Page 1

The Official Publication of Bentwater POA


Ja n u a r y 2 012

This Is The Life!

Bentwater Life



January Bentwater Life




© 2012 Neighborhood Networks Publishing, Inc. ™

President Melanie Gonzales

Vice President Not determined as of time of going to press Secretary/Treasurer David Regenbaum

Not determined as of time of going to press John Joseph Blair Smith

Not determined as of time of going to press Not determined as of time of going to press

General Manager

Entrance Department


Maintenance Supervisor


Landscape and

Martha Sullivan

Damon Collins

Dawn M. Cleboski

Van Smith



Valerie Overbeck

Randy Broyles

Irrigation Manager

Bentwater Information Center 936.597.5700

Waste Management. Toll Free 1.800.553.1902

Bentwater Country Club 936.597.6219


Entrance Department 936.597.4190 Golf Shop 936.597.6224 Bentwater Marina 936.597.2556 Bentwater Sports Club and Fitness Center 936.597.2260 Tennis Center 936.597.6225 Property Owners Assoc. 936.597.5532

Montgomery County Poison Control 1.800.222.1222 Montgomery County Civil Defense 936.760.6964 Montgomery County Fire Station #55: Non-emergency 936.597.5544 or 936.597.4455 Montgomery County Health Department 713.767.3000 or 936.539.7839


Montgomery County Sheriff 936.760.5800

Sudden Link Cable 877.423.2743


Entergy 1.800.ENTERGY (1.800.368.3749)

Conroe Regional Medical Center: 936.539.1111 or 1.888.MED.CNTR (633.2687)

Hayes Utility Company 936.588.1166 Center Point Energy Entex 1.800.752.8036 Consolidated Communications 1.866.989.2255

PUBLISHING ASSISTANT Lindsay Wagener EDITOR Dawn M. Cleboski CREATIVE TEAM Christie Joyce Jenny Erickson Diana Graham

Kerry Stephenson


AMI 713.932.1122

AREA DIRECTOR Patrick Wagener 936.228.3151

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands 281.364.2300 St Luke’s The Woodlands 936.266.2000

Giovanni’s Authentic Italian Cuisine

Martini & Wine Lounge Healthy Italian food • White table cloth dining Outside fresh Giovani garden grown vegetables Live Music in Martini & Wine Lounge, weekends 7-9pm

Book now for Holiday Dinners and Parties 14860 Hwy. 105 West, Montgomery, Tx

(936) 588-4666

DISCLAIMER: N2 Publishing is not affiliated with or contracted by the Bentwater POA (the “Association”). This publication, including the content of articles and advertisements contained herein, is not authorized or endorsed by the Association. Any articles included in this publication and/or opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the views of N2 Publishing but remain solely those of the author(s). The paid advertisements contained within the Bentwater Life magazine are not endorsed or recommended by N2 Publishing or the publisher. Therefore, neither N2 Publishing nor the publisher may be held liable or responsible for business practices of these companies. NOTE: When community events take place, photographers may be present to take photos for that event and they may be used in this publication.



Bentwater Life

This section has been created to give you easier access when searching for a trusted neighborhood vendor to use. Take a minute to familiarize yourself with the businesses sponsoring Bentwater Life. These local businesses are proud to partner with your neighborhood and make this newsletter possible. Please support these businesses and thank them for supporting Bentwater! * indicates Bentwater resident.


FUNERAL SERVICES Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home (936) 597-7300

HOME REPAIR Rainbow International (936) 582-0968

CUSTOM HOME BUILDERS Brand R Construction (936) 449-4105


INSURANCE SERVICES Elzey Insurance (281) 998-2500

Brooks Harris Custom Homes (832) 592-9533

HOME BUILDER JDP Homes, Inc (281) 446-2836

INTERIOR DESIGN Designed Interiors by Terri, LTD (936) 448-5000

Morris Builders (936) 597-5441

HOME FURNISHING/FURNITURE Bartholet Home Furnishings (936) 539-5666

DENTIST Conroe Dental Health & Cosmetic Center (936) 768-8115 DDS Dentures & Dental Services (936) 760-1132

HOME REMODELING FINAL TOUCH REMODELING (936) 447-4346 Rikman Services (936) 755-4660

NURSING HOME Silver Hills Inc. (936) 597-7377 PAINTING / DECORATIVE / FAUX FINISHING Elite Custom Finishes (936) 697-7028 PEST CONTROL Bug Stoppers (281) 363-3000



January Bentwater Life

ROOFING Endurance Roofing (281) 313-7663

TREE SERVICE Custom Professional Tree Service (281) 733-7406

SPORTING EQUIPMENT Aftershock Sports Equipment (936) 582-0220

VETERINARY CLINIC Lake Conroe Veterinary Group PC (936) 582-4223

WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM Clear Solutions Services (936) 788-2100

PET SITTING INHOME / WALKING / PET TAXI 4 Paws and 4 Hoofs Pet Sitting (936) 647-1933 REAL ESTATE SALES Bentwater Sales Corporation (936) 449-5700

Your always batting a 1.000 with JDP Homes.

RESTAURANT Giovanni's (936) 588-4666 The Pizza Shack (936) 597-9488

JDP HOMES INC. CELL: 832-515-8285 OFFICE: 281-466-2836 THE WOODLANDS, TX 77380 DWAYNE@JDPHOMES.COMCASTBIZ.NET 15 yrs, experience new home construction and remodeling. Building in Montgomery County since 2005.




Bentwater Life




Elizabeth and Jerry Gregorek


January Bentwater Life


Brown Shrimp -

New Approach To Determine Weight Stats Per Edible Portions Another shrimp research paper by Bentwater Resident, Dr. Charles Caillouet, was recently published in Marine Fisheries Review ( ). Below is a summary of its findings:

Please join us in welcoming Elizabeth and Jerry Gregorek from Sugarland, TX. He is an engineer and she is a physical therapist.

A beautiful rainbow captured at the Park in the Meadows fountain. This is the Life!

"Our research paper ( ) demonstrated a new approach to determining the statistical distribution of weight per shrimp tail (edible portion) in annual landings of brown shrimp in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Shrimp are size-graded and marketed according to size-class intervals expressed in count, the number of tails per pound. These intervals are called count categories. Management of shrimp stocks in the Gulf of Mexico is scientifically based on results of demographic modeling of shrimp populations, which requires information on the size and age distributions of shrimp in the landings. We developed a simulation method to convert pounds landed within count categories into annual distributions of tail weight, from which age distributions can be estimated and used in future demographic modeling."

TWINS Twins Lane and Lucas Hyman are the five-year old sons of famed dermatologist in The Woodlands, Dr. Joel Hyman and wife, Carrie Ann, and grandsons of Bentwater property owners Tom and Lynn Watkins.

Lane and Lucas Hyman, five-year old twins



Bentwater Life

Pat Herring, Sharon Jones, Sherri Benton


Karen Ruffner and Nancy Francis




January Bentwater Life

Bentwater residents directed by Keith Ann Gearn who treated us to some old fashioned Christmas carols. The last event of the year was on December 15 when the Bentwater Ladies Organization board thanked all of the ladies that worked so very hard to make 2011 a special year with a Volunteer Appreciation Party at the home of Ann and John Cavanaugh. Everyone who had contributed in some way to make the year a success was invited to the party. This year there were 54 ladies in board and activity positions. Add to that the additional committee members and you have about 100 ladies in active BLO roles each year. It is the continued dedication of all of these members that makes a year full of Bentwater Ladies Organization events successful. Thanks to all of the ladies who have contributed their time to BLO activities this year. It is your efforts that make us successful each year.


