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                                                                                    7    LOCALFLAVOR
                                                                                         Better by the Dozen
                                                                                         Caldwell Kolache Festival celebrates 25 years
                                                                                         by Morgan White

                                                                                  10     LOCALSCENE
                                                                                         Bright Lights, Big Celebration
                                                                                         BTU marks power centennial
                                                                                         by Morgan White

                                                                                  12     FOOTBALLFEVER
                                                                                         Quarterback Wisdom
                                                                                         Jerrod Johnson on fans, fame
                                                                                         and Aggie football this fall
                                                                                         by Kirby West

                                                                                  16     Get Outdoors
                                                                                         Golf & Hunt without breaking the budget
                                                                                         by Morgan White
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                                                                                  19     Fall into Fabulous
                                                                                         Home, health & beauty for her
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 13                                        21                                     25     Family Promise of B/CS
                                                                                         Helping children – and their
COVER CREDITS Photos by Kelvin Morrison, Specialties Photography.                        families – find a home
Photo illustration by Alida Bedard.                                                      by Morgan White
CORRECTION Photo credit for August’s Violins for Valley story should
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                                                                                                     LOCALFLAVOR          by Morgan White

                                                                                                        25th annual
                                                                                                        WhErE: Downtown Caldwell
                                                                                                        WhEN: Friday, September 11,
                                                                                                        beginning at 5 p.m., the Heritage
                                                                                                        Museum will host a free

Better by the dozen
                                                                                                        dinner and dance.
                                                                                                        Saturday, September 12, beginning
                                                                                                        at 9 a.m.
                                                                                                        For more information: Visit http://
Caldwell Kolache Festival Celebrates 25 years                                                           www.burlesoncountytx.com/
                                                                                                        or call the Chamber

W     hether it be salty sausage and cheddar
      or sweet strawberries and cream cheese,
                                                   Kutach remembers first publicizing the
                                                   event through freelance writings and press
                                                                                                        at (979) 567-0000.

there are few things better than biting into a
warm, soft kolache. Burleson County pauses
                                                   packets and mailing brochures to the Texas
                                                   Travel Agency. She recalls around 500 people         Special Attraction:
every year to recognize the important role         attending during the early years of the              Quilt Show & Raffle
played by this traditional
Czech wedding pastry.                                                                                   The Caldwell Creative Memories
   The Kolache Festival               Come for shopping, KOLACHES,                                      Quilt Guild will be having its
was even recognized as the
best one-day event in Texas           food vendors, KOLACHES,                                           23rd annual quilt show and raffle
and Caldwell named the                                                                                  September 10-12 at the Caldwell
Kolache Capital of Texas              entertainment, & KOLACHE                                          Civic Center on Hwy. 21 featuring
by the Texas Legislature.                                                                               more than 90 quilted items.
Since 1984, the festival has          baking & eating competitions                                      Admission is free with plenty of
been celebrated yearly in
                                                                                                        parking available, even on the
downtown Caldwell on the second Saturday           festival, but as the committee gained more
                                                                                                        last day of the show during the
of September. It features Czech dancing,           funds, the festival grew rapidly. A three-
                                                                                                        Kolache Festival.
Czech bands that perform live downtown,            way partnership was established among the
and exhibitions of Czech culture such as           Chamber of Commerce, the City of Caldwell
stenciling and basket weaving.                                                                          ShOW hOurS:
                                                   and Burleson County.
    Kolaches made by the hundreds of vendors                                                            Thursday, 12 noon to 6 p.m.
                                                       This September the festival will be held
at the event are sold to the thousands of people
                                                   on September 12. On Friday night before the          Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
that throng the streets, and they go fast.                                                              Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
                                                   festival, the Burleson County Czech Heritage
    Former Kolache Festival organizer Honey
                                                   Museum will host a pre-festival party featuring      Country Store hours are the same as
                                                   a Czech meal, crowing of the Festival Royalty,       show hours.
                                                   and a Czech street dance. The Kolache Festival
                                                   itself will kick off at 9 a.m. Both the Friday       The Guild’s raffle quilt, “Pretty in
                                                   and Saturday events are free.                        Pink,” will be available for viewing
                                                       “My favorite part of the festival is the         at the front entrance. Tickets are
                                                   spark,” Honey says. “Spark is the enthusiasm         $l each and are available at the
                                                   of the leadership, and the contagious effects        front desk. There will be a special
                                                   that make each year of the Kolache Festival          exhibition from a sister guild in
                                                   bigger and better.” i                                Duncan, Oklahoma.
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                                                                                                    WHAT’SHAPPENING                               compiled by Ryan Frische

