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Timbergrove woman helps HMNS center take flight

HISD offers online magnet signup The Houston Independent School District is launching a new online application system for parents and students wanting to attend any of the district’s 115 magnet programs and orientation sessions on magnet programs and how to use the new system. “By making our magnet application, lottery, and parent notification systems available online, we are streamlining the process and making it easier and less time consuming for parents,” Assistant Superintendent of School Choice Dave Wheat said. “We are also ensuring that it is fair and equitable for all of our families regardless of their income, language, or what part of town they live in.” As part of the new online process, students may apply to a maximum of 10 magnet programs, and of those, as many as five vanguard magnet programs for gifted and talented students. Magnet applications for the 2014-’15 school year will be accepted from Nov. 4-Dec. 20 for guaranteed consideration in the first round of applicants.

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Nancy Greig’s purview extends beyond butterflies into exotic tropical creatures, like this HMNS iguana. (PhotoLeader by Betsy Denson) 1 7/15/13 9:26 AM Page 1 11.625x10.5 Ad_Layout

There is no better tour guide of the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Cockrell Butterfly Center and Brown Hall of Entomology than its director –– and Timbergrove Manor resident –– Nancy Greig. Whether she’s showing you a newly hatched Blue Morpho butterfly, and its “butterfly diaper” – a paper towel that absorbs the meconium excreted during the process of metamorphosis – or the carnivorous Nepenthes plant whose hollow leaf tips trap and digest prey – her enthusiasm is contagious. Perhaps that is to be expected from someone who as a child proudly brought a snake into her mother’s coffee party to show off to the guests. Greig’s mother, a lover of natural history as well as a geologist and birder, was cool as a cucumber during the incident. When she was 2, Greig moved with her family from Norman, Okla., to Calgary, Alberta, Canada where her father worked in the oil business. “We were always outdoors,” she said. “It was a great place to grow up.” Always an adventurer, she spent a year on a kibbutz learning Hebrew in her late teens and some time in Mexico in her early 20s before enrolling at UT Austin to get a bachelor’s degree in linguistics. She had enjoyed her botany and geology classes too though and as a graduate secretary in the linguistics department began to take additional science classes. It was a trip to Costa Rica in the summer of 1983 for a tropical biology class that really set Greig on a new path. Because she spoke Spanish, she got a job as an assistant to Dr. Larry Gilbert who was taking a group of graduate students there. She served as a translator and helped with student reports while soaking up her surroundings. “I had grown up in Canada where tropical plants cost 20 bucks, but here they were everywhere,” she said. “It was the best summer of my life.”

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Cerebral palsy: Family affected helps others by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com Oak Forest Elementary second grader Garrett Holcombe likes to run around a playground, root for his hometown Houston Texans and many other things that kids his age enjoy. Garrett proudly sports a blue No. 99 J.J. Watt Texans jersey. “He tackles hard, and he almost had the most number of sacks in the whole NFL,” Garrett said of Watt. Garrett’s parents, Jason and Shelley Holcombe, are proud of Garrett, who was born with a mild form of cerebral palsy, which is a series of conditions that cause physical disability, mostly in terms of body movement

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St. Pius X invites families to ‘Take a Look’ St. Pius X High School is hosting monthly “Take a Look Tuesdays” for prospective students and parents from 9-10:30 a.m. starting Sept. 24. Other dates for the fall semester include Oct. 29 and Nov. 19. “We are thrilled to give future parents and guardians the chance to see, first-hand, the vibrance St. Pius X students bring to our campus,” said Susie Kramer,

director of admissions, “and to witness the nurturing and caring attitude of our teachers and staff, in an everyday setting.” Prospective parents/guardians may register online at stpiusx.org/takealooktuesday. For more information, contact Kramer at kramers@stpiusx.org or at 713-579-7507.

