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       My vacation will begin as soon as this week’s paper is distributed, and it seems like that’s not a moment too soon; I think my brain got a head start! It seemed like things were going pretty well, with less events to cover and more time to put the paper together these last few weeks, but the mistakes have only been increasing. One that I want to mention is the ad for “Sure Cuts and More” in Kingsland (see page 5). A casual reader wouldn’t know it, but Charlotte West wanted to let people know about her “Back to School” supply drive (you get a discount if you bring in $5 worth of school supplies: pencils, Kleenex, etc.) I put the ad together last week, but forgot to put it in the paper! I hope some of you will help me make that up to her.

John Hallowell       Anyway, there won’t be an August 4 issue of the Highland Lakes Weekly; I guess you’ll just have to read this one over again next week. That wouldn’t be a problem for me; I often read my paper and think, “That’s very interesting!” just a couple of days after I wrote it. And my friends tell me it just gets worse with age.

       Apart from the mistakes, most of which I have already forgotten, things seem to be going pretty well in my little Highland Lakes world. There is no shortage of economic activity; new buildings, new homes and new businesses are appearing everywhere I look, and there are new community groups trying to make sure that everyone benefits from the general well-being. I was very much impressed at last year’s Back to School Bash in Marble Falls, and impressed again this year to see that “the first 1,500 students” will receive free backpacks and school supplies! I was also impressed by the turnout at the new 4-H Club in Kingsland (and the news that there will be a Boys and Girls Club at Kingsland First Baptist, starting next month). There are similar good things happening all around the Highland Lakes.

Photo of the Week       Live music seems to be increasing as a Highland Lakes attraction, and the huge crowd at Haley Nelson Park in Burnet last Saturday was another impressive sign. This weekend, there will be a bunch of great live music events again (see Upcoming Events, on page 2). One venue which has a stellar line-up (including Kevin Fowler on September 3) is Brass Hall, on 3rd Street and Avenue J in Marble Falls. I was there for part of the show with the Tejas Brothers last Friday, and was really impressed (again) with the quality of the performers they have there.

       There are a few other things I want to mention here. One of them is a new group of Chi Omega Fraternity alumni from Llano, Burnet and Blanco Counties. If you are interested in joining, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with contact information, address and initiating chapter. The next meeting be at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 3.

       The Packsaddle Elementary PTO is planning a Meet the Teacher Night at the school from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 14.

       The Kingsland Chamber of Commerce will hold its Monthly Breakfast Club meeting at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16, at The Place Downtown. You don’t have to be a Chamber member to attend.

       Speaking of members, I was delighted to see that the “Lost Creek Winery” has new owners, and is already open as a B&B and a “pop-up” restaurant, with guest chefs to preside over special events every few weeks (or maybe more). It is a wonderful venue, and Kathy Stockton and Dave Oswald (see photo on page 5) seem to have a great plan for its use.

       A 5K memorial run is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 26, at Johnson Park in Marble Falls to raise awareness (and funds) for Camp Agape. Camp Agape is a “bereavement camp” for children aged 7 to 12 who are dealing with loss of a parent or other family member. For more information about the camp or the run, visit www.campagapetexas.org.

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