Press "Enter" to skip to content

Posts published in “Day: April 2, 2002

Aldine Y.O.UT.H. to sponsor Cinco de Mayo Fest

Aldine YO.U.T.H. will hold its annual Chico de Mayo Festival on Sunday, May 5th from 12 noon until 7 p.m. at the Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. Community Center, 4700 Aldine Mail Rt.

There will be lots of food, entertainment, pinatas, charro, and more so mark your calendars!
Anyone who would like to volunteer to help plan this community festival is asked to call the Center.

A special Queen and Princess contest will be held for girls ages 11-18 as part of the Festival, The contest will run from April 1 to May 1. If you would like to register your child for the contest, please call Blanca at 281-590-3499 or 281-449-3268.

For information about the other activities at the Community Center such as our 8-week Summer Program, after school activities, Senior Club, or computer classes, please call 281-449-4828.

Grantham Academy scores high in Technology Competition

Grantham Academy’s Technology Department scored high recently when they participated in a Technology Competition at Greenspoint.

Grantham Academy for Engineering students won First, Second, and Third place in the White Wing Performance, the Pen Construction, and the Technology Bowl.

They won Second and Third places in Bridge Stress and Safety Posters. Additionally they won First and Second in Aero Car performance Last they won Third place in C02 Car Performance.

The following students participated in this competition: Francisco Maldonado, Jesse Alvarado, Tony Woodard, Irasema Aguilar, LaPorcha Milburn, Lorina Rainirez, Yvette Garcia, Alvaro Salazar, Micah Potts, Steven Frenchmeyer, Ashley Frenchmeyer. Jarvis Smith, Ray Rendon, Victor Lopez, Axturu Nava, Jarrod Riddeawt, Jessica Lopez, Luis Diaz, Veronica Hinojosa, Teresita Castro, Adam Weddington, Bradley Weddington, Alex Thompson, Kendall Tyler, Juan Martinez, Yesenia DelAbra, Elizabeth Daily, Cassi Faust. Julie Trejo. Nnzinga Thomas, Pedro Villegas, and Patrick Jones.

Grantham scored the highest point total of all middle schools, winning the Grand Trophy. Congratulations to all students who participated.

Aldine Middle students win at the Texas Media Awards

Aldine Middle School students My Nguyen (l) and Brittney Robinson won First Place in the Multi-media section of the Texas Media Awards. The state-wide contest is sponsored by the Texas Library Association. The girls’ project was a power point presentation entitled “The Victorian Era: A Revolution in Technology”. They will travel to Dallas to receive their awards at the annual Texas Library convention. Mr. Josh Lamberth is the Graphic Design instructor and Mrs. Susan Kalson is the librarian at Aldine Middle School.

Texas Heritage Day, Saturday April 6, brings homestead to life at Jesse Jones Park

What was life like for early East Texas settlers? How did they survive without modern day conveniences such as refrigerators, gasoline-powered vehicles or electricity? What would they do for entertainment? And what better way to find out than with a full day of old-time fun? Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the homestead comes alive as Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center hosts its annual Texas Heritage Day.

Visitors of all ages have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of folk music and demonstrations, try their hand at seldom-seen crafts and skills, sample old-fashioned foods and enjoy many other 19th century activities.

Demonstrations, music and other activities are featured in the green space at the front of the park, while staff members and scores of volunteers transform the Redbud Hill Homestead into a living, working homestead of the 1800s. Volunteers offer a taste of the past when they offer samples of cornbread from the bread oven, or stick bread and hoecakes cooked over an open fire. Members of the Jesse Jones Park Volunteers demonstrate how wood was fashioned into useful tools, furniture and other items in the wood shop, and other volunteers are on hand to show off their metal working skills in the blacksmith shop. Jones Park staff member Mike Howlett will share his favorite jerky recipe at the smokehouse, and visitors may even savor a tasty nibble or two. Volunteer member Don Roe of Roe’s Rangers demonstrates how black powder weaponry was used.

