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Foundation, International Falls, Minnesota. It was a good week My friends there will send them to me. Don’t for we Island dogs. I There are a lot of things happening on our forget…hotdogs…International Falls. went to Stingrays up in Port Aransas where Island this week. Here are a few of them. Don’t send anything to the cats. Stoopid cats my friend Deb slipped me a good supply of Medium Puzzle 6,971,286,254 Dasmarinas speed humps pizza bones. There were a lot of By Chad Peters humans yelling at a little square Drivers on Dasmarinas north of Whitecap will thing on the wall with people“OK all Chad , I’ve No way! They are way more efficient, so that five new speed humps are now in notice dressed alike running aroundread on your column paddling to the waves wouldn’t give them theCongratulations to Dave Zeiler for his place. it. Humans are funny. now for a few weeks, persistence in getting it done.
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Simpson also said as of February 1 CCPD has taken over code enforcement. That means they now can help police dumping and other formerly non-police offenses and that trespassing is at the top of the list.
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Take Your Pick, Williams or Wayne in divorce. One has a life-size statue in the foyer of the Baseball Hall of Fame and the other, a life-size statue, on a horse, in front of the Great Western Bank Building on Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles, California. One hit a home run in his last at-bat of a Major League game and the other went out with guns a-blazing in his last film, “The Shootist.” Both had the support of lifelong friends. Ted Williams had teammates Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky, while John Wayne enjoyed the company of Harry Carey, Jr., Ward Bond, and Ronald Reagan.
Theodore Samuel Williams was born August They were both, tall, masculine, good-looking 30, 1918. He became a professional baseball men. They each stood over 6’4”. Both started player, U.S. Marine fighter pilot, and fly their careers in 1939. One became famous on fisherman. Ted died at the age of 84 of cardiac a movie set in Hollywood during the filming arrest, July 5, 2002. of “Stagecoach” and the other, Marion Robert “Duke” Morrison on baseball diamonds across the was born May 26, 1907. He country with the Boston Red became an actor, artist, and patriot. Sox. One was shot down, for John died at the age of 72 of lung real, flying a plane in the Korean cancer, June 11, 1979. War, while the other was shot Throughout the years, as Ted down on a World War II movie grew older, he was asked by set in “Flying Tigers.” Both were reporters, “How do you want to American as baseball, apple pie, be remembered by baseball fans?” and Chevrolet. They both grew up His answer was always the same, in poverty during their early years “When people see me walk down and each received their formal the street, I want them to say, education in California. They ‘There goes the best damn hitter stood for justice, hard work, fair that ever lived.’” It’s a cinch that play, courage, patriotism and the if he wasn’t considered the best, American Way. One earned two Ted Williams it surely didn’t take long to call Triple Crown Awards in baseball roll. There is a great story of a and the other, two Oscar nominations in acting. One was selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame blind man who came to every Red Sox game. Museum in 1966, and the other received a When asked why, he said he came to see Ted People’s Choice Award for the most popular Williams. He then went on to explain that he always knew when Ted came out motion picture actor in 1976. to the on-deck circle, when Ted One became an MVP in Major stepped into the batters box and League baseball, twice, and the of course when Ted hit, all by other received his profession’s listening to the crowd. highest honor in 1970, an Oscar. Both owned boats and loved to When Wayne was also asked the fish. They each were outspoken, same questions by reporters in controversial, admired, and his later years, he replied: “Feo, revered as one of the best in their Fuerte y Formal,” a Spanish profession. One has an airport proverb which means, “He was named after him in Los Angeles ugly, strong and had dignity.” and the other, a tunnel in Boston. It appears that both men were greatly loved in the eyes of their They were both loud, had fans. Wayne wanted very much nicknames, and preferred those to go to Annapolis and become over their real names. One carried John Wayne an officer in the Navy; but after a gun most days to work, the being denied, he chose to make other a bat. Both have museums movies and support the USO to honoring their lifetime accomplishments. They have both written books and had many books fulfill his need for being a part of the American written about them, some good, and some bad. military. He even had an Army RAH-66 Both were raised primarily by their mothers, Helicopter named after him, “The Duke.” Ted but each had a male mentor (Tom Yawkey and Williams on the other hand, actually lived the John Ford, respectively) who helped them attain character that John Wayne portrayed in the legendary status in their chosen professions. movies. Ted served as a U.S. Marine fighter Their images appeared on many products over pilot during both World War II and the Korean the years. Williams’s image could be found War, flying a propeller-driven F4U Corsair and a on soft drinks, all types of Sears sporting F9F Panther jet aircraft. Was one man anymore goods equipment, baseball cards, and national famous than the other? I doubt