WOSHS summer reading program tests
Assessments for the summer reading program are scheduled for West Orange -Stark High School students registered to be in Pre AP / AP / and English 1301, the Lamar State College – Orange Co-enrollment classes, during the 2010-2011 school year.
The mandatory assessments for summer reading will be given on Thursday, Aug. 19. Tests for grades 9 -10 will be administered from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Tests for grades 11 – 12 will be given from 1 – 3:30 p.m. Grade 11 may use their books for the essay part of the test.
Any student who misses the assessment must contact and meet the appropriate grade-level teacher prior to the beginning of school.
For those having missed the Aug. 19 test day for an acceptable reason with prior notice, a make-up test will be given on Friday, Aug. 20.
Schedules will be changed for anyone who does not complete the required reading, does not take the test, or makes lower than a 70 on the tests.

Input sought on Round II Ike funds
The Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) is seeking input on a partial method of distribution for $104,772,379 in Hurricane Ike Round II Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Supplemental Disaster Recovery Funds.
A PDF file can be viewed or downloaded at www.setrpc.org. Hard copies are also available for review at the SETRPC’s offices, 2210 Eastex Frwy., Beaumont.
Oral comments regarding the Ike Round II Partial Method of Distribution will be taken at a public hearing Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 1:30 p.m. at the SETRPC, 2210 Eastex Frwy.
Written comments regarding the Partial Method of Distribution should be submitted via mail, fax or e-mail by noon Monday, Aug. 23, to: Shanna Burke, Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission, 2210 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, Texas, 77703; fax – (409) 347-0138; e-mail – sburke@setrpc.org.
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Adoptions/denials of the Proposed Ike Round II Partial Method of Distribution will be Wednesday, Aug. 25, at noon at the SETRPC offices.
The SETRPC will provide for reasonable accommodations for persons attending SETRPC functions. Requests from persons needing special accommodations should be received by the SETRPC staff 24 hours prior to the function. The public hearing will be conducted in English. Requests for language interpreters or other special communication needs should be made at least 48 hours prior to the function. For assistance, call (409) 899-8444, ext. 6000.

LC-M slates orientation sessions
Schools in the Little Cypress-Mauriceville District are gearing up for students’ arrivals on Monday, Aug. 23. “Meet the Teacher” or orientation sessions have been set by each campus. New students may register at the school where they will attend.
Times and numbers to call for more information are listed below.
• Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School will hold orientation sessions for seniors and juniors on Monday, Aug. 16, and sophomores and freshmen on Tuesday, Aug. 17. Seniors and freshmen will meet from 1-4 p.m. on their respective day and juniors and sophomores will meet on their day from 9:30 a.m.-noon. Details on what to bring for orientation are on the school’s Web page:www.lcmcisd.org/. (409) 886-5821.
• Mauriceville Middle School – Thursday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. (409) 745-3970.
• Mauriceville Elementary – Friday, Aug. 20 from 1-2 p.m. 745-1615.
• Little Cypress Intermediate – Aug. 20 from 1-2 p.m. 886-4245.
• Little Cypress Elementary – Aug. 20, 2-3 p.m. 886-2838.
• Little Cypress Junior High sixth-grade students and parents will meet with Principal Keith Lindsey in the cafeteria for orientation on Aug. 20 from 10-10:30 a.m. Sixth-graders may pick up their schedules before leaving the cafeteria and then meet teachers from 10:30-11:30. Seventh- and eighth-grade students will find their homerooms posted outside the building and may pick up their schedules from homeroom teachers and visit with other teachers between 10:30-11:30. (409) 883-2317.

OC Reps host meeting
The Orange County Republican Party will hold it’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 24.
The meeting will be called to order at 7 p.m. at the Orange County Administration Building.
All precinct chairman are encouraged to attend.

OJH football sign-ups
Orangefield Junior High football players may sign up and get equipment on the following days at the OJH field house:
• Eighth-graders, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2-4:30 p.m.
• Seventh-graders, Friday, Aug. 20, 2-4:30 p.m.
All athletes must have a physical exam from their family doctor. Physical forms are available from “Doc” Pippins in the high school trainers’ office.

