Bayou Vista Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new
Community Center

September 25, 2010

City Of Bayou Vista celebrates Community Center ribbon cutting

By: Tug Ledermann

Residents and friends of the City of Bayou Vista celebrated the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Bayou Vista Community Center Saturday, September 25th. Mayor Ed Flanagan kicked the event off with salutations before cutting the ribbon, along with County Commissioner Bryan Lamb, officially opening the Community Center and initiating the celebration. The city and local businesses provided fried chicken and iced beverages while the community brought an array of side dishes and delicious deserts.  Crystal Wyer performed throughout the celebration, as children swam in the pool and friends congregated while touring the brand new community center. Along with a convenient elevator and spectacular view from the large balcony upstairs, the inside of the community center contains a beautiful great room and open concept kitchen. It will be used for group meeting and community gatherings. “Azalia Benich was extremely helpful,” says Paula Eshelman, City of Bayou Vista Secretary. “Azalia worked all day assisting with set-up, clean up, and making sure everyone had tickets for the door prizes,” Eshelman says. Dale Eshelman, President of BVFD and Carolyn Rose, Secretary of BVFD served the estimated 150 to 200 guests throughout the afternoon. Prominent guests included candidate for Probate Judge, Phil Roberts, Phil Hansen, Mayor of Tiki Island and Freddie Poor. The following businesses provided door prizes: Shear Perfection, Pampered Pets, Bayou Vista Beverages, Wise and Company and landscaping by The Salt Water Garden Club. It has been six months since the ground breaking celebration in March and the weather couldn’t have been better for the celebration of the ribbon cutting celebration. Along with the ribbon cutting, the community joined together to sing and celebrate the birthdays of Bayou Vista Chief Ed Lucas and long time resident Joe Bumpas. Another fine day in a quaint little piece of paradise called Bayou Vista, with a new addition to the city and overall an excuse to gather for a good time.

Past Mayor Joe Mims, Mayor Edward Flanagan
 and Past Mayor Steven Leach.

Azalia Benich and Kathy Burleson giving away door prize tickets.

Carol Wortham and city secretary Paula Eshelman.

Joe Bumpas and Alderman John Burleson.

Potted plants provided by Salt Water Garden Club.

Phil Roberts, who is running for Probate Judge
 with Mayor Ed Flanagan.

Adrienne, Tug Lederman & Brenda Johnstone.

The kids were happy the pool was open for the event.

Lieutenant Norman Desormeaux and Chief Ed Lucas