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Q.  The firebush that we have in a container on our patio for the hummingbirds is loaded with aphids. There are so many that the leaves and blooms are deformed. Is there anything we can spray with to control the aphids that won’t hurt the hummingbirds? 

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Two eyes are better than one applies when looking at magnified celestial objects. A binocular is your ticket to the beauty of ‘wide field observing’. 

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A few years ago, I wrote a piece in this space all about the road signs, bumper stickers and other pieces of priceless wisdom I gathered while out of town on vacation. Similarly, I recently returned from a fall holiday after visiting our nation’s tiniest state — Rhode Island.

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If you happen to be a fan of tribute shows, you are in luck. This week there are 10 tribute shows all happening within our area that will offer just about every genre of music you want. 

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My mom discovered a few old board games in her closet and decided to see if we wanted them before giving them away. 

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I’ve had a pretty good life and I shouldn’t complain about anything but if there was one thing that I could have had — just for fun — it would have been to have had some cool hippie grandparents.  

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It’s been a strange news week on the international front, with so much of the focus turned — as it so often is now — to China.

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Q. Our lawn is nearly all brown. We suspect the problem is caused by grubs. Can we go ahead and treat for grubs at the same time as we apply fertilizer for the fall?

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We know about volcanoes on Earth.  They are stinky, with molten rock that might ooze through and destroy a town (effusive) or blow its own mountain apart (explosive).  They are born of the geological processes that make our planet.  But Earth doesn’t have a monopoly on volcanoes, they’re eve…

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What story could be timelier than a story about bridges? The San Antonio Street Bridge, the main bridge across the Comal River linking New Braunfels to Comaltown, is undergoing massive renovations that will take almost two years to complete. Under the circumstances, detours have been worked …

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The big news this week is the 33rd Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest held at Gruene Hall and the surrounding area. 

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We recently went to a “destination wedding” for our nephew and his absolutely wonderful bride. Of course, since most of our family is far flung, almost every wedding is a destination wedding for us. While this wedding was unique to the loving couple, I have noticed a certain cast of characte…

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If the forecast serves correctly by the time you are reading this, you should be able to sit on the porch and read the paper or eat on the back patio with friends and neighbors without breaking into a sweat. I am not one to complain, especially when it comes to warm weather, as that puts foo…

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There is a story I tell people that usually gets a laugh.

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Today I received and actually read a contract that was sent to me by a customer for doing some subcontract work on a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) project. The truth is that there are some parts of these contracts that I actually read and pay attention to — such as my scope of w…

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Men’s Roundup kicks off its second year this October. In the past year we have had speakers like Charlie Duke, Deloss Dodds, Mark Welch. D. W. Rutledge, Jim Streety, Bruce Collie and others. All are men who have led successful, high profile lives and walk with Jesus. 

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Q. If I am applying “Cut Vine and Stump Killer” to the freshly cut trunk of a 7-inch weed tree, do I have to paint the whole cut or will it work if I just paint the cambium layer around the edge of the trunk? 

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We know those of you fortunate enough to attend last night’s (Oct. 5) Harvest Moon Gala featuring a delicious meal and unforgettable music under the stars by Patsy Kline are still “Walking After Midnight” with a smile on your face remembering the great time you enjoyed. The event was New Bra…

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