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   VOLUME 21 ● NUMBER 26                                                              McCLAIN’S FOOD MARKET                                                                                    Shepherd, Texas
                                                                                                                                                                                                June 29, 2011
                                     SHEPHERD COMMUNITY NEWS
       SHECO Implements Changes                                                             Fire on County Line Rd.                                                 Shepherd’s Annual Fourth of
  To improve efficiencies and reduce operating costs, Sam Houston               By Cindy Nicklas, Shepherd VFD Chief
                                                                                  Shepherd VFD responded to a woods fire on Thursday, June 16, 2011
                                                                                                                                                                         July Celebration!
Electric Cooperative recently converted from four billing cycles each                                                                                           The event will take place on Saturday, July 2nd at the Shepherd
month to eight. Additionally, the Cooperative installed new billing and         on County Line Rd. Approximately 100 acres were burned and mul-              Community Center. Activities will begin at 4:30pm. All SJC Veterans
financial software from Applied Technology Solutions (ATS).                     tiple homes were saved. SVFD arrived on scene and found multiple             are WELCOME! Salute to all United States Verterans at Wall of Fallen
  In the past, the Cooperative billed 68,000 accounts spread over four          acres burning with extreme wind conditions and heavy woods/brush             Texas Heroes Display. There will be a train ride, Cajun food, BBQ,
cycles each month. This created extremely heavy transaction traffic on          which provided massive fuel. Mutual Aid was requested while enroute          Watermelon eating contest, games, snow cones, bull ride, cotton candy
certain days each month.                                                        to the scene and more upon arrival. A total of 13 departments, from          and live music and dance under the stars with “Al Casey & The BB’s”
  “By going to eight billing cycles, transactions are more evenly spread        San Jacinto County, Liberty, and Polk County, responded to our call            Bring out your lawn chairs and the kids and have some fun!
throughout the month, which allows us to serve our members more effi-           along with Legacy EMS Unit #9. Special thanks to all the volunteers             The City of Shepherd would like to inform the public that because
ciently and helps keep our rates among the lowest around,” said Sam Hous-       who worked so hard to protect the numerous homes and structures that         of the extreme drought conditions there will be no Firework display
ton Electric Cooperative chief communications officer Keith Stapleton.          were threatened. Through their diligence all homes were saved. We            on July 2nd. Please be aware that the other July 2nd festivities will
  Another factor contributing to high traffic days was the fact that near-      also wish to thank the Texas Forest Service, for without their support       proceed as planned. The sale, display, and discharge of Fireworks in
ly eight percent of the Cooperative’s accounts were not billed until two        many homes and structures would have been lost. The quick response           the City Limits of Shepherd will be prohibited in accordance with the
or three weeks after the meters were read, due to preferred due dates or        with the assistance of dozers, helicopters, and spotter planes truly made    “Declaration of Disaster” that the county has issued.
special bill cycles. These accounts will now be billed with the other ac-       the difference in being able to contain this fire without further damage.
counts in their normal cycle, and their bill may arrive earlier in the month.   This fire season has been one of the worst in recorded history and our
  Rather than a set due date, such as the 15th or 25th, bills will be due       heartfelt thanks goes to the men and women of the Texas Forest Service.
16 days after bill issuance according to Public Utility Commission of           We also wish to thank the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office, PCT.
                                                                                2 Commissioner Donny Marrs and crew, and PCT. 2 Constable Tom
                                                                                                                                                                 Mayor Dillon is asking for a
Texas guidelines.
   Unfortunately, 100 degree temperatures arrived early this summer,            Yates for their assistance with dispatching, traffic control, manpower              voluntary water ration
which causes electric bills to be higher during the June transition
month. “We understand the challenges of balancing a family bud-
                                                                                and resources. Many times we forget the dispatchers who made the
                                                                                calls for mutual aid, kept times, and assisted with an enormous amount        due to a problem with the city well.
get, and we are working with consumers to make the transition easier            of radio traffic. They are the unsung heroes who help us to do our job.
for them,” said Stapleton. “For those who are coming off a preferred               SVFD has responded to 32 calls this month (199 calls YTD) and
due date or special bill cycle, we will make payment arrangements to
spread their June bill over several months.”
