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Spring Cleaning

Getting started on your spring cleaning 7


Restoration Breakdown

How to restore your property after a long winter 25

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7 Getting started on spring cleaning 8 Calendar Of Events 10 How to get a home organized 11 Klein ISD Will Open A New High School 13 Greet Guests With a Touch of Glass 15 Welcome to Kwik Kar 16 Is it time to add a half-bathroom? 16 What to look for in outdoor furniture 18 Things to know before building a deck

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19 The Achievement of Mastery 20 Sometimes You Have To Lose Your Breath To Find Your Heartbeat! 22

Celebrity designer celebrates the sights and scents of spring

25 Restoring your property after a long winter 26 Air-tight insulation delivers big returns 27 Social Media – Grammy Award 28 Tomball Student, Stephen Brindle 31 Understanding Condensation in Your Home 32 5 signs your roof might be wearing


33 The differences between roofing materials 34 Does my home really need gutters? 38 Promote safety around the home

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When spring cleaning, don’t forget to clean and reorganize bookshelves.

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For homeowners, spring cleaning is one of the annual rites of spring. The return of warmer weather presents the perfect opportunity for homeowners to open the windows, let some fresh air in and tidy up after a few months spent cooped up inside while the weather outside was frightful. But now that spring has arrived, the time to clean up around the house has come. Homeowners about to start on their annual spring cleaning should consider the following before beginning. Get the right tools The right tools won’t necessarily be a hammer and nails, but cleaning products that can make spring cleaning more efficient. Rubber gloves, cleaning products (preferably natural products that are good for the environment) and enough garbage bags to discard a winter’s worth of clutter should all be on hand before you begin cleaning. If they’re not, you’ll likely need to make a trip to the store while cleaning, which can be timeconsuming and prolong the process. Take some inventory Many people have no problem buying new clothes, but they do find it hard to get rid of older items. Part of spring cleaning is tossing old items you no longer use and that includes clothing. Clothing can take up a significant amount of space, so take some inventory on your wardrobe and decide which items you want to keep and which ones you can afford to discard or even donate.

Address the windows If the last several months have been especially cold or rainy, then you might not have looked out the windows in quite some time. Unfortunately, those windows might have accumulated quite the amount of dirt and grime while you were huddled inside. When washing the windows, do so on a cloudy day, as the sun can actually cause streaking. In addition, be mindful of what you’re using to wipe down the windows post-cleaning. Microfiber rags typically give windows a great shine without any streaking. The blinds and drapes will also need to be addressed, as they have likely accumulated some dust over the last few months. Dust the valance and the frame, and wipe the blinds down with a damp cloth. You can also use your vacuum’s upholstery and brush attachments to further clean blinds and drapes. Tidy up the bed You likely wash your bed linens regardless of the season. When spring cleaning, toss these linens into the washing machine and don’t forget to wash the mattress pads and bed skirting as well. While those items are in the wash, flip all the mattresses in your household.

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The kitchen is not immune to clutter and it’s especially easy for items to overstay their welcome in the refrigerator and the kitchen cabinets. Look for old takeout containers in the refrigerator that have managed to stick around and throw these out as well as any items that have passed their expiration dates. While items in the kitchen cabinets might not have an expiration date, it helps to remove them from the pantry and then dust and wipe down the shelves. When doing so, discard any items that no longer seem appetizing. Beat the rugs Area rugs have no doubt collected dirt and dust over the last several months. Though vacuuming these area rugs might be enough during the year, take advantage of the pleasant weather and take the rugs outside to beat them and rid them of dust and any other particles the vacuum might have missed over the last few months. Empty and clean the bookshelves Bookshelves are one the biggest collectors of dust in many homes. Open the windows in the home and then remove books from the shelves. Once the books have been removed, dust the shelves and wipe them down with a damp cloth. And don’t forget to dust the books and reorganize titles before returning them to their newly cleaned shelves. Spring cleaning is something all homeowners must do to keep their homes healthy and clean. Spring cleaning is annual event at many households, and a few simple strategies can make it go much more smoothly.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS St. Paddy’s Pub Crawl in Midtown Thursday, March 17th Time: 5:00 pm Midtown Drinkery 2400 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002

Haute Wheels Houston Food Truck Festival Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 19th & 20th Time: 12:00 – 5:00 pm each day 5601 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77081

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Houston Palestinian Festival Food, Musical performances, Dancing, Shopping and Games Saturday & Sunday, Mar 19-20th Jones Plaza 600 Louisiana St., Houston, TX 77002 Amazing Pet Expo Exhibitors, demonstrations, live entertainment, costume contest & more April 9-10th George R Brown Convention Center 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010 Tomball German Heritage Festival Traditional games, foods, drinks and folk music April 1st-3rd Tomball Depot 201 S Elm St., Tomball, TX

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The Woodlands CrawPHish Festival Saturday, April 2nd Town Green Park 2099 Lake Robbins Dr. The Woodlands, TX Hermann Park Kite Festival Family-friendly festival April 3rd Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Hermann Park 6001 Fannin St., Houston, TX Houston Art Car Parade Creatively modified cars and bikes with children activities April 7-10th Allen Pkwy & Crosby St., Houston, TX

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The 6th Annual Diamonds and Dice Casino Night! Proceeds benefitting your Klein Oak Panthers Baseball Team Food, Silent and Live Auctions, gaming tables and a raffle Saturday, April 9th Time: 7:00 pm Augusta Pines Country Club 18 Augusta Pines Dr., Spring, TX Tickets are $45.00 Contact: WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival One of three international film festivals held in North America. April 8-17th AMC Studio 30 Dunvale 2949 Dunvale Rd., Houston, TX Texas Wine & Art Festival Over 12 Texan wineries providing tastings including: white, red and southern-style blends. Saturday & Sunday, April 9-10th Historic Old Town Spring 427 Gentry St., Spring, TX Earth Day Houston Family-friendly activities Saturday, April 16th Sam Houston Park 1000 Bagby St., Houston, TX Magnolia Depot Day One-day family-friendly event Saturday, April 16th Magnolia Depot 426 Melton St., Magnolia, TX Houston Japan Festival Celebration of Japanese culture and tradition Saturday & Sunday, April 16-17th Hermann Park Conservancy 6201 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, TX San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment Family entertainment and Historical Fun Saturday, April 23rd San Jacinto Monument 1 Monument Circle, La Porte, TX Tails Mudbug Festival Saturday & Sunday, April 30th- May 1st Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 to 6:00 pm 201 South Elm Street, Tomball, TX 281-351-5484

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your television. Bundle these cords with a cord organizer to make wires and plugs much more manageable.

