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BENTWATER – BASEBALL – BRAINS Rice University coach and former players have made their homes at Bentwater. See inside story.

1962-63 Rice Star Pitcher Frank McKeown

Rice University Hall of Fame Coach Wayne Graham

Donnie Brogna, Rice baseball pitcher and outfielder, 1968 – 72

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Chili Cook-Off Check Recipient Awarded by Bentwater POA Assistant General Manager Geri Beiriger

Each year golfers and supporters release balloons in honor or memory of friends or loved ones.

24th Annual Ladies Charity Golf Tournament Attention Bentwater Ladies! Mark your calendars for the 24th Annual Ladies Charity Golf Classic benefiting the American Cancer Society and help us continue the fight against cancer. Your gifts are all designated to benefit those close to home, touching the lives of several thousand Montgomery County patients and families each year. It has been through the caring and generous giving of this community that we have been able to reach this total of $2,049,464.69. It all started back in 1990 when Donna McVeigh, President of the Conroe Chamber of Commerce at the time, wanted to start a golf tournament for ladies at Bentwater to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Barbara Young took on the challenge that first year, raising $9,000. This event has progressed through the years to include both silent and live auctions, underwriters, musical dinner shows, bake sales, hole sponsorships, memorial gifts, tennis tournaments, and the list goes on and on, as does the hard work of our dedicated committee members. Here’s how you can get involved:

SUNDAY, APRIL 6 - 5 p.m. Join us for a silent auction at the Bentwater Country Club. As in years past, the auction items are fabulous! MONDAY, APRIL 7 – 8:45 a.m. Meet up at the Weiskopf putting green for the opening ceremony as we release 150 balloons, representing those we have lost their battles with cancer and those who are survivors; and the last balloon represents our hopes and prayers for a CURE for cancer. For additional information contact any of the following: Co-chairs: Beryl Korb (597-3926) and Lyn Hullinger (5976600) Golf Tournament: Rae Jean Young (449-5411) and Thelma Miller (597-8784) Auction: Faye Powell and Eva Sewell (936 273-3176) Auction: Patti McGraw 597-3247 We hope to see you there as we do our part to MAKE CANCER HISTORY!

Back Row: Paul Brouse, Skip Murphy, Daryl Mayhood, Paul Van Dewburgh Front Row: Bentwater POA Assistant General Manager Geri Beiriger with Sheila Schulte, Shirley Burch and George Tiller


One thing Bentwater organizations take seriously is their chili. It seems each group has a secret recipe and is always ready to show off and create a mouthwatering, piping hot pot for the annual Bentwater Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by the Country Club. Last fall, cook-off teams showed up ready for a fierce face-off with their neighbors. The Bentwater Ladies Organization, United Way, Men’s Golf Association, and the Men of Bentwater are just a few of the groups that participated, hoping to stir up the 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. Annually, Bentwater POA has a Veteran’s booth at this event where they award each veteran an American flag, a pin, and a hearty handshake on behalf of all Bentwater residents for their service to our country. Donations are given to the American Legion, Auxiliary, Post 619 in Willis. Bentwater POA Assistant General Manager, Geri Beiriger, recently met with members of the American Legion and proudly presented them with a check.

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A Winning Triple-Play! Rice University Coach and former players have made their home at Bentwater When it’s springtime in Texas, we often think of the sounds that fill the air – birds chirping, breezes blowing, an April shower hitting rooftops, and of course, the crack of the bat. Nothing says “spring has sprung” better than baseball.

Rice baseball coach and Bentwater homeowner Wayne Graham

Here in Bentwater, we know our baseball. Whether you’re a supporter of our local high school team, the Montgomery Bears, or a die hard – no matter how rough the season – Astros fan, chances are you have a ball cap in your closet ready to grab at a moment’s notice and you’re ready to start cheering. One thing you may not know is the huge connection Bentwater has to baseball at Rice University. And it’s certainly worth cheering about! Coach Wayne Graham celebrates 1,000 wins at Rice! Coach Wayne Graham, a Bentwater homeowner and Hall of Fame baseball coach, is currently in his 23rd season at Rice University. In February, before a home game, Graham was recognized for his 1,000th win at the school. He reached the milestone with a 4-3, 11-inning win over Texas State the night before. During the pre-game ceremony, Graham was presented with a Rice University Jersey with the number 1,000 on the back. A permanent plaque will soon be placed at the entrance of Reckling Park at Rice. Among those in attendance was former Rice star Lance Berkman who stated, “It didn’t look anything like this when I got here. Graham took a program that was the doormat of the Southwest Conference for years and years and years and turned it into a national power.” TCU Coach Jim Schlossnagle recently said that Graham performed “the greatest coaching job in the history of college athletics in any sport.” Graham led the Rice Owls to 18 consecutive conference championships and one national title in 23 seasons.

Bentwater Resident Frank McKeown

McKeown, he’s still got it!

Fans cheered for the beloved coach and thanked him for all he has done for Rice baseball. Frank McKeown, Bentwater resident and 1960’s era star of Rice baseball This powerhouse right- handed pitcher was a force to be reckoned with each time he was on the mound for the Owls. A Houstonian, he went to St. Vincent de Paul Elementary School and was a Marion High School graduate. His dream was to play baseball, and not just anywhere, but at Rice University. A hard worker and good student, he fulfilled his goals, playing ball for Rice and making lifelong friends along the way.

Bentwater resident Donnie Brogna

McKeown on the mound at Rice University

High School in 1968. He lettered all four years in baseball and graduated in 1972 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. After graduation, he worked for BASF Construction Chemical Division for 38 years until his retirement in 2010.

Donnie Brogna, Bentwater resident and Rice University scholarship winner, 1968 – 72

“My most memorable moments at Rice were probably the caliber of players we played against and the camaraderie we had with each other as we traveled by bus to the other conference schools.” said Brogna. “All the old timers remember that at that time Rice was part of the old Southwest Conference which had the likes of Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor and Texas Tech just to name a few. Several of the players we played against went on to distinguished careers in the professional ranks such as Burt Hooten, David Chalk and Balor Moore.”

Don Brogna played baseball at Rice University on a scholarship he received after graduating from Houston’s Sam Houston

Brogna earned bragging rights too. His team did something Rice University had NEVER done before – sweep a series from

An avid athlete all his life, you can find Frank on the links of the Weiskopf and Miller courses at Bentwater on a regular basis. Frank and his wife, Jean, frequently play in couple’s golf tournaments and recently returned from a tournament in the Dominican Republic.

Don Brogna, suited up at Rice

the University of Texas Longhorns. It was known as one of the biggest upsets ever in Southwest Conference baseball. An article from the Houston Chronicle the day following the game stated, “Right fielder Donnie Brogna may have saved things for the Owls in the third inning, cutting down Langerhans (Longhorn) at the plate to end a two-run uprising. It was the third time in SWC play that Brogna has thrown out a runner trying to score.” Brogna and his wife, Pam, often join McKeown and his wife, Jean, to catch a game when Rice plays Sam Houston or Texas A&M. Keep in mind these former Rice athletes weren’t just great on the baseball field, they were, and still are, smart too. Rice University is ranked 17th in the nation out of 1,800 colleges and universities and has an acceptance rate of just 17 percent. The stats were similar in the 1960s and ‘70s when Brogna and McKeown attended. It’s nice to know we share a community with such athletic brainiacs.

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Paul Rabuck really can sing and always gets the attention of the audience.


The instrumentalists were great.

