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Wed
07
Dec

Giving a bicycle for Christmas . . . Don’t forget the helmet!

By Melanie Potter

Bicycles are always a popular gift at Christmas time, and many parents are shopping now for that perfect new bicycle for their child – maybe even their first bicycle. This is an excellent opportunity to teach children about the importance of wearing a helmet to protect their head.

According to National Safe Kids, helmets reduce the risk of head injury by at least 45 percent, brain injury by 33 percent, facial injury by 27 percent and fatal injury by 29 percent.

Safe Kids also reports that bicycles are associated with more injuries in children than any other product except automobiles.

The Texas Medical Association reports that head injuries account for more than 60 percent of bicycle-related deaths, which reinforces why helmets should be considered an important part of bike riding.

 

Wed
07
Dec

Texas A&M Expert: Polar Vortex has cold air, but what does it really mean?

With a major cold air mass expected to cover most of the U.S. this week – as much as 75 percent of the country could experience temperatures below freezing -- it’s the time of year when the term “polar vortex” creeps into the news. But it might be a good time to set the record straight on what exactly a polar vortex is, says a Texas A&M University weather expert.

John Nielsen-Gammon, Regents Professor of Atmospheric Sciences who also serves as the State Climatologist, says the term polar vortex has been around longer than you think. It was first identified in the 1850s, and fully mapped out by the 1950s, but only in the last five years or so has the nomenclature made it to popular culture, perhaps in a misleading way.

 

Wed
30
Nov

Few people plan for the cost of long-term care

By Bob Moos

 

Long-term care can be one of the biggest expenses of retirement. Yet few people plan for it.

If you’re 65, you have just about a 50-50 chance of entering a nursing home at some point. The average cost of a private room now exceeds $75,000 per year, and the average length of stay is almost 2 ½ years. That adds up to more than $185,000.

One reason people don’t give much thought to the high cost of long-term care is that they figure they won’t have to pay for it. If and when the time comes, they tell themselves, Medicare will pick up most of the tab, the same as it does for hospital stays and doctor visits.

But that’s not the case. It can be a real eye-opener to discover that Medicare typically doesn’t pay for long-term “custodial care” – the kind of personal care that helps you with such day-to-day tasks as getting in and out of bed, bathing, dressing and eating.

 

Wed
30
Nov

Four Easy Care Gardening Trends for the Holiday Season

By Melinda Myers

 

Dress up the holidays or give gifts that continue giving throughout the year with these low maintenance gardening trends. Just add a little fun, classic beauty or style to make it even more memorable now and throughout the year.

Terrariums

These mini-greenhouses continue to grow in popularity and are perfect for new or timid gardeners. Just plant a few small tropical plants, moisten the soil, close the lid and you have a self-contained growing chamber. Show off your green thumb with a modern, classic or vintage style vessel. Use the Gazebo Tabletop terrarium, classic bell jar or other mini-garden as a centerpiece for the dining table or buffet. Or, create a miniature garden in glass to give as a hostess gift. When the party is over, it's a great memento of a fun holiday gathering.

 

Wed
23
Nov

Pierian Study Club holds November meeting in the home of Donna and Larry Baker

By Anita Adams

 

Wed
16
Nov

No fatality-free day on Texas roads since November 7, 2000

By Melanie Potter

Wed
16
Nov

Thanksgiving: Have an Attitude of Gratitude

By Bryan Golden

Wed
09
Nov

San Saba Bird and Nature Club

In the 1700s, many Toyah camps dotted the Edwards Plateau with Perdiz points and European components the norm, except for one long camp, which contained neither. This camp on the San Saba River remains a mystery. Charles (Chuck) Hixson, professional archeologist and member of the Llano Uplift Archeology Society (LUAS) will discuss the Wilson Site on the San Saba River. The San Saba Bird and Nature Club welcomes Chuck Hixson on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Come join us at the San Saba Civic Center, 1190 S. Thomas Drive, at 2:00 p.m.
 
 
 
Wed
09
Nov

the Central Texas Talent America Preliminary

On October 22nd, the Central Texas Talent America Preliminary was staged at the San Saba Civic Center. The following young ladies received an invitation to compete in New York City in July at the Talent America Nationals in front of agents, casting directors, managers, and etc. Pictured Back row (l - r): Courtney Pryor (Woodlands) in acting and modeling, Kelsey Buchanan (Lampasas) in acting and vocals, Eryn Buchanan ( Lampasas) in acting and modeling. Front row (center): Piper Alley (Montgomery) in acting and modeling.
 
 
 
Wed
02
Nov

Lemmon-Stevenson Announce Engagement

Deah Payton Lemmon and Ethan Jess Stevenson would like to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Deah is the daughter of David and Amanda McBeth of Ackerman, MS. She is the granddaughter of Nick and Vickie Holloway of Ackerman, MS; Susan and Tuffy Cornett of Jefferson, Texas; Terry and Missy Lemmon of Jefferson, TX; and Jerry Strutton of Linden, TX. Deah is also the niece of W. and Leah Strutton, of Choctaw County, MS, and the late John C. Bush and Selena Bush, of Richland Springs, TX.
 

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