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Piney Woods

June, 2014 Volume 4 Issue 4 Complimentary Copy

Pathfinder Of Lake Livingston Inside Blueberry Festival Annual Powwow Fiddler’s Festival

Farmers Market Comes to Livingston Main Street

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Table of Contents Page 1, Cover Page 2, Table of Contents Page 3, Fiddler Festival Page 4, Texas Master Naturalist Page 5, Communing with Nature Page 6, Square Dancing Page 7, TLC for the CCC Page 8, Annual Car Show Page 9, Bulkhead Birding Page 10, Blueberry Fest.

Page 11, Blueberry Fest. Cont. Page 12, 46th Annual Powwow Page 13, Campaign 300 Page 14, Pet Talk Page 15, Farmers Market Page 16, Historical Commission Page 17, Purple Flash Page 18, Book Sale Page 19, Monthly Meetings Page 20, Mike’s Saw and Supply

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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 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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77th Annual World Championship

Fiddler's Festival and 8th Annual Regional Championship Steak Cook-Off

Corporate Sponsors: Cutshaw Chevrolet Sponsor: Crockett Rotary Club 8th Annual Regional Championship Steak Cook-off Sponsored by: Whitehall/Winfield Nursing Centers The second Saturday in June the Chamber will host the World

Championship Fiddlers Festival where fiddlers at all age levels compete for the World Champion Fiddler title. During the daylong event the chamber also hosts an antique tractor and classic car show and parade, art & crafts vendors, the Regional Championship Steak Cook-off, followed by dinner with Dennis Ivey Texas Opry entertaining. Crockett Civic Center, 1100 Edmistion Drive, Crockett, Texas 75835 Fiddler's Competition: 9 a.m. — 4 p.m. FREE Admission! Rib-eye Steak Dinner/Dennis Ivey’s Texas Opry Show 6:00 p.m. Admission: $25.00 per person 2013 Fiddler's Pay-out Pee Wee 0 - 9, 1st - $100.00, 2nd $75.00, 3rd - $50.00 Jr. Jr. 10 - 13, 1st - $125.00, 2nd $100.00, 3rd - $75.00 Jr. 14 - 16, 1st - $175.00, 2nd $150.00, 3rd - $125.00 Senior 60+, 1st - $250.00, 2nd $200.00, 3rd - $150.00 Open Division, 1st - $525.00, 2nd $425.00, 3rd - $325.00 People’s Choice - Belt Buckle Accompanist, 1st place - $100.00 For more information please visit

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Piney Wood Lakes Chapter to Host SE Texas Master Naturalist Regional Conference

Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce. Guest speaker is Paul Lewis, NOAA meteorologist on Weather and Climate and the Citizen Scientist precipitation program open to anyone interested, the CoCoRaHS program

HOLD THE DATE: July 19, 2014 include: your local Texas Master Naturalist chapter is the host for an all day Southeastern Regional TMN Conference featuring guest speakers, experts in their fields, exhibits and a chance to network with like-minded persons. Cost of this conference is $12, which includes lite breakfast, lunch, drinks and snacks for this all-day conference. Master Naturalists and interested area persons will register by 8:30 for this all day conference at the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce, U.S. 59 Loop N, Livingston Texas. Registration will begin at 8 and speakers will are planned from 9:00 AM to 3:45 PM!

* Texas Invaders, non-native threats to our part of Texas and the Citizen Scientist program, Texas Invaders, presented by Mike Murphrey Texas Forest Services and East Texas Invaders coordinator Mike Murphrey.

* Texas National Wildlife Refuge system and the Trinity River NWR The conference will focus on: “Texas located in Liberty County, presented by Two-Step & ‘Pardner-Up’- Helping US Fish & Wildlife Service, SW Preserve our Texas Natural Resources”. Regional Public Outreach Specialist To date, confirmed expert speakers Nancy Brown.

* Texas Master Naturalist program Update and status of the TMN State Program, AND introduction of the new Assistant State Coordinator Mary Pearl Meuth!!! Additional topics that the chapter hopes to include expert speakers on the current status of the invasive Zebra Mussel and how we can help; improving our River Watersheds, Native Texas Bees, to name a few ideas. The full listing of speakers will be complete and announced before mid-June. Questions???? Contact PWL Chapter President Susan Tullos at (936)327-8394 or PWLTMN CALENDAR – OTHER SPEAKER EVENTS OPEN TO PUBLIC: 1. Thursday, June 5, 2014 monthly chapter meeting, 2:00 pm at the

2. Saturday, August 16, 2014 - The Piney Wood Lakes Chapter will celebrate its fourth birthday with former president of the Texas Native Plant Society and native plant expert, Peter Loos!!!

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Communing with Nature

Tales of a Front Yard Farmer By Beth S. Miller

leaves add a tropical touch to sunny beds, and a bit of scent. In the fall a sharpshooter shovel helps to dig them up for garage storage over the winter. June To Dos

His fence supports grapes, raspberries and blackberries, and cucumbers. He’ll soon be fighting the birds for apples, nectarines, figs, and citrus. Just about anywhere you look, he’s got fruit and vegetables ripening.

