Congressional hearing set on drywall

MANATEE — A Senate subcommittee will hold the first congressional hearing on Chinese drywall next week.

The Senate’s Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance Subcommittee will hear about health and safety issues associated with imported drywall during the hearing, set for next Thursday.

Chinese-made drywall has been blamed for ruining air-conditioning systems, emitting noxious odors and causing health problems in hundreds of Florida homes. More than 360 Florida homeowners, including 33 in Manatee County, have complained to state health officials who are investigating.

The issue also has generated federal health and product-safety investigations, numerous state and federal lawsuits, and calls to recall and termporarily ban imported Chinese drywall.

Feral cat spay day

BRADENTON — The Humane Society of Manatee plans a feral cat spay day June 7, spokeswoman Lisa Hevesy said.

Reservations are required to have the wild cats fixed. Call 747-8808, ext. 309.

The surgeries will be performed at the Humane Society, 2515 14th Street W.

Historical Society picnic

BRADENTON — The Manatee County Historical Society is set to hold its annual Picnic in the Park at noon Wednesday in Manatee Historical Village Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E.

President Jeanne B. Akers invites anyone with “interesting or amusing stories to share about the old Manatee area.”

A $10 box lunch prepared by Robins catering will be available.

Call 748-5788 or 748-6694 to RSVP and order lunch.

— Herald staff reports