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Wed
01
Feb
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The Richland Springs Report

by Sue Ransom 

I guess we galloped through January and here we are half way through winter. I do love Texas winters. Just about the time I start thinking about moving farther south, the warm comes back. I barely have time to get depressed before I can be happy again. I love my birth country of Canada, but I don’t miss the winters. For a brief moment as I was watching the luge competition, I thought how nice it would be to go skiing. Then reality hit me and I purged my mind of that thought. I’ve had the pleasure of skiing twice in Colorado and once in Vermont. All three times took me weeks to recover from my injuries. I have fond memories of those trips and the people who skied with me, but I shall hold on to the memories and avoid the pain. Cowardly, I know. I am going to go zip lining when we go to Costa Rica. That is truly exhilarating.

Wed
01
Feb
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Our Native White-Tailed Deer Are Resourceful

For the past several years, we have been growing a few non-native cacti in cactus beds inside our fence. A number of them are commonly called spineless or blind prickly pear. Surprisingly, this year, just after the first hard freeze we had, I noticed that a number of the branches on some of them had broken off at the attachment points. So after a few days when it had warmed up, I went out and loaded up the broken-off pieces into a large garden cart and hauled them off to a couple of places in the pasture 50 yards or so from our house.

Then yesterday I could see from my window a deer in the vicinity of one of the piles and it was soon joined by a couple of other deer. So this morning I went out and found that the majority of both piles of spineless prickly pear were gone. The few pieces that were left showed obvious signs of being browsed by the deer.

Wed
25
Jan
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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I write this letter to let everyone know where my 'new' office can be found! As you are aware, the San Saba County Courthouse is scheduled for restoration and that means that all the offices will need to relocate during this time frame. My office has moved to the second floor of the Arrowhead Bank...this includes Emergency Management, Indigent Healthcare, Floodplain Administration, FEMA  information, 9-1-1 assistance and the reporting for the county On-Site Sewage Facilities. My most accessible phone number is still 325-372-8570.
 
Wed
18
Jan
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The Bend News

By Jo Price 

The weather man was right for a change, because we did get some weather Sunday night around 8 o’clock, The thunder started and the lightening was fierce for a short time and the rain came down in sheets leaving about 1 inches in a short time. There was some run off so the tanks did catch some water. No reports of damage from wind or rain have been reported around the Bend. The electricity flickered but stayed on .Other parts of Texas were not so lucky as some damage from high winds was reported in some counties and electric was off because of fallen trees.

Larry Max and Donna Hensley of Midland spent the weekend visiting his sister Jo Price and her family. Larry did some fishing and lots of visiting and eating took place. Sunday everyone celebrated Haley Price’s birthday.

Wed
18
Jan
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The Richland Springs Report

by Sue Ransom 

Wed
11
Jan
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

 

It has certainly been a winter week. I am looking forward to a return to warmer weather. I know we need to cold weather to kill bugs, germs and allow dormant plants to regenerate. I know some fruits need a certain amount of cold to even bear fruit. I also know that I am not a species of anything that enjoys cold. So, I am looking forward to a return of half warm weather. I will leave the Arctic weather to my Canadian kinfolk and native Alaskans.

We have barely made it back to school and it is time for the San Saba Stock Show and Youth Fair.

Our first full week in our beautiful building went very well. I love the spaciousness of my rooms, but I am enjoying the quiet of machinery.

Wed
11
Jan
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Land Fragmentation: Is There Enough Room for All of Us?

Land fragmentation is the term used to describe what happens when a larger ranch is broken up onto many smaller “ranchettes”, giving rise to many more people living on an area of land that previously only had one or two families on it. It is a common thing that has happened and continues to happen at a faster pace throughout much of the Hill Country. It is where many of us are now living, and when I say us I am certainly including my wife and I.

So I certainly understand the attraction of being able to buy a small piece of land and live out in the “country”, away from the noise and crowds of the city and to be surrounded by a, relatively, native habitat with native flora and fauna.

The problem is that when we do that, we are degrading that native habitat we wanted to live in—too many people living on too few acres means we are essentially “loving it to death.” As the saying goes, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

 

 

Wed
04
Jan
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

Ring the bells the New Year has arrived. Great things are in store for us. I know our kids are all excited about starting their studies in our new school. They might not be excited about actually going back to school, but the pleasure of our new classrooms is awesome. It may be because the elections are over, and I don’t have to listen to political speeches every hour, but the whole year seems to hold excitement. I expect it to take off running. I’m glad we managed to get moved in before the end of the year. Now we can hit the books hard and stay focused on the tasks at hand. As usual, I will ask God for all the help I can in being the teacher my students need me to be.

The kid’s programs at First Baptist will not start back up until after this first week back at school. Team Kids won’t start back until the 16th. Mrs. Phelan has decided to change the group name to Kids for Christ. I think that sounds great.

 

 

Wed
04
Jan
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A Year in the Life of a Tree

I was looking up at the newlybare branches of one of our post oaks and it got me to thinking about the changes we see in trees over the course of a year. I began thinking about what has recently happened inside that tree, that has been repeated for at least 50 or 60, possibly 100, years or so, and how what goes on inside that tree is truly remarkable.

As the last of the fall leaves have fallen, all of the processes that required leaves have now ceased. No leaves, no chlorophyll, no photosynthesis, no evapotranspiration—essentially the tree has shut down, sort of the plant world equivalent of hibernation. But, like animals in hibernation, it is still alive.

Wed
28
Dec
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

 

So ends another year of memories. It’s hard to believe this is the last column of 2016.

I have been writing this little column for ten years. The time has flown by and I have enjoyed spending time with my friends and fellow residents of San Saba County.

I have seen my first Coyote class graduate not only from high school, but from college as well. I hope I have contributed just a little towards their life’s story. That is really what all good teachers cherish.

There is no feeling, other than salvation, then when a student comes back and thanks you for being their favorite teacher. I hope I have been able to instill a love of learning in each of my students. Each student brings a different gift to my classroom and into my life. I love being a teacher.

Now we look forward to a new year of experiences. Who knows what 2017 will hold for us?

 

 

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