Local Guitar Player is Staple at Pascagoula Establishment

Bozos-Musician-Harold-Dees Local Guitar Player is Staple at Pascagoula Establishment

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Harold Dees and Keith Delcambre believe there aren’t too many places in the world where you can find live local music outside of a seafood market and restaurant.

As owner of Bozo’s Seafood Market and Deli in Pascagoula, Delcambre provides the seafood while Dees provides the tunes as the guitar player out front. Dees has been performing at Bozo’s for almost three years now. He plays for tips and said he has enjoyed every minute of his time there.

Dees used to play at the BP station on Chico Street but decided to look for a busier venue for his music. Dees said that Delcambre showed up at the right time, and Dees asked him if he could play for him. To which, according to Dees, Delcambre replied, “Why haven’t you asked sooner?” The rest is history.  

Now, Dees is sort of a staple at Bozo’s, and Delcambre said people ask about him when he’s not there. He said you’ll see people singing with him and dancing to the music, and the kids seem to really the music too – they’ll come out and just sit in front of him and not want to leave. To Dees, seeing the kids have a good time is one of the best parts.

“I had no idea that I sounded that great to get them to act like that,” he said. “It’s wonderful.”

Dees said his music makes the people happy as they go in and out of the store, and he looks forward to playing there each day.

“They love me,” he said. “I’m crazy about them also.”

By playing at Bozo’s, Dees has met people from all over the country, but that’s not the only place that he plays his music. Dees also plays weddings, barbecues, ceremonies and other events and occasionally travels to Atlanta to play.

“I enjoy playing in front of people,” he said. “I enjoy playing music period.”

Delcambre said Dees fits right in at Bozo’s because “characters are welcome.” He said that things are not quite the same when Dees is not there and that the music helps bring more people to the store.  

“He’s the first person you see when you come to Bozo’s,” Delcambre said. “I love having him out there.”

When asked if he’ll move to the new Bozo’s location, Dees said he would let Delcambre make the call but that he’ll be happy to make the move if he’s asked.

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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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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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JaxCoHome Turns One: Celebrating Birthdays Across Jackson County

To celebrate JaxCoHome’s first birthday, we decided to honor the people who make birthdays happen in Jackson County. We visited both Singing River Hospital in Ocean Springs and Pascagoula with birthday cake for the labor and delivery staff, as well as baby-friendly gifts for expecting mothers. JaxCoHome team members Tessa and Lina, along with helper and Lina’s stepdaughter, Brielle, met with the SRHS Marketing Team and Chief Nursing Officer to pull off the surprise. The birthday cakes came from Rouses Market in Ocean Springs and the gifts from Marina Cottage Soap Co.
“We are honored JaxCoHome chose to celebrate its first birthday with us! It’s amazing what they have accomplished in one year, giving a voice to the positive things happening in our area. Recently, we have shared the publication with recruits and new staff members from other regions. It has become such a great resource to everyone on the coast and we’re excited to partner with them more in the future,” said Sarah Duffey, Singing River Health System Marketing Manager.
 
Singing River Health System is vital to our community. We cannot thank the staff members enough for the wonderful work they do each and every day, and can’t imagine a better way to have celebrated JaxCoHome’s first birthday. We are proud that the men and women of SRHS call Jackson County Home!
 
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Spring Arts Festival: Herb, Garden & Art

The annual Spring Arts Festival in downtown Ocean Springs celebrated its 25th year last weekend. Over 150 vendors participated and, while the numbers are still being calculated, it is estimated to have had around 15,000 visitors. The event is looked forward to each year by festival-goers from near and far as well as the local gardening and art communities.

“We are so proud of the amazing turnout of 150 vendors and Nearly 15,000 visitors this year.  The turnout numbers are still being calculated. The weather was amazing and our community and visitors alike were able to get out and find unique arts, crafts and get their green thumb ready for Spring! -We were excited to introduce new vendors and a variety of demonstrations.” ~ Cynthia Dobbs Sutton, Ocean Springs Chamber – Mainstreet – Tourism Bureau

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Walk MS: Uniting Communities to Create a World Free of Multiple Sclerosis

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Andy Bell, President of National Multiple Sclerosis Society Alabama-Mississippi and Lt. Doug Adams of the Pascagoula Police Dept. at the Walk Kick-Off Luncheon at Aunt Jenny’s Restaurant in Ocean Springs.

Hundreds of local walkers raised money at Walk MS: Mississippi Gulf Coast last Saturday at Fort Maurepas Park in Ocean Springs. Walk MS is an opportunity for people to come together with friends, loved ones and co-workers to fundraise, connect and advocate for people affected by MS. Each dollar raised is one step closer to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s goal – a world free of MS. Since its inception in 1988, Walk MS has cumulatively raised more than $1 billion. Saturday’s walk was expected to raise more than $25,000.

“Walk MS is all about community – people coming together to raise money and show support for loved ones, colleagues and friends,” said Cyndi Zagieboylo, President and CEO of the National MS Society. “Funds raised have a direct impact in this community, for example – our MS Navigator program. MS Navigators are highly-skilled, compassionate professionals available to connect each person affected by MS to the resources and information they need to live their best lives.”

Multiple sclerosis attacks the brain and spinal cord, and it is the most common neurological disease leading to disability in young adults. The National MS Society is a gathering place for people with MS, their family and loved ones, healthcare providers, volunteers, donors, fundraisers, advocates, community leaders and all those that seek a world free of MS.

Sanofi Genzyme is the premier national sponsor of Walk MS. Biogen, Genentech and Novartis are also national sponsors of Walk MS.

