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ON THE COVER: Principal Michael Smith Photo Credit: Patricia Hudson

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Bridgeland Principal Michael Smith

18 Financial: Surviving Market Turbulence


Hurricane Harvey Hits Cypress

20 Search and Rescue Dog Bretagne

10 Galiana's Bakery & Café 13 What's Happening in Cypress 14 Cypress Top Historic Park 17 Wreaths Across America

Memorialized 22 CFISD Opens Bridgeland High School 24 Saying Goodbye: Off to College 26 The Best of Cypress: Places to Eat

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Principal Michael Smith Focuses on Inaugural Year of Bridgeland High School By Patricia Hudson


ichael Smith, former principal of Cy-Fair High School, was named the first principal of Bridgeland High School. Smith has a long history with CFISD; he has worked all 26 years as an educator with the District. Hired by CFISD in 1990, Smith taught math at Langham Creek High School for three years, then served as the Lobos’ computer liaison for one year. Smith worked eight years as assistant principal at Langham Creek, and spent a year at the Instructional Support Center as an administrative intern. He was named principal at Dean Middle School in 2002, serving for five years before taking over as principal at Cy-Fair High School in January 2008. 6 September | October 2017

Principal Smith received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Harding University, and a Master of Education from Prairie View A&M University. Bridgeland High School will open to great fanfare and anticipation. The student population includes approximately 1,200 freshmen and sophomore students, with the enrollment expected to increase to 3,300 students. Principal Smith speaks highly of his administrative team of three assistant principals, five counselors and one lead counselor, a Director of Instruction, and an associate principal. “Working in close quarters this summer, they have really come together as a team,” observes Smith. Bridgeland’s staff of 79 teachers looked forward to getting into their

classrooms and meeting the students. “We have had hundreds of interviews of teachers, experts in content, coming from almost every high school in the District, some of the middle schools, and even some schools from across the state. We feel that we have some of the best in their content areas on our staff,” confides Smith proudly. When determining the focus for the students of Bridgeland, Principal Smith states, “There is lot of thought and planning that goes into opening a new school. Culture, vision and policy has to be created. In a culture where bullying has become an issue, I want the students to feel emotionally and physically safe. I want them to come to school feeling that they belong, that

they are a part of the community, and that good relationships are established between teachers and students. Finally, I want to ensure that we are adding value to knowledge and skills daily through the teaching of curriculum and life skills. While it has been a lot of fun, trying to create every procedure from scratch has been the biggest challenge!” Smith believes that students should be involved in the decision-making process for things like school colors, uniforms, and mascots. “For example, the leadership from Smith Middle School, Salyards Middle School, and Cypress Ranch High School, collaborated with the community in the selection process for the school mascot. Students submitted suggestions, narrowed the list, then voted; the Bridgeland Bears received the most student votes, and was also the top recommendation from the community,” relates Smith. While organizations such as Student Council and National Honor Society will most assuredly be included in the extracurricular activities on campus, other clubs and organizations will be generated by the students themselves. “It will be up to the students to initiate campus activities. They will be responsible for not only requesting the formation of clubs and organizations such as PinPointe Magazine


before the opening of school, administrators, teachers and staff were given the ok to enter the building. “We were so happy to finally move onto our own campus,” admits Principal Smith.

Key Club, Model UN, Robotics, and FCA, but also finding an advisor to sponsor the group,” explains the Principal. Waiting for construction to be completed on Bridgeland, temporary offices were located in a portable building at Sampson Elementary in Cole’s Crossing. Bridgeland summer activities, however, were full steam ahead. “I can’t say enough about Liz Wood, the Principal at

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Salyards Middle School. She opened up her campus to Bridgeland for SAC camp, band camp, and even staff development. It’s been a blessing,” comments Smith. Moving onto the new campus was further complicated by delays in getting the “All Clear” from the Fire Marshall. Staff Development was held at Cypress Woods and The Berry Center. With just days remaining

“I am looking forward to watching our students grow and succeed. I am excited about the opportunity of working with the students, the staff, parents and the community in our inaugural year at Bridgeland. We are ready to make a splash!” declares Smith. Michael Smith is the father of three: Sean, Sarah, and Rachel. Sean, 18, is a 2017 Langham High School graduate, where he was a member of the band and choir. Sean plans to major in Audio Engineering at UT Austin. “I am so proud of him. It is bitter sweet seeing him independent and leaving for college,” admits his dad. Sarah, 17, was a member of the Langham Creek Bailadoras, while Rachel, 15, found her niche in diving, track, and cheerleading. What do they do when they have down time? “We love to go to the beach, boating and just hanging out together,” shares Dad.

Assistant Principal Michael Peck shares a few words with Principal Smith

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GALIANA’S Bakery & Café

The Herrera Family front row left to right: Aliana and Gabriella Dario, Natalie, Marvin, David, Alicia, Carolina, Ubaldo, and Diana

By Patricia Hudson

Hard work, Respect, and Passion Provides Foundation for Herrera Legacy


ocated in the heart of Cypress, the Herrera family proudly claims ownership to four of the most popular community restaurants: Alicia’s Mexican Grille, Dario’s Steakhouse, Marvino’s Italian Kitchen, and, most recently, Galiana’s Bakery & Café. Cypress residents, the Herrera’s success was born of sweat, family and faith. David Herrera’s story typifies the American Dream. Emigrating from El Salvador at eighteen, and speaking no English, Herrera worked his way up at Tony Vallone’s Anthony’s Restaurant, absorbing every aspect of the fine dining experience. Twenty-seven years later, in 2006, the Herrera family fulfilled David’s dream; they opened Alicia’s Mexican Grille, named for wife and mother, Alicia. When Cypress embraced the restaurant, the family was inspired to add three additional locations in Katy, Spring, and Houston. Dario’s Steakhouse, named aer David’s youngest son Dario, followed in April 2009, with certified angus beef steaks, seafood, wine, and upscale dining. e family’s love for Italian cuisine resulted in the opening of Marvino’s Italian Kitchen, named for the oldest son, Marvin, in May 2015.

