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Piney Woods

July, 2013 Volume 3 Issue 5 Complimentary Copy

Pathfinder Of Lake Livingston Monthly Guide Serving Lake Livingston and the Surrounding Area

Inside Christmas in July Harvest Wine Trail Picnic in the Park

What’s Cropping Up:

Summer Squash “Helping you see the forest through the trees.”

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Table of Contents Page 1, Cover Page 2, Table of Contents Page 3, Select Power Sport Page 4, Christmas in July Page 5, Timberwood Nursing Page 6, Cooking & Wine Tasting Page 7, Onalaska Triathlon Page 8, Red, Hot & Blue Fest Page 9, Summer Squash Page 10, Mt. Rose Country Store

Page 11, Blue Bonnet Wine Trail Page 12, Children’s Scavenger Hunt Page 13, Use Caution 4th of July Page 14, Beef Cattle Short Course Page 15, Growing Vine Crops Page 16, Mike’s Saw and Supply Page 17, Good Golly Miss Molly Page 18, Onalaska Fireworks Page 19, Monthly Meetings Page 20, Music Fest & Fireworks

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“Helping you see the forest through the trees” The Piney Woods Pathfinder is published monthly by M&R Publishing and is owned by Ryan and Michael Downhour. Our goal is to furnish readers information regarding businesses and upcoming recreational events in Lake Livingston and the surrounding area. Any comments or suggestions are welcomed. Direct any correspondence to Piney Woods Pathfinder, PO Box 115, Coldspring, Texas, 77331. Phone 936-523-0033, e-mail Visit All rights of publication are reserved by the publisher. Articles and editorials are welcome but cannot be returned unless accompanied by a self-address, stamped envelope. Nothing appearing in Piney Woods Pathfinder can be reprinted in part or in whole without prior written consent. Information concerning any event of interest to our readers should be sent to us by the publication deadlines posted in the paper each month. Opinions and editorials printed in Piney Woods Pathfinder are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher.

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Christmas in July July 20th, Coldspring, Texas The Coldspring Area Business and Merchants Association is sponsoring the 4th annual Christmas in July Event around the courthouse square on July 20th from 8:00Am till 4:00PM. There will be many vendors and a kid’s zone with water sports and games, not to mention all the great shops and businesses around the courthouse square. There will be music and food vendors also. It will be a family friendly event for all, and a great outing for the family. Santa and his elf have been vacationing in the Coldspring area every summer for the past 4 years, his last break before the big push to get all the toys made for Christmas. It was discovered by the Merchants that Santa was here, so they asked him to make an appearance at the Christmas in July event several years ago. In 2010 Santa and Bernard arrived on a Harley Trike, last year and in 2011 on a 1935 Farmall tractor. We don’t know how he will

surprise us this year, but he will be there. Santa and his elf will stop by periodically during the event and walk around. Santa’s elf will pass out “Letters to Santa” to all the children, young and old. Santa reads every letter written, and you may get a postcard back from Santa! We have a mailbox in the Gazebo where Santa will get all the letters before he returns to the Northpole. The Coldspring Business and Merchants Association would like to thank the community for supporting us, and would like to give back to the community. So please come out for a day of fun and enjoyment and support your local merchants… Hope to see ya’ll there!!!

What-AMelon Festival Center, Texas The East Texas What-A-Melon Festival celebrates the official melon of summer in the historic downtown square in Center. Food and Craft vendors, carnival, seed spittin' contest, biggest bite contest, pet show, pageant, watermelon-carving contest, live music, pet show, What-A-Melon Crawl 5K run, and family fun! The Largest Watermelon Contest with melons weighing 100+ pounds is on view. Location: 100 Courthouse Square, Center, Texas75935, Contact Contact: Shelby County Chamber of CommercePhone : (936) 5983682, Free to attend.

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Trades of the Trail


Timberwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Livingston is a five star facility serving Polk County and East Texas residents with the absolute best care in skilled nursing , physical, occupational and speech therapy hosted their Annual BBQ and fundraiser for SPCA on May 17th. The annual BBQ is hosted every year during Nursing Home week. Texan EMS cooked the BBQ and it was delicious! We also had a special guest appearance from Elvis. We had lots of fun music and dancing with great food. We had a great turnout and had lots of fun. Usually we just have the BBQ each year. However, this year the residents made a special request to have a fundraiser for the local SPCA. Timberwood has a special dog Abigail that lives here at the facility. Abigail was a stray dog that was dumped off and became part of the Timberwood family. Our residents love and enjoy

having her so much. She brings much joy and is really a companion to many of them. They wanted to give back to the SPCA to help other dogs and cats in need. So to raise money they sold BBQ plates and also had a raffle for a BBQ pit to give away. They had a great success and raised $635 and also donated dog food, cat food, and cat litter to help the other animals at the SPCA. WE are always looking for ways to help give back to the community. Timberwood is committed to exceptional clinical care. We provide quality care for each patient and acknowledge the importance of the continuum of care. Each discipline brings a variety of experiences and knowledge that contributes to the development of our resident’s plan of care. Timberwood employees all nurses in-house, and does not hire through an outside agency.

