Profiles

Turning 80, By George!

george-00By Linda Elissalde
George Strong is just about everybody’s favorite person. Although he doesn’t look it, George turned 80. This special fellow threw his own birthday party with the treats going to his guests. Participants enjoyed delicious food, free drinks and the sounds of Bris Crider’s Cool Breeze music at Hardheads Restaurant. All provided by George.

Gulfway Motel has new owner

gulfway0Congratulations Dave Paresh! Dave is the new owner of Gulfway Motel in High Island. He has been in the Bolivar area since Hurricane Ike and is an experienced business owner and developer. Dave is the former owner of Swede’s Grocery in Crystal Beach and last year he purchased the former Crystal Beach fire department building where Jose’s Restaurant and several other businesses

Bacliff artist donates painting to LS Retreat

Bacliff artist Bitalio Villarreal, left above, has joined the myriads of generous donors who have helped to make the Lone Survivor Retreat House in Crystal Beach the restorative site it has become for veterans from all the service branches.

Bacliff artist Bitalio Villarreal, left above, has joined the myriads of generous donors who have helped to make the Lone Survivor Retreat House in Crystal Beach the restorative site it has become for veterans from all the service branches.

One Fisherman’s Paradise

sonny_0Pearl Beach resident Sonny Wong can almost always be found spending his time fishing in the surf near barrel 88. Sonny and his wife Bobby own a home in the Houston area, but they spend as much time as possible on Bolivar. And much of that peninsula time for Sonny is spent in the surf, fishing and relaxing. As you cruise by, you’ll see his tackle laden golf cart waiting patiently as he fishes for hours

PSP bringing Little League back to Bolivar

psp_00America’s Pastime
If you build it, they will come. An unforgettable line from a legendary movie. And now it’s coming to life and meaning here on our Peninsula. Peninsula Sports Park is a non-profit organization created in February 2015. Under the guidance of its Board Members Jason Warren, Delino Comeaux, Leslie Lowe, Carmen Comeaux, and Craig Ward, this group

Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine.

nora0By Kelly Moad
That must have been what Nora heard as she fed the “hungry” seagulls on the ferry boat last week. The boat was only half full, or half empty, whichever you prefer…so the back of the boat had no cars. The perfect space for flying friends to take a little rest as they crossed the gulf. And right in the midst of them all was Nora Cortino,

A Fond, Sad Farewell !

horn_0By Linda Elissalde
Women from diverse parts of the Bolivar Community gathered at the Tiki Bar on August 24th to bid a fond, but sad farewell to Patsy Horn. Patsy and husband Gary are moving to Galveston. The Horns have been outstanding residents on the peninsula for over 20 years. Patsy chaired many committees. She was active in

Carolyn Comes for a Visit

carolyn_0By Linda Elissalde
Delightful Carolyn and Dan Akers left our peninsula for Boerne, Texas some time ago. They have been missed. The two were a popular couple, and Carolyn was famous for her fantastic parties. Carolyn returned for a brief visit from August 27 – August 29. She stayed with good friends Sherry and Robert Morgan. Bay Vue UMC was thrilled to

A new school year – a new teacher!

wiseman_0Meet the new third grade teacher at Crenshaw, Katie Wiseman. Katie grew up on Bolivar, a graduate from High Island in 1979. She then played basketball for Rice University and graduated in 1985 with a Masters in Teaching. Katie has four grown children of her own and is thrilled to return to Bolivar for her dream job. Katie has many years of teaching and coaching experience at various levels,

Combing our beaches with Tracy and Margaret

beachcomb_0Some of us see broken shells and washed up seaweed. Beachcombers see shark teeth and sea beans. Others see leftover trash and forgotten toys. Beachcombers see collections and treasures. Many walk the beach for exercise and relaxation and to find a souvenir shell. Beachcombers walk the beach with an eye for the unique. They often find useful and interesting items to add to

ANNIVERSARY

Marcel and Linda C. Elissalde (2000 – 2016)


Sixteen years ago
He made his request.
She thought for a moment,
Then quickly said, “Yes!”

Gallery By The Gulf Artist of the month for June

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Please welcome
Tama “Sissy” Rawson
Artist of the Month for June
at Gallery by the Gulf, 1980 Hwy 87, Crystal Beach, TX
An artist reception will be held
Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 10 am until 4 pm.

Gallery By The Gulf Artist of the month for May

gallery_0Please welcome Melinda McWhite, Artist of the Month for May at Gallery by the Gulf, 1980 Hwy 87, Crystal Beach, TX. An artist reception will be held Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 10 am until 4 pm.

Melinda McWhite is a native New Orleanian. After many years practicing law, first in in New Orleans and then in Washington, D.C., she relocated to Beaumont in

Ken Meyer raising PTS awareness throughout Texas

KM_0426-0By Brenda Cannon Henley, Senior Correspondent
US Air Force Security Police Veteran Ken Meyer and his faithful service dog Hope set off on their 628-mile march across Texas from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4709 in Conroe, Texas, on Saturday, April 16. Meyer has met with challenges and obstacles along the way during the first ten days, just as he has in many areas of

Soaring high over the Bolivar sky

My name is Amanda and I am an amateur photographer. My family and I have been camping on your beautiful beaches for a little while and we love every minute of it. The past few days, after all of this rain, the skies seem to be exploding with color and life.

