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WILLIAMSBURG SETTLEMENT INFO

WILLIAMSBURG SETTLEMENT MAINTENANCE ASSOCIATION

www.wsmaonline.org

BOARD MEMBERS

President CO Holt 281-347-8702

Security and Flags

Vice President Ed Shipley 281-347-0233

Signs

Secretary/Treasurer Dave Ellis 281-347-2580

Communications (Webmaster/Newsletter), Elec Repairs, Keys,

Clubhouse & Pool Rental and Maintenance

Director Jim Calvert 281-380-8628

Deed Restrictions , Yard of the Month

Architectural Review Chairman

Director Chris Cox 832-413-2432

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Director Bill Petry 281-347-6465

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Welcoming Volunteers Krystal Gillogly 832-428-0877

Deni McKay 832-297-3461

For all other issues, please contact:

CREST MANAGEMENT Switchboard 281-579-0761

Cindy Bojé 281-945-4668

Swim Team Katy Hall 713-569-4530

Ladies Tennis Leagues Karen Mace 281-347-4058

UTILITIES

Centerpoint Energy 713-207-2222

Gas Problems 713-659-2111

Reliant Energy 713-207-1111

Street Lights - not working 713-207-2222

Street Repairs 281-463-6300

MUD #61 281-347-8686

MUD #62 281-347-8686

TAXING AUTHORITIES

Harris Co. Appraisal Dist. 713-683-9200

Waller Co. Appraisal Dist. / KISD Tax 281-391-3188

SCHOOLS

KISD Administration KISD 281-396-6000

Transportation 281-396-7560

Winborn Elem. 281-237-6650

Morton Ranch Jr. High 281-237-7400

Morton Ranch High School 281-237-7800

Katy High School 281-237-6700

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

EMERGENCIES 911

Sheriff Non-Emergency Dispatch 713-221-6000

HCESD-48 Fire Dept. (Information Calls) 281-599-8888

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital 281-644-7000

Poison Control 800-764-7661

Animal Control 281-999-3191

Harris County Health Dept. 713-526-1841

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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

National Night Out is the Settlement’s annual big neighborhood event.

Everyone comes together for some food, fun and fellowship. For 2020 the

current date for our National Night Out event is October 6 th . However this

year has been full of challenges and setbacks for our neighborhood events.

We are closely monitoring the rules and guidelines on public events. It’s the

Board’s sincere hope by the time NNO is scheduled to happen the worst is

behind us and we can come together and have a fun celebration. Stay tuned!

POOL SEASON DRAWS TO A CLOSE

As a reminder, full time operation of our pool came to an end on August

16 th . It will then be open on weekends, including Labor Day (September

7 th ), through September 27 th following which it will close for the 2020

season. Let’s hope that next year the virus pandemic will be behind us

and that we can revert to our usual May opening!

Hours of operation for the pool are 11 AM to 8 PM

AUGUST YARD-OF-THE-MONTH

The Yard of the Month Award for August 2020 is awarded to Jack and Barbara Hendrie of 22202 Unicorns Horn Lane.

Since 1978 Jack and Barbara have watched the Settlement grow section by section. They have three children, three grandchildren and two great

grandchildren. One of their sons is employed with the Houston Police Department and one of their grandsons serves in the United States Navy. They

say that a quiet neighborhood with beautiful homes and friendly neighbors continues to make the Settlement a beautiful place to live and raise a

family.

Jack is the Founder and Executive Director of the Fun Fair Positive Soccer Organization. He loves working on and driving his Dodge Challenger. There’s

a very beautiful and humorous story Barbara tells on how Jack got his challenger. It’s one that will definitely make you smile. You should ask him!

Barbara is retired and enjoys taking care of her grandchildren and gardening.

One of the first things you notice with Jack and Barbara’s yard is that it is covered with a deep green Bermuda grass called Tifway 419, similar to that

used on sports fields and golf courses. Maintaining its consistent lovely appearance is obtained by the use of a “reel mower,” very similar to the kind

many older residents may remember using as a kid. Barbara loves flowers and likes to have a lot of color in the front yard. Hibiscus plants, camelias,

zinnias, vincas, gomphrena and a large shrimp plant grow beautifully in the front garden. A Chinese Pistache tree, Red Leaf Maple tree and various

planters filled with geraniums on the front porch, caladiums around the red leaf maple and diamond Frost plants on the front walkway add more

beauty to their home.

