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Houston Salutes American Heroes

On November 11th, Veterans Day, ceremonies to honor veterans will begin at 10 am on the steps of City Hall followed by a parade at 11:30 along Smith between Texas and Lamar. All branches of the military, groups from WWII to the high school R.O.T.C will be marching mingled in between military equipment and bands.

A job fair for veterans will be conducted from 11am to 2pm at City Hall. Parking is free in the theater district from 9 to 12:30.

Aggravated Robbery at Chevron Gas Station

Call Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at 281-341-4665 or Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-8477 if you can help identify three suspects in the robbery which took place on Oct. 1st at 3:32 pm. at the station located at F.M. 2234 & F.M 521.

The suspects fled the gas station heading west on F.M. 2234 in a gold Pontiac Grand Prix. If you could identify the suspects in the surveillance video and give information which leads to an arrest it could result in a $5,000 CASH REWARD. All calls to Crime Stoppers are ANONYMOUS.

SURVEY

Last month 34 people were asked who their U. S. Senators and Representative was. Finally the 35th person, Freddie Robinson, owner of South Post Oak Recycling Center could name them. The next person asked, Wendy Fleck, also knew. Two out of 37.

TAKE PART IN THE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM

We inherited a free country. Will we pass one down to our children? Instead of complaining to one another, let your representatives know what you think. And find out what they are doing. It is easy..

http://www.congress.org is a great website to find out what is going on and to voice your concern. To get started, you can register for free by clicking "Register" in the upper right-hand corner of their home page. After you get your confirmation email, you can log into the site. Then you will have access to create messages directly to your state and federal representatives. There are also many opportunities to join in discussions on various issues and voice your opinions for others to see. I just now asked my rep. to back H. R. 1414. His staff responded with an email within the hour

FUTURE ALMEDA ELEMENTARY

The new 84,000 square feet building is to be completed in April 2011. It will face Almeda School Road instead of Bridgeport. With a capacity for 750 students, Almeda Elementary facility will cost $12 million for construction and another $4 million for other programs. Right now, 805 students are attending Almeda Elementary located in temporary buildings on Almeda Genoa Road.

Dr. Paul Ruiz is the Keynote Speaker

State Representative Dora Olivo and Betty McCrohan, President of Wharton County Junior College and Chair of the Fort Bend Regional P-16 Council, will co-chair the half-day conference aimed at developing strategies on raising the bar for all students.

The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, November 6, at the University of Houston-Sugar Land Campus, 14004 University Blvd. in Sugar Land. Attendance is free. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Maria Emerson at 1-888-777-0033, 512-463-0494, 281-208-8806 or maria.emerson@house.state.tx.us.

FREE CROSSES STILL AVAILABLE

Pastor Harvey Abke says they still have white crosses to put in your yard for any one who wants a way to demonstrate their Christian faith. Call 281-431-4244 or 281-935-3969

Constitutional Amendment 28

"Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators or Representatives, and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the U. S."

Think your senator or rep. will propose this amendment?

Almeda moe

"Hello, President Obama " This is Moe, down here in Almeda, Texas. I am callin' to tell yal that we are officially declaring war on ya!" "Well Moe," Barack replied, How big is your army ?"

"Right now," said Moe, "there is myself, my cousin, Jim Bob, my neighbor J. R. and the whole shuffle board team from Shorty’s. That makes seven!"

Barack paused. "I must tell you Moe that I have one million men in my army."

"Wow," said Moe. "I'll have ta call ya back!" Sure enough, the next day, Moe called. "Mr. Obama, the war is still on! We have managed to acquire some infantry equipment!" "And what equipment would that be Moe?" Barack asked. "Well sir, we have two combines, a bulldozer, and J. R. 's Ford tractor."

Obama sighed. "I must tell you Moe, that I have 16,000 tanks and 14,000 armored personnel carriers. Also I've increased my army to one and a half million since we last spoke."

