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Learn about field hockey at free clinic Sept. 13

By Trish Winkle, Field Hockey Clinic Instructor

Did you know field hockey is among the world’s most popular sports?

When it came to the United States more than a century ago, field hockey was played predominately on the east coast. In recent years, it found its way across the country — even to parts of Texas.

Field hockey players use a long, hook-shaped stick to hit a hard plastic ball up and down a grass or turf field.  The idea is to score as many goals as you can in the opponent’s goal. Field hockey has many unique rules and shares more similarities with soccer than ice hockey.

Our free clinic on Friday, Sept. 13 from 6-8 p.m. at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex is open to anyone from three-years-old to adult with any ability or mobility level. No need to preregister, either.

The clinic features fun stations where you can learn more about the game’s equipment, rules, and skills. You can spend as little or as much time as you like at each station, but if you finish them all, you can win field hockey sticks and balls, t-shirts, lessons, and more.

The great thing about trying field hockey for the first time is that it’s new to almost everyone else around College Station, too. Regardless of whether you’ve played sports or haven’t found your niche yet, everyone is pretty much on the same level.

The clinic’s primary purpose is to introduce you to an exciting new sport in a fun atmosphere. We invite you to join us!

For more information, call 979-764-3468.


About the Blogger

Trisha Winkle is a former collegiate field hockey player who has coached at the club, high school, and collegiate levels. A native of New Jersey, Trish has recently moved to the area to work in Texas’s A&M’s Education Abroad program. In her free time, she shares her love of field hockey.


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Weekend of Remembrance honors our fallen heroes

By Gabriela Salazar, Tourism Events Supervisor

The custom of honoring lost loved ones by cleaning cemeteries and decorating graves is an ancient and worldwide tradition. This weekend’s Texas Weekend of Remembrance pays tribute to the men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Free commemorative events are scheduled from Friday through Sunday at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex. We invite military members, veterans, their families, and everyone who wants to honor our fallen heroes and celebrate the freedoms granted by their sacrifice.

As part of the Memorial Day weekend, the Texas Weekend of Remembrance not only presents impactful speakers and celebratory music — it reminds us about the everlasting cost of our freedom.

Schedule of Events

Pets and outside food and drinks aren’t allowed, but you may bring plastic water bottles and lawn chairs, and concessions will be available for purchase.

Highlights include:

  • A roll call of the total count those who gave their lives in America’s major conflicts.
  • Gold Star mother MaryKay Edwards will share the story of her son, William “Billy” Lawrence Edwards, who was killed in Iraq in 2007.
  • A rifle salute by the Ross Volunteers and taps played by the Texas Aggie Band bugler.
  • Musical performances by Shane Smith & The Saints and former Iraq combat veteran Scott Brown (USMC) in the Scooter Brown Band.
  • A free breakfast and non-denominational Sunday service led by U.S. Coast Guard Chaplain Benjamin Mayhugh.
  • Adult softball and youth 7v7 football tournaments.
  • A 5K run/walk and 1-mile kids‘ run benefitting Brazos Valley Cares, which supports veterans having financial hardships.
  • Photo opportunities with military vehicles from the Museum of the American GI and Conroe’s Army Reserve Aviation Base.

For more information, visit or call 979-764-3486.


About the Blogger

Tourism Events Supervisor Gabby Salazar is in her fourth year with the City of College Station. Before joining the city, she was the night manager at Texas A&M’s Reed Arena. A product of A&M’s sports management program, Gabby earned her bachelor’s degree in 2014 and is working toward her master’s. A native of Alamo, she was also a member of the Aggies’ nationally-ranked track and cross country teams.


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Live Blog: Monday’s city council meetings (Feb. 25)

Sitting (L-R): Mayor Pro Tem Linda Harvell, Mayor Karl Mooney, Eleanor Vessali. Standing (L-R): Bob Brick, Jerome Rektorik, John Nichols, Dennis Maloney.

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Monday, Feb. 25. It’s not the official minutes.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink channel 19 or online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

5:46 p.m.

The workshop has started. The council took no action out of the executive session. (more…)

Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Dec. 13)

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Dec. 13. It’s not the official minutes.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink channel 19 or online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

5:03 p.m.

The workshop has started. The council took no action from executive session. (more…)

Fall Fest offers fun way for seniors to socialize

By Hallie Hutchins, Parks & Recreation Marketing Assistant

With leaves changing colors and temperatures cooling, fall is in the air, and the annual Senior Fall Fest is just around the corner. What started as a simple idea for a fall picnic has turned into one of the fall season’s most anticipated events for senior adults.

In 2007, a group of older adults noticed that many friends were spending too much time alone at home. They wanted to find a fun way to get those folks out of the house and socializing again.

The City of College Station Parks & Recreation Department and the Senior Advisory Committee collaborated, and Senior Fall Fest — a social picnic just for seniors — was born. For more than a decade, hundreds of adults 55 years and older have gathered to enjoy an evening of dancing, door prizes, fellowship, and fun.

Seniors are invited to bring friends to join the free celebration from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 in the American Pavilion at Veterans Park & Athletic Complex. Fall Fest will begin with a welcome from the Brazos Valley Council of Government’s Ronnie Gipson, followed by Chaplin Gary Roe leading a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Fuddruckers hamburgers will be served, along with a classic cake walk with desserts donated by Senior Fall Fest sponsors. The event also features door prizes and entertainment by the Lil Aggie Wranglers, the local senior line dancing group Rhythm Rockers, and music by Gene Woodell.

