There has been a long running disagreement between the City of Arcola and Griffith as to whether McKeever should curve into S. Post Oak which would more or less eliminate McKeever east of S. Post Oak. The city prevailed and there is a T intersection. According to city councilman, Tom Hilton, Griffith wants the part of McKeever Road which runs along side of the airport to be torn out so he can expand his runway allowing larger planes to use the public runway. He estimates the FAA has given Griffith $5 million to expand.
Hilton got involved when he found out his home just west of the airport would be bulldozed. As a private citizen he started asking questions and didn’t accept vague answers but dug into facts and records. Determined to save his home, he realized his only hope was working with Arcola. He ran for city council, has continued to be re-elected and is one of many citizens in opposition to the expansion of the airport.
FAREWELL TO COACH RAY SEALS
For two decades Ray Seals coached the kids at Madison High School where several went on to play pro ball. The new couch, Patrick Reinecke, has some big shoes to fill.
Hot Air Out, Cool Air In
The most basic thing you can do to keep your house cooler without air conditioning is to keep as much sunlight out as possible and let cooler air in at night. During the day, keep windows, drapes, blinds, or shades closed, especially on the southern and western sides of your home. If you have a porch, you can put up large plastic or bamboo shades to cut down on sunlight. For windows, use white or light colored window dressings or reflective slicks to cut down on light. At night, leave cabinets open as well, as they store heat from the day.
Place fans in windows at night to bring more cool air in. Ceiling fans can also make a big difference. In terms of cooling, even a one-mile-per-hour breeze will make you feel three to four degrees cooler
In terms of energy savings, if you run a ceiling fan full-blast for 12 hours, you will only spend about $10 a month in electricity. Set ceiling fan to blow down.
When the air is several degrees hotter outside than inside, shut your windows.
Cool your home without air conditioning by placing a bowl of ice or a frozen gallon jug in front of one or more fans.
Identify the appliances in your home that generate heat. Shut off as many electric appliances as possible. Try to use heat-generating appliances only during the coolest part of the day. Keep your electronics on a power strip for a quick way to “power-down” before leaving for the day.
Fluorescent bulbs are cooler than incandescent bulbs. Turn off lights when not in use.
Humidity makes a room hotter. Do laundry early or late in the day. Take showers or baths during the cooler times of day. Invest in a dehumidifier if you live in a humid climate.
Insulate Your Attic. A well-insulated attic, especially when an attic ventilating fan is used, is one of the best ways to keep heat out of your home.
Plan out landscaping for your home. Have deciduous trees, trellises and shrubbery on the southern and western portions of your home. If you have AC these tips might help you to lower the cost.
HISD & FBISD SCHOOLS START AUGUST 22ND
New teachers are Maria Ambriz a PPCD teacher, Karen Bingo 2nd grade bi-lingual and Jorge Estebane also 2nd grade bilingual. Cage expects 750 to 800 children. She doesn’t expect to need waivers to allow more than 22 children in a classroom. Classes in the 5th grade on up are allowed to have as many children in the classroom as the principal deems necessary. New hours are 8 to 3 Mon. thru Fri.
Bus service is available for kids at Canterbury Village and Summerland sub-divisions, but many parents will drive through the circular drive way to pick up their children. Mrs. Cage expects a lot of congestion at first so it might be a good spot to avoid at 3pm.
I'm such a rebel, with my 'non-tinted' windows. I swear, the govt. is way too involved in our lives. Building codes say I have to put tinted windows in my house to make it more energy efficient. Well, I happen to like to see out my windows. Besides, I have shade trees, and the only windows that even get direct sunlight are the ones that face south. You know, the ones that let more light in when the sun drops to the south in the winter ... when it's cold, and people want some extra heat from the sun.
Govt. regulations, won't somebody save us from idiocy ... oh yeah, Ron Paul. Please win!
By James Andrews
THE TENTH AMENDMENT
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
If Congress would respect the Constitution a lot of federal regulations would be eliminated.
Sienna Branch Library
KINDLES AVAILABLE TO CHECK OUT Beginning July 18, Fort Bend County Libraries will have a limited number of Amazon Kindles available for check-out at each of the branches in the library system. The Kindles come pre-loaded with more than 20 bestselling adult fiction and nonfiction books. “Anyone who is considering the purchase of a digital reading device – or eReader – may wish to check out one of the libraries’ new Kindles so that they can become familiar with how the technology works,” says Library Director Clara Russell. “eBooks give readers a whole new format in which to enjoy their favorite books and authors, and we are happy to incorporate this emerging technology into the libraries’ collection.”The Kindles come loaded with books by bestselling authors such as Janet Evanovich, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Jodi Picoult, Clive Cussler, and many others.
GOOD IDEA FOR TEXAS
Florida is the first state that is now going to require drug testing to receive welfare!
Jesus is the Rock,
He is the Shepherd over the flock,
He’s a friend that sticks closer than a brother, He is like no other.
I Corinthians 3:11 & 10:4, Ezekiel 34:23, I Peter 2:25, Proverbs 18:24
Copyright by Emmaline Wiley
NEED A JOB
One unexpected finding from an IHS study was that “an increase in oil and gas activity reverberates throughout the broader economy,” said James Diffley, senior director of IHS Global Insight’s U.S. Regional Economic Group. “Each new hire (in the Gulf) results, on average, in more than three additional jobs in an array of industries around the country” – not just in the Gulf region
July 21, 2011 in a study six months after the drilling moratorium there is a *250% increase in the backlog of deepwater plans pending governmental approval a*86% drop in the pace of regulatory approvals for plans * 60% drop in all GoM drilling permits * 38% increase in the time required to reach each regulatory approval required. This is the first in a series of studies IHS expects to conduct into the status of GoM oil and gas activity post-Macondo.
