ORANGE — Ex-student, Mrs. Wanda Simar, from the class of 1950 gives back to her alma mater. St. Mary Catholic School could not be more honored to display the new altar clothes made by Mrs. Simar recently. Simar did not hesitate when asked for her sewing expertise in making new altar clothes for the school. Simar says she enjoyed her time here at St. Mary and has many fond memories. She loved all the rituals and processions, especially the Holy Thursday procession throughout the church. The altar boys started the procession with the girls all dressed in white following them and strewing real flower petals on the aisle. Father was next with the monstrance under a canopy carried by four altar boys. When asked what was her least favorite memory, she replied that she loved to talk and some-times got in trouble for it. She was smart, so she finished her work quickly…then she would talk. All except one of her teachers were Dominican Sisters – who were all very strict. All the younger students used to think that “The Nuns” as they used to call them, were from a different planet. Her favorite subject was math. They had daily Mass and in order to receive communion, you had to fast from midnight until after Mass. This meant no breakfast so they would bring thermoses filled with hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls to eat after-wards. At Mass, everything was in Latin, and the altar boy responded – not the people in the pews like today. She has three children who all went to St. Mary. Her husband, Roy, she met in second grade, and they were what you would call, “Childhood Sweethearts.” She believes that the biggest change between students at St. Mary now and then is the children have more freedom today. When Mrs. Simar attended St Mary, students always did what the nuns said; you would never say “no”, it was just unheard of!
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Bridge City Police Beat (March 30 - April 5, 2014)
The Bridge City Police Department responded to the following calls from March 30 - April 5, 2014.
Marissa Anderson, Family and Consumer Science teacher at Vidor High School, invited two guest speakers from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), Kathy Hernandez and Dani Simien, to speak to students at the school recently.
NAACP to hold candidates forum on Tuesday
The May 10 general election is just around the corner and one organization wants to make sure voters are well informed on candidates in two specific races.
Library Family of the Year announced
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) presented the Garmon family of Orange with their annual Library Family of the Year award at the Orange Public Library Saturday morning.
OCP concludes season with ‘Les Misérables’
The Orange Community Players is ending its 2013-2014 season in fine style.
Texas Bar-B-Q Festival will feature new rides, large cook-off contest
The Texas Bar-B-Q Festival is back for another four-day weekend full of excitement, carnival rides and games, music, and tasty food.
Nichols meets with Orange County agriculture leaders
Sen. Robert Nichols, in partnership with the Texas Agrilife Extension, conducted a round table discussion with agriculture leaders from Orange County on Tuesday.
Releasing butterflies, celebrating the Earth
The seventh annual butterfly release at Shangri La Botanial Gardens, the most popular attraction of each year’s Eco-Fest celebration, was attended by hundreds of area residents on Friday.
Ready, Set, Hunt....
The City of Orange held its annual Easter egg hunt on Friday morning...
Student of the Month
The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce recognized Brittany Dowdle, at middle, as the Orangefield High School “Student of the Month”
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