September 4 from 5:30 p.m.          and author Marcia Kaylakie will    Preservation Committee,             (979) 260-5200 or visit www.       1 p.m., the Brazos Master
to 9:30 p.m., Frame Gallery         lecture during the event. Both     and the Senior Advisory             bcschamber.org.                    Gardeners present their
hosts First Friday in Downtown      show and lecture admission is      Committee is hosting an                                                annual Fall Plant Sale at the
Bryan featuring local art, live     $5. For more information, visit    Exploring History Lunch             September 20 at 6 p.m. the         Brazos County Extension Office.
music, horse drawn carriage         www.bbqg.org.                      Lecture Series: “History of         Brazos Valley Chapter of the       For more information visit
rides, and fun. Jazz band                                              Messina Hof Winery” with            American Guild of Organists        www.brazosmg.com or email
starts at 6:30 p.m. For more        September 11-12 at 7:30            the Bonarrigos at the College       presents an Organ Dedication       brazosmg@ag.tamu.edu.
information, contact Greta          p.m., StageCenter presents         Station Conference Center,          Recital featuring Diane Bish at
Watkins at (979) 822-0496 or        Bordello of the Damned             Room #127. Lunch will be            Christ United Methodist Church.
                                                                                                                                                    PLAN AHEAD
visit www.downtownbryan.com.        – a Murder Mystery Dinner          served for $5 a person and          For more information, call (979)
                                    Theatre. For more information,     reservations must be made by        696-0452 or (979) 575-6947.
                                                                                                                                              October 2 at 6 p.m., the Volvo
September 8 from 1 p.m. to          including ticket purchase, call    contacting Anne Boykin at (979)
                                                                                                                                              Rents will host The Hard Hat
4 p.m., the Brazos Valley           (979) 696-2787 or visit www.       764-3491 or aboykin@cstx.gov        September 21, the Bryan/
Stitchers will host their           stagecenter.net.                   by September 14.                    College Station Chamber            Comedy Show, benefiting
monthly Saturday Stitch-in                                                                                 of Commerce will hold their        Habitat for Humanity’s 20th
at the Larry J. Ringer Library,     September 11 through               September 18, Save Our              19th Annual Golf Classic           Anniversary Home at Wolf
1818 Harvey Mitchell Pkwy.          November 2, the Brazos Valley       Streets Ministries will host       at Briarcrest Country Club. For    Pen Creek. Comedians Jerry
S. College Station. Open            Museum of Natural History          Straight Shooter Skeet              more information or to             Carroll and Julie Scoggins will
stitching. For more information,    presents Lone Star Lizards,        Tournament at the Boswell           sign up, call the Chamber          perform as well as live music
contact Terri Berka at (979)        featuring live specimens of        Porter 4-H shooting range           at (979) 260-5200.                 by the Texas Twisters. For more
218-8951 or visit www.              native Texas herpetofauna.          in Snook. The annual                                                  information, contact Habitat for
brazosvalleystitchers.org.          For more information, call         fundraising banquet will be         September 25 at 12:30 p.m., the    Humanity at (979) 823-7200;
                                    (979) 776-2195 or visit www.       on October 6. Call S.O.S. at        George Bush Presidential           to purchase tickets, visit
September 10 at 7 p.m., the         brazosvalleymuseum.org.            (979) 775-5357 or email             Library and Museum presents        www.habitatbcs.org.
George Bush Presidential                                               sos@saveourstreetsministries.org    the Scowcroft Institute
Library and Museum                  September 15 and 22, 7 p.m.        for details.                        International Affairs
                                                                                                                                              October 5, 12, 19, 26, and
presents Classic Film Series:       to 9 p.m., the Brazos Valley                                           Seminar with Sarah Snyder, a
                                                                                                                                              November 2, from 6 p.m. to 9
Casablanca. Free admission,         Stitchers will host their          September 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 9    Cassius Marcellus Clay Fellow
                                                                                                                                              p.m., the Brazos Do Well, Be
beverages and popcorn. For more     monthly meeting at Holy Cross      p.m., the Bryan/College Station     at Yale University. Snyder will
                                                                                                                                              Well with Diabetes Coalition
information, call (979) 691-4000.   Lutheran Church, 1200 Foxfire,     Chamber of Commerce will            speak about human rights and
                                                                                                                                              will hold Diabetes classes for
                                    College Station. For more          host LobsterFest at the Brazos      the end of the Cold War. For
September 11-12, the Brazos         information, contact Terri Berka   Center. This fundraising event      more information or to make        adults with Type 2 Diabetes
Bluebonnet Quilt Guild will         at (979) 218-8951 or visit www.    will include a steak and lobster    reservations, email siia@          at the Bryan/College Station
host the Brazos Bluebonnet          brazosvalleystitchers.org.         dinner for $75 per person and a     bushschool.tamu.edu or call        Community Health Center.
Quilt Show at the Brazos                                               live and silent auction. For more   (979) 845-1540.                    The cost is $10 per person. To
Center. More than 100 quilts will   September 16 from 11:30            information or to purchase                                             register, call (979) 823-0219
be on display and quilt historian   a.m. to 1 p.m., the Historic       tickets contact the Chamber at      September 26 from 8 a.m. to        before September 28. i

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LOCALSCENE                     by Morgan White

                   bright lights…                                                                       1895
                                                                                                        Bryan Water & Electric Light plant

              BIG CELEBRATION
       BTU MARKS POWER CENTENNIAL                                                                           1909
                                                                                                            Bryan’s utility system, Bryan Ice, Water

     For         those born after 1752, the invention of electricity is just an interesting, his-
                 torical footnote. For Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU), it’s the spark that ignited
                                                                                                            and Light, becomes municipally owned
                                                                                                            after a fire at City Hall cast doubt on the
     100 years of service that has helped power our cities’ growth. In 1909, the City of Bryan              reliability of the owner. The company
     issued bonds to provide its own water, light, and sewage. Originally named Bryan                       couldn’t start the fire pump on the night
      Water, Ice & Light Company, BTU has provided customers safe and reliable electric-
                                                                                                            the fire broke out.
       ity these past 100 years, says Key Accounts Energy Manager Allen Wood. BTU today,
        says Wood, is built on a strong foundation.
              “One hundred years should always be commemorated,” he says. “It shows
           durability, persistence, longevity, and clear and proper planning and foresight                                       1911
                                                                                                          The City of Bryan purchases an electric
             for the City.”
                  Growth is a continuing theme. By 1962, the $10 million Atkins                         distribution system from Bryan Ice, Water
                 Power Plant was serving more than 1,000 rural and urban custom-                           & Light for $7,650. Streetlights on Main
                    ers. Some 15 years later, Dansby Power Plant was built to keep                                             Street are installed.
                       up with the growing demand for electricity. During the
                         centennial, BTU will unveil a second LM6000 genera-
                          tor, which is essentially a jet engine that is more
                           cost-effective than previous generators, says. In the
                            mid 1940’s, Electrical engineers from around the
                            world visited BTU to learn about its diesel-pow-
                             ered generators.
                                 “BTU has served the community well,”
                               Wood says. “We’re very proud of it and want to
                               share that pride with the community.”                  1913
                                                                                      Bryan Water, Ice & Light is the main source of electricity for
                                                                                      Bryan residents in the early 1900s. The company posts their
                                                                                      first profit of $874. To compare, a gallon of milk costs 13 cents.

