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EXCLAMATION POINTS! THE INSIDE SCOOP STRAIGHT FROM THE TOP Editor-in-Chief, PATTI PARISH-KAMINSKI As I get older, time passes much more quickly. My Mawmaw always told me that old adage growing up when, as a child, it seemed like the school year was an eternity and literally decades would pass before Christmas came around. Now, as an adult, I get it. It seems like just yesterday it was January, and now, the kids are out of school, and it’s June. Along with summer, June marks the seventh issue of absolutely! Brazos – just Kim Cress, MD and Patti Parish-Kaminski enjoy The another example of how time flies when Grand Tasting at Sugar Land’s Wine & Food Affair. you are having fun. We are absolutely having the best time covering Brazos, and we sincerely appreciate all of the support we have been shown by readers, advertisers and the community as a whole. Thank you for embracing us as your community magazine. We are absolutely! loving Brazos! Speaking of community, in this issue we focus on a true jewel in Fort Bend: The George Ranch. If you have children in Fort Bend schools, you have likely been on a field trip to the ranch. I can’t even count how many times my family and I have enjoyed activities at the George Ranch, and now, there’s a new immersive exhibit that combines nature and history providing a unique educational and enjoyable experience. The Heritage Trail opened in May, and this quarter of a million dollar project tells the story of how the early settlers had to adapt to their environment in order to survive. The trail winds along the banks of the Dry Creek, and the setting is both serene and thought-provoking. The Heritage Trail is a great way to spend time with the family, and on July 13th, the ranch is hosting its 25th Anniversary Celebration offering free admission to the public. Take some time this summer to visit the George Ranch; you won’t be disappointed. Our High School Hot Shot this month is Patti Fennesy from Foster High School. Read about Patti’s achievements and her love of animals on page 14, and if you know someone who is High School Hot Shot material, let us know. We love shining the spotlight on our youth. Happy Father’s Day to all of our dads, and Happy Summer because ready or not, summer is here! Hope to see you out and about in Brazos. I’ll be the one in the shade with a big hat and fan! absolutely! yours,

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COVER STORY 10 WHAT’S NEW AT THE GEORGE RANCH? THE HERITAGE TRAIL

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Their latest addition celebrates Fort Bend’s heritage in a new way.

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Amanda Hughes-Horan and Candace Jones at The Heritage Trail immersive exhibit. Photography by Nesossi Studios.

F E AT U R E S 24 MEET NARCOTICS TASK FORCE SUPERSTAR: K-9 “Mike”

38 FATHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE Let’s face it – shopping for Dad isn’t easy. Forget the tie and golf balls – find a fabulous gift from a local retailer in this handy gift guide.

COLUMNS 14 HIGH SCHOOL HOT SHOT

Patti Fennesy: A Love of Nature

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32 COMMUNITY EVENTS Fun events the whole family will enjoy

34 OUT & ABOUT IN THE HEART OF BRAZOS

The Village of Fulshear: A Town of Heritage and Charm

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Photo by Nessosi Studios. Robbie and Connor Casas tour the George Ranch’s newest exhibit: The Heritage Trail.

What’s New at George Ranch?

The Heritage Trail The George Ranch Historical Park is already wellknown for the four generations of one family that homesteaded the property over one hundred years. The farm, the prairie home, as well as the ranch mansion and complex have been visited for years by an adoring

COVER STORY By Nick Nicholson

public, but now there is something new – celebrating the old – in store for the 70,000 visitors to the ranch each year. At a cost of a quarter of a million dollars, the newest edition to the ranch celebrates Fort Bend’s heritage in a brand new way.

