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Kids Fishing Tourney

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 15 Jun 17 - 0 Comments
Tournament Winners

Tournament Winners

The Memorial Day Kids Fishing Tourney, sponsored by the Port O’Connor Chamber of Commerce, was a fun-filled day for about 75 kids, ages 3-12. A HUGE thank you to Donnie Klesel with POC Rod & Gun, along with Jim and Mary Francis Bauer, with 10th Street Lodge, for chairing this event for these children. Also a thank you to Mary Jo Walker, with Beacon 44 Seafood Market for suppling the bait. Trophies were awarded for the Largest Fish, Smallest Fish, and the most fish for each age bracket, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. All participants received ribbons and certificates, so no one went away empty handed! A 24” redfish was brought in by a child in the 3-5 age bracket….. might want to put him on the pro team?!!!! The kids all had a ton of fun and some good experience for future angler tournaments!!

Kite Flying Fun by Veronica Ragusin

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Port O’Connor was full of folks and fun for the Memorial Day Weekend. I think this year was one of the best turnouts for the Annual Chamber of Commerce Kite Flying Contest. Judging a Kite Contest is difficult when everyone that comes out has a great kite to show or a kite that keeps flying higher and higher.
This year also had a very diverse group of flyers. Doug Smith and his friend Craig Hampton came out and demonstrated their fantastic, colorful and amazing kites. He is always a joy and is really great with the youth that come out and express interest in how to keep ‘em flying.

Participants came from many Texas cities, as well as from right here in Port O’Connor. Trophies were given for prettiest, best flying, largest, smallest and for just coming out and trying to fly their kite. If you have flown a kite before you know that sometimes, even when the wind is perfect, as it was on Saturday, it can be a difficult task. Lots of trophies were given out for First and Second Place in several different divisions and medals and kites for the others. Special Thanks to the Chamber for sponsoring this event. Kudos to Shirley’s Small Frys for providing the cold water.

Special thanks to Shirley and James Harper, who, with my assistance, put things together and made sure all that attended got a prize of some sort.

This year we decided to give out medals as well as the trophies and the response was well received. Special thanks to Veronica and Billy for donating these medals.
We so enjoyed watching their efforts and enthusiasm of this group. That is what makes this event so great. So, see you next year. Have a great summer.

Councilmen Sworn In

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Seadrift Mayor DeForest swears in Councilmen Geoff Hunt, June Cantrell, and Kenneth Reese.

Seadrift Mayor DeForest swears in Councilmen Geoff Hunt, June Cantrell, and Kenneth Reese.

Seadrift Mayor Elmer Deforest recently swore in one new and two re-elected City Councilman at the Seadrift City Hall. Councilman Kenneth Reese, 70, replaces Councilman Buddy Cross who decided not to run again. Councilman Reese is a former “Shift Supervisor” for Victoria and Coleto Creek Power Stations were he served for almost 45 years. Councilman Reese is a native of Seadrift who worked for Koehls Grocery in Seadrift from 1962 to 1964 and then graduated as a Sandcrab in 1965. Mr. Reese then went on to marry Barbara Gray of Seadrift and moved to Victoria, but returned to Seadrift on a weekly basis to visit family and friends. Mr. Reese retired and moved back to Seadrift in 2012. Mr. Reese stated, “I love Seadrift. I didn’t realize it until I had to live through the daily grind of the big city for 45 years. After moving back I wanted to stay in touch with city business and began attending Council meetings on a regular basis. In the past years I have seen Seadrift make a turn for the better. I decided to run for Council because I wanted to be a part of keeping our city moving in a positive direction. I want to see Seadrift grow and prosper so our kids and grandkids can grow up in this beautiful little town”

Re-Elected Alderwoman June Cantrell, who is also Mayor Pro-Tem, has a lifetime of legal experience starting at age 19 working in a one girl and three attorney legal office. She then went on to work for a legal firm in Phoenix for several years before moving to a very large law firm in Houston She eventually moved back to Austin where she was hired as a Executive Assistant to the Managing Partner of another law firm, Later she served as a paralegal to another partner, advancing to Office Administrator, and eventually worked for attorney John Griffin of Victoria, After her life in the legal field, she went into the ministry. Ms. Cantrell has also spent the last seven years as Pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Seadrift and Austwell. She stated that she has always had an interest in government and how government works and, “giving what I can to our community.”

Re-Elected Councilman Geoff Hunt, 33, has been employed with Point Comfort Towing as a Captain of a harbor tug for 10 years. He grew up in Seadrift and now raises two young daughters who attend Seadrift Grade School. Mr. Hunt has been working diligently on streets and drainage and has been instrumental in being the first contact with many residents in regards to their questions about streets and drainage. He has assisted tremendously with the implementation of the Council’s street and drainage plans.

From Mayor Elmer Deforest:

“I’ve enjoyed working with several Councils over the last few years. The City has made progress in addressing numerous issues because the council members have seen the needs and have put aside differences to concentrate on the important needs of the City so that it has the potential to get better and grow. In the last few years the City has gained numerous new residents who have constructed residences because they can see the potential and like the fact that the overall crime rate has been reduced, making the City a safer place and better place to visit and live.

