Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Farechild's Restaurant to open in late September

Clockwise, from upper left photo:
-- County Commissioner Charlie Simmons hugs Shelley Brophy.
-- Shelley smiles as NEDCO chair Stan Sisco points out her mother, Peggy Fare.
-- Shelley, right, celebrates with her mother Peggy Fare, and Commissioner Simmons as Jerry Alexander, left, waits to congratulate her.
-- From left, NEDCO Chair Stan Sisco, NEDCO Vice President Donna Maisel, Peggy Fare, Shelley Brophy and Chris Brophy. Photos: Bruce R. Partain
(Click on photos for larger image.)

Shelley Brophy, owner of Shelley's Bakery Cafe', announced today that she will open another restaurant - Farechild's - at 1411 North Street by late September.

The prairie style building is the former home of Sam Hayter. The beautiful 10,000 square foot structure once housed La Hacienda and later The Hayter House restaurants.

Brophy will continue operation of Shelley's Bakery Cafe' at 112 North Street, and will continue that restaurant's catering services.

Farechild's "will offer a menu of primarily steaks and seafood," she said. The new restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner and may eventually offer a Sunday brunch.

NEDCO chair Stan Sisco thanked Brophy for the impact that 80 new jobs will have on the economy. An online application will be available at http://www.farechilds.com/ by Friday, August 3.

Ms. Brophy will be involved in day-to-day operations at both restaurants.

"With the assistance of Lee Danis & Associates and NEDCO, I am very fortunate to acquire this facility that has played such an important part in the history of East Texas," Brophy said.

The name "Farechild's" is a reference to Brophy's maiden name - Fare. She is the daughter of artist Peggy Fare. She is ably assisted by her staff, which includes 15-year-old son, Chris Brophy.
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Following from pictures-of-historic-nacogdoches website:

The Sam Hayter House, built in 1913 by Nacogdoches architect Diedrich Rulfs, is an example of the Prairie Style of architecture, a unique, indigenous American creation that developed in its purest form in the Chicago Suburbs of Oak Park and River Forest in the period between 1890 and 1915 through the ideas of Louis Sullivan, ("Form Follows Function"), and the early works of Frank Lloyd Wright, acknowledged master of the Prairie house, who declared "A New Reality based on Space rather than Matter."

Volunteers in Action!

They came to the Chamber office looking for a map and an SFA football schedule. But they also mentioned they would like to do a one-hour service project while in Nacogdoches. As luck would have it, Elder Austin Nielsen, left, from Provo, Utah, and Elder Jordan Lemieux, from Queen Creek, Arizona, came in on the day we were a bit short-handed and trying to work on our monthly membership mailout. Quickly mastering the difficult technique of collating 8 separate pages, the pair from the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints helped move the project forward. If you have some time to spare and would like to help out, let us know and we'll find a good place for you! Thanks Austin and Jordan!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Thanking our Blueberry Festival sponsors

The Chamber of Commerce staff, board of directors and volunteers thank Regions Bank Stone Fort for being a Blueberry Festival sponsor. Festival Logistics Chair Teresa Darby, Glass Castles, presented Regions with the official 2007 Texas Blueberry Festival t-shirts and poster.

Pictured from left: Gregg Nichols, Sue Miller, Jan Dawley, Teresa Darby, Carol Thomson and Ron Collins.

Ribbon Cutting at Dairy Queen

The Daily Sentinel recently attended a Nacogdoches County Chamber ribbon cutting for new chamber member Dairy Queen, 3226 South St., (936)564-8391.

Store manager Crystal Shaw and Company Supervisor Naomi Walker welcomed sponsors, Chamber members and guests.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

SFA Chamber Connection Meet and Greet

Today bus loads of parents toured Nacogdoches as their sons and daughters attended the last day of their new student orientation at the SFA campus. The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce and its SFA-Chamber Connection division invited its members out to greet the parents as they arrived at the Convention and Visitors Bureau downtown.

