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Commissioner’s Court Approves Port O’Connor Library Building

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Officer Montero Now Certified Sniper

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Seadrift Officer Robert Montero

Seadrift Officer Robert Montero

Earlier this year, Officer Robert Montero received training and earned his qualification to be a member of Calhoun County’s Sheriff’s Department SWAT team. Pursuing even more expertise in his field, Officer Montero went on to attend the Police Urban Sniper School and is now a certified sniper, the only sniper on the SWAT team.

His training consisted of high angle shooting from rooftops, interior buildings, vehicles, and multiple threat engagements made from 5 to 500 yards.

In addition to Officer Montero’s duties on the Seadrift Police Department, he is on call 24 hours a day to respond to SWAT operations.

Officer Montero joined the Seadrift Police force two years ago after 14 years of high risk security operations with the Department of Defense. At the August 1st City Council meeting, Police Chief Leonard Bermea presented Officer Montero his sniper pin and remarked to those assembled what an asset the officer has been to the department.

Congressman Urges: Contact Your Representatives

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Thomas Bull of Port Lavaca presented a hand-made desk name plate to Congressman Blake Farenthold as a gift for President Trump. Thomas fashioned the item of metal and wood with hammer, chisel, punch and torch, duplicating the President’s signature. Thomas learned his craft from his late grandfather, Billy Bull, “the National Welder of Texas” who made name plates for U.S. Presidents beginning with Reagan, and also for Texas Governors. Pictured above (L to R): Congressman Blake Farenthold; Russell Cain, President of the Calhoun County Republican Club; and Thomas Bull.

Thomas Bull of Port Lavaca presented a hand-made desk name plate to Congressman Blake Farenthold as a gift for President Trump. Thomas fashioned the item of metal and wood with hammer, chisel, punch and torch, duplicating the President’s signature.
Thomas learned his craft from his late grandfather, Billy Bull, “the National Welder of Texas” who made name plates for U.S. Presidents beginning with Reagan, and also for Texas Governors. Pictured above (L to R): Congressman Blake Farenthold; Russell Cain, President of the Calhoun County Republican Club; and Thomas Bull.

“We’re not moving fast enough to ‘drain the swamp’,” Congressman Blake Farenthold said in his remarks to the Calhoun County Republican Club on Monday, August 7. “I am so disappointed that we can’t come together on repealing Obamacare, even though everyone campaigned on it.”

He explained that although he had reservations, he voted for the recent bill after the President asked him for his support, explaining that the bill would be the first step in ‘repeal and replace’.

According to Farenthold, there are two reasons why Democrats won’t join in the effort:

1. Policy: The Far Left wants socialized medicine.

2. Political: Democrats have been told not to cooperate on health care. They don’t want to give Trump a win on anything.

“I am disturbed every time I hear that “Congress” is not cooperating on the health care issue. It is not ‘Congress’, it is the Senate. The House of Representatives is supporting the effort.

There were several questions and comments from the audience concerning the budget, the 17th Amendment (how we elect Senators), suggesting a way to better implement ‘See Something-Say Something’, and various other issues. The Congressman said he would bring up their concerns to the appropriate committees.

When asked if anything will be done about former presidential candidates, aides, and others who broke the law during the past campaign, Congressman Farenthold said he is on the Judiciary Committee and they have sent a letter to Attorney General Sessions asking him to prosecute. “If he doesn’t do it, I will bring it to the House floor as a resolution,” he said, to rousing applause from the audience.

The Congressman encourages everyone to contact their representatives about issues that concern them. “We do pay attention to what our constituents have to say,” he said.

A group of citizens who love Boggy Nature Park and want to see it utilized to its fullest extent have formed an advisory committee to develop a plan for the improvement of the park. In July, this group asked Calhoun County Commissioners Court for its support of initiating a process to develop such an improvement plan. While the County has no source of funding to improve Boggy, they are supportive of the Committee’s efforts to identify needed improvements and the Committee researching ways to fund future improvements. The Commissioners Court is in the process of establishing a Parks Board. This Parks Board will provide more authority for the county to operate, fund and oversee county parks. The Boggy Nature Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Service Club and other POC residents, will collaborate with the new Parks Board in whatever procedures they establish.

Boggy Nature Park was acquired by the county in 2006 “for a park and wetlands wildlife habitat; and for public access to Boggy Bayou and Matagorda Bay…” The committee wants to see it used to its best in this regard. While in the beginning stages of its work, the Boggy Committee has identified ideas for improvement that include better roads, a walking trail, a kayak trail,  additional day use sites, enhancing the nature experience by adding educational and informational signage, and ultimately addressing the serious erosion problem.

A pressing need at Boggy is road improvement. Anyone who has gone there, whether to fish, bird or sight-see, has experienced the rough road conditions. Given that Boggy offers excellent fishing and kayaking as well as the only other beach in POC besides Kingfisher Beach Park, improving the roads to this treasure is an important community feature.

Likewise, improving the nature experience and bird habitat at Boggy will have a positive economic impact for our community. According to a USDA Forest Service National Survey, nearly 20 million people took birding trips away from home in 2009 and bird viewing and photography is “the most steadily growing (recreational) activity in the United States.”

Recently, Mr. Dan Walker, Project Leader, Coast Bend Ecosystems – Texas Parks and Wildlife, toured Boggy with advisory group members pointing out various habitats for resident and migrating birds. He believes Boggy Park has excellent and untapped potential as a birding site. With preservation and protection of some of the habitat by limiting vehicles in upland and sensitive areas, there is potential for nesting use by Wilson’s Plovers and Willets. Addition of a water drip and feeding station in the oak motts would result in excellent birding/photo opportunities during spring migration of neo-tropic song birds. Dan advises that when he hosts birding tours on Powderhorn Ranch and the visitors ask where else they can bird, he directs them to Boggy Park.

Boggy provides opportunity to see a clapper rail, a secretive marsh bird. Brigid Berger, local Master Naturalist states that she sees 25-30 species on her monthly birding trips in Boggy Park.

One of the most serious needs at Boggy is putting a stop to the littering, dumping and disposal inside the park. Household trash, landscape debris, carcasses from fish and game cleaning and other rubbish all finds its way into Boggy Park. It threatens the wildlife in their natural habitat, threatens the safety of the humans wanting to utilize the area and destroys the beauty and experience. Victoria Electric employees have invested enormous time and effort in the three times a year Beach Clean Up at Boggy and have removed tons of garbage and scrap from the park. Historically, many have used this area to ‘dump’ unwanted items, but it is not a legal or appropriate place to dump. There are other ways to dispose of these things and protect the resources of Boggy Nature Park. If all POC citizens would try to get the word out that the clean-up and improvement is an organized effort and dumping is not allowed, we can make progress much faster. If you see others dumping please ask them not to.

Your ideas and suggestions are welcomed as the Committee proceeds. Together we can make Boggy a more beautiful nature area and a benefit to our community. If you have not been out to Boggy recently, you should go. It is a beautiful example of our natural world. Kayak and wade fishing, hiking and walking, birdwatching and sunset viewing are all special at Boggy Nature Park. What are your favorite things to do there? Please let us know so we consider it in the plan for the improvement there. Contact Kelly Gee, Joe Wiatt, Troy Wygrys, Brigid Berger, or Allan Berger with your thoughts and ideas. Once a specific plan is developed, comments will be sought from the community.

POC Cart Run

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