Coupland Civic Organization
The Coupland Civic Organization will host its Halloween Trunk or Treat on Monday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Wathen Street in front of St. Peter’s Church. For the popular Trunk or Treat event, residents decorate the backs of pickups and SUV’s, dress in costumes, and hand out candy to the children who trick or treat from vehicle to vehicle. Coupland’s version of trick or treat is a fun and safe way to celebrate Halloween for the little ones.
Choo Choo Fest
The annual fundraiser to restore Coupland’s historic caboose was held Oct. 9. We received lots of compliments on the barbecue dinner that was produced by Master Chef Peter Wabbel, Pit Master Bobby Hepner, and other expert Coupland cooks. The dinner, bake sale and silent auction were all very successful, making this the best Choo Choo Fest ever.
The little ones and some of the older ones too enjoyed our new attraction—the Kiddie Express Train that featured a smoking smokestack, bell and whistle, and driver dressed as an engineer. Thanks to Kiddie Express owners JC and Julie Callis. Their train was a big hit, and they donated wooden choo choo whistles as favors for the children. It was great to actually have a choo choo at Choo Choo Fest.
Special thank you’s go out to Southside Market and Jay Sutton for the donation of the sausage, to H-E-B for gift cards to help with the purchase of food, to Bill and Michele Dupy of American Party Rental for donating and installing the dining tent, to Scott and JoAnn Ging for the wood used to barbecue, to Stock Up for ice, and of course to Peter Wabbel and Bobby Hepner for an excellent job in barbecuing.
Barbara Piper, the Caboose Coordinator, says, “We all worked very hard to make Choo Choo Fest a success and of course could not do it without the support of the Coupland community and neighboring communities! A big thank you is extended to all!”
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It’s the season for UIL Academic contests, and Superintendent Tammy Brinkman reports, “Teams are forming and excitement is in the air. Students in grades 2-8 will compete in Holland ISD and Granger ISD on Dec. 1 and 7 respectively.”
Coupland School has a new website. For all the latest news, events, and schedules from the school, go to www.couplandisd.org.
Coupland School’s annual Harvest Festival will be held on Oct. 29 from 2 to 8 p.m. Come enjoy all the usual games, cakewalk, vendors, silent auction, inflatables, and other activities beginning at 2 p.m. The delicious traditional turkey dinner will start at 5 p.m., and the live auction and raffle begin at 6 p.m. The Harvest Festival is sponsored by the PTA; the funds raised allow the PTA to provide supplies and other extras for the students.
St. Peter’s Church of Coupland
St. Peter’s is holding its annual Kirchenfest (Church Festival) on Oct. 30. Members who have the 25th, 50th, and 60th anniversaries of their confirmations will be honored. Worship services will be followed by a meal.
On Nov. 6, St. Peter’s will have its annual Totenfest. Pastor Martin Garrison says, “This is a special Sunday set aside to honor the memories of our loved ones who have passed away in the last year. Join us for this solemn occasion for prayer and worship.”
Senior Luncheon Co-Chair Lois Schmidt says, “Don’t forget our Thanksgiving Senior Luncheon on Nov. 15 at 11:30 a.m. If you’re playing Bingo, please bring a prize.” Dominos “42” also will be played.
New Sweden Evangelical Lutheran Church
On Oct. 29, New Sweden is partnering with St. David's Health Care for a free health screening and education/awareness fair held at the New Sweden Parish Hall. Marilyn Samuelson reports, “Volunteers of several non-profit organizations will be present to offer ways to help with people's needs. This is all free to the public. We sincerely thank St. David's Health Center.”
New Sweden’s Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service will be on Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. Church members will decorate for the Christmas season on Saturday, Dec. 3.
Yegua Creek Church
The new pastor at Yegua Creek Evangelical Free Church Pastor Paul Hansen and his wife Nancy have been traveling around the Coupland, Elgin, and Thrall areas, meeting people and learning about the communities and their history. Charlene Hanson Jordan says, “This exploration included a chance to sit for a moment in the beautiful Coupland church after riding on the Choo Choo around the block during Choo Choo Fest.”
Pastor Paul preaches at 10 a.m. at the Yegua Creek Church at 1200 CR 466 every Sunday morning and all are cordially invited.
Coupland Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD)
John Roulston-Bates, CVFD Secretary, reports that the Department takes part in a local Fire Academy once a year to train new volunteers as firefighters and that the new academy will start soon. The academy requires one evening a week for several months, along with a few Saturday or Sunday sessions.
Roulston-Bates says, “The academy will teach the key knowledge and skills necessary to become a firefighter, with testing and qualifications issued by the State Firefighters and Fire Marshalls Association (Firefighter I & II).”
He explains that most CVFD calls are for emergency medical situations, automobile accidents, and outside fires. He continues, “We get a number of structure fires each year and even plane crashes. In fact, we can get called to help at almost any situation.”
If you are interested in serving your community as a firefighter, you can contact the CVFD via their Facebook page, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, on the website www.couplandfire.org, or by phone, 512-856-0237.
Coupland Water System Corporation
The Coupland Water System Corporation Board of Directors has announced that Wells Mason is the new President. Other board members include Cindy Wood, Vice-President; Karen Marosko, Secretary/Treasurer; Tim Worthy; and Phil Grimley. New Vice President Cindy Wood reports, “The next meeting will be on the second Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Coupland Fire Station. The public is welcome to attend.”