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Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann to Open Convenient Care Center in Katy Area

Katy, TX News (July 28, 2014) – In an effort to continue to provide patients with convenient access to high-quality health care, Memorial Hermann announced today that it will build its third convenient care center in one of the fastest growing areas in Texas.  The new facility in South Katy will join sister facilities in Summer Creek and Pearland.

“This new model of health care delivery provides patients with a highly accessible location for a variety of services, from 24-hour emergency care to screening mammograms,” said Scott Barbe, CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

The Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Katy is slated to open in the spring of 2015 and will provide one-stop, coordinated access to a vast array of Memorial Hermann services in a single location. The Convenient Care Center will house primary care physicians (adult and pediatric), lab services, imaging, a 24-hour emergency room, sports medicine and rehabilitation, and more.

“The response from the communities where we currently operate Convenient Care Centers has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Dan Wolterman, CEO and President of Memorial Hermann Health System.  “Our patients say they appreciate the ease of scheduling appointments, the convenience of being able to drive up, park and walk in, and that our staff is friendly and professional.  We look forward to bringing this model of care to the Katy community.”

The $19.1 million, 30,000-square-foot Convenient Care Center is designed to take the stress out of scheduling appointments for routine health needs by offering families convenient options such as walk-in access and extended evening and weekend hours for primary care. For non-routine and more urgent needs, the Convenient Care Center will house a 24-hour, seven-day a week, emergency department staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians and emergency-trained nurses. Patients in need of higher levels of care would be transferred to Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, or Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. (more…)

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Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, Teleflora Make Patients Smile

Katy, TX News (July 28, 2014) – On July 22, hospital patients, such as Deb Gdala at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, received an unexpected gift to brighten their day – a bouquet of flowers from Teleflora. Every year, Teleflora florists and community volunteers celebrate Make Someone Smile® Week by delivering thousands of bouquets to people most in need of a smile, like individuals recovering from an illness, injury, or surgery. Known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation, Memorial Hermann, the largest not-for-profit health system in Southeast Texas, has 12 hospitals and numerous specialty programs and services conveniently located throughout the Greater Houston area.

Hospital volunteer Gail Owen, patient Deb Gdala and Stacy Williams, RN

For an inside peek at the surprise deliveries, click here.

Teleflora visits Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

 

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Katy, TX News – The Best Kept Secret in Little Katy Texas

Courtesy of Erin Eder Entertainment

Katy, TX News (July 24, 2014) – Little miss Erin Eileen has come a long way since her debut at the Rice Harvest Festival at the age of 14.

With a new image and a new attitude, Erin will release her new single “Sound of Goodbye,” written and produced by Doug Driesel of Arkansas, July 29th. Erin teamed up with Lake Paradise Recording Studios to produce her second album, Back Road Country Soul. Erin Eder has proven to be one of the youngest seasoned performers in Katy, Texas.

Erin was introduced to country music by Houston entertainer and songwriter Randy Meadows. With his talent and expertise, Erin began entertaining crowds with her upbeat renditions of “Mustang Sally” and “Johnny B. Goode.” It did not take long for Randy’s respect for Willie Nelson and his music to rub off on Erin. Suddenly, Erin began performing a different kind of “crazy.”

Erin Eder’s rich vocals have been compared to LeAnn Rimes and legendary Patsy Cline. Erin Eder’s strong, sultry voice breaks through to compliment her upbeat country music with a lot of soul. She is determined to prove that a big star doesn’t have to come from big, glamorous, far away places, and plans to follow the footsteps of other local celebrities like Clint Black and Renee Zellweger by becoming the next big thing to come out of Katy, Texas.

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Katy, TX News – 2014 Volunteers of the Year Announced at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Katy, TX News (July 23, 2014) – Katy residents Mary Ann Knowles and Doris Marsh have been named the 2014 Volunteers of the Year at Memorial Herman Katy Hospital.

