Me and Paper

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Most people have converted their whole life to a file and/or their phone. You know there is an app for that? I love paper. As a young bookkeeper everything in my working world was on paper. Most was 13 columns and a Big eraser and I must say I loved it, except when I transposed a number. Forty lines down and 13 across and you have to find

Santa Land at the Big Store

Santaland at the Big StoreBy Linda Elissalde,
It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas when Santa Claus landed at The Big Store (aka Gulf Coast Market). All the elves were at the ready when Santa took his place in effervescent Santa Land. Numerous boys, and girls and young hearted adults, directed by elf Kathy Dodds, lined up to whisper in Santa’s ear. Talented head elf

Bikes for Kids

Bikes for KidsNow in its 19th year, the Annual Christmas Bike Drive will once again bring joy to many Bolivar kids. Thanks to the generous donations from numerous donors, William Comeaux and Texas Crab Festival Charities teamed up to purchase over 60 bikes for eligible children on the peninsula. There is nothing like a brand new bicycle to light up the eyes of a child on Christmas

UM Women deliver Blankets

UM Women deliver BlanketsBy Sherry Morgan
United Methodist Women of Bay Vue have been busy making blankets and quilts to donate to UTMB-Jennie Sealy Hospital in Galveston. Three of Santa’s elves made the delivery on Monday to Carol Arvie-Gooden and Mary Moody of the hospital’s Department of Volunteer Services. The inspiration

Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count

Christmas Bird CountThe Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of community science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada, and many countries in the Western Hemisphere go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds. Audubon’s 118th Christmas Bird Count will be conducted

Santa and Mrs. Claus came to town

Santa and Mrs Claus came to town, making their rounds before the big journey on Christmas Eve. They visit the Peninsula every year for the Crystaland Parade. The Bolivar Chamber of Commerce invites Santa each year to lead the parade and spend the evening with the town to spread holiday cheer. Kris Kringle and his wife started the parade at the fire station and cruised down Crystal Beach Road

Holiday Lights

Crystaland Lighting ContestIt’s not quite Christmas without the twinkling lights and brightly colored decorations around the house and place of work. But when should we put the decorations up? Is the day after Thanksgiving too early? And each year we decide to set up the same as last year, or come up with a new plan. Do we use colored or white lights? Should we wrap the trees and posts or just the bushes? Wreaths on the windows or

Snow…at the Beach?

Snow on the BeachThe Texas Gulf Coast was a winter wonderland last week. A good amount of snow – actual snow – fell on the peninsula and most of the state. And it lasted long enough for many photos to be taken and shared across the globe, and even a few snowmen formed in yards around town. They may have been a mixture of snow and sand, but snowmen they were. Too bad the snow didn’t last very long. As is typical

BPCF Holiday Celebration

BPCF Holiday CelebrationBy Linda Elissalde
It was a grand Holiday Celebration at Margo Johnson’s house on December 7. The Bolivar Peninsula Cultural Foundation (BPCF) Board recognized members who have contributed to the foundation. This festive occasion included honoring BPCF volunteers and Beach Art Project Artists. Eve Bradford and Glenda Mastin were noted for their outstanding

PSP gets the big hit

The Peninsula Sports Park fundraiser on Saturday night at the stately Laguna Harbor sales center was a huge success with community-wide participation and support. The event, sponsored by Drs. Ron and Lillian Abbott, raised over $9,000 to help support Little League baseball on Bolivar. Juicy Lucy BBQ donated and prepared the entire meal, and all items for the silent auction and live auction were donated

Emergency Shelter Opening

Emergency shelter opening in High IslandGalveston County Commissioner Darrell Apffel, along with fellow Commissioner Stephen Holmes and numerous County officials cut the ribbon to open the new emergency shelter in High Island. The shelter is at one of the highest elevations along the Gulf coast, a 9,500 square foot facility, and will withstand over 175 mph winds. The building has been constructed with 55 foot concrete piles,

Thanksgiving Feast for all

Thanksgiving Feast for allBy Bill Agnew
This past Thursday, for the 4th year in a row, Crystal Beach Community Church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles teamed up to provide over 175 people with a Thanksgiving meal. There was turkey, ham, two types of dressing, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, gravy, navy beans, pea salad as well as a variety of vegetables

Golfers Swing For Santa

The Bolivar Peninsula Lions Club kicked off the holiday season with their annual Golf Tournament on Saturday. “Swinging for Santa” benefits local families for Christmas, helping put smiles on children’s faces this holiday season. Forty golfers teed it up at The Ranch, Wallis Smith Community Golf Course, playing for prize money and bragging rights, of course. Many generous sponsors

