Kevin Scott: May 2009 Archives

Another summer.  Another hurricane season.  Another opportunity for the Gulf to forsake us.  On June 1st, Islanders will wake up just like any other morning.  But the air will float a little warmer than May allowed it too.  The days will seem forever indebted to the sun.  It's light out when most of us wake up.  And for some of us, it's light out when we go to bed.  The beach crowds get larger and larger.  Shorts and flip flops becomes the Island's religion.  But we all keep a quietly intense focus to the murmur over our shoulder.  It's always there this time of year.  But this summer is different.  We may pay a little more attention to weather coverage and take it a little more serious.  After all, we don't want to get kicked when we're down.

Hurricane season will be upon us like the uninvited guest.  So Islanders, it's time to make sure you have plans in place.  Do you have your hurricane survival kit?  Did you learn anything from last year?  If you need help planning your strategy, be sure to attend the City's town hall meeting June 3rd.  It'll be all about hurricane preparedness.

Here's the details:

What - Hurricane Preparedness Town Hall Meeting
When - June 3rd, 2009; 6 p.m.
Where - Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall

There'll even be free hot dogs, cake, and drinks.

We might as well prepare ourselves.  None of us want another storm to ruin our summer.  But we need to be aware and prepared if such madness occurs again.

Here's to a "major"-storm-free summer and hurricane season.

Last night IBC had the privilege of attending the premiere event of Ball High School's advanced media and technology class' Ike: A Documentary, The Story of a Torn City Rebuilt by Everyday HeroesCalling themselves the Hurricane Story Tellers, the film makers took on the task of exposing the wrath and devastation Hurricane Ike brought upon our part of coastal Texas.

The opening of the film may be one of the hardest things I've had to sit through since sitting through lumbering news coverage of our Island as Ike circled ever closer.  The emotions that squeezed me as I watched the beginning scenes made me feel like running away.  I wanted to leave.  Be alone.  I didn't want to watch anymore.  Instead I fell into the comfort of thinking that most of the audience may have found themselves with similar circumstances.

The Ball High students, along with their teacher Mr. Weiss and student mentors, put together a film that needles deep into the fabric of Islanders.  The documentary included interviews with many different people, including Dan Rather, George Mitchell, the Mayor, and a woman who survived the storm surge along with her cat.  In between interviews, scenes of Ike's approach flashed on screen as the sea exploded into the Seawall in addition to the damages from the storm.  Viewers found soft giggles in the bashful comedic glances of footage and narration by Christian Dierlam.  And the film's roots penetrated the audience in the narrative spoken and written by Mamie Aoughsten.

I'm honestly amazed by the dedication of this group of "young people."

Last night I woke up in the middle of the night and realized something.  The Ball High students call themselves the Hurricane Story Tellers, or "HST" for short.  What I realized is that they're actually Hurricane Ike Story Tellers.  Or "HIST" for short.  An anachronym or shortnening of history or historical, or even historian  I believe they captured another piece of Galveston Island's unique and frightening history.

The group continues to accept donations.  Funds are needed to continue the exposure of the documentary, which in turn extends Galevston Island's story.

Visit for more information on the film and students behind it.


Just want to remind everyone of GHF's Preservation Awards Reception - the "Sally B. Wallace Historic Preservation Awards" -  is tonight, May 8th from 6:30pm to 8pm at Ashton Villa. 

The reception is free and open to the public.

GHF has updated its preservation awards for this year. New award categories include the Galveston GREEN Award for companies or individuals that integrate sustainable materials and technology in retrofitting historic properties and the Post-IKE Recovery award for individuals/companies that have made significant progress in rehabilitating their respective properties.

Special guests will include the CEO and employees of Arcadia Press, publishers of Galveston: A City on Stilts, the story of Galveston's reconstruction after the Great Storm of September 8, 1900. The book contains 200 vintage photographs from the Zeva B. Edworthy collection that document the rebuilding of the city in the early 1900s. Books will be available for purchase. Authors Jodi Wright-Gidley and Jennifer Marines will also be available to sign copies.

For more information, you can visit


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