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Nick Batel picked a tough time to open a restaurant along the U.S. Hwy. 290 feeder road, at Mangum Rd. “The day I opened the doors in January 2013, they shut down the road,” said Batel, owner of Nick’s Grill. “I knew about 290, but I didn’t know what was going to happen (at Mangum).” According to Karen Othon, spokes-

person for the Texas Department of Transportation, TxDOT lists closures on its website at as well as They also send out e-mails to stakeholders twice per week. Othon acknowledged that not every stakeholder is on the list, but she’d work with the project’s construction manager to “improve communications with area businesses.” TxDOT is working on setting up a meeting with area businesses to fulfill

that goal. Nick’s Grill is one of several businesses along the 290 feeder that are affected by the massive construction project that is projected to take another year or two to complete. Batel said he’s had to use $5,000$6,000 of his own money each month to keep the restaurant going. Across the freeway, the marquee at See 290 Construction, P. 8A

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County Clerk offers free criminal background checks Few know about a useful service provided by the Harris County District Clerk- Office: free criminal background checks. Anyone can perform a background check by going on the District Clerk website, www., and clicking on the icon of the magnifying glass over a thumbprint. The free background checks are part of the effort to modernize the District Clerk Office and make non-confidential electronic records available to the public. The public should reap the benefits of modernization and new technology. Transparency is always to be valued. Background checks tap District Clerk records going back to 1977. The background check is not comparable to an FBI criminal background check, which would include records from all 50 states. The County Clerk only provides records of Harris County cases. These records will not reveal whether a person was convicted of an offense in another state or even a nearby county.

Oak Forest residents Drake and Leah Salinas get up close and personal with a trail rider’s horse for Drake’s third birthday on Feb. 28. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo star lineup Thursday, March 6 - Reba McEntire Friday, March 7 - Usher (Black Heritage Night) Saturday, March 8 - Chris Young Sunday, March 9 - Selena Gomez Monday, March 10 - REO Speedwagon Tuesday, March 11 - Jason Aldean Wednesday, March 12 - Jake Owen Thursday, March 13 - Maroon 5 Friday, March 14 - Keith Urban Saturday, March 15 - Hunter Hayes Sunday, March 16 - Pesado, Banda MS Monday, March 17 - Luke Bryan Tuesday, March 18 - Robin Thicke Wednesday, March 19 - Florida Georgia Line Thursday, March 20 - Blake Shelton Friday, March 21 - Easton Corbin Saturday, March 22- The Band Perry Sunday, March 23 - Zac Brown Band

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Houston ISD will host a meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Waltrip High’s auditorium to share design concepts and site plans, and welcome community feedback. It is one of the 17 community meetings being held throughout the district. Satterfield & Pontikes Construction is the construction manager for both Waltrip bond projects. They received the $22.6 million contract last August. Gensler is handling the architectural and design aspects of the project, which has a stated goal of bringing the campus into the 21st century. The 2007 bond project is underway and is expected to be complete around February 2015, and the 2012 project is expected to be complete in mid-2016. The goal of the project is for Waltrip to be able to accommodate 1,900 students, up from 1,635 currently. The plan is to have drawings and specifications for 2012 construction this spring and to procure contractors by early 2015. “The new design for Waltrip looks fantastic,” Waltrip PTA president Kevin Dunn said. “I think it’s going to be a revelation and an eye opener for people.” The previous meeting last fall addressed broad terms of the construction plans, but this one features actual floor plans of how the school will appear when the construction is completed. “It’s a great time for people to come and give their feedback,” Dunn said. Waltrip will expand toward W. 34th St. with new rooms for Fine Arts and the renowned Band Program. Waltrip first-year principal Andria Schur said the new plans will significantly improve the campus. “It’s going to make a huge difference,” Schur said. “We’ll have more secure space for strong instructional practices.” In addition to the construction information, Schur will discuss House Bill 5, which details the new stateissued academic requirements for current and incoming WHS students. The PTA will be selling bowls of chili for $3 apiece (or four bowls for $10) at the event. The proceeds will go toward the PTA Scholarships for seniors.

Garden Oaks Elementary student Sam Ennett is wearing his cowboy duds and a smile. (Contributed photo)

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The pre-K and kindergarten students at Garden Oaks Elementary knew just how they wanted to celebrate Go Texans Day. It’s the same way that students at the school have been marking the occasion for the last 30 years — by going

to see the Spanish Trail Riders group in the parking lot of Sears on Shepherd Drive. The Trail Riders make the Sears parking lot a stop each year, sometimes spending the night and sometimes just making a pit stop along their way to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Whenever they come though, the kids are ready for them.

Stephanie Dubroff-Acosta is the magnet clerk and special projects coordinator at Garden Oaks Elementary who helps plan the mini-field trip each year. “This year we saw them at 9 a.m. because we got word they’d be leavSee Trailriders, P. 3A

Waltrip High renovated its pool as part of the 2007 bond project. The pool is pictured last week before water was added to it. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

Local anchorman delivers more than the news Telemundo anchor Antonio Hernandez first became interested in broadcasting when he was a teenager in south Texas. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)


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When the camera begins rolling, Antonio Hernandez always hopes to be more than an anchorman. From Telemundo - newsroom at 1235 North Loop, he wants to inspire his viewers from across the Greater Hous-

ton area to chase their dreams and succeed. “I want to empower people through newscasts,” Hernandez said. “People have to decide to be successful. When they decide that, nothing can stop them.” Hernandez, 49, first became interested in broadcasting when he was working as a migrant worker during his teenage years. His family and fellow migrant workers needed someone to translate the English telecasts into Spanish, and young Hernandez played that role. It made him decide to move from his hometown of Brownsville to study See Hernandez, P. 3A

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Field Elementary teacher accused of assault The Houston Police Department is investigating a Field Elementary School teacher for assault. The 6-year-old boy’s family members contacted HPD at 8 p.m. on Feb. 27, stating that the child was grabbed by his arm and pulled through the cafeteria of the school, which is located at 703 E. 17th St. The child did not suffer any injuries. Houston ISD officials were contacted but did not return a call by press time.

