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The Official Publication of Bentwater POA

Life Apr i l 2 011

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April Bentwater Life

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ADVISORY BOARD

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President Melanie Gonzales

AREA DIRECTOR Patrick Wagener 936.228.3151 patrick@n2pub.com

Vice President Chad Mahlmann

Secretary/Treasurer David Regenbaum

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Connie Anderson Nicole Robinson

Terry Bowie

PUBLISHING ASSISTANT Lindsay Wagener

Al Franklin

John Joseph

EDITOR Dawn M. Cleboski

Blair Smith

Chris Uzelmeier General Manager

Entrance Department

Management

Maintenance Supervisor

Administration

Landscape Manager

Dawn M. Cleboski

Van Smith

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Valerie Overbeck Martha Sullivan Nancy Loy

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

Kerry Stephenson

Randy Broyles

Robb Hotchkiss Alex Chioini Marie Nowell Adrienne Jensen Kylie Martin

I M P O R TA N T P H O N E N U M B E R S

Brandon Newman

Bentwater Information Center 936.597.5700

Waste Management. Toll Free 1.800.553.1902

Bentwater Country Club 936.597.6219

MON TG OME RY COU N T Y

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 Montgomery County Fire Station #55: Non-emergency 936.597.5544 or 936.597.4455 Montgomery County Health Department 713.767.3000 or 936.539.7839

UTIL ITIES

Montgomery County Sheriff 936.760.5800

Sudden Link Cable 877.423.2743

H OSPITALS

Entergy 1.800.ENTERGY (1.800.368.3749)

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

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

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

DISCLAIMER: The paid advertisements contained within Bentwater Life are not endorsed or recommended by N2 Publishing or the Bentwater POA. Therefore, neither party may be held liable for the business practices of these companies. The Bentwater POA is also not responsible for any content of Bentwater Life except for that which they directly submitted for print. NOTE: When community events take place, photographers may be present to take photos for that may be used in this publication.


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

ASSISTED LIVING Silver Hills Inc. (936) 597-7377 www.silverhills.net

CHURCHES North Shore Church (936) 597-7000 www.churchonthenorthshore.org

ATTORNEY Law Firm of Arlynn K. Kelleher (936) 539-0634

COMPUTER SERVICES Keaton Computer Works (936) 647-7113

AUTO REPAIR Jud's Eurotypes (936) 756-4441 www.judseurotypes.com

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

CHILDREN'S APPAREL Rhinestone Cowgirl (936) 597-4114 www.rhinestonecowgirl.com

Brooks Harris Custom Homes (832) 592-9533 www.brooksharris.com

CHIROPRACTOR Rodgers.Stein Chiropractic Center (936) 441-9990 www.rodgerssteinchiropractic.com CHURCH North Shore Church (936) 597-7000 www.churchonthenorthshore.org

Energy Crafted Homes (713) 858-2672 www.energycraftedhomes.com Morris Builders (936) 597-5441 Timco Enterprises Inc (936) 718-7718 www.timcoenterprizeinc.com

DENTIST Conroe Dental Health & Cosmetic Center (936) 768-8115 www.drlegg.com

HOME FURNISHING/FURNITURE Bartholet Home Furnishings (936) 539-5666 www.bartholethomefurnishing.com

DDS Dentures & Dental Services (936) 760-1132 www.dentalservice.net

HOME MORTGAGE LoanStarr Mortgage (936) 448-4950 www.loanstarr.com

FLOORING, CARPET, HARDWOOD All Floors and More (832) 545-7069 www.allfloorstore.com

HOME REMODELING Rikman Services (936) 755-4660 www.rikmanservices.com

FUNERAL SERVICES Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home (936) 597-7300 www.shmfh.com

HOME REPAIR Rainbow International (936) 582-0968 www.rainbowintl.com/conroe

GROCERY/ BUTCHER Majkszak's Meat and Seafood Market (936) 756-6181 www.majkszaksmeatmarket.com

INTERIOR DESIGN Designed Interiors by Terri, LTD (936) 448-5000 www.designedinteriorsbyterri.com

HOME BUILDER Energy Crafted Homes (713) 858-2672 www.energycraftedhomes.com

Visual Coordinations (936) 441-8384

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MEDICAL - FAMILY Stone Creek Family Medicine (936) 582-0220 www.stonecreekfamilymedicine.com

PEST CONTROL Bug Stoppers (281) 363-3000 www.bugstopperspest.com

MORTGAGE SERVICES LoanStarr Mortgage (936) 448-4950 www.loanstarr.com

REAL ESTATE SALES Bentwater Sales Corporation (936) 449-5700 www.bentwater.com

NURSING HOME Silver Hills Inc. (936) 597-7377 www.silverhills.net

RESTAURANT Giovanni's (936) 588-4666 www.giovannismenu.com

PAINTING / DECORATIVE / FAUX FINISHING Elite Custom Finishes (936) 697-7028

The Pizza Shack (936) 597-9488 www.pizzashack.net

SPORTING EQUIPMENT Aftershock Sports Equipment (936) 582-0220 www.aftershocksports.com

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WINE & GIFTS Cork This (936) 597-4030 www.corkthiswinery.com

TREE SERVICE Custom Professional Tree Service (281) 733-7406 www.abrahamstrees.net VETERINARY CLINIC Lake Conroe Veterinary Group PC (936) 582-4223 www.lakeconroevet.com WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM Clear Solutions Services (936) 788-2100 www.csswater.com

Publisher’s Note We thank all of you who read Bentwater Life. It has been very well received with great participation from the community. We deeply appreciate those of you who let us know your thoughts and kind comments. You will soon see a new Sponsorship Index listing. This will be an opportunity for you to note the sponsors who purchase space in bentwater life so you in turn can support their businesses, a key component of the success of Bentwater Life. The for sale section is an area for you to place a free ad to sell and/or buy various and sundry items. The process to

place an ad is stated in that section. The ad will run only for one month. If you have not sold your item at the end of the month, you will need to re-enter the ad. Again, thank you for all the kind comments. Should you wish to recommmend anyone who you think would benefit by sponsoring space in BentwaterLife, please let us know. Thank you. Patrick Wagener Publisher, Area Director Email: patrick@n2pub.com 936-228-3151

Editor’s Note: In recent issues, the names of Charlie Hampton, Charlotte Heathcott, Pat and Sharon O’Neil and Martha Zilbermann were misspelled. Lesley Spencer and Betty Lou Morgan were not correctly identified. We regret the errors.


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Bentwater...

L to R: Margaret Hill, Kay Carpenter, Sandy Smith and Rita Malveaux

L to R: Shelley McCoy and Karen Walker

L to R: Bentwater Ambassadors from Bentwater Sales Corporation - Connie Stout and Gaye Watkins

The Beauty of Bentwater L to R: Pat Dinhoble, Kathy Sisco, Linda King

L to R: Cathy Wilson, Phillis Podlipny, Suzanne Horsley

L to R: Joy Smith, Karen Laukaitus, Dee Baethke and Christina Peter

L to R: Robin Yarborough, Judith King, Nancy Caillouet and Diane Wingenbach

L to R: Kathy Linse, Joyce Alff, Barbara Freeman and Barbara Mildren

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Bentwater Civic Association 2011 Board of Directors and Officers Seated: Bruce Fingerle, Charlotte Heathcott (Treasurer), Gene Colbert (President). Standing: Charlsie Rogge, Carl Herring, Ann Kate, Sue Helterbran (Secretary)

Generac G e n e r ato r S p e c i a ls to Be n t wate r Re si d e n t s

Terri Furce - President

Bentwater Electrician & Remodel Specialist

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Bentwater Ladies Organization Monthly Luncheon

BORN TO BE WILD! Joining The Melodies, a musical group from Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum, who sing and dance to the music from the 60’s is Bentwater’s own Karen Hamilton (leaning on the hood of the VW, second from left).

Bentwater Ladies Organization (BLO)

Is in Full Swing!

The Bentwater Ladies Organization activities are now in full swing. The antiques group had a luncheon that included a fabulous shopping trip The Art to Lunch group enjoyed the Antique Dolls at the Sam Houston Heritage Society in Houston and an exquisite lunch at Catalan afterwards. The dining groups are busily enjoying dinner out or at a lovely Bentwater home.

And that, my friends, is just a sampling of what’s happening in Bentwater this spring. At a recent meeting, BLO members heard from Dr. Jennifer Peterson, a dermatologist in the area. She talked about the advances in lasers for skin rejuvenation and injectable fillers like Botox and Dysport. She also told about recent advances in skin cancer detection, prevention and treatments. It was an informative session that every woman should hear.

On the second Monday in April, we will be entertained by The Melodies, a musical group from The Woodlands area who will treat us to singing and dancing from the 60’s. The luncheon will be on Monday, April 11th. It’s not too late to sign up. Just log onto the Bentwater website at www.bentwaterclub.com to reserve your spot or go to the phone right now and call the club at 936-597-6219 to make a reservation. Dress in 60’s fashions and come have the time of your life! After all, aren’t we all Born to be Wild as we Twist and Shout at Louie Louie while doing The Loco Motion on the way to taking a ride with Mustang Sally?

