~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Grogan's Mill Village Association Newsletter July 18, 2006
in this issue
-- Notes from the GMVA meeting of July 17th, 2006
-- See an Astros Game with Other Residents
-- 2006 Scholarship Winners Announced
-- The GMVA Web Site Saves You Money
-- Yard of the Month Winners
-- National Night Out is August 1
-- Meet Mary Brunson, owner State Farm Insurance Grogan's Mill Shopping Center
-- Shopping Center News
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Notes from the GMVA meeting of July 17th, 2006
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Changes and additions were made to the GMVA committees. At the meeting last night we added a couple of new committees and appointed some new members including people who are not currently elected to the GMVA board. It was a wonderful show of community spirit. Special thanks to those non-members who volunteered: Jim Upham who has volunteered to be the community liaison for the Glen Mill Noise wall, Nick Ransford who will be working to reach out to the apartment dwellers and the shopping center, and Dan Avalos who is going to be working on the Wal-Mart issue. All three have indicated they would like to fill the vacancy we have on the board.
We will be contacting law enforcement, other authorities and the WCA about the traffic problems on Maple Branch. Tom Richardson, whose dog was recently killed on the street, is also asking the WCA for help. If this is an issue that concerns you, join him at the WCA meeting tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, July 26 at 7pm in the Community Services Building, 2201 Lake Front Circle.
Dana Denton, Pat Goodpastor and others from the GMVA will be hosting cake and drinks at the National Night Out party being held on August 1, 5-8PM at Sawmill Park. It will be a free swim day and hot dogs and other goodies will be served. Take the kids out as a family, avoid cleaning up, save money, and make some new friends.
Tom Campbell from MUD 36 says The Woodlands water supply should be fine even in an emergency. Gasoline and diesel pumps serve as backup for delivery.
The WCA is considering changing community election dates to coincide with local elections in May.
The Woodlands Academy will soon open registration for its fall session. This training sponsored by The Community Associations of the Woodlands is a wonderful way to learn about the community. It is a basic training ground for anyone who wants to become involved.
See an Astros Game with Other Residents
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On Saturday, September 23, GMVA along with other Village Associations will be providing a bus to take GMV residents to the Astros night game (6pm) with the St. Louis Cardinals. Tickets are priced at $11; the bus is free. The bus will leave the GM Village Center at 4:30 pm.
This is the sixth year for this activity and tickets go fast. Contact Joe Giovanniello at (281) 363-2698 to purchase your tickets
2006 Scholarship Winners Announced
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Grogan's Mill Village Association awarded three $1,000 scholarships to deserving high school seniors.
Kelley Hennigan, (pictured here, right) daughter of John and Diane Hennigan, will be going to the University of Denver where she will major in Digital Media Studies.
Mary Elizabeth Ellsworth, daughter of Susan and Leslie Ellsworth, will be going to Washington University in St. Louis as an art major.
Nick Polito, son of Jim and Debbie Polito, will be studying Physics at Trinity University in San Antonio.
The scholarships are funded in large part by volunteers from the village association who work at community events such as the flea market.
The GMVA Web Site Saves You Money
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A couple of months ago we put information on the Web site on how to protest your property appraisal. We have had feedback from two people who did protest their valuations. One had the property value lowered over $20,000, the other $52,000!
Yard of the Month Winners
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Grogan's Mill Village Association congratulates homeowners Jim & Debbie Tawse of Timberjack Place on having the Village's July "Yard of the Month". The Tawse family has lived in Grogan's Mill since 1988 and has spent many years cultivating the perfect landscaping for their home. Begonias and pansies are the current flowering plants, but Debbie said they try to keep the yard updated with seasonal flowers throughout the year. In addition to the sign from GMVA proclaiming their home the "Yard of the Month", the Tawses also received a gift certificate from the retailer or restaurant of their choice in the Grogan's Mill Village Center.
Do you think your home or the home of a neighbor should be considered for this honor? View the photos of this month's winning yard on our Web site. There is also a link where you are able to e-mail your nominations to our webmaster.
National Night Out is August 1
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 23rd Annual National Night Out will be August 1 from 5 - 8pm. Residents are encouraged to organize a block party or visit their village park to meet public safety officials. Grogan's Mill Village's park is Sawmill Park.
Registration and Supply Day for National Night out parties was held on Friday, July 14, but you can still register a party.
Meet Mary Brunson, owner State Farm Insurance Grogan's Mill Shopping Center
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Mary Brunson has been in the Grogan's Mill Shopping Center since 1985 when she began her career as a State Farm agent. Prior to that she had taught school for 18 years and had been the Director of the United Way Service Center in the Woodlands.
Mary loves the community and is an active participant in it. She is a member of the Woodlands Lions Club, Business Woman's Forum, The American Heart Association and The South Montgomery County, Woodlands, Chamber of Commerce.
Mary and her staff, "are here to help folks with all their insurance needs. Please feel free to come in and let us review your present coverage. Ask about our life insurance and long term care."
Mary's office is located halfway between Woodforest Bank and Chef Chan's restaurant.
Shopping Center News
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Beverage Shoppe is having a wine tasting Friday and Saturday, July 21 & 22 from 4-830PM. Oak Grove and Canyon Oaks wines will be featured, as well as some beer and vodka. Some of these wines are on Nick's 'value priced' selection. Ask him for recommendations.
N-Style is still running a special for $10 off on hair coloring when you mention this newsletter.