Plucky is good
Speaking of individuals who make a
difference in the community—quietly and without fanfare—Elverna
Graeber, the Needville senior citizen who marched on the
establishment, is one of them. From what I understand Mrs.
Graeber has volunteered her time and energy to the seniors
in the Needville area for 40 years. She says she became
involved in providing for the local seniors through the
church and ultimately became one of those seniors herself.
You’d never know it when you talk to her. Her enthusiasm and
energy far exceed some younger folks. She is plucky; to say
the least and not one bit shy. Quietly she gets the job done
without any expectation of a reward. But don’t step on her
toes! She proved that last week when she organized an
unofficial protest group to demand answers and solutions to
the closing of the senior citizen’s center in Needville.
Plucky is good!
Been around a while
For those of us who have been in the
community and the media for quite some time, it is something
like the Sgt. Ron Slockett memorial on July 2 that really
brings it home. On the morning of July 4, twenty years ago,
Sgt. Slockett, a Sugar Land patrolman, was gunned down
during a routine traffic stop on Highway 90-A. I covered the
story and it was heartbreaking. Sugar Land was a teeny town
then and the police department was very small. It hit hard.
Crime was something that happened elsewhere and a crime of
this magnitude was unheard of, so the community responded as
only a small-town can. They mourned his loss and a park was
named for him. When the notification of the event was sent
out, memories of that fateful and tragic day came flooding
back like it was yesterday.
It’s been kind of a melancholy week and certainly brings
home the realization that covering the news for so many
years probably gives the “old-timers” here at the Star
a unique perspective on today’s events. It also makes us
realize we are sometimes walking history books. What an