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Team Work! Class of '93 Katy Tigers Thanks School Mentors for Life Lessons


Katy’s Joy Kennedy Creates International Business to Help Others


Chamber of Commerce Honorees Celebrated With Gala


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Publisher, CLAUDIA RICHTER Mentors and role models who have made positive impacts on the lives of others are an incredible blessing. I speak from experience when I think of those in Katy ISD who have made a difference in the education of my daughters. It’s an appreciation that lasts a lifetime. There are many exceptional teachers and administrators at Katy ISD, and our cover story this issue is a tribute to those extraordinary individuals. When I met the Katy High School alumni that we are featuring, I realized that we don’t always have the opportunity to thank those whose guidance has meant the world to us. Brandon Layhew, Scott Fleenor, Rob Claudia Richter Caesar, Daniel Lyle, and Paul Johnston were anxious to share their story with Katy and to say thank you to the people who made it their priority to always be there for them and guide them through their youth. To coaches Kent Bruno, Mike Johnston and Gary Joseph: what a proud legacy you have created. Not only have you coached championship teams, you have sent those players out into the world to become champion citizens. This story is really for you. It only seems fitting that we are featuring another extraordinary product of Katy ISD. The beautiful and talented Joy Kennedy, a 2007 graduate of Taylor High School, is using her fashion and business experience to help young women on an international scale. I am so amazed at what she has accomplished, and you will be, too. You may want to visit her website and help support her efforts. As we all know, the Katy community is made up of many individuals, businesses, and organizations that deserve our respect and admiration. The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce recently honored some of them at the annual Tribute to Katy Gala. We are featuring them in this issue and offer our congratulations and best wishes for many more years of continued success. Be on the look-out for more exciting features, events and news from absolutely! Katy. We are here every month with a fresh, new issue! I absolutely! Love Katy!

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LEADERS IN THEIR FIELD Group of Katy residents that grew up together form successful computer business using principles learned at an early age from Katy ISD coaches and mentors

COVER STORY By Claudia Richter Photography by Country Park Portraits

Rob Caesar, Brandon Layhew, Daniel Lyle, and Scott Fleenor on the field with Katy High School Tiger Football Coach Gary Joseph.

Rob Caesar, Coach Gary Joseph, Brandon Layhew, Daniel Lyle, and Scott Fleenor in the Katy High School field house locker room.


hen five friends from the Katy High School class of 1993 want to take a walk down memory lane, they don’t have to go far. Even though after graduating they left Katy and pursued careers separately, their close bonds and the lessons they learned from coaches and mentors at Katy High School eventually drew them back together, and as fate would have it, they were able to pool their talents to start a successful business in their beloved hometown. In March of 2007, they kicked off Byte Time Computing, Inc., a managed service provider specializing in the consulting, planning, and implementation of IT solutions for small and mid-market organizations. Brandon Layhew, one of the three principals of Byte Time, says that new laws that regulated the way that doctor’s offices could manage medical, financial and insurance records, paved the way for their business to establish a client base with a need for their services. Once they were established, they added dental companies, law firms, architectural firms and all types of professionals to their list of clients. They have now gone from small to mid-size businesses to providing services to corporations in three states. “Our success is a lot


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about relationships,” explains Layhew, “and what we have done to strengthen relationships with God, family and business.” The fact that working together as a team is nothing new to the partners was a strong component to the planning and organizing of the company. Layhew and his partners Scott Fleenor, Rob Caesar, and Paul Johnston, started out at Cimarron Elementary together, played baseball and football together, many times in legendary Katy Tiger coach and Paul’s dad, Mike Johnston’s, backyard. “From an early age, we were taught that when you are on a team, each member is expected to play a role and to accept the

Katy Tigers Sophomore Football-1990: Rob Caesar, #56, Scott Fleenor, #31 and Brandon Layhew #66.

concept that individual responsibility leads to team success,” says Layhew. “We also learned that nothing comes easy and that hard work and dedication, while relying on each other’s strengths, can overcome great adversity.” They also found that great role models were all around them. In addition to their athletic coaches, their parents were hardworking Katy folks who were supportive of their endeavors and gave them the freedom to grow and learn, giving them a wonderful foundation for their futures, Of course, the Katy of their youth was a far cry from the Katy of today. At a time when Cinco Ranch was really a ranch full of wide open spaces, the young boys could roam freely, pitching a tent on Mason Road for a camp-out Brandon Layhew and Paul Johnston or swimming in the of Byte Time Computing, Inc. grew up rice wells provided together in Katy and are now partners by local farmers. in a local business. Along the way, the group of friends expanded to include Daniel Lyle, when he showed up in seventh grade. “The five of us have always been very close,” says Layhew, “so to come together as adults to be able to work together and continue our friendships on a daily basis has been a real blessing.” After high school years filled with Katy Tiger football and plenty of positive reinforcement from the faculty of Katy High School, the friends struck out on their own to find their way in the world. Fleenor and Caesar joined the military and were thrilled to actually run into each other by chance during basic training. Paul Johnston joined the Marine Corps, and Layhew went to college and played football. At one point, Layhew was reunited with Johnston while walking through the Quad at Texas State University, where Johnston earned a degree in computer science and Layhew in psychology. Later, Fleenor and Layhew ended up working for the same company in Houston, while Ceasar and Lyle were employed elsewhere. During this time, they admit they learned some valuable real-life experience that was instrumental in later forming their own company, namely how not to treat employees and how to manage a business. Part of that experience included Layhew’s stint as a public speaker for a non-profit. While that role was fulfilling, he always felt that it would not be his ultimate career. In the meantime, Fleenor had moved to New Braunfels and started Byte Time Computing, Inc. Fleenor was doing well with his new venture but found that his client base had become stagnant. During a conversation with Layhew, they decided to pool their skill sets and resources to grow the fledgling company. Johnston came on board with his strong background in Smartphone technology, and Lyle handles the financial operations. The old friends are thrilled to be working together as a team again. They are grateful for what they have learned growing in Katy and are eager to see another generation carry on the tradi-

