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Around Town September 2016

Members of the United States Daughters of 1812, Thomas Bay chapter, at the recent Awards Luncheon held at the August Pines Golf Club.

Members of the United States Daughters of 1812, Thomas Bay chapter, at the recent Awards Luncheon held at the August Pines Golf Club.


The United States Daughters of 1812 (USD), Thomas Bay chapter, recently held its Awards Luncheon at the August Pines Golf Club. Members of the Brazos Valley Camp , Heroes of ’76 of the Texas Sojourners were presented with the “Spirit of 1812” Award by Chapter President Janisue Rigel.

The USD of 1812 recognizes outstanding individuals and groups who have shown exceptionalism in promoting American values, history and patriotism. Davena Rigel-Liepman and Dianne Taylor-Kebodeaux were presented with the United States Daughters of 1812 National History Award. The women were honored for their dedication in keeping the “Spirit of 1812” alive by promoting education and history and by celebrating the American Spirit.

Meetings are being planned by the newly elected board of officers for the 2016-2018 term. The officers, installed by Mary Web­ster Glenn, 2nd vice president national, are: Janisue Rigel (president); Dianne Taylor-Kebodeaux (vice-president); Pat Spackey (second vice-president); Gail Utley (chaplain); Judy Weidner (secretary), Carol Hicks (treasurer); Becky Feaster (registrar); Dav­ena-Rigel Liepman (historian); Karen Hall (librarian) and Virginia Murray (parliamentarian).

The Chapter has three members serving the Texas Society USD of 1812 as state officers: Carol Hicks (first vice president); Margie Malone (second vice president); and Janisue Rigel (curator). Mary Webster Glenn serves as 2nd vice president national and Ora Jane Johnson is a past state president.

For information on the Thomas Bay Chapter, USD of 1812, contact Janisue Rigel at janisue@aol.com or 281-292-4766.





The Woodlands Rose Chapter, Order of the Confederate Rose met recently at Fernland Historical Park in Montgomery. The group unveiled its new chapter flag, created by Eva Rains, in front of the Hulon House, an example of a Civil War-era wood frame plantation house. The house is based on a typical Texas dog-trot floor plan. Under­neath the clapboard exterior is a log cabin which was the original house.

The Woodlands Rose chapter, Order of the Confederate #53, serves as a support group of the Major General Patrick Cleburne’s 7th Texas Infantry Camp of the Sons of the Confederate Veteran’s (SCV). They support all activities of the SCV camp, such as all meetings, re-enactments, parades and special events. Many of the women are also members of the Thomas Jefferson Stubbs chapter, United Daughters of the Confed­eracy.

Fernland Park in Historic Montgomery is also the site of the Arnold-Simonton House, the Jardin Cabin, the Crane Cabin and the stone Bell Tower. The homes, all examples of mid-19th century architecture, also have numerous artifacts and explanatory panels which create a unique attraction and learning experience.

Fernland, dedicated in 2012, began as an effort to find a permanent location in Mont­gomery County to display to the public examples of pioneer era architecture. Carroll and Mae Tharp located and restored several of the buildings. In order to make these examples of Texas pioneer architecture accessible to the pubic, Fernland, Inc., the City of Mont­gomery and Sam Houston State University, established the park near the downtown area of Montgomery.

For more information about the Woodlands Rose chapter, call 713-557-0144 or e-mail fiddleedee@yahoo.com.


Volunteer Michelle Spillar helps sort boxes at the Montgomery County Food Bank.

Volunteer Michelle Spillar helps sort boxes at the Montgomery County Food Bank.


Montgomery County Food Bank (MCFB) hosted Silver Eagle Distribu­tors and Bud Light Houston for Bud Light Gives Back to Montgomery County on July 21.

This event at Montgomery County Food Bank hosted over 160 volunteers who sorted food, learned more about the Food Bank and even won tickets to the Bud Light Party with Rod Ryan from radio station 94.5 The Buzz. The generous time and support from the volunteers resulted in 35,977 pounds of food, equaling approximately 21,600 meals ready for distribution to the food insecure of Montgomery County.

“We all had an incredible time and thoroughly enjoyed serving with Silver Eagle Distributors,” said Rodney Dickerson, President and CEO of Montgomery County Food Bank. “I hope we can do this again in the future as our residents loved it! Thanks to the entire Silver Eagle Distributors Team for making the event a huge success.”

Created by a group of volunteers in 1985 to serve disadvantaged families in Montgo­mery County, in 2015 MCFB distributed nearly 8.1 million pounds of food which represents 6.75 million meals to those in need.

As the county has grown, so has the need for the MCFB’s assistance. At conception MCFB was a door-to-door operation run out of car trunks. The agency now distributes more than 6.6 million meals to more than 35,000 unduplicated low-income children, adults and seniors per year and works with 52 partner agencies throughout the county from its warehouse off of Texas 242, north of The Woodlands. For more information, to book a tour or volunteer at the MCFB facility, visit mcfoodbank.org.



Montgomery County’s popular Jazzy Junque sale is now a permanent storefront at The Outlets at Conroe. Featuring donated items that are new or in good and working condition, savvy shoppers can find exciting steals on sofas, decorator comforters, boutique handbags, stylish furniture and more at a fraction of the original cost.

Jazzy Junque is seeking donations of unwanted furniture, home accessories, housewares, infant/children’s items, art, garden/patio items, jewelry, boutique clothing, collectibles and antiques.

The store is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Donations can be dropped off at Outlets of Conroe by appointment by calling 936-441-4500 or emailing info@jazzyjunque.org.


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