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Mariner’s Association sails into Oak Island for St. Patrick’s day celebration By Dayna Haynes The Texas Mariner’s Cruising Association cruised their way to Oak Island, Texas for their annual pilgrimage. Docking at the Channel Marker 17, where owners, Jimbo and Ernestine Watson welcomed the boaters for their annual fish fry, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Hosting the fish fry were TMCA members “Doc� and Monica Mulloy and Luke and Linda Sterling. TMCA members arrived on a beautiful day on 25 sailboats and powerboats and nearly a dozen motor homes. Everyone donned their Irish green attire and enjoyed platters of fried fish and oysters, along with all the trimmings, prepared by Channel Marker’s staff and chef David Martin. “Jimbo and Ernestine make you feel at home and

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Dept. of Justice refuses to approve photo id law for Texas voters Secretary of State Hope Andrade U.S Department of Justice refuses to approval of photo identification law for Texas voters. The United States Department of Justice today refused to approve Senate Bill 14, passed by the Texas Legislature and signed into law in 2011 for the purpose of voter fraud prevention. SB 14 requires voters in Texas to provide certain government issued photo identification when voting to help ensure positive identification at the polls. “The Department of Justice’s decision is extremely disappointing, especially since the data they demanded came from matching two separate data sets never designed to be matched, and their agency was warned that matches from these data sets would be misleading.� Said Secretary of State Hope Andrade. “My office will continue working with the

Texas Attorney General’s Office in seeking to implement the will of the citizens of Texas, as enacted by our duly elected representatives in the Texas Legislature.� As a result of the Department of Justice’s refusal to allow implementation of SB 14, current law pertaining to approved documentation required for voting, meaning a Texas Voter Registration Card, will apply in the May 12, 2012 Uniform Election and the May 29, 2012 Primary Elections. Approved documentation in addition to, or in lieu of a voter registration card includes at least one of the following: • A driver’s license or personal identification card issued to you by the Texas Department of Public Safety. You may also bring a similar document issued to you by an agency of another state, even if the license or card has expired. • A form of identifica more PHOTO ID page 16

they take such good care of you!� said “Doc� Mulloy. “They offer a beautiful waterfront setting on their dock with a full menu and good service,� added Mulloy. Music and entertainment was provided for the group, along with a good mix of Irish tunes thrown in to fit the occasion. Several of the boaters stayed overnight and were treated to breakfast served by Ernestine and the girls on Sunday morning – many claimed “the best part of the annual event!� Mulloy claimed they were treated like family at the Channel Marker, and we leave looking forward to next year’s visit. Mulloy wished everyone “happy trails, never call retreat� as the group set off to cruise their way back to their homes.

About 25 sailboats and powerboats docked at the Channel Marker 17 in Oak Island to celebrate St. Patrick’s day and their annual fish fry event.

Parsons appointed new executive director of Christian Caring Center Contributed Story The Mid-Chambers Christian Caring Center, Inc. (MCCCC) recently appointed A. Lynette Parsons as their new Executive Director. The MCCCC has been without a director since the untimely passing of former Executive Director Wayne Hankamer in 2011. The MCCCC is an interfaith mission that serves the mid-county area. It is a 501(c) 3 entity under the laws of Texas, which allows all donations to the organization to be deductible under federal tax laws. Board members, volunteers, and the Executive Director serve without compensation. The success of the MCCCC programs depends heavily on community donations of goods and funds, and on volunteer services. The MCCCC operates the Thrift Shop, located at 306 Miller Street. It is open

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on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until noon, and on the 1st Saturday of the month. The Thrift Shop is a resale shop, providing low-cost items donated by community members. Items include clothing, house wares, medical supplies (such as walkers and crutches), and occasional furniture items. The Food Pantry, located at 1120 Main Street, is open Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00. The Food Pantry provides food for qualifying individuals with priority given to the disabled and elderly in the area. Christmas Food Baskets are also prepared and delivered to additional families during the holiday season. Emergency and Disaster Assistance is also provided for area members, whether it is from a house fire or a storm-related incident. The MCCCC works with other more PARSONS page 16

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR March 29 ‹Spring Clothing Sale at the Mid-Chambers Caring Center Thrift Shop Spring Clothing Sale at the Mid-Chambers Caring Center Thrift Shop: Men’s suits, $1.00; Men’s dress slacks, $1.00; Men’s and women’s standard brand jeans (not designer labels), $1.00. The Thrift Shop is open Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00-noon. The Thrift Shop will not be open on Saturday, April 7, due to the Easter holiday. March 30 ‹Movie at the Wellness Center We will be showing “Contagion” rated PG13 on Friday 3/30/12 at 1:00pm and 6:00pm here at the Wellness Center @ Bayside. The movie is free and we will be selling concessions (popcorn, drinks & candy). Come on out and join us for a movie!!! March 31 ‹Relay for Life Bake Sale Relay for Life Bake Sale Saturday, March 31at Country Boy’s from 9 am until 12 noon ‹Marsh Madness! More Fun Than March Madness? The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge is hosting Marsh Madness! Saturday, March 31st, 2012 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The public is invited to attend this FREE event that is sure to please the entire family. There are a series of presentations and programs, including: Birds of Prey, Fire in the Marsh, Crabbing, Retrieving Demonstration, Life in the Marsh, Paddling in the Marsh, Duck Calling, Alligators, Creative Craft Center, and Live Butterfly Release at 1:30pm! Marsh Madness! is hosted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Service with the help of Samson Energy, the Friends of Anahuac Refuge, Cadence Duck Calls, Lamar University Texas Academy of Science, Ben Rogers Visitor Center, Earthquest, Sabine Pass ISD, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, National Park Service and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. For more information or directions, please call (409) 2673337. Come out today and enjoy your refuge! April 1 ‹Free Zumba Free Zumba, Sunday, April 1 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Channel Marker 17, Oak Island. Zumba with Mary Hernandez and Yoly Miranda For Info call Mary 713-503-4252 April 2 ‹AARP Monthly Meeting Anahuac AARP Monthly meeting will be Monday, April 2 11:00 am at the Wellness Center at Bayside. ‹YPS Entry Deadlines Greased Pig – 5 PM at Office Exhibit Hall Entries – 5 PM at Office Ag Mechanics - 7 PM at Meeting Breeding Beef - 7 PM at Meeting Dairy - 7 PM at Meeting Poultry - 7 PM at Meeting Rabbit - 7 PM at Meeting Scramble Application - 7 PM at Meeting Greased Pig Scramble - 7 PM at Meeting All entries must be hand delivered to the County Extension Office or CCYPS Meeting. April 6 ‹American Legion Auxiliary Bake Sale The American Legion Auxiliary is having a Bake Sale on Friday, April 6 from 9 -12 at Hill’s Grocery. The proceeds will be used to fund Girls State and other

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Yearly Projects. ‹MetHead Accepting Enrollment for 20122013 MetHead is accepting enrollments for the 20122013 on April 6, 2012; 10 am - noon & 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm for 3-4 year olds. For more information 409267-2240. April 7 ‹Easter Parade and Egg Hunt Recipe for Recovery will hold its annual Easter Parade April 7, 2 p.m., at Job Beason Park in Oak Island. After the parade, youngsters are invited to the Community Christian Fellowship Egg Hunt at the park. April 8 ‹Easter Sunrise Service Easter Sunrise Service, sponsored by the Mid Chambers County Ministerial Alliance will be held Sunday, April 8 at 7:00 am on the East side of the Courthouse in Anahuac. April 16 ‹YPS Scholarship Deadline The deadline for the Application for the YPS Scholarship is Monday, April 16, 2012 at 5 PM at the County Extension Office. All applications must be hand delivered. April 28 ‹Ducks Unlimited Winnie-Stowell Chapter Ducks Unlimited 31st Annual Dinner and Auction; Saturday, April 28, 2012, Winnie- Stowell Community Building, Winnie Park; Doors Open 5:30 P.M., Dinner 7:30 P.M. Tickets: Singles $ 40.00, Couples $60.00, Greenwing (17 & under, includes meal) $15.00 for Tickets or information contact Jerry Sparks, Anahuac 409-267-7116; Hamshire 409-243-2647; jsparks@co.chambers.tx.us May 4 ‹Relay For LifeChambers County

