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Bentwater Yacht & Country Club General Manager Richard Aiple and Food & Beverage Director Jody Jabour look on as Executive Chef Byron Chargois begins planning for the traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Yacht Club.

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President Melanie Gonzales

Vice President Chad Mahlmann

Secretary/Treasurer David Regenbaum


Blair Smith

EDITOR Dawn M. Cleboski

John Joseph

Barbara Sebek Bruce Sellers

General Manager

Entrance Department


Maintenance Supervisor


Landscape and

Martha Sullivan

Damon Collins

Van Smith

Valerie Overbeck

Kerry Stephenson

Irrigation Manager

Bentwater Information Center 936.597.5700

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Bentwater Country Club 936.597.6219


AMI 713.932.1122 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

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)

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Robb Hotchkiss Alex Chioini Marie Nowell Adrienne Jensen Kylie Martin

Montgomery County Fire Station #55: Non-emergency 936.597.5544 or 936.597.4455

Montgomery County Sheriff 936.760.5800

Hayes Utility Company 936.588.1166

CREATIVE TEAM Christie Joyce Erich Nickens Katie Sneed Krista DeWitt Angelina Garcia Amanda Barnette

Randy Broyles


AREA DIRECTOR Patrick Wagener 936.228.3151

Terry Bowie

Dawn M. Cleboski



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The Beauty of Bentwater

ANNUAL MEETING of the POA Held the First Friday after Labor Day Thank you to those who attended the 2010/2011 annual POA Meeting. We had a good message to bring you as the financial health of the POA is strong with quality events/programs continuing. We appreciate your kind comments and suggestions. Bentwater Property Owners Association State Of The POA

The fiscal year ended June 30, 2011 and it was another good year for the Bentwater Property Owners Association. The Board of Trustees and the Advisory Board reviewed the financial report at their joint meeting held on August 12, 2011. At which time, it was reported that the POA had an unaudited budget surplus of $110,880, mainly as a result of the management of the association’s personnel expense, which is the POA’s largest expense category. The surplus improved the POA’s cash flow deficit, which was over one million dollars during 2005 and has now been reduced to $186,000. For the first time in the association’s existence the fund balance remained positive throughout the fiscal year.

Question and Answer Session

Nancy and Charles Caillouet visiting with Linda Pierce after the meeting

David Regenbaum, CEO and President of AMI, managing agent for the POA, introduces the POA Advisory Board

Staff introductions

Note: Detailed financial information on the past fiscal period has

been provided to property owners via email and U. S. Mail in September. Copies are available at the POA office.

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BLO – Bentwater Ladies Organization

Whirlwind Season!

The BLO has another whirlwind season planned. There are many activities to enjoy; several shopping events, the Nutcracker Market and Bric-A-Brac, the Chili Cook-Off for Charity, the Holiday Home Tour in December as well as the always popular Christmas Dinner Dance. Our calendars are full with all of these events as well as the Gourmet Dining Group Cocktail Party and the Wineaux Extravaganza (Not a BLO event, but many BLO members are a part of this group). In October, BLO took two buses to the Coushatta Casino Resort and Kaosati Pines Golf Club for the annual gambling and golf outing. Chairs, Debby Capps and Linda Gent, made it a good time for all with bingo and goodies on the bus trip and a fun-filled afternoon of golf for the golfers. Those who did not golf either enriched themselves or lost a little at the tables and the one-armed bandits, but it was all good fun. The first Saturday in November (November 5th) looks to be a fun day for all beginning bright and early in the morning as the BLO annual Bric-A-Brac will open the doors to wonderful gifts, clothes, food and accessories for all in Bentwater to attend. This event is popular as the committee goes to great lengths to find unique vendors, artisans and craftsmen for our shopping extravaganza. So ladies, why not treat yourself to a delightful morning looking over the luscious merchandise, enjoying the entertainment and possibly winning a door prize? Mark your calendars for 10:00 a.m. November 5th at the country club. Everyone is invited. There is no charge. On November 5th, the third annual Bentwater Chili for Charities Cook-Off will be held. The BLO team, Hot Chicks, will once again be vying for that “Best Chili” designation. This event is sponsored by the Bentwater Country Club, and most of the different clubs and organizations in Bentwater field a team. The cooks start around noon, preparing the chili ingredients and

spend the rest of the afternoon perfecting that bowl of spicy goodness. Around 5:00 p.m. the cook-off opens as Bentwater residents pay for their ticket and start the arduous process of tasting all of the chilies. And if you are not full by then, the Bentwater chefs will have another bowl of chili and cornbread waiting for you. Everyone votes for their favorite chili, bids on the silent auction items and eagerly awaits the results. In the end, we are all winners. We will have raised a large sum of money for a couple of worthy charities. This event is open for all Bentwater residents. The next week on Thursday, November 10th, the BLO master shoppers will board a chartered bus for Reliant Center and the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market bus trip, also known as the BLO Bric-A-Brac on steroids. If you have never attended the Nutcracker Market, it is a jaw dropping shopper’s delight with over 323 national and international merchants that are carefully selected and monitored. If a booth doesn’t sell enough, they are not invited back from year to year. There is something for everyone here. If you are new to Houston, this is a must stop for November; this is one of the premier holiday markets in Texas. Reservations for this trip were taken at the September and October BLO meeting, but if you are lucky, there might be a cancellation or a seat left on the bus. Contact Linda Reed, 936-449-6849 or Vicky Duoto, 936-449-9771 for more information.


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Bentwater Ladies Organization members will have to take a few days off to get ready to cook our Thanksgiving dinners and to give thanks that we all live in such a great neighborhood, but more importantly, that we are blessed to live in the United States and enjoy all that we have: our families, our friends and our health. After all of that cooking we will need to rest up for a few days and then to get back to having fun at the upcoming BLO events

Tickets will be on sale for this very popular event at the country club beginning on November 1 and at the November BLO luncheon for $15. If purchased at the door the night of, the tour will be $20. In the works for the evening are wine tastings at several of the homes. Several wine merchants in the area have offered to provide wines to taste that would be perfect for your holiday parties. There will be a nominal charge for the tastings and that money will also go to the homeowner’s favorite charity.

Looking to December, BLO members Betty Lou Morgan, Donna Gilbert and Connie Smith have put together a fun-filled Christmas dinner dance for you. The invitations for the dance have been mailed out and reservations are being taken now. The dances will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings, December 2nd and 3rd. The dance and menu are the same both evenings, so get your group together and fill a table of eight. The ladies tell me there are a couple of surprises in store for the evening. We hope to see you all there.

In addition to that, several of the homes will have musical entertainment. This year’s homes offer a cross section of styles and locations. We would like to thank Laurie and Sam Burtch, Wanda and Michael Morgan, Julie and Roger Rodriguez, Lynn and Greg Hullinger, Marlene and Len Keeling, Sandy and Gary Eiland and Dee and Bill Soderman for opening their homes for this event.

And to really get you in the mood for the holidays, plan to attend the Annual Holiday Home Tour, our biggest fundraiser for the year. Seven Bentwater homeowners open their homes to the public for two nights, December 7th and 8th. The money from ticket sales goes to the charity of choice for each homeowner. Last year each homeowner received about $1200 for their charity; we hope to be able to give them more this year.

Bentwater Ladies Organization will end the year on Monday, December 12th, at the December luncheon. The officers for 2012 will be installed and we will celebrate with the program, “Keep Christmas in Your Heart All Year Long.” Don’t forget to sign up for this luncheon on the Bentwater Club website.

