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March, 2011

Piney Woods

Volume 1 Issue 1 Complimentary Copy

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

The Circus is Coming to Town!

“Helping you see the forest through the trees.�

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Monthly Meetings ARF-RC Model Planes Club- Meets every Saturday at the Club Field located on FM 350 N. approximately four miles from Hwy. 190. Call Joe Hebert at 936-566-5804 or Don Hirt at 936-566-4098 for information. Boots and Babes Square Dance Club – Every Friday night at 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the new location on DelaNorton Street or Business 59. For information, call 936-327-3384 or 936-967-0979 Christian Motorcycle Association – King’s Kids – Meets at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Catfish King. Rides are planned on fourth Saturdays. For information, call John Muhall at 936-967-4700 or Jimmy Mattix at 936-327-1223. 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.

San Jacinto County Chamber of Commerce - Meets first Thursday of the month at 8 a.m. in at the Chamber’s Office. Coldspring’s Area Merchants and Business - Meets the second Thursday of the month at 5:15 p.m. Cora’s Corner. Call 936-653-2332 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 936-5664766. 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 936327-4084.

Piney Woods


Of Lake Livingston

“Helping you see the forest through the trees”

Table of Contents Page 1, Cover Page 2, Monthly Meetings Page 3, Monthly Meetings Cont. Page 4, Take a Hike Page 5, Westmont Ranch Page 6, Circus Page 7, Circus Cont. Page 8, Dogwood Festival Page 9, Trinity-Neches Rodeo Page 10, Livingston Community

Concert Page 11, Community Concert Cont. Page 12, Boots and Babes Page 13, Texas Health Matters Page 14, FM 2865 Band Page 15, Piney Woods Pathfinder Page 16, Advertisement

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 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.

Monthly Guide Serving Lake Livingston and the Surrounding Area

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 936328-2257 for information about FFA programs.

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. Livingston Rotary Club – Every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at Camp Cho-Yeh, For information , call Ray Gearing at 936-327-2752. Onalaska-Polk County AARP Chapter 3876 – Meets at 10 a.m. every second Thursday of the month at Idlewilde Clubhouse. For information, contact Lew Vail at 936-646-4330. Piecemakers Quilt Guild – Meets the second Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at Chesswood Baptist

Piney Woods Pathfinder, March, 2011, Page 3 Church. Contact Kay Hardy at 936563-4580. Upper Lake Livingston Wireless Association – Meets the second Polk County Mission – Mission is Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at open for free food for families that Polk County Emergency Operations qualify. 707 S. Washington, 936conference room. Call Lew Vail at 327-7634. Open Tuesday and 936-646-4330. Thursday 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Send donations to Box 1973, Livingston, Sons of Confederate Veterans – Tx 77351. Call BJ Cooling at 936Capt. Ike Turner Camp 1275 meets 327-5806 or Aline the second Saturday of each month Fisher at 936-365-2825. at 10 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 1907 N. Washington. Call Craig Polk County Social Club – Meets Reese at 936-327-8232. every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW hall. For more information, The Piney Woods Gem & Mineral call Mary at 936-327-9015. Society (PWGMS) - Meets the 4th Wednesday of each month (except United Daughters of the December). Time: 7:00 p.m. Confederacy – Meets the second Location: Carriage Inn, 2805 Lake Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Road, Huntsville, Texas. Livingston Heritage House. The For More Information: Email genealogical society welcomes the or call public. Kevin at (936) 594-9876.

Livingston Trade Days Open year-round on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday before the third Monday of each month, Trade Days is set on over 200 acres in Livingston’s scenic Pedigo Park. Shoppers peruse through two covered pavilions and open air lots that are host to a wide variety of food, arts, crafts, collectible and antique vendors. This great environment welcomes families, day-trippers and outdoor enthusiasts who come to enjoy a few hours at the park. With hundreds of vendors and an eclectic selection of wares, there’s something for everyone.

