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Let us spray: Splash playgrounds abound for good, clean fun by Betsy Denson betsy@theleadernews.com When you want to beat the heat but don’t have the energy or the inclination to shepherd your little ones around a swimming pool, sometimes a free city splash pad, or sprayground, is just the ticket. “I enjoy going to splash pads because I have kids of varied ages, two of whom are not yet swimmers,” said Barbie Wood. “They all have a good time.” It’s been a while since I was a regular on the splash pad scene, so I asked for some area feedback and also paid a visit to a few close to Leader readers.

Jaycee Park, 1300 Seamist (Timbergrove)

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opened in May of 2011, the splash pad at Jaycee Park sees plenty of action. It was funded by H-E-B, in partnership with the Houston Parks & Recreation Department, the Houston Parks Board and Friends of Jaycee Park. The HPARD web site says that “the water facility’s timed spouts are surrounded by colorful, oversized butterflies and leaves in the paved surface, and there are benches around it for the enjoyment of parents who want to stay dry while watching their youthful charges run wild.” When I visited, there were about 10 kids frolicking in the spray. Shannon Sylve was there with her children and nephew from Spring Branch because her fiancé works nearby. She says that there aren’t any spraygrounds in her area.

My take: Definitely worth a trip. The park also features a playground, tennis and basketball courts. Bathrooms? No.

Montie Beach Park, 915 Northwood (Heights area between Airline Drive and I-45)

The Montie Beach water sprayground opened in 2006 and is another H-E-Bfunded project. The HPARD web site says that the splash pad’s “design includes a beach theme, including a palm island, a whale design in its colorful play surface sporting a spout spray at its hump, and multiple wave sprays that create a rolling ‘wave’ effect.” On Saturday I spoke with Jazmin Wisnowski who recently moved with her fam-

ily to Houston from McAllen. Her father-in-law lives nearby so she was familiar with the park and her children were grateful to have a place to cool off for a bit. My take: Not as new as the splash pad at Jaycee Park but still does the trick. The water is on The Jaycee Park sprayground has been a hit since it automatic control, so kids cannot opened in 2011 in Timbergrove. (Photo by Betsy Denson) start it at will. One con is that, parpad at T.C. Jester might be reason enough ticularly on weekends, the park has to make the trip on sweltering days. There a litter issue. Bathrooms? The adjacent community are several different jets on automatic center presumably has bathrooms, but it control, which are staggered. My take: It doesn’t have the bells and was locked when I was there on Saturday whistles of some of the other splash pads, afternoon. but it does offer a shade tarp. If you have kids of various ages, the older ones could T.C. Jester Pool, 4205 T.C. Jester An added benefit to the pool, the splash swim while the little ones splash. Bathrooms? Yes

Family Stories

Get lost in a book this summer by Betsy Denson betsy@theleadernews.com

As the daughter of a librarian, I logged my fair share of hours in our local library. This was back in the dark ages, when libraries were primarily filled with books. And the section with 8-tracks and cassette tapes which was where I could indulge my budding Rick Springfield obsession. But I digress. It’s the books I really craved. Summertime was prime time for reading. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. The selection of paperbacks near the circulation desk full of really inappropriate books which I went for anyway. I don’t read as much today as I would like but I’m always interested in what other people are reading, the books they loved as kids, and the ones they enjoy coming back to every once in a while. Here’s a Leader reader roundup: Angela Pennington says she’s re-reading The Grapes of Wrath right now because “it puts things into perspective when the air is out and the Internet is down.” She also re-reads Rebecca often. “Summer reading is usually more intense reading, when school/busy time is time for mysteries and fluff,” she said. Her first love at Oak Forest Elementary was a book called The Bell Tower Mystery. “First column, second row of books in the fiction section,” she remembers. “I checked it out a million times. [It’s] out of print now, haven’t been able to find it in years.” Valencia Pellerin likes inspirational or self-reflection books such as The Purpose Driven Life or just about anything from Joyce Meyer. “As a child I loved Shel Silverstein. The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic were all amazing,” she said. Jeny Burrell allows herself more lowbrow literature during the summer, including the yearly offering by Mary Higgins Clark. Childhood favorites include The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes (“It’s definitely one of those that teaches you that you don’t know about a person until you walk in their shoes,” she says) and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Daughter Flinn is reading the Dear America series and working her way alphabetically through the A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy as well as the author’s other series The Capitol Mysteries. Sue Schmidt and Megan Salch also say they keep it less serious during the summer, although Salch comes back to The Count of Monte Cristo every couple of years. “I read The Fault in our Stars and do think

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Take note and take notes by Cynthia Lescalleet For The Leader You know the drill. When the extended family gathers, the lore starts to fly. You’ve likely heard it all before. (Well, most of it anyway.) Maybe you think you know the stories so well you’ll never forget them. Or perhaps you think that you’ll eventually capture the tales for posterity. Don’t wait. Get the elders talking and get them on the record. Whether written, recorded or on camera, urge family history documentarians and oral history experts.

