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Richmond artist Nina Struthers showcases her local historical works in her new art


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Local nonprofit Attack Poverty looks forward to increasing its support of under-


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12 TALK OF THE TOWN AD Eversole shares his thoughts about his last 60 years at the Richmond Barbershop.


WRITERS & CONTRIBUTORS Scott Reese Willey Averil Gleason Ryan Dunsmore


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Nina Struthers celebrates architectural history through her art


by MARQUITA GRIFFIN | mgriffin@fbherald.com

Richmond artist Nina Struthers' illustration of the Pecan Grove Country Club.

ot long after she began to build her life in Richmond, Nina Struthers set her eyes on the area around her and found herself captivated by sites in Richmond, Rosenberg, and other areas of Fort Bend County. So influenced by the unique character and historical charm surrounding her, Struthers illustrated the sites, adding them to her growing collection of artwork. One of those works, an illustration of the historic Fort Bend County Courthouse in Richmond,was even chosen by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce for a collectible Christmas ornament in 2018. In addition to her commissioned work that ends up on display in people’s homes, Struthers’ works have been showcased at the Fort Bend Museum, the Rosenberg Railroad Museum, and the George Ranch Historical Park. The last time Struthers took the time to share her thoughts on art and its role in a community, she was working at a local elementary school, her days divided between her work and her illustrations. These days, however, the 62-year-old Richmond artist wakes every morning retired, with plenty of time to work with. And she’s making good use of it. As the fall season began to settle in and the days grew increasingly cool, Struthers headed to Galveston,Texas to set up art in two galleries — the From the HeART Gallery on Postoffice Street and the G. Lee Gallery in Old Galveston Square. “I have quite a collection of drawings depicting the gorgeous east

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side Victorian homes, as well as the famous iconic landmarks such as Hotel Galvez,The Bishops Palace, and Ashton Villa,” Struthers said.

THE HISTORIC FORT BEND ART ROOM On the home front, Struthers is just as active with her art. She is a member of the Fort Bend Art Center in Rosenberg,published coloring books featuring her Fort Bend drawings, and is now showing and selling her art in the Historic Richmond post office at 310 Morton Street in Richmond. The post office, owned by Jesse Mata, is currently the location for 35 of Struthers’ local historical prints, displayed in her Historic Fort Bend Art Room. “I have everything from the Imperial Sugar Mill in Sugar Land to the Fort Bend County Courthouse in Richmond, down to Holy Rosary Church in Rosenberg,” Struthers said.“And anything in between that contributes to local history.” To date, her best-selling print is of the Historic Moore Home. “There are places all around here that don’t get as much attention,” she said, mentioning “the old white barn by HEB.” “I drew [the barn] because I don’t think it will be standing for too much longer,” she explained.“I want people to notice these buildings because they’re a part of our community history.” Along with the note cards, magnets, and coffee mugs for sale, Struthers’ maps of Richmond and Rosenberg, depicting many of the

Nina Struthers in her Historic Fort Bend Art Room where her illustrations are on display.

Downtown Rosenberg.

historical churches and homes in the area, are also on display in the Fort Bend Art Room.

APPRECIATING ART Driven by her passion to illustrate local history, Struthers said she hopes the Fort Bend Art Room will “bring historic awareness and celebrate the architectural history in and around Richmond.” Although she plans to pull her Fort Bend art collection down in the spring to change the theme in the art room, she stressed “the Fort Bend Collection will return.” For those interested in her local works, Struthers runs a Facebook group — “Art Celebrating History in Richmond and Rosenberg Area” — specifically for her Fort Bend related art. Aside from developing her Historic Fort Bend Art Room, Struthers is considering the idea of compiling all of her Fort Bend art and Galveston collection into coffee table books. She’s also completing her commissioned work, promoting her eight coloring books, and participating in online shows. “I’ve done a couple of Zoom demonstrations showing how I do my printmaking,” she said. And, of course, Struthers continues to encourage the appreciation of art, especially local work.As a member of the Fort Bend Art Center, Struthers advises folks to start their art appreciation journey there. The center, at 2012 Avenue G, in Rosenberg, is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization that encourages artistic development and cultivates an appreciation for the arts through education, exhibitions, and community outreach, said the organization. “It’s a wonderful facility,” Struthers said.“Beautiful array of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and jewelry. Great teachers, too.”

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Sarah Beth Baca, the volunteer coordinator at the Friends of North Richmond Community Center, is an artist who has used her talents for Attack Poverty. To date, she’s designed the mural at Friends of North Richmond, the recent annual report, and other communication pieces. Read more about Sarah Beth’s artworks on page 20.

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Husband and wife Brandon Baca and Sarah Beth Baca serving together at a Friends of North Richmond event. Both of them are Richmond natives, Houston Baptist University alumni and enjoy their work with Attack Poverty.

Attack Poverty CEO Brandon Baca alongside the Hope City church partners assisting in loading water that was being transported to Louisiana in support of the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.

