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FEMA deadline extended


Texans in 41 designated counties, including San Jacinto County, who suffered damage and losses from Hurricane Harvey now have until Friday, Nov. 24 to register for disaster assistance. Registration is open to survivors in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Caldwell, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, De- Witt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties. Survivors may register for assistance the following ways: online at DisasterAssistance.gov. via the FEMA mobile app, available at fema.gov/ mobile-app, phone 800- 621-3362 (711 or Video Relay Service) 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, TTY 800- 462-7585 or at a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). Find your nearest DRC at fema.gov/drc. FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits. This extension also gives survivors more time to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA is the federal government's primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. Applicants may apply online using SBA's secure website at disasterloan. sba.gov/ela. CMYK Page 2A SAN JACINTO NEWS-TIMES Thursday, October 26, 2017 3601 Hwy 190 West 811 N. WASHINGTON • CLEVELAND, TX FREE Memberships! Come Join The Fun Karaoke Tuesday & Thursday 7 DAYS - NOON TILL 2:00 A.M. 281-592-3021 Call for more details FRI, OCT 27TH & SAT, OCT 28TH TEXAS BADLANDS Saturday, October 28th Halloween Costume Party with Cash Prizes for Best Costume By Yvonne Ryba Coldspring Pharmacy have become members of Coldspring-San Jacinto County Chamber of Commerce. Their ribbon cutting was scheduled for Oct. 20, which means I will have more to say about it in my next column. Shepherd Family Clinic is back in business at their new premises on Loop 424, in the same strip as El Taquito. Call them at 936-628-1694 to set up an appointment. Shepherd City Council had a special called meeting on Oct. 19 to discuss and vote on allowing Shepherd Community Center to be used for Zumba classes three times a week. So, hopefully by next week I will be able to give you more details on times, etc. on this. We need exercise classes suitable for all ages and both sexes in our community, and this could be a good answer to that need. Christmas is just two months away. This year has flown past. If you want to be a vendor at one or two of our county's Christmas celebrations, call the chamber or go to their website. Coldspring and Shepherd Chambers will have parades with the theme Christmas Stories. Take your pick from biblical stories to Santa and his elves. If you like a sleigh pulled by Rudolph and his team, or prefer something from the ballet "The Nutcracker," there is plenty to choose from for your float. Vendors forms and forms for the parade will be on the websites of each chamber. If you prefer, call them and collect a print out from them. Shepherd's Christmas event is Dec. 2, while Coldspring holds its event on Dec. 9. Last weekend for the Haunted Jail is Oct. 27- 28. Wrap up well because there is often a line waiting to be admitted to this scary Halloween outing. Coldspring Old Town is the site for the Jail House Museum. Time of opening is 6:30 p.m. till about 11 p.m. Parents of younger children should try to come for the first hour when the scariness is toned down just for them. Children under five years are free, between 6-12 years it is $5 each and over 13 years costs $10. This event is hosted by the San Jacinto County Historical Commission, call 936-524- 3043. Make an appointment at your nearest chamber for a free consultation with Director Bob Barragan. If you have business questions or need help with a proposal you can talk to Bob, who has led the Small Business Development Center at Sam Houston State for many years. He will meet you at the Chamber nearest you. Did you know? A weekly column from Yvonne Ryba Lincoln Junior High science teacher. Ferguson said it's her family that helps keep her grounded in the battle with cancer. "'So, Mom has cancer. Well, we are still hungry; we still have dirty clothes.' I still have a son in college and one playing junior high football and rodeo," she said. "Life goes on. I thrive on our life; it is also the motivation to fight and put this behind us." Ferguson isn't the only member of her family who has battled breast cancer; over 20 years ago her mother, Mary Seago, battled and won the fight against cancer. In the fall of 1995, Seago was diagnosed with breast cancer after being misdiagnosed with fibrocystic several years earlier by her doctors. She originally felt a lump in her left breast, but after her first diagnosis she went with on her life. But then that fateful fall she began to see redness across the top of that left breast. She went back to the doctor; a mammogram was ordered, and she had a biopsy done. She received the news on a Friday that the biopsy was positive for Ductal Carcinoma, and it was at approximately five centimeters. Treatment started that following Wednesday. "I never had time to think about the diagnosis because treatments started immediately," Seago said. "I am not one to sit around and bemoan the fact; so I just prayed and gave it all to God and went about my business the best that I could." Seago's treatments consisted of three rounds of chemotherapy, a full mastectomy of the the left breast, and then three more chemotherapy rounds and 30 days of radiation. "I was not given an option or choice by either my surgeon or oncologist and I never questioned their methods," she said. "You do what you have to do." By the end of March 1996, Seago became a breast cancer survivor. She completed all the treatments and the checkups showed she was cancer free. When her daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer, Seago said "it hurt my heart and I felt like I had given it to her." However, after further testing the mother and daughter duo found out they tested negative for the Breast Cancer Gene. BRCA1 and BRAC2 are two different genes that have been found to impact a person's chances of developing breast cancer, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. After watching her mother battle and beat cancer, Ferguson said that is the "reason I haven't run away. "After seeing her go through chemo that made her terribly sick, two surgeries, she had cervical cancer at the same time, and radiation that zapped away all of her energy for months; I figured if she can survive that and be healthy for 20-plus years now, who am I to chicken out?" Ferguson said. "I have strong genes from very strong women in my family and I am grateful. I honestly think that my diagnosis was harder on her than her own. She was with me when we got the news; we both had a sense of 'what's next, bring it on.' My husband, Ricky and her have been very supportive and have kept me in line through all of this." Ferguson also reminds women to "never say never and get your check ups when you are supposed to. "A great friend and coworker has just finished her journey with this terrible cancer. She was one of the first I called to tell," Fergusion said. "Her words were: 'You decide now that you are going to be OK through this; God is on your side and he will help you take it one step at a time.' I needed that and that would be exactly how I would pay it forward." Gave From 1A In addition, applicants can get more information on SBA disaster assistance by calling SBA's Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955, by visiting www.sba.gov/ disaster, or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba. gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call 800-877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth. For more information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster web page at fema.gov/disaster/4332, or Facebook at facebook.com/ FEMAharvey, the FEMA Region6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6, or the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at dps.texas.gov/dem/.


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