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May|June 2020

Better Together How Angelina County came together during global crisis

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Hello East Texans,

Hope, strength, resilience. These are the first three words that come to my mind when I think of how to describe our community during the COVID-19 crisis. I know we are all struggling to find the “current” normal. I refuse to call this the “new” normal. I have all the confidence in the world that life as we used to know it will one day be back. The question I keep asking myself and I now ask you is, “Do we want it back?” I can tell you without a doubt in my mind that I don’t want my old way of life back. Yes, I want to be able to attend church, go shopping, eat at a restaurant, hug friends but all of the hustle and bustle of life can stay gone as far as I am concerned. I don’t know about your family, but even though this situation has been a struggle for all of us, it has been one on the best wake-up calls for my family. Before COVID-19, we seemed to be burning the candle at both ends. Waking up early, getting our daughter to school, working crazy hours, after school activities, work activities, run to the grocery store, throw dinner together, get Analeigh bathed and to bed just in time to sit down with Brent and fall asleep on the couch while trying to have just a minute to ourselves before starting it all again the next day. Yes, we miss our normal daily activities and our friends, but our family has been able to recharge, enjoy the quiet moments, play games, read books, watch sunrises and sunsets, read our Bible together and just reconnect. My prayer is that you have been able to have some of these moments with your family. I have really learned what I can live without, and I hope to not go back to my old ways when life as we used to know it returns. I have been so proud of how our incredible, caring community has come together to support small businesses and our restaurants. We need to continue to support local so that our economy can rebuild and thrive. May God continue to bless your family, your business and our community.


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Written By Megan Whitworth “Love Your Neighbor” is a simple yet strong message, and it’s a message that is now printed on a semi-trailer that is essential to the daily operation of the Lufkin State Supported Living Center. The big rig truck will travel over 50,000 miles a year on public roads. The positive message is a collaboration between Lufkin Economic Development Corporation and LfSSLC that began months ago, according to LEDC Executive Director, Bob Samford. Samford said LEDC is constantly evaluating new formats of how “we can elevate the City of Lufkin, our community and the quality of life in our city. Competing for new jobs in the current environment demands that we continuously think outside of the box in our marketing efforts.” The design of the truck wrap is from an artist in Dallas, Dan Black that does mostly large murals on buildings, but he was willing to take on this special cause project. “The truck design was intended to reflect the thriving community that can grow out of generous hospitality. It was adapted from a mural design about the human need for home and family across all social categories,” Black said. “... I feel really privileged to get to be a part of this project, and I hope the artwork reminds people they are not alone in this life journey.” “The artwork is beautiful and we are honored to have the support of LEDC,” said Gale Wasson, LfSSLC Facility Director. “This community loves big and our residents have been blessed once again by this love.” As the world deals with the coronavirus and social distancing, Samford said he knew it was the perfect time to showcase the completed project. The newly designed semi-truck was rolled out at the beginning of April for community members to see and put the truck on the road for everyone to view. “The truck was generously donated to the facility by the Volunteer Services Council so that the facilities employment services department could sustain and grow the resident work program. The residents currently offer contract services in Houston, Conroe, Nacogdoches and Wells,” Samford said. “We wanted to partner with the Volunteer Services Council and the LfSSLC by creating something bright and a positive message. People all along Texas highways will be seeing it, and we hope it inspires someone to pause and think about Lufkin and how we present our community to potential new businesses. “Love Your Neighbor – give it a try and help make the world a better place,” he added. CONNECT  M AY | J U N E 2 0 2 0


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Written By Megan Whitworth When medical supplies dwindled at stores across the nation at the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic, AAA Trophy owner, Jimmy Horton started to think about how he could create a face mask with ties that required no sewing. It was a Saturday morning when Horton paused to say a short prayer before he headed to AAA where there was a computer and machinery to complete the task. “(I asked) God to show me how to create a mask that would work and could be built quickly,” he said. “Then, after putting on my boots and walking outside, a good friend and metal fabricator for Angelina Tank was standing in the driveway to begin a fence project. My statement while walking up to him was, ‘God sent you here this morning.’” A brief discussion between the duo about Horton’s desire to create a mask had his friend’s mind churning with ideas. Later that afternoon, Horton received a paper pattern and the first prototype from his friend. “His mask worked, especially, the top ties and the ear loops, which makes the mask much more comfortable when compared to those with the elastic bands that simply loop around the ears,” Horton said. “The design needed improvement, but Aristo’s drawing was a great start.” Several days later, it was time to call in the reinforcement team of Sherry Griffin and Kris Mayaka for faster design ideas and needed