Bentwater City Limit Gala. Director Keith Ann Gearn in action! A great fundraiser for American Cancer Society

They rocked Bentwater! Bentwater City Limits 2014 was a huge success! A record number of performers, musicians and attendees filled the Yacht Club for this spectacular event which raises money for the American Cancer Society. We also heard rave reviews concerning the wonderful food and service. Bentwater Club outdid itself with wonderful food and service, which complimented the talents of the Bentwater City Limits Band and performers. Guests found themselves singing and dancing each night. It would be hard to pick which night sang the loudest because many of the songs were chosen to "sing along." Our own Neil Diamond, Rob Edman, led the audience in "Sweet Caroline." The chorus brought memories of the New Christy Minstrels with their version of "Today" and "Green, Green." A group of beautiful ladies sang the big hit from the forties, "Dream" and brought back memories of the big band era. "Sunrise, Sunset" brought a tear to many eyes as did the men's quartet led by Jim Lindse when it sang "Tennessee Waltz."

What talented residents we have!

Bentwater City Limits, Allen Haight and Lou Leonard started the music fundraiser for American Cancer Society several years ago. Allan was a good Elvis impersonator.

Barbara Young gave attendance at the gala as a birthday gift to her daughter with Eva Sewell and Lew Powell. It was a great night for sharing.

Rock and Roll was a big part of the evening music as well. Dancing in the aisles to "Old Time Rock and Roll" by Kevin Parsley, "Blue Suede Shoes" sung by Jim Jones and then the country version of Rock and Roll, "Workin' Man Blues," sung by Paul Rabuck, had everybody singing along. Terry Sappenfield, Dick Morgan, Fred Kate and Jim Jones offered their rendition of "Sixteen Tons."

were too many singers, solos, duets, quartets and quintets to mention.

The message of City Limits 2014 came in the closing songs, "What a Wonderful World", "I Will Be Here" and "Wind Beneath My Wings." There

The singers and band wrapped up the shows with the theme of the City Limits Singers/Amen Chorus, "Put A Little Love in Your Heart," and that's exactly what people felt as they joined hands and stood and sang along. The entire group offered praise and support to the many in BCL 2014 struggling with cancer and those that have lost their battle. Lots of hugs, laughter, tears and memories helped make this an evening to remember for all.

Lew and Faye Powell, Director Keith Ann Gearn, Eva Sewell

Connie Smith with her group of music lovers



Antique Friends recently enjoyed the treat of touring the beautiful home of member Carla Cook. Carla shared a few funny stories about different pieces in her home and gave some wise advice about letting those you love know about the importance of some of your treasures. Members also enjoyed hearing from guest speaker, Shannon Reid, who is the head of the Historic Montgomery Business Association. Reid spoke about the latest happenings along with the demographics and growth of Montgomery. Visit her website for the latest happenings in Montgomery!




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The recent BLO meeting was all about fashion for the beautiful women who are members of the Bentwater Ladies Organization, some of whom were professional models at some time in their lives, and many others who have enhanced the runways of fashion shows for charities. They were all eager to see the latest fashions that can be purchased in one of Montgomery County’s newest shops, Hello Beautiful Boutique, owned by Judy Burks, former owner of Silk N’ Twigs Gifts. This showcase shop is located in the HEB center at the corner of SH 105 and Loop 336 West in Conroe. Offering fabulous jewelry from Brighton and Pandora as well as footwear, including Old Gringo Boots and Yellow Box shoes, the mainstay of their inventory is the latest in fashion from designers such as Joseph Ribkoff, Kenneth & Judy and Roben Lara. Drop by to shop ‘til you drop!

Elizabeth Gardner, Alta McCrehan, Annie Jo Blair

Diane Wingenbach, Doris Everette

Frances Neighbors, Janet Raper, Diane Hranicky

Mary Martin, Elizabeth Woods

Margie Brite, Pam Brogna, Sherrie McPherson, Beverly Smith

Marilyn Fellers, Bobbie Collins, Marty Derrick

Gail Kienle, Bonnie Osborne, Ellen Hart

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Pauline Tauer, Gail Easler, Cathy Wilson

BLO - This Month “April showers bring May flowers” (to Bentwater) just as the song goes; however Bentwater Ladies Organization brings a ray of sunshine when the club meets April 14. Houston comedian Chuck Montgomery will brighten the day and tickle your funny bone or maybe even provide a belly laugh when he performs for the group’s entertainment at the Yacht Club. Although he is a 32-year veteran of comedy in the Houston area, his material is fresh and clever. He has worked with several big name television stars such as Pat Paulson, Rosie O’Donnell and Ellen DeGeneres. Even Drew Carey opened for Mr. Montgomery before Carey was a well known artist. This is one program you won’t want to miss. Remember, It is not too early or late to sign up for the various BLO events, therefore, if you are new to the area and have an interest to participate in the organization’s activities, ask a member; they will be glad to assist. If you liked the recent style show and western programs, please let the program chairpersons, Dianne Wingenbach and Cathy Ramsey, know how much we appreciate all of their hard work!

Miyuki Eubanks and Anne Davis

Grace Walker, Dr. Linda Walker

Charlotte Fuller

Lynne Keener

Michelle Chiste

Pat Edwards

Holli Declemente – Moderator

Alice Bradley

Connie Smith, Lynne Keener

Judy Burks, Owner, Hello Beautiful Boutique

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Breakfast Buffet Tip of the Day: If you are part of a social, sports or civic group that meets on a regular basis in or around the country club, we highly recommend moving the meeting date to Friday mornings at the Crescent Grill to take advantage of the sumptuous breakfast buffet. It’s hearty and divine!


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Bentwater, Defining the Management Structure Meet Chad Mahlmann and Steve Seay

Steve Seay

Contributed by Bentwater resident Chris Uzelmeier

The Sales Center is the purview of Steve Seay, who is married to Greg Belin’s daughter Alison. You may recall that Greg Belin, son of Bruce and Mary Ann, had a role similar to that of Chad before he left in 2008 to pursue other interests. The intent of this article is to give Bentwater property owners a glimpse of the personal side of Chad and Steve. Chad graduated from Baylor University with a finance degree in 2001. His goal was to be a financial planner, and he worked for a year at Comerica Bank as a credit analyst to gain experience before being brought into the Belin corporate structure by his grandfather. During the years 2002-2006




With the passing of Bruce Belin in 2011, Bentwater has taken on a different management structure. The term “Developer” that we all used in reference to Mr. Belin is not appropriate anymore. Bruce’s widow, Mary Ann, is the CEO and President of Bentwater on the North Shore, and she is actively involved in major decisions. Day to day leadership and operations are the responsibility of Executive Vice President Chad Mahlmann, who is well qualified for this executive position, as he has walked many miles of Bentwater side-by-side with Bruce Belin for more than a decade, learning from the master, as they say. He is the son of Bruce and Mary Ann’s daughter Laurie.


Chad Mahlmann

he worked alongside Bruce Belin at the Richmond office as well and continued to learn a great deal from him. Chad is married and has three children. Steve earned a BS in Industrial Distribution Engineering at Texas A&M in 1998. He worked first for Square D Co. and then for Trane and was enjoying living in Denver when his father-in-law invited him to join the business in 2002. His introduction to Bentwater was on the club operations side, and his first assignment was to start-up, program and operate the Bentwater Sports Club. Through the years Steve assimilated into many other Bentwater operations including construction management, project operations and his current role as Director of Sales & Marketing for Bentwater Sales Corp. Steve and his wife also have three children. Chad and Steve began working together in Bentwater in 2006, and over the ensuing years, they have been cross-trained in all of the Bentwater operations. While they are open to future commercial and residential development ventures, the current focus is clearly on making Bent-

water the best it can be. The crown jewel is the Country Club and golf courses, and the Belin family intends to manage these assets themselves for the foreseeable future. There is a Master Plan of capital improvements, and $750k per year has been plowed back into the Club facilities over the last three years. Examples include bulkhead replacement on the golf courses, replacement of irrigation controls on the Miller and Weiskopf courses, golf course drainage projects, cart path replacement and new tennis courts. Look for major clubhouse renovations in the near future. With more than 1,800 homes standing and an ultimate platted space for nearly 3,000 homes, Bentwater offers a huge captive market. Special event dinners are being held at the Yacht Club to utilize this beautiful facility more, and this will continue and expand as long as it makes business sense. Steve has played many roles in the development and operations of Bentwater and has a good hold on the special projects and workings of the organization. He is a man of many talents. Chad is a seasoned executive, albeit young. He is enthusiastic and well trained. We should feel confident about him being at the helm of Bentwater. He has made a concerted effort to upgrade the key managers, and the entire operation appears to be on an upward track. Please take the opportunity to say hello to Chad and Steve if you see them out and about the community, and let them know how much we all love Bentwater!

