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Community Builder

Take Care

COME Center

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Business Focus

East Texas Mounted Search & Rescue




Timeless Treasure

Trippin’ Christmas in Crockett

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From Our Readers Publisher’s Post Milestones Kidding Around Star Students Pet Pals Dear Gabby Glorious Grandkids

40 Postcards Photo Contest 72 What’s Cookin’ 78 Sudoku Marketplace 89 Giggles and Grins 94 Snapshots! 95 20 Questions 104 Community Calendar 106 Mustard Seed Moments

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On the GRANDstand As we enter the season of holidays and thanksgiving, this year I find many of my most thankful moments have been for grandparents. Since becoming one last year, I have been thinking a lot about the roles mine played in my life. I have also been watching, listening, and learning from others. Because of the auto accident I was in almost 20 years ago, I have some physical limitations that are part of my life. As we raised our own children, we adapted, but I found I kept comparing myself to my grandson’s other grandmother because she is physically able to do some things I am not. FACT: I adore his other grandmother. She is my childhood friend and a precious person, but I kept thinking, “Would my grandchildren love me as much, because I can’t do as much?” One special friend’s observation of grandparents really resonated with me…and it made me realize the truth of what was said. She said, “I remember as a child that I just loved my grandparents because they were my grandparents. I respected them because of their place in our family. They didn’t attend everything I did; they didn’t buy me expensive gifts. They just loved me, and I loved them because of who they were.” I thought back to my own grandparents and realized the same thing was true. I spent the most time with my mother’s parents, and a lot of that was sitting beside them in church or with our entire family at their home for dinner after church. As I grew older, I would stay with them, and it always felt like the most special thing in the world when I did. My paternal grandparents lived in another city most of my childhood, and although I didn’t know them as well, I remember loving them deeply…because of who they were in our family, not because of what they did for me. Over the years, there seems to have been a culture shift that has turned being a grandparent into a competition of how much one can do, buy, or experience to prove how special the child is to them. Parents, I encourage you to pause. I encourage you to think about how much you love your child and remember--the way you feel about them is the way we felt about you. I encourage you to remind your children of the love and honor due their grandparents…not because of what they do or buy or how many events they attend…but because they survived raising YOU! Teach them the values of respect and honor because of who someone is, not because of what they do for you.

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Enjoy this time. I promise you, it is fleeting; one day you will blink, and you’ll be a grandparent, too. And like me, you’ll be very, very thankful.

Until next time,



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What Are You Reading? Melissa Hailey reading

The Girl in the Letter By Emily Guinnis

John & Melissa Williamson

Brenda Hooker


Man of the Family

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue

By Ralph Moody

By V. E. Schwab


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Rick’s art reflects the impetus to serve our country and his patriotism. Each piece is unique and reveals its light and dark variation through its transformation from the flame. Flags are created from a single piece of wood, whole and unbroken as beacons of hope. Crosses are made as an expression of his calling as a Christian.

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Let’s Celebrate! This Month’s Business Anniversaries: 1957 Celebrating 64 years

WCFCU See their ad on page 103

1972 Celebrating 49 years

Huntsville Rental Center We have what See it takes. their ad on page 17

1979 Celebrating 42 years


Huntsville Truck & Tractor See their ad on page 78

Huntsville Truck & Tractor

Serving Walker County for over 30 years.


2124 HIGHWAY 30 EAST • HUNTSVILLE, TX 77320 Celebrating

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25 years

Farris Insurance See their ad on page 79

2007 Celebrating 14 years

Madisonville Vet See their ad on page 84


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Celebrating 11 years Monday Thru Friday 8am until 5:00 pm

Woods Tree Service See their ad on page 79

2012 Celebrating 9 years ARMATUS REINTEGRATION PROGRAM “We serve distressed veterans.”

Your New Waverly Pharmacy See their ad on page 74

Rick Pritchard Founder and CEO


Alan Cain Board Member

Celebrating 4 years

Armatus Reintegration Program was founded in 2017 as a veterans’ non-profit. We exist to assist distressed veterans avoid homelessness and find stable living conditions. P. Kent Lucas, LCDC Co-Founder and Vice President

Armatus is a new non-profit organization delivering statewide approved programming to incarcerated veterans.

Veterans Creation Point / Armatus Reintegration

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Mike Barber Board Member


2018 Celebrating 3 years

Rane an Riley - Attorney at Law Need attorney? Criminalad Defense • Expunctions See their on page 4

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Occupational Licensees • TDCJ Defense

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Miguel and Cruz Pulido’s first day of 7th Grade. They are the sons of Jorge & Leslie Hoot Pulido.

Carl and Ida Jo Hall recently celebrated 61 years together. They married August 12, 1960.

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Community Builder Story by Reney Christian Submitted Photos

Community Organization for Missionary Endeavor, Inc.

Many Huntsville residents may think of the COME Center as a resale store in a little white building on Highway 75 North. The COME organization does operate a resale business, however, the COME Organization is so much more.

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“Building the American Dream” A True Custom Home Builder


Sullivan Classic Homes, Inc.

The Community Organization for Missionary Endeavor (COME) was founded in 1962 as an interdenominational, community service organization to assist all ages of Walker County residents who are in need. It was the first non-profit organization in Walker County.

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Ms. Mary Estill and other community leaders formed COME out of their united concern for unemployment, inadequate housing, lack of prenatal care and other health needs, adult literacy, poor job training, and other problems associated with wide-spread poverty.

Making our customers dreams become a realty in Walker, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Montgomery, and other surrounding counties.

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COME has served as initiator and implementor of many local charitable agencies. Through the years, members of COME have been instrumental in helping to establish several local programs, including the Huntsville Housing Authority, The Good Shepherd Mission, and the Senior Center of Walker County, as well as others.

Paul Sullivan: 936-672-4713 Danica Reese: 979-571-4000

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• Top of the industry equipment

• Commercial Grease Traps • Residential Septic • Uniformed, knowledgeable drivers

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Now hiring CDL drivers!!

RESALE STORE Throughout almost 60 years, the store has had several homes. The store is now in a more permanent location behind the Walker County Senior Citizen Center. After Phase One of the building was completed, it didn’t take long for the facility to reach capacity. So in 2019, Phase Two began and the plan was implemented to increase the space

with a 2,500 square foot addition. Several local businesses assisted in the planning and creation of the expansion.

A-1 Smith’s Septic Service, Inc.

The COME Resale Store advertises garage sale prices in an air-conditioned building. Almost any type of re-sellable items are accepted at the store. The most common donations are clothing, household items, books, toys, and

Serving Walker County Since 1989


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kitchenwares. Now that the building addition is complete, the store has more space to accept more donations, including large pieces of furniture. Many customers shop because of the quality of gently worn clothing. Others shop for household items, vintage finds, and craft projects.

“Re-Name the Store” A contest is currently underway to re-name the Come Resale Store. If you have a good idea for the name, please fill out a form located in the store. The contest winner will be announced in December. The winner will receive a $50 voucher to be spent on merchandise at the store.

Some donated items that are not suitable for sale are collected in a special truck for recycling. These items are sold for a small profit.

Maria Zamudio is the Store Manager

volunteers. The men and women who work at the store are continuously sorting through the donated items and adding to the ever-changing inventory. Maria Zamudio is the store manager. She has worked as an employee for 24 years and has been the manager since 2017. Maria says, “The best part about working for COME is helping the community and seeing people appreciate our services.”

The Resale Store is operated by three regular employees and numerous Maria and Cheryl discuss their busy day.

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SPECIAL SERVICES Another function of the COME organization is called Special Services. Each month, an average of 50 clients come to the center for some type of financial assistance. Those who qualify receive financial assistance to pay electric bills, water bills, or rent. This assistance typically results from an emergency or a loss of employment or an illness. The Special Services Program is funded by donations from local individuals, churches, businesses, and organizations. It is also coordinated and funded in part by bill donation programs from Mid-South Synergy and the City of Huntsville.

HORNETS WITHOUT HIVES The number of homeless families with schoolaged children in the community is alarming. COME works directly with school counselors and social services to provide emergency assistance for homeless school children and their parents/guardians.



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Paint • Stain • Wall Textures Sheetrock • Pressure Wash Carpentry • Wood Floor Fence • Wood Deck & Tile

Mauro is “Mr. Brasil”

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to young school-aged children as they start back to school. For many children, this is very exiting to have something personal that is brand new and is not gently used or even a hand-me-down. The positive feedback on this recent program has been incredible!


Unique items and something everyone

BACK TO SCHOOL COME offers brand new socks and underwear

When a person needs appropriate clothing for a job interview, COME provides the needed clothing from the Resale Store. Individuals are generally referred by Texas Workforce Commission, but other referrals may be accepted as well. Free clothing, as well as consultation on appropriate dress and attire are available. In addition, the Resale Store will provide five additional outfits once the applicant is hired.

Seasonal items available

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS An annual scholarship of $500 is awarded

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to a Huntsville High School graduating senior. The scholarship is funded through the Endowed Memorial to COME by Pioneer Ruth Estill Finnegan. In recent years, COME has been able to select two additional recipients for scholarships of the same amount. These scholarships are available to any Walker County graduating senior or GED recipient with a propensity for community service. Each Spring, scholarship applications are available at the COME Center.

LOCTION AND HOURS The COME Center 342 Highway 75 North Huntsville, Texas Store hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

DONATIONS Through generous personal donations, store profits, utility company donations, and grant funds, COME provides support for Walker County residents. The Board of Directors of COME believe it is their duty to be good stewards of the money entrusted to the organization. All donations are given back to the community. The Community Organization for Missionary Endeavor, Inc. is a 501 c (3) charitable organization and donations are tax deductible.


