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abrina Behrens has never seen Afshaal Zubair face to face. She’s never even been in the same room with him, and yet, the Travis High School Director of Orchestra was not shocked at Zubair’s recent feat of earning a chair in the Texas Music Educators Association Region Orchestra. With more than 13,000 members, the Texas Music Educators Association serves as the governing body for music in Texas, and through various means, it provides professional growth opportunities for students. “It serves students and promotes education at all levels,” Behrens said. The association, which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year, features five divisions: band, orchestra, vocal, elementary, and college. Each fall, it holds auditions for Texas high school orchestra students who vie for a spot in one of two performing ensembles called Region Orchestra. Typically the auditions are held over two days, but due to the pandemic, the process went virtual. Auditions were audio recorded during a specific window of time, verified by directors, and then blindly judged. A total of 24 student musicians are accepted into one of the two performing ensembles and following his audition, Zubair not only became one of the chosen, he simultaneously became the first Lamar Consolidated ISD orchestra student to earn a chair on the Region Orchestra. “I was honestly quite surprised,” said Zubair, who lives in Rosenberg.“I felt like I underperformed and wouldn’t get a spot.When the results came in, I felt quite happy, and I was relieved to see that all the hard work paid off.” Behrens, who has been Zubair’s private tutor since May, said “he is a very bright and sharp student and has a lot of raw natural talent.” “He picks up things quickly, and as a teacher, you love that. I would give him music to practice or an exercise, and [by the next session] he would exceed my expectation each time.” For 45 minutes every week, Behrens

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said she witnessed the level of Zubair’s focus and work ethic. “I can tell if a student practiced,” she said with a laugh explaining that she is in her 15th year teaching public school orchestra and 10th year at Travis High School. “I can tell you Afshaal practiced regularly and diligently.” Zubair offered praise for Behrens’ contribution as well. “If it weren’t for Mrs. Behrens, I would’ve never even come close to being placed in a chair for the audition,” he said. The Texas Music Educators Association is the largest such organization in the country, and, Behrens noted, one of the largest in the world. The association is divided into 33 regions. Region 13 consists

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George Ranch High School freshman Afshall Zubair with Scott Edenmeyer, the Orchestra PVA Advisor and Orchestra Director for Lamar Consolidated ISD’s maroon track.

Afshaal Zubair with George Ranch High School Principal Heather Patterson. Zubair recently earned a chair in the Texas Music Educators Association Region Orchestra.

of Lamar Consolidated ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Brazosport ISD, as well as private schools and home-schooled students who reside within the region. “I’m extremely proud of Afshaal,” Behrens said. “I was fairly certain he would achieve it, and I’m very happy that he did, that his hard work paid off. “Now, I’m raising the bar even higher for him. Next year we’re going for Area or State.”

The district’s orchestra program, which opened in 2017, has grown from 35 students to more than 500 students district-wide. Edenmeyer is now one of five orchestra directors for the district, with Mary Evelyn Thwaites over the gold track, Gerardo “Sammy” Escamilla over the purple track, Tess Hartis aboard on the blue track, and Charles “Chuck” Peterson for the red track.


When Zubair thought about it, there wasn’t one specific trait that drew him to the orchestra. “I decided one day that I wanted to play an instrument and orchestra sounded fun,” said the 14-year-old George Ranch High School freshman.“I really just enjoy playing music. “It gives me a sense of expression.” Zubair began playing in the Lamar Consolidated ISD Orchestra Program as a sixth-grader at Polly Ryon Middle School. He began with the violin but switched to playing double bass in the spring semester of 7th grade. “I put a bass in his hands, taught him the basics, and before I knew it, he was playing beyond my ability,” said Scott Edenmeyer, the Orchestra PVA Advisor and Orchestra Director for Lamar Consolidated ISD’s maroon track. Edenmeyer, who has been teaching Zubair for four years now, is the one who arranged for Zubair and his parents to meet with Behrens. When society halted during the coronavirus crisis Edenmeyer sent a bass home with each of his three players. Zubair “continued to thrive in distance learning, and I knew I wanted him in lessons with a private teacher,” he said. “This George Ranch freshman has broken the seal paving the way for future success by other LCISD students.”