Sign up teams, survivors, and caregivers now!! Relay For Life- Chambers County; May 4th, 2012; 6:30 PM – 6:30 AM; Winnie-Stowell Park www.chambersrelay. org <http://www.chambers r e l a y . o r g > May 9 ‹S.P.E.E.D. DAY The Annual SPEED Day events will be held Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 9 am until 2 pm at the Anahuac High School; contact Mary Ann Renner 409-656-4239 or email rennerm@anahuac.isd.esc4.net May 12 ‹Vendor Booth Space Available for Praise Him Festival Community Christian Fellowship is selling vendor booth space for its May 12 Praise Him Festival at White’s Park. Booth space is $25 each. For more information, call Trent at 409239-4252. All proceeds from the festival will benefit CCF’s Building Fund. ‹Community Christian Fellowship Church is currently selling tickets for two separate drawings on May 12. $10 tickets are being sold for the first drawing, a Remington Versa Max 12 gauge shotgun to be given away during the church’s Praise Him Festival May 12, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., at White’s Park. $5 tickets are also being sold for the second drawing, a 7’6” Allstar Fishing Rod with a Shimano Citica Reel, which will also be held during the May 12 festival. All proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit CCF’s Building Fund. CCF is in the process of building its new church on Eagle Road in Oak Island. To buy tickets, call Sue at 936334-4279. June 19 ‹Hankamer June 19th Celebration Cancellation Due to the Lack of Participation for the June 19 th Celebration in

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Dear EarthTalk: Are all the commercial messages kids are bombarded with today having any noticeable negative effects? And if so what can a concerned parent like me do to limit my own kids’ exposure to so much advertising and marketing? -- Jason Baldino, Somerset, NJ

According to the nonprofit Center for a New American Dream (CNAD), a leading proponent for more ecologically sustainable and community-oriented lifestyles in the United States, this incessant marketing is turning our children “into little consumers, alienating them from nature, getting them used to unhealthy diets filled with junk foods, and making them want ever more stuff.” The group points to several disturbing studies, such as one that showed how U.S. children could recognize more Pokemon characters than common wildlife spe

continuing its fund raising campaign selling engraved bricks to honor or remember military veterans, past and present. The 4” by 8” bricks cost $50 each with choice of wording. Call Bill Bryant, veterans memorial chairman, 252-4547, or Jim Hutchinson, vice commander, 281-628-3911. ‹WIC Office Hours Anahuac, Mt. Belvieu, and Winnie - All of our offices will be open from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Closed for Lunch between 12:00 – 1:00; if you have any questions, please call 409-2678443 ‹Free Child-Care Services Free Child-Care Services available while you work-out at The Wellness Center at Bayside, Mondays through Thursdays, 4:30pm to 7:30pm. ‹HISTORICAL MUSEUM OPEN ON SATURDAYS The Chambers County Historical Museum is now open on Saturdays to better accommodate public visitations. The new museum hours are Tuesday thru Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The museum is home to thousands of historical objects and artifacts, most collected from Chambers County residents. The library section contains numerous historical volumes including the genealogy records of many pioneer Chambers County families. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

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No doubt, marketers are hard at work targeting our children with their messages and creating young demand for their products. Companies in the U.S. today spend some $17 billion yearly advertising to children, a 150-fold increase from just a few decades ago. Some cash-strapped school districts have even started selling ads on and sometimes in their school buses as a way to bolster sagging education budgets. To be an American kid today is to be bombarded with marketing messages and sales pitches. It’s no wonder that, given the amount of advertising and marketing they endure, young people in our society are experiencing record levels of obesity and problems with credit card debt.

Hankamer, Texas we will not be holding the Event this year. On-Going ‹Alcoholics Anonymous The Anahuac Chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Friday, 7:30 pm, at the Methodist Center, Anahuac. ‹Winnie Al-Anon Family Group Winnie Al-Anon Family Group meets every Tuesday night at 7:30 pm at 125 SH 124, Winnie (Keating Enterprises across 124 from Texas First Bank) Information and directions: 409-296-4249. ‹AA Meetings at Old River Baptist Meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the church annex located at 12948 FM 1409. We know life has problems, and sometimes it seems like you can’t find any answers. The good news is that there are answers and there is HOPE. We are here to help…here to listen…here to be your support with God…as you walk through life’s issues and struggles. We offer a biblically sound and balanced recovery program for people with life hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Therefore, we rely on our higher power Jesus Christ to bring us to the healing we need in our lives and to walk closer with God and others. ‹A.V.F.D. needs you! The Anahuac Volunteer Fire Department meets at 7 pm every Thursday at the fire station on Miller Street. Visitors and volunteers are always welcome. ‹American Legion Auxiliary American Legion Post 104 Auxiliary meets the first Monday of each month, 6:30 pm, at American Legion Hall in Anahuac. ‹American Legion Fundraiser American Legion Freeman Spath Post 104 is

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commandments, but open them to His convenants. But happiness comes in being obedient, not obstreperous; in doing the will of God, not in delighting in the wonders of God. Our Lord said, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” Visit us at: TheSower. com

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One study found that the average American kid is exposed to more than 25,000 television ads spanning some 10,700 minutes over the course of just one year. cies, while another found that the average American kid is exposed to more than 25,000 television ads spanning some 10,700 minutes over the course of just one year. The result of all this aggressive marketing to kids is not just excessive materialism and obesity, but also a host of other problems including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, eating disorders, increased violence, and family stress. “Economically, societally and ecologically,” CNAD reports, “this is unsustainable and not the best path for children.”

loadable 32-page booklet “Tips for Parenting in a Commercial Culture” offers loads of useful information on how to limit kids’ exposure to commercial influences that come via the television, computer or mail slot, and replacing those lost hours with new opportunities for more beneficial activities. Examples abound: playing board or card games, going on a walk or hike, riding bikes, and much more. The booklet also elaborates on how to limit or rid commercial influences in schools and other places where kids spend time away from home.

mobilize parents, educators and health care providers to stop the commercial exploitation of children. Teachers love the coalition’s free downloadable Guide to CommercialFree Book Fairs while concerned parents can download the Guide to Commercial-Free Holidays in order to help themselves and their kids resist the hype.

Against this backdrop of media and marketing saturation, what can be done to help steer our kids in a more healthy direction? Given that shielding American kids from these messages would be nearly impossible, the next best thing is teaching them how to parse through the different come-ons and solicitations they are exposed to these days at nearly every turn. CNAD’s free, down

Another great resource for parents and teachers looking to reduce commercial influences on kids is the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, a coalition of more than two dozen other groups started by consumer advocate and author Susan Linn. The coalition advocates for the adoption of government policies that limit corporate marketers’ access to kids and works to

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Obituaries Daisy Mae Banks Daisy Mae Banks 88, of Anahuac passed away on March 24, 2012. Funeral Services for Mrs. Banks will be held 11AM, Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Pentecostal Church of God in Christ, located in Wallisville. Interment will be in Torran Cemetery, Wallisville, Texas. Mourning her departure, yet cherishing her memories are, daughters: Mary Humphrey of Beaumont and Annie Bates of Baytown. Sister: Cecil

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Harold “Joe” Whitehead Harold Joseph “Joe” Whitehead passed away Saturday, March 24, 2012 in Beaumont, Texas. Joe was born November 18, 1933 in Houston to Addison Eley Whitehead and Bernice Miller Whitehead. He graduated from Anahuac High School in 1951 and from Lamar University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He served in the Army from 1956 to 1957 at White Sands, New Mexico. Joe received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Texas A&M in 1964. He ranched and practiced veterinary medicine at Smith Point for numerous years. He was a warden for the National Audubon Society for 50 years. Joe enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and spending time with his friends and family. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Barbara Irene Morgan. He is survived by his wife

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Florence Annette Whitehead of Smith Point, daughters Dawn Whitehead of Corpus Christi, Tanya Jackson and husband Sam of Lubbock, and Michelle Dobbs of Baytown and son Todd Whitehead and his wife Martha of Humble. In addition, he leaves his grandchildren, Hanna Stalb, David Gonzales, Chelsea Gonzales, Logan Jackson, Melanie Jackson, Jackson Dobbs, and Delaney Dobbs and two great-grandchildren, Briana and Natalie Gonzales. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Smith Point Volunteer Fire Department, 309 Plummer Camp Road, Anahuac, Texas 77514 or to a charity of one’s choice. Joe’s life will be celebrated at a memorial service Saturday, March 31 at 10 am at the Smith Point VFD Building. Condolences can be made online to www.sterlingfuneralhome.com.

