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Giddy Up n’ Cook! Wins 3rd Place in Recipe Book Contest

Submitted by Lisa Hammond:

In case you don’t recall the original story, click here. Lisa says that cookbooks can be ordered from her for $20. Call her at 512-406-1623.



The moment you’ve been waiting for…announcement of the winners of our 2014 Morris Community Cookbook Awards!

First place and $2,500 is awarded to Maine Family Favorites from the Bangor Federal Credit Union of Bangor, ME. Prize money goes to the Campaign for Ending Hunger in Maine.

Second place and $1,000 is given to Treasured Recipes and Projects from Boise, ID. Award money will be used to support The Junior League of Boise.

Third place and $500 is awarded to Giddy Up N Cook from The Event Staff Buyers Group of Coupland, TX. Prize money will go towards Youth of Texas.

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all the organizations who submitted a cookbook for consideration. This was the final year for the contest. We want to thank all the organizations who submitted an entry over the past 15 years. During that time, Morris Press Cookbooks awarded more than $116,000 in prize money. It has been an honor and privilege to have been a part of your fundraising efforts.


Coupland – 50 Years Ago by Max Marasco



In the early afternoon of 7 March 1965, I rented a Cessna 150 from the Longhorn Flying Club at the Austin Mueller Airport to fly around the local Coupland area and asked Kenny Gerschbeck, a good friend from high school days, if he wanted to ride along, which he did.

As I recall, when this photo was taken, we were flying in a westerly direction (note the Cessna 150’s high wing strut in the photo’s upper left hand corner) at around 1500 ft MSL when Kenny took the photo out of the right side window of the airplane. North is to the upper right corner of the photo. I do not recall what type of camera Kenny used but it was probably a Kodak Instamatic. The photo in this story is a scanned copy of that photo.

To help make sense of the photo and not clutter it up with notations, I have included (below) a hand drawn map of Coupland on that day. In 1965, the current “911” addresses had not yet been assigned; although no one used street names back then, those used below are from the original town plat and are the same as used today by 911.


In that light, I’d like to call your attention to some of what you are looking at in the photo. Perhaps the first thing you may notice is that the west end of Hoxie St terminates at Austin St — no Stock Up, no Hoxie St access to TX 95, no Post Office building, etc. Also, Broad St “stops” at Elliot St — at that time, kids living less than (as I remember) 2 miles from the school were not entitled to bus service, so had to walk or be otherwise taken to school. You will notice a N-S path from the corner of Elliot and Broad to the school grounds that was maintained by the school board for the “town kids” use. Before TX 95 bypassed Coupland, Commerce and Herrin Streets were part of TX 95 and the footpath was used to keep the kids away from/off TX 95 and was kept in use after the bypass was completed. You will also notice that the current houses in that “Muery Addition” are non-existent. The house just north of the school was the school principal’s residence – at one time, the house was provided “in-kind” as part of the principal’s salary. I don’t recall when the school board sold the property.

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Fresh Tamales Come to Coupland!


MarLira’s Creations, is now open in Coupland! It’s right behind the Stock-Up Food Mart. I stopped in on Saturday and met Julia. I got a free pork tamale sample. One was not enough! I bought a dozen for later but I couldn’t resist trying her barbacoa taco. Here is my official, food critic response:



I will definitely be back for more and to try her other menu items. Please support this new business in Coupland. You’ll be glad you stopped in.

Here is a link to her website: MarLira Creations

Coupland Water Supply Corporation Regular Meeting Agenda – January 28, 2014


Submitted by Martin Samuelson

Coupland Water Supply Corporation

Regular Meeting

Date: Wednesday, January 28th 2015

Time: 7 p.m.

Place: Coupland Fire Hall


1 -Call meeting to order/establish a quorum

2- Public Comments

3 – Report from plant manager Ken Lockard

4 – Report from Treasure

5- Discussion with Scott Murrah for master plan and grant

6 – Discuss tap fee on existing property

7- Discuss old and new business

8- Action items

  • Master Plan
  • Grants
  • Warehouse space for documents
  • Naming of plant, lift stations and signage
  • Units per tap define tap


This agenda duly posted on the 23rd day of January, 2015, at 12.00 p.m. on the bulletin board at Coupland Post Office and Citizen National Bank.

Coupland Civic Organization Annual Meeting to be Held on January 26

Submitted by Jennifer Dollins:

TEXAS STAR-RoseThe Coupland Civic Organization will hold its official annual meeting on Monday, January 26, in the Fellowship Hall of St. Peter’s Church of Coupland.  President Susan Schmidt will report on the activities in 2014, and new board members will be elected.  Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.; the program will begin at 7.

Venus Flirts with Mercury

Well, we missed this because of the “winter storm.” Anyway, they will still be very close for a few days.

From Sky and Telescope:

Saturday, January 10

Venus and Mercury are closest together this evening in twilight, 0.7° apart. Look low in the southwest about 45 minutes after sunset, as shown here. They’ll stay within 1° of each other through Monday.


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