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Posts published in “Day: April 22, 2021

Waste Pits delayed another 270 days

Jackie Medcalf, THEA president, protests at the Waste Management offices in downtown Houston on April 15.

Remediation work may not start until 2024

NO TIME TO WASTE: A Call for Inclusivity and Transparency in the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Process.

HOUSTON – Jackie Young Medcalf, president of the Texas Health & Environment Alliance (THEA) recently learned that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authorized a 270-day extension to the design phase of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund process at the request of the responsible parties (International Paper and Waste Management subsidiary, McGinnis Industrial Maintenance Corporation). This extension is on the heels of a 160-day extension authorized by the EPA in September of 2020.

Medcalf feels that the EPA needs to be more transparent and inclusive in these types of decisions. She feels the first extension allowed time for more testing and sampling, but thinks the new extension will just be an unnecessary delay and have the potential problem of moving remediation work back several years and conflict with a new I-10 bridge that TxDOT plans to build over the San Jacinto River.

Parade, Auction mark return of Channelview FFA Show

GRAND CHAMPION STEER was shown by Hagen Noble, and the RESERVE CHAMPION STEER was shown by Jayce Sumbera.

CHANNELVIEW – After missing a year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Channelview FFA returned to their normal events last week, with a Parade and Livestock Show on Saturday, April 17.

The parade featured bands, floats, marching units, and the Channelview Fire Department. It started at Schochler Primary on Deer Pass, proceeded down Woodforest, and ended on Sheldon at Memorial stadium. Throngs of people lined the streets and enjoyed the sights and sounds.

NORTH SHORE ROTARY continued their support of the FFA with the purchase of the 3rd place steer. Pictured are Rotarians Shawn Silman, Scott Stephens, Dan Mims, Derrill Painter, and Mike Bilnoski.

San Jacinto Battle reenacted

ANAHUAC – Re-enactors here played the scenes from the 1836 Texas Revolution last weekend after relations with the Texas Historical Commission frayed at the San Jacinto Memorial Battlegrounds. The reenacting begins from above the disastrous retreat following the fall of the Alamo and Goliad known as the Runaway Scrape. Terror and panic as families tried to stay ahead of Santa Anna’s troops swept eastward virtually unopposed. At right General Sam Houston lead his ragtag army eastward awaiting the “Napoleon of the West” to make a mistake.

COVID vaccination now available without wait

Get Vaccinated at NRG Park Without an Appointment

HOUSTON – Effective immediately, anyone in Harris County or the greater Houston area will be able to receive the COVID-19 two-dose Pfizer vaccine at the FEMA Community Vaccination Center (CVC) at NRG Park with or without an appointment. Additionally, starting Wednesday, April 21, the CVC hours of operations are changing from 8 am – 5 pm to 12 pm – 9 pm to make it easier and more convenient for residents to get the vaccine.

Although it is preferred for residents to register as it guarantees a vaccine is available at a time and location of their choice, people can show up, driving or on foot, at the NRG Park CVC to get vaccinated. Residents walking in or driving up into NRG Park without an appointment should enter via Gate 16A off of Main Street. Staff working the site are ready to receive and assist residents when they arrive. Residents can visit, or call the HCPH Vaccine hotline at 832-927-8787 for assistance. With the recent registration changes, residents who sign up for a vaccine from Harris County Public Health (HCPH) are now given appointment at all HCPH vaccination sites immediately after registering for a vaccine, while supplies last.

North Channel Chamber Gala set for April 29

Tim Stroud

NORTH CHANNEL – The North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce Invites you to “Together Again,” NCACC’s 44th Annual Gala.

The event will be held Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Sylvan Beach Pavilion, 1 Sylvan Beach Dr., La Porte, TX 77571. Social Hour starts at 6:30 PM, and Dinner is at 7:00 PM.

Seating is limited this year, due to Pandemic protocols that will be observed. For information and reservations, yesenia@ or call 713-450-3600. Seating availability is offered on a first come, first served basis.

In addition to dinner and the speaker, there will be a silent auction. Silent Auction Sponsors can donate either $200, or a prize of $150+ value to the Chamber to support the Gala’s Silent Auction.

Rotary Raffle Benefit May 15

The North Shore Rotary Club will hold a MEGA RAFFLE on Saturday, in place of their annual Fish Fry. This 46th Annual Fundraising Event will feature a Grand Prize of the winner’s choice of a 2021 Chevy Camaro, or a Chevrolet Colorado pickup.

There are also 25 additional prizes including a side of beef, golf cart, vacation package, iPad, fishing trip, and much more.

The drawing will be held at Turner Chevrolet, and broadcast live on Facebook. Tickets are $100 and available from all NS Rotarians, or on Facebook.