Looking ahead, the Businesswomen of Bentwater luncheon will be May 9th. This is one of the favorite luncheons of the year. Participating businesswomen who live in Bentwater adorn the luncheon tables with information about their business or perhaps items that they sell. Great musical entertainment will be provided by Zia J Music, coupled with a style show of the latest in golf and sports wear and lots of “bling” from the Bentwater Golf shop. Yes, the directories are out! The deadline to have your name in the directory was February 16th, but that doesn’t mean that it is too late to join BLO. There are still lots of events and happenings to take place this year and you will want participate. To join BLO, just log on to www.bentwaterladies.org. You will find a membership form with all of the information you need to join these dynamic women and become a member of this 500+ member organization.

Can you tell it’s Valentine’s Day?

The members of the 2011 Bentwater Ambassadors are: Bentwater Ladies Organization – Newcomers Committee: Owana Been Jill Cambern Sherry Coward Les Gotsch Lynne Tolles Bentwater POA General Manager: Dawn Cleboski Bentwater Country Club General Manager: Brandon Turner Bentwater Sales Corporation Sales Associates: Connie Stout Gaye Watkins Men of Bentwater President: Richard Sikes Bentwater Ambassadors wear a nametag to Bentwater events that reads: Bentwater Ambassador Ask me! They are familiar with the more than thirty clubs at Bentwater and are more

than willing to assist all property owners and especially newcomers with learning more about Bentwater and joining a club. As the welcoming committee, they visit newcomers to Bentwater. If you know of someone who has just moved into your neighborhood, please contact Dawn Cleboski at dcleboski@amitx.com or 936-597-5532 . Lastly, the Bentwater Ladies are looking for a few more beautiful homes to put on the Christmas Home Tour in December. If you have toured the homes in the past, you know what a wonderful adventure it is. We are in need of several more homes for the tour this year. All of the proceeds of the ticket sales go to the home owner’s selected charity. Last year each home owner’s charity received more than $1,200. If you have a favorite charity that you would like to help this year and a home you would like to put on the tour, please contact Charlsie Rogge, 936-449-6408 for more information.


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Bentwater City Limits

Bentwater City Limits entertainers and spouses enjoying dinner at Bentwater Resident’s Sonny and Katy James’ Blue Cats Seafood and Steak Restaurant in Huntsville.

Bentwater City Limits is not a talent show even though the performers have fully enjoyed the cheers of the audiences. They are a group of dedicated people who have come together for the sole cause of raising funds to help find a cure for cancer by performing in a multi-faceted entertainment event. Each year, this group of incredibly talented performers and behind the scenes volunteers gives a benefit dinner and musical performance for three nights. These events have featured the extraordinary talents of many Bentwater residents. Contributions for this cancer research event are tax deductible. A dozen roses are given to the producer at the end of each show. This year the rainbow of colors will better explain to Bentwater neighbors as to the motto of Bentwater City Limits.

The white rose stands for HOPE. The yellow rose stands for BELIEF. The pink rose stands for FAITH. The red rose stands for LOVE. Bentwater City Limits believe that through hope, belief, faith, and love, a cure for cancer will be found. Our motto is:

All for one One for All and, All for the cause of a cure. Thank you for your support and contributions.

Easter

Eggstravaganza April 23rd 3-5pm Park in the Meadows

Join the Easter Bunny when he hops into Bentwater with lots of eggs for the children to hunt in the annual Eggstravganza. Pack a picnic basket and bring a blanket or lawn chairs and make it an afternoon of family fun. • There is no charge and no reservations are required • The hunt begins at 3:00. The eggs go fast, so don’t be late! • Children will be divided into age groups, so look for the signs directing you to your area • Parking is a little tight, so you may want to carpool or ride your bikes. Be sure to bring your camera as the Easter Bunny will be available for pictures. Pony rides, moonwalks, crafts, face painting, games and a petting zoo will all be part of the afternoon’s entertainment. Egg hunting and a visit from the Easter Bunny thrills young and old alike, so join us for all the excitement.

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pled with some of the best barbeque in Texas furnished by the above referenced entities. Attendees bring their favorite salads, sides and desserts to share. There will also be a MOB-sponsored Spring Breakout event in the Park in the Meadows similar to the Oktoberfest with the MOB’s significant others invited. This was added due to the popularity of the Oktoberfest event which was received so well and that will be repeated. Volunteers are needed for our participation in the Chili Cook Off 2011.

Bentwater Welcomes

Executive Chef Jason Bayle Bentwater’s new Executive Chef Jason Bayle developed an early passion for preparing exceptional food in his grandmother’s kitchen. At the time, he had no idea that the love for American cooking his grandmother instilled in him would lead to a lifelong career. Chef Jason has worked in four-star restaurants, hotels, and resorts across the country, perfecting his craft. He brings

over ten years of experience to Bentwater. A graduate of Western Culinary Institute’s Le Cordon Bleu program, he was heavily influenced from working with Larry Forgione at An American Place, Roland Passot of La Folie in San Francisco and his time at LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort in Naples Florida. He is excited to come back home to Texas and bring his love for local ingredients and regional American cuisine to the Bentwater community.

Come join us and try his new menus featuring items like our jumbo lump crab cake with bb-q remoulade and fennel slaw, or his spiced rack of lamb with home fries, carrot puree, and citrus thyme jus.

The Board of Directors of the Men of Bentwater (MOB) met early in the year to discuss goals, objectives and plans for 2011.

Attendees included: Al Franklin Carl Herring

Don Ori Jack Visage

Jim Hamilton Pat Horsley.

Richard Sikes

It was suggested to solicit input from the members via a questionnaire to assure that the board is performing in the interest of the MOB membership. Golf was on everyone’s mind and due to its popularity, it was decided that the MOB would have three golf outings in 2011, May, July and September. Jack Visage will coordinate these events. There will also be two Dinner/Theatre outings to support the arts in the community at the Crighton and Owen Theatres. Jim Hamilton will research appropriate dates for these outings. Don’t forget our participation in the annual 4th of July parade. You and your antique and exotic cars are invited! This year, the MOB will be the main host for the PICNIC IN THE PARK to be held in the fall. Secondary hosts include Bentwater Ladies Organization, Bentwater POA, Bentwater Civic Association, Bentwater Country Club. It is a not to be missed event with prizes for best decorated picnic tables/areas, music, games and other prizes cou-

Speakers this year have included Montgomery County Commissioner Mike Meador, who provided valuable information concerning the growth of our county and Jim Clements discussing the new Lone Star Park in Conroe. A presentation was made by the Montgomery High School Playwrights under the direction of Ms. Suzanne Ray, a Bentwater Resident, on the “Holocaust”. Please make plans to join in the fun and community involvement afforded through the MOB.

Member Information: Pat Horsley, Membership Chairman wishes to remind members that dues should be submitted for 2011. The 2010 membership was successfully increased and we look forward to the same success in 2011.

MOB Board Initiatives Seek to have involvement of all members in the coming year and involve more of the activities that take place in Bentwater for the satisfaction of our residents by providing a website for better communication.


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The Micks

L to R: Ron and Martha Mick and Danny and Shirley Mick

Jackie Shields, Bentwater Country Club Housekeeping

Kim Shaw, Restaurant Supervisor, Bentwater Country Club Crescent Grill

Charlie Campbell, Bentwater Golf, Player Assistant

The Pizza Shack Real East Coast Style Pizza

Voted Best of Montgomery County 8 years in a row by The Conroe Courier's People's Choice

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

Mon - Thurs 11am to 9pm

Fri & Sat 11am to 10pm

Sun Noon to 8pm

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

Cousins Danny and Ron Mick lived next door to one another for their first six years, allowing them to develop a special bond that has never been broken. Although family moves, school, and careers geographically separated them, their families still gathered together for holidays over the years. They grew up, married and had families, all the while remaining close.

Ron and his wife, Martha in Clear Lake, just south of Houston, where they lived for several years.

they wanted to live and quickly purchased a lot on the Bentwater Miller Golf course where they built a home in 2002.

In the late 1990s, Ron and Martha visited Bentwater. The amenities and life style the community had to offer was just what they had been looking for, but the commute to Ron’s work was too far to consider the move.

After visiting Ron and Martha several times, Danny and Shirley decided to relocate. They had a brief stint in north Houston and then bought a home in Bentwater in 2004.

Although they worked for different companies, surprisingly, in 1994-95, they were each transferred to Houston. Danny and his wife Shirley, moved two blocks from

Then, in 2001, another surprise, Ron’s company announced that the corporate headquarters was moving to The Woodlands. They knew immediately where

All four are avid Kansas Jayhawk fans. They and their families take living in Bentwater very seriously and enjoy as much of the Bentwater lifestyle together as possible.


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ELITE CUSTOM FINISHES

Makes Plans For An Active 2011

The Bentwater Garden Club is busily making plans to enjoy an educational and entertaining program agenda for 2011. Guest speakers will help members to learn more about shade gardening, container gardening, creating photographic art from the garden, and utilizing plant materials in decorative arrangements.

YOUR MASTERPIECE, OUR EXPERTISE For a free estimate call Amanda (936) 697-7028

Members will soon visit Buchanan Native Plants in Houston. In May they will tour several lovely Bentwater gardens. The annual salad luncheon in December will culminate the enjoyable year. New members are always welcome to join the group.