Open Friday through Sunday before the 3rd Monday of each month. Friday & Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Sundays 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. 925 US 59 Bypass North, Livingston TX 77351 Phone 936-327-3656, Fax 936-327-8777

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Take a Hike with The Lone Star Hiking Trail Club, Inc. The Lone Star Hiking Trail Club, Inc. was formed in 1995 on National Trails Day and is affiliated with the American Hiking Society. Our mission is (1) to educate the public about location, use and needs of the hiking trails of Texas, with emphasis on the Lone Star Hiking Trail, and (2) to provide volunteer assistance for maintenance and

improvement of hiking trails. The club name reflects our emphasis on the Lone Star Hiking Trail (LSHT) and our Texas location. The Lone Star Hiking Trail Club host events all year round, offering group hikes and trail maintenance hikes on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Membership is $15.00/year for each adult and is tax-deductible. Event locations are primarily on the Lone Star Hiking Trail in the Sam Houston National Forest, one hour north of Houston, Texas. The Lone Star Hiking trail meanders through the Sam Houston National Forest between Richards and Cleveland, Texas. The 128 miles of foot paths are well marked with white or silver

blaze markers. Side loops are color coded. Trail Heads are well maintained and offer parking for day hikers. The LSHT Clubsponsored Hikes and Work hikes are scheduled throughout the year and are guided by experienced volunteer leaders. The general public is welcome to take part in the club's weekend activities. Hikes are easy to moderate and according to the schedule normally cover 6 to 8 miles. All that you will need for the hike is to Bring lunch, WATER, Fanny or daypack, rain gear, insect repellent, First Aid Kit and any other specialty items you may need during the hike. Sturdy footwear is highly recommended. Some upcoming hikes are; March 12, Hike Magnolia: Meet at 9 a.m. at L.S.H.T. PARKING LOT #10 MAGNOLIA (FM 945 at Butch Arthur Rd, 2.7 miles south of TX 150). Hike Leader: Hilda. March 26, Hike Richards Loop: Meet at 9 a.m. at the intersection of FM 1375 and FM 149 (15 miles west of I-45). Hike Leader: Dave.

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Trades of the Trail Ÿ Poolside Patio, Pool House with Ÿ Ÿ

A Venue for any Occasion Nestled in the beautiful piney woods of Evergreen, Texas, Westmont Ranch owned by Monte

and Kimellen West, is a venue for all of your occasions. “We know that every Bride is different. We will set up a meeting to discuss your needs and create a package tailored just for you. “ “We can provide tables and seating to accommodate your guests as well as offer you a list of preferred venders for your catering, floral, photography, and entertainment.” Book your next event! Westmont Ranch is available for 2010 bookings beginning April 3rd through October 30th. “Check our website, for our open house dates. If you cannot make one of the open houses, a private tour can be arranged with ample notice.” Facilities offered for Events at Westmont Ranch: Ÿ Formal Grounds – Contained lawn, approximately three acres of manicured lawn area within the confines of wood fence. Ÿ Circular Drive



Restroom Facility Bar-B-Que Patio with concrete dance area Extensive Wood Decking, Sidewalks and Paths throughout Rose Trellis Arbor Small Pond with Water Feature and Running Creek to Large Pond Italian Gazebo and Wet Bar Boathouse and Wet Bar extended over Large Scenic Pond Gracious Seating Areas throughout Tables and seating for up to 100 guests 1600 sq.ft. Concrete floored Covered Barn Air Conditioned Bunkhouse – Changing Room, Restroom, Sitting Area, Full Service Kitchen Area Designated Parking to be determined by size of event planned For more information about

