Welcome to our little slice of paradise! Clear Lake Shores is probably one of the best kept secrets in the entire Bay Area. Yes we are an island. We are surrounded by Clear Lake, Jarbo Bayou and the Lazy Bend canals. Plug this in to Google Maps and you'll see what I mean 29.32' by 95.01' We are about half way between Galveston Island and the city of Houston and located in north Galveston county. I will try to keep us up on all the goings on that we can walk, boat, bike or drive our golf carts to. Very few things pi$$ me off but one of them is wasting my precious time. I'll try not to waste yours. Enjoy. ab

Friday, November 30, 2012


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Letter from the Chief

1006 South Shore Drive
Clear Lake Shores, Texas 77565

Kenneth G. Cook
Chief of Police


November 28, 2012

Please allow me to convey my sincere and utmost appreciation to the Citizens of the City of Clear Lake Shores for their unyielding support of the Police Department.  
Due to the generous monetary contributions and the volunteering of time during our four bicycle fundraisers, we were able to completely fund the purchase of three new police bicycles.  
In fact, we exceeded our goal by raising $5,067.50.

Mere words cannot adequately express what it means to me and my officers to have our community rally around us and support us with such overwhelming generosity.  To all the Citizens of this fine City, from the entire Department, we say:

Happy Holidays.  
Chief Kenny Cook

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hump Day

This is awesome beyond words. Folks, a huge hats off to our very own Kemah Volunteer Fire Department. These are your family, friends and neighbors. Well done Chief Hahn and crew!


I had the distinct pleasure of accepting the award for the Kemah Fire Department from the Texas Department of State Health Services in which we were awarded First Responder Organization of the Year.  This is the highest award given by the Texas Department of State Health Services to a First Responder Organization.  I cannot put into words my pride and gratitude to the membership of the Kemah Fire Department on your dedication and service to our community.  This award is not something we could apply for, we were nominated by our peers and were selected by the Texas Department of State Health Services.  There are several hundred First Responder Organizations in the state and we were chosen over all of them.

Once again, THANK YOU for your dedication and compassion for the Kemah Fire Department.  It was the MEMBERS who earned this award, and I am very proud to be a part of the Kemah Fire Department.  Each and every member has shown what our foundation for the department is: INTEGRITY, PRIDE, and TRUST. 
Thank you,
 Brent Hahn
Fire Chief
Kemah Fire Department 

Have you checked out the “New” Galveston County Daily News? I like the mast head. I can’t find today in history yet but I’m still poking around. Thanks Mr. Graham!

Holiday Art Sale Saturday!

City Council meeting next Tuesday.

Civic Club meeting next Thursday.

An old man was asked, "At your ripe old age, what would you prefer to get - Parkinson's or Alzheimer's?"
The wise one answered,
"Definitely Parkinson's.
Better to spill half an ounce of whiskey,
than to forget where you keep the bottle!!"

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday Stuff

Check this out,
At the November 7, 2012, Salt Grass Chapter meeting, the Chapter voted to award one full Deloris McKenzie Scholarship and 4 partial Deloris McKenzie Scholarships.  The award was based on criteria scoring by the Scholarship Committee.
Karen Mericle, City of Clear Lake Shores, will receive the full scholarship for  travel and registration costs incurred while attending a seminar sponsored by the Texas Municipal Clerks Association, Inc. and/or Texas Municipal Clerks Certification Program.  
Meredith Brant, City of Seabrook; Kristin Edwards, City of Huntsville; Robin Eldridge, City of Deer Park; and Paula Favors, City of Wharton, will receive partial scholarships up to $250 for travel and registration costs incurred while attending a seminar sponsored by the Texas Municipal Clerks Association, Inc. and/or Texas Municipal Clerks Certification Program.
Congrats to Karen!!


Something fun for the weekend!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday?

