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Thu
28
Apr

First-ever Birding Festival starts early Saturday

   The first ever Matagorda County Birding and Nature Center’s Birding Festival starts bright and early 8 a.m. Saturday, April 30 with a bird walk.
   Birding enthusiasts are encouraged to bring binoculars to the event.
   “Anyone curious about birds or birding is more than welcome to join us as well,” said Karen Kinard, event coordinator.
  For $5 a car load, visitors  will be able to access food trucks, unique handmade items, face painting and nature journal constructing for children.
   “The Birding Nature Center is a great place to bring kids and teach them about nature,” she said.

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Thu
28
Apr

Celebrating Tony Pustejovskey

Bay City Sentinel/Don Cudd
Sargent Chamber of Commerce President Ray Fessenden reads a proclamation celebrating Sargent community leader Tony Pustejovskey, who died Jan. 6, before the beach cleanup Saturday, April 23. He was the Sargent beach cleanup organizer for more than 10 years. After his death, family members requested donations in his honor to the Adopt-A-Beach program and his longtime companion Carole Patrick said more than $800 was contributed.

Thu
21
Apr

Inviting blue

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Ronda Espinosa, Parks and Recreation Department's Aquatics and Recreations Specialist, shows off the bright and sparkling Bay City Public Pool at 2624 Carey Smith. The pool will be ready for swimmers of all ages starting May 27 as well as providing lifeguard certification course training space.

Thu
21
Apr

County reassigns auditor jobs

   Following Matagorda County Auditor Cathy Ezell’s abrupt resignation Friday, commissioners court shifted the auditor’s duties – and signature authority – to First Assistant County Auditor Kristen Kubecka, at the court’s regular meeting Monday, April 18.
   The court also named Lisa Krobot as Environmental Health Director, effective April 30. Ruben Gonzales is retiring from the post April 29.
   Auditor duties shifted to Kubecka include signing on the county’s Prosperity Bank account and access to county documents. 
   In a tandem move, commissioners removed Ezell’s name from all county accounts and pro

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Thu
21
Apr

Van Vleck enrollment rising as predicted

   Van Vleck ISD’s student enrollment is increasing as expected, officials noted during Monday’s school board meeting.
   “Next week we will start kindergarten registration (2016-17 school year), and we’re still adding kids to our roll (for this year),” said Van Vleck elementary principal Sarah Roper told the board. 
   “We enrolled three or four this morning and about two or three last week, so kids are still moving in. We’re probably at a little over 300 on our campus right now and we haven’t been there in a while.”
   The official total enrollment for the elementary school is 302 students, Superintendent John O'Brien confirmed after the meeting. Enrollment is up at all district campuses, he said.
   “We are sitting, total, right at about a thousand students overall,” he said. 

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Thu
21
Apr

Foltyn predicts this year’s Power of Purse will be bigger, better

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Just a fraction of the purses that are part of POWER of the Purse April 28 are in sharp focus with MRMC Foundation Executive Director Tiffany Foltyn in the background.

   A beautiful backyard hacienda setting surrounded by an array of purses will greet women when the doors open to the Matagorda Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Fifth Annual POWER of the Purse Thursday, April 28, at the Bay City Civic Center. 
   This year’s event will feature purses by designers such as Tory Burch, Coach, Kate Spade, Spartina 449, Two Bar West and Double D.
   “We are excited to add luggage, a ladies golf cart bag and a men’s table too,” said Tiffany Foltyn, the foundation’s executive director.
   “This year’s event will feature seven live auction items, thanks to our generous corporate sponsors, with one of these purses being a mystery purse that is also new this year,” Foltyn pointed out. 
   This year’s array of food and beverages will have a Mexican flare catered by MRMC’s Dietary Department lead by Carol Butler, MSLD, she noted, adding there will be, “a wait staff you don’t want to miss!

Thu
21
Apr

LEPC speakers stress readiness

   Emergency management drills continue and procedures are in place to meet disaster conditions different speakers noted at the Matagorda County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) annual luncheon April 14.
   Luncheon speaker David Noak, the DPS disaster district coordinator, talked about emergency preparedness and noted about the hard decisions that County Judge Nate McDonald makes as the county’s overall emergency management manager.
   Such an emergency came in 2008 when Hurricane Ike was taking on the upper Texas coast – and Matagorda County was projected as the landing spot.
   “Nate pulled the trigger” to evacuate the county, even though the storm shifted northeast and struck Galveston and Houston with its destructive force.
   “Y’all have lived here for many years and you know what’s going on. We (DPS) have the authority to bring in everyone we can” during an emergency, Noak noted. 
   “We don’t get into the county’s business.”

Thu
21
Apr

Cornman urges theater action

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Council members listen to a presentation at a city workshop Thursday, April 14.

Councilman Bill Cornman is urging Mayor Mark Bricker to start focusing on the newly acquired Texas Theater building.
   The status of the theater was on council’s agenda April 14, after Ignite Church earlier transferred the title to the city and council earmarked $300,000 in hotel occupancy tax revenues for its renovation.
   “You’ve got a lot of roof to work on,” Cornman told the mayor.
   “You’ve got to get someone over there and look at that.”
   Council approved, on second reading, Bay City Community Development Corporation’s decision to borrow about $3.9 million to refinance the 2007 sales tax revenue bonds to convert the old K-Mart building into the Center for Energy Development (CED) and to fund construction of a parking lot for the proposed Schulman entertainment complex.
   Council unanimously approved the “animals” chapter in the city code.

Thu
21
Apr

FEMA certifies Matagorda levee

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
This view of the Matagorda levee is off the top of the road leading to Matagorda Harbor.

   The Matagorda Ring Loop Levee, which has protected Matagorda from flooding for more than 50 years, has been certified by FEMA, the Matagorda County Conservation and Reclamation District No. 1 announced in its regular meeting April 13.
   The certification process began in 2009 and it was an exhaustive process to clear FEMA - and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - criteria to obtain the certification, Jennifer Steen told those attending the district meeting at the house. 
   Steen, P.E., is project manager with Richardson-based HALFF & Associates, an engineering consulting firm, and has worked on the levee since 2013.
   An accredited levee meets federal design, construction, maintenance and operation standards to adequately reduce the risk of flooding from a major flood with a 1 percent chance of occurring in any given year over a 100-year period.

Thu
21
Apr

Sargent Beach cleanup to honor Tony Pustejovsky

Beach Cleanup advance
   The Sargent Beach area of the 30th Annual Adopt-A-Beach (AAB) cleanup receives and official dedication in honor of Tony Pustejovsky, from the Texas General Land Office.
   Pustejovsky served as the site’s coordinator for more than a decade.
   “Volunteers are the heart of the Texas Adopt-A-Beach program,” said George Bush, Texas Land Commissioner in a press release Monday, April 18.
    “Tony Pustejovsky was a proud Aggie and U.S. Army veteran who dedicated public his life to the Texas coast through his volunteer efforts on behalf of the Adopt-A-Beach program. We are honored to dedicate the Sargent Beach Adopt-A-Beach site in honor of Tony’s devotion to preserving the Texas Coast.”
   Anton A. “Tony” Pustejovsky passed away on Jan. 2 of this year and was a graduate of Texas A&M University and a veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserves.

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