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News-Dispatch Volume XXXVII No. 1

Serving Western Hays County, Texas since 1982

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Assault warrant ends in explosives arrest BY SAMANTHA SMITH

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A Wimberley man is facing multiple charges after authorities discovered an explosive device and various narcotics at his home while executing an arrest warrant for an alleged aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge. The Hays County Sheriff’s Office arrested Robert Snow, 54, of Wimberley, who was booked into Hays County

Jail on six charges, including three counts of possession of a prohibited weapon, which is a third degree felony. Snow was also booked on a seconddegree aggravated assault with a deadly SNOW weapon charge stemming from a Sept. 20 incident.

Snow was arrested following execution of an arrest warrant for the aggravated assault charge. That incident occurred Sept. 20, when authorities were called out to a bridge where a woman was yelling, “he’s going to kill me.” According to the arresting affidavit, the victim alleged Snow punched her multiple times in the face and head, and then dragged her by the neck on the ground toward his truck.

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The victim was able to escape Snow briefly and ran, only to be caught once again by Snow, who demanded that she get in the truck, according to the affidavit. The victim complied, fearing further injury if she didn’t. According to the affidavit, she was able to prop the door of the truck open slightly with her foot. After a mile, the victim was

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Taking the bull by the horns

Man killed in U.S. 290 wreck BY JONATHAN GONZALEZ news@haysfreepress.com

An Austin man was killed in a two-vehicle collision that occurred on U.S. Highway 290 roughly four miles east of Dripping Springs late Saturday. Authorities identified Mike Maddox, 41, of Austin, as the victim in the accident, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson.

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Green light for TCEQ draft permit STAFF REPORT

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A rodeo bullfighter stares down an angry bull while placing a hand on the animals’ head as he races to escape during one of the final runs in the 18th annual Brent Thurman Memorial Bull Riding event in Dripping Springs Saturday. Rodeo and bull riding fans gathered at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park for Saturday’s Professional Bull Riding (PBR) Touring Pro Bull Riding Division event. The annual event is held in memory of Thurman, who passed away in 1994. (See more photos online at HaysNewsDispatch.com. Just follow the photos link.)

LAGNIAPPE Voter registration ends Oct. 11

Time is running out for those who have not yet registered to vote for the Nov. 8 Election. Monday, Oct. 11 is the last day voters can submit their registration in time to cast a ballot on Election Day. According to the

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Seniors, disabled residents to see county tax rate cap STAFF REPORT A permanent measure enacted by the Hays County Commissioners last month will give disabled residents and those 65 years old or older the ability to cap their county taxes starting in 2017. The action, however, applies only to Hays County taxes and doesn’t apply to municipality, school, emergency service and special district-levied taxes. According to a Hays County press release, the tax cap cannot be revoked by future commissioners courts. However, improvements made to a home, such as installation of a room or swimming pool, could incur tax increases. “I think our County Commissioners Court and previous Courts truly understand and want to continue to do all we can to minimize the impact of taxes on all our citizens,” Pct. 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe said. But Pct. 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, who voted against the measure, was concerned about the permanence of the court’s action. “I agree with the concept of what we’re doing, but it gives me pause that we can’t revoke it. Our older population may grow due to our medical facilities,” Jones said, citing concerns that young families

“I agree with the concept of what we’re doing, but it gives me pause that we can’t revoke it. Our older population may grow due to our medical facilities.” –Mark Jones, Pct. 2 commissioner

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may have to pick up more of a tax burden. Pct. 3 Commissioner Will Conley said the cap is “one of the only tools” the county has to place permanent restrictions on local taxes. Conley said the cap was the “right thing to do” and that the court wanted to give retirees and the disabled “a sense of certainty and stabilization for their lives.” “This will benefit the most people and keep our senior citizens and disabled citizens from bearing the full burden of taxation,” Judge Bert Cobb said in a statement. Pct. 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant said those who receive the exemption would have stability for their

financial planning. “You don’t have the flexibility of income you had when you were younger,” Whisenant said. According to the release, to qualify as a disabled person, an applicant must meet the definition of disabled for the purpose of receiving disability insurance benefits under the Federal Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance Act. A person who qualifies as both age 65 or older and disabled does not qualify for both, but must choose which exemption to claim. If a person who qualifies for the exemption sells his or her homestead and purchases another in the county, the person can receive a tax ceiling certificate for the new homestead. If the age 65 or older homeowner dies, the surviving spouse may continue to receive the local option exemption if the surviving spouse is age 55 or older at the time of death, lives in and owns the home and applies for the exemption, and does not remarry.

