I have eaten a lot of pizza in my life. A LOT of pizza. I used to run a location of one of the “Big Boys’ pizza chains in the D/FW area. And yes, to answer your next question, I do still like it!
I shared a pizza with my daughter, my girlfriend, and her son the other day, and it got me thinking. How much of our lives as Americans revolve around this circular food?
If you’re going to be working late, if you’ve got major studying to do, or if you’re having a party, you order pizza. It’s easy to eat, (usually) it tastes great, (even if it’s not a good pizza, it’s still better than NO pizza!) and it can spark creativity. (This column is evidence of that!)
It’s also a metaphor for life. There are all kinds of people in this world. Some of us are a little doughy, some a little tough. Some are spicy, others sweet. And yes, some of us are rather cheesy, while others are strictly no cheese. (My little brother used to have to eat pizza w/o cheese due to allergy. He outgrew it, thankfully!)
There are very few situations where pizza wouldn’t be acceptable. Meetings of heads of state spring to mind, but what would it be like to have the worlds leaders hunkered over an extra large deep-dish with extra cheese and a couple bottles of a frosty beverage? I have to imagine that they’d get a lot done.
The Early Chamber of Commerce will host a lunch and learn program on Tuesday, January 7th outlining web optimization for websites as well as how to use the social media sites LinkedIn and Twitter.
The program will run from 11:30 AM to 1 PM at the Early Chamber of Commerce 104 E. Industrial Dr. Cost is $10 and includes a light lunch.
The program will be led by Andrew Glass, Regional Development Manager for Main Street Hub, who helps local businesses market themselves online and offline.
The VFW Post 3278, Ladies and Men’s Auxiliaries will host a fish fry fundraiser for Brown County Youth Fair on Friday, January 3, 2014 between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the VFW Post 3278, 2300 Stephen F. Austin.
The meal will consist of fried fish, coleslaw, hush puppies, beans and relish for $8 a plate. Advance orders can be made by calling the VFW at 325-646-8113. Please order by January 2nd.
Delivery will be available in the Brownwood and Early areas beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, or supporters are welcome to eat at the Post or pick up the meals.
Lake Brownwood State Park staff invites the public to join a park ranger for a First Day Hike on the newly installed Nopales Ridge Trail or on the Opossum Loop of the Texas Oak Trail on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Start or continue a tradition on New Year’s Day, encourage park rangers.
Simply meet the staff at the pavilion in the Council Bluff Campground to be a part of this special day outdoors.
The Nopales Ridge Trail is being installed as the park’s first mountain bike trail. This three-mile trail is easy hiking with some moderate climbs and is suitable for families. Hikers may want to bring a hiking stick, sturdy shoes, binoculars for wildlife viewing and plenty of drinking water.
For those who prefer an easier stroll, a group will be taking a hike on the Oak Trail to the Opossum Loop. This one mile hike is very easy and on relatively flat ground with no hills. Those participating in this hike will still want to dress appropriately and bring water and binoculars to view the birds well through the dormant mesquite and post oak trees.
In observance of the New Year Holiday, Brownwood City Hall will be closed and there will be no collection of residential waste on Wednesday, January 1st. Residents with blue or green carts, please note that your collection days will not be affected by the holiday.
The Recycling Center and Landfill will be closed on Wednesday and will reopen on Thursday, during normal business Hours.
The City collects bulky items including brush and tree limbs from residential customers at no charge, please cut them into lengths of 5 feet or less and notify the Sanitation Department at 325-643-4200 or online at http://www.ci.brownwood.tx.us/sanitation.htm.
For problems related to water or sewer service within the City of Brownwood, customers may call 325-646-6000, 24 hours per day 7 days per week.
Brown County Commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday to present information and receive public comments on the possible creation of a County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone (CERTZ). They will also discuss any specific infrastructure projects to be funded that are located in the zone and the zone’s potential boundaries.
Individuals wishing to participate in the public hearing by either oral or written testimony will be asked to complete a speaker’s form to be provided at the meeting. Comments should be limited to 3 minutes. The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, December 31st at 9 AM in the Commissioners’ Courtroom at the Brown County Courthouse.
Last week, commissioners unanimously approved entering into a retainer agreement with Allison, Bass & Associates, LLP of Austin to represent the county in the creation and administration of a CETRZ and preparation and submission of an application for CETRZ grants. These CETRZ grants, as estimated by TxDOT, could mean a minimum amount of $303,000 in grant funds to the county according to Judge Ray West. CETRZ grant funds can be used for projects such as road repair needed because of increased truck traffic of oil field equipment. The grant will be administered by Texas Department of Transportation.
