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  • 04 May 2021 12:25 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    April showers bring May flowers…

    As you drive around out in the county you will see lots of water running into the stock tanks and ditches, We are thankful for all the wonderful, life giving rain. We will see the flowers bloom, grass grow, and mosquitoes become a nuisance again, yet we are thankful. We are so happy to have rain in the spring so that later in the summer our yards will be okay. It is a blessing.

    We are also blessed to be able to have the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 6th on the Lee County Courthouse Square. Bring your lawn chair and come, be part of the Ministerial Alliance’s prayer service. Everyone is welcome to come pray together for our city, county, state, and country. It will be awesome!

    In other news around town, you may have seen something going on around the Wolf’s Grocery Store. Lots of people have great memories of Wolf’s Grocery Store and many were sad when they closed. This week the site was being used for filming.

    The City of Giddings received the Film Friendly designation in January of 2008. We became the second city to receive this designation after Smithville, Texas. Over the years there have been many films here in Giddings. Our office has been working with location scouts for this most recent project for about three years. It takes time to find the right location and then to make it all happen. The Texas Film Commission in the Office of the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism Division has attracted $1.66 billion in local spending and created more than 157,000 production jobs across the state from 2007 to 2020.

    Last year we were very excited to be able to work with The Chef’s Table on their barbeque story featuring Tootsie Tomanetz. It is always a thrill to see the finished product!

    EVENTS

    National Day of Prayer
    May 6, 12noon at the Courthouse

    Ribbon Cutting at Busted Oak Cellars
    May 6 at 5pm on Round Top Road

    Lincoln VFD Crawfish Boil
    May 7 at 5:30pm at Lincoln Community Hall

    BBQ on Bun Fundraiser Drive thru
    at the First United Methodist Church

    May 11 from 11am-1pm

    Welcome Back to the Community
    May 11 at 5:30pm, St. Mark's Medical Center Campus

    Job Fair at Giddings Library - Primoris
    May 12

    Job Fair at the Giddings Library
    Texas Juvenile Justice Department

    May 15

    Dedication for Veterans Honor Park
    May 15 at Veteran's Park 10am

    Serbin Picnic
    May 30

    Grimes Street Music Fest - July 2nd
    at the Courthouse Square

    Giddings Sesquicentennial Celebration
    July 2-July 4
  • 30 Apr 2021 1:21 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    Thankful for the rain and other blessings

    This has been an interesting week so far! We have completed the first four months of 2021 and seen lots of progress. We are so happy to see all this beneficial rain and thrilled to see what has survived the "great freeze"!

    You all have seen the beautiful roses all over town this spring and we may see more beautiful flowers after this lovely rain. 

    We have a lot of great things happening in May and want you to have all the information today. This weekend is the Lexington Homecoming with Food, Arts & Crafts, Rodeo, Street Dance, BBQ Cookoff, Car Show, Parade, and more. The rain may cause some delays or changes, but it is always fun! 

    Saturday is the City of Giddings Election for Council members. You can vote at City Hall from 7am to 7pm on Saturday, May 1st. 

    Other exciting things going on in and around Giddings...


    May 6 - National Day of Prayer on the Courthouse Lawn

    May 6 - Ribbon Cutting at Busted Oak Cellars on Round Top Road at 5pm 

    May 11 - First United Methodist Church BBQ on Bun Fundraiser drive thru from 11-1 

    May 11 - Welcome Back to the Community - St. Mark's Medical Center Campus at 5:30pm

    May 12 - Job Fair at Giddings Public Library - Primoris

    May 15 - Job Fair at Giddings Public Library - Texas Juvenile Justice Department

    May 15 - Lee County Veterans Honor Park Dedication Ceremony 

    May 30 - Serbin Picnic


    AND, don't forget that Mother's Day is May 9th! Do you need gift ideas??? I know several people in town who can help you with that...

    God Bless all of our Mothers!

  • 20 Apr 2021 4:36 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    Talking about traffic seems to be a more and more regular occurrence. Lot's of days I don't even get on Hwy 290 or 77 because I can stay on the side streets to go to work and back. We can see the road from our office and recognize that the traffic is slowed down to a crawl as it passes by. We know that some of it is the fact that there are more people on the roads today than ever before. Compound the amount of drivers with the length of red lights, and green lights, and then add in intermittent trains running through town on average of 10-20 times per day. 

    Sometimes there are more, and sometimes there are less, but you can be sure that if you are in a hurry or late, there will be a train. For those of us who travel to and from work on the side streets, the train is of no concern. But for the student late for school, or the employee late for work, or the person who is trying to reach the appointment on time, a train is just a nuisance. This too shall pass. It is a lesson in patience. 