Timberwood is a caring community with world class customer service which guides our employees to meet the needs of our residents in our home-like environment. Our team of professionals understands the importance of reaching out to every need of our residents as we strive to achieve goals and needs to become once again‌..independent. Timberwood offers our residents the opportunity to explore new friendships, new activities

and spiritual growth. We offer a wide variety of residential an supportive services all created to promote the well being of the whole person, mentally, spiritually, socially, and physically. Timberwood is located at 4001 N. Hwy 59 Livingston, TX 77351 Our Phone number is 936-327-4446 please come by and tour our facility today!!

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W.I.N.O.s Event Cooking and Wine Tasting Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce at 936-327-4929. Their will be a fee associated with this event. Once we know what we will be cooking and drinking My Place will asses the cost. We will share that information as soon as we receive it.

Thursday, July 11th starting at 5:30 pm is W.I.N.O.s (Women Interested in Networking Opportunities) next big event! Cooking and Wine Tasting at My Place Eatery in Livingston, Texas located at 119 Southpoint Dr Livingston, TX 77351. The chef host is going to be Joel Casidy and wine host is going to be Dr. Judi Benastante of Carriage House Farm & Vineyard out of Coldspring, Texas featureing Bernhardt Winery (wines) located out of Plantersville, Texas. Bring your own wine glass (make it a unique one!) and please RSVP to the

Chef Casiday will be teaching us to cook (we will all participate) and Dr. Benastante will give us a short lesson on wines and wine making.

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2013 Onalaska Triathlon Join us for the Inaugural 2013 Onalaska Triathlon on Sunday, September 8th either as an athlete or as

a volunteer. On September 8th athletes and spectators will come from all over the Texas area to the great town of Onalaska to swim 1.2 miles then bike 56 miles and finish with a 13.1 mile run. All these festivities will start and finish at the KOA Campgrounds in Onalaska located on the shores of Lake Livingston. This is the first year for i Tri Events to produce the Onalaska Triathlon, but owner and race director Tina Whiteford says she feels so welcomed by the community of Onalaska and Lake Livingston she feels like it’s been going on for years. “ I’ve received such a warm welcome from everyone and enjoy each and every time I visit these communities. I could not have done all the planning without the help of Mayor Roy Newport in Onalaska, Sydney Murphy from the Lake Livingston Chamber, and the area businesses located in these great communities.” If you are interested in participating

visit the i Tri Events web site at or if you are interested in volunteering or being a sponsor please contact Tina Whiteford at or 713-2546870. Every great event needs great volunteers, so we need you. Mark your calendar and join us on Sunday, September 8th, 2013 at the KOA in Onalaska, Texas. We hope to see you there.

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Live Music Performances Highlight 16th Annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival In The Woodlands THE WOODLANDS, TX (June 18, 2013) – Four live music performances will be showcasing alternative rock to toe-tappin’ Texan sounds at the 16th Annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival in The Woodlands on July 4, 2013 with performances in both Town Green Park and Waterway Square. The Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza are brought to you in part by The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, Ellis & Ellis Private Wealth Advisors and BBVA Compass. Singer and songwriter Parker McCollum will take to the Festival Stage in Town Green Park, sponsored by Bud Light, for two performances at 6:10 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. Texas musician Grady Skelton will present his unique blend of country sounds on the Festival Stage at 8:15 p.m. and 9 p.m. Over at the nearby Festival Stage in Waterway Square, sponsored

by Talisman Energy, the alternative rock band from Austin, The Knowhow, will perform at 6:10 p.m. and SERAPH, an Americana rock band also from Austin, will perform in Waterway Square at 7:55 p.m. following The Knowhow. “The live music sounds create a great atmosphere at the Red, Hot & Blue Festival,” notes Nick Wolda, president of The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We’ve scheduled music that will appeal to everyone in the family.” In addition to the free live music, families can enjoy games, H-EB hot dog and watermelon-eating contests and more at Town Green Park and Waterway Square. The Festival’s Fireworks Extravaganza, presented by BBVA Compass, will conclude the evening with fireworks launched from two locations – Timberloch Place near I-45 and Waterway Square – and will

