ON THE TRAIL – Thirteen Trail Ride groups started toward Houston and the big Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo last week. One of these ride groups was the Northeastern Trail Riders, starting in Cheek, Texas on February 23rd. The group consists of 12 wagons, about 300 riders, and lots of support vehicles and campers.
The Trail Riders covered 108 miles in their ride, stopping in Cheeks, Devers, Raywood, Dayton, Crosby, and North Forest in Houston. Thursday they travelled down old US90, Beaumont Highway, stopping at Sheldeon Ag barn and greeting the North Shore public along the way.
In Crosby they had camped overnight at the Fairgrounds on Wednesday night, Feb. 26th. The next morning, Thursday, they broke camp and headed for their next to last stop in Houston. However, they received word that one of their group, Robert Joe, 79 had suffered an apparent heart attack that morning at the campgrounds on Parker, and was taken to LBJ hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Joe was one of the last two founders of this trail ride group, who with eight friends has started it in 1982. Association secretary Barbara Williams said that Joe told his son and wife he was hurting, and they called an ambulance.
In honor of Joe, the trail ride continued with his wagon as part of the parade. Coincidentally it was styled to resemble an old hearse, painted in black. Later in the day current trail boss Anthony Bruno recalled Joe’s contributions, and how he was an important part of the Northeaster Trail Ride association.
Chamber events are great for networking, as one local “cowboy” Ron Gann found out recently.
Gann is a retired postal worker, who is now a freelance photographer, poet, and author of a self-published book of photos and western poems entitled “Cowboy & Western.” Although not a cowboy himself, he claims a long family history of involvement with Texas and ranching. He is a Galena Park native.
At the Chamber Gala last month, he was able to talk with TV personality Debra Duncan about his book, and she asked him to appear on her Channel 11 TV show, “Great Day Houston.” Since the Houston Rodeo was about to start, she wanted a western theme, and Ron’s work fit. He appeared on her show of Wednesday, Feb. 26 and was able to read three of his poems during the hour- long show. He also brought along his favorite photo prop, an old horse-watering trough he uses as a bathtub in his studio. He promoted his book, too, which you can buy. Contact him at 713-494-6591, or his website: www.sites.google.com/site/newworldphotos2.
The Galena Park Independent School District is proud to announce that long-time, record setting North Shore Senior High School Head Football Coach, David Aymond, will be stepping into a new role for the 2014-2015 school year.
“Making the decision to promote Coach Aymond into a position which will assist us in strengthening and sustaining our programs across the entire district was a simple one. His winning record speaks for itself, and we felt we couldn’t have found anyone who knows our students and community better than Aymond. Because of this, we stayed here in our own district when deciding to fill the new position of Boys’ Athletic Coordinator. With athletic participation and student involvement in GPISD at an all-time high, sustaining and improving the success of our athletic programs for our young athletes is imperative. We pride ourselves in being the extended family for our youth, and I can’t think of a better model and mentor to help us continue providing stellar programs to our students than David Aymond,” stated Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Angi Williams.
During his tenure as Head Football Coach at North Shore Senior High School, Aymond has racked up quite an impressive list of accomplishments which include, but are not limited to, 187 college scholarship signees, five U.S. Army All-American Bowl participants, five NFL players, thirteen District Championships, twenty straight play-off seasons and, of course, a State Football Championship in 2003. This last season also marked a milestone for Aymond as he and his team celebrated their 200th win, in addition to other records of his such as the state record for 78 regular wins in 2008, ten perfect regular seasons over a twenty year period, and eight consecutive undefeated regular seasons from 2001-2008.