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Boys Haven-The Legacy Lives On!

Boys’ Haven – The Legacy Lives On!

Boys’ Haven was founded in 1945 with help from the Optimist Club. They have recently celebrated their 70th anniversary! They are very much looking forward to another 70 more years and truly have dedicated to the cause of helping boys who have been abandoned, abused and neglected. They have helped over 3,500 boys throughout the years, from ages 5 to 17. These boys find themselves in great need of guidance, safety, structure and stability, which unfortunately in most cases are not being received in a traditional home setting.

However, these days, Boys’ Haven is doing more than just giving the boys a home and putting a roof over their heads. Boys’ Haven seeks to provide hope for a bright future by teaching them new productive skills which will lead to successful adulthood. Boys’ Haven is proud to announce they have recently kicked off their Continuing Our Legacy Capital Campaign and are preparingBoys haven 1 to build three new cottages. Their Capital Campaign Committee has set a goal in excess of $1.5 million in order to construct these new cottages. They have been needed for a long time and will better allow them to serve the boys in our community and surrounding areas. Boys’ Haven is scheduled to break ground on their very first cottage in 2016. Each new cottage will have the capacity to house 12 boys, each of them having their very own room. This is something the boys have never had access to in the past and it is vital to building their self-esteem. Our current cottages, constructed in 1973, have reached their usefulness due to their age and ever changing state requirements. In order to continue making such a big difference in the lives of these boys, it is vital for this Capital Campaign to be nothing short of a success.

Boys Haven 4Boys’ Haven is based on the principles of discipline and hard work. We have continued our mission for 70 years now, to provide help, hope and a home for all young men in Southeast Texas that need one. We are a true dedication to a good cause.

If you would like to help or contribute, or have questions, please contact Denise Berry at Boys’ Haven at 409.790.1267 or 409.866.2400 Extension 124.

Boys’ Haven

New Texas Boat Trailer Laws

Here are the “New Texas Boat Trailer Laws,” which are now state regulations. We wanted to make you all aware of them. They are now a requirement by the state.

Trailers Inspection Requirements

Certain trailers require an inspection prior to registration. If your trailer has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) that is more than 4,500 pounds, an inspection is required.
This includes trailers, semitrailers, boat trailers, pole trailers, mobile homes, travel trailers.
Note: Farm trailers displaying a farm license plate are not required to be inspected. If you are unsure about the gross vehicle weight of your trailer, check your registration receipt for the weight

What’s Inspected by Vehicle Type

Items of Inspection for a Trailers

05.06 Inspect All Trailers, Semitrailers, Pole Trailers, or Mobile Homes Exceeding 4,500 Pounds Actual Gross Weight or Registered Weight For: (Listed in suggested order of inspection) Refer to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, if required.* Check for evidence of Financial Responsibility on towing vehicle1. Brakes (system) (If gross weight exceeds 4,500 pounds)
2. Tires
3. Wheel Assembly
4. Safety Guards or Flaps (if four tires or more on rearmost axle) Pole trailers exempt.
5. Tail Lamps (2)
6. Stop Lamps (2)
7. License Plate Lamp (1)
8. Rear Red Reflectors (2)
9. Turn Signal Lamps
10. Clearance Lamps
11. Side Marker Lamps
12. Side Reflectors
13. Side Marker Lamps and Reflectors (30 feet or more in overall length)
(Refer to Reference Section as per lighting diagrams and as applicable to the particular trailer being inspected.)
14. Serial or Vehicle Identification Number
15. Window Tint.

Texas Marine named “TOP 100 DEALERS” in the Nation

Texas Marine Named Top 100 Dealers In the Nation

Boating Industry magazine has just named its “Top 100 Dealers” in the nation. This is the pinnacle trade magazine for the marine industry. It prides itself on a strictly held set of standards for which the winning dealerships must achieve to earn this highly coveted award. This honor is awarded to a very limited few dealerships across the United States. The 2015 “Top 100 Dealers” were healthier than ever, with a combined 2.5 billion in sales. It is the largest combined total since before the economic crash of 2008. The average “Top 100 Dealer” grew their revenue by 10.8% and sold 23, 117 boats. At the same time they were growing their revenue they successfully grew net profit and margins and CSI scores, while improving service efficiency. All these factors have made this year’s competition for “Top 100 Dealer” the toughest ever.

Texas Marine has been named one of Boating Industry magazines “Top 100 Dealerships” in the nation in the December 2015 issue of Boating Industry. This is not the first year they have been named within the ranks of these elite dealerships.. There are numerous assessments that have to be done in order to compete for this tremendous honor. A dealer must excel in customer relations, sales, service, marketing, net profit, growth and so much more. So congratulations to the entire Texas Marine team at all 3 dealerships for making this happen!

Texas Marine Christmas Party!

Tx Mrn 8Once again the annual Texas Marine Christmas Party was a bTx Mrn 5ig success. It was an amazing time of fun, fellowship and FOOD, delicious food! Starting with the turkey and dressing

right down to the Key Lime pie everyone stuffed themselves.

