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For the first time nonresidents can purchase produce grown on Sunset Farm, Jordan Ranch’s community on-site garden.


A look at Calvary Episcopal Preparatory's progression through a pandemic and how it plans on "growing a more global student."

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In & Around Fulshear County approves EpiCenter by CHAD WASHINGTON | cwashington@fbherald.com


fter years of studies and closed-session discussions, it looks like Fort Bend County will go forward with a plan to build a multipurpose facility in Rosenberg. County commissioners approved an advanced funding resolution for county officials to purchase 51.75 acres of land on the southwest corner of U.S. 59 and Highway 36, near the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds. Commissioners also unanimously approved to create a ground lease/leaseback development agreement for the development of around 230,000-sq multi-purpose facility. This agreement would allow the county to own the land but allow a private company to build the facility — named the EpiCenter — and pay a lease to Fort Bend County to operate it. The county would then own the facility when the debt is paid. The total development cost of the EpiCenter is approximately $120 million. The deal would authorize County Auditor Ed Sturdivant, County Attorney Bridgette Smith-Lawson, and County Judge KP George to execute the deal, while George will be the person to oversee the lease agreement. The facility will be able to host a variety of event types, including: public/consumer shows, graduations, sports and recreation, spectator events, community/civic events, agriculture/livestock/equestrian shows, festivals, and fairs and conferences. Plus with this multipurpose facility, the county can host trade shows and amateur athletic events, including athletic and graduation events for schools in Lamar Consolidated ISD, Needville ISD, and Stafford MSD. Furthermore, the facility would also be an emergency facility that can be useful for weather events such as hurricanes, floods, and extreme winter weather. Plus, it could serve as an emergency command center. Precinct 1 Commissioner Vincent Morales said that the facility would be called the Fort Bend County EpiCenter since it would be located in the center of the county. By estimation, the EpiCenter could be completed by late 2022, according to Precinct 2 Commissioner Grady Prestage. Prestage also said that the EpiCenter would bring more jobs to the area and more retail income through hotel sales to Fort Bend. “This will be a big benefit for Fort Bend County and its residents,” Morales said. Last year, George tabbed Prestage and Morales as co-chairs of a committee that would research the EpiCenter and its financial impact

on Fort Bend County and the Richmond-Rosenberg area. The report showed “great demand” for the facility, Prestage said. In 2019, Morales wanted to put the construction of the Epicenter into a bond package with other county facilities, but the $233 million price tag weighed down the bond and the decision was scrapped. The county plans to have a public groundbreaking ceremony soon and will provide regular construction project updates and progress photographs on the county website.

Alexis Jackson Named Child Advocate of the Year


he enthusiasm with which Alexis Jackson advocates for children has been described as “above and beyond.”And just a couple of months ago, the Child Advocates of Fort Bend volunteer was honored by the very agency she is devoted to. In April Jackson was named the 2020 Child Advocate of the Year at the nonprofit’s first Virtual Volunteer Celebration, which drew more than 100 volunteers, community Alexis Jackson. partners, and staff. “Her actions will have a long-lasting impact for the children we serve and for our community,” said Child Advocates of Fort Bend CEO Ruthanne Mefford.“She serves in so many capacities.” Jackson became a CASA volunteer advocate in 2016 and has served four children in the nonprofit’s Infant and Toddler and NEST programs. She’s even traveled to Killeen,Texas to visit a child,“and fights hard for sibling groups to stay together because she understands the importance of that familial bond,” Mefford added. Jackson is also a lead committee member on Child Advocate’s Christmas Home Tour and Gala. “She was the first volunteer for the FRIENDS Council and the Volunteer Council at the same time,” Mefford stressed. Jackson also lends a hand to the nonprofit’s administration reception desk and participates as a speaker in the nonprofit’s Voices for Children Tours. “She and her husband are members of our Voices For Children CIRCLE, providing the agency with critical funding,” explained Mefford. Other honorees at the volunteer celebration included Jill Thaxton (CASA Volunteer of the Year), Mary Koehler (Children’s Advocacy Center Volunteer of the Year), Ken Kosub (Event Volunteer of the Year), Zona Johnson (Voices for Children Ambassador of the Year). Dr. Charles Dupre (Children’s Hero) and Roy Cordes (Lifetime Hero). Melissa Munoz was the recipient of the Mariel Barrera Champion for Children Award. Barrera, a longtime employee of Child Advocates of Fort Bend passed away in early 2017. A full list of honorees and information about volunteer opportunities with Child Advocates of Fort Bend is available at www.cafb.org.