be simulcast on Sunny 99.1. The annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival is free and open to the public thanks to The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau’s generous sponsors: Ellis & Ellis Private Wealth Advisors, BBVA Compass, H-E-B, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, Coca Cola, Talisman Energy, Xfinity, Planet Ford, City of Shenandoah, Bud Light, First Choice Emergency Room, The Woodlands Development Company, Wright’s Printing, St. Luke's - The Woodlands Hospital, U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady, Waste Management, City of Oak Ridge North, SplashTown, Rico's Mexican Grill, The Woodlands Country Club & Canongate, Sunny 99.1, Houston Community Newspapers, The Courier, The Villager, reviewit Magazine, The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes, WoodlandsOnline, Champions Printing, The Woodlands Community Magazine and Kidnnected Magazine. For more information on this year’s festivities, visit or call 281-3632447. Also, “like” The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau on Facebook at ds, “follow” them on Twitter and “view” them on YouTube B. About The Woodlands Located just 30 minutes north of Houston, Texas and minutes from George Bush Intercontinental Airport, The Woodlands is the destination for leisure guests, individual business travelers and groups of all sizes. Visitors to The Woodlands and residents of the community enjoy more than eight million square feet of worldclass shopping, dining and entertainment options, more than 194 miles of hike-and-bike trails, 124 parks, the 1,700-acre George Mitchell Nature Preserve, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, kayaking on Lake Woodlands, and taking a cruise on The Woodlands Waterway. The Woodlands features world-class sporting events including the Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas, Insperity Golf Championship and the Nike South Invitational. The Woodlands also is home to more than 1,500 guestrooms in upscale and boutique properties, select service, limited service, conference and convention centers and a resort.

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Livingston Main Street Presents

Picnic in the Park July 4, 2013 10:00 am -1:00pm For a memorable 4th of July, join us at Livingston's Anniversary Park on Tyler Street (next to Melbo's). Listen to a live band playing patriotic music as you enjoy a car and motorcycle show. The F.A.I.T.H. Military Group will be there with active duty personnel

mingling with the crowd telling true life war stories. Any donation to the F.A.I.T.H Military Group will get you a free hot dog and a Coke. Bring a lawn chair and come celebrate Independence Day in Downtown Livingston.

What's Cropping Up: Summer Squash What would summer be like without the great taste of squash on your table? There are many types of Texas squash in season from yellow straight-neck and yellow crookneck to yellow and green zucchini. Summer squash requires refrigeration and should be eaten as soon as possible after purchase or picking. Most consumers prefer small to medium-sized squash, because of its tenderness. However, larger squash can be used in many unique recipes and easily stuffed with your favorite creation. Fresh Texas squash is versatile — you can bake it, roast it, sauté it or even fry it. It tastes great grated or chopped, and can be a perfect addition to salads or sandwiches. The choices are endless as squash works great in combination with almost any other food. Texas Fun Fact: Summer Squash Even though most people identify squash with vegetables, from a botanical standpoint, they're considered fruits because they contain the seeds of the plant. Squash are divided into two categories — summer

and winter squash. The blossoms are edible, and you can find them from late spring to early fall in many markets.

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Mt. Rose Country Store Your Everything Store! Essentials, Gifts & More Mt. Rose Country Store is a quaint little community store nestled in the piney woods of an area known by locals as Mt. Rose. Walking in the store is like taking a step back in time to what some might call the “Good Ol’ Days”. A time when everybody knew their neighbors by name and shouted out a friendly greeting of “Howdy”, as you walked through the door. Although you will find an ever changing variety of items in the store for sale, the one constant you will find is the desire to cheerfully serve and assist you in whatever needs you may have. Many of us whose hair is starting to change to various shades of gray and disappear may remember some of the “Mom & Pop” stores of our youth, when businesses were a part of the community, if not the heart and pulse of the area. Mt. Rose Country Store is an attempt to take back some of the decay that conglomerates have taken away from local communities and revive this concept. Isn’t it about time neighbors got to know their neighbors again? Some of the unique items you might find inside are fresh produce and herbs

from local gardens, farm fresh eggs, or pecans from Mt. Rose. The wine selection is small but growing; it is based on what is requested by local patrons and what cannot be found without making a trip to Houston. Ted & Susan Summers, owners, have lived in Livingston for over 25 years and enjoyed raising their family in the Mt. Rose area since 1991. Mt. Rose has provided a beautiful setting for bringing up their children with the old traditional values and appreciation for agriculture and livestock. Moving away for several years stirred an old saying – “There is no place like home!” “We were never so happy for the Lord to bring us back, we appreciate the opportunity to be here and serve in our little neck of the woods”. Located just two miles southwest of Livingston heading out FM 1988 toward the Lake Livingston Dam or Lake Livingston State Park you will find them on the right hand side of the road surrounded by the coral board fence. “We would be pleased if you would just drop by and see what’s inside!” The goal for the store is to have a full line of

shaped by the needs of our patrons. We have been so blessed by meeting, and allowed to serve so many wonderful and gracious people in the area. Even this article would not be possible without their generosity and kindness, to you we say ‘Thank You and may God Bless.’” Mt. Rose Country Store is also proud to represent this area to all visitors and tourist that come from around Texas and other places to Lake Livingston State Park. We promise to do our best to show them the hospitality and warmth of the true Texas spirit.

grocery items including all the staples you might need. They are the closest place to Livingston to get live minnows, and they provide a host of other live bait, along with fishing equipment and lures. Office Support is another branch of service provided by Mt. Rose Country Store. If you simply need copies made, send a fax, or even documents Notarized they can help. In addition they have a wonderful gift selection of Circle E Candles and Precious Petals Handmade Pottery. One goal for the store is to expand the unique and special gift selection, so make sure to come and check them out especially around Christmas time, like the ad says “Essentials, Gifts and More!” Owners of Mt. Rose Country Store “Going forward we hope to be molded and Susan and Ted Summers