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be a soldier during the Civil War, take this opportunity to visit with authentically outfitted Civil War re-enactors as they patrol the homestead and demonstrate Civil War era weaponry and military life. And performer Violene Beene demonstrates how stories and traditions have been passed down through the generations as she tells Native American stories in the Akokisa Indian Village’s council lodge. Other demonstrations include lye soap making, quilting, kitchen gardening, a petting zoo, Native American crafts and much more. Visitors can even try on period costumes and get their picture taken in a variety of settings.

Younger park visitors can try their hand at some of the same chores done by children in the 1830s, such as making beeswax candles, shelling and grinding corn, washing clothes on a washboard and churning butter. Youngsters will also be able to ride ponies, listen to stories, shoot bows and arrows and make paper bonnets or cornhusk dolls.

Students from the North Harris College arts department show off their painting skills as they paint the faces of anyone wanting to enjoy this form of expression.

The Jones Park outdoor stages feature many varied types of festive folk music and other performances throughout the day. The Eagle Wind Dancers perform authentic Native American music and dances in fully costumed splendor. And the Paragon Brass Ensemble takes listeners on a musical tour of Texas through the ages, from the early days of Spanish exploration to the Civil War era. Other groups and performers include Billy Bratton, Dog Days of Summer, The Fiddle and the Bow, the North Harris County Dulcimer Society and Tall Cotten.

Hayrides are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and travel from the playground parking lot to the park entrance and from the park entrance to the homestead.

HCC-Northeast students named to 2002 Who’s Who

Seventy-nine students attending Houston Community College-Northeast have been selected for inclusion in the 2002 edition of Who‘s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges as national outstanding campus leaders.

The students were selected for the annual directory based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.

They join an elite group of students from more than 1,400 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign nations. Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges has been honoring outstanding students each year since 1966.

HCC-Northeast students named this year include:
Elena Aguirre, Juan Alejandro, Lorella Ames, Dwan M. Banks, Tiffany Brailey, Chris Brana, Matt Brewer, DeLoyce Burrow, Juan Gerardo Cardenas, Jacqueline M. Carmouche, Damon P. Carroll, Shapell Carter, Tiaresa E. Carter, William Casey, Eduardo Castaneda, Juan Castillo, Lois A. Chavis, Jodie Chumley, Tracy D. Cooper, Cleotide Cortez, Frederick Coy, Daniel Cupp, and Marcus Curvey, Jr.
Also Rachel J. Demitro, Shari M. Dunn, Crystal J. Dupuis, Elvina Edgley, Preshonda Fields, Quwanda Fields, Wendi Fitzgerald, Ursula Garcia, Janeta Goode, Stephanie Green, William Hazelwood, Philip Herrins, Richard M. Hinson, Pollette R. Holcombe, Linda P. Hornsby, Molecia L. Hunter, Jose Luis Jarra-Reyes, Audrey Jefferson, Lois Johnson, Sheila Johnson, Penny E. Kickman, Harlan Ligone, Ramona A. Lollie, Christian H. Lopez, Sonya S. Lundy, Norma Isabele Macik-Tristan, Raquel I. Mackay, Dorothy M. Martin, Israel Martinez, Stephen M. McQueen, Sherri D. McSpadden, Freda G. Morris, Latricia Needom, Huong Nguyen, Mariah Pellicar, Ariana Pena, Roxanne Rasberry, Xiomara Reyes, Jason Ripple, Jessica M. Rocha, Jorge Roman, Shanteria Samples, Awa Sarr, and Patricia A. Schwarz-FouCha.

Also Junelle P. Singer-Berry, Robyn Smith, Daniel Stope, Deanna L. Tauriello, Lori D. Thompson, Theresa Vasek, Jeff Viviano, Brooke Walters, Kimberly Ward, Dashonda Williams, Lawrence R. Williams, and Michelle M. Williams.

Northeast College President Margaret Forde, Ed. D., extended congratulations to the students and encouraged them to continue their pursuit of excellence, to expand their leadership skills, and to seek positive ways to serve humanity.

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs all-star basketball team goes to national tournament

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Houston has selected 12 young men from their National Pre-Prep Basketball League to form a 14-year-old All-Star Team, which will compete in the 2002 National Tournament in Slidell, Louisiana, on April 2-5.

