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Galveston County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event April 8th

04/04/2017

Galveston County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Household Hazardous Waste Event A household hazardous waste collection event is scheduled for April 8, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Gulf Greyhound Park (located at 1000 FM 2004, La Marque, TX 77568). The City of League City, City of Dickinson, and Keep Dickinson Beautiful have teamed together, with a grant from Houston-Galveston Area Council and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to host the event. “This is a great opportunity for Galveston County,” said Bridget Kramer, Communications Coordinator and Project Coordinator for the grant. “Galveston County has more than 300,000 people and there are no household hazardous waste venues within the county.” The event is open to all Galveston County residents. Event organizers expect high attendance and ask for patience as long waits are expected. “In previous years, people had to wait an hour or more to drop off their items,” said Bryan Milward, Management Assistant for the City of Dickinson. “We have a new traffic flow map that should assist in reducing the wait.” A portion of these funds were provided by the Southeast Texas Resource Conservation and Development Counsel from the settlement of an enforcement action brought by TCEQ. Items accepted during the event include: fertilizers, pesticides, batteries, pool chemicals, paint related materials, thermometers, aerosol cans, household cleaners, automotive products, tires (six maximum), white goods (free of Freon), electronics, fluorescent bulbs, and paper for shredding. Unaccepted items: business/commercial waste, medical waste (pharmaceuticals, sharps/needles), radioactive waste, PCBs, dioxins, ammunition, explosives, compressed gas cylinders (small propane accepted), smoke detectors, and household trash. Tips for transporting household hazardous waste materials: Containers should be sealed and in their original packing. If not in original packing, mark outside of container with contents, if known. Pack leaking containers in a larger non-leaking container. Place containers upright in a box or plastic bin and pack newspaper around them to prevent breakage. Place materials in your trunk where you will not breathe the fumes during transport.

Future Hitchcock Bulldog

09/19/2016

legally-blind-hitchcock-youth-pursuing-dream-to-play-kicker HITCHCOCK A little more than two years ago, Grant Thiem was at a Hitchcock Bulldogs football game to support his older brother Hunter, then a sophomore.
The observation was made that the kicking game was not exactly the strength of the Bulldogs’ team. Grant knew then and there that kicking field goals and extra points would be his ticket to the Friday night lights experience when he became of age, so he began pouring himself into learning the finer points of playing the kicker position.
“I decided I wanted to try it out, and it just happened,” Grant, now 11, said.
It wasn’t quite as simple as Grant makes it seem, though. He’s taking on this football dream despite being affected by Stargardt disease, a genetic disorder that drastically impairs vision. Like most with Stargardt, Grant is legally blind, with his central vision largely blurred and peripheral vision less severely hindered.
The fact that Grant wanted to follow in his footsteps as a Hitchcock football player is something Hunter, who plays on Hitchcock’s offensive and defensive lines and serves as the team’s long snapper, said he really took to heart as he began diligently training and coaching his younger brother.
“I really wanted to help him out,” Hunter said. “I took it as a compliment, and if he wanted to work, I was going to help him get in the work and get him as good as he could be.”
That commitment has resulted in the Thiems being the only family on the block — and probably a much wider radius than that — with a life-size field goal post on their front lawn.
Hunter, his father and grandfather, a lifelong welder, constructed the post and assembled it in the wee hours of the morning two Christmases ago as a surprise for Grant.
Although he had his suspicions as he spotted some telltale clues, Grant said he was still surprised to see the final product fully constructed that Christmas morning.
“I kind of knew it was coming,” Grant said. “I kept asking for it, and then I saw the pipes in the yard before Christmas. I didn’t know what it was going to look like, but I knew it was going to be a field goal.”
“He gets to put his work in,” Hunter said. “He can do it every single minute that he wants.”
Grant now boasts a top field goal distance of about 35 yards, which puts him among the state’s best for his age group, according to his own research scouring the internet. Next year when he enters seventh grade, Grant plans to take the field as a member of Crosby Middle School’s football program.
Because Grant has had to work so hard to overcome his visual impairment in pursuit of his football dream, Hunter feels like that effort should actually give the prospective kicker a leg up on his peers.
“He’s got so much on everyone out there it’s not even funny,” Hunter said. “At practice, he runs the hardest. He just does everything to the best of his ability just because of what he’s got. His eyes make him do all that.”
When it comes to his own football exploits, Hunter calls Grant — as well as younger sister Georgi, a sophomore cheerleader who also suffers from Stargardt — his inspiration.
As Hunter traversed all corners of the state to attend college camps this summer in hopes of getting a scholarship, Grant was by his side to serve as extra motivation while displaying his skills on the O- and D-lines, at long snapper or any other position at which a college team will take him.
Knowing, for whatever reason, he was spared of the genetic disability affecting both his younger siblings, Hunter and the Thiem family have adopted a “no excuses” credo.
“I didn’t get that drive like he has,” Hunter said. “He’s my drive. Him and my sister are my drive because I see what they go through, and it just makes me want to work twice as hard to do what I can do to help them out.”
 