● CUSTOM FAUX FINISHES ● OLD WORLD TEXTURES ● INTERIOR & EXTERIOR PAINTING ● CABINET GLAZES ● MURALS & STENCIL

Sue Kolski, Judie Krippel, Pat Edwards

L to R: Bentwater Garden Club 2011 Officers, President Nancy Caillouet, Vice-President Miriam Hemmeline, Treasurer Marta Constantino, Secretary Ernie Deaver.

Speaker and Master Gardner, Susan Kooiman, gave a presentation on shade gardening

Suzanne Horsley, Cathy Wilson, Gale Eason

2011 Officers: Stephanie Hatley, Door Prizes, and Bonnie McCracken, Photographer. Not pictured are Cathy Higgins, Photographer and Sandy Carlisle, Historian.


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General Manager’s

Message

The Republic of Texas has stood the test of time rising to declare independence, which we just celebrated on March 2nd, to San Jacinto Day embarking upon us April 21st, 175 years later. We have the honor and privilege to be part of the history of Texas as we are located in Montgomery, the birthplace of the Lone Star Flag. Whether you are a native born Texan or you came as soon as you could, you now proudly bear the title Texan. Bentwater shares in this pride by portraying the essence of Texas. While caring for our community, we can be proud of our accomplishments and picturesque neighborhood each day as we drive through the entrance gates to our homes, neighbors and club events. Everyday, little and big things we do add up to create a community of which we can be proud. Whether it is the beautifully

landscaped, well-groomed lawns or vehicles that are parked appropriately or recycle/ trash containers that are stored out of view, you personally contribute to the life and beauty of the “slice of heaven” we call Bentwater. As you participate in the myriad of activities inside our gates, it is easy to look around and respect the contributions you and your neighbors have made. The pride and beauty of Bentwater continues. Dawn Cleboski General Manager

Mens Golf Association Member-Member Match Play April 30th – May 1st The MGA Member – Member Match Play will be held on Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st. On Saturday, the play will be on the Weiskopf golf course and each team will compete in three 9-hole matches. On Sunday, the play will be on the Miller course.

Each team will play their final two 9-hole matches. Following play, the flight winners shootout will commence to determine the tournament winners. Keg beer will follow the shootout. Be sure to hang around and cheer on your favorite team. More information can be found on the bentwaterclub.com website.

Lake Conroe Junior Golf Interclub All inclusive rates include Personal Care Such As: g care r takin fe you fo Thank love of my li e of th

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lake Conroe Junior Golf Interclub recently won first place at April Sound. Way to go, Bentwater Junior Golfers! Top Row: Jayden Massengale, Jacob Kimberly Middle Row: Jack Little, Dalton Joyce, Jacob Massengale, Justin Massengale, Ethan Cima. Front Row: Kade Nicholson, William Cima, Terrin Anderson


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FUN IS GROWING

Rodgers Stein Chiropractic Center

At The G o l f N i ne - H o lers M ee t i ngs !

What started as a couple of golf nine-holers having lunch at the Bentwater Crescent Grill to celebrate a birthday has grown to become a huge fun day out every month. We now have over fifty members and have seen so many birthday cards that we have started to recycle them. What fun to see how many times they go around. Recently, we met at B.J.’s in the Woodlands and it was a big group with four birthdays; Pat Herring, Sheri Benton, Karen Spartz and Suzanne Shanley. Suzanne couldn’t make the luncheon but we had a pile of cards for her. We welcome newcomers. Attendance every month is optional if errands and other things get in the way. You will find it’s a fun way to get to know new people. For more information on this great-to-be-a-member group, contact Barbara Bowe - barbara@earthlink.net.

www.rodgerssteinchiropractic.com Follow Us on Facebook

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

• Back Pain • Numbness & Tingling

• Legs & Hip Pain • Headaches

Golf Member Pro Shootout

Member Mingle Saturday, April 16th

On April 16 your Bentwater golf professionals will be hosting the fourth annual Pro-Shootout. This match will feature teams comprised of the golf staff competing for our pride and your entertainment. The mingle will begin at 4 pm at the Weiskopf scoreboard and continue onto the Weiskopf course for the competition. Come out to cheer on your favorite team! Follow along in your golf cart and enjoy the match and a few complimentary beers. More information can be found on the Bentwaterclub.com website.

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

Chiropractic Care for Families including Pregnancy and Pediatrics

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

936-441-9990 • Metro

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


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Hospice Care of the Southwest Contributed by Tani Traver, Bentwater Resident and Volunteer Coordinator for Hospice,

It is commonly known that hospice began as a volunteergrassroots movement in response to the need to help people find compassion and dignity when coping with a life-threatening illness. The mission of Hospice Care of the Southwest, Conroe, is to provide a positive difference in the lives of their patients, their families and community by providing quality hospice care with compassion and experience. In doing so, volunteers are utilized in meaningful activities that improve the patient’s and family’s quality of life, as well as being a vital part of the caring hospice team. Volunteers are fundamental to the hospice concept, and are used in nearly all aspects of the person’s care. We are looking for volunteers for administrative support: making flyers, filing confidential documents, shredding paper, making calls, mail-outs, serving refreshments at a function, or sending out bereavement cards. Direct patient care involves making a commitment to provide quality care with respect and genuine concern for the family. We utilize volunteers for respite care by giving the caretaker time to go shopping or get away for a break. Volunteers are especially

needed just to sit and listen, maybe sing a song or hold a hand, read aloud, or just be a new friend. The dying person and his family many times are just trying to cope with an illness that has become the focus of their lives and need someone just to talk to, and hear their story. As the Volunteer Coordinator for Hospice, I know that we have some very generous, caring and committed people in Bentwater who are more than willing to lend a hand, and bring some sunshine into someone’s life. We could use volunteers in so many ways. Too often a ramp needs to be built, a yard mowed, taxes completed, or just to bring a pet over. Do you quilt and could make a lap blanket? Bake cookies or cupcakes for a grief support group? Hospice volunteers report they feel like they are making a significant contribution to the community, and providing a service they hope others would offer them, were they in need. No matter what the reason that draws volunteers to hospice work, they all say it helps keep life in perspective. As a volunteer, you will find you already have the heart to help us celebrate the lives of our patients and their families. If you would be interested in volunteering, please contact Tani Traver, at 936 788 5900 or cell at 936 537 0999.

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The Bentwater LGA had some pretty wicked weather to deal with leading up to spring, but it is getting better and better. What a great time of the year to get out on the golf course and work on your game. The 2-Lady Match Play tournament recently wound down. After the first round of flighted matches, the winners of the five flights faced off in some fierce competition during the championship round. They had to battle the weather to get their matches in on time. But all went well and everyone enjoyed the tournament. Playdays have had a lot to offer. Club champion Marlene Summers and Jared Maerz, head golf professional, presented us with many examples of putting the Golf Association rules into practice and keeping players from adding unnecessary strokes to an already bulging score. These sessions are hands-on and the members join Marlene and Jared on the course after playday to go over tricky rules. Mark Massengale is presenting free clinics for the LGA once a month on Tuesdays. The first clinic was on chipping. The April clinic will be on putting and reading greens.

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The Mini Member-Member tournament winners were: Flight 1: Kathy Catlett and Marlene Summers, gross, Faye Chapman and Cindy Reaves, net Flight 2: Faye Powell and Lorraine Tally, gross Eva Sewell and Barbara Young, net Flight 3: Biddy Scharnberg and Judy Jandl, gross Jean McKeown and Beryl Korb, net Flight 4: Kathy Sisco and Charla Marlatt, gross Karen Walker and Karen Cutrer, net

In March, the LGA participated in the Spring Fling tournament at Bentwater, an annual LGA event. There was a Mardi Gras theme and the good times rolled. The Friendship Circle Club 189 kicked off the year with a party at Lynn Keener’s home. BLGA members got together for a “Big sis-Little sis” event where nine and eighteen holers are teamed up to improve their golf knowledge and form new friendships. The American Cancer Society We Can Do It Tournament will be held April 18th. The Bentwater community is one of the top subdivision contributors in the country to The American Cancer Society. This is one of the most highly anticipated tournaments and events. There will be silent and live auctions that go along with the tournament. We know that this year will once again be a winner for the American Cancer Society. We have a great time playing golf on Tuesdays (and Saturday for those who work) and at tournaments in Bentwater and other area courses. There is a spot for everyone. If you are a beginner, why not start with the 9-hole group? They tee off at 8:30 AM on Tuesdays. You may wish to join the 18-hole group at 9:30 AM. Just go to www.bentwaterclub.com and click on the LGA link. All of the information you need to get involved is there for you. The trees have budded out and the flowers are blooming and any day is a great day on the golf course. See you on the course!


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the Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park

Unveiling and Grand Opening

on San Jacinto Day, Thursday, April 21, 2011

Join Bentwater Resident Dave Clements, recently elected President of Friends of the Flag Foundation and official host of the event, starring Clint Black, Marty Stuart, Gary P. Nunn and Sam Houston IV and a host of others. It will be a special evening!

