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Piney Woods

October, 2013 Volume 3 Issue 8 Complimentary Copy

Pathfinder Of Lake Livingston Inside SPCA Fall Frolic Trunk or Treat Coldspring Art Walk

Halloween on Lake Livingston Monthly Guide Serving Lake Livingston and the Surrounding Area

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Table of Contents Page 1, Cover Page 2, Table of Contents Page 3, Select Power Sport Page 4, SPCA Fall Frolic Page 5, Country Market Day Page 6, Photo and Art Gallery Page 7, Trunk or Treat Page 8, Competitive Bass Fishing Page 9, Fair on the Square Page 10,Butterfly Festival

Page 11, Haunted Jail Page 12, Library Garage Sale Page 13, Arbor Day Page 14, Trick or Treat Trail Page 15, Weather Whys Page 16, Mike’s Saw and Supply Page 17, Pumpkin Patch Page 18, Holiday Day Events Page 19, Monthly Meetings Page 20, Patsy Boone

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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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The SPCA of Polk County

3rd Annual Fall Frolic Join the SPCA of Polk County for its 3rd Annual Fall Frolic on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the new building located at 802 South Houston Street (Hwy 146). The SPCA is renovating this facility where they will have more room to care for the precious pets of Polk County that deserve a second chance at a "Forever Home”. Join the SPCA for a tail wagging, meowing good time! Activities will begin at 11:00 AM and includes a raffle, music, food, games, vendor tables, a silent and live auction with

Mayor Evans auctioneering . Raffle tickets are available at the SPCA office or the day of the event. Call the SPCA office at 936-967-2287 for advance purchase tickets. Enter for a chance to win a Remington 30-06 rifle with a Bushnell scope, a Kindle Fire, a DeWalt 18-V Compact Cordless 4-Tool Combo Kit or a hand built picnic table. Bring a bag of dog or cat food or cat litter and receive one free raffle ticket. The auctions will include hot air balloon rides, 2 night stay at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio River Walk, and so much more. New this year will be the doggie kissing booth so come and smooch a pooch. The Emerald Belles from LHS will be directing the children’s activities that include a moonwalk donated by K&B Moonwalks. Barbecue plates will be available as well as hot dogs and sandwiches from Siegelman’s Deli. Come visit the animals in their new home and check out the new facility. The ever popular contest for the cutest and most unusual dog is back by popular demand. So bring your dogs for a chance to win a prize basket and don’t miss the doggie salon where your best friend can get his/her nails clipped compliments of Lucky Dog Mobile Pet Grooming. This event is designed for ALL ages so bring the kids and the dog and spend some time supporting a great community organization that

specializes in "HELPING THOSE WHO CAN'T HELP THEMSELVES". The SPCA of Polk County is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization operated entirely by volunteers and receives no federal, state or local tax support, United Way funding nor any support from HSUS or ASPCA. We rely on compassionate friends like you to continue or life-saving work.

Bring a bag of dog food, cat food or cat litter

and receive one free raffle ticket

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Country Market Days Fall Holiday Craft Bazaar at Thomas Mercantile Come shop till you drop at our Country Market Days October 4, 5 & 6, 2013. We have many wonderful and talented artisans and crafters that come from all over East Texas! They have everything from jewelry, clothing, vintage finds, handcrafted furniture, antiques, yard art, food and much, much more! You won’t be disappointed with what you find. Come stroll the grounds and enjoy the day while shopping in this beautiful country setting. Take a break from shopping and grab a bite to eat while you are here. Take the time and make a smores! Mark your calendar for October 4, 5 & 6, and don't miss this year's Country Market Days! The

Market will open Friday & Saturday 96 and Sunday 9-2. Located on the grounds surrounding The Historic Thomas Mercantile. We are located at 2464 Old Hwy 35 North. From Livingston take Hwy 59North. 9/10 mile past the VFW Hall turn left on Marston Road. Go to RR Tracks and turn right. Located on right. For more information call 936-967-5333. Thomas Mercantile, 2464 Old Hwy 35 North, Livingston, Texas 77351. 936-967-5333, Like us on facebook/ThomasMercantile


November 2nd, 8 am to 4 pm Join us at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for our third annual Fall Bazaar & BBQ. Shop the unique booths presented by the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and other local vendors. Booths will feature homemade crafts and baked goods. With each $10 ECW purchase you will be entered in our drawing for our handmade butterfly fabric quilt. Come early for breakfast burritos or stay for our BBQ lunch, serving pulled pork,

chips, dessert & drink from 11 AM to 1 PM. Lunch tickets are $6 and can be purchased in advance or at the bazaar. Bazaar proceeds benefit service projects of the Episcopal Church Women. Plant Sale: The youth will have a plant sale, with proceeds benefiting their camp events. For additional information visit us on the web at

