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COMMUNITY BOND ADVISORY COMMITTEE
APRIL 19-27, 2021
MAY 1, 2021
New Schools, Purchase of School Sites,
Renovations & Expansions for Aging Campuses,
Safety & Security, Buses, Building Component
Classroom & Campus Technology
Natatorium for High School #10
(All Katy ISD high schools have natatoriums)
Campus & District Athletic Facilities/Stadiums
Repairs & Component Replacements
TO TAX RATE
WHAT THIS MEANS: Katy ISD can make all existing and new bond payments
with the $0.39 school district bond tax rate residents are currently paying.
SENIORS are exempt from any increase in
school taxes on their homestead.
Those age 65 and older will not see an increase in their taxes,
65+ even if the appraised value of their home increases.
FOR More info: www.katyisd.org/sites/bonds
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SECURITY (CONTRACT #83)
EMERGENCY (Police, Fire, Medical) 911
Constables Office 281-463-6666
Harris County Precinct 3 713-755-6306
HCE SD FIRE DEPT. 48 281-599-8888
KISD Administration 281-396-6000
KISD Security 281-396-7560
KISD Transportation Dept. 281-396-6220
West Memorial Elementary 281-237-6600
West Memorial Jr. High 281-237-6400
Katy High School 281-237-6700
Poison Control Center 800-764-7661
Animal Control 281-999-3191
Memorial Hermann Katy Hosp. 281-644-7000
Houston Methodist W. Hospital 832-522-5522
WEST MEMORIAL IMPORTANT NUMBERS
West Memorial Mailing Address: c/o High Sierra Management
722 Pin Oak Road, Katy, TX 77494 ª 281-391-7914
Sherri Carey – Manager - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tristan Herbert–Assistant Manager/Deed Restriction Violation support - email@example.com
Brytnie Galeas – ACC support/Clubhouse Reservations - firstname.lastname@example.org
Brandie Galeas – Accounts Receivable support - email@example.com
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Texas Children’s Hospital West 832-227-1000
Children’s Protective Svs. 713-394-4000
Harris Co. Public Health & Environment 713-439-6000
Comcast Cable 713-341-1000
Reliant Energy 713-207-7777
Centerpoint Energy 713-207-2222
West Memorial MUD 281-392-2290
WCA (trash pick-up service) 281-368-8397
West Memorial Civic Association, Inc.
Board of Director Assignments 2019-2020
Harry Woodstrom – President/Landscape Liaison - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerry Wells – Vice President/ACC & Violations Liaison - email@example.com
Julie Gonzales – Treasurer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Khan – Secretary/Communications Liaison - email@example.com
Pat Leo – Director/Constable Patrol Liaison - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lindy Rajput – Director/Parks & Pool Liaison - email@example.com
Vanessa Shell – Director/Clubhouse Liaison - firstname.lastname@example.org
High Sierra Management
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Clubhouse and Clubhouse Rental
Waste Collection/Pest Control/General Maint
PARK HOURS: 8 AM - Dusk, 7 days a week
TRASH PICK UP: Wednesday & Saturday
WEST MEMORIAL BOARD MEETINGS ARE
THE 4TH TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 7
PM AT THE CIVIC CENTER
WEST MEMORIAL TIGER SHARKS
SWIM TEAM WEBSITE
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WEST MEMORIAL TIGER SHARKS
Look at our website for specific information:
Please remember that any exterior change
to your home requires approval from the
Homeowners Association prior to performing
the improvement and/or addition. You can find
the governing rules and application process on
the Association website at www.westmemorial.
org or by contacting management at brytnie@
We are seeking volunteers for several upcoming
projects. More homeowner participation
would be appreciated Please email volunteers@
westmemorial.org for more information or
WEST MEMORIAL EMAIL ALERT &
West Memorial has a new alert and notification
system that works with email. The alerts are for
emergency notifications, security alerts and
messages from our constables. The notifications
are for neighborhood events, meetings and
issues. To be a part of the system, you must
request the service. If you are interested, open our
website at www.westmemorial.org and locate the
Sign-Up icon on the right side of the main page.