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n May 4th, the George Ranch Historical Park unveiled a half-mile immersive exhibit called The Heritage Trail. The trail runs along the banks of the Dry Creek in an area that previously had been off limits to all visitors. George Ranch Historical Park Executive Director Candace Jones is quick to point out the new addition isn’t simply a nature trail. “This is both a nature and a history trail. By combining the two, it makes this a very unique experience. The purpose is to educate visitors to a very interesting and often ignored concept of our cultural heritage. We often somewhat arrogantly announce that the pioneers were responsible for taming and harnessing the land here upon their arrival in 1836. Nothing could be further from the truth.” Jones went on to state, “Anyone who understands Mother Nature knows it was clearly the other way around. The early settlers had to adapt their entire lifestyle to utilize the natural resources of their new home or they simply would not survive. The mission of this trail is to explore and learn from this awareness.”

The construction of The Heritage Trail took 18 months.

Approximately two years ago, Jones presented her vision to the George Foundation Trustees who were more than interested in creating this opportunity for the county and its communities. Once an expert trail designer was contracted to come in to assist in the design of the project and see it through to fruition, the scope of the project really began to take shape. The George Trustees accepted the final proposal and the 18-month construction process was set to begin. When ground was finally broken on the east bank of Dry Creek for The Heritage Trail, the employees really became excited seeing their hard work and vision becoming a reality.

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ooking for something fun and educational for the kids to do this summer? Consider the Hands On History Summer Program activities at the George Ranch Historical Park. With different activities scheduled each week throughout the summer months, there Austa Sue Kelley and Leslee Gupton are most certainly classes that offer a period re-enactment of a proper will pique both you and your Victorian Tea to summer visitors. little one’s interest. Starting in the 1830s and culminating in the 1930s, the program offers period re-enactments of frontier life. Want to learn how to construct a real log cabin? Perhaps basket weaving is your hobby of choice? Maybe the art of hunting and trapping is more your style? Have you ever wondered how a real blacksmith did his work? There is something for everyone with the Hands On History Summer Programs at the George Ranch. On July 13th, the ranch will host its 25th Anniversary Celebration. The park will be open free to the public in full celebration of the 25 years of being a part of the Fort Bend County community. The day will be full of games, 25 cent food and drinks and all the fun you can have in one day! From June to August, at 7 pm on the first Tuesday of each month, the ranch will host a free series of lectures open to the public on a variety of different topics. Visit www. georgeranch.org for a full list of available activities and reChef Nick Castelburg demonstrates lated dates to help make your open-air cooking to a crowd of onlookers during a Chuckwagon lunch. summer fun.

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“There is nothing else like this trail anywhere else in the world,” stated Jones. “The natural resources are abundant here. This trail is as innovative and as educational as they come.” Jones was very pleased with the decision by the George Foundation to move forward and commit to bringing this trail to reality, something that was simply impossible to ignore during our interview. The concept of an interpretive trail is very important and personal to Jones. “For many years, I have wanted to incorporate this overlooked concept into the cognitive experience of those who visit our historical park. Although it is my opinion, you simply can’t completely understand the story of human history without considering the influence of the natural environment. You must also recognize the choices that were made by the pioneers who first settled this land and the adaptations they had to make in order to survive in this rugged environment.” Those that choose to partake in the opportunity to experience this new combination trail at the George Ranch may very well have both an educational and emotional experience. “The trail is designed to provide the public with a thought provoking and an interactive environment,” remarked Jones. “This trail is quiet and peaceful, yet it does provide the perfect setting to create an accurate representation of what the early settlers had to deal with when they moved into the area back in 1836.” This new self-guided trail is quite serene and definitely showcases the beauty and picturesque sections of the Dry Creek for the enjoyment of the public. This unique trail and the creative opportunities that it will provide is the perfect fodder for family entertainment. What more could you ask for than the opportunity to see nature and history in its unmolested state? A visit to The Heritage Trail at the George Ranch Historical Park is simply a must for everyone, so put on your hiking boots, and check it out this summer. The George Ranch is in Richmond, Texas and is conveniently located off of FM 762. Visit www.georgeranch.org for more information.

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The Heritage Trail teaches visitors the correlation between the environment and the history of the Texas frontier.

