Lifestyle

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Mar

Matagorda County Shelter Domes on rise

Photo/AGG Fotoz
The shelter dome roof at Tidehaven ISD was inflated Tuesday. Much like the proposed dome in Bay City, this roof will have a thin concrete shell over the 20,000-square-foot structure that’s near the new Tidehaven High School under construction.

   Bids for Matagorda Regional Medical Center’s proposed county shelter dome should be in by early April. 
   There have been a few bumps in the road since Matagorda County received a $1.8 million FEMA grant in 2012 to build the structure to protect 600 first responders during a disaster declaration and to serve as a community wellness and rehabilitation center. 
   At first, the estimate for building the dome was $125 per square foot, said Steve Smith, Matagorda Regional CEO.  

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Thu
19
Mar

No council consensus about school portables

  There was little city council consensus on enforcing Bay City’s ordinances on temporary buildings as it applies to the Bay City Independent School District. 
   Mayor Mark Bricker introduced the subject to council at its meeting last Thursday, March 12, contending that the ordinance on temporary structures should be enforced fairly. 
   “I don’t think it is,” he said. The mayor noted the law allows temporary buildings, like BCISD portable classrooms, “on a temporary basis. Should we apply some kind of time limit?” 
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Mar

Seafood Fest raises $110,000

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Gina Treybig, far left, intently watches the time during the men’s oyster-eating contest at the Fifth Annual Matagorda Seafood Festival Saturday on the Matagorda Fireman’s Hall grounds. More than 3,000 people enjoyed the blue skies and mild temperatures and the loads of shrimp and oysters for hungry visitors

   More than 3,000 people enjoyed clear skies and warm weather en route to helping the fifth annual Matagorda Seafood Festival Saturday earn an estimated $110,000 for the Matagorda schools and community groups. 
   “I’m ecstatic,” said Buddy Treybig, as he looked out over an expansive crowd at the Matagorda Fireman’s Hall

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19
Mar

8 new Sargent Beach access points approved

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Commissioners court declared March 2015 as Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Autism Awareness Month in Matagorda County. Showing the proclamation are, from left: Commissioner Dan Pustka; Margaret Shuford, Learning Center manager, Texana Center; Commissioner Bubba Frick; Sammy Walker; Tamara Earles; Allison Fields; Cheryl LaVergne, training specialist, Texana Center; County Judge Nate McDonald; Commissioner Kent Pollard; Commissioner James Gibson; and Kevin Barker, director of IDD Provider Services, Texana Center.

   Eight new gulf access points along Sargent Beach were approved by Matagorda County Commissioners Court Monday. 
   The access points will be in both directions on Canal Drive (CR 230) from where it intersects the end of FM 457 and were recommended by the Matagorda County Beach Dune Committee, Haskell Simon told the court at its regular meeting. 
   Approval of the access points will be joined with other revisions made to Matagorda County Dune Protection and Access Plan over the past two years, Simon explained. Changes to Matagorda Beach also were made during that time, he added.  
Thu
19
Mar

Mayberry PD officer of February

Officer Matthew Mayberry was selected Officer of the Month for February 2015.  
  Mayberry joined Bay City Police Department in August 2013.   
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19
Mar

Boys & Girls Club seeks funds for Sylvan tutors

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“Youth of the Year” semi-finalist Dennis Vera from Austin, left, joined Bay City Boys & Girls Club board member Janet Peden, State Rep. Dennis Bonnen and Cassandra Weeks, program director of Boys & Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County.

  Janet Peden and Cassandra Weeks are working to get funding so the nationally recognized Sylvan Learning Center can be brought to the Boys and Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County.
   Peden and Weeks met with Matagorda County’s State Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) March 3 to help lobby for more funds to expand the Texas Academic Intervention and Mentoring (Texas AIM) program.
   The program certifies local tutors in the Sylvan Learning Center methods. 

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Thu
19
Mar

Trustees OKs OXEA application for an appraised value limitation

   After holding an executive session for over 15 minutes the BCISD trustees voted to approve the application for Appraised Value Limitation on Qualified Property submitted by the OXEA Corporation. 
   The initial application was submitted to the Texas Comptroller’s Office in September 2014. 
   Since then, it has been gone through one revision due to a delinquency notice from the comptroller’s office.
Thu
12
Mar

"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.

Thu
12
Mar

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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12
Mar

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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