tion of hard work and discipline. “In this business, everyone understands that they have some skin in the game,” says Layhew. “We know that each one of us has to provide the highest quality of service to gain and maintain the trust of our clients and grow our business. Their objectives Rob Caesar, Brandon Layhew, and Scott include reducing down Fleenor reminiscing about their good old time and lost revenue for days on the field as Katy Tigers. clients, increasing productivity, improving network reliability, improving and establishing IT security, and maximizing IT capabilities, while providing business tools such as network development, email and internet solutions, website development, Smartphone and mobile device support, backup and business solutions, as well as hardware and software upgrades.” The men credit coaches Kent Bruno, Johnston and Gary Joseph for their strong positive influences over the years, and Layhew carries on that tradition by coaching football at Houston Christian High School, which came about as a favor to his former coach Johnston. Katy High School football Coach Joseph is happy for his former players and remains close to them. “A big part of our program is helping kids grow up and become good and successful men,” he says. “Katy football has the tradition of a strong work ethic so that when they leave here, they continue to be leaders. I am very proud of them. It’s this kind of attitude that unites a community and keeps old-fashioned values first and foremost a top priority. You know that once you are a Katy Tiger, you are always a Katy Tiger.” “So much of what we have learned growing up in Katy is loyalty to one another and teamwork,” says Layhew. “For our relationships to have lasted this long and for us to be able to give back to the community together is a great source of pride for us.”

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Dream Job

By Claudia Richter Photography by Country Park Portraits

Katy Katy resident resident helps helps create create jobs jobs for for victims victims of of human human trafficking trafficking and and restores restores pride pride and and purpose purpose for for them them and and their their families families


rowing up in Katy, Joy Kennedy, a 2007 graduate of Taylor High School, always felt that giving back to the community and the world was strongly emphasized. It wasn’t until a mission trip with her father, Alex Kennedy, pastor of Kingsland Baptist Church, to Bangladesh, one of the poorest places in the world, that it really hit home. “That trip was life-changing for me,” says Kennedy. Í knew that I was really fortunate, and it was hard to process that so many others don’t have the same opportunities.” After studying fashion design and International Studies at the University of St. Thomas, she started thinking about what she was going to do upon graduation. It was after another visit to an impoverished area of the world, this time Calcutta, India, with Omar Garcia, also of Kingsland Baptist Church, that she got her answer. Kennedy saw that many organizations in India were helping girls and young women who had been held prisoner in the sex trade either as a result of kidnapping, being given up by their parents or to pay off a debt. Although possessing some

Joy Kennedy, of Katy, with a group of Indian women who make a living making products sold through


ness from the University of Calcutta and had an export license. She had 15 18 to 30-year-old girls who had been rescued from brothels employed but wanted to be able to help more. “I met with some women and saw that the quality of their work was great,” says Kennedy. “I saw that they had a lot of potential and we formed a partnership.” The girls, who make a line of Joy Kennedy wearing a scarf and standing in front of the clutch handbags, make a regupurses that are part of her line of products made by Indian women who have been rescued from a life ensconced in human trafficking. lar salary and are able to afford health services. Kennedy’s products, which also include clutch purses, jewelry, and scarves, are sold at markets and also online sewing or other craftsmanship skills, they at were lacking a way to support themselves, The name Priya has a special meaning. It obtain health services or feel like producis a Sanskirt word that means beloved. The tive members of society. They needed Priya logo is lotus flower, the national flowan alternative to the sad and devastating er of India, and it is the symbol of rebirth. world of prostitution and to replace their In the future, Kennedy would like to exfeelings of shame with pride. pand and be able to help more in need. She “I wanted to help these girls,” says has gone on scouting trips to Mexico and Kennedy, “and I also wanted to offer them has an upcoming trip planned for Nicarahope. They wanted to make items to sell in gua. She currently keeps 16 girls employed. the Western world but needed someone to “For me, this is perfect. It combines my help them figure out what would be marketdesire to help others with being involved able and get the products somewhere that with fashion and also my love of travel,” people could buy them.” Kennedy met a says Kennedy. “So many girls need help, group of women who were working with and I feel that it’s the least I could do. I have an Indian woman who had a degree in busicreated my dream job.”

“I wanted to help these girls and I also wanted to offer them hope.”

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indow treatments can add so much in your home. They can provide privacy, insulation, absorb sound, protect your floors and furniture from UV rays, and many more benefits. But, we are going to talk about the beauty of window treatments! Window treatments set the tone and feel of your room. You can make your room elegant, rustic, playful, or cozy. There are no rules today for what treatment and style go with your furnishings. This is a great area to make a personal statement. Often window treatments are the first thing people see when entering a space. There are so many options and choices, so let’s talk about a few ideas! If you want a dramatic feel, for example a dining room, you may have panels framing your windows in a luxurious silk fabric in a bold rich color. Add trim to the treatment and puddle it to the floor if you want to take it one step further. Remember to make the panels full! You don’t want to have a skimpy panel in a formal setting. For a more cozy room, like your bedroom or sitting room, linen has been a really popular choice. Fabric companies have come out with a variety of linen prints; don’t be afraid to have pattern on your panels. You could have an over scale pattern for panels or a small print for valances.

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Understated and elegant, this window treatment adds some necessary panache to a streamlined kitchen design.

This full panel adds wonderful color and substance to the room.

Another thing to do is layer fabrics. For a valance in a kitchen, you may want a large pattern on the face of your treatment, and then, contrast it in a smaller pattern or a solid fabric. Layer things up. They don’t have to be plain and boring. Window treatments can express your personality! Show it off!

This window seat in a girls bedroom is a perky reminder that windows are for dressing up!

One last tip: Many times people tend to skimp on the hardware. Your hardware is shown off just as much as the fabric and trim. Make sure it is complimentary to the window treatment style and the setting of the room. I know window treatments can be overwhelming, but remember, they can be fun as well!