Support group meeting
The monthly meeting of In Loving Memory, a support group for mothers who have lost a child for any reason, will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, at North Orange Baptist Church, 4775 16th St. For more information, call Nancy Mericle at 746-3012 or 738-5456; or Ruthie Hannegan at 735-2718.

Chenella reception
Retiring Bridge City district Assistant Superintendent Joe Chenella will be honored with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, in the Bridge City High School cafeteria. Chenella has been with the district for nearly 50 years.

Community giveaway
An Orange community giveaway featuring free food and clothes is set from 8 a.m.-1 p.m Saturday, Aug. 14, at Starlight Church of God in Christ, 2800 Bob Hall Road in Orange. The event is sponsored by the church Evangelist Department. For more information, call (409) 365-3734.

OF mascot, cheerleaders’ meet/greet
The MCT Credit Union Bridge City branch will host an Orangefield Bobcats mascot/cheerleaders meet and greet Friday, Aug. 13, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at 4837 Texas 87 in Bridge City. Photographs with the cheerleaders/mascot can be requested.

LU rental seats available
Lamar University football fans will be able to turn their bleacher seats into cushioned chair back seats by renting a stadium seat for the entire season.
For $30, fans will be able to rent a cushioned chair back seat that will be bolted down to their assigned seat and remain for the entire season. Stadium seats may be reserved by calling the Lamar Ticket Office at (409) 880-1715.
Lamar will play an 11-game schedule this season, with six games being played in the newly-renovated Provost Umphrey Stadium. The first home game will be against Webber International on Sept. 11.
Tickets for this historic season are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Lamar Ticket Office or by visiting the athletics Web site at www.lamarcardinals.com/tickets/footbl-s-tickets.html.

‘Bat Boy, the Musical’
Orange Community Players presents “Bat Boy, the Musical” as the opening production of their 2010-2011 season. The curtain rises at 7:37 p.m., Aug. 12-14 & 19-21 at the playhouse located at 708 W. Division Ave. in Orange.
Complimentary beverages are offered opening night.
Admission is adults $15 or students $8. Save money by purchasing season tickets.
The project is funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts through the Southeast Texas Arts Council. Call (409) 882-9137 for reservations.

OHS offers senior passes
Residents of Orangefield Independent School District 60 or older qualify for a senior citizens pass. The pass entitles senior citizens free admission to home activities and events sponsored by the Orangefield schools.
To obtain a pass, residents should go to the superintendent’s office, located in the administration building between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Proof of age and residence will be required for all pass requests.

WO-S MS orientation
WOS Middle School will hold student orientation for all grade levels beginning at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 16.
The orientation session will take place in the main gym. Parents must attend with their student.
At orientation, students will receive registration packets and schedules.
They will also have the opportunity to have student pictures made. Prices will be determined at the time of the photo.
School T-shirts will be on sale for $10 each. Yearbooks will also be sold for $30.
First day of school is Monday, Aug. 23.

BCHS alumni meeting
Homecoming will be discussed at a Bridge City High School alumni meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at Bridge City High School. For more information, e-mail Ella Stuebing at bchs_alumni@yahoo.com.

Mother’s Day Out
Registrations are being accepted for the new Faith United Methodist Church Mother’s Day Out program set for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-1:45 p.m. starting Tuesday, Aug. 24. Designed to provide children ages 14 months to 4 years a quality first-learning experience, weekly activities will consist of art projects, learning centers, circle time, stories, music, indoor play, socializing with new friends and learning in a Christian environment. Enrollment packets are available at the church, 8608 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. For more information, call Mother’s Day Out Director Dale Clark Carlton at (409) 886-5991.

Cheerleaders’ fundraiser
The All-Star Cheerleaders of the Next Level will host a barbecue chicken fundraiser at Walgreens in Bridge City from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14th. Plates are $7 and include a leg quarter, link, baked beans, potato salad and bread, with delivery of five more. Profits will go to costs of competitions for the upcoming season. For more information, call Julie Cammack, (409) 735-9595, e-mail
office@thenextlevelcheer.com or go to www.thenextlevelcheer.com.

