A Taste of Nature digs into archaeology Saturday

The work and discoveries of amatuer archeologists like those on this Llano Uplift Archaeological Society (LUAS) dig will be on the Taste of Nature menu Saturday, Feb. 24, when Charles Hixson, LUAS project manager, conducts a program at Numinous Coffee Roasters in Marble Falls.


The new spring program, A Taste of Nature, will continue with a program digging into archaeology Saturday, Feb. 25, at Numinous Coffee Roasters in Marble Falls.

The Upper Highland Lakes Nature Center will bring young and old a dose of “Vitamin N (nature)” with their Saturday morning latte or hot chocolate in a series of free programs.

“We began an eight-program series Feb. 11 highlighting the beauty and wonder of the Texas Hill Country,” said Paula Richards, a Highland Lakes Master Naturalist and a member of the board of directors of the non-profit UHLNC. “They take place at Numinous on alternating Saturday mornings from 10-11 a.m. Folks can swing by, grab a coffee and a scone, and hang out with Master Naturalists, who will gladly add a dash of Hill Country nature.”

“We especially want to excite young people about science and the wonders of nature,” said Susan Yewell, one coordinator of the event.


Ham Slam initiates new amateur radio operators

The annual Ham Slam of the Highland Lakes Amateur Radio Club (HLARC) is coming up March 3,4 and 5.

Ham Slam is a licensing course and a way to learn about the local community of operators and the services they provide. Amateur radio, or ham radio, is a popular hobby that brings people, electronics and communication together. But in times of emergency, the ability to talk across town, around the world or even into space without the Internet or cell phones can become essential.


Fish fry supports MFAEMS March 1

The spring benefit at the Blue Bonnet Cafe for the Marble Falls Area Emergency Medical Service (MFAEMS) is set for Wednesday, March 1, from 4-8 p.m..

Owners of the historic dining spot at 211 US 281 in Marble Falls dedicate the proceeds to the first responder organization.

“It amounts to about $14,000 a year that supports most of our training,” said Johnny Campbell, MFAEMS executive director. “Our staff and city officials pitch in to help witih the serving, but it's folks who have pitched in to dine for the last 25 years who share our thanks.

Plates of fried fish and sides are $10 and $4 for children age 5 and younger. For take out orders, call 830-693-2444.


Coffee with the Mayor resumes Friday

The Marble Falls Coffee with the Mayor event will resume Friday, Feb. 10, when Mayor John Packer will be sharing a free cup of coffee with interested citizens from 7-8:30 a.m, at Starbucks at US 281 and Gateway North in Marble Falls.

The series began last year at Numinous Coffee Roasters and will continue in 2017 on Fridays, Feb. 10 and 24 and March 10 and 24.

Anyone who has a question about city government or who just wants to get to know the city's mayor is invited to share the view of Lake Marble Falls and visit with Packer. A local business owner, Paker is completing his first term as mayor and, as yet, is unopposed for re-election to the post.


Garden club to host Sugeno on healing

The Highland Lakes Garden Club will host wildlife biologist and ecotherapist Amy Sugeno, LCSW, at its meeting Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Marble Falls Library, 101 Main Street.

She will present her program, “Healing From the Ground Up”. Spending time in nature improves our mental health and wellbeing, and she will focus on the healing aspects of plants, gardening, community gardens, animals, and nature in general and how “healing gardens” are especially helpful with veterans, people in assisted living and those dealing with long and short term hospital treatments.

Sugeno got her start with 16 years as a wildlife biologist, studying a variety of species, mostly birds and bats. She now incorporates her first scholarly love into her role as a licensed clinical social worker.

The public is invited. Social time is at 1 p.m. and the program starts at 1:30 p.m. Call Jennye Keys, 830-953-0404, to reserve your seat.


Dive in Saturday: Wild Game Chili Dinner

The Spicewood Community Center will host its annual wild game chili dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.

Tickets for adults are $10, and for children are $5. Come taste the various chilis and decide which one is best. The price includes chili, drink, fixings, and dessert. All proceeds benefit the Spicewood Community Center.

The center is located on County Road 404, just left off of Spur 191 in Spicewood.


Lasley speaks to Birding and Wildflower Society this morning

Greg Lasley photographs odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) like this Neon Skimmer at the Rio Grande River.

Greg Lasley, renown naturalist and photographer, will be the February speaker at the Highland Lakes Birding and Wildflower Society at their Thursday, Feb. 2, meeting at the Marble Falls Library at 101 Main St. in Marble Falls. Social time begins at 9:30 a.m. with the speaker to present his topic at 10 a.m.

When Greg spoke to the group in November, his topic was Birds of the Big Bend. But in February, his topic will be the order Odonata, Dragonflies and Damselflies, another subject at which this exceptional photographer loves to point his lens.


Concert supports Burnet's Officer Imrie

Carleigh Imrie presents her dad, Burnet Police Officer Matt Imrie, with a $1,000 check from the City of Burnet during a benefit for him on Saturday, Jan. 28, in Burnet's Haley Nelson Park.

By Amy Prayer

Highland Lakes Newspapers

Burnet residents rallied Saturday night, Jan. 28, in support of Burnet Officer Matt Imrie, with a benefit concert.

The community came together for one purpose: to support their fellow member of the Burnet community.

Imrie, who was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident while off duty Tuesday, Jan. 10, sustained a badly broken femur bone, which required surgery. Imrie remained in intensive care until Sunday, Jan. 14.

“He has since been moved out of ICU and is receiving the best of care in a rehabilitation center located in Round Rock” said Jenniifer Watlers, Imrie's mother.

Imrie was released from the rehabilitation center to enjoy the benefit concert at Haley Nelson Park and spoke with many of the community members who expressed their love and support for Imrie during his recovery.

“Thank you all, this means so much to me,” said Imrie, to the attending crowd.


St. Paul's WWICS Holds winter luncheon

In the brilliant Moegi green that signifies health and harmony, KK Rice's kimono completes the Asian theme of her table for the 'Soup's On' luncheon Jan. 24 at Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bay.

More than 80 Highland Lakes area women gathered Tuesday, Jan. 24, for "Soup's On," the annual soup pot luck luncheon and business meeting of the St. Paul Catholic Church Women Working in Communion and Spirit (WWWICS).

The Finn Family Life Center of the Horseshoe Bay Parish was a colorful scene, with the settings for each table for eight provided by individual WWICS members. In addition to table settings, attendees enjoyed 16 different soups and a variety of breads and desserts provided by WWICS members.

Co-chairwomen of the event were Carolyn Richmond and Jo Doherty. Pan Wenzel and Diane Snyder are president and vice president of the organization, respectively.

WWICS is a parish service and social organization. More information is available by calling the office of Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church., 830-598-8342.


Hill Country 100 Club honors first responders

District 20 Rep. Terry M. Wilson addresses more than 400 guests of the 14th Annual Hill Country 100 Club First Responder Awards Banquet at Lakeside Pavilion in Marble Falls on Jan. 19. Find all the awards photos on The-Highlander Facebook page:

Individual first responders from four counties were in the spotlight Jan. 19 for the 14th Annual Hill Country 100 Club Awards Banquet.

More than 400 club members and guests gathered with honorees from Burnet, Llano, Blanco and Lampasas counties at Lakeside Pavilion in Marble Falls.

District 20 Rep. Terry M. Wilson was guest speaker and presenter for the individual first responder awards.

Past Chairman Robert Dahlstrom and Amy Everitt were singled out for their contributions to the Hill Country 100 Club, which not only supports law enforcement units, but their injured members and survivors of those who lose their lives in the line of duty.


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