it. Both will be magazines. Wayne’s image was seen on lunch remembered forever. boxes, chocolates, cigarettes, playing cards, Andy Purvis is a local author and radio and comic books. One had a television show personality. His newest book “Greatness about fishing and the other, a radio show about Continued” is now available to order online detectives. One received the Medal of Freedom at bn.com, Amazon.com, Google Books, in 1991 from President George Herbert Bush, Booksamillion, etc. You may also purchase and the other received the Congressional Gold all three books at Beamer’s Sports Grill 5922 Medal in 1979 from Congress. One was elected S Staples or the local Barnes & Noble store. to the All-Century Team; the other received a Please visit www.purvisbooks.com for more square on the Hollywood Walk of Stars. info or contact him at purvis.andy@mygrande. Both were very active in the fight against net. Listen to Dennis Quinn & Andy Purvis Q cancer. One helped finance the “Jimmy Fund” & A Session each Thursday 6-8 PM on ESPN in New England, while the other supported the 1440 KEYS. John Wayne Cancer Hospital in California. Both were married three times, and all ended
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Ted Williams (The Kid) is, was, and always will be, one of the greatest hitters that ever lived. Most people agreed that he had forgotten more about hitting a baseball than most players would ever learn. Ted’s temperamental, highstrung nature combined with his immense confidence in his beliefs propelled him to the top of the world of Major League Baseball. When Ted stepped into a batters box, he knew he had to be perfect. John Wayne (The Duke), on the other hand, was labeled “The Greatest Cowboy Star of All Time.” His loyalty to this country and the American West made him a legend of the big screen. The power of his raw presence screamed the words American, honor, dignity, and strength. They were both American heroes in every sense of the word: One in real life and the other in the minds of the public. The similarities were remarkable.
Whiskey, Women, and Motorcycles: The Career of Lew Jenkins By Dotson Lewis, Special to the Island Moon email@example.com Dotson’s Note: Since the Senior Moments article this week tells part of the story of the Great Depression, I thought it would be appropriate to relate the story of one of my good friends in the Army (we first met in 1948 in Japan). When we first met, Lew was “Buck (3 stripes) Sergeant” and I was a T/5 (“T Model Corporal”). We were both “jocks,” I was on TDY (Temporary Duty) with the post baseball team as a player, and Sgt. Jenkins was also on TDY with the baseball team as the trainer. I learned more about life (not all good, but very enlightening) in the six months I spent with Lew, than I had learned in my 18 (almost 19) previous years. Here’s the condensed story, all true, of the life of a West Texas kid who grew up in the Great Depression. Lew Jenkins was one of the most naturally talented, tough as nails fighters the boxing world has ever seen. He was also one of its greatest hell-raisers, widely known for his infamous run-ins with police, lack of training, womanizing, and getting in the ring so drunk he could barely stand. Lew Jenkins was born in Texas in 1916. His family were farm laborers and they spent many years living in wagons and tents, traveling from farm to farm to harvest cotton.
In 1942, the downward spiral got even worse. Jenkins lost 9 of 10 bouts, mainly to a series of unknown fighters. His drinking and nightlife were out of control and were taking their toll, and he often had a quart of whiskey stashed in his water pail in the ring corner. After a series of arrests and “beatings from cops”, he went into the Coast Guard to serve during World War II. Military life did little to slow down Ambers, as now instead of fighting in the ring his fights were in the street. He was discharged in 1945. With nothing but boxing to fall back on at first, Lew got back into the ring. He fought sporadically over the next five years, fighting mainly second rate fighters. His last fights of note came in 1950, his final year, when he lost a decision to Carmen Basilio and was KO’d by Beau Jack. During this time, Jenkins was desperate. He
As a young child he was too small to carry a cotton sack and would walk the rows ahead of his father, stacking small piles of cotton for harvest, working until his fingers were infected and bleeding. It was the Depression, and although his father was a hardworking man, the family could never seem to get ahead. After his father died in 1932, young Lew started looking around for a better way to make a buck. The early years of heavy farm labor had made him a tough kid, and he discovered the rough and tumble world of “Carnival Boxing.” He would take on all comers, and if his opponent defeated them they would receive 25% of the ticket sales. If they failed, they received nothing “but a whipping” as Jenkins later said. Jenkins weighed 120 pounds. He fought an average of one to four bouts a night, every night. He joined the Army but continued to fight on his leave time around Dallas. He typically made 5 or 10 dollars a match, depending on the number of rounds. In 1938 he won 18 fights but lost 5. In 1939, he was 13-3. He was starting to make pretty decent money at this point, but his bad habits were also starting to accumulate. And accelerate. Lew had a passion for whiskey and cigarettes, nightclubs, and women. He later stated “I never did go to sleep, never did eat right, never trained at all hardly. I just completely wore myself out.” For the poor kid from Texas, money in his pocket was a new thing and the party would never end.
