The Official Publication of Bentwater POA
Life Ma rch 2 012
Detective Dick Morgan listens to a witness, played with vigor by Terry Sappenfield
Murder Victim, Elvis, very effectively played by Alan Haight
Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre in Bentwater sold out. Large crowds forced a second eveningâ€™s performance. See story inside...
Cast Members: Front Row: L to R: Producer Pat Wagner, Jeanne Riddle, POA General Manager Dawn Cleboski, Kathy Sisco, Kathy Linse, Lt. Leslie Cade. Back Row: L to R: Terry Sappenfield, Chuck Riddle, Fran Milburn, Jim Jones, Allen Haight, Dick Morgan, Bob Chiste, Michelle Chiste, Artistic Director Suzanne Ray
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B E N T WAT E R B O A R D I N F O R M AT I O N
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President Melanie Gonzales Vice President Terry Bowie
Secretary/Treasurer David Regenbaum Gene Colbert Blair Smith
EDITOR Dawn M. Cleboski
Pat Waycaster Bruce Sellers
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BARKING DOGS A NUISANCE TO YOUR NEIGHBORS Have you ever come home after a frazzled day out, sat down to enjoy come peace and quiet only to find your neighbor’s dog barking so loudly you can’t think?
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Have you tossed and turned night after night trying to sleep, but your neighbor’s dog won’t let you because of their barking? Have you tried to enjoy a nature walk in your neighborhood, but all you do is stir up barking dogs? It’s so frustrating and maddening…You and your neighbors are entitled to quiet and peaceful enjoyment of your homes. Please be a good neighbor and pet owner and do what it takes to ensure your dog is a good neighbor too.
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PARKING Safety First
Please do not park in the country club drive or curbside at any time. It is important to keep the drive free and clear of vehicles except for dropping off and picking up.
Editorâ€™s Note: Pat Wagner (wearing black/white) was
incorrectly identified in a recent issue of Bentwater Life. Please accept our apology.
There is one parking spot north of the club entrance designated for use only for club personnel and vendors for delivery. Please leave it free and clear for their use. Your cooperation is appreciated.
The following policies have been adopted by Resolution of the Bentwater Property Owners Association Board of Trustees and recorded in Montgomery County.
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ance remains unpaid sixty (60) days or later from the due date, a Final Notice may be sent via certified mail to each delinquent owner. The Final Notice will set forth the following information and the result of failure to pay, including an explanation of: 1. AMOUNTS DUE: All delinquent assessments, interest and other amounts due;
BENTWATER® PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. COLLECTION POLICY AND PAYMENT PLAN GUIDELINES STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF MONTGOMERY
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WHEREAS, the property encumbered by this Collection Policy and Payment Plan Guidelines (“Guidelines”) is that property located in the Bentwater® subdivision and comprised of multiple sections in Montgomery County, Texas, and any other property which has been or may be made subject to the authority of Bentwater® Property Owners Association, Inc. (“Association”); and WHEREAS, pursuant to Chapter 209 of the Texas Property Code, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Association hereby adopts these Guidelines for the purposes of establishing a uniform and systematic procedure to collect assessments and other charges of the Association and identify the guidelines under which owners may request an alternative payment schedules for certain assessments; and WHEREAS, the Board has determined that it is in the best interest of the Association to establish these Guidelines. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Association does hereby adopt this Collection Policy and Payment Plan Guidelines, which shall run with the land and be binding on all owners and lots within the subdivision. These Guidelines replace any previously recorded or implemented guidelines that address the subjects contained herein. I. COLLECTION POLICY
1. ASSESSMENT PERIOD The Board has the duty of establishing and adopting an annual budget, in advance, for each fiscal year of the Association covering the estimated costs of operation of the Association during each calendar year.
2. NOTICE The Board shall fix the amount of the annual assessment against each lot for the following year and shall provide notice to every owner subject to the assessment. An owner may not escape liability or be entitled to a deferral of interest, fines or collection costs with regard to delinquent assessments on the basis of such owner’s failure to receive notice, if such notice was sent via regular mail to the most recent address of the owner according to the records of Association. Each owner shall have the obligation to notify the Association in writing of any change in address which shall become effective five days after written notice has been received. 3. DUE DATE All assessments are due on an annual basis, as determined by the Board for that assessment year. If any assessment due the Association is not paid on the date when due, then such assessment shall be become delinquent thirty (30) days after the due date. Charges disputed by an owner are considered delinquent until such time as they are paid in full. 4. INTEREST AND LATE FEES If the assessment is not paid within thirty (30) days after the due date, the assessment shall bear late fees as determined by the Board, and interest from the due date at the rate set forth in the Declaration until the assessment is paid in full. 5. DELINQUENCY NOTIFICATION The Association may cause to be sent the following notification(s) to delinquent owners: a. PAST DUE NOTICE: In the event that an assessment account balance remains unpaid thirty (30) days from the due date, a Past Due Notice may be sent via regular mail to each owner with a delinquent account setting forth all assessments, late fees, interest and other amounts due. A charge may be added to each delinquent owner’s account balance for administrative and postage costs related to the Payment Plan. b. FINAL NOTICE: In the event there is a default on the Payment Plan, where an assessment account bal-
2. HEARING: Owners shall be given notice and opportunity for a hearing before the Board. A hearing shall be granted if a written request for a hearing is received by the Association not more than thirty (30) days from the owner’s receipt of the Final Notice. If a hearing is requested within 30 days from receipt of the Final Notice, further collection procedures are suspended until the hearing process is completed. The Board shall set a hearing date not later than 30 days after receipt of owner’s request for a hearing. Either party may request a postponement, which shall be granted for a period of not more than ten (10) days. Additional postponements may be granted by agreement of both parties. Further collection steps will be determined by the action of the Board; 3. COMMON AREA RIGHTS SUSPENSION: If a hearing is not requested within 30 days from receipt of the Final Notice, the owner’s use of recreational facilities and common properties may be suspended; 4. REQUEST FOR PAYMENT PLAN: Owner has the right to an alternative payment schedule; and 5. MILITARY NOTICE: If the owner is serving on active military duty, the owner may have special rights or relief related to the enforcement action under federal law, including the Service members Civil Relief Act. c. NOTICE OF TURNOVER TO COLLECTION AGENT/ATTORNEY: If a hearing is not requested within 30 days from receipt of the Final Notice, member privileges will be suspended, the account may be sent to a collection agent and/or the Association’s attorney for collection and any fees and expenses will be charged to the owner’s assessment account. An owner may not be charged fees of a collection agent (as same is defined in
Property Code §209.0064) or legal counsel unless the Association first provides written notice to the owner by certified mail, return receipt requested, that: 1. Specifies each delinquent amount and the total amount of the payment required to make the account current; 2. Describes the options the owner has to avoid having the account turned over to a collection agent or legal counsel, including information regarding availability of a payment plan through the Association; and 3. Provides a period of at least thirty (30) days for the owner to cure the delinquency before further collection action is taken. 6. REFERRAL OF ACCOUNT TO ASSOCIATION’S ATTORNEY Upon referral of the account to the Association’s attorney, the attorney is authorized to take whatever action is necessary, in consultation with the Board, including but not limited to: sending demand letters, filing a lawsuit against the delinquent owner for a money judgment, instituting an expedited foreclosure action; and, filing necessary claims, objections and motions in the bankruptcy court and monitoring the bankruptcy case in order to protect the Association’s interests. In the event the Association has determined to foreclose its lien provided in the Declaration, and to exercise the power of sale thereby granted, such foreclosure shall be accomplished pursuant to the requirements of Section 209.0092 of the Texas Property Code by first obtaining a court order in an application for expedited foreclosure under the rules adopted by the Supreme Court of Texas. 7. BANKRUPTCIES Upon receipt of any notice of a bankruptcy of an owner, the account may be turned over to the Association’s attorney so that the Association’s interests may be protected. 8. REQUIRED ACTION Nothing contained herein, not otherwise required by the Declaration or by law, shall require the Association to take any of the specific actions contained herein. The Board of the Association shall have the right, but not the obligation, to evaluate each delinquency on a case-by-case basis as in its best judgment deems reasonable.
1. PAYMENT PLAN SCHEDULE The Association hereby establishes a Payment Plan schedule by which an owner may make partial payments to the Association for delinquent regular or special assessments, or any other amount owed to the Association without accruing additional monetary penalties. Monetary penalties do not include interest or reasonable costs associated with administering the Payment Plan. The Payment Plan Schedule is as follows: a. The term for the Payment Plan is six (6) months; b. A Payment Plan shall require twenty percent (20%) of the delinquent amount to be paid at the inception of the Payment Plan, with the balance being due and payable in five (5) equal payments due on the first day of each month; c. Failure to pay the initial payment of twenty percent (20%) of the delinquent amount shall be considered a default of the Payment Plan; d. An owner, upon written request, may request a longer period of time; e. The Association is not required to honor the terms of a previous Payment Plan during the two (2) years following an owner’s default under a previous Payment Plan. 2. APPLICATION OF PAYMENTS a.Except as provided in subsection (b) immediately below, a payment received by the Association shall be applied in the following order of priority: 1. Any delinquent assessment; 2. Any current assessment; 3. Attorney’s fees or third party collection costs incurred by the Association associated solely with assessments or other charge that can be the basis of foreclosure; 4. Attorney’s fees not subject to “3” above; 5. Fines; 6. Any other amount owed to the Association. 3. PAYMENTS RETURNED NON-SUFFICIENT FUNDS An owner will be assessed a service charge for any check that is returned or Automatic Clearing House (ACH) debit that is not paid for any reason, including but not limited to NonSufficient Funds (NSF) or stop payment order. The amount of the service charge assessed will be the customary amount charged. End of Collection Policy and Payment Plan Guidelines
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BENTWATER® PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. DOCUMENT RETENTION, ACCESS, PRODUCTION AND COPYING POLICY
current management certificate. The request must contain an election either to inspect the books and records before obtaining copies, or to have the Association forward copies of the requested books and records.
STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF MONTGOMERY
An attorney’s files and records relating to the Association, excluding invoices requested by an owner under Section 209.008(d) of the Texas Property Code are not records of the Association and are not subject to inspection by the owner, or production in a legal proceeding. If a document in an attorney’s files and records relating to the Association would be responsive to a legally authorized request to inspect or copy Association documents, the document shall be produced by using the copy from the attorney’s files and records if the Association has not maintained a separate copy of the document. Any document that constitutes attorney work product or that is privileged as an attorney-client privileged communication is not required to be produced.
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WHEREAS, the property encumbered by this Document Retention, Access, Production and Copying Policy (“Policy”) is that property located in the Bentwater® subdivision and comprised of multiple sections in Montgomery County, Texas, and any other property which has been or may be made subject to the authority of Bentwater® Property Owners Association, Inc. (“Association”); and WHEREAS, pursuant to Chapter 209 of the Texas Property Code, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Association hereby adopts this Policy for the purposes of identifying the retention periods for the books, records, and/or other documents of the Association and prescribing the costs the Association will charge for the compilation, production and reproduction of information requested under Section 209.005 of the Texas Property Code; and WHEREAS, the Board has determined that it is in the best interest of the Association to establish this Policy concerning the retention, production and copying of information, books, and records of the Association. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Association does hereby adopt this Document Retention, Access, Production and Copying Policy, which shall run with the land and be binding on all owners and lots within the subdivision. This Policy shall become effective on January 1, 2012. After the effective date, this Policy shall replace any previously recorded or implemented policy that addresses the subjects contained herein. 1. ACCESS The books and records of the Association, including financial records, shall be open to and reasonably available for examination by an owner, or a person designated in writing signed by the owner as the owner’s agent, attorney, or certified public accountant. An owner is entitled to obtain from the Association copies of information contained in the books and records. An owner, or the owner’s authorized representative, must submit a written request for access or information by certified mail, with sufficient detail describing the books and records requested, to the mailing address of the Association as reflected on the most
The Association is not required to release or allow inspection of any books or records that identify the dedicatory instrument violation history of an owner, an owner’s personal financial information, including records of payment/ nonpayment of amounts due the Association, an owner’s contact information other than the owner’s address, or information related to an employee of the Association, including personnel files. Information may be released in an aggregate or summary manner that would not identify an individual owner. These records may be made available only with (i) the express written approval of the owner whose records are the subject of the request, or (ii) if a court of competent jurisdiction orders the release of the records. If inspection is requested, the Association, on or before the tenth (10th) business day shall send written notice of dates during normal business hours that the owner may inspect the requested records to the extent the records are in the possession or control of the Association. The inspection shall take place at a mutually agreed upon time during normal business hours, If copies are requested, the Association shall produce the requested records for the owner on or before the tenth (10th) business day after the date the Association receives the request except as otherwise provided herein. The Association may produce the requested records in hard copy, electronic, or other format reasonably available to the Association.
If the Association is unable to produce the records on or before the tenth (10th) business day, the Association shall give the owner notice that it is unable to produce the records within ten (10) business days, and state a date by which the information will be sent or made available for inspection, on a date not more than fifteen (15) business days after the date the notice is given. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, all records shall be produced subject to the terms of this Policy as set out below. The Association may require advance payment of estimated costs per its adopted policy. 2. CUSTODIAN OF RECORDS The Secretary of the Board or other person designated by the Board, is the designated Custodian of the Records of Association. As such, the Secretary of the Board is responsible for overseeing compliance with this Policy. Any questions regarding this Policy shall be directed to the Custodian of the Records of the Association. 3. PROCEDURES FOR RESPONDING TO REQUEST FOR INFORMATION All requests for information must comply with the requirements set forth hereinabove. The dated and signed, written request must state the specific information being requested. Requests for information will NOT be approved when the information regards pending legal issues, unless specifically required by law; information of personnel matters such as individual salaries; information about other members; information that is privileged or confidential. 4. COST OF COMPILING INFORMATION AND MAKING COPIES OF RECORDS The costs of compiling information and making copies shall not exceed those set forth in 1 TAC §70.3. The following fee schedules and explanations comply with this code section. The following are the costs of materials, labor, and overhead which shall be charged to the owner requesting. The Association may require advance payment of the estimated costs of compilation, production, and reproduction of the requested information. If the estimated costs are lesser or greater than the actual costs, the Association shall submit a final invoice to the owner on or before the 30th business day after the date the information is delivered. If the final invoice includes additional amounts due from the owner, the additional amounts, if not reimbursed to the Associa-
NeighborhoodNews tion before the 30th business day after the date the invoice is sent to the owner, may be added to the owner’s account as an assessment. If the estimated costs exceeded the final invoice amount, the owner is entitled to a refund, and the refund shall be issued to the owner not later than the 30th business day after the date the invoice is sent to the owner.
4.1 Copy Charge:
(1) Standard paper copy. The charge for paper copies reproduced by means of an office machine copier or a computer printer is $.10 per page or part of a page. Each side that has recorded information is considered a page. (2) Nonstandard copy: covers materials onto which information is copied and does not reflect any additional charges, including labor that may be associated with a particular request. Charges for nonstandard copies are: (A) Diskette - $1.00 (B) Magnetic tape – actual cost (C) Data cartridge – actual cost (D) Tape cartridge – actual cost (E) Rewritable & non-rewritable CD - $1.00 (F) Digital video disc - $3.00 (G) JAZ drive – actual cost (H) Other electronic media – actual cost (I) VHS video cassette - $2.50 ( J) Audio cassette - $1.00 (3) Oversize paper copy (e.g. 11 x 17, green bar, blue bar, not including maps and photographs using specialty paper-$.50 (4) Specialty paper (e.g. Mylar, blueprint, blueline, map, photographic) – actual cost 4.2 Labor Charge:
For locating, compiling, manipulating data, and reproducing public information, the following charges shall apply: (1) Labor charge - $15.00/hour. This charge includes the actual time to locate, compile, manipulate data, and reproduce the requested information; (2) No labor charge to be billed for requests that are 50 or fewer pages of paper records, unless the documents to be copied are located in: (A) Two or more separate buildings that are not physically connected with each other; or (B) A remote storage facility; (3) Labor charge may be charged when confidential information is mixed with public information in the same page, an attorney, legal assistant, or any other person who reviews the requested information, for time spent to redact, blackout, or otherwise obscure confidential information for requests of 50 or fewer pages.
