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Adopt A Christmas Angel

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 16 Nov 17 - 0 Comments

It is time once again for the Adopt a Christmas Angel program in Port O’Connor, to provide Christmas gifts for our less fortunate children.This is how the program works: From November 21 to December 10, you can pick up paperwork at POC Hardware. This consists of a numbered envelope containing the “vital statistics” for your chosen child – age, gender, grade, clothing sizes, shoe size, and coat size. Shoe and coat sizes will only be available if your child needs these items. You do not need to purchase any toys. The Toy Run, another annual Christmas program, provides these.

The Adopt A Christmas Angel committee recommends a spending limit of $100 per child. If you would like to participate but feel that you cannot afford this amount by yourself, enlist a friend or two to split the cost, and share the fun of shopping and wrapping, along with the glow of knowing you have helped a child have a nice Christmas.After you have shopped for your Angel, wrap the gifts, place them in a bag, and put your Angel’s number on the bag (not on the gifts). Please take your gifts to POC Hardware Store by December 19. The store will keep the gifts until time for their delivery/pick-up. The employees at the hardware store are most gracious in helping to complete this project each year, and they have an alarm system which keeps everything safe.

If you want to participate but are unable to do the shopping, you may let Wanda or Judith at the POC Hardware know. Santa’s elves will be glad to help. Help these children to have a Merry Christmas and it’s very likely that your Christmas will be even merrier!

If You Need To Put A Child On This Year’s Angel List:

Angels will be accepted from November 11th through November 25 – the sooner, the better. Do not wait until the last minute! This is a large program and it takes numerous people to get it up and going.

You should contact Wanda Redding at the POC Hardware (983-2708) during the store’s business hours. Strict confidentiality will be maintained. Even the kind souls who adopt these angels do not know the identity of the child. The parent or guardian only may put a child on the list and make arrangements. The child must live in Port O’Connor and be between the ages of one year and sixth grade. School-aged children must attend Port O’Connor School. Do not put relatives’ children on the list unless they live with you.

You will need to furnish the child’s age, grade and clothing sizes. You may also include any special interest that your child may have. Please use this program if you need, but do not abuse it. If you have used the program in the past, and if you can, maybe this year you can adopt an angel.

Island Life…by Clint Bennetsen

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 16 Nov 17 - 0 Comments

Enjoying Fall On The Island

Greetings from the island everyone, hope all of you are doing well and adjusting to this time change. I personally enjoy having more daylight time in the evenings before the change, and feel like it’s bedtime now around 8:30 in the evening! I feel like I need to start hitting the sack with the chickens. Oh well, will just have to get used to it.

And speaking of chickens, they are nearing the time that they should start laying their first eggs. Yay! They are 5 1/2 months old now, so any day I am expecting to look and find a small egg. To help “tell” them where to lay, I have placed several brown wooden eggs and white golf balls in their nests filled with hay. My dad had told me back in 2008 when I first got chickens that the old timers did this, and it has worked over the years, so I’ll stick with it. I know it seems crazy, but it actually does work.

With the colder weather upon us, I begin making winter preparations on the island. I make sure and stay stocked up on bottles of propane for heating, and have more gasoline and groceries on hand, especially canned goods, for bad weather times when I cannot cross the bay for supplies. I’ll also have my nice warm flannel sheets and quilt on the bed.

With cooler weather and north winds, the tides also begin staying lower, as they have finally started doing. For several months the tides were extremely high, well past my front yard fence, but they are now pretty much back to normal. Mother Nature has a way of averaging weather and tides out, just gotta be patient.

I’ve been going in and staying the evening and overnight with my mom, Leona, in Seadrift once a week. I enjoy being able to spend time with her and helping with whatever she might need. For the past several years my sister, Sherry, has been the backbone of support and care for my mom and dad. You are a wonderful sister, Sherry, and we have been blessed and grateful to have you shoulder these responsibilities. I love you, sister.

About twice a year I have to trim the palm tree fronds (limbs), from the eight trees in my yard, and I just recently completed that task. The trees are about 25 feet tall now, so it requires using a ladder and eight foot long battery powered pole saw, and it takes most of the day to complete. I cut easily over a hundred fronds and burned them a few at a time in a burn pit in the yard. The palms always look so much nicer and cleaner after being trimmed.

Speaking of looking much nicer, thanks to my best friend and organizer extraordinaire, Susan, my kitchen, pantry and bathroom look wonderful! Everything is now very neat and orderly, including drawers and cabinets, and dividers/racks in the pantry give me much more needed space. And at her recommendation, I also removed the old non-working AC unit from a kitchen window, and now have a better view and much more great lighting. Thank you so much, Susan, for your help. . you are a wonderful best friend. Now just to finish the broom closet and upstairs. . . umm, and paint the house. Ha!

I have two projects underway right now, building another 12’x26’ garage and getting my Christmas lights/decorations put up. I’m still hoping to get a tractor for the island, and I’ll keep it stored in the new garage. And if not, the garage will be used for extra storage. Working alone, large building projects take time, but I’ll slowly get it finished. And I’m shooting for Thanksgiving to have the Christmas lights up and going at the Bennetsen island cabin. If all goes as planned, you will be able to see my place lit up and all Christmacy from POC!

Well that’s it from the island for now, everyone take care and have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Port O’Connor Service Club Chronicles By Kelly Gee

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 16 Nov 17 - 0 Comments

POC Service Club invites area seniors to our annual Christmas Luncheon, Friday, December 1, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. Please arrive a little early as the students from POC Elementary will be our special guests and will sing around 11:30. The luncheon is free and open to all seniors and their caregivers in our area. It is a very special community event and we are sure you will have a great time. If your health makes it an impossibility for you to attend our luncheon, we will deliver you a takeout plate around 1:00 p.m.. Please call Kelly Gee at 817-929-2564 to reserve a takeout plate or if you have any questions. If you are able to come, please do. You will not be disappointed. There will be parkers and greeters out front if you need assistance entering the building, so do not let that keep you home. We look forward to seeing you there.

