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San Augustine Chamber News Letter


There was a well-attended meeting at the Log Cabin
(Chamber of Commerce Building) last week, for those interested as serving
as a *volunteer for the Red Cross*, to make a positive difference preparing
for and responding to disasters, including hurricanes, floods, tornadoes,
house fires, and any other type of disaster.  If you missed the meeting and
have questions please call Scott Brawley 936-238-3328 or Tressie Simon
936-275-2707 or 713-502-5544.
We are having a *Blood Drive at the Chamber tomorrow, 3/17* with fabulous
free t-shirts, juice and cookies.  [image: Inline image 3]*Please come and
show your support! * The Blood Donation vehicle will be at the Log Cabin
from 11 to 2:30.
Also tomorrow, *Shelby Savings Bank celebrates the Grand Opening of their
new ATM [image: Inline image 11]in Chireno* at Hwy 21 and FM 95 - they will
be doing *on site demos* of how to deposit checks and enjoy other
functionality, AND *handing out hot dogs *from 11 to 2, so it's your *lucky
free lunch Friday! 
*Mission Dolores* is wrapping up their 'Staycation' week for the kiddos with*
Music Making and Spear Throwing events on Friday and Saturday, *respectively,
from 1 to 3 pm.  There will also be another informative* Lunch 'n Learn *next
Friday, 3/24, celebrating *Women of the Republic of Texas.  *They've got a
lot of exciting things happening in April also, including a L&L on Historic
Cemeteries and a fun Easter Egg event for the little ones.
Next week there will be a Veteran's Rural Outreach
event at SA First United Methodist Church sponsored by the Burke Center -
for questions contact Jeff Headrick, MVPN Volunteer Coordinator at
(936)225-2887  or  *10 am Veteran's Rural
Outreach event at SA First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, March 21,
*Our next Membership Meeting is next Tuesday, March 21, with guest speaker
Dr. Philip Reynolds and business of the Month - San Augustine Main Street.
The *National Forests and Grasslands in Texas* (NFGT) are initiating
Forest Plan Revision*. They say, "Forest Plans are the overarching documents that
guide all management decisions and activities on lands managed by the
United States Forest Service.  You don't need a degree in forestry or
resource management to be involved. *We want you involved and we value your
opinions!* The NFGT will be hosting six meetings between March 20thand
April 6th 2017 in communities near the National Forest and Grassland units.
During this first round of public meetings, we will be asking for your
thoughts on issues or concerns you may have about the forests and
grasslands as well as existing management that you would like to see
carried forward through plan revision. Please bring your past
experiences from the forests and grasslands to share with the group and
think about how you would like to see the National Forests and Grasslands
in Texas managed over the next 10-20 years."  This will be very important
as items to be discussed include how to use our forest lands, including
whether or not oil and gas drilling / revenues are allowed.  Forest lands
are a wonderful resource but often do not contribute to the tax base of
their home counties.  Come have your opinion count and your voice
*March 22, 6-8 pm, the Log Cabin, *611 W Columbia St., San Augustine, TX  
Next weekend we have the San Augustine County 4-H
Livestock Show and Chili Cook-off, always a good time and great way to
support the kids!
There is a *Stone Fort Museum Lunch & Learn* coming up on March 30 with
local author Gary Pinkerton, who wrote the book *Trammel’s Trace: The First
Road to Texas from the North* to tell the story of the early road from
Arkansas to Texas.  This  event is part of the spring Culinary Café events
on campus. The Café is run by the Hospitality program at SFA and the
luncheon menu will be Latin themed. There is a cost for the lunch of
$10.00. Gary will give a presentation on Trammel’s Trace and will stick
around to sell books and talk about this old road.  Lunch tickets must be
purchased in advance – call 936-468-2408 

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