Fort Bend HHS Hosts Mobile SNAP Clinic in Fresno, 8/19

Fort Bend County Health & Human Services is hosting the Spay & Neuter SNAP Clinic, Wednesday, August 19. The event will be held at the Mustang Community Center located at 4521 FM 521 (near Hwy 6), Fresno, TX 77545.

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Making the responsible decision of spaying or neutering your pet contributes to decreasing the overpopulation of pets in Fort Bend County. You are helping improve the safety and health of the residents and pets of Fort Bend County. Fort Bend County Health & Human Services is pleased to provide this service to its residents.

 

Spaying or neutering household pets not only stops overpopulation, but provides other benefits for both pets and their families. For example, spaying female dogs and cats eliminates the possibility of developing uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the threat of mammary cancer. Behavior may be improved after neutering as male cats tend to reduce territorial spraying, neutered cats and dogs fight less, and male dogs and cats tend to stay home more after neutering because they no longer wander in search of a mate. Spaying and neutering may cause mild discomfort with most pets returning to normal activity with 24 to 72 hours.

 

Consider this, 2 dogs and their offspring can produce more than 60,000 puppies in 6 years, and 2 cats and their offspring can produce more than 240,000 kittens in 7 years (Souris Valley Animal shelter, www.svaspets.com). All of these unplanned puppies and kittens lead to homeless dogs and cats roaming the county or being abandoned by their owners.

 

SNAP provides reduced-cost sterilization for animals through clinic programs, across the state of Texas, to qualifying families. Through SNAP, pets also receive a free rabies vaccination with surgery, and families can choose to pay a small fee for heart worm medication as well as other options.

 

Clients will be selected from a lottery, which will be held between 6:30 and 7:30 AM when the advance team arrives on-site. There is no point in arriving until just before the lottery begins. The lottery will determine your place in line. Please do not feed your dog or cat after 10 p.m. the night before surgery. To qualify, proof of participation in one of the following programs is required: food stamps, free lunch program in schools, Medicaid, major VA disability, Section 8 housing, SSI/SSD, TANF, and WIC. Citizens age 65 and older are also eligible. If you do not qualify, please call 713-862-8001 for information on reduced-cost spaying and neutering.For more information call 800-762-7762 or visit www.snapus.org.

NEEDVILLE BOOKWORMS TO DISCUSS THE FORTUNE TELLER’S KISS IN AUGUST

 

The monthly meeting of the Needville Bookworms will take place on Thursday, August 20, beginning at 12:00 noon, in the Meeting Room at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Albert George Branch Library, 9230 Gene Street in Needville.  Bring a sack lunch and enjoy a lively discussion of The Fortune Teller’s Kiss, written by Brenda Serotte.

The Fortune Teller's Kiss

The Needville Bookworms Book Club meets on the third Thursday of every month. The book club is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Albert George Branch Library at 979-793-4270 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

5th Annual Meet the Jays Saturday

The 5th annual Meet the Jays event will be held Saturday, August 8th, at the Blue Jay Stadium in Needville.

Meet the Needville Blue Jays

This popular event will kick-off at 4 p.m with the Needville Athletic Booster Club’s spirit store opening. They will offer the newest spirit gear for the upcoming season.

At 4:30 p.m., the Freshman football will hold their annual intra-squad scrimmage.

The Booster’s Hamburger Fundraiser will run from 5-6:30 p.m.

The J.V. will hold their intra-squad scrimmage at 5:15.

Introductions of Varsity players for the 2015-2016 season will begin at 6:30 P.M, followed immediately by the Varsity intra-squad scrimmage.

All proceeds from the event to benefit Blue Jay athletes.

Patricia Ann Prestridge Ognoskie

Funeral Services for Patricia Ann Prestridge Ognoskie, 73, of Needville, TX, are set for 11 AM Thursday, July 23, 2015, at Hope Lutheran Church, 7302 Ave C, Beasley, TX 77417, with Rev. John Willmann officiating. Burial will be in Arlington, TX.

Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Thursday, July 23, 2015, for one hour preceding the funeral service.

Condolence messages may be written for the Ognoskie family at www.garmanycarden.com.

Services are under the direction of Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors, 1201 Fourth Street, Rosenberg, TX 77471 (281)342-4671.

Lee Fred Altimore

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Lee Fred Altimore of Needville, Texas passed away July 17, 2015 in Sugarland, Texas at the age of 82. He was born on February 8, 1933.

Lee attended school in Needville but it didn’t take long until the lure of working and playing in the great outdoors enticed him to leave school at an early age. He later received his GED.

When he was old enough to enter, Lee joined the US Navy and served aboard the USS Walton during the Korean War. His time in the military was the source of many entertaining stories and a source of deep pride, especially in his later years.

After his honorable discharge from the military, Lee started searching for his direction in life. He met Helen Oberrender on a blind date and set the course for the rest of his life. The two were married on March 1, 1959 and spent the next 56 years together sharing life, love, and raising their four children. At their 50 year anniversary celebration, Lee gave his soulmate all the credit for keeping the family strong through rough times.