These young men were chosen not only for their ability to play the game, but also for their sportsmanship on and off the court. also participate in The Salvation Army after-school program and have exemplified high academic standards.

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs All-Star Team will be competing with other teams from Porte Rico, New York, Indiana, Florida and many others around the United States.

“We are extremely proud to send these 12 young men who have demonstrated their willingness to excel in our athletic program and have the determination to succeed,” said Mark Barber, SAB&GC Executive Director. “Our goal is to provide a variety of sports, educational and leadership programs to disadvantaged youth throughout the Houston area.”

“Thanks to the many donors who support our youth programs for making this opportunity possible,” said Major Henry Gonza1ez, Houston Metropolitan Area Commander. “This is a once-in-a-life-time event for these young men.”

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Houston is one of the largest organizations serving youth in the Houston area. The SAB&GCs offer a variety of educational, sports, fitness and recreational, health and life skills, leadership and arts programs throughout their five Club locations and four school sites.

For more information about The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs programs and services, please call 713-752-0677.

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Houston has been serving youth for over 53 years in the Houston area.

‘Panic Room’ aptly titled

Like the characters in the “Panic Room,” you too might experience fear and alarm as you watch this taut thriller.

There is a definite Alfred Hitchcock quality to director David Fincher’s (“Seven,” “Fight Club”) “Panic Room.” There are normal people put in extreme circumstances, there’s spooky music and the main action involves just a few characters. As with most Hitchcock movies, “Panic Room” is engrossing, well acted and edge-of-your-seat-scary.

Also like Hitchcock, Fincher uses some interesting camera work to intensify action or just to show a scene in a unique way.

As with one of Hitchcock’s best movies “Rear window” most of the action takes place in a confined space. Other than the opening and ending scenes, everything happens in the home of Meg Altman and her young daughter Sarah.

It’s their first night in the big city house, which is outfitted with an elevator, four floors and most important to the plot – a panic room. This safe room has thick walls, a steel door, security monitors, its own telephone line and ventilation system.

Jodi Foster (“Silence of the Lambs,” “Anna and the King”) plays the fragile acting and looking Meg, who is still reeling from a messy and public divorce. She does not want the new house and the panic room does not impress her.

She thinks it’s a silly extravagance and a possible danger – a clue to future developments – until three men invade her home in the middle of the night.

Then the panic room is safe haven, until she figures out that the reason the men are there is to get what’s in the room.

The leader, Jared Leto (“Requiem for a Dream”) is the greedy spoiled relative of the former owner. To help get what he wants, he’s enlisted Forest Whitaker (“The Crying Game,” “Phenomenon”) a builder of safe rooms. Rounding out the trio is Dwight Yoakam (“Sling Blade”) as the mysterious masked man that Leto has signed up at the last minute.

They are an odd bickering bunch, Leto’s character is not too bright, Whitaker is basically a good bad guy and Yoakam is a really evil bad guy.

The question is, are they a match for a mother protecting her young? What do you think? To make it more interesting, or some might say predictable, Sarah has a serious ailment that needs attention.

Part of the fun in watching “Panic Room” is putting yourself in Meg’s place. Would you be cool enough and smart enough to win against these three criminals?

The small cast is excellent all the way around, especially Foster who displays hurt, fear and determination so well, often just with her expressive face.

As entertaining as “Panic Room” is, there are some scenes that will have you saying “Oh please.” Now do you really think phone lines within a wall are labeled with tags that have “phone line” on them? I don’t think so.

A beating scene went on too long and was excessively violent, but this is a David Fincher film –a very good film at that. Rated-R for violence and language

Magic Moments of a Spring Ritual Turkey Hunting Season

When the sun rises this coming Saturday morning, it will shine on thousands of avid wild turkey hunters trying to call a long bearded gobbler into range. Across much of Texas, it is the long held tradition of the opening of spring turkey season.

There is something a little magical about being in the spring woods at dawn. With all of its colorful sights and sounds and smells, spring is a time of awakening. It is a time of renewal to remind us that another winter has passed and the plants and wild creatures are evolving out of a more dormant state. There are few things in nature more exciting and beautiful than to watch a strutting gobbler waltz through a field of wild flowers and cactus in full bloom with pink and yellow blossoms. With his brilliant red head and his jet black and iridescent bronze plumage glistening in the morning sunlight, he becomes the centerpiece of an ultimate picture of nature’s beauty.