FRANK OLIVARES for Republican

Tuesday-Saturday Follow COME on Facebook for upcoming events, sales and for pictures of current merchandise.

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Kidding Around

Free printable courtesy of

Covenant Fellowship

Please join us as we launch

services in our new building

Come as you are ! Worship Time: Sunday Mornings 10:30am

Celebrate Recovery: Tuesdays 7 pm Church Email: Church Website:

Lead Pastor: David Valentine

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So we fasted and earnestly prayed that our God would take care of us, and he heard our prayer. ~ Ezra 8:23

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Because Pets Are Family Too Quality Veterinary Care • Internal Medicine • Preventive Care

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The Garden Post By Kim Bius

The Holidays Begin in the Garden The holiday season has arrived. This means many different things to people. The excitement, the joy, the preparation, the decorating, the cooking, the shopping, and time with loved ones are items that come “to mind” (and of course, making memories). Our Southern “nesting” DNA takes over (it cannot be resisted), and our thoughts turn to how to make our living space--inside and out-festive, cheerful and enjoyable. The amazing part is that nature has so much of what is needed right outside your door. Try these inexpensive tips to add nature to your interiorscape: Fresh pine boughs (8”-15” small branches) with pinecone are perfect added to your fresh fall roses and flowers…cut straight from the garden. Berried Yaupon, Pyrcantha, Nandina, and Indian Hawthorne make excellent filler for arrangements. For fall, do not forget to add a few of those perfect leaves you found on your walk (in hues of reds, purple, yellow and orange) to bowls, tables, mantels, or added to potpourri…the ideas are endless. As we walk in the garden, tired summer annuals are ready to be removed, and winter annuals will thrive until the heat returns in late May. Winter sun annuals for your sunny areas are: pansies, kale, cabbage, snapdragons, viola, calibrochoa, and wave petunias. If you prefer sunny perennials, consider dianthus, chrysanthemums, calendulas, salvia, or lantana. Each of these plants are deer-proof, and the dianthus will grow beautifully through ice and snow. Our falls are often mild in temperature, and several landscape shrubs come to mind on providing fall color. A book could be written on the varieties and care of each, but we will give each a short description. Oakleaf Hydrangea – stunning hues of ruby to orange. Requires morning sun, shady after 1:00 pm, prefer northern exposure, bloom white cone shaped brachts in summer till early fall. Rich, well-drained, acidic soil.

Firepower Nandina – the colder the temperatures, the more red appears. Evergreen, dwarf nandina (grows to 3’) great for second tier landscaping and color. Requires ½ to full sun daily for color, well-drained soil….. easy and grows in just about any soil. Encore Azaleas – these lovelies bloom year-round, thus the patented price tag! The Autumn series has beautiful smoky orange reds…. autumn embers, autumn fire, and autumn cheer are great choices. Like all azaleas, ½ sun to full sun, well-drained, prepared bed of 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 humus, and 1/3 growers sand (loamy topsoil). Must water consistently and prune after the spring flush. Camellias – the Grand Dame of the winter garden. Camellias come in two varieties: sasanqua and japonica. Sasanqua are more open, bloom profusely from November –December, and often have single blooms with yellow stamens visible. They can reach heights of 18’ with age and require morning sun with shade after 1:00 pm. Grow as you would an azalea…..once established, these are hardy. Japonica camellias are evergreen glossy-leaved upright blooming shrubs that can make a blooming tree. Japonicas are noted for their semi-double to double “porcelain rose” blooms that appear from Late January –March. Japonicas has the same growing conditions and required soil. Camellias are available in all shades of white to purple (actually a ruby red). Red Leaf Maple – the #1 tree for fall color, if the native sumac is not on the list. These trees grow to 40’ with a branch span of 30’. Hues of deep rust to bright yellow, including reds will begin appearing in the next few weeks. The red leaf maple is a Texas native but does not have drought tolerance, so be vigilant in ensuring a new planting is watered 3x a week until temperatures drop to a high of 55, then twice a week unless Mother Nature is providing 1.5 “ of rain a week. Enjoy the season, relax, walk in the garden, breathe the crisp air, and thank God for those amazing moments that make gardening such a joy. Happy Gardening! Kim Bius is the president of Kim’s Home and Garden, a Texas certified nursery professional with 37 years in the garden, landscape, design and retail industry. Please direct all comments to kim@


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Looking to build your business? We can finance those plans. We’re a full service financial institution that delivers impeccable service to all our customers. • One Time Close Construction • Premiere Business Money Markets • Commercial Construction • Land Loans |

Knowing, Growing, Serving, and Sharing Christ We practice inclusiveness as we value unity while honoring and celebrating diversity. We balance tradition with creativity in our worship services through our dynamic music and arts ministries. Call to check availability to host your weddings, memorials, and other community service needs at First Christian Church. At First Christian Church, we serve our community through various programs including: • Boys & Girls Club of Walker County • CASA of Walker County • Good Shepherd Mission • Care Center of Southeast Texas • Relay For Life • Blood drives and much more!

First Christian Church is a wonderful place to worship, and we invite you to come see for yourself!

First Christian Church

(Disciples of Christ) Sunday worship service @ 10:45 AM Sunday School @ 9:30 AM Bible Study @ 10:00 AM on Wednesdays via Zoom See our website for more fun activities

Worship services are live streamed on our FB page First Christian Church - Huntsville, TX 1800 Ave. R. • Huntsville, Texas 77340 (936)295-3677 Email - Rev. Larry Garcia, Interim Pastor Becky Larkin, Music Minister

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Star Students Seth Carroll Calvin Simmons

Huntsville High School

Huntsville High School Favorite Movie: Cars Favorite Music/Artist: Lil Uzi Vert Favorite Movie: Friday, Next Friday, Friday After Next

Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers

Favorite Music/Artist: Lil Baby, Big30, Big Yavo, Lil Jairmy

Favorite Quote: “If you ain’t first, you’re last.”

Favorite Food: Wings Favorite Quote: None given


alvin is a senior at Huntsville High School. His activities include football, track, basketball, and FCCLA. After graduation, Calvin plans to attend a four-year college to study business. He believes, “My only competitor is the person I was yesterday.”

Wishing you and your family an abundance of happiness, good health, and blessings.



eth is a senior at Huntsville High School and is the son of Kristy Carroll and Brian Carroll. His activities include football and Criminal Justice Club. Following graduation, Seth plans to major in criminal justice at Sam Houston State University. He believes, “Show everyone respect.”

Forever on Thanksgiving Day, the heart will find the pathway home. ~ Wilbur D. Nesbit

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Max Mundorff Huntsville High School

Martha Martinez Huntsville High School

Favorite Movie: Napoleon Dynamite

Favorite Movie: Transformers

Favorite Music/Artist: La Flame

Favorite Music/Artist: Toosii

Favorite Food: Chorizo Street Tacos

Favorite Food: Nachos

Favorite Quote: “If you can dodge a wrench, you can

Favorite Quote: “No act of kindness, no matter how small,

dodge a ball.”


ax is a senior at Huntsville High School and is the son of Vinessa and Kevin Mundorff. His activities include soccer, National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, and FC Huntsville Eclipse. Max believes, “Do hard things.”

is ever wasted.”


artha is a senior at Huntsville High School and is the daughter of Martha Moreno. She plans to attend dental school after high school. Martha believes, “Always be kind to everyone.”

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Touching Tomorrow

Brad Hall

Honoring teachers who work with our kids day in and day out. They go above and beyond and really do “Touch Tomorrow.”

Huntsville High School Biology, Aquatic Science

Nominated by Max Mundorff

Sponsored by:

Mr. Hall is a nice and fun teacher who makes biology interesting.

Nominate a special teacher today by going online: Those chosen for publication are given a gift card to 1836 Steakhouse.

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East Texas Mounted Search and Rescue On a recent Saturday morning, members of East Texas Mounted Search and Rescue (ETMSAR) listened as their leader, Novalene Thurston, gave them their marching orders. “The young woman did not have her purse or cell phone,” she says. “Friends have been calling. They want something

to be done. Come up with an action plan for tomorrow morning. You have fifteen minutes.” It was a practice scenario, but the group nonetheless split in half and began discussing options in earnest. After Novalene called time, the two groups compared notes.

Left to Right: Novalene Thurston, Frankie Young, Paul Hinton, Susette Renfro, Teresa Cook, Jo Ann Malarchick, Cal Monteith.

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Above: Jo Ann Malarchick & Paul Hinton-part of the grid search team.

ETMSAR, a non-profit organization, meets monthly to train. Sometimes the group works with their horses; at other times they work indoors, cross-training on a variety of skills. Twice a year, they perform simulations of mounted rescue operations. Teresa Cook, the group’s secretary, says this monthly training is what makes ETMSAR different from other mounted search and rescue organizations. “We are constantly training. We are all CPR certified. We have a monthly training event that we all participate in,” she says. Novalene agrees, “We try to do everything we are doing as professionally as possible even though we are volunteers. We want to do it right.” Mounted search and rescue organizations are common in other parts of the country, says Novalene, the chairperson of ETMSAR’s board of directors. For example, they are often deployed in the desert southwest when hikers underestimate the amount of water they’ll need and ultimately require assistance. Mounted search and rescue organizations in Texas are relatively rare, but they can be quite useful to local law enforcement. Because riders sit many feet off the ground, they can see much farther than people who are searching on foot. Furthermore, although horses progress slowly in densely-forested areas, they

are ideally suited for searches in open areas. “If you have open spaces like fields and pastures and roadsides, we can cover that area three times as fast as people on the ground,” Novalene says. People don’t seem to go missing as commonly in Texas as they do in other parts of the country, she says, but still, ETMSAR is typically called out two to three times per year on active missingperson searches. The group does not self-deploy, but waits for requests from local law enforcement agencies before activating. The group follows guidelines set up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS), so it can easily work alongside other organizations that follow the same protocols. “We don’t want to be a part of the problem,” Novalene says. “We want to be a part of the solution.”

