Orange County Master Gardeners To Hold Fall Gardening Seminar.

Saturday, September 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon , the Orange County Master Gardeners will hold an open to the public fall gardening seminar.  The presentation will take place in the Wilson Building , room 101 on the Lamar, Orange campus.
Featured topics will be fall gardening, planting and yard winterizing.  Dr. Dennis Franklin will lead the presentation, starting out with earth friendly gardening. Crystal Wingate and Betty Patten will cover fall herbs.  Much more information, to include how to save and use rainwater plus deep root fertilization and how these pertain to fall garden preparation will be covered.
New and seasoned gardeners are urged to attend.

Hurricane Season 2008: “To evacuate or not to evacuate, that is the question”

Lamar State College-Orange and Jeff Kelley of the Orange County Emergency Management Office want to help you, as a resident of Southeast Texas, appreciate the dangers of a hurricane and how your Orange County Emergency Management Office can help you prepare for the worst.  LSC-O has rescheduled its free Hurricane Preparedness Seminar to be held on Thursday, August 28, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Ron E. Lewis Library.  (The original session was canceled due to severe weather conditions expected from Hurricane Edouard.)
Mr. Kelley has been involved with emergency management since 1992.  Through training and involvement with various local, regional and state groups, he is well prepared to coordinate all emergency operations in Orange County.  During the seminar, he will discuss the differences in voluntary and mandatory evacuation orders and how the Emergency Management Office and the County Judge arrive at their decision to issue an evacuation order.  Mr. Kelley will also discuss the 2-1-1 program for residents who are unable to evacuate and talk about opportunities for those interested in helping during an emergency situation.
The Hurricane Preparedness Seminar is open to the public; all community members are encouraged to attend.  LSC-O’s Ron E. Lewis Library is located in the 200 block of 2nd Street, between Green Avenue and Front Street.  For more information, contact Mary McCoy at (409) 883-3083.

Records scheduled for destruction

Sherry Combs from Little Cypress-Mauriceville school district announced that records of some LCM CISD students are scheduled to be disposed of because the legal time frame the records must be kept has been completed.
The records that will be destroyed are:
Records of special education services for LCM CISD students born in 1976, 1977, or 1978; Dyslexia records of students for whom dyslexia services ceased during the 2000 – 2001, 2001 – 2002, and 2002 – 2003 school years.
Former students or parents of minor students may request these records from the LCM CISD Special Programs Office at 6579 FM 1130, Orange, Texas (883-6970) until Oct. 1. The records will be destroyed after that date.
For additional information, please call the Special Programs Office at 883-6970.

LC-M hosts substitute teacher orientation

Individuals interested in substitute teaching for the Little Cypress-Mauriceville school district may attend an orientation session, set from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 4 in the administration office, 6586 Farm Road 1130. Before being approved as a substitute, a transcript of college work or high school transcript (if no college hours have been earned) must be on file. Substitute applications may be printed from the district Web site (www.lcmcisd.org/hr/apps.htm), or available in the personnel office. Questions about the session should be addressed to Beth Sonnier, human resources manager, by calling 883-2232.

BC Chamber sets fundraiser, homecoming parade

A 50/50 drawing, nachos and drinks will highlight a classic car display and link sale fundraiser for the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce, set from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Bridge City Wal-Mart parking lot. For car show information, call (409) 735-5671 or (409) 626-0311. Also, a Bridge City Homecoming Parade and Car Show starts at 10 a.m. Sept. 20. Classic cars are needed for the parade, and entry forms are available by calling 735-5671.

Bridge City Class 1977 Reunion Cruise

The class of 1977 is sponsoring a cruise Nov. 5, 2009 from Galveston to Cozumel, Mexico. Those interested, go to www.flowersworldtravel.com, click on the groups tab, scroll down to BC 1977 Reunion and follow directions on the page. You may also call Missy Flowers at (409) 697-1334. Passports are required. First deposit due Aug. 23, 2008 is $25 per person. Second payment due July 6, 2009, $125 per person. Final payment due Aug 25, 2009.

Eat pizza to help buy equipment

The Pinehurst Fire and Rescue Department is having a series of fund raisers to purchase needed equipment for the department and also to upgrade existing equipment.
The department will have “Mazzio Nights” from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Aug. 11, Sept. 15, and Oct. 13 . Each night Mazzio’s Pizza in Orange will donate a portion of the proceeds collected during those three hours to the Pinehurst Fire and Rescue department.
Fire Chief Grady Gray and all the members of the department invite you to eat at Mazzio’s and help the department raise funds.

Football program ad information

To place a business or senior advertisement in the Little Cypress-Mauriceville football program for the 2008 season, call Rossie Hughes at 745-3749 or e-mail rossiedee@yahoo.com. Ads deadline is Aug. 1.

