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HEARTHSTONE GARDEN CLUB
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Happy 2021 to All My Neighbors! Hurray! Hearthstone had a
record breaking 83 homes sold (approx.) in the last year!
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ALL SECTIONS OF HEARTHSTONE
Hearthstone Garden Club firstname.lastname@example.org
President - Shannon Bouffard
Hearthstone HOA, Inc.
Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7; Hearthstone Green,
Sections 1, 2, 3 & 4; Avila Ct. Estates, Hearthstone Meadows.
President, Terry Gingell 281-703-8184
Vice President, Scooter Cantrell 281-220-9160
Secretary, Virgil Hydes 281-859-0438
Treasurer, Mike Looney 281-550-7010
Director, Bob Comeaux
Director, Lester Leger
Director, Tina Bailey
MANAGEMENT COMPANY - INFRAMARK
2002 West Grand Parkway North, Suite 100, Katy, TX 77449
Office: 281-870-0585 | Mobile: 281-371-4154
Customer Service: 281-870-0585 | www.inframark.com
Manager: Katie Ivanics
I am here to assist you with all your HOA questions and concerns. Please
feel free to contact me at any time.
Architectural Control - Virgil Hydes
Community Relations - Terry Gingell
Security - Scooter Cantrell
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Children’s Co-op Kelly Blackstone 713-548-3827
Swim Team Hugh McKinney 713-822-5490
Hearthstone Country Club 281-463-2201
Horne Elementary School 281-463-5954
Owens Elementary School 281-463-5915
Labay Middle School 281-463-5800
Truitt Middle School 281-856-1100
Cy-Falls High School 281-856-1000
Water District Spencer Rd PUD 281-469-5740
WCA (Waste Corportion of America) 281-368-8397
Harris County Constables 281-463-6666
Poison Control 800-222-1222
Animal Control 281-999-3191
Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation 713-941-8972
Mosquito Control 713-796-6900
Children’s Protective Svs 713-394-4000
DPS Sex Offenders website
Harris Co. Public Health & Envir 713-439-6000
Street Light Repair (give pole #) 713-207-2222
To report gas leaks 713-659-3552
Street Repair 281-463-6300
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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)
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.
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Hearthstone Board is excited to announce that Hearthstone HOA has partnered with a
technology company NabrNetwork to bring to you Townsquare, which has been selected as
our official, Board-approved communication tool/website for Hearthstone HOA! Accessible
via mobile phone, tablet and desktop - and completely private. A Townsquare welcome
letter was recently sent out to all homeowners. If you didn’t receive the letter please follow
these steps to sign up.
1. Access townsquare at https://inframarkims.com/what-we-do/association-management/
2. Click on townsquare in the right-side menu
3. Confirm your zip code and select “I live in Hearthstone HOA”
4. Select “I am an owner”
5. Enter your unique Account Number
If you don’t have your account number please call 281-870-0585 or email Katie.Ivanics@
Inframark.com to assist. Please note moving forward this will be the new website and the
old Hearthstone website will no longer be used.
MESSAGE TO ALL HEARTHSTONE RESIDENTS
FROM THE HEARTHSTONE COUNTRY CLUB
Incidents of trespassing on the golf course have recently had a dramatic increase.
Accordingly, the club has posted new signs at all areas of access that address the trespassing
issue. No one, whether members or non-members are to be on the club property at any
time, day or evening, unless you are registered with the Pro shop. No walking or jogging,
no dog walking, no bike riding, no fishing. The club has asked the Constables to assist in the
enforcement of this violation. Please be a good neighbor and respect the club’s property.
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GOLF CART OPERATORS IN HEARTHSTONE:
Parents, please remember that all operators of golf carts on both public
streets and at the Hearthstone Country Club must be at least 16 years old
and have a valid TX Operators license. We have recently noticed many
underage operators driving through the community. Underage drivers
subject both themselves and their parents to citation by the Harris
County Constables Office. Should an underage driver cause any damage
to a person or property, most insurance companies will not cover the loss
leaving the parents open to civil litigation.
