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Bay Burners barbecue team -1st Brisket & Best Decorated Booth at the Nov. 12 Cook-off

Bay Burners barbecue team -1st Brisket
& Best Decorated Booth at the Nov. 12 Cook-off

The annual October Chili/Gumbo Cook-off at Hooper’s Bar and Grille was once again great camaraderie and the weather was perfect! With all the cookers’ yummy fare, the Margarita contest, the silent auction sales, and good attendance the event was a big success! Friends of the Port O’Connor Library happily reports over $3,500 came in to help with the new library project. Friends will be presenting to Jim Hooper a certificate of appreciation for his generous hosting and Sue Kubecka’s professional photography and help in organizing and reporting on the Cook-off is always extra special!

After months of planning by the Chamber of Commerce, the Community Service Club, and “Friends” the BBQ Cook-off, also to benefit the Library, finally got underway with about 14 cookers firing up their fare, vendors selling their wares, delicious brisket sandwiches served up for lunch, an incredible wine cart raffle, a variety of icy beers, soda and water and many, many silent auction items for both adults and children. The community will be happy to know over $10,000 came in for the BBQ to benefit the Library. Speaking of children, the kids loved the spinning wheel where prizes of books and candy were handed out and the Art Contest for ages 5-14. I was so grateful to all the adults that helped make this a fun affair, especially Peggy Elliott and Roxanne Ochoa who stayed to help out during the entire three hours! We had 22 kids participate with 12 winning pieces of art to receive a ribbon and a prize. Also kudos to Rene and Dawn who did a great job of judging the art. All the artwork will be on display at the First National Bank in Port O’Connor for the next month or so. The theme for the art was patriotism to honor Veteran’s Day and our military men and women.

The second annual Christmas Poinsettia sale is coming up. Last year was a huge success for these fresh, beautiful, cheerful, traditional holiday flora. They come in 6” pots wrapped in red foil at $12.00 each. We sold out rapidly so pre-order by Thursday, December 1 by emailing libraryfriendspoc@gmail.com or text/call Michelle 979.824.0110 or Ursula 254.455.0564.

Children participating in the Art Contest at BBQ Cookoff

Children participating in the Art Contest at BBQ Cookoff

 Art Contest Winners:

Ages 5-7: 1st 7 yrs Abrey Lynn Ragusin;
2nd 7 yrs. Mia Haynes; 3rd 7 yrs. Matilyn Gibson
Ages 8-10: 1st 10 yrs. Kinsey Raven;
2nd 8 yrs. Kyndra Carriles; 3rd 8 yrs. Lyric Lopez
Ages 11-14: 1st 11 yrs. Lily Deagen;
2nd 14 yrs. McKaelyn Carriles;
3rd 11 yrs. Annaleigh Dolan

Winners of the November 12 BBQ Cook-Off

Best Decorated Booth – Bay Burners

Beans –
1. Saltwater Smokers
2. The Sweet Meats
3. Smokin’ Nuts

Chicken –
1. Smokin’ Nuts
2.Smoke on the Water
3. Saltwater Smokers

Ribs –
1.Pick and Choose
2. Smoke on the Water
3. Big Worm BBQ

Bloody Mary – Too Hot to Handle

Brisket –

1. Bay Burners
2. Too Hot to Handle
3. Google Cookers

Dessert –

1. Smokin’ Nuts
2. HJ Cookers
3. Smoke on the Water

People’s Choice Award – Too Hot to Handle

Horseshoes – Gary Crone and Grant Lee

Smokin’ Nuts  1st Chicken, 1st Dessert, 3rd Beans

Smokin’ Nuts
1st Chicken, 1st Dessert, 3rd Beans

Saltwater Smokers 1st Beans, 3rd Chicken

Saltwater Smokers
1st Beans, 3rd Chicken


Too Hot to Handle - People’s Choice Award 2nd Brisket, Best Bloody Mary

Too Hot to Handle – People’s Choice Award
2nd Brisket, Best Bloody Mary

Some of the Silent Auction items at the BBQ Cook-Off. This event was a joint effort by the Friends of the Port O’Connor Library, Port O’Connor Community Service Club, and Port O’Connor Chamber of Commerce.

