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11
Oct

"Tidehaven, Van Vleck bring 2 different seasons to bear in district/county rivalry" by: Mike Reddell

   There are several variables going into Friday’s game between District 14-3A-2 and cross-county rivals Tidehaven and host Van Vleck.
   Halfway through the season, Van Vleck is 4-1, 0-1 and Tidehaven is 1-5, 1-1.
   While the Leopards are rolling along with an average of 185 yards passing and 209 yards rushing this season, Tidehaven has a district win against Danbury and is one game up in district standings over Van Vleck.
   That said, the cross-county rivalry also can play a role in a game between these two teams, since school pride always is a factor.
   Interesting that both teams’ most-recent losses came at the ends of East Bernard (5-1, 2-0).
   Tidehaven is coming off a home loss to East Bernard 24-14 last Friday, Oct. 5, and the Leps fell to the host Brahmas 18-13 Sept. 28.
   Van Vleck was idle last week, while Tidehaven continues to seek improvement.

Thu
11
Oct

"Pilot Club’s Celebrity Waiter event Oct. 18" by: Jessica Shepard

   The Pilot Club of Bay City will have its 8th annual “Celebrity Waiter” fundraiser starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Bay City Service Center.
   The event begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner starting at 7 p.m. 
   Celebrity Waiters will be on hand to serve and entertain the guests at their tables and are working for tips. 
   “Many of the waiters dress in costume to make the event fun so who knows who will show up,” said Pilot Club member Theresea Knebel in a press release.
   “The dinner proceeds will fund the Pilot Club’s projects which include making the community aware of brain safety and brain health.” 
   Pilot Club projects also include:

Thu
11
Oct

"Council hires Port Lavaca law firm partners as new city attorneys" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
City Council Member Julie Estlinbaum, left, greets new city attorneys Ann Marie Odefey (center) and Carly Wall, after a special meeting Oct. 4 to hire a new city attorney firm.

   Port Lavaca attorneys Ann Marie Odefey and Carly Wall were hired as the new city attorneys for the City of Bay City during a short special meeting Thursday, Oct. 4.
   Odefey and Wall, partners in a five-partner Port Lavaca law firm, Roberts, Roberts, Odefey, Witte & Wall.
   Odefy said she has “a large government practice,” representing City of Port Lavaca, CCISD, Calhoun County, the City of Point Comfort, Memorial Medical Center, Drainage Districts 8, 10 and 11, Calhoun County Water & Control District No. 1, and Refugio County Drainage District No. 1.
     A Port Lavaca native, she earned her degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin and her law degree from South Texas College of Law.
   She has 24 years in government practice.

Thu
11
Oct

BCISD awarded $96,000 for early literacy program

    Bay City ISD has received a $96,000 grant from the Save the Children Federation, Inc, commonly known as Save the Children USA. 
   The grant is to support the district’s early literacy balanced literature and guided reading program at the elementary campuses.
   According to BCISD Chief Curriculum Officer Lisa Moya, the funds will be used to purchase the Fountas and Pinnell (FP) system of libraries and materials for Kindergarten through third grade classrooms.
   The FP system is a “comprehensive, systemic design for high-quality literary instruction, with insightful assessment tools to determine independent and instructional reading levels and plan responsive instruction.” 
   Campus committees, comprised of teachers and principals, selected the FP system for BCISD.
   The goal of guided reading is to bring each child to the level of complex texts appropriate for that child’s grade. 

Thu
11
Oct

Riverside Park to celebrate 25th

   Make plans to spend the late afternoon and evening at Riverside Park on Oct. 13, starting at 3 p.m., with kid-friendly activities such as casting, campfire building, and arts and crafts to celebrate the Park’s 25th Anniversary.   
   The evening will conclude with a concert starring Kris Jones at 8 p.m.  
   There is no fee for the event, but parking is $20 per car.  
   Visitors will enjoy a ride on the Parks “Limo” to and from the parking lot and refreshments will be sold throughout the event.  
   The City of Bay City Parks and Recreation Department hosted Riverside Park’s Grand Opening on Oct. 16, 1993. 
   Over the years, the park has been a big hit with locals, Texans and “Snow Birds.”  
   There have been floods and droughts over the years, but none hit the beloved park harder than Hurricane Harvey, city parks officials said. 

