Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
Well, that was a bit of a soggy Fourth of July! It was a little cooler outside for those who ventured out for all the fun stuff much later in the day, but that parade was just a little wet. I hope you all still had the chance to celebrate!
Congratulations to the 24 students from Porter High School who recently graduated from the Air Force JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp at The University of Houston. Three of the students, Cadet 1st Lt. Dixie Schroeder, Cadet Major Gabriella Stoltz, and Cadet 2nd Lt. Bianca Chernoff, earned Distinguished Honor Graduate which is the top five percent of the 300 cadets that attended. Cadet 1st Lt. Samantha Rogers and Cadet 2nd Lt. Samantha Ledford earned Honor Graduate which is the top 10 percent. Cadet Major Dania Topete earned the fastest female mile time in the course, finishing in six minutes and 20 seconds. Porter HS was the only school out of 17 to have multiple winners in the distinguished honor graduate category. In addition to the leadership camp, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Kaitlinn Brandon was selected to attend the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Private Pilots Scholarship Program. She was one of 120 selected out of 120,000 cadets worldwide and was given a full scholarship to Auburn University this summer, where she is currently earning her private pilot’s license. She is only 16 so she will have her private pilot’s license before her driver’s license! The group also had three cadets that were selected to travel with the Click Family Foundation to Colorado, where they spent a week working on a ranch owned by Vietnam Veteran Dave Roever that takes care of wounded veterans and their families.
My absolute favorite place in Kingwood has finally reopened after Harvey – the Kingwood Library and the FOLK bookstore! With the Kingwood Park High School drumline and Houston City Council Member Dave Martin adding pomp and circumstance to the reopening, the library staff, headed by Ryan Fennel, and FOLK members, including President Carolyn Humphrey and longtime members Connie Jaeger and Richard LaFosse, thanked everyone who came to the grand reopening and helped celebrate the event. There have been many people and groups who have given the Kingwood library support, both financially and with gifts. Some of the groups thanked for financial gifts and other assistance to the library and FOLK during the event were: Showcase Kingwood; Pines Montessori; Kingwood Community Center, which hosted many of the library’s regular community events; Rotary Club of Humble; Rotary Club of Kingwood, which raised more than $26,000 in donations and grants for the library; The Junior League of the Woodlands, who donated over $7,800 for new shelving; Kingwood Garden Club; Maplebrook Elementary student Kelsie Caston, who, with the help of her parents Amy and Russell Caston, collected over 1,400 books for donation after implementing a school-wide book drive; and Regan Lindseth of Creekwood Middle School and daughter of Lindsay and Chris Lindseth, who sewed 100 book bags to sell and donated $1,000 to FOLK. There are so many to thank, including a Montessori school in Syracuse, N.Y. and a teen group in Greene, Iowa. Welcome back, Kingwood Library!
Dr. J. Mario Villafani, M.D. did a great job in explaining the surgical options for hernia repair last week and everyone enjoyed a wonderful meal prepared by Kingwood Medical Center’s catering team - Will Spottsville, Richard Edwards, David Schafer and Shanda Payne for over 90 guests. Some in attendance were: Brenda Miller, Linda and David Prator, Julie Payne, Gina Thompson, Rick and Karla Hatcher, Eileen and Jack Alexander, Dick and Carolyn Cain, Theo and Gary Christman, Chris Parker and Eileen Booher. There were lots of questions, door prizes and they even took a moment to wish Gary Christman a happy birthday.
The Harris County Flood Control District office held a public meeting to describe potential projects for funding in the 2018 bond program and to solicit residents’ input on other flooding issues. Hundreds of concerned community members showed up for the San Jacinto River Watershed meeting at Kingwood Park High School to get informed on plans for the future and share their concerns. Alice Rekeweg, Mike Sullivan, Geralyn Sullivan, Devon Alexander, Halene Crossman, Casey Christman, Jessica Beemer, Dan Huberty, Tony Austin, Gretchen Knowles, Jason Fuller, Sonia Soto, Jim Wise, Erica Johnston, Ed and Gwen Emmett, Norman Funderbunk, Pete Casares, Maryann Fortson, Karen Caambio, Robert Scarfo, Beth Walters, Dave Martin, Mark Herman, Stan Stanart and Jack Cagle were only some of the many people in attendance.
We are now smack dab in the middle of summer and I hope you all are enjoying time with your families either on vacation or at home. We’re headed out for a little bit, then again for a couple little bits, but I’ll be Out and About!