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LAW ENFORCEMENT

EMERGENCY (Police, Fire, Medical) 911

Non-emergency:

Ft. Bend County Sheriff’s Dept. 281-341-4665

Harris County Constables 281-463-6666

Harris County Sheriff 713-221-6000

Katy I.S.D. Police Dept. 281-237-4000

FIRE DEPARTMENT

ESD 48 281-578-5967

Ft. Bend ESD2 ( Willowfork Fire Dept) 281-395-0011

Community Fire Dept. (S. of Willowfork) 281-498-1310

West I-10 Fire Department 281-675-3600

TRASH

Republic Waste 713-726-7300

Waste Corporation of America (WCA) 281-368-8397

Best Trash, LLC 281-313-2378

Texas Pride Disposal 281-342-8178

WATER / SEWER

INFRAMARK (Cinco MUD’S) 281-579-4500

SI Environmental 832-490-1500

Willowfork Drainage Dist. 713-703-8605

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HELPFUL NUMBERS

The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch 281-395-4653

Katy Chamber of Commerce 281-391-5289

Fulshear/Katy Chamber of Commerce 832-600-3221

City of Katy 281-391-4800

Center Point Energy 713-659-2111

Entex-leaking gas 713-659-3552

Reliant Energy 713-207-7777

Street Light Outages 713-207-2222

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Entouch 281-225-1000

Grande Communications 866-314-4880

Consolidated Comm. (Phone) 281-753-1793

Comcast Communications 713-341-1000

Katy - Park Row Post Office 1-800-275-8777

Katy Post Office (77450) 281-829-5062

Katy Post Office (77494) 281-574-1401

Metro Park & Ride 713-635-4000

Harris County Vehicle Registration 281-368-2000

Fort Bend Motor Vehicle Registration 281-238-1490

Fort Bend Driver’s License Info 866-357-3639

Harris County Driver’s License Info 281-391-4874

Ft. Bend Animal Control 281-342-1512

Harris Ct. Animal Control 281-999-3191

Texas Parks & Wildlife 281-842-8100

Poison control 800-764-7661

Dept. of Public Safety (Katy) 281-391-4874

Voter Registration (Fort Bend) 281-341-8670

Voter Registration (Harris) 713-635-4000

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KISD Administration 281-396-6000

KISD Transportation Dept. 281-396-7560

Creech Elementary 281-237-8850

Exley Elementary 281-237-8400

Fielder Elementary 281-237-6450

Griffin Elementary 281-237-8700

Kilpatrick Elementary 281-237-7600

Williams Elementary 281-237-7200

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Beckendorff Junior High 281-237-8800

Cinco Ranch Junior High 281-237-7300

McMeans Junior High 281-237-8000

Tays Junior High School 281-234-2400

Cinco Ranch High School 281-237-7000

Seven Lakes High School 281-237-2800

Tompkins High School 281-234-1000

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IT’S HURRICANE SEASON. NOW WHAT?

BY BROOKLYN MOORE

Despite the looming pandemic, hurricane season is in full swing. Hurricane

Hanna made landfall in late July, reminding Texas citizens to stay on top

of hurricane preparedness. The 2020 hurricane season is busier than

normal, likely because there is little chance of an El Niño event. An El

Niño suppresses storm conditions and the atmospheric conditions and

warming ocean temperatures (encouraged by climate change) support

a busy storm season. It is crucial to be prepared for strong storms,

especially during the Coronavirus pandemic. Grocery shelves are already

lacking and large crowds are optimal for a super-spreading event. These

are some steps to be prepared, as hurricane season lasts until November

30 th and is expected to ramp up in September.

Stay informed. Research your risk and stay up to date on forming storms

and weather events near you. Most storms reach Katy from the Gulf of

Mexico. Watch this area closely. Katy is most subject to flooding risks.

Stock up on supplies. Some important supplies include flashlights, a

battery powered radio, food, water, gasoline and cash. The CDC also

recommends to have extra face coverings on hand and disinfectant

supplies.

Make an evacuation plan. In case the time comes, plan with your family.

Where will you evacuate to? How will you get there? What will you take?

Make sure every member of your group is aware of the plan. Do not

forget about pets.

Check your insurance. Know exactly what your insurance covers and

keep important documents close to you.

You can find more information on hurricane preparedness at the National

Weather Service and the American Red Cross.

