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Goliad Advance-Guard

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Community

Peace like a river Goliad State Park offers opportunity to make some fishing memories By Rex Niemeyer

Goliad State Park Ranger

Spring is in the air, and many people take time to go outdoors to see the wonders of nature with the flowers blooming, butterflies fluttering and to enjoy activities like fishing. Many people head to the lakes and bays, but rivers are often an overlooked resource for fishing. River fishing has a special place in my heart. My papa was the first to take me fishing at the river. I would only see my grandparents four times a year and one of those would be my week-long summer visit. The highlight of the week was when Papa would take one morning off from farming to take me fishing. Papa has been gone for many years now and those fond memories of fishing together still remain with me. As a grandparent today, I know how hard it is to connect with the grandchildren when one has to compete with all the silly, electronic gadgets children seem to need in order to be able to breathe. Taking children fishing is a great way to help close the generation gap and make lasting memories. There is something majestic about sitting on the riverbank, listening to the sound of the water flowing with the chorus of birds and frogs singing to you. The excitement of catching even the smallest of fish can be challenging when the fish goes with the current, even if the fish turns out to be one of those darned tree bass. Fishing is best if the electronics are left in the car. I have had the privilege of taking numerous children from various backgrounds fishing and everyone has enjoyed it to some extent. Make

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Andrea DeLaGarza poses with a small catfish she caught recently at Goliad State Park.

sure you do not make the child stay longer than the enjoyment lasts for them, because the goal is to make a positive memory. If the child gets antsy, there are several activities one can do to stretch the time. Try stick or leaf races. Each person tosses stick or leaf into the river and the winner is the one whose stick or leaf disappears down the river the fastest. Skipping rocks is always a favorite of mine. Another favorite is to play “name that sound.” One of the great things about Texas state parks is that people don’t need fishing licenses as long as they fish inside park boundaries and a lot of our parks are on lakes or rivers. Goliad State Park has several spots one can fish on the San Antonio River with the paddling trail takeout point providing the easiest access to the water. So come wet a line and enjoy the peacefulness of river fishing.

Goliad Sparkles brush pickup scheduled for week of April 22 Goliad Sparkles has set the next brush pickup for the week of April 22. The City of Goliad will contract its solid waste company, Absolute Waste, to pick up the limbs and brush, which will not be chipped. The same requirements will apply. Residents must sign up at City Hall to have their limbs and brush picked up. The truck will only stop at locations that have been registered. Limbs and brush must

be placed near the pavement of the street and must be free of metal, such as nails. No limbs over three inches in diameter will be picked up. Limbs and brush must not be placed under low-hanging wires or trees branches so the grappler truck can pick up the limbs and brush. Pickup will last only two days. If limbs and brush are placed out before April 21, they will not be picked up. Limbs an brush cannot be placed no more than 10 days in advance and

must be placed in an accessible location for them to be picked up. Those who do not register for the pickup will not have their limbs and brush picked up and will be responsible to dispose of the limbs and brush within 10 days after notice from the city. Deadline to sign up is Monday, April 15. Limbs and brush may be placed near the streets starting Thursday, April 11, but not after Sunday, April 21. For more information, call 645-3454 or come by City Hall.

Weesatche VFD cook-off set for April 6 WEESATCHE – The Weesatche Volunteer Fire Department’s 13th Annual Chili and Barbecue Cook-off will be held Saturday, April 6 at the Weesatche Community Center. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Chopped barbecue sandwiches will be available at 11 a.m. There will also be a bake sale, raffle and live auction. No alcoholic beverages will be sold, but guests can bring their own. The open jackpot beans judging will be at 11 a.m. The entry fee is $15. Cash prizes will be awarded for first through third place. The open chicken judging will be at noon. The entry fee is $15. Trophies will be awarded for first through third place. The pork spare ribs judging will be

at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $25. There will be three places with a cash prize for first place. At 2 p.m. will be the Chili Appreciation Society International chili judging following CASI rules. The entry fee is $20 with trophies being awarded for first through 10th place and showmanship awards being issued to first through third. The homestyle chili judging will be at 2 p.m. The entry fee is $15. The brisket judging will be at 3 p.m.. The entry fee is $25. A cash prize will be awarded to first place. There will be three places. Announcements will be at 4:30 p.m. with the auctions and raffle to follow. Parking will be available. Electrical hook-ups are limited. For more information, call 645-9073 or 564-7628.

TxDOT performing roadwork in county Texas Department of Transportation crews will be performing roadwork at various locations this week on U.S. Highway 183, U.S. Highway 59 and State Highway 239 in Goliad County. The construction at the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and U.S. Highway 183 in Goliad is expected to continue

lanes will remain reduced TxDOT crews will also to a single through lane in be spot sealing a portion each direction. Oversized of U.S. Highway 183 from loads are prohibited. Farm-to-Market Road To ensure proper traffic 119 to the DeWitt County flow, motorists must stop line through Friday from at the locations indicated 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. by the stop bar markings and “Stop Here on Red” signs. Construction will be performed Monday through Friday each week from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

TxDOT was scheduled to perform sign work at various locations on Farm-to-Market Road 2441 on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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