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October 19th 2013

Lions from across East Texas live up to their motto, “WE SERVE”

ORANGE - Lions from across 16 counties in Eastern Texas came to Orange last weekend for a District Cabinet Meeting.

District 2-S1 of the Texas Lions includes 52 individual Lions Clubs, 3 Lioness Clubs, and 9 Leo Clubs.  There are five Lions Clubs in Orange County; the Orange Lions Club hosted the quarterly Cabinet Meeting held on the campus of Lamar State College – Orange.

The mission statement of Lions International is “to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.”

These Lions not only talk-the-talk, they walk-the-walk.  Even with all of the rain-soaked ground in Orange, a large group of local and visiting Lions spent time cleaning up areas in Orange, West Orange and Pinehurst.

Coordinated by Keep Orange County Beautiful, teams went out and picked up litter in four different locations around town. 

Wal-Mart #777 in Orange, Shangri La Botanical Gardens, and the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce each provided supplies in support of the cleanup teams.   Orange is lucky to have such cooperation among private sector and non-profit organizations working together to improve our community.


Lions Club District 2-S1 Cleanup

2013-10-20 Lions CleanUp

September 17th 2013

KOCB brings Southeast Texas RC&D together with Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated ISD for a grant of $2,362.50 towards the purchase of a new school bus, replacing an older bus with less efficient air pollution controls.   The grant was made possible through SEP funding from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

August 15th 2013

Beautifying Orange for 60 years.

Born in Center, Texas in 1925 and arriving in Orange in 1941 Alvin Johnson has worked many jobs including a long stint with the railroad and another with American Bridge.  For sixty plus years throughout his 88 years of life he has also continuously and consistently picked up trash on the streets of Orange sporting a straw hat in the summertime and in the winter wearing a warmer Santa Claus hat.

Collecting and recycling cans have allowed him to supplement his income; but money is not the reason he walks.  He does it for the benefit of exercise and beautifies the streets at the same time.

He doesn’t know how many miles he has walked over the years but as the tall, gangly Mr. Johnson says; “Exercise is good for you.”

Keep Orange County Beautiful, the local non-profit affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful is proud to recognize Mr. Alvin Johnson as a Hometown Beautification Hero. 

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June 24, 2013 - Networking pays off for Erica’s Nursery and St Mary Catholic School.

Erica’s Nursery on Winfree Road near the junction of Highways 62 and 105 in Orange has closed for the summer after a successful sale of her inventory. 

But there was more than just inventory.  Erica had an extensive personal collection of daylilies that she kept for herself.  They needed personal care and that would not be available this summer at the nursery.  So she looked for help.

Erica turned to Mrs. Sandra Hoke to find a good home for the daylilies, where they would be taken care of and appreciated.  Mrs. Hoke hoped they could also be seen and beautify the area.  Some went to the Orange County Courthouse, some to the Vidor city hall.  But there were still so many left.

Then Mrs. Hoke turned to Keep Orange County Beautiful.   KOCB connected her with St Mary Catholic School and in just a few days all of the remaining beautiful plants were in the ground at the school on Bob Hall Road in Orange.

Mrs. Donna Darby, newly appointed principal at St. Mary’s was thrilled with the connection and said, “I can't wait to share this gift to St. Mary's with the community.  Orange is blessed to have so many people and organizations that care about others.  When they find one another through networking, lots of good things happen.”

Coincidentally, the early years of KOCB were closely aligned with daylilies through David Brown and Dennis Davis, who, during their lifetime, lived at Pinehurst Gardens next to the Brown Center in Orange and were major benefactors to Keep Orange County Beautiful, then known as Gateway Cities Proud.   Pinehurst Gardens had approximately 350,000 day lilies lining the flower beds of the 20-acre landscaped estate and David and Dennis donated day lily bulbs for an annual fall sale as a beautification project. 


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Principal and Mrs Hoke

Southeast Texas RC&D

With the help of TCEQ funds, Southeast Texas Rescource Conservation & Development  was able to assist Orange County with their abandoned tire collection. 

Orange County delivered these tires to Liberty Tire Recycling in Baytown, TX where the tires are turned into sustainable products.

2013-07-31 RCD tires photo

Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commision will sponsor Household Hazardous Material Collection Day May 18th 2013 in Silsbee.

April 30, 2013 - KOCB Honors Good Samaritan at Wal-Mart in Orange

March 6th 2013 - Parking Lot clean up on 16th St

To help improve the appearance of our area in advance of the Bassmaster Elite Series fishing tournament, KOCB sponsored a parking lot cleanup on the 16th Street entrance to Orange from Interstate 10.  For only $20 a business could get their yellow parking aids pressure washed.  For a small additional fee the whole lot could be washed and new paint applied.  Thanks go to www.BlueSonicWash.com for a job well done.  Click on the photo to enlarge.



February 27th 2013 Sabine River Cleanup Report

I am pleased to report a very successful River Clean-Up. On February 27th at 8:00am Airboatrides Inc. Started at Blue Birds Park with 2 tour boats and a rented workboat from American Airboats. Stan Floyd also used his boat for a period of time.  Along with a hand full of volunteers some in their own boats we proceeded to gather trash and debris from I-10 to Orange public boat ramp. With a short break around 11:30 for lunch we continued until around 4:00pm at which time everyone was exhausted and out 30 yard Waste Management dumpster was over filled.

I am pleased to report that we recovered 18 refrigerators that were hauled off by a private party, around 50 tires which were hauled off as well, numerous plastic barrels and foam blocks, and enough plastic glass and aluminum bottles and cans to fill 300 large industrial trash bags.

Also collected were items such as ice coolers, tackle boxes, fishing lures and line, 1 dead hog carcass behind Blue Birds, a steel framed old car backseat (heavy heavy), even a few stoves and a shower.

The County Record newspaper did an excellent article on the event. CLICK


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The City Council of Pinehurst recognized Creative Upholstery on Martin Street as the latest member of the Adopt-A-Street program in the City.  Martin Street between Strickland and Park Ave is also called “Snake Road” because of its curves roughly paralleling Adams Bayou, and has been a favorite of litterers for years.CreativeUpholstery-800

Keep Orange County Beautiful recruited Rosemary Vasquez, owner of Creative Upholstery, to step up and clean the street in front of her business.   Ms Vasquez said, “A big part of our job at Creative Upholstery is to clean up messes created by others.  You wouldn’t believe some of the disaster cases we have turned into beautiful seating areas.  So it was just a natural for us to extend out into the community and help to clean up the messes left behind by litterers on our street.”

The City will be putting signs up on Snake Road at Strickland and at Park Avenue identifying the area as one adopted by Creative Upholstery.  Shown with the signs in the photo is Rosemary Vasquez, owner, shaking hands with Mayor Joseph L. "Pete" Runnels.  Also present were two board members from Keep Orange County Beautiful:  Harry Vine, Code Enforcement Officer for Pinehurst, and J David Derosier

Creative Upholstery is located at 3109 Martin Street, Orange TX 77630.  They can be contacted at (409) 779-8139 or via their website at www.upholsteryorange.com.

Phase I - Sabine River Cleanup 2013

County Record 1-30-2013

The Orange Leader 1-30-2013


Beautification Award

Each calendar quarter KOCB, together with the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce and the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce, present an award to one residence and one business that best exemplifies the idea to Keep Orange County Beautiful.

Click here to see the current award sites.

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