This from Neighbor Jennifer:
Don't forget about your local Farmers Market that is every Saturday from 9:00-1:00 located in your backyard. We offer fresh tamales, cold pressed olive oils, pistachios, vinegar, spices, authentic Indian food, delicious empanadas, french baked good, salsas, fresh farm eggs, grassfed beef, range free chicken, pork, lamb, massages, organic doggie treats, healthy teas/coffee, handcrafted jewelry, all of the produce you could ask for, local honey, fresh cut flowers, handcrafted pottery on site, transplant herbs, plants, fruit trees, bread, sausage, handcrafted soaps and so many more vendors signing up each week. Please support your local Farmers Market if you would like to see it stay around.

Jackie Gleason

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

President Lincoln made it official in 1863.
This is a rerun from Last year. I know from all the hoo-haa that many of us switched to the oil less fryers but this is still good advice. That reminds me I still haven't received my promo check from Big Easy...

I have your 50th T-Shirts at my house. I'll be around all week and dropping you an email to come and get them.

From neighbor Ronnie. This is about frying turkeys and is all good info. I know all of you out there know what you’re doing so feel free to review this article so you can keep your idiot brother-in-law from burning the house down tomorrow. And if I might add my own 2 cents worth, I can think of several experienced turkey frying neighbors who agree the Oil less fryers are the way to go. What ever you do this holiday weekend have fun. Be thankful and be safe. We’ll look for you at sunset.

I guess summer isn’t quite finished with us just yet. I’m not complaining mind you I’m just saying. I know the in-laws are loving it.

From a dear friend and hopefully just in time for Black Friday. What a great idea.

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods, merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.
This year could and should be different. This year Americans could give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans, friends, family and community.
There is no longer an excuse that, at gift-giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American-owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift  certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamin's on a Chinese made electronics or some other techno gadget?
Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates.  And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half-dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint.  Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains, this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
How many people couldn't use an oil change, set of tires or a tune-up for their car, truck or motorcycle,  done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day, week or month.

Your computer need a tune-up, I KNOW you can find some young local guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you are looking for something more personal. Local craftsmen and other talented people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves, grow their own grapes, and make them into wine. They make jams, jellies and deserts, and All kinds of great stuff to eat and enjoy. They also make and or sell All sorts of craft items from beautiful wood, clay, metal & glass. Personal items or items for  home decor. What about our local artist?  Potters', painters, sculptors, glass workers, photographers, jewelers & sign makers. Just to name a few!

What about planning your holiday outings at local, owner-operated pubs and restaurants, be sure to leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a movie,  play or ballet at your hometown theater or playhouse.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house from your big box stores? You could buy a five dollar string of lights locally. At least some of the money from that purchase stays in the community.
If you have big bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas should no longer be about draining American pockets so that China and big corporations can control all the wealth or build another glittering city.
Christmas should involve caring about our community and country, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow
their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.

First you forget names, then you forget faces. Next you forget to pull your zipper up and finally, you forget to pull it down.
George Burns

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Peyton Danielle Fenwick was born at 2:59 pm today. 8.6 lbs 21 inches. Mom, dad, and baby are doing great! Congrats!!

277 is the number of meals served at the Thanksgiving Dinner last Saturday. The Civic Club made a little over $1300 dollars. Hats off to Pamela Zuteck for running the inside operation and to Bryan Hoerner for running the outside stuff. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with everything from decorations to clean up. 

Movie Night is Saturday and the movie will be Momma Mia! I'll tell you where it's gonna be when I find out.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
Mark Twain

Friday, November 16, 2012

Ready, Set,

It's almost time. The place to be Saturday is the annual Thanksgiving feast held at the Club House. That place smells better than a new car. 

What: The Umpteenth annual Civic Club Thanksgiving Feast
When: 11:00 -  2:00  or until it's all gone
Where: at the Club House where else?
Why: It's our largest fundraiser! Adults $10, Children $5, and desserts are only $1.

Come hungry and we'll see you there!

If you need a ride or know someone who needs a ride up to the Thanksgiving Dinner please let me know and I'll get it handled. We don't want anyone missing out on this fabulous event. And Yes there will be takeout boxes. 

I have been asked if there may be some neighbors in need this Thanksgiving. If you know of a family that could use a hand with  Thanksgiving dinner please drop me a line at We can fix that.

And then get ready for next weekends BBQ and Holiday shopping extravaganza.