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March, 2012 Volume 2 Issue 1 Complimentary Copy

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

Inside Annual Dogwood Festival Cowboy Boots & County Roots Come Clean Lake Livingston

67th Trinity-Neches Livestock Show and Rodeo “Helping you see the forest through the trees.”

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Table of Contents Page 1, Cover Page 2,Table of Contents Page 3, Select Power Sport Page 4, Mike’s Saw and Supply Page 5, Monthly Meetings Page 6, Monthly Meetings Cont. Page 7, Bach, Beethoven & BBQ Page 8, Spring Art Show & Sale Page 9, The River or the Creek Page 10, Come Clean Lake Livingston

Page 11, Come Clean Lake Livingston Page 12, Plan before you Plant Page 13, Dogwood Festival Page 14, Cowboy Boots & Country Roots Page 15, The Peking Acrobats Page 16, Trinity-Neches Rodeo Page 17, Wine and Cheese Trail Page 18, Westmont Ranch Page 19, Westmont Ranch Cont. Page 20, Come Clean Lake Livingston

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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. Monthly Guide Serving Lake Livingston and the Surrounding Area

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Piney Woods Pathfinder, March, 2012, Page 5 Livingston Rotary Club – Every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at Cho Yeh, For information , call Ray Gearing at 936-327-2752.

Monthly Meetings ARF-RC Model Planes ClubMeets 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.

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.

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

Families and Individuals thanking heroes – Meets the second Thursday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Livingston Physical Therapy office. For information, call Andrea at 936-3274084.

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 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. Christian Motorcycle Association – King's Kids – Meets at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Texas Pepper. Rides are planned on fourth Saturdays. For information, call Doc Hinds at 936566-4340 or Jimmy Mattix at 936-3271223. CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates – For information to become a volunteer donating time for children of Polk County, call Joanis Robertson at 936-523-0519. Coldspring's Area Business and Merchants - Meets the second Thursday of the month at 5:15 p.m. Cora's Corner. Call 936-653-2332 The Coldspring Area Lions Club meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. First meeting is at the Coldspring Methodist Church and the second meeting is at The Bank of San Jacinto County. All meetings are at noon. For information contact Jim Polk at 6538200. th

Coldspring's Trade Days – 4 Saturday monthly , March – November

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. 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 936327-1989. Levis and Lace Square Dance Club – Meets on Tuesday nights at the elementary school in Onalaska at 7:30 p.m. For more information call Betsy Waite at 936-327-4610 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:

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 Church on 59 South in Livingston, 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 Mission – Mission is open for free food for families that qualify. 707 S. Washington, 936-3277634. Open Tuesday and Thursday 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Send donations to Box 1973, Livingston, Tx 77351. Call BJ Cooling at 936-327-5806 or Aline Fisher at 936-365-2825. Meetings Continue on Page 6

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Monthly Meetings 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. 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 5:00 pm at the Pct building in Shepard. 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. Small Business Counseling - 3rd

Friday of each month between the hours of 10:00 am and noon Bob Baragan of Small Business Development is offering free counseling and training. Each session will be one hour and held at the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce. Sons of Confederate Veterans – Capt. Ike Turner Camp 1275 meets the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 1907 N. Washington. Call Craig Reese at 936-3278232. 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. 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) 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. TOPS Tx 1448 Livingston (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) - Meets every Thursday in the hospital dinning room from 4:30 6:30 pm. For more information please call (936) 328-4926 or 328-4170 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.

