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Noisy football I went to the World Series for free pumps up fans By Stephanie Johnson The Bulletin
I went to a football game, and a rock concert broke out
By Ernie Williamson The Bulletin
Although an unabashed Houston Texans fan, I hadn’t attended a game since a rare spinal cord disorder left me in a wheelchair seven
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years ago. It’s been easier to cheer them on from my recliner. But my brother, visiting from California, wanted to see the game between the Texans and the Oakland Raiders. I was more interested in the Astros World Series game later in the day, but, out of brotherly love, I bought Texans tickets for wheelchair seating and also purchased a handicapped parking pass. Getting in to NRG Stadium went
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Hunting rabbits takes trucks
By Edward A. Forbes The Bulletin
The Luling great rabbit hunt is a story masked by a miasma of time, youth, faded remembrances and no one to confirm the details as I remember them. Whether it was on a weekday or weekend seems superfluous to the telling of this tale. It only matters that the hunt itself was to be after dark. I ran into my friend, Tommy, one afternoon, and he asked if I wanted to go rabbit hunting with him and another friend, Jessie. It seemed like a fun endeavor - with hopefully rabbit meat in the offing. I responded with an enthusiastic “yes,” and we
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I love to recycle, especially during the World Series inside Minute Maid Park. I had the opportunity to attend Game 1 of the World Series without paying $500 for standing- room-only tickets. No way, I am way too cheap. Instead, I joined the “Green Team,” a recycling team for Major League Baseball. They only have this team during World Series games. I was “saving” a piece of the world and attending Game 1 - a grand
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slam. David, my husband, and I parked at The University of Houston and took the streetcar free to the game. Parking lots at the game were overpriced, and roads all around the stadium were closed, causing a headache to drivers. This by itself was a great experience. It was my first time riding in a streetcar since I visited Europe. It was really convenient. We were there in about three stops, and as I looked through the window, I saw parking signs at the lots ranging from $40 to $100.
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I ran inside the convenience store to get a few things. I was in a hurry, and there were three clerks ready to check me out. “My shoulder still hurts,” said the first one to the other two as she scanned my purchases. The others then proceeded to elaborate on her
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Noise pollution takes over Fox Sports By Joe Guzzardi
Special to The Bulletin
The World Series is over, and so ends the noise pollution barrage that Fox Sports’ announcers besieged their viewers with. Perhaps Joe Buck and John Smoltz were under an executive office edict to never stop talking - leave no second of airtime empty. Much of what Buck and Smoltz parroted was beyond the grasp of a large audience segment - exit velocity, launch
angle, spray charts, WAR, Whip and other superfluous sabermetric mumbo jumbo. Dinosaur fans remember the days when a single broadcaster occupied the booth to provide merely the baseball basics - the pitch count, inning, on-deck hitter. But when the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Vince Scully retired in 2016, that ended the longago era when silence was golden. In their commitment to talk more but say less, Buck and Smoltz never
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HPD’s horses decked out in Astros gear for the World Series.
‘If Jane Long Had a Limousine’ launches social experience By Janice R. Edwards
Memories are made of this
I had the opportunity on Oct. 12 to be a presenter in a new initiative for three generations - youth, millennials and baby boomers - and to be a part of an adventure and “social science event.”
The event was designed to show how, by working with others to build people up, we carry each other into our career volitions. It was a different kind of experience for me and all those participating. It involved the
past and present. The inaugural event, “If Jane Long Had A Limo,” was a scavenger hunt in which participants riding in a stretch Limo were solving clues to progress from one location to the next. On this trip, the scavenger
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shoulder problems and ignored my presence. I felt like the main character in “The Invisible Man,” a novel H.G. Wells published in 1897, except I won’t turn evil or burn anything down. No eye contact, no smile, just complaints to the other clerks about her shoulder. Had I been included in the conversation, I could have helped, because I have had to deal with these annoying aches and pains for a long time. Rub a little odor-free Aspercreme on the spot and maybe take a couple of Advil to get through the day. I have, many times. Don’t get the roll-ons that smell like menthol.
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Freeport library has one thousand cranes display
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Thanksgiving feast launches Clute program
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Page 2 THE BULLETIN November 12, 2019 (979) 849-5407 www.mybulletinnewspaper.com • Raindrops can be the size of feel like pellets hitting your face. a housefly and fall at more than • A hurricane in Florida caused 30kmph. 900 captive pythons to escape. • You can tell the temperature by • Cape Farewell in Greenland is • Worms wriggle up from undercounting a cricket’s chirps! the windiest place on the planet. ground when a flood is coming. • Sandstorms can swallow up • Hurricanes can push more than • A thunderstorm can produce entire cities. 6 meters of water ashore. 100 mph winds! • Dirt mixed with wind can make • In July 2001 the rainfall in • In Antarctica, snow can fall so dust storms called black blizzards. Kerala, India, was blood red! hard you can’t see your hand in .• A mudslide can carry rocks, • Blizzards can make snowflakes itfront of your face. trees, vehicles and entire buildings! • The coldest temperature ever officially recorded was -89.2°C. Brrrr! • Mild autumn weather often means bigger spiders in our homes. • A heatwave can make train tracks bend! • About 2,000 thunderstorms rain down on Earth every minute. • A 2003 heatwave turned grapes to raisins before they were picked from the vine! • Lightning often follows a volcanic eruption.
