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Due to over-harvesting of eggs and decreased breeding, the Atlantic Puffin’s numbers were dwindling in the early 19th century. in the 70s, projects to protect their species were implemented. PHOTO COURTESY OF KEVIN VANDE VUSSE.

Exploring Nature: Alaskan wildlife

Jerry Hall- Columnist

If your candidate was not the one elected president, perhaps you are contemplating moving to Canada. Let me suggest you go a tad farther and try Alaska instead. In addition to staying in the U.S., you’ll be able to see some interesting birds.

Like puffins. Alaska has both tufted and horned puffins in the thousands, located on the ChiswellIslands. You’ll also see numerous common and thick-billed murres, along with pelagic and red-faced cormorants.

Life’s Journey: Celebrating Thanksgiving in the military

On my journey as a soldier, I know what it is like to be separated from loved ones at holiday time. Assigned to the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam from 1966 – 1967, during that time I missed two holiday meals at home. Reproduced below is the Thanksgiving Day program from 1967, including the dinner menu––  which was a welcome departure from c-rations and MREs (meals ready to eat).

No matter how good the food was, it wasn’t like eating at home! Also from the program was a Prayer and the Commander’s Message.

Senior Tyler Welch (left) and junior Katelynn Germer (right) received the San Marcos Academy Alumni Association Scholarship on Oct. 29. Presenting the award was Cal Downey, a 1984 SMA graduate who serves as president of the Alumni Association. PHOTO BY DON ANDERS 

San Marcos Academy legacy students awarded scholarships

Two area students were presented with the 2016 San Marcos Academy Alumni Association Scholarship on Oct. 29 during the Academy’s Homecoming celebration.

One recipient was senior Tyler Welch, son of Amy and Joshua Welch of Wimberley.

Welch is a fourth year cadet in the SMA Junior ROTC program, where he serves as the Bear Battalion Commander. He is a member of the Student Council, a two-year varsity football letterman and a member of the swim team. He plans to study mechanical engineering and business and hopes to attend either Baylor University or Texas A&M.

Artist Margaret Falletta poses with one of her works that will be on display at Rio Claro Studio. 

Falletta’s 2016 ceramic piece “Frass,” approximately 10 inches in diameter. 

Ceramic sculpture exhibition at Rio Claro

Join Rio Claro Studio in celebration of artist Margaret Falletta's first exhibition of ceramic sculptures. Opening night was Thursday, Nov. 17. Rio Claro Studio is located at 120 W. Hopkins Street.

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