August - Dockline Magazine

August - Dockline Magazine

From the Managing Editor

Man is it HOT, HOT, HOT,

out!! I just got back from a rodeo

a few days ago and talk about dirt,

sweat and cow poo, there was

plenty to go around! Lucky me,

my mom has a horse trailer with

living quarters, so if I get too hot

she puts me in the trailer with the

T.V. on and the A/C full past!

Well, it’s that time...BACK

TO SCHOOL!! I can’t wait, every

time the school bus stops in front

of our house I love to look out

the window and say hi to all the

kids! And with back to school I

know Labor Day is right around

the corner, which means fall and

cooler days aren’t to far away! So,

until it gets cooler out, I’ll be out

on the lake with my dad on our

boat that maybe I’ll get to drive

one day...or not.

Until next month, life’s and

garden...dig it!


For advertising

information call Tom Cook

at 281-812-4775 and he will

be glad to assist you.




The Magazine About Life on the Water’s Edge

table of CONTENTS

On the Cover

Tamale Ranch

A u g u s t 2 0 1 2

5 San Jacinto River Authority Kids Page

6 Tamale Ranch

10 Baytown Little Theater

12 Goose Creek Proud

14 Community Corner

16 City of Baytown

20 Things to Consider for the Not-so-skilled Freshwater Fisherman

22 Learn The Law

25 Go Green Pest Control

30 Capture The Moment

31 The Baytown Chamber

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The Magazine About Life on the Waters Edge

Thomas J. Cook



ManagIng EdIToR

Gordon Gallatin


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Gary Clemmons • Kimberli Smith

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Dock Line Magazine - Baytown & Mont Belvieu Area Edition August 2012 5

There are many Mexican restaurants that

offer Tex-Mex cuisine, but few provide authentic

Mexican food as may be found in the

interior of Mexico. Tamale Ranch was born

just five months ago, created from the fertile

minds of the people who own Luna’s Mexican

Restaurants and Especial Events Meeting

and Banquet Facility. What is interior Mexican

food you ask? Here is the story behind

it. Mexico City has been the center of migra-

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tion for people from all parts of Mexico since

pre-Hispanic times. During that time, Mexico

City was the center of the Aztec Empire, and

the best and most distinctive ingredients were

brought there as tribute from outlying areas.

Today, interior Mexican food features dishes

that come together in Mexico City from every

region of Mexico. At Tamale Ranch, we

feature interior Mexican Cuisine. We put our

recipes to work and created a menu that brings

to Houston a unique home cooking cuisine

with variety of flavors. You’ll find specialty

dishes such as: Chili Relleno en Nogada, a

very traditional dish from Puebla, Mexico.

It consists of a roasted poblano pepper filled

with a special walnut, raisin, and ground beef

mixture, then topped with our walnut cream

sauce and pomegranates. Tamales Oaxaquenos

is a traditional item in Oaxaca, Mexico.

They are homemade corn dough stuffed with

your choice of chicken, pork or rajas con

queso, wrapped in a banana leaf and steamed.

Carnitas de Puerco (Pork Carnitas) are

from Mexico City and consist of pork meat

marinated with oranges, a mixture of spices,

slow–fried, served with onion, cilantro, limes,

and green house sauce. These are amazing in

tacos! Very good and different side dishes are

served such as: Esquites, fresh corn cut off the

cob and boiled in Mexican herbs, topped with

mayonnaise, butter, chili powder, Mexican

cheese and lime; Rajas con Crema, a creamy

mixture of sautéed poblano pepper, onion and

sour cream; and Espagueti Verde, spaghetti

cooked in a poblano pepper cream sauce. We

have amazing desserts as well. One of our customer

favorites is Crepas de Cajeta - crepes

topped with caramelized milk and mixed nuts,

and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

It’s amazing!

Come and take a journey through classic

regional Mexican cuisine, prepared with authentic

recipes and traditional ingredients, and

served in a modern setting. Don’t stop there

- we also offer a NEW wide selection of delicious

Tex-Mex items as well as a huge lunch

menu and a variety of kids’ items. Browse

our menu to see our many delicious options

for every taste bud and at reasonable prices at You can also view our

online slide show to help you choose a meal

or just take a peek at our cool refreshing bar

drinks that will definitely entice you to join us

for happy hour Monday through Friday, 2pm-


Tamale Ranch Interior Mexico serves traditional

food from all regions of Mexico with

a beautifully refined contemporary flare. Visit

us and see how traditional recipes and modern

concepts are blended by taste, sight and

atmosphere. We offer an upbeat and welcoming

experience that will leave you looking forward

to your next visit. From fresh homemade

Chile Relleno en Nogada

Jalapenos Rellenos

savory dishes to the contemporary décor, Tamale

Ranch Interior Mexico captures the best

of Mexico with a modern, uptown flare.

Crystal Ivey, the public relations manager

and marketing director for Tamale Ranch,

Especial Events Meeting and Banquet Facility,

Luna’s Mexican Restaurants, and its associated

catering services, states that the catering

standard of all of our companies are all very

high with a professional and energetic staff as

Luna’s has established for so many years.

Tamale ranch utilizes the talents of three

co-managers, Mike, Emilio and Ryan. They

oversee an outstanding staff which has been

complimented every day for their awesome

customer service. The restaurant has two

chefs, Claudia and Pedro, both of whom came

from Mexico City with great talent.

Tamale Ranch Interior Mexico is located

at 7010 North Hwy 146, Suite 140 in Baytown,

Texas, 281-573-3222. For all catering

needs, contact 281-421-2826. Visit us at www. Hours of operation are

10:30am to 9:30pm, Mondays through Thursdays,

10:30am to 10pm on Fridays, 11am to

10pm on Saturdays and 11am to 9:30pm on


Get to know their other two companies

conveniently located in Baytown. Luna’s,

being the first, was opened 26 years ago in

the Kroger shopping center and quickly established

itself as the prime dining choice for

Mexican food. In May of 2005, Luna’s opened

the current standing building in its new location,

off Cedar Bayou Lynchburg and Garth

Road. The restaurant greatly benefits from favorable

reputation established over long years

of great service. The restaurant offers our customers

free wireless internet, free ice cream,

and mariachis on Friday nights. Currently, we

have Family Karaoke on Sunday nights. Our

private dining room is available for reservations

for meetings, birthdays, banquets and the

list goes on and on. Luna’s has proven time

and time again to be everything that Baytown

could ask for. We have definitely earned a

long and proud reputation for delicious food,

huge portions, moderate prices, wonderful

margaritas and great service! In addition to

our thriving daily dine-in trade, the restaurant

enjoys substantial outside catering. We cater

all types of cuisines from breakfast, steak and

shrimp to enchiladas or anything in between.

