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Pets make great gifts but are terrible surprises By Donna Hill FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

While considering all the facts about adopting a family pet is crucial, it’s especially important during the holidays. Animal shelter volunteers agree that potential pet owners need to be ready for the commitment involved in taking care of any animal. However well intended, choosing a pet at the animal shelter for someone else as a surprise gift doesn’t always work out for the family or the pet. Kathryn Ketchum, Animal Services Manager at the City of Sugar Land Animal Shelter and Sugar Land Petopia offers advice for anyone thinking about adopting a pet, especially parents who may be thinking about adding a new member of the family on Christmas Day. Ketchum says do not get an animal to give to someone else. Gift certificates are the way to go. “We suggest making a gift certificate for someone; maybe include a pet bed or toy along with it, that way you can put something under the tree. Then the person comes in with the certificate to the shelter and they can choose

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Tucker found his home for the holidays. A favorite of volunteers at Fort Bend County Animal Services, he was adopted last week from a family in Orange. (Submitted photo)

Marshall High School football captains Daylan Malveaux (70), Ja’Mikel Williams-Sims (20), Nautica McCarther (9), and Derek Ledet (31) carry the late Drew Conley’s jersey to the coin toss of Friday’s state semifinal playoff game. Conley was shot to death, allegedly by his uncle, during a domestic dispute Dec. 10 in Houston. (Photo by Bill McCaughey)

Tragedy & Triumph Marshall football player shot, killed by uncle By Joe Southern JSOUTHERN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Marshall High School football player Drew Conley was shot and killed Dec. 10, allegedly by his uncle following an argument at their southwest Houston home, police said. The shooting took place around 11:45 p.m. in the 6900 block of Riv-

er Bluff in Houston. Police said the uncle, whose name was undisclosed, and Conley, a 17-year-old senior, were fighting, when the uncle picked up a rifle and shot Conley in the upper leg. Conley was taken to a hospital where he died. Conley wore number 3 for Marshall and played safety. Both teams honored him at Friday’s Class 5A Division I semifinal game where the

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Buffaloes beat Corpus Christi Calallen in San Antonio. (See Sports on page 6.) Police said Conley lived with his aunt and uncle for about a month, and that they were in the process of making him move out. Police reported that the uncle is being questioned and is cooperating. The case has reportedly been referred to the grand jury and no charges have been filed.

The uncle reportedly claimed it was self-defense. “It was a tough week, but the team persevered,” Marshall Head Football Coach James Williams said. “They loved Drew. We all loved Drew. We did this for Drew. He was a great kid. I know he is up there watching. We love him. This win was for him.” (Bill McCaughey contributed to this report.)

Making history in Missouri City

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When Margaret Gatti was born, Woodrow Wilson was president, Pancho Villa left exile in the United States to return to Mexico, and the Ford Motor Company introduced its first moving assembly line. Gatti, who was born in December of 1913, celebrated her 105th birthday recently at Brookdale Senior Living. Family members and the many friends she’s made at the center were there to help her celebrate. Gov. Greg Abbott and Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman sent official proclamations to her for her birthday. She’s only been at the retirement home since last year, but it’s easy to see she’s made the adjustment from living at home with her granddaughter to a community atmosphere. Busy with bingo and getting her her nails and hair done, Gatti continually enjoys meeting people and socializing in general. While her hearing is not what she’d like it to be, the League City native still loves being part of any conversation. Growing up, her hometown was pretty small

Margaret Gatti celebrates her 105th birthday at Brookdale Senior Living in Sugar Land. (Photo by Donna HIll)

– just 112 people. When asked what job she held, she proudly explained, “I was a farmer. We raised all kinds of vegetables: beets, carrots, turnips, cabbage, bell pepper.” She pauses only for a moment to recall, “and tomatoes in the spring.” The oldest of three children, Gatti helped raise her two younger siblings - including a sister who lived to be 93 years old. Although she comes from a family of longevity - her mother lived

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Yolanda Ford, right, enjoys a light moment with Missouri City Councilmember Chris Preston, left, after she swore him in for another term as her first official action as mayor. Ford was the first black and first woman to be elected mayor of Missouri City. She was sworn in moments earlier by Judge Debra Sinclair, second from left, while City Manager Anthony Snipes looks on. (Photo by Theresa D. McClellan)