In the short time that it has been in existence, the Lamar Consolidated ISD orchestra program is noticeably piquing interests, gaining support, and growing into a large organization. Endemeyer suspects this trend will continue as the district continues to expand. Approvals of recent bonds include five new middle school orchestra buildings, four of which are under construction, and within the next few years, the junior high schools and the high schools will receive new orchestra buildings. “Rapid growth is a great problem to have since it means we will hopefully soon be looking for qualified directors to join our Lamar CISD orchestra cohort,” Edenmeyer said. Zubair endorsed the program’s growth and said he plans on continuing orchestra for the rest of his time in high school. “It is the definite place for me,” he said. And after having his first taste at earning a chair, Zubair also plans to try out for the Texas Music Educators Association audition in coming years, and the state audition, too. “My accomplishment shows that the LCISD orchestra program and the George Ranch orchestra program have students that can go above and beyond and reach a goal like no other,” he said. “It shows that all students in our orchestra are well taught and great students that will succeed in the future.”

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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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Attack Poverty CEO Brandon Baca alongside the Hope City church partners The Baca family, from left, Asher, Eden, Brandon, Ruby, and Sarah Beth. The assisting in loading water that was being transported to Louisiana in support of family attends Bridge Church. the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.

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ATTACK POVERTY SERVICES EDUCATION | The most sought-out service in the education component is the You Can Academy. This academy provides a safe space for children to benefit from constructive educational activities supervised by a responsible, trained team of staff and volunteers focusing on homework help, character development, spiritual growth, enriching activities, a healthy snack, and mentoring relationships. SPIRITUAL | Through partnerships, Attack Poverty collaborates to provide a safe space for the community to gather, build relationships, serve, and learn more about Attack Poverty’s mission and programs. This effort has led to all Attack Poverty locations hosting monthly prayer walks. The nonprofit will participate in more prayer walks in 2021 and desires to “bring more churches into the fold as we see them as real catalysts for transformation in communities.” REVITALIZATION | Services offered in this program include home repairs, community revitalization projects, and training. Additionally, the Disaster Recovery team is committed to assisting residents affected by disasters and empowering them to lead their recovery. BASIC NEEDS | This component provides access to basic needs when a need cannot be addressed by the party alone, including response to needs following natural disasters. Community, support, counseling, and benevolence are featured in this component. The most sought-out service within this component is the food distribution where the goal is to provide families with short-term resources.

Husband and wife Brandon 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.

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Ethel Ruth Tappe was the 1st female police officer in Rosenberg

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n an era in which most moms resembled June Ward on “Leave it to Beaver,” Ethel Ruth Tappe of Rosenberg was pinning on a badge and slipping a revolver into her sock. Ethel, who celebrated her 90th birthday in November, recalls a time in her life when she served as the city’s first and only female police officer. “I really enjoyed it,” she said. “It was a wonderful time in my life.” Ethel said she was at a ball game watching her young children play when a police officer nearby asked her if she’d consider serving as a crossing guard. The stay-home mom accepted the job.That job led to a meter maid position with the city. “I would walk through downtown Rosenberg, back when it had parking meters, and write people tickets,” she recalled with a chuckle.“You wouldn’t believe the excuses I heard.” A short while later, the chief asked her to work as an officer when she wasn’t writing parking tickets. She was issued a badge and a revolver, which she stuffed into her sock each day so as not to ruin the lines of her uniform. “I would ride along with the officers whenever there was a woman who needed to be taken to jail,” she recounted. That was back when the police department was located in downtown Rosenberg. She worked from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily and was home when her five kids showed up after school. She spent the rest of the day taking care of her husband and kids. “I occasionally meet someone who remembers me when I was a police officer,” she said. “Sometimes, they will tell me I inspired them in one way or another. That always makes me feel good.”