ACCOUNT NUMBER REQUEST FOR CINCO SPIRIT

Cinco Ranch has joined Town Square! This portal allows our residents

to view their account, message the HOA team directly, submit their

applications online and so much more.

In order to sign up with Town Square, our homeowners will need to know

their account numbers. To get your account number, please go to our

website at www.cincoranch.life then click on “Contact Us” on the top right

corner of the screen. In the following page, select to send the message to

the Management Team from the drop-down menu and enter in the rest

of your contact information in the following boxes. In the final box, “How

can we assist you?” please let us know you need your account number.

Our office will respond in the order the requests are received by the end

of the following business day.

WRITERS, WE NEED YOU

Cinco Residential residents we are looking for writers for the Cinco

Spirit! Our new website www.cincoranch.life has received numerous

compliments from the community, but we want to offer something for

everyone! In order to ensure all residents receive Association information,

we are pleased to offer the Cinco Spirit - a monthly printed newsletter

mailed to all residents! The Cinco Spirit is being offered at no additional

cost to the Association. Starting next month, you will see information

from various Association committees and articles from our volunteer

writers. We want your voice to be heard!

Looking forward to Great Things to come!

CINCO RESIDENTIAL MODIFICATION REMINDER

Hello Cinco Community, We appreciate our residents and staff working

together to maintain property values and comply with our Governing

documents. We have a beautiful community, because every homeowner

understands it is their responsibility to maintain their home.

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Residents considering making modifications or construction to the front

or rear exterior of the home, must obtain written approval from the

Architectural Modification Committee prior to work being performed.

Our website, www.cincoranch.life provides a hyperlink to a fillable form

under Information/Home improvements. Please be mindful that all

applications must be completed in accordance to the guidelines and

requirements. This is essential to successfully process the applications.

Incomplete applications will be returned to the resident to resubmit and

will create unnecessary delay.

Modification applications are due the first Friday of every month and

reviewed the third Tuesday of every month. Refer to the online website

calendar for changes due to holidays.

The HOA modification administrator has implemented a Fast Track

Program to reduce application approval time. Fast Track applications will

be expedited and processed with 5 business if all information requested

is provided. Residents may submit their applications via the website or

their Townsq account. If you are having problems accessing your TownSq

account, email us at requests@cincoranch.life for further assistance. We

look forward to building our community together as a team in Cinco Ranch.

Fast Track Approved Items:

• Roof Replacement

• Wood Fencing

• Paint Exterior - same as existing

• Gutters Replacement

• Solar Panels

• Window Replacement

SHERIFF’S VACATION HOME WATCH

If you are going on holiday, vacation, a business trip or just going away

for the weekend, please put your house on a vacation watch list. It only

takes a few minutes to inform local police that you are away from home.

For more information, visit the websites below.

Fort Bend County Residents: www.fortbendcountytx.gov/index.

aspx?page=815

Harris County Residents: www.harriscountytx.gov/CmpDocuments/32/

Forms/c5vacation_watch_non_editable.pdf

Make sure to cancel the watch when you return home.

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Save 5 to 10% on your homeowners insurance (depending on your

insurance carrier). Get simple suggestions on how to better secure your

home. Call the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office at 281-463-

6666 and ask for Sergeant Mitch Hutter.

POSTAL BOX MAINTENANCE

To report Postal Boxes that are in disrepair or in need of replacement,

please file a report with the Katy Post Office for your Zip Code area (77450

- 281-647-0673; 77494 - 281-574-1401) or visit their website at www.usps.

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PROTECT STORM DRAINS

Just one quart of motor oil can ruin the quality of 250,000 gallons of

water. Decomposing leaves and grass clippings can cause large amounts

of algae to grow which depletes the oxygen level in the water and can

lead to fish kills.

The blowing, sweeping or dumping of grass clippings and other

pollutants down the storm drain is against Texas State Law punishable by

a fine of $5,000 for each offense.

PLEASE CALL 281-398-8211 TO REPORT OFFENDERS.

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The Cinco Ranch Ladies Club (CRLC) is a 501(c)4 providing residents in

Katy and surrounding cities with activities, both social and charitable. We

designate charities each year as recipients for our fundraising events. We

typically meet each month as an entire club at The Golf Club at Cinco

Ranch at 7 PM to partake in themed events such as a Chili Cook Off,

Halloween Party, Craft Fairs, Silent Auction, Line Dancing, Self--Defense

Class, Favorite Things Exchange and Luau.