The November luncheon on Monday, November 14th, will feature musical students from Sam Houston State University. The university has a fabulous music program and always delights us at our meetings. Sign up for the luncheon by November 10th on the Bentwater Club website or call the club. Wow, after all of that shopping, chili tasting and meeting, the





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Looking forward to Chili for Charities - 2011

Enjoying the evening

United Way board members united to make this great booth!


Chili For Charities Cook-off

Saturday - November 5th - 5pm The third annual Bentwater Chili for Charities Cook-Off will be held Saturday, November 5th at 5 pm in the sports club parking lot. Bentwater organizations will be vying for the “Best Chili� designation. Cooking begins mid-day with a lot of tasting and blending of spices. When the event opens, a ticket will give you the opportunity to taste all of the chilies. Bentwater chefs will also have a bowl of Bentwater chili and cornbread waiting for you. Everyone votes for their favorite chili and then takes a stroll looking and bidding on the silent auction items while eagerly awaiting the results of the votes. Everyone wins as a large sum of money will be raised for a couple of worthy charities. This event is open for all Bentwater residents. The MOB, Men of Bentwater, are gearing up for a win!

BLO, Bentwater Ladies Organization, their booth was twice the size and some would say their chili was twice as good!


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Migraine Headaches by Dr. Stacey Rodgers Stein


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Club Lighting 2011 Saturday, November 26 5:30-7:30 pm Country Club Lawn Exciting holiday activities for the entire family.

Definition Common migraine is a disorder involving recurrent headaches, which may be accompanied by symptoms other than headache but which rarely include a preliminary warning (called an aura). Migraine headaches affect about 6 out of 100 people. They are a common types of chronic headaches. They most commonly occur in women and usually begin between the ages of 10 and 46. In some cases, they appear to run in families. Migraines


occur when blood vessels of the head and neck spasm or constrict, which decreases blood flow to the brain. Minutes to hours later, the blood vessels dilate (enlarge), resulting in a severe headache. Inflammation around the blood vessels also occurs in some cases. Common migraine may be accompanied by symptoms other than headache but only rarely includes any preceding symptoms (aura). Migraines may also appear as classic migraine (a migraine preceded by other symptoms) and other rare forms. Multiple mechanisms trigger the spasm and subsequent blood vessel dilation. Symptoms: Throbbing, Pulsating Pain Vertigo Nausea Fatigue Dizziness Loss Of Appetite Vomiting Neck Pain Pain sometimes may be worse on the sides of the forehead, be on only one side of the forehead, be severe or dull, and commonly lasts 6 to 48 hours


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Nancy Gibson and grandson Haden test the cookies and hot chocolate

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Corner Provided by Lt. Leslie Cade, Montgomery Country Constables, Pct. 1

Holiday Safety Issues #1 Have patience with other drivers

Heavier Traffic: people travel more during the holiday time (to see family and friends).

Try not to be on the road past 11p.m. Due to the amount of intoxicated drivers on the road #4 Shopping Safety

Tailgate: Rushing to get somewhere and getting right behind them will not allow you enough time to brake.

Place all valuables and packages out of plain view (trunk, SUV covers, etc.)

Distracted: Communicating with other people in vehicle, multitasking, cell phones, GPS, texting, and things on your mind.

Prioritize your shopping; Thieves can watch you go in and out of stores making you an easy target

Road Rage: Add all the items from above plus holiday problems, which could shorten your own fuse. Traveling with a permitted hand gun is now legal in Texas. You never know who might just take road rage to another level.

Always be aware of your surroundings, Where you park, having your keys ready, and stay in well lit or high visibility parking areas. Keep your distance from strangers or if feeling uneasy after being approached, attempt to get away immediately or draw attention. Do not let your politeness get you killed!

#2 Weather Conditions

Winter brings rain, sleet, and perhaps light snow. All are wet driving conditions Hydroplaning: Unable to steer while vehicle is moving Increase your stopping distance: Know that someone in front of you may break at anytime Fog: Visibility is low and can throw your depth perception off #3 Holiday Parties

DRINK AND DRIVE – GO TO JAIL: It’s a very simple rule. Don’t get into a vehicle with someone who has been drinking. Use common sense

Check your vehicle before you make entry, inside (back seat), underneath, and even sides because when you pop your truck and someone is located low at the back quarter panel very quickly you could end up in the trunk. If approached by a “Bad Guy”, with or without a weapon, your time to fight is right then! Do not fool yourself that you will be able to get away later. Do it while you have an audience so that there are witnesses and you can deter them from doing it. Get loud and get mean! Do not leave your kids inside your vehicle when you stop for a few minutes (the law states under the age of 7). Take the time to take them with you. It takes less than 20 seconds to enter a vehicle and a lifetime to never forgive yourself ! Be safe and enjoy the holidays.



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Fitts Firm Ranked By Houston Business Journal


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photography in the garden


entwater resident, Susan Love Fitt’s firm, Susan Love Fitts Communications, was ranked by Houston Business Journal as one of the top PR firms in the Houston Area as reported in their August 2011 issue. She began her career as a public relations specialist armed with keen writing and listening skills, combined with an insatiable curiosity for what people do, how they operate their businesses, why they do it and what their goals are.

Bentwater resident, Susan Love Fitts


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After several years of freelancing for The Houston Chronicle, Houston Business Journal and other local and regional publications, Fitts formed Susan Love Fitts Communications, Inc., with the mission

of providing excellent public relations services that make a difference. Fitts quickly developed a reputation for getting positive publicity, and lots of it, for her clients. In the arts, her efforts have phenomenally increased audience size, season ticket subscriptions and public awareness. In the business arena, her clients have been recognized as experts in their fields, cultivated positive public images and experienced increased business. Susan Love Fitts Communications employs a team of award-winning writers, graphic artists, photographers and videographers who are experts in integrating the disciplines of public relations, advertising and marketing, creating tailor-made solutions for each client.

Bob Bierman and Ernie Deaver

Joyce Alff, Marilyn Parker, Barb Strouts

Bentwater resident, Bob Bierman, and Bentwater Garden Club Vice-President Miriam Hemmeline gave an interesting and informative presentation on photography in the garden to Bentwater Garden Club members. Ernie Deaver, Garden Club Secretary, assisted in the preparation and presentation of the Power Point presentation.

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Bob enjoys photography as a hobby, but has also sold his work framed, unframed and in the form of greeting cards. His experience with photography began with his career with Shell Oil Company, where his photos were used in their literature. After retiring in 1990, he attended two photography workshops in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Bob was able to share helpful hints and advice informing members on how to produce the best photographs. Miriam shared her recent photography project. She photographed various plants and flowers in her own garden. Then she beautifully displayed them in matching frames and mats. Garden club members were amazed and impressed with the lovely framed display of photographs from nature that Miriam created.

Pat Edwards, Diane Wingenbach, Kathy Arnoldi

Pauline Tauer, Suzanne Horsley, Phillis Podipny

Bentwater Garden Club members went home with useful information and an incentive to produce and display photographic work of their own.



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Law Enforcement Officers’ Reception

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• Legs & Hip Pain • Headaches

Montgomery County Sheriff ’s officer, Lt. Gary Welch, Bentwater POA General Manager Dawn Cleboski, Bentwater Country Club General Manager Richard Aiple and Bentwater resident Bob Cook

Recently, the Bentwater POA hosted a reception at the country club for Bentwater property owners to meet our local law enforcement officers. Representatives from Montgomery County Sheriff ’s Office and Montgomery County Constable’s Office, Precinct 1, were on hand to visit with Bentwater residents. Round table discussions on a wide variety of law enforcement subjects were held, including crime prevention tips. One or more law enforcement officers were seated at each table as property owners moved from table to table to visit with as many officers as possible. The format was well received. Many attendees noted their appreciation for our officers.

