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    How long is a moment of silence?

    By SonnyLong in Helping Hands

    I read on Facebook about the proposed moment of silence at 8:30 a.m. Friday for the victims of the school shooting in Connecticut a week earlier. I was in a busy place of business as the time approached and the ...

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    God bless pink

    By SonnyLong in Helping Hands

    I am wearing pink today, I think for the first time in my life. It's not a color that I ever thought went well with this 6-3, 250-plus pound frame. Not that I look bad in pink -- it has ...

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    Handy Manny

    By SonnyLong in Helping Hands

    I don't claim to be one of Manuel De Los Santos' best friends. I was a colleague. A peer. When Manny, who died Monday, came to the newsroom from the circulation department at the Advocate, we had daily interaction. He, ...

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    Paying it forward, Part 2

    By SonnyLong in Helping Hands

    I have a story in Monday's paper about the two donors I blogged about Saturday making contributions to the Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity and to the Yorktown Historical Museum. While these donors pledged tens of thousands of dollars to ...

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    Paying it forward

    By SonnyLong in Helping Hands

    How inspirational to hear this week of two substantial donations made to area nonprofit organizations. First, I learn that an anonymous donor has pledged to match up to $10,000 to Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity for its first Goliad build. ...

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    Busy time for nonprofits

    By SonnyLong in Helping Hands

    The Spring calendar continues to be filled with events and opportunities to help area nonprofit agencies and other organizations. From blood drives and barbecues to JamFest, Crossroads communities continue to assist their neighbors or agencies that help those in need. ...

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    A swing for Jo

    By SonnyLong in Helping Hands

    The chatter and milling swirled around me as the open house for the new Mid-Coast Family Services women's crisis center continued Thursday afternoon. I had been in the middle of it, taking photographs and video, doing interviews as I toured ...

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    Excellent concerts at Theatre Victoria

    By SonnyLong in Helping Hands

    We saw the Jim Reeves tribute show, performed by Reeves' nephew John Rex Reeves, along with opening special guest Dottsy at the Leo J. Welder Center Thursday night. If you love good ol' country music, this was the place to ...

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    See you at the Knowledge Bowl

    By SonnyLong in Helping Hands

    I encourage you to come out Friday night to the Victoria College Student Center to cheer on your favorite team at the annual Knowledge Bowl competition. It's for a great cause -- the Victoria Adult Literacy Council -- and a ...

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    Nonprofit giving on the rise

    By SonnyLong in Helping Hands

    It's probably not a recognized econmic indicator, but according to the Blackbaud Index, donations to nonprofit organizations have reached pre-recession levels. In a report released Thursday, Blackbaud, Inc., reported that fundraising has returned to pre-recession levels. Through the first 11 ...

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