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The Golf Goddesses of Bentwater 1st row – L to R: Karen Hethershaw, Linda Pierce, Mary Peterson, Susan Parrish, Beryl Korb, Janice Slaughter 2nd row - L to R: Nancy Strawn, Linda Zoellner, Helen McParland, Mary Krenek, Kathy McBane, Debra Riley, Sally Chapman, Mary Ann Kloster, Joan Kura, Ellen Jordan, Susan Gramatges, Linda Prince, Marta Constantino (see story inside)

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(Left to Right) Francis Fisher, Mary Peterson, Lois Blackburne, Lesley Spencer (shown painting) and Marilyn Colbert

Donated to the American Cancer Society by Lesley Spencer

For the love of art, Bentwater ladies Lesley Spencer, Mary Peterson, Gina McGregor, Francis Fisher, Marilyn Colbert, Beth Witt, Debra Riley and Kathy McBane gather their creative talents under the instructions of prize winning artist Lois Blackburne. Together they enjoy friendship, support and the pleasure of creating pictures. The American Cancer Society has benefited from the talents and generosity of artist Lesley Spencer, who has donated a beautiful picture for the Bentwater Cancer Drive auction each of the last three years.

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Water Lilies transformed into a virtual painting, photo provided by Louis Wheeler.

Louis Wheeler

artists

Shepherd working on his new painting, “Texas Poppies”, which he is painting for his wife, Donna. The poppies are from the Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham.

Shepherd unveils “Mona Lynne” for Lynne Keener and husband, Chip, after he finished her commissioned portrait. It’s called “Mona Lynne” because everybody who has seen it loves her smile.

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When Louis Wheeler was a young boy, he discovered the beauty of light. He could spend hours just watching a sunbeam streaming across the floor or fireflies in the dark. Colors, textures and contrast thrilled him in a way he cannot describe. From the pencil, to pastels, then to oil paints, he found a way to capture a bit of that feeling. By the time he was in his teens, he learned how to capture light with a camera.

Louis Wheeler with Bob Shepherd during a Virtual Painting created from a photograph taken by Wheeler, recent Wine and Cheese social at the Yacht photo provided by Louis Wheeler. Club where the men displayed their amazing works of art. Photo provided by Louis Wheeler.

Now Wheeler melds his two loves, computer technology and art. Most of his art today begins with a digital image. “My objective is to help others see what they are missing by capturing glimpses of the world we pass by every day and create a work of art,” said Wheeler. Wheeler uses the photograph to guide the creation of virtual paintings. “As I work to create a virtual painting, I decide what elements in the image are to be retained and what can or should be eliminated. I enhance and exag-

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gerate the colors to punctuate the design and accentuate the composition. I almost always increase the contrast to attract and hold the viewer’s eye,” added Wheeler. Wheeler starts with beautiful photographs and creates magnificent virtual paintings. To see more of Wheeler’s work, visit his gallery, Louis E. Wheeler, at 227 North Main Street in Conroe. The gallery is open by appointment as well as every Saturday from noon until 2:30 p.m.

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Bentwater resident Bob Shepherd enjoyed a 30 year career with Wrangler Jeans as an account executive for Academy Sports & Outdoors, until his retirement in March 2011. Eleven years prior to leaving his corporate job, Shepherd discovered a passion for painting and uncovered an unbelievable talent.

“I’ve always enjoyed drawing, so I decided to take an art class. I took a beginner’s painting class and made an ‘A’, so I took the second class and also made an ‘A’,” said Shepherd. He continued to pursue his talents and discovered a gift in a painting style

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memories will bring smiles and laughter to the tables. The music moves and grooves and some can’t help but get up and dance. Forty voices will take you from Big Band to Rock and Roll, from the Beach Boys to the Beatles. You might even hear a little Cash or Willy. It’s a live band. There are no recordings at this venue. And it’s all designed to give our community a wonderful evening of food and fellowship in partnership with The American Cancer Society. If you are interested in becoming a part of the Bentwater City Limits Singers, or want more information about their upcoming performances at the Yacht Club, contact Keith Ann by email at keithann@gearnoffshore.com.

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Lynne Keener, Anne Davis, Beverly Smith

Roxann Hunley, Speaker Carroll Knauf, Barb Michels

Bentwater Ladies Organization hopes everyone had a great holiday season and a fun and happy new year. We are gearing up for a new year and new officers. BLO would like to congratulate the new 2013 Board: President, Lynne Keener; VicePresident, Debby Capps; Secretary, Karen Spartz; Treasurer, Nancy Sappenfield; Asst. Treasurer/Membership, Karen Walker; Programs, Alice Bradley and Phyllis Prance and Parliamentarian, Jill Cambern. Lynne and her team have put together a fantastic group of ladies who will work as chairs of our important activities and special events. You can view the complete list of officers and chairpersons on the BLO website. December was a busy month for BLO activities. We began early this year with the annual Bentwater Ladies Organization Holiday Dinner Dance for members. The theme this year was Winter Wonderland and everyone was dazzled by the beautifully decorated club. A Surf and Turf dinner and dancing to the Level One Band rounded out the evenings. Many thanks go to co-chairs Ann Davis and Patsy Dillard for a wonderful event. The next week we oohed and aahed at the fabulous homes on the BLO Annual Holiday Home Tour. Six beautiful homes were graciously opened to Bentwater residents and their friends on

BLO welcomes newcomers

Leona Frank, Willy Anderson

the tour this year and each homeowner received an equal share of the ticket sales to give to the charity of their choice. This year’s homeowners and their charities were Shar Whorton, American Cancer Society; Joyce and Gary Sewell, Wounded Warrior Project; Michele and Robert Chiste, Montgomery High School Drama Department, 2013 Trip to Scotland; Brenda and Gary Luquette, Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child; Karen and Roger Koerner, Scholarship Fund of the Southern Women’s Golf Association; Linda and Jerry Ciaramitaro, Alzheimer’s Association. The Bentwater Ladies Organization wants to thank these homeowners for offering their homes for the holiday tour. It is very much appreciated. Bentwater Ladies Organization ended the year at the December Luncheon where we were treated to a collection of Christmas songs preformed by Bentwater’s own Amen Chorus. What a wonderful end for the year.

Betsy Gaither, Pam Gallagher, Sylvia Vanderbilt

Karen Ehlert, Eileen Holbert

Bobbie Collins, Leona Frank, Mary Laird

Standing; Margo Crook, Charlotte Heathcott, Penny Spaid. Seated; Shirley Duncan, Sharon Corzine

It is a bright and shiny new year and Bentwater Ladies Organization hopes to see everyone at the first luncheon of 2013 on Thursday, January 10 at 11:30 a.m. Sign up online on the Bentwater website or call the club to make a reservation. Carla Cook, Carolyn Russell, Vicky Duoto

Standing; Carol Hanson, Debby Capps, Nancy Gilpin. Seated; Pam Dillard, Lou Dycus

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BLO volunteer greeters Sharon Jones and Nancy Strawn.

Business is good!

Emily and Dawn serving treats from Have a Little More - Homemade Creations.

Bric-A-Brac

market A BLO Tradition

The Yacht Club was your one-stop-shop for the holidays. The Bentwater Ladies Organization (BLO) presented its annual market before the holidays began, and the shopping extravaganza drew a huge crowd of women shoppers who couldn’t wait to get their hands on one-of-a-kind items. There was an enormous variety of vendors spilling over from the bar area to the dining room (with the best view on the lake) to the Harbor View Room. Creative and unique gifts were offered, as well as accessories for your home and garden, not to mention edible treats. Shoppers had the opportunity to purchase handbags, clothing, handmade and sophisticated jewelry, scarves and holiday decorations. Some of the vendors had taken part in Bric A Brac in the past; others were new to the holiday market and are already planning their return in 2013. It was another job well done by the BLO!

Ann Davis’ beautiful beauty booth

Should I or shouldn’t I?

