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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Health System educations community on summer safety

Summer can be a great time of year with so many things to do outdoors and children being out of school. However, it can also be a dangerous time of year. Between the danger of heat stroke to knowing water safety when at the beach, it is important to know what to do in any emergency situation. 

“We’ve seen that there is a need for education in our community,” said Jodi Ryder, Community Benefit Manager for the Singing River Health System. “A lot of the things that come into the hospital, we feel like could be prevented. We started to do an education series about some of these preventable health topics, things that people could act upon, not necessarily prevent the disease, but catch it earlier and things that you can do at home.”

Mondays talk covered topics that emergency departments see often, such as heart attacks and strokes, along with summer topics, such as drowning and heat stroke.

“Those are things that increase in number in our emergency department,” Ryder said. “Because we are a coastal community, water safety is so huge here. Heat safety is huge here, so we are addressing those needs here today.”

While this was the last in this series of educational talks, the Singing River Health System is hoping to expand these talks to the community.

“What we want to do next is go out in our community, go where the people are, have people request us,” Ryder said. “We’ll send one of our providers out to talk about some of the issues. We can pick the topic based on what we see as a need, or, if a certain community group such as a child care facility wants us to come and speak to all of their staff about safety issues or maybe a school, we could do that. We we want to increase those topics as education topics and meeting the needs the community is suggesting.”

Another talk will be held at Singing River Hospital’s Turner Center on Wednesday, June 14. The talk will last from 12:15-12:45 p.m., and lunch will be provided.


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Chevron Charity Run gathers racers for a good cause

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The Chevron Women’s Network held its 13th annual Charity Run Saturday morning, allowing people from all walks of life to get outdoors and support a good cause.

“This year’s charity is the Jackson County Animal Shelter,” said Anna Mayfield with the Women’s Network. “It was selected by the members of the Women’s Network. We voted and they were selected as this year’s charity of choice.”

Runners from all over woke up early on June 10 to participate in this run, which offered a 5k route and a 1-mile run. 

“I’m in town from New Orleans on vacation,” said Patrick Aucoin, the first person to cross the finish line in the 5k. “I saw that there’s a 5k going on, so I decided to hop in and test my fitness. I like to stay active during vacation.

Racers met at Pascagoula’s Beach Park, and with the route running along the shore, participants were able to enjoy a gorgeous view while helping out a good cause.

“The route was great,” Aucoin said. “It was nice and flat. It was hot out, but it’s summer so that’s to be expected. Running by the beach was very scenic.”

Not only were racers supporting the Jackson County Animal Shelter, but some runners were there also supporting Ainsley’s Angels of America.

“We are a local nonprofit that pairs able-bodied people with somebody in the special needs community because we believe in inclusion for all people,” said Beth Victoriano with the organization. “We do that through and during sports, so today we are participating in the Chevron 5k.”

Ainsley’s Angels look for events like the Chevron Women’s Network Charity Run to get their athlete runners out in the community.

“This actually gives us the opportunity to come out,” Victoriano said. “It gives an event, a competition, for not only us but for out athlete riders as well. I believe it’s important because I don’t believe anyone should be stuck at home, no matter what your ability, you’re capable. Sometimes you just need help. Some people need help in different ways, and we provide that help.”

For anyone who might have missed this year’s Charity Run, check out the Gulf Coast Running Club website. The group helped sponsor this year’s Charity Run, held every second weekend in June.

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Singing River Health System offers community events

The Singing River Health System is offering some community events to kick off the month of June and get people of all ages up and moving for the summer.

Pediatric Water Olympics

Thursday, June 1
9 -11 a.m.
Outside Singing River Medical Park, Pascagoula
A day of water fun for our youngest physical therapy patients, hosted by SRHS Pediatrics and Encore Rehabilitation

YMCA Walking Day

Thursday, June 1
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
Ocean Springs Hospital indoor walking path, Ground Floor
Open to the public in partnership with the YMCA and Let’s GO! Gulf Coast
*A second YMCA Walking Day will be held at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula on Monday, June 5 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Community Coffee Gathering for Veterans

Friday, June 2
8 – 9 a.m.
Singing River Hospital / JF Turner Center, 4300 Hospital Road, Pascagoula
Special Guest Speaker: Retired Brig. Gen. Samuel Nichols, Jr.

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Cyclists gather for community awareness ride

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As the sun rose over the Singing River on the first Sunday in April, dozens of cyclists gathered at Pascagoula’s River Park for a community ride throughout Jackson County.

Right 2 Ride was first held in 2016, and the number of participants doubled in its second year to nearly 100.

“Today is meant to educate motorists that cyclists have the right to ride on the road,” said Kristi Ducote, Outdoor Recreation Specialist with the City of Pascagoula. “None of the roads are blocked off, so cyclists are interacting with regular traffic today.”

Ducote explained how cyclists do have the right to ride on roadways and some of the laws that apply.

