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“If You Build It, They Will Come.” by Sarah Washburn

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Baseball practice at the Port O’Connor field

Baseball practice at the Port O’Connor field

For the 3rd year in a row I strolled out onto the would be baseball field on our Port O’Connor School grounds and was disappointed to see it’s sad, rusted, decomposing state. The pipes holding up the decaying backstop 15 feet over our children’s head had rusted completely through in spots. Our bases looked like a mint that you had sucked on for far too long and the turf, well, there was none. What had happened to “America’s Favorite Pastime”? The game that had become symbolic of our country and a source of pride as it endured the hardships of war, The Great Depression and so much more. Images of Babe Ruth, Shoeless Joe and Mickey Mantle brought forth the old-timie idea of having a “Baseball Social”. I dreamt of our community families gathering together, shutting down the street for a block party to bond, share stories, pot luck and maybe play a little ball with the neighborhood kids. And then, it happened!

Everyone had a memory of playing ball as a child, going to a game with their grandpa or simply playing a game of catch with their friends or beloved family member. So I put it out on the old interweb to see if anybody in our small town would be interested in donating some bases or maybe some dirt. Within a period of 4 days our call spread like wild fire and we had over $400 in donations pledged by private citizens! Materials and labor for a new backstop was offered up along with dirt and field lights! I was ecstatically shocked and things began to snowball.

As we ordered new bases, Rigimonti Welding offered to make us new bleachers, a chalk line machine was donated by Shrimpfest Fishing Tournament in Seadrift, Shoalwater Boats pledged dirt for the infield, Port O’Connor Sports Association donated $10,000 for Joe Krynek of Krynek Fence to build a new backstop and Dow Chemical was enlisted to help Steven Few Electric, Action Welding, Mark Peterson and Fred Chaney bring lights to the field. On April 10th the Calhoun County ISD School Board approved the project and construction is set to begin the last week in April.

Each practice our little tee ball and coach-pitch team runs out on to the current field like they’ve just been released for recess, but I can hardly hear their squeals over Kevin Costner voice in my head whispering “If you build it, they will come” like his 1989 movie Field of Dreams. The name on the front of our jersey represents who we play for, and the name on the back represents who raised you and where you came from. So THANK YOU Port O’Connor for sponsoring and donating and helping to create a field that will last for generations and memories that will last a lifetime. Play Ball Y’all!

Here they come! Is POC Ready?

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Time sure does fly! Warrior’s Weekend is ready to host our eleventh year of honoring the service and sacrifice of our combat wounded heroes from the Iraq/Afghanistan war. The people of Port O’Connor/Calhoun County have proven to be a worthy host and we hope that continues this year.

At this time, we are tracking over 800 heroes who have all been pre-screened to ensure that they are all combat wounded (Purple Heart, TBI, PTSD) from the Iraq/Afghanistan Global War on Terror. Although the requirements have remained the same, this is the first time we have required documentation and it has proved to be a daunting task.

Our dates are May 19- 21st. You will start seeing the sand for the sand sculptures arrive on April 26th. Again everything depends on the weather, although that is the plan as we submit this article.

Heroes will be arriving the afternoon/evening of May 19th. Bill Tigrett of Tigrett Real Estate is once again assisting in the lodging of our drive in heroes. On top of our 800 plus heroes we are also tracking 250 plus family members. His team is still looking for homeowners to offer up spacing for these two nights and house heroes and/or hero and their family. Please contact him at We could not complete this task of lodging without his assistance nor bring in the amount of heroes we do without the generosity of the homeowners and businessman. You are not responsible for ANY MEALS as we want the heroes to enjoy all events/meals with the big group in the large tent.

Would you like to take a hero fishing – we are looking for boat captains. You can sign up at – under sign up, boat captains. All you need to fill in is your name, cell phone, email address and length of boat. You will receive a confirmation email and as the event gets closer; a schedule of the boat captain meeting. This is an experience you will not forget and know you are touching the lives of our heroes.