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modifications. “Their input was crucial in the final design and each of us had major contributions,” Horton said. The team created a two-layer mask: one that had ties behind the head for extended wear and comfort and had an adjustable nose piece like what is found in many commercially manufactured masks, completely covering the mouth and nose. Another feature is that a separate filter can be placed in between the outer layer and the inner flap, Horton said. “Kris, while reading a Cambridge University study, had established cotton blend material is over 70% effective down to .02 microns, so that was a key factor in our decision in what fabric to utilize in our construction,” he said. “The ease of breathing through a mask is of utmost importance, notably when (someone) needs to wear it for extended periods. It’s an additional feature our mask’s fabric choice contributed.” Before the pandemic hit East Texas, AAA Trophy was known for creating custom printed T-shirts for local functions, providing signs and banners, among other items for the community. But now, the shop is filled with hundreds of medical masks as the crew builds them for healthcare workers, local businesses and for public use. With AAA’s machinery, the crew can cut 12 masks every four minutes. Then there are a few more steps of adding the aluminum nose piece and welding the inside layer over the back of the nose piece. The final step and slowest is to thread the sides and integrate with the bottom tie for a completed mask, Horton said. “I have been able to be led in a direction and arrive at the destination,” he said. “This does not mean there are no detours, breakdowns or running out of gas, but there was never a doubt the goal would be met that allowed us to build quality face masks quickly.” Since creating the masks at the beginning of spring, Horton and his crew have donated masks to the Pregnancy Help Center of Lufkin, PineCrest Healthy Living Community, Rush Truck Services and Lufkin State Supported Living Center, among other local businesses and organizations. Horton said he could not have donated one item, unless it was for the support he has received throughout the years. “I could not have donated one item to any cause if it were not for friends, family, local businesses, leagues, schools and all the customers that have patronized AAA Trophy by awarding us the opportunity to serve them for over 35 years, so giving away masks pales in comparison to their loyalty and continued support,” he said. Masks are available to be purchased for $12 per mask. To purchase a mask and for more info, visit aaaproweb.com, stop by AAA Signs, 303 East Denman Ave. Suite H, Lufkin, or call 936-634-4426.


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Words of wisdom Written by Taylor Kovar As I spent the end of 2019 sitting around a campfire with other local business owners discussing what 2020 was going to bring, none of us predicted the changes that would be affecting every single one of us within just a few short months. From being forced to shut down entirely (barbershop) to others working around the clock to keep their grocery store shelves stocked, to others just trying to figure out how to adjust to this new normal, we have all been impacted in some way. So, when I was tasked with writing an article sharing advice for businesses to survive this pandemic, I spent a few days in prayer and then started making phone calls to other entrepreneurs that I knew were doing all they could to make the best out of this bad situation. Out of those phone calls, came the following words of wisdom: Innovation brings growth. Be willing to create and try new things, even if they’re uncomfortable. A great example of this is when some of the local restaurants started selling their extra surplus of toilet paper, cleaning products, and produce in order to bring in additional revenue and keep staff employed. Maximize your resources. What do you and your team bring to the table that your competitor doesn’t? I have seen several different businesses partner together to maximize their various strengths in an effort to provide a service that neither of them could do alone. Communicate openly. Everyone loves a good story and more people than you realize are interested in hearing yours. Share why you started your business and what you are doing to overcome struggles at this time. Your team and customers will be much more receptive if they feel you are being open and honest. Keep plowing the fields. Fear creates doubt. Doubt creates 8

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uncertainty. Uncertainty creates lack of action. Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. Lufkin is a powerhouse in the East Texas community because generations before us refused to quit when the going got tough. Stay positive! These times are temporary, America is resilient, and we will overcome! Oprah Winfrey said it best when she said: “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” Hardship isn’t something we can always fully prepare for. Instead, we have to believe in our ability to adapt and overcome. We’re seeing it today in the business owners and healthcare professionals working overtime to help their employees, patients and customers. We’ll see it tomorrow in the friends and neighbors who do whatever they can to lend a hand. Keep the faith, get creative, support your community, and we’ll all come out on the other side of this thing stronger than we were before. Taylor Kovar is the CEO and founder of Kovar Wealth Management in downtown Lufkin. His experiences as a business consultant, youth pastor and financial author has created unique opportunities for his clients to achieve success in multiple aspects of their lives. He is married to his high school sweetheart and they love to travel with their three young children.

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Surviving the storm

Adaptive leadership in times of turmoil Written by Curtis Prunty

We didn’t ask for this storm and yet, here we are, right in the middle of it. The COVID-19 Pandemic has evolved into a global catastrophe wreaking devastation to public health, social rhythms and the economy. Perhaps more than others, leaders and business owners alike are feeling some of the most intense pressure this pandemic has to offer. Attempting to maintain business or organizational operations in the midst of ever-changing (and restricting) protocols and against the backdrop of a rapidly diminishing market is proving to be one of the most significant and painful challenges in U.S. history. Popular author and speaker, Brian Tracy said, “The true test of leadership is how well you function in a crisis.” While these words are far from easy, they are extremely relevant for leaders and business owners today. How we manage ourselves during this storm matters. How we lead our people and conduct our businesses and organizations during this storm matters. When a ship finds itself in the midst of a violent storm, all eyes are on the captain. The community always looks at leaders for answers, courage and hope. The challenge for all leaders and business owners is, simply put, to adapt. In fact, it could very well be the distinguishing factor that determines your survival in this storm. The central idea behind adaptive leadership is to focus on implementing agility, on all fronts of one’s business or organization, in order to make significant progress during a great challenge. I have compiled a list of 15 powerful principles utilized by adaptive leaders in times of turmoil. These proven principles have a mixture of both personal and professional application and can truly help to propel a leader forward in the midst of a storm. 10

15 Principles of Highly Adaptive Leaders 1. Live Your Limits. This is the time to get serious about your personal boundaries. You must determine, in advance, what you will give of yourself to your family, friends, work and community. Clarify the capacity of your commitments. You also have to be content with your contribution. You’re probably going to say yes, more now, than ever before. Simultaneously, you’re also going to have to say no, more now, than ever before. This is the perfect time to protect your priorities. So, set your limits, say your limits and show your limits. 2. Steady Self-Care. It’s essential to fill your bucket and replenish your soul. But in seasons of turmoil or crisis, time may not be an available luxury. However, even if all you have is a few minutes a day to devote to recharging your batteries, take full advantage of it. Your leadership is only as good as your self-care. Step away from the noise of the world, unplug from social media, and take in some moments of quiet. 3. Disciplined Discernment. Leaders and especially caregivers will be among the first to experience severe fatigue and even burn out in a crisis. Fatigue leads to diluted discernment. You must protect your ability to discern well in these times. Lean into conciliar decision-making, utilize values-based frameworks, and surround yourself with people who can hold you personally accountable. 4. Make Some Margin. You need to create as much breathing room as possible – for yourself, your team, and your business or organization. M AY | J U N E 2 0 2 0   CONNECT

