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Answers to Go: An electric search through history

Q: My grandmother gave me a kerosene lamp that she said was used by her own grandmother. I’d like to use the lamp as a centerpiece on Thanksgiving.  Can you help me figure out how old it might be?

A: Let’s start by finding out when kerosene was first available.  “Brilliant: the Evolution of Artificial Light” by Jane Brox provides the following information.

Brox writes, “In 1849, Canadian geologist Abraham Gesner developed a way to extract what he called ‘kerosene’ from asphaltum (asphalt.)  

Don’t let holiday travel derail your fitness goals

Planning on traveling this holiday season? Worried about keeping up with your fitness routine? You’re not alone. Studies show the average American gains three to six pounds between Thanksgiving and the New Year. 

When you’re not on your regular schedule and don’t have access to your usual workout equipment and facility, it can be hard to stay motivated, especially during the holidays. Despite these barriers, the holidays don’t need to be an excuse to veg out and put your health and fitness on the backburner.

Pictured from left to right are Brian Olson, David Case, Mark Jalufka, Waymon Jones, Gorge Alfaro, Mike Rye, Ben Okane, Karlyn Ellis, Kim Gunnarson and Jason Cragg. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRIAN OLSON.

Texas Hold’em Tournament raises funds for Sights & Sounds

Poker-lovers came out to support Sights & Sounds of Christmas by playing at the first annual Texas Holdem tournament, a new fundraiser for the non-profit Sights & Sounds of Christmas. These funds help keep admission low for the San Marcos community. The event was put on by committee chair Chris Torrey and was sponsored by San Marcos Toyota, Embassy Suites and Prosper Properties Reality Services. Karlyn Ellis won the tournament, for which the prize was a new laptop. She then donated the laptop back to Sights & Sounds. Sights & Sounds will be held Nov. 30 through Dec 3. 

Blue Dahlia Bistro comes to the square

Blue Dahlia Bistro, the award-winning bistro with locations on Austin’s East Side and in Westlake, will open its third location in January 2017, on San Marcos’ historic downtown square, announced owners Amy and Sam Ramirez earlier this week. Austin’s answer to casual European fare and neighborhood dining for almost 10 years, Blue Dahlia Bistro offers fresh, simple food in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere.

Cat of the Week

Ivy is a beautiful black cat with gorgeous, soulful eyes. And get ready to play, because this girl is a ball of fun! She’ll zoom around the room playing hide and seek, or chasing after toys. And once she’s run out a little of her energy, she’s actually very sweet and will purr as you pet her. 

Dog of the Week

Iverson knows exactly what he wants, the moment you get in his kennel he stares at the doorway waiting to go outside. Once Iverson is in the yard, he transforms into a goofy, happy dog! He’ll run and jump and gives you the sweetest smiles. Iverson is also well-trained and will happily sit for treats.

San Marcos Pets of the Week

Both pets are available at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter, located at 750 River Road. Our hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Our cat adoption fees are $20 for the entire month of November. Dog adoptions are $90 on weekdays, and $45 on Fridays and Saturdays. To learn more, visit us online at


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