Montgomery County Assistance League Booth, always one of the busiest at the show

Bentwater Event Planners Trish Bautista and Connie Chuisimano, serving mimosas and wine.

Bentwater resident Delores Asiedu and Annie

Exquisite one-of-a-kind cuff links made of Texas stars, bullets or Buffalo nickels from Lynn Hawthorn’s booth

Patt McCuistion and Rex Cambern (red/white striped shirt) were the gentlemen volunteers who drove the ladies to the yacht club with only their purses in hand and shuttled them back to their vehicle laden with holiday packages.

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Lynn Hawthorn, showing her leather covered camels

Surveying pet bandannas.

His Toffee Shop – Manned by three sisters from Schulenberg, TX

I’ll take all of these elves, please…

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Bentwater Sales Center offers rewards for ExxonMobil referrals Bentwater is home to many ExxonMobil employees, who have always had a significant presence in the neighborhood. With over 12 miles of shoreline, the adjoining national forest and three championship golf courses, Bentwater is a preferred residence for Houston’s oil and gas community. So, even those property owners not directly employed by ExxonMobil are highly likely to have a friend, family member, or business associate connected in some way to the energy giant. If that statement doesn’t currently apply to you today, there’s a high probability it soon will. ExxonMobil, the world’s largest publicly traded oil and gas company, is currently constructing its new headquarters just 30 minutes south of Bentwater. With construction well underway, more than 10,000 employees are slated for relocation to our area. The impact to our local economy will be both positive and, in some cases, overwhelming. For the immediate areas surrounding the new campus the impact will result in a shortage of available housing and a dramatic increase in road and facilities congestion. This is where you come in. Bentwater is uniquely positioned to meet the growing housing need and the even greater need for a private and comfortable environment, at home.

There’s the Santa Claus I’ve been looking for!

Bentwater resident Anna Contreras trying to decide on how many wine holders to buy.

With a generous selection of new Developer homesites and a highly desirable lifestyle, Bentwater will be a natural choice for those looking for a new place to call “home”. For a limited time, Bentwater Yacht and Country Club is offering a program that will generously reward property owners for referring their ExxonMobil friends, family and business associates who become new members of the Club by purchasing a Developer-owned homesite. The choice is yours: a $3,000 credit to your Club account or a one-time complimentary upgrade to the membership of your choice, including Grand Pines.

Eligibility requirements and program details are as follows: Fred Carter, a retired pastor whose awesome talent has produced some one-of-a-kind, award winning pieces of hand-carved wood

Ladies from Riverbridge Consignments

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Your referral must be currently employed by ExxonMobil. Your referral must purchase a Developer-owned homesite. Your referral cannot be the client of a real estate broker other than Bentwater Sales Corporation. Your referral must be registered in the Bentwater Sales Center upon initial registration under your name. Upon the closing and funding of the homesite, you will be allowed to upgrade your membership level, at no cost to you, or receive a $3,000 Club credit toward your membership account that may be applied towards food and beverage, merchandise, and Villa accommodations. • This program is subject to change or cancellation without notice. The Bentwater Country Club and the Bentwater Sales Center have come together to implement this special offer to property owners. As the exclusive sales outlet for Developer homesites, the Sales Center still offers the largest selection of unique properties, from waterfront, to golf course and oversized estates. Referrals to the Bentwater Sales Center have exclusive access to everything Bentwater has to offer.

The owner of Hotsie Totsie Boutique showing Bentwater resident Beryl Korb some merchandise.

Bentwater resident Ginger Oaks and her fabulous jewelry

For more information on this program and other real estate opportunities please contact Bentwater Sales Center at 866-866-8613 or by email at info@bentwater.com.

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North Montgomery County Animal Shelter – The WOOF Team – L to R: Suzy Scannell, Beth Gorman, Toni Sellers, Sylvia Colin

Bentwater Ladies Organization (BLO) won Best Decorated Booth! L to R: David Sherwin, Chris Peter, Dee Baethke, Karen Laukaitis, Carolyn Pietzsch, Larry Lockner, Leona Frank, Betty Lou Morgan

Bentwater Property Owners Association (POA) honors Bentwater veterans with a flag, a lapel pin, a hearty handshake and a thank you on behalf of all Bentwater property owners. A Bentwater veteran accepts gratitude for his service to our country and a flag from Robert Yetter, Entrance Department Director, POA, on behalf of Bentwater property owners.

Men of Bentwater (MOB)– L to R: Jim Hostetler, Bart Hartman, Jim Hamilton, Carl Herring, Bruce Fingerle, Butch Robertson. Their charity is Healing Hands Ranch. THE WINNERS AND CHAMPIONS!

The MOB supports Operation Helmet!

Bentwater Yacht & Country Club – Rob Brown, Harbor Master

Grand Prize winner, Dee Baethke, takes home a 32 inch, high definition flat screen T.V.

Winner of four bottles of Bentwater wine and a cooler

Rob Brown and his deer blind

Mens Golf Association (MGA) – Charity was Montgomery County Food Bank and Operation Helmet – Jay Elms and Jim Schaeffer continued...

POA General Manager Dawn Cleboski pinning a veteran

Chili Cook- Off What do you get when you mix enthusiastic chefs, piping hot pots of chili and a little competition? - The 2012 Bentwater Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by the Country Club. Cook-off teams showed up ready for a fierce face-off with their neighbors. The BLO, United Way, Men’s Golf Association, POA and the MOB are just a few of the groups that participated, hoping to stir up the

Patrick O’Neil, Two-Time Winner of Chili Cook-Off

winning pot of chili. As the competitors served residents, everyone was entertained by a live country music band. Residents even got a chance to take home fabulous door prizes, including a 32 inch flat screen television. As for the winner of Chili Cook-off, The MOB took home bragging rights and the opportunity to help their charity of choice – Healing Hands Ranch. Way to go MOB!


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United Way Booth – Patrick and Sharon O’Neil

Winner of a sandwich grill! Congrats!

Dirty Spurs Band

Dead Trees

The drought has affected thousands of trees in Bentwater Thousands of trees here in Bentwater are among those that have fallen victim to the extreme heat and lack of rainfall we’ve experienced over the past 18 months. The POA is diligently working to identify these trees, in order to notify property owners. The process of locating these trees and documenting them is a tedious and time consuming task. Once we notify property owners, they are responsible for having the trees removed. We ask that homeowners be patient throughout this process and lend a hand if possible. If you spot a dead tree in Bentwater, please feel free to take a photo and bring it to us here at the POA office. We appreciate any help, as it is our goal to keep Bentwater beautiful.

Winner of a travel bag

Valerie Overbeck and Jose Urbina, both POA employees, oversee the awesome door prizes!

POA employee Veda Burton gets her glucose level checked, courtesy of Lone Star Family Health Clinic

Summer Darnell with Montgomery County United Way visits with Bentwater employees

Heather Derryberry, Kelly Murphy and Rob Brown (in back) represent the Country Club at the Employee Fair

Jennifer Mireles of New Danville talks with Kimberly Hughes and Alexa Askins

Employee Fair We had a great turnout at the 2012 Employee Fair, sponsored by Bentwater POA, Bentwater Country Club and the United Way.

community that are available for many of our employees. Information included everything from health services to learning English as a second language.

The event was held on November 16 at the Fitness Center. The Employee Fair was a time of dispensing important information concerning various services in the

Participants included Tri County Services, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto, New Danville, Easter Seals, Montgomery County United Way, Lone Star Family Health

A special thanks goes to Jose Urbina of the POA Susan Gramatges and others of United Way for offering their skills as translators to help guide our Spanish speaking employees through the Employee Fair.

