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Debra Duncan entertains members at Chamber Gala

DEBORAH DUNCAN, well known TV personality on KHOU-TV Channel 11, was the featured speaker at the 37th Annual Chamber Gala.

DEBORAH DUNCAN, well known TV personality on KHOU-TV Channel 11, was the featured speaker at the 37th Annual Chamber Gala.

Life’s Lessons in a humorous manner

HOUSTON – It was certainly a Gala Evening, as several hundred Chamber members, guests and friends gathered last Jan. 25th at the Houston Hobby Airport Marriott hotel, for the 37th Annual Gala event. An exquisite meal, served with candlelight and wine, set the tone for the evening.

The featured speaker was Deborah Duncan, emmy award winning TV host of the program Great Day Houston. Prior to Houston, she was a radio and TV personality in Austin, Dallas and New York.

After telling a bit about her life, including amusing tales of her “evil sister” that she had to compete with, and her military family’s travels through Taiwan, Japan, Texas and elsewhere, she turned to stories of her community service, and the “Life’s Lessons” that she gleaned from that.

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EPA Meeting reveals the dangers of toxins in the San Jacinto River near Channelview

Fred Lewis, president of TexansTogether, confronts EPA Project Man- ager Gary Miller with a series of questions regarding the lack of envi- ronmental health studies by the state and federal agencies, and the standards being used by EPA to make judgments on the Waste Pits.

Fred Lewis, president of TexansTogether, confronts EPA Project Manager Gary Miller with a series of questions regarding the lack of environmental health studies by the state and federal agencies, and the standards being used by EPA to make judgments on the Waste Pits.

HIGHLANDS – At a public meeting here to review progress in removing toxic waste in the San Jacinto river, Channelview residents learned of the status of the deposits near their community. EPA’s Gary Miller revealed a new bit of information of grave importance: the South Impoundment, which until now has not been part of this study, is larger and contains more toxins than the North pits, and will become the next step in the Superfund study. This area therefore threatens homes in the Channelview and west bank areas.

Over one hundred local residents packed the San Jacinto Community Center last Thursday night, Jan. 30, for a public meeting to hear the federal EPA, or Environmental Protection Agency, report on the status of work to solve the toxins in the waste pits in the San Jacinto River. They presented six options ranging from cover in place, to full removal of the contaminated sediment.

After listening to a long presentation and slide show from the EPA staff, which seemed similar to the presentation exactly one year ago, but in slightly more detail, the audience focused on the sixth and final scheme, which promised complete removal of the toxic material. EPA project manager Gary Miller explained that this option had pros and cons.

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NC Chamber installs new board, Buentello as new President

NEW CHAMBER PRESIDENT MARGIE BUENTELLO poses with outgoing board chair Wilfred Broussard, Jr. and new chair Greg Ollis.

NEW CHAMBER PRESIDENT MARGIE BUENTELLO poses with outgoing board chair Wilfred Broussard, Jr. and new chair Greg Ollis.

NORTH CHANNEL – The Chamber Gala was the setting for the announcement, from new board chairman Greg Ollis, that Margie Buentello had been selected as the permanent President and CEO of the North Channel Chamber.

When Margie was named as interim President/CEO in September, upon the retirement of Dr. Charles Grant, then chair Wilfred Broussard, Jr. commented, “Her enthusiasm, dedication and knowledge of the Chamber’s day to day operations will serve her well in this new position.”

Margie has been working for the Chamber for 17 years, most recently as the Membership Assistant. In this role, she has provided assistance and guidance to chamber members and activities. In this role, she has had the opportunity to know each of the Chamber’s members first hand.

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