Thu
11
Oct

Rehab Center sponsors dementia conference

   Matagorda Nursing and Rehab Center is sponsoring a conference on dementia and dementia care from 9 am to 3 pm, Saturday, October 20, at the Bay City Civic Center in Room 106.
   “Dementia is now a more feared word than cancer,” administrator Cody D. Holloway said recently. “This symposium will allow our friends and neighbors and dementia caregivers to learn how to identify different dementias, how to stage these diseases and how the diseases impact the brain.
   “Dr. Tam Cummings is a gerontologist specializing in dementia. Our skilled facility was one of 20 in Texas selected to receive her training,” Holloway said. “With the silver tsunami we are facing from the Baby Boomer population, I knew we needed to reach out and offer education and training to our communities.”
   Cummings is the author of the best-selling book “Untangling Alzheimer’s” and Holloway said books will be available at the event for $10.

Thu
04
Oct

Rice Dish Champs

Winners of the annual Rice Dish Round-up contest were awarded blue ribbons Oct. 2. Grand Champions received purple ribbons along with a cash award, free armband to the carnival and jar of rice. From left to right are: Agri-Life Extension office admin Velma Mangum; Heather Jackson, grades 9-12 winner; John Carter, grades 6-8 winner; Easton Davant, grades 1-5 winner; Kathy Jackson, adult division winner, and Rice Dish Round-up chairman Wayne Witte.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

Thu
04
Oct

"Senior housing planned for old hospital acreage" by: Mike Reddell

Contributed photo

   A 119-unit Bay City Senior Housing project will be going up on the former Matagorda County General Hospital site and its old helipad spot across the street and will be financed by the Southeast Texas Housing Finance Corporation (SETH), Matagorda County Commissioners Court was told at its regular meeting Monday, Oct. 1.
   The project will include 108 units in the two-story apartment complex where the old hospital was - bounded by Grace and Merlin streets, Avenue G and Avenue H.
   And at that old heli-pad site across Avenue G, there will be 11, one-story cottage units.
   All of the units will have covered parking.
   Former county commissioner George Deshotels is Matagorda County’s representative on SETH, a state-created affordable housing authority made up of representatives from 20 Houston and Galveston area municipalities and counties.

Thu
04
Oct

"Planning a sweet treat for the square" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Beverly and Chad Trombatore at Nana’s House of Treats.

   The aroma of varied-seasoned popcorn in downtown Bay City is just one of the ideas Chad and Beverly Trombatore have for Nana’s House of Treats. They call their new business that’s set to open November 2nd a “gourmet treat shop.”
   Main Street’s newest retail business will be in the historic Austin Building on the south side of the square.
   And, speaking of popcorn scents, Nana’s House of Treats plans to feature more than 70 flavors of popcorn.
   Those flavorings include loaded baked potato popcorn, caramel corn, and dill pickle popcorn – a new, popular variety.
   There’s also chocolate-dipped popcorn and candy-colored specialties, not to mention fruity flavors such as blueberry, raspberry and basic tutti-frutti, Chad Trombatore adds.

Thu
04
Oct

"Madison Garay crowned Rice Festival Queen" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Madison Garay, center was crowned the 2018-2019 Rice Festival Queen Sept. 29 along with her royalty court. Pictured from left to right are: 1st runner-up Hannah Sliva, 2nd runner-up Mykayla Gibson, 3rd runner-up Madison Simons and 4th runner-up Cassidy Perrin.

   Nineteen women lined the stage of Keye Ingram auditorium last Saturday night to find out who would be crowned as the 2018-2019 Rice Festival Queen.
   Madison Garay was officially crowned Rice Festival Queen for the 2018-2019 year.
   Garay is joined by her court: first runner-up Hannah Sliva; second runner-up Mykayla Gibson; third runner-up Madison Simons; and fourth runner-up Cassidy Perrin.
   Perrin also received the award for “Best Evening Gown” as voted on by the judges.
   Mykayla Gibson won “Miss Congeniality” with the most votes from her fellow contestants.
   The “Most Photogenic” award went to Rachael Schwartz.
   This year’s judges narrowed their search for the Queen to 10 semi-finalists.
   Each girl drew a random question from a fish bowl and had to answer it on the spot.

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