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2017-01-19

Keeping Up with Medina Matters

by Bev Barr

Who wants to spend some time at The Mall?
Every year the Foundation for Rural Service provides an opportunity for young adults to tour and explore our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. Participating students will visit Arlington National Cemetery and tour historic sites and museums that line what is arguably the most famous and remarkable “mall” in the whole wide world. They learn about our governmental and legislative process, meet peers from other rural areas around the country and get an inside look at the telecommunication industry. Hill Country Telephone Cooperative will sponsor two students from the area for this outstanding opportunity.
There are only three eligibility requirements:
1) Students must be 16 or 17 years old at the time of tour, June 3 – 7.
2) Parents or legal guardians of the student must be members of HCTC (subscribe to telephone service).
3) Students need to be active in school and community projects.
Interested students will need to write and submit an essay about their thoughts on how telecommunications will effect their future. Consider visiting the websites www.hctc.net and www.frs.org to stimulate some ideas about that topic.
The deadline is March 1, which will be here in about a minute. So get busy and good luck. Our nation needs you.
So, hold your breath. It’ll be worth it.
Ag teacher John McNamara is busy with participants at the Hill Country Junior Livestock Show, but he said he would provide us with news about the several dozen students (from the little tykes to the seniors in high school) who participated in the county and district livestock shows.
Plan ahead for the book club gathering, Feb. 14.
“A Great Reckoning” by Louise Penny will be topic of discussion in February. Penny has struck a chord with millions of readers who enjoy a good mystery without gratuitous violence and bad language. The only character with obscene vocalizations in this novel is a cat, and that’s just downright funny. If anyone wants my copy, let me know.
THURSDAY, Jan. 19
The Board of Directors and volunteers for Medina Volunteer Fire Department will meet at 7 pm in the community center across the street from the new fire station. The public is welcome and invited to attend.
THURSDAY, Jan. 26
The Astronomy Club meets at 7 pm at the library.
USEFUL LINKS
The U.S. Geological Survey equipment at Patterson Road low-water crossing monitors the Medina River. To view various data collected by this gauge, visit www.usgs.gov. Enter the identification number 0817887350 in the advanced search field located at the top right hand corner of the page to access details about the Medina River.
Links to the Medina Weather Station and the National Weather Station can be accessed through the library website at www.medinacommunitylibrary.us/local_weather
ONGOING EVENTS
Alcoholics Anonymous
AA’s Twelve Step programs offer fellowship and support to anyone who wants to change their drinking behavior, 7 pm, Thursdays, at the Cottage of Medina United Methodist Church, 266 Reed Avenue.