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Nurses lauded for efforts

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Nurses from all areas of care received honors in the inaugural 2022 Pineywoods Nurse of the Year awards recently.

Those being honored include Cindy Kendrick, RN, of Trinity, a nurse at Trinity Rehab and Healthcare Center.

The peer and clinician-driven awards were created to elevate nurses and raise awareness of compassion fatigue and burnout. Each Grand Prize winner will receive a trip donated by Elite Island Resorts, a charitable Caribbean resort organization in support of Pineywoods East Texas nurses.

“Our nurses are very important to us. The award’s impact has brought an immense boost in confidence for the profession – aiding in retention, ” said Amanda Maggio, Hospice Consultant with AccentCare.

There were 15 grand award winners and 30 total awards given out in three different categories: home care,  hospital, and facility.

Organizers hope the self-care-oriented gifts and trips will honor nurses, who are nominated by their colleagues or leadership in communities that have shown resiliency, compassion in the hardest of times, and excellence in quality of care despite challenges faced.

“These award winners are an inspiration to others,” Maggio said.

Home Care NOY awards went to Sandy Emin, Dee Dee Bollman, Jamie Gressler, Stacy Guerra, Sendy Sopchak, Katy Owens, Abbie Murphy and Alice McNiel.

The Hospital division NOY awards recipients are Stephanie Crofford, Erin Medina, Jordan Small, Vu Huynh, Leila Rogers, Estee Cokenour, Shelby Gay, Halie Berry, Tristin Hancock and Ronna Baker.

The Facility category NOY awards were given to Shanna Reynolds, Lori Cantrell, Danielle Simpson, Kamri Garrison, Mary Moore, Cindy Kendrick, Beverly Nelson, Jessica Stokley, Lashonda Carr and Neil Dickens.

“We are so proud of AccentCare’s nurses and the other recipients,” said Holly Titsworth, AccentCare PR Manager. “This is an excellent way to show how valuable nurses are in the mission-driven work they do everyday.”

Many thanks go out to the award recipients for all the hard work and care they put in every day for their patients and families in Cleveland, Woodville, Shepherd, Corrigan, Groveton, Trinity and Huntsville.   

“The workforce is beaming,” Maggio said. “Overall, this region has improved, increasing the likelihood of maintaining resiliency; therefore contributing directly to improved workplace environments. The compassion fatigue training scheduled will inevitably improve patient care for long term outcome.”

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Meetings abound in new year

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The Trinity County Crime Stoppers is hosting its 12th Annual Cowboy Mardi Gras Dinner and Dance Gala Saturday, Jan. 28. See story for more details.The Trinity County Crime Stoppers is hosting its 12th Annual Cowboy Mardi Gras Dinner and Dance Gala Saturday, Jan. 28. See story for more details.

Julias TidbitsLast week I told you about one of my resolutions for 2023 was to solve loose ends to some unanswered questions from my past. Well, my first resolution question asked was resolved by one of my readers. Mary, who used to work at the Trinity Standard newspaper years ago, said she had the answer to one of my questions.

Mary said she received pictures of my friend who did marry her photographer boyfriend in the fall of 2017. She and her husband were dressed in black and were married at the Texas Renaissance Festival in Plantersville. Wow. No other news though.

With Presidents’ Day being celebrated on the third Monday of February in most states, the story of Washington chopping down the Cherry tree and telling the truth about that endeavor was a made-up story by Parson Mason Weems in the late 1700s. Weems one of Washington’s biographers who concocted the story was hoping to demonstrate Washington’s honesty.

The second myth about George Washington I never questioned was the myth that George Washington had wooden dentures. The fact is, they weren’t made of wood: they were made of hippopotamus teeth that had been filed down to fit into Washington’s mouth. Ugh.

Why would we think a 6-year-old boy would chop down a cherry tree at this age with his hatchet is beyond me. Years later learning George had slaves and married a wealthy lady with two kids seemed more likely to me than the cherry tree lies.

I visited Washington’s Mt. Vernon home in 1980 two hundred years after he was President. I was amazed how intact everything was and how well preserved the plantation was kept; the details were amazing. There was a bibliography on PBS some years back telling his life story, and about how his wife’s wealthy position and status in the 1700s in the New England society promoted him to become the First President after the American Revolution.

Believe it or not, Martha was the one who insisted George go into politics and run for the presidency, as he did not really want that undertaking after the revolution and was tired of war and politics.

She was very high-fashioned, and Martha had the best dressed slaves on their plantation. Martha never got to live in the White House as the First Lady of President George Washington as it was not built then. George Washington commissioned the building of the White House, but it was not finished before he left his term of office.

Interestingly Martha would not allow George to be buried at the White House after he died. I wonder why? I did see where there was a place made for his interment below the Rotunda in Washington, D.C. when I visited the Capitol 20 years ago, but it was never used.