Debby Capps and Ruth Scott

The Bentwater Ladies said “thank you” on December 5 to all of the Bentwater employees with our Cookies for the Staff day. Many Bentwater residents and BLO members baked cookieshundreds of dozens of cookies – that were collected and boxed. It is just a small way for the us to say thank you to the staff for

Contributed by Charlsie Rogge

The Bentwater Ladies Organization ended the year with plenty of excitement and fun. We began the holiday season in November with two fun filled days of shopping at the BLO sponsored Bric-A-Brac at the Yacht Club followed by a bus trip into Houston for the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. It would not be an exaggeration to say that some serious retail therapy was done by the ladies that week! The next week we were entertained at our monthly luncheon by students from the Sam Houston State University Opera Workshop. Everyone was impressed by the caliber of the students and their fantastic voices. It left us wanting more and a number of the ladies are planning on heading north one weekend to see one of the opera workshop’s performances at Sam Houston’s new state-of-the-art performing arts center. We all took a break for Thanksgiving to enjoy our families and friends, but were once again hard at work the next week putting the final touches on two of our premier events, the Holiday Dinner Dance and the Holiday Home Tour. The Dinner Dance was December 2-3 at the country club. About 250 BLO members and spouses enjoyed the dinner dance with friends enjoying a great meal from the chefs at the club and a great band that kept us dancing all night. The next week we continued our celebration of the holidays at the annual Holiday Home Tour. Hundreds of Bentwater

residents and friends were treated to seven beautifully decorated homes at this charity event. Bentwater Ladies Organization is grateful to the seven homeowners who opened their homes for two nights so we could “ooh and aah” at their beautifully decorated homes. The homeowners were Roger and Julie Rodriguez, Len and Marlene Keeling, Greg and Lynn Hullinger, Gary and Sandy Eiland, Wanda and Michael Morgan, Sam and Laurie Burtch and Bill and Dee Soderman and the charities that benefitted from the home tour were the American Cancer Society, the Assistance League of Montgomery County, Fourway Baptist Church, Cafe` Hope, Montgomery County Youth Services, Montgomery County Women’s Center and the Montgomery High School Music Department. The BLO also wishes to thank all of its members and their friends that gave up a few hours to serve as greeters and traffic control that helped to make this year’s tour a success. Speaking of success, our BLO chili team, the Hot Chicks won best decorated booth at the Chili for Charities Cook-Off in November and we gave checks to the Assistance League and the Montgomery County Animal Rescue and the Bric-A-Brac raised $2100 which will also be given to a charity or charities determined by the BLO board. We ended the year with a very special luncheon in December with entertainment by the Amen Chorus, a talented group of

Pat Wilson and Charlsie Rogge

Laura Dahlberg, Judy Hinkhouse, Barbara Bowie

Barbara Sebek, Marilyn Parker, Cathy Wilson





Bentwater Life



making our lives in Bentwater easier and more enjoyable. We would like to thank all of the Bentwater residents who donated cookies for our Bentwater employees this year.

President Jill Cambern and her board will be looking for you at the January meeting which will be on Monday January 9, 2012 at the Yacht Club. We hope to see you there. Happy New Year from Bentwater Ladies Organization!

Bentwater Ladies Organization ended the year with 519 members. We have a new slate of officers who are already hard at work preparing for the next year. The January meeting is not to be missed. This is when everyone signs up for the many different activities that BLO has to offer. From art to lunch and antiques to needle and tea and bridge groups, there is an activity for most everyone. We also have three different dining groups you and your spouse can become a part of-casual dining in, dining out and gourmet dining offers just the right meal for anyone’s tastes. In addition to these social groups there are many committees which you could join - table decorators, greeters, chili cook-off, Holiday Home Tour, Holiday Dinner Dance and others. Richard Aiple, Country Club General Manager, and Rae Jean Young


January Bentwater Life

Chili For Charity Cook-Off

At this annual fall event hosted by Bentwater Yacht & Country Club, community and club organizations are invited to participate by vying to win funds for their favorite charity. Tasting a wide variety of chili, visiting with friends, dancing to great music…what a night! The wine tasting booth is always popular

Two-Time Winner for the United Way, Chili Chef Extraordinaire Patrick O’Neil.

Becky Harper and Mary Beth Cottrell

The Pizza Shack

Fun for all ages, the crowds get bigger every year.

Real East Coast Style Pizza

Voted Best of Montgomery County 8 years in a row by The Conroe Courier's People's Choice All inclusive rates include Personal Care Such As:

Classic Italian Entrees Seafood - Subs - Calzones DINE IN / TAKE-OUT / CATERING - Full Service or Carry Out

Mon - Thurs 11am to 9pm

Fri & Sat 11am to 10pm


Sun Noon to 8pm

2 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS: MONTGOMERY - 20873 - G Eva St 936-597-9488 WILLIS - 115 W Montgomery St 936-856-9780

g care r takin fe you fo Thank love of my li e of th

Silver Hills Assisted Living offers all levels of care with one flat rate for senior citizens and many adults with health issues. We provide care in 3 distinctively different homes with wrap-around porches or covered patios in a beautiful country setting located in the heart of Montgomery County surrounded by exotic deer, peacock fowl, birds, dogs and fish. 23164 Landrum Village Dr. Montgomery, Texas 77316 936-449-6717 or 936-597-7377 License #0886, #103298, #100293

• Bathing, Grooming & Dressing • Incontinence Care • Medication Administration • Physician, Pharmacy, Home Health & Hospic Oversight • Advanced Care for Alzheimer’s & Dementia Patients • Trained Caring Compassionate Professional Staff 24/7 • Fall Prevention Program

• Nutritional Assistance • On-Site Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy • Individualized Care Planning • Surgical Recovery Care • Hospice Patients Accepted • RN Owned & Operated for 16 years • Meals, Snacks & Beverages • Large Spacious Suites • Private & Semi Private Suites

Awarded Home of the Year from TORCH “The Assisted Living Association of Texas”

• Barber Shop • Housekeeping & Linen Services • Emergency Call Response System • Religious Services • Socialization • 24/7 Admission & Assessment • Respite & Temporary Care Stays • Pet Therapy • Pets & Scooters welcome with approval

Tours are available 7 days a week. We are located 30 minutes from Conroe, The Woodlands, Willis and 15 minutes from Magnolia


Bentwater Life



January Bentwater Life



Karyn Lutzenberg, Thelma Miller, Claudia Riedlinger

Bentwater Helen Lockner, Dee Baethke, Karen Laukaitus

Anne Davis, Marsha Krezel, Katy Tucker, Susan Jackson, Gerry Titus and Dorothy Woodall Katy Tucker, Beverly Smith, Sandy Smith

Kathy McBane, Helen McParland and Beth Witt

Amy Hammett, Patrice Edwards, Karen Walker and Myrt Husband Sandy Wagner and Diane Ragsdale

Karen Ruffner, Toni Sellers and Laura Dahlberg




Bentwater Life



garden club


Delores Asiedeu, Shirley Quinlan and Shirley Slawson

Pam Hoke, Gilmore Florists

A presentation by Pam Hoke – Gilmore’s Florist Bentwater Garden Club members gathered to hear a presentation by Pam Hoke of Gilmore’s Florist of Conroe. Gilmore’s has been in business since 1937. Floral designer Pam Hoke graciously agreed to come to Bentwater to demonstrate techniques and give helpful hints concerning creating lovely arrangements for the home. She used natural foliage and flowers found in many yards and gardens in the Conroe and Montgomery area, in addition to flowers from Gilmore’s shop. After creating numerous beautiful arrangements, garden club members received these floral creations as door prizes. Members hope to use the knowledge they gained to create their own natural decorations for their homes.

