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Thu
29
Nov
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Hill Country Naturalist

I have written before about the Earth's natural hydrologic cycle and energy transfer. Most folks know that water evaporates from the oceans, moves over land and rains, the rain either runs off the land into rivers and back to the ocean or soaks into the soil where it either cycles through vegetation or seeps into water tables and aquifers, but it eventually all returns to the oceans.

Thu
22
Nov
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Hill Country Naturalist

The Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist celebrated the graduation of 34 members of its 17th class this week. This class brings the total number of Master Naturalists trained by our chapter to 545!

The Master Naturalist program is a volunteer organization sponsored jointly by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. It is modeled somewhat on the Master Gardener program. The mission statement describes very well what the program is all about: "To develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities."

To become a Master Naturalist, one must first attend a class training program consisting of 12 half-day sessions, usually with three speakers on different nature-related topics, plus, typically, three field trips.

Thu
22
Nov
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The Idle American

In 1940, novelist Thomas Wolfe’s best known work, published posthumously, made a strong claim in its title: You Can’t Go Home Again. During a 10-day November visit to Texas, now Kansan Ray Hildebrand proved him wrong.

In effect, the composer of “Hey, Paula”--the number one popular song in the United States and free world early in 1963--took up where he left off more than 55 years ago. That’s when fame beckoned his going one way, and his heart another. He followed his heart.

The 78-year-old sang and plunked his guitar for more than 1,100 folks at a halfdozen Texas “get-togethers.” In Cleburne--a stone’s throw from his birthplace in Joshua--an “Evening with Ray Hildebrand” was memorable….

 

 

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Thu
15
Nov
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The Bend News

Rain came down once again around the Bend sometime Sunday night dropping a half inch of rain. The mornings have been crisp and cool making it seem more like Fall is upon us. It has been good for hunters as they have been bringing in a good amount of deer to be processed. The weather report Monday afternoon has reported a freeze warning for Tuesday.

A big thank you goes out to Bobbie Morris and to Jim Hicks who placed flags on the graves of soldiers buried in all the cemeteries around the Bend area. Bobbie and Jim have been doing this for many years.

The High Valley Baptist members have been busy filling boxes (shoe boxes) with fun toys, hygiene items and school supplies and a small new testament Bible for world wide distribution in more than 100 countries to share the Gospel and bless children. National collection week is November 13-20. Think about packing a shoe box to send to some child from age 2 to 14 years of age.

 

Wed
07
Nov
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

Fuzzy is delighted that cool weather has arrived and he can cavort about in glee. I don’t feel that way at all. Many decades ago I left my home country of Canada to seek warmer climates.

Texas overdoes it during the summer, but the winters are pretty good.

Friday night’s game was just too uncomfortable for this imported lady. I didn’t bring my blanket and my poor little feet froze. I was glad to head over to the First Baptist Church, and stuff my face with delicious pulled pork sandwiches from Young’s Barbeque in San Saba.

Wed
31
Oct
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Health officials urge Texans to get their flu shot now

Today is Texas Influenza Awareness Day

As flu season begins, the Texas Department of State Health Services encourages everyone six months old and older to get vaccinated now to protect themselves from getting the flu. Early vaccination is important because it takes about two weeks for the body to make flu antibodies after the vaccine is administered.

“This year, there are many different flu vaccines available, and they have all been updated for this flu season. The nasal spray flu vaccine, also known as FluMist, is once again on the list of recommended flu vaccines for the upcoming flu season,” said Dr. Jennifer Shuford, DSHS Infectious Disease Medical Officer. “There are also special flu vaccines designed for people 65 years and older. Your doctor can help you figure out which vaccine is right for you.”

 

Wed
31
Oct
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San Saba Lodge to meet Saturday, November 3rd

By Lodge Secretary

On Saturday, November 3rd, San Saba Masonic Lodge will hold its regular stated meeting. A meal of taco soup will be provided by Tiler Earnest Roy Jones at 6:30 p.m. Members are asked to bring complimentary covered side dish, bread, salad or dessert.

Wed
24
Oct
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Hill Country Naturalist

Galls: Strange Growths on Trees and Other Plants

A few weeks ago I wrote a column about lichens, ball moss and other things that grow on trees. Galls don’t fit in that category because they are not things that grow ON trees, but rather abnormal growths that are part OF the tree.

The most commonly seen around here are small round brown balls on oak tree twigs, but there are many different forms and colors of galls and they are not limited to oaks or even to trees—galls can be found on flowers, shrubs and even vegetables.

Galls are not like tumors that are caused by an abnormality in the cells of the plant such as caused by a cell mutation. Galls are caused by external agents. Most often galls are caused by insects, although fungi and bacteria can also cause some galls.

 

Wed
24
Oct
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

My husband looked over at me this morning and said, “What is that light I see out there? Oh, it’s the sun!” He has a strange sense of humor so it did not surprise me in the least.

Wed
17
Oct
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

Hang onto your hats everyone; we are in for a crazy week of bad weather. My daughter just posted they went from 90 to 55.

Russ just told me to expect weather in the 30’s. I don’t know if that is true, but it will be a relief from this hot muggy weather.

Spirit week is over and we have a tired and worn to a nub staff and student base. The students had Monday off, but the teachers were required to attend staff development classes. That’s just fine with me since we need to always be improving our skills.

I went to brush Fuzzy today to see why he was itching and discovered fleas. Those nasty little critters were running around all over the place. I have been itching ever since.

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