Today, George Washington’s Birthday is one of only 11 permanent holidays established by Congress. One of the great traditions followed for decades has been the reading by a U. S. Senator of George Washington’s Farewell Address in a legislative session, which remains an annual event to this day.

(The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2022 cited for information about Washington’s life and other things.)

After 17 tries to elect a speaker of the house this year, who knows what will happen to some of our favorite traditions in the coming months of 2023. One thing I have observed about our present history now is you do not have to be honest to obtain a congressional seat or political position in the United States government arena.

•Save the Date. On Sunday, Feb. 5, there is a fundraiser for Dona and Tom Hester to be held at the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department Station to help raise money to defray costs from a devasting fire that left them homeless. For more information call Keith Johnson at (936) 662-3916.

•Martin Senior Citizen Center Old Timers BBQ was a huge success this past weekend, and the food and service was great. The Center is providing many events and opportunities for the younger generation and for the elderly adults in Trinity County.

For instance, they are planning a wonderful Valentine Day Lovers’ Luncheon on Tuesday, February 14, from 2 until-5 p.m. with food provided by the Old Timers BBQ Team. The menu for the lovers will be a filet mignon, asparagus tips, scalloped potatoes, salad, dessert, drinks, and a complimentary glass of sangria for only $20 each person.

Door prizes, music, wine, and games will be enjoyed by all guests on Valentine’s Day at the Center. For more information, please contact Brenda at (936) 594-2625 to reserve a place or a table for six or more.

•The Love Fest in Lovelady, Texas will be held on the second Saturday in February and includes a parade, food, arts and craft vendors, a barbecue cookoff (brisket, ribs, and beans) with monetary prizes, and a dance for entertainment on Saturday night. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend. For more information, please contact Lawanna Monk at (936) 636-7611.

•I wrote about some February events first, but I will now tell you what is happening in January for your pleasure.

First, TISD Student and Staff Holiday on Jan. 16, for Martin Luther King Day with banks and Post Office closed on that day too.

Second, the Trinity Historical Society meets at the Trinity Peninsula Chamber of Commerce on Stadium Street at 2 p.m. on Jan. 16, and yearly membership fees are due. Now would be a good time to come and join this organization to impart your knowledge of Trinity and to enhance your families’ heritage.

•On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Trinity County Crime Stoppers is hosting its 12th Annual Cowboy Mardi Gras Dinner and Dance Gala. The Gala honors the Law officers and agencies in Trinity County with this dinner and dance and recognizes their service to the community.

Tickets are on sell now for $25 each, and places can be reserved by calling Larry Grant at (936) 662-1502 or Rick Villarreal at (936) 577-4383. Another member selling tickets in Groveton is Micho Moore, who can be contacted at (281) 415-7878. The Gala is being held at the Trinity Community Center, 608 S. Robb St., with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m.. The sirloin steaks, baked potatoes, green beans, salad, and peach cobbler is provided by chuck wagon chef Ray Goodrum, and he gets better and better each year.

The music will be spectacular as usual, but this year extra special with Kevin Carter and his Friends Band performing at 8 p.m. after the dinner, and both auctions. Performing with Kevin is Glen Lenderman, all around musician, Steve Paleursy on the steel guitar, and Tom Hooker leader singer from Fort Worth. This will be one awesome night.

The silent auction has some great donations, and the live auction has even better items. This year Rick Villareal is the auctioneer for this event. Rick is also a gifted and talented musician who performs locally and in surrounding counties, as well as host events for other groups and their benefits. Come see him perform his magic.

•The Boys and Girls Club of Trinity will host the fifth annual Valentine Dinner and Dance on Saturday, Feb. 11, at VFW Post 6899, 400 Caroline St., with the doors opening at 5 p.m. Tickets will go on sale next week and tables are already selling fast.

Next week I will give you details about the Valentine Dinner and Dance and list the live auction donations, and menu. So, start saving your money to buy your honey a nice valentine basket and steak dinner.

•There is no spaghetti dinner this month for the Trinity Methodist Church, but they do have a new reverend named Michael D. Bedevian who hails from Crockett. Also, in January, a previous held concert is scheduled in two weeks in the church sanctuary, and Fat Tuesday will be a big event this year at the end of February before Ash Wednesday. Watch this space for details.

Don’t forget, you can still buy the FUMC Founders Day Cookbooks at the Church office on Elm Street for only $20. They make wonderful gifts for local women’s auxiliaries.

See you around town.

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Red Cross responds in Trinity

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TRINITY — Every 8 minutes, the Red Cross responds to a disaster in local communities. This past month local teams responded to our own needs in Trinity County.

A home was fully destroyed and two pets were killed when a fire broke out in the afternoon of New Year’s Day at Hester Lane and Trinlady Road.

The house owned by Trinity County Deputy Constable Tom Hester was a total loss. Two pets perished in the fire.

The Trinity Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a fundraiser for the Hester family from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 5 at the station, 201 S. Elm St.