Marilyn Parker and Susan Kove Judie Krippel and Susan Kolski


January Bentwater Life

Dayna Savage and Les Gotsch

Linda Reed, Betty Lou Morgan and Charlsie Rogge

Elvira South, Bonnie McCracken, Nancy Koehler and Judie

Janet Clark and Ann Cavanaugh

Terri Furce - President Resident of Bentwater 21 years of design experience





Area rugs

Space planning

Window treatments


Architeture plans

(936) 448-5000 ∙ (936) 582-0229 fax 10492 Commerce Row Montgomery, Texas 77356

“ A more beautiful design”

Stephanie Hatley and Donna Shepherd

Pat Edwards, Judie Krippel, Lynn Guilbault, and Sue Koslki

Janice Glass and Susan Day



Bentwater Life



January Bentwater Life

Needle and Tea

LGA Tournament News Congratulations to the 2011 LGA Fall Fling Invitational Winners

Barb Michels and Lynn Guilbault

First Flight 1st Gross Diana Henigan, Diane Dill, W McGhee, S. Davies

Second Flight 1st Gross Faye Powell, Sandy Eiland, P. Sands, L. Humphreys

Third Flight 1st Gross Laurie Burtch, Pat Wagner, C. Early, L Franklin

1st Net Connie Smith, S. Roberson, K. Smith, T. Hudspeth

1st Net Katy Tucker, M. Barlow, K. Bouman, R. Gosch

1st Net Charla Marlett, Kathy Sisco, B. Davis, R. Korry

Contributed by Ann M. Cavanaugh

The Needle and Tea group of BLO is comprised of wonderfully talented ladies who meet once a month to enjoy fellowship and needling. We have ladies who do needlepoint, crocheting, knitting, quilting, cross stitch, crewel, mending or just about any kind of sewing you can think of - one lady makes doll clothes, another Christmas ornaments. All sewers are welcome -we have beginners to experts who are more than happy to help beginners get started. We meet the third Wednesday of every month in private homes from 1-3pm. We “needle” for one hour and “tea” for one hour. If you are interested in joining our group, please email Ann Cavanaugh at A big thank you goes to the following hostesses this year who have opened their homes for our group - Pat Edwards, Mary Shumaker, Peggy Hanigan, Bonnie McCracken, Lynn Guilbault, Marilyn Fellers, Janice Barnett, Carolyn Jones, Judie Krippel and Ann Cavanaugh.

Marilyn Fellers

Pat Wagner, Laurie Burtch, C. Early and L. Franklin, First Place - Gross winners in the third flight at the BLGA Fall Fling tournament.

2012 Bentwater Ladies Golf Association – Raising money for American Cancer Society

Diana Hennigan, w. McGee, Diane Dill and S. Davies show off their winner’s vouchers after coming in First Place - Gross in the first flight at the Fall Fling.

First Place - Net winners in the first flight of the BLGA Fall Fling were S. Robertson, Connie Smith, K. Smith and T. Hudspeth

B. Davis, R. Korry, Kathy Sisco and Charla Marlatt accept their winnings for First Place - Net in the third flight.

First Place - Gross winners in the second flight - were: P. Sands, L. Humphries and Faye Powell. Not pictured is Sandy Eiland.

Mary Shumaker

It's Mosquito Season!

LGA Continues To Raise Funds For Cancer

2012 Bentwater Ladies Golf Association Cancer Board Members are making plans for another big fundraising year in Bentwater. In 2011, the BLGA Cancer Board raised $140, 315 for the American Cancer Society. This is more than $30,000 than was raised at Bentwater the previous year. The Bentwater Ladies Golf Association began this fundraising effort 21 years ago and has raised almost $3,000,000 for the American Cancer Society.


Peggy Hanigan and Bonnie McCracken



Bentwater Life



POA General Manager to serve on Board of Directors Bentwater POA General Manager Dawn Cleboski was recently named to serve on the board of the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. This group is dedicated to helping keep Montgomery County a safe place to live, work, and play. Their mission is to work with area law enforcement agencies, the news media, and members of the public to publicize and gain intelligence on felony crimes occurring in Montgomery County and to assist in the apprehension of felony fugitives, wanted or residing in Montgomery County. Cleboski hails from a law enforcement family with her husband, two sons, a brother and other relatives having served the public in various law enforcement agencies including the Houston Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and Harris County Sheriff ’s Office. She has supervised more than 100 off-duty law enforcement patrol groups during her career. Recent News from Crime Stoppers - At the 23rd Annual Texas Crime Stoppers Convention recently held in McAllen, TX, Montgomery County Sheriff ’s Deputy and Montgomery

County Crime Stoppers Coordinator, Brandy Bice, was presented an award for the Greatest Dollar Recovery and the Most Cases Cleared for 2010. This is the first time in their 30-year involvement with Crime Stoppers that Montgomery County has won this award. Deputy Bice was also personally recognized as one of only four law enforcement officers selected for consideration as the Crime Stoppers Coordinator of the Year. This award is a direct reflection of Deputy Bice’s efforts in promoting Crime Stoppers through the board, personal appearances, and multiple media outlets, all of which have proven invaluable to our county. Do you have information about a felony crime committed in Montgomery County? Would you like to give this information to the proper authorities, but don't want to get involved for fear of retribution or other issues? 1-800-392-STOP

Dolly Parton

Greets Bentwater Residents Backstage at Recent Verizon Wireless Theater Concert Bentwater Residents, Don and Barb Ori, were invited to meet Dolly Parton backstage after her recent concert at the Verizon Wireless Theater. “She is so multitalented and plays almost every instrument, sings or tells stories for two solid hours. We had a blast.” said Barb.

Barb and Don Ori with internationally renowned superstar, Dolly Parton.

January Bentwater Life




Bentwater Life



January Bentwater Life

Rhonda Gaskamp, in full costume reflecting the Shamrock theme for the United Way booth, and winning chef, Patrick O’Neil.

A lively discussion

MOB meeting in progress


Sauerkraut , Brats and Beer were on the menu

Patti Mennes, Rhonda Gaskamp, Beryl Korb having fun preparing the United Way booth

MOB – Men Of Bentwater The Men of Bentwater (MOB) recent meetings featured John N. Hennigan, Montgomery County Health District Chief Executive Officer, who presented an introduction to MCHD and Amy Antley, MCHD Cardiac Coordinator, who discussed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automatic external defibrillators (AEDs). Leonard Glass presented Piloting on the Houston Ship Channel. The MOB members present were very interested in the material as well as security at the facilities to prevent terrorists attacks. Nominations for the 2012 Board were accepted as well as solicited from the floor. At the January 18th luncheon, the new board members for 2012 will be announced. A recap of the fall included a great experience at our Oktoberfest with sauerkraut, brats and beer supplied by the MOB. All members and spouses were invited. Everyone that attended enjoyed the outing in the Park in the Meadows, the weather cooperated well within the first hour and was tolerable during the second. Thanks to Bob Bowe, Leonard Glass, Ed

Oktoberfest at Park in the Meadows

Busen, David Alff, Tom Goodwin, Mark Love and Spider Mohle (original member of the MOB) for providing us with cooking expertise that made our day enjoyable. Our gratitude is also extended to Jim Linse for providing transportation and muscle to the effort as well as MOB Board Members; Jack Visage, Al Franklin, Robert Miner, Dan Leasure, Pat Horsley and Jim Hamilton for providing supplies and their presence to make this event a success. The MOB participated in the Chili for Charity Cook Off with Frank Husband, Robert Miner, John Wigenbach and Ron Arnoldi taking the lead in preparing some of the best chili on earth. The chili continues to disappear prior to the voting. It was an enjoyable time for all the MOB Members and families to be a part of this worthwhile endeavor. A very popular event last year, the Christmas Dinner Theatre, coordinated by Jim Hamilton, was a great success. Everyone left with a good feeling of fun and fellowship with the MOBSTERS. Come join us.

The winner’s booth – Bentwater United Way Little known fact: Bentwater is the only community in the national United Way network that has their own campaign. Congratulations to all!


Bentwater Cares: MCUW Supports Chili For Charity Cook Off Contributed by Susan Gramatges

With a chill in the air and chili in the pot, the Bentwater Montgomery County United Way Leadership Committee competed in the Chili for Charity Cook Off in November.

Again this year, along with chili, the committee members shared their homemade cookies and passed out bottled water to the hungry crowd.

Bentwater resident, “Chef ” Patrick O’Neil, along with wife Sharon and several Leadership Committee members, dished out O’Neil’s secret recipe chili for all to taste.

Besides chili, cookies and brownies at the cook off booth, the O’Neil’s brought their 4½-year-old bird Buddy, who goes with them to every chili cook off. Buddy is a Caique parrot, which is a species from Western South America, but he is a born Texan.

“I enjoy cooking chili at cook offs because of the camaraderie. The people are a lot of fun,” O’Neil said. “I generally cook a pretty hot chili, but I wanted it to have a really good chili flavor, so I adjusted the spices for the Bentwater cook off.”

This was the second year the Bentwater MCUW Leadership Committee sponsored a chili cook off booth. In 2010 O’Neil’s chili won Judge’s Choice. O’Neil donated the winnings, over three thousand dollars, to MCUW.



