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locations of various sites in Fredericksburg, TX

Nury’s Cafe:  ttps://www.bing.com/maps?&ty=18&q=Nury%27s%20Cafe%20Fredericksburg%20TX&ss=ypid.YN873x12568667959391613321&ppois=30.2605895996094_-98.8724365234375_Nury%27s%20Cafe_YN873x12568667959391613321~&cp=30.26059~-98.872437&v=2&sV=1

from Kerrville – turn right at the first stop light on Tivydale Road.  Go to the next stop light (US 87) and turn left.  Nury’s will be on your left.

from Comfort – after the first stop light coming into town, Nury’s will be on your left.

from downtown Fredericksburg – take US 87 towards Comfort.  After the stop light at Highway Street, Nury’s will be on your right.

 

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3 Rotary Clubs in Fredericksburg, TX: Morning, Noon & Night: please visit all three — to decide where you would like to apply for membership.

Mondaysnoon at the United Methodist Church on far north Llano St. — 2 blocks west of the cemetery on the east side of Llano St.  Maria is an honorary member.

 Tuesdays6p at the rear, meeting-area of Western Edge Cellars on the north side of Main St. & 1.5 blocks east of the NE intersection of Milam Ave. & Main St. / US Hwy. 290.

Thursdays6:45a at The Buffalo Nickel, 105 S. Llano St. in downtown FBG:  1/2 block south of Main St. / US Hwy. 290 on the east side of Llano St. (one block east of S. Adams St. / SH 16 South):  park on street or in lot directly west of The Buffalo Nickel.

draft 9-12-’17 Matrix ranking & weighting by committee

Government Committee I – Important
U – Urgent
NI – Not Important
NU – Not Urgent
SC – Simple
MC – Med
DC – Difficult
LC – Low cost
MC – Med cost
HC – Hi Cost
Acity – All city cost
City+County – cost sharing
City+ state – cost sharing
Ranked by Committee 8/8/2017 & 9/12/2017 Importance Factors
I/U = 3
I/NU = 2
NI/NU = 1
Complexity Factors
SC= 3
MC = 2
DC = 1
Cost Factors
LC = 3
MC = 2
HC = 1
Cost Factors
ACity = 3
City+County = 2
City+State = 1
Rated Score
(B x C x D)
Evaluation/Comments
City of Fredericksburg #VALUE! * Full Comment – Don’t Over-Regulate. Eliminate existing regulations that cannot be consistently enforced. Limit new ones to critical few.
Affordable Housing (4):  Economic Development Commission is sponsoring an on-going committee focused on Affordable Housing.  Tim Lehmberg invites interested folks to join committee. #VALUE!
Protect historical character of city (2) City hired Anna Hudson, Historic Preservation 0
Spay-neuter cats and dogs (2)  Being handled by revival of PAWS & emerging collaborations among PAWS, SPCA & City Animal Shelter 0
Continually update community master plan (1) 0
Development of city emergency service(1)  Refer to Quality of Life Committee 0
Develop/Maintain Parks (1)  $12B proposed bond issue pending 2 1 2 2 8
Don’t Over-Regulate (1)*  Handled by City’s regularly scheduled sunset reviews:  thus, avoiding costly discriminatory lawsuits 0
Improve Emergency Services (1)  Quality of Life Committee addressing issues of 2024 eclipse — atractring a massive amount of incoming visitors 0
0
IT  redundant items on a later page of this Matrix 0
Improve IT/internet/WiFi/Fiber Optics (9) 3 2 1 2 12
Bring in portable cell towers during large festivals (1)  wrap Cellular On Wheels / COWS into festival fees:  to avoid loss of city-wide cellular use during high-tourist presence / cellular use 0
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Community Visioning Project

Government Committee Meeting

Fredericksburg City Hall Meeting Room – Law Enforcement Building

on the south side of Main Street / US Hwy. 290 East

Fredericksburg, Texas

Tues., Sept. 12, 2017, 5:30p–7:15p

Please mark your calendars in order to actively participate in our next meetings at the Fredericksburg City Council Room of the Law Enforcement Building

Tuesdays:  Sept. 26, Oct. 10 & 24, Nov. 7 & 21; Dec. 5 & 19. All meetings begin at 5:30p & will last no more than 75 min.

