Grogan's Mill Village Association Newsletter
August 9, 2010

in this issue
August 2010 Yard of the Month Winners Announced
Fall Farmer's Market Begins in October
Learn to Raise Fall Salads
A Great New Restuarant
Easily Donate for Life
Are You Prepared for a Hurricane?
Traffice Lights Soon to be Synched
National Night Out in October
Reject Solicitors
N Style Salon Specials
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August Yard of the Month Winners Announced
August 2010 Yard of the Month
Janette & Douglas Groves of North Mosswsrock Road are the winners of the August Yard of the Month Award
"We are so pleased to be recognized as having the yard of the month. Our efforts are really a labor of love. Douglas takes care of the lawn, while I tend to the flowerbeds.
In our yard you will find lantana, mock orange, purple passion flowers, cast iron plants, assorted fern, pentas, a butterfly bush, crepe myrtles, boxwood, nandina and numerous palms nestled within other plantings.
In our minds, our yard is an extenction of our home, for both relaxation and entertaining.
Composting is also important to us, as we break down vegetable scraps and other natural matter regularly, returning these nutrients and items to the soil. This prevents common every day items from being landfilled, while we reap the benefits of these items "feeding" our yard.
This acknowledgement means so much to us, and we are very appreciative."
--Janette & Douglas Groves
In photo:Franklin Palmer, Janette & Douglas Groves, Jim Upham
Matt Beasley GM Area Representative picked this month's beautiful Yard
Photo taken by Anne Upham
Fall Farmer's Market Begins October 2nd
Mark your calendars for the start of the Fall season of the Grogan's Mill Farmer's Market. Several new and unique vendors were welcomed to the Spring Market and are planning on returning to the Fall Market, opening Saturday, October 2nd.
Our produce growers have all indicated their intent to return in the Fall with their fresh-grown vegetables and fruits, plus we'll have all our other familiar vendors with their meats, eggs, cheeses, prepared ethnic cuisines, olive oils, breads, coffees, desserts, dog treats, soaps, and candles. Reminders of our opening will be posted in this newsletter, plus we'll continue our new tradition of email "blasting" all our subscribers on Fridays with all the anticipated specials for that Saturday along with a listing of the fresh produce available at the market that weekend. Thanks to all our Farmer's Market supporters and the GMVA looks forward to seeing you and your families and friends again in October.
Learn to Raise Your Own Fall Salads and Other Vegetable Secrets ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Learn late-season fall vegetable and salad gardening techniques at a free seminar on Saturday, August 14, 2010, from 9 a.m. to noon, at The Woodlands Township Parks, Recreation and Environmental Services Building II, 8203 Millennium Forest Drive.
To make a reservation for the free gardening class, or for more information, please call 281-210-3900. Due to limited class size, reservations are required. The event is part of a series of gardening seminars hosted by The Woodlands Township, Environmental Services Department.
La Capri Pasta and Pizza, a New Restaurant Worth Visiting
a review by Bruce Cunningham:
While not in GM, this little gem is too good not to mention. It is the type of restaurant that we hope flourishes. As the name suggests it is Italian with the most authentic Italian food we have had outside of Italy in a long time. Cloth table cloths, but not fancy, reasonable prices, good menu for all tastes. No liquor license so bring your own wine. Located on the north I45 feeder, north of Rayford Road, next to the Firestone store. Their web site is http://www.capri-pasta.com
Donate for Life
When you renew or apply for a Texas driver's license, there is now an easier way to register to be an organ donor, The Houston Chronicle recently reported. This has caused a significant increase in the number of people registered. The overall number is still small, but any increase is welcome.
If you would like to register as an organ donor and will not be renewing your license anytime soon, there is an equally easy way to sign up. Go to the Donate for Life Web site and follow the instructions.
Prepare for Hurricane Season Now ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
from FEMA: The Atlantic and Central Pacific Hurricane Season runs from June 1-November 30. This year more storms than normal are predicted. The ocean temperature, a key ingredient in storm generation, is four degrees higher than in the last few years--a sign that we need to pay attention.

