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March 24
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 • Posted March 24, 2010

I always thought March 21 was the first day of spring, but my usually accurate Wikipedia website tells me that the vernal equinox (the day in which daylight and darkness are most nearly equal at the end of winter) can occur any day from March 19 and March 23; this year, it happened on Saturday, March 20.

Well, that kind of burst my balloon, because I had purposely gone looking for bluebonnets to take pictures of on Sunday morning, thinking THAT was the first day of spring. You’d all know if I lied and claimed I’d taken the pictures on Saturday; the sun was not shining at all on the real first day of spring. Anyway, spring is definitely here by now, and there are a few bluebonnets appearing here and there across Llano County. Life is good.

You may have noticed a picture in last week’s paper of some “Past Life Investigators” at the Lantex Theater. I’m delighted to tell you that they did not discover any ghosts, and PLI founder Levi Shaw (of Fredericksburg) believes that old electrical wiring is to blame for any strange lights or noises.

Several people had questions last week about Bernice Ende, the “lady long rider” who stopped in Llano. You can read a whole lot more about her on her website,

The headline a couple of weeks ago said “Christian school to be built in Llano.” That may have been a slight overstatement on our part, but there is a real interest in forming a Christian school here, and another meeting will be held at 3 p.m. this Sunday at the Fuel Coffee House to discuss curriculum, facilities, tuition, accreditation and other important startup issues.

Students from Diedre Henderson’s Family and Community Services Class at Llano High School are collecting shoes this week as part of a “Soles 4 Souls” project. If you have any serviceable shoes laying unworn around the house, you could help needy people around the world. Bring the shoes to the high school (they have drop-boxes in the hallways) or call Diedre at 325-248-2224 for more information. You could also call the high school (325-248-2200) if you have an appropriate job for two ambitious freshmen; Mary Cinek and Sierra Kirchner are trying to earn money for a National Youth Leadership Conference at Washington, D.C. They are willing to walk animals, wash cars, babysit, do lawn or garden chores, clean houses or even tutor. Their slogan is “Will Work for Washington.”

This Thursday will be the “Traditional Gospel Music” night at Fuel, with Darrell Staedtler, Jenny Taylor and W.C. Jameson. Next Sunday, free hamburgers (and possibly other menu items) will once again be offered at fuel from 5 until 6. I don’t know if they’ve rescued anyone from starvation there, but it sure does seem like a cheerful, neighborly event each Sunday afternoon. Local residents and startled travelers mingle with a crowd of eager volunteers; it looks like Fuel is living up to its promise of “Coffee + Music + Community.” The Zach Huckabee Band will be there next Wednesday, March 31.

April is shaping up to be a very busy month, with some great music and other events in Llano and in neighboring towns. Fuel has eight nights of music already scheduled; Care Inn is planning a big Easter Egg Hunt for 2 p.m. on April 3. The Highland Lakes Tea Party Coalition will be showing the documentary film, “The Dream Killers” at the Uptown Marble Theater at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7 (it’s the movie featuring Julian and Elena Chitta, the Kingsland couple who escaped communism in Romania in 1969); the Llano Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a Fish Fry and BBQ the evening of April 10 (that’s the day of Burnet’s Bluebonnet Festival), and the 4th annual Oxford Ranch Cowboy Camp Meeting will be held April 22-24 at Oxford Ranch. The 24th is also the day for the Red Poppy festival in Georgetown, the Goat Cook-Off in Goldthwaite and the “Around the Campfire” event in Menard. That same weekend, Ann Feller will be holding a Grand Opening at her Country Quilt Shop (at 102 Rio Oaks Lane, between CR 116 and CR 117, west of town). Her store is already open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 9-2 on Saturdays; if you plan ahead, you can buy thread, fabric and other supplies for quilting or sewing right here in Llano.

There’s always something happening in Llano, and I often lose track. Study this newspaper carefully, keep an eye on the marquee sign, and check the chamber and Fuel websites; there may be something I haven’t told you about. Have a great week, Thanks for reading The Llano News!

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