Please parents, if your child is underage and operating your golf cart, ask
them to stop. If our Constable on patrol continues to observe underage
drivers she/he will have no choice but to stop the driver and call the
parents. Let’s take care of this issue on our own. Thanks!
DO’S AND DON’TS OF DEED RESTRICTIONS
Deed restrictions or often called “restrictive covenants” (especially in
the context of homeowners associations) are restrictions contained in
incorporating documents that limit how a property can be used or what
can be built on it. Subdivision developers create these restrictions in
order to keep size, quality and nature of housing consistent in an effort to
maintain market value of the subdivision.
For the most part, Hearthstone residents abide by our deed restrictions.
Yards are kept clean and neat. Home exteriors are washed and unsightly
mold is removed. Our neighbors file the required ACC forms when making
changes to their home exteriors or adding a room or other structure.
Trailers are not parked in driveways or on the street for extended periods
of time and commercial vehicles are kept in garages.
However, there are always a few who, from time to time forget or are
not well informed about to do’s and don’ts of our deed restrictions. We
need your help. We need everyone to follow the deed restrictions. If you
aren’t familiar with them, they can be found in the documents section
of our website. If you’re not sure, call the management company. Our
management company inspects the community once a month checking
for violations. There are times when they will miss something. If you have
a neighbor who is a continuing violator, call the management company.
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Moving forward, the Board has instructed the management company
to continue to inspect closely for violations and follow up with notices
allowed by law.
1) The first notice is a courtesy letter.
2) If the violation is not cured within 30 days a second letter is sent.
3) If the violation continues another 30 days it is referred to our attorney
and a third letter is sent. The attorney letter results in a $302.50 charge to
the homeowners account.
4) Continuing violations and/or non-payment of a homeowners account
can lead to a notice of foreclosure.
For the good of all of our homeowners in Hearthstone, let’s keep our
community clean and neat. Thanks to all of you who already abide by
the rules and thanks in advance to those few who will strive to do better!
LOST & FOUND PETS IN HEARTHSTONE
Folks in Hearthstone are very helpful in getting lost pets reunited with
their owners, but all dog owners should ensure that there is a tag on each
dog with their name, address and phone number. Local pet stores have
machines that make tags like this while you wait. At least that would help
found dogs get back home quicker and with less trauma.
Please be mindful of the Harris County Leash Law and be certain that
your pets are on a leash when not confined to your home or backyard.
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2020 Hearthstone Garden Club Holiday Lighting Contest Winners
BEST GOLF COURSE:
1 st Place: 7511 Cart Gate Dr., home of Elizabeth Hardy 2 nd Place: 14930 Elmont Dr., home of the Hill Family
Note: There were six families from Boy Scout Troop 1283 that judged the following homes; none live in Hearthstone. Due to the pandemic, they voted as family
units and the families didn’t collaborate with each other to maintain social distancing. Our number one priority this year was making sure that our judges
stayed safe! Each of the families rode in their own vehicle and had to agree on their choices. This required parents and their children to compromise quite a bit!
All of the families were extremely impressed with the neighborhood displays and felt that many more awards could be given if they were available to give! We
appreciate the time and effort they put into voting.
1 st Place: 7503 Cart Gate Dr., home
of Diane and Stan Wysocki
2 nd Place: 14958 Inverrary Dr.,
home of Dawn Dvorachek
1 st Place: 14411 Verde Mar Ln.,
home of Camille Graves
2 nd Place: 14419 Sandalfoot St.,
home of Margaret Bluestein
CHILDREN’S FANTASY: NOTE: ONLY CHILDREN AND TEENS VOTED IN THIS CATEGORY; NO ADULTS!
1 st Place: 14814 Elmont Dr.,
home of Shannon, Andy, Daniel and Lexie Bouffard
2 nd Place: 7214 Creek Crest Dr., home of Mary and Mike Pratt
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Make sure if you or your family goes on vacation to put in a “Vacation
Watch” with our department. That way you’ll know your house is being
watched by our patrol deputies. You can fill out a vacation watch form
Or you can call our dispatch at 281-463-6666.
