Before I return to this page next week, Valentine’s Day would have come and gone. I’m not dear Abby, I don’t write an advice column, but I feel I’m qualified to comment on relationships. Relating with people from both sexes over a lifetime hasn’t only been my vocation but it’s also what I enjoy doing. For the most part, I genuinely like people and am interested in what they have to say; I think that is the most important factor in any relationship. Romances set a pretty high standard when it comes to communication. Talking about music, grandchildren, politics etc., often happens naturally, not particularly over a candlelight dinner. It’s always important to tell the other person how much you love them, doing small things for them, even a small simple note showing your love. If a quarrel erupts remember, never any name-calling, no verbal abuse, never bring up old history, and never create a scene that just won’t heal. It’s important that your romance mate knows that you value and treasure them. Never let outside pressures affect your personal relationship. However, in the end, it’s not flowers, gifts, walks on the beach, it is communication, getting a sense of how much you love and appreciate each other. The old cliché, “It’s us against the world” still rings true today, knowing that you have each other’s shoulder to lean on. So, that’s my few words of wisdom on how to make most days Valentine Day. Happy Valentine’s Day to all.***** Now, I best get going. Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.


We were saddened to learn about the death of Jean Simar, 78, who passed away Saturday, Feb. 5. A Mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday, Feb. 9, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange at 2 p.m. Jean lost her husband, Marvin, a few years ago but continued to look after his mother, Odette Simar, who will soon turn 101 years old. Jean had been ill over the past year. She is survived by her children, Paul, James and Gina and their families. We had known this good woman for many years. May she rest in peace. Please see obit. *****The tragic death of Claribel Schreiber, age 43, of Bridge City, in an auto accident, Feb. 3, is really sad. A young woman in the prime of life taken. Adding to the sadness is that her family, dad, siblings and their families are far away in the Philippines. Daughter, Clariss and husband, Kevin Greer, son, Ambet Po and grandson, Brayden Greer, all of Bridge City, survive her locally. Services were held Feb. 8.


We now have the big show behind us. The Super Bowl drew over 100,000 to Jerry’s world, Cowboy Stadium, in Arlington, and over 111 million watched it on television, but enough already. I liked the Green Bay Packers but really felt the Pittsburgh Steelers was a 10-point better team. They tried in every way to give the game away and fell behind 21-3 at halftime. It ended up being a close 31-25 Packer win. I couldn’t lose, either way I won. If the Steelers had won by the 10, I would have come off looking smarter.*****I’m ready for some baseball and others feel the same. A couple of Saturday’s ago, I attended the opening practice of Bridge City Coach Chad Landry and his Cardinals. It was like opening day, the weather was fine and the fans turned out to watch high school baseball. By the way, Coach Landry is deep in young talent, returning only two seniors. I’m ready to “Play Ball” and leave football and winter behind.

12 Years Ago 1999

Salem United Methodist Church celebrates 134th anniversary on Feb. 21. Salem Mission was established in 1868 in Orange, in a house that is now the site of the Oaks Town Homes. *****American Legion Post 250, in Orangefield, honored W.T. Oliver, a former state representative, who was instrumental in building Veteran’s Memorial Park. Oliver, a vet and supporter of veteran causes died of a heart attack recently. Chaplin Marv Howland of the Post said, “Oliver was a statesman who made an outstanding service to God and country.”*****On Feb. 9, at 6 a.m., it was 71 degrees in Orange. *****Benny Hinn, world-renowned preacher, arrived at Jefferson County Airport in his private jet for a crusade at Montagne Center Thursday and Friday. *****Bridge City volleyball star, Natalie Sarver has accepted a scholarship to Lamar where she will continue to be a Cardinal. (Editor’s note: I often wonder what became of those youngsters when their playing days were over. Many we don’t see or hear about again. I guess most move away.)*****Jackie Roberts marks 18 years as Grover Halliburton’s legal secretary. *****Little Cypress-Mauriceville Coach David Williams witnessed four boys, Michael Gonzales, Billy Ford, Bo Lewis and Herbert Winston signing college scholarships. From West Orange-Stark, Jermaine Feathers is headed to play college football. *****Bridge City VFD and auxiliary elected new officers. Ladies auxiliary elected Melinda Morse as president, Mary Callahan, V.P., Barbara Daigle, secretary, Angie Breaux, treasurer, Norman Ballard, reporter and Shana McLeod, chaplain. ***Fire Department Ross Guilhas was named chief, Scott Barnes, assistant chief, Ricky Bodin, Ray Welch, Jim Diemer and Buddy Land were named captains. Adam Woodard, secretary, Jeff Daigle, Carroll Leblanc, Sterlin Simoneaux, Doyle Ballard and Jimmy Franklin were picked as commissioners. *****Mike Tyson goes back to prison. Gus D’Amato picked up this kid and molded him into the heavyweight champion of the world. *****King Hussein, of Jordan, dies. His eldest son, Abdullah becomes the new king. *****Raegen Faye Crone turned one year old Feb. 2. She’s the daughter of Rusty and Tara Crone of Bridge City. (Editor’s note: Today she’s a teenager.)*****Trevor and Tyler Gunn turned 4 years old.

