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From watching nightly newscasts or reading daily papers, it might seem as though media members exist solely to report detrimental news. However, there is also much more to the craft than that and what meets the eye, and local students were introduced to the many uses of the profession last week. From July 10-15, at least 40 students aged 10-13 got the opportunity to speak with media and law enforcement professionals, hone the media craft on all fronts and develop necessary skills for the career at The Leader’s inaugural media camp at Lutheran High North. “We wanted young people to get exposed to community news. There’s so much news out there, and the kids told me yesterday that so much of it is terrible news,” Leader publisher Jonathan McElvy said of his intention for the camp. “I wanted to expose them to what we do, which isn’t that.” Controlled chaos breeds learning The week-long camp was chock full of activities as throngs of students filed into the large-group classrooms at LHN, as McElvy said he attempted to bring in a vast array of professionals to educate students on the value of journalism when utilized to its fullest extent using its multitude of diverse mediums. “We know what’s going on, we talk through stories and sources. We’re not just going to hear something and just write it,” he said. “We’re trying to show them what journalism is, and

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Leader Staff Photo Constable Alan Rosen and Deputy J.C. Mosier speak with campers about how media relates to law enforcement during The Leader’s media camp July 11.

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this is what media is supposed to be. I think it’s important right now that we teach young people its value.” To kick off the week, students spent Monday morning learning how to interview people and then how to write, and spent the afternoon session with a photographer who works for the Associated Press and has shot for publications like Sports Illustrated, who taught the children about photography. On Tuesday, Constable Alan Rosen and Deputy J.C. Mosier held a pseudo “press conference” for the students. They provided students the details of an old crime, after which students used their interviewing skills learned on Monday to ask questions and craft stories based on the press conference. “The media is our partner in what we do, and we can’t do the job

Photo Jonathan McElvy Patrick Schneider, a photographer who works for the Associated Press, Texas A&M and the Chronicle, works with students on the photos they took during The Leader’s Media Camp.

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The Waltrip High School baseball program has a recent rich history, but they will now be faced with continuing it with a new captain at the helm. Per an announcement Tuesday afternoon, Waltrip head baseball coach Mike Evans will be leaving the Rams program to become the man in charge at St. Pius X High School. Evans leaves following five seasons as the head varsity baseball coach. He was awarded the Houston Area 4A Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010, and previously spent eight years as the assistant varsity baseball coach and one year as freshman head coach at Waltrip. Lofty expectations abound at Waltrip with its strong baseball history, which can always present challenges for a newcomer. However, Evans took the expectations and ran with them, leading the Rams to the postseason in all five years at the helm, including two district titles. “The team here has a strong history for years, and Coach Evans came in here and continued that success here for the last five seasons,” Waltrip Athletic Coordinator Todd Wright said. “We had a playoff team, kids came through here and went off to college and some in the pros. It’s been a great history, and Mike did a great job of continuing it, and See Evans P. 4A

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Often, it is the beauty and aesthetics of surrounding homes and neighborhoods which draws new residents and keeps others there. However, an abandoned property which appears to have become a public safety hazard has become a nuisance in one of our local neighborhoods Sitting right in the heart of the Heights, an abandoned property which has shown no signs of movement in months now sits with debris strewn about and an abandoned pool filled with leaves, twigs, and even what appears to be a TV in its waters— and the effects have already been seen.

“This neglected pool has become a terrible mosquito breeding zone, as well as an un-fenced drowning hazard for children,” one reader wrote in an email to The Leader about the property at 420 E. 26th St., which is registered to a Carroll J. King according to HCAD public records. The property has been reported to the city’s 31-1 system, as well as the department of Health and Human Service pool department and Councilwoman Ellen Cohen’s office, and Porfirio Villareal with the city of Houston’s Health Department acknowledged that officials are indeed aware of the problem, having previously issued a citation for the Heights property

back in March. “For every citation we issue, it can be up to $2,000, and however many charges they rack up, they must go up to a municipal judge and explain why they have not corrected the problem,” he said. “Then the judge decides how much they must invest to correct the problem.” While Houston Health Services has previously installed some temporary netting around the property, residents say nothing has been done to deal with the mosquito problem or to permanently repair the fence. “It is only a matter of time before this property See Hazard P. 4A

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For The Leader Authorities are still attempting to piece together the exact details of a fatal area shooting last month, but it appears some further details have been released in attempts to find the shooter. Houston police have released a composite sketch of a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a man that occurred at 712 Pinemont Dr. shortly before 11 p.m. on June 15. The suspect is described only as a black female in her late teens to early 20s, with a slim athletic build. The victim, Alexander Ortega, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene.   HPD Homicide Division officers reported that a Houston Community College patrol officer was flagged down regarding a shooting at the above address and was directed to a vehicle stopped in the main lanes of North Shepherd Drive, just south of Pinemont. The officer observed a male (Mr. Ortega) with an apparent gunshot wound. Witnesses stated the shooting happened outside the apartment complex at 712 Pinemont and Ortega drove away and then stopped the vehicle on North Shepherd. Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600

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bout 15 years ago, not long after becoming a newspaper publisher for the first time, I decided to step away from media and pursue a Master’s degree in journalism. After a Master’s, the next step was a Ph.D., and then a long career of wearing tweed jackets and inspiring the collegiate minds of America. I never made it to the end of that Master’s degree, and I’m surprised I stayed more than a semester. One of my jobs in grad school was to teach college juniors the intricacies of media writing, and it took me about half a semester to realize it was a lot more fun running a media group than it was teaching a group of young people who thought they already knew how to do it. Since leaving graduate school, moving to Houston and, now, running a group of six newspapers (The Leader being our flagship), I don’t think I’ve once stepped back in a classroom in a teaching capacity. Not until this week. As some of our readers know, The Leader hosted our inaugural Media Camp this week and since Monday, we’ve had 40 young people, between the ages of 9-14, show up every morning with groggy faces and plenty to say.

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On Monday, after our first day of camp, I came home to my wife, who took one look at me and asked if I needed to go straight to bed. I don’t think I had opened my mouth to tell her about the experience, but the look on my face must have suggested I had been run over by a school bus full of antsy adolescents. If you haven’t spent a week in a room with 40 children on the budding edge of puberty, may I tell you about this experience? There’s a scientific phrase often used to describe the length of time a person can focus on a singular train of thought: “attention span.” It is a foreign concept to children between the ages of 9-14. During our media camp, I spent one of our first hours together explaining the craft of interviewing.

