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The Points February 2018


HELPFUL NUMBERS NEWSLETTER...The Points For Commercial or Classified Ads contact: Krenek Printing Co. 281-463-8649 7102 Glen Chase Ct. Houston, TX 77095 Fax: 281-463-2425 Email: articles Email: ads POLICE/FIRE Emergency 911 Fort Bend County Sheriff non-emergency 281-342-6116 281-341-4665 Katy Volunteer Fire Dept. Alarms only 281-391-2300 SCHOOLS KISD Administration 281-396-6000 KISD Transportation. 281-396-7560 Fielder Elementary Rylander Elementary 281-237-8300 Cinco Ranch Jr. High 281-237-7300 Woodcreek Jr. High 281-234-0800 Cinco Ranch High School 281-237-7000 Katy High School 281-237-6700 UTILITIES/POST OFFICE Gas 713-659-2111 Reliant Energy 713-207-7777 Power Outage 713-207-2222 Comcast Cable 713-341-1000 Katy - Park Row Post Office 1-800-275-8777 Dept. of Public Safety 713-465-8462 Poison Control 1-800/222-1222 LIBRARIES FT. BEND CO. Cinco Ranch 281-395-1311 George Memorial 281-342-4455 Mamie George 281-491-8086 Maude Marks 281-492-8592 COMMUNITY YMCA 281392-5055 VFW 281-391-4872 Fort Bend Co. Court House 281-342-3411 William B. Travis Building 281-342-3411 Jane Long Annex 281-342-3411 Harris County Court House 281-859-0685 Katy Chamber of Commerce 281-828-1100 MEDICAL Methodist West Hospital 832-522-5522 Memorial Hospital 713-932-3000 Texas Childrens Hospital 832-227-1000 Houston Methodist St. Catherine 281-599-5700 HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR NATIONAL SYMBOL? By Cheryl Conley, TWRC Wildlife Center Against Benjamin Franklin’s wishes, the Bald Eagle became our national symbol in 1782 and by 1970, they were nearly extinct. There are several reasons for this. It was legal to hunt eagles for sport and the long-held belief that eagles picked up lambs and children with their talons was another reason to kill the birds. Since the diet of the eagle is mostly fish, eagles were killed to protect fishing grounds. The use of pesticides proved disastrous to the survival of the eagles. The chemicals collected in the fish that were eaten by the birds. These chemicals severely limited their ability to reproduce and when they did produce, the egg shells were very thin and weak. The chemical DDT was restricted in 1972. When restrictions were put in place and DDT was banned, the eagle population began to rebound. It was removed from the US government’s list of endangered species in 1995 and went from being classified as endangered to threatened. In 2007 it was de-listed and has been assigned a risk level of “Least Concern.” Bald eagles mate for life but recent research suggests there may be an occasional “divorce” and if a mate dies, an eagle will “remarry.” They work together to construct the largest nest of any North American bird which they return to every year. The work to build the nest is what actually “cements” their bond. Typically the nests are 5 to 6 feet in diameter and 2 to 4 feet wide and since they tend to use the same nest every year, the nest can continue to get a little bigger every year. They prefer to nest in old growth at least 65 feet high, near open water and away from human habitation but have been seen in populated areas. Because the Bald Eagle is our national symbol, it has been given protection by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. The Act prohibits anyone, without a permit issued by the Secretary of the Interior, from “taking” bald eagles. Taking is described to include their parts, nests or eggs, molesting or disturbing the birds. The Act provides criminal penalties for persons who “take, possess, sell, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import, at any time or any manner, any bald eagle ... [or any golden eagle], alive or dead or any part, nest or egg thereof.” In the winter of 1999, a pair of Bald Eagles decided to make The Woodlands their home. Normally staying away from populated areas, these eagles didn’t seem to mind the noise and traffic in the area. The eagles have returned every year and have fledged 22 eaglets. The Woodlands Development Company in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service developed a habitat conservation plan protecting their nesting