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• Buy a coat rack. Just about everyone bundles up in a warm coat once the temperatures dip. But once you get home and the warm air inside welcomes you, the first instinct is to take the coat off and lay it down on the first chair you see. Instead of tossing all those coats on an armchair or a bench in the kitchen, buy a coat rack and place it just inside the main entrance. This way you will always know where your coat is, and the house won’t look so messy with coats strewn about in a variety of places. • Have a tray set aside for keys. As clutter accumulates throughout the winter, the chances your keys will go missing increase. Save yourself the frantic search for keys in the morning by setting a tray aside for keys or just hanging a hook on the wall where everyone places their keys.

When colder weather arrives, many people stay indoors and fight the harsh weather with hot chocolate and heating systems. It’s no surprise, then, that most homes accumulate quite the amount of clutter over the course of a typical winter. The more time we spend indoors, the more junk we seem to amass. Clutter can contribute to the sense of cabin fever many people begin to feel as winter trudges forward. But a few home-organization tips can help make all those extra hours spent indoors during the winter months a little less claustrophobic.

• Partition desk drawers. It’s easy to fill a desk drawer. It’s much harder to remember a drawer’s contents. Save yourself the stress of rooting through desk drawers by installing partitions so everything is not just lumped in together. This will make things easier to find and will likely prevent you from just adding random items to desk drawers. • Bundle all those cords. Nowadays, the average television has roughly one dozen cords attached to it. HDMI cables, video game consoles, DVD players, home theater systems, and, of course, the television cord itself are among the many cords that can make a mess near

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• Toss the junk mail. Thanks to paperless bank statements and online billing, many people no longer receive important documents through the mail. Instead, mailboxes are filled with junk mail such as advertisements or menus from local restaurants. Rather than placing junk mail on the kitchen counter or storing it in the desk drawer, throw it out as you receive it and you will no doubt notice considerably less clutter almost instantly. • Stop losing things to the couch. Few things are as frustrating as a missing remote control. Too often remotes get lost in a sea of throw pillows that, while decorative, serve little purpose. Don’t overdo it with throw pillows and designate an area for all those remote controls. • Clean out the refrigerator. Another culprit when it comes to clutter is the family refrigerator. Half-eaten meals or expired items can be found in almost every refrigerator on the planet. If you’re putting leftovers in the fridge after every meal, then chances are you have lots of leftovers that have passed their prime. Have a potluck night where you eat all of the leftovers. Clean out the refrigerator once a week to ensure that it only contains fresh foods, beverages and additional items. • Add storage space. Using drawers and only drawers for storage is a great way to become disorganized. If you have any bare walls, particularly in the kitchen, use them to hang shelves you can use for storage. If the walls are full or not sturdy enough to hang a storage shelf, install an extra shelf or two in the pantry.

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Klein ISD Will Open A New High School Zoning meetings were held in early 2016 to determine the attendance zones for high school #5 scheduled to open in 2017 on Spring Cypress Rd. next to Ulrich Intermediate. When a new high school opens, the district determines zones a full year and a half prior to the school opening so families can plan and prepare. Here is a list of subdivisions please visit for more information.

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Greet Guests With

a Touch of Glass

Decorative Avonlea glass in an energy-efficient fiberglass entryway. The trend of using decorative glass to create dramatic entryways continues to grow as homeowners choose to stay in their homes longer and remodel for extended personal enjoyment. Adding a “touch of glass” with a new front entry door can be one of the most effective

and economical ways to enhance a home’s curb appeal. Beyond aesthetics, a new entry with decorative glass can add value to the home. According to a national home valuation study conducted by Therma-Tru® and TNS, an independent research organization, simply installing a new entryway door has been shown to increase the perceived value of a home by more than $24,000 on average. Manufacturers offer a wide array of choices for entryways incorporating decorative glass doorlites, sidelites and transoms. These choices allow homeowners to create a custom look for the home while making a statement about the homeowner’s personal sense of style. The recently-introduced Avonlea™ and Maple Park™ decorative glass options from Therma-Tru (available at are perfect

examples of the beauty decorative glass can add to the home. With its fluid lines and free flowing leaf pattern, the Avonlea glass package is inspired by nature and features bronze water and clear baroque glass with black nickel caming. The Maple Park decorative glass option creates a peaceful, comforting design element for the home. With its water and granite glass married with clear bevels and a soft arc, the Maple Park glass creates a Craftsman-inspired look, well suited for all types of homes. Entryway systems that incorporate decorative glass also offer the added benefit of allowing more sunlight into the home without energy loss, making for a more attractive, more energy-efficient interior. Some of the most stunning designs are available in impact-rated versions that provide added home security and protection from severe weather conditions, such as high winds and heavy rain. Other decorative glass options include vented sidelites to allow both air and natural ventilation into the home.

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Welcome to Kwik Kar How May We Help You Today? It’s always hard starting a new business, working long hours and hiring the best service people for your clients. But when you take over an establishment that has been open for several years, there are expectations that come from previous clients. These expectations, good or bad are trying for new owners who are working hard to let people know that this Kwik Kar, is under new ownership. Bart Brown and his wife Jeannine are the new owners of Kwik Kar Lube and Auto Repair at 8959 Spring Cypress. He’s in the shop everyday working hard, extra hard to provide the best service and fair pricing in the area. They look forward to talking with customers and going the extra mile they deserve. “We’re really glad when customers come in to see us and we never want to take anyone for granted. That’s why we go the extra mile in making them feel welcome the minute they arrive. We truly consider each customer to be part of our extended family.” Bart knows how it feels when you really don’t understand anything that happens underneath the hood of




Our Number One Goal Is Customer Satisfaction! your car. It is a scary and sinking feeling when the tech arrives to give you his evaluation of what is needed to keep your car running smooth. Is he telling the truth? Is he trying to rip me off? Well, these questions can be tossed away now that Bart is in charge. You will always receive the truth, good news or bad, about what is going on with your car and this gives you the power to decide if you can delay a small repair a few weeks or need to have it attended to immediately. There is never a bad time to stop in and say hello and meet Bart. He knows you have many choices for your automobile needs and appreciates the opportunity to earn your trust. Your automobile is a vital part of your day-to-day functions and he looks forward to meeting you, earning your business and counting you as a happy customer of this new Kwik Kar!