‘Better than any ribbon’ Members of ETMSAR live throughout East Texas, including Montgomery, Walker, Brazos, and Leon counties. Some are retired, but others still pursue a variety of careers, such as medicine, finance, and information technology, says Novalene, who is now retired. During a long career in education,


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she taught biological sciences at Conroe Independent School District’s Academy of Science and Technology, as well as Lone Star College. Although ETMSAR members share a love of horses, Novalene believes it is their desire to help others that is most important. “They are looking for a way to be of potential service to their community,” she says. “If you don’t have that, then you might have all the love of horses in the world, but this is not the activity for you. A willingness to serve is just a key component.”

ETMSAR’s motto says it all: “We ride so that others may live.” Almost every member has some skill with horses, but ETMSAR is different from other equestrian organizations in a remarkable way: horses and riders do not compete. “You have to be ready to work on a team, not out of individual glory,” Novalene says. “There are no prizes in our organization. The prize is we save somebody’s life, and that’s better than any ribbon you can hang on the wall.”

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Left: Cal Monteith & Teresa Cook taking coordinates of evidence located during the search. Info is input using USNG search app. Right: Teresa Cook taking a photo of a found footprint.

“We ride so that others may live.” Right: The team finishing a grid search. Meeting up with other members riding in a ATV.

Not every member of ETMSAR is a rider. Some have spouses in the organization who ride, while others have ridden in the past. Non-riders often provide ground support, performing such necessary tasks as manning radios and setting up the group’s communication trailer. Those who wish to serve as riders must go through a certification process with Cal Monteith, ETMSAR’s lead evaluator. Riders and horses are certified as pairs, says Cal, an information technology program manager who keeps his horses at his weekend property in Huntsville. He

has been riding with ETMSAR since 2014. Riders must show that their horses are willing partners, that they have control of their feet, and that they are desensitized to outside influences, such as sirens, barking dogs, or whistles. Riders and horses are evaluated on about 25 tasks, Cal says. For example, a horse must be able to cross a wooden bridge, clear an 18-inch obstacle (such as a fallen tree), and must be able to cross a three-foot wide body of water that is six inches deep. In addition, riders must be able to go backward on their horses in an L shape.


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On Saturday, November 11, 2017, ETMSAR members learned that a 70-year-old man from Grapeland had not returned from walking his dog, Sunshine, the previous day. The man, Frank Roth, suffered from Parkinson’s disease. “He was not spry or physically fit,” Novalene recalls. Frank’s usual routine was to walk around the lake near his home, but because he was not located near the lake on Saturday, local law enforcement invited ETMSAR to join in an expanded search on Sunday morning. “We found his sweatshirt in the middle of a pasture,” Cal remembers. The location of the sweatshirt indicated that Frank had become disoriented— possibly because of dehydration—and had ventured in an unlikely direction. Soon,

to participate in mobilizations until they have participated in one of the organization’s biannual simulations. Horses and riders must also participate in one simulation per year to stay qualified.

members of ETMSAR found Frank, tangled in brambles. Sunshine was still by his side. Novalene, who was providing ground support by manning a radio, well remembers the moment when she heard from one of the riders. “She came over the radio and said, ‘We found him. He’s alive!’” Frank had been missing more than 48 hours. “It was really pretty satisfying,” Cal says. “Members agree that was our finest hour so far,” Novalene says. “We don’t go to find somebody because they are a good person. We go to find them because they’re lost. It was just the icing on the cake to discover that we’d found someone who had spent his life serving the environment and serving people, and he had lived a very productive and honorable life. He was a remarkable man. Finding him


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Below: Susette Renfro: Taking photos of objects located during the search.

Above: The horses are key to the team’s search success. They are trained in many areas and work well together.

brought joy to a lot of people. It emphasized to us the importance of our work.” The memory of Frank’s dramatic rescue inspires members to continue training so that they’ll be prepared for future operations. They will deploy to any county in East Texas after being invited by local law enforcement agencies, and members of ETMSAR agree that they’d like to be included in more search and rescue operations in the future. So that they can seamlessly integrate when needed, they actively train with other search and rescue groups. “We train to be able to do the planning and to be able to take over, but also to fit into a plan,” Novalene says. When a county sheriff contacts ETMSAR, the group activates its phone tree. “Hopefully within 30 minutes, we know what it’s all about,” Novalene says. “We have discovered which of our members are available, and they are packing their gear.”

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Postcards first Cover Photo Contest went way beyond our expectations. We certainly have some talented readers!

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Finalists in each category were selected; those photos were then sent to a panel of independent judges who cast anonymous ballots. Those ballots were scored, and a first, second and third place in each category emerged.

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The first place winners in each category were then eligible for the overall grand prize award which includes: 2 nights at Lake Conroe’s Margaritaville Resort, a guaranteed Cover on an upcoming issue of Postcards, an exclusive Postcards winners’ T-shirt, and Postcards mug set. We are proud to announce the Grand Champion award goes to Lisa Pogue for her “Summer” submission! First Runner-up is Michele Miller for her first place finish in the “Animals” category, and Second Runnerup is Pam Johnson for her first place finish in “Local Living.” Please enjoy looking through the top three photos in each category. Thank you to all who entered and congratulations again to the winners. Thank you, especially, to our judges; we know we gave you a tough job!

Watch for some of these amazing photos that will be showing up on covers throughout the year. We will look forward to the next time. Keep your cameras handy – you never know when you might snap the perfect picture that will turn you into a cover photographer!


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Company F Remembered Eighty-one years ago (1940), everyone in America knew the war clouds were gathering. On November 25, 1940, the Texas National Guard was activated in preparation for the coming world war. When Walker County’s Company F, 2nd Battalion, 143rd Infantry, 36th Division assembled on December 15th, I.N. Adickes took a

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Turner partnered with Paul Olle at the Gallery to prepare a large high resolution print including names. The photo is now proudly displayed inside Sam’s Table restaurant on the east side of the Huntsville square. Turner hopes the print will begin conversations and perpetuate shared stories to honor veterans past and present.

As we approach Veteran’s Day this year, I am reminded of the sayings, “All gave some, some gave all, and “We don’t know them all, but we owe them all.” And yes, the project is personal for Turner. Serving in the armed forces Major Milton Steffen in the is more than a job—it is a photo was her mother’s first calling. This calling is based husband and was killed in action on principles, honor, oath, and January 1944. Turner inherited love of country. Relentless the daily correspondence commitment to a cause and between Steffen and her mother I do not recall any campaign in the whole to the fellow soldiers at their from 1936 throughout the war. side are the hallmarks of history of the United States Army in which Also in the photo are the Bruce service. Physical and mental soldiers have had to endure greater hardships brothers, who also perished in discipline are mandatory. Not or have performed greater deeds of heroism the war. In 2010, the Huntsville all casualties are in battle, and than this campaign in Italy. airport was rededicated as not all wounds heal quickly. The Bruce Brothers/Huntsville We owe our veterans for much Major General Fred L. Walker Regional Airport in honor of more than battlefield sacrifices. Commander, 36th Infantry Division Capt. Harry Bruce and Lt. Our indebtedness includes Reeves “Jeep” Bruce. their time away from families, cumulative stress on soldiers So, stop in, pay your respects, and family members, dealing and toast Company F, as well with bureaucratic frustrations, as all of our Veterans past and and insufficient benefits and present! care after their return. If you have information you would like to photograph of the group on the corner If we knew more stories from firsthand share about someone in Company F, let us of University Avenue and 12th Street in sources, we might better understand hear from you at Huntsville. and appreciate our veterans. So was the thought of Glynda Turner when she undertook a recent project to display and honor some local heroes.

Many of these young men did not survive the 400 days of combat in the Italian campaign (1943 - 1944)

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INVASION OF ITALY On September 9, 1943, the Regiment participated in the first invasion of the Europe mainland. It went ashore near Salerno at a small town called Paestum. The Regimental Cannon Company destroyed the first German Tanks by the American forces on the European continent. As historical records indicate, one of the bloodiest of battles was fought on the sands of Salerno Bay. The Regiment assaulted the Winter Line on the afternoon and starless night of December 8th, 1943, by scaling the 4,000 foot Hill 1205, (Mount Sammucro) which overlooked San Pietro. This was one of the steepest heights scaled by Allied troops during the war. With the capture of this commanding mountain, the regiment continued its attack on San Pietro and captured it, breaking the Winter Line. This one battle, filmed under the direction of John Huston, is considered to be the finest combat film made by the Department of Army. The 143d captured San Pietro and opened the Liri Valley to the Allied Forces, but not without terrific losses. Following Rapido River, the Regiment was shifted to the northeast and participated with the French Colonial troops in the exploitation of gains around Mount Cairo. On the 18th of May, the Regiment sailed from the port of Pozzuoli near Naples and closed in at the Anzio beach head on the following day. On the morning of May 23d, the Regiment jumped off in an attack to break out of the beach head and entered the line on the road to Rome near the town of Velletri. The Division, in a daring maneuver, sent the 142d Infantry and the 143 Infantry from the left flank squarely across the Division front under cover of darkness and the two regiments infiltrated to the rear of Velletri, up a 2,000foot peak before the Germans realized what had happened. With the capture of the hills in rear of Velletri, the town folded and the race to Rome was on. The regiment arrived in the outskirts of Rome about 4 p.m. on the afternoon of June 4th, 1944. Eric Sevareid, CBS News Analyst said, “If Generals Alexander and Clark received the key to the city of Rome, it was General Walker who turned the key and handed it to them.”

