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Winner of Shepherd library raffle first prize quilt was Rafael Gonzales, here with director Terri McIntyre.  Courtesy photosWinner of Shepherd library raffle first prize quilt was Rafael Gonzales, here with director Terri McIntyre.  Courtesy photos

DidYouKnow ColumnHeadI hope you had a very happy Valentine’s Day. Let’s see what is coming to our area in the near future. If you want to get rid of the stuff cluttering up your space, the Trash and Treasure Garage Sale will be on Feb. 25.

To have your name on the map showing your location, call CABMA or go to the website, www.cabma.org. The cost is $10, deadline for entries to the map is Feb. 17. Call (936) 653-2332 for more info or to have your sale round the Courthouse Square.

•Brenda Myers of the Community & Children’s Impact Center asks for musicians help in founding a new inspirational group for youth in a program called “Music with the Masters.” This group will meet on the second Saturday of each month, make music and help young people who want to learn.

Brenda sees how music helps lift many of the young people facing difficult lives into a creative and energizing place. If you are interested in becoming part of this new group, contact Brenda at (936) 499-2632. You can also go to the Facebook page. The group will meet from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

•On April 29, Rosalie’s Cottage on the Courthouse Square in Coldspring will hold its annual Bluegrass Pick and Jam Fest. This event brings many spectators to the town.

The musicians, who always give tremendous entertainment, donate their time but sponsors are invited to help with donations to pay their expenses for the journey here, food, etc., while they perform.

Nina Sledge of Rosalie’s Cottage is organizer of this event and can be reached at (936) 653-2100 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

•Shepherd Chamber of Commerce and Coldspring Chamber welcome Will Hall Motor Co. Towing & Road Service. Will Hall won the Best of San Jacinto County at the Coldspring Chamber Banquet. Ribbon cuttings will be announced soon. This company serves our whole area and also buys junk cars and trucks. Located at 2800 S. Byrd in Shepherd, call (832) 398-1647 for more info.

Shepherd Chamber also announces member T&S Management, Marketing and Promotions have a new artist on their team. Mike Lemons is a Gospel, R&B and blues singer as well as an actor. We hope to see him for the July 4 celebration in Shepherd.

•SJC Women’s League held its monthly luncheon last week with guest speaker Sheriff Greg Capers giving an in-depth account of the business facing law enforcement in keeping full staffing in both the jail and policing our county. He also gave an account of the reason the podium was covered in a quilt, donated to the law enforcement by Linda Deeter of Quilts for Kids.

A young girl did not return home after school and her anxious parents contacted the police. Capers said that within a short time volunteers arrived to help with the search. The number of people who came to help look for her was, he said, truly gratifying. Our community comes together in such anxious times.

The woods were searched nearby and happily her fearful parents were reunited with her. She had lost her phone and in looking for it, became lost too. The quilt is hers now. Quilts for Kids provide every first responder in our county with quilts for children who are hurt, in hospital or in some other scary situation. A quilt is not only beautiful, but also a comfort to a child and later a wonderful reminder of the generosity and caring they were given earlier in their lives.

•The Small Business Development Center is holding a virtual event on March 3. Small business owners will be able to connect with prime contractors, big businesses, local, state and federal agencies. There is space for 500 small business owners to have the opportunity to meet with more than 75 of these connections. Sign up and find out more at www.sbcd.uh.edu.

•Coldspring Chamber is working on developing new openings and opportunities to help local businesses. One change is in the recognition of Mindy Blankemyer from office manager to Executive Director, without having a vote. This gives Mindy the ability to deal with decisions made by the Board without having to refer back to the Board before being able to act on them.

Mindy has shown herself to be an exceptional asset to the Chamber and has gone over and above what is expected of her. This recognition by the Board shows our members they have someone very capable of handling all aspects of our Chamber’s work.

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 a member of the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce.

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