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Garth Road can be a real traffic nightmare. The promised resurrection of San Jacinto Mall still seems like a distant dream. And can we get a few more sidewalks around here? Sure, there's plenty to complain about in Baytown. We each take our turn when the mood strikes. But what about the good stuff? Why are longtime residents choosing to stay, while so many new folks continue moving in? What are some of the things that make Baytown a pretty darned good place to live? Here’s your chance to sound off. Be as descriptive and convincing as possible. The most interesting response will receive a special prize from The Baytown Project.

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #SanJacintoMall

What’s all the excitement about in Baytown? There’s a new H-E-B set to open next week, that’s what. Positioned just across the street from Kroger, the other major grocery chain store in town, it should be interesting to see the competition heat up. So where do you plan to pledge your food-buying allegiance? Will you be a dedicated Kroger or H-E-B shopper? Or maybe you prefer Joe V’s, Food Town or one of the all-purpose stores like Walmart or Target. Here’s your chance to weigh in on your top choice and why.

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #HEB #Kroger

“I walked into a store and an employee asked, ‘Are you Miss Swamp?’ I froze like a deer in headlights and said, ‘Yes, but no one has called me that in almost 40 years.’ She said, ‘You taught my daughter in kindergarten. She is now a 44-year-old nurse in Houston with two kids of her own in school.’ I was shocked thinking how fast she recognized me and excited that I must not have changed much in 38 years. She told me, ‘You really made an impression on those kids. And their parents really appreciated it.’ She took my picture with her phone and texted her daughter asking, ‘Do you know who this is?’ She showed me her daughter’s reply: ‘Miss Swamp!’” … Fresh out of Texas A&M 39 years ago, the kindergarten teacher had some challenging students who caused her to go home in tears. … “I had to do something about the kids getting to me, so I checked out the book, ‘Miss Nelson is Missing!’ from the library. It’s an adorable book about a teacher with an unruly class who stayed home sick one day, sending Miss Viola Swamp (Miss Nelson in costume) as the sub. Miss Nelson was nice. Miss Swamp was not. With the sub, the kids couldn’t talk, play or even laugh all day. I read that story to my students and I ‘stayed home sick’ the next day, sending Miss Swamp instead. It was really me in costume with my mom’s wig, black dress, dark makeup, and even the green and yellow socks. The day after that, I came back and got hugs from all my students. They said, ‘Please don’t send us Miss Swamp anymore. We’ll be good!’ They had good behavior the rest of the year. Now, you can see why I miss teaching kindergarten. It was such fun!” — Sallie Daniel Sherman

#BaytownProject #teacher #school #kindergarten #TexasAggies

It’s been a busy week for Angela Franco and her husband, John Gomez. Like countless others around our community, they have rolled up their sleeves — and their pant legs when needed — to help make sure that those in need are safe and well fed. Go to https://baytownproject-hurricaneharvey.blogspot.com/ to read their full story.

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #HurricaneHarvey #Harvey2017 #barbecue

(3 of 3) “After the hurricane, this nonprofit organization called Just the Crumbs from Sumrall, Mississippi, came here. They started providing meals for all of the flooding victims. We were looking for something that Adam could do to help. That’s when Laurine had this idea that maybe he could prepare bags to go along with the meals.” … “They said it would be great to include a salty thing, a sweet thing, a napkin, and then mustard, mayonnaise and ketchup. He would get started on them every day, then I’d take them up there and he’d do some more. He’s been doing it for five weeks.” … “He’s already a happy guy. But he’s really been happy doing this. I don’t know that he understands the concept of all the damage that was done and the impact of the flooding. But he knows he’s making the bags for people, for the flood victims. You can just tell that he feels like he’s doing something important.” — Tracie Johnson and Laurine Farmer … Laurine is Tracie’s sister-in-law and next-door neighbor. Adam has used her home’s kitchen space to prepare about 2,000 bags so far.

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #HurricaneHarvey #autism

Yesterday, I posted a story about a retired kindergarten teacher who made quite an impression on her first class almost 40 years ago. It made me think of another former teacher I interviewed in 2016, as she recalled her young students’ love for everything school related. “At that age, kindergarten kids are so eager to learn. And they love their teacher. They love school. They just get excited about it all.” Passionate teachers tend to make an impact on students, generating memories that often remain well into adulthood. What teacher made a positive impact on you or the lives of your children? Here’s your chance to share a quick story and salute the teaching profession.

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #teachers #school #kindergarten

(1 of 2) “I think the biggest intrigue for people about magic is the unknown. Just the amazement factor of watching a trick and not having a clue how it happened. I’ve been performing magic for 30 years, the last 25 professionally, and I’ve worked in a lot of venues. A memorable time was when an agent called and asked if I could go to the Houstonian Hotel for a private event. I had done lots of events, and sometimes there would be a senator there. When you arrive, Secret Service will check your bags and that sort of thing for security purposes. So as I’m performing at this event, I notice there are a lot more Secret Service agents than usual. Then all of a sudden, someone tells me that President George Bush is about to come in. They say, ‘You’re going to do one trick for him. You’re going to spend no more than 5 minutes, and then you’re going to move on. You cannot ask him for an autograph. You cannot take a picture with him holding a deck of cards or any kind of props. You can only take a picture with him shaking hands.’ … “Before I knew it, here he comes. People are shaking his hand, and then they finally bring me over. I do a quick trick for him, and he is just the nicest guy. He says, ‘This is amazing.’ His wife, Barbara, was on the other side of the room meeting people. So he yells out, ‘Barbara, come here. You have to see this guy. He’s amazing.’ She comes over, and I ended up doing 15-20 minutes of magic for the president and his wife. It was like performing for my grandparents. They were the nicest people. Finally, someone had to tell him, ‘Mr. President, there are other people who need to meet you. You need to move on.’ So they thanked me, and that was it. But it was one of the neatest experiences because he was such a down-to-earth, nice person. Fortunately, it all happened so fast, I didn’t have time to get too nervous.” — Jamie Salinas

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #magic #magician

As flooding from Hurricane Harvey forced many families to evacuate their homes and be transported to community shelters, helping hands were ready to bring a semblance of normalcy to their lives. … “As soon as I walked in my first question was, ‘What do we need?’ As one of the other volunteers was telling me, I was posting it on Facebook and asking people to share. Because at this time, we had no blankets. We had absolutely no food to give these people. We had no socks. We had no dry towels. We had no clothes. We had nothing but a roof, tables and chairs, and some working bathrooms. But as soon as people in our community heard about the need, that’s when the walls of destruction came down and the overflow of blessings came in. … “And some of the volunteers who showed up were going through their own devastation. Yet they dropped everything to come in and help people that they didn’t even know. Those are the heroes. Those are the servants. Those are the ones who are unselfish. I saw many, many people who were very, very unselfish. It’s very humbling to see a community finally come together like we’re supposed to. It was a beautiful thing to behold.” — Teresa McCartney … Teresa is one of countless people in the community who have stepped up to help — from rescuing families to providing temporary housing to volunteering at shelters to donating needed items. Among those she praised were two local police officers, Desiree Stanislas and Eric Filyaw, who went “above and beyond” by spending their own money to purchase food and other items for evacuees. The pair also helped prepare and serve dinner plates.