Congratulations Jack and Barbara Hendrie on being selected Williamsburg Settlement’s Yard of the Month for August 2020. Thank you for the continued

beauty you add to our community and many thanks for all the years of joy and smiles you have brought to many of our residents during the special

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WILLIAMSBURG SETTLEMENT SECURITY REPORT

JUNE 1 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2020

Type of Incident

Number of Incidents

Alarm local 2

Check park 1

Check school 10

Compliance check 1

Contract check 233

Criminal mischief 1

Disturbance family 1

Disturbance loud noise 1

Disturbance other 1

Domestic prevent 1

Illegally parked vehicle 5

Information call 3

Meet the citizen 2

MUD building check 19

Neighborhood check 16

Suspicious person 4

Terroristic threat 1

Theft other 1

Traffic hazard 3

Traffic initiative 2

Traffic stop 3

Vacation watch 14

Vehicle suspicious 8

Welfare check 1

The security statistics reported above include all incidents and activity

that occurred within the boundary of the Settlement as reported by the

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to get their ID tags. The Rabies tag lists the name, phone number and

address of the vet. So! All you need to do is put the Rabies tag onto the pet’s

collar and leave it there all the time. That way, if the pet gets loose, anyone

finding him or her can look at the tag to see the vet’s phone number and

call to report the lost animal. Better yet, add another tag to your pet’s collar

that lists the dog or cat’s name and your own phone number or address.

You can get these from any pet store. When a pet has these but goes astray,

anyone finding it can call you and you can go get him or her right away.

Your pet will be very glad to see you! A happy pet is a loving pet.

STREET LIGHT OUTAGES

To report a burned out streetlight, any resident may call CenterPoint

directly at 713-207-2222. However, for those with Internet access, you

may also make this report on-line. For those interested, you can go to

http://cnp.centerpointenergy.com/outage. Then enter your contact

details so that they can get back to you if more information is required.

On the following page enter the details of the light(s) with the problem.

Just as you would if reporting the outage via the telephone, you will need

to provide the street address where the light is located and the 6-digit

number that is prominently displayed on the front of the pole. Under

normal circumstances the crew will be out to fix the problem within 7

working days. Anyone noticing a streetlight that is out or has some other

malfunction is encouraged to report the problem to CenterPoint via

either of these two methods without delay. Our Association is charged

for every streetlight each month, irrespective of whether or not the light

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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF

WILLIAMSBURG SETTLEMENT MAINTENANCE ASSOCIATION, INC.

July 21, 2020

A meeting of the Board of Directors of the Williamsburg Settlement

Maintenance Association, Inc. was held on Tuesday, July 31, 2020 at 5:30

PM at the Williamsburg Settlement clubhouse, 1602 Hoyt, Katy, Texas

77449.

ATTENDANCE

Board Members present were Dave Ellis, Jim Calvert, Ed Shipley, CO Holt,

Bill Petry and Chris Cox.

Also, in attendance was Cindy Bojé representing Crest Management.

With a quorum being established, the meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM.

SECRETARY REPORT - APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The minutes of the June 16, 2020 Board Meeting were presented and

a motion was made, seconded and unanimously carried to accept the

minutes without change.

HOMEOWNER CONCERNS

Six homeowners were present to observe the meeting. There were

comments regarding the renting of rooms in a home, security and deed

restriction violations.

SHERIFF PATROL REPORT

CO Holt, our security liaison, presented the June security report. A copy

of the monthly sheriff report was included in the meeting packets. CO

informed those present that the reports from the HCSO contract with

MUD 61 and MUD 62 are now provided to the HOA so that the incident

statistics can be published to the residents.

FINANCIAL REVIEW

Dave Ellis presented a report of the June 30, 2020 financials. As of this

date, the money in the bank totaled $857,446.77. This figure includes

checking, money market accounts and CD’s which are the funds required

to cover both operating expenses and the necessary reserve to fund

maintenance and replacement of the Association’s capital assets. The

delinquency total as of June 30, 2020 was $17,473.91.

OLD BUSINESS

Decisions taken by email vote since the last meeting

a) Approval of Playground Mulch Replacement in the amount of

$4,362.50.

A motion was made, seconded and unanimously carried to ratify the

above item voted on by the Board outside of a Board meeting.

Annual Meeting - Dave Ellis reported that the current proxy count for the

annual meeting is 72. The Board discussed whether the annual meeting

should be held in-person or virtually. After a discussion, a vote of five to

one was motioned to approve meeting in-person. Consideration will be

given as to how this can be done while remaining in conformance with

the State’s COVID-19 pandemic regulations. Cindy will revise the annual

meeting notice and proxy form for the Board’s review prior to mailing to

the residents.

NEW BUSINESS

Big Room Acoustics - CO Holt informed the Board that he had been in

contact with two companies which provide acoustic reduction panels and

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is now working closely with one of them to develop a recommendation

for the Board’s review. There was some discussion of the different panel

configurations available and where they might be fitted in the room for

maximum effectiveness. CO will update the Board as more information

becomes available.

Possible Big Room Lighting Improvement Alternatives - Two proposals

were provided to the Board in their Board packets. After review and a

brief discussion, a motion was made, seconded and unanimously carried

to approve Donald Electric’s proposal in the amount of $1,475. The

proposal includes removing the 8 current globe fixtures, replacing them

with 14 LED ceiling mounted fixtures and fitting the existing spotlights

with LED light bulbs.

Perimeter Fence Inspections - Dave Ellis mentioned that there are

some instances where the vegetation in homeowners’ yards around

the perimeter of our subdivision is causing damage to the Association’s

fence. He recommended that to protect our investment regular fence

inspections be resumed and in cases where damage is observed that

Crest be asked to send letters to the homeowners requesting that they

take action to remove the damaging vegetation. Bill Petry, who has just

taken over responsibility for the perimeter fence, will resume the periodic

fence inspections.

ADJOURNMENT TO EXECUTIVE SESSION - With no further business to

come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned into executive

session at 6:53 PM.

Delinquencies - Three accounts remain on the trash suspension list.

Deed Restriction Enforcement - Jim Calvert reviewed the Enforcement

Action Report with the Board. There was no new action to be taken this

month.

The Board discussed account 2530211007 and the maintenance needed

at this home. The Board stated it would inform Crest Management of

when to send the 10-day letter, which is a required precursor to the

Association being able to perform a force mow and/or other corrective

maintenance on a home. The cost for the maintenance would be billed

back to the homeowner’s account.

Attorney Action Report - Jim Calvert reviewed the Attorney Action Report

with the Board. After review, the Board approved Jim’s recommendation

to move forward with the next legal step.

ADJOURNMENT

There were no homeowners present to hear a summary of the executive

session. The next meeting will be held on August 18, 2020.

With no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was

adjourned at 7:30 PM.

NEXT WSMA BOARD MEETING

The next meeting of the WSMA Board of Directors will be the annual

budget meeting and will be held at the Crest offices located at 17171

Park Row, Suite 310. The meeting will begin at 5:30 PM on Tuesday,

September 15, 2020.

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WILLIAMSBURG SETTLEMENT CLUBHOUSE AND POOL RENTAL

The Clubhouse is available for rental for non-profit activities to all

residents in good standing with the Association

• The fees are as follows:

BIG ROOM RENTAL FEE:

Up to 49 people - $50

50-100 people - $75

Plus a refundable security deposit:

No alcohol served - $100

Alcohol served or the attendance of 20 or more under the age of

21 - $200*

SMALL ROOM RENTAL FEE:

Up to 20 people - $30 (Small Room is 17’ X 15’ and rental does not

include kitchen)

Plus a refundable security deposit of $50

• *Note that when alcohol is served, two security guards must also be on

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• The charge for the security guards, which is paid directly to the

officers, is the responsibility of the resident requesting the rental. Also,

if there are more than 20 young people between the ages of 13 and

21 unaccompanied by their family members the Association requires

one responsible adult for every 10 of these young persons to act as

chaperones.

• All deposits refundable upon passing the exit inspection.

POOL RENTAL

The pool is available for private parties during the swim season (only),

subject to the posted pool rules and the following restrictions.

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During Pool Hours:

• Only 1 group at a time.

• Parties must be scheduled at least 2 weeks ahead of time using the

Clubhouse Booking Form.

