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Grogan's Mill Village Association Newsletter

April 11, 2008

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in this issue
Farmer's Market Returns to The Woodlands at GMV Shopping Center
Apply for the GMVA Scholarship
Upcoming Election Information
Candidates Answer Our Questions
GMVA Donates to Schools
Office Buildings Near Homes
April Yard of the Month Winners
We Need Yard of the Month Suggestions
Ideas for Things to Do
Crawfish Festival at Randalls
N-Style Specials
Wine Recommendations
Feed the Dragon Challenge
Earth Day Festival on April 12
Create a Logo
Quick Links...
Contact Information
Greetings!
 
The Board of the GMVA invites you to attend the new Farmer's Market at the Grogan's Mill shopping center this weekend.
 
We are interested in your concerns and comments. Please let us know what we should do to make Grogan's Mill a more vibrant community. Send your comments to: suggestions@grogansmillvillage.com.
 
Pass It On: If you find this newsletter of value, please pass it on to your friends and neighbors.
Farmer's Market is Set to Open This Weekend 
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The GMVA is excited to bring the Farmer's Market, formerly held at Market Street, to the Grogan's Mill Shopping Center beginning the morning of Saturday, April 12th and running through June 2008.  Fruits and vegetable, fresh herbs, meats, home made soaps, and even dog treats will be offered.  It opens at 8 in the morning and will be open until noon.  There is plenty of parking and everyone is invited. 
 
Please see our Web site for a list of vendors and what they plan to sell.
 
The Farmer's Market is being sponsored by the GMVA to provide increased exposure to all of the great merchants and services at the Grogan's Mill Village Center.  The GMV Center's location provides easy access in and out along with abundant parking.  Residents can experience the convenience of shopping and dining in The Woodlands without any parking or traffic hassles.
 
If you know of any farmers who might be interested in participating have them contact us
through our Web site.
GMVA Scholarship
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Each year, the Grogan's Mill Village Association, serving on behalf of the residents of the community, raises funds for and awards $1,000 scholarship(s) to outstanding local students pursuing higher education. This scholarship is intended to recognize and encourage a spirit of community involvement and good citizenship among students residing in the village.

Scholarships are open to all graduating high school and current college students and who are residents of Grogan's Mill at the time of application. Applicants must also be in good standing at their school at the time of application. Applicants may attend either a 2 or 4 year college or vocational school.

More details about this year's scholarship and the application are available on the GMVA Web site and in school offices. The deadline for submission is April 15, 2008.

Upcoming Elections
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On May 10th the most important community elections The Woodlands has had will be held. Five people will be elected to the new Township Board. The three candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected for a term of three (3) years, and the two candidates receiving the next highest number of votes be elected for a term of two (2) years. The candidates can generally be described as being resident or business oriented, with several falling someplace in between.  The GMVA has asked each of the candidates to state their positions on various issues relating to the community and how it is governed in the future.  These questions and answers are posted on our Web site.  Many of the candidates will probably attend the GMVA April 21, meeting at 7pm at the Community Center building. 
 
Please click on the candidate's names below.  This will take you to the answers they provided to the GMVA's questions.

  1. Jeff Long
  2. Ted Stanley
  3. Tom Campbell
  4. Kenny Speight
  5. Bruce Tough
  6. George Van Horn
  7. Karen Booren
  8. Renata Tyree
  9. Nelda Luce Blair
  10. Bev Earl
  11. Joe Merrill
  12. Peggy S. Hausman
  13. Paul Martin
  14. Claude Hunter 
The Candidates Answer Questions 
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The GMVA has asked each candidate the following questions.
  1. What are your qualifications for the position? Please include years lived in The Woodlands and the activities that you have participated in.
  2. What do you think are the three most important issues facing the community and what would you do about them?
  3. The at-large representation that the township has adopted, as contrasted with geographical representation, may cause some villages and more mature areas of The Woodlands be overlooked. What would you do to overcome this potential bias?
  4. What role do you see the village associations as having in the future? What level of financial support are you willing to commit to insure the continued viability of the Village Associations? If elected, do you plan on attending Village Association meetings and supporting the involvement of Village Association representation to The Township Board?
  5. Should The Woodlands incorporate or should we remain as a Township? Why?

We have summarized each candidate's answers, but please go to the GMVA Web site to read more in depth.

