St. John’s Features Little Free Library

St. John’s Episcopal Church recently unveiled a Little Free Library on the church campus. 

Lydia Cheney released the standing box library that was designed and constructed by her father, Dr. Ben Cheney of Biloxi Internal Medicine Clinic. 

The Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.

According to their website, through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.

The concept behind the library is for people to “take a book, return a book.” 

There are more than 50,000 registered Little Free Library book exchanges in the United States and in over 70 countries around the world. 

The church is located on the corner of Rayburn and Porter in Ocean Springs. 

For more information on The Little Free Library and its mission, visit littlefreelibrary.org.

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Ocean Springs Education Foundation Hosted Annual Drawdown Fundraiser

The Ocean Springs Education Foundation, otherwise known as OSEF, hosted their annual drawdown fundraiser party on Saturday following the theme “Tailgating for Teachers”.

This is the non-profit’s only fundraising event of the year. The foundation raises funds for grants awarded to educators who have conceived in notative educational programs for the students enrolled in the Ocean Springs School District. OSEF also offers several special awards to reinforce its mission and recognize innovation in the classroom. According to the foundation’s Facebook page, “Since its inception, more than $220,000 in grants has been awarded for programs in the Ocean Springs School District.”

The foundation’s purpose is to grant the teachers the opportunity to experiment and be real laboratories of learning experiences in the classroom It also provides money they probably would not get from the district. 

“We had an amazing turnout with lots of fun had by many, all to raise money for the great teachers within our school district. All the funds raised goes directly back into the classrooms by way of grants”, says a representative from the event. 

When OSEF awards the grants in the spring, it also recognizes two outstanding grant recipients from the previous year with an award of $500 each. In addition, a teacher who has been nominated by a student or parent receives the Pieper Niolon Teacher of the Year recognition each December. 

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9/11 Memorial and Harvey Aid Event in Ocean Springs

Today marks the 16th anniversary of  the 9/11 terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans. A commemoration is being held today on the 9/11 Memorial Plaza in New York, but for those who would like to honor the fallen heroes can do so tonight at the Ocean Springs Fire Department. 

The Ocean Springs Lions Club and the Ocean Springs Fire Department are hosting a free event to commemorate events on Sept 11, 2001, to salute first responders and to collect donations of survivors of Hurricane Harvey. It will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Ocean Springs Fire Department, 3820 Bienville Blvd. 

Southern comfort barbecue will be served to the guests which will include state and local politicians 

Donations for Hurricane Harvey victims will also be collected at the event. Items that can be dropped off include: bottled water, canned foods, toys, pet supplies, blankets, tools, baby items, first aid supplies, box dinners, baby food, toiletries, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, yard and lawn supplies, as well as cash donations.

For more information, go to Ocean Springs Lions Club page on Facebook or call 228-282-0525.

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Ocean Springs Celebrates 125 Years

The city of Ocean Springs is celebrating its 125th birthday on Saturday with a community parade, cake and reception downtown. clcbtw Ocean Springs Celebrates 125 Years

The parade will start at 1:00 p.m. with a lineup at 11 a.m. 

The city of Ocean Springs, spearheaded by alderman Rob Blackman and former alderman Chic Cody, will host the parade. The parade lineup will be at The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., travel west along Government to Washington, turn south on Washington, and end at the Ocean Springs Community Center where cake and refreshments will be served. 

The parade will feature Mayor Shea Dobson, and a float with the Board of Alderman aboard. City departments will have floats and the parade will feature the Old Biloxi Marching Club and classic cars.

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OSSD Leaders Serve Breakfast for Bus Drivers

Members of the Ocean Springs School District Cabinet provided breakfast on August 24 for their bus drivers, other transportation department employees, and members of the OSSD Police  Department to say thanks for the job they do every day. 

“Our bus drivers hold this incredibly important responsibility of transporting every parent’s child to and from school each day,” says Brooks McKay, director of operations for OSSD. “Not everyone is cut out for this task, and we are thankful for our drivers who choose to do this every school day.” 

There are also other employees who work in the background of the district’s transportation department. One example is Jay Brown, who was recently hired as the head mechanic in the OSSD Operations Department. 

While transportation employees work to safely move students to and from school, members of the OSSD Police Department work daily to provide the safest possible learning environment for students, staff and teachers. 

“Members of our police department have to have a heart for students,” says Jesse Galloway, OSSD Police Department. “For us to perform our duties effectively, we have to really get to know and understand our students.” 

The Ocean Springs School District Superintendent Bonita Coleman, Ph.D., says an important aspect of leadership is helping those through service. “We could not accomplish all that we do as a district without the men and some in our transportation and police department,” said Coleman. “We wanted to let them know how much we appreciate them by thanking them with a good breakfast.” 

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The Shed Helps Flood Victims with BBQ

Operation BBQ Relief is lifting spirits of those affected by Hurricane Harvey with delicious BBQ cooked by The Shed. 

Coast volunteers are teaming up with The Shed to send their food and love to those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The owner of The Shed, Brad Orrison, is a volunteer with Operation BBQ Relief. He’s been cooking up some pork and brisket to send to those affected by the storm. obr_lg_logo-300x242 The Shed Helps Flood Victims with BBQ

Operation BBQ Relief is a national organizaiton composed of over 5,000 volunteers who either own a BBQ joint, work in BBQ, or even just love BBQ. These volunteers are all about cooking flavorful food in bulk to help those in need. The organization was started in May of 2011 in response to a need for relief efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri. 

“We’ll cook bulk meals to feed entire churches, first responders, and even The Red Cross”, he said. “We’re expecting to collectively cook between 300,000-400,000 meals for the people affected by Hurricane Harvey”, stated Orrison. 

The relief fund currently has crews in Katy, Texas and Hammond, Louisiana on the ground ready to help feed. 

Orrison plans to offer more than just bbq to the people affected by Harvey. The Shed is now accepting large bulk items for donations to the organization and relief efforts. They will be accepting these items for the next 2 weeks. 

When asked how the people of Jackson County can help, Orrison suggested people donate $20 online to the Operation BBQ Relief website or by donating bulk canned items to The Shed. 

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Ocean Springs Receives $30,000 ‘Meet Me at the Park’ Grant

Ocean Springs has been selected to receive a $30,000 play space grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company. This investment supports NRPA and Disney’s combined goal of providing one million kids and families with greater access to play.

Twenty-five park and recreation agencies and cities nationwide were selected to receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to support projects that increase access to play spaces in local parks for children and families.

The projects selected include a variety of innovative play space enhancements, sport field/court enhancements, trail and walking path enhancements, and mobile play spaces, which include flexible play equipment and activities that can be moved and put to use in different locations. All of the projects focus on inclusive play spaces that increase physical activity and play for children and families.

The city of Ocean Springs is partnering with Disability Connection on this project and will use the $30,000 grant to provide four fully accessible play structures in the Little Children’s Park. These structures provide opportunities for physical and sensory activity to children and adults of all physical abilities. 

“NRPA is proud to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company to help more children and families experience the benefits of play,” said Kellie May, NRPA director of health and wellness. “By increasing access to play spaces, this program will also provide new activities that support healthy lifestyles in local communities.” 

The Meet Me at the Park program includes an Earth Month campaign as well, where funding is awarded for local park improvement projects that connect kids to nature, inspire healthy living and provide access to sports. The campaign celebrates Earth Month and the importance of local parks. 

To learn more about Meet Me at the Park, visit www.nrpa.org/disney

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Songs and Stories Radio Show

The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education, The Mississippi Songwriters Alliance and The Feder Federation present Songs and Stories Radio Show.

The show will be held tonight, August 17 ,at the Mary C. from 7:00-8:00 p.m. There is a free admission, so bring your friends and family members for a fun night out. 

This month’s performer is Matt Hoggart. Matt Hoggatt is a Mississippi Gulf Coast resident who caught the attention of Jimmy Buffett in 2012 leading to a record deal on Jimmy Buffett’s record label, Mailboat Records.  Matt is a full time law enforcement officer, but he also tours nationally as a performing artist and radio DJ on Radio Margaritaville Sirius XM. Matt refers to his blend of music as “Americana-comedy, trop-rock-country, folk-rap, mainstream-music-protest-songs.” You can find out more about Matt Hoggatt at www.matthoggatt.com

Donations will also be accepted for the event. 

For more information, you may contact the Mary C. at 228-818-2878 or visit their website: themaryc.org

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St. John Offers Free Weekly Choir Program for Children

St. John’s Episcopal Church announces the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) fall choir program for children will begin on Tuesday, August 15. All young people in the community, kindergarten through middle school, are invited to participate. “All children- no matter their church affiliation- are welcome”, said by Cynthia Ramseur, Choirmaster.

The choir schedule is as follows:

  • Kindergarten through 2nd grade- meet at 3 p.m. for a welcoming snack followed by singing and movement until 3:45 p.m. 
  • Third thru 6th graders- meet at 4 p.m. to begin music theory; then rehearse with middle school group until 5 p.m. 
  • 7th Grade & up (with other choristers as assigned)- meet at 5 p.m. to rehearse with first group; then continue their music theory and rehearsal until 5:30 p.m. 

Choristers are expected to attend instruction once weekly and participate in the 9 a.m. worship service once every 4-6 weeks. There are no requirements or fees for membership other than attendance and a desire to sing. 

For more information, contact Cynthia Ramseur at (228)-282-5000.

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New Phone Repair Business in Ocean Springs Walmart

iFix and Repair is a smartphone, tablet, PC and laptop repair center. The franchised business is located in the Ocean Springs Walmart and can help repair your cracked Apple iPhone or Samsung screens. They also specialize in servicing screen replacement, speaker repair, and much more on cellphones, tablets, and laptops. 

“In most cases, we offer same-day repair and can be ready in less than an hour”, says location manager Eddie DeLeon. So if you find yourself with a cracked screen and need to do some grocery shopping, you are able to shop while your device is being repaired. All repairs are done in the store and come with a 60 day guarantee. 

If you need some gear for your newly fixed phone, iFix and Repair also stocks all the accessories  you need like chargers, cases, and more.

The Ocean Springs Walmart location is open Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat : 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Sun : 12:00PM-06:00 PM. 

For more information, you can call at (228) 285-7623 or visit their website https://ifixandrepair.com/connect/ocean-springs-walmart 

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