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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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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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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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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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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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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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I nearly always limit my columns to discussions specifically about the Hill Country, but after watching a TV documentary some time ago about conditions in the Americas before Columbus, I thought a few observations about the larger area would be of interest.

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Hill Country CattleWomen will host the third Women’s Ranch Seminar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 6 at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau Event Building in Fredericksburg.  

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The Republican Women of Kerr County hosted bingo at the VA Hospital on Monday. Members of the Caring for America committee of the group regularly play bingo with the veterans, and the recreation room was packed this week, according to a spokeswoman for the RWKC. “Everyone had a great time an…

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Professor Benjamin Montoya of Schreiner University addressed the May meeting of the Hill Country Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution concerning voting rights during the early days of Independence of the fledgling days of the new republic.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Monica Freeman, of Kerrville, has earned her Master of Science, Educational Leadership (ST) degree from Western Governors University. The online, nonprofit university held its 67th (Austin), 68th (Washington, D.C.), 69th (Indianapolis, Indiana) and 70th (Orlando, Florida) co…

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CORPUS CHRISTI — Excitement filled the air of the American Bank Center in downtown Corpus Christi on May 11 as more than 1,160 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students earned their degrees during the 2019 spring commencement.

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This semester, several Schreiner University students — mostly upper-level — volunteered at the Doyle School Community Center to provide after-school mentoring and assistance to at-risk youth through tutoring, organized recreation and camaraderie. This program was part of the Sport Sociology …

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FREDERICKSBURG — The National Museum of the Pacific War recognized Lloyd Jolly as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year last Thursday at their Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at Das Peach Haus. The Volunteer of the Year is chosen by recommendation from the staff and by adding up hours volunteered dur…

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High pressure is located east of our area across the Deep South. This will draw a very steady flow of Gulf moisture into our area for the next few days. Rain chances, in general, are not impressive locally. With that said, it’s not zero percent. Keep an eye to the skies as we enter the tail …

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Calling all volunteers: We need help delivering Meals on Wheels to our homebound seniors. We have lots of wonderful volunteers who are winter Texans, and they are headed up north for the summer. Please consider joining our volunteer team. 

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A friend brought by a book on the history of raising sheep in the southwest, and it’s fascinating.

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Our James Avery Tennis Open is this weekend, and we are preparing for more than 175 participants playing at four different sites. 

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When I study black and white photographs from my collection of historical Kerr County photographs, sometimes I forget how colorful our area was in those days. I suppose my mind processes pre-1940s images as grayscale, and jumps to the conclusion that nothing was in full color in those days.

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For the second year in a row, a student from Notre Dame Catholic School has finished in the top three in the Sons of the American revolution statewide Patriotic Poster Contest.

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This is Celebrate Mothers Week. I know it’s really just one day — Sunday — but I believe in celebrating the whole week. Moms do so much for their families, and I think a week of celebration is certainly in order. 

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UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library's bonnet program with Barbara Ramsey scheduled for this evening at 6 p.m. has been cancelled. The program will be rescheduled at a later date.

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The Major James Kerr Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met April 23 for its monthly meeting at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. 

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 The Kerrville School of Dance will host its annual “Spring Variations” performance at 7 p.m. May 10 at the Cailloux Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years of age. For more information, call 830-896-6116.