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Ruby Polichino GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Melinda Maya Rachel Cavazos WRITERS & CONTRIBUTORS Scott Reese Willey Averil Gleason Chad Washington Ryan Dunsmore


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FEATURE | Faith Parle will compete in the 7th Annual Josie Music Awards in Tennessee this month. It’s the second time the younger singer will attend, and the first time she’ll compete in a novel category. IN THE SPOTLIGHT | Budding author Shay Abigail is dedicated to changing perspectives about the different ways people communicate.




TALK OF THE TOWN | Child Advocates of Fort Bend announce its first all-male volunteer class. ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Meet the Fair Queen candidates, give a photography contest a go, or check out the calendar of local events.

TO ADVERTISE To advertise in Greatwood Monthly please call Lee Hartman, Stefanie Bartlett, or Ruby Polichino, our advertising representatives, at 281-342-4474 for rates, information and deadlines. PHOTO & ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS We are looking for fresh story ideas and enjoy publishing your articles in the Greatwood Monthly. If you have an story idea or photo to publish please send your information to with “Greatwood Monthly” in the subject line. ©2021 Greatwood Monthly All Rights Reserved. Greatwood Monthly is a sister publication of Fulshear Living Monthly, Pecan Grove Monthly, West Fort Bend Living and is a publication of the Fort Bend Herald. Our publishing headquarters is 1902 S. Fourth Street, Rosenberg Texas 77471.

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From left, Faith Parle (winner) Tori Staley, (1st runner up), and Sarah Love Pizzitola- (2nd runner up) at the 2021 Sugar Land Jr. Superstar competition. “I really enjoyed meeting the other contestants and the experience of hearing my name called at the end,” Parle said.



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ith a shortage of male volunteers and several cases that would best be served with a male advocate, Child Advocates of Fort Bend hosted a Volunteer Pre-Service Training exclusively for men called MEN OF CASA. “Studies show that children with a consistent, positive male influence in their lives achieve more academically, are more likely to abstain from using drugs, demonstrate greater ability to take initiative, have better physical well-being and better evidence of self-control,” said Child Advocates of Fort Bend CEO Ruthanne Mefford.“These new volunteers will fill that void for some of the young boys and teenage youth we serve, and we are so excited to have them as a part of the CAFB family,” stated Mefford. Six men completed the training and were sworn in as volunteers recently by The Honorable Walter Armatys of the 328th Judicial District Court in Fort Bend County. The first MEN OF CASA include: Marty Schonberger, James Idea, and Ken Quach, Carl Wagner, Gregg Dixon and Desmond Jones. Each man was interested in becoming an advocate for different reasons. Schonberger is retired and volunteers for several area non-profits. Friends had told him that should become a CASA Advocate and when he learned about the MEN OF CASA class, he decided to apply. With training suspended because CAFB’s building was under construction and then COVID, Greg Dixon had been waiting more than a year to join a training class. Desmond Jones has experience serving as a role model.An assistant principal at Austin High School, he had served as a mentor to children in foster care with criminal cases when he was in college. “I provided them with life skills and taught them how to act appropriately in different situations.” Jones received an email about the training class from a friend who is a CAFB volunteer and decided to do it. He was not familiar with the CASA program prior to applying. “Although I’ve been in education for 20-plus years and I’ve dealt with a lot of youth in foster care and group homes, I had seen a lot of CPS case managers but had never met a CASA advocate.Training as a CASA advocate changed how I work,” Jones said.“Now, when I am working with youth in foster care, I will make sure to ask if they have a CASA. Because these kids move so often, and the CASA advocate stays with children throughout the life of their case, the advocate is a great resource and help to the child and to their academic success.”

James Idea has a background in education, having previously taught in Houston and Alief school districts as well as working for a language school teaching ESL prior to opening Club Z Tutoring, which helps kids looking to improve their academic performance. “I loved how interactive the training was and I am looking forward to the opportunity to put what I’ve learned into action and to doing the good work which will help a lot of kids out there,” said Idea. Ken Quach had served as a CASA Advocate in Harris County and decided to become an advocate locally because he lives in Fort Bend County. “I am so pleased that Fort Bend has a program dedicated to serving children here and that I can apply the experiences I gained in Harris County to better help children locally.” “We are delighted to have an amazing group of men from all walks of life and backgrounds who want to make a difference in the lives of children,” said Mefford. Applications are now being accepted for the Fall Volunteer Training Class which is open to both men and women, which starts September 20. For an application or more information contact Jennifer Brown at or 281-344-5123.

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Ben bests the bass!

Ben Lehrer, 8, caught his first bass — a rather large one in fact — while visiting his grandmother, Monica Lehrer, who lives in Greatwood. Ben’s expression explains it all. In the battle between boy and bass, Ben, as you can see, came out on top. Congratulations!

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Six men completed the training and were sworn in as volunteers recently by The Honorable Walter Armatys of the 328th Judicial District Court in Fort Bend County. From left, front row: Marty Schonberger, James Idea, and Ken Quach; back row: Carl Wagner, Gregg Dixon and Desmond Jones.

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oyalty will reign at the Fort Bend County Fair’s Jr Royalty Pageant on Saturday, Sept.18. The Fort Bend County Fair will crown the Fair Prince & Princess, Fair Duke & Duchess and Jr. Fair Queen for this year’s Fair. The 2021 Fair Prince & Princess contests are open to boys & girls ages 4-6 years old.The Fair Duke & Duchess is for boys & girls ages 7-10 years old. Young ladies ages 11-14 are eligible to compete for the Jr. Fair Queen crown.All contestants are residents of Fort Bend County, and the participants will be judged on personality, speaking ability, participant’s choice of western attire, and overall stage appearance. A winner and three runners-up will be named in each category and all participants will receive a trophy.Winners will serve as Fair Ambassadors, including the grand entry and other Fair activities and events during the 2021 Fort Bend County Fair. Visit or call the Fair office at 281-3426171 for more information.

The 2021 Fort Bend County Fair Queen will be crowned on Friday, Sept. 24. The candidates are from left, front row: Taylor Rich, Tabitha Webster, Lilly Fiser, and Valeria Salazar; back row: Skylin Bromonsky, Delayna Zepeda, Tristen Drury, Meadow Votis, and Christie Koerth.



ullinan Park Conservancy invites photographers of all levels to submit photos to its annual photo contest. The contest is held in conjunction with the Conservancy’s fifth annual “Picnic for the Park” luncheon to be held on Friday, Oct. 22 at River Pointe Church in Richmond. The deadline for photo contest submission is Friday, Sept. 24 to allow time for judging as the winners will be announced at the luncheon. “We had 258 amazing entries in the Photo contest in 2020, but we expect to surpass that this year. We’ve had a surge in park visitors as more and more families discover Cullinan,” said Cullinan Park Conservancy President Robbin Mallett. Located in Sugar Land, the 754-acre Cullinan Park is one of the largest nature parks in the greater Houston area with two lakes, miles of shady pedestrian-only hiking trails and abundant wildlife. The park’s Conservancy was created in 2010 to advocate for, enhance and protect the natural beauty of the park. “Many people coped with the pandemic by spending more time

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Continued from page 7 our awesome new spirit shirts and yard signs. Visit dickinsonpto. com to purchase. And while you’re at it, we hope you’ll consider becoming a PTO member this year, too. Join Dickinson Elementary PTO and help us get on the path to sweet success. Your contribution to the PTO will help fund field trips, new technology, playground, gym equipment and much more for our students and staff. There are four “sweet” membership levels to choose from this year. Shop To Support Did you know you can support our school just by going shopping? Shopping on Amazon? Go to instead and search for Dickinson Elementary Parent Teacher Organization. Buying your groceries at Kroger? Link your Kroger card using the code TR562. Found some Box Tops on your grocery items? Download the Box Tops for Education and scan your receipt or forward your emailed receipts to So go ahead and add to cart… it’s for a good cause!