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High School HOT SHOT Patti Fennesy: A Love of Nature

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atti Fennesy, an incoming senior at Foster High School, recently earned the Gold Award, the Girl Scouts’ highest honor. For her project, she worked to revitalize the landscaping at Austin Elementary School. “I wanted something that would benefit the whole community, and the school needed landscaping. I like that years from now I can drive by and see all of the plants grown up, and remember that I was responsible for starting it.” Patti led the project from collecting donations and planting to watering and thank you notes. During the summer, she watered 16 crepe myrtles and five live oak trees between her morning and afternoon marching band practice where she played the trumpet. Patti enjoys volunteering at the Wildlife Center of Texas. “My favorite time is between the owls and baby squirrels. The baby squirrels have lots of energy, but it’s very relaxing to feed them. They crawl all over you. One time we were all focused on feeding the squirrels; it was very quiet. A lady blurted out, ‘Can someone get this squirrel off my back?’”

Patti “We use little syringes with a nipple on the end and some formula, and we have different formulas for different ages. The bunnies have to be held tight so they don’t bounce out of your hand. It can take an hour to feed one because they sit there and stare at you.” “The owls are so beautiful. The barn owls are my favorite. The birds of prey seem to have their own look and personality. I really love being around animals. It’s fun; I can learn a lot because I want to work with animals in the future, so it’s a good experience.” Patti also enjoys fostering kittens for the Houston SPCA. She and her family foster kittens that are too young, sick, recovering from surgery, or have been there a long time and need to get out of the shelter. “We provide the TLC until

they grow to two pounds to be returned for adoption. They’re usually adopted within a few days.” They also foster kittens that need help getting used to living in a house and being held and played with. “Some are rough, and others are relaxed and super cuddly and sweet.” Last summer, Patti attended Texas A&MGalveston Sea Camp for marine biology. “I learned a lot, and it was really good to live in the dorms and make new friends.” She’s working on her senior red belt in Taekwondo. At Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Patti is active in the Youth Group, works in the nursery and is an altar server. At Foster, she’s a member of the marching band, basketball, Foster Friends, Foster Book Club, Life Chain and PowerSET. Following graduation, Patti hopes to attend Texas A&M-Galveston to study marine biology. Her advice: “It’s always really good to be a part of things, or at least one thing. As long as you’re doing what you like, even if it’s taking your time and effort, I think you’ll be happy.”

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nation. Mike and Detective Hricko participated in the competition at the event with Mike taking third place. “K-9 ‘Mike’ has been a valuable member of the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force since July 2008,” said Lt. Josh Dale of the Task Force. “Detective Hricko has been Mike’s handler since November 2011 and has done a great job maintaining K-9 ‘Mike’s’ high level of detection.” Dale added that all the agencies represented in the Task Force “are proud of this great K-9 team assigned to the Task Force.” K-9 “Mike’s” most recent endeavor was helping find $230,000 in cash linked to illicit drug activity when a tractor-trailer rig was stopped on U.S. 59 in Rosenberg on March 19th. Following the seizure, K-9 “Mike” was the focal point of an interview with Channel 13’s Kevin Quinn.

