Socially Speaking – Michelle Anderson August 2017

| August 1, 2017

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God Bless
The U.S.A.—Independence Day
In Katy/Fulshear

Katy and Fulshear were painted in red, white and blue this Independence Day. Whether celebrated on your neighborhood street at a block party or a coordinated festivity in the larger communities, families and friends gathered outdoors to commemorate and celebrate our freedom. Two of the largest events in our area included La Centerra’s bike parade contest and fireworks show as well as Fulshear’s Freedom Fest and parade, spotlighting a crowd-pleasing favorite band, The Spazmatics!

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1) Ready, set, GO!! Kids lined up in droves at La Centerra in their patriotic-themed bikes and matching outfits to participate in the bike parade and contest! Seen here as the parade begins.

2) (L-R): Friends, Carmen Scott and Lanie Hinze, coordinated their all-American outfits to join in on the bike parade fun!

3) Channing and Chloe are ready to compete in the best-dressed bike parade contest, dressed head to toe in American fashion!

4) Fulshear Mayor Jeff Roberts with some of his youngest fans (l-r): Carson Day, Brilee and Nolan Day.

5) Uncle Sam on stilts at the Fulshear Freedom Fest parade.

6) Over 33,000 people attended La Centerra’s July 4th fireworks show this year!

7) The Spazmatics perform their “Ultimate new wave ‘80s show.”

8) Fulshear Freedom Fest parade participants.

9) The Spazmatics band members pose in front of a crowd of several thousand lining the main streets of Fulshear to celebrate Independence Day.

10) Fulshear Freedom Fest parade participants.

11) Executive Director of Fulshear Chamber of Commerce, Don McCoy (center), with Fulshear Freedom Fest special guests: (left) NBC’s The Voice finalist, Mary Sarah, who performed the evening’s national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, and also God Bless America; and Boston Marathon Bombing survivor and motivational speaker, Rebekah Gregory.

12) (L-R): Rachel Durham, Amy Norvell and Christy “Gator Girl” Kroboth at the Fulshear Freedom Fest.

13) Crowds enjoying the live music on stage.

14) Greg and Misty Day enjoying the celebration.

(Photo credits: Deb B Photo; Fulshear Chamber; Mgr. Chad Norvell; Misty Day)


Homecoming For A Hero

Family and close friends along with local law enforcement officers, Boy Scouts and more gathered in Katy on June 27 to welcome home a local hero! Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Pope was surprised after his recent return home from his one-year deployment in Qatar with the U.S. Air Force. Handmade decorated signs, American flags and balloons were peppered throughout the crowd in honor of the event. Making it extra special, Willowfork Firehouse 1 raised its fire truck ladder to display Old Glory at the tippy top – in a patriotic gesture and as a symbol of highest gratitude for Pope’s service and sacrifice. We wish you and your family the very best and can’t thank you enough for your brave service, Lt. Col. Pope!


1) Lt. Col. Joshua Pope with his family – Robin, his wife of 17 years, and their two children, Carolyn and Connor, ages 15 and 13.

2) Frankie Pangle, Lt. Col. Pope’s mother-in-law; with Justice Mora.

3) Willowfork Firehouse 1 hook and ladder fire truck displaying the flag to honor Lt. Col. Pope’s service to his country.

4) The view from the top of the ladder!

5) Family and friends of the Pope family.

6) (L-R): Kandace Dusek, Constable Wayne Thompson, Maddie Thompson, Christina Thompson, Ariel and Wendy Gonzales (brother and sister-in-law to Lt. Col. Pope).

7) Young family members and friends join in the welcome ceremony!

8) Group shot of family, friends and community members surrounding Lt. Col. Pope.

9) Far left, Lt. Col. Joshua Pope, with law enforcement officers including Pct. 3 Constable Wayne Thompson (center, right) who attended the surprise welcome home ceremony.

(Photo credits: #1 – Linda Swinson of Studio Bloom Photography; all others courtesy of Kandace Dusek, Christina Thompson and Loretta Crosby)


Final Phase Groundbreaking For La Centerra!