Woman injured in drive-by-shooting

A 49-year-old woman was injured in a drive-by-shooting

La Coqueta robbery

A 42-year-old man told police that four suspects entered La Coqueta bar, 2020 Studewood, at 6:50 p.m. Feb. 26 and demanded money. The suspects took some items before fleeing. The case is being investgated as a robbery.

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Helmers robbery

A 24-year-old man was attacked by four suspects in the 400 block of Link Rd. at 11:45 p.m. Feb. 26. The man suffered a broken left wrist and was taken to Ben Taub Hospital where he was treated. He provided names of the suspects to HPD.

A 21-year-old male was walking home when he was stopped and robbed by three juvenile Hispanic males wearing bandanas at 12:40 a.m. on Feb. 25 in the 4800 block of Helmers. The suspects stole his wallet, backpack and other items. The weapons used by the suspects

Candlelight Plaza to join Constable program fixed income.” CPCC will work closely with the adjacent Shepherd Park Plaza Civic Club on safety concerns. SPP already has a deputy patrolling its neighborhood. The Constable Contract program consists of the neighborhood association paying 70 percent, with Harris County picking up the other 30. Kelly said the Civic Club considered private security programs, but it felt that the Constable program was a better fit for the neighborhood. “One of the biggest (advantages) is that Constables can do traffic stops,” Kelly said. “That’s how most criminals are caught.” In addition to the Constable program, Kelly said CPCC plans to re-start its dormant Citizens on Patrol program.

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Candlelight Plaza Civic Club became the latest area neighborhood association to announce a security contract with the Harris County Precinct One Constable. “We’ve been talking about it for several months,” Candlelight Plaza security chair Ashley Kelly said. “We had growing concerns in the neighborhood, several break-ins and things were stolen out of yards.” Kelly said CPCC is in the process of raising money for the program and plans on having a deputy on patrol by late spring or early summer. “We know 100 percent (of 1,000 homes) isn’t realistic,” Kelly said. “We have a program right now where neighbors can pay for seniors on a

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Trailriders, from P. 1A ing in the morning,” she said. “We get Constable Rosen’s office or the HISD Police Department to help us stop traffic and get the kids across safely.” All 230 of the students and parents were dressed in their Western best and spent about an hour visiting up close and personal with the horses and their riders. Dubroff-Acosta said that for many students, it’s their first experience being around a horse but that she’s never seen a student cry out of fright. “It’s always smiling faces,” she said.

Pre-K and Kindergarten students from Garden Oaks Elementary make the Trail Riders an annual tradition. (Submitted photo)

Hernandez, from P. 1A Broadcasting at the University of Houston. “Education changed my life,” Hernandez said. “From picking potatoes to becoming an anchorman in the fourth largest city in the country, I discovered my talents and realized what I was meant to do.” Hernandez emphasizes the importance of education with his viewers, beyond his on-air duties. He’s served as the master of ceremonies for the Houston ISD career day event and worked as a recruiter for Hispanic students at the University of Houston. Hernandez joined Telemundo, which is owned by NBC, two years ago. He’d previously worked as an anchor and reporter at Univision for 13 years. The entire newscast is in Spanish, and it covers local news as well as international news that affects Latin America.

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Parent Confidential Learn about House Bill 5 Houston ISD is inviting parents and students to the first of several “Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You” meetings from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, March 10 at Reagan High School. The current group of eighth graders (Class of 2018) will be the first to experience a whole new path to graduation during their high school experience that will lead to success in college and career, beyond a diploma. The Texas Legislature has made changes in graduation requirements. In addition to required rigorous academics, students will identify career fields that interest them and take courses that will prepare them for college and the job market in those fields. The meeting will include information on requirements for STAAR testing and attendance as well as HISD’s 26 credit graduation plan, how to qualify for automatic admission to Texas colleges and universities, and more.

Enjoy Retirement Do you enjoy gardening? Whether you head a little bit north or south, there’s a good spot for gardeners like you. The Heights Garden Club will be meeting at at 4:30 p.m. March 7, at Carnegie Vanguard High School, 1501 Taft, in the Midtown area. Courtyard and roof top gardens with sustainable landscaping will be featured. Bring driver’s license and arrive before 4:30 p.m. to be checked through security. Parking is in garage on Taft. For more information: To the north, the Jersey Village Civic Center is hosting a Garden Club meeting at 9:30 a.m. on March 11 at 16327 Lakeview.

Volunteer Opportunity Fruit Share Houston Fruit Share Houston will be hosting a Volunteer Open House, for those who have supported Fruit Share Houston and those who would like to get involved from 1 to 3 p.m. on March 23 at Kent and Karen’s, 1610 Arlington St.


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ver the past few weeks, maybe you’ve seen something new in this newspaper. To a few of our callers, it has raised questions about what in the world we’re doing, so I’ll try my hand at interpreting the confusion. We’ve begun running advertisements for an event The Leader will host on April 23. We’re dubbing it the “2014 Senior Expo,” and I’ll go ahead and apologize for that horribly bland name. The details, at least in my opinion, are a little more exciting. Almost a year ago, our office started talking about ways we could better serve our community. We’ve considered everything from adopting a school to giving away a scholarship to taking pictures of crummy roads and trying to get each of them fixed. We’ve done one of those things, started another, and we’re afraid that if we adopt one school the others will get upset with us. We also wanted to do something larger – something that impacted as many people as possible. During a conversation with one of our employees, we began talking about the plight some seniors in our community face dealing with every-day problems. Specifically, one of our employees (who doesn’t mind being called so) is a senior who has had some of these same issues. Changes to Medicare, and health-