I explained that interviews are best conducted as conversations; working from a list of questions eliminates the ability to listen and ruins most great interviews. I even wrote it on the huge whiteboard in our classroom: “The best interviews are conversations.” One of my colleagues and I even gave a demonstration of how to have one of these conversations. When we finished, I asked the students to tell me what they had learned about interviewing. One student, I promise, said you should always have a list of questions ready. I thought hummingbirds had short attention spans. These young people have them whipped. During another exercise, I gave the students a quick primer on how journalists come up with ideas for stories. I explained that sometimes people call us with stories, other times, we find them ourselves, based on what’s happening around us. Always, I suggested, we should write stories based on facts. The exercise I gave these students was to come up with a list of three or four stories based on things that had happened to them. As we went around the room asking students to share their ideas, the first answer knocked me on the floor.

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service to Texas. The actual awards were probably never made, and besides the letter to Daingerfield there is no mention of the award in contemporary papers. According to the Handbook of Texas, there is no evidence that Houston created any more knights and the idea was dormant until it was revived by the Sons of the Republic of Texas (of which I am a coonskin capcarrying member) in 1939. The honor died out again in 1945 but was revived in 1952. At the time it was limited to white males over 18 who were members of the Sons, either active or honorary. All those requirements have been scrapped, but in order to be a knight you still have to do something special for Texas. For some this could mean simply leaving it. There have been, as of 2003, at least 166 knighthoods given out although several knights have gone on to that Big Roundtable in the Sky. Since for some unknown reason I am not a knight I have no idea just what they do. Texas no longer has any sizeable dragon population. Maidens in distress generally turn to 911 or Dear Abby. Perhaps our Knights of San Jacinto hang out at the Renaissance Festival parking cars. Back to Ashbel Smith, who was the surgeon general of the army and Houston’s drinking buddy. One night, he records, they and some friends drink for hours, then collapse. Later in the night Houston sends his slave, Esau, to a slave’s nearby shack for a glass of water. Esau reports there isn’t any. “Esau,” says Houston, looking out the window, “can you believe that this is I, Sam Houston, protégé of Andrew Jackson, ex-Governor of Tennessee, the beloved of Coleto and his savage hosts, the hero of San Jacinto and the President of the Republic of Texas, standing at the dead hour of midnight in the heart of his own capital, with the myriad of twinkling stars shining down upon his unhappy forehead, begging for water at the door of an old wench’s shanty. And. Can’t. Get. A. Drop?” Esau shakes his head in sad agreement. They are surrounded by taverns and pubs, by barrels of booze, and there is not a drop of drinking water in all of Houston, Republic of Texas. “That’s just right, Marse Gen’l,” sighs Esau. “We sure ain’t got no water.” Incidentally, Coleto was chief of the Cherokees, and Houston’s name was Oo-tse-tee Ar-dee-

raising have different interests than we had 20 or 30 or 40 years ago, and that’s just fine. These are great kids who actually seem interested in learning something new. That doesn’t mean hosting this media camp has been easy. If you had 40 young people in a room, you’d realize the same thing. Which brings me to this conclusion: The greatest, most disciplined and patient people we have on this earth are teachers. I always thought teachers had it easy. They worked nine months, vacationed for three, and were paid well enough to survive on that income. I was wrong. Three months is not nearly enough vacation for the saints of our society. They deserve six months on and six months off. They deserve double the pay, no matter what we’re paying them. And every working parent who drops his or her child off for school each day must realize the folks who have made working with young people a profession are absolutely the most valuable people we have in society.


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The Stars At Knights THE RING -- Made of gold, with a coat of arms on the top showing a small shield in the middle, three lions’ heads, and what looks like opposing badgers or maybe a cauliflower. Across the bottom is my family’s motto: “Be Just And Fear Not,” which, over the centuries should more accurately read: “Why Us, Oh Lord?” The coat of arms is engraved into the ring so that when push it into melted red wax on royal documents, the seal is raised. I’ve tried it and usually just burn my hand. All the males and at least one female in my family wears such a ring, mainly because no one else wants to. The reason I bring this matter to your attention is that you, too, can have a coat of arms, maybe even matching gloves and a scarf. All you need is to write a check. It seems a noble title is being sold in a silent auction which has a special connection to Texas. It is the Barony of Fingalton, Renfrewshire, Scotland, and is said to have once belonged to the ancestors of General/President/Senator Sam Houston. According to press reports, the sale is being handled by Manorial Auctioneers Ltd., and is expected to go for at least $100,000. It’s being sold by a French-speaking Swiss businessman who’s owned it since 1998. No land, castle or serfs go with the honor, but you can go around demanding that you be called “Your Worship,” “Baron Fingalton- Renfrewshire,” or “You really look stupid in that armor.” However, don’t get too cocky, or think everyone has to scrape and bow to Your Ridiculousness, because other Texans can also claim a knighthood. Yes, only in Texas do we have knights, honest to goodness ribbon-wearing knights. No, these are not the Knights of Columbus or the Knights of Pythias, groups which do good deeds, nor are they the Knights of the White Camelia which were sort of a non-violent version of the KKK. What we had, and still have, are the Knights of the Order of San Jacinto, an organization which was established by President Sam Houston. In a letter dated Jan. 28, 1843, Houston wrote William Henry Daingerfield and Dr. Ashbel Smith, Our Men in Europe, that they would be made Knights of the Order of San Jacinto. Houston’s intent was that diplomats of the republic would not have to appear titleless and ribbonless among the aristocratic diplomats of Europe, who appeared in court looking like Walt Disney threw up on their uniforms. In the letter Houston described the ensign of the order as a green ribbon, worn on the left breast or buttonhole of the coat. Along with the diplomats, Houston wished to honor others who distinguished themselves in