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The City of Rosenberg and the Rosenberg Development Corporation (RDC) are excited to join Fuller Realty Partners in announcing the creation of Rosenberg’s first deed-restricted business park. The Rosenberg Business Park – a 184-acre business park located on FM 2218 less than a half mile from the newly-designated Interstate 69 (formerly US 59) – is the product of a public/private partnership between the City, the RDC and Fuller Realty Partners. The partnership includes the construction of roads, water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, gas and electric improvements to serve the site, as well as drainage improvements which will result in noonsite drainage requirements for the Park. Fuller Realty Partners will own the land and utilize their expertise to market and develop the property for commercial use. They will offer sites for purchase at competitive prices, as well design buildings to fit specific user needs for either lease or purchase. Fuller President/Partner William G. (Bill) Smith will serve as President of the Rosenberg Business Park, Ltd. Shovel-ready sites are anticipated in 2014. Rosenberg Mayor Vincent M. Morales, Jr. stated, “The Rosenberg Business Park is an important part of our strategy to attract quality development to Rosenberg, bringing with it new jobs and capital investment. The ability to offer shovel-ready sites will greatly enhance our ability to attract new businesses.” Rosenberg lies at the intersection of three Class I railroads, enjoys excellent access to the ports of Houston and Freeport, is adjacent to the newly designated I- 69, and is within 35 minutes of downtown Houston and an hour of both Bush and Hobby airports. All of these things combine to make it an optimal logistical location. The existing transportation infrastructure, large regional labor pool, and a business-friendly environment make Rosenberg an ideal city in the Houston area for doing business. Located in Fort Bend County, Rosenberg is a natural extension and expansion of the Sugar Land market which has been one of the top growth markets in the United States. Sections of Rosenberg have seen an explosion of new residential and retail development over the last ten years. Over 2,000,000 square feet of new retail has been built along US-59 just one exit to the east of the Rosenberg Business Park since 2005. Fuller Realty Partners is a privately owned investment and development real estate firm headquartered in Houston. It was founded by William G. (Bill) Smith, Stephen G. Darnall and William Stewart Smith. The principals of Fuller have been partners for 20 years. The company focuses on office, industrial, land investment and development. For more information on the Rosenberg Business Park, contact Rosenberg Economic Development at (832) 595-3339 or Fuller Realty Partners at (713) 850-8400.


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FBJSL Awards College Scholarships to Two Area High School Girls for Outstanding Volunteerism

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The 2013 Volunteer Scholarship recipients Arielle Schochler and Victoria Rigsby attended the FBJSL April meeting to receive their scholarship awards. Pictured with the winners are Katherine Minter, Katharine Hunton, Renee Jaramillo, Tanya Pal, Tin Salas and Laura Thompson.

The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) was pleased to present Arielle Schochler and Victoria Rigsby college scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each for their outstanding volunteer efforts in Fort Bend County. The recipients were chosen from a highly qualified pool of applicants from public, private and parochial schools throughout Fort Bend County. The winners stood out among the other candidates as leaders in their schools as well as in their various volunteer efforts. Arielle Schochler of Needville High School has contributed over 1000 hours of community and school service hours throughout her high school career. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Student Council, FFA, Project Graduation and serves as historian of the History Club. She has participated in the Fort Bend Youth in Philanthropy, St. Michaels’s Catholic Church Youth Ministry, Needville 4-H as Secretary, Fort Bend County 4-H Youth Council, 4-H Vet Science Program sponsored by Texas A & M University, Junior Livestock Committee for the Fort Bend County Fair and Needville Youth Fair. Arielle will attend Wharton Junior College and then transfer to Texas A & M University in Galveston to major in Animal Science. Victoria Rigsby of Fort Bend Christian Academy has contributed over 700 hours of community and school service hours throughout her high school career. She is

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a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, President of Big Sister/Little Sister and is class representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has been awarded the ACSI Distinguished Student in Christian Service and Academics. Victoria has participated in varsity sports throughout her high school career including track, soccer, dance, and as an athletic trainer for her football team. She has been on several mission trips both in and out of the country. Victoria will be attending Texas A & M University in the fall. FBJSL is honored to provide these two very deserving young ladies with the 2013 Volunteer Scholarships. The League initiated this scholarship program in 2009 to recognize local senior girls who have demonstrated excellence in volunteerism throughout their high school careers. FBJSL awards two $1,000 scholarships annually to females displaying outstanding volunteerism. FBJSL is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, to developing the potential of women and to improving the Fort Bend County community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable as well as providing an atmosphere of friendliness, goodwill and camaraderie for all members. For more information about FBJSL, please visit www.fbjsl.com.


