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21
Dec
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Brantley James Shannon

Brantley James Shannon was born December 3, 2016, in Fredericksburg, TX. He weighed 5 lbs., 9 oz. and was 18 inches long. Proud parents are Travis and Susan Shannon. Big sister is Skyla Shannon. Grandparents are Connie Lynn Perry and Tim and Wendy Shannon.

 

Wed
14
Dec
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San Saba ISD Welcomes New Administration

With the beginning of the spring semester San Saba ISD, students and staff will greet new administrators leading the District. At the November, 2016 school board meeting, trustees approved Dr. Michael Bohensky as interim Superintendent. Dr. Bohensky will begin serving as interim Superintendent on January 1, 2017. Dr. Bohensky has served San Saba ISD previously as the San Saba Middle School Principal and for the past five years as Assistant Superintendent. Dr. Bohensky is a graduate of Angelo State University and Lamar University.

Wed
14
Dec
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The Long Shadow of Infamy

By Art Dlugach

 

On this Day of Prayer, the Day the Bible says, “God rested,” Americans did not have time to pray, and the Japanese did not rest.

It was tragic beyond comprehension. It was a horrific shock. The U.S.S. Arizona, Oklahoma, California, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Tennessee: names of these states and others were on ships and lined up on an island that would become—but was not yet—a state, itself. The Washington Post writes close to 1200 men were on the Arizona, when the Japanese sunk the most ill-fated ship when the U.S. was not even at war.

“No fear,” Arnold Schwichtenberg said here at the National Museum of the Pacific War. “Whenever it happens, you’re doing the best you’re supposed to do.” No mistakes tolerated.

Mr. Schwichtenberg of Barefoot Bay, Florida, is an energetic man—95-years-old.

 

 

Wed
07
Dec
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Pierian Study Club holds November meeting in the home of Donna and Larry Baker

By Anita Adams

 

Wed
16
Nov
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No fatality-free day on Texas roads since November 7, 2000

By Melanie Potter

Wed
16
Nov
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Thanksgiving: Have an Attitude of Gratitude

By Bryan Golden

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