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Deepwater Horizon Trustees Release SOPS
Posted on May 27th, 2016 Comments (0)
 
ELI Gulf Team, May 25, 2016 (updated May 26, 2016)
 
Earlier this month, the Deepwater Horizon trustees quietly released 70 pages of their Deepwater Horizon Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS) which say how the $8.8 billion will be managed over the long term. Read highlights of some of the key points.
 
So far about $150 million in Deepwater Horizon related funding has been awarded to Texas for ecosystem restoration, conservation and research projects.
 
Toby Baker, commissioner Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is overseeing the implementation of the RESTORE Act. Read his March 14, 2016 editorial on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
 
 
May Meeting Reports
Posted on May 26th, 2016 Comments (0)
These reports are a way to let the public know what FOR’s been up to. It’s also a way that someone can determine if there is any way they’d like to get involved in things. Please contact FOR if you are interested. (Select Volunteer on the "Contact Us" drop down list.)
  • May 25, Phillips 66 Citizen Advisory Panel (CAP) Meeting, Old Ocean
FOR Vice President Fred Kanter and Secretary Marie Breakiron attended the meeting. They presented updates on all of Friends of the River's current activities to the group.
 
FOR Ranger Program at Wild Peach Elementary
Posted on May 23rd, 2016 Comments (0)
 
A FOR Ranger presentation was held on Tuesday, May 17, at Wild Peach Elementary School. Forty-eight fifth grade science students learned about the San Bernard River watershed and its environmental concerns. Points-of-interest along the river were also discussed. A fish identification of species found in the river followed and then “mostly-true” fish tales were reeled off by the students. Last on the program was an active nautical knot tying session where students learned the proper knots to secure a boat to a dock.
 
 
Winner Briana Yanez
 
Winner Maria Santacruz
^^ Kandi Eakin, center, Wild Peach Elementary School teacher is flanked by FOR Ranger Committee members, l. to r., Valroy Maudlin, class assistant, Ken Wright, nautical knot typing instructor, Adalia Maudlin, watershed instructor, Ange Ronayne, class assistant and Bob Bailey, fish identification instructor.
 
<< Two students won fishing rod and reels after their names were drawn at the end of the class. Each student also received a packet of information containing San Bernard River  watershed information and a FOR Ranger t-shirt.
Wild Peach Elementary School fifth grade students          More photos
 
 
Channel 13 Interviews San Bernardite
Posted on May 22nd, 2016 Comments (0)
 
Bob Bailey, a San Bernardite living on the west bank of the river in the Lazy Oak Ranch Subdivision (between the FM 521 and FM 2611 bridges), was on his regular early morning walk with his dog Brownie. A short distance from his house, he spotted an area of the road washed out by last night’s storm (read bottom article). He immediately called the Sheriff’s Office around 7:00 a.m. It was not too long after that that Eyewitness News Channel 13 interviewed Bob (Brownie remained silent). Below is the interview. Congratulations Bob, on your 15 minutes of fame.
 
 
 
Texas Boater Education Course Planned for River
Posted on May 20th, 2016 Comments (0)
The FOR San Bernard Environmental Committee is hosting a boating safety course and no fault boat inspection –– the first program of the 2016 series of environmental subjects held at the FOR Community Center.
 
USCG Auxiliary Boat Safety Course and No Fault Safety Inspection of Boats​
  • Sat May 28, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
  • FOR San Bernard Community Center
  • Pre-registration required for classes only 
  • Contact: Ken Wright 979.236.3582 or email ken@yellowstoneboat.com
Did you know that It’s the law that a person who is at least 13 years of age or is born on or after September 1, 1993 may operate WITHOUT SUPERVISION ONLY if he or she has PASSED a Texas Boater Education Course? This includes the following vessels - a powerboat powered by a motor of more than 15 horsepower, a personal watercraft (jet ski) or a windblown vessel over 14 feet in length.
 
The class is designed for adults, but middle school and high school kids do fine. Younger kids could come with a parent and just sit in, and decide at the end of the day whether they want to try the test. The Texas Boater Education Course is mandatory for boaters age 13-17, in order to operate any watercraft without being accompanied on board by someone at least 18 years of age.  Boaters under the age of 13 may operate a craft, but must always be accompanied by a person at least 18 years of age. 
 
Class fee is $25 payable to U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and $15 for each additional family member. The Texas Safe Boating card$10 payable to Texas Parks & Wildlife for those passing the USCG Aux test at the end of class. Lunch is free, donated by Friends of the River San Bernard. 
 
An on-site boat safety inspection is also planned on the same day. You do not have to take the boating safety class to have your boat inspected. Folks can trailer in their boats or come by water to the FOR Community Center dock for a no-cost, no-fault safety inspection. There is no fine or penalty for not passing, the boat owner gets a checklist of what needs to be corrected, and the USCG AUX will then arrange to complete the inspection at a later date. 
 
Registration is required for classroom participation only. 
 
 
FOR Awards $1,000 Scholarships
Posted on May 18th, 2016 Comments (0)
Each school year, Friends of the River San Bernard offers graduating Seniors, living in or attending a high school within the San Bernard watershed, a scholarship opportunity. Applicants must demonstrate a direct connection between their career path and the betterment of the environment. This year five $1,000 scholarships were awarded. 
 
Brandi Stroud, recipient of a $1,000 FOR scholarship,  ranks fifth in her class of 193 at Columbia High School in West Columbia. She will major in Computer Science at UT Austin.
 
Brandi’s high school years have been full of activities and awards including soccer, cross country, Thespians, National Honor Society, Columbian Newspaper editor, UIL Number Sense, feature writing, computer science and math teams, academic all-district, numerous senior class academic honors, and participated in many fundraising and community service activities. She’s a  third-degree black belt in taekwondo and winner of regional, state and national competitions in high-speed pistol shooting.
 
Congratulations, Brandi!
Director Tom Ronayne presented a FOR San Bernard $1,000 scholarship to senior Brandi Stroud at the awards ceremonies on Thursday, May 12th.
Director Tom Ronayne presented a FOR San Bernard $1,000 scholarship to senior Colton Leopoldo at the awards ceremonies on Tuesday, May 17th.
Colton Leopoldo, recipient of a $1,000 FOR scholarship, ranks seventh in his class of 69 at Rice Consolidated High School in Altair, TX. He has been accepted to A&M College Station and will major in Animal Science and minor in Agribusiness. Colton plans to pursue a career as a representative for the beef industry
 
His awards and extracurricular activities include the National Honor Society, Band, Football, FFA, Colorado County Grand Champion Steer in the 11th and 12th grades, top 10% Honor Roll, Texas Boys State, plus, offices in a number of student organizations.
 
Colton also volunteered for numerous activities that include St. Mary's Youth Group, Knights of Columbus cook-off and fish fries, Diocese of Victoria Youth Leadership Training, Camp David staff, county fair set up and clean up, and My Mission 9 that served the homeless in San Antonio.
 
Congratulations, Colton!
 
 
 
 
Gig' em, Jacob Warschak received his FOR San Bernard $1,000 scholarship at the award ceremony on Tuesday, May 17th.
 
Jacob Warschak, recipient of a $1,000 FOR scholarship, ranks seventh in his class of 98 at Columbus High School in Columbus, Texas. He has been accepted to Texas A&M Dwight Look College of Engineering and plans obtaining a Masters Degree in civil engineering. He then wants a career with an engineering firm involved with agricultural implement design.
 
His awards and activities include the National Honor Society, FFA, Technology Club, Science Club, UIL Number Sense Competition (fourth in district), Colorado County Youth Ministry, numerous FFA awards, top 10% Honor Grad, and perfect attendance during all four years of high school.
 
Jacob’s volunteer activities include St. Anthony's Church picnic, vacation Bible school and nursing home visitation, Knights of Columbus work days (cut firewood, served meals, etc.), Rotary Club highway clean up and pancake supper, county fair, Columbus Trash Off Day, and Salvation Army bell ringer. 
 
Congratulations, Jacob!
Kaylor Rolf is a $1,000 FOR Scholarship recipient from Boling High School. Graduating 10th in his class of 77, Kaylor plans to attend Sam Houston University to earn a Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering. He has already been accepted for enrollment. 
 
Kaylor was very active during his high school years with extracurricular activities such as Habitat for Humanity, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society,and FFA. He also participated in sports earning a Baseball MVP and Basketball Honorable Mention his senior year as well as Captain of the Varsity Golf Team, his most favorite sport.  His Ag awards are too numerous to list here but includes Outstanding FFA Member, and High Point FFA Student Belt Buckle Award
 
Of special interest was the statement made by one of Kaylor's instructor's that stated; "Kaylor is one of those rare students that comes along in the life of a teacher that makes a permanent impact felt for the the rest of their teaching career".
 