“Both Mary Ann and Doris’ passion for helping others, as well as their dedication to Memorial Hermann Katy made them the ideal candidates for this award,” said Heather Rojas, manager of volunteer services.  “We typically pick just one volunteer of the year, but we couldn’t narrow it down this year.  Every day they both go above and beyond the call of duty.  They both deserve this honor.”

(L to R) Mary Ann Knowles and Doris Marsh

Memorial Hermann Katy staff and volunteers are responsible for nominating the Volunteer of the Year. The manager of volunteer services and a randomly selected volunteer and staff member select the winner.  In order to be nominated, an individual must meet the following criteria:

  • Active membership in the Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary.
  • Demonstrates remarkable concern for the welfare and happiness of hospital patients, staff, and other customers of the hospital.
  • Performs extraordinary acts of kindness.
  • Has a positive effect on others.
  • Willingly performs duties, as requested or identified.
  • Day-to-day performance is dependable, consistent, and people-oriented.

Knowles began volunteering at Memorial Hermann Katy in 2005. In the years since, she has dedicated more than 2,600 hours of her personal time to the hospital.  She currently serves as the Volunteer Auxiliary Treasurer. (more…)

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Katy, TX News – Community Rallies Katy ISD Board of Trustees to Call Election

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Katy, TX News (July 23, 2014) – It was standing room only Monday night at the Board of Trustees Work Study Meeting as more than a hundred community members attended to support the Katy ISD Bond Committee’s presentation recommending a $748 million bond package to include new campuses and student activity facilities, district-wide renovations, technology retrofits, and safety and security updates, among other items.

“Katy is a magnet for families from all over the nation because of its successful schools, communities, and businesses.  We know this area is going to continue growing and with it, the District too,” said Katy ISD Bond Committee Chair Keith Carmichael.  “Managing growth and planning for the future is a priority we cannot underestimate or ignore, and this Bond Committee recognizes this.”

For nearly four months, more than 200 Katy parents, seniors, students, and other residents came together to form the Bond Committee to review more than a hundred projects, study the District’s Long-Range Facilities Plan, assess enrollment projections and even tour campuses currently slated for renovation to determine the District’s current and future needs.

On July 16, the Committee reached a consensus on a $748 million bond which could potentially result in a one cent tax rate increase.

The Board of Trustees will have until Aug. 18 to consider the Bond Committee’s recommendation, as well as call for a Nov. 4, 2014 bond election, if approved.

For more information, visit www.katyisd.org/sites/bonds.

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Katy, TX News – Seven Lakes High School Choir

Katy, TX News (July 23, 2014) – After spring auditions, “Sensations”, the Seven Lakes Show Choir, selected their members for the 2014-2015 school year.  Members include Samantha Pedrosa, Cameron Connolly, Shreya Kaul, Stone Tejada, Nataley Lucas, Gabriel Prevallet, Mindy Keahey, Emily Sanders, Benjamin Calarco, Lyndsey Burton,  Corey Standley,  Stephanie Neff, Alex Chung, and Rabiaa Nguyen.

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Katy, TX News – Morton Ranch High School Student Competes in FCCLA STAR Event Competition

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Katy, TX News (July 21, 2014) – Recent Morton Ranch High School graduate, Leema Weilein, recently earned a silver medal in the STAR Event Competition at the 2014 FCCLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio. Weilein competed in the Job Interview category, which involved developing a portfolio, honing interviewing skills, and communicating in a professional manner. Weilein made school history by being the first Morton Ranch High School FCCLA member to advance to the national level.

FCCLA offers more than 30 Family and Consumer Sciences-related events, also known as STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events. Members compete at the district, state, and national level. This year, Weilein was among more than 4,200 STAR Event participants who competed at the conference. Click here for more information on the 2014 STAR Event Competition.

