Our News April 2014

HAPPY EASTER  APRIL 20TH
       Why is Easter celebrated sometimes as early as March 22nd and sometimes as late as April 25? 
    The early church fathers wished to keep the observance of Easter in correlation to the Jewish Passover. Because the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ happened after the Passover, they wanted Easter to always be celebrated subsequent to the Passover. Since the Jewish holiday calendar is based on solar and lunar cycles, each feast day is movable, with dates shifting from year to year. That is the short answer. The long answer is complicated and much longer. 

DID JESUS CLAIM TO BE
THE SON OF GOD?
         Although Jesus called himself the Son of man 69 times in the New Testament, John 5:18 says the Jews tried to kill him because  he said “God was his Father”, making himself equal with God.   Again in John 8:59 it is written that they tried to stone Jesus because  he said “before Abraham was, I am.”  They knew what it said in Exodus 3:14 when Moses asked God to tell him his name and God replied, “I AM THAT I AM.”
Jesus also said, I am the bread of life, John 6:35, I am the light of the world, John 9:5, I am the door, John 10:7,  I am the good shepherd who gives his life for the sheep, John 10:11, I am the way, the truth, and the life, John 14:6,  I am the resurrection and the life, John 11:25 .
When Jesus gave sight to a blind man Jesus asked him if he believed on the Son of God. The man asked who is he? Jesus said “You have seen him and it is he that talks with you,” then the man worshipped Jesus. When Peter said that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God, Jesus replied that Peter was blessed and that God had revealed it to him. Jesus never denied his deity.
The Jews tried to stone him when he said, “I and my Father are one,” John 10:30.
Jesus knew the time had come for him to lay down his life for the sins of the world, so when Jewish religious leaders asked if he was the Christ the Son of  God, he replied, You have said it, nevertheless, hereafter you shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Their response: guilty of death. No doubt they knew what the Old Testament in Daniel 7:13, 14 said. Daniel had seen in a vision: that one like the Son of Man coming in the clouds, who was given an everlasting dominion that all people, nations, and languages should serve him.
The Son of God died a brutal death and broke the power of death. Because He lives we need not fear the future or death.



SCHOOL NEWS
       HISD, with 282 schools and 210,047 students, is the largest district in Texas and the 7th largest in the United States. There are 106 languages spoken in the district. 61.9% of the student body is Hispanic, 25.2% are African American, 8.2% white and 3.5% are Asian. The graduation rate is higher than ever with more students taking advanced college credit classes and more posting top scores on the SAT test, according to HISD website.
Almeda Elementary has 75% Hispanic, 20% African American, 5% Anglo, Asian, with 93% of the students on free or reduced lunch, and half of the students have limited use of English according to former principal Beverly Cage in attendance at a CAP meeting.
When asked what is the biggest challenge in education, Cage replied, “Preparing students to compete with other students in the world.  In the US, and in Texas, many students have working parents who do not have the time to be involved in their children’s’ schools, their studies, or their futures.    Many do not see the need for preparing for the future.  They don’t see the need to succeed.   Many students need one person in their life who “cares”  what they are doing at school, a mentor, or an adult who is a role model.
     
        


  James Harris and a    
           Kenya friend
James learned to appreciate mission trips when he went to Kenya. With no formal theological training, God had shown him the truth of many things he did not understand but God had lit a fire and James wanted to serve anyway he could. God had given him  a loving heart. The next year he helped a mission team do repair work at the hospital for the House of Hope, an orphanage for children in Haiti.
In 2003, when his wife, Ellen, went to Croatia to teach English as a second language, James decided he would tag along. While Ellen was  working with the missionaries, Richard and Paula Barnds, James was thinking about Ephesians 2:10 and thought, “I wish God would show me what he wants me to do.”
It wasn’t long before James saw  Stephan Birac, a 13-year-old boy in the city of Sisak, standing at a window pretending to be an announcer for a baseball game. James gave him a thumbs up sign. The boy rushed out to ask J. D. if he would teach him about baseball. He thought all Americans would know about baseball. As a child growing up in New York City,  James didn’t know a lot but he shared what he did know with Stefan and his friends.
         Six months later J.D. and Ellen both returned as Ellen taught more English classes with the Barnds. Richard asked J.D. if he would hold a baseball camp for the kids’ baseball team. When they returned home, he began studying baseball and visited a baseball camp. In 2004, he returned to Sisak Croatia and started the first baseball camp. Ellen wrote up lesson plans to help the kids learn the English terms. The plans included info on the life and work of Jesus. As an incentive for memorizing Bible verses, J. D. passed out  baseball cards.
       When J. D. got the word out that the kids in Croatia needed baseball equipment, he not only got equipment,  he got David Moss with the Texas Baseball Academy, who conducts baseball camps at West University in Houston, to go with him. David Moss and men from Fellowship Bible Church worked doing the camps ever since 2006 even last year when J.D.’s health kept him home. He is hoping to return this year and take part in what he got started ten years ago, teaching kids better ways to play ball and learning how to live the game of life in a way that pleases their heavenly Coach. James believes that God will always use anyone, if they are just willing to be used to the glory of God.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
         A late birthday wish for Jean Collum who was 91 on March 20th. Jean is the kind of lady you would never imagine holding a gun, but she learned how to handle a gun when she was four years old and went rabbit hunting with her dad.

