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March 2020

UPDATE:  The 2020 Annual Meeting Minutes are now on our website Click here to view them
Thanks to everyone who has submitted stories, photos, and recipes for the newsletter and website.  We are still looking for submissions for both the website and this newsletter!  Please keep sending fishing pictures, gardening tips, recipes, stories, yard sales, and more! Check out the website at


41st Annual Oysterfest
March 5-8

Each year the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department and the Town of Fulton sponsor Oysterfest, a salute to the tasty bi-valve found in our local waters. Oysterfest features carnival rides, games, food, and oyster eating contest, live music, unique vendor booths and most of all - FUN!

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32nd Annual Whooping Crane Strut
March 7th

We're headed back to the beach as the Whooping Crane Strut celebrates its 32nd anniversary at Rockport Beach Park. The event includes a 2-Mile walk, 5k run and 10k run, which will take place in the park and along the waterfront. There will be awards for the first three finishers in each age category, overall male/female top finishers and Master/Grand Master age brackets. Live music, refreshments and door prizes add to the excitement. Registration and packet pick up are at the Little Bay Pavilion starting at 6:15 am. The Strut will begin at 8 am.  For more details please visit  or call 361-727-2158

$5 of every registration fee goes to the Friends of Aransas and Matagorda Island National Wildlife Refuges “Water for Wildlife Fund”

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Texas Maritime Museum Seafaring Saga Movie Night - Crash Dive
March 10th 7pm

Crash Dive a 1943 war drama.  Preparing for a transfer, Lt. Ward Stewart finds himself on a train with the enchanting Jean, whom he winds up falling for. Little does he know that she’s also his commanding officer’s sweetheart, a secret that could set the men fighting even as they prepare to go into combat.

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Taste of Rockport-Fulton
March 26th
Join us for a "Luau by the Bay🌺" for the 2020 Taste of Rockport-Fulton! This fundraiser is hosted by the members of the Rotary Club of Rockport, TX. This annual event is the major fundraising event for the scholarships that provide local students funding for their college plans!


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NEW Fishing Report from Capt. Robert Hamilton

Captain Robert Hamilton has been fishing Texas coastal waters for 40 years, and has been a Coast Guard licensed guide in Rockport, TX since 1987. He primarily fishes in the Rockport area in Aransas, Carlos, Redfish, Copano, Corpus Christi, Nueces, Mesquite, and San Antonio Bay’s.  Guess what?  He's also a long-time Harbor Oaks Resident! 

In this report Robert talks about winter fishing in Rockport!
Click here to read the most recent post>>>

Tuesday March 3 last chance to cast vote in primary

Registered voters who did not go to the polls during the early voting period, which ended Friday, Feb. 28, can vote between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 (Election Day) at any one of four voting centers. Those locations are:

• G.I. Forum (1911 Hardee St., Rockport)

• Rockport Volunteer Fire Department (212 N. Gagon St., Rockport)

• Rockport Service Center (2751 State Highway 35 Bypass, Rockport)

• Fulton Volunteer Fire Department (401 N. 9th St., Fulton)

Aransas County Elections Administrator Michele Carew said the turnout for early voting in this election is lower than in 2016. She noted more people might be planning to vote on Election Day. With that in mind, and due to the propositions, which are on the Democratic and Republican ballots, voters should be prepared for possible longer than usual lines at the voting centers.

Early voting

Through Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2,082 Republican ballots have been cast, including 1,848 in person, and 234 via mail.

Through Wednesday, Feb. 26, 358 Democratic ballots have been cast, including 269 in person, and 89 via mail.

Four of the seven local positions in the Republican Primary are contested.

The race for Aransas County Attorney / District Attorney pits incumbent Kristen Barnebey against Amanda Oster, a newcomer to Aransas County politics.

The County Tax Assessor-Collector race has Jeffery (Jeff) Hutt running against Anna Marshall. Longtime Tax Assessor-Collector Jeri Cox is not seeking reelection.

Incumbent Precinct 1 County Commissioner Jack Chaney is facing challenger Melissa Esquivel.

Pat Rousseau is running against incumbent Precinct 3 County Commissioner Charles Smith.

Aransas County Sheriff Bill Mills, Precinct 1 Constable Doc Thomas, and Precinct 2 Constable Charlie Phillips don’t have an opponent in the Primary Election.

Text Source:  The Rockport Pilot

Election Day Cheesecake Bites

New York Style Cheesecake (with a twist)

Put on your "I Voted!" sticker and rally your friends to watch the results roll in while surrounded by these delicious red, white, and blue treats!   This recipe is a great way to get everyone in a patriotic mood.

By Sheri Silver

Like brownies, cheesecake is one of “those” recipes that evokes passionate responses over which is best. Do you like yours light and fluffy? Mile high and dense? Or studded with candy/chocolate chips/nuts?

For me, it’s traditional – all the way. The cheesecake layer should be solid, but not dry. And not too thick. And definitely no candy or nuts.

Equally important is the crust. I adore a good thick crust that can stand on its own flavorwise.

And if friends and family are to be believed, I make some of the best cheesecake around.

For years I always made it the same way – in a 9″ springform pan. But a few years ago I saw a recipe for this “mini” version, swirled with a little raspberry puree, and I was smitten.



Graham crust:
1 3/4 c. graham cracker crumbs
1/3 c. butter, melted
1/4 c. (5o g.) sugar

Raspberry puree:
4 oz. raspberries (fresh or frozen)
4 1/2 t. sugar

Cheesecake filling:
3 8 oz. packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 c. (200 g.) sugar
2 t. vanilla
3 eggs
8 oz. sour cream

Fresh blueberries (optional)



Pre-heat oven to 325; place liners in two 12-cup muffin tins.

Make crust: In a medium bowl combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and 1/4 c. sugar. Stir till well combined and there are no lumps. Divide evenly among liners, pressing mixture into the bottom of each cup (I use a small cup to assist).

Bake for 5 minutes; let cool in pans on a rack.

Make raspberry puree: Process raspberries until smooth. Force puree through a fine sieve into a small bowl; discard solids. Whisk in 4 1/2 t. sugar and set aside (you can transfer to a small squeeze bottle if you like).

Make cheesecake filling: Place cream cheese, 1 c. sugar and vanilla in your mixer bowl. Beat till well blended and there are no lumps. Beat in eggs, one at a time, followed by the sour cream.

Pour about 3-4 T. of filling into each cup. Shake pans gently so that filling settles evenly. Spoon or squeeze 5 small drops of raspberry puree over filling; swirl with a toothpick.

Bake until set, 10-12 min. Let cool completely in tins on rack. Refrigerate, uncovered, one hour or overnight.

Top each cake with a few blueberries, if desired, prior to serving

For traditional cheesecake: pre-heat oven to 350; line a 9″ springform pan with parchment paper.

Make crust as above, pressing evenly into bottom and 1 1/2” up sides of pan – freeze till ready to use.

Make filling as above – pour into crust. Place pan on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 60-70 minutes, or till center is set. Turn off oven and leave door ajar for one hour. Remove from oven and cool completely. Chill overnight. (for raspberry swirl, increase raspberries to 6 oz. and sugar to 2 T. Drop by teaspoonfuls and swirl).

Image and Source Credit: - Contributed By Chef Sheri Silver
Click here to view the recipe online

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