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Legends of San Jacinto Baseball returned for special weekend event

LEGENDS GROUP photo cutline: A highlight from this past weekend’s Tournament of Champions at San Jacinto College was the Legends Ceremony, during which former San Jacinto College players who went on to play professionally, as well as those who excelled as college players, were honored for their contributions to the San Jac baseball program. Shown at the ceremony, from left (front row): Ruth Keenan, San Jacinto College Foundation executive director; Head Baseball Coach Tom Arrington; Dan Mims, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees chairman; and San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer; (second row): Carey Nelson; Ali Gator (team mascot); Rocky Luetge (representing his son Lucas Luetge); David Rollins; Jesse Crain; Russell Revere; Ryan Jorgensen); Tommy Collier; Brandon Hicks; Andy Pettitte; Tanner Hines; Collin Lippert; Brandon Belt; Justin O’Bannon; Matt Albers; Daniel Stumpf; Robert Manuel; Matt Headly; Jarred Wells; Chris Kelley; assistant coaches Kory Koehler, DJ Wilson, and Jimmy Durham. The San Jacinto College 2014 baseball team is shown on the field behind the group. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

LEGENDS GROUP photo cutline: A highlight from this past weekend’s Tournament of Champions at San Jacinto College was the Legends Ceremony, during which former San Jacinto College players who went on to play professionally, as well as those who excelled as college players, were honored for their contributions to the San Jac baseball program. Shown at the ceremony, from left (front row): Ruth Keenan, San Jacinto College Foundation executive director; Head Baseball Coach Tom Arrington; Dan Mims, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees chairman; and San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer; (second row): Carey Nelson; Ali Gator (team mascot); Rocky Luetge (representing his son Lucas Luetge); David Rollins; Jesse Crain; Russell Revere; Ryan Jorgensen); Tommy Collier; Brandon Hicks; Andy Pettitte; Tanner Hines; Collin Lippert; Brandon Belt; Justin O’Bannon; Matt Albers; Daniel Stumpf; Robert Manuel; Matt Headly; Jarred Wells; Chris Kelley; assistant coaches Kory Koehler, DJ Wilson, and Jimmy Durham. The San Jacinto College 2014 baseball team is shown on the field behind the group. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

MLB stars, former players honored by San Jacinto College

HOUSTON – San Jacinto College’s season record stands at 5-3 after going 22 in the Tournament of Champions Feb. 7 through Feb. 9, played at John Ray Harrison Field on the North Campus. In the tournament, San Jacinto College played non-conference games against Eastern Oklahoma State College, Grayson College, and Howard College.

A highlight of the tournament was the Legends Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 7, during which former San Jacinto College baseball players were recognized for their contributions. Professionals and former professional players who attended included Andy Pettitte (New York Yankees-retired), Brandon Belt (San Francisco Giants), Matt Albers (Houston Astros), Jesse Crain (Houston Astros), Ryan Jorgensen (Florida Marlins-retired), Jared Wells (San Diego Padres), Robert Manuel (Cincinnati Reds-retired), Brandon Hicks (San Francisco Giants), and Lucas Luetge (Seattle Mariners, who was represented by his father Rocky Luetge).

Legends players that returned for the ceremonies included NY Yankees retired Pitcher Andy Pettitte.

Legends players that returned for the ceremonies included NY Yankees retired Pitcher Andy Pettitte.

Pettitte, who grew up in Deer Park and returned to live in Deer Park after retirement, was glad to revisit the College that proved to be the launch site for his remarkable career in Major League Baseball. “It’s good to see the guys that played here and it’s great to be out here and try to support the organization as much as I can,” commented Pettitte, whose 19 post-season wins is the most of any pitcher in MLB history.

San Jacinto College Head Baseball Coach Tom Arrington gave a warm welcome to the former student-athletes, who were presented gifts of appreciation from San Jacinto College. “The College’s baseball program has a lengthy tradition of excellence,” commented Arrington, who is now in his 13th season at the helm of the program. “We are proud of all the players that have contributed to the success of San Jacinto College baseball. The Legends ceremony was special in that it allowed many former players to get together and reminisce about the good times they shared at San Jac.”

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OBAMACARE: Sebelius in Houston to promote ACA sign-ups

GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES (left to right) Rep. Gene Green, Rep. Al Green, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.

GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES (left to right) Rep. Gene Green, Rep. Al Green, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.

(Houston, TX) — On Friday, December 20, 2013, Rep. Al Green (TX-09) joined Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Reps. Gene Green and Sheila Jackson Lee, as well as enrollees in the Health Insurance Marketplaces at the Magnolia Multi-Service Center for a discussion and press conference on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

“The Affordable Care Act is working. It’s working for senior citizens by closing the doughnut hole, which requires them to pay more for pharmaceuticals, it’s working for persons under 26 years of age by allowing them to stay on their parents’ insurance policies, and it’s working for young people with preexisting conditions by allowing them to get insurance coverage,” Congressman Al Green said. “Next year, it will work even better when persons young and old with preexisting conditions will have the opportunity to get insurance coverage and many persons will have their coverage subsidized to some extent. Better coverage at less cost for more Americans that’s what the Affordable Care Act is all about.”

COMMUNITY PROFILE: Silver Plating specialist at Pineforest Jewelry

JONI McMAHAN of Bron-Shoe Company (at right) and Jim Mills of Pineforest Jewelry help a customer order silver restoration on a beautiful set of silver urns, seen on the table.

JONI McMAHAN of Bron-Shoe Company (at right) and Jim Mills of Pineforest Jewelry help a customer order silver restoration on a beautiful set of silver urns, seen on the table.

Joni McMahan is spending the day last Tuesday at Pineforest Jewelry in North Shore, helping customers evaluate their silver settings and order repair and restoration work from her company. Joni works for Bron-Shoe, one of the few remaining silver repair businesses in the United States. They have a 40,000 sq. ft. plant in Columbus, Ohio and 30 employees busy with their special restoration skills.

Joni travels all over the country, year-round, meeting customers and explaining the special processes that BronShoe has used since their founding in 1934.

Before she entered the world of silver restoration, in her home town, she was a real estate sales manager, over 30 employees, in Sarasota, Florida. She won several awards for this work, and laughs at the fact that the last award she received was bestowed on her in Houston. She explains that her family was in Columbus, and eventually she returned there.

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