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Katy, TX News – Katy Resident Crowned Miss Plus America Lifetime

Katy, TX News (July 16, 2014) – Houston-area resident and 2009 Ms. Plus America, Steph DeWaegeneer, was crowned with the honorary title Miss Plus America Lifetime at the 2014 Miss Plus America Pageant™ on Friday evening, July 4, 2014 during the traditional Viva La Diva dinner party. The pageant festivities were held throughout the week at the Westin Atlanta Airport in Atlanta, GA

Women from all over the United States came to compete in three divisions (Miss, Ms., and Mrs.) in a week of preliminary competition, optional competitions, and a host of parties held in their honor. A highlight of the schedule included a break from the competition for a scavenger hunt clue chase at Lennox Sqaure, the premier shopping destination for Georgia fashionistas. This year’s delegates were also chronicled throughout the week by Time Magazine photojournalist.

Even after crowning her successor, Steph continued to support the mission of the Miss Plus America organization by emceeing state-level pageants, recruiting contestants, and serving as an Ambassador at charity events.

Ms. DeWaegeneer resides in Katy, TX and works as a professional improvisational comedian with CSz Houston, performing in their long running show ComedySportz™; and in the nationally recognized murder mystery Dinner Detective.  She also performs as voice-over talent for radio stations throughout the U.S. She is an active member of the Houston West Chamber of Commerce and Katy Lunch Bunch. She’s been married to Jim Collier an independent sales representative for Empire Today for 18 months. They have one adorable dog, named Sawyer. (more…)

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Katy, TX News – Morton Ranch Junior High Principal Named Finalist in Outstanding Educator Awards

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (July 14, 2014) – Morton Ranch Junior High Principal Mark McCord was recently named a finalist for the 2013-2014 Texas PTA Outstanding Educator Awards for secondary principals.

Each year, the Outstanding Educator Awards recognize teachers, principals, and superintendents from across the state who have shown that strong family-school partnership encourages student success.

The winners will be announced in late July at the Summer Leadership Seminar. For more information on the Outstanding Educator Awards, visit the Texas PTA website.

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Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Recognized for High-Quality Care

Katy, TX News (July 10, 2014) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital has received the Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Bronze Award from TMF® Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas. The award recognizes Texas hospitals that have undertaken quality initiatives to improve outcomes in patient care and improve their performance on specific national quality measures, including readmission rates.

“We are proud to have achieved this recognition. We are deeply committed to patient safety and to delivering high quality health care,” said Jim Parisi, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer, Memorial Hermann Katy.

TMF Board of Trustee Starr West, Parisi, and William Riley, M.D., Memorial Hermann Katy chief medical officer

Out of the nearly 400 hospitals evaluated, 33 earned the Texas Health Hospital Quality Improvement Gold Award. The Silver Award went to 45 hospitals, and 57 hospitals earned the Bronze Award. Hospitals receiving these awards were recognized at a special ceremony in Austin last month.

“TMF is proud to recognize these hospitals for promoting quality improvement activities and their senior management for promoting a quality culture,” said Tom Manley, CEO of TMF Health Quality Institute. “Quality improvement is a complex and demanding process, and we thank Memorial Hermann Katy for their commitment to improving the health of Texans and the efficiency of health care in our state.”

“We will continue to enhance our quality improvement efforts through our collaboration with partners like TMF Health Quality Institute to ensure that every person gets high-quality and safe care every time,” added Parisi.

 

 

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Katy, TX News – Ker & Downey to Provide 9,000 Mosquito Nets, Medical Care to Remote Villages in Uganda

Katy, TX News (July 10, 2014) – This July, Ker & Downey President David Marek and his wife Gana are heading to Uganda to deliver medical supplies, care, and mosquito nets to two remote villages near Mbale. This marks their sixth trip with Nets For Africa, a Ker & Downey initiative established to serve the communities of Uganda. Last year the program provided six days of clinics and gave away 9,000 mosquito nets, a goal that will be matched on the 2014 trip. Committed to an ongoing and continual effort to assist the people of Uganda, Ker & Downey has acquired warehouse space to collect mosquito nets in the town of Mbale so that nets can be distributed throughout the year.

Over 300 Ugandans succumb to malaria every day. Almost 40% of Ugandans don’t have access to clean water, and 32% do not have access to basic vaccines and medicines. “Each net protects up to four children and with 9,000 nets we will help protect 36,000 children,” notes David Marek. These treated nets cost $7 each and are a proven way to reduce a child’s exposure to malaria.