Analyze all the accounts or departments of your life or business and seek out little ways to eliminate any waste or inefficiency. One of the best tools to help with this process is called Six Sigma. It offers a surplus of ways to identify, track and eliminate waste within your business or organization. Be careful not to get lost in the myriad of jargon or applications. Just focus on the big ideas within its framework and you’ll certainly experience positive results. 5. Careful Compartmentalization. Utilize careful compartmentalization to create intentional spaces such as a space to work, to play, to release frustration, to exercise and to defrag. This is absolutely essential for maintaining sanity with up-close proximity. Leaders can’t afford to allow their households to become compromised. Your home must maintain an element of sanctuary in the midst of the storm. Likewise, your work must remain as optimized as possible. Careful compartmentalization is a sure-fire strategy to keep the engine firing on all cylinders. 6. Mindful Morale. One of the biggest temptations for leaders is to try to manage peoples’ morale. If you take it upon yourself to be the fixer of moods, you will not last long. Moods are going to greatly fluctuate, and that’s okay. In fact, it should be expected. This is the best time for leaders to demonstrate empathy. Empathy requires you to simply fill the role of company. Maintain keen awareness of morale and authentically acknowledge it. Commit to offering a relatable, authentic and mindful presence for your people. You will earn trust because of your ability to relate, not rescue.

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7. Continuous Communication. Experts continually reinforce the need to communicate with clarity, transparency and quantity. Remember, that you are constantly battling fear, rumors and bad information. If a leader fails to communicate, that absence forms gaps. It doesn’t take long for those gaps to be filled with assumptions. In a time of crisis, assumptions are your enemy. So, combat assumptions with clarity and consistency. 8. Peaceful Posture. Maintaining emotional discipline and poise amid a crisis is pivotal for both your influence and reputation. Avoiding emotional escalation is a key strategy for maintaining cohesion and collaboration both on the home front and at the workplace. The Bible says that the meek will inherit the earth. Fascinatingly, the Greek word used for meek in the Bible conveys the idea of great power being channeled through gentleness. Think of an elephant. It’s incredibly muscular and powerful and yet, one of the gentlest animals on the planet. By default, people will lash out on you simply because you are a leader. If you can receive peoples’ anger without becoming defensive, you will earn deep trust and respect. Keep calm and lead on. 9. Watch for Waves. Surfing is all about two words: scanning and timing. Surfers are constantly watching the ocean and wind patterns in order to paddle on to their next wave to ride. In addition, it’s not enough to simply paddle out to a wave. Surfers must also have the timing of when to stand, pivot and balance. Central to surfing is the art of making micro-adjustments. Like surfers, leaders and business owners must continually be on the lookout for the next opportunity CONNECT  M AY | J U N E 2 0 2 0


and be ready to paddle quickly with the waves – especially the ones you least anticipate. Make no mistake about it, your business or organization’s survival could very well hinge on your willingness or ability to surf. 10. Cultivate Creativity. Never have we had access to such a wealth of highly practical information. A simple internet search from your smart phone will reveal endless pages featuring personal exercises you can do to stimulate new ways of thinking. Personally, I find connecting to my childhood self through play to be the fastest path to unlocking new, exciting and innovative thinking. Also, creativity is often generated quickest through open dialogue from diverse voices within your context. Do whatever it takes to foster that spark of innovation now. 11. Rethink Roles. Managing people during a crisis will feel a lot like playing musical chairs, people will be changing seats at a rapid pace. Everyone, including you, must embrace the need to be flexible in terms of what seat they (or you) fill moving forward. The faster we can accept new roles, models of operation and responsibilities, the better of our businesses and organizations will be in the long run. As a leader, be sure to communicate the temporal nature of such

modus operandi. Having the end in mind will greatly help the psyche of both your people (and you) in this journey. 12. Link with Leaders. This is the perfect time to link up with other leaders in order to share resources, spaces, personnel, insights and even moral support. Remember that nothing is better for your legacy than your communal story. Nothing captures the hearts of people faster or better than unity. When leaders come together, when businesses and organizations join forces for the common good, hope is actualized and the belief in a brighter future is birthed in the minds and hearts of your community. 13. Leverage Learning. Times of crisis demand leaders to be voracious learners. History repeats itself and people repeat history. Leaders must constantly be on the lookout for the principles, insights and wisdom gained from times of adversity. Whether it’s the Plague, The Great Depression, 9-11, or the 2008 Recession, people from all over learned valuable insights and acted on them to navigate toward success. So, look for those principles. Learn from others’ mistakes and victories. In addition, maintain awareness of all, current, available resources for your family, organization and community. Leaders must always be able to quickly

