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Be a Volunteer Helper at the FOR Fundraiser
Posted on Aug 28th, 2014 Comments (0)
If you VOLUNTEER to help at the FOR fundraiser “Escape to the Tropics” on Sat Oct 4th, you won’t be asked to do group hula lessons or blow in a conch shell or even join in a pineapple toss. Instead you will be asked (pick one) to help  set up the area, decorate, take tickets, help with the auction, oversee the food (it’s catered, no cooking), or whatever it takes to get it done. Some of this will happen the day before on Friday, Oct 3rd.
If you are brave enough to volunteer without a job description and join in the fun, yes, it can be fun, then select “Webmaster” on the drop down list on the Contact Us page. Tell us you are volunteering and FOR will send emails and details.
Volunteer and support FOR San Bernard. Keep it the best little river in Texas!
Fall 2014 Newsletter
Posted on Aug 24th, 2014 Comments (0)

If you are a savvy FOR website user and have registered your mailing address, then you should have received the Fall 2014 CURRENT NEWS newsletter via snail mail by now. If not, you can read it on the newsletter page of the website. Past newsletters are archived on that page also. 
Note: If you are not so savvy and have not registered on the website, look for REGISTER on the upper left of the home page and enter your complete mailing address.
Comb Jelly
Posted on Aug 19th, 2014 Comments (0)

Question sent to the FOR Environmental Committee:
“…just curious what the small pieces of clear gel/jelly was in the water on Sunday (Aug 17). You couldn’t really see it until we floated and could pick up pieces very small up to a few inches across. Just wondering.”   - Jill
Answers from Environmental Committee members:
“Could possibly be Comb Jellies. We see them this time of the year when the river gets salty. If so then it’s time for a night boat ride as they glow in your wake when disturbed.” - Tim Logan
“I did my Stream Team thing this morning (Tuesday) and the salinity is above normal and the  dissolved oxygen is below normal at our pier…supports Tim’s idea of comb jellies.”  - Valroy Maudlin
“Ron Evans was in his boat at 10:00 pm this weekend and saw the light show Tim described.” - Tom Ronayne
Editor’s note: Unlike jellyfish, the tentacles of comb jellies don’t sting.
2014 FOR Director Nominees
Posted on Aug 17th, 2014 Comments (0)
To date, seven friends of the river have completed the Board of Directors nominee questionnaire. FOR is seeking to fill six Board positions. FOR Directors meet the second Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm at the FOR Community Center. Deadline to enter your name is Friday, August 29.
Directors will be elected at the Saturday, September 6 FOR Annual Meeting, Dido's Restaurant, 4:00 pm. Open to the public. View questionnaire
Nominees for 2014 FOR Board of Directors
Marie Breakiron
I am a Registered Nurse Risk Manager and Patient Safety Officer, (Ret.).  From 2006 thru 2012 I served on the FOR Board of Directors in several capacities— Secretary, Vice President, President, and member of several Board Committees. Presently I am an active member of the FOR River Clean Up Team and Scholarship Committee. Since 2006 I have attended and helped with many FOR events.
My primary goals as a FOR Board member (if elected) are (1) to continue to support efforts to open the mouth of the SBR, (2) to continue to support FOR environmental projects and education programs, (3) to facilitate FOR sponsored public personal-water-safety and emergency education programs, and (4) to stay informed regarding any issues that might affect the quality of life on the San Bernard River.
Valroy Maudlin
I have a total of 8 years of involvement, including six as a Director, with FOR I also have been a Stream Team Monitor for four years and was a stake holder in the San Bernard Watershead Protection Plan. I have learned from those years that a real concern for the River is that improper use and improper development in any portion of the river can adversely affect the condition of the rest of river. 
I think we need to increase our involvement in programs such as the Watershead Protection Plan, Conservation Easements, and the River Rangers school education project. My goal for accomplishing that would be involvement of more members and a good start is the series of environmental educational programs. 
Mike Goodson
After living on the river for 20 years it is more important than ever to continue to promote and protect a clean enviroment for the San Bernard watershed.
Vicki Head
I love our beautiful river and would like to work with FOR to protect and insure safety and a clean river for future generations. I’ve been involved with the meetings to open the mouth and would like to continue toward that goal as well.
I’ve been chairman of the Logo Committee and we’ve had great new merchandise and gotten new folks involved. Plus we’ve been in charge of decorations for all FOR events.
One of our best projects was bringing the wounded soldiers to our river. And we’ve been in contact with Wounded Warriors to possibly bring another group.
I would consider it an honor and a privilege to serve on the FOR San Bernard Board.