Shane Burks with Tri County Services visits with Connie Chuisano, who works in the catering department of the Country Club

Susana Barbosa and Margaret Beegle talk about Girl Scouts with Jacqueline Shields

Lisette Patal discusses Montgomery County Youth Services with employees

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General Manager's Dear Property Owner:

POA General Manager Dawn Cleboski

As we say goodbye to 2012, it is time to reflect on the wonderful memories we’ve made and ponder the changes we want to see in our future. We should look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead, and perhaps take on new challenges we would typically shy away from.

As you make your new year’s resolutions, keep in mind, one person can make a difference. Beryl Korb, Nancy Calliouet and Delores Williams visiting before lunch at the Country Club.

Sue Kolski and Pat Edwards visit before the meeting in the Yacht Club.

Barbara Freeman, Joyce Alff and Helena Tripp think about their lunch order.

Five lovely plants were awarded to the lucky Garden Club winners.

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As you read the remarkable story in this issue of Bentwater Life about how one man’s passion to protect his grandson in the Iraq war led to the manufacturing and delivery of more than 60,000

helmet pad upgrades to our U.S. military, know it is possible to achieve the extraordinary when you put your heart into it. Get involved in your community. There are numerous organizations right here in Bentwater that will allow you to develop great friendships and work with others to give back to the less fortunate. Maybe you’ll want to join a social club or support the efforts of Operation Helmet, the United Way or Salvation Army. Whatever it is you decide to do, make a plan and stick to it. Your efforts will not go unnoticed and those who reap the benefits of your actions will be grateful. Remember, your actions alone can make a world of difference in the lives of others. May you have a happy and prosperous 2013!

Pat Sheridan and Janice Glass are ordering lunch.

Helena Tripp and friends are choosing where to sit for lunch.

Thirty of the Garden Club ladies recently gathered for lunch at the Bentwater Country Club. The conversation was how convenient it was to have lunch at the Country Club and then meet more Garden Club members at the Yacht Club for a discussion led by Miriam Hemmeline. The presentation was entitled “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.” Miriam divided the talk into five groups—small plants (evergreen and perennial), perennial flowers, grasses, ground cover and herbs as garden plants. Ferns were prominent in the small plants category. Some of the ferns pictured and mentioned were holly fern, arborvitae fern, maidenhair fern and southern wood fern. In the perennial flowers section, old favorites and plants that are well-recognized were discussed. Some of these plants were gerbera daisies,

Janice Glass and Pam Dean hold their beautiful door prize plants

Phillis Podlipny and Pat Edwards stand behind the beautiful door prize plants.

butterfly weed, Texas primrose, phlox, oxalis, rock rose, pigeon berry and lantana. They also learned that herbs do not have to be grown for just a kitchen garden. They may be grown just as garden plants. Some herbs to choose for garden plants are parsley, sage, society garlic, creeping thyme and golden oregano. The winners of the door prizes were Sally Bierman, Pam Dean, Sherry West, Pat Sheridan and Janice Glass. These lucky ladies received some gorgeous plants. For more information about the Garden Club, contact Phillis Podlipny at 597-5797.

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We all owe a special thank you to Bentwater resident and software guru, Patrick Harren, for the amazing job he has done creating our new entrance gate software. In 2010, Harren wrote a basic software program that eliminated the “pencil and paper” system that was being used at the front gate. The initial software kept track of all guests, which created a smoother process of welcoming guests to Bentwater. More recently, Bentwater residents are reaping the benefits of an upgraded software system that now allows them to register their guests online, rather than calling the front gate. Harren hopes residents are enjoying the new convenience. “What I like is that it allows residents to go to a website, enter the information about their guests and then verify that the information is correct,” said Harren. The new software is working wonderfully. Harren’s generous donation of the entrance software has saved Bentwater residents more than $10,000. Thank you, Patrick Harren!

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SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT FUND for Bentwater Employees and their Families

The Bentwater Scholarship Endowment Fund, established with a generous $100,000 anonymous seed donation, is for the benefit of Bentwater employees and/or dependents established with Sam Houston State University (SHSU) and Lone Star College System (LSCS) on behalf of Bentwater Property Owners.

4. Enrolled in minimum of 6 hours per semester 5. Maintained minimum overall GPA of 2.5 on 4.0 scale in high school or two most recent college semesters 6. Co-curricular activities, work experience, community service, financial need also considered

The intent is to generate earnings sufficient to provide at least one annual $1,000 scholarship, which will be announced in the spring and disbursed the following academic year: half in the fall and half in the spring semester.

Apply through: www.Shsu.edu and click on MY SAM - on the student tab, under financial aid, select ScholarX.

Current selection criteria: 1. Current employee or employee dependent 2. High school degree 3. Full-time or part-time graduate or undergraduate student (incoming freshman and transfer students included) in good standing enrolled at SHSU or LSCS majoring in any discipline

Note that you are applying for a Bentwater scholarship. Additional donations may be made at any time: o Checks made to SHSU; memo line “Bentwater Scholarship” o Mail to: Sam Houston State University P.O. Box 2537 Huntsville, Texas 77341-2537

GOLF CARTS

Requires current permit from the Country Club and licensed driver Bentwater’s Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions reads, in part: “The only motorized vehicles allowed on the roads and street easements in the Subdivision shall be golf carts with a current permit issued by the Bentwater Country Club” and further, “Vehicles, regardless of type, may only be operated by individuals holding a current driver’s license valid in the State of Texas”. Any violation of the rules may result in a sanction by the Association of one or more of the following:

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:

A. Warning of a violation

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B. Fines charged to the owner for the violation: 1. First violation $100.00 2. Second violation $500.00 3 Each occurrence thereafter $500.00

Bentwater resident Larry Douglas with his Acura N5X

Bentwater resident Ken Larson with his 2008 Corvette. What a beauty!

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C. If the owner continues to violate the rules after the imposition of the fines as stated above, the Association may then revoke the golf cart permit for up to 60 days or, in the case of continued violations after the initial suspension, permanently prohibit the owner from using a golf cart on the streets within Bentwater®. The registered owner is responsible for the golf cart, whether or not they are present during reported infractions.

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

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. 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: dcleboski@amitx.com


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Golf Goddesses The Golf Goddesses of Bentwater recently gathered at The Falls Golf Resort in New Ulm for their 12th annual “Golf Goddess Get-Away.” The concept was originated by five ladies who met in the BLGA’s nine hole group in 2000: Marilyn Colbert, Mary Peterson, Linda Pierce, Carole Piperi and Janice Slaughter. Since then, the group has grown in size. The name “Golf Goddesses” evolved because it fit the spirit of the group. They were a group of women who loved golfing together, focused on improving their skills and shared a passion for keeping golf fun. To achieve the latter, Golf Goddesses grant themselves the right

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Nineteen Golf Goddesses playing by their own rules to keep the “fun” in their golf game.

and responsibility to invoke any goddess “rule” of their own if it will reduce stress and speed up play, but does not disadvantage another Goddess. Since Goddesses play for fun, not money, “protecting the field” has no meaning in a Goddess golf game. This year’s get-away included 19 lady golfers from Bentwater who enjoyed golf, laughter, great food, wine and line dancing. Way to go BCA and Bentwater Residents!

Bentwater Residents Once Again

Support New Danville Bentwater residents continue to reach out and support New Danville, a self sustaining, master planned, integrated community where adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities can live, learn, work and grow emotionally, socially and spiritually. In the past, Bentwater residents have donated days of caring as a part of United Way to complete specific projects needed at New Danville. Flo LeBlanc and Angie Grimes, Bentwater residents, are again reaching out and giving back by volunteering at Jazzy Junque located at The Outlets at Conroe. All proceeds from this volunteer run storefront benefit the numerous programs at New Danville. “Reclaim, Restore, Resell” is Jazzy Junque’s motto. Items donated by the public are restored and resold at bargain prices. But one would never know this by the attractive manner in which items are displayed by the talented volunteers. Jazzy Junque is seeking additional volunteers and donations, which are tax deductible. For more information contact Linda Hein at 936441-4500 or stop by the Jazzy Junque store.

