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FEATURES

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10 Do You Know? Jordan Smith

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24 Inspirations Isaiah 117 House

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I know some of you may see that headline and think I’m talking about turning 50. To you I say, “Thank you,” because I saw fifty a few years ago! To you who immediately thought, “She’s lying,” I might be mad at you! In all seriousness, over the past few weeks, my sweet husband has been dealing with some health issues which required him to take some time off, reduce stress, and get out of the heat. Avoiding heat is not exactly an easy feat in our neck of the woods right now, so we loaded up the car and decided to head north. The only thing we knew about our schedule is we would spend the first night of our adventure in Tulsa. Prior to Wes and I marrying, I worked for a marketing firm which required national travel. And travel I did. I grew to love it, and only settled down because I loved him more! He learned early on in our marriage that I would continue to travel every chance I got, and he could either go or stay home. Over the years, he has grown to love it almost as much as I do. We have a great deal of fun traveling together, traveling with our family, and also sharing it with our readers from time to time! I don’t know that I have an official “Bucket List,” but I certainly have had A LIST going for many years, of all the states I have visited--with the goal of visiting all 50. I have kidded my children for years that, if I died before I finished, they were to cremate me and spread my ashes in the three states (Idaho, Montana and North Dakota) I had remaining to visit. As we plotted and planned, we decided now was as good a time as any to finish the list! From Tulsa, we drove to Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and back to Texas. Almost 5,000 miles…the Badlands, Big Sky Country, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons National Park, the Rocky Mountains…can you hear me humming “America the Beautiful”? Because it very, very much is. We met interesting people. We saw people very different from us, including some from other countries who were here to see, and experience, what we often take for granted. This year is the 150 anniversary of Yellowstone. In a way, I wish I had seen it sooner…we certainly plan to see it again (and Lord willing, will experience it with our grandchildren someday). But as I contemplate the last few weeks, I think it is fitting, in the grand scheme of my travel list, we truly “saved the best for last.” If you haven’t been, start your own bucket list. I promise, you’ll be glad you did!

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DEAR GABBY When my bride and I decided to take our first vacation as a married couple, I didn’t realize her whole family was supposed to be included. They didn’t ask to go on our honeymoon, so who knew? Is there any way to gracefully get out of this situation? Apparently, her older siblings include everyone when they travel, so this is going to be tricky. TOO MUCH TOGETHERNESS

DEAR TMT Good luck getting out of this situation, since a family precedent has been set. Have you considered sabotage? If you can arrange for some of the unintentional things that have happened during my family vacations, they might be happy to stay home next time. For example: lose weight…and your pants, when you reach up to get your bag from the overhead bin. When Granny wraps her teeth in a wad of napkins, you can throw them in the trash bin. Be sure to arrange all flights and excursions at the crack of dawn. Oh, yes, and forget to book a hotel. That should do it. GABBY

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Summer is raging and brutalizing our country with serious temperatures. Linda, being the smart and intuitive woman that she is has me driving her north, escaping the heat. What a great country we live in, keeps coming up in our conversation, and how blessed we are! Part of the conversation, has been “… wow, how’d our country get in such a mess…?” We have seen 2-3 things over the last week, which stand as stark examples of the good and the bad, and sometimes the crazy. We had dinner at the Eldridge Hotel, est. 1855, in Lawrence, Kansas, this week. Home of the University of Kansas Jayhawks, known for basketball and academic achievements. During the war between the states, Kansas, known as the “Free State” and the birthplace of the civil war, and Lawrence was a center of anti-slavery sentiment. In 1863, the Eldridge was burned during the “Lawrence Massacre” and 180 citizens were killed by Quantrill’s Raiders, which allegedly included Jesse James. They aligned with the Confederates during the Civil War, upset that the Women’s Jail had collapsed, with multiple prisoner casualties. In the meantime, the Jayhawkers, an opposing guerilla unit, was raiding neighboring Missouri, looting and stealing, indiscriminate of their pro-Union allegiance, or their opinions on slavery. Bad actors, no doubt on each side, and a very dark chapter in American history. We survived and got better. Meanwhile, 300 miles to the NE, in central Iowa, the Amana Colonies had been formed in 1856. Immigrants from Germany, persecuted in their homeland by their government, begin to establish seven villages on 26,000 acres. Even today, it is a way of life for some, and a tourist attraction for others. What is the point you ask? These great United States are still, and always have been one of the few places around the globe with terrific opportunity! It is very much worth defending and preserving our way of life and freedoms, but in the meantime, there are often forces on both sides that would attempt to interrupt and change it forever. Our economy has also had great highs and lows, and always recovered. Currently and once again, inflation, challenging markets, and interest rates will clearly impact “last year’s” strategy. What is your strategy? Do you have a financial advisor that partners with you? One that has a consistent, proven, and tested process to address these market changes? Our clients are not told to “be patient and ride it out” and are glad we use a tactical process. Just like this great country, it is all about the process. Keep the faith.

