Spring is nearly here. On Sunday the clocks spring forward and we will be busy with spring cleaning, gardening and all the things that we do when nature starts to waken from winter.
• Shepherd Chamber of Commerce has a date for their scholarship fundraiser — April 23. As we did last year, we will have a cornhole tournament, volleyball and other games at the Community Center Park. Vendors may have a table inside the Community Center, food vendors will be outside.
We had a wonderful day last year and hope to do as well or better this year. All the money raised goes to the scholarships for Shepherd High School graduates who are going on to college or vocational school. Students can ask their counselor for the application now.
• Coldspring Garden Club had a wonderful lecture from Sandra Smith who is an expert on all things roses. The Club members were told the best way to prune, mulch and choose roses for their landscapes. Sandra showed a very interesting slideshow of roses growing in different habitats and spoke of the history of many named roses.
All in all, it was a pleasant way to learn.
Information on the proposed landfill in San Jacinto County was made available at the Garden Club meeting. Along with a copy of a letter from the U.S. Forestry Service there was a list of items including the webinar on this matter to be held on March 22 at 7 p.m.
The Forestry Service warned that failure at this landfill site would have ecological and social impacts including wildlife and water quality and damage public health and safety and loss of recreational opportunities.
The information pointed out that the landfill application did not make a copy of the permit available at Shepherd Library, which was required. There have many letters sent against this landfill and Wood Duck Farms owner Van Weldon has declared it will ruin his crops and business.
To join the meeting go to this link https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/joinwebinar and enter ID #844-640-627. It is recommended to join by 6.45 p.m. You can use your phone or computer audio.
• The SJC Historical Commission met this last week. Chair Rebecca Hammond talked about broadening the use of Old Town Coldspring for events. There is plenty of space for such events like family reunions and celebrations. There is also an upcoming yoga class being organized in the Spring. This will be outside on the staging area. Look for more details soon.
From March 10 till April 14, Eagle Radio from Livingston will feature information about Shepherd and area twice a day. These short ads will inform people of upcoming events for the public, as well as historical details about Shepherd.
Ken Luck, owner of KETX 92.3 FM is a community minded communicator and Shepherd will be happy to have others hear more about what is happening in our area.
• Teen Nite at Shepherd Library was busy with games of all types from board games to building a tower of small nuts with a long toothpick, at least that is what they looked like to me. Look at the Facebook page for more information, especially for “Whatcha doing Wednesday?”
Depending on the topic of the day and the imagination of the Director and her staff, this could be “How to eat with Chopsticks” at the Chinese New Year to making a Mardi Gras mask for Fat Tuesday.
• Officer Neil Adams was laid to rest this week. His funeral and previous viewing were held in Coldspring Community Shelter. A very long procession of police cars and law enforcement vehicles from many areas, near and far away, brought him home.
Mayor Charles Minton asked for those available on the council and city workers to stand by the Shepherd Police Station to show our respect as the procession passed. Neil Adams was a well-respected, honorable police officer who had been deputy and constable in Shepherd before he took on the County Environmental Officer position. He will be missed by so many people.
Contact the Shepherd Chamber at (936) 628-3890 or the Coldspring Chamber at (936) 653-2184.
Yvonne Cones is president of the Greater Shepherd Chamber of Commerce, and secretary of the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce.