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       I had a wonderful week off between Christmas and New Year’s. Except for one trip to the library in Burnet, I didn’t go anywhere except the post office and H.E.B. I spent almost all my time working on my book (see page 15), and on Thursday night I finished the last chapter. I slept well each night, I lost a little weight (ounces, not pounds) and my blood sugar was lower than usual. It was great!
John Hallowell, Editor       This week, I’ve had a little trouble getting back into my “newspaper” routine. I decided not to drive to Llano when the snow started falling on New Year’s Eve, and then the “First Day Hike” at Inks Lake State Park got canceled because of ice on the rocks. But I have lots of construction pictures from Kingsland and Marble Falls, and I wanted to share the last piece of my book (news from the first six months of 1964), so there shouldn’t be any big blank spots in this week’s paper.
       There are a couple of things that should have been in last week’s paper (if I had published one). I just found out that the Burnet County Livestock Show is this weekend, and it will have started before this week’s paper gets printed. The other is a big multi-family “House-Cleaning Sale” at the Kingsland Community Center, also beginning this Thursday (but continuing through Friday and Saturday – 8:30 to 6 each day). They’ll have furniture, home décor, clothing, books and toys; credit cards will be accepted.
Photo of the Week       The LCRA has announced that it would begin lowering Inks Lake on January 2, for a six-week, eight-foot drawdown that will allow lakeside property owners 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 refill will begin around February 10, and will be completed by February 13.
       The Kingsland Genealogical Society of the Highland Lakes (KGS) will share ideas and advice at their January meeting, scheduled for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, at the Kingsland Library. Visitors are always welcome, and invited to join in the discussion. To submit questions ahead of time, for review at this meeting, please send the material right away to Pam Downing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.For further information, contact president Shirley Shaw at (830) 385-7070.


       The Highland Lakes Master Gardeners Association and Green Thumb are offering free presentations on gardening, landscaping, composting, rain collection, etc., in the Hill Country. The speakers are certified Master Gardeners and/or County Extension Agents (current and retired). The first presentation is “Growing Vegetables Year Round,” by Burnet County Extension Agent Kelly Tarla, from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10, at the Kingsland Library.
       I’ve mentioned before that the Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association is accepting applications for its 2018 class. The deadline is rapidly approaching for the 13-week course, which will begin on Thursday, February 15. See the HLMGA website, www.burnetcountyhighlandlakesmastergardener.org, for more information or contact Amy Parke at 254-833-2720.
       The Mobile Food Pantry will be back at Highland Lakes United Methodist Church from 10 to 11 a.m. on January 13. It will be set up in the parking lot, ready to serve anyone in need. Check back each month at Centraltexasfoodbank.org or call 2-1-1.
       County Commissioner Mike Sandoval (Llano County, Pct. #3) invites the public to his 2nd annual Chili Dinner and Town Hall Meeting, scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (meal starts at 6) on Tuesday, January 16, at the Llano County East Annex on Hwy 1431 in Buchanan Dam. Everyone over 18 is invited, and the meal is free, but you should RSVP at 325-248-1261 by noon next Friday (January 12), so he will know how much food to order.
       The Kingsland Chamber of Commerce will be holding its Monthly Breakfast Club Meeting at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, January 17, in the event building at Kingsland Community Park. The event will be sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank and the Central Texas Water Coalition; breakfast tacos and coffee will be served, and there will be networking opportunities for everyone!
       The Hill Country Community Theatre has chosen the cast for February’s lightning fast comedy, “The 39 Steps.” Cody Petty, Katherine Clay, Graham Avery and Doug Hart will play all the many parts in this hysterical spoof of all the classic Alfred Hitchcock thrillers (directed by Laura Gisi). The show opens February 15 and runs through March 4.
       The third Spicewood Art Society’s Art Trek sets off for “Lights, Camera, Action!” on February 8, 2018. The trek begins with the vaudeville exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center. After lunch at the Roaring Fork, trekkers take a walking tour of the Driskill Hotel and other historical buildings along Congress Ave. The day ends with a tour of the Paramount Theatre, originally built for vaudeville. Sign up by January 25 through the website (www.spicewoodarts.org). The tour is limited to 20 participants. The bus will leave the Barton Creek Lakeside Club lot, 1900 Clubhouse Dr., Spicewood, at 8:30 a.m. and return there at 4:30 p.m. All transportation, food, gratuities, and admissions are covered in the trek price of $120.

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