A sweet young lady said she would like to do a story about what is happening in the twilight zone. The what? I asked the student to tell me where, exactly, this twilight zone was, and with a completely straight face, she replied: “It’s deep under the sea.” Listen, I know I’m an old codger, but I am certain my brain did not work the same way these children’s brains do. The reason their brains don’t work at peak performance is probably because they will consume any edible material you place in front of them. We bought them snacks for the week and placed them in the classroom. Huge mistake. The fruit snacks, chips and crackers were gone after Day 1. And let me tell you something else I didn’t know: I asked the young people if they all had Facebook accounts, because we planned to teach them how to use social media properly. They looked at me like I asked them if they all had a copy of the Gutenberg Bible. “That’s what our parents do,” they snarked. “We don’t use Facebook.” If I lose my own snarky sarcasm, let me tell you what else I’ve learned this week: The young people we’re

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tah-skee, Cherokee for “Big Drunk.” There is the story, probably made up by Ashbel Smith, that when he was posted as the Texas minister to France, where he had studied medicine as a young student, he became quite friendly with the royal family, mainly because of his medical skills. When the king, his family and aides, left for Versailles to avoid the Paris summer, all the diplomats lined up to wish him off, each more peacock-proud than the others, dressed in their ostrich plumes, swords, rows of medals. The royal carriage came to a stop, a door opened, and in hopped Dr. Ashbel Smith of Texas, wearing his drab black suit with its little green ribbon in the buttonhole. We must hope he waved to the rest of the sartorially splendid diplomatic corps and shouted, “Don’t dress with Texas.” Ashby is diplomatic at

Dear Editor: I live in Section 17 of Oak Forest, which basically is the backside of Scarborough High School and over to 290. I have lived here for over 30 years and this is a first for me. We have approximately 14 TNR (Trap, neuter and release) cats in our neighborhood. They can be easily identified because the City of Houston clips one ear before they rerelease them into our neighborhoods. Most of the residents are okay with this policy because it was explained to us that the animals would reduce the mice and other vermin we have due to construction and general activity. The program was started about three years ago and most of the cats are doing their jobs just fine. I, personally, have adopted one of them and he lives in my backyard. No roaches or mice anywhere. We had a black kitty named Blackie (appropriately) who was NOT a TNR, but we were trying to capture him so he could be neutered. We had him for almost four years. Unfortunately, instead of catching him we caught five raccoons and five opossums over the course of three months. Blackie watched all of this with disdain. Anyway, a couple of months ago Blackie came home and his little head was covered with blood. It seems that one of my neighbors walked up to him and at point blank range shot him with a BB gun in the head. Luckily, cats have 9 lives. He survived with a big scar and life was good again. Well, two weeks ago, Blackie showed up next door and was moaning, bleeding from the rear and panting. The SPCA, City of Houston and Barc showed up but the cat eluded us. He passed away under a shed in our backyard and the stench was horrific. The City says he was poisoned with antifreeze and he suffered for more than a day. Now I am pissed.

Email us your letters: It is against the law to take these matters into your own hands. It is jail time and a large fine if we ever find out who did this. And we are looking. The fear in our neighborhood is that if someone can do this to a cat, what can they do to a small child or an elderly person just walking down the sidewalk? If the cat was a nuisance, why didn’t they just pick up the phone and call the City or the SPCA? That is what our tax dollars are paying for. My parents were Holocaust survivors and if you think that this didn’t cause nightmares, you are sorely mistaken. I saw what he (only a man could have done this per SPCA ) did to this little cat and I will NOT attend my Neighbor’s Night Out this year because I am afraid of the crazy person who used these tactics. I am retired and am home most days so I hope you can rewrite this letter so it can be published and be a lesson to other people that taking the law into their own hands will solve nothing. Remember basic physics. For every action there is a reaction. Whoever shot and poisoned that cat not only took an animal’s life but took away my sense of neighborhood affinity. All anyone has to do if a stray kitty pees on something is fill a spray bottle with 1 part white vinegar and 3 parts water and spray it on your tires or windshield or whatever the kitties might pee on and it immediately takes the scent away and they won’t mark that item again. You can get a spray bottle at Dollar Mart. Picking up a gun and chemicals shows me that the mentality of people has not come very far. The actions of that one person has affected hundreds of people because I have told everyone that I see, as well as through social media. This is NOT the Oak Forest that I moved into 30 years ago. Concerned Neighbor

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we do as well without it,” Mosier said. Students would learn about designing websites Wednesday morning, after which they were asked to compose a short biography about themselves that morning, and got the chance to build a camp website featuring profiles on the students that afternoon. The following morning, our news partners at KHOU sent a reporter and cameraman to LHN in the interests of teaching children about what it takes to produce a news story. That afternoon, the students were grouped into “news teams” of four and began planning a newscast they would film the next day. Following the 8-minute broadcasts with each of their news teams on Friday, students were introduced to a social media session with Christina Martinez, the Leader’s social media manager, who worked with the students on how to create effective posts, share great pictures and build a brand. That afternoon, Officer Angela Douglas from the Houston Police Department wrapped up the camp by reiterating the importance of being smart on social media and how safety is a real concern for the younger generation today. Immediate, local impact Overall, McElvy said another goal of the camp was to break through the noise created by a multitude of various trustworthy (and sometimes untrustworthy) sources while planting the seed that pursuing a career in media and its intricacies and value are about more than what students see on TV and movies, especially in a local neighborhood and community. “We’ll talk about crime when it’s important to the safety of the public, but what we want them to know we cover our community, and hopefully make our community better,” he said. “I was once told ‘where you have a great community newspaper, you have a great community,’ and I still believe that.” As it so happens, several students appear to have immediately Ad # 30111 taken the message to heart as

they progressed throughout the week. “We made storylines and wrote a little story on it, and I really enjoyed that, because I’m really into writing and making stories,” a student name Toliver said. “I’ve always been good at English and everything, so I enjoy it.” “It’s a really good opportunity to improve your writing and photography skills and learn more about the media,” added Lindsey Mattenson, who made the decision little more than a year ago that she wanted to pursue a career in journalism. “I like the opportunity I have to learn and talk to real professionals, because they have better experience that can be handed on down to the younger, future generations, and I also like the opportunity to meet new people.” Thinking critically Mosier said he was pleasantly surprised Tuesday morning at the students’ thorough inquiries and previous knowledge as the enthusiasm appeared to shine through during his session. “These are young kids, but they’re asking great questions that I don’t get from adults,” he said with a laugh. “They’re interested, and they know more than I expected of kids. I’m happily surprised at the good, quality questions I was getting.” In a time of constantly evolving mediums of receiving and reporting news, Mosier believes it is important for students to think critically as he saw Tuesday instead of accepting the first available news source as gospel. That said, he also believes the flood of information available for students and their parents to access at their fingertips has caused a powerful change for the better when correctly utilized. “With phones like kids have, they can know everything they want to right now,” he said. “Parents and guardians can see something and call us right after it happens. It’s even more powerful now, and I think these kids are into that thinking.”

