.S.

If you follow the news – or even if you don’t – you’re probably aware that the country is debating the future of Social Security. However, this discussion, while important, may be obscuring another key issue – namely, that many people are finding their employer-sponsored retirement plans are falling short of providing the expected level of benefits. Clearly, this is a huge problem for retirees – and a scary prospect for workers. Consequently, if you are in this second group, you will want to act now to bolster your retirement savings. Before we look at some moves you can make, let’s review two factors behind the current concerns in company-funded plans:

*Economic pressures – For a variety of reasons, pension plans are becoming more expensive for companies to fund; consequently, some plans go underfunded. As long as a company remains solvent, its pension plan – even an underfunded one – will pay out full benefits, but the financial pressure on the company to fully fund the plan is enormous, and can cause a drag on earnings. If companies are in danger of insolvency, they may not fund their pensions at all. When a company terminates its plan, participants still won’t lose their benefits, but they will lose out on potentially valuable future accruals, which typically correspond with age and length of service.

*Switch from “defined-benefit” to “defined contribution” – In 1979, more than 80 percent of workers covered by a company retirement plan had a “defined-benefit” plan – that is, a traditional pension that paid monthly benefits based on years of service. But by 2001, this percentage had dropped to just over 40 percent, according to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, as companies began offering “defined contribution” plans, such as 401(k)s. This shift from “defined benefit” to “defined contribution” means that employees are now much more responsible for planning and saving for their own retirements.

What you can do

You cannot control “big-picture” events, such as a plan termination or a switch to another type of retirement plan. You can take steps to boost your retirement savings inside and outside your plan. Here are a few ideas:

*Prioritize and quantify retirement goals – Whether you plan to spend your retirement years traveling, volunteering, pursuing hobbies or even opening a small business, rank your retirement goals in order of importance and determine how much they are likely to cost. You may want to get help from a qualified financial professional.

*”Max out” on your IRA – Try to fully fund your Roth or traditional IRA every year. A Roth IRA grows tax-free, provided you meet certain conditions; a traditional IRA’s gains and earnings grow tax deferred.

*Consider delaying early retirement -If you enjoy your work, consider extending your career by a couple of years, or take advantage of “phased retirement.” You’ll be able to contribute more money to your employer-sponsored retirement plan.

*Increase 401(k) contributions annually – Try to increase your 401(k) contributions each year, especially if you get annual raises.

*Don’t “overload” on company stock – Avoid putting too much company stock into your employer’s retirement plan; you could incur significant risk if your company goes through some ups and downs. Most financial experts recommend limiting company stock to 10 percent of your retirement plan assets.

You can’t always predict what will happen with your employer-sponsored retirement plan. But by following your own savings and investment strategies, you can go a long way toward achieving the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned.

A visit from Brer Rabbit

Was busier than a two headed cat in a creamery this weekend, but did not do any licking. Have to go back to my day job to get some rest.

Whooped out one bedroom, including the closet, in the painting detail I have been assigned. All this white paint reminds me of my Coast Guard days because I stayed for two years on a big white ship that had lots of rust.

Being a deck ape at the time, you learn a lesson or two after a year of painting, chipping and spreading red lead. Never could master the Bosn’s Whistle, so I turned to striking for Yeoman. It worked. Mastering the art of typing, well, all except numbers, these fingers tap out about 62 WPM and accurately 56 WPM.

There are some who take a typing test online who hit 193 WPM (gross) with an accuracy rating of 189 WPM. That, my friend, is flying across the keys; ain’t many of them around. Betcha!

Got a Coca-Cola ding dong clock when my aunt in Georgia passed. The clock has a pendulum swinging below with the Coca-Cola emblem. Ain’t old because it is battery operated. The clock goes, “Ding Dong Ding Dong; Ding Dong Ding Dong” at the top of each hour.

The clock was moved to paint the room and then re-hung. Afterwards, it struck the donging and dinging at the 29th minute after the hour and this worried the heck out of me. Finally got it Ding Donging correctly, but the thing still does its ding dong ding dong — ding dong ding dong 24/7. (That stands for 24 hours a day and 7 days a week)

Did you notice last Friday was Friday the 13th? It was indeed and did you know a Friday the 13th only occurs when the first of the month falls on a Sunday? Next Friday the 13th is in January, 2006, tis.

Over at the gardening guru spread and admiring his briar patch (row of blackberries) and tomato patch he said, “Look at my rabbit, Charlie.”

He had to point it out and it was a swamp rabbit over close to him. Rabbit was no more afraid of him than Four Dog to me. Never seen anything like it.

Said he’s had the rabbit around 3 or 4 years and he feeds it during the winter. He had a large chicken water container at the end of his briar patch so it and others could have a drink.

I was watching this ole Brer Rabbit by the briar patch and sho’nuff it nibbled out and got a big ole blackberry out of the briar patch. Asked ole guru if he saw that and he said he did, said the rabbit likes tomatoes too.