• Parties held during open hours are restricted to 20 or fewer persons

(adults and children) who will be entering the water and do not have

their own pool tags and a total of not more than 60 persons in total

within the pool area.

• Parties that include a total of between 20 and 40 swimmers (i.e. including

those who have their own pool tags) are required to hire one additional

lifeguard.

• Parties that include a total of more than 40 swimmers (i.e. including

those who have their own pool tags) are required to hire two additional

lifeguards.

• The charge for the additional guard(s) will be $26 per hour with a

minimum of 2 hours.

• If at any time the number of swimmers in the water or the number of

persons within the pool area (including regular pool users who are not

members of the party) exceeds the limits that can be safely managed by

the lifeguards on duty then the guards have the authority to ask some

swimmers to leave the water or in extreme cases to close the pool.

• Two responsible adults must be in the pool area at all times acting as

chaperons to ensure the good behavior of all members of the party.

• Party to be over and the area cleaned up by pool closing at 8 PM.

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After Hours:

• Parties must be scheduled at least 2 weeks ahead of time.

• Rental Fees: 1-49 people - $50; 50 plus - $75.

• Private pool parties may only be scheduled on days on which the pool

is open. The parties may start at 8 PM and must end, the area cleaned up

and the facility vacated by the scheduled end of the party, either 10 or 11

PM, as selected on the booking form. The lifeguards will clear the pool 15

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• One responsible adult for every 10 persons under the age of 21 must

be in the pool area at all times acting as chaperones to ensure the good

behavior of all members of the party.

• Lifeguards will be booked by the Association from the pool management

company. There will be a minimum of 2 lifeguards plus an additional

guard for every 25 persons in excess of 50 who will be entering the pool.

The per-lifeguard hourly fee is $26.

• The cost for the lifeguards will be added to the rental fee and will be

payable by the renter to the Association at the time the booking is

confirmed.

• A $150 refundable deposit is required.

For clubhouse and pool availability, refer to the Clubhouse Bookings

page of the Association website www.wsmaonline.org and then to make

a reservation, please complete the pool entries on the on-line Clubhouse

Booking Form.

If you need further information, call Dave Ellis at 281-347-2580.

VETERINARY PUBLIC HEALTH 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.

Veterinary Public Health (formerly called Harris County Animal Control)

advises that, “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 then 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 to 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.

KATY AREA PLAYGROUP

A Katy area playgroup for stay at home moms and their infant-preschool aged

children in the Williamsburg area meets every Monday at different locations.

If you interested in participating or finding out more about the playgroup,

please contact the playgroup coordinator, Laura Bannerman, at llbannerman@

gmail.com. Please share this information with neighbors and friends!

THE THOMAS A. GLAZIER

SENIOR EDUCATION CENTER

Commissioner Steve Radack, Harris County Precinct Three

The Thomas A. Glazier Senior Education Center is located at 16600 Pine

Forest Lane, 77084; one block south of the intersection of Hwy. 6 and

Clay Road. All classes/programs are FREE for Harris County residents aged

55+. Zumba, Yoga, Spanish, Dance, Legal, Watercolor, Wills and Probate,

Computer/IPhone and Wellness classes are offered among hundreds of

other classes/workshops. For more info, go online to www.pct3.com/

About/Calendars/Glazier-Senior-Center-Calendar for a schedule of all our

programs or call us at 713-274-3250.

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HOW YOUR DIET AFFECTS YOUR DAYS AND NIGHTS

SLEEPLESS NIGHTS? - Whether your sleepless nights are caused by

garden-variety stress (worrying elevates excitatory neurotransmitters

like dopamine and norepinephrine or anxiety due to low serotonin

levels, boosting serotonin is the key to getting a good night’s sleep.

In fact, if you don’t have enough serotonin, a deep restful slumber is

impossible. Starting this afternoon, eliminate caffeine and meat and

dairy products after 3 PM. At dinner, enjoy whole-grain pasta with no

more than a 1/2 cup of beans and a large green salad on the side. The

pasta stimulates serotonin, while the beans produce levels of dopamine

and norepinephrine that won’t prohibit sleep later on. The salad-like fruit

and all green, yellow, orange and leafy vegetables-has a neutral effect

on brain chemistry. About one hour before bedtime, snack on a complex

carb like a roll, rice cakes or popcorn to drive tryptophan into your brain,

where it will be converted into serotonin. (Warm milk works because it’s

a protein-and-carb combination that produces tryptophan.)