Upper Lake Livingston Wireless Association – Meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Polk County Emergency Operations conference room. Call Lew Vail at 936-646-4330. 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,

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

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Bach, Beethoven & Barbecue to benefit Young Texas Artists Music Competition Saturday, March 10 The Montgomery County Performing Arts Society is pleased to announce a fundraising gala benefiting the Young Texas Artists Music Competition. The event, Bach, Beethoven & Barbecue, will be held in conjunction with the 2012 YTA Entergy Finalists’ Concert & Awards, Saturday, March 10, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The festivities take place at the Crighton Theatre in the downtown historic district of Conroe. In addition to the concert in the theatre featuring the talented finalists of the competition, the celebration will include a pre-concert dinner, live auction and after-party under a barbecue-chic tented pavilion. Each year, the competition discovers the most gifted classical artists (ages 18-32) across the state of Texas in the categories of Voice; Piano; Strings; and Winds, Brass, Percussion, Harp and Guitar. The judges are distinguished artists themselves who hail from venerable institutions such as The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Bach, Beethoven & Barbecue chairs, Shirley and Lee Pruitt, promise an eventful evening. “The gala will present an excellent opportunity to expose more people to classical music and the arts while being entertained with good food and good music—all Texas-themed of course. And rumor has it that Bach and Beethoven might even be seen in the crowd,” said Shirley Pruitt. The pre-concert dinner will feature Texas barbecue and all the fixings, plus beer and wine. Dinner entertainment will be provided by Texas fiddlers. A live auction will feature a one-of-a-kind jewelry set provided by Camillo’s Fine Jewelry in Conroe, with proceeds benefiting the YTA Music Competition. At the after-party, guests will have

the opportunity to meet the finalists and judges while enjoying wine, coffee and homemade desserts provided by the YTA committee. Attire for the evening is “Jeans to Jewels,” and guests may choose casual or formal dress. Master of ceremonies will be Classical 91.7FM/Houston Public Radio host Chris Johnson. Bach, Beethoven & Barbecue Schedule: 6:00 p.m. Pre-Concert Dinner—Tented Pavilion 6:45 p.m. Welcome and Live Auction—Tented Pavilion 7:30 p.m. Finalists’ Concert and Awards—Crighton Theatre 10:15 p.m. After-Party—Tented Pavilion Ticket Information: All guests at Bach, Beethoven & Barbecue will enjoy reserved seating in the theater, at the dinner and at the after-party. Individual tickets are $125 ($100 for MCPAS subscribers). Tickets to the 2012 YTA Entergy Finalists’ Concert & Awards and to Bach, Beethoven, and Barbecue are available at the Crighton Theatre Box Office at (936) 441-7469 (SHOW) or online at For more information and to view the invitation, please visit For sponsorship opportunities, contact Susie Pokorski at (936) 756-7017, Young Texas Artists Music Competition was created in 1983 by the Montgomery County Performing Arts Society to encourage excellence in young musicians and to further artistic growth throughout Texas. In

1999, Entergy Texas graciously offered its support, enabling the competition to evolve into the rich experience it is today. Judges are distinguished artists who have achieved acclaim in their respective disciplines. Candidates are generally pursuing a career in classical music and are either residents of Texas or enrolled in Texas music schools. The artists compete for cash prizes and performance opportunities that can support their purchase of instruments, continuing education and professional development. Photo is courtesy of Young Texas Artists Music Competition.

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Livingston Art League Presents

The Spring Art Show And Sale Saturday, March 10th 2012 This opportunity is open to Professional, Semi-professional, Nonprofessional, Adult Student, and School Student Artists of All Ages! Competition – Exhibit – Sale For the Public: For the Artist: * Demos * Judged Show * Door Prizes * Prize Ribbons * Refreshments * Public Recognition * Free Admission * Competition Advancement Judge: Tommy Humphrey Registration 8:00–11:30am Closed Judging 12:00-1:30pm Viewing for Public 1:00pm–3:00pm Prizes Awarded 3:00pm

Bri Bagwell

Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Drawing(Pastel, Pencil, Pen, Ink, Charcoal), Abstract, Experimental(collage, mixed media, two/three dimensional), Photography, Sculpture (paper, wood, metal, clay, stone) Fine Jewelry Pottery, Porcelain, Glass Contact: Celeste Williamson 936 967-2161, First Baptist Church: 106 Colt Road, Livingston, Texas 77351 Directions: Located just north east of where U.S. Hwy 59 North, and old Business 59 meet. If on U.S. Hwy 59 North frontage road, make a right and cross the railroad tracks to the stop sign. Cross old Business 59 and make a left on to the access road in front of the big, beautiful, First Baptist Church, then a right into their parking lot.