Member Marie Hentges and her family enjoying their spa themed party

Bentwater Princesses creating beautiful works of art

Getting your feet “summer ready”

Spring in the Spa Swimsuits, sandals, and skincare! Spring is the perfect time to start preparing for summer! Bentwater Day Spa has everything you need to get yourself ready for the sun and fun. Full Body Exfoliation It is perfect for removing your dry, dull, lifeless dead skin and preparing you for short sleeves and sundresses. Spa Pedicures Prepare your feet for those fashionable flip-flops! They have a large color selection in traditional polish and shellac. Shellac polish lasts up to four weeks without chipping, peeling or fading, even around the pool. Skin Care Booking an appointment now with skincare specialists will ensure you always put your best face forward. Whether you want to correct previous sun damaged skin, or you want to pre-

vent sun damage, our estheticians will get you started on the road to a radiant complexion. Spray Tanning This is the perfect solution to getting a sun kissed look without the sun. Expertly applied by technicians, you will look like you just got back from a week at St. Bart’s, without sacrificing your skin. Private Spa Parties Bentwater Ladies have discovered the fun and convenience of letting Bentwater Day Spa plan their party. With a variety of themes, locations and mini spa services available, you can design the day of your dreams. They also do birthday parties for girls of all ages. You relax and enjoy your friends while they handle the food, games, goody bags, photos and more. To schedule a private party or any of Bentwater Day Spa services, call 936-597-2260.



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A Long Road in a Small World

FITNESS CHALLENGE If you’ve noticed some of your neighbors looking extra trim and fit in 2014, maybe it’s because they took the 2014 Fitness Challenge at the Fitness Club. The 2014 Bentwater Fitness Challenge was a super charged six week format. The Challenge began on Monday, January 6 and ended on Sunday, February 16. The goal was for the participants to keep track of all healthy activities and food choices and make it a permanent part of their life. All individuals were assessed by having their body measurements, weight and BMI (% of body fat to lean muscle ration) taken. These measurements were also repeated at the end to gauge results. There were two parts to the challenge, Individual Performance and Team Performance. The overall vibe of the challenge was positive and upbeat. Six weeks of intense focus is a great way to kick-start your year. The intention of the six week time period is to get the participants motivated and set off them on the right track while not burning them out at the same time.

Cindy Hoffman and Micki Tichacek


Here are the results: Collectively all the 2014 Team Challengers: Lost 192.1 lbs. Lost 63.99% total body fat Lost 152.75 total inches The individual winners are: 1st Place: Fran Milburn 2nd Place: Collen Turnus 3rd Place: Jane Hough 4th Place: Pat Eckdahl 5th Place: Biddy Scharnberg Team Winner: Mission Slimpossibles

Team Highlights: Mike Jones – Most Valuable Male – For coming to all challenges and workouts Liz Jones – Most body fat lost 6.2% Biddy Scharnberg – Most inches lost 10.75 Dick Drewelow – Most weight lost 16 lbs. Congratulations to all who participated – everyone was a winner for showing discipline, determination and commitment. Great job Bentwater Fitness Challengers!!

astern Nebraska is like Iowa – corn everywhere, with many small villages on the map where family farmers once lived. Most farms have been sold and aggregated into large enterprises. The villages and towns seem to have little purpose any more as farm families have moved to the big cities, a process that began in the 1940’s. One such left-over town is Waterbury, near the South Dakota border, about 20 miles west of Sioux City. You’ll look a long time to find someone who’s ever been there or lived there – unless you look here in Bentwater. By random luck, Cindy Hoffman and Micki Tichacek ended up living next door to each other, but their connection runs deeper than just being Bentwater neighbors. Micki was born in Emerson, NE, but lived most of her youth in Waterbury. The family owned a roadside oasis on Hwy 20, with auto services, a restaurant and bar. This was the kind of place where no one cared that Micki and her sisters pumped gas, split blocks in the icehouse, served hamburgers, fried chicken, poured beer and collected money once they reached 10 years of age.

Cindy spent her youth in Emerson also, but was younger to the extent that the two girls never had a reason to meet in that part of Nebraska. Cindy still has a 3rd generation family farm near Emerson. It is being operated by a 4th generation family of farmers who have farmed this land for more than 40 years. Cindy’s parents knew Micki’s parents and the four would get together often and play cards. These four were favorite friends to each other. Sometimes they got together in Emerson. Another frequent meeting place was the Buzz-Saw Bar in Waterbury, the only business which has survived there until today. Another meeting place was the roadside station operated by Micki’s family; it has not survived. The two families were such close friends that Cindy’s grandparents took in Micki’s sister for a year so that she could finish her senior year in the high school she had been attending. Here in Bentwater it took several get-togethers and several glasses of wine before Cindy and Micki uncovered these coincidencescoincidences so unusual that one normally doesn’t steer conversation toward such things…but they are glad they did!



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General Manager’s Dear Homeowners,

Interesting topics bring interesting crowds.

Dawn Cleboski

Pat Edwards and Miriam Hemmeline

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2014 Garden Club officers: Pat Edwards, Jeri Martin, Sherrie Waggoner, Barbara Crystal and Nancy Gilpin

“Surviving the Artic Vortex,” or “What Do We Do with This Mess Mother Nature Left Behind?” brought a packed house to a recent meeting of the Bentwater Garden Club. The gathering of more than 60 members filled the Yacht Club Harborview Room to hear the information on the needed clean up and salvation of our ice damaged plants, presented by Lucy Harrell, T.C.N.P., a professional gardener and landscape designer. Lucy provided members with information about the two kinds of yards in our Bentwater neighborhood; new gardens and yards with roots that are in the process of becoming established and those that are aged or mature. A common neighborhood problem discussed was the overgrowth of many yards where owners landscaped when homes were built and have not tended the needs relative to maturing plants as the gardens and beds have

Phillis Podlipny, Suzanne Horsley, Miriam Hemmeline

aged. Overgrowth and improper trimming does not allow for the beauty of the plants to be maximized. Pruning, proper trimming, cutting back mature plants, changing from chemical support of lawns and beds to organic materials were all topics discussed. The annual and inappropriate trimming of crepe myrtles that is professionally known as “crepe murder” and is commonly done in the south, was unanimously given a big NO. A beautiful slide show of gardens was shown and member interaction was lively. Laughter, refreshments, and a sharing of questions all provided a warm sense of camaraderie. Gifts of appreciation were presented to Miriam Hemmeline, Phyllis Podlipny, Suzanne Horsley and Joyce Alff for their leadership roles and service to the club last year. Bentwater Garden Club meets the first Thursday of each month at 2 p.m., during February-May and September-December. New members are always welcome. Membership dues are $15 per year. Please contact Pat Edwards for more information at 936-449-6139.