Early in his career Lee had several jobs including a supervisor at an aluminum plant and working on a traveling seismograph crew. He couldn’t stand spending so much time traveling and away from his family so he landed a job with the Texas Highway Department. There he worked as a supervisor for highway construction jobs for 23 years until his retirement in 1989. After retirement, he couldn’t sit still and worked for Paul Freund driving tractors, picking cotton, and helping around the farm.

Lee loved his hobbies of hunting, fishing, and woodworking. He was always full of jokes and stories and all one had to do was sit down and listen and you could be entertained for hours. Later in life he enjoyed playing poker, doing crossword puzzles, or being the fix-it man around the house.

Lee was an active member of American Legion Post 350 where he found many close friends that shared common experiences. He served many years as Post Finance Officer, bar-b-que’d many chickens, and he and Helen enjoyed social interaction of game nights at the Legion Hall.

Lee leaves behind his wife Helen, son Leonard and wife Beverly, son Mike and wife Debbie, daughter Charlotte Aguilar and husband Ruben, and daughter Wanda Eiteman and husband John, all of Needville. Grandchildren: Troy Vela of Houston, Drew Altimore and wife Lizzie of Dallas, Rachel Altimore and fiance Grant Coppin of Corpus Christi, Kyle Altimore of Needville, Travis Aguilar and wife Amanda of Needville, and Zachary Eiteman of Needville. Great grandchildren: Elly and Wyatt Altimore of Dallas. Brother Charles and wife Dianna of Needville. Close friend Monty Montiso of Needville and Missy his dog and constant companion. He is preceded in death by his parents Antonio (Tony) and Mary Boecker Altimore and his brother Melroy Altimore.

Services were held at Immanuel United Church of Christ on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Tom Schwartz officiating. Public visitation  preceded the services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion Post 350, P.O. Box 10, Needville, Tx. or to the Immanuel United Church of Christ Building Fund, 9018 Church St, Needville, Tx. 77461.

Condolence messages may be written for the Altimore family at www.garmanycarden.com.

Services are under the direction of Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors, 3103 School Street, Needville, TX 77461, (979)793-4515.

Thomas Joseph Janczak

Thomas Joseph Janczak

Thomas Joseph Janczak of Needville, Texas passed away July 13, 2015 in Sugar Land, Texas at the age of 61.

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God truly broke the mold when Tommy was born September 29, 1953. Tommy was quite the charismatic soul, and people were naturally drawn to him. He was humble, hilarious, loving, and generous. With Tommy, what you saw is what you got and you never quite knew what he was going to say next with that unmistakable booming voice. He marched to the beat of his own drum and definitely lived life to the fullest.

 

Tommy attended Holy Rosary Catholic grade school and graduated from Lamar High School in 1972 where he was an FFA officer and a member of the Auto Mechanics Team.

 

After graduation Tommy held various jobs all while farming full-time too. He worked as a dozer operator at Jefferson Lake Sulphur Company for nine years. Then, had a very short  stint at Smithers Lake only to find that he absolutely despised coal and quit after one day. From there he worked at Dreco before returning to his love for dirt work and dozers which he found at Fort Bend County Drainage where he retired in 2011.

 

Tommy loved to farm growing cotton, soybeans, milo and corn throughout the years. He spent countless hours in the field on his tractors, cotton pickers and hi-boy, usually working on something that had broken down. He cherished the last few months when he taught his son-in-law Bradley how to farm. They worked side by side every day and he referred to Bradley as his guardian angel.

 

When Tommy did manage to have any free time, you could find him with a fishing pole in his hand in Sargent or San Luis Pass his two favorite fishing spots. He loved his boat and was so proud of his new motor which he fondly referred to as  “Dirty Merc”. He shared his love of fishing with wife, his children and grandchildren and they spent many days together on the water.

 

Tommy leaves behind his wife, Jackie “Baby Doll” Janczak, daughter Tanya “Tonky” Kveton and husband “Big ‘Ole Boy” Brad, daughter Jacqueline “Jac-E-O-lin” Netardus and husband Kenny “Poor Kenny”, son Taylor “Sonny Boy” Janczak and wife Kala “KT”, stepdaughter Samantha “Sister” Pfeffer and stepson Austin “Boy” Pfeffer. Grandchildren: Tyler Dannhaus, Marissa Janczak, Londyn Netardus and Miriam Janczak.  His mother whom he dearly adored, Angela Janczak,  sisters Diane Durand and husband Jody, Dorothy Khawaja and husband Eddie, Cindy Blinka and husband Rodney, and brother Marvin Janczak and wife Gloria, and numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family members. Tommy never met a stranger and would talk to anyone so it’s no surprise he leaves behind many, many friends including all his fishing buddies, farming friends, Fort Bend County Drainage coworkers, and Roxy, the dog he pretended to hate but secretly loved.

 

He is preceded in death by his father Theodore “Ted” Janczak and sister Dolores Janczak.

