Ducks Unlimited banquet
Wade Smith, 2009 dinner chairman for the Sabine Chapter of Ducks Unlimited has set the annual Dinner For The Ducks banquet for Oct. 13 at the Texas Longhorn Complex off La. 109 in Vinton.
Highlights nclude barbecue, auctions, drawings, games, vendor booths. Tickets are $50, and limited reserved tables may be purchased. For tickets, or more information call Tim Schossow at (409) 963-6786.

American Legion dance
The Lloyd Grubbs Post 49 of the American Legion will host a dance party Saturday 6 p.m.-midnight at the post home, corner of Green Avenue and First Street. Entertainment featuring Creole Cooking begins at 7. Admission is $3 or $5 per couple, featuring BYOB with set-ups. For more information, call Greg Savage 886-9861.

Active duty honors
Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Glenn Dutton will be the keynote speaker at a ceremony to honor active duty military officers from Bridge City and Orangefield at 10 a.m. Nov. 7 at Circle Drive Baptist Church, 100 Circle Drive in Bridge City. The annual event is co-sponsored by presented by American Legion posts 250 and 33,Claybar Funeral Homes and A-1 Peterson Plumbing. Applications for reserving the Blue Star Bnner and a special certificate can be obtained at the Orange County Veterenas Service Office on Farm Road 1442, or online at, or at schools and participating busnesses in Bridge City and Orangefield. Applications must be received by Post 250 no later than Nov 1. Mail to Post 250, POB 1561, Bridge City, 77611. For more information, call Marv Howland at 745-3427.

OC Dems to meet
The Orange County Democratic Party will be meeting at 6 p.m.,Tuesday Oct. 13 at Van Choate Tuffy’s Restaurant in Mauriceville.
Members are encouraged to bring a friend. As a reminder, members also have homework due for the upcoming November meeting.

BC Project Graduation golf tourney
The Bridge City High School 2010 Project Graduation will host a golf tournament on March 20 at Belle Oaks. Sponsorships for this tournament will be taken now through March 16. To sponsor the event, contact a BCHS senior or e-mail Lisa Lemoine at

Project Graduation ‘Ladies Night Out’
A “Ladies Night Out” event will be from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Bridge City Community Center. Enjoy a night of shopping with area vendors. There will be a $2 entry fee to the public. Door prizes from each business will be given away and refreshments will be served. The following businesses will be participating in the event: Premier Jewelry, Inside Out, Bree’s Designs, Scentsy, Painted Scripture Signs by Denise, Saisir Le Jour Day Spa, Betty’s Gift Shop, Uppercase Living, Mary Kay, Made it Myself Rachel’s Creations, Beauti Control, Close To My Heart Scrapbooking, Southern Living, Tupperware, Body Logic, Sugarqueens and Painted Things, Christi’s Glamour and Fun Photos, Pampered Chef, Debbie’s gold Gem, Uptown Boutique, Coffee Beanery, The Refuge, Classy Peacock and Avon. Local business owner or home-based businesses that would like to participate, call Lisa Lemoine at 735-8461 or e-mail at

Benefit softball tournament
Little Cypress-Mauriceville athlete Maegan Fontenot is eligible to compete at the WPC World Powerlifting Championships in Bournemouth, England Nov. 17-22. Maegan won National Championships, qualifying her to compete at the world level. A co-ed softball tournament will be held Oct. 23-25 at Gueydan Softball Fields to help with travel costs.
Co-ed teams should consist of the following: five men/five women; seven men/three women with designated hitter; or six men/four women. No one under the age of 16 allowed to play
Entry fee is $150 per team ($15 per person) and must be paid prior to the start of the first game. T-Shirts will be awarded to first-  and second-place teams and home run king and queen. One dollar will be paid for each home run and strike-out.
USSSA Rules will be enforced. No arguing with the umpire at any time. One player from each team after each games helps the umpire; vulgar language will not be permitted; nor iron spikes on cleats. Teams should supply their own equipment/balls. Line-up required 15 minutes before each game, and no ice chests allowed.
For more Information call (337) 517-9004

‘Enchanted evening’ benefit
Are you an Orange County woman who likes to indulge in a sumptuous meal without feeling guilty? There’s no guilt associated when the meal is for an excellent cause. At 6 p.m. Oct. 20, First United Methodist Women will hold its annual community women’s dinner to raise money for local missions within the city of Orange, such as the local soup kitchen, Habitat for Humanity and more.
The evening meal will be catered by Old Orange Café. Guest speaker Lynet Dunn from Memorial Drive United Methodist Church is head of her women’s ministry, a bible study teacher, pre-marriage counselor and retreat leader.
Tickets are $18 and may be purchased by calling the First United Methodist Church office at 886-7466. Reservations are required. Ladies are encouraged to bring friends and guests.