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Dr. Ferryl McClain conducts a bioenergetic scan on a patient. The exam helps people understand how their body is doing based on energy levels of different organs and systems. (Photo by Joe Southern)

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H BIOENERGETIC, FROM PAGE 2 prove their health while going into what is typically an unhealthy flu and cold season. McClain uses her BioScan machine to measure the body’s energy levels through acupressure point readings. The process in-

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volves having a connector placed on the patient’s chest while the patient holds a brass rod in one hand. McClain uses a probe to touch each acupressure point on the patient’s fingers and toes. The computer analyzes the data and produces a very detailed report. With the use of her BioScan machine, McClain can detect ailments and proper function of organs in the body. The same

machine scans medications, vitamins, creams, and such to make sure they are helping and not causing more harm. “I’m finding that 80 to 90 percent of the vitamins patients are taking are actually hurting them versus healing them,” she said. To learn more, call 281-9150793 or email info@bioeworks. com. To schedule an appointment, visit www.bioeworks.com.

Bring a Blanket Sunday scheduled for Jan. 13 Local churches are sponsoring a “Bring-A-Blanket Sunday” on Jan. 13 and would like to invite the community to participate by donating a new or gently used blanket to be distrib-

uted to the homeless. Blankets can be dropped off at the following participating churches: St. Catherine of Sienna Episcopal Church – 4747 Sienna Parkway; The Church

of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – 8333 Scanlan Trace E; The Harvest United Methodist Church – 9029 Sienna Ranch Road; and Unitarian Universalist Church - Thoreau – Richmond Campus.

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St. Catherine of Sienna Episcopal Church, 4747 Sienna Parkway, is a reflection of the surrounding communities both in its diversity and in the age of its members. Nineteen nationalities are represented in the congregation. Its small group ministry allows people to engage in regular study and discussion about the “things of the faith.” The church offers formation and fellowship for children on a regular basis as well. Life together revolves around an intentional path. Everything we do helps us connect with God and one another to grow in a relationship with Christ and one another, and by serv-

St. Catherine of Sienna Episcopal Church. (Submitted photo)

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Jim Rice announced he will seek re-election as Fort Bend Independent School District Board of Trustees, Position 3 in the May 4, 2019 election. “I am proud of my service as a trustee on the board for Fort Bend ISD. During my tenure I have served as board secretary and twice as board president. Currently I serve on the audit and governance committees. My goals have always been to provide a quality education for all students, support our teachers, engage the community, and to maintain a balanced budget. I am very passionate about education and have been actively involved in education leadership positions throughout the community,” said Rice. Jim Rice is a business owner, president and founder of Rice & Gardner Consultants, Inc., and understands what it takes to

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Christmas lights in Pecan Grove Buzz Lightyear and Minnie Mouse join Curtis Brown and his family and students from Living Waters Christian School as they greet visitors touring their neighborhood in Pecan Grove Friday night. Pecan Grove is abundantly decorated in Christmas lights and hayride tours are held on weekends in the community. Brown won first place in his neighborhood for his Christmas light display. (Photo by Joe Southern)

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Hope For Three has announced the appointment of a new development director, Julie Shaw Noel, to its Sugar Land staff. Noel and her husband Scott came to Texas in 1983. They have lived in both Houston and San Antonio and have four children and five grandchildren, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. While interviewing for the position Noel said, “Hope For Three and its’ mission are important and per-

sonal to my family and myself.” Noel comes from the healthcare finance industry and was CEO and president of ParrishShaw for 24 years in Houston. After selling the firm, she decided to use her networking and financial talents to promote the growth of Hope For Three. A philanthropist and volunteer, Noel became involved with Hope For Three the beginning of this year. She served on the board of directors of several professional organizations and led their charity committees. Noel and her former business supported many worthy causes

Julie Shaw Noel on her first day on the job serving as development director for Hope For Three. (Submitted photo)

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and organizations nationally, and in the Houston area. “We are thrilled and honored to have Julie join our team, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge that will help support children with autism and their families,” said Darla Farmer, Hope For Three executive director. Hope For Three, an autism advocacy group, provides resources and support, in the form of financial aid, to families with children with autism spectrum disorder. For more information on how Hope For Three provides help and creates hope, volunteer or philanthropic support, call 281-245-0640 or visit www. hopeforthree.org.

