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Agribusiness is big business in Brazos County, home to more than 375 agribusinesses that employ more than 8,000 local residents, or 22 percent of the total county workforce. These businesses play an important part in contributing to the $760 million economic impact of agribusiness each year.
by Allison Kendall
For the past five years on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, several hundred folk have gathered to give thanks specifically for the foods grown or produced here in the Brazos Valley by enjoying a sumptuous, locally sourced breakfast. Just like in the real agriculture industry, it’s the local farmers, ranchers and agriculture business representatives who are up at 4 a.m. to prepare a table of plenty for the rest of us: steak, eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits, butter, jelly, milk and gallons of coffee – all foods that can trace their provenience back to our local breadbasket.
Billy Kniffen, water resource specialist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will lead this informative seminar. Learn how to capture, store and use rainwater in your home and landscape. Kniffen will address topics relating to this effective water conservation tool, including:
• Water stewardship
• Stormwater management
• Reducing water demand
• Passive collections (rain gardens, etc.)
• Simple and complex water harvesting systems
The 4th Annual Sassy Shoe Social & Shoe Contest will kick-off the "I Love Shoes, too" drive by collecting shoes benefiting Phoebe’s Home.
The event begins at 6:00pm on January 26, at the Best Western Atrea at The Old Town Center in Bryan and will include door prizes, refreshments and fun with the "Sassy Shoe Contest," which provides attendees the opportunity to 'walk the runway.' Runway photos and photo booth are provided by K. Norwood Portraiture.
Shoe Contest Categories will include: Best in Style, Edgy, Fabulous Flats, Sophisticated, Sassy, Sexy, and Fantabulous Boots A Queen Shoe Award will be given for the Best All Around Shoe.
Registrants of the event will run or walk a mapped course highlighting historic Downtown Bryan and the newly renovated business district. Both the 5K and 3K courses are open to participants who want to run or walk, and may be completed with the use of strollers. A map of the scheduled Downtown course is available at www.jlbcs.org, along with information about registration.
The J. Wayne Stark Galleries will be hosting a free painting exhibition, gallery talk and reception. Hansegger and Delulio Fate and Friendship will go on display in the newly remodeled J. Wayne Stark Galleries of Texas A&M University in the Memorial Student Center, opening Thursday, January 24, and closing Thursday, March 13. John and his wife, Cindy Delulio, will provide a Gallery Talk to visitors on Thursday, January 24, at 5:30 in the evening, followed by a reception.
Fate and Friendship
An Extraordinary Exhibit Displaying the Paybacks of Mentoring
Mentoring in the arts is a chief factor in the career of artists. The famous ones have always had living influences on their work.
The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is presenting The Arrow and the Song: a Tribute to Bill Birdwell, at the Miramont Country Club on Thursday, January 10. The evening will begin with cocktails at 6pm followed by dinner at 7pm. It is an opportunity to thank Bill for all of the outstanding support he has given to the community over the years. It will be an evening filled with great food, humorous and entertaining stories, music, and fun.
Reserved tables of 10 are $1,200 (includes reserved seating, table recognition, signage & recognition at event, recognition in the paper & website, and premier table locations). Individual Tickets are $100. Call the Museum for more information and to RSVP: 979-776-2195. Seating is limited, so don’t delay.
Born in Tyler and growing up in Hearne, Bill Birdwell is not only a native Texan but has been a resident of Bryan/College Station for over 37 years.
Over the past 25 years, Easterwood Airport has become a major asset to the growth of the City of College Station in particular and to much of the Brazos Valley in general. The facility is named in honor of Jesse L. Easterwood, a Texas A&M University student who enlisted in the U.S. Navy Air Service in 1917 and became the second American to qualify as a Navy pilot. A Navy Cross winner for “distinguished and heroic service,” Easterwood was killed in a plane crash in 1919.
There is speculation out west of town that instead of today’s limited destinations of Houston and Dallas, flights will soon be coming and going between Easterwood and Chicago. Expansion beyond commuter prop-planes and small jets is talked about. The larger-capacity Boeing 737s may be soon zooming in and out. There are guesstimates that Southwest Airlines may soon be coming to town. In 2011, NASA’s Johnson Space Center and Texas A&M University signed an agreement to bring the primary space shuttle launch and landing trainer, the Shuttle Motion Simulator, to College Station.
Pregnant with twins, Loreen Shay walked into her Monday morning doctor’s appointment expecting to hear that all was well even after experiencing some minor pain over the weekend. Instead, she learned she was going into labor. Only 28 weeks into her pregnancy, Loreen rushed to the hospital to be checked in immediately. On the way, she called her husband Ronnie to tell him their two sons might be delivered while he was too many miles away on business to come home.
by Amber Cassady
As challenging as that day was, the Shays’ early delivery of Wesley and Westyn, now healthy and thriving four-month-olds, would have been even more traumatic just a few short years ago. Prior to 2005 when the College Station Medical Center (The Med) added a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), extremely premature babies like the Shays’ had to be transported by helicopter to hospitals in Houston, Austin or Tyler while the anxious parents followed behind in a vehicle missing the first moments with their child.