Scott Reese Willey | Ethel Ruth Tappe remembers a time in her life when she was hired as the first female police officer in Rosenberg.

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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 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 and Tim Jeffcoat, U.S. Small Business Administration. 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 connection sponsors. For more information about the chamber and its programs, visit www.cfbca.org or call 281-342-5464.

Laura Thompson, Chair, 2020 Fire & Ice Gala, Kristin Weiss, President & CEO, Central Fort Bend Chamber, Beth Johnson, 2021 CFB Chamber Chair, and Cindy Reaves, 2020 CFB Chamber Chair.

Terry grad develops ‘MeowTalk’ app

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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 exciting. The collar will allow many people to communicate with their pets, and that’s important, especially in a time of social distancing and stay-home orders,” he explained.“Being able to understand their cat will totally change how people spend their time at home.”

Photo courtesy of Javier Sanchez | Terry High School graduate Javier Sanchez helped develop an app that allows cat owners to understand what their feline friends are saying.

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 for pet owners, he explained. They will have to program the collar to understand what their cat is saying or asking for. “No two cats have the same vocabulary,” he said.“Some cats don’t speak and others have a dozen words in their vocabulary.” He said the collar will be programmed to help pet owners decipher

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Photo by Scott Reese Willey | Jesus Sanchez shows a news story about his son’s cat translation app called “MeowTalk.”

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 word vocabulary. He said he got the idea after coming across research on feline vocabulary online and hearing news reports on PBS radio. He pitched the idea to his bosses at Akvelon, who agreed to allow him to lead an in-house team of app designers. While other app designers were working on customer-specific designs, Javier and his team contacted a Greek researcher living in Italy who had studied feline vocabulary. Javier and his team took the raw data and cassette tapes of cats meowing and spent an intensive 3-4 months designing the“MeowTalk” app. The work was hard-going. “We had to throw a lot of Hail Mary passes to get the app up and 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.

struck a gold mine.” On Nov. 18, AD celebrated six decades behind the chair. “It’s been a wonderful 60 years here,” he said. “If I had to start all over again I’d make the same decision. It’s been a great career and a great place to work.” When he first walked in the door in 1960 at the young age of 20, AD worked the middle chair. Another barber worked on each side of him. “I put in a lot of 16 hour days,” he recalled. “I was cutting hair from sun up to sun down — a new customer every 30- 45 minutes.” He figures he has cut and combed tens of thousands of heads of hair over the past six decades.“I can’t even put a number to it,” he said.“It’s been too many to count.” Those 16-hour days are long gone. Now 80, AD works a few hours each morning and relieves his grandson Colt for an hour each afternoon for lunch. Gone also are the days when men stopped by for a hot towel and straight razor shave or to have their shoes and boots shined atop a shoeshine stand. Colt still shines shoes, but the shoeshine stand was taken out years ago. Some things haven’t changed, though. Parents still bring their youngsters to the barbershop for their first haircut. “Once, we had so many family members trying to take photos and videos that I had to elbow my way through them to cut the little boy’s hair,”AD recounted. “I love cutting kids’ hair, especially their first haircut because it’s so special. If I put a photo on the wall of every first haircut I wouldn’t 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.


