Each year Lions Clubs all over the country sponsor special needs kids to a camp in Kerrville, Texas called Texas Lions Camp, www.lionscamp.com. It a fun filled week for kids with diabetes, Downs Syndrome and other special needs. At this camp, campers get to do things they’ve only dreamed about, like ride horses, play baseball, swim, do crafts and meet lots of new friends, and for mom and dad, the best part is, they get a tiny rest. In the summer of 2019 the Pittsburg Lions Club excitedly sponsored then 10 year old Aumi Strube to Lions Camp. Our club fell in love with Aumi and have kept in touch with her and her parents, Michele and Bradley Strube, on a regular basis.
Sheila Brown, of Pittsburg, will be starring as Ethel Banks in Theatre Longview’s upcoming production of “Barefoot in the Park” by Neil Simon. Brown and her husband Lynn, a native of Pittsburg, returned to the area 15 years ago to care for their parents. Brown recently retired from the Upshur County Shared Services Arrangement where she worked as a speech pathologist. After retiring, she decided to pursue her love of theatre and a year ago, on a whim, auditioned for and was cast in a role in Theatre Longview’s “Dixie Swim Club.”
The Camp County EMS membership drive was established 41 years ago to assist with financing the newly formed ambulance service. Today the drive continues as a service to the community. “A membership with Camp County EMS helps to protect people from unforeseen out of pocket medical expenses,” said Director Mike Reynolds. The average cost of an ambulance transport is $800 and your typical BCBS plan only pays 80% of the expenses. The patient is then required to pay the additional 20%, approximately $200, out of pocket. Membership with the Camp County EMS is $30 for an individual membership and $48 for a family. “If you have only one ambulance trip in a year, you’ve more than paid for your membership,” added Reynolds.
As thousands fled southeast Texas ahead of Hurricane Laura, Texas A&M promoted an Ike Dike as a critical way to protect the region from devastating damage.
60 YEARS AGO: Gene Brison, PHS class of ‘63, was a band director in the San Antonio area for much of his career.