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Pet Talk: Pets — A Positive Impact on Kids

    Many people remember caring for their childhood pet and the joy they felt from developing a relationship with an animal. Although welcoming a pet into your home is a big commitment, children can learn responsibility by learning to care for pets with adult supervision. In addition, childhood pets can also introduce children to friendship and family bonding. “Children learn about responsible pet ownership by observing their parents,” said Dr. Sara Griffin, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “As a child gets older, their responsibilities with pet care can increase. Children who learn to take on responsibilities appropriate for their age will gain self-confidence and grow up to be responsible adults.” Additionally, family pets can encourage family bonding. Pets need daily exercise, so daily walking with the pet may provide good quality time for the family. Playing or interacting with the pet in the house can take the focus off the TV or computer and also encourage family interactions. While children are learning to care for their pet, they may also develop a loving relationship with them. This companionship may provide children comfort and emotional support. “Positive pet interactions with children can help develop non-verbal communication skills, compassion, and empathy in children,” Griffin said. “Pets can provide children with a listening ear and friendship. Studies show that reading aloud to a loyal...

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TPWD Graduates 46 Texas Game Wardens and State Park Police Officers

AUSTIN — After seven months of rigorous training, the 60th Texas game warden cadet class graduated today at the Texas State Capitol. The cadet class includes 41 game warden cadets and five state park police officers. This is the second cadet class with state park police officers training and graduating alongside state game wardens after the two academies were combined last year. Following their preparation at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Training Center in Hamilton County, the newly-commissioned peace officers were recognized during a special ceremony this morning at the Texas State Capitol. “Today, you are joining a select group of men and women who put their lives on the line each and every day to protect our state’s lands, waters, borders, fish, game, environment, property and our lives,” said TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith. “The people of Texas will expect you to be pillars of strength and leadership, resolute in character and virtue, fair beyond reproach and unfailing in response in times of disaster and duress. And, when you are called for help, day or night, weekday or weekend, irrespective of the need or the cause or the caller for help, you will go and you will go dutifully.” The graduates will begin their new careers stationed in counties and state parks throughout the state. The duties of a Texas game warden include the enforcement...

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Home Country

  “Sanctimonious siphons, it’s hot!” said Dud, sitting at the philosophy counter and turning over his coffee cup for action with a single smooth move.  Dud is a regular at the Mule Barn truck stop’s legendary world dilemma think tank. “Epithet time again, Dudley?” said Doc. “Epithets and heat time, Doc. When that heat comes along, the only thing that can really change an attitude is a properly tuned epithet. It’s man’s emotional release valve, but of course you know that, being a doctor and all.” Dud doctored his coffee and took a sip. “Right?” “Oh …” said Doc, “right … of course. We took Epithets 1A and 1B in medical school, naturally. ‘Emotional release valves and their perfection’ they were called. I got an A in Epithetology for the Masses in my third year, too.” “You’re just putting me on.” “Maybe.” “Let’s look for a moment,” chimed in Bert, “at why epithets are so good for the soul.” “He’s going to wave his arms again,” whispered Doc to Dud. “I’m afraid so…” “Yes,” said Bert, “epithets, particularly those where no swearing is involved, are like a frustrated man’s crossword puzzle. They bring out enough cleverness and creativity in a man to pour salve on whatever it is that’s bugging the bejeesus out of him.” “I know I feel better with salve poured on my bejeesus,” said Doc, nodding....

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In the Treehouse: Rejuvenating

There are some things in life that you do that are out of guilt, pleasure, necessity, or self-preservation. Then there are things you have to do out of responsibility and necessity for existence, like a job or parenting. Many times people like their jobs. They do enjoy what they do for a living, some may even say they are passionate about their job or career. And if that’s honestly how you feel about your job then I would consider yourself a very lucky person, because most people actually dread having to get up, get dressed and go to work. And when someone feels like this they tend to be a little less productive or just not as happy as they could be in the work place towards their colleagues, which in time will begin to wear on them and those around them in the work environment. About six months ago I decided to take on “another” job, in addition to my full-time job, and several other part-time jobs, and of course being wife and mom to the men in my life. I decided to manage the swimming pool at our country club. Now mind you this is a place I used to come to as a kid, then I was a lifeguard here as a teenager for my summer job, I started bringing my kids here about 10 years...

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Community Invited to Discuss a Spray Park for Fairfield this Thursday

 Do you want a Spray Park in Fairfield? Make plans to attend the meeting this Thursday, August 11, 2016…                  Do you want a Spray Park in Fairfield? Please come to a Public Meeting with the City of Fairfield on Thursday, August 11th beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Moody Park Community Center to discuss the possibilities of getting a spray park in Fairfield, Texas. Attendance and participation is...

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