Mr./Miss Bridgefield Pageant
The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is selling ads for the Mr. and Miss Bridgefield Pageant (formally Little Mr. and Miss Bridge City). Eligibility now includes Orangefield and the age extends to high school age girls.
A business card size ad in the program costs $25. The event will be Saturday, Nov. 13, at Bridge City Intermediate School. Trophies will be provided by Lee and Bridgefield Storage.
Call Chamber Director Angela Beck at (409) 735-5671 for more information.

Am. Legion Bingo
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 49, 108 Green Ave., offers Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Sundays.
All proceeds are donated in Orange County. Food and drinks are available.

LU to host final football camp
Lamar will host its last football camp of the summer from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Vernon Field Glass Field of Champions. The camp is for high school students entering the 11th or 12th grade.

Subsidized child care
Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas is adding parents to its waiting list for subsidized child care. To qualify, applicants must meet income eligibility requirements and either be employed or in employment training at least 25 hours per week or be a full-time college student.
Catholic Charities serves as the contractor which administers subsidy funding to child care providers on behalf of the Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas Board. Parents eligible for the subsidy are responsible for selecting their own child care provider.
For more information or to begin the application process, call (409) 835-1411.

LSC-PA courses at Nederland HS
Lamar State College-Port Arthur will help students save money and travel time this fall by offering several college-level courses in the evening at Nederland High School.
“These courses will be exactly the same as if they were taught on the Lamar State campus,” said Gary Stretcher, vice president for Academic Affairs. “They are open to any student who is eligible to attend the college and who meet the course prerequisites.”
Two courses – Family Law and Introduction to Law and Legal Procedure – require only one night’s attendance per week. College Algebra, Introductory Chemistry and Chemistry for Allied Health meet two nights each week.
The science courses also include a lab session, which can be attended the same night as the course or on another night.
Friday, Aug. 20, is the final day of registration for fall semester, which begins Monday, Aug. 23. Students must apply for admission to the college before registering for classes.
For information about admissions or registration, call the Admission Advising Office at (409) 984-6186, 984-6183, 984-6184 or 984-6185.
For information about financial aid, call the Financial Aid Office at 984-6203 or 984-6205.
For information on the Surgical Technology Program, call 984-6367.

Lamarissimo! season tickets
Season tickets and gift certificates for the upcoming 2010-11 season of the Lamarissimo! concert series showcasing the talents of outstanding student and faculty artists in ensemble and solo performances are now on sale in Lamar University’s Department of Music.
The 21st season opens Tuesday, Oct. 5, with the Jazz Bands concert, and continues with Faculty Artists on Thursday, Nov. 4; A Cappella Choir holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 5; Wind Ensemble and Concert Band on Tuesday, March 3; and Cardinal Singers and Lamar Dance Company on Thursday, April 28.
The holiday concert will begin at 3 p.m. in the Jefferson Theater, 345 Fannin St. in downtown Beaumont. All others will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Julie Rogers Theater, 765 Pearl St.
Season tickets, priced at $40 for adults and $20 for students, include admission to all five concerts. Lamarissimo! gift certificates may be used for purchase of adult season tickets.
Individual concert tickets, $15 for adults and $10 for students, will be available before each concert.
For the season ticket order form, visit lamar.edu/music, or call (409) 880-8144.

Meet the Bobcats
Orangefield High School will host Meet the Bobcats at 5:30 p.m., Aug. 21. There will be a meal for students at 5:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. A program will be presented at 6:30 p.m. in the high school gym.

LCM Band Booster meeting
On Tuesday, Aug. 24, all parents and/or guardians of Little Cypress-Mauriceville band students are asked to attend this important first booster meeting. The LCM High School Band Hall will be open at 6 p.m. where booster items may be purchased and signups for chaperoning football games will be posted. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Items on the agenda include Winterpark, Colo. Music Festival trip, marching contest and fundraising.
For more information call (409) 670-7489.

Feeding the needy
The Bridge City/Orangefield food program, administered by St. Paul United Methodist Church, helps feed low income families in the BC/OF community. Program members seek more families to serve. Distributions are first Thursdays at the Community Center in Bridge City beginning at 8 a.m. Proof of residency is required and qualification for service will be determined at that time.
Founded by W.A. and Margaret Richter, the program continues with the help of many volunteers and other contributors. St. Paul UMC, 1155 W. Roundbunch Road, accepts donations of aluminum cans which they sell to earn money to buy supplies for the program. Other donations are also accepted.

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.

Farmers’ Market
The spring Farmers’ Market continues Saturday at the MacArthur Shopping Center in the Big Lots 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 sweet corn, okra, cucumbers, eggplant, purple hull and Zipper Cream peas (shelled, blanched and frozen), bell peppers, hot peppers, pears, frozen blueberries and blueberry juice, frozen muscadines, pickles and other canned vegetables, hot sauces, jams and jellies, local honey, eggs, baked goods and dog cookies.
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 sponsors the event.
For more information, call Jean Fregia at (409) 745-4017 or (409) 670-6121 or Jim Frazier at (409) 276-1260.

Craft/rummage sale
Table space is available for American Legion Post 49 will host a community arts and crafts/rummage sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 2, at the post home, 108 Green Ave. in Orange. To rent vending space, call (409) 828-1488.

Swim Team tryouts
The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Swim Team will have tryouts on Friday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. at the Sulphur Recreation and Aquatic Center. All swimmers must tryout and bring a completed 2010-11 athletic packet (including the physical). Packets are available from Diane Brown, athletic secretary. All athletes will need to swim a 100-yard freestyle and a 100-yard of another stroke for the tryout and they will be timed.
There will be a $4 fee for each swimmer/family member entering the pool deck. For more information, call Bonnie Dorman at (409) 988-3225 or e-mail Bonnie.Dorman@LSCO.edu.
The first swim meet is scheduled in Longview Sept. 25.

Dates released for museum openings
The Orangefield School District has released a list of dates the Paul Cormier Museum will be open to the public. The museum will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the following Saturdays: Aug. 21, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.
Special arrangements can be made to tour the facilities by contacting Brian Ousley at bousley@esc5.net or (409) 735-1282; or Harvey Wilson at hwilson@esc5.net.
The museum is on Farm Road 105 next to Orangefield High School.

BC Chamber golf tourney reset
The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce golf tournament has been rescheduled for Sept. 20, with an 8 a.m. tee-off time. This is the first available date at Sunset Grove Country Club.
Hole sponsorships and entrance applications are available.
Call the Chamber of Commerce for more information at (409) 735-5671.

Flashers’ anniversary
The Red Hot Flashers of Orange County will meet for their eighth anniversary Thursday, Aug. 19, at Tuffy’s in Mauriceville at 11:30 a.m. Birthday ladies are Lady Southern Bell, Mary Mazoch: Sassy Lady, Mary Guillot: Lady Lyda Rose, Marilyn Oldani: and Lady Butterfly, Joyce Poisel.
For more information, call (409) 886-1609.

Kids’ golf tourney sponsorships
Sabine Chapter of Credit Unions is seeking sponsors for its upcoming Kids Classic Golf Tournament in October. Various levels are still available: Gold- $3,000, Silver-$2,000, Bronze-$1000. Event sponsorships available: Lunch-$1,500, Drink Cart-1,000, Hole in One-$850, hole sponsor-$750.
Fees are $500 for a team of four, $125 for an individual. Super Ticket: five mulligans and a prize ticket: Team 100, individual $25, Lunch only-$25.
For more information, or to register, go to www.sccukidsclassic.org.

Senior citizen expo
The 11th Southeast Texas Senior Celebration and Consumer Expo is set from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Beaumont Civic Center. Admission and parking is free.
Highlights include Jerome the Magician, the Lamar University Jazz Band, a style show with Dillard’s, celebrity models, bingo and special presentations.
The expo will feature over 100 booth exhibitors, health screenings, live music from Rick Danna, refreshments, Aces Classic Cars, clowns, door prizes, and lots of valuable information. Home Instead Senior Care will once again provide transportation from the parking lot to the event.
For information and to secure a booth space, call (409) 835-5951 ext. 117 or debbiebridgeman@bbbsetexas.org. The expo is a project of the Consumer Education Foundation of the Better Business Bureau, and sponsored in part by the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission’s Ozone Action Days and Southeast Texas Transit.

Scrimmage rescheduled
The scrimmage against West Orange-Stark and Vidor originally set for Aug. 20, has been changed to Thursday, Aug. 19, at Dan R. Hooks Stadium at 7 p.m.