                                                                                we’re not even through with June. Burn Ban Violations have been a
                                                                                problem typing up resources and manpower when other calls for ser-                     Plane Crashes into Tree in
  The Cooperative also offers the convenience of automatic credit card
drafts, so the payment can be automatically drafted on the member’s
                                                                                vice need our attention. We ask that everyone respect the Burn Ban
                                                                                that is in place and also be aware that we will be requesting a Deputy                     Lake Water Wheel
credit card.                                                                    to issue a citation on every Burn Ban violation that we run. We cannot
   The Cooperative’s new ATS software replaced an older program,                stress enough the importance of fire safety during this critical fire dan-
which had been in place for more than 20 years. According to Staple-            ger period. NO FIRES OF ANY KIND ARE ALLOWED. If you have
ton, the company that provided the original software is no longer in            questions or concerns, please contact the Shepherd VFD, Sheriff’s Of-
business. “We are excited about the functionality the new ATS soft-             fice, or County Judge for more information.
ware provides,” said Stapleton. “We now have an enhanced online bill              On a very sad note, we report that a family of five lost their home in
view and payment application, as well as group billing. And we are              the early morning hours of Monday, June 20th. The father of the family
well-positioned to implement other convenient services for our mem-             was life-flighted to Herman Memorial Hospital where he is recover-
bers over the coming months.”                                                   ing. The home was a total loss. Many folks have come forward with
   “We appreciate members’ patience, and we will continue to work               donations of money, clothing, toiletries, food, etc. These are gratefully
with them to ease the transition.”                                              appreciated by the family. For anyone wishing to make a monetary do-
Sam Houston EC received its charter May 16, 1939, and has been                  nation, an account has been set up at the First State Bank in Shepherd
providing electricity to East Texas ever since. The Cooperative was             in the name of “The Ferguson Family Benefit.”
founded by a handful of farmers and rural residents who dreamed of               Many citizens have come to offer their support while we were extremely
bringing “power to the people.” In the early 1940s, there were just             busy and we want to say thank you for your thoughtfulness. The water, ice,
over 600 Co-op members. Today, Sam Houston EC serves 51,000                     snacks, use of 4-wheelers, and words of encouragement are very much
members and 68,000 meters across parts of 10 counties.                          appreciated! It’s folks like you that make us want to continue what we do!



                             This Day in History - Independence Day Edition                                                                                  A 1946 Piper Cub airplane landed in a tree at 230 Bonanza in Lake Water
June 29: On this day in 1995, the American space shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian space station Mir to
                                                                                                                                                             Wheel. The plane went down about 5:00 pm or so on Friday 6-17-2011.
form the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.                                                                                                 Owner/operator, Bo Hopman, was not injured in the crash and only
  This historic moment of cooperation between former rival space programs was also the 100th human space                                                     sustained a few minor scratches after climbing down the tree to safety.
mission in American history. At the time, Daniel Goldin, chief of the National Aeronautics and Space Admin-
istration (NASA), called it the beginning of "a new era of friendship and cooperation" between the U.S. and
Russia. With millions of viewers watching on television, Atlantis blasted off from NASA's Kennedy Space
Center in eastern Florida on June 27, 1995.
June 30: On this day in 1936, Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind, one of the best-selling novels of all                                                     San Jacinto County Police Blotter
time and the basis for a blockbuster 1939 movie, is published on this day.                                                                                                 (Sample of Calls Dispatched)
    In 1926, Mitchell was forced to quit her job as a reporter at the Atlanta Journal to recover from a se-                                                  June 10-20
                                      ries of physical injuries. With too much time on her hands, Mitchell soon                                              •Deputy Pippin was dispatched to a residence on Castleberry in Shep-
                                      grew restless. Working on a Remington typewriter, a gift from her second husband, John R. Marsh, in their              herd for a disturbance in progress call. A male suspect on scene was
                                      cramped one-bedroom apartment, Mitchell began telling the story of an Atlanta belle named Pansy O'Hara.                arrested for assault.
                                      July 1: At midnight on July 1, 1997, Hong Kong reverts back to Chinese rule in a ceremony attended by Brit-            •Deputy Knowling responded to a harassment/stalking call on Lake Rd
                                      ish Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles of Wales, Chinese President Jiang Zemin, and U.S. Secretary              in Coldspring. A female subject is reportedly calling and parking on
                                      of State Madeleine Albright. A few thousand Hong Kongers protested the turnover, which was otherwise                   the roadway in front of the reportee’s house.
                                      celebratory and peaceful.                                                                                              •Deputy Cosme was dispatched to Ann Ln in Shepherd for a report of
                                      Jule 2: On this day in 1964, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law the historic Civil Rights Act in          threats. Two men reportedly came to the reportee’s home and threat-
                                      a nationally televised ceremony at the White House.                                                                    ened him with weapons then left the property.
                                      In the landmark 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segrega-               •Several units responded to Carrier Ave in Shepherd for a physical
                                      tion in schools was unconstitutional. The 10 years that followed saw great strides for the African-American            disturbance. The reportee stated that a male suspect had busted her
                                      civil rights movement, as non-violent demonstrations won thousands of supporters to the cause. Memorable               windshield and assaulted her.
                                      landmarks in the struggle included the Montgomery bus boycott                                                          •Multiple fire departments from San Jacinto County and surrounding
                                      in 1955--sparked by the refusal of Alabama resident Rosa Parks                                                         areas responded to a large woods fire that was spreading quickly on
                                      to give up her seat on a city bus to a white woman--and Martin                                                         County Line Rd in Shepherd. The fire consumed approximately 80
                                      Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I have a dream" speech at a rally of                                                        acres but was finally contained.
                                      hundreds of thousands in Washington, D.C., in 1963.                                                                    •Deputy Knowling responded to Wonderland Dr for an assault call.
July 3: On this day in 1863, on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Confederate General Robert                                                        The reportee stated that he was attacked by his girlfriend and had a
E. Lee's last attempt at breaking the Union line ends in disastrous failure, bringing the most decisive                                                      laceration on his face. The female suspect was taken into custody for
battle of the American Civil War to an end.                                                                                                                  assault and family violence.
July 4: In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Indepen-                                                           •Deputies were dispatched to Mudd St in Coldspring for a physical
dence, which proclaims the independence of the United States of America from Great Britain and its                                                           disturbance that had just occurred. The reportee stated that his daugh-
                                                     king. The declaration came 442 days after the first volleys of the American Revolution were             ter’s boyfriend assaulted him and caused property damage when they
                                                     fired at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts and marked an ideological expansion of the              left the residence.
                                                     conflict that would eventually encourage France's intervention on behalf of the Patriots.               •Deputy Pippin responded to residence on FM 1127 in Shepherd for a
                                                     The first major American opposition to British policy came in 1765 after Parliament passed the          theft report. The reportee stated that jewelry and electronics had come
                                                     Stamp Act, a taxation measure to raise revenues for a standing British army in America. Under           up missing over the weekend.
                                                     the banner of "no taxation without representation," colonists convened the Stamp Act Congress           •Multiple fire units and Sheriff’s department personnel responded to
                                                     in October 1765 to vocalize their opposition to the tax. With its enactment in November, most           Franklin Rd in Coldspring for a structure fire that claimed the life of a
                                                     colonists called for a boycott of British goods, and some organized attacks on the customhouses         Coldspring resident.