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dispense valuable and helpful information. 14. Grace to Grieve. The landscape of our community and country is changing and will change, and it’s going to be rough. All around you, people are experiencing trauma and loss (including you). Grief is both natural and necessary. Grief includes multiple stages such denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Give grace to others when they find themselves in one of those stages. It’s going to be long and challenging road ahead. Giving grace for others to grieve is important but giving yourself grace to grieve is paramount. Remember that it’s okay to not be okay. 15. Forge Your Faith. In this storm, it’s imperative that you maintain room for hope. Keep up a spirit of optimism. What you believe and how you believe greatly matters in a time of crisis. So, cling to how your conscious informs you of the Divine and choose to maintain a high belief in humanity. Faith is only as strong as its capacity to be tested. The testing of your faith develops perseverance and that perseverance fosters hope. The journey into uncertainty is both unnerving and terrifying. It’s both confusing and frustrating. It will leave

you scratching your head one moment and beating it against a wall the next. But take heart leader, you have exactly what it takes to make it through this storm. Focus on implementing, at least one of the principles shared above daily, and you will certainly increase your odds of navigating through this storm. I appreciate the words of A.A. Milne as he wrote, “You are braver than what you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” So, leader, this is the time to do what you do best. Lead well. Be adaptive. You will survive the storm. Curtis Prunty serves as the Market Director of Mission Integration for CHI St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital of Lufkin, Livingston and San Augustine. As a Mission Director, Curtis focuses on cultivating a healthy ministry-based culture, leadership development, ethics, community benefit and spiritual care. He has an extensive background in non-profit leadership including local church ministry, public speaking, content creation and collegiate education. Curtis has a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. In his spare time, he plays competitive airsoft and considers himself to be both an action movie enthusiast as well as martial arts junkie. He and his wife Aubrey moved to Lufkin from Joplin, Missouri last June with their two fur babies, Clancy and Arthur.

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Connecting beyond crisis Written by Jennifer LaCorte Networks of support are vital for children and adults during times of crisis. There is a certain amount of safety and stability created when we have a community to rely upon. For some, it’s about going day to day and trying to survive. For others, it may be looking at sustainability and evaluating ways to thrive once we get out of crisis mode. Whether you’re leading a company, an organization, or your family through tough times, here are a few ways to help you navigate the troubled waters. Find passion and compassion. Focus on things that are important to you that you may not have had time for before during the everyday hustle and bustle of life. Redirect your attention to help others. A recent article from Forbes states that during times of crisis the most people are altruistic by nature. Individuals not only care for friends and family but engage in selfless acts beyond their normal circle with neighbors and strangers. Remember this feeling of being an active participant in your community and personal life even when we find our new normal when this is all over. Small acts can have a lasting positive impact. Be in control. Know your strengths and what you can bring to the proverbial table. This brings a sense of control to a hectic period of time. When certainty is scarce, we can bring ourselves a sense of calm while lowering our anxiety level by focusing on things that we can control. Focusing on being positive with acts of kindness and generosity when someone may need it most may help you and the community that you’re a part of. Have confidence in the contribution, large or small, that you can provide to your community or even at home. When we lean on the strengths of others and also do what we can to address the needs of others, we collectively become stronger. Live with purpose. Even though it may seem as if this current situation with COVID-19 is adjusting the way we live our normal lives, a pandemic is temporary by nature. The vision and values of a company is permanent. This is the core of what will stand the test of time and weather any storm. This time in our history is what will solidify views for years to come. The way that a company acts and reacts during times of crisis like this is what defines the heart of how they will be remembered. Continue to live and lead with purpose even when we are out of this crisis. Just because our environment changes, doesn’t mean that our values change. Angelina Beautiful/Clean is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. There are many ways to get involved with the recycling, waste reduction, and beautification efforts in our community. Angelina Beautiful/Clean has opportunities available for individuals, organizations, and businesses to get involved from one-time volunteer events, committees, donations, sponsorship investments, and more. If you are interested in supporting the efforts of Angelina Beautiful/Clean to help keep East Texas a beautiful and clean place to live, work and play, please connect with us 936-63CLEAN (936-632-5326), angelinabeautifulclean.org, or Facebook. 14

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United Way gives aid to organizations in need Written By Jackie Zimmerman Carla Hight, Angelina County United Way executive Angelina County United Way is providing emergency director, said she is preparing for future needs by funds to help the community better survive the COVID-19 having money available to assist in any situation to any pandemic. organization that might need it. The United Way’s board voted in the spring to allocate “Thanks to the generosity of our community over the $30,000 for community needs. years, United Way is able to fulfill our mission of helping In April, United Way gave a portion of the $30,000 to those in need. This first phase of donations has been sent the Salvation Army, the Angelina County Senior Citizens to help meet the need for more food due to the increased Center and the Hope Center to enable each to purchase demand,” she said. more food to give away to those in need. Future distribution of funds will be determined by The rest of the funds have been earmarked specifically to demand, what is occurring in the community and need, assist with issues arising from the pandemic. Hight said. “We have no idea what will be occurring in our “We are working to be prepared for future needs now community in the coming months,” said Chris Caraway, Angelina County United Way president. “What will be the and in the months to come. We will be ready to assist,” Hight said. ramifications of this virus on us in three months or in six months? Having United Way funds readily available to community “Having United Way funds readily available to organizations for the future further ensures we properly community organizations for the future further ensures care for one another in these unprecedented times.” we properly care for one another in these unprecedented times,” Caraway said. “We are ready to assist with Chris Caraway whatever needs arise.”

