Photo of the Week       I’m sure that you’ll all be interested to hear that I have a brand-new excuse for any sloppiness or disorganization in this week’s paper. It’s the Houston Astros! I hadn’t been paying much attention to Major League Baseball this season before Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area in late August. I knew the Astros were having a good year, but I didn’t really start to notice them until after I heard that the team had donated $4 million to hurricane relief efforts. Then it seemed like they were winning every home game they played, and I started to wonder if this might be “the year.” It was, and a couple of those World Series wins (especially Game 7 on Wednesday) made me very unproductive for several hours. I started typing this column about half an hour after the game ended, and it’s now 11:45 p.m. I’ve got six more pages to put together by my 8 a.m. deadline (plus proof-reading, etc.), so you can be sure it won’t be a methodical process. There will probably be some glaring errors, but you can blame them on the Astros!
John Hallowell, Editor       Actually, I had an excuse ready before the World Series got started. You probably remember when the cold front blew in last week; to quote the old Abba song, “there was something in the air that night,” and my allergies have been in high gear ever since. I haven’t been able to function very well for more than a week, and I really didn’t want to be seen in public most of the time. I missed a lot of events, but fortunately I was able to make it to several very photogenic Halloween events. That explains the preponderance of Halloween photos in this paper.

Which reminds me; you know that I take most of the pictures that appear in this paper, but you probably suspect that some of them were sent to me by someone else. You would be right, and my policy is to put “Courtesy Photo” or “Photo by” with the photographer’s name (if I know it). Last week, I forgot (as is my habit, I’m afraid) to acknowledge four “courtesy photos.” The fish picture and group shot of the theatre cast on page 12 were sent to me by email, and the photo of the poster winners on page 4 was actually a “screen shot” of someone’s phone at Packsaddle Elementary. The picture of Dan Gower at the Friends of the Kingsland Library meeting (on page 12) was sent to me by Faye Serpas. I didn’t mean to imply that I had taken them.

       Now I have several “business” items to mention.
       Since Veterans Day falls on Saturday this year, some area schools will celebrate on Friday the 10th. The R.J. Elementary School in Burnet will host its big annual Veterans Day celebration at 10 a.m. next Friday, and I hear that the Highland Lakes Men’s Chorus will be singing at the Kingsland School to honor our Veterans at 11.
       That Friday is also the last day to sign up for next April’s “Paint the Town” art festival in Marble Falls. See for details and an application.
       Highland Lakes Tiny Homes (on RR 2545 in Kingsland) will be holding a Grand Opening on two consecutive Saturdays: November 11 and 18. Look for more details next week.
       The Lake Buchanan/Inks Lake Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Chili Dinner with all the fixings to welcome Winter Texans. It will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, at Hill Country Hall in Buchanan Dam. RSVP at 512-793-2803 by November 13 if you’d like to attend.
       The AgriLife Extension Office in Llano will offer a Hunters Education Course from 9 to 5 on Monday, November 20. You can register at:
       The LCRA is planning to lower Inks Lake for about six weeks beginning January 2, 2018, to allow lakeside property owners an opportunity to repair and maintain docks, retaining walls and other shoreline property. The drawdown also will aid in curbing the growth of nuisance aquatic vegetation. The lake will be lowered about 2 feet a day from January 2 through 5, for a total drawdown of about 8 feet. The refill will begin about February 10, and will be completed by the 13th.

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