While the taking of a wild trophy gobbler can be the ultimate climax of the hunt, it is often an anti-climactic part of the spring turkey hunting ritual. Hunting the wild Texas turkey is becoming a popular tradition. For many years before Texas Parks and Wildlife reinstated the spring season, it was a common practice to take turkeys during the fall when flocks happened to pass near deer stands or come to a game feeder. Few sportsmen hunted specifically for them, but they were a bonus for the deer hunter.

The spring hunting season, established in the mid-1970’s, set aside a gobblers-only hunting during the breeding cycle when the males are most susceptible to calling. Although there are still a lot of turkeys taken in the fall, it is the excitement of calling in the big birds that draws the 100,000 spring turkey hunters.

Texas is home to about 600,000 of the wild birds, a number which is larger than that of any other state. After a restocking effort over the years, there are sizeable numbers of the Eastern turkey in many of the counties in the east and southeast parts of the state. The biggest turkey population in the state, however, is the Rio Grande. The Rio Grande species is slightly smaller, but are more adaptable to a harsh habitat. The Rio Grande thrives across the state and especially in the rugged regions of South Texas and the Hill Country. These wild birds are not to be confused with the big breasted and tiny-brained domestic birds we pick up at the local supermarket just before Thanksgiving. The wild variety is extremely smart with superior eyesight and hearing.

The first challenge to hunting the wild turkey is to locate the birds. This is a little more difficult if you are on an unfamiliar ranch or hunting lease. Over the years most of my turkey hunts have been for the Rio Grande species in the areas around Rock Springs, Bracketville, Uvalde, Camp Wood, and Junction. Although I have taken gobblers in all these areas, I have had to work a little harder at hunting some than others. Calling in a love-struck gobbler can be the ultimate challenge and the pinnacle of hunting experiences.

The best way to locate a gobbler is to hear him, either on the roost at dawn or dusk, or on the ground during the day. For this reason, the best strategy is to scout the hunting area and find the roosts.

Locating roosting areas can be fairly easy in much of Texas’ turkey habitat. Find a stand of big trees, especially those near water, and you will usually find turkeys.

Generally in Rio Grande turkey country, roost sites are predictable. Some individual trees on ranches have served as turkey roosts for decades and are usually well known to hunters on the lease.

One of the largest and oldest turkey roosts in the state is in a stand of giant trees in the WalterBuck Henry State Park along the South Llano River southwest of Junction. Flocks of wild turkey have been roosting in those same trees for over 100 years.

I was able to turkey hunt on the property just across the river from the park. I could hear the flocks coming down off the roost in the mornings. I also watched as the turkeys would make their way back to their roost in the evening. Occasionally, I could get one to come within range of my stand.

Hopefully, one bright spring dawn in early April will find me hunkered down by a big tree in the Hill county, watching and listening for a strutting Rio Grande gobbler.

Pet of the Week

April 2, 2002

This week’s featured pet is a four and a half month old Rat Terrier with soft, expressive eyes, perky ears and a sweet, calm disposition. She is spayed and has had all her shots.

If you would like to adopt her or any of the other wonderful companion animals at the Harris County Rabes/Animal Control shelter go to 602 Canino just west of Hardy.

For hours and information, call 281-999-3191.

Nimitz High JROTC headed to national competition

The Nimitz High School JROTC will compete at the JROTC Nationals April 5-6 in Pensacola, FL.

The cadets from Nimitz qualified for the national competition by placing fifth (out of 17 teams) at the National Qualifier held last month.

The cadets, under the direction of Lt. Commander Leslie Hobley and Petty Officer 1st Class Cliff Adams, finished first in two areas at the National Qualifier, Unarmed Exhibition and Color Guard. The cadets also finished in third place in Physical Training.

“The cadets displayed awesome sportsmanship throughout the competition,” Hobley said. “They worked extremely hard during the year and now they are being rewarded for all of that hard work and discipline.”