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AD Eversole celebrates 60th anniversary at Richmond barbershop by SCOTT REESE WILLEY | swilley@fbherald.com


D Eversole remembers his first day at the shampoo and scalp massage to go along with their haircut,” he said. historic Richmond Barbershop. So many people would visit the barbershop to meet and talk with “I went from getting 75 cents a haircut in the mayor that AD often had to invite Hilmar back the following day Damon to $1.25 here,” he recalled.“I went home just to talk to him. and told my wife I had struck a gold mine.” “I said, ‘Do you mind coming back tomorrow? I didn’t get the On Nov. 18, AD celebrated six decades behind chance to talk to you.’And he showed up the next day and we talked the chair. and talked.” “It’s been a wonderful 60 years here,” he said.“If Photos of Hilmar — once known as the longest-serving mayor in I had to start all over again I’d make the same the U.S. — hangs on one wall. decision. It’s been a great career and a great place AD has had other famous visitors as well, such as country-western to work.” star James Drury and former Houston Oilers head coach Bum When he first walked in the door in 1960 at the Phillips, who stopped by regularly for a cut. young age of 20,AD worked the middle chair.Another Photos of Bum, Drury, and other celebrities adorn the walls of the barber worked on each side of him. barbershop. “I put in a lot of 16 hour days,” he recalled.“I was cutting hair from Once, long after Bum retired from the NFL, he invited his favorite sun up to sun down — a new customer every 30- 45 minutes.” barber to visit him at his ranch in Goliad. He figures he has cut and combed tens of thousands of heads of “It was a great honor,”AD recalled.“Bum loved the barbershop and hair over the past six decades.“I can’t even put a number to it,” he sent a lot of business our way.” said.“It’s been too many to count.” Business has slowed way down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Those 16-hour days are long gone. Now 80,AD works a few hours Customers only trickle in these days. each morning and relieves his grandson Colt for an hour each “We’re surviving, but just barely,” AD says as Colt sits in a chair afternoon for lunch. along the wall and reads his cell phone.“It’ll pick up again once this Gone also are the days when men stopped by for a hot towel and pandemic is over.” straight razor shave or to have their shoes and boots shined atop a AD says many men are allowing their hair to grow long again shoeshine stand. because of the pandemic. Colt still shines shoes, but the shoeshine stand was taken out “Some of them show up with hair over their ears,” he said.“I guess years ago. Some things haven’t changed, though. Parents still bring they’re just worried about getting their hair cut right now.” their youngsters to the barbershop for their first haircut. AD figures he still has several more years of cutting hair ahead of “Once, we had so many family members trying to take photos and him. videos that I had to elbow my way through them to cut the little “I’m not ready to retire just yet,” he said.“The barbershop has been boy’s hair,”AD recounted. very good to me. I’ve really enjoyed it. Where else can you work “I love cutting kids’ hair, especially their first haircut because it’s where your friends pay you money?” so special. If I put a photo on the wall of every first haircut I wouldn’t Besides, he says,“I’d miss my customers.” have enough room on my walls.” AD says he has cut the hair of four or five generations of many families over the past six decades — Great-grandfather,grandfather, son, grandson, and now great-grandson. “Some of them came here as young boys and now I’m cutting their great-grandson’s hair,” he said. Another thing that hasn’t changed: The barbershop is still the place to come for local news, opinions on everything from the weather to politics to sports, and to catch up on gossip. Longtime Richmond Mayor Hilmar Moore made the barbershop a weekly visit. “This was Hilmar and (Richmond City Commissioner) Glen Gilmore’s barbershop, I guarantee you.This was the official second city hall. Lots of politics were discussed here.” Both Hilmar and Glen, now both deceased, wanted to get their money’s worth when they visited the barbershop,AD said. “They insisted on the whole works — a Scott Reese Willey | AD Eversole and grandson Colt wait for the next customer to walk into their barbershop in Richmond. Eversole has worked there for 60 years.

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2021 Boots & Badge Gala Postponed


irst Responders from all around Fort Bend County risk their lives every day for citizens they’ve never met. Firefighters run into burning buildings, police officers chase armed robbers, and emergency medical technicians offer lifesaving breaths. These first responders leave their families at home to do an often thankless job few would do. Every year Behind the Badge Charities awards college scholarships to the children of first responders working in Fort Bend County and emergency financial assistance to Fort Bend County’s first responders. The COVID19 pandemic brought difficult times for much of the nation and Fort Bend County’s first responders who are on the front lines. After countless discussions and internal deliberations, the Behind the Badge Charities board of directors has decided to postpone the 2021 Boots & Badges Gala “in the interest of public health for the hundreds of first responders and charitable citizens who attend each year.” Behind the Badge Charities will continue awarding scholarships and providing emergency financial assistance. “We look forward to welcoming you to our next fundraising event which will be announced on our website,” organizers said. Annually, Behind the Badge Charities provides up to 30 college scholarships valued at $2,000 each to deserving young men and women. Scholarship applications will become available soon and must be submitted by March 31, 2021.

Eligible applicants can apply at www.behindthebadgecharities.org/ scholarships Fort Bend County first responders needing emergency financial assistance can apply at www.behindthebadgecharities.org/firstresponder-assistance ABOUT BEHIND THE BADGE CHARITIES Founded on January 5, 2011, Behind the Badge Charities is a local organization whose Board of Directors volunteer to serve more than 2,500 First Responders in Fort Bend County, Texas. The mission of Behind the Badge Charities is to provide support and assistance to all first responders working in Fort Bend County through emergency assistance grants and college scholarships for their children. Behind the Badge Charities has provided over $500,000 in assistance and scholarships since 2011.

