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Where the outdoors is concerned, 2011 has really been an unusual year. Even back into latter 2010, there was a definite shortage of rainfall. That situation has continued until even now. Sure, we have enjoyed some good showers in Southeast Texas, but the big lakes are all still at a very low level. But all in all, there have been many more positive things that have taken place than negative ones.

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We thank you so very much!

The Examiner has once again experienced a record-setting year. While others in our business continue to lay off personnel and ship jobs to India, we at The Examiner continue to grow.

For that, we thank you.

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Reflections in a social eye….Once again perusing the photo ops and ink generated by all the events over the past year brought about marvelous mems and smiles for this social columnist. So many of these memorable events were for charitable causes and came about due to the undying efforts of so many to strengthen our community. After reviewing and reminiscing the extensive list of events, here is the top 20 stellar soirees of 2011:

 

1. Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Cirque De Le Soiree.

 

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Between Santa, family and friends, my 10-year-old landed four new video games Christmas Day. When incorporating Wipe Out, Just Dance 3, etc. into the storage containers with all the other video games, it occurred to me that there are about 10 Wii, Xbox and Nintendo DS games that my gamer plays and another 45 plus that he doesn’t.

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As this year comes to a close, it’s clear the global economy isn’t the only thing in crisis. True to the nature of the business, moviemakers are trying to put a positive spin on what looks like a marked lack of interest in going to the movies. I’ve noticed it, too; just a couple of weeks ago in “New Year’s Eve,” there were no more than 20 seats filled. Halfway into it, though, I understood why.

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