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Sculpter Victor Picou, shown here at work, won an award for “Venusian Light.”

All roads lead back home. At least they do for artist Victor Picou, who has strayed far from his Golden Triangle upbringing to become a renowned California artist. The youngest of 16 children, Picou has a lot of family to return to when he makes his way back to Texas roughly once a year.

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Forklift driver Raymond Moutan works at the Southeast Texas Food Bank.

While the holidays are a time for cheer, celebration and religious observance, it is also a chance to reflect on the problem of hunger for many Southeast Texans.

Hunger and Homelessness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving, from Nov. 15-23 this year, to promote the effort to end hunger and homelessness, also affording an opportunity to examine the problem of poverty in Texas.

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Photo by Brandi Haskett

Like Dorothy and Toto, children in state care yearn to find a loving home after being lost for so long, and on Nov. 21 nearly 30 children followed the yellow brick road to a wonderful wizard, who granted their wish.

On National Adoption Day, Judge Randy Shelton of the 279th District Court and his cast of workers and volunteers made these children’s dreams come true, just in time for the holidays.

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Food! So much food! Leftovers from Thanksgiving can be quite overwhelming, especially when you are lying on the couch recuperating from the food coma brought on by the turkey, ham, and all the other fixings. But what’s going to happen when you are no longer stuffed from stuffing? Leftovers can be a nightmare, and turn into a boring routine for the next several days. But they don’t have to be. Fun, delicious, and some downright creative possibilities for that green bean casserole are just a click away.

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Local 399 donates 100 coats for the children of CPS in Southeast Texas.

At the beginning of the coldest time of the year, firefighters from Beaumont Professional Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 399 donated 100 coats to children Monday, Nov. 17. Children in the custody of Child Protective Services around Southeast Texas are now able to keep warm and look stylish in the cozy coats from Operation Warm. The coats are made in the USA and the organization is sponsored by the national organization of firefighters.

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