care in general, is mind numbing stuff. Some seniors have hired financial planners who have planned the seniors straight into poverty. Other seniors can’t find a trusted attorney or realtor. In November of this year, The Leader will turn 60 years old, and we have a lot of people in our community who have read this newspaper since Day 1. Those folks, mainly our seniors, have done more to keep our neighborhoods alive than any single group, and we believe The Leader owes them something back. That, in its simplest form, is the reason we’re hosting an inaugural Senior Expo on Wednesday, April 23. So what is this event, you ask? For starters, we don’t think the 20somethings will enjoy it much. We promise we’ll be out of SPJST Lodge 88 in time for you to play bingo the next day, but this is an event geared toward seniors or any person who

helps take care of a senior. From 9:30 a.m. until around 3:30 p.m., we’re going to host a day full of activities (some of them still being planned) for seniors who would like to get out and mingle with friends and local businesses. In just two weeks of publicizing this event, we have about 20 local businesses who will be there to talk with you about some of the most pressing questions you face right now. (We’re betting we have 20 more signed up by the end of the week.) Our plan is to have an area when you can get financial advice. We’ll have another area set up for those who would like to bend the ear of a lawyer (because they can’t always be the ones bending ears). We’ll have realtors on hand who might be able to talk with you about the values of your homes. And we’ll have everything else from local stores and politicians available to answer your questions.

If you’re worried about being bored off your rocker, we can go ahead and promise that won’t happen. We don’t have any plans to sit you down and lecture you about anything. I may take a little liberty and spend a few minutes welcoming you, but other than that, this day will be designed to give our seniors an event they can call their own. That’s one of the main reasons The Leader will host the 2014 Senior Expo. We’ve looked all over the Heights, Garden Oak, Oak Forest and the neighborhoods of North Houston, and we can’t find an individual event just for you. We truly believe this is something that will benefit some of our most loyal readers, and we’re hoping you’ll give us a shot at throwing this little party. If none of that sounds worth a hill of pine cones, here’s the other thing you need to know: This event is completely free for our seniors. You won’t be charged to get in the door.




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Philosophers tackle serious subject in Texas water plight FORT WORTH – This is the annual meeting of the Philosophical Society of Texas, a little-known group and justifiably so. Membership is made up of 200 of the state’s top scientists, academics, lawyers, authors and other assorted philosophers plus guests. (I am the official hemlock taster.) Each year they gather to discuss a major situation facing us, with outside experts to lead the sessions. So what earthshaking topic needs the attention of our brightest thinkers? Immigration? Education? Ted Nugent’s mouthwash? Nope. It’s water, not real sexy, but water in Texas is of gathering importance. We don’t have enough, desalination costs too much and the San Antonio River uses yesterday’s baths. Here are some disjointed notes I made, along with info stolen from the meeting’s papers: Our major problem with water is all the new people flooding – so to speak – into Texas from across the Rio and the 49 other states, and our birth rate. We can build more schools, roads and garbage dumps. We can add more Congressional seats and print more ballots, but we can’t add to our rainfall or make our rivers bigger. We have a finite amount of water. A noted heart surgeon asks, “If we can neither create nor destroy matter, including water, and since our bodies are 90 percent water, where’s it gone?” Good philosophical question. Agriculture takes up half of our water, but the urban explosion has made things worse. That irrigated cotton field didn’t consume near as much water as the 1,000 new houses that sit there now. Fracking has brought newcomers to town (Cotulla, heart of the boom, used to have four hotels. It now has 21), but fracking uses lots and lots of water. And, of course, we are in the middle of an extreme drought – 2011 was the driest year on record. Lake Travis is down to 38 percent of capacity while rice farmers downstream on the Colorado from Travis are screaming for more wet stuff. However, there is good news. Managing our water supply began with the early Franciscan missionaries who had extensive knowledge on the subject. Their work in the El Paso areas and around San Antonio are still evident and in some cases still used. Page after page of the Texas Constitution deals with water and water bonds. In the 1950s Texas endured a terrible drought which today is still

You won’t be asked to throw in a few bucks for a raffle ticket, though we might have a free raffle with a bunch of great prizes. We’re also going to feed you for free, and I’m not even the one cooking. One of the goals of The Leader this year is to find more ways to get involved in our community. We believe we’ve built a brand that people can trust, and we’d like to expand that brand into some areas where folks in our community feel like they’re getting more than just ink on paper from us. This is our first stab at an event like this, and we hope you’ll help us make it a success. We only need one thing from you: Call us, email us, go to our website or mail us a registration form. We aren’t taking this information because we’re going to send you creepy sales products in the future. We just need to know the names of the people who plan to attend. If you’ve got any questions about the event, feel free to email me personally at the address below. If not, and if you’re interested in attending, please let us know soon. The only limitation is that we can only host about 500 people, and the slots are being filled. Otherwise, we look forward to hearing from you and I look forward to meeting many of you on April 23.

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the Drought of Record – our benchmark for dryness – although if we don’t get some rain soon the current drought may be the new yardstick. So, in 1957 the Legislature created the Water Development Board and more recently Texas voters approved $2 billion to deal with our water problems. To be fair to ourselves, we know there is a growing crisis and we are trying to get ahead of the new Dust Bowl. We are second among the 48 continental states in inland water areas (Minnesota is first). We have 3,700 named lakes and rivers, and we keep building more (every single lake in Texas except Caddo is man-made). But our water is mal-distributed. El Paso is drier than Tucson and Orange is wetter than New Orleans. In 1968 there was a plan to run a big pipe from Texas across Louisiana to tap the Mississippi River. No one bothered to ask the Cajuns if we could build our own Keystone pipeline across their state, and the pipe dream was laughed into oblivion. However, that plan looks better each drought, so we might need to deal with Louisiana politicians. Anybody know how to say, “Just consider it a campaign contribution, governor.” in French? San Antonio and El Paso have experienced huge population increases in recent years, but their water usage has stayed the same or even dropped. Conservation and education are the key, their water experts say. As mentioned, the river alongside the San Antonio Riverwalk uses recycled water. So do the town’s Toyota plant and golf courses. To the north, restaurants in the Metroplex could well put up signs in their restrooms: “Please flush – Houston needs the water.” According to a National Academy of Sciences study, during summers almost all of the Trinity River, which is Houston’s main water supply, is wastewater discharged from Dallas and Fort Worth.