area from development. FAST FACTS • The only difference in appearance between the male and the female is that she is bigger. Eagles have an average wingspan of 6 to 8 feet. • Bald Eagles can live up to 35 years of age. Of course, there are older Bald Eagles on record. • During courtship, eagles will soar into the air, chase each other, fly upside down, lock talons and take death-defying spirals back to the ground. This is done with both potential mates and competitors. Timing is everything! Poor timing can result in death for both birds. • They lay 1 to 3 eggs and incubation takes about 35 days. The eggs hatch a few days apart in the order they were laid. It can take 12-48 hours for them to hatch. • It’s not uncommon for the first-born to kill the smaller one. Parents do not intervene. • 40% of young eagles don’t survive their first flight. 2 February 2018 | Community Newsletter

They reach full adult size at 2 months. Eaglets fledge at about 3 months but it takes 4 to 5 years to become an adult. This is when they get their distinctive white plumage. • The site of their first flight is where they will return to nest and raise their young. • Once fledged, the young ones will remain around the nest for up to 9 weeks learning to fly and hunt. The parents will continue to feed them. • Bald Eagles have 7,000 feathers. TWRC Wildlife Center is a 35-year-old 501(C)(3) organization that rehabilitates injured orphaned and displaced wildlife. Admissions average 6,000 animals/year. If you have wildlife questions or would like to explore how you can help, go to or call 713-468-8972. LEADING MEDICINE STARTS WITH HOUSTON METHODIST PRIMARY CARE At Houston Methodist Primary Care Group, your family is at the center of all we do. From simple checkups to more complex concerns, our board-certified physicians provide the compassionate care you need as well as access to our leading network of world-class specialists. TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS Schedule online today, visit or call 713.394.6638. THE POINTS TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS LIST If you are between 12 and 18 and would like to be added to the teenage job seeker’s list, please fill out the form on our website (www., click submissions and choose Jobseekers) with your name, birthdate (mo. & yr.), phone number, year you will graduate and the name of your newsletter/subdivision. Check the list of jobs you want on your form. Please make sure your email is correct, we send emails in the summer to make sure all the info is still good and that you want to stay on the list. If we do not hear back from you after 3 tries, we will remove you from the list until we do. Must have parent(s) permission. DISCLAIMER Neither the subdivision, nor Krenek Printing is responsible for those listed on the Teenage Job Seeker List. Please ask for and check out references if you do not personally know those listed. This is just a list of teenagers from the subdivision who wish to find part time jobs. Responsibility for any work done by these teenagers is between those seeking helpers and the teens and their parents. Become a Dental Assistant in just 10 weeks! 10 Week Course Tuition $3250 • Payment Plans Training Since 1995 Spring Session begins April 7, 2018 Open House: February 16th • 4-7 pm CODE KEY: B - BABYSITTING, CPR - CPR CERT., FAC - FIRST AID CERT., RCC - RED CROSS CERT., SS - SAFE SITTER, SL - SWIM LESSONS, PP - PET/PLANT SITTER, P - PET CARE ONLY, H - HOUSE CARE, L - LAWN CARE, C- CAR CARE/DETAILING, T - TUTORING TEENAGE JOB SEEKER’S LIST MAY NOT BE VIEWED ONLINE AVAILABLE IN PRINTED NEWSLETTERS ONLY BAYOU BELLES SERVICE ORGANIZATION Professional women from Acadiana, meet the 1 st Wednesday of every month at 7 PM, offering our members fun family activities, volunteer opportunities, annual charity gala, philanthropic youth program and so much more. Contact: Angeline Labbe’-Auzenne at www.BayouBelles. org. We welcome everyone regardless of age, race or religion!! Houston Dental Assistant School Located in Katy and Spring/The Woodlands For info packet call 281-363-0600 or email us at Approved by the TWC Career Schools and Colleges Community Newsletter | February 2018 3