                                                                                                          Deisel engine at Bryan Power company

                                                                                       City of Bryan revamps electricity distribution system and
                                                                                       saves $65 a month.
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                                                                                                              BTU CENTENNIAL
  Streetlights installed in certain residential
                                                  Bryan experiences its first labor strike in history when
                                                                                                              POWER PARTY

  areas, including East and West 26th, Bryan      BTU employees join a Union strike for AFL (American         WhEN: October 7,
  Hospital, and Fannin School.                    Federation of Labor) boilermakers.                          1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

        City commission
                                                                                                              WhErE: Roland C.
                                                                                                              Dansby Plant, 8181
                                                        $10 million Atkins Plant begins                       Mumford Road
    places order for an
                                                           serving 1200 municipal and
  additional unit for city
                                                                       rural customers.                       For more information: Call
power plant, assessing

                                                                                                              BTU at (979) 821-5700 or
the growing population
                                                                                                              visit www.btutilities.com.
   of Bryan, pictured in
           this city map.                         Dansby plant is built five miles north of city limits; is
                                                  powered by natural gas with a fuel oil backup.              The public is invited to
                                                                                                              help celebrate BTU’s

                                                   Bryan becomes part of the joint-action agency Texas
                                                                                                              centennial on October
                                                                                                              7. The LM6000 generator
                                                                                                              will be dedicated from
                                                    Municipal Power Agency and builds Gibbons Creek
                                                                                        Plant in Carlos.      1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the
                                                                                                              Roland C. Dansby Plant
                                                                                                              just west of 2818 on
                                                                                                              Lake Bryan. Visitors may
  1929                                                                                                        tour the Dansby plant
                                                                                                              throughout the afternoon.

                                                        BTU begins operation of a new General Electric
                                                                                                              From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the
                                                                                                              anniversary celebration
                                                                                                              will kick into high
                                                    LM6000 generator, an environmentally sensitive and        gear with food, prizes,
                                                  cost-effective generator to serve a growing customer        entertainment and more.
                                                  base. Manmade Lake Bryan supplies cooling water to
                                                                                                              BTU Key Accounts Energy
                                                   the 115-megawatt Dansby Plant, located about three
                                                                                                              Manager Allen Wood says
                                                            miles west of FM 2818 on Sandy Point Road.
                             1931                 2006
                                                                                                              that they expect a large

                                                                                                              crowd to come out and
                                                                                                              join the party.
                                                  Transformer explosion at Gibbons Creek Plant causes
  Rural Electric Division of BTU delivers                                                                     “The City of Bryan,
                                                  major power outage in Bryan/College Station area
  power to customers in Brazos, Burleson,         that lasts four to six hours, affecting 86,000 residents.   BTU, the BTU board of
  and Robertson counties through 800                                                                          directors, and every
  miles of line for the first time. Service
  area grew until Bryan’s Rural Division
  extended as far west as Tunis in
                                                      Hurricane Ike strikes Texas coast, leaving some in
                                                                                                              employee would like to
                                                                                                              share with you what we
                                                                                                              have out at Lake Bryan
  Burleson County and as far north as                        B/CS area without power for several days.        so you can have the pride
  Wheelock in Robertson County.

                                                  OCTOBER 2009
                                                                                                              and sense of ownership

                                                                                                              that we have,” he says.
                                                  October 7: Second LM6000 generator dedicated at             “Just like people like to
  Bryan Municipal Plant on Atkins Street is       Dansby plant. BTU celebrates 100 years of service.          see what they own, this
  built, beginning with one steam electric        October 1-31: Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley        is a great opportunity to
  unit that will grow to six. City will add a     will host a special exhibit about BTU’s history and the     come out and take a look
  gas turbine in 1972.                            electrification of Bryan and the Brazos Valley.             at your assets.”

                             story by Kirby West / photos by Kelvin Morrison, Specialties Photography

                                   Aggie Quarterback Jerro
                                                                 d Johnson