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Strange but True By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, Ph.D. The Bystander effect Q. Over fifty years ago, a young woman was raped and murdered in the early morning in her quiet Queens, New York, neighborhood. Reportedly, some 38 witnesses failed to intervene, leading psychologists to propose “the bystander effect.” What exactly is that? A. The bystander effect suggests that in a robbery or a stabbing, for instance, people are less likely to step in if there are other bystanders in the area, so the chances of intervention actually decrease, explains Grace Browne in “New Scientist” magazine. Now Richard Philpot and his UK colleagues are saying the effect may be just a myth. Looking at surveillance footage of violent situations in the UK, South Africa and the Netherlands, they found that “in 90% of the cases, at least one person, but typically several, intervened to try to help.” Also, the more people present, the greater the likelihood of intervention (“American Psychology”). It was surprising, say the researchers, that “the likelihood of intervention was similar across all three nations, despite South Africa recording significantly lower perceptions of public safety, as well
as higher levels of violence, on average.” Philpot hopes that these results will be reassuring to the general public, showing that people “have a natural instinct to help when they see someone in need.” Plants and sounds Q. Can plants hear? A. There’s compelling evidence that the beach evening primrose hears the buzz of bees and welcomes the potential pollinators by rapidly increasing the sweetness of its nectar (“Ecology Letters”). Marine Veits and her colleagues at Tel-Aviv University studied hundreds of the plants over more than two years. They emptied flowers of their nectar, exposed them to various recorded sounds – including bees, pure frequencies, and silence – and then, three minutes later, measured the sugar concentration of any new nectar. They found that bee and bee-like sounds increased the sweetness, on average, by 20 percent compared to silence or other sounds. And using laser Doppler vibrometry, they confirmed that the flower petals resonate to the bee-like sounds, suggesting that flowers function as ears, tuned to the wingbeats of potential pollinators. As the authors conclude: “Our results document for the first time
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that plants can rapidly respond to pollinator sounds in an ecologically relevant way. Potential implications include plant resource allocation, the evolution of flower shape and the evolution of pollinators’ sound. Finally, our results suggest that plants may be affected by other sounds as well, including anthropogenic ones.” Let Alice carry you away Q. Who is Alice, and how is “she” revolutionizing the airline industry? A. Actually, the Alice is the first commercial all-electric, battery-powered nine-seat airplane that can fly up to 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) on a single charge, says Mark Alexander in “IEEE Spectrum” magazine. Manufactured by Israeli-based Eviation Aircraft, it will be powered by a 900-kilowatt-hour lithium battery, compared to the 50-to-75 kWh battery pack in a Tesla Model 3 electric car. As Eviation CEO Omar Bar-Ohay explained, since no fuel is burned during flight, the plane’s take-off weight (6,350 kilograms, or 14,000 pounds) is more or less its landing weight, with the battery accounting for 3,700 kg. Also, each of the plane’s three motors has only one moving part, compared to 10 in a standard reciprocating engine, offering both reliability and low maintenance. And since the Alice relies only on electric charge, “the cost of operating the plane is expected to be lower than for its petroleumfueled counterparts.” The noise levels should also be lower, and the e-aircraft will be capable of varying its propeller speed to compensate for crosswinds and to lower cabin noise. Watch for the Alice on the horizon in 2022. (Send STRANGE questions to brothers Bill and Rich at email@example.com)
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Iconic whooping cranes making their way to Texas Coast AUSTIN – With the first sightings of iconic, endangered whooping cranes along the Texas coast, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is reminding Texans to be on the lookout for these impressive birds as they move through the
state. Whooping cranes face a harrowing, 2,500 mile journey from the breeding grounds in the marshy taiga of northern Alberta’s Wood Buffalo National Park to the coastal marshes of Texas each year. The
YOU’VE GOT QUITE A LOT OF EXPLAINING TO DO, GETLEMEN: Two Canadian brothers bought a 1967 Buick Skylark in Nova Scotia for which they had no legal documentation or license plates, and they decided to drive the car to Mexico. Since they had no passports, they planned to cross the border into Maine illegally by using a road without a border checkpoint. But they wound up at one of the largest checkpoints in the province, where border patrol officers intercepted them. For some reason, the brothers did not want to stop at any gas stations in the United States on their trip south so they put 21 jugs of gasoline in the vehicle which led to their being initially suspected of terrorist activity. I’M AFRAID THE CUSTOMERS INSISTED, SIR: A man, who stole beer and ravioli from a supermarket in Fairfield, Conn., was arrested after he was found sleeping outside the Fire House Deli wearing nothing but a hot pink thong. He was ordered to stay away from the Fire House Deli. HEY, I’M THE VICTIM HERE! A man, who engaged the services of a lady of the evening in Pueblo, Colo., called the police when she stole his wallet. The cops arrested him after he admitted that he had consorted with her in illegal activity. REALLY, OFFICER? I FEEL LIKE I MUST BE GUILTY OF SOMETHING: A man swilled down seven beers to get up the courage to turn himself in at the jail in Weatherford, Texas, because he thought there was a warrant out for his arrest for a parole violation. There was no such warrant. But they arrested him for public intoxication. BABY, I JUST CAN’T STAY MAD AT YOU: A heavily intoxicated man and a woman staggered into the backyard of a home in Key West, Fla., where they got into a very loud argument. The lady who owned the house called the cops when she heard this, and, when she looked out there later, she saw that they were - intimate. YOU’RE COMING WITH US, JIM BOB: Police looking to solve the theft of a barbecue grill trailer with a flattened tire in Lakeland, Fla., simply followed the tracks to a nearby mobile home, where they discovered the stolen item along with a man named Jim Bob, who had had three warrants out for his arrest on a slew of drug charges. SO HOW CAN WE HELP YOU TODAY, SIR?: After his brakes malfunctioned, a man crashed his car right through the wall of an automotive shop in Guilford County, N.C. IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WANT TO TELL ME, DEAR?: A man fled the area after presenting forged documents to a court in Houston, tryig to divorce his wife without her knowledge. I DON’T BELIEVE IN LICENSE PLATES, DUDE: After stopping a man with no license plates on his car in San Jose, Calif., police searched his vehicle and found 24 pounds of marijuana and 8 grams of cocaine. YOU AGAIN!?: A man, who was pulled over for driving more than 90 mph on the Interstate in San Francisco, was pulled over 11 minutes later for going 103 mph.