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The River or The Creek Whites I have ever seen. Limits of 12 15 inch 25 fish per person were common.

By: David Cox Email The only thing that is permanent is change. So goes the challenge of catching spawning White Bass on the upper Trinity River north of Lake Livingston. Constant changes of the ecosystem make catching spawning Whites an annual challenge. Over the last 18 years or so I have witnessed many changes in the White Bass fishing here. Droughts and flash floods have drastically changed many creeks. Constant silting in due to deposits from run off has lowered some creek levels to where they have become inaccessible by boat. Sandbars now appear where creek channels once flowed. Where fish were caught last year may not be the case this year. Anglers have to recognize changing conditions in order to be successful.

Fishing the creeks this time of year can be hit or miss. Timing is crucial. Local rains can muddy a creek and wash out a pattern in a matter of hours. I once put a party on 75 White Bass one morning as the creek was swelling from a nights rain. My afternoon party was a washout.

Last year was a dry year with little or no run off from local rains. With no rains to move water down the creeks, White Bass never moved into the creeks. The river channel was low and clear this time last year and was really just a big creek itself. The river channel is where the White Bass spawned last year. The river unloaded some of the best fishing for

Go up the creeks 24 to 48 hours after a rain and look for clearing water and shad. "Tea-colored" water can be the sign you are looking for. You can see the difference between tea, stained or muddy water as you go up the creek. Start fishing with chartreuse colored baits. As the water clears, use more natural shad pattern baits.

Time changes everything. This year, weather patterns are more typical. The river is flowing full and keeping local run off backing up into the creeks. When the creeks are holding water and are then hit with moving water, this is when you can expect great White Bass fishing in the creeks. This has been the case recently. White Rock, Harmon, Nelson, Bedias and other creeks have been loaded with spawning Whites.

The White Bass fishery on Lake Livingston has had its ups and downs over the years. The last couple of years has seen some great fishing. Anglers that have changed with the conditions have been rewarded with outstanding catches. The creeks or the river, finding the fish is the challenge. Wet years will put the fish in the creeks. Dry years will put the fish

in the river. The only thing that is permanent about White Bass fishing is change. Recognizing the changes in weather patterns from year to year will help you catch more White Bass on Lake Livingston during the spawn whether it be in the river or the creeks.

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Come Clean Lake Livingston What is it & When will it happen?

Donate: All Lake Livingston area local businesses are invited to sponsor the Come Clean Lake Livingston event. Please contact Sydney Murphy at 936327-4929 for more information on levels of sponsorship available.

Come Clean Lake Livingston is an area wide event that is on two goals: • Cleaning up Lake Livingston and its surrounding lake front areas • Bringing an awareness to the communities surrounding the lake of the importance of keeping

Lake Livingston clean The main event is a lake-wide clean up on the morning of March 31, 2012. Teams of volunteers led by community and organization leaders will clean up designated areas around Lake Livingston, while another team of expert volunteers will be on the lake itself cleaning problem

areas by boat and barge. After the morning clean-up session all volunteers will gather at the Onalaska Fire Hall at 2:30 p.m. to be thanked with lunch, a Come Clean Lake Livingston t-shirt, and a brief program. Another critical element of this effort is a month-long campaign to educate and create awareness around the health and beauty of our greatest local natural resource: Lake Livingston. This ongoing awareness campaign will last through the month of March. How can I participate? Come Clean Lake Livingston involves the counties surrounding the lake including Polk, San Jacinto and Trinity. All community members, school districts, churches, youth organizations, businesses, and other organizations are invited to participate. Volunteer: Volunteers are needed for many activities including leading clean-up teams, registration, lunch preparation, etc. To volunteer, call the Livingston Polk County Chamber at 936-327-4929.

