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Texas State Dining Services and the University Police Department are partnering up to serve Hays County first responders lunch Thursday. Daily Record file photo

Texas State to host appreciation lunch for first responders

Texas State University is honoring the service of first responders — every day and especially during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic — with an appreciation lunch on Thursday, May 14, 11 a.m

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UNICEF Kid Power is a program of UNICEF USA that gives kids the power to save lives by connecting their everyday activity to real-world impact. Photos courtesy of UNICEF

Kids can save lives while being active at home

As millions of people across the globe social distance and self-quarantine to help prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus, kids and families can help save lives by getting active at home. 

A Word About Recycling with Ollie Maier

Last week, while on the topic of recycling plastic, we closed with an item from the New York Times. They reported a French firm is making a watch from recycled plastic materials of fishing nets and the waste plastic found floating in oceans. I commented that I couldn’t help but wonder if it smells fishy — I haven’t bought one yet so don’t know the answer to my curiosity.

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Pel's fishing owl is a large species of owl in the family Strigidae. The species is found in Africa and lives near rivers and lakes. Photo by Francesco Veronesi/CC BY-SA 2.0

Exploring Nature: Pel's Fishing Owl

In my far-flung travels, I have seen some very interesting wildlife — everything from elephants and emus to giraffes and killer whales. But one creature that stays with me to this day was a very impressive owl.

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The cucumber, related to both the melon and squash families, is technically a fruit. Cucumbers are actually 90% water, but still manage to provide many valuable health benefits all while being easy to grow in the backyard garden. Photo by Joe Urbach

Growth in Gardening: Cucumbers all summer long

Are you growing cucumbers in your garden? If not, you are missing out on one of the most nutritious and delicious things you can grow during our super-hot summer months. To be harvesting cucumbers in July, you really ought to get them planted now.

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Alma's Light San Marcos Regional Manager Lauren Guzman (left) drops off supplies at DeZavala Elementary with SMCISD Parent Liaison Michelle Delgado (right). Photos courtesy of Alma's Light

Alma's Light raises money for food bank

Nonprofit Alma’s Light is selling “Couchella 2020” T-shirts to raise money for the Hays County Food Bank to help fill the food bank’s increased needs during the coronavirus pandemic.

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