4.3 Overhead Charge:
Whenever a labor charge is applicable to a request, the Association may include in the charges direct and indirect charges, in addition to the specific labor charge. This overhead charge would cover such costs as depreciation of capital assets, rent, maintenance and repair, utilities, and administrative overhead. If the Association chooses to recover such costs, the charge shall be made in accordance with the methodology described hereafter: (1) The overhead charge shall not be made for requests for copies of 50 or fewer pages of standard paper records unless the request also qualifies for a labor charge; (2) The overhead charge shall be computed at 20% of the charge made to cover any labor costs associated with a particular request. 4.4 Miscellaneous Supplies:
The actual cost of miscellaneous supplies, such as labels, boxes, and other supplies used to produce the requested information, may be added to the total charge. Related postal or shipping expenses which are necessary to transmit the reproduced information may be added to the total charge. If payment by credit card is accepted, if a transaction fee is charged by the credit card company, that fee may be added to the total charge. 5. DENIAL OF REQUESTED INFORMATION If it is decided that a request for information is inappropriate or unapproved, the Board, or its designee, will notify the requesting member of that decision and the reason for it in a timely manner. The Board, or its designee, will inform the member, in writing of their right to appeal to the Board. 6. DOCUMENT RETENTION POLICY This Section 6 provides for the future systematic review, retention, and destruction of documents received or created by the Association in connection with the transaction of the Association’s business. This policy covers all records and documents, regardless of physical form, and contains guidelines for how long certain documents should be kept and how records should be destroyed. This Document Retention Policy shall be effective on January 1, 2012, and shall apply to records generated on or after January 1, 2012. The Association retains specific documents for the time periods outlined in the attached Exhibit “A.” Documents that may not be specifically listed will be retained for the time period of the documents most closely related to those listed in the schedule. Electronic documents will be retained as if they were paper documents. Therefore, any electronic files that fall into one of the document types on
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the attached Exhibit “A” will be maintained for the identified time period. The Custodian of the Records of Association is responsible for the ongoing process of identifying the Association’s records which have met the required retention period and overseeing their destruction. Destruction of any physical documents will be accomplished by shredding. Destruction of any electronic records of the Association shall be made via a reasonable attempt to remove the electronic records from all known electronic locations and/or repositories. End of Document Retention, Access, Production and Copying Policy
BENTWATER® PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. FLAG DISPLAY POLICY STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF MONTGOMERY
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WHEREAS, the property encumbered by this Flag Display Policy is that property located in the Bentwater® subdivision and comprised of multiple sections in Montgomery County, Texas, and any other property which has been or may be made subject to the authority of Bentwater® Property Owners Association, Inc. (“Association”); and WHEREAS, any reference made herein to approval by the Architectural Control Committee (“ACC”), means prior written approval by the ACC. NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority granted in Section 202.011 of the Texas Property Code, the Board of Directors (the “Board”), hereby adopts this Flag Display Policy (“Policy”), which shall run with the land and be binding on all owners and lots within the subdivision. This Policy replaces any previously recorded or implemented policy that addresses the subjects contained herein. I. FLAG DISPLAY
The display of flags is permitted under the following parameters: 1. O wners may have a total of one (1) flagpole per lot. Flags must be attached to a flagpole in order to be displayed; 2. Any of the following flags may be displayed on the single permitted flagpole: a. U.S. flag; b. Texas flag; or c. An official or replica flag of a branch of the US armed forces
3. The U.S. flag must be displayed in accordance with federal law, and the Texas flag must be displayed in accordance with Texas state law; 4. F lagpoles may be either freestanding or mounted to the dwelling, under the following parameters: a. Freestanding flagpoles must be located in the backyard and may not be taller than twenty feet (20’) when measured from the ground level (including the pole ornamentation). b. Flagpoles no greater than five feet (5’) in length may be attached to the front or back of a dwelling. 5. All flagpoles must be constructed of permanent, longlasting materials, with a finish appropriate to the materials used in the construction of the flagpole and harmonious with the dwelling; 6. No flagpole can be placed within an easement on the owner’s lot, or in a location that encroaches on a setback on the owner’s lot; 7. All flags and flagpoles must be properly maintained at all times, including, but not limited to, immediate replacement of faded, frayed or torn flags and replacement of poles that are scratched, bent, rusted, faded, leaning or damaged in any way; 8. If evening display of the flag is desired, the flag may be lit from the base of the flagpole (maximum of two bulbs) with a total of no more than 150 watts. The light must shine directly up at the flag, and cannot cause any type of light spillover onto adjoining properties. All exterior lighting must be submitted to the ACC for prior approval; 9. F lagpoles mounted to a dwelling or garage must be removed from view when no flag is displayed; 10. The size of the flag must be appropriate for the length of the flagpole; 11. Flagpole halyards must not make noise under any conditions. Halyards must be securely fastened at all times; 12. Freestanding flagpoles must be mounted on an appropriate footing; 13. All flagpoles must be installed per the manufacturer’s guidelines;
14. Owners are prohibited from locating a flag or flagpole on property owned or maintained by the Association; and 15. Owners are prohibited from locating a flag or flagpole on property owned in common by the members of the Association. II. ACC APPROVAL
Flagpoles mounted to a dwelling do not require approval from the ACC, provided the terms of this Policy are complied with. Any installation of a flagpole to a dwelling not in compliance with this Flag Display Policy will be considered a deed restriction violation. Freestanding flagpoles require submission of a completed application to the ACC with a site plan showing the proposed location of the improvement, along with pictures showing the location of the modification and the manufacturer’s brochures or sample of material, if applicable. The color of the materials being used in relation to house color, the visibility from public streets and neighboring properties/common areas and any noise created are of specific concern. Any installation not in compliance with this Policy will be considered a deed restriction violation. This Flag Display Policy does not apply to property that is owned or maintained by the Association. End of Flag Display Policy
BENTWATER® PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. RAIN BARREL POLICY STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF MONTGOMERY
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WHEREAS, the property encumbered by this Rain Barrel Policy is that property located in the Bentwater® subdivision and comprised of multiple sections in Montgomery County, Texas, and any other property which has been or may be made subject to the authority of Bentwater® Property Owners Association, Inc. (“Association”); and WHEREAS, any reference made herein to approval by the Architectural Control Committee (“ACC”), means prior written approval by the ACC. NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority granted in Section 202.007(d) of the Texas Property Code, the Board of Directors (the “Board”), hereby adopts this Rain Barrel Policy (“Policy”), which shall run with the land and be binding on all
owners and lots within the subdivision. This Policy replaces any previously recorded or implemented policy that addresses the subjects contained herein. An application must be submitted for review by the ACC, and formal written approval from the ACC shall be required before installation may begin. II. RAIN BARRELS
A. Prohibited Rainwater Harvesting Systems/Rain Barrels Rainwater harvesting systems or rain barrels (collectively referred to herein as “Rain Barrels”) are prohibited in the following circumstances: 1. Rain Barrels that are located on property owned by the Association; 2. Rain Barrels that are located on property that is owned in common by the members of the Association; 3. Rain Barrels that are located between the front of the owner’s home and an adjoining or adjacent street; 4. Rain Barrels that are of a color not consistent with the color scheme of the home; and 5. Rain Barrels that display language or content other than the manufacturer’s typical display. B. Rain Barrels Located in Area Visible from a Street, Lot, or Common Area: Rain Barrels that are located on the side of a house or at any other location that is visible from a street, another lot, or a common area must comply with the following: 1. Rain Barrels must have adequate screening, as determined by the ACC; 2. Only commercial and professional grade Rain Barrels are permitted; 3. All Rain Barrels must be fully enclosed and have a proper screen or filter to prevent mosquito breeding and harboring; and 4. Rain Barrels may not create unsanitary conditions or be of nuisance to any neighboring properties. III. ACC APPROVAL
Applicant’s submission of plans must include a completed application for ACC review and a site plan showing the proposed location of the improvement, along with pictures showing the location of the modification and the manufacturer’s brochures or sample of material, if applicable. The color of the materials being used in relation to the house color, the visibility from public streets and neighboring properties/common areas and any noise created are of specific concern to the Association and the ACC.
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Any installation not in compliance with this Policy will be considered a deed restriction violation. This Rain Barrel Policy does not apply to property that is owned or maintained by the Association. End of Rain Barrel Policy
BENTWATER® PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. DISPLAY OF RELIGIOUS ITEMS POLICY STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF MONTGOMERY
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WHEREAS, the property encumbered by this Display of Religious Items Policy is that property located in the Bentwater® subdivision and comprised of multiple sections in Montgomery County, Texas, and any other property which has been or may be made subject to the authority of Bentwater® Property Owners Association, Inc. (“Association”). NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority granted in Section 202.018 of the Texas Property Code, the Board of Directors (the “Board”), hereby adopts this Display of Religious Items Policy (“Policy”), which shall run with the land and be binding on all owners and lots within the subdivision. This Policy replaces any previously recorded or implemented policy that addresses the subjects contained herein. DISPLAY OF RELIGIOUS ITEMS
Owners and residents are generally permitted to display or affix one or more religious items on the entry to their dwelling, the display of which is motivated by the owner’s or resident’s sincere religious belief. The display or affixing of a religious item on the entry to the owner’s or resident’s dwelling is prohibited under the following circumstances: 1. The item threatens the public health or safety; 2. The item violates a law; 3. The item contains language, graphics or any display that is patently offensive to a passerby; 4. The item is in a location other than the entry door or door frame or extends past the outer edge of the door frame of the owner’s or resident’s dwelling; and 5. The item, individually or in combination with other religious item(s) displayed or affixed on the entry door or door frame, has a total size of greater than 25 square inches.
The Association, pursuant to Section 202.018 of the Texas Property Code, may remove an item displayed in violation of this Policy. This Policy in no way authorizes an owner or resident to use a material or color for an entry door or door frame of the owner’s or resident’s dwelling or make an alteration to the entry door or door frame that is not authorized by the Declaration. End of Display of Religious Items Policy
BENTWATER® PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. SOLAR DEVICES POLICY STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF MONTGOMERY
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WHEREAS, the property encumbered by this Solar Devices Policy is that property located in the Bentwater® subdivision and comprised of multiple sections in Montgomery County, Texas, and any other property which has been or may be made subject to the authority of Bentwater® Property Owners Association, Inc. (“Association”); and WHEREAS, any reference made herein to approval by the Architectural Control Committee (“ACC”), means prior written approval by the ACC. NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority granted in Section 202.010 and 202.011 of the Texas Property Code, the Board of Directors (the “Board”), hereby adopts this Solar Devices Policy (“Policy”), which shall run with the land and be binding on all owners and lots within the subdivision. This Policy replaces any previously recorded or implemented policy that addresses the subjects contained herein. An application must be submitted for review by the ACC, and formal written approval from the ACC shall be required before installation may begin. I. SOLAR DEVICES POLICY
A.Prohibited Solar Panels Solar Panels, as referred to herein, shall be defined as set forth in the Texas Tax Code, §171.107. Solar Panels are prohibited in the following circumstances: 1. It has been adjudicated by a court that the Solar Panels are a threat to public health or safety, or violate a law; 2. Solar Panels that are located on property owned or maintained by the Association;
NeighborhoodNews 3. Solar Panels that are located on property that is owned in common by the members; 4. Solar Panels that are located on the owner’s property, other than: a. On the roof of the dwelling or another permitted structure; b. In a fenced yard or patio owned & maintained by the owner; 5. Roof-mounted Solar Panels that extend higher than or beyond the roofline; 6. Subject to Item 7 below, if roof mounted, is mounted in an area other than the back of the home; 7. Roof-mounted Solar Panels that are located in an area other than an area designated by the Association, unless the alternate location increases the estimated annual energy production by more than 10% above the area designated by the Association (as determined by a publicly available modeling tool provided by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory); 8. Roof-mounted Solar Panels that do not conform to the slope of the roof and have a top edge that is not parallel to the roofline; 9. Roof-mounted Solar Panels having frames, support brackets, or visible piping or wiring containing colors other than silver, bronze, or black tones; 10. Solar Panels located in a fenced yard or patio that are taller than the fence; 11. Solar Panels that, as installed, void material warranties; and 12. Solar Panels that were installed without prior approval by the Association or ACC.
