Lifestyle

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"Sisters" take the stage

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Becky Malachowski and Elizabeth Schneider sang and improvised to the song, “Sisters,” from the musical “White Christmas.” The duet was one of many acts in in "A Night on Broadway: The Classics." The pair earned a lot of laughs from the crowd during their final performance Sunday, March 8.

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Buyers step up for Matagorda County youth

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
Above, junior livestock auctioneer Joe Adams, center, works bidders for best prices on show animals Saturday afternoon, March 7. Susan Frankson, left, and Tiffany Foltyn, right, keep track of buyers and numbers for Adams and complete buyers’ invoices.

   For an example of how much local individuals and groups step up and help youngsters, look to the junior livestock auction at the Matagorda County Fair & Livestock Show (MCFLS) this year.   
   This year’s auction sales total was $445,850, without add-ons. Add-ons allow show buyers to add to their sale price, an additional boost for the youngsters’ show animal income.  
   Add-ons will be accepted through Friday.  
   The top auction animal was the grand champion steer shown by Karly Brown of Helping Hand 4-H. the steer brought an auction sale price of $11,500 – again without add-ons.  
   “I thought the show did real well,” said Dan Pustka, Precinct 1 county commissioner.
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Great fair tradition

Exceptional Day at the Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Show always is exciting for everyone who participates. At left, these youngsters enjoy a spin on the merry go-round at the carnival, while others learned how to rope. The petting zoo was popular this year and so was the magic show. Another crowd pleaser seemed to be the hay ride on the Matagorda County Fairgrounds.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

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Goat judge takes time to explain what he sees

Matagorda County Livestock Show goat judge Billy Zanolin looks over the animals (at left) in this year’s competition last Friday, March 6.
A youth livestock specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Zanolin looks for several judging characteristics in the animals as he begins to narrow his choices for grand and reserve champion goats.
Once he picks those top two, he’ll also bring out three other top animals from the group.
He’ll take a microphone, step back from the exhibitors and carefully review the qualities of each of the five animals.
I’ve said everything I could say - these are nice goats,” Zanolin told the youngsters and those observing the judging.
“Let them have it folks,” he said to the crowd who responded with cheers and applause for the exhibitors.
Zanolin raised mostly sheep when he was showing animals as he grew up in Madisonville.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

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Mar

Karly & Turbo team up to win grand champion

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Karly Brown has been taking care of her grand champion steer Turbo for almost a year.

   Karly Brown, along with her steer Turbo took overall Grand Champion of the Matagorda County Livestock Show on March 5.
   Turbo also helped Brown earn Champion Heavyweight and the junior showman award.
   Turbo is Brown’s second show steer, last year she won 2014 Junior Showman with her steer, Beef.
   “I named him Turbo because when we got him, he seemed really powerful to me,” said Brown.
   “I picked him because he looks like a great size and I could control him. Plus he would be a beautiful silver.”
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Mar

Matagorda United Way presents check

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Matagorda County United Way Board Chair Mike Arnold presents a check for $25,000 to Tami Savage, president of the Boys & Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County for the club's new program for teenagers. Also pictured are David LaVassaur (far left), Boys & Girls Club executive director and Bobby Wilkinson, Jr., vice president.

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Ticket sales brisk for Great Steak Cook-Off March 28

   With only two weeks to go, time is running out to purchase tickets to the Fifth annual Great Steak Cook-Off that benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County.
   March 28 is the day when nearly 18 cookoff teams will come together and show off their beef grilling skills.
   Teams are competing to grill the tastiest steak and to win the coveted No. 1 Crowd Favorite award.

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Mar

Deadline looming for BCHS network upgrade funding

   During the BCISD school Board Meeting on Feb. 16, the trustees voted to table discussion and decision on the proposed Bay City High School network upgrade until a workshop could be arranged.
   The proposal was tabled unanimously, but a date was not set for the workshop meeting and Director of Curriculum Janice Popp is running out of time.
   “We were hoping to utilize some of the E-Rate money to help fund this project,” she said.
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Mar

Construction underway for Center for Energy Development

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Work is well underway on the 4,700-square-foot Tenaris training building at the Center for Energy Development campus. The $1.2 million structure will house three new Wharton County Junior College (WCJC) training programs – manufacturing technology, electrical technology and instrumentation and control technology. The building will be owned by the Bay City Community Development Corporation.

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Mar

Locally grown pearls

Gina Treybig at Buddy’s Seafood processing plant shows off some of the pearls that the plant’s employees have found in oysters harvested in Matagorda Bay. The pearls come in a broad variety of shapes, colors and sizes, she said.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

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