* Mow Frequently, Water Deeply: Mowing more frequently, on a high setting avoids clippings and promotes healthy turf that resists weeds. Water deeply, 5 to 6 inches, roots stay deep and aren’t easily damaged by heat or cold.

What he can’t eat or put-up he swaps with neighbors for veggies and fruit he doesn’t grow. Peavy knows just about every fruit tree in the neighborhood, and when they’re ready to pick he’s on his Mule swapping and gathering, and sharing. When he’s picking 50 to 60 tomatoes a day, dozens of squash, and piles of cukes he shares with neighborhood seniors who are past their farming days.

* No Colored Mulch: Avoid the red and black colored mulches. These are just chips and wood chunks with dyes that can leach into the soil. Opt for Texas native hardwood mulches, finely shredded and mixed with compost.

If you were just beginning to get excited about your veggie garden only to find the recent heavy rains put everything Peavy’s top tips for “Wanna Be Home on hold, you’re not alone. Long-time Farmers:” front yard farmer, Lake Livingston 1. Till out every blade of grass from a resident Ron Peavy, has been spraying very sunny spot his 60 or so tomato plants and his squash to encourage the blossoms to set fruit. 2. Start with rich dirt, seeds, and plants “They love water, just not a flood like we had mid-May,” said Peavy. “I’m not 3. Work it every day to stay on top of sure they’ll come back after that the grass and weeds downpour.” 4. Learn to love bees, they’re a And he knows what he’s doing. He’s gardener’s friend been at it for over 25 years, way before 5. You can never have too many he retired from BP. “I learned everything I know from talking to older gardeners,” “tomaters” said Peavy. “Those old folks have more Peavy is one of Livingston’s top information than any book. My main guy crappie fisherman and says each year his used to tell me to plant my seed, say a garden gets a bit bigger. Come fall, he’ll prayer, and leave the rest to God. I know start all over again with cooler weather now it takes a bit of extra help crops. sometimes.” If a 30 x 60 foot garden sounds a bit Peavy typically starts his garden from daunting, there are options. I plant seed in early March, but waited until tomatoes, herbs, onions, and other April due to the late chills. This year he veggies right in the flower beds, like used tomato seedlings and seed for most annuals. Containers and raised beds are everything else. also great options. Despite the rain, his 30 foot x 60 foot Tropical Plants in East Texas garden is high with corn, several kinds of While Lake Livingston isn’t really in tomatoes, zucchini and yellow squash, a tropical zone, we love plumerias, purple hull peas (a double row because Hawaiian Lei plants. We have a dozen he likes them), bush green beans, pink, yellow, white and red plants, many eggplant, and a variety of volunteers were cutting from my Mother’s garden in popping up from last year’s seeds. Florida. They’re easy to grow from

cuttings, just snip a branch, let it dry, dip in rooting hormone, and plant. It should bloom after 3 years. After frost danger passes, I repot in black plastic pots, and then sink the plumerias among the beds. The roots grow through the pot’s bottom holes to support the plant and draw nutrients from the soil. The arching stalks and broad

* Beat the Heat with Color: Native perennials stand up well to East Texas heat, and come back. Think about size, texture, color, and light requirements when picking cannas, daylilies, yarrow, summer phlox, salvia, some lantana, montbretia, Rudbeckia 'Goldstrum', purple coneflower, or nicotiana and coleus in partial shade. Have a gardening story idea, comment, or question, email Beth Miller at

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Modern Western Square Dancing “Modern Square Dancing” is not your grandfather’s dance. Instead it is a fast paced, cooperative dance done in groups of eight. It is the four couples who form the “square” and makes it square dancing. A “caller” directs the dancing, using an excellent modern, sound system. A variety of music is used, and the old “turkey in the straw” is long gone. Instead the music is taken

from up –to- date sources, including pop, blues, country, jazz, zydeco, and rock. The callers are well trained and sing wonderfully well. The caller will sing a song and take out some of the lyrics and insert square dance calls instead. The caller is in charge of the choreography while the dancers follow his directions. The days of callers carrying large boxes of records have also gone away. Callers today use a lap-top computer, loaded with hundreds upon hundreds of songs, all tricked out in square dance arrangements. Other equipment is equally modern, with excellent amplifiers and speakers. Modern speakers easily fill the room with sound, while making the caller’s voice clear so the dancers can hear the calls and carry them out all in fast paced, quick time. In the monthly publication

“AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE” there is a monthly compilation of square dance “singing calls” so square dance callers can up-date their music frequently. Callers must be licensed by BMI/ASCAP to use the music and a caller must purchase the right to use the music. In a recent issue, American Square Dance had twenty releases for callers to use. These included Swing Down Sweet Chariot; Mama, He’s Crazy; Quando Quando; Come To Me; Save The Last Dance For Me; A Mess Of The Blues; I Will Survive; Dance Tonight; Those Were The Days; and After The Lovin. Square Dancing is normally done with two pieces of music per set, or “tip.” The first piece of music is dubbed a “patter call” in which the caller directs of series of movements and the dancers might or might nor recognize the musical piece. The second piece of music is the “singing call” created from a song. Because Square Dancing is world wide, callers from all corners of the globe are busily turning out music for other callers to use. Callers from Germany, Japan, Czech Republic, and of course many from the US were listed as originators of the music in square dance form. Also, because square dancing is so international, any dancer can dance in any country, as the calls

are the same. Square Dancing is the official national folk dance of the United States and many individual states have adopted square dancing as their official state folk dance. Outside of the USA, it is generally called “American Square Dance” and recognized as such. So forget the idea that square dancing is old fashioned. It is not your grandfather’s dance. Square Dancing IS friendship, set to music. It is easy to learn and endlessly fascinating to the dancers and callers alike. Most square dance clubs meet once a week to practice and learn and have “special” dances from time to time. Every time the dancers get together, it is a party. Locally, there are clubs in Livingston, Conroe, Huntsville, Lufkin, and Humble. Further afield there are clubs scattered widely throughout Texas and in every state. The big annual celebration is called the National Convention and is held in a different city every year. It draws thousands of dancers from North America as well as dancers from many other countries. To learn more about square dancing locally, call Jim Pead and Betsy Waite at 936 327 4610, or Google “DOSADO” for an immense web site through which you can find square dance clubs all over the world.

Coldspring Area Art League Encouraging the Diversity of Art

Art Walk Coldspring Area Art League invites artists and crafters to set up sales booths or demonstrate your craft or both at the Art Walk on May 31 beginning at 8 am. Booths are $20 for a front booth and $15 for a back both. First come first serve. This is a fund raiser for our

Coldspring Area Art League. The Art Walk will be across from the San Jacinto Court House between Findings, Etc & Hot Hoofs. This is the same day as the Coldspring Business & Merchants Car Show. For more information please contact John Davis at 936653-8300.

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TLC for the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce

The Master Gardeners of San Jacinto County, in cooperation with the CCC, have installed a Memorial Butterfly Garden and cleaned up the existing flower beds. We now have paved paths, benches, a bird bath and many plants. A sprinkler system is to be installed by Master Gardener John Barna-Lloyd in the very near future. They will also By Sandi Osiecki performers. If you would like to plumbing that endangered our building. install a rain harvesting system to help perform, please contact Gayle Erwin, Coldspring Community Center, “A CCC is used regularly by local water the garden and to demonstrate 832-282-7128. Yvonne Ryba, 936-628- organizations, our Sponsors. Sponsors Gathering Place”, will host a Dinner their use. The CCC is so grateful that and Variety Show on June 28th at 6 p.m. 6397, is in charge of the Silent Auction are the mainstay of our facility, serve on they chose our location to install this and we already have some excellent in the Jones Auditorium. Our theme is the Board of Directors, and help with garden as it will enhance our facility for donated items, but would welcome “Tender Loving Care for the Coldspring our fundraisers. They have held many many years to come. If your donations. Community Center” or “TLC for the meetings and luncheons and we are organization would like to participate in CCC”. Dinner will be catered by The The CCC will celebrate its 60th extremely grateful for their continued planting and maintaining the garden, Church Ladies. Advance tickets are $25 birthday next year and is in dire need of support. please contact Karla Fratt, 936-537per person and are available at the refurbishing. We need $10,000-12,000 8437. CCC has provided a low cost rental Coldspring-San Jacinto County to replace the floors, replace an air option for the county and many families This will be an evening to Chamber of Commerce office, 31 N conditioner in the kitchen, replace the have rented the CCC for a day or two to remember, when the entire “community Butler, Monday thru Friday 10-3; or by fascia boards and paint the exterior; roof celebrate weddings, baby showers, comes together” to offer “TLC for the calling Sandi Osiecki, 214-480-8065. repairs and a number of other facility reunions and holiday dinners. They CCC”. We have lined up some very talented needs, too many to list. We recently decorate for the occasion and use our borrowed $1,200 dollars to replace local residents, but are still looking for full kitchen.

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5th Annual Car Show Coldspring, Texas The Coldsprings Merchants would like to personally invite you to our 5th Annual Car Show. We are committed to making this a family friendly weekend and a car show no one will forget. We will also have vendors around the courthouse square, so the family will have plenty to do. You are asking where the heck is Coldsprings, and why would I want to go to a car show there? Coldsprings is 40 miles north of Humble Tx, 10 miles from Highway 59. It is a historical, quaint little town nestled in the middle of the Sam Houston National Forest and Lake Livingston. It is the gateway to Lake Livingston, and has some of the best camping and fishing in Texas. Whether you come in from Houston, Conroe or

Huntsville, it is a beautiful scenic drive through the Sam Houston national Forest. The drive alone is worth the trip. We are giving trophies (Plaques) for 17 different categories, 2 places for each category. The first 75 to register will also get a free hat. We will have 50/50 drawing, and all of our 50% will go to are Local Care Share, a worthy cause in itself. We are not out to make money, but to honor the hard work and time you have put into making your cars what they are, and to let others appreciate the work. We are just trying to cover the costs of advertising, trophies and rent. The Lake area will be packed with people, and we want them to enjoy something special. If you think your Rod is the best, please come and put your hard work against the competition if you dare. There are plenty of classes for every type of vehicle, so you are competing directly with like type cars . But only one will be the overall best, will it be you?