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #HurricaneHarvey #Harvey2017 #volunteers

Benny was found roaming the streets in Houston when his foster mom took him in. A Life to Live was happy to step up and enter this beautiful boy into its program. Benny is a Pit-Cur mix, mostly white with some brindle markings. He is about a year old, and he has a great personality. He is well mannered and walks well on a leash. Benny loves to play with other dogs, but also enjoys snuggling and playing with his human companions. He is a healthy pup, who is up to date on vaccinations, neutered and micro-chipped. If you're interested in adding Benny to your family, complete A Life to Live's online application today. http://www.adopttosave.org/canine-adoption-application/

#baytownproject #baytowntexas #alifetolive #petadoption #rescuedog

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Garth Road can be a real traffic nightmare. The promised resurrection of San Jacinto Mall still seems like a distant dream. And can we get a few more sidewalks around here? Sure, there's plenty to complain about in Baytown. We each take our turn when the mood strikes. But what about the good stuff? Why are longtime residents choosing to stay, while so many new folks continue moving in? What are some of the things that make Baytown a pretty darned good place to live? Here’s your chance to sound off. Be as descriptive and convincing as possible. The most interesting response will receive a special prize from The Baytown Project.

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #SanJacintoMall

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“Did someone say walk?” — Missy … This Labrador retriever loves the outdoors, particularly when it involves long walks. Missy is full of energy and loves to run around the yard with canine companions. Overall, she is a docile and sweet-natured dog. She is well mannered when it comes to bath time and a personal manicure. Currently, Missy is staying with one of A Life to Live’s great fosters. If you can offer her a forever home, please apply to adopt. www.adopttosave.org/dogs

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #ALifeToLive #AdoptToSave #dogs #labradorretriever

“Did someone say walk?” — Missy … This Labrador retriever loves the outdoors, particularly when it involves long walks. Missy is full of energy and loves to run around the yard with canine companions. Overall, she is a docile and sweet-natured dog. She is well mannered when it comes to bath time and a personal manicure. Currently, Missy is staying with one of A Life to Live’s great fosters. If you can offer her a forever home, please apply to adopt. www.adopttosave.org/dogs

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #ALifeToLive #AdoptToSave #dogs #labradorretriever

(2 of 2) “I always had a dream of becoming a police officer. Not sure why really. Maybe it had to do with (‘CHiPS’ TV show characters) Ponch and Jon or something. I think February will be 15 years for me with Baytown Police Department. Right now I’m assigned to a traffic unit on patrol, but I was involved with the K-9 division for years. I had a sergeant who asked if I wanted to decoy. You know, get in the suit and have a dog bite you. Nobody really wants to do that, or at least not for very long. But it got me into it and I stuck with it. It was very interesting to me, especially the psychological aspect of why dogs act the way they do. After I got out of the K-9 unit, I kind of missed the dogs. So I did a little market research on family pets, and I ended up starting my boarding and training business. These days I get up super early to work the dogs, then I get cleaned up and head in to work (with the police department). I’ve always kind of had an entrepreneurial mindset. I liked the idea of owning my own business one day. I guess this is kind of the start of my retirement gig when that day comes.” — Danny McWilliams … Danny runs EasTex K9 Dog Training. He also enjoys spending time with his retired police dog, Fideaux, and his Jack Russell Terrier, Cassie.

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #EasTex_K9 #police #policeofficer #dogs #dogtraining #dogtrainer

Danny McWilliams started The Thin Blue Line Dog Project to help families of fallen police officers. Preston is a Labrador Retriever that Danny rescued and trained. He will donate the dog to a family in Michigan. Danny hopes that Preston will help as the teenage daughter continues to deal with the loss of her father. Learn more about The Thin Blue Line Dog Project. https://www.youcaring.com/prestonedwards-1000242

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #police #dogs #rescuedog #thinblueline #death

(1 of 2) “Once I started my training business I thought that if dogs can help soldiers deal with all the traumatic things they see and experience, maybe they also can help the child of a fallen police officer. So I decided to start The Thin Blue Line Dog Project. My goal was to find a rescue dog, like a Labrador Retriever or similar breed, train it and then donate it to the surviving family. I found Preston at an animal shelter north of Houston. They said he was surrendered by his family because he was chewing up socks. He’s a great dog. After about eight months of training with me, he’s ready to go. … “We found a family in a suburb of Detroit. Corporal (Matthew) Edwards was shot and killed while responding to a burglary. The family’s therapist suggested that having a companion dog might help the daughter deal with the loss. It’s always good to have a buddy that you can talk to. The cool thing about a dog is that most of the time, he won’t talk back. He’s a good listener. There may be things that the daughter doesn’t want to tell mom, but she’ll tell him. So I’ll be flying up there soon to deliver Preston to them. I’m one that’s pretty blessed. So I just look at what I can do to give back, to help make somebody’s life a little better. I think Preston can make a big difference for this young girl.” — Danny McWilliams … When he isn’t serving as an officer with Baytown Police Department, Danny runs EasTex K9 Dog Training. The trip to Michigan with Preston will be Danny’s first commercial flight.

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #EasTex_K9 #police #dogs #labradorretriever #rescuedog

Yesterday, I posted a story about a retired kindergarten teacher who made quite an impression on her first class almost 40 years ago. It made me think of another former teacher I interviewed in 2016, as she recalled her young students’ love for everything school related. “At that age, kindergarten kids are so eager to learn. And they love their teacher. They love school. They just get excited about it all.” Passionate teachers tend to make an impact on students, generating memories that often remain well into adulthood. What teacher made a positive impact on you or the lives of your children? Here’s your chance to share a quick story and salute the teaching profession.