Bentwater Life



January Bentwater Life


Golf Goddesses

of bentwater

The Golf Goddesses of Bentwater

The Golf Goddesses of Bentwater gathered in mid October at The Falls Golf Resort in New Ulm for their 11th annual "Golf Goddess Get-Away". The Golf Goddesses concept was originated by five ladies who met in the BLGA's nine hole group in 2000:

Texas State Representative Brandon Creighton sharing the results of the 83rd legislative session with NSRW

Sandi Curtis, Campaign Activities Chairwoman

Mary Peterson Janice Slaughter

Linda Pierce

Over the next ten years, the group has significantly grown. The name "Golf Goddesses" evolved because it fit the spirit of the group: women who loved golfing together, focused on improving their skills, and shared a passion for keeping fun in game. To achieve the latter, Golf Goddesses grant themselves the right and responsibility to invoke any goddess rule of their own making which will reduce stress AND speed up play, but did not disadvantage another goddess. Since Goddesses play for fun, rather than money, protecting the field has no meaning in a goddess golf game. This year's get-away included 25 lady golfers, all from Bentwater, who enjoyed golf, laughter, great food and - new this year - line dancing!

Leona Frank, NSRW Caring for America/Community Outreach Chairwoman, and NSRW President Ann Kate

NSRW – North Shore Republican Women The first meeting of the New Year will be Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 10:45 a.m. at Bentwater Country Club. The guest speaker will be NSRW member, The Honorable Claudia Laird who will reflect on her first year of being a sitting judge in Montgomery County.

Marilyn Colbert Carole Piperi

North Shore Republican Women will host a membership coffee and cocktail party in January as part of our effort to entice likeminded conservative Republican women to join our group and become informed and involved. Please check out our web site at or look us up on Facebook at North Shore Republican Women for dates and locations. Contact Gail McKinnon at 713-870-6866.


936-449-4105 713-416-4024

Roy E. Van den Heuvel Est. 1983


Over 300 Homes in Bentwater and the Montgomery Area



A Tanzania Bentwater Safari

Bentwater Life


Sharing a bit of Texas with some local school children.


he travel from Bentwater holds no borders. Recently, Mike and Joan Castleberry fulfilled one of the trips on their “bucket list,” and organized an African safari to Tanzania with six other Bentwater couples. The trip began with air travel to Amsterdam followed by a second flight to Kilimanjaro Airport in eastern Africa.

Taking a photo of a lion at a REALLY CLOSE distance

The Bentwater Safari Group


January Bentwater Life

into three land rover type vehicles with open tops for photographing and viewing the wild animals from narrow, dusty trails. The primary destination was the vast, famous Serengeti National Park. The travelers were housed in canvas tents and provided with native, healthy food prepared on-site over wood fires. Here, the guides treated the group to early morning and late afternoon sightings of cheetahs, lions, leopards, hyenas, hippos, jackals, various birds and thousands of gazelles. Particular highlights of the trip were the discovery of a lion that had killed a gazelle and was carrying it to a shady tree for breakfast as well as a cheetah enjoying lunch under a tree while being challenged by jackals trying to steal the kill. Later, the group observed many elephants seeking rain water on large granite rock outcroppings which was quite unusual. Truly, a lesson learned was that the lion was really “King” and the elephants were the smartest animals of all. The final wildlife destination was the Ngorongoro Crater, an ancient collapsed interior of a volcano some twelve miles wide.

A balanced population of the African wildlife was observed here including the endangered black rhino, thousands of wildebeests and persistent hyenas. An important segment of the trip was the cultural exchange which the guides called learning and discovery or “L and D”. A visit was made to a tribal Maasai village where native Maasai warriors and their wives explained their way of life which typically revolves around the grazing of goats, sheep and cattle. A primary school was visited where students were eager to try their limited English and to see pictures of Texas and their own images on digital cameras. “Hakuna Matata”, which as in Lion King means, “Don’t worry, no problem”, was prominently displayed on the blackboard. The group consisted of Bentwater Residents Mike and Joan Castleberry, Ron and Brenda Clements, Bob and Mary Ann Jordan, Bob and Sally Bierman, Bob and Marie Hentges, Mike and Nicki Moranville, and Gene and Marilyn Colbert.

Mike Castleberry obviously happy with his most recent photo.

First on the list of places to visit was the Tarangire National Park, the third largest park in Tanzania. This park consisted of two rivers, hills, and the famous “upside down tree”, the baobad tree, and a concentrated population of many African animals including elephants, giraffes, zebras, impalas, wildebeests, warthogs, ostriches, and lions. The group of fourteen was divided The elephant walk

A beautiful giraffe captured in the sunset.

A giraffe in the wilderness


Wildebeests and Zebras grazing

Step back from my cubs!


Bentwater Life




For Dr. Jess N. Legg III, a commitment to excellence and the Conroe community are cornerstones of his patientcare philosophy. More than 40 years of experience have proven Dr. Legg a well-respected neuromuscular and cosmetic dentist. Conroe Dental Health & Cosmetic Centre provides fullservice dentistry with patients’ smiles in mind. Dr. Legg “loves creating smiles, the ultimate accessory! We can literally change people’s lives by giving them a confident smile, he said. For patients in need of replacement teeth, Dr. Legg offers an aesthetically pleasing and durable solution to renewtheir smiles. The All-on-4 Teeth-in-a-Day painless procedure allows him to place four dental implants and a fixed bridge in just one appointment. Teeth-in-a-Day can change your life! Patients who benefit most from this revolutionary and highly sophisticated system are those toothless with dentures or with teeth so compromised they have no option but to pull all their teeth and then select less desirable replacements with dentures, numerous implants, or implant supported dentures. Dr. Legg is also an instructor of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, the most prestigious cosmetic dental school in the country, and the only dentist in Texas to be honored with the prestigious LVI Mastership Award Committed to Excellence.


January Bentwater Life




Bentwater Life



January Bentwater Life

A Tribute

Rodgers Stein Chiropractic Center

You are invited to share a photo and/or story of someone in your family or a Bentwater neighbor that is an active member of the armed forces. Be sure to include:

Name Rank

Follow Us on Facebook

Branch of Service Mailing Address, if possible (Many neighbors would like to send cards and letters, not to mention cookies.)

Individualized & Gentle Chiropractic Care for • Neck Pain • Sports Injuries

Thank you for joining us in paying tribute to active military personnel who are Bentwater property owners or their families, whether they be spouses, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins or other family members.

• Back Pain • Numbness & Tingling

• Legs & Hip Pain • Headaches

We hope this tribute column in BENTWATER LIFE will be a heart-warming experience for everyone and your chance to express your personal gratitude to America’s finest! Please send to:

Marine Corporal Kenny C. Knapp Contributed by Bentwater Resident Sue Ashy Nicole, Kyle and Marine Corporal Kenny C. Knapp

Recently deployed to Helmond Province, Afghanistan, for his third combat tour, Marine Corporal Kenny C. Knapp is married to Nicole, daughter of Scott Ashy and granddaughter of Joe and Sue Ashy. His first tour was in Iraq and this is his second time in Afghanistan. Nicole is staying in San Diego with their three-year old son, Kyle, while awaiting a new son next year. We are very proud of them and are thankful to the whole family and all who serve this nation.

On behalf of Bentwater Property Owners, we thank you for your service to our country and look forward to seeing you when you get to visit the Ashys at Bentwater. Bentwater POA

We are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Gary Embley as our new associate doctor, who is also acupuncture certified.

Chiropractic Care for Families including Pregnancy and Pediatrics

“Where Healthy Living Makes a Happy Life” Most Insurance Accepted • New Patients Welcomed

936-441-9990 • Metro

2253 North Loop 336, Suite C, Conroe, Texas 77304 Located in The Highlands Office Park Same day appointments available



Bentwater Life


January Bentwater Life


Veteran’s Appreciation Booth sponsored by Bentwater POA

VETERANS Appreciation


Sponsored by BENTWATER POA Chili For Charity Cook-Off

We pause on Veteran’s Day to say thanks to our veterans and to express the depth of our gratitude for their service to our country. Continuing our tradition of honoring our veterans, the POA sponsored a Veteran’s Appreciation Booth, the recent Chili for Charity Cook-off. It was manned by Bentwater POA staff and Bentwater Residents Dick and Betty Lou Morgan. A complimentary American Flag and pin with a hearty handshake on behalf of Bentwater property owners for their service to our country was given to each veteran when they visited the booth. A variety of donated prizes were raffled that evening with the $165 proceeds going to the American Legion, C. M. Joslin Post 618, located in Willis. The raffle winners were:

Hard working volunteers, Dick and Betty Lou Morgan, helping man the Veteran’s Appreciation Booth.

