From the Creaux’s Nest
The last full moon was a beauty and lasted high and bright for six nights. It’s gone now but it brought back days of romance, a better time, when life was slower and people sat on their front porches, visited and gazed up at the moon.***** The promised two inches of rain never came. The weather folks hyped up all the rain that was coming and only a few drops fell. No one can predict the weather in southeast Texas. For the most part, the weather reports on television are just a show, radar showing a disturbance, lightning, etc. The trees keep dying and I’m afraid it’s just the beginning.*****What has really been disturbing is how many of our young people are losing their lives in auto accidents. My first thought always goes to those poor parents. It’s just not supposed to happen that way. *****I’ve gotta move on. I’m way behind. Please come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.
The nation is still recovering from a crushing recession that sent unemployment hovering above nine percent for two straight years. The president, mindful of soaring deficits, is pushing bold action to shore up the nation’s balance sheet. Cloaking himself in the language of class warfare, he calls on a hostile Congress to end wasteful tax breaks for the rich. “We’re going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share,” he thunders to a crowd in Georgia. Such tax loopholes, he adds, “sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying 10 percent of his salary—and that’s crazy.”
Preacher like, the president draws the crowd into a call-and-response. “Do you think the millionaire ought to pay more in taxes than the bus driver,” he demands, “or less.”
The crowd, sounding every bit like the protesters from Occupy Wall Street, roars back: “MORE!” The year was 1985. The president was Ronald Wilson Reagan.
With the help of the Democratic Party, some members called Reagan Democrats, the following year unemployment fell to below eight percent. The same could be accomplished today if it wasn’t for the obstructionist. Also forgotten is that President Reagan raised taxes 11 times while in office. You do what you have to do for the good of the country.
We were sorry to learn about the death of Hardy “Bruce” Broussard, 69, who passed away unexpectedly Friday, Nov. 11. A mass will be held Saturday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Helen Catholic Church. Hardy was retired from Orange County Road and Bridge. To his wife Shirline and the family, we extend our condolences. Please see obits.*****We were also saddened to learn of the death of Richard “Ricky” Dale Britnell Jr., who died Nov. 11. Services Wednesday 10 a.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. To his wife Brenda, mother Jeanette Wise, children and their family, we extend our sincere sympathies. Please see obit for other details.
We wish the best to Coach Thompson and his West Orange-Stark Mustangs against Columbus in the playoffs. The game will be held Friday at Conroe. *****All of Orange County should support WO-S and Jeff Matthews’ Vidor Pirates, as they advance in the playoffs against Montgomery.*****We can’t say enough about the great game the Bridge City Cards played against Cold Springs, a team that has averaged 55 points per game. The Cards held them to a 7-0 win. Many fans say it was the greatest defensive effort they had ever seen. Quarterback Matt Menard received an injury or the results might have been different. Fans won’t soon forget the 2011 Cardinals. That game will live in coach Chris Stumps memory for years to come. It’s the game that might have been.
Eight Years Ago-2003
Mildred Wozencraft, of Bridge City, has given four acres of land on IH-10 to the Orange chapter of the American Red Cross. Mildred is the widow of Morris “Woozy” Wozencraft, owner of Woozy’s Pest Control and East Texas Neon Sign Co.*****West Orange Mayor Roy McDonald announces the opening of Seals-Alford Plaza, a place for the whole community. May 29 will mark a half-century of the city’s existence. City officials plan a big birthday party in Seals-Alford Plaza, next to City Hall. *****”The year of the Bobcats.” Orangefield, in a great game, knocked off Liberty 15-6 in a playoff game. *****Joel Beckcom and Leah Johnsson will exchange wedding vowels on Saturday, Nov. 22. (Editor’s Note: These two old high school friends made a good attempt but it didn’t take and in a few months they went their separate ways.)*****Sixteen year olds celebrating their birthdays are Whitney Mott and Brock Haymon. *****The Bridge City boy’s cross-country team takes second place in the 3-A state championship meet. The Cards were just eight points behind champion Elgin. Aaron Brannen led the Bridge City team. Other team members were Brad Heath, Brent Higgins, Michael Goeddertz, Brad Mason, Randy Becker and Jacob Peart. Rick Miller is the B.C. track coach. *****Ed Nimitz, a multi-talented man who wrote poetry, composed songs, played tennis well and served as state representative from Orange County, died this week at age 86. *****Frances Elizabeth Reid, who served as a surgical nurse in North Africa and Italy during WWII, also passed away this week. She and Louis Dugas started the Orange County Historical Society. *****A fire at Long’s Furniture Warehouse in Orange, which started at 5:50 a.m., took over three hours to contain. *****A longtime friend, Mike Keogh, 75, passed away Saturday, Nov. 15. He leaves behind wife “Sis” and their two boys. *****Frenchie Longron, 67, passed away Friday, Nov. 14. We had known Frenchie since 1952. An entire book could be written about this unique guy.