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Art Gallery Among the Many Unique Sites on the Square in Coldspring By: John Chelton Davis Art and artists flourish in Coldspring Texas. Currently, seventeen artisans have approximately one hundred-fifty pieces of art displayed for sale in Chelten’s Photo Gallery. “Don’t let the name mislead you,” said owner John C. Davis. “Photography is only a small part of the exceptional art exhibited and sold in the gallery.” In addition to photography, exhibits include fine art oil and watercolor paintings, pottery, stained glass, woodwork, mixed media, digital art, metalwork, rock sculpture, and exquisite one-of-a-kind jewelry. “Visitors are encouraged to come often and see our new creations.” Custom framing and art supplies are also available at the gallery. “I would like to see Coldspring develop into a well known Texas art district while simultaneously retaining its small town environment,” said

Davis. “Many small towns across the nation have accomplished such a feat and Coldspring offers an ideal setting for a similar venture in both the visual and performing arts.” The art gallery is located on the square at 80 Hwy 150 east. Visitors enter the gallery via “The Art Decko” to the left of “Findings etc.” We invite guests to bring their lunch, relax, and dine in this peaceful garden setting. The art gallery can provide an assortment of non-alcoholic beverages for a one-dollar donation. Regular gallery hours are 10:00-4:00 Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 10:00-5:00 Friday, and 10:00-3:00 Saturday. Chelten’s Photo Gallery is a member of the Coldspring /San Jacinto County Chamber of Commerce and the Coldspring Area Business and Merchants Association. For those not familiar with Coldspring, this laid-back country

Beautiful Patio design located at the entrance of Chelton Photo and Art Gallery created by Linda Stevens with “Findings” on the Square in Coldspring setting is in the midst of the Sam Houston National Forest and borders on Lake Livingston. Several unique shops line the streets around the county courthouse in the center of town. Included in this mix of shops are an office supply store and several shops that offer antique to modern home décor merchandise. Visitors can also dine at several local restaurants. Lodging includes a motel, several “Sunday Houses” which are located near the center of town and Wolf Creek Park for campers. Coldspring also hosts many special events throughout the year. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit “Old Town Coldspring.” Visitors can find “Old Town” by turning left on W. Slade Street one block from the courthouse. Once there, visitors will find the Old Town Jail Museum, a miniature railroad museum, a Rosenthal schoolhouse, a resale shop, an old post office, and several other buildings under various stages of restoration. Prospective

visitors should check out the Chamber of Commerce web site at for more information. Several active, community minded churches are also located in the Coldspring area. The most historical church is the Coldspring United Methodist Church. In addition, a public golf course located at Cape Royale, is only four miles from town off highway 156 on highway 224 and Cape Royale Drive. This par 70 rolling hills course offers several picturesque views of Lake Livingston. Whether you come to play or come to stay, you are always welcome in Coldspring, a small town with a lot to offer.

The Coldspring Area Art League Presents an Art Walk The Coldspring Area Art League is announcing an "Art Walk" sponsored by Jack & Linda Stevens. The Walk will be at 80 Hwy 150 East between "Hot Hoofs" and "Findings" on the deck walk way. There will be a tent in the back with

items to acquire through donations. Art and Crafts by individual artists may be purchased by the public. This event will be on October 26, 2013 from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Nov.9. 2013 is Rain Out Date.

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Crown Health Services to Host 1st Annual

“Trunk or Treat” Event for Livingston Community WHEN: Saturday, October 26, 2013 3 p.m to 9 p.m. WHERE: Crown Health Services (parking lot), 1601 US Hwy 59, Loop N, Livingston, TX 77351 WHAT: Looking for a safe place to take your family and friends to celebrate Halloween? Crown Health Services will be hosting its 1st Annual “Trunk or Treat” event where attendees will enjoy spooky games, face painting, a Haunted Alley, ghostly refreshments and more, courtesy of Crown Health Services and other community partners. The event is free and open to the public. MORE INFORMATION: Contact the local office at 936-327-0212. ABOUT Crown Health Services: Crown Health Services is a Medicare-certified Home Health Agency offering caring, compassionate and cost-effective

service that is focused on each patient’s unique needs. We provide skilled nursing care, restorative therapy and medical social services to patients in their homes or wherever they may reside, including assisted living facilities and retirement communities. Under the direction of the physician, Crown Health administers medical services to the patient while strictly adhering to the physician’s plan of care. We emphasize patient and family education, which empowers the patient to take an active role in the management of their condition. For more information about Crown Health Services and its disease management and specialty programs call 936-327-0212 or visit www.crownhom ehealthservices. com.