Westmont Ranch contact Kimellen West at 936-537-9660 / 936-5227323 or email at

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Kelly Miller Circus PROGRAM Directed by Ringmaster John Moss III WELCOME A wacky welcome to America's One Ring Wonder from those crazies from clown alley, Steve and Ryan OVERTURE Musical director Captain Lucky Eddie Straeffer, assisted by Vickie Straeffer. MONARCHS OF THE JUNGLE Witness the amazing bond between Casey McCoy and his tremendously talented tigers. HOT PURSUIT Ryan's on the run with a "terrifying tiger" right behind EXTREME AERIAL ACROBATICS For the first time in America, Australia's Olympian of the air, Nikita, in a pulse quickening performance. EDUCATED EXOTIC ANIMALS The North Starlets welcome our four-legged visitors from distant deserts. The Silk Road Camels, trained and exhibited by Mike Rice. JUGGLING BEYOND BELIEF Juggler extraordinaire, Rual Olivares, entertains with sensational speed and style. FABULOUS FUN FILLED FIFTIES Join us in a trip back to the time when Rock and Roll was born. HIGH ENERGY HULA HOOPS Everyone's favorite fifties toy gets a new twist with Cathy Poema. ROCKIN' & ROLLIN' ROLA BOLA The king, Fridman "Elvis" Torales, gives a traditional circus act some fifties flair. DISASTER AT THE DINER The silliest of soda jerks, Steve and Ryan,. create chaos at the corner cafe. CHARMING CANINE CAPERS Natalie Cainan and her educated American Eskimos delight with their adorable antics. ROCKIN' ROUND THE TOP The North Starlets take us to a hop at the top of the big top; featuring Reyna Vaez on the 360 degree revolving trapeze. (Fifties segment devised and developed by Danny and Tavana Brown.) Intermission MADCAP MAGIC They're back! It's Steve and Ryan with some surprises. EXECUTING THE UNBELIEVABLE From Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Poema family present their acrobatic Risley act, an exhilirating exhibition that will leave you wondering how they can do it. THE CACTUS CREEK GANG Whip-cracking, rope-spinning Miss Roxie Montana and her Wild West dogs and ponies. SOMETHINGS BUZZING IN THE BIG TOP The Hucklebuck Extirminator Company sends Steve and Ryan to assist with our pest problem. PONDEROUS PERFORMING PACHYDERMS The biggest stars in show business, the Kelly Miller Circus elephants presented by Armando Loyal. TONY AND THE TOY BOX There's a surprise waiting for Tony at the bottom of this magical box. HUMAN VOLCANO The undisputed master of fire manipulation, Brian LaPalme, creates a blast so big you will feel the heat.

The Circus is Coming to Town The Shepard Chamber of Commerce has announced that the famous Kelly Miller Circus will be coming to town for one day only on March 18, 2011. The circus will have two performances, one that will begin at 4:30 and the second at 7:00p.m. But do not miss the opportunity to watch the circus setup for the shows. At 7:30 a.m. festivities will begin with the circus unloading the animals, the at 9:00 a.m. the tents will be raised the “old fashion” way. The elephants will be raising the tents. The 2011 edition of KMC (Kelly Miller Circus) will feature some of last years most popular attractions and many new acts and production numbers. Returning from last year are Fridman Torales on the Rola Bola, Casey McCoy's Tigers (now increased to 5), Natalie Cainan's Dogs, and the Kelly Miller Elephants. This year they have the North Starlets, Clowns Steve and Ryan, The Poema family from Argentina, the Ogle sisters on the trapeze, juggling sensation Raul Olivares, Brian LaPalme's fire manipulation, Roxie Montana and her Wild West dogs and ponies, Tony and the Toy Box, Mike and Carolyn Rice with their camels, and a rollicking, Rock and Roll finale.

Tickets are on sale now at all 3 Peoples State Bank(coldspring, shepherd & livingston), 1st State bank in shepherd and livingston, JC Pharmacy in shepherd, Brookshire Bros. in Coldspring, Prosperity Bank and 1st Bank and Trust in Cleveland. So don’t wait for this once in a lifetime show. The circus will be at Hwy 150 W, next to shepherd baseball field and the community center, across from the Shepherd Elementary School.

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Dogwood Festival Woodville, Texas Festival of the Arts, March 20th-21rst The Festival of the Arts will kick off the Tyler County Dogwood Festival on March 20th-21st with an opportunity to step back in time. Enjoy a tour of Heritage Village, demonstrations of crafts and skills from days gone by like blacksmithing and spinning and weaving, and hear some wonderful old time bluegrass, gospel and country music. The gate opens at 9:00 a.m. and the festivities will go on until 5:00 p.m. Director Oferia Gazzaway has also scheduled some fabulous exhibits to include an art exhibit in cooperation with the Tyler County Art League, a quilt show and an artillery exhibit. And of course the renowned Pickett House will be serving an old time lunch of fried chicken, dumplings, a