Attendance: Co-Chairs:  Alice White & Brian Vorauer; Committee Members:  Bob Bates, Bob Hickerson, Bryan Benway, Clinton Bailey, Della Zey, Donnie Schuch, Ernie Loeffler,  Ken Carr, Kyle Biedermann, Mo Saiidi, Polly Rickert, Rose Marie Mransek, Tim Lemert & others on attendance list.

Brian Vorauer welcomed all & suggested some working agreements to ensure effectiveness & efficiency of all meetings:  keep comments succinct (no more than 2 min., please), allow others to share their perspectives; stay focused on the topics within our agenda, aspire to attain consensus — in order to prioritize issues on the Government-Committee matrix; & keep our short-term goal in sight:  our dynamic, visionary Dec. 2017 report with can-do recommendations.

Prioritization matrix:  to help us thoughtfully rank our priorities, direction & year-end recommendations (see Matrix, attached, for committee ranking of various issues; note that some issues have comments in lieu of numerical ranking)

Summary of discussions

  • Eliminate items from matrix – that are being addressed by other Visioning committees or that are already being handled by the city or county
  • Harvest “low-hanging fruit” – focus on resolution of issues that are more likely to be easily & quickly resolved
  • Collaborate with other organizations & entities – let competent, trusted, action-oriented organizations / entities take responsibility for designated issues within their respective sphere(s) of influence
  • Envision the “look” of Main Street — after the by-pass, relief-route is completed & the County Court House is re-located: is the enlarged MarktPlatz the largest, friendliest market square in Texas?  In the US?
  • Government Committee will be asked to help the City-County partnership – by advocating / announcing / marketing support for the bond issue that allows for the decades’-long awaited highway by-pass / relief route — to eliminate lethal, high-density traffic forced to travel through downtown Fredericksburg
  • RoseMarie Mazanke agreed to facilitate e-notification to all Visioning Committees about a Gillespie County Court House / PowerPoint slide-show presentation provided by the Houston-based consultant — about proposed location(s) of the Gillespie County Court House … important in the planning of MarketPlatz / current County Court House area as an eventual site for festivals (after the by-pass / relief route guides today’s downtown through traffic away from downtown FBG):  closing both sides of Main St. for festivals; having pedestrian zones with no vehicles; more events at Gillespie County Fair Grounds

 

for Committee Members’ consideration – to include in our Dec. 2017 report

 

Vision Statement   Fredericksburg:  an oasis of celebration, innovation & excellence!

 Mission Statement?  emerging from our Matrix-focused decisions?

 Operating Agreements by Tom Musselman

            The City of Fredericksburg will update its Comprehensive Plan on a regular basis. As a living document, the Comprehensive Plan serves as the statement of policy and priority that guides the City in their consideration of development proposals and investment in capital improvements. The Comprehensive Plan will be developed by City staff and stakeholders in the community and will be a statement of direction for the decisions that help achieve the desired community future.

             The City of Fredericksburg will partner with other organizations and stakeholder groups to enhance the reputation of the Texas Hill Country as a destination for tourism, business, and homeownership.

             The City of Fredericksburg will partner with other organizations and stakeholder groups to diversify the region’s economic base to include tourism and ecotourism, entrepreneurship, and retirement living.

             The City of Fredericksburg will partner with businesses and stakeholder groups to work to keep communication infrastructure up to date and accessible to its residents and business community.

             Citizens of Fredericksburg recognize that successful cities plan for the future and continually develop, update, and fund the City’s infrastructure.         Identifying infrastructure needs is the job of the City Manager, assisted by City Staff department heads, under the direction of the Mayor and the Fredericksburg City Council. A city’s infrastructure binds the City together with a shared sense of community.

Viticulture program at TX Tech Univ./ Fredericksburg, TX: http://GrapesAndWine.TTU.edu

 

Ed Hellman, Professor of Viticulture, Department of Plant and Soil Science:  http://GrapesAndWine.TTU.edu    Ed.Hellman@TTU.edu   806-746-6101

Hurricane: how to help beloved pets, how to donate food & money to help our Houston-area families: humans, canines, felines & more: www.Friends4Life.org/how-to-help/donate/

Houston-area animal rescue groups that need your financial support

Friends For Life:  www.Friends4Life.org & Facebook:  look for Friends For Life Animal Rescue and Adoption Organization, Houston. Check out all the animals they are caring for at the George R. Brown Convention Center—a new model for people/animal rescue during emergencies

Montgomery County Animal Shelter:   https://www.mcaspets.org/mcaspetsblog   Facebook – look for Montgomery County Animal Shelter Texas. These folks, along with Best Friends, are taking in the animals from Houston shelters throughout the affected areas.

Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project:  http://ForgottenDogs.com  Taking care of stray animals affected by Harvey. Their Facebook feed is also posted on this website.

DISASTER AID!  http://www.DisasterAidUSA.com:  Disaster Aid USA is Rotarian-operated project & 501c3 non-profit charity, incorporated in the District of Columbia. As a club project, its clubs goals & objectives are to promote & create awareness, raise funds & provide financial support for its primary mission: To provide immediate disaster relief & humanitarian aid at home, here in the US & worldwide to those victims suffering from the effects of disasters natural or man-made while using Rotary’s guiding principles & according to its Rotary Four -Way Test, while adhering to United Nation & Sphere Standards.

LODGING available!  Is there anyone or couple you know who needs place to stay a couple weeks or whatever?  Have guest house. Live out in country 23 miles out of Post / NW Texas near Lubbock. Also have RV hookup. Rotarian Dave Tyler:  DTyler@Caprock-Spur.com        Alice.White@TTU.edu or 830-990-8101 has lodging in Fredericksburg, TX (south central TX) for up to six adults &/or children – not for cat-allergic folks, sorry.

 

PETS!  in the Houston areaKKimmey@TheWorkKs.com in Fredericksburg, TX (south central TX) will be taking pet supplies as close as possible to Houston.  Also, you may donate:  www.Friends4Life.org/how-to-help/donate/

  • People can go to FFL’s Facebook page (Friends For Life Animal Rescue and Adoption Organization) to see FFL in action at the GR Brown Convention Center
  • Below is list of items needed per FFL:
    • Kennels and carriers of all sizes
    • Cat food and dog food
    • Collars and leashes
    • Cat and dog beds

 

FOOD! excellent, high-performance, food-bank for the world:  www.Breedlove.org accepting “Harvey” donations (on their front page) to provide food to Houston-area refugees.  I was  a Breedlove board member for 6 yrs. in Lubbock).

 

MONEY!  Additional, reputable donation sites

from Carol Holmes, Rotary District 5840 Governor / south central Texas:  San Antonio area         Information on Disaster Relief:  …   where anyone & everyone may donate funds to Houston, Rockport, other locations.  These are the Rotary Districts & their contacts:

 

Rotary District 5930:  partnered with McAllen North Rotary Fund – a 501(c)3 to set up an Emergency Relief Fund.   Send checks to McAllen North Rotary Fund and mail to Rotary D 5930, McAllen North Rotary Club, 501 N. Nolana, McAllen, TX.  Contact:  DG Betty Ramirez-Lara, cell: 956-683-5706; BettyLaraRotary@GMail.com (Rockport / South TX / hurricane’s bull’s-eye area)

 

Rotary District 5910Send checks to Rotary District 5910 Charitable Foundation, c/o Bobbie Applegate, 985 IH-10N, Suite 111, Beaumont, TX  77706.  Contact: DG Rhonda Herrington, cell: 903-724-8515; Rhonda.Herrington@Yahoo.com  (Palestine / NE TX area)

 

Rotary District 5890Send checks to Rotary District 5890 Charities, Inc., c/o Jackie Barmore, 3525 Preston Ave., Pasadena, TX  77505. Contact: DG Bill Palko, cell: 713-582-7235, William.Palko@Amegybank. (Houston / hurricane’s bull’s-eye area)

 

Rotary District 5840:  501(c)3   Send checks to Rotary District 5840 Foundation (Disaster Fund), Attn:  Bobbe Barnes, Treasurer, P. O. Box 13, Boerne, TX  78006.  Contact DG Carol Holmes, cell:  281-923-6111; Holmes.CF688@GMail.com (San Antonio, Hill Country / south-central TX Area).   … Continue to keep all the people who have been impacted with this hurricane in your prayers, as we still have a long way to go.

http://www.DisasterAidUSA.com:  Disaster Aid USA is Rotarian-operated project & 501c3 non-profit charity, incorporated in the District of Columbia. As a club project, its clubs goals & objectives are to promote & create awareness, raise funds & provide financial support for its primary mission: To provide immediate disaster relief & humanitarian aid at home, here in the US & worldwide to those victims suffering from the effects of disasters natural or man-made while using Rotary’s guiding principles & according to its Rotary Four -Way Test, while adhering to United Nation & Sphere Standards.

