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Answers To Go with Susan Smith: A librarian's favorite book

Susan Smith- Daily Record Columnist

Q: Did you have a favorite novel in 2016?

A: People do often ask the library staff for book recommendations. Most years, this would be a difficult question for me because I read a lot of fiction and I like a lot of what I read.

 This year, I loved “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towle.

 In 1914, Count Alexander Rostov escaped to Paris when it became clear that those of his class who remained in Revolutionary Russia were doomed. 

Citizen Police Academy class next month

The San Marcos Police Department will begin its Winter Citizen Police Academy classes on Thursday, Feb. 6 in the auditorium at the San Marcos Police Department, located at 2300 Interstate 35 South.

The Citizen’s Police Academy is a 14-week course that offers residents a unique view into how police officers perform their duties and serve the community.

Pairs of whooping cranes dance in courtship, repeatedly jumping into the air while flapping their wings, bills pointed upward and giving bugling calls. PHOTO BY BRIAN SMALL.

Exploring Nature: Whooping cranes

Jerry Hall- Daily Record Columnist

The whooping crane came perilously close to going extinct in 1941, when there were only 15 of the birds left. Fortunately, things have improved since then and today some 350 birds are found in the wild.

The birds will remain endangered until there are about 1,000 individual birds or at least 250 reproductive pairs, so there remains much room for improvement.

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the lower Texas coast is home to the whooping crane. Founded in 1937, this refuge closely monitors the well being of Texas whoopers.

Krewe Captain Greg Wurzbach crowns King Ted Beihan and Queen Frances Breihan. PHOTOS COURTESY OF DIANA BAKER.

Bib Underwood and former Aquamaid Shirley Rodgers show off their Mardi Gras attire.

Guests toast to the kind King and Queen.

Krewe Captain Greg Wurzbach and others raise a glass to King Ted Beihan and Queen Frances Breihan. +

Mistick Krewe of Okeanos crowns royalty

Laura Aebi- Features Editor

Last week, during the fourth annual 12th Night Epiphany Ball event, the Mistick Krewe of Okeanos crowned their 2017 King and Queen. 

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