“There is a state law that says that motorists should allow a minimum of three feet when passing a cyclist,” Ducote explained. “I say just take the guess work out of it and change lanes to pass a cyclist as you would a motor vehicle. Cyclists should also make sure to ride right with the flow of traffic and obey all the rules of the road such as stopping at stop signs and using turn signals.”

Right 2 Ride offered bike routes of four different distances to attract and accommodate cyclists of all riding abilities. The 83-mile ride began at 7 a.m. while the 40-mile, 20-mile and 8-mile rides began at 8 a.m.

All cyclists had to register for the event in order to receive a goody bag, a participation medal, an event t-shirt and refreshments before and after the ride.


“All proceeds from today’s ride will go toward making Pascagoula a bike friendly community,” Ducote said. 

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Volunteers walk to fight heart disease

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Volunteers gathered from all across Jackson County at Pascagoula beach Saturday morning to join the fight against heart disease.

The 2017 Jackson County MS Heart Walk took place at the Pascagoula Beach Park on March 18. With heart disease causing roughly one in four deaths in the U.S., money raised from the heart walk is able to go to life-saving research.

One participant with the Chevron team has heart disease affect him personally in his lifetime.

“In 2007, I lost my mother to heart disease,” said Chris Cochran, a maintenance team leader. “My father has heart disease, and I was diagnosed with heart disease and had four heart stents.”

However, Cochran hasn’t let the odds discourage him.

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

Saturday’s Heart Walk was able to raise over $98,000 for the American Heart Association.

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Community Gathers to Fight Disease

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The Chevron team poses at the MS walk on Saturday, March 11 in Ocean Springs.

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Pat Wiley poses with the rest of his team at the MS Walk in Ocean Springs on March 11.

Runners, walkers and volunteers alike gathered along the beach in Ocean Springs Saturday morning all working toward one cause, to end multiple sclerosis. 

The Mississippi Gulf Coast chapter of Walk MS hosted its annual walk March 11, with numerous participants turning out to help those affected by multiple sclerosis, donating time and money to the cause.

Pat Wiley lives with this disease, and participates in multiple fundraisers like Saturday’s walk.

“I’ve been working with this for years with various fundraisers and to see people from all walks of life come together, it really is inspiring,” Wiley said.

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is characterized by damage to an individual’s nervous system caused by the immune system. When impulses traveling to and from the brain encounter these damaged nerves, the signals are distorted, creating a wide variety of symptoms. 

According to the National MS Society, the disease is thought to affect roughly 2.3 million people in the world; however, the disease is difficult to diagnose, as there is no single, definitive test for MS.

The team from Mississippi Power is currently the top team with nearly $3,000 raised in donations.

Other top teams include Making Strides for Shannon at $1,240 raised and Navigator Credit Union at $1,210 raised. But for people like Wiley, it isn’t all about the size of the donation.

“Every donation, no matter how large or small, counts because they all go together,” he said. This organization is the largest collector of funds to help bring an end to MS.”

Donations raised at Saturday’s walk will go toward multiple avenues of aid to those affected by MS.

“The money goes for a variety of things,” Wiley said. “This association is the biggest funder of research, but also to provide services to people who can’t afford. So it’s everything to providing to people suffering from MS to providing research dollars that go into treatments and cures of this disease.”

Anyone who was unable to attend the walk but would still like to donate can still do so at the National MS Society at

“It’s going to take all of us working together to bring an end to this disease,” Wiley added.

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Lighten Up Ocean Springs

lets-go-gc-logo Lighten Up Ocean SpringsLighten Up Ocean Springs is a program offered by Let’s Go! Gulf Coast, an initiative of the MS Gulf Coast Youth Health Coalition.  Let’s Go! Gulf Coast is all about healthy eating and active living for MS Gulf Coast children, their families, and the communities in which they live, learn, work, and play!
Lighten Up Ocean Springs will be a free, two-month weight loss challenge.  The program aims to bring the entire community together in order to improve the health of its citizens and create a culture of healthy habits!  While targeting ‘health seekers,’ people who wish to lead healthier lives but are uncertain of where to begin, the program is open to anyone who wishes to improve upon their health.
The core essence of the program is the Lighten Up Ocean Springs Calendar.  The calendar depicts the two months the program operates and will list free events for participants to attend, by showing their Participant ID Card, 
each and every day.  Events will include, but not be limited to, exercise classes, nutrition classes, and healthy family events.

We are really hoping to expand and enhance the program this year – build on the success from last year!  The Lighten Up program first launched in Ocean Springs during the spring of 2016, where 376 people joined the program.  Participation grew even more when the program spread to Pascagoula last fall, with 574 people joining.   One new aspect of the program this year already: free, pre-diabetes screenings!  We welcome your ideas and suggestions for additional events and prizes, and any way you or your business might like to be involved!  We need to build and finalize the calendars by February 17th!  We will begin advertising this event to the public in the coming weeks.

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