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Do You Know?

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Jordan Smith Elvis is alive and well in Conroe! I know, because he surprised my granddaughter Jessica Dufour and me on our birthdays on May 29. Our neighbors saw him, too; they were hanging over the backyard fence watching him perform. The iconic beaded white jumpsuit, coupled with the Elvis hairstyle, added to the believability. Yep, no doubt. I knew it was Elvis. 10

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Jordan Smith is an Elvis tribute artist, commonly referred to as an Elvis impersonator, which is a misnomer. The term impersonator connotes an attempt to deceive; however, this Elvis tribute artist’s goal is to keep Elvis’ music and performance style alive, both for audiences old enough to remember Elvis when he was alive and for future generations. Jordan’s performance brought smiles to the faces of his audience (from 21 to 78 years old). His music inspired audience singalongs and an impromptu dance, as Jordan sang and swiveled his way through several of Elvis’ hit songs.

Where did you grow up? I was born in Houston, but I’ve also lived in Pasadena, Lufkin, and Cleveland. Growing up was tough, because as soon as I made new friends and felt like I was starting to fit In, we’d move again. My mother was sort of a nomad. I’ve lived in Conroe since 2014.

admired the way Elvis put his heart and soul in songs. Today’s performers don’t walk around on stage like Elvis did. They rely on fancy lighting and special effects.

You vocalize the lyrics; you don’t lip sync. Have you had any vocal training? Just four years of choir when I was in Conroe High School.

What are your favorite Elvis hits to sing? I especially like performing You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling, Suspicious Minds, and C.C. Rider.

Do you have favorite Elvis movies? I like all of them, but my favorites are G.I. Blues and Blue Hawaii. I’ve watched his 1973 concert in Hawaii more times than I can count to study the way he moved and sang.

What drew you to Elvis’s music?

What surprises people about you?

I grew up listening to the country classics at my grandparents’ house and at home. I especially like singers like Elvis, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Frank Sinatra, Louie Armstrong. Back then, music had a meaning behind the songs. Besides the music, I also like the older style clothes from the 50s.

My age. The fact that I’m only 22 surprises them.

How do you rehearse to learn Elvis’ songs and karate-inspired moves?

What got you interested in Elvis music and performances?

I study the way he moved around on stage and study the lyrics to his songs while listening to them. I practice any time I get the chance, when I’m not working or doing things around the house. It takes a lot of effort.

I saw the 1973 concert in Hawaii on YouTube when I was 14. I liked the clothing Elvis wore and the way he moved around on stage. I

You’ve obviously invested a lot of money to be able to give a believable

performance. How do you cover expenses like the jumpsuit, sound equipment, and travel expenses? I’ve been working from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM as a molding operator at Steris Medical Factory in Conroe for the past three years. We make medical pieces that are used in biopsies and endoscopies. Of course, my performance fees help a lot.

Tell us about how you got your costume. How did you find where to get your jumpsuit? I started out with a simple DIY jumpsuit, which was very basic. Then I looked online and came across proelvisjumpsuits.com, and that’s where I got my Aloha Jumpsuit.

