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Pascagoula announces Flagship Award winner, honorees

The City of Pascagoula has announced its June 2017 Flagship Award Winner and Honorees.

The City of Pascagoula established the Flagship Award citizen recognition program to acknowledge and honor those citizens whose efforts and achievements help make Pascagoula a great place to live, work and play. The Pascagoula City Council believes it is important to express gratitude and appreciation for those citizens who demonstrate commitment and leadership through extraordinary accomplishments to the betterment of our community.

The June 2017 Honorees were Melanie Caver, Sherry Wells Wycoff, and Steve Jordan.

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The June 2017 Flagship Award Winner was Rev. Larry Hawkins.

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Ocean Springs recognized for climate resilience efforts

This article was originally published in May on the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium website.

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Members of the Gulf of Mexico Climate and Resilience Community of Practice honored the City of Ocean Springs for its work in the field of climate adaptation planning and environmental resilience.

Through a competitive process, group members voted for Ocean Springs to receive its 2017 Spirit of Community Award.

Each year, members of the Gulf of Mexico Climate and Resilience Community of Practice select a municipality to recognize for outstanding leadership in climate adaptation and resilience planning. The group is made up of more than 300 education, outreach and extension professionals, community leaders and planners, whose work includes contributing to the resilience of coastal communities. Group members learn from each other about how coastal communities are adapting to sea-level rise, precipitation changes, coastal storms and other issues.

Since the inception of the Climate and Resilience Community of Practice in 2010, Ocean Springs has been an active member and participant that shares climate ideas, challenges and needs. The city regularly communicates with group members and leaders. These correspondences help the city leverage its resources and implement initiatives and policy proposals that have been outlined within the community of practice. Just recently, the city was awarded a series of small grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal Storms Program to address various environmental risks, such as storm surge, coastal erosion and sea-level rise.

“The City of Ocean Springs has made great strides toward addressing future storm and flooding vulnerabilities,” said Tracie Sempier, regional program manager for the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and coastal storms outreach coordinator for the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium. “This award recognizes the city’s commitment to finding creative solutions to erosion control, stormwater runoff and flood mitigation. The city’s proactive approach serves as an example for other Gulf of Mexico communities.”

Most notably, the City of Ocean Springs recently proposed a modified living shoreline for property owned by Jackson County. The county supervisors agreed and implemented the Inner Harbor Park project, which will protect the area from further coastal erosion while preserving some of the basic ecological functions of the waterways in the park. The city found out recently that it will be able to implement living shoreline elements on Front Beach in FY2018 with support from the Mississippi Tidelands Trust Fund Program. The living shoreline design was developed through Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium awards. The use of this innovative coastal mitigation technique is an example of the city’s commitment to using local government resources to advance applied science. 

For more information about the Climate and Resilience Community of Practice, go to their website.

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OS Chamber receives marketing award

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The Ocean Springs Main Street received the Outstanding Marketing Award at the Mississippi Main Street Association’s 28th Annual Awards Luncheon on June 15 in Jackson.

Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce staff Shawn Sutton and Cynthia Sutton accepted the award. 

The Outstanding Marketing award was given to the Ocean Springs Chamber-Main Street for its excellence in overall marketing through its integrated communications efforts, including traditional and digital marketing.

The Mississippi Main Street Association was founded to rejuvenate and develop downtown areas across the state that were falling by the wayside, celebrating these centers of economic and cultural growth.

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A piece of shrimping history in Scranton Museum

Scranton-Museum A piece of shrimping history in Scranton Museum

Shrimp season is in full swing on the Gulf Coast, and one of Jackson County’s homages to shrimping comes in the form of the Scranton Museum. 
 
“The Scranton Museum is a 70’ shrimp boat that was operational in the 1960s and ’70s,” said Kristi Ducote, Outdoor Recreation Specialist with the City of Pascagoula. “In the early 80’s, Charles Graham down sized his fleet and donated the boat to the city.”

Now, visitors are able to explore this authentic boat, its net system and turtle excluder device (TED).
 
“Visitors can explore the deck fully equipped with outriggers, shrimp nets and a turtle excluder device,” Ducote said. “Inside the boat they will see the wheelhouse house with navigational equipment that would have been used at the time the boat was operational, the galley, bunkroom, and wetlands diorama. It allows people to learn about the local shrimping industry and see firsthand a once operational shrimping boat.”
 
Between 500-1,000 people visit the museum annually, with late spring and early summer being the busiest times of year.
 
For anyone hoping to visit, the Scranton Museum is located at River Park in Pascagoula. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children
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Refinery Walkers Raise Awareness, Funds for Multiple Sclerosis

MS-Walk Refinery Walkers Raise Awareness, Funds  for Multiple Sclerosis

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Pascagoula Refinery employees and family members joined more than 200 other participants for Walk MS on March 11 at Fort Maurepas Park in Ocean Springs.

The one-mile walk, organized by the MS Society, connects people living with multiple sclerosis and those who care about them. This year’s event raised more than $30,000, benefitting more than 2,300 people living with MS in Mississippi.