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The Texas Master Naturalists Coastal Prairie Chapter is proud to host Texas A&M University Biologist Marsha May to present a program on the relatively new Biological Inventory Team Project created by Texas Parks & Wildlife. The 7 pm meeting will be preceded by a social at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center, located at 1330 Band Road in Rosenberg. Call 281-633-7033 or email mmcdowell@ag.tamu.edu.

June 10th, 11 am – 12 pm Tips on Pet Adoptions Are you looking for a new pet? Ray Wilson from Fort Bend Animal Services will speak on animal adoption and responsible pet ownership at George Memorial Library, located at 1001 Golfview Drive in Richmond. Call 281-341-2677.

June 15th Juneteenth George Ranch Historical Park will commemorate 148 years since the end of slavery in the United States. Observe a re-enactment of a historic speech, participate in a historic picnic and learn about the African American workers who helped shape the Ranch. Cost for the meal is $13.50 for ages 13 and older, $10 for children 5 to12 and $4 for children 4 and under. Call 281-343-0218 or e-mail info@georgeranch.org.

June 17th, 10:30 am – 7 pm The Arc of Fort Bend County Golf Classic Join The Arc of Fort Bend County to advocate for the special needs of all people with intellectual and related developmental disabilities. As the title sponsor, Classic Chevrolet of Sugar Land will provide the funds for a first-class, sold-out event at Weston Lakes Country Club, located at 32611 FM 1093 in Fulshear. Call 281-494-5920 or visit www.arcoffortbend.org.

June 22nd, 10 am – 2:30 pm Free SAT Practice Test Sign up to take a full-length practice SAT at the George Memorial Library, located at 1001 Golfview Drive in Richmond. The test consists of three timed sections: Critical Reading, Math and Writing. Bring two #2 pencils and a non-graphing calculator. Register at www.fortbend.lib.tx.us or call 281-341-2604.

June 29th, 5:30 pm Fulshear Freedom Fest Bring your family and friends to Fulshear’s Annual Freedom Fest. Festivities will include live music, a parade, booths, great food, activities for kids, fireworks and more. Booths open and the parade starts at 5:30 pm followed by fireworks at 9:30 pm. Visit www.fulsheartexas.gov.


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OUT & ABOUT

The Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance presented its State of the Schools Address at Pecan Grove Country Club. Superintendents of Lamar CISD and Needville ISD informed guests of their schools’ growth and achievements at the luncheon. Anna Gonzales and Kay Danziger attended the annual luncheon.

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Norma Cavazos, Kathryn Kaminski and Beth Horstman enjoyed seeing each other at the State of the Schools Address business luncheon.

On Saturday, April 6th, the Fort Bend Central Alliance Chamber held a Safety Day at various locations through out the Fort Bend area. At the Highway 6 Tel Fair H-E-B location were Sugar Land police, Sugar Land Firemen, H-E-B Redi Clinic, Boy Scout Troop 616 and Sugar Land Dental Group and Orthodontics.

Joshua Porter took a close look at a police motorcycle as Officer Scott Youngblood discussed the importance of safety when riding a motorcycle.

Chamber volunteers Eric Edmunds, Cathy Pitts and Tom Wilson helped out at the event.

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Rosenberg Fire Department’s Jason Kosler, Brian, Missy and Andrew Fulmer and Kevin Patton were all smiles in front of the big red fire truck.

Getting a tour of the fire truck were Sylvia Coatney, Bryson Guffey, Fireman Warren Phillips, Austin Guffey and Jerome Cerio.


The Garden Club of Richmond took their annual March trip this year to Orange, Texas where they toured the Shangri La Botanical Gardens, Stark House and the Stark Museum of Art.

Laurel Wendt and Vona Morefield.

OCuSOFT Inc., a privately held research, development and supply company specializing in eye and skin care, opened its new corporate campus in Rosenberg in April with a community open house. The 20-acre facility consists of over 72,000 square feet and more than 100 employees.

Thomas Mason and Cynthia Barratt, CEO and Co-Chairman of OCuSOFT, Inc., welcomed guests to the open house.

