Photo of the Week       It seems that every week around here is interesting, but the week I’m finishing right now seemed extra good that way. The stock show in Llano was excellent, the weather was quite dramatic, and there were a lot of other things going well.
       The one thing that didn’t go quite as well as I had hoped was the process of getting pages put together for my book. I had expected to be able to finish it in three Sundays, but it looks like it’s going to take four (or maybe even five). But even so, it’s exciting to me to see the book progressing. I’m at page 109 now (of an expected 184), and as I print out the finished pages and put them in a loose-leaf binder, they are starting to like sort of like a real book! I think I’ll be able to take advance orders until the end of January (you get $2 off the $12 “list price” I’ll sign your copy if you want me to, and I’ll pay the tax and postage to mail it as soon as the books arrive. Just send a check for $10 per copy to “John Hallowell – P.O. Box 911 – Kingsland, TX 78639).
John Hallowell, Editor       One of the “distractions” this past Sunday was the presence of Robert Gardner at the Federated Church of Sunrise Beach. He is an internationally-known baritone (whose mother happens to play the piano at that church) and he will be singing there each Sunday morning until at least February 18 (the service starts at 9:30 a.m.)
       One of the side effects of the interesting weather was the postponement of at least two Tuesday events. The Central Texas Electric Co-op postponed a grant presentation until next Tuesday, January 23 (2 p.m. at the Kingsland Library), and Commissioner Mike Sandoval postponed his 2nd Annual Chili Dinner and Town Hall meeting at the county annex in Buchanan Dam until Tuesday, January 30 (5:30 to 7 p.m.)

       Llano ISD is currently considering nominations for its “gifted and talented” program, and encouraging interested parents (or the students themselves) to fill out a nomination form and return it to the campus counselor by Friday, February 3. Students must be currently enrolled in grades K-11, and may be nominated by a teacher, the parent/guardian, or the student (grades 6-11). Identification criteria include teacher recommendation and scores on tests that measure verbal ability, mathematical ability and problem solving, and creativity.
       Questions regarding the gifted and talented program may be addressed to any of the campus counselors, and Packsaddle Elementary School will hold an informational session on the gifted and talented program at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30, in the PES Library.
       The Falls on the Colorado Museum (FOCM) in Marble Falls will have an exhibition of the evolution of two large former ranches which have grown into lakeside towns. The City of Granite Shoals began as Sherwood Shores on the former Phillips Ranch in 1962, and has grown into a town of around 5,100 people. And the A.J. Matern Ranch was developed (beginning in 1964) by Jim Brewer and Bill Rainey as Cottonwood Shores, now a town of about 1,200 people.
       FOCM will continue to provide the community with educational exhibits pertaining to local and Central Texas history. The growth of these two towns is intrinsically interlinked with the growth of Marble Falls. This exhibit will be available to the public through the end of February.
       Highland Lakes Creative Arts is issuing one last call for artists who would like to participate in this spring’s Paint the Town event (April 29-May 5), when Plein Air artists from across the nation will be working in various mediums to capture the outdoor sights and scenes of historic Marble Falls and the panoramic Texas Hill Country that surrounds it. For a week, with thousands of visitors, there will be an expansive exhibiting/sales gallery, live demonstrations, a Quick Draw downtown, Sunrise and Nocturne painting , a student competition and a nationally recognized judge Suzie Baker presenting the award winners. Deadline for applications is January 31.
       CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) needs more strong, committed men and women (21 years of age or older) to join the team. There are currently more than 25 Family Groups waiting to be assigned a CASA. If you become a CASA volunteer (or donate to help CASA recruit and train more volunteers), you will make a big difference in a child’s life (and your own!) If you would like more information, please contact Diana Tryon, Advocate Coordinator at 325-388-3440 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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