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The dog days of summer are upon us, and with them come scorching heat and humidity so high it feels like the air itself is sweating! Southeast Texans are all too familiar with the rising temperatures from early May until late September, but while basking in the icy-cold blast of the air conditioning, remember your pets also need escape from the sweltering sun.

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One of the most joyful blooms you find in the summer are those of the hibiscus. They can be dramatic. Some of the hundreds of varieties will grow flowers as large as a child’s head. Now lets talk color! Look for hibiscus in all shades of pink from soft to hot, shades of red, white, yellow, peach, purple and orange.

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Thrifty fanatics all over Southeast Texas will be in for a treat on Thursday, July 17, when Trinity United Methodist Church at 3430 Harrison Ave. in Beaumont opens the doors for their annual garage sale at 8 a.m.

For more than 20 years, Trinity Methodist Church has been able to give back to the community by donating proceeds of the sale to local charities. Because of generous Southeast Texans, last year’s garage sale raised more than $30,000 to assist organizations such as Boys’ Haven, Girls’ Haven, Garth House, among many others.

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If you look in your closet, you might be able to tell what your favorite colors are. Have you ever thought about using your favorite colors in the planning of your backyard? Love blue? A patch of blue in a container on your patio could make your morning brighter. Love orange? Why not place a huge orange bougainvillea outside of your kitchen window? Color is the most noticeable feature in most of our yards, so why not make it a color that you love?

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I clearly remember interviewing Paula O’Neal the first time for an article on Some Other Place in Beaumont when I arrived in Texas. Paula told me how the name came to be and I have always remembered that story. She said when people who needed help in the area applied to various agencies, they would be told that the particular help they needed was not available for them through that means.

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