How much does it cost, and how long did it take to get it after you ordered it? Well, I’ll tell you one thing; it wasn’t cheap. At the time I bought it, the jumpsuit alone --which was custom made by the company to size--was $2,075 plus shipping. The white boots with the Cuban heel were about $180 with the shipping included, and then the rings were around $400 total. First, I had to get and send in all the measurements for the jumpsuit. I got the shell two weeks later. It fit, so then I sent it back to get it tailored and have all the rhinestones put on it, which took about another 6 to 8 weeks.

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wears a poodle skirt, which was the fashion in the late 1950s.

sing along, and often tell stories about their Elvis memories--kind of makes me wish I’d been living then.

That’s my fiancé Chelsea Macha. She loves the 50s Elvis. She operates the sound equipment to add to my performance.

Have you ever been to Graceland, the mecca for Elvis fans?

How long does it take for you to get in character?

No, but I hope to visit it someday. I’ll be like a kid in a candy store, I’ll be so excited.

It takes about 30 minutes for me to style my hair and do the light stage makeup needed, and then another 15 minutes to warm my vocals. My lovely fiancée Chelsea helps to ensure everything is in order and I don’t look like a hot mess. I use pomade and then a coat or two of hairspray so my hair doesn’t friz out too bad due to humidity and/or weather conditions.

Who is your favorite audience to perform for?

Jordan & fiancee Chelsea

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I like performing for people old enough to remember Elvis songs, concerts, and movies. They smile,

I heard that you went to see the ELVIS movie in costume and created quite a stir in The Woodlands. Yeah, that was a lot of fun. A lot of people stopped me before I could get in the theater. They wanted to take pictures with me. I enjoyed that. Many of them wanted to know why I do this. I just tell them I love Elvis’ music and want to keep it alive.

What did you think about the movie? I thought it was phenomenal. I liked


the way the movie showed the conflict between Elvis and his manager. I didn’t know Elvis was forced to perform in Las Vegas so many times because of his manager’s greed. I don’t usually cry at movies, but this one brought tears to my eyes.

Do you think the Elvis movie will change the way people think of Elvis? I hope the movie will revive interest in his music and introduce Elvis to a generation that doesn’t know him. I think he was the best entertainer of all time.

You’re just getting started. How can people reach you to schedule a performance, and do you have set rates? My Facebook page is JordanElvis SmithPresley. My Email address is jtsConroe18@gmail.com. My rates vary depending on the venue and the length of my performance, because each venue is different. A performance in an indoor auditorium has different physical requirements from one on a backyard patio, and I do both. Getting the sound equipment in place ahead of my performance can be challenging. I scout the site a few days ahead to check out electrical outlets and see the amount of space I will have to perform. I need to know ahead of time where I can setup my equipment. Getting the equipment to the “stage” and set up properly takes time before I change into my jumpsuit, but it’s all worth it when I see the faces of my audience light up when I step on that stage—even if the stage is the patio of a home. Of course, I make some appearances for charity or as a community service.

Tell me where you’ll be performing next. On August 31st, I’ll be performing at the Watermere at the Woodland Lakes in Conroe.

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you? An older man, who I considered my mentor, told me, “Never give up on your dreams, no matter what anybody says.” I’ve held on to that ever since.

What advice do you have for anyone else who might want to become an Elvis tribute artist? Go for it. It doesn’t matter what race or ethnicity you are; if you’re inspired by something, even if it isn’t Elvis, go for it. Believe in yourself and ignore anyone who puts in their negative “two-cents.” Practice makes perfect. Practice and study. Do what you love, and have fun doing it!

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Texas Talent Story by Amy Barnett Submitted Photos

Since their humble beginnings playing music in Lubbock, Texas, Flatland Cavalry has taken their old-school, yet uniquely fresh sound across the country and to country music’s most iconic stage. The sextet now has three critically-acclaimed albums and is touring the country and beyond, gaining new fans with every show. Postcards Magazine sat down with bandleader Cleto Cordero to learn more about the journey that started in West Texas songwriting circles and dancehalls—and how faith has been the greatest driver of their success.

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How did this incredible musical journey start for you?