Life is simple as most folks would shoot the rabbit if it ever got seen by others near their garden.

Like another old friend said about his garden and using insecticides to kill bugs on his greens and cabbage, etc. He told me they cain’t eat it all.

Life is good cause all my friends ain’t in low places.

Changes to 2005 Crosby Rodeo

To All Crosby Fair & Rodeo Members:

We wanted to make all of the members aware of the new events and changes this year for the 2005 Crosby Fair & Rodeo.

In an effort to make this year one of the best years ever, the Crosby Fair & Rodeo Association has added some new events and made some changes in hopes to make this year at the Fair & Rodeo an enjoyable event for the whole community. Crosby Fair & Rodeo is always in need of volunteers. Please let somebody know if you would like to help out this year.

New for this year:

There is going to be a Membership Ticket and a Rodeo Season Pass this year. You will be paying $5.00 more, with a much greater value.
Membership Tickets – $20 – The membership ticket will include the Feed September 17, 2005 and a right to vote during the annual fair board election of new members. The membership ticket will be valid through October 31, 2005.

Carnival Season Pass – $40 – This $40 season pass will allow both the young and the young at heart 9 days of carnival ride entertainment. That’s right! The carnival is going to be open daily at 2:00 p.m. Unlimited rides for all 9 days.

Rodeo Season Pass – $20 – This pass will get you in to every event from June 3, 2005 through June 11, 2005. These events include:

June 3rd & 4th – 59th Annual CF&R Barbecue Cook Off – This year there will be live entertainment Friday night from Grand Central & Mark David Manders.

Plus: Fajitas Friday 7 p.m.; Margarita mix-off Friday 9 p.m.; Chicken Saturday 10:30 a.m.; Register for horse shoe and washer tournament Saturday 11 a.m. – noon; Horse shoe and washer tournament begins Saturday 12:30 p.m.; Open dish Saturday 12:30 p.m.; Ribs Saturday 2:30 p.m.; Brisket Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Showmanship Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Awards Saturday 6:30 p.m.;

June 5th – First time ever, Hispanic Heritage Day — Sponsored by Coors Light with live entertainment and other activities throughout the day – more details on the CF&R Web Site.

Gates will open at 1 p.m.; Salsa and tamale judging contest begins at 1:30 p.m. (Bring your homemade salsa and tamales and enter that day. No entry fee.)

First show, La Potencia 2-3 p.m.; Tamale eating contest 3 p.m. (anyone can enter); Bull Ride 3:30 p.m.; Second show Orgullo 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.; Third show Groupo Los Gallitos 5 – 6 p.m.; Fourth show Notable 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Last show Los Terribles Del Norte 8 pm till ? (two 45 min sets).

June 6th – 8th — Stock show – dates and times available on the CF&R Web site.

June 9th – 11th — PRCA Pro Rodeo and live entertainment nightly – more details on the CF&R Web Site.

Thursday June 9 – F.Co and Cooder Graw

Friday June 10 – Trent Willmon and Kevin Fowler

Saturday June 11 – Jon Wolfe and Dierks Bentley

Passes available while supplies last. On sale now @ Kroger, Walton’s Feed Store, Crosby Feed Barn, Crosby Ace Hardware, K&T Work & Western Wear, Bill’s Crosby Finer Foods, Walmart, and Cavender’s.

Individual tickets. You may purchase these tickets @ Kroger, Walton’s Feed Store, Crosby Feed Barn, Crosby Ace Hardware, K&T Work & Western Wear, Bill’s Crosby Finer Foods, Walmart, Cavendar’s, all Ticket Master locations, and online at www.crosbyfairandrodeo.net.

Individual Ticket Prices: June 3rd and 4th BBQ-Cook-Off $5/night; June 5th Hispanic Heritage Day $10 advance – $12 @ the gate; June 9th Thursday Rodeo/Concert $8 advance – $10 @ the gate; June 10th Friday Rodeo/Concert $10 advance – $12 @ the gate; June 11thSaturday Rodeo/Concert $10 advance – $12 @ the gate.

For more information on where to purchase these passes and/or individual tickets, you may contact the CF&R office at 281.328.2113 or email us at CFR@teleshare.net.

For more information regarding any of the events, check out our web site at www.crosbyfairandrodeo.net.

Crosby MUD says thank you

The Crosby Municipal Utility District wishes to express our thanks to all of our community for your support in passing the $10 million dollar Bond. I understand that not all the votes were for the Bond, so it will be part of your responsibility to always keep us accountable. It is with your confidence in us that we will continue to be wise stewards of your tax dollars. I want to thank everyone who did everything possible to get information out to the public. I know issues such as utilities cannot always be completely understood, but you have put your trust in Crosby MUD and it is my desire not to let you down. We will continue to meet the needs of our community. The District has prepared an outline of priorities and will be setting those items in motion.

Just a reminder! Rome wasn’t built in a day — and doing it fast is never better than doing it right!

Board President,
Jerry Blizzard