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April 1st

Fulbrook Cork & Culinary Fair

Holy Week at Living Word Lutheran Church

Sunday, April 1 – Palm Sunday A Lenten Cantata, “Behold the Gift of Love,” presented by the Choir of Living Word Lutheran Church accompanied by a chamber orchestra at 8 am, 9:30 am and 11 am. Following the services, children will be invited to an “instrument petting zoo” where they can see and hear up-close demonstrations of the orchestra instruments. Thursday, April 5 – Maundy Thursday The Maundy Thursday worship service will be held at 7 pm. Friday, April 6 – Good Friday “Journey to the Cross” begins at 10 am, and is an interactive walk through the events of Holy Week for young children and their families. “Stations of the Cross,” a worship service for all ages, will be held at both 3 pm and 7 pm. Sunday, April 8 – Easter Sunday Celebration The Easter Sunday worship services will be held at 8 am, 9:30 am, 11 am and 6 pm. Living Word Lutheran Church is located at 3700 S. Mason Rd. Katy, 77450. For additional information, visit

April 1st – 29th

FotoFest Katy 2012

Twenty-five local photographers will be exhibiting over 150 works in 11 venues throughout Katy. The FotoFest Biennial in Houston is the first and longest running Biennial of its kind in the United States, and one of the largest photography events in the world. For more information, visit

April 5th 9:30 AM

Nottingham Country Garden Club

Nottingham Country Garden Club will feature Jennie Dunnihoo. Her program will be: Cooking with Herbs. For more information, visit or call 281-578-1036 or 281-693-0016.

April 7th

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Saturday with the Master Gardeners

Visit 4 acres of Demonstration Gardens and talk to the volunteers who design and maintain them. It’s a great way to learn! Park in front of the Agriculture Center located at 1402 Band Road, Rosenberg, 77471. Take one of the sidewalks back to the area behind the building to find the Master Gardeners. For information, call 281-341-7068 or visit


Gourmet food and wine pairings, entertainment, cooking demonstrations, vineyard tours, and multi-course wine dinner in the beautiful Fulbrook neighborhood in Fulshear. Mediterranean wines from France, Italy, Spain, and Greece featured. Celebrity chefs and Blue Cork Award competition. Dine under elegant white tents and experience a European-feel festival atmosphere. For information, visit

April 20th

April 12th

6:00 – 9:00 PM

Katy Sip n Stroll

Presented by Kroger, this event is a classic, casual outdoor wine walk in the center square of Villagio Town Center on Westheimer Parkway at Peek in Katy. Tickets are $35 per person for general admission, $55 per person for Sparkling Reception and general admission, $65 per person for VIP with access to premium food and wines and $85 for Sparkling Reception and VIP. The event will include wine and food samplings, live music, craft beer garden and interesting displays and vendors. Benefits Cinco Charities. For more information, visit

April 13th 11:30 AM

KVPAC Spring Swing Golf Tournament

Benefiting KVPAC programs, tournament takes place at the Golf Club of Cinco Ranch. Shotgun start at 1 pm. Dinner and awards ceremony following tournament. For information, call 832-875-5229 or register online at

April 13th

4:30 - 8:30 PM

Cimarron Elementary Annual Spring Carnival

Inflatables, games, craft fair, silent and live auctions, food, and much more. Carnival is open to the public and everyone is welcome. We even have an exclusive Preschool Zone for kids 5 and under. Come join our event! If you would like to donate to our Silent or Live Auction or be a vendor in our Craft Fair, contact Stephani Peralta at 281-217-3635 or email

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6:30 PM

Support the Girls Gala

Benefiting the CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Breast Cancer Awareness Fund taking place at Weston Lakes Country Club. Individual tickets are $75 and sponsorships are available. Seating is limited. Call Dana Mersiovsky at 281-599-6696.

April 21st

6:30 – 11:30 PM

Lone Star Stomp XXIII

Presented by the Fort Bend County Museum Association at the George Ranch Historical Park Arena. Sponsorships and reserved tables are available. Featuring live and silent auctions, Swinging Door, Texas-sized dinner, live music and dancing, and other all-star extras. Visit

April 21st – 22nd

28th Annual BP MS 150 Bike Ride

The MS 150 Bike Ride is the largest event of its kind and the largest fundraising ride for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Approximately 13,000 cyclists are expected to take part in the two-day, 180-mile trek from Houston to Austin. The ride will begin in Houston on Saturday, April 21st and finish in downtown Austin near the State Capitol on Sunday, April 22nd, following an overnight celebration at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in La Grange. For information, visit

May 12th 7:00 pm

Seven Lakes Orchestra Annual Music to the Eyes Raffle

Local Katy area artists have sponsored the 2012 Music to the Eyes Raffle with their time and talents. Original artwork using instruments as their canvas is not to be missed! The raffle will be held Saturday May 12th with the  7 pm Symphony Orchestra POPS concert at Seven Lakes High School Performing Arts Center. The art pieces will be displayed at local businesses throughout the Katy area beginning March 19th. Visit

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How do you react to color? Do the warm shades of a sunset move you, or does a clean, cool winter landscape speak to you? What inspires you? Nature’s palette, the ocean’s hues, or bold colors? Is there a mood you want to capture? Visualize colors that create a calm retreat to a bright kitchen. Get a clue from your clothes closet. Does that one red sweater get passed over time and time again for the neutrals in your wardrobe?

Using Color in Design What is the size of the space? Do you want it to feel larger or cozier? How much available light is there, and what time of day will you use the room most? Decorating a room with a view? You may want to incorporate the hues in your surroundings into the palette. The visuals show the relationship of “Inspiration to Interiors” using color. A bold sculptural palette influences an office space with storage boxes and bright artwork.


