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The Leader celebrates birthday with hundreds of local residents By Jonathan Garris jgarris@theleadernews.com Despite a looming threat of rain throughout Dec. 6, The Leaderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 60th Birthday Bash at Lutheran High North turned out to be a rousing success for the community and our local publication. The event was made possible by Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital. From visitors to volunteers and vendors, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estimated that more than 700 people came out for the bash for a day of winter fun with games, barbecue, free cupcakes, visits with local businesses and, perhaps most popular for the youngsters, a snow village. Children also took special note to be on their best behavior during the event as Santa Claus himself was there taking notes for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holiday. Publisher Jonathan McElvy said the reception from attendees and vendors was positive, even though the See Celebrate P. 4A

On Dec. 6 The Leader celebrated 60 years serving local news. In celebration, a Birthday Bash was held at Lutheran High North where a community event took place for families to take photos with Santa, play in the snow, buy goods from local businesses, like Claudia Powell and her husband (above) and enjoy the day with family and friends.

In March 2012, Lydia Afeman was as happy as she could be. The recent transplant from Chicago had accepted a new job as medical sales rep, and bought a 4,500-square-foot empty lot in Houston Heights to build her dream home. The new Houstonian then hired an architectural firm for $12,000 to help make her dream a reality. All did not go as planned. Today, Afeman describes herself as â&#x20AC;&#x153;boundary line dispute survivorâ&#x20AC;? in an effort to add humor to the nightmare that would unfold. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I purchased my Heights property, I relied on the sellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s survey but when my builder started construction, he discovered that there was a neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fence on 550 square feet of the property,â&#x20AC;? Afeman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fence line drastically changed the architectural plans.â&#x20AC;? Afeman said she was not aware that her neighbors had a faulty survey performed in 2003 when they purchased their home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The error shifted mine and three other property boundary lines to the north,â&#x20AC;? Afeman said. The situation was a learning experience for Afeman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have learned that when buying a property in an older neighborhood or an area under re-development, hiring a skilled surveyor is very important, so I went on a search for a good one,â&#x20AC;? Afeman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I found Karl Bowles with B & B Surveyors who was referred to me due to his reputation as a historian and surveyor. He conducted a survey and confirmed that my property was 4,500 square feet, and that the fence was on my property.â&#x20AC;? Afeman also found her situation was not an isolated one. Diana Reyes, along with her husband and two children, recently suffered a similar situation. Their family woke up one morning to find the developer who purchased the property next door to their 1920s Heights bungalow had torn down the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fence on one side of their property. He claimed that he owned 10 feet at the side of their house. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The developer said he had a survey done and that he was sure the 10 feet were his,â&#x20AC;? Reyes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then he said he was coming back the next day to remove our air conditioning-heating unit and water heater on that side of the house. He told me that the neighbor on the other side of our house actually had our ten feet, and that applied to the houses all the way down the block.â&#x20AC;? The house was originally purchased for Reyesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mother, who was a housekeeper, by her employers as a home for the young domestic. The home had been in Reyesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; family for more than 60 years, See Dispute P. 6A

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Chris McLean, a 40 year resident of Candlelight Plaza and Army veteran, says that people have been calling him Tree ever since he was a student at Our Savior Lutheran. As an adult he stands at 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122;8â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;, but some would say his stature isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the largest thing about him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tree is a tremendous individual with a heart as big as he is,â&#x20AC;? said Wayne Kyle, the father of American Sniper author Chris Kyle who was tragically killed in February 2013. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He believes in giving back, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what our

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Tree Designs and in addition to crafting knives and leather goods for sale, he makes Patriot Knives, which are never sold, but donated to fundraisers or awarded to individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty. A recent recipient was Captain â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iron Billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Dowling of the Houston Fire Department who was seriously wounded in a 5-alarm hotel fire in May of 2013. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He found us,â&#x20AC;? said Bill Dowlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife Jacki. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He wanted to give Bill a knife and we graciously accepted.â&#x20AC;? Jeff Kyle, Chrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; brother, attended the presentation as did Scott Brown of the Scooter Brown Band. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[The knife] was done with such love â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it was beautiful,â&#x20AC;? said Jacki Dowling, who noted that McLean personalized it with design elements that reflected Dowlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s service as a Marine and a Houston Fire Fighter.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bill is not very verbal, but he was emotional,â&#x20AC;? said Dowling. Since starting the Patriot Knife program four years ago, McLean has built 42 of them. The auction of the knives has raised $62,680 for organizations that benefit military families and veterans. Recently Cindy Dietz came to Houston to see McLean. Her son was Navy Seal Danny Dietz, who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, after he died during a reconnaissance mission in Afghanistan. The mission was portrayed in the recent movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lone Survivor.â&#x20AC;? McLean is crafting personalized knives for Dietzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family members, using strips of his T-shirts in the resin of the knife handle. Dietz has also comSee Knife P. 10A


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Photo by Jonathan McElvy R.L. Perdraza looks through burglarized packages left at doorsteps along Rosslyn on Wednesday. A witness said crooks are following delivery trucks and stealing contents of packages during the day. Police say neighbors at home during the day might be the best deterrent to help prevent thieves from targeting holiday deliveries as Christmas gets closer.

Crooks targeting delivered boxes for holiday thefts By Jonathan McElvy jonathan@theleadernews. com Sure, going online, ordering a Christmas gift and having it delivered to your home may sound like the easiest way to complete your holiday shopping. Well, unless a criminal follows a delivery truck and rips open your box before you get home. Wednesday morning, an alert neighbor on Rosslyn noticed three opened boxes of gifts stuck under the shrubs bordering his house. When Tom (last name withheld) pulled the boxes from the brush, each was opened, and the good stuff was stolen.

Houston Police responded, thumbed through the boxes, filed a report and delivered whatever remained from the packages late Wednesday morning. As for suspects, there are none. Tom told HPD the suspects were white, black and Hispanic. “I saw some of them riding their bikes with backpacks a couple of days ago,” Tom said. “They rode down the street with nothing in them and then I saw them with full bags. They even had shopping bags on the front of their bikes.” R.L. Perdraza, with HPD, was one of the responding officers. He said there’s very little that can be done during

such a busy delivery time, but he did have suggestions for homeowners expecting a delivery. “If your neighbors can be on the lookout, that would help,” Perdraza said. “When a package is delivered, ask them to grab it for you.” He also said delivery drivers, like those from FedEx and UPS, need to be more aware when they are being followed. Meanwhile, neighbors who are home during the day might be the best deterrent to these crooks. If they can keep their eyes open, like Tom did, they might put a stop to these thefts.

