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Posts published in “Day: April 15, 2003

Thoughts of an Old Georgia Boy

Could not work in the backyard yesterday like I had planned. Had to take the Mrs. for a ride to keep her happy, she told me the backyard work will be there tomorrow. Guess she got tired of sitting on the front porch and watching cars go by. There was a time when I did that at my grand folks place on Liberty Hill Road; you could hear a car coming for a long way from that house on a hill.

The Mrs. wanted to go see the bluebonnets and all the other wild flowers in the hill country around the Chappel Hill area. We made a slow wide loop admiring not only the flowers but also the layout of the land. Some places you could see way off for miles and the rolling hills were so pretty, clear blue sky with a little breeze.

Took notice of a lot of buzzards flying the thermals out that direction. By one large pond I noticed more than a dozen in the air and on shore by the pond was I’d bet over 30 or more. That has got to be their roosting area.

One of my buddies was telling me of them finding a buzzard’s roost when they were growing up in Del Rio. Said they came under the birds at night and disturbed them. He said the buzzards threw up on them. You know it is against the law to kill them. I have heard before of them doing that if you mess with them. Believe me, I know better.

Saw one nice spread while riding around, it too was on a hill off the winding road with a fenced in field that had a couple of little burrows frolicking around. I made a comment to the Mrs. that I would like to have something like that one day and a couple of the little jackasses. She looked at me like I was crazy but I would like two. I already have a couple of nice names for them when the time comes.

Noticed lots of cardinals and dove on this trip and I did see two-dogwood trees but no kudzu, or poke salad. Lots of dewberries in blossom also. The question came up about why people never tried to domesticate the cardinal, they re so pretty.

I did the driving and one would have thought she had brakes over in the passenger seat. She got right testy with me telling me not to say anything about her driving. I love it when she talks dirty to me.

From the Chappel Hill sausage to Houston’s Hickory Hollow BBQ chicken fried steak yesterday; the old gout is pounding in the big right toe today. Rich foods like that tear me up. Guess you could say I like it but it doesn’t like me.

Easter is this coming weekend then standby for a slow shift from nice weather to near hot to hot and it’ll be that way for the next five to six months.

Semper Paratus.

Lembcke, Marks selected as AISD’s top teachers

Deborah J. Lembcke was named Aldine ISD’s Elementary/Intermediate Teacher of the Year, while Leslie B. Marks was named the district’s Secondary Teacher of the Year during AISD’s Teacher of the Year Breakfast, held April 4 at the Sheraton North Houston Hotel.

Lembcke, who teaches first grade at Odom Elementary, and Marks, who teaches French at Shotwell Middle School, were two of six finalists chosen for the prestigious award by a committee of fellow teachers, administrators and community members.

The four other finalists were Chaiwat Rodsuwan of Bethune Academy, Michelle Schroeder of Anderson Academy, Donna Andrich of Teague Middle School and Curtis L. Wood of Eisenhower Senior High School.

Lembcke and Marks, along with the semifinalists and each campus teacher of the year, were also honored by a number of businesses in the Greenspoint area who provided gifts for the two winners and the others.

Continental Airlines presented Lembcke and Marks each with a round trip airfare to anywhere Continental flies in the continental United States. Lincoln Properties presented each of the winners with $200, and the semi-finalists with $100 each. Halliburton presented each of the winners $500, while the Aldine Teachers Credit Union provided $200 each to Lembcke and Marks. Apartment Directors provided gift certificates to the six finalists, while the Sheraton North Houston Hotel provided the four semi-finalists with a weekend get away package. Outback Steakhouse presented all of the campus Teachers of the Year with a gift certificate, while Gallery Furniture provided a duffle bag full of goodies to all 59 campus Teachers of the Year.

The two winners and four semi-finalists also received gift certificates and prizes from Greenspoint Mall to be used at department stores and specialty stores in the mall.

Lembcke said she sees her role as a teacher as that of one who directs her students in their drive to reach academic achievement.

