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Monday, July 18, 2011


G.R. Balser Heating and Cooling offers superior customer service George Balser started the G.R BALSER Heating and Cooling (HVAC) business in 1987 and became a certified Texas contractor after passing the state’s complex testing. He used his name for the business because of his great belief in providing customers with personal, high-integrity service. Because of low pricing, guaranteed personal service and great customer satisfaction, customers have helped expand the business over the years, while always making sure to maintain the personal service touch. Select talent has also been added to the business, as needed, to always assure timely and efficient response to customer needs. No job is too big or to small, so call George at 281-359-4919 if your HVAC system might need cleaning to provide maximum efficiency or needed maintenance or replacement if necessary. For more information, visit Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail announces July’s Harvest Trail With Texas grape-harvesting time in full swing, the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail announces an opportunity for individuals to enjoy local wines and witness the wine-making process first hand at 10 wineries northwest of Houston. July’s “Harvest” Trail will be held the weekends of July 23, 24 and July 30, 31. Participants are encouraged to visit the 10-member wineries along the trail in Montgomery, Plantersville, Navasota, Richards, Waller, Brenham, Burton and Bryan. At each visit guests will sample two wines and be served one specially crafted appetizer. Participants will also receive a personalized wine glass charm at each winery and a Bluebonnet Wine Trail wine glass charm at the eighth winery they visit. Trail tickets are good on any of the four dates of the trail. According to Billy Cox, Bluebonnet Wine Trail secretary/treasurer, “People on the trail may decide to visit a few wineries each of the four days of the trail or they may try to conquer all 10 in one day, which is a challenging, but interesting, undertaking. Participants may blaze their own trail by starting and ending their tour wherever they choose and visit as many of the participating wineries as they like.” Cost is $25 per ticket or $45 for two tickets and must be purchased online at: or All the wineries have uniformed hours on the trail weekend and are open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Several wineries open earlier or close later than the official hours, so please check the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail Website for specific winery hours. For more information, visit Photo: Karla Nash, owner of Cork This! Winery. Memorial Hermann Northeast Employees add names to organ donor list More than 130 Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital employees recently added their names to the Texas organ and tissue donor registry or verified they were registered donors. Memorial Hermann Northeast employees were participating in a challenge among Memorial Hermann hospitals during National Donate Life Month to increase the number of donor names and educate employees about the importance of organ donations. Thanks to the Memorial Hermann Northeast campus, 55 new names were added to the registry and information was collected on more than 80 employees who verified they were registered donors. Including the Memorial Hermann Northeast names, Memorial Hermann hospitals added nearly 700 new registrants to the Donate Life – Texas Registry. According to the Donate Life – Texas Registry, there is a critical shortage of organs, tissues and eyes available for donation. There are more than 96,000 patients in the United States awaiting transplantation—more than 7,000 are Texans. Every 13 minutes, the Registry reports, a new name is added to the national transplant waiting list. Every day, 17 people die waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. For more information about organ and tissue donation, visit To register as an organ and tissue donor, visit Photo: Denis Van Kuiken (far right), donation system specialist with LifeGift, celebrates the 55 employee names that were added recently to the Texas organ and tissue donor registry. Representing Memorial Hermann Northeast, from left, are Linda Stephens, chief nursing officer; Rebecca Harper, co-chair of the campus challenge and director of Healthcare Improvement; and Valerie Davis, co-chair of the campus challenge and respiratory therapy manager. Earn a bachelor’s degree in business at LSC-Atascocita Center Through a joint partnership between the new Lone Star College-Atascocita Center and the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD), current and potential students can now earn a Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree in General Business entirely at LSC-Atascocita Center. The UHD College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International), placing the UHD program among the top 15 percent of the world’s business schools. Anyone interested in obtaining more information on how to earn their bachelor’s degree close to home is invited to attend an all-day Open House event Tuesday, July 26, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the LSC-Atascocita Center, the new satellite campus of LSC-Kingwood. It is located at 15903 West Lake Houston Parkway. For more information, contact Maria Estrada, advisor/coordinator at UHD, at  or Dr. Noël Bezette, lead faculty of Education/Psychology at LSC-Kingwood, at

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