Bud O’Shieles Community Center ‘welcomes its family back home’ An artist’s rendering of the Fort Bend County EpiCenter, a multipurpose facility approved by county commissioners. The project is expected to cost $120 million.

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ollowing a year of serving congregate participants in their homes, Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels announced the first of its centers — the Bud O’Shieles Community Center

at 1330 Band Road in Rosenberg — will welcome back seniors on June 7 with activities such as activities, including bingo, art, and fitness classes, as well as a hot meal. “Most importantly, the center will provide socialization that has been sorely missed as the pandemic stretched on,” officials said. Fort Bend Seniors said, “as we take this first step towards fully reopening all of our centers, we will continue to follow all health guidelines and recommendations to ensure the continued safety of our seniors, volunteers, and staff members.” Measures include regularly sanitizing hard surfaces, encouraging participants to wear masks, and providing additional space for social distancing. The agency expressed its gratitude for the support from community donors and volunteers. “This reopening would not have been possible without your support over the past year,” said the agency.“ So, from all of us, thank you – for helping us welcome our family back home.” For more information about Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels, visit fortbendseniors.org.

Mamie George Community Center launches evening food distribution


he Mamie George Community Center has launched an evening food distribution service to provide working lowincome Fort Bend County families with an easier experience accessing food assistance.

“In many cases, individuals are working full-time hours but earning lower wages that won’t lift a family out of poverty. Many people with a minimum wage job need help keeping their families fed,” said MGCC Executive Director Gladys BrumfieldJames.“By adding the early evening hours, Catholic Charities can help families who can’t come to our usual food distributions held earlier in the day.” The Mamie George Community Center, which is operated by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, set its evening distribution slot at Wednesday, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. The ongoing schedule for the drive-through food distribution is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. - noon. Families should make an appointment for weekday food pickup. Additionally, the food fairs open to the public are held on a Saturday each month from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. To make an appointment or view the food fair schedule, visit CatholicCharities.org/CovidFoodDistribution. The Mamie George Community Center is located at 1111 Collins Road in Richmond. Other services provided during the pandemic include financial assistance for families in need of help with rent and other essential expenses, meal delivery to seniors, and support for women veterans. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, MGCC provided 3.3 million pounds of food to families who drive through the food pick-up line.

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ope For Three recently announced two individually hosted events held in April, featuring favorite family games, raised several thousand dollars for the nonprofit. The funds will continue to enable Hope For Three to operate as the leading local nonprofit autism advocacy organization in Fort Bend County. One of the events — dubbed Airmail for Autism — was organized by a father, Matt Smith, whose 5-year-old son Rhett is diagnosed with autism. Rhett was the inspiration behind the fundraiser, his father said. The fa m i ly - f r i e n d ly c o r n h o l e tournament held at the Houston Premier Sportsplex raised $3,500. Missouri City councilwoman Lynn Clouser, a parent of a child diagnosed with autism, also organized a BINGO fundraiser at

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Kids & Cops Summer Camp starts soon!


he Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office 24th annual Kids & Cops Summer Camp program is open for registration. Starting June 7, the camp program will be held Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students must be 10 to 12 years old on the first day of camp to participate. This camp is on a first-come-first-served basis, with a limit of 48 students per camp. Students participating in the camp will enjoy a day of fun at Main Event, an exciting trip to Typhoon Texas Waterpark as well as other activities. The cost for the camp is $80 and will include lunch Tuesday through Thursday, snacks each day, and the cost for the field trips. The fee also includes a camp T-shirt, a team facemask, and a backpack. Details on camp dates and locations can be found on the application at www.fortbendcountytx.gov. To register, return the completed application and payment to the address listed at the bottom of the application. If you have any questions email kids&cops@fortbendcountytx.gov or call (832) 473- 2862.