Follow the instructions and you will receive all
future alerts and notifications. Anyone wishing
to send an alert or notification should submit the
message to email@example.com for
approval, posting and transmission. Please direct
any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEST MEMORIAL PARK
Our community park is located at 22415
Kingsland and is open to all West Memorial
residents for outdoor activities. It has playground
equipment and a large sheltered pavilion.
Soliciting is prohibited in West Memorial
Subdivision. Please make sure you have a sign
posted on your residence for no soliciting.
If you are approached by a solicitor, please
call the Constable’s office at 281-463-6666.
Continue to call this number if you see
suspicious person or vehicles.
Do not hesitate to call Harris County Animal
Control at 281-999-3191, if you see animals that
are roaming the neighborhood unleashed.
WEST MEMORIAL CONSTABLES
Please make sure you call and report any
suspicious behavior. Please file a report for any
stolen or missing property we need to know
what is going on in the neighborhood. Our
Constables patrol our subdivision 24 hours
a day/seven days a week. Please call them at
281-463-6666 to report any disturbance or to
request vacation patrols.
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• Planting, Renovation
• Stone Border
• Drain System
• Garden Soil, Top Soil
• Grass Installation
• Lawn Aeration
• Lawn Dethatcher
• Sprinkler System Repair
• Brush Removal
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WEST MEMORIAL WEBSITE
www.westmemorial.org is the address for West Memorial information
on the internet. The web site contains pool information, Board member
contacts and complete documentation of your deed restrictions. It
also contains neighborhood information, including schools, security,
recreation and local worship centers. Check it out, you might find
something you have been looking for.
The purpose of Deed Restrictions in your neighborhood is to protect
and enhance property values. They set guidelines for initial construction,
perpetual maintenance and property use. As residents agree to abide by
the majority view; the style and standards of a community are established
and everyone benefits. For your information, restrictions are written by
the developer before the first home is constructed and the Association
is then charged with the on-going responsibility of enforcing them.
They can be changed, but a very large percentage vote of homeowners
is required to do so. Please let us know if you see a problem in the
West Memorial Civic Association’s Board has approved the following:
A $250 reward to anyone providing information leading to the arrest
and prosecution of person or persons vandalizing or destroying West
Memorial Civic Association property.
Your Association pays for streetlights from your annual dues, whether
they work or not. If a light is out in your area, please call 713-207-2222 and
report it. You may also report outages online at www.centerpointenergy.
com/outage. Each light has a number on it. When reporting the out light,
give the pole number and street location. We want all lights to work. A
lighted area is a safer area.
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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.
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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12 WAYS TO GIVE YOUR WHEELS A FRESH START
1. Clean up spills quickly, before they have a chance so soak in and set.
2. When vacuuming, use the duster-brush attachment to get in all the
nooks and crannies of the dashboard, center console and door panels.
If you don’t have an attachment, use a paintbrush to dislodge the dust.
3. Use the crevice tool to reach between seats and the console to dislodge
food crumbs and other hidden goodies. Remember to move the seats to
their extreme front and back positions.
4. Don’t forget to vacuum the seams on seats, where dirt accumulates
and breaks down the material.
5. For upholstery, use a mild solution (a couple of drops per gallon) of
dishwashing detergent and water to clean seats. Dip a clean towel into
the solution and rub gently. For leather upholstery, a leather cleaner is
recommended, although the homemade cleaner can be used. After
cleaning leather, rub in a conditioner. Use the treatment every six months.
6. If you have tinted windows, it’s better to use an alcohol-based cleaner
than an ammonia-based glass cleaner, because the ammonia can break
down the tint.
7. A good way to get streak-free windows is to use a micro-fiber towel.
8. Don’t forget to clean the rearview mirrors and side windows.
9. Clean the instrument panel with a clean micro-fiber cloth.
10. Keep a towel under your seat to quickly clean up spills on fabric
upholstery. Instead of rubbing the spill, try pressing down with the
towel to soak it up. For more stubborn stains, try using the mild cleaning
solution mentioned above.
