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The Bay Area Observer Community News For The Galveston Bay Area VOLUME 2, NO. 16

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Kemah Crawfish Festival Serves It Up Big To Record Crowds ing a big draw”. The crawfish were handled by James Wimberley, the Cajun King of Cookers. James was born in southwest Louisiana in the heart of Cajun country, and has been farming and cooking crawfish and Cajun food for over 35 years. Legend has it he caught his first crawfish when he was only three. From that auspicious beginning, he has grown to farming his own fresh crawfish on 2000 acres in Eunice, Louisiana. Creating his own spicing secrets, he is in high demand as a crawfish boiler across the Gulf Coast. The secret of his spices and methods are hotly pursued by many, but never duplicated. James is one of the top boilers at Festival International in Lafayette, festivals from Texas to Alabama, and has catered at the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion. Overall, the festival was a huge success, and procedes went to benefit Houston’s PBS.

The world acclaimed English Handbell choir, Houston Bronze Ensemble, will present their Spring Concert, ‘Star Struck’, in Angel Hall at First United Methodist Church, La Porte, 9601 W. Fairmont Parkway on Friday, April 29, 7:30 PM. This is the choir’s third appearance in La Porte. Donations: $15/adults, $5/students.

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The 19th Annual Ed Brandon Cenikor Golf Tournament Bay Oaks Country Club May 9, 2011 Did you know that, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 23.1 million Americans age 12 and up suffer from some type of substance abuse or chemical dependency? Did you know one of the most researched programs in the nation operates within your backyard?  Cenikor has been helping people change since 1967.  We would love to discuss how you and/or your business can help make the Greater Houston area  a healthier and more productive place to live and work.  Cenikor is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and appreciates your help in getting this message to others. For More Information Contact: Roni Archer rarcher@cenikor. org. Sponsorship information available.

Sylvan Beach Parade La Porte April 30 , 10:00a.m. Everyone loves a parade! And this year’s parade is scheduled to kick-off at 10:00am on April 30 in conjunction with the 55th Annual Sylvan Beach Festival & Crawfish Jam in La Porte. Crowds will line the sidewalks along South Broadway and West Main to see the pageant contestants, clowns, floats, and more. And, don’t forget the Parade Marshall – Harris County Commissioner Jack Morman will be waving to all the kids along the route! Come enjoy this annual event sponsored by the La Porte-Bayshore Chamber of Commerce. After the parade, make your way to Sylvan Beach Park for a day of fun and frolic! There is no charge to participate in the parade and entries are welcome. For a parade application or additional information, contact the La Porte-Bayshore Chamber of Commerce at 281471-1123 or at

INDEX Community..........................2 Crossword............................2 Local News..........................3 Events..................................4 Sylvan Beach Pageant........4 Keels & Wheels ...............5-8 LPISD News...................9-10 Classifieds..........................11 Cuisine...............................12

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English Handbell Choir Spring Concert, FUMC, La Porte April 29, 7:30 PM.

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“Longhornasaurus” created by artist Mike Quinn with the help of Dwight Brown wowed the crowd. Quinn’s work can be seen at Over 30,000 crawfish lovers and festival goers from all around swamped the Kemah area for a three-day fun filled weekend. The City of Kemah and Miller Lite presented the Kemah Crawfish Festival on April 15th – 17th. The three-day festival took place under the iconic Kemah Bridge, truly welcoming all into the city. In addition to the crawfish, Kemah offered the best of Cajun dishes and classic festival fare. The area’s best Zydeco bands provided the infectious rhythms where the Bayou meets the Bay. The boat launch was transformed into The Pirate’s Cove with cos-

tumed performers and activities. Marie Laveau brought Voudou magic and mystery. Crawfish races, crawfish eating contests, and more continued throughout the event. Performers mingled with vendors of gifts, arts and crafts. A Children’s Area provided plenty of activities and fun for kids. Everyone joined in presenting their city, their food, their music, and all that makes life in Kemah so special. The Kemah Crawfish Festival takes the friendly relaxed fun and community feel of a small town fair and, like the City of Kemah, serves it up big. Organizers of the festival

brought in the best farm-raised Crawfish the state of Louisiana has to offer. People waited in long lines but before it was over, more than 40,000 pounds of crawfish had been served during the three day festival.

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Spicy Crawfish For $2 per lb. brought crawfish lovers from all around the area.

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Taylor said, “We were excited about the attendance of this first event, but will be more prepared for the large crowd next year. It was a good event and all had a great time with mudbugs, music, and kids rides and refreshments and the weather was perfect!

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Seabrook City Council On Tuesday Seabrook City Council unanimously awarded a total bid of $517,497 to Northwind Marine, Inc. for a fire rescue boat. The base bid total was $470,769 which was inclusive of an optional motor for $20,100 and a five percent contingency, bringing the total to $23,538. With Paul Dunphey recused from the vote, council voted 6-0 to approve a request for $10,000 in hotel tax funding to support the 2011 J/Fest Southwest Regatta. The Regatta will be held on October 29-30 at Lakewood Yacht Club. A motion to open Carothers Gardens Coastal Park to the public when the venue is not being rented failed with council voting 2 -5 with only Garry Mack and Kim Morrell voting in favor. A motion to to open the park’s parking lot to

Domnino Taylor, Kemah’s Director of Fun and Excitement said, “Yes the lines were a long at some times, but next year we will add more Crawfish serving lines. Most people really didn’t mind the line due to the $2.00 a lb crawfish be-

the public for overflow parking from Pine Gully Park on high traffic weekends also failed with a vote of 2 – 5. Don Holbrook and Morrell voted in favor. A motion authorize Morrell to attend the Citizens for Space Exploration trip in Washington, D.C. on May 31 through June 3 failed with a vote of 2 - 5 with only Mack and Morrell voting in favor. The city council also unanimously to deny a motion to authorize Holbrook to attend the trip, with Morrell authorized to attend should Holbrook be unable. Council Member Laura Davis, who was previously authorized to attend the event, will still travel to Washinton, D.C. in May. All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present.


