Porky’sTake a trip to Port Arthur and enjoy a great weekend at Porky’s on Gulfway Drive.Karaoke is the name of the game tonight for ages 21 and older, while Saturday is blues rock at its best as the Larry Tillery Band performs on Saturday night. Call the venue at 409-548-4881 for more information.Larry’s French MarketTake a spin around the dance floor at Larry’s French Market in Groves this weekend.Performing tonight is the always entertaining Jackie Caillier and Cajun Cousins, while Saturday’s showcase features the fabulous Chris Miller and Bayou Roots. Also, be sure to catch live music from Clint Faulk and Sherri Lynn next Thursday. Call 409-962-3381 for more information.Sanderson’s RestaurantThis Saturday night enjoy good food and music from Alex Rozell, an up and coming young artist from the area.Admission is free and the atmosphere is always fun.Cash’s Bar and GrillEvery December, it seems like the band Forever Falls puts on one of the best end of year shows around. This year is no different.Forever Falls will hold a CD release party this Saturday night at Cash’s Bar and Grill in Port Arthur in the event known as “The Death of Summer Luau.” Special guests include Podunk and Uptown.For guests who dress to match the theme, admission is $7 per person at the door and $10 per person for everyone else, ages 21 and older only. Also, every paid admission will receive a free copy of the band’s fourth disc, “Big Vision for a Small World.”Cash’s is a private venue and requires a $10 per year membership fee. Call 409-729-6639 for details.Big Nasty’sTake a trip to Bridge City this weekend for two nights of good fun and music.Tonight, at Big Nasty’s on Texas Avenue, it’s karaoke with hostess Joyce Rainey, while Saturday’s showcase features the dynamic Smokin’ Joe Soliz and Miss Candy. Admission is always free for ages 21 and older. Call 409-697-3053 for details.Madison’sMusic makes the world go round, and, at Madison’s too. Located on Dowlen Road in Beaumont, Madison’s is always a great place for live music and fun.Performing tonight is area band Old Skool, while Saturday’s showcase features variety act Simple Logic. Admission is charged at the door for ages 21 and older.On Tuesday night, be sure to enjoy the weekly performance of the musical group known as El Floppy Tacos, while, Thursday’s party on the patio welcomes acoustic attraction Thomas Cokinos. Call 409-924-9777 for more info.GoodfellasDinner and good music go hand-in-hand at Goodfellas in Beaumont.Artists performing this week include Donice Morace, tonight; Jerry Mullin, Saturday; and Kris Harper this Tuesday and Thursday. Call 409-861-2500 for more information.Starvin’ Marvin’sThe party continues this week at Starvin’ Marvin’s Bar and Grill in Beaumont, and it all begins tonight with a live performance by Charlie Hagar and Captain Legendary, while Bryce Shaffer performs on stage this Saturday.Open mic night continues on Tuesday night as area musicians are invited to participate in the musical fun, while area rock band Forever Falls takes the stage on Thursday night for a real rock and roll performance. Call 409-347-0058 for info.The GigHang out at The Gig on Crockett Street in downtown Beaumont this weekend.Learn to dance Salsa and more at Club Salsa tonight. Admission is $10 at the door and a dress code is enforced for ages 18 and older.Then, on Saturday night, relive the glory days of the dance club Starz because it is a Starz reunion. Admission is $5-$10 per person at the door for ages 18 and older. Visit www.thegigbeaumont.com for details.Logon CafeRick Danna and Rick Busby return to the Logon Cafe tonight for the last performance of the duo known as The Rick Show in 2010. Admission is $5 at the door and the show begins at 8 p.m.On Saturday night, the public is invited to check out a performance by Wine and Alchemy. Visit www.logoncafe.net for details.Okee Dokee’sTravel down College Street in Beaumont and head over to Okee Dokees as The Bogarts perform tonight for ages 21 and older. This band is easily one of the most talented acts in Southeast Texas and will blow you away with its song selection of rock hits spanning more than 40 years.Christmas carols will be mixed into the band’s set and finger foods will be served to make this a very festive event.Whiskey RiverTexas country artist Kevin Fowler makes one last appearance in Southeast Texas in 2010 with a concert at Whiskey River tonight.Fowler is touring in support of his new album, “Best Of…For Now,” which was released on Dec. 7 and contains 18 of his hits and fan favorites such as “Pound Sign,” “Don’t Touch My Willie,” as well as unreleased material like “Beer Season” and “What I Wouldn’t Give for Your Love.” Admission is charged at the door for ages 18 and older.Then, on Wednesday, Dec. 22, inside The Back Room at Whiskey River, one of the most eclectic bands in Southeast Texas has reunited for a special holiday event as The Molly Maguires perform.This special all ages show also features Sour Mash and The Shammies. Admission is $7 per person at the door, but guests are encouraged to bring a can good for a $1 off admission or two can goods for $2 off admission.On Thursday night, Texas country act Stoney LaRue returns to the Golden Triangle for a spectacular night of music. Admission is charged at the door for ages 18 and older.Visit www.whiskeyrivertexas.com for details.Nutty Jerry’sThis Friday’s show at Nutty Jerry’s in Winnie is not to be missed because the legendary act known as The Bellamy Brothers travel to Southeast Texas for a concert tonight. Admission is $12 to $30 per person and the doors open at 7 p.m. For more information and ticket sales call 877-643-7508. Nutty Jerry’s is a new entertainment facility located at 18291 Englin Road in Winnie. Visit www.nuttyjerrys.com for more info.L’Auberge du LacOne of the biggest legends in the