Luna’s Catering has handled from 10 people to

1,500 people, with onsite cooking, lunch boxes,

turnarounds, delivery and buffet style just

to name a few. Visit any of our other locations

in Texas City, Friendswood, and Greenspoint

Mall. We are happy to announce the grand

opening of League City locations opening in

August of 2012. Visit us at

for more information about our

locations and current happenings. Call 281-

421-2826 for your catering needs.

Especial Events Meeting and Banquet Facility

was opened in Baytown approximately

15 years ago and has filled a community need

for a place to hold banquets, wedding ceremonies,

safety meetings, retirement parties and a

multitude of functions Conveniently located

on North Alexander, a major thoroughfare, Especial

Events features unlimited free parking

and is a beautiful and well-appointed facility.

Seating is available for up to 450 people

and the ability to divide rooms to host smaller

events is also available. It has been an ideal

addition to the Baytown and surrounding area

communities, with menus ranging from steak

and shrimp to Mexican or Italian - anything

you can imagine. We truly cater to our guests’

every need. Especial Events Coordinator, Sara

Dominguez, works individually with every

client to ensure that their event is everything

imaginable. Contact Sara at 281-797-0209 or

visit us at www.EspecialEventsBanquetHall.


Come visit us to experience customer

service at its BEST! u

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My Pal




Overnight Blueberry French



12 slices day-old bread, cut into 1

inch cubes

2 (8 ounce) packages cream

cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes

1 cup fresh blueberries

12 eggs, beaten

2 cups milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 cup white sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 cup water

1 cup fresh blueberries

1 tablespoon butter


Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking

dish. Arrange half the bread cubes in

the dish, and top with cream cheese

cubes. Sprinkle 1 cup blueberries

over the cream cheese, and top

with remaining bread cubes.

In a large bowl, mix the eggs, milk,

vanilla extract, and syrup. Pour over

the bread cubes. Cover, and refrigerate


Remove the bread cube mixture

from the refrigerator about 30 minutes

before baking. Preheat the

oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees


Cover, and bake 30 minutes. Uncover,

and continue baking 25 to

30 minutes, until center is firm and

surface is lightly browned.

In a medium saucepan, mix the

sugar, cornstarch, and water. Bring

to a boil. Stirring constantly, cook 3

to 4 minutes. Mix in the remaining 1

cup blueberries. Reduce heat, and

simmer 10 minutes, until the blueberries

burst. Stir in the butter, and pour

over the baked French toast


Dock Line Magazine - Baytown & Mont Belvieu Area Edition August 2012 9

The musical, “Urinetown”, opens August 3 at

Baytown Little Theatre. A recipient of several theatre

awards, including three Tony awards for Best

Book, Best Score, and Best Direction, “Urinetown”

is a hilarious satire of corporate and political corruption,

exploitation of the environment, the legal

system, and even musical conventions.

The musical opens with a grim welcome from

Officer Lockstock, a policeman, assisted by the

street urchin, Little Sally. A twenty-year drought

has caused a terrible water shortage. All restroom

activities are done in public toilets controlled by a

mega corporation called “Urine Good Company”

(or UGC). To control water consumption, people

have to pay to use the toilets. There are harsh laws

ensuring that people pay to pee; an offender is sent

to a penal colony called Urinetown.

The oppressed masses huddle in line at the

poorest, filthiest urinal in town, Public Amenity

#9, which is run by the harshly authoritarian,

Penelope Pennywise, and her assistant, dashing

young everyman, Bobby Strong. Trouble ensues

when Bobby’s father, Old Man Strong, cannot afford

his urinal admission for the day and asks Pennywise

to let him go free. After Old Man Strong’s

plea is dismissed, he urinates on the street and is

soon arrested by Officers Lockstock and Barrel

and escorted off to Urinetown.

Later that day, in the corporate offices of

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“Urinetown” - Next Up at BLT

UGC, the CEO, Caldwell B. Cladwell, is discussing

the new fee hikes with Senator Fipp, a politician

firmly in Cladwell’s pocket, when Cladwell’s beautiful

daughter, Hope Cladwell, arrives on the scene

as UGC’s new fax/copy girl. She encounters Bobby

Strong - their attraction is instant.

The next day, Cladwell’s assistant, McQueen,

announces the new fee hikes. Bobby concludes

that the laws are wrong. Opening the doors of the

urinal, despite Ms. Pennywise’s protest, he begins a

pee-for-free rebellion. In the meantime, the rebels

kidnap Hope and head to a secret hideout in the


Later, Bobby meets with Cladwell at the UGC

headquarters where he is offered a suitcase full of

cash as long as Hope is returned and the people

agree to the new fee hikes. Bobby refuses and demands

free access for the people. Cladwell orders

the cops to escort Bobby to Urinetown—even if it

means that the rebel poor will kill Hope. Bobby

is led to the top of UGC building and learns the

truth. There is no Urinetown; they just kill people.

Little Sally returns to the hideout, having just

heard Bobby’s last words encouraging the rebels to

fight for what they know is right. Then the rebels

march to the office of UGC, seize Cladwell, and

send him to Urinetown to avenge Bobby’s death.

With the town at peace at last, all believe that

the age of fear is over. However, the town’s new-

found urinary bliss is short-lived, as its limited

water supply quickly disappears. Ironically, as

draconian as the UGC’s rules were, they kept the

people from squandering the limited water supply;

the population begins dying of thirst. The town

is now quite like the imaginary Urinetown with

which they had been threatened for years.