Comparing per capita water usage among cities is impossible. Example: Dallas has 325,000 people coming in each workday. They use water, then depart. That skewers the figures. One water expert pulled out a bottle of Ozarka and pointed out that it cost 2,700 times what the same amount of water would cost coming from the Austin water works. Incidentally, Austin gets its water from dammed-up lakes built in the 1930s. Today Austin has 13 times its 1930s population, but the same lakes. Do you know where that water which comes out of your faucet originates? Only 20 percent of Texans do, but almost every San Antonian knows that theirs comes from the Edwards Aquifer. TV stations and the newspaper run daily dip-sticks. We have surface water – rivers, lakes and reservoirs – and ground water, which should be called underground water. But pumping out the latter causes subsidence, and today one-third of the San Jacinto Battlefield is under water. These two sources of water have two different sets of laws, and both keep lawyers busy because owners, cities and the State of Texas are always suing one another for water rights. Earlier this month the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Texas could sue New Mexico about water near El Paso. I see the philosophers are packing up their togas and ending another meeting. The society began in 1837 to discuss “the collection and diffusion of correct information.” Its original members included Sam Houston, Mirabeau B. Lamar (its president), Anson Jones, Ashbel Smith, Rusk, Wharton, several other Texas movers and shakers, and a founder of the City of Houston Augustus C. Allen. The minutes do not reveal whether Houston & Co. drank water, but probably not. Ashby is wet at

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FROM THE PEWS. Movie night at St. Stephen’s St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 2003 W. 43rd St., will host family movie night from 6:30-8 p.m. March 7, in the fellowship hall. Admission is free. Families can bring pillows, blankets and dinner. Register now for the 2014 Cruisin’ for Christ Car Show to be held March 22 (rain date March 29). All types of vehicles are welcome. Forms and flyers are available through the church office and the website. Call 713-686-8241 or visit Prime Timers of Pathways Presbyterian to meet Prime Timers of Pathways Presbyterian Church, 5900 Pinemont Dr., will meet at noon, March 8, in the fellowship hall for its monthly luncheon. Entertainment for the day will be Tracy Pace. Bring a dish to share. All adults 50 years and older are welcome. The Pathways Food Pantry always needs food supplies. Cornbread mixes, soups, and macaroni are always needed. The pantry is open from 10 a.m.-noon Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Call 281-300-5129 or visit for information. Lent Bible Study at St. Matthew’s The Rev. Frank Coats will begin a Lent Bible Study at St. Matthew’s Methodist Church, 4300 N. Shepherd, at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning March 5. A light meal will be served.

The study will deal with the roots of the Methodist movement. Each service will end with prayer and communion. For information, call 713697-0671 or visit Garage sale at Our Redeemer Lutheran Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and School, 215 Rittenhouse, will be holding a garage sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. March 10, 11 and 12. Donations of clean, sellable items are being accepted. Call 713-694-7433 or 832884-7220 for information. St. Andrew’s Episcopal welcomes new rector St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1819 Heights Blvd., welcomes the Rev. James M.L. Grace as new rector. He will begin his ministry April 1 and officiate his first Eucharist April 6. Grace is a native Houstonian, graduated from Episcopal High School in 1994 and Southwestern University at Georgetown in 1998. He served as director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Trinity Episcopal Church before attending Virginia Theological Seminary. Grace was ordained in 2005, and served as associate rector at Episcopal Church of the Epiphany. Grace is married and has three sons. For information, call 713861-5596 or visit

Stations of the Cross observed at The Church of the Holy Trinity The Church of the Holy Trinity (a Parish of the Anglican Church in North America), located at 211 Byrne, will have the Stations of the Cross at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 12 through April 7. For information, call 713862-5657 or visit Heights Christian sponsoring ARK program Heights Christian Church, 1703 Heights Blvd., is sponsoring the Adults Relating to Kids program. The ARK program is a Bible-based program on parenting and is widely used by parents, teachers, counselors and anyone who is involved with kids. The ARK program is led by a University of Texas trained facilitator . Call 713-861-0016 for information. Bubblefest! children’s event at The Vineyard The Vineyard Church of Houston, 1035 E. 11th St., will be hosting Bubblefest! from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 5. This children’s event celebrates all things bubbles; foam pits, photos, games, food, and music. Bubblefest was voted Heights favorite community event, geared towards children 3-12 years old. Call 713-869-9070 or visit for information.

THE OBITUARIES. Naomi Elaine Simpson Doss, 89, born April 18, 1924

in the Heights, died Feb. 22. She was a graduate of Reagan High School and a Redcoat. She married her husband, Richard Parr, Aug. 28, 1948, whom she met at a dance for servicemen during WWII. Doss was a longtime member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers Women’s Auxiliary, Cancer League and the Stehlin Foundation. She is survived by her sons R. Parr Doss Jr., Clifford Doss and Duncan Doss, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Antonia Ramirez Eguia, 90, born July 26, 1923 in Dripping Springs, died Feb. 24. In Eguia’s early years she worked at the Naval Base in Corpus Christi, where her job as a riveter was to repair wings on war planes. She then met World War II veteran, Leon L. Eguia, whom she married in 1949. She is survived by her children Gloria Duran, Alice Pina, Leon Eguia Jr. and Edward Eguia, nine grandchildren, and 10 greatgrandchildren. Maria Ana SaucedoFlores, 83, born July 26, 1930,

died Feb. 28.