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On April 17, 2017, the Herrera family opened their newest restaurant, Galiana’s Bakery & Café, an international bakery with artisanal breads, pastries, and desserts, and fresh, made-to-order meals. “Galiana’s is very special to me because it was named aer my granddaughters, Gabriella and Aliana,” explains David Herrera.

How many of the Herrera children are involved in the family business?

Dario Herrera, age 22, and the youngest of the Herrera sons, agreed to provide some insight into his family’s entrepreneurial achievements.

David Herrera opened up Alicia's in 2006 while Marvin was 22, Ubaldo was 21. and I was 11. Marvin and Ubaldo worked day and night helping our father run his business.

David Herrera has three sons. Marvin Herrera, Ubaldo Herrera, and me, Dario Herrera. All three are involved in the business. At what age did you begin working?

Pastries are made daily at Galiana’s.

College degrees in preparation for the family business?

(left) Gabriella and Aliana are the namesakes for Galiana’s and the daughters of Ubaldo and his wife Diana.

None of my family has a college degree. I have been studying at UH, and expect to graduate in December with a degree in Marketing.

(right) Ubaldo, with the youngest member of the family, Carolina

I was 11 when I started helping out with anything I could. I helped wash dishes, restock salsa and chips, and seat customers.

What role did you play in the concept and design of Galiana's? e concept of Galiana's started out with the idea that we needed another kitchen to produce all of the cakes and breads for the other restaurants. We had been making all the cakes at Dario's, but the kitchen was too small to produce cakes for all 6 restaurants we had at that time. at was the initial idea but my dad also wanted to serve breakfast. So, with the help of my brothers and I, Dario's chef Cesar Alvarado, and General Manager Eric Lippmann, the Galiana's menu was developed. With the proliferation of breakfast houses in Cypress, what makes Galiana's distinctive? Galiana's is not only a breakfast house, but it has an exclusive coffee bar serving specialty coffees as well as beer and wine. We make our fresh pastries daily and offer a wide range of desserts. Galiana's also has a ‘grab n go’ area offering wine and beer togo, as well as fresh sandwiches, salads and an assortment of different beverages, cheeses, and meats. Galiana's also has a drive thru which is expected to open soon. What are the most popular items on the Galiana’s menu? The Dagwood, Mexican Sandwich, Galiana's Salad, Texan and Mushroom Florentine styles for our omelets, skillets, tacos, and burritos. Any changes since opening? What are you working to improve? We are working to make a dinner menu and we are changing our system from fastcasual to full service. Plans for additional Galiana's? Other newer concepts planned? Expansion? Any plans to franchise? Our next concept will be Ubaldo's Seafood House which we plan to open within another 1-2 years. We then plan to continue expanding all of our concepts. e restaurants will remain in the family. PinPointe Magazine


Your father has put in many years of hard work in the design and development of the Herrera restaurants. What is the legacy that he is leaving for his children, his grandchildren? Aside from the business enterprise, David Herrera is leaving his children and grandchildren a legacy of hard work, respect and passion. Our father has taught us that if you want to be successful in life, you have to work hard, respect the people in your life, and be passionate about what you do.

Galiana’s Bakery & Café 24110 Northwest Freeway Suite 500 Cypress, TX 77429 Hours: Sun-Sat: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (832) 653-6853 “My dream is to continue expanding our restaurant portfolio by having our success at Galiana's lead the way to future restaurant projects.” David Herrera, Founder of the Herrera restaurants

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“I was blown away at brunch today; I enjoyed every minute of it! e wait staff was very attentive and informative. e eggs over spinach and mushrooms was plenty to share. My food was fresh and well presented. ey have different options on their baked goods daily. Galiana's far exceeded my expectations. I don't have to drive that far anymore; I found a place I love right next door to me!” Stacy L. Tran, Cypress Area Foodies and Fooding Cypress Area Foodie, Stacy L. Tran, delighted in sampling and reporting on her first visit to Galiana’s Bakery & Café.

What’s Happening in Cypress Fairfield Women’s Club Activities Back to School Brunch Thursday, September 7, 2017 • 11:00am - 1:00pm Bradford Creek Clubhouse Meeting Tuesday, October 17, 2017 • 10:00am - 12:00pm HEB Community Room Fall Floral demonstration ($16 Floral Supplies) Fall Community Fundraising Garage Sale October 7 • 7:00am - 2:00pm $25 a household Register at: For Questions:

Color Your Stress Away Thursday, September 28, 2017 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Sunday, October 15, 2017 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm 9191 Barker Cypress Rd.. • Cypress, TX 77433

Air1 Positive Hits Tour Farmer’s Market Second Sunday of every Month Sunday, September 10, 2017 • 12:30pm - 3:30pm Lakeland Activity Center 16902 Bridgeland Landing • Cypress, Texas 77433 Run by a team of Bridgeland volunteers who are dedicated to bringing fresh, homegrown food to Cypress residents, the market’s mission is to support and promote local food providers, while also offering educational events that enlighten consumers on the value of shopping locally.

Bridgeland Community Friday Night Bites Second Friday of every month Friday, September 8, 2017 & Friday, October 13, 2017 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm Lakeland Village Center 16902 Bridgeland Landing • Cypress, TX 77433 Grab your lawn chairs, blankets and be prepared to sample some great food truck fare!

4th Annual Shots for Holly Flu Season Kickoff Party Monday, September 9, 2017 The Shack: 12710 Telge Road • Cypress, TX Shots for Holly is a 501(c)(3) charity organization.

