Friday, May 25, 2012

Pirate Treasure

Summer is coming...the perfect time for Piraty fun!  I've rousted up some pirate freebies, mostly from the Dover Sampler (which are up for a limited time).  Download them while you can to use later!

Free Coloring Pages
More Fun Free Stuff

Recommended Pirate Book  (sorry, this one isn't free)

Handbook of Pirates by Terry Deary

I got this his fun nitty-gritty true but still hilarious history of pirates for my 8 year old.  He loved it!  Might not go well much younger than that, as it's recommended for ages 9 and up.  :-)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Local Elections May 12

Election Day is Saturday, May 12.  Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 pm!  

Did you know that in Midway's  last contested School Board election, the trustee elected won by 11 votes! The total number of votes cast was only 971 out of a district with approximately 7,200 students and 1,000 employees.  Your vote counts!

I'm not sure how that compares elections in Waco and other cities, but I know this:  Your impact when you vote in a local election is huge!  

The may 12 election is only for city, school board, and other local elections.  It is NOT for state representatives or for Primary candidates.  Here's who's running.  You can still hit the internet and see what you can find!

McLennan County Races and Polling Places

City of Bellmead
Click here for polling places

•  Precinct 3 seat: candidates Mary Youngblood, Cathy Akin, Bill Mahon and Paul Dupuis
•  Precinct 4 seat: candidates Jose Arrollo and U.F. Roberts
•  At-large seat: candidates Jose Gomez and Gary Moore

City of Crawford
Polling Place: Crawford High School, 200 Pirate Drive;
Crawford 76638

•  Council at-large seats (voters will pick three from pool of four candidates): Charles Weithorn, Cecil Pogue, Terrence Smith and Don Evans

City of Woodway
Polling Place: Woodway City Hall; 922 Estates Dr.; Woodway,
TX 76712
•  Charter revision: 15 propositions related to updating the city charter (sorry, don't know what these are)

Mart Independent School District
Polling Place: Mart High School Cafeteria, 700 Navarro St.,

•  Trustee seat: candidates John Smith, Russell Carroll and Larry Farmer

Midway Independent School District
Polling Place: Woodway City Hall; 922 Estates Dr.; Woodway,
TX 76712
•  Trustee, Place 3: candidates Pete Micus, Tom Pagel, Ross O. Larson
(See research I found on candidates here.)

West Independent School District
Polling Place: West Community Center, 200 Tokio Rd., West

•  Proposition to issue $2 million in bonds for construction and equipment of school facilities, including a sports complex for baseball, softball and track.

Waco races

Find Polling Places Here


•  Mayor: District 5 City Councilman Malcolm Duncan Jr., 59, faces Antwone Taulton, 25, a student.
•  Council District 1: Incumbent Wilbert Austin faces Shirley Langston, 60, founder and CEO of Restoration Haven ministry.
•  District 3 council: John Kinnaird, 32, a banker and Zoning Board of Adjustment chairman, is unopposed.
•  Waco ISD District 1: Incumbent Norman Manning, 62, unopposed.
•  Waco ISD District 2: Incumbent Alex Williams, 78, a retired educator, unopposed.
•  Waco ISD position 6, at large: Incumbent Pat Atkins, 47, an attorney, faces Nika Davis, 42, a pastor.

 Informative Links: 
Here's the best resources I've found so far for finding out about the candidates, polling places, etc

Candidate Forum
You can listen to a Waco candidate forum on  NPR.  Unfortunately, I can't get it to play on my computer.  (Grrr.)

Waco Trib Elections Page - Includes Candidate List
This is the best resource I've found.  You'll have to scroll down past the "Election Headlines" at the top, which are mostly about national candidates.  Below that is all the local info:  A list of the candidates (which you can see for free) and articles related to local elections (which you have to pay for).   It's worth paying a $1.99 fee for a day pass to read the articles if you're not a subscriber.

Waco Elections Page
Once again you have to scroll down for the good stuff.  At the bottom and links to a list of candidates and polling places.  The top is just info on how to use the voting machines.

McClennen County Elections Page

Other Notes:
Looking for your precinct?  It is noted on your Voter Registration card next to your year of birth under your gender. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Midway ISD Schoolboard Elections - More Info

MISD School Board Elections

MISD voters vote in the precinct where they are registered to vote.  Changes to election procedures has caused some polling locations to move, so find your polling station and please vote.   Polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm May 12.

Woodway City Hall - 922 Estates Drive, Woodway
Precincts 11, 23, 31, 63, 75, 78 and 91
Precincts 33, 80 and 82, formerly Speegleville voting site, will vote at Woodway City Hall.
Hewitt City Hall - 105 Tampico Drive, Hewitt
Precincts 19, 51, 60, 61 and 62

MISD Candidates
(and information I found on them online)

Tom Pagel
Pete Micus