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The Coles CONNECTION News For the Residents of Coles Crossing

Volume 2, Issue 7

Cypress Cares Founded by a former US Army Reserves officer in Cole’s Crossing, Cypress Cares is a group of community volunteers, dedicated to providing community support for the troops who protect our freedoms, through care packages and letters of encouragement from those of us who are proud to be Americans.  The group relies 100% on volunteers, donated items and financial contributions.  All financial contributions are used for postage and related expenses.  All packages are shipped in U.S. Post Office Flat Rate Priority Boxes especially designed for APO/FPO recipients.  A donation of $10 will help pay to ship one box.  It is our duty as citizens of this free country to show our appreciation not only to our veterans, but also to those troops who are currently serving to preserve and protect the freedom we hold so dear.  As we have learned since the founding of our country on July 4, 1776, Freedom Isn’t Free!  Most everyone knows of someone who is currently or has been deployed to the desert in the years since 9-11 occurred.  No matter your opinion about our political leadership or the war effort itself, our troops need and deserve your support and encouragement.  Please consider helping us to show our troops that we support their sacrifices. Cypress Cares is NOT a 501(c)(3) organization and therefore can not offer anyone a receipt for tax deduction purposes.  We simply ask for groups, individuals and businesses to donate from their hearts. We will strive to find ways to involve our community and to spread the word about our efforts.  Any suggestions about how we can better serve our troops, please feel free to contact us.  We may be reached at [email protected] . Please visit our website at for more information.

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July 2008

“Adventures in Mothering” at The MET Submitted by Jennifer Everage

Mothers of Preschoolers need a little encouragement… and a whole lot of fun! METMOPS is registering throughout the summer for the fall semester of MOPS. We are exploring “Adventures in Mothering”. Join us this fall (September – December) on Friday mornings from 9:15 -11:45 a.m. at the Metropolitan Baptist Church. METMOPS meetings include awesome speakers, creative crafts, encouraging discussion time, food and door prizes. Childcare is provided with registration. Register now at

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THE COLES CONNECTION IMPORTANT NUMBERS EMERGENCY NUMBERS EMERGENCY...................................................................... 911 Fire........................................................................................ 911 Ambulance............................................................................ 911 Constable ........................................................... 281-376-3472 Sheriff - Non-emergency .................................... 713-221-6000 - Burglary & Theft ............................................. 713-967-5770 - Auto Theft . ....................................................... 281-550-0458 - Homicide/Assault ............................................ 713-967-5810 - Child Abuse....................................................... 713-529-4216 - Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence.................... 713-967-5743 - Runaway Unit ................................................... 713-755-7427 Poison Control..................................................... 800-764-7661 Traffic Light Issues ............................................. 713-881-3210 SCHOOLS Cypress Fairbanks ISD Administration .............. 281-897-4000 Cypress Fairbanks ISD Transportation ............... 281-897-4380 Cypress Fairbanks Senior High........................... 281-897-4600 Cy-Woods High School....................................... 281-213-1727 Goodson Middle School ..................................... 281-373-2350 Sampson Elementary........................................... 281-213-1600 Splane Middle School.......................................... 281-213-1645 OTHER NUMBERS Animal Control.................................................... 281-999-3191 Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center...................... 281-890-4285 Harris County Health Department....................... 713-439-6260 Post Office Box Assignment – Cypress............ 1-800-275-8777 Street Lights - CenterPoint Energy...................... 713-207-2222 - not working (Report Number on Pole) Trash Removal ......................................................281-4462030 UTILITIES Electricity - HL&P Customer Service ................ 713-207-7777 Gas - Entex ..........................................................713-659-2111 Water and Sewer – Eco Resources....................... 281-275-1761 NEWSLETTER PUBLISHER Peel, Inc............................................................. 1-888-687-6444 Article Submissions.................... [email protected] Advertising.......... [email protected], 1-888-687-6444

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The Coles Connection A newsletter for Coles Crossing residents by Coles Crossing residents.

The Coles Connection is a monthly newsletter mailed to all Coles Crossing residents. The Coles Connection is not associated with the Coles Crossing HOA nor does it claim to be. The Coles Connection is an unbiased, professional newsletter for YOU by YOU. If you are involved with a community group, school group, play group, scouts, sports activity, social group, etc. and would like to submit an article for the newsletter you can do so online at or you can email it to [email protected]. Personal news for the Stork Report, Teenage Job Seekers, special celebrations, birthday announcements and military service are also welcome.

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THE COLES CONNECTION Cy-Woods Crimson Cadettes Third Annual Dance Clinic

The Tri-County Quilt Guild Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month, 7-9pm

Meeting Place: Fairfield Baptist Church, 27240 High way 29 0 just off Muescke Rd, Cypress, TX 77433-4907 website: Established 2005 Some of our activities include Show & Tell, BOM’s, Fabric Exchanges, Charity Quilts, Bees, Special Programs, guest speakers and more, with Door Prizes at every meeting! We are a very friendly group and welcome quilters of all levels of expertise, from the Just Love Quilts and never sewn to the experienced and published. Visitors welcome! Please check out our website for more information.