Lew Jenkins-World’s Lightweight Boxing Champion, awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in combat as a member of the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. The Silver Star is the third-highest military combat decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Armed Forces. It is awarded for gallantry in action while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States. was broke, “drank down”, and at rock bottom. He had really only known two things since leaving the cotton fields of Texas, fighting and the Service. With nowhere left to go, nobody to turn to, and no other way out, Jenkins re-enlisted in the Army. And as unlikely as it seems, joining the Army with the Korean conflict looming actually saved his life.
Lew Jenkins became a In 1940, the rough and tumble decorated* soldier in the Army Jenkins got his shot. He had Arlington National during the Korean conflict and realized that he needed to credited it for his salvation. Cemetery slow down a bit and actually Trapped behind enemy lines will train for the bout. A longtime all his comrades dying around him, Jenkins smoker, Jenkins actually quit for a few weeks vowed that if he made it out he would change and trained hard for the fight. However, in the his ways. He was as good as his word. Jenkins week before the fight Lew “fell of the wagon” became a career soldier and retired from the and broke all the rules. Somehow he managed Army in 1963 with the rank of First Sergeant. to show up for his title fight with Lou Ambers, He became a dedicated husband and family and his big right hand was still intact. He man, and finally seemed to find the peace that KO’d Ambers in the 3rd round and became the his raging spirit had been searching for so Lightweight Champion of the World. Now with many years. The thrill of the ring was gone, the the Championship belt in his hand, Jenkins’ money was gone, but at the end he conquered bad habits and free spending got even worse. his demons once and for all. He passed away He bought cars and motorcycles. He bought in 1981. a plane. He bought a racehorse. He would go Your comments regarding Lew Jenkins will be out to a nightclub and spend $1000 in a single night. He was the Champ and everything was on greatly appreciated. Hopefully some of you him. He was making fifteen to twenty thousand remember listening to his fights live on the dollars per fight, and he spent it as fast as he radio. Please call the Benchwarmers between 3 and 6 PM weekdays at 361-560-5397 or call got it. or Email Dotson. Phone: 361-949-7681 Cell: His training habits got worse and worse, to the 530-748-8475 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org point of being non-existent. He was knocked Hang in there! out in the 6th round by the legendary Henry Armstrong in July, but battled back to KO Lou Ambers again on the 7th in February, 1941. He then lost a decision to Bob Montgomery. At this time, Jenkins was involved in a serious motorcycle accident in New Jersey. He sped off the road and fell about 60 feet, landing in a tree. He received 3 broken vertebrae in his neck. He had the doctor place a removable cast on his neck as he was preparing for a title defense against Sammy Angott. The injury was so painful he could do no road work at all, but he showed up for the Angott fight, took the brace off his neck, and went in to lose a 15 round decision. His days as Champion were over. He was 25 years old.
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Quick Draw at Fiesta de Mayo
Birding Classic This year marks the 18th annual Great Texas Birding Classic being held from April 15 to May 15. The birding classic follows the Great Texas Wildlife Trail, a set of driving maps to wildlife viewing sites throughout the state, and these maps include the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, the nation’s first trail of its kind. The big event for the Birding Classic in the Coastal bend is the Songbird Walk at Goose Island State Park. Bird Hosts Larry and Judy Geiger will host the walk which is over fairly even terrain and will look for some of the resident birds as well as the birds that migrate through Goose Island in the spring. Expect to see birds and maybe even learn a few new things. The walks are April 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26; all begin at 8:00 a.m. Meet at the parking area next to Campsite 157 in the woods. Bring, binoculars, water, sun screen, bug spray, shoes suitable for walking, a camera, and dress in weather appropriate clothing. Walks may be canceled or postponed in event of rain.
Lucky Rubber Duck Race Set for April 19 After all the eggs are collected at the Kiwanis Community Easter Egg Hunt at Billish Park on Saturday, April 19, the Rotarian ducks will line up. The Rotarian Lucky Rubber Duck Race is on. Some Lucky Duck will get pulled from the canal and its owner/sponsor will win the Grand Prize of $1000 on a VISA gift card, a BIG screen TV, or a weekend at a South Padre Island Vacation Condo, or another of the many prizes donated for the event. The event is sponsored by the Island Rotarians and tickets can be purchased from any Rotarian between now and then. Tickets are also available at Star Advantage Insurance Agency, 15201 SPID, Suite 140 or Island Architects, 14493 SPID. Tickets are $5 and enter one duck in the race; $20 -enters five ducks in the race; $100 enters 30 ducks in the race. Proceeds benefit Rotary Community and International Service Projects including eradicating polio worldwide!
Submit your 26th Annual HummerBird T-Shirt Design This is a chance to have your artwork seen by thousands. Enter your artwork for the 2014 HummerBird Celebration T-Shirt Design. Requirements for T-Shirt design are listed. For more information contact: Sandy at the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce: 729-6445 or email email@example.com. The deadline for getting your entry to the Chamber office is May 1, 2014. Art Requirements Plants/Hummingbirds for 2014 HummerBird Celebration Artwork The following are the preferred plants and hummingbirds we would like to see in any 2014 HummerBird Celebration artwork. These are the plants most likely to be found in our area and the ones most likely to be visited as a nectar source for the hummingbirds. The list of hummingbirds is also a list of hummingbirds normally found in our migration. The size of the artwork should be 10 inches wide by 8 inches tall so that it will fit on a t-shirt. Art with a full painted background will not be selected.
Hummer Species for 2014 H/B T-shirt • Black-chinned Hummingbird • Buff-bellied Hummingbird
By Arlene Hughes At the Art Center’s annual Fiesta de Mayo dinner / auction night on May 16th, there will also be a “Quick Draw”
The 9th Annual ARTFEST in Port Aransas, sponsored by the Port Aransas Art Center is set for May 17-18, from 10 a.m. 5 p.m., Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, in Robert’s Point Park. A ten-by-ten foot booth space fee is $100. Application deadline has been extended to April 30.
A “Quick-Draw” is a fun, lively art event where professional artists race the clock to start and complete a work of Art in one fast-paced hour while you watch. Six artists provide a glimpse into their world of painting or pastels. Entertaining and enlightening!
For information cmail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www. portaransasartcenter.org. Booths assigned on a first come first served basis. Art work must be original fine art and crafts, artist must be present (any reproductions must be from your Original work). Call 361-749-7334 for questions.
The Port Aransas Art Center is a unique partnership of artists, organizers, supporters, and teachers who are committed to enriching the art experiences of the public, including our public school students. Artists are invited to participate and donate half or more of their auction price to the cause.
Show your love for the Texas coast Saturday, April 26
Watch the artists as they prepare for the challenge while socializing during the cocktail social of the Fiesta de Mayo celebration on May l6 at the Civic Center. The challenge begins promptly at 6:30 and ends one hour later. You don’t want to miss strolling around the mini-studios observing highly motivated live-auction artists paint to beat the clock. Later in the evening these works of art will be sold during a live-auction. Call or stop by the Art Center to purchase your spot at the Fiesta de Mayo Dinner & Auctions.
Volunteers needed for Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup
Go Wild for Padre Island National Seashore!
The 2014 Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup takes place at a dozen of the Coastal Bend’s most popular tourist beaches. Volunteers can sign up online at www. texasadoptabeach.org to take part in a fun-filled day at the beach that makes a difference. Advance registration is required for the St. Jo Island cleanup site.
Celebrate National Park Week with Free Admission and Educational Programs.
“Thousands of Texans sign up for the Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup every year because it’s a great day at the beach,” said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. “If you care about the Texas coast, join us at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26.” Each volunteer will be given data cards, gloves, pencils and trash bags. All volunteers are advised to wear closed-toe shoes, bring sunscreen and plenty of drinking water. The Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Cleanups are held rain or shine!