Gulf CU members’ lunch
In honor of International Credit Union Day, all Gulf Credit Union Members are invited to join them for a members’ appreciation lunch from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Oct. 15 at their Groves location (5140 W. Parkway).
Members can enjoy a fried fish lunch, complimentary shoe shine and access to personal document shredding service.

Support group to meet
The monthly meeting of “In Loving Memory,” a support group for mother’s who have lost a child will meet at 6 p.m., Oct. 20, at the North Orange Baptist Church located at 4775 16th Street, Orange. They welcome any mother, any age, who has lost a child for any reason.
 For additional information call Nancy Mericle at 746-3012 or 738-5456 or Ruthie Hannegan at 735-27l8.

LC-M blood drive
Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School will host a blood drive from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 12-13 in the lobby of the school’s auditorium.
LC-M is participating, with eight other area schools, to see who can bring in the most blood donations through Dec. 18. The winner of the contest will be given a car by Philpott Motors to be used as an attendance incentive for the second semester of school. Each student with no more than one absence from the beginning of the January school term through May 15, 2010, will be eligible to win the car. The names of students who qualify as potential winners will go into a drawing from which a winner will be randomly selected. The official give-away will take place on the high school campus during an assembly prior to the end of the 2009-2010 school year.
Another LC-M drive will be held in December to help with holiday blood supplies. Other schools participating in the contest are: Nederland, Lumberton, West Orange-Stark, Bridge City, Hamshire-Fannett, West Brook, Legacy Christian, and Vidor.
For additional information call Stacey Smith, 886-5821, extension 1660.

Nov. 5 fundraiser features ‘Phantom’ theme

Friends of the Triangle AIDS Network host “Paint the Town Red: The Phantom of the Opera,” Nov. 5 at the Beaumont Country Club. This evening of art, auctions, entertainment and fine dining is the major annual fundraiser to benefit TAN.
Festivities begin with a champagne-cocktail reception, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction at 6:30 p.m. The live auction begins at 7:15 with a buffet at 8 and live auction after dinner.
The silent auction features items donated by celebrities, along with art, fashions, jewelry, furnishings, party and entertainment packages and more. An array of uniquely decorated candelabra centerpieces will also be for sale.
The Innovators will provide music for guests’ listening and dancing pleasure. Dress is after-five. Proceeds support client services and educational efforts of TAN.
Reservations are $80 per person or $1,000 for “Dress Circle Seating” at a premium table for eight. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Call 832-8338, ext. 225, for reservations or information.

Nominations sought by VFW/Auxiliary

VFW Post 2775 and Ladies Auxiliary are accepting nominations in their annual VFW Outstanding Citizenship Education Teacher Of The Year contest. The contest consists of three grade levels, K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. The official entry form must be accompanied by a 350 words or less essay on why the teacher qualifies for the award, a one page resume (may use both sides), up to 5 pages of additional documentation and a good quality 5-  by 7-inch head and shoulders color photo.
Winning entries will receive recognition and a plaque at the annual Loyalty Day Awards Program and will advance to the District Level where the award is $100 and a chance to advance to state competition. Awards at the state level are $500 and a plaque for winners of each level and advancement to the national level. The National Winner’s awards are listed in the entry form.
Entries must be in the hands of the VFW/Auxiliary no later than Nov. 1. Call  commander George Jones at 745-3743 or auxiliary chairman Jeanette Clark at 883-0264 for entry forms or further information.

Scottish Society meeting
The Scottish Society of Southeast Texas will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 1350 N. 23rd St. at Gladys in Beaumont. A light supper will be served followed by the program.
Marilyn Martin, Society member, will present The Life and Wife of Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson was the 19th century Scottish author most noted for such famous novels as: “Treasure Island,” “Kidnapped,” “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” as well as “A Child’s Garden of Verses.”
The Scottish Society welcomes anyone interested in Scotland to attend the meeting the second Thursday of each month. For more information, call (409) 781-2464 or 866-4649.

Chamber roast
The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce presents the sixth Orange County Celebrity Roast, featuring 2009 honoree Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux and benefitting the Bridge City Historical Museum, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 Bridge City Community Center. The menu will be chicken and sausage or seafood gumbo, potato salad, coffee, soft drinks, beer or water (courtesy The Record Newspapers). Sponsorship tables are $200, $400, $800 and $1,000. Seating is limited and individual tickets are $100 each. Guests may also bid on a silent auction. Roasters include District Judge Buddie Hahn, Bridge City Mayor Kirk Roccaforte, Thibodeaux children Erin Davison, Tanya Molley and Tyler Thibodeaux, and Record Newspapers Publisher Roy Dunn. For more information, call 735-5671.

Oct. 8 , National Depression Screening Day
Samaritan Counseling Center, Rape and Suicide Crisis of Southeast Texas and Mental Health America of Southeast Texas will participate in the National Depression Screening Day, Thursday, Oct. 8. There is no cost and no appointment necessary. Samaritan Counseling Center will be screening from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at  7980 Anchor Dr. – Bldg. 500.