11. If you do use a spray stain remover, be sure you go back with a clean
damp towel to remove any residual cleaner, which acts as a magnet for
dirt when left on the seat.
12. Combat red stains with the following method: Fill a spray bottle to
the top with 90 percent water and 10 percent ammonia. Spray onto the
red stain, wetting well. Place a clean damp towel over the stain and press
with a hot iron. This will transfer some of the dye into the towel. Repeat
spraying and ironing and most of the red stain should come out.
10 TIPS FOR A CLEANER REFRIGERATOR
1. Create a homemade all-purpose cleaner by combining the following in a
gallon of hot water: 1 cup clear ammonia, ½-cup vinegar and ¼-cup baking
soda. Pour into a spray bottle or use from a bowl with a sponge. This norinse
formula is a degreaser that prevents mold and mildew. Wipe down the
entire refrigerator with this solution, including the drawers and shelves.
2. To prevent grease and odor buildup on top of the refrigerator after
you’ve cleaned it, just buff some paste wax into the surface.
3. Use toothpaste to remove tough stains. It contains a gentle abrasive
and has a pleasant odor.
4. To get those dust bunnies out from under the refrigerator, remove the
grill and run a yardstick covered with a pair of pantyhose underneath.
Also check the pan of water under the unit, since it can hold unpleasantsmelling
5. To combat household odors, fill a clean old sock with activated charcoal
from an aquarium store, tie a knot in the top and place it in the back of
the refrigerator. This will last a month or two, depending on the size of
your refrigerator and how heavily you use it.
6. For a faster fix for odors, sprinkle vanilla extract on some cotton balls,
place in a shallow dish and put in the refrigerator. Orange extract also
7. Eliminate lingering odors in your vegetable bins by putting a crumpled
piece of a brown paper grocery bag inside and leaving it for 48 hours. The
paper will absorb the odor.
8. Check for adequate tightness of the insulating seam around the door
by placing a lighted flashlight inside the refrigerator and closing the door.
Turn off the lights in the room (this should be done at night) and see if
any light escapes from the seams. This will help you pinpoint any leaks.
9. If you don’t keep your refrigerator full, fill a large bottle (at least a gallon)
with water and leave it in the refrigerator. It helps keep the refrigerator
cool and running efficiently.
10. Keep your refrigerator at 37 degrees. Source: www.hgtv.com
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COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOL UPDATES
CONTINUED CAMPUS PHASE 1 SAFETY PROTOCOLS
Katy ISD Campus Phase 1 Safety Protocols remain in effect to ensure the continued
mitigation and deterrence of the potential spread of COVID-19. The District anticipates
releasing Phase 2 protocols when state, local and the Texas Education Agency (TEA)
provide updated guidance allowing for de-escalation of virus mitigation protocols. Katy
ISD will provide updates as additional information becomes available. Please check the
Katy ISD “Smart Restart” webpage to review current Campus Phase 1 Safety Protocols.
KATY ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES CALL
FOR A MAY 2021 SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION
The Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved to hold a general election in
May 2021 for a three-year term in Positions 6 and 7.
• Early Voting by Personal Appearance: Mon, April 19 to Tues, April 27, 2021
• Election Day: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Currently, Position 6 is being held by Susan Gesoff and Position 7 is held
by Dawn Champagne. State law requires a candidate for trustee of an
independent school district to be a qualified voter by the time mentioned
in Election Code Section 141.001. Katy ISD trustees are the governing body
of the school district and are the main advising group that oversees and
shapes policies. Individuals serving as Board members are not employees
of Katy ISD, yet they dedicate countless hours to lead an A+ school district.
KATY VIRTUAL SCHOOL REGISTRATION OPEN
For students, virtual classes are an excellent way to acquire graduation credits
and/or expand their learning opportunities. Last year, over 4,000 students
utilized the Katy Virtual School (KVS) program offered by the Katy Independent
School District. KVS launched in 2013 with a primary goal of expanding the
learning opportunities for students by offering choice and flexibility for rigorous
online courses developed and taught by Katy ISD teachers. KVS has begun
online registration for Summer 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.