‘Grinch’ thieves stealing Christmas cheer from lawns By Jonathan Garris jgarris@theleadernews.com A few Leader-area residents are reeling after some of their Christmas joy was stolen over the past several days, after severa thieves decided to steal some decorations and lawn ornaments from homes. According to a Harris County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office crime alert, deputies responded to a theft call in the 1900 block of Chamboard Dec. 6. The property owner told deputies that thieves had stolen approximately $500 worth of Christmas decorations from around their home sometime

between 10:30 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday. While the report states that there are no suspects, it also states a white, 4-door sedan, possibly a Chevrolet Impala, had been seen in the areas of Garden Oaks, Oak Forest and Shepherd Park Plaza and may be responsible for area thefts. These thefts appear to be occurring between 9 a.m. and noon, and deputies have identified a possible suspect connected to the vehicle and will be following up on leads. A similar case of theft struck a pair of business owners on West 34th Street Dec. 7. Michael Holcomb and Glenn Munden, President and Treasurer respec-

tively, of Green Thumb Stone & Landscaping Designs were in shock when they awoke to find two lawn soldier decorations, valued at $2,000, had disappeared from their driveway. Security footage showed a thief, described as a Hispanic male between 5’10 and 6’ tall with a thin build driving a black Nissan Frontier, getting out of his vehicle and using bolt cutters to break a chain around the soldiers before loading them into his truck. Those with any information about the thefts are encouraged to contact the Precinct 1 Constable’s Office at 713-755-5200.

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Local joint moves into the GOOF Riceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s folk rock vocals to dazzle the crowd. A craft beer tent will be on site, along with food truck tastes from Third Coast Steak Sandwiches, sweet treats from Fat Catz Creamery, and local shopping from Urban Izzy. Good Dog Houston is located at 903 Studewood St. 77008.

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If you head North on Ella from 610, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find Raising Canes, a renovated Burger King, a few more fast food chains and an El Rey at the end of the corridor. After That Pizza Place on Ella closed, people were excited to hear about Lance Fegenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Surfing Cowboys taking its place. But for permit issues or other reasons that restaurant is on the back burner. But take heart - just down the road on Ella, you can find new and almost completed construction just over the train tracks before getting to Judiway. New local tenants is what the GOOF wished for, and new local tenants is exactly who will move into the retail space at 3510 Ella Blvd. Gatlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ first opened their doors in 2010 at their 19th Street location. The eatery has been long overdue an upgrade with their family success story and now will more than double their space with the new 4,200 square foot Ella location. Find the full story next week in our Food & Drink section.

If you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much of a cook, consider a cheese plate for holiday parties.

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Every week at Dairymaids six cheeses are selected to be included in their free cheese tasting. There are a lot of special cheeses coming in for the holidays and this week they are featuring a few. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the lineup - Red Hawk: Creamy wash rinded triple cream from Cowgirl Creamery; Hunkdora: Tangy and Bright soft ripened goat cheese; Santiago: a new Texas cheese, Manchego style

maids, a basque-style sheepâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s milk cheese from Kentucky; Dunbarton Blue: a creamy and delicious cheddar blue American original hybrid. On Wednesdays, Dairymaids samples wine, cider or beer and all wine and beer is 10% off. This Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pairing will be with McPherson Sangiovese from Lubbock, TX. Check out their Facebook page for a video feature on owner Lindsey Schechter and her store. Dairymaids is located at 2201 Airline Dr. 77009.

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Thirsty Explorer If you aren’t finished with holiday shopping and looking for that unique gift, all while enjoying live music and complimentary beer, this event is for you. The Printing Museum will host their first Montrose Print Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 13. Thirsty The Market aims to bring together Explorer artists and designers in the community producing printed goods. Think of a farmers market but, instead of veggies, vendors are selling posters, t-shirts, books, zines, prints, and more. Complimentary refreshments from Saint Arnold Brewing Company, live music provided by A Fistful of Soul, food on site from Koagie Hots and more! Vendors include: DUAL, EYESORE, Product Superior LLC, Mystic Multiples, HMD Stuff & Thangs, Houston Histories, Petrine TX, Sex & Death,

Lousy Deal, ACK!, Space City Sound & Print, Charles Criner, and Big Ant Studios. The Printing Museum is located at 1324 W Clay St. 77019. Speaking of Saint Arnold! It’s time to dust off your Santa hat and find that Christmas sweater with the reindeer on it. This Saturday, Dec. 13 is Part II of Saint Arnold’s Christmas Ale Pub Crawl in Rice Village. The Houston brewery is utilizing their open house method. This means you’ll visit the first five stops in any order, and you’ll get your ticket at whichever stop you decide to visit first. The Saint Arnold crew will only be handing out tickets between 2 and 3 p.m. So make sure you’re crawling by 3 p.m. At 6 p.m., everybody will gather at the final stop, and that’s where prizes will be awarded! The prize for mak-

ing all six stops will be a Saint Arnold pint glass. As always, designated drivers are both eligible for the award and encouraged to attend! At 6 p.m., everybody will gather at the final stop, and that’s where we will award the prizes. The prize for making all six stops will be a beautiful Saint Arnold pint glass. As always, designated drivers are both eligible for the award and encouraged to attend! The first five locations: The Ginger Man, Baker St. Pub & Grill, Little Woodrow’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, 55 Bar & Restaurant. And the final stop at 6 p.m.: The Gorgeous Gael located at 5555 Morningside Dr. 77005.

longing to the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office. Parents could also meet with Constable Alan Rosen and his deputies, and could also meet with various sponsors and vendors such as Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, St. Jerome Catholic School, Our Savior Lutheran and Connect Dental among others. As The Leader welcomed hundreds of people to its birthday, McElvy said the event’s success is a testament to the importance of local publications in communities across the nation.

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Celebration, from P. 1A weather could have been somewhat better. “Obviously, if we have another event like this, there are some things we learned and would like to improve,” McElvy said. “But having that many families join us on kind of a gloomy day, and seeing all the young people playing in snow and petting animals and jumping in the moon walks was evidence that we had a pretty good event.” Aside from wintery attractions like visits with Santa and playing with snow, youngsters could also sit inside of one of the tactical vehicles be-

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So Baby Jesus isn’t even safe from the crooks?

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very once in a while, we get crime alerts from local law enforcement, and they ask us to pass along news to the public. The crimes, for the most part, are standard fare. Burglary of a residence; breaking and entering a car – that sort of thing. The reason law enforcement shares the information with us (hoping we’ll share it with you) is not because they’re about to film an episode of CSI & Order. In fact, and despite what you see on TV about crime scenes and forensic labs, very few of these cases actually get solved. If you’ve been a crime victim, you know of what I speak. Actually, the reason law enforcement publicizes the information about crimes is because they’re trying to make us civilians – oh, how shall we put this? – a little less dumb. Take, for instance, the alert we got a few weeks ago: “Deputies were dispatched to a reported burglary of a motor vehicle… Upon arrival, the complainant advised they parked their unlocked vehicle in the driveway overnight, and when they returned to the vehicle, they found that items were missing from the vehicle.” The alert ends with something of a whisper. “Report will be forwarded to the Houston Police Department for investigation.” What that last sentence really means is, “There’s no way this case is getting solved, but we’ll file the paperwork anyway.” No, what police really wanted us to read in that above alert was one word, and one word only: “Unlocked.” If someone leaves his or her car unlocked in a driveway, and said person happens to store an iPad on the seat, there’s a pretty good

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chance said iPad will be gone the next morning. As members of the local media, we always take these crime alerts seriously, even though we know their intended purpose. But recently, we’ve received two alerts the public deserves to know, and these have nothing to do with less-than-illuminated victims. The first came last week: “Sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning, unknown suspects stole approximately $500 worth of Christmas decorations from complainant’s property. There are no suspects in this theft.” The second came earlier this week: “At approximately 11:50 p.m. [suspect] pulled into the driveway with wire cutters in hand and stole two lawn soldier decorations valued at $2,000 for the set. The male was in and out in a matter of 40 seconds and is described as being between 5’10 and 6’ tall.” Formulating a poignant, worthwhile response to these latest crimes escapes even my thesaurus. The words, “Come on people” immediately comes to mind. When I read about the latest trend in Christmas crimes, the journalist in me decided to do some research. Are Christmas decoration thefts really an epidemic in our country?