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What I want for Christmas is for you to have the greatest gift of all What do I want for Christmas? That is an increasingly difficult question to answer as I get older. As a child it was the easiest question to answer and one that I loved to be asked. I would gladly tell anyone what toys populated my lengthy wish list. I’d write letters to Santa, tell him in person at the mall, and I’d inform my parents and grandparents at least a dozen times through the month of December. I remember when I was very young that I wanted a Tonka truck. I got it and loved it to pieces. I don’t know how my parents did it each year, but somehow I always managed to get

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the toys I wanted most for Christmas. From action figures and accessories to models to bicycles, they all seemed to find their way under our Christmas tree. Christmas was never disappointing. I think I was well into my late teens or early 20s before I actually slept all night on Christ-

mas Eve. My parents had to set a time each Christmas morning for me and my two younger brothers to wait for before we could get them up to go open presents. It was even more agonizing when we had our hobby farm because all the animals needed to be tended to before we gathered around the tree. That usually meant feeding and milking the cow and feeding the sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, and about 200 rabbits. Naturally, as I got older, my tastes sort of matured. I still wanted a lot of “mancave” type things, but clothes actually worked their way into my wish list. Along with maturity

Story about Sugar Land 95 contained errors the Imperial Sugar Company, who conveyed 16 tracts of land to the State of Texas on Feb. 8, 1908, being called 5,235 acres, and later depicted on a map recorded in 1955 as Harlem State Farm and Central State Farm. In 2003, the State of Texas conveyed the property by Deed without Warrant to NNP-Keepsake, who in turn conveyed it in 2011 to FBISD. Also omitted from the article was a detail which I think is equally important. The motion made and passed by the task force was that if at all possible, the remains should be reinterned at the site where the

bodies were discovered. This rather unanimous vote was predicated that it may not be possible, or practical, but from an emotional viewpoint, this was a very strong preference and the task force conceded that point. The motion included a provision that if an alternate site was necessary, the Imperial Cemetery should be that alternate. Prior to that caveat, the majority of the task force had indicated that the Imperial Cemetery was the foremost preference. This is a point that is not being reported anywhere. Sincerely, Randy McClendon Sugar Land

Forgotten slaves should be buried in prison cemetery Dear Editor, I am completely in agreement with you about the location of reburying the forgotten slaves. They can be remembered better at the Imperial Prison Farm Cemetery. I have been by that location a number of times and

children, but that is still a long way off. Despite all this Christmas bliss, I have to stop and remind myself what Christmas is truly all about. It’s not about giving gifts. It’s about receiving a gift – the one and only true gift that matters. It’s the gift of eternal life with God given to us through the sacrifice of his son, Jesus. In the three years of Jesus’ ministry as recorded in the four gospels, he was a homeless wanderer. He had nothing but gave everything so those who believe in him and follow him can enjoy eternity in Heaven. There is no gift more precious than that. In light of that, I’m much

more grateful for the things I’ve been able to give and receive over the years. I’m thankful that I live in a nice home and drive a nice car. I have a great job that I love. More importantly, I have a loving and supportive wife and children who also share in the gift of salvation. There is no greater joy at this or any time of year than to share that gift with others. My Christmas wish for you is to be blessed by the grace of God and the warmth of the relationships in your life. Merry Christmas everyone! P.S. Monday was our 19th wedding anniversary. Happy anniversary Sandy! I love you more each day.

