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25
Jan

"Reis, Milberger honored by chamber" by: Mike Reddell

Jessica Shepard/Bay City Sentinel
District Attorney Steven Reis, left, received the Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture's Man of the Year award, Jan. 18. They are joined by his wife, Donna, John Dickerson, last year’s Man of the Year.

Steven Reis is Man of the Year and Sue Milberger is Woman of the Year and both were honored at the 95th Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture annual banquet, Jan. 18.
   This year’s chamber board chairman Al Capristo put the attendance at about 450, making the event the best attended in the chamber banquet history.
   “This is the best yet,” Capristo said.
   Outgoing chairman Robert Lister passed the gavel to Capristo during the initial ceremonies.
      Capristo also introduced the chamber chair-elect, Joe Hoinkis.
   In addition to Reis and Milberger, the banquest also honored:

Thu
25
Jan

"Matagorda County seems a lock for No. 1 in bird count" by: Jessica Shepard

   The Matagorda County Mad Island Marsh Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is officially reporting 220 species and is slated to be No. 1 in North America again.
   “I have talked to our competitors, Matagorda County will report 220 species, San Diego 217, Guadalupe River Delta (Tivoli/McFaddin area) 212, Freeport 204 and Santa Barbara 203,” said CBC Compiler Brent Ortego.
   “We are not officially Number 1 until the editing is completed. That will not likely change any of these statuses.”
   The CBC was Dec. 18 under less than favorable weather conditions.
   “The count this year was held during a day with scattered showers and continuous drizzle,” added Ortego.
   “The weather likely created situations where we did not locate species that were present, and caused a number of birders to stay home and not participate. We were expecting 150 birders this year and only 109 participated. The 220 species was our lowest tally since 1995.”

Thu
25
Jan

JSL seeks Charity Ball auction donations

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The Junior Service League is seeking donation for its 2018 Charity Ball Silent Auction. Those planning to donate should contact Jennifer Vowell, Prizes Chair, at jennifervowell@gmail.com or 979-479-5172. Pictured are: Jennifer Vowell, Prizes Chair; Jennifer Rodriguez, Prizes Co Chair; Michelle Weathers, Silent Auction Chair; and Kim Cashion, Silent Auction Co Chair.

Thu
25
Jan

First United Methodist Church hosts Service Fair

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
First United Methodist Church of Bay City hosted the Matagorda County Service Fair Sunday, Jan. 21. The free public event introduced individuals and families with distinct needs to organizations and agencies equipped to provide aid and assistance.

Thu
25
Jan

Bay City wins over El Campo

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat sophomore guard Ke’Vaughn Gaskin (3) takes a shot against El Campo defenders in a game Bay City won 51-48, Friday, Jan. 19. Bay City was 7-7, 2-1 going into a district game at Brazosport Tuesday night, Jan. 23.

Thu
25
Jan

Practicing to be Rodeo Queen

Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell
A rodeo queen ​contestant received horsemanship instructions at ​a practice Sunday, Jan. 21. The contestants must complete six hours of practice to compete for the rodeo queen crown.

Thu
25
Jan

"Today’s kindergarten resembles late 1990s 1st-grade classroom " by: Allison Sliva

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Roberts Elementary teacher Lisa Stuhler works with a breakout kindergarten group on reading skills in her classroom.

   Lisa Stuhler’s kindergarten classroom was a cacophony of alphabet letter recitations, tiny voices singing letter-sounds songs, counting days on the calendar, and students excitedly fast-walking to the board to move up their names on the behavior chart on a sunny December 2017 day. This is what student engagement looks like – skillful kinder teachers conducting their classrooms as maestros conduct their orchestras. 
   Today’s Kinder looks a lot like first grade did back in the late 1990’s. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 72 percent of kindergartners now go to a full-day program (up from about 50 percent in 1995). Kinder in BCISD is a full-day program, as is its Pre-K program. 

Thu
25
Jan

CAST’s Night on Broadway brings back tunes to remind us of specific memories

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Cole Fitzgerald is using his muscle as Cameron Losoya sings Friend Like Me from Alladin.

   Do you have a favorite tune from a Broadway show that brings back specific memories; the birth of a child, the year you graduated from high school, reminders of a special love?  
   This year’s Night on Broadway, presented by Community Actors of South Texas (CAST) features the singer’s favorite song and you find out what memory is created from that song.  
   They may be your favorite as well. 
   The production is being presented at the Bay City Country Club on Jan. 26, 27, and 28, beginning at 7:30 pm.  
   Tickets are on sale for $20 at Green Bros. Jewelers on the square in downtown Bay City or online at baycitycast.com. Tickets will also be available at the door. This is CAST’s 10th year to present this popular show. 
   Dr. Kara Cowart and Dr. Andrew Siegrest are directing the Favorites and will be adding their musical talent as well.  

Thu
25
Jan

County OKs funding for Palacios VFD building, Pavilion parking lot

   Matagorda County will provide $150,000 in funding for two Palacios projects – the new fire department station and the Palacios pavilion parking lot, commissioners court decided at its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 22.
   Through interlocal agreements with the City of Palacios, the county will provide $100,000 in funding for the Palacios Volunteer Fire Department Building and $50,000 for the Pavilion parking lot.

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Thu
25
Jan

Matagorda ISD honors Treybig's service

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Buddy Treybig was given a plaque with Matagorda Stingray colors to honor his seven years of dedicated service. He was crucial in creating the mission and vision statement and at the bottom of the award it states how strongly he feels about his service. It reads, “ We love our school. We love our town. We are Matagorda ISD.”

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