My name is Amanda and I am an amateur photographer. My family and I have been camping on your beautiful beaches for a little while and we love every minute of it. The past few days, after all of this rain, the skies seem to be exploding with color and life.

Never Quit March for Post Traumatic Stress Awareness – Part Two

KenMeyer2_0By Brenda Cannon Henley, Senior Correspondent
Ken Meyer, former US Air Force Police Veteran, and safety expert, is going for a walk; along with his faithful service dog Hope. However, this 628-mile journey is no normal walk in the park, and it will encompass days of traveling by foot from the kick off destination of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4709, Saturday morning, April 16, at 10:00 am. Meyer

Never Quit March for Post Traumatic Stress Awareness

KenMeyer_0Honors the 19 servicemen who lost their lives in Operation Red Wings
By Brenda Cannon Henley, Senior Correspondent
Ken Meyer of Conroe, Texas, remembers, as do many other servicemen and women and their families. Some things are simply too sacred not to be remembered and honored. Meyer’s way of honoring these brave souls is a bit

Perk up your day

coffee_00New to Bolivar is the one of a kind drive-thru coffee shop, 3rd Coast Coffee. Located at 1136 Hwy. 87 at the corner of Sage Road, 3rd Coast Coffee offers a variety of flavorful coffees and espressos including the #1 selling espresso imported from Italy. “It’s sweet and light, like a medium roast that Americans are used to…this is real Italian espresso,” says owner and operator Mary Ferguson Bradford. The menu

Princess Kitty

kittyA new children’s book, Princess Kitty, has purred into town written by our very own, Nicholas Kavanagh. Nicko, an avid writer, is the son of Kevin the “Tiki Man”. He previously wrote a young-reader series called Tiki Junior several years ago. But Princess Kitty is his first children’s picture book, along the style of writing that he most enjoys. He began this style back in 2006 as a senior in high school. Nicko was

Gallery by the Gulf Artist for the month of March

cissy0Please welcome Cissy Boyd, Artist of the Month for March at Gallery by the Gulf, 1980 Hwy 87, Crystal Beach, TX. An artist reception will be held Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 10 am until 4 pm. Cissy Boyd worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor for 33 years before retiring last year. While she has always loved pottery she did not pursue the art of making pottery until about 15 years ago. Realizing

A Shore Venture

shore_0In 2013, an idea was conceived out of a leisurely walk on the beach. Two years later, “A Shore Venture” was born. Specializing in unique, creative and affordable adventures, activities, workshops and events on the Bolivar Peninsula in Texas, they can help with all the details & logistics so you can enjoy more of the shore. On Saturday, February 6th, they will have a soft opening for their

CATHERINE LEE, February Artist of the Month

You Are Invited! Stop by Gallery by the Gulf to meet CATHERINE at an Artist’s Reception, Saturday, February 6, 2016, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 1980 Hwy 87, Crystal Beach, Texas.

You Are Invited! Stop by Gallery by the Gulf to meet CATHERINE at an Artist’s Reception, Saturday, February 6, 10am-4pm. 1980 Hwy 87, Crystal Beach.

Cardinal Pressure Washing

cardinal0It is time to think about Spring Cleaning, and no better way than a good power washing to rid your property of all the grime that has collected. Contact the Cardinal Pressure Washing partners, Murrell Lyon and Tony Ponder. Long time High Island residents, both with backgrounds in construction and carpentry, and now co-owners of this new business in town, they’re ready to “Give your exterior a fresh, clean

Gallery by the Gulf Artist for the month of February

catherineleePlease welcome Catherine Lee, painter, from Galveston, Texas who will be the Artist of the Month for February at Gallery by the Gulf, 1980 Hwy 87, Crystal Beach, TX. An artist reception will be held Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 10 am until 4 pm. Refreshments will be served. Stop by for a visit during our Mardi Gras parade that day. Catherine describes her love of art. “I started painting as a child

Gallery announces December Artist of the Month

artistQuotentials Fused Glass artist, Sheryl Lambert
Stop by Gallery by the Gulf to meet Sheryl at an Artist’s reception, Saturday, December 5, 2016, Noon to 4:00 pm.

Sheryl Lambert, became an artist at the age of 5 when she took her neighbor’s driveway shells, enhanced them with crayons, and sold them back to her as “handpainted” home decor. But, it took nearly 50 years for her to

God Winks of Crystal Beach

winks_0By Daneen Simon
On February 26, 2015, the worst thing that could ever happen to a parent happened to me! My daughter began her new life in eternity. The pain of losing a child is indescribable, it can only be experienced. From my experience to date, it’s something you never get over. A piece of your heart dies and goes to heaven with your child and you are left here

A Fond Farewell

akers0By Linda Elissalde
There were tears. There was laughter. Sadness and happiness mingled as folk met to say farewell to Carolyn and Dan Akers. The couple is moving to Boerne, Texas. They leave behind friends who have enjoyed the Akers delightful company during their stay in Crystal Beach. Bay Vue United Methodist Church honored the two during

Bye Bye Birdie

birdie_0By Bobbey White
Bittersweet. That’s how I would describe my last days helping to care for Birdie, the juvenile female dolphin that was rescued last December near the bird sanctuary in Bolivar. After 8 long months of rehab, provided by TMMSN volunteers, Birdie was finally healthy! Her sassy spirit had pulled this beautiful girl through the literal fight for her life. After

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