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Aggie QB Jerrod Johnson muses about
fans, fame and Aggie football this fall

         espite the lumps the Aggie football       nearly every holiday is marked with a pick-        his son would follow suit. Jerrod says his dad
         team took last year, this year’s          up game of basketball or football. “Sports,”       gave him the choice and Jerrod could not be
         presumptive starting quarterback          Jerrod says, “has always been the direction I      happier with the decision he made.
exudes quiet confidence and capable                wanted to go, and as I got older
leadership heading into the upcoming season.       and started enjoying it more,             We all understand what happened last
With last season’s starting quarterback
Stephen McGee graduated and playing with
                                                   the more serious I got.”                  year and we all accept the fact that it was
                                                      Jerrod is clear about his
the Dallas Cowboys this fall, there’s room for     goals: he wants to win as many
                                                                                             our fault. We’ve been trying to correct
a new Aggie star to emerge.                        home games as possible, go to a           those mistakes and I think our team has a
   Jerrod Johnson says he realizes that some       bowl game and win the Big XII             lot of integrity, which will do wonders
fans might be feeling burned by previous
seasons, but he wants everyone to know that
                                                   championship. He believes that            for us on the field.” – Jerrod Johnson
                                                   with those goals in mind, things
this year is going to be a huge improvement.
                                                   will ultimately fall in place. Although Jerrod’s      Jerrod said he believes every player has
The team has put in a lot of hard work he
                                                   father Larry Johnson played football at A&M        built a much deeper relationship with Coach
says, and it is going to be a fun, young and
exciting group this year. Jerrod vows, “We are     from 1976 until 1980, it was never a given that    Sherman this year than in years past. He has
going to play with effort, with great energy
and I definitely think we are going to get Kyle

                                                         2009 TEXAS A&M
Field back up and rocking again.”
   Jerrod knows what he’s up against. He
knows the zeal Aggies have for their school
and how that translates down on the field.
“I understand the good that comes from                   FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
passionate fans and I understand the bad that
can come from it. It makes A&M special. Our
fans truly do care about us as people and they
care about us as football players. They want             Sept. 5           NEW MEXICO                          Kyle Field
us to win and they hold us to high standards,
                                                         Sept. 19 UTAH STATE                                   Kyle Field
and it’s our job to get the team back to
meeting those standards.”                                Sept. 26 UAB                                          Kyle Field
   Jerrod says he sees the team coming
together to reap the benefits of all their hard          Oct. 3            vs. Arkansas                        Arlington, TX
work, ready to reclaim a winning tradition
for Kyle Field and the Aggie faithful. Talking
                                                         Oct. 10           Oklahoma State                      Kyle Field
to him, you see how Jerrod’s poise and                   Oct. 17           at Kansas State                     Manhattan, KS
assertiveness have guided him to his moment
in the spotlight. Redshirted his freshman                Oct. 24           at Texas Tech                       Lubbock, TX
year, Jerrod struggled somewhat last year,
but he feels optimistic about the upcoming
                                                         Oct. 31           IOWA STATE                          Kyle Field
season.                                                  Nov. 7            at Colorado                         Boulder, CO
   When asked what inspires and motivates
him, Jerrod looks to his father. “Growing                Nov. 14           at Oklahoma                         Norman, OK
up as a coach’s son I have always been
surrounded by a lot of great people as well as
                                                         Nov. 21           BAYLOR                              Kyle Field
great players,” he says. From an early age he            Nov. 26           TEXAS (ESPN)                        Kyle Field
knew he wanted to follow in their footsteps.
“As a baby, my first picture was with a football
in my hand.” Jerrod’s family is heavily                  *All dates subject to change to accommodate television.
influenced by sports, and Jerrod says that
                                                         For more information visit www.aggieathletics.com
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                                                                     Jerrod Johnson talks with Insite’s Kirby West about Aggie fan
                                                                     expectations and how the team has prepared for the coming season.

                                                                                     Coach Sherman frequently asks,
                                                                                     ‘Is everyone in the boat?’ Jerrod
                                                                                     chuckles when saying, ‘I think we’re
                                                                                     definitely all in the boat and nobody’s
                                                                                     swimming with the sharks.’

                                                                            with the territory.      like, ‘Oh man, we are in for a long couple of
                                                                            “People            are   weeks.’ That was probably the worst feeling.”
                                                                            watching and have        But the last day when the buzzer sounded
                                                                            certain expectations     marking the end of one of the toughest
                                                                            upon your character,     things Jerrod had ever gone through, he
                                                                            which isn’t a burden     said it was one of the coolest moments, too.
                                                                            but a responsibility     “We had all gone through something like
                           d game updates,
                                                                            I have assumed
    For football ticket an
                                                                                                     that together. It really helped to bring us all
                                                                            and accepted based
                        hletics.com.                                                                 together,” remarks Jerrod, “we all felt that
    visit www.aggieat                                                       on my situation.”
                                                                                                     sense of accomplishment.”
                                                                            This responsibility
                                                                                                        When asked to describe the team in
                                                                            also translates to
                                                                                                     one word, Jerrod doesn’t hesitate before he
                                                                            academics         and
                                                                                                     responds, “integrity.” Jerrod acknowledges
complete confidence in the success Sherman        although he admits he isn’t a perfect student,
                                                                                                     that, “You can take that word and spin it
can bring to the Aggie football team.             he shows up to his classes on time and tries to
Sherman, born in Norwood, Massachusetts,          maintain the highest GPA possible.                 many different ways, but for me it’s about
frequently quotes from his years spent               Thinking back to his best and worst days        doing the right thing and being accountable
fishing up north asking, “Is everyone in the      on the team, the two somewhat overlap.             for your actions. We all understand what
boat?” Jerrod chuckles when saying, “I think      Jerrod said that although he had gone              happened last year and we all accept the fact
we’re definitely all in the boat and nobody’s     through winter training his freshman year,         that it was our fault. We’ve been trying to
swimming with the sharks.”                        the coaches had really amped up the workout        correct those mistakes and I think our team
    Jerrod knows that as a Big XII quarterback    for the past year. Jerrod said, “That first day,   has a lot of integrity, which will do wonders
he is held to a higher standard – it just comes   about five minutes into the workout, I was         for us on the field.” i
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   LIFESTYLE              by Morgan White