Also:  www.RedCross.org;   www.SalvationArmyUSA.org     Although less visible, the Salvation Army is providing massive assistance to evacuees as well.

8-29-’17:  Red Cross reports 17,000 evacuees in TX shelters.  The Houston Convention Center holds 9,000 of them.  All Houston area animal shelters are full.   45 shelters are open in the Houston area, with two more large ones opening soon.  The Dallas Convention Center opened today for 5,000 evacuees.     – National Guard assistance is increasing from 3,500 troops to 10,000 soon.  Assistance from all military branches in surrounding states will total 20,000 to 30,000 troops, plus vehicles and equipment.     Two of the nation’s largest oil refineries are not operating.  Others are affected.     Rainfall from Harvey at 49+ total inches is a new U.S. all-time record.  Several days of this to go.

Where Rotarians may donate to benefit Hurricane Harvey folks

Rotarians may donate funds to Houston, Rockport, other locations.  These are the Districts and their contacts:

Rotary District 5930:  partnered with McAllen North Rotary Fund – a 501(c)3 to set up an Emergency Relief Fund.   Send checks to:  McAllen North Rotary Fund and mail to Rotary D 5930, McAllen North Rotary Club, 501 N. Nolana, McAllen, TX.  Contact:  DG Betty Ramirez-Lara, cell: 956-683-5706; bettylararotary@gmail.com (Rockport area)

Rotary District 5910:  Send checks to Rotary District 5910 Charitable Foundation, c/o Bobbie Applegate, 985 IH-10N, Suite 111, Beaumont, TX  77706.  Contact: DG Rhonda Herrington, cell: 903-724-8515; Rhonda.herrington@yahoo.com (Palestine area)

Rotary District 5890:  Send checks to District 5890 Charities, Inc., c/o Jackie Barmore, 3525 Preston Ave., Pasadena, TX  77505. Contact: DG Bill Palko, cell: 713-582-7235, William.palko@amegybank. (Houston area)

Rotary District 5840:  501(c)3 – Send checks to District 5840 Foundation (Disaster Fund), Attn:  Bobbe Barnes, Treasurer, P. O. Box 13, Boerne, TX  78006.  Contact:

DG Carol Holmes, cell:  281-923-6111; holmes.cf688@gmail.com (San Antonio, Hill Country Area).

Fredericksburg-area Alpaca Farm! — near Wolf Creek Camp

To visit Beth & Don Weeks’ Fredericksburg, TX-area alpaca farm, call 830-990-9125 & ask about feeding times.  They provide no-charge tours as a gift to kids & adults.

The Weeks’ sell beautiful & soft alpaca wool products in a small, gift shop:  elegant gloves, muffs, scarves & more.

The farm is a commercial operation.  They sell to buyers worldwide.

600M stray dogs need you: www.600Million.org & 954-933-6066 & Alex@600MillionDogs.org

600 MILLION Stray Dogs Need You:  www.600Million.org; 954-933-6066 & Alex@600MillionDogs.org

Global project to end animal suffering & death.

The animal over-population challenge & solutions … by the numbers:

3 billion = estimated number of street puppies born each year.

600 million = estimated number of adult street dogs who struggle to survive every day

55,000 = number of people who die each year form rabies, mostly from stray dogs

100 = number of birth-control pills, drugs & formulas that already exist

50 = number of years that killing & surgery have been the main methods used to control global dog populations.

30 = number of years that birth-control pills for dogs have existed but not been made available.

20 = number of years that commercially produced birth-control dog food has existed but not been made available.

10 = Number of years a single birth-control injection can work in an animal.

8 = Number of animal species the contraceptive GonaCon is already known to work on.

2 = Number of methods used to control street dog populations:  killing & surgery.

ONE! = The number that really counts … the number of people it takes to change the world:  YOU!

What are you waiting for?  It’s time to get the job done!

Alex@600MillionDogs.org & 954-933-6066

OUR MISSION    Our mission is to use science to end the killing of homeless dogs and cats by ending the overpopulation problem, by developing Spay and Neuter Cookies … food that will only need to be eaten one time to spay a stray.  Our approach … Read more

 

 

 

 

Humorous “truisms” about my home state: Kansas!

Leave it to Jeff Foxworthy to talk about our beloved state Kansas!  The funny part is…it’s all true…every bit of it! Only in Kansas! (Comic Jeff Foxworthy’s in-laws live in Derby, Kansas.)

