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For Copper Chief, a band based in Austin and New Braunfels, being on a hit TV show like USA Network’s Real Country was a huge shot in the arm for the young band. 

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During the past week, I was able to make some new friends who were visitors to New Braunfels. They explained that they had heard about our wonderful town for many years, but had never taken time to visit.

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New Braunfelsers and out-of-town visitors flocked to a three-part set of big names at Whitewater Music Amphitheater last Friday to celebrate summer in a river town during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

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Q. We visited a neighborhood on the Fourth of July for an Independence Day Party. It was quite an area with lots of shade trees including pecans, live oaks, red oaks, cedar elms and mesquites. It surprised me that the trees did so well because it appeared the soil was just caliche and lawns …

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Recently I learned about the death of a former colleague I worked with while I was a school administrator in Ohio. While we were never particularly close, I was somewhat overtaken with a feeling of remorse because of something I had neglected to do.

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Certainly,  you have seen the large granite monument that is in Landa Park near Founders’ Oak. If you haven’t already, give yourself a treat and go see this important monument. Now, let us discuss how it got there.

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As a distraction from, or maybe just an offshoot of the Cold War, the space race between the US and Soviet Union (USSR) was heating up during our Mercury program. The Soviet’s Vostok program stayed ahead of the Mercury program, setting the record for longest time in orbit. 

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Thanks New Braunfels for a wonderful July Fourth Parade. The Sophienburg Team did a great job organizing and keeping all the entries in line. Sts. Peter & Paul kindly let a wonderful variety of American tributes line up to march and our community turned out in great numbers to honor the …

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It’s been a very good year for Texas musicians, starting with King George Strait. 

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Q. I have Bermuda grass running over my recently replanted (3 months) Asiatic jasmine. Of all the contact herbicides for weed grasses that you describe is there any one of the products that would be best in that situation?

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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, I dedicate the month of July to a brief chronology of our efforts toward putting a human on the Moon.

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In the summer of 2006, I was vacationing with my family on Martha’s Vineyard, and while browsing in an Edgartown bookstore I was privileged to meet one of my favorite authors — David McCollough.

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Q. What would cause my crape myrtle leaves to turn yellow? They are blooming and there is new growth, but the new growth has yellow leaves.

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Just like a salad, the ingredients and conditions for a supernova are varied.  But what about the basic ‘nova’?  Seems it doesn’t get any respect (it’s not super).

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It’s no secret that Blue Water Highway is one of my favorite bands on the Texas music scene. 

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My goodness time is flying by! Here we are at the end of June and halfway through 2019. It seems like we were just celebrating the new year.

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I think there’s a moment in every parent’s life where you realize it’s too late to improve certain elements of your parenting.

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As a public service this week I’d like to offer a primer on this week’s debates between the Democrat hopefuls. There’s a lot to look at here — so much, in fact, that this is going to take up two nights with twice the opportunity for insightful policy introductions, thoughtful analysis of the…

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In 2019 the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce is celebrating 100 years. Over these past 100 years the official name has evolved, but the mission has remained the same and that is to promote a better economy and a better city. Each Sunday in the Herald-Zeitung we are featuring space dedicated…

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Q. Bermuda grass is taking over my flower garden. Should I have used a preemergent herbicide to prevent it? The grass is so hard to pull up, what is a possible treatment?

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One of my oldest and dearest friends throughout much of junior high and high school was Dr. Alan Winner, who recently retired after a successful career as a practicing dentist.

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To say that my late father and I had a close, nurturing relationship would not only be misleading but really, untruthful. The truth is I didn’t really get to know my father until I was 10 years old after he and my mother reunited following a decade long separation with my father living here …

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Q. What are the long-legged ugly bugs that are mobbing my tomatoes? I am not sure what damage they are doing because the birds are so active. What are they and what should we do about them, if anything?

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Something is happening on Jupiter. The Great Red Spot (GRS) is shrinking, like a giant skein of adobe-red yarn unraveling. Some estimates give it 20 years, and then it’s gone.

