KVLU to present special on Gulf oil spill
July 7 KVLU public radio (91.3 FM) will host a roundtable discussion on the Gulf oil spill, “Oil in the Gulf: A Discussion on Offshore Drilling,” with some of Lamar University’s brightest minds.
The program will air at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 7. The one-hour special, hosted by KVLU co-manager Byron Balentine, will feature insight from Jim Jordan, Jim Westgate and Paul Corder.
“Living on the Gulf Coast and having this tragedy take place near our area leaves many of us with questions,” Balentine said. “Hopefully, our distinguished panel can provide some answers.”
Perspective on offshore energy exploration and the difficulties in deep-water drilling will come from Jordan, chair of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences. Corder, professor of mechanical engineering, will discuss the technical aspects of surface-oil recovery and details about relief drilling. Westgate, professor of earth and space sciences, will cover the ecological concerns of an offshore spill, how a spill affects the coastal eco-systems and what the hurricane season may mean to wetlands and wildlife.
KVLU has been the public radio voice for the Southeast Texas region for 36 years and is licensed to Lamar University, with studios on the university campus.

Class of 1975 seeks classmates
The Bridge City Class of 1975 are trying to reach the following classmates for Our 35th Class Reunion on July 30, 31, 2010. We are looking for the following classmates:
Johhny Berry, Ronald Bond, Nancy Britnell. Ricky Britnell, Mary Bullard, Brenda Caillouet, Sharon Clark, Eddie Coats, Amy Connors, Mike Dorsey, Terry Dubose, Donna Duplechian, Janalyn Fennell, Terry Freeman, Addie Guillory, Barbara Guillory, Dani Henderson, Sharon Huckabay, Keith Jackson, William (Skippy) Jackson, Robert Johnnie, Nancy Johnson, Beth Kibbe, Billy King, Mike Lange, Sherry Lemoine, Jerry Lieby, Donna Macha, Sylvia Mathis, Bruce McDonald, Neil McDougle, Gail Moran, Cindy Myers, Tanya Myers, Kim Northen, Audrey Odell, Shelia Odom, Toni Passmore, Harvey Powell, Rhonda Schoolfield, Phyllis Shaw, Sheryl Smith, Phyllis Smith, Kenneth Soileaux, Kent Stockton, Brian Thompson, Ronald Stokes, Gary Vincent, Susan Virva, if you have any information please forward it to: BCHSclass1975@aol.com, Don Breaux dbreaux203@aol.com, or 409-988-8305, Carl LeBlanc – Carl@gt.rr.com, 409-735-7067

Bromeliad Society to meet
The Golden Triangle Bromeliad Society meets on the second Monday of each month. This month’s meeting will be 7 p.m., Monday, July 12 at the Garden Center building at the Beaumont Botanical Gardens at Tyrrell Park, off Fannett Road in Beaumont. Mike Blankenship will give the program on “How to plan your greenhouse.”
Refreshments will precede the meeting.
We invite all interested parties to attend. Call Teri Duos 409-866-5721 or Mary Ellen Rinebold 409-892-4498 for information on the meeting and directions.

Arbor foundation planting trees
The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for every American to have 10 trees planted in our National Forests simply by joining the Foundation during the month of July.
The Arbor Day Foundation will honor each new member who joins the Foundation through the Replanting Our National Forests campaign by planting 10 trees in forests that have been destroyed by insects, disease, and devastating fires. A membership to the Foundation costs $10.
The need to replant our National Forests is greater than ever. Wildfire season started early this year, and the previous four years brought unprecedented wildfires throughout the country.
By planting trees in National Forests, Americans from all walks of life can help preserve these treasures for future generations to enjoy.
The Arbor Day Foundation will work with the U.S. Forest Service, as it has for more than 20 years, to determine which forests will receive the trees based on the greatest need. The U.S. Forest Service has identified a one million-acre backlog that needs replanting mainly because of record wildfires in recent years.
“Americans can help the planet through the simple act of planting trees in our National Forests,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “We rely on our forests to help clean the air we breathe, clean drinking water for millions of Americans and provide habitat for many species of wildlife. It is vital to the overall health of the Earth to plant trees.”
To join the Arbor Day Foundation and help plant trees in our National Forests, send a $10 membership contribution to Replanting Our National Forests, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, or go to arborday.org.

Chevron retirees
The Chevron Retirees Association will meet Monday, July 12, at 11:15 a.m. at Robert’s Steakhouse, 3712 W. Park Ave. in Orange. The meeting was to accommodate those who could not make it at the regular meeting time of Tuesday. All Chevron, Texaco and Unocal retirees, spouses and guests are invited for a Dutch treat meal, fellowship and an update on CRA activities.

WO-S track T-shirts
The West Orange-Stark Track Booster Club is selling “Back to Back State Champions” T-shirts in sizes small to 3X. Cost is $15, with part of the proceeds going to cancer patient Russell Bottley. To purchase, or for more information, call (409) 882-5530.

