Our weekly roundup of Toasts & Roasts:
We offer our thanks to the two anonymous individuals who provided the funding to establish a permanent memorial in honor and memory of Judge Gerald A. Goodwin in the lobby of the Angelina County Courthouse. The memorial will be a lighted wood-and-glass display case containing memorabilia associated with his lengthy career of public service to Angelina County as District Attorney and District Judge, and with his many civic contributions to our community. East Texans wishing to make a contribution to a scholarship fund in Goodwin’s name should send their contributions to the Angelina County Bar Association/Judge Gerald Goodwin Scholarship Fund at P. O. Box 704, Lufkin, Texas 75904.
A toast to the Lufkin Landscape Task Force, which tackled the challenge of making landscaping improvements on Gaslight Boulevard. The organization gifted its work to the city of Lufkin on Monday. Task force president JoAnn Tatum said the group focused on beautifying the area, but also on implementing sustainable changes that will keep it as beautiful for longer. James Flournoy, the owner of USA Landscape Services, assisted the group in planning and implementing the project.
We’ll be rooting for Livingston native Laci Kaye Booth, who is competing during season 17 of “American Idol.’’ Booth performed on the season premiere that aired March 3, and she said it was an absolute dream. Her performance of “Mama Tried” by Merle Haggard won her a golden ticket to Hollywood and the next step in the competition. Celebrity judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie were impressed with Booth’s audition, calling her style unique and a “diamond in the rough.” Booth was surprised by their reaction. “I couldn’t believe the things they said. I was like, ‘Is this really happening?’” she said. “I’ve always known I had a really unique voice, but to hear that they actually enjoyed it, and they think that I’m that different and they had nobody like me last year, that was such an incredible thing to hear, to boost my confidence in myself.” Booth said she was nervous about performing, but that the support of ‘‘everyone around me’’ helped her follow her dream.
Congratulations to the American Legion, which celebrated the organization’s 100th anniversary this past weekend. The organization of veterans serving veterans was formed on March 15, 1919, in Paris. Locally, the Lufkin post and auxiliary unit hosted a party at the Angelina County Senior Citizens Center. The auxiliary meets every first Monday at 5:30 p.m. and the Legion’s meeting follows at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Greg Thames, Lufkin American Legion Post 113 adjutant, at 707-0148 or auxiliary president Rita Redd at 674-7347.
A toast to Bella Salon & Boutique for its sixth Annual Charity Fashion Show to raise money for the Clean Water Projects and the Gulf Restoration Network. “That’s been our main goal from the get-go,” salon owner Brenda Weaver said. “It’s a good time for a good cause.’’
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