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Competitive Bass Fishing In High School Anyone living in East Texas is familiar with high school football. It seems that that sport is king in Texas., but as they say, “there’s a new sheriff in town”. At Corrigan-Camden High School in Corrigan there is a new sport that is creating quite a stir. We not only have a football team, we have a fishing team that competes at high school bass tournaments. If one is not familiar with bass tournaments the goal is the catch five fish of the heaviest weight during a timed event by a two-man team. Our team at Corrigan-Camden has done that a few times already. Our team has placed first at the state tournament in 2012, tied for second at the state tournament in 2013 and had a first place finish at the Flower Mound High School Championship in May of this year. At Corrigan-Camden High School, we have a faculty advisor, Ernie Provasek. We also have several coaches who drive the boats and help students during the tournament. These coaches are Jeremy Strong, Jason Lawson, and

Jim Bostock. Coaches are allowed to do most anything in the boat to help the anglers. Coaches can run the tolling motor, net fish, help with culling and suggest what lure to cast where. The one thing the coach is not allowed to do is touch a rod and reel. (That makes for a long day on the water not being able to fish as one can imagine). The teams usually leave from a designated boat ramp by assigned number and return to weigh in at that boat ramp usually seven to eight hours later. We have several teams that fish two to a team. What we do not have is funding. We raise our own funds through donations and fundraisers. Our coaches have graciously donated their time and money to fund the expenses for our tournaments. These expenses include gas for vehicle and boat, over night stays and food.

on an activity that will enhance their lives for years to come.

My email address is

Our coaches and advisor feel this is a small price to pay to give our students an activity that not only keeps our students out of trouble, but starts them

If one would like to donate to this worthy cause, talk fishing or get more information about this activity of helping students, please contact me.

My school address is: CorriganCamden High School, C/o Ernie Provasek, 504 S Home Street, Corrigan, TX 75939

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39th Fair on the Square Huntsville, Texas Looking for a place to take the whole family for fun, food and adventure? If so then we have the perfect solution…the 39thAnnual Fair on the Square! Saturday, October 5th grab the kids and head to the historic downtown square right in the center of Huntsville. The Fair on the Square reminds many Huntsville residents that autumn is here! Shoppers will find many items to get them ready for both the fall and Christmas holidays. Jewelry, apparel, home décor and many more treasures will be showcased both by vendors and the merchants on the downtown square

and Midway Plaza. Remember entrance to the Fair on the Square is absolutely Free as are many attractions throughout the fair! The popular Kids Korner is a haven of fun for children of all ages! The Kids Korner is located in Rather Park but also spills over to the Bank of America parking lot with a rock wall, moonwalk, train, shaved ice vendor and more! The attractions in Rather Park include some old favorites, the petting zoo, bungee run, slide, and free arts and crafts and building projects provided by the Boys and Girls Club! And of course many “youngsters” will show us their talents on the entertainment stage! If you get tired of shopping and want to take a break be sure to head to the food court to taste many of the fair specialties. Homemade root beer floats and freshly squeezed lemonade will quench your thirst while you munch on fried pickles, kettle korn, barbecue and more!

Life Callings

Have Some FUN Every day and Every week By: Pamela Grant, MSOE, Life Coach and Career Counselor When I’m coaching my clients, I’m always surprised to find that the hardest homework I assign is “Do something Fun this week!” The responses I get range from silence to anger. Some say, “I don’t have any idea how to do that”. Some say “I hate it when you give me that assignment”! Either way, it seems that fun has been forgotten or given a real back seat in our lives. Fun is important! It’s one of the ways to give ourselves balance, an escape from our worries, an infusion of energy, and it’s an important gateway to our creativity! When someone tells me “I feel stuck” or “I just can’t seem to get any new ideas”, I say take some time off and have some fun. Invariably, after the fun the blocks miraculously disappear. Another problem with fun is that most of us leave it for the “leftover time”. We think, “When I get everything finished, I’ll take time for fun”. We all need to realize that as a society, we never get “finished”. The best we can strive for in today’s world is to be complete for

