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Burnet County Bulletin (Newspaper) - September 8, 1977, Burnet, Texas
Firemen like old High school site for new building by Miles Hawthorne Burnet a the possibility of a new fire Hall for the Burnet Volunteer fire department has been bandied about for some time the latest action occurred tuesday night at a meeting of the Ved when it was decided to Send a delegation to the next school Board meeting to address the Board concerning acquisition of school property As a new building site. The City Council was scheduled to meet with the firemen last thursday but a Brush fire East of town Drew All the firefighters leaving the councilmen with no one to talk to. Tuesday night at the fire Hall Burnet mayor Howard Benton City manager Jack Tippit and City Secretary Grace Kinkead met with the firemen to hear proposals and Exchange ideas. Benton said it was a question of Quot if we can where we can what we can do about the possibility of a new fire Hall Quot emphasizing that it was a matter to be decided by the firemen. Quot so i d basically like to throw it Back to y All Quot Benton said. Lavaughn Chambers who presided at the meeting said Quot now s the time to air it out Quot and added that the main problem was How to remain centrally located in the City. Tippit took the floor to summarize the proposals of a University of Texas architecture group which had presented a number of Sites As possible locations for the fire Hall. The one which met with the most interest from the group was the site of the old High school gym which was destroyed in a Tornado though the foundation and slab Are still usable. Monetary problems were also a concern As those present at the meeting discussed How the Cost of land would seriously Cut into the construction budget. Tippit recommended that the fire fighters meet with de Limbert an architect who has been working with the City on various projects. The old school site was favored for a number of reasons among them being its location which would take the fire Hall in a northerly direction corresponding with the northerly growth of the City. A drawback was pointed out in that there Are classes being held in the two Story building nearby and concern was expressed that emergency vehicles and children might be a risky combination. One person present said the classroom building Quot ought be shut Down. It looks like a fire . Underwood and others were appointed to go to the next meeting of the school Board to discuss the site with the school trustees. Quot we All know that Money is going to be a problem so we ought to keep it As simple As we can Quot Underwood said. Benton summarized his feelings about tuesday s meeting saying Quot i think we have got a lot of what we came for Quot a feeling echoed by Tippit who said Quot i think i be got a Good feel of the attitude of the firemen and that is what we came inside Burnet.41 lampasas.7 leander.19 Pflugerville 20 llano.50 Mason .7 Marble Falls 15 . Cole 20 san Saba 30 Goldthwaite 14 brady.20 Ballinger 18 o. Do n n n Conter. Of us a we. To xxx 75235 the Burnet county bul Ieiri a vol.104no.68 3 sections 32 pages september 8,1977 schools enrol 1,673 Burnet sixteen Hundred and seventy three student were enrolled in Burnet pubic school the first Day of school on tuesday september 6. By schools the enrolment we Burnet High school 476. Burnet intermediate 446, Burnet elementary 807, end Bertram elementary 144 supt. Robert Wilkin expect the enrolment to stabilize at Over 1,700. Last year at this time enrolment was i Bob. Ten year ago the first Day of school showed an enrolment of 1,030. Two firemen injured several Hundred acres burned fire takes steam out of meeting Burnet the Burnet City Council met last thursday to Seuss the possible locations for new fire Hall but the Burnet Alun Teer fire department was Reed to let the aldermen wait i they rushed to the Brush fire 1st of town. The Council tended to other siness primarily a hearing for e annexation of 52 acres of the dust rial Park on Highway 281 Outh the last tract to de corporate into the City. No objections were raised to the annexation. Another Agenda item the appointment of Board of equalization was postponed As the Council had no names proposed and were unwilling to appoint themselves to fill the Board. After the meeting several Council members hurried away to help in the firefighting efforts which were concentrated North of Highway 29 East. Hill and Dell Burnet firefighters were Busy until Midnight last thursday september 1 bringing a grass and Brush fire under control East of town. The flames spread from the