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Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, The piece on the Sugar Land 95 that was posted in last week’s (Nov. 28) Star was very good and, as always, very informative. As a local land surveyor and longtime Sugar Land resident, I have taken particular interest in this matter from the beginning of its publicity. It seems the article was in error in one respect, in stating the Fort Bend ISD purchased the property from Sugar Land. The City of Sugar Land has never owned that tract. It was owned by individual plantation owners during the early periods (circa 1890), and then acquired by

came more of a desire to give than to receive. A real turning point came when my daughter was born. I was much happier showering her with gifts than I was in receiving them. Flash forward a few years with three more kids and Christmas became much more chaotic. I suddenly had a much deeper appreciation for what my parents went through to surprise three boys each Christmas morning. It’s a real blessing to watch them unwrap their gifts and see their happy expressions, even now when they are in their teens and 20s. It has me really looking forward to the time when I can experience it with grand-

am impressed. I am 92 years young and still wonder why we Christians did not realize many years ago that all souls are equal in God’s eyes whether black, brown, white or pink. Although I can’t find anywhere in the Bible where Jesus preached against slav-

ery. It tells how slave owners are to treat their slaves and how slaves are to treat their owners. Next, death comes to all and it should not be allowed to retard progress. The construction should continue on. Bill Smith Sugar Land

On Sept. 21, 1897, The (New York) Sun received the following letter and made the following reply. In keeping the tradition of the holiday, we present it here for your enjoyment: Dear Editor, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it’s so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O’Hanlon 115 West Ninety Fifth Street Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping

the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa

Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God! He lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

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Marshall to play for state championship By Bill McCaughey FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

After a difficult week that turned a team and a school into a family, the Marshall Buffalos beat the Calallen Wildcats, 19-17 last Friday in San Antonio to earn a spot in the Class 5A Division 2 state championship game. The Buffalos were shocked to learn of the death of their senior safety Drew Conley. Conley was shot and killed in a domestic dispute last Monday. The team and school mourned for Conley, who wore number 3 on his jersey, but they were determined to win the game for him. The Marshall captains carried Conley’s jersey to the coin toss prior to the game, and the Marshall fans had many signs referencing number 3. The Calallen team wore a #3 decal on their helmets in honor of Conley. “It was a tough week, but the team persevered. They loved Drew. We all loved Drew. We did this for Drew. He was a great kid. I know he is up there watching. We love him. This win was for him.” Marshall Head Coach James Williams said. The Buffalos scored on their first possession as they drove 75 yards in nine plays for their first touchdown. The big play was a 46-yard pass from Malik Hornsby to

Devon Achane scores a touchdown to give the Marshall Buffaloes an early 6-0 lead in the state semifinal game against Calallen. (Photo by Bill McCaughey)

Kacey Barnett, which put the ball on the 9 yard line. Devon Achane then scored on a 4-yard run to give the Buffs a 6-0 lead. In the second quarter, Calallen kicked a field goal to make the score 6-3. On Marshall’s third series of the half, they moved to the Wildcats’ 32 yard line before giving the ball up on downs with 6:09 to go in the half. Calallen then ran 15 consecutive running plays before scoring as time ran out in the half, giving them a 10-6 halftime lead. “We had to make adjust-

ments at halftime, both offense and defense. Calallen is a great team and they have a great coaching staff. We had to make adjustments to stop their running game. I am proud of the coaches for what they did, and I am proud of the players. I am just so proud,” Williams said. With 4:26 to go in the third quarter, the Buffalos took over on their own 22 yard line. Behind the running of Achane and Hornsby, they moved the ball to the Wildcats’ 9 yard line, where Achane ran it in

with 27 seconds to go in the quarter to make the score 12-10 in favor of Marshall. After a punt by Calallen, the Buffalos took possession on their 20-yard line. On the first play, Achane ran up the middle for 80 yards to give the Buffs a 19-10 lead with 7:22 to go in the game. “The play was the same one we had been running all game, but I finally was able to bust it. I want thank my offensive line for opening the hole,” Achane said. Calallen came back to score a touchdown with

Dalevon Campbell leaps to catch a pass last Friday during the Class 5A Division 2 state semifinal game against Calallen. (Photo by Bill McCaughey)

3:02 to go in the game but their onside kick went out of bounds and Marshall ran out the clock to win 19-17. For the game, Achane rushed 21 times for 183 yards and three touchdowns. Hornsby completed 6 of 14 passes for 100 yards and he rushed 12 times for 61 yards. Korey King caught four passes for 37

yards. “I love this team. These guys are so wonderful. They earned it (the win) and they deserve it,” Williams said. Marshall (15-0) will play Aledo (15-0) for the Class 5A Division 2 state championship on Friday night at 7 p.m. at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.

