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A tree that falls in a lonely forest may not make a sound, but what about the tree that falls on your neighbor’s house?
The sound it makes? Cha-ching.
Texas Forest Service is encouraging homeowners and landowners to remove fire- and drought-killed trees that are within falling distance of neighboring homes, roads and pathways. Failure to do so, agency officials say, could make you liable for damages.
“Be aware that your tree could fall onto someone else’s property,” Texas Forest Service Central Texas Operations Department Head Jim Rooni says. “The rules vary from place to place, but generally the owner of the tree is responsible. Bottom line: You could be liable.”
Rooni says foresters received an influx of calls following the deadly wildfire that ripped through Bastrop last September, destroying roughly 1.5 million trees. But the liability issue isn’t limited to trees killed by fire, he says.
Texas is emerging from one of the most devastating droughts and one of the most unprecedented wildfire seasons in state history. Though there is no official count for the total number of trees killed, foresters and analysts have estimated that as many as 500 million trees in rural forested areas and another 5.6 million trees in populated urban areas were killed as a result of the 2011 drought.
Enjoy fireworks, food, music and games and more at the College Station Noon Lions Club’s “I Love America” Celebration July 4 at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and last until 10 p.m.
The Bush Library and Museum will be open with free admission for everyone all day. The event itself is free, but guests will need to buy tickets for any food they wish to eat except for watermelon.
This is the 51st year the College Station Noon Lions Club has presented the “I Love America” Celebration as a way for the Bryan-College Station community to gather and celebrate our country’s birth, and the 14th year the event has been hosted at the Bush Library and Museum.
The master of ceremonies for the event is K.O. from 104.7 The Mix’s morning show. Musical entertainment includes the Scott Shelby Band, The Docs, Jason Adams as Elvis, and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra presented by HEB. Listen live on KAMU-FM or streaming online at kamu.tamu.edu.
Free parking is available in the West Campus Garage, the Reed Arena parking lots, and lots 97, 74 and 61. Disabled parking is available in the north side of Lot 41 (George Bush Presidential Library and Museum).
Overflow in Lot 111 (Bush School of Government and Public Service) must display the proper disabled hangtag to be granted access to these lots. For more information about shuttles and parking go to transport.tamu.edu.
Special thanks to the City of Bryan; KAMU-FM; Bryan Coca Cola; the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation; RDM Audio; Slovacek Sausage; Texas Commercial Waste; Astin/Winkler Charitable Trust; and the Arts Council of Brazos Valley.
Event sponsors include 104.7 The Mix; KBTX Media; Texas A&M University; the City of College Station; and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra presented by HEB.
Brazos Valley Symphony Will Play A Free Concert Before The Fireworks Show:
The Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra has always accompanied the fireworks show at the July 4 celebration. This year, the symphony will play a free concert an hour before the fireworks show begins. A few musical selections include Born on the Fourth of July, Battle Hymn of the Republic and Stars and Stripes Forever. Make sure not to miss out on this free event. Visit http://bvso.org for more information.
9:30 a.m. Bush Library and Museum opens; free admission all day
4:30 p.m. Barbara Bush Drive closes; free shuttles begin from West Campus Garage and Reed Arena parking lots
5 p.m. Concession stands open; games and live entertainment begin
From Fireworks to Symphony Performances, There Is Something for Everyone This Independence Day
Elizabeth Lutheran's July 3rd Celebration
Elizabeth Lutheran Church in Caldwell presents the 16th Annual July 3rd celebration on the church grounds just off Hwy. 21 east of Caldwell. The family friendly event offers games for the kids, bingo, Bluebell ice cream, but the homegrown tomatoes they serve with the hamburgers steal the show. Hotdogs, a raffle, silent auction, and fireworks round out the night.
This week, College Station will get the chance to prove it is the friendliest town in the nation. College Station is a finalist in the Friendliest Town category in the Rand McNally and USA Today’s Best of the Road competition. The Rogue Riders, a two-person team, will be in College Station Wednesday, June 27, through Sunday morning, July 1. The Rogue Riders will be given tours of College Station, which are open to the public so the town can show first-hand just how friendly the locals are.
The race came to the attention of Mayor Nancy Berry last April when she purchased a Rand McNally atlas, which carried an advertisement about the competition. She sent the information to the City of College Station’s marketing team, and they began spreading the word around town. “It was never just one department working to bring this to everyone’s attention; everyone has been working together to bring this opportunity to their town,” explains Lacey Lively, marketing coordinator of the City of College Station.
