Hermann Sons Life Coupland Observes National Flag Day

Glenda Gebert reports, “To celebrate National Flag Day, local volunteers from Hermann Sons Life Coupland gathered Friday, June 14, at Mager Cemetery to place flags in the cemetery.”

She adds, “National Flag Day celebrates our nation’s symbol of unity and stands for our country’s devotion to freedom, to the rule of law, and to equal rights for all.”

Hermann Sons Life is a fraternal benefit society that carries out community works and donates to charitable programs that support community service projects.

Mager Cemetery has a historical marker. Family members pointed out the site of the original Mager homestead that can be seen from the cemetery. They also pointed out the grave of Franciska Mager, buried in 1951, the last person to be buried in the cemetery.

Coupland Civic Organization Schedules National Night Out for Aug. 6

Mark your calendars for Coupland’s National Night Out, which still occurs in August, even though some places have moved it to October. Couplanders are a hardy bunch and can take the heat. The event takes place on the Depot grounds and features hot dogs with all the fixings, homemade cookies, and information about guarding against criminal activity and ensuring fire safety.

The historic Depot Museum recently received donations of vintage items from Margaret Coupland Joiner, who was born in Coupland in 1927 and is a direct descendant of Major Coupland who founded the town. She was accompanied by relatives Craig and Debbie Schreiber from Oracle, Arizona. Ted Wittliff noticed the group standing at the Depot and stopped to talk to them. They were soon joined by CCO board member Judy Downing who brought a key and showed them through the Depot.

Downing received the historic items from Mrs. Joiner, which included some Civil War uniform buttons from the Major himself and a handsewn white dress from Coupland of earlier times. Wittliff said, “Margaret has a lot of memories about Coupland and various folks who lived here. It was very interesting to talk to her.”

To keep up-to-date with Coupland events, please visit the Coupland Civic Organization Facebook page and the website couplandtx.org.

City of Coupland

The Coupland City Council met June 13 and discussed the beginning of mowing of the city alleys that will allow eventual surveying of the alleys. The council will not meet in July. When meetings resume, the council will begin discussing a public nuisance ordinance to deal with weedy lots, piles of junk on lots, abandoned cars, and more.

Mayor Jack Piper says, “I continue receiving calls concerning the storage of junk, trash and vehicles on property in the city limits. It is our hope that our citizens will solve this issue voluntarily. The city council continues discussions concerning the need for a public nuisance ordinance to set guidelines for citizens as well as help to eliminate and correct specific issues along with giving the council authority and legal means to correct specific situations.”

With the Fourth of July coming up, the council urges residents to be careful with fireworks. Coupland has no fireworks ordinance, but Mayor Piper asks people to voluntarily follow these suggestions.

“No firework material may intentionally cross, go or land on a neighbor’s property; all fireworks activity should cease not later than midnight; all firework activity should be under the supervision of an adult (18 years of age or older) at the location of use; and please be aware of animals located on adjoining properties.”

Generally, watch where the fireworks are landing and don’t point them toward livestock or dry vegetation. In case of endangerment, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department can be called.

Coupland School

Eighth grade graduation was held on the evening of May 24.

Teacher Kathy Hill reports, “Our guest speaker was LaKeisha Taylor-Black, our former coach. She is the head women’s coach at Chilton High School, her alma mater.”

She continues, “Our valedictorian was Brenna Floyd, our salutatorian was Savanna Miller, and our Historian was Taylor Clarke. She was assisted by the fourth in rank, Hayleigh Brown.”

Hill also reports that the school is hosting theatre camps this summer: “The students are camping out daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The K-5 performance was June 21, and the 6-8 grade performance, Rock Around the Block, is Friday, June 28.”

Coupland School registration for the 2019-2020 school year and the annual Kindergarten Round-Up will be Tuesday, July 23. Summer office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For registration information for the 2019-2020 school year, please call 512-856-2422 or come by the office.

St. Peter’s Church of Coupland

The bi-monthly Senior Citizens Luncheon was held on May 21.

Co-Chair Lois Schmidt says, “There were 42 senior citizens there including hostesses and helpers. We thank all these wonderful people for helping us. Thank you to Charlotte Albert for the beautiful decorations.”

Attendees played Bingo and four tables of “42” dominoes. Schmidt adds, “Our next luncheon will be picnic style on July 16. See you there for our summer luncheon.”

St. Peter’s hosts potluck dinners on almost every fourth Sunday; there will be one on June 23, beginning a little after 11 a.m. after the 10:15 Sunday service. Choir rehearsals are Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

The St. Peter’s Summer Children's program for young people from grades first through eighth will be held June 24 through June 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be games, arts and crafts, snacks, and Bible stories.

Kim Nelson says, “Come out and join the fun! Lunch will be served each day at 11:30 a.m.”

The Tabitha Circle is meeting every fourth Tuesday, starting at 6 p.m. with a potluck meal. They are studying The Repurposed and Upcycled Life and will discuss Chapter 4 on June 25.

To keep up with the St. Peter’s news, visit their new website www.CouplandChurch.org. There is also a new email address, StPetersCoupland@gmail.com.

New Sweden Church

New Sweden Church's annual "God and Country" event will be held on Sunday, June 23. Beginning at 5 p.m., hot dogs and hamburgers will be served, and there will be a cakewalk and a silent auction. At 7 p.m., there will be a patriotic sing-along and program in the sanctuary.

Rev. Hans J. Lillejord, Pastor, says, “Let us make beautiful music to the glory of God and our country. Service men and women, both past and present, are honored when each branch of the military is recognized. The attendance at this event just keeps growing.”

The evening concludes with ice cream and cookies in the Parish Hall.

Vacation Bible School will begin Sunday, July 14 and run through Thursday, July 18, with a theme of “ROAR--African Adventure: Life is wild, God is Good.” Supper will be served 5:30 to 6 p.m., with Bible School being held 6 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is now open; call Terry Ramm at 512-619-2249.

Children do not have to be members of New Sweden to attend.

The Congregation Picnic will be on July 28, with more details released closer to the date.

Coupland Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD)

The CVFD is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019. They hope to recognize firefighters who were here around the time of the founding of the Department. If you were an early firefighter or the relative of one, please let the Department know by emailing 1979@couplandfire.org or calling 512-856-0237.

The CVFD schedule included an ESD#10 public meeting at the Coupland Fire Station on June 11 at 6 p.m. On June 13 at 7 p.m., there was a training drill at the Station. There will be a CVFD business meeting on June 27, 7 p.m.

Lone Star Polocrosse Club

The Lone Star Polocrosse Club, located east of Coupland, thanks everyone who came out to their Play Day on the weekend of June 1 and 2.

President Prissy Rumel says, “Hope you had a good time; we sure did! Special thanks to Karen Saussy for goal tending all weekend and taking the pictures.”

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