Lent was over, I had gotten hooked and pushed past the blisters on my fingers.

My mom would keep a radio on the windowsill when I was growing up, and I think that’s where I fell in love with music. And usually, it was turned to a country station. My parents loved George Strait. We would listen to his “50 No. 1 Hits” in the car, and it would get us all the way from Midland to Alpine for family visits. And growing up, I would listen to my older brother’s CD player when he was away (even though he always said, “Don’t touch my stuff!”). I would listen and write down the lyrics, because I wanted to know the words so I could sing for the kids on the school bus. I would mimic people’s voices, and they got a kick out of it. When I was 14, that’s when it really changed for me. My brother bought me a guitar for Christmas, and the movie School of Rock had come out around that time. It was really influential in me wanting to learn to play. I thought if those kids could learn, so could I. I never get tired of watching that movie.

Then, when I turned 17, I wrote a song because I told someone I would. Had to keep my word and write it in a pinch. I played it for my peers and showed it to my English teacher. She was a very sweet lady and a believe-in-your-dreams kind of person. I saw people were moved by it. My dad said, “You wrote that? You should keep going.” He had never said that before – he never said, “Good job at baseball.” (laughs)

So, what happened next after getting the guitar? I was raised Catholic, so we would turn off the TV for Lent. I had nothing to do the whole Lenten season, and my dad had this VHS tape of a guy teaching you how to play guitar. We started it together, and I did it every night. After

After graduating high school, how did you continue developing your skills and begin really chasing your dreams? After two years in a junior college, I moved to Lubbock to go to Texas Tech. My brother said if you’re going to waste Mom and Dad’s money, get a good degree. So, I got a degree in accounting. He knew I wanted to do music. Our drummer Jason and I have known each other since 8th grade. We were both living in Lubbock, going to Tech, and both had this dream to play music. We went to open-mic nights as soon as we moved to town and started to get our feet wet out there. The Blue Light had a songwriter night, and I had heard of Blue Light Live that put out people like Josh Abbott, William Clark Green, Pat Green, and Wade Bowen. I initially thought after junior college I would go to Austin

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to the Music Capital of Texas, but I would have been a goldfish in a big pond when all these signs were pointing north to Lubbock. So, I did songwriters’ night every Monday – never missed one. Jason and I started playing around town and found our guitar player Reid, who was 19. Soon we had six band members. We were a cover band playing on Broadway in Lubbock where our peers were. Every once in a while, we’d throw in an original, and we did that for a couple of years. Then I graduated in 2014 and had a panic attack.

Oh no! Why a panic attack? I realized I wasn’t a student anymore, and I had to get a job, and that rocked my world. I was working in construction installing windows as I was doing in college, and I tried to find an accounting job which was one of the most painful memories I have – knowing that’s not what I wanted to do. Then I heard a still, small voice that said, “Record the songs – get to work.” So, I called Scott Faris at Amusement Park Studios and asked if I could cut a single, which ended up becoming the Come May EP in 2015. Then we got a single on local radio, Red Dirt Rebel, and it became a Top 5 on the Drive At 5 and then got to No. 1. People were requesting it, and we played it at The Blue Light, and people came out in droves. That’s when I decided either to get a real job or chase this with my whole passion. I had to wait for the band to graduate, so I still did odd jobs – built road cases in my garage. I remember cutting metal in my garage and

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Over the past few years and now with three albums, your music has evolved, but you’ve stayed true to your roots. Talk about the inspiration behind the song, Gettin’ By. I went to the cowrite one day, but I didn’t

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You talk about your family a lot and how they have had a major role in your success so far. You also talk about your faith. How much do you rely on your faith in this journey?

single-wide to paying for all of our college. They built a house on the same property, and they are just wonderful people. All the faith and love I have in my heart comes from them and my journey.

How did Flatland Cavalry adapt to the pandemic? Pandemic was a sowing season for us – we knew it was a time to write songs, rehabilitate, and spend time with family – soak all that time up, and here we are back at work.