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‘Here for the community’ Written by Burt Hairgrove Photo by Joel Andrews What a start to the spring season here at the Expo! We have been caught-up in this whole COVID-19 event like the rest of the nation. Normally, the staff and I are working 50-65 hours per week during this time. We are all on a part-time basis now. With the Angelina County Fair, Premier Equine Auctions, Angelina Benefit Rodeo and the Expo Party becoming victims of this situation, needless to say we have been doing lots of spring cleaning. At the very least, it has certainly thrown us off of the regular rhythm of things at the Expo. However, we are thankful to be working and to have a place to report for work each day. Our thoughts are with those whose livelihood has been interrupted by this. Though we may not have our regular events scheduled, we are still here for the community. Being able to adapt has worked well, as we transformed the Expo into a transport terminal for our neighbor, Brookshire Brothers. With the strain put on the grocery supply chain, Brookshire Brothers needed to bring on more trucks, more trucks than their parking space or loading docks could accommodate. We were happy to provide a staging area for the extra rigs needed to keep things moving. With the demand for commodities high, more space was also needed for the Texas Food Bank’s distribution of goods. We were able to answer the call and provide plenty of space for a smooth and orderly operation. As this goes to press, we are anticipating getting back to normal and rescheduling some events, while some others are already planning for 2021. Personally speaking, the change in pace has not been totally unwelcome. I have been able to spend time at home with my wife and son, doing some projects at home together. My yard has never looked better! See you at the Expo!

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Cleaner parks It was a Friday morning when Francisco Lopez said, “Let’s get it” to his Lopez Pressure Wash crew as they finished cleaning Kiwanis Park and started to move onto the next city park in Lufkin in March 2020. Lopez and his wife, Ashley donated 13 park cleanings to Lufkin Parks and Recreation as the panic and uncertainty of the COVID-19 Pandemic started to make its way into Angelina County. The cleanings of the city parks ensured that the equipment would be clean and ready for children to play on them. “We are out here getting them all cleaned up, spick and span for the sunny days to come so you can bring your kids out and enjoy the pretty days without the threat of illness,” Ashley said. “We are donating our time, our expertise and our equipment.” “We are spraying our solutions - detergents, disinfectants,” Francisco added. “They are on the approved CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) list of cleaners for the type of illnesses going on right now. What we do is spray our application first, and then we come through with some really, really hot water and just rinse really well. We are cleaning up all of the organic matter to basically disinfect it.” Prior to cleaning the parks in Lufkin, the Lopez Pressure Wash crew donated five park cleanings in Polk County. When the owner of Lufkin’s Domino’s Pizza, Greg Randolph reached out to Ashley and Francisco to see if they would clean the Lufkin parks; they said yes. 18

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“(He) offered to cover some of our overhead for our soap cost and asked if we would mind coming up to the Lufkin area to do those as well,” Ashley said. “In times like these, we happen to have the right equipment,” Francisco said. “My parents have always taught me to give back no matter what it is. Right now, I


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feel that we should take advantage and do what we can in these trying times.” Lopez Pressure Wash crew member Josh Hoot said it’s important to give back to the community. “I just want to thank Ashley and Francisco Lopez for giving back to the community of Lufkin, Texas,” he said. “I want to thank them for letting me be a part of this. It’s just very important to give back to the community during this time of need with the virus going around. Most importantly, thank God, because without him, none of this would be possible.” Crew members Cody Warner and Jose Hernandez also assisted in cleaning the parks. For tips on disinfecting your home, Ashley said to make sure that door handles, cabinet doors and the refrigerator door are clean, which often people don’t think about. “Wash your hands often. Mop with bleach,” Ashley said. “Take your shoes off because you’re carrying it on your shoes whether you know it or not.” To contact Lopez Pressure Wash, visit lopezpressurewash.com or call 936-6769801. Find them on Facebook @Lopezpressurewash.

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BetterTogether Written By Megan Whitworth There are two choices - to either come together or to fall apart when tragedy hits. When the COVID-19 Pandemic hit East Texas, Angelina County did the first. Local business came to a halt, churches closed, and the community was ordered to stay at home at the beginning of spring. However, East Texans continued to support each other and truly showed that they were better together, even while staying apart. From supporting local restaurants with ordering meals through curbside delivery, to holding prayer vigils, and giving service to those on the frontlines, community members continued to support and sustain each other. Here are stories of how the community came together during the global crisis. Big Donation CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial received a call from Motion Industries, a nationwide company that produces industrial gears for machines. Motion Industries’ staff was instructed by their corporate office to donate any supplies, such as masks and gowns to local hospitals. We accepted, and Willie Spikes, our house supervisor, and Ray Powell, k3 nurse manager, went immediately to pick up what turned out to be 20 boxes. Each box contained 20 masks for a total of 400 N95 masks. These are the masks that are in high demand across the nation. It is a tremendous benefit to the hospital. Though we are being as conservative as possible, we are utilizing these masks at a higher rate than normal because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. For a local business to make such a donation demonstrates how great of a community we live in, and it also provides a beacon of hope to remind all of us that this too will soon pass! Tina Alexander-Sellers CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Giving Back with Pizza Pizza with a Purpose was a way of connecting our customers with our humanitarian efforts. (During the pandemic), we spotlighted a business that had been impacted by recent events. Primarily grocery stores as they have received the most customer influx at this time. Customers could call our store and pay for a large pepperoni or cheese pizza to donate. Donations were delivered at 6 p.m. each night. While it was planned to be a week-long community effort, many corporate offices began contacting businesses and instructing them to not receive outside food as a safety measure. So, we had to cancel three deliveries that we had planned. But we were able to make deliveries to two Brookshire Brothers locations, and the employees were enthusiastic and kind. Overall, we had six pizzas donated, and we personally donated six. I’m thankful for the days that we were able to do it. We also did a daily $10 online giveaway. We purchased gift cards from Confections, Standpipe Coffee House, Biscuit Eater Bakery, Skyline Burrito Bowls and two gift cards from Dream Catchers. We did this as an act of solidarity with other small businesses as a way of paying it forward to help financially during this time. It also allowed us to give other local businesses free marketing on our page. So, hopefully our customers who may not have heard about those businesses, or had been unaware of what they offered, will now support those locations. I also did Pizza Pals for five days. I posted a daily video of me reading a book for kids as a way to connect children who may not have easy access to literature right now with reading. The videos could also be used for bedtime stories or a way to pass the time. 20