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On behalf of the Oak Island Double Bayou Volunteer Fire Department, I would like to Thank our supporters, friends and volunteers that helped make our fundraiser this past Saturday a success. On such a beautiful day we had a great turkey shoot and the fish dinners were great! Special thanks goes to our neighboring fire stations of Mont Belvieu, Port Bolivar, Smith Point, Hankamer, Old River/Winfree and Devers who generously donated. Monies collected will assist us in rebuilding our Oak Island Fire Department as well as helping with our equipment upkeep. Thanks again. Sincerely, Raymond Anders, Chief

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Winnie-Stowell Park Sign up teams, survivors, and caregivers now! www.chambersrelay.org

Community Fellowship Praise Him Festival Community Christian Fellowship Church is selling tickets for two separate drawings May 12 of two great prizes. CCF is selling $10 tickets for a Remington Versa Max 12 gauge shotgun to be given away during the church’s Praise Him Festival May 12, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., at White’s Park. Five-dollar tickets are also being sold for a 7’6” Allstar Fishing Rod with a Shimano Citica Reel. The rod and reel drawing will also be held during the May 12 festival. All proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit CCF’s Building Fund. CCF is in the process of building its new church on Eagle Road in Oak Island. To buy tickets, call Sue at 936-334-4279.

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Horoscopes ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, kick back and let your fantasy world take over your conscious thoughts. You can use a little time lost in a land of utmost happiness this week.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, people are likely to offer you advice this week. While the advice might be unsolicited, take it into consideration and you might just be better for it.

LEO - Jul 23/ Aug 23 Leo, try to keep your cool this week, even if stress levels are rising and you can’t seem to get anything done. Maintain your composure and everything will work out.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 This is not the week to try to do everything solo, Taurus. Involve your friends and family members as much as possible. At the very least you’ll have a host of able bodies.

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VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, expect to get a lot done this week. An extra hop in your step is enabling you to accomplish all your goals. Offer your help to Pisces when you get a free moment.

Cancer, address any unresolved projects this week. You’re riding on a wave of very positive energy that will fuel you as you tie up all those loose ends.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, focus on the things in life that provide you pleasure. This will help balance out anything that might be bothering you. You’ll find this balance is right up your alley. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 What you desire and what you experience are starting to meld, Scorpio. Be sure that you position yourself correctly to maximize the benefits of this scenario.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, now is the time to reach for something bold and big. Think about any changes you can make that will involve a leap of faith and then get started on the goal. CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20 Carpicorn, encourage others to tackle a problem with a different mindset. Things are looking up for you, so don’t be afraid to offer some advice.

AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, your desire to help a person in need this week is paramount. Find some new ways to exhibit compassion and surprise a loved one with a random act of kindness. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, you will soon find you have the momentum to implement any change you desire. Start making a list of your plans.


local news Wednesday • March 28, 2012 5 What is the difference between Child Abuse Prevention an MRI and CT Scan? The Progress

Contributed Story A CT Scan (computed tomography scan), uses radiation to evaluate abnormalities; it combines the use of ionizing radiation with a sophisticated computer to produce detailed cross-sectional images, or “slices”. Images produced through a CT scan are very informative; it can be used to study all parts of your body such as the head, chest, belly or pelvis. A CT scan captures images of body organs, such as the liver, pancreas, intestines, kidneys, bladder, lungs and heart; and can also be used to study blood vessels, bones and the spinal cord. An MRI, or magnetic resonance image, is a useful tool in evaluating the spine. An MRI is non-invasive, does not use radiation, and is a more accurate method of disease detection throughout the body. An MRI can be used to find problems such as tumors, bleeding, injury, blood vessel diseases, or infection. MRIs can also provide more information about a problem seen on an x-ray, ultrasound or CT scan. MRIs are not performed on anyone with a cardiac pacemaker or cer-

tain other condiexperts in the field. tions. Image quality, perA written sonnel qualifications, order from your adequacy of facility physician is equipment, quality required for the control procedures, performance of and quality assurance diagnostic imagprograms are ing procedures, assessed. and many exams Nellie The findings are require instruc- Lunsford, RHIT reported to the ACR tions and Director of Committee on advance prepa- Development Accreditation, which ration to ensure Chambers subsequently provides o p t i m u m Health the practice with a results. comprehensive report The Radiology they can use for consuites at both of our sites tinuous practice improveare fully digital, allowing us ment. to capture images instantly The ACR is a national – speeding the treatment professional organization process. Being fully digital serving more than 34,000 also means we can instantly diagnostic/interventional forward results to your radiologists, radiation healthcare provider. oncologists, nuclear mediACR (American College cine physicians, and mediof Radiology) recently cal physicists with programs awarded West Chambers focusing on the practice of Medical Center a three-year medical imaging and radiaterm of accreditation in tion oncology and the delivcomputed tomography ery of comprehensive health (CT). care services. The ACR gold seal of The Diagnostic Imaging accreditation represents the operations at Chambers highest level of image qual- Health offer a variety of ity and patient safety. It is diagnostic imaging capabilawarded only to facilities ities and services to the meeting ACR Practice patients of Chambers Guidelines and Technical County and surrounding Standards after a peer- communities, through review evaluation by Board- Bayside Community Certified Physicians and Hospital in Anahuac and Medical Physicists who are West Chambers Medical

Marsh Madness! More Fun than March Madness? Contributed Story The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge is hosting Marsh Madness! Saturday, March 31st, 2012 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The public is invited to attend this FREE event that is sure to please the entire family. There are a series of presentations and programs, including: Birds of Prey – See live birds of prey, presented by Earthquest, with shows at 11am and 1pm. Fire in the Marsh -- Test your skills with a fire hose and learn what it takes to be a professional wildland firefighter! Crabbing – What’s at the end of your line? Learn how fun crabbing can be! Retrieving Demonstration – Watch some well-trained

dogs in action and learn the basics of training, and working with retrievers. Life in the Marsh – Fish, turtles, bugs and many other exciting critters you’ll find in the marshes of McFaddin NWR. Paddling in the Marsh – Learn from the professionals how to paddle a kayak and then test your skills! Be prepared to get wet!! Duck Calling – Practice your calls with professionals from Cadence Duck Calls and learn how to bring in the birds! Alligators -- TPWD will introduce you to these reptiles that have been around since the time of the dinosaurs. See them up-close in a large alligator tank! Creative Craft Center – Make crafts you can take home or get your face painted! Live Butterfly Release

at 1:30pm! Marsh Madness! is hosted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service with the help of Samson Energy, the Friends of Anahuac Refuge, Cadence Duck Calls, Lamar University Texas Academy of Science, Ben Rogers Visitor Center, Earthquest, Sabine Pass ISD, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, National Park Service and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. For more information or directions, please call (409)267-3337. Come out today and enjoy your refuge! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish and wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

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Center in Mont Belvieu. Available at both sites, routine studies range from chest x-rays, abdomen x-rays and extremity x-rays to more complex CT Scans of the spine and head. At Bayside Community Hospital in Anahuac, we also offer ultrasound and MRI capabilities. Services at West Chambers Medical Center in Mont Belvieu are available Monday through Friday, during regular business hours, call 281-5760670 to schedule an appointment; walk-ins are always welcome. Bayside Community Hospital’s routine x-ray studies are available 24/365, while CT Scans, MRI and Ultrasound are available by appointment and/or walkin, Monday through Friday, during regular business hours. Please call Misty DeHoyos at 409.267.3143 Ext 257 for additional information or to schedule your appointment. We at Chambers Health strive to continually improve our services so that we may continue our tradition of being “What you Need…. Where you Are” in providing healthcare services to the residents of our communities.