Public Communications is working with local businesses; The Convention and Visitors Bureau, B/CS Chamber of Commerce, Texas A&M University, Texas Engineering Extension Service and the George Bush Presidential Library are working together to set up tours for the Rogue Riders. Local businesses are also donating their time and effort for the event. Chef Tai's Mobile Gourmet Food Truck will be at the event at Veterans Park and C.C. Creations is donating t-shirts for the Rogue Riders and for the tour guides. “No money is being spent for the tours or for the Veterans park event this Friday; it is purely based on everyone wanting to show just how friendly College Station is,” say Lively.
The final itinerary will include everything from the George Bush Presidential library to the Northgate nightlife. Locals will be able to follow the events on Facebook, Twitter and Foursqaure. Everyone is encouraged to come out to show their community pride in the town Friday, June 29, at Veterans Park. In addition to food vendors, there will be entertainment and activities.
“David’s tireless work on behalf of AGS is well known to our members, as is the unique and fresh approach he has brought to the retail jewelry world, best exemplified by his industry-leading efforts with his College Station store,” says Ruth Batson, CEO and executive director of AGS. “One thing I know for sure, it is going to be an exciting and progressive time under his leadership for the next two years and we know great things lie ahead for AGS.”
Gardner’s new role coincides with the celebration of 40 years in the jewelry industry since starting out at the age of 16. Since then, David started David Gardner’s Jewelers, which has earned a reputation of excellence in the jewelry industry leading to national recognition as one of America’s Top 10 Coolest Jewelry Stores.
The Olympics are coming up, but you don’t have to hop the pond over to London to see elite athletes compete for a medal. This Sunday, anyone on the Texas A&M University campus will be hit with a wave of future Aggies showing off their athletic prowess during the 2nd annual TRI Aggieland Kids Triathlon. Raising money for The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley, kids ages 6 to 15 will compete to win in several different categories. Good news for those 16 and older: a new adult sprint triathlon will be taking place on July 15.
The community is encouraged to come out to cheer the kids on this Sunday, and those who want join the fun can still sign up for the adult sprint triahlon. While it is the second year for the kid’s triathlon, this is the first year the event has been expanded to include an adult competition. The adult triathlon sprint on July 15 will consist of a 400-meter swim in the Texas A&M natatorium, a 12-mile bike race through campus and College Station, and a 5k run through the Texas A&M campus, which includes a detour through Kyle Field. The deadline to register for the adult sprint triathlon is July 10.
A corporate relay division will allow teams of three people to compete against other businesses as one team member swims, one bikes, and another runs to complete the course.
Imagine a night free of your husband/boyfriend/significant other … a night dedicated to you and your girlfriends where the dress code is outrageous – even tacky – not glamorous. Now, tell your husband/boyfriend/significant other you will be busy July 13 for Ladies Nite: Prom Rewind.
This year’s Prom Rewind theme for the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce’s Ladies Nite fundraiser was chosen to ensure it would be a night of leisure for the ladies of the community, and to make the men so envious they would want to volunteer to pamper the women during the event. “This is a prom with no date required,” says Dena Gaskin, director of operations and public affairs for the B/CS Chamber of Commerce.
The “Prom Rewind” dress code gives those old dresses hanging in your closet – the ones you say you never want to wear again, but secretly do – a chance to party. Gaskin explains, “This way the ladies can just recycle something from their closet, or find something fun at Goodwill,” making the evening more about fun than glamour.
Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award Demonstrates Commitment to Quality Care for Stroke Patients
College Station Medical Center (The MED) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes The MED’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
In earning the award, The MED achieved at least 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators and achieved at least 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures during that same period of time, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
In addition to the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke award, The MED has also been recognized as a recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care.
The Theatre Company will present Gypsy, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical made famous by Ethel Merman in the late 1950s, beginning June 15. Roughly based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the musical centers around her domineering mother, Rose, whose ultimate dream is to turn her two daughters into show-business stars.
The production will open Friday night at the Theatre Company location in the Tejas Center in Bryan and will run for two weekends. Performances are Friday through Sunday, June 15-17, and June 22-24. Scheduled times are: Fridays 7 p.m.; Saturdays 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sundays at
The musical features Mama Rose, who is regarded as the pinnacle of all diva roles in musical theater and has been played by stars such as Ethel Merman, Tyne Daly, and Patti LuPone. Revival versions of Gypsy have acquired 16 Tony Awards, and Barbara Streisand is scheduled to play the role of Mama Rose in an upcoming movie version set for release in late 2013 or early 2014. Mama Rose is played by Cesara Beeler Walters in the Theatre Company production, which is directed by Randy Wilson.