Sunday houses and other place to stay for the weekend. If anyone in your club or all of you our interested, contact Barbara Shelton at 713-628-2402 for more information. You can go to for information on places to stay if you dare.

So come for the day, or bring the whole family up and spend the weekend. There is plenty of camping,

Hope to see you there, if you dare! Barbara Shelton, Merchants Association of Coldspring

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Bulkhead Birding Series

The Great Blue Heron, Stone Cold Predator By: Bronwyn Clear One of the most awesome and ferocious creatures around our lake is the Great Blue Heron. This is one magnificent water bird! Their size and coloring give them their name. The Great Blues can grow to an enormous height of 4-1/2 feet tall with a wing span up to 6-1/2 feet wide, and a weight of anywhere from 4 to 7 lbs. Their coloring is black, white, and dark grey with a blue tinge. Due to the long plumes down their shoulders, fronts, and behind their heads, they have a shaggy look about them. In flight the Great Blue is recognized by long trailing legs, a tucked S-shaped aerodynamic neck, and slow graceful beating wings. When we surprise one on our dock, it makes a ferocious honking growl! Many other birds eat plants and animals or bugs, and they are called omnivores or insectivores. However, the Great Blue Heron is a true carnivore. Raw fish are the Heron’s preference, but they have been known to eat rodents, crabs, and even baby alligators! Because of their very long stork legs, these birds are waders. You can find them near bodies of fresh or salt water, such as lakes, rivers, swamps, coasts, wetlands, stock ponds,

Stalking Prey

and fish hatcheries. They can even be seen occasionally in roadside ditches, and have been known to raid small backyard goldfish ponds! Due to special photoreceptors in their eyes, these birds can hunt day and night. They stand like statues in shallow water to surprise small fish, and then swallow them head first. Or they take slow deliberate steps, stalking their prey without scaring them away. During a fly-by, a mature Great Blue will swoop down, pull a large fish out of the water, carry it to land and spear it to death with its dagger beak. After stabbing it, the fish stops wiggling so there is less chance of choking on it. Yes, sometimes a Heron can choke to death on its own catch! We have watched a Great Blue fiercely and repeatedly stab a large fish to make absolutely certain it no longer moves before swallowing it. Sometimes we walk out by the lake to find an abandoned fish on the bulkhead, stabbed with a hole through and through. Undoubtedly we just scared off a very disappointed Great Blue. In our area the Heron rookeries (or heronries) tend to be high in the tree branches of the forests around the lake never far from the water and excellent for protection. The nests are made of sticks and twigs, and might be up to 3 feet in diameter. The female lays around 3 to 6 light blue eggs in a clutch, and she generally produces only one or maybe two clutches each year. Both parents take turns incubating the eggs and feeding the young, requiring almost 2 months of hard work before the nestlings can fly! Breeding colonies can be found all over North and Central America. Great Blues are not threatened or protected. Their numbers are increasing, and their conservation status is “Least Concern”. If you have a computer and internet access, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

6-1/2’ Wing Span has a webcam set up to live-stream a Great Blue Heron site in Ithaca NY. Type this site into your browser to watch the herons day and night. Great_Blue_Herons/ You can learn more about the nature around our Lake Livingston area by joining the Piney Wood Lakes Chapter

of the Texas Master Naturalist Program. To find out about the local organization contact the President of the area chapter, Susan Tullos at Or go online to to read about the state program. Volunteer and get involved!

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Texas Blueberry 25th Annual Texas Blueberry Festival Fun Facts

Large, sweet rabbit-eye blueberries are harvested in East Texas from May to mid-July. While frozen Texas blueberries are available year round, there's nothing like fresh produce from local Texas farms. When choosing your blueberry purchase, select plump, firm fruit with tight skins and dark blue coloring. Purchase packaged fruit in clear containers to check the fruit on the bottom. Fresh blueberries may have a dusty appearance, which means they were harvested at the best time. Avoid soft or shriveled fruit, which indicate over-ripeness The largest producer of blueberries in Texas is also one of our CRC's — Nacogdoches. Every year in June, Nacogdoches hosts the Texas Blueberry Festival. This year the Texas Blueberry Festival will be held June 14th at