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munity. He’s a frequent speaker on asking relatives for not just family tales, but the history they witnessed. “They’re historians and we’re not asking them the right questions,” he said in a “Recording Life Stories” presentation for a local Rotary Club. Here are some of the topics he suggested to get the conversation started -- or to keep it going once the best-spun family yarns have been told. Ask about: * Parents and grandparents, favorite relatives (and why they’re favor-

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Free and cool: summer schedules for Houston libraries It’s still not too late to take part in the free summer reading program at all Houston Public Libraries, which runs through Aug. 1. To participate, children and teens 0-18 years of age can register online at www.houstonlibrary.org or at their neighborhood branch – Heights, Oak Forest or the newly reopened Collier Library. To win incentives they need to read or listen to 5, 10, 20 or 30 books; enter the book titles or time read on their online reading log either at home or with the help of a librarian. Upon completion, they can go to the library to pick up their prize at the different book level. This program is free. For more details visit www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.

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For summer classes or when school resumes, free online tutoring services are available on the Houston Public Library’s website at www.houstonlibrary.org. Live online homework help is available for kindergarten to adult learners. Get help with science, math, writing, social studies, reading and

much more. Live tutor chat help is available Monday - Sunday, 2 p.m.-11 p.m. All other services are available 24/7. Services can be accessed through library computers, at home, or anywhere remotely with an Internet connection. A valid HPL Library Card (Power Card) is required.

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Books • from Page 1B it is one I would read again,” said Schmidt. “Just finished Where’d You Go Bernadette? and laughed out loud.” Salch shares that her eight-year old daughter “is totally into the American Girl doll books. She also found an almanac for kids and surprisingly has found it fascinating. She told her friends that it covers ‘everything.’ The test? Does it cover Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber? Yes, it did.” Jan Garver says the only books she revisits are those by Erma Bombeck, while Lesley Goodman keeps meaning to get back to Stephen King’s The Stand. Goodman’s choice beach reads are thrillers of some sort, like a Carl Hiaasen. “My grandmother read me the Misty of Chincoteague series by Marguerite Henry which will always hold a special place in my heart,” Goodman said. Her 7-year-old son “is really into Tiny Titans which is a comic book series that features all the DC Comic superheroes when they were ‘tiny.’ We are also reading Louis Sachar’s Wayside School series, which still makes me laugh as much as it does Travis.” Letitia Van Campen’s family listens to audio books on their summer travels. Favorites include Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (read by 11.625x10.5 Leader The Ad_Layout 1 7/15/13 9:26D. AM Vanessa Redgrave), Great Brain by John Fitzgerald, The Hobbit, The Benedict Society,

and Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson. They are currently enjoying Science Fair by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. “As far as books that the boys are actually reading, the 9-year old is reading Bad Unicorn, and the 12-year old just finished Roald Dahl’s Boy and is now reading the second book in the Pendragon series,” Van Campen said. Roald Dahl is still a favorite for young and old. Monique Bennett fondly remembers hearing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a child. “My first-grade teacher would read a few chapters aloud to us after lunch. Her name was Mrs. Sabb. She was my favorite teacher and passed away about 10 years ago after a long battle with breast cancer.” Bennett plans to start reading the book to her own children soon too, along with Dahl’s Matilda. Laurie Pitzer – who admits that she didn’t like to read as a child but eventually fell in love with Judy Blume, and later The Color Purple – read her 2nd-4th grade students, as well as her son, “most everything” by Roald Dahl. She also mentioned The Adventures of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. Barbara Lewis confesses she is “one of those adult Harry Potter fans” and says she’s always re-reading them. “I’ve been trying to read some classics I either never read or read a very long Page ago,” 1 time she said. “Last year it was lots of Dickens. I recently finished Lord of the Rings. I

the computer from threats and how to configure the computer to automatically update its security software. July 30 - 11 a.m. - Happy the Clown’s show includes magic, jokes, games, contests and audience participation. Aug. 6 - 10 a.m. - Computer Basics introduces beginners to the main parts of a computer, the keyboard, and how to use the mouse. It also defines common computer terminology such as program, data, network, etc. Prerequisites: None Aug. 6 and 13 - 10:30 a.m. Babytime is an interactive story time for infants to 12 months who aren’t yet walking. Caregivers participate with them in books, songs and finger plays with playtime afterward. Aug. 6-7-8-13 - 3:30 p.m. - After School Zone for ages 10-18 features games on the XBox 360; board games and puzzles, or do your homework on a laptop. Crafts and other programs are available. Aug. 7 - 10:30 a.m. - Preschool Storytime offers stories, songs and rhymes for babies and children up to 5 years old.

recently got a Kindle as a gift. It will be interesting to see if it changes my reading habits.” Maureen Hall reads short stories in the summer including the new one by David Sedaris, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. “I also devoured Nancy Drew books as a kid, then on to A Wrinkle in Time, Tolkien and Heinlein,” Hall said. “Needless to say I’m a big sci-fi fan now.” Cindy Morgan’s all-time favorite book is The Wizard of Oz and she also read all of Nancy Drew. “I grew up in the ’50s and ’60s and I loved the mysteries,” she said. Her grandkids like the books Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson about Disney World adventures. Nancy Drew was also a favorite of Leslie Ryan, along with Little Women. Now she goes back to a lot of Larry McMurtry’s books. “I have read All My Friends Are Going to be Strangers several times,” she said. That’s the great thing about reading – a book can be a relationship, maybe even a lifelong one. Leader reader Jessica Wynn never forgot Where the Red Fern Grow,s and Mia Sluiter is still partial to The Little Prince and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Debra Buttram is a Charlotte’s Web kind of girl. I do have one confession – to finish this article I stuck my kids in front of a movie. But I’m turning it off right now. We’re going to the library. Wonder if they have The Westing Game?