    Many of us are challenged in the patience department. I, for one, have learned to be patient after many years of being extremely impatient. I learned that it doesn't pay to get upset or to scream at the train. I learned to leave earlier... If I plan on being somewhere on time... haha! I have to leave early so that I can get there in time. I am courteous and do not arrive too early because that is rude, but I am on time for sure now. And I have a lot less stress. That is my goal for this week. Less Stress!

    Reminder to you -

    On April 30-May 1st is the Lexington Homecoming! Fun stuff to do all over Lee County.

    We are loving all of our beautiful plants around the office from Altman. Thanks to Deb's Flowerbeds and Landscaping for keeping it looking pretty!

    We look forward to rain this week!

  • 08 Apr 2021 2:41 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    Hope you had a wonderful, love filled weekend celebrating Easter! Thank you to all who post sweet photos on their social media pages. I love to look at them so much. 

    I am also loving all the blooming flowers and trees, well except for the pollen that is turning my car yellow(red & yellow make orange). Not my favorite... That and the sneezing of seasonal allergies, which a bunch of us have this week. 

    I did visit Round Top during their spring show this year, and I can honestly say that place is blowing up. We had a great visit with Kelli Sanford at the Round Top Chamber of Commerce, and with the wonderful folks over at Round Top Festival Hill. 

    Went shopping one day, but didn't find anything that I couldn't live without. I am truly trying to downsize at my house, so no more gee gaws, or nik naks. My kids will thank me later. 

    Lots of fun stuff coming up. Visit our Community Calendar to learn more. And the tickets for the rodeo are at the gate only. And yes, there is Muttin Bustin and a Calf Scramble this year for kids 4-7 years old, and less than 50 pounds.     

    Watch for more details about the upcoming Giddings Sesquicentennial Celebration and Grimes Street Music Fest. We are looking for volunteers, committee chairmen, and some one to head up a parade for Saturday, July 3rd that will end up at the Courthouse. Call for more details.

    EVENTS

    Lee County Clean Up Day on April 10

    Free Educational Program on
    Type 2 Diabetes

    April 8, 9, 15, 22, 23 from 11am-1pm
    RVSP by April 12 noon. 979-542-2753

    Rodeo Giddings is coming up on April 16-17th at the Lee County Rodeo Arena. This includes Muttin Bustin, Kenny Orts Band, Royalty Coronation, and Calf Scramble. The CPRA Team Roping sign up is Friday, April 16th. Rodeo Giddings is fun for the whole family! Tickets are $15 at the gate. Kids 7-12 years are $5. Kids 6 and  under are free.

    BBQ on Bun at the Methodist Church
    May 11 from 11am-1pm

    Grimes Street Music Fest - July 2nd
    around the Courthouse Square
  • 30 Mar 2021 7:59 AM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    Greetings

    It is difficult to believe that April is on the horizon...

    There are a couple of activities coming up in April that we want to remind you about.

    Reminder - Good Friday in April 2nd. Concord Church is hosting a Fish Fry. See the attached flyer.

    Lee County is hosting a Clean Up day on April 10th. 

    Rodeo Giddings is coming up on April 16-17th at the Lee County Rodeo Arena. This includes Muttin Bustin, Kenny Orts Band, Royalty Coronation, and Calf Scramble. The CPRA Team Roping sign up is Friday, April 16th. Rodeo Giddings is fun for the whole family! Tickets are $15 at the gate. Kids 7-12 years are $5. Kids 6 and  under are free.

    Important facts about Holy Week -
    What are the 7 days of Holy Week?

    • Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday)
    • Holy Monday and Holy Tuesday.
    • Holy Wednesday (Spy Wednesday)
    • Maundy Thursday.
    • Good Friday.
    • Holy Saturday (Black Saturday)
    • Easter Vigil.
    • Easter Day.

    Wendish Easter Eggs

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    We are so amazed at the beauty of the artistry demonstrated by the Wendish Easter Eggs. 

    Have a wonderful week!

  • 25 Mar 2021 8:41 AM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    We want to tell you about our new member!

    Carpenter's Carpentry - Owners, Mary and Richard Carpenter joined the Chamber today. They are a small mom & pop construction company located in Giddings. They are small and prefer to work on renovations and reconstruction in the older homes. They are excited about being in Giddings and look forward to becoming involved. 