“KVS provides online learning that offers a flexible, online experience, which
helps students achieve their educational goals,” said Susan Richards, Katy ISD
Instructional Technology e-Learning Manager. “The virtual model of e-learning
is in high demand and delivers quality instruction to Katy ISD students, outside
of normal school hours, to support student graduation plans. KVS is different
from the current Katy Virtual Academy (KVA), which is the online learning
model implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” added Richards.
KVS will offer a wide range of courses from Creative Writing, AP Art
History, English III, World Geography, Economics, Psychology and more.
There are over 30 Advanced Placement (AP), Katy Advanced Program
(KAP) and academic level courses available to students with additional
opportunities being added each year. The cost per course is $200 per
semester. KVS is an approved College Board online provider for Advanced
Placement (AP) courses and by the NCAA for student initial eligibility.
For more information, students can talk with their campus counselor for
additional information, email KVS at email@example.com or
visit the Katy ISD Virtual School website.
Please note: Katy Virtual School and Katy Virtual Academy are two
separate programs. Katy Virtual School is a supplemental program to
help entering or present high school students take courses in advance.
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EIGHTEEN KATY ISD SCHOOLS EARN
TEXAS HONOR ROLL DISTINCTION
Katy Independent School District is focused on closing the achievement
gap and helping all its students reach academic success. To recognize
those efforts, 18 Katy ISD schools now proudly display the distinction of
being a Texas Honor Roll School by the Educational Results Partnership
After an extensive analysis of student data of every public school in
Texas, these campuses demonstrated clear leadership in motivating
and achieving academic success for its students at their grade-level
and beyond. Sponsored by the Campaign for Business and Education
Excellence (CBEE), the ERP Honor Roll is the only school recognition
program in the state that uses student achievement outcome data,
making it a valuable resource for all schools to identify successful peers
and learn about best practices that improve student success.
The 2019-20 Texas Honor Roll includes:
Elementary: Alexander, Holland, Kilpatrick, Pattison, Randolph, Shafer,
Junior High: Beckendorff, Katy, Memorial Parkway, McMeans, Seven
Lakes, Tays, WoodCreek
High School: Tompkins, Seven Lakes
For high schools, the ERP Texas Honor Roll recognition includes measures
of college readiness. This year, the program recognized 943 higherperforming
schools across the state.
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COMMUNITY GARAGE SALES
WESTHEIMER LAKES & WESTHEIMER LAKES
NORTH COMMUNITY GARAGE SALES
Our residents have cleaned out their closets and can’t wait for you to
stop by on Saturday, April 17 th from 7 AM to 12 Noon! You’ll find treasures
galore in our community-wide garage sale! Residents will be selling their
items right out of their garages. For a map and list of items being sold at
Westheimer Lakes and Westheimer Lakes North, don’t forget to stop by
one of the offices on the day of the sale.
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GRAYSON LAKES SPRING GARAGE SALE
SATURDAY, MAY 15 TH , 7-11 AM
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LIBRARIES OFFER ONLINE
SUPPORT GROUP FOR JOB HUNTERS
Searching for a job can be difficult and stressful, but doing it in the middle
of a pandemic can be even worse. Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will
host an online Job-Search Support Group on Tuesday, April 27 th at 2 PM.
This program will be live-streamed via Webex; it will NOT be in person. In
this online forum, job hunters will have an opportunity to network with
other people, exchange tips and leads or simply vent their frustrations
with others in the same position. Library staff will share helpful online
resources that can be accessed through the FBCL website. These free
resources can help job seekers create a better resumé, improve their
job skills, research job opportunities and careers and much more. This
online event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required
so that a link to the Webex session can be emailed to all participants.
To register online at FBCL’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on
“Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program. For
more information, call FBCL’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.