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Is it time to add a

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half-bathroom? When it comes to renovating a home, homeowners expect to spend money. No home renovation or home improvement project is free, but some are less costly than others. The addition of a halfbathroom is a popular project among homeowners, and it won’t necessarily break the bank. If converting existing floor space into a half-bathroom, such a renovation can cost as little as a few thousand dollars, making the addition of a powder room one of the few home improvement projects where the value added to the home exceeds the cost of the renovation. Before deciding to add a half-bathroom, it helps to consider some of the pros and cons of the project.

Outdoor entertaining areas have always been popular among homeowners. The ability to entertain friends and family or simply relax by yourself is something homeowners cherish, particularly during the warm weather seasons. Finding the right furniture to match your outdoor area, be it a deck, patio or poolside lounging area, is essential to making the most of this special area of the home. When shopping for outdoor furniture, consider the following.

The addition of a half-bathroom is a project that often makes practical and financial sense.


• Convenience: A halfbathroom is often added on the home’s main floor or in the basement or attic. This makes it more convenient for guests to use the restroom during a dinner party or when coming over to watch the big game in a basement home-theater area. • Problem-free: Halfbathrooms are smaller because they don’t have a shower or bathtub. That means common bathroom problems like mold and mildew are not as big a concern as they are for full bathrooms. • More choices: Because mold and mildew aren’t likely to present a problem in a half-bathroom, homeowners have more options at their disposal when choosing floors and countertops.


• Space: As their name implies, halfbathrooms are much smaller than full bathrooms. As a result, they tend to feel cramped. • Value: Though an inexpensive halfbathroom addition might recoup its value and then some at resale, the project won’t add as much resale value to a home as a full bathroom addition might. • Loss of storage: If storage around the house is sparse, homeowners might be better off keeping the area designated for the half-bathroom as a storage closet instead of a bathroom. Once the pros and cons have been weighed, homeowners who want to go forward with the project should then check with their local municipality to ensure the codes and requirements won’t restrict their project. Size or window restrictions might curtail the project or limit what homeowners can do, which might change their minds on the project altogether. The addition of a half-bathroom often makes practical and financial sense. But before making any addition, homeowners must weight the pros and cons to make the best decision possible.

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• Weight: Unlike furniture inside the home, outdoor furniture will be moved around quite frequently, such as to protect it from inclement weather or changing seasons. As a result, the weight of the furniture bears importance. While you don’t want furniture that’s too lightweight and will blow away any time a strong gust of wind comes along, it’s a good idea to choose furniture that isn’t too heavy. This makes it easier to move should a storm suddenly appear and it won’t require the entire household to help move the furniture into and out of the garage when inclement weather arrives. • Comfort: The whole idea behind an outdoor entertaining area is to have a relaxing place to spend time outside. So be sure to choose furniture that’s comfortable and can handle the elements. Metal furniture, for example, might be durable, but such furniture can also get very hot if out in the sun. • Versatility: Many homeowners enjoy changing their home’s interior décor from time to time, and it can be just as enjoyable to do the same to a home’s exterior décor. That said, look for furniture that can be accented with a variety of accessories, so you can change the look of your outdoor entertaining area easily. • Protection: Protecting exterior furniture from the elements should be a priority. When shopping for outdoor furniture, figure out if protective covering is available or if it will need to be custom made. The latter alternative can be quite expensive, so you might want to consider more generic furniture that comes with standard protective coverings to make it more affordable.

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Things to know

before building a deck should know that manmade materials can get hot in the sun, which will require those enjoying the deck to wear shoes. • Expect to do some digging. If you’re going to build your own deck, expect to do some serious digging. Local building codes will dictate how deep you will need to dig for the pier footings, which support the deck’s weight. Just how deep you’ll dig depends on your climate’s specific frost line, but it’s safe to assume you’ll get a workout in when digging. • The deck can have multiple levels. Though many people associate decks with one level, it’s possible to have a multi-level deck if you simply don’t have enough room to build a deck that will be big enough to meet all of your needs. A multilevel deck can break up those long flights of stairs while ensuring you will always have somewhere to go to escape the sun on a hot day.

Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau Housing Survey indicate that homeowners annually spend billions of dollars improving outdoor living areas. One of the most popular ways to do just that is to add a deck to a home. Decks are beneficial in many ways. Grillmasters love decks because they make the perfect place to set up a grill and a table and cook for family and friends. Those who simply love being outdoors find decks the perfect place to relax and soak up some sun or idle away the evening hours. But homeowners who want to build a deck should know a few things before that process begins. • Permits are necessary. Unless the deck is going to be especially small, you will likely need a permit to build it. Before buying any materials or consulting any contractors, make certain you know which permits you need and how to get them.

If the proper permits are not secured before the project begins, you might have to tear down the whole project and start all over again. • Decks don’t have to go on the back of the house. If the back of your house sits in the blazing sun all day, then it’s probably best to build the deck elsewhere, and that’s perfectly alright. So long as the property and permits allow, decks can be built on the side of a home as well, and putting a deck on the side might be more comfortable. • Decks don’t have to be made of wood. It’s easy to assume all decks are made of plain wood. However, decks can be made out of a wide variety of materials, natural or synthetic. Pressure treated wood is perhaps the most popular material for decking because it’s not very expensive. But manmade materials that are a mixture of recycled plastic and wood bits or sawdust are also popular because they require no maintenance. But homeowners

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• You will want to protect the deck. Decks are a costly investment and you will want to protect that investment. If you’re building a wood deck, keep in mind the sun will beat down on the deck for most of the year. You can protect the deck by painting it. Paint provides sunscreen for the deck, stopping the sun from breaking down the material. Once you’ve finished painting, apply sealant, whether it’s oil- or water-based. • Don’t forget fasteners. Fasteners will hide the screws for aesthetic appeal. But not all woods and fasteners are the right fit, as certain woods are only compatible with certain fasteners. Find out which fasteners make the right fit ahead of time. Because fasteners conceal the screws, they also make it possible to go barefoot on the deck. A deck makes a great addition to many homes, but homeowners should learn as much as possible about decks and what goes into building them before making any decking decisions.