Communicate: Help us spread the word about this event. This is the first year for the Come Clean Lake Livingston campaign and we need everyone’s help raising awareness, so talk it up! How can we involve our local students? We want to encourage all local schools to get their students connected to the Come Clean Lake Livingston campaign. There are two main ways that schools can get involved: participate and educate! Student Volunteers: Schools and other youth organizations are encouraged to form teams of student volunteers (Junior High and High School age) who will participate on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in the Come Clean Lake Livingston clean-up effort. Each team of up to 10 students must have at least one adult sponsor. The team will be assigned to an area that is geographically close to their school and while participating in the actual clean-up, they will be led by local volunteer coordinators who live and/or work in that area. Gloves and trash bags will be provided, and trash collected by the student teams will be carried to a local drop-off spot. Team sponsors should contact the Chamber or register online via

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Facebook “Come Clean Lake Livingston” or “Livingston PolkCounty Chamber” or On-Campus Education and Awareness Events: Schools and youth organizations serving students of all ages are encouraged to use the Come Clean Lake Livingston event as an opportunity to educate students about our local environment, create a stronger awareness of local trash and recycling issues, and interact with local volunteers and professionals who have expertise in our local environment. Some suggested activities are: • Campus or District Recycling Contest: Most districts already have recycling containers for aluminum cans. During the month of March, the collection of the cans can be monitored and measured for a Come Clean contest. The competition can be between classes, grades, or campuses and students should be encouraged to bring cans from home (and their parents’ businesses) as well. The money earned from the recycling of the cans can be used by the school to help pay for a prize for the contest winners and/or can be used for any other worthy cause. The contest creates excitement, brings awareness, and reminds our kids that recycling can pay! Speakers from Local Organizations: The following local organizations have volunteered to come to your class or campus to speak, present, or lead activities. Please contact these people directly to get more information about the programs or topics they can present and to schedule a visit. Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Wardens --- Contact: Brandon Mosley Texas Parks & Wildlife Biologist --Contact: Chris Gregory Piney Wood Lakes Master Naturalist Chapter --- Contact: Susan Tullos, Susan Moran Lake Livingston State Park --Contact: Ronnie Johnson 4H (Texas Agri-Life) --- Contact: Alyssa Puckett, Mark Currie, Priss

Nelson • Classroom Activities: We hope that all classroom teachers will introduce the Come Clean Lake Livingston campaign to their students and try to incorporate at least one lesson in the coming months that emphasizes an issue pertinent to Lake Livingston. Some suggested activities and resources follow. 1. Essay or Story Contest - Use this opportunity to bring relevance to your ELA curriculum. Have students write essays about the importance of keeping Lake Livingston clean or the benefits of recycling. Alternatively, they can create, stories, cartoons, or poems about the lake and its inhabitants. 2. Recycling Contest Extensions - For campuses or classrooms participating in a recycling contest, use the collection of the recycled material for math lessons involving weight, volume, measurement, ratio & proportion and graphing. 3. Other Classroom Activites - For Science classrooms, this is a great opportunity to explore a range of biology and ecology topics including recycling, water pollution, lake habitats, etc. Social Studies classrooms can look into the history of Lake Livingston, its purpose, and its economic impact on the surrounding area. This is a great opportunity to create relevant maps or infographics that communicate the information students have gathered. Art classes can have students create original pieces that reflect on Lake Livingston or can create awareness posters to be displayed around the school or town.