 

Tx Mrn 9These sprawling food choices, so carefully prepared by our fellow teammates, are just another example of the caring detail with which this team does everything. 12376126_10153859120443447_1856630946735675685_nThis year was a very successful year for Texas Marine. As our team leader  shared his appreciation and prayer for each and every member we all reflected on the banner year we have had.

Texas Marine 4Our team members and awesome customers are the best and have made this one heck of a year!

Merry Christmas to everyone and to each a very Happy New Year!

Shop Texas Marine For Christmas

Don’t forget to come by Texas Marine for Christmas where we have a wide variety of Christmas gifts for the water lovers in your family!

Boat Maintenance Checklist for Off-Season Storage

Texas Marine Off-Season Maintenance Special

There are so many reasons to carefully and thoroughly tuck in your boat for the off-season that a traditional annual ritual will payoff in spades. It can ward off rust, mildew and the eventual break down of your boat, resulting in shortening its usefulness. There just isn’t enough that can be said on the benefits, both monetarily and practically, for learning this process and developing your own yearly checklist. Use the below” Boat Maintenance Checklist for Off-Season Storage” to help you build your own personal regime.

Where & When

  1. Where-You need to put a little thought into where your boat will be stored in the off-season and when it is to be tucked in. A climate-controlled storage would naturally be optimal, but many boat owners do not have that kind of access. So the next best thing is a nicely-fit cover for your boat, as it sits outside. You want to check all the sharp edges on your boat that will come into contact with your cover so it does not get ripped during the harsher weather that is inevitable. Remember if necessary an old rag and some duct tape can take care of wrapping a threatening sharp edge on any boat.
  2. When to tuck in your boat is always a challenge. The best thing to remember is you want it in before the first hard freeze. It only takes once for your boat to sustain potential damage due to freezing weather which it was not prepared for. It pays tremendously to get this step right.

Prep Work before Covering

  1. To cut down on mildew you can clean, wash and wax your fiberglass or gel coated surfaces with a mild marine wash and dual-action polisher. Take care to thoroughly dry with cotton towel. Do not forget to address any oxidation or stains with a dual-action polisher before you wax.
  2. Then for the painted or metal surfaces you need to use a protective application of wash and wax to deal with any impurities on them before storing.
  3. Thoroughly clean all crumbs and dirt from floors, seats and storage bins. You can use a vacuum from the local car wash to quickly accomplish the task.
  4. For you vinyl surfaces, such as furniture, coat it with a protective vinyl cleaner or conditioner. It will ensure your upholstery is protected against the UV rays of the sun once you begin your boating season again the following year. Also, it will help you locate any tears in your vinyl that would allow moisture into your padding and deteriorate it, as you are forced to inspect it while applying the conditioner.
  5. Be sure to detail and protect your clear plastic surfaces as well with a Plastic wax (don’t use glass cleaner on your plastic).
  6. Engine prep work is the most time consuming, yet has the greatest potential for saving you money in the long run. Drain all the water from your outboards. Drain the coolant and replace it with antifreeze that is propylene glycol-based. Be sure you take the time to change your oil and filter also. Then fill your tank 3/4’s of the way full and add a stabilizer to protect the integrity of your fuel during the long storage season. Remove the battery and store in your garage or at least disconnect it.
  7. Check out your owners manual to make sure you have not forgotten any other mechanical to do for your particular boat model. Do not forget to take out all valuables either.

Check On Your Boat

Check on your boat now and then on the off-season. Make sure to carefully inspect the cover for tears that may be compromising all your hard work to store and protect your boat. Make sure everything is continuing to look like it is doing its job protecting your boat.  By developing a simple yearly checklist, with all these simple steps on it, you can make sure when the season kicks into high gear you do not have a nasty little surprise waiting on youu, from a careless off-season storage regime.

REMEMBER:

If you are new to  boat ownership or simply do not have the time you can always get the help of professionals like Texas Marine in Beaumont, Conroe and Clear Lake to painstakingly do the job for you. Make sure whoever you hire though agrees everything that you need done ahead of time.

CCA StarKids Tournament Yields $50,000 Local Winner

The Coastal Conversation Association has been around since 1978 with many accomplishments under it’s belt. The mission ocall Leticia at 12812502455f this organization is to educate the public and to advise on conservation that involves marine type resources. They strive to conserve and to enhance the availability of these coastal resources for future generations, as well as the current one, to enjoy. They sponsor many activities during the year but one of the most popular is the CCA StarKids Tournament.

The CCA Star Tournament was held over the summer of 2015. This CCA StarKids Tournament Yields “BIG WIN” For Local Girl of only 8 years old. The CCA puts on a StarKids tournament yearly and this year little Maritza Martinez from Southeast Texas won 2015WeighStationMap-646x1024 (Small)a $50,000 dollar scholarship for her catch. She fished regularly this summer as part of the tournament but never caught a fish big enough to place her the statewide tournament’s winners circle. That all changed for her on Labor Day, while fishing in the Trinity Bay.

