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11th Annual July 4th Boat Parade
Posted on Jun 29th, 2016 Comments (0)
The FOR July 4th Boat Parade is a long tradition on the San Bernard. Display the “Stars & Stripes” on your boat to honor those many Americans at home, nationwide and abroad that face disaster in their daily lives that step up to offer assistance in some form. Americans can be proud of those Americans! On Sat Jul 2, the decorated boats gather at the FM 521 bridge and proceed downriver to just past the FM 2611 bridge. Time to start planning with your family!
 
 
Three question survey on what makes a good restoration project
Posted on Jun 29th, 2016 Comments (0)
One of the most important aspects of sustainable, long-term Gulf restoration is ensuring that funding goes to good projects. Take this three question survey and the Environmental Law Institute Ocean Program team will use the results to help support restoration based on your priorities.
 
Your answer to Question #3 can be this or your version, just be sure and mention “Mouth of the San Bernard River Restoration Project”:
As a steward of natural environment, the (reopening) of the “Mouth of the San Bernard River Restoration Project” is an important avenue for returning its natural exit to the Gulf of Mexico providing for valuable habitat, recreation, fishing and commerce.
  • MAP - NOAA Gulf Spill Restoration Click on diamond project marker for "Mouth of the San Bernard River Restoration Project"  and then "open project page' for description
 
 
Time to rock-a-hula baby!
Posted on Jun 27th, 2016 Comments (0)
 
Dust off your hips and prepare for the Oct 1st “Escape to the Tropics - Blue Hawaii” fundraiser by joining Elvis in this musical interlude from his 1961 movie “Blue Hawaii”... time to learn to rock-a-hula!
 
 
Mouth of River 6-19-2016
Posted on Jun 22nd, 2016 Comments (0)
Photo: Bert Smith, Rio Vista - Sea Monster: FOR Webmaster
Aerial photo taken June 19, 2016 of the closed mouth of San Bernard River looking north from the Gulf of Mexico.
 
Fishing Program Held at FOR Community Center
Posted on Jun 20th, 2016 Comments (0)
Tom Guffey, local kayak fishing expert, was the main speaker at the “Let’s Talk Fishing” program on Sat Jun 18, 2016 held at the FOR Community Center where he revealed his tactics for successfully catching fish on the San Bernard River. Thirty interested anglers attended the program and heard a myriad of tips and tactics on using weather patterns, water patterns, fishing gear, reading the birds, plus much more to discover where the fish are hiding.  
 
Tom stated that with the mouth of the river closed, there is a change in the water pattern but the fish are still there to catch. The San Bernard is a redfish highway and an amazing fishery. He also added that passing barges create artificial tide movement  that can be beneficial while fishing. 
 
Being the savvy fisherman he is, he did not reveal the location of his favorite honey hole on the river. You will have to find it yourself.
 
Adding to the program was Mike Goodson and Ken Wright who gave presentations from the Friends of the River Ranger program for fifth graders about fish identification of species found in the river and nautical knot/hitch tying. A few attendees found out they were not smarter than a fifth grader.
 
Door prizes were donated by owner Tom Guffey's company IntegriCHEM.
 
This was the second program of a series of programs planned by the FOR Environmental Committee. Watch for information about upcoming events.
Speaker Tom Guffey lives in Brazoria and the San Bernard is his "go to" spot.
 
Dad tries to find the “rabbit hole” during the bowline knot tying session. Son smiles as if he’s already mastered it.
 
