Simon chosen ‘Man of Year’ in agriculture

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Haskell Simon, center, shows off his man of the year award with Matagorda County Extension Agent Brent Bachelor, right, and Cary Sims, 2014-2015 Texas County Agricultural Agents Association president.

   Bay City’s Haskell Simon was honored with the District 11 Man of The Year in Agriculture Award by the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association at its recent annual meeting.  
   Simon is a lifelong resident of Matagorda County, but his influence goes far beyond his home county.  
   Simon started his agriculture career early, working at the family cotton gin where his goal was to work his way up to the job of running the suction pipe that pulled the cotton out of the trailers and send it to the gin stands.  
   He never made it because his father put him to work on the farm instead.  
   Simon always has been a community-minded leader.  
   He was president of his Bay City High School senior class and went on to earn a mechanical engineering degree from Texas A&M University in 1953.  
   While at A&M, Simon was in the Corps of Cadets’ Texas Aggie Band.  

BCHS players to apply ‘Blackcat Way’ everywhere

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Head Blackcat Football Coach Lupe Florez works with players on the first day of two-a-day training.

   “The Blackcat Way” is the motto for the 2015 Bay City High School football season and to Head Coach Lupe Florez that carries way more significance than a simple phrase. 
   After 10 years of not having good Blackcat teams, Florez told players and their parents last week, some negatives surface. 
   “But that’s not the Blackcat Way!” he stressed during the “Meet the Coaches” session last Thursday, July 30. 
   The coach said that he and his staff had researched the football archives for BCHS and Hilliard High School records.  
   They found that both schools have a combined five state football championships. 
   “Bay City is one of the most storied teams in Texas” since the early 1900s, Florez reminded players and parents alike. 
   “We’re going to play and act ‘The Blackcat Way.’” 
   The Blackcats began two-a-day workouts Monday – the beginning of the new season. 

MEHOP’s celebration for you

   MEHOP will observe National Health Center Week Aug. 9-15 with its own celebration Aug. 11
   “Health Center Celebration” will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the Bay City USO Service Center.
   The free event is open to the public and will include hamburgers and back-to-school haircuts by licensed cosmologists and barbers for kids ages 4 and up.
   There also will be educational health presentations on: Kidney Smart by Kidney Smart specialists, Genetics and Your Family’s Health by the director of Genetic Outreach at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital, HPV Vaccinations – Why it Matters by MEHOP’s pediatrician, and two Ask the Doctor sessions with La Donna Rutledge, OB/GYN and Lillian Solis Smith, Marriage and Family Therapist. 
   In addition, experience New Orleans magic, with “The Crescent Circus,” as featured on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” 

‘Glow in the Dark’ helps teach teens lesson in God’s presence

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   Beginning on July 23, Discover Life Church held three lighted nights of summer fun. 
   Teens from junior high through high school enjoyed the many free activities provided all by the church.  
   From Knockerball (shown in photo at right) to Galaxy fights, the teens delighted in activities, while learning an important lesson that many people forget.  
   God’s light shines down on everyone but because of past mistakes, many are afraid to radiate the amazing gift to others. 
   “Don’t get caught without your light!” pastor Rosie Salas said to all the teens who initially were craving a little piece of heaven in this hectic society.  
   Amid this, the teens found other friends who are willing to step up and pay it forward for the future generations to come.  
   The name itself, “Glow in the Dark,” shows people that even in the hard times, God will radiate his light through the darkest days.

Crain on the Colorado

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A floating crain is part of the Corpus Christi water pipeline project that will transfer Colorado River water to Coastal Bend counties.


Spotlight on Ghais ‘Chart Maps’

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Local artist Zeinab Ghais puts finishing touches on one of her works for her "Chart Maps" series. The mermaid's tail is highlighted with gold leafing and will join the other artwork at the Art League Gallery, 1921 5th Street. "Chart Maps" are on display to the public for the month of August and the panels are for sale as well.