    Also, check out the photos from the old BUS STOP... Fischer Langham started renovating the old Kerrville Bus Station this week. They will use it as an office and workshop for Fischer Langham Construction. The original Sunset Garage is a large old place with much history. The property is going to be cleared of old buildings which will be recycled into useful materials on the project. Tim Langham and Brian Fischer said they are using local products, labor, and companies for the project. Notice the Goodson Voight Lumber Company logo on the side of the building where they closed in the garage door. Recycling the tin, wood, and other useful products will help keep some of the historic flavor in the building. 

    It is great to see local business retention and expansion at work.

  • 16 Mar 2021 3:09 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    Let's  celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the WELL! Join us for our inaugural ladies event. Women Entrepreneurs in Leadership & Learning will give us a chance to fellowship with women owned businesses in our community. It is never too late to start a business, build a business, or promote your business! Join us from 5-7pm at the Eleanor's Cottage on Wednesday, March 17th. Bring a friend, business cards, or brochures to share. 

    We have been watching the pecan, redbuds, roses, and other plants around our office. Everything is beginning to bud out and really green up! We are amazed at the rose bushes and the prolific growth we have seen. Our pansies, dusty miller, and some of the cactus surprisingly survived the freeze! We look forward to all the blooms bursting forth soon. 

    We are excited that we will be having our first planning meeting for the Giddings 150th Birthday! Can't wait to see what ideas everyone will have for a celebration of Giddings being 150 years old.

    To go one step further about all the blooms... we have some exciting news about Altman Plants. They are going to open their Outlet Store on Friday at 11am to the public. We will have their ribbon cutting on Friday morning at 10am to welcome their new expansion. Altman Plants is a great sponsor of the Chamber and we are so proud of all of their progress. They have grown so much in the past four years and the outlet store has been on their radar for a while. We are excited to be able to help them kick off the Spring Outlet Sale on Friday, March 19th at 11AM.

    Have a great spring break...

  • 11 Mar 2021 12:30 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    We are happy that the temperatures are warming up and super impressed with all the new plants and green leaves popping up. I have to say I am extremely surprised about how well the rose bushes have done after the freeze. Every day I check to see the progress on the branches of the roses and it is amazing. Also, the Red Buds are bursting with little red buds and new leaves. The spring growth is just hard to describe. You just have to see it to believe it. 

    We held a ribbon cutting for Adorable Hair on Monday in their new salon located on Hwy 290 east at 3016 E. Austin Street. Next to the Gaeke Center on the south side of Hwy 290. Owners, Chantel and Eddie Garcia have made the salon very welcoming and beautiful. Check out their photo!

    Smiles all around for our guests! It was a great night to win!

    Reminder to our businesses - Spring Break in Giddings starts on Saturday, March 13th. We may see an increase in traffic on Friday as other spring breakers head out of town. 

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  • 25 Feb 2021 10:51 AM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    Today we walked around the outside of the building to check on all the plants outside to see what survived. It will shock you to know that several of the plants had brand new little leaves popping out already! We were amazed by the persistence in the little plants to survive! We should all be so determined to grow where we are planted.

    Yesterday was so busy, with the Community Blood Drive and the Lee County Emergency FEMA Water and Food Distribution. The Blood Mobile is a great way to give back to the community and it actually gives you a report to let you know how you are doing. They recently added the covid antibodies screening to the results panel for your information. That's useful information in this day and age. 


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    Then the Lee County Emergency Management office was set up at the Giddings Food Pantry to distribute the meals and water provided by FEMA. 

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    We were very fortunate to have lots of volunteers there to help get the 20,000 meals, and 400 cases of water distributed. There were at least 20 people working constantly from 3-5:30pm. The cars were lined up down N. Harris Street for as far as you could see. Texas weather was also very cooperative yesterday which made it nice. 

    The boil water notices have been lifted, thank goodness. Most everyone has electricity now. Several plumbers are working long hours to get people back their water. It may be a while before everything gets back to "normal". 

    Finally, we are excited to finally be able to host our St. Patrick's Casino Night. We postponed it last year and have decided to host it on Saturday, March 6th. Check out our information page about the event. Contact us for more information. Tickets are on sale on our website.  

    Enjoy the wonderful weather and let us know if you need information about SBA or from the Governor's Office. We are getting information updates daily about PPP, Disaster, or Economic Relief from Covid 19 or the Texas Winter Storm.
  • 22 Feb 2021 3:17 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    Afternoon!

    Hope this email finds you well and better off than last week. Congressman McCaul and his office has been working around the clock and all fronts fighting for Texans and Texas 10.

    We have gotten a high volume of calls on the Individual Assistance Program and hopefully this email will serve to shed some light on the subject. Congressman McCaul has already sent a letter urging POTUS to approve federal assistance for all 254 counties in Texas (see attached letter).

