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Port Lavaca Church offers food pantry

The Harbor promoting safe environments for kids

The laughter of children will be ringing out at The Harbor’s upcoming Celebrate the Child event. But underneath the laughter is a serious refrain of April being Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month as well as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.The event will be Saturday, April 2, at The Harbor Children’s Alliance and Victim Center, 215 W. Railroad St. in Port Lavaca.

“We will be celebrating the child as part of Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month,” said Maria Walton, executive director of the center. “It is designed to bring awareness to the issue and to celebrate the child and remind them they are special.”Port Lavaca Mayor Jack Whitlow will read the proclamation declaring the month along with a bubble-blowing for 115 seconds, which is the number of interviews conducted relating to child abuse or sexual assault last year at The Harbor.

Closure of bays draws protests

Protesters turned out in Austin to fight against the permanent closing of three bays – Mesquite, Ayers, and Carlos – to oystering.The Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission, during its March 23 meeting, tabled the closure of the bays after day-long testimony about the impact of the closures, as well as more than 2,000 comments sent to the commission.Local activist Diane Wilson, a fourth-generation fisherwoman, was part of the rally.“It was actually really good,” she said of the two-day protests. “It was dark and cold, and Parks and Wildlife had fencing for us. There was a fenced-off area for us.”

Port Lavaca Church offers food pantry

In need of assistance or spiritual comfort? Looking for a place to be with fellow worshipers?The Fountain of Life Church, 121 Railroad St. in Port Lavaca, may have the answers you are seeking.

“We are family-oriented,” said Hernandez. “We have a one-on-one relationship with God.”The church also stands as a food pantry for people in need. The church started the outreach when COVID-19 struck. Hernandez said the need in the community got them started taking plates of home-cooked food to first responders, medical personnel, and the elderly.“Brisket and chicken got expensive out of pocket, so I asked Jesus if, since he fed the five thousand men with bread and fish, and there were leftovers, could he not help me feed the community?”Hernandez said they were contacted by the Golden Crescent Food Bank and went through the training on food handling.

Sandcrabs powerlifters compete at State

The Calhoun Sandcrabs competed in the State meet in Abilene on March 26. Two Sandcrabs represented Calhoun at the meet:Jose Reynaga, 181-pound class, 12th place, 1,305 lbs totalGage Spencer, 275-pound class, 11th place, 1,590 lbs total “This was a great representation of their hard work,” Head Coach Roger Saenz said. “Jose and Gage each hit personal records and improved their totals.”