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April 2011


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Vidor Living

April 2011

In this issue...

History of the Vidor Library. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 April Events Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 30th Annual Texas Bar-B-Q Festival. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Bethani Duncan: 4-Time State Champion. . . . . . . . 12 Bar-B-Q Festival Pageant Royalty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Comments, suggestions for articles, feedback? Send email to or call 422-9818. Published monthly by Vidor Living. Copyright 2011. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited. Vidor Living does not knowingly accept false or misleading advertising or editorial, nor do the publishers assume responsibility should such appear.

History of the Vidor Public Library The origins of the Vidor Public Library date back to 1973 when a book drive by students and parents accumulated 10,000 volumes. The city leased a former gift shop at 190 N. Main (pictured below) for the library. Students painted the interior and volunteers staffed the library two or three days a week. The building lacked cooling and heat. Betty Parrish was hired as the first librarian in 1975. In 1976 the library moved to a 600 square-foot building at 365 Claiborne St. in the Gould Park Complex. The library’s book collection continued to be upgraded as the library became a member of the Houston Area Library System which helped in collection and additional funding of equipment. In 1983 Theo Houston, former school librarian at Junior High, became the librarian. Working with the Temple Foundation, the library received a $10,000 grant to help renovate the old youth center building at 440 E. Bolivar. City maintenance crews renovated the 2,400 sq. ft. building and the library moved to its third home. In 1987 another grant from Temple helped add 6,800 additional square feet , making way for a children’s room, reference room, and storage areas. In 1998 Diana Hutchinson took over as librarian when Mrs. Houston retired. Following Mrs. Hutchinson’s tenure, Colette Turner took over as head

librarian in 2008. She is currently assisted by Lynn Heartfield and Megan Mack. The library recently received The H.H. and Edna Houseman Trust Grant in 2010. These funds helped construct an 800 sq. foot community room at the back of the library. Donations are currently being sought by the library to help provide the finishing touches to the room’s interior. The room was named the “Mellie Naigi Community Room” in honor of the former president of Friends of the Library. The Friends of the Library is a community organization which has helped promote the expansion and quality of the library over the years. Theo Houston currently serves as President and Betty Parrish, the first librarian, remains an active member to this day. The Friends invite those who share an interest in the community library to join their monthly meetings, held the second Tuesday of every month at 2pm in the library.

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Vidor Public Library “Creating Lifelong Readers” Monday thru Friday, 8am to 5pm

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April Events 5 VHS Athletic Booster Club Officer Elections

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5:30 pm in the main concession stand at Ivan Croak Field.

6 Azalea Garden Club Spring Plant Sale

8am - 12 pm in the back parking lot of the Vidor Public Library. Friends of the Library will also be holding their garage sale fundraiser at this time.

9 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

8am-1pm in the VHS student parking lot. Accepting paints, cleaners, antifreeze, car batteries, used oil, insecticides, swimming pool chemicals, tires and other hazardous materials.

11 VHS Class of 1961 50-Year Reun. Planning Mtg.

6pm at The Cinnamon Patch, 590 Wilson St. For additional info, contact 786-2620, 769-9320, or 790-0901.

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15 Scholarship Breakfast at Casa OlĂŠ

7-9am. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Vidor Vidorian or from any Rotary Club member. Proceeds will provide need-based scholarships to VHS students. Breakfast includes eggs, bacon, and much more!

16 VHS Class of 1957 Luncheon

Gould Park Community Center, Vidor. VHS Class of ‘57 will have a fish fry luncheon. RSVP James Chesser 769-7252 or Barbara Turner 769-3959.

16 Movie Night at Junior High Football Field

6:30pm-10pm. Enjoy a free, large-screen movie provided by the Lions Club. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

26 Rotary Essay Dinner at The White House

6pm @ The White House restaurant, 320 W. Bolivar St. VHS and AIM Center students will be recognized for outstanding essays focusing on the Rotary Club 4-Way Test. Winners receive prize money and free dinner. All are invited to attend and hear the winning essays.

29, 30, 30th Annual Texas Bar-B-Q Festival & May 1

See next page of this magazine for more details.

30, VHS Project Graduation Mud Run Event

& May 1

Come support Project Graduation by participating in or volunteering for the Orange County Mud Run event. For details contact Project Graduation officers listed on the high school website.

30 Years of Texas Bar-B-Q

For over 30 years now the Texas BarB-Q Festival has been serving up great food, entertainment, games, crafts, and more. Recently the Texas State Senate passed Resolution 382 declaring the Texas Bar-B-Q Festival as an official Texas State Barbecue Championship

competition. Senator Williams announced from the floor: “It is my pleasure to recognize the Texas Bar-B-Q Festival Cook-Off of Vidor. The Texas Bar-B-Q cook-off has attracted thousands to Vidor and Orange County every year for more than two decades. Texans are noted for their love of barbecue, and over the years, cooks at the Festival have provided superior cuisine, satisfying the most discriminating of palates. I encourage everyone to visit beautiful Vidor, Texas on April 29 through May 1, 2011 for some delicious barbecue and good company.” The festival will feature performances by Clint Black, Andy Griggs, B.B. & Co., Jerry Nichols & The Texas Thunder, Section 8, and Old Trick. The Cook-off competitions will include brisket, pork spare ribs, chicken, beans, dessert, and a “mystery dish”. This year there will also be a cooking event for children called “Kids Q”. The Festival will also include plenty of games, such as horse shoes and washer board competitions. Attractions will also be available for children. Vendors will be on hand

with a wide variety of delicious food and snacks, arts and crafts, gift giveaways, and much more. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students with ID, and free for senior citizens and children under six. Tickets for evening concert events are sold separately and can be purchased at any Bronze Body location in the Golden Triangle, at the Vidor Chamber of Commerce, or from Below is the planned schedule for the events (cook-off events in red, performances in blue).