37 Years Ago, 1974

Starting Feb. 15, Joe Alford will be the new assistant district attorney under DA Sharon Bearden. *****Attorneys Malcolm Dorman and Jim Dunaway formed a partnership. Frank Hustmyre, semi-retired is still associated with the firm. *****The Don Harmon’s started building a new home in the country but before the house was completed, it was taken into the city of Orange.*****Cynthia, (Mrs. Dan Hooks,) recently had a baby but is planning to return to work in two weeks at the Court House.*****Some members of the West Orange Chiefs track team were mile relayers James Bean, Randall Teate, Marty Edwards and Steve Fisher. Taking part in the 440 relays were Ray Williams, Earl Thomas, Teate and Fisher. Paul Bingham competed in the shot putt, and Roy Williams ran in the 100-yard dash.(Editor’s note: Can it really have been 37 years?)


Crystal Fusilier, Doyce Sherman, Lisa Woods, Jivin’ Gene Bourgois, Karen Fuselier, Leonard Bock, Sandy Sanford, Cynthia Fisher, Peggy Albair, Shane Brister, Trevor Gunn, Tyler Gunn, Bobby Arnold, Kevin Bourque, Deric Prevost, Eric Prevost, Jody Connor, Stephen Allen, Tom Stephenson, Brittany Carpenter, Christy Reves, Delondra Cooper, Dola Rucker, Jordan Guererro, Marjorie Gandy, Michele Moore, Sara Childs, John Hall, Judy Ford, Lee Ann Jaarah, Liz Fontenot, Jeremy Delano, Fred Kennedy, Judy Harrison, Dan Batchelor, Robert Montagne and Drew Domas


J.B. Arrington, the storyteller and barbecue king, who does a great catering job, stopped by for a visit and to tell a new story. Also stopping by was Tommy Simar, who escaped from Echo for a few hours. Then, Jack Smith waltzed in. He goes 100 miles an hour all the time. Too nervous to sit down. All three of them on the same day is a bunch. Add H.D. Pate, local lawyer, stopping by and I got a load of good ole boy all in one day.*****A couple of week ends ago Dale Earnhart Jr., was left with one team race driver short when a driver became ill. Doug Harrington Jr. was asked to take his place in the 24-hour Rolex Daytona. Doug Jr. drove both Saturday and Sunday. The team didn’t win but it was a kick watching the Bridge City native in the big race. Doug didn’t have his own car entered in the race.*****A few days ago, Johnny Montagne cooked up a five gallon bucket of goose and oyster gumbo and invited a few good ole’ boys over to eat. Johnny can really put the vittles together. Even Al Judice will attest to that. Johnny cooks a lot of specialty dishes like kidney stew, tripe, hog-head, etc. Ms. Darlene observed but didn’t eat anything.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch dined at Robert’s last week. Shirley Zimmerman, that nice and pretty lady from Economic Development, and Donna Scales, park director, got all the attention. They were the only two women in attendance of this day. This week, the Bunch will dine with Uncle Jim at Novrozsky’s and back to Robert’s next week. Everyone is always welcome.*****QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Ron Reagan, son of President Reagan, made the following comment Friday. “Sarah Palin is a soap opera, she’s doing mostly what she does to make money and keep her name in the news. She is not a serious candidate for president and never has been.” That’s the same thing we expressed in the past. Proof that’s she’s all about money is that she is registering her name as a brand, like Sara Lee, Martha Stewart, etc. No one running for president would do that. The joke of the week is comparing herself to President Reagan. Her daughter also is registering the Palin brand.*****Our friend, Charlotte Anderson in on the mend since having back surgery but not ready to run yet.*****Local track and field schedules are as follows. On Feb. 26, the 19th West Orange-Stark Mustang relays will be held in Orangefield.***On March 4, the 37th annual Bobcat relays will be in Orangefield.***March 17, Bridge City Cardinal relays in Bridge City.***April 1, the 18th annual Battling Bear relays in Little Cypress-Mauriceville.***April 9 to 12, District 21.3A championship will be held in Bridge City.***April 11 to 13, District 20-4A championship, LCM and Vidor will be at Port Neches.*****Edgar and Monty Eshbach are expecting their first grandchild. Son, Eric and wife are expecting their first next month. The new baby’s great grandmother would be the notorious Dot Esbach.*****It was great to hear that our friend Johnny Preston Courville got out of ICU and is doing much better. Tom Stanfield visited with the family and is keeping us informed. See more on Johnny in the Down Life’s Highway column.*****House and Texas Senate, all republicans, draft budgets but makes no cuts to statewide elected officials. Meanwhile, teachers face pay cuts and layoffs of 100,000. A shortfall will be balanced on the backs of school children, the mentally and physically disabled plus the elderly, through Medicaid cuts. It was poor planning, poor decisions and poor management that led to the large deficit.*****A few special folks celebrating their special days. Crystal Fusilier, Debbie and David’s pretty daughter, celebrates another birthday. We’ve known her since she was in diapers. She grew up to be quite a good-looking woman.***My friend since childhood, Doyce Sherman, raised in Vermillion Parish on homegrown rice, and raced through life from Abbeville High to past his mid-70’s. We extend best wishes and many more.***Robert Montagne spent his life in education. A good guy we’ve known over 50 years. Happy birthday Robert, good health and a long life.***Karen Fuselier and Jivin’ Gene both celebrate Wednesday, Feb. 9. Both will do to ridge the range with.***Our longtime buddy Harold Forse turns 91 on Feb. 15 and is still going strong. He ain’t slowing down until he hits 101.***Ms. Peggy, the chief bottle washer and head captain of Peggy’s on the Bayou, is a year older on Feb. 10. Age can’t keep up with her. Pay her a visit, you’ll love her food.***It’s hard to believe the Gunn twins, Trevor and Tyler, turn 16 years old this week. Those years went by quickly. It seems the other day they were three.***We extend best wishes to H.K. Clark, a good family and community man. H.K. helped build Bridge City from a prairie to what it is today.***Turning 3 years old this week, Feb. 8, is Mark and Sharon Dunn’s cute granddaughter, Delilah. She’s Jenna and Robbie’s “Little Princess.” Roy says it’s those good Dunn genes.****Neighbor Cox and Ms. Ginny’s lovely daughter, Karen Duplechin, celebrated Sunday.***Congrats also to our FaceBook friend Helen Broussard, who celebrated Feb. 7.*** Happy birthday to all.*****G.M. and Chrysler sales and production are up 18 percent to 24 percent. Just think, a year ago they were both facing collapse. The domino effect would have been a great depression. Meanwhile, oil companies are reporting higher profits in the last quarter than anytime in over two years. They may be taking a little too much profit, driving prices up at the pump. Meanwhile the Tea Party has targeted republican Senators Hatch and Lugan for not being conservative enough and will run candidates against them. That’s what you call the Extreme Right. I’m starting to think they will run a candidate for president. If they do democrats will love it. *****Strictly my thoughts: I fear a cultural disconnect for the young and new generation that will be brought on by Facebook. It’s another Genie that’s out of the bottle. The jury is out, but for too many other aspects of life are taking a back seat. It’s constant, other interest go by the wayside. Hours are spent uselessly, even during family meal time.