Hoping Mrs. Carmelene Ihrig will enjoy her 99th birthday on April 20th. 
ALMEDA MOE
Moe’s Aunt Gussy, even though on Medicare for years, was able to have her first baby thanks to medical technology. Moe couldn’t wait to see his new cousin. After  Aunt Gussy got home from the hospital, Moe went to her house. He asked to see the baby, but his aunt told him to sit down  and visit for awhile. Thirty minutes later, Moe asked, 'May I see the new baby now?' 'No, not yet,' she said.
Moe waited ten minutes, “Now?” he asked. 'No, not yet,' said Aunt Gussy. Moe was getting impatient. 'Well, when can I see the baby?'
“When he cries!” said his aunt.
'WHEN HE CRIES?' Moe queried. 'Why do I have to wait until he CRIES?'
“Because I forgot where I put him.”
Easter Egg Hunt
First Baptist Church Fresno will be hosting a community wide "Easter Egg Hunt".
There will also be games, races and prizes.
It will be held at 10 am on April 19th.  Location: First Baptist Church Fresno 4501 FM 521 (Next to Mustang Park)
                 (281) 431-4244
There will be different age groups and everyone needs to provide their own Easter Baskets
COMMISSIONER ON YOUR CORNER
FBC Commissioner Morrison, Precinct 1, will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting in Arcola on April 10th at the Arcola City Hall located at 13222 Hwy 6 from 6:30 P.M. till 8:00P.M.  He will be discussing any concerns that the residents of Precinct 1 may have.  Come out to see Your Commissioner!

Lone Star Stomp XXV
The Fort Bend County Museum Association is proud to announce that Michael Berry will Emcee the Lone Star Stomp XXV fundraising gala on Saturday April 12th at the indoor arena of the George Ranch Historical Park.
The Josh Fuller Band will also participate. email LoneStarStomp@FortBendMuseum.org or call (281) 342-1256 or visit www.fortbendmuseum.org/annual-events/stomp to purchase tickets and details.
condolences
Bert Edgar Bleil born July 14, 1938 in Houston, passed away March 2, 2014 in Richmond, TX. Bert graduated from Rice and the U. of Pennsylvania. His love of history lead to research the family ancestry in Fort Bend County.  Bleil was instrumental in creating the DeWalt Cemetery Foundation, writing a historical ancestry book and securing a Texas Historical Marker.  He was chairman of the Fort Bend County Historical Commission
Preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Patricia and Marilyn, he is survived by his wife Barbara;  daughters: Diane and Karen; siblings: Bruce, Charles, Jeanne and Bonnie. Services were at the Dewalt Family Cemetery, 1915 Parkview Lane, Missouri City.   


 Johnnie H. Perry 91,
one of 15 children born in Goliad January 20, 1923,  passed away March 16, 2014. During WWII he served as Private First Class with 577 Engineer Truck Company where he received two Bronze Stars, Marksman, Good Conduct and WWII Victory medals. He came to Houston and worked out of the same post office for 45 years and nine months delivering mail, first on foot and then by truck. He received a million mile accident free award and Houston’s  first award for 3,000 hours of unused sick leave. Perry is survived by his daughters Johneborah Valentine and Rhonda Brisker and grandchildren   



In Memory of Louis Harmon Ray
Sun Rise-5-1-1951 Sun Set 3-27-1975 39 years have passed and I am looking forward to seeing you again. I am 83 years old and living on borrowed time. I am having mixed emotions because I want to be with you, but I don’t want to leave Vicki—she is so precious to me. I love you both very much, so we will see what God has planned for us. Yvonne Ray-Mother
Vickie Melass-Sister
Tova Heimeyer Niece 

CIVIL RIGHTS
Was it right that a Christian baker was sued by the Oregon state government for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a Lesbian couple because it violated their civil rights? 
Should a black printer be forced to develop and print thousands of “White Power!” flyers for a skinhead rally because the potential customer is white?
Should a Christian florist be compelled to create and provide black floral arrangements to a hell-bound customer for her upcoming Satanist ritual?
Should a “progressive,” environmentalist sign-maker be forced to design and manufacture signs that say “Global Warming Is a Farce” because the customer is Hispanic?
 Should a homosexual baker be forced to make a “God Hates Fags” cake for a church, simply because its members claim to be Christian?
Should a Muslim photographer, commissioned by San Francisco’s “Folsom Street Fair,” be forced to document that vile event – rife with nudity and public sex—because the customers are “gay”?
  AFTER THE CUT…
       Steven Long opened up a barber shop seven years ago but he wanted to do more than cut hair for the boys who came in. Many were being raised by a single parent and didn't have the guidance he knew boys needed so he decided to do something about it  The result was the A. T. C. Mentoring program for at risk youth seven years old and up. His first experience was with his nephew after Steven’s brother had died. Since then he has helped over a 100 boys. Sometimes he will have 40 boys and sometimes only two, but to Steven each child is God’s gift to the world!  “One man can help one child and help one community.”
The program’s mission is to help boys succeed in changing habits in their homes and communities by providing a building (the barber shop) where mentors can dialog with the boys. They meet twice a month and involve parents with a check list. As donations roll in, Steve takes the boys to events, but more important is the fact that the boys know they can call him anytime and he is there for them. Some of those calls are from boys who are now in the army or college or married.
 HOW WARM DO YOU WANT YOUR ROOM?
         In England more than 15,000 fetal remains of aborted and miscarried babies have been used to heat the hospital building. Sounds like the kind of stuff Hitler would do, but before we self-righteously condemn the English, we might ask what is done with the remains of the babies aborted or miscarried in the United States? Do you know?
         Strange that there are laws about burying an animal but not for a human being. Oh I keep forgetting. Just because a fetus has ten toes, a nervous system that feels pain, a beating heart, and if allowed to live it would become a full grown man or woman doesn't change the “fact” it is just a glob of tissue.
 ALMEDA PLAZA
GIGANTIC COMMUNITY YARD SALE
SATURDAY APRIL 5TH         8AM TO 12PM
Too big for one location. Over ten yards participating. Pick up a map at the tent by Fire Station 47 at 2615 Tidewater in the 1200 block of Almeda Road/521.
832 483 3751
 Community Threads
A RESOURCE & EMPOWERMENT FAIR
Strengthening Women in our Community
Get the resources you need to sew threads of self-improvement into your life. April 12 th 11 AM – 2PM 
WEST OREM FAMILY YMCA 5801 WEST OREM DRIVE,
Free tax preparation by Neighbor Center and free Child Watch by the YMCA         PHONE: 713-987-4766
 JUST A THOUGHT
If a man goes into the woods, says something, and there is no woman to hear him, is he still wrong?  