Holcombe • from Page 1B entry fee for the tournament -- so he could play in it. Last year, Jason coordinated with Petrol Station owner Ben Fullelove to host a fundraiser, under Team Garrett, to raise money for the tournament. “Ben is just awesome -- he does this with no benefit for him -- it’s all for Garrett and the Easter Seals,” Jason said. All of the money raised goes to Easter Seals, Jason said. With $11,000 raised last year, Jason Holcombe, and his 7-yearTeam Garrett was the third larg- old son, Garrett (Photo by Michael est monetary contributor to the Sudhalter) Granato Tournament, ahead of both BP and the Wildcat Golf of the events -- he understands other people are worse off than he Club. On Sept. 12, the Holcombes held is,” Jason said. To make a donation in Gartheir second annual Team Garrett fundraiser at Petrol Station, with rett’s name, log on to https:// hopes of raising $15,000 for the sna.etapestry.com/fundraiser/ tournament, which will be held on E a s ter S e a l s Gre a ter Ho u s ton / 2013TeamGarrett/ Nov. 14 at Wildcat Golf Club. “Garrett enjoys every single one

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Greig eventually got her Ph.D. in biology with the thought to become a “tropical plant ecologist.” She went back to Costa Rica for two years to work and teach at a research station for the Organization for Tropical Studies. It wasn’t until Christmas of 1993 that the butterflies came calling. Dr. Gilbert told Greig that they were looking for someone to direct the new butterfly center in Houston. “They were still building it,” said Greig. “I went in for an interview, and in two weeks they said ‘how fast can you be here?’ Greig got to work on plant selection and also on the content for entomology hall. “It was all kind of a blur but we worked really hard and it opened that summer,” she said. For the past 19 years – with a brief break to design the new entomology hall – Greig has been the center’s director. She’s learned that while people may be interested in the plants, “they get really excited about the butterflies.” Two of the most popular campaigns, however, haven’t been about the winged insects. In 2010, the blooming of Lois the Corpse Flower – who came to the center as a walnut-sized tuber – brought thousands of visitors to the HMNS. Lois, and her little sister Audrey, are now in a greenhouse, slowly growing again. When the Brown Hall of Entomology reopened, Greig needed some cockroaches for the Roach Dome. So she started paying museum staff a quarter for them. The move was picked up by the media and went viral. Soon they had more than they needed, along with some great press. Greig’s job is never boring, especially during an active hurricane season. For both Rita and Ike she and her staff had to catch all the butterflies with nets and relocate them to the basement. This was partially for their protection but mostly because the Department of Agriculture classifies the exotic butterflies as pests who can’t be allowed out of their museum habitat. Although it was not an ideal situation, corralling the butterflies also gave the staff the opportunity to count them. Their last count was 1,700, and they estimate that the butterfly center holds between 70 to 100 species of 1,500 to 2,000 butterflies. Greig and her staff are now raising butterflies, to offset the costs of maintaining the center. “We currently provide butterflies to Moody Gardens and the National Zoo in D.C.,” she said. Her non-museum life also benefits from her expertise. She teaches a garden course at Rice University

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C.A. Adams, 72, died Sept. 11. David Lee Anderson, born March 30, 1957 in Tulsa, died Aug. 29 after a three year battle with cancer. Anderson graduated from Scarborough High School and the University of Houston with a bachelor’s of business administration, finance. He worked in the hardware industry for more than 30 years, working in the retail and wholesale arenas, and later as a manufacturer’s representative. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife Pamela, sons Carthal, Jacob and Benjamin, father H.K. and step-mother Reba, his mother Virginia, sister Ruth, brother Donald, and stepsisters Rhonda and Sherri. Memorial contributions may be made to Kidney Cancer Association (www.kidneycancer.org) or the Boys and Girls Country of Houston (www.boysandgirlscountry.org). Dorothy Marie Bacarisse, 95, born Nov. 28, 1918 in Spiro, Okla., died Sept. 8.

Bacarisse was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church downtown. She is survived by her daughter Deanna Sue Brooks, son Anthony Bacarisse, seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

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Arts and Crafts Bazaar at John Knox

John Knox Presbyterian Church, 2525 N. Gessner, 77080, will be holding an Arts and Crafts Bazaar from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21. Mayor Annise Parker and Sharron Melton will be special guests. Proceeds will benefit Westside Homeless Partnership, Memorial Assistance Ministries, REACH Unlimited and Heifer International. Vendors, sponsors and donors are welcome. Call 281-705-3874 or 713-248-5167 for information.