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The Achievement of Mastery Tips from Master Josh Arcemont

In the martial arts world the word “master” gets throw around a lot. What does it take to became a master of something? According to the experts, mastering a skill set requires about seven years, or 10,000 hours of hard work. It’s takes 10,000 hours of practice to become a master salesperson, mechanic, martial artists, teacher, and so on. When I tell this to my students a common response I get it, “that’s a long time!” My response is always, “The time is going to pass anyway, so you might as well get started.” Here are Six Steps to help you reach the top… Step 1 – Read 60 minutes in your field each day Step 2 - Review your goals every day Step 3 – Plan everyday in advance Step 4 – Concentrate on one task at a time until completed Step 5 – Listen to educational audio programs Step 6 – Find a mentor to help guide you Your next 10,000 hours begins now! What will you master next?

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Sometimes You Have To

Lose Your Breath To Find Your Heartb

Last month, I jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet. Whichever way you slice it, jumping out of a plane – voluntarily – is pure madness! Some people, like my insurance agent, will even say that it’s stupid and to be honest, I am slightly inclined to agree. However, despite this, I have wanted to try skydiving for a very long time. The desire was heightened when I saw my daughter and her friends go skydiving on multiple occasions and afterwards they were always excited and wanting to go back for more. After years of watching and investigating the hows and wheres of jumping (trying to find the most safe and secure place, I finally chose to go with Skydive Spaceland Houston to satisfy my longing. On Valentine’s Day, I decided to try a leap of faith and go tandem skydiving with my daughter Brooke. Because what better way to celebrate the holiday than to jump out of a speeding plane with the one you love? We left in the late afternoon and the drive took us a little over an hour and arrived around 3:30 pm to Skydive Spaceland Houston just south of Houston. Why so late? This was booked as a spontaneous adventure. Normally any good skydiving school will tell you that it is imperative to jump as early in the day as possible. Strong winds,

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usually common in the afternoon, can put the kibosh on any plans to skydive. Low clouds known as low ceiling, which can occur at any time of the day, can also be an issue (cloud cover greatly decreases visibility when landing or even causing delays). Mental note: arrive early, since we had such a late jump time, we had a longer waiting period because it was packed for the weekend. For those looking into jumping times, I encourage you to get there as early as possible, to get to the front of the line. It turns out skydiving is very popular in Houston and especially on a holiday weekend. We arrived at 3:30 p.m. and were promptly told that we would be having a long wait time. There were other people ahead of us waiting to jump. The center estimated that it would be a three-hour wait until we would get our turn. Keep in mind, this was on the weekend. In the meantime, we completed a short safety course where we learned what to do with our arms and legs as we hurtled 14,000 feet toward the earth and watched short clips of skydives in an attempt to mimic their body position. After that, there was nothing to do but continued

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The moment of truth.

Leanne Donelson is having the experience of a lifetime, although she looks terrified.

Leanne Donelson with her daughters Kelly Donelson (on left) and Brooke.

Leanne Donelson with her instructor, Adam.


beat! wait patiently for our turn. The estimated three-hour wait turned into four, and I was nervous yet excited for my first jump. And then they called our names. Brooke and I were suited, booted and on the plane so quickly I didn’t have time to get scared let alone realize what I was doing. First timers are only allowed to skydive while strapped to a qualified instructor and for that I was glad, because in all the rush I wasn’t sure that I would remember what to do or what to pull when it was time to jump. I was the second person slated to dive and before I could contemplate the heavens around me I was out of the plane. The sensation of falling is intense but I was more excited about the feeling of flying, I couldn’t breathe. During that time, all I could think about was how liberating and free I felt as I glided down 14,000 feet. Oh, there was a cameraperson documenting this momentous moment for me as well! With all the excitement, I actually forgot to pull the cord to the parachute. Thank goodness for Adam! Then we tumbled so fast I couldn’t catch my breath! I paid around $120 to have photo and video documentation of my jump. Somehow, I managed to pose for pictures and even danced for To advertise, call 281-401-9143 or email:

the video during the jump. The jump probably only took a few minutes but when you are so high up you lose track of time. After we landed, I was excited and trying to regain my bearings, but the first thought that came to mind was I wanted to jump again! To summarize: I couldn’t wait for my next jump! Finally, finally my instructor and I touched solid ground. I was exhausted but excited. Just take a look at my face. Minutes later I was joined by Brooke, who emerged from her jump as cool as a cucumber. Go figure. This was my first and definitely not my last skydive. I’m glad to have finally made the leap and had the experience of a lifetime, I know now that I will do it again: the sensation of flying and freedom is something I want to repeat. While skydiving is safe (I was in very professional and capable hands) and a thrill, it is something I will always remember. That being said, I would encourage anyone and everyone to try it. It is kind of pricey, $199-325 (depending on when and where you jump), but an experience like no other.

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Celebrity designer

celebrates the sights and scents of spring

Kelli Ellis is an interior designer

for all seasons. But when spring rolls around each year, she is truly in her element. An award-winning celebrity interior designer, textile designer and design psychology expert, Ellis’s work is everywhere, from television (as a featured designer on TLC’s Clean Sweep, HGTV’s Takeover My Makeover, and Bravo’s Real Housewives of Orange County as well as guest spots on NBC, CBS and ABC) and the Web (as’s interior design expert) to print media (as the monthly design advice columnist for the Orange

County Gazette). Known for her love of flowers and floral design, Ellis also serves as a spokesperson for the Society of American Florists. For Ellis, spring offers endless opportunities to update and refresh interior spaces with touches of color. While she always recommends starting with a neutral foundation that includes walls and major pieces of furniture in shades of white, beige or brown, Ellis loves to add seasonal flourishes by changing up accents and accessories. “With a neutral foundation,” explains Ellis, “you don’t have to invest a lot of time or money to refresh. Once you have the basics – those pieces of furniture that you absolutely love and will stand the test of time – the sky’s the limit in terms of changing accents such as valances, pillows, rugs, candle holders – even the matting on a picture. A neutral foundation opens the door to a new look with minimal changes.” According to Ellis, one of the best – and easiest – ways to add seasonal color and refresh a living space is with fresh flowers displayed in a variety of containers. Fresh flowers not only enliven a room and bring in the sights and scents of the outdoors, they are perfect for playing up color and color combinations.

“A lot of people are afraid of color in their décor, so a less scary way of introducing color is with flowers and vases,” Ellis notes. “Fresh flowers can go with any type of décor and generally last as long as your mood, so there are endless opportunities to experiment without making a long-term commitment.”