Central Fort Bend Chamber celebrates those who make positive impacts


espite the limiting nature of the pandemic, the Central Fort Bend Chamber still celebrated individuals, businesses, and sponsors during its Nov. 13 Annual Gala and Awards Celebration — it just celebrated virtually this year. “We’re taking the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously and the health of our members,sponsors,and volunteers is of great importance to us,” said Kristin Weiss, president, and CEO of the Central Fort Bend Chamber.“That is why we made the difficult decision to hold our gala virtually this year.” Approximately 200 guests attended the virtual gala, which was

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chaired by Laura Thompson. During the gala, the chamber celebrated people who made a positive impact in the Fort Bend community throughout the year. This year’s award recipients include Board Member of the Year – Wagas Kurjee, Moody Bank; Business Partner of the Year – Malisha Patel, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital; Business Person of the Year – Jimmy Cantu, Pier 36;Achievement in Economic Development – Traci Nolen,Workforce Solutions Rosenberg; and Community Impact Awards – Gladys Brumfield-James, Catholic Charities Mamie George Community Center andTim Jeffcoat,U.S.Small BusinessAdministration. The chamber also thanked and recognized the following individuals as they retired from the board of directors:Ray Aguilar;Craig Kalkomey, LJA Engineering; Clyde King, Fort Bend Herald; and Alicen Swift, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. It also welcomed four new individuals to the board of directors: Kyle Atchison, Frost Bank; Megan Crutcher, Odyssey Engineering Group; Benjamin Deist, Edward Jones; and Mike Jolley,Windstream. The gavel was also passed from 2020 Chairman Cindy Reaves of CLR Strategies, LLC to Beth Johnson of the University of Houston, who will serve as the 2021 Chairman of the Board. This year’s “Fire & Ice” themed annual gala was made possible by the following sponsors: Gold Sponsor: Orsted, Silver Sponsors: CenterPoint Energy, Gurecky Manufacturing, LJA Engineering, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, NRG Energy, Odyssey Engineering Group, Paradigm Consultants and S & B Infrastructure.Additional sponsors included:Auction – Windstream Communications, DJ – Gillen Pest Control, Bar – Costello, Inc., Wine Pull – TruCore Business Development, and Heads or Tails – Chesmar Homes. The chamber also thanked its corporate sponsors and community

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LCISD grad develops ‘MeowTalk’ app by SCOTT REESE WILLEY | swilley@fbherald.com


hat’s your cat trying to tell you when it meows five times in a row? A 1997 graduate of Terry High School may have the

answer. Javier Sanchez has helped develop an App called “MeowTalk,” which he says can decipher those loving — or bothersome — meows. Javier is a technical program manager at Akvelon, a business and tech solutions firm based in Bellevue,Wash., where he worked on the “Alexa” project. Javier, who earned a mathematics degree from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in technology, said his team of app designers is presently working on a collar that will allow people to better understand their feline friends. “The app is exciting but even more important is the collar,” he said. “Once the collar comes on the market we expect it to really take off. Just imagine your cat walking into the room and talking to you with a human voice.” He said the cat translation app will be greatly appreciated by those stuck in their homes by the coronavirus pandemic. “I always knew the app had great potential but the collar is truly

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their cats’ comments to say words like “I’m hungry” or “I want to go out” or “I want to come in,”“I’m in pain” or “afraid.” “The app will generally tell people what their cat intents are, what mood they’re in, or their state of mind,” he said. He said the collar will eventually learn what an individual cat is attempting to express. “The collar will learn. It will update daily.And pet owners can help it learn.” Javier said he tried a prototype collar on his cat, which has about 7-8 Photo courtesy of Javier Sanchez | Terry High School graduate Photo by Scott Reese Willey | Jesus Sanchez shows word vocabulary. He said he got the idea after Javier Sanchez helped develop an app that allows cat a news story about his son’s cat translation app owners to understand what their feline friends are saying. called “MeowTalk.” coming across research on feline vocabulary online and hearing news exciting. The collar will allow many people to communicate with their pets, and that’s important, especially in a time of social distancing reports on PBS radio. He pitched the idea to his bosses at Akvelon, who agreed to allow and stay-home orders,” he explained.“Being able to understand their him to lead an in-house team of app designers. cat will totally change how people spend their time at home.” While other app designers were working on customer-specific With 90 million cat lovers in the U.S. alone, Javier expects the app and collar to be an easy sell. Naturally, there will be some programming designs, Javier and his team contacted a Greek researcher living in Italy who had studied feline vocabulary. for pet owners, he explained. Javier and his team took the raw data and cassette tapes of cats They will have to program the collar to understand what their cat is meowing and spent an intensive 3-4 months designing the“MeowTalk” saying or asking for. app. “No two cats have the same vocabulary,” he said.“Some cats don’t The work was hard-going. speak and others have a dozen words in their vocabulary.” “We had to throw a lot of Hail Mary passes to get the app up and He said the collar will be programmed to help pet owners decipher


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running,” he said. Dog lovers shouldn’t expect to see a similar app or collar anytime soon, Javier said. “The science isn’t there right now for a dog app,” he said.“Dogs simply don’t have the vocabulary range.They can bark but their barks sound the same no matter what they’re trying to communicate.” Javier’s parents are Jesus and Mary G. Sanchez of Rosenberg.



Mulch Is So Good For Our Gardens! by Chris Taylor | Fort Bend County Master Gardener

neighborhoods.They are better known as “mulch volcanoes.” The volcanoes are formed by piling mulch against the trunk of the tree, sometimes more than a foot high and three feet in diameter. But mulching trees like this puts trees at risk. One of the benefits of mulch (as mentioned above) is to retain moisture in the mulch. But continuous moisture against the trunk of a tree can weaken the tree bark. In turn, the weakened bark can then provide a pathway for insects and organisms to enter the trunk of the tree. So keep the mulch at least five inches away from the trunk. The mulch should look more like a donut. Also, the layer of mulch should be no higher than three inches.Tree roots are fairly shallow and can start to grow above ground into the mulch if it’s


