2011 pound weight loss challenge issued

Greg the trainer has initiated a challenge to Bridge City and Orange County residents to lose 2011 pounds collectively from Jan. 1, 2011 thru April 1, 2011. He is providing full support for individual success and has prizes from the community to be awarded each month for the greatest monthly loser. There is a grand prize for the one who has lost the most by April. For information call Greg at 409-550-0777 or e-mail  to gregthetrainer@yahoo.com. There is no long-term membership required to any organization.

Unclaimed BCHS Graduation Photos

The Counselor’s Office at Bridge City High School has graduation photographs of prior students who ordered picture packages but failed to pick them up. You may visit our website at www.bridgecityisd.net for a list of students for whom we have pictures or call 409-735-1539 for more information. Pictures will be discarded after Jan. 31, 2011.

BCISD enacts the Child Find/Child Serve program

Child Find/Child Serve is a requirement for school districts to regularly identify, locat and appropriately place children and students with special needs. Bridge City ISD wants to effectively meet these requirements. The community is encouraged to Call the Bridge City ISD Special Education Office at 735-1628 if they know of a child or young adult, ages 3-21, with a special need.

Glenn Pearson Alumni Basketball game set for Feb. 5

Any graduates who played Varsity basketball for Bridge City High School are invited to play in the fourth annual Glenn Pearson Alumni Basketball Game on Saturday Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. The game will be held in the BCHS competition gym; players are encouraged to get there early to sign in, get a jersey, and STRETCH.
There will be a ceremony at halftime honoring the 10-year anniversary of Bridge City’s 3rd ever playoff team from the 2000-2001 season. Team members include: Luke Wolfford, Anthony Acosta, Milton Briggs, Tyler Briggs, Robert Bush, Kevin Duplechin, Chris Goodyear, Ben King, Jamey Knight, Matt Morgan, Shay Psencik, Michael Reeh, and Kevin Vincent. Mangers include: Kevin Beasley, Langston Fults, Jeff Kendall, Morris Norman, Jake Shatto and Dustin Travino. The Assistant Coaches were: Troy Woodall and Rick Deutsch.

Downtown Orange to host Art in the Park

The 9th Annual Art in the Park Festival will be held in Downtown Orange on March 26. Early registration is encouraged and invitations have been mailed. Artists and crafters will line up along the inside and outside edges of Stark Park on Green Ave. for a day of display, demo and selling of artworks. Local, area and regional participants tend to enjoy this early season outdoor event. Blues and jazz bands perform on stage throughout the day. Food vendors offer tasteful items to refresh everyone. Kid’s Alley offers children hands-on activities they may take home.
For more information or to register, please call 409-883-1011 or 409-883-1010 or stop by the office: Convention and Visitors Bureau, 803 Green Avenue, behind Orange City Hall.

BC baseball alumni game set for Feb. 12

The Bridge City Baseball program will host an alumni game on Saturday, Feb. 12. The game will happen after the varsity scrimmage against Barbers Hill at 11 a.m. All alumni are welcome to attend and come see the many renovations made to Cardinal Field over the past couple of seasons. Please contact Coach Chris Moore at chris.moore@bridgecityisd.net  if you plan on attending. For more information you can also check the Cardinal Baseball website at http://bridgecitycardinalbaseball.webs.com/ Start getting those arms ready boys!

BC alumni game scheduled Feb. 12

The Bridge City Baseball program will host an alumni game on Saturday, Feb. 12. The game is scheduled after the varsity scrimmage against Barbers Hill at 11 a.m.
All alumni are welcome to attend and see the renovations made to Cardinal Field over the past couple of seasons.
Contact Coach Chris Moore at chris.moore@bridgecityisd.net if you plan on attending.

Lutcher Stark Bengal Guards to meet Jan. 21

The Lutcher Stark Bengal Guards, years 1935-1944, will have their monthly meeting Fri. Jan. 21. The meeting will be at J.B.’s Bar B Que starting at 11 a.m. All members are urged to attend.

Night Hike on the Pitcher Plant Trail

Big Thicket National Preserve rangers will lead a short walk on the Pitcher Plant Trail to explore the night world of the Big Thicket on Friday, January 21. Participants should meet at the trailhead, located on CR 4850 approximately two miles south of FM 1943, at 5:45 pm and be prepared to spend an hour on the trail.
No reservations are required for this program. Participants are encouraged to bring water, binoculars, warm clothing, and flashlights or headlamps with red filters to preserve night vision.  For more information, call the Visitor Center at 409-951-6700.

LCMHS to host financial aid information session on Jan. 27

Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School will hold a federal financial aid information session for the parents of seniors on Thursday, January 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the library lecture room. A financial aid representative from Lamar University will explain the federal financial aid process and answer questions about the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For additional information, contact Jeanna Childress at (409)886-5821, extension 1750.

Women’s only self-defense training moved to Community Center

The Women’s Personal Protection Seminar hosted by Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Bridge City on Jan. 22 will be moved to the Bridge City Community Center. Those interested in attending this seminar are asked to call 409-920-1462 to RSVP. Casual clothing and gym shoes are recommended, however those who would like to go barefoot may do so.