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A Tribute to Katy The 2012 Katy Area Chamber of Commerce Gala The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated its Annual Gala, “A Tribute to Katy,” on February 17th with a record crowd. The event was chaired by Lori Gunn and held at the Safari Texas Ballroom. The elegant evening included dinner, as well as commemorative portraits for the guests and entertainment with dancing by the Password. The Chamber recognized the 2011 Volunteer of the Year, Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year. The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce presented these awards at the Gala: Volunteer of the Year

The ARC of Katy is a 501(c)(3) corporation working to create opportunities for all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their goal is to enable each of their students to be a participating and respected member of our community and to grow in mind, body and spirit. The organization was formed in 1990. Over the years, the ARC of Katy has sponsored dances, parties and occasional picnics for families of those with intellectual disabilities. These events provide a wonderful social activity for their participants. The ARC of Katy Adult Activity Day Program opened in

February 2005. This program is essential for the participants with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Without this program, the families would have no opportunities to have their children grow in mind, body and spirit. Part of the program for the participants is an extensive outreach to the community through volunteering. The participants volunteer weekly for the City of Katy, Keep Katy Beautiful, Katy ISD, Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, Katy YMCA and numerous other organizations. ARC members and Day Program participants have a “Can Do” attitude and are always ready to help in the community.

Recent Ribbon Cuttings Katy Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday, February 2nd ProWealthOne Custom Retirement Solutions 810 S. Mason Road, Ste. 130, Katy 77450

Sunday, February 5th God’s Temple of Praise Community Church 19929 Westfield Parkway, Katy 77449


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A sample of ways CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital gives back to the community includes:

CHRISTUS St. Catherine, Business of the Year. Pictured are: Katie Cross, RNC, MSN, Director of Education; Jack McCabe, Chief Executive Officer; Barbara Lazor, MBA, RN, Chief Nursing Officer; and Danielle Williams, Director of Admissions.

Business of the Year With over 12 years of serving the Katy Community as a business and community partner, the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce recognized CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital as the 2011 Business of the Year. Since its opening in 2000, CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital has grown nearly as fast as the Katy community. The Catholic-based hospital has doubled in size, tripled its emergency room capacity, expanded medical services and procedures, and added new buildings to its campus. Their mission is to serve the community through partnership, compassion and stewardship. As a Catholic, faithbased, mission-driven hospital, it gives

Celebrate Your Princess Breast Cancer Awareness Walk: In its third year in 2011, 600 princesses and princes participated, raising $25,000 for community cancer awareness programs. Support the Girls Luncheon: The first-ever event in 2011, organized by volunteers, community leaders and educators in the Greater Katy area, raised $15,000 for the CHRISTUS St. Catherine Breast Cancer Awareness Fund. Mammogram Mondays: Community outreach initiative in which CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital, in partnership with physicians and nurse practitioners, administers mammograms and cancer screenings to medically underserved women who are patients of local area clinics like Breath of Life Clinic, Christ Clinic and Fort Bend Family Health Center. Wee See Vision Program: A partnership with local ophthalmologists to provide eye exams and corrective lenses for medically underserved students in Katy ISD. Area physicians discount products and service costs. Wee See funds the balance with a small co-pay, depending on the family’s financial situation. Heart of Katy Fun Run and Walk: A certified and sanctioned 5K event that raises funds for the CHRISTUS St. Catherine Heart Program, which funds Katy’s only Comprehensive Heart Program for cardiac education, wellness and outreach. Cancer Education and Prevention Program: A community benefit plan that sponsors events including free skin cancer screenings during Skin Cancer Awareness month in May. Mobile Health Unit: Parks at Christ Clinic in Katy once a month to perform health screenings, blood pressure checks and blood sugar testing for the underserved in the Katy community. Sport the Pink: CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital in Katy and the Southern Indoor Football League, Houston Stallions teamed together in May, 2011 at the Merrell Center to support breast cancer awareness. back to the community through a variety of direct healthcare programs as a living, breathing image of its mission. CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital uses its unique health ministry to provide medical attention for local school children, at-risk cancer patients, and other high-risk and underserved populations in the Greater Houston and Katy areas. CHRISTUS St. Catherine has consist-

ently exceeded the Katy community’s expectations. Their partnership and commitment to the community is an inspiration. The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce was honored to recognize the tremendous contribution CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital makes to the quality of life in the Katy community. Business Briefs continued on page 26

Friday, February 10th thatbar 406 W. Grand Parkway S., Ste 280, Katy 77494

Thursday, February 16th - Groundbreaking Evergreen Cottages 21715 Bridgewater Village Drive, Katy 77449

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Citizen of the Year The 2011 recipient of the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award, Ray Wolman, joins a distinguished list of honorees who have earned the respect and admiration of the Katy community for outstanding service, dedication and leadership. After graduating from Texas A & M University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Science, Ray was hired as the only biology teacher at Katy’s one high school. In a small 2A district (on the Katy prairie) where the railroad and growing rice were the main focus of families, Ray was the lone science teacher. In the fall of 1980, a 34.5 acre wooded tract of land West of Katy High School was acquired by Ray Wolman. Katy ISD. The school district and community developed a long range plan to establish an outdoor classroom for students in this quickly expanding community. Over a period of two years, the Outdoor Learning Center (OLC) grew from a dream and long range plan to a wonderful school district facility. The living history classroom includes a pioneer classroom, an early general store, Texas Indian and Western Heritage displays, pioneer tools and home displays and general information on the History of Katy. A homing pigeon loft is on the site near the barn and is used by all grades levels to learn the habits of homing pigeons. Each class takes a pigeon to their own campus, and then sends the pigeon back to the OLC with a note attached. The teachers received an email from Mr. Wolman letting the students know when the pigeon had arrived and what was in their note. Ray Wolman has worked with over 50 Boy Scouts to obtain their Eagle Scout Award through projects at the OLC. Because of this partnership, many Boy Scout meetings and Arrow of Light ceremonies are held at the OLC on an annual basis. Mr. Wolman’s patience with students is always admired and appreciated, continually teaching while helping these young men accomplish their goals. Ray completed the 30th annual Katy ISD Folk Life Festival. This event is attended by over 3,000 children and adults from this area of Texas and from foreign countries, coming to learn more about the life of the early settlers of Texas and experiencing a day in the beautiful environmentally friendly outdoor facility that Ray Wolman has helped create for the families of our community. Mr. Wolman has demonstrated a strong commitment to our community through his service in many areas of the community including First Baptist Church of Katy, the Katy FFA Rodeo Parade Committee, a member of the Katy A&M Alumni Scholarship Committee, 12th Man Foundation at Texas A&M University, the Texas A&M University Former Students’ Association, the Katy Heritage Society, the Texas Gourd Society, the American Gourd Society, the Purple Martin Society, the Texas Bluebird Society, the Houston A&M Club, the Blinn College Alumni Association, the Stephen F. Austin University Alumni Association, Keep Texas Beautiful, and the Chappell Hill Historical Society. A 40 year retired Katy educator, Ray Wolman has made it his primary focus and responsibility to educate and empower the students, parents and citizens of our area to improve our environment. Ray Wolman is a shining role model and truly a patient man dedicated to making a difference is his community and schools.

