Lifestyle

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23
Jul

Kolkhorst: Pressure on water issues ‘not pretty’

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Delaine Briscoe of Francitas, left, makes a point with Janet Peden, center, and State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst during the senator’s appearance at the Bay City Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday, July 16, at the Bay City Civic Center.

   There is enormous pressure on Texas lawmakers on water issues, State Senator Lois Kolkhorst remarked at a Bay City Chamber of Commerce luncheon attended by about 85 people last week.
   “It’s not pretty,” Kolkhorst added about that “understated pressure” to a positive comment from Haskell Simon at the Civic Center event Thursday, July 16, about her efforts in protecting Colorado River interests.
   Kolkhorst represents Matagorda and 20 other Texas counties in the state senate and was strongly supported in her senate election bid by Simon, a longtime county rice farmer, and others in the lower river basin.
   In the next legislature, Kolkhorst will become the senior Republican senator on the Colorado River, with Horseshoe Bay State Sen. Troy Fraser’s decision not to seek re-election.
   “Senator Fraser did a great job for his district,” that includes much of the Highland reservoirs north of Austin, Kolkhorst said.
Thu
23
Jul

Rotary Mixer

The Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture honored the Bay City Rotary Club with a certificate of appreciation for hosting the Chamber Mixer held at 12 Strings Bar and Grill Thursday, July 16. Pictured, from left, are Chamber Ambassador Kyle Martinez, Rotarian and Ambassador Brandon Cox, Rotary president-elect and Ambassador Jason Childers, Chamber ambassador Karen Hitzfield, Rotary president Paul Sacco, Rotary past president, and Ambassador Maria Aguilera and 12 Strings co-owner and Chamber Ambassador Deana Fuchs. The mixer also helped promote the 15th Annual Rotary Summer Concert featuring the national country recording artist Neal McCoy Aug. 22 at the Bay City Civic Center.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
23
Jul

Playground equipment for Midfield, Markham OK’d

   Playground equipment for Markham and Midfield community parks – representing five months of planning - was approved by Matagorda County Commissioners Court at its regular meeting Monday, July 20.
   Precinct 4 Commissioner Bubba Frick told the court the playground equipment was an improvement project for the communities.
   The equipment, which will cost $60,367, was purchased from Austin-based commercial playground builder T.F. Harper & Associates.
   “People in the communities are really happy and looking forward to this,” said Frick.
   Commissioners also approved covering same-sex spouses in the county’s self-funded insurance plan.
   In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriages, the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) Health and Employee Benefits Pool sent an election form to Matagorda County asking if its self-funded health plan will cover same-sex spouses.
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23
Jul

Bay City Police Reports: Four injured when shotgun discharges in local garage

Four people were injured by an accidental shotgun blast in a Bay City garage at 5:27 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, reports show.
   Officers were dispatched to the 2600 block of Marguerite in reference to shots fired.  
   Officers contacted a man in the area who had been wounded when the gun he was holding accidently discharged. Three others also were injured from the gunshot.
   Police said the man was in the garage with friends and picked up a shotgun to move it.  
   With the gun in his hand, the man attempted to move an ice chest in the garage when the shotgun went off.  The shotgun was loaded with bird shot and the pellets ricocheted off of the garage floor, striking the man and the three others.  
   Three of the subjects were taken by Matagorda EMS to Matagorda Regional Hospital with minor injuries. No charges have been filed.
Thu
23
Jul

Potential threats to water we drink

   This is the third in a series of articles written on local drinking water sources and the Source Water Protection Program being implemented by the City of Bay City.
   One of the most basic needs of any community is safe and clean drinking water.  
   That’s why the City of Bay City and other communities throughout the region have joined in on a group effort to develop and implement a local Source Water Protection Program.  
   Instead of remediation, added chemical treatment, and investment in new technologies after a contamination event, protecting the source from contamination can be much more cost effective.  
   If harmful pathogens and chemicals are kept out of the aquifers, lakes, and rivers that we use as drinking water then the risk to human health is lowered significantly.  
Thu
23
Jul

City P&R will host Summer Luau Bash

   Say Aloha to summer at the end of summer at Summer Luau Bash hosted at the USO Building (2105 Avenue M) on Saturday, from 7 p.m. to midnight Aug. 15.  
   Cool off from the heat of the day, celebrate the last lazy days of summer and close your eyes and imagine the tropical fun of the Islands. 
   Grab your grass skirt and best and brightest Hawaiian shirt and come dance the night away as DJ Tommy Blaze spins tunes.   
   The Big Kahuna Award will be given to the individual who arrives with the most colorful Hawaiian shirt.  
   During the event we have a limbo and hula hoop contest.  
   Light refreshments and set ups will be sold to quench your hunger and thirst.   
   The event is BYOB for those over 21 years of age.  
   Tickets are on sale now at the Parks and Recreation Office located at 1217 Avenue J.   
   Tickets are $15/person or $100/table of 8.  
Thu
23
Jul

Bay City Library luncheon honors local heroes

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Officers of the Bay City Police Department and Bay City ISD Police Department were present during the "Hometown Heroes" luncheon sponsored by the Bay City Public Library July 21.

   Veterans, first-responders and other local heroes were honored with a luncheon at the Bay City USO Service Center Tuesday July 21.
   The luncheon wrapped up the Bay City Public Library’s summer program “Every Hero has a Story.”
   “As part of our program we invited participants to write a letter to their personal hero,” said library director Andrea Savage.
   Donnie Fondon, age 7, wrote to Batman and Robin, explaining why they were his favorite hero.
   He chose them as his heroes “because they fight crime and they’re good guys.”
   Batman made a guest appearance and thanked Donnie for his letter as well as the other first-responders present for being heroes.
Thu
16
Jul

Rock the Block fun

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Keona, 7; Layla, 4; and Ryker Bolton, 2, enjoyed themselves at the first-ever “Rock the Block” downtown. The trio played with the large inflatable rubber duck, which was part of the “Summer Celebration” theme of the event Thursday, July 9. Rock the Block is a new downtown event featured every second Thursday of the month by downtown merchants with fun themed activities, refreshments and sales.

Thu
16
Jul

Oilman’s tourney helps several county agencies

Times are tougher this year in the oil patch but that won’t keep one of the great Texas coastal fishing tournaments from helping local charities and boosting Matagorda and Matagorda County economies this week.
   The 14th Texas Oilman’s Charity Invitational Fishing Tournament (TOIFT) begins Thursday and runs through Saturday at Matagorda Harbor.
   “They will fill nearly every hotel room in Matagorda County,” said County Judge Nate McDonald.
Thu
16
Jul

Lots of help in launching Fairfield Inn

About 40 civic, business and government leaders attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Fairfield Inn & Suites Tuesday morning. Taking part in the official groundbreaking were, from left: Ragu Sada, president, G2 Builders Corporation; Julie Estlinbaum, Bay City mayor pro-tem; Keith Brown, chairman, Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture; Mark Bricker, Bay City mayor; Nate McDonald, county judge; Jay Parshottam, Div Bhagat and Hiten Parshottam, Fairfield Inn owners.
Fairfield Inn will have 80 units on its nearly six acres off Texas 35 west across from the BCISD administration building. The hotel is projected to be complete in spring 2016.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

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