Chamber elects new Board Members

The Bolivar Peninsula Chamber of Commerce held Board of Director elections last Tuesday night during the general membership meeting at Coconuts. There were eight candidates vying for four open positions. Chamber President Brenda Flanagan opened the meeting by welcoming everyone in attendance and allowing each of the candidates to give a short speech. Ballots were passed out

Rep. Faircloth opens Crystal Beach office

State Representative Wayne Faircloth held a grand opening of his Crystal Beach office on Saturday with a meet and greet and ribbon cutting. The new office is in the Bolivar Tourism facility, located in the Crystal Beach Plaza. Bolivar homeowner Bill Varner introduced Faircloth with a warm welcome, and said this office is “a place where we as Bolivar citizens can come and not only tell him our

Rinse and Crush!

Recycling Tip:
Bolivar’s new plastic recycling is having great success! We are collecting 4 to 5 bags of plastic each week, but we need your help. If the plastic contained anything other than water, it needs to be rinsed, like cola, milk, or soap. It also needs to be crushed so that more plastic can fit in the large bags. Thanks for your help and continue to recycle!

Geaux Cajun Again

The 2nd Annual Brad & Big Rich’s Cajun Chef Cookoff was Saturday at Stingaree Down Under. The morning started out cold and windy as the teams set up their stations. But the heat from the kitchens warmed everyone’s spirits for some good ole cajun fun. The four teams: Al T’s, Bud Drive Cajun Cookers, Peninsula Marine, and Bayou Mermaids perfected their recipes for the three categories

Ghost on the Coast is still The Most

By Linda Elissalde
It wasn’t a dark and stormy night, but it was chilly and windy. However, The Big Store’s annual Trunk or Treat was an astounding success. Witches, goblins, ghosts, pirates and myriad creature of the night celebrated Halloween at Ghost On The Coast. There was something for everyone. Children and grownups enjoyed games under the

Pumpkins a Plenty

Crenshaw was oozing with pumpkin fun last week for their annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest. From ghosts, ghouls, and goblins, to superheroes and princesses…all the pumpkins were dressed in their non-carved costumes. Pumpkins, paint, crafts, and props were brought in for the kids to decorate away. Check out this year’s priceless creations.

Driftwood Subdivision presents checks

Driftwood Subdivision presents checks to the charities selected by the winners of their 6th Annual Charity Gumbo Cookoff.

Church group helps Keep Bolivar Beautiful

By Carlis Cole
On Saturday, a Houston Youth group of Congregation Emanuel along with Keep Bolivar Beautiful conducted an area beach clean up near Cobbs Cove and Copacabana subdivisions. The youth sponsor was presented their own grabber donated by Linda Tarr, KBB supporter and property owner. It was windy and cool, but a beautiful day and

Harvey Survivors Get More Time to Apply for Disaster Assistance

AUSTIN, Texas – Texans in 41 designated counties who suffered damage and losses from Hurricane Harvey now have until Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, to register for disaster assistance. Registration is open to survivors in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Caldwell, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Hardin, Harris,

Crystal Beach Carwash is OPEN

Crystal Beach Car Wash, 2921 Hwy 87

Crystal Beach Car Wash, 2921 Hwy 87

Floundering for Baseball

The Peninsula Sports Park hosted their 2nd Annual Flounder Tournament fundraiser on Saturday. The Bolivar Yacht Basin Bait Camp was booming with anglers ready to reel in the big catch. Forty-four anglers, big and small, signed up to help support PSP, enjoy good times and great food, and win prizes. After a lot of rain on Friday, the skies cleared up for the tournament on Saturday. Friends, family,

Another Tasty Success

gumbo-00The Driftwood 6th Annual Charity Gumbo Cookoff was another tasty success on Saturday as they set out to raise money for charity. Jackie and Brian Sticker hosted as six gumbo teams competed. The teams began cooking soon after sunrise on Saturday morning under the two categories of seafood and chicken-and-sausage. As the aroma filled the air, the party started. Throughout the morning,

Beautiful Cleanup

frenchtown-0Keep Bolivar Beautiful is at it again. KBB took on a huge task on Saturday at West Frenchtown Road Trash Cleanup. W. Frenchtown Road is near the ferry landing and has been a very popular fishing spot for many years. And because of its remote location, it has also been a popular trash dumping spot. The area was littered with discarded furniture, mattresses, and all types of household junk. In addition

All Creatures Great and Small

blessing-0By Linda Elissalde
“All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small…”
Bay Vue United Methodist Church greeted creatures great and small at The Blessing of the Animals on October 8, 2017. What a joy it was to see humans and pets! Everyone obviously loved their own special animals, and were

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