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Month is fast approaching Contributed Story All too often, residents of Li Liberty and Chambers counties prefer to believe co that child abuse is someth thing that happens in other th places and to other chilpl dren. dr Tragically, this is simply not the case and pretending no otherwise is a disservice to ot every child in our area. ev April is National Child A Abuse Prevention month, a A time to raise awareness tim about child abuse and ab neglect and create strong ne communities to support co children and families. ch Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 22-28, 2012 W and this year’s theme is an “Extending the Vision: “E Reaching Every Victim”, R which captures the spirit w and resolve needed to realan ize our common goal of iz re reaching each victim in ne need of hope and help, one vi victim at a time. Throughout th the month of April, efforts w will be made to increase aw awareness of this problem th that plagues all communitie ties. Last year alone, 241 new ch child abuse cases were re reported to Bridgehaven C Children’s Advocacy C Center. The serious nature of this problem is of major co concern, because children in our community are being vi victimized and robbed of th their childhood. In recognition of Child A Abuse Prevention Month, Br Bridgehaven will conduct th the following activities to in intensify public awareness of this growing concern. A All through the month of A April we have speaking

engagements at different schools and clubs to promote child abuse awareness and prevention. When you think of child abuse think “blue”. In 1989, the Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse began as a Virginia grandmother’s tribute to her grandson who died as a result of abuse. She tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her car as a way to remember him and to alert her community to the tragedy of child abuse. The Blue Ribbon Campaign has since expanded across the country, and many wear blue ribbons each April in memory of those who have died as a result of child abuse. Our mission is to give hope and care to the children of Liberty and Chambers counties who are victims of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. We will foster a working relationship with the governmental agencies of the two counties assigned to protect and defend victims. For more information on child abuse prevention; events and activities scheduled during April; or to schedule our free child abuse presentations or information on Bridgehaven, contact us at 936-258-0400 or visit our website at www. bridgehavencac.org. If you would like to volunteer at any of our events please feel free to contact Meagan Mitchell at mmitchell@ bridgehavencac.org. “Breaking the cycle of abuse one child at time” www.bridgehavencac.org 936-258-0400.


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Religious Views

“A grandparent’s day at the park” By Rev. James L. Snyder Fun is a relative quantity. One person’s fun may be somebody else’s drudgery and pain. I know someone, and her name shall remain anonymous, whose idea of fun is rooting through thrift stores all day long. That concept of fun has never darkened the shadowy corridors of my mind. The idea of spending time in the park has to be amended to include one very important ingredient. On my own, I probably would not even think of going to the park. Not that I do not like the park, I just would not come up with the idea all by myself. Then, the important equation of fun is a little granddaughter. A day at the park by myself does not equal to very much fun. After all, I have talked to myself and I am rather boring. I have heard all my stories before and by the time, I tell myself the story for the 19th time it is no longer funny. A day at the park with the granddaughter does equal fun. I think grandchildren are God’s way of reminding grandfathers how much energy we do not have and, for that matter, never had. The date was set and my wife and I set off to take our little granddaughter to the park. On the main features of this park was a merrygo-round. I am rather certain they had merry-goround when I was a child but for the life of me, I cannot remember the last time I

took a spin. As we set out for our destination in the park, I nonchalantly told the little granddaughter that there was a merry-go-round in the park. That was the end of my talk for the trip. The whole way there, all she could talk about was the merry-go-round and how fast it went in how many ponies there were. By the time we got to the merrygo-round I had learned about all there is to know about a merry-go-round from a six-year-old’s viewpoint. According to her, the merry-go-round is about the most fun you could ever have in the whole wide world. And, she emphasized, “I’m serious.” We rounded the corner, before us was the park and in the middle of the park was this mysterious, mystical merry-go-round. It elicited a deep heartfelt “Wow,” from the younger member of our walking troop. She immediately began running and pulling me along to the point where I had to walk a little faster than I normally walk. I mean, at my age running is completely out of the question. And so, she ran, I shuffled enthusiastically and before long we were in front of the merry-go-round. “Isn’t it beautiful, grandpa,” she almost whispered. We did not stand long admiring the merry-goround. She let out a squeal and said, “Come on, grandpa. Let’s go ride the merrygo-round.” My plans were very sim-

ple. I would let her get on the merry-go-round, pay for the ticket, sit down on the bench and watch her go round and round and round. Well, that was my plan. She, on the other hand, had other plans. With almost superhuman force she drug me pass the admission gate, I hardly had enough time to pay for the ride and to the pony she was going to ride. “This is my pony, grandpa. Where’s yours?” I quickly searched my plans and could nowhere find any notation about riding a pony on a merry-goround on this particular day. Instead, I helped her up on her pony and I stood by her and said, “We’ll do this one together.” She was too excited about riding the merry-go-round that she did not respond. I grabbed hold of one part of the pony, right next to us was another pony and I held onto that. “Are we ready to go, grandpa?” No sooner had she said that until the bell rang and the merry-go-round began going round. And round. And round. Not only that, the pony she was on, went up and down and the pony next to her that I was hanging onto went down and up. It was as if I was in perpetual motion. It seemed as if that merrygo-round ride lasted 17 hours. Eventually, with my head spinning and my stomach doing whatever stomachs do, we came to the end of our merry-go-round. Being grateful that we

have finished our ride, I proceeded to disengage her from the pony. However, that was not her plan. “Oh, grandpa, just one more time.” The problem with grandfathers is that nowhere in their vocabulary lurks in any fashion any sound resembling “no.” Consequently, we went round on the merry-goround “just one more time.” I learned a deep lesson that afternoon. When a little granddaughter says “just one more time,” it is not in any literal sense of the word that they say it. I’m not prepared to say how many times we went on that merry-go-round, needless to say, by the end of the afternoon I was in a complete whirl not knowing whither I was coming or whither I was going. As we walked over to get our ice cream treat, I remembered what the apostle Paul said about Timothy. “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15(KJV). The Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-687-4240 or e-mail jamessnyder2@ att.net. The church web site is www.whatafellowship. com.

Home country

By Slim Randles

It was the sun’s fault; that’s all we could figure out later. Well, that and the demise of Doc’s phantom squirrel. For a couple of days the sun had been warming our shoulders and making us smile. You know, whispering semi-forgotten things in our ears like “fly fishing … gardens … barbecue … swimming hole…” Normally, our good doctor would’ve put another phony ad in the Valley Weekly Miracle offering a reward for his non-existent squirrel, Chipper, just to hoax us into spring. But after the last time, and the ransom money for squirrel nappers, everyone here knew there wasn’t a squirrel at Doc’s house. It just wouldn’t be the same as it had been. So Doc got this madness started by putting an ad in the VWM that took a different turn: “Spring Special! Half off on all amputations. Call Doc.” That was the first pickle out of the jar. The first tiny slip toward Spring Madness. We look up to Doc because he has more initials after his name than anyone else in town, and besides, he deliv-

ered all of us at least once. So we waited to see who would follow his example. In our case, you have to wait a week, of course, and despite a couple of inquiring phone calls, Alberta down at the paper wasn’t telling. Turns out it was Dewey and Bert who struck next. Bert’s quarter-page ad promoted the town’s first (in a long time) sock hop. “Sock Hop! Town square! Wear socks! Nothing else!” Now he didn’t say when this would take place, but we did notice some teenage boys hanging around the square just to see if there was any chance of naked nubile nymphets. There wasn’t. Dewey Decker, the accident-prone king of garden fertilizer in the valley (it’s hard to damage cow manure) bought an ad for his gardenenhancing products offering a free taste test. There is something goofy and fun about spring, all right. Just ask Alberta down at the paper. She has this little spring smile … To buy Slim’s books, go to www.slimrandles.com

Letters to the Editor “The citizens of Oak Island deserve a firehouse!” Dear Editor, Many families have repaired or rebuilt homes in Oak Island. Some had insurance or government help, others invested a large part of their life savings in these homes. Would they have done so if they had known that this court would deny them the fire protection they had come to expect? It has been over three and half years since Oak Island has had a firehouse. Three and half years of increased response time. Three and half years of expensive emergency equipment setting out in the rain, and The Progress Letter to the Editor Policy The Progress welcomes letters on any public issue. Letters may be mailed, faxed, e-mailed or hand delivered. All letters must contain the writer’s name, address and phone number, for verification purposes only and will

hot sun –rotting. How long can the Volunteer firefighters keep this equipment ready to respond to an emergency? The citizens of Oak Island deserve a Firehouse! FEMA wants to pay for construction of a Firehouse! The Oak IslandDouble Bayou VFD has donated land for a Firehouse. Commissioners Court should either build a Firehouse or give us back our land and get the “H--- out of the way!” It won’t take us three years to put up a building! David Thruston Oak Island, Texas

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Historical Commission Oak Island Lighthouse I’m looking for photos of the lighthouse that was at Oak Island and any images of the lighthouse keepers. Pictures will be copied and returned. Contact Peter Stines @ the Wallisville Heritage Park 409-389-2252

Chambers County Historical Commission Museum The Chambers County Historical Commission Museum is open TuesdaySaturday, 8-12 and 1-5. Located at 300 Cummings Street, Anahuac

Chambers Cemetery The Chambers County Historical Commission is seeking information or the location of the Chambers Cemetery. If you have any information regarding this cemetery, please contact 267-8363.

