W.O. garbage rates going up
The following new rates for Sanitation Department services go into effect July 1, according to the city of West Orange and Waste Management.
• Residential pickup (twice weekly by Waste Management) will be $20 per month.
• Commercial pickup (twice weekly by Waste Management) will be $40 per month.
Payment discounts will continue to be offered as follows:
• Six-month advance payment equals discount of 5 percent of base rate.
• 12-month advance payment equals discount of 10 percent of base rate.
A charge of $17.60 per cubic yard (plus tax, plus $1 R&R fee) will be collected prior to pickup of curbside debris.
Dumpster rental will increase to $30 per dump, with a maximum use of 10 working-days.
Garbage collection days are Tuesdays and Fridays. Garbage should be set out by 7 a.m.
Customer service contacts for Waste Management are 1-800-553-1902; or e-mail houstonservice@wm.com.

Seahawks tryout day
The Lamar State College-Port Arthur Seahawks women’s softball team will host open tryouts from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 15, for current high school juniors and seniors and students now enrolled at Lamar State or planning to attend the college; at Martin Field, 1000 Lakeshore Drive on the Lamar State campus.
Lamar State competes in Region XIV, one of the toughest Division I conferences in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Interested players are asked to download a Tryout Registration form from the softball page of the college Web site (www.lamarpa.edu), fill out the form and then follow the instructions for returning it to the college.
Players also are asked to fill out and submit the online Prospective Student/Athlete form on the Athletics page of the college Web site.
For more information, call Coach Vance Edwards at 984-6293 or e-mail vance.edwards@lamarpa.edu.

Tea Party meetings
Southeast Texas Tea Party planning meetings take place Mondays from 6-7 p.m. at Trinity Church off of Interstate 10 North in Beaumont.
Two upcoming events are planned:
• Dinner and Dutch treat from 6:30-9 p.m. at La Cantina on Thursday, May 13 at 2050 I-10 S. in Beaumont. The party room seats 70. Constitutional scholar David Guidry will talk on “Exploring the Differences Between a Constitutional Republic and a Democracy.”
• A Constitutional Seminar / Freedom Forum from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with 90 minutes for lunch Saturday, May 15, at Trinity Church.
RSVP for either event at www.meetup.com/setxteaparty.

Discovery 2010 begins June 21
Lamar State College-Port Arthur will present its annual Discovery program June 21-25 for area students entering third, fourth, fifth or sixth grade in the fall.
Discovery 2010 is a week of hands-on enrichment courses on topics ranging from clay sculpting to computers and music to Spanish. Classes meet from 1-4:30 p.m. daily with students attending two classes. Each class is kept to a maximum of 15 students and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
The cost of the program is $100, which includes all supplies, a T-shirt and a drink each day. The instructors are Lamar State faculty and staff members, teachers from area school districts and community members with expertise in the topics being presented.
The Game Programming class studies simple game program that can be played on computers. The Body Tours class will study the fundamentals of anatomy by dissecting worms and other animals.
Other classes offered this year include “A Taste of Music,” “Art,” “Clay Sculpting,” “Computer Animation,” “Computer Graphics,” “Junior Chefs,” “Science Explorers,” “Scrapbooks and Stamping,” “Spanish” and “Woodcrafters.”
Discovery 2010 also will feature classes such as “Models Inc.” where students study manners and self-improvements, and Publishing Wizards, a class in which students study the history of their last name and create a book about their name.
Businesses and organizations in the area contribute to the success of the Discovery program by donating money to provide scholarships for students who otherwise would not be able to participate in the program. Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible contribution may call 984-6230. The registration deadline is Friday, May 28.
For more information, call 984-6230 or 984-6316.

Driver education changes
Effective May 1, anyone enrolling in a driver education course will be required to complete an additional 20 hours of behind the wheel instruction, including 10 hours of night-time instruction.
This training is in addition to the 32 hours of classroom training, seven hours of behind-the-wheel training and seven hours of in-car observation/practice that are already required.
The provision applies to applicants enrolling in a minor or an adult driver education course, a driver education course conducted by a school district or a Parent-Taught Driver Education (PTDE) course. This provision does not apply to persons enrolled in the new six-hour adult education course required for first-time applicants between the ages of 18 and 24.
The additional hours were required under HB 339, which passed in the 2009 session of the Texas Legislature.
Texas Education Code §1001.101(b)(3) provides that the driver education (DE) course must require the student to complete 20 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction in the presence of an adult* meeting the following requirements of Section 521.222 (d) (2):
• hold a license that qualifies the operator to operate the type of vehicle used for the instruction
• be 21 years of age or older and
• have at least one-year driving experience
• occupy the seat next to the driver
An adult may include a commercial school instructor, parent-taught driver education instructor or any adult meeting the requirements of Section 521.222 (d) (2).