If you need a job, ask the president and congress to find out what is the hold up which keeps Texans from drilling for oil in the Gulf.
WHAT IS A TRILLION?
I have trouble getting past a hundred thousand so I checked to make sure. A trillion is 1,000 billion or one million millions. In Feb 2011, the White House released budget documents estimating the revenues as $2.174 trillion and estimated expenses at $3.819 trillion. That means they want to go in the hole one trillion and 645 billion. The solution: borrow more money. The problem: we paid $418,954,825,362.17 in interest last year. That is almost $419 BILLION in interest.
Let’s see one billion is 1,000 million. To most of us peons one million is a lot of money, but not to our government. I think if they got a few bargain shopper housewives who know how to balance a checkbook to work for them, they could reduce spending by 1,000 billion here and there.
It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
SENIOR’S GARDEN AT MULTI-CENTER
“I am so proud of my group at the Hiram Clarke Multi-Center,” says Terry Garner who is in charge of the 11 community garden centers in Houston.
The seniors have a garden to be proud of. Three raised beds (one 45x4 feet, and two 22 feet x 4 each) produced approximately 15 pounds of lettuce, 15 lbs. beans, 75 lbs. cucumbers, 17 lbs. egg plant, 15 lbs. squash, 25 lbs. of okra and 125 pounds of nice tomatoes not to mention gobs of sage, rosemary, parsley, cilantro and peppers. They circled four small trees with cantaloupe plants and harvested 24 pounds. They are still harvesting egg plant, okra, and herbs. These seniors water every morning. One thing you will be hard pressed to find is a weed.
They don’t need Terry to encourage them. They encourage Terry the way they have participated. Terry just offers the knowledge of a Master Gardner and will soon get the certificate to go with the knowledge.
He maintains the worst pest in the garden is weeds and the best fertilizer is your shadow at work. He also recommends Micro-Life organic fertilizer which is expensive, about $30 for a 40 lb. bag. To control insects without pesticides use diluted dishwashing detergent, garlic juice, citrus oils, tea bags and herbs. The seniors have herbs planted right beside the vegetables except for mint. Mint needs to be isolated otherwise it will take over the whole garden.
It won’t be long before the seniors will be planting fall crops such as turnips, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, spinach, English peas and especially mustard greens in time for a Thanksgiving harvest.
Most of the above can take a light frost and spinach can take a 19 degree hard freeze. Turnips actually are sweeter after a light frost.
Notes for this information were taken from a talk by
.By John Mc Arthur
False salvation –does not have the Holy Spirit.(Jesus Christ died and took the punishment for what we have done wrong. He conquered death and is alive. When we receive Jesus, He sends the Holy Spirit of God to guide us . We know we have true salvation iif we have the fruit of the Holy Spirit which is love, joy, peace etc. Galatians 5:22 & 23. You can have the Holy Spirit and yet allow the following things to steal joy.)
Satan & demons (yeh... they are real and so is evil. Evil is live spelled backward.)
Inadequate understanding of God’s sovereignty. God is in control of all things. Some of those things are bad but work for our good.
Prayerlessness which leads to frustration instead of dependence on God.
Low after spiritual high
Emotion controlled by circumstances of world and materialist concern
Forgetfulness—forget what we are saved from and the past love and help we have received
Dissatisfaction with earthly condition
Fear (lack of trusting God)
Uncontrolled feelings-control your feelings by telling yourself what to feel instead of listening to yourself.
Morbid self analysis
Self centered (You’ve heard of joy in serving others)
Guilt—can’t forgive yourself (Got a higher standard than God?) All of these things rob us of the joy we should have as beloved children of God, our Savior, Friend, and Creator. Our Father, who is in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom and power and glory. In Jesus name Amen.
BEFORE YOU DIE
It isn't enough to sign a bunch of papers establishing an estate plan and other end-of-life instructions. You also have to make your heirs aware of them and leave the documents where they can find them.
At least 10 states have been investigating whether some of the country's largest insurers are failing to pay out unclaimed life policies to beneficiaries. Insurers say under policy contracts, they are required to pay a claim when beneficiaries come forward. You can avoid such problems by securing important documents and telling your family where they are stored.
The financial consequences of failing to keep your documents in order can be significant. According to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, state treasurers currently hold $32.9 billion in unclaimed bank accounts and other assets. (You can search for unclaimed assets at MissingMoney.com .)
Most experts recommend creating a folder of documents that family members can access in case of an emergency, so they aren't left scrambling to find and organize a hodgepodge of disparate bank accounts, insurance policies etc. Store the documents with your attorney, lock them away in a safe-deposit box or keep them at home in a fireproof safe that someone else knows the combination to.
Sometimes people hold onto so many papers that loved ones can't find the important ones easily.
Proof of Ownership You should keep documentation of housing and land ownership, cemetery plots, vehicles, stock certificates and savings bonds; any partnership or corporate operating agreements; and a list of brokerage and escrow mortgage accounts. If you don't tell your family that you own such assets, there is a chance they never will find out. Mr. Moseley says in such an event, clients must perform their own detective work, watching the mail for real-estate tax bills or combing bank accounts for interest payments, for example. File any documents that list loans you have made to others, since they could be included as assets in an estate. Similarly, keep a list of any debts you owe to avoid surprising your family. Wills and living trusts generally are drafted to include provisions for how debts should be settled, and creditors have a stipulated period of time in which to file a claim against the estate. Make the most recent three years of tax returns available, too. Looking at last year's returns offers a snapshot of what assets a person has. Cont. next month