Following are excerpts from a 1945 article by Bill Jary (World War II Editor of 36th Division Newspaper).

Doughboys of the 36th Division again took up battle positions on Nov. 15, 1943…10 miles south of Cassino…The mountain passes that lay ahead on the rocky road to Rome were occupied by fanatic Germans with defensive positions deeply embedded in rock. In all the fighting from the beaches of Salerno, San Pietro was one of the bloodiest, most

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bitter, and toughest battles of World War II, just 100 days after the invasion. Men of the 143rd Infantry Regiment of the 36th Division called it “Death Valley” because death was on a rampage for 48 hours as they stormed this enemy fortress ringed by fortifications, dug into the terraced slopes commanding the Liri Valley.

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Following the fall of San Pietro…the name “Rapido River” is engraved in the memory of those men who fought across this icy, bloody stream that runs in front of Cassino. Two crossing attempts failed, and at the last moment, the third try was cancelled. Tacticians say the effort served its purpose— that the distraction to this crossing made possible the ease with which the original assault at Anzio was carried out. They were called “Men of Texas,” but these heroes were listed from every State in the Union and two of the territories. To them, Rapido River, with almost 2,000 casualties in 48 hours, spelled an incident unequalled in the chronicle of the 36th Division.

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November 2021  |  Postcards Magazine: Piney Woods Edition 57

Family Hearing & Sensory Neural Center is a family owned and operated full services Audiology practice, with friendly staff happy to provide quality care and customer service. We specialize in hearing loss prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders. We provide customized hearing aid fitting and programming based on diagnostic evaluation of hearing and auditory processing in both quiet and noise. We work with all major brand hearing aids to select the most appropriate hearing aid for our patient’s individual lifestyle and needs.

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Family Hearing & Sensory Neural Center was established in 1979 by Dr. Phillip Allred. For over 40 years, Dr. Phillip Allred served Huntsville and surrounding communities’ hearing needs. In 2012, Dr. Christie Cahill returned to Huntsville to practice with her father following the completion of her Doctoral degree in Audiology (AuD) and clinical work with LSU Medical Center Lafayette and The Hearing Center of Lake Charles. Dr. Cahill specializes in hearing loss, tinnitus, and dizziness/ balance disorders. In 2014, Dr. Cahill took over ownership of the practice and in 2019, Dr. Allred fully retired from the practice. Dr. Cahill grew up in Huntsville and graduated from Huntsville High School. Following graduation, she spent several years working as the practice’s office manager before pursuing her degree in Audiology. Dr. Cahill loves the Huntsville area and the people of Huntsville, she believes in the importance of giving back to the community that gave so much to her and is currently giving to her four children. She enjoys having the opportunity to help improve the lives of the people in this community through better hearing. “As an Audiologist, I get the privilege of helping people reconnect to the world around them, improve relationships, and allow them to be part of the conversation by helping them hear what they’ve been missing. This is my “why.” I get to change lives daily.” We are all about Service, Service, Service!!!!! As a practice, service is our priority. You will always be greeted by a friendly face, sincerely happy to help you and willing to go the extra mile to help. “I have an amazing staff. They are trained to take care of the patients, so even if I’m not available, they are here to help. They get so many positive reviews from our patients. I don’t think you can find a staff in the medical field that treats patients better. We understand how important it is to Hear and be part of the conversation. We do our best to work with patients, if our schedule is full and we have a patient who needs quick attention, I will use my lunch hour, or we will stay late to see them.”

Family Hearing & Sensory Neural Center Your Homegrown Hearing Experts! 1909 22nd Street Huntsville, TX 77340 936-291-2414

Building a healthy community, one family at a time. Lone Star Family Health Center provides compassionate, affordable healthcare and preparing tomorrow’s family medicine professionals. The health center is a is a full-service, state-ofthe-art family health center, nonprofit 501(c)3. From newborn to the elderly, the health center provides services for all ages from your traditional annual checkup to counseling services for youth and adults. In partnership with HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe and Conroe Medical Education Foundation, Lone Star Family Health Center operates the Conroe Family Medicine Residency.

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Lone Star Family Health Center (LSFHC) is a nonprofit community health center with a mission to provide compassionate, affordable healthcare and prepare tomorrow’s family medicine professionals. Founded in 2002 and recognized as both a federally qualified health center and patient centered medical home, LSFHC is locally governed by a patient-majority volunteer board of directors. LSFHC board members collectively represent our diverse patient population. Primary care services are delivered by over 60 licensed and certified professionals across five clinic locations in Montgomery and Walker Counties. Our flagship state-of-the-art facility in Conroe, along with HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe, also serve as a training site for 30 family medicine residents under the Conroe Family Medicine Residency (CFMR) program. Since 1983, the locally run, ACGME accredited residency program has produced over 260 board certified Family Medicine physicians. LSFHC’s doors are open to everyone - families and children, healthy and those with preexisting conditions, anyone uninsured, on Medicaid or with private insurance. We focus on providing access to basic health care services in the communities that need them most. LSFHC offers a sliding fee scale to low-income patients, based on household income and family size. Patient fees on our sliding fee scale for medical and dental visits start at $25. Annually, this program provides over $2 million in discounts directly to patients. In 2020, we provided services to over 35,000 individual patients across 95,000 visits. LSFHC quality scores related to diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, adult weight screening & follow-up and cervical cancer screening beat national averages. Approximately 93% of our patients have reported household income live below 200% of the federal poverty level. We employ a staff of 213 across five locations and invest $25 million annually into the local economy. LSFHC kicked off 2021 serving as a COVID-19 vaccine hub provider for Montgomery County. In a collaborative effort with Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Montgomery County Hospital District, over 60,000 COVID-19 vaccines were administered at no cost to the public by the end of June.

Lone Star Family Health Center Building a healthy community, one family at a time. 227 SH 75 N Suite 230 Huntsville, TX 77320 936-539-4004

When Dr. Clayton Toole left his hometown to pursue a medical degree in Podiatry in Cleveland, Ohio and later a residency in Brooklyn, New York, he never forgot the slogan from the movie Friday Night Lights: “Texas Forever.” But this Texas Native was not satisfied with returning anywhere in the Lone Star state: “There was only one place I wanted to be, where I wanted to raise my family. I have so many friends and mentors in this town who made me who I am today. Giving back to the community that raised me, means everything. “Huntsville Forever.”

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Foot & Ankle Specialists of Huntsville A Step Ahead 640 I-45 Huntsville, TX, 77340 281-909-7722

In 2019, Dr. Clayton Toole teamed up with Foot & Ankle Specialists of The Woodlands to bring more expertise and resources to the Huntsville community. Together, Dr. Marcin Vaclaw and Dr. Clayton Toole provide the full range of podiatry services including wound care, sports medicine, surgical procedures, intervention, conservative treatment, diabetic foot care, ingrown toenails, fungal toenails, and more. The fully equipped FAS Huntsville clinic includes some of the latest and most effective technology and products for treating and alleviating foot and ankle issues. For example, Dr. Vaclaw is one of the pioneers of a no-incision plantar fasciitis surgery for heel pain. They also offer a non-invasive foot procedure to heal weakness, numbness, and pain from nerve damage.

House Calls “In addition to seeing patients in our office, a large part of our practice is visiting people with podiatric needs in their homes. We have a House-Call-Podiatry Department within the company. Many of our elderly patients can’t get out or don’t want to get out, especially during these times,” Toole noted. “I don’t think very many people in this-day-and-age have seen a doctor inside their house. It is a great feeling to bring that service to them.” Toole and his medical assistant Christina Orgovan see individuals in Huntsville, Livingston, Conroe, New Caney, and surrounding areas.

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Madisonville Veterinary Hospital

409 E. Collard Madisonville TX 77864 936-348-2791

Dr. Jennifer Sullivan is 2001 Graduate of Texas A&M Veterinary Medical School. Dr. Will D Totten is a 2004 Graduate of Texas A&M Veterinary Medical School. They met in 2000 while both in school at A&M and were married August of 2002. Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Totten both originally started their careers in Crockett Texas working with Dr. Dan Craven. We purchased Madisonville Veterinary Hospital March of 2009 from Dr. Craven and have been practicing here while raising our three children. Our three children all attend school in the Madisonville CISD school district. Kaitlyn in our oldest and is a sophomore in high school; her interests include training service dogs for FEMA, running cross country and playing softball. Macyn is in the 6th grade and also helps with the training of services dogs. She is an avid soccer player for FC Lady Mustangs. Owen is in the 3rd grade and loves all animals, plays soccer, and enjoys the outdoors. The family attends First Baptist Church of Madisonville and are all active in the church. When not active with the children or at work we both enjoy running, hiking, hunting and being outdoors.

Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Totten have both always worked in a mixed animal practice setting. Dr. Sullivan is very motivated in the small animal surgery area. She performs spays/neuters, dental cleanings and extractions. Dr. Totten works on both small and large animals. We are both drawn to helping the animals as much as serving our clients. Our goal and mission at Madisonville Veterinary Hospital is to treat our patients and clients with the utmost respect and to provide the highest quality of care readily available. We stand behind our decisions and our clients decisions in regards to their pets completely and wholeheartedly.

Rejuv’ MB Spa & Aesthetics Giving you relaxing spa treatments, with aesthetic results 1109 University Ave. Huntsville, TX 77340 936-439-6353

I am Moneé Burke, owner of Rejuv’ MB Spa & Aesthetics, located down on the square in Huntsville. I just celebrated my 17th year as an esthetician. Through my journey, I have become licensed in two states, received over 34 certifications, and became a Paramedical Skin Revision Therapist. I am very passionate for helping others build their self-esteem and bringing out the confidence within them. My Spa offers a soothing environment in which you can rest, relax, and feel completely rejuvenated while knowing you will be leaving with aesthetic results. From the moment you walk through our doors, you will encounter a fresh scent of aromatherapy, followed by one of our friendly staff members to accommodate your needs. At Rejuv’ MB Spa & Aesthetics, we offer something for everyone. Whether it is a lunch break escape, an afternoon of bliss, or an entire day of pampering, we will help you forget the pressures of the outside world and return you to a state of inner serenity. I am dedicated to only using clinical grade products and equipment on all my treatments with my patients. I also carry multiple products in the spa to ensure you can continue your skin journey at home. We also carry Kelley Baker Brow products, sunless tanning items with Infinity Sun, and professional grade teeth whitening kits. Although I would like to say I did it all on my own, I could never have fulfilled my dream career without the help of my family and God himself. I have been married to my husband Joe for 27 years, and together we have 3 beautiful kids: Josey, Jase, & Jeb. I will forever be grateful for them always being there to support me!

Timothy J. Deahl, MD Obstetrician-Gynecologist 260 Interstate 45 S Ste B Huntsville, TX 77340 936-291-2557

McNease Drug 103B Medical Park Ln Huntsville, TX 77340 936-293-8333

Timothy Deahl, M.D., has been practicing medicine in Huntsville, Texas for three decades and after delivering more than 5,000 babies at Huntsville Memorial Hospital, and caring for more than 30,000 women since opening his practice, Dr. Deahl is one of Huntsville’s most beloved and respected obstetricians. Dedicated to providing compassionate medical care for women from adolescence through menopause, Dr. Deahl offers comprehensive expertise in all aspects of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The range of expertise encompasses adolescent care, preventative health care, obstetrics, menopausal management, infertility, and gynecologic surgery to include both minimally invasive solutions and advanced laparoscopy. On-site services including ultrasounds are also available. “I love having my practice in Huntsville,” explained Dr. Deahl. “Doing what I do requires a lot of time. I’m always on call. In large cities, you see whoever is available, but here in Huntsville I am only 3 minutes away from the hospital. I can be there for my patients. I’ve been practicing medicine here so long that I’m now delivering the babies of my babies. It’s very special.”

McNease Drugs was established in 2000 and has continued to serve Huntsville and the surrounding areas since. Our singular focus is delivering the best service we can. We employ more technology than probably any other drugstore in town to increase safety, accuracy, and convenience while filling your prescriptions. We are locally-owned and staffed, making this store part of the community, and we are proud of that. We do not sell your data to make money like the big chain stores do, and we do not process discount cards like GOODRX that sell your data. Soon, we will have our own 90 and 180 day supply generic discount plan that will protect your privacy and offer great savings to people while allowing you peace of mind about supply chain issues. Thanks for your business as always--Danny McNease.

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Perhaps it’s because we’re nonprofit...or faith-based. It could be our Catered Living — a service plan within assisted living offering an independent senior living lifestyle with three wonderful meals each day and the promise of a helping hand in the future if you need it. Or it might be the simple joy of being surrounded by friends, conveniences, and opportunities. Truth is, many things make us stand out — but it’s our caliber of hospitality that makes us outstanding. Come take a tour and a good look at what is anything but a “nursing home.” Check out our superb health care, strike up some conversations, and see what “heart” really means in a Huntsville, Texas retirement community.

MRC Creekside 1433 Veterans Memorial Pkwy Huntsville, TX 77340 936-439-4700

Creekside has been a part of Huntsville for more than 35 years, and we are proud to serve Walker County seniors for many years to come. Mention this ad and receive a gift upon move in.

“Together We Can Overcome.” The mission of Physical Therapy Associates has always been to enable patients who walk through their doors to leave with improved skills and abilities, able to perform tasks that may have been lost, and to enjoy as pain-free a lifestyle as possible. Owner Dallas Williams states, “We consider ourselves to be an outpatient orthopedic facility with therapists who have great diagnostic abilities and are specialized in a wide variety of skills. They constantly work as a team to solve problems and provide our patients with excellent care.” Some people think physical therapy is only needed for postsurgical conditions; however, the top conditions treated at Physical Therapy Associates address back, neck, knee, and shoulder pain, as well as balance issues. Aquatic therapy with a certified therapist is available at both the Huntsville and Conroe locations where a therapist can work alongside the patient in the pool. As Dallas says, “We try to fix the problem before surgery is necessary.”

Physical Therapy Associates 127 Medical Park Lane Huntsville TX 77340 936- 294-0283 Facebook: PTAHuntsville

Tieperman Chiropractic 331 North May St Madisonville, TX 77864 936-348-9112

Dr. Tieperman was born and raised in a blue-collar working family in Kansas and is one of 8 kids. He went to Parker University in Dallas and is a board-certified chiropractor who has been in practice since 1992. Dr. Tieperman specializes in gentle treatment to relieve pain help with the prevention of back surgery, and the healing of acute and old injuries. At Tieperman Chiropractic, we approach your pain with a gentle touch. This is because we know that when you hurt, you want reassurance that the doctor will do everything possible to relieve the pain. He utilizes many therapies and light manipulations that are very comfortable to those who have osteoporosis, past spine surgeries, or are just nervous or scared about chiropractic. He has an impeccable bedside manner that makes his patients feel very comfortable and reassured. Tieperman is a doctor who listens, explains your problems, and does not keep you guessing. The result is a patient who is more relaxed, comfortable and confident in our care – and one who gets out of pain more quickly. The right touch can make a difference in your recovery.

11th Street Veterinary Hospital 1705 11th St. (across from HEB) Huntsville, TX 77340 936-293-8900

We are a full-service veterinary hospital. Our doctors and staff cater to all your dog, cat, bird, rabbit, guinea pig, hedgehog, and pot-belly pig family members. Our professional and courteous staff seek to provide the best medical, surgical, and dental care for our patients. Our team consists of friendly receptionists, skilled veterinary technicians, and caring kennel technicians who are happy to help in any way possible. All our staff members have at least one 4-legged friend and understand the care and comfort necessary to provide for our companions. Our veterinarians are devoted to staying on top of the latest diagnostics, treatments, and wellness programs to maintain your pet’s optimal health. Additionally, we strive to keep advanced equipment to assist in caring for your pets. Let’s work together to keep your beloved furry friend happy and healthy!




Carriage Inn Huntsville 2805 Lake Rd Huntsville, TX 77340 936-295-0600


Carriage Inn Huntsville is an Independent and Assisted Living senior community. We offer a unique approach to what should be the best years of a senior adult’s life. Our primary focus at Carriage Inn is our residents. We take the everyday hassles out of daily living, so our residents can Live Life Well®, allowing them to stay independent as long as possible. If more assistance with activities of daily living is required, we offer assisted living as an option. We have created a familytype atmosphere offering active lifestyles through activities, trips, social gatherings, exercise classes, gaming groups, restaurant style dining and quality service.



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LearningRx 49 State Highway 75 N Huntsville, TX 77320 936-295-4579

We invite you to come tour with us and learn what makes Carriage Inn Huntsville is so special!

Healthy living requires healthy cognitive skills -- the fundamental tools your brain uses to perform mental tasks. LearningRX has helped more than 100,000 adults and children learn easier, think faster, and perform better. The simple fact is, you’re never too old to improve your cognitive skills. It just makes sense that when these skills are stronger, life and learning are easier. Maybe you need help with memory, attention, logic, focus, reasoning, reading comprehension, or you’re experiencing post-Covid “brain fog.” Our one-one-one brain training is customized to help maximize your results and enhance your life. As you get older, cognitive skills become even more important to maintain. At LearningRx®, we can help you do just that.



United Healthcare Medicare 8000 Research Forest Dr, Ste 115-195 The Woodlands, TX 77382 832-244-1973

Lauri Wenzel – Independent Licensed Agent I’m happy to introduce myself as a representative for United Healthcare Medicare plans servicing the Houston area, with an emphasis in Montgomery and Walker Counties. I’m here to personally help you find the Medicare solution that best meets your needs, whether you’re turning 65 and need help understanding Medicare or need to review and compare your current Medicare coverage. With my background in Psychology and my lifelong desire to help people, I like to individually get to know my members and make sure they’re comfortable with their decisions. My previous volunteer experience as an Ombudsman advocating for Nursing Home residents and my work experience with retirees’ benefits led me to my current position working with UHC. Contact me today!