Saturday, October 7, 2017 • 7:00pm (Doors @ 6) Berry Center • 8877 Barker Cypress Rd, Cypress, TX 77433 Skillet, Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon, Tauren Well, Gwavi

Paws For A Cause Saturday, October 14, 2017 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm North Park Pavillion - Fairfield 16805 E. Green Ripple Court • Cypress, TX 77433

Cypress Ace Hardware “Grill your Ace Off” Texas Childrens Hospital Fundraiser Saturday, October 14, 2017 • 8:30am - 3:00pm 11655 Jones Road Houston, TX 77070

Fairfield Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquabike & Kids Tri 2017 Saturday, October 21, 017 through Sunday, October 22, 2017 Fairfield Athletic Club 16055 Mason Road • Cypress, TX 77433

9th Annual Howl-O-Ween Fest

Running for Greater Things 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run, 1K Color Run & Fall Fest Saturday, October 21, 2017 8:10am 10K Run • 8:25am 5K Run/Walk 10:30am 1K Color Run • Fall Fest 10:00am-2:00pm Fairfield Baptist Church 27240 U.S. 290 • Cypress, TX 77433 REGISTRATION OPEN NOW! Entry Fee:1K $15 through Race Day Morning 5K & 10K $30 through 9/14 $35 9/15 through 10/20 • $40 on site RACE DAY Contact:

Come Together 2017 Friday, October 27, 2017 • 6:00pm - 11:00pm Sterling Country Club 16500 Houston National Blvd. • Houston, TX 77095 Featuring live performance by Eagles Tribute Band, Already Gone Benefiting the Inspiring HANDS awards program for local individuals with special needs. Open bar, plated dinner, dancing, costume contest, silent and live auction, and more!

Halloween Movie Night Saturday, October 28, 2017 • 5:30pm Keith Elementary 20550 Fairfield Grn • Cypress, TX 77433 Movie to be determined - starts at dusk

Cypress Lakes Zombie Stomp Saturday, October 28, 2017 8:00am 5-K Race Start 9:00am 1 Mile Family Run/Walk Post Race Celebration ends at 11:00 am 10080 Cypress Creek Bend • Cypress TX 77433

Saturday, October 21, 2017 • 10:00am - 4:00pm Bridgeland Oak Meadow Park

Bridgeland 2nd Annual Fishing Tourn. Saturday, September 16, 2017 • 7:00am - 1:00pm Email for info:

Cy-Hope & Bricks 4 Kidz 1st Annual Junior Robotics Camp & Competition September 23, 2017 • 9:30am - 3:00pm Cy-Hope: 12715 Telge Rd. • Cypress, TX 77429 Register online at Enjoy a full day of fun LEGO® workshops, crafts, lunch and competition for elementary students. For 1-6 Grade Students (2017-2018 School Year) PinPointe Magazine


Cypress History Cypress Top Historic Park: By Minnie Payne Photo Credits: Patricia Husdon

A Gem To Cypress Residents

any Cypress residents are unaware that at 26026 Hempstead Road, (Old Hwy. 290) Cypress, eight historic structures located on the 2.6 acre Cypress Top Historic Park, Northwest Harris County, hold a vast amount of Cypress information. Harris County Precinct 3 - Commissioner Steve Raddick and qualified staff welcome you to visit and learn. Tours are usually given on Tuesdays and occasionally, by appointment, on weekends. The library is open Tu e s d ay t h r ou g h T h u r s day f ro m 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and every third Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


In the mid-1800s, Attakapas and Akokis Indians began to disappear from Harris County and Anglo settlers began to arrive. The Burnett and Simmons families are documented to arrive by 1831. Matthew Burnett, first postmaster at Big Cypress by 1840, established a tavern and inn near the Cypress Creek Crossing on the road to Washington-on-The-Brazos. In the late 1840s, German immigrants and settlers seeking land ownership and

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religious freedom came to the Cypress area, and it grew into a rural community of farmers, dairymen, and ranchers. Small schools served educational needs of children. More a region than a single community, Cypress encompasses more than a hundred square miles within Cypress Creek and Little Cypress Creek watersheds, including the early settlements of Big Cypress, Hamblin, Eden, Cypress Grove,

Cypress Top, Cypress city, and the town of Cypress. In 1839 and 1848, railroads were chartered through the area, following a route that was graded for a plank road. Cypress Top Post Office was established in 1851. Along this route, in July 1856, tracks for Galveston and Red River Railway (renamed Houston and Texas Central Railway) reached Cypress Top Depot, 26 miles northwest of Houston. The railroad attracted businesses and created a district of stores, hotels, and saloons. In the early 1900s, the discovery of a hot artesian well developed into the Houston Hot Well Sanitarium and Hotel, and dance halls such as Tin Hall and Juergen’s Hall were popular. Cypress Top Historic Park, once part of an immense prairie plain, was first claimed in 1845 with a headright grant by Walstein Howth, nephew of Sam Houston. The property passed to William R. Baker, an investor in Paul Bremond’s Galveston and Red River Railroad Company. In 1856, Baker built a commercial center around the depot, which included Juergen’s home and store, both believed to have been hotels.

The arrival of the railroad shaped present-day Cypress. CypressRosehill Road, Spring-Cypress Road, Barker-Cypress Road, and Cypress North Houston Road all lead to Cypress. In 1859, yellow fever struck the community, and out of a 55-people Cypress population, 27 died, including both hotel operators. Many residents moved. In 1867, a second yellow fever epidemic struck. Afterwards, the once diverse community became predominantly German, and by 1900, approximately 85 percent of the population was of German descent.

appointed Postmaster of Cypress Top in 1898 and when the Postal Service changed the name to Cypress in 1905, it appointed him Postmaster of Cypress. He held that position until his death in 1929, and in 1930, Mary Zahn Juergen was postmistress until the store closed that year.

Abe Roberts owned a saloon and after E. F. Juergen bought the holdings from Roberts in December 1897, it became Juergen’s General Merchandise Store. E. F. Juergen brought stability and by 1911 had purchased a good part of the original Baker development. In 1905, he married Mary Zahn and they lived in the Juergen home the remainder of their lives. E. F. Juergen was

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In 1938, Clarence Juergen, son of E. F. and Mary, reopened the store, operating it, the service station, and other businesses at the park site until his death in 1984.