Smith Gravesites I am trying to find the location of Silas Smith and his wife Lurinda’s gravesite, somewhere in Hankamer. If you have information regarding this gravesite, please contact Kenneth Standley 409-252-3204.

Chambers County Historical Commission Chambers County Historical Commission meets the fourth Saturday of each month, 9 a.m., inside the archives building on Cummings Street across from the historic Thomas Jefferson Chambers Home in Anahuac. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 267-8363.

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In review Established by the Spanish in 1756 to control French encroachment into the Lower Trinity, “El Orcoquisac” was located north of present-day Wallisville and east of me Trinity River in what is now Chambers County. The settlement consisted of Mission Nuestra Señora de la Luz and Presidio San Agustin de Ahumada. The presence of Indian villages along the Lower Trinity, primarily Akokisa and Bidais, lured French traders into the region as early as the 1720s. Although the Spanish had the superior claim to this area, the Spanish colonial bureaucracy had little or no understanding of these Native Americans and preferred to ignore the area. This gave the French government a great opportunity to make inroads with the Indian tribes, and the French traders came in and out of the Lower Trinity

Pages from The Progress Kevin Ladd - Wallisville Heritage Park Director with the approval of France. The Spanish did not learn of the French trading excursions until 1745 and still they more or less ignored the problem. The event that precipated a brief conflict in 1754 was the arrival of French trader Joseph Blanpain and his associates, who began constructing a permanent trading post north of presentday Wallisville. The Spanish came in that year, visited with Chief Calzones Colorados and other leaders, and convinced them to join in an assault on the Frenchmen.

In such manner Blanpain and his men were arrested here, and the trade goods were divided among the Indian allies. Some two years later the Spanish decided to locate the mission and presidio on the site of Blanpain’s trading post. Lt. Marcos Ruiz marched to the site in May 1756 with 31 men, 151 horses, guns, swords, supplies and other military)’ equipment. A temporary presidio was completed by July 1756. A temporary mission was also completed, with two missionaries from the College of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe de Zacatecas

assigned there. The first two priests, Fathers Bruno Chavira and Marcos Satarain arrived in the winter of 1756. Both priests soon fell ill, and Chavira died there on June 27, 1757. He was replaced by Father Jose Francisco Caro. By the time of Chavira’s death, the first mission consisted of a wooden church plastered with clay and moss. By the fall of 1759, the mission had been moved to a hill a quarter league to the east of the presidio. The second mission was constructed of hewn timbers plastered with beaten clay mixed with moss. The

entire structure was then whitewashed. Both missions appear to have been roofed with palmetto. The presidio consisted of a number of buildings, including a barracks, captain’s quarters, a store, presidial church, and a central plaza. The presidio was burned by Ruiz on October 11,1764 in an ill-conceived effort to flush Commander Rafael Martinez Pacheco from the same when he refused to surrender his command. Ruiz was briefly installed as commander and served until his arrest in November 1765 on charges of burning a Royal presidio. He was replaced by Melchor Afan de Rivera and command was later restored to Pacheco in 1769 after he was cleared of responsibility in the burning of me presidio. Pacheco served until the place was abandoned in 1771 and later became Governor of Texas. The mission and presidio

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were ravaged by hurricanes in 1762 and 1766. The late John V. Clay of Houston, an amateur historian, discovered the site in 1965 and it was verified in 1966 by a state archeological mission led by Curtis Tunnell, the state archeologist. An area including the mission, presidio, the French trading post and some 200 Indian middens, now known as the El Orcoquisac Archeological District, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in Texas in 1972. The Wallisville Heritage Park Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization and is not supported by county, state or federal funds. It is our goal and privilege to document the wonderful history of Chambers County and the marvelous people that created this great entity. We hope you support and appreciate our works.

Texas Forest Trail announces winning photos in the Spring 2012 Photo Competition Contributed Story Texas Forest Trail Region unveiled winning photos in the Spring 2012 Focus on the Forest Trail Photography Competition at their Annual Meeting themed “Telling your Story with Emerging Technologies” held Thursday on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus. The photo competition was a project on the organization’s FY12 annual work plan, on which updates were presented at the meeting, following a morning workshop about mobile technologies, social media, and integrating them efficiently into your business or organization. Co-hosts were Stephen F. Austin’s Hospitality Program students and Dr. Chay Runnels, program director and Texas Forest Trail Region board chair, who greeted the guests, cooked and served the gourmet meal directed by Executive Chef Todd Barrios, and hosted the group in the SFA Culinary Cafe. Highlighting the day’s event was the presentation of winners from the spring photo contest, which had 400+ entries from January 16 to February 24, 2012, of which approximately 350 were eligible according to the contest rules. “The goal of the contest was to build a dynamic photo library representing the beauty and mystery of the East Texas Region that we could use to

promote travel to and around this area,” said Mary Turner, Executive Director. “We just put the word out everywhere, not knowing what to expect in terms of quality and effectiveness of the contest, but it went viral through social media and we were absolutely blown away.” Categories eligible for awards included Regional Events, Family Fun, Nature, East Texas History and Heritage, Wild Card, and Best All Around, a photo that was not a category winner but encompassed the overall spirit of the competition. The public was also invited to vote for the Fan Favorite through the organization’s Facebook page. In addition, the judges added a category for Notable Artistry. Best All Around winner received a cash prize of $500. Regional winners each won $300 and winners in the Fan Favorite and Noble Artistry divisions were awarded $100. Best All Around winner was John G. Cook for his photo “ The Quilt Lady.” This photo was shot in the Old Depot in Mt. Vernon during set up for the Franklin County Historical Association Quilt Show. “The Quilt Lady has a quiet beauty,” said Jay Jones, Marketing Manager for the Stark Foundation in Orange and a Texas Forest Trail Region board member on the judging panel. “It was so subtle, in fact, it almost

passed us by. But the more we looked at it, the more we all agreed it was a gorgeous photo that speaks to the dignity of our region and its noble heritage.” Finalists in the Best All Around category were Derrick Birdsall, “St. Joseph’s Catholic Church,” Walker County; and Robin Johnson, “Rock Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church,” Nacogdoches County. Winner of the Fan Favorite was Robin Johnson for her delightful photo, which also took a category award, “Garden Ballerinas” taken at the Ruby Mize Azalea Garden, Nacogdoches. Finalist was Bobby Lightfoot for his silhouette of “Sunset at Lake Livingston” in Polk County. Other winners in the various categories included the following: Regional Events Winner: Linda Cortelyou, “Great Texas Balloon Race Balloon Glow,” Longview, Gregg County. Finalist: Lisa Lalumandier, “Caddo Day,” Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, Cherokee County. Family Fun Winner: Robin Johnson, “Garden Ballerinas,” Ruby Mize Azalea Garden, Nacogdoches. Finalists: Zelma Lias, “Canoeing on Caddo Lake,“ Harrison County; and Connie Thompson, “Water Fun,” Nacogdoches County. Nature Winner: Kay