Texas is unique in the history of the USA because it is the only state in the union that was once a sovereign nation. Most everyone is aware of the six national flags that flew over before the Lone Star flag was voted on by the Texas congress in 1839. As the Birthplace of the Lone Star Flag, Montgomery County holds a very special designation in the hearts of all Texans. The Texas flag is one of the most recognized symbols in the world. It flies proudly over every courthouse in Texas, every police station, every stadium, every school and university, and in front of homes and businesses. Because Texas was once a sovereign nation, the Texas flag is the only flag in the country that can fly at an even height with our beloved United States flag. The Texas flag is a worldwide symbol of freedom, strength of will, and pride. Certainly no state in the Union holds as high a regard for their flag as Texans do!

The Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park will be unveiled at the grand opening on April 21, 2011. This park should become a source of local pride and inspiration for Montgomery County, and enhance heritage tourism by being a point of destination for a great number of tourists.

Bentwater Resident Peter Jordan sits for the bronze bust of Dr. Charles B. Stewart, Designer of the Texas Flag. The bust, sculpted by noted artist Craig Campobella, will be featured in the park.

The Park - The Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park http://texasflag park.org/park.htm. Original Concept and Design Copyright © 2005, Craig Campobella The LOCATION: I-45 N, just north of FM 2854 (Old Montgomery Rd) next to Montgomery County Library

“The TEXIAN” Bronze Sculpture by Craig Campobella

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Bentwater Marina Is Cruising Into The Season With New Merchandise April is the month when small animals that hibernate are usually coming out of their burrows. The birds fly back northward or they settle down to have their families. The bees and butterflies begin to gather nectar from the first flowers of the season. It is also a great time to catch some fish on Lake Conroe, when the water temperature reaches 60 degrees the Crappie are in the shallow water, the Bass

are spawning. If you enjoy the beauty of nature, then on the water is the best place to be after a cold winter to observe the eagles nesting, pelicans feeding, and…….. the fishing is great! Cruise on over to the Marina Ship Store to see the new inventory of spring clothing, sunglasses, waterproof phone cases, youth shirts, caps and much more.

Bentwater Marina Restaurant Cruising Tuesday, April 26th

The first of many of the Bentwater Marina’s Restaurant Cruises will set sail on Tuesday April 26th at 5:30 pm. We will cruise over to Papa’s on the Lake for Steak Night. This event is open to all property owners even if you do not own a boat. You will be invited to cruise with some of our members, all who enjoy meeting newcomers. If inclement weather, the restaurant is only a short drive away.

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The Courier – Bentwater Marina Hosting

“OneHope”

Wine Tasting

Friday, April 8th Robert Mondovi has created a new line of wines called “OneHope” fifty percent of the profits of which will go to the charity that the varietal represents. Friday, April 8th, the Marina will be hosting these wines to taste at the Yacht Club pool at 6:00 pm - $12 per person, with cheese and crackers to cleanse the palate. While sipping on wine you will be supporting our troops, breast cancer, autism, and children’s hospitals, just to name a few. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a difference….see you there.

Sunday Trends Section Karen Monshaugen,

Bentwater COLUMNIST Bentwater Resident, Karen Monshaugen, is the columnist for The Courier newspaper. Her column pertains to Bentwater residents and events and is published each Sunday in the Trends section. To let Karen know about news and other information, you can contact her at: Karen Monshaugen (936) 525-3220 Office Karen@LakeConroeFineLiving.com

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Sympathies E. J. Young Bentwater Resident E.J. Young died January 17, 2011. A graduate of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, he had a 30 year career with Ford Motor Company, having lived in various states before retiring in 1997. He was an avid golfer and sports enthusiast. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Elaine; two sons, Duke Young of San Antonio TX and Jock Young of Alpharetta GA; two grandsons, Jake and Bo Young of San Antonio TX; his mother, Mildred Young of Conroe; and one brother, John Young of Santa Fe NM. He was laid to rest in Lafayette, Louisiana at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.

Operation Helmet founder Dr. Bob Meaders gets a song of support from Cher David and Heather Piccione and Family

Newcomers Barbara Sebek and Drew Siegel are moving to Bentwater from the Houston area. She recently retired from Chevron after 34-years and Drew will also be retiring from Chevron soon.

Dr. Bob Meaders, a Bentwater property owner, is the founder of OPERATION HELMET. This is a heartwarming story of a grandfather who listened to his grandson Justin, stationed in Iraq, who told him that their helmets were insufficient and many Marines and soldiers were incurring brain traumas and other major injuries because of it. Dr. Meaders researched and found a helmet padding kit and sent it to his grandson, who was very grateful, but

would not wear it until all the members of his platoon could have one, hence the formation of OPERATION HELMET. One of the nation’s best known performers, Cher, is a huge supporter through her personal appearances joining Dr. Meaders appearing before Congress as well as significant financial contributions. In 2009 Cher hosted a concert in Miami, Florida that offered continuing support for OPERATION HELMET. Dan Rather, a famous television journalist also aired a program about Dr. Meaders and OPERATION HELMET. Find out more about this labor of love at www.operationhelmet.com


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Pioneer Ladies of Bentwater

The first luncheon meeting of the Pioneer Ladies of Bentwater, meaning those who had started their home in Bentwater between 1989 and the end of 1992, was recently held at the Bentwater Country Club. Attendance was excellent with an official list of invitees of 115 ladies! More to come from this group.

Mid-East Ladies

It’s tough to find a name for a group of American women who have lived in the mid-east or Africa and then moved to Bentwater. They recently joined together to form a group to share their experiences and enjoy fellowship. So, Mid-East Ladies is their name, at least for right now. Either they, or a family member, worked in the mid-east or Africa, typically with a construction company, gas and oil or oilrelated company, fabricating company or the U. S. Military.

Meetings are held at noon on the second Wednesday of each month at the country club. Women with similar experiences are invited to join.

L to R: Sharon Jones, Kathy Berringer, Mary Laird and Carol Gore

The reason they were there or the company they were working for doesn’t matter. What does matter is that they share a common interest of living in a unique and different culture. Some resided in American-based communities or on a U. S. Military base. Others lived within that country’s general population, many since the 1960’s. They have reared their children during that time and as the children grew into adults, some of them returned to work in the country in which they grew up. The décor of the Bentwater homes of these women often reflect their travels. Many keepsakes are displayed, most with an interesting story behind each acquisition. What a wonderful life they have led. They are anxious to share their stories with each other. Perhaps we can persuade them to share a story with us in future issues of Bentwater Life.

L to R: Janet Thomason, Bentwater Sales Corporation’s Connie Stout, Sharon Corzine, Dale Burnside.

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Serve-Up-A-Cure Tennis Festival Friday and Saturday, April 15th and 16th

Graham Whitehead in action!

Men and Women of all levels are invited to sign up for doubles with a partner or one can be assigned. The matches include innovations for fun- filled competition. The entry fee includes a SHOOT-OUT TENNIS EXHIBITION on Friday night and a GALA PARTY on Saturday night. Please contact Mike Doty, Bentwater Director of Tennis for registration details. mdoty@bentwaterclub.com or 936-597-6225

Trash Cans & Recycle Bins Important Reminder: All homeowners are requested to put their trash containers away as soon as possible after their trash has been picked up. This is important to street safety and the overall appearance of our community. In some cases, neighbors can help their neighbors to move the containers away from the street. Everyone’s cooperation is appreciated.

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TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT FAQ March/April, 2011 Relating to a referendum regarding enforcement of county traffic regulations on the private streets of Bentwater

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WHAT IS THE REFERENDUM WE ARE PROPOSING?

WHAT’S DIFFERENT NOW? DO WE HAVE A PROBLEM?

In order to improve the safety of our community, the POA supports the passage of a referendum to permit law enforcement officers to enforce ALL of the existing Montgomery County traffic regulations inside our gates that pertain to motor vehicles.

The POA is now actively supporting this second referendum to make our community a safer place in which to live and also to reflect the large number of requests we receive from Bentwater residents to control automotive traffic violations in the community. Bentwater is changing. It has grown much larger in recent years, and the chances for a human tragedy on our streets are greater with these kinds of violations. The number of school age children has increased approximately 50% (from 211 to 322) over the last five years; the number of school buses has also doubled. There are 35% more completed homes now than five years ago, and resident population exceeds 3000.

Although to our knowledge it has never happened, officers currently are permitted to stop and make arrests regarding DWI and reckless driving violations involving both automobiles and golf carts in Bentwater with the concurrence of the District Attorney’s Office. They are not permitted to issue citations for other moving violations such as speeding and running stop signs on our private streets. Section 542.007 of the Texas Transportation Code, passed September 1, 2001 allows, under certain guidelines, the governing body of a private gated entity to petition an order from Commissioner’s Court to apply those traffic rules they request. The POA explored at length the possibility of excluding golf carts in the referendum with the Sheriff and Constable Depts. and were informed this could not be done as golf carts are considered motor vehicles. WHAT WAS THE OUTCOME OF THE ORIGINAL VOTE ON THIS ISSUE?

