Refinery Reps Help With B&GC Gala

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Volunteers with the Pascagoula Refinery’s Black Employee Network (BEN) lent a helping hand during the 20th annual Boys & Girls Club “Steak and Steak” fundraiser.

The event brings together children who participate in local Boys & Girls Clubs and community members to enjoy a steak dinner and guest speaker. Former NFL great Andre Reed provided this year’s keynote address.

Attendees also have an opportunity to bid on items in the silent auction. Chevron volunteers helped staff this portion of the event, including (from left) DaJohn Murray, Sarah Denney, Brandon Gray, Nicole McBeath, Alecia Asiamigbe, Kentrell Owens, Penny Barbour, Valerie Brune, Austin McSpadden, Carlos Moore, Tiahirih Moore, Mike Seales, Rayford Harris, Makamba Sackey, Cheryl McLeod, Jamie Smith and Catherine Glaude (Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County).

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Volunteers, City Partner to Make Playground More Accessible

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From left, Kenny Erwin (Health Quest), Sean O’Grady (Procurement) and Charles Barber (Continuous Improvement) rolled up their sleeves on behalf of the ENABLED Employee Network to help workers with the City of Pascagoula install a new handicap-accessible merry-go-round at Beach Park in Pascagoula. The equipment was purchased by Junior Auxillary of Pascagoula-Moss Point as part of an ongoing project to provide more accessible playground areas at local parks. The moulded plastic design makes the equipment easier for children to stay seated while riding and doesn’t cause splinters.

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Volunteers Walk to Fight Heart Disease

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Nearly 50 volunteers from Chevron spent a Saturday morning raising money and awareness for heart disease at the 2017 Jackson County Heart Walk on March 18.

One member of the Chevron team has even had heart disease affect him personally.

“In 2007, I lost my mother to heart disease,” said Maintenance Team Leader Chris Cochran. “My father has heart disease, and I was diagnosed with heart disease in 2013. From that time, it has become important to eat right and exercise.”

Roughly one in every four deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease, so money raised from events like the heart walk goes toward saving thousands of lives every year.

“The Heart Walk is important to me to show even if you have heart disease, you can be very active,” Cochran said.

With 45 participants, the Chevron team raised $2,500 at the Heart Walk.

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Chevron Volunteers Support Relay for Life

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More than 20 Chevron employees, friends, and family gathered at the St. Martin High School Stadium on April 28 to participate in Relay for Life. This year, the Chevron Team raised $4,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Thank you to Chevron Relay for Life event team leaders Elizabeth Swinney and Sondra Hilton-Boney, along with everyone who supported this important cause. Nearly $16,000 was raised by the entire event.

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Don’t Have Solar Eclipse Glasses Yet? Make Your Own With a Cereal Box

Be prepared for the total eclipse this afternoon, which will block about 75 percent of the sun on the Mississippi Gulf Coast this afternoon.

The eclipse will last about three hours, from noon to 3 p.m., and will peak for about two or three minutes at about 1:30 p.m., according to TimeAndDate.com, which provides eclipse details for every city in the U.S.

If you haven’t gotten your solar eclipse glasses yet, it’s not too late. NASA has came up with a low-tech and cost-friendly idea to make sure people can still view the eclipse while also preserving their eyesight. Using some items you can find around the house, you can make a pinhole projector, which allows you to see a reflected image of the event.

Materials

Cereal box

Paper

Aluminum foil

Pencil

Tape

Scissors

How to make it

Trace the bottom of a box on paper.

Cut out the rectangle.

Tape paper to inside bottom of box. (If you can’t tape the paper to the bottom of the box, you can just place it there – it should stay securely in place.)

Close the top of the box.

Cut two holes in the top of the box.

Cover one hole with foil.

Poke a small hole in the middle of the foil.

How to use it

Take your pinhole projector outside and face away from the sun so that its light shines into the pinhole.

Look through the hole you did not cover and you will see the sun projected on the white piece of paper inside the box.

 

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Pick-Your-Own Muscadine Grapes at Boggy Creek Vineyard

August 19 is the first day of the 2017 season to pick muscadine grapes at the Boggy Creek Vineyard in Vancleave.

Every year, for two to three weeks of the season, people come from all over Jackson County (and probably further) to the Boggy Creek Vineyard to pick their own muscadine grapes while they are ripe. The vineyard is open to the public for a “pick you own event”. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own buckets and pails to carry home and turn into their favorite jams, jellies, wine, ice cream and even pie.

The three-week picking season will start this Saturday, August 19 at 7:30 a.m. There will be five varieties of grapes to pick from and they are priced at $1.10 per pound.

The vineyard, located at 11300 Paige Bayou Road, will be open for approximately three weeks-The first week they will open from 7:30am till 6pm. The remainder of the season they will  open 7:30 to 11am, and then 3 till 6pm.

On Saturday, September 2nd the vineyard will host a harvest celebration day with games for kids, a bounce house, hay rides and more.