This year, we will go back to launching ALL HEROES from Froggies on Saturday, May 20th. In the past few years, we have split the launching between Froggies and the Sanctuary – but we have decided to go back to what works the best for all. The roll in of charter buses, hand shaking, and cheering will start at 8 am so that all heroes experience a BIG SOUTH TEXAS THANK YOU. We encourage you all to come to the community center to park, starting at 7 am we will bus you down to Froggies as parking is limited. We feel this is an essential part to honor the sacrifices of our heroes. As in the past this is a tournament that we will weigh and clean all fish brought in.

Celebration of the tournament starts about 6 pm in the big tent behind the Community Center. Meal is catered by Uncle Mutts of Victoria; tickets will be on sale for $10 which can be purchased at the PX by Froggies on Friday from about 3 pm to 7 pm, then on Saturday from about 5 am to 4 pm. If there are tickets still available there will be a table, set up in front of b\ig tent that evening.

Want to see how you can get involved – contact us at

Hold Out Your Hand and Help!

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Warriors Weekend 2017 is almost here. 800+ heroes and veterans will be driving, flying and bussing in for a special weekend of fishing, food, appreciation and fun. There is much to do to make their weekend safe and successful. Volunteers are the driving force behind the effort. It is a big event and can be a bit overwhelming, but even a little help can make a big difference. Have you wondered how you could help with Warriors Weekend? Here are a few places they need help.

• Golf Carts and buggies are needed to transport heroes and families to the dock and other events in town. If you can loan a cart for a volunteer driver to use, or want to drive yourself, please call
Jim Butler at 361-237-8053

• Boats are needed Friday Night to take heroes fishing who need to limit sun exposure. If you can take a couple of true American treasures out to catch a flounder of two, please call
Becky Haynes at 361-571-6131

Boats are needed Saturday morning to take heroes fishing. If you can offer your boat and fishing assistance, please go online at and complete the boat captain sign up.

• Housing is needed for heroes and their families. Do you have a spare spot to sleep? Nothing fancy required. If you can offer a clean bed and quick shower, then please call
Bill Tigrett at 361-983-2671

• Desserts are needed for the meals shared by our visiting heroes. Cookies and cakes need to be at the POC Community Center by early afternoon Friday to be used both Friday and Saturday. If you can bake and take 1 or more desserts to serve our guests, please call or text
Kelly Gee at 817-929-2564

• The Sand Sculptures bring a special touch to Warriors Weekend. The sculptors who create this special art need meals provided so they can work. If you can donate money or meals to those busy artists, please call
Kim Sonnier at 361-655-4674

The website contains other information like volunteer sign ups, schedules and announcements. Find a place to connect to these heroes and you will find that you get much more than you could ever give.

Thanks so much.                            -Kelly Gee

Crawfish Fest!

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About the time this goes to print, the 5th Annual Crawfish Fest & Cookoff will be just days away. This annual event is going to be the biggest ever! The Port O’Connor Chamber of Commerce is so very excited for the music lineup that we have this year, and are expecting visitors from all over to see Josh Ward. We know that Port O’Connor will be very busy this weekend! We are also proud to announce that this year, for this event, we will have golf cart parking available on the north side of the Pier on Park Ave. We are very excited about this, and believe that this will eliminate a lot of the parking issues and traffic in getting to the Festival. We want to encourage everyone that can, to PLEASE COME TO THE FESTIVAL ON YOUR GOLF CARTS. But, please remember to obey the rules… they will be enforced!
We are publishing our schedule of events so that you can make sure you are there for your favorite activity.
7-10 am Vendor & Cooker Check in & Set up
10 am Gates open to the public
11:30 am Crawfish served until sold out
12 pm Horseshoe Tournament & Crawfish Eating Contest Registration
1 pm Kids Games
1 pm Horseshoe Tournament
1-3 pm The Stringbenders
2 pm Boiled Crawfish Judging
3 pm Best Side Dish Judging
3:30 pm Crawfish Eating Contest
4 pm Final Call for People’s Choice
4:30 pm Awards Announced
5-7 pm Josh Ward

We can’t wait to see everyone there. We want to thank all of our volunteers. It’s a lot of hard work to put on this kind of event, and without volunteers, it would not be possible. Please keep updated on all the latest news on our Facebook Page…. POC Crawfish Fest & Cookoff.

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Benefit for Rocky

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