NCL graduating senior Brooke Davis with father James Davis during the father/ daughter dance. Photo by Connie Redmon.

Rachel and Connie Redmon with Kimberly and Kendall Guinn at the 2012 Senior Presentation Ceremony.

Emma Massey with mother Debbie, the NCL Star Chapter president. Photo by Connie Redmon.


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Katy National Charity League Chapters Honor Graduating Seniors

Haile DuPlantier, Callie Simnitt, Rachel Redmon, and Kendall Guinn, members of the NCL Star Chapter, attended the senior presentation. Photo by Connie Redmon.

Front Row: Jessica Duda and Katie Morris. 2nd Row: Kaitlin Cook, Emily Morris, Nikki Yost, Meagan Magaldi and Katherine Gesoff. 3rd Row: Caroline Richardson, Heather Morris, Allison Morris, Brooke Davis, Catherine Long, Lindsay Bartlett, Catherine Braaten, Abby Newton, Lauren Morris and Mary Newsom. 4th Row: Christina Sze, Drew Hartt, Kenzie Buchanan, Claire Bartlett, Leslie Patton and Victoria Adams.

NCL Star Chapter The Star Chapter of National Charity League (NCL) celebrated the Senior Class of 2012 in the ballroom of the Omni Houston Hotel at Westside in February. Members of the chapter recognized each of these 23 young ladies for what they have accomplished in the past six years in the NCL organization. They have contributed over 6,000 hours to their chapter and community working through 20 local charities. Each young lady learned how to serve her community, be a leader, and open her eyes to the cultural arts around her. The Star Chapter is dedicated to mothers and daughters serving together and building a close relationship, which together empowers them to be confident, well rounded and socially aware.

MacKenzie Winters, Caroline Muller and Macy Medford attend the senior presentation for their NCL chapter’s graduating seniors. Photo by Connie Redmon.

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The National Charity League (NCL) Azalea Chapter honored its graduating seniors at its annual Senior Presentation in late February at the Omni Houston Hotel at Westside. At the dinner and dance attended by family and friends, chapter members celebrated the accomplishments of each of the 22 girls in the Azalea Class of 2012 and recognized their contributions to the community during their years of service in the six-year National Charity League program. The seniors are students at three area high schools: Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes, and James E. Taylor. The mission of NCL is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. The Azalea Chapter was formed in 1999, and in the past year its members have served over 9100 volunteer hours in support of 26 charitable organizations in Katy.

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NCL Azalea Chapter

Front Row: Mandi Slebodnik, Kaitlyn Wilson and Kalie Simmons. Seated: Ryann Andres, Natalie Vos, Kendal Kiecke, Alexa Drost, Lauren Sanders, Michelle Yate and Sarah Thomas. Back Row: Holly Kons, Lauren Anderson, Kelsey Johnson, Lauren Hines, Bethany Marshall, Caroline Marcom, Ashley Sherman, Caroline McRory, Grace Leggett, Hope Smith, Mary Zurbuchen and Megan Barrilleaux. l APRIL 2012



Author Kate Klise recently visited Pattison Elementary to conduct a workshop. While encouraging, stimulating and motivating the students’ writing skills, she shared her “Top 10 Tips of Things You Can Do Today to Become a Better Writer.” Pictured are Sarah Schneider, author Kate Klise and Corey Benz.


Pattison Elementary students visiting with author Kate Klise. Pictured are Isabella Rodriguez, Nick VanHorn, Adron Blount, Hanna Kang, Skylar Galicia, Julie Dillalo, Kagen Lucas, author Kate Klise, Ellie Cardner, and Chris Darden.

Pictured are Nancy Lombard and Mary Abrams, Co-Chairwomen of the 3rd Annual Charity Fashion Show held on February 17th at the Willow Fork Country Club. The event was presented by Epiphany Catholic Church Ladies Club and Willow Fork Country Club Women’s Association. All of the proceeds benefit the St. Vincent De Paul Society and the Ft. Bend County Women’s Shelter.

A retirement reception was held recently at McMeans Junior High for Custodian Jose Pena. After 15 and a half years with the Katy Independent School District, many friends, family and co-workers celebrated Jose’s retirement. Pictured are Susie Fonseca, Geronima Medina, Jose Pena, Yolaisy Gutierrez, Juan Reyez and Paula Maldonado.


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BACK-TO-BACK x 2! This year’s 8th grade girls’ Beckendorff basketball teams A, B and C made school history with two consecutive years of undefeated seasons, taking the Division and District Championship titles. All three teams won Division and District last year as 7th graders. Way to go Lady Bears!!!

Pictured in Team A: (back row) Coach Theresa Janda, Cydney Varner, Maggie O’Connell, Brianna Brown, Abby Nagode and Anna Bowman; (front row) Michelle Fokam, Ati Omilabu, Kendall Rollins, Alison Goss and Sarah Goss.

Pictured in Team B: (back row) Grace Ugwoegbu, Andrea Benavides, Megan Cybul, Hadassah Benenoch, Sydney Nimtz, Rachel Szopa and Coach Margie Fleming; (front row) Summer Moffett, Alisa Shimmel, Shannon Moffett, Emily Szczechowski, Stephanie Tahtouh and Millie Onslow.