When you decided to build or buy a home in Bentwater, you did so because it would offer you the lifestyle you wanted with beautiful scenery, state-of-the art facilities, and of course, fabulous golf courses. Keeping Bentwater beautiful takes the hard work of our amazing employees and you, our responsible homeowners.

The POA will put a violation sticker on any vehicle with a Bentwater sticker if it is parked in the street under those circumstances, no exceptions. Fines are levied for this violation. Only guests of homeowners may park in the street and only if there is no space for them in the homeowner’s driveway. They must have a current valid pass on the dashboard of their vehicle.

While all deed restrictions are important, this month we want to reiterate the significance of parking.

All garage spaces should be used for parking of vehicles and not used for storage of any kind, including boats, jet skis, or trailers.

The POA has received more than a few comments from homeowners about neighbors who are not following the restrictions on parking in Bentwater. Please note the POA enforces the rules, regulations, and restrictions. Fines will be levied when warranted.

The POA issues decals for one vehicle per licensed driver living fulltime in the household.

Here’s what you need to know:

Remember, when we all work together to follow the rules, Bentwater stays beautiful!

Parking in Bentwater Do not park your vehicle in the street on a permanent or semipermanent basis, no exceptions. Do not park your vehicle in the street overnight.

Help Us Help You

We thank you for your cooperation in following these parking rules as we continue to enforce the restrictions on your behalf.

Best Regards, Dawn Cleboski POA General Manager

Nearly 300 Deed Restriction Violations… Seriously? Contributed by Dawn Cleboski, POA General Manager

There are currently nearly 300 deed restriction violations being addressed by The POA, many with outstanding fines, and several headed for lawsuits. When you moved into Bentwater, you agreed to abide by the deed restrictions, but somewhere along the way, many of you have lost the incentive to do so. We want to remind you, in adhering to the deed restrictions, it enhances the value of YOUR property. The POA has the responsibility of enforcing the deed restrictions. It’s not in your best interest to disregard the restrictions. Help us help you.



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Bentwater’s Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, reads, in part:

Have you been to Cozy Grape in Historic Downtown Montgomery? We have a great Sunday Brunch, 11am-3 pm. If you are looking for something to do for Easter, better call now!, Reservations recommended. Craft Beers & World Class Wines & of course, tea & coffee.

“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: A. Warning of a violation. David Cannan, Ready to Roll!


Requires current permit from the Country Club and licensed driver If cart is driven on the streets of Bentwater. No exceptions.

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


What are Your Plans for Easter Sunday? How about a fabulous Sunday Brunch @ “the Grape?” Reservations Recommended 832-461-9892. Not just another small town Wine Bar and Bistro, we’re your destination location! Closed on Mondays

Now serving Lunch

Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday 11 PM-2 PM

Dinner Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday 4 PM-10 PM

Friday-Saturday 11 AM-10 PM Sunday Brunch 11 AM-3 PM



Dr. Stark is a well-respected Otolaryngologist who has practiced in Montgomery County since 1988. He went to UT Medical School in San Antonio and trained in the US Navy Hospital at Bethesda outside of Washington DC. He has treated both military and civilians with hearing loss and can explain to you how your ears really work.

The presentation is totally free of charge and Dr. Stark and his audiologist Shayla Ferguson AuD will gladly answer questions. Dr. Stark is thrilled to have moved his practice from The Woodlands to the Lake Conroe area. He is equally happy to be associated with Dr. Ferguson who has 14 years of professional experience as a caring and listening Audiologist.

The marriage of Ellie Edman and Bryan Sullivan at Bentwater Yacht Club in 2011. Sullivan proposed to her on a boat outside Bentwater Marina in 2010.

Rhett Lanning Sullivan born on January 1, 2014 – Grandson of William and Sarah Edman who just moved into their new retirement home in Bentwater.

The lunch and learn event will held on February 18, 2014 from 11-1 at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club, Ltd. 200.00 Per Instrument on Oticon Hearing System (brought with-in 30 days of Seminar) Door Prizes Door Prizes Door Prizes | RSVP by February 14,2014 936-622-3774

For an appointment call 936-582-7000

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FOOD Learn how to cook beautiful, healthy Japanese food with new Bentwater resident MIYUKI EUBANKS, “Mi’s KITCHEN STUDIO”

Miyuki and her husband, Billy, recently moved to Bentwater from Calgary, Canada. She operated her Japanese cooking classes for the past four years in Canada. More than 200 Canadian ladies and even some guys enjoyed her class. Miyuki is very enthusiastic about sharing her ideas on how to cook healthy Japanese food. She will demonstrate quick and easy ways to prepare these delicious dishes.


Happy students of Miyuki’s cooking class

Bentwater Resident and LCCN President Terry Bowi

A packed house at one of LCCN’s recent community forum

Please visit her WEBSITE: New Bentwater Resident Billy and Miyuki Eubanks

Lake Conroe Communities Network recently held a forum to allow citizens to meet candidates running for Montgomery County Judge and State Representative, District 16. On most people’s minds was how candidates would address water supply issues in Montgomery County.

Candidates took questions and helped residents better understand their platforms before they voted in the March Primary Election.


A Bentwater resident has been hoping to find the owner of a piece of jewelry she found earlier this year on Edgewood between Ruskin Drive and Melrose. If you are missing a piece of jewelry, give us a call here at the POA office at 936-597-5532.

Colorful Ball Salad

Low calorie shrimp entrée

Miso Paste Walnut Dumpling Dessert

Library Book Sale The Friends of Willis Library is hosting its semi-annual book sale, with all revenue going right back to the library.

If you have any books to donate, you may drop them off at the library at any time. If you want to find some great deals on books, paperback books will be on sale for

$.50 and hardbacks will be $1.00. Friends of Willis Library Book Sale Friday, April 25, from 9 am - 5 pm Saturday, April 26, from 9 am - 2 pm R.F. Meador Branch Library, FM 1097, Willis Support the library and save, save, save!


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April Bentwater Life (Chinese Style) - L to R: Seated: Leader Marilyn Fellers, Deanne Borden. MAH JONGG GROUP Standing: Pat Herring, Sue Kolski, Martha Haskell, Barb Ori, Sandy Wagner, Linda Ciaramitaro, Jeanie Rogerson, Helen Tripp, Kay Carpenter, Tomasyne Williams, Kathy Linse, Pam Neuhau



MAH JONGG The Many Faces of Mah Jongg Contributed by Bentwater POA General Manager Dawn Cleboski

This writer knows nothing about Mah Jongg, although in all fairness, had a preconceived notion that it was much like any domino game, also of which this writer knows nothing about. Much to my surprise, there are multiple types of Mah Jongg Chinese version, American version and many others.

Chinese Style Tiles

MAH JONGG GROUP (American Style)- Sue Kolski, Pat Sheridan, Kathy Pines, Pam Neuhaus, Kay Carpenter, Barb Ori, Tomasyne Williams, Sandy Wagner, Deanna Borden, Marilyn Fellers, Martha Haskel, Jeanie Rogerson, Linda Ciaramitaro, Helena Tripp, and Ellen Neeland

I found out about this when I noticed several women at the country club having the time of their lives, laughing and enjoying each other, all the while playing what appeared to be an extremely complicated game, although they seemed at ease with it. The domino type tiles at one table were not the same as the tiles on the other table. I asked why and that is when I found out about the multiple types of Mah Jongg. During my brief lesson, I found out that it is a game that originated in China and is commonly played by four players. The game and its regional variants are widely played throughout Eastern and Southeastern Asia and have a small following in Western countries. Similar to the Western card game rummy, Mah Jongg is a game of skill, strategy and calculation and involves a degree of chance. Still, it’s all Greek to me‌



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Bentwater Marina offers fun kayaking excursions.