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Aug. 19, 1925 in Shiner, died Feb. 26 in Houston. Hanus was drafted out of his senior year of high school during WWII and served in the Coast Guard aboard the Destroyer Escort USS Chambers. He worked at Hughes Tool Company for more than 40 years. He loved spending time beautifying the church grounds of St. Ambrose during his retirement. Hanus was a tenor in the St. Ambrose Choir and a member of the St. Ambrose Men’s Club during his 42 years as a parishioner. He is survived by his beloved wife, Leona; sons David, John, Larry, and Bernie Hanus; daughter Stephanie Zicherman; sisters Deloris Lawrence and Earlene Brennan, and seven grandchildren.

Crockett, Texas, died Feb. 5 in Houston. He attended Oak Forest Elementary and Frank Black Middle School. Reineman graduated from Waltrip High School in 1966. He attended Sam Houston University before serving four years in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam conflict. He is survived by one son, five grandchildren, his mother and sister Melana Schulke and family. A memorial service is

59, born April 7, 1954 in Corpus Christi, died Feb. 24 in Houston. She is survived by her beloved partners of 22 years, Randy Wright; sons Ramiro Ramirez Jr., Andrew Ramirez and Carlos Ramirez; siblings Linda, Richard, Tony, Roy and Irene Lerma, and seven grandchildren.

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aint Francis is said to have told his followers, paraphrasing our Lord, to preach the gospel everywhere you go, with words if necessary. While this is probably a misattribution, the sentiment is certainly worth bearing in mind. That is, should we not preach the gospel with our actions as much as with our words? Indeed, when deeds and words are not in harmony, people mistrust the words and consider the “preacher” to be a hypocrite. We should be as concerned with our actions as with our words, at least insofar as we hold ourselves up as moral exemplars. And most of us are called to be moral exemplars, whether we want this role or not. If you are a parent, you are expected to be a moral example to your children. Most professions are expected to set an example; we expect preachers, teachers, doctors, pharmacists, bankers, and even athletes to adhere to a high moral code. Just to be a decent human being we must adhere to a high moral code of conduct. So, we should preach the gospel everywhere we go with good moral actions, and don’t worry about the words. In jazz music, the so-called “blue note” or what seems a clear mistake, is often the start of an inspired improvisation. Poets too seek the “blue note” in language, the place where a mistake in usage or grammar leads to some insight or a nice turn of phrase. A genius is not necessarily someone who makes fewer mistakes, but rather someone whose mistakes are often productive or beautiful. So, we should learn from our mistakes, but perhaps more importantly, risk making mistakes in order that we might grow and learn.

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Auto program gears success

Reagan High juniors Emanuel Castillo, left, and Noel Berruete, work on a vehicle as part of the school’s auto technology program. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

By Michael Sudhalter

Reagan High junior Noel Berruete has a 4.1 grade point average and plans on studying Mechanical Engineering in college. One of his favorite classes is Automotive Technology where he applies his engineering knowledge to vehicles. “You go to class and actually get your hands dirty,”said Berruete, who would like to work for Ford Motor Company after he graduates college. Berruete is one of 198 RHS students enrolled in the school’s automotive program, the largest of its kind in Houston ISD. The program started a decade ago under the leadership of Leonard Preston, a Texas native who owned a Ford dealership in Tennessee. When Preston arrived, the program had about 50 students

and not many resources. He expanded the curriculum and set high standards for its students. With the increases in auto technology, the auto technology students needed to have a strong understanding of core academic skills. In addition to Preston, Alan Hughes and Michael Herzing — both former Honda repair shop owners in Greater Houston — teach the students. “We have a lot of years of experience, and I think it shows up in the kids,” Preston said. Freshmen take an introductory course called Energy and Power that focuses mostly on the textbook. Students who successfully complete that class move on to Auto Tech I and eventually, Auto Tech II. The students who are serious about working in the automotive industry get the opportunity to do an internship at a

Houston area car dealership or auto business. Senior Jose Tunal is president of Reagan’s Auto Skills Team, which won a district championship and will compete for a state championship, March 26-29, in Corpus Christi. As part of the competition, he rebuilt a car cylinder. Tunal is currently doing an internship at a BMW dealership downtown. After he graduates high school, he plans on continuing to work for BMW, through his training at Universal Technical Institute (UTI). Preston said he regularly runs into former students who are working in the automotive industry through Houston or enrolled in college. In addition to the textbook and hands-on learning the students receive on campus, they also take field trips to auto dealerships as well as Royal Purple Racetrack in Baytown.

Winter weather hits area After days of sunshine and relatively warm temperatures, a winter storm came through the Greater Houston area on Tuesday, and The Leader area wasn’t spared of its affects. Many residents lost power, tree limbs scattered the Heights, Garden Oaks, Oak Forest and North Houston, and commute times took a little bit longer than usual. St. Joseph’s Hospital in the Heights was without power, and patients were temporarily evacuated or transferred to other medical facilities. Hamilton Middle School in the Heights was without power from the time it opened until about 9 a.m.

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Choose Me

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by Molly Sue McGillicutty humans and ingesting even the most rudimenFriends, I’m about to betray the “cat code.” As a human, you likely don’t know what the “cat code” is. All you need to know is that it’s multi-dimensional, complicated and most of it is far too advanced for your species to understand. But, today, I’m going to forsake my cat brethren and debunk a common cat myth--the myth that cats can’t be trained. I know that all of my feline readers out there just threw down their copy of The Leader in disgust, as images of “fetching the paper” and “sit, stay, shake” fly through their heads, but the truth is, cats can be trained and this training can help humans and cats alike to co-exist more peacefully. Whether you’re interested in training your cat to do party tricks or just teaching your feline basic, practical manners-such as staying off the kitchen counters--cats are actually just as trainable as dogs...they