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D Eversole remembers his first day at the historic Richmond Barbershop. “I went from getting 75 cents a haircut in Damon to $1.25 here,” he recalled. “I went home and told my wife I had

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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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“They insisted on the whole works — a shampoo and scalp massage to go along with their haircut,” he said. So many people would visit the barbershop to meet and talk with the mayor that AD often had to invite Hilmar back the following day just to talk to him. “I said, ‘Do you mind coming back tomorrow? I didn’t get the chance to talk to you.’ And he showed up the next day and we talked and talked.” Photos of Hilmar — once known as the longest-serving mayor in the U.S. — hangs on one wall. AD has had other famous visitors as well, such as countrywestern star James Drury and former Houston Oilers head coach Bum Phillips, who stopped by regularly for a cut. Photos of Bum, Drury, and other celebrities adorn the walls of the barbershop. Once, long after Bum retired from the NFL, he invited his favorite barber to visit him at his ranch in Goliad. “It was a great honor,” AD recalled.“Bum loved the barbershop and sent a lot of business our way.” Business has slowed way down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Customers only trickle in these days. “We’re surviving, but just barely,” AD says as Colt sits in a chair along the wall and reads his cell phone. “It’ll pick up again once this pandemic is over.” AD says many men are allowing their hair to grow long again because of the pandemic. “Some of them show up with hair over their ears,” he said. “I guess they’re just worried about getting their hair cut right now.” AD figures he still has several more years of cutting hair ahead of him.

“I’m not ready to retire just yet,” he said. “The barbershop has been very good to me. I’ve really enjoyed it. Where else can you work where your friends pay you money?” Besides, he says,“I’d miss my customers.”

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

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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.



Mulch Is So Good For Our Gardens! by CHRIS TAYLOR | Fort Bend County Master Gardener


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

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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 needles, etc. Inorganic mulches include rocks and other non-plant materials. In this article, we will cover organic mulch. BENEFITS OF MULCHING Mulching your flowerbeds and around trees provides many benefits: • Organic mulch improves the soil as it decays and therefore provides nutrients for nearby plants. Soil organisms work the decomposing organic matter into the soil. • 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. • Mulch helps moderate the temperature of the subsoil both in the summer and winter. • Mulch helps to inhibit the growth of weeds in flowerbeds. • Mulch in your f lowerbeds provides a more pleasing appearance to your home. WHEN TO MULCH As mentioned above, there are disadvantages to leaving bare soil around your plants. There is never a bad time to apply mulch. Many gardeners prefer to apply mulch in the early spring.Another round of mulch

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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 at 281-633-4734.

Photos courtesy of Take Care of Texas & Texas A&M Forest Service | At left, is an example of proper tree mulching. Note the visible ‘Flare’ at the base of the trunk. At right is an example of a mulch volcano.

in the fall helps provide warmth to the plant roots when the cold weather and winds arrive. Be sure to make periodic applications of mulch and your plants will have a much better chance to grow and thrive! HOW TO MULCH Apply a four-inch layer of organic mulch to your garden beds. Do not pile the mulch up against the stems of the plants. (Mulching around trees is different and is addressed below.) LAVA IS FOR VOLCANOES - NOT MULCH! We have all seen the conical towers surrounding trees in our 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 too thick. For more information about mulching, check out these articles on the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service website: Landscape Mulch - Earthkind and Mulching Around a Tree. 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.

Get tips on vacationing with social distancing


he COVID-19 pandemic has re-shaped the concept of “vacationing.” Taking a family vacation, or simply enjoying some time off, has become more of a challenge while maintaining social distancing and other safety measures. Fort Bend County Libraries will share some helpful ideas for vacationing safely when they present an online program on “Low-Budget Vacation Planning in COVID-19” on Tuesday, Jan. 26. This pre-recorded video – 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. Hear about helpful resources and gain some ideas for short, inexpensive, and family-friendly vacations that can help people relax, de-stress and take a much-needed break while still observing safety precautions. The program is free and open to the public. View the video on

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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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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 Dr. Kyle D. McCrea and Dr. Victoria Vo

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.