We also offer about 22 sub-clubs that each meet once a month on a small

scale in residents homes, businesses, restaurants and walking trails. $40

annual dues for all the social and charitable fun.

Instagram: www.instagram.com/cincoranchladiesclub

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CincoRanchLadiesClub

Website: www.CincoRanchLadiesClub.org

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CINCO RANCH MOMS CLUB

Whether you are new to the neighborhood or have lived in Cinco Ranch

for years, consider getting involved and adding to your network of friends

and families! Playgroups are organized by age and there are also pool

playdates and group events open to all. To get involved, visit: https://sites.

google.com/site/cincoranchmomsclub or email: cincoranchmomsclub@

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reflection in others and working effectively toward re-shaping the world.

Designed for thoughtful Christians who are interested in applying their

faith in every area of their life and who are willing to devote meaningful

time each week to learn and grow. Come visit our Houston cohort and

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CINCO MUD 8 CONSERVATION

IN THE HOME FOR KITCHEN AND BATHROOM

START IN THE BATHROOM

Did you know that about 75% of water used in the home is used in the

bathroom? Look for ways to save water whenever possible. You’ll help

Texas and reduce your water bill as well.

• Bathing: Take a shower instead of a bath to save water. A short shower

uses less water than a long one. A low-flow showerhead will save as

much as 50% of the amount of water currently used, while still providing

a refreshing, cleansing shower. Installing a low-flow showerhead is the

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single most effective conservation step that can be taken inside the home.

• Toilet: Toilets sold during the ‘80s and early ‘90s use 3.5 gallons per flush.

The greatest savings come from replacing your toilet with a 1.6 gallon

model. Since 1992 in Texas and 1994 nationally, new toilets must use 1.6

gallons or less per flush.

• Lavatory: Change your habits! Don’t let water run continuously while

brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your hands. Also, a low-flow faucet

aerator can save up to 50% of the water currently used in the lavatory.

ON TO THE KITCHEN FOR MORE SAVINGS... About 8% of in-home water

use takes place in the kitchen. And now for the Kitchen Sink Run water

only when necessary

• Fill the basin or a dish pan to rinse dishes instead of using running water.

• Soak pots and pans before washing. Fill the basin or a pan with water

to wash fruits and vegetables. Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge rather

than running tap water until it is cold enough to drink. Operate the

garbage disposal only when necessary.

DISHWASHER TIPS

• Wash only full loads. When you need to buy a new machine, take a look

at the water saving models. Newer models can cut water use by 25% and

generally are no more expensive than non-conserving models.

ALL AROUND THE HOUSE

• Washing machines: Doing the laundry requires about 14% of water used

inside the home. Conserve by adjusting the water level to match the size

of your loads. Wash only full loads.

• Pipes: Insulate hot water pipes where possible to avoid long delays and

wasted water while waiting for the water to “run hot.”

• Water Heater: Check the thermostat. Don’t have your water heater

thermostat set too high. Settings higher than 125 degrees waste energy

since the water has to be mixed with cold water before use.

MOST IMPORTANT...FIX THOSE LEAKS!

• Leaks can account for 10% or more of the water bill. Leaks waste both

water and energy. Need proof? A toilet with a silent leak of one cup of

water a minute - a mere dribble - wastes about 2,700 GALLONS OF WATER

A MONTH. That’s not just water down the drain, that’s dollars down the

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HARRIS COUNTY - LEASH LAW

Animals that are not properly restrained pose a threat to all our residents.

While you may know your pet is friendly, an animal running at someone

who is walking by is very scary for that person. Many children are afraid of

animals and become frightened, which could result in the child getting

hurt trying to avoid the animal.

Harris County Animal Control advises, “All dogs and cats must be kept

under restraint while in the unincorporated areas of Harris County, Texas.

The custodian of a dog or cat is not authorized to have, harbor or keep any

unlicensed dog or cat or to allow any dog or cat to become a stray.” Restraint

is defined as “the control of a dog or cat under the following circumstances:

1. When it is controlled by a line or leash not more than six (6) feet in

length, if the line or leash is held by a human being, who is capable of

controlling or governing the dog or cat in question.

2. When it is within a fully enclosed vehicle.

3. When it is on the premise of the custodian and the animal does not

have access to sidewalk or street.

While it may be nice to have your animal out in the yard while you work

or play, it is against the law, unless the animal is properly restrained.