“During our six days of handing out nets, approximately 12,000 to 15,000 of mostly women and children will be examined by a doctor, have their blood tested, and then receive any medications necessary,” says Marek.

Ker & Downey underwrites 100% of the cost of the administration for this project, assuring donors that their entire donation is used to purchase nets and medical supplies. Donations can be made at nets.kerdowney.com.

To learn more about Ker & Downey, please visit www.kerdowney.com.

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Katy, TX News – EY Announces Igloo Products Corp. Chairman and CEO Gary Kiedaisch is an EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ Award Finalist

Katy, TX News (July 9, 2014) – EY announced on May 5, 2014 that Chairman and CEO Gary Kiedaisch of Igloo Products Corp. is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the Gulf Coast Region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurial leaders who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Kiedaisch was selected as a finalist from nearly 60 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the Hilton Americas Hotel – Downtown Houston.

In response to the announcement Kiedaisch said, “I am truly humbled to once again be a regional finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ award. This nomination is a testament to all of the hardworking, talented people at Igloo. The successful growth of Igloo is a direct result of their dedication and teamwork, and I would be honored to bring this award home on their behalf.”

Furthermore, Kiedaisch said, “EY does such a wonderful job spotlighting talented entrepreneurs and their companies from all over the world and highlighting the importance of entrepreneurship to our economy.”

This is Kiedaisch’s third time participating in the program. He was nominated and became a finalist for the Central West Area first in 2007. In 2013, Kiedaisch was nominated for the second time and named as a finalist for the Gulf Coast Region.

Now in its 28th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program.  Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

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Katy, TX News – Local Student Achieves Top ACT Score

Katy, TX News (July 9, 2014) – Luis Enrique Rangel son of Ysabel and Andres Rangel and a Senior at Taylor High School in Katy, Texas earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2013, only 1,162 of 1.8 million students earned a composite score of 36.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take ACT’s optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

In a letter recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said, “While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.

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Katy, TX News – New Screening Tool for Lung Cancer Now Offered at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Katy, TX News (July 8, 2014) – The new Lung Cancer Screening Program at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital helps individuals who are at high risk for lung cancer detect lung nodules and potential lung cancer at an early stage when the disease is more treatable and curable.

Lung cancer typically does not cause symptoms in its early stages. A persistent cough, coughing up blood, wheezing, shortness of breath, recurrent pneumonia, chest pain, hoarseness, weight loss, and bloody or rust-colored sputum, or mucus, may be signs of lung cancer.

Since lung cancer is difficult to detect in its earliest stages, it’s not often discovered until it has spread to other tissues or organs.  The good news is the United States Preventive Services Task Force recently issued its final recommendation approving low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung screenings for those at high risk of developing lung cancer. A low-dose CT is a test that takes detailed pictures inside of the lungs.  The amount of radiation used is lower than standard chest CT scans.

“The new screening test for lung cancer has shown to be useful in the early detection of lung cancer, leading to a decrease of deaths,” said Terence O’Connor, M.D., medical director of radiology at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

Up to 90 percent of all lung cancers are thought to result from smoking. In addition to cigarette smoking, cigar smoking increases risk. Non-smokers who are frequently exposed to secondhand smoke also face an increased risk. Other risk factors include: exposure to asbestos, radon, or ionizing radiation and lung scarring from chronic infections.

Screenings at Memorial Hermann Katy are now being offered to current or former smokers 55 years of age or older who have smoked the equivalent of one pack of cigarettes a day, and individuals who have any of the risk factors mentioned above.

To schedule a lung screening, call 877-704-8700.

 

 

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Katy, TX News – Cinco Ranch High School Robotics Team CRyptonite Wins Texas Robotics Invitational

Katy, TX News (July 8, 2014) – Cinco Ranch High School Robotics Team 624 (“CRyptonite”) won the 2014 FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Texas Robotics Invitational Tournament (TRI), which was hosted by Strake Jesuit College Preparatory on June 21.  This new off-season tournament attracted 32 teams from all over Texas. CRyptonite was Captain of the winning alliance, partnering with Team 3847 “Spectrum” from Strake Jesuit, Team 1429 “KAOS” from Galena Park ISD, and Team 5070 “Gearnotics” from Houston.