The Hearthstone HOA coordinates maintenance of all the streetlights
throughout the community. This includes the “cobra head” lights like
you see along many streets and highways, as well as the decorative light
poles along Huffmeister and in some of the neighborhoods.
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Cobra head streetlights need to be reported to CenterPoint, using the
pole number, which is the “address” for the light. It is a six digit number
facing the street. You can report streetlights that are not working or
staying on during the day at http://cnp.centerpointenergy.com/outage
(Google streetlight outage) or give us the pole number and we will do
it for you.
Outages or problems with decorative streetlights should be reported to
Inframark at 281-870-0585. Please note the exact intersection or closest
address. The association has a contractor doing a monthly nighttime
inspection for lights that are out, but if you see a problem, please report
it, so we can achieve our goal to keep all the lights on all the time.
Trash days are Tuesdays and Fridays with recycling pickup on Fridays. If
you have questions, call 281-368-8397.
Board Meetings are now bi-monthly, usually on the 3 rd Wednesday at 6
PM. Hearthstone Country Club.
HEARTHSTONE HOA EMAIL ALERTS
Just register at the site using “Join our Mailing Lists” on the opening page.
You will be automatically added to the email group.
This group will be used to quickly but sparingly, get information out to
members between newsletters. If you would like these messages sent to
more than one email address, just register again with each address you
want included in the group.
The addresses will not be sold, distributed or used for any purpose other
than association business. Your address will not even be shared among
group members. Messages sent to the group will be limited to those
authorized by the HOA Board of Directors.
If you have already joined the email group, you do not need to do so
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HEARTHSTONE EXTERIOR MODIFICATIONS
When making any changes to the exterior of your home, please keep
in mind that you must first submit an application and receive written
approval. An application can be obtained by sending a request to
The call center main number is 281-870-0585. The hours are 7 AM to 6 PM
Monday through Thursday and 7 AM to 5 PM on Fridays.
“THE HEARTHSTONE NEWS” IS AVAILABLE ONLINE
The Hearthstone Newsletter can be viewed (in color), online at
krenekprinting.com. Go to www.krenekprinting.com, Click on
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SAFETY TIPS - AVOID BEING A VICTIM
1. Call the constable’s office anytime you see a suspicious person and do
not let race, age or gender influence you calling (a suspicious person is
anyone you do not recognize on your street).
2. Call the constable’s office when you see a suspicious vehicle (any
vehicle parked in front of your neighbor’s home or driving around your
street that you don’t recognize).
3. Always keep all your doors and windows locked even when you are at
4. Always keep your overhead garage door in the down position.
5. Remember neighbors looking out for neighbors are how the police
catch the bad guys.
6. Make sure to do a vacation watch whenever you go out of town.
7. If someone comes to your door, always go to the door and acknowledge
that you are there and remember to never open the door for anyone that
you do not know. The bad guys in almost all cases do not want you to be
home. Then always call the constable’s office so that we can check them
out. When they leave your house, they are going to your neighbors.
8. If you have children that stay at home alone, no matter what their age,
they need to go to the door and have a preplanned story for whoever is
there (my dad is working on the computer, he says to come back later).
Then have them call the constable’s office.
9. Never do business with people you don not know and trust. Never
open the door for solicitors. If no one in the neighborhood buys anything
from them, the companies that they work for will quit sending them into
10. Always lock your vehicles and never leave anything of value in plain
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scholarships through the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation’s (CFEF) 32nd
annual B.F. Adam Golf Classic, held Nov. 16 th at BlackHorse Golf Club.
The annual event, named after longtime CFISD school Board member
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to the CFEF mission of increasing college access for CFISD graduates by
“We were so thankful to be able to have our tournament this year,
COVID-19 has impacted our community and we are blessed to have
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The North Course winner was Raba Kistner, Inc., shooting a 17-underpar
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Terry Rasmussen of Edgenuity was the Putting Contest winner.
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Students from Fiest Elementary School, Spillane Middle School and
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entries across 78 CFISD campuses.