Team C: (back row) Coach Dani Cronauer, Camille Manaker, Grace Ardis, Cassie Lovett, Claire Ameen, Maddie Balas, Mackenzie Barbie, Ana Torro and Chomia Anyanti; (middle row) Jordan Groth; (front row) Hanna Carlton, Stephanie Chang, Allie Audelo and Carmen Patino.

The Boy Scouts of Katy’s Troop 557 just had their Court of Honor recognizing the scout’s achievements over the past few months. Many scouts in the troop received various merit badges that they have been working on. The scouts pictured have earned their next rank in scouting. Pictured are Alex Trevino who earned his 2nd Class and 1st Class rank, Daniel Rodriguez who earned his 2nd class and 1st class rank, Christian Contreras who earned his 1st class rank, Ashton Rocker who earned his Life rank and Nick Christoffersen who earned his Eagle. Congratulations scouts!

McMeans Junior High students recently had hands on opportunity to learn about quail with help from the Texas Wildlife Association. Students weighed, measured and dissected a quail while learning important features. Pictured with science teacher Blake Lannom is student Symphony Yellowe.

McMeans Junior High student Cole Hennessy is pictured weighing his quail. The quails were weighed and measured to determine various characteristics before the students dissected them. l APRIL 2012


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Why Can’t I Lose Weight? FA C I N G T H E G I A N T S B y Jaso n H o d g e

The Psychological Reasons That Limit Us Most of the time, we think about physical aspects (diet, cardiovascular, strength training) related to weight loss, but the psychology can have a profound impact on your ability to lose weight. If you can win the psychological battle with yourself, the body almost always follows.



n any given day, 56% of the American population would like to lose weight, but the reality is that many fail to accomplish their weight loss goal. We all know that diet and exercise are important, but sometimes it doesn’t seem to be enough, does it? So why do some people have such a difficult time losing weight and what can be done about it?

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Failing time and time again is one of the most discouraging things that most people face. After all, no one likes to fail. It’s humiliating, discouraging, and frustrating, but everyone fails sometime. The important thing to realize is that failing at something doesn’t define who you are. Just because you fail, it doesn’t mean that you are a failure. If that was the case, Alexander Graham Bell, who failed 1,000 times to make the light bulb, would only be known as one of the greatest failures of all time.

Fearing the loss of friends and family is a huge obstacle for many people trying to lose weight. Eating has become such a social activity in our culture, and when we decide to change out personal habits, the people we care about most will often push back. While losing weight is already hard, it can become even more difficult when the people we care about the most discourage us from making our health a priority. Our friends/family may do this because they feel self conscious about their own health/weight issues, but it is one of the most powerful psychological battles we could face.

Taking the first steps on a journey to weight loss can be frightening. Things you have known your whole life (foods that you enjoy, how to prepare certain recipes, your daily routine) are being disrupted for this new life you are supposed to embrace. Making so many changes at once can seem overwhelming and push you to just give up instead. You may not be happy with the extra weight, but it does feel comfortable. So instead of pushing ahead, you find yourself falling back in to your comfort zone.

What to do You have to realize that failure in what you are trying to accomplish does not define who you are as an individual. However, it does give you a chance to learn what works and does not work for you. If you are struggling with the right method to achieve results, find some help from someone who is an expert in the health or medical field. Take the time to interview the professionals you meet with to make sure they will be the right person to help you. Make sure you surround yourself with supportive, encouraging people; not someone that will rub your nose in your failure. Eventually, with enough determination and a healthy, positive environment, you will be successful.

What to do The fear of being alone is a hard reality to face, but you do not realize how many new people you will meet on your journey to be healthier. When you begin to take on a new lifestyle, you will find others who are also losing weight, others who are inspired by you, and many people who will want to be friends with you as well. On your weight loss journey, you will meet many people who are self-conscious about their weight loss struggles, and they will have the same fears as you. Reach out to them and you will be surprised at how strong your positive support system will become.

What to do During situations like this, it is easier to change one thing at a time. Replace one bad habit with one good habit. Write it down, and stick to it. One of the first bad habits I ever changed was quitting my two liters of Dr. Pepper each day habit and replacing it with water. That day happened in February of 1995. While I was overwhelmed with the thought of changing all of my bad habits, changing one bad habit was tolerable. Every month, I changed another bad habit. For me at the time, it made sense. Sure the change was slow, but by following this method for one year, I made steady, progressive changes in my lifestyle. Most people will tell you that I follow a very strict, healthy nutrition plan, but few people realize how far I have come.

While this is a simplistic approach to addressing psychological weight loss issues, if you are having serious psychological issues related to weight loss, please consult a professional. This article is intended to be general in nature and is not a replacement for working one-on-one with a professional to help you face your own personal obstacles. l APRIL 2012



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A Q&A with Michelle Riley-Brown, Senior Vice President of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus

Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus One Year Later

Michelle Riley-Brown


n 2011, Texas Children’s Hospital announced the opening of its new West Campus, Houston’s first community hospital designed, built and equipped exclusively for children. Serving one of the nation’s fastest growing pediatric populations – the area from Sugar Land to BryanCollege Station, Texas – West Houston residents have been able to take advantage of the expanded access to Texas Children’s Hospital. Michelle Riley-Brown, senior vice president of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, answers the most frequently asked questions about the community hospital over the past year. Now open at I-10 and Barker Cypress, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus houses 19 subspecialty outpatient clinics, inpatient hospital services and the only 24/7 dedicated pediatric emergency center in the West Houston area. Expert: Michelle Riley-Brown, Senior Vice President of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.


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WHY SHOULD I BRING MY CHILDREN TO TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL WEST CAMPUS AS OPPOSED TO OTHER AREA HOSPITALS? It’s important for parents to recognize that their child isn’t a small adult, and their medical needs are very different. Though most hospitals will treat children, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus physicians are trained in pediatrics within their subspecialty which means they are specially trained to diagnose, treat and care for children. Additionally, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus houses the only 24/7 pediatric emergency room in the Greater West Houston area. This hospital is Houston’s first community hospital that was designed, built and equipped exclusively for children. Through the design process we made sure to incorporate evidencebased design elements that promote patient well being. Each patient room has an exterior window that allows for natural light and gives patients scenic views of water and nature.



HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD SHOULD BE SEEN AT TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL WEST CAMPUS OR TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IN THE MEDICAL CENTER? Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus is fully equipped to diagnose, treat and care for children with a variety of medical needs. We offer a number of services to the community including physical/occupational therapy and speech therapy; diabetes/endocrine; gastroenterology and nutrition; audiology; cardiology; neurology; ophthalmology; otolaryngology; orthopedic surgery; pediatric surgery; pulmonary medicine; urology; sports medicine; oncology and an infusion center. We have three operating rooms, 48 intermediate and acute-care patient beds, advanced imaging services including MRI and CT scans, a pathology lab and a full-scale pharmacy to support our inpatient needs. As you can see, West Campus is equipped and staffed to handle a myriad of medical needs; however, patients requiring highly specialized care or intensive critical care will be referred to Texas Children’s main campus for treatment. If you have any questions please feel free to call us at 832227-1000, and we can help direct you where you need to go.





There are a number of features that we’ve received positive feedback on. First, we always hear how much they love the colorful atmosphere, as well as the child artwork that can be found throughout our hospital. We also received many comments about our child life play areas which we have on every inpatient floor. In these play areas, there are toys and games for children of all ages including video gaming systems that older adolescent patients can take back to their rooms. The library offers DVDs, video games and books that patients can check out and we hear a lot of patients get excited about that as well. Our patients (and parents) also appreciate the operation simulation room that we can take patients into before they have a procedure. This helps reduce anxiety for young patients by letting them see, touch and talk about the equipment and treatment steps of their upcoming procedure in a safe, nonthreatening environment.

We’re constantly evolving and continuously assessing the needs of our patient families and the community to determine what programs, services and initiatives are needed. We built the hospital with the idea of expansion in mind to ensure we had the space to quickly address the needs of the community. In fact, we have already identified additional outpatient subspecialty services that would be beneficial to the community and will be announcing the addition of these services soon.

Montblanc Announces Unprecedented Partnership with Texas Children’s Cancer Center


ontblanc recently announced a new and unique charitable partnership with Texas Children’s Hospital. Montblanc and Texas Children’s Cancer Center have joined together to support excellence in patient care, research and education to enhance the health and well-being of our nation’s children. To show personal commitment to this cause, Montblanc has created a collection of woven leather bracelets with portions of proceeds to be donated to Texas Children’s Cancer Center. This partnership marks the first time Montblanc has aligned with a regional hospital, demonstrating its long international heritage of social responsibility. Texas Children’s Cancer Center – located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston – is internationally renowned and is the largest pediatric cancer center in the United States. Founded in 1954, Texas Children’s Hospital has cared for more than 17.5 million children from every corner of the world. “We’re enthusiastic about this partnership and what it means for our Cancer Center, hospital, and most importantly, our patients,” said Dr. David Poplack, director of Texas Children’s Cancer Center. “Through this piece of jewelry anyone can show their support and help us in the fight against pediatric cancer.” In dedication to caring for children in need, Montblanc has created a collection of woven bracelets with $50 of each bracelet purchased donated to Texas Children’s Cancer Center. The bracelet is exquisitely crafted of black woven leather and features a sterling silver clasp adorned with the distinctive Texas Children’s Hospital logo. A stunning one-of-a-kind bracelet, handcrafted in solid gold and adorned with diamonds, was created for those who want to make a greater donation. As a mark of premier craftsmanship, the bracelet features the stunning Montblanc diamond on its clasp, in the shape of the iconic Montblanc star. This special piece is valued at $50,000 and will be sold via an ongoing auction that will conclude in September 2012. All proceeds from the sale of this collectible will be gifted to Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Social commitment is an integral part of Montblanc’s brand philosophy. Charitable partnerships in previous years include UNICEF, for which Montblanc contributed over $1 million to education and literacy programs for children worldwide, along with Best Buddies International, a

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global non-profit organization that creates opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Most recently, Montblanc joined forces with the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, offering charitable support to programs dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging talent in theatre, dance, and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships. The Montblanc Texas Children’s Hospital Bracelet will be available in select Montblanc boutiques nationwide starting in February. Join this initiative by visiting

Dr. David Poplack, Director of Texas Children’s Cancer Center, and Jan-Patrick Schmitz, CEO Montblanc, North America, show off the Montblanc bracelet.

Close up of the one-of-a-kind Montblanc bracelet.

Move in Minutes: Smart Tips to Minimize Sitting UT MD Anderson experts encourage adults to reduce sedentary behavior


itting for extended periods can raise the chances of developing cancer even for people who exercise regularly, says recent research. In response to these findings, fitness experts at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center share advice on how to get moving in minutes. “Taking just one-to two-minute breaks from sitting may help lower your cancer risk,” said Karen Basen-Engquist, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Behavioral Science at MD Anderson. “That’s because even short spurts of movement can help minimize inflammation, insulin resistance, and long-term weight gain — all factors that make it harder for the body to fight off cancer.” Basen-Engquist, who uses a pedometer and tries to get at least 500 steps an hour, offers these tips to get moving — even when there’s little time to spare. Have just 1-2 minutes? Take the stairs. Skip the elevator or escalator, and take the stairs at work and when doing errands. “Taking the stairs gets your heart pumping, builds muscle, strengthens bones and burns calories,” said Basen-


Engquist, who conducts studies on how to help cancer survivors adopt more physically active lifestyles. “And, the more often you take the stairs, the bigger the payoff.” Have 5 minutes? Stretch. Men and women can take breaks from sitting at work or home by standing up and stretching their backs, forearms, wrists, legs and hamstrings. BasenEngquist stretches throughout the day by using an exercise ball at her desk. Among the benefits: more energy, better circulation and less muscle tension and stress. Basen-Engquist recommends getting started with these easy stretches or using this desk stretches video. Have 10-15 minutes? Take a brisk walk. “Lace up your tennis shoes for a short walk during your lunch-hour, walking meetings with co-workers or a quick trip around the neighborhood,” BasenEngquist said. “I also walk to the coffee shop in the next building when I want a cup of coffee.” Walking helps maintain a healthier blood pressure, boost metabolism, curb

