Lifestyle

Thu
21
Jan

Area churches, businesses kick off 2016 Daniel Plan on Valentine’s Day

   On February 14 area businesses and churches will kick off the 2016 community wide Daniel Plan, which has revolutionized the concept of healthy life styles at the Nature Center at 12:30 p.m.
   The gathering will include registration, a light lunch and then group trail walks. 
   Well-known pastor and author, Rick Warren (author: The Purpose Driven Life), developed the Daniel Plan in his church when he realized that the reason diets and exercise programs were just not working for him and others was because God was left out of the diet and exercise routine. 

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Thu
21
Jan

Simons awarded for Sentinel Footbal Picks

Photo by Becca Johnson
Bay City physician Dr. Dane Simons, left, was the winner of the Bay City Sentinel’s 2015 football picks panel. Sentinel editor MIke Reddell
presents a Longhorn coffee mug to UT grad Simons for being the top pigskin prognosticator.

Thu
21
Jan

Water main break leads city to issue boil water notice

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Garrett Dodd and Mike Lee of Matagorda Regional Medical Center delivered 25 cases of bottled water Tuesday morning for students to use during the boil notice that ended that day. Dodd and Lee also delivered water to Tenie Holmes Elementary.

   Beginning Sunday afternoon, Bay City residents were under a “Boil Water” notice until Tuesday morning when the warning was rescinded.
   A water main on Fifth Street and Avenue M broke sometime in the morning Sunday, Jan. 17.
   The immediate impact to residents was area street flooding lower water pressure and tinted water.
   At 4 p.m. Sunday, the public was notified via media outlets, the call-out system and through general calls of concerns made by citizens of the “Boil Water” notice required by law and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
   Bay City officials indicated the Boil Water Notice (BWN) was “to inform our customers that due to the presence of contaminants or an interruption in service, water from our system must be boiled prior to consumption.

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Thu
21
Jan

Van Vleck baseball field will be named in honor of Joe Ros

   When baseball season arrives, Van Vleck High School will unveil a new memorial to its beloved former student – and VVISD employee – Joe Ros.
   School board members approved plans last week to name the school’s baseball field in Ros’s honor.
   The field, which does not currently have an official name, will be christened as “Joe Ros Field” during a ceremony before the Van Vleck baseball team’s first scheduled game on Feb. 22, said VVISD Superintendent John O’Brien.
   “Joe was on the first baseball team at Van Vleck, and he served in the military in the late ‘80s,” O’Brien said, “so this will be a great tribute to him.”
   Ros was a VVISD administrator and local community leader for many years before his death last summer. 
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Thu
21
Jan

Meet the JSL Charity Ball Committee members

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JSL Charity Ball committee members and JSL President: Lisa Volkmer (President), Kimberly Schneider (Ways and Means Co-Chair), Savannah Cornelius (Way and Means Chair), Amanda Finlay (Decorations Chair), and Amanda Lee (Decorations Co-Chair)

Thu
21
Jan

Charity Ball to focus on JSL organization

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The 2016 JSL Charity Ball honorees and their mothers are, from left: Kasen Wied, Kim Wied, Angie McNeil, Ashley McNeil, Kathy Brown, McKayla Brown, Martha Cashion and Cole Cashion. Not pictured: Blake Daugherty, son of Dawn Daugherty

   The Junior Service League Charities, Inc. of Bay City is pulling together the final plans for their annual charity ball being held Feb. 6 at the Bay City Civic Center.
   This year’s branded event will include a focus on the organization through the use of the JSL monogram, past pictures and accomplishments, highlights of the charities served, and simple, elegant and timeless decorations.
   The Black-Tie event, featuring music by Doppleganger Band, will start with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 7 p.m., followed by presentation of honorees at 8 p.m. and dinner beginning promptly after the presentation.
   Award-winning Don Strange of Texas, Inc., a catering company that specializes in authentic, original and cutting edge cuisine, is catering the gourmet meal.
   Strange has  been featured on The Food Network and has catered events around the world.
   Doppleganger Band will provide musical entertainment. 

Thu
21
Jan

Almost 1,000 tickets sold for Crisis Center fundraiser

   Nearly 1,000 tickets have been sold for the 9th Annual Crisis Center Chicken Fried Steak Dinner.
   The dinner will be on Friday, Jan. 29 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall off of Nichols in Bay City.
   “We have been diligently working on the issues last year that slowed the process, and think it should go much smoother this year,” said Crisis Center Executive Director Eugene Davis.
   Tickets cost $10 each and are available by phone at 979-245-9109 or at the Crisis Center, 3010 Sixth Street in Bay City.
   Dinner plates include steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and homemade cookies.
   Plates are available for dining in or drive-thru.
   “We purchase the steaks fresh from a packing company in the Yoakum area,” he said.
   There will also be some tickets available at the door.
   “But, don’t wait. We will project out estimating how many we will sell,” said Davis.

Thu
21
Jan

Power Church plans to open ‘House of Refuge’ by Feb. 1

Bay City Sentinel/Jessica Shepard
Power Church members volunteer their time assembling twin-size bunk beds for the church’s new “House of Refuge.” Pastor Franc Paiz hopes to open the homeless shelter to serve the public by Feb. 1. They still need donations. Contact Pastor Franc Paiz at 979-245-2185.

   Power Church plans on opening its “House of Refuge” by Feb. 1 located at 3920 Doris Street in Bay City.
   In order to do that, they are in need of donations.
   Twin size bunk beds were constructed by volunteers Friday, Jan. 15.
   The church is still seeking donations of twin mattresses, pillows and corresponding linens.
   As a 501(C)3, non-profit organization, monetary donations are also tax deductible.
   The “House of Refuge” will be co-ed and feature 20 beds to help support the needs of homeless citizens in Bay City.
   “It’s all part of the vision,” said Pastor Franc Paiz.
   “Originally, we were only going to be a men’s homeless shelter, but, we saw a need for it to be co-ed.”
   Showers and bathrooms will be available for those in residence at the shelter.
   The shelter will be open from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

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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