world of music comes to Southwest Louisiana this weekend as Tony Bennett performs at 8:30 p.m., tonight and Saturday at L’Auberge du Lac Casino in Lake Charles, La.Tickets start at $85 and may be purchased at the L’Auberge Business Center, ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Guests must be 21 or older to enter the Event Center and the casino.Bennett, a winner of 15 Grammy Awards, two Emmy Awards, has sold more than 50 million albums around the world. He is best known for his trademark hit from 1962, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” Other hits include “Rags to Riches” and his first number 1 song, “Because of You.”Send all entertainment listings to [email protected] or call 409-721-2819. The Place3-Way Switch Band will play the tunes at the Christmas party beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday. Everyone 21 and over is invited and there is no cover. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, the two-piece accoustic band Where’s Bat will play. 5875 W. Port Arthur Road.Dylan’s On Tuesday night, it’s acoustic music at its best, especially this week as musician Mike Zito performs. Admission is free on Tuesday.The Boudain HutLive music is part of The Boudain Hut experience, and you have to see it to believe it. Creole Cookin’ will be performing tonight and Saturday, while Riding High take the stage on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday.Karaoke is also part of the fun at The Boudain Hut from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m., every Tuesday. Call 409-962-5079 for details. Rock out this weekend because Dylan’s in Mid-County has arguably the best lineup night for night of any venue in Southeast Texas.Performing on stage tonight at Dylan’s is The Kinship, along with special guest Kris Harper. This band has been one of the area’s top acts for several years now and for good reason.On Saturday night, relieve the decadence of Los Angeles and the music that no one will ever forget as Guns n Roses tribute band, Guns for Roses, makes its first ever appearance at Dylan’s in Port Arthur. Admission is charged at the door for ages 21 and older each weekend night.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm., at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, in Beaumont, with a graveside service to follow, in Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the “Wounded Warriors”. Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter Katherine Ann, that he loved and missed greatly, wife Joyce, the love of his life, his brothers, Lawless, Edwin, Luke, Felix, Jr., Lee, Claude and George Deslatte; his sister’s, Philomene LeBlanc, Leila Hebert (whom raised him as a child), Valerie Guillot. 1923 ~ 2016Louis was born December 28, 1923, in New Iberia to the late Felix Deslatte and Clarise Broussard Deslatte, and was one of twelve children. He passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at his residence with his family. Mr. Deslatte moved to Port Arthur in 1925 and graduated from Thomas Jefferson in 1941. He joined the Army Air Force in 1942, and served as an aerial engineer staff sergeant on a B-24 crew of the 781st Bombardment Squadron, 465th Bomb Group, Pantanella Army Air Base in Italy. He was shot down over Poland and captured by the Germans on his 28th mission. As a WW II POW, he survived the ninety day, 600 mile Death March of Stalag Luft IV. Upon his discharge he worked at Texaco refinery as a pipefitter and foreman for 40 years. He lived in Port Arthur for 50 years and Nederland for 20 years with stops in Diboll, Lufkin, Tomball and the last three years in Montgomery, with son, Thomas and wife Kristy and her mother Margaret Ficker, where he loved to maintain the lawn on his professional zero radius mower. He coached and managed Little League teams of his two sons and was devoted to his daughter from first marriage to Eunice, enjoyed camping, fishing, bowling and playing “friendly” games of bouree, poker and dominoes.Survivors include his sister, Marie Blanchard, two sons, Michael Wayne and wife Julia, Thomas Joseph and wife Kristy. Four grandchildren, Amanda Deslatte, Rebekah O’Neal and husband Blake, Jeremy Deslatte and Allen Honish, Jr. and wife Mandie, two great grandchildren, Lorelai and Wolf. Brother in law V.R. Rayburn and wife Sara and sister in law Marcelene Degeyter and numerous nieces and nephews.
Verna was born in Biloxi, Mississippi on December 14, 1930 to parents Leona (Baudoin) and Willie Mallet. She had lived in the Port Arthur and Groves since 1950 and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathlic Church. Verna was a Registered Nurse for many years, working at St. Mary’s Hospital, PAISD and Premier Health Care. She enjoyed sewing, ceramic crafting and making flower arrangements. Verna was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend who will be missed dearly.She was preceded by her parents, her husband, Thomas Cappadonna; her son, Tim Cappadonna; her brother, Bill Mallet; her sister, Joyce Bean.Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Mike Cappadonna and wife, Sue Benton Cappadonna of Groves, Peg Cappadonna of Port Neches, Patricia Cappadonna Vigreux and husband, George of Dallas; sister, Hazel Gauthier of Groves; daughter in law, Joan Cappadonna of Groves. She is also loved by her ten grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.A gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 5 pm until 8 pm at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, with a rosary to be prayed at 6:30 pm by the family. A 2 pm Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, celebrant will be Rev. J. C. Coon. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves. Verna Mae Cappadonna, 85, of Port Neches passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at her residence.