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One of Clarence’s nephews, Gene Zaboroski, a wellknown figure in Cypress and Justice of the Peace from 1967 to 1974, inherited the properties and continued to operate the store until 2002. In December 2005, Delphine and Gene Zaboroski donated the land, buildings, contents of the store, and many personal effects of Mary, E. F., Clarence, and Lillian Juergen. The store held journals and invoices dating from December 1897, which define the Cypress community at the turn of the 20th century. Cypress Top Historic Park preserves a remnant of a railroad community and offers 150 years of Cypress community history. Commissioner Radack’s mission is to make it, along with its artifacts and written records, available to the public with intentions of continuing to provide an identity and sense of community for the Cypress area into the 21st century.

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Photo Credits: Patricia Hudson Cypress Top is a favorite site for photo shoots, parties and family gatherings. Utilized by the community, weekly Zumba classes are oered at Juergen's Hall.

National Memorial Ladies Participate In Wreaths Across America and Honor Houston Veterans By Minnie Payne


ational Memorial Ladies, a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was founded by Cheryl Whitfield whose mission is No veteran is buried alone. is participating in Wreaths Across America Dec. 17, 2017. Volunteers will descend on Houston National Cemetery to remember 74,000-plus fallen veterans, honoring them and their families and teaching children the value of freedom. Wreaths Across America started in 1992 at Arlington National Cemetery when a nursery in Maine donated a truckload of wreaths that were decorated by volunteers and placed at gravesites of fallen veterans. Today, 1,100 U.S. locations will participate in the annual Wreaths Across America tribute on Dec. 16, 2017. Presently, there are 34 dedicated National Memorial Ladies, who, in 2016, attended over

2,000 services at the Houston National Cemetery. Two ladies, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., attend four-to14 graveside services, keeping a silent vigil and presenting the next of kin with a condolence card, thanking them for their loved one’s service to our nation. Pati Cargle and Bonnie Welch, Heritage at Towne Lake residents, are members of National Memorial Ladies. In 2016, Pati was present at the service of a Medal of Honor recipient. National Memorial Ladies, along with other assisting organizations, make a plea to readers to help by contributing, starting Sept. 1, 2017, continuing into the first week of November 2017. Freshly crated fir wreaths require a donation of $15 each. Donors are encouraged to buy two or more wreaths, to help with this worthy cause. A goal of $8,000

is set for 2017. In 2016, every 74,000-plus graves were covered with a wreath. If you desire for a specific gravesite to receive a wreath, please provide the number and name of the gravesite and a wreath is guaranteed. Checks should be mailed to: Heritage Lodge: National Memorial Ladies Attn.: Bonnie Welch/Pati Cargle 19201 N. Canyon Lake Springs Cypress, Texas 77433 281-373-0970 President Cheryl Whitfield, 832-368-9810, info@nationalmemorialladie, welcomes inquiries regarding donations or how to become a member of the National Memorial Ladies.

Photo Credits: Joe Incognito

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Fasten Your Seatbelt

Surviving Market Turbulence

By Brenda Jackson


he current economic downturn and the turbulent investment markets can make people nervous. Recognize these events as a normal, although undesirable, part of the economic and investment cycles. With that in mind, following are some tips for investors in a turbulent time. Don’t panic. Some people may be tempted to bail out of their stock investments if markets are having a particularly rough ride. Selling solely because the stock market tumbles may be the worst thing to do. Stay invested. If you’re investing for a long-term goal —such as a retirement that begins in another decade or more and could last two or three decades— you’ll have plenty of time to ride out market cycles. As the table below shows, missing some of the best days in the market can significantly reduce

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your gains over the years. An investor who missed the market’s best 15 days for the 24-year period ending December 31, 2015, earned an average of 4.06% less per year than an investor who never left the market through all of the ups and downs. If the stock market posted gains and losses every other year, imagine what you would lose by selling after a dip. Where would you put your money? A money market account might earn a steady 1.5%, but, that won’t even keep up with the average long-term inflation rate of 3.1%. Keep a long-term perspective. It’s easiest to stay the course if you focus on your major life goals and not on the market’s day-to-day or month-tomonth movements. Look at your

quarterly account statements, stay on top of major current financial events, and plan to do a thorough review of your investments—asset allocation, investment performance and progress towards your goals—once a year. Dollar cost average. One of the most effective approaches to investing is dollar cost averaging. You simply commit to investing the same dollar amount on a regular basis. When the price of shares in a stock or investment portfolio rises, you’ll buy fewer shares, and when the price dips, you’ll buy more.1

As of 12/31/2015. Source: Standard and Poor’s and Kmotion Research. This example is for illustrative purposes only and is not indicative of the performance of any investment. It does not reflect the impact of taxes, management fees, or sales charges. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500) is a weighted, unmanaged index composed of 500 stocks believed to be a broad indicator of stock price movements. Investors cannot buy or invest directly in market indexes or averages. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Maintain a diversified portfolio. Diversification lowers your risk because historically not all parts of the market move in the same direction at the same time. Losses in one area may be balanced out by gains elsewhere.2 Know your risk tolerance. If you find stock investments to be too risky for your taste—for example, if you can’t sleep at night because you’re worrying about your stocks,—maybe you should consider a safer, steadier ride. Make thoughtful moves. If you make changes to your investments, do so in a thoughtful way, and after careful consideration. Talking with a financial advisor could be a good first move. 1

Dollar cost averaging involves continuous investment in securities regardless of fluctuation in price levels of such securities. An investor should consider their ability to continue purchasing through fluctuating price levels. Such a plan does not assure a profit and does not protect against loss in declining markets. 2 There is no guarantee that a diversified portfolio will enhance overall returns or outperform a non-diversified portfolio. Diversification does not protect against market risk.