Commissioner Morman Opens The Oasis Garden at Bay Area Park On April 20, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Commissioner Jack Morman unveiled the new Oasis Garden located within Bay Area Park at 7500 Bay Area Blvd. According to Morman, “The Oasis Garden highlights a wonderful new public area, and at the same time emphasizes a new philosophy of budget management utilizing our Precinct Two team of co-workers.” In January, while touring the Bay Area Park, Commissioner Morman noticed the fenced garden in the middle of the park. Sadly, the garden had fallen into disrepair; it wasn’t safe, or wheel-chair accessible. Trees needed grooming, the creek bed was overgrown and the benches were rotten. Morman was surprised to find this diamond in the rough, but it needed many upgrades to transform it into a beautiful community gathering place. Commissioner Morman began an in-house landscaping project to refurbish and revive

the garden. The new Oasis Garden is now a nature lover’s get-a-way with a flagstone trail leading to the newly painted gazebo. Benches were replaced and spaced-out, providing visitors a peaceful spot to read or seek solitude among the flowering plants and shade trees. And because of the gazebo and dry creek bed, it is also the perfect place for a small wedding or family photos. Couples who marry at the park can utilize the reception facilities at Armand Bayou for a minimal fee. Commissioner Morman is

pleased with the final result, saying, “The Oasis Garden was completed in-house by our Precinct Two landscapers, and they did a great job at a substantial savings to the taxpayers.” The Bay Area Park Oasis Garden adds to the natural beauty of the eco-system and will be an outstanding addition to the Precinct Two parks system. During the Oasis Garden Opening, door prize tickets were handed out for pontoon boat rides immediately after the ceremony, courtesy of Armand Bayou.

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Kunu was painted by local artist Eric Klusendorf The Seabrook Association’s Pelcian Project celebrated its latest addition to the Pelican Path with the installation of “Kunu”. Last week Kunu was installed in front of The Texas Hippie Connection at 2234 E. Nasa Road 1 in Seabrook. Dressed in tye-dye, a pair of sunglasses and a beanie hat, Kunu has been installed with lights, making him visible to passers-by at night. Texas Hippie Connection owner Chris (Turtle)Dickey named Kunu after a freind of his in Hawaii. Local artist Eric Klusendorf had the honors of painting Kunu. Klusendorf is weel known for his murals and his work can be seen throughout the Bay Area.

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COMMUNITY Habitat For Humanity, Lowe’s Seek Female Volunteers To Build Homes With Low-Income Families Thousands of women across the country join together for National Women Build Week April 30 – May 8

Will Showcase Texas Artists On April 23 The Kemah Merchants Association will be hosting the Kemah Art Walk on Saturday, April 23. The Kemah Art Walk will be from noon to 6 p.m. Artists from all across Texas will be showcasing and selling their art in the Kemah Lighthouse District. Along Bradford, Kipp and 6th streets will be fine art including paintings in oil, acrylic and pastels. Photography and sculptures will also be in the art walk. This is free event and open to the public. Some of the featured artists include Darrin Potter from Copper Cactus Gallery. His art is currently available at Eagle Nest Gallery in Kemah. Another featured artist is Obie Dozier, a fascinating artist who is with Thomas Kinkade Galleries. Dozier’s art is available at Boardwalk Fudge in Kemah. For artists wishing to participate in the Kemah Art Walk, there is a $25 registration fee for the afternoon, locations are first-come, first-serve . For more information or to register call Sandra Williams at Boardwalk Fudge, 281-538-4165 or Domino Taylor at Kemah Visitor Center, 281-334-3181. Log on to www.kemahmerchants. com or for additional information on Kemah Art Walk and other events.

55th Annual Sylvan Beach Festival The 55th Annual Sylvan Beach Festival, sponsored by the La Porte-Bayshore Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2011 with gates opening at 9:00am at Sylvan Beach Park on Galveston Bay. The festival kicks off with a parade beginning at 10:00am. Activities at the park begin immediately following the parade with many exciting things to enjoy including live entertainment, food, arts & crafts booths, a carnival, cook-off, pageant, and much more. Live entertainment will be provided throughout the day. And, always exciting for the crowd, Miss Sylvan Beach 2011 will be crowned on the main stage between 6:30 and 7:30pm. Capping off the day’s festivities will be a concert featuring exciting entertainers with the Casey Donahew Band as the headliner from 10:30pm to 12 midnight and the Band of Heathens from 8:30 – 10:00pm. Admission is $5 from 9:00am-5:00pm and $10 after 5:00pm, $2 for senior citizens, and free for children 10 and under accompanied by an adult. For more information, call the La PorteBayshore Chamber of Commerce at 281-471-1123 or visit www.

In the days leading up to Mother’s Day construction crews of female volunteers will raise their hammers at Habitat for Humanity construction sites across the country in recognition of National Women Build Week, April 30 through May 8. Lowe’s and Bay Area Habitat for Humanity are looking for local women to volunteer for a day in Dickinson, Texas at the Bay Area Habitat construction site during this nine-day event. Construction or home improvement experience is not necessary. Bay Area Habitat for Humanity, servicing Southeast Harris and Galveston Counties is the host of a National Women Build Week Event on Saturday, April 30, 2011. We will be working on two new houses at 4407 and 4411 26th St. in Dickinson, Texas. We hope to have 100 women on the worksite that day. This is our third year to raise funds for and build a Women Build House and our first year to participate in the National Women Build Week event. Interested volunteers are encouraged to contact us at Bay Area Habitat for Humanity, 281-337-3590. The Mother’s Day timeframe was selected for its significance to many volunteers. Families with children make up a staggering number of those in need of adequate housing. More than 12 million children - one in six - live in poverty housing in the United States alone. To date, female volunteers have built more than 1,800 Habitat houses nationwide during National Women Build Week. Locally, Bay Area Habitat for Humanity has built two Women Build houses. This house will be our third. National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day in the effort to help eliminate poverty housing. The event, now in its fourth year, has drawn more than 20,000 female volunteers from all 50 states. Lowe’s is contributing more than $1.3 million to National Women Build Week and providing $5,000 Lowe’s gift cards and building materials to more than 250 Habitat affiliates. National Women Build Week is one of the major initiatives supported through Lowe’s five-year, $20 million pledge to Habitat. As the underwriter of the Women Build program since 2004, Lowe’s conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach women construction skills and empower them to support Habitat projects across the country. To volunteer or donate to this project, please call Bay Area Habitat for Humanity at 281-337-3590, email kdavey@bahfh. org or visit


