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Last night around 1:00 a.m. residents were woken by some breaking in to their shed. Chambers County Sheriff’s Department was called and responded immediately.
Be diligent and watch over yourselves and your neighbors. Be your own Neighborhood Watch. If you see something suspicious report it to the Sheriff’s Department.
For non-emergency Phone: 409-267-2500 or call 911 in the Old River-Winfree area in case of an emergency.
Be diligent and take a few precautions that we all know, but need to be reminded of from time to time.
1. Lock your doors
Keep all doors and windows locked. It may sound obvious, but many burglaries are actually unforced – meaning thieves gain entry through back doors and open windows.
2. Invest in an alarm
House alarms are a great deterrent – but only if they are switched on! A false alarm is better than having treasured possessions stolen or being woken by someone in your home during the wee hours.
3. Scare thieves with a sensor light
Motion sensors put burglars off as crooks don’t want to be under the spotlight when up to no good. The higher up you place them, the wider the area they illuminate.
4. Hide any valuables
Don’t leave valuables such as laptops, iPads and games consoles out in full view. Thieves want easy and valuable targets they can grab and carry. Portable devices are just what they are looking for.
5. Keep keys out of sight
Keep your keys away from the front door. A small hand or a bent piece of wire through the letterbox and a skilled thief could snatch your house and car keys.
6. Unplug electricals
Electrical items such as hair straighteners, irons and clothes dryers are a fire risk if left switched on and unattended. Unplug electricals and check things are switched off before you head out.
7. Fake it
Give the illusion that someone is home by drawing curtains and using timer switches to bring lamps on at different times and maybe a radio to help foil anyone who may be nosing around.
8. Don’t make their lives easier
Ladders and tools can come in very handy and make the job of breaking in a lot easier for a visiting burglar. Make sure you store them out of sight.
9. Lock up any garden furniture
Garden furniture, outdoor toys, bikes and expensive potted plants are all very tempting. Ensure sheds, gates and garages have secure locks and fix gaps in fences to prevent opportunistic crooks from getting access.
10. Look out for each other
Let neighbours know when you go away, so they can keep an eye on things. But, resist bragging about travels on social media – you never know who is just waiting for an opportune moment.
We are also seeing land owners and home owners along FM 1409 just North of FM 565 show their patriotism. I’m sure more are to come!
Show your patriotism, fly your American Flag!
Kiel Williams, 2014 Old River-Winfree Founders Day President, presents Alex Karedia, Manager of Sam’s Express in Old River-Winfree with the ORWFD 2014 Business of the Year Award!
Sam’s Express is always on hand to help the community as much as possible. One way they do this is by backing Old River-Winfree Founders Day and sponsoring the “My Best Friend” Dog Contest for two years in a row.
Kiel Williams is no stranger to the people of Old River-Winfree. He has resided most of his life in Old River-Winfree and is known by most of residents. Kiel also serves as a Volunteer Fireman at the Old River-Winfree Volunteer Fire Department. He understands our community and knows what matters to us.
Past winners of the Awards are Simple Simon’s with the “Helping Hands” 2012 Award for their help in the needs of our fellow residents; and R&L Auto 2013 Business of the Year Award winner with the Old River-Winfree Founders Day Classic Car and Truck Car Show.
We love our town and the businesses that choose to take a chance on us!
Let’s support each and every one of them!
10:00 am to 3 PM
For Melissa Wilson Hill
Daughter of Dwight and Sandra Wilson
Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne is Coming to Support the Family
Melissa is battling Sarcoma cancer. She has a five month old daughter and ten-year old son.
Sandra Wilson, Melissa’s mother says, “The cancer laid dormant in her legs for two years. When Avery (her five month old) was born, the straining of child-birth brought it to the surface of her inner right leg. Melissa has just finished her fourth of five chemo treatments and then radiation will begin.”
A sarcoma is a type of cancer that develops from certain tissues, like bone or muscle. The main types of sarcoma are: osteosarcoma, which develops from bone, and soft tissue sarcomas. Soft tissue sarcomas can develop from soft tissues like fat, muscle, nerves, fibrous tissues, blood vessels, or deep skin tissues.