Annual Spelling Bee raises nearly $20K

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Dr. McCrea has been creating healthy, beautiful smiles in ovember 12 of last year was a successful evening for the Richmond/Rosenberg 1994. Dr.healthy, McCrea andbeautiful Dr. Vo are smiles in Dr. McCrea has beensince creating Literacy Council of Fort Bend County’s 11th Great both graduates of and current Professors at the Herman Hospital Richmond/Rosenberg since 1994. Dr. McCrea and Dr. Vo Grown-Up Spelling Bee, presented by CenterPoint based General Practice Residency Program for UTDS Houston. are both and current atpossible the Herman Energy and Houston Federal Credit Union. The event was coTheirgraduates goal is to workof with each patient toProfessors produce the best Hospital based General Practice Program for outcome based on that patient’s individualResidency needs and desires. chaired by Taylor Connor and Fallon Moody and held in the UTDS Houston. Their goal is to work with each patient to Bluebonnet Ballroom at Quail Valley City Center. produce the best possible outcome based on that patient’s The event raised close to $20,000 to support the Literacy individual needs and desires. Council of Fort Bend County. From Check-ups and Cleanings to Implants and Braces, Mayor Zimmerman, this year’s emcee, welcomed in-person guests and an audience of over 600 guests who watched the BEE We want to be your home for Dentistry virtually. From Check-ups to Implants to Braces, Visit us at www.mccreadds.com to learn more about our office, our outstanding andJr., thetutor servicesserved we offer.as the judge. Kathe Eggert, a GED Leeteam, Ivey, We want to be your home for Dentistry tutor served as the Bee Pronouncer. 601 South Second St. Bee a Word Sponsors included A-B-Cs of Literacy Letter Sponsors, Spectator Bees, and Auction Buyers. Supporters Visit us at mccreadds.com to learn more about Richmond, TX 77469 included Anonymous Friend of Literacy, Rob & Emily Calbert, our office, our outstanding team & services we offer 281-342-2121 CenterPoint Energy, Costello, Inc., Exchange Club of Fort Bend, 601 South Second St. • Richmond, TX 77469 Houston Federal Credit Union, HR in Alignment, Angela Parker, 281-342-2121 Roberta K. Randall Charitable Trust, Tallas Insurance, and RVOS

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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.

Terry Jude Miller ‘ 'writes to survive’ From left, Event Co-chair Fallon Moody and Event Co-Chair Taylor Connor.

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.

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ooking back over what can easily be called a trying year, Richmond 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) • Poetr y Society of Michigan: Nature Award • Poetr y Society of Texas: Mar y Elizabeth Martin Memorial Award, I n e z G r i m e s Aw a r d , Pauline Durrett Robertson Memorial Award, JESS Memorial Award, Speculative Poetry P r i z e , Jo E l l e n a n d In this 2016 photo Terry Jude Miller teaches Dorothy Marie Memorial poetry to Fort Bend ISD second graders.


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Online game hours for teens, adults


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.

Deadline nears for “Bridging Differences” photo contest


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.


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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.


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Online activities provide support for new writers


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.” 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

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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).

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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 moderate-tovigorous 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 musclestrengthening 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 bonestrengthening 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.

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

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• 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 • 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 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 highintensity exercise, his or her aerobic capacity will improve. That should enable them to exercise for longer periods of time at a h i g h e r i n t e n s i t y, producing better results over the long haul. Before increasing the intensity of their workouts, adults can consult their physicians to ensure the y’re capable of doing so

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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, 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 systemboosting 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 inflammation 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.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital welcomes Dr. Franz Schneider


ouston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital welcomed board-certified 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.

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. 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 FORT BEND HERALD


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HEALTH HIGHLIGHT 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.

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COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL We Specialize in All Home Repair Interior & Exterior Renovations

www.hathornrepair.com Lane Hathorn 281-344-7919

1549 Hwy 36 N • Rosenberg Tx. Granite



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Customized Water Filtration Systems “We have earned Homeowners and Builders Trust” Finally One System That Fits ALL Your Water Needs! 3 Filtration Systems in 1 System!

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Start the New Year

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

1093 59

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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