“Urinetown” is directed by John Morales. The

cast includes Ryan Martin as Officer Lockstock,

Courtney Howard as Pennywise, Tyler Duke as

Bobby Strong, Mica Box as Little Sally, Jim Wadzinski

as McQueen, Kellen Solomon as Officer

Barrel, April Gentry as Hope Cladwell, Travers

LeVille as Old Man Strong/Hot Blades Harry/

UGC/Cop, Ram Ramos as Tiny Tom/UGC/Cop,

Joanna Mitchell as Soupy Sue/UGC/Cop, Jessica

Cianciotto as Little Becky Two Shoes/Mrs. Millennium/Cop,

Jillian Silva as Robby the Stockfish/

UGC/Cop, John Meiners as Caldwell B. Cladwell,

and Patti Meiners as Josephine Strong.

The musical opens Friday, August 3, with

additional performances on August 4, 5, 10, 11,

12, 17, 18, and 19. Tickets are available and can

be purchased at

Parties of 8 or more should call the box office at

281.424.7617. Other information such as directions

or curtain times can also be found on the

BLT website.u

Dock Line Magazine - Baytown & Mont Belvieu Area Edition August 2012 11

The Goose Creek CISD board of trustees

reorganized on Monday, July 9, electing Howard

Sampson as president, and Daniel Blackford, vice


Mr. Sampson has represented District 1 since

2009 when he was appointed to fill the board seat

left vacant by the resignation of Phelitria Barnes.

Mr. Sampson has been a resident of the district

for many years, attending Harlem Elementary

and Highlands Junior School. Like outgoing Board

President Jenice Coffey, he is a 1974 graduate of

Sterling High School.

After graduating from Sterling, Mr. Sampson

attended the University of Arkansas and played

football there. Mr. Sampson made his professional

debut in the NFL in 1978 with the Green Bay Packers.

He played defensive back for the Green Bay

Packers for his two-year career.

He is currently an Assistant Superintendent

Goose Creek CISD has a new superintendent

to lead the district. The Board of Trustees

unanimously hired Dr. Salvador Cavazos to take

the reins on July 19.

Dr. Cavazos becomes the 14th superintendent

in Goose Creek CISD history, replacing Dr.

Toby York who will retire on July 31.

Dr. Cavazos has been superintendent of the

5,300-student Alice ISD in south Texas for the

last three years.

His first day on the job will be August 6.

“I am excited about our hiring of Dr.

Cavazos. I believe he will lead our district in taking

the steps necessary for improvement in several

critical areas,” said Jenice Coffey, former Board

president and current Board member.

Board President Howard Sampson agrees.

“Dr. Cavazos brings strong leadership to our district

in the area of curriculum and instruction.

This will benefit all of our students. I believe that

he will lead Goose Creek CISD into becoming an

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For This Month

Sampson named Goose Creek CISD Board president

in the Harris County Precinct 2 Road & Bridge Inspection

Department, where he has worked since


Mr. Blackford, who represents District 7, has

worked as a federal agent for the past several years

with the Office of the Inspector General and the

U.S. Secret Service. He also runs his own business

as a security consultant and firearms instructor. Mr.

Blackford is a 1989 graduate of Sterling.

Rounding out the slate of officer, Jimmy Smith

of District 6 will serve as secretary and Agustin

Loredo III will serve as assistant secretary.

The Goose Creek school board is now comprised

of two Robert E. Lee High School graduates

– Mr. Loredo and Ken Martin, and three Ross

S. Sterling graduates — Mrs. Coffey, Mr. Blackford,

and Mr. Sampson. The other Board members are

Mr. Smith and Carl Burg.

Trustees representing GCCISD single-member

Goose Creek CISD hires new superintendent

even more powerful district in the State of Texas,”

he said.

The Board of Trustees began the search for a

new superintendent in February after Dr. York announced

his retirement plans.

Dr. York’s career spans more than 37 years

in education, with 11 years at Goose Creek CISD

including serving as superintendent for the past

three and a half years.

Dr. Cavazos, 48, has more than 24 years of

experience in Texas public schools and the nonprofit

corporate field.

Prior to his appointment in Alice, he served

as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and

Instruction in Brownsville ISD.

During his tenure there, the district received

the Broad Prize in Education, designating Brownsville

ISD as the highest academic performing

urban district in the United States. Other positions

he has held include Chief Development Officer

for Southwest Key Programs, Inc. in Austin,

principal of Johnston High School and Fulmore

Middle School in Austin ISD, principal of Santa

Maria High School in Santa Maria ISD, and assistant

principal of McAllen Rowe High School and

Lamar Middle School in McAllen ISD. He also

served as a teacher at McAllen High School.

“I am very excited and honored to have been

named Superintendent of this fine district. It is

evident that GCCISD has a lot of support from

parents and the community. I expect to work with

the fine team in this district to ensure that every

student graduates and is career ready,” Dr. Cavazos

districts serve in staggered three-year terms.

Regular meetings are held on the second and

fourth Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the

Board Room of the Administration Building.u

Goose Creek CISD Board of Trustees President Howard Sampson

and Superintendent Dr. Toby York presented a plaque to

former Board President Jenice Coffey on July 9 in honor of her

service in the 2011-2012 school year.


Dr. Cavazos earned his bachelor’s degree in

Political Science and English from the University

of Texas-Pan American in 1986 and his master’s

degree in Educational Administration from the

University of Texas-Pan American in 1988. He

earned his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership

at the University of Texas at Austin in 2002.

He holds Texas Educator Certification for

superintendent, mid management administrator,

counselor, and secondary (grades 6-12) teacher for

government and English.

Under the three-year contract approved by

the Board, Dr. Cavazos will earn $210,000 per year,

plus benefits.

Dr. Cavazos and his wife, Bertha, have four

children. Twenty year old Edward is attending

Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma while

Christina, 18, will begin her studies at Baylor

University in August. Clarissa, 9, will be a fourth

grader, and Catherine, 6, will enter first grade this


Goose Creek CISD serves more than 21,000

students in the communities of Baytown and

Highlands. Encompassing a 128-square-mile area,

Goose Creek CISD has one primary school, 13 elementary

schools, five junior schools, and three

high schools, as well as a wide range of special

programs and services, including IMPACT Early

College High School, John M. Stuart Career Center,

the POINT Alternative Center, and the Peter E.

