Commentary

Wed
17
Jul

Texas artists keeping country music alive

I grew up on the good kind of country music. The timeless music and lyrics that are still making an impact on the world after generations. Country is the only genre my parents listened to (and remains so), and it is a wonder that I knew who Britney Spears was, but I still shook it up a little with her music every once in a while. 

But the one genre I always went back to was country, and it still reigns supreme in my heart. Something about country music soothes the soul, makes my feet tap along to the beat, and occasionally makes me sing at the top of my longs – normally in the car when no one is around to hear me.

Wed
22
May

Sun tea: hydrating humans and fertilizing roses

Roses

Roses like high levels of fertility, especially nitrogen. Thus, they need to be fertilized in March, June, and lightly in late August. Base your selection of fertilizer analysis on the results of a soil test. For June feeding, utilize fertilizers in which at least half of the nitrogen is in the slow release or slowly available form. In late August, apply fertilizer in which the nitrogen is readily available.

Thu
16
May

Fuchs' House survival crucial to county's preservation

Throughout Burnet County lies a history so rich and always worthy of preserving. One piece of history at risk of being lost in time is the Fuchs' House, located in Horseshoe Bay. Nestled among the trees off of Stagecoach lies a house that has withstood the tests of time for approximately 140 years, and with the efforts of a strong community, I hope to see it thrive for 140 more.

The Fuchs' House was built in the late 1870's for Conrad Fuchs and his wife, Anna, and their family. The patriarch of the Fuchs family, Pastor Adolf, his wife Luise, and their children came from Germany in 1846 and made a home for themselves in Texas, building and continuing homes and relationships over the years.

Many family members passed through the area over time, contributing to the ever interesting history of the area. The house served not only as a home, but a stagecoach stop (the stables are located under the house and it is a sight to see!), a community school, and a post office.

Wed
08
May

Voting: not to be taken for granted

One of my proudest moments involved watching my daughter go into a voting booth for the very first time at age 18.

She walked up to the electronic machine appearing nervous at first then determined. All she needed to do was recall the video she watched as a guide to using the device to offer herself a little comfort.

After she voted, she left the booth wearing a smile. We voted early and other than she and I, the election judges were the only people in the room.

They began clapping for her as she walked up to me. My daughter's smile got even bigger.

It was not only a proud moment for her but everyone else in the room.

Both my children also voted in their first-ever presidential election in 2016, which became one of the most historic events in our lifetime.

Wed
08
May

HCCAC, law enforcement heroes to area children

Something as simple as taking a moment for a conversation with a child can make a world of difference in that child’s life. Children are special little people and need to be treated as such; they need to know they are important and we as a society need to help them realize this by taking the time to show them how much they mean to us.

I built strong bonds with many children throughout seven years working in the childcare field and learned so much about their little minds in that time.

Wed
08
May

Area's historic houses deserve chance

By Caryl Calsyn

Special to the Bulletin

Too many homes of historical value have been torn down or left to rot. Horseshoe Bay has only one still standing and that is the Fuchs (Fox) House and is one of only a few in Burnet County. The house was an important part of our past and can once again be an asset to the community.

Wed
17
Apr

Top officeholders join together in push for funding solution

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen on April 10 released a joint statement promoting a twofold method for the 86th Texas Legislature to curb property tax increases across the state.

“Texans are fed up with skyrocketing property taxes. At the beginning of the legislative session, the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker laid out an agenda for property tax relief through the passage of Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 2 to limit property tax growth,” the state's top officeholders said.

SB 2 and HB 2, the not-yet-approved property tax reform bills, would reduce the revenue growth increment used for determination of the rollback tax rate from 8.0 percent to 2.5 percent for taxing units other than small taxing units unless the voters in a small taxing unit election decide to opt-in to the proposed new voter-approved tax rate procedure.

Wed
17
Apr

Mayor: Business is booming in Burnet

Burnet is booming in a lot of ways but especially economically.   The Burnet Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) along with the City of Burnet and sometimes other partners can be very proud of their accomplishments as well as their plans for additional development.   

Oftentimes citizens see the results of this type of work but may not be aware of the many months, even years, that are invested in making these things happen, not to mention the dollars that it takes to do so.  

An example is the ribbon cutting ceremony that was just held for the improvements to John W. Hoover Parkway which was a partnership between the BEDC, the City of Burnet, the Burnet Industrial Foundation and Burnet County.  

Wed
17
Apr

Community gives back, BCISD seeing growth

Two weeks ago the Rotary Club of Burnet gave away $21,000 in community grants to local non-profit organizations and service organizations. As a member of Rotary, I am very proud of its community grants, and it is another reason that you can add to my list of why I love living and working in Burnet.  

This community gives back to its citizens and there are hundreds of volunteers across the community working to serve people in need. I see examples every day in which these nonprofits are supporting the students and families of Burnet CISD. Kudos to Rotary for helping out these organizations and a big thank you to the local non-profits and service organizations that exemplify the Rotary motto of, “Service Above Self.”

Wed
10
Apr

Got pests in your garden! Never fear!

For red spider mites and white-flies use 1-2 ounces of liquid seaweed per gallon of water. Apply around dusk and saturate the foliage thoroughly.

Four (4) ounces of Potassium Bicarbonate plus 1 teaspoon of liquid soap to a gallon of water is excellent fungicide for black spot, powdery mildew, brown patch, and other fungal problems.

For killing those weeds in the driveways and sidewalks, etc. use full strength white vinegar (20% food grade concentration). For additional strength, add 1-2 cups of citrus oil and 1-2 cups of molasses per gallon of vinegar. Hope this helps you keep the harmful chemicals out of your gardens.

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