The Art League of Bay City and Matagorda County is showcasing the series “Chart Maps” by Zeinab Ghais all month long.
   The event is free and open to the public on Sunday, Aug. 9 from 3 – 5p.m. at the Art League Gallery, 1921 5th Street in Bay City.
   Refreshments will be served for all attendees.
   All of the art on display is for sale and Ghais is open to taking some commissions as well.
   For this series, Ghais drew inspiration from oceanic flora and sea creatures along with art nouveau designs.
   “I’ve always been drawn to Art Nouveau and I wanted ‘Chart Maps’ to be in that vein,” said Ghais.
   At the same time, they are lose and playful, maybe a little primitive and folk, she added.
   “Chart Maps” is a mixed media series that includes acrylic paints, paper and some gold leafing, depending on the subject.

‘Summer Luau Bash’ marks end of summer with taste of the exotic

   Bay City’s Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring their first-ever “Summer Luau Bash.”
   The Bash will bring a little slice of paradise to Bay City Saturday, Aug. 15, at the USO Service Center, 2105 Ave. M.
   DJ Tommy Blaze kicks off the event at 7 p.m. and spin tunes until midnight.
   “It is an end of summer, let’s celebrate dance and have fun!” said Parks and Rec Department director Kelly Penewitt.
   “It’s an opportunity to get out, connect with old friends and meet some new friends.
   “I wanted a theme that takes the attendees to a more exotic place, if only for one night,” she added.
   “Everyone is a guest of honor and will get a lei when they arrive,” said Penewitt.
   Each ticket costs $15 per person or $100 per table.
   “We can accommodate up to 200 people,” she said.

Abandoned wells threaten drinking water

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A Source Water Protection Program (SWAP) road sign was put in on Avenue I between 7th and 6th Streets. Pictured in the photo are Public Works Director Barry Calhoun and Water/Wastewater Quality CoordinatorKrystal Mason.

   This is the fourth in a series of articles on the Source Water Protection Program being implemented by City of Bay City.   
   Have you ever dropped stones into the casing of an old well and listened to the sound it makes?   
   Maybe you have leaned over the opening to hear the echo of your own voice bounce back from the mysterious darkness below?    
   These are just two examples of the phenomena that arouse a child’s curiosity and make abandoned wells as intriguing and as dangerous as a discarded icebox with the door still attached. 
   It’s only natural for a person to assume no one would ever fall into this deserted well, as the odds are high against this happening.    
   But it can and has happened numerous times in Texas.    
   Abandoned wells are also a direct conduit to our ground water – a threat to our drinking water.   

TxDOT to conduct public hearing on FM 457 bridge

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An artist’s rendering of the proposed FM 457 “corkscrew” bridge in Sargent.

   SARGENT – A public hearing to present the planned replacement of the FM 457 Swing Bridge at the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) and to receive public comments will be Tuesday, Sept. 1, the Texas Department of Transportation announced Monday.
    The hearing will be at the V.F.W. Post 2412 Hall, 20305 FM 457 in Sargent. Displays will be available for viewing at 5:30 p.m. with the formal hearing to begin at 6:30 p.m. 
   The existing swing bridge is a divided roadway with one 12-foot lane in each direction with no shoulders. 
    The existing roadway crosses a 120-foot metal pontoon bridge at grade. 
    The pontoon bridge is operated by a control tower regulating both vehicular and water traffic. The existing span’s width ranges from about 24 to 30 feet. 

Nature center features regular paddling activities

   The Matagorda County Birding Nature Center’s pier is the host site for the following ‘free’ paddling activities which are scheduled to routinely take place from now through early November; weather permitting.  
     The non-profit Nature Center does not rent kayaks, nor does it assume responsibility for the safety and well-being of those participating in these no-sponsor, no-fee, meet-ups of paddlers.  
     MCBNC members are eligible to check out a single or tandem kayak from the MCBNC’s fleet on a no-cost, first-come basis (annual dues are only $20/person or $30/family) for these events.   
     Non-members must bring their own kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, and are asked pay the $3/person or $5/carload entry fee. 
   Call 979-240-4872 to verify the plans and details for these come-when-you-can waterborne events. 


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