Fort Bend Chargers win 6-man TAIOA state championship By Bill McCaughey FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

The Fort Bend Chargers beat the Stephenville Faith Knights 74-56 on Dec. 1 at College Station to win the Texas Association of Independent Athletic Organizations division 2 state championship. The Chargers are based in Sugar Land and provide home-schooled students a place to play tackle football. In the championship game, Fort Bend and Stephenville were tied 22-22 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Chargers shut out the Knights while scoring 16 points to take a 38-22 halftime lead. In the third quarter, Stephenville scored 14 points, but the Chargers added 20 to increase their lead to 58-36. The Chargers held on in the fourth quarter, and the final score was 74-56, earning the Chargers their first state championship. “Our guys had tremendous cohesiveness and

relationships this year. They really bonded during the season and developed deep friendships. They just had a burning desire to play for each other,” Chargers head coach Larry Pavlik said. Quarterback Dylan Pendergast completed 39 of 48 passes for 517 yards and eight touchdowns, and he rushed six times for 36 yards. “Dylan is a super great guy and a phenomenal leader. He has been playing with us since seventh grade. When we go hurryup, he calls all of the plays,” Pavlik said. Ethan Sicking caught 12 passes for 171 yards. “Ethan is a sophomore and came back to us this year after taking a year off to play soccer. He broke a finger midway through the season and he caught 12 passes in the championship game with one of his hands heavily bandaged. I don’t know how he did it,” Pavlik said. Noah Tingle caught nine passes for 175 yards, No-

ah Sprinkle caught eight passes for 48 yards, Kade Guerra had six receptions for 45 yards and Jonathan Kirby had six catches for 65 yards. On defense, Kade Guerra and Dylan Pendergast had six tackles each. The Chargers have been in existence since 2011. They play under the auspices of the Texas Association of Independent Athletic Organizations, which offers structured play in six man football, girls and boys basketball, baseball, softball, track and field and volleyball for private schools, charter schools, home school organizations and public schools. They currently have organizations in Houston, Dallas Metroplex, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, and Waco. Six-man football is simi- Dylan Pendergast (8) throws lar to 11-man football with game. (Submitted photo) the following changes: • The scoring is six points • The field is 80-yards by for a touchdown, two points 40-yards, • A first down is 15 yards, for an extra point kick and • A kickoff must travel 15 one point for a run, and a yards before it can be cov- field goal is four points. • The player receiving the ered,

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center snap must hand the ball off or throw the ball – he can not run beyond the line of scrimmage. Many teams, including the Chargers, have a back receive

the center snap and toss the ball to the quarterback who can then run, pass or handoff the ball. The Chargers ended their season with an 11-1 record.

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Key Catch Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins makes the game-winning catch over New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne Sunday at MetLife Stadium. The Texans won 29-22 and moved into position for the second seed in the AFC conference. The 10-4 Texans are at Philadelphia on Sunday and conclude the regular season Dec. 30 at home against Jacksonville. (Photo by Max Siker)


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Bush High School students Ivanie Leslie, Nolan Nguyen, Noel Obi, Ayah Said are advancing to the 2018 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. The students form a STEM team, coached by their former Crockett Middle School teacher Richard Embrick, that has been named a finalist in the nationwide competition. Their team is one of five in the state and among 250 across the nation to advance in the competition. Finalists are chosen based on their creative and strategic proposals to solve complicated issues that affect communities by using STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning. The Bush team’s project focuses on an aging population and its need for safety and preventative healthcare technologies. “The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest showcases the talents of student innovators who are identifying and addressing issues impacting their individual communities,” said Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics America. “We are inspired by the desire of these students to ignite lasting change in their communities and look forward to seeing how their STEM projects unfold in the coming months.” With $2 million in tech-

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Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained from www.CivCastUSA.com. Sealed bids one (1) original and two (2) copies, shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land, Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 3, 2019, Cane Room, City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas 77479.

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The City of Sugar Land seeks bids for performing all work required for the following project in the City:

Sealed bids one (1) original and two (2) copies, shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land, Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered.

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A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, January 3, 2019, Cane Room, City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas 77479.