CRIME STOPPERS OF HOUSTON
ANNUAL HOUSTON’S HEROES
AWARDS LUNCHEON ON MAY 4TH
Celebrating its 40 years of service to Houston and Texas, Crime Stoppers
of Houston will host its annual Houston’s Heroes Awards Luncheon on
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from 11:30 AM-1 PM at the Royal Sonesta Houston
Hotel to honor outstanding individuals and organizations who have
given exemplary service to make Houston a safer place to live, work,
learn and play. Due to the public health threat from Covid-19 and the
current health and safety protocols, we will offer both an in-person
event with limited seating as well as virtual access for sponsors and
supporters to participate from home. While Crime Stoppers had to
cancel this event last Spring due to the pandemic, the organization is
unable to do so this year and reminds the community that it relies on
this event for funding. Eight distinguished awards will be awarded at
this annual fundraiser that raises funds to keep our communities safe.
For the second year, Crime Stoppers of Houston will reveal the winner
of the Dave Ward Media Excellence Award. This unique award will honor
an entity or individual who has exhibited media excellence and will be
selected by Houston’s Media Icon Dave Ward himself, along with support
from a small committee of his constituents at Crime Stoppers of Houston.
For 40 years, Crime Stoppers of Houston has focused on solving crime
through the famed Tip Line, 713-222-TIPS and reducing overall criminal
activity by preventing it through educational community programming.
The non-profit, which fundraises year-round will directly benefit from
the luncheon’s proceeds to help further advance the Crime Stoppers’
mission. Attending the 2021 Houston’s Heroes Awards Luncheon is one
easy way to support Crime Stoppers and public safety. The event is open
to participation by all. Individual tickets start at $175 and sponsorship
opportunities are available.
Please note: Due to Covid-19, the event will be a hybrid event and we
are urging the community to still get involved. To purchase tickets, visit
https://crime-stoppers.org/get-involved/2021CSLuncheon. For more
information about the event, contact Paige Hollek at firstname.lastname@example.org
EPIPHANY OF THE LORD CATHOLIC CHURCH’S
SECOND ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT -
MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2021
Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church’s second annual golf tournament
fundraiser sponsored by the ACTS Ministry will be held on Monday, April
19 th at Willow Fork Country Club in Katy. Shotgun start at 10 AM. Prizes
with breakfast and lunch served. Registration online at epiphanycatholic.
THE 22ND ANNUAL KCM “SWING FROM THE
HEART” CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
On April 19 th , KCM Staff and Supporters will take to the Green and “Swing for
the Heart” as they compete in the 22 nd Annual KCM Charity Golf Tournament.
This year’s tournament will take place at Weston Lakes Country Club and
is shaping up to be a blast! Besides just the tournament itself, a silent
auction and raffle will be part of the festivities this year! The silent auction
will be conducted online and more information regarding it will soon be
available on ktcm.org/golf! Keep an eye out! Registration is now live for
the tournament and can be done at website listed below! But playing and
participating in the silent auction/raffle, isn’t the only way to get involved
with the Tournament! Sponsorship opportunities are now available! Show
support for your community by sponsoring the 22 nd Annual KCM Charity
Golf Tournament today! https://ktcm.org/golf/ to get started now!
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We have done everything we can to try and reopen our doors, including
becoming the first theater in the country to install hospital grade UV lights
in our air filtration system. We even offered a safe and distanced indoor
concert as well as an indoor offering from our educational touring unit
this past fall. And when those projects proved financially challenging and
COVID numbers spiked again, we created “Light Up the Lot” and moved
all our programming outdoors. We’ve never given up. We never will give
up. But due to circumstances beyond our control, we find ourselves
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A “SUPER” TRICK FOR GARDEN SUCCESS
BY SANDRA GRAY, FORT BEND COUNTY MASTER GARDENER
You might think master gardeners spend countless hours making our
gardens the envy of all that behold them and, to be honest, some master
gardeners do. However, one of the great things about being a master
gardener is learning tricks that make us more successful in our gardens
with less work. Who wouldn’t like that? Let me tell you about one of my
One of the best things you can do to ensure garden success is to choose
the right plant for the right place. Sounds easy but there are so many
amazing plants to choose! The solution to this problem is a wonderful
Texas A&M AgriLife program called Texas Superstars®. These plants have
been tested by university horticulturists and master gardens and proven
to be winners throughout a variety of locations in Texas. What do I mean
by “winner?” Hardier, more pest and disease resistant, more flowers,
bigger flowers, more fruit, tastier fruit and a “wow” factor is what I mean.