Holidays in POC are pretty special. The day after the Senior Christmas Luncheon, we will host the Toy Run and the Lighted Boat Parade on December 2nd. Friday, December 8th the First Baptist Church will be hosting a fundraiser for Linda Tippett and John ‘Killer’ Williams from 3-7 p.m.. They will offer homemade venison chili, homemade cookies baked by the POC Service Club women and the opportunity to make a donation to rebuilding the barn destroyed by fire at Linda and Killer’s home. This user friendly, easy to help event means you drive by, pick up dinner, make a donation and help a neighbor and friend.

Saturday, December 9th is the VFD Gun Raffle and Fundraiser, and our community needs to help our hardworking first responders in this annual endeavor as it funds safety equipment and supplies. Christmas baskets will be given through the POC Benevolence Fund the third week and don’t forget the many Christmas parties and functions and the Chamber Lights and Décor contest. These events are unique to our community home and something to share with family and friends. Don’t miss out on them.

If you would like to donate to the Thanksgiving or Christmas Baskets distributed to those in need in our community, please give at any area church or the First National Bank. Your gift made payable to the POC Benevolence Fund will help families in need. There is also an account for Linda T’s rebuilding fund at the bank you can donate to if you can’t make it to the chili drive up. Chamber is looking for locals to enter their boats in the parade, so consider being a part of this fun tradition.

The POC Service Club is still taking donations of like new clothing, décor and household goods for our Spring Garage Sale scheduled for the first Saturday in April. You can call Donna Vuichard at 361-237-0476 if you need assistance in donating to our sale.

While the holidays are especially busy, many find a desire to give back and give more during this season. If you are looking for worthwhile projects, fun and friends the POC Service Club could be for you. Bring your elf self and check us out. We meet at the POC Community Center on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 10:00 AM. Women of all ages are welcome to join us.

So, until next time, be safe, live simply, love openly, forgive generously and remember this quote Canadian artist and Poet Charles D. Gill said in the late 1800’s who said, “There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you don’t do them.” It is the most wonderful time of the year to get involved with some of the things we are doing. You can come and do them too.

Hooper’s Bar & Grill Chili & Gumbo Cook-off

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 16 Nov 17 - 0 Comments
Showmanship Winner, Jack Spivey of the Pisceles Team with Hooper

Showmanship Winner, Jack Spivey
of the Pisceles Team with Hooper

Friends of the Port O’Connor Library held a Chili and Gumbo Cook-off at Hooper’s Bar and Grill on Saturday, October 28th. Jim Hooper was the host extraordinaire to seven competitive teams of cooks and the Friends sold raffle tickets. All proceeds from the tasting fees and raffle were donated to the library fund bringing us one step closer to achieving the dream of library completion. The ghosts and goblins of Halloween weekend found fun and food at the cook-off and added funds to the library cause. Thanks to all who sampled and sipped and congratulations to the cooks who took the titles. And don’t worry if you missed it this year because of the other festivities in town. Hooper has held this fundraiser for several years and will be ready next year. Thanks for your amazing support of the new library Jim Hooper, and thanks to all the participants as well. Here is a list of the winners that day.

Showmanship – Pisceles -Leroy & JoAnn Taylor, Jack & Angie Spivey
Margarita – Nice Rack – Becky Thompson
1st Place Gumbo – Coastal Oaks Cowboys
Mark Vinklarek, Steve Stolle, Mike & Toni Massey
2nd Place Gumbo – Toasted Cookers – Lorrie Turner
3rd Place Gumbo – Team Potlicker – John Hafernick,
Easton & Cheyenne
1st Place Chili – Toasted Cookers – Lynn Turner
2nd Place Chili – Chili Power – Randy & Mary Czaplewski
3rd Place Chili – Coastal Oaks Cowboys
Mark Vinklarek, Steve Stolle, Mike & Toni Massey

Raffle Winners
Jackson Cruise 12 ft Kayak – Joe Wiatt
ATI Tactical Semi – Auto Gun – Phyllis & Mike Bricker
Coasta Sunglasses Donated by POC Rod & Gun – Paul McGee
Yeti Rambler Gift Set Donated by Speedy Stop – Nita Lange
Quilted Wall Hanging Donated by Peggy Elliott– Stacy Hein

Giving Thanks POC’s Way

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 16 Nov 17 - 0 Comments
Enjoying the fellowship at Thanksgiving Service

Enjoying the fellowship at Thanksgiving Service

With holidays come traditions. One of the special Thanksgiving traditions in Port O’Connor is attending the Community Wide Thanksgiving Service. This time of prayer, praise, fellowship and offering is shared by all three local church families. The churches share hosting duties moving to a new site each year, and the church leadership shares preaching and prayer duties as well. St. Joseph Catholic Church welcomed the rest in to their home church this year, and made all feel especially welcome. The worship, fellowship and delicious food was a wonderful community experience. Pastor Erny McDonough of Fishermen’s Chapel delivered this year’s message of grace and gratefulness, while Pastor Donnie Martin of First Baptist and Father Tommy Chen of St. Joseph’s Catholic shared scripture and prayer. A special offering designated for the Thanksgiving Baskets distributed by the Benevolence Fund of POC was received. Thanks to all who worked so hard to make this a special time in our community.
-Kelly Gee

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