Milonic JavaScript Menu is only visible when JavaScript is enabled
March 31, 2009
Header
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Grogan's Mill Village Association Newsletter

March 31, 2009

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
in this issue
Village Association Actions and Activities
Spring Farmer's Market Season OPEN
HB 2726 Filed by Eissler
Crime in The Woodlands
Franklin Palmer Honored
Meet Randalls Store Director
2009 Yard of the Month Season Opens
Celebrate Earth Day in The Woodlands
Conroe ISD Scholarship Breakfast
N-Style Specials
FREE Live Music
Find Things to Do Around The Woodlands
Quick Links...
Contact Information
Greetings!
 
The GMVA Board would like to invite you and your family to visit the Farmer's Market this Saturday.
 
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@gmva.org.
 
Pass It On: If you find this newsletter of value, please pass it on to your friends and neighbors.
Village Association Actions and Activities 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The newly elected GMVA Board took office at the March meeting.  Welcomed to the Association Board were new Area Representatives Matt Beasley, Bill Sargent and Lilly Weiss.  The new Board's first order of business was the election of the 2009/2010 Officers:  Deborah Sargeant, President; Dana Denton, Vice President; Pat Goodpastor, Secretary; Sally Johnson, Treasurer.
 
On March 7th the GMVA had its annual planning meeting at which it decides on its priorities, budgets and committee assignments.  We decided to hold off on making discretionary expenses until we have a better idea of future financing.  The agenda and minutes for this meeting are shown on the Web site minutes page under "March retreat". 
 
At the regular March meeting, the GMVA Board thanked Bruce Cunningham, long-time President of our Village Association, and gratefully acknowledged all the significant projects and issues he had initiated and tirelessly worked on over the past years.  Bruce will be remaining on the GMVA as an active participant......and we couldn't handle all that we do without him!  Great job, Bruce.
 
Jim Upham, the GMVA representative from Glen Mill has been working to have a path installed along North Deerfoot to enable the children to get to Lamar without having to walk in the street. He would like to have the path placed on the south side (inbound entrance into Glen Mill) but the county is resisting this and wants to put it on the north side.  It you have thoughts on this please let Jim know via jim@gmva.org.  
 
At the April GMVA meeting on April 20, Keith Weaver, Manager of the Community Revitalization Program will be making a presentation on how the program has changed and can be used by residents.
Spring Season of the Farmer's Market
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Farmer's Market 2009 Opening DayThe Spring Farmer's Market at the Grogan's Mill Village Center opened on March 21st to record-breaking crowds.  New vendors this Spring include Family Beef (grass-fed beef and organic eggs) and Rain Song Farms (chemical-free fresh vegetables); plus many of our previous vendors are returning with their fresh vegetables and fruits, meats, soy candles, organic dog treats, orchids, goat soaps, organic breads and bakery items, and much more.  Come join us every Saturday morning from 8 AM to 12 Noon, rain or shine.  The Farmer's Market is fast becoming a weekly "habit" for those wanting the freshest in produce, prepared foods and baked goods as well as October 2008 Yard of the Monthunique personal care and gift items.  It's a great chance to connect with your neighbors, too! 
 
Look for our new signs to lead you to the market!
House Bill 2726 Filed by Representative Eissler 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
GM resident and State Representative Rob Eissler has introduced House Bill 2726 that amends the law on how The Woodlands Township can operate in the future.  He has agreed to attend a GMVA meeting to explain this and he will certainly be asked about his pending legislation to eliminate the TAKS  tests in the schools.  We will let you know the date and hope you will come to the meeting to find out how your future is being shaped.  
 
A copy of HB 2726 is located on the GMVA Web site for your information.
Crime in the Community 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A few emails have been circulating discussing reported situations in The Woodlands which have caused concern.  One involved a pickup truck that appeared to be cruising the Glen Trace neighborhood of Alden's Bridge. This situation was investigated and a report has been issued by the Sheriff and Community Association showing that while parts of the story were true there was no real reason to be concerned.  The report is posted on the GMVA Web site.
 
This prompted us to review recent crime statistics compiled by the Sheriff and Constables.  Their data shows that GM has a low crime rate.  Our incidence of serious crimes is similar to or lower than the rest of The Woodlands.  We have approximately 14,000 residents. 
 
In February 2009 we had one violent crime a sexual assault -1, the felony crimes included burglary of habitation - 1,  burglary of vehicle -5, forgery/fraud - 4, narcotics felony -1.  No murders, kidnappings or auto thefts.  If you are interested in seeing the details Grogan's Mill is WZ1 in the crime reports.
Franklin Palmer and the GMVA Honored 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The GMVA is particularly proud of our own Franklin Palmer for being named the WCA's 2008 RDRC Volunteer of the Year Award.  Franklin works tirelessly on the Residential Design and Review Committee for the benefit of all the Grogan's Mill residents. 
 
