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Community Clean-up Day – 2019
The City of Coupland sponsored a spring Clean-Up Day on April 27. The City provided two dumpsters along the tracks in downtown Coupland. This is a needed service; the dumpsters filled up early in the day. Mayor Jack Piper, Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Piper, and Alderwomen Karen Marosko and Sarah Torleumke supervised the dumpsters. Master Chef Peter Wabbel provided delicious breakfast tacos to the volunteers.
Residents along CR 458 had a litter pick-up along the road. Thanks to Gary Bigley and Kevin Dollins who shredded the right-of-way. That evening, Kevin and Jennifer Dollins hosted a CR 458 get-together for neighbors to celebrate the end of Clean-Up Day.
The City will continue to hold Clean-Up Days as part of ongoing efforts to clean up and beautify Coupland.
Annual Golf Tournament – 2019
The second annual CCO Golf Tournament fundraiser was Saturday, May 18, at Taylor’s Mustang Creek Golf Club. First place was captured by the Sandbagger team with members Jesse Randall, Keith Kuzel, Justin Tucker, and Paul Yockey. The Black Stallion team of Robert Lopez, Lee Martinez, Adan Ascanio, and Keith Repa won second. The Black Stallion team also came in second last year at the first CCO golf tournament. Third place was Out of Phase with Charley Keating, Jim Smetzer, Scott Herzog, and Michael Renner. Other teams were Danny Hughes Insurance, Mullets, Pied Pipers, Wright & Greenhill/Taylor Press, and Wildfire Lawn Company. Winning the closest to the pin contest was Keith Repa, and longest drive winner was Sean Pavlicek. This year, Ewald Kubota sponsored a trophy. Winners’ names will be engraved on the trophy, which will be on display at Ewald Kubota’s Taylor location until next year’s tournament.
The CCO greatly appreciates our sponsors. Jay Sutton, financial advisor, Edward Jones, Elgin, was the overall tournament sponsor. Sponsoring holes were Citizens National Bank, Central Security, Coupland Veterinary Hospital (Dr. Graef), Danny Hughes Insurance, McCrary Insurance Agency, Old Coupland Inn & Dancehall, Patschke & Patschke Real Estate, Plant Process Equipment, Solid Tattoo, Williamson County Equipment, and Williamson County Grain.
Solid Tattoo sponsored closest to the pin. The CCO sponsored the longest drive, and board members contributed door prizes. Associate sponsors were Burrow Chiropractic Clinic, Taylor Duck Car Wash, Ewald Kubota, and Sirloin Stockade. Taylor Duck Car Wash and Ewald Kubota also donated door prizes.
The third annual CCO Golf Tournament is scheduled for May 16, 2020.
April 2019 Meeting of the CCO – Coupland Honey Company
At the April 29, 2019, CCO meeting, Steve Schiller presented an interesting program on bees, honey, and beekeeping. Steve and his wife Nancy own the Coupland Honey Company, 850 CR 470, Coupland, Texas 78615, 512-801-2747. They brought honey comb and queen bees, plus some of their local honey for purchase. Most people don’t know how much interesting information there is about bees. Steve said that he manages his bees like livestock—like cattle. In addition to selling honey, Steve is a bee removal expert. Shortly after this program, he was called to remove a swarm from a Coupland home, and the resident was very pleased with Steve’s methods and success.
In this photo, Nancy and Steve Schiller display examples of honeycomb and their local honey. CCO board member Judy Downing (back) looks on.
March 2019 Meeting of the CCO – News from CVFD & the Mayor
The March 25 CCO meeting featured information about the Coupland Volunteer Fire Department and the City of Coupland. Firefighter Travis Sanford reported that the chili supper fundraiser was very successful. Some firefighters are now going through the Eastside Fire Academy, which trains volunteers in Eastern Williamson County in basic skills, such as hose handling and fighting structure fires. Travis said, “There are six EMT’s in the department, and one individual is almost through with paramedic school.” Firefighters are able to administer CPR and first aid. He thanked the Sons of Hermann Life of Coupland for the new sign that is in front of the fire station.
Mayor Jack Piper presented the the City of Coupland news. The Council meets the second Thursday of every month, 6 p.m., in the meeting room of the Fire Station. He announced that there will be a Clean Up Day on April 27. The City will provide two dumpsters at the railroad tracks. He welcomed veterinarian Dr. Arlon Graef to Coupland. Dr. Graef was a long-time vet in Taylor, he retired, and now he has come out of retirement and founded Coupland Veterinary Hospital. TxDOT is going to repair on the bridge east of Coupland on CR 456. They are going to start working on the bridge in June, and repairs will probably take three months. He discussed the difficulties caused by the Coupland Estates subdivision north of town on Hwy. 95. TxDOT usually does not allow this many driveways to enter a state highway in such a small area. However, Mayor Piper explained, “the county approved the plans, and then the county and TxDOT worked out a deal. They are allowing them seven culverts.” The Council has been considering a zoning ordinance and will vote on it on April 11.