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oys can sing, and have done so successfully amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, reported the Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas. The Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas is the only children’s choral group meeting in person in the Greater Houston area, and the choir has been meeting in person since August 2020. Additionally, the choir also performed public concerts for socially distanced crowds in December and May, complete with masks and the Tour Choir went on a week-long miniperformance tour to the Dallas area. Armed with a long list of safety protocols and following CDC guidelines, everyone remained safe and healthy for the 2020-2021 school year. The Fort Bend Boys Choir is looking forward to all musical ensembles returning this coming fall 2021 season, for their 40th anniversary. “With more adults being vaccinated and vaccines now available for older kids, it is time for children to return to activities.We look forward to having more of our membership return while we continue to audition for new members as well as restart our Music Magic program for six and seven-year-old boys,” said William R. Adams, the founder and artistic director of the FBBCTX. “We will continue to offer the mask option for the safety of our choirboys and music staff,” said says Tiana Mortimer, the choir’s executive director. “In addition, we will continue to uphold the social distancing during rehearsals and performances as an added layer of safety.

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“We want our choir parents and boys to feel safe.” Auditions are ongoing this summer by special appointment. If you know of a boy who will be at least eight years of age or in the third grade or older (with an unchanged voice) for the fall 2021 semester, he is eligible to audition for the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s milestone 40th anniversary season. Choristers learn many life lessons including responsibility, leadership, etiquette, citizenship, and confidence; they become part of a supportive community. Rehearsals are held Thursday evenings at the First United Methodist Church-Missouri City from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Music Magic, an eight-week music program for six and sevenyear-old boys is currently enrolling for its fall 2021 semester, meeting on Tuesday evenings starting October 5 from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church-Missouri City. No auditions are required – just a love of music and singing. This enrichment program brings music alive using movement, singing, musical games, instruments, and more. For more information about auditioning for one of the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s three treble choirs or their Music Magic program for six and seven-year-old boys, visit their website at www. or call (281) 240-3800 for more information. Learn more about how the Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas continues to “make a difference … one boy at a time” during the COVID-19 pandemic through its website, Facebook page, YouTube channel, and Twitter.


re your pecan leaves mysteriously disappearing? Leaves normally fall much later in the season, but because of our wet summer so far, some leaves have already prematurely fallen. However, if they are disappearing completely out of your pecan trees, it may be due to a pesky insect called the Walnut Caterpillar. This time of year, especially after a wet summer season, is the time for Walnut Caterpillars to begin their attack of nut trees such as Pecan, Walnut, and Hickory trees. The last two years had us assuming that we were on the decline of this localized outbreak, but this year’s rainy summer seems to have started a resurgence. Now is the time to study their behavior and life cycle. So if you have pecan trees in this area, be prepared with an action plan prior to the trees losing their leaves. What are Walnut Caterpillars and why are they a problem? The walnut caterpillar, Datana integerrima, is a foliage feeder of trees in the family Juglandaceae, which includes the pecans, hickories, and walnuts. Infestations start with female moths depositing egg masses of 300 to 900 eggs on the undersides of individual leaflets of mature foliage (see photo 1). So, what can we do? The safest products for homeowner situations would be Bt (Dipel, Thuricide, Caterpillar Killer) and products with spinosad (such as Green Light Lawn and Garden with Spinosad).


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Photo courtesy of Ken Rivet | The larval stage (caterpillar) has five active growth stages (instars). By late summer/early fall, they have fully developed and this is when they do the majority of damage to foliage, stripping all leaf material from the canopy. Inspect trees now to gauge populations and to start working on an action plan. These photos can help to identify whether your Pecan tree has a problem.

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Caterpillar in your area, that you contact our office at fortbend. We will then visit the area to confirm the outbreak and if confirmed, will add it to our mapping.Thanks ahead for your help. Happy Gardening! Fort Bend County Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who assist Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in educating the community using research-based horticultural information.

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S Photo courtesy of Ken Rivet | Caterpillars devouring the foliage of a pecan tree.

If you cannot reach the top of the tree where the caterpillars are feeding, you may be able to catch them when they move down the tree and cluster to molt. This is usually about 6 to 15 feet up the tree and easy to spot with a little inspection. If you can catch them then, you can spray the cluster with dish soap and water (10 drops to 24 oz. water), insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, or approved contact insecticides. Be aware of the potential for acute poisoning to pets and wildlife if you use some chemical pesticides on these insects.With the large populations of these, ingestion of treated insects by birds and other beneficial organisms may prove deadly. We ask that if you scout any young populations of the Walnut

