Around Katy Texas Jan 2014

| January 1, 2014

Airman Leah Strech cleans pad-eyes on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

Airman Leah Strech cleans pad-eyes on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

Katy Native Serves in Navy. Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Leah Strech from Katy is currently moored and home ported at Naval Base Coronado on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Strech graduated from Montgomery High School and attended Lone Star Community College in The Woodlands. She has been in the Navy for three years and her parents still live in Katy.
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(L-R) Caleigh Wittaker, Riley Kiteley and Addison Kiteley.

(L-R) Caleigh Wittaker, Riley Kiteley and Addison Kiteley.

Katy YMCA Turkey Dash Celebrates 11th Anniversary. This year’s 11th annual Turkey Dash event attracted more than 5,800 participants on Thanksgiving morning. One hundred percent of proceeds provide Y programs and services to Katy area families. This year, due to an increase in both sponsorships and participants, the event was able to raise a record amount of more than $180,000.

“The Turkey Dash has grown to be more than a race. It has become a holiday tradition that brings our community together to celebrate the season and generate funds for a worthy cause,” said Brain Haines, district vice president of the YMCA.

The event was the brainchild of leaders from the Y and The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch wishing to organize a large-scale holiday event to promote community bonding. The race has grown over the years to become the area’s premier fun run.

In addition to the running events, participants enjoyed a large post-race area, which included local businesses that provided refreshments. There was also a Kids Zone complete with a rock wall, moonwalks, face painting and even a state-of-the-art video game trailer.

Winners of the 10K are: Overall Male, Roderick Bell, 33:27; Overall Female, Angela Vega, 40:59; Overall Masters Male, Nathan Gift, 36:32; and Overall Masters Female, Sue Ann Bloomberg, 44:54.

Awards for the 5K went to: Overall Male, Aaron Murray, 15:01; Overall Female, Rebecca Blubaugh, 17:52; Overall Masters Male, Stephen Bernard, 16:56; and Overall Masters Female, Jennifer Webb, 21:06.
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(L-R) Judge Bob Hebert, Judge Glenn Beckendorff, and Judge Ed Emmett.

(L-R) Judge Bob Hebert, Judge Glenn Beckendorff, and Judge Ed Emmett.

Judge Hebert Speaks at West Houston Association’s Tri-County Issues Forum. County Judge Bob Hebert spoke at the West Houston Association Tri-County Issues Forum at the Westchase Marriot in Houston. A panel of County Judges including Hebert, Judge Ed Emmett of Harris County, and Judge Glenn Beckendorff of Waller County spoke to a group of stakeholders about current issues and recent successes in their respective counties. The three adjacent counties work together to accomplish projects and solve problems that cross county lines.
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Elks servers Sherry Nichols, Marsha Olsen, L.P. Coston, Gary Frizzell, and Skip Murphy.

Elks servers Sherry Nichols, Marsha Olsen, L.P. Coston, Gary Frizzell, and Skip Murphy.

Veterans Day Observed at Brookshire Center.  Brookshire Residence and Rehabilitation Center was the setting for an event honoring 17 resident veterans, plus community veterans in attendance. Many branches of the United States military were represented and the special guest speaker was former Brookshire Mayor and former Judge Karl Micklitz. Following the keynote speech, proclamations were presented by Brookshire Mayor Erick Scott, Sealy Mayor Nick Tirey, and Cliff Adlrich from the city of Weston Lakes. Tiny Tirey presented proclamations from others not present: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Houston Mayor Anise Parker and Katy Mayor Fable Hughes.

Community organizations that joined to present this special ceremony at Brookshire are the Katy Elks Lodge No. 2628, Katy VFW Post 9182, Katy American Legion Post, and the Tri-County Chapter 723 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Norma Coston of the Katy Elks presented a brief history of the Elks, followed by Gary Frizzell, also a Katy Elk, narrating the history of the American flags as the VFW Honor Guard posted the flag being described. Following the posting of all flags, the audience recited the pledge of allegiance. There was also a touching rendition of The Star Spangled Banner by Cecily Remy, an employee at the Brookshire Center.

Following comments by VFW Commander Gary Drahos, VFW Chaplain Ed Bland presented a roll call of veterans living at the Brookshire facility, a Veterans Day prayer and roll call of resident veterans deceased since last year’s ceremony.

A ceremonial rifle volley in honor of fallen comrades followed by Taps added to the program. Personal gifts were presented to the resident Veterans by Katy Elks members.  Katy Elks Lodge No. 2628 provided lunch.


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