Hitchcock Good Ole Days Celebrates 45 years!!!

08/15/2016

Hitchcock Celebrates 45 years of Good Ole Days Community members gathered Saturday for “Good Ole Days,” a mixture of fun, patriotism and competition in Hitchcock that marks the final days of summer. The 45th annual festival celebrated country and state with its “Red, White and Blue” theme, sponsored by the Hitchcock Chamber of Commerce.
A morning parade along state Highway 6 — with floats, police patrol cars, fire trucks and the Hitchcock High School marching band and cheerleaders — kicked off the second day of celebration, ending the route at the festival grounds. Elected officials and community leaders took the stage to welcome residents and to speak about unity.
“I want you all to look around,” said Precinct 2 Constable Jimmy Fullen, who’s also the chamber of commerce president. “This is what small communities are doing, and it should be a role model for the country.”
While vendors sold their wares and kids rode carnival rides, the celebration was permeated by the smells of 91 cooking teams vying for barbecue acclaim. The celebration marks the final competition of the county’s barbecue Triple Crown, a three-part series of cook-offs. The Galveston County Fair and Rodeo and Texas City Funfest are the first two.
“It’s very competitive,” organizer Lew Benham said. “These people spend a lot of money.”
Tables of judges, equipped with pickles, cheese, and beer to cleanse their palates, reviewed ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken to determine a winner.
In addition to the barbecue tradition, the celebration included a beauty pageant for contestants ages 3 to 18, who competed in four age group categories. For the second year, the “mutton bustin’,” a popular Galveston County Fair and Rodeo event in which kids try to ride sheep, was part of the festival.
As part of a new feature of the festival, Sonny “The Bird Man” Carlin brought his traveling trained bird show featuring macaws and doves from Nederland.
The festival was scheduled to conclude with a performance by rock band “In Your Face” and raffle drawings.
“This is a great community event,” Precinct 2 County Commissioner Joe Giusti said. “This should be held up as an example.”
 

Infrastructure News and Everything Else!

04/11/2016

RedGuard opened for business at the historic Blimp Base Industrial Park in Hitchcock. At full operation, the Wichita, KS-based company expects to employ over 50 people in a variety of technical and support positions at the new location. RedGuard manufactures blast resistant modular buildings for the petrochemical industry and is the leading authority in blast resistance. The company provides safe, customizable and scalable modular buildings for a variety of industrial settings. The Hitchcock Industrial Development Corporation has applied for a Foreign Trade Zone designation. Blimp Base Industrial Park is within 40 minutes of four ports: Galveston, Houston, Freeport, and Texas City.

RedGuard joins Blimp Base

03/01/2016

The Hitchcock (TX) Industrial Development Corporation and the Galveston County Economic Development Division in association with the Greater Houston Partnership recently announced the successful recruitment of RedGuard to the historic Blimp Base Industrial Park in Hitchcock.

At full operation, RedGuard expects to employ over 50 individuals in a variety of technical and support positions through the new Hitchcock location.

“We are excited and honored that RedGuard has selected Hitchcock as the location for its new facility,” Galveston County Judge Mark Henry said. “As the newest member of our growing industrial family, we look forward to a long and rewarding partnership.”

RedGuard manufactures blast resistant modular buildings for the petrochemical industry and is the leading authority in blast resistance. RedGuard provides safe, customizable and scalable modular buildings for a variety of industrial settings. The Wichita, KS-based company has annual revenues exceeding $50 million annually and looks forward to expanding their customer base from their new Hitchcock location.

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