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When a community’s economy is healthy and business grows; trees are often removed for additional concrete parking.  Sabine Federal Credit Union is expanding but instead of removing trees; they are planting more canopy trees as part of their Business Beautification landscape on Strickland Drive in Orange.

For a community that has lost half its tree canopy in the past 15 years and is located in the middle of a busier than ever Interstate Highway with thousands of vehicles emitting carbon dioxide it is a generous and noble act to Protect, Preserve, Propagate & Plant BIG TREES! Trees remove air pollution.  Large canopy trees breathe in atmospheric carbon dioxide and breath out oxygen as well as acting as a filtering device for dust and other pollutants. An acre of trees absorb 6 tons of carbon dioxide and produces 4 tons of life giving oxygen.

KEEP ORANGE COUNTY BEAUTIFUL’S ongoing mission of “More Trees, Less Trash” is pleased to recognize Sabine’s efforts by awarding them the Business Beautification Award!  Trees make the community; the big ones with gravity defying branches that embody the soul of a place.  Abundant towering pine, oak and cypress have played an important role throughout Orange’s history.   The value of trees adds to the desirability of urban areas for personal and business location. Trees mean good business. Customers prefer to shop at shaded and well-landscaped businesses.

Adding to their existing canopy of live oak trees, Sabine Credit Union chose the Montezuma Cypress, a fast-growing, large tree to 70 feet tall and a thick trunk up to 6 feet in diameter or more. Unlike the closely related bald cypress, this species does not produce "knees."  Before harvested the cypress was once common along river banks in Mexico and especially along the Rio Grand in Texas   The largest reported tree of this species, the "Tule tree," near Oaxaca, Mexico, measures over 125 feet tall with a circumference over 150 feet!

Sabine Federal Credit Union is a proud community partner since 1948 when first chartered to serve the employees of DuPont SRW plant in Orange, TX.  They’ve grown to serve over 14,000 members around Jefferson, Hardin and Orange Counties. Currently having two offices in Orange and expansion plans to branch out into Bridge City this summer, also an Instant Teller location is being deployed in Orangefield on 1442.

A credit union is a unique financial institution. It is not a bank. It is not a savings and loan association. In fact, it isn’t really in existence for the purpose of making money.   A credit union is actually a financial cooperative. It is owned by the members and enables all of the members to pool their savings, lend to one another, and own the organization where they save, borrow, and receive other financial services.   When you’re a member of a credit union, you’re an owner.

In addition to Sabine FCU’s philosophy of:  “not for profit, but for service” they also adhere to the belief that environmental conservation and economic development go hand in hand!  A balance between the two creates a surrounding that members, residents and visitors feel happy to come back to time and time again
Keep Orange County Beautiful, the local non-profit affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful is proud to recognize Sabine FCU for their conservation and beautification efforts of their business and our community.  For more information on Keep Orange County Beautiful visit our website at www.KOCB.org.  Or visit us on facebook at Keep Orange County Beautiful.

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Trash-Off and Tire Clean Up announced for Orange County

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 16, 2019
Orange Leader




Please register a team today and be part of the movement to beautify our community

It’s Trash-Off time once again.

The 24th annual Community Trash-Off and Tire Clean Up is scheduled from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at the City of Orange Boat Ramp, located on Simmons Drive in Orange, Texas with a rain date of March 9, 2019. This year’s Community Trash-Off is generously presented by INVISTA and hosted by Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.

Tire Clean Up is hosted by Keep Orange County Beautiful and Superior Tire and Service in collaboration with Southeast Texas Resource Conservation and Development.  Orange County residents can bring up to eight tires to be recycled at no cost.

Orange County residents are encouraged to come out, take pride in their community, and help clean up trash and tires from area neighborhoods and waterways. Show your community pride and join us for a morning of good CLEAN fun!

Participating teams and individuals will enjoy a free pizza lunch after the event. To register a team or individual, visit shangrilagardens.org to download registration and waiver forms. Teams are limited to three – five members, but groups are encouraged to register several teams.

For more information, contact Amanda Shillings at ashillings@shangrilagardens.org or at 409-670-0803.




In celebration of Trees
Published February 16, 2019
By Dawn Burleigh,  The Orange Leader


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Keep Orange County Beautiful (KOCB) presented Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Club with the First Quarter KOCB Beautification Award on Thursday.

After a majority of the trees were destroyed in Hurricane Rita in 2005, KOCB donated and helped plant several trees, six years ago, on the property of Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Club located at the corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Strickland Drive in Pinehurst.

Now, the trees are flourishing along with majestic Pines planted by Edgar Brown Sr.  

KOCB selected the location because “its a generous and noble act to Protect, Preserve, Propagate and plant BIG Trees.”

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Captain Jan and Captain Francisco Zuniga attended The Salvation Army’s Evangeline Booth College in Atlanta Georgia.

Both were Commissioned and Ordained in 2009 and have served as Officers of The Salvation Army four years in Austin, four years in Waxahachie, and presently on their second year in Orange County.

They have two daughters, Sofia, 8, and Ana, 4.

Zuniga’s heart and passion is to serve others thru the ministry of The Salvation Army.  They hope to remain in Orange for a minimum of another three years and continue to be a part of a community engaged in not only meeting the human, physical need but the Spiritual need as well.




