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Posts published in “Day: June 5, 2008

Crosby, Huffman hold graduation for Class of ‘08

EAST HARRIS COUNTY—Friends and family members of Crosby and Hargrave’s class of 2008 will take a road trip to Aldine this week as both classes hold commencement at the M.O. Campbell Center.
Crosby will hold their graduation on Thursday at 8 p.m. Hargrave will follow on Friday at 8 p.m.
Leading the Crosby Class of 2008 is Valedictorian Tyler Joseph.

In his Top 10 bio, Joseph lists his favorites: Favorite Book: Angels and Demons by Dan Brown Favorite Song: “Hey, Jude” by the Beatles and “Orion” by Metallica Favorite Musical Group: Metallica and U2 Favorite Movie: Anchorman Favorite Animal: Bulldog Favorite Subject: English Favorite Store: Sports FanAttic Favorite Color: Green Favorite Food: Mr. Stetson’s steaks Favorite Place: Edinboro, Pennsylvania Dream Vacation: Italy Dream Car: All Black Cadillac Escalade Ext with an all white interior sitting on 22’s Favorite Holiday: Christmas Parents’ Names: Mike and Rosanne Joseph Influences and Why: My family because they set a good example for me. College Choice: University of Texas at Austin Major/Minor: Plan II (honors liberal arts)/ Journalism/ Pre-med Plans After College: To write for a major paper or go to med school. Favorite High School Memory: Playing football with my friends. Final Thoughts: Crosby football rules!!!
Rounding out the top 10 are: #2 Lisa Past; #3 Katie Stephens; #4 Heather Lackey; #5 Brianna Morrison; #6 Christine Prasek; #7 Ally Arminski; #8 Brittiny Stetson; #9 Jeffrey Hoffman and #10 Kaitlin Niemiec.
The Valedictorian of the Hargrave Class of 2008 is Paige Baker. Tyler Thompson is the salutatorian.
Also finishing in the top 10 are #3 Lance Hill; #4 James Prochaska; #5 Alex Talas; #6 Charles Richardson; #7 Brock Lunardi; #8 Cameron Boswell; #9 Rachel Herrington and #10 Candice Montgomery.

Rotarians say goodbye to Taiwan exchange student

HIGHLANDS– Ten months ago, an 18 year old exchange student from Taiwan came to Highlands as a Rotary Youth Exchange student. She was not sure what to expect in the U.S., but said in a recent interview that this trip had been a lifelong goal she wasn’t expecting would ever come true.
But it did, and thanks to her home Rotary Club in Houli, and the Highlands Rotary Club, she learned about life in America by living with 3 host families and attending the 11th grade at Sterling High School in Baytown. Now she has prepared to return to college in Taiwan, but for the trip home, her sister Yu-Shan has joined her. They will spend a week in New York City, another dream come true, before the flight to Taiwan.
Lin’s three host families include Weston and Delene Cotten, Stephen and Linda Miller, and Andy and Patricia Scott. In addition, Gil and Mei-Ing Hoffman were counselors for the year.
Lin is the sixth exchange student that the Highlands club has hosted since they rejoined the international program a few years ago. Exchange students have come from Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Denmark, Germany, and Taiwan. Rotary president Charlie Ward extolled on the success of the program, and how all in the club have benefitted from learning about new cultures and people from this very close and personal experience.

An example of this might be Carol’s experience cooking a Taiwanese dish for her first host family, the Cottens. She cooked some seaweed that she brought with her, a delicacy in Taiwan but not something you normally eat in Highlands. The Cottens did there best to appreciate it, and as Weston said later, it was a great experience and Carol turned out to be the best exchange student yet for the club.
In recalling her year, Carol said that she was appreciative of the three host families and all they did for her. Even though they had different life styles, she learned new things from each one. She said the Cottens spent a lot of time with school activities, which she could participate in. They also took her to Disney World and Florida, a bonus for an exchange student.
The Millers were fun, and liked to travel to Houston and other places. In fact they took Carol with them on a vacation to California.
The Scotts, she said, were more “country and peaceful” and would go to a deer lease or local trip.
But the best part, she said, was that every family gave her an experience she wouldn’t have had otherwise, to share with her.
Carol also kept busy with Rotary District events, such as a conference held in Tulsa, Oklahoma with about 200 Youth Exchange Students from around the world, which she got to meet and know. She got to speak at this conference, about her home in Taiwan, but when she used her new English words “ya’ll” and “cool” the assemblage knew she was from Texas. She said she also enjoyed the District Conference held in Galveston, where she got to spend time with the 20 exchange students that Houston District 5890 sponsored this year, and dress up as in a Hawaian laua.
In her Highlands activities, she participated with club members in many events, including the Christmas bell-ringing, the benefit Washer tournament, collecting books for African countries, and distributing food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. As she said, “Highlands Rotary is really friendly and they are really doing things for the community.”
While at Sterling, Carol participated in many classes and the tennis team. She was voted the most improved player by the coach and teammates… probably because she had never played before!
After a year, she is perhaps a little homesick. Her brother will graduate from college as a policeman as soon as she and her sister get back. Carol plans to start college, as a philosophy and marketing major.
Asked to characterize her home city in the U.S., she said it was smaller than she had hoped, and that it was difficult to get around without the help of others with cars. She thought that Americans put a higher value on living a “happy” life, while in Taiwan the normal lifestyle is one of “working hard.”
Her memories include the prevalence of central air conditioning, and how good soft chocolate chip cookies taste.
But of her Highlands year, she says “time is too short. I will miss everyone and the things I didn’t get to do.”
At a going away luncheon this Tuesday at Rotary, she said “I am just a small person in the world. Without you all I could never do this. It has been Amazing.”