Flatland Cavalry also made its Grand Ole Opry debut during the pandemic. What was that night like? The Grand Ole Opry debut was a pivotal experience. All our families drove in from all over. All six of my siblings showed up, and my mom and dad. When we took the stage and stood in the circle and played Country Is, I told the story about starting in a garage. We ended with Stompin’ Grounds – a song about being born in this land and ending up back in the ground. We got a standing ovation, so that was special.

Comfort for the ones you love.

It’s the most important thing in my life. I am not saying I am never doubtful, worrisome, or fearful, but I know it’s the most important thing, because without belief you cannot have a dream or anything to shoot for. You stick with that, and it will give you everything – the songs, people in your life to love and love you, and just try to be a decent person.

Speaking of love – you also got married during the pandemic to the super talented Kaitlin Butts. You both are so down to earth, yet so focused on your musical careers.

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The Garden Post By Kim Bius

Begin Preparation for Fall Planting Season Now! Fall planting season is almost here! I know, but the heat will end, and the fall season will arrive with all the excitement and relief we are anticipating. July is the prep month for our fall vegetable gardens. If there was a silver lining to the drought and dry soil, it is much easier to till and work in additives in dry soil versus wet. Now is the time to add the inch of compost or humus to supply nutrients back into the soil. It is also the time to treat with gypsum, if there is a heavy clay content in the garden area you have chosen. Soil additives come in several forms and can be confusing to even the seasoned gardener. The following descriptions may help.

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only add 1/16th to your other additives. There are several products on the market that are basically a “ready-made” vegetable bed. My favorite is Gardener’s Magic by Landscapers Pride. It is an organic blend consisting of certified poultry fertilizer, black humus, screened pine fines, composted rice hulls, and dehydrated chicken litter. This product was made especially for raised beds, but can be used for any type of gardening; we love it and use it daily. Mulch can also be confusing. There are so many different varieties, and you need to know what pH you need to maintain for your specific plants. Use pine bark mulch if your landscape consists of azaleas, camellias, fern, redbuds, hollies, roses, and other acid lovers. Hardwood mulches, such as black mulch, red mulch, cedar, and cypress promote alkalinity (sweeter) in the soil. Hardwood mulch is great for palms, tropicals, Indian hawthorne, cacti, and other plants that grow well in alkaline environments.

If in doubt, inexpensive test kits for pH, nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium can be purchased at independent garden centers, and a test should be done each season to check all balances before planting a garden or adding elements. This ensures you do not add the wrong element and that you have a balanced ratio for your desired plants. Unfortunately, weeds are not particular and thrive in any pH. July 1st is the earliest planting date for growing your own pumpkins and corn. Most varieties need 100-120 days to harvest, so getting your seed planted now is imperative to meet the first frost date and Halloween. Above is a chart from Texas A&M Agrilife that may be of use for planning your fall seed planting. Our area is Region III. The chart is for starter plants, but you can subtract 3-4 weeks from the recommended date for seed planting. Happy Gardening…..think fall, and pray for rain.

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Inspirations Story and Photos by Libby Rogers

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what she took to school with her that day, and maybe some belongings someone thought to throw into a garbage bag when they were at the home earlier that day. They take her to a government building. It has fluorescent lights and cubicles, and she sits…and she waits. She’s listening to the case worker tell her

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private story over and over again. She doesn’t know where her mom is; she doesn’t know what’s going to happen to her; she doesn’t know what she did to cause this. And if she’s not placed before nightfall, she’ll be taken to a motel, where other children are also waiting for placement--and she’ll sleep there until she’s placed.”


