Farmers’ Market held Wed. and Sat.

The Orange County Farmers’ Market has opened for the season and expanded to include Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m., in addition to the usual 6:30-10 a.m. on Saturdays. The market ends when the produce is sold out, which is often earlier than the times shown.
The following items are now available: okra, eggplant, pears, banana peppers, a variety of jams, jellies, and canned vegetables, fresh eggs, local honey, baked goods, granola, blueberry lemonade, Gulf shrimp, and house plants. Peas should be plentiful in about two weeks.
The market is held in the parking lot in front of Big Lots on MacArthur Drive. For additional information, contact Texas AgriLife at 882-7010.

2011 Fontenot and Pitre Family Reunion

The 2011 Fontenot and Pitre Family Reunion will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31 at the Martin Luther King Recreational Center, located at 2009 N. Simmons Street in Lake Charles, La. (take the exit for Enterprise Blvd or Opelousas Street off of IH-10).
The family will gather on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the family plans on attending church on Sunday, but those attending will be informed of which church on Saturday.
Those attending are asked to donate $40 per family or $20 per person.
For more information, please call Ms. Dorothy Pitre Richard at home 409-988-0164, cell 409-221-7873; or Betty Woods at home 337-433-3087.

American Legion to host luncheon Aug. 4

On Thursday, Aug. 4, the American Legion Post 49, 108 Green Ave., Orange will host a lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The lunch will include smoked chicken quarter, dirty rice, coleslaw, green beans, bread and dessert for $7 per plate. Walk-ins welcome and delivery is also available. Please call 409-886-9861 after noon on Wednesday, Aug 3 and before 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4 for delivery.
All proceeds go back into the American Legion Post 49, which is a non-profit Veteran organization.

BCISD to administer Credit by Examination

Bridge City ISD, in accordance with Chapter 74.24 TAC, will administer the Texas Tech University Credit by Examination Tests. Testing dates will be December 6, 7 and 8, 2011 and June 5, 6 and 7 2012. Students in grades first through fifth will be allowed to take each of the five tests (Math, Science, Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies) at the elementary level without prior instruction. The student must score at least 90 on each of the five four tests to be considered eligible for grade level acceleration. Students in grades sixth through 12 will be permitted to take an examination to earn credit for an academic course for which they have had no prior instruction. Students must score at least 90 on the test to receive course credit. Additional information and registration forms can be obtained by contacting Gina Mannino at:

American Legion of host pool tournament

The American Legion Lloyd Grubbs Post 49, located at 108 Green Ave. in Orange, will be hosting a pool tournament every Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight. There is a ten player maximum. The community is encouraged to join in the fun and free food to help support the Veterans. For more information, call 409-330-4847.

Rape and Suicide Crisis Center to offer support group meetings

The Rape and Suicide Crisis Center of Southeast Texas will be hosting a support group for female survivors of sexual assault the first and third Wednesday of every month, starting at 5:30 p.m. Meetings will be held at the Foundation of Southeast Texas building, located at 700 North St. in downtown Beaumont.
To RSVP or for further information, please contact the Crisis Center at 409-832-6530.

Bridge City HS Class of 1991 to hold 20 year reunion

The 1991 graduating class of Bridge City High will hold their 20 year class reunion on the weekend of Aug. 12-13. There will be a private party at Madison’s in Beaumont at 8 p.m. on Aug. 12. A family skating party will be held at Spinnin’ Wheels in Orange at 11 a.m. on Aug. 13. The reunion will end with a party at Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange at 7 p.m. on Aug. 13. Early bird ticket prices are $40 for individuals and $75 for couples by June 15. Please go to their web site at for all details. For more information, e-mail Malinda Boudreaux, and Christy Dobranski at

Families Sought to Host High School Exchange Students

SHARE! is looking for HOST PARENTS to host international exchange students for the 2011/2012 fall semester or school year. The students speak English, are covered by medical insurance and have spending money for their personal experiences. Host families provide a bed, meals, as well as friendship, understanding, and a genuine desire to share the American way of life.
SHARE! families are diverse! Traditional two-parent families (with or without children), single parents or adults, and retired couples are wonderful host families. High school aged boys and girls from over 20 countries will be arriving late August to attend local high schools while living with their host family. Persons interested in hosting or obtaining more information can contact Yvette Coffman at 800-941-3738 or visit