Vinson Library/Multi-Center
3810 West Fuqua 832-393-2120 Open Tue. & Wed. 10-6 Thurs 12-8 Fri. 1-5 Sat. 10-5 Closed Sun. & Mon.         www.houstonlibrary.org always open
Multi-Center open Mon. –Fri.
Friends of Sienna Library
Spring Book Sale, April 24-26th. 
 Thousands of  gently used adult and children's books, CDs and DVDs will be on sale at the at the Library, 8411
Sienna Springs Blvd.  Hours for the Sale are Thursday, April 24, 6-8 p.m.;
Friday, April 25, 10:00 a.m.- 4 p.m., and Sat., April 26, 10:00 a.m.- 2 p.m. 
Sienna Branch Library
8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. 281-238-2900
Mother Goose Time, Tues. at 10:00 am,
Toddler Time -- Thurs. at 10:00 am --  12 to 36 months. April 3, 10, 17, and 24.
 Pre-school children,  Story Time, 10:00 am  April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.
 Pajama Night Story Time  every Monday at 6:30 pm --
Kinder Korner --  at 4:00 pm. April 9
After-School Break 1st - 5th grades at 4:00 pm, April 24
 Tween the Pages -- a book club grades 4 and 5 –  2nd Tuesday,  4:00 pm. April 8
Middle-School  5:30 pm 3rd Tuesday, grades 6 and up. April 15 
Facebook for Beginners,” on Tues. April 8, at 10:00 am, reservations are required
The “Microsoft Office Sampler Session”  April 2, at 10:00 am, in the Computer Lab.
MS Word Survival Basics” Wed. April 9,  at 10:00 am. 
MS Word: Intermediate” class for version 2010 Thurs. April 10, at 10:00 am.
“MS Excel Survival Basics”  April 16, at 10:00 am,
The “MS Excel: Intermediate”  Thur. April 17, at 10:00 am.
“MS PowerPoint Survival Basics” Wed., April 23,  at 10:00 am.
 “MS PowerPoint: Intermediate”  Thurs. April 24, beginning at 10:00 am.
“MS Publisher Survival Basics” will take place on Wed., April 30,  at 10:00 am
Sienna Book Club at 1:30 pm, in Conference Room 2A. The book club discussion on Monday, April 14, will be on Population: 485, written by Michael Perry.
-Booked on Crime Mystery Book Club, which meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month, beginning at 7:00 pm, Conference Room 2A. The discussion on Tuesday, April 22, will be on The Mark, written by Jason Pinter











March 2014

MARCH 2, 1836
         Three of the 59 men who signed the Declaration of Independence from Mexico were Hispanics: Lorenzo de Zavala  Jose Navarro, and his uncle, Francis Ruiz.
         Zavala was born in what is now Yucatan, Mexico. Santa Anna appointed him as Mexican minister to France. Zavala realized Santa Anna had no intention of observing the Mexican Constitution of 1824, so he moved his family to Texas and settled on Buffalo Bayou. He served as vice president of the Texas interim government until he resigned Oct. 1836. In Nov. he died. His family cemetery is part of San Jacinto State Park.
Navarro and Ruiz were born in San Antonio, the only two signers who were native born in Texas.  Ruiz was a soldier. Shawnee tribe's referred to him as "a good man no lie and a friend of the Indians". He retired from the Mexican military in 1832 and started a school in San Antonio. In 1836, he was a delegate to the Convention. During the revolution he was an outspoken supporter of independence, and eloquently wrote to his family "Under no circumstance take sides against the Texans for only God will return the territory of Texas to the Mexican government." He was a Texas Senator and died  in 1840.

PACKED HOUSE AT ARCOLA CITY HALL
Arcola residents were concerned about the prospect of two developers who wanted to build apartment buildings in Arcola. The city counsel refused to give permits at this time over concerns of inadequate water and sewage systems.
The meeting room was so full, some were standing out in the hall including James Wark. James was just happy he could stand. When you celebrate your fifth year of being alive after being pronounced dead nine times, standing or sitting is not that big a deal. Being alive is. 



                           JOSH ROSE shot this 185 pound wild hog in Arcola while hunting  with his father, Bobby Rose. Josh or Joshua has been hunting for 14 years.


When James Harris played baseball in the streets of New York City, he never dreamed he would some day teach kids in the country of Croatia to play ball. He dreamed of flying and spent 20 years in the U. S. Army Air force during the Korea and Viet Nam conflict retiring from the service as a flight engineer in 1971. Then he became an instructor with Flight Safety International Houston and that is where he met Ellen.