                                                     and homes of tax collectors. After months of protest in the colonies, Parliament voted to repeal        •Deputy Hudson arrived at a residence on Kim St in Shepherd after
                                                     the Stamp Act in March 1766.                                                                            receiving a call that a H/M toddler still in diapers was running down
                                                           Most colonists continued to quietly accept British rule until Parliament's enactment of the       the street unattended.
                                                     Tea Act in 1773, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company by greatly lowering           •Deputies were dispatched to Lee Turner Rd in Cleveland for a distur-
                                                     its tea tax and granting it a monopoly on the American tea trade. The low tax allowed the East          bance call in progress. Deputies arrived and separated both parties.
India Company to undercut even tea smuggled into America by Dutch traders, and many colonists viewed the act as another example of taxation                  •Units responded to a crash in Lake Waterwheel involving a small plane.
tyranny. In response, militant Patriots in Massachusetts organized the "Boston Tea Party," which saw British tea valued at some 18,000 pounds                The FAA was notified and came to the scene to initiate their investiga-
dumped into Boston Harbor.                                                                                                                                   tion. The plane came to rest in a tree, but the pilot was not injured.
  Parliament, outraged by the Boston Tea Party and other blatant acts of destruction of British property, enacted the Coercive Acts, also known as
the Intolerable Acts, in 1774. The Coercive Acts closed Boston to merchant shipping, established formal British military rule in Massachusetts,
made British officials immune to criminal prosecution in America, and required colonists to quarter British troops. The colonists subsequently
called the first Continental Congress to consider a united American resistance to the British.
     With the other colonies watching intently, Massachusetts led the resistance to the British, forming a shadow revolutionary govern-
ment and establishing militias to resist the increasing British military presence across the colony. In April 1775, Thomas Gage, the Brit-
ish governor of Massachusetts, ordered British troops to march to Concord, Massachusetts, where a Patriot arsenal was known
to be located. On April 19, 1775, the British regulars encountered a group of Ameri-
can militiamen at Lexington, and the first shots of the American Revolution were fired.
     Initially, both the Americans and the British saw the conflict as a kind of civil war with-
in the British Empire: To King George III it was a colonial rebellion, and to the Americans
it was a struggle for their rights as British citizens. However, Parliament remained unwill-
ing to negotiate with the American rebels and instead purchased German mercenaries to help
the British army crush the rebellion. In response to Britain's continued opposition to reform,
the Continental Congress began to pass measures abolishing British authority in the colonies.
      In January 1776, Thomas Paine published Common Sense, an influential political pam-
phlet that convincingly argued for American independence and sold more than 500,000 cop-
ies in a few months. In the spring of 1776, support for independence swept the colonies,
the Continental Congress called for states to form their own governments, and a five-man committee was assigned to draft a declaration.
  The Declaration of Independence was largely the work of Virginian Thomas Jefferson. In justifying American independence, Jefferson drew gen-
                             erously from the political philosophy of John Locke, an advocate of natural rights, and from the work of other English
                             theorists. The first section features the famous lines, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created
                             equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and
                             the pursuit of Happiness." The second part presents a long list of grievances that provided the rationale for rebellion.
                               On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted to approve a Virginia motion calling for separation from Britain.
                             The dramatic words of this resolution were added to the closing of the Declaration of Independence. Two days later,
                             on July 4, the declaration was formally adopted by 12 colonies after minor revision. New York approved it on July
                             19. On August 2, the declaration was signed.
                               The American War for Independence would last for five more years. Yet to come were the Patriot triumphs at Sarato-
                             ga, the bitter winter at Valley Forge, the intervention of the French, and the final victory at Yorktown in 1781. In 1783,
                             with the signing of the Treaty of Paris with Britain, the United States formally became a free and independent nation.
