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July 4, 2012 Issue
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Updated July 16, 2012 4:27 PM • Photos
It seems like Blanco is the place to be this year for Summer time events. Playing off the success of other local events like the Blanco Classic Car Show, Blanco Lavender Festival and the Real Ale Ride, along with Real Ale Brewing Company’s 16th Anniversary party held last weekend, the Blanco Band Boosters are busy preparing for the 2nd Annual Bands for Band Music Festival, to be held this Saturday at Yett Park. The festival, which was born last year amidst a climate of state and federal budg ...
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
Blanco Performing Arts is presenting a outdoor summer concert next Saturday, July 7, at 7pm in the Uptown Blanco Courtyard. We're encouraging you to bring a picnic and a blanket to stretch out on the lovely grass crouquet court there and enjoy the lilting sounds of Irish music of Wyndnwyre (Wind-and-wire – flutes, penny whistles, harp, fiddle, and more). Chairs will be provided for those of you who'd rather not sit on the ground.
, BSN, RN, FNP (ret) Wellness Consultant
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
Summer means picnics, barbecues, parades and fireworks displays, especially around the 4th of July. Summer also means an increase in injuries from backyard grills, bonfires and fireworks. In 2006, an estimated 9,200 people were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries, 36 percent of whom were under 15 years old.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012 • Photos
Engine 25, the Blanco Volunteer Fire Department’s newest addition to its fleet, has been in service and out on calls to fight fires in the community and area. Assistant Fire Chief Lynn Hicks noted that the truck’s 10 and a half foot height has a tough time getting under trees at some residences.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012 • Photos
Texas Department of Public Safety honored a local-based Trooper on June 28, 2012. Trooper Morgan Conn was assigned to Blanco County on December 1, 2011. On April 24, 2012 Trooper Conn was nominated by her Captain for the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Captain’s Award. Trooper Conn received this prestigious award for her efforts in promoting Traffic Enforcement and safety in Blanco County.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
A new activity center is to be constructed in Bulverde to handle the physical, mental and social needs of its citizens over age 50. A community presentation is scheduled for 5:30 PM on Thursday, July 12th in the Bulverde Senior Center at 30280 Cougar Bend. At that time, Executive Director Laurie Wilson will unveil plans for the new facility.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
Anyone who would like to join in on the Chair Exercises please feel FREE to join in. There will be no chair exercises on July 5th, 2012. Cindy Leonard, RN, (Wesley Nurse) will return for our chair exercises and the next ones are for July 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th, and the 31st.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012 • Photos
Peggy’s Playhouse Childcare Center had a Trike-A-Thon for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. Through the hard work of the students and their parents, Peggy’s Playhouse raised $765 for research. The children who participated in raising money were Jackson Millard, Trinity Moreno, Jacob Johnson, Kaden Elrod, Abigail Moss, Logan Schwarzlose, Jaycie Gloor, Kiley Elrod, Caroline Seymour and top fundraiser Madison Hammack.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
COLLEGE STATION – On July 4th, many people will be firing up their grills and cooking food to eat outdoors, said Texas AgriLife Extension Service experts offering advice on both fire and food safety. “People need to take extra care if they’re planning to grill outdoors, especially if it’s in an open area such as a public park,” said Joyce Cavanagh, AgriLife Extension specialist in family development and resource management in College Station.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
A summer kids event called Sky will be hosted at Blanco United Methodist Church from Sunday, July 8, to Thursday, July 12. At Sky, faith and imagination soar as kids discover that everything is possible with God. Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience electrifying Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them to trust God, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take h ...