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Susan and Wilbert Cernosek, longtime residents of Cole Creek Manor, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on July 16. They met in 1975 at Bill Mraz Ballroom and were married in 1977 in Ammannsville, Texas. They have two children, Melissa and Allen Cernosek. They also have one grandson, Lucas Ridgway Cernosek. Wilbert is employed as an inspector for the City of Houston and Susan is a retired floral designer. The couple is celebrating Susan turning 60, Wilbert turning 65 and 40 wonderful years together and they hope for many more to come. Fred Whitaker, 91, recently celebrated the 4th of July and went out for a stroll with neighbor Nanette Moore. Fred has lived on the 1700 block of Saxon since 1949 and served as a Marine in WWII. Our neighbors in Oak Forest, Lauren and Iain Simpson, have a wonderful garden at their home on Thornton just off Ella Blvd. As a cancer survivor, Lauren is reminded of how amazing life is every time she looks out at her pollinator-friendly garden, a certified wildlife and butterfly habitat. “I am grateful to be alive; when I am out in the garden it reminds me how lucky I am,” said Simpson. The University of Houston Law Center assistant clinical professor developed an interest in gardening after her recovery and when a severe dry spell wiped out much of the landscaping around her Oak Forest home. “As plants died, we replaced them with drought-resistant varieties, with heavy emphasis on native plants and also plants that serve either as host plants or as nectar sources for pollinators,” said Simpson. “But it wasn’t until 2015 that I discovered my passion for pollinator-friendly gardening and threw myself into it head first.” The Simpsons’ garden has earned its certification as both a Certified Wildlife Habitat and a Monarch Waystation. For the latter certification, she adopted the name St. Julian’s Crossing for her gardens. The natural resting spot is named after St. Julian the Hospitaller, the patron saint of travelers and innkeepers, because Monarch butterflies travel through it on their annual migration. Before starting her gardens, Simpson got involved with the Oak Forest Community Garden and learned from the people she met, such as her mentor who has been working with butterfly gardens for about 20 years. The Simpsons’ garden was recently named a Bird-Friendly Community by the Houston Audubon Society. Lauren shares, “My friends Sarah Flournoy and Doris Heard of the Houston Audubon Society’s BirdFriendly Communities program recently interviewed me about St. Julian’s Crossing-wildlife habitat. That interview resulted in four videos on various topics, including the story of the gardens, tips for wildscaping in a residential neighborhood, maintaining a wildscape, and providing water features for wildlife. The page describing the gardens, with links to the videos of the interview, appears here: http://www.birdfriendlyhouston. org/st-julians-crossing/. I hope that the

Susan and Wilbert Cernosek celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.

videos and information on this page are helpful, as well as enjoyable! Houston Audubon Society’s BirdFriendly Communities program is a cool initiative seeking to encourage support of birds and other wildlife in the area. You can join the community by creating a “Bird-Friendly Yard,” a project that launched just this year and that will put into action the Bird-Friendly Communities’ goals. For more information about the Bird-Friendly Communities program and the Bird-Friendly Yard project, you may visit the homepage: http://www.”

Fred Whitaker out for a stroll with neighbor Nanette Moore.

Lauren has documented 39 species of butterflies, around 30 species of bees, 20 species of hoverflies, and around 25 species of wasps. This is all in a traditionally-sized front yard! Plants support insects, and insects support birds. This living landscape provides hours of enjoyment, but even more importantly, provides a haven for beneficial insects and wildlife. Birds observed in the Simpsons’ Oak Forest garden: Eastern Screech Owl, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, American Redstart, Red-winged Blackbird, Prothonotary Warbler, Northern Mockingbird, House Sparrow, European Starling, Northern Cardinal, Cedar Waxwing, Carolina Wren, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Grackle Sp., Rose-breasted Grosbeak, White-winged Dove, Blue Jay, Common Nighthawk, Red-shouldered Hawk and Carolina Chickadee.

Excited to share her gardens and knowledge, Lauren wants you to know it is all about community. “Not just the community of wildlife the gardens support, but the human community connected to it. We make our own garden a community classroom: children come to explore, neighbors visit among the flowers, etc. This helps us remember that all of us, wildlife and humans, are connected.” “People like to see butterflies and bees, but it’s more than that. Working individually in a community of people, this type of gardening brings beauty and brings pollinators back! It’s the number of people who have these gardens, not the size of the gardens. Pollinators need to have patches of wildscape that they can use as steppingstones to move through the area. So, just a small batch of native plants that support pollinators and other wildlife matters.” For example, if you live in an apartment and you have a couple of pots of the right kind of native plant, with blossoms which are attractive to pollinators (such as easy to grow Coreopsis, Echinacea, Passionflower vines, Milkweed, Lantana and many more hardy plants), you are doing your part to help pollinators – and those pollinators can range from a tiny insect from a couple of millimeters long to a giant Monarch butterfly. They hop from plant to plant, garden to garden, along their migratory trail. “The good news is that wildscapes can be as simple or as complex as you can manage, and the wildlife will still benefit from them,” explains Lauren. For more information, visit or join Oak Forest Community of Gardeners Facebook community for information about local gardening activities. Lauren sometimes does presentations locally (in her own garden or community centers) to share information, and she also sometimes shares extra seeds or seedlings. She is all about helping others grow their own gardens and sharing the joy she gains from gardening. Information regarding St. Julian’s Crossing can be found on the Houston Audubon’s Bird Friendly Communities website at The first Energy Institute High School Class Commencement Ceremony was held at Butler Stadium’s Clubhouse on May 27, with an exceptional speaker, Jeffrey Hayzlett. A primetime TV and radio host, frequent keynote speaker, and best-selling author, Hayzlett normally does not speak at commencements, but the Energy students were persistent and would not accept “no” for an answer. Families were in awe as seniors walked across the stage and shook hands with their principal, Lori Lambropoulos for the last time. Energy is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) school and is the first in the nation with a school-wide theme of energy. Energy has three big commitments for students: Integrate updated technology in learning, developing 21st century skills through project-based learning and exposing students to the energy industry. Energy was in the former Holden Elementary School and now is housed in the former Dodson Elementary School at 1808 Sampson Street. As parents of one of Energy’s 2017 seniors, Buster and Sharon Pendley of Sunset Heights are excited as son Zachary starts a new chapter in his life called College!