                             July 5: On July 5, 1946, French designer Louis Reard unveils a daring two-piece swimsuit at the Piscine Molitor,
                             a popular swimming pool in Paris. Parisian showgirl Micheline Bernardini modeled the new fashion, which Reard
                             dubbed “bikini,” inspired by a news-making U.S. atomic test that took place off the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean
                             earlier that week.                                                                                                              “Price check for American cheese...”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         June 29, 2011
Did you know…                                                                                                                                                                           Community Classifieds
                                                                                                                                                                         GARAGE SALE: June 30, July 1 &2, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
By Yvonne Ryba                                                                                                                                                           at 2550 FM 223. Everything you would want- just not much clothing.
   Shepherd Chamber of Commerce welcomes                                                                                                                                 HOME FOR SALE: In Shepherd city limits. You make me an offer
new member 'The Grill on 59'! Located one
mile north of the Shell station, where the Blue
                                                                                                           Rustic Veggie Pizza                                           to buy. Great way to own a home. Three bedrooms, single bath, wood
                                                                                                 Total Time: 44 Min; Prep: 15 Min; Servings: 8 Servings                  frame. Call (936) 689-3780 for more details.
Moon Cafe used to be, 'The Grill' is open 7 days a week from 10:30                                                                                                       FOUND: Fawn chihuahua dog- appears to have been lost for a while.
a.m. till 8:00 p.m. The owners are Robin and Lonnette Brawner, and                       Ingredients:
                                                                                         - 3 Tbsp. Romano Basil Vinai-                                                   Please call and give a description of your lost animal! Thank you!
they replaced the picnic tables which are now in the expanded outside                                                                                                    (936) 628-6262.
space, with tables and chairs.                                                           grette Dressing (aisle 1)
   The menu is full of appetizing meals with everyone's favorite burg-                   - 1/3 cup pitted olives (aisle 1)
ers, BBQ and yummy cobblers. For those who want something a little                       - 1 onion, cut into thin wedges
different, try a Buffalo or Elk burger or the Chipotle or Jalapeno burg-                 - 1 small yellow pepper, cut into
er! If you are vegetarian, they offer a Black Bean burger. Everything
is made from scratch, fresh every day. Robin told me they use some
                                                                                         strips
                                                                                         - 1 zucchini, cut in half, then                                                                             Church News
of their old family recipes. I tried their potato salad and baked beans                  sliced crosswise                                                                LAKE STATION MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH: We, the
(which belong in this category) with my entree and they were delicious.                  - 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes                                                  members of Lake Station Missionary Baptist Church, greet you in the
   There is a large selection of Baked Potatoes such as Taco Baker, a                    - 1 can refrigerated thin pizza                                                 name of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We would like to invite
very large baked potato topped with seasoned Taco meat or try one                        crust (in the dairy case by the biscuits)                                       you to come and be a part of Our Annual Youth Day Program on Sun-
with chicken, sausage or turkey. I had the Chicken Fried Steak Baker.                    - 1 cup mozzarella cheese                                                       day, July 3, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. We are looking forward to having you,
Along with the butter, cheese and chives, it is topped with chicken                      - 1 pkg. (4 oz.) crumbled feta cheese                                           your choir and members come and share with us on this Special Pro-
fried steak and gravy. It was the best! The menu has much more than                      Directions:                                                                     gram. The theme will be “Using the Youth to Please God”, with guest
I can describe here, you will just have to go there to see for yourself!                    Preheat oven to 425ºF. Heat 1 Tbsp. dressing in large skillet. Add           speaker Minister Johnathan C. Preston, Yale Street Baptist Church.
(PS. I can also recommend the Grilled Gulf Shrimp.)                                      onions; cook and stir on medium-high heat 5 min. or until crisp-tender.         Scripture: I Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an
 You can 'like' 'The Grill on 59' on Facebook or you can tweet them at                   Add peppers and zucchini; cook and stir 5 min. or until onions are              example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit,
twitter.com/@TheGrillon59. For those who want to call, its 936-628-                      golden brown and peppers are crisp-tender. Remove from heat; stir in            in faith, in purity.