This is how Krista Patton, the Expansion Coordinator for the Montgomery and Walker County site of Isaiah 117 House, describes removal day. But what if there was a home? What if there was a place that child could go where there was a volunteer to welcome her when she arrived? To clean her up and get her a meal? To get her some new clothes and pajamas? To assure her that it wasn’t her fault--that she’d done nothing wrong and that she was truly loved? This is what Isaiah 117 House provides -- a comforting home with friendly and loving volunteers who provide clean clothes, smiles, food, and a good night’s rest. Founded in 2017 by Ronda and Corey Paulson, Isaiah 117 House provides comfort and care for children while they await foster care placement. Ronda says she had the first inkling of the idea that would become Isaiah 117 House when she and Corey were going through the process to become foster parents themselves. As part of their class, they were required to visit their county’s Child and Family Services offices in Tennessee. While there, Ronda learned children wait, and often sleep, in that same sterile, cold, and uninviting building while awaiting placement. She remembers, “And in that moment God said, ‘These are my children, Ronda. What are you

were older, Krista felt the freedom to start exploring her interest in foster care again by becoming an advocate with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Through her experience with CASA, Krista gained insight into the foster care system in Texas. One day Krista learned that, in June of 2021, over Krista Patton and Amy Hambright raise awareness at the 400 children in Texas Conroe Cruisers Classic car show. spent the night in motel rooms while awaiting placement. “And I just couldn’t get these going to do?’” Thus, Isaiah 117 House was displaced children off my mind,” Krista said. born. Now there are 7 houses in Tennessee, “And Isaiah 117 House came to mind. I had 1 in Indiana, 4 more set to open this summer seen a Facebook video of a TV show that Mike plus, over 30 additional sites on the way in 6 Rowe did called ‘Returning the Favor,’ and different states. The Montgomery and Walker it just seemed like maybe the perfect filler, County house is one of those planned homes. maybe the perfect solution for these displaced children. So, we [Krista and Jascha] went Krista Patton, along with her husband Jascha, back, watched the video again, and we started have undertaken the responsibility of bringing praying about it.” Isaiah 117 House to our area of Texas. “I was always interested in foster care,” Krista said. “We were just reminded of Isaiah 1:17 and “Jascha and I both lived through childhood God asking, ‘Who’s going to take care of the trauma, and we very, very much wanted to orphans and the widows?’” Jascha added. help children and give a hand up. So, we “And we did take that first step, and it was a always talked about doing foster care. But scary first step.” And when they felt like God we got married really young, and we had blessed that step, they took another, and then three children very quickly, and we were just another, and another. overwhelmed and spread really thin financially and emotionally. We didn’t really have The Montgomery and Walker County Isaiah anything else to give.” But once their children

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117 House celebrated their kickoff event on April 30th of this year. Krista and her core team of 9 individuals from both counties and all walks of life hosted the event to raise awareness about the foster care system, Isaiah 117 House, and their mission. Ronda [Founder and Executive Director

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of Isaiah 117 House] visited from Tennessee and shared her story and her hopes for the Montgomery and Walker County House. “What I have learned is that it’s not that God’s people don’t care,” Ronda said, “It’s that they don’t know. And once they know, they absolutely care. We’re

Jascha Patton opens the Isaiah 117 House Kickoff.


THE EXPERTS IN PEST CONTROL SINCE 1981! We serve Conroe, Willis, Montgomery & surrounding areas! Krista and Jascha Patton rep Isaiah 117 House at their neighborhood’s Independence Day golf cart parade. about to see a huge number in this community be made aware of a day they never knew about [removal day] and be called to action.” For the next several months, Krista and her team are focusing all their efforts on raising awareness. Krista spends hours each week visiting clubs, churches, schools (anyone that will have her) and sharing the story of Isaiah 117 House-teaching the people of Montgomery and Walker Counties that removal day is traumatic for our children. Our children feel confused. Our children feel unloved. Our children feel at fault. Our children feel scared and lonely. Our case workers are overloaded and doing their best. There are several ways you can get involved immediately. First, you can help Krista and her team find speaking engagements. Krista said, “We want to share the story with everyone!” No group is too big or small for Krista to visit. Second, you can attend an Isaiah 117 House expansion meeting. They meet on the 4th Sunday of each month at First Baptist Church Conroe at 2:30 p.m. to discuss where they are in the process and how the community can get involved. Third, follow “Isaiah 117 House MontgomeryWalker TX” on Facebook or Instagram to stay updated. Lastly, they are still looking for land for the future site of Montgomery and Walker Counties’ Isaiah 117 House.