YUMMY: Let’s talk ‘Cool Drinks & Summer Salads’

he Culinary Book Club at Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library will meet online on Wednesday, June 16 at 1:30 pm. The theme of the month is “Cool Drinks & Summer Salads.” This videoconference will be live-streamed via Webex; it will not be in person at the library. The Culinary Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of every month, and different cooking genres are explored each month. Cooking enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels – from beginners to advanced — are invited to join. Share tips, get ideas and enjoy the camaraderie of other individuals interested in cooking and good cuisine. On Thursday, June 24, enjoy a pre-recorded video demonstration of “Soul Food: Savannah-Style Cornbread.” With this old southern recipe, learn how to make a sweet and delicate cornbread that can accompany a variety of dishes. A link to the video will be posted on FBCL’s online calendar on the scheduled date, and it can be viewed at any time. Registration is not required. This virtual meeting is free and open to the public. Registration is required for the Culinary Book Club ONLY; a link to the Webex session will be emailed to all who register. To register online, go to the FBCL website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program on the

date indicated. Participants may also register by calling the University Branch Library 281-633-5100.

Library research database covers 500plus years of African American History


ort Bend County Libraries offers an online African-American History research database from Facts-on-File. Students and other researchers can access this helpful resource online at any time, from the comfort and safety of home, with an FBCL library card. Covering more than 500 years of the African-American experience, this authoritative resource enables library patrons to explore the full spectrum of African-American history and culture. Students can delve deeply into a variety of topics, examine different perspectives, and access historical tablet/mobilefriendly videos that bring history to life. This resource includes a substantial collection of primary sources, images, biographies of key people, original maps and charts, and much more. The biographies listed under “Featured People” include collections of articles on civil rights activists, trailblazing military and political figures, abolition leaders, Harlem Renaissance intellectuals and activists, major musicians and artists, leading scientists, accomplished athletes, and influential writers.

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Gardening Confessions of a Miserly Gardener by SANDRA GRAY| Fort Bend Master Gardener


am a practicing tightwad. I love Mother Earth (she knows I do), but I love my money more. So, when I learned all the ways Earth-Kind® gardening could save me money, I was onboard. Here are some ways I save money using these techniques, and you might, too. You don’t need to do all of these things, but every little bit saves you money (and helps Mother Earth). Water wisely. Don’t pay for more water than necessary. Instead, consider using drought-resistant plants, drip irrigation, xeriscapes, and rainwater harvesting. Check your irrigation system regularly to avoid watering the street and sidewalks. Avoid overwatering, a common gardening mistake, because it will save money, and overwatering promotes some plant diseases. Use native plants and plant them in the right place. Native plants are well-adapted to your environment, so they are more likely to thrive. The likelihood of success increases if you put the plant in a place suitable to its needs. More importantly, if the plant lives, you won’t need to pay money to replace it! Mow correctly for your grass type. Mow at the correct height with a mulching mower and mow frequently enough to remove no more

than one-third of the plant. This will keep the grass healthier, and recycling the grass cuttings into the soil reduces the need for fertilization. For extra credit, use a non-gas-powered mower. Hint: a reel mower may save you gym fees. Reduce the amount of turf in your landscape. Doing this can reduce watering, mowing, and fertilization costs. Instead, replace the grass with groundcovers, wildflowers, ornamental grasses, and other plants that require less time and money (!!!). Follow written directions for chemical usage and storage. If you must use chemicals like pesticides or herbicides, carefully follow the package directions. Using too little may be a waste of time, using too much may cause more harm than good (and wastes money). Try to purchase only the amount needed and store supplies carefully so the chemical will not go bad before it is used (again wasting money). Take care of your garden tools. Caring for your tools is always cheaper than replacing them. However, you will want to buy good quality tools initially to ensure they will have a long life under your tender care. Plant a tree. Not only will a tree enhance the market value of your home (ka-ching!), it can also reduce your heating and cooling costs if planted in the right place. Compost. Composting can be as simple as recycling coffee grounds and banana peels into your garden or a bit more elaborate.Yes, there may be some initial set-up costs, but there will also be savings in the compost you won’t need to purchase to enhance your soil. Save seeds and share plants. When your annual plants go to seed, save those seeds for the next season to avoid the costs of seed packets or plants.You can also participate in a plant exchange with friends and neighbors. Bartering can include landscape tips about planting and caring for the plants. I love free! Use solar-powered landscape lighting. Landscape lighting enhances the appeal and security of your landscape. However, I don’t want to pay those electrical costs if there is a free alternative. Do you? Solarpowered lights have become less expensive and easier to install and are worth consideration. Environmentally friendly gardening need not cost you money. It can be a soul satisfier to misers like me. Learn more about Earth-Kind gardening at http://earth-kind.tamu.edu.