migration south to Texas can take up to 50 days with the population typically travelling in small groups. Man-made structures like power lines, communication towers, and wind turbines pose significant threats, as do more natural perils like predators and harsh weather. Along the way, whooping cranes seek out wetlands and agricultural fields to roost and feed in, and they often pass large urban centers like Dallas-Fort Worth, Waco, and Austin. Though they rarely stay in one place for more than a day during migration, it is important that they not be disturbed or harassed at these stopovers; in fact, as a federally protected species, it is illegal to do so. The public can help track whooping cranes by reporting sightings to TPWD’s Whooper Watch, a citizenscience based reporting system to track whooping crane migration
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and wintering locations throughout Texas. More information about Whooper Watch, including instructions for reporting sightings, can be found online and by downloading the iNaturalist mobile app. These observations help biologists identify new migration and wintering locations and their associated habitats. The first whooper pair of the season was spotted in the Seadrift area on Oct. 9, and additional sightings were reported at Goose Island State Park Oct. 17 and Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Oct. 18. Last year, heavy rains resulted in improved forage and habitat for whoopers in coastal marshes, but experts say this year looks to be
headed in the other direction. Since June, the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge has recorded only 10.94” of rain and much of the whooping crane wintering range is currently in the “moderate drought” category with the NWS 3-month outlook mixed in regard to what the future holds. Although food and habitat is not as abundant as last year due to the drought, Aransas NWR staff burned a 3,780-acre unit on Matagorda Island and an additional 4,400+ acres on the Tatton and Blackjack Units this year to provide access to upland prairies that are adjacent to coastal marsh areas heavily used by whooping cranes.
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Angleton proclamation honors local Lions Clubâ€™s 90 years
Past Angleton Lions Club Presidents, Michael Bailey and Patrick Walters, receive a proclamation for the Lionsâ€™ 90 years of service from John Wright, Angleton Mayor Pro-tem. First row from left: Michael Bailey, Michael Wright, Patrick Walters. Shown in Back: Councilmembers Michael Sillivan, Cody Vasut, Cecil Booth and Barbara Marin.
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I went to buy breakfast and got the cold, sore shoulder (Continued from Page 1)
That won’t go over very well in a public setting like a store. But, the suffering clerk never got the benefit of my wisdom. Her counterparts had no clue what to do. They just complained about some of their own aches and pains. Around my age, such complaints are pretty normal, although I don’t do it myself. In my age group, when we ask “how are you,” we often get a long list of ailments and regret that we even asked. I was not looking for a detailed answer. I was just being courteous. I prefer to keep all this stuff
private and instead talk about how Astros manager A.J. Hinch blew the last game. That is more interesting than a crick in my neck. (Should have put in Cole. Don’t get me started.) So, the invisible man took his change and purchases and left. Then I decided to get some doughnuts, because, even though they are bad for you, they taste so good. My motto is that it doesn’t hurt to eat some bad things every now and then. I could tell the clerk in the doughnut shop didn’t want to be there. I felt guilty about interrupting
her phone messaging, but I really wanted some cream-filled donuts. I paid and left. No smile, but at least she didn’t share with anyone her latest medical problems. Maybe because she was the only one behind the counter.
I have owned a retail business and know that the hours are long, the pay is low, and customers can be a pain at times. It’s always hard to find good help and even harder to keep them. But it is that clerk behind the counter who defines the business. Smiles are free. Being courteous is free. I go back to my neighborhood
BC Gator Gallop scheduled for Nov. 16 The Brazosport College Gator Gallop, one of the area’s longestrunning fun runs, is gearing up for its 39th year. Slated for Saturday, Nov. 16 on the campus of Brazosport College, the Gator Gallop will consist of a 5K run (3.1 miles), a BASF Kid’s Run and a one-mile walk/run. The entry fee for either the 5K or one-mile run is $20 or $25 for participation in both races. For BC students, entry fee is $15 for the
Brazoria Lions get ready for Christmas
At their regular meeting, Oct. 29, the Brazoria Lions Club met to refurbish Christmas cut-out figures and build four nine-foot lighted Christmas trees. The decorations will be used in the Brazoria Heritage Foundation Civic Center this Christmas season. As years pass, they plan to add more lights, more decorations and more Christmas cheer for the community to enjoy. The Brazoria Lions are extending their elf workshop to businesses in Brazoria by offering to build lighted Christmas trees (for a donation) to light the exteriors of businesses. For more information on this offer or the Brazoria Lions Club, call (979) 798-4444.