any of us get focused more on the part of our plants that are above ground than the roots. However, the parts of our plants above the soil will not thrive if the roots below are not well-treated. Mulching your garden beds and around your trees is the single most time-saving practice for gardeners. There are two types of mulch, organic and inorganic. Organic mulches include materials like leaves, shredded bark, pine courtesy of Take Care of Texas & Texas A&M Forest Service | At left, is an example of proper tree needles, etc. Inorganic mulches include Photos mulching. Note the visible ‘Flare’ at the base of the trunk. At right is an example of a mulch volcano. rocks and other non-plant materials. In this article, we will cover organic too thick. mulch. For more information about mulching, check out these articles BENEFITS OF MULCHING on the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service website: Landscape Mulching your flowerbeds and around trees provides many Mulch - Earthkind and Mulching Around a Tree. benefits: Happy gardening! • Organic mulch improves the soil as it decays and therefore Fort Bend County Master Gardeners are trained volunteers provides nutrients for nearby plants. Soil organisms work the who assist Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in educating decomposing organic matter into the soil. the community using research-based horticultural information. • Mulch helps to retain moisture in the soil, which is particularly helpful in the hot summer months. • Mulch helps keep rain and irrigation water from washing away soil particles, especially on a slope. • Mulches also prevent raindrops from splashing on the soil surface and reducing the spread of diseases. he COVID-19 pandemic has re-shaped the concept of • Mulch helps moderate the temperature of the subsoil both in “vacationing.” Taking a family vacation, or simply enjoying the summer and winter. some time off, has become more of a challenge while • Mulch helps to inhibit the growth of weeds in flowerbeds. • Mulch in your f lowerbeds provides a more pleasing maintaining social distancing and other safety measures. Fort Bend County Libraries will share some helpful ideas for appearance to your home. vacationing safely when they present an online program on WHEN TO MULCH As mentioned above, there are disadvantages to leaving bare “Low-Budget Vacation Planning in COVID-19” on Tuesday, Jan. 26. This pre-recorded video – which will be available on the FBCL soil around your plants. There is never a bad time to apply mulch. Many gardeners website on the scheduled date — can be viewed at any time from prefer to apply mulch in the early spring.Another round of mulch the comfort and safety of home. Hear about helpful resources and gain some ideas for short, in the fall helps provide warmth to the plant roots when the cold inexpensive, and family-friendly vacations that can help people weather and winds arrive. Be sure to make periodic applications of mulch and your plants relax, de-stress and take a much-needed break while still observing safety precautions. will have a much better chance to grow and thrive! The program is free and open to the public. View the video on HOW TO MULCH Apply a four-inch layer of organic mulch to your garden beds. the Fort Bend County Libraries website – www.fortbend.lib.tx.us Do not pile the mulch up against the stems of the plants. – by clicking on the “Classes and Events” tab, selecting “Virtual Programs,” and finding the virtual “class” on the date listed. (Mulching around trees is different and is addressed below.) For more information, call FBCL’s Communications Office at LAVA IS FOR VOLCANOES - NOT MULCH! We have all seen the conical towers surrounding trees in our 281-633-4734.

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Online demonstration to showcase auto repair how-to tutorial


ince keeping a vehicle well maintained can extend its life and help save money on costly repairs, Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) has an online resource that illustrates basic maintenance steps that drivers can manage themselves to keep their vehicle performing optimally. FBCL Adult Services librarians will present an online, introductory demonstration of the “Chilton DIY Online AutoRepair Manuals Library” on Tuesday, Jan. 12. This pre-recorded video demonstration – which will be available on the FBCL website on the scheduled date -- can be viewed at any time from the comfort and safety of home. The Chilton DIY Library provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics, step-by-step repair procedures, wiring diagrams, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks in one easy-to-use website. Domestic and import vehicle information is updated monthly. A vehicle Selector lets you search thousands of combinations of year, make and model covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, as well as coverage of specialty models. The demonstration is free and open to the public. This how-to tutorial can be viewed on the Fort Bend County Libraries website – www.fortbend.lib.tx.us – by clicking on the “Classes and Events” tab, selecting “Virtual Programs,” and finding the virtual “class” on the date listed. For more information, call FBCL’s Communications Office (281-633-4734) or any of the libraries in the Fort Bend County library system.

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The 2020 Christmas Lights Tour of Pecan Grove photos by SCOTT REESE WILLEY


ore than 300 people took part in the seventh annual Christmas Lights Tour of Pecan Grove last month. The eight-mile trek began at the Randall’s food store with a bike decorating contest. Organizers said the parade has grown larger year after year. As in years past, the event included a bike decorating contest for kids and adults.

Dad Drew Alford of Pecan Grove, children Sarah, 8, a second-grader at Pecan Grove Elementary School, and Kendall, 10, a fifth-grader at Pecan Grove Elementary, joined grandfather Reb “Papa Reb” Scarborough for a ride through the community.

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Nicole Volleck, Amy Grundy, Shelley and Jeff Lendermon show off their Christmas lights. Volleck is a member of Bike Fort Bend, which co-sponsors the annual event with Society Cycles, both of which presented plaques to winners of the bike decorating contests. Vollek said the annual event started as a small, friendly bike ride though the community but has grown larger The Grinch, in an unexpected cheerful mood, joined the bike parade. each year as word spreads.

ABOVE LEFT: Winners of the bike decorating contest are, from left, Georgia Faulkner, first place; Mia Petersen, third place, and Isabella Zelaya, second place. ABOVE RIGHT: Danetra Brantley of Pecan Grove won first place in the bike decorating contest. She was accompanied on the bike parade by son Toryus. Secondplace winner was Christy Trojanowski and third-place winner was Madelyne King. LEFT PHOTO: Second-grader Harper Trojanowski shows off her decorated bike. Her younger brother and parents accompanied her on the eight-mile bike parade through the community.

Pecan Grove Elementary School second-grader Elyse Aubrey Foley shows off her gloves, which have Christmas lights attached. More than 100 children took part in the seventh annual Christmas Lights Tour of Pecan Grove.