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ort Bend County Libraries will present an online program, “Landscape Success: Using Irrigation Wisely,” on Tuesday, June 22, from 2 p.m.to 3:30 p.m. As part three of the Texas AgriLife Extension Office’s “Landscape Success” series for homeowners, this program will be livestreamed via Webex; it will not be in person. Fort Bend County Master Gardeners Nancy Schoepf and Don Parkhouse will discuss water-conservation techniques, hydrozone planting, and irrigation-system evaluation and maintenance. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required to receive the link to the Webex session via email. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib. tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program on the date indicated. Participants may also register by calling Fort Bend County Libraries’ Communications Office at 281-633-4734.

Continued from page 13 Full citations are available throughout the resource, and users can print, copy, and save to a folder all content for personal use. The Curriculum Tools section includes writing and research tips for students and educators, including advice on analyzing and understanding primary sources, editorial cartoons, and online resources. Guides for presenting research include instruction on citing sources, avoiding plagiarism, completing a primary-source worksheet, summarizing articles, and writing research papers. To browse this digital collection, go to the FBCL website, www. fortbend.lib.tx.us, click on “Research,” select “Databases,” and choose “African-American History.” Library patrons need a valid FBCL card (or eCard) to access the resource. For more information, call the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.

New streaming video service provides access to ‘thousands of world-class’ resources


ort Bend County Libraries announces the addition of a new online streaming video service, Access Video On Demand, to its eLibrary collection of digital resources. Library patrons will have instant, unlimited, 24/7 access to thousands of world-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, independent movies, and helpful instructional videos covering a

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wide range of subjects. This new video-streaming service includes two collections —“Access Video on Demand: Master Collection” for adults and “Access Video On Demand: Just for Kids.” From arts and humanities to science, technology, and math,Access Video On Demand (AVOD) provides instant access to a wide range of subjects for library patrons of all ages. In the AVOD: Master Collection, producers such as the History Channel, HBO, BBC, Nova,A&E, and Ken Burns provide documentaries on topics like business, career planning, health, history, travel, and more. Library patrons can watch a Bob Dylan concert, go on a trip with Rick Steves, learn to bake with Julia Child, or work out with Jeanette Jenkins. AVOD: Just for Kids provides thousands of age-appropriate, advertisement-free videos that children, parents, and caregivers will love. Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, PBS, and the Electric Company are a few of the many available offerings. Interactive games, puzzles, and quizzes are sure to entertain, educate, and inspire young library patrons on this kid-safe media platform. Looking for homework help? AVOD: Just for Kids includes educational, historical, and popular content, with full transcripts of programs, a citation builder for bibliographies, and video-clipping tools that help the user embed the video in a presentation. Library patrons need a valid FBCL card (or eCard) to access the service, and there are no check-out limits, waitlists, or overdue fines. Completely browser-based and mobile-friendly, the streaming videos

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Health Being ‘Tough for Taylor’ Softball player born with rare disorder