Jeffrey, “Scared Newborn Fawn,” Nacogdoches County. Finalists: Cheryl Stephenson, “Roadrunners,” Wood County; and Lisa Lalumandier, “Crimson and Pines,” Ruby Mize Azalea Garden, Nacogdoches. East Texas History and Heritage Winner: Lisa Lalumandier, “Ghosts of N a c o g d o c h e s , ” Nacogdoches County; Finalists: Shelia Moore Burt, “Through the Trees,” a photo of the Sam Houston Statue in Walker County; and Kim Henderson, “Re-enactor Makes a Waterfall Discovery,” taken at the 4C Trail at Davy Crockett National Forest in Houston County. Wild Card: John G. Cook, “Tree Frog,” which featured a frog who took up residence in the photographer’s painted gourd birdhouse in Scroggins, Franklin County. Finalists: Dan Maxwell, “Eclipsed,” focusing on an azalea blossom in the Ruby Mize Azalea Garden, Nacogdoches County; and Lisa Lalumandier, “Paint the VW,” taken at the annual Volkswagen show in Nacogdoches. The judges also named Kyle Campbell as an honor winner for Notable Artistry for his stark and haunting photo taken at Lake Sam Rayburn in Angelina County. This award included a cash prize of $100. All the winning photos and competition entrants can be viewed on both the organization’s Facebook

Best All Around winner was John G. Cook for his photo (above) “ The Quilt Lady.” This photo was shot in the Old Depot in Mt. Vernon during set up for the Franklin County Historical Association Quilt Show. page and Flickr group located at www.facebook.com/ texasforesttrail and www. flickr.com/groups/txforesttrail respectively. Texas Forest Trail Region is a regional tourism initiative developed by the Texas Historical Commission that helps Texans connect with their roots and visitors experience the Texas story.

Gregg, Hardin, Harrison, Henderson, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Marion, Montgomery, Morris, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Panola, Polk, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Walker and Wood.

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Eighth Annual Lee College Job Fair Contributed Story Looking for a job? Remember the “four p’s” (Baytown, TX) – The Eighth Annual Lee College Job Fair is less than one week away and officials with the Student Career and Employment Office (SCEO) are asking job seekers to remember the “four p’s:” persistence, preparation, presentation and patience. “Today’s job seeker is faced with an extremely competitive market,” explained Student Career and Employment Specialist Cindy Peraza. “The reality is a greater number of qualified people are competing for fewer openings.“ In this environment persistence and preparation are key, she says. “Prospective employees need to invest

time in research. As a minimum, a seeker should dedicate 30 hours per week to their job search. Those planning on participating in job fairs need to familiarize themselves with the employers, look at their websites, and learn more about what the company has to offer, and more importantly what he or she has to offer the company.” According to Peraza, presentation is very important. “Job seekers need to make themselves stand out in a crowd. Take a moment to conduct an evaluation of your current marketable skills. Do you have what hiring employers want in an ideal candidate? Brush up your resume, if possible have someone else look it over, and practice interviewing either with yourself of someone else,”

she advised. With career counseling services including resume assistance, and mock interviews, Peraza says the SCEO stands readily available to assist job seekers in these endeavors. “Although our primary mission is to cater to students, we have a variety of online resources available to the community,” she added. “These resources include comprehensive tips for job seekers, sample resumes, cover letters, resumes and thank you letters.” All resources are available at www.lee.edu/ hirearebel/. Peraza’s final piece of advice: Be patient. “Although this may seem easier said than done, job seekers must remember to stay positive.

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Contributed Story On Friday, March 9th two Anahuac ISD suburbans left town headed south carrying the largest group of girls to ever qualify for the THSWPA Girls Regional Meet. The Lady Panther powerlifting squad had 10 lifters qualify to compete in the 2012 Region IV Division III Championships in Palacios, Texas, including; Savanna Putnam, Tiffany Newnham, Yselda Chavez, Cristal Vargas, Taryn Gallaway, Bailee Huffsmith, Maria Bayutes, Carolina Sandoval, Bernice Cabrera, and Kaitlyn Gallaway. From experience, a few of these girls knew that they were about to lift for some of the hardest judges in the state. Kaitlyn Gallaway earned her second consecutive trip to Palacios this year so she was sure to warn the other girls about the judging. Instead of just pushing themselves and lifting as much weight as they could, the girls were forced to focus on more specific aspects of the lift to ensure the judges gave them white lights. On average, the Anahuac

girls entered the meet ranked in the bottom half of their weight class. Kaitlyn Gallaway was the only girls ranked in the top of her weight class at 2nd. Other schools in our region were not expecting the Anahuac girls to make much noise but they would soon prove otherwise. Most of the girls in our region struggled on the first event, the squat. When the lifter goes down on the squat, they must go far enough so that their Contributed Photo thighs are deeper than Lady Panthers Powerlifting team with Coach Taylor at the THSWPA Girls Regional parallel with Meet the floor.

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Kaitlyn Gallaway secured a medal in her weight class in the deadlift competition at the powerlifting meet. Contributed Story On Friday March 16th Kaitlyn Gallaway competed in the 2012 Girls State P o w e r l i f t i n g Championships at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi. Kaitlyn is no stranger to the State Championships as she finished 5th last year as a sophomore in the 220+ lb weight class. After placing 2nd at the regional meet, she earned her second consecutive trip to the state meet. Kaitlyn entered the meet

due to technical flaws. Kaitlyn opened up with 365 pounds and completed a flawless lift earning all three white lights. On her second attempt, she tied her season high at 390 pounds. To round out the squat competition, Kaitlyn attempted her highest squat ever at 420 pounds. Her lift was flawless once again earning 3 white lights. Only one girl squatted more than Kaitlyn and she was only 5 pounds ahead of her. After the squat, Kailtyn jumped from 11th place straight to 2nd place. The bench press would go nearly the same as squat. Kaitlyn worked her way up to her personal best of 190 pounds. She was jumped by a lifter from Frankston but was still in 3rd place after 2 events. Everyone in the stadium knew that deadlift would separate the winners from the losers and the pressure was on. Kaitlyn opened

relatively low in her weight class to ensure she got one good lift. Her second attempt was at 340 pounds and she was successful. After earning 2 white lights, the stadium erupted in applause as they knew the Junior lifter from Anahuac secured a medal in her weight class. Coaches of the others girls in the weight class were impressed with Kaitlyn’s performance and her perseverance to climb from 11th place into the top 5. She would attempt one more deadlift and finish the meet in 3rd place. The Anahuac Panther coaching staff is proud of Kaitlyn’s efforts and even more proud to have coached a 3rd place finisher at the State Powerlifting Meet. Kaitlyn is just a junior so next year, expect to see her bring home gold from Corpus Christi!

ranked 11th out of 12 girls qualified however, she had what many of her competitors did not - experience in Corpus Christi. In the squat competition, Kaitlyn opened relatively high compared to her openers during the season. She knew that putting pressure on the other girls early was the best way to gain an advantage at state. Many of the other competitors in her weight class were struggling with the judging on Contributed Photo that particular platform. Kaitlyn Gallaway performs squats at state powerlifting Most of them were not meet. able to get their opening lift

This feat is not easy for a beginner but the Lady Panthers showed the region that squat depth would not be an issue for them. Y s e l d a , B e r n i c e , Carolina, Bailee, and Kaitlyn were all impressive in the squat as they put pressure on their competition. The Lady Panthers continued their climb to the top in the bench press with impressive numbers. In the final event, deadlift, the Lady Panthers knew they would have to outlift several girls in order to earn a medal. Carolina Sandoval, T i f f a n y Newnham, Bernice Cabrera, and Kaitlyn Gallaway were all able to deadlift enough in

order to earn a top 5 finish in their weight class along with a medal. Kaitlyn Gallaway finished 2nd in her weight class earning herself a trip to Corpus Christi to compete in the 2012 Girls State Championships. The Lady Panther Powerlifting team had a great season and finished strong at the Regional Meet. A majority of the girls are underclassmen so keep your eyes peeled and look for good things from them the next few years. Results: Savanna Putnam – 97lb Weight Class – 6th Place Carolina Sandoval – 114lb Weight Class – 4th Place Tiffany Newnham – 123lb Weight Class – 5th Place Yselda Chavez – 123lb Weight Class – 6th Place Bailee Huffsmith – 148lb Weight Class – 7th Place Bernice Cabrera – 165lb Weight Class – 5th Place Taryn Gallaway – 132lb Weight Class – 10th Place Kaitlyn Gallaway – 220+lb Weight Class – 2nd Place

