Our weekly roundup of Toasts & Roasts:
A toast to the numerous volunteers who spent their Saturday working to make repairs at the Salvation Army and to all those who donated supplies for those repairs. Volunteer Bob Adams gathered the supplies and organized the volunteers after the Salvation Army’s facilities were damaged a couple of weeks ago by a burglar. The crew fixed doors, light fixtures, checked the plumbing, made a flower bed at the entrance, made a handicap ramp, painted the soup kitchen and office, and performed other cosmetic improvements. “This is an amazing collection of people from all religions who have gotten together to improve the Salvation Army, an organization that makes such a positive impact on indigent people,” Adams said. “So many people and local stores went above and beyond by donating paint, wood and supplies that we needed. One guy here went and paid for a whole case of four-foot lights out of his own pocket.” As volunteer Bill Rawls said, ‘‘It’s all about service to the community. If we all gave back more, we’d all have better lives.” Adams said there’s still much more to be done. The buildings still need several improvements, such as new roofing, a washing machine for donated clothes that go into the thrift store, outside security lights and camera, and motion lights and fencing, and flooring and ceiling tiles need to be put in place. To make monetary donations, contact the Salvation Army office and specify that it be used for improvements. To see how you can volunteer time or donate needed items, call the office at 634-5132 or stop by the building at 412 S. Third St. in Lufkin. “It’s a wonderful organization, and we are all happy to help,” Adams said.
A cold, soggy toast to the U.S. Postal Service for finally scheduling a public hearing to consider the potential relocation of retail services at its former downtown facility at 608 E. Lufkin Ave. The downtown Post Office was ‘‘temporarily’’ shuttered at 4 p.m. April 27, 2018, when the Postal Service decided against renewing the lease on that property. “The downtown location is not closing, but is temporarily relocating operations to the Lufkin Main Post Office,” USPS strategic communications specialist Robert S. (Sam) Bolen said at the time. “The services offered at this location will be temporarily offered at the Main Post Office (MPO), 800 S. John Reddit Drive, while we search for an alternative site in close proximity to the downtown location.” The long-awaited meeting is set for at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 102 at Lufkin City Hall, 300 E. Shepherd Ave. Customers, including those unable to attend that meeting, may submit written comments to: U.S. Postal Service, c/o: Damian Salazar, 660 Data Drive, Suite 200, Plano, TX 75075-9931. The Postal Service says it will consider all comments prior to making its final decision, and that all comments and recommendations received by March 29 will be considered.
A toast to students and athletes at several area schools. The Lufkin Lady Panthers’ Kurstyn Harden was named the District 16-5A Player of the Year. Also earning first-team honors were Lufkin’s Alexis Hood and MiKayla Bailey, while Je’Dayshia Runnels and Anyia Cottrell were both second-team selections. Lufkin’s Harold Scroggins was named Coach of the Year. Four students will represent Lufkin High School at the Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference in Dallas next month. At a regional competition earlier this year, senior Miracle Murphy placed second in legal office procedures; junior Samantha Standley placed first in fundamental word processing; senior Crystal Dolman placed second in advanced word processing; and senior Juan Barron placed first in Java programming. Seven Huntington students are headed to state solo and ensemble competition later this year. Junior Gabby Self, sophomore Jewell Capps and sophomore Katie Wilson competed together in a clarinet trio. Freshman Logan Landry, senior Klein Baird and sophomore Ricardo Bautista competed together as a saxophone trio. Senior Taylor Carrell competed by himself with a tuba solo. Director of Bands Jonathan Willson said this is the first year the students have participated in this competition with ensembles. The Central High School robotics team advanced to a state competition at the University of Texas at Austin. Team members are sophomores CeCe Hurtado, MaKayla Moore, Savannah Young and Alessia Williams and seniors Baylor Young, Cody Doyle and Zach Runnels.
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