Congratulations Kaylor!
FOR Vice President Fred Kanter presented a FOR San Bernard $1,000 scholarship to senior Kaylor Rolf at the school's awards ceremony on Mon, May 9.
 
 
 
FOR    Past President 2012-14 Wayne Head presented a FOR San Bernard $1,000 scholarship to senior Jacob Supak at the El Campo High School Scholarship Presentation on May 19, 2016.
Jacob Supak recently received a $1,000 FOR Scholarship and plans to attend Texas A&M with a course study in Biological and Agricultural Engineering.  Jacob graduated from El Campo High School ranking number 5 in a class of 202. Jacob wants to complete a Master's Degree and go to work for a major corporation. 
 
Jacob was a very busy young man during his high school years participating in Student Council, Anchor Club, FFA, National Honor Society, Interact Club, football, baseball and track receiving awards for Academic Excellence, Lion's Club Best All-Around Boy, First Team All-Academic in football, and Elk's Student of the Month just to name a few. 
 
While participating in all the above activities Jacob found time to volunteer in over 25 programs including community, church and school and as varied as Relay for LifeReading with Second GradersHabitat for Humanity and Taiton Community Fall Festival
 
Jacob wrote "I push myself to be the best....I like to investigate and find new ways to do things, making processes better or more efficient...thinking outside of the box". 
 
 
FOR to Host Dinner for Soldiers
Posted on May 15th, 2016 Comments (0)
 
Sargent, Texas will once again be hosting about 100 combat wounded soldiers/family members from several Warrior Transition Battalions this year. These soldiers will fish as their guests in the Tournament and the Sargent Community will host these soldiers/family members. 
Friends of the River San Bernard is assisting the Sargent community with its 10th annual “Sargent Tournament of Heroes - Benefiting Patriots & Heroes Outdoors", by hosting a spaghetti dinner for the soldiers and their family members on Friday, June 10, 2016 at the VFW Post 2412 building, FM 457, on the way to Sargent.
 
Dinner preparations would involve cooking, setting up, serving, kitchen duty and kitchen cleanup. The menu will be spaghetti, salad and garlic bread for 300. The salad will be in bags, sauce and meatballs are is in bags, all it needs is heated – the only thing that will need to be cooked are the noodles and the bread. FOR volunteers need to arrive by 3:00 PM on Friday to have dinner ready to serve at 6:00 PM. The decorators will be there setting up the tables, too. The food should already be at the VFW building as most is being donated.
 
**Show your support by volunteering to help with the dinner, contact:
  • FOR Director Vicki Head 979.429.0404kwhead@hotmail.com
  • Past FOR President Wayne Head 979.429.6209, kwayne55@hotmail.com
Event Schedule (exact times to be announced):
 
Thu Jun 9    Soldiers arrive throughout the day. Dinner provided at the Sargent VFW Post 2412
 
Fri Jun 10   4:00 p.m.  Soldiers arrive, escorted by Matagorda County Cavalry at Sargent VFW 
                   **6:00 p.m. Spaghetti dinner prepared and served by Friends of the River San Bernard
                    Captain’s meeting after dinner. Hosts and guides will be matched with their soldiers and
                    must sign waivers and check out before leaving with their soldiers.
 
Sat Jun 11   Tournament Fishing, all day
                    Weigh-In will be at the Sargent VFW Post 2412 before dinner. Presentations, dinner,
                    auction and music afterwards at the VFW
                    Come show your support
 
Sun Jun 12   9:00-11:00 am  Breakfast at the Sargent VFD
                    Soldiers depart (time to be announced)
 
 
"Blue Hawaii" 2016 Fundraiser Theme
Posted on May 14th, 2016 Comments (0)
Check out the Fundraiser page for facts about the Oct. 1st, 2016 "Escape to the Tropics - Blue Hawaii" fundraiser. Start practicing your hip swaying so you can "rock a hula" along with Elvis...
 
Thanks to Lake Hardware & Lumber for being the first sponsor of the 2016 fundraiser - a Trout, !!! Thanks to Blessey Marine Services out of N'awlins, LA for being the second sponsor - a Redfish...and the third sponsor to sign-up, Clyde Cone Realtors - a Flounder!
 
 
Past Web Articles
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013 Comments (1)
 
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