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Thu
23
Apr

Foundation hopes purses will help pay for imaging machine

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Tiffany Foltyn is framed by several new, brand-name purses that will be up for bid at Power of the Purse May 7 at Bay City Service Center. The event’s goal is to help raise money for 3-D mammography equipment at Matagorda Regional Medical Center.

A new 3-D mammogram machine to enhance Matagorda Regional Medical Center’s (MRMC) radiology services for women is this year’s goal for the Fourth Annual Power of the Purse Thursday, May 7, at the Bay City Service Center.
   “This is a women’s health initiative,” said Tiffany Foltyn, executive director of the MRMC Foundation.
   Adding the 3-D machine will provide even clearer images than the digital mammogram equipment that the 2013 Power of the Purse helped purchase.
   Clearer 3-D images will help radiologists determine if a mass within a women’s breast is benign - possibly avoiding a biopsy, a trip to a larger metropolitan hospital with a 3-D machine and easing the fear of the unknown, Foltyn said.
   The new 3-D imaging equipment will cost about $300,000 and this year’s Power of the Purse aims to raise about $36,000.
Thu
23
Apr

Cleanup volunteers number in hundreds

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Matagorda Cleanup Coordinator Peggy Stanley talks with volunteers Saturday morning.

   Impending inclement weather might have diminished volunteer help - but apparently not the enthusiasm - for the Sargent and Matagorda beach cleanups last Saturday, coordinators for both events said.
   Peggy Stanley coordinator of this year’s Matagorda cleanup said there were 132 volunteers signed up for picking up litter on five miles of beach. 
   “We collected 9,900 pounds,” Stanley said.
   “Everyone had a good time and the turnout was impressive considering the weather!”
Thu
23
Apr

Crawfish extravaganza

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Booming blasts of thunder and heavy rain outside the Bay City Civic Center didn’t discourage people from attending and diving into heaping plates of crawfish and shrmp at the annual crawfish boil put on by the Bay City Chamber of Commerce agriculture committee.

Thu
23
Apr

New Cherry, BCJH principals hired

   Trustees approved the employment of two new principals for the 2015-2016 school year.
   Merideth Dodd and Dr. Keely Coufal are heading up Cherry Elementary and Bay City Junior High, respectively.
   Coufal has been an assistant principal at Park View Intermediate at Pasadena ISD since 2010.
   Before that, she taught sixth and seventh grade reading and English from 2001-2009.
   Dodd has been the assistant principal at Tenie Holmes Elementary school in Bay City ISD since August 2012.
   Prior to that, she also taught aquatic science and environmental systems; served as a co-teacher for anatomy and physiology, taught integrated physics and chemistry (IPC), and biology at Weatherford High 
Thu
23
Apr

51st live oak sale sells 93 trees this year

   The 51st Annual Live Oak Memorial Tree Sale sold 93 trees this year.
   That includes Live Oaks, Crepe Myrtles and Sago Palms.
   “The live oak tree is always the most popular at the sale,” said Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture President Mitch Thames.
   The sale itself spanned two days from Friday, April 17 to Saturday April 18.
   Thames addressed concerns that the weather impacted sales this year.
   “We are certainly in an unusual weather pattern,” said Thames.
   “We have been dry for so many years. It is difficult to tie sales and weather because our community is so giving.”

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Thu
23
Apr

'Bark' key Love of Animals fundraiser

   Le Tulle Park is going to the dogs!
   The “2nd Annual Bark in the Park Walk-A-Thon” will be all-day Saturday, April 25  starting at 9 a.m.
   “It is our largest fundraiser for the year,” said For the Love of Animals member Cheryl Stahle.
   Dr. Jim Davant and Bay City Feed will host their 18thAnnual Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic from 8-11 a.m.
   Davant and Bay City Feed will be set up by the big barbecue pits on the left near the entrance of the park.
   The first vaccination for each household is free, but all following vaccinations are only $7.50 per dog.
   Vaccinations and other “Bark in the Park” events are for dogs only and can be registered for at the same time.
Thu
23
Apr

Sargent Cookoff line

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Over 15 teams fired up their grills for the Sargent Volunteer Fire Department barbecue cookoff Saturday, April 18. Volunteers and members of the fire department manned raffle ticket stations, plus sold, judged and served plates of food.

Thu
23
Apr

Friends of Elder Citizens gets new director

   The Friends of Elder Citizens (FOEC) delivers over 60 prepared lunches to local seniors of Matagorda and Jackson County daily.
   The organization’s new director, Ernest Taylor, would like to see that number increase.
   “About 60 percent of our seniors live independently,” said Taylor.
   Meaning that they live alone and not in a nursing home or assisted living, he said.
   “We are doing everything we can to grow our numbers and get the word out,” said Taylor.
   Taylor is planning on having fundraising events as the year progresses.
Thu
16
Apr

Council: Fix potholes first

   Despite encouraging words about the North Downtown Plan, city council members said they want pot holes fixed before starting another public works project at council’s regular meeting April 9.
   Discussion on a transportation master plan and standards for the North Downtown Plan followed a workshop April 7, on the ambitious 10-12 block mixed-use development that includes townhouses, cleaning and improving Cottonwood Creek and adding walking trails.
   One issue tied to the North Downtown Plan is moving the city’s recycling center that’s in the target area and Mayor Mark Bricker told council he was trying to get prices on that job.
   But council members quickly noted their concerns about the transportation master plan – and getting other projects finished, specifically street repairs.
Thu
16
Apr

Weather not bother to 180 volunteers at UW Day of Caring

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
MEHOP volunteers for United Way’s Day of Caring find plenty of yard work at this Cottonwood Street residence Friday, April 10.

   Matagorda County United Way’s Day of Caring was not deterred by the rain Friday, April 10.
   Out of the 208 volunteers who signed up, 180 showed up Friday morning for their job assignments at the USO Center in Bay City.
   “The number includes volunteers in Palacios and El Campo that did not come to the Service Center,” said Matagorda County United Way Executive director Di Ann Sneed.
   “Many companies allow their employees to take the day off to participate as well as sponsoring the event. More individuals and more businesses participated this year than ever.”
   Some teams received their job orders and went to those sites a head of time.
   “I think we have an unusually high percentage of volunteers show up that signed up in advance,” said Sneed.
   “The weather did not seem to deter them.”

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