Hyland Center. u

Season Tickets Information

Season tickets for this year’s Ross S. Sterling, Robert E. Lee, and Goose Creek Memorial home football games will be on sale Monday, July 23 through

Thursday, August 16 at the Goose Creek CISD Athletic Office, located in the GCCISD Administration Building, at 4544 I-10 East.

Owners of season tickets during the 2012 football season have until August 3 to renew their ticket order for 2012. Season tickets not renewed by the Aug. 3

deadline can be released for sale to the general public.

The cost of season ticket booklets will vary by school according to the number of games played at Stallworth Stadium. 2012 booklet prices are as follows:

Ross S. Sterling - $30 per booklet (6 games)

Robert E. Lee - $35 per booklet (7 games)

Goose Creek Memorial - $25 per booklet (5 games)

The six games included in the Sterling High School season ticket booklet will be against Robert E. Lee, Clear Lake, Clear Creek, Deer Park, North Shore and

West Brook. Home games included in the Robert E. Lee booklet will be against Sterling, Sam Rayburn, Spring Woods, Galveston Ball, Goose Creek Memorial,

Pearland Dawson and Friendswood. Goose Creek Memorial home games are against Lumberton, Robert E. Lee, Pearland Dawson, Galveston Ball and

Santa Fe.

Individual game tickets for all three high schools will be available each week throughout the season. Individual game tickets are sold only for the games being

played that week. Ticket outlets for individual home game tickets include the three GCCISD high schools and the GCCISD Athletic Office.

Individual game tickets for games at Stallworth Stadium that are purchased during the week of the game will cost $6 for reserved seats, $6 for adult general

admission, and $3 for student general admission (grades kindergarten through 12). All tickets sold at Stallworth Stadium will be $7.

The senior citizen Gold Card may be used for complimentary general admission at any regular season home athletic event in GCCISD. Gold Cards are available

at the Administration Building front desk to any GCCISD resident age 65 and over.

Thursday and Friday games at Stallworth Stadium will begin at 7:00 p.m. Starting times for all Saturday games and other non-district contests are set by the

host teams, and fans should note kickoff times for these games may differ from Baytown start times. Dates and times are subject to change; check the GC-

CISD website for updated schedules.

For more information regarding football tickets, please call the Athletic Office at 281-420-4680 u


Ross S. Sterling High School

Day Date Opponent Site Stadium Time

Friday Aug. 31 Robert E. Lee Home Stallworth 7:00

Friday Sept. 7 Clear Falls Away District Stadium 6:00

Friday Sept. 14 Clear Lake Home Stallworth 7:00

Friday Sept. 21 Clear Creek Home Stallworth 7:00

Friday Sept. 28 La Porte * Away Bulldog 7:00

Thursday Oct. 4 Deer Park * (PN) Home Stallworth 7:00

Friday Oct. 12 Channelview * Away Channelview 7:00

Thursday Oct. 18 North Shore * Home Stallworth 7:00

Friday Oct. 26 Port Arthur Memorial * Away Memorial 7:00

Friday Nov. 2 Open

Friday Nov. 9 West Brook * (HC) Home Stallworth 7:00

Goose Creek Memorial High School

Day Date Opponent Site Stadium Time

Thursday Aug. 30 Lumberton Home Stallworth 7:00

Friday Sept. 7 Nederland Away Nederland 7:00

Friday Sept. 14 George Ranch Away Richmond 7:00

Friday Sept. 21 Open

Friday Sept. 28 Texas City * Away Texas City 7:00

Friday Oct. 5 Robert E. Lee * Home Stallworth 7:00

Friday Oct. 12 Pearland Dawson * Home Stallworth 7:00

Friday Oct. 19 Friendswood * Away Friendswood 7:00

Friday Oct. 26 Galveston Ball * (HC) Home Stallworth 7:00

Friday Nov. 2 Galena Park * Away GPISD Stadium 7:00

Thursday Nov. 8 Santa Fe * (PN) Home Stallworth 7:00

Robert E. Lee High School

Day Date Opponent Site Stadium Time

Friday Aug. 31 Ross S. Sterling Away Stallworth 7:00

Friday Sept. 7 Sam Rayburn Home Stallworth 7:00

Saturday Sept. 15 Spring Woods Home Stallworth 7:00

Friday Sept. 21 Open

Friday Sept. 28 Galveston Ball * (HC) Home Stallworth 7:00

Friday Oct. 5 Goose Creek Memorial * Away Stallworth 7:00

Thursday Oct. 11 Galena Park * Away GPISD Stadium 7:00

Friday Oct. 19 Pearland Dawson * Home Stallworth 7:00

Friday Oct. 26 Santa Fe * Away Santa Fe 7:00

Friday Nov. 2 Friendswood * (PN) Home Stallworth 7:00

Friday Nov. 9 Texas City * Away Texas City 7:00

*District game Home games in bold type (HC) Homecoming

Dock Line Magazine - Baytown & Mont Belvieu Area Edition August 2012 13

Everyone knows that all car dealerships

take trade-in vehicles, but did you know that

Community will buy your used vehicle regardless

of whether or not you buy ours?

We can reduce the frustration and expense

of selling a used vehicle in a big way!

Selling a vehicle on your own can involve

advertising the vehicle, allowing strangers to

come to your home to look at and test drive

the vehicle, title hassles, waiting days or weeks

Well, the summer heat is finally here and

on the road we go. Many of us, including myself,

have the trailers and race haulers packed

up and ready to hit the road in a moment’s

notice. Are we forgetting something? How

about the towing vehicles health? With the

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We’ll Buy Your Car!

for a buyer, and waiting for your money. We

can alleviate all of that – just bring your vehicle

in! We’ll appraise it on the spot (usually

within 30 minutes) FOR FREE, make an

offer that will be good seven days, take care

of the paperwork, and issue payment within

24 hours!

Here’s how it works:

• Bring the vehicle to Community during

regular business hours for a FREE appraisal

No appointment necessary!

• One of our trained appraisers will appraise

your vehicle within 30 minutes.

• Based on the appraisal, Community

will make a written offer for your vehicle.

Offer is good for seven days!