David and Rosie Bourland with Nat Adkins, Co-Chairman of OCuSOFT, Inc.

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The Railroad Museum’s RailFest 2013 in Historic Downtown Rosenberg was a great success with over 2,000 attendees. Enjoying his candy at the event was Jacob Pardo.

Sammie Wright, Diana Kelley, Margie Eicke and Pam Dostal.

Joe and Doris Gurecky with Joyce Bartos toured the exhibits.

Elizabeth Moeckel gave stilts a try with Megan Ward’s assistance at RailFest 2013.

Catherine and William Benton enjoyed touring the various rail cars, playing games and learning about the history of the railroad through the years.

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The Chamber’s Hispanic Business Division recently held a network development event at Buena Vista Mexican Restaurant in Richmond. Joe Rangel, Rene Martinez and Matt Ontiveros. Liz Moreno and Alicia Casias.

Imperial Arts presented Urban Ink showcasing the work of six artists in April. The exhibit included a live graffiti demo by Sebastian Tristan.

Painter Robin Baker showed off his ink/acrylic on canvas entitled Street Worker. Houston artist Jenn Fox made her first appearance at The Imperial Gallery with her oil, paint and chalk pastel piece entitled Haunted in Love.

The Chamber’s Young Professionals Division held an “After Hours” event at Ray’s Grill in Fulshear. Donny Abraham and Lyn Sullivan.

Ray Salti, Shanta Kuhl and Andres Novoa.

Chief Bill Whitworth and the members of the Richmond Police Department would like to congratulate Class #20 of the Richmond Citizen’s Police Academy on the completion of their course. A graduation ceremony, sponsored by the Richmond Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association, was held at Schulze’s BBQ in Rosenberg on April 15th.

Members of Class #20 include Cassie Ronspiez, Olga Barr, Yvonne Compean, Bob Peters, Sarah Roach, Janet Orsak, Jayni Mosher, Parker Woodfin, Lisa Woodfin, Laura Ronspiez, Barbara Johnson, Larry Gremminger, Megan Daggett, Ashton Waddle, Joshua Torres, Mandy Oyugi, Glenn Rainer, Sr., Marcus Guajardo and James David. Other graduates, not pictured, included Richmond Mayor Evalyn Moore, Johanna Compean and Misty Folden.

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A CUTTING EDGE GIFT Every dad should have a great knife. This Father’s Day, treat Dad to a new pocket or hunting knife from D & S Antiques’ wide selection. D & S Antiques, 801 2nd Street in Historic Downtown Rosenberg. Call 281-232-0035.

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TRADING CARDS FOR DAD Surprise Dad with his favorite player’s trading card. Trading cards have long held a firm place in the world of sports. Come in and check out Once Again Antiques’ large selection. Once Again Antiques, Collectibles and Fine Gifts, 801 Third Street in Historic Downtown Rosenberg. Call 281-232-3955; www.shoponceagain.com.

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hen you hear the name Volvo, what do you think? Probably the first two things are safety and Sweden. And, you would be right because the Volvo brand continues to be a leader in automotive safety, and it’s now the only Swedish car brand. The 2013 Volvo XC60 embodies both of those concepts in a very big way as a midsize crossover wagon that is subtly stylish on the outside, very Swedish on the inside and very safe all around. For decades, Volvo pioneered automotive safety technology and car buyers looking for the safest car to drive usually chose the Swedish car brand. In 1999, Ford Motor Company bought Volvo and turned it into just another Ford division where it lost a lot of its brand identity. In 2010, Ford sold it to the Chinese automotive maker, Geely, and lo and behold, Volvo has returned to safety and Swedish design. If you’re a fan of Swedish design, then you’re going to love the XC60. The interior features a flowing center console that seems to float above the floor, and the dashboard wraps around you in a gentle curve. The materials used are soft, the leather lush and the colors calming. But now to the safety features that set the XC60 apart from its rivals. The XC60 is the first Volvo equipped with their City Safety feature, a driver support system aimed at

