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MARCH 22, 2012 The community briefs is a free service for fund raisers and notfor-profit events. Contact The Hometown Press at (409) 2969988 or fax your announcement to (409) 296-9987. You may also email us at: htpress99@windstream.net

Friday, March 23 n The Wellness Center at Bayside will not show a movie tonight because of techinical difficulties. A movie will be shown on Friday, March 30. Saturday, March 24 n The Oak Island-Double Bayou Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual turkey shoot funraiser from noon to 4 p.m. at the Double Bayou Community Building, located at 2200 Eagle Ferry Road. The VFD will provide ammo for all .12-gauge, .16-gauge, .20-gauge and .410gauge shotguns. Bring the entire family and your favorite shotgun and have some fun while supporting the volunteer fire department. Extra guns will be available. n The Oak Island-Double Bayou Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual funraiser dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Double Bayou Community Building, located at 2200 Eagle Ferry Road. Catfish dinner plates are $10. The VFD will hold a drawing for “great prizes” at 4 p.m. Friday, March 30 n The 20th annual Dayton Ole Tyme Days Festival will be held March 30, 31 and April 1, at the Dayton Community Center located at 801 S. Cleveland Street in Dayton, Texas. Arts and crafts booths will now be indoors and outdoors. Festival events include: barbecue cook-off, juniorchili cook-off, carnival, arts and crafts, bake-off, car show, antique tractor show, Lil’ Mr. and Ms. Dayton Ole Tyme Days Pageant, and plenty of live music and great food! Saturday, March 31 n Chambers Health will sponsor its annual community-wide Easter Egg Hunt, starting at 10:30 a.m. in front of Bayside Community Hospital. As in

COMMUNITY   years past, free hotdogs and drinks will be offered afterwards. Don’t forget to bring Easter baskets and cameras to get pics of the kids with the Easter bunny. Saturday, April 28 n Winnie-Stowell ChapterDucks Unlimited will hold its 31st Annual Dinner and Auction at the Winnie-Stowell Community Building. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and catered dinner is served at 7:30 p.m. The event also includes a live auction, silent auction, raffles and door prizes. Tickets are $40 per person or $60 per couple. Admission for 17 and under, (includes meal) is $15. For tickets, call at (409) 267-7116. Ongoing n The Chambers County Youth Project Show “100 Club” Committee invites everyone to participate in the 2012 “100 Club.” This is a wonderful opportunity to help Youth Project Show contestants. Get a custom-made “100 Club” gift with a $100 do-

nation and one entry in the drawing for animals purchased. Get the gift and an additional entry in the drawing for a steer with a $400 donation. Proceeds will go towards the purchase of Youth Project Show livestock and projects, particularly for those livestock projects not chosen for sale in the auction and also to boost minimum sales prices in the auction. Send check or money order to: Chambers County Youth Project Show 100 Club, P.O. Box 177, Anahuac, Texas 77514. n Do you want your child to learn about sewing, cooking, photography and animal science? Join the 4-H! Meetings are held every second Tuesday at East Chambers Elementary School in Winnie at 6:30 p.m. Call Ms. Amanda at 658-8795 for more information. n The Chambers County Historical Museum is now open on Saturdays to better accommodate public visitations.

Child Abuse Prevention Month is fast approaching  Contributed information Texas All too often, residents of Liberty and Chambers counties prefer to believe that child abuse is something that happens in other places and to other children. Tragically, this is simply not the case and pretending otherwise is a disservice to every child in our area. April is National Child Abuse Prevention month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and create strong communities to support children and families. Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 22-28, 2012 and this year's theme is “Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim,” which captures the spirit and resolve needed to realize our common goal of reaching each victim in need of hope and help, one victim at a time. Throughout the month of April, efforts will be made to increase awareness of this problem that plagues all communities. Last year alone, 241 new child

abuse cases were reported to Bridgehaven Children’s Advocacy Center. The serious nature of this problem is of major concern, because children in our community are being victimized and robbed of their childhood. In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Bridgehaven will conduct the following activities to intensify public awareness of this growing concern. All through the month of 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.

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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 Bridgehaven at 936-258-0400.

The Hometown Press The Hometown Press , ID #006414 is published weekly on Thursday, except for the Thursday immediately following Christmas, by Hometown Press, Inc., 336 Broadway or P.O. Box 801, Winnie, TX 77665. Annual in-state subscription rate is $20.00, and out-of-state is $22.00. Second class postage is paid at Winnie, TX Postmaster. Change of address may be sent to Hometown Press, P.O. Box 801, Winnie, TX. 77665. Phone: 409-296-9988, Fax: 409296- 9987, E-mail: htpress99@windstream.net Periodical Class Permit #006414 Winnie, TX 77665 STAFF BOX Publisher/editor: Scott  Reese Willey Editorial Assisant: Tricia Medders Classifieds: Crystal Estes Advertising Deadline is noon Tuesday for Thursday paper.

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