variety of fresh vegetables and all of the trimmings family style. Sunday, March 21st, the Village will close out the Festival of the Arts with a Dinner on the Grounds from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for children under twelve. There will be live entertainment and lots of great food and fun. The Festival of the Arts is a great opportunity to learn about the culture and heritage of Tyler County and East Texas and there will be so much to see and do. For more information regarding the Festival call the Heritage Village at (409) 283-2272. Western Weekend, March 26th-27th Western Weekend highlights a 2-day open Rodeo that runs March 26th-27th. Festivities include a parade downtown, the crowning of the Rodeo Sweethearts and the Annual Western Weekend Dance. Queen’s Weekend, April 2nd3rd The Dogwood Festival culminates with Queen’s Weekend. The grandest weekend in Tyler County includes a parade, a pageant, the Coronation of the Dogwood Queen and Tyler County’s largest fireworks display. Dogwood Dash The Dogwood Dash is a 5K fun run held the first Saturday in April in conjunction with Tyler County Dogwood Festival Queen’s Weekend. The race is sponsored annually by Citizens State Bank and begins at the Woodville Elementary School parking lot, 505 North Carlton Street, in Woodville, TX. All participants receive a Dogwood Dash t-shirt. Late registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. – the race will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. Citizens State Bank is pleased to announce that IAAP will provide professional Timing and Results with a Chip Timing System. For more information: Tyler County Chamber of Commerce, phone: 409.283.2632 or 409.283.2234 To buy tickets: Heritage Village, Hwy 190 West 409.283.2272 or 800.323.0389 Jarrott’s Pharmacy & Gifts, 215

S. Magnolia 409.283.2550 Sullivan’s Hardware Store, 211 West Bluff 409.283.2231 Ticket Prices:Presale – $5 (child) & $7 (Adult) At the Gate – $6 (child) & $8 (Adult)

The Dogwood Festival Festival of the Arts, March 20th-21rst

Previous Dogwood Festival Queen

Dogwood Festival Western Weekend, March 26th-27th

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66th Trinity-Neches FFA and 4-H Livestock Show and Rodeo The 66th Trinity-Neches FFA and 4-H Livestock Show and Rodeo will be kicking off this year on Tuesday March 29 through Friday April 1rst. The events will be held this year at the Barney Wiggins Rodeo Arena in

Livingston. The livestock show and rodeo gives kids the chance to compete for scholorships, trophies, ribbons and bragging rights. The livestock show includes everything from swine to rabbits, poultry to lambs, bulls to dairy cows. Tuesday marks the beginning of the show, with everyone checking in. On Wednesday don’t miss the swine judging and Ag. mechanics judging. On Thursday the crafts and food are open to be viewed by the public. Also on Thursday at 6:30, p.m. is the sweetheart contest. Friday is the big day, sales will begin at 4:30 p.m. Come out and show your support for the FFA and 4-H. For more information call the Ag Extension agency at 936-328-2257.

Program of Activities 66th Trinity-Neches FFA and 4-H Livestock Show and Rodeo ***Gates will not open prior to 6:00 A.M. each day*** Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 8:00am – 9:00am Check-in Breeding and Meat Pen Rabbits 9:30am Rabbit Judging – Meat Pen then Breeding 10:00am – 11:00am Check-in Meat Goats 11:00am – 12:00pm Check in Breeding Goats 1:00pm Meat Goat Judging/then Breeding Goat Judging 2:00pm – 4:00p.m Check-in Ag. Mechanics 4:45pm Check-in Poultry & Production Poultry 5:00pm Poultry & Production Poultry Judging 6:30pm – 8:30pm Check-in Market Swine 10:00pm Everyone Must Be Off Fairgrounds Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 9:00am Market Swine Judging 1:00pm – 2:00pm Check-in Breeding Swine 2:30pm Breeding Swine Judging 4:00pm Ag. Mechanics Judging – Release Projects After 4:30pm – 5:30pm Check-in Beef Cattle 4:30pm – 5:30pm Check-in Crafts and Food Show –Judging Follows 6:00pm Pee Wee Junior Exhibitors 6:00pm Beef Cattle Judging 10:00pm Everyone Must Be Off Fairgrounds No Trailers Parked on Fairgrounds Today or Tonight 7:00am – 8:00am Check-in Market Lambs 7:00am – 8:00am Check-in Steers & Commercial Heifers 9:00am Market Lamb Judging 9:00am – 4:00pm Crafts and Food Show – Viewing and Pickup 11:00am Commercial Heifer Judging 2:00pm Market Steer Judging Exhibitors must tell TNLS which animals to place in the sale within 30 minutes of conclusion of steer judging. 5:00pm Rodeo Tickets Go On Sale 6:30pm Sweetheart Contest 7:00pm Rodeo ($5.00 Admission) 10:00pm Everyone Must Be Off Fairgrounds Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Friday, April 1st, 2011 8:00am Sale Arena Set-Up 4:30pm All sale participants must be present at sale facility for meeting 5:30pm Prepare For Sale & Go-Texan Buyers Dinner 7:00 Sale