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Decorating with flowers begins with choosing a container that is in sync with the season and the style of your home, counsels Ellis. “There are so many container options for every type of décor,” Ellis says. “If your home leans toward country, think about using old decanters, tins or even wooden boxes. For contemporary homes, glass vases with clean lines work best. And for traditional homes, go with urns or ornate vases.” The same principal applies to the flowers themselves. Mixed flowers tend to be more traditional; bunches of local flowers lend a homey, just-picked quality to a casual or country home; and monochromatic arrangements ooze modern. The key, notes Ellis, is to pair flowers with both their containers and the indoor environment in which they will be seen. Next comes color. While Ellis leans toward monochromatic arrangements of white flowers – stargazers, lilies, roses and orchids are among her personal favorites – she nevertheless appreciates the “pop” of color that can be achieved with bolder blossoms. When choosing flowers for a particular spot or room, Ellis advises looking at complementary colors – those that are on the opposite side of the color wheel. For example, if the walls are a warm shade of yellow or gold, a container filled with blue flowers, such as hydrangeas, delphiniums or sapphire orchids, makes a bold statement. And in the green room? Try flowers in shades of purple and violet. “I think the greatest thing in the world is to bring your own vase or container to the florist and ask for something special that works with it,” she reveals. “Not every florist has a vase that suits your taste or will work in a particular spot, so I take in my containers and say, ‘I want something blue.’ Then I’m both surprised with the result and certain that it will work with the décor.” To learn more about Ellis and her latest projects, visit her online at

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Restoring your property

• Employ a pre-emergent weed killer. Homeowners who routinely spend their summers agonizing over weeds throughout the yard should consider applying a pre-emergent weed killer around the beginning of spring. It’s important to do so around the end of March or early April, when the weeds have not yet had a chance to grow. When applying, follow the dosage instructions provided by the product’s manufacturer. Such instructions often recommend a second application right before summer begins.

after a long winter Mowing the lawn too early in the spring is both unnecessary and potentially harmful to the lawn.

One of the best things about the dawn of spring and the return of warmer weather is the chance to get out of the house and get some fresh air. For homeowners, this is the perfect opportunity to assess any damage the previous months did to yards and develop a plan restore properties. • Don’t jump the gun. The first warm day of pring might seem like a great time get out in the yard and get your hands dirty. But it’s best to wait until the grass has completely dried out before getting to work. Raking on wet grass increases the risk of tearing out grass, which can cause bald spots and the growth of weeds down the road. In addition, stepping on the grass while the ground is still wet can compact the soil, which can slow drainage and block the lawn’s roots from breathing. Patience should prevail with regard to mowing the lawn as well. A lawn’s roots

will not start to grow until the average everyday temperature routinely reaches 40o F, so mowing too early is both unnecessary and potentially harmful to the lawn. When the temperatures regularly reach 50 F, then homeowners will likely start to see their lawns growing. • Remove debris that’s piled up. Debris has a tendency to infest a yard over the course of the winter months. Fallen branches, stones and even trash can accumulate in a yard, putting those who spend time in the yard at risk of injury once the warm weather returns. For instance, bits of twigs and pebbles that are blown across the yard during a windy winter can be embedded in the yard, making the yard less of a haven and more of a hazard. Once the grass is dry enough to walk on, walk around the property and remove any debris that’s piled up over the last few months.

• Remove thatch. Once the grass has dried, you can begin to remove thatch that’s built up over the winter. Thatch is potentially very harmful to soil, blocking sunlight, air and moisture the soil needs to ensure a lawn looks lush and healthy. Thatch removal does not necessarily need to be an annual task. If thatch buildup is insignificant, then it can be done every other year. Just use a dethatching rake to make the job much easier. • Aerate, particularly if the yard is a heavy traffic area once the warm weather arrives. If your yard transforms into a child’s wonderland upon the arrival of spring and summer, you might want to revive the soil by aerating. When the yard gets heavy usage, it’s easy for soil to become compacted, which makes it hard for air and water to reach the lawn’s roots. That can eventually make for a less-than-appealing lawn. So if your yard is the place to be come the warmer months, aerate in the spring to loosen the soil and make it easier for the lawn to withstand the months ahead. No matter how harsh the winter months might have been, spring is a great time for homeowners to restore the property around their homes.

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Home Improvement Tips:

Air-tight insulation delivers big returns

Household energy-efficiency is now more important than ever when selling a home. Purchasers are able to rate one residence against another, so if you want top dollar for your house some day, it’s worth investing along these lines with upgrades and renovations. “If adding rooms or finishing the sunroom, for example, take a look at the

most energy efficient materials and methods,” says Todd Blyth at Nudura, a company that has spearheaded an advanced version of the insulated concrete form (ICF), as well as do-it-yourself materials. “The newest renovation method, called Nudura Insulation Technology, is ideal to insulate foundation walls, inner and outer walls, plus flat, or cathedral ceilings. “For both interior and exterior walls, you use a shiplap system of expanded polystyrene (EPS), which allows large 4’ x 8’ foot sheets of this foam to be installed without any gaps for air leakage. It’s easy to cut, easy to install and the performance value is up to R-14. Drywall can then be attached directly to the embedded fastening strip allowing the electrical wiring to be easily run.”

Occupant Comfort Residential enjoyment is also top-of-mind in our choice of renovation fixtures, features and materials. Superior insulation will reduce home heating costs and it will also prevent excessive noise, drafts, and unexpected cold spots from room to room. In response to energy conservation, environmental responsibility and consumer demand, construction practises have advanced significantly in North America over the past few years. Today, for example, people are building their homes with insulated concrete forms, not wood, and very recently, similar eco-efficiency possible (www.nudura. com) for home renovations.




