The W.H. Stark House Decorates for Easter
Celebrate Easter with charming seasonal decorations on display at The W.H. Stark House now through March 29. Tours are available Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for individuals ages 10 and up.

The W.H. Stark House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark by the Texas Historical Commission. All tours begin at the entrance through the Carriage House at 610 Main Avenue. Regular admission for a full tour of the House is $5 per adult (ages 18-64) and $2 per senior ages 65 and older and per youth ages 10-17.

For more information on The W.H. Stark House or to make a tour reservation, call
409.883.0871 or visit

Stark Museum of Art Salutes Nature with Celebrate Shangri La Exhibition
In honor of the opening of Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange, Texas, the Stark Museum of Art will display a special exhibition titled Celebrate Shangri La, on view March 15-June 28.
The exhibition will display works from the Stark Museum of Art collections that portray the flora and fauna that can be seen in nature in Shangri La. The exhibition will include works that record and document natural history as well as many nineteenth century rare books with important natural history illustrations. The Museum will also host a special reception on March 15 from 6-8 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the exhibition.
On view in the Celebrate Shangri La exhibition is John James Audubon’s double elephant folio of The Birds of America, which belonged to Audubon personally. Individual prints from the same publication will also be highlighted, including the Great Blue Heron, which shows Audubon’s mastery of design. Also on view is a rare copper plate used to produce Audubon’s print of the Swallow-Tailed Hawk, along with one of the resulting prints.
In addition to the works by Audubon, the exhibition includes prints by early naturalists in America whose work made some of the first records of America’s natural history. One such artist is Alexander Wilson, whose portrayals of American birds inspired Audubon to publish his own drawings. Also on display is Thomas Say’s American Entomology or Description of the Insects of North America, which is the first American book published on entomology and a new acquisition in the Stark Museum of Art.
Other works in the exhibition include examples from the porcelain American Bird series by Dorothy Doughty as well as the watercolor Amaryllis Starkii by Morris Henry Hobbs, which depicts the amaryllis named in honor of Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark. Additional artists highlighted are Athos Menaboni, William Bartram, Mark Catesby, Paul Jones, William Sharp, Edward Marshall Boehm, and more.
"Visitors will see artistic representations of birds, animals and plants that they can see in Shangri La, and the exhibition can enhance their recognition and appreciation of the natural elements," said Sarah Boehme, director of the Stark Museum of Art. "They will also see the connection between art and nature that inspired H.J. Lutcher Stark to collect art and to establish a garden."
The Museum will also help children understand the connection between art and nature with an interactive matching game that encourages them to compare counterparts in art and photographs of nature.
On Saturday, March 15 from 6-8 p.m., the Museum will host a special reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition. "Because we want to honor the opening of Shangri La, the reception will be open to all to participate," said Boehme.  "We invite everyone who comes to enjoy the gardens to also come to the Museum to celebrate the excellence of art and nature in Orange, Texas."
Located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas, the Stark Museum of Art is open to the public at no charge Tuesday through Saturday. Hours are from 10 AM–5 PM. Group tours are available by appointment. For more information call 409.886.ARTS (2787) or see
West Orange-Cove Blood Drive
West Orange – Cove CISD will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, March 26th at Anderson Elementary School.
The community is invited to participate.
Blood donors must be at least 17 years of age, a minimum of 110 pounds, and in general good health.
All donors will be required to come through the school front office and show school identification or a driver’s license.
The drive will be held from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the Health Classroom
March 28 Deadline for Torch Award Entries is Rapidly Approaching
The Better Business Bureau that serves all of Southeast Texas is conducting its 11th annual awards competition to recognize and encourage ethical business practices in the region.  The March 28 deadline for entries is rapidly approaching.  Winners of this business integrity award, the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, will be forwarded for international awards consideration.  American Valve & Hydrant, Capital One Bank, CHRISTUS Hospital, Neches Federal Credit Union, and Philpott Motors, are the underwriting corporate Diamond Partners this year for the Southeast Texas application and selection process.   