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #teachers #school #kindergarten

“I walked into a store and an employee asked, ‘Are you Miss Swamp?’ I froze like a deer in headlights and said, ‘Yes, but no one has called me that in almost 40 years.’ She said, ‘You taught my daughter in kindergarten. She is now a 44-year-old nurse in Houston with two kids of her own in school.’ I was shocked thinking how fast she recognized me and excited that I must not have changed much in 38 years. She told me, ‘You really made an impression on those kids. And their parents really appreciated it.’ She took my picture with her phone and texted her daughter asking, ‘Do you know who this is?’ She showed me her daughter’s reply: ‘Miss Swamp!’” … Fresh out of Texas A&M 39 years ago, the kindergarten teacher had some challenging students who caused her to go home in tears. … “I had to do something about the kids getting to me, so I checked out the book, ‘Miss Nelson is Missing!’ from the library. It’s an adorable book about a teacher with an unruly class who stayed home sick one day, sending Miss Viola Swamp (Miss Nelson in costume) as the sub. Miss Nelson was nice. Miss Swamp was not. With the sub, the kids couldn’t talk, play or even laugh all day. I read that story to my students and I ‘stayed home sick’ the next day, sending Miss Swamp instead. It was really me in costume with my mom’s wig, black dress, dark makeup, and even the green and yellow socks. The day after that, I came back and got hugs from all my students. They said, ‘Please don’t send us Miss Swamp anymore. We’ll be good!’ They had good behavior the rest of the year. Now, you can see why I miss teaching kindergarten. It was such fun!” — Sallie Daniel Sherman

#BaytownProject #teacher #school #kindergarten #TexasAggies

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“Drip, drip, drip. I love the sound of that wet stuff.” — Sydney … When she isn’t playing with the water in her foster mom’s kitchen sink, Sydney can lose herself in her toys. She is a very mellow girl who gets along well with other cats and dogs, and she isn’t afraid of much. With her tortoiseshell coloring and bunny-soft fur, Sydney would make a great addition to any family. If you can provide Sydney with her forever home, please apply to adopt through A Life to Live. www.adopttosave.org/cats

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #ALifeToLive #AdoptToSave #cats #kittens

“Drip, drip, drip. I love the sound of that wet stuff.” — Sydney … When she isn’t playing with the water in her foster mom’s kitchen sink, Sydney can lose herself in her toys. She is a very mellow girl who gets along well with other cats and dogs, and she isn’t afraid of much. With her tortoiseshell coloring and bunny-soft fur, Sydney would make a great addition to any family. If you can provide Sydney with her forever home, please apply to adopt through A Life to Live. www.adopttosave.org/cats

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #ALifeToLive #AdoptToSave #cats #kittens

What’s all the excitement about in Baytown? There’s a new H-E-B set to open next week, that’s what. Positioned just across the street from Kroger, the other major grocery chain store in town, it should be interesting to see the competition heat up. So where do you plan to pledge your food-buying allegiance? Will you be a dedicated Kroger or H-E-B shopper? Or maybe you prefer Joe V’s, Food Town or one of the all-purpose stores like Walmart or Target. Here’s your chance to weigh in on your top choice and why.

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #HEB #Kroger

(2 of 2) “One day we were driving and he said, ‘Mom, I want to help the homeless people.’ I figured he’d forget about it, so I kind of brushed it off. A month went by and he said, ‘Do you not remember what I told you? I want to help the homeless people, but you haven’t done anything about it.’ So I said, ‘Why don’t you do something about it.’ He had this money jug, and he said he could save the money and I could help the homeless. He’s always been a giver. But for him to say, hey, take my money and do this, it blew me away. I told him to write a note and we’d put it on a donation box at the coffee shop. The next thing you know, our customers were bringing in stuff and putting it in the box. He knew that my husband was passionate about helping people. So right after he died, Oscar kind of took the initiative to do something. I asked him why, and he said, ‘I just really want to make my dad proud. Dad always taught us how to give and help other people. He’s not here, so I want to do it.’ … “We’ve had incredible support. One of the things we did was fill over 100 care boxes with items people donated and other things we bought with the money Oscar raised. I would keep five or so boxes in the car so that every time we would see a homeless person, he would say, ‘Look, there’s somebody. Let’s give it to him.’ I would roll down the window and he would give the box to the person. I’m so proud of him. His father would be, too.” — Samantha Payton … Samantha runs Payton’s Blend coffee shop in Baytown. After her husband died of a heart attack in February, their son, Oscar Jr., has helped carry on a tradition of helping those less fortunate.

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #PaytonsBlend #coffee #coffeeshop #homeless #donations #donate #HoustonTexans #JJWatt

(1 of 2) “My husband had a very persistent attitude. He never wanted to give up. He always said, ‘A winner never quits and a quitter never wins.’ We stood by that. There were days when we were tired and didn’t know how we were going to make it. But we took one step at a time and one day at a time, with lots of prayer. He was a man of prayer and a man of faith. I think that’s what really kept us going. When we were tired and weary he would say, ‘It’s the last lap. You have to get up. You have to keep going. You have to push yourself through every circumstance if you want to win the race.’ Now that he’s gone, there are times when I feel like this is too much to handle. But I know there’s a vision and a mission to where we’re heading. And I think that’s what keeps us going here.” — Samantha Payton … Following the death of her husband, Oscar, to a heart attack this year, Samantha has continued to run Payton’s Blend coffee shop in Baytown. She and her son, Oscar Jr., honor her husband’s goal of helping others in the community.

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #PaytonsBlend #coffee #persistence #neverquit

THE BP FILES: “After working almost 37 years as a process operator, it’s great to be retired. I love watching pro and college football, and I also get to enjoy the children’s functions. When I was working, I had to make up excuses all the time for missing things. I’d hear, ‘Popo, come watch my football, basketball or soccer.’ And with the girls it was, ‘Popo, I have a dance recital.’ Now, I can finally say, ‘Sure, just give me the date.” There’s a lot to follow. We have seven kids and 18 grandkids — something like that. They seem to keep multiplying.” … The BP Files is an occasional feature that highlights stories from The Baytown Project’s past. This post originally appeared on Dec. 19, 2014.