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Plan Before You Plant By: Tom LeRoy County Extension Agent Horticulture Landscape trees are an investment that will pay off for many years to come. With all the tree lose last year it might be a good time to plant a tree or two for the future. Far too many people give little thought to the best species for their landscape, the best location for the tree, or proper planting and early care. These mistakes become costly as the years go by. A little forethought, research and planning will pay big dividends in years of enjoyment and added value when the property is

sold. Late winter/early spring is an excellent time to plant shade trees. The sooner you get trees planted, the more time they will have to establish a strong root system and get ready for the hot summer months ahead. The single most important factor when selecting a shade tree is choosing an adapted species or variety. The size of the transplant and whether it is containerized or bare root is much less important than choosing a plant that will do well in our area. If you are not sure about which variety will best suit your location or the positive and negative points of a particular variety go to our website and down-load a publication, Guide to Selecting Shade Trees at:. 011/05/montgomerycountyshadetreeg uide.pdf Container-grown trees are probably the best way for most home gardener to go when selecting a shade tree. They are easier to handle and there is much less chance of transplant shock. Occasionally a tree may have been allowed to remain in the container too long, becoming rootbound. This condition is apparent if a mass of roots has spiraled around the bottom and sides of the container. If you discover that the tree you have purchased is root-bound, begin by removing the container and thoroughly soaking or immersing the root ball in water for 15 to 20 minutes. Then, pry or loosen the root mass, cutting roots that break or won't unwind to fit in the planting hole. Unless this is done, a root bound tree may never become properly established. If you have significantly damaged the roots, it is wise to prune the top portion of the tree to compensate for any root loss. Containerized trees that are not root bound may be simply removed from the container and planted. Dig planting holes at least half again as large as the spread of the tree's roots. It is important to dig a hole large enough to allow the root system of the bare-root tree to spread naturally. Never wrap the root around to fit the hole. Avoid digging a hole too deep as the soil will likely settle in time, leaving the tree too deep or damaging roots. Use the soil from the site (not a special mix) to refill the hole, pressing soil firmly around the roots to prevent leaving air pockets which may dry out root sections. Water the tree well after planting. To retain moisture in the soil and keep down competing weeds, mulches can be spread two or three inches deep around the trunk. Providing a mulched planting area will also keep away the dreaded "public enemy #1 of young trees", the weed eater! This early care will keep the new roots actively growing and

insure a vigorous, well-established tree which will have a potential of good future production. Containergrown trees can be successfully planted any month of the year here in Montgomery County. They usually require less maintenance during their first year, however, if planted during the cooler seasons. Most trees do not require staking at planting. Taller trees and evergreens with a full canopy of leaves that catch the wind may benefit from staking, provided the wires are checked every few weeks and adjusted to prevent damage to the tree trunk and branches. Trees may be attached to stakes by heavy wire run through old garden hose to prevent damage to the trunk and limbs of the tree. Most situations require three wires evenly spaced around the tree and staked out at 45 degree angles to the ground. Remove stakes after the first full season of growth. Don’t forget to send your garden questions to Plant Answers at 9020 Airport Rd., Conroe TX 77303 or email me at . For a schedule of our educational programs and events go to our Master Gardener website at: http://www.montgomerycountymaster . Educational programs of Texas AgriLife Extension Service are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin.

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Dogwood Festival

Festival of the Arts, Western Weekend, & Queen’s Weekend 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. Schedule of Events On Saturday March 24th, 11am Folk and Country Music: James and Priscilla Hale 12noon- Indian Hoop dancing: Lyndon Alec 1pm-lndian Flute Concert: Maurice Bigham and Friends 3pm-Jimbo Dixie Review: Jim Boone Dixieland Band. The Festival of the Arts March 24 & 25 The Festival of the Arts will kick off the Tyler County Dogwood Festival on March 24th-25st 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. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for children under twelve. There will be live entertainment and lots of great food and fun.