James, better known as J. D. had prayed for some one to come into his life to help him be a better person. He was raised as a Catholic but did not practice it. He did continue to pray, especially when he got in trouble. In the military he had picked up quite a vocabulary and his attitude was “I do it my way.”   
The vocabulary changed in a few months as Ellen explained clearly that she was a lady. She was also a teacher and the only time available to date was on Sunday, but on Sunday, she sang at a Methodist church, played the organ at a Baptist church and again on Sunday evening. So J. D. went to church three times every Sunday to be with her. After four months of listening to the Bible being taught, J. D. wanted to go to church for himself. The year they dated, they read through the Bible cover to cover together. Ellen wanted to be sure they were on the same page when it came to essential spiritual matters. He began to understand. In his words,  “At the age of 57, I was reborn– a born again Christian.”
In 1993, they got married. J. D. still didn’t believe in giving to the church or in any type of mission work. He was a new believer, and didn’t feel qualified to share Christ,  but later he did agree to let Ellen go on a short term mission trip to Ecuador with a group from Southway Community Church. Ellen’s excitement got J. D. hooked. They both served on the mission board at their church. In 2000, a group of 15 planned to go to Kenya Africa. J. D. had a very strange dream. He dreamed that one in the group was not going to be able to go and a voice told him that he would take their place. That was exactly what happened. This time Ellen stayed home while J. D. went. He was 65 years old and, “God lit a fire in me in Kenya,” he says.
         While there, a group made the rounds in a hospital in Kijabi. J. D. took a monkey puppet. That just scared the children. But in one isolated room they stepped into, the mother of a boy with meningitis and pneumonia, pointed J. D. out and asked him to pray. The others left and J. D. prayed a short prayer which a nurse interpreted. Then the mother prayed in Swahili. She held onto J. D.’s hands. By the time she finished praying, his hands were soaked with her tears. She asked him to come back twice a day. Each time his hands were washed in her tears. On the fourth day, her son, seven year old Joel, wanted to play. J. D.’s prayers lasted less than a minute or so but he knew he had played a part in a work of God.
The hospital staff made an impression on J. D. as the laundry workers took pride in their work and prayed over every sheet and blanket that was used to cover a patient. The nurses sang gospel songs and sometimes harmonized as they walked from room to room. God made it clear, that J. D. wasn’t there to teach the Kenyans, he was there to learn from them.
When the group left the Moffat hospital they went to a small village where they slept in sleeping bags on a dirt floor in a church. Two Christian women had walked 23 miles to sell a load of wood they had carried on their heads. A woman in the village would buy the wood to bake the pies she sold, but this time she didn’t have any money. The two women asked J. D. to pray for them, but instead of giving them money, God impressed on J. D. they should give money to the woman who needed wood so all three women were helped. The people never asked for money but they did ask for Bibles and prayer.
The fire God lit in J. D.’s heart on that trip to Kenya was hotter than the exhaust pipe on his new motorcycle.
You may be wondering what this has to do with playing baseball. That is coming next month.

 Rules for Radicals”.
By Saul David Alinsky
Alinsky details the eight levels of control that must be obtained in order to create a socialist state.
1. Healthcare: Control healthcare and you control the people.
2. Poverty: Increase the Poverty level as high as possible.
Poor people are easier to control, and will not fight back as
long as you are providing everything they require to live.
(Gigantic Government Plantation For All    except our leaders)
3. Debt: Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. In this
way, taxes must increase, and this will produce more poverty.
4. Gun Control: Remove the ability for citizens to defend themselves from the Government. In that way you are able to create a police state.
5.Welfare: Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).
 6. Education: Take control of what children read and do what they are taught in school.
 7. Religion: Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.
8. Class Warfare: Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent, and it will be easier to tax the wealthy with the support of the poor.
      Will we be where the Russian people were when Lenin in essence said, “They have the guns and therefore we are for peace and for reformation through the ballot. When we have the guns then it will be through the bullet.” And it was.

YES ACADEMY ON ANDERSON ROAD IS GROWING
They now have a total enrollment of 689 students. Any one on the waiting list has a chance to attend as names are picked by a lottery system. The senior high student body breaks down as follows:
9th Grade 113 Students 10th Grade 89 Students
11th Grade 50 Students 12th Grade 45 Students
Asian Enrollment (% of total) 1%
Black Enrollment (% of total) 27%
Hispanic Enrollment (% of total) 71%
White Enrollment (% of total) 1%
Male (% of total) 47%
Female (% of total) 53%
Economically Disadvantaged Students 67%

FORT BEND ISD
Possible solutions to fix capacity and zoning problems and projected growth in the state’s seventh largest school district include building additions at Scanlon Oaks, Schiff, and Sienna Crossing and building two or three new elementary schools including one in Sienna South. Ridgemont Elementary, which needs $5.5M in repairs, would be turned into an Early Childhood/Pre-K center. Willowridge High School, which is only at 50% utilization and needs $20M in repairs, would be torn down and a smaller high school built on the same site. Blue Ridge Elementary would be closed and a new elementary school built on the Willowridge site.
                                        
                           WANNA GET MARRIED?
          Latest data from the Census Bureau shows that 77.5 percent of families in the top fifth of income earners are headed by married couples.  Eight-three percent of families in the lowest fifth are singles or single parent households. According to the president of Center for Urban Renewal and Education, Star Parker, “marriage and traditional values are the bulwark of a free and prosperous society.”
Getting married is easy. Staying married difficult but God has given us an instruction manual called the Bible that gives us guidelines of who to marry and how to stay married.
Some of those guidelines are so romantic. Love one another. That’s easy. Trouble is we think love is a feeling. I Corinthians chap. 13 is a definition of love that  isn’t so easy to follow day after day. A guideline in Ephesians chapter 5 verse 22 says, “Wives submit yourselves to your own husband.”  Verse 24 says the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of he church and he is the savior of the body. It does not say that the husband is to make the wife submit, but it does say for husbands to love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it. Verse 33 - let every one so love his wife even as himself and the wife reverence or respect her husband.
If there is no love or respect in the home, Matthew 5:44 says: Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, pray for them which despitefully use you. Hundreds of other verses will guide you through the rough and the good times.
 
  IRS Audit on Tax Return
The IRS questioned me on how many  dependents I claimed. I listed 12 million illegal  immigrants; 3 million crack heads; 42 million unemployed people on food  stamps, 2 million people in over 243 prisons,  535 persons in the U.S. House and Senate, 11 members of the Supreme Court and one President. Evidently, that was not an acceptable answer. I  KEEP ASKING MYSELF, WHO DID I  MISS?
Mobile BBQ Kitchen
16 X7 trailer 7ft. Pit/smoker 4 sinks  Asking $17,000.
Call   281-451-0538 for more details.

                                  Nalco Champion In Fresno
         The plant will change under the Ecolabs ownerships.   New office Headquarters are being built in Sugar Land, near the manufacturing plant there.  Currently the corporate offices are in the Phoenix Tower on Interstate 59 in Greenway Plaza.  Research and Development will also be centered in Sugar Land’s campus, and the Fresno site will be for manufacturing only. For 16 months the site has been injury free with no recordable environmental events since 2011.  The plant is growing as a result of the merger with a new approach to manufacturing developed by Toyota being implemented to improve efficiency.  New employees have joined the plant, and product lines and process are changing as well.