The Cy-Woods Crimson Cadette Drill Team will be hosting their third annual dance clinic August 13th through the 15th from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. each day. The registration fee is $55 for the first child in the family, and $40 for each additional child in the same family. Sessions will include dance technique, specially choreographed routines for each age group, a performance dance shirt, drinks and snacks each day, and a picture of each participant. Showoffs will be held August 15 at 11:30 a.m. For more information contact [email protected] Come Dance With Us!

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Submitted by Donna Wilson Cy- Ranch FFA Parent Booster Club is forming now.  If your student will be part of the Cy-Ranch FFA/Ag program please contact Donna Wilson at [email protected] for more information. We will begin to plan our 1st meeting with the parents this summer.  If you like to join us please email for more details.

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Cypress Assistance Ministries 11202 Huffmeister 281-955-7684

CAM School Supply Drive With the start of school just around the corner, CAM’s school supply drive is in full swing. In August, we will be handing out school supplies to hundreds of children whose families are served through CAM. Your donations of school supplies are greatly appreciated. For a current list of needed school supplies go to our web site: www. For the summer, the Food Pantry is needing kid-friendly foods. Cypress Assistance Ministries provides an array of services to needy families in the Cypress and Northwest Houston area. For a description of all our services, please see our web site,

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Submitted by RB Cox When a pet is lost, finding the pet means that time is of the essence. It takes time to create, print and distribute flyers. The flyers are many times illegible because of wind or rain. I certainly do not fault the pet owner because I have done this my self. Frustrated, I thought there has to be a better way. So that is why we created Cypress Lost Pet The idea is to very quickly get the word out through an e-mail alert to as many neighbors as possible plus post the picture and information about the pet on the website under the specific neighborhood. Once the email alert goes out to the specific neighborhood, many many neighbors are now aware. If they happen to forward the e-mail to their friends who have not signed up, it could mean hundreds of your neighbors are already alerted and are keeping their eyes open for your lost pet. Cypress Lost Pet is on call 7 days a week from sun up to sun down and is free. We are glad to work with any informal e-mail chains. The whole idea is to find lost pets quick for the good neighbors in Coles Crossing. Please feel free to keep doing your posters but in the mean time give us a call. Regards, RB Cox, [email protected]

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Students at Cypress Christian School Serving our Soldiers “Want to send your support to a soldier in harm’s way, but have no idea of what to send, who to send it to, or how to send it?”

In the fall of the 2007-2008 school year, Mrs. Carolyn Morgan, fifth grade teacher at Cypress Christian School, asked this same question when planning a class service project. Mrs. Morgan desired for her class to communicate with a soldier and bless him/her in whatever way possible. She logged on to to find volunteer soldier “contacts” on the “Where to Send” page. All the soldiers on this web site are military men and women stationed in areas that are in harm’s way. She searched through the names and selected Major Christopher Lindner (shown at left). Mrs. Morgan sent a few packages of goodies and supplies along with letters from her students to the address for Major Lindner. Upon receiving the packages, Major Lindner thanked Mrs. Morgan and her students via email and handwritten thank you cards. Mrs. Morgan began regularly corresponding with Major Lindner to determine his specific needs and requests. CCS students and parents jumped at the opportunity to continue blessing their “special” soldier. The back of Mrs. Morgan’s classroom was piled with donations which filled nineteen boxes – all to be shipped to Iraq. Donations included study materials, snack items, toiletries, white socks

(which soldiers go through quickly), cards, letters and more. Major Lindner received so much that he was able to share the gifts with “his” soldiers serving alongside him in Iraq. He was even able to use some of the  items in the Christmas stockings for his troops. The fifth graders made it a priority to not only bless their special soldier with material items but to bless him through prayer. Major Lindner emailed specific prayer requests for his situation, his troops and his family back home in Colorado. In response to notes and cards sent by the students, Major Lindner wrote Mrs. Morgan saying, “I’m in awe of the love and grace that your children obviously have for God’s people. They are truly an inspiration to me, that’s for sure.” (Shown at right are some of the fifth graders who were involved in this service project. On the last day of school they posed for a picture while holding photos, cards and letters from Major Lindner.) Some may call this a coincidence but Mrs. Morgan gives all the credit to God for directing her to this godly man who needed encouragement while serving his country in a foreign land. Major Lindner said in an email to Mrs. Morgan, “I don’t know if I speak for everyone, but there are many types of people who provide immense value for our country and we are just a small piece. So many people

get overlooked regarding their contribution and value to our future. I do miss my family so much, but I know that God has a plan for me and I have to trust that He will take care of the things I cannot. It’s tough wanting to be there for my children and wife to provide that something that only a father can provide. However, I’ve had to realize that God can do that even better than I.” What an example of faith this godly man was to our students! Special Surprise: When the students who participated in this service project return to school in the fall, they have a special surprise awaiting them. Major Lindner sent the classes an American flag which was accompanied by a Certificate of Appreciation which states that the flag was flown at the Camp Remembrance II Theatre Internment Facility, Baghdad, Iraq, on February 22, 2008 in honor of Cypress Christian School.   We “salute” the men and women serving in the military and say “thank you” for sacrificial service!

