• By Dr. William Johnson
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In general, insects have a bad reputation. The vast majority of insects either cause no harm or are in fact very beneficial to mankind. However, there are a few that cause us problems. Among insect pests that most homeowners dread, termites certainly rank at the top.

  • By SARAH PIEL
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The Cultural Arts District in historic downtown Galveston will come alive on April 1 with music, children singing and dancing, live entertainment, stage productions, bands, puppets, storytelling inside a giant tepee, a bubble pond, a petting zoo, and over 50 booths showcasing hands-on arts a…

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  • By FRANK J. BOWSER
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There’s an old saying about March, “In like a lamb; out like a lion and vice versa.” It all boils down to March weather being unpredictable at best with blustery winds most likely. That’s why the Friends of Galveston Island State Park set April 15, a month later this year, as “Beach and Bay;…

  • By KAREN MOONEY
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During my morning run a George Michael song came on and started to fill my ears. While I was listening to the song, I remembered that it was the same song Adele sang recently on the Grammy Awards show. Did you see what happened? After singing the first few minutes she realized she was off ke…

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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Last Saturday, I was able to tour some sites on this spring’s Azalea Trail sponsored by the River Oaks Garden Club. Even though the prime flowering period for most of the azaleas had passed, the remaining azalea flowers provided ample glints of colors to lighten up the drab and cloudy day. A…

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River, Lakes, Bays ‘N Bayous Trash Bash will have its 24th annual cleanup of the Galveston Bay Watershed at 8:30 a.m. March 25. This event promotes environmental stewardship of our watershed through public education by utilizing hands-on educational tools and developing partnerships between …

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Artist Boat is hosting a second Beautify the Bucket Competition this spring. Individuals, groups and families can claim and paint a trash barrel destined for Galveston Beach. Painted barrels will add to the beautification efforts all along Galveston beaches and will encourage the proper disp…

  • By DAVID YNGVE
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I have been a cello player with the Galveston Symphony Orchestra for 20 years. I look forward to the orchestra season each year. At 4 p.m. Sunday at The Grand 1894 Opera House is our next concert. There will be a piano concerto with a great soloist. That will be fun. Then a classic, Dvorak S…

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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The master gardener volunteers recently sponsored a spring plant sale at the Rodeo Area at the County Fairgrounds. The master gardeners will conduct a final clearance plant sale from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Horticulture Demonstration Garden in Carbide Park in La Marque. Inclu…

  • By HARVEY CRISWELL
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Local history and local art will come together from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Dickinson Historic Railroad Center, 218 FM 517 W., in Dickinson. This will be a chance to see local artists’ work. The artists will be available to talk of their works, with light …

  • By ROSENBERG LIBRARY
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Today’s watches — worn on the wrist — are increasingly high-tech, providing not only the time and date, but also GPS navigation, fitness tracking and internet access. However, for most of history, people carried simple watches in their pockets in order to tell time. Also called “pocket clock…

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Editor’s note: Dr. Susan H. Landry, an authority on early childhood, will come to Galveston to speak on how a young child’s brain develops.

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The first day of spring will soon be here (March 20 at 5:28 a.m.) according to the astronomical definition. From a gardening perspective, the exact timing of “spring” is less precise.

  • By JANICE LAW
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Planning travel in the spring months promises the added allure of outdoor festivals worldwide featuring flowers endemic to that culture or region. Let flowers be your spring travel guide.

  • By GALVESTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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The Doolin Maritime Careers Camp, a weeklong residential camp that introduces students to maritime careers, July 30 through Aug. 5, is now accepting applications for students that are rising to eighth to tenth grades. The camp is free of charge. Deadline for applications is May 1. Space is limited.

  • By MARGARET CANAVAN
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H urricane Ike caused the loss of 40,000 trees on Galveston Island. The Galveston Island Tree Conservancy was formed to address that loss and has replaced over 15,000 through grant-funded plantings and giveaways.

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Novelist, songwriter and poet living in Dickinson, Terry Keys’ newest book “Games of Guilt” was released Tuesday. The book tells the thrilling, twisted tale of one detective’s pursuit of a killer that will push him to the brink of death.

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Curious visitors can explore homes full of art collections and views of Galveston Bay during a fundraising tour for the Houston Symphony League Bay Area at the end of next month.