New Danville is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 charitable and educational organization and a United Way partner. www.newdanville.org.

Way to go Bentwater Civic Association and BCA president, Terry Gent! Montgomery County Precinct #3 is calling the recent BCA sponsored Hazardous Waste Recycling Event “the most attended single day event they have been a part of.” Precinct #3 representatives went on to say, “It is exciting to know Bentwater residents participate and care about the environment. We appreciate your volunteers assisting with check in and unloading, as well as the patience of the residents.” Sixty-seven Bentwater residents brought in a total of: • 129 gallons of paint • 72 pounds of flammable solids • 556 pounds of toxic liquids • 64 pounds of toxic solids • 51 pounds of aerosols • 272 pounds of acids • 199 pounds of bases • 343 pounds of misc. items suitable for reuse

“While the event was a great success, we hope to double participation next year,” added Terry Gent, BCA President. If you missed this opportunity, which was held in the North Shore Church Parking Lot, the disposal of leftover household chemicals can be done at the Precinct # 3 Household Chemical Waste Facility every Wednesday and third Saturday of the month from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except on county holidays. Precinct # 3 Household Chemical Waste Facility: 1122 Pruitt Road Spring, TX 77380. Call 281-367-7283 for more information. The Precinct #3 staff will accept the following items: Outdoor and Gardening

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pool chemicals herbicides pesticides fertilizers

Paint products

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oil based paint latex paint stains & varnishes spray paint turpentine & solvents craft & hobby chemicals

Household and Personal

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cleansers & polishes degreasers drain cleaners compact fluorescent bulbs

ITEMS MUST BE LEFT IN ORIGINAL CONTAINERS. Precinct #3 staff does not charge by the number of containers. The amount of product in each container is determined as it is unloaded. The charge is: • 0-5 gallons = $5.00 • 6-10 gallons = $10.00 Precinct # 3 accepts cash payments or checks.


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(LGA) Ladies Golf Association The Bentwater Ladies Golf Association recently hosted its annual Fall Fling at the Weiskopf Course. Participants enjoyed a luncheon at the Country Club following the tournament. Here are photos and a list of the winners. Congratulations ladies!

2013 ACS Committee (not all are pictured): Kaye Stripling, Leona Frank, Dee Yates, Shirley LaFayette, Jeanne Hubbard, Marian Champagne, Connie Smith, Gina McGregor, Geneva Montgomery, Faye Powell, Eva Sewell, Patti McGraw, Sharon Jones, Linda Pierce, Beryl Korb, Kathy Catlett, Kathy McBane, Beth Witt, Freda Jackson, Susan Thacker, Keith Ann Gearn and Rae Jean Young

1st Flight

2nd Flight

3rd Flight

4th Flight

1st Gross - Morris, Gerachis, Nojek, Randleman

1st Gross - Eiland, Young, Lekas, Dillard

1st Gross - Weiss, Tucker, George, Gosch

1st Gross - McBane, Tolles, Crosby, Allen

1st Net - Miller, Catlett, Porter, Williams

1st Net - Koerner, Butler, Barlow, Lang

1st Net - Hagan, Jandl, Tucker, Sorell

1st Net - Keasler, McKeown, O’Donaoe, Todaro

2nd Gross - Proctor, Donovan, Friendman, Levet

2nd Gross - Kimball, Carr, Oldham, Pickens

2nd Gross - Sorsdal, Riedlinger, Menninger, Capodice

2nd Gross - Fingerle, Fry, Blackwell, Furr

2nd Net - Ponto, Hunley, Zator, Langford

2nd Net - Botkin, Alexander, Jones, Simpson

2nd Net - Burtch, Franklin, Early, Verna

2nd Net - Rosa, Baker, Smith, Dehay

3rd Gross - Dill, Henigan, Davies, McGhee

3rd Gross - Scharnberg, Glass, McDonald, Rizzo

3rd Gross - Jones, Yarbrough, Yancey, Bouman

3rd Gross - Pierce, Visage, Shaw, Becktell

3rd Net - Stewart, Reaves, Bergman, Van Beers

3rd Net - Owens, Rabuck, Montanari, Mitchell

3rd Net - Gent, Cutrer, York, Dreyer

3rd Net - Stricklin, Bright, Holt, Beckmeyer

4th Net - Bumstead, Traver, Leatherswood, Snyder

4th Net - Powell, Sewell, Nelson, Jackman

4th Net - Murillo, Madole, Wilson, Roberts

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office builders, plus an array of support structures and facilities. Industry publications have reported that construction is expected to continue for two more years. MOB Luncheon Format

MOB monthly luncheon meetings take place on the third Wednesday of each month, except July and August, at either the Bentwater Country Club or Yacht Club dining room. MOBsters start gathering around 11:00 a.m. with the luncheon starting at 11:30 a.m. Bentwater Country Club golf pro Mark Men of Bentwater members march down BentMassengale entertains Men of Bentwa- water Drive during the July 4, 2012, Independence Day Parade. ter with golf stories during the MOB’s October 2012 luncheon meeting.

Bentwater resident and retired NFL game official Banks Williams display memorabilia to Men of Bentwater attendees at a September 2013 MOB luncheon.

Men of Bentwater – MOB Men of Bentwater Start 2013 with a Rush

Getting off to a quick start in planning 2013 activities, the Men of Bentwater (MOB) are booking fascinating monthly luncheon speakers and laying out plans for the organization’s three popular annual golf events. According to incoming 2013 MOB President, Terry Sappenfield, the January 16 speaker will be Bentwater resident Don Ferrarone, an ex-Drug Enforcement Administration agent who now writes screenplays and unearths story ideas for Hollywood action films. In a feature on Ferrarone last year, the southern California blog LAWeekly described his contributions to films this way:

guys on how to act menacing. Instead, the director cast the actual bad guys. “They were hard to handle on set,” Ferrarone noted to the blogger. Reserve your seat now. Ferrarone will be a “tough” act to follow. MOBsters will gather at 11:00 a.m. with the luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. February Activities: To Be Announced Soon

The MOB is planning a special Valentine’s Day event in February, similar to the dinner-theatre outings of the past two years. Details are being finalized, and it’s anticipated that members, spouses and guests will be invited.

“In the credits, he’s usually listed as associate producer. What it really means is that he’s the guy who finds stories… the real-life people — the bodyguards, serial killers, narcs, dealers, soldiers, assassins, snipers, henchmen, spies and spooks — on whom movie characters are based.”

Furthermore, the regular February 2013 MOB luncheon program will be announced soon. Watch your Bentwater Country Club Web site for details.

Ferrarone has described himself as a “gold mine” to directors. He brings them main characters, supporting characters, potential story arcs and subplots; dialogue transcribed, bullet-pointed and cross-indexed.

Lined up for The MOB’s March 20 luncheon is a representative of Exxon/Mobil who will discuss the corporation’s new Campus Project under development near The Woodlands at the intersection of I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road.

Not surprisingly, Ferrarone’s films are based on crime angles: Heat, Déjà Vu, Spy Game, Bad Boys II, National Treasure, Texas Killing Fields, Man on Fire and more.

The overview by Exxon/Mobil Executive Roger Gladstone will be one of the first public discussions of the project presented to an area citizens group.

For The Taking of Pelham 123, he found two Albanian bad guys fresh out of prison to coach the Hollywood actors playing bad

First announced some 18 months ago, the vast Campus Project reportedly covers 385 acres and includes more than a dozen new

March Speaker: Exxon/Mobil Rep to Describe New Campus Project

The format opens with 5-to-10 minutes of MOB business and discussion, followed by lunch. The presentations of featured speakers usually last about 30 to 40 minutes, followed by a question/answer segment. Speakers in 2012 included former NASA astronaut Brewster Shaw, 8th District Congressman Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands), Montgomery ISD Superintendent Dr. Beau Rees, retired NFL official Banks Williams, Bentwater CC golf pro Mark Massengale, freelance photographer Dave Clements and Mike Castleberry, a founder of the Lake Conroe Communities Network. Mark Your Calendars: MOB Golf Events Slated in May, July and September

Once again in 2013, The MOB is putting the final touches on its three ever-popular annual golf events — an overnight, outof-town road trip in May, the fourth annual MOB Hotter-‘NHell caper at the Bentwater Country Club in July, and an “away” tournament at a close-by area golf club in September. Handling the details are Bob Hentges, The MOB’s new board member and director of golf, supported by his predecessor, Jack Visage.