Nancy Fingerle Sandy Smith Sandi Hughes Pat Dinhoble Bob Goodside

Bentwater Travel Blanket Bentwater cherrywood CD Holder Digital Camera Trunk Organizer iPod Speaker

Every morning we awake to freedom. Know that it is because our military continues to stand on the front lines, not just at the borders of our own soil, but also on the soil of weaker nations, helping to extend and strengthen freedom around the world. Join us in thanking these men and women who honored us with their service.

Listed below are just a few of the veterans that live in Bentwater: Paul Ashcraft Army and Air Force Joe Ashy Air Force Bob Best Navy Bob Bierman Army Ed Brown Army Lew Brown Marines Jay Burke Air Force Mike Castleberry Navy Joe Clinton Army John Coleman Army Jonathan Cook Air Force Joe Constantino Army Clint Denny Air Force Bert Dunken Army Larry Edwards Navy Jerry Elder Army Bruce Fingerle Army Gil Goddard Army Mike Gorman Coast Guard Ernest Hagan Navy Jim Hamilton Marines Patrick Harren Army Darryl Herrington Army

Roger Hughes Army Robert Hook Army John Joseph Army Chip Keener Navy John Lipinski Army Doc Meador Navy James Mitchell Navy David Murray Army Donald Ori Army Scott Porter Air Force Bruce Sellers Marines Gary Sewell Air Force Blair Smith Army Dan Smith Air Force Gerald Sorsdal Army Wes Spincic Army Richard Styla Marines Sam Ward Air Force Skip White Navy Betty White Navy John Wingenbach Army Doyle Wofford Army Stan Zinn Marines

If you are a current or former member of our military, we would like to add you to our register. Contact: or 936-597-5532.




Bentwater Life


A Tribute

Colonel Vincent B. Jefferson Retiring Soon


Major Awards and Decorations

January 1986 – October 1988, Missile Warning Operations Crew Commander and Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 9th Missile Warning Squadron, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.

Legion of Merit

September 1988 – June 1992, Chief, Phased Array Sensor Training, 1013th Combat Crew Training Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

Meritorious Service Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster

June 1992 – October 1994, Satellite Operations Crew Commander and Assistant Chief, Ultra-High Frequency Follow-on Satellite Operations, 3rd Space Operations Squadron, Falcon Air Force Base, Colo.

Bentwater To Be Permanent Home

October 1994 – April 1996, Exercise Planner, 14th Air Force, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Contributed by Bentwater Resident Bill Chapman Colonel Vincent B. Jefferson

April 1996 – July 1997, Chief, Current Operations, 614th Space Operations Flight, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. July 1997 – September 1999, Chief, Space Operations, 16th Air Force, Aviano Air Base, Italy.

Retiring in the near future and making Bentwater his permanent home, Colonel Vincent B. Jefferson is the Director of Space Forces, US Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa, currently assigned to 3rd Air Force, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Colonel Jefferson serves as the senior space advisor to the designated air component commander(s) for EUCOM and AFRICOM. He is responsible to the commander(s) for coordinating, integrating, and staffing activities to plan, execute, and assess space operations and effects to achieve joint force commander objectives in the area(s) of responsibility. Colonel Jefferson graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. He also earned his Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from West Coast University in 1997. His previous assignments include: 9th Missile Warning Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. as a Missile Warning Operations Crew Commander and Chief of Standardization and Evaluation; 1013th Combat Crew Training Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. as Chief, Phased Array Sensor Training; 3rd Space Operations Squadron, Falcon Air Force Base, Colo. as a mission-ready Satellite Operations Crew Commander and Assistant Chief

UHF Follow-on Satellite Operations; 14th Air Force, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. as Operational Exercise Officer and Chief, Current Operations for 614th Space Operations Flight; 16th Air Force at Aviano Air Base, Italy as Chief, Space Operations during the Air War over Serbia (Operation ALLIED FORCE); 50th Operations Support Squadron, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. as Weapons and Tactics Flight Commander and later as the squadron’s operations officer; Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. as Chief, Weapons and Tactics. He was Commander of the 328th Weapons Squadron at the United State Air Force Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. He served as the Deputy Commander, 614th Air and Space Operations Center, 14th Air Force, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. and as the Director of Operations and Exercises, 14th Air Force, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. As the 14 Air Force A3, he was responsible to the 14 Air Force commander for the operational readiness of 28 weapon systems operated by more than 12,000 people, in 155 units, at 44 locations. Recently he was the Commander, 460th Mission Support Group, 460th Space Wing, Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., providing civil engineering, security and protection, logistics readiness, contracting, military and personnel support, education services and family support services to Air Force Space Command units as well as other units and agencies throughout the Front Range area


January Bentwater Life

September 1999 – August 2000, Commander, Weapons and Tactics Flight, 50th Operations Support Squadron, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. August 2000 – January 2002, Operations Officer, 50th Operations Support Squadron, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. January 2002 – April 2003, Chief, Weapons and Tactics Branch, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. April 2003 – July 2005, Commander, 328th Weapons Squadron, United States Air Force Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. July 2005 – May 2007, Deputy Commander, 614th Space Operations Group, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Joint Service Commendation Medal Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters Combat Readiness Medal National Defense Service Medal Kosovo Campaign Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal NATO Medal On behalf of Bentwater Property Owners, we thank you for your service to our country and look forward to seeing you enjoying life at Bentwater. Bentwater POA Find Out What Your Neighbors in Bentwater Already Know: That Our Local Agents Save You Money & Make The Difference! Elzey Insurance Offers You Better Home Protection at a Much Lower Price and a Local Agent to Insure Your Home In Bentwater!

May 2007 – June 2007, Deputy Commander, 614th Air and Space Operations Center, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. June 2007 – May 2008, Director of Operations and Exercise, 14th Air Force (AFSTRAT), Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. May 2008 – Jul 2010, Commander, 460th Mission Support Group, 460th Space Wing, Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Jul 2010 – Present, Director of Space Forces, US Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa, (DIRSPACEFOR, USAFE and AFAFRICA), 3rd Air Force, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.


Call us at 1-866-660-6800 or visit


Bentwater Life


L to R: Bentwater United Way Committee Members Abe McCoy and Stan Hemmeline with Linda Rickets, a Montgomery County Literacy volunteer.

Montgomery County Women’s Center representative Holly Hochhauser with Bentwater POA employee Horace Washington

UNITED WAY Sponsors Employee Fair Bentwater United Way recently hosted an employee fair at the fitness center inviting personnel from the POA, country club and sales office to attend. A number of health and employee assistance agencies as well as Chase Bank were invited to provide information to employees to secure assistance they may need and to inform them of opportunities on how to get involved in their community. Those agencies in attendance were:


January Bentwater Life

Tammy Neighbors with Chase Bank visits with Bentwater employee James Nickerson.

Bentwater POA employees Santos Vargas, Miguel Valdes, Cecillo Rivero and Jose Vargas with Bridgewood Farms representative Cathy Silva

Literacy Volunteers of America, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto, Montgomery County Women’s Center, Bridgewood Farms, New Danville, Lone Star Family Health Services and Montgomery County Emergency Assistance. Free blood pressure and blood glucose checks were given as well as numerous door prizes including gift cards to Walmart and Kroger.


L to R: Bentwater United Way Committee Member Susan Gramatges with Bentwater employees Beatriz Noyola, Gloria Madrid and Jose Urbina Bentwater employees Rob Brown, Heather Derryberry and Roberto Tello

Marilyn Kasmirersky with Lone Star Family Health Center visiting with Bentwater employee Blas Velasquez







Bentwater Life



Katy James spectacularly singing Etta James “At Last” for a special friend


Grammy's Cookie Convoy Sunday, February 5th – Bentwater Yacht Club Contributed by Bentwater Resident and Grammy’s Cookie Convoy Founder, Marlene Summers

Grammy's Cookie Convoy is on the move again. We are gearing up for our next shipment of 5,000 "chocolate chip cookie hugs," along with as many cards, and letters to the troops serving overseas. This project began in 2005 from a chance meeting on the putting green with one of our esteemed servicemen, who was also an employee of Bentwater at the time. Because of the special support from our Bentwater community, along with help from many others, we have shipped over one hundred thousand cookies, cards, letters, and several thousand hand sewn pocket hearts to our troops overseas.