The Bentwater Marina is your one-stop-shop for water fun, excursions, educational events and numerous watercraft services. The Marina offers boat detailing, oil changes, battery jumps and winterizing services, just to name a few. It also provides daily, monthly, three-month and annual slip rates.

Educational Wine Seminar

Friday, April 11 The first of a four part wine seminar series, also known as Wine 101, is a great way to learn about the characteristics of wine. This intro class is only $25. After completing all four classes in the series, you will advance to “blind tasting” and certainly be able to impress your friends!

• Most major insurance accepted • We will file your insurance • Digital x-rays and state of the art dental equipment WWW.LAKEAREAPEDIATRICDENTIST.COM


15320 Highway 105 W. | Suite 114 | Montgomery, TX 77356


The Marina has two special events this month that you won’t want to miss.


Kayaking Excursion

Saturday, April 12 How about a nice kayaking excursion on a beautiful spring day? The kayaking trip will leave the Marina at 9am and last 2-3 hours. Admission is $20 if you bring your own kayak, or $40 if you’d like to rent one from the Marina. A box lunch will be provided. For more details about these events or any of the services provided by the Marina, call 936-597-2556 or 936-597-6219.



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GOLF – LGA Lorraine Tally and Angela Stokes having fun as partners.

THIRD FLIGHT WINNERS: 1st Net = Judy Weiss & Donna Hagan 2nd Net = Clara Clark & Sherri Hicks 1st Gross = Biddy Scharnberg & Pat Wagner 2nd Gross = Rita Kimball & Janet Carr

Fourth Flight Winners

LGA Mini Member Winners First Flight: 1st Net = Tani Traver and Lydia Morris, 2nd Net = Soy Butler and Karen Koerner, 1st Gross = Darlene Bumstead and Lindy Way, 2nd Gross = Diana Henigan and Kathy Catlett,

Ladies having fun on a wintry golf outing Feb.8th,2014

Soy Butler & Karen Koerner

Second Flight: 2nd Gross = Liz Jones and Connie Landgraf Good job ladies!

Mona Rudiger, Gerry Gisler, Linda Zoeliner and Lynne Tolles having fun on a wintry day at bentwater

SECOND FLIGHT WINNERS: 1st Net = Linda Baker Claudia Riedlinger, 2nd Net =Julie Blackburn and Patti McGraw, 1st Gross = Jerrie Stewart and Mary Krenek, 2nd Gross = Liz Jones

Lyn Hullinger and Jan Talley enjoying the day

Barbara Bowe, Marina Gladstone, Janita Love and Eileen Holbert

Pam Dillard , Debby Capps, Carol Cecchini and Beryl Korb

Winners, Rita Kimball, Janet Carr, Judy Weiss and Donna Hagan

FOURTH FLIGHT WINNERS: 1st Net = Janita Love & Eileen Holbert, 2nd Net = Linda Ferguson & Lynn Riley(no picture), 1st Gross = Barbara Visage & Linda Pierce, 2nd Gross = Mona Rudiger & Gerry Gisler

Joey Ponto, June Shane, Cindy Reaves and Mary Botkin

The Historian Faye Powell and Twin Eva Sewell out on course taking pictures

Kathy Sisco, Barbara Visage, Linda Pierce and Charla Marlatt

Winners Hoosier friends,* Darlene Bumstead,* Lindy Way, Donna Moore and Connie Kirk



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Rodgers Stein Chiropractic Center

Men’s Golf Association Follow Us on Facebook

It has been a busy time for the MGA in spite of the weather. They have been trading equipment, buying equipment, practicing, playing, competing, eating, drinking… wow, what a rough life!

A good time was had by all.

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

• Back Pain • Numbness & Tingling


And on top of it all, the association recently had its annual financial review/audit performed by esteemed CPA and MGA member, Steve Parkhill, on a voluntary basis. The results were favorable and it was noted that the books were well maintained, thanks to Wayne Stockebrand.

• Legs & Hip Pain • Headaches

Alton Fisher,CPA Steve Parkhill, Wayne Stockebrand

MGA board meeting with John Stebbins, Club GM, and Johnny Walker, Golf Superintendent

Ron Botkin, Clint Ables, Blair Smith – Chowing down on Chef ’s great beef stew

Chiropractic Care for Families including Pregnancy and Pediatrics

“Where Healthy Living Makes a Happy Life” Most Insurance Accepted • New Patients Welcomed Joe Moore at golf practice facility

More food

936-441-9990 • Metro 2253 North Loop 336 West, Suite C, Conroe, Texas 77304 Located in The Highlands Office Park Same day appointments available

Owen Dale, Parkhill, Stocketbrand talking audit numbers or golf ?

Brock finally has all scores recorded

Staff hard at work computing scores

MGA officers handing out door prizes





Main speaker, John Stebbins, Country Club Manager

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Bentwater Country Club Manager John Stebbins was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Men of Bentwater. MOBsters enjoyed learning the details of running our amazing Country Club.


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You may be eligible for a reduction on our homeowner’s insurance premium Contributed by Bentwater Neighborhood Watch Program – Bob Hook

The Montgomery County Sheriff ’s Office Crime Prevention Division performs home inspections that may result in the homeowner being eligible for a reduction on the homeowner’s insurance premium. To learn more about this community service program, visit www.mocosheriff. com and click on Crime Prevention; scroll down to Crime Prevention Programs and click on Home Inspections – Insurance Discount. View the crime prevention methods that are required to receive the cost reduction.

Bob Oakes opening the meeting

Once you meet the requirements, contact the Sheriff ’s Office Crime Prevention Division at 936-760-5871 to schedule an appointment for your home inspection by a deputy who is state certified to perform a quick and free home inspection that could save you up to 20 percent on your homeowner’s insurance premium.

Jim Linse giving Robert Miner a door prize

david norwood homes 27 years of experience building quality family homes in neighborhoods in

and around houston now building custom homes in

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PERFORMING ARTS SOCIETY (MCPAS) A Full Calendar of a Wide Variety of Events Montgomery County Performing Arts Society Board Member, Mary Smith, was recently heard telling event attendees about the wide variety of performances that MCPAS offers to our area’s residents. Among the 2014 calendar was Missoula Children’s Theatre, Anything Goes, A Musical, Young Texas Artists Concert and Awards, and Kenny Centera’s Chicago Experience. Bentwater Resident and MCPAS Director at Large, Shirley Pruitt, was excited about the May 31st performance of Mark Chesnutt, one of her favorite singers.

The Thrasher family comes to Bentwater from West Africa! This picture was taken on a beach just before they left Accra, Ghana in West Africa. The Thrashers lived in Jakarta, Indonesia before Africa for five years and two years in Africa. They are happy to be back in Texas and we are glad to have them!

Bentwater is pleased to welcome Brandie and David Johnston to our community. The Johnstons come to us from Spring, Texas. Brandie is a nurse at the V.A. in Conroe and David is the finance manager at Cowboy KIA. They have three daughters: Tyler, 14, Reighgan, 8, and Samantha, 6. We are so glad they are here.

Bentwater POA General Manager Dawn Cleboski; Montgomery County Commissioner, Pct. 2, Craig Doyal; and Shirley Pruitt, Director at Large, Montgomery County Performing Arts Society

Mark Chesnutt at the Crighton Theater in Conroe May 31st Tickets - $33 Students $43 Individual Tickets


ABOUT OTHERS A Safe Driving Movement

By now we hope you have joined our new, safe driving movement: Think About Others. All you need to do is tape a notecard to your dash board that simply reads: THINK ABOUT OTHERS! We are happy that Trish and Andy Rhoads have decided to call Bentwater home. They have lived in various parts of the country while working in the oil industry and most recently lived in Egypt for a year and a half. How exciting!

