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Record Crowd attends Rotary Fish Fry

A large crowd attended the North Shore Rotary’s Annual Fish Fry, with a catfish or crawfish dinner, live and silent auction, and a raffle drawing for a new car and many other prizes.

Jeanne Shipp wins the new car Raffle

NORTH CHANNEL – A crowd numbering almost a thousand packed the Rotary Pavilion on Wallisville last Saturday May 14th, as the North Shore Rotary held their 47th Annual Catfish Fry & Crawfish Boil, a benefit event that raises money for Rotary community projects.

The event included fish fry dinners, cooked and served by Rotarians and area high school students, a live auction with over 70 lots of unusual and exotic items, a silent auction, and a raffle that gave away a new car or pickup truck and 19 other worthwhile prizes.

Chairing the event was Rotarian Ken Wimbley, and president Shawn Silman. The rest of the club filled volunteer positions and helped with ticket sales, auction prizes, sponsorship sales, food serving and more.

The Fish Fry returned this year as an in-person event, after two years of online or remote activity, due to health concerns during the COVID-19 Pandemic. It seems the crowd brought two years of enthusiasm with them this year, in ticket sales and auction bidding.

Planting Trees for Earth Day at Pleasantville Elem.

L – R: Constable Jerry Garcia (holding tree), LSG Sky Chefs volunteers: Becky Barrios (HR Manager), Jesse Barrios, Jessica Gongora, Tarush Nihalani, Guillermina Wisniewski, Trees for Houston rep’s. Marita Tee, Natalie Jones, (Projects & Volunteer Coordinator), Kenachel Williams, Isa Mineros, Cheryl Willis (former Holland student/Furr HS volunteer), Shannon Scott (Holland MS Ag teacher), Averi Steen, Cleopatra Vaughn, Katherine Newton (Trees for Houston Projects Director). (Photo by Linda Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX. – Saturday, April 30, 2022 volunteers from all over the county showed up at the North Channel Pleasantville Elementary School to celebrate Earth Day with tree plantings and donating trees to citizens to take home to plant. Pleasantville Elementary School hosted a “Tree Planting and 500 Tree Giveaway.”

The event was a coordinated effort by Trees For Houston, LSG Sky Chefs, Lufthansa Cargo (Lufthansa Group parent company), Constable Jerry Garcia, retired or active teachers of HISD’s schools from Holland, Pleasantville, Furr including current and former students.

Run-off Election May 24, Early voting this week

Texas voters get another opportunity to cast ballots starting May 16 in primary runoff elections slated for both Republican and Democratic candidates. The election is May 24, with early voting running until May 20. Statewide runoff races are slated for attorney general and land commissioner in both parties, lieutenant governor and comptroller in the Democratic race, and railroad commissioner on the Republican side of the ticket.

More information can be found about particular races at harrisvotes.com. Voters who cast ballots in one party’s primary cannot vote in the other party’s runoff election. However, voters who did not cast ballots in the primary can vote in either party’s runoff.

Early voting hours are Mon-Fri, 7am to 7pm, and the same on Tuesday, May 24 Election Day. Voting locations in this area include:

Free Computers Sat. May 21

East Harris County Empowerment Council serving 6 communities in the North Channel area. We have an upcoming event on Saturday, May 21st that we think is a phenomenal opportunity for residents in the area to receive FREE laptops and hotspots through a partnership we have with Harris County Public Library.

WHILE SUPPLIES LAST we will be handing out these items to Harris County residents who possess a Harris Co library card. We will also be offering them the ability to sign up for that library card while they are in line. One laptop per cardholder and one hotspot per household will be given away.

The drive thru event will be held at North Shore Episcopal Church, 13125 Indianapolis St (off of Uvalde) from 9am – 12pm (or until supplies run out).

Rep. Ana Hernandez’s Successful Food Distribution

Rep. Ana Hernandez (photo left w/white shirt), volunteers and District Director Adriana Aguirre Hernandez and Community Liaison Linda Jamail (photo right w/white shirts). (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. – Saturday, April 9, 2022 – District 143 State Representative Ana Hernandez had another successful food distribution event where hundreds of vehicles, many with more than one family in them, lined up to get help. Hernandez is known throughout the North Channel area for spreading help to the needy.

State Representative Hernandez’s staff, District Director Adriana Aguirre Hernandez and Community Liaison Linda Jamail, created a well-organized event which included over fifty volunteers from Galena Park High School and other organizations, who moved hundreds of vehicles through the line quickly so that volunteers and Rep. Hernandez could load the commodities into their vehicles.

ROTARY FISH FRY THIS SATURDAY

A few of the unique items in the Live Auction on Saturday.

Rotarians and the public will get together this Saturday, May 14 for the 47th Annual North Shore Rotary Catfish Fry & Crawfish Boil. That’s a mouthful, but it sure tastes good.

This annual event returns to an in-person style, at its traditional location in the Rotary Pavilion behind the courthouse on Wallisville Road.