Jeff Long
 
  1. local government
  2. safety of our residents, growth that is harmonious with residents and businesses and the surety of independence of The Woodlands
  3. I will represent all of The Woodlands
  4. will continue to play a very vital role in the future, continue financial support, I will schedule as many meetings as I can
  5. The residents will decide the future government of The Woodlands.
 
  1. local government
  2. governance by residents, budget and correct property tax, security
  3. will not overlook any resident
  4. role should not change, will continue financial support, will attend village meetings
  5. study incorporation, supports election for residents to decide
  1. local government
  2. seamless transistion, maintain quality services, security
  3. residents will not allow that to happen
  4. role should not change, will continue financial support, will attend as many village meetings as possible
  5. study many options
  1. local government
  2. more than three, please see Web site
  3. at-large representation benefits all with no bias
  4. role will become even more important, have attended village meetings in the past
  5. support having an incorporation election
  1. local government
  2. Protecting our property values, Managing change, Responsible development
  3. the people will have a voice
  4. will have a larger voice, will continue financial support, will attend as many village meetings as possible
  5. study, we need to vote on our future form of government at the earliest opportunity 
 
  1. local government, former teacher
  2. Transition of Services, Resident Input, covenant and law enforcement
  3. seek equality of the residents first, then improve services
  4. will provide valuable input, will continue financial support, will attend village meetings
  5. support the process that would allow the residents to make the decision
Renata Tyree
 
  1. community organizations, charities and neighborhood groups
  2. future governance, continuing to prosper as a community, public safety
  3. will overcome any fears of bias and oversight
  4. are an essential level of leadership, all community leaders should attend other meetings
  5. decision is completely up to the resident voters
  1. served on many nonprofit boards and organizations
  2. Continued secured delivery of resident services, public safety, transportation and continued economic development
  3. I do not see a bias developing towards any of the villages
  4. support the villages' role in the future, will attend village meetings
  5. study incorporation, residents are the ones who will decide
Joe Merrill
 
  1. local government
  2. Law Enforcement, Community Services, Quality of Life
  3. The new board needs to look at all budgets and services and equalize them fairly throughout the community.
  4. Each director should be assigned to three villages every six months.
  5. a vote needs to be given to the people on whether they want to incorporate or not
 
  1. served many nonprofits
  2. seamless transition, meeting of homeowner and business needs, planning for 2014
  3. does not have to create any bias
  4. Village Associations are vital, support funding, will attend village meetings
  5. I believe The Woodlands Township should consider incorporation as a city as soon as possible after 2014
  1. local government
  2. Seamless Governance Transition, Taxes and assessments, Primary issues defined in the last survey of residents
  3. at-large system was adopted and approved by Township voters
  4. role of the Village Associations should not be significantly affected, support financially, will attend as many village meetings as possible
  5. Residents of The Woodlands should make that decision at the ballot box.
GMVA Donates to Schools
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Each year the Grogan's Mill Village Assocation offers a $500 donation to each of the schools within Grogan's Mill in an effort to support our schools, which are a vital to our community.
 
Here Ms. Hartley at Wilkerson Intermediate (right) receives the GMVA check from Jennifer Morton, GMVA Board member.
 
- Lamar Elementary will use the money for technology upgrades.
- Wilkerson Intermediate will use the money for Student Incentives to encourage the students to reach academic goals.
- Hailey Elementary will use the money for technology upgrades.
- Knox Jr. High will purchase instructional technology.
Office Buildings Near Sunset Springs 
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Three office buildings (with 580,000 sq feet of space) are planned for the property just across Grogan's Mill Road from the entrance to Sunset Springs.  This property is not in The Woodlands so it is not under any of the covenants and there is little we can about the development unless a lot of the neighbors organize.  (much like the GMVA did in response to the new Wal-Mart on Sawdust)  The neighbors could then approach the builder and request changes.  In order to do this, we will need a volunteer to organize the effort.  If you are interested in having a say in your neighborhood, please contact any Board member.
April Yard of the Month Winner Announced 
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April 2008 Yard of the Month WinnersGrogan's Mill Village Association congratulates homeowners Lee and Debbie Stoerner on having the Village's April 2008 "Yard of the Month". Franklin Palmer (left) and Jim Upham (right) presented homeowners Lee and Debbie Stoerner with a gift certificate to the Grogan's Mill shopping center.  Lee and Debbie Stoerner have lived in the same home on Brookflower Road in The Woodlands since 1987. Their front yard faces west so they have full sun all day. They have tried various types of plants and hedges to see what would do the best. Their large green plants are Split Leaf Philodendrons started from small cuttings in 1997.
 
They have found so far that in their large rounded flower bed Schefflera and Hibiscus plants do well. They try to keep small seasonal plants close to the scalloped edging for color. Along the front and side against the house Red Photinias do very well. The more sun the better they do. They also keep regular hedges trimmed to about two feet in front of the front Photinias for more green color. The grass has been their biggest problem. They have had bare spots, brown patch and various other hindrances including strange weather conditions from drought to constant rain. They just treat, maintain and replace sod as needed.
They enjoy working in their yard as weather and physical conditions allow.            
Yard of the Month Suggestions 
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If you have recommendations for a home to be nominated as having a beautiful yard and possible yard of the month winner (with a $25 gift certificate) please let us know through the suggestions section of our Web site or by contacting Franklin Palmer.
Things to Do
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Do you need some ideas of fun things to do around The Woodlands?  Do you have company coming to town and want to show them the best of The Woodlands?  Check out the Upcoming Events page on the GMVA Web site.  It has plenty of ideas for fun.
 
If you have an event that you would like mentioned on the Upcoming Events page, please contact webmaster@grogansmillvillage.com.
Randalls Event This Saturday 
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Randalls will be having a crawfish festival Saturday, April 12th.  It will be held just in front of the store starting at 11am.
N-Style Salon April Specials and Events
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$10.00 OFFHIGHLIGHT SPECIALS:
CAP starts @ $70.00 (short hair ) long and thick - extra
FOIL starts @ $85.00 (short hair ) long and thick - extra FRENCH BRAIDS start @ $25.00
UPDO'S start @ $55.00 (weddings, proms, homecoming or that special night on the town)
 
CLOSE OUT SALES on MATRIX products (Amplify and Sleek) - while supply last.
 
N-Style will be OPEN at 8:00am during the famer's market season on Saturdays! Starting April 12th. 
 
Events
Monday, April 28 will be our 2nd PURSE PARTY, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The last one was a huge success and we'd like to make this one even bigger. Coach, Dooney, Prada, Channel, etc... Monday, April 28th - 6:30 to 8:30 Everyone in attendence will receive a coupon for a FABULOUS SAVINGS!!! Cash, check and credit cards - accepted. Invite all your friends & family!
May 12 will be our 2nd Anniversary as N Style Salon! We are in the planning process of our anniversary party. More details will be sent closer to the date. We would like to thank each of you for your continued support during our first two years of growth.
See the GMVA Web site all the specials.
Wine Recommendation from the Beverage Shoppe 
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At the Beverage Shoppe our favorite value packed red wine is the Oak Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Priced at $3.79 a bottle it is a wonderful drink. Open it two or three hours before drinking and the flavor improves greatly. 
Feed the Dragon Village Contest
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Bikeland and The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. is sponsoring a village challenge to pick up trash.  Over $1,000 in individual prizes will be awarded and the village with the most points will earn a bonus check to go toward the village scholarship.  Teams will pick up trash during April and log their efforts.  Logs are due on April 12 at the Earth Day Festival or can be mailed by April 30.  If you are interested in participating for Grogan's Mill Village, please contact Bruce Cunningham.
 
Earth Day Festival on April 12 
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Over 50 booths at this year's event will reflect the theme, It's All Connected, by offering festival-goers the opportunity to discover the diversity of nature and explore solutions for environmental concerns. A tradition since 1990, The Woodlands Earth Day Festival will be held at The Woodlands High School on Saturday, April 12 from 10 am - 3 pm. Applications for volunteers are being accepted. For more information, call the Earth Day Team at 281-210-3900 or visit www.thewoodlandsassociations.org.
Logo Contest for The Woodlands Township
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The deadline to submit logo designs in The Woodlands Township official logo design contest is April 30, 2008. The contest was developed by The Woodlands Township Board of Directors to help create an original logo for this newly renamed and expanded governmental organization (formerly known as the Town Center Improvement District).  The selected artwork will be used as the official logo in all correspondence, signage, marketing, advertising, public relations and all other printed materials for The Woodlands Township. A Grand Prize of $500 and a night on the town in The Woodlands will be awarded to the winner, and the first 25 entries submitted will receive two free tickets to the Tinseltown movie theater. For submission guidelines and to submit entries, go to www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/logocontest. 
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