2021 Health & Wellness Directory

Assisted Living Carriage Inn

2805 Lake Rd Huntsville, TX 77340 936-295-0600

MRC Creekside

1433 Veterans Memorial Pkwy Huntsville, TX 77340 936-439-4700

Audiology Family Hearing & Sensory Neural Center

1909 22nd Street Huntsville, TX 77340 936-291-2414

Chiropractic Tieperman Chiropractic 331 North May St Madisonville, TX 77864 936-348-9112

Family Medicine Lone Star Health Care Center

227 SH 75 N Suite 230 Huntsville, TX 77320 936-539-4004

Health insurance United Healthcare Medicare

8000 Research Forest Dr, Ste 115-195 The Woodlands, TX 77382 832-244-1973

ObstetricianGynecology Timothy J. Deahl, MD 260 Interstate 45 S, Ste B Huntsville, TX 77340 936-291-2557

Pharmacy McNease Drug

103B Medical Park Ln Huntsville, TX 77340 936-293-8333

Physical Therapy Physical Therapy Associates

127 Medical Park Lane Huntsville TX 77340 936- 294-0283

Podiatry Foot and Ankle Specialists of Huntsville

640 I-45 Huntsville, TX, 77340 281-909-7722

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Spa & AesTheticians Rejuv’ MB Spa & Aesthetics

1109 University Ave. Huntsville, TX 77340 936-439-6353

Veterinary 11th Street Veterinary Hospital

1705 11th St. (across from HEB) Huntsville, TX 77340 936-293-8900

Madisonville Veterinary Hospital

409 E. Collard Madisonville TX 77864 936-348-2791

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What’s Cookin’ Breakfast Crisp

Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage



1 ½ cups quick cooking oats

2 Tbs olive oil

½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour

1 2/3 cups cubed butternut squash

1 tsp baking powder

1 large onion, chopped

½ tsp ground cinnamon

salt and pepper to taste

½ tsp salt

8 oz uncooked penne pasta

½ cup brown sugar

½ lb turkey sausage

¼ cup margarine, softened

¼ cup heavy cream

1 egg

2 tsp dried sage 3 cloves garlic, minced 3 ½ Tbs balsamic vinegar

Directions Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a roasting pan with the olive oil. Place the squash and onion in the pan, and season with salt and pepper. Roast 30 minutes, or until squash is tender. Directions Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 9x9 inch baking pan. Step 2: In a large bowl, stir together oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together brown sugar and margarine. Beat in egg. Stir mixtures together just until blended. Pour batter into prepared pan. Step 3: Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of pan comes out clean.

Step 2: Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place penne pasta in the pot, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain. Step 3: In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the turkey sausage until evenly brown. Transfer the cooked squash and onion and the cooked pasta to the skillet. Gradually pour in the cream. Season with sage. Continue cooking until heated through. Mix in garlic. Transfer to a large bowl and toss with balsamic vinegar to serve.

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Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients Crust:

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2 cups crushed gingersnap cookies ¾ cup finely chopped pecans ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly Cream Cheese Layer: 2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened ½ cup white sugar 2 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract Pumpkin Layer: 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree 1 (12 fl oz) can evaporated milk 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice ½ tsp salt ¾ cup white sugar 2 large eggs Directions Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Step 2: Combine crushed gingersnaps, pecans, and melted butter for crust in a bowl. Mix until evenly moistened; press into the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking pan. Step 3: Bake in the preheated oven until crust is lightly browned and smells toasted, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool while preparing cream cheese layer. Leave the oven on. Step 4: Combine cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract for cream cheese layer in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Spread over cooled crust and place in the refrigerator while preparing pumpkin layer. Step 5: Beat pumpkin, evaporated milk, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a bowl until well blended. Beat in sugar and eggs. Pour over cream cheese layer. Step 6: Return to the oven and bake until pumpkin layer is set, about 50 minutes. Cut into bars.

I must admit I have been a bit melancholy in my thoughts from some interactions I’ve had with patients over the last several weeks. I have considered what a blessing it is to be in a profession that has the opportunity to give people hope. Several patients have come to me recently out of hope concerning their oral health, many to the point of tears. They had previously been told by others that their mouths were hopeless, and everything should be removed. I have seen too many times in my career the emotional, physical and (to a degree) spiritual hurt patients experience when they have less than ideal health in their mouth. I see my role as a dentist to be a partner who assists those I am blessed to serve in obtaining and maintaining outstanding oral health. Sometimes, their situation does require a great deal of loss which can be restored, but other times, there are options to save teeth for a lifetime. Why is this important? Consider that our mouth is a critical avenue for communication and speech, nutrition, intimacy, and immunity. If your mouth doesn’t function ideally as it should--with ideal comfort, function and esthetics--it is difficult, at best, to carry on daily routines without some concern. I am blessed to periodically teach at the L.D. Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education in Key Biscayne, Florida. A fellow instructor there once wrote an article concerning his grandmother, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. He would visit her weekly, even though she was non-verbal and didn’t know who he was. One day, he brought her some cookies. She took a cookie, took several small bites, slowly chewing until eventually the cookie was gone. To his surprise, his normally non-verbal grandmother, looked up and said, “Another cookie, please”. He said he realized at that time the importance of good oral health and the significance of what he did for his patients. His grandmother, who was debilitated both mentally and physically, could still have a small pleasure in life because she still had her teeth and the ability to eat without thought or concern. This was one of the few areas of joy still available to her. What an incredible gift to still have oral health when all other was gone. My hope for all of us is to be completely healthy until our last day on earth, but if not, good oral health will be a key to an easier transition. I am thankful for the opportunity to partner with patients who think there is no longer hope or a reason to try--the opportunity to give them hope. My prayer for you is to always understand the importance of lifelong oral health and the opportunity we have to forever be able to enjoy, “Another cookie, please”. If you have a question or a topic you want to be discussed, send an email to

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Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes Ingredients 4 ½ lbs russet potatoes, peeled and halved lengthwise ½ cup mascarpone cheese at room temperature 1 egg yolk ¾ cup milk salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste 1 cup butter, cut into chunks

Directions Step 1: Place potato halves into a large pot of salted water, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook until very tender, about 15 minutes. A knife should pierce the middle of a potato half easily. Transfer potatoes to a colander and drain thoroughly, about 5 minutes. Step 2: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Step 3: Whisk mascarpone cheese in a mixing bowl until smooth. Stir egg yolk and milk into mascarpone cheese, whisking until smooth; season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.

Step 4: Transfer potatoes to a separate large mixing bowl, add butter chunks to potatoes, and season with salt and black pepper. Mash butter into potatoes with a potato masher until fluffy; a few lumps are okay. Whisk mascarpone mixture into mashed potatoes. Step 5: Spread mashed potatoes into a 9x13-inch baking dish. Smooth the top and use the tip of a spatula to lightly press the potatoes and lift up to create little peaks and valleys in the top. Step 6: Bake in the preheated oven until potatoes are heated through and top is golden brown, about 20 minutes.

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Meatball-Stuffed Garlic Bread Sliders Ingredients 2 Tbs olive oil, divided 1 yellow onion, diced 5 cloves garlic, minced, divided 1 lb ground beef 2 Tbs chopped Italian parsley, plus more for garnish 1 large egg ¼ cup plain breadcrumbs 1 cup shredded fontina cheese, divided 2 tsp kosher salt freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste 3 Tbs unsalted butter 18 dinner rolls 2 cups spicy tomato sauce 2 Tbs freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Step 3: Place beef in a large bowl. Add onion-garlic mixture, parsley, egg, breadcrumbs, and 1 large handful of fontina cheese, reserving the rest for topping. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Mix by hand until just combined. Scoop meat mixture into 24 mini muffin cups; meatballs need not be perfectly round. Step 4: Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the centers, about 12 minutes. Leave oven on. Let meatballs cool briefly while you make the garlic butter. Step 5: Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add remaining minced garlic once butter starts to bubble; stir, then immediately remove from heat. Stir well and set aside. Step 6: Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil; coat foil with remaining olive oil. Transfer rolls, still attached, to the baking sheet. Cut a hole in the top of each roll, about 2/3 of the way down. Brush garlic butter over the insides and outsides of the rolls. Step 7: Bake until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Pour about 1 tablespoon tomato sauce into each hole. Stuff meatballs into the holes. Top each roll with a spoonful of tomato sauce and remaining fontina cheese. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. Step 8: Continue baking until cheese is melted, 12 to 15 minutes. Garnish with more parsley. Let rolls sit for 5 to 10 minutes to firm up; transfer to a serving platter.

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Business Focus Story by Claudia Kirkwood Photos by Libby Rogers

WIESNER OF HUN Anybody can sell a car, but at Wiesner of Huntsville, you are treated like family. And as General Manager Clint McLaren adds, “Nothing else goes above that in my book!” Clint has been general manager at Wiesner for almost thirteen years, and during this time has helped to build it into a strong and robust business of which they are proud. And over this period, he has come to know that even though vehicles and pricing can be the same across the board, it’s the people that make a difference. “Wiesner of Huntsville is not a transactional-based business as in a larger city where only the bottom-line counts. With Huntsville being a smaller community, I’m going to see our customers at church, the hardware store, and at local events. I want to be able to look our customers in the eye and know that we have treated them with fairness and integrity while providing excellent service and quality in all aspects of their Wiesner experience.”