 
Scouts Canoe San Bernard
Posted on Jun 19th, 2016 Comments (0)
Ready for the trip, the four boys on the right are Boy Scouts representing Troop 413 - Alvin, Troop 483 - Manvel, and Troop 442 - Friendswood. Carlos Armintor, trek guide and Chanze Aguilera, Scout Master stand on the left. Could that possibly be a snake crawling from under the canoe in the lower right hand corner of the photo?  
Photo: Camp Karankawa Facebook
 
As part of Camp Karankawa’s Summer Adventure Camp, four Boy Scouts and two guides spent four days and three nights canoeing and overnight camping on the San Bernard River. Camp Karankawa is located just west of West Columbia in Sweeny, Texas and is a scouting program for the Bay Area Council (BAC), Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
 
Leaving upriver by canoe from Camp Karankawa, the first challenge was portaging around the still rapidly flowing salt water dam located three miles down river. Carrying the 50 lb water containers, plus canoes and equipment through the rugged growth along the riverbank was a true test of the trip.
 
 
Photos: Linda Wright
 
First night’s camping was at Hanson Riverside County Park. Second night was spent at the FOR Community Center. The scouts took advantage of the picnic tables to enjoy their evening meal of freeze-dried food. The last night will be spent on the beach at Wolf Island at the mouth of the river.
 
 
“Taste Buds” Judge Fajitas at No Name
Posted on Jun 17th, 2016 Comments (0)
Gathered round the round table, the “Taste Buds” team for the fajitas judging consisted of, left, Valroy Maudlin, Gera Martin, Ken Wright, Mike Goodson, Nelson Taylor, Suzanne Goodson, Tom Ronayne (still scoring the last entry), Aaron Tomplait, Linda Wright and Adalia Maudlin.
 
The blue aprons of the FOR “Taste Buds” team were newly cleaned from judging ribs at Sweeny Pride Day when another attendance was requested at Brazoria’s “No Name Festival” BBQ cookoff on Sat Jun 11. This time it was to judge the fajitas entries. A score sheet with a scale of 1 to 25 provided these guides: 1 - 5 awful, 6 - 10 needs work, 11- 15 average, 16 - 20 pretty good, 21 - 25 awesome. In between entries, the team cleaned their palates with grapes and saltine crackers. The team agrees that if it looks good, tastes good and you want to eat more, than it’s a winner!
 
FOR Cooks Spaghetti for Soldiers
Posted on Jun 13th, 2016 Comments (0)
Friends of the River San Bernard assisted Sargent, Texas during their “Tournament of Heroes” weekend for wounded American veterans by cooking a spaghetti dinner for 300 on Friday, June 10 at the Sargent VFW hall. 
 
Sargent residents opened their homes for the weekend to host wounded American Veterans. Local businesses and volunteers provided main meals and local residents and area fishing guides donated an all-expense paid day of fishing so Wounded Warriors may participate in the event.
 
Seventeen friends of the river, who volunteered to fix the spaghetti dinner, were Wayne & Vicki Head (headed up the group), Gera Martin, Lohn & Karen Zylicz, Mike & Suzanne Goodson, Fred & Nancy Kanter, Bob & Susan Bailey, Cathy MacDonald, Tom & Ange Ronayne, Janell Keith, and Ken & Linda Wright. 
 
The FOR kitchen crew waves flags to welcome the wounded American Veterans arrival at the Sargent VFW for their weekend of fishing.
Men say a women’s place is in the kitchen, just remember, that’s where all the knives are. Left, Vicki Head, granddaughter Kenlee, Bob Bailey, Susan Bailey, Cathy MacDonald, and Janell Keith.
 
“Which pan to use?” is the question Wayne Head ponders.
 
Bob Bailey explains the task of rotating the meatballs to observer Fred Kanter.
 
 
 
Trying not to cut the electrical cord, Karen Zylicz slices bread. Ken Wright is busy at the sink washing dishes. 
 
Lohn Zylicz mans the meatball transfer as he skillfully does not drop any on the floor. President Mike Goodson discusses "al dente" with Wayne Head
 
Raising their institutionally chic gloved hands in unison, FOR volunteers signal that the cooked spaghetti is on the plates and ready-to-eat. 
 
>> Left, Suzanne Goodson, Karen Zylicz, Janell Keith, Nancy Kanter, and Kathy MacDonald.
 
 
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