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Posts published in “Day: June 10, 2003”

Now you’ll know what an acrostic is

Well, this is the day that so many of you have been waitin’ for, the naming of the winners of the Northeast News “Why I like Horsefeathers” contest. Believe me. I had no idea so m any of you were such creative folks It was not easy, in fact I could hardly make up my mind, so I am givin’ the first place prize, plus five CD’s to the top five places. Sor-ry, I couldn’t give every one of you who entered a CD but I do consider every one of you winners! You are the best folks in the world

Alright already! The winner is (are)…Michael and Jan Gucker of Crosby. Their winning entry was an acrostic using Horsefeathers, vertically. Now, the first time I saw an acrostic, I had to ask what is was, so here is the winning entry:

Honest writing
Outstanding stories
Really Interesting
Super talker
Equine reading
Full of cowboy poetry
Exciting to read
All-American
Today’s news
Historical tidbits
Entertaining Tales
Real Cowboy Way
Sensational article

Now that’s a great “acrostic” folks! Thanks to Michael and Jan for their support and to all the rest who sent in entries.

Winners of the autographed CD’s are:
Laura Kidder, Crosby; Joe Hausberger, Sr., Highlands; Janice Koopman. Houston; Ma-vis Jones, Houston: and Betty Jo Wisegerber. Dayton. Thanks!

On to some important happenin’s. I want to wish a happy anniversary to my pards Lindy and Amanda Murf of Crosby. I don’t know how he landed such a pretty gal, but he did and he must be behaving’ himself.

Thanks to Granny Gladys Adcox for her letter and support. Also, Laura Kidder of Crosby for sharin’ her story of a fine Crosby boy, Cody Bennett, who was killed by a drunk driver this Memorial Day.

I don’t even want to get started about drinkin’ and drivin’ cause I think that they should put them in jail for the rest of their natural lives and then ten years after they die. I’ll shut up though.

The lovely and charmin’ ‘Miss Judy” will be movin’ to the Rancho Pequito this week per-manently. We’re building, so she will have a new home and not have to sleep with the horses anymore. I know they’ll miss her, but that’s the breaks!

I’ll be on a short break with my family next week and then flying to Amarillo to teach and perform at the Cal Farley Box’s Ranch along with my friends, Red Steagall, R.W. Hampton, Elmer Kelton, Bob Campbell, Trey Allen and a whole passel of other talented folks,

After we return, I may be getting’ to work with the Baytown Little Theater (they mis-placed the Big Theater) on “Annie Get Your Gun”. It’s a sto-ry about women’s rights and how to train up a man! I will have a very important part. That’s right, I will be collecting tickets and cleanin’ up after the show! So stay tuned for more info.

To quote my ol pard, “Buf-falo Bob”, Hey kids, what time is it?” That’s right, it’s Crosby Fair and Rodeo time, folks. One of the best Fair and Rodeos in three counties is held in Juno every year so don’t you dare miss it! June 12th, 13th, 14’, every night. No Shuttle is needed here, so you can park pretty close.

I got to go shut the gate cause Charlie is feelin’ better and left ‘er open again. Stay cool.

Just a Ridin’, Lloyd

How to prepare for this wet and wild summer

Tis June and hurricane season is upon us again. Are we going to have a big one this year or just get the remnants of one that hits someplace else?

Are you prepared? Will you stay here and ride it out or be one of the many in the massive traffic jam should one head our direction?

Having gone to the grocery store prior to one coming before, I will advise you strongly to go now and buy your water and canned goods because the stores shelves will be empty.

I am preparing our list and checking it twice. Water will be on my next few shopping trips as well as a few other items like instant coffee. Yuck you say but it’s better than nothing.

A few bottles of propane are on the list and I’ll keep the big one filled also.

How are you going to cook? Wal-Mart has the small propane grills over in the garden section for $29.95 and I bought one. Best grill for the money that I found and you will need something to cook any thawed out meat you’ll have when your freezer finally cools down.

We have candles and they are old but still useable. There are a couple of hurricane lamps in the attic and I may well drag them out. Of course it takes kerosene to make them work and I’ve had a gallon of it for several years now. I wonder it is still any good?

A manual can opener is a must because the electric ones are hard to operate manually, I guarantee it.

What will you eat? Canned beans get old quick. Fresh fruit does not stay fresh long.
One year we stocked up on canned goods and it took us what seemed like forever to finally go through and eat all of it.

The Mrs. ain’t much on canned tuna. We ate so much of it when we first got married, seems like she got her fill; that and Spam. Can you relate to something like that?

If you think you might need some plywood, best to get a few sheets now because there will not be any available afterwards; that or sheetrock.

Of course a roll of plastic would be useful and a heavy duty stapler to secure it with. That is something you gals can get yours truly for Fathers Day or an early Christmas gift.

Rubber boots will come in handy afterwards but they are not of much use when water is up to your belly button.

Saltine crackers keep a lot longer than loaf bread as do cookies and other crackers.