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razos High School softball player Taylor Brzozowski remembers the day in March when she slid into home plate and was tagged out on the back of her head. The sophomore immediately knew something was wrong with her body. She’d been having severe headaches for the past three or four years, but the slap on the back of the head by a baseball glove hurt too much. Taylor said she struggled to get to the dugout and lay down. After the game, her parents insisted she get an MRI. The chilling discovery:Taylor, 16, had Chiari Malformation Type 1, in which her brains were essentially protruding from the base of her skull. The condition had grown worse over the years, so much so that a cyst had formed and was pressing against Taylor’s spinal column and compressing her vertebrate. At times, both her legs would go numb. Doctors benched her from sports for the rest of the season. At the time of this interview, Taylor was scheduled to undergo surgery in New York in April to remove part of her skull and reduce the pressure on her spinal cord and nerves. Hopefully, the surgery will allow her to return to a sport she loves: softball. To help her reach that goal, townsfolk held a fundraiser to raise the money her family would need to travel and stay in New York. The benefit, “Tough for Taylor,” drew most if not all of the community of Wallis and the surrounding area. Held at the Wallis Knights of Columbus Hall, the benefit included a band, dancing, live auction, and sale of boiled crawfish. “We knew we had to do something for Taylor,” said Joell Prado, a member of “The Girls,” which helped organize the fundraiser. “She and her family are so well-liked by everyone that the least we could do was help them get to New York so she get the operation she needed.” Prado was joined by partners Kayla Rosniak, Lisa Willis and Lori Ham, and others, who help orchestrate benefits to help folks in Wallis and Orchard communities. “CMT is a very serious neurological disorder that will require


LEFT: Rachel Bregenzer, a mom of a softball player, gives Taylor Brzozowski, left, a hug during a benefit in Taylor’s name at the KC Hall in Wallis. Taylor was born with a rare disorder that required brain surgery. RIGHT: Brazos High School softball player Taylor Brzozowski, left, meets up with friends at a benefit in her honor.

brain surgery,” The Girls explained in a poster promoting the fundraiser. “Unfortunately, there are very few pediatric doctors that will accept a case this serious. Fortunately, a great pediatric doctor in New York has stepped up to the plate and is willing to work with Taylor and her family. “However, this does mean that there will be a lot of added expenses for the family during this already stressful time.” Hopefully, the benefit will raise enough money to help raise the family’s spirits during this trying time, the poster concludes. The surgery includes removing a portion of the bottom of Taylor’s skull, removal of the cyst and several vertebrates, and a skin graft. It will take about a week for Taylor to recover in New York and several more weeks of recovery back at home. Fortunately,Taylor said, the surgery to the back of her skull will be unnoticeable because her hair will cover the area. Taylor’s parents, Jennifer and Christopher, said they are touched by “The Girls” efforts and the turnout of the community. “This is amazing,” said Jennifer as she sweeps her gaze around the crowded KC hall. “We never expected anything like this. I don’t have the words to describe how appreciative we feel.” Jennifer gets misty-eyed thinking of her daughter’s serious condition. It’s all she can do to keep tears from forming when she recalls the past three or four years. “We kept taking her to doctors for her headaches but they kept diagnosing her with migraines,” she recalled. “They had us check her teeth and her eyes, and all they could come up with

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was migraines.” Taylor said there have been times when her legs would go numb. Last month, when she was tagged out, her parents knew it was more than just headaches and they insisted on an MRI. Doctors told the family that Taylor had been born with CMT and that the pressure on her spinal cord and nerves was the cause of the headaches and numbness. The symptoms would only grow worse over time, they were warned. However, if treated correctly, Taylor could live a long healthy life. Taylor said she would be able to return to sports if the surgery is successful, she said. “That’s my biggest wish, to play softball again,” she said.“I really miss being out there on the field with the rest of the team.” She hopes to play softball in college someday. “I’ve already had colleges looking at me,” she said. On the day of the fundraiser, her teammates and fellow students turned out en mass to wish her well and give what they could to help her get back on the pitcher’s mound. “They’re awesome,”Taylor said.“Everyone has been awesome. I really appreciate what everyone is doing for me.” Taylor is keeping an online diary of her battle with CMT. Follow her at “Tough for Taylor- Chiari Journey” on Facebook. Miss the benefit but still want to help Taylor? Text the amount you’d like to donate to 84321 and Regeneration Church will match it up to $2,000. Or, contact Joell Prado at 979-627-1508, Kayla Rosniak at 832520-6127, and Lisa Willis at 979-627-1690.