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual security. To determine which investment(s) may be appropriate for you, consult your financial advisor prior to investing. All performance referenced is historical and is no guarantee of future results. Indexes are unmanaged and cannot be invested into directly. Economic forecasts set forth may not develop as predicted. Investing in stock includes numerous specific risks including: the fluctuation of dividend, loss of principal and potential illiquidity of the investment in a falling market. Bonds are subject to market and interest rate risk if sold prior to maturity. Bond and bond mutual fund values and yields will decline as interest rates rise and bonds are subject to availability and change in price. This research material has been prepared by LPL Financial LLC. Securities offered through LPL Financial LLC. Member FINRA/SIPC. Tracking # 1-617595 (Exp. 06/18)

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Cypress Search and Rescue Dog Bretagne to be Memorialized on 9/11 By Minnie Payne


hose who have lost a beloved dog know the deep hurt and grief that it brings. Denise Corliss, owner/handler of Cypress, Texas search and rescue dog Bretagne, (pronounced Britany), and countless others, can relate. After a long service as a search and rescue dog, therapist dog, and beloved pet, Bretagne died June 6, 2017 at age 16.

It is said that people remember moments – not hours. Bretagne contributed many precious/beautiful moments for many different people. And to thank her and all first responders for their contribution to mankind, a bronze statue of Bretagne in a seated pose wearing her FEMA vest, with attached elevated platform where people can sit and reflect, will be dedicated at noon, Sept. 11, 2017 at the corner of Mason Road and Cypresswood Road, Fairfield community. Lena Toritch, sculptress from Salt Lake City, Utah who specializes in bronze statutes of the military, children, and dogs, will be on hand for the dedication. The project took about nine months to complete. Chad Joiner of the Kingwood area was project manager. The project was the

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brainchild of retired Fire Chief Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Dept. Joe Davis and his wife Claudia, along with five other directors of the Harris County Water Control Improvement District No. 155 (HCWCID). Claudia Davis is the main protagonist. There are a number of other partners who will be recognized during the proceedings. When Denise Corliss chose eightweek-old Golden Retriever Bretagne from the litter, she had a special feeling and dedication for a dog who made an indelible mark. In 2000, at about six months old, Bretagne became the founding search and rescue dog of the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department, starting a career that lasted 10 years. In September 2011, Bretagne, at age two, and Corliss, through Texas Task Force 1, joined about 300 world-wide search and rescue teams for a 12-hours-aday/two-weeks-straight search for survivors at Ground Zero. There were few survivors in the rubble of twin towers, and Bretagne and other searchers worked hard but found none. Other deployments followed 9/11, and Corliss and Bretagne were ready for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ivan, the Olympic Winter Games, and other catastrophes. Corliss told CNN in 2014 that in one instance Bretagne found herself

standing on the end of a dangling staircase. “She walked to the end of it and she stopped, turned, and she came back down,” she recalled. “She did exactly what she was supposed to do, but it scared me a bit.” Bretagne retired at age 10 in 2008 as a search and rescue dog, but as with many seniors, her work was not finished. First graders in different classes at Roberts Road Elementary School, Waller, Texas, along with special needs children, were privileged to read to her until her death. Perhaps Bretagne helped the timid child overcome his/her shyness in reading out loud. Or perhaps the child with a speech disorder was helped in overcoming stuttering. Or perhaps a child just needed love. Bretagne answered the call.

To cite a specific case, when Bretagne first started going to school, a special needs little boy who only communicated through screaming and violence and was having a difficult time in school asked “Is Bretagne coming back?” That was the first time the child communicated. And after a while, the little boy started communicating with his mom and teacher. One day, the child cupped Bretagne’s face and kissed her on the nose. The child was promoted year after year, and Bretagne on her visits to the different first grade classes would also go to the little boy’s classroom, and visit him. “Her whole life was about serving others and yet she didn’t even realize it,” Corliss said sorrowfully. “She was just doing what she loved to do.” Denise and husband Randy Corliss, retired Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department Chief and presently a Cy-Fair volunteer firefighter, loved, helped train, and in every way possible took care of Bretagne for 16 years. With heavy hearts, the Corlisses realized that it was time for Bretagne to be euthanized. Firefighters, with salutes, watched as Bretagne was led into the veterinarian’s hospital and also afterwards when she was brought out in a casket. Man has lost a friend, but her memory lives on.

Bretagne Corliss FEMA Disaster Search Dog (retired), Texas Task Force One Search Dog (retired), Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department 2014 Search and Rescue Hero Dog, American Humane Association

Denise Corliss, CyFair Volunteer Firefighter, owner/handler and Bretagne, Search and Rescue dog

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CFISD Opens Bridgeland High School By Patricia Hudson Located on the Grand Parkway and Mason Road, Bridgeland High School is a two and four-story building totaling approximately 573,468 square feet. Designed by IBI Group Architects, and constructed by Gilbane Building Company, the 12th high school in CFISD includes an academic wing with 48 flex rooms for collaborative learning, community building for fine arts and indoor sports, competition football, baseball, and softball fields, bleachers and press boxes, a competition running track, practice and playing fields. Part of the District’s one million-square-foot master planned campus site, the education complex also features two-story Wells Elementary School, also open this fall, and a future three-story middle school. Eventually the multi-campus site will house more than 5,900 students and teachers.

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Bridgeland H.S. Important Dates School Pictures Tuesday, September 5 Open House - Bridgeland H. S. Monday, September 18, 6:30 - 8:30pm Fall Celebration (Homecoming Week) September 18 - 23 Homecoming Football Game - Bridgeland H. S. Wednesday, September 20, 6:00 - 9:00pm

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I coped with sending Saying How our youngest off to college Goodbye

by Philip Berquist, Honorary Consul of Croatia to Texas

Suburban still half full of college things to move into the real dorm after the two-week class. Due to the gracious hospitality of my one of my best friends, Jack Borowski, who has a lake house, my “Michigan Consulate Annex,” in southwest Michigan I decided to spend the fortnight fishing. Surely this would take make my mind off my baby daughter leaving for college, and I could relax.


ow this dad dealt with his youngest going off to college 1,000 miles away

I have thought about this time in life for, well, 18 years. It was never automatically assumed that our daughter, Elizabeth, would follow in the footsteps of her mother, my wife, Lisa Powell, and her grandmother and grandfather, and enroll in a school 1,000 miles away. But here we are at Indiana University Bloomington, parents of a soon-to-be freshman. And that leads to the present question, how does a dad handle such a traumatic time in his life? Elizabeth and I have, in my opinion, a very healthy relationship. We are very, very good friends. I never thought that her leaving the house for college would be so painful and scary but, no shock to most readers, it was. Lisa and I drove Elizabeth up to Bloomington at the end of July and moved her into a temporary dormitory since she was taking an early class. Lisa returned to Houston, while I stayed, with the

