Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

August 23, 2011

Sam Rayburn Lake Photos

Nice hay meadow.

Nope, it’s Lake Sam Rayburn with the lake level 10′ low.

Photo taken from Hwy 103 at Attoyac River, looking south.




These photos were taken on Hwy 103 and Angelina River.


Hwy 83 at Ayish Bayou looking north


Looking south at Ayish Bayou on Hwy 83, 10 miles West of Pineland

August 22, 2011

First Day of School 2011

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 7:22 pm
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no, these are not school kids

it’s mom and dad


Garrett and KJ first day of school 2011

Lake Conroe: Goodbye, water (1/2″/day)

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:56 am
test4Lake Conroe: Goodbye, water Eric S. Swist

Lake Conroe: Goodbye, water

A jet skier speaks with a friend near a dock on Lake Conroe in this photo taken in late July.

Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:12 pm, Tue Aug 16, 2011.

By Howard Roden | Conroe Courier

The city of Houston ordered a gradual release of water from Lake Conroe Monday, leaving Montgomery County and Conroe officials uncertain about the reservoir’s immediate future.

Starting at noon today, officials with the San Jacinto River Authority will begin releasing 50 million gallons of water into the West Fork of the San Jacinto River.

That output is to increase to 100 million gallons on Wednesday, and then reach the 150 million gallon daily discharge rate Thursday previously considered by Houston.

The water pumped out of Lake Conroe will flow down to Lake Houston, where it will be used to “stabilize” the lake level for operational needs at Houston’s water treatment plant, according to an SJRA press release. Houston officials say the release is not to raise the Lake Houston level.

However, the official notice received by the SJRA Monday does not restrict Houston from using the approximate 67,000 acre-feet of water that is its share in the lake. The SJRA owns the remaining third of surface water, which is about 33,000 acre-feet.

“Assuming this (drought) were to continue, (Houston) could use all of its water,” SJRA Deputy General Manager Jace Houston said.

That could lower the lake level between three and three and a half feet, according to the SJRA press release. And with Lake Conroe already four feet below its standard of 201 feet above mean sea level, residents, business owners and elected officials share concerns.

County Precinct 1 Commissioner Mike Meador worries about the declining market values of the homes around the lake.

“It’s not very good for local economy if these conditions last much longer,” he said.

Montgomery County Judge Alan B. Sadler said he had “lots of fears” as to where Lake Conroe is headed.

With the extended drought and continued lack of rain the area is moving into uncharted territory, Conroe Mayor Webb Melder said.

“There is no portion of this county that is expendable. We’re all in this together,” he added. “Hopefully this situation will bring forth a unified, honest cooperative effort at all levels to develop an alternative water supply for Lake Conroe.”

A Walden resident and a board member of the Lake Conroe Communities Network, Dan Davis said the public should “look beyond” the drought and focus on developing much needed infrastructure for the future.

For what should be the busiest weekend of the summer, businessmen are approaching Labor Day with trepidation. Gordon Hill moved his boat and jet ski rental business to the North Shore Marina but the low dock conditions have followed him.

“You can’t get a duck in there,” he said. “We’ve looked at other locations but it’s getting tough.”

A weekend that might generate $2,500-$4,000 now might bring $1,200, he said.

“It’s a serious situation. We may end up closing down,” Hill said.

The amount of water released from Lake Conroe will be monitored and adjusted daily based on weather conditions.

The estimated release of 150 million gallons a day equates to half an inch per day, and three or four inches per week. During the hot summer months, this is slightly more than the amount of water that evaporates from the reservoir each week, so the overall decline in lake level could be approximately five to six inches per week.

Lakefront property owners with boat slips should monitor water levels and take appropriate action as needed to trailer their boats or store them in marinas until normal rainfall patterns return and lake levels begin to rise, the SJRA release notes.

For more details, visit the SJRA’s website at www.sjra.net.


A silver lining?

Once the lake home values decrease, don’t you think homeowners will get a notice from the county appraisal district whereby the taxable value has been reduced and their tax will be less?  They should check their mail boxes daily for that notice!

August 21, 2011

Luke playing basball 8/20/11.

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 6:11 am











August 20, 2011

August Tournament Winners at Pendleton Golf Course


The winners of the Pendleton Harbor monthly scramble was: B.T. Short, Cliff Orr, Clyde Brewer, Kevin Dutton and Randy Burch.