If the proposed Solar Panels do not fall within one of the above-prohibited categories, the Association or ACC may not withhold approval of the installation of Solar Panels unless the Association or ACC determines in writing that placement of the Solar Panels, as proposed by the owner, constitutes a condition that substantially interferes with the use and enjoyment of land by causing unreasonable discomfort or annoyance to a person of ordinary sensibilities. The written approval of the owner’s proposed location by all owners of adjoining property constitutes prima facie evidence that such a condition does not exist.
B. Permitted Roofing Materials Pursuant to Texas Property Code §202.011, the installation of the following roofing materials is permitted: 2. W ind or hail resistant roofing materials; 3. Materials that provide heating and cooling efficiencies greater than those provided by customary composite shingles; or 4. Materials that provide solar generation capabilities. The above-enumerated acceptable materials, when installed, must: 1. Resemble the shingles used or otherwise are authorized for use within the subdivision; 2. Be more durable than, and are of equal or superior quality to, the shingles authorized for use within the subdivision; and 3. Match the aesthetics of the property surrounding the owner’s property. II. ACC APPROVAL
Applicant’s submission of plans must include a completed application for ACC review, a site plan and/or roof plan showing the proposed location of the improvement, along with pictures showing the location of the modification and the manufacturer’s brochures or sample of material, if applicable. The color of the materials being used in relation to the roof or house color, the visibility from public streets and neighboring properties/common areas and any noise created and/or light reflected are of specific concern to the Association and the ACC. Any installation not in compliance with this Policy will be considered a deed restriction violation. This Solar Devices Policy does not apply to property that is owned or maintained by the Association. End of Solar Devices Policy
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In January, 2012 BLO President Jill Cambern presided over her first meeting.
BLO – Bentwater Ladies Organization
GO TEXAN DAY
It was “Go Texan” day at the February Bentwater Ladies Organization meeting on February 6. Everyone was encouraged to dress western and many ladies did just that. There were lots of boots worn with skirts or jeans, fringed jackets, and western hats. The ladies were treated to the Songs of the Cowboy by Wiley Pat Gavin. Interspersed among the songs were tales about western life, cattle drives and television cowboy heroes such as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. BLO activities for the year are getting underway. At the January meeting, the ladies braved a much needed rainstorm to sign up for all of the BLO sponsored activities as well as other Bentwater events and clubs. Dining groups are getting active and as you read this, most activities will have completed at least one event. Diners will have tried the latest new restaurant and art lovers have visited the King Tut exhibition as well as Samuel Bok’s paintings at the Holocaust Museum. The ladies are looking forward to a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts for a sampling of the many small exhibitions on view as well as lunch at Canopy in Houston. The Antiques Group also has several exciting events planned for the year with their first outing at the end of February.
If you are new to Bentwater and have not joined the Bentwater Ladies Organization, it is not BLO vice-president, Lynne Keener stands by a too late to get involved. table laden with door prizes waiting to be won. Even if you work, you can join and become a part of the evening activities. It is a great way to meet new people. You can sign up on the Bentwater website. Just look for the BLO Luncheon listing and Barb Michels and Lynn Hullinger, 2012 sign up. And don’t BLO Program chairs, review the agenda before the ladies arrive. worry about having a place to sit…we have a newcomer’s table where you can meet other new residents and our charming newcomer committee. The next meeting will be on Monday, March 12 at the Yacht Club at 11:30 am. We hope to see you there!
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Catherine Sutherland, Sandy Wagner, Jody Hostetler and Dorothy Woodall
Patsy Dillard and Myrt Husband Nancy Caillouet and Marta Constantino
Karen Walker Linda Reed
Bentwater Ladies Organization- 2012 President Jill Cambern in front of Bentwater Yacht Club display designed by Richard Aiple Ginger Oakes and Phyllis Cunningham
Gaye Watkins touting the Wineaux group Ann Kate and Keith Ann Gearn
Nancy Caillouet, Beryl Korb, Rhonda Gaskamp
LeeAnne Miner, Patricia Thomas, Shirley Parrish
Amy Hammett, Susan Jackson, Barbara Bowe
Carla Cook, Carolyn Russell, Lynne Harren , Yvonne Womack
Laura Dalberg, Toni Sellers, Elayne Doyle
Lou Dycus, Leona Frank, Deborah Capps
Betty Dobesh, Vicky Duoto, Annette Young
Christine Yutrenka, Janice Barnett, Carolyn Jones
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(LGA) Ladies Golf Association A Great Kick-Off to the 2012 Season!
2012 LGA Chili OPen, 100 Ladies, 18 and 9 Hole players - ABCD format Scramble. L to R:Rae Jean Young, Katy Tucker, Diane Ragsdale, Joan Reilley
L to R: Geneva Montgomery, Carol Hanson, Connie Landgraff, Sherry Coward at the kickoff tournament for 2012 BLGA season.
2012 LGA,"SWINGING FORE THE STARS", 1st place winners, Diana Henigan, Niki Henslee, Gerry Gisler, Barb Michels
2012 LGA Chili Open Winners , Thelma Miller, Gail Kienle, Wanda Morgan, Shirley Quinlan
L to R: Linda Zoellner, Sally Chapman, Kathy King, Beryl Korb, Nancy Caillouet, Diane Ragsdale,
Grammy's Cookie Convoy Contributed by Grammyâ€™s Cookie Convoy Founder, Marlene Summers
n Thursday, January 12th some special ladies shared their time and effort to help Grammy's Cookie Convoy with messages of support to our troops. Diane Ragsdale, Nancy Caillouet, Beryl Korb, Sally Chapman, Kathy King, and Linda Zoellner spent the morning at Willis Head Start helping the children make some creative cards to send to our troops. Six classes worked on drawing and tracing their precious little hands. One of the troops shared with me, after receiving a similar message from a young child during the last shipment, that it was the best reminder to him of what he was fighting for. Grammy's
Cookie Convoy will include the little handprints full of love from the children at Willis Head Start with our most recent shipment of 5,000 "hugs" on February 5th. We hope you will keep our troops and their families in your prayers so that they can return safely home to their family and friends. Many thanks to everyone who has supported this little "project of hugs" with your time and effort, your donations, and most especially your prayers. You are the reason the project is able to continue.
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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: Name Rank
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A Tribute to... SERGEANT CHARLES N. BUCEK, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
Branch of Service
Charles, 28 years old, is the son of Bentwater property owners Mindy and Charles Bucek. He is a Senior Intel Analyst serving his THIRD tour in Afghanistan. He may have returned stateside as you read this.
Mailing Address, if possible (Many neighbors would like to
send cards and letters, not to mention cookies.)
Thank you for joining us in paying tribute to active military personnel who are Bentwater property owners or their families, whether they be spouses, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins or other family members.
His wife, Karen, and their two children are obviously wildly excited about his return. Their son, Charley, age four, and L to R: Marine Sgt. Charles Bucek pictured with siblings Anna, Shannon and Nolen at daughter, Alivia, age two, are looking forAnna’s recent wedding. ward to many family outings in the near future. Some of those outings will be to visit with Charles’ parents as well as his siblings, Shannon, Anna and Nolen.
We hope this tribute column in BENTWATER LIFE will be a heart-warming experience for everyone and your chance to express your personal gratitude to America’s finest! Please send to: email@example.com
Sgt. Charley with brother Nolen
Charles, the entire Bentwater community welcomes you home and thanks you from the bottom of our hearts for your service to our country. We look forward to meeting you when you visit your parents at Bentwater.
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For Dr. Jess N. Legg III, a commitment to excellence and the Conroe community are cornerstones of his patientcare philosophy. More than 40 years of experience have proven Dr. Legg a well-respected neuromuscular and cosmetic dentist. Conroe Dental Health & Cosmetic Centre provides fullservice dentistry with patients’ smiles in mind. Dr. Legg “loves creating smiles, the ultimate accessory! We can literally change people’s lives by giving them a confident smile, he said. For patients in need of replacement teeth, Dr. Legg offers an aesthetically pleasing and durable solution to renewtheir smiles. The All-on-4 Teeth-in-a-Day painless procedure allows him to place four dental implants and a fixed bridge in just one appointment. Teeth-in-a-Day can change your life! Patients who benefit most from this revolutionary and highly sophisticated system are those toothless with dentures or with teeth so compromised they have no option but to pull all their teeth and then select less desirable replacements with dentures, numerous implants, or implant supported dentures. Dr. Legg is also an instructor of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, the most prestigious cosmetic dental school in the country, and the only dentist in Texas to be honored with the prestigious LVI Mastership Award Committed to Excellence.