If the offer is accepted, you’ll need to

have certain items with you to complete the


Gary’s Performance Corner

extra load and weight differential, our cars

and trucks are under a mighty strain and we

are asking our motors, transmissions, differentials

and cooling systems to step up quick

and haul. With the Texas heat index going

up, all of our vehicle components react differently.

It is essential if not critical to pay

close attention to our vehicle’s fluid levels and

especially the fluids’ condition. For example,

the bright red fluid of the transmission may

turn brown indicating a higher than normal

operating temperature. The clear fluid of

the power steering may turn to deep brown

or black, again noting a strain or high operating

temperature in the pump. Then there’s

the engine coolant. The coolant, being one

of the most important members of the fluid

family, must be maintained and the quick-

• Vehicle Title

We need the title to complete the sale

and transfer ownership, and it must be provided

at the time of sale. All persons listed as

titleholders should be present.

• Valid Registration

State and federal laws require that we

check the current registration to confirm that

you are the owner of the vehicle.

• Payoff Information

If you still owe money on the vehicle,

we’ll need to see that information.

• Valid Photo ID

All titleholders should bring a valid, state

- issued photo ID.

• Keys and remotes

If the original keys and/or remotes are

missing, we may adjust the offer.

If you have a vehicle for sale and have any

questions, please call us!u

est way to recognize that the fluid is failing

is by the smell. The fluid will take on a very

strong burnt odor followed by a higher than

normal operating temperature. By following

the manufacturer’s recommended service intervals,

your vehicle will give you many miles

of driving pleasure. If your vehicle is used

extensively for towing, the rules of the road

normally require fluid exchanges much more

frequently to keep the fluid clean, and at its

top operating performance.

Stop by and let the professionals at the

Community Auto Group give your vehicle its

summer health check before you hit the road.

Well, I’m off to the races, and look forward to

the next tip of the month! See you in the winner’s


Black Bean Salad with Corn,

Red Peppers, Avocado and

Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette


2 15-ounce cans black beans,

rinsed and drained

3 ears fresh cooked corn, kernels

cut off the cob

2 red bell peppers, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons minced shallots,

from one medium shallot

2 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons sugar

9 tablespoons extra virgin olive

oil, best quality such as Colavita

1 teaspoon lime zest (be sure to

zest limes before juicing them)

6 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro,

plus more for garnish

2 Hass avocados, chopped


Combine all ingredients except

for avocados in a large bowl and

mix well. Cover and chill for a few

hours or overnight. Right before

serving, add avocados and mix

gently, being careful not to mash

avocados. Garnish with a more

chopped cilantro if desired. Serve

at room temperature.


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Did you know the average American

family throws away about 116 pounds of material

every month per home? That is over 4

pounds per day!

The City of Baytown encourages you to

keep a close eye on what is getting dumped in

the trash can. Odds are, you are not recycling

as much as you could be. In most cases, 80

percent of your garbage is recyclable or compostable.

Recycling saves landfill space, conserves

energy, preserves our natural resources, and

reduces the amount of trash you throw away.

Before you throw something away, ask yourself

if it can be recycled. Always look for the

recycle symbol on products. Remember that

most glass, aluminum and plastic bottles are


The City of Baytown

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Baytown residents can conveniently put

items to be recycled on the curb for disposal

on their designated curbside pickup day. Beginning

later this summer, residents will have

the choice of either 96-gallon or 65-gallon

wheeled containers, or they can continue to

use the 18-gallon blue “bin.”

Single stream recycling is easy. No sorting

or multiple containers are needed (but

you might want to rinse some items). Here

are the things that belong in your recycling

bin: tin, steel and aluminum cans, dairy and

juice containers, glass bottles (clear, green

and brown), paperboard, magazines, cardboard,

newspapers, junk mail, and plastic

bottles and containers (numbers 1 - 7).

Things that belong in your trash can instead

include: plastic wrap, Styrofoam, paper

plates, thermal paper, diapers, napkins, facial

or toilet tissue, zip locking or sandwich bags,

excess food, grass clippings or yard waste, liquids.

Did you know there is also a drop-off

center for old furniture, lumber, recyclable

materials, cell phones, small electronics, mp3

players and phone books? The facility, the

Baytown Green Center, is located at 1601

West Main Street. It is a resident only facility

and is not open to commercial users.

Items such as cleaning supplies, antifreeze,

old paint and paint thinner, batteries,

lawn chemicals, tires, batteries and used motor

oil should NEVER be placed in your curbside

recycling or trash. Please dispose of these

items at the yearly Household Hazardous

Waste Collection event, held each April.u

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Are you a person who is interested in

fishing but has not a clue of how to start or

what supplies you need? Fishing is one of

my favorite past-times, but I, like you, had to

start from “Square One”. In this article, I will

discuss some quick fishing tips to help you get

your fishing trip started and to help you land

some fish.

First, to fish you need a fishing rod that

fits your fishing objective (i.e., what you want

to fish for). When I first started fishing, I really

wanted to catch catfish, and I needed a

rod to get the job done. I was astounded by

all of the fishing rods that were available, and

I knew nothing about them. The rods ranged

from all types of materials such as graphite,

tubular glass, and wood. After speaking with

more experienced anglers and eventually trying

out various types of rods, I learned that

the type of material will affect the sensitivity

of the rod when a fish bites a lure. Further,

the various rod materials will determine the

strength of the rod. Wood rods are more traditional

and very sensitive to fish bites, but

can break more easily than a graphite or tubular

glass rod. Tubular glass rods are very

strong but may be so stiff that the sensitivity

of the rod may be affected. Graphite rods are

not as strong as tubular glass, but are stronger

than wood and are more sensitive to fish bites.

Rods even vary by size and strength such as

ultra-light to heavy, with the ultra-light rods

being shorter and thinner and the heavy rods

being taller and thick. The best type of rod to

use is really the preference of the angler and

what he/she wants to fish for.