The wide variety of merchandise included matching tees, hats and jewelry

Holiday shopping has begun!

The joys of the holidays beckon

We are planning our packing party for the next shipment on Sunday, February 5th at the Bentwater Yacht Club. We would love for you to join us that day to share in some fun, and fellowship. We could use your hands and hearts to help us send a little piece of home to those who serve our country courageously and unselfishly.

Please be assured that any organization or individual who would like to help us with writing cards and letters to the troops will be most appreciated. I promise the words written by each hand will be cherished by every set of eyes that will be reading them. Each card or letter makes every cookie taste a whole lot sweeter. Please let me know if you, or if you possibly know of someone else who might like to help us with this important part of the project. Please add your name to our list of volunteers by contacting: Marlene Summers at or 936-449-4053 Check out our website: - and also "like" us on FACEBOOK at Grammy's Cookie Convoy.

Discussing the fabulous flavor of the toffee samples Grammy’s Cookie Convoy Float designed and made by Bentwater POA staff for July 4th parade

Janita Love and Friend enjoying the day

Ginger Oakes showing some of her unique jewelry


Come Help To Pack Cookies For Our Troops!

In November of each year, Bentwater Ladies Organization (BLO) hosts BRIC-ABRAC, a pre-holiday shopping extravaganza. It was held this year at Bentwater Yacht Club, giving each Bentwater lady the opportunity to shop for those exquisite one-ofa-kind or hard-to-find boutique items without having to leave our community. There was some heavy duty shopping going on!

Ann Davis with her display of beautiful Mary Kay products


January Bentwater Life


Marlene Summers, Founder, with multiple awards and letters of appreciation from the troops as well as a sample of those awesome cookies!



Bentwater Life


January Bentwater Life



New Program Offers Home Sellers A Fifty-Percent Reduction Of Membership Transfer Fees

Harborview neighbors held their 5th Annual Wurstfest. With 26 in attendance, some of the delicious foods prepared and served by residents were Sauerkraut, German potatoes and sausages, cole slaw, deviled eggs, brisket, Cajun dirty rice, Italian spinach pasta shells, apple crisp, apple puffs and much more. Fall decorations graced the Harborview gazebo and tables. The weather was great and fun was had by all.

The Bentwater Sales Corporation has announced a new program that will save Bentwater Yacht & Country Club members 50% of their membership transfer fee when they list their home with Bentwater Sales Corporation. It’s called the Expert Listing Program and it is available to all homeowners that maintain a Sports Club, or greater, membership level. Steve Seay, Director of Sales & Marketing for Bentwater Sales Corporation, had this to say about his team and this unique offer, “We feel that our team of Sales Executives is second to none in the area. With fifty-plus years of combined experience serving Bentwater clients, we are the experts on the Bentwater lifestyle and real estate opportunities within the community. We are very sensitive to trends in the local real estate market and closely follow the impact of the national economy on sales, values and financiing. That’s why we’re so excited to be able to offer this unique opportunity to the homeowners of Bentwater.

Oktoberfest is a 16–18 day beer festival held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, running from late September to the first weekend in October, since 1810. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world's largest fair, with more than 5 million people attending every year. In the United States, German-Americans are the country's largest self-reported ancestral group. Correspondingly, there are hundreds of large and small Oktoberfest celebrations held annually throughout the country, the largest being in Cincinnati, Ohio. Wurstfest is a unique celebration rich in German culture and full of Texas fun located in New Braunfels, Texas, which started in 1961 and always starts on the Friday before the first Monday in November. Right here in Bentwater, Harborview does Wurstfest, Southeast Texas style!

The Harborview Wurstfest Group

1018 Bentwater Drive



Left: Bentwater Resident and rookie movie extra, Tim Grant, with Lorenzo Lamas, star of “Return to Vengeance”, a movie recently filmed in Montgomery. We’ve been told that this may not be Tim’s last movie. He appears to be suited to be a star!



392 Green Cove

$100 Best Buy Gift Card Valid on new business. Minimum requirements.

Return to Vengeance starring Lorenzo Lamas, Daniel Baldwin and Burton Gilliam was recently filmed in historic Montgomery. Bentwater Resident Tim Grant was invited to participate in a supporting role.

Storm season is here. Is your roof ready? Let Endurance Roofing put your mind at ease. • Roof Replacements • Siding & Gutters • Competitive Prices

Lorenzo Lamas is the son of 1950’s movie stars, Arlene Dahl and Fernando Lamas. Daniel Baldwin and his brother Alec Baldwin are two of the five Baldwin Boys who are all actors. Burton Gilliam is best known for his role in Blazing Saddles.

We work with all insurance carriers. Call Brandi Chapman for a FREE ROOF INSPECTION today.

281-682-6069 Movie Star Lorenzo Lamas on Bentwater Resident Tim Grant’s bike “Bob”.

This action movie was filmed by Walker-Cable Productions. For more information on Walker-Cable Productions, visit



Bentwater Life


Club Island Way Neighborhood Picnic A recent “get to know you and get to visit with you� picnic was held by the neighbors in the Club Island Way area. It was a great turn-out although there were one or two traveling that could not make it. Everyone pooled together to buy the delicious meats, paper goods, etc. and brought their favorite dish to share. The menu was dynamite and many recipes were discussed. We also overheard a lot of stories reviewing recent golf games, which just got better as the day went on.


January Bentwater Life Gene and Marilyn Colbert

George and Joanie Dempster


Travis and Thelma Miller

Neighbors attending included Margaret Ellis, Chris and Mary Beth Cottrell, Leona Frank, Jim Leonard, Betty Gardner, Nate and Gerusa Parks, Jo Blair, Gloria and Martin Flores, Marshal Perry, Rex and Pam Calvert and daughter Courtney, Jim Jones, Sherri Benton, and Pat Dinhoble.

This Is The Life!

Sherrie and Bruce Waggoner

Candace and Nick Frazier

Maria Levantino, Andrew Penshorn, Stephanie Cima, Jill Harris, Dave Boler, Brooks Harris, William Cima, Vincent Levantino and Kase Harris.


Bentwater junior players William Cima, Vincent Levantino, Austin Stutts, Kase Harris, Brook Stutts, Tanner Harding, Maria Levantino, and Abby Hafner with coaches Mike Doty and Shaun Maddox.

Bentwater Junior Program Players Win!

Congratulations to all of the Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Junior Program players. They earned the top position in their age division in the USPTA Lake Conroe Junior Grand Prix Circuit and were selected to compete on the Lake Conroe Team at the State Championships. The tournament was held in New Braunfels, Texas at John Newcombe Tennis Ranch.

Bentwater junior players included William Cima, Vincent Levantino, Austin Stutts, Kase Harris, Brook Stutts, Tanner Harding, Maria Levantino, and Abby Hafner. Coaches Mike Doty and Shaun Maddox are also to be congratulated for their efforts. Coaches, players and parents enjoyed a great weekend with a lot of activities. Tennis anyone?



Bentwater Life


General Manager’s Message

Dawn Cleboski, Bentwater POA General Manager

Bettering Ourselves And The World Around Us Staying Focused On The Goals As we close 2011 and embark on the coming year, it is time to reflect on the changes we want or need to make, to prepare a plan for those changes and resolve to follow through with the plan. This is the time for “out with the old and in with the new”. We should look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead, perhaps try to break out of comfort zones, and work diligently to realize our full potential in every aspect of our daily lives. We have an opportunity to maximize the impact we make in the lives of those we come in contact with as we attempt to better ourselves and the world around us. The adage of treating others as you would like to be treated is a winning solution. First, we may have to make changes in how we treat ourselves. Investing the time to create a healthy lifestyle now can produce years of dividends in your future. You may want to sign up for fitness classes at the Sports Club, committing to exercise on a regular basis, and/or enjoying the facilities of our community whether it be on the golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool, biking or taking a relaxing walk around your neighborhood or the Park in the Meadows. Make conscious decisions for healthier eating and sleeping habits. Those good habits will produce the energy needed to reach out to those in our community, the surrounding area and beyond. You may want to participate in the whirlwind of activities at the club and/or the plethora of social, political and charitable organizations throughout Bentwater. There is no substitute for getting to know those in your community, identifying with them and assisting when needs arise. We are not an island unto ourselves and are designed to need each other. You can extend yourself to others throughout the community and because of those efforts, your life will be more fulfilled.