In other words, these plants are more likely to thrive in your garden and
dazzle you at the same time. Also, to be designated a Texas Superstar, a
plant must be easy to propagate so the plants can be mass-produced for
consumers at reasonable prices.
Since the program’s inception more than 20 years ago, many types of
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The criteria for choosing a Texas Superstar® are simple: beauty; special
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fauna; outstanding Texas performance; pest and disease resistance; easily
mass-producible for reasonable pricing and, attractive in the container
for ready sales.
An example of a Texas Superstar® is Duranta, also known as Golden
Dew Drop. This deciduous shrub has masses of blue or purple flowers
from spring through fall and golden berries in late fall. It attracts bees,
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Caramel Popcorn with
You could make this on National Caramel Popcorn Day April 6th!
23 large marshmallows
2 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup (such as Karo®)
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 (3.5 ounce) packages microwave popcorn, popped
Cook and stir the marshmallows, brown sugar, corn syrup, butter
and vanilla extract together in a pot over medium-low heat until the
marshmallows are completely melted, 5 to 7 minutes.
Put the popcorn in a large bowl; pour the marshmallow mixture over the
popcorn and gently stir with a big spoon to coat.
Oatmeal Raisin Toffee Cookies
You could make this on National Oatmeal Cookie Day April 30th!
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup raisins
1 cup crushed toffee candy
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Beat in
the eggs, one at a time then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and
cinnamon, stir into the creamed mixture. Blend in the oatmeal, raisins and toffee
bits. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10
minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes
before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
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April Gardening Tips
Mulch - If possible, buy Bagged Mulch. Bagging helps eliminate a great
many pests that die from various causes while in the bag. When you buy
‘loose’ mulch that is trucked to your home, you are also buying ants,
roaches, termites, etc…” Spend a little more on bagged material and save
lots of future pest problems. Keep your mulch at least 4” - 6” below the top
of your homes exposed foundation edge/side. This will aid in minimizing
pests in your home and allow for quick and accurate termite inspections.
Shrubs, Flowers and ground covers - Trim all shrubs/plants at least 12” -
18” back from your home. Do your best to create a plant free zone that is
18” - 24” wide around your home. The exception is your lawn - it can grow
up next to the slab as long as you keep it 4” - 6” below the top of the slab.
The most conducive to termite infestation are groundcover plantings,
growing high against your homes exterior or (especially) ivy that grows
on your walls.
Trees - Spray your trees at least twice annually. The spring spray
eliminates overwintering pests and fungi while preparing trees to resist
the pest onslaught of summer with residual pesticides. The fall spray also
kills pests from the summer, prevents most fungi from occurring over the
winter and puts your valuable asset off to a healthy winter’s dormancy.
Lawn - Spring is the perfect time to do a fungicide treatment to stop
brown patch in its tracks along with other fungi. If your lawn is thin and
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• Water heavily (1” - 2”) for total lawn coverage.
• In severe drought, water every 5th day.
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This observance always falls on April 22 nd . On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic
of fresh air, contact with the soil and companionship with nature! Walk
through the woods in search of emerging wildflowers and green moss.
Go outside, no matter what the weather!
Ever wondered how Earth Day started? This observance arose from an
interest in gathering national support for environmental issues. In 1970,
San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord
Nelson separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration.
McConnell chose the spring equinox (March 21, 1970) and Nelson chose
April 22 nd . Millions of people participated and today Earth Day continues
to be widely celebrated with events on both dates.
The most common practice of celebration is to plant new trees for Earth
Day. Other Earth Day activities and ideas are: Plant wildflowers, Go
native! Plants thrive when they’re natural to your area, bring nature into
the garden with plants that attract butterflies, try an organic vegetable
garden and conserve water.
Source: The Old Farmer’s Almanac
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