West Orange – Cove CISD announces Parent Workshop

West Orange – Cove CISD will hold a Parent Workshop on Thursday, Jan. 20 which will feature an Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Parent Forum, as well as a Chartwells Food Services food tasting.
The event is open to all parents of students, grades prekindergarten through 12 grade.  It will be held in the West Orange – Stark Middle School Cafeteria.
Chartwells will begin serving food samples of daily district food service offerings at 5:30 p.m.
The ADD/ADHD forum will begin at 6 p.m. It will be presented by Jackie Rachal, WOCCISD Special Services Diagnostician. Carmen Purgahn, WOCCISD Director of Special Services, will also provide information.
Free materials will be provided to all parents.
The event is free. It is presented by West Orange – Cove CISD Federal Programs.
All parents are encouraged to attend.

BCHS class of 1991 to host reunion meeting

Members of the Bridge City High School class of 1991 are invited to attend a 20 year reunion planning meeting on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. The meeting will be held at Tequila’s in Bridge City. Please contact Malinda Faulk Boudreaux at mboudreaux1@gt.rr.com or 409-720-7292 with any questions or ideas.

Income tax assistance

The AARP Tax Filing Assistance Program will be offered on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at the Orange Public Library. Trained volunteers will be available from 12:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday through April 15.
Anyone seeking assistance should bring the following: All W-2 and 1099 forms including Social Security Benefits statements; records of capital gains and losses; receipts of medical expenses, taxes paid, interest paid, contributions, causality and theft losses, and Social Security cards for dependents. Also a copy of their 2009 tax return is preferred because it is helpful to the volunteers prepare for the 2010 return.
Electronic filing will be available. No tax returns will be started after 4 p.m.

WOS project safe graduation to host zydeco dance

The parents of Project Safe Graduation 2011 for WOS-High School will host a zydeco dance on Saturday, Jan. 29 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., at the Ware Plaza on Park St. in Orange. Pre-sale tickets are $10 and $15 at the door. Must be 21 years or older. (BYOB). For questions or ticket purchase contact C. Booker 409-313-0632.

Fraternal Order of Eagles to host yard sale, barbecue sandwiches

The Fraternal Order of Eagles needs help attending the 2011 State Convention. They are hosting a yard sale on Jan. 22 starting at 9:30 on the corner of 29th and Park Ave.  in Pinehurst. Home decor, tools and various knickknacks will be one sale. They are also selling chipped barbecue sandwiches and links.

Bridge City High School Alumni Association to meet
The BC High School Alumni Association will meet on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the BCHS Library. Questions, concerns, or comments may be addressed to Ella Stuebing bchs_alumni@yahoo.com

Bridge City Project Graduation

BC Project Graduation will have a Super Bowl split the pot drawing. The winner will be picked at half time on Feb. 6. One ticket cost $5 and three tickets cost $10.
Tickets can be purchased at either Geaux mail in Bridge City or F&F Sports in Orange.

LCMHS to host ‘Locks of Love’ campaign

Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School’s Future Teachers and Cosmetology students are partnering to host their Sixth Annual Locks of Love drive.  Locks of Love is a not-for-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children 18 and younger with medical hair loss.  Last year there were 16 donations totaling over 15 feet of hair.
Those wishing to donate hair need to register by Feb. 10.  The haircut should be at least six to eight inches in length – ten inches is preferred. Certified stylists will be providing the haircuts free of charge.  Those who prefer their own stylists cutting their hair can still donate by bringing clean hair that is in a ponytail to the cosmetology department at LCM.  To register, call Kim Levens at 409-886-5821, ext. 1730, or e-mail Kim or Babs Foster at klevens@lcmcisd.org or babsfoster@lcmcisd.org.

Red Hot Flashers to meet on Jan. 20

The Red Hot Flashers will meet at the Old Orange Cafe, Jan. 20, for their first meeting of the year. It will start at an earlier time, 11 a.m.
There will be a program by Lady Shiann, learning to make feather hair bands.
Lady Cha Cha, Marcie Baca, is celebrating her birthday.
All ladies are welcome.
For information call 886-1609.

WOCCISD early release scheduled for Jan. 26   
West Orange – Cove CISD schools will observe an early release for staff development on Wednesday, Jan. 26.
North Early Learning Center and West Orange – Stark Elementary campuses will release at 11 a.m.
West Orange – Stark High School and West Orange – Stark Middle School will release at 12 p.m.
Buses will run.
Additional early release for staff development dates are scheduled for March 16, and May 4. Early release times will remain the same.

WOCCISD to hold Parent Advisory Council Meeting

West Orange – Cove CISD invites parents of all students in the district to Parent Advisory Council meetings.
Meetings for the spring semester are scheduled for Feb. 8, March 15, and April 12.
All Parent Advisory Council Meetings are held from 10 a.m. to noon in the West Orange – Cove Administration Building Board Room, 505 N. 15th St.
All parents are encouraged to participate.
Citizen Wildfire Ecology Certification Program
Many people enjoy the beauty of forest and woodlands surrounding their homes and neighborhoods. This is where the Urban Wildland Interface occurs and many of our communities are at risk of wildfire. The program teaches citizens about how to reduce their community’s hazards from wildfire. Citizen Wildfire Ecology Certification Program presented by Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Forest Service Urban Wildland Interface will be held at Orange County ESD 1, 2351 Hwy 12 Vidor. Classroom training will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 12-13. March 5 will be a field trip and report on special projects. Pre-registration required contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Office Orange County 409-882-7010.
Kimbrough to speak at OHS

Orangefield High School will host guest speaker Mr. John Kimbrough, Orange County District Attorney, on Jan. 20, at 9:45 and 10:35 a.m. in the high school cafeteria.  Mr. Kimbrough’s topic of discussion will be “Sexting and the Law”.  Our goal is to inform our students about the dangers and laws regarding this growing trend of inappropriate communication.