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MOB – Men Of Bentwater
The Men of Bentwater (MOB) members and their wives were entertained at our December meeting by Nashville recording artist, Carrie Wilmes. Carrie is a member of the Montgomery County Performing Arts Society (MCPAS), and was introduced by Bentwater resident Shirley Pruitt who serves on the board of MCPAS. The program combined a number of familiar old standards, as well as many wonderful Christmas songs. Her performance helped to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.
MOB Member Lee Pruitt and wife Shirley with Entertainer Carrie Wilmes and MCPAS guest
In January, recently retired Vice President and General Manager of Boeings Space Exploration Division, Brewster Shaw, gave a very informative and entertaining talk to our group. Mr. Shaw, a Bentwater resident, has contributed to aeronautics and astronautics with significant accomplishments as a combat pilot, flight instructor, test pilot, shuttle pilot and commander, as well as in senior leadership roles in the Space Shuttle and International Space Stations (ISS) programs with NASA and Boeing. The MOB was honored to have him speak at our luncheon.
The 2012 Board Members as follows: President Jim Hamilton Vice President
Secretary/Treasurer/Webmaster Pat Horsley
The board would like to recognize out-going board members: Richard Sikes-Outgoing President Dan Leasure-Outgoing Treasurer Carl Herring-Outgoing Past President for their dedicated hard work in support of the Men of Bentwater.
The MOB hosted a dinner/theater event at the Owens Theater on Valentine’s Day. The comedy hit “Nunsense” was proceeded by wine, appetizers and dinner. The evening ended with dessert and coffee after the play. A good time was had by all.
Robert Minor Don Ori Jack Visage Jim Jacobs
The MOB is off to a great start in 2012. In addition to our luncheon meetings (sometimes breakfast) we have many special events planned for our members throughout the year. Please come and join us!
PROPERTY TAX ASSISTANCE Bentwater residents, Blair Smith and Terry Bowie have teamed up to provide Bentwater property owners with assistance in protesting property taxes and excellent representation with the Montgomery County Appraisal District. Look for more information in next month’s BENTWATER LIFE. Information: 936-449-5773 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Gramatges, Janice Slaughter, Beryl Korb, Linda Pierce, Susan Kove, Joan Castleberry, Linda Zoellner, Sally Chapman, with thank you card from students. TOP: Linda Pierce, Susan Kove, Joan Castleberry, Margaret Vetter, Linda Zoellner
BOTTOM: Terry Sappenfield, Janice Slaughter, Sally Chapman, Beryl Korb, Susan Gramatges
Children and Reading (CAR)
Bentwater Elves Deliver Gifts to Willis Head Start
Ten elves, all Bentwater residents, went to the MET- Willis Head Start to deliver fun books to each of the students. The Bentwater Children and Reading (CAR) volunteers read in each of the six Head Start classrooms from Monday through Thursday. Each reader, once a month, reads to three classes. It takes about an hour and a half in the classes and about the same to prepare for reading the theme of the month. The students welcome the readers with excitement and it has encouraged the children to enjoy reading. There are 50 volunteers and no one is sure who is having more fun, the students or the readers! If you are interested in finding out more about being a CAR reader, contact Linda Pierce at LBPIERCE@consolidated.net
Did you know that 80% of lawns are overwatered?
New Yearâ€™s Eve
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2nd Vice President/Membership Gail McKinnon, 1st Vice President/ Programs Karen Darcy Pawlak, Carolyn Jones
Dorothy Woodall, Recording Secretary, Sylvia Vanderbilt, Julie Lackey
Casino Party and Masquerade Ball
NSRW â€“ North Shore Republican Women North Shore Republican Women members welcomed guests and prospective members during a wine and cheese party at the home of Bentwater resident Lyn Hullinger. A brunch was also held at the home of Sharon O'Neil, who also lives in Bentwater. Besides munching on delicious appetizers, guests learned about
NSRW and the Republican party during a talk by Irene Kerr, president of NSRW. The club meets the first Wednesday of each month at Bentwater Country Club. For more information, go to www.nsrepublicanwomen.org. There is also a Facebook page for the organization under North Shore Republican Women/TX.
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Colombo-style sleuth played with style by Dick Morgan
The audience enjoys the show
The cast takes their bows
Murder Mystery Dinner T heatre SPOOF - BENTWATER POA MEETING TURNED BAD A sold out crowd whistled, cheered and gave a 10-minute standing ovation at Bentwater’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre’s premier at the yacht club. A second evening’s performance was required due to high community interest resulting in an annual theatrical production planned for the Bentwater community. The creative team of visionary Producer Pat Wagner, and Artistic Director, Suzanne Ray, pooled their resources and began their journey. Bentwater residents filled the stage delighting the eager audience with their ingenious portrayal of a POA meeting turned bad by a murder in the yacht club. POA General Manager, Dawn Cleboski, brought the house down with her guest appearance. Montgomery High School theatre students provided superb technical assistance. Using Bentwater resi-
POA General Manager Dawn Cleboski facetiously chastises the board members for holding a meeting without her
Revered Producer Pat Wagner
dents coupled with actual, relevant scenarios topped off by an undercover agent’s video of the subdivision all proved to bring the community together in a theatrical setting. Because of the overwhelming interest in this event, multi-talented Suzanne Ray and Jessica Ferrarone have agreed to teach a monthly acting class resulting in the forming of “The Bentwater Players.” More information on this is to follow. POA Board Member actors blaming each other for not notifying the POA manager about the scheduled meeting
Multi-talented Artistic Director Suzanne Ray
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TRASH BASH 2012
Campaign Goal Becomes Reality
Clean Up Day on Lake Conroe Saturday, March 31st
Bentwater Residents who worked hard at last year’s Trash Bash to keep Bentwater shores clean
The Bentwater Montgomery County United Way Leadership Committee can be proud of their 2011 campaign efforts.
This annual event will begin at Bentwater Yacht Club on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at 8:30 am with coffee and breakfast tacos. This is a great way to give back to our environment and show support to the beauty of nature by which we are surrounded here at Bentwater. Lake Conroe is a critical part of our lifestyle, so please join us for this national event to continue keeping our 12- 1/2 miles of Bentwater shoreline free of debris. Bring your favorite rake, gaff, or gadget that will retrieve those out of reach items. T-shirts will be given to all pre-registered volunteers. Gloves and trash bags provided. There will be a free lunch and door prizes at Cagle Recreation Area - FM 1375. More official information at - www.trashbash.org
Every morning we awake to freedom. Know that it is because our military continues to stand on the front lines, not just at the borders of our own soil, but also on the soil of weaker nations, helping to extend and strengthen freedom around the world. Join us in thanking these men and women who honored us with their service.
Bentwater MCUW Leadership Committee members in front of the campaign thermometer. Back L-R: Allen Rosa, Abe McCoy, Joe Constantino, Patrick O’Neil, and Thelma Miller; Front L-R: Rhonda Gaskamp, Susan Gramatges, and Patti Mennes. Not pictured: Dawn Cleboski, Stan Hemmeline, Beryl Korb, and Fred Ziker.
Charlie Seefluth Army Rich Shirley Army Jerry Stricklin Army Dan Thigpen Navy – Submarines Pat Voelz Army Jim Voelz Army Dean Zurkammer Army
If you are a current or former member of our military, we would like to add you to our register. Contact: email@example.com or 936-597-5532.
As of January 3rd, Bentwater pledged $147,309. The Bentwater Committee and MCUW thank you for your 2011 campaign donations. Reaching our goal helps MCUW come closer to its goal- helping to move people out of poverty.
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Listed below are some of our veterans that are Bentwater property owners that were not listed in the January, 2012 issue of Bentwater Life: Terry Bowie Army Don Bradshaw Navy Bill Chapman Army James Dickerson Air Force Don Dilmore Merchant Marines Gordon Hammett Army Bob Hook Army
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Two eagles having fun in Alaska. Photo by Dave Clements
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The Launch of the New
BENTWATER.COM WEBSITE Puts Bentwater Living at Your Fingertips
Bentwater.com is a completely redesigned site that integrates all areas of Bentwater. It starts with a new home page that is the gateway to weddings and receptions, tournaments and outings, catching up on the current country club announcements or checking out the latest real estate opportunities. Click over to the Member Login page to access both your club and POA accounts.
A World of Beauty A World of Difference
Keeping up with the latest news and information from the country club, POA, and the Bentwater Sales Center is easy and convenient right from the home page. The new Bentwater Life blog is your direct connection to programs and activities around the community while the online Bentwater Life magazine is easy to share with family and friends. Upcoming club events are also easily found on the home page.
RIGHT: Two eagles having fun on Lake Conroe. Photo by Sue Wheatley
Chad Mahlmann, Executive Vice President of Bentwater, states that "timely and effective communication to our members and prospects is a top priority. Our new website offers greatly expanded information to our members and allows us to consistently update content. These additions have been developed in response to member suggestions and include forms and information for planning a wedding or private event, creating a golf tournament for an organization or charity, and booking your company’s holiday parties. The Bentwater brand has always promised excellence in all things and the new Bentwater.com website delivers on this promise.”