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(LGA) Ladies Golf Association

Fling is always a fun event and tournament organizers, Terry Fisher and Kathy McBane will be cooking up a good time for all. The last tournament of the year will be on November 29. “The 12 Holes of Christmas” is a new event this year and everyone is trying to figure out what the tournament chair has up her sleeve for this event.

In Full Swing!

Sixth flight winners - Barbara Bowe, Terry Fisher, Debbie Lira and Stacey Buick

Third flight winners - Rhonda Gaskamp, Donna Hagan, Janet Carr, & Julie Blackburn

Fifth flight winners - Judy Weiss, Liz Jones, Sue Synnott and Karen Walker

Second flight winners - Bobbie Proctor, Faye Powell, Rita Kimball, Donna Gilbert

The Bentwater Ladies Golf Association has been in full swing. October began with a bang as the ladies competed in the annual Bentwater Cup, which pits the golfers living on the Miller Course against the golfers on the Weiskopf. The event began with a rally on Friday night with each team doing their share of talking. The Weiskopf team was ably led by Lavera Meadors and Darlene Bumstead. The Miller group took their cues from their captains, Barbara Sorsdal and Pat Primavera. The Ryder Cup Style Tournament was played on the Weiskopf course. This hard fought contest came on the heels of the doubly tough 9-hole and 18-hole club championships, held on September 6-7 for the 9-holers and September 9-11 for the big girls. It was a tough competition, and everyone of our members would like to

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Fourth flight winners - Debbie Glass, Karen Koerner, Niki Henslee, and June Shane

Winners Championship flight - Rae Jean Young, Lydia Morris, Kathy Catlett and Marlene Summers

congratulate our club championships, Sandy Wagner, the 9-hole champ and Diana Henigan, our 2011 club champion. After all of that serious competition, the ladies took a breather the end of October. Some of the ladies took advantage of an off-week and traveled to Louisiana for the Bentwater Ladies Organization annual BLO Golf and Gambling trip. Other BLGA members competed outside Bentwater, at the WTGA Senior Stroke Play at Sweetwater Country Club in Sugarland, at Northwoods Interclub at Raveneaux or the Bluebonnet Interclub at the Village. November is a full month of Tuesday play days with one of the premier BLGA events coming up on November 8. The Fall

The 9-hole group has also been busy this fall. Besides competing in the Bentwater Cup and the 9-Hole Championship, the ladies also hosted the Pacesetters Interclub teams from River Plantation, April Sound, Walden, Woodlands and The Village at Bentwater on October 5. The Pacesetters have been very active this year, starting in March at April Sound, followed by River Plantation and the Woodlands in the spring. In the fall, their season began at The Village followed by Bentwater and finishing up at Walden in November. Bentwater players have walked away with prizes at each tournament, frequently coming in first place. The 9-holers had no time to rest after hosting the October Pacesetter event. They followed up less than two weeks later

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with their first invitational tournament. The “Bewitched Invitational” was held on Tuesday, October 18. It was a 9-hole TwoLady Scramble. The Bentwater 9-holers are hoping to continue this event every year. The final event for the year is the Jingle Bell Brunch held on Saturday, December 3. BLGA members will enjoy a nice brunch, cheer for all of the winners and champions and meet our officers for the next year. We want to see all of the BLGA members come out for this grand finale of the year. Reservations can be made through the Bentwater Club website about mid-November. Congratulations go out to Diana Hennigan who was the consolation winner for the third flight of the WTGA State Amateur Championship at Walden. Also placing at the same event was Shirley Rabuck who was the runner-up in the fourth flight. Way to go, ladies.




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MOB Luncheon


Golf Tournament

MOB – Men Of Bentwater The MOBsters in action! Shelley and Don Fincher From Houston Owners of Fincher Motors, they are expecting their first child very soon, a girl, whom will be named Savannah.

The MOB resumed their monthly luncheon meetings with Bernhardt Wineries providing samples and discussing the art of winery and the history of Bernhardt Wineries . Jack Visage coordinated a golf outing at High Meadow Ranch and we had a great time with our fellow MOBsters.

Keith and Karen Neely From Seattle, Washington A friend invited Keith to play in a golf tournament at Bentwater a couple of years ago. He loved it at first sight, went home and told Karen about it and here they are! This is the life!

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Bentwater POA, Bentwater Country Club, Bentwater Civic Association, Bentwater Ladies Organization and the Men of Bentwater are joint sponsors of the Picnic in the Park taking part as rotating hosts for this annual event. The MOB was the 2011 host and we are proud to announce it was a smash event with great attendance. Our MOB volunteers did a really fine job. The Oktoberfest featured sauerkraut, brats and beer supplied by the MOB for this member and spouse event held at the Park in the Meadows. Oktoberfest

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The Bentwater Chili Cook Off, held in November, has Frank Husband, Robert Miner and Ron Arnoldi taking the lead in preparing some of the best chili on earth. It always disappears prior to the voting. This event affords an outstanding outdoor family outing for all the MOB members to come out and support their team involved in this charity event. In December, we will be enjoying a very popular event, our Christmas Dinner Theatre, being coordinated by Jim Hamilton.

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We will also have an outstanding holiday program similar to last year when Carrie Wilmes from the Montgomery County Performing Arts Society entertained us. This program was held at the yacht C\club and received rave reviews from all that attended.

281-682-6069 Oktoberfest session

As we near the end of the year, new officers (servants to the members) will be selected and presented to the membership. Come out and enjoy the fun and fellowship with the MOBsters.



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In Heat Protection Gear

Friendly, Courteous, Helpful

Montgomery County Sheriff Tommy Gage offering his cooking services

The TNT Band

NSRW – North Shore Republican Women

The NSRW women who worked on the Texas Quilt are shown with the winner of the quilt at the NSRW Live Auction, Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman, Dr. Wally Wilkerson.

NSRW recently hosted a fundraiser featuring a Texas quilt made by members. Our Republican elected officials attending were Montgomery County tax assessor/collector JR Moore, Jr., U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady and Texas State Representative Brandon Creighton.

Cooks for the evening include Montgomery County Sheriff Tommy Gage, Montgomery County Commissioner, Pct. 1, Mike Meador, and Montgomery County Constable, Pct. 1, Don Chumley. The TNT Band provided fabulous entertainment.

The ladies of Bentwater who worked on the quilt visited with the winner of the quilt at the live auction, Chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party, Dr. Wally Wilkerson.

The next meeting of NSRW is Wednesday, November 2nd, at 10:45 am at Bentwater Country Club. Reservations are requested by Oct 31st by calling 936597-6219.

Our featured speaker will be Representative Brandon Creighton who will talk about the Texas 82nd Legislative Session and subsequent special session and the presidential race.

Kerry Stephenson, Entrance Department, Martha Sullivan, Deed Restrictions, Valerie Overbeck, Administration, Dawn Cleboski, General Manager, Van Smith, Management

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NSRW – North Shore Republican Women donate Constitution Day Booklets to WISD students In celebration of the 224th anniversary of the adoption of the United States Constitution, North Shore Republican Women provided copies of the U.S. Constitution to all fifth grade students in the Willis Independent School District. Constitution Day, celebrated each year on September 17th, was established as a federal holiday to commemorate the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787. It recognizes all who are born in the U.S., or who by naturalization, have become U.S. citizens.

Left to right - Karen Darcy-Pawlak, NSRW Member, Shannon Ligon, NSRW Literacy Chairperson, Eleanor Glaspy, A.R. Turner Elementary Social, Ann Kate, NSRW President

"We feel that it is our obligation, as well as that of all Republican Women's groups in Montgomery County, to insure that each student in our area has a copy of the Constitution as they study American history,” says Shannon Ligon, Literacy Chairperson for North Shore Republican Women.


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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.