#4 is true for me (when I lived in Austin, TX, 1987-2004):   After a recently deceased Kansan’s relatives accidentally called & left voice-mail messages frequently, I returned their call.  We mutually made time for a get-acquainted chat — before discovering that they had been using the wrong area code when they reached me.  <smile>

 

Other truisms I’ve experienced

Kansas According to Jeff Foxworthy:

If you’re proud that your region makes the national news at least 96 times each year because it’s the hottest or the coldest spot in the nation, you might live in Wichita, Kansas.

If your dad’s suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his fore head, you might live in Pratt, Kansas.

If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you might live in Colby, Kansas.

If you have had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you might live in Kansas.

YOU KNOW YOU ARE A TRUE Kansan WHEN ‘Vacation’ means going east or west on I-70 for the weekend.

If you measure distance in hours, you might live in Kansas.

If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you might live in Medicine Lodge, Kansas.

If you often switch from ‘Heat’ to ‘A/C’ in the same day and back again, you might live in Fredonia, Kansas.

If you can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching, you might live in Kansas City, Kansas.

If you see people wearing camouflage at social events (including weddings), you might live in Great Bend, Kansas.

If you install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked, you might live in Augusta, Kansas.

If you carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them, you might live in Manhattan, Kansas.

If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, you might live in Wichita, Kansas.

If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction, you might live in Pittsburg, Kansas.

If your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your blue spruce, you might live in Derby, Kansas.

If “Going Down South” means Oklahoma, you might live in Coffeyville, Kansas.

If a brat is something you eat, you might live in Altoona, Kansas.

If your idea of going out to eat is a tail gate party every Friday, you might live in Cimarron, Kansas.

If you have more miles on your snow blower than your car; you might live in Goodland, Kansas.

If you find 0 degrees to be ‘a little chilly’, you might live in Concordia, Kansas.

If you actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to all your Kansas friends — you might live (or once lived) in Kansas.

Friendly, spayed, 12-yr.-old Dachshund (mostly indoors) needs loving home within 2 weeks: 918-724-4310 — or will be put down. Doxie “Marcie” hopes you’ll adopt her. 2 Guinea Pig siblings need home(s, too), too.

Friendly, spayed, 12-yr.-old “Marcie,” a mostly indoors Dachshund needs a loving home.  Also, available are two, intact (not fixed:  not spayed / neutered) four-year-old, brother-sister sibling Guinea Pigs:  “Cookie” & “Isabel.”  They are tame, like to be cuddled, enjoy watching TV.  Please:  not for breeding.  They need loving home(s), too.

Please call Kristin Thompson:  918-724-4310 in Fredericksburg, TX, if you can offer Marcie, Cookie &/or Isabel a loving, forever home.

Marcie, Cookie & Isabel hope you’ll adopt one, two or all three of them before the literal deadline.  Thank you for caring.

ADOPT

If you can’t Adopt

FOSTER

If you can’t foster

VOLUNTEER

If you can’t volunteer

DONATE

If you can’t donate

EDUCATE

$upport public broadca$ting

Public Broadcasting System / PBS stations are blown away by the support we get from our community, & the stories we tell of all the amazing people who live here. Thank you for making it happen! As a national system of public broadcasters, we are resolved to continue telling powerful stories of our local communities, while being responsible stewards of the faith & trust you put in us with your financial support.

Whenever the United States Congress debates a new budget, financial support for Public Broadcasting System is more important than ever! We need your financial support to continue the great work you know & love & to send a message to our US Congress that the public / private relationship of PBS & National Public Radio is something you value as an investment as a US citizen. The conversation in Washington about what’s important for our budget reminds me of the story when Ken Burns showed his great Civil War documentary at the White House. After the screening US President Reagan put his hands on Ken’s shoulders & said, “We need more public / private investments like PBS, where federal dollars are combined with private donations to maximize impacts & create great content like your film.”

  US President Reagan was right, with $1.35 from each taxpayer a year, combined with your generous financial support, we create thousands of minutes of content that educates, enlightens & explores our community & our world for stories that speak to the best of humanity. We need your financial & vocal support of public broadcasting.  Visit www.KTTZ.org for our pledge schedule & pledge items.

Also, go to www.ProtectMyPublicMedia.org for tools on emailing your lawmakers, social media images to share & show your support, as well as information about the important role public broadcasting plays in American society.  Thank you, it is because of your generous support that we can continue this timeless & ever-important mission.