  • By JANELL LONG & YOLANDA HALL Hand in Hand for Lupus co-founders
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The Lupus Awareness Walk is set for May 20, and we’re hoping that the community will continue its support of this event by registering to participate so that we can help raise funds to further research and beat this disease.

  • By BARBARA CANETTI Correspondent
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You know you always wanted to grow an orange tree, but when you do you trim them? And what do you feed them? And those — when do they need to be put in the ground? Which are the best for this region? And can I put my herbs in the sun? My gingers in the shade? And when should I trim those hib…

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Rozanne Curtis has always been one to take life by the horns and press on full steam ahead — either on stage or in the classroom — as a second year teacher at Clear Springs High School in the Clear Creek Independent School District.

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It’s the middle of February and the Master Gardener annual Spring Plant Seminar and Sale is nearing. This year’s seminar and sale will be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Rodeo Arena at the Galveston County Fairgrounds along Highway 6 in Hitchcock.

  • By SEA STAR BASE GALVESTON
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Sea Star Base Galveston is currently accepting registration for students in first grade through 12th grade to participate in Pi Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 14 at 7509 Broadway in Galveston.

  • By GALVESTON ARTS CENTER
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The Galveston Arts Center will have a continuation of its Conversations at The Center lecture series at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2127 Strand St. in Galveston. Guest speaker will be artist Eric Todd of the Houston art collective known as (exurb). Admission is free.

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  • By GALVESTON ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY
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Again this year, pet lovers have a choice: Take your pet and participate in the 19th Annual Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade or enjoy watching all the frivolity and festivities at the second annual “A Cat’s Eye View” Parade from the balcony of the Jockusch Building, 2025 Strand St., in Galveston.

  • WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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Meyer lemons, kumquats, pomegranates and blood oranges are all top gourmet fare, but can be easily and inexpensively grown in any back yard in Galveston County.

  • By GALVESTON ISLAND NATURE TOURISM COUNCIL
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Entries are now being accepted for the FeatherFest PhotoFest Contest, held in the weeks leading up to the 15th anniversary of Galveston’s annual spring birding and nature photography festival which is set for April 6-9.

  • By Texas Two Step: Save a Life Campaign
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On Saturday and Sunday, medical students from all 11 Texas medical schools will join forces with cardio-thoracic surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, his national nonprofit HealthCorps, The Texas Medical Center, The American College of Emergency Physicians, The Texas College of Emergency Physicians, leade…

  • By FRANK BOWSER
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I clicked photos to fluorescent life on the computer monitor and asked my wife, “Are they crazy?” “Yes,” was the quick reply. The glowing images of runners bundled in multiple layers of insulating clothing to keep the body heat from escaping and looking like the rotund Michelin Man were what…

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  • By ROSENBERG LIBRARY
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On February 15, 1889, more than 8,000 people gathered to celebrate the opening of a new public elementary in Galveston’s East End. Through an agreement with the board of school trustees, local businessman Henry Rosenberg donated funds to construct a school for children in his neighborhood in…

  • By CHARINA ALLEN-BEASLEY
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I invite you to attend the Galveston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. “Red and White Luncheon 2017: Shakespeare in Love,” which is an afternoon of love and romance celebrating African-American couples married 50 years or more at noon Feb. 11 at the Island Hilton Hotel, 5400…

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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Nighttime temperatures into the upper twenties requiring heating units to operate? Check! Daytime temperatures into the upper eighties requiring AC units to operate. Check! Heavy rainfall. Check! Wind gusts to near 40 MPH. Check! Beautiful sunny days on occasion. Check!

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The Rotary Club of Texas City, which will turn 90 in November, is preparing for its largest fundraiser of the year that will help the organization continue serving those who need it the most in its community on the mainland.

  • By ROSENBERG LIBRARY
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Galveston Reads, Rosenberg Library’s “One City, One Book” reading series, encourages all residents high school age through senior citizens to participate in a unique community-wide discussion by reading and sharing views about the same book. This year’s title, “The Train to Crystal City,” by…

  • By MELVYN SCHREIBER
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Years ago I watched a recorded performance of this opera, and I thought it was awful. So, when I looked at my tickets to Houston Grand Opera, I had misgivings. But I went and sat through all three hours of it.