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Seabrook: Wednesday Night Sailboat Racing on Clear Lake Every Wednesday Every Wednesday evening from April until October, professional and amateur sailors get together for a friendly sailboat race on the waters of Clear Lake, twenty minutes south of Houston and home of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. These races were created with the public in mind, and the course has been set where the race can be enjoyed by spectators from some of the restaurants around the lake. Everyone is invited to come and watch. The races are rarely cancelled due to bad weather. In the previous twelve years, the races have been cancelled only about five times due to bad weather. The atmosphere just seems to get its act together as the sun goes down! Come on out and join us! The races start promptly at 6:15 PM and finish before sunset. Come and join us for an evening of fun and relaxation. There’s always some commentary on the action, and if you wish to participate, you’re welcome to sign up on our crew list. We always have boats looking for crew! If you own a boat and would like to participate in these races, read the race instructions, then come out and join the fun. You can sign up the day of the races by filling out an entry form. Time: 6:30 pm Venue Name: Villa Capri Italian Restaurant Location: 3713 Nasa Parkway, Seabrook, TX 77586 Admission Cost: Phone: 281-468-6909 Web:

The Red Suspenders’ Shrimp Boil Norman L. Malone Senior Center Saturday, May 7, 2011 11:00 AM-1:00 PM The Red Suspenders’ Shrimp Boil will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Norman L. Malone Senior Center, 1322 So. Broadway, La Porte, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. $10 for boiled shrimp, cole slaw, beverage (dine in only), cocktail sauce and crackers. Homemade desserts available by donation. Proceeds benefit the La Porte Special Olympics. Tickets available at Senior Center, Red Suspender members and at door. Door prize drawings will be held throughout the service time and there will be a special raffle of a 2 night stay at Candlewood Suites.

Friends of Evelyn Meador Library Annual Meeting Thursday, April 28th Meeting in the Seabrook Community House for our annual book review and community meeting. It is an evening of sharing news about our New Evelyn Meador Branch Library due to open at the end of June 2011. Ruth Burke will present her book, “ Image of America - Seabrook”. Rhoda Goldberg will have the latest updates on the new library. Location: Seabrook Community House, Time: Refreshments at 6:30 pm, 7 pm program. Contact Barbara Whelton at 281-380-9895 for more information.

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It all began over lunch at Las Hadas one Spring day in 2003. The Red HatSociety Ladies of the La Porte Senior Center had left for their monthly luncheon, and we fellows, left behind, went out on our own. During our meal, someone suggested that we should form our own society, like the Red Hats. The subject was discussed and Gene Nees, who was wearing the red suspenders from our Chili Cook-off table setting, remarked, “We could call ourselves the Red Suspender Society”. It stuck! We had a couple of monthly lunches locally when Ray James, one of the charter members, declared that if all we were going to do was have lunches, he wasn’t interested in continuing. He suggested that we have a ‘purpose’. There was no disagreement and a few suggestions were proffered. Ray then threw out the that we ‘adopt’ the Special Olympic program which was housed in the Special Programs building next to the Senior Center, and support their activities. This met with unanimous approval and our mission was begun. We attended many of the Special Olympic events and morally supported the athletes in their endeavors. Our first fund raiser was a fish fry held at the Senior Center. This turned out to be very labor intensive for our small group of older men, but was well attended and successful. However, we didn’t think we could survive a second fish fry. A few weeks later we had our Senior Picnic at Seabreeze Park and Louis Heintschel and Buford Boudoin were in charge of preparing a shrimp boil, with Ruby H. preparing her special cocktail sauce and Ray J. preparing his cole slaw recipe. Needless to say it was enjoyed by all. At our next meeting, Louis brought up the idea of substituting a shrimp boil for the fish fry for our next fund raiser. We all readily agreed and the Red Suspender’s Shrimp Boil was born. The same team supervised our first shrimp boil, with homemade cocktail sauce and cole slaw. Our kitchen at the Senior Center was busy preparing everything to start serving at 11:00AM. The menu consisted of a half pound of shrimp, cole slaw, crackers, sauce and a beverage for ten dollars. A table of homemade donated desserts were available at no charge, however many left a love offering. We were ecstatic that we served over 60 plates and had no leftovers. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? The following year, we planned the same menu, but doubled the amount of food supplied. We didn’t want to run short. Even so, I had to run to the local grocery for 20 more pounds of shrimp to satisfy the ticket holders. Over 120 plates were served and we almost exhausted the dessert table. resenting the proceeds to the Special Olympics at their annual banquet was a thrill for all of us. Could we do better? We’ll see in the next installment.

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LOCAL NEWS La Porte Police Department Animal Control and City Parks Department Enjoy Upgrades From Lyondell/Basell Competitive Grant

EDITORIAL/OPINION BP Making it Right? Yeah, Right April 20, 2011 marks one-year since the start of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Most members of the media will be marking the date as an anniversary of sorts, but perhaps calling this a memorial is more to the point. 

Residents who live and work along the Gulf Coast have lost a year of their lives, not to mention the actual lives, livelihoods and the way of life that has been lost. We will forever look on April 20th as a year that marked and changed our region. A year later it’s evident to anyone watching that BP has been running a public image rehabilitation campaign, rather than a restoration effort. Between April 2010 and September 2010, during the height of the disaster, BP spent more than $93 million in advertising – three times more than they spent during the same period in the previous year. Contrast that figure with the $18 million BP is estimated to have given to the state of Louisiana to monitor the safety of their seafood Look at what was spent on tourism marketing in Alabama at $22 million versus $5 million for payment for actual research to ensure safety. The focus is on telling people they’re making it right rather than actually making it right. After we mourn our losses, we must get back to work. We have to keep pushing BP to actually make things right. They must continue efforts to purge our beaches, wetlands and waterways of oil; they must fund continuous monitoring of seafood for any impacts of the oil and dispersant; and they must support and fund the health care concerns so rampant across the Gulf. Additionally, they must accept responsibility and write the check for restoration to make it right. We have an opportunity to make change, but each of us must work together to ensure the Gulf is made whole again. We must urge our legislators to show leadership in protecting the public, their lives and their livelihoods by passing legislation to guarantee the fines polluters pay for violating the law actually go where they are needed to “make it right.” That means using the money from fines for wetland restoration, shoreline clean-up, safety monitoring programs, help for fisheries and real solutions to restore the Gulf’s environment, economy and public health. As of now, the vast majority of those fees will go to the general budget if we don’t act now to insist that at least 80% of the Clean Water Act fine money comes back to the coastal states for environmental restoration. Individuals, citizen groups, fishermen and Waterkeepers are all working together, trying to ensure that the money from Clean Water Act fines that BP pays come back to the Gulf coast to pay for restoration and “making it right”. It’s time for our federal legislators make it right for the Gulf coast, and make it right for the people who have been hurt the most.