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Fall Air!

Call Description for Bentwater Montgomery County Sheriff ’s Department – Lt. Gary Welch

is in the

BENTWATER SUBDIVISION Montgomery County Sheriff's Department Official Report May thru August, 2011 (4 Months) CALL DESCRIPTION Auto Theft 0 Burglary (Habitation) 3 Burglary (Motor Vehicle) 3 Theft 7 Other 0 Total 13

It won’t be long before we begin the fun fall and winter activities that are so popular in Bentwater. It’s a time for friends and family to visit, gathering together to enjoy life’s precious moments. We want to remind all of our valued Bentwater property owners to remember Bentwater Sales Corporation whenever you have a friend, co-worker or family member who express an interest in our beautiful community. We have two wonderful packages designed to help you: • Impress your guest: Bentwater Sales Corporation will pro-

vide you and your guest with a separate connecting Villa for one night at no charge. We will even give your guest a complimentary round of golf. All they have to do is tour our community with one of the Realtors® on our Bentwater sales team.*

Swimming Taking Advantage Of The Last Days Of Summer

Country Club Accountant Toni Steck

Seen enjoying the beautiful Bentwater swimming pool is Phillip Pickard with Noah, on the birthday eve of his becoming age three. Noah is the grandson of Jim and Susie Rust

Toni Steck – Senior A/R Accountant with over eleven years of service with Bentwater Yacht and Country Club

Your always batting a 1.000 with JDP Homes. Bentwater on the North Shore Vice President Chad Mahlmann noting new construction in Bentwater on a recently sold developer home site.

• Property Owner Referral Program: Please remember that

when you refer someone who purchases a Bentwater on the North Shore developer property you get a special incentive of $2,000 on your country club membership account. We still have some beautiful developer home sites available with Grand Pines and full country club memberships. The developer has some wonderful incentives so there’s never been a better time to buy.*


We are here to help! Give us a call. *Offer subject to change or cancellation without notice. Please see Bentwater Visitor Center for more details. THIS IS THE LIFE! 866.866.8613

Chad Mahlmann, Vice President of Bentwater on the North Shore, in front of a beautiful waterfront home listed for sale with Bentwater Sales Corporation.

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.




Santa dancing with Director Meredith Robertson. Say, is that Marilyn Monroe in the background?

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Spa members toasting the holidays!

Spa member models on the runway Linda Reed

Marie Hentges

Connie Smith

Lavera, Nancy, and Patsy.

Larry and Helen Lockner.

The Rashke’s, Hentges and Biermans enjoying the fashion show. Members of the fashion show audience eagerly awaiting the show

One of sports club’s favorite morning employees, Barb Pharries, with spa member Ginger Oakes.

Kelly Olsen, Spa Director Meredith Robertson and Jill Cambern

spa holiday sparty

December 1st

The most talked about spa event of the year, the annual Holiday Sparty, will be held on Thursday, December 1st at 6:00 p.m. at the Fitness Center & Day Spa. There will be a great fashion show with Bentwater models, live music, wine, hors de oeuvres, prize giveaways and tons of holiday cheer. Mark your calendars now!



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Burn off the turkey doubles November 26, 2011

Betty Lou Mathis Perricone

Betty Lou Mathis Perricone

Betty was born in Galveston, Texas on January 30, 1931 to Frederick Mathis and Lucille Darras Mathis. She graduated from Ball High School and attended The University of Texas. She married her high school sweetheart, Charles Perricone on September 17, 1950. They settled in Houston where they raised their family of four children. Betty is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Charles, her children Ellen Bachmann and husband Hank, Sue Lloyd and husband Mike, Charles Mathis Perricone and wife Laurie and Bonita Hodde and husband Mike, and her nine grandchildren, one great -grandchild as well as numerous other family members. Betty enjoyed dancing, cooking for her family, traveling, reading and spending time with her husband, Charles. In 1997 she and Charles moved to Bentwater on Lake Conroe. Betty was active in two churches, St. Joseph's Catholic Church in New Waverly


TENNIS - 8th Annual Turkey Tournament

Sympathies Bentwater Resident Betty Lou Mathis Perricone passed away on Friday, September 16, 2011 after a courageous fight of 42 years from cancer. Betty faced cancer with a tremendous amount of courage and strength.


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where she was a Lay Eucharistic Minister and Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she led several bible study groups. She was also active in the Bentwater Ladies Organization, played in several bridge and rummikub groups and was a long time member of the Northshore Republican Women. Betty will be remembered as a very gentle and loving person, always there for her husband, children, grandchildren, greatgrandchild and friends. The family would like to thank friends and neighbors, Pauline Tauer, Marie Levantino, Sharon Hatter and Charlotte Schroeder, for their loving kindness to their mom and dad.

• Men’s doubles play day • Pair up with another male player o Father and son or o Member and member or o Member and guest • 10am-12pm • Cost: $5 per player • Sign-up online at

Mike Doty, Bentwater Director of Tennis

Tanner Harding and father, J. T. Harding

Memorial donations may be given to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston Texas, 77210. Include note that states "In honor of Betty Perricone for breast cancer research."

ROAD TRIP! Ladies Inter-Club Match Doubles Play

Bentwater Yacht & Country vs. Pebble Creek Country Club November 11, 2011 • At Pebble Creek Country Club in College Station • Cost: $5 per player • Sign-up online at

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TENNIS DROP and SWAP Debbie Fears and Vicky Russel

US and Spain tennis players during the introduction ceremony. 17,000 in attendance


Cathy Karka, Vicky Russell, Pam Martens, Janice Hredzak, Debbie Wright, JoAnn McDougal, Vickie Kruszka, Cynthia Jansen, Hulda Coskey and Sue Congleton. Bobbie Jo Cannon and Joan Hedge, not available for photographs.

Bentwater Tennis Makes Strong Showing At Davis Cup Quarterfinal by Bentwater resident Cynthia Jansen


avis Cup is to tennis as Ryder Cup is to golf. During four weekends of the year, professional tennis players put aside their goals to advance their personal careers to compete for their nation. The weekend of July 8-10th, the USA faced Spain in the quarterfinal round (each round is known as a “tie”) at the Erwin Center in Austin. It is rare for a Davis Cup tie to be held in the US, and even more rare for it to be held so close to home. The Bentwater tennis community used the opportunity to head for the hills—Hill Country, that is. At least 20 Bentwater neighbors made the trip to Austin in various small groups to witness what was sure to be an exciting tournament. As we kept running into each other at the arena, we managed to get the word out to meet for a group photo and share our experiences. Some of us attended with a tour group that provided front row or second row seating and also included court time in the mornings and a special VIP dinner. Some of us went on our own and stayed in various hotels in Austin. But we all agreed that this was one of the most exciting tennis experiences ever. The Erwin Center was sold out for all three days of the tie, and the atmosphere was electric! Team USA included the number one American player, Mardy Fish (ranked No. 9 in the world), hometown favorite and No. 10 in the world, Andy Roddick, and Bob and Mike Bryan, the world No.1 doubles team. Rafa Nadal (world No. 2) was conspicuously absent from Team Spain, but their bench was deep. Representing Spain were David Ferrer (No. 6), Feliciano Lopez (No. 28), Fernando Verdasco (No. 22), and Marcel Grenollers (No. 52).

There was a great turnout for this unique method of sharing tennis fashions, accessories, and gear. Bentwater tennis team members dropped their gently used or new tennis fashions, accessories and gear at the ladies’ locker room to swap with other tennis team members. Most of the items left were donated to Boys and Girls Country with almost $100 in cash donations from ladies who wanted to shop but didn't have an item to swap. The tennis team members that put the event together were thrilled with the generosity of our neighbors in Bentwater. They noted that they are always ready to be a part of helping others in and around the community.