At the same WCA Annual Meeting, the Grogan's Mill Village Association was honored as the 2008 Neighborhood Service Volunteer of the Year.  GMVA was nominated for our participation in all the various outreach events that affect our Grogan's Mill residents, such as National Night Out, Good-Neighbor Days, and the Farmer's Market. 
 
This is the first time that a Village Association has been selected as a whole unit for this award and we thank our friends at the WCA and the CATW, especially our Village Liaison, Anne Spaulding, for this wonderful honor.
Randalls Store Director
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 
October 2008 Yard of the MonthThe Randalls store in the shopping center has a new store director Ron Minin (pictured).  He had been the store's director a few years ago and recently has been in Panther Creek. He has opened up the aisles and made a number of other changes.  Stop by and introduce yourself to him.
Yard of the Month 2009 Program 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The GMVA 2009 Yard of the Month program kicked off in April.  Once again, we'll circulate to different areas of our Village to find a homeowner who has planted and tends to a beautiful yard.  We will announce our monthly winners on the Web site and in this newsletter. 
 
E-mail nominations or questions about Yard of the Month to: webmaster@grogansmillvillage.com 
Earth Day Celebration on April 18 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Celebrate Earth Day with The Woodlands GREEN. The Woodlands Earth Day Festival is Saturday, April 18 - 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. at The Woodlands High School - 6101 Research Forest Dr.  Hands-on activities and booths feature energy-saving technology, healthy solutions, earth-friendly products, conservation tips and the diversity of nature. Traditional offerings include the Buy Recycled Boutique, family entertainment and an Ecology Carnival with free activities for kids.
 
The Village Associations have been challenged to have residents pledge to use (as often as possible) the reusable shopping bags.....the Village with the most pledges will be awarded $500 for their student scholarship fund.  The Grogan's Mill Village Association is asking Grogan's Mill residents to please link to the site below and fill out the brief form.  It doesn't cost anything and it's almost painless!  If you have more than one email address (one for each spouse, for instance), please sign up under both names.  Also, if you know of other Grogan's Mill residents that you can forward this to, that would be great.....thanks so much for you help.
 
Conroe ISD Education Foundation's Annual Scholarship Breakfast
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Conroe ISD Education Foundation's Annual Scholarship Breakfast is set for Tuesday, April 28th at 7:30 a.m.  Guest Speaker, Superintendent Dr. Don Stockton will present "The State of Conroe ISD". 
The public is invited to purchase sponsorships, tables or individual tickets by calling 1-888-936-3997, or by email at linda@blairfirm.com.  Visit the web site at www.ConroeISDEducationFoundation.org/ 
Held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, the event raises scholarship funds for current and future teachers of Conroe ISD.
N-Style Salon April Specials
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
$10.00 OFF Color Retouch (style included)
 
$2.00 OFF  All Wet Haircuts  or
$5.00 OFF All Shampoo, Cut, and Style
25% OFF Nioxin Hair products

Ear Candling (removes excess ear wax)  $15.00 OFF
Helps with : Ear infections, sore throats, pink eye, runny noses, sinusitis, vertigo, hearing loss, swimmer's ear, allergies, sinus migraines / headaches, common cold / flu symptoms
 
Just in time for MOTHER'S DAY!
Purse Party has been scheduled for May 4th!
Monday after work   6pm to 8pm
Please invite all your friends and family!
RSVP as food and beverage will be served!
 
We have a new neighbor Maureen with Holistic Yoga! (right next door) She is giving all of N Style Salon Customers an extra $ 5.00 off her Grand Opening prices. Just mention our name to her for that extra savings.  281-292-2900
Free Live Music 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Enjoy live music at the fountains at Waterway Square in April.
 
Join us every Tuesday in April from 11 am to 1 pm for live music from Ramon Torres. Purchase food and beverages from local restaurants, such as Which Wich (April 14, 28), Americas (April 21) and others to be announced (cash only).
Join us every Wednesday in April from 5 pm to 8 pm for live music from 5 different bands with various musical genres.
April 1: Yelba and Max Cat
April 8: Rhett Butler
April 15: Brother 2 Brother
April 22: The Dan Scott Band
April 29: Little Creek Bluegrass Band
Purchase food and beverages from local restaurants, such as Which Wich (April 1, 22), Sirenuse Euro Bistro (April 29) and others to be announced (cash only). Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets.
Things to Do Around The Woodlands 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Did you know that the GMVA Web site has an Upcoming Events page?  It is updated regularly with new events near and around The Woodlands.  Check it out for fun and interesting things to do.  Contact the GMVA if you have an event that you would like listed.
 
Currently, we have "green" events, concerts, plays, and summer camps listed. 
Quick Links...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Contact Information
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Top Back Site Map Home