BCHS Alumni Association
Upcoming activities (including homecoming) will be discussed when the Bridge City High School Alumni Association meets at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, in the school library.
For more information, e-mail Ella Stuebing at bchs_alumni@yahoo.com

Bonsai Show
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will sponsor a Bonsai Show May 8-15 with dozens of bonsai trees on display during the week at the Ring of Trees. On May 8 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. members of local bonsai clubs will be on hand to show a variety of bonsai trees and answer questions about bonsai gardening. At 1 p.m. Mark Lee, local authority on bonsai trees, will speaking at Shangri La’s Discovery Theater. Then on May 15 beginning at 11 a.m., Wanda Woods will demonstrate how bonsai trees are developed. No reservations are required for any of these presentations.
For more information, go to shangrilagardens.org or call 670-9113.

CCS to host alumni basketball game
The Community Christian School Alumni game will be held May 15. Girls’ volleyball is at 2 p.m. Boys’ basketball is at 3:30 p.m. Games will be played at 1911 16th St. in the school gym.
For more information contact the school.

Community Kid’s Camp comming
Community Church in Orange will host Community Kid’s Camp 2010, June 1-Aug. 13. There will be two separate camps with the same theme– “Around the World.” Campers will be divided into age 2 through entering first grade and entering second grade through seventh.
Older kids will take weekly field trips with excursions planned to NASA, Moody Gardens, the Houston Zoo and other regional attractions.
For more information all 883-4498, ext. 140 or drop by Community Church at 3400 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Orange.

LCM/Kingwood Park game information
Little Cypress-Mauriceville will play Kingwood in a series of three games playoff starting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, at Lamar Vincent Beck Stadium. LCM will be the home team.
Game two will be at 6 p.m. in Kingwood. LCM visitors will be in the 1st base dugout. If needed, game three will be noon at LCM with the home team in the 3rd base dugout.

LIT registration in progress
Lamar Institute of Technology is currently registering students for the May Mini, Summer I, II, III and Fall semesters.
The class schedule for all semesters can be found at www.lit.edu, or in the Beeson Building on the campus of LIT.
Students must have applied to LIT and been accepted before they may be advised and register for classes.
The May Mini semester begins May 14. Summer I and III sessions begin June 3, and Summer II begins July 9.
The Fall semester begins Aug. 23.
For more information, call (409) 880-8321 or (800) 950-6989.

LIT announces orientation dates
Lamar Institute of Technology will hold six orientation sessions during the summer for incoming students.
The dates and times for the orientations are: June 8, 9 a.m.-noon; June 22, 1-4 p.m.; July 6, 3-7 p.m.; July 20, 9 a.m.-noon; Aug. 3, 1-4 p.m.; and Aug. 10, 1-4 p.m. All sessions will be in the Multi-Purpose Center on the campus of LIT.
In order to get the most out of the orientation sessions, students should have completed the application process for LIT. Applications for admission and an explanation of the process are available in the Student Services office at LIT or on the Web site, www.lit.edu.
For more information, call (409) 880-8321.

Five scholarships established at LIT
The Beaumont Foundation has established five scholarships for students who plan to attend Lamar Institute of Technology.
The scholarships will be awarded to students who plan to study law enforcement, homeland security, criminal justice, process operating technology, instrumentation technology or other related petrochemical areas at LIT.
The three scholarships for students who plan to study within the Department of Public Service and Safety will be awarded in honor of C. Edward Keller. The two scholarships for students pursuing process operating technology or other petrochemical-related fields are named in honor of Jon Huntsman Sr.
Each scholarship is for $4,000 a year, renewable for up to two years. The deadline for applications is May 17.
LIT is the first two-year college to receive scholarships from the Foundation.
Interested students may find information about the scholarships and a printable scholarship application at www.bmtfoundation.com.