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #retirement #grandfather #grandpa #grandchildren #grandkids #family #portraits #portraitphotography

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“Once in a while someone amazing comes along, and here I am.” — Tigger … Tigger is a curious little fellow. He likes playing with toys, climbing the cat tree and hiding in boxes. He enjoys having his back and ears rubbed, and purrs the whole time. Tigger is still trying to figure out dogs, but loves playing with his foster kitten sister. Overall, he is an adorable and loving pet. If you can provide Tigger with his forever home, please apply to adopt through A Life to Live. www.adopttosave.org/cats

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #ALifeToLive #AdoptToSave #cats #kittens

“Once in a while someone amazing comes along, and here I am.” — Tigger … Tigger is a curious little fellow. He likes playing with toys, climbing the cat tree and hiding in boxes. He enjoys having his back and ears rubbed, and purrs the whole time. Tigger is still trying to figure out dogs, but loves playing with his foster kitten sister. Overall, he is an adorable and loving pet. If you can provide Tigger with his forever home, please apply to adopt through A Life to Live. www.adopttosave.org/cats

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #ALifeToLive #AdoptToSave #cats #kittens

He was born in Egypt, but he became a U.S. citizen and served in the military here. As a licensed counselor and director of the Veterans Center at Lee College, Ehab Mustafa has made a difference in the lives of countless veterans. Among those is a man who was haunted for years by the deaths of fellow servicemen during the Vietnam War. Ehab talks about how he helped the veteran deal with this heavy burden. Listen on The Baytown Project’s Facebook page.

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #LeeCollege #VietnamWar #veterans #military

(2 of 3) “When I started here, I met a veteran who was 100 percent disabled. About 80 percent of his disability was PTSD. Doctors had told him that his injuries and mental issues were so severe that he shouldn’t expect to be successful in school. Nobody really expected him to even pass his classes. At that time, he was really struggling. But he really wanted that degree. So I sat down with him with the goal of helping him fit all the pieces together. I changed his degree plan. I reduced the number of classes he was taking. I gave him a job working here at the Veterans Center to monitor him and make sure he had all the help he needed. And about two years ago, he graduated from University of Houston-Clear Lake with his bachelor’s degree. He’s in Germany right now with his wife and kids, starting a whole new life for himself and his family. … “The key to helping him was to understand his needs and adjust his learning strategies to fit who he had become after the injuries and the trauma that he had experienced. I never called him disabled. He was just abled in a different way. As a veteran, we don’t like to think of ourselves as disabled or weak. It’s not trying to be arrogant or having a big ego. It’s just that we don’t want to put limits on ourselves. I always tell the veterans that I work with, ‘If you give up, nobody will ever make you finish. The only person who can put limits on you is you.’” — Ehab Mustafa … Ehab is a licensed counselor and director of the Veterans Center at Lee College. The center is a one-stop shop for helping veterans successfully pursue higher education and transition into civilian careers.

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #LeeCollege #veterans #militaryveterans #PTSD #disabled

(1 of 3) “I’m originally from Egypt. Ever since I was a kid, I was a big fan of American movies. My dream was always to come here one day. When I was in my mid-20s, I had my bachelor’s degree in accounting but the job market in Egypt wasn’t that great. So I decided to make the move to the United States for a better future. I had about $300 in my pocket when I arrived. A lot of people expected me to turn around and go back home within a few months, but I stayed and haven’t been back since. In 1999, I joined the military. Everybody thought it was because I wanted to gain my citizenship by serving. But I had already earned my citizenship. I knew that the military here was voluntary, but I wanted to join. As a new citizen of the United States, I felt it was my civic duty to serve my country. I didn’t think I should just come here to enjoy all the freedoms and civil liberties without giving anything back. And I’ve never regretted that decision.” — Ehab Mustafa … Ehab, who served in the U.S. Army, is a licensed counselor and director of the Veterans Center at Lee College.
#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #LeeCollege #Egypt #Army #military #citizenship #portraits #portraitphotography

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“Happiness is chasing water from the garden hose.” — Zoey … Zoey’s playground is the backyard, where she loves to jump and run around. While she is full of life, the 2-year-old Catahoula Leopard dog also enjoys lounging around when she’s ready for a brief rest. Other activities Zoey likes to do with her family are going on walks and hanging out on the couch during Netflix marathons. She is kennel, leash and potty trained, and is good with kids. Zoey is not fond of cats, and she does not have much experience with other dogs. Currently, Zoey is staying with one of A Life to Live’s great fosters. If you can offer her a forever home, please apply to adopt. www.adopttosave.org/dogs

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #ALifeToLive #AdoptToSave #dogs #rescuedog #petadoption

“Happiness is chasing water from the garden hose.” — Zoey … Zoey’s playground is the backyard, where she loves to jump and run around. While she is full of life, the 2-year-old Catahoula Leopard dog also enjoys lounging around when she’s ready for a brief rest. Other activities Zoey likes to do with her family are going on walks and hanging out on the couch during Netflix marathons. She is kennel, leash and potty trained, and is good with kids. Zoey is not fond of cats, and she does not have much experience with other dogs. Currently, Zoey is staying with one of A Life to Live’s great fosters. If you can offer her a forever home, please apply to adopt. www.adopttosave.org/dogs

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #ALifeToLive #AdoptToSave #dogs #rescuedog #petadoption

“I’m going to college for computer science, but I make music in my free time. When I was a sophomore in high school I just got bored one day, so I found the software online and started creating beats. They’re mostly hip-hop, R&B and rap. I sell them to artists and other producers to use in their songs. You can make a little money at it. I sold one of my beats for $1,000. You don’t really need a full musical background to do this. You just have to know about music and know what sounds good.” … Do you have dreams of making it big in the industry? “You never know. You can work hard to where people might start recognizing you and want to make music with you. Or you might just get lucky enough to be part of a big song that does really well on radio and the internet. We’ll see. It’s just kind of a hobby right now.” — Kyrique Jnofinn … You can check out some of Kyrique’s beats on Twitter @thekstacks.

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #music #beats #rap #hiphop #randb #randbmusic #portraits #portraitphotography

“I talked my brother into leaving, to go to California. To this day, I wish I’d never done that.” Randy Fuller made this comment after the book he co-authored, “I Fought the Law,” was published in 2014. It covered the life and times of his brother, Bobby, who was born in Baytown in 1942. The family later lived in El Paso, where during the 1960s Bobby put together a band that played shows at local clubs. In 1964 Bobby moved to Los Angeles in hopes of making it big with his group, the Bobby Fuller Four, which included Randy on bass. They were signed to Del-Fi Records by producer Bob Keane, who had worked with surf-rock groups and discovered Ritchie Valens. The Bobby Fuller Four recorded originals and covers, and in 1965 scored a hit in California with “Let Her Dance.” But it was the following year’s release of “I Fought the Law” that really put the group on the map. After the song’s rise on the national charts, it seemed like great things were ahead for Bobby and the band. About six months later, however, Bobby was discovered dead in his car at age 23. Mystery still surrounds the circumstances of Bobby’s death. This short video provides an interesting look at the life and musical career of this young man with Baytown roots: http://bit.ly/2hxTeV4

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #BobbyFuller #rockandroll #music #1960s

THE BP FILES: “When we got married, we both were divorced with three kids. Nineteen years later, we have six kids and 13 grandchildren. Our preacher said that divorced couples who remarry with that many kids usually don’t make it. We proved him wrong. Oh, we have our ups and downs. But you don’t trade in an old car because it’s got problems. You work on it. If it’s comfortable, you hold onto it. There are a lot of classic cars out there, and he’s my classic.” … The BP Files is an occasional feature that highlights stories from The Baytown Project’s past. This post originally appeared on Aug. 7, 2014.