5K and $20 for both the 5K and one-mile run. The BASF Kids Run is free. Check-in for the race begins at 6: 30 a.m. The one-mile race/walk begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by the BASF Kids Run at 7:45 a.m. and the 5K Gallop at 8 a.m. Participants can register online at Brazosport.edu/gatorgallop. For more information, call (979) 2303355.
convenience store (not the one I mentioned earlier), because I like the people there, and the service is always friendly. Advice to the clerks I encountered on my recent morning outing: If you don’t like your job, get another one that makes you happy. Life is too short to be unhappy at what you’re doing for the majority of the day, five days a week. Some people like customer service and are good at it. Some aren’t. But don’t project the wrong image because you are disgruntled or uhappy. You were hired to sell a product and to be pleasant, not to be grumpy or to complain about your shoulder while ignoring the customer. The invisible man then went home. In the book, he turned evil and began plotting a “Reign of Terror” by using his invisibility to terrorize the nation. I just ate my doughnut.
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The MLB recycling team was a big winner at Minute Maid Park (Continued from Page 1)
I was technically a contractor employee for this game, and I had to go through the employee entrance. Finding this entrance was fun, as I got to walk through the VIP parking lot and wave hello to Houston Texans’ Quarterback Deshaun Watson. The police officers outside the game were on horses, and the horses were decked out in Astros gear. Just walking to the entrance was a memorable experience. I couldn’t wait for what was next. Once we found the employee entrance, I had to get my picture taken and go through security. I took some back tunnels through Minute Maid Park. I felt like a secret agent walking through the back entrance. Then, we were taken to a room where all the employees sit together and eat and chat before the game. Yes, this meant free dinner also! Burgers were on the menu that day, and I could smell the toppings from across the room. I was a happy camper, and my pockets still held the cash I had brought, just in case. “O.K., it’s “Go” time! Here is
your shirt, hat, bag, and recycling bags. Find a friend and partner up. We will be staying on the first level only and rotating. We will do this the first seven innings, and after that, you can do whatever you want,” the coordinator said. I got to recycle with my best friend for seven innings, and then we could do whatever we wanted! As we entered the game through the back tunnels, I felt like a celebrity with my recycling bags. Then we began going up and down the aisles and rows, taking recyclable items from people. Water bottles? Yes sir, I will take that! Dirty nachos, no ma’am, that goes in the trash - I am only taking recycle! We went down every half inning, and we swapped out, so when a new inning started, I frantically ran up the stairs and watched the game until the next half inning. The stadium was packed, and it was loud. Someone would hit a popfly to second, an obvious out, and this crowd would go crazy! It was like we hit a homerun. The fan base that night … was loud and rowdy.
It was a different crowd than the normal games. They were heavily drinking and making the most of the experience. I know because I was the one recycling and picking up their empty beer cans. As we kept rotating, I found that the best place to recycle was by the seats where people paid way too much for their tickets. I was talking to a guy who had on a VIP lanyard. He said that he was a ticket salesman and that he sold tickets behind home plate for $12,000 each. He thanked us for what we were doing - recycling and watching the game. As we continued to recycle, multiple people thanked us for what we were doing. We said we were happy to do it. We were helping the world - one empty beer can at a time - and watching the game. One person said we were geniuses, and I couldn’t disagree with him. He was in standing- room-only and was having to shove and jump to look over other people. I was also in standing-room-only, watching the same game, with a recycling bag in my hand.
As we were talking to him, he told us that he paid $500 for his ticket. I was in disbelief yet again, because I could barely see the game and would have never spent money for a standing-room- only ticket. These tickets seemed to have been oversold, and it was almost impossible to watch the game. If you had to go to the restroom, you lost your spot. The seventh inning finally arrived, and it was my time to break free and do whatever I wanted. I grabbed a bottle of water that was provided for me. I was standing the entire game, so guess where I wound up after completing my recycling duties? I found the first empty bench, sat down, and watched the game on TV. When I got back on the streetcar, I rushed to a seat so I wouldn’t have to stand anymore. One of the
Minute Maid employees standing next to me asked me how long I worked that day. When I told him only until the 7th inning, he chuckled and looked away. Once I finally got home at 1 a.m. with a full day of work ahead of me the next morning, I went to sleep and dreamed “Reduce, reuse, recycle,” and also of an Astros World Series win. Yet, that was just a dream; we know how that story ended. The next morning I was still amazed that I attended the World Series Game 1 for free, and I had the greatest time! And, I helped “save” the world - at least a small piece of it inside Minute Maid Park. (Send Stephanie email at Stephanie.email@example.com, or mail letters in care of The Bulletin, PO Box 2426, Angleton, TX. 77516)
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Limo, scavenger hunt brings history alive for students (Continued from Page 1)
hunt was to gather the ingredients for Jane Long’s Pecan Pie, which she made for Stephen F. Austin in the 1800s. I featured the pie recipe in my column in The Bulletin recently. Jane Long, who owned an inn/boarding house and tavern, was a starting point of the adventure to show how a woman built a business in early Brazoria County. The limousine for the tour was purchased and provided by an anonymous Dow Operator retiree who decided to do something for his community by lifting people out of their everyday routine lives - to start having conversations beyond their comfort zones. All the while, they would be getting to know people with different viewpoints and lifestyles by solving clues to get to the next stop, riding in a limo together. His motto is: “See, do and live beyond your own life.” If you meet him, he’ll ask you if you are “That Person” – the person who moves a crowd, who expands the mind, and the person who learns something good every day. “We all have knowledge and special abilities that we can share. Mine happens to be organizing fun events that can energize the family,” said Dona Winzenried, the coordinator of the event.