tary of treats, cats’ motivations are slightly more complicated. As with dogs, food is a good motivator for cats, but it can’t be just any cat treat--it has to be a treat that’s worth it. Once a worthy treat is found, the training can begin. The ASPCA recommends using a “clicker” when training a cat. According to the ASPCA’s cat behaviorists, “A clicker can make training easier and faster. If you don’t have a clicker, you can use a pen that makes a clicking sound. The instant your cat does the correct behavior, click and then offer a treat. The click lets your cat know the instant he does the right thing, so it helps him catch on faster. Just make sure you click at the exact moment he does the behavior you want, and then give him a treat. Cats learn through repetition, just like we do, so you’ll need to practice a few times in a row. Keep your training sessions

short though‚ just a few minutes at a time. Most cats get bored if you try to drill the same thing over and over.” The ASPCA also reminds us that cats respond very poorly to punishment. Rather than learning what behavior not to do, a punished cat usually just learns to run away. Depending on your cat’s temperament, punishment can frighten your cat to the point where he may hide from you and your family members. Punishment creates stress, and stress is one of the most common causes for problem behaviors in cats, including eliminating outside of the litter box and compulsive grooming. Tag, Chip and Chill: Drop by the Oak Forest Chill (Judiway at Oak Forest) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 to get your pet tagged and chipped. Tags are only $5 but if you wanted to take it to the next level of pet protection and get your pet microchipped too, that’ll only cost you $30 on Saturday.

Speaking of trainable cats. If ever there was a trainable feline, it would be Leonard! Intelligent and very ‘dog-like,’ Leonard, a young orange and white boy has a strong, friendly personality. Leonard’s mom was a bobtail, so Leonard sports an adorable half-sized tail — longer than a bobtail, but shorter than an average cat’s. But clearly Leonard is anything but average. To learn more about LeonAd # 29672 ard, go to

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The Oaks Business Association will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. March 11, at St. James Lutheran Church, 1602 W. 43rd St. The mission of the association will be discussed, along with the establishment of officers and dues. Information: 713-686-1577.


Each of the 37 YMCA centers in Houston, including the Harriet and Joe Foster YMCA, 1234 W. 34th St., will hold job fairs from 9 a.m.-noon, March 15. Some jobs being offered include lifeguard, day camp counselor, swim instructor, group exercise instructor, personal trainer and welcome center. Applicants should bring a resume and a completed application, which can be obtained in the lobby on the day of the fair. Information: www.ymcahouston. org, 713-869-3378.


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March 20, at the Hess Club, 5430 Westheimer Rd., 77056. The speaker will be Russ Johns and the topic will be, “Social Customer Relationship Management: 7 Tools To Stay Connected and Get Ahead.” Registration and networking is at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the presentation at 7 p.m. One CPE credit hour will be earned. The cost is $30 for members; $40 for non-members; $25 for students, by 5 p.m. March 14. Please add $10 for registrations after March 14. No refunds after March 17. Information:

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Lutheran High North Band Vendor Fair will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 22. The shopping event will feature 20 tables and is free admission. Lutheran High North is located at 1130 W. 34th St. Information: 713-880-3131,

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It’s time for the 33rd Annual Houston Humane Society’s K-9 Fun Run and Walk. Participate in the one mile competitive run or the relaxed one mile non-competitive dog jog and walk. The event is 10 a.m. March 23, at Sam Houston Park, 1100 Bagby St. Entry fee includes a T-shirt, dog-danna and race goodie bag. Information: 713-433-6421,

PRE-K AND KINDERGARTEN TOURS Stevens Elementary School

Lulu M. Stevens Elementary School, 1910 Lamonte Ln., is offering Pre-K and Kindergarten Tours on Wednesday, Mar. 26 at 8:30 a.m. and Wednesday Apr. 30 at 8:30 a.m. All tours start in the front hallway. To request a tour at another time, please call 713-613-2546.

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The annual Fish Fry will be 5-9 p.m. April 11, at Waltrip High School, 1900 W. 34th St. All dinners include fried catfish, coleslaw, hushpuppies and tea for only $10. Desserts and soft drinks will also be available for purchase. There will be silent auction items, a live auction and door prizes. Pre-orders are encouraged. Information:,

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Bob Goff, New York Times bestselling author of “Love Does,” will be the featured speaker at Northwest Assistance Ministries’ 2014 Endowment Dinner. The event will be held April 15, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriot. Tickets are $150 per person, with tables available from $1,500 to $25,000. Proceeds benefit the current and future services of

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Art a la Carte: Here a market, there a market, everywhere a market This past Saturday morning, driving to setup the tenth anniversary of First Saturday Arts Market, I passed an arts and crafts show and another market getting ready for first Saturday crowds. It just struck me how things have changed so much in the Heights and Houston over the past 10 years. I can barely keep track of the number of “markets” out there now. This week I added to the market roster Mitch Cohen a relative newcomer, Arts Columnist Eco-Market. Niko Lorraine will be performing which is enough reason for me. They’re playing it right! This being second Saturday, a new tradition is taking hold in the Houston art community that I’ve reported on here many times: artist open studios. We all know Houston real estate is hot, but I’m willing to bet that artist studios are even hotter. The big three as I think of them are named after the streets they’re on; Winter, Spring and Silver Street Studios, all open from 2-5 p.m. this Saturday. The number of artists sending out invites are too numerous to list here, but I recommend picking one, grabbing their flyer and wandering. All three are equally charming. Silver is the newest and I think I’ll start there at the studio of Hege Nolop of Perle Amies at Silver Street Studios, in #215. Hege is a jewelry artist who makes a variety of things, but her necklaces made of Champagne tops are my favorite. Probably because the one I have looks equally as impressive as it does on the ladies. Over the next few weeks I’ll be visiting artists in their studios in other places. Save the