You may wish to consider making contributions of time and talents to better the lives of those who may not be as fortunate. Bentwater is filled with people who give of themselves to organizations that benefit our extended community. Your life becomes much more enriched by touching others. When you resolve to enhance your life, keep in mind that typically Americans struggle with following through with the resolutions that they make. Twenty percent break them after the first week and eighty percent are broken before the end of the year. There are some key things that can assist in achieving the goals you have deemed important to you for this new year. • Make a plan. A plan cannot succeed if there is not one to follow. • Outline your plan with ways you can measure your progress. • Focus on the goal and not the circumstances. • Make a pro and con list, keeping it available to encourage you when you become tired or disheartened. • Share it with others. You may find that they encourage you or even join you. • Track your progress and reward yourself. • Don’t give up if you falter, get up and keep going. • This isn’t a temporary fix, you are enhancing your life for the rest of your life. As the ball drops and the confetti falls, remember… This Is The Life! Make the most of yours.

January Bentwater Life





Bentwater Life


January Bentwater Life



Brackish Water Knowledge SHORT LIST BIBLIOGRAPHY

This short bibliography is only a small number of articles compiled by Mayor Webb Melder, City of Conroe, Texas while searching brackish water treating technology. Clearly, there has been brackish water knowledge in the literature since before 1971. Available literature, processing brackish water technology and interest in brackish water as a potable water source has grown rapidly since 1971. The cost of processing brackish water to potable water has declined by 50% or more in the last decade. State Water Plans since 2001 have stressed the need for brackish water use as an alternate to overstressed aquifers and surface water building cost. Texas Water Development Board has funded brackish water studies and assisted financially in the construction of brackish water plants. Brackish water is an alternative to building new surface water and extends use of existing surface water and potable aquifer water resources. 1971, November, Popkin TWDB Report # 136 Ground-Water Resources of Montgomery County, Texas Detailed discussion of groundwater resources in Montgomery County, TX with maps showing aquifer profiles and depths. WaterReports/GWReports/Individual%20Report%20 htm%20files/Report%20136.htm 1998, February TRANS–TEXAS WATER PROGRAM Southeast Area Technical Memorandum - Desalination Report Brown & Root, FEB 20, 1998,Sponsors: Sabine River Authority of Texas, Lower Neches Valley Authority, San Jacinto River Authority, City of Houston, Brazos River Authority, and Texas Water Development Board. This document is a product of the Trans-Texas Water Program: Southeast Area. The program’s mission is to propose the best economically and environmentally beneficial methods to meet water needs in Texas for the long term. The Phase I study concluded that desalination is feasible only if the required future water demand cannot be met by other, more conventional water supply methods. High capital costs, high-energy requirements, high costs of operation and maintenance and brine disposal costs result in desalting production costs several times higher than other conventional water supply sources. The Phase I Report, however, did not specifically evaluate the concept of desalination of brackish groundwater. Studies performed by others for the Texas Water Development Board

suggest that this specific desalination source water method may have merit and deserves review. A desalting plant sized to meet the San Jacinto-Brazos basin demand short fall in 2040 is proposed for study. The desalting plant will be sized to deliver 44,600 afy (40 mgd) to southeastern Harris and northern Galveston counties. Construction of this facility would begin in approximately year 2038 to come online to meet demand shortfalls in year 2040. Assumed data: Input TDS 2,300, 31wells @ 1,500 feet spacing, design treated water 40 million gallons per day with 85 % design recovery of charge water. 44,600 Ac-Ft/Yr. Projected $1.84/1,000 operating cost with projected construction cost of $151 Million exclusive of debt service and final resolution of brine disposal. DESAL_REPORT.pdf 2006 Chapter 2, Geology of the Gulf Coast Aquifer, Texas Ali H. Chowdhury, PhD, Mike Turco. TWDB PUBLICATION # 365. Detailed discussion of how Gulf Coast Aquifer (Texas) was formed over geological time with cross section diagrams and maps. waterreports/gwreports/r365/ch02geology.pdf 2006 Chapter 13 Status Report on Brackish Groundwater and Desalination in the Gulf Coast Aquifer of Texas Sanjeev Kalaswad, Ph.D., P.G and Jorge Arroyo, P.E. TWDB Report # 365. Detailed report with projections of water volumes and TDS values in Regional Planning Regions G through P. Projects Region H to have 60.8 million Acre Feet of brackish water with a TDS less than 3,000 plus another 25 million Acre Feet of brackish water with TDS of 3,000 to 10,000. Availability is projected to be high with production cost low to moderate. WaterReports/GWReports/R365/ch13-GulfCoastBrack Paper.pdf 2006-2007 El Paso brackish water plant. Plant design objective is to blend moderately fresh ground water with RO treated brackish water product to meet 27.5 million gallons per day (MG/D) of useable drinking water. Wells: 13 moderately fresh water and 13 brackish water with three (3) residue disposal wells.

Cost $ 87 million. Reference: SJRA Phase 1 product @ 22.3 MG/D using Lake Conroe water with cost reported at $ 500 million. El-Paso-s-15-year-wait-for-desalination-plant-is1794691.php Houston Chronicle August 9, 2007, Deep well injection of Desalinization Concentrate in El Paso Texas: William R. Hutchison- EL PASO WATER UTILITIES. LBG_Guyton, 2006, Desalinization in Texas. John Seifert and John Rogers. Government Engineering May-June 2006 2007 Membrane Desalination Cost, American Membrane Technology Association. Discusses membranes used for desalination and desalinization cost reduction of over 50 % in last decade. 2008, April Guidance Manual for Brackish Groundwater Desalinization in Texas Prepared for Texas Water Development Board by NRS Consulting Engineers. Case study on development of the North Cameron Regional Water Desalinization

Plant producing 2.2 millions gallons per day of drinking water for less than $1.40 per 1,000 gallons. projects/northcameron/ rpts/0604830581_BrackishDesal.pdf 2009, As of July, 2009, NRS Consulting Engineers reported six Reverse Osmosis (RO) desalination plants in operation with three additional RO plants in design phase. Recent information and constructed plant locations may be found at: 2011, VSEP membrane technology. This relatively new technology in membrane desalting technology claims to be able to reduce membrane residue from desalinization to 3 % from more typical 25 %. Lake Conroe Communities Network Board Member Dan Davis for Mayor Webb Melder - Winter, 2011



Bentwater Life


Tennis &

Vicki Askew A Love Of The Game For A Lifetime

Susan James, Francis Halter, Ruth Moser, Vicki Askew

Bentwater is blessed to have many wonderful people living in our community and none more delightful then the 91-year old tennis player, Vicki Askew. She moved here in 2011 from Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, and wasted no time getting involved in all of the activities that Bentwater has to offer. Vicki can be seen playing bridge, working out in the fitness center, or attending North Shore Church… but most impressive is her love for the game of tennis. You may see her during a weekly private tennis lesson with our Director of Tennis, Mike Doty, or perhaps during her early morning tennis match with friends Susan James, Francis Halter and Ruth Moser. If that is not enough tennis for the 91 year old, she participates on the

91-year old Vicki Askew

C-Pink North Country Women’s League Team Workout Drill, plus she can be seen at the Saturday morning Club Drill. Vicki started playing tennis at the age of 50 and quickly fell in love with a game that can be played for a lifetime. Vicki’s love for tennis has been widely recognized by the installation of a beautiful six-court tennis center with three indoor/ three outdoors courts that have been dedicated in her name and donated to the city of Ebensburg. Vicki has two sons, Rod McMahon, who lives on the other side of Lake Conroe, and Vince McMahon, who is the owner of the WWF World Wrestling Federation, and 12 great grandchildren.