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Personal classifieds (one time sell items, such as a used bike...) run at no charge to Coles Crossing residents, limit 30 words, please email [email protected]. Business classifieds (offering a service or product line for profit) are $50, limit 40 words, please contact Peel, Inc. Sales Office at 888687-6444 or [email protected].

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Spring Festival Raises $510,000 for Boys and Girls Country

The Boys and Girls Country Spring Festival, held on May 3, broke all records for this event, netting over $510,000. It was a day packed with entertainment, all types of booths for children of all ages, auctions, crafts, and barbecue, hot dogs, and hamburgers. Over 3,200 people attended the festival, including 500 hard working volunteers.

Boys and Girls Country is a residential Home for children, ages five to college age. The Home provides a loving, caring, safe environment in which children from families in crisis can grow into successful adults. Says Shirley Wright, Executive Director, of Boys and Girls Country, “this event not only raised much needed funds to support our work with children, but it was also a wonderful opportunity for our neighbors in northwest Houston to learn how the Home is changing the lives of children”. The event was planned by members of the Spring Festival Committee and co-chaired by Karen Rosales and Frank Todaro. In addition, members of the Northwest Committee provided support in planning, marketing, volunteering at the event, securing booth sponsorships and auction items, and in selling drawing tickets. Major underwriters for Spring Festival included Schulte Building Systems, HTK Consultants, Inc., Premiere & Co., American Association of Drilling Engineers, KPMG LLP, and Marathon Oil Corporation. Additional supporters included Sim-Tex, L.P., Hercules Offshore, Mirand Card Services, Bob and Helen Howard, El Paso Corporation, The Galloway Family, and Rodney and NaDean Eads. For further information, please call George O’Neal at 281.351.4976, ext. 225.

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(Wildcats Right After Prom)

Cy-Woods High School’s project prom group of parents is busy raising funds for their first post prom celebration in May 2009. With about 930 seniors, WRAP has set a fundraising goal of $100,000. Kicking off fundraising is the “Pave A Path To Woods” program. By purchasing a brick engraved with a senior student’s name, a lasting memory of this first graduating class will be left at the school and project prom will earn funds at the same time. Bricks are $100 each and the deadline to purchase is October 1st. Parents, relatives, friends and businesses can participate by buying a brick for their deserving senior. To purchase a brick, contact Cindy Theut c.theut@sbcglobal. net. Parents can join WRAP by coming to the monthly meetings held on the second Tuesday of the month in the Cy-Woods High School Commons at 7pm or check out our website at Start earning WRAP bucks now--$10,000 WRAP bucks for a brick and $5000 for attending a meeting! See you there!

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Interested in submitting an article? You can do so by emailing [email protected] or by going to http://www.peelinc. com/articleSubmit.php. All news must be received by the 10th of the month prior to the issue. So if you are involved with a school group, scouts, sports etc – please submit your articles for The Coles Connection. Personal news for the Stork Report, Teenage Job Seekers, special celebrations and military service are also welcome.

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Lone Star College-CyFair “Perspective”

Summer Fun in the Gallery and on Stage The Bosque Gallery presents a University of Houston MFA Exhibition (July 15 - July 31) and a photo exhibition titled “INSITU: In the Place. - Italy Summer Study Abroad 2008” (Aug. 12 - Aug. 28). Go to for hours and artists reception. Don’t miss this year’s children’s shows “Thaddeus and ‘Tila” continuing through July 25 and “Go, Dog. Go!” Aug. 4 through Aug. 15. Then bring the family for Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida” July 17 through July 27. The contemporary musical version of a classic tale of love and devotion tells the tale of the forbidden love between an Egyptian soldier and an enslaved Nubian princess. For tickets and information call 281-290-5201or go to CyFair.LoneStar. edu/boxoffice. Free New Student Orientation and Family Orientations! Incoming new students and their family members will receive campus tours and learn about academic and student life. Choose among full-day and half day programs that also include My Records training, advising presentation and class registration, or mini orientation programs that include student panel, student activities information and a question and answer session. Programs are available in July and August. Register at


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Texas Terrapins Swim Team is Northwest Houston’s new yearround competitive swim team offering instruction and competition to swimmers of all ages and abilities. Texas Terrapins Swim Team practices week-days at the Fairfield Athletic Club’s outdoor heated pool, located near Highway 290 and Mason Road in Cypress, Texas.  Texas Terrapins Swim Team offers several program options for swim team participation, along with a growing “Learn to Swim” Program. Texas Terrapins Swim Team -- just our team name indicates that we’re different!  We have a team mascot -- the terrapin (think turtle) and our team colors are royal blue and neon green.  And although we’re serious about our swimming, we keep in mind that it’s still about having fun!  We offer flexible practice schedules for busy families and an ability to take time off during the year to participate in other activities/sports. We recognize a child’s accomplishments both IN and out of the water.  And we support an individual’s goal, while encouraging overall team achievement. So take a moment to visit our new website, filled with information on this exciting new team!  Watch for Registration information in August. For more information contact: TELEPHONE NUMBER: (713) 291-6830 EMAIL: [email protected]