Go wild for the beaches, birds, sea turtles, camping and fishing on Padre Island National Seashore during National Park Week, April 19 through 27, 2014. To get the celebration going, Padre Island National Seashore will waive entrance fees on April 19 and 20.
Texans who are not able to attend the cleanup can help keep their beaches clean by making a tax-deductible donation online at www.TexasAdoptABeach.org. There are several different Adopt-A-Beach sponsorship levels ranging from $25 to $25,000, allowing both individuals and corporations to contribute to this major cleanup effort.
A variety of free educational opportunities await those wanting to learn more about the Texas coast. The most popular are birding tours that take visitors to various stops and provide a chance to learn about the many resident and migratory species that can be seen during the spring. Tours depart daily on Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays through April 27. Departure times are 9:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9:30 a.m. only on Sunday. Reservations are recommended and can be made in person or by calling the park visitor center at (361) 949-8068. Other programs are also offered, so be sure to ask about them.
Shell Oil Company is the lead statewide sponsor for the 28th Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup. Other sponsors include HNTB, Halliburton, Apache Corporation, Keep Texas Beautiful, Schlumberger, SeaWorld San Antonio, Siemens Caring Hands Foundation, Trusted Senior Specialists and Corona Del Mar Properties.
“Corpus Christi is fortunate to have a great playground and so much important wildlife habitat within a short drive. Everyone is invited to take advantage of the upcoming fee free days on April 19 and 20 in order to see for themselves how beautiful and enjoyable the park is”, said Superintendent Mark Spier.
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Note that National Park Week will continue until Sunday, April 27. However, only April 19 and 20 are fee free. Visit www. nationparkweek.org for more information about what is going on at Padre Island National Seashore and other National Park Service sites throughout the country. You can share your park experiences and photos on the website.
(361) 937-3218 The Ethel Eyerly Community Center in Flour Bluff is open with a full activities schedule which is shown below. Winter Texans are welcome. Meals Served For Persons Age 60 and Over 11:30 A.M. ($1.50 Suggested meal donation)
Monday Silver Haired Fitness 10-11 AM ($8/month-Ladies Only)
Behold the Taxman Cometh…and Right Soon
• Rufous Hummingbird • Allen’s Hummingbird
Plant Species for 2014 H/B T-Shirt • Cape Honeysuckle-Tecomaria capensis
Computer Interest Group 12:30-2 PM Wii Bowling 12:30 PM Ping Pong (Table Tennis) Class each Monday 5-9 pm
What’s new for 2014?
• Turk’s Cap-Malaviscus arboreus var. drummondii
For Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced Players $3 per session or $10 per month or $40 a month for a family of four
It’s time to get your records together and prepare those taxes if you haven’t already. A UT Dallas tax expert advises taxpayers to be aware of new tax credits and other changes as the April 15 deadline approaches.
• Shrimp Plant- Justicia brandegeana • Scarlet Sage- Salvia coccinea
Tuesday Zumba Gold (Co-Ed) 10:30-11:30 AM
Here’s what you need to know, according to Art Agulnek, who teaches taxation in the Naveen Jindal School of Management:
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• The IRS for the first time will recognize legal same-sex marriages for federal tax purposes. Same-sex spouses legally married in a state or foreign country that recognizes same-sex marriage generally must use the married filing jointly or married filing separately tax filing status on their 2013 return, even if they have moved to a state that does not recognize same-sex marriage.
Wednesday Silver Haired Fitness 10-11 AM ($8/month-Ladies Only) AARP Chapter 4181 Meeting @ 1 PM
• As more people work from home, the IRS now offers a simplified option for home office deduction. The simplified option offers a standard deduction of $5 per square foot of the home used for business with a maximum of 300 square feet. Taxpayers still have the option to use the regular method instead.
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Thursday Zumba Gold (Co-Ed) 10:30 AM ($20/month, or $4/session)
• Be aware of changes to itemized deductions for 2013 medical expenses. The IRS will allow people to claim deductions for unreimbursed medical expenses not covered by health insurance that exceed 10 percent of their adjusted gross income. Previously, the law allowed deductions for the expenses in excess of 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross incomes.
Wii Bowling & Chair Volleyball - 12:30-4:45 PM Quilting 2nd Thursday of the Month
Friday Silver Haired Fitness 10-11 AM
• Standard mileage rates have increased to 56.12 cents per mile.
($8/month – Ladies Only)
• The highest tax rate is now 39.6 percent.