Hazard from P. 1A becomes a vector for mosquito-borne diseases or the scene of a tragic accident,” a reader wrote. Villareal assured residents that all measures the city can legally enact, it has done so. Inspectors were back out at the property Tuesday afternoon, taking mosquito control so they could treat the pool with pesticides and ensure the temporary fencing erected is still in good standing. Unfortunately, however, Villareal says the city’s jurisdiction ends with issuing citations and building temporary fencing to prevent potential tragic accidents, seeing as the physi-

cal property remains under private ownership despite sporting a neglected look. “We wouldn’t have jurisdiction [for more permanent fence work]. We cannot go into people’s property and take such action,” he said. “In theory, we could go back every day, and every day we go back it could be another issuance due to violations. But it’s not like we can go put a permanent fence — it’s physically on someone’s property. It’s private property, and it’s up to the legal system.” The property is noted as an “active concern,” and Villareal noted

that in the meantime, residents can take matters into their own hands to help deal with (or prevent) the mosquito problem via inexpensive contraptions known as mosquito dumps, which kill larvae before they mature into biting adults “You can basically throw them into standing water, and it’s a very quick solution. You just drop it in, and it gets rid of the breeding,” he said. The Leader attempted to reach out to King for comment as to her intent with the property, but was unable to reach her as of press time.

“His program showed that, because his kids were always well-dressed, wellmannered and grades were good, and then obviously, the results were very good,” Wright said. “It showed that kids wanted to be a part of baseball [at Waltrip], and that’s a direct reflection of his energy here at Waltrip.” Evans, he said, truly invested in the school and the program beyond the wins and losses, contributing to an emerging cycle he says has led to a burning desire for kids to be part of the Ram baseball family. “He was really invested in the kids, in the community and in our campus. His kids always did a great job fundraising, and they were always working to make the facilities better and give our kids the best equipment possible. They did a great job setting up a cycle where kids wanted to be at Waltrip.”

Though losing the beloved coach strikes a blow, Wright understands the process, and wished Evans all the best at St. Pius X. “It’s part of the coaching world, and everyone has different ambitions. Where he’s going, I know he’s excited about his next challenge” he said. At Waltrip, however, the beat must go on. “We try to continually train young coaches so that when a head coach like myself or anyone leaves, we’ve got a good candidate pool on our campus,” Wright said. “There will be some disappointment, as always, but kids are resilient and when you get a new coach there’s a new energy around as well. The kids and parents will talk about it for a few days, and then get excited about the next coach.”

Evans from P. 1A building a part of it. There’s pressure on the next coach, because he’s done a wonderful job with the program.” Wright praised Evans for his work ethic and dedication to the program, both on the field and within the school’s walls “I never had to worry about anything baseball-related being done. His kids were coached year-round, and he always did a great job with the younger coaches in teaching them. [Mike] was always involved here, and in the hallways he was always involved with kids outside the field. He was a good, solid worker, and you never had to worry about him doing anything wrong.” Such a dedication to responsibility and accountability, he said, was always reflected in how Evans’ athletes conducted themselves both on the field and in the classroom.

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The calendar. FAMILY HISTORY WRITING WORKSHOP Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research The Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline St., will hold a three part series of workshops on writing family stories with guest speaker Devon Noel Lee. Class size is limited. Reservations are required. The workshops will be held from 10:30 a.m.-noon on Saturdays, July 15 and 22. The monthly orientation will be held from 2-4 p.m. July 15. Information: 832393-2600. STEAK NIGHT American Legion Post 560 Come by the American Legion Post 560, 3720 Alba Rd., for a delicious steak dinner and entertainment, July 21 (third Friday of each month). Steaks will be served from 6 p.m. until sold out. The cost is $15 per plate. Information: 713-682-9287, facebook. com/AmLegionPost560/, www. FISH FRY American Legion Post 560 The Ladies Auxiliary Unit 560, 3720 Alba Road, will host their monthly Fish Fry and live entertainment Friday, July 28 (fourth Friday of each month) from 6 p.m. until sold out. Information: 713-682-9287, AmLegionPost560/, txlegion560. org, ACADEMY FOR LIFELONG

LEARNING OPEN HOUSE Lone Star College Victory Center The Academy for Lifelong Learning Open House will be from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, at Lone Star College Victory Center, 4141 Victory Dr. Come meet the instructors and speakers, visit with fellow members, get catalogs and parking permits, and register for membership and classes. The Academy for Lifelong Learning provides free classes and social opportunities for senior adults (50+). Membership is just $20/year for this campus. Information:,, 281-810-5680. 40TH CLASS REUNION Scarborough High School class of 1977 The G. C. Scarborough class of 1977 will have their 40th reunion at 7 p.m. Oct. 7, at The Spot Club located at 1732 W. 18th St. Please join the facebook page G C Scarborough High school class of 1977 or email Roger Souders at FARMERS AND ARTISAN MARKET Eleanora’s Market Eleanora’s Market, 2120 Ella Blvd., will be open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday starting June 3. There will be local growers, makers, designers, artisans and food producers. Information:

ADULT COLORING Fairbanks Library Adult coloring is held every Thursday from 1-2:30 p.m., in the meeting room at Fairbanks Library, 7122 Gessner Rd. There are new coloring books and pages to pick through and colored pencils or bring your own. No need to register, just show up. Information: 713-466-4438. NEWBORN CARE Memorial Herman Greater Heights Let us help prepare you to welcome your new baby through our classes at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, 1635 N. Loop W. Classes include: Prepared Childbirth, Breastfeeding, Newborn Care, Sibling Class, New Moms and Babies Group, and Maternity Facility Tour. Call or visit the website for a full listing of classes. Information: 713-222CARE, WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL IN THE HEIGHTS Heights Boulevard/East 11th St. Tie into the history of both Houston and the greatest generation by paying a visit to the World War II Memorial on Heights Boulevard, just south of the intersection of East 11th Street. There are free parking spots along the street on Heights Boulevard. CITIZENSHIP CLASSES The Mainstream Connection The Mainstream Connection, 415 E. Crosstimbers St., offers