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died Sept. 9. Bellomy was a seamstress by trade and volunteered at the Houston Livestock Dorothy Lofton will be retiring Show and Rodeo, as well as the local hospital. as head librarian after 43 years of

Vivian E. FitzGerald, 93, born May 19, 1920 in Ft. Worth, died Sept. 8. FitzGerald was involved in the American Legion and was a lifetime member of the Women’s Auxillary. Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Miracle Network. Miguel Angel Garcia, born Feb. 1, 1974 in Los Angeles, died Sept. 7 in Austin.

Garcia attended Sam Houston High School and was attending community college. He was employed as an environmental services estimator for the past 13 years. He was currently employed with NCM Demolition and Environmental. He is survived by his children Genevieve, Portia and Rome, father Jose, and brothers Juan, Jorge and Fernando.

Debra Laine Hendrix, 61, born Sept. 23, 1951 in Dallas, died Sept. 9 after a three year battle with cancer. Hendrix graduated from Waltrip High School in 1969, Blinn College and the University of Houston. She was employed in the mortgage banking business, most recently Encompass Lending Group in Katy. She is survived by her parents Don and Mary, and brother Don Jr. Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA of Houston, 900 Portway, Houston, 77024 or the American Cancer Society (www.cancer. org/donate). Braxton Ferris “Ben” Hogan, born Oct. 24, 1928 in Birmingham, Ala., died Sept. 11. Hogan graduated from St. Bernard’s Prep Catholic School in Birmingham and served as an Army medic during the Korean War. He was employed in commercial sales retiring from W.W. Grainger in 1990. He was a member of Lodge #88 SPJST and the Sons of Hermann. Hogan is survived by his sons Richard and Steven, two granddaughters and two great-grandsons. Memorial contributions may be made to the Houston SPCA, www. houstonspca.com or the charity of your choice. Ad #D

service from St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, 4300 N. Shepherd. The choir will perform next week and features a new organist. The St. Matthew’s Garden Club will return to regular meetings, starting 9:30 a.m. Sept. 26. Visitors are welcome. For information, visit the website at www.stmatthewsmethodist. org.

Care Fair at Heights Christian

Heights Christian Church, 1703 Heights Blvd., is holding a Care Fair in its Ark Park from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 28. The event will have global and local exhibitors highAd # 30200 lighting their services for the com-

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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.

Men and women grieving the loss of a loved one are welcome to attend the GriefShare support group, now through Dec. 12, each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Room 101. The last session will include “Surviving the Holidays,” offering help to get through the season. Participants may begin at any time. Call 713-686-8241 or visit www. stsumc.org for information.

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The Houston City Wide Interdenominational Ushers and Nurses Union will host the 86th annual city convention Sept. 25-28 at the 5th Ward BC Carl Walker Building, 4300 Noble St. The school of ushering will be 6-7 p.m. followed by the general session from 7:158:30 p.m. each day. The program will conclude at 5 p.m. Sept. 28, with a banquet honoring Kathryn Scurry and Lawrence Smith. City Councilman C.O. Bradford will be the guest speaker. A donation of $20 is requested. Call 713-675-5439 for information.

St. Stephen’s hosts study of ‘The Story’

St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 2003 W. 43rd St., will begin a church-wide, all-ages study of The Story, written by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee, during the Sunday School hour Sept. 29. Classes will also be offered during the week.

NSAIDS are non-steriod anti-inammatory drugs. They have great benets for the majority of patients but have risks for a few, (especially if used improperly). Common over the counter Human NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen, and Naproxyn (common names Advil and Aleve) are extremely toxic to pets. Kidney damage or gastrointestinal ulcers/perforations are expected adverse effects. Aspirin is less dangerous in dogs but is not recommended because any NSAID when given within days of a better anti-inammatory drug (steroid or non-steroid) will GREATLY INCREASE ADVERSE EFFECTS. These over the counter drugs can also kill you if you don’t read the labels. Never take different anti-inammatory drugs within days of each other!! Choose only one drug and use the lowest, least frequent dose to appreciate the desired benet. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is not an NSAID but a small dose will kill a cat, as will Aspirin. Cats are not small dogs and dogs are not little people. Certain Human drugs, foods or supplements can kill pets. There are FDA approved NSAIDS that are specic for dogs. They are tested to be effective and safe (if used properly!). There has been a great learning curve with these drugs and many fatal mistakes have been made in the past, If your dog does not feel good after starting any new drug, Stop and call the doctor. These Wonderful Drugs will extend quality of life for most dogs but do not experiment with them on your own. Follow your doctor’s advice closely and read labels thoroughly on all drugs before giving or taking them.

