October 2012


FREE ADMISSION to a fundraiser for the American Cowboy Museum with everything from pony rides and face painting to BBQ and fresh produce. See ad on page 6 for time, place, and telephone numbers for vendors to call.


Sacred cows should never be criticized or denied or questioned. Channel 26 has been showing why HISD needs a $1.9 billion bond proposal passed to rebuild 20 schools. Since the education of children is so important no one ever questions the necessity of borrowing money and raising your taxes. What kind of illiterate person would raise such a question? Maybe somebody like me who questions everything.

The sacred cow wants to give the best education to our children and it would only be $70 more a year on a $100,000 home. $70 is not much to have 20 new schools but that is $70 more every year on top of what your property tax is now.

I question how much interest would be paid on borrowing $1.9 billion. I also question as to whether HISD couldn’t save a million here and there and rebuild one school at a time.

You know pay as you go. What an obsolete idea for today!

Education is important, but not above all other considerations nor is it so sacred to be above examination.

An interesting side note is that HISD doesn’t treat all schools the same. T. H. Rogers Middle receives $18,027 per student whereas New Aspirations Middle in Sharpstown receives $2,706 per student. Dowling with 1,322 students gets $7,729 per student. Madison High with 2,168 students gets $5,599 per student. The elementary schools in this area all get from $4, 812 to $5,212 according to Texas Watchdog.

Freddie Wyche’s

Model T Dream Car Don’t think Freddie is an old-timer puttering about and reminiscing about the good old days. His “T-Bucket” has reached up to 120 mph.

Freddie graduated from Madison in 1977. When the job market slowed down in 1989, he joined the Navy. He was honorably discharged in 2000. In 2006, he decided to build his dream hot rod, a 1920 Model T Ford. The body is a replica, as original bodies are expensive and very hard to find. It has a 350 small block Chevy engine mated to a TH350 transmission. The rear end is from a 1996 Chevy S-10 pick-up. The frame was purchased from a company in Conn. and the other parts of the chassis were either made by friends and Freddie, purchased off EBay, or found in the salvage yard.

Freddie belongs to a local car club, the "H-Bombs". The club has strong family values as wives and children participate. They meet the first Friday of each month at: The Tree House Ranch 10740 Mykawa Rd. @ 7:00 PM. Visitors and all types of cars are welcome.

Gilbert Anthony Uribe Jr.

Gilbert graduated on June 3, 2012 from Madison High School with honors. He was in the ROTC Navy for three years. He left September 3, 2012 to the U.S. Navy Fire and Rescue. His parents Gilbert Sr. and Sylvia P. Uribe are very proud of their son and wanted the local community to know. Love you sonARCOLA NEWS

It was good to see that city council member Tom Tuffly has recovered enough to be at the meeting Sept. 11th. The project manager, Llarance Turner, for the Kelly Kaluza city engineer firm, was also there to announce that they are ready to accept construction bids for the main water line. Turner estimates the main line will be completed by April. The city hired the Kaluza firm almost three years ago.

The tax rate set at the Sept. 24th meeting is 0.954262, the same as last year and recommended by Phyllis Herbst, the new bookkeeper.

The council is already looking for volunteers for Arcola’s annual Christmas party.


By the end of October Maxwell Heights residents and Kansas Street which includes part of Fresno Gardens will be getting water.


II Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, will heal their land.

Acts 17:30 - Pray for repentance for yourself and for our nation.

Psalm 32:6-7 - Pray that Christians will be motivated to pray faithfully for this election and that the Lord would deliver us from the wrong leaders.

Proverbs 16:13 - Pray that our nation will listen to the truth and not be led astray.

Psalm 125 - Pray that those who trust in the Lord will not be shaken.

Psalm 86:14-17 - Pray that the Lord would defeat those who have no regard for Him in this election.

II Kings 13:16 - Pray that the Lord would put His hands on the man of His choice for president (and his team) and guide them in this election.

Luke 12:54-57 – Pray that God's man and our nation will be discerning and do what is right.

Psalm 16:7-8 - Pray that the Lord would give wise counsel and guidance to His choice for president in this campaign.

Proverbs 1:5-6 - Pray that God's man will listen with discernment, add to his knowledge, and receive wise counsel in this campaign.

John 16:33 - Pray that the man of God's choice would be given wisdom and ability from the Lord to overcome any obstacle or difficulty during this campaign.

Philippians 4:13 - Pray that the Lord's choice for President will have special strength and unusual ability from God.

Psalm 18:32-36 - Pray that the Lord would arm the man of His choice with strength; would guide him in battle (this election); and would sustain him and give him victory.

Hebrews 11:32-34 – Pray that God's man could, through faith, persevere and maintain his courage throughout this election.

2 Corinthians 12:9 – Pray that the Lord would empower and enable his man in any area of weakness.

Habakkuk 1:5 and 3:2 - Pray that the Lord would do something that would utterly amaze us and give His servant victory.
Received from Janell Klingenberg


Michelle Obama gave an interesting, heart warming speech at the Democratic Convention. Nobody went to sleep while she was talking. You might say she had the audience in the palm of her hand. She was able to make everything she said sound so right, like “you should be able to marry who you love”. That sounds right. Who would object?

Probably only the people who believe the Bible gives us guidelines and is the written word of God including Romans 1: 24-28. A paraphrase: God gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves the due penalty of their error. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a mind void of judgment to do those things which are not proper.

God gives each of us the right and the responsibility to pay attention to His words or to choose the words of those who lead us away from God’s way.

The Basics of Male Homosexuality by Tim Gould is a book available on Amazon.com which gives a Christian overview of how homosexuality develops, as well as steps those with same-sex attractions can take to regain control of thoughts and behaviors and deepen their relationship with Jesus and others.