The Bentwater sales center staff has created a new, enhanced real estate section. As the official authority on Bentwater, the sales senter posts the latest on new real estate hitting the market, as well as special offers and incentives only offered by Bentwater.
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Stewarts Garden Center By: Kim Stewart
Late winter is fruit tree, rose, and nut tree season in East Texas. Garden centers are receiving their annual shipments and now is the best time to shop for hard to find varieties and newer varieties that have limited availability. The beautiful weather we have had has given area gardeners “spring fever” and planting is the perfect cure. If adding a few fruit trees is on your “to do” list for this year, then let us do a quick review of the basic requirements and “how to” for successful growing. First, choose a planting site that receives full, direct sunlight (min. 8 hours) and has good drainage. Fruit trees do not like poor drainage and will not survive in water logged soil. New plantings will need to be irrigated a minimum of twice a week during the next few weeks and three times a week when temperatures stay in the high 70’s. Fruit trees, as a rule, will require consistent watering throughout their lifetime. Pears and figs, once established will tolerate drought conditions longer than peaches, plums or apples. Leave a newly planted peach tree “unwatered” for 10 days during late spring or summer and you will be replacing the tree the next season. Newly planted trees should be pruned back 20% before planting to stimulate growth and ensure the branching is not to extensive for the root system to handle. Most fruit trees will bare heavily after the fourth through fifth year. All fruit trees (nut trees on 4-5 year growth) will produce on three year growth, just not as much. When shopping, choose healthy container grown or planted trees when possible. Bare root trees or packaged trees are fine until early February for purchasing. After that date, the root system will become dry and permanent damage can occur to the root system. A frequently asked question is “what size is the best size to plant.” I prefer a tree in the 5-7’ range, generally ½” caliber. The tree will generally be around two years old and easy enough to handle. Seek trees potted in biodegradable pots. The pots are compressed peat moss and will deteriorate after 5-6 months in the ground and make a nice peat ring to hold in moisture as the tree matures. Note: if the tree dies and the pot is easily lifted from the ground 5 months later, the plant was not watered adequately or the pot would not exist. Upon planting, ensure the tree is planted at the same level or preferably, slightly higher, than the existing soil level. This
means two things: the tree root ball should be above the soil level at least an inch and that the existing soil level on the tree can not be changed…not even a 1/16th of an inch. To plant a woody stemmed plant (except for a fig) well above the root system will cause the bark to rot. As the bark deteriorates the “blood vessels” slightly below the bark become damaged and nutrients can not flow up and down the trunk and the plant dies off over a course of several months. This is why it is so important to keep the soil level well below the graft (large knot at the base of the trunk). There are two rules of thought on the application of root stimulator to apply before or after planting. To me, it depends on the size of the tree. Trees over 3” inches in caliber should have the hole filled with water and pour the appropriate amount of root stimulator in the hole, BEFORE planting the tree. Smaller trees can be watered upon planting…keeps the mud mess down and it is easier to mix 4 tablespoons per gallon of water for every 3’ of plant height when the tree is smaller. Root stimulator is a fertilizer and a hormone that greatly accelerates the growth rate of the root system so the tree can anchor itself and begin growing. I feel it is a must for newly installed plant material. It can be reapplied 6 weeks after planting. Green light makes a good root stimulator and so does Fertilome. As your shopping, ask questions. You should expect answers… preferably correct ones. Garden centers that specialize in the nursery business (I know that sounds ridiculous) will be able to answer questions concerning what fruit tree varieties are best suited for your area, the chilling hours of each, pollinator required, texture, time of harvest and sweetness of the fruit, as well as other bits of information that are “plant specific.” This is where shopping at a box store can cost you more money than you bargained for. You are shopping for a specialized product that requires specialized knowledge, and will be a ten year investment of your time, money and energy. If you can not find either you are shopping in the wrong garden center. Spring is just a around the corner and now is a great time to begin scheduling and planning a landscape or irrigation system. Early May is not an optimum time to landscape the yard for that early June wedding. Landscapes need at least 60-90 days to look their best following installation. Now is the time to get started. Happy gardening.
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Couples “Fall into the Night”
The Third Annual Couples “Fall into the Night” golf tournament took place last fall under perfect conditions. The weather could not have been better. The evening began with participants partaking of a wonderful buffet amidst a beautiful November sunset. With darkness quickly approaching, the golf course began to illuminate with light of hundreds of glow sticks guiding the way for the golfers. Once the players teed off, the fun began. Sounds of whiffed shots, laughter and heckling were heard around the Weiskopf course as players experienced golfing at night. Throughout the trials and tribulations of hitting a glowing golf ball in complete darkness, a few impressive scores immerged. Thank you to all who participated; here are some highlights of the event!
Brunch With Santa Their smiles say it all!
Our children and grandchildrenâ€™s visits with Santa are always so special. We know you will enjoy seeing their smiles during the delicious Brunch with Santa at Bentwater for them and their families.
March Bentwater Life
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"Face to Face" Beats Fingers on a Keyboard
These days, you can purchase almost anything on the Internet. However, you can still benefit from a human, face-to-face experience for some purchases — like your investments. And that’s why you may want to work with a financial professional. Unlike a computer interface, a financial professional will take the time to understand your situation today — and help you make adjustments tomorrow. Let’s look at two key areas a financial professional will consider today:
cile your financial picture with that of your new spouse. A financial professional can review both your situations and possibly recommend ways for you to reduce debt, eliminate redundancies in your investment portfolios and consolidate insurance coverage.
Your risk tolerance — By asking the right questions, a finan-
Career change — When you change jobs, you may have to
cial professional can help you determine if you’re a moderate, conservative or aggressive investor and then recommend investments that are suitable for your risk tolerance.
Your time horizon — If you’re saving for a down payment on
a new home you expect to purchase within two or three years, you may want an investment that offers significant preservation of principal. But if you’re saving for retirement, and you’re three decades away from it, you’ll likely need investments that offer the potential for growth. Your financial advisor can help you choose both short- and long-term investments that can help you make progress toward your goals.
New spouse — When you’re getting married, you’ll have to recon-
make investment-related decisions: Should you move the assets from your old employer’s 401(k) to an IRA? Or should you roll over your old 401(k) to your new employer’s plan, if a rollover is allowed? Knowing your options when you leave your job can help you make the right choice for your retirement savings. A qualified financial professional can help you review and understand your rollover options. Retirement — Once you retire, you’ll have several issues to con-
Now, let’s look some milestones that a financial professional can help you with as your life progresses:
sider: How much can you withdraw from your investments each year? From which accounts? Should you rebalance your portfolio to provide more potential sources of income? What about the transfer of your wealth? A financial professional who is familiar with your situation can help you make the right moves to enjoy the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned.
New child — When you bring a new child into your life, you also add new responsibilities. Do you have sufficient life insurance? Do you plan on helping the child pay for college? If so, what college funding vehicles should you consider? A financial professional can help you answer these questions.