Chase Baker, D.D.S. any parents underrate the importance of caring for their children’s baby teeth. After all, they’re going to be lost and replaced soon enough. Often they don’t take their children to see the dentist until the child complains of a toothache. Yet even at this point, it may be possible (and advisable) to save the tooth if it is not too badly decayed. When decay has not destroyed too much of the baby tooth, it is important to try to save it. It is important because it helps the permanent tooth to erupt into the proper space. If the tooth were extracted, the remaining teeth might crowd together to fill the space, and thereby block out the permanent tooth. Your dentist will have to evaluate the situation to see if it is possible to save the tooth. Often with baby teeth, even when the nerve is dead, they can be saved through a relatively simple procedure called a pulpotomy.

munity. Services range from health care to volunteer opportunities. There will be games, food and live music. Admission is free. Hand fans will be given out to everyone attending. Rodica Gonzalez, a violinist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra will perform Sept. 29, during the 10:45 a.m. worship service. Call 713-861-0016 for information.

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Br. Robert Lentz, OFM will speak at All Saints Catholic Church, 215 E. 10th St., 7 p.m. Oct. 2, on the History of Icons and how they differ from western art. He will speak on the 12 icons of saints he composed for All Saints Church at 7 p.m. Oct. 3. Admission is free to both lectures. Call 713-864-2653 for information.

St. Ambrose gala to honor educators

The St. Ambrose Catholic School community, 4213 Magnum, is gearing up for its “Call of the Wild” gala, Oct. 5 at the J.W. Marriott Galleria. Honorees will be Sister Donna Pollard, head of school at St. Pius X High School, and Sister Jane Meyer, head of school at St. Agnes Academy. Don Nelson, KTRK Channel 13 personality, will be the master of ceremonies. Auction donations are being sought, and group tables are available for purchase for the fundraising event, which annually brings in more than $90,000 to the school. The “Cofkaffle” features grand prizes of one year of tuition for the 2014-2015 school year, and a $5,000 cash prize. For information, visit www.sashornets.org/ news/gala.

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The Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus 8096 from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 6646 Addicks Satsuma Road, is holding its 21st annual Gingerbread Village Holiday Market from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26. There are still a few booths available for vendors. The craft show is free to the community. Booths will feature seasonal decor, art, handmade crafts, name brand merchandise and gourmet food. For information about the show or becoming a vendor, call 281-463-1444 or e-mail mon. delgado@sbcglobal.net.

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Gospel Truth Church Sunday 10:30 am Worship and The Word Children’s Church Wednesday 7:30 pm Life Equip classes for all ages

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Worship Services 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. (Nursery Provided) Sunday School & Bible Classes 9:15 a.m.

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Athlete Spotlight: Scarborough’s Sandra Diaz by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com Scarborough High sophomore Sandra Diaz decided to join the cross country team after being encouraged by her soccer coach, Christine Mandilag. Over the last month or so, Diaz has become very interested in her new sport. “I feel like I could do much better and hopefully get a higher position,” said Diaz, who played Sandra Diaz Junior Varsity soccer last winter as a freshman. it competitive, exciting and fun to Diaz plans on competing in run.” track & field in the spring. Q: What do you like about beScarborough’s next meet will be ing on the team? Oct. 5 at Bear Creek Park. “Everyone’s nice to each other, Q: Do you think cross country and the meets are fun.” will help you prepare for soccer? Q: What’s your favorite sub“I think it will help me a lot. It ject in school? will give me conditioning.” “Math. I’m really good with Q: What’s your practice sched- numbers. I never get bored in ule like? class.” “We practice hard every day. In Q: What careers are you conpractice, we run two to three miles, sidering? maybe four.” “Architecture or Graphic Design. Q: What do you enjoy about Architecture is interesting and incross country? volves building and constructing. “While you’re running, you In Graphic Design, you’re schedthink you have to do better. I find ule is different on a daily basis.”