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THIS MONTH’S EVENT HIGHLIGHT | Fair Time: A Return to Tradition The Fort Bend County Fair will celebrate 85 years this year, and the community is fired-up for the beloved tradition to return. “We look forward to being able to have the fair for our community, especially our youth,” said Brian Graeber, the 2021 Fort Bend County Fair president in July. The family-fun event is a tradition in Fort Bend County, and was significantly modified last year due to COVID-19. Graeber emphasized that the fair’s board, staff, health officials, and community stakeholders worked together to help this year’s event reach fruition. “My family and I have been part of the Fair just like many other families for generations,” Graeber said. “And I look forward to doing my part to make it happen.” For 40 years, Graeber has been involved with the Fort Bend County Fair, having volunteered at the Jaycees’ food booth to co-chairing the Fair’s BBQ cook-off. “Being able to safely return to the tradition of supporting agriculture, western lifestyle, culinary competitions, and top of my list- the kids,” he added. “That is what it is all about.” The 85th Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo will run Sept. 24 to Oct. 3, at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds in Rosenberg, Texas. The Fair’s 10-day run is

September 4

Annual Walk, Run, Stroll, or Roll Hope for Three will host its 2nd Annual Walk, Run, Stroll, or Roll fundraising event from Sept. 4 through Sept. 12. Visit www.

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Movie Under the Moon First Colony Church of Christ will show “Doolittle” for free in the Sugar Land Town Square Plaza from 7:45-9:30 p.m. Visit www.

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Happy Cousins Dance Wallis American Legion Hall Post 200 in Wallis, Texas will host its public dance, featuring Al Sulak Country Sounds, from 8 - 11:30 p.m. Call 281-232-3531. Walk to End Alzheimer’s Car Wash Fulshear-Katy Area Chamber of Commerce is raising money for the Walk To End Alzheimers. All proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimers Association. The event will be at 21408 Provincial Blvd. Katy. Call 832-219-1238.

returning to tradition with livestock shows, rodeo action, live music, and more. Livestock shows are scheduled, creative art competitions are seeking entries for youth and 4H departments, nine candidates are vying for Fair Queen, and committees are already working toward fair days. More than 50 committees made up of 1,500 plus volunteers work together to put on the Fort Bend County Fair. “Every year, it is a team effort. This year is no different,” said Cindy Schmidt, Fair Manager, Fort Bend County Fair Association. “We are working hard to have our fair. Our committees are working not only together within their own members, but we are working with other committees and their members to meet protocols and make this year as smooth as possible.” This year’s entertainment lineup is still being finalized but includes musical acts representing Texas Music, Traditional Country, and Tejano. Gate admission will include the concert, rodeo action, and access to the food and shopping vendors. Carnival ride tickets and wristbands will also be available onsite for purchase. For a full schedule of events or sponsorship information, visit

September 13

Back to School Scramble The Fort Bend Education Foundation will host its 22nd Annual Back to School Scramble on Monday, Sept.13, at Sweetwater Country Club. Visit

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Rice Recipes The Culinary Book Club at Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library will meet online on Sept. 15 at 1:30 pm. This videoconference will be live-streamed in real time via

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September 16

Recognizes HPD’s Chicano Squad The Fort Bend County Libraries will host an online presentation of “HPD’s Chicano Squad” on Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. The program will be presented live via Webex, so that it can be viewed from home. Visit




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im and Hoang recently gutted and Teri recommended against remodeled their kitchen. Kim replacing our back door. says, “We shopped around a bit She advised that the for contractors. We had already structure and weatherYour received several quotes when we saw a proofing were still good. story about Teri Gilberg (better known as Instead, she suggested the Re-Modelista) in UpClose magazine. We we just replace the glass Specialist invited Teri to bid on the project. Her price panel. It gave us a new look was inline with some of the other quotes, and and was less expensive we chose Teri because communication with her than a new door. When her is really smooth and quick.” crew went to widen the pantry, “I had spent a long time thinking about this remodel, they discovered it contained a and I had gathered photos of what I liked,” continues Kim. “I structural wall. Teri’s foreman Tony really wanted quartz countertops in two colors, one color for the island helped with maintaining the structural part and another for the back wall. The cabinets, floors, and lighting of it, and the new pantry worked out well. would all be replaced. The original kitchen had a two-level, angled We really appreciated how everyone was island. It was hard to sit and communicate at it. I wanted to very honest and communicative.” change the footprint, and make it a rectangular, counter-height “We love our new kitchen,” says Kim. island. Widening the pantry and replacing the front and back “It’s a very open, light and welcoming doors were also part of the project.” environment...a whole new space for us. The time Kim spent planning the remodel made Teri’s Our family that has visited loves it too. We work go quickly. Her crew built and painted the new kitchen do recommend Teri to others!” cabinets. To select her two colors of quartz and new flooring, Teri recommended that Kim visit local Prosource. Kim says, “Our Re-Modelista: original wood flooring was discontinued, so we needed the new Your Home Renovation Specialist flooring to work with the existing floor. We found exactly what we Specializes in Kitchen and Bath Remodels needed at ProSource.” “She Gets the Job Done!” 832-535-2501 • cell: 832-731-3191 “Throughout the process, Teri and her crew were very giving.


