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Peace Together announces 3-mile walk on November 2

Peace Together is an organization whose mission is to “Eliminate violence against all people and groups by building relationships and strengthening the community.”

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Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peace-together-community-walk-tickets-64759563598 to register

View the promotional video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QLz-oqIeIo.

Editor’s Corner: NASA veteran shares stories about his 40+ years at the agency

By Stacey Doud

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On September 17, 2019, retired NASA employee Herb Baker gave a talk at University of Texas at Arlington. Most of his work was performed at Johnson Space Center in Houston, and I “met” him years ago on LinkedIn, as I have lived most of my life in the Houston area.

I was thrilled to learn about his scheduled appearance here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, since he gives most of his talks in southeast Texas. I always like meeting my online connections.

Herb is a very dynamic speaker and fun to listen to. He was not an engineer, which was surprising to me. His degree was in business! He assured the students present that one doesn’t have to be an engineer to work at NASA. The audience chuckled because he was speaking to engineering students in the engineering building.

He gave a bit of his background and how he got hired by a NASA contractor. He basically followed in the footsteps of his mother, who also had a long career at NASA. He said his first few years consisted of doing “grunt work” – basically anything that was asked of him, even getting coffee.

After the Apollo 11 moon landing, his main job was to take reels of film and drive them up to Houston’s Intercontinental Airport (now called George W. Bush Intercontinental) from the Johnson Space Center campus every day. It’s about an hour drive each way, as Houston is so spread out. Of course, this was a time before the Internet, so this was the only way to get things done. From the Houston airport, the film was sent to New York City so it could be used for the evening news or for closed NASA channels.

Basically, Herb was a “Jack of All Trades” during his 42 years at NASA. He traveled to several NASA campuses (such as the George C. Marshal Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama and Kennedy Space Center in Florida) when needed and worked as support on almost every flight from Apollo to Orion to the attempts to develop commercial space flight. He had some funny and interesting stories to tell.

He explained several superstitions that the astronauts and cosmonauts have developed over time, such as urinating on the tires of the bus that will take them to the launch vehicle and eating steak and scrambled eggs for breakfast on the morning of their scheduled flight. These rituals have come about because a crew member from a previously successful flight did them.

In fact, NASA respected crew superstitions so much that when STS-13 (Space Transportation System, the way NASA used to identify shuttle flights) was the next number to use for a shuttle flight, they changed the name to STS-41C. However, the crew decided that they didn’t want superstition to rule their thinking, so they made their own patch that read STS-13 on a black c at, with a space shuttle flying under the cat, which was completely different from the “official” flight patch.

Herb retired recently, and has been spending his time giving talks like this one, as well as conducting tours of the Johnson Space Center campus for special guests. He brought a mock-up space suit for attendees to try on and made himself available for photos after the talk. I, for one, am glad he’s still in the NASA mix!

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Baker (L) watches students try on the space suit he brought

Upcoming Road Closure in Grapevine

70453104_10162631651780268_8964929861651005440_nNorthGate Constructors will conduct work on Bass Pro Drive from SH 26 to southbound SH 121 frontage road from Thursday night, September 19 starting at 8pm until 6am Friday morning, September 20. Then, the majority of their work will take place from 7am on Saturday, September 21 until 7am Sunday morning, September 22.

This work will require a full closure of Bass Pro Drive from SH 26 to the southbound SH 121 frontage road.

  • Eastbound traffic on Bass Pro Drive will be detoured to the hook ramp at the southbound SH 121 frontage road.
  • Westbound traffic on Bass Pro Drive will be detoured to the northbound SH 121 frontage, then to Sandy Lake Road.
  • Drivers will still be able to cross the Bass Pro Drive bridge in order to turn left on the southbound SH 121 frontage road.
  • The 7-Eleven and Embassy Suites Hotel will still have driveway access on northbound SH 26.
  • Bass Pro Shops will still have driveway access from the southbound SH 121 frontage road.

View a map that describes the closure and detour routes at bit.ly/2kjZu44. This second map shows the business driveway closures at bit.ly/2km5nxH.

Visit DFWConnector.com or text DFWC4 to 77222 for real-time updates.

We Will Never Forget

Here are some photos from the aftermath of Grapevine’s ceremony this morning at the 9/11 Memorial on NW Highway at Texan Trail. It was obvious that there was an outpouring of love and remembrance. The City of Grapevine has photos of the ceremony on their Facebook Page.

