By Trishna Buch

Are you concerned that your child may be getting bored, sitting at home all summer with nothing to do? Is your child between the ages of five and 17? Is he or she a fan of the theater? If you answered yes to these questions, then consider signing them up for summer drama classes at Dickinson’s Bay Area Harbour Playhouse!


The classes, which run from July 10 to August 4, allow participants to explore every aspect of putting together a play—from acting to directing to set decorating to working on the lights and sounds, depending on the student’s area of expertise. Students will also learn the basics of acting, improvisation and more; all while rehearsing for the play.  And it gives the students a chance to get out of the house and make new friends.

And Molly Akin, a participant at this month’s camp, spoke to how theater has helped her. “I have been acting for nine years, both here and at school,” she said.“At my school theater it has helped me be more confident.”
Rachel Moe, another member of this month’s camp, agreed.“I have been going here (to the camp) for eight years now and it has helped me be a more outgoing person.” “I was shy when I was little, so it’s helped me with my public speaking,” she said.
And for some students, such as the female who was sent to the program as a disciplinary method, it provides them with a chance to turn their life around. “I came here on a court notice,” the girl said. “But I have enjoyed it and it’s helped me a lot with my schooling and being a better person.”

This month, the drama class members put on a play called Willy Wonka Junior. The name may seem confusing, but it was a showing of the famous Roald Dahl book. We all know the story. A young boy is one of five children who wins a golden ticket and is invited to a candy factory. The hilarious antics that follow are enough to keep everyone laughing from beginning to end. And the BAHP version of the play was directed by Amber Fabian and Maggie Bledsoe. Maggie has been in numerous plays,  most recently, she played the leading role of Belle in Beauty & The Beast at Dickinson High School.
“The July show we are doing, I think, is Peter And The Wolf,” Fabian said. “It consists of two weeks of rehearsal and two weeks of shows, and the shows are Monday to Friday at 11:00am and 1:00pm.” The summer drama classes cost $250 and take place every Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. And if you are close to picking up your phone to dial 281-337-7469 to register your child and just need that last push, then take into account the words of one camp attendee.
“I love the Harbour Playhouse because I always feel welcomed there,” Kendall Dixon said. “I get a sense that I’m useful there and the people are like one big family.”
The Harbour Playhouse was formed in 1980 and is owned by Mrs. Bennie Nipper.

Willie Wonka runs through June 30th daily at 11 am and 1 pm.

Meet Ulanda Bounds by Trishna Buch

Ulanda Bounds’ desk used to be at the very front of the office. So that, whenever a newcomer or a familiar face to the office would come in, they would immediately be greeted by her smiling face and warm personality. However, a few weeks ago, Bounds’ desk was moved to the back of the office—and visitors need to make a short trek in order to speak to her.
But this trek is well worth your time, because Bounds is a personable individual that you can come in—planning to talk to her for a few minutes—and, before you know it, a half hour has passed by. Bounds has a way of making every person who she speaks to feel as if their opinions and thoughts are highly important, and that just speaks to the kind of person she is.
But the purpose of this article is not to talk to you all about her excellent communication skills; because I am sure you are all aware of that, seen by her excellence in advertising.
Bounds joined The Post Newspaper about 11 years ago and has been in the advertising and sales sector since that time. She told me about her hiring process and the persistence she showed after her interview.
“After my interview I would call in once or twice a day,” she told me. “Eventually, John Oliver told David that—if I was this persistent now—I needed to get hired, because I would be able to sell ads.” And sell ads she did, because in her first week with the paper, Bounds sold $1000 worth of advertisements.
“Working in advertising goes beyond just picking up a phone and calling people,” she told me. “You have to do your research and understand what the customer needs, before you can sell them an ad.”
Born and raised in Navasota, Bounds has been a Texas City resident for the past 16 years. After graduating from high-school, she attended the Technical Training Institute where she took courses which related to the advertising and customer service field. When I asked how different her life would be, had she gone down the medical path, she said: “I don’t think I’d be as content as I am now. What I love to do is help people. And while medical professionals do help others, I do so as well. And, at the same time, I am able to do what I love.”
Bounds—who crowned herself “the queen of everything” (a plaque on her desk proves this)—told me that she considers herself more of a leader than a follower. And, in her 11 years with the paper, she has helped lead the employees into the heights of success.
“I have had so many different jobs, but this job completes me,” she told me.
Married to Byron, a transporter at Mainland Hospital, Bounds is an outdoorswoman. She enjoys horseback riding, riding the trails and camping.
“In August I have a huge camping trip planned. We are driving eight hours to Oklahoma and spending time there.”
Bounds was the first person I met when I came into The Post a year ago and I feel privileged to be able to work alongside her. She is such a warm and caring person, that I urge all of you to come in and have a chat with her.

Calling all budding journalists! The Post is looking for a young author to send to Young Writer’s Camp. If you are interested, or you know someone who would like to attend, just send me an email using your best journalistic skills telling me why you would like to be a Cub Reporter for The Post Newspaper. You will have to act fast because Camp is going to be held on July 10th through the 13th and you will need to have transportation to the Arbor Building at 2700 Bay Area Blvd.
The individual selected will have the opportunity to work with our Senior Staff Writer, Trishna Buch, as our Cub Reporter for the summer, reporting on local happenings, getting his or her byline and a headshot for the paper. We are hoping this will inspire young writers to consider journalism as a career choice. No matter how it gets delivered, an Informed Community is a Healthy Community. So help us get the word out and lets find our next budding journalist.
Space still available for Young Writers Camp. Budding authors in grades 7-12 are eligible to attend University of Houston-Clear Lake’s four-day Young Writers Camp July 10-13. Each day features two sessions taught by UHCL College of Education Instructional Associate Emma Sobey. The 8:30-11:30 a.m. session will focus on critical-thinking and deductive-reasoning skills. Students will solve a variety of mysteries, logic puzzles and strategy games to help them understand how authors use clues to entice and surprise readers.
From noon – 3 p.m., students will explore brainstorming techniques and writing strategies to help them improve their creative and academic writing. Morning and afternoon sessions are $139 each. Part of the Kids U summer program, the Writing Camp is held in the center Arbor Building, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston.
Kids U runs six camps that target different interests at different ages, through 12th grade. For the full schedule and prices, visit For more information, call UHCL’s Center for Educational Programs, 281-283-3530.

