Monthly Archives: March 2015

2nd Annual 2015 BTA Neches River Rally

The BTA Neches River Rally, September 12, 2015, is a family-friendly 4-5 mile paddle on the Neches River.

The 2015 BTA Neches River Rally registration is underway. Go to to register or call at the number below. The website looks as though they haven’t updated for the 2015 rally yet.

Call Neches River Rally office: 409-790-5399
Bruce Walker,


  • Family Friendly
  • Life Preservers Mandatory
  • Launch at Set Times
  • Bring Your Own Chairs
  • Rain or Shine
  • No Refunds

The 4.0 mile Cooks Lake to Scatterman Paddling Trail will provide families and friends with a great opportunity to experience the biological diversity of the Big Thicket National Preserve. This seemingly short trail can actually become an all-day adventure as Cooks Lake and Scatterman Lake are fun to explore. Paddlers will experience beautiful cypress and tupelo forests that will make them feel like early explorers without actually paddling too far from civilization. This looped style trail eliminates shuttling issues since there is only one access point. This is a proposed Texas Parks & Wildlife Department official Paddling Trail and follows the goals and requirements of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Departments Paddling Trail Program. We hope that the trail will be dedicated on September 6, 2014 the day of the BTA Neches River Rally.

Getting There

One access site:
Lower Neches Valley Authority-Salt Water Barrier
30° 9′ 19″ N, 94° 6′ 58″ W
From US Highway 69/96, take the Lucas Drive Exit. Head East on Lucas Drive for approximately 1 mile. Turn left heading North on Bigner Road. Continue straight on Bigner Road until reaching the boat ramp in approximately 1.5 miles.


For Canoe and Kayak Rentals…………………………………….Click Here

Please visit the Big Thicket Association website for information and registration.


2015 Snow Run: 1800 sq.ft. SNOW play area

snow run pic 2Colorectal Cancer Awareness Race

Date: March 28, 2015, Saturday 

Location: FM 421 in Lumberton @ the new city park

Time: Race begins at 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: $40 individual registration, 4 person team $140,
$25 Snow Slide and Snow Play

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month! Please join us for the Snow blast zones and over 1800 sq.ft. of snow play area! We will have 4 snow blast zones and over 1800 sq.ft. of snow to play in!

Please go to to register

The story behind it all! In 2007, Bradley was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. For those who do not know what that is, basically its a condition that causes ulcers and swelling to your entire colon (large intestine). After spending extensive time in, and out of, the snow run pic 3hospital and multiple surgeries doctors finally removed his entire colon. Through his fight with Ulcerative Colitis, he met  another survivor, Ty Yates, who had also been dealing with UC for many years. They decided to create a non-profit organization called the “Ulcerative Colitis Foundation of America” This charity helps support and provides scholarships to people who are also suffering from Ulcerative Colitis. They have organized a special event called “The Snow Run/Walk 5K, which will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 in Lumberton at the new city park. All proceeds will help support the “Ulcerative Colitis Foundation of America.” There will be snow machines throughout the race creating snow blast areas to run through! Please get the word out and share this with your friends and family! This is a big event and it will mean a lot to have everyone’s support! Thanks!! Please visit the website for more information: or

The Snow Run & Walk is sponsored by the Ulcerative Colitis Foundation of America, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Thank you for your support.

Are Your Boats Ready For Spring

via Boating Industry

Those of you in snowy states are probably cheering the recent temperature increases as much as I am. I don’t know about you, but I am definitely ready to go boating again. But what about your customers who bought their first boat this past year? Are they ready?

One of the most intimidating aspects of boat ownership is the maintenance, especially for new boaters, and the cost of maintenance is the number one reason boaters give up the recreation.

As the temperatures are finally starting to warm up in the seasonal regions, those new boaters are getting as anxious as we are to get on the water again. They followed all of the necessary steps to winterize their boat, but that was some time ago. What needs to be done to get the boat ready for spring?

Dealers should be active in working with customers to make sure they are comfortable performing the necessary maintenance, not only to keep those boaters in the sport but also to further establish loyalty to the dealership.

Send an email reminder to customers to get their boats ready for spring, but make it a little more special. Add a checklist that helps them remember all the little things they may forget when prepping their boats.

Discover Boating created an easy-to-print checklist for spring start-up that you can provide your customers, which asks customers to refer to their owner’s manual for any manufacturer-specific recommendations. What if they didn’t have to dig through their manual? Your customers would be wowed if you provided tips for prepping their specific brands for spring. And of course, be sure to extend an offer to visit your service department if they have any questions.

The time invested in building trust is never time wasted. This personal reminder demonstrates to the customer just how much you value their safety and want their boating experience to be hassle-free. When they need service done on their boat and want to give the job to someone they know will take care of them, no one else but you will come to mind. And if you don’t have time to provide excellent service to your customers, what do you have time for?

To see the full article by Brianna Liestman …………Click Here

Recipe Series: Duck Gumbo

Total Preparation: 3 hrs. and Serves 10

1 3/4 cups vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups flour
3 cups onions (chopped)
2 cups celery (chopped)
2 bell peppers (chopped)
2 bay leaves
4 cups water
4 large duck or chicken (cut into individual serving portions, boil then reserve broth)
6 cups reserved broth
1 1/2 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 lbs. Andouille sausage
1 tablespoon gumbo file’
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon onion powder

To cook your “Duck Gumbo” in a very large pot make a roux using the flour and oil over a medium heat. Stir this rough with wooden spoon constantly taking care not to let it burn. Make sure roux is a medium brown consistency, almost like peanut butter. Once your roux is ready (usually takes about 15 minutes), add onions (white and green), bell pepper, bay leaves and celery while stirring for around 5 minutes, until everything is tender. Then add the duck you have already boiled and stir. Then add the broth you reserved from boiling the duck (apprx. 6 cups) and add the water. Stir and then add the other seasonings. Cook on a low heat for 3 hours. At this point cut the sausage into small bite size pieces and add to the gumbo mixture. Cook this all for another hour. Spoon off any excess grease. Serve your gumbo hot over rice with a big batch of potato salad and you will be in gumbo heaven!