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Dear Readers: Sunday marks Father’s Day, a special time to honor Dad and to say thanks for everything he does.

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Modern stores are stocked with an abundance of products that appear on the shelves of our local stores by hard work, magic and algorithms. Even shopping lists populated with obscure items usually can be filled.

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Last week, I wrote about some Hill Country native trees and shrubs that are not rare, but certainly not common. In the process of writing, I realized there were more trees and shrubs in that category than I thought, so here are several more.

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Zion Lutheran Church will host vacation Bible school June 17-20 at the church, 624 Barnett St. The theme of this year’s VBS is “To Mars and Beyond.”

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Impact Christian Fellowship hosted its first vacation Bible school June 3-7, with children attending from 8 a.m. to noon each day. With the theme “Game Changers,” Children’s Pastor Brent Davis said the event exceeded expectations.

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Several weeks ago, the youth of the First Presbyterian Church led the worship service on Youth Sunday. Teenagers often are stereotyped as fickle, distracted and holding simplistic religious ideas — if any at all. 

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This year, Kerrville Bible Church turns 40 years old — and the local Christian community will celebrate in style at a special anniversary service and reception June 23.

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Kerrville locals are invited to a preview party celebrating Playhouse 2000’s award-winning production of “The Pretty Trap” just two days before the company leaves to perform in this year’s national one-act play festival.

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Residents are invited to join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those plotting penguins as they bound onto the stage in the musical adventure “Madagascar,” which opens in Ingram on Friday. 

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I have always been fascinated by how creativity works. Where do ideas originate? Is that “bolt from the blue” really from the blue? Does that light bulb above our heads shed light?

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Father’s Day is around the corner, so get ready to fire up the grill and break out the big guns — or in this case, the big paella pan. Paella is always fun to make and, of course, to eat. 

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Dear Heloise: I tried everything to keep my guacamole from turning brown, but nothing worked until I tried this: Put the guac into a container, leaving space on top and at one side. Place some chopped onion pieces into the side area only, and put the airtight lid on it. After 4 1/2 days, it …

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It’s officially grilling season. Steaks, chicken, burgers and hot dogs will grace the grill through summer’s sultry afternoons and long, soft evenings.

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Apollo 1 never flew. The first crewed mission of the U.S. Apollo Space Program experienced a pre-launch cabin fire at Cape Kennedy on Jan. 27, 1967, killing all three astronauts.

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Keep In Touch, or “KIT,” is what this elite group of women call themselves. They are the “Original” Astronaut Wives. These women and families had “celestial courage” during the space race, and now they have vowed to keep in touch years after the space race slowed down and families went diffe…

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I have written before about the more common Hill Country trees and shrubs. Here are some that are not rare, but certainly not very common either. Carolina basswood, or Linden tree (Tilia caroliniana), can be a rather large tree of rich, deep, moist soils. It is fairly common throughout the w…

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You might be surprised to learn an immigrant from England helped shape the outlines of our community, as well as in other communities all over Texas — and even parts of northern Mexico.

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In January 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that “insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic” linked to everything from vehicle crashes, industrial disasters and chronic diseases ranging from hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity and even cancer. 

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Driving in my car, I listened to a news station report on the June 6 D-Day celebrations commemorating the day of the Normandy landings — initiating the Western Allied effort to liberate western Europe from Nazi Germany. 

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The beautiful and well-known 500-acre Mo-Ranch camp and conference center in Hunt had a problem. Children from the Rio Grande Valley have not been attending its camps in any recognizable numbers. Why?

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The Salvation Army Family Store at 500 Jefferson Street is accepting donated items.Area residents may drop off items or schedulea pick-up. The store accepts clothing, furniture,musical instruments, and tools, as well as com-puters, electronics and appliances in working order.All proceeds fro…

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Dear Readers: Summer’s underway, and June is Pet Preparedness Month. Do you have a disaster plan for your pets?You’ll need to put together a pet emergency kit. What should you include? Let’s take a look:• Water and bowl, food, a toy,leash and/or carrier and meds.• Photo of the animal andhist…

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For a long time, I thought Charles Schreiner’s wealth came mainly from his Kerrville store and bank. Later, I added his real estate investments, not just in towns like Kerrville and neighboring communities, but also the numerous ranches he owned. 

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For her volunteer service of 500 hours to the community, Kerr County resident Katy Kappel was awarded recognition from the Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Program.   

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I can’t count the number of times I have heard someone say they want to make their landscape “look natural,” only to then describe their view of a “natural” landscape or show me a picture or invite me to come see for myself, and it turns out to be, in my opinion, anything but natural.

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From left are Shirley Hagele, parliamentarian; Karen Argence, treasurer; Janice Walker, recording secretary; S.J. Derby, vice president; Pam Umstead, president; and Patty Zohlen, installing officer. Not pictured is corresponding secretary Jan Sewell.

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The hot Texas sun was beaming down highlighting the green rows of cotton, corn and melon that lined the road. I was driving down U.S. 90 on my way to Uvalde, thinking of how I love seeing all the fruits and vegetables this part of the country produces. 

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Dear Heloise: Travel is something I’ve always loved, especially to foreign places, but I used to go with my husband. We’re no longer together, yet I still want to travel. But to be honest, I’m scared to travel alone. None of my friends will go with me to other countries because they’re marri…

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The Kathleen C. Cailloux City Center for the Performing Arts is planning a full summer slate. 

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I’ll bet many of you have driven through the town of Hye, Texas, and not even realized you were passing by a 100-year-old dance hall. I know I’ve made that journey between Stonewall and Johnson City countless times, and only had eyes for the old Post Office perched on the southeast corner of…

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The Fredericksburg Theater Company announces the cast for the first production of their 23rd season, the musical “The Sound of Music,” which opens June 14.

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Early registration is now open for the Freddyburg Youth Theater Summer Camp. This year students will perform in the junior version of the Disney Broadway musical “Frozen,” based on the smash-hit animated musical film. Until June 16 the fee is only $165. Students from third grade to high scho…

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Tim Summerlin, board president, announced the new 2019-20 concert lineup for Kerrville’s Symphony of the Hills before this season’s final concert performance at the Cailloux Theater.

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Dear Readers: Did you know the peanut is actually a legume? A legume is a seed that grows in a pod and can be eaten. Peanuts, as well as beans and peas, belong to the plant family Legum-inosae. Unlike walnuts or pecans, which grow on trees, peanuts grow underground. Research studies have sho…

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There’s no better way to enjoy ripe fruit than in a good old-fashioned crisp. In the summer, stone fruit and berries reign supreme, while in the fall, apples and pears take over. This crisp was inspired by late spring’s fresh rhubarb and boysenberries. I spied them at my weekend farmers market.