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Spring•Klein Magazine’s Social Media Corner! We love connecting with our Spring-Klein readers on Social Media. This issue we feature Dick Reeves from Austin Texas, the brother of our very own Mike Reeves, the Art Director for Spring-Klein Magazine. Last year Dick was approached by Bismeaux Records about designing a tribute album for Bob Wills. It included a collection of some of the most amazing artists in country music and was obviously deserving of something special. He felt the importance of this package would best be served by putting together a design team that he had worked with before. A few years ago, Sarah and Shauna Dodds and Dick had designed an award winning CD package, Willie and the Wheel, and he felt they would be perfect for this project. The result, a Grammy for Best Recording Package at the 58th Grammy Awards. Once again, congratulations to Dick Reeves for winning a Grammy for Best Package Design two weeks ago at the Grammys in Los Angeles. 512.626.0033


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ST EP H EN B RIN D L E 7th Grade St. Anne Catholic School Tomball,Texas How/when did you get started in sports? Students at St. Anne may participate in extracurricular athletics beginning in fifth grade, so I was excited to start track and cross-country in 2013. I joined the Academic and Quiz Bowl team last year. What are your honors and accomplishments? My most recent honors and accomplishments include the honor roll, second place in the 2016 School Geography Bee, and being a member of the St. Anne Quiz Bowl Team/ Academic Team. What is your favorite athletic memory or school activity? Celebrating the boys track team first place win in the large school division at the Greater Houston Catholic Athletic Association (GHCCA) 2015 Championship will always be a great memory. What do you get most out of being an athlete or activity that you participate in? As a runner, I must learn responsibility and discipline in order to be successful in sports and life. Who has been the biggest influence in your athletic career? Coach Leach has encouraged me since my start in athletics and has always been a role model for me. She constantly motivated me to do my best and pushed me to my limits and beyond. How do you balance sports and academics? Participating in any after school activities takes a lot of time. For me, academics always come first. I find more u have to do, the more I can accomplish. What college do you plan to attend? My dream is to attend the U.S Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and become an officer in the United States Navy. What keeps you motivated? Knowing that every step I take is one step closer to accomplishing my goals and keeps me moving forward. I know I may have setbacks, but I must stay positive and keep trying. Who is your favorite teacher and why? Mrs. Trahan, my fifth grade teacher and mentor, has had a great impact on my life. She made me realize that with hard work, anything is possible. When not practicing/playing, what do you like to do in your spare time? I enjoy traveling with my family and learning about the history of America. What advice would you like to give to younger athletes? I would tell younger athletes that with practice and determination you can accomplish anything. What student organizations are you affiliated in and out of school? I participate in Cross Country, Track, Swim Team, and Academic Team. When I can, I also like to volunteer at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. What is the hardest part of school? The hardest part of school is meeting and going beyond the expectations of my teachers. What three things can you do as a student to help yourself be more successful this year? I would like to dedicate more time to my academics, spend more time outside of school reading about history, and set a good example for my two younger brothers. What’s your hobby? I enjoy history, especially Texas history. What would you do if you had one wish? If I had one wish, it would be to become a doctor and work as a cancer researcher at MD Anderson.

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Years of sun exposure causes Actinic Keratosis to develop, appearing as rough-textured, scaly, dry lesions or patches that form on the outermost layer of the skin. Most insurance companies will cover the use of laser therapy and chemical exfoliation for these precancerous lesions and Blue U Levulan therapy for precancerous lesions.

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While all warts are skin growths caused by viruses, different warts respond to different treatments and some warts go away on their own. Salicylic acid and nitrogen freezing can help with removal of many warts. Skin tags can simply be shaved or snipped! The Practitioner will assess, diagnose, monitor and remove if medically necessary.

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Most insurance companies will pay for one visit per year. A full body skin exam is an invaluable tool and preventive measure in the early detection of skin cancer as well as many other dermatological conditions.

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Moles may appear black, brown, or tan and are benign pigmented spots of skin. Moles that are larger than six millimeters, itches or bleeds, rapidly changes in color, size or shape, has multiple colors, is located where it can’t

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Understanding Condensation in Your Home

What do houseplants, a boiling pot of pasta and your shower all have in common? They all add moisture to your home’s interior. And, while some humidity in the home is good, excessive moisture can be uncomfortable. “We often get calls from homeowners who are concerned that their windows are ‘sweating’ or leaking either inside or outside the home because they see moisture on the glass,” says Christopher Burk, technical product manager at Simonton Windows®. “In reality, that’s simply not the case. While condensation may collect on the interior or exterior of energy-efficient windows, the units are really doing their job by helping serve as a barrier in the home.” Burk points out that windows do not cause condensation – they simply prevent the moisture in the home from escaping to the outside. “If the inside glass surface on doubleor triple-glazed windows show excessive moisture, you can be reasonably sure that the moisture is also collecting on your walls and ceilings,” says Burk. “This means you should take steps to reduce the humidity level in your home by using exhaust fans and dehumidifiers.”

Where Does Condensation Come From? You’d be surprised how much water vapor homeowners create themselves on a daily basis. A family of four can add

a half pint of water vapor every hour to the home just through normal breathing and perspiration. And, if you take a five minute shower, you produce another half pint of water vapor. Even the simple act of cooking dinner on a gas stove can produce two and a half pints of water vapor. “Invisible water vapor is everywhere in the home,” says Burk. “The key is for homeowners to monitor the levels of moisture in their homes and then take steps to manage the humidity levels.”

What Can a Homeowner Do to Help Reduce Condensation? Water vapor is part of our lives and our homes. To help control the amount of condensation in the home, experts at Simonton Windows recommend the following tips: • Use kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans. • If you have a humidifier, set it to the correct outside temperature. • If your home is overly humid, or if you have a damp basement, use a dehumidifier. • Properly vent clothes dryers, gas appliances and stoves. • Open a window in the bathroom. • Make sure your attic, basement and crawl spaces are well ventilated and free from obstructions. • Store firewood outside. Freshly-cut wood can consist of up to 45 percent water, which adds water vapor to the home. Even well-seasoned firewood generally has a 20 to 25 percent moisture content. • Open curtains and blinds to allow more air circulation around your windows.

Worrisome Windows Homeowners with the most cause for concern are those with older, less efficient windows. “Windows are just like any other major part of the home,” says Burk. “They wear out over time and need to be replaced. If your windows have air leaks, don’t close properly, or are failing to act as a solid barrier to the environment, then it’s time to consider replacing them with energy-efficient windows.” Burk also recommends knowing the difference between condensation on the glass and between the glass panes of the window. “If you are seeing moisture, fogging or cloudiness between the panes of glass in your window, this is a strong indication that the seal of your window has failed and it’s time to replace your window,” says Burk. “In operable window units, a failed seal can often be corrected by simply replacing the sash. However, seal failure reduces energy efficiency and the unit will not work as effectively to help you keep energy bills low and enjoy comfortable living in your home. While condensation on the interior or exterior of the glass is manageable, moisture between the glass needs swift attention by homeowners.” The experts at Simonton Windows offer several free consumer booklets on how to know when it’s time to replace your windows, energy efficiency of windows and selecting windows for a new home. The company has also introduced the new brochure, Understanding Condensation in Your Home. Consumers may call (800) 746-6686 to request free copies of these brochures or visit the company’s website: Information/Tips/ for more information.