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Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail on the Harvest Trail, July 20-21 and 27-28, 2013 Touring the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail on the Harvest Trail is your opportunity to celebrate grape harvest and crush in southeast Texas. On the last two weekends in July, the NINE member wineries along the trail will offer a select pairing of two wine tastings and a fabulous food pairing to each ticketed guest. There are TWO great ticket options on this trail. When you arrive at your first winery, you will receive a 12 oz. commemorative wine glass to use and keep for all of your tastings, PLUS, a unique, commemorative 2013 wine glass charm at winery thereafter. Visit SIX of the NINE member wineries, and each ticket holder receives additional "2013 Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail" charm. Visit ALL NINE member wineries and each ticket holder will receive a commemorative Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail twostage professional wine opener. The value of this ticket, with goodies is over $85 per person, so take this opportunity to visit local Texas wineries at half the price. Your trail tickets are good on any of the dates, July 20-21 and July 2728, 2013, regardless of when you purchase them. Blaze your own trail and pick where you want to start and where you want to end. You have four days over two weekends to visit all NINE wineries. The official hours for this event are 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday for each trail weekend. All wineries are open during the official trail hours. Several wineries open earlier or close later than the official hours, so please check the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail website at http://www.texasbluebonnetwinetrail. com/ for specific winery hours. The Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail wineries remind you to drink responsibly and designate a driver. Visit to our standard wine trail package. Participating Wineries Bernhardt Winery: 9043 County Road 204, Plantersville, Texas 77363, Telephone: (936) 894-9820, Email:, Website:, Jerry and Jerri Bernhardt, Owners

Cork This! Winery: 21123 Eva Street, Suite 100, Montgomery, TX 77356, Telephone: (936) 597-4030 Messina Hof Winery & Resort: 4545 Old Reliance Road, Bryan Texas 77808, Telephone: (979) 778-9463, ext. 234, Toll Free: (800) 736-9463, ext. 234, The Villa:, Website:, Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo, Owners Peach Creek Vineyards: 2029 Peach Creek Road, College Station, Texas, Telephone: (936) 825-3669, Website:, Ken & Donna Stolpman, Owners Pleasant Hill Winery: 1441 Salem Road, Brenham, TX 77833, Telephone: (979) 830-VINE (8463), Website:, Jeanne and Bob Cottle, Proprietors Retreat Hill Winery & Vineyard: 15551 FM 362 Road, Navasota, Texas 77868, Telephone: (936) 825-8282, Website:, Billy S. Cox, Jr., Owner Saddlehorn Winery: 958 FM 1948, Burton, TX 77835, Telephone: (979) 289-3858, Website: Texas Star Winery: 29311 FM 149, Richards, Texas 77873, Telephone: (936) 851-2400, Website:, Lyn & Earl Love, Owners Windy Winery: 4232 Clover Road, Brenham, TX 77833, Telephone: (979) 836-3252, Website:, Windy Winery Corporation, August & Linda Meitzen, Owners

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San Jacinto County Historical Commissions

Sam Houston Memorial Museum

Children’s Scavenger 4th Annual Amateur Hunt Competition Photography Contest San Jacinto County Historical Commission is holding their children's Scavenger Hunt Competition again. Last year was very successful and enjoyed by both children and their parents and grandparents. The Hunt starts now and finishes on August 2, which gives plenty of time for students to find all the markers needed. The winners will be awarded their prizes on August 10 at 11 AM at the Old Jail Museum in Coldspring, which is also its birthday celebration. The competition is open to two age groups, Elementary and Middle school students. Elementary students have to find 10 historical locations in the county, while Middle School students have to find 12. Most of the locations are historical markers and the 'hunter' will need to prove they found the marker by taking a rubbing of it or answering a question about it.

In both levels, the first prize is a gift card for $75, second place is $50 and third place is $25. All entries will be on display on the day of the presentation to the winners. Application forms are available now at Shepherd and Coldspring public libraries, or you can phone 936-6286397. When you have completed the Scavenger Hunt, entries must be returned to the library by August 3. This competition is organized by board members April Plunkett and Yvonne Ryba, and funded by the Historical Commission, to promote interest and knowledge of the fascinating history of San Jacinto County. It will give an added bonus to the summer vacation for parents and grandparents who want to join in the fun! You do not have to live in San Jacinto County to enter this competition.