Not even the most jolly toy soldiers appear to be safe from crime.

When a criminal steals a toy soldier, where does he take his loot? Are pawn shops buying these things? Is there an underground Christmas Décor shop that hocks Baby Jesus statues? Unfortunately, you will not be surprised at the answers. The Catholic League keeps a running tally on thefts of religious symbols each Christmas season, and they’ve got a list two pages long. Eleven figures of the baby Jesus were stolen from front yards in Floresville, Texas. Jesus has also been stolen in homes or churches in 14 states. The priciest heist was in Sandusky, Ohio, where figures of Jesus and the Virgin Mary were stolen from the church’s nativity scene

Validity in questioning U.S. immigration plan One night I was having dinner in an eatery when the owner came over and said, “Meestur HASH-bee, you have a phone call.” Huh? The café was in an unknown village in the Netherlands, and few if any people knew I was there, or cared. The call was from an American friend, Phil, who worked at the Guardian newspaper in Britain. He had an idea for a story, so he called my paper in Houston and tracked me down to my hotel here, where the manager told him the name of the café he had recommended for supper. The café owner probably spotted me as an American by my Stetson and spurs. According to Dutch law, the manager had also called in my passport name and number to the local police. Thus both Phil and the Netherlands government knew where I was and probably which fork I used. America has 11.1 million illegal immigrants – wild guess – and haven’t a clue where they are. We can’t agree on what to do with them, if anything, who to let in and who to toss out. We can’t even agree what to call them. What term do you use? Illegal alien, undocumented worker, cheap hired help, busboy or yardman? What exactly is your idea of “comprehensive immigration reform?” What does that meaningless term mean to you? Open borders or landmines? But they are not all illiterate, unskilled workers sneaking across the Rio. An estimated one-third of our (whichever term you like) arrive here quite legally with student visas, tourist visas, temporary work permits and professional experts on something. My sisterin-law is an immigration lawyer. Her clients are the Texas Medical Center, energy companies and universities – all desperately trying to keep some highly trained engineers or medical researchers here, rather than deporting them back to India. It is an irony that we receive a brain drain of students who come to be educated and want to stay – wouldn’t you? – and we toss them out. On the other hand, this country has the most generous immigration policies in the world, we have no apologies to make, and I’m tired of being told how guilty and hard-headed we are. Last year 779,929 people became naturalized U.S. citizens. From 2004 through last New Year’s Day we let immigrants with legal refugee status from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe -- including 164 from countries “unknown”- stay here. They totaled 69,909. Couldn’t the feds have let in 91 more to make it an even 70,000? Incidentally, some 75,000 refugees have arrived in Houston in the last 35 years. Houston has been the No. 1 city for refugees in the past two years. Texas is also Numero Uno in receiving refugees the past two years. We also have lawful permanent residents (LPR) or “green card” recipients. Last year, 990,553 persons became LPRs. The majority of these (54 percent) already lived in the U.S. The leading countries of birth of new LPRs were Mexico (14 percent), China (7.2 percent), and India (6.9 percent). In fiscal year 2014, an estimated 77,200 children are expected to get apprehended at the border — including 59,000 children from Central America, and now we are allowing 4 to 5 million illegal parents of legal children to stay. Is there anyone left down there? Over the last decade, the number of immigrants – legal and otherwise -- in the U.S. has steadily grown.

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The number reached a record 40.4 million in 2011. This includes illegal immigrants whose number rose from 8.4 million in 2000 to 11.1 million in 2011. The U.S. is by far the world’s leader in immigrants. (Oddly enough, far, far back in second place is Russia with 12.3 million.) With Congress absolutely frozen handling this hot tamale, President Obama has taken the extraordinary step of finally doing something, and a lot of Americans don’t like this, including Republicans, of course. (Let’s start a rumor: Dan Patrick is an illegal Ebola-carrying Marylander.) Those in favor of looser immigration rules could do their cause some good if, for example, during protest demonstrations demanding for U.S. citizenship, the protestors wouldn’t march down the street flying Mexican flags. No kidding. They stopped that. But the GOP does have a point: When word of this latest easing of our immigration laws gets to Honduras, does that touch off yet another “y’all come” stampede? How often do we see an immigrant who’s been here 20 years being interviewed on TV and they have to use an interpreter? If I lived in, say, Helsinki for that long I should probably have learned some Finnian. Then there’s Akmed who has also been here 20 years illegally and claims that’s too long to be deported just because he’s a lawbreaker. Using this argument, if I hold up one bank, I’m deported. But if I’ve been holding up banks for 20 years, shouldn’t I be allowed to stay? Is the longer you break a law make you less guilty? What about those who are trying to obey our laws? In many parts of the world I have seen wannabe Americans standing in line outside our consulates in all sorts of rotten weather, clutching tattered documents in their hands. “Sorry, folks, but the first law in America is that you don’t have to obey our laws.” We should also examine those “leaders” and “spokesmen” who claim to speak for all Hispanics on immigration. Here’s why: An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll just out shows that 38 percent of Americans surveyed agreed with Obama’s executive action. This breaks down to 63 percent Democrats, 37 percent independents and 11 percent Republicans. No big surprises there. But only 43 percent of Latinos approved. Listening to all those “leaders” and “spokesmen,” wouldn’t you think it would be 110 percent? Look, newcomers, my ancestors worked very hard to build this country, and so did their slaves. As for that call from Phil, it was about a little Dutch boy plugging the dike in our border fences. Ashby is legal at ashby2@comcast.net

– get this – valued at $35,000. That’s a lot of communion. And speaking of that… Christmas isn’t just for stealing the Savior. A guy named David Allen Rodgers was arrested in Anderson, S.C., when he entered the city’s parade by drunkenly speeding down Main Street in the “Steppin Out Dance Studio” float with 19 dancers aboard. He ran a red light and then led police on a 3-mile chase before police finally caught him. To the bewilderment of none, an empty bottle of dirty water was found in the truck. Alcohol isn’t the only chemical that gets passed around during the holidays, either. Dawn Smith, of Oklahoma, visited her boyfriend in the county lockup and kindly

delivered him a Christmas card. She was arrested when jail staff found not the Virgin Mary, but Mary Jane in the card. And in a story that hits close to home (from my native neighboring state), William E. Robinson, from Georgia, was arrested after he opened fire on a sprig of mistletoe. He told police he wasn’t trying to hurt anyone. “Every year, I go somewhere to get some mistletoe to decorate the house… I get some for my friends that can’t get mistletoe. The best way to get it is with a shotgun.” William actually has a point, but that’s not important here in the big city. Back to these local crimes, which are kind of boring when compared to getting a DUI in a holiday parade while carrying a trailer full of Steppin’ Out Dancers. I asked a local member of law enforcement what we should do to protect our decorations. Are we really supposed to take them inside every night? “That’s probably the only answer,” he told me. Baloney. Here’s what we do. Arm the toy soldiers with pellet guns set to a timer. Anyone touching the things between 11 p.m. and 5 p.m. the next day get a round of light lead in the knees. If you’ve got an inflatable Santa or Frosty or Rudolph or weird creature from Dr. Suess, stick one strand of lights on it that is plugged in but has about 27 strategically broken bulbs on the arms and head. When the local Grinch comes to grab Horton from the yard, he’ll get a shock strong enough to knock him on his rear. Which is where he belongs. Email jonathan@theleadernews.com