Banks Williams, a Bentwater resident and retired NFL game official, accepts a Men of Bentwater cap from 2012 MOB President, Jim Hamilton.

The three events last year drew more than 200 MOBsters, and since membership is at an all-time highs, more players are expected in 2013. Golf skills are not a pre-requisite for these outings, which feature fellowship and a good time. Players must be MOB members.


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REGISTRATION As you go online to register your guest, please note the following: There are three types of passes: • Day Passes – Perfect for repair/service persons or guests who are visiting just for that day. • Extended Day Passes – Works well for those overnight guests who may be staying for a few days. • Semi-Annual Passes – For use only for persons whom you wish to access your home when you are absent. Instructions for setting up your account and for authorizing guests on all three types of accounts: • Go to: • Click on “Register New Account” and enter in all required information. • Note: Caps are not required. The address must be spelled out exactly, i.e. drive, road, court, west, lane, etc. and it must match the last name according to POA records. Once verification is approved, a new page will appear with a banner that reads, “Sign Up for Your New Account.” You must fill in all of the fields. Proceed with creating a user name, password (must be 8 characters in length and include upper and lower case letters as well as a number) and a security question. You will receive an email from the POA when your account is approved. This may take up to three business days. After

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Bentwater POA presents the Bentwater Resident Online Guest Approval Program. receiving this notification, you may log in and schedule passes for your guest as directed below: For Day and Extended Passes, use the box underneath “Day and Extended” • List correctly the date of arrival and duration of your guests. • If clearing more than one guest for the day, move to the middle box and then the last box on the top right, and then back to the middle line, first box on the left. • Always authorize your guests, DAY PASSES, EXTENDED PASSES OR SEMI- ANNUAL PASSES, in the same order, left to right, starting with the top line. • If for any reason you have a guest who is not going to arrive as planned, you can remove his/her name by clicking on “remove” beside their name. Semi- Annual Passes must be renewed on January 1 and July 1 of each year. The Semi-Annual Guest List (up to six months) is on the right side of the page. (Reminder: Anyone you put on this list will receive passes (to be renewed on Jan 1 or July 1 of each year) and will be allowed to enter Bentwater at any time during that pass period, including times when you are not at home. Please keep this list as short as

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possible for the safety of all. • Type in names and approve list. • Names will stay until you remove them • Once you have a Semi- Annual Pass List, it will be available for you to see (Note: Do not add the pizza guy to your Semi- Annual Guest List as entry is authorized only by a person’s name, not a company. The delivery guy will not know your name, only your address. Please authorize the pizza guy a Day Pass as it can be located by address. We want your pizza to arrive on time and hot.) The entrance greeters will have your information as you have entered it. Be sure your guests give the greeters the same name that you gave the greeters when you authorized clearance of your guests. Example: I am here to see John Smith. My name is Ray Jones. (If there are two Bentwater property owners living at the same address with differ-

ent last names, you will want to provide both names on your account and give the greeters and your guests both names, so the greeters can locate your authorization.) Your guest’s name will appear and remain until your guest picks up their pass, you remove the guest’s name or the end date expires. Don’t forget to renew your SemiAnnual Passes on January 1 or July 1 of each year. If you experience any difficulty please click “Contact Us” and describe the problem. Passwords

If you forget your password, you can request that a new password be sent to the e-mail address that you provided. After logging on with the new password, click “Profile” to change to a password of your choice, subject to the password restrictions above. To protect against automated attacks, after five invalid password attempts, your account will be locked for one hour. Requesting a new password will unlock your account.

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If you wish to receive an email notifying you when your guest arrives at the gate, check the “Notify by E-mail on arrival” box and select or add your desired e-mail address before approving your guest. We do ask that you register your guests online when possible. However, if you are unable to do so, you can use any of these other methods: • Fax to the Main Entrance at 936-5974198 • Call the Main Entrance at 936-5974190 • Call the POA Monday– Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 936-597-5532 Due to the ever increasing amount of traffic at both gates, we request that you register guests on line when possible, and then use the above procedures in the given order. If you prefer to use one over another, that is your choice.


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Walking Safely at Night Contributed by Bentwater Neighborhood Watch Co-Chair, Bob Hook

Darkness comes a lot sooner in the winter months and visibility is important. Almost 70 percent of pedestrian deaths occur at night, so it is important to play it safe.

If you try to tell yourself that one person can’t make a difference, we’ll assume you haven’t met Doc Meaders. Allow us to offer an introduction… Dr. Bob Meaders is a Bentwater resident, Vietnam Veteran, pilot, scuba diver and a surgeon, board certified in Preventative Medicine and Ophthalmology, just to name a few of his credentials.

Meaders and his grandson soon started Operation Helmet, a 501-c-3 public charity, which allowed them to start raising money to send helmet upgrades to all 100 soldiers in Justin’s Company. Bentwater residents and the POA assisted Meaders in raising funds for Justin’s entire company. By June, 2006, 9,000 helmet upgrades had been sent to soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. Later, Meaders, accompanied by entertainer Cher, testified to the U.S. Congress about the need of helmet upgrades for the U.S. Military. And today, Operation Helmet has provided more than 66,000 helmet upgrade kits to members of our four branches of the U.S. Military. That’s the amount of people it takes to fill a professional football stadium! While it was Meaders’ determination that led to the creation of this worthwhile charity, he wants to thank his fellow Bentwater

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helmet And In 2004, he became the founder of a non-profit organization that would impact the lives of more than 66,000 U.S. soldiers. In January of that same year, Meaders’ grandson, Justin, was in a convoy-escort training program as a combat engineer student at Camp Pendleton and learned from a senior petty officer of the benefits of installing a protective helmet pad upgrade kit (BLSS kit) to his helmet. Meaders and his wife, Lavergne, sent Justin a dozen for his rifle team. They tried them and loved them, but said they wouldn’t feel right keeping them unless their entire Company of 100 could get them as well. Meaders researched the upgrade kit and found it to be a very worthwhile product, capable of converting fatal impacts to ones that might daze a body, but would leave them alive and fighting. The kits offered protection, comfort and stability to our soldiers.

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Lis Woods, Pauline Tauer and Tim Tauer have fun getting together during the NSRW event at the Yacht Club on Election night.

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North Shore Republican Women Doc Meaders as parade marshal in Bentwater’s 2009 Fourth of July parade.

residents for all of the donations and support throughout the past eight years. Meaders reached out for donations, and Bentwater residents generously responded.

This is what 66,000 people looks like, the same number of soldiers who have received helmet pad upgrades thanks to Operation Helmet

Remember, Doc Meaders made a difference by creating Operation Helmet, and your donation alone made a huge impact on the life of a U.S. soldier. If you would like to continue supporting Operation Helmet, you can make a donation by mailing a check to: Operation Helmet c/o Dr. Bob Meaders 74 Greenview Street Montgomery, TX 77356

Red, white and blue balloons made for bright table decorations during an election night event held by North Shore Republican Women at the Bentwater Yacht Club. Although the presidential election results weren’t what the guests were hoping for, NSRW members Claudia Laird and Jennifer Robin made the night a festive one with delicious food and a giant screen for viewing television coverage. The following day, members learned about a plan for immigration reform from Brad Bailey, Chairman of the Board, CEO and Co-Founder of The Hard Work Clean Hands Initiative. During the December 5 NSRW meeting, members were entertained by the Montgomery High School Madrigal Singers. Also during the meeting, local elected officials were recognized for their service to the community, and NSRW officers for 2013 were installed. North Shore Republican Women meets the first Wednesday of the month at Bentwater Country Club. Sign-in starts at 10:45 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 11:00 a.m. Lunch is served at approximately 11:30 a.m., with the program at noon. Meetings last until approximately 1:00 p.m. Lunch is optional, but reservations must be made by calling 936-597-6219.