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Please join the Cy-Ranch High School “Classics” Parent Club as they host the 1st Annual Cy-Ranch “Classics” Golf Tournament on Thursday, July 24, 2008. The tournament will be a four-man scramble which will begin at 9:00 am with a shotgun start. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Cy-Ranch “Classics” Drill Team as they begin their inaugural season. Tournament Registration & Check-In will begin at 8:00 am: Individual ~ $100 Foursome ~ $400 “Classics” Special ~ $500 (Includes 4 Golfers & 1 Hole Sponsorship) Entry Fee Includes: Green fees, cart, range balls, t-shirt, goodie bag, box lunch with drink, door prize ticket, and silent auction opportunity. Team Captain______________________ ______ Phone #__________________________________ T-Shirt Size ___________

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2-6—FREEPORT: Annual Fishing Fiesta Freeport Municipal Park. 979/233-1047 3-4—BAYTOWN: July 3 & 4 Celebration The Coastliners and headliner John Conlee performs from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. Friday continues with entertainment, activities, food, arts & crafts, kids amusement area and more. J. Paul Jr. & the Zydeco Nubreeds, Eli Young Band and Tracy Byrd perform at 4 p.m. Concludes with a 9:30 p.m. fireworks show. Bicentennial Park. 281/420-6597 4—CLEAR LAKE AREA: Fourth of July Fireworks over Clear Lake Begins at 9:30 p.m. Clear Lake Park Boat Ramp. 281/488-7676 4—GALVESTON: July 4 Fireworks Display Begins at 9:15 p.m. 37th and Seawall. 888/425-4753 4—GALVESTON: July 4 Parade Stages at 25th and Santa Fe Place, travels Santa Fe Place to the Strand, takes 21st to Postoffice, then Postoffice to 24th and 24th to Sealy. Enjoy a celebration with patriotic entertainment at Sealy Pavilion after the parade. 4—HOUSTON: Target Summer Symphony Nights The symphony presents a rousing musical salute to Independence Day. Concludes with a spectacular fireworks display. Begins at 8 p.m. Miller Outdoor Theatre. 281/373-3386 4—LAKE JACKSON: Fourth of July Celebration & Fireworks Display 979/297-4533

4—MISSOURI CITY: July 4 Celebration at Buffalo Run Park Hamilton Loomis sings the blues while the “Wheels of Freestyle” stunt team performs BMX demonstrations. Features children’s activities, food, crafts and fireworks over the lake. 281/403-8500 4—PORT ARTHUR: Independence Day Celebration Lamar State College. 409/984-6101 5—GALVESTON: Art in the Park Offers an open-air market from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sangerfest Park. 5—GALVESTON: Artwalk Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Galveston Historic District. 409/763-2403 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27—HOUSTON: Summer Concert Series Includes honky tonk, Tejano, funk, Cajun and bluegrass. Concerts begin at noon. Traders Village. 281/890-5500 11-13, 18-20—GALVESTON: Nipples to the Wind The Grand 1894 Opera House. 800/821-1894 12—GALVESTON: Family Day: Rigs to Reefs Learn how obsolete oil platforms are being converted into artificial reef habitats and why sea creatures make these structures home. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, Pier 20. 409/766-STAR 12—GALVESTON: GCVA Galveston Summer Heat Tournament Presented by the Volleyball Association. Begins at 9 a.m. Stewart Beach.

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THE COLES CONNECTION Texas Events - July - (Continued from Page 15) 15-20—HOUSTON: Disney’s When You Wish Features some of the best-loved Disney songs of all time. Begins at 8:15 p.m. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. 281/3733386 19—GALVESTON: Family Fishing Clinic All the basics will be taught and then practiced with hands-on fishing. Galveston Island State Park. 409/737-1222 19—PORT ARTHUR: Cayman Night in Port Arthur Carl Parker MultiPurpose Center/Lamar College. 409/963-1107 24-26—GALVESTON: Texas Race Week in Galveston More than 50 sail boats race on the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Begins between 10 a.m. and noon. The recommended places to watch the races are East Beach, Stewart Beach or a few miles down the Seawall. 888/425-4753 29—HOUSTON: Beauty & the Beast Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. 281/373-3386 30—HOUSTON: Freedom Train Presents an inspiring tale of a family’s journey to freedom along the Underground Railroad through Texas into Mexico. Begins at 11 a.m. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. 281/373-3386 31—HOUSTON: Peter Rabbit Begins at 11 a.m. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. 281/373-3386 ­­

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THE COLES CONNECTION How To Travel Light and Be A "Happy Traveler" Submitted by Marina Byrum