“The purpose of this award is to recognize annually those for-profit businesses in our region committed to maintaining exceptionally high standards of ethical behavior in buyer and seller relationships,” said Michael Clayton, President/CEO of the BBB.  “I encourage the many outstanding companies in Southeast Texas, small and large, that work to uphold the trust and respect of their customers to submit an entry for this prestigious award.”  You need not have a formal ethics program to compete.
Applications for the 2008 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics regional competition will be accepted through March 28, 2008.  Two categories of companies will be recognized: one large (40 employees and more), and one small (1-39 employees).
Past Southeast Texas winners of the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics include Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Waldman & Smallwood Law Firm, Texas Marine, Anderson Ford Mercury, Philpott Motors, Winnie Welding Works, Howell Furniture Galleries, Tallman Pools, Bill Clark Pest Control, Entergy, Burris Transfer & Storage, Orange Savings Bank, Jeneal International, Collier Park Retirement Community, Broussard’s Mortuary, Mason Construction, Inc., Southeast Texas Water Conditioning, Inc., Efficient Systems, Inc., and American Valve and Hydrant, Inc.
The Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics awards are open to all for-profit Southeast Texas businesses that serve retail and wholesale markets.  A company does not have to be an Accredited Business of the BBB to submit an entry for this coveted award.  Applicants must be located in one or more of the following counties:  Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Tyler, or the Bolivar Peninsula.  Non-profit organizations or businesses whose primary markets are local, state or federal governments are not eligible for this award.
Southeast Texans are asked to nominate companies and businesses in the region and also to encourage those organizations he/she works for, or where they are a customer, to apply for the coveted award. 10,000 entry forms have been mailed to businesses in the region.  Nominations and applications may be requested from the office of the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas by calling (409) 835-5951 x104, or by writing to the BBB at 550 Fannin, Suite 100, Beaumont, TX, 77701.  Application forms are available on-line at  You may fax nominations and application requests to (409) 838-6858 or email:
A prestigious independent panel of judges from the non-profit sector will select the finalists and winners.  The three finalists in each category will be recognized and the winners announced at the 11th annual Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics Presentation Banquet to be held Tuesday evening, May 6 at the Beaumont Civic Center.
Proceeds from the banquet will benefit the BBB Consumer Education Foundation, Inc. who will make another $10,000 contribution to continue funding endowed College of Business scholarships at Lamar University.  The BBB Consumer Education Foundation, Inc. has contributed $100,000 to these scholarships over the last ten years.
Special guest speaker at this year’s event will be Stephen M. R. Covey, author of “The Speed of Trust” and co-founder/CEO of CoveyLink Worldwide.  Corporate tables for the prestigious awards presentation are now available.  For more information and table partnership reservations contact Debbie Bridgeman at (409) 835-5951 x117 or email
Lamar-PA will host rose-growing workshop on March 29
Lamar State College-Port Arthur and the Port Arthur Council of Garden Clubs will present a free admission workshop on growing rose varieties on Saturday, March 29, in the Lamar Lecture Hall, 1500 Lakeshore Drive on the LSC-PA campus.
Jefferson County extension agent and horticulture specialist Micah Meyer and Sheila Broussard of the Golden Triangle Rose Society will lead the workshop, which runs from 10 a.m. to noon. For information, call the LSC-PA Continuing Education Office at 984-6230.
Lamar State-PA offers free investing workshop
Lamar State College-Port Arthur will offer a free four-night investing workshop for individual investors beginning Tuesday, April 8, and continuing for three consecutive Tuesdays.
Students will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 120 of the Performing Arts Center, 1700 Procter Street.
Jim Mary, a financial consultant and certified financial manager, will lead the workshop, which will cover the fundamentals of investing for individuals. Topics include basic definitions, goal setting, stocks, mutual funds, tax-deferred annuities, risk management, long-term care insurance and current market conditions.