                             BRONZE METAL WINNER
         Ruby Kluisa, a fifth grade  student at Reagan school   placed 3rd in competition with fourth through eight grade students from 38 Houston schools. Ruby wants to be a surgeon even though it will mean an extra 8 or 9 years of school. “It will be worth it,” she says.
         Reagan School, an older sister, a twin sister, her mom, Kelly, and Dad, Dennis, are all proud of Ruby. 

TRADE DAY AT ARCOLA FEED
Chickens pigs, goats, plants, crafts, equipment, etc and etc.
  Saturday March 22, 2014 9am –4pm .  6215 FM 521
                                                        
                                      DEFY THE NIGHT
       Defy the Night is an exciting novel based on the true story of how courageous people in a small town in France rescued 3,000 Jewish children from the Nazis during WWII. Defy the Night by Heather and Lydia Munn is a good read. Order online. 

FEEDBACK: Got an email from Joyce Scott, daughter of Dollie Scott and niece of Almeda school former principal, Barney Scott. Joyce writes, “Our weather in central New York has been absolutely crazy. No wonder so many northerners move south.” In New York the “snow birds,” establish residency in the south and save a lot in taxes as they don’t have to pay the high taxes up North even though they own a home in New York. Joyce and her husband have lived in central New York for 39 years. Fibromyalgia keeps her from wanting to live where it is warm although her older brother Wally (Sloan) is happy and healthy in Houston. Joyce is looking forwarded to seeing her fourth grandchild. Time flies!
Lone Star Stomp XXI
The 25th anniversary of the Stomp will be held at George Ranch Historical Park Sat. April 12th. All proceeds go to Ft. Bend Co. Museum 281 342 6478.  To purchase tickets, become a sponsor, call 281 342 1256 or go to  www.fortbendmuseum.org/annual-events/stomp
Almeda moe
Moe’s decided he grab a taxi as he wanted to catch a cheap bus ride to Austin. As the taxi neared the bus station, Moe leaned over to ask the driver a question and gently tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention. The driver screamed, lost control of the cab, nearly hit a bus, drove up over the curb and stopped just inches from a large plate window. For a few moments everything was silent in the cab. Then, the shaking  driver said, "I'm so sorry, but you scared the daylights out of me."  Moe apologized, "I  didn't realize that a  tap on the shoulder would startle you so much." The driver replied, "It's entirely my fault.  Today is my first day driving a cab. For the last 23 years I've been driving a hearse."



Condolences
Anne Gene Powell Terry, 102 passed away January 22, 2014. She was with HISD for 30 years and principal at Almeda Elementary during the 1950’s. She had been an active member of Bellaire Presbyterian Church (now Christ Church) since 1941. She was living at Clarewood House.

Doris Evelyn Reagan Jean, 90,  passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2014. Doris loved to sing in choir at the Almeda United Methodist Church. A forgiving and generous person, Doris was kind of person one could confide in. Many felt blessed for being in her presence. Preceded in death by her husband, Earnest, Doris is survived by her daughter Nancy.

ALBERTA JANE PETERS, 87,  born January 21, 1927 passed away February 24, 2014. While raising six children, Alberta worked side by side with her husband roofing and framing houses. Proud of their mom’s hard work, her children framed her roofing hammer and hung it on the wall. When her husband was injured, he taught wood shop in a school and Alberta became a full time house wife, helping with the finances by raising a garden and canning. When her church at Minnitex merged with Southway, she merged. She loved the Lord with all her might and she loved people. She was disappointed when her health prevented her from helping the church feed food and the gospel to the homeless who met under the bridge at the 59 spaghetti bowl. The homeless were drawn to her, receiving encouragement. Alberta is preceded in death by her husband, Delmar Eugene, two sons, David and Lani. She is survived by four children: Stephen, Barbara, Betty and Kim; 12 grandchildren, 24 greats, 8 great greats and two on the way.  Services will be held at Southway Community Church call 713 433 0500 for date and time of the services.   

FRESNO WATER BOARD
The water board meets the third Thursday of every month 6 pm at the Mustang Community Center. A lift station for waste water will be located between the Fire Station and Mustang C. C.
Vinson Library/Multi-Center
3810 West Fuqua 832-393-2120 Open Tue. & Wed. 10-6 Thurs 12-8 Fri. 1-5 Sat. 10-5 Closed Sun. & Mon.         www.houstonlibrary.org Multi-Center open Mon. –Fri.
Sienna Branch Library
8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. 281-238-2900
Family Movie Matinees for Spring Break
Tues. March 11, rated PG.  2:00 pm,
On Thursday, March 13,  rated PG.
Sienna Book Club March 10th at 1:30 pm, discussing Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, written by S.C. Gwynne.
the Booked on Crime Mystery Book Club, Tues. March 25, 7 pm
Mother Goose Time, Tuesdays at 10:00 am, for infants from age 1 month to 12 months. Toddler Time -- Thursdays at 10:00 am -- 12 to 36 months of age. Pre-school children, 3 to 6 Story Time, 10:00 am each Wed. 
Pajama Night Story Time at 6:30 pm --   March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.
Kinder Korner -- 2nd Wed. at 4:00 pm.  March 12 will be “V is for Vacation.”
 The After-School Break -- crafts, movies, stories, and more for school-aged children in grades 1 through 5 ONLY  4th Thurs. at 4:00 pm, March 27 will be “Sand Art.”
 Tween the Pages -- a book club for youth in grades 4 and 5 – 2nd Tuesday, at 4:00 pm. 
The Middle-School Program, at 5:30 pm on the 3rd Tues.  Mar. 18 “Minute-to-Win-It.”
March Technology Classes: Digital Photography for Beginners 281-341-2677
                Introduction to Google Tools
                “Intro to MS PowerPoint” Series
                Learn How to Create a Website
 March 27, at 10:00 am, learn how to set up a blog and ways to earn money by blogging.
 Job & Career Accelerator™,  Thursday, March 6, beginning at 10:00 am, The Job & Career Accelerator resource can be accessed remotely day or night from a home computer with an Internet connection. A library card barcode number is required to use this resource outside of the library.
Starting Your Own Business, Sat. March 22, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm,
Job-Search Survival Tips, Mon. March 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm The series will continue on March 18, at the same place and time. Different topics discussed.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day.