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ANGLING First, I was to meet up with Ole (Oh-lee) Galloway to take me fishing. Ole is perhaps one of Indiana’s greatest high school athletes. A fierce competitor all of this life which included a tour in Viet Nam, he is now retired and an avid fisherman. He has taught me much about fishing and is a great judge of fishing gear. (Please search for “throwaway fishing gear” on youtube.) (Also, “on the St. Joseph River with Jack and Ole 2016” on youtube.) He also catches much larger fish than me. Over the next couple of weeks, I had remarkably better fortunes than I had ever had, catching bluegills, largemouth bass, and Northern Pike. Did my new fishing prowess ease my mind about Elizabeth? Not a chance, it certainly helped, but I still felt remorse. Time for another distraction.

VISIT HIGH SCHOOL FRIENDS Some of my old classmates meet the first Friday of each month for breakfast, so I drove up to Grand Rapids to see them. Tom Nauta who was the best high school athlete that I had ever seen, asked me about fishing. I told him about how I fished with a contemporary of ours, the great Indiana athlete, Ole Galloway and low and behold, Nauta screamed and another alum, Rick Krueger, who pitched at one time for the Boston Red Sox, screamed. They both played with Ole in junior college in Grand Rapids, and HE was the best athletic THEY had ever seen! Small world. DO CONSULATE BUSINESS ON BEHALF OF CROATIA Before Lisa flew back to Houston, we drove to Chicago as she had some meetings there. I took the opportunity to visit the new Consul General from Croatia, Sanja Laković, in the consulate on North Michigan Avenue. She told me about a

Croatian couple near where I was staying in Michigan (her territory), and I decided to meet them. Mate (Ma-TAA) and Ana Super moved to Michigan from Croatia in 1970 and raised “Beefalo,” a breed of 3/8 American buffalo (bison) and 5/8 bovine. They own and operate the High Evergreen Beefalo Farm in Grand Junction, Michigan. I spent an entertaining afternoon being with them. But you know already what was nagging at me! TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME The Houston Astros coincidentally were playing the Chicago White Sox, and the drive is only a little over an hour from South Bend. We were able to secure some on-the-field batting practice passes from a connected friend. While waiting in the Sox front office for the passes, I got to see the dreaded World Series Championship Trophy from 2005. During the National Anthem played veterans were encouraged to salute the flag. I had never before heard of that. A most thoughtful gesture. I saluted. I could not forget Elizabeth in Bloomington. SOLVE MYSTERY OF THE DEWEY LAKE MONSTER “Sister Lakes” are a group of six beautiful unconnected lakes. In 1964 there were claims that a monster was roaming one of the sisters, Dewey Lake. The Dewey Lake Monster was some 10 feet tall, weighing in at 500 pounds. I decided to do some personal investigating. Dear Reader, I was only able to locate one monster, The Sister Lakes Brewing Company’s “Dewey Lake Monster Double IPA,” 9.8% alcohol! The brew pub was fabulous, but the monster mystery and my sadness remained. BECOME A MOOSE Returning from the investigation, I stopped at a Moose Lodge. I had not been in one since my dad took me bowling for the first time at the age of eight at the Moose bowling lanes in Grand Rapids (four manual lanes,

THE BEGINNING OF THE END Finally, the two weeks of makebelieve were over, and my attempts at escapism would have to end. On my last day I did catch the “Diamond Lake Leviathan,” a 2 1/2 foot Northern Pike, but, as I was fumbling with my iPhone to take a photo, the beast looked at me, appeared to wink and spit out the lure. Now that’s what I call catch and release. Elizabeth is all smiles as we head North.

pin boys setting the pins and returning the ball). Since one has to be a member or a guest to enter a lodge, I befriended the local “Governor Moose.” He described the many things that the Moose support (and they are truly service oriented) and, with a kind offer of comp membership, I became a Moose, Lodge #933. ENTER (AND WIN) AN INVITATIONAL EUCHRE TOURNAMENT My buddy Jack and I visited a couple of classy watering holes in downtown South Bend. A pal of his from high school, Greg, joined us at the LaSalle Bar and Grill. We were talking to Brooke, the bartender about the card game of Euchre (wildly popular in the Midwest, it helped me get through college, and Jack and I are “virtually” undefeated in all parts of North America). Brooke brought out a deck of cards and the “LaSalle Invitational Euchre Tournament” was on. Due to our legendary stature as Euchre mavens, Jack and I went to the finals against Greg and Brooke (they were the only other team). Guess who won? We used the large pepper mill as the ceremonial trophy. Sadly our continued Euchre mastery did not make the late edition of the South Bend Tribune (nor reduce my melancholy).

After my adventures, I picked up Lisa in Indianapolis, and we made the short drive south to Bloomington. Now it was time to make the final move to Elizabeth’s dorm. We met, and she was a changed young woman. Very confident, it was obvious that Indiana University agreed with her. We stayed for several more days, giving her the space she needed, and wanted (and accepted) to study for her final, welcome her roommate (from Houston) and attend the freshmen opening classes ceremony. On our last morning in our hotel, over breakfast, I felt that I was in an “IU Parent Support Group.” So many people were talking about doom and gloom that I realized that I was the least affected one in the bunch. Then, a near tearful goodbye, but a goodbye with a feeling that we had prepared her for this all-important moment in her life. How well we prepared ourselves with this, we have yet to see, but I feel better about it each day.


