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Diane & Jim Cooley, Citizens of the Year

Diane & Jim Cooley, Citizens of the Year

Jim and Diane Cooley are 2015 citizens of the year, honored at the February 12 Sweetheart Banquet in Port O’Connor. Married 49 years, Jim and Diane are the parents of two children and four grandchildren, and the doting parents of at least three four legged fur children they love.

Jim is a retired business man working in banking, mortgage and real estate development, and Diane worked as a mother and helpmate. They love to travel, enjoy antiques, are fitness devotees and avid fishermen. Their son Troy stated that he was completely blessed to have such great examples as parents. He said they were completely supportive and encouraging and he was lucky to have them. His dad still provides aid in his busy construction business in Austin, and declared they are the best parents ever and totally deserve this honor. Port O’Connor knows that very well.

Since moving here they have invested their many talents and strengths in this community. The guiding force in life for each of them is their faith in Jesus Christ. They sing, teach Sunday school and volunteer for many positions and jobs in their home church, First Baptist of Port O’Connor, Texas. Both are busy community volunteers, serving the POC Women’s Service Club, as past Lions Club Officers and as ready helpers anytime the need calls for them. Whether Diane, an accomplished cook, is providing food for a family or community event, or Jim is delivering candy and cookies for a youth event; they are involved together.

This formidable team with servants’ hearts comes with strong backs, ready hands, a warm smile and a can-do attitude. They are deserving recipients of 2015 Citizens of the Year. Congratulations Jim and Diane!

See “What’s Happening at First Baptist Church” for report on the Sweetheart Banquet.

Big shout out to Doyle Adams, founder of the Sweetheart Banquet, and still going strong after 20 years of letting us all call our special one ‘sweetheart’ and sharing such a special tradition with our community! Great Job Mr. Doyle Adams! You make POC Sweet!

Big shout out to Doyle Adams, founder of the Sweetheart Banquet, and still going strong after 20 years of letting us all call our special one ‘sweetheart’ and sharing such a special tradition with our community! Great Job Mr. Doyle Adams! You make POC Sweet!

Warrior’s Weekend IX On the Way

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 19 Feb 15 - 0 Comments

Local Volunteer Meeting March 5th

In 2014, Warrior’s Weekend brought over 800 wounded heroes to Port O’Connor for a weekend they are still talking about. This only happens because of the generosity of our great donors and volunteers. The good people of POC have volunteered over the years in very good numbers and we are going to need them again in 2015.

We will hold a volunteer meeting for those in the POC/Seadrift/Port Lavaca area on March 5th, beginning at 6 PM. We would like as many of you who are interested to show up as possible. The WW board will advise everyone as to the details and answer any and all of your questions. The meeting will be held at the First Baptist Church in POC, 5th and Jefferson, in the fellowship hall.

On March 21st at the Victoria Community Center, WW will be holding our fundraiser, the Muster, which has always provided us with the funding to become the largest event of it’s kind in the world for wounded heroes. Sponsor tables are still available at this time for $600. Each table seats 8 and includes a rib eye steak dinner and open bar. It is quite a night as we honor our local fallen heroes and raise funds for our cause through a live auction, silent auction, and a raffle.

Please contact me at 361-935-7414 or Kelly Parks at 361-550-4296 to inquire about a table or to make a donation for either our live auction, raffle or silent auction. Hunting and guided fishing trips we can auction off are always needed and appreciated as well as all items. Please don’t wait too long to get your table as we have sold out every year and probably will again this year.

Thanks again to all of you who have supported us in the past and we look forward to seeing you on March 5th in POC and hopefully at the Muster on March 21st.

Ron Kocian, President, Warrior’s Weekend

Island Life… By Clint Bennetsen

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 19 Feb 15 - 1 Comment

Spring Gardening Is In The Air

Greetings from the island everyone. Hope all of you are doing well, and remembered your sweetie last weekend on Valentines Day. Always remember – happy girlfriend/wife, happy life.

Well, we had a few weeks of Spring-like weather for awhile, but as I sit here on the 13th, the forecast shows a drastic drop in temps in several days. So don’t put away those winter jackets just yet, February is normally the cold month for us, with some late season northers blowing into Spring.

This time of the year begins my favorite island months out here. From the beginning of March thru May is usually beautiful weather, and the greenery and small island flowers are adding a touch of color to the brown salt grass terrain.