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In the elementary school category, Fiest Elementary School third grade
student Emma Marshall placed first with her color pencil/paint card titled
“Snowy Holiday.” Wells Elementary School fourth grade student Ivana
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Cypress Woods High School senior Kylie Thomas placed second and
Bridgeland High School sophomore Jacob Lemos placed third.
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1. Read to your children every day. Start by the age of six months.
Reading to children shows them the importance of communication and
motivates them to become readers. It also provides a context to discuss
issues and learn what is on your child’s mind.
2. Make your children feel loved and important. Kids develop a sense
of self-worth early in life. They get it from their parents. Listen to what
your children have to say. Assure them that they are loved and safe.
Celebrate their individuality and tell them what makes them special and
what you admire about them.
3. Provide your child with a tobacco-free environment. Indoor air
pollution from tobacco increases ear infections, chest infections and
even Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. If you smoke, consider quitting.
Remember, the most important predictor of whether your children will
grow up to be smokers is whether you smoke. Make your home a smokefree
4. Pay attention to nutrition. Nutrition makes a big difference in how
kids grow, develop and learn. Good nutrition is a matter of balance.
Provide foods from several food groups at each meal. Emphasize foods
that are less processed, such as whole grain breads and cereals and fresh
fruits and vegetables. Review your child’s diet with your pediatrician for
5. Do a “childproofing” survey of your home. A child’s-eye view home
survey should systematically go from room to room, removing all the
“booby traps” that await the curious toddler or preschooler. Think of
poisons, small objects, sharp edges, knives, firearms and places to fall.
6. Make sure immunizations are up to date. Review your child’s
immunization record with your pediatrician. Make sure your child is
current on recommended immunizations.
7. Practice “safety on wheels.” Make sure everyone in the car is buckled
up for every ride, with children in the back seat in age-appropriate child
safety seats. All bikers, skaters and skateboarders should wear helmets.
8. Prevent violence by setting good examples. Hitting, slapping and
spanking teaches children that it is acceptable to hit other people to
solve problems. Non-physical forms of discipline work better in the long
run. Remember that words can hurt too.
9. Monitor your children’s “media.” Monitor what your children see and
hear on television, in movies and in music. Children are affected by what
they see and hear, particularly in these times of violent images. Talk to
your children about “content.” If you feel that a movie or TV program is
inappropriate, redirect your child to more suitable programming.
10. Become more involved in your child’s school and your child’s
education. Visit your child’s school. Become active in the parent-teacher
organization. Volunteer in the classroom or for special projects. Be
available to help with homework. If your child’s education is important to
you, it will be important to him.
11. Help kids understand tobacco, alcohol and the media. Help your
teenager understand the difference between the misleading messages in
advertising and the truth about the dangers of using alcohol and tobacco
products. Talk about ads with your child. Help your child understand the
real messages being conveyed. Make sure the TV shows and movies your
child watches do not glamorize the use of tobacco, alcohol and other
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• Camellias: Plants may be moved. Pick up and discard fallen blooms.
• Cultivation: Changes in design may now be made, new beds dug and
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heavy soils: repeat in three weeks. Dig granite dust, rock phosphate
and quantities of organic matter into soil. Allow time for settling before
• Fertilize: Daylilies, spuria, Louisiana and bearded irises with complete
fertilizer. Give strawberries 1 teaspoon ammonium sulfate, keeping six
inches away from plant. Fertilize pansies with manure tea or blood meal.
• Fruits: Plant fruit trees. Mulch figs with grass or straw to prevent freeze
damage to crown.
• House Plants: Water, when surface soil is crumbly dry. Wash dust off
leaves to open pores. Mist often. Inspect for diseases and insects. Reduce
water for poinsettias.
• Lawns: Remove thatch aerate, and feed with low nitrogen mixture.
• Pests: For petal blight prevention, spray azaleas and camellias as
flowers open. Spray for scale with dormant oil solution if temperature
will be above 35˚ and below 85˚ for next 48 hours. Always read and heed
manufacturer’s directions before spraying.
