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Letter from the desk of Bill McCoy (December 2017)

The Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce its officers and directors for 2018. These area business leaders volunteer their time to ensure the chamber meets its mission and goals. They set policy, goals and projects and ensure the chamber is properly funded. These dedicated people could not accomplish this task without the support of their companies. These community leaders will begin their year term on January 1, 2018.


Letter from the desk of Regina Lindsey (December 2017)

It is that time of year. We have all finished the turkey at Thanksgiving, survived Black Friday, decorated the house for Christmas, and your mailbox and e-mail is being inundated with request for charitable giving to local nonprofits. Why do appeals increase at year’s end? Because the year-end holidays are a time of religious and moral reflection that inspire many people to reach out to those who are less fortunate. Less altruistically but still important, donors need to make their end-of-year giving decisions by Dec. 31 to qualify for a tax deduction in this calendar year.

Letter from the desk of Ida Schossow (December 2017)

Local businesses in Orange County were hit hard as a result of Hurricane Harvey. It is up to each of us to help make these businesses a success. I know no one is going to commit to shop local 100 percent of the time, but give serious thought to what percentage you can commit to. You can make the difference this holiday season.
When you shop local, you will be helping local charities. Local businesses give more to our charities, youth teams and events, but they can’t support our community without your patronage. Gift more thoughtfully this year by shopping local.

A two-million-job issue

The clock is ticking on a two-million-job issue: finding a permanent solution to replace Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The DACA program allows individuals who entered the United States as children to remain here for school or work. Nearly 800,000 persons across the country are enrolled in the program, and approximately 124,300 of these individuals (often called “Dreamers”) live in Texas.

Groves eatery revives family recipes, mom-and-pop spirit

For Kevin Smith, bringing back Monceaux’s to Mid-County means more than just bringing back a popular restaurant dating back decades. He’s also keeping his mother’s memory alive, and her treasured recipes.

The late Helen McKinney was the cook at the original Monceaux’s in Port Arthur and brought her recipes with her when she began working there.

“Monceaux’s was famous for their shakes, hot dogs and hamburgers, but when my mom started working there, she brought stuffed shrimp, crab burgers, her tartar sauce recipe, and it blew up,” Smith said.

Why me?

My apology if in a prior column I came across like a ’60s college freshman after having read Siddhartha for the first time, though I must confess that I’m still giddy about “Extreme Ownership” by Leif Babin and Jocko Willink and keep rereading it and taking more notes, and hopefully, the truth of it will prove to be more substantial than the passing vapor of what I learned as a part-time seeker at age 19.

Letter from the desk of Ida Schossow


As I sit here to write this letter today, I am thinking where do I even start? So much has happened since Aug. 29. We want to help the business community recover and return to normal as soon as possible. The one thing I want everyone to know is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The time references for us will now be before Harvey and after Harvey. One thing I know for sure: Orange County will come back stronger than we were before!

From the desk of Bill McCoy (October 2017)

Month 1, AFTER THE FLOOD. The flood closed the Port Arthur Chamber for about 10 days Not because our building flooded, but every employee had flooding in their house or their parents’ house. As soon as we returned, between trips to meet with insurance adjusters and contractors, the staff began finalizing plans for a local vendors and contractors workshop with CB&I on how to do business with CB&I on the TOTAL project and future projects in Port Arthur. This event was held on Sept. 27 at the Carl Parker Center in downtown Port Arthur.

Letter from the desk of Regina Lindsey (October 2017)


Following Hurricane Harvey’s landfall on Friday, Aug. 25, Southeast Texas faced unprecedented rainfall levels. While the Houston area saw an average of 43 inches of rain, an average of 54 inches fell on the Golden Triangle, with the majority falling on Port Arthur and Orange, as noted by the National Weather Service.

From the desk of Ida Schossow (August 2017)

The Chamber is pleased to announce that the Bassmaster Elite Series Fishing Tournament will return to Orange County on April 6-9, 2018.