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Stories • from Page 1B ites) and personal accomplishments. * A typical day and what happened at school, at and after church and during the holidays. * Favorite foods * The advent of various technology and inventions. * Pets. Encounters with famous people. Trips. Early jobs. Various homes. * Historic moments. And, on a lighter note, ask about the funny things that their children did or said while growing up. Don’t be surprised if the family storyteller is a bit nervous about being on the record, he said. You might first ask them what they wish they had been able to ask one of their own relatives. It gets them thinking of long ago. So do photo albums and other memorabilia. Wallace’s bottom line advice is “Turn off the cell phone and TV and turn on a recorder to ask 20 Lead. Listen. (And leave it alone.) Award-winning professional video biographer Stephani Twyford, founder and president of Montrose-based Legacy Multimedia (http:// legacymultimedia.com), has encountered many modest interviewees who believe their lives have been “not that interesting.” That’s not true, she said, especially to their families. “When it’s family, everything is fascinating.” A member of the Association of Personal Historians who also produces corporate tributes and other archival services, Twyford likes to start a family history interview by asking the speaker about bygone traditions and entertainment. “It can often get people talking descriptive-

ly,” she said. One challenge for the interviewer (in or outside the family) is to stay out of the story, she said. If your relative embellishes a tale or remembers something differently than you – or their siblings – do, remember that it’s his or her story. “She’s entitled to her version of the truth.” One reason to record family stories is that once captured, they can’t be embellished beyond recognition, like in a game of “Telephone,” she said. Still, the underlying goal is to get not only the tale but the voice of the storyteller, meaning his or her vocal presence as well as the information and point of view. Twyford offered up a few technical tips. For example, if the story is full of vague references, ask the speaker to be more specific by including a date, street address, full name or some element that adds details for those less familiar with the story or the people in it. Better access to genealogy records has helped increase interest in capturing family stories, she said. While the former gets the facts, the latter gets the recollections and thoughtful reflections. Twyford’s advice? “The most important thing is to just do it,” she said. “You don’t have to do the entire family history…Find that one story and tell that story.” Then find another. You might end up with snippets, she said, but snippets and archival materials, such as photos and videos and scrapbook fodder, might be suitable for a more curated professional documentary in the future. Or hire a professional to produce the per-

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Sometimes, a family story might resonate beyond the family, said local history author and video producer Mike Vance, founder of non-profit Houston Arts and Media (www. houstonartsandmedia.org). HAM’s Neighbor to Neighbor oral history project has been creating a story-based database for researching Houston history community by community. Vance’s suggestions for effective info-gleaning apply whether the stories sought are for personal use or more public use. For a more lively, spontaneous interview, don’t leak the questions beforehand, he said in an e-mail response. “They might tend to mentally edit their responses. ‘Off the cuff ’ is almost always more animated and real.” While written accounts allow editing and updating, people writing them sometimes tire of it and will cut answers shorter than if they are conversing, he said. A fan – and provider -- of recorded accounts, Vance said the medium delivers “a much truer picture of who a person is, something that is invaluable for family members.” Sometimes, it’s even possible to hear the years melt away in the storyteller’s voice as he or she recollects days gone by, he said. Vance has found that “most folks are between thrilled and honored” that someone wants to hear their stories. “It can be therapeutic for both parties.”

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his corporal work of mercy is a difcult one for many to embrace because of justiable feelings of sympathy for the victims of crime. But, visiting and helping the imprisoned does not in any way diminish the rights or dignity of the victims of crime, and in many cases, there is no clear victim of crime. Many inmates in U.S. prisons are there for possession of illegal drugs, and they are the true victims of their own crimes, and even when there is a victim, the criminal always harms him- or herself as well by committing a crime. Worldwide, there are many who are in prison for political reasons or issues of conscience. Some of the values which we should bring to bear on this issue are the dignity of all human beings, the need for and possibility of conversion, and trying to enhance the common good. There are many programs which focus on prison outreach and job training for inmates, and there is much that we can do, both individually and as a society, to help the imprisoned make a transition to a more productive, satisfying life. We should learn about programs in our area where we can help the imprisoned, and support policies and programs which give those who have served time a reasonable chance of leading a good and productive life.

“Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.’” ~ Matthew 25.44-45 ~

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Athlete Spotlight: Brian Newman of St. Pius X by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com Two Thousand and Thirteen may not be the only year in which a St. Pius X twosport star will have to choose between baseball and football. Panthers senior Brian Newman -- a left fielder/pitcher in baseball and a receiver/ kick returner in football -- will have to make that decision, or perhaps decide to play both in college, by next spring. Newman, 17, grew up in Shepherd Park Plaza and attended Durham Elementary, St. Rose of Lima and St. Theresa’s. He competed in the Candlelight Little League. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior played on SPX’s TAPPS 5A State Championship

Newman was competing in the elite Perfect Game Tournament in Fort Myers, Fla. earlier this week. His former high school teammate, Minnesota Twins draft pick Kohl Stewart, was in attendance to watch him. Newman has spent the summer going to football camps, such as Rice and SMU, playing on the SPX 7-on-7 team (which finished second at the state private school tournament) and playing competitive baseball. Which sport do you like better? “I get that asked a lot. Whatever season I’m in, that’s where my heart’s at. I can’t choose one over the other. I would like to play both if that’s possible. I’ll choose whatever option is best presented to me.”

Panther’s Brian Newman Baseball team as a sophomore in 2011 and the state runner-up squad in May. A varsity player since his freshman year,

Describe what it was like to win a state baseball title as a sophomore. “That was easily my favorite moment of high school. The seniors were great leaders and great guys to play under. We meshed as a team. We worked hard together. Going into it, we knew it was our time and we were able to pull it out.” Will the team’s success in 7-on-7 help this fall? “Absolutely. after Kohl (Stewart) left, the quarterback position became open to Sean Kilpatrick or Timmy Ware. That gave us a good chance to see who’s going to earn the starting spot. It was good to get our route timing down. Our defensive backs were covering the best receivers in our area.” What did you learn from playing alongside Stewart?

“I look up to him because he’s able to block out everything around him and just focus on the game. It’s hard to not let the situation you’re in be overwhelming. He’s so good at keeping his head straight. I picked up on (that) skill.” With a 3.96 grade point average, what are your plans beyond sports? “I’d like to study a combination of business and engineering. I’ve been offered by Benedictine College. Rice is recruiting. Cornell is at the top of my list. And Ivy League schools, such as Dartmouth, Princeton and Yale, have been recruiting me. Who are your favorite players in baseball and football, respectively? “I know Kenny Lofton is an old time player, but I always looked up to him. In football, definitely, Wes Welker.”

The Reagan High 7-on-7 team, pictured last month in a local tournament, finished 2-3 last Saturday at the state tournament near Austin. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

Reagan High 7-on-7 goes 2-3 in state tourney debut by Brett Rusnock For The Leader As the temperature approached 100 degrees, the Reagan Bulldogs ended their run in the Texas State 7-on-7 football Tournament last Saturday in Leander, just north of Austin. The Bulldogs, making their state debut, reached the second round of the tournament’s consolation bracket, defeating Cedar Hill, 32-26, before losing to Belton, 32-21. Reagan was just one of two Houston ISD teams, along with Lamar, to qualify for the tournament. The Bulldogs lost a hard-fought overtime game to Mesquite Poteet last Friday, sending them to the consolation bracket. Against Cedar Hill, Reagan worked the two-minute drill to near perfection, scoring a touchdown with less than 30 seconds left to advance. The ‘Dogs then played an experienced and talented Belton team, and a comeback effort fell short in a 32-21 loss. They finished the tournament with a 2-3 record. The team was coached by Hogg Middle School teacher Jimmy McClure, a former Ohio University football player. McClure coached the team with passion and vigor, encouraging and teaching his players. They qualified for state by finishing second at the Cinco Ranch tournament last month in Katy. As per University Interscholastic League rules, high school coaches aren’t allowed to coach 7-on7 football, but they are allowed to attend the games and monitor their teams’ progress. “It’s great to stay down here a couple days to build that team camaraderie,” Reagan head football coach Stephen Dixon said. “The guys got a lot closer.” While some teams use the tournament to experiment with players and strategies, Dixon said his players are mostly playing the positions and running the plays they will during the season to become more familiar. “The sky’s the limit for these guys,” Dixon said.

Heights resident Robert Doyle is a member and a past president of the Central Texas Ballooning Association. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

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Heights resident works on ballooning ‘chase crews’ by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com

like an astronaut. They’re powered a source of heat and can usually go to heights of about 2,400 feet. “There’s no loud noises, and you’re gradually lifting off the earth,” Doyle said. “It’s quiet and very powerful.” While many people enjoy watching the balloons fly over their neighborhoods, there’s a lot more that goes into the sport than piloting the balloon. Doyle has been inside the basket of hot air bal- Doyle participates in balloon festivals, usually on a loons, but most of the time, he’s on the “chase crew” chase crew. (Submitted Photo) which serves as the pilot’s “eyes on the ground” duron how the balloon works. Safety is the big thing. ing flight. The chase crew needs to be aware of nearby ob- There are a lot of eyes watching balloons and instacles, coordinate with landowners for permission spect them.” Doyle is also a member of the Houston-based to land on their property and monitor weather and Lone Star Hot Air Balloon Association, the Metroflight reports to see what’s going on. “A lot of coordination goes on when the flight plex Ballooning Association and the Balloon Fedhappens,” Doyle said. “The exciting part is being eration of America. He’s participated in the prestigious Albuquerque on the chase crew. You meet people and explain to spectators how it works. You’re educating the public Balloon Festival four times.