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I received an overwhelmingly positive response on them. My son, Benjamin, helped me pick out the books. They were some of his favorites, and they were all from our local bookstore. I hope it sparked an interest in our customers supporting them. Chasity Boatman Marco’s Pizza in Lufkin Sewing Masks There is a shortage of masks, and (sewing masks is) something I can do. I like sewing, and it’s something people need - be it the elderly, immunocompromised or health workers. I have a decent fabric stash that I can use and getting a yard of fabric isn’t expensive. My cousin in Seattle shared an article by Joann (Fabric and Craft Store) and how they’re donating fabric and their sewing area to make the masks. While that isn’t an option locally, I can do it at home and it’s a great idea. The process of making them is fairly simple: a rectangle of fabric, some ribbon or bias tape and pipe cleaners cut to length. It’s all simple straight stitches and a couple of pleats. You can find a number of patterns online for tie masks, the elastic ear masks or elastic that goes all the way around one’s head, or you can draft your own pattern. I’ve been told the medical staff like the ties as they’re highly adjustable. I didn’t set out to get any recognition for making them; it’s just something that I can do to help. Crystal Dalzell Angelina County resident Prayer & Praise It was completely last minute when I started asking people to meet me for the Prayer and Praise night. I thought, “Even if we just had a few cars, I know it would mean so much to this hospital staff to see our support.” What is more powerful than prayer to show our love? (Local stations) 91.9 & 90.9 were more than happy to help lead prayer and play songs of worship for us, which was such a blessing that we could all be together, even six feet apart. My family and I found our spot, turned on our lights and began to sing. My son said, ’‘Mama, Look.” I couldn’t even control tears. Car after car pulled into the parking lot. Families, church vans, teenagers were all pulling in for prayer over our medical staff and community. I was overwhelmed with sadness, but quickly reminded how great our God is and how wonderful our community is. In the midst of fear and tragedy, I had such a wonderful glimpse of joy. I’m so incredibly touched how so many have stepped up to help and how much love Lufkin is showing. While we can’t physically help the ones caring for the sick on the front lines, we will be on that battlefield and covering them in prayer. My prayer for our community is we remain in his word, his grace, and we know God is still on the throne and in control of it all. We will see good from this. I already have. Morgan Greer-Due Angelina County Resident CONNECT  M AY | J U N E 2 0 2 0


Angelina County Farmer’s Market Note: When local grocery stores started running low on supplies, Angelina County Farmer’s Market picked up the slack and opened their doors after working with store suppliers on getting more food available to local shoppers. We are just trying to bless people. Since we are open air and not a cramped place, the market is good to go on helping our community. We have what the big markets have at the moment for folks. Until our local farmers can start picking. We have new potatoes, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, onions - purple and yellow and vinegar. We also have tomato plants, pepper plants, aloe vera plants, herbs and lots more. Folks now want to grow some of their own food. We have been helping teach folks on how to grow their own. That has really picked up and that’s amazing to us. (During the pandemic), we opened Monday and Tuesday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. where we used to be closed. We (extended our hours) so individuals could come without being around a lot of people here. Our normal hours are Wednesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We’ve done everything we know to do to help folks to have a safe environment. We had people calling us in a panic because the stores did not have food and asked if we could help. So, of course we could help. We got with the store suppliers and asked if we could buy from them since we are a business. They said, “Absolutely.” So, that’s where we got the veggies. We try to help the community through our live radio and TV show as well. If anyone needs help or food, they can call our show and we get to them. We have always tried to help the community. Lynn Marie Bryan Angelina Farmer’s Market Feeding the Hungry COVID-19 has caused many families to go without the bare necessities such as food. I serve as local pastor in this city, and myself and along with the leadership had a burden to help alleviate some of the stress and worry about food. You would be surprised how many families of all walks of life need help during these times in the city of Lufkin. I received over 60 messages of local families that have children that simply need help with food. I called Little Caesars here in Lufkin, because I knew it would be easy to distribute and it was a safe choice. I explained to them what we wanted to do and without hesitation they came aboard and donated pizzas generously. The plan was to get the names and addresses of these families and deliver it to them. That plan changed due to the amount of support of people that I’ve never met from different states and even countries donated toward this effort. Gains and Glory, a local gym, partnered with us and bought more pizzas, and it did not stop there. Nutrition Shop of Lufkin partnered up as well. We all came together and decided to do Drive thru Pizza & Prayer. Many cars came through and we gave away pizzas to families and offered prayer. You could see the relief on the faces of many parents. You would never think that a pizza would bring so much joy. Every single car that came through wanted prayer as well. We prayed that our faith is anchored in God and to help us not to lose hope during these trying times. It was a beautiful experience that made a huge impact in our city. At Free People Church, we are reminded to be the hands and the feet of Jesus. The building is nice, and to worship and fellowship with others is nice too, but to actually serve and love on people that you do not know is priceless. Pastor Marquist Taylor Free People Church Thanking Truck Drivers Teams from our corporate office went out to the Distribution Center gates and gave out donuts to delivery drivers bringing loads into our warehouse and our drivers coming out. We did this to show them that we “donut” know what we would do without them! Sharon Mayes Brookshire Brothers 22