“We have leadership on that side of the ball,” Nederland head coach Monte Barrow said. “We probably have more leadership on that side of the ball than we do on the offensive side. I don’t worry about those guys as much, because I know one of those guys is going to step up and make a play that gets the rest of them going. Their communication out there is good because they’ve been together for more than just this year.”Bulldog defensive coordinator Delbert Spell said he is pleased with the way his unit has played thus far and likes how his team swarms to and attacks the football.“I think we have over 10 interceptions this season,” he said. “The turnover is a big stat in football. We stress that. Our kids are not the biggest, but they play with a lot of heart.”The Bulldogs lead District 22-5A with 11 interceptions. Spell said he and his position coaches emphasize making plays on the ball when they have an opportunity. Defensive backs Noah Lewis and Landon Hiltz lead the team with five and four interceptions, respectively. “We try to ingrain it in them as a habit,” Spell said. “It’s a combination of things. Everyone has to do their job. The first guy there has to be a good tackler to get a strip. It’s a team game. We’ve been able to get victories on some downs. We’ve been able to get a pass rush to force throws. Our kids break on the ball well. They read the quarterback’s eyes. Noah Lewis and Landon Hiltz have made some great interceptions.”Spell said that even when his unit gets off to a slow start, he has confidence that they can pick it up.“A lot of times we may start slow because we’re adjusting to game speed from practice. It’s hard to simulate. We don’t have anyone on our scout team that can simulate the speed of some of the teams that we’ve seen. Sometimes there is an adjustment period there where we’re adjusting to the speed of the game. Everyone we play is going to do something differently to try to attack our weaknesses. I think we’re doing a good job of adjusting.” By Chris MooreSpecial to The NewsSix games into the season, the Nederland Bulldogs’ offense has been impressive, but the anchor is the stout defense. The Bulldog defense hasn’t allowed more than 21 points against an opponent all season, with both Vidor and Beaumont Central reaching the mark. Central beat Nederland 21-17 in a nail-bitter on Friday at the Thomas Center. With a contest against Ozen next on the schedule, the Bulldogs hope the anchor continues to hold strong.
Advanced Accident Investigation Team members were on duty at the time and investigated the crash. Members of Port Arthur Police Dept. CID were also notified to assist in the investigation. Authorities said the suspect that struck him Wednesday evening had left the scene. Upon arrival officers found a 40-year-old male pedal cyclist was struck and killed.The victim’s name was not released. Port Arthur Police Department personnel are searching for a driver involved in a Wednesday night hit-and-run that left a man dead, authorities said.Police officers responded at approximately 3:14 a.m. Thursday to the 3000 block of Savannah Avenue (Spur 215) in reference to an auto pedestrian crash.
From the desk of Police Chief Tim Duriso: On behalf of my entire department we would like to wish everyone a SAFE & Happy 4th of July celebration this coming Saturday.Just because we will celebrate the 4th, don’t forget or let down your guards to physical and social distancing. Normally we are in a very celebratory mode in this country but we are in a very trying time as we battle with the pandemic COVID-19.We are encouraging motorists to be responsible, drive sober or find a designated driver. Our Police Officers will be out in force looking for impaired drivers during this 4th of July holiday weekend. Answer: You are inquiring about Texas Penal Code 49.031 “Open Container law.” Kurt, sounds like you bring your bottle of alcohol beverage with you when you visit a friend’s house, now if the bottle is already opened you MUST transport the bottle in the truck, glove box or behind the last seating area of the vehicle. You cannot store the alcoholic beverage in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. I’m glad to hear you know your legal limit and use your STOP button when it comes to alcohol beverages and operating a motor vehicle on the roadway because so many motorists don’t have a functioning STOP button.Dean from Jasper asks: I liked your information about the red and blue handicap parking placards. I’ve always seen the two but had no idea why the different colors. My Grandpa passed away a couple months ago, and he had a blue placard that he just threw on the dashboard of his truck, and that’s where it remains even today. Is this legal? What should we do with his placard?Answer: So sorry to hear your Grandpa passed, but there’s one thing for certain in life, and that’s death! This is something many people encounter, a loved one passing away who was issued a disabled parking placard by the state of Texas. First off, one thing you definitely don’t do is continue using the placard. Any family member that has experienced the passing of a loved one who has a placard should return the placard to their respective county tax office. Do not continue to use the placard because you can receive a violation if found guilty for using a placard that wasn’t issued to you. This is punishable by fines ranging from $250 to $1,000, and between 10 and 50 hours of community service.Join Officer Rickey Antoine for Ask A Cop Live, on KSAP 96.9 FM, “The Breeze” every Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. You can also tune in at ksapthebreeze.org. Call in your question live at 409-982-0247. Email your questions to [email protected], call 409-983-8673 or mail them to: Ofc. Rickey Antoine, 645 4th Street, Port Arthur, Texas, 77640. If you happen to see me in public you can Ask A Cop! Also, keep in mind in Jefferson County, we are currently under a mandatory mask requirement in ALL businesses.Lastly I’d like to speak to you about the ignition of fireworks within the city limits of Port Arthur. The ignition or popping of fireworks are is in the city of Port Arthur, even the mere possession of fireworks in the city of Port Arthur, is prohibited.Remember fireworks sound very similar to guns being shot, so please let’s adhere to the law and keep fireworks and the ignition of fireworks out of Port Arthur. Inexperienced pyrotechnics normally bring about 13,000 injured people annually to the emergency room needing care from misuse of fireworks, and the 4th of July holiday accounts for two-thirds of those injuries.We strive hard to beautify our community, and those who ignite fireworks leave behind a mess of debris. Let’s strive to make this holiday one to remember, not from a tragedy but by spreading joy and happiness.If you are found guilty for the ignition or possession (remaining fireworks will be confiscated) of fireworks in the municipal court of the city of Port Arthur, the fine starts at $500. Be safe and enjoy!Kurt from Port Arthur asks: I’m a man who likes to sip on adult beverages. I’m proud to say I don’t overdo my indulgence, but my choice of drink is now watermelon Ciroc. That’s a specialty drink and if I meet at a friend’s place I have to bring my own bottle! Now my question is, can I legally ride with an open bottle of alcohol in my vehicle if I’m not intoxicated?