Panther Iron well represented at State Contributed Story March 24th in Abilene, Texas was a day that will go down in history for the Anahuac Panther powerlifting program. For the first time in school history, 4 boys suited out to take on the best in the state at the 2012 THSPA State Championships. Anahuac has never had more than one boy lifting at the state meet. Isais Gonzalez lifted in the 123 pound weight class. Martice Henry and Kendrick Whittington competed in the 165 pound weight class and Chris Sweat lifted in the 181 pound weight class. Although the Panthers had a great showing at their regional meet, reality set in in Abilene as all of the Anahuac lifters came in ranked very low in their weight class as compared to really strong regions in South and West Texas. Region IV is traditionally weak compared to the state however, the Panther lifters did not back down. Isais, Martice, and Chris all squat-

ted their personal best on the year at the state meet. Also, Martice and Chris deadlifted their personal best. Isais Gonzalez ended the day with a 695 pound total and earned an 11th place ranking. Martice Henry finished with a personal record total of 1235 pounds and an 11th place finish. Kendrick Whittington also increased his total poundage and earned 13th place. Chris Sweat had the best meet of his career and finished 11th place. These young men are among the strongest lifters in the state. Although the lifters did not earn medals this year, the 4 juniors earned valuable experience at the state meet and will be able to train a full year in preparation to return to Abilene in 2013 and compete for a state title. The Panther Coaching staff would like to congratulate the 4 lifters on their hard work and accomplishments. These lifters made history for Anahuac High School and represented our program well.

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Candidates help out at church food drive

Chris Smart taking a short break. Photos by TK Harrington

Pastor Walters (left) talking to Republican District 344th Judge candidate, Randy McDonald, who donated $100 to the organization.

Republican District 344th Judge candidate, Richard Baker (second from left) along with his son, Rice (far right) and Chris Smart (far left) give church volunteers a helping hand loading up boxes for food drive. By Dayna Haynes The Lily of the Valley church held their monthly food drive this past weekend. Pastor Walters invited local Republican District 344th Judge candidates to attend the event. Pastor Walters made three trips to the Houston Food bank to provide food to those in need. They gave away about 14,000 pounds of food on Saturday, and included frozen whole chickens and 5 pound bags of chicken quarters, helping 950 individuals and over 150 families. There was one family that

Long line of cars waiting to pick up boxes of food, provided by the Lily of the Valley. First car had been waiting in line since one am.

Volunteers fixing up the boxes of food (left) and workers loading cars (above); John Baker and Janna Coates (far right) work on putting food boxes together.

Happy Doctor’s Day Contributed Story San Jacinto Methodist Hospital would like recognize and thank you in honor of National Doctor’s Day. You are an integral member of our healthcare community. Often, the services that you provide go unrecognized. National Doctor’s Day is a formal opportunity for the hospital to show our appreciation and recognize the pivotal role that you play in caring for our community, promoting healthy lifestyles, and advancing medicine. You truly portray the mission of SJMH which is to tirelessly serve our patients/ families, employees, medical staff and community in a spiritual manner that is consistent with our ICARE values of Integrity, C o m p a s s i o n , Accountability, Respect, and Excellence, without

compromise. We are so grateful to have a medical staff that demonstrates excellence in the provision of patient care every day. For the last 5 years, SJMH has received the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award from HealthGrades for the quality of care that is delivered to our patients, and for the first time, HealthGrades has recognized San Jacinto Methodist Hospital as a Top 100 Hospital. In addition, U.S. News & World Report named San Jacinto Methodist Hospital to its inaugural Best Metro Area Hospitals list, with the hospital taking the ninth spot in the Houston Metropolitan area out of 99 hospitals. Your work, in large part, has contributed to these achievements. SJMH physicians represent breadth and depth in the delivery of health care

by serving patients in more than 40 specialties, across 3 counties. Your dedication to improving the health and well-being of our community is commendable. Your life commitment has touched many lives through the delivery of exceptional care in a compassionate, respectful and safe manner on a daily basis. On behalf of the San Jacinto Methodist Hospital Board of Trustees, Employees, Volunteers, and Hospital Leadership, we would like to thank you for the extraordinary care and service that you provide to our patients and the vital role that you play in our community. Thank you for all that you do. With sincerest appreciation, Donna Gares President and Chief Executive Officer

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had waited in line for a food box since one am in the morning. The church was able to hand out meat because of financial assistance from the Beaumont Foundation. “We would be able to give out more cold food products like eggs and dairy, if we were able to buy another refrigeration unit” said Bev Walters. The church is still struggling to replace a heating/ac unit that was stripped of copper wiring by persons unknown this past fall. The vandals also destroyed walls and part of the ceiling was the unit was

connected, so they also have to find the money to fix the structural damage too. “It’s been a very uncomfortable winter (without no heat) and the summer is going to be really hard without air conditioning- we continue to pray for a miracle,” said Mrs. Walters.” Pastor Walters said the church serves a hot meal after church every Sunday, even for those who do not attend services. They hold the food drive every fourth Saturday of the month. Walters wanted to extend a thank you to candidates, Randy McDonald, who donated a $100 to the church

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Legal Notice B I D PROPOSAL Chambers County Public Hospital District #1 is now accepting bids for the construction of a room for the School-Based Health Center at Anahuac I.S.D. Bid information is available from Jim Hutchinson, he can be reached by cell at 281.628.3911. All bids are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 13th. (03/28, 04/04) NOTICE TO BIDDERS Sealed bids addressed to the Chambers County County Clerk will be received at the office of the County Judge until 2:30 pm, Thursday, April 5, 2012 for the restoration, preservation and digitization of historic county court permanent records; “COUNTY C L E R K PRESERVATION PROJECT” Bids shall be sealed separately and marked “ C O U N T Y C L E R K

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NOTICE TO BIDDERS CHAMBERS COUNTY Sealed bids, in duplicate, will be received by the County Judge of Chambers County until 3:00 PM on Thursday, April 12, 2012 and then publicly opened in the Judge Jimmy Sylvia’s office at 404Washington avenue Anahuac, Texas 77514 at that time on that date for the Oak Island Volunteer Fire Department. Contract documents, specifications, and all necessary information may be reviewed from: • Chambers County Engineer’s Office 201 Airport Road, Anahuac, Texas 77514 • Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation 1300 West Alabama, Houston, Texas 77098 • AGC-Dacoma 3825 Dacoma Street, Houston, Texas 77092 • AGC-Of Texas 2400 Augusta, Suite 180, Houston, Texas 77057 • Amtek 4001 Sherwood Land, Houston, Texas 77092 • Civcast A NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $100.00 IS REQUIRED. Additional sets will be furnished at $100.00 per set. A bid guarantee in the form of a bidder’s bond or certified check made out to “Chambers County” in an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the greatest amount of the bid must accompany each proposal. BIDS THAT DO NOT HAVE THE ACCOMPANYING BID GUARANTEE WILL BE RETURNED TO THE BIDDER. The county reserves the right to reject any or all bids or to accept any bid deemed advantageous to it. The contract, if any, will be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder. A NON-MANDATORY Pre-bid Conference will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Chambers County Engineer’s Office 201 Airport Rd., Anahuac, Texas 77514

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Upcoming events at the County library system the world. This event unites bibliophiles, book artists and food lovers as they celebrate the ingestion of culture and its fulfilling nourishment. FYI: April 1st is the birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin http://members.aol.com/acalendar/ April/Brillat-Savarin.html (1755 - 1826), famous for his book “Physiologie du goût”.