Sealed bids in triplicate, one (1) original and two (2) copies, shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land, Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered.

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Houston SPCA: HoustonSPCA.org Sugar Land Petopia: www.sugarlandpetopia.org City of Sugar Land Animal Services: www.sugarlandtx.gov/220/AnimalServices Rosenberg Animal Control: https://rosenbergtx.gov/public-services/animalcontrol// Fort Bend County Animal Services: www.fortbendcountypets.com Missouri City Animal Services: www.missouricitytx.gov/92/Animal-Services H PETS, FROM PAGE 1 the pet they want,” Ketchum said. Creating the certificate could be a simple card, or a large poster board, stating the giver will pay for the adoption fees, and the certificate can be redeemed after the receiver has chosen a pet at the shelter. Gift ideas for under the tree might include putting the certificate in with a gift basket filled with toys, a collar, maybe a leash, some treats, or books on pet training. “If your goal is to make someone’s life happy with a pet, it’s really a personal choice of the one receiving the animal. They are the ones making the forever home for the rest of the animal’s life. Maybe the person giving the gift wants to choose a large pet, when really the person receiving the gift would prefer a smaller dog. It all comes down to what is the best fit for both and animal and the owner,” Ketchum said. “If you are adopting a pet for a child, make sure you put some thought into this time of year. It can be a stressful for the animal. Bright lights, many people and much excitement. Be sure there’s a quiet, restful place for the animal if you do adopt during the holidays.” Pet sleepovers are another way to find out if you’re ready to adopt a pet for Christmas. The sleepover will let you know how well you and your potential new buddy spend some time together, and ultimately see if you two - or more, depending on how many are in your family - are a good match. “That’s the reason for the sleepovers. Sometimes people make a rash decision based on too many emo-

tions about an animal, when adoption really needs to be more than that. Maybe you thought you were ready for a puppy, but you really aren’t yet. Maybe you didn’t realize your new job kept you away from home a lot,” said Ketchum. “Sometimes a sleepover doesn’t work out. And that’s OK. Just return the pet, no questions asked. We do ask that they fill out a report card so we know what the animal is like away from the shelter. That actually helps the next person who is looking at a possible sleepover with the same animal. The report cards help so we know whether the dog just loves being a couch potato, or whether he or she needs a lot of activity.” As in the past, the shelter helps Santa make a very special delivery to homes on Christmas Eve. “Santa stops at the shelter for people who have already chosen an animal here. He will put a hold on the animal at the shelter, and load up all the animals who were chosen at the shelter, and deliver them on Christmas Eve to the new owner’s home, as long as the new pet owners live within the Sugar Land city limits. Santa rides with the police department so he can make the rounds quickly,” Ketchum said. Still thinking about adding a new member to the family? Animal shelters suggest that you give the family a pet as a gift, but never as a surprise. Be sure to pay the pet’s adoption fees and avoid impulse giving. Also consider the costs of owning a pet: food and treats, beds, bowls, collar, leash, tags; veterinarian costs, grooming, flea and tick prevention; training classes, pet crates, pet sitters. Sugar Land Petopia (a di-

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vision of Sugar Land Animal Services) will host a Home for the Pawlidays adoption event on Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adoptions are $10 for all animals. At Fort Bend County Animal Services in Rosenberg, new hours are in place, according to Shelter Director Rene Vasquez. “We are now open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and have recently opened on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., to try to see if we can save more lives while people are off from work,” she said. While adopting a pet is a big commitment for the entire family, Julie Kuenstle, vice president of communications and marketing with the Houston SPCA, said there are important factors to consider before deciding to bring home a new family member - especially during the holidays. “Once a family is ready to commit to adoption, the holidays can be a great time to bond and get acclimated since the kids are out of school, and many parents have some time away from work,” Kuenstle said. “We don’t recommend surprising family members, rather the Houston SPCA offers gift certificates to put under the tree, and part of the bonding process is making the right selection for your home.” The Houston SPCA also offers suggestions when making the decision to add a furry member to the family during the holidays or any time. Some considerations include finding out if there are pet restrictions where you live, or if you travel a lot; if you have the energy for daily walks, are you a high energy dog lover or a laidback cuddler. Are you able to house train and provide basic obedience? Do you have allergies?