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The Livingston Community Concert Association Presents

Daniel Narducci and Sherri Seiden On April 1, 2011 the Livingston Community Concert Association will bring to Lake Livingston the stunning melodic sounds of two superior artists, Daniel Narducci and Sherri Seiden. Narducci is a Classic American Baritone whose talents have been captured through live stage presentations, recordings, documentaries, and television. He has appeared with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops, Naples Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Houston Symphony, and the Detroit Symphony. He has appeared regularly as a guest artist at many popular summer music venues throughout North America, including

the Wolf Trap, Ravinia, Blossom, Saratoga, and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festivals. On the operatic stage, Daniel Narducci’s recent appearances include Mercutio in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette with the Cleveland Opera, and Escamillo in Carmen with the Indianapolis Opera. He has portrayed Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Marcello in La Bohème, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and Belcore in L’Elisir d’amore with the opera companies of Washington, New Orleans, Central City, Palm Beach, Kentucky, Nashville, Fresno, and Hawaii. An increasingly active recording artist, Daniel Narducci recently created the role of Captain Hook on the world premiere recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Peter Pan. This

complete version of the musical costars Linda Eder, and was released by Koch International Records. Mr. Narducci’s debut recording, Timeless Broadway, appears on the Archaeus Records label, and a solo Christmas CD entitled Christmas Once More, a collection of classical and traditional songs, is set for release this holiday season. Performing with Daniel is Soprano Sherri Seiden. Her busy schedule during the past year has included her Carnegie Hall debut as soprano soloist both in the Brahms and Rutter Requiems with John Rutter, conductor. She also sang with the Liaoning Symphony in Shenyang, China, with Peter McCoppin conducting. In Atlanta, she took on the role of Stella in Street Car Named Desire with Capitol City Opera, as well as singing the Bach Cantatas #51

and #84 with New Trinity Baroque. Traveling to Ontario, Canada, she appeared on stage New Year's Day, 2007, as soprano soloist with Attila Glatz Concerts. This Spring, she was soloist with the Elysium Chamber Orchestra in Atlanta, singing Mozart's Requiem, and in the summer she plans to record a CD with the Bratislava Symphony, Peter McCoppin, conducting. Her plans for Fall include a debut in Jake Heggies' Statue of Venus, with Capitol City Opera. This first place winner of the Regional Metropolitan Opera competition made her debut as Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Florida's Treasure Coast Opera in March 2005. She then produced and performed solo concerts throughout the summer in Atlanta, Georgia.

Piney Woods Pathfinder, March, 2011, Page 11 In the fall of 2005, Ms. Seiden debuted with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera in a new production as Amor in Gluck's Orfeo. In addition, she performed a series of holiday concerts with both the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic with Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor. During her career, Ms. Seiden has had the privilege to perform solo at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; she was featured as the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah at the Wang Center in Boston, and sang with the Toronto Festival Orchestra such excerpts as “Queen of the Night� from The Magic Flute, and Adele in Die Fledermaus. Ms. Seiden has also had the opportunity to perform the role of Christine in the European Tour of The Phantom of the Opera, and was in the long running production of Beauty and the Beast at the Schubert Theater in Los Angeles, also appearing in the internationallyaired Disney Spectacular commercial for that show. She performed in an Evening of Rogers

Sherri Seiden & Hammerstein with the Hamilton Symphony Orchestra in Ontario, Canada, directed by Boris Brott.

