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Our winters tend to be relatively mild and that’s considered a blessing by most folks. Nevertheless, temperatures can occasionally dip low enough to be able to inflict a significant toll on many landscape plants in the Galveston County area.

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No one wants to see their best work end up in the trash, but that’s what happens to far too many vegetables. Their leaves and peels are often discarded instead of being an integral part of a nutritious meal.

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Comedian and Oscar nominated actor John C. Reilly had a busy year: riding alongside Joaquin Phoenix in the Western; “The Sisters Brothers,” voicing the title character in “Ralph Breaks the Internet;” seen here in “Stan & Ollie;” and ending the year re-teaming with pal Will Ferrell in “Ho…

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It’s not often that getting to a restaurant seems a little anticlimactic, but the drive to the Big Sur Bakery is so dramatic that it’s a hard choice to stop the car. The vistas of wild green California forests extending to the cliffs overlooking the azure Pacific Ocean, seen from a winding, …

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Now that 2019 has arrived, many people are ready to make a few changes, and eating healthier is one of the most-cited plans. One of the staunchest allies in the effort to change eating habits is the Galveston County Health District, which is augmenting its year-round programs advocating good…

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It’s a new gardening year, and here’s wishing that all your gardening efforts will be fruitful and enjoyable. The pace of things tends to slow down a bit this time of year in the garden. Although we may continue to plant, prepare beds, harvest winter vegetables and enjoy cool-season flowers,…

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Here’s hoping you’re among the households whose Christmas decor is graced by a beautiful holiday plant or even several perhaps. Let’s take a look at several of the more popular Christmas flowers and how to care for them to prolong their beauty.

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Poke around in an antique store, or in an older relative’s china closet, and you’ll likely find a tall, ornately decorated pot that you might assume is a teapot. If it’s accompanied by some small cups that look like demitasse cups, your assumption might change to coffee pot. Actually, though…

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Family Dance will hold its 72nd Annual Christmas Dance at the Galveston Island Convention Center this Friday. Music will be provided by Radio Live. The Family Dance Committee would like to welcome its new members; Mr. and Mrs. Mike Alvarado, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bergin, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Claun…

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Most people think of gardening as a spring and summer activity. As I walked through the Discovery Garden in Carbide Park last week on a cool and sunny Thursday morning, I was inspired by the abundance of winter vegetables being grown — broccoli, cauliflower, kale, beets, Irish potatoes, cabb…

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Club 25 members Ed and Lavinia Bircher, Mike and Joy Cowan, David and Connie Campbell, Jim and Cindy Earthman, Randy Garcia and Dr. Gwyn Richardson led the group into Vargas Cut and Catch for a remarkable meal. All dolled up in holiday finery were Harry and Ann Forester, Andy and Eleanor Gra…

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Each fall, a glorious spectrum of colors blankets the hardwood forests in many areas of the United States. I grew up on a family farm located in South Central Virginia and I looked forward to the fall season every year. Each fall, the area would be covered in a quilt of colors so vibrant tha…

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Capturing the past can be a lot harder than catching fish, but author Jim LaBove has done both. LaBove, who has written and illustrated four books about growing up on the upper East Texas coast will be signing his books on Dec. 8 from noon until 2 p.m. at Galveston Bookshop, 317 23rd Street.