Citizenship Classes. If you are a resident or just want to begin taking this class, please call for additional information. The office is open Monday through Friday, and offers assistance with Resident renewal forms (I-90) and Citizenship, (N-400) Applications and the I-130. Notary Public services available. Information: 832-831-1688, THURSDAY NIGHT BINGO SPJST Lodge 88 Bingo at SPJST Lodge 88, 1435 Beall St., is held every Thursday night (unless otherwise noted, or announced). Bingo pads are $5 each. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Early bird special starts at 7 p.m. with regular bingo games beginning at 7:30 p.m. Information: 713-869-5767, VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AseraCare Hospice AseraCare Hospice. 1235 N. Loop W., Suite 215, is in need of compassionate and caring volunteers to accompany terminally ill patients and their families. Volunteers are needed to minister in presence and companionship. All volunteers are trained and orientation is given prior to meeting patients and families. Interested individuals 18 and older please. Information: 713-864-2626, fax 713-864-9476.

offers free legal advice over the phone through LegalLine from 5-9 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of every month. Consejos Legales for Spanish speakers is the first Thursday of every month from 6-8 p.m. Information: 713759-1133, LAUGHTER YOGA Heights Library Laughter Yoga utilizes breathing and play-based exercises for health and wellness by people of all professions/ages/abilities. Meet from 11 a.m.-noon Saturday at 1302 Heights Blvd. Information: www.houstonlaughteryoga. com.

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Family Carnival at Arise Baptist Arise Baptist Church, 803 Curtin St., will hold their Family Carnival, from 5-8 p.m. July 14. There will be free food, games, prizes and inflatables. VBS Operation Arctic (ages 3-12) and “In Teens” Teen Rally (7th-12th Grade) will be from 6-9 p.m. July 30-Aug. 4. Call 713-659-9697 or visit for information. Hope Episcopal holds Vacation Bible School Hope Episcopal Church, 1613 W. 43rd St., will hold Vacation Bible School from 5:308 p.m. July 17-21. All ages are welcome. Come by for fun, food, and music.

Call Moira or Dorothy at 713-681-6422 for information. Vacation Bible School at St. Matthew’s St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church welcomes the community to attend Vacation Bible School from 5:30-8:30 p.m. July 24-26. There will be classes for all ages, including adults. Those planning to attend must register. This year’s VBS theme will be Super Heroes. Come and join the fun. St. Matthew’s UMC is located at 4300 N. Shepherd Dr. Visit the Facebook page, website at or call 713-6970671 for information. Senior Time Event at First Church Heights Senior Time Event is held the last Tuesday of every month. Come and enjoy visiting with other seniors in the area and listen to interesting guest speakers and enjoy breakfast. This month’s guest speaker will be Ginny Kirkin of the Susan B. Komen Cancer Foundation. The event will be from 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 25, at First Church Heights, 201 E. 9th St., in the fellowship hall. Call 713-861-3102 or visit for information. Kidz Health Fair at Greater First Baptist Greater First Baptist Church, 4441 Haygood St. 77022, will hold a Kidz Health Fair from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 29. Call 713-695-7061 for information.

St. Monica to hold annual Fall Bazaar Save the date. St. Monica Catholic Church, 8421 W. Montgomery Rd., will hold their annual 2017 Fall Bazaar Oct. 14-15. Be a part of the festivities. Vendor booths available. Call Craig Adams at 713-818-2048 or Charles Cade at 713-851-1658. For information visit www.

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Men’s Scripture Sharing Group meets at the YMCA The Men’s Scripture Sharing Group meets at 7 a.m. every Thursday at the Harriet and Joe Foster YMCA, 1234 W. 34th St. There will be music, Bible study and fellowship. Guests and new members are welcome to attend this nondenominational Bible study. Email scripturesharing@ for information.

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died July 8. Fike is a U.S. Army Combat Veteran of Vietnam. He spent 38 years in law enforcement and retired from the Houston Police Department in 2008. He was awarded two Life Saving Awards from the Houston Police Department. He was also actively involved in the Houston Police VFW Post 6010 as a Junior Vice Commander and served on the executive committee for the Fraternal Order of Police Officers – Houston Chapter. Fike is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Regina “Reggie” Fike, children Stacey Fike, Patrick Fike, and Julie Fike-Wild, sister Jennifer Graff, and five grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Post 6010 and/or the Assist the Officer Houston Foundation.

Mildred Kathrine Gillespie, 97, born March 30, 1920, died June 28. She is survived by her daughter, Jacque Abercia and her husband Jack, Daughter-in-law Kay Walton and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren. Armando Isidro De Luna, 82, born June 15, 1935 in Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, died July 9. De Luna is survived by his wife, Maria Esthela De Luna, children Armando De Luna, Blanca Correa, and Luis De Luna, siblings Santiago De Luna, Lalita De Luna de Rodriguez, Ramiro De Luna, and five grandchildren. Gerald Winston Maness M.D., 87, born April 24, 1930 in Houston, died July 5. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Barbara Elizabeth Maness, his children Kathleen O’Conner, Steven Maness M.D., Karen Maness McKenney M.D., Kimberly Willingham, and Dr. Karolyn Leasure, and 15 grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to: R.B. Thieme Jr., Bible Ministries, 5139 W. Alabama, Houston 77056.

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our general medical history has a lot to do with the type of treatment you will receive at your dentist. For example, if you are taking a drug affecting blood clotting, the dentist should be informed so as to be aware of potential hemorrhaging problems should they have to extract a tooth. A patient with high blood pressure should certainly inform the dentist. Certain anesthetics and medication should be used in preference to others. If you have some form of heart condition, the dentist may change his method of working with you. The patient with a cardiac pacemaker should certainly inform his dentist. The dentist might have planned to do electrosurgery, a technique utilizing high-frequency current to remove gum tissue. Without proper shields or safeguards, the high frequency current could cause the pacemaker to stop or become erratic. The dentist can use other means of treatment. If you are pregnant, diabetic, allergic to certain medication, or have a prosthetic joint or heart valve, your dentist must know these things — It’s for YOUR benefit. Prepared as a public service to promote better dental health. From the office of: Chase Baker, D.D.S., 3515 Ella Blvd., 713-682-4406.

