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DidYouKnow ColumnHeadIt is ribbon cutting time for bth Chambers. Coldspring held two this week. Deborah Black was welcomed to the Chamber. Deborah is an Avon representative; you can reach her at (713) 818-4432 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jennifer Hoff of JLA Realty also joined. She and Jeri Bailey are both agents for JLA Realty and all three ladies are now also board members of Coldspring Chamber. Jennifer works in the Livingston office but lives locally. Her cell number is (713) 825-5890. The web site for the company is jlarealtylivingston.com.

In Shepherd, Shepherd Superstore owner Marvin Green was welcomed into the Shepherd Chamber of Commerce. This store is a big surprise on entering. Once Lakeway Store, it has been transformed into a bright, clean and fascinating place to shop.

New and some secondhand items fill the large space. Clothes, jewelry, decorative kitchen ware, furniture and decor along with toys and tools, artwork and bird feeders — the list is long. Everything is very reasonably priced, and Marvin and his sister Joyce offer a really special addition to the area residents looking for a bargain.

Call (832) 620-8700. Located at 11403 Highway 150 and Frontage Road going south on Highway 59.

•Coldspring Chamber will hold its quarterly lunch on April 25 at noon. The guest speaker will be John Fletcher of the Small Business Development Center. Call the Chamber office to reserve your place. Tickets are $15.

•Coldspring Garden Club held their meeting this week. Jessica Jones of the Lake Livingston Water Willow Project explained how volunteers helped with this event which is supported by the Trinity River Authority, Friends of Lake Livingston and Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Planting willow shoots along the shores of the lake serves many worthwhile endeavors. Fingerlings can hide from predator fish till they can grow. Water is purified by the plants which also clarifies the water. Floating islands have been constructed on the lake and all this effort helps to make the lake a place of learning for students from High Schools who help plant the Willow shoots. They also help propagate them in school.

It is a learning experience for everyone involved.

•On March 22 from 1-4 p.m., the Texas Division of the Disaster Recovery Roadshow has partnered with the County to hold a presentation in Coldspring. It will be at the County Shelter and all are invited, especially those who will deal with any disaster in our area.

First responders, elected officials, volunteer groups and private non-profits as well as those who work in maintenance and for the City or County are encouraged to attend.

The presentation will include programs which touch on recovery, grants, preparedness and much more. Personnel from our area involved with this Disaster Recovery program as well as state agencies will talk and answer questions.

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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