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012 • Photos
New Hope Lutheran Church is inviting you to meet their new interim pastor, the Rev. Ann Koopmann, this Sunday July 8, 2012. There will be a reception starting at 5:30 pm at the church parish hall. Sandwiches, chips, drinks, and dessert will be served. The whole community is welcome. Pastor Koopmann is a trained intentional interim pastor, whose specialized ministry is to serve churches who have lost a pastor due to retirement, moving to a new congregation, or death.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012 • Photos
In a special ceremony at Blanco United Methodist Church, the Webelo Scouts of Pack 497 in Blanco were awarded their Arrow of Light. This is the highest award for a Cub Scout and the only award that follows a Cub Scout into adulthood. After receiving this special award, the Scouts were then presented to Scout Master Larry Kuebel by Cub Master Joe Lockwood and received into Troop 497 in a Crossover Ceremony.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
Attempts are now being made to bring a MADD chapter to Blanco County. This year, more than 10,000 people will die in drunk-driving crashes – one every 50 minutes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If you would like to help MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) address this problem in Blanco County, please call David Hall at 830-833-4179 or Barbara Hudson at 512-784-0246.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012 • Photos
Carl Wilger, 11, and his dad Steven Wilger, both of Fredericksburg, stopped in at the Old Blanco County Courthouse to see the fossil collection. Manager Lesley Griffith explained to them that, when True Grit was filmed in the building, the fossils had to be wrapped up and stored, and they hadn’t been placed back in the display case yet.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
Gillespie-Kendall-Blanco County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Ricky Neffendorf, reminds producers to report crop losses resulting from a weather-related disaster event within 15 days of the disaster or when the loss first becomes apparent, this includes crops covered by crop insurance, the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and crops without insurance coverage. "Crop losses are acres that were timely planted with the intent to harvest, but the crop failed and ...
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012 • Photos
Uptown Blanco Art Center hosted an opening reception at the Uptown Blanco Courtyard for Dion C. McInnis and his photos of the Texas A&M bonfire. In 2003 and 2004, Dion was a Grey Pot for Bonfire, and the first Head Stack of Bonfire after 1999. He used his intimate knowledge of Bonfire to capture views of the tradition that most people don’t get to see and most photographers cannot capture.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
Educational Merit Foundation (EMF), a not-for-profit Texas organization that promotes global learning and leadership through foreign exchange as well as study abroad programs for high school students, is looking for volunteer families interested in housing foreign exchange students during the 2012-13 school year. "Sharing the American experience with an international student is a unique opportunity for the average American family to profoundly impact the life of a teenager and provide them with ...
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012 • Photos
Marylin Davis was recently honored with an early retirement party at the home of Dolores Bevers. Marylin served 25 faithful years in the Blanco school food service department as supervisor over all three campuses and enjoyed her career. She dedicated her life to Blanco Independent School District and feeding the children of local schools. She was also feted at a retirement luncheon and received flowers, gifts, and many good wishes from teachers, co-workers, and friends.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
Great things are happening at the museum! We have joined the AASLH (American Association for State and Local History). Secondly, we are starting the STEPS (Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations) program, which will get the Blanco Pioneer Museum certified and compliant with standards set for museums. Recently we have started to send our volunteers to classes provided by the Texas Association of Museums and the Texas Historical Commission.
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
I would encourage you to read all of psalm 115, but in particular, we will look at verses 9-11, which say, “O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
I’ve grouped Matthew Chapters 24 & 25 together because they are one long conversation Jesus had with His disciples. They may be two chapters, but He hasn’t stopped talking since He began in Chapter 24, verse 3, when the disciples came to Him privately and asked Him to tell them what the signs of His coming would be, and He began giving comparisons.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012 • Photos
Thomas David (T. D.) Smylie (88) was born in Corsicana, Texas on July 27, 1923. After a four year battle with pulmonary fibrosis, he passed away peacefully in his home June 25, 2012 with his devoted wife of 69 years, Leona, at his side. He is survived by two children, Pat Witta (Fred) of San Antonio and David Smylie (Donna) of Owasso, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, Chuck Witta (Christina) of Fort Worth, Becky Witta Flummer (Jon) of San Antonio, and Kristi Smylie of Owasso, Oklahoma.