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he fourth spiritual work of mercy is to comfort the sorrowful. Unfortunately, the world is full of pain and suffering, and we need not look far to find someone in need of comforting. Philosophers have often referred to this realm as a “veil of tears,” suggesting that sorrow is the essence of our earthly existence. But surely, that goes too far. There is joy amongst the sadness, and great evils often give rise to incredible acts of mercy and forgiveness. Life is a mixed bag, some good and some bad, and what gives our lives meaning is the ability to improve the balance of good over bad. Sometimes, this involves increasing the happiness of others and at other times it means decreasing their pain. Comforting the sorrowful may be as simple as sending a sympathy card to someone who has lost a loved one, or it may be as complicated as rescuing someone who is suicidal. Often, the other person just needs someone to be with and listen to them. We should not feel compelled to give them advice nor should we presume that we understand what they are going through. More appropriately, we should just let them know that we truly care about them and are there to listen and help. We may wish to consider suggesting or even arranging professional help for the person suffering. Most people who are deeply suffering would benefit from professional counseling of some kind, whether it is with their pastor, their doctor, or a psychotherapist. Finally, although we should not assume that we can do the work of a trained professional, we should try to be there for them in their hour of need. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. R.S.V. Matthew 5:4

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Dear Tabby, I’m newly married and my wife doesn’t want our pets to sleep in our bed with us. She thinks that we’ll get fleas. I’ve always let my pets sleep with me, so this is causing some friction in our home. What are the advantages and disadvantages to letting our animals sleep with us? Honeymoon is over in The Heights Dear Honeymoon Over, It’s a divisive topic: Should you allow your pets to sleep in your bed with you? According to, (a petrelated online newsletter) 83% of Vet Street readers allow their pets to sleep with them. This begs the question: Is it a good idea to let your pet sleep in your bed or not? The disadvantages: Poor quality of sleep: A 75 pound dog, plus 2 adult humans in a queen-sized bed isn’t ideal, so space can become a sleep issue with large pets. Even a small dog or cat who isn’t keen on sleeping for an 8 hour stretch without getting playful can disrupt your sleep patterns greatly. Risk of disease and parasites: Meningitis, Methicil-

lin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and even the plague have been transmitted to humans through dog licks, kisses and saliva, according to the Centers for Disease Control. MRSA was contracted by a married couple after their pup repeatedly licked their faces while sleeping with him in their bed. Also, sleeping with a dog can transfer fleas that increase the risk for contracting human plague, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Be the boss in bed: Dog trainer, Cesar Millan warns against letting your dog be the boss of the bed. Millan says that, “while you may want to share your bed with your new dog, don’t do this right away.� Instead, Millan suggests establishing a neutral sleeping location for your dog and let him get used to the sleeping arrangements. If you would like your dog to join you in bed, do so by invitation only and never allow him to enter your room on his own or crawl onto the bed uninvited. Allergies: If you’re allergic to pet dander, allowing your pet to sleep in your bed can greatly escalate this problem. Contrary to popular belief, allergies aren’t caused by your pet’s fur, but instead by proteins in his urine, saliva and flakes of skin, or dander. Dander is as small and light as dust particles, making it easily inhaled. It also clings to sheets, pillows and blankets. These all sound like serious

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andra Yvonne Longoria, went to be with our Lord on July 4, 2017, at her home in Houston, Texas. Yvonne was born at Memorial Hospital in Houston, Texas, on October 23, 1944, to Mr. And Mrs. Thomas Lewis Tew of New Orleans, Louisiana and Pollock, Louisiana. Yvonne grew up in Garden Oaks in a home her parents commissioned. Most of her lifelong friendships began while attending Garden Oaks Elementary School. While in high school, she was in a bowling league and sang in the choir at Garden Oaks Baptist Church, where she was baptized at the age of 13. She enjoyed sewing party dresses and baking elaborate cakes for her dad’s birthdays. She graduated from Waltrip High School in 1962 and went on to Sam Houston State Teachers College. She relished motherhood and all its adventures. She recently told her children that when her first children, the twins, were born, not only had she grown up an only child, but, “I had never even babysat.� In 1984, Yvonne was diagnosed with breast cancer. The rest of her life was a gift that she celebrated with the greatest enthusiasm her health allowed. Conversations with strangers always included her breast cancer survivor status, and one of her proudest moments occurred this year when a recently diagnosed friend asked her for support and advice. Yvonne cherished her friends. They sustained her spirit through tough circumstances and gave her great joy in daily communications, occasional activities, and class reunions. She drank each morning’s coffee from a mug made over 30 years ago by her best friend’s mother. She also loved watching the Astros and the Texans play. Her children will miss her chicken soup and blueberry muffin deliveries, elementary sense of humor, vocal adoration of all their pursuits and interests, and repertoire of conversational responses, including “Bless your heart,� “There’s an upside to everything,� and “Well...whatever.� Yvonne is survived by her children, Stephen Earl Longoria and his wife, Missy, of Sugar Land, Texas; Stephanie Elaine Peralta and her husband Jesse of Katy, Texas; Jennifer Dawn Longoria-Walker and her husband Joseph of Tomball, Texas; Thomas Creed Longoria and his wife Andra of Houston, Texas; her beloved children by marriage, Wayne Ashworth; Earl Wilson Longoria, Jr.; Laurie Lynette Longoria Elliott; Linda Marie Longoria Vargas; and Stephen Craig Longoria; 27 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren on the way. Yvonne is interred at Rosewood Cemetery in Humble, Texas.