For more information, call 228-283-0669 or visit the vineyard’s website at www.boggycreekvineyard.com

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Navigator Credit Union Hosts Job Fair

Navigator Credit Union will be hosting a Job Fair on Friday, August 18 at the Jackson County Campus of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. 

The job fair will be located in the Warner Peterson Administration Building Lecture Hall and will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

There will be career opportunities for positions in both Mississippi and Alabama. 

Navigator Credit Union is seeking candidates for the following positions: 

  • Member Service Representatives (MS & AL)
  • Staff Auditor (AL)
  • Financial Services Representatives (MS & AL)
  • Service Delivery Trainer (MS)
  • Member Service Center Representative (MS)

 

For more information on the Job Fair, contact Navigator Credit Union 228-475-7300

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Information and Events for Solar Eclipse

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the entire continental United States. 

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. “Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk”, according to NASA. 

The total eclipse starts near Lincoln City, Oregon, at 10:15 a.m. (12:15 p.m. Central time) and ends at 2:48 p.m. (1:48 Central Time) near Charleston, South Carolina, according to NASA, taking just over an hour and a half to cross the country. The partial eclipse will last about 2-3 hours and the total eclipse just over two minutes.

Branch libraries of the Jackson-George Regional Library System will host several events to celebrate the rare occurrence. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses that will be provided free of charge to those attending library events. 

Scheduled programs are as follows: 

  • Ocean Springs Municipal Library- Family Event, Saturday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m.
  • St. Martin Public Library- Monday, Aug. 21, at 1 p.m. 
  • Vancleave Public Library- Monday, Aug. 21, at 12 noon. 

For more information about library events, visit the library website at www.jgrls.org or find posts on Facebook @JacksonGeorgeLibraries. For more information on eclipse activities, observing assets, and viewing safety, visit https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov

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Pascagoula Church Brings Jackson County Together

First United Methodist Church in Pascagoula has created a buzz this past year when they first began to rejuvenate the exterior part of their building. New landscaping led the church to winning the “Beautification Award” awarded by former mayor Jim Blevins. While the outer part of the church has drastically changed, the service inside is what has most people talking.

‘FUMC Pascagoula’ is hosting a free event & concert for the community called, “Underground Pascagoula.” The free event is to welcome the students of Jackson County and surrounding areas back to school with a free concert featuring Christian hip-hop artist and teaching pastor, KJ-52.

“The last time we did this event it went well. The youth pastors and churches in Pascagoula banded together to do what a lot of churches don’t do well, and that’s outreach,” event organizer Jamey Foster tells us. Foster also explains, “We haven’t done this event in a while. I am humbled and excited that our home church FUMC Pascagoula saw the vision and importance of hosting an event like this. Although FUMC Pascagoula is hosting it, it is for everyone. We are looking to our neighbors at Oasis, Centerpoint, Union Baptist, First Baptist, First Presbyterian, Riverside Baptist, Ingalls Baptist, Lighthouse, and recently moved Arlington, and all other churches from Jackson County to come out and support a county wide vision. We have a lot of young people spread across the schools in this district that I know will have a great time.”

FUMC Pascagoula has partnered with a few local businesses to help put on the event, Pastor Eddie Kirby tells jaxcohome.com, “We are really excited to host a community outreach like this. A fun, positive event for the whole family that is sponsored by the church I believe is needed in Pascagoula. It would be great to see this grow with the help of the community. We are looking forward to having a great time.”

Underground Pascagoula will be held at the Aaron Jones Interactive center on Market Street in Pascagoula. The event is free to the public. There will be door prizes and a drawing for a XBOX ONE. For more details, please contact Jamey Foster jamey@fumcpascagoula.org.

 

 

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Racers Roll In 25th Annual Soap Box Derby

racers Racers Roll In 25th Annual Soap Box DerbyThe 25th annual Deborah Washington Memorial Soap Box Derby was a success, with more than 30 competitors speeding across the finish line during the daylong event.

The race, held April 29 in Moss Point, was sponsored by the Chevron Black Employee Network (BEN) and Moss Point Active Citizens (MPAC). The Chevron Enabled and PRIDE Networks also supported the event.

Originally known as the Magnolia State Soap Box Derby, the event’s name was changed to honor Deborah Washington after she lost her battle with breast cancer. Washington started the event in 1992, and was a beloved Refinery employee known for her active community involvement.

The Derby draws participants from across the Southeast and is open to children between the ages of 7 and 21 who build their cars from kits. There are four divisions, which also includes the Super Kids division for special needs children.

Winners of all four Moss Point divisions advance to the compete in the All- American Soap Box Championship in Akron, Ohio.

More than 30 Refinery volunteers contributed to the success of the event by keeping the official heat times, hauling the derby cars from the finish line back to the start, swapping car wheels after each race, positioning the cars in the staging area, and even handing out bottled water.

 

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