• Propagation: Ivy cuttings root easily this month and next. Root cuttings
of shrubs in mixture of loam and coarse sand; keep damp and semishaded
• Prune: Fruit trees in advance of new growth. Prune to groom and shape.
Do not remove too much. Remove dead wood from trees and shrubs
before spring buds swell, but do not prune spring bloomers. Prune crape
myrtles. Prune nandina and others of similar growth habit by cutting
unwanted canes out at base of plant.
• Roses: Annual pruning about the middle of February, just before the
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• Transplanting: January is one of the best months to transplant woody
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• Vegetables: Prepare beds, preferably raised for drainage, with about
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• Winter Protection: Expect freeze any time; plan for protection of tender
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COMMON VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES
As we embark on the journey each day to eat and live better, take note of
the common vitamin nutrient deficiencies that are easily treated:
1. Calcium: Calcium is important for maintaining strong bones and
controlling muscle and nerve function. Signs of severely low calcium
include fatigue, muscle cramps, abnormal heart rhythms and a poor
appetite. Make sure you’re getting enough with at least three servings of
milk or yogurt a day. Other good sources of calcium are cheese, calciumfortified
orange juice and dark, leafy greens.
2. Vitamin D: This vitamin is also critical for bone health. Symptoms
of a vitamin D deficiency can be vague - fatigue and muscle aches or
weakness. If it goes on long term, a vitamin D deficiency can lead to
softening of the bones. To get enough vitamin D, have three servings
of fortified milk or yogurt daily eating fatty fish, such as salmon or tuna,
twice a week; and spend some time outside in the sunshine every day.
3. Potassium: Potassium helps the kidneys, heart and other organs
work properly. You could become low in potassium in the short term
because of diarrhea or vomiting, excessive sweating or antibiotics or
because of chronic conditions such as eating disorders and kidney
disease, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Symptoms of
a deficiency include weight loss, muscle weakness, constipation and in
severe cases, an abnormal heart rhythm. For natural potassium sources,
consume bananas, whole grains, milk, vegetables, beans and peas.
4. Iron: Iron helps your body make red blood cells. When iron levels get
too low, your body can’t effectively carry oxygen. The resulting anemia
can cause fatigue. You might also notice pale skin and dull, thin, sparse
hair. To boost iron levels, eat iron-fortified cereal, beef, oysters, beans
(especially white beans, chickpeas and kidney beans), lentils and spinach.
5. Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 aids the production of DNA and helps make
neurotransmitters in the brain. With an increasing number of vegans
and people who’ve had weight loss surgery, vitamin B12 deficiency is
becoming more common. Symptoms of severe B12 deficiency include
numbness in the legs, hands or feet; problems with walking and balance;
anemia; fatigue; weakness; a swollen, inflamed tongue; memory loss;
paranoia; and hallucinations. You can get vitamin B12 from animal
sources: eat more fish, chicken, milk and yogurt. If you’re vegan, opt for
vegan foods fortified with B12, such as non-dairy milk, meat substitutes
and breakfast cereals.
6. Folate: Folate or folic acid, is a particularly important vitamin for
women of childbearing age, which is why prenatal vitamins contain such
a hefty dose. A folate deficiency can cause a decrease in the total number
of cells and large red blood cells as well as neural tube defects in an
unborn child. Symptoms of a folate deficiency include fatigue, gray hair,
mouth ulcers, poor growth and a swollen tongue. To get folate from food,
go for fortified cereals, beans, lentils, leafy greens and oranges.
7. Magnesium: Magnesium helps support bone health and assists in
energy production. Magnesium deficiency can cause loss of appetite,
nausea and vomiting, fatigue and weakness. In more severe cases, it can
lead to numbness, muscle cramps, seizures, abnormal heart rhythms,
personality changes or low potassium or calcium levels. To help your
levels return to normal, eat more magnesium-rich foods, such as almonds,
cashews, peanuts, spinach, black beans and edamame.