TRI also marked the debut of two brand new teams from KISD high schools: Team Ta.R.D.I.S. from Taylor HS and the Tompkins HS team. Because these teams have no robot of their own yet (teams will build 2015 robots when they receive their new challenge in January), CRyptonite set up the Taylor team with a loaner robot. They also provided a drive coach, along with help from CRyptonite team members in programming and maintaining their robot, while Team 1477, “Texas Torque” from The Woodlands did the same for the Tompkins team.

Cinco Ranch High School’s Robotics Team 624 “CRyptonite” and their robot “Sidewinder” won the first annual Texas Robotics Invitational Tournament at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory on June 21.

“The Taylor and Tompkins students had a great time experiencing the excitement of a full competition, not only running the robot, but working on it in the pit. We look forward to helping both teams in their upcoming rookie season. We’d also like to thank Texas Torque for their loaner robot and for helping the Tompkins team,” said Mike Outlaw, CRytponite Robotics Booster Club Secretary and Build Mentor.

The next off-season tournament for CRyptonite is the Indiana Robotics Invitational in Indianapolis. Held on July 18-19, this invitation-only tournament will bring together 70 of the top teams in North America.

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Katy, TX News – Taylor High School Presents Fifth Annual JET Band March-A-Thon

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Katy, TX News (July 7, 2014) – This year, the Taylor High School Band continues the exciting tradition of a community parade for the neighborhoods surrounding Taylor High School starting at 8 am on Saturday, Aug. 16. The 325-member band will march through surrounding neighborhoods from 8 am to 11 am, have a lunch break at Memorial Parkway Jr. High, then continue marching from 12 pm to 3 pm, ending at Taylor High School.

Members of the band will be accepting donations for their total marching distance. In addition to pledges, for a minimum donation of $150, the entire 325-piece marching band will provide a small personal concert containing songs chosen by the individual houses or cul-de-sacs along the route (a list of songs will be provided online). These concerts and donations will take place along the parade route.

Contact JET March-A-Thon Chairman Holly Meredith at htmeredith@yahoo.com for a personal concert. Visit www.jetband.org for more information and the parade route.

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Katy, TX News – Tompkins High School to Hold Cheerleader Clinic

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (July 7, 2014) – The Tompkins High School Cheerleaders will hold a Cheerleader Clinic for interested students ages five through 13 on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 am to 12 pm in the Tompkins High School dance gym.

The purpose of this clinic is to give participants the opportunity to experience cheering at a high school level sporting event. Participants will learn a short cheer and dance, and will have the opportunity to perform at the annual Falcon Frenzy Pep Rally in late August.

Click here for more information or to register for this event.

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Katy, TX News – More Grand Parkway Segments Move Toward Construction

Katy, TX News (July 2, 2014) – In line with the goals of improving safety, enhancing connectivity, and relieving congestion, the Texas Transportation Commission recently moved forward on additional segments of Houston’s 180-mile outer loop known as the Grand Parkway. The Commission authorized a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the development, design and construction, as well as the potential maintenance of all or part of Segments H, I-1 and I-2 of the SH 99 Grand Parkway as a design-build project.

“This design-build approach is helping expedite a critical project in the greater Houston area,” said Commissioner Jeff Moseley, Texas Transportation Commission. “These segments will enhance a dynamic transportation corridor that will help grow jobs and drive the state’s $1.5 trillion economy. I am pleased to see this project moving forward on behalf of the Houston area and the entire state of Texas.”

The project includes Segments H&I which run 37.5 miles from North US 59/I-69 to I-10 east and will include one to two lanes each direction with limited frontage roads through Montgomery and Liberty counties. It will also complete the toll lanes on Segment I-2 which runs 15.3 miles from I-10 east to SH 146. The estimated total construction cost is $1.2 billion.

Today, TxDOT has approximately 41 miles of the SH 99 Grand Parkway open to traffic, with another 38 miles anticipated to open in late 2015. When complete, the 180-mile highway will include seven counties and circle the Greater Houston region.

 

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Katy, TX News – Elks Fish Fry Benefits Local Youth Scholarships

Katy, TX News (July 1, 2014) – Delicious fried fish, superb hushpuppies, and “to die for” designer fries were the order of the day at the Katy Elks Lodge when the Youth Committee, under the direction of Chair Kelly Minnick and co-chair Matthew Minnick, held its first Semi-Annual fish fry Sunday, June 29. Previously this had been an annual event in January each year, but by adding a June event to the offerings, it has now become semi-annual with the intent to be able to provide more and better scholarships to Katy’s young people.

If you missed Sunday, plan now to be at the January event. Your support goes directly to the community in the form of scholarships which are presented each May during National Elk Youth Week.

The Katy Elks thanks each of you who were able to attend. If you could not be present but would like to donate to this important endeavor, please contact Kelly through the lodge 281-392-2763 or send a check to her attention with youth Scholarships on the memo of the check (Katy Elks, 1050 Katy Fort-Bend Road, Katy, 77493).

One of the previous scholarship winners, Sydney Anderson granddaughter of Elk Wayne Harper, was present to assist with serving additional tea, more food, and provide a friendly atmosphere for diners. This is only one thing that reinforces the Elk motto:  Elks Care – Elks Share!

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Katy, TX News – The Vintage Hospital Urges Firework Safety This Fourth of July

Katy, TX News (July 1, 2014) – With Independence Day just around the corner, the Emergency Department at CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Vintage Hospital urges everyone to practice safe and responsible use of fireworks. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 8,700 firework-related injuries were treated in emergency departments in 2012.

“Fireworks create a great risk for injury,” says Dr. Darrell Calderon, Section Chief, Emergency Department at CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Vintage Hospital. “Most injuries include burns on fingers, hands and legs, and eye and face injuries.”

The CPSC suggests the following safety steps:

  • Make sure the fireworks you want to buy are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees, which is hot enough to melt some metals. Always have an adult closely supervise fireworks activities if older children are allowed to handle devices.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap. After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device to prevent a trash fire.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly. Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.

“It is important for us to keep our community out of our Emergency Room,” said Dr. Calderon. “Our hope is that everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July without any incidents,” he concluded.

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A Quiet Katy Saturday

Katy Offers a Variety of  Fun Family Activities

By Gabbi Browne

Katy, TX News – With June just about over, and the heat of July gearing up, my family needed a quieter Saturday. We decided not to travel to Houston-area places, as we sometimes do, but to stay closer to home. As most of you reading this know, Katy offers more than enough family activities to fill a weekend. Here’s what we did one morning.

  1. Had breakfast at Torchy’s Tacos in La Centerra. We had only heard good things about this Austin eatery and now we know why. The boys enjoyed eating on the patio near the lake. We then fed the friendly ducks some bread that we had brought with us. How many rocks did we climb to burn off some energy? We lost count.
  2.  We usually try to hit one of the local libraries every few weeks. On this particular day, the Maud Smith Marks Branch was having a book sale. We told the boys that we could all find and buy two books each. Challenge accepted and met! Library book sales usually offer more of a selection than your usual bookstore, and are a lot cheaper.
  3.  The heat of the day was catching up to us. We stopped for about an hour at the splash pad off of Westgreen–so close to the library. To keep it convenient, we usually travel with the boys’ trunks and a tube of sunscreen. Living in Texas, you never know when the need for a cool-down will happen! After toweling off, we headed to one of our favorite dessert spots.
  4.  Ritter’s Frozen Custard also serves hot dogs and Frito pies. I promise we ate our veggies at dinner. Their drive-thru is convenient, but on this particular day, we enjoyed eating outside at their retro tables.

It was time to head home after lunch, and we were able to keep the boys awake until we got there. Naps came quickly after all that fun. Katy is the place to play together as a family for sure.

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