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Clint McLaren Wiesner sells and services Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, and Cadillac in addition to all used makes and models. And to keep current with trends and new products, they will soon be offering the new EV vehicles in the Cadillac, Hummer, Buick, and GMC and Chevy truck lines. These electric vehicles are growing in popularity, so they will sell and service these as soon as they are available. Asked about how Covid has altered the car industry, Clint gave several examples on how Wiesner has adapted to changes forced by the pandemic. Changes have centered around how a customer shops for a car as well as how supplies have been affected. In the past, Wiesner would regularly have five hundred vehicles on the ground. Because of supply problems due to plant closings and social distancing, inventory onsite today is much less. The oldest car on the lot is no more than 14-15 days old. He explained that

Dolores Moreno a factory looks at the national average and if you have a vehicle over 11 days old on the lot, it hurts your inventory supply because you are considered to have over the national average. They are extremely strict on this. Clint adds, “We have all had two years of adaptation as new protocols have come into play.” As mentioned, the way to shop for a vehicle has changed. The new questions in shopping for a vehicle are “Do you have any?” and “How long does it take to order a car?” Clint explains that seventy-five percent of cars and trucks sold right now are sold pre-delivery. With the lack of inventory and the need to make vehicles available more quickly, Wiesner has contracted with a company that provides customers the ability to see new cars and trucks online the very night production is completed. All details of the

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Steve Chaplin vehicle are provided, including images of the interior and exterior and all pertinent information to help the customer make an informed decision in a timely manner. With supply and demand issues, this could really boost the profit margins way over and above the MSRP. According to Clint, many auto dealerships are charging up to $10,000 over MSRP, but Wiesner has not done any market price adjustments. “We’ve been complimented because of this and, actually, members of General Motors have sent their own customers to us

Anthony Goodney because of this. So, I’ve held my own on MSRP. We are profitable, but not as profitable as other dealerships due to the fact that I will not gouge a customer. And hopefully, when considering their next vehicle, customers will come back to us.” After a vehicle purchase, Wiesner is proud to offer quality service for the buyer as well as for any customer needing professional care for their vehicle. For the past year, they have been revamping their service department to provide new and updated methods with

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for the Huntsville Hornets. An article in Postcards Magazine entitled Do You Know? Clint McLaren, dated October 30, 2018, gives a detailed account of how Clint cooks up a hot and fingerlicking meal of smoked chicken, baked beans, and all the trimmings to satisfy the voracious appetites of these Hornets on game day. This is something that Wiesner provides and Clint, being the peopleperson he is, is on-site to cook and deliver the goods! This is who Clint is and represents how he has led Wiesner to be an auto dealership where the customer comes first.

used cars which fall into various categories. Certified inspections are for vehicles that are brought as close to factory specs as possible. The car or truck may have a dent or scratch, but other than that, it is considered to be in topnotch condition. Other used vehicles on the lot may fall into one of two other

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Wildlife Wonders MONARCHS ARE ON THE MOVE By Cheryl Conley The most amazing event happens at this time every year. It’s the migration of monarch butterflies. There are two populations of monarchs in the United States. One is the Eastern North American population that migrates to Mexico. The other is the Western North American population that overwinters in California, along the Pacific coast near Santa Cruz and San Diego. Migration takes eight to ten weeks and, depending on the starting point, some butterflies travel over 3,000 miles. Can you imagine this delicate insect traveling through high winds, rain, hail, and heavily traveled roads to reach its destination? The Eastern North American population of monarch butterflies are of special interest to those of us in Texas. The monarchs fly south using several flyways. When they reach central Texas, they merge into a single flyway until they reach their overwintering grounds in the Oyamel forests in Central Mexico. The forests provide an almost ideal microclimate, with temperatures ranging from 32 degrees to 59 degrees Fahrenheit. At night, in order to stay warm, the butterflies cluster together. It’s not uncommon to have thousands of butterflies in one tree. How do they know where to go? Scientists believe they use the position of the sun as well as an internal magnetic compass that directs them south towards the equator. As they near their final destination, they are able to smell and pickup on social cues to guide them. So, what happens when they reach Mexico? They hibernate until February and March. After hibernation, they find a mate, quickly get down to business, and then start heading back up north. They stop many times along the way to lay eggs in milkweed plants. After enduring a long migration south, hibernation, traveling north in the spring and laying eggs along the way, this generation of monarchs dies. These butterflies are considered the fourth generation of monarchs per year.

The first generation happens between March and April when the eggs from the last generation hatch into caterpillars and then become butterflies. They start their journey north to find food. Their lifespan is 2 to 6 weeks. The second generation is born in May and June and they travel north as well. Their lifespan is 2 to 6 weeks. The third generation is born from July to August and they journey north to their final destination. They lay eggs along the way and those hatched eggs become the final generation of the year. Lifespan is 2 to 6 weeks. The fourth generation is born from September to October. This is the only generation that doesn’t die in 2 to 6 weeks. This is the group that migrates south. This generation always returns to the same trees as the fourth generation before them. No one really understands how they do this. Monarchs are indeed amazing, but in recent years, fewer and fewer butterflies have been returning from their migration to Mexico. This is due to habitat loss and extreme weather conditions. Here are some things you can do to help save the Monarchs. • Plant native milkweed. Local nurseries usually stock these plants. • Other plants to purchase are the butterfly bush, cosmos flower, lantana, lilac and zinnia. • Create a Monarch way-station. For more information, check out this link:

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

Holiday Emotional Experiences Everyone focuses on being thankful or having gratitude during this season, but there are other common emotions we experience as we approach the upcoming holidays. Stress, fear, and anxiety are some other feelings we experience during this time. Pet owners can take advantage of having that human-animal bond to help share and calm the mix of emotions that holidays can bring. Other than the common notion of being grateful and sharing thankfulness, stress is the second most common emotion faced. The feeling that we’re going to lose control cultivates stress and fear. Most wisdom traditions tell us that nothing is within our control in the first place, so letting go of the idea that everything will be perfect is the first step. On a more practical level, be as organized as possible and tackle tasks ahead of time. Do not wait until the last minute. For example, if you know you are going to be traveling, make sure your pets are caught up on their wellness visits and vaccinations in case the need arises for boarding care. Go ahead and make that boarding reservation or get that pet sitter lined out for the holidays. The holidays can really ramp up the stress levels. The holidays and what they bring on top of our regular lives can lead us to feeling overwhelmed. Stress spins our gears wildly, wasting our much-needed energy and focus. Pets can even sense the added stress and may start showing physical symptoms of stress themselves, such as gastrointestinal, urinary, and behavioral issues. Taking the time to stop, take a few deep breaths, and bring yourself back into your body, into the present, can interrupt the cycle of stress and help you to refocus on what’s important. Make sure to take the time to walk the dog, play with your pets, or just sit and have a calming petting or cuddling session. These activities have been proven to lower blood pressure and calm our nerves. There are many ways to

support your pet during these stressful seasons with supplements, food, and medications. Contact your local vet ahead of time if you think these things might be an issue. Science tells us unpleasant experiences carve deeper neurological grooves in our brains. In other words, as humans, we’re programmed to remember the less pleasant events, so it’s especially important to also notice when we’re happy. So often we remember our failures, our mistakes, but most of the time things really work out. When pleasant things do happen, let them sink in deeply and really register them. When you’re feeling happy, pay attention! This positive feeling gives us a sense of abundance, which in turn helps us to be more generous, which then makes us feel happier. Happiness is gold. It’s the secret ingredient! Don’t let successes pass unnoticed. Finally, gratitude, true gratitude, is not something we can force or feel obligated to experience. True gratitude rises naturally when we’re confronted with the ways in which we are supported and provided for. Thanksgiving can be kind of tricky: We’re supposed to feel grateful, which can sometimes make us feel guilty, or crabby, or highlight all the ways that we aren’t feeling it. Still, recognizing what is abundant in your life and bringing that to the forefront is always worthwhile, no matter the season or circumstance. Allow the gratitude to flow forward and let it inform your thoughts and actions. Share this sense of abundance at every opportunity! If Thanksgiving isn’t such a great deal for you, if you’re not in a place to feel the gratitude, look for ways, no matter how small or ordinary, in which you’re supported and provided for. Focus on that, and let it guide you towards some sense of belonging. Happiness and blessings to your families during these holidays.


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Living with Children By: John K. Rosemond

How To Help Your Child Get More Grit Q: Our 13-year-old eighth-grader says he doesn’t like the small private school he attends and wants us to put him in public high school next year. His grades are fine, he’s got several close friends, and he’s on the basketball and track teams, but he says he’s bored and wants to attend a bigger school that offers more classes and activities. We are concerned because the high school he would attend has a reputation for being a risky environment. We’ve heard horror stories of previously good kids falling in with the wrong crowd, getting into drug use, etc. In our estimation, our son is the sort who might cave to peer pressure. He assures us we have nothing to worry about. What are your thoughts? A: Of course he assures you have nothing to worry about! Do you think he’s going to respond to your concerns with, “You know, Mom and Dad, now that you mention it, I agree I’m just the sort who is likely to fall in with the wrong crowd and begin experimenting with various forms of juvenile delinquency. You guys are absolutely correct! I’d be much better off staying right where I am! Thank you for being voices of reason in my life!” No, he’s not. He’s going to promise, with good intentions, that putting him in a viper pit is not going to result in a viper bite.