Here are a few tips to keep you safe while walking after the sun goes down. • Wear reflective gear; some athletic shoes and jackets already come with reflective material. • Carry a flashlight to help drivers see you and avoid hitting you. • Consider carrying a red or white hand held flashing strobe light • Walk facing oncoming traffic Also, when driving at night, be alert for your neighbors who may be walking. Keep in mind, when you are driving at a slow speed, you are able to stop quicker.

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unparalleled membership offering. For pricing and membership information call or stop by the Bentwater Sales Center today.

Sales Center

Bentwater property owners can acquire a $2,000 club credit when a referral purchases one of the unique homesites described above, or for any new Developer homesite. The credit offers a great way to entertain friends, purchase a new set of clubs or enjoy more dining experiences at the Club.

Bentwater Sales Center – The Exclusive Source for Bentwater’s Most Unique Homesites

For a limited time property owners can earn a $50 Club credit just for referring a friend, family member or business associate who tours Bentwater with a Bentwater Sales Center representative. As with the $2000 referral credit, the $50 Club credit may be used for dining and merchandise.

Every property in Bentwater is special. Special because it is someone’s home, dream or entre to an unparalleled country club lifestyle on Lake Conroe. Yet, certain properties stand out because of their premium location, natural beauty, or other special attributes that set them apart from the rest. “We feel that this is a key distinction between Bentwater and other gated golf course developments. Some of Bentwater’s most beautiful and unique land was specifically saved for the final offering of homesites. We’ve

To ensure you are properly registered as the referring property owner, simply meet these qualifications: • You must be a current Bentwater property owner to participate. • The person(s) you refer must report your referral upon initial registration at the Bentwater Sales Center and must purchase a Developer homesite from Bentwater on the North Shore, Ltd. • This offer does not apply to homesite purchases by existing Bentwater property owners.

also worked with the Country Club to develop some of the most enticing membership and sales incentives we’ve ever been able to offer. We have exclusive membership incentives for both property owners and prospective buyers alike. The Bentwater Sales Center is the only source for these unique homesites and membership incentives,” said Steve Seay, Director of Sales and Marketing. “Bentwater is celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year and we felt it was a perfect time to make these opportunities available.” Below is just a sampling of the unique opportunities available through the Bentwater Sales Center.

Lake Front Homesite in Bentwater Bay Estates (82-01-08): Located in one of Bentwater’s most sought after new neighborhoods, this homesite offers a private and serene lifestyle for the water front owner. Bentwater Bay Estates offers a highly desirable location adjacent to the Yacht Club and Marina and is enhanced by an “old world” Mediterranean theme. The neighborhood’s unique style is reflected in a dramatic gated entry paved in cobblestone and highlighted by the hand carved Cantera stone fountain and extensive landscaping. This homesite offers the prospective buyer a heavily wooded lake front location coupled with an

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montgomery bears We want to congratulate five of our young Bentwater residents who are part of the outstanding Montgomery High School Tennis team. Drew Duckworth, Molly Hinkle, Dana Glaser, Julian Wright and Brock Lauer, along with their fellow teammates, recently took first place in a 4A Regional tournament, after playing their hearts out to upset three teams and beat the number one Georgetown team. They went on to compete in the 4A State Tennis Championship and came home with Third Place! Way to go Bentwater Tennis Teens!

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Kevin Parsley visits with treasure hunters Carlee King, Brittnie Coffey and Julie Lackey find the perfect place to take a rest

Susan, Jaeger and Eric Young take a break from shopping

POA General Manager, Dawn Cleboski, admires the Christmas decor

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The weather could not have been better for the annual Bentwater Trash & Treasure Sale, sponsored by the POA. Bentwater residents and vendors took over a large lot outside the main gates, setting up booths filled with treasures. The POA provided the land, and residents and vendors brought in anything else they needed to display the items they wanted to sell. The POA offered reduced booth prices for residents as well as great deals for outside vendors. Several area businesses took advantage of the opportunity to reach out to Bentwater residents and others in the community by putting their products and services on display.

Concessions were available to shoppers as they searched for treasures

Big Tex offers a selection of landscaping treasures Barbie and Carolyn Sellmeyer shop for must-have items

Dawn Cleboski and Ricky and Julie Lackey talk about the amazing treasures

What a crowd!

Shoppers showed up early, looking for great items and bargains. The event was a huge success as visitors truly walked away with treasures. A concessions booth was also available when shoppers needed a snack or a beverage. At the end of the event, many participating residents donated the items they did not sell to charitable organizations. All they had to do was leave the unwanted items on the ground near their booth and the POA staff divided the items between two Montgomery County non-profit groups: Angelic Resale and Montgomery County Assistance League.

Willis Dental set up a booth to make shoppers aware of its services

North Shore Church members: John Giuffre, Joe Clinton, Rebecca Clinton and Leon Hudman help keep shoppers hydrated with free water. Thank you!

It was a great way for residents to clean out their closets and allow their unwanted items to be someone else’s treasures.

Blair Smith, POA Advisory Board member, helps make sure everyone gets to the designated parking spots

Cheryl Hinds sells Thirty-one products at Trash & Treasure

Adella Garwood is ready to sell her gently used books and household items

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Second Quarter Joint Meeting of Board of Trustees and Advisory Board

The Property Owners Association Board of Trustees and Advisory Board members recently met to discuss first quarter (August, September and October) activities, budget and future plans within Bentwater. The group discussed several issues including the current flag policy, which is now under review. The flag policy will be revisited at the next meeting and changes will be distributed to all homeowners. The POA is also implementing a vehicle count between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at the West Entrance. The trial period has been extended until

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Beautiful Bentwater ladies celebrating in Vegas!

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Las Vegas was the destination for ten beautiful Bentwater ladies to celebrate milestone birthdays and Halloween. In addition to great accommodations at the Venetian, they attended the shows “Terry Fator,” Beatles “Love” and “The Blue Man Group.” The ladies also contributed some to the local economy.

Enjoying this event filled trip were: Rae Jean Young, Patty Sorensen, Thelma Miller, Mona Rudiger, Linda Baker, Joanne Rosa, Barbara Sorsdal, Judy Jandl, Claudia Riedlinger and Sandy Irwin. The highlight of the trip was Halloween night when the imagination in develop-

ment of unique costumes stunned other visitors of many casinos. After a great dinner at the Venetian Aquanox, with special free drinks in the Wine Room, the group paraded through the Casino accompanied by the Restaurant Manager. Vegas may never be the same!


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The men attempting to plan a route

A fall trip to Italy was taken by Bentwater residents: Gene and Marilyn Colbert; Bill and Chris Dean; Bob and Sally Bierman; and Dick Drewelow. The trip began in Venice, and then took the travelers north to the Dolomite region, west to Lake Como, south to Cinque Terre, then to Tuscany and ending in Orvieto. Everyone enjoyed good food, fine wine and a wide array of local sights.

The Rome group at the Vatican Museum, with St. Peter’s Basilica in the background

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The trip ended with the Bierman’s going to Sicily, the Colberts joining a cruise with other Bentwater folks, Chris Dean going to Poland, Bill Dean flying home and Dick Drewelow continuing his European travel and eventually coming home via a trans-Atlantic cruise. What a trip!