Located on Boca Chica Key, Naval Air Station Key West is located 4 miles northeast off Key West proper. Known as “the Caribbean of the United States,” the Keys are as close as you can get to paradise without leaving the country. Due to the Keys’ proximity to both Cuba and the Caribbean, their history is as colorful as their inhabitants. The area has sheltered Spanish conquistadors, French pirates, Caribbean salvagers, Cuban shipbuilders and East Coast sailors. In fact, many of the structures built on the Keys date to the 1850s, and many of the land titles and deeds were issued from the King of Spain. The surrounding communities offer so many unique sights and activities — each Key is a veritable “Treasure Island” for you to explore.KEY WESTKey West has a longstanding reputation as being the premier tourist and vacation destination as the southernmost city in the continental United States. However, Key West has a lot more to offer than just sun, beaches and surf. Architecture, history and adventure are on the menu year-round. And let’s not forget Key limes, pineapples and “pink gold” (shrimp). The former mayor of Key West began a campaign to establish Key West as “the cleanest little city in America” — a plan that will boost the foundations of the island, thus improving its overall appearance. From mentoring and youth athletic sponsorship, to physically cleaning and tending to the island, Key West’s citizens have answered the call to strengthen the island as a whole.HistoryWith the arrival of Ponce de Leon in 1521, the isle was named “Cayo Hueso,” or “Isle of Bones,” upon landing because the ground was scattered with the bones of Native Americans — it was later learned to be a native burial ground. The term “Key West” is actually an English mispronunciation of Cayo Hueso, so named in 1822 when a small naval depot was established. Prior to U.S. occupation, the island chain was a haven for criminals and pirates, as well as Native Americans. The island’s two earliest industries were fishing and salvage. The salvage industry made Key West the largest and most prosperous city in Florida due to the large reefs flanking the island. Literally hundreds of trade ships struck and sank on the reefs, and divers salvaged millions of dollars’ worth of riches. To this day, the coast of Key West is one of the most dived locations in the world due to the ships still sunken close to the coast. However, from 1890 to 1935, the island’s population steadily declined, and construction/industries all but ceased. In turn, World War II brought a population boom and industry increase. The area’s population more than doubled between 1940 and 1960. However, after 1960, bases shut down nationwide, and Key West was no exception. Cyclical yet again, from 1960 to 1980 population declined slightly less than 30 percent. By 1990, the population was on the rise yet again (from 24,377 to 24,832), and currently the population has reached a plateau of approximately 25,200.ArchitectureKey West has several bohemian-styled structures that are more than a century old, including tin-roofed Conch-style homes, gingerbread houses and faithfully restored wooden homes built in the style of the island’s original visionaries. Several world-famous people have called Key West home, from Lou Gehrig to Thomas Edison to Tennessee Williams, and many of their former homes are available to tour and photograph.AttractionsIn the historic Bahama Village (settled in the 19th century by immigrants from the Bahamas), new stores and restaurants are springing up seemingly overnight. This area was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway, who was known to frequent the bars to arm-wrestle and box with the locals. The Mallory docks are a likely source for nighttime entertainment for islanders and tourists alike. Sidewalk cafes, open-air bars and dimly lit pubs line the streets, which are filled with jugglers, mimes and a multitude of street musicians. Some of the top attractions for tourists include the following.Conch Tour TrainThis world-famous tour of Key West takes you to Truval Village, near the Hemingway Home and Museum, Flagler Station and many other interesting and historical sights.Shipwreck Treasure MuseumDiscover the treacherous world of shipwreck salvaging and how it made Key West the richest city in the Florida Keys.Key West CemeteryA walk through this historic graveyard can tell as much about Key West’s eccentric character as any history lesson. Unusual whitewashed above-ground tombs and unique statutes are perfect indicators of the Keys’ colorful past.Trolley ToursEnjoy sightseeing tours of Key West, featuring more than 100 points of interest. The trolleys make stops along the way for shopping, attractions and dining nearby, including:Audubon House and Tropical Gardens Tour the 1840s restored home of Captain Geiger. This has a 1-acre garden with a great collection of tropical plants.Custom House Museum and Cultural CenterBuilt in 1891, the Custom House Museum explores Key West’s history.Ernest Hemingway Home and MuseumThis gem is one of Key West’s most popular tourist attractions.Little White HouseSee the “Winter White House” of former President Harry S. Truman.Key West Historic Memorial Sculpture GardenSee the bronze busts of Ernest Hemingway, Asa Tift and Harry S. Truman.Mallory Square Sunset CelebrationEnjoy a nightly sunset celebration. Be entertained by various carnival performers and street vendors while viewing a sunset, the likes of which you’ll see nowhere else.Family AttractionsKey West also offers several attractions geared