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Wed
11
Oct
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What are the Experts Saying About Taking Care of the Hill Country?

I recently attended the Annual Leadership Conference of the Hill Country Alliance (HCA). The HCA is one of my favorite organizations, for several reasons.

First, its focus is the land, the water and the people of the Hill Country. One of their main activities is to host educational events to help educate the public about various ecological issues in the Hill Country.

One of their main strengths is that they bring together individuals and organizations that might not ever talk to each other but who have knowledge and expertise in important areas of land management, water conservation and use, and the general health of the Hill Country habitat. These folks include ranchers, farmers, landowners, government agency experts, business and industry people and elected officials—all people who have a stake in the future of the Hill Country.

 

Wed
04
Oct
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The Bend News

By Jo Price

Well we did get some much needed rain, reports of from over an inch to 2 ½ inches around the Bend. Thank the good Lord for what he sent as it was so badly needed. It is unreal how fast the brown grass can turn green, almost over night. It is amazing, but great. It is still warm enough for a few weeds to grow, so livestock will have something to graze on until we get a frost.

From different reports it looks like the pecan crop will not be as good as it was last year, and last year was not a bumper crop. Maybe next year it will be better.

October the 9th will be Columbus Day and Thanksgiving Day in Canada.

Columbus Day used to be celebrated, but now days it is just another day to most people. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Christopher Columbus.

 

Wed
04
Oct
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

I wish everyone had a nice relaxing spot to just sit and catch their breath. I thank God every day that I come home and sit quietly on my front porch looking over the pasture and basking in the quiet of this beautiful country. I know not everyone has a front porch, but I also know that everyone should try to find a quiet place in or around their home to just sit and relax. The new term is chillax, chill and relax. This year we have been blessed with cool rainy days. Today it is bright sunshine but the wind is cool and it is only going to be in the 80s. The forecast for next week is just as beautiful. We do need quite a bit more rain and I certainly will be praying for that, but sitting on my porch is just, “cool”.

Wed
27
Sep
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Giving Back

By Doug Suggs

This past week, I watched a video about a woman who is a hairdresser in California. She has her own salon and several family members work with her. Many years ago she had cancer and it bothered her that she lost her hair, even her eyebrows. So she made a room in her salon that is a private room and she invites women who are going through cancer treatments and have lost hair to a wig, makeup and the way to tie scarf’s free of charge.

 

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Wed
20
Sep
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

Summer came back last week to remind us this is not New England, or Canada, but the state of Texas. So, once again we went back to sizzling temperatures. Russ and I sat out on the front porch Saturday, watching the blue birds hunt for bugs. Although the temperature was much warmer than last week, we both noticed that the breeze had just a little chill. This week is the official start of autumn, but our leaves won’t change for at least another month or two. What we desperately need is some rain. The grass crunches under my feet as I walk across the yard to the fish tank.

Wed
20
Sep
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Notes from the Spring Creek Arts Guild

By Cathy Ledbetter

A Diving Expedition

Among the reasons I write this column is that it serves as a pressure relief valve for my brain. I have been told by more than one person that I think too much and by a few people that I do too much deep diving in my thinking. These tendencies are probably why my favorite job ever was being a professor. Being on a university campus and engaging with students every day made me feel like my brain functioned normally and gave me lots of opportunities to think too much and too deeply with other people who were doing the same. But for the past twelve years I have been here on the ranch with fewer outlets for all that thinking, thus I write. I thank you, Reader, for being so tolerant of my brain excursions and expeditions. Brace yourself for yet another.

Wed
13
Sep
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

Goodness gracious I have been enjoying this cool weather. I know it will heat up again, but for now, I will enjoy. The official start of autumn is the 22nd of this month. We here in Central Texas know that is not always cool off time. I expect we will have a few more days or weeks of 90+ degrees. I wish some of the heavy rains that our neighbors to the south are experiencing would find their way here, but I am not complaining. We do need the rain for the crops and tanks.

 

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Wed
13
Sep
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The Bend News

By Jo Price

Still no moisture for the dry conditions that we have around us. Just be thankful that we are not having to go through some of the stuff that the people in Houston, Florida and some of the other places that were hit by storms. Keep all those in your prayers.

These cool mornings make you think of Fall, but that will be changing soon, as the weather prediction is back to the 90’s next week.

 

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Wed
06
Sep
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

Here I am on a beautiful Labor Day Weekend typing away in my classroom. This morning I tried to reach my son by Skype, but it didn’t work. That meant I would have to wait another week to speak with him. I didn’t understand the problem, but when I sat down to fix whatever was wrong I had no Internet connection. After using all the tricks up my proverbial sleeve, I called in the resident tech person. Russ informed me my modem was bad. So later we will go shopping for a new modem, but for now I am here at school working on this column.

Wed
06
Sep
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Notes from the Spring Creek Arts Guild

By Cathy Ledbetter

The Next Right Step

It is a strange feeling to be a part of a funeral procession taking a beloved family member to be buried, looking around you at all the people going about their lives with no idea of the sorrow that is passing them. It has been strange this past week to turn on the TV and see news reports of the devastation along the coast followed by the latest celebrity gossip. Both of these situations are reminders that the world keeps turning and life goes on even when one person or a huge group of people are experiencing tragedy.

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