"Lord above", said Moe, "I'll be getting back to ya." Sure enough, Moe called the next day. "President Obama, the war is still on! We managed to git ourselves airborne! We up an' modified Jim Bob’s homemade airplane with a couple of shotguns in the cockpit, five boys from Fresno, and four boys from Arcola have joined us!" Obama was silent for a minute then cleared his throat. "I must tell you Moe that I have 10,000 bombers and 20,000 fighter planes. And since we last spoke, I've increased my army to TWO MILLION!" "Oh Lord," said Moe, "I’ll have to call you back." Sure enough, Moe called the next day. "President Obama I am sorry to have to tell you that we have had to call off this here war." "I'm sorry to hear that," said Obama. "Why the sudden change of heart?" Well, sir," said Moe, "we all sat ourselves down and had a long chat over a few beers, and come to realize that there's just no way we can feed two million prisoners."

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

A late happy birthday to Ida Cagle. She was 97 on Sept. 14th. Her son, Eugene says she is doing fine.

Bobbie Moore says that on October 12th, she became a proud member of an elite group called Senior Citizens.

. Born Again

I repented of my sins.

I been baptized in His name.

My life is not the same,

Since I been born again.

Copyright © by Emmaline Wiley

John 3:5 Jesus said, “Truly truly I say to you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Fixing thanksgiving dinner? Remember when starch is mixed with liquid it can be lumpy. So mash potatoes, in butter first then add milk. For smooth gravy add about a tablespoon of corn starch to the flour and stir in just enough water to make a smooth paste, then stir in more liquid and pour into the turkey drippings.

Fresh vegetables out of the garden make any meal something to be thankful for. As soon as we get a rain, work up that ground because some vegetables grow better in the winter, like carrots, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, English peas etc. Even potatoes can be planted in late January, but you are taking a chance if we get a hard freeze.

BACK YONDER IN ALMEDA

Almeda was founded in 1892 on a treeless prairie eleven miles from Houston’s city limits. The book has excerpts from people who lived here in 1900 as well as official records about Almeda’s history Available at Debbie’s Barbara Shop next to Parker’s Hardware in the 14000 block of Almeda Road. Pay $12 at Debbie’s or send a $14 check to Our News P.O. Box 450336 Houston, 77245 to have a copy mailed anywhere in the US

VINSON LIBRARY

Mon. 11am-7pm, Tue. 10am-6pm, Wed. 10am-6pm, Thur. 11am-7pm., Fri. 10am-6pm, Closed Sat. & Sun. 832-393-2120

Condolences

Shirley L. Simpson passed away September 28, 2010. Born April 28, 1939 in Gasoline, Texas, she passed away at the home of her daughter in Katy, surrounded by family. Shirley and her first husband Vernon Maynard operated Adamacks on Almeda Road for a number of years. Preceded in death by five siblings, Shirley is survived by her husband of 21 years, Bill Simpson, one son, Lonnie Ray Maynard, daughters: Lavona/Mack Kendall, Rhonda Maynard, and Sherie Brown, 8 grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one sister.

GARY LEE PLEDGER born December 10, 1933 passed away October 11, 2010.

DONALD RICHARD BOCKEL "DICK" was born in Houston on January 27, 1931 and passed away October 16, 2010. He was descended from German pioneers who settled in Houston in 1844. A lifelong resident of the old Almeda area, he worked in the oil field service industry for many years retiring from HOMCO Int'l. He was an active rancher all his adult life. Dick was an all around cattleman born and bred to the saddle. He enjoyed traditional country music and western swing. Survived by his wife of 60 years Evelynn Bockel; son, Jim/Lola Bockel; daughter, Denise/Johnny Kembro; four grandchildren, Eric Kembro, Brian Kembro, J.J. Bockel, Deanna Hunt and five great grandchildren; brothers, Earl (Daisy) Bockel and Don Kemp. A Celebration of Dick's life was held October 20th, at South Park Chapel. Interment followed at Forest Park Lawndale.

TO THE EDITOR OF OUR NEWS

I wonder what "hate" would cost per gallon. That is what’s driving our country now. No matter what good is being done its being turned into something else by “spin” or just plain lying. We would shoot ourselves in the foot if it would stop the pace of upward –bound progress.

Being a Black woman, I’ve lived with the every-day fear and terror caused by hatred. So I am accustomed to the hate atmosphere in this country of ours.

However this hate, today’s hate, is a more diabolical hate. The thing most feared has happened. WE HAVE A BLACK PRESIDENT! For some a most unthinkable fact. As Americans we should be proud of this. The President is the most coveted position in the world, I’m told. This did not “just happen” We created a better environment for equality than we thought. We are better people than we realize – really.