3870. This restaurant is a welcome addition to our community.                            tomatoes and olives.                                                            HARMONY CHURCH: Harmony Church Youth (ages 13-18) meets
Brought to you by Shepherd Chamber of Commerce- to be featured here; call 936-628-6397       Unroll pizza crust on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray;              Sunday evenings from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome!
                                                                                         pat into 14x10-1/2-inch rectangle. Fold over edges of dough to form
                                                                                         1/2-inch-wide rim. Bake 5 min. Brush with remaining dressing; top
                                                                                         with vegetable mixture and cheeses. Bake 12 to 14 min. or until edges

BURN BAN STILL IN EFFECT
                                                                                         of crust are golden brown.
                                                                                         Estimated Cost of Entree: $16.17 and should serve 8 for just $2.02 each!
                                                                                                                                                                                         See Your Article Here!
                                                                                                                                                                           Do you have a good recipe you would like to share? Go to a local game
                                                                                         The major cost of this entree is the dressing and the cheese. Having            that was really exciting? If you thought it was interesting chances are
                                                                                         either of the cheeses or the dressing already on hand will save you a
No fires of any kind permitted, including fire-                                          some money. I also think cutting up regular tomoatoes is a perfectly            others will too! If you would like to submit an article or have ideas for
                                                                                                                                                                         Shepherd News we would love to hear it. Remember Shepherd News is
works! Citations will be issued to those who                                             fine substitute for the cherry tomoatoes, especially since so many
                                                                                         people grow their own.                                                          a free newspaper written by our very own community. So if you would
violate the burn ban. Doing so is a Class C of-                                                                                                                          like to get involved, please email mcclains.shepherdnews@yahoo.
fense and is punishable by a fine up to $500.                                                                                                                            com. (Don’t worry about your spelling and grammar, that is what an
                                                                                         Independence Day Dessert Inspiration                                            editor is for!) Our community is looking forward to hearing from you!


AGAIN, NO FIREWORKS!
                                                                                                                                                                               First Baptist Church Shepherd
                                                                                                                                                                                   Vacation Bible School
Blood Drive Scheduled June 29, 2011                                                                                                                                                                   June 27 – July 1
  The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be holding a blood drive
June 29, 2011 from 3:00 pm until 7:30 pm at the San Jacinto County
Extension office in Shepherd. The Extension office is located at 11
Carrier Avenue or can be contacted at 936-628-6407. Current blood
supplies are dangerously low with needed donations at a critical level.
Each donation can save as many as 3 lives. If you would like to sched-
ule a specific time to donate, you can visit www.giveblood.org and
login to Digital Donor then enter sponsor code B562. Please make                           This looks easy and delicious! Just cut a few strawberries in half
arrangements to give a gift that will save someone’s life.                               lengthwise after removing the stems and place in rows on top of your
                                                                                         cake or pie. And don’t forget the blueberries! Blackberries would also
                                                                                         be acceptable if you prefer them. If you can’t find fresh, use frozen!

               Welcome To The World                                                                               Senior Menu
Easton Lynn Mueller                                                                      29- Smoked sausage, pinto beans, cole slaw, cornbread, fruit
was born on June 17,                                                                     30- Meat loaf, mashed potatoes, squash casserole, roll, apple
                                                                                         1- Chicken nuggets, oven French fries, mixed veggies, rolls, and apple slices
  2001 at 5:26 p.m.                                                                      4- Closed
                                                                                         5- Roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, and jello/ fruit.