   









February 2014

Paul Hamilton

 is retiring from the Fresno Volunteer Fire Dept. He joined FVFD in 1982 when Essa Means was the chief. In 1987, Paul became the fire chief. His rookie year an EMS call came in. Paul drove the fire truck, but he didn’t notice the clothes stacked behind the truck for a rummage sale. The clothes caught on fire. The next call that came through announced that the fire station was on fire. He has been reminded a few hundred times that he burned down the fire station. Paul continued to be fire chief until he took a five year break from 1990 to 1995. Then he served as chief again from 2000 to 2014. During the last 29 years, Paul has seen some changes. When he was the chief in 1987, FVFD got their first brand new fire truck. Since then they have got two more and a 4th new truck is being built. Recently, for the first time, the department has two paid station attendants.
         Paul still serves on the Fresno water board. He earns a living as a self employed environmental consultant liaison between industry and government agencies.
When he isn’t working or serving, he is singing at the Shepherd of the Heart Methodist Church or flying his airplane. And he will be around in case the new chief, Chris Tormey and assistant chief, Janette Gerald need any help.

South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition 
The first award ceremony of SHCCC was attended by 160 community leaders representing 22 civic clubs. The coalition started in 1993 under the name of Central Southwest CCC.  In 1997 they incorporated as SHCCC.
The Memorial Award was given to Betsy Mansfield, President’s Award to Vivian Harris,  Outstanding Service  Award to Linda Scurlock , Corporate Award to ABC Dental and Economy Polymers and Chemical, Special Recognition Award went to Fountain of Praise; Special Achievement Award was given to police officer Mary Young; Member of the Year Award to Melva Thorton, Unsung Hero Award went to Edna Deauvearo and Rita  Foretich, Outstanding Civic Club award to Meredith Manor and accepted by  Rose Farmer, club’s president.
District K City Councilman Larry Green was the guest speaker. In his first term, he brought $20 M into the district.
Green said that no law can transform a community. It’s up to the citizens. We have to get the diverse community to work together. In District K 52% of the population is Hispanic whereas most of those in the Coalition are black.

Green also announced that Dowling will be remodeled this year, a new Madison built in 2017, and a new police station near the Cambridge Park. 
         Green, representing District K, has been appointed chairperson of City Council's Transportation, Technology, and Infrastructure Committee by Mayor Annise Parker.
 The TTI oversees the City's Information Technology, General Services, and Public Works and Engineering Departments, as well as the Rebuild Houston streets and drainage and water resources and conservation projects. In addition, the TTI Committee oversees the interest of the City of Houston relative to the Harris County Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO), the Port of Houston Authority, and the Houston Airport System. The TTI Committee oversees revenues and expenditures garnered from the City's General Fund, Enterprise Funds and Special Revenue Funds. The Committee is comprised of 12 out of the 16 council members that serve on City Council.  

INTERESTING PRIMARY IN MARCH
         Not often does a serious candidate challenge someone who is in office in their own party, but this year Senator John Cornyn has seven challengers. Judging by a negative ad on TV against Representative Steve Stockman,  he must be the only real threat Cornyn faces in the Republican primary.
         If you vote early (February 18-28) you can still go to the Primary Convention on March 4th, after 7pm. At the convention both Democrats and Republicans will vote on who they want to represent them in the Senatorial Convention. Also you can vote on what issues you want your party to have on their platform. That information will be turned over to the Senatorial Convention and voted on. Then it goes to the National Convention where your idea may be put on the platform. Any Dem. candidate running should be in agreement with the Democratic platform. Same for Republicans.
I wish both platforms would have the following. All elected officials and their staff should be subject to the same laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances as their constituents.  Texans should be free to express their religious beliefs, including prayer, in public places.
Texas should support Second Amendment liberties by expanding locations where concealed handgun license-holders may legally carry. Texas recipients of taxpayer-funded public assistance should be subject to random drug testing as a condition of receiving benefits. If enough people make the effort, both political parties could be changed for the better.
Attend the primary convention at your own precinct.
IF THE LAW IS GOOD FOR US
According to the Affordable Care provisions, Americans who make less than $45,000 annually qualify for federal subsidies, so Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson is suing  the Obama administration for using federal funds to subsidize healthcare coverage for lawmakers who are paid $175,000 and their staff. When congress passes a law for our good, it should be good enough for them.

GLOBAL WARMING IRONY
The Russian ship, Shokalskiy, was not on a pleasure cruise, it was on a scientific expedition to investigate in part the role global warming might play with respect to melted ice in the East Antarctic, when it got stuck in the ice. Wonder why that tidbit of news was seldom, if at all, mentioned on TV? Go to National Geographic Daily News on the Internet to read about it. Along Antarctic shores, the effect of the winds could counteract almost half of the average global sea-level rise expected by the  end of the century,which the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates to be up to 97 centimeters. That report notes, however, that tens of centimeters of extra rise might be caused by the unpredictable collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.
         The band of westerly winds that encircles Antarctica has been speeding up and creeping southwards since the 1950s. The trend, largely driven by the Antarctic ozone hole, is expected to continue thanks to climate change — and could alone cause a drop in sea level of up to 40 centimeters over 70 years, according to research led by Leela Frankcombe, a geophysicist at the Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science in Sydney, Australia.
None of that research could possibly be true because Al Gore says we are the ones responsible for global warming and the sea rising.