Dripping Springs city officials have received the draft permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for its South Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility, which has a capacity of 995,000 gallons per day, according to a city press release. The permit, filed by the city in October 2015, allows for discharge of “highly treated effluent” into Walnut Springs, which is a tributary of Onion Creek, located in the Caliterra subdivision.

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Water line upgrades start in North 40 BY JONATHAN GONZALEZ news@haysfreepress.com

Improvements on water lines running through Wallace Street between Ranch Road 12 and Bluff Street in Dripping Springs began earlier this week. The project is part of a much larger endeavor to replace infrastructure in the North 40 subdivision. The purpose of the construction will be to abandon the old pipelines running through Wallace Street, and reconnect them to the new service lines being installed near the North 40 development. The updates from the old lines, which are two-inch, plastic pipes, to the newer, twelve-inch plastic pipes that will be installed are much needed. Pipelines in the North

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ESD 1 still searching for service provider STAFF REPORT

Hays County Emergency Service District No. 1 is continuing its process toward selecting a new service provider. According to a press release, ESD 1 board of directors will use a three step process to choose its next ambulance provider out of four entities that submitted requests for proposals (RFP) prior to an Oct. 7. Acadian Ambulance Service, North Hays County Fire Rescue, San Marcos Hays County EMS and Wimberley EMS submitted RFPs, according to the release.

The board’s three-step process begins by narrowing the bidders to two ďŹ nalists at a subcommittee meeting on Oct. 13. The two ďŹ nalists will present their proposals to the board on Oct. 19, with the ESD 1 board selecting the winner on Oct. 20.

The board’s threestep process begins by narrowing the bidders to two finalists at a subcommittee meeting on Oct. 13. The two finalists will present their proposals to the board on Oct. 19, with the ESD

1 board selecting the winner on Oct. 20. According to a statement from the ESD 1 board, one element of the selection process is “that by statute, the board does not have to select the lowest bid-

der.� “The board has maintained throughout the process that their goal is to select the bid that provides the best service at a reasonable and of course affordable level,� the statement said. The process toward selecting a new service provider began in July as part of the entity’s long range plan. ESD 1 hired Emergency Service Consultants International (ESCI) as consultants for its LRP and with developing its new service provider contract. ESD 1 is currently contracted with SM-

HCEMS, which allows them to utilize two ambulances on a 24 hour, 7 day a week basis. A third ambulance is sent out if both full time ambulances are in use. The News-Dispatch reported in July the district calls upon a third ambulance five times per month. According to the release, the RFPs from entities included a “detailed set of requirements for the operation of ambulance service.� Requirements included EMS manpower, which involves emergency medical technicians and paramedics, and possibly ambulances and stations.

ounces of marijuana. Snow is also facing a felony charge of unlawful restraint, a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana, and a second-

degree felony charge of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance. Snow is being held in the Hays County Jail on $282,000 bond.

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able to escape the vehicle and run from Snow, who she hid from for two hours before flagging down a motorist to help her. Three days later, on Sept. 23, the HCSO executed the warrant at Snow’s residence on Windy Ridge Drive in Wimberley. At that time authorities were told by another resident of the home there was an explosive device near the residence. According to the affidavit, authorities found “a blue metal object with white wires coming from an unknown location on the

According to the afďŹ davit, authorities found “a blue metal object with white wires coming from an unknown location on the deviceâ€? outside of the home. deviceâ€? outside of the home. Hays County authorities notified the Austin Police Department’s Bomb Squad, which confirmed the object was a homemade explosive device. It is unknown at press time if the bomb

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40, like those on Wallace Street, are over 40 years old. The city is partnering with the Dripping Springs Water Supply Corporation to update infrastructure and has a price tag of $400,000. “The pipes on Wallace Street are actually even worse than those in the North 40.� said Greg Perrin, general manager of the DSWSC. “It’s cost time and money going out there to fix breaks.� The DSWSC will head the project as part of the North 40 water line development that was recently contracted to M&C Fonseca Construction. Over time, Perrin said the pipes on Wallace Street had become galvanized, which in turn has led to many breaks in the lines. “There’ve been many breaks, loss of water, and interruption of services on that street, so it’s about time we get in there and try to fix those.� said Perrin, who added construction on Wallace Street began Monday. “They’re out there setting up their equipment, and laying everything out.�

