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Summer Fun for All: Local parks programs offer activities and events

Summer Fun for All: Local parks programs offer activities and events

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Story by CATHERINE HOSMAN

Late start to summer: Bell County lakes and parks get slow start opening

Late start to summer: Bell County lakes and parks get slow start opening

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Story by CATHERINE HOSMAN

4-H Teaches youth about more than Livestock

4-H Teaches youth about more than Livestock

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Story by CATHERINE HOSMAN

Bringing a woman’s touch to Schoepf’s

Bringing a woman’s touch to Schoepf’s

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Bringing a woman’s touch to Schoepf’s

All in the Family

All in the Family

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Story by CATHERINE HOSMAN

Organic Operation

Organic Operation

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Turning a Backyard Garden into a Business

Farm-to-table: Farmers, ranchers and artisans offer goods at local markets

Farm-to-table: Farmers, ranchers and artisans offer goods at local markets

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Story by CATHERINE HOSMAN

Wonders of Wimberley

Wonders of Wimberley

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Story and photos by FRED AFFLERBACH

A peaceful garden

A peaceful garden

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Master Gardeners Frances Idoux and Carol Runyan meet in the meditation garden at McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple. It’s Tuesday, and it’s their day to pull weeds where needed, remove last season’s flowers and get ready to plant the new spring crop. On this warm, but windy March day, the garden was still in bloom with winter pansies, snapdragons, lantana and calendula. The fragrance of rosemary floated across the garden on the wind.

Ultimate Altrusan: Making a difference in the lives of others

Ultimate Altrusan: Making a difference in the lives of others

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Kathy Folley is helping to make a difference in the lives of others through Altrusa International. A member of the Temple chapter since 1993, Folley has served in nearly every capacity on the local, district and international boards of directors including president and regional governor before being appointed to the International Board as the new 2015-2017 International Director for District 8.

Holiday gifts by hand

Holiday gifts by hand

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Finding a perfect holiday gift for that special someone in your life or hard-to-buy-for family member can be a daunting task. To make a gift unique, consider a one-of-a-kind gift you make yourself. There are a multitude of venues and craftspeople in Central Texas that can provide the materials, the instruction and the coaching to help you become an artisan. Gathering friends and family together to design extraordinary gifts may even lead to a new holiday tradition.

Enjoy eating: an almost guilt-free  Thanksgiving dinner

Enjoy eating: an almost guilt-free Thanksgiving dinner

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Eating light during the Thanksgiving holiday is a challenge even for the most discerning health-conscious cook. If you enjoy a traditional feast, sacrificing taste for fewer calories might be one way to go. Another way might be carefully selecting just the right card-sized portion of turkey with a level ice cream scoop of stuffing and candied sweet potatoes and lots of veggies, skipping the seconds.

A patient pursuit Central Texas Astronomical Society shares mysteries of the night sky

A patient pursuit Central Texas Astronomical Society shares mysteries of the night sky

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The sun has set, the moon has risen and folks are out, but they’re not at the movies, a restaurant or a ball game — instead, they are gazing intently at the night sky, some with binoculars and others through high-powered telescopes. What they see varies from person to person, but all have a chance to peer at the celestial bodies inhabiting the Central Texas sky during one of Central Texas Astronomical Society’s monthly star parties and observatory open-house events.

Temple events bring families together

Temple events bring families together

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Atop a hill in the middle of James Wilson Park is an office building where Temple Parks and Recreation Superintendent Charlie Bryant and his team imagine, create and plan the family-friendly events that entertain and serve the people of the city and the surrounding areas.

Keeping Harker Heights residents active

Keeping Harker Heights residents active

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What do gardening, swimming, softball and outdoor celebrations all have in common? In Harker Heights, it’s Heather Cox, activities coordinator for Parks and Recreation, the city’s go-to gal for making fun happen.

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