Budget Buys
For beginners, Dave
Olsen says it does not
make sense to spend
the money on a brand
new set of irons. Novice
golfers should get a
used set for less than
half the price. Play

It Again Sports also
accepts trade-ins. Any
used sports or fitness
equipment can be
traded in for cash, store
credit, or another item
in the store.
                                        On the Ball: Take a Swing at
Golf Etc. invites
                                        Local Golf Sweet Spots

customers to bring
in their own clubs to                              ith 26 million people in the United        different pricing depending on the day of the
test out on the store’s                            States regularly teeing up it seems        week. Monday through Thursday, the green fee is
demonstration swing                                everyone is trekking out for a round       $29.08 including a golf cart, and on Friday the fee is
simulator. The hitting                  of golf. The whole community got into the golf        $31.83 including a cart. The low-priced Copperas
bay simulates a hit from                spirit when the Texas A&M University Men’s Golf       Hollow Country Club in Caldwell offers an all-
a club and calculates                   team took home the NCAA Golf Championship             day play Tuesdays and Thursdays for only $7, and
accuracy and distance                                                                                               on Mondays, Wednesdays,
of the shot and                                                                                                     and Fridays they offer a nine-
technique of the golfer.                The easiest way to still participate                                        hole round for $5.75 and an
That way, you can                                                                                                   18-hole round for $11.50,
decide for yourself if                  in the events you enjoy is to know                                          plus $7 fee for a cart.
you are able to hang on                                                                                                Pebble Creek Country
to your clubs until you                 exactly what your budget is and plan                                        Club, Traditions Club, and
get the money to buy                                                                                                Miramont Country Club all
new ones.                               accordingly so that you stick to it.                                        waive greens fees for their
                                                                                                                    members, but allow friends.
                                                                                                                    Miramont’s guest green fees
                                        in May. Caldwell High’s own Cameron Scitern
                                                                                              are $85 plus $18 for the cart. Tradition’s fees are
                                        recently signed a letter of intent to play golf for
                                                                                              $95 on weekends and $75 on weekdays. Pebble
                                        Tennessee State University. Even with economic
                                                                                              Creek Country Club offers guest green fees at
                                        belt-tightening, local country clubs and public       $58.30 on weekdays and $69.13 on weekends.
                                        courses report they are still seeing their average       Briarcrest Country Club allows both guests
                                        number of golfers each weekend.                       of members and walk-ons, and also invites
                                                 The Texas A&M University golf course         neighboring country clubs to play on the greens
                                        is not just for students. The course offers a low     for free. For guests accompanying a member, the
                                        green fee for golfers, with prices for students at    fee is $30 on weekdays and $40 on weekends. For
                                        $17.25 and prices for non-students at $25.50
                                        per golfer. The Bryan Municipal golf course has       continued on page 18
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                                                                                                                                Hunting Tips
                                                                                                                                SPLIT a lease with a
                                                                                                                                large group of people.
                                                                                                                                If you have a piece of
                                                                                                                                land going for $3 an
                                                                                                                                acre and you need 100
                                                                                                                                acres, that’s easily
                                                                                                                                $300. If you have two
                                                                                                                                people on the lease, it’s
                                                                                                                                $150. If you have six,
                                                                                                                                it’s $50.

                                                                                                                                KEEP your gun clean.
                                                                                                                                The cleaner the barrel,
                                                                                                                                the more accurate
                                                                                                                                the shot. Good gun
                                                                                                                                maintenance can help

Eye on the Prize: Locals Game for Hunting                                                                                       you avoid jamming a
                                                                                                                                gun that you will have
                                                                                                                                to replace.
A New Lease On Your Budget: Low-Cost Hunting                   who get together for the purpose of leasing land. How

          ike most special interests, hunting has its own      much it costs depends on how good the land is and if
                                                               you can talk to the rancher or owner. My typical lease           RESPECT the bag limits
          language. Bag limits. Buck fever. Unfortunately,
                                                               has had 6 to 7 people on it,” Dave says.                         of the lease. Game
          special interests like hunting come with a
                                                                  There is no set price for the cost of a typical deer lease,   belongs to the state,
special price. A two- or three- day hunting trip can cost
                                                               because prices change depending on how many deer are             not the landowner. The
upwards of a thousand dollars, including equipment,
preparation, lease prices and travel. Can hunting make         available and the quality of the lease. Some ranchers            bag limits are set by
the budget cut?                                                                                                                 the state and you will
                                                                                                                                be heavily fined if you
    Dave Burdett of Burdett & Son Outdoor Adventure                  Texas Hunters for the Hungry is                            exceed the amount of
Shop says that it’s too early to tell. “[The recession] is
bound to have an effect on the cost of deer hunting                  an organization that accepts deer                          game you are allowed
in Texas, because 90 percent of the huntable land                                                                               to shoot. Over-killing
is privately owned,” he says. “You can’t just go to a
                                                                     meat and processes it to give                              can drive your hunting
national forest and go hunting.”                                     away to families in need.                                  costs up very quickly.
    The state leases land from private owners to make
it available for public hunting, making the lease price         prefer to lease their land by the weekend, which can be         GIVE your meat away
cheaper than if a hunter leased private land. Permits           good for your wallet if you split the price.                    if you aren’t going to
for public state land range from $40 to $50 for the                The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department                      eat it. Texas Hunters
year. Hunters can peruse the land every day if they             publishes a map each year of the public hunting                 for the Hungry is an
wish, subject to the regulations and restrictions of a          lands in the state. Access to this land is provided in          organization that
particular piece of property.                                   one of two ways: the Annual Public Hunting Permit               accepts deer meat
    “You might find more hunters there than you will            (APH) and the Limited Public Use Permit (LPU).                  and processes it to
deer,” Dave says. “But it’s still a place where you can         According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife website, the          give away to families
go hunting.”                                                    APH Permit is issued to an individual, valid for a 12-          in need. This will
    If you’d rather hunt on private land, another option        month period, costs $48, and waives any applicable              help reduce waste
is splitting a lease with another (or several) parties. Dave    hunting fees on listed lands. The LPU Permit costs
                                                                                                                                and provide meals
says that when he first moved to Bryan/College Station          $12 and allows an adult to enter hunting lands, but
                                                                                                                                for others. For more
in 1982, a typical deer lease was about $300 to $400            does not permit them to hunt. For more information
                                                                                                                                information, visit www.
dollars. Now, he says it might be several thousand.             on public hunting or to purchase a permit, visit www.
    “A deer lease in Texas consists of two or more folks        tpwd.state.tx.us/. i
                                                                                                                                or call 1-800-992-9767.
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                             those golfing without a member, the fee is
                             $60 on weekdays and $75 on weekends.
                                 Patrick Farnsworth from Golf Etc. says
                             that people who have played golf all their
                             lives aren’t suddenly going to stop even with
                             a recession. The easiest way to still participate
                             in the events you enjoy is to know exactly
                             what your budget is and plan accordingly so
                             that you stick to it.
                                 Dave Olson from Play It Again Sports says
                             that value depends on budget. “I always look