The City gained its first franchise business when the Family Dollar came to town. It is hoped that more will eventually discover this “City by the Sea”. During my first and second year as Mayor, the City had to borrow money to be able to make payroll and pay bills. Since then, the City has paid off those loans and now we can see the City operating with a small surplus and adding to the funds used to repair and rebuild selected streets and drainage. The City has been able to begin the process of repairing and rebuilding some streets and drainage, with a few more yet to be done in the next eighteen months. Council will revisit the street work next year to review and select some additional streets to prioritize. I wish we could do all of them at the same time here and now, but our meager finances will only allow a few to be done each year. The City has other challenges coming up in the future with wastewater and water system improvements necessitated by growth taxing the City’s current capacity and to satisfy regulatory requirements.

I look forward to working with the new Councilman, Kenneth Reese, as well as the existing Council members as we continue working together to the betterment of the City as a whole.”

Port O’Connor Chamber Chat by LaJune Pitonyak

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Summer is here, school is out and traffic in Port O’Connor has increased. Always following Memorial Day, it starts getting crazy here. All the Memorial Day weekend activities were such a success. King Fisher Park & Beach was overflowing with people enjoying fun and summer activities.

Coming up next is the “Annual Fireworks Display”, July 1st, 2017, less than a month away. So if you haven’t made plans, now is the time to do so. The Chamber depends on donations to make this event possible. EVERY DONATION COUNTS, NOTHING TOO SMALL OR LARGE. I hear this year’s display will be another fantastic event!!!!

The Chamber will be sending out emails, reminding the businesses that have not renewed their 2017 memberships, now is the time to renew to avoid being deleted from Membership for a business is only $65.00. In the last week I have had three calls for phone numbers of businesses that are not members and my replies had to be, “Sorry, they are not members, so I can’t give information.” Missing one customer would have paid membership, so get involved and get your info out there.

July meeting will be Monday, July 10, 6:30 p.m. at the Port O’Connor Community Center. Everyone welcome. Come out and get involved in the community.

New & Renewed Members:
Family Affair Creations/ Butler’s Landing
Josie’s Mini Mart
Liberty Arms Boat & R.V. Storage
Virgil & Ursula Price

Island Life… by Clint Bennetsen

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 15 Jun 17 - 0 Comments

Greetings from the island everyone, I hope all of you are doing well and adjusting to this pre-summer warm weather. It will officially be the south Texas summer season in a few days, and not having AC out here, I’ll definitely start feeling it. But that’s ok, after all these years without it, I’ve conditioned myself to tolerate it.

A few weeks ago I went in for the day and attended the POC Kids Fishing & Kite Flying contests held at front beach. Oh my goodness, to see the joy on those kids faces while catching the tiniest of fish off the pier was priceless. It didn’t matter the size or what type of fish it was, they were having a great time. I did see two brothers, at the very end of the front beach seawall, bring in two very nice 24”+ redfish to win the big fish category. Those were some nice reds!

And the kite flying contest was a blast to watch as well. I was surprised to see so many kids down there flying their kites and later accepting their awards for different categories. But trust me, every kid at front beach was a winner that day.

The tomato plants are nearing their final stages of production, and I am so happy with how well they did this Spring season. I’ve given away so many delicious tomatoes to friends so that they can enjoy them as well. And a few Saturday’s ago, I went in to Susan and Britt’s, and for the very first time, we made homemade salsa from the tomatoes, and it turned out great. I’ll start a few tomato seeds for Fall planting and will definitely make more salsa.

On June 2 my new baby chicks arrived at the Post Office, yay! I got 16 Black Star hens, 2 Welsummer roosters and 8 assorted baby guineas ( keets ), to raise with the chickens, and they were all only 48 hours old upon arrival. Right now I am raising them in a brooder in a separate building, and at five weeks old I will move them into the regular chicken pen. I’m taking Corky into the raising area several times a day so he can adjust to them, and he seems to be doing very well. I have cleaned out the pen area from the previous flock of chickens, so I’m ready for the transfer in a few weeks. I’m looking forward to fresh eggs in 5-6 months.

It’s been beautiful beach combing weather lately, especially since the mosquitoes have slacked off after over nine inches of rain in two weeks. The island needed rain, and we certainly got it. The seaweed has been minimal this season, and a few sea-beans have been washing in with it. It’s fun and relaxing walking the beach looking for and collecting different treasures that have washed ashore.

My friends and I are still having beach bonfires under the island moon and stars. It’s so relaxing to sit in front of the fire on a beautiful full moon and listening to music, just enjoying life. But we sure need more wood to start washing up. The driftwood, limbs and tree trunks to gather and burn are getting very slim, so more wood is definitely needed.

Here recently my Dish tv satellite receiver box went out and needed upgraded after 14 years, so for ten days I was without tv until the Dish guys could come out to install a new system. I brought them out by boat and within a few hours I was back in business. I enjoy watching some early morning and late evening tv, so not having it for those ten days caused me to be on my IPhone more, enough to go over my data usage and pay an extra $15 the next month! Plus I know I ordered a few non-essentials using the phone during that time, so not having that tv cost me a few hundred bucks I’m sure. Bad Clint!

Well that’s it from the island for now, everyone take care and have a great day.

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