October 2014

A HUNDRED YEARS
         Former students of San Jacinto High School toured their old alma mater on Sept. 6th to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the school built in 1914. At first a Jr. High, it became a high school in 1923 where most students from Almeda and Fresno got their final years of schooling.
         They attended classes with students like Glenn McCarthy, remember the famous hotel he built?,  Walter Cronkite, actress Gale Storm, Howard Hughes Jr., Kathy Whitmire, Yolanda Flores, A. J. Foyt, and Denton Cooley.
Dr. Cooley, who graduated in 1937, gave a speech to the alumni and guests. Although 94 years old, he was not the oldest person attending as a 1933 graduate was there. The last class to graduate was in 1970.
 Some of the former students from Almeda to attend were Dorothy Pyburn Chesser, Kay Thorp Mizell, Caroleen Dozier Bashara, Judith Scott Navarro, Ruth Risenger Duff, Patti Sue Roco Parker, Emma Jean Ray Boger, Earnest/Nancy Bastian, Gene Scott ( Judith's brother), John Breckenridge, and Howard Bruce the former minister of Almeda U. M. Church.
HCC did a $60 million renovation leaving the outside of the school, the auditorium and gym looking the same, but larger class rooms, tables instead of desks, smart boards instead of black boards, computers, a modern gym  and seating area's all over in little nooks in every hallway, instead of lockers. The alumni are asking for donations to landscape the front area of the school which is on the National Registry of Historic Places. You can buy a brick for $250 or a bench for $500 and help make San Jac a Houston showplace at 1300 Holman,    
A FEW NEW NEIGHBORS
Fort Bend County is the fastest growing and most diverse county in the country. A population of 652,365 is expected to increase to 780,000 in the next five years and by 2040 to 1.1 million. Toll Brothers, a luxury home builder, plans to build 6,500 homes in the next 15 to 20 years on 3,700 acres just south of Siena Plantation. The outlet for those homes will not be onto 521 which is already crowded, although according to Fort Bend County Commissioner Pct. 1, Richard Morris, plans have been approved to widen 521 from Hwy. 6 to FM 2234. Estimated completion date is three years. 
Work on Fresno Trammel Road  is expected to be completed in June of 2017. Four lanes and a continuous left turn lane will help the flow of traffic. There will be sidewalks from Hurricane Lane to South Post Oak.



 RETIRED ROCKET SCIENTIST TO SHARE MEMORIES OF APOLLO LAUNCHES
 AT SIENNA BRANCH LIBRARY  8411 Sienna Springs Blvd
 Oct. 25th at 2pm
             NASA launched Apollo 11 to the moon 45 years ago. What exactly did it take to accomplish this successful, history-making mission? Hear a behind-the-scenes account from one of the NASA scientists who helped make that dream a reality.
          In the program “Have Rocket, Will Travel” retired NASA physicist Don Cooper will share his experiences creating the technology that helped launch Apollo 11 in 1969, and bring the Apollo 13 crew home safely in 1970. Cooper will also discuss the history of U.S. rockets, and his role in designing the Saturn V ascent guidance and trans-lunar targeting equations that would help make space travel possible.
          “Students do not know much about Apollo since it all happened before they were born,” says Cooper. “My objective is to show them how it happened, emphasize that education is essential, and show how math and physics solve real-world problems.”
          The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch library at 281-238-2900

He Won’t Be Listed in Who’s Who But...
Terry James will be missed. Terry was often seen riding a bicycle in the heart of Almeda endearing himself to  many people with a wide sweep of his arm and slight bow as he graciously opened the door to Kountry Kubbard. He was quite often rewarded with a Dr. Pepper. Friends and strangers alike would buy him Dr. Peppers until his brother put out the word that they didn’t have room in the  frig for food because it was filled with Dr. Peppers. The empty cans and any he could find were recycled.         
Terry used his arms and hands to speak to people using sign language anybody could understand. Although once as a boy, his father was yelling at him. Terry ran and got a piece of paper and wrote. “You know I am deaf.”   He passed away at the age of 49, leaving his brother, Mark James, and many people who loved him. 