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #marriage #married #divorce #portraits #portraitphotography

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“Press start to play!” — Mario … Mario loves to play, run and snuggle. He is a master red dot chaser and professional Netflix binge watcher. He is equally energetic and chill. Warning: Mario is bound to steal your favorite spot on the couch, to say nothing of your heart. Currently, Mario is staying with one of A Life to Live’s great fosters. If you can offer him a forever home, please apply to adopt. www.adopttosave.org/cats

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #ALifeToLive #AdoptToSave #cats #Mario

“Press start to play!” — Mario … Mario loves to play, run and snuggle. He is a master red dot chaser and professional Netflix binge watcher. He is equally energetic and chill. Warning: Mario is bound to steal your favorite spot on the couch, to say nothing of your heart. Currently, Mario is staying with one of A Life to Live’s great fosters. If you can offer him a forever home, please apply to adopt. www.adopttosave.org/cats

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(3 of 3) Divya Singh is an 18-year-old Indian American who is in her senior year at IMPACT Early College High School. Her parents emigrated from India about two years before she was born. Divya discusses what it was like learning to fit in to school socially, and how she takes pride in balancing both cultures. Listen on The Baytown Project’s Facebook page.
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(2 of 3) “I’m Indian American. My parents emigrated from India after my dad found a good engineering job over here. It was about two years before I was born. I was bilingual at a very young age. Since my parents really emphasized education, I was prepared for school from that standpoint. But I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to integrate socially. What was I supposed to wear? How was I supposed to fit in? I didn’t know what the social cues were going to be, so I kind of had to pick that up myself. Through the years, I’ve become pretty well adjusted. But even today, I’m still trying to balance my cultures. I travel to India almost every two years. I’m going again this winter. But it’s always a little odd for me because the cultures are so different. My friends and I founded an international club at our school. We all celebrate our diversity and promote cultural awareness. Through that, I have become more confident in talking about my heritage.” — Divya Singh … Divya, who is very active in Baytown’s Indian community, is president of the International Club at IMPACT Early College High School.

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(1 of 3) “I’m a senior at IMPACT (Early College High School). I’ll be graduating in June with my high school diploma and my associate’s degree from Lee College. I’m interested in studying chemical engineering. For the past couple of years, I’ve been taking a lot of upper division math classes, calculus and stuff like that. I’ve been ranked number one in my class since freshman year, so I’ve been trying to keep up with the status of valedictorian and all of that. It’s been kind of intense. My sister did it when she was at Lee High School, so I thought I might aspire to do that as well. My parents have always instilled in me the values of education. I’ve always tried to do my personal best. So here I am now in my senior year, and I’m trying to keep it up. It can feel like a lot of pressure. Since a lot of my friends are also up there in the rankings, we talk about it sometimes. I feel like everybody at school knows which number you are. So there’s this stereotype like, oh, my gosh, she probably only does school work. But it’s not like that. I have many other interests. I feel like I’m more than just my grades. I’m more than just my number.” — Divya Singh, 18

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“I know I look young. It’s those four boys of mine. They keep me on the run.” — Callie … Callie is a wonderful mama cat to four handsome boys. A kitten at heart, she enjoys running and playing with them. She loves to cuddle and groom them, even though they are much too old for that. When she’s not with her boys, you can find Callie laying on the bed under the ceiling fan or sunbathing on the windowsill. Callie, age 3, loves kids as well as adults, and she gets along with other cats once she gets to know them. She hasn’t had much interaction with dogs yet. If you can provide Callie with her forever home, please apply to adopt through A Life to Live. www.adopttosave.org/cats

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“I know I look young. It’s those four boys of mine. They keep me on the run.” — Callie … Callie is a wonderful mama cat to four handsome boys. A kitten at heart, she enjoys running and playing with them. She loves to cuddle and groom them, even though they are much too old for that. When she’s not with her boys, you can find Callie laying on the bed under the ceiling fan or sunbathing on the windowsill. Callie, age 3, loves kids as well as adults, and she gets along with other cats once she gets to know them. She hasn’t had much interaction with dogs yet. If you can provide Callie with her forever home, please apply to adopt through A Life to Live. www.adopttosave.org/cats

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Adrian Sanchez and Edna Zarate met as sophomores in high school in Baytown, Texas. They hit it off right away and have been together ever since. Now both 28, their marriage may not be the traditional variety, but it's the type of arrangement they believe best suits them for now. Adrian talks about how they met, a few challenges they face like many young couples, and what their future together may hold. http://bit.ly/2hsedp3

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“Normally, I don’t like attention. I was always the guy who sat in the back of class with my arms crossed, just watching everybody else. So everyone would ask, ‘Why do you want to be an artist? You don’t even like to talk when you’re in a group of people.’ But I figured, maybe it’s time to try something new and see what happens. If you never try, then you might never change. By getting into art, I’ve developed new skills, I’ve made new friends, and I feel like I have just expanded exponentially. It’s to the point where someone will say, ‘Hey, remember Adrian, that guy who was always so quiet in class? Well, he’s an artist now. He’s actually going to shows. He’s meeting people. He’s selling his work.’ That’s something I never would have imagined for myself. So one of the things I’ve learned is that you shouldn’t just settle into your same old routine. If you want to try drawing, go for it. If you want to play an instrument, go try. If you want to paint, go do it. Because for me, just by trying, I have completed about 40 paintings, I’m getting commissions on my work and I’m meeting lots of new people. Just by breaking from my old routine, it’s opened the door to new opportunities and possibilities. It’s all pretty awesome.” — Adrian Sanchez … Adrian, 28, creates art under the name SkyWrex. Check out his work at https://www.facebook.com/SkysRefuge/. #BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #art #artist #painter #painting #SkyWrex #portraits #portraitphotography

