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4H Receives Donation

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 15 Feb 18 - 0 Comments
Having been fortunate enough to have funds left over from its Shrimpfest Fishing Tournament, the Seadrift Chamber of Commerce presented a $1,000 donation check to the Lakeside 4H Club to promote educational and youth development. Pictured left to right: Austen Rivera, Jonathan Davenport-Tournament Committee Members, Briana Bordovsky, Canion Epley, Bryant Bordovsky-4H officer’s, and Kristine Metcalfe- President Seadrift Chamber of Commerce.

Having been fortunate enough to have funds left over from its Shrimpfest Fishing Tournament, the Seadrift Chamber of Commerce presented a $1,000 donation check to the Lakeside 4H Club to promote educational and youth development.
Pictured left to right: Austen Rivera, Jonathan Davenport-Tournament Committee Members, Briana Bordovsky, Canion Epley, Bryant Bordovsky-4H officer’s, and Kristine Metcalfe- President Seadrift Chamber of Commerce.

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Island Life…by Clint Bennetsen

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 15 Feb 18 - 0 Comments

Winter Arrives At The Island

Greetings from the island everyone. I hope all of you are doing well and surviving this nasty winter weather and terrible flu season. I have been very fortunate and caught only a bad cold last month, but I’ve had friends suffer the full effects of the flu, getting well only after several weeks and doctor visits with prescribed strong cough medicine and steroids. Everyone please stay well, Spring time is near.

This truly has been a nasty, blustery and cold winter, for our south Texas area anyway. It has been years since I’ve seen the temps hit 26 degrees on the island, with a wind chill of 12 degrees. . . 12 degrees! Are you kidding me?! And a light drizzle mixed in brought a layer of ice covering everything out here, including the outside stairs leading to the bedroom upstairs, making a very slow and methodical trek downstairs that morning.

Because of the weather and high winds and extremely low tides, there was a stretch that I could not leave the island for exactly 10 days, either rough water or the shallow lagoon entrance keeping me here. I had the foresight to stock up the week prior on supplies and propane for heat. Of course one of those mornings I forgot to check the level of propane for the hot water heater, and ran out of hot water midway through taking a shower. . Oh my gosh, that water was cold!!

After having it nearly 12 years out here, my wonderful Weber gas grill finally bit the dust, falling victim to the corrosive elements and literally having the legs rusted completely off. I used that grill so much for preparing meals, including the side burner and using it as an oven. Thankfully my friends, Cricket and Jim, gave me a gift card to Home Depot for Christmas, so I used that to help purchase a brand new Weber propane grill. Yay! I’m hoping this one will provide another 12+ years of great service.

I’ve also recently discovered the wonderful advantages to using a crockpot for making meals. It’s nice being able to just throw everything into it, set it on High for five hours, and then have a great meal for the next several days. I have to run the crockpot off generator power, but that’s OK, I’ll run it into the evening while watching tv and charging batteries, and have the crockpot going at the same time. My best friend, Susan, gave me some great recipes, including one for delicious potato soup and several chicken recipes. If anyone has a crockpot recipe they would like to share, please send it to me in an email (provided at the end of this article). Thank you!

My chickens are laying so great right now, I’m getting 12-15 eggs every day from 17 hens. When I ordered these chickens in June, I was supposed to get two rooster chicks included, but apparently they were not sent. I enjoy having a rooster with the hens to look out for them, and I also like to hear the morning crowing, as long as it’s not TOO early. So a big thank you to Kelly & David for giving me “Tommy”, a beautiful young rooster for my flock. He is fitting in just fine and the guineas are adjusting to him. Tommy is a happy rooster.

Thank you to Britton and Susan for hosting and allowing me to join y’all, along with friends Lori, Don and Margie, in a nice get-together watching the Super Bowl. Everyone brought delicious food to enjoy and it was a great game. Thank you so much.

Well that’s it from the island for now. Everyone have a wonderful day, and I want to say that I truly appreciate the kind words about the monthly articles, from those of you that I meet on the mainland. Thank you.

Clint Bennetsen is a retired police detective who now lives full time on Matagorda Peninsula Island, and writes his monthly Island Life articles in the Dolphin Talk newspaper, telling of his off-grid island adventures. To contact, comment or ask questions, Clint can be contacted by email at ccbennetsen@yahoo.com, or dolphin1@tisd.net.

Vote March 6

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 15 Feb 18 - 0 Comments

The Republican and Democrat Primaries will be held on March 6, 2018. Locally, voting will be for County offices, including County Judge, Commissioner Precinct #4, and others.