As we all know, medical insurance coverage has lifetime limits. Insurance carriers usually cover $500,000, $1,000,000, and $2,000,000 per lifetime. It is not forever and does run out. Cancer is expensive to fight. Help Melissa fight her battle with all the Medical World has to offer. Prayers are asked for.
Donation jars at Dwight’s Discount Liquor, Red’s Kitchen, and Simple Simon’s Pizza in Old River-Winfree. Leonard’s Convenience Store at the Chambers/Liberty County Line on FM 1409 also has a jar.
Santa is making a stop in Old River-Winfree on Saturday, December 14th at the Community Building (flyer below).
Kids get to give their Christmas Lists to Santa, get their picture taken with him, and receive a gift right there!
There will be pizza, cookies, and a drink, along with Mark’s Mobile Music providing the Christmas music we all love.
Miss Old River Country Natural Beauty Pageant Winners will also be there to meet and greet everyone.
It’s all free and Sponsored by the City of Old River-Winfree!
We welcome you to Old RIver-Winfree Founders Day 2013 with a look at the last 4 years. We hope you enjoy a look back and come to the 2013 ORWFD.
Absolutely FREE Carnival Rides and games! Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall; Portrait of a Warrior, Ken Pridgeon; Jean Epperson, Published Author of Bay Area History; Boyce Morris, Jr. Historical Old River-Winfree Artifacts; Vendors Galore, Miss Old River Country Pageant; “My Best Friend” Dog Contest; Pie, Cake, Cupcake Bakeoff and auction; Vintage Car and Truck Contest at R&L Auto Supply, and lots of fun!
Enjoy the video!
While you are at ORWFD, be sure and visit the Hospitality Room in the ORW Community Building. Chairman Tracie Comeaux will be on hand with fresh coffee, while you stroll around the exhibits of Boyce Morris, Jr. ORWFD Historian! Below is a sampling of the Historical Artifacts of our area Boyce has, through his on blood, sweat, and tears, brought up from the ground surrounding the Old River. You will want to see this! Thanks Boyce for all you do!
You will be amazed at what Boyce has discovered about our history in Old River-Winfree and the Beauty of the river that runs through us, Old River.
We are unique in our name, our heritage, and our bond to each other. Old River and Winfree, Texas come see your history!
On a Friday Evening, October 12, 2012, community dog lovers gathered for the “My Best Friend” Dog Contest. This year, the Dog Contest will be on Saturday and is sure to be a good time for both dog and “friend”!
They entered into the following Categories:
Category (check one or more) $5.00 ea category
_________ Best Trick (Talent)
_________ Best Dressed
_________ Best Tail Wagging (Personality)
_________ “Caught in the Act” Photo Contest (simple
camera pictures are fine)
Each dog is divided into Small, Medium, and Large Breeds, so everyone stands to win!
We had some really interesting entries last year. A couple of the dogs were rescued dogs and one, the Black Lab, understood commands in German!
Why this fun, cheap to enter, dog contest……Read below:
They are the ones that greet us at the door; the ones that are in the back yard yapping up a storm, jumping for joy, and dancing around just because we are home, finally.
They guard our children, our homes, our lives; and let us know when danger is around real or perceived by them.
They help us to remember our childhood; those days of carefree abandon. Before we knew the world was not always nice.
We are so busy and caught up in our lives; but look down into their eyes and see such love, unconditional love, loyalty, and devotion even though sometimes we forget to let them out and shame them because they potty on the floor. Sometimes their food bowl goes empty a little too long and we wonder why they are gnawing on the furniture. We forget to fill their water bowl and wonder why they drink out of the toilet.
Sometimes forgotten in the back yard, they stand vigil for us, their family.
Enjoy the video of some of our entrants and winners! It was so much fun for everyone!
Go to the Events Page on Old River-Winfree Founders Day Website, scroll down to the Dog Contest, click on the Form page, save and print.
The Cake, Pie, and Cupcake Bakeoff is another one of Old River-Winfree Founders Days good-time events.