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On April 9, 2011 Lyondell/ Basell’s Global Care Day project had over 3,000 volunteers participating in 62 projects in 20 countries with a common goal of making their communities a better place. This is the 12th year that company volunteers have hosted Global Care Day and past activities have included teams working to repair schools and senior centers, planting trees and flowers, removing trash from waterways, constructing outdoor education centers and assisting elderly homeowners with home repairs. The City of La Porte was recently a direct beneficiary of Lyondell/Basell’s 2011 annual Global Care Day grant project. The first project within the City of La Porte involved the City’s dated Animal Shelter, where landscaping and an attractive enclosed animal adoption and interaction patio were installed. The second project involved the creation of a new “tree farm” directly behind the City’s Parks and Recreation Fitness Center. Both projects were application/ grant based and were awarded to the City directly from Lyondell/Basell’s local satellite offices. La Porte Animal Control representatives applied for the Lyondell/Basell project grant due to a combination of the limited

The new “Interaction Area” gives adopters an opportunity to interact with their potential new family members submitted the idea of creating a social interaction and play area for citizens who are considering adopting a pet from the shelter. The new “Interaction Area”, now realized through the assistance of the Lyondell/Basell Corporation, will provide a comfortable environment for prospective owners to socially interact with the potential adoptee animal. The area has greatly enhanced a pet’s adoptabilitylevel, by giving the animals a chance to interact with the people considering adoption. Furthermore, when not being utilized for adoption meetings, the area will be used by staff and volunteers to exercise animals throughout the day, while also holding the potential to serve as

Sam Barfoot Inducted Into National Junior Honor Society

The city’s new tree farm will serve to plant trees throughout the entire La Porte/Bayshore area for years to come

Sam Barfoot of La Porte was inducted into the La Porte Jr. High National Junior Honor Society on April 19th, 2011. Membership into the Society is based on Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character and Citizenship. Congratulations Sam!

City of La Porte’s Office of Emergency Management As part of your family’s disaster plan, homeowners and renters should make an inventory list of all the items in their homes. The La Porte Office of Emergency Management wants to remind owners and renters that providing a complete home inventory list to their insurance agent may help them get a policy that covers their risk more completely. In addition, an inventory list can help provide proof of personal property loss after a disaster. The Insurance Information Institute’s website includes videos describing the steps of a home inventory, as well as free software to assist in beginning and updating a list. For those who are just setting up a household, starting a home inventory list can be relatively simple. But for those who have lived in a house for many years, this task may seem daunting. By setting aside an afternoon and getting the whole family involved, it can be an enjoyable experience. It is much easier to document possessions before suffering a loss from a fire, burglary or natural disaster. Government and insurance industry officials also recommend taking photos of the outside of a home in addition to all contents, and to store these photos together with the inventory list in a safe place away from the house. A com-

plete inventory, including photos, may be one of the most valuable investments for peace of mind anyone can make for themselves and their families. If something happens to damage your home and property, an inventory will eliminate the need to piece that information together in the aftermath. Some owners may be required to have both hazard and flood insurance, each available commercially. To find a local agent who sells flood insurance, visit or contact your current insurance agent and they will be able to assist you. The purchase of flood insurance for a structure without covering the contents as well is a common mistake. Make sure your policy covers everything you want protected. Renters should also consider both hazard and flood insurance to protect personal belongings. Standard hazard policies may require additional riders for items such as collectibles, jewelry, firearms and artwork. By taking action now, you can provide added peace of mind to yourself and your family in case of a disaster. For more information on disaster preparedness, contact La Porte OEM at (281) 470-0010 or visit our website at www.

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size of their existing Animal Control facility, yet extensive supply of services for both the City of La Porte and her neighboring cities as well. The shelter has been described as small in size but big on its mission, as representative staff deal with a wide array of community concerns such as animal cruelty, animals that have been abandoned, and animals that may have run away from home. In addition to these types of issues, Animal Control Officers also deal with many indigenous wild animals that may become trapped or injured. However one of their biggest missions involves the adoption of pets. The La Porte Animal Shelter provides a safe place for lost animals to be housed until owners come and claim their lost pet(s). Sometimes, however, no one claims these animals. It’s during these times that the shelter acts as an Animal Adoption Center. In this capacity, Animal Control representatives place pets with wanting families and give a once abandoned animal a second chance. Unfortunately, the high volume of needy animals makes the adoption of all animals a significant challenge. Therefore Animal Control Staff

an educational or presentation area for other shelter visitors. The Animal Shelter upgrade included various other beautification improvements as well, like wooden fencing, planters, shrubs, and the concrete slab & benches located within the Interaction Area.

The Lyondell/Basell Global Care Day project volunteers also installed a new tree farm directly behind the City of La Porte’s Recreation and Fitness Center, located on South Broadway (Old S.H. 146). In a joint and continuous effort with Trees of Houston, 200 “LyondellBasell excels in helping the city of La Porte foster a sense of pride in our community. The work on Global Care Day to help build a tree farm to provide a greener city, plus a new socialization area and other improvements at our animal shelter, will increase the quality of life in La Porte.” Louis Rigby La Porte Mayor

trees were planted inside of newly cleared area surrounded by 400 feet of fresh chain-linkfencing. Additionally, each tree has its own irrigation line and the facility will serve to plant trees throughout the entire La Porte/Bayshore area for years to come. Thanks to the Lyondell/Basell Corporation’s interest in global stewardship, residents of the City of La Porte and other area members will now enjoy even more community benefits. For more information on La Porte Police Department’s Animal Control Division or their adoption processes, please call 281-471-3811, or log onto their website page at http:// animalcontrol. Also, for more information on the City of La Porte’s new tree farm, please call the City’s Parks and Recreation Department at 281-4715836.


