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For Your Information - Juvenile Diabetes research Foundation - Oct 8th

Guests were Kelli Johnson with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes research Foundation) and Chaz Schultz with Lexicon Pharm. We talked about Type 1 Diabetes, how it affects children and adults without warning, and how there is currently no cure. We discussed the importance of funding research to find new treatments, and one day a cure for T1D.

10/09/2017

For Your Information - Oct 9th - Houston Food Bank

Guest was Betsy Ballard with the Houston Food Bank. We talked about the Food Bank’s immediate response to Hurricane Harvey, the transition to normalize operations, and long haul efforts to help those affected. We talked about the need for more distribution sites, funding and volunteers. We talked about the needs of families, children, and the elderly, as well as the difference between those that are food insecure, and truly hungry. We also talked about the increase of people who have never needed help before Harvey.

10/09/2017

For Your Information - Oct 8th - Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Jim Carson, Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce’s Chief Operating Officer, who talked to listeners about the area’s comeback from Hurricane Harvey and highlighted up-coming local events including the inaugural of what the Chamber hopes will be an annual music event held in the city. Scheduled for Oct. 21 from 11:30am until midnight, MusicFest Cleveland features nine professional Texas bands (country, rockabilly, soul/R&B, Zydeco) augmented by numerous acoustic acts at Stancil Expo Arena with local high school jazz bands playing at the civic center.

10/06/2017

For Your Information - Oct 1st - Toby Powell, Mayor of Conroe

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Toby Powell, Mayor of Conroe, who talked to listeners about: his personal history with the city; Conroe’s history and the growth it’s seen from a few thousand people to the almost 90,000 today; some of the things it has to offer such as Lake Conroe on its west side, an international airport, two live theaters, etc.; as well as how the city faired during Hurricane Harvey and the city’s recovery efforts.

09/28/2017

For Your Information - Sept 24th Cleveland Independent School District

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Dr. Darrel Myers, Superintendent of Schools for the Cleveland Independent School District (CISD), who spoke to listeners about the events and aftermath of Hurricane Harvey including: the damage to buildings and campuses such as roof, wall, ceiling, flooring, even to Indian Stadium’s new artificial turf field. He also went into some of the losses the community sustained, especially as it had to do with CISD students and their families. Dr. Myers thanked the people of the California community, Manhattan Beach, which put together a seven-truck caravan loaded with school supplies, clothing, footwear, and more for the families of CISD students.

09/22/2017

For Your Information - Sept 17th - Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge

On For Your Information this week, my guests are Stuart Marcus, Manager of the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge (TRNWR), and Jim Carson, COO of the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce (GCCoC) both of whom spoke to the difficulties Hurricane Harvey with its accompanying flood, caused in their efforts to serve the public. Marcus explained the refuge, for all intents and purposes, is currently unusable with floodwaters still covering almost all its land including the raised walkways. He explained he had no way of telling when citizens would once again be able to use the federal property. Carson told listeners about some of the damage suffered by chamber members and general citizens. He said that while the Outdoor Expo was called off due to the disaster, it was being rescheduled. Carson also went into other chamber functions which were canceled but said the Cleveland Music Festival was still scheduled for October.

09/15/2017

For Your Information - Sept 17th - Salvation Army Greater Houston

Guests was Major Kent Davis, Commander of the Salvation Army Greater Houston. We talked about Hurricane Harvey, and the Salvation Army’s immediate response to rescue, shelter and feed people during the disaster, and long term plans for recovery. We talked about the Salvation Army clothing centers, addiction recovery program, housing and homeless services. We talked about SA services for youth, the elderly and veterans. We talked about the beginnings of the SA, and the spiritual ministry, as well as the annual Red Kettle program, and how Hurricane Harvey will make Christmas different for so many people this year,.

09/14/2017

For Your Information - Sept 17th - United Way of Greater Houston

Guest was Anna Babin, President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Houston. We talked about Hurricane Harvey response and recovery. We talked about the UW Hurricane Harvey relief fund and guide on what to do after the storm and how to do it. We talked about the needs and challenges facing the community, in the months and years to come. Financially, spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically, and how to help adults and children recover.

09/14/2017

For Your Information - Sept 3rd - Superintendent of Schools for Splendora Independent School District

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Dr. Jeff Burke, the new Superintendent of Schools for Splendora Independent School District (SISD) in Conroe’s Montgomery County who spoke to listeners about what he sees in the future of SISD, recently announced as a 5A District, albeit the smallest one in Texas. Burke went over his experience in the field of education and explained SISD’s location in relation to adjoining districts such as Conroe ISD. He told of the building plans underway as the result of the recent bond election and the predicted continued growth in the district. Dr. Burke spoke to the new administrators on the campuses and who was returning. He reminded listeners to be aware of the school buses returning to roads all over.

09/11/2017

For Your Information - Sept 10th - Greater Houston Builders Association

Guests were Patrick Mayhan VP of purchasing for Westin Homes, and Rob Hellyer with Premier Remodeling. Both with the Greater Houston Builders Association. GHBA is a trade organization whose members are involved in the development, homebuilding, and remodeling industry in 11 counties. We talked about how to start remediating and repairing home damage after Hurricane Harvey, We talked about how to hire professional contractors, and avoid scammers. We talked about the resources available to homeowners, how to deal with insurance and FEMA, and what mistakes to avoid.

09/11/2017

For Your Information - Sept 10th - Better Business Bureau Greater Houston

Guest was Dan Parsons with the Better Business Bureau Greater Houston. We talked about scam charities after Hurricane Harvey, and how to donate to legitimate organizations. We discussed the Red Cross and JJ Watt Harvey relief efforts, price gouging, how to report fly by night contractors, and FEMA and Insurance Fraud.