Deadline for entries is September 6, 2013, Cost per entry: $5.00. Download Application at m/photography-contest/ Categories: Travel, Food, Action, Old, New, Faces, Flora & Fauna, Black & White Eligibility: Photographers of any age

and any location that are nonprofessionals are welcome to enter. All entries will hang in the Walker Center Exhibit Gallery from October 14–December 22, 2013 for public viewing. Photographs can be picked up after January 7, 2014. Best in show (Grand Champion) receives $200, Curator’s Choice (Reserve Champion) receives $100, First ($20), Second ($15), and Third ($10) place winners in each category. Each winner will also receive a ribbon. For more information: Casey Roon (936) 294-3292 or Megan Buro (936) 294-3839 For Rules and Regulations please visit m

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Use caution during Fourth of July holiday With Independence Day celebrations drawing near, Texas Forest Service officials are reminding residents to exercise caution outdoors and remember that just one spark can cause a devastating wildfire. About 90 percent of wildfires in Texas are human-caused, which means they can be prevented. As residents enjoy building a campfire, shooting off celebratory fireworks in approved areas or cooking on the grill, they’re asked to take a few safety precautions to ensure their homes and families are protected. Texas Forest Service Wildland Urban Interface and Prevention Coordinator Justice Jones said that while drought conditions have improved for much of the state, wildfire potential still exists – especially in areas where consecutive days of hot temperatures have dried out the vegetation. There are several things you can do to help prevent wildfires: * Check for and obey burn bans and fireworks restrictions.

* If outdoor burning is allowed, create a firebreak (down to bare dirt) around an outdoor fire before igniting the materials to be burned. * Keep water nearby just in case a fire starts. It doesn’t take much of a spark or burning ember to ignite dry, finetextured fuels like grass and weeds. * Read and follow label instructions on how to properly discharge fireworks. * Only use fireworks with close adult supervision. * Use fireworks only in areas clear of dead, dry grass and weeds. * Avoid using fireworks, particularly aerial varieties, around buildings. Winds can carry hot fireworks onto roofs where leaves or other flammable debris may have accumulated. Burn bans and fireworks restrictions are determined by county government. Texas Forest Service does not take a position on the use of fireworks nor does the agency determine, set or lift any restrictions on fireworks.

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Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course to feature market outlook, future of the industry

Caption: The 59th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 5-7 at Texas A&M University in College Station will provide participants an inside look to the future of the industry as well as a snapshot of potential cattle market trends. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin) Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-8452259, Contact: Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-8456931,

The 59th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 5-7 at Texas A&M University in College Station will provide participants an inside look to the future of the industry as well as a snapshot of potential cattle market trends, course coordinators said. “Our U.S. cattle inventory is at levels not seen since the 1950s and we have several topics during the Aug. 5 general session that addresses trends and issues such as market outlook and infrastructure changes,” said Dr. Jason Cleere, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in College Station and conference coordinator. Don Close, vice president for food and agriculture research with Rabobank, will be one of the keynote speakers during the afternoon general session Aug. 5. “Close will give an overview of the beef cattle inventory in the U.S. and provide some analysis on beef exports, and how these factors will affect the overall market,” Cleere said. Also to be discussed during the general session will be a cattle market outlook, how the cattle industry will look over the next 10 years, and infrastructure changes that have occurred and may occur because of reduced cow numbers. Brian Bledsoe, who provides weather forecasts and commentary for the Southern Livestock Standard, will provide a weather outlook during the Aug. 5 general session. Bruce Vincent, a logger and motivational speaker from Libby, Mont., will presents “With Vision, There Is Hope for Ranchers.” The short course has become one of the largest and most comprehensive beef cattle educational programs in the U.S., Cleere noted. The cattleman’s college portion provides participants with an opportunity to choose workshops based on their level of production experience and the needs of their ranch, Cleere said. “These concurrent workshops will feature information on introductory cattle production, retiring to ranching, management practices in the areas of forage, nutrition and reproduction, record keeping, genetics, purebred cattle, landowner issues and much more,” he said. In addition to classroom instruction, participants can attend one of the popular demonstrations on the morning of Aug. 7.

“There will be demonstrations on fence building, chute-side calf working, cattle behavior, penning and Brush Busters,” Cleere said. “These provide an opportunity for ranchers to see beef cattle production practices put to use. “The goal of the short course each year is to provide the most cutting-edge information that is needed by beef cattle producers. We think we have information for everyone to take home and apply to their operations.” Participants can receive a Texas Department of Agriculture private pesticide applicator’s license during the short course and can earn at least seven pesticide continuing education units if they are already licensed, Cleere added. An industry trade show will be held during the event, featuring more than 110 agricultural businesses and service exhibits. Registration is $160 per person and includes educational materials, a copy of the 600-page course proceedings, trade show admittance, admission to the “Aggie Prime Rib Dinner”, lunches, breakfasts and daily refreshments. Registration information and a tentative schedule can also be found on the short course website at Producers can also register by contacting Cleere’s office at 979-8456931.

