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Wed
20
Dec
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Hill Country Naturalist

Local Environmental Groups to Support in This “Season of Giving”

Well, according my mailbox and my e-mail account, many organizations consider this the “Giving Season” and are looking for our support. I assume that most, if not all, of the solicitations I have received are from legitimate, worthy organizations. But I have decided that, since I can’t support every group or organization, I will limit my giving to local organizations doing things to help protect our Hill Country environment and native habitat and to educate everyone about the need to do so.

If you feel likewise, here are my suggestions of organizations to support.

Wed
20
Dec
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

Today, the 20th, my youngest son is getting married.

This is a very happy event for Russ and I. As you read this, I am attending the wedding on the beaches of Costa Rica. Our daughter is keeping the home fires burning. Hopefully it is not too cold. We are enjoying the beach and jungle. Unfortunately, we have to leave the beach and return to some chilly weather. Life gets tough sometimes.

I had to let two of my field trip students, Adrianna and Savannah, know that I would be going without them this time.

 

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Wed
13
Dec
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Hill Country Naturalist

What Did the Hill Country Look Like Before Europeans

What Did the Hill Country Look Like Before Europeans Came Here?

A friend of mine and I were discussing that topic recently and it occurred to me that other folks might be interested in it as well.

The problem is, there are a lot of common myths about that subject that one still hears even today. One is that the Hill Country used to be a “Sea of grass.” Another is that “Cedar was not here originally and it was imported.” Anyone who has read enough of the writings of the many explorers and settlers who were among the first Europeans to see the Hill Country knows that neither of the above are true.

These myths are often perpetrated when a person hears someone describe the pre-European Hill Country by emphasizing a single aspect, but then that person repeats what they heard as though it applies to ALL of the Hill Country.

 

Wed
13
Dec
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

I’ve checked and the calendar assures me that it is not skipping days, but I think it is lying. That is the only way that these last weeks of the year can be vanishing so quickly. The kids will be out Friday for an extended Christmas vacation. Hold them close parents; time just goes too fast for you not to enjoy every minute that you have them. We were discussing today how fleeting our time on earth is, but consider that the time we have with our children is a very short blink of the eye. So many of our kids leave home for distant places and opportunities. Once they are gone, family time becomes so precious, and so hard to obtain. Enjoy while you can parents.

Wed
29
Nov
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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

As one of many San Saba residents who has no family in Texas, I wish to express my thanks to The Father's House for their Thanksgiving Dinner.

For seven years now, I've been blessed with not having to spend Thanksgiving alone.

 

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Wed
15
Nov
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The Bend News

By Jo Price

The rain came again over this past week leaving an inch and light shower Sunday. Any moisture is welcome. The weather will warm up the latter part of this week, which is always nice to hear.

William Price is now playing flag football and many members of his family watched as his team won their first game this past week. It is exciting to watch the little guys play. They played under the lights at the field in the park.

 

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Wed
15
Nov
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

Thank you to all the veterans and guests who came to lunch on Friday. The school staff under the management of Shannon Sutherland prepared a delicious meal for our guests. The children prepared notes of appreciation for our service veterans. We are missing a few of our veterans this year, but they are not forgotten.

One of my ex-students from Dallas, posted a picture of her grandfather, a Vietnam veteran and asked the NFL to find another way to protest; our troops deserve respect and recognition. I agree. Thank you to all the awesome service members who have served both my countries nobly. Stan Larremore and Mr. Harkey, in full uniform, spent some time with the kids and staff. It was a great day.

 

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Wed
08
Nov
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Letter to the Editoral

Dear Editor

The owners and employees of Hamrick's Automotive Center, Inc. would like to take this opportunity to Thank You for helping to advertise our recent Customer Appreciation event. With your help we were able to have a very successful event that was attended by a large crowd of people who had a very good time.

 

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Wed
01
Nov
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Notes from the Spring Creek Arts Guild

That Magical Time of Year

By Cathy Ledbetter

Here it is! It is time for Quilt Festival and Opening Weekend (of Deer Season)!! This is a magical time of year for me and for my family.

I try to explain to people the meaning of Opening Weekend and hardly anyone understands. We generally have more people here for opening weekend than we do for Christmas and Thanksgiving combined. There is sitting around the fire, lots of talking and laughing, lots of food, and a whole lot of hunting. The gate stays open and all the neighbors stop by to visit. They may have a deer to show, or they may just want to check in to find out what everyone else is seeing.

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Wed
01
Nov
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

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