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.

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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.

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.

Abbott Signs Bill Decriminalizing Truancy

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional comment.

Texas is set to decriminalize truancy after Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation late Thursday making it a civil offense.

House Bill 2398, which will go into effect as the upcoming school year begins in Texas, effectively ends the practice of jailing students for skipping school. Critics say it disproportionately affects minority and poor students.

“Criminalizing unauthorized absences at school unnecessarily jeopardizes the futures of our students,” Abbott said in a statement Friday, explaining he signed HB 2398 as part of his broader mission to boost the state’s education system.

Before Thursday, it was somewhat uncertain Abbott would sign the bill, by Rep. James White, R-Woodville. Advocates were cautiously optimistic, though, as attorney general Abbott gained a reputation as a tough-on-crime Republican.

White said Friday that Abbott signaled support for decriminalization all along, but his office “wanted to make sure the school districts had tools to address chronic truancy.” HB 2398 offers preventative measures districts can take to curb unexcused absences and suggests rehabilitative programs for habitual offenders. The next step, White added, is to work with the Texas Education Agency to establish a “baseline” for how districts put the bill’s recommendations to use.

Criminal justice reformers had lined up in support of the bill, some hailing it as representative of a shift in law-and-order politics. Among the bill’s backers was Right on Crime, a campaign of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Austin.

“You really see this is a nonpartisan issue,” said Derek Cohen, a senior policy analyst for Right on Crime. “This is an issue about using our criminal justice system for the very goal it’s intended for. Are we criminalizing behavior that’s actually criminal?”

Before HB 2398, he added, Texas was “basically handling something that is a school discipline issue with the coercive arm of the state.”

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Henry Blase Font Jr.

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Henry Blase Font Jr., 73, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2015 in Sugar Land. He was born February 7, 1942 in New York, New York to Henry Blasé Font Sr. and Florence Saraski Font.

Survivors include his 4 children, Henry B. Font III and wife Karen, John F. Font and wife Dinah, Robert Font and wife Natasha, Jennifer Seligman and husband Steve, 3 brothers, Joseph M. Font, Guy A. Font and Kenneth Font, 2 sisters, Dolores Tucker and Pamela Nelson, 14 grandchildren: Amanda Parker, Courtney Boyd, Rachel Novosad, Ashley Font, Victoria Font, Justin Font, Patricia Font, Jonah Font, Elijah Font, Ava Font, Alex Maresh, Cody Font, Stephanie Seligman, Chip Seligman, 5 great grandchildren, Shelby Kuban, Hailey Kuban, Hailey Parker, Waylon Parker and Heidi Boyd. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Debbie Maresh, wife Patricia Font and grandson, Gunther Font.
In lieu of flowers, make donation to American Diabetes Association. www.diabetes.org. In memory of Henry B. Font Jr.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday evening, June 25, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. in the Chapel at Davis Greenlawn Funeral Home.

Letha Marie Nowak

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Letha Marie Nowak, 86, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in Richmond. She was born November 14, 1928 in Bay City to Joseph and Marie (Lafferner) Plant.

Survivors include her son, Roger Picou and wife Linda, grandchildren; Royce Bacica Jr., Donna Durbin Smith and husband Dean, Kayla Durbin Curry and husband John, Michael Durbin, Sharon Durbin, Scott Peterson and Roger Dale Picou Jr. and numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Wilbur Joseph Picou, her daughter, Beverly Bacica and numerous siblings.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. in the Chapel at Davis Greenlawn Funeral Home, Pastor Monty from Needville Community Church officiated.  Burial followed at Greenlawn Memorial Park. A visitation was held Monday evening, June 22, 2015 from 5-8 P.M. in the Stateroom at Davis Greenlawn Funeral Home.