Some of the Silent Auction items at the BBQ Cook-Off. This event was a joint effort by the Friends of the Port O’Connor Library, Port O’Connor Community Service Club, and Port O’Connor Chamber of Commerce.


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A big thanks to Charles Harr and “The Office” staff who donated 3 sets of new flags to fly over the POC Community Center. Left to right: Leslie Morris, Charles and Tonia Harr, Owners and Managers of ‘The Office’ Bar and special guests James Washek, Air Force Veteran, Adam Rodriguez Navy Veteran and James Karstedt, Army National Guard Veteran raised new flags at the POC Community Center during our Veterans Day Celebration. (Not pictured, The Office manager, Alyse Munsch.

A big thanks to Charles Harr and “The Office” staff who donated 3 sets of new flags to fly over the POC Community Center. Left to right: Leslie Morris, Charles and Tonia Harr, Owners and Managers of ‘The Office’ Bar and special guests James Washek, Air Force Veteran, Adam Rodriguez Navy Veteran and James Karstedt, Army National Guard Veteran raised new flags at the POC Community Center during our Veterans Day Celebration. (Not pictured, The Office manager, Alyse Munsch.

What better way to start off the Christmas Season than to participate in the 2016 Lighted Boat Parade, sponsored by the Port O’Connor Chamber of Commerce. This event will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016. The parade is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. in the ICW from Larry’s Harbor to just past Clark’s Inn and is open to boats of all sizes that meet the minimum U.S. Coast Guard Safety Requirements. There is no entry fee. So, give us a call, decorate your boat and join us.

The Captains’ Safety Meeting will be held at the Inn at Clark’s at 5:30 p.m. on December 3th along with late registration and assignment of parade positions. The U.S. Coast Guard will have a member at the safety meeting in case of any questions or concerns.

Locals and tourists alike look forward to this annual event, and it is hoped that many boat owners will participate. Plaques will be awarded in several categories – (Best Overall • Most Spirited • Most Unique • Best Commercial • Best Large Pleasure • Best Medium Pleasure • Best Small Pleasure). This year, as in the past several years, we are happy to announce that the U.S. Coast Guard along with most of the boats and owners who are participants in the Toy Run are planning on being a part of this great tradition. It looks like this year is no exception – This is going to be a fantastic lighted boat parade.

If you would like to participate, or for more information, visit the Chamber’s website, www.PortOConnorChamber.com and download the registration form or contact the Boat Parade Chairman, Bill Tigrett at 361-983-2671.

So, get out your calendar and mark this event as a MUST SEE!!! or, a MUST DO!!! and join in the fun!

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The benefits of being thankful by Kelly Gee

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 17 Nov 16 - 0 Comments

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I know, I know, it is the season to be thankful. It is a holiday, a movement, a spiritual truth, even a buzzword. More importantly, being thankful may be the best selfish habit you could ever develop. Yes, selfish, self-serving, benefiting you, your children and your family. How you might say? Well, research supports the fact that being grateful, expressing appreciation, practicing gratitude has many benefits. 2012 research from University of Pennsylvania strongly suggests that people who practice ‘an attitude of gratitude’ are healthier, less likely to suffer depression, less susceptible to contagious infections and more likely to be motivated to manage their health. Crazy , huh? That’s not all. Researchers at Clinical Research of Florida reported in 2010 that being thankful out loud, even for little things increases brain activity, raises immunity, decreases blood pressure and builds relationships. Of course that means you have to open your mouth and actually thank someone for the lunch they bring you or the check that gets cashed, or whatever small services they might perform for you. AARP suggests that language of gratefulness is something that must be developed, but that use of positive words that focus on good things done for and around you bring more good, more fortune and more blessing to you.