Walk MS helps fuel groundbreaking MS research and provide life-changing services to those affected by MS through creating a supportive community of friends, families, and loved ones who fundraise and connect. To get involved you can visit walkMS.org, call (855) 372-1331, or email fundraisingsupport@nmss.org. For more information about multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society, visit nationalMSsociety.org or call (800) 344-4867.

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

 

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YMCA to Hold Annual Special Olympics Aquatic Events

YMCA-logo-for-site YMCA to Hold Annual Special Olympics Aquatic Events

Approximately 55 athletes from programs in Jackson, George and Greene counties, accompanied by their coaches and cheered on by friends and family, will compete in a variety of water sports, including assisted and unassisted swims, pool walks, 25 and 50 meter swims in freestyle and backstroke. Winners will advance to compete in the statewide Special Olympics.

Immediately following the games, participants and volunteers will be treated to lunch provided through the generous support of Eat Drink Love and The Roost of Ocean Springs and The Palace Casino of Biloxi.

The mission of the Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. YMCA’s serve 20.1 million people, including 9.7 million children, through a broad range of programs. YMCA’s are for people of all faiths, races, ages, incomes and abilities. Financial assistance is available.

WHO:  Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA

WHAT:  Area 12 Special Olympics Aquatics Heats

WHERE:  Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA–Blossman Family Branch, 1810 Government Street, Ocean Springs, MS

WHEN:  Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

ON THE PROGRAM: 

Todd Trenchard of The Bacot McCarty Foundation will emcee the event.

Ocean Springs ROTC Color Guard will present the flag.

Pastor Heath Hillman of Emanuel Baptist Church will lead the invocation.

Rock U2 Academy of Popular Music will sing the national anthem.

 

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Scholarship Program Honors Top Ten Percent of Graduating Seniors in Jackson County

EOE-2017-Winners Scholarship Program Honors Top Ten Percent of Graduating Seniors in Jackson County

This year’s 28th Annual Explosion of Excellence will be held in May at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jackson County Campus. This program honors the academic achievements of the graduating high school seniors who are in the top ten percent of their classes in all area high schools in Jackson County (including the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science). The Explosion of Excellence is a program jointly sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and all high schools in Jackson County. It is a fund of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

The public is encouraged to consider a $250, $1,000 or $5,000 scholarship—all of which are 100 percent tax deductible. These scholarships are donated by the public to encourage these students to consider employment in Jackson County when their education is finished. The public can help honor these students by writing a check to the “Gulf Coast Community Foundation/Explosion of Excellence” and mailing it to “Explosion of Excellence, Post Office Box 480, Pascagoula, MS 39568-0480.”

EOE-2017-Winners Scholarship Program Honors Top Ten Percent of Graduating Seniors in Jackson County

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The Chairman of this year’s Explosion of Excellence is Pat Descher of the McDonald’s Descher Organization, and the Co-Chairman is Dr. Bill Descher. The Keynote Speaker is Dr. Kimberly Cox Rasmussen.

For more information, please call the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 228-762-3391 or email Valerie Dedeaux, Administrative Assistant, at Chamber@jcchamber.com.

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Rapiscan Systems Classic and Chevron Present $25,000 Check to Excel by 5 at “Read to Me” Event

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Rapiscan Systems Classic and Chevron presented a $25,000 check to Excel by 5 this morning at their “Read to Me” event. The event was a partnership between the three organizations, and the generous donation will support our Gulf Coast Excel by 5 communities and early childhood literacy programs. 

The event featured PGA TOUR Champions professional Rod Spittle and his wife, Ann Spittle, who read the book Love Is All Around Mississippi to a group of twenty preschool children. Each child was given a Curious George story book autographed by Spittle.

Spittle will compete in this week’s Rapiscan Systems Classic, a tournament focused on early childhood education. They promote tips for reading to children with their free admission ticket, which doubles as a child’s bookmark. One side features helpful tips to engage young readers, like pointing out letters and words. The other side provides information about the tournament’s Chevron Family Day and Junior Clinic this Saturday, March 24th.

Excel by 5 was founded to benefit pre-K children by providing families with much needed resources. The innovative program emphasizes the important roles played by parents and early childhood educators during a child’s most formative years — from birth to age 5. They use research-based practices and enhance existing resources to optimize the care and education of young children. As a result, children are better prepared to enter school happy and healthy, with the skills they need to succeed.

 

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First Lady Deborah Bryant of Mississippi Reads to Moss Point Preschoolers

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First Lady Deborah Bryant of Mississippi visited the Moss Point School District Family Education Center this morning to read with a group of preschoolers. After Mayor Mario King made the invitation, MPSD superintendent Dr. Shannon Vincent worked with her staff to organize the event. Deborah Bryant is passionate about early childhood education in Mississippi and travels throughout the state to encourage it.

Preschoolers from Little People Learning Center and Mary’s Little Lambs arrived and waited excitedly. Excel by 5 Chairman Debby Renfroe entertained the children before Carolyn Moore, School Board President and chief professional officer at United Way for Jackson and George Counties, welcomed Mrs. Bryant.

The children listened intently to an interactive story about ice cream, dogs and dinosaurs that taught the importance of sharing, and even sang along with some of the words.

“Excel by 5 in Moss Point was honored to be included in this event with our State’s First Lady,” said Debby Renfroe, Chairman of Excel by 5, Inc. “Many thanks to Mrs. Bryant and the Moss Point School District for recognizing the importance of reading to the preschoolers from some of the wonderful child care centers in our city.”

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