Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
Let’s give some “attaboys” and “attagirls” to a few of our Lone Star College faves, John Denton, Vickie Johnson and Steve Head. John and Vicki are both Lake Houston residents who recently were recognized by Lone Star College for 10 years of service while Dr. Head earned his 35-year pin! John and Vicki are system employees at Lone Star’s University Park campus in Cypress, and most of us remember Dr. Head as president of the Kingwood campus and now chancellor of the Lone Star System. Another Lake Houston fave, Mike Sullivan, now a Lone Star trustee representing the Lake Houston area, was there to cheer on all the recipients. I’m sure there are lots of Lake Houston residents I missed who were honored but I did note Susan Cotton, Rosemary Cuellar, Nicole Foley, Suzette Goss, Michael Griffith, Lisa Hall, Ita Jervis, Hilary Miller, Amy Murphy, Mitzi Payne, John Reutter, Leslie Thompson, Crystal Weber and Karen Wooley from the Kingwood campus, who also were honored for their 10 years of service. There were several 15-year honorees too, including Stephanie Andrews, Julia Castellanos, Roland Desoignie, Amelia Keel and James Stubbs. Olga Ortiz, Betty Pinkney and Masoud Shafiei-Sararodi from the Kingwood campus were honored for 20 years. Daniel Coleman and Lillie Faulkner got their 25-year pins. Anthony Foster, Christopher Martin, David Ragsdale and Miriam Thiesen were honored for 30 years of service. Steve Davis and Joan McAninch Samuelson received their 35-year pins and, rounding out the list from the Kingwood campus, Lee Topham was honored for 40 years of service. Congratulations to all Lone Star employees.
Surprise! Keith Isbell was surprised indeed when his wife, Annette, drove him up to their Panera Bread Atascocita location to find a throng of family and friends gathered out in front to help him celebrate a milestone 50th birthday. The Isbell family actually had February all tied up in birthdays as Keith, son Zachary and daughter Sophie all have birthdays within three days of each other while Annette’s is just a few days later. Dan and Janet Huberty, Mark Smith, Rex Roberts, David White, Craig Chambers, Jim Terry, Susan Brown, Greg Garvey, Veronica Hernandez, Laura Linskey, Monica Tovar-von Waaden, Leslie Alger, Deann Otis, Tana Nelson, Charlotte Wood-Smith, Kirk Doughty, Mark von Waaden, Josh and Jodi Manfred, Julia Bergemann, Kacy Yarbro, Juliet Yarbro, Eric Yarbro, Mary Black, Keri Simpson, Stacy Shurley, Ted Hall, Lindsay Alger, Peggy Hall, Madison Agyemang, Justin Alger, John Alger, Aaron Bergemann, Brittany Allen and over 150 others gathered to shower Keith and the entire Isbell family with love and well wishes. A special thank you to Meagin Small, Keith and Annette’s niece and manager of the Atascocita location, for letting A Grand Affair take over the kitchen to provide nibbles for the night.
Since we’re talking birthdays, hugs and toasts to my fellow February babies – Mark Linabury, Cristie Herring, Cade Herring, Wendy Alexander, Anne-Marie Singletary and a high-five to my actual birthday buddy, Sophie Isbell!
Guess who was spotted coming out of Hippo Burger recently? Joe and Nancy Crabb. Joe was the longtime state representative for our area and has been quietly busy enjoying grandchildren and the family farm. Daughter Liz Judge and granddaughter, Evie, were there as well – with the whole family celebrating Evie’s second win as Humble Middle School’s spelling bee champion.
Jennifer St. Julian-Wooden, director of the Humble Civic Center and the Bender Performing Arts Center, celebrated her mother’s 80th birthday by throwing a huge celebration. Laverne St. Julian danced until midnight at Jennifer’s home where more than 60 friends and family members gathered to toast the family matriarch. They ate creole pasta and sipped from a champagne fountain. Happy Birthday, Laverne!
Congratulations to these student athletes from Atascocita High School who signed letters of intent at National Signing Day at the Humble Civic Center. Atascocita will have four football players at colleges next year – Kenyon Green at Texas A&M, Myron Morrison at Rice University, Trisan Heaton at Henderson State University, and Matthew Martin at Southwestern University; three Lady Eagles will be playing soccer for three different universities – Ainsley Cunningham at Northeastern State University, Erin Peters at King University, and Nia Rampersad at the Univeristy of Texas-San Antonio; two softball players signed on – Bryanna Bell at Prairie View A&M and Emery Stanush at Cisco College; Carson Kirk will play tennis at Schreiner University; Taylor Nelloms will be running track at West Texas A&M; and Hayden Morin will play basketball at the University of St. Thomas.