On Sunday March 25th , 11am-2pm Dinner on the Grounds. Western Weekend March 30 & 31 Western Weekend highlights a 2-day open Rodeo that runs March 30th-31th. Festivities include a trail ride parade downtown, the crowning of the Rodeo Sweethearts and the Annual Western Weekend Dance. Friday: Trailrides, Rodeo 7:00pm Sponsored by Woodville Lions Club Saturday: Trailride Parade at 2:00pm, Rodeo 4:30pm Sponsored by Woodville Lions Club. Western Dance 8pm-12am Held at the Woodville Lions Den. Cost is $10 and entertainment is 80 proof. Queen’s Weekend April 7 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.

Western Weekend begins March 30 & 31

2012 Tyler County Dogwood Festival Princesses Pictured left to right: Meara Smith, daughter of Thomas and Debbie Smith (Chester); Tiffany Waters, daughter of Steven and Connie Pitts & George and Tammy Waters (Colmesneil); Audrey Sisk, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Donald Sisk (Spurger); Emily Sisk, daughter of Robert and Valerie Sisk (Warren) and Ashley Livingston, daughter of John and Mandy Livingston (Woodville) Queens Weekend Schedule Dogwood Dash 8am - 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 anually by Citizens State Bank and begins at the Woodville Elementary School parking lot, 505 North Charlton 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. Arts & Crafts 9am-5pm Antique Autos 9am-5pm Motorcycle Exhibition 9am-1pm Queen’s Parade 2pm Queen’s Coronation & Historical Play 7:30pm Dogwood Amphitheater Fireworks following production

Former Dogwood Queen Kaylee Ryan

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Irish Strew Saint Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated internationally on 17 March. It commemorates Saint Patrick, the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. Saint Patrick's Day was made an official feast day in the early 17th century, and has gradually become a secular celebration of Irish culture in general.

The day is generally characterized by the attendance of church services, wearing of green attire (especially shamrocks), and the lifting of Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol, which is often proscribed during the rest of the season. (Wikipedia) So to celebrate try cooking a traditional Irish meal. Ingredients: ·

1 pound lamb or lean mutton cubes ·

1 pound carrots, diced


1 pound onions, chopped


1 pound potatoes, diced


salt and pepper


1/4 teaspoon thyme

Preparation: Place lamb with thyme in saucepan and add cold water to cover. Bring slowly to the boil and simmer for one hour. Add onions, potatoes, carrots. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue cooking until vegetables are tender. Adjust seasoning. May be served alone or with cooked green cabbage or sprouts.

Cowboy Boots & Country Roots Walker County Fair and Rodeo The Walker County Fair & rodeo in Huntsville will begin March 30th and run until April 8th. The WCFA plans a

week of fun and exciting family activities for those of all ages. Activities include family entertainment, carnival attractions, professional rodeo and youth projects. The fair is the youth's week to shine as they exhibit their skills and show what they have learned from their projects. For a schedule of events please go to to see what is going on at the fairgrounds during the week of the fair. General Admission * Adult: $5.00 * Child (6 - 12 years old): $1.00 * Child (0 - 5 years old): FREE! * Students with exhibitor badges: FREE! * Season Pass - Before March 30,

2012 o $20.00 (good for all 9 days, General Admission only) * Season Pass - After March 30, 2012 o $25.00 (good for all 9 days, General Admission only) Rodeo Tickets * Pre-Sale Rodeo Tickets - Before March 29, 2012 o Adult: $10.00 o Children (6-12): $5.00 * At the Gate - After March 29, 2012 o Adult: $12.00 o Children (6-12): $7.00 o Under 6: FREE!