As a child, Robert Doyle was fascinated by the hot air balloons that flew over his family’s northern Arkansas ranch. Doyle, 33, moved to Austin in 2005 for a job at the University of Texas and wanted to make friends in his new locale. He decided to join the Central Texas Ballooning Association and before long, became its president. “The hot air ballooning community is a small community. It feels like a family,” said Doyle, who lives on West 18th Street in the Heights and works as the webmaster for the Harris County Department of Education. “Anytime there’s a balloon event in Texas, you can find me there.” Hot Air Ballooning is the oldest form of human flight, dating back to the late 18th century. Balloon envelopes come in all shapes, including one shaped

Blue Marlins win division championship The Blue Marlins swim team is a summer league W4 division team of the Northwest Aquatic League (NWAL). The Blue Marlins recently won the 2013 Division Championship defeating five other teams in their division scoring 401 points in the 78-

event meet, outscoring the second place Windsong Wavebreakers (373) by 28 points. The Blue Marlins coaching staff was led by head coach Donna Skorupinski, along with assistant coaches Michelle Fritsche, Alycia Hester, and

Alex Norden. The team is made up of 198 swimmers, boys and girls ages 4 to 18 years. Parent volunteers have been and continue to be the key to the success of the team. The board of directors meets throughout the year to manage

and set the guidelines for the season. For more information on the Blue Marlins, visit their website at http:// bluemarlinsswimteamhouston.shutterfly.com/ – Staff Reports

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NOTICE OF SEIZURE AND INTENT TO FORFEIT Notice is hereby given that the United States Department of the Interior is hereby commencing a forfeiture proceeding against the following items of wildlife or wildlife products, which were seized in the Houston area of Texas on the date indiHELP cated because they were involved in one or more violations of any of WANTED the following law: Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. 1538(a)(1)(A), 16 U.S.C. 1538 (a)(1)(G), l6 U.S.C. 1538(c)(1) and 16 U.S.C 1538 (e). These items are subject to forfeiture to the United States under Title l6, U.S.C. Sec. l540(e), 16 U.S.C. Sec. 1377, or l6 U.S.C. Sec. 3374 and Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, Section l4.91(a) and 14.61. Any person with an ownership or financial interest in said items who desires to claim them must file a claim with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Law Enforcement office,16639 W. Hardy, Houston, TX 70060-6230. Such claim must be received by the above office by August 26, 2013. The claim will be transmitted to the U.S. Attorney for institution of a forfeiture action in U.S. District Court. If a proper claim is not received by the above office by such date, the items will be declared forfeited to the United States and disposed of according to law. Any person who has an interest in the items may also file with the above office a petition for remission of forfeiture in accordance with Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, and Section 12.24, which petition must be received in such office before disposition of the items. Storage costs may also be assessed.

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The Leader Remembers

Bob Bowman

June 3, 1936 - July 13, 2013

A memorial service for Bob Bowman of Lufkin was held at Calvary Baptist Church on Thursday, July 18 at 2 p.m. Bowman, at one time, wrote a Texas history column for The Leader and other newspapers for a number of years. Bob was born in Anderson County on June 3, 1936 and passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2013 in a Lufkin Hospital after a brief illness with pneumonia. Bowman, owner of Bob Bowman & Associates, Inc., a Lufkinbased public relations agency which served clients throughout the U.S., was also one of Texas’ leading historians and a longtime community leader in Lufkin and East Texas. He and his wife Doris were the authors of more than 45 books about East Texas. He served as a member of the Texas Historical Commission, president of the East Texas Historical Association, and as a member of the Texas Sesquicenntenial Commission in 1986 and as a member of the Texas Capital Centennial Commission in 1988. Bowman and his wife Doris were also the only husband and wife to serve as chairs of the Texas Council for the Humanities. Bowman’s books won numerous awards, including an award by the Texas Historical Commision in 1976 for “Land of the Little Angel” as the best history book published in Texas that year. His books also won two “Book of the Year” awards by the East Texas Historical Association. Bowman also wrote a weekly history column for about 80 East Texas newspapers. Bowman’s books spanned all aspects of East Texas, including community and county histories, folklore, travel, restaurants and country cafes, East Texas expressions and idioms, hangings and lynchings, home remedies, East Texas rivers, the Alamo, ghost towns, historic murders, biographies, business histories, the Indians of East Texas, and a series of books on ‘The Bests of East Texas.’ In Lufkin, Bowman served as a member of the Lufkin City Council for 15 years, as chairman of the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce, as a member and chair of the Board of Trustees for Angelina College, as chairman of the Angelina and Neches River Authority, chairman of the Angelina County Historical Commission, secretary for the Deep East Texas Development Association, the Pineywoods Economic Part-

