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Rotary Club Donates to Children’s Advocacy Center

The Rotary Club of La Grange recently held a stuffed animal and snack drive for the Children’s Advocacy Center Serving Bastrop, Lee & Fayette Counties. The Center was in need of stuffed animals to give to kids who are coming to see them to be interviewed to see if they have experienced some form of abuse. A cuddly friend sometimes helps to make that journey easier, and hopefully less traumatic. Pictured here are Larry Jackson-Lt. Governor South, Jacelyn Perez-Bilingual Forensic Interviewer and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Center, Cynthia Eck-Director of Development for the Center, Stacey Norris-La Grange Rotary Treasurer, Allison MacKenzie-La Grange Rotary President, and Mike Coppinger-La Grange Rotary Community Service Chair.

HEB Donates to RT-C Education Foundation

The Round Top-Carmine Education Foundation received a $3,000 grant from HEB for their February fundraiser, the “Small School, Big Hearts” event. For several years in a row, HEB has donated this amount to the Foundation, to assist in providing Arts Enrichment, Technology, and Teacher Grants for the students and staff of the Round Top-Carmine ISD. Pictured in the photo are Daniel Perales, Brian Kaiser, Education Foundation President Jerry Schatte, Brian Cox, Store Manager Paul Mikula, Education Foundation Executive Director Linda Patterson, Josh Morales, Blanca Kase, and Rodney Krhovjak. The RT-C Education Foundation works to fund items that are not possible in the District’s limited budget. The RT-C District is the only local school district subject to property tax recapture by the State of Texas, which will be over $1,000,000 this year, so there are no excess funds for these items. The Foundation, founded in 2010, has raised almost $1,000,000 in the last 10 years to provide Music and Art programs, band instruments, Chromebooks for all students, and other needed items. Without donors like HEB, programs and materials would be more limited. HEB was the leading sponsor of this year’s event, as they have been in past years. For more information, contact rtceducationfoundation@gmail. com or Linda Patterson at (979) 249-7183.

CASA Announces Recent Appointments

CASA of Bastrop, Fayette and Lee Counties is pleased to announce the recent appointment of (pictured from left) Joan Bohls, Tammy Johnson-Finn, Taylor Shelton, Kerrie Hill and Mitez Ormand as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) by Judge Benton Eskew on March 2. CASA of Bastrop, Fayette and Lee Counties endeavors to provide trained volunteer advocates in all abuse and neglect foster care cases assigned by the courts. CASA Volunteers are screened and highly trained and then appointed by Judges to represent and advocate for a child’s best interest in the child protection system. To learn more about becoming a CASA Volunteer, call (512) 409-0771.

Another Ramp Project Completed

The Texas Ramp Project has been busy. The plywood decking of a 48-ft ramp previously built on West Lowerline was reinforced with sheets of new treated plywood..

Remnant Church Hosts Missionary Guest Speakers

The Remnant Church hosted missionaries Don and Michelle Babin at their 10 a.m. church service on Sunday, Feb. 28. The Babins have been going to the remote bush of East Africa reaching the Maasai, Pokot and Samburu people for over a decade through their “Jesus Loves You” ministry. They look forward to returning to Kenya in March. Several TRC members have had the opportunity over the years to reach out to these East African tribes by going on mission trips organized through the Babins. At the church service on Sunday, Don Babin shared updates of their ongoing missionary outreaches in Kenya. He also encouraged the congregation with a message on finding their identity in Jesus Christ. Pictured are Jan Hill, Dennis Hill, Don and Michelle Babin, Rachel Hill and Kolbe Hill.

Senior Center Keeping Busy in March, Garden Group Forming

We have been so blessed at the Navidad Valley Community Connections (NVCC) Center. Folks are getting out a bit more as vaccinations are getting in the arms now on a more regular basis, and restrictions are getting relaxed. Many are still hesitant to relax, but with the sun coming out and warming things up, we are all feeling somewhat better.

Drinking Green Beer? Use A Designated Driver

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in America date back to the country’s founding. With large parties discouraged this year due to COVID-19, 2021 celebrations may look a little different across the country. However, one aspect of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will remain: alcohol consumption— which is why it is important to remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.

Catholic Life Raffle Winner

St. Rose of Lima Catholic School is pleased to announce Jesse Vacek as the $1,000 Visa Gift Card local winner of the 2021 Catholic Schools Sweepstakes sponsored by Catholic Life Insurance. Pictured accepting the prize on his behalf is son Nathan and wife Lezlie. Presenting the prize is Rosanne Gallia, Principal. The raffle sales totaled $13,705. School families earned tuition credits totaling $4,872.50. Overall $8,832.50 was donated to St. Rose of Lima Catholic School.

Pin Oak Cemetery Improvements Continue

The Pin Oak Cemetery has been enjoying some improvements. John and Susan Coppage; Don and Mary Kirby; John and Debra Schwartzenburg along with Kevin Caad and Gerald McKinney all came together to work on improving the gravesites of those laid to rest in Pin Oak.

Brown Makes Athletic Director’s Honor Roll

Nearly 250 Angelo State University student-athletes and athletic training students, including James Brown of Schulenburg, have been named to the ASU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for the fall 2020 semester.
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