primarily toward children and families:Astro CityThis well-equipped playground is a popular stop for families on their way to and from the beach, Edward B. Knight/White Street Pier or Old Town Key West.Bayview ParkThis large park has a fully equipped playground, basketball court and tennis courts. It is a popular spot for local events.Edward B. Knight (formerly White Street Pier)This pier extends hundreds of yards over the Atlantic Ocean. When winds are calm or out of the north, a stroll along this pier reveals large schools of fish and numerous feeding shore birds. The end of the pier is a good spot for family fishing excursions.Historic Seaport DistrictA public walkway was built around this former commercial-fishing harbor. This is a great place to take a stroll with your family. Children might find a wild sea turtle or see hungry tarpons and occasionally manatees from the walkway.Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and BeachThis historic fortress at the southwest end of Key West is a fascinating place for children to play and watch boats as they sail out of Key West Harbor. The grounds offer a sandy beach with picnic tables and restrooms.Key West AquariumSee jellyfish, sharks and other marine mammals at this popular attraction. A touch tank features sea stars, giant hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs and more.BeachesThough Key West is known as a tropical paradise, don’t expect to find white-sand beaches this far south. Though somewhat rocky, the beaches are lush nonetheless and offer many activities year-round. Here’s a small offering of some local beaches most accessible to swimming, surfing and sunbathing.C.B. Harvey Rest Beach – Picnic areas, hiking and bike trails — a perfect family spot.Higgs Beach/Astro City Park – The premier beach for sunbathing on the Key.Simonton Street Beach – An excellent location to watch sailing vessels.Smathers Beach – Best spot for both surfing and windsurfing.South Beach – Popular beach for tourists.Dog Beach – One of the only local beaches where dogs are welcome.WeatherKey West has a mild tropical climate nearly year-round, due mainly to its proximity to the Florida current. At its coldest, winter is only an average of 15 degrees cooler than summer. However, there are only two major seasons: dry and wet. The “dry season” lasts December through April, and the “wet season” runs May through October. During the wet season, the Keys receive more than 75 percent of their annual rainfall. Hurricane season runs tandem with the rainy season, from June through October, with the most probable dates for a hurricane occurring mid-August to early October. Thunderstorms occur almost every month of the year but are most severe July to September. The Florida Bay is also the waterspout capital of the world, experiencing 40 to 550 waterspouts per year; they are most common May through October.ISLAMORADAIslamorada is widely regarded as the sport-fishing capital of the world with two area seas brimming with inhabitants ready for the taking. Sailfish, tuna, bonefish and tarpon are just a few of the local inhabitants, as well as hundreds of other sought-after game fish. If observation is more your game, Islamorada has massive reefs and the bay itself to explore and photograph.HistoryAll the Keys share a similar history; however, the rocks surrounding Islamorada (as well as the other islands) led Ponce de Leon to call the area “Los Martieres” or “The Martyrs.” De Leon wrote, “… the rocks, from far away, appeared to be men in the throes of suffering.” The name stuck, mainly due to the sheer volume of ships wrecked on the rocky shoals and the men lost at sea when the aforementioned vessels sank.AttractionsSee the Eagle, an intentionally sunk ship that serves as a dive attraction. The Windley Key was once two islands known as the Umbrella Keys. The water between was filled in, resulting in one island with a center of loosely sedimented rock. The main quarry complex is now a Florida Park Service geological site. The quarry was once the location of Mizner Industries (1928), a service that would channel out fossilized coral and ship it to Miami, where it would be finished into a marble-like product. The process involved a channeling machine — a gasoline-powered, track-run chiseling device that would essentially separate the rock so that it could be cut and cubed in large volume. The rusted skeleton of the channeling machine still stands on the northernmost rim of the quarry. The area also houses the Theater of the Sea, which gives adults and children the chance to swim with dolphins, as well as snorkeling and viewing of indigenous wildlife. At Lignumvitae Key State Botanical Site, you can ascend to the highest elevation in the Keys — a staggering 18 feet.KEY LARGOThe northernmost island on the Key, Largo is only 50 miles from two of Florida’s major airports. Largo is located between the Everglades in the west and North America’s only living coral reef to the east.HistoryKey Largo has a well-deserved title as the “Dive Capital of the World” because of its large steps in marine conservation. In 1960, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park, the first conservatory of its kind, opened followed by the Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary 15 years later. Statues, ships and reefs abound in the waters surrounding Key Largo, with many educational and entertaining opportunities.AttractionsIn addition to the John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park and the National Marine Sanctuary, Key Largo hosts a wealth