Every child needs to be reminded they are loved and they are not alone. More information about the Isaiah 117 House organization can be found on their website at Isaiah117House.com. For more information about the Montgomery and Walker County site, email Krista at Krista. Patton@Isaiah117House.com.

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Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, and Jeep From washing cars for a dollar an hour at age seven to realizing the dream of owning a large new car dealership (which is presently under construction), Joshua Wischnewsky has lived his ambition of being a “car salesman.” His father owns seven dealerships in the Houston area, so Joshua is no stranger to the business; he has offered his expertise to customers in our area as the owner of Wischnewsky Chrysler, Dodge, Ram and Jeep for the past two years. He invites you to come in and take advantage of his expertise and experience when you need your next family vehicle.

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Wischnewsky offers new and used vehicles and has tripled sales for this dealership since Joshua purchased it two years ago. “We sold 1,000 new cars and 900 used cars last year,” he reports, and shares that the shopping experience at Wischnewsky is rated high on customer reviews. “We are a family here at Wischnewsky and often spend time after hours and on weekends doing things together, such as going to birthday parties and other family events. Since purchasing this dealership, we have retained most of the employees and enjoy each other’s company. We are a tightknit group; this harmony among employees is noticeable when our customers come in to shop, and has been stated as a reason for many of them returning for their next purchase.” Most shoppers research their next vehicle purchase online, and as Joshua states, “We do 90% of our business in this fashion and always tailor the experience to the customer’s needs. In fact, a customer can do every step of the research and purchasing process online, and we will deliver the vehicle to their home.” Vehicles can also be found online

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Vet Connect: By Steve VanWagner, D.V.M.

The Source Behind Equine Summer Sores “Summer sores,” also known as “fly sores,” are a seasonal skin condition in horses that may be referred to by veterinarians as Cutaneous Habronemiasis. They are caused by an infection of the skin from the larvae of the internal parasite, the large-mouth stomach worm Habronema (and less commonly, Draschia). The classic presentation of summer sores are one or more open, draining, ulcerative nodules with swelling, redness, and itching. This condition is generally located on the legs, inner corners of the eyes, lips, sheath, penis, and any moist area or where the skin has undergone injury or irritation, such as an open wound. How do they occur? Adult stomach worms shed larvae into the environment through the manure of infected horses. These larvae are then ingested by maggots, where they develop into adult flies. They reside in the mouthparts of the flies where they are deposited onto the wounds or mucocutaneous junctions of horses causing an infection. Horses can also ingest these larvae by consuming dead flies in feed or water. The larvae then continue development in the stomachs of the horses and begin laying eggs within eight weeks, causing few clinical signs in horses. They just shed the eggs in their manure and contaminate the environment. Some horses are shedders, but even a wormed horse can get summer sores. This is because the larvae that cause the massive inflammatory

reaction are actually already dead. It is the body’s immune response to the dead larvae that causes the intense itchiness and summer sore formation. Resolution of these wounds is very intensive. The key to therapy is early, aggressive treatment! Debulking is often necessary to remove the dead larvae from the sore. Usually, the infection is aggressive, and therapy has to be repeated. The area needs to be covered at all times, and a medicated ointment applied daily. Cryotherapy has also proven successful in some cases. This involves the freezing of summer sores with liquid nitrogen. An oral deworming product is often administered to the entire stable of horses when a summer sore is seen, in case your infected horse is carrying the adult Habronema worms in the stomach. Fecal worm egg counts do NOT detect Habronema larvae, so deworming should always be a primary step in the control of summer sores. Also, always keep any open sores covered. Prevention is the most effective way of controlling summer sore outbreaks! Fly control is also an important step. There are products on the market that are an oral feed additive that acts as an insect growth regulator containing cyromazine. This prevents the larvae from developing exoskeletons so they cannot become adults. It does not get absorbed by the horses, but passes through their digestive tract to be passed in their manure. The maggots then ingest the cyromazine while feeding on the manure, and the immature fly will die before spreading Habronema larvae. This significantly reduces the fly population in just 4-6 weeks. You should also remove manure as often as possible from the stall and keep it away from the stable area.

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