Let’s all help keep our community a safe and comfortable place for all

our residents by being responsible pet owners. This will not only protect

anyone who may be walking or bicycling in the area, but also the pet

owner who could be held legally responsible or possibly sued for failing

to properly restrain their pet.

To make a complaint or report an animal that is not properly restrained

please contact:

Harris County Precinct #5, Contract #87: 281-463-6666

Harris County Animal Control: 281-999-3191

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FT. BEND COUNTY - LEASH LAW

Laws written to ensure that owned animals are confined to their property

or kept on a leash make freeing a community of unrestrained and freeroaming

animals easier. Although most dog bites occur on the property

where the dog lives, unrestrained or free-roaming dogs do pose a

substantial threat to the public. In addition, unrestrained animals are at

increased risk of being bitten by rabies-infected wildlife. Enforcement of

restraint laws is essential in enhancing the animal control program efforts

to reduce the risk of rabies in our community.

LICENSING OF DOGS AND CATS

The primary benefit of licensing animals is identification, should that

animal become lost. Licensing also:

• Ensures that rabies vaccination are current

• Allows for quick identification in case of a bite incident

• Provides revenue to offset the administration costs of the animal control

program

VACCINATION

Rabies vaccinations are a prerequisite for licensing dogs and cats because

they are an important control measure for the public health threat of

rabies. In addition to protecting pets, rabies vaccinations provide a

barrier between infected wild animals and humans.

To make a complaint or report an animal that is not properly restrained

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TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS

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.

krenekprinting.com, 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.

CINCO RANCH DISCLAIMER

Neither Cinco Ranch 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 Cinco Ranch 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.

CODE KEY:

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HOW TO CELEBRATE READ A BOOK DAY

Read a Book Day comes to us every September 6 th . It may seem strange

to celebrate an activity that plenty of us enjoy many, if not most, days

of the year. But it never hurts to indulge in something extra to make a

cherished activity more enjoyable. You can read outside, enjoy a snack,

reflect on what a favorite book means to you and more. Here are five

ideas to celebrate Read a Book Day.

Read Outside: Read a Book Day fortunately coincides with a time of year

that for much of the globe brings pleasant weather. Late summer often

provides the right amount of sun and heat, begging a reader to bring

books outside. Granted, that’s a bit difficult for those of us who have to

spend prime daylight hours at work or in school, but you can always

sneak some reading time in the early morning, late afternoon or evening.

Take your book to the beach, an outdoor table, the porch or anywhere

else that makes your day of reading a little more special.

Enjoy a Book With Good Food (or a Drink): C.S. Lewis said that “Eating

and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.” We might take

this as a cue for our own Read a Book Day celebration. There are some

things to consider, though. I, for one, traditionally have trouble finding

the right food to eat while reading (fruit like grapes and strawberries wet

my fingers and the pages and large meals involving fork and knife make

holding the book open unwieldy). But for Read a Book Day, I might put

those past failures behind me. Baked goods like cookies and pastries

make for great company, while coffee and tea are always enhancements

to a good story. Heck, it’s the summer. You might even celebrate the day

with a glass of wine or a special cocktail.

Share a Quote or Reflection on Social Media: Many a book goes

unread because it gets lost in the noise. It can be hard to know what’s

worth our attention in the dizzying selection of books we have available

and one of the most important resources we have as readers is a good

recommendation. You can celebrate reading by excerpting a favorite

quote from a book and sharing it on Facebook or Twitter. If you want to

go the extra mile, dress up a favorite title for a photo on Instagram and

caption it with why it means something to you. Picking the right book

intimidates more people than you think and you never know who you’re

helping and who might add your recommendation to their reading list.

Go Outside of Your Typical Selection Habits: Some readers want to

own their books and love bookstores. Some readers prefer the different

selection and freedom of a library. Others prefer shopping online. All of

these habits are great, but it can be rewarding to try something new. Does

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8 TIPS FOR STUDYING AT HOME EFFECTIVELY

1. TRY ACTIVE STUDYING: Active studying is

as simple as asking questions before, during

and after study time. Not only does this help

to give your study session direction, but it also

helps keep you on track and reflect on how to

improve for your next study session!

Questions to ask yourself before you study:

What am I about to learn?

What do I already know about this subject?

Questions to ask yourself while you study:

How does this information fit into a bigger

picture?

Do I understand what I have just read?

Can I paraphrase it?

Are there any key words or ideas that I need to

write down? Why are these words and ideas

important?