In March of 2007 the POA Board placed this issue on a ballot for property owners. The POA did not take an official position on the vote but served to provide information on the subject to voters. More than 1100 votes were cast, and the result was split 50/50. The POA decided to table the issue since it was unlikely that the county Commissioners would agree to move forward given the close outcome. Since that time, discussions with our Precinct 1 Commissioner Mike Meador have clarified his position to state that he would need to see a 2/3 majority of voters supporting this proposal as well as having Traffic Enforcement officials concurring with the language before he would bring it before Commissioners Court for passage.

We believe the following information clearly shows that Bentwater has a problem with respect to motor vehicle operation: • Speeding is of great concern. Speed measuring devices were placed at several locations along Bentwater and Bentwood Drives late last year, and the results summarized in a separate section below definitely show we have a speeding problem. • Accidents: We know that minor accidents have taken place

in Bentwater in recent years. Specifically, a Montgomery Fire Department report during 2009-2010 lists seven responses for Rescue and Emergency Medical Service Incidents ; specifically, three motor vehicle accidents with injuries, three motor vehicle accidents without injury, and one motor vehicle/pedestrian accident. We expect there were other accidents in which the Sheriffs Dept. responded; however, they do not keep retrievable records of such calls.

• The POA has also received several recent reports of pets being

killed by being run over on Bentwater streets and narrow misses of the pet-walker by speeding drivers who don’t even stop.

• Running Stop Signs: Traffic studies carried out by the Bent-

water Civic Association several years ago showed that many drivers are disregarding the traffic rules. 25-30% of all vehicles run our stop signs without ever slowing down. Many others do a cursory slowdown before running the stop signs.

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TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT FAQ ...continued

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT SPEED LIMITS? HOW IS STREET SIGNAGE DETERMINED?

The current speed limits are 35 mph for Bentwater Drive and 25 mph for interior streets. The speed limits and type and location of signage are recommended to us by a professional traffic engineering firm. According to the Association Engineer, the 35 mph limit on Bentwater Drive is reflected in the original plat and had been planned from the inception of the subdivision by the firm that designed our streets. As our community continues to grow and evolve, changes are being made to certain regions. An example is the intersection of Bentwater Drive and Bentwood Drive, which was originally planned to be a two-way stop until traffic increased to warrant a four-way stop. We also recognize that opening the West Entrance has improved the situation by reducing the distance that residents in the back of the subdivision must travel to exit the subdivision. Bentwood Drive is the major artery to the West entrance, and our Traffic Engineer has recommended that we increase the speed limit on Bentwood Drive to 35 mph to match Bentwater Drive. Even with this change, speeding on Bentwood Drive is a problem. SPEEDING STUDY

Speed measuring and recording devices were placed at three locations along Bentwater Drive and at one location on Bentwood Drive, capturing data for all vehicles passing in both directions over a 24-hour period. Many thousands of vehicles passed through each of these speed measuring devices. Data were recorded in one-hour intervals and speed listed in 5- mph increments. The complete report on this speeding study is available upon request at the POA office. Major conclusions from the data are:

• Speeding is most prevalent in both directions of the relatively straight stretch of Bentwater Drive between the Somerton and Club Island Way stop signs. The majority of vehicles traveled above the 35 mph speed limit; • In the eastbound exiting direction of Bentwater Drive in a 24-hour monitoring period:

o 642 vehicles were recorded at 46-50 mph o 143 vehicles at 51-55 mph o 32 vehicles at 56-60 mph o 11 vehicles at 61-65 mph • Bentwater Drive outbound by the Miller 4-5 holes showed a high degree of speeding as well. A total of 473 cars traveled between 51-65 MPH. • Stretches with a natural braking requirement, such as the Main and West entrance gates or the inbound curve of Bentwater Drive past Miller 4, showed fewer speeders . • Time of day also has a large effect on speeding. Mornings (5-8am on way to work) and Evenings (4-7pm returning home from work) BOTH showed the highest numbers of speeders. Coincidentally, our school buses are traveling in Bentwater at these times, and speeders put our children at risk. WHAT OTHER SOLUTIONS TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED IN ADDITION TO THIS REFERENDUM?

• Speed Bumps: Bentwater is a large subdivision with many miles of roads. Too many bumps would be required, and it would adversely affect traffic flow. There is also a deleterious effect of repeated bumps on the undercarriage of an automobile. The POA Board does not support this approach. • Why Can’t the POA Use its own staff and vehicles to stop and issue POA Citations and Fines to violators similarly to other Deed Restrictions? POA staff is not trained for the purpose of law enforcement. Specifically, making a stop of another motor vehicle requires skills and equipment that our staff does not possess and could be potentially dangerous. This approach was considered briefly in 2003 and abandoned. The POA document ratified at that time which included traffic violation fines along with other deed restriction violation fines needs to be updated. WHO ARE THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO COULD ISSUE CITATIONS IN BENTWATER IF THIS REFERENDUM PASSES?

Any law officer (Sheriff, Constable, DPS) who happens to be in Bentwater and observes a violation would be empowered to issue a citation. This is no different than outside our gates.

However, the primary agency enforcing the Traffic Code would be our Precinct 1 Constables who are currently employed by the POA to patrol Bentwater. They are highly experienced, well known to many of our residents, know our neighborhood, and we have confidence in their ability and judgment in deciding the conditions appropriate for issuing a citation. We routinely review the services we receive from their employment and adjust as needed with consideration given to seasons and budget. We receive approximately the same amount of sheriff ’s patrols as other gated and non-gated communities in Montgomery County, which is paid for with our property taxes. The Sheriff ’s Dept. does not plan any greater coverage of Bentwater if this Referendum passes. DO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE TICKET QUOTAS?

Absolutely NOT. WHERE WILL THE FUNDS RECEIVED FROM CITATIONS GO?

They will go to Montgomery County as with all other fines outside our gates. We cannot ask our Law Enforcement Officers to issue citations and collect fines on behalf of the POA. This is in contrast to normal Deed Restriction Violations, which are observed and cited by the POA. WILL THERE BE ANY INCREASE IN COSTS TO ADOPT THIS REFERENDUM?

No. A County agreement will not be entered into if there are increased costs to the property owners to adopt county traffic laws to our private streets. In addition, no agreement will be entered into that requires our gates to be removed or turns our private streets into public streets. CAN WE CANCEL AN AGREEMENT WITH THE COUNTY?

We will not enter into any agreement that does not contain a cancellation clause. WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?

This document, which compiles our most complete knowledge of the subject, will be issued by paper and electronic mail to property owners for their consideration prior to a vote being taken.

Owners must then decide whether or not they support this referendum. The POA is available to answer any other questions that might come along. Please contact POA Advisory Board Traffic Enforcement Committee members Al Franklin at 5977150 or Chris Uzelmeier at 449-5198. A vote by mail will be arranged in the April time frame, and no further action will be taken unless the referendum is approved by at least a 2/3 majority of those voting. Should that occur, we would enter into discussions with Commissioner Mike Meador and other County Officials to draw up an agreement and progress the matter with Commissioners Court for approval. The POA Advisory Board must approve the terms of any such agreement. WHAT ABOUT A GRACE PERIOD?

Should the referendum pass, we propose a 90-day grace period wherein any moving violations are dealt with via a warning rather than a ticket to allow our property owners to adjust to the new rules. Our Law Enforcement officials support this position. SHOULD THERE BE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR PROPERTY OWNERS TO VOICE THEIR OPINION AT SOME TIME FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE OF THIS REFERENDUM?

Yes. We can propose a vote at any time following the passage of this referendum to make any changes needed. In order to properly evaluate the results as well as the costs of a vote, it may be prudent to wait at least one-two years after passage. A BALLOT WILL BE MAILED TO YOU WITH A RETURN DEADLINE OF APRIL 15.


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L to R: Roy Champagne, Betty Lou Morgan, Sue Helterbran, Charlsie Rogge, Shirley Parrish, Linda Reed, Sheri Benton and Marian Champagne begin tasting the bottles of zinfandel wines the Wineaux members brought to the party.

Wineaux and a

Good Super Bowl Story Contributed by Charlsie Rogge

The word went out from the desk of our fearless Wineaux leader: it was time for the first Wineaux gathering. The date for the first tasting was Super Bowl weekend and I found our name, Charlsie and Doug Rogge and beside our name were the wordsNext Host! OK--light bulb goes on! We are always up for a good party and since it was Super Bowl weekend, what better excuse for a DOUBLE party-Wineaux Tasting/Super Bowl watching extravaganza? And even better the Steelers were playing the Packers. Having lived in Pittsburgh for five years in the not too distant past I had a small affinity for the team. My husband on the other hand, being a die-hard Oilers fan and native Houstonian, could never

bring himself to even remotely like the Steelers when we lived in the Burgh, so I was afraid it would be a tough row to hoe to talk him into hosting THIS party. I guess I caught him in a weak moment as he readily agreed. The invite went out and it was almost unanimous-Yes, what a great idea. The wines we sampled were Zinfandels. Crawfish etouffee was on the menu as were other spicy offerings from the group. The richly flavored Zinfandels were a good foil for the stew. The aromas and taste of Zinfandel are blackberry, boysenberry, raspberry, and dark cherry and these fruit flavors are oftentimes laced with black pepper, herbs, and warm spices such as clove and anise. The wine blogs were right-it tasted great with the etouffee!