A very content freshman who has made the transition. PinPointe Magazine

The Best of Cypress by Patricia Hudson

Places to Eat

Smoken Joe’s BBQ


Social media has blown up over Smoken Joe’s BBQ. I ventured out to Mueschke Road to see for myself. Without the sign and a big red cooker, I probably would have driven right on by. Back off the road a bit, and on a gravel drive, a rustic wooden porch covered by a corrugated tin roof caught my eye. But, it was

the aroma of a slow c o o ke d b r i s ke t emanating from a cooker on the side of the building that teased my olfactory senses and made my mouth water involuntarily. Joe Mungavin knows barbeque. He has been cooking since 1998, when he opened a barbeque joint in the parking lot of the Kroger on 529. Three joints later, and with his job as a hot shot for oil and gas in jeopardy, Joe jumped into his food business with both feet. Together with Vernon Lilly, his “workin’ partner,” Smoken Joe’s has Cypress talking. With two pits, two rotisseries, Joe has people lined up outside his door. Don’t look for a menu, but rest assured that Joe can cook some mean brisket, ribs, sausage, pork butt, and smoked hamburgers. The catering business keeps them hopping every Saturday. Bring cash, as Joe is not accepting credit cards at this time. I left Joes’ with an aluminum pan filled with “The Trio,” or what some might call a Holy Trinity of brisket, links, and ribs, for my family’s dinner. Simply put, I am a fan.

What Cypress is saying about Smoken Joe’s:

Laura Davis: “…Most down to earth guy you will meet! He does business the old school way. Once you have had his BBQ you won't settle for any other… soo good! Meat just falls apart and very juicy. Joe doesn't skimp on portions, for sure!” Billie Poppen: “We loved all his meats… has great potatoes too.”

Lisa Cummings Obsheatz: “Yummy BBQ!”

Russ Rimmerman: “Just ate at Smoken Joe’s. Nicest guy you'll meet, and he makes the best ribs, pulled pork, and brisket! We're stuffed! Kids eat free. If it's hot out, I recommend getting it to go.” Heidi Cheek: “Smoken Joe's BBQ is AMAZING!!! Definitely a country feel… He’s very kind and personable... He would put every BBQ place out of business once everyone tries him!!!” Stacey Todd: “Oh man, his twice baked potato salad is so good!!”

Christine Veit Meischen: “Smoking Joe's has the best fall off the bone ribs ever. The sauce is delicious! He's going to be super popular here in Cypress!”

Smoken Joe’s BBQ

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15810 Mueschke | Cypress, Texas 832-531-5015

Las Mañanitas Mexican Restaurant


Conveniently located in the Fairfield community, Las Mananitas Cypress is a favorite with Cypress residents. Tex-Mex specialties are made from scratch daily, using original family recipes. The breakfast menu boasts such dishes as Tacos de Barbacoa, ($6.99), Chilaquiles, ($6.99), and Spinach and Mushroom Enchiladas, ($7.99). For those watching their calorie intake, healthy options such as grilled fish tacos, grilled chicken breast, fajita steak, and blackened or baked Tilapia served with salad and vegetables are available. Tex-Mex Specialties featuring taco, burrito, chile relleno, tamale, and combo plates are served with rice, beans, and pico de gallo, and are moderately priced from $9.99 to $12.99. An assortment of enchiladas, ($10-$12), and sizzling fajita plates served with homemade tortillas, ($12 - $42), make narrowing down one’s meal selection all the more difficult. “The Fajita Puebla is my favorite,” confides Manager Chava Yanez. If you really want to treat yourself, chicken, seafood and beef House Specialties such as Pollo en Mole, Camarones Al Mojo de Ajo, and Carne Asada, ($10 - $16), will delight your palate. Top off your dining experience with a margarita from their full service bar. Que sabroso!

What Cypress is Saying About Las Mananita’s

Megan Elizabeth Macarthur: “Las Mananitas is our go-to after work spot! I love their delicious queso, fresh tortillas and beef fajitas! Elmer is a terrific server who makes eating there an enjoyable, personal experience.”

Missy Bonser: “Las Mananitas has an amazing Strawberry Margarita!”

Teri Wiley: “Las Mananitas has friendly staff. They have great chicken fajitas and sangria margaritas. Lupe is the best waiter ever!!”

Las Mañanitas Mexican Restaurant

15202 Mason Rd. | Suite 100 | Cypress, TX 77433 281-256-7818 Hours: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:30pm Friday: 11:00am - 10:300pm Saturday: 8:00am - 10:30pm Sunday: 8:00am - 930pm

Kim Galloway: “Las Mananitas is my favorite Mexican (restaurant)! We quit trying other places. The wait staff is superb, the margaritas are tasty and strong, the fajitas are always tender and perfectly cooked. Don't get me started on the smoky salsa, chips and fresh tortillas!” Kimberly Rachelle Lewis: “A good little place often overlooked is Las Mananitas. My family really likes the chipotle fajitas because they're smothered in a sweet and spicy sauce and melted cheese. Also there's a shrimp plate they've made me before with tortillas to make shrimp tacos.

There's a man always there that watches the room closely and comes by the table. The servers are always polite and willing to make any special requests. Service is super fast, so now that I have a 2- month old, we always choose it over the chain Mexican restaurants for the speedy service. Oh and their beans are delicious!”

Laura Davis: “Very friendly staff who always remember you. Elmer is their shining star waiter! Good food right in the neighborhood!” Kimberly Mularski: “Queso is amazing and so are their margaritas. Service has always been amazing too. Just moved to the area in June and this is our favorite place by far.”