With great anticipation, Friday’s schedule had two rubbers (Davis Cup vernacular for a match); each rubber is worth 1 point and there are 5 rubbers in a tie. Leading off was Fish v. Lopez followed by Roddick v. Ferrer. The first rubber took 5 sets and over 4 hours for Lopez to finally shake Fish for the win. Roddick lost his rubber in straight sets, which put USA down, 0-2. On Saturday, the Bryan brothers put the US on the scoreboard with their doubles win, bringing the score to 2-1, Spain. Sunday featured the reverse singles rubbers and began with Fish v. Ferrer. The Spaniard proved too much for Fish on that day, and the final tie score was 3-1, Spain and no need to play the 5th rubber, which would have featured Roddick and Lopez. While our team lost the tie, the fans were gratified by the players’ recognition of the crowd. Mardy Fish, who has participated in 12 Davis Cup ties, stated that this was the loudest crowd he had ever experienced, and he would take that memory with him. The Bryan brothers echoed his sentiments. As for us Bentwater tennis fans, we will remember seeing some great tennis and being part of perhaps the loudest Davis Cup crowd in history! Bentwater residents attending included Cathy Karka, Vicky Russell, Pam Martens, Janice Hredzak, Debbie Wright, JoAnn McDougal, Vickie Kruszka, Cynthia Jansen, Hulda Coskey and Sue Congleton, all of whom were featured in the October issue of Bentwater Life. Bobbie Jo Cannon and Joan Hedge attended, but were not available for photographs.

Wedding NeighborhoodNews


Seefluth – Lowe

The lovely bride, Kayla Celise Lowe, and handsome groom, Chance Alan Seefluth

Ms. Kayla Celise Lowe and Mr. Chance Alan Seefluth were united in marriage on June 10th, 2011 in the

Bentwater Yacht Club gazebo.

Debbie Fears, Anita Massey, Doris Everette

The couple’s children served as bridesmaids: Jessica Lowe, Julia Lowe and Devin Seefluth. Groomsmen included Charlie Chick, Mario Valentine and son, Jordan Lowe. Following the ceremony, the couple hosted a festive reception at the yacht club where relatives and close friends gathered together to toast the couple. The bride is the daughter of Charlene Allcorn and Royce Spencer. The groom is the son of Bentwater residents Mary and Charlie Seefluth. Celise and Chance honeymooned on a Caribbean cruise and make their home in Sugar Land, Texas.

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Y o u r S u p p o r t H e l p s B entwate r M C U W Reach I ts G o a l s

Bentwater on the North Shore CEO Mary Ann Belin chatting with Bentwater resident Thelma Miller

Host and hostess, Sam and Becky Harper

Enjoying the reception at Sam and Becky Harper’s lovely home

Bridgewood Farms volunteers and clients, “Down on the farm”.


ith roasted turkey only a few weeks away and holiday shopping on our minds, let’s not forget that the Montgomery County United Way helps meet area needs not just during the holiday season but also year round. The Bentwater MCUW committee members have been involved with a variety of community events this fall including two informative campaign kick-off receptions. A record number of residents attended the two receptions, including Bentwater on the North Shore CEO Mary Ann Belin, wife of Bentwater developer and the late J. Bruce Belin Jr. She announced a $10,000 pledge to Montgomery County United Way. “We kicked off the 2011 Bentwater United Way campaign at the home of Sam and Becky Harper. We have an ambitious goal to raise $145,000 for this year’s campaign,” MCUW Committee Chairman Joe Constantino stated. With the campaign in full swing, Bentwater resident, Abe McCoy, and the Days of Caring volunteers focused their attention at Bridgewood Farms. Bentwater volunteers helped with landscape and greenhouse improvements as well as prepared

hand painted client created ceramics, which are offered for public sales. Bridgewood Farms serves the needs of over 140 mentally challenged adults. “This was another example of Bentwater residents stepping up to help those in need. Over 30 Bentwater residents gave of their time to help make a difference in the lives of Bridgewood Farms' clients,” McCoy stated. Another caring Bentwater resident, “Chef ” Patrick O’Neil prepares for his second annual participation in the Bentwater Chili For Charity Cook-off on November 5th. Look for O’Neil and his committee at the MCUW booth and come taste one of the 2010 winning chilies. Fall is a busy time for everyone, including your Bentwater MCUW committee. With the 2011 campaign ending soon, we ask you to please find time to show how much Bentwater cares by sending in your pledge card to the Montgomery County United Way. Your Bentwater United Way committee thanks you for helping your community.

Travis Miller and Chad Mahlmann, vice president, Bentwater on the North Shore

Patrick and Sharon O’Neil, Country Club General Manager Richard Aiple and Patti Mennes




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Kemp's Ridleys Thriving With Conservation Help By Charles Caillouet

Dawn Cleboski, POA general manager, and Bentwater property owner Dick Morgan at the POA booth honoring Veterans .

A reprint from the Houston Chronicle, September 8, 2011. Dr. Charles Caillouet is a Bentwater property owner.

Kudos to the Houston Zoo's Senior Veterinarian Joseph Flanagan for voluntarily treating injured and sick sea turtles for more than two decades, in collaboration with the NOAA Fisheries Galveston Laboratory ("Master of the shell game," Page B1, Aug. 27). Most of his attention has been devoted to Kemp's ridley, the smallest and most endangered of five species of sea turtle inhabiting the Gulf of Mexico. However, some misinformation in the article needs correction. Obviously, the Galveston Laboratory's turtle hospital is funded. Otherwise it would not exist as a sideline of the federal program that tests turtle excluder devices (TEDs) for shrimp trawls. Operating a turtle hospital is costly and requires personnel, facilities, equipment, materials and a reliable source of clean seawater. If the article meant there is no funding budgeted specifically to support this turtle hospital, then there should be designated funding for it. No other such hospital exists on the upper Texas coast to treat and rehabilitate injured and sick sea turtles. Sea turtle strandings continue to occur along the Gulf of Mexico coast. For example, spikes in strandings received lots of media attention before and during the BP-TransoceanMacondo oil spill in 2010, and again last spring. Treatment and rehabilitation centers such as the Galveston Laboratory's turtle hospital are essential and need support. The article mentioned a Kemp's ridley breeding program in Galveston. To clarify, the Galveston Laboratory participated in a Mexico-U.S. Kemp's ridley recovery program that was initiated in 1978. However, the Mexican government began protecting nesters and their clutches of eggs laid on the primary nesting beach near Rancho Nuevo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, in 1966. goals of the binational program were to re-establish a Kemp's ridley breeding colony at the National Park Service's Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS), to continue protecting nesters and eggs on the beach near Rancho Nuevo and to develop TEDs for shrimp trawls. Federal agencies in Mexico collaborated with the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Fisheries and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in this program. During 1978-1988, around 2,000 or fewer eggs were collected each year at Rancho Nuevo and transferred to PAIS for incubation. They