                             Value depends on budget:
                             always look to see
                             how well the course is
                             maintained, especially
                             greens and bunkers.

                             to see how well the course is maintained,
                             especially the greens and bunkers. Plus, I like
                             a difficult course. One that makes you hit
                             each shot well,” he says. He advises golfers to
                             take note of the greens before they play.
                                If you are concerned about equipment,
                             some courses offer rental clubs and the
                             golf stores in Bryan/College Station do sell
                             used clubs. “Play It Again Sports, Golf Etc.,
                             and Pro Golf Discount all buy and sell used
                             clubs,” Dave says.
                                In the end, the trick is to keep golf on par
                             with both your game and your budget. i
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                                                                                      COMMuNITYOUTREACH                                 by Morgan White

                                                                                                                 How to Help
                                                 Family                                                          Family Promise needs three

                                                                                                                 additional host congregations and
                                                                                                                 volunteers are welcome at any
                                                                                                                 time, though there is a screening
                                                                                                                 and training process.

                                                                                                                 Donations are accepted by mail,
                                                                                                                 online, and through Club 274, a
                                                                                                                 monthly or quarterly donation

                                                                                                                 Family Promise accepts gently
                                                                                                                 used clothes and new household
                                                                                                                 items including detergent and
                                                                                                                 shaving cream for the day facility.

                                                                                                                 For more information, call Aimee
                                                                                                                 Myers at (979) 268-4309 or visit

Helping children – and their families – find a home
M              any people would be shocked to
               learn how the numbers of local
               children identified as homeless
has grown over the past two years: some 350
to 500 children in Bryan/College Station have
                                                     meals, mentoring, childcare, job assistance,
                                                     and much more through community-based
                                                     initiatives. They welcomed their first guest
                                                     family in October of 2008.
                                                        When a family contacts Family
                                                                                                           gripping the country, the organization relies
                                                                                                           on donations and volunteers. Each affiliate
                                                                                                           needs 13 host congregations; Family Promise
                                                                                                           Bryan/College Station currently has 10.
                                                                                                                      “Over the course of the first eight
been identified as being part of families who        Promise, Director Aimee Myers                                      months, the network saved the
are without a place to call home.                    interviews each applicant family,                                    guest families a total of $35,805
    “With the current state of the economy, we       performing background checks                                           for meals and $18,000 for
                                                     and drug tests. Applicant                                               lodging,” Egger says. Only
anticipate that those numbers may increase,”
                                                     families must show a desire to                                          families focused around a
says Marilyn Egger, board president of the
                                                     change their circumstances by                                          child can be accepted. Single
non-profit Family Promise. “Siblings of
                                                     looking for work and searching                                        parents, nuclear families, and
school-age children are not reflected in that
                                                     for affordable housing. After they                                  extended families are welcome
number, so the number of homeless children           are accepted, the guests use the Day                           as long as the family is centered on
is well over 500.”                                   Center as their home address so they can look         raising children.
    Tucked away inside a curve on Wilde Oak          for jobs and fill out forms at the doctor’s office.       “I once received a thank you letter from
Drive in Bryan, Family Promise of B/CS sits at       In the evenings, host congregations share the         one of our guests, and she said that her
the end of a strip of businesses selling insurance   responsibility of housing a few families nightly      involvement in Family Promise helped restore
and jewelry. But Family Promise doesn’t sell         for one week every 10-12 weeks.                       her faith in humankind,” says Myers.
anything. Instead, they provide a service.               The average stay of a family is 76 days with         “The guests that come in really want to get
    An affiliate of the national Family Promise      a daily cost of $274. Maintaining families            on their feet,” Eggers confirms. “The average
organization, the center serves as a Day Center      in the program for 76 days costs Family               stay is a testament to the determination and
for homeless families providing shelter,             Promise more than $20,000. With a recession           achievements of the parents.” i
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Jewelry, Fashion

      International Flair
                             story by Kirby West / photos by Chandler Arden, Chandler Arden Photography

Roberto Coin chooses local jeweler to debut CapriPlus line
When the company was created 32 years ago, not even the president of Roberto Coin could imagine the level of success
this once small jewelry business would attain. Peter Webster initiated the partnership now known as Roberto Coin in 1977
and has been helping pilot the company to international success ever since.
   Four years after the birth of Roberto Coin the company was ranked seventh among the best-known jewelry brands in the
United States; two years later they were named third in the international panorama and first among Italian jewelers. This
rank remains today with well as over 1,000 points of sale and international sales exceeding $100 million.
   The newest line for Roberto Coin, CapriPlus, was recently presented at David Gardner’s Jewelers, putting College Station
at the forefront of fashion. Peter Webster was on hand to answer questions about both his company’s philosophy and his
perspective on jewelry and fashion with an international flair.