Hurricane Season is Here! Get Ready and Stay Prepared! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an active to extremely active hurricane season this year. Over the past eight years, Polk County has been struck by the third and ninth costliest hurricanes in the United States. I encourage all residents to keep emergency supplies on hand and to follow the local media outlets listed in this article to obtain information from the Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Also, listed for your information are various weather sources and items to include in an emergency supply kit. The care and safety of Polk County residents is our top priority. Larry Pitts, Emergency Management Coordinator, Polk County, Texas. Emergency information and weather outlets: cymanagement e Radios:KETX - 92.3 FM & KDOL – 96.1 FM Television: KTRE 9 – Lufkin, Tx Television Station Live Radar and Weather Warnings, Monitor approaching weather at and Listen to your NOAA weather radio Emergency Supplies to Keep on Hand” 1) Water, 1 gallon per person per day for at least 3 day. 2) Food, 3 day supply of non-perishable food 3) Battery – powered or hand crank radio and NOAA weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both 4) Flashlight and extra batteries 5) First aid kit 6) Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities 7) Can opener for food (non-electric) 8) Local emergency contact information 9) Cash or traveler’s checks and change 10) Prescription medications and glasses 11) Local Maps

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Growing Vine Crops in Limited Space Many people do not have the space in their garden for some of the rambling vines in the cucumber family. These rampant growers include cantaloupe, watermelons, cucumbers and pumpkins. Limited space is no reason to eliminate these popular vegetables from your home gardens. Many vegetables requiring a lot of space can be grown in smaller gardens if they are grown on some sort of support or trellis. Cantaloupes, watermelon, cucumbers, and pumpkins can be trellised in small gardens if the problems of vine size and in case of cantaloupes, watermelon and pumpkins, support of heavy fruit can be conquered. The problem of vine size can easily be solved. Space the plants about 18 inches apart along some type of support, either on a fence or stakes, etc. Maintain a single vine by removing all

suckers or side shoots. This will keep the vines smaller but the resulting plant will only support one or maybe two fruit per plant. Once the plant reaches a height of about six feet tall and has set some fruit the terminal shoot should be cut to prevent the vine from getting any taller. The next problem facing you will be a method of supporting the heavy fruit on that spindly little vine. The first step would be to select some of the small fruited varieties. Cantaloupes do not present a problem so varieties such as Magnum 45, Perlita, Harvest Queen, Hale's Best or Iroquois would do fine. When choosing varieties of watermelon or pumpkin you should stay with smaller fruited varieties. Watermelon varieties like Sugar Baby, Supersweet, Mickilee, Minilee, New Hampshire Midget or Early Canada or pumpkin varieties such as Spookie, Early Sweet Sugar, Jack O'Lantern or Young's

Beauty, will work well on trellises. These varieties have fruit that rarely exceeds 12 pounds. These smaller varieties are still too large and heavy for the vines to support. Several methods can be used but the simplest would be to make some type of sack or bag for the fruit to grow in. When the fruit is about the size of a golf ball it should be placed in flexible netting such as fish net or nylon stocking. The netting should be large enough so it can accommodate the fruit when it is full size. The stocking or netting should be tied one ends to make a sack. The small developing fruit is then slipped into the homemade sack and the sack is firmly attached to the trellis or other support. As the fruit enlarges it fills the flexible sack which holds the fruit. Now all you do is sit back and wait for the ripe melons to be harvested. In the case of cantaloupe the fruit will slip off the vine when it is ripe. If you crave an occasional melon but do not have a lot of space or do not want to take up the space in your garden take a row and give this a try. Don’t forget to send your garden questions to Plant Answers at 9020

Airport Rd., Conroe TX 77303 or email me at . For a schedule of our educational programs and events go to our Master Gardener website at: http://www.montgomerycountymasterg . Educational programs of Texas AgriLife Extension Service are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin.

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Trades of the Trail

Good Golly Miss Molly’s Antiques & Gifts

Many customers enjoy visiting Good Golly Miss Molly’s Antiques in Livingston Texas because it reminds them of childhood memories. Good Golly Miss Molly’s is on the corner of Abbey St. and Beatty St. in a quaint 1930’s house facing the railroad tracks, two blocks from the Courthouse, downtown. Only feet from the tracks, when the train goes by it sounds like it comes right through the house. People ask all the time, “How many trains go by in a day?” “I have no idea. I’ve

just never slowed down to count. Maybe, someday I’ll get around to counting trains,” said owner Molly Anderson. This locally owned shop is a member of the Livingston Specialty Merchants’ Guild and Molly has been showing at the Livingston Trade Days for fourteen years. The storefront has been open for the past thirteen years offering up an eclectic assortment of antique furniture & vintage collectibles reasonably priced and ready for the picking. We accept major credit cards and offer a 60 day layaway. So, if you’ve been driving by for the past thirteen years, we invite you to come on in and look around. The main house is stocked with an assortment of antique furniture, including tables, chairs, china cabinets, dressers, and desks. Displays feature pretty glassware vases, eclectic china plates, vintage dishes and pottery. Molly makes her own line of soy candles and carries a selection of incense, fragrance oils, and wax tarts to scent the home, as well as tart warmers, melting pots, and aroma lamps. Gift items include jewelry, scented soaps, perfume oils, cast iron, nostalgic signs,

and old fashioned novelties for the kids, including train whistles and engineer caps. The grounds surrounding the house are planted in wildflowers and herbs. Visitors can stroll through the patio area featuring an assortment of annual and perennial plants and live herbs for sale. Molly creates “plantiques” using repurposed items for planters adding a touch of whimsy to the garden. The red building behind the house is filled to the rafters with more goodies. Nostalgic antiques for the kitchen are displayed in one corner, currently featuring an oak kitchen cabinet and an oak ice box surrounded by kitchen gidgets and gadgets from days gone by. This building also houses gifts and décor for the home and garden. For a trip down memory lane, check out