“The pipes on Wallace Street are actually even worse than those in the North 40.� – Greg Perrin, General Manager of the DSWSC

Perrin said the DSWSC hopes to keep loss of services to a minimum when it comes time to switching over the water lines, which involves digging up driveways and street sides. Before that can happen, construction on the new service lines must be completed, which Perrin stated would take roughly 60 days. “It will definitely benefit the businesses in that area like the Print Plus, and Pizza Cave, and Central Garage.� Perrin said. “We’re looking to minimize the time the construction will take. We’re also trying to avoid blocking off Wallace, so the businesses there aren’t affected.�

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Dripping Springs readies for Songwriters Festival STAFF REPORT

Downtown Dripping Springs will be the hub for a variety of local, national and international songwriting talents as the 2016 Songwriters Festival hits Mercer Street Oct.14-16. Pam Owens, director of tourism in Dripping Springs who also attends the event, said the festival provides exposure to the area. “It showcases our downtown and community as a whole,” Owens said. “Visitors are spending the night and they go into shops and restaurants. They aren’t enjoying music in a vaccum.” Laurie Halfpenny, co-organizer of the festival, said the festival introduces visitors to Dripping Springs and the downtown district on Mercer Street. She said the event draws songwriters from all over the country and that performing in Dripping Springs introduces them to the area. It also helps draw fans to the songwriters as well, creating a way for many to gather exposure. The third annual event will have more than 60 shows and over 40 songwriters who will perform on six stages. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday and take place on

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several stages along Mercer Street, including at the Barber Shop, the Sidecar Tasting Room and Hudson’s on Mercer. All featured showcases at the event are free. Local talent scheduled to perform at the festival include Katha Harris of Wimberley, Chad Hudson and Micah Wagner of Dripping Springs, Tom Meny of Buda and Jana Pochop of San Marcos. The process in selecting talent for the event falls upon Halfpenny, along with her husband, Jim and Dave Niemeyer, who all organize the festival. Halfpenny said the three partner in selecting songwriters from the more than 300 submissions they receive. Jim, who is part of the selection committee, breaks down the submissions and listens to them. For Halfpenny, it’s all about the “well written song,” but they process groups of performers to keep audiences entertained and wanting to come back.

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Police were notified of the accident at 9:17 p.m. Saturday, which occurred in the 14000 block of U.S. 290. The crash involved two vehicles with single passengers, including a 16-year-old driver from Dripping Springs. According to the spokesperson, the teen driver was heading west on 290 in a 2003 Ford Expedition when he veered into oncoming traffic and struck a 1999 Toyota Corolla operated by Maddox. Maddox, who was driving in the right side lane at the time, was struck on the left side

of his Corolla. He was ejected from the vehicle upon impact. Maddox was transported to South Austin Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries. Maddox was pronounced deceased at 10 p.m. Saturday by Hays County Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Terry Kyle. The 16-year-old driver was transported to South Austin Medical Center where he is in serious condition, according to the spokesperson. The investigation into the crash is still active.

“We have to make sure they (musicians) are marketable,” Halfpenny said. “Where they can market us, and us, them. While it’s difficult to gauge the number of people that could potentially attend the festival, Halfpenny said all venues last year were full. So far this year, the headliner acts at the Mercer Street Dance Hall, which are ticketed, have been sold out. Owens said she has been impressed with the level of talent and the “thought provoking lyrics” performers had. “It was so peaceful and relaxing in a quiet atmosphere,” Owens said. “It’s not loud and raucous at all.” But Owens said the city lacks hotel space, which in turn has the city missing out on the tourism dollars the festival could bring. That could change next year, a new hotel opens in town along U.S. Highway 290. With the incorporation of hotel occupancy tax (HOT) dollars, Owens said it could help the Dripping Springs Chamber further promote the community. She said the Chamber receives a portion of HOT funds to promote the city for the vent. “It’s nice when people from out-of-town come here and are able to stay here,” Owens said.