Daniel Narducci

For more information about the upcoming concert or Livingston Community Concert Association

membership contact Marilyn Taylor at 936-327-5674.

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Boots & Babes Square Dance Club of Livingston Boots & Babes Square Dance Club of Livingston, Texas is part of the Sam Houston Square and Round Dance Association (SHSRDA for short). The club was formed in 1979, with 29 members in the first graduating class. Alton and Mona Land were the first presidents, and the club caller was Roger Hopper. John Aden started calling for the club after Roger’s death in 1990, and called for us for 16 years. Mike Burnham took over as club caller when John retired, then K.O. Jeanes became our new club caller in 2007, when Mike had to leave us. We are an active, stable club, and have an active membership list of 30+ dancers. Our club hosts an annual Spring Jubilee, and takes part in special events in Livingston and surrounding communities. The club first danced in the Fire Hall over the old fire station. When that building was demolished, the club danced at the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and then moved to the Escapees RV Park, where we danced for several years in the Clubhouse during the summer and in the Activities Center during the winter months. After a couple of years at the Lake Livingston Inn, we have recently moved to a new dance hall. We now make our home at a wonderful new location at the La Casita Mexican Restaurant, 125 S. Washington Ave, (Business 59-South of Courthouse). We are truly excited about our new

"home". Here is instructions on how to find the new location from our old location at Lake Livingston Inn: Head north on Hwy. 59. Take the Business 59 N (Washington Ave.) exit. Business 59 will curve to the left at the Exxon Station. Continue north on 59, you’ll pass Garner Street, then the restaurant is on the right a couple of blocks past Garner. Look for a white brick building and the La Casita sign. Park in front or behind the building and use the entry door in the rear of the restaurant.

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Guardianship, Other Volunteer Programs Offer Critical Support for Older Texans Every two weeks or so, Elizabeth and Doris repeat a tradition developed over eight years of friendship. Around dinnertime, Elizabeth, an Austin attorney and volunteer senior guardian, picks up 77-year-old Doris at a small group home for older people with disabilities. They drive to a nearby fast food restaurant where Doris orders a cheeseburger and medium Coke. They chat and laugh for about 30 minutes, then Elizabeth drives Doris back home. “Even though it’s only five blocks or so, Doris always kids me that my sense of direction is awful and I’m getting hopelessly lost,” Elizabeth says. “I play along and pretend I’m also lost and panicking — until we reach her house and both act amazed that we’ve found our way back. It’s silly, but we both love it.” The laughs and standard jokes (such as Doris pretending to filch quarters from Elizabeth’s coin tray) are a joy for both women, who also enjoy occasional outings such as a trip to the circus. However, the guardianship relationship serves another, more serious need for frail, pixieish (4’11”) Doris, who has mental retardation and lacks any family support system. Through a program offered by the local nonprofit organization, Family Eldercare, Elizabeth monitors Doris’ mental and physical health status, communicates with service providers about her needs and stands ready to advocate for her legal rights and make limited health care authorizations on her behalf. She also keeps an eye out for situations in which Doris might become the victim of financial exploitation, abuse or neglect.

Although the manager of Doris’ group home works hard to help and watch over her, the regular support from Elizabeth is invaluable. Guardianship just one of many services offered by Family Eldercare with funds from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and other public and private agencies and donors. They also can arrange or provide include service coordination, money management, homemaker service, low-income housing, elder shelter and more. Elizabeth, like many volunteers, says her contributed hours deliver a unique sense of satisfaction. “It’s such a minimal amount of time, and it makes us both happy. Companionship is all Doris has needed from me so far, but she’s gradually getting more frail and I’ll be ready to give more help when she needs it.” In addition to community volunteers like Elizabeth, Family Eldercare has professional care managers who serve as legal guardian agents for hundreds of clients each year. Their care managers also train and support volunteer guardian advocates, who assist clients one-on-one to ensure their needs are being met. For people who meet income guidelines, Family Eldercare and similar organizations around Texas provide free guardianship to elders and qualifying people with disabilities. Most of these nonprofits have constant need for people to serve as volunteers for their guardianship and advocacy programs, as well as other areaspecific services. Their programs accommodate volunteers’ employment hours by allowing them to schedule volunteer activities on predictable days and

hours. Training is provided and experienced personnel are on hand to answer questions and address any concerns volunteers may have. “It’s amazing how much satisfaction can come from something that takes so little time,” Elizabeth said of her relationship with Doris. “I feel like I’m getting as least as much out of this as she is.” If you’d like to volunteer for guardianship programs or other volunteer services for older people, call the Department on Aging and Disabilities Services at 800-2529240. You’ll be connected to your

nearest area agency on aging, which can fill you in on volunteer opportunities in your area. Matters