Participants are encouraged to wear costumes with prizes awarded for best dressed. Registration is not required. For more information visit or call 979-764-6351.

We offer a special thanks to our Senior Fall Fest sponsors: Angels Care Home Health, Accel at College Station, Bluebonnet Place Assisted Living Community, Brazos Valley Area Agency on Aging, Caring Transitions of Brazos Valley, CHI St. Joseph Health Mature Well Lifestyle Center, CHI St. Joseph Health Rehabilitation Hospital an affiliate of Encompass Health College Station Medical Center, Comfort Keepers, Commerce National Bank, Compassionate Care Hospice, Franklin Nursing Home, H-E-B, HealthQuest Home Health, Hillier Funeral Home, Hospice Brazos Valley, Isle at Watercrest Bryan, LULAC Oak Hill, Parc at Traditions, Pathways Hospice, Right at Home: In-Home Care & Assistance, Rock Prairie Behavioral Health, Signature Select Services, Texas Home Health Hospice, United Health Care, and Visiting Angels.


About the Blogger

Hallie Hutchins is in her fourth year as marketing staff assistant in the Parks & Recreation Department after graduating from Texas A&M in 2014 with a degree in sports management. She has previously worked with the Dallas Sidekicks professional soccer team and Texas Team Junior Golf. Originally from White Oak, Hallie also attended Kilgore College and was a member of the famed Kilgore Rangerettes dance team.


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BV Veterans Memorial is our community’s hidden gem

By Lacey Lively, Marketing Manager

Tucked away in College Station’s Veterans Park and Athletic Complex at 3101 Harvey Road is a hidden gem – a 12-acre site dedicated to veterans from our nation’s wars. The Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial includes life-sized statues, a Wall of Honor, interpretive panels and memorial sites.

Chartered in 2000 as a non-profit corporation, the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial is supported by generous community residents, organizations, and partners, including Brazos County and the cities of Bryan and College Station. The Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial’s all-volunteer board of directors proudly contribute time and resources to salute our veterans. Their mission is to proactively pay tribute to veterans through an educational venue where future generations can learn that freedom comes with a heavy price.

Former President George H.W. Bush helped dedicate the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial on Nov. 10, 2002. Bush said “The Brazos Valley community can stand proud. The names that mark the memorial showcase the sons and daughters who gave dedicated service to our nation so that future generations can share the freedoms we enjoy.

“Their task was great and their sacrifice even greater, but their legacy stands firm, and their memories burn bright.”

Bush later said the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial is of similar quality to those on the famed National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Louis L. Adam Memorial Plaza & Wall of Honor

Within the Louis L. Adam Memorial Plaza sits the 250-ton red granite Wall of Honor, which serves as the memorial’s focal point. The wall bears the etched names of more than 5,000 veterans representing all periods of U.S. history who are family and friends of Brazos Valley residents.

Notable names include 24 presidents and seven former Texas A&M University students who received the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award. The bronze sculpture mounted at the top of the wall depicts a G.I. carrying a fellow soldier to safety. The status is the work of artist Robert Eccleston of Schuyler Falls, New York.

Do you know of a respected veteran you’d like to add to the Wall of Honor?

The veteran may be living, deceased or active, and does not have to be a Brazos Valley resident. The cost is $150 per name, and the application deadline is Aug. 15 each year. New additions are recognized at the annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Names received after Aug. 15 will be recognized the following year.

Lynn Stuart Pathway and Memorial Sites

Named after Brig. Gen. Louis Lynn Stuart (U.S. Army), the Lynn Stuart Pathway is a half-mile trail connecting the memorials. The pathway features interpretive panels with historical background for each conflict, granite markers, and steel benches adorned with donor plaques. Of the trail’s 18 memorial sites, 10 have life-sized, bronze statues designed and sculpted by Navasota’s J. Payne Lara.

Notable sites along the trail include the War on Terror Memorial that displays a steel relic from one of the World Trade Center towers and the Vietnam War Memorial that features a 15-foot-high bronze UH-1D Huey helicopter plate depicting soldiers preparing to drop into a dangerous landing zone.

Future statues are planned to commemorate the Spanish-American War, Philippine Insurrection, China Relief Expedition, Mexican Border Service, Granada/Panama/Dominican Republic, Southwest Asia (Desert Storm/Shield), and Kosovo War.

How You Can Get Involved

On Sunday, Nov. 11 – the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I – the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial Board will dedicate a World War I statue titled Over the Top at 4 p.m. at the World War I memorial. The Veterans Day ceremony will follow at 5:30 p.m. at the Louis L. Adam Memorial Plaza. The events are free and open to the public.

The Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial board strives to preserve the history and memory of military service members while providing educational opportunities for the community to learn about our history. Your generous donation can be directed toward a specific memorial or for the memorial grounds in general.

To donate, add a name, or learn more about the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial, go to or contact us at 979.696.6247 or


About the Blogger

Lacey Lively serves as the chief information officer for the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial Board. She has been with the City of College Station’s Public Communications Office since 2011. Lacey previously worked as an internet marketing consultant for the Bryan-College Station Eagle and as a web designer. A native of Beaumont, Lacey earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism and communications from Texas A&M in 2009.


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