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Helping Those in Need Note: When the pandemic hit, local nonprofits gathered to feed hundreds of families by providing boxes of food for the East Texas residents at the end of March at the George H. Henderson Exposition Center. Dozens and dozens of cars waited in line till they could pick up their boxes of food. It was reported that 1,800 and 2,000 boxes were given to families in need. We don’t know what lies ahead but what we do know is that we can come together and make things better. Pilgrim’s donated 20,000 pounds of chicken and we were able to give out a portion of that on that night. We were able to give every family a tray of chicken drumsticks serving over 1,600 trays of drumsticks. The Salvation Army’s mission statement is to meet human needs in Jesus name. That’s something that we strive to do every day but especially in times of crisis. We love to see the collaboration of so many groups: including T.L.L. Temple Foundation, East Texas Food Bank, churches, Pilgrim’s and the Salvation Army. Jenifer Phillips The Salvation Army of Lufkin

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Written by Megan Whitworth For nearly a decade, Lufkin resident Angela Holt has traveled down one of East Texas’ treasures, the Neches River as part of the annual Neches River Rendezvous, hosted by the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce. What started as a new experience turned into an annual father/daughter day as Holt ventured with her father, Alan Jones each time. As long as the water levels and weather cooperated, the duo enjoyed the 10-mile canoe trip through International Paper’s North Boggy Slough Wildlife Management Area since 2010. “We enjoy being outdoors and being a part of our community,” Holt said. This year marks the 23rd annual Neches River Rendezvous set for Saturday, June 6, presented by the City of Lufkin. “Every trip was a different experience,” Holt said. “Always a fun one as we connected with others that also came every year along with new families joining. Depending on the water level, it gave us adventures that we could laugh about from having to almost get out and walk the canoe to rolling down the river quickly.” The trip is described as moderately strenuous, and attendees are cautioned that the trip may include climbing

up and down steep slopes, potential portage around obstructions in the river, and of course, paddling. But Holt said it’s not about the difficulty of the Rendezvous, it’s about the experience. “None of it is hard or easy; it’s an experience. It’s about being outdoors, enjoying time with my dad, and even having a yummy lunch afterwards,” she said. “I think everyone should go at least once.” For starters of the annual adventure, Holt said to slow down as paddlers venture onto the Neches River. “Be patient, follow instructions, and just slow down to take it all in,” she said. “There is a process to get you to the river and in it, but once you are there, it’s up to you on how long the journey takes. Look around as you never know what you might see.” This year, the father/daughter duo won’t make the trip as Holt welcomed a baby girl this spring. However, the new mother is already looking ahead to bringing her daughter along one day. “The hope is to try and go every year with my dad, and as my personal family grows, bringing my daughter along as well,” Holt said. For more information or to download a reservation form or brochure, visit lufkintexas.org/whatwedo/neches-riverrendezvous/.

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Announcing the 20th Anniversary Season A toast to 20 Years of bringing the best professional performing arts to East Texas Written By Ginger Trotter Think back over the last 19 years, what was your favorite show? Was it a superstar live on stage, was it a legendary Broadway blockbuster, a breathtaking cirque or dance performance, or a dramatic performance that made you laugh, and cry, and still -- years later – holds a place in your heart? Or was it a family friendly show that created lifelong memories for your children or grandchildren? Since inception, the Angelina Arts Alliance has pursued their mission: To enrich, entertain and educate by presenting and promoting the performing arts. Season by season, the organization has advanced and grown, in viability, reputation, influence, budget and expertise. Each year, building on the momentum of the year before. Now, Angelina Arts Alliance is poised and determined to deliver a season of performances that is monumental and worthy of a 20th anniversary celebration! Riddle: What does a non-profit performing arts presenter do when their scheduled events are cancelled? Answer: Everything else! First, send press releases notifying the community of the cancellations. Rapidly ‘unschedule’ each event, which includes cancelling radio, TV, billboard and print advertising, lodging, transportation, catering, security services etc. Notify all ticket holders of the cancellation and assuage their concerns. Work on rescheduling when applicable. Complete programmng for the upcoming season, including research, communication with agents, finalize contracts, and gathering marketing materials for each show. Create the budget for the upcoming year, and then secure funding from sponsors, donors and foundations to cover expenses. Create the marketing program for the upcoming sesson, from writing show

descriptions, to designing graphics, brochures, signs, banners, ads, and on and on. All of the determination, creativity, and energy the staff can muster cumulates in the highly anticipated release of a new season – bigger, brighter and more thrilling than ever before! Rescheduled Ranky Tanky Sept. 20, 7 p.m. | Pines Theater Translating loosely as “work it” or “get funky” in the West African language of Gullah, “RANKY TANKY” brings the music of a unique culture to life with large helpings of gospel, funk, and R & B. Their amazing style and talent is gathering quite a list of awards including #1 jazz album on Billboard, iTunes and Amazon Music. This year they added their first Grammy award to their list of accolades! Sept. 24 @ 7 p.m. | Pines Theater The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass Oct. 10 @ 7 pm | Pines Theater The Quebe Sisters Dec. 10 @ 7 p.m. | Pines Theater The 3 Redneck Tenors – Christmas Spec-Tac-Yule-Ar Nov. 7 @ 7 p.m. | Pines Theater Winter Dance Party Tickets are on sale now, in person at the Temple Theater Box Office, Monday – Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone 936-633-5454, and online at AngelinaArts.org. Angelina Arts Alliance is a 501©3 non-profit organization whose mission is to present diverse, quality performing arts, along with educational and family performances which collectively enrich, engage, and educate the community. Follow Angelina Arts Alliance on Facebook for late-breaking news and ticket giveaways.