the day. Finished is an unrealistic goal. Fun has to be scheduled. We have to keep our appointments for fun just as intently as we do for work. To think that it will “just happen” is naïve. Please take time to have fun every day in some small way and then plan a few fun events every week. I guarantee you’re stress will diminish, your mood will lighten and you’re creativity will greatly improve. Besides, with all the hard work you do, You Deserve It! OK, so I can almost hear you, “That’s all fine and good, but I can’t think of anything to do”! So, interview your friends at lunch. Ask them, “What do you do for fun?”. Remember past vacations. What were some of the activities that you enjoyed on your last vacation? (You did take a vacation – right?) Can you recreate those activities right here at home? Watch a small child. They’re your best mentor in having fun. So, Have some FUN! It’s good for you!

From 11:00 – 5:00 p.m. you can listen to the tunes of two local bands as the play on the stage in the Beer Garden. Enjoy an adult beverage or sip

on a coca-cola as you waste away the afternoon enjoying some great Texas Country Music! The Fair on the Square offers something for every age and gender! Make plans for Saturday, October 5th, 2013 and spend the day with us in Huntsville! Contact the Chamber at 936-2958113 for more information.

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Volunteers Needed for Old Haunted Jail in Coldspring Your help is needed at the Old Haunted Jail in Coldspring, Texas. Volunteers for haunting need to be 16 years of age by October 17th 2013. You can be younger to help decorate. We need decorators, spooks, zombies, guides, and cleanup crews. We could even use scary story tellers. Donations of decorations, props, & costumes are welcome.

18th - 19th & October 25th - 16th, 2013. Decorating must be finished before the 18th. Ideally there will be a few rehearsals before we open! For information about volunteering call: Cora at 936-653-4177 cell: 936524-3043 or go to Cora’s Corner on the Courthouse Square. For general information call: Barbara at 936-6532332 or Betty at 936-653-1788.

Dates of Haunting will be October

4th Annual Butterfly Festival & Plant Sale October 19th, 8:00 am. Till 2:00 pm. Walker County Master Gardeners invites you to celebrate butterflies with seminars, garden tours, face painting, children's activities and a monarch Tag and Release event. Natives, fruit trees, roses, perennials and butterfly merchandise for sale. Located at 102

Tam Road, Huntsville, TX at the corner of Highway 75 North and Tam Road approximately 2 miles north of the Pilot Truck Stop on Highway 75. Call (936) 435-2426 for more information.

Livingston Area Community Band Starts 18th Season The band was started in January, 1996 by their current director, Lowell Clark who had retired as Director of Music for the Beaumont I.S.D. in 1994 and moved to Lake Livingston. The band's reputation for programming good music has spread over the years and resulted in players coming from Houston, Lufkin, Trinity, Coldspring, Conroe, Onalaska and others. Several retired and current band directors are regular members of the group. The LACB is dedicated to three goals: 1. Providing entertainment in the form of quality music for our community. 2. Encouraging the philosophy that music is a lifelong pleasure. 3. Providing advanced learning opportunities for young area musicians. The 3rd goal is usually achieved with the help and encouragement of the local H.S. band directors. It is a well known fact that playing beside professional musicians will provide

role models for our dedicated and talented young people. Area Band directors are encouraged to announce and encourage participation of their students who would like the challenge of reading some great musical selections and sitting in a section with some very fine musicians. The band's yearly schedule will include at least two Christmas concerts and at least 3 spring concerts. Normally each concert will be on Monday evenings, which are the regular rehearsal days for the band. If you or anyone you know played in their high school or college band and would like to experience that feeling again, you should consider joining the band. No audition is required and participation is free. Rehearsals for this year will start on Monday, September16th. All rehearsals are on Monday evenings 7:00-9:00 at the Livingston Intermediate School. For information please call Lowell Clark at 936-566-5583.

