Brookshire Times Tribune – Deterings Help CALH Ring in the New Year


Hempstead – By all accounts, the New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance organized by the Citizens Against the Landfill in Hempstead (CALH) was a great success. A very enjoyable time was had by all in attendance.

The evening began with a delicious prime rib dinner prepared and served by Carl’s BBA (Waller and Cypress). Michael and Sherry Reiland, owners of Carl’s BBQ are local residents of Hempstead and had the original idea, along with Hempstead area cattle ranchers, Wayne and Shawn Knox, to hold a New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance as a fundraising event for CALH as well as to provide the community with a fun way to bring in the New Year.

The KC Hall was beautifully decorated to fit the festive occasion and the band hit just the right note with everyone, keeping the dance floor full all evening long.

Sponsored by Keith and Ivy Kolaja, the musical performers were renowned George Strait Tribute singer, Derek Spence, along with the Chris Brade Band who played a wide variety of well-known and original music.

During the evening, Will Detering, longtime resident of Waller County and owner of the historic Liendo Plantation, took to the stage to thank CALH for its hard work to prevent the proposed Pintail Landfill project in Waller County. Mr. Detering went on to pledge his support and that of his family’s foundation, the Carl and Phyllis Detering Foundation, by presenting a check to CALH in the amount of $10,000.

The band continued until the midnight hour countdown arrived. Glasses were held in a toast to the newly arrived 2016. Many commented that the evening reminded them of the old days when dances were held around the County and several attendees expressed a hope that similar dances might be an ongoing event.


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