Everyone, including those living outside of hurricane-risk areas, should check personal preparations such as emergency kit supplies, note messages from local emergency officials, and rehearse emergency evacuation routes. Important items to have ready in case of an emergency include a battery-powered radio (like a NOAA Weather Radio), flashlight, extra batteries, medicines, non-perishable food, hand-operated can opener, utility knife and first aid supplies. Copy and store your important documents in a waterproof bag. These may include medical records, contracts, property deeds, leases, banking records, insurance records and birth certificates.

This is the time to consider potential needs of everyone in the household during an emergency. If your household includes a person with a disability, special steps to assist them may be necessary and should be considered now. Pets also require special handling. They may become agitated during the onset of a storm, so a pet carrier is a must for safe travel. Pet owners should research pet boarding facilities now within a certain radius of where you may evacuate, since animals may not be welcome in all shelters or hotels.
Take steps now to purchase a flood insurance policy. Not only are homes and businesses in hurricane-prone states at risk for flood, but inland flooding is common in nearby states. To assess flood risk for your home or find a local agent selling national flood insurance, visit www.floodsmart.gov or call toll-free at 1-888-379-9531.

FEMA continues to support the coordinated federal response to the BP oil spill, and this season's hurricane planning has involved consideration of the effects that the BP oil spill could have on the response capabilities and recovery scenarios.

For more preparedness information, please visit www.Ready.gov.
Traffic Lights Soon to be Synched
by Mike Taylor in The Conroe Courier
Residents worried about traffic light synchronization on The Woodlands' busy major thoroughfares will have to wait a little while longer for a solution.

Congestion at red lights, especially along Woodlands Parkway, will begin to clear up in the next month or two, Montgomery County Precinct 3 Traffic Operations Manager Fred Koehler said.

For more of this story
National Night Out in October
It's not too early to make your plans for National Night Out.
National Night Out Community-wide Kickoff
Come meet members of local law enforcement and safety agencies such as FBI, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), The Woodlands Fire Department, Montgomery County Constables: Precinct 3, Alpha & Omega Mounted Patrol, Montgomery County Fire Marshal's Office and more! Explore their vehicles, view demonstrations, and try on their equipment!
� Appearances by Puffy the Pinecone, Smokey the Bear, McGruff the Crime Dog, and Memorial Herman's Carey Bear
� Join us for free food, music and an inflatable bounce house! This is a free event and everyone is invited!
� Free parking available at Hewitt Associates
Location: Northshore Park
Date: Saturday, October 2nd
Time: 1:00-5:00pm
Cost: FREE

National Night Out Neighborhood Parties
Description: "Turn on your lights, lock your doors and go outside to meet your neighbors!" Throw a national night out party in your neighborhood and give neighborhood crime and drugs a going away party. Register your party for a chance to have a member of local law enforcement or an engine from The Woodlands Fire Department visit your party. Contact your Village Liaison at 281.210.5808 or lgentry@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov
Date: Tuesday, October 5th
Time: 5:30-8:00pm
Home Security Solicitors ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Home Security Solicitors- Woodlands Watch Message

It has come to our attention that residents in The Woodlands have been approached by solicitors claiming to represent security alarm companies and stating that they have been asked by The Woodlands Watch program to contact residents. Although many reputable security alarm companies do business in our area, none of these alarm representatives have been asked to address residents in The Woodlands.
Residents are urged to use caution when purchasing any service from a company without first checking with local references and the Better Business Bureau. In addition, residents should never open the door to solicitors.
Solicitation is not illegal in The Woodlands, but as a resident, you make the choice of whether to listen to or buy from a solicitor. You are encouraged to say "no thank you" through your closed door and point to your no solicitor sticker. Remember, it is harder to close the door once it is opened! No Solicitor stickers are available through The Woodlands Watch.

If you are not yet a member of The Woodlands Watch Program, call 281-210-3800 and ask for Neighborhood Services.
N-Style Salon Specials ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
August Specials at N Style Salon:
$2 off ALL Wet cuts or $5 off Shampoo, cut & blow dry
$50 T Zone Highlight (one color = 10 foil) includes blow dry
$60 Cap Highlight includes blow dry Got flat, wimpy hair? Need Volume?
SHIVA Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner Duo $21.60 (reg $27)
REDKEN Blonde Glam Shampoo & Conditioner Duo $23.20 (reg $29) with every Highlight service.
20% off REDKEN hair products
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