Lifestyle

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09
Apr

Love for health care workers

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Matagorda Regional Medical Center has new lawn decorations promoting healthcare workers as heroes. The display seemingly sprang up overnight by an anonymous person or group.

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09
Apr

"‘Egg-citing Easter Egg Hunt’" by: Jessica Shepard

   The Boys & Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County has partnered with a variety of businesses and residents for an “Egg-citing Easter Egg Hunt.”
   The goal is to provide children with some Easter-related fun to do during the week of April 5-13.
   “We encourage families to go out and take a drive so that kids can ‘hunt’ to find eggs from the safety of the back seat,” said the BGCBCMC Facebook page.
   “We wanted to do something egg-stra special and would love for you to participate! This is a free event and open to all.”
   Parents and children are encouraged to drive around town and get a picture of the eggs they see or find and share them on social media with the hashtag “ridengoseekbaycitytx.”
   “We are calling on all local businesses, families, and friends,” said the Boys & Girls Club page.

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09
Apr

Tres Palacios Oaks Volunteer Fire Department welcomes new super tanker

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Tres Palacios Oaks Volunteer Fire Department (TPOVFD) welcomed its new 2019 super tanker fire truck last week. The $219,495 cost of the new tanker included a $158,934 Texas A&M Forestry Service (TFS) grant, $40,566 from the insurance claim on the department’s former tanker and $19,995 from Precinct 4. Showing off the oversize grant check are, from left: Tres Palacios firefighter Darren Hornstein; Precinct 4 Commissioner Bubba Frick; Tres Palacios Fire Chief Curtis Mooneyham; and Jeremy Wagner, TFS assistant chief regional fire coordinator.

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09
Apr

"County leaders push for stay at home compliance" by: Mike Reddell

     Matagorda County officials continue to urge people to comply with the countywide mandatory stay-at-home order.
   “Go home - if we ask some folks to comply with the requirements the quicker we’ll see an end” to the quarantine,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard at the Monday, April 6, regular commissioners court meeting.
   “Don’t go around other folks unless you need to,” remarked County Judge Nate McDonald.
   “Just use good common sense,” he added.
   Precinct 4 Commissioner Bubba Frick reported on a recent visit by a Texas Forestry Service inspector and his cautions about control burns.
   “Controlled burns get out of hand,” McDonald said.
   He said the county and firefighters “ought to get our heads together.” 

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Thu
09
Apr

"2 prisoners quarantined at county jail" by: Mike Reddell

   A nurse working at the Matagorda County Jail recently had a positive confirmation of COVID-19 and two prisoners were later quarantined after they were treated by the nurse, said Sheriff Skipper Osborne.
   “She wasn’t here when she started getting ill and she got tested positive,” the sheriff said.
   “We quarantined two inmates who came in contact with her for 14 days.
   “We got a new nurse and everything is good now. I’m happy it didn’t go any further,” Osborne said.
   The sheriff pointed out the nurse’s salary is shared by Matagorda County and the Matagorda County Hospital District.
   “But she is an employee of the hospital,” he added.

Thu
09
Apr

Bay City Churches plan online Easter services

   With Good Friday fast approaching on April 10 and Easter following on Sunday, April 12 – many houses of worship have transitioned to online services.
   And most of those have been doing so since Governor Abbott mandated limiting groups of people to 10 or less since March 19.
   Bay City’s St. Peter Lutheran Church is offering live worship on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. via the internet.
   They will also offer live prayer and worship on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil at 7 p.m.
   Check out their Facebook page for more details: St Peter Lutheran ELCA Bay City TX.
   Holy Cross Catholic Church will be using its new Facebook page for live streaming mass and other services.
   Even without a Facebook account, it is still possible to view the live stream by accessing the Facebook page through your browser.  

Thu
09
Apr

"EDC, BCCDC seminar discusses small business challenges, responses" by: Jessica Shepard

 Over 30 people tuned in to the latest Matagorda County Economic Development Center’s “Let’s Talk Brass Tacks” live stream featuring a discussion on what resources are available for businesses countywide in the wake of COVID-19 struggles, April 3.
   Live stream hosts included MCEDC Executive Director Mike Ferdinand, Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture President Mitch Thames, Bay City Community Development Corporation Executive Director Jessica Russell and Small Business Development Center Advisor Mindi Snyder.
   “This is a very fluid situation in that you have a lot of dollars approved to help business and people help,” said Ferdinand.
   “We, with economic development and community development, are working to try and support our businesses not only through this period of time but also gearing up to work through the recovery part for our economy. As things move forward, we are keeping our webpage up to date.”

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09
Apr

"Reel Reviews: ‘Color Out of Space’ long descent into modern Lovecraft madness" by: Jessica Shepard

   Being an avid horror movie fan, it’s hard to keep from watching even the worst-made movies just to see what everyone is or isn’t talking about.
      Take “Color Out of Space,” a science fiction cosmic horror film directed and co-written by Richard Stanley, based on the short story The Colour Out of Space by H.P. Lovecraft.
   It stars Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur, Elliot Knight, Brendan Meyer, Julian Hilliard, Q’orianka Kilcher, and Tommy Chong.
   In an instant with such a cast lineup, I was invested and deeming it worth the Redbox rental fee.
      I mean, I’ll watch anything Cage or Chong is in at least once – more times if it’s good.
   Be prepared for the story to limp along in the beginning and at least halfway.
   But, once the creepy and unsettling stuff happenings, it makes it much more enjoyable.

Thu
09
Apr

CISA website the go-to source for questions about essential Matagorda County jobs

   Many questions have popped up since COVID-19 hit Matagorda County and surrounding areas.
   Most notably is the question of what is an “essential” worker or job.
   Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald and Bay City Police Department are referring citizens to the “Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers during COVID-19 Response” list found on the US Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Critical Infrastructure Security Agency’s website.
   That website and the full list can be found at www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA_Guidance_on_the_Essen....

Thu
09
Apr

"The new normal will continue to evolve" Aaron Sumrall, PhD Matagorda County Extension Agent – Agriculture/Natural Resources Texas A&M AgriLife

   I know all of us can very vividly remember the fall and winter of 2018-19 with all the water, mosquitoes, and questions of how the upcoming production year would look. 
   Oh, what a difference a year makes! 
   The year progressed like all years do by presenting situations to what we must adapt. 
   The fall and winter of 2019-20 saw very mild temperatures and rainfall that allowed farming practices to proceed and ranchers not having to feed cattle in an airboat. 
   As the winter progressed, several started to raise questions as to the availability of soil moisture, or the lack thereof, and potential impacts on planting and early germination. 
   A friend of mine, and very astute farmer, made a comment several months ago that still resonates with me today. 

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