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Deborah Smith, oncology nurse, and Dr. Clive Shkedy, board-certified radiation oncologist, visit with a survivor at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s 2020 Cancer Survivors Day Drive-Thru Celebration.

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ouston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital will host a drivethru Cancer Survivors Day Celebration from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, June 4. The hummingbird-themed event, titled “Let Your Spirit Soar,” takes the place of the annual large gathering due to the COVID19 pandemic, yet still offers a chance to honor survivors and caregivers. Participants will receive a gift bag with an inspirational book, face mask, along with resources for survivors and a hummingbird cookie to remind them to “let their spirits soar.” “Since we are still not able to host a large gathering, we are offering a different kind of celebration,” said Amy SebastianDeutsch, director of oncology services. “The drive-thru format provides a safe way to celebrate these survivors’ incredible strength and resilience, and we are proud to honor their lives and encourage them, especially during the prolonged challenging time of the pandemic.” Survivors will also enjoy uplifting music by music therapists from the Houston Methodist Center for Performing Arts Medicine. After the drive-thru event, participants will be able to watch an inspirational presentation online from Mack Dryden, a comedian and two-time cancer survivor. According to the National Cancer Institute, there are currently more than 16.9 million cancer survivors in the U.S. today. National Cancer Survivors Day events held around the country allow survivors to come together and celebrate life. Visit join.houstonmethodist.org/survivor-sl to register for the event.

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In Memorandum

ulshear Living Monthly and its three sister publications are monthly magazines published by the Fort Bend Herald newspaper.At 1902 South Fourth Street in Rosenberg, just a stone’s throw away from Rosenberg’s city hall and police department is a small office, alive with the buzz of editors, ad reps, and journalists combing the streets for stories from all areas of the West Fort Bend community. From happenings in the city to the quieter roads of rural areas,The Herald has served as a Bill Hartman longtime community newspaper filled with local faces and local names.And as is the case with every edition, the intent is to publish as many local faces as possible. This was the philosophy developed by late Herald owner Bill Hartman. And as it stands as the custom for the Fort Bend Herald newspaper, the concentration on the local community stands as the model for Fulshear Living Monthly and its sister publications, too. On May 3, 2021, Hartman, who was 79 years old, passed away from an illness after suffering an injury last year. Known more commonly by Herald readers as “BH” for authoring the Fort Bend Journal and who published a weekly column he called “Sunday Slants.” He is survived by his sister Mary Hartman Brown-Cody of Baytown; three children, Fred Hartman and wife Laura Lee Prather of Austin; Lee Hartman and wife Shannon Hartman of Sugar Land; and Lizz Sansone and husband Chris Sansone of Sugar Land; six grandchildren, Drew and Kate Hartman of Sugar Land; and Alex and Ella Stapleton, and Julia and Blake Hartman, all of Austin. He lived in Richmond and was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church. He was an avid sports fan, golfer, horseman, outdoorsman, and firearms enthusiast. He also owned and showed Arabian horses, and was a frequent Top 10 finisher in the U.S. National Arabian and Half-Arabian western pleasure classes. He owned Hartman Arabian Farms in Needville until the late 1990s. Hartman purchased The Herald-Coaster in 1974 from Carmage Walls and Southern Newspapers, Inc.The newspaper was renamed the Fort Bend Herald in 2007. The Herald became part of Hartman Newspapers, Inc., which at one point owned 17 community newspapers in Texas and Oklahoma. Hartman relocated the company to Rosenberg in 1977, and he and his family moved from Beaumont to Richmond. “Bill was my boss for 50 years,” said Clyde King, chairman of Hartman Newspapers and publisher of the Fort Bend Herald.“He was