were incubated in PAIS sand, then hatchlings were allowed to crawl to the surf at PAIS, under the assumption they would imprint to PAIS. Some of the females were expected to survive, breed and return as adults to nest there. Hatchlings were scooped up in dip nets shortly after reaching the water and were transferred to the NOAA Fisheries Laboratory in Galveston, where they were head-started (reared in captivity) for approximately one year, tagged in various ways and released into the Gulf of Mexico, mostly along the Texas coast. Head-starting increased first-year survival as compared to survival in the wild, but it was also essential because there were no safe and effective methods for tagging hatchlings. It takes 10 or more years for Kemp's ridleys to mature. Adult females that were imprinted at PAIS were first documented by the National Park Service to nest there in 1996. A nesting colony was re-established at PAIS and is growing in number. Some of the turtles also have nested elsewhere along the Texas and Tamaulipas coasts. Incubation and imprinting at PAIS were terminated after 1988. Thereafter, head-start continued with approximately 2,000 hatchlings received annually from Rancho Nuevo until 1993, when the number was reduced to around 200 per year. These reduced numbers were captive reared to support testing of TEDs for 2 more years, then for other research thereafter through the year 2000. The Galveston Laboratory also provided head-started Kemp's ridleys to numerous marine aquaria to be reared to adults for a feasibility study of captive breeding. Successful captive breeding was achieved at Cayman Turtle Farm, Inc., Grand Cayman Island, BWI, in the mid-1980s, then the study was abandoned. No breeding program per se was conducted at the Galveston Laboratory. The cumulative conservation efforts of agencies in Mexico and the U.S., Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, conservation organizations such as HEART (Help Endangered Animals - Ridley Turtles), shrimp industry organizations and others have put Kemp's ridley on an exponential trajectory toward recovery. Caillouet is the former chief of the Protected Species Branch of the NOAA Fisheries Galveston Laboratory. Since retiring in 1998, he has remained active in sea turtle and shrimp fisheries research, publication, and as a conservation volunteer.


Veteran’s Day November 11th

Bentwater POA presented each veteran a commemorative pin and an American flag accompanied by a sincere grateful handshake on behalf of Bentwater property owners at the annual Chili for Charities event. VETERANS Men and women who have served their country through various branches of the military:

A soldier of any age, any race, any culture, any gender, any background, any upbringing, who answers his/her country’s call to fight;

Soldiers who fought, but did not live to be called veterans; Soldiers who fought and lived, but lived forever changed by the experience; Soldiers who fought and lived, but not without wounds, both physical and other; Soldiers who, though afraid, did what was most necessary when it was most needed; Men and women of genuine courage. On November 11, FLY YOUR FLAG and take the opportunity to thank a veteran for his/her service.



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Volunteers for the poa


“There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.” from the 2001 hit film, Pearl Harbor This quote still rings true. Our community is strengthened and enhanced by Bentwater property owners who constantly give of themselves to others. In our annual meeting in September, we called for property owners to rise to the occasion and assist the POA in keeping Bentwater beautiful and adding needed programs. True to Bentwater character, several have already stepped up with willing hands and strong hearts to preserve and enhance our community. While every volunteer organization needs strong leaders, we have been blessed with some of the best. JIM SPENCER has answered the call to chair the VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION. The current areas for volunteer opportunities are: • Administration – Data entry, filing, phone calls and baskets.

BARBARA SEBEK, Advisory Board Member, is chairing this committee. She is seeking volunteers, especially to answer the phones at the POA office. You can devote as little as one hour on a one-time basis and it will be deeply appreciated.

• Special Events – Parades, picnics, annual meeting, trash and

treasure, community awareness and special meetings. BLAIR SMITH, Advisory Board Member, has successfully taken responsibility for this committee for the past few years. He needs volunteers on a one-time basis typically for one to four-hour shifts.

• Community Organizations - BRUCE SELLERS, Advisory

Board Member, has taken responsibility for this committee and personally handles organizations outside Bentwater. He is seeking one or more volunteers to coordinate communications with Bentwater organizations, i. e., the MOB, BLO, Civic Association.

• Entrance Department – Advisory Board Member TERRY

BOWIE, is the chair of this department. No volunteers are needed at this time.

• Site Inspection, Construction and Common Areas – Building

sites (TERRY GENT), mailboxes (CHIP KEENER), flower beds, street signs, streets, curbs and entrance facilities. We need a chair person for this committee as well as persons for flower beds and street signs.

• Deed Restrictions – Homes and home sites ( JOHN

JOSEPH –Chairperson, BOB HOOK BILL WOESSNER), boat patrol, golf course, trash/recycling (RON MICK), house numbers (POSITION FILLED) and exterior lights. We need several volunteers for trash/recycling and exterior lights.

• Neighborhood Watch (ART JANSEN). Art will need volun-

teers in each neighborhood, small and large, to assist in this effort. Sign up at the POA office.

Many others have joined the ranks, assisting with different assignments and areas with the greatest respect for the Bentwater community. Site Inspection, Construction and Common Areas

While a home is under construction, there are certain rules and regulations that the builder and owner must follow. TERRY GENT has contributed his time and efforts to monitoring the construction sites and communicating the areas where a builder has neglected to follow the regulations. Currently, through a coordinated effort between Bentwater POA and the Montgomery Post Office, mailbox units are installed on concrete slabs in areas approved by the traffic engineer. As Bentwater has continued to age, some of the mailbox units are declining and styles are changing from those designed at the beginning of Bentwater. CHIP KEENER rose to the occasion and has assessed each and every mailbox unit through-

out Bentwater as well as the condition, style and lighting surrounding it. Countless hours have gone into this project as Chip has broken down the areas of greatest need for replacement and additional lighting near units. Deed Restrictions

The importance and value of having your house address number marked and clearly visible from the street day and night is immeasurable especially if you find yourself in the darkest hour. A volunteer whom wishes to remain UNNAMED is helping to identify the unmarked residences with the goal in mind to provide assistance to you in marking your home so your house number will be clear and visible day and nigh for those who need to find you, whether for a warm visit or an emergency. Inspections are being done routinely by a deed restriction task force. These volunteers will assess issues such as exterior lighting, parking, trash/recycle containers and so much more and communicate them to the POA. We need volunteers for exterior lighting and parking. Neighborhood Watch

Terry Gent, Building Sites

Terry Bowie, Entrance Department

John Joseph, Deed Restrictions

Bruce Sellers - Community Organizations

At the annual meeting, we unveiled the formation of a neighborhood watch program for our community. We are seeking a volunteer to lead our community in looking out for each other. While the formation is under way, there will be more information as this watch, a program developed by the National Sheriff ’s Association unfolds at Bentwater. While these are just a few of the volunteer programs that are actively under way, there are many more in need of some of the finest in Bentwater to roll up their shirt sleeves and dive in to preserve and enhance the Bentwater life.

Jim Spencer – Volunteer Committee Chairperson

Blair Smith, Community Relations and Special Events

Barbara Sebek Administrative



End of October 2011 October 29 Saturday -Reliant Park hosts the “JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes”

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test, games, food and haunted house. Call 936.291.8736 for info.

-The Crighton Theatre, Larry Martin Entertainment & The Woodlands Entertainment Group presents “Buddy Jewell”, see:

October 31 Monday -Halloween Day is the eve or vigil of All Hallows Day or All Saints Day, an important Catholic feast; more commonly celebrated with costumes, parties and tricks-or-treats by the youngsters (both at heart as well as in actual years).

