Friday, November 19, 2010
Don’t laugh: World Toilet Day highlights serious issues
Friday, November 19, 2010 1:24 am
By Gene Deason-Brownwood Bulletin
If you look diligently enough, a person with a lot of time on his hands can find all sorts of “observances” throughout the year. Some are serious, others aren’t. The days set aside as Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, Dump Your Significant Jerk Day, Squirrel Appreciation Day, I Forgot Day, and Blame Someone Else Day fall in the latter category, to my way of thinking.
Perhaps you saw the advertisement in Thursday’s Bulletin, placed by Steves’ Market and Deli, about today being World Toilet Day. I heard about this particular observance early this week, and was ready to lump it in with the bubble wrap, squirrel and blame-anybody crowd. But don’t laugh. The observance has won coverage from USA Today, The Los Angeles Times and FOX News.
I did a bit of website surfing.
Most Americans are fortunate enough to be able to take proper bathroom sanitation facilities for granted. When you need to visit the facilities, it seems a restroom is always around – unless you happen to be traveling with children. But things there resolve themselves soon enough.
Meanwhile, in our hometowns, sewage is collected and treated to prevent health problems, and those services are something we can count as blessings in this time of thanksgiving.
For hundreds of area workers, the production of such appliances is nothing for them to take for granted. They are involved in the manufacture of toilets and other bathroom fixtures through the Brownwood Kohler plant. If anybody has an international stake in World Toilet Day, Brownwood area residents certainly do.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Organic veggies grown in area, sold in Abilene
COMANCHE, Tx — Ty Wolosin loves Mother Earth, which is why he is cultivating a piece of her with tender loving care on his small organic farm near Comanche.
The fruits and vegetables of his labor are all organic and are available each week at the Abilene Farmers Market.
Wolosin is among a growing number of organic farmers who sell organically grown produce at the Abilene Farmers Market. Produce from Slow Poke Farm in Cross Plains and David Sutton, of Abilene, is also available. He touts the advantages of organically grown food and urges his customers to save the seeds from his produce to plant themselves.
“If I don’t have business because people are farming, then I would be OK,” Wolosin said. “It is all about sharing the knowledge and paying it forward.”
Several restaurants such as the Turtle and Steves’ Market and Deli in Brownwood and Brennan Vineyards and Starbeaux’s in Comanche, purchase his produce regularly.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
All Gardens & Bats are local !
Build Bat House To Control Mosquitoes, Bugs
1 To 3 Years For Bats To Start Living In A Bat House
DENVER -- Bats are synonymous with Halloween, and while they have a spooky reputation they can be a gardener's best friend.
"A single bat in one evening can consume 600 mosquitoes, beetles, moths in an hour. A colony of 100 could consume up to 2,200 pounds of bugs in a season," said landscaping expert Phil Steinhauer.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Test shot of The Steves by Eric McNatt
Eric McNatt: Photographed the “wild and wooly, quiet and intense, quirky and idiosyncratic spirit” of his hometown, Brownwood, Texas.
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Recycle your old toilet: If you've got a green thumb, you can transform your old toilet into a wonderful planter.
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World Toilet Day, Friday November 19, 2010:
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Saturday, November 13, 2010
Glammed Up Gourds: Good for the Holidays
Meadow Brooke Gourds are grown at the "roots of the Blue Mountain in central Pennsylvania." The family farm produces nothing but gourds and then decks them out with details and even lights them up before sending them to homes around the country.
The farm has been in the family for centuries, but for ten years, the farm has been filled with nothing but gourds. Gourds have become a local institution and Meadowbrooke encourages others to raise and grow and decorate their own gourd creations.
Each season brings a new addition to the gourd décor group and each month brings a specially designed gourd. For the holidays, there's a winter wonderland family of gourds, all decked out as friendly snowpeople. You can also find other special gourds, from candy dishes to ornaments.
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