Fish-Fry chairman Ken Wimbley promises that this will not only have the tastiest crawfish of all time, but also the best items for the Live and Silent Auctions. The Rotarians have had over a year to prepare and collect some unique and great items. All proceeds from the event will go to scholarships and other community projects benefitting North Shore.

The public is invited not only to come have lunch, but to take a chance on the Raffle, and win a new Toyota Tacoma pick-up or a Toyota Camry sedan. Raffle tickets are $100 and available at the door. They include two great fish dinners. There are a total of 20 expensive prizes in the Raffle – so, take a chance.

ELECTION RESULTS: Amendments pass, Bonds defeated

Sheldon bonds fail; Moya re-elected Mayor of Galena Park

HARRIS COUNTY – Voters went to the polls last Saturday, and voted on the few issues that were on the ballot. Two state constitution amendments, that lower property taxes, easily passed. Statewide, 1,300,000 votes were cast, with 85% approving the amendments.

Other ballot items were local, including two bond issues in Huffman, that were defeated by over 60% of the electorate that voted, and a Sheldon bond issue that was defeated by more than 65% of those who voted. Obviously the electorate was not in a mood to spend money that might mean higher taxes for them. Both districts had stated that they needed the money to build or improve facilities to accommodate student growth.

In Crosby, three directors for Newport MUD were elected: Earl Boykin, Deborah Florus, and DeLonne Johnson. Johnson won by only 3 votes over her opponent, John Webb by a count of 128 to 125.

GALENA PARK

In a closely watched election for Mayor and City Council, the incumbent Mayor Esmeralda Moya and her slate of four city commissioners were reelected. For months this administration had drawn criticism on social media and the attention of voters and the press. However, when given the chance to change, the actual number of voters that went to the polls was about half the number that voted 4 years ago, in 2020 when Moya was elected.

Vote Totals are as follows:

SHELDON FD BREAKS GROUND FOR NEW STATION

Right Perspective view of the new station

By Gerardo Hernandez

SHELDON- The Emergency Services District #60 (ESD #60) and Sheldon Community Fire & Rescue (SCFR) had their groundbreaking ceremony for their new administration and fire station. The event took place the morning of April 8 when officials gathered on the construction site. The Building will be in the fully wooded site located at the corner of Uvalde Rd and Kinsman Rd, Houston TX. The site will have two buildings- one for the Administration/Fire and the other for Maintenance.

Building is scheduled to be completed September/mid October 2022.

Harris County E.S.D 60 and HCESD 60 Commissioners Officials L – R: Daron Mcaslin, Don T. Nesbitt, Sidney Webb Fire Chief and Margie Buentello of the NCAChambers

Construction is currently in progress on the new Station No. 1 which will serve the southernmost part of the Sheldon district and surrounding areas, totaling approximately 100 miles. The new administration and fire station is set on 4.4 acres of land and will be 21,500 square feet. Three bays will have the capacity to house up to six apparatus. Initially, these will include an engine, a High-Water Rescue Vehicle and a tanker. Crews of four firefighters will rotate for 24/7/365 for continuous coverage. Administration will also be housed in the new facility. The project is planned for a September 2022 completion.

The facility will include:

United States moves Griner status to priority

Nimitz HS star in Russian prison; WNBA teams show support

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration has determined that WNBA star Brittney Griner is being wrongfully detained in Russia, meaning the United States will more aggressively work to secure her release even as the legal case against her plays out, the State Department said.

“The U.S. government will continue to undertake efforts to provide appropriate support to Ms. Griner,” the department said.

Griner was detained at an airport in February after Russian authorities said a search of her bag revealed vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis. Since then, U.S. officials had stopped short of classifying the Phoenix Mercury player as wrongfully detained and said instead that their focus was on ensuring that she had access in jail to American consular affairs officials.

Now, though, U.S. officials have shifted supervision of her case to a State Department section — the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs — that is focused on negotiating for the release of hostages and other Americans classified as being wrongfully detained in other countries. A consular officer did visit in March.

“Brittney has been detained for 75 days and our expectation is that the White House do whatever is necessary to bring her home,” said Griner’s agent, Lindsay Kagawa Colas.

Rotary prepares for Fish Fry on May 14

The winner of the Raffle will have a choice of a Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck or a Toyota Camry. In addition, there will be 20 prizes in the drawing.

NORTH CHANNEL – The members of the North Shore Rotary Club are hard at work, preparing for their 47th Annual “Catfish Fry & Crawfish Boil.”

This annual event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, for the scholarships and community organizations that the Rotary Club supports.

Fish Fry chairman Ken Wimbley stated that this year is expected to be bigger and better than ever, now that most people have weathered the Pandemic and returned to normal activies and interests.

The Fish Fry will take place Saturday, May 14 at the Rotary Pavilion on Wallisville, behind the courthouse. The event will start in the morning, and last all day.

Attendees can enjoy a delicious crawfish lunch, while they participate in the silent or live auction, and hope their ticket comes up in the drawing.

The Grand Prize in the raffle is a choice of a new Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck, or a Toyota Camry sedan. Given the scarcity of new cars from the factories this year, this would be a great opportunity.