nership, and the Texas Forest Industries Council. He also served as director of Red River Radio in Shreveport, La., the Chamber of Commerce in Tyler and the East Texas Chamber of Commerce in Longview. He served as chairman of Lufkin’s Centennial Commission in 1982, received the Ralph W. Steen East Texan of the Year by the Deep East Texas Council of Goverments in 1982, and was one of the founders of the Southern Hushpuppy Cookoffs in Lufkin. He was also one of the founders of the Pineywoods Foundation of Lufkin, which serves East Texas with charitable contributions. He served as secretary and administrative trustee of the Foundation since its creation in 1982. Bowman also organized the Ottis Lock Endowment for the East Texas Historical Association and served as its chair until 2008. He and his wife also personally funded a number of historical endowments, including the Best of East Texas Award, given annually to East Texas historians since 2006, and funded a series of annual books on East Texas history by other authors. Bowman was the oldest son in the family of Elvis Weldon and Annie Mae Bowman of Diboll, graduated from Diboll High School in 1954 and from Tyler Junior College in 1956. In 1986, he was chosen as Alumnus of the Year at TJC. Bowman’s professional career included service in the newspaper field, the forest products industry, and the oil and gas industry. He worked for the Diboll Free Press, the Tyler Courier-Times Telegraph, the Lufkin Daily News, and the Houston Chronicle before joining Southland Paper Mills, Inc., in 1966 as its first public relations manager. He also worked for St. Regis Paper Company at Lufkin before joining Delta Drilling Company of Tyler in 1982 as public relations manager before returning to Lufkin in 1985 to found his own company with his wife Doris. Bowman is survived by his wife, Doris, two sons, Neil of Pearland and Jimmy of Lufkin, his daughter-in-law Ginny of Pearland, two grandsons, Scott and Matthew of Pearland, a sister, Dicy Cunningham of Dallas, and two brothers, Larry of Diboll and Billy of Montgomery. Memorial donations may be made to the Bob Bowman Journalism Scholarship at Angelina College, PO Box 1768, Lufkin, TX 75902-1768.

OBITUARIES Irene T. Cunningham, 91, died July 9. She was a member of Bammel Road Church of Christ, and retired from Southern Pacific Railroad. She is survived by daughter Dee, five grandchildren and her numerous great-grandchildren. Nellie M. Elbert, 105, born Jan. 16, 1908 in Houston, died July 9. She started her first job at age 16 working as a switchboard operator for Southwestern Bell and later at Foley’s. Elbert was a member of Garden Oaks Baptist church for 40 years. At the age of 92, she was a volunteer at Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital crocheting caps for newborn babies. She is survived by three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. David J. Engel, born May 22, 1923 in Wichita Falls, Texas, died July 6. He served in the Army Air Forces in World War II. Engel was a 1952 Texas A&M graduate and earned a Master of Engineering degree from Texas A&M in 1966. He worked as a civil and structural engineer. He is survived by his sons David Jr., Robert, Charles, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Memorial contributions may be made to the Star of Hope Mission. Michael J. Freeman Jr., 47, died July 8. He graduated from the University of Texas Austin with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1991. He is survived by his parents Carroll Schillo and Michael J. Freeman, brother Jon Freeman and sister Rhonda Parmer. Paul Eugene Kubeczka, born

July 2, 1955 in Brenham, died July 11, after an 11 year battle with cancer. Kubeczka ran Ideal Plumbing for more than 30 years and was a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Janis, son Paul Jr., daughter Brenda Oehlke, three brothers, six sisters, and two grandchildren.

Louis John Nowaski, 87, born

July 28, 1925 in Marlin, Texas, died July 11. He was employed with Rheem

Manufacturing. He is survived by brothers Bruno and Daniel Nowaski, and sister Florine Nowaski.

Virginia D. Robinson, 66, died July 6. She was the co-owner of Ace Safe and Lock in the Heights. Robinson graduated from Reagan High School in 1966. She is survived by her husband, brother, three children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held at Southern Heritage Funeral Home

Richard Lee Wagenhauser,

74, died July 8 in Houston. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. July 19. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. July 20 in the chapel of Heights Funeral Home.

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Arlyn Jones Compton December 23 1925 - July 11, 2013

Arlyn Jones Compton passed away peacefully on July 11, 2013 in Houston, Texas. She was born December 23, 1925 in Laneville, Texas. She was the daughter of Crawford William Jones and Gladys (Johnson) Jones. She was a nurse and worked in Hermann Hospital until her rst child was born in 1954, when she became a full time mother and housewife. She was a member of Saint Stephens United Methodist Church, 2003 W. 43rd St. Houston, TX. She is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years Joe Edward Compton, and her loving grandson David Edward Compton. She is survived by her son Karl E. Compton and his wife Susan and daughter Elizabeth Arlyn Seaton and her Husband Alan, also her Daughter Marilyn J. Compton and her husband Charles Zimmermann and their daughter/step daughter Sara Castillo, her husband Jimmy and Daughter Kati and son Liam, and numerous relatives in Houston and East Texas areas. The family would like to give special thanks to Rosemary for being a wonderful companion to Arlyn in her last few months. She was an avid gardener and while she was able, she loved to raise and care for numerous types of plants, owers and shrubs both in Houston and in the country at Laneville. She had been active in several ladies groups, one of which functioned to raise funds for the Sam Scharff Scholarship Fund in the Engineering department of the University of Houston. In lieu of owers the family request that donations be made to the Industrial Engineering Department, Cullen College of Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204. Visitation was held Sunday July 14 at Pat H. Foley Funeral Home, Houston, TX. Interment will be in the family plot, Duncan Cemetery near Henderson Texas.