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Come out to celebrate 20 years of the Angelina Arts Alliance on June 5 at noon at the Crown Colony Country Club for the Chamber’s First Friday Luncheon. Attendees will hear the announcing of Angelina Arts Alliance’s 2020-2021 20th Anniversary Season. The 20202021 season will be available online immediately after the luncheon at AngelinaArts.org. 26

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Enjoy margaritas and munchies in downtown Lufkin!

is coming to town June 6 Fiesta Lufkin will feature your favorite food trucks, a chips and salsa buffet, and plenty of beer and ice cold beverages to keep you cool. Come for the margaritas and stay for the fun! Live music will be provided by Cristina Amaro, “A Tribute to the Queen of Tejano”, and don’t miss the chance to have your photo taken with Texas Party Animals’ alpacas!

Written by Taylor Commiato Cap the night off with some late night shopping The Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau and with our downtown merchants! Downtown Lufkin are excited to announce a fun, new Saturday, June 6th event called FIESTA Lufkin on June 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. 7-10pm, Downtown Lufkin FIESTA Lufkin will feature your favorite taco trucks, a $20 per person, reserved tables of 8: $200 complimentary chips and salsa and plenty of beer Age 21 & overbuffet, only and margaritas! The “Cristina Tribute Show - To the Queen of Tejano” will be joining us on stage for live entertainment all night long as we transform the streets of Downtown Lufkin into a festive, colorful fiesta! FIESTA Lufkin will kick-off at 7 p.m. with ticketed guests entering the Downtown area. Guests will be able to purchase dinner from any of the taco trucks that will be serving, and drinks will be available at the bars. The chips and salsa station will be included in your ticket price. Enjoy margaritas and munchies, dance the night away, and cap the night off with some late-night shopping with our downtown merchants. We are so excited to bring FIESTA Lufkin to the streets of Downtown. Tickets are $20/person or $200 for a reserved table of eight. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau at 936-633-0349. There are only a limited number of tickets available and you must be 21 or older to attend. FIESTA Lufkin is also partnering with the annual Neches River Rendezvous, so make plans to paddle the Neches in an exhilarating 10-mile canoe trip the morning of June 6, and then join us for the FIESTA in Downtown Lufkin! Also, if you have out of town guests attending FIESTA, they can receive half price tickets with their hotel confirmation number. For more information about Neches River Rendezvous or FIESTA Lufkin, visit visitlufkin.com and “like” us on Facebook. Tickets available at the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau 601 N. Second Street • 936.633.0349 visitlufkin.com Limited number of tickets available Email: tcommiato@cityoflufkin.com

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Superior Cleaning Welcome to the Chamber, Superior Cleaning! Dozens gathered late February to celebrate Michael Williams’ new business and to watch him cut the ribbon. Superior is a full-service cleaning company. They offer cleaning services for your commercial and residential needs. Some of their services include carpet cleaning/deodorizing, tile and grout cleaning, and air duct cleaning. For more info on Superior Cleaning, visit superiorcleaningetx.com.

Shafer Funeral Home A groundbreaking ceremony was held in February to celebrate the expansion at Shafer Funeral Home. Four years since they opened their doors, Shafer Funeral Home will soon have the largest funeral chapel between Houston and Dallas. Their current chapel sits 150 people, but they will extend that room by 30 feet which will allow over 320 people to be seated. The renovations also include extending their parking lot to allow double the size of parking, getting lights in their parking lot, and so much more. For more info on Shafer Funeral Home, visit shaferfh.com or call 936-634-7788.

A-1 Party Rentals Congratulation to the new owners of A-1 Party Rentals, Tracy & Maury Littleton! A Ribbon Cutting Celebration was held at the end of February to celebrate new owners while enjoying crawfish from Crawfish Landing and networking with fellow East Texans. A-1 Party Rentals has everything you need to celebrate a birthday or plan the perfect wedding or event. If you need linens, tables, chairs, tents, stages, bouncers and games, centerpieces, arches and much more, take a journey to downtown Lufkin to check out their store at 414 South First St. For more info on A-1 Party Rentals of Lufkin, visit partya1.com.

Chandler, Mathis & Zivley Attorneys at Law We salute you, Chandler, Mathis & Zivley Attorneys at Law! Dozens came out to tour the new law office of Chandler, Mathis & Zivley and to give them a Red Carpet Salute in early March. Their new law office is located at 211 East Shepherd Ave., Ste 109 in Lufkin. The East Texas law firm has over 40 years’ experience fighting for clients to level the playing field for victims. Attorneys from their firm have handled many high-stakes, complex personal injury and other litigation matters. Learn more about Chandler, Mathis & Zivley Attorneys at Law by visiting cmzlaw.net or calling 800-657-2230! Audiological Services We celebrated Audiological Services new owner and audiologist, Dr. Leah Guempel and her staff with a ribbon cutting in late February! Audiological Services provides a comprehensive array of services related to prevention, evaluation and rehabilitation of the hearing-impaired. Services include otoscopy, cerumen management, comprehensive and specialized diagnostic hearing evaluations, counseling, repair and maintenance of hearing devices, assistive listening devices and other products for the hearing-impaired. For more information on Audiological Services, visit www.audiologicalservices.net.


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