Blueberries can be eaten fresh or used for jelly, jam, pies, pastries or juice. Blueberry fruit is also low in calories and sodium, contains no cholesterol, and is a source of fiber. A major constituent of the fiber is pectin, known for its ability to lower blood cholesterol. (courtesy: TAMU AgriLife Extension) Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit. The annual harvest of North American blueberries would cover a four lane highway from Chicago to New York if spread out in a single layer. The traditional blue paint used in the homes of Shakers was made from blueberry skins, sage blossoms, indigo and milk. Native Americans once called them "star berries," because the five points of blueberry blossoms make a star shape. (

Set deep in Texas Forest Country in the oldest town in Texas, the Texas Blueberry Festival, presented by Brookshire Brothers, is a delightful day of the America you dreamed still existed. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the most delicious festival in the Lone Star State — a daylong celebration of the annual blueberry

harvest. In 1989, Nacogdoches residents Leon and Patsy Hallman coordinated community leaders and volunteers to plan an affordable, family-friendly event that highlights our downtown businesses and attractions, while celebrating and promoting local industry. As the only state-sanctioned blueberry festival in Texas, this delicious annual event attracts more than 19,000 people to downtown Nacogdoches. It offers a smorgasbord of activities to keep folks entertained all day long. The 2014 festival opens early on

Piney Woods Pathfinder, June, 2014, Page 11 June 14 with a fresh blueberry pancake breakfast served on the historic downtown square. Activities for blueberry lovers of all ages include a bounce park, petting zoo,

make-and-take arts and crafts, a pet parade, “The Big Blue” mural painting, classic car show, Blueberry Hill Soda & Sweet Shoppe, motorcycle show, pie eating contests, washers tournament,

and food and arts vendors. Downtown merchants and local businesses offer blueberry sweet specials inspired by the festival. The entire day is a fun, familyoriented event and many of the activities are free of charge. Experienced and novice cooks submit their best recipes and prettiest plates to compete in blueberry pie and blueberry cupcake contests. Live musical entertainment — acoustic folk guitar, country, jazz and soft rock — will fill the air from stages located downtown and in Festival Plaza. Thousands of pounds of fresh blueberries are sold on the historic downtown square. Festival-goers also can catch free shuttles to tour and pick their own blueberries right off the bushes at nearby farms. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce's various community and business development programs.

The Blueberry Festival of Quilts opens Friday morning and a Friday Night Blueberry Blast family-friendly, free admission event with music and a kid’s Bounce Park rounds out the day. The festival begins at 8 a.m., Saturday, with sweet blueberry entertainment, arts and craft vendors, tasty treats, shows and activities all will enjoy. New for the Silver Anniversary - a Berry Vine Evening progressive dinner and 25 Days of Blueberry that will build up to the big festival day! For more information please visit

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Piney Woods Fine Arts Another Successful Season!!! Crockett, TX—Piney Woods Fine Arts would like to thank everyone in the community, our sponsors and all the volunteers that helped to make this past season a huge success. PWFAA brought the big-names to Crockett, like Robert Earl Keen, Neal McCoy, Pam Tillis & Lorrie Morgan and Sinbad to name a few! These shows were very popular and helped us to continue our mission in providing the very best in liveentertainment for the citizens of East Texas. The PWFAA Arts in Education programs were an astounding success this year too. The School-Time Series shows smashed previous records for attendance…..with over 2000 school kids attending each show. The 2014 Houston County Youth Talent Showcase had the largest crowd ever in attendance

too! The Missoula Children’s Theatre is coming again June 16-21 for a weeklong theatre camp and workshops. Auditions for this year’s show, King Arthur’s Court are Monday June 16 at 10:00am at the Crockett Civic Center. The Summer Lightnin’ Concert Series starts June 5 with a FREE concert every Thursday night in June at the J.B. & Kathryn Sallas Amphitheatre at Arnold Park (next to the Houston County Museum). This year’s line-up is Del Castillo, Guy Forsyth, Malford Milligan and The Derailers. The concerts are open to the public and families are encouraged to bring a picnic basket, chair and enjoy some of the best Texas music around! All this as we plan another stellar season of performances for you in the 2014-2015 season. Contact the office now to find out the benefits of your tax deductible contribution in support of the Arts in our community.

For more information on upcoming events or how you can volunteer, please visit Piney Woods Fine Arts Association on the web at or call (936) 544-4276.

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas

46th Annual Powwow June 6 & 7, 2014 Indian Reservation Ballpark, U.S. Highway 190 The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas will be celebrating their 46th Annual Powwow on June 6 & 7 at the Indian Reservation Ballpark. Admission fee is $7 per person/per day, children 3 years and under are free. Dancer Registration is $7. All drums welcome, registered drums revive day money. Festivities begin at 9 am. For more

powwow information please contact Herbert Johnson, Jr. at 936-442-8706 or Tobine Alec at 936-563-1116 or email to For information about the AlabamaCoushatta Tribe please visit or contact us at 936-563-1100.

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Campaign 300

to make a difference in the lives of people around you.