FORGETFULNESS? - If you’ve been scattered and forgetful lately, an

inadequate supply of acetylcholine - the memory neurotransmitter

- may be the reason. What’s more, elevated levels of dopamine and

norepinephrine and too little serotonin are probably making it hard for

you to concentrate on the task at hand. Try revamping your menu for a

day: At breakfast, have a slice of whole-wheat toast with a scrambled egg.

Besides being a protein that will trigger the release of enough dopamine

and norepinephrine to keep you alert, the egg is a rich source of choline,

an amino acid that the brain converts to acetylcholine. At lunch, skip

protein in favor of a veggie tortilla and fruit. Your morning protein will

guarantee good concentration into the afternoon while tortilla fuels

serotonin production to give you a continued sense of well-being. If you

need a mid-afternoon energy boost, have a cup of black tea instead of

coffee. For dinner, try a stir-fry of brown rice, veggies and tofu. (Tofu, an

excellent fat-free protein source, is also rich in choline.)

WHAT ABOUT COFFEE? - Caffeine works almost immediately on

your brain chemistry. Studies have shown it will improve your mental

functioning and concentration and boost your problem-solving abilities.

But one or two cups of coffee is all you need. Your morning cup (or two)

will last into early afternoon. Drinking any more after that can produce

negative effects, such as muscle tension and anxiety.

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.

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.

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,

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DETAILING, T - TUTORING

TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE

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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

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

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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

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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?

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

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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

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prefer the morning. Take advantage of the time of the day you feel most

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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Grandparents are full of hugs and kisses, family history, wisdom, patience,

love and guidance. National Grandparents Day gives grandchildren the

opportunity to show love and appreciation to their grandparents.

National Grandparents Day has its very own song. The National

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highly popular composition A Song for Grandma and Grandpa.

The forget-me-not is the official flower for National Grandparents Day.

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SCOUTS

BROWNIE GS TROOP OPENINGS

FOR 2ND GRADE GIRLS-KATY WIDE

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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Leader) to change the world. Nationally, our extraordinary journey

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

or visit www.gssjc.org.

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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with a wide variety of activities that help boys develop leadership skills,

build character, strengthen communication skills and demonstrate good

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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HOMESCHOOL CUB SCOUT PACK 164

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

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

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

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WALKS/RUNs

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION INVITES

KATY/WEST HOUSTON RESIDENTS TO

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Participants will Raise Critically Needed Awareness and Funds for

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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

Walk day, new features are being added to the Walk to End Alzhemer’s

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

incentives to raise funds but our main objective this year is to increase

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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

a virtual online market. For more details about the show and for current

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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:

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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

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Butterscotch Bread Pudding

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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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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

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

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Sports opportunities

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exists to serve people living in and around Katy, Texas who have

an interest in running. We are a community of people of all ages,

backgrounds, heritages and abilities who share a common interest -

running! Our focus is on group runs, having fun, socializing and sharing

our knowledge and experience with our members and the public. We

welcome all who are interested in joining us. We have a full calendar of

runs, events and socials. We hold group runs every Saturday morning

at the Sergeant Hatch Sports Park off the south I-10 feeder road just east

of Barker Cypress Rd. On Tuesdays (5 AM and 6:30 PM) we meet at one

of the KISD junior high tracks for speedwork and on Thursday (6:30 PM)

we meet at Crosspoint Community Church for tempo runs of various

distances and paces. To find out more and to join our club, visit www.

KatyAreaRunningClub.com.

TRACK HOUSTON YOUTH TRACK CLUB

Track Houston Youth Track Club has one of the largest and successful

youth track and field club training programs in the nation. Our program

has developed national champions in AAU, USATF, New Balance

and Adidas. Our Track and Field athletes have been selected for and

competed on youth international teams - Team USA and Team Trinidad.

We have multiple practice sites in the Greater Houston area including

Katy and Cypress. Visit www.trackhouston.com for Cross Country signups

in August, Speed Camps in October, Indoor Track and Field in November

and Track and Field in January. Track Houston is a registered 501 (c) (3)

organization.