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Dean Johanesen, of Tampa, FL, performs on stage at Mazama Coffee House during the 2015 Songwriters Festival in downtown Dripping Springs. Over 40 songwriters will descend on Dripping Springs for the festival, which will be held Oct. 14-16.

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State-ranked Tigers pummel Mustangs, stay perfect in district

Texan football starts season with a win Wimberley’s Hunter Williams, who scored the Texans’ first touchdown in a 17-14 win at Boerne Friday night, runs against Llano last year when the Texans won 24-0. Wimberley will host Llano at 7:30 p.m. on Oct.14.

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Destination  Education Renovation Senior Karen Crews serves the ball in a district match against visiting Marble Falls last Friday night. Crews totaled 31 serves in three sets with 7 aces and no service errors. “I got just a little bit tired,” said Crews, who also led the team with 10 digs in the match. (photo by Wayland D. Clark, wfotos.com)

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Three sets were all the Dripping Springs Tigers needed Friday to stay undefeated in 27-5A play. A game high seven kills from junior Graceyn Tippens and senior Alex Smith guided the Tigers to a lopsided 25-6, 25-13, 25-12 win over the Marble Falls Mustangs at Tiger Gym. With the win, Dripping Springs, which is currently ranked No. 11 in the Texas Girls Coaches Assocaition Class 5A state poll, extends its win streak to nine matches. Dripping Springs (25-14, 5-0) has swept seven of its nine opponents during the win streak. But as the season goes along, Tiger head coach Michael Kane said it’s becoming more of a challenge for the team to stay “dialed in” during the second round of district play. “There’s a lot of pressure that continues to mount as you’re undefeated in district to maintain that level of focus, and that’s what we talked about after the match,” Kane said. “Tonight we got complacent. We have to realize we have to stay focused on every match coming to the second round.” Dripping Springs had little trouble getting off to a rapid start in the first set. After taking a 5-2 lead, Dripping Springs

“Tonight we got complacent. We have to realize we have to stay focused on every match coming in to the second round.” –Michael Kane, head volleyball coach

exploded for a 19-0 run to take a commanding 23-2 advantage. Despite a small Marble Falls rally, Dripping Springs closed the set to take a 1-0 match lead. Kane said the team played “nearly flawless volleyball” in the first set. The tone changed in the second set as Marble Falls fought to respond back. Both Dripping Springs and Marble Falls went back-and-forth in the second frame, with the Tigers taking a slim 15-10 lead before calling a time-out. The Tigers roared back to life, closing the second frame on a 10-3 run. “We played somewhat flawless volleyball in the first set, and when you beat someone handily like that, it’s easy to have a mental lapse,” Kane said. “So we called

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a time-out midway through, and I felt like they kind of rebounded from there and we just continued.” Dripping Springs carried the momentum into the third set, where the team utilized strong defense to close out the match. Kane said the defense is something the Tigers “take great pride in here at Dripping Springs.” He said the team was “in all the right positions” and was balanced when it needed to be, making “all of the right reads.” He lauded the team on staying engaged in the match. The Tiger defense finished with six total blocks, with Tippens tallying two solo blocks in the match. Tiger libero Karen Crews finished with ten digs of the team’s 35 digs. “We’ve had some tremendous defensive players that have come through our programs and the kids on the court take great pride in keeping up the tradition of doing that,” Kane said. Not looking ahead is the focus for the Tigers as they continue in district play. Dripping Springs hosted Medina Valley on Oct. 4, then travels to Lockhart Friday. Kane said the team is going to “stay keyed in” on the next match and taking things one match at a time is priority. “The girls have done a great job all season long of reaching every challenge that I put in front

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Two Dripping Springs ISD Board members and Superintendent Bruce Gearing teamed up to make a presentation for their peers at the TASA/TASB Convention. Bruce Gearing (left), trustee Ron Jones (center) and Board Vice President Barbara Stroud teamed up to make a presentation for their peers at the Texas Association of School Administrators/ Texas Association of School Boards convention late last month. The team led a break out session Sept. 23.