The SFA - Chamber Connection conducts special programs such as Meet and Greet in order to develop contacts with SFA in the hopes promoting the university and aid businesses in reaching students and parents as potential customers.

Shelly's Bakery was among several of the business that attended the Meet and Greet.
pictured: Mary Watson and Rikki Leigh Heard

The Fredonia Hotel also came out.
pictured: Jennifer Garcia and Victoria Colla

Other participants; Region's Bank, Walgreens, Varsity Book Store, Harlon's Bar-B-Que, Tipton Ford, Kelly Services, E-Tech and Coldwell Bank.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Celebration at Nacogdoches Treatment Center

The Daily Sentinel recently attended a Nacogdoches County Chamber ribbon cutting for Nacogdoches Treatment Center, 119 Hughes St., (936) 569-7173. The center celebrates purchasing the facility where for 10 years, staff and volunteers have provided activities for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Executive Director Kathy Strong and members of the board welcomed sponsors, Chamber members and guests.

From l to r: Carolyn Augustine, Sandy Fortneberry, Mary Ann Oglesby, Murphy, the friend and companion, and Kathy Strong.

From l to r: Dr. Mitzi Perritt, Charlotte Ashcraft, Fussy Bogan, Diana Haney, Dr. Carolyn Mitchell, Drew Knowles, Debbie Ray, Robin Dawley

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Farmer's Market

Nacogdoches Farmers Market is every Saturday beginning at 8:00 a.m. and is located at the Hitching Post on Pearl St.
The market features produce, flowers, plants and crafts.
Every second Saturday of the month live blue-grass music will be featured from 9:00 am - noon.
Please call the Main Street Office at 936-559-2573 for more information.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Big Thanks to Blueberry Festival Sponsors

The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce made two Blueberry Festival sponor deliveries on Monday, July 16, 2007. Deliveries were made to Texas Farm Products, a Blue Ribbon festival sponsor, and Citizens 1st Bank, a Blue Sky festival sponsor.

Kelly Daniel with Bud Wright, Texas Farm Products President and CEO.

Photo by Whitney Casey, Chamber intern.

From left, Chamber President/CEO Bruce Partain with Citizens 1st Bank Sr. Vice President Chris Sidnell, Sr. Vice President Cory Beasley, Sr. Vice President/Controller Rick Harrison and Sr. Vice President and Chamber Chair Elect Kim Luna Snyder.
Each sponsor received a Blueberry festival poster, and two of this year's Blueberry Festival t-shirts.

The Chamber staff and board of directors appreciate the sponsorships that made the 2007 Texas Blueberry Festival a success. For more Blueberry Festival information, click here.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Nacogdoches Pictorial History Book

Karen Tucker, County Extension Agent-Family and Consumer Sciences, reads the town's Pictoral History Book.

The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce is selling the recently reprinted history book entitled Nacogdoches, Texas: A Pictorial History by Archie P. McDonald.
The book is filled with pictures of around the city of Nacogdoches, buildings around the Stephen F. Austin State University campus, historical markers, famous Nacogdoches natives, and more.

We are selling the book for $29.95 and can be purchased at our office on 2516 North Street.

Future plans discussed at Chamber Board Retreat

The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors met for a day of planning on Friday, July 13. The group evaluated the current Chamber program of work and discussed the Chamber's priorities and focus topics that will affect the 2007 - 2008 business plan.

The meeting included outgoing as well as incoming board members and those filling unexpired terms. The Nacogdoches County Chamber's fiscal year begins on October 1 and ends September 30 annually.

The Chamber thanks Citizens 1st Bank for sponsoring the meeting held at Pine Creek Country Inn. A private meeting room was available for the group and meeting facilitator Charlie Dromgoole enjoyed the overnight guest accommodations at Pine Creek. A continental breakfast started the day, and snacks and a tasty lunch were also served.

Above from left: Meeting facilitator Charlie Dromgoole, Chamber Chair Elect Kim Luna Snyder and Chamber Chair Jim Elder led the day's events.