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5your roofsigns might be wearing down Recognition of these signs can help homeowners be more financially prepared should the day come when the roof needs to be replaced.

1. The Presence of Algae If the roof has lots of dark streaks and stains clinging to it, that is likely algae, which can grow on the roof for quite awhile. Algae does not necessarily do any damage to a roof, but it does do some damage to a home’s physical appearance, as algae on the roof is not very pleasing to the eye. Algae is most often found on the roofs of homes located in climates that have warm, humid summers. If algae is a problem on your roof, spray washing with a mixture of water and bleach can effectively remove it.

2. Buckling Shingles Should a roof exhibit any signs of decay, homeowners should address those issues immediately to avoid further damage.

Replacing a roof

is a costly venture few homeowners look forward to. According to Remodeling magazine’s “Cost vs. Value” report, the national average cost of a roof replacement is nearly $22,000, a costly endeavor considering the tenuous nature of the economy. What’s more, homeowners who choose more upscale roofing materials can expect to spend almost $40,000 on their roofs. Such costs make it no small wonder that many homeowners fear the dreaded diagnosis that their home needs a new roof. While there’s little homeowners can do to reduce the cost of a roof replacement, there are warning signs homeowners can look for that might indicate a roof replacement is on the horizon.

Like algae, buckling shingles are another unsightly problem on a roof. But buckling shingles are more than just an eyesore, they actually might indicate significant problems. When shingles buckle, that’s typically because hot air from the attic is forcing the shingles away from the home. Buckling shingles also indicate that the roof is poorly ventilated, which can take years off the roof’s life expectancy while driving up home cooling costs along the way.

3. Granule Loss Granule loss is typically a byproduct of normal shingle wear and tear that results from inclement weather, such as hail. Older roofs might experience granule loss, but granule loss can also occur on a new roof if a defective roofing product was used. Any granule loss, even if

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slight, should be addressed, as the side effects of granule loss include a weakened roof and leaking. If granule loss is not addressed, the consequences could be severe the next time a storm occurs.

4. Mold Unlike the warning signs already discussed, mold is not visible on the outside of the home. Instead, homeowners should look in the attic of a home to see if there is any mold growth. If there is, the roof is likely leaking, and the health risks of mold growth in a home are substantial. Mold is not necessarily easy to detect, so a professional inspection might be in order if mold growth is suspected. If a professional determines mold is, in fact, present, then the mold will need to be removed and all options, including a roof replacement, must be considered to keep mold from coming back.

5. Roof Rot Perhaps the most discouraging sign a homeowner can see on his or her roof is roof rot. Roof rot appears when a roof is in considerable decay and, if not addressed, its consequences can stretch far beyond the roof, damaging other parts of the home thanks in large part to water getting through the roof. If roof rot is either not noticed or just ignored, it won’t take long for water to get through the roof and blaze a destructive path through the rest of the home. Homeowners might fear a full roof replacement because of the cost associated with such a project. But if ignored, problems with a roof could eventually prove far more costly than the price of replacing the roof.

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The differences between

roofing materials A roof is the primary defense a home has against the elements. It provides protection against wind, rain and snow, as well as shields the interior from the blazing heat. A compromised roof cannot do its job properly. There are many different roofing materials available these days – each of which carries with it a certain length of usefulness. Most roofs can last anywhere from 25 to 40 years, depending on the material composition. Homeowners may know it’s time to replace a roof without even venturing out on the roof. Ceiling leaks or discoloration can indicate it’s time to replace a roof. Check for sagging ceiling material on the top floors of the home if there is no attic. Wet or darkened wood or rusty nails in the attic could be signs. Rafters may channel leaks away from their original source, so it’s best to do a thorough check anytime wetness or discoloration is evident anywhere in the home. Once the decision to install a new roof is made, homeowners must decide between the different roofing materials. Research is necessary to find a roof that will be the right price and meet the homeowner’s needs. Here are common roofing materials. • Asphalt shingles: This is the type of roof most homeowners first think of when envisioning a roofing project. The three-tab asphalt shingle is the most commonly used roofing material. The economic value it offers is why this roof is one of the most popular. However, even though shingles are available in many different colors, homeowners seeking something unique may want to select a different roofing option. • Architectural shingle: Similar to an asphalt shingle, the architectural shingle is made to be thicker and the layers are staggered to give the roof a more architectural look. These shingles are only slightly more expensive than asphalt shingles, which still makes them a good value. • Wood shakes and shingles: Instead of asphalt, wood makes an ideal roofing material that’s also pleasing to the eye. Over time wood will weather to

different shades, which can help the home blend in with the environment. Wood shakes can be expensive to install, and will require periodic cleaning to remove mildew or moss, and may need reoiling for preservation. There are also “fake” wood shingles that are made of composite materials that may offer the look of wood without the maintenance.

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• Slate: This hard, stone material is very strong and sheds snow and ice very well, which is why it was often used on homes in the Northeast. However, the weight of slate, which requires a more substantial roof structure, and the cost make it less popular among today’s homeowners. • Metal: This material is an ideal choice for industrial applications or on agricultural or country homes where snow is frequent. A metal roof can range from relatively inexpensive galvanized steel to lofty copper that is pricey. A properly installed metal roof could last 50 years, which makes it a good value. • Ceramic: Ceramic tile roofs may be among the most expensive due to the craftsmanship and the installation required for these heavy tiles, but their life expectancy is 60 to 80 years. Chances are you’ll only have to do this type of installation once in a lifetime. Many people are drawn to ceramic roofs because of their beauty. They are commonly found on Mediterranean-style homes in warm climates. Most tiles are waterproofed and hard-fired so they won’t absorb moisture, also making them safe to use in northern climates. In general, a roofing job is not a do-it-yourself undertaking. It will require an experienced and licensed contractor. A trusted roofing contractor can be found by exploring listings on the National Roofing Contractor Association website: Verify contractors prior to hire through organizations like the Better Business Bureau or on Angie’s List.

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Does my home really need gutters?