Best to take a count on your batteries. We keep all fresh batteries in a shoebox and have an assortment available for immediate use.

Flashlights are a must but the ones that use three or more batteries have a longer life and provide more light than the two cell flashlights. Rechargeable flashlights are great but once it runs down, how will you recharge it unless you have electricity, a generator or other means?

Load up on bug spray for you as well as for the house. The air conditioner will not be running and if you keep the doors open, flies, skeets and other insects will surely come in the house. The bug candles in bucket form are great for repelling the skeets.

Keep your cell phone charged because normal phone service is generally knocked out with down lines.

Hope this little bit of advice helps you and hope you never have to go through something that will huff and puff and blow your house down.

Mayoral candidates propose alternate to METRO vote

At least two mayoral candidates have listened to the voters, and have suggested that an alternative to the funding and spending proposals that are proposed by METRO should be on the ballot next November.

METRO is planning on a referendum, on the November 4 ballot, to get voter approval for a Mobility Plan that would include light rail lines, increased bus service, expanded HOV lanes, and general mobility improvements. However, in the year 2009 the plan calls for METRO to stop funding road improvements to the local communities it serves. Presumably these costs would revert to local municipal budgets, and either not be funded, or require additional taxes to maintain the street improvements that now are paid for by METRO money.

Candidates Bill White and Orlando Sanchez so far have publicly sought to have METRO continue funding for local street work after the 2009 date. Sanchez wants a second referendum item to be voted upon, and White wants METRO to propose cutting the rail component of the budget, and seek funds from other sources than the sales tax and rider revenue.

Metro chairman Art Schechter indicated he would take these suggestions into consideration, just as he is also planning to incorporate come of the comments and suggestions made at other public meetings that have been held all over the city for the last two months.

However, likely mayoral candidate Sylvester Turner has suggested that an alternative proposal may harm the rail interests, and make voters more likely to reject the plan.

The Metro board is expected to vote on a final plan on July 31st that would include some public input items. However, in Hispanic communities, the sentiment has been that more needs to be done for them than presently is outlined in the Mobility Plan.

Sheriff’s deputies break burglary ring

At approximately 3:20 am on June 6th, HCSO received a call regarding a person engaged in suspicious activies. District II Deputies responded to the call at the Acorn Mobile Home Park in the 5500 block of Gaston.

According to witnesses, two Hispanic males were seen using flashlights to unload items from a vehicle and into a residence. The deputies approached the house, found the front door open, and spoke with a male, later identified as Luis Zavala. The deputies could see car stereos, VCR’s, construction tools, television sets, and additional electronics and tools sitting in the living room area of the house. As the investigation continued, a white mid-nineties Ford sedan had additional stolen items and it was later determined that the vehicle was stolen as well. Upon further investigation, Luis Zavala and a Hispanic male Juvenile, age 13, were taken into custody. It is undetermined at this time as to how many car and residential burglaries they are responsible for. Zavala and the juvenile are currently charged with two counts of Burglary of a Motor vehicle and one count of Burglary of a habitation.

District II BARS (Burglary Apprehension Response Squad) is assisting in the recovery of the stolen property. They will be notifying the owners so that their property can be returned. The approximate value of the property that has been recovered is $25,000. This burglary investigation is ongoing.

County issues burn ban, Showers ease drought

By BOBBY HORN JR.

Area residents who will soon be visiting local fireworks stands will find some of their favorites no longer available.

This week, the Harris County Commissioners Court approved an outdoor burning ban as well as a ban on certain aerial fireworks. Among those include in the ban are bottle rockets and missile-type fireworks whose primary design or purpose is to travel self propelled through the air. Ball launchers, such as Roman candles are not included in the ban, however because of the threat of wildfire authorities are recommending they not be used.

During a meeting with commissioners Tuesday, June 3, County Fire Marshall Mike Montgomery said that he had been informed by the Texas Forestry Service and the National Weather Service that the drought conditions the county was facing was continuing and that despite the Monday night thunderstorms there was little sight of relief.

The main indicator that the county uses to determine the likelihood of a wildfire threat is the Keetch Byram Drought Index (KBDI). This index is a system that relates current and recent weather conditions to expected fire behavior. Under usual conditions, Harris County rates about a 200 on the scale. One the scale hits 500, a burning ban is recommended. On Tuesday, the county recorded an average of 608.

Under the court resolution, the ban could last up to 90 days. However, if the KBDI falls below 500 for two consecutive days it could be rescinded.

Montgomery said that the burning ban will effect only unincorporated areas of the county. The activity most likely to be impacted by the ban will be trash burning. There is a provision for trench burning and certain types of agricultural burning. In these cases a permit must be obtained from the state before the burning can take place. Violation of the burning ban is a Class C misdemeanor. Use of an outdoor pit for cooking purposes is not prohibited under the ban.

This is the third time in four years that the county has put out the dual ban on aerial fireworks and burning. The previous times were in 1999 and 2002. In the summer of 2000 the county also issued an outdoor burning ban.