On Feb. 9, Joe Pesci turns 67 and Mia Farrow, 66.***On Feb. 10, Laura Dern will be 44.***Feb. 11, Burt Reynolds, 75; Jeb Bush, 58; Sheryl Crow, 49 and Jennifer Aniston, 42.***Feb. 12, Arsenio Hall, 56; John Michael Higgins, 48; Josh Brolin, 43; Lisa Brenner, 37 and Christina Ricci, 31.***Feb. 13, Taylor Lautner, 19; Jerry Springer, 67; Peter Gabriel, 61 and Robbie Williams, 37.***Feb. 14, Michael Bloomberg, 69; Rob Thomas, 39; Steve McNair, 38 and Jane Seymour, 60.


Clovis Comeaux, him, has always been a hell raiser but suddenly he quit drinking, quit chasing after womens and give up playing poker. He started cutting da grass around da church. He even painted da trimming. He became a faithful church go’er and was da first to arrive at Sunday Mass. Da prient, Farta Vincent ake, “Wat brought on dis wonderful change dat has done overtook you?”
Clovis say, “Well, Farta, it’s like dis, me, I heard, “Crisis in da Gulf” and I tink if he’s dat close, I wanna be good to go home.”


If the state of Texas slashes Medicaid reimbursements, many doctors will stop serving the neediest patients. Hospitals fear the emergency room will be the recipient of Medicaid patients seeking primary care or preventable emergency care. Those people will be left without health care and their only option will be the ER. Legislators are targeting Medicaid to cure a $27 billion shortfall. It will totally overwhelm the hospitals. *****I am constantly amazed at the tremendous growth our Web site, therecordlive.com, is experiencing. Make us your home page to update constantly.***** A message to advertisers: Where else can you buy advertising that reaches 90 percent of all the homes in the Orange, Bridge City and Orangefield trade areas, plus all outlining areas, with 4,000 store copies placed at 65 locations. You get two totally distributed, well-read newspapers for one low rate. Don’t miss the boat on the best advertising bargain in this market. *****Well, I’ve run out of time but I thank you for yours. Hugs and kisses to all my favorite Valentines. Take care and God bless.