The first mystery tour – which presenters hope to grow into many per year – consisted of seven stops: 1 -Stephen F. Austin – Munson Historical County Park with Jennifer Parsley presenting the topic, Women’s Business in the early 1800s; 2 - Brazoria County Historical Museum, with Jamie Murray churning butter (an ingredient in Jane Long’s pie); 3. – Bruner - Jamison Cemetery, with Texas Historical Cemetery Guardianship Association’s Roger Beeler presenting information about Life of the Unknown; 4. – Brazoria County Fairgrounds, with manager Jaycie Issacs discussing where to sell and buy products; 5. – Gulf Prairie Cemetery in Jones Creek – with re-enactor Stan Murray portraying Stephen F. Austin and discussing who Austin was; 6. – Brazosport Museum of Natural Science, with me discussing the relationship between the Mother of Texas (Jane Long) with the Father of Texas (Stephen F. Austin). At the end of my presentation, I gave the students copies of The Bulletin with my story with Jane Long’s recipe for Austin’s favorite pecan pie; and 7. – Roc’s American Kitchen in Freeport with Roc Cantu baking the pecan pie. Students taking the tour were
recommended by parents, teachers and other non-profit organizations wanting to give kids an on-the-move live interactive experience. So, the baby boomers for this tour were the Coordinator Dona, and the seven presenters. The millennials, who became the hosts, were Briana Tovar, who is a local brilliant and motivational Culinary Chef, and Skylar Hammond, who photographed and filmed the event and is seeking to expand her portfolio and a career in photography. The young students were Lovelynn, Larissa, Oriona and Aaniya. (Last names are omitted to protect identity.) They all rode together in the limo with lessons about history, social sciences, chemistry, logistics and math, using a strong dose of connecting with each other and their experiences, making their own history, memories and connections. While this is the first tour, Dona says organizers hope it will not be the last. For more limo rides and tours information, please contact Dona by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with Youth Inspiring Excellent Life Decisions, 501c3 nonprofit. (Jan wants to hear from you. Write her in care of The Bulletin. Email: email@example.com. Snail mail: The Bulletin, PO Box 2426, Angleton TX, 77516.)
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Clute Parks launches new senior program with Thanksgiving Feast The City of Clute Parks & Recreation Department will hold its first annual Thanksgiving Feast for Senior Citizens on Nov. 21. The event will take place at the B.R. Hester Event Center from 10 a.m. to noon. At the lunch, city officials hope to discuss the upcoming meetings and what everyone would like to see in the city’s new program for seniors. This event is free and open to Seniors in the Clute area that are 60 and over. Please RSVP by Friday, Nov. 15 by calling (979) 265-8392. Clute’s mission statement begins by saying: “The City of Clute is dedicated to providing excellent municipal services that enhance the quality of life for our diverse community.” To that end, officials are excited to announce the creation of our new Senior Program through Clute Parks and Recreation. This program will serve to provide a place where seniors can gather for social events, recreational and other fun activities. The benefits of providing these services has been proven again and again to improve overall health and quality of life. “We look forward to hosting our kick-off event and getting feedback from the community to help develop this exciting new program.” said Will Blackstock, Clute Parks & Recreations Director.
BASF Freeport receives safety award The American Chemistry Council awarded BASF’s Polyalcohols production unit in Freeport, Texas with the Responsible Care® Facility Safety Award. The award highlights significant achievements in employee health and safety performance. “The award demonstrates employee commitment to Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)
performance and a culture of safety first,” said Kristen Pforr, Vice President of Operations, Intermediates North America. “It is the second consecutive year our team in Freeport has received this award. We are proud to be recognized for the hard work of our employees, making quality product in a safe manner,” he added.
Notice of Public Sale of property to satisfy a landlord’s lien. Sale to be held at Jenn’s Self Storage at 1711 Hwy. 35, West Columbia, TX., 77486, on Nov. 30, 2019 at 9 a.m. Clean-up deposit is required. Seller reserves the right to winthdraw the property at anytime before the sale. Unit items sold as is to the highest bidder. Property includes the contents of a unit rented by Rebecca Martinez and consists of household items.
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planned to meet at his dad’s car lot at dusk. I rushed home and asked mother, “Can I borrow your .22 to go rabbit hunting with Tommy and Jessie this evening?” She replied in the affirmative and gave me the rifle and a box of shells. “Bring home some rabbits, and we can have rabbit and dumplings for supper.” Mother’s .22 rifle was a sweet weapon. It held 16 to 18 shells, depending on which ammunition you used. It had open sights and a semi-automatic action that quickly ejected the spent shell and loaded a new one just about as fast as you could pull the trigger. My method of hunting had always been to walk the area on foot and target the game we stirred up as we coursed (without dogs) through the area. Tommy, however, had far different ideas of how to conduct a hunt. Tommy announced, “I’m going to get a pickup to hunt from, and then we’ll get on down to the field.” Tommy was to be our driver. It was like a safari. We stood behind the cab and shot over the top at the
rabbits. The noise of our coming stirred up the rabbits, and the headlights made them freeze for a few seconds, which should have given us easy targets. But the rough terrain made it impossible to aim at anything. I would shoot and then adjust my next shot by using the dust kicked up by the previous shot. I felt like a machine gunner at war and quickly went through half of my ammunition. I was in that testosterone-driven “hunt and gather” mode. It became more like a video game than a hunt. Trucks of the 1950s and early 60s were a little different than the trucks of today. The constant load and low speed caused some overheating of the engine, and the alternator couldn’t keep up with running headlights and charging battery. The result was the truck stalled, and we couldn’t get it restarted because of the dead battery. “No problem” Tommie said, “You stay with the truck, and Jessie will drive me back to the lot to get another truck.” We repeated the hunt with the same result. Tommy and Jessie got another truck from the car lot, more