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EVENTS Seabrook’s Men Who Cook 2011 The Seabrook Police Officers Association Charities in partnership with the Seabrook Rotary presented the 17th annual Men Who Cook event on April 12, 2011, at the Lakewood Yacht Club, 2425 NASA Parkway, in Seabrook This annual event has been one of the Bay Area’s most enjoyable social events for the last sixteen years. The Cooks served some of the fin-

Charlie Clemmons dancing enjoyment. This event is always a great opportunity to visit with old friends, make new ones and to socialize with the men and women of the Seabrook Police Department and Seabrook Rotary. Nick Glesin and Seabrook Rotary President Mike Huss

were compiled in a souvenir cookbook, and given out to guests. The beginnings of Men Who Cook were centered on a social evening’s event between local Men Who Cook, the public, and the members of the Seabrook Police Department. The goal was raise money for scholarships awarded to graduating students of CCISD. The event has grown to include other charitable causes in the greater Seabrook community

Carol Robinson, Mary Forbes, Era Lee Caldwell and Charlotte Gioannetti est dishes in the area. All of the recipes for the delicious dishes that patrons sampled and biographies of the cooks

that have in the past included the D.A.R.E. (Drug Awareness and Resistance Education) program, Evelyn Meador Library after school programs, and several programs for students at Seabrook Intermediate School. We invite you to attend or become a sponsor in support of this event that supports our community. The always popular and crowd pleasing Pee Wee Bowen Band was once again playing for the guests listening and

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eabrook, nestled on the western shore of Galveston Bay is the home of Lakewood Yacht Club and Keels & Wheels. Lakewood is a secluded secret on the eastern end of Clear Lake, consisting of 38 acres of beautiful grounds covered with 100 year old oak trees surrounding a large harbor ringed with stately Palm trees and a marina home to almost 400 sleek and graceful private yachts. The oak tree covered grounds around the clubhouse are sprinkled with 200 of the world’s finest classic automobiles, the large protected harbor hosts and invasion fleet of over 100 of the most beautiful vintage wooden boats, large and small. The nation’s first and now largest gathering of classics, cars and boats, automotive and marine, takes place each spring only minutes away from NASA’s headquarters and Houston, the nations 3rd largest Metroplex.

Indianapolis 500 Magic is in the air as collectors from all over the United States find their way to this small beautiful piece of paradise known as Lakewood. The predetermined placement of each car and boat for display resembles a meticulous choreography. The cast in this ballet includes over 300 Lakewood members with well rehearsed roles, whose goal is to make the participating collectors, sponsors and spectators feel welcome and at home, while enjoying a world class concours experience. Keels & Wheels established itself among the nations top concours events while in pursuit of multiple goals. The goals include raising significant funds for the charities the show supports, nearly $1 Million so far, while producing the best possible event that would draw participants and spectators from every corner of the country and even Europe. Side benefits have included an economic impact of over $3.5 Million each year on the local community while simultaneously raising national awareness of Seabrook.

Now comes the 16th year with a tribute to 100 years of Indianapolis racing and Century Boats. Additional displays include early 1900’s examples of electric automobiles, cars of the stars, 50’s classics, street rods, Italian exotics, Brass era classics and the heavy classics like Duesenburg, Packard, Bugatti, Pierce Arrow and others most people have never seen or heard of.

Moss and Carroll Shelby. Major sponsors include Title Sponsors Fidelity Investors and the City of Seabrook. Presenting sponsor Alex Rodriguez Mercedes-Benz has donated a 2011 C-Class Mercedes to be raffled on behalf of Boys & Girls Harbor.

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Our co-host in 2011 will be the South West Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS). Led by Chapter President Robert Black, the ACBS is responsible for providing the incredible display of vintage wooden boats seen at each Keels & Wheels Concours. ACBS enjoys an international membership of over 8000 enthusiasts dedicated to promoting a continued interest in the preservation of historic, antique and classic boats. Their goal is to ensure that future generations have the opportunity to appreciate, own, operate and enjoy the wonderful examples of the golden age of classic boat design and engineering. Become a member of ACBS.

The combined efforts of almost 1000 people, some local, others from throughout the country, will come together the weekend of April 30May 1 to present to the public an incredible array of classic cars and boats. You will not want to miss this once a year event. You can entertain yourself, your family and friends while helping fund the critical efforts of Boys & Girls Harbor. Don’t miss it. Keels & Wheels has attracted the participation of some famous special guests as Grand Marshal. They include actors Cliff Robertson and Ed Herrmann, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, author Clive Cussler and racing car greats Sir Stirling

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Featuring The Bobby Darin Dream Car This years Keels & Wheels Concours D’ Elegance will feature legendary singer Bobby Darin’s handmade 1960 “DiDia150”. The story goes that when the car was completed, one of the foremost actors and singers of the time, Bobby Darin (Dream Lover; Mack The Knife; Splish Splash) fell in love with it, and seemingly had to have it at all costs. $150,000 later it was his, so he and wife Sandra Dee (who starred in many movies of the time, including A Summer Place and Gidget) often arrived at Academy Awards and other ceremonies in the car. The DiDia150 is powered by a 427 high performance Ford engine. This car is a real mover and a designer’s delight. Clarkaiser was the name given to the Detroit workshop owned by Ron Clark and Bob Kaiser. It was there that this outrageously-styled auto-

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The DiDia150 and $153,647 and 29 cents to build, with construction beginning as early as 1953. The car sits on a 125 inch wheelbase, with a tubular aluminum frame and a hand-fashioned soft aluminum body. Although it might appear from some angles

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bubble-top roof for ease of entry, and a trunk that was hinged from the driver’s side. And, as a sign of the times there was an ashtray and cigarette lighter, as well as a personal radio speaker, beside each seat. One of those six levers atop the dash was the gear shifter (question: were its tail fins taller than those on the ‘59 Caddy?). The car is now owned by the Museum Of Transportation in St. Louis, Missouri, to which it was donated by its owner after being restored in 1970. Although the original designer, for whom the car was pain-stakingly constructed over a seven-year period, is well deserving of credit for its timeless elegance, it is Bobby Darin whose significance is in the history of this car. Specifications: Front engine/rear drive. V8 engine. Wheelbase - 125 inches.

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Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Indianapolis Racing

History of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” Indiana businessmen Carl G. Fisher, James A. Allison, Arthur C. Newby and Frank H. Wheeler pooled their resources to build the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1909 as an automobile testing ground to support Indiana’s growing automotive industry. The focus of the facility soon turned to racing, with Ray Harroun winning the inaugural Indianapolis 500 on May 30, 1911.

