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Officer Rae Phillips sponsored Fish Friday with her family and friends at the Coldspring Senior Center. Courtesy photoOfficer Rae Phillips sponsored Fish Friday with her family and friends at the Coldspring Senior Center. Courtesy photo

DidYouKnow ColumnHeadWe have a lot of interesting events coming in the next weeks to suit all ages. Let’s start with our libraries.

Coldspring Library will hold a Princess Tea Party fundraiser on March 2 at Coldspring Methodist Church. There will be two sittings. The first will be from 10-11:30 a.m., and the second will run from 1-2:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each, each attendee must have a ticket and adult supervision is required. You can buy them online, by phone or in person at the library. Call (936) 653-3104.

Shepherd Library’s fundraiser will be on May 18 at the Shepherd Community Center. The Friends of Shepherd Library will host this event, which includes a chili cook-off and a Waggin’ Tails Dog Rescue of San Jacinto County, and Ranger Joel who is an archery specialist as guests.

Registration forms and rules can be picked up at the library or downloaded from the library website. You can call (936) 628-3515. In March there will be a Peeps Diorama contest. This was a lot of fun last time. To enter collect your shoebox and and two Peeps starting March 18, bring in your completed diorama by March 25. Judging will be on March 28. The entries will of course be on display for a while.

The Tiny Art contest will be in April. This was also a great hit last year. Collect your art materials on April 8. Bring in your entry by April 15, judging will be on April 19.

Want to learn to crochet? Visit the library on Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. Tiny Tots Tales is every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Teen Night will be on Monday from 6-8 p.m. For more, go to their Facebook page.

•On Saturday, the Coldspring Community Center will hold a fundraiser garage sale starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. This Center is 69 years old. It has had a lot of remodeling inside but now needs some major work outside. It is a great venue for events from weddings, reunions and monthly meetings. It’s located by the Courthouse at 101 Cedar Ave., and information is available by calling (936) 433-6783.

•There are so many groups and organizations in our county offering many different experiences. You can join the quilting group at the Red Barn Retreat in Coldspring. This group offers other activities too, look them up on Facebook. You can learn line dancing at San Jacinto County Senior Center in Coldspring as well as join friends to play cards or games, enjoy a great lunch while listening to DJ Ken Janik with Gregg Cones on Friday.

This center will have a Talent Show on Saturday, which is sold out already. There was a Valentine’s Day lunch last week with cordon bleu chicken for lunch and songs by Gregg. After the meal ping pong was played, if the ball went into the cup, you won whatever was inside it. There was a long line for this game, most cups had small amounts of money.

•The Fish Friday this month was sponsored by Officer Rae Phillips who attended with family and friends including Constable Roy Rogers. This was also the welcome return of DJ Ken who had fallen and broken his shoulder. Everyone was happy to see him back on Karaoke Friday. I have heard great recommendations about Sarah’s Snack Shack’s cheeseburgers. She has her red shack by the railroad tracks in Shepherd.

•Last week I had lunch with the new Assistant Chief of Police in Shepherd. Chief Clint Headley chose her because of her great experience and ability. Her name is Tammy Nave.

Born in Port Arthur, Tammy joined the Air Force in her teens and has served in the military and law enforcement, discovering after a time studying law and other less active jobs that she needed to be in some active service to be fulfilled in her work. She served four years during President Bush Sr.’s term as an explosive detective, checking any place he or other dignitaries would visit. She was in Tokyo for most of the time where they checked airplanes etc. for bombs.

I think being on the bomb squad would be too much excitement for me.

Tammy wanted to join the FBI and trained with them but her boss said they needed her and she said that when you are in the military, you pay attention to your superior officer. She worked with Houston PD and spent 36 years in law enforcement.

Tammy decided to start her own independent Security Business which employs 120 security guards all over Texas. They cover events, parades, concerts and important visitors who come to Texas. She is a mother to four children, all in their 20s. One of her daughters is working towards a career in law enforcement like her mom.

I have only told you a little of her life but I can say that we are very happy to welcome her to our community.

Contact the Shepherd Chamber of Commerce at (210) 995-7420 or the Coldspring Chamber at (936) 653-2184.

Yvonne Cones is president of the Shepherd Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce.

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