Of National importance will be votes for U.S. Senator and U.S. Congressman, District 27.

Also, there will be ballot propositions to vote on.

Early voting will be held from February 20 to March 2 at the Courthouse lobby.

Calhoun County is my home, and it is where I have chosen to live. This past year has been the most rewarding year of my life as I have had the honor to serve as your Sheriff. As the March 6 primaries approach, we have choices to make. I pray that each citizen will carefully examine the candidates and vote your conscience. That is our constitutional, and God given right.

When the United Sates was formed, it was farmers, educators, lawyers and craftsmen who constituted the newly formed government. Senators and representatives came from all walks of life. Somewhere along the line, “career politicians” became the majority of those in office, and while many remain focused and committed to their constituents, others have become part of the “machine” that runs in Washington. I believe that all of the men running for office in our area are honest and dedicated men.
That being said, I am committed to Calhoun County and its citizens. I am exercising my privilege as a voter to endorse Chris Mapp for Congress District 27. His “America First” values and his vision regarding breaking away from the way so much of the “Washington machine” does things is refreshing and practical.

Chris Mapp is a local businessman who has lived in the district for 22 years and has invested his life in Calhoun County as a local business owner. That matters to me, because I love Calhoun County. This is my home. And I don’t believe there is another candidate running who would be more beneficial for the needs of this area than Chris Mapp.

I encourage you to vote your conscience on March 6. My conscience tells me to vote for Chris Mapp.

Thank you and God bless you,

Sheriff Bobbie Vickery
Calhoun County

Saltwater Lodge Outdoor Report by Captain Jeff Larson

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 15 Feb 18 - 0 Comments
Great End to the Season! photo by Capt. Jeff Larson

Great End to the Season! photo by Capt. Jeff Larson

Great wrap with full straps! Duck Season 2017 – 2018 is in the books. We have been getting the annual question, “How was your season?” Depending on my mood and the age of the person who asks it, The answer ranges from, it was above average to we slammed ‘em all year. I’m not a very good record keeper but when you have been hunting this stretch of the Texas Coast as long as I have, you just know, you feel it. The main priority of a guide is a Safe return to the dock with new memories. We also knocked that out of the park. We sent a bunch of birds to the Taxidermist. The 1st part of the season was Puddlers and Divers. We finished the last month with client limits of Puddlers. The Pintail numbers were up compared to years past and only getting to bag 1 per hunter made the hunts tricky to say the least. It was a great Puddler Year, no doubt. We were slammed with tons of Widgeon and Teal to fill the leather straps. Gaddys came and went throughout the season and with the Pin Constraints you had better know the difference between Grays and Pinny Hens. No mishaps this year.

Hey, The Freeze Out Tourney was a Great Success. Congrats to Ol Jimmy Burns and the Waterloo Crew. They spanked the field again this year, not as hard as last year but a win is a win. It doesn’t go un- noticed to the Hard Core guys who landed in 2nd, E. Simmons Custom Boats Team and 3rd Slow Roll with my friend Capt. Todd Jones. No matter where you ended up on the board you competed against some Bad Ass Fishermen. Great Tourney!!!

Here’s a quick mention, Dawn and I are headed to the SCI Show in Vegas to visit with our extended African Family, SS Pro Safaris, Sure’ Van Zyl and “Mayor”Jason Stone, Stone Safaris – Zambia. If anyone is interested in booking a Safari, I will be glad to help. As of now, 2019 will be the next time, I will be booking a month long Safari. Now 30 plus days isn’t necessary to get some trophies for your wall. 10 days is plenty of time to fill a shipping container full of animals.

Looking into the rest of February, we have plenty of dates available for Trophy Trout and Combat Redfishing this month. The weather is unpredictable at best in February but when the Good Lord gives us a mild day, we are going to take full advantage of it. We are going to get in the mud with the pigs and grind em out. Its what we as guides do this time of year. Pack a lunch and get to chunking. It mirrors the Rut in Texas. Might be today, might be next week or even into March or April that she eases up in the shallows to spawn and/or feed. Lets get busy, lets get out there and find you a wall hanger trout. It will be over before you know it, just like duck season.

Billy Rhyne is holding the Lodge down, so give him a call to check availability for your next middle coast trip. Billy’s direct line is: 713 907 4796.

Maintain your Boat, Check your Batteries and Sharpen your Hooks. Its going to be a good one.

Captain Jeff Larson
281 217 0399

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