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Aransas Pass VFW Market Days

VFW hosts ‘Market Days’: Walking into the Aransas Pass VFW Post 2932 Market Days on Saturday, December 11th, shoppers were greeted by an adorable, inflated baby shark and the smell of hot chocolate and sugar cookies. Many tables and booths were set up by local citizens, selling their creations and collections of all kinds. “I love showing off my creations and selling them to all my friends and neighbors. Even though it’s just a hobby on the side, it keeps me sane and helps me socialize,“ said a veteran participant selling handmade sugar scrubs and lip balms. Courtesy Nicole Pacheco

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Bins for the ‘Sgt. Anders’ Cops for Tots Toy Drive’ in Aransas Pass and ‘Blue Santa’ campaign in Ingleside sit in the lobby of the Aransas Pass Progress/Ingleside Index offices at 346. S. Houston St. in Aransas Pass. Only two unwrapped toys have been donated so far, both by newspaper staff. Aransas Pass Progress

Police holiday food and toy drives bolstered by monetary donations, public support

Aransas Pass Police are breathing a sigh of relief this week after receiving some generous financial contributions to help offset costs for several of their holiday campaigns for local needy at Christmas time. Chief Eric Blanchard told The Progress in an email that his department received a few ‘sizeable cash donations’, the amount totaling nearly $10,000.

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Marching so we never forget

Marching so we never forget: Abigayle Davila of Aransas Pass High School recently returned from Hawaii after participating in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade. December 7th, 1941 was ‘a day that will live in infamy’, were the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as he asked Congress to declare war on Japan for its unprovoked attack on the U.S. Navy base, killing or wounding thousands of American service personnel. Davila joined hundreds of cheerleaders and dancers across the country who participated in the memorial event in Honolulu. Courtesy: The Davila Family

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Hoping to see some action and fight in Vietnam, Lay – pictured here as a teenager in the U.S. Army – enlisted near the war’s end and never left this country. But he was willing to give up school to serve his country and dropped out of high school in his sophomore year, later earning his G.E.D. in the military. Courtesy: Ken Lay

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Ken Lay is a Texas native and Ingleside resident who likes to fish and moved to the seaside community to dip his pole in the ocean as much as he can. Ingleside Index

Patriot wanted to fight in Vietnam, but choice came too late

Patriotism is a passion for U.S. Army veteran and Ingleside resident, Ken Lay. Now 65, when he was just a teen, he dropped out of high school in his sophomore year and headed to a recruiter’s office, hoping to fight in Vietnam. But by 1974 the battle had waned, and diplomats and politicians were looking for an exit strategy. So, Lay put on a uniform with pride, but would never see combat.

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Aransas Pass Progress


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Aransas Pass, TX 78336


P.O. Box 2100

Aransas Pass, TX 78336


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