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As Hurricane Harvey regained strength over the southeastern Gulf in August after having barged across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the presidents of Galveston County’s three local banks began preparing for the storm’s U.S. landfall.

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Recognizing a demand for recreational activity in the community, Leslie Lowe rolled up her sleeves and began the lengthy process of creating a park in Port Bolivar.

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Kathy Modzelewski was volunteering at a Galveston family service center when she discovered a need that became acute during Hurricane Harvey.

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The Rev. Robin Reeves has worked to spread hope in the Texas City community.

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Patricia A. Toliver, a 69-year-old retired neurosurgery nurse who worked at the University of Texas Medical Branch, now volunteers her time to solve affordable housing problems.

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After the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, Dickinson residents wondered whether the annual Festival of Lights would return.

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Most people think of Howie Bentley as the car guy because he owns Classic Auto Group, but he also raises money for local charities.

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Visitors to the Submarine Cavalla at her dry-berth in Seawolf Park are likely to encounter Kerry Crooks working with other volunteers on the vessel’s ongoing restoration.

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Those who know Molly Deats do not know where she finds the time to all her good deeds.

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Chris Gatlin, owner of the Tiki Beach Bar & Grill, 1369 state Highway 87, in Crystal Beach, is the kind of neighbor everybody wants.

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Vivian Pinard has been the guiding hand of the Permanent Endowment Fund of the Moody Methodist Church for 25 years, touching the lives of thousands of people in Galveston.

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Joe Rios is a well-respected member of his native Galveston Island; both as a caseworker with Access Care of Coastal Texas and as an entertainer whose talents as a disc jockey are much in demand at island clubs, private parties, quinceañeras and weddings.

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Under Michelle Sierpina’s careful guidance, the Osher Lifelong Living Institute in Galveston has grown exponentially.

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Gina Spagnola is a community champion for positivity. She spends her life turning lemons into lemonade.

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If you hear someone whistling a happy tune down the corridors of John Sealy Hospital, it might be Jim Stricklin, one of the University of Texas Medical Branch’s jolliest volunteers.

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Alan Wilde, a Bay Area master naturalist, is determined to bring the oystercatcher back from the brink.

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Steve Mataro was 8 years old and living in the New Jersey housing projects, but not the worst-off kid he knew. That was perhaps his next-door neighbor, a girl with muscular dystrophy. When New Jersey icon Jerry Lewis launched a benefit to raise money for muscular dystrophy, Mataro went door …

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If you run into your Texas First Bank loan officer at the grocery store or at church, that’s on purpose. Chris Doyle, the bank’s president and CEO, requires employees to live in the communities where they work.

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Longtime educator Dr. Lynn Ray Ellison started a movement several years ago to remember the forgotten side of integration — the African-American schools and communities that disappeared with changing times.

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For her creative work slotting donations and support to a variety of charitable causes, Jaree Hefner has been named a 2013 Everyday Hero.

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For his work as a firefighter and in the San Leon community, The Galveston County Daily News named Scott Lyons a 2013 Everyday Hero.

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For his work on behalf of students, teachers and parents in the county, the region and the state, The Daily News staff selected CCISD Superintendent Greg Smith as a 2013 Community Champion.