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Coldspring’s Haunted Jail Enter at your own Risk There has always been mystery associated with the old jail in Coldspring, Texas, but now we know why that is… It’s Haunted! Well, at least for the last two weekend in October. From 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm on October 18-19 and October 25-26 get ready to be afraid… Be very afraid! The historic jail will be transformed into a haunted house. For children under 10 years old it is suggested that you check it out from 6-7:30 pm. Ages 12 & under are only $4 and 13 and up are $8, children 5 years of age and under are free. For more information call Barbara at 936653-2332 or Betty at 936-653-4788. History about The Old Jail The San Jacinto County Jail, built across Loyd Avenue from the original courthouse square in 1887 is a two story yellow pink brick building of Victorian influence. The square (28' X 28') structure with so-called 'common' brickwork is punctuated by several horizontal projecting courses and with masonry in high relief at the corners suggesting square partial columns. The building presented a handsome and solid symbol of law and order in a no-frills (and virtually fireproof) public building. (The contract for the building was given to John R. Johnson and Thomas Ireland. The building cost $1500 and 1/8 of 1% on taxable property was levied for the creation of the

building.) In 1911 the building was expanded 26' to the south, giving it the current 54' by 28' dimensions. The construction methods, materials and most details inside and out were carried out in this new addition increasing the number of cells upstairs and providing living quarters for the jailer and his family, as well as an entry foyer. Narrow and steep metal stairs lead to the cells on the second level. The upper floor is concrete supported by concrete beams dividing the structure into four equal bays with one concrete column in the center. After the wooden courthouse and several other buildings burned in March of 1915, it was determined that the new courthouse be built at a different location about four blocks to the south. By 1923, Coldspring was firmly entrenched in its new location. Except for the jail, the old square, which had been the heart of early Coldspring and San Jacinto County, was forgotten and neglected. By 1980, the building was deemed no longer within acceptable limits of jail standards, and was abandoned for this function in favor of a modern facility at another location. The San Jacinto County Historical Commission was granted a 100 year lease on the property by the Commissioners. Monies were raised through grants, donations and fund raisers to undertake a reconstruction and adaptive reuse of the old jail. These efforts were successful and the old jail now serves the county and thousands of visitors each year as the Old Jail Museum. The Old Jail Museum houses artifacts pertaining to the history of the East Texas and San Jacinto County. (San Jacinto County Heritage Society)

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Coldspring Area Public Library

2013 Library Garage Sale The Coldspring Area Public Library will hold its Annual Friends of the Library Garage Sale on October 3, 4, and 5, 2013. The sale, which will take place at the Coldspring Community Center, will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 8:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday. In addition to the Garage Sale, the Friends will be holding a Bake Sale on Thursday and Friday (October 3 and 4) at the Community Center. Homemade cakes, pies, cookies, and other goodies will be featured. Community members who would like to donate to this event should take their items to the Community Center beginning September 30th. The Library needs donations of furniture, household items, toys, clothing, tools, and other gently used treasures. For more information call the Library at 936653-3104.

Proceeds from the garage sale will be used to support the daily operation of the Library. Financial support for the Coldspring Area Public Library is provided by the citizens of the community through donations and a variety of fund raising activities.

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Arbor Day 2013 First Friday in November The official state Arbor Day is held the first Friday in November. Fall is a terrific time to plant trees all across Texas. Celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees. How to plant a tree in just 12 easy steps 1) Select the right tree for your location. Use a tree that will grow well in your part of the state and make sure it has plenty of room — vertically and horizontally — for the canopy and roots to grow. 2) Dig the hole at least twice as wide as the root ball. Dig a square hole no deeper than the root ball. 3) Fill the empty hole with water and check the drainage. If it takes longer than 24 hours to drain, select another site. A tree will die if its roots are underwater for long periods of time. 4) Prune the tree sparingly and only if necessary. Remove only dead, broken and diseased branches and roots that are crushed and girdling, or growing around the main stem.

Removing even a small portion of healthy canopy actually slows root growth and delays establishment. 5) Set the tree in the hole with the root collar (just above the roots) flush or slightly above natural grade. Planting too deep is a leading cause of mortality in newly planted trees. Don’t pick up the tree by the trunk. Always handle by the container or root ball. 6) Remove all foreign materials from the root ball. This includes wires, twine, cords, containers and non-biodegradable bags. 7) Gently fill the hole with the same soil that came out of the hole.Do not add soil amendments. Settle the soil with water. Packing the soil damages and breaks fine roots. 8) Stake the tree only if necessary. Consult a professional if staking is required. Stakes should not be left in place more than one year. 9) Mulch around the tree at least out to the drip line, two to three inches deep, and up to but not touching the trunk. Wood chips, pine bark, leaf litter and hay