The Hulman family continues to own the Speedway but family members no longer manage it personally. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has long prevailed as an icon of motorsports excellence. Beginning in 2009, the Speedway celebrated its Centennial Era, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the facility in 2009 and the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in 2011. This celebration of two important milestones has spanned three years and has included several unique and historical events. Visitors to the Speedway during the Centennial Era saw not only a focus on its rich history, but a strong emphasis on looking ahead to the future. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the world’s largest spectator sporting facility. It plays host annually to three events in three major racing series: Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (IZOD IndyCar Series), Brickyard 400

Founders of the Speedway, from left: Arthur Newby, Frank Wheeler, Carl Fisher and James Allison. / Indianapolis Motor Speedway archive. The race was suspended during World War II and after the war it was weed-grown and run down. Terre Haute businessman Tony Hulman Jr bought the track in 1945 and spent millions building the Indianapolis 500 into the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

Winners drink milk as part of the Victory Lane ceremony

(NASCAR Sprint Cup Series) and Red Bull Indianapolis GP (MotoGP World Championship). The Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 take place on the 2.5-mile oval, while the Red Bull Indianapolis GP is contested

Ray Haroun was the winner of the first Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on the 16-turn, 2.621-mile road course. Plans for the Centennial Era celebration were revealed during an event May 22, 2008 at Allison Mansion of Marian College in Indianapolis. “No other motorsports facility in the world has the rich history and tradition of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” IMS Chairman of the Board Mari Hulman George said. “The Centennial Era celebration pays homage to the heroes and events of our storied past while anticipating an even more glorious future.”

Honoring Century Boats & the 50th Anniversary of the Century Sabre Featured Century Boat: ‘El Jefe’ the 1967 Century Arabian This year, owner Craig Stanfield will be displaying his 1967 Century Arabian. We asked Craig to tell us a little about his boat and it’s story:   El Jefe’ is a 1967 Century Arabian.  I always wanted one since Jr. High!  I first saw it at the First seen by me at the Lake Conroe show in 1992, and one owner until 1996. I bought hull #Q6767 and immediately took her to a friend of mine’s restoration shop Lenire Yacht Restoration in Seabrook.  As I had the funds, we replaced major portions of the chines, bottom, and transom. Although the first owner did as well as he could to keep the boat in repair during his tenure, the 70’s and 80’s was not an abundant time for wood boat craftsmen.   Anyway, by this time I had visited the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance and seen another Arabian re-done with wooden decks. Lenire’s Gary Hoyleand I accumulated information on various options and decided to replace the original blue vinyl deck with ribbon-striped African Mahogany.  By 2005, although the boat had not been out of Gary’s shop it was obvious that the

Indy 500 Traditions Since the inaugural race in 1911, the Indianapolis 500 has become steeped in rich tradition, one of the most alluring aspects of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Here is the history of some of the most popular and enduring traditions of the Indianapolis 500

“Back Home Again in Indiana” Although there are reports that “Indiana,” as the song was originally titled when published in 1917, was played by a trackside brass band as Hoosier driver Howdy Wilcox ran out his final laps on the way to winning the 1919 “500,” it was not until 1946 that it was sung on race morning. James Melton, of the New York Metropolitan Opera Company, was a collector of classic cars, and was at one time president of the Antique Automobile Club of America. He supplied several of the vehicles which participated in a race-morning lap of classic automobiles around the track in 1946, and approximately 45 minutes before the start of the race, he sang “Indiana” with the Purdue University band over the public address system. It was so well received that he was invited back the following year, and in 1948, it was decided to “move it up” to its current slot in the order of the day, just prior to the firing of the engines. Among Melton’s better-known successors have been Mel Tormé, Vic Damone, Dinah Shore, Ed Ames, Peter Marshall, Dennis Morgan and Johnny Desmond, with popular Jim Nabors having missed only a handful of years since 1972.

Borg-Warner Trophy The Borg-Warner Trophy, one of the most recognizable trophies in all of sports, has been awarded to the winner of every Indianapolis 500-Mile Race since 1936. Crafted out of sterling silver by Spaulding-Gorham of Chicago, it was unveiled at a dinner in New York in February 1936, featuring bas-relief sculptures of every “500” winner up until that time. The new winner has been added every year since, and in 1986 (the trophy’s 50th anniversary), the final space became filled. The solution for 1987 was to add a base, but this too became filled, and in 2004, an even larger version replaced it, this one with enough spaces to last through 2034. The only sculptured face not of a winning driver is that of the late Speedway owner Tony Hulman, whose likeness, in gold, was placed on the base in 1987. Click Here to read more.

Gordon Pipers The Indianapolis 500 Gordon Pipers, better known as the Gordon Pipers, are a Scottish/Celtic bagpipe band that has been a fixture during Indianapolis 500 ceremonies on Opening Day, Qualification Days, the 500 Festival Parade and Race Day since 1963. Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony Hulman heard a performance by the Pipers in June 1962. Impressed, he invited the band to perform at the 1963 Indianapolis 500 as the “Gasoline Alley Gordon Pipers.” Each year, four bagpipers greet the winner of the Indianapolis 500 in Victory Lane for the traditional drink of milk and the Borg-Warner Trophy presentation. These four pipers signify the winning car coming to Victory Lane on four wheels.

Kissing the Bricks The tradition of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway winners kneeling to kiss the Yard of Bricks at the start-finish line started during the Brickyard 400, not the Indianapolis 500. After winning the 1996 Brickyard 400, Dale Jarrett and his crew chief, Todd Parrott, walked to the Yard of Bricks and spontaneously knelt and kissed the bricks to celebrate their victory and pay homage to the decades of great drivers who had competed and won at IMS. A tradition was born that continues to this day in the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400.

Winners Drink of MIlk

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The infield of the track near Turn 1 was known as the Winner’s Drink of Milk Three-time “500” winner Louis Meyer regularly drank buttermilk on a hot day, as his mother had told him it would refresh him, and he consumed some in Victory Lane as a matter of course after earning his third “500” victory in 1936. A dairy industry executive happened to see a photograph of this in the following day’s newspaper and, believing it to be regular milk, vowed to make sure this would be repeated in the coming years. Milk was part of the Victory Lane ceremony between 1937 and 1941 and then again in 1946, the first year after World War II, but disappeared between 1947 and 1955. The tradition was revived in 1956 and continues to this day.