When considering a rod, you should also

consider a type of reel it requires. The sim-

Things to Consider for the

Not-so-skilled Freshwater Fisherman

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By: Michael Homer Jr.

plest reel is the spincaster, which releases line

on a cast by just a push of a button. Second,

and my personal favorite, is the spinning

reel. The spinning reels require the angler to

release the line with a finger. Spinning reels

are very versatile and have been developed

to catch very small to big fish. The baitcaster

is another very popular reel that requires the

user to push a button with their thumb to release

the line. Baitcasters have been used to

land some notable large fish. Whatever reel

you consider will indicate a line test strength

that the device requires. The “test” is a measurement

of the maximum weight the line

can hold. The type of line you choose can

also affect how fish see your lure as well as

the durability and life of the line. Monofilament

tends to be the most common and most

affordable fishing line, but many companies

have developed stronger alternatives that are

suggested to be less visible to fish.

After you have chosen the rod and reel

you want to fish with, you need to consider

your baits to land your target fish. Over the

years, fishermen and fishing companies have

developed a plethora of baits and lures to

catch fish. The type of bait to use depends

on the species you want to fish for. Sunfishes

prefer worms, crickets, grasshoppers, flies,

and small jigs. Crappie will bite larger, similar

baits that will target sunfish, but they will

also bite spinner baits and plugs. Many lures

have been developed for black basses such as

swim baits, spinner baits, plugs, spoons, plastics,

and chatter baits. Catfishes rely on their

senses of smell and taste more then sight,

so the use of stink baits, dip baits, live baits

(i.e., worms, minnows, shrimp, and shad),

or chicken livers may be effective in catching

these species. Whatever lure or bait you decide

to use, remember to consider the test of

your line. If the lure is to light, it will not cast

far. Conversely, if the lure or bait is too heavy,

it may cast too far and drag on the bottom of

the waterbody.

Next, consider your fishing spot and how

you will be fishing. Will you be bank fishing

or fishing from a boat? Often, I would fish for

ass from the bank of a pond near my house,

but I would never catch anything. I realized

that when I would fish, I would always be

casting out too far from the shore with my

spinner bait, and there would be no structure.

Fishing in areas with abundant submerged

structure (e.g., fallen trees, plants, fish attractors,

etc.) will more than likely produce some

successful fishing results when targeting black

basses, crappie, and sunfishes. Casting closer

to the shore with either the active lure or bait

puts you within range of these species. Catfishes

prefer the bottom of pools or cavities,

thus a passive stink bait or chicken liver on a

line equipped with a bobber and a sinker below

the bait may produce a successful catch.

Before fishing, remember to bring some

additional tools with you. First, bring a multitool

or small pocket knife in the event that

you need to cut the fishing line. Second, bring

pliers to pull fish hooks out of either the fish

or yourself – hopefully it will be the fish. Next,

be sure to have plenty of bobbers, weights,

hooks, preferred lures, and extra fishing line

in your kit or tacklebox. Be sure to also have

a cell phone and an emergency kit just in

case. When fishing, always remember your

safety. If you are bank fishing be mindful of

your surroundings, and be sure to wear insect

repellant to protect from mosquitoes, ticks,

and chiggers. Avoid areas with dense vegetation

or private properties to which you do not

have permission to access. If fishing from

a boat, be sure to wear your personal flotation

device, know your boating laws. And

remember Texas is hot so always bring plenty

of water and apply sun screen regularly!

Lastly, have your fishing license and have

Find Us Online

a copy of the Texas fishing regulations if you

are fishing on a public waterbody. If you are

considering fishing on a public waterbody,

and you either lack a license or it is expired,

do not take the risk of a fine. Anyone age-17

or older must possess a valid fishing license

when fishing on public water in Texas. The

only exception is in our State Parks where

no fishing license is required (http://www.

familyfish/). If you would like to purchase a

Texas fishing license, you may purchase them

online at or at a local

sporting goods store such as Bass Pro Shops

or Academy Sports. Fishing regulations are

also available online or in hard copy at your

local sporting goods store.

For more information about fishing

please access the “Take me fishing” brochure



or please feel free to contact Mark Webb or

me at or or by calling

979-272-1430. u

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By: Weston Cotten

So you want to be “Self Employed”?

If there ever was an oxymoron, “being self

employed” is a prime example. No one can be

“self employed” because people have to be employed

by those whose wants and needs you fulfill.

Starting and running your own business is

extremely difficult and you must first consider

whether you have the temperament for such an

undertaking. In many ways, you will have less

freedom than you did when employed by someone

else. The feeling of pride at owning your

own business fades quickly when the bills begin

to arrive and there is no corresponding income

coming in.

Successful people, businesses, and organizations

do for others what others can’t do, don’t

do, won’t do for themselves. It’s as simple as

that. The self employed person has to find out

what tasks/jobs/products his or her potential

clients need. This is called “market research”.

Before one can be “open for business” there

needs to be some market research to determine

the level of demand for the task/job/product

you have chosen to sell. Afterwards, comes the

marketing or selling of your product or service.

If you are considering going into business

for yourself, it makes absolute sense to be

as prepared as possible. Before opening, seek

the help of a general business adviser. In addition

to technical expertise, you can benefit

from the objective input of an independent adviser.

Entrepreneurs who work with professional

advisers have a better chance of making

a success. There are many organizations that

are specifically formed to assist new and small

business, such as the Service Corps of Retired

Executives, the Small Business Administration,

Small Business Development Council at many

local colleges and local Economic Development

Councils in addition to local Chambers

of Commerce.

Here is a checklist of some of the things

you need to consider before investing:

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1. Living Funds - Unless you are one of the

very lucky few, your business will not be profitable

from the word go. Remember, it took

even mighty Google a couple years to even find

funding to make a serious effort at becoming an

Internet giant. How much money do you have

set aside for living expenses? A year is a good

place to start if you will be working full time on

your new business.

2. Time - Running your own business can

be incredibly rewarding. That being said, it is

also going to take a lot of your time. Do you

have a family, kids, or other time obligations?

You can expect to spend 10 to 12 hours a day

during the first year getting up and running, so

make sure you have the wiggle room to handle


3. Business Form - When starting out, you

need to determine what form your business

will take. Some of the best money and time you

can spend is sitting down with a knowledgeable

business attorney who can help you decide the

form of business entity you ultimately use. Will

it be a corporation, a “C” corporation, a “Sub-

S” Corporation, a limited liability company, a

Series Limited Liability Company, a partnership,

or just operating as a sole proprietor. The

decision is primarily one of risk. The bigger the

chance of getting sued, the more you should

consider undertaking the expense of a corporation

or limited liability company. There are legal

and tax benefits and deficits associated with

each form of business. Take the time to get it

right before your start.

