Out and About
- Written by Pam Dickson
Welcome back to Out and About ÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã‚Â¦ where you can find out what's happening in our community! It was a great day as community and education leaders gathered at The Administaff Observatory at Humble ISD for a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â It was a dream come true for Jack Fields Elementary teacher Jo Curfiss who submitted the original grant request for the observatory and Fields principal Karen Weeks who supported Jo and her proposal, as the observatory is adjacent to the elementary school.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Dr. Guy Sconzo and outgoing HISD Foundation Chair Corinn Price emceed the event, and they expressed pride and gratitude for this amazing community facility.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â A special guest for the afternoon was Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise, who greeted guests, posed for pictures, and praised the efforts of the school district and leadership for building this state of the art facility.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Tracy Stunja was recognized for her outstanding success as capital funds campaign chair, and was joined by dozens of others who supported, contributed, and otherwise made this dream come true, including: Ray and Karen Perkins Solcher; Marty Scirratt; Carl Joiner; Larry Shryock; Josh Hargrave; Tom Schneider; Jerry Lavey; Tom Broad; Al and Cheryl Moore; Aaron Clevenson and Barbara Madera; Lupe Lopez; Kim Riley; David Dickson; Charles Cunningham; Keith Lapeze; Dan Huberty; Dave Martin; Robert and Jayme Scarfo; Joe Price; Laurie Hiett; Lucille Oates;Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Anne Schulke; Karen Martin.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â For hours of operation and more information, www.humble.k12.tx.us/observatory.htmÃƒï¿½Ã‚Â It was standing room only in a sea of pink and purple balloons and a rock and roll theme at Lone Star College Montgomery campus.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Everyone's friend Penny Westerfeld retired after 30 years of service with Lone Star (formerly North Harris Montgomery Community College) District.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â It was a who's who of education and community leaders in a standing room only venue to salute Penny, who graciously, and in true "Penny" style gave credit back to those who were there in support.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â She received many gifts and honors that afternoon, including a proclamation from Houston Mayor Bill White, read by Gwendolyn Condoleo Crawford, a congressional recognition sent from Congressman Kevin Brady's office, the Yellow Rose of Texas commission from Governor Rick Perry, and promise of a letter of commendation on the way from President Obama!Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Among those in the crowd or on stage toasting Penny:Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Dr. Richard Carpenter; Steve and Linda Head; Katherine Persson; Jim Taylor; Texas State Representative Rob Eissler; Elizabeth Chapman; Ray Laughter; Ray Hawkins; Sherry Young; Lovelyn Jeanes; Pat Chandler; Erma Walker; Debbie Hughes; Kathy Adkins, and of course, a serenade from Elvis himself!Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â But best of all for Penny, husband Ron, and daughter Casey Willis with husband Jordan were there, all smiles and celebrating this great day with her!Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Lorie Young, executive director of The Mission (Mission Northeast) in New Caney since 1994, announced at the annual Volunteer Luncheon and Recognition that she is retiring in September, 2010 when she and husband Dave will move to Tyler.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Save the date: The Mission's 6th annual "One Life at a Time" luncheon and style show will be Monday, September 28 at East Montgomery County Improvement District Offices.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â This year's event will feature a CAbi, Carol Anderson by Invitation, style show, and lunch catered by Amedeo's.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Call Lorie at 281-354-1200 to make reservations or to receive an invitation.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Sponsor tables and individual seating are available. Chris Parker held a Southern Living Party at the home of Marge Wyatt, with all proceeds of the afternoon benefitting Mothers Against Cancer.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Among those gathered for food, fun, and shopping for a great cause:Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Nancy Dillard; Judy Thigpen; Diana Price; Brenda Miller; Trish Perkin; Virginia Gandy; Karyn Brenza; Jacque Widman; Sheri Eastman; Cindy Brenza; Carolyn Cain; Kathy Fitzgerald; Meghan Nimmo; Connie Mann; Linda Prator.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Humble Intercontinental Rotary held their annual banquet and installation of new officers for the 2009-2010 term at Pappasitos.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Incoming president Valerie Copley received the gavel from outgoing president Ken Austin, and then gifted him with a new, "undented" gavel as a gift of appreciation.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Susan Brodbeck received the highly distinguished Rotarian of the Year Award for her outstanding service.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â This club meets every Wednesday at noon at Humble Civic Center and welcomes guests and new members.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â On Friday, June 19, from 7-10 p.m. Keller Williams will "rock the dock", with their monthly concert at Kings Harbor.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â The Edge Band will perform a free concert of country, classic rock, blues, oldies and more in celebration of the new boat pier at Kings Harbor.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Astros tickets will be raffled as a fundraiser for Kingwood Football League (KFL) youth football programs.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Bring your coolers and lawn chairs, and enjoy a family evening under the stars.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Food to go is available from all the great Harbor restaurants. Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Whoops!Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â My apologies --Joby Copley and Treg Monty were incorrectly identified in last week's column.Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â IÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½ll see you out and about!