date — March 20 is the art opening “10 Years of Awesome” at Public House Heights where artists who participate in First Saturday Arts Market will be featured in a combo art show and celebration. News about the new Washington Avenue Cultural District, and the farmer and craft market that is coming to the Heights will be coming soon! Thursday Robin Baker: Glitter Karaoke Featured Artist, 9-11 p.m. Glitter Karaoke, 2621 Milam St. Friday Games, 6-9 p.m. East End Studio Gallery, 708 Telephone Rd. Ste. C. An exhibition of paintings by Rafael Villarreal and selected works from guest artists. Villarreal’s images invoke dialogue and thought about success, failure, identity and other human conflicts through his narrative, surrealistic and sometimes humorous paintings. WindSync presents its Zilkha Hall Debut at the Hobby Center, 8 p.m. Zilkha Hall Debut - Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. An inspired program featuring David Maslanka’s Quintet for Winds No. 3 and original WindSync arrangements of works by Ravel, Respighi, and Bernstein. Reception after the show. This group is absolutely phenomenal; they perform from memory too which is really amazing. Saturday ECO-Market, 10 a.m. 2320 Elgin (Parking Lot). Sustainability meets Convenience - Community Artists Collective and Project Row Houses present an ECO-Market. Craftacular 2nd Saturday, noon-4 p.m. 1025 Studewood in the Heights at Hello-Lucky.

2nd Saturday Montrose Art Market, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 2409 Montrose Blvd. Second Saturday Farm To Art Market, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Herb Cafe and Market, 5828 FM 517 East, Dickinson. Open Studios, 2-5 p.m. Winter, Spring & Silver Street Studios, 2101 Winter St, 1824 Spring St, 1501 Silver St. Purple Elephant, 2nd Saturday Art Walk, The Purple Elephant Gallery and Iron Butterfly Studio, 12802 McSwain, Cypress. “Trying to find my way,” 5-7 p.m. The Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd., These images bisect time, capturing simultaneous experiences that happen within the same 1/100 of a second. Their layers of reflected and refracted light reveal an often overlooked truth: reality is all relative. “FIGURES” 5-10 p.m. Affaire d’art, 2227 Post Office St., Galveston. A great place to start for the Galveston Arts Center’s ArtWalk. “Infinite Connections,” 6-9 p.m. Galeria Regina, 1716 Richmond Ave. A painting and ceramic collaborative: Jane Ewen and Michelle Matthews. Sunday Mini Pops at Pavement and Leopard Lounge, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Leopard Lounge Vintage, 1657 Westheimer. This is a handmade craft and design event hosted by Pop Shop Houston. Wednesday, March 12 Fresh Arts, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St. Fresh Arts and Art League Houston want to connect Houston’s independent artists with healthcare resources in our community.

Rafael Villarreal’s ‘Worth Fighting For’ from the show Games at Games, East End Studio Gallery Friday.

Cohen is the founder and manager of First Saturday Arts Market. Contact him at or visit him on the web

Harry the Curb Painter announces his retirement Harry the Curb Painter, well-known for painting custom designs on curbs throughout Oak Forest, announced his retirement on the Oak Forest Homeowners Association Facebook page on Tuesday. “I am posting this today with a lot of sadness but also with much excitement,” Harry wrote. “The sadness is that as of Friday I will no longer be painting curbs and I will be moving away. After 23 years of walking and catching the bus, I have decided I needed a new challenge of ways of putting on smiles and touching folks lives.” The post had more than 150 likes and more

than 50 comments thanking Harry for his service. Harry regularly painted logos of popular colleges and sports franchises for area residents. He even painted a butterfly for a local resident who lost their child to cancer. The curb paintings help emergency personnel locate homes quickly, especially in the evening. Harry said he’ll honor the work of his existing customers but won’t be accepting new business. Harry the Curb Painter is retiring from his work in Oak Forest. (Photo courtesy of OFHA Facebook page)

Helping children adjust to Daylight Saving Time changes For most Americans, daylight saving time means the loss of an hour of sleep in the spring or the gain of an hour of sleep in the fall. However, these routine time changes can still have significant illeffects on children, including teenagers. Dr. Philip Alapat, medical director, Sleep Disorders Center, Harris Health System, and assistant professor, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, said the loss of an hour can wreak havoc on a child’s sleeping pattern and could lead to sleep deprivation. “While some adults also are affected by the time changes, children tend to have the most difficult time,” he says. This year, daylight saving time is slated for 2 a.m. Sunday, March 9. As a general rule, children need 9-11 hours of sleep each day to ensure proper development and the best mental efforts for school.

Unfortunately, most children are already sleep-deprived as they are not getting the necessary amount of sleep nightly, so a further decrease in sleep time may cause problems, Alapat says. He recommends that parents adjust bedtimes for children a few days before the time change. When adjusting bedtimes: • Explain why you’re changing bedtime • Try to maintain a consistent bedtime and wake-up time • Begin four days before the day of the time change • Make bedtime 15 minutes earlier each day until it adds up to an hour the night of the time change “Even though the clock says 9 p.m. after daylight saving time, your child’s body may not have fully adjusted to the new time,” he says. “The child’s body still thinks it’s 8 p.m., so putting your child to bed after

the time change could be difficult. In the morning after the time change, waking up a child may be difficult when the clock says 6:30 a.m., but their body still thinks it’s 5:30 a.m. All parents know how difficult it can be to wake up a child before he or she is ready to wake up.” Common effects of not adjusting well to the time change include: • Sleepiness • Fatigue • Feeling cranky • Feeling restless and unfocused In time, children and adults adapt well to daylight changes, but it could take a few days for sleeping patterns to get back to normal. If sleeping problems persist, visit or consult your primary care physician or a sleep disorders specialist.

290 Construction, from P. 1A Perico’s Mexican Restaurant lets passing vehicles know that they are open. Edgar Belman, a manager at Perico’s, said the restaurant has lost a little bit more than half of its business. Tiffany Snow, owner of Hair Teknik located in a strip mall at W. 34th St. and 290, said she’s lost a third of her business. “We don’t have as much walk-in traffic,” Snow said. Malcolm Perkins, the manager of the Dollar Tree in the same strip mall, said customer traffic has picked up recently, after it became easier

to enter the area. He expects that it will continue to get better. Houghton Jewelers owner Jay Houghton said business has been doing well, because the customers who purchase jewelry make plans to visit the store. “We’re having a great year,” Houghton said. “Foot traffic has slowed down, but people are still coming in when they need to.” Other businesses, such as American Wheel and Tire – north of W. 34th on the 290 feeder – have stated that business hasn’t been affected at all.