4. Taxes - Uncle Sam wants and gets his

money. Every business plan needs to account

for tax issues. You might live in a state that

has a favorable tax climate for business, but

then again you may not. Will you have to collect

sales tax? Some of the best money you can

spend when starting out is to find a good accountant.

They can save you a bundle. The best

accountant is a proactive one. By proactive, I

mean they work with you to put together plans

on how to save on your taxes at the beginning

of each year. Find one and spend the time to get

it right. Have both your legal and tax adviser

confer to help you reach the correct decision as

to the form of business and how best to avoid

tax and legal problems.

5. Passion vs. Profit - People are often looking

for the “best” business idea. That may be a

mistake. The best business idea may be one you

are very interested in. If you love fishing, start a

business that has something to do with fishing.

You should generally avoid starting a business

because you think you can make a lot of money.

It is going to take a lot of work and long hours

Go with something you are interested in so you

can get through the tough times.

Is it worth it? Just ask the many small business

people with whom you come in contact

each day if they had it to do over again, would


While you are at it, thank them for giving

you the choices they provide in service and


Weston Cotten is admitted to practice in

all Texas Courts, the Southern District, Eastern

District, Northern District, Western District Federal

Courts, and the U. S. Tax Court, though not

certified as to any legal specialization. He is a

member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.

He has been licensed to practice for 29 years. His

areas of practice include Probate and Estate preservation,

business formation and operations, real

estate, Social Security Disability and Bankruptcy

law. He is a local, solo practice attorney with his

office located at 5223 Garth Road, Baytown, TX

77521. If he is unable to assist you, he will try to

give you a referral to an attorney with experience

in your area of legal need.

Please visit his website at,

or call at 281-421-5774.



AS LEGAL ADVICE. This does not constitute the

establishment of an attorney client relationship

between you and this lawyer. Most information

is of a very general nature and cannot attempt

to cover all fact situations. Nothing contained in

this web site should be construed to constitute a

recommendation of any product, service, or web


(Federally Required Notice) The Law Office

of Weston Cotten, P.C. is a “debt-relief agency”

as defined by federal bankruptcy law, and we

proudly assist our clients in filing for debt relief

under the Bankruptcy Code.u

Fragrant Lemon Chicken


1 apple - peeled, cored and


1 stalk celery with leaves,


1 (3 pound) whole chicken

salt to taste

ground black pepper to taste

1 onion, chopped

1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary,


1 lemon, zested and juiced

1 cup hot water


Rub salt and pepper into the skin

of the chicken, and then place

apple and celery inside the

chicken. Place chicken in slow

cooker. Sprinkle chopped onion,

rosemary, and lemon juice and

zest over chicken. Pour 1 cup hot

water into the slow cooker.

Cover, and cook on High for 1

hour. Switch to Low, and cook

for 6 to 8 hours, basting several



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There is a roach with the distinction of being

named American. It is not native, but likely

originally came here by ships from Africa. The

American roach is in the order of Blattodea. It

is the biggest of our 70 commonly found roach

species at one to two inches long when fully matured.

It is sometimes referred to locally as the

wood roach, tree roach, or palmetto bug. They

have been on this planet for over 400 million

years. Very adept at survival, they have changed

little in this time. They are most commonly found

in tropical or subtropical regions. While not considered

social insects, they are gregarious and so

are commonly found in groups. They tend to

emit odors through their processes that they are

able to identify. Part of this survival instinct is

that if one is successfully occupying a niche, they

leave indications (odors) for others that they have

found a good niche and this welcomes others. So,

if in or around your home they have found a suitable

environment (and it likely is), you are likely

to see many, if any.

They are a source of great anxiety in many

people because of the repulsive response in we

humans. They are big, they have functioning

wings that do allow them to fly, and more importantly,

they can be a source of disease and allergic

reactions in humans. They can carry such diseases

as Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus,

Coliform, Bacillus, Clostridium, Escherichia, and


While they are known as an outdoor roach,

they can inhabit structures. They particularly like

damp environments and those with stored materials.

You can recognize them in their matured

state by their size. They are shaped ovally, with

veined wings, and have long threadlike antennae,

and two prominent cercae projecting from the

rear of their abdomen.

They lay their eggs in a slightly rectangular

case (ootheca) that they carry around with them,

and then deposit it where the nymphs emerge

white. The female may produce 6-14 oothecas

that may have 14-16 eggs in it. They quickly darken

to a dark red coloring as their external cuticle

hardens. They are most active at night, but will

be seen during the day if the infestation is large.

They mature in about 168 days and may live three

years depending upon the environment.

They eat nearly anything. They prefer fer-

By: John Shrader

The American Roach

menting foods (composted flower bedding: this

is why they are commonly found in forested environments

or your flower bed), but will also make

a meal of stored paper or organic trash and foods

in your kitchen. They enter our homes via crevices

between door and frame, around plumbing, and

through sewer systems or accidentally brought in

with our stuff like groceries.

Control of the American roach consists of

prevention by reducing suitable habitat and denying

entry. Good sanitation and humidity control

is important. It is critical to regularly clean the

home and avoid accumulating storage. There are a

number of pesticides available that effectively control

them to include insect growth regulators and

contact insecticides. If you intend to control them,

follow the insecticide label instructions. More is

not better and can be dangerous. It would be best

to hire a knowledgeable professional. We can


Everything we do at Environmental Health

Specialties is directed toward prevention of disease

and protection of our environment. We perform

pest management services, teach food safety,

inspect day cares and foster homes, and perform

all services related to on site sewage treatment

(septic systems) and install storm shelters. Our

food safety class is open to all food establishment

personnel and the public. Contact us so we can

reserve a seat for you.

Please see our ad on page 11.

To reach Environmental Health Specialties

please call 281 428 2648.u

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Ramen Coleslaw


2 tablespoons vegetable oil

3 tablespoons white wine vinegar

2 tablespoons white sugar

1 (3 ounce) package chicken

flavored ramen noodles, crushed,

seasoning packet reserved

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

1/4 cup sliced almonds

1/2 medium head cabbage,


5 green onions, chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175

degrees C).