Every time you look at it you will be reminded that driving a

vehicle comes with more responsibility than just making sure you “arrive alive” to your destination. When you see the note, you will remember that there are many others in the community whose lives could be affected when you don’t drive safely. These notecards are available at the POA office. Remember, the speed limit on the interior streets of Bentwater is 25 mph, and the speed limit on Bentwater Drive and Bentwood Drive is 35 mph. Focus on your driving.



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Meet the POA staff Geri Beiriger, Assistant General Manager

Geri joined the POA almost a year ago. She is the former CFO at Horseshoe Bay Resort, Marble Falls, Texas; General Manager of the Retreat of Artisian Lakes and Finance Manager of Hotel Intercontinental, formerly Kempinski International, based in Dallas, Texas. Geri Beiriger, POA Assistant General Manager

Geri’s duties include overseeing the financial and administrative operations of the POA.


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

Sunday Concert Series Rock the docks – Final Show, April 6

If you haven’t made it out to the Yacht Club to experience Sam’s “Rock the Docks” Sunday Concert Series, you have one chance left!

This amazing collaboration between the School of Music at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) and Bentwater starts at 3pm on Sunday, April 6. The final show will be the Faculty Showcase. Tickets are $50.

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North Shore Republican Women A recent general meeting featured Karen Watson, founder and president of She entertained and educated members and guests. A recent forum was for statewide candidates and featured three of the four candidates for Lieutenant Governor. A crowd of close to 350 residents attended the forum, which was co-sponsored by Lake Conroe Area Republican Women. The second was for candidates for County Judge, State Representative district 16, Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace, Railroad Commissioner and one candidate for U.S. Senate who could not attend the first forum. Attendance was estimated at 250.

Carolyn Jones, Sandi Katri, Carmen Lewis, Tim Parks, Jill Driscoll, Jennifer Robin, Barbara Jones, Sharon Minor

Rae Jean Young, Peggy Apple, Karen Lutzenberg, Wayne Mack, Katy Tucker, Jan Talle, Thelma Miller

Melissa Miller, Nancy Sappenfield, Faye Schlemme, Barbara Bowie, Valerie Gerbino

NSRW President Sharon O’Neil, State Rep. Cecil Bell, Jr., Pauline Tauer

Cay Eckland receives a Valentine rose from Judge Tracy Gilbert as Debra Marshall looks on

Dr. Linda Ann Walker, Lou Dycus and Martha Frances

Cay Eckland and Debra Marshall

The wine/cheese party was held for new and prospective members at the beautiful home of Pat Thomas in The Estates of Bentwater. Denise Baker, NSRW membership chairman, and other NSRW officers welcomed several women interested in our organization. Jane Brown, Linda Gregory, Ann Kate

Denise Baker, Pauline Tauer, Betty Ann Tolbert, Sandy Wagner, Elsie Larson, Diane Ragsdale, Sue Helterbran, Lis Woods

Elsie Larson, Diane Ragsdale and Sue Helterbran enjoy lunch during February meeting

Karen Pawlak, Rae Jean Young, Peggy Apple

Elsie Larson, Diane Ragsdale, Sue Helterbran, Denise Baker, Lis Woods, Pauline Tauer and Betty Ann Tolbert

Jenny Stewart, Dr. Wally Wilkerson, Montgomery County Republican Party Chair, POA General Manager Dawn Cleboski

Linda Harris and Claudia Riedlinger

Senator Robert Nichols and Phyllis Rainey

Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon, Jeanette Guttormeson, Sharon Jones

Irene Kerr and Brandon Creighton



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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:


Brian and Matt Perry

This month we are paying tribute to two brothers, Brian and Matt Perry, the sons of Bentwater residents Marshall and Patrice Perry.

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

Brian Perry, US Navy Seal

Brian and new bride, Amanda

Brian, the older son, is an E6 in the US Navy and is a Navy Seal with Team # 7. The 33 year-old joined the Navy when he was 19. He went in as an AT (Aviation Electronics Technician) and spent three years in Guam, a year in Norfolk and a year in Virginia Beach before he decided to try out for BUDS (Basic Underwater Demolition/Seal).

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.

Brian has since been on four deployments; two to Southeast Asia and two to the Middle East. He’s stateside at the present and just married Miss Amanda Smith, formally from Kingwood and Spring. The younger brother, Matthew Perry, is also an E6 in the US Navy and is a Cryptologist. He is 31 years old and joined the Navy when he was 21. He went in as an AE (Aviation Electrician's Mate) and spent the first three years in Jacksonville, FL before taking the test to become a Cryptologist.

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!

He serves as an expert in communication network defense and forensics.

Please send to:

Matt has two children, Lucas, 11, and Eden, 7, who live in Kokomo, IN. Matt with his two children

“He is now in the process of picking another duty station for the next three years, and it looks like he’ll pick Hawaii, much to my wife's encouragement. I believe she already has our first visit planned,” said Marshall Perry. We proudly salute Brian and Matthew Perry and thank them for their service to our country.

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• Preventive Dentistry • Neuromuscular Dentistry

• Implant Dentistry

• General Dentistry

• Cosmetic Dentistry • Facelift Dentures • Restorative Dentistry Jess N. Legg, III, D.D.S. 901 Hillcrest Conroe , Texas 77301 (936) 828-4831

• Tmj/tmd (Headaches) • Sleep Apnea Appliances (Eliminate Cpap)

Complimentary TMJ Consultation Coupon may not be combined with any other offer. Offer valid with coupon only. Call to make your appointment TODAY!

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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 borders of our own soil, but also on the soil of weaker nations, helping to extend and strengthen the 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: Eric Davis Army Carlos LaFayette Army

WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. If you are a current or former member of our military, we would like to add you to our register. Contact: or 936-597-5532.


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Your source for golf carts, parts, accessories and service Turf • Industrial Golf Vehicles

Specializing in Custom Golf Carts Authorized Dealer

936-539-2554 Toll Free



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Left to Right – First Row: Nichole Gauthier, Montgomery County United Way VP of Investor Strategies, Jeanne Riddle, Mary Miller, Diana Green 2nd row: Wanda Begnaud, Peter Jordan , Steve Wright, Mike Crook, Stephen Hann, Jim Linse, Dawn Cleboski, Frank Almarez

Financing available through Sheffield Financial.

Specializing in Custom Golf Carts Turf • Industrial Golf Vehicles Authorized Dealer



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126 Rhodes Street, Conroe, Texas


Animal Medical and Surgical Clinic, LLC Across from Kroger 936-856-0200 9521 FM 1097 West Rd, Ste B Willis

LAKEVIEW Animal Clinic, LLC

Appointments offered all day Monday thru Friday 936-597-6039

17156 W. FM 1097 Ste. 12 Across from Bentwater

WESTERN HILLS Animal Medical And Surgical Clinic 936-582-4223

19380 HWY 105 West STE 514 in Montgomery

Dr. Shana Buchanan | Dr. Gerald Flottman Dr. James Kaaz | Dr. Laura Schwab



Dr. Bonnie Cameron, O.D.

Glaucoma Specialist, Licensed Opticians.

Appointments Available Online. Back To School Specials On Exams, Contacts And Glasses. Open Monday - Saturday 18438 Highway 105 West Suite A Montgomery, Texas Phone: 936-448-1200 Website:

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The Montgomery County Fair Association needs volunteers to help with judging Junior Non-livestock competitions. Would you like to offer your taste buds to help judge the baking competition, or offer an artistic eye when it comes to selecting the best paintings and handmade quilts? If you would like to volunteer, call 713-254-5100, or send an email to

WISE WORDS OF WAYNE BERGSTROM Wayne Bergstrom was a renowned football coach. Before his passing, someone asked him what advice he’d give a young coach. His response was these three things: DEVELOP A PLAN LISTEN TO THE PLAYERS TEACH THE FUNDAMENTALS While Bergstrom’s advice had to do with being an effective

leader on the football field, wouldn’t you agree these are great things we should strive to do in our lives as well? Whether you’re a leader at your job, a board member of an organization, or a parent raising small children, the wise words of Wayne Bergstrom are great words to live and lead by. Thank you Wayne for continuing to inspire us all!