So, when you really want to invest, leave the “virtual” world behind and connect with a financial professional who has gained insight into your individual needs and who has the experience and expertise to help you build, maintain and adjust a portfolio that can help you move toward your goals. Written by Edward Jones
End of February 2012 February 26 Sunday -Bernhardt Winery in Plantersville, Texas presents 2-Bit Palomino - back by popular demand! They were awarded Vocal Group of the Year by the Academy of Texas Music 2011 February 28 Tuesday - Alabama is set to kick off the 2012 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo series opening night with a live performance that marks the first stop for this popular country music group’s first tour in eight years. Rodeo time has been a tradition in Houston since 1932, and the three-week extravaganza at Reliant Park continues to be awesome every spring. February 29 Wednesday -Armed Forces Appreciation Day at Houston’s Livestock Show & Rodeo honors brave men and women for their service in the U. S. Armed Forces. Military personnel, veterans, families, friends, and the public are encouraged to participate. Show your patriotism by dressing in red, white, and blue. Free Reliant Park admission for service men and women in uniform or with a military ID on Armed Forces Appreciation Day. Feb 29 – Mar 3 Wednesday through Saturday -Sam Houston State University’s Drama Department presents You Can’t Take it With You at the Erica Starr Theatre at 8 pm, for tickets call 936.294.1339 Feb 29 – Mar 4 Wednesday through Sunday -Houston Fishing Show, see: www.houstonfishingshow.com for info
Calendar of Events March 2012
March 1 Thursday -BENTWATER’s Junior Tennis Program Begins. Contact the Sports Club at 936.597.2260 -BENTWATER Cocktails and Cooking at the Yacht Club starting at 6:30 pm, contact the country club at 936.597.6219 -BENTWATER GARDEN CLUB monthly meeting on March 1st -Sheriff Tommy Gage Fundraiser at the Lone Star Convention Center from 5:30 – 8:30 pm -Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo presents Lady Antebellum -Sam Houston State University Spring 2012 School of Music Concert presents Joel Laviolette and Rattletree Marimba - J. Lane contact 936.294.1360 for more info March 1 – 2 Thursday through Friday -Early voting continues through Friday March 2nd March 1 – 3 Thursday through Saturday -Sam Houston State University’s Drama Department presents You Can’t Take it With You at the Erica Starr Theatre at 8 pm, for tickets call 936.294.1339 March 1 – 4 Thursday through Sunday -Texas Independence Day Rally in Groesbeck, Texas, see: www.thehotrally.com for info
March 2 Friday -Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo features John Legend on Black Heritage Day at Reliant Center March 2 through 4 Friday through Sunday -Houston Ballet presents Cinderella with evening performances at 7:30 pm on March 2nd and 3rd and a matinee on March 3rd and 4th at 2 pm -Stage Right presents Barefoot in the Park at The Crighton Theatre in Conroe -Houston’s Society for the Performing Arts presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Jones Hall March 3 Saturday -BENTWATER MGA Match Play Qualifier Shotgun – Weiskopf Course at 12:30 pm -Montgomery County Food Bank’s Feasting on the Frontier at La Torretta Del Lago Resort & Spa starting at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available by calling 936.539.6686. Dinner, dancing, and auctions! -Historic Montgomery’s old fashioned farmer’s market held in conjunction with the Lone Star First Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm in downtown Montgomery -Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo features Luke Bryan at Reliant Center -Sam Houston State University Spring 2012 School of Music Concert presents Chorale Concert – J. Franklin at GPAC Concert Hall at 7:30 pm, contact 936.294.1360 for more info March 3 – 4 Saturday through Sunday -Lone Star Convention Center’s 2012 Two Day National Championship Fun Cheer Brand, see: www.funcheer.com March 4 Sunday -BENTWATER First Round of Match Play on Miller Course at 11 am
March Bentwater Life -Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo features Big Time Rush and China Anne McClain from A.N.T. Farm with The McClain Sisters at Reliant Center March 5 Monday -Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo features Eli Young Band at Reliant Center -Houston Astros Spring Training Game against the Braves at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, FL 12:05 CDST -Sam Houston State University Spring 2012 School of Music Concert Percussion Group presents Notations – J. Lane at GPAC Concert Hall at 7:30 pm, contact 936.294.1360 for more info -First Monday Trade Days in Canton, TX call 903.567.2991 for info March 6 Tuesday -BENTWATER LGA Spring Fling on Miller Course at 9 am -BENTWATER Tuesday Night Mixed Doubles League at 7 pm -Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo features Enrique Iglesias at Reliant Center -Houston Astros Spring Training Game against the Mets at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, FL 12:05 CDST March 7 Wednesday -BENTWATER Head Racquet Sports Demo Day at 9 am -Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo features Blake Shelton at Reliant Center -Sam Houston State University Spring 2012 School of Music Concert presents Hamilton Duo Guest Artist Concert – H. Lim at GPAC Concert Hall at 7:30 pm, contact 936.294.1360 for more info
-North Shore Republican Women – Bentwater Country Club hosts the monthly meeting with social time starting at 10:45 am and the meeting promptly beginning at 11:15 am until 1 pm. Contact 936.597.6219 March 7 – 25 Wednesday through Sunday -Houston’s Alley Theatre presents a Tony Award Winner Best Play Red By John Logan and directed by Jackson Gay March 8 Thursday -BENTWATER Thursday Night Men’s Doubles League at 7 pm -Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo features ZZ Top at Reliant Center -Sam Houston State University Spring 2012 School of Music Concert presents Milen Guest Guitarist Recital – A. Montiel at GPAC Concert Hall at 7:30 pm, contact 936.294.1360 for more info -Houston Symphony’s Special Feature Earth, Wind & Fire at 7:30 pm, see: www. houstonsymphony.org for more info March 8 through 18 Thursday through Sunday -Houston Ballet presents Rock, Roll & Tutu’s World Premiere by Stanton Welch and Rooster by Christopher Bruce with Music by The Rolling Stones and Divergence by Stanton Welch with Music by Georges Bizet. Evening performances at 7:30 pm on March 8, 10, 16 & 17 with matinee performances at 2 pm on March 11th & 18th March 9 Friday -Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo features Reba McEntire at Reliant Center during the Paint the Rodeo Pink Day
March 9 – 10 Friday through Saturday -The Crighton Players present evening performances of You Can’t Take It with You live at the Owen Theatre in downtown Conroe at 8 pm March 9 – 11 Friday through Sunday -River Oaks Garden Club’s 76th Annual Home & Garden Tour Azalea Trail, for details see: www.riveroaksgardenclub.org -Larry’s Old Time Trade Days in Winnie, Texas, see: www.larrysoldtimetradedays. com for info -Houston Symphony’s POPS Season features Bowfire! with Robert Franz conducting, see: www.houstonsymphony.org for more info March 10 Saturday -BENTWATER Scotch Dinner in the Country Club at 6:30 pm -Montgomery County Performing Arts Society’s Young Texas Artists the 28th annual Entergy Concert of Finalists at 7:30 pm in the Crighton Theatre, Conroe -Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo features Chris Young at Reliant Center -Conroe Cruisers presents an NSRA/LSSRA Appreciation Day at 2201 Airport Road (off loop 336 in Conroe, TX --Rain Date 03-1112--Come On Out For Fun And Fellowship—Snacks) -Houston Symphony’s Family Season features Symphony Under the Sea with Robert Franz conducting, see: www.houstonsymphony.org for more info
-Houston Astros Spring Training Game against the Blue Jays at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, FL 12:05 CDST
March 11 Sunday -Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo features Duelo and also La Original Banda El Limon on Go Tejano Day at Reliant Center
-City of Conroe Parks and Recreation presents Fresh Fridays at the Rec with March Madness from 7 pm until 11 pm, see: www. cityofconroe.org
-Houston Astros Spring Training Game against the Tigers at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, FL 12:05 CDST continued...
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-Daylight Savings Time begins today so be sure to “Spring Ahead One Hour” and reset your clocks at 2 am -Bernhardt Winery in Plantersville, Texas presents their Winter Madness Concerts featuring Lewis Lamb Motown Experience. Come out and enjoy the sounds of the Four Tops, The Four Seasons and all the great doo wop and motown music of the 60’s.
– Ladies meet on the second Wednesday at 11:30 am at Bentwater Club for lunch and an afternoon of canasta; contact Bentwater Club at 936.597.6219 for lunch reservations or sign up online no later than 48 hours before each game day. -Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo features The Band Perry during The Spring Break Stampede on Value Wednesday at Reliant Center -Houston’s Society for the Performing Arts presents Tchaikovsky Competition Winner Itamar Zorman master violinist at the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater
March 12 Monday -BENTWATER LADIES ORGANIZATION monthly luncheon meeting on the second Monday of each month at 11:30 am Bentwater Yacht Club, Call 936.597.6219 for reservations, or register online at www.bentwaterclub.com
March 15 Thursday -BENTWATER Club 200 at the Yacht Club at 6:30 pm
-Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo features Zac Brown Band at Reliant Center
-Houston Astros Spring Training Game against the Mets at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, FL 12:05 CDST
March 12 through 16 Monday through Friday -M.I.S.D. Spring Break period for both students and teachers March 13 Tuesday -BENTWATER – Game Evening - Bridge and Canasta Evenings on the second and fourth Tuesday evenings at Bentwater Club play starts at 7 pm with 6 pm buffet dinner; contact Bentwater Club at 936.597.6219 for reservations. -Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo features Miranda Lambert during the Spring Break Stampede at Reliant Center -Houston Astros Spring Training Game against the Phillies at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, FL 12:05 CDST March 14 Wednesday -BENTWATER – Ladies Game Day CANASTA
-Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo features Jason Aldean during The Spring Break Stampede at Reliant Center
March 16 Friday -Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo features Train during The Spring Break Stampede at Reliant Center March 16 – 17 Friday through Saturday -BENTWATER LGA Super Senior Club Championship Tee Times on Both Courses at 9 am -The Crighton Players present evening performances of You can’t Take It with You live at the Owen Theatre in downtown Conroe at 8 pm -Dyeing O’ the River Green and St. Patrick’s Day Parade in San Antonio, Texas, see: www. thesantonioriverwalk.com for more info March 16 – 18 Friday through Sunday -The Goodguys Rod & Custom Show in Fort Worth, see: www.good-guys.com for more info
-Houston Symphony’s Classical Season features Petrenko Conducting Prokofiev, see: www.houstonsymphony.org for more info March 17 Saturday -BENTWATER March Madness Inter-Club at 9 am -Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo features Brad Paisley during The Spring Break Stampede at Reliant Center
March Bentwater Life -BENTWATER Men of Bentwater monthly luncheon meeting – Call the country club at 936.597.6219 at least 48 hours in advance to make reservations for the next meeting.