February 2019 Meeting of the CCO – Polocrosse!
Prissy Rumel is the president of the Lone Star Polocrosse Club, located on FM 1466 about 5 miles east of Coupland. She presented a program on polocrosse to the Feb. 25 meeting. She explained that polocrosse is similar to polo and lacrosse. A big difference is that the player uses one horse, whereas polo requires six to eight horses. There are about 25 members in the Club.
The Club holds Play Days on many weekends, and, Prissy said, “We would love to have people to come out and watch. We have bleachers and concessions. Everybody is happy to explain the game to those who are not familiar with it.”
The Club will host a tournament on October 19-20; teams from the United Kingdom, Australia, and Ireland will come and play here. She showed an interesting and beautiful video from the 2017 Tournament: “our field and our players.” Thanks to St. Peter’s Pastor Martin Garrison for setting up the audio-video equipment for this meeting.
You can keep up with the Lone Star Polocrosse Club by visiting their Facebook page.
January 2019 Annual Meeting of the CCO
At the Annual Meeting of the CCO on January 28, President Susan Schmidt reported on the events that were held in 2018. In May, the first CCO golf tournament was organized by Jonathan Jones and held at Taylor’s Mustang Creek Golf Club. The annual National Night Out was held in August at the Depot. Susan thanked Abbey Road, owner of the Old Coupland Inn & Dancehall, for donating the barbecue for the annual fall Choo Choo Fest. Halloween Trunk or Treat was enjoyed by young and old alike. (Scroll down to see more details on 2018 events.)
President Schmidt noted that the CCO publishes the Herald newsletter which helps keep the community informed. Caboose Coordinator Barbara Piper gave a recap of restoring the historic caboose. Mike Schneider, Treasurer, reported that financially, “This year was about like last year.” Fundraising Co-Chair Judy Downing announced that personalized pavers are still being sold for the Depot sidewalk.
Mayor Jack Piper said, “Since incorporation in 2012, we have spent most of our money on streets and roads.” The Council is considering a zoning ordinance and a nuisance ordinance. All of the information is on the City’s website, which is cityofcouplandtx.us.
Following the official business, author Jim “Kicker” Garry gave an entertaining and informative talk with stories about the history of our area and of the Old West.
Trunk or Treat
The annual Trunk or Treat event was held on Saturday, October 27.
Choo-Choo Fest – 2018
Choo Choo Fest is the major annual fundraiser for the Coupland Civic Organization (CCO). This year it was held on Sunday, October 14 at St. Peter’s Church in Coupland. The traditional delicious barbecue dinner, including potato salad, beans, and barbecue sauce was provided by Abbey Road, owner of the Old Coupland Inn. As always, the cole slaw was provided by Becky Sutton. The bake sale offered desserts by the serving and/or whole.
The silent auction featured artwork, arts and crafts, collectibles, antiques, and many more interesting items. Choo Choo Fest T-shirts were available in new colors. And since it couldn’t be a Choo Choo Fest without a Choo Choo, the Kiddie Express train offered free rides to kiddies and their parents, too.
We also welcomed back Sylvia Summers, former CCO President who presided over the first event in 2008 and is credited with coming up with the name Choo Choo Fest.
September 2018 Meeting of the CCO
On Monday, September 24, the CCO had a program on the Coupland School presented by Superintendent Tammy Brinkman and Language Arts Teacher Kathy Hill. They provided many interesting insights on the school and the students. We also welcomed Carlos Salinas, candidate for County Commissioner Pct. 4, and his wife Vicki.
General Meetings of the Civic Organization are open to the public and are held on the last Monday of each month, except for Monday holidays.
National Night Out – 2018
National Night Out was on August 7 at the Depot and was possibly the best attended so far. Several candidates for political offices attended and we had presentations by Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Kreidel and Jared Cummings, Chief of the Coupland Volunteer Fire Department.
The Coupland Civic Organization hosted a hot dog supper with all the trimmings plus homemade cookies.
Annual Golf Tournament – 2018
The CCO held its first-ever, first annual golf tournament on May 19, 2018, at beautiful Mustang Creek Golf Course in Taylor. It was a successful fundraiser and the proceeds will be used toward maintaining our historic Coupland Depot and restoring the caboose. Thanks to board member Jonathan Jones for organizing the tournament. Things went well for a first-time endeavor, and planning has already started for next year’s tournament set for May 18, 2019. Here are a few images from the event: