1699 Weekend of Discovery: Celebrating Our Heritage

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Ocean Springs – In 1971, a group of dedicated citizens formed the 1699 Historical Society in order to preserve and celebrate the unique culture and history of Ocean Springs and the surrounding Gulf Coast.

Every spring, the Society stages a dramatic reenactment as the showcase of its annual “Weekend of Discovery.” The event brings to life the April 1699 story of Pierre LeMoyne Sieur d’Iberville and his armada of ships sailing into Biloxi Bay. Commissioned by King Louis XIV to explore the shores of the upper Gulf of Mexico, he and his expedition crew first discovered Ship Island before stumbling upon a high, defendable bluff, known today as Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Stopher Haug, chairman of the event this year, believes it’s important to help the public realize the significance of the landing. “I think that the culture and the heritage and influence that the d’Iberville landing had on the Gulf South in 1699 is essentially equivalent to the Jamestown landing in the Northeast back in 1603,” said Stopher. “So we’ve worked hard to try to get that message out and bring the history to life.”

The weekend kicks off Friday night with the Mary C. House Party featuring the Mardi Gras Indian Collective from New Orleans. Admission to the event is free, but donation opportunities abound with a full bar, art auction, and a Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament. Festivities resume Saturday morning and include a 5K race, kids fun-run, paddleboard races, pet parade, a regatta at the Ocean Springs Yacht Club and will wrap up with the 1699 d’Iberville reenactment. Haug says he hopes everyone goes back home having had a great time at the event, but also with a greater knowledge and appreciation for the significance of the 1699 landing. “One thing that we would like folks to be aware of is that we’ve partnered with the Vancleave Live Oak Choctaw, who descend from original native Americans that were here in 1699. We’ve been working with them to try and bring more authenticity and historical accuracy to the reenactment this year and to recognize their culture and contributions as well.”

Everyone is invited to join in this exciting time and become a part of this commemorative celebration!

Learn more by visiting www.1699landing.com

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Business of the Week: The HannaBerry Workshop

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Ocean Springs – The HannaBerry Workshop is a multi-disciplinary design and fabrication studio, founded in Jackson, MS by collaborative artisan team – Sarah Qarqish and Morgan Welch. Since first opening their doors in 2013, the two artists have focused on creating fine art and furniture by blending fresh new ideas and technology with traditional design and fabrication practices. The Workshop also dabbles in graphic design, architecture, cabinetry, interiors and signage; all of which can be customized to suit your need or preferences.

Recently adding “husband and wife” to their list of partnerships, the design duo says the success of their business is a direct result of teamwork and good communication. “Everything that comes out of our studio has been created by the both of us,” says Morgan. “Usually our best work is a result of Sarah having a crazy idea that I have to engineer; and then we work together to make it a reality.” Depending on the scale of the project, the team will spend anywhere from several days to several weeks in the shop; researching, sketching, and gathering the materials needed in order to begin fabrication. Any number of techniques may be used during the production of a HannaBerry design – utilizing new, cutting-edge technology, as well as century-old techniques in order to perfect their heirloom quality works of art. As with most artists – and married couples – Sarah and Morgan approach their work and design processes from very different perspectives.

Not always see eye-to-eye, the pair says they have had to learn to embrace each other’s passions when collaborating on a new piece together. “We both know utilizing each other’s strengths and being aware of each other’s weaknesses is essential in keeping things running smoothly,” said Sarah. “Where we end up when we meet in the middle; that’s when we know we’ve created something special.”

As frequent visitors of Ocean Springs, Sarah and Morgan have always felt a pull to the area; a “calling from the coast” one may say. When it could no longer be ignored, they finally decided to answer that call and relocated to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to expand their studio/workshop. The couple has been beyond grateful for the wonderful reception they’ve received from both the creative community and the public. It didn’t take long for the pair to connect with other local artists and designers, providing them the opportunity to collaborate on several projects designed for the public here on the coast.

“The organic designs and patterns we create within our art and furniture seem to really fit the coastal atmosphere here. Our work has often been described as having a shell-like design, so we have had fun exploring the idea of our furniture being out in public places here in town,” said Sarah. “We’re excited about the impact living on the coast could have on our life and work… we’re just getting started here!”

Learn more about The HannaBerry Workshop here!

Remember to support your local artists and businesses! We are proud they call Jackson County Home!

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March of Dimes to Hold Biggest Annual Fundraiser

Thousands of families and local business leaders will join together on April 21, 2018 at Point Cadet in Biloxi for March for Babies, which bands communities together to fight for the health of all moms and babies.

This year’s South Mississippi Ambassador Family is the Broome Family. In 2017, Muffy and Robby were starting their family. But their baby Asher arrived at 35 weeks, weighing less than 5 pounds. He suffered from sepsis and had brain damage and spent his first weeks fighting for life in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU). Today, the Broome family is dedicated to fighting for the health of all moms and babies and believes that every baby deserves the best possible start.

Tyler Sexton, M.D., Chair of Pediatrics at Singing River Hospital, serves as the South Mississippi March for Babies chair. He was a premature infant born with cerebral palsy and is a champion for babies born with complications and the critically important work of the March of Dimes in treating them. Recently featured on ABC News 20/20, Dr. Sexton was one of a handful of physicians across the country who inspired the hit television series “The Good Doctor.”

On-site registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the 3-mile walk kicking off shortly after. You can sign up today at http://www.marchforbabies.org/event/southmississippi. Start a team with your company, family or friends. You can also donate directly because every baby deserves the best possible start.

“When you March for Babies, you make a statement about the world you want to live in-one in which healthy moms and strong babies are a priority for us all,” says Bridget Turan, Development Manager March of Dimes. “It is a day for everyone. Together we hope for the day when all moms and babies are healthy. We remember those babies we lost. We celebrate every baby.”

 

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Premature birth and its complications are the largest contributor to infant death in the U.S. and pregnancy-related death has more than doubled over the past 25 years. From advocacy to education to research, we’re working to level the playing field so that all moms and babies are healthy.

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family. Visit marchofdimes.orq or nacersano.org for more information. Visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on lnstagram and Twitter.

 

The 2018 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, HCA, Cigna, Pampers and regional sponsor Publix Super Markets, Inc. In our community, March for Babies is sponsored by Singing River Health System, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Keesler Federal Credit Union, IP Casino Resort Spa, Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, Garden Park, Chemours, Merit Health Biloxi, Raising Canes Chicken Fingers, BancorpSouth, Allstate Insurance, Mississippi Power, WLOX, Gulf Coast Woman Magazine, and Venture South Magazine.

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The University of Southern Mississippi Opens Marine Education Center

The Marine Education Center (MEC) at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Cedar Point teaching site in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, serves as the education and outreach arm of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.

Situated on 100 acres, the new facility provides an immersion experience for participants in a unique, coastal setting. Included in the new facility are public exhibits, laboratories and meeting spaces, as well as outdoor learning experiences featuring trails, outdoor and floating classrooms, and a pedestrian suspension bridge. Through its broad array of programs, the MEC offers both students and the public an understanding of how the Gulf of Mexico affects daily life and provides a science-based understanding of ecosystem health. School groups in Coastal Science Camps, students seeking research experience, teachers pursuing professional development, and community volunteers and citizen-scientists will all benefit from the facility.

The MEC replaces the J. L. Scott Marine Education Center in Biloxi, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, and is wind- and flood-resilient and energy-efficient, serving as an example of sustainable and effective coastal building techniques in harmony with its coastal environment.

This $16.1 million comp lex was constructed primarily with funding from a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, administered by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. Outdoor trails were made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Nature Heritage Area; the outdoor kitchen was made possible by Blossman Gas. The MEC was designed by Lake Flato Architects and constructed by Starks Contracting Co., Inc.

Learn more at http://gcrl.usm.edu/mec/

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded Contract for DDG 51-Class Follow Yard Services

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PASCAGOULA, Miss., April 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division received a $27 million cost-plus-award fee contract from the U.S. Navy today for follow yard services in the Navy’s USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) program.

The contract, which provides liaison and technical support, engineering, design and configuration management, systems engineering, turn-key management and crew indoctrination, includes four option years with a total potential contract value of $181.4 million if all options are exercised.

“This contract highlights our shipyard’s versatility in handling all aspects of shipbuilding for the Navy,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “We have a long tradition of building DDG 51 class ships and this contract supports configuration management and engineering design support of the construction contracts. We look forward to continuing this success in providing the most technologically advanced destroyers to the U.S. Navy so the men and women sailing these ships will have the most modern tools necessary to protect our freedom.”

Ingalls has delivered 30 Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyers to the U.S. Navy. Destroyers currently under construction at Ingalls include Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) and Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123).

Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are highly capable, multi-mission ships and can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, all in support of the United States’ military strategy. The guided missile destroyers are capable of simultaneously fighting air, surface and subsurface battles. The ship contains myriad offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century.

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Mission Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

 

 

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East Central Men’s Club Works to Give Back to Community

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The East Central Men’s Club was formed in 2012 by a group of approximately 15 men in the East Central area of Jackson County as a way to bring local men together to improve the community through service and financial contributions. Since its inception, the ECMC has given back more than $50,000 to the community.

According to Eddie Anderson, current president of the club, one of the charter members, Lamar Gordon, had received help from the community during a time of need, and he wanted to use the club to return the favor.

 

“Our main purpose in this club is to give back all of the funds that we raise to those in need and the children of our community,” Anderson said.

The club’s primary fundraising events include a drawdown in March and a golf tournament in September.

“These have become popular events in our community that help to raise much-needed funds and to provide a great time for all the participants,” Anderson said. “Our fundraising goes far and wide in our community.”

Through this fundraising, the club is able to provide four scholarships to graduates from East Central High School each year as well as adopt up to five families during the holidays to shop and buy gifts for. Anderson said they also provide financial assistance on a monthly and emergency basis to those who may have a loss in the family or an illness.

Club members also provide service at a variety of annual events including cooking for the Sheriff’s Rodeo in Vancleave in May, cooking for the Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner, and hosting a Veteran’s Day recognition dinner in November, which Anderson said has grown into a “great tribute to our local veterans.” The group also provides physical labor for those in need.

“We are constantly in touch with the needs of the community,” he said.

The East Central Men’s Club currently has 20 active members and meets once a month to discuss opportunities. They occasionally have speakers as well.

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Announces Plan To Reactivate East Bank Facilities At Ingalls Shipbuilding

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PASCAGOULA, Miss., April 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division plans to reactivate its shipbuilding facilities on the east bank of the Pascagoula River.

The site of the original Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., founded in 1938, was decimated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The reactivation will restore the facility’s ability to support Ingalls’ current ship construction and modernization programs as well as help the company better prepare for future work, including next-generation amphibious assault ships and surface combatants.

“We are excited to be bringing the east bank back to life,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said. “As we prepare to celebrate our 80th anniversary, what better way to do that than to announce that the original Ingalls facility will become a productive, vibrant part of the Pascagoula landscape once again!”

 

Work will begin immediately on the project, which is expected to require approximately two years to complete.

The primary component of the project includes the addition of large, covered construction areas for construction of ship assemblies and components as well as the restoration of an outfitting pier.

“We are using proven concepts from our west bank modernization as a guide for our east bank reactivation,” said George Jones, Ingalls’ vice president for operations. “Our employees are the best sources for innovative ideas. With their help, we have improved safety, efficiency and working conditions. We have some of the best shipbuilders in the country, and they deserve the best shipyard in which to work. From more covered work areas and better environmental controls, to state-of-the-art tools and technology, Ingalls is leading the way in modern military ship design and construction.”

The east bank reactivation project is the newest element of the company’s modernization efforts to remain a vital element of the nation’s shipbuilding industrial base.

“We are fortunate to operate in an area that supports shipbuilding and our military at the city, county and state levels,” Cuccias said. “Together with the State of Mississippi, we are investing hundreds of millions of dollars to provide our shipbuilders the best tools and equipment and the safest, most efficient work environment possible in which to do the great work they do every single day. Our local leaders support shipbuilding with workforce training programs, economic development incentive policies and by providing good communities in which our employees are able to raise their families—in many cases the follow-on generations of shipbuilders at Ingalls. So when we determined we need additional facilities for our operations, it made perfect sense to do this expansion here in our hometown.”

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Missions Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

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Under the Sea Super Saturday Set This Weekend

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The Pascagoula-Gautier School District will host its Under the Sea Super Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center. The event is open free to the public, rain or shine. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Featured exhibitors will be the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, USM Marine Education Center, Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, Mississippi Coast Fly Fisher, The Nature Conservancy, Pascagoula Recreation Center, Girl Scouts and Excel by 5.

All of the themed rooms will be open for play including Wetland Animals, Pirate Ship, Main Street, Toddler Town, block room, virtual reality, flight simulator room, planetarium, iMac lab, miniature golf and the playground.

The center is located at 1415 Skip St., Pascagoula. For more information, call Kelli McCorkle, at 228-938-6418.

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FABLAB Summer Camp Dates Are Set!

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A FABLAB consists of a suite of digital fabrication and rapid prototyping machines, including a large computer numerical control (CNC) router (the ShopBot), a vinyl cutter, a laser engraver, an electronics work bench, a 3D printer, and the accompanying computers and software for design, programming, and machine communications. This equipment allows students to use computer-aided design to make almost anything they can imagine.

The FABLAB Jackson County in Vancleave will be putting on events throughout the summer for kids of all ages. Please check out the flyer to see what they’ve got coming up.

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Singing River Health System Congratulates Keesler Medical Center on USAF Hospital of the Year Award

Singing River Health System leadership group salutes Keesler Medical Center for their USAF Hospital of the Year Award.

Ocean Springs, MS –   With a keen appreciation for their dedication and skill, caregivers at Singing River Health System are sending kudos to their neighbors and colleagues at Keesler Medical Center for their recent award as Hospital of the Year for the US Air Force.

 “We commend our colleagues at Keesler for this outstanding achievement and are proud to partner with them on a number of clinical initiatives,” said Chief Operating Officer Lee Bond. “We work hand in hand with the Keesler Team to deliver care to area veterans, and have recruited a number of outstanding clinicians to join our team after completing their Air Force service at Keesler Medical Center.”

Physicians and staff at Singing River have posted a banner at their hospitals recognizing Keesler’s award. “We’ve known for a long time that Keesler shares our commitment to the highest quality care, and are thrilled for them to be recognized as this year’s top USAF Hospital,” said Bond.

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