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Sunday Morning Update - Autumnal Equinox Edition

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2013/9/22 17:40:00 (2043 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowWell, that was a nice rain we got on Friday wasn’t it? We needed it badly. Lewisville Lake was at 513.64 feet before it started raining, and reached a peak after the rain of 513.87, feet, but is now creeping back down past 513.85 feet, which is still a bit over 8 feet low. So the level increased almost 3 inches from this event. It’s going to take a lot more to get that 8 feet back.

Congrats to the Lewisville Farmer Football team, who with Friday night’s win over the Arlington Colts (14-10) now have a 2-2 season. Sitting at the game Friday night with Fluffy, it was cool enough to almost feel like football weather. Maybe by the next home game it will be cool enough to warrant bringing a blanket.

Speaking of Fall weather, today is the Autumnal Equinox - the first day of Fall, and the day when we get about 12 hours of sunlight, and the night is as long as the day.

Local
Here are some notes from the LISD Board meeting on September 9th.

Toyota of Lewisville is under new ownership.

Bronyfest is coming. We’re going to do our best to provide the hard-hitting coverage you expect.

Friends of LLELA is a new organization being formed to help take care of raising funds for the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area. LLELA is a great place to visit, and one of the very few “wild” areas you can still visit around here. I really hope they are able to make up for the loss of federal funding. The first Organizational meeting next Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., 1801 N. Mill St., Lewisville. For more info, visit their Facebook page.

The 88 Keys Program is a way of raising money one key at a time for the Steinway Model D Concert Grand piano that the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater would like to purchase. Lewisville Texan Journal could only afford to buy the F flat below middle H. That leaves 88 keys for everyone else to purchase at about $1,474 each.

That smell in Old Town.... Hopefully it will be gone with the year, thanks to the proposed $2.7 million odor abatement program.

On Saturday, October 5th, some local “celebrities” will participate in “Dancing For the Real Stars”, which is a charity event to raise money for various local non-profit groups.

It has not been a great week for the Lewisville Police Department. A Lewisville officer was arrested for DWI, and two property room techs were busted for stealing.

Denton County has issued a warning about a scam that is affecting local residents. Someone calls from a caller ID number that purports to be inside the Couny Clerk’s office, and warns that if you do not provide a credit card number to pay some phony fine or fee, that you could face a lawsuit or arrest.

One local self-published author claims city censorship because the library is not interested in her Christian romance novels, and the senior center is not interested in letting her do a sales pitch.

Texas
In Austin, one code enforcement officer’s overreach has cost his department nine jobs.

The Texas Tribune has an excellent series about the problems in the various rivers in the state of Texas: "Troubled Waters"

National / Other
Are you prepared for a disaster? Take this quiz from the American Red Cross.

Americans have notoriously short memories, so it’s no surprise that politicians exploit that. Louis Gohmert and Michelle Bachmann apparently can’t remember (or choose not to remember) who was responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

Video: Karma catches up with this guy caught illegally dumping. Note: as someone who has confronted dumping suspects twice now, I really don't suggest sticking a camera in their faces as you stand in front of their 4,000 pound vehicles.

Cool map: Pangea map with modern political boundaries shown.

This article “No Child Left Untableted” from the New York Times discusses the trend for using tablet computers in the classroom. Some folks are concerned that the technology may have unwanted side-effects, such as reducing the ability of children to communicate face-to-face. I think it is important to note that tablets are just a tool - much like books, pens, and paper were. It is up to the teachers to learn how to use them to facilitate learning. I sort of see them as a necessary next step to making teachers more efficient at delivering customized learning, Will they be abused? Yes. Absolutely they will - just like I abused pen and paper by drawing and doodling during my boring classes with teachers who failed to connect and engage. Just like the old “slip a comic book into your social studies textbook and pretend like you’re reading” trick. The tools are different, but the challenge is still the same.

An experiment with rats and drugs suggests that the propensity for drug use is more about the environment they live in, and their options for recreation. I think the conclusion should be common sense when it applies to human beings.

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Football Scores - Friday, September 20th, 2013

Sports
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2013/9/21 11:42:11 (1023 reads)

Open in new windowHere are the scores from LISD football games Friday night:

Lewisville Farmers: 14
Arlington: 10 
Sachse: 55
Flower Mound Jaguars: 17
 
The Colony Cougars: Bye

 
Plano East: 21
Marcus Marauders: 13
 
Allen: 36 
Hebron Hawks: 17


The Farmers win last night puts them at 2-2 overall in the season.

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Friends of the Library Book Sale This Weekend

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2013/9/21 1:00:00 (930 reads)

Open in new windowThe annual Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place Saturday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 22, 1 - 5 p.m., in the Glenmore Savage Community Meeting Room at the Lewisville Municipal Annex 1197 W. Main Street. Hundreds of donated hardback and paperback books for children and adults will be sold to benefit the Lewisville Public Library. A large selection of audio materials and DVDs/ VHS also will be available.

If you love books, you can find a bit of everything here, and for very reasonable prices!

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Video from Rep. Simmons "Town hall" Meeting

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2013/9/20 4:20:00 (1059 reads)

State Representative Ron Simmons held a combination political event and Town Hall meeting Wednesday in Lewisville, Texas. The representative and Republican guests spent most of the time talking about conservative victories in the most recent legislative session, then spent about 17 minutes taking softball questions. Representatives Tan Parker, Pat Fallon, and Geanie Morrison were on hand, and heaped praise on Simmons for his record in his freshman session. Morrison presented him with the "Courageous Conservative" award.

The sparsely-attended event was billed as a State Rep town hall-style meeting, and was held at public expense in the City of Lewisville's MCL Grand Theater. Despite assurances to the contrary, it was partisan in nature, with an audience of predominantly conservatives. Simmons' office had used a website from the Texas Conservative Coalition to advertise the event, for which participants had to register as "Conservative Texan". Morrison gave a presentation about the Conservative Coalition, and its achievements.



LTJ had contacted Simmons' district director early in the week to inquire about the meeting, which we would not have filmed if we had known that it was intended for Republicans rather than for a general audience.

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Vision 2025 Plan Committees Appointed

Local News, Notes and Events
 Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2013/9/20 1:00:00 (1780 reads)

Open in new windowAs Raymond Daniels mentioned in his summary of Monday night's City Council meeting, the Council appointed members of the Vision 2025 Plan Committee.

Today we obtained the list of appointees and the subcommittees to which they have been assigned. The original plan that was presented to Council in the prior workshop was for the council to appoint the 4 committee chairs, as well as the pool of committee members to be randomly assigned to the four committees. For whatever reason, the Council decided to appoint the committees, and leave it to the committees to choose their own chairs at the October 15th kickoff meeting at the MCL Grand Theater from 6 - 9 p.m.

Committee Lists

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