The workshop is free, but reservations are required.             For
information or reservations, call 984-6230.
Healing Services to the Community
First Presbyterian Church of Orange will be offering a series of Healing Services to the community and church members. The first service of 2008 is scheduled for Sunday, March 30th at 5:00 P.M. The service will be held in the sanctuary of the Lutcher Building, located at 902 Green Avenue.
If you are in need of healing or prayer, mark your calendar to attend. Please plan to bring a hurting or ill loved one or friend. Come and experience a healing touch from the Lord.
For questions, contact the church office at 409-883-2097.
You may access the First Presbyterian website: for information about additional services and events.
Hot Needles to exhibit quilts
The Local quilting group the “Hot Needles” will be holding a quilt show on March 30. The show will be held at St. Henry Activity Building located behind St. Henry Catholic Church.
Spokesperson Mona Brunson says, “the show is free and open to the public. This is not like the Houston show, you may take pictures if you wish.”
The “Hot Needles” have been meeting weekly for 20 years.
The time for the show is from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Orange County Relay for Life 2008 Team Captain meetings scheduled
The Orange County Relay for Life will hold team captain meetings on Monday, March 31 and Monday, April 21 at Lamar State College – Orange. The meetings will be in the Wilson Building, Room 125.
Relay team captains and individuals who would like to be a part of Orange County Relay for Life 2008 are welcome to participate.
Team captain meetings will begin at 6 p.m.
Orange County’s Relay for Life will be held at Bridge City High School May 2 and 3, 2008. The event will begin at 6 p.m. May 2 and end at 6 a.m. May 3.
Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity. It offers the community to opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer.
For more information, contact Becky Grant at 883-3563 or Jackie Burleson at 835-2139.
Private Pesticide Applicator’s license training
Texas AgriLife Extension Office will be offering a Private Pesticide Applicator’s license training and testing on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at 3 p.m. at Jb’s Bar-b-que on Old Hwy 90 in Orange. Texas AgriLife Extension will provide the training and The Texas Department of Agriculture will administer the test.
Anyone interested in participating in the course must obtain the manual and pay a registration fee of $25 by April 1, 2008. Registration fee includes manual, study material and meal. Make checks payable to Orange County Agriculture Fund. For registration or additional information contact the Orange Extension Office at 409-882-7010.
OFD     vs.     OPD
13th annual basketball game
Monday, April 21st 7 P.M.
7365 HWY 87 N
Proceeds will benefit LCM safe graduation
Half time provided by Little Cypress Honey Bears.
$3 adult and $1 child donation accepted
Concession stand & door prizes
Stark High School Class Reunions
The graduating classes of Stark High School in Orange for the years 1951, 1952, 1953, and 1954 are planning a class reunion for all 4 classes on April 26. The plans and activities are in the process of being organized. For further information and reservation, contact Bobby Vincent at 738- 2577, George Wilson at 735-2124, and Darrell Wiley at 738-3679.
Senior Citizen Rally Day Set For May 6
This years Senior Citizen Rally Day, JUNGLE BOOGIE, "Let’s Get Wild About Wellness", will be held Tuesday, May 6 at the VFW Hall on Hwy. 87 in Orange.
The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. Events for the day include, Bingo, Health Screening and Demonstrations, over forty Vendors, Guest Speaker, Free Lunch, Entertainment and Awards Ceremony. Awards will be given to Male & Female Senior Citizen of the Year, Oldest Man & Woman, Couple Married the Longest and the Oldest Newlyweds.
The day is open to all Senior Citizens and there is no charge to attend.
Lions Eye Bank of Texas will be accepting used eye glasses.
The Committee encourages everyone to dress according to the theme, Jungle Boogie. If you would like further information or would like to nominate a Senior Citizen of the Year please contact the Orange Extension Office at 882-7010.
Retired Teachers to meet
The Orange County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 10 a.m., Monday, April, 14, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 37th Street, Orange.
There will be a Silent Auction. Bring an item of your choice.
The membership drive is in process for 2008-2009. Please consider joining early.
Door Prizes will be given and refreshments served.
For more information contact Wanda Wood 883-5907