-Miller Outdoor Theatre presents “Lunada 2011” at 7:30 pm

-Miller Outdoor Theatre presents “The Wolfman” 1941 movie at 7:30 pm

-Lake Conroe Sailing Association Annual Meeting and Wine Tasting from 2 – 5 pm, see

-“Trunk or Treat” in the parking lot of the golf practice facility at Bentwater Club from 6:30 until 8 pm

October 30 Sunday -Reliant Park hosts the Houston Texans versus the Jacksonville Jaguars at noon -Bernhardt Winery presents a very special “On the Porch” concert series – “Dis Ist Lusting” (German for “That’s Fun). We are very excited about this new Oompa German group we have been able to bring to our stage. They will be playing traditional Oompa music and will feature the accordion on most songs. We will be celebrating with traditional German foods from our vendors, so come on out to the vineyards and join in the fun here in Plantersville starting an hour before sunset. -“Scare on the Square” in Huntsville at the downtown square with trick or treating around the Square, along with games, food & drink. Call 936.295.2150 for info. -Halloween carnival at Walker County Fair Association fairgrounds with costume con-

November 2011 November 2 Wednesday -North Shore Republican Women meet the first Wednesday of the month at Bentwater Country Club. Social time starts at 10:45 am with the meeting beginning at 11:15 am and lasting until 1 pm. Speakers will be provided. Lunch is optional, but reservations must be made by calling 936.597.6219 in advance. November 3 Thursday -Miller Outdoor Theatre hosts The Miles Davis Experience (1949 – 1959) collaboration with Blue Notes records at 8 pm -Garden Club meets on the first Thursday at 2 pm in Bentwater Club dining room. Contact Nancy Caillouet at 936.597.6871 November 3 – 6 Thursday through Sunday


-The George R. Brown Convention Center hosts the International Quilt Festival in Houston November 4 Friday -Last Day of early voting for November 8, 2011 general election November 4 – 6 Friday through Sunday -Christian Youth Theatre presents “Tom Sawyer” at the Crighton Theatre in Conroe. See for tickets -Heart of Texas Arts and Craft Show in Waxahachie, TX. See for info -Houston Symphony’s Pops Season presents “Live and Let Die” the music of Paul McCartney with Michael Krajewski conducting. See -Junior league holiday market at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center. This holiday shopping event will feature more than 100 booths of unique merchants from around the country. Three day admission is $12. See November 5 Saturday -Bric-A-Brac Festival at the Yacht Club starting at 10 am. Contact Bentwater Club at 936.597.4219 for info -The Woodlands Car Club Fall Evening Car Show 2011 will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 3 - 8 PM at the Woodforest National Bank (parking lot) near Sawdust Rd. and Grogan's Mill Rd. Proceeds will once again benefit the Woodforest Charitable Foundation. For more information, please call 281.363.2977 -The Miller Outdoor Theatre presents “Grease” the Rockin’ Rydell Tradition at 7:30 pm.


November Bentwater Life -Reliant Arena presents “The Scream Tour” from 7 – 10 pm. -Oakland Wildcat Winter Wonderland Market in Richmond, TX see -Lone Star first Saturday in historic downtown Montgomery Farmers’ Market and acoustic music jams from 9 am – 2 pm November 5 – 6 Saturday through Sunday - The Lone Star equestrian center hosts the donkey & mule show. Contact 713.416.3289 for info - The Lone Star Convention Center hosts the Houston open judo tournament. Contact 713.248.0089 for info -Outlets at Conroe holiday & antique craft bazaar 11 am – 6 pm both days November 5 – 7 Saturday through Monday -Texas Motor Speedway presents the “Dickies 500” Nascar Weekend of Racing at Ennis, Texas. Contact 817.215.8500 for info November 6 Sunday -The Woodlands Car Club – Cars & Coffee for a Cause meets at Market Street from 10 am until noon between Jasper’s and the movie theatre, contact Dana at 281.363.2977 -Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 am – Be sure to set your clocks back one hour when you go to bed on Saturday night -Reliant Stadium hosts the Houston Texans versus Cleveland Browns live at 12 noon -Bernhardt Winery in Plantersville, Texas presents “2-Bit Palomino” at their On the Porch Concert Series for Sunday evenings November 7 – December 2 Monday through Friday

-Lone Star College of Montgomery presents Mary Hettmansperger a fiber and jewelry artist is featured in the Center for the Arts Fall season events schedule November 8 Tuesday -LGA Fall Fling Tournament, contact Bentwater Club at 936.597.6219 -General election date -Bridge & canasta evenings on the second and fourth Tuesday evenings at Bentwater Club play starts at 7 pm with 6 pm buffet dinner; contact Bentwater Club at 936.597.6219 for reservations November 9 Wednesday -Ladies Game Day – Canasta on the second Wednesday at 11:30 am at Bentwater Club for lunch and an afternoon of canasta. Call Bentwater Club at 936.597.6219 for lunch reservations or sign up online no later than 48 hours before each game day November 9 – 13 Wednesday through Sunday -Cinema Arts Festival in Houston -Reliant Arena presents “Disney on Ice – Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey”. See for info. November 10 – 13 Thursday through Sunday - Reliant Center presents the Houston Ballet Guild’s 31st annual Nutcracker Market, with the theme of “Toy Town Texas”. This traditional shopping extravaganza features holiday decorations, food, clothing, jewelry and furniture.


10th. Contact Linda Reed at 936.449.6849 to make your EARLY reservations. -Houston Symphony presents their classical season “Brahms Second Symphony” with Christoph Koenig conducting and the Houston Symphony Chorus. See November 11 Friday -Club Fall into the Night Golf Tournament. Contact Bentwater Club at 936.597.6219 -Ladies’ tennis interclub with Pebble Creek -Veteran’s Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States armed forces. November 11 – 12 Friday through Saturday -Miller Outdoor Theatre presents “Cirque Mechanics Boomtown” at 7:30 pm -Lone Star Expo Arena hosts the SHSU Collegiate Rodeo. Contact 936.294.3867 for info. November 11 – 13 Friday through Sunday -Christian Youth Theatre presents “Tom Sawyer” at the Crighton Theatre in Conroe. See for tickets.

-Reliant Arena presents “The Nutcracker Market”. See: for info.

November 12 Saturday -Chili for Charity, contact Bentwater Club at 936.597.6219 for info

-Bentwater Ladies Organization annual “Nutcracker Market Bus Trip” on November

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ing! The City of Round Rock's Clay Madsen Recreation Center invites you to the 10th Annual Rockin’ Around the Holidays Bazaar from 9 am to 4 pm with vendors selling arts, crafts, jewelry, and more, you are sure to find something for everyone! Admission is free at 1600 Gattis School Road, Round Rock, TX 78664. November 12 – 13 Saturday through Sunday -Montgomery County Food Bank presence at the 16th annual Children’s Festival at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion from 10 am – 6 pm. Stop by our table and make an important donation. -22nd Annual Texas Championship American Pow Wow, a two day festival of traditional singing and dancing by Native Americans from all over the country as well as arts and crafts and food displays at Trader’s Village in Houston from 10 am to sundown each day. -Christmas in the country from 10 am – 5 pm both days in the Spring/The Woodlandsarea parking lot of Big Lots, 365 Sawdust Road. An arts and crafts show sponsored by Happy Garren Productions. Admission is free. For more info, call 281-482-1876 November 13 Sunday -Miller Outdoor Theatre presents “Art Car – The Movie” at 7 pm - Reliant Arena Houston hosts the “National Cheerleader’s Association” Lone Star Small Gym Classic starting at 12 noon -Bernhardt Winery in Plantersville, Texas presents “Shake Russell and Michael Hearne” at their On the Porch Concert Series for Sunday evenings

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November 14 Monday -Bentwater Ladies Organization meets on the second Monday of each month at the Bentwater Yacht Club starting at 11:30 am, contact 936.597.6219 to register. Reservations must be made or cancelled before 7 pm on the Thursday preceding the luncheon November 15 Tuesday -LGA Skins Tournament, contact Bentwater Club at 936.597.6219 November 16 Wednesday -Men of Bentwater meet the third Wednesday of the month; contact Bentwater Club at 936-597-6219 for reservations. -Needle & Tea Society meet the third Wednesday of each month from 1 – 3 pm; to work on needlework projects, light refreshments are served. Contact Ann Cavanaugh at 936.449.6062 -Lone Star College of Montgomery 2011 Fall Season Events Center for the Arts presents the “String Ensemble & Symphonic” starting at 7:30 pm. See: November 17 – 19 Thursday through Saturday -Lone Star College of Montgomery presents the 2011 Fall Season Events Center for the Arts “The Actors Workshop” starting at 7:30 pm with Saturday matinee at 2 pm. See November 18 Friday -Wine Tasting in the Yacht Club Lounge November 18 – 19 Friday through Saturday -MGA Battle of Bentwater Tournament. Contact Bentwater Club at 936.597.6219.