Winner’s Wreath Long used in Grand Prix racing, the winner’s wreath at Indianapolis appears to have debuted in 1960, when a wreath featuring several exotic-looking, darkyellow and brown flowers was placed on the shoulders of Jim Rathmann. A garland of white and red carnations of the type normally associated with horse racing was placed around the shoulders of A. J. Foyt in 1961, and in 1962, Rodger Ward wore a wreath not too dissimilar from those seen today. Underwritten by Borg-Warner Corporation, the wreaths were the creation of William J. “Bill” Cronin, a longtime Indianapolis florist, who was at one time a floral consultant for the parades of the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl and the 500 Festival. He died in 1989. For most of the last 30 years, the wreath has featured 33 ivorycolored Cymbidium orchids with burgundy tips, plus 33 miniature checkered flags, intertwined with red, white and blue ribbons.

The Houston Classic Auction The Houston Classic Auction is held through the combined efforts of Worldwide Auctioneers and the LYC Concours Corporation. Worldwide Auctioneers handles appraisals, collection management and acquisitions, estate planning, real estate properties and private treaty sales. With offices in the United States, Canada and Italy, Worldwide Auctioneers maintains the most extensive database of buyers, collectors, museums, and customers in the industry. For consignment information call 800-990-6789. For registration information call 800-990-6789. Bidder Registration Fee will be $150, and includes catalogue and VIP seating for two. Buyers Premium is 10%. General Admission to Auction is $75 and includes admission to for two to the General Seating area with one catalogue. There is limited seating.







VISITORS GUIDE General Admission tickets are $30 if purchased in advance, and $35 at the gate. Kids 10 and under - Free

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The Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance and Houston Classic Auction will take place at the Lakewood Yacht Club. The Lakewood Yacht Club is located at the eastern end of Clear Lake on NASA Parkway, just 3 miles east of NASA Space Center, and 30 minutes south of Houston. Free local area parking is available. Free shuttle buses from parking areas located along NASA Parkway will be offered. Parking is available on Hwy 146 as well as at NASA. Signs along those roads will mark parking areas for Keels & Wheels. Those lots will have FREE shuttle to and from the event. On-site parking is NOT available at the Yacht Club to general admission guests. From I-45 or Clear Lake, TX take the NASA Rd exit (exit 25) for 7 1/2 miles until you see the O’Reilly Auto Parts store sign in the distance on the right hand side. Make a right turn on to Seventh Street before you pass the store. The street to your right is Lidstone, turn right on Lidstone and proceed to the LYC gate and follow signs to auction event center. From HWY 146, turn on to NASA Rd 1 and after you pass the O’Reilly Auto Parts store turn left on Seventh Street. The first street to your right is Lidstone. Turn right on Lidstone and proceed to the LYC gate and follow signs to auction event center.

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7:00 am to 7:00 pm - Car and Boat Arrival and Placement - Please come early as possible. Volunteers will be on hand to assist with placement of Cars and Boats. Secure parking for trailers and trucks located off site adjacent to the Club. 6:00 - 9:00 - Friday Night Boater’s Arrival Gathering - $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door. Wild, Wild West BBQ Buffet in the Hospitality Room at Spring Hill Suites by Marriott, 2120 NASA Pkwy in Seabrook directly across the street from Lakewood Yacht Club. Cash Bar. 7:00 - 9:00 - Auction Preview Party - $35.00 per person for buffet style food and a cash bar. Come preview the fine automobiles to be auctioned on Saturday.

9:30 - Judging of cars and boats will begin. 10:00 - The Concours opens to the public - People’s Choice Ballots given to spectators for People’s Choice Awards. 11:00 - The Houston Classic Car and Boat auction will be held on site in the World Wide Auctioneers tent 3:30 - Presentation of Awards to boat owners - Poolside 5:00 - Concours closes to the public 6:30 to 9:00 - Poolside Buffet - $35 per person - Join us poolside for a buffet around the pool overlooking the beautiful Lakewood inner harbor. 7:00 to 9:00 - Saturday Evening Boater’s Award Celebration - Celebrate the Boating Award winners at The Somerset Estate on Galveston Bay, 1215 Kipp Avenue in Kemah. A catered dinner - “Mexican Fiesta, Margarita’s and Mariachis”. A Cash Bar will be available at the Pool. Reservations required at $35/Person. Seating is Limited to 150!

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Wheels Founder and Chairman Bob Fuller and Co-Founder CoChairman Paul Merryman. Seabrook Mayor Gary Renola related that the Keels & Wheels, also called the Concours d’Elegance, is the largest classic automobile and wooden boat show in the country. It’s

economic impact to the Bay Area each year is over four million dollars. “Keels & Wheels is also the largest event happening in our city with a draw of over 12,000 people during the first weekend in May,” Renola related. The awards ceremony was held


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The Port of Houston Economic Alliance honored Lakewood Yacht Club’s Keels & Wheels event as the Business of the Year for Seabrook. Nominated by the Seabrook Economic Development Council, the recipients of the award were Keels &



Keels & Wheels Chairman Bob Fuller (left) and Co-Chairman Paul Merryman showed Keels & Wheels volunteers the Business of the Year Award they earned for the city of Seabrook, presented to them by the Port of Houston Economic Alliance late last year. Approximately 75 volunteers were meeting in the ballroom of Lakewood Yacht Club, host of the upcoming 16th Annual Keels & Wheels.

at the Pasadena Convention Center at the end of last year. Fuller related that there were over 600 attendees at the banquet where all the member cities of the Port of Houston Economic Alliance awarded their own Business of the Year. At a Keels & Wheels volunteer committee meeting, Fuller announced the Business of the Year Award to over 75 volunteers in attendance. This annual event involves at least 30 subcommittees all working to make the show a success. The 16th Annual Keels and Wheels will be held on the grounds and in the harbor of Lakewood Yacht Club, 2425 NASA Parkway, Seabrook, TX, on Sat., April 30 and Sun., May 1. This is the only time that Lakewood Yacht Club is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased on line at under the Keels & Wheels button. This year’s theme is Indianpolis racing cars celebrating their 100th anniversary. Of special note on the boating side, Century Boats will be honored featuring Merryman’s Century Gold Wing Sabre which is the last wooden Sabre boat produced by the company in 1967. He will also have on display one of only six Century Gold Wing fiberglass Sabres built in 1976 to commemorate the company’s 50th anniversary of building boats.

