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HEB honors veterans

Texas grocery giant HEB is credited for major support to help the Maxine Flournoy 3rd Coast Squadron Commemorative Air Force Museum pull off its Hangar Dance fundraiser Saturday, June 18th at McCampbell-Porter Airport. The company donated $5,000 towards the event, organizers giving thanks to Portland store manager Rich Miotti for initiating the sizable grant request. Many local veterans joined the festivities that included a BBQ meal and music, the goal to help the non-profit erase a budget deficit and remain open. Coming soon, the CAF will be offering once-in-a-lifetime paid excursions aboard an historic Boeing-Stearman open cockpit biplane aircraft like this one that – starting in the late 1930’s was used to train Navy airmen as the U.S. prepared for World War 2. Aransas Pass Progress

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Another beauty

Congratulations to June Clean Green Aransas Pass Yard of the Month! Jim Griffin, 509 W. Highland Ave. He will enjoy his $50 gift certificate at Bakery Café. Courtesy: Clean Green Aransas Pass

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Shrimporee Fixture for Sale

Pictured in 1979, Daniel Stelly poses with a 1931 Ford Model A he rescued from a Texas field and restored, using it in the annual Shrimporee Parade, complete with door signs that promoted his now long-closed business – Aransas Sea Store. Stelly made his fortune selling tax free cigarettes to the once burgeoning shrimp boat fleet that docked at Conn Brown Harbor. With his wife, Charlene, both are 84 and Daniel is ready to sell the car for the best price he can get. Some antique buyer guides list its value between $10,000-$28,000. A native of Louisiana, Stelly moved to Port Isabel with his family – his father, a shrimper. Charlene retired as a grade schoolteacher at Faulk Elementary in Aransas Pass. Both met in high school, married different spouses, and divorced and the pair were reunited years later, encountering one another at a popular former drive-in theatre that once stood in A.P. They wed in 1975 – on July 4th – this year celebrating their 47th anniversary. Stelly welcomes potential buyers for his Model A Ford visit their home at 1062 Arch St., corner of DeBerry. But call first. You can reach Charlene at (361) 779-6644.

Aransas Pass: Give the Gift of Life

Time again to roll up your sleeves and help save lives that should cost you less than an hour out of your day. The Coastal Bend Blood Center is hosting a donor drive next Tuesday, June 21 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. outside Walmart at 2501 W. Wheeler Ave. Those who’ve been through this drill know the procedure. You’ll be asked a few questions to make sure you’re in good health to donate and, if so, you’ll relax in a large air-conditioned mobile blood donor vehicle and be given some tasty treats afterwards.

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Aransas Pass Progress


346 S. Houston

Aransas Pass, TX 78336


P.O. Box 2100

Aransas Pass, TX 78336


361-758-5391