Photo: David Derosier, right, and Deborah Bednar, past and current presidents of Keep Orange County Beautiful, promote a March 2 Community Trash Off and Tire Disposal Drive at Tuesday’s meeting of county commissioners’ court

February 5th 2019


Dave Rogers
For The Record

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Orange County commissioners put their money where their mouth is Tuesday, contributing $500 to help with a Community Trash Off and Tire Disposal Drive being held March 2 by Keep Orange County Beautiful.

The Community Trash Off – set to begin at 8 a.m. this year at the Orange Boat Ramp — has been an annual event in Orange since 1995, started by a small group of concerned citizens who began by cleaning trash out of Adams Bayou.

 The Stark Foundation got involved in 2002 when the planning for Shangri La Gardens began.

Today, the Trash Off includes efforts to clean not only Adams Bayou, but the Sabine River and the streets of Orange, inehurst and West Orange.

Volunteers have collected more than 100 tons of trash since the annual event began.

KOCB is working with Southeast Texas Resource Conservation and Development, a community outreach arm of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and Superior Tire on the tire disposal drive.

The drive will begin

Commissioners voted 5-0 to both endorse the event and spend the $500 to help defer administrative costs.

Current KOCB president Deborah Bednar and past president David Derosier promoted the March 2 event to the commissioners during Tuesday’s weekly meeting.

The group has also partnered with the City of Orange for Second Saturday Trash Pickups and started a recycling program at West Orange-Cove schools.

The group also struck a chord when anti-littering efforts came up.

“Litter in the county is out of control,” Commissioner Theresa Beauchamp said.

“It’s an epidemic in Orange County,” Commissioner Johnny Trahan said.

“What we’d like to see,” KOCB member Sandra Cash said, “is a coordinated effort between the cities and the county to update and enforce anti-littering ordinances.”

KOCB receives support from Commissioners Court

By Dawn Burleigh
 Orange Leader (click for link to article)

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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Orange County will be participating in the annual Trash Off and Tire Disposal Drive in the City of Orange which is scheduled for Saturday, March 2.  Speaking for Keep Orange County Beautiful were Deborah Bednar and J David Derosier in support of efforts to clean up trash and especially the disposal of old tires.

This year’s Trash Off will be a joint effort of Shangri La and Keep Orange County Beautiful.  The Trash Off will start at the City of Orange Boat Ramp and then spread out across the city to collect trash, litter, and even tires.

The Commissioners Court approved a $500 contribution to Southeast Texas Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) which is aligned with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in the disposal of the old tires that will be collected.  The contribution will be used to defer administrative costs for RC&D.  Commissioner Robert Viator reminded the Court the City of Vidor started a similar trash pickup two years ago for that end of the county.



Opportunity to support KOCB
2019 Message from the Chair

Keep Orange County Beautiful (KOCB) is a registered D/B/A for Gateway Cities Proud - Southeast Texas Inc., a Texas non-profit corporation.  KOCB has been active in Orange County since 1997.

KOCB is managed by its Board of Directors. KOCB does not have members in the traditional sense of the word. Instead “membership” is considered to be the Board of Directors and any official members of committees and sub-committees. KOCB is always seeking volunteers for their various projects promoting litter prevention, recycling, and beautification in Orange County. KOCB is affiliated with Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep American Beautiful.

The KOCB mission includes:

  • Educating the general public through local school districts and other youth and civic groups on Recycling and Litter Prevention in Orange County.
  • Advocating for stronger anti-litter laws and consistent enforcement of those laws.
  • Supporting the City of Orange in their effort to beautify 16th Street, Orange as the entrance into our City and County from the Interstate 10 corridor. 
  • In 2018, KOCB:
  • Resumed awarding the Quarterly Beautification Award to local businesses.
  • Distributed recycling information at the Earth Day Eco-Fest and Bridge City’s National Night Out. 
  • Helped start a recycling program in West Orange-Cove CISD, and helped sponsor Second Saturday Trash pick-ups with Orange Mayor Larry Spears.
  • Developed and ran the Marigold, The Runaway Scarecrow event on Face Book to promote Shangri La Gardens Scarecrow Festival and participating businesses on 16th Street, Orange.
  • KOCB is kicking off 2019 by working with Shangri La Gardens on the annual Trash-Off, and this year, adding a Tire Disposal Drive.
  • The event will be held on Saturday, March 2 at the City of Orange Boat Ramp. 
  • KOCB has secured funding through Southeast Texas Resource Conservation and Development (SETex RC&D). 
  • Other projects we are considering this year include a Water Way Clean Up in the summer and an E-Waste Collection and Disposal in the fall. 
  • Our long-term vision for KOCB focuses on:
  • Influencing the general public to take pride in Orange County by “Reducing Trash and Raising More Trees”. 
  • Encouraging youth and families to demonstrate the importance of the environment to their community through personal commitment and volunteerism.
  • Sustaining Orange County’s alignment with TCEQ, Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful.
  • KOCB is a non-partisan organization.  As an organization we generally do not endorse or align ourselves with candidates or partisan efforts.  KOCB is dedicated to the beauty of Orange County, to the people that live here, and to the efforts that have been and will continue to be needed to Keep Orange County Beautiful. More about our organization can be learned on Facebook at Keep Orange County Beautiful.




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