This is the breakdown of the Awards:
$100 Cash Prize and Cup Trophy for Grand Overall Champion of Bake-Off
$100 Cash Prize and Trophy: Mrs. Ethel P. Ramsey Teen Excellence in Baking Award
$25 Prize for Best in Cupcakes
$50 Prize for Best in Cakes
$50 Prize for Best in Pies
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Prizes in each Category (Cupcakes, Cakes, Pies)
We were really surprised last year when not one teenager entered the Teen Excellence in Baking Award! Does that mean that moms and dads aren’t teaching their daughters or sons to bake from scratch.
Does this mean that television and media tells us we have to open a box or microwave a container to get a decent dessert…..We don’t know.
We hope that is not the case this year! We hope teens bake a Pie or Cake from scratch and enter it in the contest.
It’s a win/win contest. If your teen wins, he/she gets a $100 check AND a huge trophy. Now what could please a teen more.
Whether the teen wins or doesn’t, all Cakes, Pies, and Cupcakes are Auctioned off to the highest bidder to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the Pfc Wesley R. Riggs Memorial Scholarship Fun.
See what we mean about a win/win…
Enter your Cake, Pies, and Cupcakes today by printing out the form below and dropping it off at the Old River-Winfree City Hall or mailing it with your check to:
City of Old River-Winfree
OR you can drop by City Hall and Linda will give you an application to fill out.
Entry fees are just:
Yes, it’s time again for all our little girls and young ladies to shine. Great -Grandparents, Grandparents, and mom and dads will be busting with pride as their little babies join us in our unique Pageant where Natural Beauty that only comes from sweetness within WINS over outward beauty!
This Pageant strives to instill in our girls that each is unique and wonderful, just as they are!
It’s a fun, fun, fun contest, so get those entries in or come out and support Old River Country (now known as West Chambers County) girls. Other counties are allowed to enter. We understand that they got here just as soon as they could!
Enjoy the Video!
T-Shirt picture Courtesy of Fred Westin and the Traverso Family.
All American T-Shirts in Old River-Winfree Official T-Shirt Vendor for 5 years running!
(Click on Picture to Enlarge)
2013 ORWFD T-Shirt is a Historic T-shirt. These T-Shirts will be on sell at Founders Day on October 12, 2013 for $5.00. They will also be on sell at the City Office Prior to Founders Day.
From Boyce Morris, Jr. Historian of Old River-Winfree Founders Day and Curator of the Future Old River Country Museum
I had the opportunity to sit down, and talk to one of early residents of Winfree, Texas. Mr. Louis B. Traverso.
He is 90 yrs. Old at looks great. Mr. Fred Weston, and wife Kathy Weston accompanied him for the visit. It was such a pleasure to sit down, and talk to them.
They told me about their family that came to this country from Genoa, Italy, and the old home place on Old River.
I was given a picture of the store that once stood on the south side of Old River. Records I’ve read from Mr. Harry Daves collection states that this location use to be named Straddle. There was a post office, store, school (Winfree School), and a house in that location. It’s believed that the post office was located in the Traverso Store. There was also a ferry crossing on Old River near the site of the Traverso Store.
In the picture of the store was Louis B. Traverso’s father Louis John Batiste who was born January 2, 1882. He passed away November 30th, 1960. His wife was Annetta V. Legatos born Sept. 19th, 1887. She passed away April 6th 1934.
The old store is no longer there. It was moved up to the road, which is now Hwy 565. He said that all of the original store was not moved to this location. Only a part of the store was moved. It was moved using logs to roll it on.
There was a camp house built on the site where the store stood. I don’t think it is standing anymore. Mr. Traverso lived there, and went to school at the Winfree school that was located there on Old River. The lumber used in the building of the home that the Weston’s live in now was cut, and made from a saw mill that Mr. Harry Daves once told me about that was located on the North side of Old River.
Mr. Traverso told me that the load of lumber brought over to use only cost thirty five dollars at that time. The home that the Weston’s live in now was moved from the river location to it’s present site using logs to transport it on.
The home is located just west “Priced to Sell” Resale shop now. It was called Old River Grocery back in the 70’s when I moved to this area. I believe the name of the store has been changed several times. He went on to tell me about his Grandpa that owned three coastal boats.
