THE LIBERTY GAZETTE Liberty County’s Only Home-Owned Newspaper Vol. 54, No. 44 Agenda FRIENDSHIP QUILTERS DAYTON - The Friendship Quilters of Dayton will meet Wed., Nov. 12, at 10 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church on FM 1960. Suzy Seed will present this month’s program on Round Robin vests and jackets. The quilters meet the second Wednesday of each month and everyone is welcome. RETIRED SCHOOL PERSONNEL LIBERTY - Area retired school personnel are invited to Novrozsky’s, 2315 Hwy. 90 E., Thurs., Nov. 13, for a meeting of the South Liberty County Association of Retired School Personnel at 11 a.m. Meetings are held through May on the second Thursday of each month. ANNUAL JOB FAIR FOR VETERANS HOUSTON On Thurs., Nov. 13, the 3rd Annual Hiring Red, White & You! job fairs will occur across the state and all veterans, veteran spouses and dependents are invited. An area event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford Street. This will be an opportunity for qualified veteran applicants to connect with more than 120 regional employers with good job opportunities. For more information and to pre-register, go online to the Workforce Solutions website at wrksolutions.com/hrwy or call 888-469-5627. Admission and parking are free with pre-registration. NEW LOVE LADIES’ MEETING LIBERTY - Area ladies are invited to join New Love’s ladies’ meeting Sat., Nov. 15, at 1:30 p.m. with Susan Richardson at the FLNB Corner, 1822 Sam Houston Avenue. For more information, call 936-336-2846. AMBASSADOR LUNCHEON DAYTON - The Dayton Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Luncheon for November will be held Mon., Nov. 17, from 12-1 p.m. at the chamber office. If you are interested in getting more involved in the community or with the Dayton Chamber, this luncheon is the place for you. An incentive point program makes it worthwhile for any member to join and new members are always welcome. For information, call the chamber office at 936-257-2393. CHAMBER SCHEDULE FOR NOVEMBER LIBERTY-DAYTON The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber offices are scheduled to be closed Veterans’ Day (Tues., Nov. 11) and for the Thanksgiving holidays (Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 26-28). COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR LIBERTY - The next Coffee with the Mayor will take place Thurs., Nov. 20, at 7:30 a.m. in the council chamber of Liberty City Hall. This is an opportunity for citizens to discuss ideas or projects or voice any concerns they may wish to express. The Dayton Chamber of Commerce’s annual Diva Night last Thursday evening featured lively music, fine food and shopping opportunities for ladies only. Above, Betty Marshall, nurse practitioner, and friend Vernie Edwards were manning (womaning?) a booth featuring Arbonne products for healthy living. It’s probably acceptable to address Betty as “Dr. Betty,” since she holds a Ph.D. in nursing. Veterans’ Day dates back to First World War Kevin Ladd Staff Reporter The First World, sometimes known as “The Great War,” was formally concluded on June 28, 1919, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed in the Versailles Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. The actual fighting, however, ended seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” President Woodrow Wilson, one of the key participants in the treaty discussions at Versailles, proclaimed November 11, 1919, as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride Chambers wins second four-year term over Fontenot in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and jusWILSON tice in the councils of the nations.” The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11 a.m. The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting that the President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. In 1953, Alvin King, the owner of a shoe repair shop in Emporia, Kansas, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. His cause was taken up by the Emporia Chamber of Commerce as well as U.S. Congressman Ed Rees. The bill was approved by Congress in 1954 and signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on May 26, 1954. Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans’ Day since. Although originally scheduled for celebration on November 11 of every year, starting in 1971 in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, Veterans’ Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. This proved to be very unpopular with veterans’ groups and the public in general. In 1978, it was moved back to its original celebration on November 11. Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Care packages once again being gathered for troops LIBERTY-DAYTON - Once again, donations are being gathered to send holiday packages to our military service men and women serving in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Liberty VFW Post will be accepting donations Wed., Nov. 12, from 5-8 p.m. in the west side parking lot of the VFW Post on Main Street in Liberty. American Legion Dayton Memorial Post 512 will be accepting donations that same day, Wed., Nov. 12, from 5-8 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church gym (located behind the church) at 3401 FM 1960 in Dayton. A second collection day will be Sat., Nov. 15, between 9 a.m. and noon at Dayton collection site only. Ron Heinen of the American Legion Dayton Memorial Post 512 is once again spearheading this effort. Two units will be the recipients of these care packages. The first unit is deployed until May 2015 and is serving with a joint coalition unit. It has 30 males, but no females. There is no PX available to this unit. Personnel have access to a microwave, but can’t cook otherwise (no stove). To cook anything would require a camp stove, which they do not have. The chow hall is so far away they can only go about once a day and there is no Marine supply unit anywhere nearby. This group has a coffee pot and would like some quality coffee; they have instant. This unit would appreciate just about anything in the way of food and snacks that they can get. The second unit, a composite unit stationed in Pakistan until June 2015, is made up of four males and one female and does supply 80 other service members. This unit, too, has no access to a PX. Personnel are able to cook and are in need of spices, pasta, peanut butter, jelly, pancake mix (that needs water only), canned corn beef hash, sloppy joe mix, soups, and anything that can be put on bread, which they can get. Favorites for this group include Slim Jims, fruit snacks, tuna, nuts, tobacco dip pouches, and protein powder. Both units’ main needs are food. Additional food items to send can include fruit snacks, cookies, crackers, chocolate, canned fruit, single portion drink mixes, beef jerky, chicken Vienna sausage, Ramen noodles, tuna, chewing gum, canned spaghetti, chili, popcorn, hard candy, breakfast bars, Pop Tarts, peanuts, gummy bears, coffee creamer and sweeteners. Tobacco products are also acceptable. Keep in mind, the packages may take anywhere from three weeks to two months to arrive. Hygiene items for both men and women are needed but are not high demand items though baby wipes in resealable packets that can be easily carried in a pocket are. Additionally, washcloths, single sheets, pillows and pillow cases are all in demand. All-metal thermoses (no glass insides) and hand warmers are highly requested by these service men and women. Used paperback books, warm black or olive green boot socks, tools, pocket knives, envelopes, writing paper, black ink pens, CDs and DVDs are also appreciated. Please do not send any glass, breakable items, pork products, alcohol or Playboy-type magazines. Soldiers appreciate hearing your well wishes and receiving your letters. Many receive mail only once a week on Sunday and can only respond, if at all, by the following Sunday, with the usual three-week to two-month transit time. If you would like to hear back from the soldiers, enclose a pre-addressed postcard or envelope and paper. Remember, not everyone will have an opportunity to write back. Dayton ISD voters narrowly approve $87.8 million bond Kevin Ladd Staff Reporter DAYTON - Voters in the Dayton ISD last Tuesday turned out in big numbers to narrowly pass an $87.8v million bond issue election. The unofficial vote totals showed 2,188 voting for the measure and 2,092 voting against it – a margin of 96 votes. The vote was a big victory for Superintendent Dr. Jessica Johnson, who took office only about one year ago, and made numerous public meetings answering questions about the bond issue. The biggest two items will build two new elementary schools that would accommodate grades K through 5. Projected cost figures on those two schools would be a total of $57 million. The school district will also expand the Kimmie Brown Elementary campus to accommodate the same number of students. Other projects include: • The construction of a sepaSee BOND, Page A-3 Kevin Ladd Staff Reporter LIBERTY COUNTY - In unofficial returns from last Tuesday’s general election, Liberty County Court-at-Law Judge Tommy Chambers won a second four-year term over Democrat Walter P. Fontenot. Chambers, a Republican, received 9,336 to Fontenot’s 3,033. Republican Larry Wilburn won the JP Precinct 4 race with 3,445 votes over Democrat David Boyer’s 873. Boyer passed away several weeks ago, but his name was still on the ballot. New officials coming into office for the first time include See CHAMBERS, Page A-3 JOSHUA SUNDGREN’S GIFT As an Eagle Scout project, local Boy Scout Joshua Sundgren delivered 50 handcrafted fleece blankets to the Liberty County Children’s Protective Services Board at their monthly meeting on October 23. During the meeting Sundgren described the process and commented, “I hope that the blankets will bring some comfort and cheer to the kids who get them.” The colorful blankets will be gifted to the foster children at their annual Christmas party. The board sincerely thanks Joshua for generously donating his talent, time, resources, and humanity. L-R: Wendell Null, Cyndie Abshire, Ena Stoesser, Donna Hebert, Joshua Sundgren, Mary Kay Hicks, Marilyn Gilliland, John Hebert.
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