The Bridge City Cardinals have eight wins and one 14 to 14 tie with Jasper, the only points the Cards have allowed going into their final game against the West Orange Chief’s, who are 9-0. Neither team has a defeat.
The following copy was written by Joe Kazmar, for The Record.
Coaches at Bridge City are H.W. “Chief” Wilson, Buddy Gillis, Bob Puntes, Randy Arnaud, Chuck Young, Raymond Bennet and Bob Hollier. The trainer is Moe Litton. Bridge City takes great pride in its “Wild Bunch” defensive squad, spearheaded by veteran linebacker Mark Dunn. Joining Dunn behind the line is Mike Swiere, Tim Lawler and Charley Hillebrandt. Defensive end is Kenny Brown, brother of John, an all-stater and Aval, all-district a few years ago. Tackles Randy Fults, Randy Feverjean and Mark Flanagan at the other terminal flank him. The B.C. defensive secondary features 75 percent of last year’s third best mile relay team in the state in Bo Worrell, David Guidry and Mark Truncale. The “Wild Bunch” is complimented by the offense, centered on Lanston Fall, Chuck Majors, Guidry and quarterback Terry Bridgers, in the backfield which operates behind a great offensive line.*****West Orange operates out of many offensive sets. Ray Pousson is a cool headed quarterback. He can call on speed in wingback Roy Williams, power from fullback Barney Duhon and sophomore Lorrance Wills. Pousson also does a good job whenever he keeps the ball, running the option or finding one of his many sure-handed receivers. The offensive blocking is the responsibility of such stalwarts as center Dwayne Callahan, James Long, Victor Enard, Mike Deason, Marlin Richard and Mike Conway. Outstanding on defense are Long, Mike McDonald, Enard, Bill Dickey, Tom Yett, Larry Spears, Bo Guillory, Chris Judge, Randall Teate, Marty Edwards, Ronny Duhon and Dave Hastings.
Marie Richard, Clarissa Cortez, Amaris Brown, Allene Manuel, Servet Satir, Mary Loyd, Pete Gresham, Rebecca Collins, Thad Angelle, Bryson McFarland, Chris Byers, RaeAnna Todora, Dwayne Duncan, Dyanna Sandlin, Martha Foley, Laurie Kosh, Nancy Aycock, Patsy Brister, Reba Eddins, Barbara Briggs, Barbara Musser, Chuck Kirby, Katy Taylor, Kenneth Haas, Theresa Evans, Lyndsie Neie, Melanie Claybar, Bryan Garrett, Leroy Gomez, Mickey Smith, Sam Thomas, Tim Bayliss, Aimee Huckabay, Celeste Hart, James Cornell, Kevin LeCourtere, Jonathan Vogt, Justin McCullough, Stephanie Williams, Kristina Denman, Meagan McGill, Linda Klein, Liz Harris, Patty Burke, Shelly Ford, Trina Stringer, Veronica Smith, Ann Miller, Ben Carpenter, Cecil Allen, Brandon Swarers, Charles Cagle, John Moore, Joe Permar, Murray Moreland, Edgar Eschbach, Kevin Phillips, Sunni Oceguera, Hayden Clark, Whitney Mott, Jim Pruter, Jan Briggs, Jesse Evans, Lon Hubbard, Rose Powell, Tabatha Force, Hazel Spurgeon, Jason LeLeux, Mary Tate, Adam Schisler, David Heyduck, Bart Williams, H.D. Pate, Burford Rector, Marie McKinley, Butch Campbell, Dorothy Mathis, Cecil Broom, Larry Bridges, Misty Moody, Barbara Trahan, Belinda Thibodeaux, Bobby Tarter, Jackie Roberts, Brenda Spangle and Carolyn Hagen.