“Outstanding educators map out where they want their students to be at the end of the year,” she said. “They look at the individual child and help them become problem solvers. They welcome their entire classroom with equal enthusiasm. For them, working with young learners and sharing in their excitement, achievements and wonder is magical.”

Marks said teachers must be well rounded to prepare students for the challenges they will face in the future.

“Outstanding teachers must have patience, a true love of the subject they are teaching, a genuine desire to fill children with knowledge and information necessary for them to be successful in the 21st century,” she said. “Outstanding teachers must enjoy working with children and readily accept them for who they are and what they bring to the classroom.”

Prior to the naming of the six finalists, each of the district’s building Teachers of the Year were introduced by their campus principals.
Joining Lembcke, Marks and the four semi-finalists at the breakfast were:

Debra A. Jones of Aldine Middle School, Akilah A. Walker Willery of Aldine Ninth Grade School, Wendy D. Harris of Aldine Senior High School, Vickie Marie Thompson of AEPC (Alternative Education Place Center), Tamisha D. Higgins of Black Elementary School, Sharon Denise Hicks of Calvert Elementary School, Debbie A. Mullone of Caraway Intermediate School, Kathleen A. Mitchell of Carmichael Elementary School, Elena J. Johnson of Carroll Academy, Kimberly A. Pruitt of Carter Academy and Regidor L. Tanig of Carver High School.

Other building Teachers of the Year were: Jodi C. Crofford of Conley Elementary School, Donna J. Blackney of deSantiago EC/Pre-K Center, Deborah C. Fields-Harris of Drew Academy, Sheryl A. Alvarez of Dunn Elementary School, Mason A. Kuhn of Eckert Intermediate School, Kimberly Encalade of Magrill Elementary School, Kasha L. Reece of Mendel Elementary School, Meredith Smith of Nimitz Ninth Grade School, Deborah Jesse Barker of Nimitz Senior High School and Karen Baxter of Northwest Intermediate School.

Also honored were Fran L. Williams of Eisenhower Ninth Grade School, Kim K. Williams of Ermel Elementary School, John E. Wilson of Escamilla Intermediate School, Suni S. Thompson of Francis Elementary School, Jennifer L. McCracken of Goodman Elementary School, Zannavia Y. Ray-Willpitz of Grantham Academy, Beverly J. Campbell of Gray Elementary School, Refugio A. Rodriquez of Hambrick Middle School, Lara I. Egolinsky of Harris Academy, Maria Mapula Gonzales of Hinojosa EC/Pre-K Center, Carolyn Marie Milton of Hoffman Middle School, Traci L. Carballo of Johnson Elementary School, Norma E. Carachure of Keeble EC/Pre-K Center, Stacey A. Herring of Lane School, Tim Timpani of MacArthur Ninth Grade School and Aquilla T. Aubrey of MacArthur Senior High School.

Others honored were: Gayla J. Landrum of Oleson Elementary School, Connie Reimer-Cobb of Orange Grove Elementary School, Juergen “Carl” Mueller of Parker Intermediate School, April T. Lawles of Raymond Academy, Monica L. Lewis of Reece Academy, Diane R. Hudson of Reed Academy, Lillian A. Grimm of Sammons Elementary School, Rhonda D. Merriweather of Smith Academy, Stephen B. Bedford of Stehlik Intermediate School, Dea’Vanca Simon of Stephens Elementary School, Karen D. Love-All Griffen of Stovall Middle School, Julie A. DeKovic of Stovall Academy, Rosetta R. Simpson of Thompson Elementary School, Martha I Valbuena of Vines EC/Pre-K Center, Robert A. Jones of Wilson Intermediate School and April S. Montague of Worsham Elementary School.

Linda Scott, program director of elementary science, chaired the Teacher of the Year committee.