Table Tennis – 11 AM
Affordable Care Act – your employer may report the value of your health insurance in box 12, code DD.
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Artists Opportunity9thAnnual ArtFest-Deadline Extended to April 30
National Park Week is also a good time to explore local parks, trails, and architectural gems sustained through National Park Service programs such as the Rivers Trails Conservation Assistance program and the National Register of Historic Places.
• Ruby-throated Hummingbird
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Here’s how to place a Classified Ad
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Call Arlene direct at 834-1382 to place your ad or email email@example.com
Costs start at $10 for 25 words, 20 cents a word after that. Your ad can be centered for a small additional charge. Ads with payment can be left at our office at 15201 SPID Ste 250 If office is closed, payment and ad can be slipped thru the door slot. Deadline for paid classified ads is no later than NOON on Tuesday PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE PUBLICATION
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Do you need to place a legal or business notice? You’ll find that our rates for running your notice cost less than many other publication in Nueces County. Call Arlene @ 361-834-1382
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LUTHERAN TABLE TALK Thursday Afternoons On the island JB's German Bakery, 15137 SPID Sponsored by GCCM, SWT, ELCA.
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SOPHIA is the cutest Chihuahua mix
that has the biggest ears. She is 2 years old and weighs 7 lbs. This little girl was adopted from animal control and was then found as a stray on the streets. The owners did not go and claim her back so she was up for adoption again. PAAC pulled her because she was terrified at the shelter. This little girl is very scared and would not be a good pet for a home with children. She is fine with other animals, and is crate trained. She will require someone with patience that can take the time to help her trust humans again. She deserves a forever home. If you are interested, please fill out our online application at http://ccpaac.org/adoption-application
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Volunteer to help socialize a homeless animal so it has a better chance of finding a forever home. Adopt a special friend or sponsor one if adopting is not possible. Call PeeWee’s Pet Adoption 888-4141 or go to PeeWee’s at 1307 Saratoga www.peeweespets.com
PeeWee’s Mobile Adoption Clinics at Petco and Petsmart on Saturdays and Sundays desperately need volunteers
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Friends and families of problem drinkers find understanding and support at
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April 17, 2014
Three Chords and the Truth By Ronnie Narmour email@example.com
SandFest revisited… My ears are bleeding. In the last five days, I’ve seen 18 musical acts. Some were fair, some were good and a few were great. I managed the stage at SandFest this year and saw ten acts there over the three day weekend. SandFest was off the chain this year. The new regime did an excellent job of organizing and operating the festival without as much as a hiccup. I’m told it was a record year financially. We haven’t seen the attendance numbers from TXDOT yet, but by my account, it was huge. I’ve been involved as a volunteer for the last five years, mainly helping Janet Planet in the music tent, and I never saw crowds like we got this weekend.
Passing Strangers played to a full house at SandFest last Saturday The line-up was pretty much local with a few regional acts from Austin and San Antonio, but the quality of music was exceptional. One of our local faves, Triggerfish, made a rare appearance early Saturday afternoon and set the tone for the rest of the day. They still have an enormous number of fans from when they were the hottest band on the island a few years back. They were followed by the highly energetic blues blasters, Mike Milligan and the Altar Boys (Austin, TX) who got the crowd up and dancing on the first song and then one of San Antonio’s hottest retro bands, Passing Strangers, polished off the day with some smoking 80’s dance tunes… it was a perfect segue. By the end of the day, you couldn’t get anymore people in that tent and the crowds had swelled twenty deep on the perimeter. It was one rowdy party. On Sunday morning Ken Yarbrough and Mike Jones did an excellent gospel set to get the ball rolling, followed by another trop-rocker, The Sand Band, and then a real surprise, Kara and the Dam Band (San Antonio, TX). Kara was a cross between Joan Jett and Pat Benitar. She was a firecracker, jumping off the stage and working the crowd
like a seasoned pro. I thought the material might be a little heavy for the environment but not so… it may have been hard rock but the mostly middle-aged crowd seemed to love it. Melissa Brooke played the festival twice, once on Friday and again on Sunday, closing out the festival. The first time I ever saw Melissa was at SandFest 2012 and I must say, this young lady has come a long way in the last two years. She’s poised and confident and her show rocks, plus she’s got a really tight band.
