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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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Galena Park Rodeo Art Show sparkles

galena park rodeo art 01Hundreds view GP District Rodeo Art

Hundreds of students, parents, art lovers and art teachers turned out last Thursday, Jan. 16 at the North Shore High School, for a large display of award winning Rodeo and western art from all the grades in the district. The prize winners will be sent to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo art judging, for possible additional prizes and a chance to be auctioned for scholarship money.

Sam Harris, Director of GP Fine Arts programs, explained how teachers worked with the students over a period of time, sketching, giving them examples and photos to work from, and helping them with their techniques and mediums. the results could only be described as very high quality artworks.

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Congressman Green holds Town Hall meeting at North Channel Library

CONGRESSMAN GENE GREEN talks about Congressional bills that have recently been enacted, and legislation such as the Affordable Care Act, that affect local citizens. (NORTH CHANNEL STAR PHOTO/HOFFMAN)
CONGRESSMAN GENE GREEN talks about Congressional bills that have recently been enacted, and legislation such as the Affordable Care Act, that affect local citizens. (NORTH CHANNEL STAR PHOTO/HOFFMAN)

Congressman Gene Green met with his constituents in the North Shore area last Wednesday night, updated them on legislative action in Congress, and answered questions from the audience.

Green said that he meets with the public on the twice yearly Congressional breaks, in January and August, but is always available to take phone calls, or have his offices work on problems that a resident of his district might have.

This Town Hall meeting is only one of about five public events that Green has conducted in January. He also held a Senior Issues Forum Wednesday morning, at the Baldree Center on Corpus Christi in Channelview. At that Forum, representatives from federal and county agencies were on hand to answer questions from senior citizens, and help them with needed service. These included Social Security Administration, County Area on Aging, and the Better Business Bureau.

Green reminded the audience that on Monday, February 10th, he is sponsoring a workshop on “Paying for College” at Chavez High School, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Issues that Green spoke about at this Town Hall included the omnibus Budget Bill that was recently passed, federal debt reduction, healthcare benefits and limitations due to Texas not participating, a Job Fair that will be held soon, increased domestic energy production in the U.S., because of the hydraulic fracturing technique and horizontal drilling, and what it means to more jobs in the Houston area, and how it affects the local economy.

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Channelview Fire Department hosts first annual Toy Drive

Channelview Fire Department crew collecting toys.
Channelview Fire Department crew collecting toys.

Channelview Fire Department (CFD) held our first annual Toy Drive beginning the first week of December. CFD teamed up with ROC (Renewing Our Communities) which is a local organization that consists of local Churches in the North Channel Area.

There were drop spots set up at Kroger’s, CVS, Family Christian Academy and at both fire stations in Channelview.

Several local businesses collected toys at their facility and dropped them off at our station. (Lyondell Basell, Intra Services, Mustang Rental, CISD Bus Barn, CISD FFA.)

On December 14th, the fire department held an all day event @ Chick Fil A. ROC assisted with the collection of the toys, which totaled 1057 items. Chick Fil A issued a raffle ticket for every toy that was donated. After the event a raffle ticket was drawn and the lucky winner received free Chick Fil A for a year.

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Touch of Life: Cat-Dog relationship

don springer headshotBy Don Springer

Have you ever seen a dog kiss a cat? No? Neither have I. Why would I ask such a question?

I am currently reading columnist Charles Krauthammer’s new book “Things that Matter,” which I find most interesting. It is a compilation of his columns from the Washington Post, Time, etc. over the past three decades.

In the early part of his book, Krauthammer, talks of a dog that had been in the family for a few years and suddenly died. His pre-teen son had a friend that visited often and upon hearing of Chester’s death (the dog’s name) he said he was sorry Chester had died as he was the only dog he had ever seen kiss a cat. Krauthammer dropped that subject there and didn’t explain, if he knew, how that kissing scene came about. Most of his columns are far more serious and deal with national government, politics, and relationships that fit that ilk.

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If I were Editor, I would…

Add Birth Announcements and Obituaries.

Spotlight businesses, churches and social activities.

Tom Hughes
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I like everything; there is nothing I don’t like. This was my first issue (#3). Please distribute more on Channelview or just all the town around here. Please publish more on fishing, gardening. Wecolme to TEXAS! Add Police Beat. I did not know about the NCS (North Channel Star). I got mine at Food Fair-Sheldon Rd. First time! Thanks, Love it!