My Daddy used to say ‘you catch more flies with honey than you do vinegar.’ Well, apparently, you catch more good with gratefulness than you do griping and complaining. Psychcentral, the educational branch of World of Psychology Magazine says that gratitude is the parent of all virtues. In other words, learning to be thankful helps you learn to be patient, kind, self-controlled, etc. They state that maturity and wisdom grow with growing virtue. Want to be wise and mature and have others see you as virtuous? Be grateful; thank those who do for and with you.

The University of Oklahoma research team says that thankful people are inherently happier. They are less critical of themselves and those they love, less likely to use ‘bashing’ language, more likely to have a ‘glass half full’ outlook rather than a pessimistic one. University of California Davis researchers state that being grateful takes practice and discipline. They found that being grateful combats fear, anxiety and worry. One researcher said it is ‘impossible to be truly thankful and fearful at the same time.’

So, enjoy your turkey, devour your dressing and gobble your pie; but take time to be thankful. Express gratitude to God, to family and to friends, to strangers who serve you and servants who bless you. Practice the discipline of thankfulness in new ways. Open your mouth and build that thoughtful vocabulary of thankfulness. Write a note to someone who went the extra mile for you and yours. Give thought to the past blessings and boons that have come your way. Build a memory bank of things to be thankful for on those days when it seems nothing is as you wish. You will be a healthy, happy thanksgiver in no time at all if you try. Your head, your heart, your health and your home will thank you for developing the demonstrated out loud habit of thankfulness. Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving!
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Enoying the fellowship meal – 21st Annual Port O’Connor Community Thanksgiving Service…

Happy Anniversary!

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 17 Nov 16 - 0 Comments

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A Surprise to Delmer Scott by his wife Bobbie Scott celebrating their 38 Wedding Anniversary — sitting at the old Dock that was once known as Bobbie’s Bait with an artwork by Sam Caldwell drawing of the Bait Stand and all the infamous characters that frequently visited the Bait Stand.
-Photo by Bill Tigrett

Benevolence Baskets – Can You Help?

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 17 Nov 16 - 0 Comments

Most of the citizens of Port O’Connor know that at Thanksgiving and Christmas, the churches and many other groups and individuals get together and try to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to the needy, not the greedy, of this community. This year, our funds are extremely low, so low, in fact, that we may not be able to provide a basket for everyone who requests one. We need about $4,500 each year to accomplish our goal of providing a food basket that will help families with much more than just a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal. We know that kids are out of school for several days and that adds additional meals for needy families.

There is the P.O’C. Benevolence Fund that has been established for many years at the local bank. Those who wish to help by giving a cash donation can simply take it to First National Bank or can give it to any of the local churches who will then deposit it in the account. There are those who have given canned goods and those can be dropped of at Fisherman’s Chapel, which is the distribution point.

Those needing, and we are stressing NEEDING food baskets, must call Pastor Erny at 361/218-6693 by November 20. Distribution will be on November 22.

We will be starting a list for Christmas Baskets, which must be requested by December 15, in order for distribution to be made on December 20.
We know that our economy has been greatly diminished this year, but together we can accomplish anything. Thank you for your help!

-Erny McDonough

Pictured left to right: Justin Munsch, Shelby Rodgers, McKenna Guevara, and Tarah Munsch.

Pictured left to right: Justin Munsch, Shelby Rodgers, McKenna Guevara, and Tarah Munsch.


The First Baptist Church youth group and the Intercoastal 4H teamed up on Wednesday, November 9th to collect canned goods and non perishable foods to help restock the Port O’Connor food bank.

Donations are going towards this year’s Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for those in need. There is a donation can located at Speedy Stop for the months of November and December. The groups, along with the girl scouts, will be at Speedy Stop on December 7th from 5:00 -7:00 collecting food again.
-Candice Stryker

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