Wastewater: Green light on permit Continued from pg. 1

According to the city’s tracts with Caliterra and release, once the permit Howard Ranch to accept is issued, it will “be one close to 500,000 gallons of the strictest of its kind per day of treated effluent in the State of Texas, for beneficial reuse. according to TCEQ’s rules That, combined with for effluent limitations, plans Dripping Springs monitoring requirements has to irrigate city-owned and other conditions set land, accounts for approxforth.”  imately 600,000 gallons A component of the per day. According to the permit will allow the release, it “puts a significity to deliver cant dent into recycled water the proposed to beneficial allowable reuse custommaximum of ers for irriga995,000 gallons tion of open per day.”  areas, parks, “The dissports fields charge permit and eventuis simply a ally for direct means to that A public potable reuse, meeting on end,” Purcell Dripping according to said. “So, let Springs’ the release. The me be clear, proposed wastewater wastewater discharge treatment and disposal is not permit will be reuse pump what we’re held Nov. 10 station will after; treated at 7 p.m. at be located at effluent reuse the Dripping 23127 FM 150. is where we Springs Ranch Dripping Park Special are going, and Events Venue Springs Mayor I am confident Room. Todd Purcell we will get said the city there. It’s too “appreciates important to the TCEQ the long-term working with us to develsustainability of our comoper the draft permit.”  munity.”  “We have conducted TCEQ has preliminarily years of research to idendetermined that existing tify this proposed plan as water quality uses will not the best option to meet be impaired by this permit our growing wastewater action.   needs.  We’ve done our As TCEQ has issued homework,” Mayor Todd the draft permit, a public Purcell said in a statemeeting will be held at ment.  which stakeholders will Purcell added while the be able to ask questions of city is seeking the permit, the city and TCEQ regard“it is not our intent to ing the permit.  discharge.”  According to the reAccording to the lease, the city is seeking a release, Purcell said they discharge permit as it is “are on the record that “the most environmentalbeneficial reuse and direct ly sensitive and fiscally repotable reuse are our sponsible option to better long-term goals.”  fulfill the City’s long-term The city signed congoal of beneficial reuse”

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Dear Gary, advice for a first time, Listings in the MLS are single home buyer? designated with a “status” Cheryl code so that showing agents are aware of certain Dear Cheryl, items. They are designated Congratulations on as “A for active” when they your success! Buying a are ready to be sold, “AC for home for the first time Active with a Contingency” can be daunting, but if when the sale is based on you prepare yourself, the something happening. In process can go much real estate contracts the smoother. The first step contingency is a common is making the decision to element. Contingencies buy. Consider the reasons are clauses in a contract you want a new house that give either the buyer and write them down. A or seller a way to get out of good rule of thumb is your the contract if certain con- mortgage payment should ditions or timelines aren’t not exceed 1/3 of your net met. A commonly used monthly income. The next example step is to is that of a meet with buyer makContingencies professioning an offer als to help on a new are clauses you. Meethome before ing with a in a contract selling his qualified existing agent will that give home. The help you buyer needs think about either the to sell his some present deciding buyer or home factors before being seller a way talk about able to get neighborto get out of financing hoods, on the new schools, the contract one. So he economic makes his factors liaif certain offer continble to affect gent upon the market conditions the sale of today and his existor timelines tomorrow, ing home. as well as aren’t met. There will how you always be a would like time period your house associated with such a and neighborhood to contingency. If the buyer grow with you. You would is able to get his present also want to get pre-qualhome sold within that time ified for a mortgage loan. period, the deal can go for- Pre-qualification is a writward. But if he fails to sell ten statement from a loan within the specified time officer indicating his or period, the seller has the her opinion that you will option of getting out of the be approved for a mortdeal. In most cases, sellers gage loan up to a certain won’t accept this kind amount. The fact that you of contingency, because are pre-qualified will help they will most likely feel when we are negotiating that they can find another the deal. Next you’ll start buyer capable of closing the search! As you tour the deal without needing houses, your agent will be to sell another home first. able to point out positive But new home builders are features and negative feaoften willing to accept an tures. Find out what you offer contingent upon the like and what you don’t sale of an existing home. like. You’ll probably amend Financing, Home inspecyour “wish list” as you tour tions, and appraisals are houses, some things will often contingencies also. become more important Remember, just like evand others less important. erything else in real estate With this new informacontracts, contingencies tion, you can refine your are negotiable. Always search criteria to narrow take care before signing in on the house of your that you are comfortable dreams. Once you have with all contingencies found that perfect home, included in your contract. a deal is negotiated, loan Likewise, take time to approval is completed, the think about what contintitle company will close gencies you might like to the sale, and you can move have added. Most often, into your first home! sellers will allow their home to continue with Quote of the day: showings just in case the “Look not mournfully contingency falls through. into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve Dear Terese, the present. It is thine. Go I have recently graduforth to meet the shadowy ated from college and I future, without fear.” have my first job! I’d like – Henry Wadsworth to think about buying a Longfellow (180 -1882) home – do you have any