Paul Allen Hunton, General Manager, Texas Tech Public Media

FBG, TX-area sights to see for youngsters

FBG, TX-area sights to see for youngsters:

MarktPlatz playground

FBG Morning Rotary Skateboard Park near H-E-B Grocery

Lady Bird Johnson swimming pool with near-by butterfly garden + swimming pool south of FBG Middle School

Wildflower Seed Farm on E. US 290

Mr. Gatti’s Pizza on SH 16 — east of Gillespie County Airport & FBO

Science Mill in Johnson City — 1 hr. east of FBG on US 290

Clickable ideas to get folks to visit your Website daily!

Get folks to visit your favorite Website(s) daily!

brainstorm about getting folks to visit your favorite Website(s) daily!   Maybe a PAWS– &/or Forging Futures-related &/or HCUC &/or Oktoberfest Kraut Run &n/or Women2Women &/or HC Crisis Council Websites’ brainstorm for your, Mike’s & others’ consideration:  How about having a “daily click” kind of way to draw folks to PAWS’ & others’ Website?  — that simultaneously teaches me something &/or gives me opportunities to donate.  Here are Websites I’ve faithfully clicked daily for decades (I assume they’re legitimate).  The Websites are conveniently on the front page of my beloved blog www.AliceWhite.WordPress.com:

While you are providing your service to people & places wherever you work, worship, volunteer, learn, play &/or thrive, please remember to

Click daily to support worthy causes:  www.FreeKibble.com  Automatically donate pet food whenever you take informative quizzes on both, color-coded dog & cat portals.  www.AnimalRescueSite.com  Pay for food & care for some of the 8M companion animals relinquished to US shelters annually.  www.TheHungerSite.com  100% of fees from Web site sponsorships goes to hunger  relief:  1.1 cups of food to the hungry every time you click.  Another way to donate food:  www.FreeRice.com;     www.TheLiteracySite.com  Click to provide books for children:  1+M free books since 2004.  Choose even more causes you believe in:  www.ClickToGive.com  (e.g., animal care, feed the poor, stop child abuse, shelter homeless, fight cancer:  all monies created by your clicking is sent directly from the advertising network to the listed charity.  Give to causes when you shop:  www.GreaterGood.org  Support causes you care about at no cost to you.   www.GiftsThatGiveMore.com Provides charity royalty of 5% to 30% paid on every item purchased from online stores with 4,500+ products.   www.GlobalGirlFriend.com:  Purchase eco-friendly apparel & accessories hand-made by women & communities in need).

Hmmm, maybe our Rotary club &/or district could create their own daily-clickable Websites:  e.g., Rotarians,  click daily for almost-instant e-training:  www.Rotary.org/en/Members/Training/ForAllRotarians & the deep value of transcendent purpose:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc&sns=em & gain inspiration from an unstoppable, successful farmer who automatically overcomes physical challenges:  https://www.youtube.com/embed/H9S3n_tILKo   The Rotary Foundation had a limited-time-only, clickable photo of Arch Klumph, founded of TRF – where I could click a little square of his Website photo & thereby donate a minimum of $100 to TRF while simultaneously making the donation in honor / in memory of someone:  what fun!

And / or model a clickable Website that I spoke about during my Rotary Talk About remarks last Thur.:  via the Weblink, I could easily donate to the cause, donate 5% more to cover operating costs, donate 10% more to support the Website; e-tell my honoree (FBG Morning Rotary Pres. Sarah) that I’d donated in her honor.  It was so easy that I just kept-a-clicking & donating:  exhilarating (helping a great cause & seeing how the ease of the process kept me donating more & more).

How to keep cats from digging in your flower beds

How to keep cats from digging in your flower beds. I’ve tried the Cat Scat & the repellants, & they work, but you have to keep adding these for a few months until the cats “get the point.” I have also tried planting catnip away from my beds, & this has worked well. I have not tried the coffee grounds, but what a great & easy idea:  http://fixnation.org/2014/03/common-complaints-and-solutions-cats-digging-in-gardens-and-flower-beds/

The more we can help our neighbors learn to appreciate the cats, the better—so we need to be able to explain the benefits that community cats provide (they tend to keep other cats &d vermin away, they are excellent at keeping rodents & bugs away from your house, they are entertaining to watch, etc.) while also dealing with the common complaints like flower beds.