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Posts published in “Day: June 7, 2018

EPA Holds Community meeting in Highlands

RETIRING PROJECT MANAGER GARY MILLER received an award from the San Jacinto River Coalition for his efforts to clean the river.

Waste Pits update; questions and comments answered

The federal EPA agency came to Highlands last Tuesday night, to keep open the communication with the community as promised by their director, Scott Pruitt. The last time this agency, responsible for the Superfund Site in the San Jacinto River, met with the public was last December.

There were no major revelations or changes from information that had been issued previously. Project managers Gary Miller, and Gary Baumgarten presented slides that were essentially the history of the waste pits and the efforts by EPA to clean them up.

On hand for the meeting were a number of officials, including Pct. 2 commissioner Jack Morman, and County Attorney Vince Ryan. Morman spoke to the crowd of about 100 persons, promising to continue a dialogue with the community, and testing of water quality.

EPA project manager Gary Miller revealed that he is retiring in 4 months, but will hand over the project to Gary Baumgarten, who was present. He was asked to give a summary of his experience, and he said he had been with EPA for 30 years, and since 1992 had primarily worked on cleaning up Superfund Sites.

Janetta Coats of the EPA said that they were working on a revised Community Involvement Plan, and local residents would be asked to participate with comments, questions, and information. She said that the EPA is committed to dialogue and collaboration with community members, and urged anyone that wanted included to contact her or sign a sheet at the meeting. Contact Coats at coats.janetta, or 1-800-533-3508.

Congressman campaigning for Sylvia Garcia

Congressman Steny Hoyer U.S. House Democratic Whip of Maryland with Senator Sylvia Garcia at a recent fundraiser for Garcia in Houston.

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX. – Thursday, May 31, 2018 — At a reception honoring Senator Sylvia Garcia, Congressman Steny Hoyer, the U.S. House Democratic Whip of Maryland, gave a motivational speech emphasizing the importance to the Nation to elect Garcia in November.

Hoyer said, “Our Nation is facing the most confrontational leadership in its history that’s undermining our Democracy. Our American Values are being threatened. By electing Garcia, it will make a difference because she understands those values and has the skills and experience to protect them.

“My children, grandchildren and yours, need Sylvia in Congress to make sure the Country moves forward. By helping her, you’re helping our Country. Garcia, if elected, will make history by being the first Hispanic female to serve in Congress,” Hoyer said.

Senator Sylvia Garcia said, “I’m so thankful for all the support from everyone in securing the Democratic nomination to replace Gene Green in the 29th congressional district. Democratic Whip Hoyer’s visit helps us kickoff our efforts as we prepare for the Fall campaign, focusing on jobs, health care, education, economic security, and Harvey recovery dollars.”

Locals residents provide food for the needy

Seated is Director Don Nichols, keeping track of the allocation of the free food to make sure everyone gets their share.

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX — May, 2018 — At the Jacinto City’s Calvary Baptist Church, Minister Allen Lee and Food Distribution Director Don Nichols team up monthly, making ends meet for those needing help. Nichol’s said food for about 4,000 people was given away.

The next distribution date is 9 AM Saturday, June 16th at the Jacinto City’s Calvary Baptist Church, 10346 Fairfax Street.