#Repost @baytownproject “We decided to go to Ross to see if there was anything on sale or clearance. As we were walking through the store, I noticed this little art kit for $12. It had brushes, canvases, everything. So I figured, why not? In school, I was never really into art. I couldn’t draw that well, and I would get easily frustrated and discouraged. But I took this kit home and tried it out. And I painted this tiny, little dragon holding the world. Looking back on it now, I know it wasn’t very good. But at the time, my friends who were artists kept encouraging me. That’s when I began to think, maybe this is something I could get into. To be honest, I’ve been very surprised. I could never have imagined painting warriors and birds and flowers and things. It has opened up a whole new world of imagination and creativity for me. … “My definition of an artist is someone who can express feelings through their physical work; feelings that other people might have a hard time expressing. If you can connect with someone else through your art by creating something that makes them feel and think, that’s the greatest thing in the world. That’s what I’m trying to do. And just by buying that little $12 kit from Ross, I’ve already been able to experience so much.” — Adrian Sanchez … Adrian, 28, creates art under the name SkyWrex. Check out his work at https://www.facebook.com/SkysRefuge/. #BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #SkyWrex #art #artist #painter #painting #portraits #portraitphotography

(1 of 3) “We decided to go to Ross to see if there was anything on sale or clearance. As we were walking through the store, I noticed this little art kit for $12. It had brushes, canvases, everything. So I figured, why not? In school, I was never really into art. I couldn’t draw that well, and I would get easily frustrated and discouraged. But I took this kit home and tried it out. And I painted this tiny, little dragon holding the world. Looking back on it now, I know it wasn’t very good. But at the time, my friends who were artists kept encouraging me. That’s when I began to think, maybe this is something I could get into. To be honest, I’ve been very surprised. I could never have imagined painting warriors and birds and flowers and things. It has opened up a whole new world of imagination and creativity for me. … “My definition of an artist is someone who can express feelings through their physical work; feelings that other people might have a hard time expressing. If you can connect with someone else through your art by creating something that makes them feel and think, that’s the greatest thing in the world. That’s what I’m trying to do. And just by buying that little $12 kit from Ross, I’ve already been able to experience so much.” — Adrian Sanchez … Adrian, 28, creates art under the name SkyWrex. Check out his work at https://www.facebook.com/SkysRefuge/. #BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #SkyWrex #art #artist #painter #painting #portraits #portraitphotography

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“Every time someone calls my name, I’m reminded of the Great White North.” — Ontario … Texas born and bred, Ontario is sure to warm your heart. She is a sweet and lovable 4-month-old domestic medium hair cat who loves to run and play. Ontario is quick and speedy, and she likes to climb. She gets along well with all of her foster mom’s cats, as well as a dog that visits. If you can offer Ontario a forever home, please apply to adopt through A Life to Live. www.adopttosave.org/cats

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“Every time someone calls my name, I’m reminded of the Great White North.” — Ontario … Texas born and bred, Ontario is sure to warm your heart. She is a sweet and lovable 4-month-old domestic medium hair cat who loves to run and play. Ontario is quick and speedy, and she likes to climb. She gets along well with all of her foster mom’s cats, as well as a dog that visits. If you can offer Ontario a forever home, please apply to adopt through A Life to Live. www.adopttosave.org/cats

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(3 of 3) “After the hurricane, this nonprofit organization called Just the Crumbs from Sumrall, Mississippi, came here. They started providing meals for all of the flooding victims. We were looking for something that Adam could do to help. That’s when Laurine had this idea that maybe he could prepare bags to go along with the meals.” … “They said it would be great to include a salty thing, a sweet thing, a napkin, and then mustard, mayonnaise and ketchup. He would get started on them every day, then I’d take them up there and he’d do some more. He’s been doing it for five weeks.” … “He’s already a happy guy. But he’s really been happy doing this. I don’t know that he understands the concept of all the damage that was done and the impact of the flooding. But he knows he’s making the bags for people, for the flood victims. You can just tell that he feels like he’s doing something important.” — Tracie Johnson and Laurine Farmer … Laurine is Tracie’s sister-in-law and next-door neighbor. Adam has used her home’s kitchen space to prepare about 2,000 bags so far.

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(2 of 3) “Adam just loved school. He loved everything about it. He liked being around the people. He liked all of the socialization. He liked the jobs he got to do. His last job was at Tractor Supply. He helped with stocking. He put purchases in people’s cars. He cleaned up the parking lot. He picked up buggies. Whatever they needed him to do, he did. After life skills in the mornings, the students would focus on more of the academic side in the afternoons. The big challenge came after Adam graduated in May. He still wanted to go to school. He’d grab his backpack and get ready. It was so tough for me to watch, I would actually have to leave. David would explain to him every day, ‘You graduated. You don’t get to go back to school.’ The next day, he’d get ready all over again. This went on for a couple weeks. It broke my heart. … “We’ve been looking for a new place for him to go. We visited a few, but I just wasn’t comfortable with them. There really isn’t anything on the east side of town that I would put my child in. I want it to be the best. He deserves the best, just like any other child. He would love to have a structured day where he feels like he’s accomplishing something. I wish that companies, the community, would reach out a little more and help utilize people with special needs like Adam. They need to realize that he can accomplish things. He can do things that need to be done; things that other people generally don’t want to do. We’re hoping that something comes along for him. We’re still looking.” — Tracie Johnson … Adam, 22, attended school in the Barbers Hill Independent School District.

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(1 of 3) “Right before Adam turned 2, that’s when we found out he was autistic. There definitely were signs. Because he was our only child, some of the signs I probably didn’t recognize as early as I should have or could have. David and I were a little bit older parents, which I think was a blessing as we began raising an autistic child. I don’t know that we really felt equipped. But as we went along, I think we learned what to do. Because I was a volleyball coach, Adam traveled a lot. David would take all his vacations to go on the road trips. That was probably our biggest challenge when Adam was younger. Being in crowds with loud noises, he didn’t like it. He would scream bloody murder. But as he got older, he got better. He may not socialize like others, but he grew to like being around people. I think traveling, going to the games, going to the restaurants with the team and just being around all of that really helped him. His teachers always said that it’s amazing how well he behaves. But he just had to do it. Now his favorite thing is going to restaurants.” — Tracie Johnson, who was the head volleyball coach at Lee College for 29 seasons

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Was it a blind date? Or did you meet on the job? Was it love at first sight? Or did your relationship build over several years? Did he get down on one knee to propose? Or maybe there was a skywriting plane involved? The Baytown Project is looking for interesting stories about how couples found each other and decided to get hitched. We also want to know your secret to a successful marriage, including how you’ve dealt with bumps in the road – both big and small. If you’re willing to share, we’re ready to listen. Just message us on Instagram or Facebook, or email baytownproject@gmail.com.

