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.

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.

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.

LOCAL TEACHER STUDIES WITH DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS

A Needville teacher was selected to attend “American Presidents and the Nation, 1970–2000,” a professional development institute sponsored by Humanities Texas, the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) and the LBJ Presidential Library.

 

Barbara Richards, Needville ISD

Barbara Richards, who teaches U.S. history and film at Needville High School, traveled to Austin to attend the program, which took place from June 7–10.

 

“American Presidents and the Nation, 1970–2000” drew fifty-five Texas teachers to the LBJ Presidential Library for three and a half days of dynamic presentations and small-group seminars, studying U.S. history through the presidencies of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

 

H. W. Brands, the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at The University of Texas at Austin and author of Reagan: The Life, delivered the institute’s keynote presentation on Ronald Reagan’s presidency.

 

Other faculty included James T. Patterson of Brown University; Janet Davis, Donna Kornhaber, Mark A. Lawrence and Jeremi Suri, all of The University of Texas at Austin; Michael Brandl of The Ohio State University; Albert S. Broussard of Texas A&M University; Jeffrey Engel of Southern Methodist University; Martin Melosi of the University of Houston; Steve Murdock of Rice University; Luke A. Nichter of Texas A&M University; Chase Untermeyer, former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, and Mark Updegrove of the LBJ Presidential Library.

 

“It is important for students to understand where we came from in order to direct where we go,” said Richards. “This institute [gave] me so many tools to use in making my classes fun and interesting.”

 

“Humanities Texas was pleased to cosponsor ‘American Presidents and the Nation, 1970–2000,’” said Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. “Giving talented teachers the opportunity to interact with their peers and leading scholars will enable them to engage students with exciting new perspectives on our nation’s history.”

 

“American Presidents and the Nation, 1970–2000” was made possible with support from the State of Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Humanities Texas is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Its mission is to advance education through programs that improve the quality of classroom teaching, support libraries and museums and create opportunities for lifelong learning for all Texans.

For more information about Humanities Texas, visit www.humanitiestexas.org. For information about The University of Texas at Austin, visit www.utexas.edu. For more information about the LBJ Presidential Library, visit www.lbjlibrary.org.

Rosenberg George Library Hosts Teen Computer Classes in July

GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY PRESENTS 

TEEN COMPUTER CLASSES

 

            This summer, the Youth Services department at Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library will present Teen Computer Classes for students in middle school and high school. The classes are designed to help teens navigate school assignments and create fun projects. The classes will begin at 2:00 pm, in the Computer Lab of the library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond.

 

The schedule of classes is as follows:

 

  • July 8 – Get Creative with Pinterest Basics. Get new ideas for class projects with this social-media resource.

 

  • July 15 – Get Organized with Google Calendar & Advanced Google Searching. Learn how to use Google Calendar for assignment due-dates and extracurricular-activity schedules. Get tips from librarians on how to effectively search Google.

 

  • July 22 – Resumé Advantage Class with Job & Career Accelerator™. Learn how this online resource can help create a resumé that will truly stand out.

 

  • July 29 – Webpage Design. Learn how to use simple online tools to create a customized website.

 

The classes are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “George Memorial Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-342-4455, or by visiting the library.