of diving opportunities. You can explore Bibb and Duane, dual 327-foot U.S. Coast Guard cutters, intentionally sunk in 1987 to attract divers of beginner to veteran status, as a safe dive site. The Benwood wreck, sunk in an attack during World War II, provides a firsthand glimpse of how schools of fish will thrive in a man-made environment, as swarms of grunt and porkfish (in addition to many others) call this ship home. Likewise, Spiegel Grove, a 510-foot Navy vessel, was intentionally sunk in the summer of 2002 to add yet another controlled dive location. Lastly, Christ of the Abyss is an easily accessible Largo landmark, cast in bronze; it is sandwiched between the Dry Rocks coral formation in a shallow 25 feet of water.If diving isn’t your game, Largo’s proximity to the Everglades makes it a prime location for kayakers, photographers, bird-watchers and other nature-minded people. On the island itself, many art galleries have opened and with them several gourmet restaurants as well as pubs, hotels and shops for when the sun goes down.MARATHONLocated in the middle of the Keys, Marathon is known for its delicate balance of booming industry and beautiful natural surroundings. It not only offers several well-maintained public beaches but also a modern airport as well as a nationally recognized harbor (Boot Key Harbor), boasting many different marine activities. Marathon is also home to the Dolphin Research Center and Turtle Hospital, both known worldwide as specialist centers for marine-fauna rescue and conservation.HistoryMarathon’s most well-documented trait is its standing as a fishing village. The Golden Age of Marathon was in the 19th and early 20th centuries, where it was the premier location of fishing imports for Florida. Flagler’s Railroad figures heavily into the history of Marathon — the railroad was an extension from Florida proper into the Keys; the route went through the Everglades, over open water and into the Keys. Flagler’s project broke ground in 1906 and employed the assistance of several unskilled laborers. The task was daunting and was projected to take five to six years with an estimated cost of $50 million. During construction, many of the laborers resided in Pigeon Key (a small isle in the present-day Marathon area). The project was completed in January 1912. However, in 1935, after 23 years of problem-free service, a giant tidal wave overtook the train on its stop in Homestead (a small station after Islamorada). The wave washed the train (and most of the village) out to sea. Days later, more than 500 casualties were found, but the real head count still remains unknown. The route was never rebuilt.AttractionsAs mentioned earlier, Marathon boasts two renowned conservation facilities, the Dolphin Research Center and Turtle Hospital. It also has Crane Point Hammock, a 64-acre protected reserve of walking trails, museums and historic sites. Diving and snorkeling your fancy? Try Sombrero Reef, North America’s only living coral barrier reef. The reef is part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The island also has a modern hospital, as well as several dining and shopping hotspots.BIG PINE AND LOWER KEYSThe Lower Keys are Florida’s best-kept secret. They have been the getaway spot for more than 75 years. The islands are home to earthy mangrove forests as well as miles of unspoiled beaches. The area is also known for calm, warm diving water away from the more commercial dive areas.HistoryBig Pine had humble beginnings, most notably as a post-Depression shark-processing center. Workers would catch sharks, skin them and send their meat and skins north to Miami and New Jersey, respectively. Due to its relatively short shelf life, shark meat rarely made it north of Georgia. The skins, however, were a stronger alternative to traditional leather; sharkskin was tougher than cowhide and, once it was cured, was stronger still — a material called shagreen. The material became popular with shoemakers and garment makers, though somewhat more costly than cowhide.The multitude of Lower Keys (Little Torch, Cudjoe, Sugarloaf and Summerland, among others) each have their own individual histories, and many offer localized museums and traditional restaurants in addition to many specialty shops.AttractionsThe Lower Keys are home to many quiet resorts and single-family homes, in addition to RV campgrounds and picnic areas. Big Pine is the area’s “designated” shopping district, with several specialty shops as well as general goods and services. Little Duck Key (upper half of the Lower Keys) offers Veterans Memorial Park — pet-friendly, sandy beaches and a multitude of picnic areas — the perfect choice for a family day getaway. Bahia Honda Key, located a few miles away, has Bahia Honda State Park, another perfect camping and picnicking area with beaches that often make the Top 10 lists of beautiful beaches in the country, for many magazines. Looe Key is the diving destination, with several possibilities for diving and snorkeling the Looe coral reef. The Looe coral reef is home to the annual Underwater Music Festival — an offbeat multimedia display. Previous highlights included a troupe of snorkeling, guitar-playing Elvises, an underwater art gallery, an underwater masked ball (complete with “costumed” dancers) and a “Divas of the Deep” exhibit, featuring sirens who “sang” along with the orchestra. In addition to the traditional broadcast, the festival is projected into the deep, via speakers mounted beneath a flotilla of pontoon boats. Visit www.lowerkeyschamber.com for more information.