Orange Crush try-outs
Orange Crush (Toomey) 10U will host try-outs Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-8, from 2-5 p.m. at the Crush Fields. Team officials seek serious ball players born in 2000-01; and will do private try-outs by appointment if needed. For more information, contact Patrick Toomey at (409) 988-3409, patricktoomey@att.net; or Kevin Wiggins at (409) 313-2730, kwiggins021@gmail.com. Serious applicants only.

Scrapbooking for food
The Salvation Army in Orange will host a scrapbooking fundraiser from noon-8 p.m. Saturday, July 17. Proceeds will go to buy food for the Salvation Army Food Pantry, serving the needy in Orange County.
There will be door prizes, page prizes and games. A grand prize will also be awarded.
Cost is $25 per person, with $10 at sign-up. The remainder will be due at check-in the day of the event. Groups are welcome. Other features include free and minimal-cost classes and a swap and trade table.
The evening meal is included. Snacks will be provided throughout the afternoon. Participants must preregister at the Salvation Army, corner of Strickland Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. drives.
Child care will not be provided. Teenagers must be accompanied by a parent or an adult.
For more information, call (409) 883-4232.

FBO benefit
First Baptist-Orangefield will have a rummage sale Friday and Saturday, July 9-10, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at 9788 Farm Road 105 next to the Dollar General store in Orangefield. Proceeds will go to the church youth program.

Citrus nursery tour
Texas AgriLife Extension of Orange and Jasper counties will host the Saxon Becnel and Sons Citrus Nursery Tour open to the public Tuesday, July 20, from 9-11 a.m. at 4995 Farm Road 105 Orange.
Topics include citrus grafting, water filtration systems and greenhouse operations, along with a question and answer session. Two (2) CEUs in IPM will be offered to pesticide applicators.
To preregister, or for more information, call the Orange County Extension office at (409) 882-7010.

Democratic meeting
The Orange County Democratic Party will meet Tuesday, July 13, at 6 p.m. at K-Dan’s in Orangefield. Party spokeswoman Mary Terry says, “This is an ‘all hands on deck’ meeting.”

Movie night
Little Cypress Baptist Church, 3274 Little Cypress Drive, will host a free movie night by showing “To Save A Life” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 16. Doors open at 6, and snacks and beverages will be provided. The movie is open to everyone 13 years and older. A nursery will be available.

Salvation Army benefit
The Fraternal Order of Eagles Sabine Aerie 2523 will host a Music Jam to benefit the Salvation Army Food Bank in Orange on Saturday, July 17, with music and gumbo free for as long as it lasts. Cakes and pies will be sold by the slice, the bar will be open and a split the pot will be featured.

BC Chamber tournament
The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce’s annual golf tournament will begin with a shotgun tee-off time at 8 a.m. Monday, July 19, at the Sunset Grove Country Club. Cost is $50 per player for a four-man scramble. Mulligans are $5 each, limit two per player. Sponsorships are $250 and $100. Prizes will be awarded to the first-place winners.
For registration forms and sponsorship information, call the chamber at (409) 735-5671.

BC class of ‘65
Members of the Bridge City High School class of 1965 meet first Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Robert’s Restaurant in Orange. Class members and guests are welcome at the informal gatherings. For more information, call (409) 963-4859 or (409) 735-2918.

IRS grant applications
The Internal Revenue Service is accepting applications for the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grant programs, which will allow some organizations to apply for annual funding for up to three years.
Applications will be accepted through July 9. Previous grant recipients will have the option to apply for up to three years of annual funding, which would reduce the amount of paperwork they must complete over a three-year period. This annual funding will also help recipients with budget planning.
The 2011 application packages and guidelines will be available on the IRS Web site by June 1. More information about the TCE and VITA grants is available in Publication 4680, TCE and VITA Grant Programs.
The IRS in 2010 awarded 24 TCE grantees $6.1 million and 147 VITA grantees $7.44 million. Through mid May, the two grant programs filed more than 2.1 million returns at almost 9,000 sites nationwide.
The TCE program was established in 1978 to provide tax counseling and return preparation to persons age 60 or older and to give training and technical assistance to the volunteers who provide free federal income tax assistance within elderly communities across the nation.
The VITA Grant program was established in 2007 to supplement the VITA program, which was created in 1969. VITA provides underserved communities with free tax filing assistance. The grant program enables VITA to extend services to underserved populations in hardest-to-reach urban and non-urban areas, to increase the capacity of targeted taxpayers to file returns electronically, to enhance training of volunteers and to improve the accuracy rate of returns prepared at VITA sites.