Brown County 4-H is supported by Brown County United Way
Dates to Remember
1 – Extension Office Closed for New Year’s Day
5 – May 4-H/FFA Clip Day 1:00p.m. at May ISD Ag Shop
6 - 11 – Brown County Youth Fair
14 – Consumer Decision Making Practice 5:00p.m. at Extension Office
20 – Extension Office Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
NEED HELP CLIPPING YOUR SHOW ANIMAL??
If you are going to need help clipping your show animal for the Youth Fair please contact the Extension Office and schedule a date and time. We will not be clipping any animals on January 1st. The last day we will be clipping any animals for the Youth Fair is January 7th. If you need to borrow clippers, blower, blocking table, etc. please contact the Extension Office. We have a limited number of these items so if you borrow them we need them back within 24 hours. YOU MUST BE AN ACTIVE 4-H MEMBER TO BORROW SUPPLIES OR IF YOU ARE NEEDING HELP WITH CLIPPING YOUR ANIMAL. If you have any questions please contact the Extension Office.
The Early Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting and welcomed St. John’s Church into the Early Chamber Family.
St. John’s church is located at 700 Main Street and offers services on Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
On Sunday, December 29, St. John’s Church will celebrate its 125th anniversary. To mark this special day, the Feast of the parish’s patron saint, St. John the Apostle and Evangelist, will be observed at both morning Eucharist services (8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.). At 5:30 p.m. there will be a special tamale dinner and Christmas carol sing.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, December 27, 2013.
Thursday, December 26
*10:32 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the area of Coleman and Borden Streets regarding an assault. According to the report, a male subject, later identified as 39-year-old Ricky Crow of Coleman, had been observed striking a female victim. A traffic stop was conducted for investigation purposes during which injury to the female was observed, the report states. Crow was arrested for assault causes bodily injury family violence.
*10:43 AM – Brownwood Police received a report of fraudulent use of identifying information. According to the report, a female reported that her identification had been used without her consent to open a TXU electric account on which $367.10 was billed.
*3:39 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1500 block of Indian Creek regarding theft. According to the report, the complainant stated that a RCA tablet, valued at $120.00, was stolen around December 13th. The complainant wished to pursue criminal charges, the report states.
The Brownwood Art Association’s Photo Group announced that it will hold its 1st meeting of 2014 on January 2nd at the Art Center, 215 Fisk Avenue, Brownwood, TX. The meeting will start at 6:30 PM.
The photo theme for this meeting is silhouettes. Participants are encouraged to bring your favorite silhouette to be critiqued by the group. It can be in either digital or print form. Those without a silhouette can bring any photograph they would like to show to the group.
The group will also be discussing the Photo Caravan – Eagle Shoot that is being planned to take pictures of the newly born eagles down by Llano. Exact time and date of this caravan will be determined and announced.
They will also have a short discussion about the upcoming 16th Annual Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit and Photo Shoot Out that will run from February 1 through the 15th at the Depot Civic and Cultural Center located at 600 Depot, Brownwood, Texas. Entries for the show will be accepted on January 25 & 26, 2014.
The City of Brownwood is offering recycling of real Christmas trees once again this year.
Real Christmas trees may be taken to the Recycling Center at 6800 FM 45 South (1 mile south of the National Guard Armory) or placed at the curb for free pickup by calling 325-643-4200.
All trees must be free of lights, decorations, tree stands and not be wrapped in plastic or netting. Trees with flocking will be acceptable.
- One Man Hospitalized, Another Arrested after Pair of Related Motorcycle Accidents
- Early High School to Host US Baseball Academy Camp January 19th
- Law Enforcement Blotter 12/26
- Reminder: Brownwood Police Taking Applications for Next Citizens Police Academy
- Art Association First Thursday Event January 2nd to Feature Tommy Munster
- Two Residential Winners Announced for Early Christmas Light Contest
- Early Blooms and Things Wins Business Christmas Lighting Contest
- BFD Fire & Rescue Reports 12/23
- Law Enforcement Blotter 12/23
- Creation of Transportation Reinvestment Zone to be Considered by County
- Drought, Winter Storm and Blanket Tornado Make Top 5 Extreme Weather Events List for 2013 in West Central Texas
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