It was a jumping weekend in Port A… Even better…the shows last weekend at all of the bars in Port A were top notch. On Friday, the king of the Cosmic Cowboys, Gary P. Nunn played the Back Porch, Lyrical Bynge played Giggity’s, and the amazing blues belter, Shelley King (Austin,TX) played Shorty’s, all to wall to wall crowds. On Saturday the crowds swelled even larger at the bars. Larry Joe Taylor played the Porch, Passing Strangers roared at Stingrays, Stevie Start and Matt Hole and the Hot Rod Gang played the 68th birthday throwdown at Shorty’s and Mike Milligan played Giggity’s. It was challenging to try and see all these shows, especially after a long day at SandFest, but would you expect anything less of me? Actually, I had a blast.
Patrice Pike knocks it out of the park…
Open 11am to 5pm Sunday Noon-3 Closed Monday
Bottom Boys are back on the air. The SBB’s are an old timey gospel string band that only gets together once a year for the ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service in the pavilion at Roberts Point Park in Port A. The band consists of locals Steve Goldstein on mandolin, Crawford Brown on stand-up bass, Tim Burdick on banjo, Father James Derkits, Tiffany Duckworth, Barney Farley and me on acoustic guitars, and we all sing. This year we’ll be performing Turn Your Radio On, Amazing Grace, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Alleluia Alleluia, Drifting Too Far From the Shore, Are You Washed in the Blood and The River of Jordan. The service and music start at 7:00 in the A.M. so set your alarms and get down there early to get a good seat because it’s always a full house. Trust me, this is the coolest deal around and what better way to start you Easter than with some good old gospel music.
Coming next week…
Coming this week… Patrice Pike played the Gaff last Saturday night But the show to catch last weekend was Patrice Pike (Austin,TX) at the Gaff. It was epic. This show was by far the most marvelous performance I’ve seen in many moons. I’ve been trying to think of an equivalent show to compare this one to, but I’m not coming up with any. I hadn’t seen Patrice play in probably 1314 years since the days when I used to book her band, Sister 7, at The Lab in S.A. and I’d forgotten just how good she is and how great her songs are. This lady is 100% rock and roll spirit and when she found her zone on Saturday night, it was nothing short of magical. I literally had chicken skin the whole time. This was a show that James Derkits (Trinity By The Sea) put together and now I know why he was so motivated. Patrice Pike is the real deal and I will make every effort to bring her back here. I was sorry I had to miss her performance at Trinity the next morning when she played a song for the congregation. I’m told it was breathtaking.
This Sunday is Easter and that only means one thing (actually two if you factor in the resurrection of Jesus Christ)… the Sandy
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with her. Last week Carol Elliott graced us with a couple of tunes. On Friday, the identical Rankin Twins (Austin, TX) will play the Back Porch. Originally from Portland, these girls have sisterly harmonies as sweet and tight as the Morales girls. They are in the same vein as the Dixie Chicks and have made quite a name for themselves in South Texas. On Saturday, Max Stalling (Dallas, TX) will play the Third Coast Theater in Port A. Stalling is an unassuming gentleman and one of the nicest guys in Texas music. He has a smooth as silk baritone and an easy way about him that just makes you feel right at home. His shows are always well attended. Also on Saturday Melissa Brooke will return to Giggity’s and the phenomenon known as Ruben V (San Antonio, TX) will return to the Porch. Ruben Vela is certainly a special artist. He is a master guitarist, a soulful singer and a talented songwriter. His read of a Marvin Gaye song is guaranteed to light up the dance floor. I’ve know V for over 20 years and have seen him perform dozens of times and will attest his shows are always passionate and captivating. I think he’s absolutely one of the best.
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There are a few shows coming up this week that I highly recommend. On Tuesday, the adorable Tiffany Duckworth will host another installment of her weekly show, Tiffany Tuesday, at Giggity’s. Tiffany is the happiest person on the planet (next to Al Barlow) and there’s no telling who might show up to play a few
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On the weekend of April 2526, the Happy Mad Scientist, Joe Mack and the Queen of Oklahoma herself, Carter Sampson will play Shorty’s. This is clearly a DO NOT MISS show. I’ve been waiting for this team to come back for a long time. Also that weekend, look for shows by J.T. Coldfire, Lisa Morales, Passing Strangers and Will Owen Gage. And on the near horizon, several hot shows jump out at me including Hold Fast Fables (Galveston, TX), Austin Heat (Austin, TX) and Thomas Michael Riley. ♫ ♪ And that’s the truth! ♪ ♫
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