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The 4th Flea market takes place on the fourth Saturday of every month. PHOTOS COURTESY OF CLAY DESTEFANO

The Price Center’s free dance class draws a variety of participants. 

Price Center seeks new donors for new year

Clay DeStefano- Special to the Record

As the year draws to a close, many in our community donate locally to individuals, clubs and organizations in need. The Price Center downtown would like to remind those who give that it needs funding, too. Since the early 2000s, the center has been serving as a low-cost, no-cost community events and activity center. And now, more than ever, the center needs financial support to continue doing so.

Principal Joe Lunz stands with friends and family at the ceremony in his honor. PHOTOS COURTESY OF LESLIE OLSON.

People display signs with words of appreciation for Lunz. 

HCCS honors principal for 40 years of service

Principal Joe Lunz was recently honored for his 40 years of service at Hill Country Christian School. It was a ceremony filled with family, friends and students of all generations gathered together for a man that has gone above and beyond. It was a touching evening filled with testimonies of changed lives all leading back to his dedication to serving God.

Answers to Go with Susan Smith: Digging up the roots of the marshmallow

Susan Smith- Columnist

Q: Marshmallows play a key role in many of my mom’s traditional Christmas (and Thanksgiving) dishes. I’m thinking sweet potatoes and Jello salads. I heard that marshmallows were originally made from the root of a plant with that name. Can you verify that? 

A: My source for this answer is “The Oxford Companion to Food” by Alan Davidson. You’ll see by some Anglicized spelling and comments about America that Davidson must be British.

Exploring Nature: The invasion of the house sparrow

Jerry Hall- Columnist

One bird I can count on year-round at my place is the house sparrow.

These little brown birds were first brought to America from England in 1850 in an attempt to control canker-worms. Eight pair were released in Brooklyn but failed to survive. So 100 more birds were imported in 1852. They thrived. Big time.

Unbelievably, more than a hundred cities in the U.S. and Canada released house sparrows in the next few years, mostly for insect control, but also because folks just liked the little sparrows.


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