Michelle Kovar: “I love the combo fajitas with steak and quail legs and a frozen mango margarita with a sugar rim. The service is also top notch, the manager has stopped by our table to ask how the food and service is every time we've been there.” PinPointe Magazine


Floyd’s Cajun Seafood and Texas Steakhouse


It was lucky for Floyd’s Cajun Seafood when the former tenant moved on, leaving them to take over their choice location on the 290 feeder in Cypress. After making renovations to the interior, and to the delight of an impatient community, Floyd’s opened its 6th location in early June. Owner Patrick McGinity says “With seventy plus years of combined Cajun Seafood expertise, Floyd’s brings the rich flavors of Louisiana to Cypress.“

Floyd’s is a family dining establishment with a friendly staff, a fully stocked bar and several entertaining arcades games where folks go to unwind after a long work day. Mouthwatering appetizers such as Seafood Fondue, (lump crab meat, shrimp, crawfish, mushrooms baked in a creamy cheese sauce with garlic bread), Fried Alligator with Floyd’s cream gravy, and Shrimp Diableaux, (bacon wrapped with cream cheese and jalapenos), will get one’s dining experience off right. While reveling in the simple bliss of a dozen fresh shucked oysters on the half shell, with horseradish and a spritz of lemon, Jose’ offered to prepare his specialty appetizer for me: oysters, shrimp, crabmeat, three cheeses, crabmeat stuffing, garlic butter and cherry wine! Heavenly! By now, I was rather taken with this Jose’, (who claims to be the #1 oyster shucker in Houston), so I asked him for his meal recommendation. Jose’s tip? Order Floyd’s Famous Flounder; a whole flounder stuffed with crab meat stuffing, topped with lump crab meat, and served with your choice of a side. “We use cottonseed oil, high quality and very clean, to make great fried food,” explains manager Justin Trump. “Come in and try our fried catfish, authentic Louisiana style shrimp gumbo, crab bisque, crawfish etouffee, oyster po’boys or chicken and sausage jambalaya.” Whether your taste leans towards fried, grilled, or blackened, “Laissez les bon temps rouler, y’all!”

The Best of Cypress Places to Eat

What Cypress is Saying about Floyd’s:

Terri Harris: “We have been Floyd’s people forever. We were happy when this one opened up. We order the Lobster Bisque, Po Boys, and Floyd’s Bar Trash, blackened lump crab and shrimp with grilled garlic bread!”

Jim Harris: “Don’t forget the Micheladas!”

Jennifer Hillier Rodriguez: “I love the crab bisque at Floyds!”

Metta Archilla: “Our waitress was outstanding. Attentive and on point. Two thumbs up. Man, oh man, were the Boudin balls spot on! I won't be passing on the Seafood Gumbo either. The rich stock hit the spot perfectly for me and I was thrilled to see they served the rice on the side. This allows the patron to add however much or little they like.”

Viki Boen Young: “We love Floyd's. We try not to leave our Cypress bubble, so Floyd's is a great addition to our usual date night places. Local craft brews on tap and fresh oysters keep us going back for more. This one's a keeper!” Jean Carnes: “This is my second trip to Floyd’s. Etouffee and Boudin! Put it all on me!”

Petra Isabel : “Ummmmm ... Floyds is open for business!” Floyd’s Cajun Seafood and Texas Steakhouse 27126 Northwest Freeway | Suite 100 Cypress, TX 77433 832-653-6830 Hours: Sunday & Monday: 11:00am - 9:00pm Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:300pm Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:30pm

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Jim and Terri Harris relish a cold Michaleda on a hot day.

Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee & Bakery In 2005, Jonathan Golden, founder of Land of a Thousand Hills, decided to make a difference in the lives of the Rwandan people. Golden began working with the farmers of Rwanda, providing “… better wages, for better coffee, for a better future.” Manager Raul Solis explained that the Boardwalk at Towne Lake location is the only one in Texas, but there are plans to open more. Land of a Thousand Hills offers Rwandan specialty coffee, craft espresso drinks, and a variety of teas, but it is their Art enjoys an iced Caramanilla on a hot day at the BoardSignature Drinks that have walk in Towne Lake. been garnering customer attention. “Our best sellers are the Caramanilla and the Mocha. As the weather has been so hot, many order them iced,” comments Solis. The Boardwalk shop features baked goods that are made from scratch, and baked in-house. A delightful assortment of quiches, turnovers, scones, cinnamon rolls, and breads, “Especially the Chocolate Chip Banana Bread,” are customer favorites,” shares Solis. Chocolate chip, peanut butter and snickerdoodle cookies, brownies and bars, and desserts by the slice are irresistible selections for those craving something sweet. “Our bakery staff creates excellent specialty cakes. They would be happy to make one for your special event,” explains one of the staff, as she brings out a tray of heavenly smelling cookies. When asked about an obvious comparison with a nationally known competitor, Manager Solis simply states, “The quality speaks for itself.”


Glory Ferguson Hoeflich: “It is my son Matthew’s and my favorite spot to do homework and have a pastry and coffee...or the frozen berry drink that he loves. My son Ethan's 15th birthday cake was amazing! My family was so impressed that we're ordering Matthew's Eagle Scout ceremony cake from them.”

Laura Robbins: “Melodie makes the best cakes. They make awesome skinny muffins, breakfast quiches, plus huge cinnamon rolls. Our family drink favorites are the Vanilla Chai Freeze, the White Sand and the Hunny Bunny. It's a great place to hang out for breakfast or if you just want to chill with friends.”

Suzanne Woodruff Partin: “Amazing desserts! My favorites are their cookies and cakes, especially their Guinness cake and snickerdoodle cookies. I also love their bacon cheddar scone!” Chloe Chung: “My choice is the Chocolate Chip Banana Bread!” Catie Orwin: “I like the Flourless Lemon Blueberry Muffins!”

Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee & Bakery 9935 Barker Cypress Rd. | #130 | Cypress, TX 77433 281-246-1667 | Hours: Monday - Thursday: 6:00am - 9:00pm Friday & Saturday: 6:00am - 10:00pm Sunday: 9:00am - 6:00pm

What Cypress is Saying about Land of a Thousand Hills:

Nancy Flanakin: “Love the neighborhood feel. They know me by name! Coffee always good! Their pastries do not taste like store bought, but taste like homemade. I guess what I mean is not overly sweet. I will ask them to check with their pastry chef the ingredients because we have peanut allergy and they always accommodate! My faves are banana chocolate chip bread, apple turnover, creme brûlée, blueberry scones, southwest quiche, and their toffee cake with chocolate ganache icing and heath toppings!” Kristi Greenwood Woods: “Far better than Starbucks. Lots of options to choose from and everything is made fresh in house. My only negative is they don't offer a larger size for the frozen/iced coffee's.”

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