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Texas Folklife hosted its annual Big Squeeze accordion competition on May 1, where Seguin native Isaak Wolfshohl won the polka category. Photo courtesy of  Shawn Wolfshohl

Seguin resident wins Big Squeeze Statewide Accordion Competition

Texas Folklife hosted the 14th annual Big Squeeze statewide accordion competition on May 1 to crown the state’s top youth accordion players in the traditional Texas accordion music genres — includi

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The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department is inviting community members to purchase personalized fence pickets to commemmorate the second anniversary of the opening of the new Children’s Park. Above, Enzo Galvez carefully pulls himself up the rope bridge at Children's Park. Daily Record file photo

Community invited to personalize Children’s Park fence

In honor of the second anniversary of the reopening of the remodeled, inclusive Children’s Park Playscape, the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department is inviting community members to pu

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With sustainable native and adaptive plantings and a large oak in the front yard, the Grunings home on Chaparral Street is the Spring Lake Garden Club's May Yard of the Month. Photos courtesy of the Spring Lake Garden Club

Low Maintenance & Thriving

“I got tired of watering a lawn.” This confession may be one of the simplest reasons to transform a front yard into a more sustainable landscape, homowners Terry and Peter Gruning wanted more than just low maintenance.

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A bird best identified by silhouette, the smudge-gray Chimney Swift nimbly maneuvers over rooftops, fields, and rivers to catch insects. Photo by Andrew C/CC BY 2.0

Exploring nature: Chimney Swifts

One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made was to have a chimney cap installed. I did it because I wanted to make sure no raccoons came down into my fireplace. In hindsight, I think it was a dumb move. Mainly because I no longer have chimney swifts living in my chimney. These small birds used to

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The loquat is probably one of the more familiar of all tropical fruit plants in Texas, although few people outside of south Texas have grown the fruit. Photo by Joe Urbach

Growth in Gardening: Loquat, a forgotten Texas favorite

For me, if there’s anything more beautiful than wildflowers right now, it’s those yellowish orange fruits growing on deep-green trees that you can find all over Central Texas. I am talking about loquats — which despite the name, are unrelated to kumquats but are equally as tasty.

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Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, after soe revising and replanning, is holding its Annual Cinco de Mayo Luncheon online this year. Daily Record file photo by Rachel Sonnier

Centro Cinco de Mayo Lunch Especial

Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos has held its Annual Cinco de Mayo Luncheon at Cuauhtemoc Hall for a number of years, but this year, due to COVID-19, it is moving the annual fundraiser and gat


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