Friday Festival

5pm - Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting at Main Gate. 5:30pm - Chief Cook Meeting at the judging pavilion. 7pm - Section 8 featuring Lexi Minton performs. 8:30pm - Cook-off Teams turn in “Mystery Cooking Contest” entry. 9pm - Clint Black performs (Tickets $12.50 in advance, $25 at

Kaitlyn Petrie, 2011 Texas Bar-B-Q Festival Queen. Courtesy Anderson Studio.

the gate). 12 Midnight - Gates close.

Saturday Festival

8am - Horse Shoe Registration at Pavilion 4. 8am - Cooks will receive containers for judging. 9am - Horse Shoe Meeting and Games Begin 9:30am - Washer Board Registration. 10am - Gates Open for Festival. Washer Board Games Begin. 10am - Cook-off Teams turn in Beans. 11am - Cook-off Teams turn in Chicken 1pm - Cook-off Teams turn in Pork Spare Ribs.

3pm - Cook-off Teams turn in Brisket. 3pm - Old Trick performs. 3pm-5pm - “People’s Choice” 4:30pm - Jerry Nichols & The Texas Thunder performs 6pm - Concert area secured.

7pm - B.B. & Co. featuring Britt Godwin & Bubba Moore performs. 9pm - Andy Griggs performs (Tickets $12.50 in advance, $25 at the gate). 12 Midnight - Gates close.

Sunday Festival

10am - Gates open for Festival. 10am - Turn in “Kids Q”. 11am - Cook-off Teams turn in Dessert. 12:45pm - 2011 Pageant Royalty

introduced. 1pm - Cook-off Awards Presentation. Andy Griggs performs Saturday night.

3pm - Gospel performer. 5pm - Gates close on the Festival.

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ethani Duncan’s career in powerlifting began in eighth grade when Coach Burks saw her lifting and recognized her potential. Since then she’s been accumulating accolades from powerlifting competitions of all levels in impressive fashion. Among her collection of medals you’ll find awards from regional, state, national, and even world, competitions. Recently, Bethani brought home the State Championship title in her weight class for the fourth year in a row—a feat that puts her on a very, very short list of people ever to do so. As a team, the Lady Pirate Powerlifters finished third out of 41 schools and did it with only three

team members. Tobie Dorn and Katrina Argo came through with impressive performances to push the team into the third position. The powerlifting meets consist of three events: squat, bench press, and deadlift. Bethani’s favorite event has always been the bench press. However, an ailing elbow has limited her performance. Yet despite performing well beneath her combined personal best of 975 at the state competition, she was still able to secure first place by an impressive margin. When talking to Bethani about her success, she’ll quickly point you to the people that helped her get there. Coach Burks, Mr. Mike

(personal trainer), teammates, friends, and family are a few of the people she credits for making her into a four-time state champion. Bethani’s powerlifting career has been so incredible that it’s easy to focus on her success there. However, Bethani’s life is filled with many other events, requiring her to put on a number of different uniforms. As a senior this year, she has maintained a 4.0 GPA and will graduate with honors at ninth in her class. She is a member of the National Honors Society and the captain of the Varsity cheerleading squad. Bethani also participates in the ACE Afterschool Loving Hands program, has served in student council, and, after classes, coaches tumbling at H&H Gymnastics & Fitness. Indeed, Bethani’s list of activities, responsibilities, and accomplishments is so extensive that you wonder how anybody gets this much done. The answer is likely found in the mentality she applies to power-

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lifting. “Powerlifting has taught me that if you set your mind to something, anything is possible. Powerlifting has also taught me to always set high goals and standards for myself, whether it be in sports, academics, or any other activity.” Upon graduating, Bethani plans to pursue a degree in Biology from Lamar University and then go on to physical therapy school. Powerlifting has been such a huge part of Bethani’s life and helped to mold her character in many ways. She acknowledges that moving on will be difficult after the experiences she’s had and people she’s met. However, she’ll be taking the lessons she’s learned from powerlifting with her when she goes. There is little doubt that Bethani Duncan will apply those lessons to a new set of challenges and circumstances that come with the transition into a new stage of her life after high school. And, as she’s so used to doing, Bethani will likely continue to come out on top.

Bar-B-Q Festival Pageant Royalty

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Queens’ Pageant Winners (next page)

Jade Moreau (Junior Princess) Karen Hudson (Miss Princess, 6th Grade) Brooklynn Gau (Princess) Kylee Stutz (Little Miss Princess) MacKenzie Smith (Miss Princess, 5th Grade) Kaitlyn Petrie (Queen)

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