ammunition, and in 5 or 6 hours of hunting, we had as many trucks stuck in the field as we had rabbits in our game bag. I told Tommy that I had to get home for the paper route, and I would come back after work to help retrieve the trucks. “No, that’s O.K., Dad will take care of it,” Tommy replied. I was concerned and asked: “Won’t he be mad that we left all those trucks in the field?” “No, it will be O.K.,” he said. I told Jessie to keep all the rabbits and, I left for work. Tommy’s dad must have been a saint because he never said a word about the mess we left for him. I later bought a Packard from him that I drove when I left Luling. Nothing down, and I mailed mother money every week to pay on the note. When my brother-in-law, Charles, sister and family visited my mother, Charles went to the lot to get title to the car. Tommy’s dad told him: “Well, Eddie still owes for the car.” “His mother never gave you any of the money he’s been sending weekly?” Charles asked. He told Charles: “No, but I wasn’t
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and nearly lifeless-looking woman. She had three children clinging to her, and the headline read, “How to End Poverty.” Millions die each year because they are too poor to live. It is sad but true. We live on a ravaged planet, affected by sin in every part: the earth, the sky, the sea, the animals and especially the human family. This wasn’t God’s plan. We were created in His image. We were meant to live as He made us to live, but man’s disobedience brought about sin. This is the worst kind of
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worried. I knew Eddie would pay me.” Charles wrote him a check, and I then made weekly payments to Charles for the car. I learned from that to always pay my bills with a check, not cash, and not to my mother. I also never went hunting again. I went fishing with my dad, but I
was terrible at it and seldom caught anything. I liked to go and read and watch him fish. Later, I did the same with my son, although when he was small, I had to bait his hook. (Edward Forbes wants to hear from you. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or send comments by snail mail to The Bulletin, P.O. Box 2426, Angleton TX.)
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Learn to get along with your partner by agreeing rather than arguing. You may be challenged by the requirements of a job or stressed by competitive opponents this week, but you can still be polite and cheerful. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You are as loyal as the day is long, but sometimes you want to have fun with no strings attached. In the upcoming week, you can keep your friends amused and your social calendar filled without offending anyone. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Gather opinions from friends before you rethink your goals. You may tend to jump into action at the slightest provocation in the first part of the week. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Someone may show you favoritism or appreciation in the workplace. If you take a step back to view spurts of possessiveness or jealousy as a sign of a loved one’s affection, you
can avoid arguments in the week ahead. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your playful attitude and creative approach to problem-solving can strengthen your most important relationships. You often pay attention to cautionary tales. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Someone could be delighted to have your company on errands or unique excursions. In the upcoming week, you might have a tendency to go too fast, so take a few deep breaths before jumping onto the expressway. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Every action gets a reaction. Fight the urge to impose your will on others or argue with family members in the week to come. You can find plenty of opportunities to show that you can be charming and witty. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Information gathered through your social network could help you out financially or put you in touch with beautiful things. Keep your ears
open for ingenious ideas or changes that can be beneficial in the week ahead. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Since Venus currently blesses your sign, your social life could take off in an upward spiral. Don’t be surprised if you receive more invitations and compliments than usual in the week to come. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You are usually a hard worker, but sometimes you push yourself to the limits of your endurance. In the week ahead, be sure to take frequent breaks and get adequate rest. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Your upcoming week could be filled to the brim with exciting changes, as family members share good news or impressive views. Analysis and adaptability are your top two traits. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Your mind and heart can work together to provide a sensible solution to any problems that crop up as this week unfolds.
November 12 1859 - The first flying trapeze act was performed by Jules Leotard at Cirque Napoleon in Paris, France. He was also the designer of the garment that is named after him. 1892 - William “Pudge” Heffelfinger became the first professional football player when he was paid a $500 bonus for helping the Allegheny Athletic Association beat the Pittsburgh Athletic Club. November 13 1775 - During the American Revolution, U.S. forces captured Montreal. 1789 - Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to a friend in which he said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” 1805 - Johann George Lehner, a Viennese butcher, invented a recipe and called it the “frankfurter.” November 14 1832 - The first streetcar went into operation in New York City, NY. The vehicle was horse-drawn and had room for 30 people. 1851 - Herman Melville’s novel “Moby Dick” was first published in
the U.S. 1881 - Charles J. Guiteau’s trial began for the assassination of U.S. President Garfield. Guiteau was convicted and hanged the following year. November 15 1806 - Explorer Zebulon Pike spotted the mountaintop that became known as Pikes Peak. 1867 - The first stock ticker was unveiled in New York City. 1926 - The National Broadcasting Co. (NBC) debuted with a radio network of 24 stations. The first network radio broadcast was a fourhour “spectacular.” November 16 1776 - British troops captured Fort Washington during the American Revolution. 1871 - The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) was first chartered in the State of New York. 1952 - In the Peanuts comic strip, Lucy first held a football for Charlie Brown. 1957 - Jim Brown (Cleveland Browns) set an NFL season rushing record of 1163 yards after only eight
History of the World On This Day November 17 1800 - The U.S. Congress held its first session in Washington, D.C., in the partially completed Capitol building. 1904 - The first underwater submarine journey was taken, from Southampton, England, to the Isle of Wight. 1982 - The Empire State Building was added to the National Register of Historical Places. November 18 1883 - The U.S. and Canada adopted a system of standard time zones. 1928 - The first successful soundsynchronized animated cartoon premiered in New York. It was Walt Disney’s “Steamboat Willie,” starring Mickey Mouse. 1959 - William Wyler’s “Ben-Hur” premiered at Loew’s Theater in New York City’s Times Square. 1987 - The U.S. Congress issued the Iran-Contra Affair report. The report said that President Ronald Reagan bore “ultimate responsibility” for wrongdoing by his aides.
