U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) of Bryan discussed the passage of two bills last night—a 420-5 vote to overhaul the VA and a mostly party line vote to sue President Obama for executive overreach—and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs, Thursday, July 31.
Click below to listen to Congressman Bill Flores’ discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.
The president-elect of the Houston Bar Association, Laura Gibson, visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about a free legal clinic for veterans and spouses of deceased vets Saturday morning at the Bryan American Legion.
Here are details of Saturday’s clinic, courtesy of the Houston Bar Association:
· The clinic is Saturday, August 2, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. until Noon, at American Legion Post 159, 101 Waco St., Bryan TX 77803. No appointment necessary. You may want to bring documentation related to your legal issue, but it is not required.
· The clinic is sponsored by the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative, in cooperation with the Brazos County Bar Association. The American Legion Post is allowing us to use their facility, as they did for our January clinic there. The Veteran Resource Center at Texas A&M University has been very helpful in working with us on the clinic.
· Any veteran, or spouse of a deceased veteran, can sit down with a volunteer attorney for one-on-one advice and counsel on many legal issues–family law, consumer law, wills and probate, real estate, tax, disability, benefits, etc.
· Anyone can get legal advice at the clinic. If the veteran needs ongoing representation for a legal matter and meets the income eligibility requirements, the program will make every effort to find an attorney to handle their civil case pro bono. While the income eligibility guideline is no more than 300 percent over the poverty level, we encourage them to apply for services even if they are unsure they will qualify, as expenses and other items are taken into consideration. All veterans attending the clinic will be asked to fill out an application for service through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers, our pro bono program.
· Veterans may be able to get advice on criminal cases, but our program cannot represent them in criminal matters.
· We will have a representative from the Texas Veterans Commission to answer questions on VA benefits, in addition to attorneys.
· We welcome veterans of all ages, including student veterans attending Texas A&M, Blinn College and other colleges and universities in the area.
· If anyone has questions, they can visit our website, www.hba.org or call 713-759-1133.
A record 6,500 Texas A&M University freshmen will participate in the 60th Fish Camp starting August 1.
Head director Alex Kalin, Class of 2014 from Arlington, says a seventh session was added to meet the growth.
Each session has its own color. That means assigning a new color for the first time in 20 years. Lime will join red, blue, aqua, green, yellow, and purple.
Each of the four day camps, located near Palestine, introduces A&M freshmen or “fish” to Aggie traditions and college life in general.
More than 1,200 A&M upperclassmen have paid their own way to assist the freshmen.
Click below for comments from Alex Kalin, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.
News release courtesy of Texas A&M University:
Two milestones will mark Texas A&M University’s Fish Camp for 2014 – this is the 60th anniversary for the institution’s unique orientation program and it will be attended by a record 6,500 Aggie freshmen.
Freshmen at Texas A&M are called “fish” and those who attend Fish Camp get a running start on college life and the opportunity to quickly learn Aggie traditions, make life-long friends and have lots of fun doing it. In addition to the record number of fish attending one of the four-day sessions this year, more than 1,200 Aggie upperclassmen — men and women — will be on hand to make the experience memorable for the new students. Underscoring their sense of giving back to their university, they will pay their own camp expenses to lend their helping hands by providing leadership and advice based on their Aggie experiences.
“This is the 60th anniversary of the first Freshman Camp. We’ve grown from just a handful of fish cadets to more than 8,000 staff members and freshmen, making Fish Camp the largest and oldest program of its kind in the country,” says Alex Kalin, Fish Camp head director.
The first four-day session of Fish Camp, called “a freshman’s first tradition,” is scheduled to start Aug. 1 and the last session will begin Aug. 19.
There are a total of seven camp sessions and each session has seven individual camps. These camps are each designated by a color and a namesake. Namesakes are individuals nominated by Texas A&M students, faculty, staff and friends of Fish Camp. It is considered an honor to be selected as a Fish Camp namesake. A list of namesakes for 2014 can be found at http://fishcamp.tamu.edu/namesakes.
“When we were given the projected numbers for the Class of 2018 in the fall, we knew that we would have to increase our capacity to meet the growing demand, so Fish Camp added a new camp color – lime – for the first time in nearly 20 years,” notes Kalin.
Fish Camp organizers say the new students arrive for camp – conducted at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center near Palestine – unsure of what to expect or what will be expected of them, but by the time they leave four days later, they are the newest members of the Aggie family.
In addition to Aggie traditions, the new students will learn about the university’s core values: integrity, excellence, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service. They also will learn about the university’s 1,000 student organizations and how to join them, how to find the help they may need while on campus and much more.
Counselors, crew and staff members have been working since last October to create a special experience for the members of the Class of 2018.
In addition to welcoming the new freshmen, the student leaders and counselors work to create a support system that allows the new Aggies to build relationships and share in the Aggie Spirit. The Fish Camp staff and counselors say they are aware that they are role models, as well as leaders for the freshmen class and, as such, it is important to act with utmost integrity and to set an example.
“We still have the same goal that we’ve always had: to ensure our freshmen have a successful transition to college and to keep Texas A&M’s traditions and values alive for years to come,” Kalin states.
The days at camp are filled with information sessions and fun. They also include team-building exercises such as intramural sports and small group discussions.
Fish Camp began in 1954 when the late Gordon Gay, a former YMCA director, took a few students camping as a way to help them adjust to life at college. The program has evolved over time, and the result is the record number of participants this year.
Fish Camp is still unique, even though other schools across the country have discovered the value of such a positive program and have begun somewhat similar programs in recent years, university officials note.
Comments from last year’s Fish Camp attendees are available at: http://fishcamp.tamu.edu/node/13.
For more information, contact the Fish Camp office at (979) 845-1627 or go to http://fishcamp.tamu.edu/.
Dates for Fish Camp 2014 are: Session A, Aug. 1-4; Session B, Aug. 4-7; Session C, Aug. 7-10; Session D, Aug. 10-13; Session E, Aug. 13-16; Session F, Aug. 16-19; and Session G, Aug. 19-22.
Bryan deputy fire marshal William Bouse visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver visit about several heat related topics, including increased fire danger from running air conditioners and other appliances and staying hydrated. There’s also an update on a couple of recent fire department calls.
Click below for comments from William Bouse, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.
Bryan Deputy City Manager Hugh Walker discussed road improvements and the impact of oil and gas traffic, his thoughts on a Bryan super park to replace the municipal golf course, and more during the weekly City of Bryan interview on The Infomaniacs, Thursday, July 24.
Click below to listen to Congressman Hugh Walker’s discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.
U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) of Bryan discussed committee developments on the VA hospital investigation, international events, upcoming townhalls, and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs, Thursday, July 24.
Click below to listen to Congressman Bill Flores’ discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.
Local prenatal clinics and NICUs are expecting a new bundle of joy from the community.
Katy Scott, spokeswoman for the March of Dimes in B/CS said Monday their Baby Shower donation drive will help create a “community closet” to assist new parents.
Individual donations can be dropped off on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Hilton College Station parking lot.
Big-ticket items not donated will be purchased with proceeds from purple baby-bottle-shaped cookie sales at both Blue Baker locations this week.
- Preemie clothes and hats
- Soft blankets
- Tiny stuffed animals
- Children’s books
- Preemie diapers
- Baby wipes
- Gas cards
- New car seats (Neonatal)
- Prenatal vitamins
- Body pillows
- Maternity clothes (new or used)
ITEMS NEEDED FOR BOTH
- Gift cards to local restaurants
- Gift cards to local grocery stores
Click below to Katy Scott in an interview with WTAW’s Patrick Zeinert