Good Golly Miss Molly’s. Good Golly Miss Molly’s 207 N. Beatty, Livingston Open Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 936-327-5945

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29th Annual Texas State Forest Festival September 18-22, 2013 The Angelina County Chamber of Commerce began the Texas State Forest Festival in 1938, which was held as an annual county fair event until 1953. With the existing Chamber sponsoring the Youth Fair as part of the event, the Texas State Forest Festival was held on the 30+ acres where Lufkin Middle School currently is located, and drew crowds reaching 8,000!

Currently, the Texas State Forest Festival draws crowds approaching 30,000 and generates a net profit of $60,000 per year – a tremendous accomplishment for an event twentyseven years old! Annually, the Texas State Forest Festival requires over 300 volunteers working about 2,500 hours to stage the event, and continues to be one of the premier annual events in East Texas!

In 1984, the Chamber board reviewed and revised the Texas State Forest Festival as an annual event, and merged its activities with the Southern Hushpuppy Championships in May, 1985. The Texas State Forest Festival moved to its September date in 1988.

The hours for the festival and carnival are Wednesday: 5:00pm 10:00pm, Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 9:00am - 10:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am 5:00pm. It is located at The Texas State Forest Festival is held at the George H. Henderson Jr. Expo Center in Lufkin, 1200 Ellen Trout Drive, Lufkin, TX 75904. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.

37th Annual Onalaska Fireworks Over Kickapoo 37th Annual Onalaska Fireworks Over Kickapoo is sponsored by Area Businesses and Individuals. The Fireworks are scheduled for July 4th at 9 pm.Viewing and parking is available at Waterfront Lodge (Hookers on the Lake Resturant & Club). Please bring your own lawn chairs and no alcohol please. Fireworks are conducted by Onalaska Fire Department. Donations

are appreciated, PO Box 880, Onalaska, Texas. Shuttle buses are available. For more information please call 936646-5000.

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Monthly Meetings American Legion Post 629 - Meets in Camilla Texas across from Browder’s Marina, we have our regular meeting every 2nd Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM for the legionnaire's. Our physical address is 1348 FM 3278 our post phone number is: 936-653-4708 for other info. Better Breather's Club - These meetings are free of charge and open to anyone with lung disease, anyone with a friend or loved one with lung disease, or anyone that wants more information on lung health. Meetings will be held the first Thursday of each month at 3:30 pm. Meeting location: Memorial Medical Center, Livingston, Tx, 936-327-8825, Contact: Shelia Peabody Care Share Mission, Inc. of San Jacinto County - is a food pantry open from 10am until 2pm, weekly Monday and Thursday. We serve qualifying residents of San Jacinto County. We are located at 21 Butler St., Coldspring, Texas. You may call for more information during our working hours at 936-6535543. Christian Motorcycle Association – King's Kids – Meets at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Texas Pepper. Rides are planned on fourth Saturdays. For information, call Doc Hinds at 936566-4340 or Jimmy Mattix at 936-3271223. CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates – For information to become a volunteer donating time for children of Polk County, call Joanis Robertson at 936-523-0519. Coldspring's Area Business and Merchants - Meets the second Thursday of the month at 8 a.m. Coldspring Cafe. Call 936-653-2332 Coldspring / San Jacinto County Chamber of Commerce - Meets 3rd Tuesday, every other month. Dates are 5/14, 7/16/, 9/17, 11/19. Meeting are at noon for member luncheon at the Coldspring Community Center. Please RSVP to or call 936-653-2184. Board Meeting is the first Thursday of each month at 8 a.m. at the Chamber office. Coldspring's Trade Days – 4th Saturday monthly , March – November DMA – Don't Mention Age – For people 55 and older meets at 10 a.m. the second Monday at First United Methodist Church – Livingston. Luncheons, speakers, book reviews, trips and entertainment. Call 936-566-4766. Families and Individuals thanking heroes – Meets the second Thursday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Livingston Physical Therapy office. For

