I have worked for the USPS for 17 years as an auditor and have seen from the inside how the Postal Service works and what miracles it performs every day. Yes, it is deep in the red, but that is primarily because of burdens placed on it by the Congress plus a severe drop in mail volume—over 53 billion pieces since 2007. Yes, we have some mismanagement, but show me a major corporation that doesn't.
According to a Postal Service publication, the Postal Service is the only organization in the country that has the manpower, network infrastructure, and logistical capability to deliver to every residence and business in the U.S., its territories, and military personnel stationed across the globe almost every day.
Except for our financial situation, the Postal Service is not "broken" as some people allege. All of us still get our mail six days a week,1 and we can almost always count on our letters and packages getting delivered to the right address in a couple of days. Most of us feel cheated if we don't get at least one thing in our mailbox each day. Most of us also know and like our mail carrier.
Join us at the 15th annual Chili Cook-off and Barn Dance, slated for Feb. 19-21 at the Ellis County Expo Center in Waxahachie. The event benefits the Gingerbread House children’s advocacy center and is its largest fundraiser of the year.
The event features three days of CASI-sanctioned chili competition (Friday-Sunday), along with junior, local/novice and bean competitions on Saturday. Admission is free for all three days of the chili cook-offs.
Saturday night features the annual Barn Dance with dancing and a prime rib dinner. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available; these must be purchased in advance. Sponsorship levels are platinum ($2,500), gold ($1,000), silver ($500) and bronze ($250). Individual tickets are $62.50 each. Activities during the Barn Dance include conclusion of the giant silent auction, drawing for several cash prizes and the drawing for the $10,000 Visa gift card giveaway.
Every once in a while I will drop by a roadside BBQ place and to my surprise discover, Yes! There are still people who actually know how to cook real Texas BBQ! Mr. Harris does it right! In the old Texas way! In a real smoker using real wood and not a commercial oven! This is a small restaurant, and I love finding places like this as the food, more often than not, is great. This is due in part to the fact the owners have such a passion for the food they are serving.
I am normally a pork rib lover, but this day I partook of some beef ribs and I have to say, his beef ribs were every bit as good as pork ribs! Its hard to believe, but he may have converted me!
Handcrafter's Companion is a priceless reference collection of product recipes designed to create a relaxing spa atmosphere in your own home.
Many busy woman with a hurried, stressful paced lifestyles often find it hard or difficult to find ways to relax? Like many people, you seek to create a restful retreat in your home -- one in which you can relax and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.
The spa industry is the fourth largest leisure industry in the United States, and continues to be highlighted in movies, television, articles and advertising. All of these factors have combined to make the spa experience more mainstream -- and growing numbers of consumers are looking to add the spa experience to their everyday lives.
I would like to tell you about a book which details one of the most fascinating stories about Texas and about a man and his family who became a Texas legend, particularly in South East Texas and to anyone who has ever attended the University of Texas!
It is a story about, good, bad and evil! It is a story about how those with power and wealth feel they are above the law, yet also and perhaps more importantly about the growing role of some in the legal profession condoning, perpetuating and being complicit in criminal activities.
To begin, William Henry Stark and his wife Miriam, came to Texas in the early 1880s, originally from Pennsylvania, they settled in the small town of Burkeville Texas, which was the center for the Texas timber boom at that time. With his knowledge of timber, by the turn of the century, he and his partner, G. Bedell Moore, had made a massive fortune in the lumber business. Henry J. Lutcher and G. Bedell Moore built the first "big mill," with a daily capacity of 80,000 to 100,000 board feet. For the next half century, Lutcher and Moore set a high standard for quality lumber, advanced technology, and leadership in civic projects. They had amassed a huge fortune in timber, land, oil, cattle and more by the 1920's.
MyBoatPlans is a comprehensive collection of 518 boat plans, 40 videos and about 500 pages of boat building guides. I've just browsed and read the entire package and this is my review on the product:
The Plans package offers step by step blueprints on over 518 boats and video lessons on boat building. The creator, Martin Reid offers a simple, efficient and user-friendly system to construct any type of boats in a simple way. MyBoatPlans shows the user how to build over 500 different types of boats ranging from simple canoes and kayaks to complex designs like a cabin cruiser.
Lone Hen Winery is located in College Station and is owned by Steve and Vicki Kirkpatrick. Their first vines of Blanc du Bois and Champanel were planted in 2004 on their ten acre lot where they live. They continued by planting Cabernet Sauvignon in 2006 and will be replanting with Lenoir soon. They currently have 1.5 acres of vines and will have four acres of vineyard when completed. In 2009, Lone Hen Winery officially became a winery.
We first saw Lone Hen Winery at the Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival where the wines being tasted were sparkling wines. At the time, they said they did not have a tasting room yet so I decided to wait a while until we would be in the area again to visit. We called in advance recently to see if we could make an appointment to visit the winery.
The biggest one is that the cost to transport that yummy nectar from where they grow, harvest, and ferment it is going up right along with the cost of fuel. There's no two ways around it - we are about to see bottles of wine at the grocery store and wine shops double.
In the last year, there has been a flurry of "How To" guides crop up around the internet. All of the guides are helpful and at least can get a beginner started.
The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.
Two Val Verde County game wardens responded to a call about a critter inside a Del Rio Super Wal-Mart. When they arrived on the scene, they found a juvenile opossum lodged in the ceiling braces. Using a Wal-Mart scissor lift, they were able to safely remove the opossum and successfully relocate it.