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The Friends Foundation’s 23rd Annual Barbecue Fundraiser at the Salt Lick Pavilion Thursday, October 13, 5-10 p.m. Live Music by the Hot Texas Swing Band. Live and Silent Auctions. Bama Brown will emcee. For more information visit www.thefriendsfoundation.org or call 512-592-1345.

BBQ Buffet tickets $25, available at the door. The Friends Foundation thanks these sponsors and donors for their generous support: EXTRA-SPECIAL ANGEL Bill and Tamara Gravenor Angel Sponsors Mr. and Mrs. John G. Bordie In Memory of Kitty Patterson – Kathy and Steve Carriker Maggie and Mike Castleman Patti R. Clark Dripping Springs Lions Club

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Texas: The home of beautiful birds BY JERRY HALL

had seen blue jays, but nothing prepared me for the luscious greenish gold of these lovely birds – just magnificent. Then there were whooping cranes seen near Port Aransas while on a tour boat which specialized in floating in close to these majestic, five-foot-tall birds. More cranes came in a national wildlife refuge at Muleshoe, Texas – some

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’ve seen some wonderful birds during my many foreign travels, including ostriches in Africa, parrots in Mexico and flamingoes in Brazil. But five of my favorite bird sightings have been right here in Texas. I saw green jays in the Rio Grande Valley. I

40,000 sandhill cranes which we saw taking off one morning and then returning to their marsh home around twilight. Close to home, I saw a painted bunting, also known as “the rainbow bird,” on my back deck one early afternoon. He was up close and personal and I’ve never had a more convenient sighting. Finally, I saw a golden-cheeked warbler, one

of the rare times I’ve ever seen this little endangered songbird, sitting atop a cedar tree near North Woodcreek. Steve Flocke, one of the country’s very best birders, was my guide and I’ll always appreciate his leading me to that lovely little warbler. You don’t have to go far from home to see some wonderful birds – especially if you live in Texas.

The goldencheeked warbler is one of the more vibrant endangered songbirds.

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Old Fitzhugh Road will welcome customers with specials, giveaways and live music for all to enjoy at participating merchants. First Thursday is a monthly event featuring downtown businesses who are alive after five. See firstthursdaydrippingsprings.org for more info.

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Live western swing music, famous Salt Lick BBQ, a silent auction and much more await those who attend the Friends Foundation’s 23rd annual BBQ fundraiser at the Salt Lick Pavilion Oct. 13. All monies raised help support The Friends Foundation’s programs such as Our Daily Bread, which is a hot meal delivery program for the homebound. Visit the web site at www. thefriendsfoundation.org or call (512) 592-1345 for more information.

Thursday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. at the Wimberley Presbyterian Church Library, 956 FM 2325. This is an opportunity for caregivers to discuss the latest Alzheimer’s information and to share ideas as they travel the caregiving journey together. If you or someone you know is caring for a loved one with dementia, please join us. For additional information contact Linda Germain, volunteer for Alzheimer’s Texas at 512 924-3661.

On Friday, Oct. 14 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., the Dripping Springs Community Library meeting room will host this free seminar on “Empowering Divorcing and Grieving Women to Approach Financial and Legal Decisions.” This workshop is for women who have recently suffered a loss through either the dissolution of a relationship or the death of a significant other. Guest speakers are Amy Colton, financial advisor, Jennifer Cochran-Green, family attorney, and Leanne Layne, estate planning attorney. Please RSVP to let the library know you are coming by emailing Adult Services. Do you have a free fall festival, pumpkin patch, or other nonprofit community event you’d like included in Lagniappe? Send an email to christine@ haysfreepress.com to submit information today.

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More locations, less wait time. That’s the best kind of emergency care. At St. David’s our goal is simple. To be the best. Which means delivering care based on your needs. Your life is our passion. And that passion drives our purpose. Because you deserve the best.

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The Best Is Here.

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Oct. 6, 2016 News-Dispatch  
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