It’s hard to believe that La Centerra is celebrating its 10th anniversary! On the heels of this celebration, La Centerra’s Houston-based developer, Vista Equities Group, broke ground on the final phase of this upscale shopping center on May 26.


1) (L-R): Shovel ready! Van Martin, Chairman and CEO of Tribble & Stephens Construction; Judy Wooley, Property Manager of Vista Mgmt. Company; Dana Garnett, Sr. VP of Development of Vista Equities Group; Woody Mann, President of Vista Equities Group; Neil Billingsley-Michaelsen, President and CEO of Triple Tap Ventures LLC; and Lance LaCour, President and CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council.

2) (L-R): Ground broke! Van Martin, Judy Wooley, Dana Garnett, Woody Mann, Neil Billingsley-Michaelsen and Lance LaCour.

(Photo credit: Gary Fountain Photography)


Fulshear Police Foundation Gumbo Cookoff

Fulshear Police Foundation’s Gumbo Cookoff on June 10 was a hit! Locals enjoyed live music by Fred Rusk and the Zydeco HiSteppers while tasting gumbo at competing booths as they strolled and visited with friends. Guests were asked to voluntarily award their favorite gumbo by filling jars with donations. Fulshear Police and Fulshear Simonton Fire Departments brought out their toys and gear – cars, trucks motorcycles and even their special four-legged friend, Belle, who gave quite the K-9 performance to attendees! Let’s just say that while Belle is awfully cute, you don’t want to be caught on her bad side! Proceeds raised for the foundation go towards community involvement as well as technology and training for the Fulshear Police Dept.

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1) (L-R): Father/son gumbo team, Jason Knape and Dan Knape.

2) (L-R): Sgt. Roger Thurman (back) gives Cole Irvine, Jeff Robbins and Selena Gomez a first-hand look at one of the FPD’s motorcycles.

3) (L-R): Richard and Emily Irvine with their youngest daughters, Remi and Piper.

4) (L-R): K-9 Officer Rick Juarez geared up in his training suit, preparing the audience for the K-9 performance with the star of the show, Belle.

5) (L-R): Tricia Krenek, Fulshear City Councilwoman, with her husband, Ed.

6) (L-R): Marc and Stephanie Lamza with their daughter, Lanie.

7) (L-R): Pct. 3 Constable Wayne Thompson with his wife Christina and daughter Maddie.

8) (L-R): Officer Juarez giving a demonstration of how the K-9 Queen of Fulshear, Belle, keeps our community safe from the bad guys!

9) (L-R): FPD Captain Mike McCoy, K-9 Officer Jennifer Edmonds, Don McCoy, Fulshear Chamber K-9 Officer Rick Juarez (Arcola PD).

10) (L-R): Charlie Schreiner, Amy Milne, Cynthia Schreiner and Karen Van Holten.

(Photo credit: Michelle Anderson)


1st Street 5K Beer Run

In a combined effort, No Label Brewery along with Run in Texas hosted a 5K Beer Run just in time for Father’s Day. Held Saturday, June 17, participants raced around downtown Katy. Registration included a souvenir glass and four tastings at No Label Brewery after the race. Run in Texas is a for-profit organization whose mission is to organize runs in unique locations with a fun atmosphere at the finish line. They also partner with a nonprofit at each race to give back to each local community.

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1) Participants starting the     race bright and early at No Label Brewery (view of the historic Katy silos in the background).

2) (L-R): Melvinn Brown, Corinne Mason, Eric Watson, Mark and Kathleen Boddie.

3) (L-R): Curtis and Jessica Parker, Kayes and Melina Telfah, Sylvia and Michael Murry, Kari Stein, Curtis Cole, Kim Bubenik, Rachel McCune, Jenny Dodson, Holly Rueda, Randee and Stephen Immel.

4) Runners raise a glass of No Label beer to celebrate their accomplishment!

5) (L-R): Runners Kathleen Boddie and Vicki Kelner.

6) The Transfigure Fitness Team members toast to a job well done!

(Photo credits: Jenny Dodson, Kathleen Boddie and Mark Goodman)



Socially Speaking – Michelle Anderson August 2017

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