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Posts published in “Day: November 23, 2006”

Crosby Branch Library closes for remodeling

CROSBY- The Crosby Branch of Harris County Public Library will close at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1 for remodeling.
“The project will include new carpet, paint and new furniture,” said Library spokesperson Sarah Booth. “Although new space can not be added to the existing building, the current floor space will be reconfigured to make the building open and more accessible. The library will feature reading areas and a new teen area.

Funding for the project will be a joint public-private effort. “We got a small budget from Harris County,” she said. “The Friends of Crosby Library have also been very generous in helping with the project.” Booth could not say exactly how much money would be used.
The remodeling project is estimated to be completed in January 2007. Current customers can pick up their materials at the Atascocita Branch Library located at 19520 Pinehurst Trail Drive in Humble. The library can be reached at 281-812-2162.
The current 10,500 square foot library building has been open since 1987, although libraries in Crosby go back much further. In 1929 J.J. Orsag donated land for a library. O.A. Reidland donated the building while Albert Nelson provided the carpentry for the first Crosby library.
Since it’s opening in 1930, the library collection has grown from 812 books to over 59,000 holdings and 9,000 registered used.

Crosby ISD gets ‘Field of Dreams’

By BOBBY HORN JR.
CROSBY—To be a champion you have to look like a champion.
Well, the Crosby High baseball team will have that look this season thanks to a donation from Murff Turf Farms and Triple B Services.
Murff Turf Farm, of Crosby, has donated 200 pallets of grass while Triple B, of Huffman, donated the dirt work to resurface the high school baseball field.
After seeing upgrades at the football stadium and softball field, members of the baseball team’s booster club reached out to Murff’s to see if they could help.

“Everything else got taken care of,” Lindy Murff said, “So the (baseball) booster club asked us for help.”
For Lindy, the decision was an easy one. “We live in this community,” Lindy said.
“This is our home. I graduated from Crosby, so did my sister (Renee Martin) and brother (Scott). My father (Murff Turf Farms founder Bill Murff) was a former Ag teacher in the ‘70s.”
Lindy is also a former Crosby ISD trustee, having served from 2003-2005.
The Murff’s assistance came is the form of $18,000 worth of Celebration Bermudagrass. Triple B donated $6,000 in supplies and labor, stripping the old grass, installing French drains and preparing the field for the new grass.
According to turfgrass experts Sod Solutions, “Celebration Bermudagrass (is) a selected mutation of Cynodon dactylon, a hybrid cultivar of Bermuda, chosen specifically for its dark blue-green color, low growing habit, adaptability to light-moderate shade and excellent drought tolerance.”
In addition to being drought tolerant, the grass is also known for its durability and need for less mowing than the conventional Bermudagrass. This variety has been specially designed for residential lawns and commercial sports fields.
Murff Turf Farm is one of a select few vendors in Texas authorized to carry Celebration Bermudagrass.
Installing the grass was Vincent Turfs, who gave the school district a considerable discount on the job.
“This is going to be one of the nicest fields in the Houston area,” said Chad Vincent of Vincent’s Turfs. “This is the best grass for sports fields.”
“It (the baseball field) was awful before,” Lindy said, recalling that in the Cougars’ last playoff run an opposing team refused to play on the field forcing the game to be moved to a neutral site. “We’re going to have a field that will make every other team jealous.”
While the field will be dormant during the winter months, Vincent said the field will be green and beautiful by the time the baseball season begins.
Murff Turf Farms knows something about sports fields. Their landscaping work can also be seen outside Reliant Stadium and outside Minute Maid Park.