She was enjoying another fishing trip with her family when she suddenly hooked the 23 5Girl 1 (Small)/8’s inch Sheepshead Division winner.  The Sheepshead weighed 11 pounds even. Her father never expected the fish that was on the other end of that line when she yelled “Dad I got a really big fish.” He thought it might be a stingray! He was astonished as she reeled the monster fish in all by herself. They decided it might be a winner and brought it in to be weighed. Next thing you know Maritza had won the grand prize $50,000 college scholarship for her efforts. Congratulations Maritza Martinez on this wonderful win!

http://www.startournament.org/

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StarKids Sheepshead Division (ages 6 – 10)

One $50,000 college scholarship will be awarded for catching the largest Sheepshead in this division.

Time to Renew Your Fishing & Hunting License Again

Seems like just yesterday, doesn’t it! However, last years hunting and fishing licenses expired on August 31, 2015. It is time to renew them once again. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department usually issues around 2 1/2 million licenses to avid sportsman across the Lone Star State. Don’t forget, if you were born before 1971 you must also successfully complete a hunter education training course or purchase a one time deferral good for one license year.

The good news is the people down at Texas Parks and Wildlife have made it a breeze to purchase yours. You may purchase your license at any 50 state parks, 25+ field offices or 1700+ retail stores, like Walmart. Now days you may even purchase your licenses online at the T.P.W.D website………………Click Here To Purchase.

If all those options are not easy enough for you then simply pick up the phone and dial 1-800-895-4248 and the call center will do the work for you. The new hunting and fishing regulations for the 2015-2016 season can be found online just………………….Click Here

If you would like to get the Texas Parks and Wildlife App simply ……………………..Click Here

 

 

 

 

Nationally Recognized S.E. Texas Artist-David Cargill

Tucked away in a quiet little “Ole Town” Beaumont neighborhood is a whimsical little piece of property all its own, an island of artistic passion loaded with an eclectic array of sculptures, paintings andCargil 5 stained glass pieces. Who knew that “Nationally Recognized S.E. Texas Artist-David Cargill” was endeavoring to produce such a magnificent repository of his life’s work behind the those architecturally  interesting gates to the entrance of his home.

 

As you step inside the gates, a sudden otherworldly sense of charm begins to permeate the place and you feel as though you’ve entered a foreign land, somewhere in Europe perhaps.  Meandering through the various nooks and crannies of the perfectly staged vignettes, that have been so painstakingly developed over the years, one feels truly blessed to be wandering in such a magical place. Everywhere the eye catches is a secret waiting to be discovered. There were things such as a small child peaking out from behind a bush and a Jesus statue gloriously raising His exceptionally large hands to the sky with a joyous passion that can not help but permeate the soul of its admirers. This place is filled with artistic pieces of every size, shape and caliber, with no one particular theme dominating over another.

One would expect to find mainly large pieces of Bronze statues at the home, similar to his well-known commissioned pieces, such as the Mirabeau B. Lamar head in the quadrangle at Lamar University. To the pathfinders delight there is everything from marble sculptures (like those of Michelangelo) to bronze children playing in the yard with gorgeous green patinas covering their aging bodies. There is even a clay terracotta piece stretched out lazily in a small venue near the house. Also, the artist has included everything from serious pieces like the image of Jesus dying on the cross with the details of that moment piercing through this facial expressions to a large funny camel in the side-yard with Eve standing on it’s back picking the apple. During the entire outdoor adventure the viewers eyes are continually drawn towards a massive plate glass window to catch a glimpse of towering overstuffed bookshelves, just waiting to be discovered inside the artists home.

Cargil 7Once inside the real joy begins as this artist studio and workshop reveals its most prized possessions. A favorite of many is the tall thick tree whose entire trunk is carved with intricate detail to tell a story and was titled “The Garden of Eden.” The artist wife was an amazing painter and artist all her own. The paintings adorn nearly every wall in the home adding a whole other dimension to the experience. One feels as though they have entered a museum. The perusing of the numerous old books, including a ancient hymnal from an old Church or monastery in Spain and an 1829 “Pilgrims Progress” was a great finish to this unexpected, yet momentous occasion.

2015 Top Family Friendly Places to Fish

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Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation partnered with Take Me Fishing campaign to rank the 2015 Top Family Friendly Places to Fish in America. Here is a list of great spots they came up with.

As part of a sweepstakes, anglers and boaters cast more than 91,000 votes online to help develop the 2015 list of Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat. The criteria for the Top 100 included having a public body of water within an hour of a major city, good fishing opportunities, and family-friendly amenities.

Who Reeled In The Top 10 Spots:

  1. Everglades National Park, FL
  2. Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key, FL
  3. Blue Springs State Park, Orange City, FL
  4. Kissimmee State Park, Lake Wales, FL
  5. Keystone State Park, Derry, PA
  6. Clear Lake State Park, Kelseyville, CA
  7. Skyway Fishing Pier State Park, St Petersburg, FL
  8. Galveston Island State Park, Galveston, TX
  9. Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA
  10. Lackawanna State Park, North Abington, PA

This is a great guide for bringing your family out to enjoy the outdoors and memory making adventures that a successful fishing experience can provide!