Farmers’ Market
The spring Farmers’ Market continues Saturday at the MacArthur Shopping Center in the Big Lot’s parking lot off MacArthur Drive in Pinehurst.
Starting at 7 a.m., the market will be open until all vendors have sold their produce. Items include tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, purple hull peas, a variety of peppers, blueberries, jellies, canned vegetables, pickles, homemade salsa, eggs, honey and baked goods.
Produce varies from week to week. There is no charge for vendors. The market will continue each Saturday until the crops are no longer available. The Texas AgriLife Extension Program again sponsors the event.
For more information, call Jean Fregia at (409) 745-4017 or (409) 670-6121 or Jim Frazier at (409) 276-1260.

Hunter Education Safety Class
A Hunter Education Safety Class is scheduled 5-10 p.m., July 20-21. Both sessions must be attended. Certification is required if you are at least 17 years old and were born on or after Sept. 2, 1971 to hunt in Texas. You can become certified if you are at least 9 years old. Call Danny Odom to register at 409-883-8118 or for more information, including location of class.
Sign up early, “Many people have waited until the last minute to try and get certified and can’t because few classes are offered or classes are full,” says Odom. “Some have received citations for not following game laws.” He also says, “This class is not for just hunters but, anyone who handles firearms can benefit from it.”

Join BLISS Saturday
BLISS Pampering Event is scheduled 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday at the Bridge City Community Center, located at 104 Parkside.
Enjoy a buffet lunch, style shows, motivational speakers and shopping. Vendors include massage therapy, photography, lingerie, candles, purses energy work and more.Tickets are $20. For more information call the chamber office at 409-735-5671 or Pam Vincent at 409-735-2930.

Golf Tourney July 19
The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce’s annual golf tournament will begin with a shotgun tee-off time at 8 a.m. Monday, July 19, at the Sunset Grove Country Club. Cost is $50 per player for a four-man scramble. Mulligans are $5 each, limit two per player. Sponsorships are $250 and $100. Prizes will be awarded to the first-place winners.
For registration forms and sponsorship information, call the chamber at 735-5671.

Entergy Texas Announces Planned Fuel Refund
Entergy Texas, Inc. recently filed a proposal with the Public Utility Commission of Texas to give customers a fuel-related refund that will show up as a credit on bills for six months beginning in September.
The refund with interest totals $66.4 million and reflects an over-recovery of fuel costs through May of this year. If the PUCT gives its approval, the average, 1,000 kilowatt-hour residential bill will be lowered by $7.84 per month during the refund period.
Per rules established by the Public Utility Commission of Texas, Entergy Texas determines what it will charge customers for fuel twice a year, with the amount based on fuel costs at that time. The recovery charge then stays in place for the next six months. Fuel prices, however, fluctuate on an almost daily basis and so the company may not recover enough or may recover too much. When too much is recovered, customers receive a refund in the form of a credit that lowers their bill. Entergy Texas does not earn a profit on fuel expenses and only passes actual fuel costs through to its customers.

FEMA extends temporary housing program for Hurricane Ike
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Texas Division of Emergency Management announced Tuesday that the governor’s request for an extension of the temporary housing unit (THU) program has been granted for eligible Hurricane Ike survivors. The program, previously extended to July 9, 2010, will now end Jan. 7, 2011.
In response to Hurricane Ike, a total of 3,701 temporary housing units (mobile homes and park models) were provided to Texas residents. Currently 149 units remain occupied.
About 24 Orange County families remain in housing units, said FEMA’s Ray Perez at press time Tuesday.
“While the majority of temporary housing unit occupants in this program have transitioned to more permanent, long-term housing, there are a few that need a little more time,” said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson. “We are confident that this second extension will help the remaining occupants of FEMA-supplied units complete their recovery.”
“The majority of our remaining occupants are working to rebuild or repair their homes” added FEMA Hurricane Ike Recovery Manager Brad Harris. “Remaining families may continue to live in the units as long as they remain eligible and can show that they are making progress toward their permanent housing.”
FEMA continues to provide eligible applicants the opportunity to purchase their temporary housing unit through a sales program. To date, 1,062 occupants have chosen to buy their unit.
FEMA will also continue to work with the state, tribal nations, local governments and voluntary organizations to facilitate donations of units that can be used for the sole purpose of providing temporary housing to eligible applicants.
Additionally, at the State of Texas’ request, FEMA has reopened the temporary rental assistance program. Applicants may be authorized to receive a one-time Temporary Housing award for two month’s rent to facilitate their transition from the FEMA-provided THU into interim housing (subject to program rules for maximum assistance). For those applicants who are moving from the THU because their home is being constructed under a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project, the Recovery Manager may, on a case-by-case basis, authorize one additional month of rental assistance if, due to unforeseen contractor delays in repairing or reconstructing the dwelling, the applicant will have to remain out of the dwelling for more than 60 days.

“In Loving Memory” Support Group to meet
 The monthly meeting of “In Loving Memory”, a support group for mother’s who have lost a child, will be on July 20, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the North Orange Baptist Church located at 4775 16th Street, Orange.  We 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.