A historical perspective

Several days ago I received a local historical society “Newsletter.” History is important to any town, city, county, state, etc. but unfortunately there are not enough of them around in most communities to really get all the information down in a timely manner and pass it on to the next generation, etc. But, people who put for the effort do a good job.
The editor has some items in this latest issue that may now be among sought after facts in history but they brought smiles to my face and I thought you might be interested as well.
Facts from the 1500s in Europe—Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide their body odor. Hence, the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.
Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all, the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!”

Houses had thatched roofs—thick straw—piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying, “It’s raining cats and dogs.”
There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That’s how canopy beds came into existence.
The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, “Dirt poor.”
In those days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, “Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.”
After reading the above I was glad I didn’t live in Europe during the 1500s. Can you imagine one bath a year!! Such was life then I guess.
Such are the people, places and things that have touched my life in my West Virginia home!

Newlyweds need to reconcile investment styles

June is one of the most popular months for weddings. This may be due, in part, to June being named for Juno, the Roman goddess of women and marriage. Of course, Juno and her husband, Jupiter, probably had very little trouble with money, but if you are getting married this month, you and your spouse will need to work together on your finances – which means, among other things, that you will have to reconcile your investment styles.
As you set up a household together and establish common long-term financial goals, you will need to make investing a priority. But you and your spouse may well have different attitudes about investing, and some of those differences may be due to your respective genders. A major, long-term study by researchers at the University of California found that women trade stocks less often than men, do more research before making an investment decision, and tend to stick with their investments longer.

The results? Women investors’ portfolios outperformed those of men by 1.4 percent a year, according to the study. So, one might conclude that women’s “buy-and-hold” investing style can pay off in the long run.
While it may be useful for you and your spouse to keep these gender-based tendencies in mind, you will still have to work out some common ground as you create investment strategies to meet your objectives. The key is open and frequent communication. Talk to each other and learn what the other is thinking. Ask yourselves these types of questions: Do we both want to save for a house? If so, when do we want to buy it? If we have children, do we want to help them pay for college? Do we want to retire at about the same time? What do each of us want to do during retirement?
Once you’ve started talking about these and other issues, you’ll be able to start creating appropriate investment strategies. And after you begin investing, you may well find that you can discover ways to “complement” each other’s tendencies and preferences – that is, your “aggressive” choices can balance your spouse’s “conservative” ones, or vice versa.
However – and this is an important “however” – both you and your spouse still need to be aware of the potential dangers of staying too much in your “comfort zone.” If you are an aggressive investor, willing to take greater risks with your principal in exchange for potentially higher returns, you still could get “burned” by chasing after too many “hot” stocks, many of which will have already cooled by the time you invest, and, in any case, may not be suitable for your needs. On the other hand, if your spouse is a conservative investor and consistently favors “conservative” investments such as bonds and Certificates of Deposit, he or she might not get the growth potential needed to help you achieve your joint goals. Furthermore, fixed-rate investments can incur “inflation risk” – the risk that their returns may not even keep up with the inflation rate.
As newlyweds, it’s important for you and your spouse to learn to adapt to each other’s personal styles in many ways – and it’s just as important to accommodate each other’s investment styles. It can take some work, but it’s well worth the effort.

Mont Belvieu singer to perform at NYC’s Carnegie Hall

CHAMBERS COUNTY— Chambers County resident, Suzannah Moorman, will sing her New York City debut at Carnegie Hall, June 14, 8 p.m. as soloist of Mass in C Major, No. 1, “Wedding Mass,” by Timothy Michael Powell, Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Lee College.
Moorman and her family moved to Mont Belvieu last summer to be closer to family. She is currently on the voice faculty of Lee College. Her husband Steve is a graduate of Ross S. Sterling High School in Baytown.
This fall Moorman will become the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Lee College as Interim director and looks forward to conducting the Lee College Choral, Camerata Choir and the Baytown Community Chorus. She also anticipates the grand opening of the new Lee College Performing Arts Center currently being constructed.
Completion is expected during the 2008-09 school year.
The concert, sponsored by Distinguished Concerts International – New York, will include singers from the Baytown Community Chorus, Lee College Chorale, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Cypress, St. Matthew’s UMC in Houston, as well as singers from Batesville and Houston, MS. Composer Timothy Powell will conduct.