Almeda Moe
Moe saw an ad that said waking  up as you float down a river is a deal you can’t afford to miss, only $100. Moe went to the travel agent’s office. After he counted out $100, a man came up behind him and knocked him out. When Moe woke up he was in a barrel floating down the Brazos River. A few minutes he saw another man in a barrel. The man yelled, “Hey do they serve lunch on this cruise?” “I doubt it,” replied Moe. “They didn’t do it last year.”

TRUE STORY
A hi-rise construction worker unhooked his safety belt so he could reach a board. He lost his grip and fell 110 feet face down in a pile of dirt. When the paramedics arrived he was still breathing. They put him on a stretcher. With great difficulty and fear, he whispered, “Don’t drop me.”



 MUSTANG COMMUNITY CENTER
REOPENS OCTOBER 1ST
Fresno Water Board will meet October 16th at the Mustang Community Center at 6pm. Rosa Medina has been appointed as vice president.
COMMISSIONER ON YOUR CORNER
 FBC Commissioner Morrison, Precinct 1, will host a Town Hall Meeting in Arcola on Oct. 9th at Arcola City Hall at 13222 Hwy 6 start at 6:30 P.M.
CONGRESS
Just 6 percent of the likely voters think Congress is doing a good job and 65% say they are doing a poor job. Only 25 percent of voters think their own member of Congress deserves re-election. So why do the same people get back in office? Here is a test: Who is your representative? Who are your senators? Are they Democrat or Republican? See answers in middle of page 4.
100,000 CHILDREN
 Sex trafficking in the United States uses 100,000 children. The average age of children drawn in is 12 to 14 years old. Houston is a major sex trafficking city. A documentary, In Plain Sight is available on DVD with stories of abolitionist fighting against sex trafficking and of women and children who are forced, coerced, or deceived into the commercial sex trade each year. Be informed.
Look for In Plain Sight at stores or type Documentary In Plain Sight on sex trafficking for a web site that has a trailer of the video.
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSzgvy9OH-0
Four locations in Texas, free to attend, invite a friend and join us!  Visit our website at http://www.redeemedministries.com/spotlights/plain-sight-premiere/ for location information.

 

HAPPY 91ST BIRTHDAY       THERESA BAILEY   sitting 
Theresa still does her own cooking and makes sure everything is rolling along properly at Bailey’s House of Guns which she and her late husband, Bill, established in 1954. She knows how to handle a gun and has bagged her fair share of wild game.
 She and Bill came to Almeda in 1950 and raised two sons, Butch and Bernard. Theresa  is one of the original members of the Friends of the Almeda Cemetery.

Friends of Sienna Branch Library 8411 Sienna Springs, Missouri City.  Quarterly Book Sale, October 16-18, All mystery and suspense novels will be two for the price of one.  In addition, thousands of other gently used adult and children’s books as well as CDs, DVDs, and videos will be available for purchase.  Sale hours are: Thursday, October 16, 6-8 p.m.,  Friday, October 17, 10:00 a.m.- 4 p.m., and Saturday, October 18, 10:00 a.m.-2 p.m.
HOMESCHOOL GROWING
In 1973, there were approximately 13,000 children, ages 5 to 17, being homeschooled in the United States. But according to the National Center for Education Statistics, as of the 2011-2012 school year, that number has grown to almost 1.8 million or approximately 3.4 percent of the school age population.
Condolences
ROBERT BROWN passed away recently. He had moved to New Castle, PA in 1999 but he kept up with Almeda’s news every month.

 IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO?
         “Yes”, she replied. “Pray. Pray that… I don’t lose my faith.”
         Her faith was more important to her than regaining her strength, relief of pain, or life itself. But oh how easy for doubts to creep in when we are weak and hurting. Does God really care? Why doesn’t He help me? Is He really in control? Does He really exist?  The doubts are like evening wolves hungry to devour and destroy, attacking when we are weak.
Have you, like me, wondered how Christians under persecutions would  give up their homes and even their lives rather than deny their faith? Perhaps they realize there is nothing on this earth worth hanging onto without faith.
Faith is just believing what God says is true. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Hebrews  11:6  Faith is one of the fruits or the evidences of the Holy Spirit as also love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, meekness, temperance. Galatians 5:22. We are kept by the power of God through faith...I Peter 1:5
 What a precious promise but make sure your faith is placed on the truth.  
William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army said, “The chief danger that confronts the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regenerati