 FOUR DIFFERENCES
         The four differences in a fetus and a baby are size, level of development, environment, and dependency. Should the size make a difference? If size makes the difference, then that must mean a 5’8”man weighing 150 is not as valuable as a 250-pound 6’ 2” man. 
          OK, but what about the level of development? If your IQ is 120 are you less of a person than someone with an IQ of 140? If a four year old girl who hasn’t even developed reproductive ability, does that mean her life isn’t worth as much as a 14 year old girl?
Environment? The fetus is in the warm and cozy womb of its mother normally the safest place in the world. Should a change of environment make a difference? If we change our environment does that change us? We are still the same person if we are in a house or outside.
Lastly dependency: a fetus is depending on its mother. A baby is totally dependent on someone. Many adults are dependent on various types medicine. Does that mean if a person is depending on insulin to keep alive or if a quadriplegic needs someone to feed them then they are no longer a person deserving to live?
On January 13, 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared January 22, 1984, as “National Human Life Day.” In doing so, he issued a proclamation which read, in part:
 “The first of the ‘unalienable rights’ affirmed by our Declaration of Independence is the right to life itself, a right the Declaration states has been endowed by our Creator on all human beings—whether young or old, weak or strong, healthy or handicapped”
55 million lives have been eliminated by abortion since 1973 in this nation. As a nation and as individuals for taking part in the procedure or for ignoring the women that needed help, we are responsible. As individual repentant Christians, God will forgive. As a nation, that remains to be seen.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King Jr.

 MEMORIES OF SUE HUGHES
         What a wonderful day, January 20th 1932, when Sue Harrison was born. Actually it was a cold rainy day when her father rushed down the road to call the doctor. By the time he and her grandmother got back, Sue was already born. The first thing Grandma did was start the wood fire, then cut the umbilical cord and put five pound Sue in a shoe box and place her in the oven to warm up.
         Of course Sue doesn’t remember that but she does remember some other events growing up in Kennard, TX. Like the time her uncle put her in a bucket and lowered her down in a cistern which was four feet above ground and about 12 feet underground. Her grandparents only source of drinking water was from the rainwater that ran into that round concrete cistern where one day a live snake was swimming around. So her Uncle John gave Sue a net and she went snake fishing.
Besides providing drinking water, the cistern also served as a refrigerator. Several buckets were lowered into the cool water, each holding eggs or meat or milk or, in the cistern for her Dad’s father, bottles of homemade brew and homemade catsup. Grandpa Harrison also grew his own tobacco, which Sue learned the hard way that after you chew you are suppose to spit not swallow.
When Sue was nine, her family moved to Almeda. Marvel of marvels there was a bathtub in a bathroom. No more bathing in a washtub in front of the fireplace in the same water her two sisters bathed in.
She will never forget the outhouse especially the one at Grandpa Harrison’s house. It faced south and the back was open so that chickens could come in and peck a little kid on the bottom. Between the chickens and the north wind, nobody had to tell Sue to hurry up.     

CONCERNED ABOUT KIDS?
If you are concerned about the hundreds of children in our neighborhoods who never go to church to learn of the love of Christ, there is something you can do. Take a Teaching Children Effectively 30-hour teacher training course starting March 1st. Learn * How to lead a child to Christ * Making memorization fun and meaningful * Weaving the gospel message into any Bible story and applying it to today’s child* Counseling * Teaching the saved child * Visual Communication * Discipline * Teaching with music *How to start and lead a Good News Club in your home, school or apartment. Classes will be held at Southway Community Church at 14011 Hwy. 288 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm Saturdays March 1st, 8th, 22nd, 29th and on Wednesdays from 7 to 9:30 on the 5th, 12th, 19th, and the 26th. Participants will receive all the needed material to conduct a Good News Club for six weeks. There is a cost. Call Judy at  713 524 7994 ex. 5 or Darlene at 281 530 7282 or Sis at 713 433 1098. Ask about the training at Southway
GARDENING
Kale, broccoli, carrots, green peas, spinach, leaf lettuce, cabbage and strawberry plants all survived the 21 degree cold weather we had in January.
I WANT TO REALLY KNOW GOD
I wish my dad could come back to earth and tell me all about God, then I realized how much he already had. Dad taught me to submit to authority. Sometimes because I had to but mostly because I wanted to please him. My dad cared about me even when he wouldn’t let me date an out-of-state cowboy I’d met at the rodeo. My dad was wise. He provided all I needed, but not all I wanted. He wasn’t much on hugs and kisses but I knew he really loved me. I wish I could thank you Daddy for all the things you taught me about Our Father.   

Federal Election Assistance Commission
TAKING OVER ELECTIONS.
“Congress does not have the authority to prevent a state from requiring proof of citizenship, according to Article I of the Constitution. And Congress cannot create an agency to exercise a power that Congress itself is constitutionally prevented from exercising," Mr. Kobach Kansas Secretary of State.
Article I of the Constitution
States are vowing to go to the courts for permission to ask newly registered voters to show proof of citizenship after the four member EAC federal commission ruled late Friday that it's up to the national government, not states, to decide what to include on registration forms.
The Federal government increasingly is taking over states rights ignoring the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by the Constitution to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Three powers: elections, education and environment was not delegated by the Constitution to the central or Federal government. Not to mention a book full of other things.
Wonder how many officials in Washington can quote the Tenth Amendment? 
$1.012 TRILLION
Without reading the bill, our Representative Al Green voted to pass a bill that would put this nation further in debt by giving the government more money to spend than they will take in unless they raise taxes. More than they spent last year.
Senator Tom Coburn M D tells us how some of  the money was spent in his “Wastebook 2013.” A few examples are: Outhouse in Alaska: $98,670.
A bus stop with heated pavement for the Washington area: $1 million.
 A $10,000 grant for Austin Energy  to perform an artsy dance with 20 utility poles- Pole Dancing
Booze and crystal for the State Department: $5.4 million. Monitoring depression on Twitter: $82,000
Artwork for Veterans Affairs offices: $562,000.
The above is a fraction of ways government is wasting. Shame on anybody, no matter what their reason, who voted yes without going through the budget bill item by item with the help of their staff.
Seven Dangers to Human Virtue by Mahatma Gandhi
1. Wealth without work
2.  Pleasure without conscience
3.  Knowledge without character
4.  Business without ethics
5.  Science without humanity
6.  Religion without sacrifice
7.  Politics without principal.