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Dear Editor: I have to correct Lynn Ashby on his recent column in which he quotes a Texas Republican Congressman for voting “for” the government shutdown. The 2013 shutdown impacted elderly WWII veterans who traveled to DC to visit the Memorial. But in fact, it was President Obama who saw to it that the Memorial was barricaded and secured from public viewing. Those who crossed the yellow tape could be subject to arrest. Points of fact: First, about 80% of the government was not shut down as a result of the GOP vote. Mandatory spending for most programs continues in perpetuity, or until societal collapse. Second, the WWII Memorial that Ashby references was built almost entirely through private donations. Ashby and other liberals pretend the monument belongs to government and not to the vets and their families who sacrificed for it and the people who donated to build it. Obama deliberately shut it down for political advantage. Third, it does not cost money to keep an open-air memorial open. It costs money to put up barricades and to man them with security. Shutting down the Memorial is Obama creating a phony crisis and liberal journalists like Ashby attempting to shame Republicans for dastardly votes. When Ashby blames Republicans for voting “for” the shutdown, he wants to send his readers a message that in today’s America everything is the gift of the government and exists only at the government’s pleasure. The GOP attempted to break down into smaller pieces a single, multi-trillion dollar annual budget in the face of a $500 billion annual deficit. But we know Mr. Ashby would not want his readers to be bothered with such minor details. Mike Crowe Dear Editor: Wow Lynn, I thought for thirty or forty words this might not be an “I hate conservatives piece,” but you once again proved you are just a one trick pony. L.B.

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Dear Editor: Great article, but I am surprised you left out Candlelight Oaks and Candlelight Oaks Village, both are a hidden oasis, across Antoine from Forest West. Candlelight Oaks has large homes on decent sized

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Dear Editor: I loved this article! It brought back so many memories. I was 6 when we moved from the Heights to Oak Forest in 1960. Great neighborhood in which to grow up. I have a hard copy of the Leader featuring Patrick Swayze (I skated with him at Tradewinds); is there any way I can have this edition mailed to me, as well? I live in Colorado, now and can’t go pick one up. Barbara Marshall Dear Editor: Our family were a part of the great heritage in the Houston Heights. My farther J. R. Everitt started his business at the corner of 11th street and Shepherd Dr. in the mid-fifties as J. R. Everitt and Son’s Texaco. My brother Tom also ran a Locksmith business out of our Texaco station. Our families have a long history in the city of Houston and at the beginnings of the Republic of Texas. My hope one day is that we will return to our family values that made our city and our state an example of Texas pride that made us a great nation. Jimmy Everitt

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Dear Editor: General Robert E. Lee was the commander of the Confederate armed forces during the Civil War.  General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was one of Lee’s soldiers, an exemplary battle tactician.  But the fact is, Lee and Jackson were fighting for the pro-slavery South -- slavery being the most repugnant institution in the history of the United States, an inexcusable repudiation of human rights. I know that if my own name were as historically disgraceful as, say, “Jackson Lee,” I would immediately change it to something honorable -- such as “Sherman Grant.”  J. Reynolds The Heights


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Art Valet: Houstonian gets creativity flowing with mobile art gallery This weekend there is an art show and party that is just slightly unusual. The occasion is to celebrate the launch of a crowd funding campaign that includes works of art from more than twenty Houston artists, open studios, art activities, music, food and all to help pay for the interior and exterior Mitch Cohen makeover of a Arts Columnist â&#x20AC;Ś bus. Not just any bus, a soon to be mobile art gallery and a catalyst for community projects. The Dormalou Project specifically, founded by Houston artist Chasity Porter. The mobile art gallery will feature artists serious about their work but also those who have a desire in giving back to the community and helping to instill desire for creativity in the next generation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always wanted to own my own art gallery,â&#x20AC;? Porter said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had the privilege of working at Redbud and G Gallery right

out of college. (Two prominent fine art galleries in the Heights) I learned a lot. I also learned that I wanted to run a different kind of gallery.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a mother itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for me to find things that my girls can also enjoy, so I thought about starting one that catered to children,â&#x20AC;? Porter said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With all the art programs being taken out of schools it seems more important now to create something that will spark inspiration in the youth. When I was in seventh grade I worked on a mural project with my school,â&#x20AC;?

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Dispute, from P. 1A keeper, by her employers as a home for the young domestic. The home had been in Reyesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; family for more than 60 years, a fact that is true â&#x20AC;&#x153;for most of my neighbors too,â&#x20AC;? she stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got help from Lonestar Legal Aide to save our home, and we won a lawsuit. We were grandfathered in,â&#x20AC;? Reyes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All my neighbors were grandfathered in.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This in not an uncommon problem,â&#x20AC;? Surveyor Karl

Bowles said. â&#x20AC;?Just not to this degree.â&#x20AC;? Bowles takes special pride in his research, and has earned a surveying expert witness status as a result. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a domino effect on neighboring properties,â&#x20AC;? Bowles said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The west end of the Heights map was replatted in 1890, and it was done incorrectly.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I tried to explain this whole unhappy situation to my neighbors, but they wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t listen, so I hired an attorney

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Porter said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the completion of the mural John Biggers came over and spoke with us. At the time I had no idea who he was but it was inspiring. That was a defining moment for me even if I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know it then.â&#x20AC;? Porter admits there may be a bit of wanderlust in her too, getting bored easily with a desire to keep moving. Born and raised in Houston (Is that still rare? People used to stare at me when I said that), Porter now lives in Missouri City. Her primary focus in art these days is assemblage and some collage. Dormalou Project has been keeping her busy though, so her work is currently not on display. The community aspect is interesting and will certainly garner plenty of support. The goal and he sent a letter asking them to remove the fence,â&#x20AC;? Afeman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By this time, I not only had a clear title and deed, but I had three surveys that all agreed that I owned the property.â&#x20AC;? Afeman said she ultimately had to go to court several times to settle the matter. The courts ruled in her favor, but the entire event was so draining, she chose to trade her lot for another, smaller one in the Heights. Although she won,

is to have a monthly arts and crafts table wherever Dormalou Project is and that includes art openings. Other projects she is exploring include murals, free workshops and demos for kids by artists, and working with groups like the Boys and Girls Club. The name Dormalou itself is the source of inspiration for Porter. The name is the combination of Doris Mae, her inseparable cousin that she lost at 16, and Mattie Lou her maternal grandmother that passed in 2012. Porter says that every positive move that Dormalou Project makes forward is a dedication to them. The art show and party is this Saturday at one of my favorite studio spaces, Independence Art Studios at 419 Janisch Rd, 77018, 4-10 p.m. Over 20 artists will have their work on view in the bus, including Porterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s! A quick glance at the list and I can tell you, there are several notable and established artists in this crowd. Funds raised for Dormalou Project will also go to the purchase of art supplies for the community arts and crafts table, expect a preview at the event.