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ocal artist Sarah Beth Baca has released a collection of her works in “Full Image | Women of The Bible.” This full-color, hardcover book went on sale months ago, and anyone who ordered the coffee-table-sized book in late October will receive their books later this month. “Full Image” is Baca’s series of 30-plus paintings she completed over five years. Acrylic versions of two portraits were featured in a gallery in Rosenberg, “but the complete series has never been shown,” Baca said. Baca’s paintings “Deborah” and “Eve” were on display in 2017 along with artwork by 10 other artists at the BR Vino. “Full Image,” Baca said, is her way to share the impact by many women in the Bible who “have been often overlooked or unseen.” A graduate of Houston Baptist University with a BA in Art and Marketing, Baca is also a volunteer coordinator at the Friends of North Richmond Community Center, a position that has influenced the themes in her works. Influenced by her studies in racial reconciliation, community development, gender equality, and theology, Baca often expresses themes of diversity, equality, renewal, unity, and empowerment in her paintings. Her works have appeared in several publications including Christians for Bible Equality’s Mutuality Magazine, Fuller Seminary’s leadership journal, A Seat at the Table, Voyage Houston, and The Fort Bend Herald. Baca said she wrote “Full Image | Women of The Bible” in a straightforward manner, with light commentary and a description of the details within each piece. “As a girl growing up in the church, I didn’t hear a lot about the women in scripture,” Baca said.“As I studied and learned their stories, I painted a half portrait of each woman, including symbols and elements of their history and culture.” The book is available for sale at www.sarahbethart.com.



ovember 12 of last year was a successful evening for the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County’s 11th Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee, presented by CenterPoint Energy and Houston Federal Credit Union. The event was cochaired by Taylor Connor and Fallon Moody and held in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at Quail Valley City Center. The event raised close to $20,000 to support the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County. Mayor Zimmerman, this year’s emcee, welcomed in-person guests and an audience of over 600 guests who watched the BEE virtually. Lee Ivey, Jr., tutor served as the judge. Kathe Eggert, a GED tutor served as the Bee Pronouncer. Bee a Word Sponsors included A-B-Cs of Literacy Letter Sponsors, Spectator Bees, and Auction Buyers. Supporters included Anonymous Friend of Literacy, Rob & Emily Calbert, CenterPoint Energy, Costello, Inc., Exchange Club of Fort Bend, Houston Federal Credit Union, HR in Alignment, Angela Parker, Roberta K. Randall Charitable Trust, Tallas Insurance, and RVOS Farm Mutual Insurance. Three teams competed to win a spot in the coveted Honey Hall of Fame and a bee trophy– all in honor of the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County. Richmond Buzz, “the Best Spellers in Fort Bend County Law Enforcement” sponsored by Roberta K, Randall Charitable Trust were the winners of the 2020 Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee This is the third win for Richmond Buzz. Johnny Bravo Entertainment took the 2020 Spelling Bee event virtual while hosting the Richmond Buzz team who spelled in person and two teams from CenterPoint Energy who spelled virtually. The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County thanked the cochairs, the committee, and “the many wonderful volunteers who helped make the 2020 Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee a success.” Our mission is to improve family, community, and professional lives through adult literacy education. The Literacy Council’s programs are available to any adult, age 18 and older, who has the desire to improve their station in life. For more information, please visit ftbendliteracy.org or contact the Literacy Council at 281-240-8181.

From left: Executive Director Terri Stuart, Kristie Pena, Steven Rychlik, Danell Gaydos, and Literacy Council tutor and board member Lee Ivey Jr.

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ooking back over what can easily be called a trying year, Pecan Grove poet Terry Jude Miller found a silver lining in the harsh experience — in 2020, Miller won more than a dozen poetry awards. Saying he “writes to survive,” Miller encourages people to read and write poetry “during this stressful time of a world pandemic.” Miller began writing poetry in 2009 to deal with his mother’s terminal illness. TERRY MILLER 2020 AWARDS • Alabama State Poetry Society: Long Poem Award • Poets Roundtable of Arkansas:Two Rivers’ Poets Award, L.C. and Pat Bridges Award, Frank Moran Memorial Award (second place) • National Federation of State Poetry Societies: San Antonio Poets Association Award, Poetry Society of Indiana Award (second place) • Poetry Society of Michigan: Nature Award • Poetry Society of Texas: Mary Elizabeth Martin Memorial Award, Inez Grimes Award, Pauline Durrett Robertson Memorial Award, JESS Memorial Award, Speculative Poetry Prize, Jo Ellen and Dorothy Marie Memorial Award (second place), Benjamin David Bailey Memorial Award (second place) • His poem, “Mardi Gras – Texas Style” was published in the 2020 Texas Poetry Calendar To learn more about Terry Jude Miller visit terryjudemiller.com.



he Adult Services Department at Fort Bend County Libraries will have three virtual game-day activities for adults in January. These virtual events will be online; they will not be in person. “New Year’s Digital Escape Room” on Monday, Jan. 4 (all day) Time-traveling adventurers will be whisked through different historical eras and must use their knowledge of history and their research skills to solve puzzles and answer questions. Only by completing the quest will they return to the present time. This online activity can be accessed through FBCL’s website on the day of the event; registration is not required. “Virtual Board-Game Day: Codenames” on Tuesday, Jan. 5 (3 p.m.) Codenames is a two-team word game in which team members must correctly guess all of their team’s code words based on hints provided by the team’s spymaster. This event will be livestreamed via Zoom/WebEx; registration is required. “Among Us” Online Game Hour on Saturday, Jan. 30 (11 a.m.) Adults who enjoy the challenge, excitement, and competition of playing the popular online social-deduction game “Among Us” are invited to join in this virtual event. Crewmates on a spaceship must complete tasks and try to identify the alien Imposters before it’s too late. This event will be livestreamed via Zoom/ WebEx; registration is required. These events are free and open to the public. Registration is required for two of the programs; a link to the Zoom/WebEx meeting will be emailed to all who register. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib. tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the programs. For more information, call FBCL’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.



