Community support for our Meals on Wheels “March for Meals” celebration last week was awesome. With Proclamations of support from the Kerr County Commissioners and the Kerrville City Council Members, we started the week feeling so proud of what we do.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation and simply did not know what to do? Are you in a place where you do not have the answer? There are a lot of uncertain things in our world right now, especially with COVID-19.
Between 2016 and 2019, the city’s street maintenance budget steadily increased by 47 percent as recent city councils made a more concerted effort to appropriately address street maintenance and repairs. In fact, 128 lane miles of street maintenance work has been completed over those years … …
Non-native plants and animals can have devasting impacts on our pristine waterways and Hill Country environment. We’ve experienced this problem locally through increased water pollution in areas with flocks of domestic ducks and Egyptian geese.
The month of March is dedicated to our Meals on Wheels program as we will participate in the 18th annual “March for Meals” – a national month-long celebration aimed at raising awareness and recruiting support for the needs of our vulnerable senior citizens.
We live in exciting and yet, dangerous days. We live in a time that I feel is packed with potential for each of us, but there are also bombings, Coronavirus, and other things to be concerned about. I firmly believe God is reaching out to all of us to first accept Him as Lord and Savior, and …
It is sometimes difficult to discern the man George Washington, because like Lee he’s been marbleized by history. Here was the Continental Army, a collection of colonial militias made up of farmers and tradesmen, determined but by the end of 1777 on the brink of defeat as a fighting force.
We had an exciting Valentine’s Day here at the Dietert Center last week. We had a special visit from the Hill Country Homeschool Association kiddos who brought valentines for all of our dining room participants. Those kids worked really hard on all the handmade cards and the seniors were so …
Ever since Col. Bernie Bruns proposed drilling the first Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) well in Texas in the early 1980s (and just the second ASR well drilled in the United States), Kerrville has been at the forefront of developing new water strategies.
We had a special birthday celebration at the Dietert Center last week. Our sweet friend, Debora Groot turned 99 years young and her family came during lunch to celebrate with her.
There are only a couple spots left for the presentation by Peggy Pilkenton, RN, MSN, and our Dementia Care coordinator on “Caring for Someone with Dementia – Family and Friends Caregiver Training” on Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 3-19.
Going forward into 2020, there are several things I want to take with me into the new year, to help me navigate the days ahead. These are things I have historically seen, that have produced stability and joy in my life. They are perspective, presence and peace.
With the beginning of 2020, it is time to take inventory of our lives and prepare for the future. As I looked at my own life, my walk with God, and where I want to go, I discovered there are things I want to take into the new year and things I need to leave behind. What about you? What do yo…
Tears were streaming down the face of the woman that sat across from me. She was exhausted from trying to figure out how to care for her mom, who was in the hospital, her children, and financial issues that plagued her. “I’m so stressed out,” she stated.
As the holidays approach, we remind each other why this season matters: the opportunity to spend time with family, the sights and smells and tastes of Christmas, a reconnection to our faith and values, and the expression of goodwill towards men and women. Though we are reluctant to say it ou…
Holiday safety is an issue that burns brightest from late November to mid-January, when families gather, parties are scheduled and travel spikes. Take some basic precautions to ensure your family remains safe and injury-free throughout the season.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday; family, fun, great food and lots of reasons to be thankful. I can close my eyes and think about my mom making her cornbread dressing and I can still remember the smell of celery and onions sautéing in butter and the smell of the sage being added.
Each year around this time, researchers and pundits tell us what the next big, new thing will be to make us our better selves so that we can add it to our list of new year’s resolutions.
We were sitting on a bass boat in El Salto, Mexico, and had just cast our lines into the water. It was a gorgeous morning and the sun was coming up behind the Sierra Madre Mountains. The scenery was breathtaking and I marveled at the beauty God had created. It was as if He were painting a ma…
Each year on November 11th we commemorate Veterans Day. This originates from the armistice that ended World War I which occurred at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson designated November 11th as Armistice Day to honor the veterans who fought in the Great War.
Our “Evening to Remember” event last Saturday in the First United Methodist Church Sanctuary was spectacular. The event sponsored by Peterson Health featured Don Irwin, internationally renowned Steinway pianist, benefited our Dementia Care Advocates program and was in memory of John Iman on …
We have a celebrity in our midst. Pat Hudgins, our recently retired Meals on Wheels Coordinator was named the 2019 Outstanding Woman of the Year at the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet last week.
Walking through my neighborhood several weeks ago, I noticed decorations for Halloween at various homes. At one home, there were all these scary looking creatures. God wants us to be filled with faith and confidence, not fear as we walk through this world.
Since the Great Recession of 2008, public trust in American institutions of higher learning has plateaued. Just listen to the way we talk about education.
When the first cold fronts of the year finally roar down from the north, many Texas consumers will turn on their heating systems for the season. Regular maintenance of your system will extend its life and discover any mechanical issues before they become expensive health and safety issues.
I love our community. Several events happened this past weekend that showed how our community comes together to support our youth, families and members of all ages. The Tivy Homecoming parade on Thursday brought out spectators of all kinds. Families with young children watched from the sidew…
By 2030, all baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) will be over the age of 65. It is estimated that in less than 20 years, seniors will outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history. To address any gap in services to the growing aging population, the 27 Area Agencies on Agi…
I can’t believe that it is October and it’s still 90-plus degrees. I am ready for some cool weather for football season. So, if you too are trying to beat the heat, come to the Dietert Center where it is cool and comfortable for some fun, food, entertainment, and friendship.
Retirement, “Good Bye,” and “See Ya Laters” are always hard to experience. especially with those who are so loved by volunteers and co-workers. This month the Dietert family has one of each of those transitions in life to announce.
Life is a gift but it can be brittle and broken at times. My husband and I were in St Augustine, Fla. this past weekend to help his sister Lisa and her husband Tracy prepare a memorial service for their only child, Laura.
I love how God is good at being a genius! He always sees our hearts and is attentive to our needs. He is the best friend I have ever had because He is always around and always listening to me. He sees the best in me and calls me up to become all He has created me to be-my true identity in Him.
Last week we had a special visitor. A gentleman came in to purchase frozen meals for his mom. His wife usually takes care of this task, so it was his first time to come in. She told him to go straight to the freezer where we have all the meals for selection.