Let us stop this “hate fight” and allow our country to become what our Constitution and our Bill of Rights say that it should be. Instead of using the “spin” and the untruths, use the tool that we were given – VOTE! It is written that, “when righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.” Proverbs 28: 12 Helen Horn Scott

TO THE EDITOR OF OUR NEWS

FBFWSD#1 Fresno Water Board

The water board doesn’t know the price of the fees being charge to connect. Pres. John Borden says they must follow City Houston ordinance water codes on public safety. The board maintenance department leaders, Chris and Tracey, of Southwest Waters say they follow the codes. There is a waste of taxpayer dollars to install blue pressure tanks connected to resident’s water line in Fresno. The City of Houston doesn't install these tanks nor Teal Run homes which are in Houston’s ETJ as is Fresno.

Taxpayer bonds have paid to install the taps. The water board plans to cutoff and remove water line taps not in use. Southwest Water will charge the water board for this service. Thence, if future residents want to connect, they will have to pay SW Waters about $1500, to re-install taps that were removed from public property. Residents property taxes have paid for this once. If the water tap lines were left in place, a resident would only need to purchase a meter costing about $390. Views of Rodrigo Carreon

FAITH AND CHICKEN

There is a song that says, “Faith is just believing what God says, He will do.”

Do you believe the Bible is totally true, that God created the world, that He made man from the dust of the earth, that we inherited a sin nature from the first man and woman? That God remained true to His Holy nature and made a just way to forgive us by giving His own Son, Jesus Christ, to take our punishment? That Jesus made the blind see, the deaf to hear, calmed the wind and waves, raised the dead, and conquered death after He was crucified? There isn’t the slightest doubt in my mind that all of the above is true. You might say I am a woman of faith. I have a T-shirt that says so.

I admit my faith in every day events leans more to the practical rather than the super natural. Like when our dog, Fleas, had distemper. She was so sick she went blind in one eye and could not retain food. Every morning each one of our kids would pray, “Dear God please let Fleas live.”

No way was that dog going to survive and I didn’t want my children to grow up thinking that God could not answer their prayer so I always prayed If it be thy will let Fleas live. That way when the dog died ....

Funny thing how God works. That night, my husband, Cotton, said to put 1/4 an aspirin in a tiny ball of raw hamburger meat and give it to Fleas every hour. It was hopeless, but I did it anyway. The dog survived.

That was a long time ago. I have had time to mature in my faith since then. Some of my friends rate me with a nine on a scale from 1 to 10. But a chicken showed me how I really rate.

Over the years, I’ve had chickens killed by possums, dogs, etc. This past winter, I only had one chicken left. I kept it safe and locked up in the chicken house. Then I let it out in the daytime and it slept in the chicken house, until one evening I went to shut the door and she was gone. The next morning she laid me another egg, but I could not find where she spent the night, totally unprotected. I prayed, “Dear God take care of me and my chicken tonight.” Every morning I thanked God for his care when that chicken tapped on my window pane.

I told my kids how God was answering my prayer and taking care of that chicken. Then I started worrying. Would they think less of God if I found chicken feathers all over the ground? Winter brings in more wild animals. More worry. The thought occurred, I wouldn’t have to worry about God answering my prayer if I killed that chicken.

Then I dropped to my knees and asked God to forgive me for doubting his ability to take of a chicken.

The Bible says unbelief is evil. (Hebrews 3:12) That chicken showed me just how small my faith really is. Hebrews 11:6 says…”without faith it is impossible to please God.”

That chicken has faithfully laid an egg every day for six months, but more important God has used her to show me just how small my faith really is when I’m not listening to the gentle voice of His Holy Spirit. .For faith, along with love, joy, peace is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22

This morning I thanked God for taking care of me last night and for taking care of my chicken for the past six months. Just then she jumped up on my window sill. God is so good.

Texas Beer Joint Sues Church

A church prayed that a local bar would not expand to increase their business. Work progressed until the week before the grand reopening when lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground.

The bar owner sued the church on the grounds that the church "was ultimately responsible for the demise of his building, through direct or indirect actions or means".

The church denied all responsibility to the building's demise. The judge commented, "I don't know how I'm going to decide this, but it appears that we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that now does not."

Do you have a Short I Remember Story? Email it to siskeyworth@att.net or mail to P. O. Box 450336 Houston 77245.

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