Well, 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.
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.
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.
The 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!
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.
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.