HEALTH CARENaval Branch Health Clinic Everett2000 W. Marine View DriveAppointments 800-404-4506www.med.navy.mil/sites/nhbrem/Pages/everetthome.aspx Naval Branch Health Clinic Everett is a primary care clinic that provides routine, ambulatory health care services to active-duty personnel assigned to Naval Station Everett, any homeported and visiting ships, as well as commands in the surrounding areas and their TRICARE Prime family members. Clinic services include family medicine, immunizations, mental health, optometry, pharmacy and physical therapy.Dental care is provided to all active-duty personnel, U.S. Coast Guard personnel, U.S. Public Health Service personnel, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration personnel, Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps personnel and reservists who are activated for more than 30 days. The dental clinic is not staffed to treat family members or retirees. Family members of active-duty personnel are encouraged to use the TRICARE Dental Program. Program information is available by visiting www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/Dental/TDP.TRICARETRICARE is the health care program for active-duty and retired service members, their families and survivors. TRICARE provides health plans, prescriptions, dental plans and other special health programs to its beneficiaries. TRICARE’s mission is to enhance the Department of Defense and the nation’s security by providing health support for the full range of military operations and sustaining the health of all those entrusted to their care.TRICARE offers a range of health care plans. TRICARE Prime is the mandatory health care option for active-duty service members. Family members of active-duty service members, retired service members and their families may also use this option. If you use TRICARE Prime, you are assigned a primary care manager at a military or network provider who delivers most of your care. If you need care your PCM cannot provide, you are referred to a specialist. Active-duty service members and their families pay nothing out of pocket for this option; however, there is less freedom to choose your provider. On Jan. 1, 2018, TRICARE Standard and Extra were combined into a new plan, TRICARE Select. Select is a standardized fee-for-service plan available to family members of active-duty service members, retired service members and their families. After you enroll in TRICARE Select, you may schedule an appointment with any TRICARE-authorized provider. Referrals are not required, but you may need prior authorization from your regional contractor for some services. You will pay a copay or cost share based on the type of care and provider you see. Costs for Select vary, but you will pay an annual deductible as well as a percentage of covered services. Non-network providers may charge up to 15 percent more than the TRICARE allowable charge; you are responsible for these extra charges. TRICARE also offers plans for remote and overseas locations, reserve military members, young adults who are no longer covered under regular TRICARE coverage and other scenarios.TRICARE coverage is completely portable, so it moves with you when you relocate. Follow these simple steps to ensure you have no break in coverage when you move:Do not cancel your TRICARE Prime enrollment option before you move.Update your personal information in DEERS immediately when you arrive at your new location.Select a new primary care manager.If you are already using TRICARE Select, moving is easy. When you arrive at your new location, update your personal information in DEERS. Then find TRICARE-authorized providers in your new area. Remember, you may have a new regional contractor and claims filing address.TRICARE’s online tools can help you find and compare plans that you are qualified to use. Beginning in 2019, however, TRICARE will allow you to switch between plans only if you have a “qualifying life event” such as the birth of a baby or a move. For a complete description of the types of coverage programs and regions, visit www.tricare.mil. For more information about recent changes to TRICARE, visit https://tricare.mil/changes.HOUSINGHousing Service CenterBuilding 2000, Room 140 800-876-7022https://everett.navylifepnw.com/housing The Naval Station Everett Housing Service Center is ready to help you transition to your new home and community. Use its resources to become familiar with available housing options and support services. When you arrive at Naval Station Everett, visit the Housing Service Center for valuable information, counseling and guidance before signing any lease or sales contract for housing.Unaccompanied HousingBuilding 2029 425-304-3111https://everett.navylifepnw.com/housing Unaccompanied housing is available for active-duty permanent party residents at Naval Station Everett. The target population for these living quarters is active-duty personnel, E-4 and below. There are four buildings that provide safe, clean, secure and comfortable accommodations for unaccompanied personnel. Amenities include lounge areas with TVs and recreational gear, libraries, common kitchens, laundry rooms, fitness rooms and more. Amenities vary in each building; visit the website for more information.Naval Station Everett Family HousingCarroll’s Creek Landing18111 25th Ave. NEMarysville, WA 98271 360-419-4971www.carrollscreek.com Constitution Park (Hunt Military Communities)12832 Fifth St. NELake Stevens, WA 98258 877-245-7370www.northwestmilitaryhousing.com At Naval Station Everett, military family housing is privatized. In addition to your option to purchase and rent housing in the local community, you may choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Carroll’s Creek Landing or Hunt Military Communities, which owns the family housing and is responsible for constructing, maintaining, repairing and managing the community.For comprehensive information about homes and amenities in the Naval Station Everett privatized housing community, visit the Carroll’s Creek Landing or Pacific Northwest Communities websites.MAILMail may be temporarily forwarded to: Naval Station Everett, 2000 W. Marine View Drive, Training Department, Everett, WA 98207.RELIGIOUS GUIDANCESmokey Point Chapel13914 45th Ave. NEMarysville, WA 98271 425-304-3342www.fb.com/EverettNavyChapel The chapel supports the religious needs of all Air Force members. The chapel offers many programs, including worship, liturgy, rites and religious education. Chaplains also offer counseling. All communications with the chapel are confidential and protected by the Uniform Code of Military Justice. If you are seeking spiritual support for any denomination or faith group, contact the chapel. For current service times, visit the chapel’s website.VEHICLE REGISTRATIONAll private vehicles operated or parked on the station must be registered with the Visitor Control Center. All privately owned vehicles on base must be insured, and a current license plate is required. Washington state traffic laws apply on base; see the Getting To & Around Snohomish County chapter on Page 18 for more information. All vehicles entering or leaving base are subject to search.