Pictured from left: Incoming board member and Leadership Nacogdoches Co-Chair Paul Smith and Chamber Fourth Friday Luncheon Chair Shirley Luna enjoy a break.

Left: Chair Elect Kim Luna Snyder explained the meaning behind the Chamber's 2007 - 2008 theme "Aspire to Inspire."
From left: Incoming board members Will Scott, Robert Crow and Bill Teague at Chamber of Commerce Board Retreat at Pine Creek Country Inn.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

MERMAX celebrates new membership

The Daily Sentinel recently attended a Nacogdoches County Chamber ribbon cutting celebrating new membership of MERMAX Vacation and Discount Club, P.O. Box 668 Mount Enterprise TX 75681, (903)898-2700.

Owners Gabe Meruelo and Johnny Maxwell (not pictured) welcomed sponsors, Chamber members and guests.


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FAX: 936-560-3920
PHONE: 817-310-3744
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Discover how to find international buyers and use trade finance tools to win international sales and grow yourbusiness. This event will introduce you to the basic information, method, and strategies to help you sell yourproducts and services abroad. It is designed for company decision makers who are thinking about exporting orwanting to expand exports to multiple markets.

Who Should Attend This Event?
Service Providers
Wholesalers & Distributors
Inernational marketing/ sales managers
Anyone just beginning to export
This interactive event will brief you on several key U.S. government products and services available from the U.S.Department of Commerce (U.S. Commercial Service).

Please take advantage of this rare complimentary offer
Register for this event by contacting Sherry or JP with your information.

About the Presenters…

U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert (TX-01) — Representative Louie Gohmert was first sworn in January 4, 2005 by Speaker Dennis Hastert asCongressman for the First District of Texas. Now into his second term in the House of Representatives, Louie is assigned to three key Housecommittees which are beneficial to the citizens of east Texas: the House Committees on Judiciary, Natural Resources and Small Business.

Greg Thompson —U.S. Commercial Service, Senior International Trade Specialist, North Texas. Mr. Thompson has been with the CommercialService for 10 years, and the U.S. Department of Commerce for 15. He is well versed in most international issues.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Diamond Trophy and Engraving celebrate in the sun

The Daily Sentinel recently attended a Nacogdoches County Chamber ribbon cutting celebrating new ownership and location of Diamond Trophy and Engraving, 3500 North St., Ste. 10, 936-564-0467.

Owners Kathy and Ron Springfield welcomed sponsors, Chamber members and guests.

Fresh is best and available at Nacogdoches Farmers Market

You are invited to attend
Second Saturday
Market Days
Saturday, July 14
at the Nacogdoches Farmers Market corner of Pearl and Main Streets
This Saturday beginning
at 8:00 a.m. there will be
fresh cut flowers, produce, plants, and ceramics for sale.

Live entertainment from
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please call
the Main Street Office at 936-559-2573.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

SGA starts summer off with a bash

As new members of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, the Stephen F. Austin Student Government Association members celebrated by cutting a red ribbon.

Chamber President/CEO Bruce Partain, holding ribbon, and Chamber Ambassador Co-Chair Paul Smith, far right, thank SFA's SGA for their community involvement.

Student Body President Kent Willis and Student Body Vice-President Mandy Morton take a little dip in the Surfin' Steve statue in front on Steen Library on the SFA campus.

The Student Government Association hosted their ribbon cutting at Surfin' Steve along with its annual Watermelon Bash on July 9th, the first day of Summer II courses at Stephen F. Austin, between 11:00am and 2:00pm.

The event included Watermelon related activities and students were welcome to free food and of course watermelon.

This tradition is designed to offer students taking summer school an opportunity to relax and enjoy a campus activity at a time of the year where they are lacking.

The Student Government Association provides the student community of Stephen F. Austin with a voice to the campus faculty and administration through the process of representative democracy.