In this 2016 photo Terry Jude Miller teaches poetry to Fort Bend ISD second graders.

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ort Bend County Libraries (FBCL), in conjunction with the Fort Bend County Diversity Initiative, is seeking entries for its “Bridging Differences” Photography Contest. Amateur photographers of all skill levels are invited to enter original photographs that portray the culture, nature, people, and places of Fort Bend County that demonstrate anti-racism and coming together as a community. To be eligible for competition, contestants must submit a digital copy of their photograph by Jan. 11. Entries should be submitted through an online form on the FBCL website. Prizes will be awarded for 1st-place ($200 gift card), 2nd-place ($150 gift card), and 3rd-place ($100 gift card). Winners will be announced on Monday, Feb. 1. Photos will be displayed in a virtual gallery on FBCL’s website throughout the month of February. Winning photographs will be determined by a panel of judges, who will make their determinations based on the following criteria: relationship to contest theme, composition, focus, lighting, emotional impact, and creativity.Photographs will be

anonymous until after the judging is complete. All entries must be original, unpublished, and the work of the person submitting it. Only one photo may be entered per person. The photo can be in color or black-and-white and should be submitted as a high-resolution (1 MB or higher) .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, . png, .eps, .tif, or .pdf. Digital manipulations of the photos should be limited to: cropping, re-sizing, red-eye reduction, and reasonable adjustments to color and contrast. FBCL reserves the right to print or display any entry to this contest for an indefinite period of time. Entries will be exhibited online for the general public to see, so they should be appropriate for all ages to view. The photographer is responsible for obtaining verbal or written release for public use of the photo from all identifiable individuals in the photograph submitted; the photographer accepts all liability from the use of a photo where this release has not been obtained. The contest is open to amateur photographers only. Professional photographers, who earn a living by selling their photographs, are not eligible to participate. There is no fee for entering the contest. For more information, call the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734) or email Christina.Tam@fortbend.lib.tx.us.

From beginning blogger to published novelist, writers of all genres and experience levels are welcome to join the Story Spinners Writing Club to write, share, learn, support, network, and critique each other’s work. This activity will be livestreamed via Zoom/WebEx. Registration is required; a link to the sessions will be emailed to all who register. The sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is required for the live-streamed Zoom/WebEx event only; a link to the Zoom/WebEx session will be emailed to participants who register.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. For more information, call the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).



ort Bend County Libraries will host online programs in January that are intended to encourage new writers by providing tips and tricks, writing and publishing advice, and support from other aspiring novelists. The Missouri City Branch Library will host an online Short Stories Writer’s Challenge during the month of January. A story prompt and activity guidelines will be posted on FBCL’s online calendar on Monday, January 4. Writers are encouraged to create a story from the prompt, and submit it to mcpublic@fortbend.lib.tx.us before the deadline on Jan. 31. One of the stories will be selected to be featured on the Missouri City Branch Library Facebook page in early February. The Story Spinners Writing Club, which normally meets once a month at George Memorial Library, will meet virtually on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 2 to 3 pm. The topic for January is “Revision.”

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Fun in Winter Wonderland


ith the cool weather putting it into t h e C h r i s t m a s s p i r i t , C a l va r y Episcopal Preparatory’s CPTO (Parent Teacher Organization) hosted a Winter Wonderland on Dec. 5 which was open to students and the community. Children of all ages enjoyed reindeer games, hot chocolate, family photos with Santa and the biggest hit of all, snow.

Calvary’s Archery Team is learning and growing


alvary Episcopal Preparatory students were delighted to have an opportunity, for the second year in a row, to be able to participate in archery. The Archery Team has been learning and growing under the direction of October Smith and Scott Lightle, the manager and project coordinator of Long Acres Ranch, respectively. According the organization, Long Acres Ranch“provides a unique, natural environment for educational and recreational activities and promotes the appreciation of nature and open space in the heart of one of the fastest growing areas of Texas.” For more information vist longacresranch.org/. Twenty-four Calvary students, in grades 4th – 12th grade, head over to Long Acres Ranch once a week to learn and practice the 11 steps of archery success.

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Stacey Smith headed to Nationals


lthough this was not a typical year, the Calvary Episcopal Preparatory thespian students who competed at the Virtual Texas State Thespian Festival and attended virtual workshops, enjoyed the convention and worked hard preparing for the competition. And now, for the fourth straight year in a r o w, C a l v a r y E p i s c o p a l Preparator y is represented at the Virtual International Thespian Festival competition. Stacey Smith is bound for National Thespian Sophomore Stacey Convention in summer of 2021 Smith is headed to Nationals with her monologues “Jamie” from Between Mars and Me by Rose Helsinger and “Sandra” from What the Well Dressed Girl Is Wearing by Arthur M. Jolly.