are great mulches. 10) Water the tree for at least the first two years, but don’t over water. A newly planted tree requires six to eight gallons of water for every diameter inch of trunk — per week. 11) Protect the tree from animals and humans. Staking to the ground a wiremesh cage at least three feet in diameter and four feet tall can keep deer and livestock from eating your tree. 12) Do not fertilize the tree during the first growing season. The History of Arbor Day The beauty of Arbor Day is that, rather than looking backward to events of the past, this holiday looks forward with promise for a future filled with trees. Arbor Day celebrates planting and nurturing trees. It celebrates all the ways trees enrich our lives and stabilize our environment. Arbor Day first appeared in the United States in 1872. J.Sterling Morton is credited with guiding this country’s first Arbor Day resolution through the Nebraska state legislature in that year. Residents of the Great Plains recognized how much trees could do for them, and they enthusiastically embraced Morton’s vision. President Theodore Roosevelt was a strong supporter of Arbor Day. Early in the 20th century, it was becoming clear

that the nation’s forests were being exhausted by cut out and get out timber harvesting. The science of forest management was emerging, and the government was moving to suppress wildfire and plant trees. President Roosevelt sent a letter to the children of the United States in which he wrote, A people without children would face a hopeless future; a country without trees is almost as hopeless. Thanks to the diversity of this state, Arbor Day is celebrated in Texas communities anytime from November through April. Houston and many of its neighboring communities continue to observe Arbor Day on the third Friday in January. In south Texas, many cities celebrate Arbor Day during Arbor Week, the second week in February. Dallas recently decided to break with tradition altogether and celebrate Arbor Day in mid-November. Today, above all, Arbor Day is for children, parents, and grandparents to strengthen the bond between generations by planting trees together. It presents a tremendous opportunity to teach fundamental lessons about stewardship of our natural resources and caring for our environment. There is no more powerful demonstration than helping children plant and care for trees that their own children and grandchildren will enjoy. Texas A&M Forest Service

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Start Your Halloween at the Annual Trick or Treat Trail in The Woodlands Town Green Park and The Woodlands Waterway once again will be the scene for ghosts and goblins at the 4th Annual Trick or Treat Trail on Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Produced by The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Trick or Treat Trail brings out families for trick or treating, vendor booths, children’s activities, costume contests, games and more. Festivities will be held in Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, and along The Woodlands Waterway. While at the Trick or Treat Trail, kids will have the opportunity to trick or treat from booth to booth and fill their bags with goodies from more than 30 local vendors. Plus, the event includes children’s activities, strolling

entertainment, inflatables and costume contests which are sponsored by Kyle Sherburne – State Farm Insurance. “I’m not sure who has more fun at Trick or Treat Trail, the kids or their parents,” says Nick Wolda, president of The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We’ll have a fantastic line up of vendor booth and activities for the entire family.” The Trick or Treat Trail is sponsored by Kyle Sherburne – State Farm Insurance, The Woodlands Development Company, The Woodlands Young Learners Academy, Waste Management, Prestigious Events, Gigi’s Cupcakes, and Kidnnected Magazine. For more information on the Trick or Treat Trail and other events produced by The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, go to or call 281-363-2447. 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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Fire Prevention Month serves as a reminder for Texans to protect their property Texas A&M Forest Service and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are joining forces to remind Texans of simple measures to help protect their homes and families from fire. October is Fire Prevention Month – and a good time to rake leaves, remove dead or dying vegetation and trim tree canopies. Residents are encouraged to relocate wood piles away from the home, remove combustible materials and vegetation from around and under decks, remove or prune vegetation near windows and remove dry leaves and pine needles from the yard, roof and rain gutters. “We saw homes survive the brutal wildfires of 2011 because of actions homeowners took long before ignition occurred,” said Justice Jones, Wildland Urban Interface and prevention coordinator for Texas A&M Forest Service. “It doesn’t take long and it doesn’t cost much to do a few things that could end up saving your home.”

practice an evacuation plan and ensure that working smoke alarms are installed on each floor of their home, said Texas State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy. “Homeowners can significantly increase their safety and their home's likelihood of survival by taking a proactive approach to fire prevention and home defense,” he said. “But these measures cannot guarantee personal safety in the face of catastrophic fires, so it's paramount to have an exit strategy.” Fire propelled by strong winds can move as fast as 60 mph, Connealy added. When told to evacuate, residents should leave the area immediately and choose a route that leads away from the fire. Stay alert to changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke.