Questions to ask yourself after you study:

What can I take away from this study session?

What do I need to review or learn next time?

HOW TO STUDY AT HOME

(WITHOUT GETTING DISTRACTED)

Studying at home has its perks: it’s a comfortable, low-pressure environment. However, there

are a few reasons it can be difficult to study at home; with so many distractions, it’s easy to

procrastinate-when you do start, it’s easy to get off track.

At home, procrastination and distraction can prevent you from accomplishing what you

need to get done. Watching TV, taking a nap, scrolling through social media or other activities

(maybe even cleaning your room!), are big productivity killers that take you away from your

goal of studying for or completing that assignment.

Fortunately, there are a few tricks you can use to help you be more productive. Here are 8

ways to help you stay focused and get more done when studying at home.

2. GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP: Students of all

ages should get at least eight hours of sleep

every school night. It’s the best way to ensure

that the brain is refreshed and ready to process

all of the information learned during the day. It

may be tempting to stay up late to cram, but it’s

more beneficial to get enough rest. A full night’s

sleep is especially important the night before a

test-a good night’s sleep makes you more alert

and improves memory for test material, leading

to better test results.

3. STUDY AT THE RIGHT TIME: Every student

has his or her own daily highs and lows. Some

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productive and don’t try to force yourself to study when your brainpower

isn’t at its peak. Try to study when you are most alert, so you are able to

process and retain the information that you are studying.

4. HAVE A DESIGNATED STUDY AREA: Whether it’s the kitchen table or

the desk in your bedroom, create an area to study that is a designated

study zone. Try to reserve your bed for sleeping and avoid studying in it

(it can be all too easy to take a nap!). Most importantly, keep your study

space clean and organized so you can put more time into studying (and

less trying to find a pen that works).

5. EAT PROPERLY: Don’t forget to eat! Your body (and your brain) needs

fuel to help stay in top form. Plus, it’s difficult to focus when your stomach

is growling. Have healthy snacks while you study, but make sure they’re

prepared in advance so you don’t spend too much time away from your

work. More time away means more opportunity to be distracted!

6. CREATE A TIMETABLE: Creating a timetable helps organize your time,

schedules your breaks and is especially useful when you have multiple

subjects to study. Write your schedule down so you can remember it

and refer to it often. Set reasonable limits for how much time you spend

studying each day and break your study session up into manageable

chunks of time.

7. USE A TIMER: Use a timer to help keep track of time and to make sure

you stick to the timetable you created. Setting a timer helps keeps you

focused on the task at hand, committed to working until the timer goes

off and helps keep you on track to cover all the material you need to.

Above all else, it helps keep your break time effective and guilt-free

(because you’ve earned it!).

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR STUDY TIME

Although it seems convenient, studying at home can be difficultprocrastination

and distraction can happen easily. But with a little bit of

planning and organization, it can be an effective (and comfortable) place

to study. Try some of these tips for studying at home to help you stay

focused and more efficient with your study time.

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SCOUTS

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Troop 128006, a Katy wide 2 nd Grade Brownie Girl Scout Troop, has

opening for 2 nd grade girls. We welcome new to GS, returning & existing

2 nd grade Girl Scouts. Meetings: Every other Monday, 6:30-8 PM, 20000

Franz Road area. Contact Lee at gstroop128006@gmail.com for more

information.

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began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon

“Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized

the very first Girl Scout troop and every year since, we’ve honored her

vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence and character

who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl

Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, a United Way agency,

is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than

53,000 girl members and 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.

We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls and

we offer every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure

and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, call 1-800-392-4340

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BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA TROOP 418 -

NEW GIRL-LED UNIT

For the first time in its 100+ year history, the iconic program of the Boy

Scouts of America will be open to young women, giving girls from ages

11-17 the same experience that boys have traditionally enjoyed. Scouts

BSA Troop 418 is a new girl-led unit, meeting at Trinity Baptist Church

on Spring Green on Mondays 7:30-8:30 PM. We are looking to grow our

troop and would love to have you join us! For more information contact

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citizenship. Boys entering first through fifth grades are welcome to join

us anytime throughout the year. If you would like more information on

joining Cub Scouts and participating in our summertime activities, please

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Cub Scouts is a fun way to teach boys about character, respect,

responsibility and many other traits. Pack 164 is a Christian, home

school Cub Scout Pack that services the Greater West Houston/Katy area.