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Gene and Marilyn Colbert at a café inside the walled old city of Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Bentwater residents Gerusa and Nate Parks, Micki and Lou Tichacek and Gloria and Bob McClammy with friend Freddie Seale, overlooking the beautiful village of Positano on Italy’s Amalfi Coast

Rodent & Urban Wildlife Exclusion Joanne Naughton portraying Shakespeare’s Juliet on her famous balcony in Verona, Italy

It was a Mediterranean excursion for a large group of Bentwater residents. Many in this group began their adventure with a 3-day privately escorted visit to Rome, where they were guided through the traditional sites in the Vatican and Imperial Rome. Following that, they were joined by the rest of the group for an extensive 12-day cruise adventure, visiting many new ports, both in Italy and the east and west coasts of the Adriatic Sea. In addition to opportunities for touring the Amalfi Coast and Capri, these included beautiful and historically significant destinations in Sicily, Malta, Greece, Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia. Following the cruise, aboard the beautiful new Celebrity Silhouette, most of the group continued their adventure in northern Italy with guided visits to Venice, Verona, Milan and the Lake Como region.

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Suzie and John King enjoying a pizza at the coastal village of Polignano, Ital

Tom and Carol Goodwin with Lori and Ken Maddox and Ann and Al Franklin in front of the Leonardo da Vinci Statue in Milan’s La Scala Opera House Square

Tommy and June Shane with Jack and Barbara Visage, enjoying a gondola ride in Venice


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Seawater Drowning of Sea Turtles Contributed by Charles Caillouet, Marine Fisheries Scientist – Conservation Volunteer and Bentwater resident

As a group, marine turtles are lung-breathing reptiles whose ancestors arose 150 million years ago. Worldwide, seven or eight species remain in existence today. Those in the U.S. are classified Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle, photo taken by Kim as either threatened or Bassos-Hull, Mote Marine Laboratory endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, signed into law by President Richard Nixon. Five of them occur in the Gulf of Mexico, but also occur elsewhere.

by commercial and recreational fishers, they can be subjected to forced submergence during which they struggle to escape and may inhale (aspirate) seawater. They may also aspirate seawater when stunned by sudden drops in temperature. The salt in seawater can have seriously debilitating effects other than those associated with the water itself; delayed mortality can result even if the turtles seem healthy and appear to have recovered. In 1990, incidental capture in shrimp trawls was identified as the most important human cause of mortality in sea turtles. Turtle excluder devices (TEDs) were developed in the 1980s to allow incidentally caught sea turtles to escape the trawls, but sea turtle mortality continues to be associated with shrimp trawling. Possible explanations for this continued association include various degrees of non-compliance with federal TED regulations, limitations on enforcement of these regulations, and multiple captures and escapes of sea turtles in trawls containing fully compliant TEDs. Aspiration of seawater leading to delayed mortality may provide an additional explanation.

All sea turtles are obviously well adapted to life at sea, where they spend most of their lives. Because they have lungs, they must rise to the surface to breathe after diving. A diving reflex usually prevents seawater from entering their lungs during voluntary dives. However, when sea turtles are caught incidentally

Literacy Volunteers of America Needs More Tutors Literacy Volunteers of America—Montgomery County began its fourth year of classes in Bentwater for Bentwater employees, with Bentwater residents as tutors.

Kolski and Shelley McCoy worked with maintenance and housekeeping staff members, helping them improve their English skills.

The Literacy Volunteers of America is looking for more good tutors. The tutoring group needs more tutors so classes will never need to be cancelled.

Three classes were offered in September, cutting back to two in November, due to the daylight saving time employee work schedule change.

“With many thanks to the Bentwater Ladies Organization, we have books for each adult learner including the Oxford Picture Dictionary in English,” McCoy said. “Both tutors and learners are enjoying the use of these new materials, which form the base of most lessons.”

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Nancy Herrington Gibson at nancyherrington1@yahoo.com.

Nancy Herrington Gibson, Janet Clark, Laura Dahlberg, Martha Haskell, Sue

For more information about LVA-MC, contact the LVA office at 936-494-0635.

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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 some of our veterans that are Bentwater property owners: Bruce Bastian Lee Korb Mike Mullin Lonnie Parrish Ron Redmond Stan Reiners

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Robert Vanderbilt Joe Waltz Thomas Goodwin Brad Vance John J. King Jr. Jack Visage

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WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY.

Diane Ragsdale, Navy Petty Officer Francisco Quesada, Terry Sappenfield, Mary Miller, Army Sgt Joseph Marks and Janice Slaughter.

Children and Reading Program Children and Reading (CAR) volunteers from Bentwater joined representatives from the Navy and the Army to provide a special Veteran’s Day program at MET Head Start in Willis for the 3 and 4 year old students. The youngsters were fascinated as they listened to the military men read the book Chase’s Special Gift, a story about a dad who has to report to duty overseas and the gift he gives to his young son to deal with the separation. Following the reading, each student was given a copy of the book and was taught how to salute.

Navy Petty Officer Francisco Quesada reads to young students at MET Head Start in Willis

Army Sgt. Joseph Marks captivates his young audience

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

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Bentwater resident John Hughes continues to share with us some of his amazing wildlife photography. If it’s alive and moving, Hughes will catch it in action. We can’t wait to see what he has to share after his deer hunting trips. Hughes does all of his “hunting,” of course, with a camera lens.

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WILDLIFE Bears in Bentwater?

Don’t worry…Bentwater resident and photographer Dave Clements took these amazing images on Lake Clark in Alaska. The bears are Coast Grizzlies and can weigh as much as 800 pounds and move at a rate up to 30 miles per hour. You can bet Clements didn’t hang around long after snapping these shots.

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Calendar of Events End of December 2012 Through December 30 All Month -Alley Theatre, Houston, presents The Santaland Diaries. This compact, one character comedy is a hilarious classic, featuring comic encounters during the height of the holiday crunch. For ticket info, go to alleytheatre.org Through December 30 All Month -Houston Ballet presents The Nutcracker. For ticket info, call 713-227-2787 December 1 – January 5 All Month -Moody Gardens presents Festival of Lights. It’s one of the largest holiday celebrations in the region. Enjoy more than one million lights with 100 sound enhanced animated light displays and nightly live entertainment. Also skate in the outdoor ice skating rink and take photos with Santa. Admission is $12.00. For more info, go to moodygardens.com. Dec 20 -27 Thursday - Wednesday -Moody Gardens presents a Magical Christmas Dinner and Show starring Master Illusionist Curt Miller and Friends. The performance combines dazzling magic, family comedy, inspiring music and beautiful dance. Tickets are $49.00 for adults and $29.00 for children. Ticket price includes a dinner buffet and admission to Festival of Lights. For more information, go to moodygardens.com

January 2013 January 1 – 5 Tuesday – Saturday

- Moody Gardens presents a Magical Christmas Dinner and Show starring Master Illusionist Curt Miller and Friends. The performance combines dazzling magic, family comedy, inspiring music and beautiful dance. Tickets are $49.00 for adults and $29.00 for children. Ticket price includes a dinner buffet and admission to Festival of Lights. For more information, go to moodygardens.com

cert. The dinner and show begins at 8:30 p.m. For ticket information, go to doseydoe.com

January 4 – 13 Friday – Sunday -Houston International Boat, Sport and Travel Show at Reliant Center. It’s the largest boat show on the Gulf Coast with more than 1,000 power boats, luxury yachts, sailboats and personal watercraft, plus over 300 exhibits. The Houston Boat Show is “boatloads of fun” for everyone! Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Children under 6 get in free.

