Lone Survivor Fire Pits

firepit_0It was a Labor of Love – Rather than sit around their own fireplaces, a group of retired bricklayers got together to begin building a gas-powered fire pit at the Lone Survivor Retreat Facility. It was one of the coldest days we’ve had this year, but the eight of them mixed concrete, pushed around wheel barrows, placed bricks and built the first of two fire pits for the veterans to enjoy. Another wood burning fire pit is

Lions Club Free Vision Screening

lions_visionVision screening, sponsored by Bolivar Peninsula Lions Club, will be held Saturday, March 21 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Crystal Beach Fire Department located on Noble Carl Road in Crystal Beach. A vision screening is done to separate those with and without possible vision problems. Vision screening results may indicate a potential need for further assessment. If you have any questions,

Rollover Pass Report, Feb-23 thru Mar-1, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly visited Rollover Pass these past two weeks with the Good times providing some excellent trout action with several 25-plus inch specks caught and released along with reds, flounder, and drum. The Bad times provided a few good catches but you had to work hard and long to get them. And the Ugly blew in


 Catch of the day! Posted by Ange Busceme‎ on the Bolivar Beachcombers facebook page.

Catch of the day! Posted by Ange Busceme‎ on the Bolivar Beachcombers facebook page.

Traveling Exhibit “Forgotten Gateway” on display

Galveston County is pleased to have the “Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through Galveston Island”, a new traveling exhibit presented in collaboration with the Bullock Texas State History Museum, on display in the lobby of the County Courthouse located at

Great Texas Birding Classic: Sign Up Now!

birding_0How many of Texas’ 639 documented bird species have you seen? Join Texas’ biggest birding roundup – the Great Texas Birding Classic and search for a few more. From the Panhandle to the Golden Triangle, anybody can play because the world’s biggest, longest and wildest bird watching tournament is statewide! Gather your friends and family to form a team and put your binoculars and your

April is National Child Awareness and Prevention Month

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Some subjects are simply no fun to write about, but they must be given attention from time to time. I would much rather be writing about happy things, but this subject is dear to my heart, and one in which we all should become involved on some scale. In 1983, an official presidential proclamation was made to set aside one of the prettiest months


GO_0303By Georgia Osten
I’m sitting here, and as usual, wondering what I should write about for my Sand Bucket … All I can think of is the TABC re-certification test I took yesterday. That’s Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission (I think). Anyway, it’s been two years and the danged ol’ thing will expire soon. I can’t work the Beer Booth at the Texas Crab Festival without it. Working

Lenten Luncheons: Fantastic Speakers & Delicious Food

bvumcBay Vue United Methodist Church of Crystal Beach once again invites everyone to share in their Lenten Luncheon Series. Not only will you be treated to a great meal, but this year’s line-up of speakers is exceptionally outstanding. Lunches begin at 11:30 and are free (however, donations are always appreciated). You don’t want to miss any of these magnificent meals or messages. The speakers are:

Brown Pelicans

By Ed Snyder
Seeing these brown pelicans reminded me of an incident I saw last week at Rollover Pass of two adult brown pelicans attacking a cormorant. The pelicans were perched on a bulkhead watching cormorants diving for fish when one cormorant popped up with a large silvery fish in its beak. Both pelicans pounced on the cormorant, one grabbing its wing so it couldn’t dive and the other

Ladies Self Defense class

With spring break and the summer season approaching, Galveston ISD Police in partnership with Crenshaw’s 21st Century program will hold a self-defense class for adult females in the Crenshaw School gymnasium, Thursday March 12, 2015, 5:30-7:00 pm. Open to all adult female community members. Contact person: Jessica Martinez, 409-539-8046.

4th Annual DRIFTWOOD Charity Gumbo Cookoff

gumbo_0The 4th Annual DRIFTWOOD Charity Gumbo Cookoff will be held on March 28, 2015 at 2415 Sandman in the Driftwood Subdivision of Crystal Beach. There will be live music throughout the afternoon. DRIFTWOOD is hosting this event for the 4th year to raise money for charity. This is a fun filled day for a good cause. People can come out and taste some delicious gumbo even if they don’t enter the cook-off.

How does Two Steps One Sticker affect you?

GcountyCheryl E. Johnson
Galveston County Tax Assessor Collector
Beginning March 1, the long awaited one-windshield-sticker program will be in place. Gone are the days of a registration that expires one month and an inspection another. How will this affect you? In a nutshell – if your inspection is valid the next time you renew your registration, you are

FeatherFest 2015

feather_0Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council is excited to announce FeatherFest 2015, April 9-12. With more than 100 field trips, workshops and social events, you will have plenty to choose from at FeatherFest 2015. Don’t miss one of the largest birding festivals in Texas, and one of the few with a dedicated nature photography track. Online registration is available on the FeatherFest WEBSITE. Discover

Concealed Handgun Classes

handgun_0There will a concealed handgun classes offered in Port Bolivar on Tuesday, March 31st at 9am. The class should last roughly 7 hours, depending on the size, and will be held at the Port Bolivar Fire Department. The cost of the course is $85 (this does not include your state fee for the actual license or