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preventing or lessening collisions occurring at speeds of 19 mph or less. By utilizing a closing velocity sensor, the XC60 will either pre-charge the brakes or automatically brake the car to help avoid a rear-end collision or lessen its impact. Another convenient Volvo safety first feature for families with young children is their built-in Dual Two-Stage Integrated Booster Seats with Adaptive Seatbelts. This eliminates the constant putting in and taking out booster seats to accommodate both kids and adults. These booster seats are integrated into the rear seats and even can be adjusted as the children grow. And, when the booster cushions are not needed, they’re easily folded into the rear seat cushions. With a MSRP of $35,350, the base XC60 is equipped with a 240 hp, 3.2 liter that gets an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. If you need a little more power, you can opt for the 300 hp, 3.0-liter turbocharged engine that delivers fuel economy of 17 mpg city and 20 mpg highway. Follow Steve Kursur at KursarOnCars.blogspot.com.


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exans can be proud of so many things. The climate and land around us, mild winters and long summers and of course, our heritage. Our city leaders strive to keep our heritage alive with historical parks, markers and museums. The suburbs of Houston are continuing to grow and prosper, and Fort Bend County has a significant history that leads a path to today’s successes. One Fort Bend city with a strong heritage is Fulshear. When the “Old Three Hundred” set out in 1824 to settle on the land that was granted to them by the Mexican Government, Churchill Once the corner of FM 359 and FM 1093. Fulshear, his wife Betsy and four children came from Tennessee and crops with convenient railroad passage in and out of the city. began a life as plantation owners. Saloons were also a big contributor to the economy. It was The cotton gin and flour mill was said that at one time there were as many as six to seventeen the main agricultural source of insaloons located on Main Street. The local patrons could not come. In 1830, Churchill Fulshear, shop on Saturdays because of the extreme crowds and often Jr. married Minerva Cartwright, Churchill Fulshear, Jr. violence on the streets that occurred with shootings at the and they had five children. Through saloons. In 1910, a fire was started in one of the saloons, and inheritance, he acquired the plantation and purchased land from the heirs of his brother and it destroyed several buildings including the doctor’s office, sisters who died. He was a veteran of the Texas War for Indrug store, post office, barber shop, grocery and dry goods dependence, and in 1850, he built a four-story mansion and store. The city re-built with two-story buildings and a larger named it “Lake Hill.” downtown. The war, depression and economic times drove Churchill Fulshear, Jr. became interested in horses people away from this small town. In 1940, the population of and horseracing. Between 1850 and 1870, he operated a Fulshear dropped to 287 and only five businesses. racecourse on his plantation that was called Churchill Today, the population has grown to 1,145 according Downs. His student, John Higgins, became famous to 2011 census. City leaders are working to keep by training the first American horse to win the heritage alive. Unfortunately, the Fulshear the English Derby in England. mansion was torn down in the early 1930s and By 1888, Churchill Fulshear, Jr. granted some of the old brick buildings on Main Street the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad a were destroyed. Fulshear Plaza remains, and right of passage through his land. This insightthe city has attractive parks such as Frances ful move opened the doors to travel and developSmart Park and Irene Stern Community Park. ment. In 1890, families moved from Pittsville to The Village of Fulshear hosts events during the settle as the new town of Fulshear was platted. year to encourage community involvement. Cross Churchill Fulshear, Jr. died in 1892, and no Creek Ranch, a master planned community, is other decedents lived there after him. By 1893, built around Flewellen Creek Park and Polishing the population reached 250, and the town had a Pond that invites residents to enjoy the natural school district, a Methodist Church and essential world around them. With so much to offer, the businesses. Life was bustling as cattle, cotton, charming town of Fulshear will continue to grow Historical marker in front of Fulshear City Hall. and prosper for generations to come. sugar cane, corn, rice and pecans became the main

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