Residents also should create and

Weather Whys: Old Farmer’s Almanac and Long-Range Forecasting Q: I see the long-range forecast is out from the “Farmer’s Almanac” and it predicts a very cold winter for most of the country. How accurate is longrange forecasting? A: It depends on exactly what you mean by “long range,” says Brent McRoberts of Texas A&M University. “On forecasts within the next 24 hours, forecasts are usually very accurate,” he says. “Forecasts made between 1-3 days are usually pretty good. But beyond seven days or so, the accuracy rate tends to slip because factors that make up a forecast tend to change. So the shorter the time period, the more accurate the forecast. It’s interesting to note that 'The Old Farmer’s Almanac,' now in its 222nd year and one of the oldest publications in the country, makes up its weather forecasts about a year in advance, and it claims to have an 80 percent accuracy rate. It uses a ‘secret’ method of weather forecasting that it’s used for over 200 years.”

Q: So long-range forecasts are nothing new, correct? A: Weather forecasting has been around longer than you might think, says McRoberts. “The U.S. government started weather forecasting in the 1870s when Congress established a National Weather Service,” explains McRoberts. “It was aimed primarily for military uses. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was established in 1970 and has under it a number of agencies, among them the National Weather Service. But the goal was still the same – trying to give an accurate prediction of weather forecasting. Weather forecasting is done to predict long ranges, such as a year or more, or sometimes a season, such as summer, or the kind we are most familiar with, the four- or five-day forecast. Meteorologists use various charts based on air currents, fronts, satellite images and other data to make their forecasts.”

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Healthy Holiday Cooking School Thursday, October 24 Celebrating the holidays in style without compromising healthy living is the goal of the next Texas A&MAgriLife Extension Service Cooking School. Teaming up with the Better Living for Texans program, the Lone Star Family Health Center’s Diabetes Education program, the Montgomery County Master Gardeners, the Healthy Living Alliance, and the Texas Grow, Eat, Goproject, AgriLifebrings you a “Healthy Holiday

Cooking School” on Thursday, October 24, 2013. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a meet, mingle and tasting, followed by recipe and craft demonstrations at 6:00, a dedicated group of presenters will show audience members a number of healthy, quick, practical, and nutritious recipes and decorating ideas you can do at home. Focusing surviving the holidays healthfully, the group will share preparation and cooking tips as well as nutrition information for real

Cheddar Corn Casserole Thanks to Southwest Dairy Farmers, proud sponsor of the Food and Fiber Pavilion at the State Fair of Texas, for sharing this tasty recipe from Kitchen Kimberley. Yields 8 servings Preparation time: 10 minutes Bake time: 35 minutes Ingredients: 1 (8 oz.) pkg Cream cheese 2 tbsp. Unsalted butter ½ cup Green pepper, finely chopped 1 (16 oz.) bag Frozen whole kernel corn 1 (15 oz.) can Mexican-style corn, drained 1 (10.5 oz.) can Diced tomatoes with chiles, drained 1 cup Shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 tsp. Garlic powder ½ tsp. Onion powder ½ tsp.

Ground cumin Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Place cream cheese, butter and chopped green pepper into a large microwave-safe mixing bowl. Microwave on high until butter has melted and cream cheese has softened, about two minutes. 3. Meanwhile, place frozen corn in a colander and rinse under cool water to thaw; drain well. 4. To cream cheese mixture, add drained corn, Mexican-style corn, diced tomatoes with green chiles, ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese and seasonings. Stir to blend evenly. 5. Transfer mixture to a lightly greased, shallow two-quart baking dish. 6. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Top with the remaining ½ cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and bake for an additional five minutes to melt cheese. Serve and enjoy!

Pumpkin Patch Date: October 6, 2013 - November 4, 2013 The Pumpkin patch will arrive at First United Methodist Church on Sunday, October 6th. Pumpkins will be for sale. Call the church office to schedule a time for group activities. Everyone is welcome to visit the patch and take photos at no charge.

The 2nd annual Ridiculously Great Punkin' Chunkin' Festival will be on October 31st, 4:30 - 8 p.m. Dinner will be served, Festival Booths, Children's Costume Parade at 5:30 p.m.,Punkin' Chunkin' at 5:30 p.m. on the baseball field at the church. Free Candy and Prizes.

people, including a quick cook turkey, diabetic desserts, kid-friendly recipes, healthy tips, gifts from the garden, and quick and easy decorating ideas. The cooking school is open to anyone who would like to attend. A

nominal fee of $25 per person in advance, or $30 after October 17th, will help cover the costs of the presentation, food samples, and door prizes. Fee waivers are available for economically challenged families. The event will be held at the Tom LeRoy Education Center at 9020 Airport Road in Conroe, right across the street from the Lone Star Convention Center. An RSVP is appreciated by calling (936) 539-7825 or emailing