Velma I. Richey
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Just wanted you to know how much I enjoy the “North Channel Star”. I’ve read all three issues and eagerly look forward for all future issues.

I’ve really felt “out of the loop” so to speak on issues and news pertaining to the North Channel area. For years my husband and I were faithful readers of what was called “The Sentinel” newspaper and really grieved its loss.

Again, thanks so much for your new enterprise and I greatly hope and pray for its success.

Sincerely,
T.L. Dailey
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Area needs cleaned up… and more

How can we get the city & county, in cleaning up the Wallisville road area, especially all the way from the area starting at Christian Tabernacle Church all the way to Maxey Road. Some is handled by Commissioner Jack Morman’s office as far as the bridge, but the rest of the way is the city. I called 311 over a year ago & asked them to pick up the trash and to clean up the area just before Uvalde Ranch apts., and here it is a whole year later, and still all the trash is there, & now 2 trees are dead & about to fall on Wallisville road. I have contacted Audra with Morman’s office about restripeing the road as well, and that was 3 months ago, & still I am almost side swiped everyday due to people not knowing where the lane is because the stripes are gone.

Also the nursing home Legend Oaks on the other end of Wallisville, needs its own turn lane in & out of their location, it is Extremly dangerous getting in & out of that location. I have contacted Congressman Gene Green’s office, and they said all of this is out of his jurisdiction. We really need to make this area alot cleaner. If someone would just provide a dumpster, I will clean it all up myself. I am not afraid of work at all, how about get the football teams of Galena Park School District involved with a community clean up??? thank you and I am so glad we have a local paper on this side of town again…..

Mary Cullum
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Galena Park FFA students hold successful livestock sale

livestockBuilding Character Through FFA

JACINTO CITY – The Galena Park ISD FFA – The National Future Farmers of America Organization – held its annual livestock show and auction at the District Ag Facility in Jacinto City on November 21st.

The proceeds from the event this school year raised an astonishing, record-setting $89,827, up more than 10% from the previous highest year! This was directly attributable to the tremendous community and District support and generosity.

During the year, the participating students spend their own money purchasing the project animal and feeding and cleaning twice a day, often starting at 5 a.m. every morning of the week.

The annual auction raises money for students’ future college expenses or next year’s project. Vicki Johnson, Director of Career and Technology, stated, “These young men and women participate in an organization that has a very strong opportunity to learn leader- ship, teamwork, and responsibility. I truly admire the students for their hard work & dedication.”

North Shore Rotary presents $40,000 to county for bridge in park

Harris County Pct. 2 parks department plans to build a walking bridge between North Shore Rotary Park on Wallisville, and the Fonteno Park to the west. The cost of the project will be about $300,000, and the North Shore Rotary Club donated $40,000 to this project. Accepting the check in the photo at right is Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman, second from left, with Rotary President Matt Davis holding the check in the center, along with other Rotarians from the club.
Harris County Pct. 2 parks department plans to build a walking bridge between North Shore Rotary Park on Wallisville, and the Fonteno Park to the west. The cost of the project will be about $300,000, and the North Shore Rotary Club donated $40,000 to this project. Accepting the check in the photo at right is Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman, second from left, with Rotary President Matt Davis holding the check in the center, along with other Rotarians from the club.

New voter registration certificates in your mailbox

sample ballot

HOUSTON – Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan announced today that the new voter registration certificates are in the mail and reminds voters to review their information.

“My office has begun mailing voter registration certificates to 1,876,539 registered voters,” said Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan. “The new voter registration certificates, which will be light orange in color, are expected to hit all mailboxes by the end of next week. It will reflect the voter’s current name and address, just as it appears in the poll book when they go to vote.”

New voter registration certificates are mailed out every two years and it gives the public the opportunity to review their information and update it. The most common reasons voters need to update their voter registration are:

  • Name Changes – due to marriage or divorce
  • Moving to a different residence
  • Deceased individual that was not reported

“Updating your information has never been easier with my office,” said Mr. Sullivan.

Free tax help for seniors at Harris County libraries

The Tax-Aide program sponsored by the IRS and AARP Foundation is again providing free federal income tax assistance this year. The program is designed to assist taxpayers age 60 and over but will also assist low and moderate income filers.

There are three locations supported by the local volunteers:

  • Sterling Municipal Library in Baytown, Tuesdays/Thursdays, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Stratford Library in Highlands, Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • North Channel Branch of Harris County Public Library, Thursdays, noon to 4 p.m.

Services will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 4th and conclude on Tuesday, Apr. 15th.