HoneyBears host dance clinic
The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Honey Bears will hold a dance clinic for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade girls  from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10. The girls will receive a tee-shirt and learn a dance routine they will perform Monday, Oct. 12, on the LCM football field at the Community Pep Rally after the Homecoming Parade. Cost for the clinic is $25.
For additional information, contact Valrie Gilbeaux at 

Storybook Character Parade Friday

Little Cypress Elementary school halls will be filled with characters of all shapes and sizes from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Friday. This is their second annual Storybook Character Parade. Students and teachers alike go all out to dress like their favorite storybook characters. Last year’s event included  Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum (Principal and Assistant Principal) and Thing 1 and Thing 2  (The school nurse and secretary). Such are the perks of working in elementary education.

LSC-PA, PA Garden Club host Sam Houston Park tour
Lamar State College-Port Arthur and the Port Arthur Council of Garden Clubs will sponsor a day-long bus tour on Friday, Nov. 6, which will include a tour of the historic Sam Houston Park in Houston.
Dr. Charles Gongre, dean of Academic and Continuing Education programs at the college, said the tour will be in Houston in time for a 10 a.m. guided tour of the historic structures in the park, some dating back as far as 1832.
“After the tour, the bus will take us to our lunch stop – The Cloister, a unique restaurant located in Christ Church Cathedral,” Gongre said. “After lunch, we’ll head for Buchanan’s Native Plants, a garden center devoted to native plants and organic gardening.”
The bus will leave the Carl Parker Center on the LSC-PA campus at 7:30 a.m. and will return around 6:30 p.m.
The $79 fee includes round-trip bus transportation, entry fees and lunch.
Registration deadline is Thursday, Oct. 22. For information or to make a reservation, call 984-6230.

LSC-PA Small Business Development Center October events
The Lamar State College-Port Arthur Small Business Development Center will present two business start-up workshops during October.
SBDC consultant Conrad Cooper will lead the Tuesday, Oct. 13, business start-up workshop from 6-9 p.m. at the LSC-PA Small Business Development Center, 1401 Procter Street.
Consultant Kasey Taylor will lead the Tuesday, Oct. 27, workshop from 9 a.m. to noon at the Nederland EDC Office, 1903 Atlanta Ave.
The free business start-up workshops cover business plans, funding, employees and taxes for first-time business owners. Attendance at one workshop is required prior to a new business owner’s first one-on-one meeting with a SBDC business consultant.
The SBDC offers individual consulting for small business owners at no charge. The center helps prospective business owners by providing financial analysis, loan preparation assistance and help in setting up a business plan
Reservations are required for all events. For reservations or information, call 984-6531, or send e-mail to:

Patriot’s Pen Essay contest underway
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2775 and The Ladies Auxiliary are once again offering bonds ranging from $50 to $100 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of their annual Patriot’s Pen Essay contest.  Criteria is now in all local schools or available through the VFW or auxiliary chairmen.  The contest theme is “When Is The Right Time to Honor Our Military Heroes?” and is open to sixth thru eighth grade students and home-schooled equivalent.  Students must enter first through the VFW.  An official entry form, completely filled out,  must also include a 300-400 word typed essay, using the theme, and a clear picture of the student. 
Awards at the local level are: 1st place-$100, 2nd place-$75 and 3rd place-$50 savings bonds and plaques for each.  The first place winner will advance to the district level where first place will receive a $200 savings bond and advance to the state level to vie for one of 10 bonds ranging from $500 to $3,000.  The first place state winner will advance to the national level for a chance at the $10,000 bond for first place.
Deadline for entries to be in the hands of the VFW is Nov. 1.  Early entries are welcome.  For entry forms or further information, contact  Patricia Kemp at 886-2796 or Dennis Helwig at 409-330-4412.

Bengal Guards meeting
The regular meeting for the Lutcher Stark Bengal Guards (years 1935-44) will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 16 at J.B.’s Barbecue in Orange. All members should plan to attend.

Mustangs/Tigers tickets
Varsity football tickets for the West Orange-Stark Mustangs at the Silsbee Tigers will be available at the gate on Friday in Silsbee. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 start time. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students. To get to the stadium, take Texas 62 north toward Evadale, continue north past the Texas 12 intersection, turn left on Farm Road 2246 toward Evadale; follow toward Silsbee and go under the highway and turn left to merge onto Texas 96 South. Take Exit 327; stadium is on right.

WO-S homecoming parade
The West Orange-Stark Homecoming parade, sponsored by the WO-S Key Club, has been changed from the traditional Thursday night to Monday at 6:30 p.m. (Oct. 12). The change allows for most organizations, middle school athletics and cheer squad, the junior varsity and ninth-grade teams to take part. To participate in the parade, call the school by Thursday at 882-5570. The parade will begin at the track on Western Avenue by Calvary Baptist Church and end at Hooks Stadium for the traditional community pep rally.