Your carry-on bag could be the solution to some of the summer travel season's likely woes — including checked baggage fees on American Airlines and possibly other carriers — but it also has the potential to cause headaches. You don't want to find a rumpled mess when you arrive at your destination or spend your vacation shivering or sweating because you weren't ready for the weather. It is possible to pack fashionable clothes in an efficient way. Some tips from the pros: CHOOSE A GOOD BAG Some travel experts recommend a standard rectangular-shaped bag with wheels for business trips because clothes are less likely to become wrinkled. For recreational travel, however, soft-sided duffel bags are better. One way to pack play clothes to fit into space more economically is to roll them and stuff them into a bag like cigarettes into a cigarette box. But if you're using the rectangular-shaped bag, it's good to use Zip-lock plastic baggies, which come in 1 and 2-Quart sizes, as well as 1 gallon and 2 gallon sizes. Simply lay your garment or garments inside the bag, then as you zip it shut, squeeze as much air as possible out of the bag. Voila! Your bag/garment is flat as a pancake and takes up practically no space. And best of all, clothes do not tend to wrinkle using this method - unless they are fabrics that are prone to wrinkle anyway. It's a good idea to separate undergarments and socks into one zip-top plastic bag, tech gear such as cords and batteries into another, and toiletries all in yet another. (Any liquid needs to be stored in a seethrough bag.) Since you may be asked to open carry-on bags during a security check at the airport, things will go much more smoothly if items are organized. Otherwise, everything can spill out, which can be both inconvenient and embarrassing. Carry-on bags tend to be treated more gently than checked bags so there is an opportunity to choose more of a fashion16

forward bag than basic black. Plus, using a bright colored bag, or one with graphic print, will make it easy to find your bag in the overcrowded overhead bins. Also, be mindful of your airline's size limit for carry-on bags. American's, for example, is 45 linear inches (heigh plus length plus width). WHAT TO PACK To minimize the number of garments you have to pack and unpack, choose a neutral color palette — maybe blue and tan, maybe black and white — and then stick with it for the trip. By limiting the number of colors and patterns, everything matches and there's no need for that extra sweater to go with the lime green skirt. To keep your wardrobe from being too boring, pack colorful scarves or cute belts, which take up very little room in a bag. Jersey fabrics, as well as washable silks and athletic fabrics, usually pack flat and travel well, according to Susan Foster, author of a book entitled "Smart Packing" (See website at . She recently became sold on The Limited's new travel suit, made in a polyester-wool-andLycra blend, because it has a slimmer, more modern cut than most travel-specific clothes. Check Travel Smith and Magellan's for travel-friendly wardrobes also. (Both have online shopping sites available.) The layered look is always works well, with enough T-shirts, camisoles or shells for each day, but only one sweater and light, water-resistant jacket to go on top. Toiletries tend to take up a lot of room and liquid products are also subject to the 3-ounce security rule, so it might be a good time to move toward dry products, such as a stick deodorant and mineral coverup makeup. It's also a good idea to pack shampoo with a builtin conditioner and moisturizer with SPF. Some business travelers are forgoing the toiletry

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hassle altogether, ordering travel-size products (see to be waiting for them at their hotel. WHAT TO LEAVE HOME A different outfit for every day is the worst strategy because you might need different shoes, a different handbag and different accessories for each one. Instead, switch out only the pieces that other people notice. Change the tops, scarves, etc., but who'll notice which black pants I'm wearing today? Jeans might be the basis for many vacationers' wardrobes, but they really aren't practical, because they're too bulky, can't effectively be washed in the sink and take too long to dry. Too many shoes are the downfall of many packers. Women shouldn't travel with more than three pairs, says Foster, and men, simply because their shoes have a larger profile in the suitcase, shouldn't have more than two. For most trips,I try to get by with a comfortable pair of walking shoes and a pair of dressier shoes for dinner. So why not become a "happy traveler", by cutting down on the bulk and weight of your luggage and making it your goal to cut back on baggage charges and hassles by being a smart packer?

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THE COLES CONNECTION Bike Safety kids are seriously injured in bicycle-related accidents, and most of those injuries could have been avoided if a helmet was worn. Here are some things to keep in mind when buying a helmet: • Pick bright colors that are visible to drivers and other cyclists. • Look for a helmet that's well ventilated. • Make sure that the helmet has a CPSC or Snell sticker inside. These indicate that the helmet meets standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or the Snell Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit group that tests helmet safety. • Make sure your child's helmet fits correctly and can be adjusted. You should be able to get help finding a well-fitting helmet and adjusting it properly at any bicycle store. When kids wear a helmet, make sure that the straps are fastened. Also make sure they don't wear any other hat underneath it. Be sure to replace any helmet made before 1999. If your child hits any surface hard while wearing a helmet, replace it — helmets lose their capacity to absorb shock after taking serious hits. A few bike helmets can be used as protection for other activities, but in general, they're best suited to biking. Most helmets are made for one specific type of activity — for example, special helmets also are made for inline skating, baseball, and snowmobiling. Kids should not wear any helmet when they're on a playground or climbing a tree — there is a risk of strangulation from the chin strap during these types of activities.

Safe Clothing

What kids wear when riding a bike is also very important for safety: • Fluorescent or bright-colored clothes will help kids be visible on the road. (Avoid dark clothes, especially during early dusk and twilight hours.) • Lightweight clothes will help them avoid becoming overheated. • Pant legs shouldn't be too loose-fitting or flared. These can get caught up in the chain while riding. If your child wears a backpack while riding, make sure the straps are tied up and can't get tangled in the spokes of the wheels. Choose shoes that grip the bike's pedals. Cleats, shoes with heels, or flip-flops can all create problems while riding. Kids should never ride barefoot!