August 19, 2011

On The Bright Side Mary Howell -08/17/11

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:51 am

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell


This week’s On The Bright Side is dedicated in honor of our Sabine County teachers who will soon begin another year of service to the Hemphill  School, West Sabine School and Brookeland School districts.


School bells will soon ring not only for students but also for the teachers, administrators, custodial and maintenance workers, kitchen and office personnel and bus driers.  Each of these dedicated workers fill a special position and play a vital role in the ongoing of our schools.


Teachers strive to give the students the best education possible. Education is the foundation for successful living.  Teachers often leave an indelible mark upon the lives of their students who may remember their teachers throughout their lifetime.


After forty or fifty years, I remember who influenced my education at Hemphill elementary, Junior High and High Schools.


My first grade teacher, Miss Maggie McLemore, taught me to read from the Look and See books.  Mrs. Verna Thedford taught me to write cursive when I was a second grader.  My third grader teacher, Mrs. Ruby Minton, taught me the importance of spelling correctly.  Mrs. Ida Byley was an excellent fourth grade geography teacher.  She taught her students about countries around the world.  Firth grade teacher, Miss Pearl Jones, taught us arithmetic and the importance of multiplication tables.  My sixth grade teacher, Verlyn Owens instilled in me a love for literature.  My eleventh grade teacher, Eddie Toole, laid a solid foundation for the study of service and biology.  Mrs. Mildred Lewis made sure that her students knew how to write all kinds of letters such as business, friendship letters and thank you notes.


I had several high school teachers who prepared me for my college career including Kathleen White, Jo Smith, Buford Hughes and Wayne Mitchell.


Today’s teachers are probably just as dedicated to the education of their students as those of yester years.


I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to all the teachers who will play such a vital role in the lives of the citizens of tomorrow.


August 17, 2011

August 18, 2011

a first for me…temperature forecast…. 113*

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 7:57 pm
Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
113° F | 76° F
Chance of a Thunderstorm
103° F | 76° F
Partly Cloudy
103° F | 76° F
Partly Cloudy
101° F | 76° F
Partly Cloudy
101° F | 76° F
Chance of T-storms

20% chance of precipitation
Chance of T-storms

20% chance of precipitation
Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy


Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:53 pm

A Note from Mary’s sister:

We thought Mary had a dislocated right shoulder but it turned out to be a non-displaced fracture of her humerus which requires no treatment and we are so thankful.  We just have to be careful with her arms. That is an answer to prayer. We had been referred to a shoulder specialist in Tyler but I got her the appointment in Lufkin.


I had an appointment today with an Orthopedic Doctor due to beach volley ball knee injury.  When I was entering the doctors office waiting  room, here came Mary being rolled out having just finished her appointment.   Mary was just smiling.  We had a chance to visit while waiting for her ride (ambulance).  I ask if I could update her readers on her condition and yes she wanted everyone praying for her as she believes in the power of prayer.

The next time I am down, feeling sorry for myself, have this ache or pain, I will try to remember Mary and how she stays ON THE BRIGHT SIDE!


cooling down

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 6:48 am




August 17, 2011

You learn a lot by reading this blog!

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:25 pm

The Goldberg Brothers – The Inventors of the Automobile Air Conditioner

Here’s a little factoid for automotive buffs or just to dazzle your friends.

The four Goldberg brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Max, invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner.  On July 17, 1938, the temperature in  Detroit was 97 degrees.

The four brothers walked into old man Henry Ford’s office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that four gentlemen were there with the most exciting innovation in the auto industry since the electric starter.

Henry was curious and invited them into his office. They refused and instead asked that he come out to the parking lot to their car.

They persuaded him to get into the car, which was about 130 degrees, turned on the air conditioner, and cooled the car off immediately.

The old man got very excited and invited them back to the office, where he offered them $3 million for the patent.

The brothers refused, saying they would settle for $2 million, but they wanted the recognition by having a label, ‘The Goldberg Air-Conditioner,’ on the dashboard of each car in which it was installed.

Now old man Ford was more than just a little anti- Semitic, and there was no way he was going to put the Goldberg’s name on two million Fords.

They haggled back and forth for about two hours and finally agreed on $4 million and that just their first names would be shown.

And so to this day, all Ford air conditioners show — Lo, Norm, Hi, and Max — on the controls.

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