September

Senior Passes to all Home Athletic Sporting Events in BC

The 2008 Bridge City Cardinal Football Season is underway. Bridge City ISD would like to offer Senior Citizens of our community a pass to attend all home Athletic Sporting Events including general admission to Varsity Football games FREE of charge (must be at least 62). Please call or come by the Athletic Directors’ office at 350 Bower or call (409) 735-1542 for an application.

BCISD will also honor Senior Citizen passes from other school districts for all Athletic Sporting Events.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Miss Mardi Gras pageant planned Sept. 13

The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Lamar State College-Orange and Sabine Federal Credit Union, will present a pageant open to girls 1 month to 19 years old Sept. 13. The winner of the queen’s division of “Miss Mardi Gras on the Sabine” will receive a $1,500.00 scholarship to Lamar-Orange. For applications, or for more information, call the chamber at 883-3536, or drop by the chamber office at at 1012 Green Ave.

BCISD to purge records

Effective Dec 31, 2008, Bridge City ISD special education records will be purged for students whose special eduction services ceased prior to August 2001. Any previous special education student, who is at least 18 years of age, or the parent/guardian of a minor student, may pick up records in the Special Education Office. Additional information may be obtained by callin (409) 735-1682.
 
Friends group hosts ‘Welcome Coffee’
Orange County Friends, formerly the Newcomers’ Club Of Orange, invites Orange County residents, new and established, to a “Welcome Coffee” from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 16 at the home of Terry George, 6307 Bent Water Drive. For directions, call 883-8319. Regular group activities and games include bunco, the “Lunch Bunch,” mah jong, supper club, book club and “Shop and Tour.” For more information, call 670-9048 or 670-1839.

Senior citizens’ meeting
Orange County Senior Citizens will meet at 10 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Salvation Army Building on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Orange. Members should bring a covered dish for the noon meal, bingo prizes and soaps for Orange Christian Services. Plans for the December meeting will be discussed. For more information, call 883-6161.

Child loss support group to meet
 The monthly meeting of “In Loving Memory,” a support group for mothers who have lost a child, will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 at North Orange Baptist Church, 4775 16th St. in Orange. Any mother of any age is welcome. For more information, call Nancy Mericle at 746-3012 or 738-5456, or Ruthie Hannegan, 735-2718.

October

BCISD to purge records

Effective Dec 31, 2008, Bridge City ISD special education records will be purged for students whose special eduction services ceased prior to August 2001. Any previous special education student, who is at least 18 years of age, or the parent/guardian of a minor student, may pick up records in the Special Education Office. Additional information may be obtained by callin (409) 735-1682.

BC Class of ‘83 Reunion

The class of 1983 will have a 25-year reunion on Saturday October 25, at the Bridge City Community Center. From 8:00 pm to 12:00 am. Please call Monica Lemoine @ 409-543-0411 or e-mail me @ mgbuchanan@sbcglobal.net for more information. We would love to see you there.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

LCM invites community to become involved

The Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD welcomes and encourages participation by parents, grandparents, business and industry, and community members in all of its schools. There are a number of ways to be involved. These include the District Education Improvement Committee, Campus Improvement Committees, as volunteers who serve on a weekly basis, or as special interest speakers who share their special knowledge or skills with students on a one-time or short-term basis.
To learn more or sign up for one or more of these activities, please call Sherry Combs at 883-2232, extension 3, or e-mail her at scombs@lcmcisd.org.

Garden tour to visit SH State arboretum

Lamar State College-Port Arthur and the Port Arthur Council of Garden Clubs will sponsor a day-long bus trip to the Mast Arboretum at Sam Houston State in Nacogdoches Oct. 17. The deadline to register is Sept. 25. “We will arrive in Nacogdoches in mid-morning, in time for shopping in the historic downtown area, which has an interesting variety of shops and antique stores,” said Dr. Charles Gongre, dean of Academic Programs and Continuing Education at the college. “At noon, we will gather for lunch in the Fredonia Inn Restaurant. After lunch, we will travel to the arboretum, an 18-acre garden that houses more than 7,500 different plants and 20 theme gardens.” The bus will leave the Carl Parker Center on the LSC-PA campus at 7 a.m. and return around 6 p.m. The $99 fee includes round-trip transportation and lunch. To register, or for information, call 984-6230.

 Joe Cheek Memorial Blood Drive

The LifeShare Blood Center will hold a special Memorial Blood Drive in memory of Joe Mann Cheek on Sunday September 28th from 8 AM to 1 PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 1401 W. Park Ave. in Orange.
Joe died on August 14 after a long battle with Cancer. Joe was a strong advocate for Blood Donor programs and was a member of the Civic Advisory Council of the LifeShare Blood Centers, as were his 2 sons, Nicholas and Christopher.
Joe was Scoutmaster of Orange Troop 23 and instrumental in developing a program that incorporated Scouting programs with Blood Donor bases. Joe himself was a REGULAR donor, long before cancer took over his life and then continued to work tirelessly to promote blood drives in our area.
During the years that Joe was treated for cancer, he received countless units of Whole Blood, Platelets and Plasma and was always so grateful that people cared enough to take the time to make those units available. Giving Blood is simple, safe and saves lives – maybe your own or a loved ones.