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Mistakes New Runners Make

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Running seems to be one of the easiest exercises available, yet many are not doing it perfectly. No wonder why many people suffer injuries and other problems. The point here is that running is not simply placing one foot ahead of the other. It is more than meets the eye.

So to get you started, here are 5 of the most common mistakes new runners make. Knowing these things will enable you to develop your running noticeably. 1. NOT BEING REALISTIC WITH THEIR GOAL

Running without a goal is a useless endeavor. Most new runners tend to create goals by distance and not by “goal time.” In this case, people running by miles will only have a propensity to be frustrated, exhausted, and worn out. It would be better if they will run by goal time, and not by distance. In this way, new runners can realistically foresee an achievable goal.


Running is not all about speed. It is not even your goal. It is more about how you will be able to build fitness. Hence, running too fast will only make you wince with pain and when everything seems to be too painful to bear, you will simply give up and never make it to the finish line. 3. NO COACHES PLEASE!

Just because running is such a natural state of activity that is innate with humans, new runners will tend to avoid further coaching. New runners believe it is within their capacity and skill to run. What they do not know is that people cannot instantly adapt to the demands of running. 4. IT PROBABLY JUST HURTS!

Most new runners fail to see the reality of possible muscle pains within the first two minutes of running. They thought that at any point in time, they can start running and everything will go on smoothly. Of course, almost 60% of new runners had complained about leg pains and fatigue. This is because their bodies had not been properly conditioned for such activities. It is imperative that they get on the right track first before they even decide to start running. 5. PRESSURES! PRESSURES!

New runners are always pressured to keep everything perfect all of a sudden. When they do this, they tend to put a strain on their ability to run correctly. Keep in mind that pressures can put a strain on your muscles, thereby creating stiffening sensations on the area. This will only contribute to possible leg pains. If you are just starting to run, better take it slow! Now that you know the common mistakes new runners commit, it is imperative that you keep away from doing these things. Article Source:

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are You Prepared

for the Unexpected? Written by Edward Jones

Obviously, the word “unexpected,” by definition, implies an unlimited number of possibilities. However, at different stages of your life, you may want to watch for some “expected” unexpected developments. For example, during your working years, be prepared for the following: Emergency expenses — If you needed a major car or home repair, could you handle it? What about a temporary job loss? These events are costly — especially if you are forced to dip into your long-term investments to pay for them. To help guard against these threats, try to build an emergency fund containing six to 12 months’ worth of living expenses, held in a liquid, low-risk account. Investment risk and market volatility — Extreme price swings are unpredictable, and they can affect your investment success. To defend yourself against wild gyrations in the market, build a diversified portfolio containing quality investments. Long-term disability — One-third of all people between the ages of 30 and 64 will become disabled at some point, according to the Health Insurance Association of America. Disabilities can be economically devastating. As part of your benefits package, your employer may offer some disability insurance, but you may need to supplement it with private coverage.


When you’re working to achieve your financial objectives, you will encounter obstacles. Some of these can be anticipated — for example, you won’t be able to invest as much as you want for retirement because you have to pay for your mortgage. Other challenges can’t be easily anticipated, but you can still plan for them — and you should.

about how much you withdraw each year from your various retirement and investment accounts. Need for long-term care — If you had to stay a few years in a nursing home, the cost could mount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. These expenses could jeopardize your financial security, so you’ll need to protect yourself. You could “self-insure,” but as that would be extremely costly, you may want to “transfer the risk” to an insurance company. A financial professional can help explain your choices. None of us can foresee all the events in our lives. But in your role as an investor, you can at least take positive steps to prepare for the unexpected — and those steps should lead you in the right direction as you move toward your important goals.

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Premature death — None of us can really predict our longevity. If something happens to you, would your family be able to stay in your home? Could your children still attend college? To protect these goals, you need adequate life insurance. As you approach retirement, and during your retirement years, you may want to focus on these challenges: Living longer than expected — You probably don’t think that “living longer than expected” is necessarily a bad thing. However, a longer-than-anticipated life span also carries with it the risk of outliving your money. Consequently, you may want to consider investment solutions that can provide you with an income stream that you can’t outlive. Also, you’ll need to be careful


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efiting Holly Gilstrap and Family. Shows begin at 7 pm each night. Tickets can be purchased at the Country Club for $40.

Calendar of Events End of March March 26 – 28 Wednesday – Friday -BENTWATER – Golf Academy’s Beginner Golf School Part II at the Bentwater Practice Facility – 9 to 11 am March 27 Thursday -BENTWATER – Game Night at the Country Club – Bridge and Canasta – 6 pm March 28 Friday -BENTWATER – Callaway Demo Day at the Bentwater Practice Facility – 10 am to 2 pm March 28 Friday -One Night with Elvis! and the band, Fever, at Crighton Theatre in Conroe. Tickets are$37; show begins at 7 pm March 28 Friday -Montgomery County Choral Society Spring Concert at First United Methodist Church in Conroe. Performance begins at 7:30pm. Guest Artist: Ashly Neumann, Young Texas Artist Vocal Winner. March 28 – 29 Friday and Saturday -BENTWATER – Hope for Holly Country and Western Show at the Yacht Club ben-

March 29 Saturday -BENTWATER – Annual Lake Conroe Trash Bash – 9 to 11 am March 29 Saturday -Montgomery County Performing Arts Society presents Kenny Cetera’s “Chicago Experience” at Crighton Theater in Conroe. Tickets are $33 - $43. Show starts at 7:30 pm. March 29-30 Saturday and Sunday -Enjoy Springfest in Old Town Spring, all day! Experience craft beer, wine and fabulous music.


-BENTWATER- Ping Demo Day at the Bentwater Practice Facility – 10 am to 2 pm April 4 Friday -Giving Goes Glam. Junior League of North Harris and South Montgomery Counties is teaming up with Interfaith of The Woodlands to host an ultra glam style fashion show. For show times and ticket info, call 281-376-5754. April 4-6 Friday – Sunday -Owen Theatre presents Inherit the Wind. A science teacher in a small Tennessee town defies the law when he teaches evolution to his students. His case prompts a renowned fundamentalist politician/lawyer to offer services as the prosecuting attorney. Friday and Saturday’s shows begin at 8 pm; Sunday’s show begins at 2 pm.

April April 1-30 All Month -BENTWATER - Spring Specials in the Day Spa April 2 – 4 Wednesday - Friday -BENTWATER- Beginner Golf School at the Practice Facility – 9 to 11 am April 3 Thursday -BENTWATER- Birthday Night at the Country Club – 5 to 9 pm April 3 - 5 Thursday - Saturday -2014 Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale at South County Community Center, 2235 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands. On Thursday, doors are open from 5 – 8 pm; 9 – 4:30 pm on Friday and 9 to noon on Saturday. April 4 Friday

April 4 – 13 Starting Friday -57th Annual Montgomery County Fair. The MoCo Fair Association is hosting this annual 10 day event to allow youth to display their projects in a public setting, while having fun. Come out and enjoy live shows, games, educational exhibits, a rodeo and so much more. For the full line-up of events, call 936 -760 -3631. April 4-5 Friday and Saturday -BENTWATER -13th Annual American Cancer Society Serve-Up-A-Cure Tennis Festival April 4 Friday -8th Annual H-Town Blues Festival at Reliant Arena. Head out to Reliant Arena for a night full of blues as Willie Clayton, Millie Jackson and others rock the house! This is one blues festival you do not want to miss. Tickets start at $47.50 and are available at ticketmaster. com. Parking is $10. Show time is 7 pm.