  He weighed 8lbs,
10ozs and was 20 1/2
      inches long.                                                                                              Business News
  Proud parents are                                                                      MARY’S PLACE- HAIRCUTS AND MORE: Mary Reeves an-
                                                                                         nounces the opening of her new shop at 11018 Main St, next to City
                                                                                                                                                                         VBS is coming! Big City, Bigger Fun! Grab a cab and get ready for fun
 Jennifer Bullock &                                                                      Hall. “I offer professional haircuts, shampoo and sets, highlights,
                                                                                         perms, eye brow waxing. “I appreciate your many years of loyal pa-              around every corner in LifeWay’s Big Apple Adventure, Where Faith
    Dustin Mueller                                                                       tronage and patience until I could move into my new shop.” Walk-ins             and Life Connect. As kids explore the big city, they will learn how to
                                                                                                                                                                         step out in faith and connect with Jesus – sharing the message of Jesus
                                                                                         welcome. For appointments call (936) 628-6754 or (713) 302-3136
 Welcomed by LOTS                                                                                                                                                        Christ with their world.
                                                                                                                                                                            If your child has completed Kindergarten through completed 6th
of friends and family!                                                                                                                                                   grade we invite them to join us for a fun-filled, great adventure June
                                                                                                                                                                         27 – July 1 from 9:00 A.M. until 12 Noon each day. So, grab a cab and
                                                                                                                                                                         come on over!! We look forward to seeing you there!

  The Wildlife Center of Texas Giving
  "Bambi” A Second Chance At Life



                                                                                                                                                                           The Fourth of July weekend was approaching, and Miss Pelham, the
                                                                                                                                                                         nursery school teacher, took the opportunity to tell her class about pa-
                                                                                                                                                                         triotism. 'We live in a great country,' she announced. 'One of the things
                                                                                                                                                                         we should be happy is that, in this country, we are all free.'
                                                                                                                                                                            Trevor, who was a little boy in her class, came walking up to her
                                                                                                                                                                         from the back of the room. He stood with his hands on his hips and said
                                                                                                                                                                         loudly, 'I'm not free. I'm four.'

                                                                                         Wishing Jessica a Happy Sweet 16!                                               Why did Paul Revere ride his horse from Boston to Lexington?
                                                                                                                                                                         Because the horse was too heavy to carry!
                                                                                                   We love you! Mom and Dad                                                 One year, Johnny’s family was having an “extended family” 4th of
                                                                                                                                                                         July cookout at their home. One of the special treats that year was the
                                                                                                                                                                         lighting of the fireworks (Roman candles, bottle rockets, missile bat-
                                                                                                                                                                         teries, etc.) that they had bought out of state (they’re illegal in Johnny’s
                                                                                                                                                                         home state).
  The Wildlife Center of Texas (formerly Wildlife Rehab & Education)
is currently caring for a baby fawn that rescuers have named “Bambi.”                      Coming to McClain’s Video 6.28.11                                                Just before they were to arrive, a cousin called, saying their neigh-
                                                                                                                                                                         bor’s plans had just fallen through, and could they bring them along
The helpless fawn was rescued from the dangerous Grimes County                           Barney’s Version (R) drama: The pica-
wildfire last night. Bambi was initially brought to the Grimes County                                                                                                    to the picnic—they even had extra food to bring. “Sure, the more the
                                                                                         resque and touching story of the politically                                    merrier!”
Command Center by local law enforcement around 11pm last night.                          incorrect, fully lived life of the impulsive,
The fawn was then transported to the Wildlife Center of Texas early                                                                                                        Upon arrival and meeting of their cousin’s neighbor, it is discovered
                                                                                         irascible and fearlessly blunt Barney Panof-                                    that he’s a police officer. The father turns as innocently as he can to
today and was carefully examined by both Sharon Schmalz, Execu-                          sky. Starring: Paul Giamatti, Rosamund
tive Director of the Wildlife Center of Texas, and Dr. Frank Shuman,                                                                                                     Johnny, and whispers to him to grab the paper bag of fireworks sitting
                                                                                         Pike, Jake Hoffman                                                              in the kitchen and hide them somewhere quickly. Johnny disappears,
Houston SPCA veterinarian.