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The basics of interval training


outine exercise is a key component of a healthy lifestyle. When attempting to incorporate exercise into their lives for the first time or after a long layoff, adults may go through a trial and error period as they attempt to find a routine they enjoy. Interval training is one approach to exercise that may be worth consideration. WHAT IS INTERVAL TRAINING? Sometimes referred to as high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, interval training involves alternating between short bursts of intense exercise and brief periods of rest or less intense activity. The Mayo Clinic notes that periods of high-intensity exercise may be as brief as 30 seconds, while the less intense portions of the routine typically last between one to two minutes. WHAT ARE SOME BENEFITS OF INTERVAL TRAINING? The time constraints of traditional workouts may compromise busy adults’ ability to exercise regularly. But interval training sessions don’t tend to take as long thanks to the periods of high-intensity exercise. According to the Harvard Medical School, an interval training session that lasts 15 to 20 minutes can produce the same cardiovascular results as a more traditional, moderate 30-minute exercise session. Interval training also can help people who are not constrained by time get better results.The Mayo Clinic notes that, as a person’s body adjusts to more high-intensity exercise, his or her aerobic capacity will improve. That should enable them to exercise for longer periods of time at a higher intensity, producing better results over the long haul. Before increasing the intensity of their workouts, adults can consult their physicians to ensure they’re capable of doing so safely. Interval training also can be beneficial to people without access to exercise equipment, a position many fitness enthusiasts found themselves in during the COVID-19 pandemic. Without acess to weights due to gym closures, some people may have found their workouts lacked the intensity they had grown accustomed to. By interval training when running, cycling,

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walking, swimming, or using cardiovascular machines, adults can make their workouts more intense. CAN ANYONE UTILIZE INTERVAL TRAINING? Getting a physical prior to beginning an interval training regimen can help people determine just how much intensity they can handle. But alternating between intensity levels during a workout should be something most adults can handle, especially after they consult with their physicians about the level of intensity their bodies can handle. The Mayo Clinic also urges people to consider their risk for overuse injury. Muscle, tendon and bone injuries can occur if exercise regimens become too intense too quickly, so take things slowly at first and readjust intensity levels depending on how your body reacts. Interval training can be a great way to get vigorous exercise even when time is limited.

Foods that can positively affect mood


o one is immune to the occasional bad mood. Whether it’s the weather, waking up on the wrong side of the bed or another variable, various factors can have an adverse affect on a person’s mood. Food is one factor that can have a positive effect on mood. Certain foods have been found to positively affect mood, so incorporating them into your diet may help you stay positive even on those days when you get up on the wrong side of the bed. • Fatty fish: A study from British researchers published in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that a daily dose of an omega-3 fatty acid called eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, helped patients with depression significantly reduce their feelings of sadness and pessimism. Hackensack Meridian Health notes that salmon, albacore tuna, sardines, trout, and anchovies are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. • Nuts and seeds: The minerals selenium, copper, magnesium, manganese, and zinc have all been linked to mental health, and nuts are rich in each of those minerals. Hackensack Meridian Health notes that almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and peanuts are particularly good sources of the immune system-boosting minerals zinc and magnesium. • Dark, leafy greens: Dark, leafy greens like kale, spinach and collards are rich in iron and magnesium, both of which can increase serotonin levels and help reduce feelings of anxiety. Dark, leafy greens also help the body fight inflammation, which can have a positive effect on mood.A 2015 study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry found that brain inf lammation

contributed to certain behaviors, including low mood, that appear during major depressive episodes. • Dark chocolate: Chocolate lovers may be happy to learn that dark chocolate can improve mood. A 2009 study published in the Journal of Proteome Research found that dark chocolate helped to reduce levels of the hormone cortisol, which has been linked to stress. Hackensack Meridian Health notes that, when consumed in moderation, dark chocolate made of at least 70 percent cocoa can help people relax. Various foods can have a beneficial effect on mood, potentially helping people to stay positive when doing so proves challenging.

• Unintended weight loss • Feelings of anxiety The USNLM urges anyone experiencing these symptoms to rest completely for between one and two weeks.After that period of rest, the body should be fully recovered. However, if any of these issues linger after two weeks, seek the advice of a health care provider. A health care provider may recommend additional rest and/or conduct a series of tests to determine if an underlying issue is causing any of the aforementioned symptoms. Rest is as vital to an effective exercise regimen as proper technique, ensuring the body has ample time to recover and reducing the risk of overuse injuries.

The importance of rest


egular exercise has been linked to a host of health benefits. People who exercise regularly can lower their risk for chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes, and routine exercise can improve mood and potentially delay the onset of cognitive decline. As vital as physical activity is to a healthy lifestyle, there is such a thing as too much exercise.According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, rest is an important part of training.Without ample rest, the body does not have time to recover before the next workout.That lack of rest not only adversely affects performance, but also increases a person’s risk for health problems, including injuries that can sideline athletes for lengthy periods of time. Committed athletes may have a hard time recognizing when they are pushing themselves too hard, and the line between perseverance and overdoing it can be thin. Many athletes credit their ability to push themselves mentally and physically with helping them achieve their fitness goals and thrive as competitors. But it’s vital that athletes learn to recognize the signs that suggest they’re exercising too much.The USNLM notes that the following are some signs of overdoing it with an exercise routine. • An inability to perform at your established level • Requiring longer periods of rest between workout sessions • Feeling tired • Feeling depressed • Experiencing mood swings or irritability • Difficulty sleeping • Feeling sore muscles or heavy limbs • Suffering overuse injuries such as runner’s knee, achilles tendinitis, shin splints, and plantar fasciitis • Loss of motivation • Getting more colds

