Lifestyle

Thu
21
May

Gene Geeslin's art: Pursuit of a life-long love

Sentinel photos/Jessica Shepard
Left, Art League members Sharon Leonard, far left, and Barbara Westbrook visit with Jadyn Simpson, Lea (Geeslin) Logan's granddaughter and great-granddaughter of Gene Smith Geeslin May 16 during the Geeslin artist reception.

   Art enthusiasts have until May 31 to view local artist Gene Smith Geeslin’s works at the Art League of Bay City and Matagorda County’s gallery. 
   Geeslin’s works depict everything from cityscapes to landscapes and all sorts in between. 
   All of the art on display is also available for purchase.
Thu
14
May

Bay City voters keep BCISD, city incumbents

   All of the incumbents in the Bay City school board and city council elections Saturday.  
   There will be a new face on the Bay City school board – although a quite familiar one to BCISD – and Van Vleck voters chose two people to fill unexpired school board terms.  
   Voters Saturday also approved local option for Blessing, Markham, Midfield and the western edges of Bay City.  
   All three city council incumbents up for election this year – Chrystal Folse, Carolyn Thames and Steven Johnson – will return to their council seats.  
   Folse was unopposed in keeping her Place 3 seat – receiving 975 votes - while Thames defeated her challenger for Place 5, Esau Rodriguez, with a 654-589 vote.  
   Johnson kept his Place 4 seat over challengers Floyce Brown and Brady Bowers. The incumbent received 676 votes, to Brown’s 491 and Bowers’ 73.
Thu
14
May

Reilly: Alicia in '83 reason for readiness

   Below-average probability is the forecast for the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season, but a National Weather Service meteorologist said that’s no reason for Texas coastal residents to become complacent.  
   The meteorologist, Dan Reilly, said the forecast developed in cooperation with Colorado State University calls for fewer than average number of storms.  
   Reilly was a speaker at this year’s LEPC Safety Expo Saturday at the Tractor Supply parking lot.  
   “There will be seven main storms, including one major hurricane of Category 3 or more strength,” said Reilly, who works out of League City.  
   “That’s well below average,” he added.  
   El Nino is mostly the reason for the lower than average storm forecast, Reilly said. El Nino is a complex weather pattern caused by varying ocean temperatures in equatorial Pacific that affects weather worldwide.  
Thu
14
May

Tenaris, Lynn partner for pavilion

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Boys & Girls Club members join the club’s staff, board of directors, Stuart Lynn and Tenaris representatives in recognizing Tenaris’ donation for its part of the proposed pavilion project.

   The landscape at the Boys and Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County will be changing in the neat future with the help of two local businesses.  
   Tenaris presented a $30,000 check to the Boys & Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County Tuesday, May 12.   
   The check is to help cover the cost of building a new covered pavilion for the members of the Club.  
   “We are partnering with Lynn & Associates to construct a covered pavilion with a concrete foundation for the organization,” said Tenaris Community Relations Shanna Maxey.  
   “The $30,000 donated by Tenaris will cover the cost of the concrete foundation and Stuart Lynn with Lynn & Associates has agreed to cover the costs associated with the construction of the pavilion cover.”  
Thu
14
May

Power of Purse raises $15,000 for MRMC mammogram machine

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Power of the Purse this year featured 88 name purses with about 180 people attending.

   Nearly $15,000 was raised to enhance women’s health at Matagorda Regional Medical Center at this year’s Power of the Purse Thursday, May 7.  
   An estimated 190 women – with a sprinkling of men – attended this year’s event at the Bay City Service Center that provided lots of room to check out more than 88 purses and to visit with friends, said organizer Tiffany Foltyn.  
   The total raised was $15,050, including $3,700 from a live auction of the top four purses and $11,350 from the silent auction, said Foltyn, executive director of the MRMC Foundation.  
   “This along with the generosity of our corporate sponsors enabled us to raise over $40,000.  
   “This was our fourth and the best yet,” she said. “This keeps getting better every year.  
   “The service center is the perfect place to hold this event,” because there is more room, Foltyn added.  
Thu
14
May

Thibodeaux appointed constable

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Joining Raymond Green (third from left) and Precious Thibodeaux (center) Monday were commissioners Dan Putska, Bubba Frick, County Judge Nate McDonald and commissioners James Gibson and Kent Pollard.

   Constable Raymond Green’s service to Matagorda County was honored by commissioners court at its regular meeting Monday.  
   The Precinct 1 constable is stepping down due to ill health and the court appointed Chief Deputy Constable Precious Thibodeaux to succeed Green from May 11 to the next general election.  
   Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard noted the long hours Green spent in Sargent after a barge struck the bridge there.   
   County Judge Nate McDonald added his thanks to the frequent help Green gave to county court.
   Commissioners also nominated NRG South Texas LP as a qualified business and Double Jumbo Enterprise Project under the Texas Enterprise Zone Program. 
Thu
14
May

Wellness Matagorda Fun Run raises fund for center

   Wellness Matagorda is sponsoring a 5K or 10K fun run, walk, family stroll or bike Saturday, May 16, at the Square in Bay City.  
   Registration starts at 6:30 a.m., and Abby McConaha will begin a warmup at 7:15 a.m.  
   The 5K and 10K run, walk, or bike starts at 7:30 a.m. at Avenue G.  
   The family stroll begins at 8 a.m.  
   Parking is free around the square and below in the courthouse parking garage.  
   The entry fee is $25 for adults or half price at $10 if you bring a friend.  

 

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Thu
14
May

DeSoto and Friesenhahn receive congressional recognition

Congressman Blake Farenthold’s Aide, Carol Wootton, presents Colorado River Lockmaster Simon DeSoto, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, and his grandson, Grant Friesenhahn, with certificates of Special Congressional Recognition for outstanding and invaluable service to the community for their water safety efforts. Friesenhahn was also awarded a flag that flew over the nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C. The congressional recognition highlighted DeSoto and Friesenhahn’s International Boating and Water Safety Summit’s award for a water safety radio public service announcement they wrote and recorded that is broadcast on three radio stations in Texas.
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Thu
14
May

Tidehaven FFA officers

Photo/AGG Fotoz
This year’s Tidehaven High School FFA officers are, from left: Melanie Brewer, Brooke Pence, Jordan Rickaway, Ashley Crow, Kelsey Leach, Graci Huddleston, and Erin Foley.

Thu
14
May

SWAT on hand for LEPC Safety Expo

Two members of Bay City Police Department’s SWAT team, Corporal Justin Kirk on left and Sgt. James Reckaway on the right, describe the team’s objectives and weapons during Saturday’s expo. This year’s expo had at least 500 people in attendance and representation from several area volunteer fire departments and state agencies, including the Texas General Land Office.

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