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“I’m a player, and this is how I roll.” — Kiara … Big dogs. Small dogs. Even cats. Kiara doesn’t care. She’ll play with all of them. This 9-month-old shepherd doesn’t know the meaning of the word stranger. She’s comfortable with everyone. Kiara is kennel trained, potty trained and does great on a leash. She also follows commands quite well. She is a good listener and quick learner. Currently, Kiara is staying with one of A Life to Live’s great fosters. If you can offer her a forever home, please apply to adopt. www.adopttosave.org/dogs

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“I’m a player, and this is how I roll.” — Kiara … Big dogs. Small dogs. Even cats. Kiara doesn’t care. She’ll play with all of them. This 9-month-old shepherd doesn’t know the meaning of the word stranger. She’s comfortable with everyone. Kiara is kennel trained, potty trained and does great on a leash. She also follows commands quite well. She is a good listener and quick learner. Currently, Kiara is staying with one of A Life to Live’s great fosters. If you can offer her a forever home, please apply to adopt. www.adopttosave.org/dogs

#BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #ALifeToLive #AdoptToSave #dogs

“I get great satisfaction from taking a big block of nothing and turning it into something. Plus, I really enjoy the reactions I get. People stop by while I’m working and they’re awestruck. Young kids and old folks especially are crazy for it. For me, it’s about making stuff. I have a brother who died at 57. He had brain cancer. They did surgery and chemo and radiation and on and on, and then he died. All during that time he was staying with me because he was divorced and had nobody to take care of him. When he died, it became impossible to piss me off. And I refused to waste time. My wife loves to go to the casinos and throw money away, and I abhor it. I think it’s an intense waste of time. I like to do things all the time. And I like to make stuff. I try to start at least one new project every day. My house looks like a cheap souvenir shop because of it. There’s stuff everywhere. On occasion I have to finish one. That’s the nasty work, finishing it. But it’s important because it pleases your eye. Then when you’re done with it you can say, ‘That’s good enough.’” — Jimmy Phillips … Jimmy has created hundreds of original wood carvings throughout Texas, including at Baytown Nature Center. Learn about his work at Inshore Sculpture. http://inshoresculpture.com/

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“I have fun creating things out of wood. I don’t have another job, so it means that I have to work every day. I have to make something every day and take time to sell it. I used to be a salesman, selling industrial equipment around Houston. I was never a wealthy man, but I became comfortable. Quitting was a tough thing to do. But it got to the point where I was not doing that job properly. I was driving around in the car doing commission maquettes. So I finally decided to go full time with my wood carving thing. It amazes me that it works. It amazes me that I’m able to feed myself. I often go to sleep at night wondering if anybody is going to want my stuff next week. But when I start feeling like that, I go make something new. That’s all you can do, make more stuff.” — Jimmy Phillips … Jimmy has created hundreds of original wood carvings throughout Texas, including at Baytown Nature Center. Learn about his work at Inshore Sculpture. http://inshoresculpture.com/

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“When I was a child, my mother taught me how to draw. By the time I was in high school, I sort of fancied myself an artist. Then I didn’t make any art for 35 years. Art seemed like such a trivial pursuit. I had a wife and babies and a mortgage and … So 10 years ago I was cutting down a tree in my front yard. It was an old trash tree that needed to go. But what struck me was how beautiful the wood was. I looked at it and I felt compelled to use it for something. So I just started from scratch and kind of snuck up on it and hacked at it with my chainsaw. A pelican is what I wanted to do. So I just cut it out like a paper doll. When I was done somebody said, ‘Wow, can you do that again?’ I got obsessed, and I started making things all the time. The very first thing I ever did, that pelican, I still have it sitting on my fireplace.” — Jimmy Phillips … Jimmy has created hundreds of original wood carvings throughout Texas, including two new ones recently at Baytown Nature Center. Learn more about his work at Inshore Sculpture. http://inshoresculpture.com/

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“A mirror. A mirror. My kingdom for a mirror.” — Lucca … This handsome boy is quite the stunner, if he must say so himself. Lucca loves to play, explore and hang out with his foster siblings. He is bound to steal your heart with his adorable personality. Lucca is a 6-month-old domestic shorthair kitten. If you can offer him a forever home, please apply to adopt through A Life to Live. www.adopttosave.org/cats

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“A mirror. A mirror. My kingdom for a mirror.” — Lucca … This handsome boy is quite the stunner, if he must say so himself. Lucca loves to play, explore and hang out with his foster siblings. He is bound to steal your heart with his adorable personality. Lucca is a 6-month-old domestic shorthair kitten. If you can offer him a forever home, please apply to adopt through A Life to Live. www.adopttosave.org/cats

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I was saddened to learn that Paul O’Banion passed away earlier this week. I highlighted a small piece of his story on The Baytown Project in 2016. It focused on one of the many things he enjoyed: cutting hair. Walking the wooded trail behind Highlands Community Center one warm morning last August, Paul spoke of his artistic side. It was something he showed not only in his work as a hair stylist, but also while dabbling in photography, drawing, painting, glass and jewelry design. … “I remember when I was a little kid, I always told my parents that I needed to go to Europe. I needed to go to art school. They said, ‘You can’t make any money being an artist. You’ll be broke and a miserable person your whole life,’ which has come to fruition (laughs).” … His favorite artistic pursuit? “In the past few years, it’s probably working with glass. It’s something where you have to follow a procedure. I guess in all the art I’ve done, it’s about the process more than the actual product. It’s just like what I do at the beauty salon. I’m like a performance artist. We all talk about that, the fact that we’re on from 8 or 9 in the morning until sometimes 8 or 9 at night. It’s just like walking out onto a stage. When it’s show time, you do your routine. Then at the end of the evening whenever you finally take that last curtain call and head out the door, you just want to relax.” #BaytownProject #BaytownTexas #HighlandsTexas #art #artist #hairstylist #portraits #portraitphotography

The BP FILES: “I was living in New Orleans, and my son had invited me to dinner. He went to the store before going to the bus stop to pick up his uncle. But someone was watching him. They had a hit out on somebody, and my son was driving a Charger that was the same color as that other person’s car. When my son was getting into his car, they emptied a gun in his backside. He was killed. He was 26. It was mistaken identity. … “I was out and about, and on my way to his house to eat dinner, when my husband recognized the car and said that was him at the store. I said, ‘That’s not him.’ We drove over and a man walked up to our truck and said, ‘Mam, the store is closed. A man just got killed.’ I said, ‘Did he have dreads?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘Is he in that car?’ He said, ‘The car is still running.’ I just fell out of the car on my knees. It was my son. … “It’s been hard because I left my husband, I left my baby boy, I left my home, I left everything, and I moved here. After a year, my husband rejoined me. I had to get away from there, or I probably would have done something bad. I’ve come through this only through the grace of God. It’s hard. I have a hole in my heart that will never be filled.” … The BP Files is an occasional feature that highlights stories from The Baytown Project’s past. This post originally appeared on Nov. 12, 2014.