 

Honorary pallbearers are: Max Band, Tony Roehe, Michael Visoski, Ivan Vacek, Mark Muegge and Kevin Heine.

 

A rosary  will be held Friday, July 17, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church in Needville with Father Bill Bartniski officiating.   

 

Later that evening from 6-8 p.m. a Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at Creekside Christian Fellowship in Needville. Come and go, visit with the family, and share your funny memories. Tommy hated to dress up even though he looked so handsome when he did, so the family asks if you are attending his memorial service Friday evening please wear a fishing shirt or casual clothes. 

 

Tommy’s passion was farming and he recently donated a grant he won to Needville FFA. To keep his memory alive, the family has created the Tommy Janczak Farms Memorial Fund which will award a scholarship annually to one high school senior continuing their education in the agriculture world. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to that fund at First National Bank c/o Doris McAnally 138 S. Dill St. East Bernard, Texas 77435.

Fort Bend Pets of the Week for July 6th

TRES AND PIPPA

 

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Tres – Dog A003003

You would never guess his good looks but maybe by his name… Tres is missing his left rear leg! With that being said, he is super soft and sweet. He loves to go out on a leash because he is potty trained. Of course he also really appreciate being carried around and hanging with his human. Tres would be the perfect dog for a mellow owner who just wants the company of a great little dog. Thank you for considering meeting and adopting him.

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Pippa – Cat A002366

Beautiful and distinguished, Pippa is a very calm lady who likes nothing better than being petted and given attention. She enjoys a nice bed to take long naps. This girl came to the shelter with 4 kittens. Also a great mom, it is now her time to be pampered and have all eyes on her. Thank you for considering meeting and adopting her.

For  more information about adopting , please visit Saving Our Companion Animals – Fort Bend County (SOCA-FBC) http://www.soca-fbc.org

Saving Our Companion Animals – Fort Bend County (SOCA-FBC) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization founded by a dedicated group of Fort Bend County citizens. SOCA-FBC was created with the goal of saving and improving the lives of the companion animals at Fort Bend County Animal Services (FBCAS) by working with FBCAS and Fort Bend County Health and Human Services to create and manage a variety of volunteer-based programs to achieve our goal.

Needville Bookworms Take a Walk with “Marley and Me” at July 16th Meeting

NEEDVILLE BOOKWORMS TO DISCUSS 

MARLEY AND ME

IN JULY

 

Marley & Me

The monthly meeting of the Needville Bookworms will take place on Thursday, July 16, beginning at 12:00 noon, in the Meeting Room at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Albert George Branch Library, 9230 Gene Street in Needville.  Bring a sack lunch and enjoy a lively discussion of Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog, written by John Grogan.

 

Newlyweds John and Jenny Grogan decided to ease into parenthood by starting with a charming yellow Labrador puppy named Marley. His uninhibited puppy antics were cute in the beginning, but they looked forward to the day when he would outgrow his destructive puppy ways. Unfortunately, Marley’s behavior only grew more outlandish, leading to numerous awkward and embarrassing encounters for the growing Grogan family. Marley & Mechronicles the Grogans’ adventures with their lovably naughty canine companion with much laughter and love.

 

John Grogan was a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and former editor of Organic Gardening magazine. After Marley’s death, Grogan paid a tribute to his canine friend with a memorial in his newspaper column. The popularity of the tribute inspired Grogan to pen a memoir on the lovable beast. Marley & Me quickly soared to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

 

The Needville Bookworms Book Club meets on the third Thursday of every month. The book club is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Albert George Branch Library at 979-793-4270 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

Albert George Library Children’s Programs for July ’15

CHILDREN’S SUMMER PROGRAM SCHEDULE

AT ALBERT GEORGE BRANCH LIBRARY 

 

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Albert George Branch Library, 9230 Gene Street in Needville, presents a variety of free children’s programs — Toddler Time, Story Time, and School-Age Programs — every month.  These programs are free and open to the public. The summer schedule for July is as follows:

 

Toddler Time — Wednesdays at 10:15 am — offers caregiver/child activities, stories and songs for older babies, from 12 to 36 months of age. Program dates are July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.

 

Story Time — Thursdays at 10:15 am — provides stories, movies, and age-appropriate craft activities for pre-school children, from 3 to 6 years of age. Program dates are July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.

 

The School-Age Programs — crafts, movies, stories, and more for school-aged children in 1st through 5th grades — will begin at 2:00 pm each Wednesday during the summer. The July schedule is as follows:

July 1 – Fourth of July Fun

July 8 – Win It in a Minute

July 15 – Strike, Scape, & Shake Show

July 22 – Get Your Game On!

July 29 – Heroes Without Capes (presented by Julian Franklin)

 

The Young Adult Programs, which begin at 2:00 pm every Thursday in the summer, is designed for youth in grades 6 and above. The July schedule is as follows:

July 2 – Super-Hero Keychains

July 9 – Win It in a Minute

July 16 – LEGO Challenge

July 23 – Candy Sushi

July 30 – Teen Movie Mania

 

For more information, please call the Albert George Branch Library at 979-793-4270 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.