Carnival Tickets * Tickets $ 1.00 each * Armbands o Thursday, March 29, 2012 SNEAK PREVIEW * $ 10.00 each o Monday - Friday * $ 20.00 EACH * Armbands SOLD from 6:00pm 9:00pm only o Saturday - Sunday * $ 20.00 EACH * Armbands SOLD from 1:00pm 9:00pm only

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The Peking Acrobats Schedule to preform at Angelina Arts Alliance

“The Peking Acrobats regularly moved from the seemingly impossible to the virtually unbelievable!” — Los Angeles Times

Hailing from The People’s Republic of China, The Peking Acrobats have toured the world for twenty-five years, leaving audiences

spellbound by the graceful presentation of their ancient folk art: acrobatics. These talented gymnasts, jugglers, cyclists, and tumblers transform 2,000-year-old athletic disciplines into an all-ages kaleidoscope of entertainment and wonder. Accompanied by live musicians – skillfully playing traditional Chinese instruments -these daring performers create a spectacular evening featuring all the excitement and festive pageantry of a Chinese Carnival! The Peking Acrobats will be preforming at Angelina Arts Alliance in Lufkin Texas on Tuesday, March 20th at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $36 to $55. To purchase tickets go online to or call 936-633-5454 Monday – Friday, 11 am – 5 pm.

“Nearly everything The Peking Acrobats did last night was amazing – and stunning, and breathtaking, and WOW!" — Seattle Times Phone: 936-633-5454 Hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-5pm

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67th Trinity-Neches FFA and 4-H Livestock Show and Rodeo The 67th Trinity-Neches FFA and 4H Livestock Show and Rodeo will be kicking off this year on Monday April 9th through Saturday April 14th. 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 scholarship’s, trophies, ribbons and bragging rights. The livestock show includes everything from swine to rabbits, poultry to lambs, bulls to dairy cows. Monday marks the beginning of the show, with everyone checking in and the Poultry Judging. On Tuesday don’t miss the swine judging and Ag. mechanics judging. On Wednesday the Beef Cattle Judging begins. 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 67th Trinity-Neches FFA and 4-H Livestock Show and Rodeo ***Gates will not open prior to 6:00 A.M. each day*** Monday, April 9th, 2012 8:00am Set Up Facilities for Shows 5:45pm Check-in Poultry & Production Poultry 6:00pm Poultry & Production Poultry Judging Ag. Mechanics Projects must be checked in by this time 10:00pm Everyone Must Be Off Fairgrounds Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 7:00am – 9:00am Check-in Market Swine 8:00am – 9:00am Check-in Breeding and Meat Pen Rabbits 9:30am Rabbit Judging – Meat Pen, followed by Breeding Rabbits 10:00am – 11:00am Check-in Meat Goats 11:00am – 12:00noon Check in Breeding Goats 1:00pm Goat Judging – Meat Goat, followed by Breeding Goat 2:00pm Ag. Mechanics Judging 4:00pm Check in Breeding Swine 5:00pm Swine Judging – Market Swine, followed by Breeding 10:00pm Everyone Must Be Off Fairgrounds Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 4:30pm – 5:30pm Check-in Breeding Beef Cattle 4:30pm – 6:00pm Check in Arts/Crafts/Horticulture/Photography Projects (NO Food Projects checked in at this time!) 6:00pm Pee Wee Junior Exhibitors Show at Pig Barn Area Breeding 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 Check-in Steers & Commercial Heifers 7:00am – 9:00am Check in Food Show Projects – Judging Follows 9:00am Market Lamb Judging 11:00am Commercial Heifer Judging 1:00pm – 8:00pm Exhibits Open – Viewing of Crafts & Food Show Projects 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 & Scramble ($5.00 Admission) 8:00pm – 10:00pm Release of Crafts & Food Show Projects 10:00pm Everyone Must Be Off Fairgrounds Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Friday, April 13th, 2012 8:00am Sale Arena Set-Up 5:30pm MANDATORY Sale Participant’s Meeting at Pig Barn Prepare for Sale & Go-Texan Buyers’ Dinner 7:00 TNLS Sale Saturday, April 14th, 2012 8:00am – 12:00noon Release Animals & Ag Mechanics Projects Take Down Sale Arena & Clean Up