Stark class of 1953 reunion planned
Plans have been finalized for the upcoming 1953 class reunion to be held on Saturday, April 26. An invitation has been extended to also include the 1951, 1952, 1954 and 1955 graduating classes.
The schedule starts with an early morning breakfast for alumni only, 9 a.m., at the Sunset Grove Country Club, 2900 w. Sunset.
At 5 p.m. the group (with their spouses and/or companions) will gather at the Lutcher Stark High School Memorial on the corner of Green Avenue and 13th St. for a memorial service for deceased graduates.
Following the service everyone will meet across the street at the cafeteria from 6 to 10 p.m. for a catered dinner, program, and socializing.
For further information and reservations, contact Bobby Vincent at 738-2577 or Darrell Wiley at 738-3679.

Orange County Democratic Convention Saturday
The Orange County Democratic Party Convention will be held starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 29, at the VFW Hall on Hwy 87, in Orange.  All delegates are urged to attend.
There will be silent auction items to bid on so be sure to bring some money.
The public is invited.
For more information contact Flo Edgerly at 735-3480.

Band Boosters raising funds
The Bridge City Band Boosters will be having a car wash, bake sale, and link sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 29, in the KC Hall parking lot next to St. Henry’s Chruch.

Barbeque cook off planned
The Orange Boating Club will be hosting its 5th annual barbeque cook off fund raiser Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5. The cook-off is limited to 15 teams and a club member must be on any team emtering.
Schedule of events: sign-up begins at 6 p.m., Friday for the 7 p.m. moon tournament. Sign-up starts at 10 a.m. Saturday for the washer and horseshoe tournaments. Washers start at 11 a.m. and horseshoes starts at 1 p.m.
For more information contact Mike Murphy at 313-3929 or a boat club board member.

Relay for Life meetings scheduled
The Orange County Relay for Life will hold team captain meetings on Monday, March 31 and Monday, April 21 at Lamar State College – Orange. The meetings will be in the Wilson Building, Room 125.
Relay team captains and individuals who would like to be a part of Orange County Relay for Life 2008 are welcome to participate.
Team captain meetings will begin at 6 p.m.
Orange County’s Relay for Life will be held at Bridge City High School May 2 and 3, 2008. The event will begin at 6 p.m. May 2 and end at 6 a.m. May 3.
Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity. It offers the community to opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer.
For more information, contact Becky Grant at 883-3563 or Jackie Burleson at 835-2139.

Aauw booksale Saturday
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Orange Branch will have the annual used book sale Saturday, March 29, in conjunction with Orange’s Art in the Park.
The book sale will be set up under the covered portico at the Lutcher Theater.
The organization sells thousands of books each spring for low prices. The books range from like-new hardbacks to old, hard-to-find editions, and paperbacks. The selection includes all types, including children’s books, mysteries, histories, classic and popular novels, romances, cookbooks, gardening books, and how-to-books.
The book sale is the group’s main fundraiser each year to raise money for scholarships. Every May, the local AAUW awards a college scholarship to a female graduate from West Orange-Stark High School and one to a female graduate from Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School.

Cancellation of Programs
 Due to unfortunate circumstances the Texas AgriLife Extension Office Orange County will have to cancel the following programs. Private Applicators Course & Exam, April 8, 2008; Fencing Program April 5, 2008 and Budding & Grafting Citrus Workshop, April 22, 2208.
The Extension Office appreciates all the inquires into the programs and hope to reschedule in the near future.
If you have further questions, please contact the Orange County Extension Office 882-7010.

Thrift & Gift Spring Fling scheduled
Thrift & Gift Shop of Orange will have its Spring Fling, Friday, April 11, through Wednesday, April 30, 350 37th Street, Orange (The Old Salk School). 
Nelda, Evelyn and Mary will assist vendors in checking in their items on Wednesday, April 9 and Thursday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Items must be clean and good condition to sell. Number each item with a ticket in red, bring a list for the binder and one for yourself.
For further information, contact the shop from 9 am to 3 pm, Tuesday through Friday at 886-7649.