Angel Food Menu for September

Trinity Lutheran Church will take Angel Food Ministry orders on Tuesday, September 9, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the church located at 1819 North 16th Street in Orange. Menus are located in a box at the southeast corner of the church.
Payment should be by money order or the Lone Star Food Voucher program.
Orders will be distributed Saturday, September 27, from 8:00 until 9:00 a.m.
The regular menu, costing $30, consists of 1.5 lb. of top sirloin strip steaks, 2lb. of boneless skinless chicken breasts, 3 lb. of breaded chicken chucks, 1.5 lb. of boneless pork filets, 20 oz. supreme pizza, 1 lb. of ground turkey, 1 lb. of cheddar cheese bratwurst sausage, 1 lb. of green beans, 1 lb. of stir fry vegetables, 35 oz. bag of crinkle-cut fries, 32 oz. of Borden 2% shelf stable milk, 7.5 oz. of macaroni and cheese, 15 oz. of pork and beans, 7 oz. chicken flavored rice and vermicelli, 1 lb. of pinto beans, one dozen eggs, and one dessert item.
In addition to the regular menu, senior boxes of ten frozen meals are available for $20 as well as special boxes of food. Special #1 is 6 lb. of assorted meat for grilling; special #2 is a 5 lb steak and meat combo box; special #3 is a 10 lb. party wing box; special #4 is a 10 lb. dinner box containing 5, frozen meals weighing 2 lb. each; and special #5 is a fresh fruit and vegetable box. Special boxes are priced at $20. with special 5 costing $19. Special boxes are available only with the purchase of the regular or senior box.

Rummage sale to benefit Orange Camp Fire

Orange Camp Fire will host a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Camp Fire Office in Orange, at 908 Pine Ave. To donate new or gently-used items, with proceeds to benefit the youth of Orange County, call Executive Director Charlotte Alford at 883-8841, or e-mail orangecampfire@sbcglobal.net.

LU and LIT to celebrate Constitution Day 2008

Lamar University will partner with Lamar Institute of Technology to celebrate Constitution Day 2008, Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. on the eighth floor of the Mary and John Gray Library. The fourth annual event is open to Lamar and LIT students, faculty, staff and the community. Featured speakers include Dominic Beggan, assistant professor of political science at Lamar, Paul Hemenway, professor of communication at Lamar and Maj. Robert Campbell, U.S. Army Reserve. Discussion topics range from how the constitution impacts the military to knowing your school-related, constitutionally-guaranteed first amendment freedoms. The program is the highlight of Constitution Week, which is celebrated Sept.14-20. The event is free to attend. For more information on the Constitution Day program, contact Theresa Hefner-Babb at (409) 880-2135.

Shangri La Open on Labor Day

The gates of Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will be open on Monday, September 1, providing the public an entertaining and educational Labor Day activity. Guests can enjoy a stroll in the garden, a trip in the cypress/tupelo swamp by electric boat, and more encounters with nature. Shangri La will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., although admission to the facility will close at 4 p.m. Outpost Tours will be offered every hour. Standard admission rates will apply.
Free parking is available at the Lutcher Theater parking lot, 707 Main Avenue, Orange, Texas, with free shuttle service to Shangri La offered every 15 minutes.
Shangri La is located at 2111 West Park Avenue, Orange, Texas.
For more information, please visit www.shangrilagardens.org or call 409.670.9113.

LSC-PA course can save couples $60 on marriage license

A new state law that goes into effect Sept.1 will raise the state fee for a marriage license to $60, in addition to up to $12 in local fees.
However, Golden Triangle couples who complete a free eight-hour communication workshop at Lamar State College-Port Arthur will not have to pay the $60 state fee and can forgo the normal 72-hour waiting period before they can take their marriage vows.
Lamar State will offer the communication workshop, “Together in Texas,” this fall on three Saturdays – Sept. 27, Oct. 25 and Nov. 22.
The workshop, conducted by Family Services of Southeast Texas, is designed for engaged or married couples of all ages to teach them how to communicate effectively, resolve conflicts and maintain intimacy.
A couple who completes the workshop will receive a certificate they can take to their county clerk when they apply for a marriage license. The certificate is good for one year and serves as proof that the couple is eligible for the $60 discount off their marriage license fee.
The workshop is set for 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Room 422 of the Lamar State-PA Student Center, 1600 Procter Street.
Admission to the workshop is free, but reservations are required.
For reservations, call Family Services of Southeast Texas at (409) 833-2668 ext, 115.

Cowboy Up!

