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Highlands Chamber installs new directors

HIGHLANDS– The Greater Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce held an installation luncheon last Thursday, to a packed house. On hand were all the board members, and friends and members of various organizations in the community. Featured speaker was Janette Walker, president of the Highlands Pilot Club, who told the audience about the upcoming Community Fair, to be held on Saturday, Feb. 23rd at the Highlands Elementary School. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The dining room at the Highlands Community Center was festively decorated for Valentine’s Day, thanks to Betty Michalsky, Staci Neathery, and Kristi Stallings.
Chamber president Jessica Woods kept the event on a lively note, and after the presentation by the Pilot Club, she asked others in the audience to talk about their upcoming events, too.
Jim Strouhal was complimented for playing “Zero” in a skit at the elementary school. Rodney Walker of ZXP Technologies reminded everyone that Jim will retire from the company this month, and invited everyong to a reception for him at the St. Jude’s Social Hall on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Diane Trautman congratulated the Chamber on it’s robust attendance and programs. Trautman is running for the office of Harris county Tax Assessor-Collector this year.

Annette Forbes of East Houston Regional Medical Center reminded everyone that February is American Heart Month. In recognition of this, the hospital is holding heart health screenings and heart seminars by their cardiologists, at the Crosby clinic location and at the main hospital on I-10 in North Shore. More details are available on this page of the Star-Courier.
Bob Ward announced that Crosby will host another 4th of July event, with a parade, food, and related events at the fairgrounds. He asked for volunteers to help with the organization of the event.
Dale Nevil had a threesome to announce: The Red Stocking Revue in Baytown, Ken Jone’s benefit Golf Tournament March 3rd at River Terrace Golf Club on Wallisville, and the fund drive currently underway for the YMCA in Channelview.
Weston Cotten expressed the appreciation of the Rotary for the support of the Chili Feast, and “oh, by the way, I’m running for re-election to the Goose Creek school board in May.”
Chris Berry of the Baytown United Way campaign announced that this year’s goal had been exceeded, with $2,380,000 pledged. She noted that not many Highlands companies had participated, and said that benefits are distributed in our community, too.
Deputy Dan McCool of the Sheriff’s department mentioned the new Citizens Police Academy starting on Feb. 21, and reminded citizens that they are welcome to join these classes.
Judge Mike Parrott thanked his supporters, and noted that he was running for re-election as Justice of the Peace on the March 3rd ballot. He also reminded everyone that absentee balloting was starting on Feb. 19, through Feb. 29th and this was a good way to avoid lines.