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Opinion
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
In 1999 the Legislature unknowingly created a set of second-class Texans when it imposed Customer Choice (choose your own electric provider) on investor-owned electric utilities, but not electric cooperatives. The legislature may have assumed that members of a tax-exempt, non-profit electric cooperative would not benefit from Customer Choice since cooperatives are not for profit, have access to cheap capital, and are member-owned.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
The City of Blanco should be proud of the 2012 Lavender Festival. As a full-time artist, I exhibit at about thirty fine art shows per year throughout Texas and Louisiana. Of all these shows, few are as fun or as well organized as the Lavender Festival. The event has come a long way since the first Lavender Festival eight years ago.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
In the June 12, 2012, Commissioner's Meeting, I was encouraged to hear that the Commissioners Court was considering a refinancing instrument which could, in effect, lower taxpayer interest payments on our $6+ million outstanding debt by about $130,000 annually or over $2 million over its remaining life through 2029. It sounded like a good deal.
, SWBC Mortgage
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
Good, bad, or indifferent. We cannot blame the sudden upswing last Friday in the markets on the Supreme Court’s approval of the Health Care Reform Act or the Republican’s new response as they now have renamed it “Obama Tax”. We can blame the upswing on the European markets. Yes, what happens overseas affects us here it home as well.
, CEA-Ag, Llano County
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
COLLEGE STATION – Texas AgriLife Extension Service experts said Tuesday the deaths of 15 cattle in Bastrop County recently were likely an isolated event and that no further problems are anticipated. “There’s a lot of information and misinformation that continues to circulate about this recent isolated case of cattle dying after consuming a Bermuda grass hybrid known as Tifton 85,” said Dr.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
AUSTIN — Texas public officeholders reacted quickly to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 28 ruling on the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Gov. Rick Perry said the majority opinion penned by Chief Justice John Roberts would be “a stomach punch to the American economy.” Attorney General Greg Abbott said the case, in which Texas was one of 26 states that petitioned to have the law declared unconstitutional, said it was not about health care, “it was about the rule ...
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School
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012 • Photos
Work on the Blanco Elementary School is coming along. The cafeteria has acquired walls. Crews were seen working on the historic school building as well.
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Sports
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012 • Photos
The 2012 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships kicked off in Columbus, Ohio on June 28 and will continue through July 7. The event, now in its 33rd consecutive year, is taking place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The GJNC has approximately 9,500 athletes traveling to Columbus representing 816 youth club teams competing for one of 19 championships ranging from 12-and-under to 18-and-under divisions.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
June 21st was the longest day of the year. Summer is in full swing almost before it officially starts. It has a flavor all its own. We have lost a very special man. On June 25, Mr. TD Smylie left us after a courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was a great encourager and a very sharp, clear thinker.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
During late spring and summer many of us like to spend time outside in the sun for fun or work. Heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash are possible when you become overexerted in the heat. Put your health first in order to enjoy the summer. • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to keep your head and face cool.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
A great way to be green - hold a yard sale! You recycle items and provide a little extra cash in your pocket, which helps our economy as it is spent. There are a few things you need to remember about yard/garage sales. Before you put up those signs promoting your event, you need to get a permit from the city offices.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
The Lavender Festival was large. That is the only way I can explain the amount of people, creative crafts, good music and food. Guests and locals alike enjoyed Bindseil Park while listening to good music and picnicing. This is very rewarding to all of the volunteers and for our hard work each week.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
The annual Keep Texas Beautiful conference was held in San Antonio last week with Keep Blanco Beautiful members Retta Martin and Martha Gosnell in attendance. Wayne Gosnell went along for comic relief. Some insightful and helpful information was gained about how other communities are working to preserve their “sense of place” and make their towns and cities places where people actually want to live. As an incentive to communities across the state, each year the Governor’s Community Achie ...
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
Always ask your builder what kind of warranty they give. And get it in writing. Personally, we still follow the State Minimum Warranties according to TRCC (Texas Residential Construction Commission). The terms on a new home are defined below. The commission adopted a set of limited warranties and building and performance standards.
, By Texas Association of Realtors
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012
Homebuyers often have a list of criteria for their home search – their must-haves and nice-to-haves. They need three bedrooms and at least two full baths. They’d like granite countertops and a fireplace. While those are important criteria, it’s easy to get caught up in deciding what you’d like inside your home and leave out an equally important consideration for outside your home: the neighborhood.