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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital welcomes Dr. Franz Schneider


ouston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital welcomed boardcertified gastroenterologist Franz Schneider, M.D., who began seeing patients two months ago. Schneider is joining Houston Methodist Gastroenterology Associates, located in Medical Office Building 3, Suite 335 on the Houston Methodist Sugar Land campus. Schneider earned his medical Dr. Franz Schneider degree at Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala. He completed his internal medicine residency at New Britain General Hospital – University of Connecticut and served as a chief medical resident for the primary care program at the University of Connecticut. Schneider also completed three fellowships at Baylor College of Medicine, including hepatology, gastroenterology, and therapeutic endoscopy. Schneider has received several awards, including a Medal of the National Meeting of Internal Medicine from the Guatemalan Society of Internal Medicine, and a listing for Houston Top Docs in H Texas Magazine. “Being a good gastroenterologist, in my opinion, consists of being a physician and listener first, and then deciding with the patient’s input what is needed to arrive at the right diagnosis and therapy. I strive to provide personable and compassionate care to all my patients,” said Schneider. “Houston Methodist Sugar Land has a strong reputation for leadership and quality care in Fort Bend, and I’m thrilled to be joining Houston Methodist Gastroenterology Associates at Sugar Land.” To schedule an appointment with Schneider visit houstonmethodist.org/spg or call Houston Methodist Gastroenterology Associates at 281-801-9303. Visit houstonmethodist.org/sugarland to learn more about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

Sawal received his medical degree from The College of Osteopathic Medicine at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, then completed his family medicine residency at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Round Rock,Texas. “I am dedicated to helping my patients achieve their health goals through empathy, partnership, and open communication,” Sawal said. “I enjoy providing care to people of all ages and backgrounds.” Houston Methodist Primary Care Group at Brooks Street is located at 1201 Brooks St., Suite 100, Sugar Land,TX 77478. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ali Sawal, or to find a Houston Methodist Primary Care physician in the Fort Bend County area, visit houstonmethodist.org/pcg/southwest or call 281-930-6639.


OakBend Medical Center employee giving campaign surpasses $100K goal


or the past three years, OakBend Medical Center employees have donated to the Seeds of Generosity employee campaign, raising more than $396,000. The 2020 year was the most successful to date, with employee giving exceeded $101,000.This year, 345 employees donated to the campaign, surpassing the $100,000 goal. “Being the ‘new guy’ in town, I can’t convey how impressed I have been with the family mentality at OakBend,” wrote Development Director Schell Hammel in an email to the staff.“You should all be so very proud of yourselves. Regardless of where you chose for your money to go, you made a difference in someone’s life this year, or many lives. “That should not go without notice.” This year’s funds will be split between the purchase of Workstations on Wheels (WOWs) that allow nurses to go from one room to the next with all of the patient’s pertinent information, and the OakBend Branches program, which will help fund care for the underserved children in the area.

Ali Sawal, D.O. joins Houston Methodist Primary Care Group


ouston Methodist Primary Care Group welcomed Ali Sawal, D.O. in November. Sawal joins Asisat Ope, M.D., at the Brooks Street practice in Sugar Land. Sawal is a family physician providing preventive, chronic, and acute care to all his patients. His clinical expertise includes health screenings, men’s health, complete physicals as well as musculoskeletal and sports injuries.

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Physical activity guidelines for children, adolescents and adults


taying healthy is a full-time job for people of all ages. While it might not always prove so easy to exercise or eat right, the benefits of healthy living are undeniable. According to the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, “prevention” refers to helping people avoid getting sick or identifying diseases early so treatment can begin. Immunizations and disease screenings are two vital components of preventive care, but children, adolescents and adults can take more active roles in preventive care by embracing physical activity. The Department of Health and Human Services notes that physical activity fosters normal growth and development and can help people feel better, function better, sleep better, and reduce their risk for a large number of chronic diseases. Reducing risk for chronic disease keeps people out of the doctor’s office, or even the hospital, and it also can help save considerable amounts of money. One report from the The Milken Institute estimated that high chronic disease and obesity rates are responsible for more than $1 trillion in lost productivity in the workplace every year. In addition, the National Commission on Prevention Priorities notes that increasing the use of five preventive services to 90 percent can save more than 100,000 lives in the United States each year. Such services include advising smokers to quit and offering medication or other assistance to help them and providing flu shots for people age 65 and older. In recognition of the role exercise plays in preventive care, the DHHS recommends children, adolescents and adults follow these physical activity guidelines. CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS The DHHS recommends that children and adolescents between the ages of six and 17 should get 60 minutes or more of moderateto-vigorous physical activity every day. • Aerobic: Most of the 60 minutes or more per day should be either moderate- or vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity and should include vigorous-intensity physical activity at least three days a week. • Muscle-strengthening: As part of their 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include muscle-strengthening physical activity at least three days a week. • Bone-strengthening: As part of their 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include bone-strengthening physical activity at least three days a week. Parents can consult with their children’s physicians to determine age-appropriate muscle- and bone-strengthening activities for their youngsters. ADULTS The DHHS advises adults to make a concerted effort to move more and sit less throughout the day. Some physical activity is better than none. Adults who sit less and do any amount of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity gain some health benefits. For substantial health benefits, adults should get at least 150 minutes to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes to 150 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity each week. An equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity can serve as a substitute. Ideally, aerobic activity should be spread throughout the week. Adults should do muscle-strengthening activities of moderate

or greater intensity that involve all major muscle groups two or more days a week, as the DHHS notes these activities provide additional health benefits. These guidelines also apply to older adults, but older adults also should incorporate balance training into their exercise routines. In addition, the DHHS urges older adults to consult with their physicians about the appropriate level of effort for physical activity relative to their level of fitness. People of all ages should include physical activity in their preventive health care routines. More information about exercise is available at www.health.gov.

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HEALTHIER Safe, convenient primary care — at a location near you. At Houston Methodist, we provide personalized care for you and your family, including physicals, immunizations and preventive care. Many of our practices: • Provide in-person and virtual visits with online scheduling • Offer same-day sick visits • Are conveniently located close to work or home • Accept most major insurance plans

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Long Meadow Farms Brooks Street

99 Sugar Land


6 Riverstone


And, with enhanced safety measures in place, you can rest assured your safety is our priority.

houstonmethodist.org/pcg/southwest 713.394.6724

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