Monday, April 12, 2021 / by Jenny Carroll
Contributed by Jami Carroll
With warm weather and bright blooms all around, Central Texans enjoy spending time with family and friends outdoors. The annual Spring Festival at Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop invites families to celebrate the season on its picturesque family-owned farm.
Owned by Andrew Taft & Craig Swanson, Verde Park includes 15 acres of Native Texas pecan, Eastern cottonwood, & Bald cypress gently leading to the banks of the Colorado River. Part of Stephen F. Austin’s colony, the land was originally settled in 1833 by Josiah Pugh Wilbarger. Barton Hill Farms includes replicas of the old Wilbarger Fort and The Lively--Stephen F. Austin’s “pirate ship” that was lost at sea en route to his Bastrop Colony. The educational aspect of the farm also includes five historic signs around the courtyard that reveal the history of the land and its structures; “each sign has a QR code & webpage where visitors can find more. ...
Thursday, March 11, 2021 / by Jenny Carroll
An Austinite's Experience Getting An Appointment For The COVID-19 Vaccine
Monday morning I found myself with an open web browser and what felt like a thousand tabs along the top of my screen. Walgreens, HEB, CVS, Austin Public Health (APH), Walmart, Sam’s Club, and others. Every hour on the hour I refreshed each screen to see if notification of COVID-19 vaccination doses had appeared on any site. As you may have guessed, none did.
Sure, I could have driven six hours to Odessa, TX for the off chance of receiving it from one of the cities listed on HEB’s site with doses but there are simply too many issues with that endeavor. No, we’re sticking close to home for this. We’d registered weeks ago on the Austin Public Health site but hadn’t heard anything from them on when to expect the eagerly awaited email saying it was time to schedule our appointments. If you’ve spent any time looking online for available vaccines then this all sounds familiar ...
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 / by Jenny Carroll
Contributed By: Jami Carroll
Spring has sprung, and it’s time to provide for our seasonal native pollinators! Following the polar freeze that hit Central Texas last month, biologists and horticulturists have begun sounding the alarm over the storms’ negative impacts on our migratory species--including hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. As we begin the hard work of cleaning, reclaiming, and replacing our landscapes and gardens, it’s important to provide for the smallest members of our natural environment: the pollinators. Native species, wildflowers, annuals, and herbs make welcome additions to any garden while providing healthy food and habitats for our favorite pollinators.
Many homeowners look forward to the annual arrival of hummingbirds from mid-March to April. Returning from their South American holidays, Ruby-throated, Black-chinned, & Rufous hummingbirds seek the tender, Spring blooms of flowering plants, bushes, . ...
Friday, February 19, 2021 / by Jenny Carroll
Texans have shown their mettle once again in the face of Nature’s fury. As polar weather patterns shifted to dump historic amounts of snow on ill prepared Southerners, temperatures not only dropped but uncharacteristically remained stuck in below freezing conditions. A dusting of snow is nothing new to us. We can make ludicrously small snowmen with the best of ‘em. A prolonged icy scenario however, despite the beauty of it, is not something we are remotely prepared for.
As demand for heat spiked, the un-weatherized power plants across the state began to fail catastrophically, leaving millions of Texans in the frigidly cold darkness. Some of our Stanberry agents were left without power or a heat source for over 100 hours. Subfreezing temperature inside your home, especially for the elderly or those with compromised health, is a potentially deadly situation for any of us.
As we’ve done so many times before with hurricanes, floods, tornados and more, Texans came out in; ...
Thursday, January 14, 2021 / by Jenny Carroll
With the New Year comes a new form of public transportation in Bastrop, TX. Electric Cab of North America has joined the Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS) in a pilot project funded by a partnership with Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the US Department of Energy. CARTS, a public transportation system, serves urbanized areas of nine Central Texas counties, including Bastrop.Bastrop’s micro-mobility project, called CARTS Now, offers on-demand, point-to-point travel within a designated area of the Bastrop city limits that includes residential, retail, and medical facilities. A portion of that broader area will include a limited electric vehicle service zone. CARTS Now introduced one of its electric vehicles on Dec. 14th; the second will With their open-air designs and maximum speeds of 35 mph, the electric vehicles provide convenient and easy transportation for casual travel.
Curb-to-curb service is available Monday thr. ...