Features

Thu
27
Apr

DSCMPs "Shack to Home” complete

 

Before and After photos.  In the after photo, DSCMP Board Members Robin Robinson and Lynn Osler stand in front of the new home.

 

The Dripping Springs Community Mission Partnership (DSCMP) has done a lot for those in need of assistance. They have provided housing for those living in deplorable conditions, such as children living in a camper, seniors living in mold infested housing or a senior living outdoors.

“In the last seven years and in the past seven years have helped over a dozen families,” board member and volunteer Robin Robinson of the DSCMP said. They complete what they start and move onto the next project. “Helping others is in the DNA of the organization.”

Wed
19
Apr

Weather spotting, saving lives

 

North Hays County Fire and Rescue, ESD 6, responds to a vehicle trapped at a low water crossing recently. “Flash floods are consistently the biggest killer in our area,” Joe Zeitler of the National Weather Service said.

 

Jon Zeitler, Science and Operations Officer for the Austin - San Antonio office of the National Weather Service, presented SkyWarn training at the North Hays County Fire Station in Dripping Springs on Thursday April 13th.  The session was introductory training for members of the public - about twenty people were in attendance - on how to become weather spotters.  Weather spotters are volunteers who report details of certain weather events to the National Weather Service (NWS).  The spotters serve as an “on the ground” supplement to technology, and help the NWS provide timely warnings to the public about hazardous weather. 

Thu
06
Apr

Looking back on the founding of Dripping

 

Clarence Collins Cobb standing by the saddle his father rode on when he first arrived in Dripping Springs in 1924 herding Angora goats. PHOTO BY JOHN PACHECO

 

Editors Note:  As Dripping Springs undergoes dramatic change through our growth spurt; the community is in danger of losing the rich history and stories of our past.  I recently sat down with long time resident Clarence Collins Cobb, and asked him about some of the people who came before us and the their contributions to the forming of our community.

How long have you lived in Dripping Springs?

Thu
06
Apr

Dripping Springs has mobile cigars

 

Chris Walling outside his mobile cigar lounge PHOTO BY JOHN PACHECO

 

The idea for a mobile cigar lounge came to Chris Walling when he and a friend were having drinks by an Airstream at the Rusty Mule.  His friend owns a private luxury cigar lounge in Austin, and both of them bemoaned the fact that there were no cigars available at the venue.  Then it hit them, wouldn’t it be cool to convert an Airstream trailer into a mobile cigar lounge?  “The idea just kind of stuck in my head,” Walling said. 

As he explored the idea, Walling had another friend who ran a limo service and offered to introduce him to people who were wedding planners.  When he met them, everyone he met asked him the same question, “When can we book you?”  “Here I was getting offers for bookings and I didn’t even have a trailer,” Walling said.

Thu
06
Apr

Horse in need, Three month old Barbara needs your help

 

Barbara can sit on a bean bag and do a few other tricks trained by Alan Pogue. 

 

Martha Carroll-Talley has a beautiful foal that one falls instantly in love with. A very cute, people-loving, adorable little Arabian horse named after Barbara Streisand. She even does tricks and she’s only three months old. But at her young age she needs surgery and she needs it quick.

Barbara was born with a damaged snout. It is so bad that she had to learn how to nurse. Her mother rejected her and had to be trained to let her foal nurse off of her. She needs costly supplements of commercial mother’s milk.

She won’t be able to eat grass because of her handicap if the situation remains the same. Her nostrils are smashed and disjointed due to her ailment. Due to this condition she has had pneumonia due to getting milk in her lungs because she couldn’t aspirate. It is an extremely rare condition and it is thought that in the womb, her leg placement caused the situation.

Thu
23
Mar

RED Arena’s reading leads to $25k grant

Reading directly led to RED Arena receiving a generous $25,000 donation.

RED Arena, a Dripping Springs nonprofit that serves children and adults in physical, occupational and speech therapy with the use of horses, announced a new reading program for children called “REDy to Read.” 

In it’s press release, RED Arena stated, “Children can get discouraged if they make a mistake while reading out loud, but not if it’s to a horse.  Children of all ages and abilities can sign up for a time to read to one of our friendly horses.  Children will build self-confidence and reading skills at the same time… A horse listens and offers no criticism back to the reader and offers encouragement just by listening. (It helps) them in a non-judgmental way when mistakes are made.” 

Thu
23
Mar

I like the Semi-annual Ritual of Changing the Clocks

 

Brian Sjolseth

 

Letter to the Editor

Thu
16
Mar

Burke Center opens doors to community

 

Executive Director Steve Fournier at the Burke Center

 

 

Travelling east on FM 150, there’s 23 acres that hope to put young boys together again. The Burke Center for Youth, for
boys ages 11 through 17, is a place that tries to put lives back together after abandonment, abuse and neglect. 

Their stated mission is to “(strive) to promote healing and inspire hope for children in crisis. Whether through treatment, placement, or a little extra stability, our ultimate goal is to help children rebuild their lives in a manner that will break the cycle of abuse and give them the tools necessary to flourish."

Thu
16
Mar

Fancy Feathers Ninth Annual Open Chicken Show

 

4-H members Nora Cowles and Claire Thomas hold their Serama chickens. Seramas are the smallest breed of chickens in the world and are native to Malaysia. PHOTO BY SUZANNE PACHECO

 

The Ninth Annual Fancy Feathers Open Chicken Show took place on Saturday, March 11, at Dripping Springs Ranch Park. The statewide event attracted 4H youngsters and adults from all over Texas to showcase their fowl in Dripping Springs. More information on Fancy Feathers 4-H Club can be found at www.fancyfeatherstx.org.

Thu
16
Mar

Lineal descendants of American Revolution provide honor guard

 

The Patrick Henry and William Hightower Color Guard. From left to right- Stan Trull, John Booth,  Stu Hoyt (William Hightower Chapter President), Ken Tooke, Donn Chandler, Mrs & Mr. Dinesh D'Souza (Dinesh D’Souza was the event’s guest speaker), Jeff Wise, Jim Clements ( Patrick Henry Chapter President), and Bob Jordan  SUBMITTED PHOTO

 

Members of the Patrick Henry and William Hightower Chapters of the Texas Society Sons of the American Revolution provided the honor guard for the Hays County Republican Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on March 4, at the San Marcos Conference Center/Embassy Suites.

The Patrick Henry Chapter provides honor guard services, in full Continental Army uniforms, to community organizations upon request.  “I think it’s a great way to infuse patriotism into community events, and it’s a great way for us to be involved with the community,” Jim Clements, Chapter President, said.

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