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Stars align as cooling technology helps save resident’s life By Landan Kuhlmann Many are taught to accept every breath of every day as a blessing; and that ingrained thought has grown stronger in Lisa Bedford’s life every day since she left Memorial Hermann Greater Heights alive and well thanks to a twist on an old classic and many puzzle pieces falling into place. Just last month, Bedford experienced a severe cardiac arrest that twice stopped her heart and had paramedics working for nearly an hour to keep her stabilized long enough to reach Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, where the use of medically-induced hypothermia, among other treatments, is credited for helping spare her life and prevent brain damage against most logical odds. “I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. I couldn’t believe that this had happened to me. I really don’t have words,” she said of being told about the day’s events. Warning signs, saving grace Bedford’s day began like any other, heading off to work, when she experienced chest pains. Bedford consid-

ered taking the day off, but relented at the coaxing of her husband — and the decision might have saved her life. “The best thing he told me to do [that day] was go to work,” she said. Around 3 p.m., the day took what could very well have been a dire turn, as Bedford’s coworker heard her whisper to her to call 9-1-1. When the paramedics arrived, she was not yet in full-blown cardiac arrest yet, but then suddenly lost consciousness, and her heart stopped. “I was told paramedics were there for about 50 minutes trying to revive me and get me stabilized,” she said. “Then, when we got to the ER, my heart stopped again and they had to shock my heart and do CPR again — I’ve still got the marks on my chest.” Once Bedford reached the hospital, it was up to the team at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights to put a new use to a known cooling technology into action in a last-ditch attempt. “The whole concept developed from the understanding that when living tissue is cooled, the metabolism slows down and [brain and neurological] tissue destruction slows down,” Dr. Phillip Hass, a cardiologist associated with MHGH and UTHealth, said

of the process, which purposefully lowers the body temperature in the aftermath of a severe event to protect internal organs from further damage. Doctors had previously attempted to inject saline intravenously or through tubes directly into the body to slow degeneration, but found it did not achieve the desired result. “All those things were alright, but they never achieved the outcomes we hoped to achieve, because you can never really consistently keep the person cool,” Hass said. Among the first to use the new Arctic Sun cooling technology more than a decade ago, MHGH now regularly uses the system in efforts to delay tissue degeneration which results from a brain injury or severe cardiac arrest. When cooling patients, Hass said doctors attempt to drop the body’s core temperature down to about 90 degrees. Where previous attempts to cool patients fell short, he said, that many avenues led to wildly fluctuating body temperatures that rarely stayed consistent, limiting the chances of survival. Now, however, the use of Arctic Sun’s system that acts essentially as a radiator or air conditioner has enabled doctors and caretakers

Photo supplied Lisa Bedford with her husband Ronald. Medically-induced hypothermia is being credited with helping save her life and get her back home to her husband after a severe cardiac arrest last month.

to increase survival chances from a cardiac arrest suffered outside a hospital to about 25 or 30 percent under the best of circumstances. “You put pads over the legs, thighs, chest, arms and thorax. It’s basically ice water circulating to a series of tubes that cools the body like an air conditioner, so within a couple hours you can get the body temp down and keep it there consistently for 24 hours,” he said. “It’s not perfect, but it’s remarkably better than what we’ve had as recently as 10

years ago. Any organic material in the human body, if it’s cold, is going to stay functioning and preserved longer.” At a loss for words In the weeks since, Bedford discovered that the type of heart attack she experienced has been coined “The widowmaker.’ “It’s so hard to describe how I feel, not only knowing that my heart stopped twice, but to see I was a great candidate for this procedure to revive me and help me get

through it. To this day, I can hardly believe I’m still alive,” she said. “[Even Dr. Hass] couldn’t believe I didn’t have any damage to my brain, and I’m extremely grateful for that.” Bedford said she senses herself getting stronger every day, with the only real outward sign of the episode a slight weakness in her left hand. “I don’t have any forgetfulness, my mind is still sharp, I can still do daily stuff around the house. I can do all the normal daily activities. I feel like I’m almost 70 percent well and back to my normal self,” she said. Through it all, however, she remains in awe of the day’s events. “There’s a fire station minutes from my office, so it didn’t take paramedics long to get there That day, [my coworker] also didn’t have [her music] on, which she normally does, and I’m just so thankful. [The paramedics] were fighting for me as I was fighting for myself, and that’s incredibly amazing,” she said. “There are just so many things that fell in line in that place to put me in a situation where I was able to survive. It was just so many things that God put in place that led up to my survival.”

Lester elected to Rotary Club of Houston Heights HOF By Landan Kuhlmann Earlier this month, Allegiance Bank advisor and Rotary Club of Houston Heights member Scott Lester was awarded the club’s prestigious Hall of Fame Award — just the 13th member upon whom the honor has been bestowed in the club’s 78-year existence. Though it remains secondary to the mission, members typically must devote their efforts to Rotary Club of Houston Heights for around 20 years in various roles prior to being consid-

ered for the honor. “We want someone who has served in leadership roles of both extraordinary dimension and extraordinary efforts,” said Tom Wilson, who has served alongside Lester for nearly two decades. Wilson said Lester contributes with both financial assets and perhaps the most precious commodity — time — on different boards to ensure the club’s outreach programs maintain their reach in the Heights and surrounding communities. “I’ve been a member for about 20 years, said the first thing that comes

to mind is that any task the club asks of him, he has never declined,” he said. “He is always willing to do anything we ask of him.” For example, the club holds an annual holiday food drive, delivering 600 bags of groceries to 100 local families in need. Lester, Wilson said, coordinates gathering of the food from various pickup locations, determines those in need for them and works with coordinating all the physical aspects of the endeavor, from truck scheduling to delivery. “He does a wonderful job, and has for years. It’s a very important part of

what we do, and he does a phenomenal job with that,” Wilson said. Even should he become unavailable due to time constraints, Wilson said Lester also never fails to muster up a ‘Plan B’. “[Scott] realizes he can’t do it all, but if he can’t, he’s brought other folks in to do it for him,” Wilson said. “He leverages relationships very well, and if he’s unable to perform a task, he’s always got someone to do that for him. I’ve never had him tell me ‘no’.” Beyond the physical outreach, Wilson believes Lester’s experience

in the community and willingness to give the club strong council for (at least) 120 hours every month despite holding another full-time occupation tells the community everything they need to know about the man’s desire to better his community each day. “He understands the nature of what a rotary club is all about in terms of giving back to the communities, and he promotes that extremely well,” he said. “He’s a great leader for our club. I’ll tell you what, he’s very deserving of this award.”

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