January Bentwater Life




Bentwater Life



January Bentwater Life


Calendar of Events End of December 2011 December 19 – 30 Monday through Friday -M.I.S.D. Winter Break December 20 Tuesday -The Crighton Theater presents the ‘Cowboy Christmas Show with Michael Martin Murphey’ at 8 pm. For more info, visit December 20 – 28 Tuesday through Wednesday -Starting at sunset on December 20, Hanukkah. It lasts for eight days beginning at sunset the previous day and is also known as the Festival of Lights. December 21 Wednesday -Toyota Center hosts the Houston Aeros vs. the Texas Stars at 7:05 pm. December 23 Friday -Toyota Center presents ‘Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Winter Tour 2011’ at 4 pm and 8 pm. December 24 Saturday -Christmas Eve -Bentwater - Golf Shop closes at 1 pm. Golf Carts must be checked in by 3 pm

December 25 Sunday -Christmas Day - The birth of Jesus Christ, described in this passage from the Gospel of Saint Luke in the New Testament, has been celebrated by Christians for more than 1600 years. The Christmas season begins on the First Sunday of Advent and ends on Epiphany. Christmas is also a popular secular holiday which focuses upon the many versions of St. Nicholas and other traditions such as Christmas carols, mistletoe, Christmas cards, and gift giving. -Bentwater - All Club Facilities will be closed in recognition of the holiday. December 26 Monday -Toyota Center hosts the Houston Aeros vs. the San Antonio Rampage at 7:05 pm. December 28 – 29 Tuesday and Wednesday -Bentwater Golf Academy hosts the Holiday Junior Golf Camp starting at 9 am. For more info, contact Bentwater Club at 936-597-6219 December 30 -Toyota Center presents ‘Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best Live Tour Ever!’ at 1 pm, 4 pm and 7 pm. For more info, visit www. December 31 Saturday -New Year’s Eve

-Reliant Stadium hosts the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. Kick off your New Year’s Eve as the Big Ten faces off against the Big 12 at 11 am. Come early and enjoy TexFest, the official pregame party. For more info, visit -Bentwater - Celebrate the New Year at the New Year’s Eve Bash at the Country Club at 7 pm. For reservations, contact Bentwater Club at 936.597.6219. -Reliant Park presents ‘Young Jeezy’ in concert. For more info, visit -The Hobby Center presents ‘Bach and Time’ at 9 pm. For more info, visit

January 2012 January 1 Sunday -New Year’s Day -Toyota Center hosts the Houston Aeros vs. the Oklahoma City Barons at 5:05 pm. January 2 Monday -Bentwater - 2012 Fitness Challenge Begins, start out the new year with a healthy perspective on life. For more information, contact Bentwater Club at 936.597.6219 January 6 Friday -Toyota Center hosts the Houston Aeros vs. the Rockford IceHogs at 7:35 pm.

-The Hobby Center presents ‘Free of the Ground’ at 7:30 pm. For more info, visit -Day of Ephipany - It commemorates three events—the baptism of Jesus (Mark 1), the visit of the Wise Men to Bethlehem (Mat. 2), and the miracle at Cana (John 2). January 7 Saturday -Reliant Stadium presents ‘Monster Jam’ at 7 pm. For more info, visit January 9 – 15 Monday through Sunday -The Hobby Center presents ‘The Addams Family’. For more info, visit January 11 Wednesday -Bentwater - Boat Show Bus Trip to Reliant Park at 12 pm. For more info, contact Bentwater Club at 936-597-6219. January 13 Friday -M.I.S.D. Student Holiday January 14 Saturday -Bentwater - Ladies Golf Association hosts the LGA Chili Open at 10 am. For reservations, contact Bentwater Club at 936.597.6219 -The Crighton Theatre presents, ‘Suzy Bogguss’ at 7:30 pm. For more info, visit

January 16 Monday -M.I.S.D. Holiday recognizing Martin Luther King

January 22 Sunday -Toyota Center hosts the Houston Aeros vs. the San Antonio Rampage at 5:05 pm.

January 20 Friday -Toyota Center hosts the Houston Aeros vs. the San Antonio Rampage at 7:35 pm.

January 23 – 30 Monday through Monday -The Hobby Center presents ‘Bring It On’. For more info, visit

-The Society for the Performing Arts presents ‘Joshua Bell, Violin’ at 8 pm. Joshua Bell has been captivating audiences worldwide since the age of 14 with his musicality, debuting in a highly acclaimed orchestral event with the Philadelphia Orchestra. For more info, visit January 20 – 22 Friday through Sunday -The Christian Youth Theater presents, ‘Annie Jr.’ at the Crighton Theatre. For more info, visit January 21 Saturday -Reliant Stadium presents ‘Monster Jam’ at 7 pm. For more info, visit January 21 – 22 Saturday through Sunday -Reliant Park hosts the Houston Gun Collectors & Antiques Show from 9 am until 6 pm and the 26th Annual Tristar Collectors Show. For more info, visit

January 25 - 29 Wednesday through Sunday -Reliant Park hosts the Houston Auto Show. For more info, visit January 27 - 28 Friday through Saturday -The Owen Theatre presents, ‘Nunsense’, a musical by Dan Goggin at 8 pm. This show is about a fund raiser put on by the Little Sisters of Hoboken to raise money to bury sisters accidently poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia. January 27 – 29 Friday through Sunday -The Christian Youth Theater presents, ‘Annie Jr.’ at the Crighton Theatre. For more info, visit January 30 Monday -The Houston Museum of Fine Art presents the ‘7th Annual Movies Houstonians Love Film Series’ at 7 pm. The series was developed by the MFAH film committee in order to introduce new audiences to the museum’s year-round film offerings. For more info, visit



Bentwater Life



January Bentwater Life

classified ads To place a FREE classified, submit new listings to by the 28th of the month. Click on “Submit Info” at the bottom of the homepage then “Items for Sale” and fill out the required information. All ads will need to be re-entered each month if not sold. FOR SALE: Powerhouse Home Gym System. $75.00 Compact vertical design. With a combination chest press/chest fly station,and a leg developer station. Contact Jim at 936-718-6850 WANTED: I am a stamp and coin dealer and am looking to purchase both U.S. and worldwide stamp collections and gold and silver coins. I am a resident of Bentwater and can be contacted at 936-648-4821. John

FOR SALE: Toyota, Venza, 2010. Low mileage. Excellent condition. Asking $28,000. Call 936-597-4453 FOR SALE: Set of Callaway X20 Graphite Shaft Irons with new Wynn oversize Leather Grips. Comes complete with Callaway Graphite Shaft Hawk Eye 1-3-7 Woods and two Hybrid Clubs. Call 936-449-4009 FOR SALE: Genuine white fur jacket : $ 900. One of a kind Glamorous Evening Dress : $550 Alexandra Hicks, Phone 713-876-2398

WANTED: Buying U.S. & Foreign Stamp Collections, Old Letters, Post Cards, Civil War Currency & Documents. Contact: John @ 936-648-4821 Bentwater resident.

936-597-6039 Cell 281-731-3643 17156 W. FM 1097 STE 12 Across from Bentwater Montgomery, TX 77356


9521 West FM 1097 Suite B Willis, Tx 77378

Gerald Flottmann, DVM and Associates Large & Small Animal Medicine & Surgery. Farm, Ranch, & House calls Appointments preferred- Mon-Fri 8:00am-6:00pm & Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 noon


936-582-4223 Cell 281-731-3643 19380 HWY 105 West STE 514 Montgomery, TX 77356

Gener ac Gener ator Spec i al s to Bentwater Resi dents

Be n t wate r E l e c t r i c i a n & R e mo d e l S p e c i a l i s t





O FFICE: 936- 597- 9200


SA L E S & SC H E D U L I N G 9 3 6 -7 5 5 -4 6 6 0 TE C L 225 18

Free Estim ates a nd a 15% Disc ount on a ll Serv ic e Ca lls to Bentwater R esidents

Bentwater Life - January 2012  
Bentwater Life - January 2012  

Bentwater Life is the Official Publication of the Bentwater Property Owners Association.