Acclaim

Brazoria County is blessed with many things, but something Republicans should be grateful for is the leadership Yvonne Dewey offered the party during her time as the local party chair.

After stepping down last month, Dewey was the recipient warm comments from Republican leaders in the area thanking her for her work to grow the party in the area. No matter your political affiliation, it can’t be denied Dewey accomplished a major goal of the party by extending its reach in the county.

“She’s just a sweetheart,” Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta said. “She has worked her tail off. The elected officials love her. The Republican Women love her. She just did a fantastic job.”

Dewey said that when she became active with the party, the county was still “blue.” Since taking over the position, the local party has raised funds each year and now can lay claim to one of the most powerful men in the Texas government.

She said she plans to continue being active in the party and events. Shayne Green will step into the role, but Dewey’s work speaks for itself.

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Emergency service leaders keep giving

When Fred and Stephanie Ortiz purchased Help Inc. in Lake Jackson, it meant a big shift for emergency services in the area. But there isn’t reason to be worried.

Fred Ortiz, who has been chief of Lake Jackson Emergency Services, leaves in the organization in the hands of Chris Sermarini, who has been with the group since 2006.

“I feel like I’m leaving the citizens of Lake Jackson in the best hands,” Fred Ortiz said.

And there is little reason to doubt that. Sermarini has the confidence of established leaders who helped turn the organization around, such as City Manager Bill Yenne.

Meanwhile, Fred Ortiz is continuing his mission to serve the public in a different capacity. Help Inc., also in Lake Jackson, offers companion care; medical equipment, including wheelchairs and breast pumps and prosthetics; as well as other healthcare capacities besides emergency care, Fred Ortiz said. Caregivers through Help Inc. can cook, run errands and provide transportation, he said.

Lake Jackson residents should count themselves lucky to have people so dedicated to the well being of the community.

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Parent keeps fans in the loop

The Sweeny baseball program has a loyal following, but no matter how dedicated the fans are, they can’t all be at every game.

That’s why its so great a loyal parent’s passion for baseball and the Bulldogs came together to share the journey of the team to the state championship.

Glynn Parent began broadcasting the games via a webcast in 2018 and his listener base has grown ever since.

“I’ve been interested in broadcasting baseball my whole life,” Parent said. “I just didn’t wake up and get interested a couple of years ago. For me it was like a second chance at life, a second opportunity to explore life a different way.”

It’s such a great thing for Bulldog fans to have access to these broadcasts and able to follow the team along its journey, even if that didn’t result if a state champion title.

Parent’s enthusiasm for the team and building up a community around it definitely deserves recognition and should serve as an example to other programs.

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