The News

The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $45,000 one-year grant to the Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. It is the sixth year that the program has received funding from the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade to support its work on this important health issue and in recognition of the program’s excellence.

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Artwork by Michael Kennaugh

Artwork by 20 local high school seniors was selected to be exhibited in the 30th Annual Protégé Competition and Exhibition at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET).

Protégé will be on display at AMSET through March 20, and will then travel to selected area schools and other venues for further exposure and outreach in the Southeast Texas community.

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The staff of Big Thicket National Preserve invites everyone to explore the thicket by taking advantage of the many ranger-led programs being offered in the months of February, March, April and May.

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Dr. Michael Warren — a retired professor who taught biology for 40 years at Lamar University and built state-park style signs to label fruit and vegetables in Nutrition & Services For Seniors’ garden — has set up a free book exchange to promote reading in Southeast Texas. Warren built the library exchange right in front of NSFS’ Senior Activity Building next door to its 4590 Concord Road office in Beaumont.

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The settlement of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill fines — the largest pollution penalty in history — will bring an unprecedented opportunity to spend billions of dollars on restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico region. But new research has found that the fate remains unknown for hundreds of previous oyster reef restoration projects performed around the United States, an investment of more than $45 million and thousands of hours of labor.

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