Pulled pork or brisket sandwiches, a bag of chips, a drink and a cookie are available for $10.

To offer donations to the fundraiser or to volunteer, contact Sheran Casey or Flo Cleburn.

Home fires make up the vast majority of the disaster responses for the American Red Cross with the volunteers responding to an average of seven fires a day within the Texas Gulf Coast Region. In December, one such family in Trinity experienced the compassion that comes from Red Cross volunteers responding in their time of need providing hope and help.

Local Disaster Program Manager, Jeff Burns, had this to say about the Deep East Disaster Volunteer Team, “Our local volunteer team is made up of some of the most caring and committed people in our community. I am grateful to work alongside this amazing group as they provide hope and help during times of emergency.”

As the winter months turn colder, the fire responses will continue stretching the local disaster response team. The Red Cross is actively seeking new individuals to join the team to help grow our capacity to ensure families never have to face these emergencies alone. For more information about how to volunteer visit redcross.org/volunteertoday or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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City ponders increase in fees

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Trinity City SignBy Tony Farkas
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TRINITY — Because of increases in costs related to providing Trinity with water, sewer and solid waste disposal services, the Trinity City Council explored the possibility of raising rates.

However, at the regular meeting on Thursday, Council Member Bubba Smith made it clear at the beginning of the discussion he was not in favor of any rate increases.

“We have a lot of people that a $2-$3 increase will affect,” he said. “I understand about inflation, but I don’t want to raise the rate at all until you can show me it’s needed.”

Council Member Scott Womack said that the budget for this year, which the council approved, included a modest rate increase.

Council Member Clegg DeWalt said it would be a good idea to look at a profit and loss statement, even though as a board they knew a rate hike was in the future.

Smith sought an answer for the actual figure the rates would be raised, but there was no information. Regardless, he did say that he understands that the costs need to be covered by rates but questioned if rates for senior citizens could be frozen.

The item was tabled until figures can be obtained.

In a related matter, the council adopted a policy that for any new construction, or any major plumbing done to existing homes, a water shutoff valve must be installed on the customer side of the water service.

In other business, the council:

•awarded a construction contract for water system improvements to Duplichain Contractors;

•denied a request from Rodna Smith with Back Porch Bar & Grill to extend city sewer service to their business;

•tabled a discussion about adopting a portion of road to provide egress to property on Avanna Street for more information; and

•awarded a contract for servicing city vehicles to Trinity Muffler.

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Bailes Honored as Legislator of the Year at Deep East Texas Reception

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District 18 Rep. Ernest Bailes (left) accepts Legislator of the Year Award from Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) President, Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison (center) and DETCOG President-Elect San Augustine County Judge Jeff Boyd (right) at the Deep East Texas Reception in Austin. Courtesy photoDistrict 18 Rep. Ernest Bailes (left) accepts Legislator of the Year Award from Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) President, Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison (center) and DETCOG President-Elect San Augustine County Judge Jeff Boyd (right) at the Deep East Texas Reception in Austin. Courtesy photoSpecial to the News-Standard

AUSTIN — More than 100 people packed the Trademark Room of the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown in Austin Monday night for the Deep East Texas Reception.

The event, honoring State Officials and Legislators representing the Deep East Texas region, was held the night before the convening of the 88th Session of the Texas Legislature. It provides an opportunity for Deep East Texans and their elected officials to come together in a show of regional unity.

Members of the Deep East Texas legislative delegation, including Sen. Robert Nichols and Reps. Trent Ashby, Ernest Bailes and Travis Clardy attended as guests of honor.

“We are so proud of our Senator and all our Representatives and are so blessed to have them working on our behalf in Austin,” said Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison, president of both DETCOG and the Commissioners and Judges Association. “It is so important for us to support the legislators who represent us at the Capitol. As a region, collectively we have a much bigger and more effective voice.”

Bailes, who is beginning his fourth term representing Texas House District 18, was recognized as the Deep East Texas Legislator of the Year for 2023.

“Ernest Bailes has been an effective voice for Deep East Texas and he is very deserving of this recognition,” said Hardin County Commissioner Chris Kirkendall, past president of the Deep East Texas County Commissioners and Judges Association. “He is knowledgeable about our needs and responsive to his constituents. We are fortunate to have him working for us in Austin.”

In addition to and the Deep East Texas commissioners and judges, sponsors of the 2023 reception include all 11 counties of the region (Angelina, Houston, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity and Tyler) as well as the cities of Crockett, Lufkin, Nacogdoches and Woodville.

Other sponsors were East Texas Electric Cooperative; Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP; Oncor, Traylor & Associates; Magellan Broadband; The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas and Naskila Gaming; Stephen F. Austin State University; Burke; Georgia-Pacific; Texas Forestry Association; Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott LLP; Raymond K. Vann & Associates; Southside Bank; Angelina & Neches River Authority; Lower Neches Valley Authority; Sabine River Authority; and Roy O Martin Corrigan OSB.

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