Photo of the Week       I have to start this week’s column with a shout-out to the good folks at the Lake Buchanan Conservation Corporation (LBCC). Not only do they create fish habitat and stock the lake, install docks, do clean-up projects and give out scholarships; when they see that the Highland Lakes area needs a little rain, they schedule a golf tournament! I’m told that they’ve re-scheduled for September 16; keep your umbrellas handy.

       Not only did last weekend’s rains help our lakes and rivers, they gave your overworked editor a little bit of a break. I used the rain as an excuse to skip a few outdoor events (probably cancelled anyway, right?) and got more sleep than I can remember getting in quite a while. I got a little house-cleaning done, and I started to catch up with my paperwork.

John Hallowell       But it didn’t seem to really clear my head, and I easily met my week’s quota for stupid mistakes. I may never recover all those brain cells that I lost by not getting enough sleep.

       I did remember to go to the TxDOT meeting at Kingsland’s First Baptist Church, and was delighted to see an overflow crowd in attendance. From what I hear, TxDOT was impressed by what they saw and heard; Hwy 1431 will remain a 4-lane road for now.

       Commissioner Mike Sandoval seemed to be the driving force behind these meetings, although County Judge Mary Cunningham and Commissioner Linda Raschke certainly lent their support. He has been very active and accessible as commissioner, and I hear he has also recently volunteered to serve as the county’s Veterans Services Officer. I’m not sure exactly what that entails, but if you are a veteran who needs services, give him a call!

       Some others who deserve a little recognition for their accomplishments are the five young gymnasts from Tuck N Tumble who recently returned from the national competition in Madison, Wisconsin. I’ve been tremendously impressed by their skills at local meets and demonstrations, but I am even more impressed to realize that they have held their own in competition with the best from all around the country.

       There are two raffles going on right now, and winning tickets for both will be drawn on the Fourth of July. One is the Chamber’s traditional Sea Doo raffle, and the other is a Friends of Kingsland Library raffle for a package including 50 lbs. of beef, a new grill and more. Tickets are $5 for 1 and $20 for 5. Call 713.410.4295 for sale locations.

       The Hill Country Humane Society will be holding another “Show-n-Shine” at Ace Hardware in Hoeseshoe Bay this Saturday (from 11 to 1). They’ve also been holding an “over 30” promotion; all animals that have been at the shelter more than 30 days can be adopted for only $30.

       Genesis Lutheran Church, on Hwy 29 in Buchanan Dam, is hosting a pillow-case dress-making workshop on Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22.  You can learn to make girls' dresses from pillow cases, even if you don’t know how to sew (but if you do sew, feel free to bring your machine).  Completed projects can be taken home or donated to the Orphan Grain Train Relief Organization.  All materials will be supplied at no cost, and refreshments will be served all day!  Call the church office at 512-793-6800 for more information.

       The staff and board of CASA invites everyone to attend a farewell (and appreciation) party for departing executive director Kristen Harris, to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 3, at the Hill Country Community Foundation building at the corner of Jackson and Boundary Streets in Burnet (across from the Burnet Community Center).

       The Highland Lakes Pregnancy Resource Center is planning its Golf Fore Life tournament at Lighthouse Country Club in Kingsland on September 9, and its Celebrate Life Banquet on October 24. Actress Lauren Roman will be the guest speaker at that event.

       The Spicewood Arts Society is planning its fourteenth annual Arts Round-Up, scheduled for Oct. 28-29 at LaCabana Grill on Highway 71, Spicewood. They are now soliciting artist applications. This is a cost-effective event that is fun for artists and guests alike.

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