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stress, and possibly reduce breast and colorectal cancer risk. Just keep in mind that brisk walking yields more benefits than a casual stroll. “For walking to count as exercise, you should be a little out of breath and feel your heart beating a little faster,” BasenEngquist said. “You should be able to talk in short sentences, but not sing.” Have 20-30 minutes? Tidy the house. Tidying up does more than limit couch time. It can also qualify as aerobic activity. “Just make sure you’re getting your heart rate up at a consistent level,” BasenEngquist said. To do that, focus on repetitive activities that use large muscle groups, like the legs and back. This includes vacuuming, mopping, scrubbing, gardening and even taking multiple trips upstairs to put away laundry. “Remember, it’s important get creative and find ways to stay active outside of your normal exercise routine,” BasenEngquist said. “Just be sure that you’re also getting 30 minutes of actual exercise each day to help lower your chances for cancer.” For additional exercise tips, visit For more information about the MD Anderson Regional Care Center in your community, visit Katy.

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Hasta la Pasta



for Third Time By Claudia Richter

Winning over judges for a third year-in-a-row, Hasta la Pasta took top honors at the Best Bites competition at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. This year’s entry, a beef tenderloin served on top of cilantro and poblano risotto and topped with a chipotle and port wine reduction, showcased the talents of Chef Teresa Guzman. This year is the sixth year that Hasta la Pasta has participated in the competition. Hasta la Pasta and sister restaurants, The Lasagna House, have been providing the greater Houston area with excellent food and wine for more than 16 years. Their newest location is The Lasagna House located in the Sugar Land Town Square.


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- HASTA LA PASTA' S BEST BITES BUCKLE WINNING RECIPE Beef Tenderloin on Top of Cilantro and Poblano Risotto topped with Chipolte and Port Wine Reduction Chef Teresa Guzman

Cilantro and Roasted Poblano Risotto 1 cup uncooked rice 3 cups chicken broth 2 Tbs. olive oil 3 Tbs. butter 1/ 2 tsp black pepper 1/2 cup diced onions

1/3 cup diced roasted and peeled poblano pepper 1/3 cup chopped cilantro 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese

Saute onion in oil and butter until translucent. Add rice, stirring for about 2 minutes. Add one cup of the chicken broth and stir until the liquid is absorbed. Continue adding one cup at a time until all the liquid is absorbed. Turn it off and finally, add the cheeses, cilantro and roasted peppers.

Port Wine and Chipotle Reduction 1 cup of Port Wine ½ cup of beef broth 2 dry chipotle peppers

½ Tsp of *piloncillo 2 roasted garlic cloves ¼ tsp of thyme

Add one cup of Port wine to the sauté pan you used to seal the beef. Add 2/3 of a cup of beef broth reduced until about half. Meanwhile, soak the chipotle peppers in hot water until soft. Puree the peppers, garlic and *piloncillo. Add the puree and thyme to the wine mix; bring to a boil. Strain through a fine mesh sieve. To serve, spoon desired amount of risotto onto plate. Place sliced Beef Tenderloin over rice. Pour Port Wine and Chipotle reduction over all.

Jeff and Susan Smith of Hasta la Pasta at the Best Bites Competition at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.

Roasted Beef Tenderloin Prepare your beef tenderloin trimming the fat first, add salt and ground pepper generously. Sear all the sides of the beef in a very hot pan with olive oil for a very nice brown crust. Preheat the oven to 450° and cook until the meat registers 120° on a meat thermometer for medium rare. Let the beef rest in a warm place for about 10 minutes before slicing.

*Piloncillo is pure, unrefined sugar that is pressed in a cone shape and becomes very hard. Piloncillo means “Pylon” and is named for its conical shape. You can use it anywhere you would use other sweeteners. l APRIL 2012


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2012 Buick



he 2012 Buick LaCrosse ranks as one of the nicest full-size sedans on the road today. If Buick says “Grandparents’ car” then, it’s time to change the way you think. When you see the new LaCrosse, you’ll instantly know what I mean. Buick has always had a place in the General Motors line up just below the Cadillac brand. But, Cadillac is concentrating on marketing itself as a performance luxury brand while Buick buyers can now be satisfied with a car that’s got all the amenities of a luxury vehicle without the luxury premium. It’s clearly a win-win for the discriminating car buyers out there. Since General Motors has come back from their bankruptcy, they’ve introduced one world-class vehicle after another. One of those on that list is the Buick LaCrosse, a full-size sedan that’s been completely redesigned for the 2012 model year. This latest version of the LaCrosse has a new twist to it. The base model vehicle has GM’s version of a hybrid called eAssist and it gives you better gas mileage without that oppressive sticker shock. That’s another win-win. At an MSRP $30,170, the Buick LaCrosse with eAssist is powered by a 2.4


liter, four cylinder engine that combined with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack that puts out 182 horsepower. The battery pack is hidden behind the rear seat and takes up far amount of the large trunk. To further help your gas mileage, the LaCrosse has auto-stop which turns the engine off when you’re at stop. It’s not seamless but the tradeoff with better fuel economy is worth the minor hiccup. And, the EPA rated fuel economy numbers of mileage numbers are pretty impressive for such a big car, 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway for a combined

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number of 29 mpg. There’s a V-6 3.6 liter, 303hp engine for those that need more performance but you’ll pay for the quicker pickup with fuel economy ratings of 17 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Now I know what you’re thinking: the car sounds impressive but Buick’s just not my style. Next time you see one at the mall or parked on the street, take a close look at the design, both inside and outside. You’ll find yourself smiling and thinking,”Wow, this is a Buick?” Oh, yes, you will. Trust me on this one.


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