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a consummate newspaperman, and you would never find any ‘fake news’ in any of his publications. I remember asking him once how to display a certain story of wrongdoing by a community member, and I’ll never forget his answer:‘Run it like you would, if you or I did it.’And what he meant by that was that neither of us or anyone else would be exempt from having our transgressions reported on the front page.” Hartman was also adamant that his editors get as many names and faces in each issue as possible. In a 2015 interview with Jane Goodsill for the Oral History Committee of the Fort Bend Historical Commission, Hartman addressed the impact of technology and social media, saying the negative impact will be felt more by larger newspapers than community papers, like The Herald. “We know what our niche is,” he said. “We’re not going to outChronicle the Chronicle or out-Dallas the Dallas News, but they can’t do what we do, either.We concentrate on providing local coverage.” Hartman was a lifelong veteran of the newspaper business and began working as a teenager for his father Fred, who was editor and publisher of the Baytown Sun for Southern Newspapers. Hartman attended Baytown public schools, graduating from Robert E. Lee High School in 1959.After graduating from Baylor University in 1962 with a business degree, Hartman went to work as editor and publisher of the Bayshore Sun in La Porte. He then moved back to Baytown in 1965 as general manager of the Baytown Sun under his father and Mr.Walls. From 1971-74, Hartman served as editor and publisher of the Beaumont Enterprise & Journal.Then in 1974, he founded Hartman Newspapers. In the 2015 Goodsill interview, Hartman stressed the importance of being involved in the community being covered. “In all the communities where we have newspapers, we make it a part of our publishers and editors jobs take part in civic activities.” Hartman was a tireless promoter of Fort Bend County, and his community activities included serving as president of the RosenbergRichmond Area Chamber of Commerce; chairman of the board of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council; director of Polly Ryon Memorial Hospital; past chairman of the Fort Bend County Mobility Task Force; past vice-chairman of the Richmond State School’s Volunteer Services Council; past president of the Rosenberg Rotary Club; and past director of the Fort Bend County Fair Association; and director of the Texas Ranger Association Foundation. Hartman served as president of the Texas Daily Newspapers Association in 1977 and was named the Pat Taggart Newspaper Leader of the Year by TDNA in 2004. He was also a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America, covering the Houston Astros in the Herald for many years. “I think it’s important for everybody to take part in his or her community,” he said in the Goodsill interview. "It’s only going to be as good as you make it.Today I’m a little disappointed that too much of our time is spent hurrying from place to place and we don’t take time to look around and smell the flowers. I think that’s important as well.”














On The Fort Bend Scene Cars, crafts and cuties draw crowd

Historical Richmond Association’s annual Art Walk & Motor Madness returns after year-long quarantine photos by SCOTT REESE WILLEY










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Debbie Helbert and Margaret took home a second-place award in the best lookalike contest at the Bark in the Park competition.

Kim Sydow of Lake Jackson shows off her 1965 Ford Mustang. Husband Mark said he purchased the vintage auto for his wife for about $12,000 and has since spent another $8,000 refurbishing it. Kim says Mark maintains the vehicle. Sean Foley of Richmond and Turtle finished third in the best lookalike contest. Historic Richmond Association volunteer Jessica Huang said she was pleased with the turnout. “It was great to see everyone out and smiling again,” she said. Ingrid Nina Hoegberg, 62, of Richmond, was selling her artwork and purses she made out of plastic shopping bags, known as Plarn. She said she began the enterprise after retiring and at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hoegberg, who identifies herself as an “artist and chicken farmer,” said she can whip out a small purse in a day if she puts her mind to it.

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Rosenberg artist Cisco Tucker organized the Bark in the Park Pet Parade. Italia Hernandez of Richmond and Little Man join in the Bark in the Park Pet Parade.

Blake and Danielle Weston of Richmond and son Parker, 3, check out a vintage Plymouth Barricuda on display at the 2021 Art Walk & Motor Madness in downtown Richmond. The annual event, postponed last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, is sponsored by the Historic Richmond Association. The Westons were joined by their parents Martin and Toni Gruver of Gladewater, Texas.

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Pecan Grove Elementary School second-grader Elyse Aubrey Foley, 8, dressed as Dorothy for the Bark in the Park contest. Jane Long Elementary School first-grader Keaton Webb, 6, checks out his face tattoo.

