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Elgin asked to fill out Clean Air survey As Central Texas grows, so does the problem of air pollution, which can hurt the economy as well as the lungs. The Clean Air Project is looking for Elginites to take a survey showing what they might be willing to do to cut down on air pollution. Ozone Advance project is a voluntary effort to reduce

emissions and help Central Texas continue to meet national ambient air quality standards. It is being conducted by the Clean Air Task Force, which includes elected officials from 10 counties. Elgin is represented by Mayor Pro Tem Keith Joesel. Ozone levels in the Austin area have so far remained under the attainment lev-

“There are a lot of easy things individuals can do to help,” said Elgin Community Development Director Amy Miller, who is on the Clean Air Force Technical Committee. Visit for a link to the survey. There will also be a link to a brochure about the Ozone Advance program.

els required by the Environmental Protection Agency — but they are close to the limit. If Central Texas ozone crosses that limit, it could be costly to health, and to the pocketbook. It would subject citizens to requirements designed to reduce ozone, which would increase the regulatory burden.

Elgin Wellness Shoppe We Provide All Natural Products Healthy Solutions for a Healthy Life FIRAS ABUSADA of Elgin is about to compete in a national pool competition in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Local man qualifies for pool competition in Vegas Firas Abusaada, owner of Beverage Barn of Elgin, has qualified for a trip to Las Vegas for his pool playing skills. He competed in the 2013 American Pool Association 8-ball Classic on March 2 and was one of 20 national finalists. He will compete in Las Vegas from April 25 through 28. Firas, a native of Bethlehem, Palestine who has lived in Elgin for three

years, grew up shooting pool. “It’s a great game,” he said. “I like the competition. It’s also like chess. You’ve got to think. It’s about strategy and psychology.” Firas plays with a team every Thursday at Slick Willie’s in Austin. Firas won his plaque and a trip to Vegas playing singles. He also came close to qualifying for nationals in 9-ball.

MOTOCROSS RACER. Kol Lawrence, a fifth grader at Neidig Elementary, took 2nd place in the 85cc Class Motocross Winter Crown Series in Del Valle on March 3. It was his first ever motocross race, so even greater accomplishments are in store.


Lady Cats Volleyball Banquet Thursday

The Lady Cats Volleyball team will be holding a banquet on Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join in the festivities. Dress casual for the event and be ready to play volleyball, horseshoes, washers and more! The banquet will be at Ghost Town, only 7 miles from Elgin. The address is: 14219 Littig Rd. Manor, TX 78653. The public is invited to come and enjoy the evening and celebrate the Lady Cats Volleyball teams. Please contact Coach Kelly Smith if you need any additional information.

safety. Also, the six candidates for the five places for alderman for the new city of Coupland will make statements. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m.

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Upcoming Events in Elgin

Music in the Park Series; three Fridays in April at Veterans Memorial Park, 106 Depot Street in downtown Elgin. Friends of Elgin Parks present free concerts 7:3010 p.m. at the gazebo for families to bring out their chairs and enjoy some lively tunes. April 19 Jumpstart; April 26 Danny Britt, Marvin Dykhuis and the Red Dawg Band; May 3 - Lost and Nameless Orchestra. See for more information. Pearls of Youth - May 1819, Elgin Art Association’s Spring Youth Art Show to be held in downtown Elgin. The Pearls Before Swine Scholarship will be awarded at the artist's reception on Sunday. For details visit

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Coupland Civic Organization meeting Set for March 25

The Coupland Civic Organization will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 25, in the Coupland fire station. The Coupland Volunteer Fire Department will present a program on the Department and on fire

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