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Posts published in “Day: October 2, 2008

Miss Highlands Pageant and Junior Miss Highlands

HIGHLANDS — Due to the disruption caused by Hurricane Ike, the Highlands Lynchburg Area Chamber of Commerce has postponed their annual Highlands Jamboree until Oct. 25.

Event organizer Kristy Stallings said that they would have all the same activities as before with one new addition. Throughout the day secret judges will be on site judging Halloween costumes. The best costumes will re recognized at the awards ceremony set for 3 p.m.

Among this years activities are a 5K and 1K Fun Run/ Walk and Bike Ride, Children’s pageant, Carnival and Arts and Craft Booths at Highlands Elementary, Live Entertainment, Silent Auction and Raffle. The parade will also held on Main Street at 10 a.m. that same day.

The Highlands Horizons will hold their annual Miss Highlands and Junior Miss Highlands Pageants the same day. The pageants will be held at the new Highlands Junior School auditorium.

Since Oct. 25 is also the date of the first Goose Creek Memorial High Homecoming Dance, the Miss Highlands Pageant will be held at 3 p.m. followed by the Junior Miss Pageant at 7 p.m.

Thank You (Susanne Aline Chancey)

The BORNY, CHANCEY, ROSATI and DUNHAM families would like to express their gratitude to all the friends who attended the funeral and the individuals who sent flowers and condolences.

The families appreciate more than words can truly express the love and appreciation for Susanne Aline CHANCEY who passed away at 52, after a long battle with cancer, on August 23, 2008.

The prayers and thoughts of all have helped and given the strength and comfort for the families at this time of sorrow and remembrance.

Susanne is survived by her husband Larry Chancey, children Stephanie Dunham and Cody Niemeyer, brother Jean-Francois Borny and mother Aline Borny.

EPA to investigate San Jac River pollution

Congressman questions Ike’s effect on toxic waste pits

HIGHLANDS — U.S. Rep. Gene Green (D-Houston) is concerned that poisonous dioxins from the Channel’s San Jacinto Waste Pits may have spread to adjacent areas in the wake of Hurricane Ike’s storm surge that swept up the San Jacinto River beginning Sept. 13.

After discussing the situation at a hearing today with the EPA’s top Superfund official, Green said the EPA would investigate all 29 Superfund sites potentially affected by the category two hurricane starting this week. Seventeen sites in Louisiana and seven in Texas have been preliminarily inspected so far, and the EPA set a goal of completing their evaluation of the hurricane’s impact on Superfund sites by Oct. 8. The San Jacinto Waste Pits site is not among those inspected so far.

At the hearing, which Green conducted as chairman of the Environment and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee, he emphasized the gravity of the situation to EPA Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response Susan Bodine.

“I am deeply concerned that these dioxins could have been spread to an even wider area. The [San Jacinto] River drains into Galveston Bay which produces more seafood than any other estuary except the Chesapeake,” Green said.

Green added that “uncontrolled human exposure” was his primary concern because he had seen his constituents catching fish and crabs in the dioxin-contaminated San Jacinto River despite posted warnings, and the hurricane could have pushed contaminated material downstream and into neighborhoods along the San Jacinto River.

The situation at the San Jacinto Waste Pits has not been officially classified as “uncontrolled human exposure” yet. However, in response to a question from Green, Bodine said EPA’s guidelines would classify a site as “uncontrolled human exposure” when people are consuming food caught in the area despite official warnings.

Green recounted what he had seen on a Sept. 22 tour of Baytown, a low-lying city in his district hit hard by the storm surge. Property had been damaged by contaminated flood water, he said, and a constituent found a barrel containing an unknown substance that had washed up with the surge, which prompted a call to the local hazardous materials crew for removal.

Green also said he would consider supporting reinstatement of a Superfund fee if the Environment and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee finds that a lack of financial resources is hindering clean-up of contaminated sites or contributing to uncontrolled human exposure to toxins.

“I’m going to stay on top of this issue until I’m satisfied that no one is at risk from toxic contamination in our area or at any Superfund site around the country,” Green said after the hearing.