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Occasionally, when seeking interviews for The Baytown Project, I’ll introduce myself to someone and get this response: “No speak English.” That’s when I kick myself for never having followed up on my high school Spanish classes. Because of the communication gap, I’m probably missing out on some great stories. When I met 28-year-old Alvaro Posse recently at Holloway Park, it was quickly apparent that we would not fully connect because of our native languages. But we gave it a good try. I learned that he moved here from Honduras two months ago. He lives with his mother and works at the new Hilton hotel in Baytown. He also is working hard on his English-speaking skills and plans to take classes at Lee College. What he knows so far he credits to viewing English courses on YouTube, and watching movies and listening to music from America. “Music, I like. Country, rock, all kinds. Hotel California, Nirvana, Metallica.” He is able to read signs and does OK writing in English. The big challenge is getting the correct words to come from his mouth. “My problem is speaking English correctly. It is difficult. I need more training.” He seems eager to learn. We talked about connecting again a year from now, when his English should be much better. Who knows what stories I’ll hear then.

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“I had a lot of redheaded kids. One of the boys, when he was born, his hair was orange. I mean bright, bright orange. The boy running the place now was a redhead until he was 30, and then his hair started changing. Now it’s changing again. Fast. And my wife was redheaded until she was 30. I mean beautiful red hair. Then it started turning brown. I told her, ‘Hey, I married a redheaded girl. Quit dying your hair.’ She said, ‘I’m not dying it. It’s turning on its own.’ She had never died her hair before, so I believed her. Everybody thought because we had so many redheads in the family, that’s why we named it Rooster’s. Didn’t have anything to do with it. But let them believe what they want to.” — Lowell Cox … Lowell and Freda Cox bought Rooster’s Steakhouse in Baytown in 1977. It was already called Rooster’s when they took it over.

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“Taste the rainbow.” — Skittles … Skittles loves to play with toys and other feline companions. He is litter box trained. He enjoys being groomed and loves to snuggle up on the couch to watch movies and eat snacks. He’s shy around new people and pets, but it doesn’t take long for him to warm up. Skittles is a mystery cat who loves to explore. He doesn’t mind being alone and does not meow for attention. Skittles is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and ready for his forever family. Please apply to adopt. www.adopttosave.org/cats

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“Taste the rainbow.” — Skittles … Skittles loves to play with toys and other feline companions. He is litter box trained. He enjoys being groomed and loves to snuggle up on the couch to watch movies and eat snacks. He’s shy around new people and pets, but it doesn’t take long for him to warm up. Skittles is a mystery cat who loves to explore. He doesn’t mind being alone and does not meow for attention. Skittles is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and ready for his forever family. Please apply to adopt. www.adopttosave.org/cats

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The BP Files: “I like to tell people that I met him because IT wouldn’t help me. I had to build a web page for our intranet, and I couldn’t get any help from our IT department. So someone told me there was this guy who worked in the environmental department who is really good with the intranet sites, and maybe he’ll help me. So I asked him, and we worked together for three months building this site. We became friends, and then the friendship turned romantic.” — Heather and Robert Betancourth dated 2½ years before getting married … The BP Files is an occasional feature that highlights stories from The Baytown Project’s past. This post originally appeared on Jan. 15, 2016.

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(2 of 2) “During World War II, my father built defense camps all over the country. I grew up moving every three to six months. We’d live a few months in one camp and then go somewhere like Wyoming for several more months, then Virginia, Florida, Missouri, all over the place. We’d live in tents, quonset huts or whatever was available that the company could put us in. My father was a craftsman, an ironworker, at the time. His company had a lot of the defense contracts to build these places. … “I met Freda while our family was living in California. That was 1955. We were high school sweethearts. My father promised us boys that if we would follow him around the country, that when we got to high school we could stay and graduate from that high school if we wanted to. This was a little mountain community in the Sierras. It was in Tuolumne County, right next door to Yosemite National Park. I wanted to stay, but my father had to go back to Cape Canaveral where he did a lot of work. So he got me a room with a lady he trusted. I moved in and my parents moved 3,000 miles away. I wasn’t scared one bit. Up there in those mountains, it was peaceful and calm with very little crime. … “That went on for about a year and a half. Then Freda’s father was transferred, and he had to move. My father said that if I moved anywhere, I’d have to move with him. He was in Missouri at the time. I understood that position, because it was costing him a lot of money to support me someplace else. So that summer, Freda and I got married. We both were still in high school. I was 16 and she was 18. We knew that by getting married, Dad couldn’t break us up. He wouldn’t try, and I knew it. It pays to know your parents sometimes. He wished us the best. That was 60 years ago.” — Lowell Cox

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(1 of 2) “I got an opportunity in 1970 to buy Leonard’s Meat Market — the land, building and equipment — for $25,000. I was 29 years old. And we had one of the most successful meat markets in the area. We were very lucky. Things worked out tremendously well. Then we decided we wanted a place to sell burgers and steaks. So in 1977 we bought Rooster’s, and it took off. We worked it. When you own a meat market and a restaurant, you work like the devil. But I always got up in the morning wanting to get after it. My wife was the same way. We enjoyed it. We wanted it. We were willing to put in the long hours. … “Through the years, our biggest asset, our most important asset, the thing that has helped us more than anything in the world, has been good help. We’ve been extremely lucky. We had one woman who worked for us 34 years. We’ve had several people work for us 20 years, 25 years. Luck has a lot to do with it when you interview someone. I would go with my gut feeling as much as anything. Oh, I made a few mistakes along the way. But I was fortunate enough to hire a lot of good people who helped us make Rooster’s a success. … “All of our sons worked here. They grew up in it. And some of our grandchildren also worked here. That may be one important reason why we’ve had such good employees. We had so many family members scattered in with everybody else. Working together with family is one of the best things that ever happened to us.” — Lowell Cox

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