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The popular Kid Fest will return to the Carl Parker Center on the campus of Lamar State College-Port Arthur on Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Clear Channel Radio and Valero Port Arthur Refinery have once again teamed up to bring hundreds of kids the opportunity to enjoy activities such as fishing, dancing, face painting, arts and crafts and high-flying acrobatic dunking basketball action.

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Gulf Coast Power Pro Wrestling returns to the National Guard Armory in Port Neches on Saturday, June 25 with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. The armory is located at 511 Grigsby, which is near Port Neches-Groves High School. Tickets are available at the door for $10 (adults) and $7 (kids). Seating is based on first-come first-serve. Scheduled to appear are Vincent Chase, Zen Zen, the Rough Riders, All-American J-Wayne, Irish Mike, Avarice, Jen Alise, Hambone, The Grappler and many more. GCPPW is a locally owned and operated company out of Port Neches.

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Ignite your taste buds at Boomtown BBQ, traditional Texas barbeque with a Tex Mex twist.

At the curve of Old Calder before it empties onto Phelan Boulevard, turn in at the antique Plymouth truck at 5555 Calder, and then follow the smell of smoked meats to a casual eatery with a tin-covered ceiling, order bar and self-serve seating inside or on an expansive enclosed front porch.

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Patriotic parade … The Calder Place annual Fourth of July Parade will take place again this year come rain or shine on Monday, July 4. Anyone and everyone is invited to watch or participate in the annual event. All the fun begins at 8:30 a.m., leaving the BISD Administration Building parking lot heading west on North Street, turning right on 22nd and then east on Harrison Street back to the parking lot where it began. Refreshments and awards will be given for the “best of” at the conclusion of the parade route. Everyone is encouraged to come decked out in red, white and blue.

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Vacationville … Proprietors at the marvelous Mildred Building including the Book Bazaar, Caves Interiors, Katharine & Co. and One Vase will be closed beginning July 4 through July 8. Finders Fayre will close July 4 but remain open the rest of the week. Mark Lowe and Above All Photography are open by appointment only. The first week in August welcomes the next exciting First Thursday (actually Aug. 4) at the Mildred, so mark your calendars for all the wonderful wares that will be on sale that evening.

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Sabine angler catches 8 pound, 1 ounce trout to take second place in CCA STAR tourney

The very popular CCA STAR tournament is in full swing, and already there are some pretty impressive catches being brought to the scales. The heaviest trout in the Upper Coast Division is going to be tough to beat. She weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was caught on the Galveston Bay complex. But get this: The second heaviest trout on the upper coast weighed 8 pounds, one ounce and came from Sabine Lake. It was weighed at the SGS Cuaseway and caught by Corey Frank.

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June is always a busy month. School is out for the summer and great plans are being made to cram as much as absolutely possible into the few weeks between one grade and the next. Family vacations loom large and visits to grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins are on the horizon. For the many blended families that are living in America now, scheduling the time for mom or dad, according to court orders, has to be taken into prime consideration.

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The news has been dominated by stories about the dangers of the Internet. Just in recent days, we have heard of major banks losing the personal information of hundreds of thousands of account holders, a congressman’s indiscretions on a social networking Web site, hackers accessing thousands of accounts at a major retailer, and many other mass data breaches that may result in wholesale identity theft.

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Sometimes, despite our best efforts, it seems impossible to remove the spyware and other malware from our computers. Despite their efficacy, there are just some times that the traditional and proven malware killers will not be able to neutralize the malware on our computers. While some of the so-called “experts” simply give up and reformat the hard drive, resulting in the loss of any programs and files on the computer (unless properly backed up), this is not an appropriate step in trying to restore the computer.

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