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Thursday, September 10, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Good Things at Down Home Ranch

Contributed by Deena Thomas

(BASTROP) Even in the midst of COVID confusion, good things are happening at various non-profit organizations including Down Home Ranch located on 410 acres near Elgin.


The Ranch, offering residency, day programs, and ranch camp over their past 31 years serves adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Their mission is “empowering the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through social, education, residential and vocational opportunities.”
It is with great anticipation for Saturday, Oct. 3, that this year’s 17th Annual Gala---“Down Home is Where the Heart Is” will be held completely online through a virtual hosting platform from 6 to 8 p.m.
“We will still have all of the great entertainment and speakers you’ve come to know and love with other galas,” Jeffrey Mizell, Director of Development said.
The event kicks off with a special pre-event performance b ...

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  family, covid, social distance, fun

Thursday, September 10, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Stanberry Builder Spotlight: Whisper Valley Austin

There has never been any place quite like Whisper Valley in Austin. Located along the booming SH 130 corridor, it’s the blueprint for a new kind of planned community – one focused on a more complete lifestyle. Whisper Valley is an environmentally-sensitive development dedicated to energy efficiency and cutting-edge technology. Homes built by Pacesetter Homes, Buffington Homes, GFO Home, Avi Homes, AHA Dream Homes, and Thurman Homes are affordably priced and perfect for Austinites who want to join the future of sustainable living.
The key to sustainable living at Whisper Valley is EcoSmart Solution, a green energy services provider, focused on designing and delivering an innovative geothermal infrastructure combined with a comprehensive suite of distributed energy resources. EcoSmart Solution (ESS) installs and operates a community-wide GeoGrid using a reliable vertical and horizontal central piping system to provide thermal energy for a geothermal heat pump installed in ev ...

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  family, fun, new, home, dell valle

Wednesday, August 12, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Tesla's Austin Gigafactory is Well Underway

The announcement of Tesla's 2,100-acre gigafactory site, located in Dell Valle in southeast Austin, is poised to transform a previously underdeveloped and underserved section of Travis County into a vibrant, fully serviced community. The corporation out of California, set to build the Tesla Model Y and Model 3 as well as the highly anticipated Cybertruck, has pledged to invest over $1 billion into the local economy and bring 5,000 jobs to the area. As many know, Austin won the close competition for the facility from Tulsa, Oklahoma with the final incentive package including $60 million from Dell Valle's School Officials, according to Philip Jankowski and Shonda Novak's article in The Statesman from August 7th.

While most of the promised jobs will be considered unskilled labor with an average annual wage of $47,000 with entry-level positions at $35,000, Tesla anticipates an additional 4,000 jobs to be created in the community due to the development of the facility. Tesla has already ...

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  family, new, home, cybertruck, dell valle, gigafactory, tesla

Tuesday, August 11, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

16 Great Housewarming Gift Ideas

The home-buying season is still going strong, even as the summer wanes and schools gear up to greet kids both in-person and online. Chances are, you know someone who bought a new house this year. Since get-togethers are still a bit taboo you might be looking for ready-to-ship housewarming gifts personalized to make that special friend or family member feel at home in their new digs. We've compiled 16 unique, fun items you can find online to have delivered right to their new door. Social distancing doesn't have to prevent you from reminding those you care about how special they are! 

Don't know a new homeowner but want to make someone's day? These have you covered there, too!

Customized Self-Inking Address Stamp
An often overlooked gift item that brings a smile every time is a customized self-inking stamp with the happy homeowner's new address. Even if they pay all their bills, send all their invites, and communicate all online, this thoughtful item is sure to inspire a writ ...

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  family, covid, social distance, summer, fun, virtual party, gifts, housewarming

Tuesday, August 11, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Bastrop Private Schools Open For In-Person Learning

Contributed by Deena Thomas
(BASTROP) As the start of school approaches in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Greg Abbott recently granted local school boards power to make final decisions for start dates and method of instruction for the 2020-2021 school year. While public school boards wrestle with the means to ensure student safety and health amid large student populations, private schools in the Bastrop County area work with smaller student populations, making on-campus learning, while following all CDC recommendations, a viable option.
Bastrop ISD students will begin with online instruction from Aug. 18-Sept. 8. All parents were requested to complete a form choosing onsite or online instruction for their students by August 9 so that appropriate plans could be made to serve all students beyond Sept. 8.
Smithville ISD students will begin instruction on August 24. Students will be served based on preference as noted in an instructional programming form completed by pare ...

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  covid, family, social distance, new