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Trishna’s Tidbits – Modern Musings by Trishna Buch

Throughout the last week of May, and the first two weeks of June, I had family visiting from India. They left last week and—while they were here—we took trips to San Antonio, College Station and Houston, along with visits to Galveston, Kemah and different shopping malls in and around Houston.
One particular outing we took was to a baseball game. In this particular game, the Sugarland Skeeters were playing against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Now, the one thing that is important for you to know—about me—is that I hate sports. Well, hate might be too strong of a word. But I can honestly say that I do not enjoy them at all. I don’t enjoy them, I don’t understand them and I don’t understand how people can sit through them. And, if you are one of those people who do love sports, more power to you, my friend. You have more patience than I do.
Knowing my aversion to sports, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that I wasn’t particularly looking forward to this outing. I mean yes, I was looking forward to an evening out with my family—what a treat on a work night—but I would have much rather spent this outing somewhere else. Like at a movie or a trip to the shopping center. Now that’s my idea of a fun evening; not a visit to a baseball game. But I digress. All eight of us piled into our rented van and made our way to the baseball field. Or is it a stadium? See my lack of knowledge?
The first thing I did, when we arrived at our seats, was try to connect to their Wi-Fi. This would be the make or break of the evening, at least for me. If they had Wi-Fi I would be able to pass my time at the game by doing what I do best—surfing the internet. If they did not have Wi-Fi, I would have to find another way to pass the time. I could have watched the game, but I needed a back-up option in case I got bored. And I had a feeling I would.
And, miracle of miracles, there was Wi-Fi! And, surprisingly enough, the connection was fast and strong. So I settled in with my phone, ready to pass the two or three hours the game would last, by scrolling through social media. But, of course, me and my lack of organizational skills did not plan ahead and charge my phone. So, 20 minutes into the game starting, the battery died and I had nothing left to do but watch the game.
So that’s exactly what I did. And all of my doubts and annoyances…proved completely true! Because I was so bored! I don’t mean to sound ungrateful; I know plenty of people would love to be attending a baseball game, but it’s not my cup of tea. In fact, relaxing at home with a cup of tea is my cup of tea. But I’m getting off track again.
During the time I spent at the game I saw several home runs, several “outs”, a few balls flying out of the stadium and some even flying into the stands and almost hitting people in the face. But the most exciting part of the event was the times when the players would be taking a break and they would invite members of the audience to participate in games. These games consisted of relay races, musical chairs and ring tosses—all of which were more entertaining than the actual baseball game. Or so I thought.
The biggest highlight of the night, however, was when the overhead board flashed with the words “Congratulations Rahee On Graduating!” My parents had arranged for the stadium to congratulate my sister on graduating high-school, along with wishing my aunt a Happy Birthday.
And apparently the rest of my family was bored as well. Because—as soon as the congratulatory messages came up—we gathered our belongings and left the field. Or stadium. I still don’t know.
I miss my relatives and would give anything to have them back. The three weeks they were here were incredible, but it went by way too fast. And I wish all the time that they lived closer. But, whenever they do visit next, I think we can cross “go to a baseball game” off the list!

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.

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 Call For Nominations By Trishna Buch

The Texas City Independent School District’s Foundation For The Future is calling for nominations to the 2017 Texas City Hall Of Honor and the 2017 La Marque Legacy Hall.

The Foundation For The Future was founded in 1996 to support and provide funds for programs that have not been completely covered by the operating budget. The funds, according to a release, are able to “facilitate student achievement,” “encourage staff excellence” and “expand community involvement.” “The Foundation believes there is a strong correlation between the quality of life in our community and the quality of its educational system,” Melissa Tortorici, Communications Director of TCISD, said. “The Foundation’s vision is to enhance education in TCISD by working to increase private support for educational activities.”

The Hall Of Honor was created to recognize graduates who “excelled in their field of expertise and made significant contributions to their respective communities”, said a press release. Furthermore, inductees into both the Texas City Hall Of Honor and the La Marque Legacy Hall are individuals who are role models to current and future Texas City and La Marque students. “We are excited to add La Marque’s Legacy Hall to the Community Recognition Celebration alongside Texas City’s Hall of Honor,” Deborah Laine, Foundation For The Future’s executive director, said. “La Marque had excellent inductees from 2008-2012 and we look forward to recognizing additional outstanding alumni beginning again this year.”
So where do all of you come in? From now until July 31, you are invited to submit names for people to be honored at the 12th Annual Community Recognition Celebration.  The ceremony, which is a fundraiser for the foundation, will be taking place on Thursday October 12 at the Doyle Convention Center. And the selected individuals will be inducted into the 2017 Texas City Hall Of Honor or the 2017 La Marque Legacy Hall on that date.
Nominees for the two aforementioned hall of honors must be graduates of the following schools: Booker T. Washington, Central or Wolvin high-schools, TCHS, Lincoln High School or La Marque High School. “The nominees should represent a cross section of the high quality graduates who have continued to represent excellence in their personal and professional lives and are good role models for TCISD students,” a press release said.
But that’s not all! Because people, who are not alumni of the aforementioned schools, can still be nominated for other community recognition awards. These awards are the ‘visionary in education award’, the ‘distinguished service award’ and the ‘spirit of education award’.
If you know someone who deserves to be nominated, go online to www.tcisd.org/departments/foundation/awards to submit an application. And, for more information on nominations or the ceremony call 409-916-0108 or email dlaine@tcisd.org.