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The calendar. BREAKFAST CONNECTION Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breakfast connection, sponsored by The Heights Modern Dentistry, will feature guest speaker Steve Lufburrow, CEO of Goodwill Industries. The event will be from 6:45-8:30 a.m. Dec. 11, at the Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel, 3000 N. Loop West. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Display tables are available at this event. Register online. Information: www.heightschamber.com, 713-861-6735. MAKE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE Collier Regional Library Join the Collier Regional Library, 6200 Pinemont Rd., at 2 p.m. Dec. 13, for its first Gingerbread House Decorating program. The program is free, but registration is required. Children ages 3-17 are welcome to attend. Limited space available. Call the library to regis-

ter. Information: 832-393-1740. THE AFRICAN CHILDRENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CHOIR Music For Life The African Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choir will be performing childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites at 5 p.m. Dec. 13, at Ecclesia Church, 1100 Elder St. Concerts are free, but a freewill offering will be taken. The African Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most vulnerable children. Call or visit the website for more performance dates and times. Information: 713-622-1846, www. africanchildrenschoir.com. TOY DRIVE Heights Young Professionals Organization The Heights Young Professionals Organization and the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce are partnering with

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SENIOR GAME DAY Candlelight Park There will be two senior game days on Wednesday and Thursday each week beginning at 9 a.m. at Candlelight Park, 1520 Candlelight Dr. Call 281-989-4589 or 713-6823587 for information. OAKS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION MEETING St. James Lutheran Church The Oaks Business Association meets every third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church, 1602 W. 43rd St. The executive committee meets every second Tuesday of the month. David Lorms is president. Information: david.2490@ aol.com.

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From the Pews. St. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choir to perform at Lights in the Heights St. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bell Choir together with Bering Memorial United Methodist Church Bell Choir will entertain at the Annual Lights in the Heights Celebration, 530 Omar St., from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 13. Information: 713-861-3104, www.smumc. org. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Heaven Rejoicesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; music festival at Hope Episcopal Hope Episcopal Church, 1613 W. 43rd St., presents a music festival â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heaven Rejoices,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Dec. 13. Esprit de Cor de Houston (Horn Group), Soloist Dwight Ward and Paul Clark, choirs St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Missionary Baptist Church and Hope Episcopal Church will be featured. The last group discussion with Canon John Newton about â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Clothesâ&#x20AC;? will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Supper and fellowship will be at 6 p.m. prior to discussion. Call 713-681-6422 or visit www.hope-episcopal.org for information. Youth present Christmas play at St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Children and Youth will present a Christmas play at 6 p.m. Dec. 14, at St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s United Methodist Church, 2003 W. 43rd St. Admission is free. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to benefit a child at Wesley Community Center. All are welcome to attend Christmas Eve Candlelight services at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 24. The nursery is available for children age 4 and under during both services. For information, call the office at 713-686-8241, or visit www.stsumc.org. Christmas musical at Oak Forest Baptist Oak Forest Baptist, 1700 W. 43rd St., will host a Christmas Musical, presented by the

Oak Forest Baptist Celebration choir during the 4:15 p.m. worship service, Dec. 14. After the presentation, there will be a Christmas party in the fellowship hall. Charles Cates is the music director, worship leader. Call 713-682-4942 or visit www.oakforestbaptistnhca. org for information. Posada celebration at the Vineyard Church of Houston The Vineyard Church of Houston, located at 1035 E. 11th St., will host its fifth annual Posada celebration from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 14. A Posada is a ritual re-enactment of Mary and Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s search for a lodging in Bethlehem. The celebration includes candlelight carols, a live nativity, pinatas for the kids, a variety of musical acts, folkloric dancers, traditional food and beverages. Free admission. Call 713-869-9070 or visit www.houstonvineyard.org for information. Posada celebration at All Saints The Living Nativity is seeking children of all ages to play angels, animals, shepherds, kings, readers, etc. The Live Nativity will be after 5:30 Mass and be part of the Posada celebration Dec. 20. Contact Lorena Orantes at 832724-7540 or e-mail forrest@ baltoforrest@mac.com. All Saints Catholic Church is located 215. E. 10th St. Call 713-864-2653 or visit www. allsaintsheights.com for information. Heights Presbyterian to hold Christmas Eve services Heights Presbyterian Church, 240 W. 18th St., will hold Christmas Eve services at 6 p.m. Dec. 24. The community is welcome. For information, call 713861-1907 or visit www.heightspc.org.

Celebration Kwanzaa at Mt. Ararat Baptist Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, 5801 West Montgomery Road, 77091, presents Celebration Kwanzaa, at 7 p.m. Dec. 30. This event is sponsored by The One Heritage Society Ministry of the church. There will be drummers, vendors, a storyteller (griot), food, fun and fellowship. For information, call 713535-9901. A Chance to Feast in 2015 at New Mount Calvary Baptist The community is welcome to attend A Chance to Feast in 2015 and Watch Night services from 7-8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Dec. 31. The theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Another Year, Another Chance.â&#x20AC;? Breakfast served immediately following service. The Rev. Christopher Moore is Senior Pastor. New Mount Calvary Baptist Church is located at 4711 Kelley St., 77026. Call 713-6351955 or visit www.nmcbc.org for information. MANNA needs volunteers Make a difference in your community. Ministry Assistance of the Near Northwest Alliance (MANNA), a coalition of churches and community partners which provides social services in near Northwest Houston, is seeking volunteers for the Assistance Program, Food Pantry, and Resale Store. Students at least 16 years of age are welcomed. Volunteers must attend a training and orientation session. For information, contact Patricia Dornak at 713-5045486 or email her at pdornak@gmail.com.

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Neighbors: Boone performs senior piano recital at Sam Houston State Congratulations to the beautiful and lovely Shannon Boone of Oak Forest who performed her senior piano recital at Sam Houston State University this week. Shannon will graduate on Dec. 13 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance Piano and a Minor in General Business with Honors. She will continue with her education and pursue a Masters Degree in Accounting. Shannon’s solo senior recital featured Handel’s Suite in G Minor, Mozart Sonata K.310, Trois Novelettes by Poulenc and Chopin’s Ballade No. 1. Shannon studied under Dr. Ilonka Rus. The recital was held at Sam Houston State University’s Performing Arts Center in Huntsville, Texas. Mom and Dad (Nancy and Clifford Boone), Aunt Judy, Uncle Josh and Shannon’s boyfriend Stephen were all wowed by her performance. Shannon, who wore an elegant maroon beaded formal gown for the occasion, was presented with a glorious bouquet of red and yellow roses, white gladiolus and baby’s breath, bound with a white satin ribbon, after her performance. Ain’t it nifty? Look who’s 50! Joshua Kornegay of Joshua’s Native Plants & Garden Antiques in the Heights celebrated his 50th with family and friends at a festive dinner at Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Happy day of birth! Josh, you aren’t really 50 – you’re just 21 with 29 years of experience. Word on the street is that Young and Restless Resale Shop, owned by Candlelight Oaks neighbors Angela and Craig Pennington, is moving to a brand new location with a new look and new merchandise! Location to be revealed very soon. Stay tuned.

is the highest award to be earned in Cub Scouts and symbolizes the crossing over from Cub Scouts into Boy Scouts. Bryan worked two years towards crossing over to Boy Scout Troop 540 and has already trained his sights on his Eagle Award. Well done, Bryan.