 IN MEMORY
Alvin F. Munke is still greatly missed by his wife, Shirley; sons, Kent and Doug and his granddaughter, Jennifer since his death February 2, 2004. Born October 13, 1920, Alvin served in WWII as a motor sergeant in the Normandy invasion, through the Battle of the Bulge to VE-Day. After serving two years in Korea, he worked until his retirement at TRIMS. Alvin lived in Almeda from 1965 until his death at age 83.  
  
 Condolences
GREG HOHENSTEIN,  65,
October 9, 1948, - December 20 2013 
Greg grew up in Almeda. Before he graduated from Madison High School in 1968, he built his first rental house and drew up plans for two more houses. Greg worked with his father in general construction for many years.  He enjoyed fishing, boating and sports. Greg spent six years in the National Guard, a proud graduate from Jump School. His  children were his pride and joy, and he   loved his three grandchildren. Friends and family remember his generosity and helpfulness. He even kept dog biscuits by his door for visits of the neighbor's dogs! Preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Margaret Hohenstein, a brother, Roger, Greg is survived by his children: James Hohenstein, Jennifer/Colby Gulledge; grandchildren: Brenden Hohenstein, Noah and Madeline Gulledge; sister, Peggy Hohenstein and  other loving relatives and friends.
 A memorial service was held at Southway Community Church,  14011 South Freeway,  Pastor Jason Hess officiated. In his memory, contributions may be made to the Fisher House Foundation.


Esmerejildo “Little Roy” Llanes Jr.
October 6, 1963—December 24, 2013
The oldest of Roy and Anita Llanes’ three sons, Roy Jr. attended Almeda,  Dowling, and Madison schools. He worked as an electrician for 30 years and was a master electrician. Often called Cowboy Roy, he always wore a cowboy hat and boots. Roy left his family and others with many happy memories as he was always ready with open arms to help those in need.  He is survived by his daughters: Amber, Kira, and Darcy; a son, Cory; grandchildren: Maddy, Ethan and Owen; his parents, Roy and Anita; two brothers, Daniel and Eddie: five nieces and one nephew.


After a recent house fire in Fresno due to an explosion and a shooting in Arcola where one person was killed and another wounded , Channel 11 news reporter asked Rodrigo Carrion his thoughts.  Rodrigo expressed his concern that Fresno and Arcola lacked funds to address security issues.
 
ALMEDA MOE
Police announced the discovery of an arms cache of 200 semi-automatic rifles with 25,000 rounds of ammunition,  200 pounds of heroin, 5 million dollars in forged US banknotes and 25 prostitutes --- all located in a small  house behind the Public Library. Local residents were stunned.  A community spokesman said, "We were all shocked. We never knew we had a library!”

The three “R’s” of life.
Respect for yourself, Respect for others, Responsibility for your actions.

RAISING CHILDREN
While eating her hamburger, little Journey asked, "Dad, how do they make animals into our food?"
"They kill them, pull all their skin off, cut them into smaller pieces, and then grind them up," replied dad, whose specialty is honesty.
Did Journey stop eating? Nope. Nary a pause before the next bite.

CONGRATULATIONS
On Jan. 8th, Ruby Kluis won the spelling bee at Reagan. She will represent Reagan’s 4th-8th grades. Her father, Dennis, is very proud.
Trail Life USA
Trail Life USA is an alternative for Boy Scouts just as American Heritage Girls, is a faith-based alternative to the Girl Scouts. Adults in Trail Life USA must sign a statement of faith and commit to purity. Scouts will be taught that any sexual activity outside marriage is a sin. Scouts who are gay will be allowed in, as long as they don't promote or engage in any behavior that distracts from the program.

Mobile BBQ Kitchen
16 X7 trailer 7ft. Pit/smoker 4 sinks
 Asking $17,000.
Call   281-451-0538 for more details.

FUND RAISER
Almeda U Methodist Church will raise funds on Sat. Feb. 8th from 7am—11 am by serving a fabulous breakfast. $5 donation for adults and $3 for children. 14300 Almeda School Road. 

Vinson Library/Multi-Center
3810 West Fuqua 832-393-2120 Open Tue. & Wed. 10-6 Thurs 12-8 Fri. 1-5 Sat. 10-5 Closed Sun. & Mon.         www.houstonlibrary.org Multi-Center open Mon. –Fri.

Sienna Branch Library
8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. 281-238-2900
Fort Bend Libraries have public self-service fax kiosks. Introduction to Digital Storytelling, on Tue, Feb 18, at 10:00 am Learn to use Photo Story 3 for Windows” to create a digital story with photos, special effects, soundtrack music, text, and your own voice narration and publish the finished product on the web via YouTube.
 Public Records at Your Fingertips, on Thur. Feb. 13, at 10:00 am, 
Movie of Jackie Robinson Sat. Feb. 22, 1:00 pm. Tips to improve memory, attitude, and focus to help one secure employment and earn promotions, Sat, Feb 8, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Pinterest for Beginners on Wed, Feb 26,  10:00 am,
The Middle-School Program will not take place in February. Other programs at regular time.

For the Good the Bad the Ugly and the Beautiful  

    A Valentine Poem

Jesus is my true Valentine. His heart was pierced for me. 
I cannot tell, why He loves me so well, but He proved it on Calvary.