A Faith-based organization that follows the example of Christ by helping others in need

As a Faith-based organization, we seek to serve our brothers in need. We are servants who believe that loving and serving God includes loving and serving others We are managed by a Board of 5 volunteer Directors, each of whom has experience in working with nonprofit firms. We believe that by getting a lot of us to help our brothers in need, we CAN make a difference in our community.

Who We Are Campaign 300 (C300) is a faithbased organization created in Polk County by people who desire to serve the Lord Jesus Christ through serving others. We began working in 2012, raised $6,459 and donated $5,916 to help local families and people in need. This equals 90% of every dollar we raised going back into our community. We are a nonprofit, tax exempt organization based in Livingston. What C300 Is Trying To Accomplish We believe that if enough people get together and give just one dollar a week to change the lives of the people around them, we can make a real difference in

our community. We are trying to get people involved in helping others who are facing difficult life situations. What C300 Needs You To Do

How C300 Works

two Board members. We ask each family/person we help to write us a letter updating us on how they are doing. All payments are made directly to a vendor or service provider, not the person/family in need. For example, if someone needs a car tire, we buy it from a vendor who supplies the tire to the person. Each person or family is eligible for assistance twice each year. Officers Board Members * President: Blair McDonald Carolyn Angle: Advance America Manager

Members make what we do possible. We are asking you to become a member of C300. Membership is only one dollar a week. Pay the dollar, become a member. It helps simplify the process if you give quarterly, only $13 dollars a month, but please give as you are led, be it big or small.

We are built around members…members see the need…members understand the need…members recommend who we help. The people we help are the people members recommend.

As a member, you are the source of the people we serve. We only provide help to people recommended by members. We will send you updates through an email newsletter. We want you to stay aware of what you are doing

Each person recommended fills out an application and we interview them. We want to know how we can best help; * Treasurer: Matt Anderson short term and long term. We pray with Blair McDonald Ph.D: each applicant and we encourage them to Consultant, Retired attend a local church. Carol Shipes: Administrator, The Each bequest requires the support of River of Life

* Vice President: Brian Benjey Brian Benjey: Assistant Pastor, First Church of the Nazarene * Secretary: Carol Shipes Ed Jennings: Pastor, Church on the Lake

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Pet Talk: Helping Fido Adjust to New Surroundings As we’re propelled into these summer months, many changes and transitions often accompany the warmer weather. Whether you’re relocating for work, moving after graduation, or just planning a long summer vacation, here are some tips to help ensure that Fido comfortably adjusts to your new surroundings.

said Dr. Stacy Eckman, a lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “Doors opened often for moving in may be a tempting way out for anxious pets.”

Due to the chaos of moving, a microchip or other form of identification for your pet is highly Prior to the move, it is important recommended, in case they do sneak that you check the new surroundings off unknowingly. “A microchip is nice for safety hazards such as hardware, because it cannot be lost, but visible chemicals, exposed wires, or other identification is also helpful if they get dangers. “It is also smart to make sure out and become lost, since they are to have a safe place to put them when unsure of their new surroundings,” said you get there, such as a closed off room Eckman. or area with water, food, and shelter,” If you’re traveling to your destination by plane, it is a good idea to speak with your veterinarian beforehand about the travel specifics. How long will the trip take? How does your pet normally do during travel? Will your pet be in cargo or in the cabin with you? Questions such as these can be discussed with your veterinarian to ensure that your pet is as comfortable and safe as possible during travel.

as well as the new smells and sounds,” said Eckman, “so frequent walks around the neighborhood are a good way to help them get used to their new surroundings.”

Just as it takes people a certain amount of time to get used to a new routine, location, and way of life, the same goes for our pets. However, unlike us, they are unable to vocalize “All pets will also need a health their discomfort and anxiety. As good certificate to travel, even across state pet owners, it is important that we do lines,” said Eckman, “and those all that we can to make transitions as moving internationally will need an comfortable as possible for our pets. international health certificate which This means keeping Fido safe and at takes more time to acquire.” ease before, during, and after the move, and most importantly, showing him that Our pets thrive on routine, and since amidst all of the changes, he isn’t most everything else their daily routine losing you. will be changing, it is important that your presence does not. Once you’ve Pet Talk is a service of the College settled into your new location, be sure of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical to spend plenty of time with Fido to Sciences, Texas A&M University. help him acclimate to his new life. Stories can be viewed on the Web at Suggestions “Often, pets are nervous and for future topics may be directed to anxious with all the activity and boxes,

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Main Street Downtown

Farmers Market

The Livingston Main Street Program has negotiated with the local Livingston Farmers Market Co-op to have a Farmers Market at the Downtown Anniversary Park on three Saturdays during the growing season. The Co-op will still maintain their permanent location on Hwy 59 south at Livingston Lawn and Garden except for these 3 Saturday dates: June 7, June 21, and July 12 when they will be downtown. Hours are from 8 am until Noon. Recent changes allow merchandise other than produce to be offered. Jams, jellies, baked goods, homemade soaps, and goat milk cheese will be available in addition to traditional fruits and vegetables. Anniversary Park is located at the

intersection of Tyler and Church Streets next to Melbo’s Convenience Store. Call 936-327-1050 for more information.