Memorial Day Service at National Cemetery
A special Memorial Day Service will be held at 9:30 a.m., Monday, May 31, 2010 at the Houston VA National Cemetery, located at 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive.
This year, the Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce James E. Nier, executive director of the Texas Veterans Commission will give the Memorial Day address. He served 22 years in the U. S. Army and was stationed in Vietnam (1962 – 1963) and Korea (1967 – 1968). A life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, he served as National Commander-in-Chief of its 2.1 million members from August 1996 to August 1997. He was only the third Texan to be elected to that high office in more than 110 years of the VFW’s existence. He and his wife, Kimmy, have four children and nine grandchildren. Their youngest son William is currently serving in the U.S. Navy.
In addition to Nier’s remarks, the event will feature a parade of colors and wreaths by numerous local veterans’ organizations, ROTC units, and Boy and Girl Scout troops. All Boy and Girl Scout organizations in southeast Texas are invited to attend.
There will also be many symbolic highlights including a flyover by the U.S. Coast Guard; a performance of Taps; a cannon salute; a riderless horse procession by the Houston Police Mounted Patrol; Amazing Grace performed by the Houston Highlander Pipe Band; a white dove release; and a rifle salute by the VFW District #4 Ceremonial Detail accompanied by Co. A 13th U.S. Regular Infantry with muskets. Medal of Honor recipient David McNerney will lead the pledge of allegiance with Peggy Slay, president of the Houston Gold Star Mothers.
The Memorial Day Service, honoring deceased United States servicemen and women, is free and open to the public.

OC Dems to meet
The Orange County Democratic Party’s monthly meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, at Van Choate’s Tuffy’s Eatery.
All are democrats are encouraged to attend.

‘In Loving Memory’ meeting
The monthly meeting of In Loving Memory, a support group for mothers who have lost a child, will be Tuesday, May 18, at 6 p.m. at North Orange Baptist Church, 4775 16th St. Mothers of any age who have lost a child for any reason are invited. For more information, call Nancy Mericle at 746-3012 or 738-5456; or Ruthie Hannegan at 735-2718.

Pinehurst special session
Pinehurst City Council will consider acquisition of property at 2497 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in a closed meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, at Pinehurst City Hall, 3640 Mockingbird St. Results will be announced in open session following the closed meeting.

Bryant reception
A reception for Ann Bryant to thank her for 56 years of service with the Bridge City Independent School District will be on Monday, May 17, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Bridge City Intermediate School cafeteria. For more information, call Lori Ess at 735-1621.

Discount food packages
Orders for May reduced price food boxes from Angel Food Ministries are being taken by St. Mark Lutheran Church, 945 W. Roundbunch Road in Bridge City. Orders may be placed until Friday, May 14, at 5 p.m.
 Pick up a copy of this month’s menu and order form at the back door of the church. Further information and ordering instructions are on the back of the menu. Boxes range from $16-$35.
  Methods of payment accepted are cash, check, money order or Lone Star Voucher. All payments are due at the time of order. Call 409-313-6479 for more information or to arrange payment by voucher.
  Orders may be picked up Saturday, May 22, from 8-9 a.m.

Tourism mag seeks partners
The Orange County Economic Development Corporation has begun working on its third olume of “Explore Orange County Texas – Experience the possibilities” magazine/visitor’s guide and general marketing brochure.
“We were successful last year in our efforts to create a partnership with local business and industries to help increase our funding and, secondly, to develop suitable marketing materials to assist in our efforts,” said a press release from www.orangecountyedc.com. “This achieves one of our goals highlighted in our strategic plan and I want to sincerely thank all of you who helped us be so successful in our last venture of publishing this magazine.
“This magazine is being used not only to introduce and welcome visitors to our community but, hopefully, is also encouraging new workers to want to ‘live, work and play’ in Orange County and creating new revenue streams for Orange County retailers. Our plan is to continue placing this annual publication in the area visitor centers, hotels and utilizing them as part of our overall marketing material that we send to prospective companies and workers. For the last two years we have printed 15,000 copies of the magazine. This year we plan to utilize a distribution service that will help us spread the magazine over a much wider area. This will require us to double the number of magazines printed.
“If you would like to partner with us in promoting Orange County while creating potential new customers for your business, look at our price guide and contact us today. We’d love to work with you to create a dynamic location for your business in our magazine. You can also see our last year’s magazine by clicking on the ‘magazine’ button on the left side of the Web site.”
For more information, or to view the price guide go to www.orangecountyedc.com. For other information, call 883-7770.

Girl Scouts hosts Dog Day
Girl Scouts Troop #3095 will host a fundraiser, Junior Paws Dog Day, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 8 at Claiborne West Park on Interstate 10 north service road. Have fun with your dog in the Dog Park (Standard dog park  rules apply.)
A parade is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Cost is $2 for the dog park, $1 for parade. Educational and entertaining.
For more information call Kelly at 883-6286.