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FM 2865 Comes to Livingston Country, soul, and a little rock n’ roll create the original Texas Country sound of the FM2865 Band who will be playing at Buster McNutty’s onFriday, March 11th.Wanting to stay close to their roots, the 5-piece band named themselves after the road that inspired their music careers and many of their original songs. Four

of the five members are siblings, Dustin, Colby, Corey, and Jessie Samford. Each started playing music very early in life in a family band that included their father. These years allowed time for the members to hone their talent and find their niche in the band. In 2006, the siblings asked their longtime family friend, Seth Wilson, to join them and they created what is known today as the FM2865 Band. The five members of the FM2865 band have dedicated many years to each other and the band. Working together to create a sound that can be enjoyed by everyone, young and old alike. Great music from a very likable group of young talent has created a following that started in their small town which is reflected in many of their original songs and has continued to grow exponentially throughout the years. While they have played many covers in the Texas Country, southern rock, and mainstream country genres, their original material is their primary focus. Each individual member of the band influences these original songs with their personal style and creativity. The band has shared the stage with many well-known Texas Country artists such as Kevin Fowler, Gary Allen, Eli Young

Band, Jason Allen, Mickey and the Motorcars, Rich O’Toole, Brian Milson, and Jody Booth. Since the formation of the FM2865 band in 2006, the members and the band as a whole have shown tremendous growth in their instrumental, vocal, and overall abilities. They hope to continue sharing their music and expanding their fan base. As their popularity grows, so does the size of their shows and venues. The FM2865 has played in many venues including several county fairs, Blue Bayou Water Park, The Firehouse Saloon, the famous Coupland Dance Hall, Papa’s Ice House, and The Texas Hall of Fame on a regular rotation. In 2008, when their debut album “Dream Big” was released, their fans got what they had been waiting for. With the help of RT Studios, the band put out a record that was true to their country roots with all original music and lyrics. Since the release of “Dream Big” the band has continued to evolve their sound and dedicate much time to writing and composing the tracks to their next album, hopefully to be compiled in the next year. Come and check them out at Buster McNutty’s, Friday, March 11th. 4700 Highway 190 West Livingston, TX 77351

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Trades of the Trail Piney Woods


Of Lake Livingston

For those of you who are active and always looking for something new and exciting to experience around the Lake Livingston and surrounding area you should get your hands on an edition of the Piney Woods Pathfinder. Owned and operated by Ryan and Michael Downhour, the Pathfinder has something for everyone. “We started the Piney Woods Pathfinder as a way to share with the community all that the area has to offer, in the process we’ve enjoyed meeting new people and have had some wonderful experiences.” “I had grown up in the newspaper industry and had always known that I wanted to be in print media. When my husband and I moved to the Livingston area I knew that this is where I wanted to start a monthly guide.” “My goal with the Pathfinder is to bring to the community a source that has all the upcoming events along with a description. In doing this I hope to introduce visitors and remind residence of what this area has to offer.”

“For the businesses in the area I want to offer an affordable and effective method of marketing, as well as offer “Trades of the Trail”, were businesses will have an opportunity to communicate directly with the community through an article.” “Our goal at Piney Woods Pathfinder is to continue bringing the community to you. We are constantly striving to increase circulation and will continue to offer our monthly guide free of charge. Another way that we are keeping everyone informed is through our website, The website has an electronic edition as well as upcoming events, organizations and information for all the advertisers of Piney Woods Pathfinder.” “My husband and I are open to any questions or comments. We could not have done this without the help of the community.” Ryan and Michael Downhour can be contacted by phone at 936523-0033, email

Michael and Ryan Downhour Publishers of Piney Woods Pathfinder, or by mail at P.O. Box 115, Coldspring, Texas 77331.

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