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King Fisher Beach in Port O’Connor - Saturday, the 4th of July Cars parked all down Washington Blvd. (on right in photo)    -Photo by Bill Pitts

King Fisher Beach in Port O’Connor – Saturday, the 4th of July
Cars parked all down Washington Blvd. (on right in photo) -Photo by Bill Pitts

Again, I have to say this: I am totally blown away by the team that I have with me serving our community and our Chamber of Commerce, along with my great community and their support of all my efforts.

Thanks to Larry and Sharilyn Carroll for inviting Doug and me to watch the show from their home. As I sat on their upper deck and stared in awe at the beautiful fireworks that were bursting in the air, with some patriotic music in the background, I realized just how fortunate I am to be surrounded by such awesome people!

Early in the year we start planning for our Fireworks Celebration, getting letters and lists prepared to send out to collect the funds needed for this event to happen. Just to give you a rundown of all who make this show happen:

Donny Haynes makes the connection and orders the show for the next year. Darla Parker designed our letter for donations. Bill Tigrett and myself made sure all letters were sent out (along with the ladies that work for me that stuffed and sealed over 3,000 letters. Thank You, Diane Guzman, Carrie Rouse and Alyssa Roy.)

La June Pitonyak collected the mail and gave to the treasurer, Carolyn Garrison, who kept records of all the funds along with Bill Tigrett keeping a log of collections. This may seem like something I should not mention –however this is a huge job for all involved and for these folks, I am very thankful!

Let’s not forget Don and Sheryl Haynes and their setup crew—WELL I am not even going to think I could start with their efforts in this. But will say, “ What a wonderful show 2015 was and am looking forward to show 2016!”

THANKS to Sylvia Rodriguez and Darla Parker for putting the collection boxes out and keeping the monies collected from these boxes and put into the bank.
If you went to King Fisher Park, you would have seen what a great job Darla Parker did with organizing our vendors that were set up for the day. This lady has got a knack at getting this all in order and keeping things running smoothly.

Also, to Jullian Garcia and the County Crew for a awesome job of keeping the beach in order.

Last, to ALL that donated: This show would not happen without you! THANKS !

If you are a business owner please remember to thank these great folks for all the hard work and efforts that bring the tourism to you and make your business grow and prosper!
If you would like to get involved we would like to have you join this great Chamber Team!

Photo by Mike Hessong

Photo by Mike Hessong

It was a very special day in Port O’Connor, and we were bursting at the seams with guests and locals alike. Fireworks, firemen’s barbeque, fishing and fun were all in the mix.

Americans celebrate the birth of their independent nation in a big way. Still we should never lose sight of the cost of that independence. Each firecracker popped, every sparkler that twinkled and every rocket that flashed was the visual reminder of generations of sacrificial, selfless and giving free thinkers that made our current America so strong.

It is not just generations of soldiers who from the time of the Revolutionary War fought and died to achieve and preserve our freedom, but so much more. There are innumerable immigrant families, slaves, bond servants and individuals who gave up all for the hope of a dream. Many gave all but their very lives to build a dream that seemed beyond belief. Some made a huge success of their gamble, but more were simple people with humble dreams for a life of more. There are settlers and pioneers whose inexhaustible efforts to claim a sliver of dreamland for their own braved struggles they could not even imagine. Many of them found a dreamland was limited and required maximum effort, and yet they labored on. There are entrepreneurs, inventors, industrialists, inventors, capitalists, businessmen and women, rebels, reformists, radicals and revolutionaries who ;labored to build what sometimes only they could envision, and many received scant recompense for their efforts. Annals of Americans stood up, stood against, stood for and stood behind the change or growth or reform that laid claim to their lives and dreams. While we do not agree with them all, do not support every cause or effort, we have a duty to preserve and continue the core of that quintessential American dream. We are a land where on July 4th and every day we support and defend the right of Americans to be rugged individualists, free thinkers, reformers, mavericks, rebels and free spirits. Their history and legacy is impressive and awesome. So whether encouraging our children to set their own course, helping our community to map their own future, or even fighting to replot or reform a wrong turn in our society’s direction; we come from a long line of eccentrics, oddballs and individualists who dared to believe that one voice matters, one man’s effort counts, one woman can make a difference, and even a child can impact the future. So take time amid the potato salad and wet swimsuits, smoke bombs and bottle rockets to remember and pass on the living legacy that is America! Never lose sight of the fact that most of what makes us great, special, exceptional and extraordinary was strongly thought to be weird, wrong, peculiar, bizarre, uncanny, unpopular and abnormal by few or many at one or more points in history.  The real story of July 4th is in celebrating the amazing abnormal, the atypical awesomeness, the amazing anomalous that made America! Happy Independence Day!