Galveston’s First Female Mayor Passes Away by Trishna Buch

Janice Coggeshall, the first female mayor of Galveston, passed away on Monday June 19 at the age of 81.
Coggeshall was elected to the position of mayor in 1984. This appointment came five years after she was selected to join the Galveston City Council, in 1979. Though she was officially elected mayor in 1984, she was mayor pro-tem from 1983 to 1984. She held the seat of mayor until 1989. Her five year stint as mayor was followed by an attempt to run for a position as county commissioner of precinct two; an attempt which ended up being unsuccessful.
Despite serving the city passionately for several years, Coggeshall was not BOI (born on the island). The former city official was born in 1935 in New York. She spent her days growing up in Rochester and moved to Wellesley, Massachusetts—to attend Wellesley College. Following this, in the 1970s, she moved to Galveston because her husband—Richard—was employed at UTMB.
Coggeshall’s passion for helping the city and its residents was shown during her time as mayor and mayor pro-tem. She was instrumental in helping the city get back on its feet following two calamities—Hurricane Alicia in 1983 and the Alvenus Oil Spill in 1984. And Coggeshall’s passion for civic duty ran beyond her years as mayor and mayor pro tem. Her most recent act of duty was serving on the city’s Ethics Commission since 2011. She was also a member of the Galveston Housing Finance Corporation/Galveston Property Finance Authority and the Arts And Historic Preservation Advisory Board. In addition to this, she was also a member of the Election Recount Committee in 1991, and was appointed to the Mayor’s Tourism Roundtable in 1997; in which she served as the chair. She was also heavily involved in the Rosenberg Library. Coggeshall was also passionate about education, and this led her to be the founder of the Galveston College Foundation, along with assisting the creation Galveston College’s Universal Access 21st Century Scholarship program.
Coggeshall’s position as the first female mayor of Galveston was one to be prideful of. She was named as such, following 145 years of the city’s history. And, prior to her election as mayor, she was only the second female to be named to the Galveston city council, after Ruth Kempner in 1960. And, in an article published by The New York Times in 1988—when Coggeshall was in her last year as Galveston mayor—she was labelled as “determined” and “enthusiastic”, as well as being called “an unflagging cheerleader for Galveston.”
“Jan was a great mentor and inspiration to those that she encountered,” Carolyn Sunseri, Galveston city councilmember of district six, told me. “She was very helpful to me when I was running for election and continued to give me advice through my tenure as a council person. She will be sorely missed.”
Mike Doherty, Galveston city council member of district four, also spoke to her passion for bettering the city.
“Jan loved Galveston and dedicated her life in Galveston to making it a better place; from historic preservation, the Library, to City Council and Mayor, to health and human service issues and overall quality of life matters. She will be missed.”
A memorial service for Coggeshall took place yesterday, Saturday, at the First Presbyterian Church at 2pm


A New Skipworth-y Member In Town by Trishna Buch
College Of The Mainland has a new face in its ranks, with the selection of Melissa Skipworth to the college’s board. Skipworth was selected to position five, which was previously held by Roney McCrary. She was selected after winning the runoff election on June 17.
Skipworth, who is a resource manager for the accounting firm Grant Thornton, has been involved with the college since she first moved to Dickinson. And her involvement is a family affair, with her husband being a professor of government at the college.
Skipworth submitted a guest column to The Post last month to speak about her passion for the college and the need for the board to listen to the community, and do whatever they can to help improve the college as the years pass.
She wrote: “Do you want a community college for our mainland that is successful in spite of its leadership or do you want a college whose success is enhanced by that leadership?”
Prior to running for a seat on the COM board, Skipworth had no political background or experience. However, she is no stranger to community involvement. According to a release from the college, Skipworth is a member of her neighborhood’s homeowners association and volunteers during community impact days.
Skipworth attended the University Of Houston, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business. She also holds 15 years of experience in human-resources, which will assist her as she takes on her new role as COM board member. And, in a release from COM, Skipworth addressed her fondness for the college and the fact that she wants to work with COM president, Warren Nichols, to improve the college’s facilities not only for the students, faculty and staff; but also for the community as a whole.
In the guest column she submitted to The Post, she said: “Many of you watch or act alongside students in COM’s theater productions, learn new skills in COM’s continuing-education programs or create memories with your families while feeding the ducks at Lake Eckhart. COM is an invaluable community resource and great things happen there every day.”
Skipworth will be joining Rachel Delgado, Kyle Dickson, Donald Gartman, Rosalie Kettler, Bennie Matthews and Alan Waters in serving the college, its students, faculty, staff and surrounding community.
“Community colleges are becoming more important as university tuition increases and the demand for employees with degrees is increasing,” Skipworth said in a release.
“COM has a great workforce and 50 plus programs. “We have high-quality staff and faculty who care about students. We’re a resource in your backyard.”