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Bicycle helmet use should not be optional for anyone in your family, no matter where you are or how short the ride. In many states it's the law. Here's why: Most bike accidents involve a head injury, so a crash could mean permanent brain damage or death for someone who doesn't wear one while riding. In fact, each year in the United States, about half a million

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Rules of the Road for Bike Riding

Here are some must-know safety tips to teach kids: • Stop at all stop signs and obey traffic lights just as cars do. Yield to pedestrians, stop at red lights, and be especially careful at intersections. • Always ride in the same direction as cars do. Never ride against traffic. • Try to use bike lanes or designated bike routes whenever you can — not the sidewalk! • Never ride at dusk or in the dark. • Always stop and check for traffic in both directions when leaving a driveway, an alley, or a curb. • Watch traffic closely for turning cars or cars leaving driveways. (Continued on Page 19)

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Bike Maintenance

• Don't ride too close to parked cars — doors can open suddenly. • Always walk a bike across busy intersections using the crosswalk and following traffic signals. • When riding in a group, always ride single file on the street. • When passing other bikers or people on the street, always pass to 6/9/08 their 11:33 AM call Page left and out1"On your left!" so they'll watch for you. • Never share the seat with a friend or ride on the handlebars — only one person should be on a bike at a time. It's easy to lose balance or suddenly swerve into traffic when riding with a passenger. • Never wear headphones while biking — it's essential to hear everyone else on the road at all times. • Never stand up while riding a bike. • Never hitch a ride on a moving vehicle. • Never change directions or lanes without first looking behind you, and always use the correct hand signals. Use your left arm for all hand signals: Left turn: After checking behind you, hold your arm straight out to the left and ride forward slowly. Stop: After checking behind you, bend your elbow, pointing your arm downward in an upside down "L" shape and come to a stop. Right turn: After checking behind you, bend your elbow, holding your arm up in an "L" shape, and ride forward slowly. Or, hold your right arm straight out from your side.

Check your child's bike at least once each season to keep it safe and well-maintained. Be sure to check: • tires — inflate to the pressure that's recommended on the sidewall of the tire • chain — oil it regularly and remove dirt • handlebars — adjust for height as your child grows and tighten all bolts • brakes — check for frayed cables and replace worn-out brake pads • seat — keep the seat level and adjust for height as needed


Making Safety a Family Affair

One of the best ways to help kids learn safe bike riding is to set a good example by following the rules of the road yourself. Go for bike rides with your kids so you can show them what safe riding looks like. It's also a great way to stay active as a family and get valuable together time that you'll all enjoy! Reviewed by: Kate Cronan, MD Date reviewed: May 2007 Originally reviewed by: Barbara P. Homeier, MD This information was provided by KidsHealth, one of the largest resources online for medically reviewed health information written for parents, kids, and teens. For more articles like this one, visit or  ©1995-2006. The Nemours Foundation

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July Landscaping

Submitted by Ron Kerwin July heat will take its toll on our lawns, and everything in our lawns if we fail to use water properly. Water less frequently and deeper with each application. Our lawns need one inch of water per week. Do not water so much per application that it runs off into the street curbs, but do water as much as possible per each application. Put any straightsided container out in the lawn, water for a specific period of time, and then simply measure the amount of water you caught in the container for that period of time. You now can figure an easy formula for the goal of 1 inch per week. Your lawn turf roots will seek a deeper soil level if you water longer with each application. Deeper roots will be healthier and less drought susceptible. If your lawn turf is getting sparse under your trees, you might take at look at the following as a possible solution. Dead or damaged limbs in your trees are very visible right now. Remove them for a healthier and better looking tree. Raising the tree canopy will allow more sunlight to reach the lawn turf underneath. Raising the canopy means you simply remove the lower limbs from the tree trunk base upward to a point. This height varies with tree variety and it is basically up to your desires. After working on the canopy, you can work at thinning the tree. This involves removing the small diameter growths from each branch starting at the bottom limbs and working upward. Depending on the overall tree size you can remove these small growths out about 1/3 of the limb length from the main trunk. Removing all this will allow more light to get through to your soil. It also allows for an increase in air circulation through the tree, which is also a benefit to the tree. Another option would be to construct a bed and plant ground cover (Asian Jasmine or English Ivy) as examples of shade loving plants. This is a good month to remove rose bush branches that are sickly or dead. A light pruning now will increase your fall flower production. Get a good thick layer of mulch down in all your beds to help your flowers and shrubs survive the heat we all know is coming. It is easy to figure your needs. Most mulch comes in 2 cubic foot bags. Take the length of your bed times it width, multiply by .17 (2 inch depth of mulch), or by .25 (3 inch depth of mulch), and divide by 2 cubic feet per bag. The result is how many bags you need to buy. Your shrubs bases take up some space so you can subtract one or two bags and still get by fine. Example- your bed is 5 feet by 25 feet. 5x25x.17/2=10.6 bags, buy 10 and you’ll be just fine.