Aldine ISD election voting starts this week

By P.J. Williams

Early voting for Aldine ISD School Board trustees elections begins Tuesday April 16th and runs through April 29th. Early ballots can be cast weekdays from 8AM to 4PM at the M.B. Sonny Donaldson Aldine ISD Administration Building at 14910 Aldine-Westfield. The deadline for applications for ballot by mail is April 25. The regular election day is May 3.

The AISD School Board consists of seven at-large positions with three year terms. The candidates for position 3 are Sidney Brewer and incumbent Leonard W. Marcella. Running for position 4 are Joseph l. Nailor and incumbent Rick Ogden. The three candidates running for position 5 are incumbent Carlos Diaz, Steve Mead, and Maurice Parker.

Incumbent Marcella, position 3, is the secretary of the board -said, “I am running for the benefit of the children to get them the best education for the money we have.” Marcella’s wife works at Nimitz High School and his three children graduated from Aldine schools. “We’re an Aldine family all the way,” Marcella said.

Position 3 challenger Sidney Brewer described himself as a concerned parent with two children in the district and one who just graduated. He said, “I just want to keep the district moving up. With the onset of federal and state cut backs there will be changes, and I want to see that those changes are for the best.”

Position 4 incumbent Rick Ogden served on the AISD School Board for the last 13 years and is president of the Association of School Boards. He said, “We have a great leadership team who have created a framework for our children to succeed academically, and I feel my work is not done.” His four children are graduates of Aldine High School.

Challenger Joseph L. Nailor is a 14 year resident of Aldine. He could not be reached for comment by press time.

Position 5 incumbent Carlos Diaz taught Texas History at Aldine Middle School for two years and was an assistant football and track coach there. Diaz said, “We worked over the last 8-9 years, while I’ve been on the board, to raise the test scores overall, but especially with minorities. I’m there for the children. I want to make sure they get the best education possible.” Diaz has two children who attend Anderson Academy and two more who are destined for Aldine schools.

Position 5 challenger Steve Mead is a 52 year Aldine resident who went through all levels of Aldine schools. Mead is active in the community as secretary of the Aldine Community Improvement District (ACID), president of the Aldine Optimist Club, former president of Aldine YOUTH and RFPD #24 (Aldine Fire and Rescue), and a member of the Aldine Scholarship Foundation and Aldine FFA buyer’s group. Mead said, “I want to be a board member who goes out to talk to teachers to see what teachers are looking for and what parents are looking for. I want to make sure everyone is treated fairly. Any decision I make will be an honest decision for the benefit of everyone.” Mead’s three children went all the way through Aldine schools, North Harris College, and University of Houston.

Position 5 challenger Maurice Parker’s two main concerns are the challenge of future budget issues and TAAS scores. “There are 20 percent who didn’t pass TAAS and that’s my concern. Eighty percent is not good enough,” he said. Parker’s solution is to check out other programs. “We need to find ways to reach students on their level. It means being creative and giving teachers more autonomy and let them do what they do. That’s teach,” he said.

Ley Road Shopkeeper dies after confrontation with shoplifter

A local owner of a service station in the 7900 block of Ley Road died at Ben Taub hospital after suffering a beating from a patron who was allegedly caught in the act of shoplifting candy.

Young An, 53, was in his gas station last Thursday evening, about 9:00 pm, when Emory Carter, 36, entered the store and put some candy in his pocket. When challenged by An, he struck him in the face, severly injuring him.

Carter, the alleged perpetrator, is being sought on a charge of aggravated assault with serious bodily injury, but this will probably be upgraded to murder, according to police.

Anyone with information is requested to call the police department at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Police search for missing truck after stabbing death on Grenfell

Houston police are investigating the death of a man found at 218 Grenfell about 2 p.m. on Friday, April 11, 2003.

Homicide Division Sergeant H.G. Welch and Officer D.D. Snow reported family members of Larry Joe Simpson, 58, found him dead in his home. He appeared to have numerous stab wounds. His 2003 blue Dodge pickup truck, license 7WT- W34, is missing.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Houston Police Department Homicide Division at (713) 308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS.