Around Town March 2016
LMC CLASS OF 2016 ENJOYS PUBLIC SAFETY SESSION
The Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) Class of 2016 recently enjoyed a day learning about public safety in Montgomery County at the LMC Public Safety Session sponsored by the City of Conroe.
The public safety session was planned and directed by Lt. Brady Fitzgerald of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
The session began at The Woodlands Fire Department Central Station with a Fire & EMS Panel that included The Woodlands Fire Department Chief Alan Benson, City of Conroe Fire Department Chief Ken Kreger, Cut and Shoot Fire Department Chief Josh Montgomery, and Montgomery County Hospital District Director of Emergency Medical Services Jared Cosper. The class then toured The Woodlands Fire Department Central Station before traveling to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Training Academy.
Once at the training academy, the class was welcomed by Montgomery County Sheriff Tommy Gage and heard from a Law Enforcement Panel that included Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Captain Rand Henderson, Conroe Police Chief Philip Dupuis, Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon, Texas Department of Public Safety Lieutenant John Tucker and Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable Ryan Gable. Following lunch, the class explored law enforcement vehicles and equipment including specialized vehicles, SWAT vehicles, patrol cars, motorcycles, fire marshal vehicles and more.
The class then heard from a Corrections Panel that included David Moore of Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Jail Operations, Nikki Hightower of Community Supervision and Corrections, and Bruce Gusler of Montgomery County Juvenile Probation. The class also toured the Montgomery County Jail, Juvenile Probation and the Montgomery County 911 and Communications Center. The day ended with the LMC Leadership Series facilitated by Chad Patterson and LMC alumni.
CPMC RAINBOW ROOM APPRECIATES WALMART DONATIONS FOR CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES
Community Partners of Montgomery County (CPMC) presented Walmart–College Park with a Certificate of Appreciation on Feb. 11 for the store’s “heart” of giving and sense of community in supporting the children in the Montgomery County Child Protective Services (CPS) program.
This past year, Walmart-College Park employees and customers participated in a holiday program that transformed Christmas trees into “Angel Trees.” The Angel Trees contained a wish list of desperately needed CPS items that Walmart customers could select, purchase and donate to the cause. Walmart–College Park in The Woodlands area enthusiastically collected nearly $20,000 in donated goods.
These goods were collected centrally by the CPMC Rainbow Room in Conroe, a nonprofit program that provides new donated items (including but not limited to clothing, diapers, formula, hygiene products, cleaning supplies, food, toys, books, car seats, back packs, portable beds) for county caseworkers to use for the benefit of children in CPS care in Montgomery County. The Walmart donations were distributed to foster families and children in the CPS program during the holidays and also enabled CPS to store excess items as emergency supplies for use throughout the year.
“We were happy to show our support and extend the opportunity to our customers who care about Montgomery County, and most importantly, feel strongly about supporting children who need a little hope,” said Joanna Jackson, assistant store manager of the College Park location.
For more information on ways to helpmaintain services for the abused and/or neglected children in Montgomery County, visit the website at cpmckids.org,
INTERFAITH VOLUNTEERS HELP PREPARE NEW VEGGIE VILLAGE AT WENDTWOODS PARK
Volunteers gathered at Interfaith of The Woodlands new Veggie Village at Wendtwoods Park to prepare the garden for spring planting. Interfaith’s All Star Volunteers spread dirt and filled beds with foundational soil to prepare the garden for planting.
“We sincerely appreciate the efforts of our volunteers in making Veggie Village Children’s Garden a reality. This would not be possible without the expertise of Sarah Mundy. This site will be an educational garden with literature based garden cycles where children can grow and learn,” said Dr. Ann Snyder, president and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands.
This new garden will be located in the Village of Creekside Park and in addition to the Children’s Garden will feature plots available for adoption through The Woodlands Township. Volunteers of all ages and skill sets are welcome in the garden to help Veggie Village make fresh produce available to those in the community who might go without.
The Veggie Village Donation Garden is a special Interfaith project that provides fresh produce for the agency’s food pantry. The garden also promotes community spirit and activity as individuals work together to raise funds, tend the garden, seek volunteers, harvest and transport the produce, etc.
For more information about Veggie Village, contact Sarah Mundy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interfaith of The Woodlands is a nonprofit social service agency providing numerous programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and the surrounding area. For more information, call 281-367-1230 or visit
CISD TRUSTEES RECOGNIZE LOCAL TMEA ALL-STATE MUSICIANS
The Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees gave special recognition at its Feb. 16 Board Meeting to 21 students from Conroe High School, Oak Ridge High School, The Woodlands College Park High School, and The Woodlands High School who were named 2016 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State musicians.
The TMEA Texas All-State competition is a competitive process that begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 28 TMEA Regions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group. These All-State students participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally-recognized conductors during the TMEA Clinic/Convention. Their performances for thousands of attendees bring this extraordinary event to a close.
Over 1,600 students are selected through a process that begins with over 64,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs). Only the top 3 percent of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians, and 21 of these students are from Conroe ISD:
Conroe High School – Kyler West and Matthew Newhouse; Oak Ridge High School – Elias Zimmerman andAdrian Velasco; The Woodlands College Park High School – Amrutha Murthy, Ivy Taylor, Winter Bourdier, Jesus Bravo, Alan Boudreaux, Matthew Frangos, Troy Fulton, and Justin Stobart; The Woodlands High School – Patrick Gaffney, Nathan Keene, Emily Sandoval, Katie Stobbe, Varsha Iyer, Jordan Sims, Paige DeJarnett, Aidan Stock and Colin Jones.