(Submitted Photo) Parents Nancy and Clifford Boone congratulate their daughter, Shannon Boone, after her senior piano recital performance at Sam Houston State. Boone will graduate with a Bachelor of Music in Performance Piano Dec. 13.

CrossFit BIG & Tiny would like to congratulate Lindsay Ripley who was member of the month for November. Ripley is an elementary school art teacher who has been working out at CFB&T for a year and a half. Her roommate at the time took her to the gym and she was hooked. Her favorite exercises are box jumps and thrusters, while her least favorite workout is bunny hops. Ripley enjoys creating art, hanging out with her dog at the dog park, eating good food, spending time with friends and family, baking, visiting museums, and flying kites. Of CrossFit BIG & Tiny, Ripley said, “I’ve never been to a gym where I’ve been this supported. Coaches and members alike, everyone has each other’s back and wants to see you succeed. I’ve felt an amazing sense of belonging and support throughout every single workout. I’ve gained strength, motivation, and de-

termination, but only with the help of my CFBT family.” How cool is that? Way to go, Bryan Rabius! Bryan was honored in an Arrow of Light Award ceremony at St. Ambrose Catholic Church recently with Pack 504. Bryan, who is the son of Brandon and Christine Rabius, began his career in Scouting in 2010 as a Tiger Cub in 1st grade and has been active in Scouts every year since. He has camped at Lake Livingston, Fayetteville Lake, on the USS Lexington, and at Bovay Scout Ranch. Rabius has enjoyed mining, archery, fishing, rapelling, completing community service projects, BB guns and paint balling, and making Pinewood Derby cars. He has earned several badges and awards including over 25 belt loops, Wildlife Conservation and Leave No Trace badges, along with various others. The Arrow of Light

Neighbors, carefully review your City of Houston water bill. Many neighbors report a new charge along with a Notice of Drainage Fee Correction for changes to their lots (additional cement poured or home additions) which have never actually been constructed or even planned. You can review the photograph of your lot online at this website: http://verify. rebuildhouston.org/prod/mydrain. htm. Tis the season to be neighborly – please join the Shepherd Forest Civic Club for its Annual Christmas Dinner on Monday, Dec. 15. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. and dinner (served buffet style) will begin at 7 p.m. Neighbors will be gathering at Temple Oaks Baptist Church (2100 W. 34th at Oak Forest Drive – parking on the 34th Street side of the building). This is a “covered dish” potluck event, so everyone is encouraged to bring something to share with the group – a main dish, a side, a snack or a sweet – anything and everything is greatly appreciated and sure to be enjoyed. This event traditionally includes a food drive to help local residents who are hungry or in need. So please also bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Pantry at Temple Oaks Baptist Church so that the less fortunate can also have a happy holiday season. What’s happening? Festivities galore! In addition to great food, drink and camaraderie, there will be live

music provided by the Kevin Taylor Band - Saxworx, gifts and door prizes, and for the youngsters, a surprise visitor from the North Pole, so parents, bring your kids and your cameras! As a special request – please think about a neighbor who lives alone, does not drive at night, or might not normally attend, and invite them to come along. You can even offer to drive them there and back. It’s a great way to spread holiday cheer and get to know your neighbors a little better. Mangum Manor Civic Club is hosting Holiday in the Park at Mangum Manor Park at 4 p.m. Dec. 13. S’mores, hot chocolate and a merry time awaits you. Come early at 2 p.m. with a shovel or a rake and join in planting a mix of Texas/Oklahoma wildflower seeds. The park will be full of color in the spring after this winter gathering of neighbors. There will be hot chocolate and s’mores at 4 p.m. It should be a great event for neighbors to get to know each other better while having some tasty treats. All surrounding neighborhoods near the park are welcome to join us. We are looking forward to this fun family event. On Dec. 14, we will have a judging for the best Christmas decorations. One winner will be chosen for each of the three sections in Mangum Manor. Winners will be posted the following week. Our next Civic Club Meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan 15. Our guest speaker will be our neighboring Oak Forest resident Mike Zientek. We look forward to getting all of the details and ask questions about the ongoing U.S. 290 Construction Project.

Does your dog need duds? Dear Tabby, Does my dog need cold-weather clothes here in Houston? I see dogs wearing sweaters and have even seen them wearing boots. Am I a negligent pet owner if my dog doesn’t have a wardrobe? Feeling guilty in Garden Oaks Dear Guilty, Don’t worry. The mere fact that you’ve reached out to ask this question goes to show that you’re not a negligent pet owner. Here in Houston, we’re fortunate to have a climate

that doesn’t experience the extreme cold that you see in areas further north. In snowy climates, it’s very common to see dogs wearing outerwear as well as boots. Not only do boots help keep things neater in snowy latitudes, they also can protect your pet from licking toxic chemicals off his paws where de-icing solutions are used. According to veterinarians, there are three kinds of dogs who benefit from the insulation provided by a sweater or coat, as well as the protection afforded by life as a pampered house pet: • Small dogs • Dogs who are elderly, chronically ill or both • Greyhounds, Whippets and dogs of a similar thin body type, especially those with short fur

What these dogs have in common is that they have a more difficult time generating and retaining enough body heat on their own. For these dogs, a little help keeping dry and warm is always a good thing. Though protection from the elements is the biggest reason to put clothes on dogs headed outside, it doesn’t hurt to leave a sweater on these dogs inside if you’re keeping the heat down to save energy and money. In many cases, larger dogs with dense hair coats do not have a need for additional insulation and would be very uncomfortable if they were forced to wear outerwear-possibly to the point of physically overheating. Their fur is already genetically designed to protect them from extreme winter temperatures. The Si-

berian Husky, Malamute, and Saint Bernard breeds are all excellent examples of dogs that are perfectly suited to cold temperatures, while the Chihuahua, Greyhound, and many terrier and pinscher breeds are good examples of dogs that would do well with a little extra outer insulation. Your best bet is to consider your dog’s lifestyle and preferences. Many dogs aren’t fond of wearing clothing, so, in this case, it’s best to keep your pet comfortable via other means (like a heated dog bed, for instance). However, some dogs clearly relish the attention and comfort of an extra layer of warmth during the winter. In this case, dress up your pooch and hit the town! Do you have a question for Tabby? If so, email her at: deartabbyquestions@gmail.com.

Pet of the Week Meet Sawyer. This 5½ month old boy is ready to go home for the holidays! He loves to play at the dog park and is sweet and gentle with everyone (and dog) he meets. Sawyer also fancies himself a lap dog. Could he snuggle in yours next to the tree this year? If so, connect with K-9 Angels at: at www. K-9AngelsRescue.org or www.facebook. com/k9angelsrescue for more info.