For many years, the one and only A.J. Judice played the Cajun Santa Claus and made the “Cajun Night Before Christmas” famous. He had a young Cajun helper who recited the Cajun Night Before Christmas to school children and other events. Now Carl Thibodeaux is the old Cajun guy and will be reading in several places and will again feature his reading at the West Orange Christmas tree lighting in West Orange. *****We understand Sharon Bearden had a shot at a nice big buck on the deer hunt last week but one bad thing happened, the experienced old hunter got buck fever and was shaking so bad he missed his shot. The buck just walked off. That’s what the Peveto boys tell me. *****Don’t forget the St. Mary’s gumbo Thursday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Much more will be happening at St. Mary’s that day also beginning at 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. Y’all come. *****The quote of the week is by nutty Ann Coulter about Perry’s brain freeze in the Republican debate. She says, “See what happens when Perry shows up sober.”*****The most stupid statement of the week came from Mitt Romney in the last debate. “If you re-elect Obama, Iran will have nuclear weapons, if you elect me they won’t.” Now he’s talking about the guy that killed Bin Ladin. You can book it, if Obama is re-elected the little weasel in Iran is toast. *****CREAUX’S TIP OF THE WEEK: To remove old wax from a glass candle holder, put it in the freezer for a few hours, take it out then turn it over upside down. The wax will fall out.*****CAJUN DEFINATION: Bourre, (pronounced Boo-Ray) French for stuffed. To cut small pockets in various meats such as a roast, chicken or wild game and stuff the slotted pockets with seasoning mix. It also is the name of a Cajun card game which requires the loser of the hand to stuff the pot with chips.*****We were sorry to hear about pretty Linda Claybar’s accident that broke her leg and required surgery. Our best for a speedy recovery.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine with Uncle Jim at Novrozsky’s this week and back to Robert’s next. Everyone is always welcome. Great people, good fellowship.*****Nov. 22, marks 48 years since JFK was killed in Dallas in 1963. Roy, in his Down Life’s Highway column, recalls that day and the events before and after when Texas was a Democratic state but politics were fought hard between the liberals and conservatives.*****Ms. Pearl has also published a poem in this issue. She will have a special Thanksgiving one next week.*****A few special people we know who are celebrating their special day. Thad Angelle, a longtime banker and one of the wheels at Mid-County Teachers will celebrate on Nov. 16.***Kenneth Hass, who has been married to the lovely Phyllis Guidry Hass for many years, celebrates Nov. 17. Kenneth has been in failing health and we wish him improved health.***Dot’s little boy. Edgar Esbach is a year older Nov. 20.***A great guy, Phyl and Roy’s middle child, son Allen Dunn, celebrates his special day on Nov. 20. He’ll do to ride the range with.***Also celebrating on the same day is one of our favorite people, Lon Hubbard, who is a longtime member of the BCISD board.*** One of our favorite Jews, Joel Steirman, turns 68 on Nov. 21. I believe wife Kathleen is waiting for his 70th to throw that big party.***Our buddy, attorney H.D. Pate, marks another year on Nov. 22. He can now be truly classified as a senior citizen.***A guy we have known since he was a puppy, Butch Campbell, marks his special day Nov. 22.*****Mary Tate, our Penny’s baby sister celebrates Nov. 22 as does Penny’s son, Jason LeLeux.*** Belinda Thibodeaux celebrates Nov. 22.***Also celebrating on Nov. 22 is legal secretary, a gal who spent most of her childhood working for the late Grover Halliburton, Jackie Roberts, celebrates Nov. 22. She like fine wine.***Speaking of birthdays, Darlene Montagne and her family threw one heck of a 90th birthday party for her dad Cedric Stout, our Pearl Harbor survivor. They lit up Lafayette. Cedric says 100 of his Cajun relatives showed up. Even Johnny Montagne danced and the ex-boxer was surprisingly still light on his feet. Not light on the scale however. *****Happy 53rd anniversary this week to Evelyn and Art Hughes. It takes a good woman to stay with any man that long.