information, call Andrea at 936-3274084. Friends of Myrphy Memorial Library- Friends are active workers in library projects and raise funds for library projects. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 11:00 a.m. at the library, 601 W. Church Street. Friends of the Onalaska LibraryFriends of the Onalaska Library support a wide variety of library projects. For details, contact the Onalaska City Hall between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays. You may also call librarian Jenny Quintin, at 936-646- Book (2665). Future Farmers of America - FFA members learn leadership skills, public speaking and occupational skills. Call Candis Carraway at 936-328-2257 for information about FFA programs. Habitat for Humanity of Polk County Applicant Meeting - Meetings are held the last Wednesday of every month at First National Bank Westside. Applicants must be residents of Polk County. Meeting begins at 1:00 and generally lasts about an hour, depending on number of applicants in attendance. Please call our office at 936-328-8529 or e-mail our Executive Director at for more information. Hook 'Needle Charities Club – Meets the second Wednesday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center – Livingston dinning room. The club crochets, knits and sews items for needy individuals. For information, call Joan Reeves at 936-3271989. The Livingston Art League - meets on the 4th Monday of the months Sept., Oct, Jan., Feb., April, and May, also the 1st Monday of Dec. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church at 836 Jones St., Livingston, TX 77351. Our time is 9:00am to 12:00 for our paint-in (everyone welcome to come and paint on whatever you chose) and 12:00 to 3:00pm for our meeting. We have refreshments and demonstrators who show all mediums. For more info. call Celeste Williamson, 936 967-2161 or email: Livingston Dance Group - Thursday night the Livingston Dance Group meets from 6 to 9 PM at American Legion Post in Camilla. Everyone is welcome to join them. Every Friday and Saturday Night there is also Karaoke done by Wolf. 936653-4708 for more information. Livingston Lion’s Club - Meets every Wednesday at 12 noon at Camp Cho-Yeh, For more information on meetings or joining contact Casey Evans

936-328-4888 or Henry Ager 936-3270936

information, call Arnette Daugherty at 377-3906.

Livingston Rotary Club – Every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at Cho Yeh, For information , call Ray Gearing at 936-327-2752.

Soup for Seniors – 936-327-3696 Soup Donation Sites: Guardian Healthcare 1601 Hwy 59 Loop N. Mikes Saw and Supply 2118 Hwy 190 W, TexTia's 904 W Church Street, Escapees Care Center 155 Care Center Drive, VFW Hall 3916 Hwy 59 North, The Coffee Spot 1503 E Houston St Cleveland.

Piecemakers Quilt Guild – Meets the second Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 106 Colt Rd (59 the Hospital area). "Bees" are held at various times throughout the month. Call Kay Hardy at 936-329-3660 for more information. Come expand your quilting experience. Piney Wood Lakes Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist - Meets the first Thursday of each month at the Polk County Chamber of Commerce located on Hwy 59 North of Livingston. Our meeting time is 2 PM. Polk County Republican Club Meets every first Tuesday of the month at La Casita Mexican Restaurant on old Highway 59 (Washington Street) starting at 6:00PM for those wanting to eat and visit. The program begins at 6:30. Everyone is cordially invited to attend. For more information contact Penny Uselton at 713-553-0962 Polk County Social Club – Meets every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW hall. For more information, call Mary at 936-327-9015. Polk County SPCA - Meets on the first Thursday of every month at 6:00pm at the Masonic Lodge, 1907 N. Washington Ave. San Jacinto County Chamber of Commerce - Meets first Thursday of the month at 8 a.m. in at the Chamber's Office. Shepard Chamber of Commerce – Meets the fourth Monday of every month at 6:00 pm at the EDC Building on the corner of Rt 150 and McKellar St, in Shepherd. Call 936-628-3890. SJC Women's League - The Women's League of San Jacinto County meets on the second Thursday of each month, September through May, at the Coldspring Community Center. The monthly meetings begin at noon and include lunch and a program. For more

Stroke Support Group “The Preventers” – The 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month, 1 pm at Guardian Health Care in Northridge Plaza, next to the hospital on the Hwy 59 feeder raod, Suite 400. A hands – on community forum for preventing stroke and helping those affected by stroke. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Livingston Chapter - Meets Thursday evening at Livingston Memorial Hospital lunch room. Weigh in starts at 4:30 pm. Meeting starts at 5:30 pm. For more information call Alice at 936-967-8811 or Teresa at 936-328-4170. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Onalaska Chapter - meets Thursday morning at Pine Forest Baptist Church on Hwy. 190 W. Weigh-in 9:00A.M. Meeting starts 9:30A.M. For more information call Betty Willis at 936-9673913 or Doris Daniels at 936-967-8850. United Daughters of the Confederacy – Meets the second Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Livingston Heritage House. The genealogical society welcomes the public. Veteran’s of Foreign Wars - Meets the 3rd Monday of the month at the Post Home, located at 3916 US Highway 59 North in Livingston (3 miles north of Livingston). Covered dish menu at 6:30 pm and the meeting starts at 7:30 pm. For more info 936-327-9119, Youth Movie Night - 2nd Friday of each month @ 7pm at Indian Ministries for Jesus, 195 Owl Hoot Trail, Livingston, Texas in Indian Springs Subdivision. Everyone is invited. Popcorn & Refreshments served. Pastor Lolo Garza. Please call Kim for directions or more info: 936-435-4203

To Summit your Monthly Meeting to Piney Woods Pathfinder please email info@PineyWoods This is a free service that is provided to the community.

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