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City launches program to help bird migration

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City of Dripping Springs launches program to help bird migration

All across America, birds are migrating to their new homes. To help in the migration, the City of Dripping Springs is once again launching Lights Out Dripping Springs, asking residents and businesses to take a pledge to turn off exterior lights during fall migration, Sept. 5 through Oct. 29, and spring migration, March 15 through June 15, from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Along with the Lights Out Dripping Springs pledge program, the Dripping Springs City Council has proclaimed August through October and March through May as Lights Out Migratory Months.

Soprano Impatiens will be a performance to your shade garden

Soprano Impatiens make perfect partners with all kinds of hostas including this Shadowland Autumn Frost.

Soprano Impatiens will be a performance to your shade garden

This female Easter Tiger Swallowtail visits the Soprano Violet Shades impatiens. Photos by Norman Winter

Soprano Impatiens will be a performance to your shade garden

Soprano impatiens will make their debut in 2022 with four colors, Bright Red, Orange, Violet Shades and White. Here The Garden Guy has mixed Orange and Violet Shades to be grown with blue hydrangeas. Photo by Norman Winter

Soprano Impatiens will be a performance to your shade garden

The biggest surprise in The Garden Guy’s testing this year comes courtesy of the Soprano impatiens. I cannot remember the last time I planted what we call bedding impatiens. I'm sure I had dark hair and was still helping children with homework. All I can say is Holy Wow.

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The Journey Continues: Dog Days of Summer and Blessing the backpacks

The Journey Continues: Dog Days of Summer and Blessing the backpacks

My journey this week is near the end of the long days of August which has five Sundays. Most of my week was spent enjoying the great indoors. Judy, my wife, spent time on researching. Two interesting articles she found explained why “dog days” is part of our vocabulary — 1. On NPR’s Short Wave, with Emily Kwong and Maddie Sofia, “the constellation Canis which contains the brightest star Sirius (called the Dog Star) is forever associated with the heat of summer. 2. Mr. Rusty Chinnis, who writes a fishing column titled “Reel Time” for AMSun. com says, “‘Dog days’ is a common term among fishermen signifying the long, hot days of August and September when fish can be hard to find and catch, making the early morning hours or night the best fishing time for savvy anglers.” As a retired pastor, I recall August as having a hard time keeping attendance up in church… another type of “fishing.”

When the River Speaks

The San Marcos Public Library seeks poetry from community for its inaugural issue titled Everybody In! Photo by Jason Cook

When the River Speaks

Every person has poetry within them, and the San Marcos Public Library would like to read yours. Through a new monthly poetry bulletin “When the River Speaks,” the SMPL invites San Marcosarea residents of any age to submit their original poetry to be collected into a monthly edition, the first of which is themed, “Everybody In!”

JERRY HALL DAILY RECORD COLUMNIST

JERRY HALL DAILY RECORD COLUMNIST

Exploring Nature: Poop

Unlike other animals, birds don’t produce urine, instead they excrete nitrogenous wastes in the form or uric acid, which resembles white paste, or plaster. I refer to this substance as “poop.”

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Above, Aviator Pizza & Drafthouse's Major Tom: a 9-inch pizza with  a red sauce base, pepperoni, sage sausage, red onions, green peppers, and fresh portabella mushrooms. Below, Aviator's Meat Almighty — a pizza topped with pepperoni, sage sausage, ground beef, pit smoked ham and bacon on a red sauce base. Daily Record photos by Lance Winter & Nick Castillo

Foodie Friday: Aviator Pizza & Drafthouse

If you travel north on Interstate 35 to Kyle and head down Kohler’s Crossing you’ll find a pizza place nestled into a trendy, beautiful shopping strip, the likes of which is not seen anywhere else

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