David Ball

For The Record

The Bridge City Historical Society will host the 2014 Bridge City Heritage Festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 4, at the Bridge City Community Center and the surrounding grounds at 105 Parkside, in Bridge City.

The heritage festival will feature live music, including Three Legged Dawg and Center Stage, among other performers. There will be arts and crafts, snacks and popcorn, a silent auction, and pictures/videos of Bridge City past streaming inside the community center.

There will also be a variety of food vendors, bingo, dunkin’ booth, and a children’s arcade featuring: dime toss, duck pond, ring toss, milk bottle baseball throw, Plinko, face painting, a clown, and a caricature artist and other family activities on the surrounding grounds.

The deadline has been extended for food and craft vendors until Sept. 15. Food and craft vendors are also needed.

For additional information, please contact Claudine Hogan, 409-883-8208 or Donna Riley, 409-720-7744.

The Stuebings

This year, Stuebings to be recognized for this year’s BC Heritage Festival

David Ball

For The Record

The Stuebings

This year, Terry and Ella Stuebing will be honored at the festival for their years of service.

Richard Briggs, Bridge City ISD athletic director, who has worked with the Stuebings for years said every community has that person who is willing to do the work or organize a group that others might shy away from. A community also may have that individual who sees the importance of making sure all the little details are taken care of. And then perhaps another individual who sees the ‘big picture’ and embraces the role of a leader in making sure that that ‘big picture’ remains in focus and that the positives of the community are recognized and celebrated.

“Bridge City, Texas is certainly blessed to have two people who do all these things and carry them out with dignity, and with grace, and with a whole bunch of laughter!” Briggs said. “Ella and Terry Stuebing, over the course of many, many, many, many, many, many …. decades have made Bridge City a better place to live and, most importantly, have brought kindness, joy, and compassion into the lives of the people of Bridge City.” He added it is the people of Bridge City that make the city great and it is an honor to recognize Ella and Terry Stuebing as two who have made such outstanding contributions toward achieving that greatness.

Terry Stuebing, known as “The Voice of the Cardinals,” was born in New Haven, Conn. Being part of a military family, he lived in various places throughout the United States and the world.

In 1968, he graduated from Irvin High School in El Paso where he earned a four-year football scholarship from Sul Ross State University. After four years of playing football for the Lobos, Terry earned a BS degree and began his career in education.

He moved to Bridge City in 1974 where he began a career as a coach, teacher, activities director, junior high assistant principal, high school assistant principal, counselor and high school principal. His voice is heard Friday nights announcing football games. He is also behind the microphone for basketball and softball games.

During his 35-years in education Terry earned a Masters degree from Lamar University in 1980 in special education and supervision. He also earned certifications in counseling and mid-management. Furthermore, Terry was awarded a Texas Life Membership in the PTA during his tenure.

Terry has also been active in civic duties.

He served on the Bridge City City Council for two terms and also served as mayor pro tem. He served on the board of directors for the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce for several years and as Chamber president, too.

He was named Citizen of the Year and served as parade marshal as well.

Stuebing has been chairman of the Mayhaw Festival, BC Crawfish Festival and Bridge City Days to boot. Additionally, he served as the chairman of Orange County Crime Stoppers for several years.

Stuebing and his wife, Ella, are members of St. Henry Catholic Church. They have four children and five grandchildren.

Ella Saltzman Stuebing was born in Abbeville, La.  Where she was raised in the French-speaking Cajun culture. She moved to the Orange area with her family early in life.

Ella attended Cove School and Bridge City High School where she graduated with the infamous class of 1967. She received a scholarship from The National Honor Society to further her education. In 1972, she graduated with Honors from Lamar University and began her career as a teacher. She later

earned a Master’s in Mid-Management and a superintendency certificate.

Ella’s career in education lasted 35 years. Thirty were in Bridge City.

She taught 2nd and 3rd Grades and was honored by the Texas PTA as one of Texas’ 100 “Terrific Teachers.” Her tenure included being principal at Sims Elementary and Bridge City Intermediate. Ella held several offices in the Region V Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) and was named “Region V TEPSAN of the Year.”

She served on several state committees as a consultant and worked with the Texas Education Agency with the Texas State Improvement Initiative when school districts were visited for accreditation purposes.

Additionally, she presented several workshops at TEPSA conventions throughout the years. Ella was awarded Life Memberships from the Texas PTA and the National PTA.

Ella serves as the chairman of the Bridge City High School Alumni Association. She is a member of the board of directors of the Orange County Teachers’ Credit Union and is secretary of the St. Henry Pastoral Council.

They have four children and five grandchildren.

Photo – Terry and Ella Stuebing will be honored at the festival this year for their many years of service to the community.

Courtesy Photo