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Garage Doors Certainly are “Beasts of Burden”

Submitted by Bill Cook One of the most ignored and overlooked maintenance components of 3. Release the door from the opener by disengaging the trolley (pull the your home is your garage door and opener. These “beastsof burden” red string down).* Raise the door to the halfway point. A properly are frequently ignored, neglected and taken for granted...that is until balanced door should remain in that position. If the door falls or rises they stop working. on its own this is a symptom of spring failure. Improperly balanced An average two-car garage door has nearly forty moving parts and garage doors can cause opener and/or door damage. * Raise and lower weighs approximately 300 pounds. When in the up position, the door the door manually. The door should require no more than ten pounds is usually 8 feet above the floor with your second most expensive of force to raise. This is the maximum weight residential openers investment parked directly underneath. Last year approximately 20,000 are designed to raise. Clacking, screeching or popping sounds also garage door related injuries were treated in America’s emergency indicate moving parts failure. *Please Do Not attempt any repairs rooms. as certain garage door components can cause serious injury! Given these facts, proper maintenance and repair should be a higher Opener: priority on our never-ending “to do lists”. 1. Chain and belt drive openers should have a light coating of siliconeBasic routine maintenance should be performed every six months to based lubricant sprayed on the boom (bar from the motor unit to the maximize performance and extend the life of the moving parts of your door) twice per year. garage door(s). While repairs should be left to the professionals, the 2. If the system has safety eye sensors (located at the bottom of the following activities should be completed every six months: door tracks), make sure these are properly aligned and free of dust Door: and debris. An obstruction could stop the opener from closing the 1. Lubricate hinge joints with a silicone-based lubricant. Be careful in door. selecting a product as many common spray lubricants are alcohol- POWER SURGES to your home can severely damage the electronics based and can actually dry out moving parts. of electric door openers. Should your opener operate erratically, DO 2. Do not lubricate track and rollers. This common misconception NOT attempt to continue using it as it may damage your garage door. only serves to attract dust particles and cause further wear. While It is always wiser to error on the side caution concerning this large, it does appear to be a short-term fix, over that short time, problems heavy moving wall in your home. will become worse.

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Outdoor Living Trends

By Kirsten Hanna Summer is here and you deserve a place to enjoy it ~ Imagine perfect for the outdoors. being able to step out for a romantic evening without leaving your Color property! Outdoor spaces are becoming the latest greatest retreat to Citrus tones, bright yellow, green, orange and aqua are very popular enjoy with family and friends. this summer, especially in accent pieces like pillows or cushions. Decorating outdoor rooms is just as important as the inside rooms. To make your outdoor seem like an extension of your home, I Creating beautiful, useful spaces outdoors is a great way to extend recommend using the same primary color scheme you’ve used in the your home’s living space. interior, varying the intensity of the colors by using brighter, more First, it is important to determine the primary function of the space. dominant shades. Identify how you live. Do you spend time at the table or are you Lighting more of a lounger? How many people are typically together at one Very important!! Create different levels of lighting with candles, time in the outdoor area? Do you want to hear the peacefulness of gas lanterns, chandeliers, and table lamps. You can find a variety of nature, or do you want a tv mounted high to create the perfect place designs depending of your style and the ambiance you want to create. to sit back and watch a game? Torches and candles will create a warm and inviting casual mood Now it is time to create a seating plan… whether they are lining a path or standing sentinel around a patio. Furnishings Additionally, don’t be afraid to pull out your Christmas lights in the Outdoor furniture has changed dramatically. It used to be very plain middle of the summer! Wrapping that small iridescent string of and functional. Now you can find a wide variety of furniture made white bulbs around tree trunks and branches will bring a romantic of weather resistant materials. An organic look is very popular now. atmosphere to your backyard or courtyard, even in July. Bamboo, dark metal and wood paired with beautiful woven fibers Accessorizing are great options. Define your seating area with an outdoor area rug. Because outdoor Cushions soften your outdoor furniture, making it more inviting and area rugs come in so many different colors and designs, you can use comfortable. Many are fade resistant, stain resistant and waterproof… (Continued on Page 25)

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Summer Pet Health

By Jim Amyx, DVM Pet owners are often surprised to learn cats. All parts of the Lilly contain toxins common household plants are toxic to that can cause acute renal failure. pets, with perhaps the Sago Palm being As with Sago Palms, there is no specific the most prevalent toxic plant in this area. antidote for the toxins, however expedient Sago Palm trees contain a very potent toxin veterinary treatment and supportive care called Cycasin. The toxin, found in all parts can improve your pet’s prognosis for of the plant, has its greatest concentration survival. in the seeds and root balls of the Sago. A Other common toxic plants are Oleanders, pet ingesting as few as 1 or 2 seeds can Azaleas, Rhododendron, Laurel, Castor experience acute liver failure and death; Beans, Foxgloves, Cyclamens, and Yews. therefore, please plant Sagos where your Common houseplants that can be toxic as pets do not have access to them. If your pet well. Go to the ASPCA poison control does ingest any part of a Sago Palm, seek website ( for additional veterinary attention immediately. information on toxic plants AND foods Lilies are probably the second most – grapes, raisins, onions, and chocolate prevalent plant toxicity in this area. are all toxic to your pet too! Several types of Lilies are toxic, with the I hope this “Summer Pet Health” series principal ones being Easter Lilies, Tiger helps you and your pet enjoy the “Great Lilies, Stargazer Lilies, Peace Lilies and Outdoors” this summer. Have a Great Day Lilies. Lilies are extremely toxic to Summer! cats. Generally, toxicosis occurs only in