In a medium bowl, whisk together

the oil, vinegar, sugar, ramen noodle

spice mix, salt and pepper to create

a dressing.

Place sesame seeds and almonds in

a single layer on a medium baking

sheet. Bake in the preheated oven

10 minutes, or until lightly brown.

In a large salad bowl, combine the

cabbage, green onions and crushed

ramen noodles. Pour dressing over

the cabbage, and toss to coat

evenly. Top with toasted sesame

seeds and almonds.


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Creating another

way for our

advertisers and


organizations to

get their message


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By: Kimberli Smith

Why are Photographers so darn expensive?

I mean they are just taking a few pictures

with a camera, right? How hard can it be?

First, I think we should get to the roots

of why you are hiring a photographer; to create

an image that you, for any likely reason,

are not capable of creating on your own. This

might be because of circumstances, (you

need someone to point the camera), or skill

to overcome the lighting.

There are many factors that should be

considered with your professional photographer.

The time that your photographer invests

into your family portrait is not limited to the

hour the images are created. Included in your

portrait session with a professional photographer

will also be the design consultation,

processing, creating backups of your images,

the portrait review, retouching, ordering,

packaging, and delivering. Not to mention

the time spent on marketing and answering

phone calls, and emails. When you hire a professional

photographer, they will go through

all of these steps. Each one hour portrait session

typically results in a minimum of eight

hours of behind the scenes work.

Although cameras that look professional

are just a few hundred dollars, often purchased

by novice photographers, these cameras

are often not capable of creating images

with a high enough resolution for a large wall

portrait. A professional photographer has invested

thousands of dollars in professional

photographic equipment. The camera is only

the first step. A professional photographer

will have also invested just as much in studio

gear, computers, digital storage devices, and

photo processing software’s such as a professional

version of Photoshop. Unfortunately,

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all of these are not one time purchases; many

including cameras must be updated within

every two to three years.

Just as important as all of the previous

components, professional photographers

have knowledge of light, camera equipment,

poses that will make you look your best (or

thinnest), colors and how all of this comes

together to provide you with a beautiful family

portrait. To keep up with this ever changing

industry professional photographers are

members of organizations such as the PPA

and WPPI.

So I ask - what is an expensive professional

photographer compared to? I believe

it only seems expensive. Is your custom portrait

less valuable than a piece of furniture in

your home? What about another item of wall

décor, mirror, or clock on your wall? When

dealing with a professional photographer,

there is value in the photograph, not the paper.

Professional photographers are not in the

business of “taking pictures” - we offer you

a portrait that is a priceless emotional statement

of your love and relationships - something

which brings a tear to your eye or a

lump to your throat each time you look at it.

Your custom portraits are an investment that

will bring you years of pleasure.

What if I could create a timeless piece of

art, taken from a moment in your life, capturing

the personalities that you love; for you

hang in your home above your fireplace, or in

your dining room that you will admire and

reflect on every time that you catch a glimpse

of it. How much would you be willing to invest

in THAT portrait?u

The Baytown Chamber Today

The Baytown Chamber is busy as always with lots of projects coming up. The

membership meeting for the month of August will be the Texas Workforce Commissioner

Representing Employers, Tom Pauken. Commissioner Pauken is the author of two books: “The

Thirty Year War: The Politics of the Sixties Generation” and his new book entitled “Bringing America

Home”. With this time of shortage in employees, this should be a very enlightening program. The September

program will be brought to us by Van Long, Plant Manager of Chevron Phillips Cedar Bayou Plant who will bring us

up to date on the newly announced world’s largest on-purpose 1-hexene plant. The new plant is capable of producing up to

250,000 metric tons (551,000,000 lbs) per year at the Cedar Bayou Chemical Complex. In November, our program will be the

recognition of a law enforcement officer, fire fighter, constable and emergency technician of the year. The Public Safety Recognition

is an annual event sponsored by the Baytown Chamber to express our appreciation for all that these individuals do for us on a daily basis.

In December, we will hold our Annual Christmas Open House in our office scheduled for Tuesday, December 11th from 4:00 to 6:00. We

are always pleased to see so many of our Chamber members enjoying each other and sharing some “Christmas Cheer”.

The 30th Annual Baytown Business Expo is scheduled for Friday, October 5th from 9:30 to 3:00 at the Baytown Community Center. The

Expo is open to all Chamber members who wish to exhibit their goods and services to the Baytown Community. Exhibit space is $375 and is

already about 70% sold out. The public is invited and tickets can be obtained by stopping by the Chamber office at 1300 Rollingbrook, Suite

400 (Amegy Bank Tower). Tickets at the door are $5.

The Chamber will be bringing back a popular event – the Epicurean Evening – A Taste of the Baytown Area scheduled for Thursday, October

25 at the Tower Club – Royal Purple Raceway.

The event will include 30 food booths with tastes of each of the restaurant’s cuisine. Tickets will go on sale September 1 for $35 each.

Are your electricity bills too high? To date, members of 27 Texas Chambers have joined Electric Coalitions and signed competitive

contracts for their commercial electricity usage. The combined estimated savings over the life of their contracts is more than $1,000,000! Find

out how you can join the Baytown Electric Coalition and start saving money with NO FEES and NO OBLIGATION to accept a contract offer.

It’s an exclusive Baytown Chamber of Commerce member benefit, and we have made it QUICK, EASY and SAFE! Call the Chamber office

(281/422-8359) or contact your fellow chamber member (our independent Aggregator) – Fox, Smolen & Assoc. (888/822-9090), extension 102

for Paul Smolen or 104 for Marvin Hecker.

One of our members has a projected savings over a two year contract time of $1800. This is a program with direct business benefits, and we

hope you take advantage of it. Our members that are signed up with this program tell us that their savings are more than their annual chamber


As you can see, much is happening at the Baytown Chamber. We have many other events including the

Business After Hours on the first Thursday of the month and the Surprise Patrol, committee meetings and

more. You may access our interactive calendar through our website at We

try to post as many community events as are provided us so the calendar can be very helpful. Maps,

directories, Baytown brochures and much more are available at our office. We are open daily from 8:30

to 4:30.

Tracey S. Wheeler, IOM

President & CEO

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