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Fireworks, International Foods and Largest Seasonal Ice Rink in the Southwest Highlight Holiday Events In The Woodlands Fireworks, international foods, strolling carolers, holiday light displays and the largest seasonal ice rink in the southwest once again will come to The Woodlands as the 31st Annual Lighting of the Doves, 7th Annual International Winter On The Waterway (iWOW), The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center and Donoho’s Jewellers Winter Wonderland return on Saturday, November 23, 2013. 31st Annual Lighting of the Doves Lighting of the Doves and iWOW kick off the 2013 holiday season in The Woodlands on November 23, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. where live entertainment, interactive booths and games, snow play areas sponsored by CB&I and more make for great family fun. Enjoy a snow slide, inflatables, bubble runners, children’s arts and crafts, balloon artists along with strolling entertainers and fireworks.

The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center, produced by The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, opens daily Saturday, November 23, 2013 through Monday, January 20, 2014 at the northeast corner of Lake Robbins and Six Pines Drive. A special preview opening of The Ice Rink will take place Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17, 2013. The Woodlands Ice Rink is the largest seasonal Ice Rink in the Southwest and is open to the public. Special offers and coupons are available on the Ice Rink website. IceRink Donoho’s Jewellers Winter Wonderland

Another must-see while in The Woodlands is the Donoho’s Jewellers Winter Wonderland where visitors can stroll through a fantasyland of magical lighted toy soldiers, elves, doves, musical angels and snowmen from dusk until 11 p.m. Surrounding The Woodlands Ice Rink, Donoho’s Jewellers Winter Wonderland is open to the public beginning Saturday, November 23, 2013 through Monday, January 20, 2014.

7th Annual International Winter On The Waterway (iWOW)


Produced by The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, the celebration will feature a grand appearance by Santa, sponsored by Talisman Energy, aboard a decorated sleigh on The Woodlands Waterway®. The free event will be held at Town Green Park (2099 Lake Robbins Drive) and is open to the public.

In conjunction with the Lighting of the Doves Festival, International Winter On The Waterway (iWOW) will celebrate its seventh year on Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. along The Woodlands Waterway adjacent to Town Green Park. At the iWOW Festival, families celebrate the cultural diversity represented in The Woodlands with booths presenting holiday traditions from around the world. Check out the iWOW World of Holiday Trees, presented by CenterPoint Energy, and enjoy international foods, arts and crafts, music and entertainment. Admission to iWOW is free and open to the public.

Caroling on the Square Finally, when it’s time to unwind, come to Waterway Square for Caroling on the Square featuring live caroling groups on Saturday, December 7, 14, and 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A special appearance by Santa on December 7 and 21. TWCVBEvents/CarolingontheSquare Sponsors for The Woodlands CVB’s 2013-2014 holiday events in The Woodlands include Donoho’s Jewellers, Talisman Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Service King Collision Repair Center, Planet Ford, Bud Light, Coca Cola, The Woodlands Young Learners Academy, Wright’s

Printing, The Woodlands Development Company, The Strong Firm, Waste Management, CB&I, Kroger, Kyle Sherburne – State Farm Insurance, St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Spectrum, Sunny 99.1, Houston Community Newspapers, The Courier, The Villager, reviewit Magazine, Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes, Woodlands Online, Champions Printing & Publishing, The Woodlands Community Magazine and Kidnnected Magazine. For complete information on all holiday events in The Woodlands, please visit or call 281-363-2447. “Like” The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau on Facebook at ds, “follow” them on Twitter and “view” them on YouTube . 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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Monthly Meetings American Association of University Women (AAUW) Polk County Branch Meets the fourth Monday of each month, September thru April except December, at the First National Bank, W Hwy 190, Livingston, TX, 6:45 pm. For more information call 936-967-2531 or 936967-5065. 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 John Mulhall at 936425-6959. 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 936-327-4084. 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 Livingston Rotary Club – Every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at Cho Yeh, For information , call Ray Gearing at 936-327-2752. 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 information, call Arnette Daugherty at 377-3906. 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. Square Dancing - More fun than you can imagine! Great Exercised! Fun, nice people having fun. No experience necessary, casual dress. Monday evenings at 7 pm at the Escapees Clubhouse 6 miles South of Livingston on 146, turn right on Providence, left on Escapees Drive. Call Jim & Betsy at 936-327-6410 for more information. 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 936-967-3913 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

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