KATY CANOE & KAYAK CLUB (KC/KC)

Established March of 2014 (Over 200 Members). Never paddled before,

that’s okay too! We don’t own a store, don’t purchase anything yet! Join

our meetings and we can answer your questions and/or assist you in

trying out new gear and equipment. KC/KC is a non-profit organization

with major Sponsors. Must be at least 21 years of age to join. LIFE VEST/

PFD IS A MUST!!!!

We meet every 3 rd Wednesday of each month at 24638 Kingsland Blvd.,

Katy TX 77494 (Manta Ray Enterprises, Inc.), 7-9 PM. For more information,

call Philip at 713-826-5705 or 281-782-7252. “Remember-Think Safe,

Paddle Safe”

NETBALL CLUBS

Katy Swifts Netball Club invites people to come and learn about netball

and have some fun playing a great team sport. Open to everyone from

eight years and up including adults. Contact katynetball@netballamerica

for further information.

Houston Shooting Stars welcomes ladies, men and youth to join in, play

and learn netball, Tuesday nights at The British School of Houston.

Contact houstonnetball@netballamerica.com for further information.

You can also “like” the Texas Netball Association on Facebook to see

regular announcements about netball in the Lonestar State! Also visit

netballamerica.com for general information about netball in America.

WOMEN’S FLAT TRACK ROLLER DERBY

Southwest Houston’s own brand new women’s flat track roller derby

team is now forming. This isn’t the old school roller derby you’ve seen in

the past. We train derby athletes to compete according to the rules and

guidelines set forth by WFTDA, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.

We are actively recruiting skaters, referees and volunteers. Skaters must

be female and 18 or older. Referees and volunteers must be 18 or older.

Email us at yellowrosederbygirls@yahoo.com for more information. You

can also find us at www.yellowrosederbygirls.com and on Facebook. Join

up now to become an integral part in founding and building our league.

VOLLEYBALL

Please contact Dean at volleyballkaty@yahoo.com if you are interested in

playing volleyball. You must be at least 18 years old and be able to play at

intermediate level. We play at different locations in and around Katy area.

KATY RUGBY CLUB

Want to learn the newest Olympic Sport - Rugby? All ages welcome -

boys & girls, Training every Sunday 2-4 PM at Cinco Ranch High School,

For more information, please visit www.katyrugbyclub.com.

KATY CAVALIER LACROSSE CLUB

The Katy Cavalier Lacrosse Club invites you to come and see what Lacrosse

is all about. Join us as we continue to bring one of the fastest growing

team sports in the United States to the youth of Katy. Katy Cavalier

Lacrosse Club offers lacrosse for boys and girls from Kindergarten thru

High School. No experience needed. For more information visit our

website, www.katycavalierlacrosse.org.

Did you play Lacrosse in college, coached lacrosse or just love the sport?

We are looking for Coaches for boys and girls. Please contact us for more

information if you would like to volunteer and be a part of the Katy

Cavalier Lacrosse Club, 281-942-8822.

WESTSIDE GOLF LEAGUE

Westside Golf League is actively encouraging new members. We invite

you to join us every Tuesday morning at Cinco Ranch Golf Club. Our

purpose is to allow ladies of all levels to meet new friends and have fun

while improving golfing skills. For more information, contact the Pro

Shop at Cinco Ranch, 281-395-4653.

U.S. BOWLING LEAGUE DAY

Each year league bowlers across the United States recognize U.S. Bowling

League Day on September 3 rd . Primarily an outdoor sport until around

1840, bowling was called the game of ninepins and popular with

gamblers. To snuff out the gambling, the state of Connecticut banned

the game in 1841, which led the newly indoor lane owners to add one pin

to their alleys to circumvent the law.

Clubs tried organizing and creating set rules, but it wasn’t until 1895 when

the American Bowling Congress came together at Beethoven Hall in New

York City. The American Bowling Congress established a maximum score

of 300, which still stands today. Other rules, such as lane length, widths

and distances between pins were also determined.

Today, leagues of men, women and mixed teams of all ages play in

bowling competitions around the world. Weekly league bowling is a

great social outing as well as great physical activity.

Gather your league and go bowling. If you are not a member of a league,

just invite some friends.

September 2020 | Williamsburg Settlement

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