Rule 1 Life is not fair - get used to it! Rule 2 The world doesn't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3 You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents called it opportunity.

Rule 6 If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7 Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were so before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8 Your school may have done away with winners and losers,

but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

To the Residents of District K

My staff and I are thrilled to serve the citizens of the newly formed District K. District K stretches from the edge of the Texas Medical Center to the portion of Houston within Fort Bend County. The District also includes the Reliant/Astrodome complex, two management districts, and two school districts—Houston ISD and Fort Bend ISD.

The District K office continues to work diligently to solve many constituent issues in a timely manner. Please feel free to contact the District K office if you have any questions that our office may be able to assist you with.

The Our News staff has graciously agreed to allow us space to keep you informed about what is going on in District K. we enthusiastically welcome your feedback on how to improve the quality of life and broaden economic development in District K. Please forward your ideas /comments by email districtk@houstontx.gov

or by telephone at 832.393.3016.
Thank you for giving me the privilege to serve.


Larry Houston City Council Member Larry V. Green, Esq.

Mr. and Mrs. James Wark will attend the premiere showing of the movie In Search of the American Dream. James played the part of a sheriff in the movie. The movie will be in theaters in Jan.

Welcome to the Community
Welcome to James Rippard the new principal at Grissom Elementary.

Virginia Hernandez is looking for someone to write a small book on her recollections of the founding of the city of Arcola. Call her at 281-431-2407 if you are interested.

FBC Commissioner Morrison,
Precinct 1, will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting in Arcola on October 11th 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!

3rd Annual Trade for A Difference Day
Arcola Feed and Tack is the place Oct. 20th from 9am to 4pm. Trade or buy horses, crafts, plants, poultry, etc. Vendor fees are donated to Breast Cancer Research. See Arcola Feed page 6

Almeda Moe
Moe came home with romance on his mind but his wife was already in bed, sound asleep with her mouth wide open. Moe went into the kitchen and got an aspirin, walked back in the bedroom. He carefully dropped the aspirin in his wife’s mouth. She woke up startled and choking. “What are you doing?” she demanded.“ I thought maybe you had a headache,” said Moe. “Well, I don’t have a headache,” she said. Moe smiled, “That’s all I wanted to know.”

Fall Festival Anderson Road Baptist Church

5114 Anderson Road

October 28, 2012 4 pm to 7pm.

Earn FREE TICKETS for the events by coming to Sunday School

from Sept. 30th to Oct. 28th

otherwise you must purchase tickets for

hayride, horseback riding, cake walks, fishing, Tootsie Pop pull, hot dogs, nachos, Frito pies…. And
much, much more For our community.   FUN, FUN, FUN!!

Sept. 29th the Harvard and Almeda U. Methodist Churches helped the Noah’s House residents dedicate and plant their community garden.

Sienna Branch Library at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd., will present “The Cook’s Herb Garden – Grow, Harvest, Store & Cook,” on Tuesday, Oct.16, at 7:00 pm, The program is free to the public. For more info on this and other events at the library, call 281-238-2900. The quarterly used Book Sale is from October 18-20th. Thousands of books for children and adults-most are $.50 to 1.00. Sale starts Thur. Oct. 18th, 6-8 p.m., Fri.19th, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sat. 20th, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. More info contact friendsofsiennabranchlibrary@yahoo.com.

But for the Grace of God, how ignorant we are but for the Grace of God.
We all fall short of the Glory of God, but for the Grace of God.

We are capable of any sin known and unknown to mankind, but for the Grace of God.

We are all prone to any accident, any illness, any mishap, but for the Grace of God.

How arrogant, how ignorant, for us to think any differently. Lord forgive us of the greatest sin of all, PRIDE.

Lord heal us of our SHAME. Make us whole in You, in Your Word, in Your Name I pray Sweet Jesus, and thank You for the Grace of God. Amen
By Ruth Maxwell

BBQ - F B C Fresno

BBQ served Sat. Oct. 27th from 10am to 2pm or until the food runs out. For more info call First Baptist Church Fresno 281-431-4244


JOHNNY JOE FAJKUS SR. 74, was born January 16, 1938 and passed away August 18, 2012. He lived most of his life in Fresno, TX moving there in 1974. Before that Johnny and his family lived in Almeda since 1969. He worked for Heatran and Exchanger Repair for years retiring at the age of 69 from Shell N Tube. He was a welder/pipefitter foreman by trade. In the 1980’s, Johnny and Al Koreneck built the largest tree digger in the world. He loved gardening, spending time with his family, and barbequing. Johnny is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Coleman Fajkus; parents, Joe/Agnes Fajkus; two great grandsons, Kolten and Kameron Haven; one brother, Mark Fajkus. He is survived by two sons, Brian and Johnny Fajkus both of Fresno; Daughters: Marcella (Marcy) Deaville of Morse, LA., Cynthia (Cindy) Fajkus of Fresno and Stephanie Marsh of Houston; three brothers Dennis Fajkus of Houston, Bobby Fajkus of Victoria, Kenneth Fajkus of Tomball; sisters Dorothy Jasek of Houston and Earlene Patek of Hallettsville; 13 grandchildren and nine greats. Johnny was a loving husband, caring father and wonderful PawPaw. He will be sadly missed.

GWENDOLYN DAVIS 57 passed away September 17, 2012. She was an employee of HISD since 1975 and worked at Almeda Elementary for the last 20 years as a teachers assistant for the PALS, a program for preschool children with a disability. She had no children of her own, but bestowed an abundance of love on hundreds of children at Almeda. Her class would walk like little soldiers through the hall. Davis could make you laugh when you wanted to cry. She will be sorely missed.

ED. Note: I will try at a later date, when I have more patience, to insert pictures.