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Answers to go with Susan Smith: Aggies are experts on pecan yield

Each week hundreds of people call or visit the San Marcos Public Library to find information. Answers To Go highlights recently received questions. Please visit the library at 625 E. Hopkins St., call 512-393-8200 for information over the phone, or email us through our website at www.sanmarcostx.gov/library.
Q. We moved into a house with pecan trees several years ago. We had so many pecans that first year. This year, we had only a few. Why would that happen?

Exploring Nature with Jerry Hall: Painted bunting a lovely sight

Looking back on 2015, one of my favorite bird sightings was a male painted bunting perched on the railing of my back deck.  
The spring sun bathed him in a warm glow, and his many colors were quite electric. Red. Green. Blue. Yellow. No wonder some folks call it “the rainbow bird.”
Many people do not realize it takes two full years for the male bunting to get its gaudy plumage.  

Registration open for upcoming classes

San Marcos Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Texas State University’s Retired Faculty and Staff Association (RFSA) continues to offer new Life Long Learning courses for the greater San Marcos area.
People can register for these classes by calling 512-393-8400 or by going to the Parks and Recreation Main Office at 401 E. Hopkins St. or the San Marcos Activity Center at 501 E. Hopkins St.
You can also register online at https://apm.activecommunities.com/sanmarcostx. Search LLL for Life Long Learning classes.

Caldwell County Genealogical and Historical Society to meet

The Caldwell County Genealogical and Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting and election of 2016 officers on Saturday, Jan. 16.
The meeting will get underway at 10 a.m. in the research center of the J.B. Nickells Memorial Library located at 215 South Pecan Avenue in Luling.
The program, “The Long Road from the Alamo to the Texas State Archives: The Story of the Famous Travis Letter," will be presented by Donaly Brice, a native-born Texan, who grew up in Lockhart.  

Life's Surprises with Gary Smith: Getting old not for sissies

Getting old is not for sissies. A friend told me his dad used to tell him that. He had no idea what his dad was talking about. Now he understands.
Another wrote, “Gary, I thought you might be interested in this old article about the BUFF.  It’s even older than you. Aloha and Happy New Year!”
A BUFF is a nickname for the B-52 bomber. The nickname stands for something like Big Ugly Fat Flyer. Flyer is not the actual word, but you will figure it out.

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