Busted! L to R: Ron Reed, Charles Dinhoble, Steve “Cheesehead” Benton, Doug Rogge and Dave Helterbran were caught drinking beer at the Wine Tasting event. They were banished to the porch, but they don’t look too unhappy.

It got pretty tense during the game between the Packers and the Steelers. Suzy and Paul Scannell, Ron Reed, Dave Helterbran, Don Parrish, Dick Morgan and Margaret Marshall are glued to the TV as the Steelers waged a comeback that ultimately fell short.

Super Bowl Sunday dawned brightly and soon party preparations were under way. We decorated in the requisite black and gold of the Steelers and the green and yellow of the Packers. I even had some Steeler gear, including the TerribleTowels , flown in from friends in Pittsburgh. As our group arrived, it was evident that the Steeler fans were by far outnumbered by the Packer fans. Where is the diversity?

Our winners this night were Murphy Goode Liars Dice Zinfandel 2007, Pietra Santa Central Coast Zinfandel 2007 and Coppola Sonoma Valley Zinfandel 2008. Since we are a kind of casual group, we decided to limit our wine price range to no more than $20. All of these wines fell into the $15- $20 range. You don’t always have to pay a high price to get a good wine.

The squares were sold, the numbers drawn, the game began, the tasting began, the eating began. The game continued, winners collected their money, the tasting continued, the eating continued. The game was over, the tasting continued, the eating continued. Finally, the results were tallied. The tasting continued-everyone really liked these wines! An interesting thing happened this night--all of the wines we tasted were really good. There was not a loser in the bunch. In fact, there was no more than a point or two separating any two wines.

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The party ended, the Steelers lost, the party trappings are packed up and I’m looking forward to the next tasting Wineaux is planning a great year. April will bring red or white blends. THAT should be interesting! BTW-If you are in Houston, drop by one of the Whole Foods stores on Bellaire, Kirby or Woodway. They have some great wines at good prices, including a good selection of organic wines.


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March 2011 -Shell Houston Open hosted by the Redstone Golf Club on the US PGA Tour March 28 – April 3, Contact 281-454-7000

April 2011 April 1 – April 10 Friday through Sunday -‘Curtains’ presented at Theater Under the Stars in Houston. April 1 Friday - April Fools’ Day origins are uncertain – some see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it is the perfect day for jokes and fun. -Montgomery County Choral Society presents “An Evening of Musical Jokes” starting at 8 pm. First United Methodist Church at 4308 West Davis in Conroe. Call 936.756.3395. -The Gorilla Hole - a fun social program for fifth and sixth graders. All events are held at The Woodlands Township Recreation Center from 7 to 9:45 p.m. Admittance fee is $7/person. April 1 & 2 Friday & Saturday -SHSU School of Music presents their 7:30 pm (Friday) & 2 pm (Saturday) Opera Workshop “The Magic Flute”. April 1 – 3 Friday through Sunday -Walker County Fair & Rodeo in Huntsville, Texas at the Fairgrounds 32nd year – West off Highway 30, See: www.walkercountyfair.com .

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-SHSU Faculty Brass Ensemble at PAC Recital Hall 7:30 pm. -Bentwater Calloway Golf Tour Fit Van Demo Day at the Practice Facility 10 am

April 2 Saturday -The Houston Symphony presents Family Series “Symphony in Space” at 10 am & 11:30 am at Jones Hall in Houston, Texas.

April 2 – 24 Saturday through Sunday -Stephen F. Austin’s State University’s annual national art competition and exhibition held in Nacogdoches, Call 936.468.1131.

-Lone Star First Saturday Historic Montgomery Farmers’ Market & Acoustic Music Jams at the corner of FM149 & College Street in Montgomery.

April 3 Sunday -The Woodlands Coffee & Cars for a Cause 10 am – 12 noon meet the first Sunday of every month next to www.thewoodlandscarclub.org or call 281.363.2977.

-Conroe Kidz (Classic Car Village) from 10 am until 6 pm at Heritage Place 500 Metcalf Street for a day of family fun sponsored by the City of Conroe. Call 936.522.3900. -Gullo’s 2nd Annual Spring all Ford Car Show at Gullo Ford in Conroe. -The Woodlands Township’s Parks & Recreation Department will host the Muddy Trails Bash and Muddy Bowl Cook-off on Saturday, April 2, 2011, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Rob Fleming Park. Taste a sampling of the cook-off teams’ entries and vote for your favorite. Enjoy live Zydeco music & feed the whole family at the Muddy Bowl crawfish boil! Hotdogs__ 9am-4pm April 2 – 3 Saturday through Sunday -Annual Bayou City Cajun Festival at Houston Traders Village, See: www.tradersvillage.com. April 2 – 4 Saturday through Monday -NCAA Division I Men’s Final Four Basketball Championship Series at Reliant Center Houston

-Concerts in the Park at Northshore Park in The Woodlands 5:30 pm start, presents Fidelity Max 70s/80s Old School Funk. See: www.familyfunhouston.com. April 2 – 4 Saturday through Monday -NCAA Division Men’s Basketball Championship – Final Four return to Reliant Arena for the first time in 40 Years at 8:30 am. April 5 Tuesday -Sharity Productions Presents ‘An Evening with Grand Ole Opry Star – Lorrie Morgan’ at 8 pm. Call Crighton Theatre in Conroe 936-441-7469. April 6 Wednesday -North Shore Republican Women monthly meeting on the first Wednesday of the month –Starts at 10:45 am 1 pm. Lunch–optional. On April 6th, Stan Furce, Special Agent from Houston’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program, will speak on “Whatever Happened to the War on Drugs?”

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April 7 Thursday -First Thursday Free Concert - Paul Thorn & Opening is Bonnie Bishop Heritage Place 500 Metcalf St. 6pm to 9pm in Conroe. -Garden Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 2 pm in the Bentwater Club dining room, Call Nancy Caillouet at 5976871 for information. April 7 – 9 Thursday through Saturday -USA Volleyball National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Club Championships hosted by Reliant Center Houston. -Miller Outdoor Theatre presents “Hairspray” 8 pm at 6000 Hermann Park Drive Houston, Texas. April 7 – 10 Thursday through Sunday -Dr. Mamie Rose Foundation’s ‘Run for the Rose’ at Reliant Center, Houston. April 7 – 17 Thursday through Sunday -Fiesta San Antonio, See: www.fiesta-sa. org. Fiesta really is one of America’s truly great festivals. Honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Fiesta is a celebration of San Antonio’s rich and diverse cultures. Some 100 local non-profit groups work in their communities year round to prepare for their Fiesta events. 2011 marks Fiesta’s 120th anniversary! A great weekend trip! April 8 Friday -Astros Home Game against Tampa at 6:05 pm Minute Maid Park.

-Montgomery County Performing Arts Society presents “Yesterday & Today – The Interactive Beatles Experience” at 7:30 pm Crighton Theatre Conroe. -Soulcheck at Reliant Arena 7 pm. Experience the sights and sounds from Latin America, the Middle East, the United States and Africa. -Bentwater Wine Tasting at the Yacht Club Pool – 6pm April 8 – 10 Friday through Sunday -Houston Symphony Classical Season at Jones Hall presents “Scheherazade” see: www.houstonsymphony.org . April 9 & 10 Saturday & Sunday -Conroe Cruisers 19th Annual Spring Classic kick off Car Show on the square in downtown Conroe with live music provided by Niftee 50ees. -Houston Children’s Festival takes over downtown Houston every April. -The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival 2011 is set for Saturday, April 9 from 10 am – 7 pm and Sunday, April 10, 2011 from 10 am – 6 pm along The Woodlands Waterway® and in Town Green Park in The Woodlands Town Center. -Bentwater Master Selection Event Golf Tournament and Viewing Party April 8 – 16 Friday through Saturday -Galveston County Fair & Rodeo in Santa Fe,www.galvestoncountyfair.com

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-The 44th Annual World Fest-Houston - 10 great days in April. 55 features, 96 shorts, 6 Professional Production Seminar. The World Fest Professional Production Seminars are Awards Gala Dinner, Sat. April 16th, 2011. Houston Yacht Club/World Fest Regatta, VIP NASA/Space Center Houston Tour and Texas BBQ on Sunday, April 17th, 2011. April 9 Saturday -Astros Home Game against Tampa at 6:05 pm Minute Maid Park. -The 6th Annual Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival from 10 am until 6 pm along the Woodlands Waterway and in Town Green Park inThe Woodlands Town Center - both Saturday & Sunday. April 9 – 10 Saturday through Sunday -Aquatic Eggstravaganza at the Aquatic Center in Conroe – Times vary by age -Houston’s Japan Festival features origami, color, music and folk dancing set in the quaint Japanese Gardens in Hermann Park, celebrates Japanese culture and also includes martial arts demonstrations and Ikebana flower design – for info email: yoko@jashouston.org . April 10 Sunday -Astros Home Game against Tampa at 1:05 pm Minute Maid Park. -Concerts in the Park at Northshore Park in The Woodlands 5:30 pm start, presents Dena Blue & the Army Men - Rock, See: www.familyfunhouston.com. -“Run for the Rose” at Reliant Park Houston.