LIT reschedules Salute for October 9, response to potential threat of Hurricane Ike to Texas Gulf Coast

The Lamar Institute of Technology Foundation has rescheduled its Salute to Real American Heroes due to the potential threat of Hurricane Ike to the Texas Coast, LIT officials announced today.
LIT will conduct the annual event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 in Beaumont’s Harvest Club, 2600 Gulf Street. The Salute is a way for LIT and the community to honor first responders and military personnel for their selfless service to community and country and remember those lost during the Tragedy of September 11th. All proceeds from the Salute will provide scholarships for the Fire Academy, Police Academy, EMT and Homeland Security programs at LIT. Dinner is free to all uniformed police, fire, EMT and military personnel and their spouses
Keynote speaker Lt. Col. Giulia Giacoppe, who serves as a Senior Observer/Controller Trainer for her battalion,  the 1SEG, 1/75th Training Division, in Houston, TX.  With over 20 years of commissioned service, she looks forward to the challenging opportunity of battalion command.
Individual tickets are $25 each. Table sponsorships are available. For more information, call (409) 839-2983.

White Family Reunion And Birthday Bash
 
 All family and friends are invited to attend the 90th birthday celebration for Claude White,Sr on Saturday, September 20th at his home in West Orange. Also the White family will be gathering to enjoy their annual family reunion. There will be fun and games, including bingo and karaoke along with bar-be-que and covered dish dinner. Come join us for good fun, good food, and good folks. 11:00am-5:00pm. For more information call Judy at 409-746-3183

South East Texas Foster Grandparent Program seeks volunteers    

The South East Texas Foster Grandparent Program  is seeking senior citizens to volunteer with the area’s youth, including at a program at West Orange – Stark High School.
 The senior citizens involved in this program must be willing to participate 20 hours per week, be in good health, and be willing to mentor a student.  
To qualify, senior citizens must be 60 years of age or older and be income eligible. For more information contact the South East Texas Foster Grandparent Program at 899-8444, extension 312.
Additionally, individuals interested in volunteering at any West Orange – Cove school are encouraged to contact the WO-C Public Information Office at 882-5437.

Orange Community Players Auditions

The Orange Community Players will be holding auditions for the next production, ANATOMY OF GRAY, by Jim Leonard, September 21, at 2:00 p.m. and September 22, at 7:00 p.m.  The production will run November 6-8 and November 13-15. Cast requirements are 5 females, aged 14-70s, and 4 males, aged 15-70s. Auditions will consist of readings from the script.  The award-winning author of THE DIVINERS describes his newest play as “A children’s story for adults.” When June’s father dies, she prays for a healer to come to the small town of Gray, so that no one will ever suffer again; the next thing she knows, there’s a tornado, and a man in a balloon blows into town claiming to be a doctor. At first, the new doctor cures anything and everything, but soon the town’s preacher takes ill with a mysterious plague.  The plague begins to spread.  Set in Indiana during the late 1800’s, ANATOMY OF GRAY deals with death, loss, love, and healing in a unique coming of age story.  This emotional, yet humorous and insightful play, will be directed by Brook Doss.  All members of the community, regardless of age, wishing the opportunity to share their talents onstage and offstage, are encouraged to come down to the Playhouse and fill out an audition form and/or sign up to work backstage.   The Orange Community Players is a well-established, non-profit organization who welcomes new faces for any production.  The OCP annually produces three full length plays, at least one musical, and Broadway Fun for Funds. After opening with the musical comedy, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, this past August, the Orange Community Players will continue with ANATOMY OF GRAY, DEARLY BELOVED in February, 2009, and NUN-SENSATIONS, the fifth installment of Dan Groggin’s NUNSENSE musicals, in April 2009.  For more information regarding auditions for ANTAOMY OF GRAY, contact brookdoss@sbcglobal.net.

Charles Mann coming to the VFW

Charles Mann & Louisiana Pride
(Mr. Red Red Wine Himself)
When:  Saturday, September 27th, 2008
Where:  Veterans Of Foreign Wars (Vfw) Post 2775
Located At 5303 N. Highway 87, One Mile North Of I-10
Orange, Texas
Time:  8:00 P.m. – 12:00 A.m.
Doors Open At 7:00 P.m.
Set-ups…….byob
Admission:  $10.00
Contact Number:  409-886-9738

Welcome Coffe for new and established residents

Orange County Friends, formerly known as Newcomers of Orange, would like to invite Orange County residents, new and established, to join us for our ‘Welcome Coffee’ on September 16th, 10:00 a.m. to noon, at the home of Terry George, 6307 Bent Water Dr., Orange.  For directions call: 883.8319.  We welcome those who enjoy meeting new people and participating in social activities.  A few of our activities include Bunco, Lunch Bunch, Mah Jong, Supper Club, Book Club, and Shop & Tour.  For more information call Jane at  670.9048 or Carolyn at 670.1839.

October

Bark-Tober-Fest

Bridge City P.A.W.S. welcomes you to Bark-Tober-Fest Oct 11, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Community Center. Vendor space is $50.00. To reserve a space please call: Belinda Broom (409) 833-7442

2009
July

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. Second payment due July 6, 2009, $125 per person. Final payment due Aug 25, 2009.