Lifestyle

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04
Jul

Hands on learning at library

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Texas Parks and Wildlife Hatchery Biologist Tyler Schact, right, showed off several different types of crabs in a touch tank June 26 at the Bay City Public Library. Schact also presented a brief lecture educating children on his job and the importance of hatcheries to the coastal fishing ecosystem..

Thu
04
Jul

Baringer receives spelling award

Contributed photo
Matagorda ISD was proud to present 4th grader Alexis Baringer an award for achieving 100% correctness on all of her 4th grade spelling words for the entire year. Left to right: Assistant Principal, Kyle Thurman, Superintendent Susan Phillips Vice-President Rik Stanley, President Ed Derrich, Secretary Melba Snedecor, Member Walt Wendtland and Spelling Super Star, Alexis Baringer.

Thu
27
Jun

"Matagorda residents bring concerns to court" by: Mike Reddell

  Beach safety and vehicle permits headed a list of concerns about next week’s July 4th holiday at Matagorda Beach that were presented to commissioners court at its regular meeting June 24.
   Terri Treadway, representing a group of 13 Matagorda residents who attended the meeting, asked several questions about the county’s plans to keep swimmers from dangerous beach rip-tide areas and for enforcing the county’s beach permit requirements.
   Treadway’s questions also focused on enforcing laws prohibiting UTVs on the beach and trash pickups.
   She suggested using flags on the beach to warn of the rip-tide areas.
   Bay City Tourism Director Heidi Martinez was to see if city hotel taxes can be used to purchase such flags for the beaches, Treadway said.
   “There are rip-tides on the beach all the time,” Sheriff Skipper Osborne said.

Thu
27
Jun

Learnign Korean dance moves

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
South Korean traditional dancer Lee Young, left, performed and taught several dances to a group of children and adults at the Bay City Public Library, June 19. Young also brought traditional Korean instruments and costumes for children and adults to try on before participating in the dances.

Thu
27
Jun

Pappas delivers 4,000 babies

Dr. Gregory Pappas

   Dr. Gregory Pappas, a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist, has delivered his 4000th baby since he began practicing in Bay City in 2002.  
   Baby girl Melisa Lopez was born at Matagorda Regional Medical Center on 2:18 a.m. June 20, to proud parents Maria and Rafael Lopez.  
   She weighed 6 pounds 13 ounces.  Mother and baby are doing well.
   “The days can be long and I don’t always get much sleep, but I still love it,” Pappas said.  
   “It’s been a great honor to care for all these mothers-to-be. There are so many patients that I still see whose children I delivered 10 or 15 years ago. It just warms my heart.”
   Pappas has been practicing ob/gyn in Bay City for 17 years and works with Matagorda Medical Group, along with fellow ob/gyn Dr. LaDonna Rutledge and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Vicki Landis.  
   He started his practice in Dallas in 1993, then worked in Jacksonville, Texas from 2000 to 2002.

Thu
27
Jun

"Tidehaven approves stadium concession stand bid" by: Jessica Shepard

   Tidehaven ISD trustees unanimously approved just over $656,000 as a construction bid to Lynn Construction Company for a new concession stand at Delvin L. Taska Stadium during their regular meeting Monday, June 24.
   Since it was his company bidding for the job, trustee Stuart Lynn abstained from voting.
   “I do want to point out that we’re using local guys to do the work,” he said prior to the vote.
   Other company bids were over $1.3 and $1.4 million for the two Houston-based companies, CDM7 and Fielder’s Choice, respectively.
   “When we had Stuart do our windstorm certification as the lowest bid he saved us tens, if not thousands of dollars for the district,” said board president Stephen Crow.
   “With this concession stand project bid, it helps us stay within our numbers for the entire stadium renovation.”

Thu
27
Jun

From a concept to reality

The Veterans mural reached completion last week on the north side of the Bay City VFW Post 2438 building. The mural is one of the projects for the Bay City Tourism Council's Art Committee. Local Artists Greg Chitwood and Raleigh Conklin worked in tandem to take the mural from a paper concept to reality.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
27
Jun

"Top FAA official visits Bay City Airport" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Federal Aviation Administration Associate Administrator for Airports Kirk Shaffer, far left, joined Matagorda County Economic Development Director Mike Ferdinand, Bay City Mayor Robert Nelson and Bay City Community Development Corporation Executive Director Jessica Russell for an Airport Improvement Program grant proposal presentation from Bay City Regional Airport Manager James Mason and Civil PEs President Thomas Dodson June 21.

   The Bay City Regional Airport is moving forward with a Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program grant application process for $6.84 million to get several safety issues addressed.
   That process included an informal visit with FAA Associate Administrator for Airports and Bay City native Kirk Shaffer Friday, June 21.
   The AIP airport grant program funds airport infrastructure projects such as runways, taxiways, airport signage, airport lighting, and airport markings.
   AIP Funds have been regularly utilized by the airport, even under the block grant program.
   “The first part of this project includes a drainage study,” said Bay City Regional Airport Manager James Mason.

Thu
27
Jun

"Reel Reviews: ‘Toy Story 4’ ties up loose ends in series" by: Jessica Shepard

   I’ve been a fan of Disney’s “Toy Story” series since the beginning in 1995 and I thought the third film was a nice note to end on.
   After all, passing down toys from one generation to the next to be loved, played with and cherished is just a part of our lives.
   But, Disney took it a step further this time with “Toy Story 4.”
   It’s still got the same characters we know and love with plenty of laughs for children and those young at heart.
   I just don’t think it was really needed after the third film, but, I did enjoy this ending bit more.
   It certainly produced less tears and gave plenty of lessons for children about friendship, love and being creative.
   The film stars the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Madeleine McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan, and Joan Cusack.

Thu
27
Jun

"City gets 14 interim city manager applications" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City Human Resources Department Director Rhonda Clegg will provide city council with a pool of interim city manager applicants during Thursday’s regular council meeting, June 27.
   “I am in receipt of 14 applications for the Interim City Manager position,” said Clegg.
   “The applications came from locations in and out of state. The overall applicant pool was narrowed down with an update to be provided at Thursday’s City Council meeting.”
   “I believe we received a fair amount, considering that it is an interim role,” she explained.

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