Football roundup:

LHN adds three games to schedule The Lutheran High North football team has added three games to its schedule. The Lions (0-2), who started the season with 19 players but are now down to 14, decided to play a limited schedule without most of their district varsity games. LHN first-year athletic director/head coach Nathan Robbins wanted to add some games, so his players would have experience. They’ve added three games, for a total of seven this season. The Lions will host the Second Baptist JV at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 and the Lutheran South (LSA) JV at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 3. They’ll play their regularly scheduled Homecoming game against Tomball Christian at 7 p.m. Oct. 11. LHN has added a 7 p.m. Oct. 18 home game against Mt. Carmel Academy, a charter school in southeast Houston, and they’ll conclude the season with a regularly schedule game at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 against the Lutheran South varsity.

RECAPS/ UPCOMING GAMES

Sept. 13 St. Thomas 26, Santa Fe 17 -St. Thomas stayed undefeated by capitalizing on five Santa Fe turn-

overs and a balanced offensive attack. St. Pius X 46, Worthing 18 -Sophomore quarterback Timmy Ware scored four touchdowns in leading the Panthers to a non-district victory. Stafford 53, Scarborough 0 -Scarborough concluded its nondistrict schedule with a road trip to Stafford. Beaumont Legacy 50, Lutheran North 0 - Lutheran North traveled to Beaumont for a non-district game against Legacy. Sept. 14 Reagan 59, North Forest 14 - Senior quarterback Eric Duran and senior running back Tavon Dodd scored four and three touchdowns, respectively, in leading the Bulldogs to a rout of the defending 4A-21 champions. Waltrip 40, Sharpstown 19 -Waltrip scored all of its points in the ground, with senior fullback Josh Helton rushing for three touchdowns in the Rams’ 4A-21 opener last week. Friday’s games St. Thomas (3-0) at HuffmanHargrove (2-1), 7 p.m. Waltrip (1-1) at Austin (1-1), 7 p.m. (Barnett) Saturday’s game Wheatley (0-2) at Reagan (2-1), 6 p.m. (Delmar-Tusa)

Pierce paves the way for Pius offense by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com When the St. Pius X coaching staff decided to move Sam Pierce to the offensive line, it was a move that the 6-foot-6, 295-pound defensive lineman welcomed. “The schools recruiting me were saying I’d be an offensive lineman,” Pierce said. “It is what the team needed.” Pierce, 18, played on the offensive line for the Panthers’ two playoff games last season and has since developed into the group’s leader this season. “Michael Vicic (a senior O-lineman last season) taught me a lot,” Pierce said. “I got all of the plays down, and (Vicic) helped so that I was not holding so much.” Pierce has verbally committed to play offensive line at Rice University. The Owls are coming off a 7-6 season in which they won the Armed Forces Bowl. “I’ve been a Rice fan since I was little,” Pierce said. “They were my first offer. I took a visit and met with all of the coaches. It was a St. Pius X senior offensive lineman Sam Pierce (No. 51) has verbally committed to Rice University. perfect fit. I see how their pro- (Photo by Michael Sudhalter) gram is building a lot. Rice redable to run behind him a lot.” Pierce said it was a big honor schools.” shirts their offensive linemen, but to be named one of the Panthers’ Pierce had a key block on a MiSt. Pius X head coach Blake I’m definitely going to try to start four captains and to be selected Ware has been impressed with cah Massey run that set up sophoas a redshirt freshman.” as one of five SPX players on the the right offensive tackle’s leader- more quarterback Timmy Ware’s Pierce plans on studying Busi- Touchdown Club of Houston’s ship through the first two games winning touchdown in the Panness Management and working all-preseason private school team. for the Panthers (1-1), who host thers’ thrilling 35-34 victory at in the Insurance or Energy fields “Being a captain means a lot La Marque (1-2) in their Home- Sealy on Sept. 5. if he doesn’t go on to play in the to me,” Pierce said. “It means my coming Game at 7 p.m. Thursday, “Coach Ware huddled us and NFL. teammates and coaches have faith Sept. 26 at Parsley Field. said ‘you’ll never forget this game “I’d like to start my own com- in me. I hold myself to a higher “He’s been awesome,” Ware for the rest of your lives’,” Pierce pany (eventually) -- Rice is the standard and play harder and bet- said. “He was one of the bright said. “We went as hard as we posperfect place to get that started,” ter. My goal is to be the Offensive spots against Kinkaid. He plays sibly could.” Pierce said. Lineman of the Year for private hard and is a great leader. We’re

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