    Additionally, his office has been working with FEMA daily and we just received some clarification. Please share accordingly.

    As always, don’t hesitate to reach to me if I can be of any assistance.

    V/r Drew

     

     

    On February 19th, President Biden approved a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Texas authorizing FEMA to provide Individual Assistance to 77 counties.

    Eligible Expenses

    FEMA’s Individual Assistance (IA) program provides financial assistance and to eligible individuals and households who have uninsured and underinsured necessary expenses and serious needs for their primary residence. 

    The program is not a substitute for insurance and cannot pay for all losses caused by a disaster. You can, however, apply for assistance after having filed an insurance claim if you have unmet needs that FEMA may find to be eligible.

    Disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for:

    • Emergency home repairs for disaster-related damage to the primary residence.
    • Uninsured and underinsured personal property losses.
    • Lodging expenses reimbursement, for individuals whose home was inaccessible or unhabitable during the disaster, if not covered by insurance or any other program.
    • Medical expenses incurred from the disaster.
    • Other serious disaster-related expenses.

    It is important to note that FEMA does not provide assistance for energy price spikes or to address utility bills. FEMA also cannot reimburse for food lost due to a power failure. Voluntary organizations in your communities may be able to assist. Residents are encouraged to call 211 for assistance.

    Applying for Individual Assistance

    FEMA recommends that survivors contact their insurance company to file a claim before applying for FEMA assistance. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. FEMA does not cover insurance deductibles.

    The quickest and easiest way to apply for Individual Assistance is by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov or by downloading the FEMA App.

     If it is not possible to register online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585).

    What you need to apply:

    • Proof of occupancy or ownership;
    • Proof of identification;
    • Insurance determination letter; and
    • Description of damage, including photos if possible

     

    Survivors who registered with FEMA IA and were ineligible or have received no decision, will receive notification explaining the eligibility and the reason for that decision. Some common reasons for a no decision or ineligible determination include:

    • The survivor is insured and needs to provide an insurance settlement or denial to be considered for assistance.
    • Additional information is needed from the survivor.
    • The home is safe to occupy, and/or property had minimum or no damage.
    • There were multiple registrations using the same address.

     

    Many of these issues can be resolved by uploading necessary or missing information to disasterassistance.gov or by contacting the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585).

    What’s Next?

    Once you have registered for assistance, you can check on the status of your application, or add new information to your application such as change of email, home address, phone number, insurance settlement, additional damage that have been discovered, by visiting the disaster assistance website or calling the toll free number listed above.

    PLEASE ADVISE: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is now accepting applicants. Homeowners, renters, and businesses in the 77 designated IA counties are eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

    The SBA can be contacted at 1-800-659-2955 or by visiting www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.

    Avoiding Scams

    Scam attempts can be made over the phone, by mail or email, or in person. It is important to remain alert, ask questions and always ask for identification when someone claims to represent FEMA or another government agency. The most common types of post-disaster fraud include phony housing inspectors, fraudulent building contractors, pleas for disaster donations, and offers of municipal or federal aid in exchange for a fee.

    Please share with your constituents that they should report suspected fraud to local law enforcement agencies. They can also contact the Texas Office of the Attorney General by calling 800-621-0508 or call the free FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 available 24-hours a day.

    Undesignated Counties

    No county has been denied for Individual Assistance as of now. FEMA considers a combination of factors when evaluating major disaster declarations and the determinations on the initial 77 counties was made using the best available data at the time. Each of the 177 counties that were not included under the initial declaration remain under active review.

    The State of Texas has a website (www.tdem.texas.gov/warm) for residents to self-report damages to their homes from the storm. Texans living in an undesignated county can utilize this survey to assist the State in quantifying damages in their community. 

    Local elected officials should continue to coordinate with their city/county emergency management department to facilitate requests to TDEM.  Road conditions improved yesterday and will continue to improve over the next few days allowing for equipment to move across the state more quickly. 

    Texans living in an undesignated county should also document all damage related to the winter storm and keep receipts for all expenses related to repairs.

     

     

     

     

    Andrew L. Ross (Drew)

    District Director 


    Office of United States Representative Michael McCaul (TX-10)

    Ranking Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee

    3301 Northland Drive | Suite 212| Austin, Texas 78731

    phone: 512.473.2357 | fax: 512.473.0514 | cell: 202.957.1941


Giddings Chamber of Commerce
183 E. Hempstead
Giddings, TX 78942
Located in the Lee County Museum, off the Courthouse Square

Contact:  (979) 542-3455
Chamber email:  chambergiddings@gmail.com
Tourism email:  giddingschamber@gmail.com






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