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Thu
14
Jan

Penny Panda admirers

Sentinel photo/Don Cudd
Van Vleck Elementary School students get their post-show chance to touch one of the puppets who performed for them in the Brain Minders Program hosted at the school Tuesday by the Pilot Club of Bay City. Pilot Club Secretary Sue Jahnsen holds Penny Panda for third-graders Hannah Bush, Heidi Burke and Amber Holsworth to pet for a few moments.

Thu
14
Jan

Barker: Non-open carry signs not required

   Confusion over the state’s new open carry law that went into effect Jan. 1 led at least one local business owner to wonder if, with no sign posted on her property, she had the legal right to require a customer to put his gun away.
   She did, said Bay City Police Chief Roger Barker.
   “I’ve told my officers that, if a private business owner has asked someone (openly carrying a weapon) to leave, and that person is still there (with the weapon) when they arrive, trespassing charges can be filed,” Barker said.
   The new law – spelled out in chapters 30.06 and 30.07 of the Texas Penal Code – provides recommended language for business owners who wish to post signs prohibiting open carry on their property. 
   But signs are not required. Verbal notice is sufficient, said Barker.

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Thu
14
Jan

Lassy: New way to locate missing children

   Hoping to give local parents a little more peace of mind, Van Vleck ISD Superintendent John Obrien is recommending they try a new national program that aims to help find missing children even more quickly than the national Amber Alert system.
   The Lassy Project allows parents to set up their own network of trusted friends and family who would receive immediate emergency notice if a child goes missing. 
   This differs from the well-established Amber Alert system in that parents can activate it privately rather than waiting for a government agency to send an alert to an entire community.
   “It can take 3-12 hours or more for an Amber Alert to go out to an entire area, but this system can send a message out immediately and friends and family can start looking for the child right away,” Obrien said.
   “It’s basically the 21st Century Version of Amber Alert.”

Thu
14
Jan

Restaurant features authentic Italian food

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Venezia Garden’s owner Edmund Metalija, center is joined by his wife Vana Metalija, left and coworker Chrissi Casnova. The restaurant is now open for business seven days a week.

   The smell of fresh-baked pizza, veal, steak and homemade Italian Cream Cake are just a fraction of the variety of experiences offered at Venezia Gardens.
   Located at 1700 Seventh Street, the new Italian restaurant offers dine in, carry out and catering.
   Venezia Gardens is a family-owned and oriented authentic Italian restaurant.
   Owner Edmund Metalija, was born in Venice, Italy, and moved to Bay City later on.
   He also owns another restaurant in Corpus Christi.
   “We often drive by on the way to Houston from Corpus Christi and we see this city here and thought they really need some Italian food,” he said.
   “I see everything else here; hamburgers, Mexican food and fast food and I thought a good atmosphere and Italian food were needed.”

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Thu
14
Jan

Rock the Block’s theme this month is ‘Chill Out’

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Karent Hitzfield, co-director of Main Street, models one of the long sleeve Camofest shirts available for purchase at “Rock the Block” Thursday Jan. 14. Shirts are $25 apiece and of a limited number. They are also available at 1900 5th street, 979-245-8081 and at the festival, while supplies last. All proceeds will benefit Historic Downtown Bay City.

   Downtown merchants and the Main Street Program are planning to “Chill Out” Thursday night.
   This month’s “Rock the Block” event will be from 5 – 7 p.m. downtown on the square in Bay City.
   “Well it is January so that is an obvious connection of chillier weather to us, but the envy of the rest of the states!” said Alicia Waters, co-director of Main Street and promotional committee chairman when asked why such a theme was chosen.
   “Also after the hectic pace of Christmas for the merchants and patrons, we wanted to have a relaxing vibe pulled through with acoustic guitarist, Marcus Wilson, with a touch of folk.”

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Thu
14
Jan

Junior Service League sponsors

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Three corporate sponsors of the 2016 JSL Charity Ball are pictured at the Matagorda County Museum during its annual Festival of Trees. Pictured are Corporate Sponsor Dr. Rick Lucio and Dr. Crayden Dennard of Dental Arts of Bay City; Barbara Smith, Museum Director; Corporate Sponsor Nancy Cornelius of Cornelius Crawfish; and Corporate Sponsor Donna Harrison, Donna and George Harrison. The museum is one of JSL's 2016 Ball recipients. Its mission is to collect, preserve and protect our county's cultural heritage. For more information on membership, volunteering, and up coming events, visit the museum website at www.matagordamuseum.org.

Thu
14
Jan

JSL helps fund Women's Pregnancy Center

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Three corporate sponsors of the 2016 JSL Charity ball are pictured at the Women's Pregnancy Center (WPC) of Matagorda County. WPC is one of JSL's 2016 Charity Ball funds recipients. Pictured are: Alix Wells, WPC Volunteer; Gloria Crockett, Wharton County Junior College Bay City Campus Specialist; Lety Vega, H-E-B Administrative Specialist; Dr. Josh Shield and Dr. Jana Zapalac, Bay City Veterinary and Equine Hospital; Carlisa Krenek, WPC Director; and Jean Higbe, WPC Volunteer. WPC offers "loving and caring services to women and men facing pregnancies". To learn more about their services and how to volunteer or contribute, visit their website at www.baycitywpc.org.

Thu
14
Jan

Davis earns berth on All-State Band

Clayton Davis

   Bay City High School Blackcat Band member Clayton Davis auditioned and was selected to the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Band as a trumpet player. 
   This is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. 
   The competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 28 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument. 

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Thu
14
Jan

Seigrist 1st chair on All-State Choir

Caitlin Seigrist

   The All-State audition process began for Caitlin Seigrist this summer when she attended choir camp at the University of Houston.
   Caitlin is a private voice student of Dr. Kara Cowart, choir director for Bay City High School. 
   At the UH camp, she learned the audition music that would be used throughout the audition process.  

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Thu
14
Jan

Steve Martin wrote newest CAST play

   Looking for something a little out of the ordinary and unique for Valentine’s Day weekend?
   Look no further, than CAST’s second dinner theater production of the 2015 – 2016 season.
   “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904.
   That’s just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism.
   “The play is an Off-Broadway absurdist comedy written by Steve Martin,” said director Zeinab Ghais.
   It is also Martin’s first full-length written play.
   Much of the play is filled with discussions about the coming and shaping of the 20th Century.

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