Pat H. Foley & Company 1200 West 34th Street Houston, TX 77018 (713)869-6261 Condolences may be offered at www.PathFoleyFuneralDirectors.com

For more than 45 years, we’ve delivered innovative care to The Heights community. At Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, we’ve established a local reputation for world-class healthcare. From leading services that are exclusive to the area, to the numerous accolades we’ve received, to a recent $10 million expansion of our Emergency Center, our steadfast commitment to The Heights continues. • Ranked one of America’s Best Hospitals by HealthGrades® for three consecutive years • Recipient of Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Gold Award* from TMF Health Quality Institute • The area’s only accredited Level III Trauma Center • A nationally accredited Chest Pain Center • Supported by 500 physicians locally and 4,000 physicians throughout the Memorial Hermann network • Part of the Memorial Hermann system, with ready access to Life Flight® • A full-service hospital with 260 licensed beds, 38+ ER beds, 22 medical ICU beds and eight cardiac ICU beds For a physician referral, call 713.222.CARE or visit us at memorialhermann.org *As part of the Memorial Hermann Health System: Northwest, Southeast, Southwest and The Woodlands Hospitals.

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Fetching all the pet news, including a kitty two-fer by Molly Sue McGillicutty

I just noticed that I’ve been up on my “litterbox” lately, preaching about such things as the danger of fireworks, preparing your pets for disasters and pet arthritis and have been remiss in keeping you in-theknow about various events and promotions happening around our area. Let’s play catch up a little, shall we?

Cute Cat Combos

Speaking of my favorite animal shelter...from now through July 23, Friends For Life animal shelter (107 E. 22nd, 77008) is hosting a “Dynamic Duo” promotion, encouraging people to consider adopting 2 kittens together (for a savings of $50!). Kittens do really well in pairs--they don’t even necessarily have to be littermates. Having a built-in playmate, someone to keep them company and a buddy to help with the grooming makes for a happy kitten. Also, have you ever seen two kittens together? The playfulness, the mischief, the cuddling...their charm increases exponentially! Something else to consider: You’d have the opportunity to come up

with some super-fun “dynamic duo”-type names. A few of my favorites are--Ben & Jerry; Cotton & Polyester; Lewis & Clark and Sonny & Cher.

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Best In Show

You still have a couple of days to make it over to the 36th annual Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows (running through July 21 at Reliant Center, 8400 Kirby Drive, www.reliantdogshows.com). Often called one of the best indoor dog shows in the country, the Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows offers you the opportunity to see some of the finest specimens in the dog world. There will also be dog agility, flydog teams, and obedience demonstrations--all within the comfortably air conditioned halls of Reliant Park. Loads of experts will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about different dog breeds. Tickets are $15 for adults (age 13-54), $10 for seniors (age 55+) and FREE for children 12 and younger with adult. My favorite animal shelter,

Friends For Life, will have a booth there and will be joined on Saturday and Sunday by some of their adoptable dogs. With everyone seeking air conditioned activities during this part of the summer, you’d be wise to trot on over to Reliant Park and see some cool dogs!

SNAP to it!

As always, SNAP (Spay Neuter Assistance Program) offers lowcost spay and neuter procedures to qualifying residents of Harris County (There is also spay and neuter assistance available via SNAP in Ft. Bend county on select dates. Please visit the website for more information). Visit www. snapus.org for more information. Follow Molly on Twitter @TheMollyDiaries

‘Putting up’ a bountiful harvest by Dennis Woodward For The Leader I have been communicating with a mother who likes to “put things up.” That is really going old school. Canning is quite labor intensive. That might be why people that can are generally more healthy. It might also be the wonderful food that contains only what you put in it. The fig tree I planted on the easement is full of ripe figs. Two days ago I served them as an appetizer to the individuals that are fed organic/vegan food each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in front of the Houston Public Library by an organization called Food Not Bombs. I had been saving egg cartons. I used the egg cartons because figs don’t travel well. They will just fall apart if jostled. So, today I had another 120 figs. The aforementioned mom came by to take the figs to preserve them. I almost had to preserve them with my 13-year-old son. We’ll get to that another day. Family business truly needs my focus, but I sit here writing.

Tomato planting alert

You might as well pull up those tomato plants. Prepare to plant the next batch Aug. 15. It seems like that should be wrong. However, the key with tomatoes is having blooms at the time when nighttime temperatures are right to set fruit. I am not the expert. I just parrot information. So, put them in on the 15th, and create shade for them for a week or two. I use two old nursery pots on each side of the tomato plant. I then place a board or some cardboard across the top of the plant. Keep it shaded for a week or two. It will then be able to survive if watered regularly. You will be still eating tomato sandwiches on New Year’s Day. The pepper plants you have will produce a bountiful crop of peppers in the fall. Well, I sound pretty confident about your pepper plants don’t I? If they

Where ‘putting up’ the harvest for off-season eating was once a necessity, now it’s a choice by those who want to preserve fruits and vegetables at home and control their food. (Photo from williamssonoma.com) are still viable, you should take good care of them even though they are not producing. They need a cage around them to support the limbs when they load up with fruit in the fall. If I am lucky to have a pepper plant in such a condition, I cut some up and freeze them in a plastic bag. I just add them to a recipe after I run out of fresh peppers. Our trees are loaded with fruit. It really is amazing. I water the trees and dump organic matter on them to feed the trees. I travel to the bat colony to shovel guano under the Waugh Drive Bridge. I am richly blessed. I am fairly certain we will have onver 1,250 pieces of fruit from our trees this year. I have a 6-yearold orange tree that is loaded with fruit for the first time. Please find a spot on your property or somewhere close that you can plant a fruit tree. Even if it is along the street and every piece is stolen. The trees provide food for people, birds, and mammals. Woodward, a Shepherd Park Plaza resident, provides gardening advice to local communities and practices restorative planting on public lands.