Cleaning gutters and downspouts is one way to prevent homes from flooding. Not all homes need a gutter system. Gutter systems may not be needed in an area that doesn’t receive heavy rains. Unfortunately, that does not include the Houston area. We need a good system to collect the storm water that lands on our roofs and

direct it away from the home to reduce water damage. The wetter the climate the more you may need a properly functioning gutter system.

line of a roof can suffer from runoff due to over watering that results in fungus as well as attracting ants, roaches and termites.

Reasons you may want to install gutters:

Damage To Home – Rain can cause siding, trim, paint and caulk to weather faster than normal. Decks under eaves will rot and the wood will warp much too soon. Homes may experience cracking in brick joints, and sheetrock due to accelerated settling. Doors and windows may not open and close normally. 

Prevent Foundation Problems – the expansion and contracting of the soil around your home is the primary factor contributing to slab failure. After heavy rains the soil becomes saturated and expands, then contracts as the soils dry. This repeated cycle can lead to cracked foundations and masonry around the home.   Stains On Home – many homes have very unsightly brown stains along the bottoms of brick, stone or siding. This staining is caused by rain cascading off an un-guttered roof and hitting the ground or patio with enough force to result in splash back that includes dirt and minerals that stain your home. These stains can be difficult to remove. Damage To Landscaping – plants and mulch located under the drip

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You do not have to be German to enjoy this festival. Beginning with one Oompah band on a flat-bed trailer sixteen years ago, the festival has become an annual tradition in Tomball and one of the best music/street festivals in Texas. Every year, on the very last weekend in March, festival-goers break out their Lederhosen and Dirndls “Go German” for the area’s largest festival celebrating the heritage of the original German families that settled this area beginning in about 1840. In other words in the case of German heritage there is much to celebrate in this part of Texas! There is a Tomball German Fest Kick-off Party on Thursday, March 31st, while the 2016 Tomball German Heritage Festival is held April 1st, 2nd and 3rd located on the old downtown streets of Tomball, TX near 201 S. Elm St., Main St. (FM 2920) and Market St. It is a Music/Street festival celebrating German and ethnic heritage with 4 stages of live music performances “happy music for happy people”, special contest, ethnic and festival food, beer, wine, 175 street vendors, all kinds of German souvenirs and clothing, arts crafts, antiques, Heritage Center, carnival, pony ride, petting zoo, strolling music makers, street performers, and much more. Like Oktoberfest in March! Admission, parking and shuttle are FREE!. German Heritage Festival Contest Fun – Make plans to visit, volunteer, dance and shop again this year? We have assembled a great line-up of vendors, contests and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy! REMINDER: Don’t forget about the Chicken Dance Contest, Hollerin Contests and Best Dressed German Contests. Come and enjoy the fun! The Carnival opens Thursday evening, March 31st, with a $15 special price for the “all you can ride” armband. See you at the corner of Main and Cherry for this Thursday ONLY special. On Friday, April 1st at 6:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. shop street vendors and enjoy various performances. Saturday, April 2nd at 10:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m. begins with the “tapping of the keg” and Willkommen ceremony for German exchange students and Tomball host families, and official opening by the Mayor of Tomball Gretchen Fagan. Alex Meixner will be the featured entertainer once again with music and dancing all day and into the night with Alpenmusikanten, Auf Geht’s, Chris Rybak and Das Ist Lustig and much, much more. Enjoy the final day of the festivel Sunday, April 3rd at 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. Check out the amazing view from above Main Street in Tomball. As you can see, our festival with plenty of room for fun and entertainment for the whole family has grown over the years. We sure hope to see you among the crowds. The festival is sponsored by the Tomball/Telgte Sister City, Org. Wir sprechen Deutsch. Call 281-379-6844 or email Grady Martin for information. For additional info, visit facebook, and Valina Polka.

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Smoke alarms are a vital part of home safety.

In the classic film The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy famously uttered the phrase, “there’s no place like home.” Now, several decades later, that sentiment remains very dear to people’s hearts.

While homes are sanctuaries for many people, a home can be dangerous. The U.S. Home Safety Council states that every year, nearly 20,000 people die and 21 million medical visits are needed due to home accidents in the United States. The Huron County Health Unit says that the majority of injuries that occur in homes in Canada are attributed to falls. The same can be said for those living in the United States.

The elderly and children are the age groups most susceptible to home accidents. Research by the Harvard Medical School has found that accidents and the chance for fatalities increases dramatically over the age of 65. However, accidents can occur in any age group, and making safety changes around the house is a proactive step to avoid accidents. Here are some of the common injuries that occur around the home.

• Carbon monoxide alarm: These alarms are a necessity to detect carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas that can cause death if inhaled in high amounts. Carbon monoxide alarms are frequently installed by furnaces and bedrooms.

• Slamming fingers in doors and windows: For small children, severe injuries – even amputations – can result from slammed fingers in doors and windows.

• Radon detectors: Another gas that is difficult to detect by smell or sight is radon, which may be leaching from surrounding soil into a home, particularly problematic on the lower level of a home.

• Falls: Falls, especially down the stairs, cause more trips to the emergency room than any other accident in the U.S.

• Adequate lighting: Since falls are so common, having lights on landings and entryways can alleviate falls due to the inability to see.

• Cooking injuries: Burns and scalding from cooking top the list of injuries at home. Cuts from a knife while preparing food are also leading dangers.

• Wire organizers: Bundles of wires behind televisions and other electronics can be tripping hazards and cause shocks or electrocution if touched in an improper way. Storage devices can keep them safely tucked out of sight.

• Electrocution: All it takes is a faulty outlet or a frayed cord to provide a shock, one that can prove fatal.

• First aid kit: A medical kit will have all of the supplies necessary to treat minor injuries.

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• Grab bars: People who have mobility issues can install grab bars in hallways and bathrooms for extra support.

In some towns, cities and provinces, laws mandate a home be equipped with certain safety items. Others are smart choices to have on hand. Although not all injuries around the home can be foreseen, the majority of them are preventable. With a combination of certain safety items on hand and precautionary actions, home-related injuries can be reduced. • Fire extinguisher: This can be kept on hand for minor fires.

• Door and window guards: A number of safety devices exist for windows and doors, including foam protectors that prevent slammed fingers or hands. • Fire escapes: Those who live in multilevel homes can invest in retractable ladders that attach to windows and provide an emergency point of exit. Accidents around the home are prevalent but often preventable.

• Smoke alarm: These alert to the presence of smoke, which could be indicative of a home fire.

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