You are invited to the LCM Honey Bear – Bulls & Barrel Rodeo Event Saturday, October 11th at the Orange County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo Arena.
The Gates Open at 6:00 P.M. The Event Begins at 8:00 P.M.
Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 12 & under
Food & Fun for Everyone

Golden K Diwanis Club meeting

Sheryl Gilbeaux of the State Health Dept. will speak to the Golden K Kiwanis Club at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 27th, at Sunset Grove Country Club. A brunch will be served at 9:30. Golden K welcomes and encourages retired seniors who are looking for a service club geared to their age group to attend as their guests. Call 883-5761 for more information.

Thrift shop taking reservations for Oct. sale

Orange Thrift and Gift Shop, 350  37th St. in Orange, is taking vendor reservations for the anual fall rummage sale, set from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11. Vendors may sign-up for the $12 indoor or $10 outdoor spaces on a first-come, first-served basis. No electrical outlets will be available and vendors must provide their own tables. Make reservations in person at the shop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m Tuesdays through Fridays, or call the shop during those hours at 886-7649.

TAAS or TAKS re-test scheduled for those no longer in school

Individuals who are no longer enrolled in school and who have not previously met minimum expectations on all sections of the TAAS or TAKS test, but who have met all other graduation requirements, may register to retake the necessary section(s).
Out-of-school re-testers can register for the TAAS or TAKS re-test by accessing the Texas Assessment website at http://k12testing.tx.ncsperson.com or by completing and submitting a paper registration form. Registration packets can be picked up at Bridge City High School. The appropriate registration form must be submitted online or returned in the pre-addressed envelope and received in Austin no later than 5:00 p.m., Sept. 19.
For more information, please contact Bridge City High School, Counselor’s Office, at 735-1539.

BC Fire & Rescue Auxiliary seeking donations

The Bridge City Fire & Rescue Ladies Auxiliary are requesting donations for the Halloween dance they are hosting Oct. 18. Donations they receive will help with the cost of the dance and door prizes. Any donation will be greatly appreciated.
The auxiliary assists the volunteer fire department and the community with charitable needs.
If you have any further questions, you may contact Kelli Mitchell at (409) 719-8681 or Angie Breaux at (409) 735-9173.

OHS Project Graduation meets Sept. 2

Graduation locations, implementing a points system and planning upcoming events will be discussed when Orangefield 2009 Project Graduation meets at 6 p.m Sept. 2 in the Orangefield High School cafeteria. All seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend. Parents are asked to bring a 12-pack of soft drinks or bottled water.

BCHS class of 1957-61 plan reunion

The Bridge City High School classes of 1957 through ‘61 plan a 50-year reunion honoring the class of 1958, from 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 20 in the school cafeteria. Dana Melancon of KBTV will provide “oldies but goodies” entertainment. Organizers need contact information, particular for 1960 classmates. Persons who did not receive an invitation last year may call Raylene (McKinney) Terrell at 735-3128, or e-mail auntray@gt.rr.com. Information can also be found at the reunion Web site, www.bridgecityhighschool.com.

LIT to honor American heroes Sept. 10

Army Reserve Lt. Col. Giulia Giacoppe, who has more than 20 years of commissioned service, will speak at Lamar Institute of Technology’s Salute to Real American Heroes dinner at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Harvest Club, 2600 Gulf St., Beaumont. Proceeds will go to scholarships for individuals enrolled in the fire academy, police academy, EMS and Homeland Security programs at LIT. The dinner is free to all uniformed police, fire, EMS and military personnel and their spouses. Individual tickets are $25 each. Table sponsorships are available. For more information, call 839-2983.

Membership drive in effect for BC Athletic Booster Club  

The Bridge City High School Cardinal Athletic Booster Club is seeking members. Membership is $10 per family and will allow your senior athlete to apply for a scholarship to go towards his/her higher education.
CABC is raising funds by selling raffle tickets for a custom golf cart,  see a board member or the athletic director’s secretary for tickets.

LSC-PA course can save couples $60 on marriage license

A new state law that goes into effect Sept.1 will raise the state fee for a marriage license to $60, in addition to up to $12 in local fees.
However, Golden Triangle couples who complete a free eight-hour communication workshop at Lamar State College-Port Arthur will not have to pay the $60 state fee and can forgo the normal 72-hour waiting period before they can take their marriage vows.
Lamar State will offer the communication workshop, “Together in Texas,” this fall on three Saturdays – Sept. 27, Oct. 25 and Nov. 22.
The workshop, conducted by Family Services of Southeast Texas, is designed for engaged or married couples of all ages to teach them how to communicate effectively, resolve conflicts and maintain intimacy.
A couple who completes the workshop will receive a certificate they can take to their county clerk when they apply for a marriage license. The certificate is good for one year and serves as proof that the couple is eligible for the $60 discount off their marriage license fee.
The workshop is set for 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Room 422 of the Lamar State-PA Student Center, 1600 Procter Street.
Admission to the workshop is free, but reservations are required.
For reservations, call Family Services of Southeast Texas at (409) 833-2668 ext, 115.