Pictured above is previous year’s winner for the Very Hungry Caterpillar made by Susie Davis) Contributed Story Thursday, March 29 through Saturday, March 31st,– Gently Used Book S a l e April 2nd – 6th (nearly) Edible Books Festival. Friends of CCLS Edible Books Festival The Friends of the Chambers County Library System cordially invite cooks, foodies, and book lovers to the 6th (nearly) Annual Edible Books Festival, to be held on April 2nd at the Chambers County Library in Anahuac. Our Edible Book Festival

is a chance for you to get creative with food. The concept is to create something out of something edible that either looks like a book or is in keeping with the theme, title, or catchphrase relating to a book. Participants create edible books that are exhibited, documented then consumed. Around April Fool’s Day is also the perfect day to eat your words! The only rules are to make edible art that has something to do with books as shapes and/or content. The International Edible Book Festival is a yearly event on April 1 throughout

Edible Books Event Schedule 8:00 a.m. thru noon— deliver your book! $1.00 each entry Noon—4:00 p.m. Viewing and Vox Populi voting, $2.00 per person 4:30 p.m. Award Ceremony 4:45-6:00 p.m. The Eating of the Edible Books Friends of CCLS Gently Used Book Sale Starting March 29th the Friends will hold their Gently Used Book Sale, Noon-7p.m. Friday the sale will continue from 8-5 and Saturday from 9 until Noon. A wide selection of materials will be available, and prices are extremely reasonable, ranging from $1.00 per item down to 10 cents per item. Most books are in nearmint condition. Proceeds from the Friends of CCLS sales are used to support

library programs, chiefly the annual Summer Reading Programs held at each Chambers County branch. Anyone wishing to assist with the book sale by volunteering for an hour or two should contact the library staff at 409-267-2554 to set a time. Volunteers do not have to be members of the Friends group. For more information, call 409-267-2554, e-mail us at ccls@co.chambers.tx.us, or check the library system web site, www.chambers.lib.tx.us. Funds raised support library system programs. Chambers County Library, Anahuac 4/2 Edible books festival. Entries 8-noon, $1/each Noon-4pm, viewing and voting, $2/person 4:30pm, Award ceremony GED Prep class, 5:00 4/3 After school Easter p a r t y, 4:00 GED Prep class, 5:00 4/4 ESL class, 4:30 ESL class, 4:30 4/6 Closed for Easter Triduum Anahuac Anime Club field trip to Anime Matsuri. Leaving the library at 9am (Permission slip required!) 4/7 Closed for Easter Triduum 4/9 Basic PC class, 10:00 GED Prep class, 5:00

Basic PC class, 6:00 4/10 Craft club, 9:00—Candle making! Book club, 5:00 GED Prep class, 5:00 4/11 ESL class, 4:30 4/12 Hora del cuento, 4:00 Anime club, 4:00 ESL class, 4:30 4/13 Storytime, “Raccoon day!”, 11 : 0 0 4/14 GED Prep class, 5:00 4/15 Basic PC class in Spanish, 9:00 Advanced PC class in Spanish, 10:00 GED Prep class, 5:00 4/18 ESL class, 4:30 4/19 Movie day, “Happy Feet 2”, 4:00 ESL class, 4:30 4/20 Storytime, “Let’s paint a garden!”, 11:00 4/21 GED Prep class, 5:00 4/22 GED Prep class, 5:00 4/23 ESL class, 4:30 4/24 Anime club, 4:00 ESL class, 4:30 4/27 Storytime, “Frog day!”, 11 : 0 0 4/30 Dia de los ninos/Dia de los libros, 4:00 Juanita Hargraves Memorial Branch, Winnie 4/5 After school Easter p a r t y, 4:00 4/6 Closed for Easter Triduum 4/7 Closed for Easter T r i d u u m 4/8 Basic PC class, 9:00 4/9 Storytime, “Let’s go fly a kite!”, 10:00

TAB meeting, 4:00 Teen gaming night 5:00-7:00 (Permission slip required) 4/17 Movie night, “The Muppets!” 5:00 4/18 Storytime, “Beautiful butterflies!”, 10:00 4/19 Basic PC class in Spanish, 9:00 4/20 Storytime, “Camp out!”, 10:00 4/28 Genealogy Interest Group (GIG), 11:00 West Chambers Branch Library, Mont Belvieu 4/5 After school Easter p a r t y, 5:00 4/6 Closed for Easter Triduum 4/7 Closed for Easter Triduum 4/8 Teen Advisory Board meeting (TAB), 5:30 Writers’ Interest Group (WIG), 7:00 4/11 Basic Excel computer class, 10:30 4/12 Anime club, 5:30 4/13 Storytime, “Ladybugs!”, 10:30 4/14 Movie night, “The Muppets!”, 5:00 4/15 Homeschool program, “The Great Storm”, 2:00 4/16 Storytime, “Gardens and flowers!”, 10:30 4/17 Overdrive App workshop, 1:00 4/18 Teen Advisory Board meeting (TAB), 5:30 Writers’ Interest Group (GIG), 7:00 4/26 Teen Writers’ Interest Group (TWIG), 5:30 4/27 Storytime, “Rainy days!”, 10:30

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passport; â&#x20AC;˘ Official mail addressed to you by a government entity; or â&#x20AC;˘ A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows you name and address. For additional voter information, please visit www. VoteTexas.gov.

PARSONS Continued from front page Story continued from front page-area agencies to coordinate efforts in these instances. Parsons retired in 2011 as Chambers County Librarian. She has served on the MCCCC Board and currently works with the Food Pantry staff. She has also worked for a number of volunteer organizations in the areas of finance and marketing. She

hopes to continue the tradition of service to the community that has been the standard for the MCCCC since its inception in the 1980s. Parsons will have office hours on Thursdays from 9:00-noon in the MCCCC building, next to the Thrift Shop. The contact number for the MCCCC is 409-2675132; the Food Pantry phone is 409-267-6898.

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Rep. Craig Eiland (D-Galveston) who serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Insurance sat down with the Texas Commissioner of Insurance, Eleanor Kitzman, to discuss several issues including his concerns of State Farm cancelling 11,278 policies along the Texas coast in Galveston, Brazoria, Chambers, Jefferson and Orange Counties. At that time, he hand delivered a letter expressing his concerns and asking that the Texas Department of Insurance: 1) make recommendations before next session of legislature that coastal and/ or other legislators could sponsor and give the Texas Department of Insurance the tools it needs to prevent and/or punish this type of abusive policyholder activity; 2) place a data call on State Farm to determine how many of the policyholders who have their home, life and auto through State Farm, who will now be forced to at least obtain their homeowners elsewhere, the potential impact this could have upon life insurance policies, and/or ability to obtain new multi-

line discounts from other carriers. 3) track the claims data for all 11,278 of these policies to determine which ones of them end up in TWIA or the FAIR Plan and what their subsequent loss histories are to determine if any of those losses were caused by State Farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claims practices before dumping these policyholders on TWIA and the FAIR Plan. In addition to being in contact with the Commissioner, he has also been in contact with the other legislators who have constituents that are impacted by this seemingly arbitrary redrawing of the boundaries in which they will write coverage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I met with State Farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s corporate personnel earlier

this month to discuss this issue. Their position seemed to be that this is a very small percentage of policies that they are no longer going to offer. While this may be accurate on a global/corporate level, on a local level it great impacts our communities and constituents, both policy holders and agents. Of the 2,851 policies being cancelled/ non renewed in Galveston County, they are concentrated in the Texas City, Dickson and La Marque areas but also impact Hitchcock and Santa Fe.â&#x20AC;? Rep. Eiland said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The thing that is really sad is that people are not being dropped because of anything that the policy holder did or their claims history. They are just going off a computer model that spit out a new line in the sand. Constituents that I have spoken with are very distressed over this issue and are now faced with decisions about their other lines of insurance that they have with State Farm. They are cancelling longtime loyal customers. One lady I visited with was an 88 year old widow who had been with State Farm for over 60 years, and now they tell her they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want her anymore? Another

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Spring Clothing Sale Spring Clothing Sale at the Mid-Chambers Caring Center Thrift Shop: Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suits, $1.00; Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dress slacks, $1.00; Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standard brand jeans (not designer labels), $1.00. The Thrift Shop is open Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00-noon. The Thrift Shop will not be open on Saturday, April 7, due to the Easter holiday.

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