April Bentwater Life April 5 Saturday -2014 Monster Energy Drink AMA Supercross at Reliant Stadium. Come and experience the thrill like never before! Tickets start at $15 and are available at Parking is $10; Show time is 7 pm. April 5 Saturday -Lone Star First Saturday in Montgomery. Everything is homemade, handmade or homegrown. This farmers’ market is nestled under the trees at the Old Community Center in Historic Downtown. Event is open from 9 am to 2 pm. April 5 – 6 Saturday and Sunday -High Caliber Gun and Knife Show at the Lone Star Convention Center. Parking is free and admission is $8 per person. For more information, call 281-331-5969 April 5 – 6 Saturday and Sunday -Experience the Texas Bluebonnet Wine and Cheese Trail, between I – 10 and Highway 290. The trail offers visitors spectacular views and award-winning wines in Southeast Texas. For more details, go to April 6 Sunday -2nd Annual Houston Barbecue Festival at Reliant Park. If you are a BBQ fanatic, then this is the event for you. This event recognizes the hard work and talents of the owners and pit-masters that makes Houston BBQ great. General Admission is $50; VIP admission is $90. Parking is $10. April 6 Sunday -Annual Wine Dinner and Auction at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Event begins at 5 pm; tickets $200 per person. For more information call 281-363-3300.

April 6 Sunday -BENTWATER - Couples’ Golf Tournament on the Weiskopf Course – 1 pm Shotgun April 7 Monday BENTWATER - American Cancer Society Golf Tournament on the Weiskopf Course – 9 am Shotgun April 9 Wednesday -BENTWATER- Ladies’ Canasta Game Day at the Country Club – 11:30 am April 9 Wednesday -Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presents Arcade Fire in concert. Show time is 7:30 pm. Tickets are $60.50 for reserved seating and $30.50 for lawn seats. April 10 Thursday -BENTWATER- Game Night at the Country Club: Bridge and Canasta – 6 pm April 10 Thursday -Library Friends of Conroe Spring Book Sale from 4:30 pm – 8 pm at the Central Library in Conroe. Library Friends of Conroe wants to raise $6,000 during this event. Admission is free and there will also be a silent auction of books. Books are priced from 50 cents to $2. April 10 Thursday -Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presents Kings of Leon in concert. Show time is 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $32 - $65. April 11 Friday -BENTWATER- Wine Educational Seminar - Wine 101 in the Yacht Club’s Harborview Room – 6 pm


April 11 Friday -Conroe Art Gallery Exhibit Reception from 5- 8 pm. Wine and appetizers will be served from 5 – 8 pm. Meet and mingle with the artists. For more information, call 936- 756-9572. April 12 Saturday -Hobby Center, Houston presents A Legend: Sai Jin Hua at Sarofim Hall. Show begins at 7 pm. April 12 Saturday -BENTWATER- Kayaking Excursion from the Marina – 9 am April 12 Saturday -Children’s Safe Harbor Fundraiser. Don’t miss casino night, a flavorful dinner and a silent auction at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center. Call 936-7564644 for more information. April 12 Saturday -Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presents Spyro Gyra and Lee Ritenour in concert. Show begins at 8 pm. Tickets start at $15. April 13 Sunday -Hobby Center, Houston presents Celtic Women at Sarofim Hall. Show begins at 3 pm. April 17 Thursday -BENTWATER - Northwoods Interclub on the Weiskopf Course – 9 am Shotgun April 16 – 20 Wednesday – Sunday -Don’t miss Disney on Ice at Reliant Stadium. Tickets start at $16 each; Parking is $10. For a full lineup of show times, visit




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April 17 Thursday -BENTWATER- Birthday Night at the Country Club – 5 to 9 pm April 18 – 20 Friday – Sunday -The “Original” Classic International Gem and Jewelry Show makes it way back to Reliant Center. The show features one-of-akind jewelry creations, exotic gems, beads, pearls and fine jewelry. Tickets are $8, cash only. No children under 8 are allowed in the show. April 18 – May 4 Starting Friday -Stage Right, Crighton Theatre presents Driving Miss Daisy. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $15 for students. Visit the Crighton Theatre website for show times. April 19 Saturday -BENTWATER - Swim Team Registration Begins April 19 Saturday -BENTWATER - Easter Fun Run and Egg Hunt at the Fitness Center – 8 am April 19 Saturday -BENTWATER - MGA Two-Man Shamble Golf Tournament on the Weiskopf Course – 9 am Shotgun April 19 Saturday - Easter EGGstravaganza at the Park in the Meadows – 4 to 6 pm

April 20 Sunday -BENTWATER - After Egg Hunt Family Burger Buffet at the Country Club – 5:30 to 8:30 pm April 20 Sunday -BENTWATER -Easter Brunch at the Yacht Club – 10 am to 2:30 pm April 23 Wednesday -BENTWATER - Short Game Clinic at the Practice Facility – 9 am to 12 pm April 23 Wednesday -BENTWATER - Ping Demo Day at the Bentwater Practice Facility – 10 am to 2 pm April 24 Thursday -BENTWATER - Game Night at the Country Club: Bridge and Canasta – 6 pm April 25-26 Friday – Saturday BENTWATER - LGA Member-Member Golf Tournament on the Miller Course – Tee times at 7:30 am & 9:30 am April 26 Friday -The Walking Dead Escape Tour at Reliant Stadium. Think you can survive a zombie apocalypse? Put your skills to the test as you run through obstacles and navigate around the zombie horde that’s lurking around every corner. For more information, call 800-745-3000.

April 26 Friday -Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presents Casting Crowns with Laura Story and Surprise Guest. Show starts at 7 pm; Tickets range from $22 - $78. April 26 Friday -The Assistance League of Montgomery County is hosting a Fashion Show at Trinity Episcopal Church. For more information, call 936-760-1151. April 27 Saturday -Cynthia Woods Mitchell presents Il Divo in concert. Show begins at 8 pm. Tickets range from $29 - $155. April 29 Tuesday -Setting the Sails for Summer” presentation by Merrill Lynch in the Yacht Club’s Harborview room-6:00pm -8:00pm Please RSVP to 936-520-5100 or by 4/18

Upcoming in May May 6 - 16 Starting Tuesday -Hobby Center, Houston presents Evita at Sarofim Hall. Show begins at 7:30 pm May 9 Friday -Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presents Carmen. Tickets are $20 for reserved seating and lawn seats are FREE courtesy of The Wortham Foundation. Show time is 8 pm. May 16 Friday -Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presents Dave Matthews Band in concert. Lawn seats are $40.50 and reserved seating starts at $75. Show begins at 7 pm.

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bookcases/shelves, $300.00. 561-212-3952 (Sue) 954-448-3807 (Jeff) FOR SALE: Beautiful white wood gazebo w/swing, located on lot next to 302 Woodside Lane. Bought in 2006. Refurbished in 2013. Buyer will need to arrange for transport. $2,500. Call (817) 480-0708, (817) 6585597 or e-mail: FOR SALE: Classic 1972 Oldsmobile 442 Two Door Convertible – 350 engine, three quarter cam, Rochester QuadraJet carburetor, auto transmission w/ shift kit, dual exhaust, A/C, Tilt P/S, P/B, power windows and top. Matching numbers. Refurbished to original condition last year. Rebuilt engine 10,000 miles. New Tires and shocks. $42,500 Call 936-689-3998

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