   “She definitely smells of smoke and is approximately two weeks                                                                                                        and the father changes the topic to food for the day. This family had
                                                                                                          Season of the Witch (PG-                                       brought some chicken to grill, so the father tells them the gas grill is all
old,” says Schmalz. “It’s possible her mother was forced out by the fire                                  13) adventure/fantasy: 14th-century knights transport
and had to abandon her,” adds Dr. Shuman of the Houston SPCA. Cur-                                                                                                       set to use out back - just turn on the gas and push the ignition button
                                                                                                          a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce           with the lid still closed.
rently, Bambi is being monitored and stabilized in a triage unit at the                                   her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.
Wildlife Center of Texas. She is dehydrated and has received subcuta-                                                                                                      They head out to the back as Johnny comes back in through the front
                                                                                                          Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Claire Foy                door. The father hurries to him and says “Whew, that was close! That
neous fluids. She was very hungry and was bottle-fed a deer milk for-
mula which she readily drank. Bambi’s eyes are being kept moist with                                                                                                     man’s a police officer, and he almost saw the fireworks. Did you hide
                                                                                                        Beastly (PG-13) fantasy/romance: A                               them really well?”
a special natural tears solution since she has been exposed to smoke.                                   modern-day take on the "Beauty and the
In addition, her lungs are also being monitored by Dr. Shuman for pos-                                                                                                       Johnny replied, “Yes, Dad, nobody will ever think to look in the
                                                                                         Beast" tale where a New York teen is transformed into                           grill!”
sible smoke inhalation, but overall she is doing quite well. Schmalz                     a hideous monster in order to find true love. Starring:
says the goal is to eventually release Bambi back into the wild.                         Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen
  The Wildlife Center is currently caring for close to 700 wild animals                                                                                                  How Many States Can You Name?
that have been injured or are victims of the Texas drought. They in-                                                                                                       Father William, the old priest, made it a practice to visit the parish
                                                                                                            Bloodworth (R) drama/romance:.                               school one day a week. He walked into the 4th grade class, where the
clude birds, possums, herons, hawks, owls and rabbits. Many of these                                        The story of a man who returns to his
animals have been rehabilitated but are unable to be immediately re-                                                                                                     children were studying the states, and asked them how many states they
                                                                                                            family after 40 years of roaming and finds his wife          could name. They came up with about 40 names. Father William jok-
leased into the wild due to the dry conditions and fires. Schmalz says                                      has withered away and his sons are grown and angry.
they expect to see many other wild animals impacted by the wildfires                                                                                                     ingly told them that in his day students knew the names of all the states.
                                                                                                            Only his grandson seems to be able to see past the             One lad raised his hand and said, ‘Yes sir, but in those days there
and drought in the coming days.                                                                             hatred to realize the way it can poison a man’s soul.
   The Wildlife Center of Texas is a non-profit organization that cares                                                                                                  were only 13 states.
                                                                                                            Starring: Kris Kristofferson, Val Kilmer, Hilary
for over 7,000 wild animals every year, and it is Houston’s only trauma                                     Duff
hospital for all species of injured, ill, oiled and orphaned wildlife. If                                                                                                              For news or special events to be published in
you find an injured, ill or orphaned wild animal, the Wildlife Center                    Sucker Punch (PG-13) action/adventure: A                                                                  Shepherd Community News:
is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 4pm. Visit the website at www.                        young girl is institutionalized by her abusive                                                Drop off your information/picture at McClain’s,
WRandE.org for more information on how to care for these animals if                      stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as                               e-mail to mcclains.shepherdnews@yahoo.com, or fax to (936) 628-2866.
you find them in distress or call 713.861.WILD (9453).                                   a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will                                           Information may not be taken over the telephone.
The Wildlife Center of Texas is an affiliate of the Houston SPCA. For                    help her escape from the mental facility. Star-                                              Include contact information on your request to have something published.
more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Sharon                      ring: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Ab-                                                    Our deadline is 6 p.m. Tuesday for the following week.
Schmalz at 281.731.8826.                                                                 bie Cornish

				
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