GRAPEVINE: 9/11 Day of Remembrance Ceremony

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Please join the City of Grapevine Fire Department (GFD) on Wednesday, September 11 at 7:40 a.m. at 1000 Texan Trail in Grapevine, as we honor and remember those we lost during the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 07:40am – Welcome and Introductions
  • 07:41am – GFD Pipe and Drum Band performs Bells of Dunblane
  • 07:46am – Flag will be lowered to half-staff, followed by a moment of silence in remembrance of the first plane hitting the North Tower
  • 07:48am – Remarks from Association of Professional Flight Attendants Vice President Liz Geiss
  • 07:53am – Remarks from Allied Pilots Association member
  • 07:58am – Bell ceremony for fallen firefighters
  • 08:03am – Moment of silence in remembrance of the second plane hitting the South Tower
  • 08:04am – Remarks from Steven Humenesky (ret.), Fire Department of New York (FDNY)
  • 08:09am – Prayer of remembrance and for those left behind (GFD Chaplain Steve Bass)
  • 08:10am – GFD Pipe and Drum perform Amazing Grace and event concludes

We will never forget!

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Colleyville, Grapevine and Euless PDs address recent school threats

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Texas Baptist Men prepare to help hurricane victims

By: FOX4News.com Staff

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DALLAS – The Texas Baptist Men will deploy Tuesday morning to help with Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts.

The North Texas group will stop in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and wait until the bulk of the storm passes before driving to Florida.

The crew will then make their way up to North Carolina with their kitchen and water trailers. Their kitchen trailers can prepare thousands of meals each day and their water trailers offer showers and laundry services to those who need them.

Read more from FOX 4…

CONTEST! Win a ticket to the 7th Annual KL Birthday Bash!

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Kathee Livengood was a successful Realtor but found the time to belong to, or support, almost every civic organization and “cause” in Grapevine. She was known as the Beer Diva for supervising the Chamber beer booths and she was the expert everyone went to for help with auctions.

She worked at every Main Street Days Festival and every GrapeFest until her death. Over the years, her passion for helping people was instrumental in raising thousands of dollars to assist the elderly and children through GRACE and the Women’s Division; people injured and disabled through the Joey Wilkins Foundation; and anyone who was touched by cancer by founding the Relay for Life event in Grapevine.

Kathee passed away in May of 2012, and several of her friends wanted to find a special way to honor her. She had no children and no close relatives to help preserve her legacy with a scholarship. The scholarship was designed to be different from the usual good grades, financial need type for college students.

The KL Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2013. The scholarship is awarded to women in the Greater Tarrant County area who are gaining educational skills to obtain employment and/or to improve their earning potential. This scholarship may be awarded to vocational schools, culinary institutes, beauty colleges, healthcare training facilities, trade schools, community colleges and/or 4-year universities.

The Grapevine Chamber of Commerce Foundation has provided us with a ticket to give away to one of our readers.*

HOW TO ENTER: If you’re interested in this opportunity, please let us know by sending us an email with your name and either your email address or phone number (all info will be discarded after we have a winner and your email address will NOT be used for anything except for this contest). Please use the subject CONTEST in your email.

Get your entry in by 3pm today (Wednesday, 9/4)! A winner will be chosen randomly at that time and will be notified by email. Due to the event being tomorrow, we will even meet you somewhere to get you the ticket or will deliver it in person to your home, as long as you are in the Grapevine area.

Thanks for reading our little publication and for supporting local causes!

[*The Grapevine Source has no investments or affiliations with the sponsoring businesses. We just like making people happy and spreading good news!]

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Download an application for the Kathee Livengood Memorial Scholarship HERE

Grapevine Police Investigate GCISD School Threats

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GRAPEVINE, Texas    Grapevine Police are investigating multiple threats made to Cross Timbers Middle School and the GCISD Administration building on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  

The first threat was phoned into Cross Timbers Middle School at approximately 9:30am.  Employees immediately called 911 while the campus was evacuated.  Police and personnel from Grapevine Fire remained on scene for the continued health and safety of all students and staff.

Once the initial search was completed, both inside and outside the building, officers utilized a bomb detection dog from DFW Airport Police to make a secondary search throughout the school.

The building searches were finalized shortly before noon, and students were allowed back into the building for lunch.  

Approximately an hour later, a separate threat was called in to Cross Timbers Middle School, possibly related to the bomb threat phoned in that morning.  Since the building had just been searched, and police remained on scene, students were kept inside as officers kept watch of all entrances and exits.  

The GCISD Administration building also received threats that appear to be related to the calls at Cross Timbers Middle School.  Officers also responded to this location as a precaution.

Grapevine Police will continue to investigate the threats and work to identify the caller or callers.  Parents may see additional officers on campus this week as a precaution only.  We appreciate the assistance from Grapevine Fire Department, DFW Airport Police, and GCISD as we work collectively to maintain the safety of our students, staff, and community.

TEXAS HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES GO DIGITAL

Hunters and fishermen in most cases will no longer be required to carry their original paper hunting and fishing licenses with them to the field.

HB 547, which went into effect Sept. 1, allows licensees to use a photograph of their physical license to serve as verification of a valid license while hunting any game that doesn’t need a tag, like dove.

HB 547 was authored by state Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg.

Read more from KHOU 11…