09/11/2017

For Your Information - Sept 3rd - United Way of Greater Houston

Guest was Anna Babin, President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Houston. We talked about Hurricane Harvey response and recovery. We talked about the UW Hurricane Harvey relief fund and guide on what to do after the storm and how to do it. We talked about the needs and challenges facing the community, in the months and years to come. Financially, spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically, and how to help adults and children recover.

09/07/2017

For Your Information - Sept 10th - Manager and Coordinator for Liberty County Office of Emergency Management

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Tom Branch, Manager and Coordinator for Liberty County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, who recapped for listeners to some degree the water levels, extent of the damage caused by the hurricane, and some of the heroic efforts by first responders, as well as just common citizens helping neighbors and strangers. He discussed some of the areas still in difficult straits; possible fatalities resulting from the event; road closures; and where gasoline was still in short supply. Branch also talked about FEMA and other outside agencies that assisted in helping those in need.

09/07/2017

For Your Information - Aug 20th - Cleveland Independent School District

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Dr. Darrel Myers, Superintendent of schools for Cleveland Independent School District, who spoke to listeners about some of the activities which have been happening in the district, such as: installing a new artificial-turf field at Indian Stadium as the previous natural-grass field was unable to withstand the heavy use three additional soccer teams put on a field already used by four football teams and two marching bands; the expansion at all the other campuses as well as the new chiller units at Southside; and the construction of eight new tennis courts. He also spoke to the many new temporary buildings now in place due to the 25% increase of student population in the district this year. Additionally, Dr. Myers explained all the current maintenance and construction work is either paid for from existing fund balance savings or from the $35-million bond which passed in Nov. of 2015, and concerning use of the funds from the $80-million bond which passed May 2017 they are currently in the planning stages of construction.

08/17/2017

For Your Information - Aug 13th - Suicide Prevention

Guests were Jennifer Battle, Director of The Harris Center’s 24-hour Suicide Crisis Line, and Wykisha McKinney, Board Chair for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) – Southeast Texas Chapter. We talked about the recent deaths of several high profile rock stars due to suicide. We talked about prevention, intervention, and what they call post-vention; the services and needs of those left behind, as well as the needs of someone who may have attempted to kill themselves.

08/16/2017

For Your Information - Aug 13th - HPV-Related Cancers Moon Shot program

Guests were Dr. Erich Sturgis co-leader of the HPV-Related Cancers Moon Shot program at MD Anderson, and his patient, Mr. Bert Noojin. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has launched an ambitious and comprehensive action plan, called the Moon Shots Program™, targeting several major cancers, including HPV-related cancer. We talked about what HPV is, how it is spread, the cancers it causes, and how important it is to vaccinate boys as well as girls. We also talked about how there is currently no way to screen for throat cancer caused by HPV, and Dr. Sturgis’ new study to find a way to screen men and women for throat cancer caused by HPV.

08/16/2017

For Your information - Aug 13th - Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Jim Carson, Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the non-profit Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce (GCCoC), who spoke to listeners about the Chamber services and activities, in particular major activities happening through October including: a free Aug. 23 class to introduce people/businesses to what the GCCoC does for individuals, businesses and the community titled “Chamber 101”; a few days later, Aug. 26-27, the annual Cleveland Outdoor Expo, now with free admission, which combines a major gun show with all kinds of outdoor-related items, information, and activities such as boats, RVs, hunting leases, ATVs, outdoor outfitting (knives, equipment, clothing, food,), and fun areas for the kids with a rock-climbing wall, ranges for archery and BB-gun marksmanship, as well as a small animal wildlife area; then Sept. 13, the Small Business Association presents Dr. Paul Withey teaching things all business people need to know; and rounding out this busy period, The Cleveland MusicFest, an all-day (ends midnight Oct. 21) with a mix of featured bands including Rock, Gospel, Country, Jazz, Tejano, Zydeco and much more. There will be adult beverages, food trucks, vendors and lots of kid’s events.

08/10/2017

For Your Information - Aug 6th - Conroe Convention and Visitors Bureau

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Harold Hutchinson, Manager of the Conroe Convention and Visitors Bureau, who told listeners about the many interesting features in the Conroe area including: the Courthouse Square with its many shops, restaurants, two live theaters; the airport with a customs area for international travelers; Lake Conroe with its urban south end lakeside restaurants, clubs, resorts, and north end national forest with camping and wild areas; and more.

08/04/2017

For Your Information - July 30th - County Extension Agent

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Amanda Brooks, County Extension Agent overseeing 4H and Youth Development, who spoke to listeners concerning how she: deals with students from all seven school districts in the county; is one of four extension agents in the county; and also educates adults in the county. Brooks explained she goes to all the livestock shows where local 4H members participate from local Cleveland Dairy Day and Livestock Show to livestock shows in San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston. She also went into the many different aspects of 4H from home economics and public speaking to auto mechanics and competition robot engineering and construction.

07/27/2017

For Your Information - July 23rd - Battleship Texas Foundation

Guest was Bruce Bramlett, Executive Director of Battleship Texas Foundation. We talked about the current state of emergency the 103 year old USS Texas is under, and the future of the historic ship. We talked about last month’s huge leak that endangered the ship, and what is needed to keep from losing her. We talked about the history of the ship, through WWI and WWII, as well as her life now as a museum. We talked about the veterans who served as her crew, as well as the single battle fatality on board. We talked about the educational programs conducted on the ship, and the funding needed to preserve history.

07/21/2017
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