One of the boats was given to Peter Stephen who was born at the George Ball home on Old River. The boat was built at Lake Pochatrain, and named THE GARFIELD. Later it was renamed THE ANNETTA after Mr. Louis B. Traverso’s mother. I was given a picture of the boat, and a page of genealogy records. I have been invited to accompany Mr. Weston, and Mr. Traverso on a tour of the site where the store, and other buildings were once located.
I was also given permission to use my metal detector on that site to try, and locate relics, and artifacts from the past years to add to my collection, and display at the founders day each year until we can get a building for a museum built. Then all the relics, and artifacts I have found on the sites that I have hunted on Old River will be displayed in the museum.
I do not intend to let any of the historical artifacts that I have recovered leave this area. I want them to remain in the Old River-Winfree area for everyone to see, and enjoy as I have.
I’ve seen so many elderly, and younger alike come to view my displays, and tell their stories. It brings back so many memories to them.
It was an honor to talk to Mr. Weston, his wife Kathy, and Mr. Traverso. We laughed, talked, and had a great visit. I hope to be able sit and enjoy their company again in the near future. I would like to hear more of their stories, and the memories of their life on Old River.
They are your friends and neighbors and deserve so much recognition, because they never let us down.
The following businesses were announced as Contest Sponsors at the May 13, 2013 Old River-Winfree City Council meeting for the 2013 Old River-Winfree Founders Day, a City Sponsored Event.
- Barbers Hill Bank – 3K/5K Run/ Walk Benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project in Memory of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs
- Sam’s Express – “My Best Friend” Dog Contest Sponsor
- Carnes Engineering – Pie, Cupcake, Cake Bake-off and Auction
- Dane Listi, Attorney at Law – Old River Country Natural Beauty Contest
- R&L Auto Supply – Classic Car and Truck Contest
To volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org
R & L Auto Supply established in 1984 is located on FM 1409 in Old River-Winfree. In a long held tradition, R & L has supported it’s community by providing dependable, quality auto parts and hardware for your home, inside and out. They have this and much more. See their link below from the Old River-Winfree Community News page.
They have also backed Old River-Winfree Founders Day since it’s inception in 2008 with the ORWFD Classic Car and Truck Contest. 2012 was a record breaking year for entries and they look forward to the 2013 Event the second weekend in October. R & L sponsors the entire event with unique trophies, food, and even a band!
So thanks R&L for backing Old River-Winfree and Old River-Winfree Founders Day.
For more information what R & L Auto Supply carries click on this link R & L Auto Supply.
Like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RandLautosupply?fref=ts
Space is for lease in the Heart of Old River-Winfree, just north of the historic Old River bridge.
Space leases for $800/month and the terms of lease are negotiable.
No Food Businesses, please.
See the friendly staff at Sam’s Express #1 on Hwy 146 or Sam’s Express #2 on FM 1409 in Old River-Winfree.
Sam’s Express #1 281-383-7084
Sam’s Express #2 281-385-0000
R&L Auto Supply, Page’s Paint & Body, and Mont Belvieu Auto Supply really put on the Ritz, hometown style.
Lots of Classic cars and trucks, PLUS a vintage Tractor and Motorcycle, really showed their shine at the 2012 ORWFD Classic Car & Truck Show.
It doesn’t get any better that this ORWFD Event put on at R&L Auto in good old Old River-Winfree.
See some of the pictures below!
It is not too late to get your entries in. Moms are scrabbling, pet owners are calling, vendors are registering, bakers are baking. It is so great to see how our communities are coming out to support Founders Day.
So, it is not to late, even up to an hour before the event. Come one, come all!
We took some pictures of the trophies for the Mr/Miss Old River Country Natural Beauty Pageant with the sashes and crowns. The pictures do not do them justice! They are bigger and better than ever. Participation trophies, too lets everyone go home with something!
Contact Linda at 281-385-1735 (City Hall) for information on entries OR contact the Chairperson listed on the entry forms.
Go to http://www.orwfoundersday.com for all the forms, events and information!
See you’ll there!!