Learn "Beat the Heat" secrets

Come join us at
Nacogdoches County Senior Services Center

621 Harris St.
Nacogdoches, Texas 7 5964

Tuesday, July 10 at 10:30 a.m.

Each attendee will receive heat safety and energy conservation information and a compact fluorescent light bulb.
Lunch will also be provided.

TXU Energy has partnered with community organizations to promote heat safety awareness and energy conservation throughout the hot summer months. In 2007, TXU Energy will distribute approximately 30,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs through multiple community organizations statewide and educate senior citizens on heat safety and energy conservation.

Please join us at the informational session. The public is welcome so please invite any of your constituents to attend that will benefit from learning life-saving heat safety tips and cost-saving energy conservation tips.
Beat the Heat Tips:
• Drink one glass of cool water for every 20 minutes of heat exposure.
• Avoid eating hot foods and heavy meals.
• Wear loose, light-colored absorbent cotton clothing.
• Wear a wide-brimmed hat while outside.
• Use sunscreen with at least SPF 30.
• Take cool showers and baths.
• Limit exercise or strenuous physical activities to early morning or late evening.
Conservation Tips:
• Light bulbs – Replace traditional incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs.
You can run four compact fluorescent light bulbs for the same cost as running just one incandescent bulb.
• Window treatments - Install storm or thermal windows and doors or double-paned glass. A less expensive alternative is plastic sheeting, which can be temporarily fastened over doors and windows to prevent drafts and retain cool air.
• Air leaks - Check for air leaks in air ducts, windows, plumbing utilities, fireplace flues, attic
entrances and recessed light fixtures.
• Weatherstrip/caulk air leaks and insulate - Sealing up air leaks with caulking and weather
stripping and installing adequate insulation in walls and the attic are some of the most cost
effective savings measures you can do in your home.
• Energy labels – Look for ENERGY STAR models when purchasing new appliances and
electronics. These devices use less energy and will save you money.
• Energy-saver switch - Use the energy-saver switch on your appliances.
• Temperature settings - Set thermostats at about 78 degrees during the summer. Turn up or down thermostats automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing a programmable thermostat. Use ceiling fans in the “down” mode at the highest speed to push cooler air back down into the room.
• Water heater - Set water heater temperatures at 120 degrees. A family of four, each showering for five minutes a day, uses 700 gallons of water each week. By lowering the thermostat on the water heater to 120 degrees, families can cut water heating bills without sacrificing comfort.
• Water pipes - Insulate hot water pipes.
• AC filter - Clean or replace your AC filter monthly to help your AC run more efficiently.
• Trees - If you’re going to plant a tree, consider placing deciduous trees on the south and west sides of your house. They grow leaves in summer that help shade your home and shed leaves in the winter, allowing sunlight to warm your house.

If you have any questions, please contact Courtney Walker at 214.812.5496.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Magnolia Court open house a success

The Daily Sentinel recently attended a Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for Magnolia Court Assisted Living and Memory Care community.

Executive Director Resencia Pryor, President/COO Linda Martin, CEO Steven Vick and many other team members welcomed Chamber members and other citizens to tour the brand new facility located at 5902 North St.

Delicious refreshments were served and guests were encouraged to walk through the facility and view the public and private accomodations.

Photos by Bruce Partain.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Ribbon Cutting for the new Canopy

The Daily Sentinel recently attended a Nacogdoches County Chamber ribbon cutting for the newly-constructed Plaza Principal Canopy, near the intersection of Pillar and Pecan Streets. The city’s Main Street program, 559-2573, organized fundraising for the project, which was supported by many businesses, organizations and events, including the Chamber’s Texas Blueberry Festival.

Main Street Manager Sarah Hueber and Mayor Roger Van Horn welcomed sponsors, Chamber members and guests.

Photo by Bruce Partain
Jim Elder, Chamber Chairman of the Board, wows the crowd.

Photo by Bruce Partain
From left: Norm Johnson and Main Street Manager, Sarah Hueber