Courtesy of: www.everydayhealth.com/hs/guide-to-essential-nutrients/
EASY WAYS TO EAT MORE FRUITS & VEGGIES
The new food plate unveiled by the Department of Agriculture sends a
clear message: eat more fruits and vegetables. Here are easy ways to get
more of these important foods into your diet:
Start early: Get in the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables
a day by eating them early with your morning meal. Add a banana to
your cereal, berries to your yogurt, veggies to your omelet.
Make them visible: Set out a fruit bowl in the kitchen or have carrot
sticks available for snacking. Take some time to prepare the fruits or
vegetables, so they are ready to eat.
Frozen is good: Frozen vegetables, such as peas and carrots, are a great
way to make sure you always have vegetables in the house.
At mealtime, think of the veggies first, not the protein: Half of your
plate needs to be filled with fruits and vegetables. Base your meals on
what vegetables you’ll have and then think of the grains and protein to
go with it.
Have fruit with your sweets: Fruits are nature’s natural candy. Puree
berries and adding them as a sauce to desserts, such as ice cream.
Courtesy of: www.livescience.com/35730-five-easy-ways-eat-morefruits-vegetables.html
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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Martin Luther King, Jr., an American clergyman and Nobel Prize
winner was one of the principal leaders of the American civil rights
movement and a prominent advocate of nonviolent protest. King’s
challenges to segregation and racial discrimination in the 1950s and
1960s helped convince many white Americans to support the cause
of civil rights in the United States. After his assassination in 1968, King
became a symbol of protest in the struggle for racial justice. In 1957,
King helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
(SCLC), an organization of black churches and ministers that aimed
to challenge racial segregation. As SCLC’s president, King became
the organization’s dominate personality and its primary intellectual
influence. He was responsible for much of the organization’s
fundraising, which he frequently conducted in conjunction with
preaching engagements in Northern churches. SCLC sought to
complement the NAACP’s legal efforts to dismantle segregation
through the courts, with King and other SCLC leaders encouraging
the use of nonviolent direct action to protest discrimination. These
activities included marches, demonstrations and boycotts.
“I Have a Dream” - King and other black leaders organized the 1963
March on Washington, a massive protest in Washington, D.C. for
jobs and civil rights. On August 28, 1963, King delivered the keynote
address to an audience of more than 200,000 civil rights supporters.
His “I Have a Dream” speech expressed the hopes of the civil rights
movement in oratory as moving as any in American history. After
his death, King came to represent black courage and achievement,
high moral leadership and the ability of Americans to address and
overcome racial divisions. Perhaps the most important memorial
is the national holiday in King’s honor, designated by the Congress
of the United States in 1983 and observed on the third Monday in
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You could make this on National Spaghetti Day January 4th!
1 (8 ounce) package spaghetti, broken into 2-inch pieces
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup milk
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1 (16 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
4 ounces pepperoni sausage, sliced (or other toppings if preferred)
Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch
baking dish. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add spaghetti
and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse with cold water.
Combine egg, milk, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese, salt and garlic salt in a
large bowl. Stir in cooked spaghetti; mix well. Spread mixture into prepared
baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and
reduce temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Spread sauce over spaghetti. Sprinkle with oregano, basil and the remaining
1 1/2 cups mozzarella. Top with pepperoni, return to oven and bake until
cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown, about 30 minutes more. Let stand
5 minutes before cutting.
Source: allrecipes.com, Submitted by: Kathy
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
You could make this on National Peanut Butter Day January 24th!
1 (9 inch) prepared chocolate cookie crumb crust
1 cup butter, softened
8 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
Melt 6 ounces semi sweet chocolate and cool to room temperature. Beat
the eggs with 3/4 cup butter or margarine, chocolate and confectioners’
sugar for a FULL 5 minutes. Mixture will be thick and smooth.
In a separate bowl, beat the peanut butter, 1/4 cup butter, and cream.
Spoon chocolate filling into crust. Swirl peanut butter filling into
chocolate filling. Drizzle remaining 2 oz of melted chocolate on top of
pie. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and serve.
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