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Throughout the history of Landa Park, whenever there was a challenge or mission to accomplish, the right person with the right abilities came to the forefront to get the job done. A perfect example was Park Commissioner Albert Ludwig; the right person at the right time.

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Climate change is real. It is a growing problem, and it will leave a more inhospitable and dangerous world for our children and grandchildren.

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When Australian actor Greg Pead made the movie titled “Reckless Kelly” in 1993, little did he know he’d give a young band from Challis, Idaho a very cool name. 

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After spending two days traveling from Terre Haute, Ind. to Cedar Bayou, Texas, the three of us were ready for some loosening up time. The kid got to sit on a makeshift arm rest between mom and dad in the front seat of a ‘49 Packard.

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Q. My crape myrtles seem to get shiny sticky leaves each year followed by a black mold, which causes the leaves to drop off. It took me awhile to figure out that the shiny sticky leaves were caused by aphids and their excrement. And that the mold was a fungus growing on the leaves living on …

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Our world turns, spins on an imaginary axis that goes through the south and north poles.  Hey, that’s why they’re called poles! 

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Once after a fun afternoon at the park with my grandson, I realized it was getting late and suggested we head for home.

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June is here and school is out. You can see and hear kids playing in the neighborhoods, summer camps are taking place all over our town, swimming pools are full of little heads bobbing up and down, and parks all over have children playing.

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26,814. That’s just not any number. Nor is it the number of vehicles traveling on I-35 on any given morning. And even though it may seem so, it is not the sum of new residents moving to south central Texas daily.

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So, what if things were just an itsy-bitsy different way back when it all started?  You know, when an infinitely dense bit of space/time expanded like God blowing a soap bubble.  We call that inflation, happening just after the big bang. 

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Q.  What are some perennials we can plant in the shade under our oaks, hackberries and other shade trees? We need some plants that are attractive, easy to care for, and cover lots of ground.  We basically need tall ground covers with shade tolerance. 

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I’m not a fan of fish as pets. To me the maintenance vs companionship ratio is way too high. In fact, for many years I’ve been happy to have only a moss ball in a vase as our aquatic household companion. Mr. Moss Ball (referred to most recently as Benjamin, for reasons that remain a mystery)…

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Organized religion has been attacked throughout history.  The story isn’t new: pagan Rome against Christians, Protestants against Catholics, Hindus against Christians and Muslims, Christians and Muslims against Jews, and atheists against any and all religion.  

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It was the feast of St. Mary, Mother of the Church, so writer Leah Libresco and some friends decided to have a traditional procession through their neighborhood while praying the rosary out loud.

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Here’s something you probably didn’t know you could compost: pencil shavings. The thin wood shavings with residual graphite (pencils today are lead-free) are perfectly fine to toss into the compost bin. Mix them with all sorts of degrading organic matter, and they’ll break down into benefici…

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When it comes to choosing a paint for your walls, don’t be fooled into thinking “low-VOC” paints are good for you or the environment. The reality is all paints are technically “low” in volatile organic compounds (the chemicals and odors in paint), so you really want brands marketed as “zero-…

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A House-Senate conference committee is beginning work on a package of border security policies that, it is hoped, can win the support of both Democrats and Republicans. The final product is certain to include several measures that already have full, bipartisan approval: more immigration judg…

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On average, we spend up to one-third of our lives in bed, so it makes sense to make the bedroom as clean and green as possible. The easiest switch is with bedding. When shopping in the store, you may see bedding with promises of being wrinkle-free. But these sheets are coated with chemicals …

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It took more than a year after State Rep. Eric Johnson complained about a plaque applauding the rebels in the Civil War, just around the corner from his office in the Texas capitol, for it to be removed. But it finally was.

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When it comes to shopping for fruits and veggies, there are some green “all-stars” worth noting. Onions, for example, are virtually always pesticide-free, can be grown in almost any climate (so buying local is easy for everyone) and don’t require refrigeration for storage. Some other all-sta…

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What Washington needs is a New Deal culture — or, more precisely, a new culture of the deal.