Your son is not gifted with being able to tell the future, and neither are you, and neither am I. Adults, however, are far more adept than young teens when it comes to assessing possibilities and probabilities. In that regard, the possibility your son will fall in with the wrong crowd in the public high school in question is a given. The actual probability may be less than, say, 20 percent, but 20 percent may be triple or even quadruple the chance of his being bit by a viper if he stays put. I am reminded of the adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it.” In every respect, things are fine at the small private school. Therefore, I would recommend you leave him there. If I were in your shoes, I would much rather my young teen son be bored (if that is truly the case) than tempted daily by the forces of evil. The problem is you have already stepped into quicksand by including your son in the discussion. I hope you’re not the sort of wimpy parents who can’t bring themselves to make their children unhappy, who are forever negotiating and compromising with the emotion-driven terroristsin-residence--because if you take my recommendation, your son is going to be unhappy. For a while, that is. And then he will snap out of it and move on. Just say, “We have decided to leave you where you are. We aren’t going to explain ourselves because we aren’t going to argue with a 13-year-old, and we aren’t going to change our minds, but you are welcome to make us prove that to you.” And then, brace yourselves for the storm of the century. But that, too, will pass.

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Health Matters

as many as one out of every four elderly persons are dehydrated. They do not consume the amount of water to keep their body prudently supplied. By James W. Jones, MD, PhD, MHA

There are a number of undesirable effects in continually dehydrated elderly, including earlier mortality. Dehydration is associated with increased kidney stones, intestinal problems, dementia, certain cancers, and a host of other undesirable conditions. Pneumococcal pneumonia is the most deadly of infectious diseases, aside from Covid, and triggers over 1.5 million emergency room visits and over 40,000 deaths in America a year. This plague is more common in dehydrated people. Overall, a dehydrated person’s body is substandard for healthy desirable living, and we all want to LIVE FIT LIVES.

Don’t Hesitate…Instead, Appreciate it is Great to Hydrate We endure warm temperatures almost all year in south Texas, and it is TOASTY--generating demands on our bodies for more water by increasing bodily water loss which may not be apparent. Our bodies are over half water (with some estimates as much as 60%), and our brains are astonishingly 73% water. WATER BRAINS! Water keeps our cells functioning normally, and we certainly want our brains to serve our needs suitably. Water allows our circulation to function properly and allows wastes to be eliminated. On a molecular level, water is the passageway that allows atoms to form molecules and molecules to do their jobs. When we do not have enough bodily water, it is termed dehydration. As we age, our instinctive regulatory mechanisms can become disordered; as a result, we may simply not become thirsty as needed. Also, elderly people’s fluid reserves shrivel, meaning less water in the tank. These shortfalls are why dehydration is more common in the elderly (medically defined as over sixty-five). OH NO! But one may from earlier familiarity think, “All my life my body has told me when to drink, and I have done just fine when I heeded.” RETHINK NOW. There are studies documenting

Dehydration is associated with decreased cognitive performance. In one excellent study, scientists measured serum particles to water concentration by osmolality and tested mental functioning in several thousand elderly participants; in those with undersupplied water, function was worse. In the case of quantities to keep fluid fitness, the furthermost central question is “How much is enough?” The answer is well- studied, and recommendations are eight containers of eight ounces of liquid for men and six for women. Allow for more intakes when engaging in activities involving sweating, GI illness, or when febrile. Mild dehydration can produce fatigue, headache, dry skin, light headiness, and dry skin. You are well hydrated if your mouth has more noticeable saliva than just being moist, when skin snaps back if tweaked, and, more important, if your urine is clear or only slightly yellowed. CHECK PERIODICALLY.

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Trippin’ Story by Courtney Burleson Submitted Photos

The joyful spirit of Christmas, and all things holiday, is alive and well in Crockett, Texas. On November 20, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, festival goers and holiday enthusiasts can stroll along the streets of downtown Crockett and experience the small-town charm of “Christmas in Crockett, on the Square” first hand.

Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 5 p.m. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the festival will fill the downtown square and neighboring streets with a variety of booths for pre-Black Friday holiday shopping, food vendors, live entertainment, a car show, and activities for the kids. “The festival has always been held the Saturday before Thanksgiving. When you think about it, what better way to welcome in the holiday season than by attending the very first holiday festival in the heart of the first county in Texas,” said Liza Clark, Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. “I absolutely love seeing the delight on the children’s faces as they nibble on cotton candy or slide out of the bounce houses.”

“Christmas on the Square” is an annual Christmas tradition in Houston County that dates back to 1981. Patty Meyer and Dianne Rhone began the tradition many years ago with a handful of booths from local vendors that spread out around the downtown square. Now, it has now grown to over 250 vendors in 2019, with approximately 165 scheduled for this year. “Due to COVID-19 considerations, we had to cut back on vendors so we could spread our booths out 4 to 6 feet apart, with some not returning due to being lost to COVID,” said Clark. “It’s sad for me that we lost vendors due to COVID, but it’s all the more reason to make sure this holiday tradition continues and brings us all a little bit closer together.”

coming together every year to attend Christmas in Crockett,” said Clark. “For me, that’s what it’s about – bringing families together and creating that experience for them.” “As much of a tradition as it is for us, it’s become even more for some families,” said Clark. “Yes, it benefits our community by bringing in visitors to our beautiful downtown area and our unique boutiques and shops, but it has grown into so much more, and I’m honored to be a part of it.”

Vendors and booth types range from local churches and youth groups to boutiques and local artisans and craftsmen. For Clark and others who regularly attend the festival, it’s more than a great shopping experience and family fun. It’s about family and tradition. “We have some vendors that have been attending for 30 plus years, returning to the same booth every single year,” said Clark.

The excitement is apparent in Clark’s voice as she talks about the families that come back to the festival year after year to begin their holiday season. For instance, Clark talks about families coming from out of state to continue the tradition of starting their holiday off with the festival – even after the original festival attendee has passed.



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Kid activities For all the animal lovers big and small, Aardvark Animal Entertainment will be at the festival with a variety of animals for viewing and interaction with the public. Admission to this event is free. People will not be allowed inside the pens, but will be able to pet them through the fence. Pony, and possibly camel, rides will also be available. This attraction is sponsored by Smitty’s Bar-B-Q and Hamelinck Guns in Crockett.

as face painting, sand art, and various carnival midway style games. Bakers of all ages get ready – it’s cookie time! There will be a cookie contest, which includes three age groups: ages 6-11; 12-18; and adults. The two categories will be decorated and holiday cookies. Contestants will need to bring cookies already decorated and have them turned in to the Chamber of Commerce booth by 1 p.m. Judges will consist of local fire, EMS, and police officers, as well as city officials.

Those wanting still more animal encounters, Stormy’s Place, which is full of creepy, crawly reptiles, will be back again this year. From a variety of spiders and lizards to nonpoisonous snakes, there will be many reptiles to view and purchase. An all-time favorite, says Clark, the Bounce Houses are back! To help with the COVID-19 concerns, Clark says the houses will be continuously disinfected throughout the day. There will also be a rock wall available for climbing enthusiasts. New and improved this year will be a kid favorite - train rides around the square. This year’s train is motorized, with a replica train engine and cars. The train will be running throughout the day. Clark said there will be other kid related activies located around the square such

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For those with a sweet tooth, Clark says there are plenty of options to go around. From pecan pie cheesecake that is “to die for” to handmade pies and Pecos Pete root beer, Clark says the options are endless.

Food vendors

Foodies will have a place all of their own at this year’s festival with the new Food Pavilion, sponsored by Pulse Physician in Crockett. There will be more than 20 food vendors from all over Texas, with a variety of choices including typical fair food and Mediterranean style food. Also available will be old fashioned

kettle corn and local honey producers, with live hives for festival goers to view. The Houston County Area Go Texan Committee will be on hand again to serve their soughtafter brisket and hamburgers. As a healthy alternative, specialty teas, homemade sparkling water, Italian sodas, and homemade syrups can also be found at the festival.

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each year. “We have one vendor, Antlers by Frank, who does artwork completely out of antlers,” explains Clark. “From lamps to tables, he has anything you can imagine.” Festival goers can also find a variety of allnatural soaps and bath essentials. There are numerous boutiques that line the streets with everything from holiday wear to stylish shabby chic attire. One vendor who Clark says is a hit every year is the Howling Mad Hot Sauce booth.

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Clark says one of the best parts of the festival’s vendors are the unique craftsmen who return

“Every year, he wears a kilt and is just hilarious,” said Clark. “The crowd loves him.” There will be a complete vendor map on the chamber’s website at www.

There will be four PPE stations throughout the festival to help attendees stay safe. Each station will be manned with masks, sanitizer, and gloves available to the public. “I love this festival so much, and I hope it is a success for my community, the vendors, and for the people who come,” said Clark. “I feel it is important now more than ever to keep the tradition going and give families some sense of normal again.”

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Mustard Seed Moments by Wes Altom

Being “In the Know” I heard a preacher say this week, “We live in a world where we are drowning in information but starving for wisdom.” This is a profound observation. Our “Information Age” has spiraled into a “Be Your Own Truth” era…how’s that working out for us? And how do we navigate through the ever-growing maze of facts hidden among misinformation, narratives, and agendas?

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom. Blessed is the one who gains understanding. Wisdom pays better than silver does. She earns more than gold does.

Much wisdom can be found in the Book of Proverbs, and the key to the proper mindset to begin comes in the very first chapter: “Start with GOD—the first step in learning is bowing down to GOD; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.” Then we can walk with the Author of all wisdom through our maze and follow the clues he left us in the Book of James, “If any of you need wisdom, you should ask God, and it will be given to you. God is generous and won’t correct you for asking.” Later in James, he adds, “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”

She is worth more than rubies. Nothing you want can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand. In her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways. All her paths lead to peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her. Those who hold her close will be blessed.

Much can be gained through prayer and reflection. We know the source of wisdom, and with thoughtful contemplation and help from the Holy Spirit, we can certainly eliminate much of what wisdom is NOT! May each of our paths lead us to the treasure of wisdom.

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