April 8 – 17 Friday through Sunday -54th Annual Montgomery County Fair mcfa@consolidated.net - 936-760-3631.

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-Bentwater Ladies Organization monthly luncheon meeting on the second Monday-11:30 am-Bentwater Yacht Club; 936.597.6219. April 11 & 12 Monday & Tuesday -Montgomery County Fair Association presents ‘Kids Day’ - Kids Day will have activities and fun for elementary age children in 1st-4th grades. There will be educational exhibits, including goat mountain, baby chicks hatching, laying hens, rabbits, a petting zoo, entertaining activities and other age-related demonstrations. There will be a Pet Parade. April 12 Tuesday -Astros Home Game against Chicago at 7:05 pm Minute Maid Park. April 13 Wednesday -Astros Home Game against Chicago at 7:05 pm Minute Maid Park. -Conroe Chamber of Commerce Business to Business Networking Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. at April Sound Country Club. Prospective chamber members are invited to attend. Cost is $12 per person or $10 for members with reservations. (936) 756-6644 or rsvp@conroe.org. Be sure to bring business cards, brochures and door prizes to this networking event. -Bentwater Ladies Game Day for Canasta meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 11:30 am at Bentwater Club for lunch and an afternoon of canasta. 597-6219 for lunch reservations. -Bentwater Cleveland Golf Demo Day at the Practice Facility – 10am

April 13 – 16 Wednesday through Saturday -SHSU Theatre group presents “Into the Woods” a musical by Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine at SHSU Showcase Theatre in Huntsville. April 13 – 17 Wednesday through Sunday -Disney-Pixar’s – Toy Story Three on Ice at Reliant Center Houston. April 14 Thursday -Astros Home Game against San Diego at 7:05 pm Minute Maid Park. -Last Day to Register to Vote Montgomery County Elections. April 14 – 16 Thursday through Saturday -Miller Outdoor Theatre presents “Hairspray” Live at 8 pm - 6000 Hermann Park Drive Houston, Texas. April 14 – 17 Thursday through Sunday -Houston Symphony Classical Season at Jones Hall presents “Mendelssohn’s Scottish Plus Josefowicz” see: www.houstonsymphony.org April 15 Friday -Astros Home Game against San Diego at 7:05 pm Minute Maid Park. -Houston Symphony presents “The Music of Led Zeppelin: A Rock Symphony” at 7:30 pm at Jones Hall in Houston. -SHSU School of Music presents their 7:30 pm Concert Hall performance by the United States Air Force Band & Singing

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-Bentwater Restaurant Cruise leaving the Marina – 5pm

April 16 & 17 Saturday & Sunday -‘On the Roads’ Show – Arts and crafts show at the Lone Star Convention Center, Call 936.628.6457.

April 20 Wednesday -Monthly MOB (Men of Bentwater) luncheon meeting with a speaker 936.597.6219

-The Gorilla Hole - a fun social program for fifth and sixth graders. All events are held at The Woodlands Township Recreation Center from 7 to 9:45 p.m. Admittance fee is $7/person.

April 17 Sunday -Astros Home Game against San Diego at 1:05 pm Minute Maid Park.

-Needle and Tea Society monthly member meeting on the third Wednesday of each month from 1 pm until 3 pm, Call Ann Cavanaugh at 936.449-6062.

-Houston Zoo Friends Family Party from 6 pm – 9 pm at 6200 Hermann Park Drive in Houston.

-Palm Sunday, in the Christian calendar, the Sunday before Easter, sixth and last Sunday in Lent, and the first day of Holy Week.

-SHSU School of Music presents their 7:30 pm Concert Hall percussion performance with Dr. John Lane Peter Garland work World Premiere- Free Admission.

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-Bentwater Taylor Made Golf Demo Day at the Practice Facility–10am April 15 – 17 Friday through Sunday -Annual Antiques Show & Sale at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center benefits The Friendship Center, Montgomery County’s premier provider of senior services, call: 936.756.5828 or See: www.tfcantiqueshow.com. -International Gem & Jewelry Show Inc. at Reliant Center, Houston.

-Concerts in the Park at Northshore Park in The Woodlands 5:30 pm start, presents Patricia Vonne – Spanish Roots Rock, See: www.familyfunhouston.com. -Bentwater Couples 3-3-3-3-3-3 Golf Tournament – Weiskopf-1pm April 18 Monday -Conroe Symphony Orchestra presents “Favorites from the Past” at the Ark Church 7:30 pm in Conroe.

-Bentwater Serve Up a Cure Tennis Festival at the Racquet Club – 8am

-Federal Tax File date for 2010 submissions or extensions due to Emancipation Day Holiday in D.C.

April 16 Saturday -Astros Home Game against San Diego at 6:05 pm Minute Maid Park.

-SHSU Faculty Chamber Recital at PAC Recital Hall 7:30 pm Huntsville.

-Amazing Pet Expo Trade Show coming to Reliant Center Houston 10am – 6 pm. -Bellaire Art Festival in Bellaire, Texas, See: www.bellaireartfestival.com. -Morning with Mr. Bunny at Heritage Place in Conroe 10:30 am.

-Bentwater American Cancer Society Golf Tournament–Weiskopf-9am April 19 Tuesday -Passover begins – celebration of the Exodus – the holiday of Passover, celebrates God’s freeing the Jews from bondage in Egypt through the leadership of Moses.

April 21 Thursday -The Lone Star Monument & Historical Flag Park Grand Opening Ceremonies - Grand opening and unveiling of what will be one of the top historical landmarks of Texas. The Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park tells the story of Texas and her fight for independence through bronze sculpture and historic battle and rally flags in Conroe, Texas county seat of Montgomery County and Birthplace of The Lonestar Flag. Bentwater Resident Dave Clements is President of this event. Don’t miss it! -The Conroe Chamber of Commerce April Business afterhours will be hosted by River Plantation Country Club located at 550 Country Club Dr, Conroe, TX 77302. (936) 756-6644. April 21 – 23 Thursday through Saturday -Houston Symphony Pops Season at Jones Hall presents “Rogers & Hammerstein & More with Ashley Brown” see: www.houstonsymphony.org April 22 Friday -Good Friday - Anniversary of Jesus’ death

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April 23 – 24 Saturday & Sunday -Gullo Conroe Kidzfest includes the fun, interactive and educational activities village and performance stage – Enjoy the Race for the Kidz Mini Grand Prix with Formula M Racing in downtown Conroe, Call 936.443.3418 or See: www.conroekidzfest.com. April 24 Sunday -Easter Sunday – Christians celebrate Easter to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. -Bentwater Easter Brunch – Yacht Club – 11am April 26 Tuesday -Astros Home Game against St. Louis at 7:05 pm Minute Maid Park. -SHSU School of Music presents their 7:30 pm Concert Hall performance with concert & symphonic Bands - Nominal Admission. -Houston Symphony Concert Series presents ‘Tony Bennett’ at 7:30 pm at Jones Hall -Bridge & Canasta Evening at Bentwater Club – Couples play on the fourth Tuesday evening of the month at 7 pm with a buffet dinner offered at 6 pm; Call 597-6219. April 26 & 27 Tuesday & Wednesday -Annual Montgomery County Fair & Rodeo kicks off with a PRCA Rodeo, includes a livestock show, junior non-livestock show, carnival, entertainment, children’s activities and a barbecue cook-off at Montgomery County Park off FM1484, Phone 936.760.3631, see: www.mcfa.org

April 27 Wednesday -Astros Home Game against St. Louis at 7:05 pm Minute Maid Park. -Bentwater Ladies Game Day for Bridge meet on the 4th Wednesday at 11:30 am at Bentwater Club for lunch and an afternoon of Bridge, Call Club at 597-6219. April 28 Thursday -Astros Home Game against St. Louis at 7:05 pm Minute Maid Park. -SHSU School of Music presents their 7:30 pm Concert Hall wind performance in Huntsville with Matthew McInturf conducting and Scott D. Plugge on saxophone Nominal Admission. April 29 Friday -Astros Home Game against Milwaukee at 7:05 pm Minute Maid Park. -Kronos Quartet & Homayun Sakhi Trio perform at the Bud Light World Music Stage as part of Houston International Festival -The Moody Blues Concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Center in The Woodlands at 8 pm. April 29 & 30 Friday & Saturday -Houston Ballet presents the Academy Spring Showcase –The gifted young artists of Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy cap their studies with two performances of a program featuring works tailor-made to show them at their best. Events start at 7 pm Friday & 1:30 pm Saturday in the Cullen Theater Houston at the Wortham Center. -“Alice” – Houston’s Christian Youth Theatre Show 8 performances – thru May 8th - Nancy Bock Center for the Performing Arts at 3800 S. Panther Creek in The Woodlands, TX.