January 12 Saturday -The Hobby Center, Houston, presents Percussive Illusions. Musiqa’s first 2013 concert with feature works by Musiqa’s Artistic Board and highlight performance by award winning University of Houston Percussion Ensemble. Tickets are $20.00 - $40.00. For more information, go to thehobbycenter.org

January 5 Saturday -Lone Star First Saturday: Historic Montgomery Farmers’ Market and Acoustic Music Jams. The local market features a wide variety of seasonal fruits and veggies, eggs, plants, honey, salsas and more. The Market is located at the intersection of FM 149 and College Street in Montgomery. The Market is open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. January 10 Thursday -BENTWATER – BLO LUNCHEON at the Country Club. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. Make reservations by calling the Country Club at 936-597-6219. January 11 Friday -Dosey Doe presents Aaron Tippin in con-

January 12 Saturday -Dosey Doe presents Eddie Money in concert. The dinner and show begins at 8:30 p.m. For ticket information, go to doseydoe.com

go to reliantcenter.com January 20 Sunday -Dosey Doe presents Los Lobos Acoustic En Vivo. For more information, go to doseydoe.com January 22 – February 3 Nightly -The Hobby Center and Theatre Under the Stars presents Camelot. Rediscover the grandeur of one of history’s greatest love stories. Tickets start at $24.00. For more info, go to thehobbycenter.org.

January 16 Wednesday -BENTWATER – MOB LUNCHEON at the Country Club. Lunch starts at 11:00 a.m.

January 23 – 27 Wednesday – Sunday -Houston Auto Show at Reliant Center. See more than 500 of the newest model year import and domestic vehicles, including several Texas debuts, alternative fuel/electric vehicles and concept cars. Adult tickets are $10.00. Children 12 and under get in free. For times and more info, visit reliantpark.com

January 17 Thursday -Dosey Doe presents Liverpool Legends and The Beatles Experience live in convert. For more information, go to doseydoe.com

January 25 – 26 Friday and Saturday -Owen Theater presents The Lion in Winter. Tickets are $10 - $20. Showtime is 8 p.m. For more information, call 936-539-4090.

January 18 Friday -Dosey Doe presents John Conlee and Band. For more information, go to doseydoe.com

January 26 – 27 Saturday and Sunday -See the Harlem Globetrotters at Reliant Arena. For tickets, call 1.800.745.3000

Upcoming February 2013 January 19 – 20 Saturday and Sunday -Houston Gun Collectors and Antique Show at Reliant Center. Adult tickets are $8.00; kids between 12 and 18 are $4; children under 12 get in free. For more information,

February 1 – 3 Friday – Sunday -The Owen Theatre, Conroe, presents The Lion in Winter by James Goldman. Friday

and Saturday night’s show begins at 8 p.m. A Sunday Matinee begins at 2 p.m. For ticket information, call 936-539-4090 or visit owentheatre.com

The Trip to Bountiful. Friday’s and Saturday’s shows begin at 7:30. Sunday’s performance is at 2 p.m. For more information, go to huntsvillecommunitytheatre.org

February 1 – 12 Starting Friday -Mardi Gras Galveston. It’s the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the U.S. Five masked balls, 19 balcony parties, 24 parades and 26 concerts. Be a part of it all. For more information, visit mardigrasgalveston.com

February 15 – 16 Friday and Saturday -Stage Right presents The Drowsy Chaperone at the Crighton Theatre, Conroe. Shows begin at 8 p.m.

February 2 Saturday -Dosey Doe presents Mark Chesnutt and Band. For more information, go to doseydoe.com February 6 – 10 Wednesday – Sunday -Houston RV Show at Reliant Center. It’s the largest RV show in Texas with more than 600 units on display. Visit reliantpark. com for times and ticket prices. February 8 Friday -DoseyDoe presents Janie Fricke and Band. For more information, go to doseydoe.com February 8 -10 Friday – Sunday -The Owen Theatre, Conroe, presents The Lion in Winter by James Goldman. Friday and Saturday night’s show begins at 8 p.m. A Sunday Matinee begins at 2 p.m. For ticket information, call 936-539-4090 or visit owentheatre.com February 15 – 17 Friday – Sunday -Huntsville Community Theatre presents

February 22 – 24 Friday – Sunday -Huntsville Community Theatre presents The Trip to Bountiful. Friday’s and Saturday’s shows begin at 7:30. Sunday’s show begins at 2 p.m. For more information, go to huntsvillecommunitytheatre.org February 21 – 23 Thursday - Saturday -BENTWATER CITY LIMITS will light up the Yacht Club February 21, 22, and 23. You’ll hear the songs of the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and maybe they’ll even sneak in an 80’s tune! Bentwater City Limits will be held at the Yacht Club starting each night at 7:30p.m. For information about their upcoming performances at the Yacht Club, contact Keith Ann by email at keithann@ gearnoffshore.com. February 22 – 24 Friday – Sunday --Stage Right presents The Drowsy Chaperone at the Crighton Theatre, Conroe. Friday’s and Saturday’s shows begin at 8 p.m.; Sunday’s show begins at 2 p.m. February 27 – March 2 -Erica Starr Theatre, Sam Houston State University, presents Our Town. For ticket information and show times, call 936-294-1339


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classified ads If you would like to place an ad for this section, please email your item with your name and phone number to: Patrick@n2pub.com. Please understand the ad will run for one month. If you have not sold the item, please email it back and it will be placed again. Please call if you have any questions. FOR SALE: 2007 JC SportToon 23FT tripletoon 200 HP Honda Outboard with only 31 hours on it 23’ in total, with 21’ furniture pkg and 2 folding fishing chairs out front. Always stored undercover in a marina, 2 bimini tops plus full boat cover, trolling motor, GPS depth finder. Loaded with extras, Condition excellent $30,500 Call Bob 936-597-6146 or Bill 936-597-4805 FOR SALE: I have an overabundance of crystal and a huge variety of dishes since my mother passed away. Some as old as 100 years. A lot of Fostoria pattern American. It is all out ready for viewing. Please call Laura at 597-8700 or 524-0044 For Sale: Heavy Duty Garage Shelving. Three 36x48x18 shelves--$100 each. One 84x48/18 shelf--$150. Please Call Charlie 530-448-1212. Thank you Charlie Consoli FOR SALE: Stunning dark brown beaver coat, finger tip length. Attractive design of sheared and long hair beaver. Mint condition. Size 10. $350.00 Carol 936597-7755

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FOR SALE: 2009 HydroHoist boat lift outfitted for tripletoon In Bentwater marina: $4,500 Call Bob 936-597-6146 or Bill 936-597-4805

manufactured in 1984 to commerate the Los Angeles Olymic Games when Kimball owned Bosendorfer. Call Bob or Donna at 936-597-4379.

FOR SALE: sears craftsman lawn tractor like new less than 35 hours. 21 h. p. and 42 inch cut has platinum upgrade engine. comes with mulching kit and side discharge function. $800 or will consider trades. 409-651-6922

FOR SALE: 2006 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic FLHTC, candy apple red, AM/FM/CD/CB Radio with Headset/microphone, cruise control, three windshields, soft luggage inserts, highway pegs, 39,800 miles - $13,300 OBO. Call 936-449-5773

FOR SALE: 2009 HydroHoist boat lift outfitted for tripletoon In Bentwater marina: $4,500 Call Bob 936-597-6146 or Bill 936-597-4805 For Sale: Electric WheelChair, Pride Jazzy Select Used very few times in the house only...like new. Has attachments for legs which can be extended. $2000.00, Martha , 936-647-2155

FOR SALE: 2006 Bennington 22’ Triple Pontoon Boat. 150 hp Yamaha 4 Stroke Motor. Super quiet and very safe for kids. Deluxe Helm. Beautiful Interior. DepthFinder. Bimini Top. Alpine Stereo. Custom Boat Cover. Very Stable Ride. No Trailer. Can be seen @ BW Marina Dock #222. $19,900. Boat Lift & Dock Box $4,000 extra or $23,500 for everything. Call Mike McBane 449-4467.

For Sale: Kimball Viennese Edition Grand Piano: Model #5860. 5 ft. 8 in. High gloss ebony finish. Appraised at $6,000, will consider reasonable offers. Excellent condition. Original owner. The Viennese Edition pianos were

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