Lynchburg Ferries closed several weeks for repairs

LYNCHBURG – Hurricane Ike’s center came up the Galveston Bay, directly at Baytown and Lynchburg. It tossed around many boats, throwing them on land and on top of each other, and tearing up dock structures.

The two county Ferries at Lynchburg were picked up and thrown against their pilings, coming to rest partially in the air. For this reason, they have been out of service for over three weeks, and it looks like another two to three weeks before they can be put back in to service, according to Ferry Superintendent David Starett.

“It will be necessary to put the boats into drydock, and check their hulls for damage,” he said. Also damaged in the storm was the main office building at the Ferry, and the north landing.

Starett also said that the dock has no power at this time, so they cannot test the equipment.

Poe says NO to bailout bill

Dear Friends,

Today, I stood victorious with the American people and voted *NO* to defeat the Wall Street “Fat Cat” bail-out, 228-205. The government has no authority to force American taxpayers to ante up a $700 billion ransom to save the hides of the rich robber barons on Wall Street.

I believe in a free-market, capitalistic economy. With this freedom comes the opportunity to succeed, but also to fail. The elites in the financial industry don’t understand that with their vast success also comes the potential for failure. The American people have spoken and their voices were heard.

There were no public congressional hearings, no opportunity to question witnesses, nor any opportunities to debate legitimate alternatives. We spent, or wasted, more time and money investigating steroids in baseball. This plan for financial salvation to save us all wasdiscussed by only a few in the shadows of the halls of Congress. I didn’t come to Washington to make backroom deals and I am not going to start now.

The irresponsible elites in New York City who caused this financial mess should bear the blame and the cost – not the American taxpayer. The New York City Fat Cats expect Joe Six Pack to buck it up and pay for all this nonsense, but the American taxpayer fought back and won.

God and Texas,
Ted Poe (R-2)

Our neighbors are in need

Hello All!

I would like to take just a moment on your time. We will be giving thanks on Thursday for all the things we do have, for the strength and endurance to make it through these trying times.

On that note, I am a resident of Chambers Co. which as most of you was totally devastated by Ike. Perhaps because of the rural proximity they are not getting the media regarding donations, needs, etc.

There are currently over 3,000 families displaced by the storm – homes condemned or completely wiped out. Oak Island, Smith Point, Double Bayou – towns completely wiped off the map, just like some on Galveston Island.

The difference is many of the residents were already living hand to mouth and don’t have the luxury of just staying elsewhere. I may have had a tree in my house, lost my fence, and all my trees and went 16 days without electricity but that is nothing compared to these folks.

Because I am so vested in the county and feel so blessed for my fortune, I now need to help others. I am not asking you to go buy new items, but if you have extra clothing you no longer wear, or household items that no longer fit your decor, please consider donating them. There are ALOT of people that would be very happy with whatever you have. Currently, the greatest needs are in clothing (adult, child and baby), household items, linens, hygiene / health products and non-perishable food items. If you have any questions you can call me or just ask me on Thursday! I will be collecting items at the Crosby Huffman Chamber of Commerce Community Picnic.

Thanks again
Tracy Dillard

Czech Fest quilters take hands-on approach to auction

CROSBY — The Sacred Heart Altar Society’s quilters have been stitching handiwork for the Czech Festival for longer than most can remember.

Member Pearlie Martin has been involved in the quilt auction effort for at least 40 years. Martin’s records show the group’s quilts have earned in the neighborhood of $200,000 just since the early 1990s.

The public is invited to “Czech” out the quilts and many other items at a giant auction, which begins at 1 p.m.

Barbecue and sausage dinners will be served beginning at 11 a.m., and kolaches and other homemade pastries will be available.

Entertainment includes Czech music and dancers and performances by local talent. There is also bingo, booths, and games for all ages throughout the day. There is no admission fee, and parking is free at the fairgrounds parking lot on Church Street. Handicap parking is available.

For more information, please call 281-328-4871 (Ext. 10) or visit