-Houston Symphony Classical Season at Jones Hall presents “Alexander Nevsky” see: www.houstonsymphony.org. April 30 Saturday -Astros Home Game against Milwaukee at 6:05 pm Minute Maid Park. -SHSU School of Music presents their 7:30 pm Concert Hall Red Carpet Gala. -Houston International Festival Begins and runs through May 8, See: www.ifest.org Houston 2011 iFest-- an event celebrating food, art & music in the city with the theme for 2011 as ‘The Silk Road Journey Across Asia’. iFest is located in downtown Houston. -Conroe Kentucky Derby Day Party Includes entertainment by a nationally known Broadway performer, the music of the Conroe Symphony, seated dinner and dancing. Event raises funds for the Conroe Symphony Orchestra and begins at 4 pm Lone Star Convention Center Conroe, Call 936.760.2144. -Bentwater Men’s Golf Association Member-Member Match Play-Weiskopf and Miller-9am

May 2011 May 1 Sunday -Astros Home Game vs. Milwaukee at 1:05 pm Minute Maid Park. -Houston’s Dragon Boat Festival launches from Allen’s Landing to slice through the Buffalo Bayou waterway every year. Chinese lion dances, Korean farm dances and other colorful Asian spectacles take place alongside the racing. Contact 713.752.0314. -The Woodlands Coffee & Cars for a Cause 10 am – 12 noon meet the first Sunday of every month next to Jaspers. www.

thewoodlandscarclub.org or 281.363.2977. -Houston Symphony Classical Season at Jones Hall presents “Alexander Nevsky” see: www.houstonsymphony.org. May 2 Monday -SHSU presents The Kolonneh String Quartet performance at PAC Recital Hall 7:30 pm in Huntsville. -First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance Montgomery County elections. May 4 Wednesday -North Shore Republican Women monthly meeting on the first Wednesday of the month –10:45 am -1 pm. Lunch- optional 936.597.6219. Steve Munisteri, Texas Republican Party Chairman – Speaker May 5 Thursday -Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Houston is a celebration for Mexicans, who beat the French on this date. Includes a downtown parade. Mariachi music and dancers at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. -Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands at 8 pm. -8th Annual Fiesta Universal from 5:30 – 9 pm on Market Street in the Woodlands -Garden Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 2 pm in the Bentwater Club dining room, Call Nancy Caillouet at 5976871 for information. May 6 Friday -Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail with application received in Montgomery County for elections.

May 6 – 8 Friday through Sunday -Miller Outdoor Theatre presents “Highlights of the Houston Ballet” live from 8–10 pm at 6000 Hermann Park Drive Houston, Texas. May 7 Saturday -SHSU Orchestra and Choirs Concert at PAC Concert Hall at 7:30 pm Huntsville.

sure to bring business cards, brochures and door prizes to this networking event. -Bentwater Ladies Game Day for Canasta meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 11:30 am at Bentwater Club for lunch and an afternoon of canasta, Contact Bentwater Club at 597-6219.

May 8 Sunday -Mother’s Day – Second Sunday in May, American families celebrate this Holiday by treating their mothers to something special.

May 12 Thursday -Tastefest “A Culinary Extravaganza” Greater Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce held at the Lone Star Convention Center from 5 – 8 pm. For info contact Kelly at 936-538-7111 or at chamber@conroe.org.

May 9 Monday -Astros Home Game vs. Cincinnati at 7:05 pm Minute Maid Park.

May 13 Friday -Astros Home Game vs. New York Mets at 7:05 pm Minute Maid Park.

-Bentwater Ladies Organization monthly luncheon meeting on the second Monday of each month to occur at 11:30 am at the Bentwater Yacht Club; 936.597.6219.

May 14 Saturday -Astros Home Game vs. New York Mets at 6:05 pm Minute Maid Park.

May 10 Tuesday -Astros Home Game vs. Cincinnati at 7:05 pm Minute Maid Park.

May 15 Sunday -Astros Home Game vs. New York Mets at 1:05 pm Minute Maid Park.

-Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance for Montgomery County Elections.

-Reliant Center Houston’s Cinco de Mayo Festival.

May 11 Wednesday -Astros Home Game vs. Cincinnati at 1:05 pm Minute Maid Park.

May 18 Wednesday -Bentwater MOB (Men of Bentwater) monthly luncheon meeting with a speaker; call Bentwater Club at least 48 hours in advance to make reservations at 936.597.6219.

-Greater Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce Business to Business Networking Breakfast will take place on Wednesday, May 11 from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. at April Sound Country Club. Prospective chamber members are invited to attend. Cost is $12 per person- $10 members with reservations. Please call (936) 756-6644 or email rsvp@conroe.org. Be

-Needle and Tea Society monthly member meeting on the third Wednesday of each month from 1 pm until 3 pm. Call Ann Cavanaugh at 936.449-6062.

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May 19 Thursday -Greater Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce. The May Business Afterhours will be hosted by the Crighton Players located at 225 Metcalf in downtown Conroe. The Business Afterhours is free to chamber members and prospective chamber members are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact the chamber office at (936) 756-6644. May 19 – 21 & 22 Thursday & Saturday – Sunday -Houston Symphony presents Dvorak’s Cello Concerto – Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 May 20 Friday -Royal Comedy Tour at Houston’s Reliant Arena starting at 8 pm – Don’t miss your favorite comedians including Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Damon Williams, Don DC Curry and Tony Rock. Call 832-667-1400 for info. May 20 – 22 Friday through Sunday -Houston’s Art Car Weekend when 250,000 spectators converge at Houston Children’s Museum. Hot rods, low-riders, cycles, carts and costumed skaters are just a sampling of the entertainment, Contact 713.926.6368. -Conroe Art League at the Lone Star Art Guild Convention Center. May 21 Saturday -Art Show –Viewing only - Presented by the North West Art League - Lone Star Art Guild, Lone Star Convention Center 713/816-0699 or see: www.lonestarartguild.org.

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-DUB Car Show & Concert at Reliant Center, Houston. -“Ironman Texas” An Ironman triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a 26.2-mile run, and athletes must complete the three disciplines in succession within a 17-hour time frame. Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas will offer 65 coveted slots to the 2011 Ford Ironman World Championship, taking place on Oct. 8 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. From 8 am – 4 pm in The Woodlands. May 23 Monday -Astros Home Game vs. Los Angeles Dodgers at 7:05 pm Minute Maid Park.

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a Tribute to Ray Charles with Ellis Hall conducted by Michael Krajewski. Bentwater Bridge & Canasta Evening at Bentwater Club – Couples play on the fourth Tuesday evening of the month at 7 pm with a buffet dinner offered at 6 pm; Call 597-6219. May 28 Saturday -Astros Home Game vs. Arizona Diamondbacks at 6:05 pm Minute Maid Park.

May 24 Tuesday -Astros Home Game vs. Los Angeles Dodgers at 7:05 pm Minute Maid Park. May 25 Wednesday -Astros Home Game vs. Los Angeles Dodgers at 7:05 pm Minute Maid Park.

May 29 Sunday -Astros Home Game vs. Arizona Diamondbacks at 1:05 pm Minute Maid Park.

May 26 - 29 & June 3 -5 Thursday through Sunday -‘Raising The Barre’ Houston Ballet’s spring repertory program will feature a powerhouse of twenty-first century ballets. Performances in the Brown Theater at Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Street at Smith Street. May 27 Friday -Astros Home Game vs. Arizona Diamondbacks at 7:05 pm Minute Maid Park. May 27 – 29 Friday through Sunday -Houston Symphony’s Pop Season presents

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-The MCPAS presents “Andrea Marcovicci” singing love songs of WWII at 7:30 pm The Crighton Theatre in Conroe. May 28 – 29 Saturday & Sunday -Houston’s 1st Annual South Texas Biker Jam & Expo at Reliant Arena, Contact 832-667-1400.

-Bentwater Ladies Game Day for Bridge meet on the 4th Wednesday at 11:30 am at Bentwater Club for lunch and an afternoon of Bridge, 597-6219.

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May 30 Monday -Memorial Day is observed the last Monday of May each year. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates men and women who died while in military service for their country. The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 pm local time on Memorial Day for one minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the United States. May 31 – June 12 Tuesday through Sunday -Theater Under the Stars of Houston presents: Rock of Ages at 7:30 pm - In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80s. Dream big, play loud and party on!

The importance of backing up your files is paramount in today’s dangerous digital world. Power surges, malicious viruses, and hardware failure threaten to render your computer unusable and make your life miserable. Fortunately, those priceless family photos, email correspondence, and documents can be backed up on an automated schedule. In this article, I will share a few tips that I have learned to curb disaster before it strikes. So where is all your data? A hard drive is a hardware component inside your computer or housed externally that holds your important files. Unfortunately, hard drives are rated only for so many working hours, similar to a television. They also contain many mechanical moving parts that are worn over time. That means with age a hard drive is more prone to failure than a newer drive. Even a newer machine may not be immune to problems, a good routine back up is always recommended. To prevent most common electrical problems a high quality surge protector or battery backup is recommended to keep a clean power environment for your valuable components. Your next step would be to obtain a high capacity external hard drive. These once expensive drives have come down in price and are available for below $100. I would recommend a travel size 1TB Western Digital or Seagate hard drive. 1TB is 1000 gigabytes of space and is sufficient for most home and business users. After hooking up your drive of choice with the included cable you will see it in “My Computer” on a Windows machine and in the “Finder” window on a Mac. Often automatically as soon as you connect an external drive the software will begin to install. The software will determine, with help from you, the location of all your valuable

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