Voice of Shuckers to speak at ‘Baseball’ luncheon

Chris Harris, the voice of the Biloxi Shuckers, will update the team’s standing during this week’s “Our Love Affair With Baseball” exhibition, and Harris will arrive at the Ohr-O’Keefe Friday bearing gifts.

He’ll be presenting a check to the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, proceeds from the August  auction of “Mad Potter” jerseys at a Biloxi Shuckers game.

The noon luncheon is being held on the second floor of the City of Biloxi Center for Ceramics, the three-story building on the western end of the Ohr campus, overlooking Deer Island and the Mississippi Sound.

The $10 luncheon fee also includes admission to the baseball and Katrina exhibits, normally alone a $10 value.
Reserve your luncheon seats now


Tunnel-to-Towers race begins and ends at Margaritaville

Margaritaville Resort in Biloxi is going to be the starting and finishing point for the second annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run and Walk, an event that helps provide funding for the organization of New York firefighters who have delivered Christmas gifts to the Mississippi Gulf Coast annually since Hurricane Katrina.

The run, in its second year on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, is a nationwide effort that benefits the Stephen Siller foundation, named in honor of a New York firefighter who, in full firefighter gear, ran from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center where he perished in the collapse of the World Trade Center.

“This is a great cause for so many reasons, and we’re hoping we’ll see a great turnout, in terms of participation and supporters,” said Cono Caranna of Margaritaville. “We’ve sort of changed it up a little. We’ll have a pre-race event here on that Saturday, Sept. 17, with the Blackwater Brass Band, and then Coast Transit will bus runners and walkers to Fort Maurepas in Ocean Springs.

“They’ll make the walk or run back to Margaritaville, where the Blackwater Brass Band will lead a secondline up the pool deck. It’ll be $5 admission to the party, but all proceeds are benefiting the fund.”

Added Caranna:  “And to cap it all off, we’re going to have a spectacular seven-minute fireworks show that is going to harken back to those pre-Katrina days when you saw fireworks on a regular basis down here on the Point.”
Find out more and how to register


Fireman’s Day parade is Sept. 17

The annual Biloxi Fireman’s Day Parade rolls through downtown Biloxi on Saturday, Sept. 17.

The parade, which will feature firefighting vehicles from responding fire departments Coastwide, will begin at 10 a.m. at the foot of Lameuse Street. The parade will proceed westward on MLK Boulevard to Howard Avenue and end at the West End Hose Co. No. 3, where an open house will be held, with hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks.

Those interested in participating in the parade should contact the fire chief’s office at 435-6200.
See Fireman’s Day parades through the years


News and notes

Blue Mass: The annual 9-11 Blue Mass is Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. at the Nativity BVM Cathedral in downtown Biloxi.

East Biloxi work: The Public Works Department has released a new detailed report showing progress of east Biloxi infrastructure work through July. The bad news: Only 3 percent progress from the report three months earlier. The good news: Permanent paving, water, sewer and storm drainage made headway on Division Street, a key to the project.  The July report can be found in the Restore Biloxi archives. To go there, click here.

New hotel, bowling alley: Construction is winding down on the Hyatt Place and Big Play Bowling Lanes. Find out what’s next in this week’s Weekly Reports. To see the archive of weekly reports from the Fire, Police and Community Development departments, click here.