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re you planning to visit a foreign country? Would you like to make yourself more marketable to an employer by being bilingual? Do you want to have an advantage on an international business trip by speaking the local language? Learning another language can have many benefits, and Fort Bend County Libraries’ “Transparent Language® Online” resource makes learning a new language easy – and it’s free. FBCL’s Adult Services staff will present an online tutorial, “Transparent Language® Online: Learning a Language Beyond Chapter

1,” on Thursday, June 10.This how-to video will be pre-recorded so that it can be viewed from the comfort and safety of home at any time after the scheduled date. Learning a new language can be challenging, but retaining and using it in a conversational setting can be even more so. In this video, library staff will talk about how to get beyond “Chapter 1 Basics.” Learn about the “placement test” feature that enables the user to jump past initial lessons to reach the section that is appropriate for their stage of learning. Hear about two other features of this resource that can help the student retain and use the language skills they have learned. About Transparent Language® Online The Transparent Languages resource offers online courses for people who would like to learn a new language.The database includes more than 80 languages – from Afrikaans to Zulu – as well as ESL (English as a Second Language) classes for non-English speaking people who would like to learn English. The English-language-assistance courses are available for people who speak Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean,Vietnamese, Farsi, Hindi, Czech, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Romanian, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, Russian, German, French, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Greek,Arabic, or Italian. By using the libraries’subscription to the service,library patrons can have free access to a resource for which they would otherwise have to pay. NOTE: Because of a recent upgrade to this resource, current users will be required to reset their passwords. This how-to tutorial can be viewed at ww.fortbend.lib.tx.us by clicking on the “Classes and Events” tab, selecting “Virtual Programs,” and finding the virtual “class” on the scheduled date. For more information, call FBCL’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.

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PHOTO BY SCOTT REESE WILLEY | Taylor Ray Elementary School kindergarten teacher Stephanie DeLeon was among the educators honored during the HEB’s annual Texas Loves Teachers Tour. The tour included 50 campuses across the state. Taylor Ray was the only campus selected in Fort Bend County. Teachers were treated to a boxed meal and gift bags filled with teachers’ supplies. DeLeon has taught school for five years. PHOTO BY SCOTT REESE WILLEY | Taylor Ray Elementary School kindergarten teacher Tonya Haut poses with HEB Buddy during the grocery chain’s Texas Loves Teachers Tour. Haut has taught school for 17 years. PHOTO BY CHAD WASHINGTON | An 18-wheeler trailer lays wrecked by a train on Second Street in downtown Richmond last month. The incident took place at 10:30 a.m. when the truck got stuck on the tracks. The train carrying gravel couldn’t stop in time. The truck driver got out before the crash happened and no injuries were reported, according to Richmond police. Second Street was closed for hours while the accident was cleared. PHOTO BY AVERIL GLEASON | Carolyn Seiler’s morning was turtle-y crazy. After catching her pups playing with the reptile in her backyard in Rosenberg, Seiler picked it up and walked it to the woods near Mons Avenue. She added that this was her good deed for the day.


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Four-year-old Alexandra Ullenes smiles as she prepares to gobble up some mudbugs at Stand Bayou Teachers fundraiser at Bayou Boys in Needville. Ullenes and her family traveled from Houston to support the event, which was sponsored by Needville Education Foundation and benefits Needville ISD teachers and students through grants and scholarships. PHOTO BY JACY CLAYBAKER | Briscoe Junior High School selected its cheerleaders for the 2021-22 school year. They are, front row, from left, Ava Smith, Dakota Sanders, Sadie Sanders, Makenna Gilbreath, Evelyn Bilodeau, and Payge Mouton. Middle row, from left, are Malia Felli, Khloe White, Malin Tilly, Emery Zebold, De’Asia Ward, Briley Favre, Zaira Keaton, Antonia Arriola and Vivienne West. Back row, from left, are Jada Greer, Kyndall Anderson, Ava Baker, Didi Emanuel, Sadie Richards and Skye Solesbee. Celebrating Sash Day at George Junior High are the new George Junior High School cheerleaders for the 2021-22 school year. Bottom Row, from left, are Chloe Quinones, Ariana Rodriguez, Alyza Mendez, Ariana Zavala, Liliana Cardenas, Jaylean Cedillo, Jessie Hernandez, Alyana Hernandez. Top row, from left, are Trinity Scott, Maura Guebara, Kaila Martinez, Gabriella Rodriguez, La’Tarris Pettis.



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