                                 When the
                                 company started
                                 in 1977 what was
                                your vision for
                                 Roberto Coin?
                                                                                                In 1996 Roberto started signing
A: We were in the mass market industry, high volume and low price                               the jewels of the “Appassionata”
profit. And I’m an accountant, Roberto is the creator, I just make things
happen. We were selling very, very high volume in England, Germany                              Collection by setting a small ruby
and a bit in Spain, but England was leading the market. Everything was                        on their inside, in a hidden position,
going very well, and then somebody wanted to buy us out. So during                             allowing direct skin contact with
                                                                                               the gem. Since then the tradition has
        Roberto was starting to create his
this process
                                                                             continued and is a signature in every piece of Roberto
masterpieces and he was learning how                                         Coin jewelry. How do you think this tradition and
to run a business at the same time. As we sold                               “secret gift” from Roberto has affected the reputation
that side of the mass market business, we had to sell something else and     of the company?
since we were still both young we started selling Roberto’s creations. His
pieces were selling all over the world but under the recipient’s name.       A: I think it was an executive of DeBeers that once told Roberto “your
So we would supply Neiman Marcus and they would sell as Neiman               ruby is becoming more famous than my forever mark,” or something
Marcus designs and we would sell to Cartier in Paris and they would          to that effect. The ruby all came about because Roberto was reading a
sell as Cartier designs. Then, Roberto suddenly thought that he could        book on Egyptian mythology and supposedly the pharaohs gave rubies
                                 It took
sell the pieces under his name so we started doing that.
                                                                             to the concubines to keep them eternally youthful. He read some more
                                                                             about it and the Babylonians wore them during wartime and some
off in America in 1996 and that’s when                                       other ancient races really believed in the powers of the ruby. So we
we really started branding the name                                          turned that into sort of long life, health and happiness. The beauty of

Roberto Coin. And we’re now sold in 145                                      it is that it’s a gift between the donor and the recipient, and it’s a sort
                                                                             of secret between the two of them. It’s about the two people who have
companies, so it’s come a long way.                                          shared the experience.
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                       How have you reached
                       global status?
                      A: Hard work. One of the main driving forces was the American market, because
the rest of the world, especially Russia and the Far East, look to America. We have used America as a
stepping stone; once America gives their stamp of approval it is a lot easier to take something global.

In August, David Gardner’s Jewelers debuted the new CapriPlus line at a series of events at their store and at Miramont Country Club.

               Many of the Roberto Coin designs are
                                                                                      Since Roberto Coin began in Italy
               statement pieces. What does jewelry
                                                                                      and on a European front, what has
               as fashion mean to you?                                                the transition to the United States
A: Jewelers    in general think that the jewelry is as important as
                                                                             meant to the company?
              we have to be careful is
the clothing. But where
ensuring we make jewelry that can last                                       A: You can’t keep a good creator down. If
                                                                             Roberto gets told you got to go left, he will probably go right. Sometimes
several changes in fashion. That is why we try and                           you can be too early when introducing a trend, we make that mistake
stay classic. If you go too way out there it’s a one-month or one-year       about 20 years ago with a flower necklace. We came out with this
wonder. Right now people are wearing a lot of stacked bracelets and          beautiful flower necklace and everyone was saying “Oh, they’re ghastly”,
necklaces, layering is in and the beauty with our line is you can do that.   so we said alright maybe we better take them off the market, and then
Or the pieces stand alone. You can choose to follow the trend or not.        two years later everyone was selling flower necklaces.
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     specialists –
       C     om
         ustembroidery services
                  Caps, Shirts,
                       Promotional Items
                       and much more
                             All American
                             One Stitch At A Time

          3735 East 29th Street • Bryan 77802
                    (979) 260-2907

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                                                                                Roberto Coin President and Co-founder Peter Webster with models
                                                                              (l-r) Laura Langston, Brittany Davison, Sophie Hays and Lauren Ufer.

               I heard you are involved in a forum that decides fashion
              trends for each season?
A: Roberto is on an unofficial round table, where some very prominent designers meet and Roberto was invited two years ago and has done it
ever since.They cannot dictate to the world what to wear, but you can gently sway them.
They try and keep it quite tight and clandestine. This season deep purple, sort of amethyst, seems to be the color.

                                                                                            While researching the philosophy behind
              How was David Gardner’s chosen to                                             Roberto Coin, there is a recurrent theme of joy,
              launch CapriPlus in the United States?                                       or joie de vivre. How do you and Roberto aim to
              A:    They are good friends and great people. We wanted                      translate this through design and fashion?
to see if we got everything right, in a way this was more of a test than    A: It’s two-fold. One is the look which I feel is very bright, cheerful and
                   We wanted to learn
a launch, I guess a test launch.                                            exciting. The other is that by doing CapriPlus in different materials,

from the consumer reaction whether or                                       which happened to be wood and happened to be silver, it could have
                                                                            been ceramic, but he happened to choose those materials which
not we were in the right direction. And they                                                they’re all made to the
                                                                            are all of similar quality and
are great people; we know their family well.
                                                                            highest standards, but it is produced in three different
                                                                            price points. So a woman can spend $2,ooo, $4,000 or $12,000 and it’s
                                                                            the same look and the same quality.