Dean McDermott will be 45 on Nov. 16; Lisa Bonet, 44; Maggie Gyllenhaal, 34 and Oksana Baiul, 34.***Danny Devito will be 67 on Nov. 17; Martin Scorsese, 69; and Gordon Lightfoot, 73.***On Nov. 18 Linda Evens will be 69; Sinbad, 55; Elizabeth Perkins, 51 and Owen Wilson, 43.***On Nov. 19, Larry King will be 78; Calvin Klein, 69; Jodie Foster, 49 and Jason Scott Lee, 45.***Bo Derek will be 55 on Nov. 20; Dominique Dawes, 35 and Josh Turner, 34.***Goldie Hawn will be 66 on Nov. 21; Juliet Mills, 70 and Nicollette Sheridan, 48.***Jamie Lee Curtis will be 53 on Nov. 22; Mark Ruffalo, 44 and Scarlett Johansson, 27.
Oris Comeaux’s boy, Joseph, went to da cemenary to become a priest him. Wen he was ordained, he was sent to da Catholic parish in New Orleans. He was nervous bout hearing confessions for da first time so he axe Father Broussard, an older priest, to sit in on his sessions.
Father Comeaux him, hears a couple of confessions, den Father Broussard axe him to step out of the confessional for him to give a few suggestions.
Father Broussard suggests, “Cross your arms over your chest and rub your chin wit one hand and try saying tings like “Yes, “I see,” “Go on” and “I understand.”
Da new priest, Father Comeaux him, crosses his arms, rubs his chin wit one hand and repeats all da suggested remarks to da old priest.
Father Broussard say to da young priest, “Now, don’t you tink dats a little better dan slappin your knee and saying, “Keyaw, wat happened next hanh?”
Some final thoughts, if you are a President John Kennedy buff, Chris Matthews’ new book “Jack Kennedy” is a must read. I’ve only gotten to 32 pages and already I’m fascinated. Plenty never before published notes.*****I can’t remember at anytime since Ike that the Republican Party has had such a weak field of candidates. The majority of Republicans and Independents can’t pick a candidate. I believe in the end, it will be Romney, not really the conservative choice. Rick Perry isn’t going anywhere. His goal has always been to be the vice-presidential candidate. I believe he blew that but like Palin, he will make plenty of money on the talking circuit.*****While the job picture remains stagnate, the boom in domestic shale drilling is pushing hiring to a feverish pace in the United States oilfields. Halliburton will add 12,000 new American employees. Other companies are doing the same. Even with unemployment hanging at nine percent, companies are having trouble finding qualified oilfield workers. Salaries surge as recruiters try to staff the drilling boom. It’s one of the few industries where you don’t have to have a college education and can still make $100,000 a year. Many more jobs will be added with the Trans Canadian pipeline. The oil pipeline will be rerouted in Nebraska. It’s a $7 billion project. The Obama Administration has relaxed many restrictions in order to ease unemployment and spurt the economy.*****Chelsea Clinton began work for NBC Monday. She will be reporting feature stories on “Nightly News” and Brian Williams “Rock Center.” George W. Bush’s daughter, Jenna, does stories for the “Today Show.” NBC News has also hired Meghan McCain as an analyst for MSNBC. She’s Sen. John McCain’s daughter.*****Thanks for your time. You are one of 45,000 who read this paper and we appreciate it. For local merchants wanting to reach this market, we have the vehicle that reaches the consumer. There is no reason not to advertise locally in The Record. More results for less bucks.*****Gotta go, have a nice week. Take care and God bless.