Photo by Mike Hessong

Photo by Mike Hessong

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Paddling in Port O’ Connor by Kelly Gee

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Vera Wiatt;  Donnie Klesel and Mary Jo Walker, POC Chamber of Commerce; Allan Berger, San Antonio Bay Partnership; Shelly Plante, TPWD; and Alan Raby, Dolphin Kayaks POC cut the ceremonial ribbon on the new Paddling Trails kiosk on Thursday, July 9.

Vera Wiatt; Donnie Klesel and Mary Jo Walker, POC Chamber of Commerce; Allan Berger, San Antonio Bay Partnership; Shelly Plante, TPWD; and Alan Raby, Dolphin Kayaks POC cut the ceremonial ribbon on the new Paddling Trails kiosk on Thursday, July 9.

New Paddling Trail Opens

Port O’ Connor has lots of paddlers. Whether fishing or just enjoying the view of nature, kayaks offer a unique option to enjoy our waters. On Thursday morning July 9th, kayakers celebrated the official grand opening for the new POC Paddling Trails. This joint project of community sponsors including Calhoun County, Port O’Connor Chamber of Commerce, Westside Calhoun County Navigation District, and San Antonio Bay Partnership in cooperation with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) establishes marked routes that make the POC Paddling Trails some of the longest marked paddling trails in the state. A new kiosk and map located near the Little Jetties Launch Site at Washington and Commerce show the routes available to paddlers.

The POC Paddling Route consists of a series of interconnecting trails. Twelve miles of expansion included two new trails named Pass Cavallo J-hook Trail and Barroom Bay Trail. Existing trails were renamed Fishpond Trail, Big Pocket Trail, Mule Slough Trail, and Matagorda Island Trail. Together they offer 40 miles of paddling fun and opportunity along the shores of Espiritu Santo and Matagorda Bay and through their saltwater marshlands. The trails have routes to paddle several hours, all day or even several days for paddlers from beginner to master level to enjoy.

Free Kayak Lessons were offered after the ribbon cutting Thursday, and Alan Raby of Dolphin Kayaks was on hand to instruct newbies and sign up others for the guided paddle planned Friday July 10 at Boggy Park. The public was invited to hone their kayaking skills at this free event. After these two outings, beginners could participate in monthly paddles in SABP’s Explore the Bay paddling events. For more information on paddling fun, contact master naturalist and local kayak enthusiast AllanRBerger@comcast.net or Dolphin Kayaks on Adams St.     Take a look at the new kiosk and the paddling trails map.

Kayaking is a great way to see a different view of the bays we call home. Try it, you just might like it!

Allan Berer gives Raedyn Gee kyak lessons near the entry to the new paddling trails in Port O’Connor.

Allan Berer gives Raedyn Gee kyak lessons near the entry to the new paddling trails in Port O’Connor.

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Enjoy Dinner with Texas Authors

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Friends of Port O’Connor Library invite you to enjoy a “beautiful night under Texas Stars” on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at The Sanctuary at Costa Grande.

In addition to an elegant dinner in beautiful surroundings, you will enjoy meeting Texas authors and the opportunity to purchase new books.  A silent auction will also be held. Proceeds will go toward building a new library/learning center for Port O’Connor.

Tickets are only $25 per person and can be purchased in advance from The Treasure Chest and at First National Bank in Port O’Connor.
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