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Barbara June Barnes Allen, 83, born Sept. 29, 1931, died Dec. 2. Allen graduated from Jefferson Davis High School in 1949, where as a senior she was voted most likely to succeed and friendliest. She then attended University of Texas at Austin and received a BA from the University of Houston in 1953. She held an M.Ed. from University of Houston 1955, and taught elementary school in HISD for 30 years at Coop, Cooley, and Stevens Elementary schools. She was an active member of St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, member of Beta Eta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, HART Retired Teachers, VIP Seniors at St. Stephen’s, Joy Group of UMW, and Troop Committee Member of Boy Scout Troop 30. Allen is survived by her husband of 60 years, Dwight Adams Allen; sons Quincy, Russell, Rolland and Geer Allen; sister Juanita Barnes Pyle; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

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James G. “Groucho” Landry, 85, born Nov. 17, 1929, died Dec. 2. Landry was born and raised in Houston and a member of Our Mother Mercy Catholic Church. He was the loving husband of Mary Lee (Guillory) Landry for over 64 years. He served his country between World War II and the Korean Conflict. He then continued his service working in various federal jobs and retired from the V.A. Hospital as an air conditioning operator with 30 plus years of service. Landry is survived by his wife, Mary; sons Michael, Kenny and John; daughters Rhonda Hagerich, Sharon Arceneaux, Karen Murray; brother John; sister Norma Potier; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Kevin Earl Lane, 55, born April 23, 1959, died Dec. 2. Duane Alistair Mackay, 68, born Aug. 26, 1946 in Montreal,

Canada, died Dec. 6. Mackay was born to Alistair Ian Mackay and Harriet Bakke Mackay. Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.

Gilbert Mindiola, 77, born Nov. 21, 1937, died Dec. 1. Mindiola was born in Houston, grew up in the Sunset Heights and graduated from Reagan High School in 1956. After high school he followed his father’s profession and became a baker. He is survived by his son Anthony, daughter Sylvia Salinas, brothers Tatcho Jr., Robert, and Ronnie; sister Dolores Reagan; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Valentine A. Mock, 94, born Dec. 23, 1919, died Dec. 4. Mock was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church since 1949. He was a Veteran of World War II and retired from Gulf Oil/Chevron after 34 years. He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Mary; daughter, Linda, three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Janis Lea Walsh, 57, born Nov. 24, 1957, died Nov. 30. Chef Raymond “Ray” F. Zadrowski, 61, born July 16, 1953, died Dec. 2. Zadrowski graduated from Langley High School and continued on later to receive an associate’s degree in the culinary arts, specializing in baking and pastries from Culinary Institute LeNotre in Houston, graduating Silver Magna Cum Laude. Prior to culinary school Chef Raymond worked for TxDOT for 20 years. Zadrowski is survived by his brothers Edward, Robert and Richard; sisters Donna Perella and Patricia Zadrowski Harris.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014 • Page 9A

The Birth of a Revolution Luke 2:1-20

FOCUS: The birth of Jesus brings a new kingdom, a revolution in the way we see each other, a revolution fueled by love.

Beatitudes

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for rigtheousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of God. These teachings are from the Sermon on the Mount, a major teaching of Jesus, spoken about 30 or so years after the birth we celebrate tonight. They turn the world upside down, they show a new way of living, a new way of relating to one another, they demand followers that will see things differently. They are powered by the freedom of the love of God.

Christmas Spirit

In this time of year we hear about people being in the “Christmas Spirit”, acting generously, being kind to strangers, offering of themselves and their treasures to decorate their homes with lights and giving gifts. We call it the Christmas spirit and every year there is some commentator who will say something like, “Why can’t we have this spirit all year round?” Because now we get a glimpse of the kingdom. We get a sense of what Pastor Rudy of St. John’s is calling the “Love Revolution.” We see it again when disaster strikes. An earthquake in Haiti, a tsunami across the world, a hurricane here at home and this spirit comes out again and strangers drop everything to help. We get a sense that we are part of something larger than our own desires, we give in to the desire to help others and we get a chance to give our lives a special meaning – we know that what we do really matters. We become revolutionaries.

Birth Story

This birth story read by Dorothy tonight tells us of a revolution that took place 2,000 years ago in a stable in Bethlehem. A little girl gave birth to a miraculous baby, and her husband trusted her and trusted a dream that the child was special. How special was the child! When he was born were there parades and confetti, trumpets and tympani and drums and proclamations and feasts throughout the kingdom? No, none of that. The birth of the child, who would overturn the empire, was announced to the poorest of workers, shepherds staying in the fields at night who had a vision from heaven. They told of the miracle, and they came to the child. They knew something different had taken place, and they were filled with hope and with joy. But the announcement did not come to the powerful, and there was no military band. It came to the poor, and they were told there was good news for all people. A savior had been born, and it was Christ the Lord. And they found the Savior, wrapped in stands of cloth, in a feeding trough, attended by his refugee parents. And they worshiped.

Something new had happened. Something of such power that everything was made new. Down was up and up was down. The powerful were put away and the meek would inherit the earth. The peacemakers would be the children of God, and the seekers of justice – or righteousness – would have the kingdom of God.

side began singing Christmas carols, and finally they each sang Silent Night, every soldier in his own tongue. A young German crossed the area into no-man’s land, showing a kingdom sort of courage.

A young Briton climbed out of the trenches and met him, shaking hands. Soon both battle lines emptied and the men greeted each other and exchanged pictures and cigarettes and brandy and pho-

tographs, wishing each other a blessed Christmas. They played soccer by torchlight. The officers were horrified and ordered everyone back. Peace could have broken out at any moment.

The New Kingdom

The new kingdom burst upon the world in the form of a crying infant. The promise made to King David hundreds of years before took on new meaning, and the kingdom birthed that night will have no end. The empire of Rome was doomed, and they didn’t know it. Kingdoms since have come and gone, and the kingdom of heaven still prevails. Even from within some attempt to take it by force, but the power of the love of God, shown in the birth of a child, still prevails. This time of year, we have a glimpse of the kingdom. Last Christmas Eve I told the story and quoted a folksong about the Christmas Eve Truce of 1914, when in World War I the Germans and the British faced each other across the trenches of France. There was a Christmas Eve truce, and the fighting stopped for the night. Each

Celebrate Christ’s birth December 14, 2014

“A Service of Lessons and Carols”

Featuring the St. Matthew’s UMC Sanctuary Choir

9:30am Worship Service

December 24, 2014

5pm - Children’s Christmas Service 6pm - Live Nativity (presented by Youth Program) 7pm - Candlelight Communion

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United Methodist Church 4300 N. Shepherd Dr. • 713-697-0671

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Join Us In Celebration Carols and Bells December 21, 2014 8:15 and 11:00 a.m. Bring your friends and your bells—small bells, large bells, dinner bells, boat bells—and join us as we sing and ring the wonderful carols of the Christmas season. You’ll hear the Christmas Story and have an opportunity to ring along with our Festival Choir, Trinity Bells, Organ and Brass. Enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, wassail and coffee after the worship services.

Christmas Eve Worship Services December 24, 2014 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. Featuring Pageant, Festival Choir and Orchestra

Christmas Day Worship Service December 25, 2014 9:30 a.m. Featuring Festival Choir and Brass

New Year’s Eve Service December 31, 2014 6:30 p.m. New Year’s Day Service January 1, 2015 9:30 a.m.