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smoothly. A parking attendant directed us to handicapped parking and put out some cones next to the van so I could deploy the ramp without fear of someone parking too close to my van. Inside, a helpful attendant directed us to our seating. I was ready for some football. But my ears were not. Over the next four hours, we were bombarded with deafening noises. The volume was on high for bands, singers, and the gigantic video display board. The blaring voice of the public address announcer even encouraged fans to scream their lungs out. I went to a football game … and a rock concert broke out. People once went to football games to see great players make great runs, passes, catches or blocks. Now fans flock to the stadium for loud in-game entertainment, silly games on the huge video screen, music, food and socializing on the concourses. I estimate that during the game only about half the seats were filled at any one time. Half the fans were doing something other than watching the game. I wonder how many people saw J.J. sustain a seasonending injury or Deshaun throw a game-winning touchdown pass after being kicked in the face. One reason for the loud non-football activities at the stadium is that there is now so much downtime in NFL games. The crowd needs to be entertained during all the breaks caused by instant replays, penalties, injuries and television time-outs. You really don’t realize how much downtime there is in an NFL game when you are sitting at home in a comfortable recliner watching the game on TV while reading the Sunday paper or fixing a snack. The NFL is fully on board with all the activities and the noise that goes with it. Team owners, general managers and coaches feel that incredible levels of noise are necessary to pump up the crowd to give the home team a competitive advantage. Fans at several NFL stadiums have even attempted to set noise records. The Kansas City Chiefs and their fans hold the Guinness Book of World Records mark for crowd noise in an outdoor stadium. A Guinness representative regis-
tered a level of 142.2 decibels. The engine of a jet airplane at 100 feet is about 135 decibels. I have no idea what the noise level was at NRG Stadium, but the crowd noise at NFL games averages between 80 and 90 decibels, according to an acoustical consulting firm in Dallas. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) warns that without proper protection, exposure to 85 decibels for more than eight hours could lead to permanent hearing loss. Each time the noise levels increase by three decibels, the recommended exposure time is cut in half. That is why noise levels in the hundreds are disconcerting to hearing experts. At these levels, it only takes between 1 and 15 minutes for the sound to damage your ears. Hearing experts say a $10 pair of ear protection earmuffs or more subtle foam earplugs will reduce noise levels by 20 to 30 decibels. I realize this complaining about the noise makes me sound like the 72-year-old man that I am. Apparently, however, I am in good company. The New York Knicks conducted a trial during the first half of a basketball game in Madison Square Garden. No music, no videos and no in-game entertainment. The message at Madison Square Garden stated that the quiet would allows fans to “experience the game in its purest form.” An online poll showed that 60 percent of respondents said, “Looks and sounds great! It’s what the game is about.” Despite having a headache from all the noise, my day ended on a happy note. The Texans won in a thriller. I left the stadium at 6:20 and was home in Pearland in time for the first pitch of the Astros’ game. I watched it in peace and quiet. (Ernie Williamson welcomes reader input. Please contact Ernie at email@example.com. Mail letters in care of The Bulletin, P.O. Box 2426, Angleton, 77516)
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Columbia Christian Senior Citizens Center Menu
629 E. Bernard, West Columbia, TX, (979) 345-5955 garlic toast, dessert. Menu subject to change Mon. Nov 18: Frito pie, chili Wed. Nov. 13: Chicken n’ beans, hominy, peaches & cottage dumplings, fried okra, broccoli, cheese, cornbread, dessert. pas, peaches & cottage cheese, Tues. Nov. 19: Thanksgiving cornbread, dessert. Banquet: Turkey, dressing/gravy, Thursday, Nov. 14: Ovensweet potatoes, green beans, fruit fried chicken, rice pilaf, turnip salad, rolls, pumpkin pie. (Closed greens, navy beans, tossed salad, Nov. 28 on Thanksgiving.) biscuits, dessert. Friday, Nov. 15: Sausage, Served at 11:30 a.m. For Meals on onion & potatoes, cheese cauWheels, call by 9:30 a.m. For takeout, liflower, red beans, Jello salad, call by 10:30 a.m., ready at 11 a.m.