to be 99 years old, an uncle to 100 years - sadly she has outlived her two daughters. Both were in their early 60s when they died of cancer. She has also outlived her husband, whom she was married to for only 17 years; and while she became a widow at 38 years old, Gatti never remarried. She continued with her very busy career in the farming industry. Christmas tree decorating is one of her fondest memories. “I remember seeing a tree being cut down at someone’s tree forest. We brought it home and decorated it with paper decorations,” she said. She can still recall memories about World War I as a small child, when her mother’s cousin, a soldier, came to their farm and brought her mother a box of candy. Although she was too young to remember, her parents later told her that during the Galveston hurricane of 1915, they secured the family into

a haystack to keep them safe. While she admits that she can’t see well enough to read, she does love bingo, plays regularly, and emphatically acknowledges “thank goodness for bingo, boy I love that!” She has a weekly 10 a.m. exercise class, where she walks, stretches, bends. “You name it,” she said. Sue Phillips, executive director at Brookdale, said Gatti is physically active every day. “When she’s not with the physical therapist, she’s in the hallway working on different exercises,” Phillips said. Gatti actively looks forward to each day, has daily routines, and sticks to them. “Every day, get up drink coffee and toast that’s all,” she said. “Then there’s supper - in those days it was supper - not dinner.” Her beauty routine? She points to several jars in her room at Brookdale of Ponds Cold Cream. She’s been a faithful user of the beauty cream since 1949. Her big passion in life, which was acknowledged by

Margaret Gatti celebrates her 105th birthday at Brookdale Senior Living in Sugar Land. (Photo by Donna HIll)

her nieces Nancy and Marie, was dancing. According to Gatti, dancing was Friday nights, Saturday nights, any night. Mexican dancing, samba, rumba, and dancing lessons. Family members said she used to dress to the hilt for dancing. When asked what things she doesn’t like, she thinks for a moment. “I like everything. I like everybody,” Gatti said.

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The Stafford Municipal School District made history recently when the board of trustees voted 6-0 to name the district’s baseball field Michael Mesa Field. Mesa was a Stafford MSD graduate who returned to his alma mater as a coach and Spanish teacher. He became one of the youngest varsity head baseball coaches in the state. Shortly after his second season as head coach, he

passed away unexpectedly at age 26, in 2016. “Michael was a valued member of the SMSD Community,” said SMSD Board Vice President Xavier Herrera, who spearheaded the board’s effort to name the field in Mesa’s honor. “Michael began serving as an example student and later as a teacher/coach who impacted a number of students’ lives in a positive way.” Herrera is also the parent of a student-athlete who played for Mesa. “I appreciate my board colleagues for unanimously

The Stafford MSD Board of Trustees and members of the Mission4Mike non-profit organization take a photo to celebrate the re-naming of the SHS baseball field as Michael Mesa Field. (Submitted photo)

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THURSDAY, JAN. 3 MASTER NATURALIST PROGRAM

Bobwhite Quail: Canary of the Prairie, will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Rosenberg Civic Center, 3825 Texas 36 South, Rosenberg, sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-633-7033 or email mmcdowell@ag.tamu.edu

SUNDAY, JAN. 6 ART I BECOME

George Memorial Library will host the opening day reception of this special exhibit from 2-4 p.m., 1001 Golfview in Richmond. The exhibit showcases the artwork of Claire Payne and her daughters Kathryn Payne Bright and Terri Payne-Bieber, on display through Feb. 28. The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours. For more information, call at 281-633-4734.

TUESDAY, JAN. 8 PECAN GROVE WOMEN'S CLUB

Meets at the Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and visiting. Speakers from the Oak Bend Medical Center. Make lunch reservations by calling or emailing Kay McNinch at 281-238-4002 (kkmcninch@ yahoo.com) or Linda Saad at 281-342-8575 (lindasaad@ gmail.com). Reservations need to be made by Friday, Jan. 4. The program is free and the cost for lunch is $15.