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Autism Speaks Autism Speaks is hosting running or walking an 8K/5K/1K on Sept. 18 from 7 -11 a.m. at Sugar Land Town Square. Visit www.

September 21

Online Gardening Program Fort Bend County Libraries will present an online gardening program, “Controlling Landscape Pests & Diseases,” at 2 pm. This program will be live-streamed via Webex. Visit

DisDance with Rhythm A free Bollywood dance demo will be held Sept. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Sugar Land Town Square Plaza. Class is open to all ages. Visit www.

September 24

Music in the Plaza Cornerstone Community Bible Church will present music, featuring some of Houston’s top musicians, in the Sugar Land Town Square Plaza on Sept. 24 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

September 20

Brazos River Bridges Fort Bend County Libraries will present an online local-history program, “A History of Brazos River Bridges in Fort Bend County.” This video presentation

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October 4

Bowling Tournament The Fulshear Katy Area Chamber 5th Annual “B.O.B.” Bowling Tournament will be held noon to 4 p.m. at Main Event, 24401 Katy Fwy, Katy, Texas. Call 832-600-3221.

October 9

Fall Fun Fest The Rosenberg Railroad Museum will host its annual Fall Fest fundraiser from 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. rain or shine. Visit www.

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October 11

6th Annual Golf Fore Autism Hope For Three is hosting its 6th Annual Golf Fore Autism at the Sweetwater Country Club, 4400 Palm Royale Blvd., in Sugar Land. Visit

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Fort Bend Salutes Fort Bend Salutes The Honorable Bob Hebert will be held from 6:3010 p.m. in the Texas Ballroom of the Safari Texas Ranch, 11627 FM 1464 in Richmond. Email or visit bit. ly/fbsalutes2021

October 15

Needville Harvest Festival The 2021 Needville Harvest Festival will take place on Oct. 15 and 16. Visit

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Zombie Fun Run HOPE, Hispanics Offering People Education, will hold its annual Zombie Fun Run scholarship fundraiser at the Seabourne Creek Nature Park in Rosenberg. Cost is $25 on day of the fundraiser. Visit


ith fall around the corner and the holiday season not far behind, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is once again offering Fort Bend and surrounding area residents the opportunity to donate a gift and receive a free flu shot. Houston Methodist Sugar Land, in collaboration with the Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Fort Bend Exchange Club, Rotary Club of Sugar Land, Rotary Club of Fort Bend and Toys for Tots Fort Bend, is offering free flu shots on Saturday, Oct. 9 to community members who participate in Santa’s Gift Exchange. Fort Bend and surrounding area residents can bring a new, unwrapped toy in exchange for a free flu shot. The toys will benefit children in the Fort Bend area. “We are proud to partner again with the local Exchange and Rotary Clubs and Toys for Tots to provide this community offering,” said Chris Siebenaler, regional senior vice president and CEO of Houston Methodist Sugar Land.“Once again, we are doing a convenient drive-thru to make it easy to stay healthy and help the community while also putting smiles on children’s faces during the holiday season.” In 2020, Santa’s Gift Exchange provided toys and clothing to nearly 5,000 economically disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County. “Everyone’s assistance is needed to meet the challenge of providing toys for children who will not have toys this year without our help,” said Jim Kij, spokesmen of Santa’s Exchange 2021 and 20-year member of the Exchange Club of Sugar Land. “We’ve been working with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for 12 years, and we look forward to working together again this year. This is a great collaboration; get a flu shot and in return you are able to give back to the children in your community.” “Our community is well known for its philanthropic values, so we encourage you to participate by dropping off toys even if you have already had your flu shot,” Siebenaler said. DRIVE-THRU FLU SHOT TOY DRIVE If you want to participate in this community event, please bring a new, unwrapped toy to the drive-thru at the Cancer Center at Houston Methodist Sugar Land, 16675 Southwest


Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital offering a drive-thru flu shot toy drive

Fwy. in Sugar Land between 8 and 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. One flu shot per unwrapped toy. No stuffed animals or clothing items allowed. Please make sure to wait in your car and wear a mask. For more information, please visit join.houstonmethodist. org/flushot-sl or call 281-274-7976. No appointment is necessary. The flu kills as many as 20,000 people a year. The vaccine is indicated for active immunization for the prevention of influenza disease caused by influenza virus subtypes A and B. Vaccination with the flu vaccine may not protect all people who receive the vaccine. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital will distribute a limited supply of the influenza vaccine to persons age 18 and over with no history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome or rubber latex allergy and who are not pregnant.

FBJSL and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land announce partnership


he Fort Bend Junior Service League announced the return of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital as Title Sponsor for their Sugar Plum Market signature event. This year marks a milestone for the market which has raised over $3.3 million for worthy charitable organizations and scholarship programs. “We are proud to recommit our support as Title Sponsor of



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the Fort Bend Junior Service League’s Sugar Plum Market and look forward to celebrating its 20th anniversary this fall. We value our partnership and are humbled by our shared responsibility to serve our community,” said Malisha Patel, Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. FBJSL’s 2021 Market will be held inperson this year at the Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre and Convention Center with an additional full day of shopping starting Nov. 4 and running through Nov. 6. The event will kick off with a special Preview Night Celebration on Nov. 3.

From left, front row: Co-Chair Cherie Lyne Bouterie, FBJSL President Heather Allen, MHSL CEO Malisha Patel, FBJSL Board Member Heather Brown, Co-Chair Emily Calbert and MHSL Marketing Specialist Karina Martinez; back row: Co-Chair Theresa Shmerling, MHSL Director of Marketing Gerrit von Wenckstern, MHSL Vice President of Operations Matt Kelly, Co-Chair Chelsi Oestreich, Co-Chair Brigit Engleman, MHSL Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kris Poffinbarger, and MHSL Associate Vice President of Finance Robert “Chase” Ogden.

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Health Highlight: The Thyroid Understanding the functions of the thyroid A small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck may not seem like a significant part of the body, but it performs many critical functions. The thyroid is a part of the endocrine system and it’s responsible for controlling various hormones throughout the body, notably T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine). The pituitary gland tells the thyroid how much of these hormones the body needs. Here’s a look at some functions of the thyroid, courtesy of the University of Michigan Health. · Metabolism: The thyroid is estimated to be responsible for up to 60 percent of one’s metabolism or basal metabolic rate. Basal metabolic rate relates to how many calories a person burns at baseline while performing normal functions to survive. · Hair: The thyroid affects hair texture and growth. · Energy level: The thyroid can ensure that a person has enough energy to get through the day. · Controls other hormones: Testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol are regulated by the hormones of the thyroid. · Ability to focus: People who have issues with their thyroids may experience difficulty focusing and may feel as

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though they have “brain fog.” · Regulates heart rate: Thyroid hormones help to regulate heart rate by influencing how fast or slowly the heart pumps. · Digestion: The thyroid influences the rate at which food moves through the digestive tract. DID YOU KNOW? Thyroid cancer is the most common cancer to affect the endocrine system. While many cancers have decreased in prevalence, ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. indicates incidence rates for thyroid cancer have increased in recent years. The American Cancer Society expects thyroid cancer deaths to increase to 2,200 in 2021 out of an estimated 44,280 people affected by thyroid cancer. Unlike most other adult cancers, thyroid cancer is commonly diagnosed at a younger age. Women are three times more likely to develop thyroid cancer than men. Thyroid cancer is largely treatable, most notably with the removal of a portion of the gland or the entire thyroid gland depending on cancer stage. People who have had their thyroids removed (thyroidectomy) will need to take daily thyroid hormone pills.


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