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Spring Bluebonnet Wine and Cheese Trail April 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22, 2012 This is the namesake event for the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. The Spring Bluebonnet Wine and Cheese Trail is a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of native Texas wildflowers and the blooming viticulture at some of Texas’ best wineries, while savoring fine Texas wine and fantastic cheese pairings. For the first THREE weekends in April 2011, the wineries along the trail will offer a select pairing of two wines and two specially-crafted cheese dishes prepared with cheeses from local artisans. As an added bonus, receive a packet of Texas Wildflower seeds at each winery you visit while supplies last. Tickets are available ONLINE

ONLY. For more information or to purchase Spring Bluebonnet, Wine and Cheese Trail tickets, visit nts.asp. Trail tickets are good on April 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22, 2012, regardless of when you purchase them. Blaze your own trail and pick where you want to start and where you want to end. You have six days over three weekends to visit all 10 wineries. The official hours for this event are 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday for each trail weekend. All wineries are open during the official trail hours. Several wineries open earlier or close later than the official hours, so please check the Texas

Bluebonnet Wine Trail website for specific winery hours. The Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail wineries remind you to drink responsibly and designate a driver. Located between I-45 and U.S. Highway 290 northwest of Houston, the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail offers visitors spectacular views and spectacular wines in Southeast Texas. The 10 member wineries each offer unique wine experiences, which include tasting, tours, seasonal events and a variety of wine-related gifts. All of the member wineries are located within close proximity to downtown Houston. Throughout the year, the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail welcomes

visitors to five very different, seasonal wine trails. Member Wineries Bernhardt Winery, Plantersville, Tx Colony Cellars, Waller, Tx Cork This! Winery, Montgomery, Tx Messina Hof Winery, Bryan, Tx Pleasant Hill Winery, Brenham, Tx Retreat Hill Cellar, Montgomery, Tx Retreat Hill Winery, Navasota, Tx Saddlehorn Winery, Burton, Tx Texas Star Winery, Richards, Tx Windy Winery, Brenham, Tx

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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 Monte West at 936-522-7323 or email at

Rare Plant Monitoring & Invasive Species Workshop March 23, 2012 - March 24, 2012 Livingston Polk County Chamber of Commerce - The Invaders of Texas has teamed up with the National Forest Foundation and the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas to offer a new kind of citizen science workshop, expanding on the Invaders of Texas model by adding a rare plant monitoring component. Please contact Minnette Marr for more information or to register for the workshop. Citizen Science Workshops National Forests and Grasslands Location: Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce, 1001 US Hwy 59 Loop North (Livingston, Texas) Trainer(s): Minnette Marr Time: 9am-4pm Notes: This will be a two-day workshop. Day 1 will be in the classroom and Day 2 will be in the field at the Angelina National Forest.

Please bring GPS and digital camera if available. Please bring a sack lunch. Local Host: National Forests and Grasslands of Texas/LBJ Wildflower Center The NFF workshops include an introduction to monitoring the rare plants in the national forests. Thomas Philipps (USFS) will share a PowerPoint presentation about the sensitive areas and the rare plants associated with them. Minnette Marr will introduce the monitoring form used to document the rare species in the Texas Natural Diversity database. The second day of the workshop will be in the Angelina National Forest from 10am-3pm. The field trip will include practice monitoring an invasive species, practice monitoring a model rare species (survey flags), and a visit to a sensitive area. Thomas will decide the exact location for the field trip.

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Come Clean Lake Livingston March 31, 2012 The main event is a lake-wide clean up on the morning of March 31, 2012. Teams of volunteers led by community and organization leaders will clean up designated areas around Lake Livingston, while another team of expert volunteers will be on the lake itself cleaning problem areas by boat and barge. After the morning clean-up session all volunteers will gather at the Onalaska Fire Hall at 2:30 p.m. to be thanked with lunch, a Come Clean Lake Livingston t-shirt, and a brief program.

Volunteers are needed for many activities including leading clean-up teams, registration, lunch preparation, etc. To volunteer, call the Livingston Polk County Chamber at 936-327-4929.

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