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Curves works to help women live healthier. There’s never been a better time to join than during our Curves Food Drive. Our 30-minute circuit works every major muscle group so you can burn up to 500 calories. It’s good for everyone.

Join for $‚ enrollment fee when you donate a bag of groceries.


*Food or cash donation required to local food bank determined by club. Offer based on first visit enrollment, minimum 12 mo. c.d./e.f.t program. New members only. Not valid with any other offer. Valid only at participating locations through 3.20.10 (USA) and 3.13.10 (Canada). © 2010 Curves International, Inc. 20090012

With A New Pair of Sunglasses To Protect Your Vision From The Summer Sun!

La Porte Vision Center Helping You And Your Family See Into The Future Deborah S. Bernay, O.D. • Andreane B. Fagala, O.D. Patricia A. Galos, O.D. 401 West Fairmont Parkway, Suite A • La Porte




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Antiques, Gifts, Collectibles, Vintage, Retro, Baby Boutique, Furniture, Scent Oils & Burners

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If your contract is up or you have a new HDTV and need an update reciever call for a free quote and survey



In Business Over 20 Years

Paul U. Lee

321 West Main St. La Porte, Texas 77571

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The Coolest - Most Unique Consignment/Resale Store In Texas

Funeral Home

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Bayshore Humble Construction Building, Remodeling & Repairs Handicap tile, shower, bath with tile seats. Clean or re-grout tile walls & floor. New stainless steel grab bars installed.

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The City of Seabrook is accepting applications for the job of Municipal Judge. Texas State Bar certified attorneys are eligible to apply for the job of presiding over municipal court proceedings including traffic violations, city ordinance violations and administrative duties. Applicants must submit a resume and references to the city by April 22, 2011. For more info, visit www.




Lot For Sale

For Sale or Lease to Own Lovely 4-2.5 home w/pool New paint & carpet 2500 sq ft Clear lake Forest Sub

$1800 month + deposit. $225,000 to purchase.

75 x 110 On The 16th Green - Wildwood Resort. 18 Hole Golf Course, 360 Acre Lake, 24 Hour Security.



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Victoria Lake


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CDL. 1 year OTR required. Steady freight, exceptional Apply


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Certification Classes are Available!

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weekly pay. Single source dispatch, No tractor older than 3 years Safety bonuses paid quarterly. CDL-A, 3 months recent OTR experience.


Responsibilities include visually scanning pool areas, identifying distressed swimmers, performing rescues and assists as necessary, completing CPR when appropriate and providing first aid care to customers.

•  Red Cross Lifeguard Certification  •  Red Cross CPR Certification  •  Red Cross Standard First Aid Certification •  Successful Completion of Skills Test For More Information Visit: or call 281-291-5680 EOE


Multi-Family Cemetary

Garage Sale

5112 Louise St. El Jardin/ Seabrook


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CUISINE IN THE GARDEN Crawfish Enchiladas April 2011

And now for something completely different. Since April is prime crawfish time and we live in South Texas, here is a great Cajun Tex - Mex recipe. I guarantee you will be the first on your block to serve this tasty dish.

Planting Schedule BEANS-Lima & Snap Bush........4th week marginally CUCUMBER.................................................4th week EGGPLANT - Plants.....................................4th week CANTALOPE................................................4th week OKRA............................................................4th week PEAS - Southern............................................4th week PEPPER - Plants............................................4th week POTATO - Sweet...........................................4th week Ingredients: SQUASH - Summer .....................................4th week SQUASH - Winter.........................................4th week • 2 lbs. of fresh Louisiana crawfish tails WATERMELON............................................4th week • 1 clove of minced garlic

Galveston County Plant Swap May 14th    Our next plant swap will be held on May 14, 2011

Rain or Shine!

• 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil • 2 cups of green chile • 1 tablespoon of flour • 1/2 cups of chopped white onions • 2 cups of grated cheddar cheese • 2 teaspoons of salt • 8 tortillas • 1 cup of water

Table setup and registration begins at 9:00 am and swap begins at Instructions: 9:30 am. Our swaps are held at Walter Hall Park in League City, on Hwy. 3 between Nasa Rd. 1 and FM 518. • Heat the garlic in the oil over a medium heat for about 5 minutes and then remove the garlic. SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS! • Blend the flour, water, and chile into the oil. Cook over a medium • A free picnic lunch for registered swappers with wristbands! heat until it thickens. • A White Elephant raffle with awesome gardening items! • Lower the heat to a low setting and add the crawfish. Cook this • A free recycle area with tons of second-hand gardening items; FREE for 15 more minutes. for registered swappers with wristbands!  • Working with one tortilla at a time, add some of the crawfish • Tortuga Haven presentation on “Gardening with Animals” mixture, salt, onions, and cheese on the tortilla. Roll it up and • Master Gardener’s to help answer your tough gardening questions! place in a casserole dish. To gain entry into the pavilion, all swap participants must register • Repeat this process until you have used all of the tortillas. • Pour the remaining ingredients on top of the rolled tortillas. at the door and have plants or gardening items to swap. Master Gardeners are welcome without plants or gardening items • Cover with foil and cook at 350 degrees F. for about 30 minutes. to trade, however, we request that you wear your id badges and • Add Cajun seasonings to taste. • Enjoy your crawfish enchiladas! help out with gardening questions! For questions or more information - contact the swap coordinator For more wonderful Cajun recipes go to www.cajuncrawfishpie. com. - Mary Ellen Beaupre at meb1953@gmail

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The 16th Annual



Classic Car & Boat Show Featuring The Bobby Darin Dream Car Enter For A Chance To Win A New

Honoring Century Boats & the 50th Anniversary of the Century Sabre

Mercedes C-Class

Alex Rodriguez Mercedes-Benz has donated a 2011 C-Class Mercedes to be raffled

Featured Century Boat:

The DiDia150

& Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Indianapolis Racing

‘El Jefe’

the 1967 Century Arabian






291-991-7572 • 832-657-9383

P.J. Mock, Jr. M.D. Family Medicine • American Board of Family Medicine

1200 Highway 146, Suite 250 La Porte, Texas 77571 E-mail:

Phone: (281) 471-0130 Fax: (281) 867-9241

Uphill’s Liquor “Come To Uphill’s For Your Spirit”

1021-A S. Broadway • La Porte


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