Blanco County News
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 21, 2013
Dear Readers: Lots of things have conspired against my getting a column in the paper regularly in the last few weeks; suffice to say, I am back (for a while, at least). Congratulations are in order to Mr. Phil Evett, who celebrated his 90th +birthday with a fabulous surprise party at the Blue Star Gallery in San Antonio on Saturday, given by his wife Joanne.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 21, 2013
Blanco has a beautiful cemetery! The flags snap proudly in the breeze. The grave sites are well-kept. It is one of the few trash-free public areas in town. We can all be proud of our historic site. But, it doesn’t get this way by itself. The hard-working board members spend many hours making sure the cemetery is a place to be proud of.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
Saturday I took my dog for a walk down River Run. It had been a week since I had enjoyed a stroll along the river. As I usually do, I stuffed a large plastic bag in my pocket so collect trash along the way. I was appalled – there were so many beer bottles and cans (no soda bottles/cans) that I could not carry them all!
, Wellness Consultant
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
Having spent Thanksgiving in the hospital, I've already experienced holiday stress. I wanted everything to be perfect. It wasn't. I wanted everyone to get along. They didn't. I wanted my silver to gleam. It didn't. I wanted my centerpiece to show off my creativity. What centerpiece? Still I tried to make it up to the family…especially the children.
, Wellness Consultant
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 20, 2012
Having spent Thanksgiving in the hospital, I've already experienced holiday stress. I wanted everything to be perfect. It wasn't. I wanted everyone to get along. They didn't. I wanted my silver to gleam. It didn't. I wanted my centerpiece to show off my creativity. What centerpiece? Still I tried to make it up to the family…especially the children.
, Wellness Consultant
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
The holidays are fast approaching, which means parties, shopping, hosting, visiting family and friends and, most likely, busy schedules and stress. It’s also the time of year when people tend to gain weight. Starting an exercise routine and healthy eating habits now, rather than after the holidays, can make sticking to a diet and exercise regimen a habit by the time the Thanksgiving turkey is carved.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 • Posted November 8, 2012 • Photos
Graffiti defaces city and park property! Not only is graffiti ugly, it is costly and causes issues with public safety. If the red paint sprayed on the stop sign was a little denser, the sign would be rendered useless. The cost to the City of Blanco to replace a sign is over $50 and it takes city workers away from other duties. The deliberate graffiti art that some thoughtless person spread around our parks does not belong in a park setting.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012
Do you remember last year when Yalene Hobbs was researching "The Cow Lady,” Miss Annie? Her research is fascinating. One clue led to another, then another, then another. Yalene never gave up and her findings are like reading a novel...especially with Yalene explaining how one person led to someone else who knew more.
, Wellness Consultant
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012
Chances are you grew up thinking of snacking as a "no-no" …something you did even though you knew better. Images of children sneaking a treat from Mom's cookie jar come to mind. If you haven't curbed the habit yet, you are not alone. You'll be relieved to know that it's okay to snack.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012
Observed: Hazardous liquid dumped in a drainage ditch. Found: Signs of automobile oil on the banks of the Blanco. Collected: Fishing line in the duck habitat. Sighted: Numerous fast food and beverage container-strewn roads. All of the above are harmful to the environment. Pollutants such as paint thinner, oil, old fuel and even detergents get into Blanco’s drinking water when dumped along the river or in ditches that drain into the river.
, Wellness Consultant
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 • Posted September 30, 2012
The most commonly skipped meal is breakfast. Even people who do eat breakfast do not consume densely nutritious food. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Studies consistently show that children who eat breakfast perform better in school than children who do not. However, the reality is that many children do not eat breakfast, and of those that do, few choose nutritious foods. After a good night’s sleep, the body requires food from protein and complex carbohydrates for fuel.
, BSN, RN, FNP (ret) Wellness Consultant
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 • Posted September 21, 2012
Inactivity has become an epidemic among children and is a major reason for the growing rate of obesity. About ten million children in this country currently have serious weight problems, placing them at potential risk later in life from diabetes, heart disease, orthopedic disorders and respiratory disease. By motivating children to be active and providing a well-balanced diet, parents can help kids maintain a healthy weight, improve overall health and well-being, and develop good eating and exe ...
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 • Posted September 13, 2012
Fall is in the air! People seem to have renewed energy and they are checking off items on their to-do lists. Please remember that if you plan to put up a monument or put a curb around a gravesite, you need a permit. There is no cost for the permit, but a permit will help us keep all the work contained within the proper boundaries.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 • Posted September 13, 2012
Good guys drive white pick-ups! Have you ever noticed that? Our County Commissioners and their crews drive white trucks. Nathan and his city employees keep our sewers and water flowing with white trucks. We all feel safer when the white law-enforcement vehicles patrol our streets. A “good” guy driving a white pick-up volunteered to carry off a bag of littered beer bottles and cans I was collecting from along the river.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 • Posted September 7, 2012
Wonderful, community minded people live, work, and play in Blanco! Saturday night, the near full moon lit up the back porch as music filled the air at Zocalo Eclectic Cafe on Pecan St. The event was a fund raiser for Blanco Middle School sponsored by the restaurant. Local residents and Austinites enjoyed the evening.