Mike Redman
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I am a plant maintenance manager and have owned and operated a restaurant. I have  an electrical background and construction management. I hope I can be a help in whatever is needed.
Vanessa Taylor
I have been active on the San Bernard river since moving here 17 years ago.  I took over the Christmas boat parade 10 years ago and have been active in the other activities that FOR has organized.
Elena (BeBe) Berger

I am a board Certified Infectious Disease Practitioner, Director of Infection Prevention Department at the Woman’s Hospital of Texas in Houston Texas.  I have participated in 2011, 2012 and 2013 in FOR fund raising activities for the River Regatta. River Clean up and Parades. I have creativity and willingness to serve in various capacities and love this unique and enchanting river. I have served as a board member and past president for other organizations such as the Association of Professional Epidemiologists and Association of Microbiologists.

My goals as a board member would be:
1) Conduct a need assessment with River front owners to identify variety of ideas that could benefit organization.
2) Help promote the organization with the owners who currently do not participate in activities of FOR. 
3) Contribute to educational activities to prevent contamination and increase safety practices at the river.
4) Contribute to develop studies regarding the ever changing river marine local life.
  One more to come...
Island Party Tickets on Sale
Posted on Aug 17th, 2014 Comments (0)
Join the fun at the Friends of the River San Bernard “Escape to the Tropics” island party annual fundraiser. It's held this year under a huge tent on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 on the  grounds of the FOR Community Center next to the river. Ticket price includes an island style meal (roasted pig plus trimmings), music, auction, and dancing under the stars. Buy your ticket at the door the night of the event, if not sold out, or order ahead of time. Tickets will be available at breakfast and the FOR annual meeting on Saturday, Sep 6. Limited number (200) tickets will be sold!
To order tickets
  • Print ticket order form, tickets will be returned by mail, OR
  • Call Marilyn, 979.798.1188 office, 979.482.0368 cell, Century 21, (log cabin) 908 S. Brooks, Brazoria, Tx
Go to the Fundraiser page for 
Fire Ant Management Program
Posted on Aug 16th, 2014 Comments (0)

Thirty people attended the final environmental program in a series of six hosted by the FOR Environmental Committee. The "Management Strategies for Fire ants and Tawny Crazy Ants" was held on Saturday, August 9th at the FOR Community Center.

Paul Nester "Dr. Fire Ant", Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M University System spoke for about two hours and stayed to answer individual’s questions.

He spoke about the “Texas two-step” treatment for fire ants as he did last time - baiting for fire ants in the spring (after tax time and before the 4th of July) and in the fall (after Labor Day and before November) and using mound treatments to treat nuisance mounds. He stressed that treating the mound does not eradicate the problem.
He also talked about the Tawny Ant (Rasberry crazy ant). There is good news and bad news about them. Good news, if you have tawny ants, you don’t have fire ants as fire ants don’t have a defense against tawny ants. Bad news, if you have tawny ants, they are a big problem. They are omnivores and they thrive in humid, wet conditions.
The Tawny ant name comes from its scientific name,  Nylandia fulva, which was given in 2012 after the origin of the ant was determined to be South America. The first reports in Texas were made by Tom Rasberry, an exterminator, who found them in the Houston Ship Channel area in 2002.

Dr. Nester recommended removing the places they like to nest, eliminating food sources, and carefully inspecting anything that you plan to place in your area. Crazy ants are often transferred to properties in plants, mulch, etc. brought from garden supply stores. He also recommended hiring an experienced professional pest control person with the appropriate licenses to apply regulated pest control substances.

There are websites for more information: and and (this website has two drop down boxes to choose the pest category and the type.)

After the program, several people asked if FOR was going to do more of this type program. Barbara Fratila, Environmental Chairman, said yes FOR would be planning more programs next year.
Past Web Articles
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