Caleb Long and a team of volunteers build a patio cover.

Residents at a Beaumont nursing home are enjoying the outdoors under a brand new gazebo, thanks to the hard work of a local Eagle Scout and his friends.

For his Eagle Scout Service Leadership Project, 17-year-old Caleb Long and a team of volunteers recently completed construction on the new addition at College Street Health Care, a non-profit retirement facility in Beaumont.

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In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5219, setting aside an entire month for celebration of his favorite treat and designating an official day in honor of what he described as “the perfect dessert.”

July has been National Ice Cream Month ever since, and on the third Sunday of July, folks all over the country celebrate National Ice Cream Day. It’s July 19 this year.

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 Steven Olsen, a retired FDNY fire­fighter who was one of the first to respond during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks after American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, vis­ited the Texas Fire Museum in Beau­mont on Wednesday, July 15.

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Nederland native and Lamar alumnus Gerald Duff, 76, recently released his 19th book, Playing Custer, a novel narrated from varying points of view, illuminating personal and political events leading up to the death of General George Armstrong Custer.

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