This also begins the time of year that my inherited Czech/Danish gardening genes begin to come alive and crave the feel of fresh soil and sprouting seeds. I started my tomato seeds a few days ago, trying out 16 different varieties and planning on putting 27 plants in the ground around the first week of April. Do I need to grow that many different varieties? Of course not, but I enjoy experimenting with different ones, both hybrid and heirlooms, to determine which plants will thrive in this island environment. I’ve started seeds for 54 plants total, knowing that I’ll give some away, and others will not be healthy enough to go into the ground.

I’m also building eight additional raised beds this year, 3’ square each, for extra watermelons and cantaloupes, 8-10 varieties, including seedless ones. Nothing better than a cold sweet watermelon on a hot summer afternoon. I’ll start the melon seeds in 3” peat pots after the tomato plants go in the ground.

I am fortunate this season to have friends, Jim and Cricket Dietert, trailer down from Seguin into Port O’Connor, over two thousand pounds of rabbit manure and mushroom compost for me to add to my many raised beds. Thank you both and also to Darrell McLain of Kitchen Pride Mushroom Farms for providing this wonderful compost. Yes, it was very labor intensive hauling the 150+ pound tubs across the bay, but I know it will be worth it.

I want to say Thank You to everyone for your kind words over the passing of my Barnacle. Complete strangers who followed Barnacle and his island life have touched me with their compassion. I can never replace him, nor do I want to, but I’m hoping that by summer I’ll have another companion and first mate, a boxer puppy, by my side on the island. I’m looking forward to little Corky enjoying island life with me.

Well that’s it from the island for now, everyone take care and happy gardening.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Get ready for the

Port O’Connor Lions Club
3rd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival!

WHEN: Shopping begins at 9:00 A.M., Saturday, March 14th, 2015

WHERE: POC Community Center Pavilion

Mark your calendar and be sure to attend. This will be held on the second weekend of most students’ Spring Break. The shopping will be lots of fun with plenty of handmade items, art, art on canvas, framed art, pictures, metal cutouts, wooden nautical items, handmade knives, handmade fishing lures, crosses, jewelry, prayer shawls, lap robes, baby blankets, pocket crosses, bird houses, driftwood art, hand painted rocks, needlepoint tissue box covers, and many more items too numerous to list plus also a door prize raffle for everyone’s enjoyment. Delicious Barbeque sandwiches will be available for lunch by the crew of Don Haynes with his excellent competition and catering BBQ cooking team – The Smokin Nuts.

For those of you who would like to reserve an approximate 15’x15’ outside booth space, there is still room for a nominal fee of $20. All spaces under the Pavilion are reserved and reservations have been coming in regularly for the outside. There will be many excellent returning and new vendors again this year.

Please contact Joyce Jordan at cell #361-655-7999 or Lynn Reeves at #361-746-2524 for your reservation form. Food vendors are also welcome. Not everything has to be home made, just good quality items.

Come Join Us!

Happy Birthday, Lillian Stubbs!

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 19 Feb 15 - 0 Comments
A surpised Lillian Stubbs, at her birthday party.

A surpised Lillian Stubbs, at her birthday party.

Lillian Stubbs of Seadrift was honored with a surprise birthday party right after morning Mass at St. Patrick’s Church in Seadrift on February 1st. Everyone went to the new Parish Hall for the event, where they were joined by family members and friends from the Seadrift community.

Along the wall inside the hall were displays of Lillian’s history, beginning with her Polish Catholic immigrant ancestors, her life on the farm, her nursing career, and concluding with her life in Seadrift.

Lillian and Van Stubbs came to Seadrift in 1961. They had just started building the Seadrifter Motel when Hurricane Carla came. Because of Carla, they lost their home next to the motel, rented a house to live in, and started rebuilding the motel.

Van worked for Texas Department of Health and Welfare while Lillian managed things at home. She worked the motel business while they invested in other properties in the area.

Van passed in 1998. Lillian has kept her businesses going while allowing her children to make investments in them as well.

She has three children: Tanya, married to Elmer DeForest, Christopher Stubbs who lives in San Antonio, and Sidney Stubbs who lives in Victoria.

Lillian is known for her dogged tenacity in keeping her businesses going. People around town know her as Mrs. Stubbs, one hard-working lady!

Sunday’s party began with Reverend Oliver Obele leading everyone in singing “Happy Birthday” and giving Lillian his blessing. There were speeches by family and friends. The Dance Company from Port Lavaca performed some numbers in honor of Lillian.

Everyone had a great time celebrating the life of one of Seadrift’s grand ladies!

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