The Hessian Powder Magazine is one of the oldest buildings on Carlisle Barracks. Built in 1777, it is open daily for self-guided tours. (Photo by Scott Finger, September 2006)Carlisle Barracks is the second oldest Army installation, dating back to 1745, when British soldiers created the “Camp near Carlisle.” In December 1776, the Continental Congress authorized establishment of an ordnance center at Washingtonburg, as the barracks was called during the Revolutionary War. Carlisle Barracks was the home of the Indian Industrial School where the all-American football halfback Jim Thorpe attended. Carlisle Barracks is now an Installation Management Agency installation supporting the U.S. Army War College, a field operating agency of the U.S. Army, which educates and prepares military officers for leadership at the highest levels.For a full history of Carlisle Barracks, visit http://carlislebarracks.carlisle.army.mil/history.htm.
Support Trails, Win an Ibis Hakka MX – Every year Ibis partners with the the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz to give away a trail bike in their Ante Up pledge drive. Well, that already happened earlier this year, but they are working together again for a give away a monstercrossing Hakka MX gravel bike to a lucky supporter in support of the Old Growth Classic gravel race in Big Basin Redwoods State Park.So, for every $10 you contribute to support MBOSC, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win the Hakka MX, custom built with Easton AX carbon & alloy components. Every dollar donated goes straight to trail development in Santa Cruz County. More details on how to support the trails at: MBOSC.givingfuel.comWant to ride the Old Growth Classic gravel race, itself this Sept 14th? Well, it sold out in 24 hours, so you’ll have to wait until next year. Sorry. You can probably still volunteer, though! OldGrowthClassic.comWhere you can still ride… Then, the Italian Jeroboam the next weekend – 3T’s original ultra-distance gravel event is what inspired expansion to the Czech one too. Sept 20-22 will be the third running of the Jeroboam Gravel Challenge with 75km, 150km, or 300km gravel route options near Bergamo, Italy. blog.3T.bikeGear, deals & jobs Join us for the Little Bash, central Europes best gravel secret in 2 weeks – Autumn is fast approaching, but our EU Bikerumor team is looking forward to two weekends of gravel riding to close out the summer season. Next week, we’ll be stuck in side at Eurobike, but from Sept 13-15 we’ll be taking in the Bohemian Border Bash, and hundreds of kms of quiet gravel roads through the forests, rock towers, and hill on the Czech & German borders. There are still slots left for the 2-night camping week-end of The Little Bash and even the ultra-distance Jeroboam 300km Big Bash with food, beer, music & camping included in your registration fee. TheBash.cc Shimmering Bicyclecrumbs x North St Bags – Hi-Vis doesn’t have to mean day-glo yellow. So, industry graphics whiz Bicyclecrumbs (who now works at Vanilla) partnered with fellow Portlandite North St. Bags to creat something a little different. You are still going to be seen with all that sparkle. Get that rainbow sequin goodness in a $118 Pioneer handlebar canister bag (or with a waist belt kit) or a matching $30 medium zippered pouch. In Crumbs’ signature Radar print which is a bit less shocking, you can also get those same bags (same prices) or a $100 pannier bag or $130 daypack. Find it all at: NorthStBags.com 8bar mid-season sale: Save 200€ off bikes, 100€ of frames & more! – 8bar bikes has a mega sale going on right now with some killer discounts on selected complete bikes, framesets, parts, cycling apparel & components. Think 200€ off already affordable complete Fhain, Fhain WMN, Kronprinz & Krzberg complete bikes (code: Bikes-200); or 100€ off Fhain, Fhain WMN, Kronprinz & Krzberg framesets (code: Frames-100); or 60% off bags, up to 75% off components & 50% off apparel (no codes needed). 8bar-bikes.com Muc-Off Silicon Shine, now available in the US! – Muc-Off’s popular spray-on protector and suspension lubricant is now available in the states by popular demand. Partly intended just a spray on protection layer that leaves a sparkling shine on metal, plastic & rubber parts, it also it one of the few lubricants recommended for your suspension. The silicon formula prevents grime build up, and specifically reduces friction on fork stanchions and rear shocks. Get it now for $15 a can. Muc-Off.com