Leadership Team Senior Pastor Pastor Michael P. Dorn 713.229.2940 Director of Caring Ministries Pastor David A. Leeland 713.229.2916 Visitation Pastor Pastor Donald G. Black 713.229.2917 Dir. of Admin. & Human Resources Trinity Garrett 713.229.2937 CFO Ron Lacy 713.229.2970 Interim Director of Music and Worship Mary Voigt 713.229.2922 Director of Accounting Roseann Gamez 713.229.2962 Manager of Facilities John Valdez 713.229.2905 Communications Coordinator Pam Schroeder 713.229.2944

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service and Communion

Everyone is invited to come & join us in celebrating the birth of Jesus

Christmas Eve - 6:30 pm Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion Sunday Services 8:30am & 10:30am Wednesday Service 6:30pm

Reverend Herschel Moore, Pastor 1703 Heights Blvd. at 18th Street www.hcchouston.org

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New Year’s Eve Remembrance Service

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713-862-8883

“A Place Where YOU Belong”

in celebrating Christ’s birth in a glorious sanctuary that was built for Christmas

Wednesday Advent Service

Church-wide Breakfast 9:00 am Church-wide Sunday School 9:45 am Worship 11:00am

www.GraceinTheHeights.org

211 Byrne • www.holytrinityrec.org

Our Savior Lutheran Church

Sunday December 7, 14, 21

December 25 at 10:00 AM ST. ANDREW’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 1819 HEIGHTS BOULEVARD | SAECHEIGHTS.ORG

Pastor Larry D. Young Pastor C. David Harrison


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Knife, from P. 1A money for the Danny Dietz Memorial Foundation. He also crafting a Patriot Knife, with its trademark red and blue handle, for their auction. “While they were visiting, I introduced Cindy to neighbors because to me it was such an honor to meet her,” said McLean. Two weeks ago, he was commissioned by the Kyle family to do something similar for their organization which funds veteran supported foundations. At the family’s benefit last February, McLean gifted them with a Patriot Knife.

“We have it proudly displayed in our home,” said Wayne Kyle. “It means so much to us.” While the Patriot Knife program is fairly new, McLean said he’s been cutting leather since he was eight years old. His craftsmanship may be genetic. “My mom managed a craft store on Pinemont called Country Crafts,” he said. “My great-grandfather lived in New York and was one of a handful of people who drew the McCall’s patterns back in the early 1900s.” That great-grandfather

was one of the few family members not to serve in the military or law enforcement. McLean’s dad was in the Navy and his mother also worked in the Department of Justice – as did McLean for a time, also working a stint in the Houston Police Department’s Crime Lab. When his mother retired, she furthered her interest in early American antiques and became a dealer at the Antique Center of Texas. McLean followed in her footsteps there too and was asked by someone if he could restore a Sheffield Bowie Knife

from the Civil War that had been damaged in a fire. “When I gave it back to the owner, he pretty much cried,” said McLean. “That’s what got me hooked.” McLean notes that he makes his knives from drawing patterns on Flatstock, or steel, and then cutting off the excess stock with a band saw. Some people forge their blades out of scrap pieces and McLean said he’d like to get into forging when he has the time. For years, he’d been crafting knives and leather goods as a hobby and then part time,

Christmas Worship Guide Continued And the men went back to war. John McCutcheon, in his beautiful ballad “Christmas in the Trenches” wrote these lines: And the question haunted everyone who lived that wondrous night, “Whose family have I got within my sights?” The soldiers were changed; they had a glimpse of the kingdom. But the war came back, and the old empire of violence and greed took control. Again. But there was a glimpse of what could be, as sure a sign as seeing a baby in a manger. In just a moment, we are going to come to the Commu-

nion Table, in the presence of Christ, to take from the Lord’s Table in a ritual that has been celebrated every day for over 2,000 years somewhere in the world. This is Christ’s table, it is the Kingdom’s table, and all are welcome. As you come, prepare your hearts. This is Christmas Eve, and the tonight the Kingdom of God is calling you. What holds you back from being part of that Love Revolution called for by Jesus? What resentments are more important than the freedom of forgiveness? This is a time to choose to be part of the Kingdom; this is the time to choose to be merciful, this is the time to strive to be

pure in heart, this is the time to be a peacemaker, this is the time to choose to have within your sights the family and the kingdom of God. Because this is Christmas Eve, and something new is here. Hallelujah! In the name of the Father,

but for the past four years, Lonesome Tree Designs has been his main business. He makes about 150-200 knives a year, which sell for between $70 and $750, and is currently working to fill back orders. Because of his height, McLean suffers from poor circulation in his legs. He likes to say he has an addiction due to his disability and living with daily pain – but it’s not pain medication, it’s giving. He talked about an auction he attended recently to support the Base Camp 40 organization in Colorado. As the

bidding on his Patriot Knife increased, he started moving around the room in excitement and forgot the pain in his legs. “Every time I donate or award a Patriot Knife the pain goes away for a short time and makes it all worthwhile,” said McLean. For more information about McLean and his work, visit www.lonesometreedesigns. com. He also has a Go Fund Me account at http://www. gofundme.com/Patriotknife to support the Patriot Knife program.

Christmas Candlelight Communion Service Sunday, December 21 - 4:15pm

and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen Frank Richard Coats St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church Christmas Eve, 2010

O Come, All Ye Faithful

1700 W. 43rd @ Rosslyn • 713-682-4942 Pastor - Dr. Richard Walters

All SAintS CAtholiC ChurCh

Sunday Worship 10:30am Christmas Eve Service 7:00pm

Oaks Presbyterian Church 1576 Chantilly Lane • 713-682-2556

St. Joseph Catholic Church (in the Historic Heights Sixth Ward)

Celebrate Christmas With Us December 24

December 25

4:00pm Vigil Mass with Children 10:00 am Mass 11:15pm Carols 12:00 pm Español 12:00 am Midnight Mass

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Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe 5:00 a.m. Las Mañanitas 7:00 p.m. Mass in Spanish

Come Join Us For the Very Best Family Christmas Eve Service Ever!

Wednesday, December 17 @ 7:00 p.m.

Parish Advent Penance and Sacrament of Reconciliation Confession Service / Spanish & English

Family Festival ~ December 14 Light Dinner - 5:00 pm Ornament Making - 6:00 pm Live Nativity - 7:00 pm

Saturday, December 20 - Children’s Live Nativity

December 24 ~ 6:30 pm

Wednesday, December 24, Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Oaks Christian ChurCh

4:00 p.m. Children’s Mass 7:00 p.m. Mass in Spanish 9:30 pm Christmas Carols 10:00 p.m. “Midnight Mass” in English

(Disciples of Christ)

1216 Bethlehem at Ella Blvd. (713) 688-7761 Pastor Don Joseph

Member of MANNA

GETHSEMANE LUTHERAN CHURCH

Thursday, December 25, Christmas Day One Mass @ 10:00 a.m.

Rev. John Cain, Pastor

25 Diciembre

Christmas Eve Service

La Natividad del Senor Misa a las 10:00 am Ingles

December 24th 7pm Worship w/communion

All weekend masses at regular times

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