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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

For Your Information - July 23rd - Cleveland First Responders

On For Your Information this week, we informed listeners of a special blood drive sponsored by Cleveland First Responders, the Police and Fire departments, on July 27. After that I brought on my guest, Christine Shippy, a pastor with Covenant of Christ International Ministerial Outreach which is a non-profit organization providing goods and services to those in need in the Greater Cleveland Area. She told listeners: the organization provides items at no charge to the needy; their service center which provides those in need with guidance in dealing with governmental “red tape;” their free clinic which provides many medical services from blood work, to general physicals, to pregnancy tests, even mental health treatment; and their work as a halfway house. Shippy also gave the organization’s contact information and its physical location, and explained what it mission is and the services it provides.

07/21/2017

For Your Information - July 23rd - The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

Guests were Desmond Bertrand-Pitts- and Shelle Fair with The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. The Houston Museum District is home to the only museum dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy and honor of the African-American soldier in defense of the United States of America from the Revolutionary War to present. We talked about the history of the museum, the xhibits, re-enactments and educational outreach to the community. We talked about the museum’s fundraising, as well as recent expansion into corporate and social event hosting.

07/21/2017

For Your Information - July 16th - Liberty County Office of Homeland Security

For Your Information this week features my guest, Tom Branch, Coordinator for Liberty County Office of Homeland Security, who told listeners what he and his office does to ensure Cleveland and the county is ready in the event of an emergency situation involving the security of the nation. He spoke of his involvement, and coordination, with many agencies including the National Homeland Security office; local law enforcement; the Houston-Galveston Area Council. Branch explained while he and his people are not “first responders,” they provide logistics for the first responders, making sure their needs are taken care of.

07/13/2017

For Your Information - July 9th - Marketing and Tourism Director for the City of Cleveland

For Your Information this week features my guest, Freda Joyce, Marketing and Tourism Director for the City of Cleveland, who talked to listeners about the different venues, and each’s amenities, available through her department to the public including the Cleveland Civic Center, Stancil Expo Center, the baseball/softball and football fields at the Eastside Park. She explained people should book their events as early as possible as all venues are booked each remaining weekend in 2017. Joyce also talked about a few of the upcoming events including the Back to School Spectacular scheduled for August where area businesses provide free school supplies to local young people. She said it is a free event, open to the public, and in addition to the school supplies, there will be activities for the youth such has large military vehicles , police , and firetrucks.

07/06/2017

For Your Information - July 9th - 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.

07/06/2017

For Your Information - July 2nd - Montgomery County Memorial Library System

For Your Information this week features my guests, Devery Johnson and Melissa Baker, Outreach Coordinator and Marketing&Program Coordinator, respectively, for the Montgomery County Memorial Library System (MCMLS) based in Conroe who spoke to listeners about items and/or services now available through the MCMLS and how they may make use of same. They explained any Texas citizen is eligible to obtain a MCMLS library card, and after obtaining one, the library’s physical locations where they can be used. Additionally, my guests informed listeners that many library services, from Ebooks, to audio-books, to movies are now available over the Internet and available to anyone with a card.

06/28/2017

For Your Information - July 2nd - United States Naval Academy Alumni Association Texas Gulf Coast Chapter Foundation

Guests were Chris Black with the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association Texas Gulf Coast Chapter Foundation, and Kevin Doffing, Executive Director of the Lone Star Veterans Association http://txgulfcoast.usnachapters.net/ http://www.lonestarveterans.org/ We talked about the USNAAA-TGCC Foundation’s efforts to promote the Naval Academy, specifically for potential candidates though summer programs including STEM. We also talked about the up-coming Annual Top Gun Benefit fundraiser, https://www.facebook.com/events/322367671517028/ Benefitting the Lone Star Veterans Association and Team RWB. https://www.facebook.com/groups/TeamRWBHouston/ Both organizations make a major local impact on veterans, helping veterans, their families and careers.

06/27/2017

For Your Information - June 25th - Neuroscience at MD Anderson

Guest was Jim Ray, Ph.D., head of Neuroscience at MD Anderson. We talked about the work being done to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease through the Neurodegeneration Consortium (NDC) of MD Anderson, Baylor College of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The NDC is the first collaboration of three such prominent research groups seeking a cure. And, the first time a cancer center of MD Anderson’s stature is involved in such a study. It was established through a $25 million donation to MD Anderson from the Belfer Family Foundation.

06/26/2017

For Your Information - June 25th - Moody Gardens

Guest was Ashley Tompkins with Moody Gardens. We talked about the $37 million dollar Aquarium renovation, including several new, interactive exhibits highlighting the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, South Pacific, North Pacific and Caribbean. Improvements also were made to the South Atlantic Penguin Habitat and South Pacific Biome. We talked about the new Humboldt Penguin Habitat, the Gulf of Mexico Rig Exhibit, a 19th-century rum-runner shipwreck replica based on Galveston pirate Jean Lafitte's ship. We talked about conservation, and the importance of artificial reefs.

06/26/2017

For Your Information - June 25th - Texas Department of Public Safety

Guest was Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant Stephen Woodard. We talked about Motorcycle safety. The Motorcycle/ATV Safety Unit is assigned to the Texas Department of Public Safety Education Training and Research Bureau and administers two statewide training programs, the Motorcycle Operator Training and Safety Program and the All-Terrain Vehicle Education and Certification Program. We talked about the importance of proper safety equipment, helmet laws, and drinking and driving.

06/26/2017

For Your Information - June 25th - Otis Cohn, Mayor of the City of Cleveland

For Your Information this week features my guest, Otis Cohn, Mayor of the City of Cleveland, who when over with listeners many of the special services in the city including the library system which has received special recognition as a Family Life Center, one of a dozen or so in the entire State of Texas. As a newly elected mayor he spoke of some of what he sees for the city in the future including a newly proposed subdivision, Land Oaks Reserve, to be located at the east end of the Hwy105 Bypass, with 1,200 quarter-million-dollar homes plus a retail center, a 37-acre lake, parks, and golf course. Mayor Cohn spoke of the growth we’ve already seen noting CISD is the fastest-growing school district in the state.

06/22/2017

For Your Information - June 11th - Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge

For Your Information this week features my guest, Stuart Marcus, Manager of the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, who told listeners of the Refuge’s comeback from the devastating drought followed by heavy flooding. Explaining, for example, the large Champion Lake area which went dry in the drought followed by the floods that grew it to thousands of acres. He also spoke of related matters, such as the wildlife coming back; as well as the plants; and the return of waterfowl and other hunting to the area.

06/09/2017

For Your Information - June 4th - Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport

For Your Information this week features my guests, Scott Smith and James Brown, Director and Assistant Director, respectively, of the Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport (C-NHRA), who spoke to listeners about their airport, that it does not have commercial airliner traffic, but serves the needs of personal pleasure and business aircraft with more than 300 based there plus an additional 26 Blackhawk helicopters. They also explain the many services the 24/7 tower C-NHRA offers including hanger, maintenance, fuel (including jet fuel), two FBOs, two runways which accommodates all business jets, even a high-end restaurant which overlooks the field.

05/31/2017
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