March 23 Friday -Houston Astros Spring Training Game against the Nationals at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, FL 12:05 CDST
-The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show in Katy, Texas, see: www.pinoak.org for info
-Sam Houston State University Spring 2012 School of Music Concert presents Jazz Festival Concert, featuring Lynn Roberts – A. Schneller at GPAC Concert Hall at 7:30 pm, contact 936.294.1360 for more info
March 22 Thursday -BENTWATER Birthday Night at the Country Club
-Houston’s Society for the Performing Arts presents Spok Frevo Orquestra at the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater
March 22 - 23 Thursday through Friday -BENTWATER Pro Skins for School – Start on the Weiskopf Course at 2:30 pm
March 23 – 24 Saturday through Sunday -The Crighton Players present evening performances of You Can’t Take It with You live at the Owen Theatre in downtown Conroe at 8 pm
March 18 Sunday -BENTWATER Sunday Brunch at the Yacht Club 11 am
-Miller Outdoor Theatre presents The Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers at 8:15 and 10:30 pm at 6000 Hermann Park Drive in Houston
March 24 Saturday -BENTWATER USPTA Junior Grand Prix # 1 Bentwater 8 am
-Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo features Alan Jackson during The Spring Break Stampede at Reliant Center
March 22 – 24 Thursday through Saturday -Sam Houston State University Spring 2012 School of Music Concert presents Bill Watrous Jazz Festival – A. Schneller at GPAC Venues at 7:30 pm, contact 936.294.1360 for more info
-BENTWATER Wine Dinner at the country club at 6:30 pm
March 22 – 25 Thursday through Sunday -Houston Symphony’s Classical Season features Mozart’s A Little Night Music with Hans Graf conducting, see: www.houstonsymphony.org for more info
-Sam Houston State University Spring 2012 School of Music Concert presents Jazz Festival Concert featuring Vaughn Nark – A. Schneller at GPAC Concert Hall at 7:30 pm, contact 936.294.1360 for more info
-St. Patrick’s Day
-Houston Astros Spring Training Game against the Mets at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, FL 12:05 CDST March 20 Tuesday -Houston Astros Spring Training Game against the Cardinals at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, FL 12:05 CDST -Theatre under the Stars in Houston presents Annie America’s most beloved little red-head back in a delightful musical for the entire family, see: www.tuts.com for more info March 21 Wednesday -BENTWATER Needle & Tea Society meet on the third Wednesday of each month to engage in various needle working projects with light refreshments served, contact 936.449-6062 Ann Cavanaugh
-Larry Martin Entertainment presents Highwaymen Live A Country Music Tribute to Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings at the Crighton Theatre
-The Woodlands Crawfish Festival at Woodlands Town Center, see: www.thewoodlandscrawfish.com for info March 24 – 25 Saturday through Sunday -Montgomery County Fair Scholarship Trail Ride - The Scholarship Trail Ride takes place prior to the Fair each year in March. Money for scholarships is provided by sponsorships, donors, ride fees, and an auction. Riders assemble at the campsite, with most of the two-day ride taking place in the National Forest. For additional information contact the Fair Office. Ride donations benefit all twelve high schools in Montgomery County. Ride Donation: $20.00 - 12 & under free. Donation includes Saturday night dinner & auction plus one (1) day pass to the Montgomery County Fair and Rodeo. -Kemah Pan Jam in Kemah, Texas, see: www.kemahpanfest.com for more info March 25 Sunday -Miller Outdoor Theatre presents Marisyahu Live for Aishel House at 7:30 and 10 pm at 6000 Hermann Park Drive in Houston -Houston Astros Spring Training Game against the Pirates at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, FL 12:05 CDST -Reliant Center presents the Run for the Rose at 8 am – Run for the Cure, Run for the Children, Run for the Rose – Come out and show your support for the brain cancer warriors
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-Bernhardt Winery in Plantersville, Texas presents their Winter Madness Concerts featuring Monica Perry, Fiddle versus Violin. Come out and enjoy music from one of the top fiddle players in Texas. March 26 Monday -Sam Houston State University Spring 2012 School of Music Concert presents Wind Ensemble CBDNA Preview – M. McInturf at GPAC Concert Hall at 7:30 pm, contact 936.294.1360 for more info March 27 Tuesday -BENTWATER – Game Evening - Bridge and Canasta Evenings on the second and fourth Tuesday evenings at Bentwater Club play starts at 7 pm with 6 pm buffet dinner; contact Bentwater Club at 936.597.6219 for reservations. -Miller Outdoor Theatre presents Swing, Jive & Pop Into Dance at 11 am and 12 noon 6000 Hermann Park Drive in Houston -Houston Astros Spring Training Game against the Tigers at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, FL 12:05 CDST -Sam Houston State University Spring 2012 School of Music Concert presents Richard Nunemaker & Quartet Guest Artist Recital – P. Card at GPAC Concert Hall at 7:30 pm, contact 936.294.1360 for more info March 28 Wednesday -Houston Astros Spring Training Game against the Marlins at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, FL 12:05 CDST
March 28 – 31 Wednesday through Saturday -Sam Houston State University’s Drama Department presents Some Girls at the Showcase Theatre at 8 pm, for tickets call 936.294.1339 March 29 Thursday -BENTWATER Pacesetters Interclub Shotgun – Back 9 of the Weiskopf Course at 9 am March 30 Friday -Montgomery County Choral Society presents Our Heritage in Song at First United Methodist Church in Conroe 8 pm start at 4308 West Davis – join us for our final performance of the 2012 season celebrating our 40th year! For tickets call 936.756.3395, Ext. 118 -Montgomery County Fair Association Golf Tournament to be held at River Plantation Golf Country Club with proceeds divided between the top three finishing teams to be spent at the various auctions during the Fair. -Houston Astros Spring Training Game against the Braves at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, FL 12:05 CDST March 30 – 31 Friday through Saturday -Sam Houston State University Spring 2012 School of Music Concert presents Opera Workshop – R. Grimes at GPAC Concert Hall at 7:30 pm, contact 936.294.1360 for more info March 30 – April 1 Friday through Sunday -German Heritage Festival in Tomball, Texas, call for details: 281.379.6844 or visit www.tomballsistercity.org -Reliant Center presents the 2012 JVA World Challenge – an AAU Sanctioned event where the top two teams in each division will earn a paid entry into the AAU National Championships in Orlando, FL -Houston Symphony’s Classical Season features Hilary Hahn & Enigma Variations with Alexander Shelley conducting, see: www. houstonsymphony.org for more info
March 30 – April 7 Friday through Saturday -Walker County Fair & Rodeo in Huntsville, Texas, call for details: 936.291.8763 or visit www.walkercountyfair.com for more info March 31 Saturday -BENTWATER’S Trash Bash at the yacht club starting 8:30 am -Monster Energy AMA Supercross at Reliant Stadium in Houston starting at 7 pm -Montgomery County Food Bank presents Kidzfest in downtown Conroe – come to play the Knock-Out Hunger Game from 10 am until 6 pm -Houston Astros Spring Training Game against the Yankees at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, FL 12:05 CDST -Reliant Arena in Houston presents the H Town Blues Festival -City of Conroe Parks & Recreation presents the movie in the park at Heritage Place starting at 8 pm and featuring The Smurfs -The Woodlands Christian Academy’s True Colors Auction and Gala Event for 2012, see: www.twca.net for info Come out and enjoy a night of music with some of the best artists in Blues including Mel Waiters, Sir Charles Jones, March 31 – April 1 Saturday through Sunday -Montgomery County Food Bank presence at The Woodlands Spring Home & Garden Show at the Waterway Marriott from 10 am until 6 pm -Conroe Cruiser’s 20th Annual Spring Classic Kickoff Car Show on the Square in Downtown Conroe, see: www.conroecruisers.com
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classified ads To place a FREE classified, submit new listings to www.n2pub.com by the 28th of the month. Click on “Submit Info” at the bottom of the homepage then “Items for Sale” and fill out the required information. All ads will need to be re-entered each month if not sold. FOR SALE: Powerhouse Home Gym System. $75.00 Compact vertical design. With a combination chest press/chest fly station,and a leg developer station. Contact Jim at 936-718-6850
FOR SALE: Antique diamond watch with gold rope and diamond band. $4500. 2 carat marquise diamond ring $ 8000. Ladies mink jacket. Worn once $ 2000. Call 936-597-5035
FOR SALE: Toyota, Venza, 2010. Low mileage. Excellent condition. Asking $28,000. Call 936-597-4453
FOR SALE: Danish Inspirations teak wood King bedroom set. Includes King bed with attached nightstands, triple dresser, mirror & foot bench. Does not require box spring - perfect for tempurpedic or sleepnumber. Call 936-597-5633
FOR SALE: Set of Callaway X20 Graphite Shaft Irons with new Wynn oversize Leather Grips. Comes complete with Callaway Graphite Shaft Hawk Eye 1-3-7 Woods and two Hybrid Clubs. Call 936-449-4009 FOR SALE: Genuine white fur jacket : $ 900. One of a kind Glamorous Evening Dress : $550 Alexandra Hicks, Phone 713-876-2398
FOR SALE: Ping Rapture 3 Wood. 14.5 degree.Excellent Condition. $90.00.Call 936-242-7344or email me at email@example.com
FOR SALE: Aquarium, Oceanic "Ultimate" with Starphire glass, 90 gallon Black Oak Stand & Canopy, Fluval FX5 Filtration & many other accessories. Excellent condition. Retails over $3000. Asking $1000. Call 936449-9010 WANTED: Used golf cart donation for Bentwater Ladies Golf Classic Auction benefiting American Cancer Society. Contact: Faye & Eva 936-273-3176 -member FOR SALE: 07 EZ Go, new batt, top, seat cvr, John 281-827-1478 FOR SALE: EZ-GO Gold Cart, excellent condition, $1500.00 Bob, 936-597-6262
FOR SALE: Selling my daughter’s Montgomery Cotillion Dresses from the past 3 years. I have 3.Size 6-10 depending on fit. Beautiful! All have crystals and beads. Email me for pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org
936-597-6039 Cell 281-731-3643 17156 W. FM 1097 STE 12 Across from Bentwater Montgomery, TX 77356
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