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Derosier named hometown beautification hero  November 4, 2014

KDavid-Derosier-hometown-heroeep Orange County Beautiful’s prestigious Top Banana award was awarded to David Derosier, making him a “Hometown Beautification Hero.” Derosier served as chair of the non-profit affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful for four years. Under his leadership KOCB whose beautification focus is Trees and Trash has realized many accomplishments. Networking with other organizations, municipalities and entities has been an integral part of KOCB’s beautification efforts and Derosier was integral in this process.

KOCB sponsored two E-Waste Recycling Collections for Orange County in conjunction with Southeast Texas Resource Conservation & Development. Residents and businesses were able to clear out their electronic waste including computers, TV’s, laptops, monitors, DVD, VCR, MP3 players, and other electronic gadgets – anything with a plug or battery and all sorts of household electrical appliances to be recycled. According to Derosier “These devices are bad for our landfills not only because of their bulk and size but all of them contain at least one or two chemicals that can be highly toxic. The need to keep E-waste out of our landfills has become a major issue with municipalities and businesses – and should be foremost in the minds of the general public as well.”

KOCB, together with the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce and the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce presented beautification awards to residences and business that best exemplifies the idea to Keep Orange County Beautiful. The City of Pinehurst was the recipient of a Grant from KOCB for planting crepe myrtles along Strickland Dr. A Project team from Leadership Southeast Texas installed flowers and shrubs at Veteran’s Memorial in front of VFW on Highway 87 in Orange. KOCB added funding for trees, turf and a maintenance watering system. KOCB partnered with American Asso University Women in planting trees lost during the hurricane on Salvation Army property. KOCB participated in Sabine River clean ups with American Airboats; Trash offs with Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center sponsored by Invista; “Adopt a Street” program and many other community beautification programs.

For his service and dedication to beautifying our community and for adhering to the creed that it is a generous and noble act to protect, preserve, propagate and plant large canopy trees. Keep Orange County Beautiful is proud to recognize David Derosier as our Hometown Beautification Hero. For more information on Keep Orange County Beautiful visit our website at www.KOCB.org.
[Reprinted from the Orange County Record]

Shred It & Forget It
Saturday Oct 4th 2014

Better Business Bureau Serving Southeast Texas will host "Shred It & Forget It" on Saturday, October 4, at Kaplan College behind Parkdale Mall as part of an effort to reduce identity theft.  Since July 2006, 16 events have successfully been held in Southeast Texas. 
Shred-It will provide mobile shredding trucks for the one-day event.  BBB invites consumers to bring documents to be shredded for FREE. Bring up to five (5) boxes per vehicle.  (Box size is limited to a standard banker's box, approximately 10 x 12 x 15 inches.)  
For more information, call 409/835-5348 or debbiebridgeman@bbbsetexas.org.

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July 16th 2014
Bob's Tree Preservation is in town working on trees in Shangri La
Residents of Orange and Orange County who were here in 2005 remember the devastating effects of Hurricane Rita on the trees in this area. Many an old tree fell damaging the property they stood on. In many cases the trees toppled on homes further devastating families’ property. Sandra Cash of Orange remembers Rita. Cash called in tree expert Bob Thibodeaux to help spread the word on how to keep the trees up this hurricane season. His talk in downtown Orange was attended by maintenance supervisors from several local municipalities including Orange and Pinehurst. Cash loves trees especially live oaks and
does not want to see another calamity like Rita which took out 30 percent of the tree canopy in Orange. She is part of keep Orange County beautiful, and her main focus is trees keep Orange green. Thibodeaux of Bob’s Tree Preservation out of Church Point, Louisiana, is an admitted tree hugger. He says if you take care of your trees, they will take care of you by their beauty and providing needed oxygen in the air. Thibodeaux has some simple tips to keep trees healthy and up right this summer. Make sure you have good soil quality because the soil determines whether a tree is going to fall or not. Thibodeaux also emphasizes proper pruning techniques, and that means not over pruning. More often than not the less pruned the better according to Thibodeaux. He pointed out coastal trees like a healthy live oak in its natural setting can slow down winds by as much as 70 percent. Thibodeaux recommends bio-degradable fertilizer and avoid using any synthetic herbicide or fertilizer. Recycle dead material back into the soil to refurbish minerals and nutrients. He recommends cities like Orange join Tree City USA to increase awareness of trees and the benefit of their preservation. The cost to join Tree City USA is $2 per capita in the city seeking membership.

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As published on www.KOGT.com

The Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste and Scrap Tire Collection Event on Saturday, May `7th 2014, from 8 am to 1pm at the Bridge City Intermediate School parking lot  - 1029 West Roundbunch Road.

SETRPC-May 17th 2014
Household Hazardous Waste
Scrap Tire

Collection Day


The Better Business Bureau serving Southeast Texas will host Shred It & Forget It on Saturday, April 12, from 10am to 1pm, at Central Mall in Port Arthur as part of an effort to reduce identity theft. 

Shred It & Forget It
April 12th 2014

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Golden K 2014-04-02

Presentation to
Golden-K Kiwanis Club

April 2nd 2014



Orange, TX   March 31st 2014
Deep in the Heart of Beautiful, Downtown Historical Orange lives a magnificent and stately, century old LIVE OAK TREE.  It is clear that this Fourth Street specimen with its knurled roots and huge canopy has survived many a high wind and hurricane in its long lifetime.  Recently this Live Oak was the recipient of some much-needed tender loving care. 

The City of Orange was repairing a sidewalk damaged by a storm or just by years of abuse.  Street and Drainage crew headed by Division Manager Mike Marcantel noticed that just a few feet away the sidewalk buckled from the protruding roots of this stately tree.   Marcantel said, “Some citizens would have requested that the roots be removed in order to replace the sidewalk.  This would surely weakened the tree and make it very vulnerable to high winds.” 

Orange sidewalk

Tree-wise as well as streetwise the crew removed only the buckled sidewalk and replaced the area with sand and soil covering and protecting the roots.

It’s generous and noble  to protect, preserve, propagate and plant large canopy trees.  Keep Orange County Beautiful, the local non-profit affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful is proud to recognize the City of Orange’s Street and Drainage Department, as our Hometown Beautification Hero.

Published in the County Record, April 16th 2014  and the Orange Leader, and KOGT.com


This event was hosted by Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center & sponsored by Invista.

Here are a few stats: We filled two 40-yard dumpsters with trash; 309 participants, including participants from Japan and Mississippi joined us & we had 5 boats on the bayou. 61 pizzas donated; Gloves donated by Invista (event sponsor); Garbage bags donated by DuPont, JanPak, TXDot, and Sabine River Authority; Grabbers donated by Sabine River Authority, TCEQ, SETX Resource Conservation & Development, Keep Orange County Beautiful, DuPont; Orange safety vests donated by TXDoT.  During the lunch celebration, 192 prizes, which were donated by area businesses, were distributed! A huge thank you goes out to all involved!

Community Trash-Off 2014
February 1st 2014
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