Thanks to refinery walkers (back row, from left) Alun Phillips (M&R), Paul Meline (C/A/A), Sean Campbell (M&R), (middle row, from left) Vicky Phillips, Kristen Meline, Cayden Campbell, Margaret Campbell, Anthony Hinkel (LPS), Marissa Badenhorst (M&R), (front row, from left), Elin and Alys Phillips, and Crystal and Nathan Hinkel.

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Black History Awareness Celebration

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BHAC-speaker-2 Black History Awareness Celebration

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The Pascagoula Refinery Black Employee Network hosted its annual Black History Awareness Celebration on February 21.

The celebration featured local Moss Point historian, Franzetta Sanders, and Chevron’s Fredrick Walker (Americas Regional Manager – Manufacturing and Supply). Both speakers addressed education from their perspectives. Sanders described her instrumental role in desegregating Moss Point’s school system. Walker discussed how race and education influenced his career and offered insight on how to approach the education of current youth.

The celebration also honored three scholarship winners from Moss Point High School who were selected based on their demonstration of leadership, ability to forge positive relationships with others and academic achievement.

This year’s celebration included a new interactive activity, The Hidden Figures Game. This activity was designed to highlight the contributions of various employees at the Pascagoula Refinery – our “Hidden Figures.” Similar to the characters in the feature film, these Chevron employees likely encountered different barriers throughout their careers, and their accomplishments may have otherwise gone unrecognized. The Hidden Figures Game was a fun way to showcase these accomplishments and to show all employees the benefits the Pascagoula refinery has received from employing a diverse group.

Overall, the 2017 Pascagoula BHAC was a huge success. Thank you to the the BHAC planning committee, BEN Leadership team, and all the BHAC participants.

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Volunteers Prep for Racquets for Ronald

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Thanks to the Chevron volunteers who recently helped prepare for Racquets for Ronald, a tennis tournament fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House.

The event is held annually at Treasure Oak Country Club in Ocean Springs, and proceeds directly benefit the Share-A-Night Fund, which helps to cover expenses for Ronald McDonald House. The House offers 38 guest rooms, which are available cost-free for families with hospitalized children and helps support families seeking respite at two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms located inside USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile.

Louis Henry, Refinery Strategy and Business Planning Manager, serves on the board of directors for the Ronald McDonald House.

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Chevron, Red Cross Partner for Fire Safety

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ARC-group Chevron, Red Cross Partner for Fire Safety

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Chevron Pascagoula Refinery recently partnered with the American Red Cross, Pascagoula Fire Department and U.S. Navy volunteers to educate local residents about fire safety. More than 50 volunteers gathered on Feb. 3 to go door-to-door in east Pascagoula to pass out educational material and install free smoke alarms in homes where there were no working smoke alarms, not enough smoke alarms, or alarms that were not installed correctly.

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Battle at Buffet Beach returns to Pascagoula

 
Battle-on-Buffett-Beach-Flyer-2017-061317-662x1024 Battle at Buffet Beach returns to PascagoulaBattle on Buffet Beach will return to Pascagoula this fall, with even more fun and more obstacles than last year.
 
“Battle on Buffett Beach is a 5k obstacle race in the sand at Beach Park,” said Parks & Recreation Director Darcie Crew. “There will be at least 15 obstacles including a vertical wall, hurdles, over/under trench, balance over water, rope climb, tire run, culvert crawl, rings, sand hill challenges, and much more. There will be a youth obstacle course for kids ages 6-13 years, and the main race course is available for youths ages 14-17 and adults ages 18 and up.  There will be an elite race division, individual and team registration available.”
 
Last year’s run had 364 participants, but Crews is expecting the number to nearly double this year. 
 
“[This event] draws people from all over the southeastern region to participate in the event, stay in our hotels, eat at our restaurants, and most importantly show off our beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast for future visits.”

There is no set number of teams that can participate in the event, and individuals can register to race in any heat of 100 people throughout the day, which will leave every 15 minutes starting at 9 a.m.

Once registered, race organizers will send bi-weekly emails to race participants starting Oct. 1 with more information, such as website address for event, info about food, after party, activities, and more. 

Registration begins July 1 through the city’s website. For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 228-938-2356.

 
 
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Parks and Rec plans for improvements

An informational meeting was held the evening of June 15 at the Pascagoula Senior Center to share the findings of the SOAR Athletic Committee and Pascagoula Recreation Commission, as it relates to the Recreation Plan for spending the recreation bond funds.

Some topics brought up at Thursday’s meeting included a discussion about a planned performing arts center by the Pascagoula-Gautier School District as well as the expansion of baseball and softball fields.

Planned improvements for IG Levy Memorial Park include tennis court upgrades, improvements to parking and lighting, as well as skate park and pump track expansion.

Some plans for Andrew Johnson Recreation Center are to construct a pool house, upgrade lighting and surface on outdoor basketball court, and improve signage on building to match the city design and aesthetics plan.

Recreational opportunities that require alternate funding were also brought up during the meeting, which included an outdoor adventure area , expansion to the Pascagoula County Club golf course, and an aquatics center located at the senior citizens center or Belair Shopping Center. Greenway Trail was also mentioned, which would include a walking and biking trail linking recreational, residential, and commercial areas of Pascagoula. 

For any questions, please contact Pascagoula Recreation Center at 228.938.2356.

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