Pack 164 promotes service to God, to country and to others. If you are

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area ​residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in

the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.​​The Walk will take

place on Saturday, September 26, 2020,​​The Katy/West Houston Walk

to End Alzheimer’s continues, but instead of hosting a large gathering,

the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging participants to walk as

individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails across Katy,

West Houston, Fulshear, Richmond and surrounding areas.

Time-honored components of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s are being

replicated. On walk day, an Opening Ceremony will feature local speakers

and a presentation of Promise Flowers to honor the personal reasons

participants join together to fight Alzheimer’s and all other dementia, all

delivered to participants’ smartphones, tablets and computers. A small

group of Alzheimer’s Association staff and volunteers will create the iconic

Promise Garden in a “view only” format on Walk day on commercial Blvd

along the original walk route to honor all those impacted by Alzheimer’s.

To enhance the participant experience leading up to the event and on

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mobile app to create an opportunity for the community to connect.

Participants can use the app and new “Walk Mainstage’’ to track their

steps and distance, follow a virtual Walk path, manage their Facebook

fundraisers and access information and resources from the Association

and Walk sponsors to help individuals and families affected by the

disease. A new audio track is available to encourage participants along

the way and to congratulate them upon completion of their Walk.

There is no registration fee for participants. Sign up today as a team and

encourage your friends, family members, neighbors, book club, gym and

coworkers to join your team and start walking today!! There are many

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SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP MARKETPLACE

Shop ‘til You Drop Marketplace is a huge vendors market, which provides

a unique and varied shopping experience. This event is an annual

fundraiser that is put on by the Cy-Fair Women’s Club, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit,

community-service based organization. Our fundraising efforts are

directed back to the community. Vendors and shoppers look forward to

the event year after year and our membership is committed to its success

This year’s show will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at the

Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress, Texas 77433. The doors

will open to shoppers from 9 AM to 5 PM. NEW THIS YEAR! We have added

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Four Cheese Margherita Pizza

You could make this on National Cheese Pizza Day September 5th!

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

8 Roma tomatoes, sliced

2 (12 inch) pre-baked pizza crusts

8 ounces shredded Mozzarella cheese

4 ounces shredded Fontina cheese

10 fresh basil leaves, washed, dried

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

DIRECTIONS:

Stir together olive oil, garlic and salt; toss with tomatoes and allow to stand

for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Brush each pizza crust with

some of the tomato marinade. Sprinkle the pizzas evenly with Mozzarella

and Fontina cheeses. Arrange tomatoes overtop, then sprinkle with shredded

basil, Parmesan and feta cheese.

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19th!

INGREDIENTS:

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4 cups milk

2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup butter, melted

3 eggs, beaten

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup butterscotch chips

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butterscotch chip, mixture should be the consistency of oatmeal. Pour

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Bake in preheated oven 1 hour, until nearly set. (It should have a “thigh

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Garden Tips For September

TIME NOW TO MAKE PLANS FOR

FALL LANDSCAPING PROJECTS.

• Clean up flowerbeds of fallen foliage, yellowed leaves and dead

wood. Light green leaves may signify lack of iron (chlorosis). Correct

with iron cheleates.

• Cut off old dead foliage on irises. Scratch in a little bone meal around

the roots.

• Prune roses to reshape and groom plants for fall growth. Follow up with

a dose of fertilizer the first week of September.

• Plants come out of summer rest and go crazy. Insect populations

explode as we get into cooler temperatures. Diseases that have been

dormant wake up.

- Citrus, croton, avocado and mango are susceptible to spider mites and

thrips. Discourage them with a strong jet of water from a hose directed to

the undersides of the leaves.

- Hibiscus, citrus, palms, gardenia and ixora are susceptible to scale and

mealybug.

• Winter vegetable gardens and perennials get planted.

• Wait until November to plant petunias and pansies.

• Fire ants baits should be put out in September-October to lessen the

number of eggs that make it to Spring.

• St. Augustine grass gets its fall fertilizer during September. Continue

to mow at maximum height. You want to leave a lot of leaf surface to

produce carbohydrate reserves for the winter.

• Keep an eye out for sod webworms. First sign of them is grass that

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• When the heat and drought end, the weather could bring brown patch

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• Get any pruning of hedges and such done now. You want the flush of

new growth to be hardened-off before the end of October. Tree pruning

should be put off until winter, when the trees are dormant.

• Pre-emerge herbicide applications targeting annual bluegrass and

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