                                                                                           Was this a reaction to
                                                                                          the economy?
                                                                            A:   Yes, this was Roberto’s thought a year and a half ago. It took a
                                                                            year and a half for the line to be produced. So it looks like we got the
                                                                            timing right.

                                                                            Wow, he is a visionary!
                                                                            There you are.
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BuSINESSBRIEFS                       compiled by Ryan Frische

                                     as they complete training.” For      Financial Advisors was ranked
                                     more information on Voices For       122 out of 407 on the Wealth
                                     Children, call (979) 822-9700 or     Manager list and 106 out of 380
                                     visit to www.vfcbrazos.org.          on the Financial Advisor list.
                                                                          Briaud’s rankings are based on
                                                                          total asset value and the average
                                                                          client relationship. Briaud
                                                                          Financial Advisors was founded in
                                                                          1986 by Janet Briaud, CFP®.

                                                                          C.C. CREATIONS of Bryan was
                                                                          ranked number 11 in the nation by
(left) Anne Boykin, on behalf        The Bryan/College Station            Impressions, the leading industry
of the City of College Station,      Charter Chapter of the               periodical for decorated apparel.
recently awarded Vicky Eastes a      American Business Woman’s            The ranking also recognizes C.C.
bronze award from the President’s    Association (ABWA) has               Creations as the number one
Volunteer Service award. Eastes      selected Lori Mervish as a           decorator in Texas. “This ranking
has been volunteering in the                                              is a tribute to our hard-working
                                     Top Ten Candidate and Chapter
Heritage Programs office for                                              employees who make that kind
                                     Woman of the Year 2009-2010.
the last 18 months, scanning                                              of success possible. I have every
                                     Mervish is Manager, Contract
documents for the Project HOLD                                            confidence that, because of them,
                                     Services and International Travel,
(http://HOLD.cstx.gov) historic                                           we will soon see C.C. Creations in
                                     in the Department of Contract
                                                                          the top 10,” says Kenny Lawson,
online library database. She was     Administration at Texas A&M
                                                                          the company’s president.
also instrumental in writing the     University. If chosen, she will
award application for Heritage       join nine other female business      The American Association
Programs’ recent “Leadership         professionals at a national          for State and Local History
in History” award from the           leadership conference in Kansas      (AASLH) recently announced
American Association for State       City where the 2010 American         that Anne Boykin and the
and Local History.                   Businesswoman will be named.         City of College Station are the
                                                                          recipients of an Award of Merit
                                     For the sixth consecutive year,      from the AASLH Leadership in
                                     Bryan’s purchasing department        History Awards for Project HOLD
                                     received the Achievement of          and Heritage Programs. Project
                                     Excellence in Procurement            HOLD, at http://HOLD.cstx.
                                     Award from the National              gov, is an historic online library
                                     Purchasing Institute. The            database used to archive the
                                     award is given to organizations      history of College Station and
                                     that demonstrate excellence in       the Brazos Valley. “This is our
Voices For Children was
                                     procurement by obtaining a high      first national award and one that
recently presented $5,000 by                                              truly recognizes the dedication
                                     score on a rating of standardized
Bank of America for its Court                                             and perseverance of our city and
                                     criteria. Bryan was one of only
Appointed Special Advocates                                               community in preserving our local
                                     59 cities in the U.S. to receive
program. Pictured (l-r) are Amy                                           history,” says Boykin.
                                     the award.
Faulkner, Voices For Children’s
program director; Brian                                                   Treasured objects and artifacts
                                     The Washington County
Ledyard, vice president of Bank                                           held by the Sanders Corps of
                                     Chamber of Commerce
of America’s Texas A&M Banking                                            Cadets Center on the Texas
                                     recently announced that
Center; and Liana Lowey, Voices                                           A&M University Campus will be
                                     Ellison’s Greenhouses of
For Children’s executive director.   Brenham has been named a             preserved for future generations
“We are very appreciative of this    Region 7 recipient of the Texas      with help from the IMLS
grant, which will be used for the    Association of Business “Small       Connecting to Collections
screening, training and support      Business of the Year” award          Bookshelf – a core set of
of our CASA volunteers,” says        for 2009. Ellison’s is owned and     conservation books and online
Lowey. The nonprofit organization    operated by PJ Ellison Kalil.        resources donated by the Institute
provides Court Appointed Special                                          of Museum and Library Services
Advocates (CASAs) to abused          Briaud Financial Advisors of         (IMLS). “Selection by IMLS is very
and neglected children in Brazos,    Bryan has been selected for the      prestigious and only a very small
Burleson and Grimes counties.        Top Wealth Manager List in           percentage of institutions are
“The needs of abused and             Wealth Manager Magazine              chosen annually to receive grant
neglected children are so great      and the Top RIA (Registered          awards,” says Lisa Kalmus ’93,
that our CASA guardian ad litems     Investment Advisor) in Financial     curator of the Sanders Corps of
are appointed to cases as soon       Advisor Magazine. Briaud             Cadets Center. i

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                             US POSTAGE
                             BRYAN TX
                             PERMIT 71

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