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FOOD, DRINK & ART Saturday, March 8, 2014 • Page 9A

GHCC to hold Crawfish Festival in the Heights The Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce will be holding the Crawfish Festival in the Heights from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at 411 W. 20th St. There will be live Zydeco music, the finale of the Idol of the Heights singing competition, local craft beers, vendors, raffle prizes, a Kids’ World, and of course, lots of crawfish. The GHCC encourages the purchase of Crawfish Food Tickets in advance. One ticket gets three pounds of crawfish, potatoes and corn. Happy Fatz will be cooking their gourmet hot dogs and serving their delicious sweets. For more information about the Crawfish Festival in the Heights, visit crawfish-festival.

1836 Fest - A Celebration of Texas Cottonwood will be holding 1836 Fest - A Celebration of Texas on Saturday. 1836 Fest is a co-labor of love from three Texas lawyers who wish they were musicians and the folks who bring you Cottonwood. They believe that Texas and its Independence Day are worthy of a celebration uniting all things Texas. 1836 Fest will be held from noon to 10 p.m. with two stages, eight bands, over 10 Texas craft breweries, more than 30 beers, local food trucks and vendors. Bands will include Sons of Fathers, The Band of Heathens, J. Charles and the Trainrobbers, The Roomsounds, Shotgun Friday, Sour Bridges, The Suffers, and Free Radicals 2nd Line. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Annual Houston St. Patrick’s Day Parade The Houston St. Patrick’s

minum bottles or 16 oz. green draft beer. There will also be an Irish Car Bomb Booth, presented by Jameson with the Jameson promo girls handing out free shots for two hours. Pre-sale tickets are $10 and $15 the day of the event. Little J’s is located at 4218 Washington. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.

@ThirstyExplorer Parade at noon on Saturday, March 15, rain or shine. The two-hour parade has always been a free event and has historically been one of the largest in the U.S. The parade includes more than 100 entries to delight the Irish and Irishat-heart. The Irish Salute Houston’s First Responders: Number One In Our Hearts Always. Following the parade, there will be an awards ceremony and after party at Lucky’s Pub. The Houston St. Patrick’s Day Parade is presented by the Houston St. Patrick’s Parade Commission. For more information, visit H-Town St. Patrick’s Day Throwdown The H-Town St. Patrick’s Day Throwdown will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 at Silver Street Warehouse. The event will be a day full of indulging in your favorite local Houston adult beverages and gourmet food. There will be games such as cornhole, washers and live music provided by The Blaggards, The Mockingbirds, DJ Bizonee from the world famous

Booth Pimps, and Texas Bagpiper Barun Das. Beverages will be provided by Karbach Brewing Co., Saint Arnold Brewing Co. and Rebecca Creek Distillery Fine Texas Spirit Whiskey and Ultra Premium Enchanted Rock Vodka. There will be a cash bar for any of your other alcohol desires. Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door. Silver Street Warehouse is located at 2000 Edwards. For more information, visit www. St. Paddy’s at Little J’s You don’t need luck of the Irish for the best St. Patrick’s Day celebration yet! On Sunday, March 16, leap with the leprechauns over to Little J’s Second Annual St. Paddy’s Day Outdoor Party hosted by Bud Light. Start drinking green beer at noon, while also enjoying live music from DJ VIP, Buffaloes Roam and Metacrisis Band. There will also be games and Houston’s favorite BBQ from Bayou Q BBQ. There will be booths lined up along Thompson St. in the parking lot next to Little J’s, stocked with 16 oz. green alu-

Saint Paddy’s Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl The producers of the world’s largest Pub Crawl are prepared to recreate history and organize a fun-filled pub crawl this St. Patrick’s Day. When it comes to their crawls, puts together only the biggest and best events, and this year they’ve enlisted the help of some of the best bars that Houston has to offer. Saint Paddy’s is the time of the year for joyous celebration, wearing green, and social drinking, so make sure to gather your friends and spread the word. It’s one of the only times of the year where you can leave the house dressed in all green, have plenty of drinks, and fit right in. The crawl will start at Little Woodrow’s, 2306 Brazos St., where attendees will receive a branded cup,

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New location at Three Brothers Bakery CultureMap reports that Three Brothers Bakery has opened a new location on Washington Avenue. The new location marks a return to the area that Three Brothers left when it closed its store at West Gray and Shepherd almost 10 years ago. The bakery will expand on the cafe concept first introduced at its Memorial City location in 2012. In addition to a coffee bar, the bakery will have a dog friendly patio (with gourmet dog treats) and stay open later than its other two locations. In a first for the business, the new Three Brothers will feature custom, made-toorder cake parfaits, where patrons can create their own dessert with the choice of various cake flavors, fillings, icings, cookie crumbles and toppings such as fudge, sprinkles and gingerbread crumbles. Mission Burrito must change name According to CultureMap, Mission Burrito must change its name. Last fall, a Federal judge ruled that Mission’s owner Mexican Restaurants, Inc. infringed on Gruma Corp.’s trademark of “Mission” for its line of Mexican foods. As a result of the ruling, Mission already displays a disclaimer in its Houston area four locations, including one on Durham, and online that it “does not use and is not affiliated in any way with Mission Foods or Mission Tortillas.” The company recently held an online contest to ask its fans to decide on a new name, but the winner has to be revealed.

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Myti-burger to serve breakfast Owner Shawn Salyers announced on Facebook that Mytiburger will start serving breakfast on Monday, March 10. The menu will feature breakfast tacos, biscuit sandwiches and breakfast burgers.

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