Animal-focused ‘super group’ aims to assist needy by Jenny Jurica For The Leader People who often suggest that some Houston neighborhoods don’t care enough about their pets to spay, neuter or provide simple wellness care, might have been surprised to see the turnout for the Healthy Pets, Healthy Streets initiative that took place at Marshall Middle School in north Houston on July 13. Lines of people, some with amazingly well-mannered dogs on leashes and others with cardboard carriers housing cats, braved the early morning sun and humidity this past Saturday in order to do what’s best for their pets and their neigh- Residents wait to drop their dogs off for the one-day borhood. treatment options. (Photo by Jenny Jurica) Created as the result of an alliance between Friends For Life, BARC, Unity For A Solution, SNAP, Mayor Annise Parker’s office and Council the morning of Saturday, July 13, 20 cats, (whose Member Ed Gonzalez, the Healthy Pets, Healthy treatment was underwritten by Friends For Life) Streets campaign aims to educate neighborhoods were loaded into Friends For Life’s animal transon proper wellness as well as the benefits of spaying port vehicle, where they were taken to Pasadena to and neutering their pets. This partnership provides receive their care. Twenty seven dogs (whom BARC an opportunity to help those interested in getting funded) were loaded into SNAP’s mobile spay/neutheir pet (even “loosely owned” pets) spayed or ter vehicle for their treatment. The animals were reneutered, vaccinated, microchipped, flea and tick turned to their owners that same afternoon. Councilman Gonzalez, who was on hand , admitpreventative and licensed with the city--at no cost ted, “There was a lot of skepticism about this inito the owner. Having these services available for a tiative, coming in. But, residents got excited.” And, pet increases the odds that he’ll stay healthy, be unthat excitement led to the first citizens showing up able to reproduce and, if lost or seized by animal at 5 a.m.--about an hour and a half before registracontrol, returned home safely. BARC explains that tion was set to begin--in order to take advantage of more healthy and sterilized pets also mean healthier this opportunity. and safer streets and sidewalks. This new project is Friends For Life director Salise Shuttlesworth, a comprehensive quality of life improvement for was thrilled with the turn-out as well. She’s excited both the pets and the people living in the impacted to come back and tackle the feral cat community in areas. this neighborhood soon. As Shuttlesworth said, “It’s This neighborhood, in zip code 77009, (borall about stabilizing the cat communities here.” dered by North Main Street, Quitman, Hogan and Mayor Parker, who attended the session, recogCochran) has historically been recognized as having the highest impound rate of animals in the city. nized that this issue isn’t necessarily always about Community leaders began to realize that some sort negligence on the part of pet owners. “People want of outreach needed to take place, but that one en- to do the right thing--sometimes they just need a tity couldn’t do it alone. In an act of solidarity, sev- nudge and a little help. We’re going to provide that eral public and private groups--many of whom had assistance, as well as some education.” July 13 was only the first of many planned outnever even sat across the table from one another bereach opportunities for the Healthy Pets, Healthy fore--joined forces, in the name of animal welfare, Streets initiative. While some residents had to be to tackle this problem head-on. turned away on Saturday--when the mobile vehiCanvassing of this neighborhood began on July cles were at capacity--the group was able to tell the 6 when the organization made a laser-focused drive hopeful residents that they’d be back next week and to reach as many residents (about 303 households) pre-registered them on the spot. in the area in order to offer them this opportunity. For more information on the Healthy Pets, Traveling door-to-door, the canvassing was met Healthy Streets initiative, visit www.houstonbarc. with a welcomed response and many citizens were com or call 713-229-7321. able to pre-register their pets at this time. Then, on

Conference: Raising food in the big city Chickens, goats, bees. They may not be the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Houston. But in the nation’s fourth most populous city, they could help feed hungry people at the local level, organizers of the Houston Urban Food Production Conference say. The conference on Aug. 17 will provide educational information and training for participants interested in producing food in the city, according to Dr. Linda Willis, director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Harris County, which is sponsoring the

event. Registration prior to Aug. 1 is $35 and thereafter is $50. The event will be from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the United Way of Greater Houston, 50 Waugh Drive. Dr. Doug Steele of College Station, AgriLife Extension director, and State Rep. Borris Miles, DHouston, will speak at the noon lunch, which is included with registration. Participants will be able to select sessions pertaining to starting commercial operations and production methods. Among the topics for the commercial category will be organic certification,

marketing options, agricultural valuation for land, efficient irrigation and funding support. Production topics include poultry, goats, beekeeping, integrated pest management, fruit and nut growing, irrigation, season extenders, soil building, weed control, vegetable production and cut flowers. One integrated pest management and one general Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units are available for participants. To register, call Diana Todd at 281-855-5614.

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