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Thunderstorms, Firecrackers, and Other Loud Sounds

Submitted by Luis Escobar, Dog Behavioral Therapist & Master Trainer Does your dog jump at the clap of thunder? Does he bark at the bang of fireworks? Or is he calm with seemingly no reaction to the loud crashes? Dogs have varying reactions to loud noises. Some may tear up the house, others may try to hide or run from the scary sounds, while others seem just fine. If your dog appears fearful of clamoring sounds, check with your vet. Some dog’s ears are so sensitive that the noisy clapping of thunder may actually hurt their ears. If a dog is somewhat deaf, these sounds may also cause adverse reactions. Your vet also can help if your pup needs a sedative to calm him during a noisy storm or explosive celebrations of the 4th of July. Also check with your vet about using Bach Rescue Remedy if a sedative is not appropriate. Since you are not always home when storms hit, you will want to set up an area for your dog in which he feels safe. Crate training your dog offers him that safe haven. He should be able to access the designated refuge whenever you are not at home. Some dogs react to an approaching storm long before it even reaches the area. It is as though that the dog is reacting to the sound of thunder from the distanced storm. The dog, however, is actually

reacting to the presence of static electricity in the atmosphere (as happens with the drop of barometric pressure prior to a storm). These dogs need to the grounded. An anti-static mat can be placed in or under the dog’s kennel. The kennel should be situated in a way that the dog thinks it has entered the house. The kennel should be soundproofed with rubber-backed carpet with an extra piece of carpet across the opening to create a flap that closes after the dog enters. If the kennel is a safe place, the dog should be allowed to come and go as it wishes. Some dogs become so fearful that they may hurt themselves if the kennel is closed and they cannot escape. If the kennel is soundproofed, the bang of thunder and fireworks may be diminished and the dog may remain calm. If crating your dog is not a possibility or you do not have a crate, find a place where the sound is less intense. In a thunderstorm, the dog should be in a closed-in area that does not let in the flash of light. (Continued on Page 27)

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THE COLES CONNECTION Outdoor - (Continued from Page 26) The best solution, however, for dogs that are fearful of noises is desensitization. This is the process of helping your dog work through his fear of storms and other loud noises. It can be a slow process, and you must take time every day to work with your dog. Do not console your dog when he is fearful. Instead, distract him with something like play. He will be so busy playing that he may not even hear the thunder. You may also want to use a soundtrack of storm noises, firecrackers, car backfiring or other sharp sounds. Play the tape at a low level and simultaneously distract him by keeping him focused on play, on you or on another activity. Over time, increase the volume of the recording. Repeat this process until your dog has become accustomed to the noises. Case Study: Rex, a Rottweiler, would begin acting anxious when a storm approached. The owner could not settle the dog, and he would hurt himself when the storm arrived. Rex would run through the house or the backyard crashing into things. One time he had escaped trying to run from the storm and was not found until after the weather calmed. The solution of using a crate with antic-static pads helped to calm Rex. The soundproofed crate diminished the sound of the thunder and the carpet prevented the flash of light inside. Rex is now calmer during a storm and much happier. The owner now has a calm dog and no longer needs to search for Rex after a storm.

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Baylor College of Medicine HOUSTON – (May 27, 2008) — Getting physical therapy and trigger point injections rid of a pain in the neck is usually easier said with a local anesthetic. Those who felt shortthan done. term relief from the trigger point injections Patients who suffer from muscle pain don’t may find that Botulinum toxin injections always find immediate and lasting relief, provide the same relief for a longer period of however, a new treatment option may be time, said Benny. Whereas the trigger point the solution. According to experts at Baylor injections may last for a few hours, days or College of Medicine in Houston, injecting weeks, Botulinum toxin injections can last for Botulinum toxin into trigger points in the as many as three months for some and can be muscle may offer longer lasting relief for repeated if necessary. patients suffering from muscle pain in the Over time, the frequency of the injections back or neck that is due to muscle spasms. can be reduced as the patient continues with “This treatment used in conjunction with physical therapy. physical therapy can help loosen the muscles Doctors are now exploring what other areas and provide relief for several months,” said of pain this treatment can be used in, and Dr. Benoy Benny, assistant professor of whether it may be an alternative to surgery physical medicine and rehabilitation and for those suffering from refractory back pain. director of the spine, sports and pain program However, the treatment is not recommended at BCM. for patients with neurological symptoms as Many patients suffering with this type of it is not meant to treat these symptoms, said pain have tried several treatment options Benny. including non-steroidal anti-inflammatories,

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