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followed up on the 1933 Washington Senators, as the Nationals were then known. They mentioned numerous times that the 1933 Senators were, until 2019, the last Washington team to appear in the World Series. More’s the pity that Buck and Smoltz dropped the ball because that Senators team had Hall of Fame frontline players, and a supporting cast that was even more interesting. Led by 26-year-old shortstop/ manager Joe Cronin and sluggers Heinie Manush and Goose Goslin, the Senators ended the season with a seven-game regular season margin over the Ruth-Gehrig New York Yankees. Bit Senators players included Cecil Travis whose Hall of Fame-bound career ended when in World War II his feet became frostbitten. There was also part-timer Moe Berg, whom Casey Stengel called “the strangest man ever to play baseball,” a reference to the catcher’s Princeton University and Columbia Law School degrees, and to his subsequent assignment as a World War II Officer for Strategic Services, later the CIA. The OSS licensed Berg to kill, literally. Then, there’s Senators’ outfielder Sam Rice, who was involved in one of the World Series’ most controversial plays. The play’s final disposition – safe or out – wasn’t resolved until after Rice died. In the 1925 series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Rice dove over the center field fence to stab a long fly. Rice emerged waving his glove with the ball intact. The umpire signaled out. But since Rice was outside of everyone’s on-field line of vision, the Pirates immediately challenged
the call, and ultimately appealed the safe decision to Commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis’ office. Landis declared that he couldn’t override the ump. At Rice’s 1963 Hall of Fame induction, he promised that he would provide the specifics in a letter to be opened after his death. When 10 years later Rice’s letter was read, he had written that at no time did he lose control of the ball. In 1933, D.C. was on a high. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt replaced Calvin Coolidge in the Oval Office. Prohibition was over. FDR’s New Deal gave hope to the Depression-ravaged nation. When the loaded Senators clinched the pennant, D.C. fan euphoria was as high as it was in 2019. Despite winning 90 games or more in 1930, 1931 and 1932, the Senators finished behind the hated Yankees. But unfortunately for the Senators, the New York Giants, managed by first baseman/manager Bill Terry, ran roughshod over the D.C.-nine. The Senators fell in five games, losing two to future Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell. Not for nothing was Hubbell nicknamed “the Meal Ticket.” In his two complete game victories, the lefty didn’t allow an earned run. Skeptics who question why anyone should care about a World Series played more than eight decades ago must remember that baseball history is American history. Sabermetrics, on the other hand, is just cold numbers, incomprehensible to most. (Joe Guzzardi is a Society for American Baseball Research and Internet Baseball Writers Association member. Contact Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Carriage Inn plans Fall Family Festival Nov. 16 Carriage Inn of Lake Jackson is hosting a Fall Family Festival on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival is free, and the community is welcome to stop by and enjoy this special event, which will be held outside in the courtyard. There will be games and prizes, including a cake walk and a pieeating contest, moon walk and guessing game. Add to that fun food, such as sausage on a stick, pecan pie, hot cocoa, popcorn and candy. And, at Carriage Inn, the decorations are always great, and sure to put everyone in the fall festival mood. Bring the kids or the grandkids and take some pictures in this fall setting. Carriage Inn is located at 130 Lake Road. For more information, call (979) 285-0300.
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How to keep your skin from developing wrinkles
Mayo Clinic News Network (TNS)
Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, especially for the face, neck, hands and forearms. But some people are more prone to wrinkles based on sun-exposure and other factors. Although genetics mainly determine skin structure and texture, sun exposure is a major cause of wrinkles, especially for fair-skinned people. Pollutants and smoking, also contribute to wrinkling. While some people welcome their wrinkles, as a sign of character, if your wrinkles bother you there are things you can do to
minimize developing wrinkles. — Protect your skin from the sun. Protect your skin — and prevent future wrinkles — by limiting the time you spend in the sun and always wearing protective clothing, such as wide-brimmed hats, long-sleeved shirts and sunglasses. Also, use sunscreen when outdoors, even during winter. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring. — Use products with built-in sunscreen. When selecting skin care products, choose those with a built-in broad-spectrum sunscreen — meaning it blocks both UVA and UVB rays. — Use moisturizers. Dry skin shrivels plump skin cells, which can lead to premature fine lines and wrinkles. Though moisturizers can’t prevent wrinkles, they may temporarily mask tiny lines and creases. — Don’t smoke. Even if you’ve smoked for years or smoked heavily, you can still improve your skin tone and texture and prevent future wrinkles by quitting smoking. — Eat a healthy diet. There is some evidence that certain vitamins in your diet help protect your skin. More study is needed on the
role of nutrition, but it’s good to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE Many over-the-counter wrinkle creams and lotions promise to reduce wrinkles and prevent or reverse damage caused by the sun. But these products are not likely to make a noticeable difference in your skin. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies these creams and lotions as cosmetics, which are defined as having no medical value. So the FDA regulates them less strictly than it does drugs. This means that products don’t need to undergo rigorous testing for safety and effectiveness before approval to go on the market. Because the FDA doesn’t evaluate cosmetic products for effectiveness, there’s no guarantee that any over-the-counter product will reduce your wrinkles. If you’re looking for a face-lift in a bottle, you probably won’t find it in over-the-counter wrinkle creams. The benefits of these products are usually only modest at best.
Get a flu shot; It could be a bad season By Kate Thayer
Chicago Tribune (TNS)
As flu cases begin to pop up, medical experts say that though it’s hard to predict the severity of the upcoming season, there are indicators it could be harsh, reminiscent of the deadly influenza that spread two years ago. Influenza patients have started to slowly trickle into doctors’ offices and hospitals in recent weeks, according to tracking by the Illinois Department of Public Health and other health departments, but activity remains low, as expected early in the season, officials said. But in examining this year’s flu in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere, which experiences its influenza season about six months ahead of the U.S., doctors say they’re bracing for a severe season and are warning patients to take precautions by getting vaccinated. “They had a very bad season,” said Dr. Sharon Welbel, director of infectious disease at Cook County Health, noting that Australia had four times as many cases as the previous five years’ average, and twice as many deaths. The predominant virus for the Southern Hemisphere was H3N2 — also blamed for the severe 2017-
18 season in the U.S. that sickened 49 million people and killed nearly 80,000. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called it the deadliest flu season in decades. Welbel said that while public health officials look at Australia’s season to help predict what might happen in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s not always accurate. She estimated that about “50 to 70% of the time we mirror what we saw in the Southern Hemisphere.” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said this year’s flu vaccine was delayed as public health officials continued to determine which strains to include. But it’s now available, and anyone who is at least 6 months old should get one by the end of October, she said. Though it’s never too late, “the sooner the better.” The H3N2 strain is included in the vaccine, and that particular strain is known to be more severe, Ezike said. However, strains can mutate, so they may not match what’s in the vaccine, she said, but “even if it’s not a perfect match, it’s going to be more protective than having nothing.”
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