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Dec

Christmas holiday closings announced

   Christmas Eve falls on Thursday, Dec. 24, and Christmas Day is Friday, Dec. 25 this year.
   That means that many local businesses are closed in observance of the holiday starting Thursday and will re-open at regular business hours Monday, Dec. 28.
   Those closings include city, federal and county offices.
   The United States Post Office and banks will be closed on Christmas Day.
   WCA trash will not pick up on Christmas Day and normal trash services will resume the following scheduled pickup day.
   Christmas break lasts from Dec. 21 – Jan. 5 for Bay City ISD, with the district returning to regular hours Wednesday, Jan. 6.
   Van Vleck students have Christmas break from Dec. 21 to Jan. 8, with classes resuming on Monday, Jan. 11.
   Tidehaven ISD students are on break from Dec. 21 to Jan. 4 and will return to school on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Thu
24
Dec

High five for Blue Santa

The Bay City Police Department's Blue Santa met with young readers while parents drove by the Bay City Public Library to pick up special Christmas edition book goodie bags, Saturday, Dec. 19. The event was drive-through due to COVID-19 concerns and the rainy weather that day.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

Thu
24
Dec

"Reel Reviews: ‘Come Away’ could have been so much better" by: Jessica Shepard

   I have to admit that even as an adult I’ve always preferred fiction stories to actual facts like historical or biographical accounts. 
   In fact, when I worked at the Bay City Public Library, I spent some of my free time lining up fiction books to check out. 
   It’s something that’s been held over since my childhood and even though I’m past 30, I still take the time to catch Disney movies as much as possible. 
   Cue my curiosity when I read a brief synopsis of “Come Away” that featured literary ties to both “Peter Pan” and “Alice in Wonderland.” 
   Come Away is a fantasy drama film directed by Brenda Chapman. 
   The film stars David Oyelowo, Anna Chancellor, Clarke Peters, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Caine, David Gyasi, Derek Jacobi, Keira Chansa, Reece Yates, Jordan Nash, Anna Chancellor, and Angelina Jolie. 

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24
Dec

Sharing the Christmas spirit

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
An Economic Action Committee of the Gulf Coast employee passed out a stack of turkey dinner plates during the EAC's first-ever "Christmas Luncheon and Fundraiser" Wednesday, Dec. 16. Free plates were given to every senior citizen in their vehicles.

Thu
24
Dec

"County deer hunting: Impressive harvest numbers, quality" Aaron Sumrall, PhD Matagorda County Extension Agent – Agriculture/Natural Resources Texas A&M AgriLife

   Far before the hint of light begins to grace the eastern skyline in the fall and winter months, traffic begins to build on Matagorda County roads with not all heading to the various plants and industries, but into the more remote expanses of the county. 
   Matagorda County is termed the recreational capital of Texas in many conversational circles and articles which brings many folks from across the globe to enjoy what is in our back yard. 
   The Christmas bird count has indicated for more than two decades that Matagorda County is the undisputed birding king with its species diversity second to none. 

Thu
24
Dec

CAST announces return of ‘Night on Broadway’ Jan. 15-17, 22-24

   Are Broadway musicals to your taste? 
   How about a little bit of comic relief? 
   Have you been itching to see “live” entertainment? 
   Would you like to see the new home of the local community theater troupe? 
   If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” then you are in luck. 
   Mark your calendar for Jan. 15-17 and 22-24, for the return of “Night on Broadway!” 
   If necessary, a special encore production will be presented on Jan. 29. 
   The Community Actors of South Texas (CAST) have been “zooming” together for months to plan their new season of quality theatrical entertainment for Bay City and the surrounding communities. 
   CAST President Kara Cowart said the first 2021 production will be a “revival of some of your favorites” from Nights on Broadway from years past. 
   The musical productions will be performed in the new home of CAST at 920 Nichols Avenue in Bay City. 

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24
Dec

Wreaths Across America

With a goal of placing a wreath on the grave of every veteran in Matagorda County, Wreaths Across America had wreath-laying ceremonies throughout the county Saturday, Dec. 19. Ken Thames, with VFW Post No. 2438, lays a wreath for one of the armed services at Cedarvale Cemetery Saturday. Thames presented the program that included a “Rosie the Riveter’ routine presented by the Lynn Batles School of Dance in Bay City.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
17
Dec

"Matagorda tallies 219 birds in Audubon Christmas Bird Count" by: Jessica Shepard

   Unofficially, Matagorda County has 219 bird species reported for the 121st Annual Audubon Matagorda County Mad Island Marsh Christmas Bird Count (CBC) Monday, Dec. 14.
   That number awaits verification for at least five rare birds before becoming official sometime mid-March next year.
   Those rare birds mentioned during the virtual countdown Monday night were the Bullock’s oriole, Rose Breasted Grosbeak, Green Kingfisher, Red-headed Woodpecker and a Parasitic Jaeger.
   As of press time Tuesday morning, no official results had been posted to the Audubon website which leaves no clue as to the Matagorda CBC’s ranking compared to others throughout North America.
   In past years counts in San Diego, and the Guadalupe River Delta have been the ones to beat to maintain the number one spot.
   Due to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, the annual countdown dinner was canceled in favor of a virtual count with birding section leaders via Zoom.

Thu
17
Dec

"BCISD OKs $500 bonuses for working in pandemic " by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City ISD trustees unanimously approved $500 bonuses as part of a retention and incentive resolution for working during the COVID-19 pandemic during a special meeting, Dec. 10.
   “I am truly thankful to have a school board that recognizes and rewards the hard work of our district employees whenever possible,” said BCISD Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott, III.
   “This school year has been difficult for our school community, so to have a board of trustees take those hardships into consideration, means the world to me as a superintendent. I’m glad to work with a team of eight that considered the financial impact this pandemic has had on our BCISD family.”
   The money will be dispersed to 585 district employees and take $305, 663 from the district’s fund balance.
   The decision was reached after a brief discussion and trio of options ranging from $300-500 presented by BCISD Chief Financial Officer Richard Johnson.

Thu
17
Dec

Helping make the right choice

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
BCISD Officer Heather Lewis helps a young girl with her choice during Shop With a Cop Tuesday, Dec. 8 at Wal-Mart. The Bay City Police Department event allowed 31 children to spend up to $175 on the Christmas gift of their choice. Several law enforcement agencies participated.

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