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I decided to walk around the building and ask the staff about what they are hearing and feeling from participants and volunteers coming in to the center.

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If I asked you to describe the Guadalupe River in Kerr County, chances are your response would include something about towering cypress trees lining the banks.  Bald cypress are a quintessential feature of Hill Country rivers and streams. We may admire them because of their awe-inspiring bea…

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Independence: What does that mean to you? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes independence as “the quality or state of being independent.”

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Summer vacations are amazing, but I need a vacation from my vacation. We spent an extra-long weekend at the lake with our five grandsons ages one, three, four, five and eight.  

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I was flipping through my favorite outdoor catalogue the other evening, and noticed a picture in the camping section that gave me pause. The photo showcased the latest and greatest tent that had been pitched by a family. The tent wasn’t what caught my eye, but rather the models settled comfo…

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Okay, what we have all been waiting for! The doors are unlocking and the Dietert Center will open again on June 1. All classes, groups, and activities will resume along with our indoor Friendship Café. More details to come next week.

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What a beautiful May we have had so far.  I hope all the moms had a great day on Sunday. I know I did. Whether fun or rest, it was much-needed.

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As an ex-public educator of 14 years, I’m no stranger to the laws of science - especially as they relate to life here in the Hill Country. In fact, I don’t mind admitting that I’ve been working extensively on a precept that I hope to publish and eventually establish as scientific law. 

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We love it when May gets here! The beautiful flowers start popping out that the April showers helped out with, Mother’s Day celebrations, graduations, and it’s time to get ready for summer. But, the main reason we love May is that it is “Older Americans Month.”

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We are busy here at the center this week.  With the help of our Kerr County Emergency Management Coordinator, Dub Thomas, the Texas Department of Emergency Management, Air and Army National Guard Services, we began our second and last series of COVID vaccinations for our Meals on Wheels clie…

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Last week’s economic summit sponsored by the Kerrville Chamber of Commerce highlighted the inevitable growth forecasted for the Austin-San Antonio-Hill Country triangle over the next 10 years. This expected influx in new commerce and workers presents substantial business and economic opportu…

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It is interesting to see which plants around my house survived the ice storm, and which plants did not.  We spent the weekend trimming and lovingly caring for those weakened by the storm and unfortunately had to remove those that were not salvageable.  My husband calls me “Ellie Mae” because…

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As a newspaper publisher and journalist, I believe that the media’s job is to accurately report facts about candidates in an effort to educate voters to make informed decisions.

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Well, we did it again. On Monday, April 12, we provided 143 second-round vaccines for our Meals on Wheels clients, their caregivers and other seniors. Special thanks goes to 21 Texas Army National Guard team members that helped to facilitate that accomplishment.

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Seven months into our 2021 fiscal year (FY2021), the City of Kerrville’s positive financial situation serves as a daily reminder that we live in a dynamic and ideally-situated hub of the Texas Hill Country. Kerrville’s status as a regional destination for business, education and recreational…

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Easter brings with it lots of love, sunny weather, candy, but most of all - resurrection and renewal.

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As the Dietert Center rounds out our month-long awareness campaign to celebrate the power of Meals on Wheels and increase support for America’s seniors amid challenging times, we would like to thank our community members that came along for the ride.

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The Dietert Center is continuing our month-long awareness campaign to celebrate the power of Meals on Wheels and increase support for America’s seniors amid challenging times.

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The last three and a half years I have had the privilege of overseeing care for my father-in-law, John Rambie. He was a great man and unfortunately, he recently passed away. Walking with people in the last days of their journey on earth is challenging at times, and yet so rewarding.

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I know that everyone is ready to get back into the groove of normalcy and with the recent order from the Governor, maybe our state is starting that path, but the Dietert Center will hold off for a little while longer.  

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I spent the last couple weekends helping my sister pack up her house in Austin. While helping her, I was reminded of and able to hold in my hand special items that are sentimental to our family.  

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I am not sure which TV show I escaped from, whether it was “The Twilight Zone” or “Little House on the Prairie,” but I am so relieved to be back in “Happy Days.” Welcome back to Texas and our gorgeous weather. You know the old saying, “If you don’t like the weather in Texas, wait thirty minu…

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The last few days have been very challenging for many of us in our community and state. Like many, my husband and I have dealt with the temperature being 31 degrees when we arrived at our house, busted water pipes, water in our house, electricity only a few hours a day and cooking in our fir…

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Last week Mother Nature threw a hissy-fit, and it was a hum-dinger. Dallas recorded the coldest three-day period on record, and the record goes back to the 1800s. In my 75 years I’ve seen Texas ice storms before, but this was my first ice-week. And it was frigid across Texas and up as far as…

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The brutal winter storm that ripped through Texas last week laid low most of the state’s power grid, rendering basic everyday essential services useless. Across the state, millions of citizens shivered in dark, freezing-cold homes, often without food and even more perilously without water.

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Super Bowl LIV wasn’t very exciting this year, but it was nice to feel that sports of some sort was back in session and the cardboard people cutouts helped make it feel that the stadium was full of spectators.  

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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many in our society will focus on love. One of the outstanding characteristics of God is His constant and everlasting love for us. His love for me has been my anchor and security; however, it wasn’t always that way.

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Have you seen the mural on the side of the NAPA Auto Parts store? It faces Pint N Plow Brewing Company and it adds to the ambiance of that block of Clay Street.

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I want to share another positive story about the Dietert Center with you today. This time, it’s about our PAL program. PAL is the initials for Personal Alert Link and it’s the buttons that you wear around your neck that will summon assistance if you fall or have a medical emergency.

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I want to share a good memory story about the Dietert Center with you today. We received a grant from Meals on Wheels of America and PetSmart to help our MOW clients with some of their pet needs during the pandemic.

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It was early in the morning and I sat in my cozy robe with my hot tea. I was eager to get back to my routine and quiet time after company and the holidays. Every year, I begin the year asking God what He has for me in the new year. As I prayed and listened, I felt like I heard two words, exp…

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We got word last week that the AARP National offices have closed all AARP Tax Services in Kerrville for the full year and that includes the one usually held at the Dietert Center.