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The San Jacinto Historical Commission The San Jacinto Historical Commission had their first Volunteer Training day on May 3rd. The volunteers were trained on the history of the Jail Museum, Urbana Train Station and the Camilla Post Office.

of volunteers. Once trained - volunteers will be able to conduct tours of the historical buildings at Old Town Coldspring. Volunteers would only be required to help with tours 3 hours per month.

Several members of the SJC San Jacinto County has such Historical Commission were present to interesting history – and here is just a help with the training: Barbara Shelton, touch of what you can see and learn April Plunkett, and Brenda and Jimmy when you visit Old Town Coldspring: Wiggins. The training lasted about an San Jacinto County was established hour and we then enjoyed a picnic lunch. in 1870. The jail was built in 1887 The historical commission is in need across from the original courthouse. This courthouse burned in 1915 and was rebuilt at its current location – leaving only the jail to mark where the town of Coldspring began. The jail was expanded in 1911. This increased the number of cells upstairs and provided living quarters (downstairs) for the jailer and his family. The trapdoor for indoor executions was also added at this time.

This jail was used for 93 years until 1979 when it was deemed no longer within the acceptable limits of jail standards. At this time the San Jacinto County Historical Commission was granted a 100 year lease. The Urbana Depot was relocated from Shepherd and was part of the Houston East and West Texas Railway. This railway company was chartered in 1875 to build a narrow gauge railroad between Houston and Texarkana. The railroad was nicknamed the “Rabbit” and the initials were said to stand for “Hell Either Way Taken.”

The Camilla Post Office (1927) was used until the post mistress retired. Ms Billie Trapp bought the building and donated it to the Old Town. The Old Waverly School was built in 1926 and was a community school. It is thought to be a Rosenwald school. These schools were built in rural areas across the south. The Adams Log Crib/Ellisor Crib is an 1890’s corn crib that was dismantled in 1984 and moved to its present location. Outside you will find a tractor and various other farm implements.

Coldspring Area Public The Coldspring/ San Jacinto County Economic Library Calendar The CAPL Board of Directors meets the second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. This quarter the meetings will be on May 14 and July 9. The June meeting has been canceled. June, 2014: FIZZ BOOM READ! (Summer Reading Program) June 11: 10:30-11:00 a.m. “Science Rocks”, Stacy Ferguson, teacher at Lincoln Junior High. 11:00-11:30 a.m. “In the Garden”, Don Leedy, Coldspring Garden Club. June 18: 10:30-12:00 Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council, Ms. Angie & Ms. Stephanie. June 25: 10:30-11:30 A Visit from Domino’s Pizza, Denise Beason, Marketing Manager. July 4, 2013: Independence Day

(CAPL will be closed) July 10, 2014: The Coldspring Library’s Annual Book Review and Dessert Party is scheduled on Thursday, July 10, 2014. It will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Coldspring Community Center. (The library will close at 1:30 that day.) Watch for flyers for more information. CAPL will close at 1:30 p.m. on 7-10-14.

Development Committee to Host Job Fair

The Coldspring/ San Jacinto County Economic Development Committee will be hosting a JOB FAIR, Wednesday, June 18th at the Jones Education Complex, (Slade St. and Hwy 1514), 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Employers wanting to set up tables are welcome to register by calling the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce office at: 936 653- 2184 or register online at:

at 7:30 in the morning. Prospective employees please bring multiple copies of your resumes and be prepared to visit with the business representatives. The mission of the Coldspring/ San Jacinto County EDC is: To see, promote and assist growth and development while protecting the environment and quaintness that makes Coldspring and its surrounding areas so irresistible unique.

Table spaces are FREE and lunch will be served FREE to business representatives. Set up for this event Come out and help us make San will begin Tuesday, June 17th from 2:00 Jacinto County a great place to live and to 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday beginning work!

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Purple Flash named Texas Superstar Pemberton, AgriLife Research ornamental horticulturist and chair of the Texas Superstar executive board, Overton. “The red peppers come later in the season, and they’re showy in themselves, but Purple Flash is still used in flower borders or mass plantings.” Purple Flash, Capsicum annuum, is fast growing, Pemberton noted, but it rarely gets taller than 12 to 15 inches and can also be used “very effectively” in (Texas A&M AgriLife Research mixed containers. photo by Dr. Brent Pemberton) “It’s a nice, semi-compact plant,” he Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, said. All Texas Superstar plants undergo With its nearly black leaves overlaid extensive tests throughout the state by with dark purple and white swirls, the AgriLife Research and Texas A&M ornamental pepper Purple Flash — a new AgriLife Extension Service Texas Superstar plant — can be used in horticulturists, Pemberton said. landscapes as a backup or a stand-alone To be designated a Texas Superstar, a bedding plant, according to a Texas A&M plant must perform well for consumers AgriLife Research horticulturist. and commercial growers throughout “Though it has bright colors, the Texas, Pemberton said. Superstars must overall effect is dark, so it’s more often also be easy to propagate, which ensures used as a foliage plant,” said Dr. Brent the plants are not only widely available