-“The Polar Express” train departs the Palestine Depot at 5:15 pm, 6:45 pm or 8:10 pm. See for info or contact 1-888-987-2461. November 18 – 20 Friday through Sunday -Montgomery County fairgrounds hosts the “Kickin’ It Country Music Festival” presented by Solo Zydeco Productions. Contact 281.860.7656 for info. -Houston Symphony presents their classical season “Emanuel Ax Plus Tchaikovsky 3” with Hans Graf conducting. See: November 19 Saturday -Turkey Trot starting at the fitness center. Contact Bentwater Club at 936.597.6219 -“Feeding the Frontier” in old Montgomery from 11 am – 7 pm, come join Montgomery County Food Bank’s 2nd annual event at Fernland and enjoy chuck wagons, barbeque, dutch-oven cooking, kids inflatables, horse shoe tournament and pioneer re-enactments all day – free admission. -Lake Conroe Sailing long distance race starts at 10 am at the Seven Coves Lighthouse, contact Jon Wodka, or see for info. -Sami arts and craft Show in Round Rock, TX. See November 20 Sunday -Sunday brunch at the Yacht Club. Contact Bentwater Club at 936.597.6219. -Bernhardt Winery in Plantersville, Texas presents a private Bernhardt Wine Club appreciation concert with the “Highway 105 Band” for their Wine Club Members Only. November 21 - 25 Monday through Friday -M.I.S.D. Thanksgiving holidays


November Bentwater Life November 22 Tuesday -Bridge & canasta evenings on the second and fourth Tuesday evenings at Bentwater Club play starts at 7 pm with 6 pm buffet dinner; contact Bentwater Club at 936.597.6219 for reservations. November 24 Thursday -Thanksgiving Day in the United States started as a way of giving thanks to food collected from a good harvest or problems that were fixed. It originated in 1621 and was a religious festival, but is now largely secular. It is now a holiday on the fourth Thursday of November. -H.E.B.’s 62nd annual holiday parade at 9 am in downtown Houston comes to life on the streets of downtown Houston and reaches out to entertain television audiences throughout the region. With the support of its sponsors, the parade provides an exciting start to the holiday season for 400,000 spectators on the streets of Houston on Thanksgiving morning and is broadcast live on KHOU-TV (CBS affiliate) in Houston and is syndicated from Thanksgiving until Christmas day to 1.98 million households throughout Texas and into Oklahoma and Louisiana. -Uptown Holiday Lighting in Houston, Texas - Houston's penchant for the big and the bold shines through during the Uptown Tree Lighting on Post Oak Boulevard from 4 pm

– 8 pm. Visitors enjoy around 80 Christmas trees, a plethora of illuminated buildings, half a million twinkling fairy lights and fireworks. The ceremony takes place on the long block of Post Oak Boulevard between Westheimer Road and San Felipe Street. The fun begins with an electric light parade of bands and choirs, followed by main stage entertainment. Before long, Santa Claus arrives and the dozens of decorated trees and buildings are illuminated simultaneously. November 25 – December 27 Friday through Tuesday -The Nutcracker performance schedule: 7:30 PM on November 25*, 26*, December 3, 4*, 9*, 10, 11*, 16, 17, 18, 19*, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26*, 27* and matinees occur at 2:00 PM on November 26*, 27*, December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19*, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27 -“The Polar Express” train departs the Palestine Depot at 5:15 pm, 6:45 pm or 8:10 pm, see: for info or contact 1-888-987-2461 November 25 – December 17 Friday through Saturday -The Owen Theatre presents “Miracle on 34th Street” by the Crighton Players. Contact 936.539.4090 for info. November 23 – 27 Wednesday through Sunday -Bentwater Villas available for Thanksgiving


November 26 Saturday -Annual Turkey Day Tennis Tournament. Contact Bentwater Club at 936.597.6219 -Houston Symphony Specials presents “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons” at 7:30 pm featuring Eric Halen on violin. See November 27 Sunday -Club lighting in front of the Bentwater Country Club. Contact Bentwater Club at 936.597.6219.

December 2011 December 2 Friday -Downtown Houston holiday celebration kicks off with fireworks and entertainment. The event culminates the lighting of the tree outside City Hall. For more info, visit December 9 – 10 Friday and Saturday -Heritage Society’s 46th annual holiday candlelight tour in the park from 6:309:30pm. Centuries-old seasonal decorations and costumed carolers take revelers back in time. Visit Santa’s workshop to create holiday crafts and have a photo taken with St. Nick.



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Kim’s Corner November in East Texas is a wonderful season. Gardeners love the fall and for good reason, the temperatures have cooled, pansy season is here and fall is the second planting season.

s a 27-year veteran of the garden center and landscape industry, I have always touted fall as the “best” planting season for several reason. There is less heat, more moisture, far less disease/insects and planting in fall gives plants a 6 month advantage to establish a hardy root system before the summer heat arrives again. In turn, this means fall is the optimum time to plant our favorite southern plants that have little drought tolerance, namely, the acid lovers: azaleas, camellias, dogwoods, redbuds, fern, hydrangea and a vast variety of others. Did I mention that gardening in fall burns more calories and cures wrinkles? Okay, that has not been substantiated yet, but I like the sound of it. As our thoughts turn to the holidays, sprucing up the landscape is always right up there with holiday shopping, cooking, and entertaining, in no particular order. Splashes of low maintenance “color” (bedding plants) will make an immediate focal point in beds or in pots. Pansies are always a favorite, and they are available in every color and hue in the rainbow, from black to fuchsia and back to lime green. There is a pansy for everyone to fit every need. In the landscape, pansies and dianthus look their best in mass planting with two dominant contrasting colors. Remember yellow, white, and soft pastels stand out from a distance and dark jewel tones of blue, purple, and black recede. By all means plant your favorite colors, but just be aware of the statement you are looking for. Pansies do best when planted in a sunny location, rich well drained soil, and with a tablespoon of blood meal under each starter plant. Blood meal (10-0-0) is an organic source of pure nitrogen that pansies love. Blood meal produces stronger stalks, more vibrant colors, and larger blooms. Funny, the use of nitrogen for bloom production goes against all the rules of Mother Nature, but in this instance it works beautifully. Reapply blood meal every 3 weeks; it is also a good deer repellant. Do not forget to mulch your beds heavily. Predictions of winter’s harshness has been from one extreme to the other. One camp believes the gulf stream will bring intensely cold temperatures and the other “school” believes our temperatures will be 20 degrees above normal. In either scenario, our first freeze date is this month and gardeners need to prepare.



Patio and houseplants that will be considered tropicals will need to be sprayed with a systemic insecticide/fungicide one week prior to moving indoors or into a greenhouse. Palm trees will need to have their trunks wrapped and stock up on freeze cloth. Freeze cloth is a specialty item not found in box stores and it will add an additional 12 – 14 degrees of protection. The holidays are just a jingle bell away, and what better way to celebrate than to join us for Stewarts Home and Garden Centers annual holiday open house on Thursday, November 17, from 4-8 pm. It’s the event of the year. A huge sale, party and loads of fun. Join us for a wonderful evening of holiday libations, samples from the gourmet food section, door prizes, and the biggest sale of the year. Happy Gardening. Kim Stewart Bius is the president of Stewarts Garden Center and a Texas Certified Nurseryman since 1985. Questions or comments should be sent to kim@stewartsgardencenter. com or visit us at


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