TUESDAY, JAN. 15 TEXAS-TOUGH PLANTS SEMINAR

Skip Richter will showcase tried-and-true plants for Fort Bend County that are not prone to pests and diseases. Richter is a horticulturalist, gardening educator, garden writer and avid horticultural photographer. The event will be at St. Basil’s Hall at 702 Burney Road in Sugar Land at 9:30 a.m. Free and open to the public. Visit www. sugarlandgardenclub.org for more information.

SATURDAY, JAN. 19 HOPE FOR THREE JIGSAW PUZZLE COMPETITION

This free, six-week, educational program is offered at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital to help family and friends caring for adults with long-term health conditions. Each class will focus on different tools that help guide through the caregiving journey. Learn about setting goals, staying motivated and dealing with feelings of anger, guilt and depression, building confidence and ability to cope with the demands of caregiving. Classes are every Tuesday, 3–4:30 p.m. in the Brazos Pavilion Chapel, first floor, at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Registration is required. Email snbowman@ houstonmethodist.org or call 281-274-7164. Seating is limited.

THURSDAY, JAN. 24 HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL

Ridge Point High School Fine Arts Department presents Disney’s Original High School Musical. Jan. 24, 25, 26, 31 and Feb. 1, 2 Showtime: 7 p.m. Pre-sale online $12 Adults and $8 students at www.rphstheatrebooster.com . Tickets available at the door $15 Adults and $10 students.

THURSDAY, FEB. 7 WEIGHT LOSS SEMINAR

Join Dr. Nabil Tariq at 6 p.m. for a weight-loss seminar to learn about the different programs offered at the Houston Methodist Weight Management Center, get tips on grocery shopping and meal planning, and speak with a dietitian, exercise specialist and bariatric surgeon. Registration is required. Visit events.houstonmethodist.org/weightloss-sl or call 281-274-7500 for more information or to register.

ONGOING BINGO AT THE VFW

Help support our veterans! Play bingo at Post 3903 every Tuesday and Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. 1903 First St, Rosenberg. All prizes paid in cash. Pull Tabs, $200 Bonanza, $300 Coverall, $750 Coverall, kitchen & bar service.

RICHMOND-ROSENBERG ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP

Put your puzzle building skills against other teams in this two-hour competition to benefit Hope for Three Autism Awareness. Join others at Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Dr., Sugar Land. Teams of four can pre-register for $100. Awards, prizes and bragging rights guaranteed. Sponsorship and Underwriting opportunities available. Call 281-245-0640 or visit www.hopeforthree.org/jigsaw for information and to register.

Caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias are invited to attend the first Thursday of each month, 7-8:30 p.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 400 Jackson Street in Richmond, across from the historic Fort Bend County Courthouse. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 713-314-1313 or 1-800-272-3900.

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The Pregnancy Resource Medical Center has moved to 4411 Avenue N in Rosenberg across from Navarro Middle School. Volunteers are needed on a continual basis. For information on volunteering or supporting the PRMC in other ways, email info@prmcfortbend.org.

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Fort Bend 4-H is looking for input from the community on how it can better serve the public. To learn more about 4-H projects, join 4-H at 7 p.m. at the University Library ( 14010 University Blvd Sugar Land), visit fortbend4h.eventbrite.com or call 281-342-3034.

STORY SPINNERS WRITING CLUB

Hosted by the George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. 5:30 to 8 p.m. All levels welcome to write, share, learn and support. Free and open to the public. The program meets on the third Thursday of every month. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281633-4734.

ADOPT A SHELTER CAT

Fort Bend Pets Alive is partnering with Half Price Books in Sugar Land to find homes for shelter cats and to promote literacy among young readers. School aged children are invited to come read to a cat, receive an “I read to a cat” bookmark and be eligible to adopt a cat for 50 perecent off that day. Held 1:30- 4:30 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at 3203 Hwy 6 S, Sugar Land.

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Those needing help with a recovery plan for home repairs, or any unmet needs, Fort Bend Recovers is here to help. Call one of these Helplines today: Case Management Helpline 281-207-2555, Spiritual/Emotional Helpline: 281-207-2505, Lone Star Legal Aid 866-659-0666. A case manager will contact you and get you started on your road to recovery. Visit www.fortbendrecovers.org for more information and to donate.

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