throughout Texas but are also reasonably priced. In addition to disease resistance, summer plants like Purple Flash must tolerate Texas heat well, and Purple Flash has proven itself exceptional in this regard too, Pemberton said. In fact, Purple Flash doesn’t simply tolerate heat well; it thrives in it, said Wayne Pianta, PanAmerican Seeds representative, Fort Worth. PanAmerican released Purple Flash along with a number of other ornamental peppers in 2008. “It’s like a lot of the ornamental peppers,” Pianta said. “It seems to actually do better in the heat. It loves the sun and heat of Texas landscapes.” With its variegations of color, Purple Flash looks great with some of the other PanAmerican flowering plants that have done well in Texas trials, such as the East Texas bedding plant trials, which are conducted by Pemberton, Pianta said. “Because Purple Flash provides its

landscape color from its foliage, you don’t have to wait for it to bloom,” Pianta said. “This feature also makes it the perfect companion to flowering plants that have been previous Texas Superstar winners like Angelonia Serena.” Ornamental pepper Purple Flash also makes a showy container plant. (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo by Dr. Brent Pemberton) Though it likes sun and heat, Purple Flash will also tolerate partial shade. It won’t develop as deep variegations of black and white with purple flashes in partial shade, but it’s still a beautiful plant, Pianta said. In Texas, Purple Flash can be planted in the spring, late spring — or even into the summer — as long as it is watered regularly during establishment, Pemberton said. It prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade. It is also tolerant of a wide variety of soils and potting mixes as long as they are well drained. With a little care, it should last through Texas hot summers and into the fall. More information about the Texas Superstar program can be found at

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Friends of Livingston Shepherd Chamber of Commerce Municipal Library Lunch & Learn Book Sale and 4th of July The Friends of Livingston Municipal Library are busy getting ready for their book sale. The sale will be 10 AM – 2 PM, Friday, June 20, 2014 The sale will take place at Livingston Municipal Library located at our new location at 707 N, Tyler Avenue. The Friends rooms is located on the 2nd floor of the Library. We are proud of our beautiful library and our new Friends room, Hope all of you will plan to come to our BOOK SALE. All Hardback books will sell for $1.00.

VHS tapes, DVDs, and audio books on the inside will be $.50. You may fill a bag of paperback books for 1.00. All proceeds from the book sale will benefit the eBook/digital audio book progra m and the purcha se of the large print books for the library.

The Shepherd Chamber of Commerce is excited to spread the word about our 1st Lunch & Learn, luncheon on Wednesday June 11th starting at 11:30 am at the Shepherd Community Center. There will be a presentation on Social Media for Small Businesses by Brittany Hicks from Famcor. The meal for the lunch will be catered by The Texas Grill, and dessert is provided by Woodland Park. We are sending out post card invitations with a RSVP date to reserve a place. The cost for the event is $15.00 a person. This is a great opportunity for our surrounding businesses to come and learn about the benefits of social media for their

business as well as mingle with other professionals for marketing. Our 4th of July Celebration will be on Saturday July the 5th starting at 1:00 pm. There will be live music, concession stands, and novelty vendors, and games and rides for the kids. We encourage everyone to come and enjoy the day, bring some chairs, blankets and umbrellas and have some fun in the sun. Fireworks will be set off at around 9:30 pm. If anyone is interested on becoming a vendor please contact the Shepherd Chamber of Commerce at 936-628-3890.

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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 936-9675065. 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. 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 936-653-5543. CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates – For information to become a volunteer donating time for children of Polk County, call Joanis Robertson at 936523-0519. Coldspring's Area Business and Merchants - Meets the second Thursday of the month at 8 a.m. at Paradise Grille. 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. 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 office manager at for more information. Historical Jail Museum , Coldspring, Texas – Open 2nd and 4th Sat. of each month. Contact Barbara Shelton 713-6282402 for Tours. 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 936-327-1989. Lake Livingston Singles Club Meets the last Monday of each month at Jalisco's Texas Pepper Restaurant - Dinner @ 5 PM - Meeting @ 6 PM - for more information call 936 646-6707 or 926 3292234. 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 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 936-327-0936 Livingston Rotary Club – Every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at Cho Yeh, For information , call Ray Gearing at 936327-2752. 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 SPCA - Meets the first Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at our new location, 802 S. Houston (Hwy 146). Use the Mary Street entrance. 936-327-7722 San Jacinto County Chamber of Commerce - Meets first Thursday of the month at 8 a.m. in at the Chamber's Office. San Jacinto Co. Historical Commission Presents Trade Days - 4th Saturday of the month, March - Nov. Call Amanda for more information 936-5228493. Shepherd 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 Historical Commission Meeting is the 2nd wed. of each month at 6pm at Paradise Grille. 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 Katy Smith at 936-653-5556. 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

To Submit 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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