Railroad tracks North of Highway 29 almost to Bertram As area firemen responded to the Call. Tide the Cricket onslaught. By Miles Hawthorne banging into Walls scraping and scurrying among papers and boxes raising a Din to derail a cruising train of thought. The British Folk saying goes that a Cricket on the Hearth heralds Good Luck and there is probably no therapy for emotional fatigue quite like listening to crickets Crick on a dark summer night. Yet in the late summer and Early fall adult crickets have seen their duties accomplished after a year of shedding their five successive shells of chitin the males finally have their fully developed musical wings the females have Laid their eggs the nymphs Are freshly hatched and looking for shelter before Winter. The time is Ripe for the whole horde to congregate at the nearest Light source and cavort to their Little Cricket hearts Content. Millions of them. Some years they Aren t As bad As others. This year they Are pretty thick but their numbers still Don t compare to some seasons gone by. Ray Cagle the county agent recalls in the late 60s How he doused a touring repertory company of crickets with tide and water Quot it la really take the squeak out of their legs Quot he says but i feel compelled to Point out it s not the legs that squeak. Sorry bout that Ray. But anyway it took the squeak out and by the time he got through sweeping them up he had two thirds of a trash can full of the Little buggers. Quot now. That s crickets Quot he says. Camm Lary or. Recalls that Back in the 50s the kids got out on the Square with hoses to Wash away the Cricket carcasses to rival some of the legislative rhetoric. So the lights Are Cut off and the problem is pretty Well solved. As for those singing wings Only the male has them. How it s done is there vein on the underside of the hard upper wings which is toothed like a file with about 130 ridges. This vein is drawn across the rough Edge of the other hard Wing and the compound eyes and three Small simple eyes. They have eardrums just below the Knees of their front legs. In Asia there Are crickets which Are bred for fighting. Also in Asia there is a particular Type of Cricket called Kin Chang or Quot Golden Bell Quot prize for its song and kept As a pet. F \ Hue. Which had dropped like flies i suppose All under the lights. About this time every year the lights go off the Capitol dome in Austin because of the crickets. The invading insects find their Way into the air conditioning ducts and with no sense of parliamentary decorum die. Soon enough the stink is enough smooth part of the Wing amplifies the sound like the body of a fiddle. Most crickets Are right handed or right winged keeping that Wing uppermost and drawing its vein across the left Wing s Edge. Other Odd facts about the Cricket they have five eyes two big they supposedly make Good pets though i recall buying a Cricket Cage when i was a pre teen i could t pass up the bargain on a weekend shopping spree at the import House. The Bamboo bars were flexible enough to insure the Cricket s escape so i never really got to know a Cricket on a really close basis. They can Chew through leather. They like vegetable matter either fresh or decaying and will eat soft insects such As caterpillars or even other crickets. They seem to consider Damp Wool a delicacy worht risking life and limb to obtain. The two bristles or spikes on their rear fenders Are sort of Back up lights antennae used for moving in reverse. There Are Over a thousand varieties of crickets. They Don t chirp so loud when it s overcast and chirp hardly at All below 56 degrees fahrenheit. As for that tide detergent recommended by Ray Cagle. Kenneth Odiorne Over in Bertram and several other people around the area swear that a couple or three tablespoonful in a Garden sprayer will kill them dead in no time. You could also invite a few screech owls skunks Stag beetles praying Matises sparrows and ants Over for a feast. Cagle adds that the reason so Many crickets turned up this year is that the recent dry spell cracked the ground then the scattered Rains which dampened the opened ground combined to the crickets Benefit. Burnet in the Tat afternoon last thursday september 1 the smell of burning foliage filtered into Burnet the Harbinger of a Brush by which burned Over several Hundred acres East of the City. By 6 p.m., the smoke a settling among the Homes end buildings Here As firefighters from Burnet and Bertram bounced along the perimeter of the fire which blazed in clusters of Cedars and through pasture grasses. By Nightfall trucks from Marble Falls and the Buchanan dam area were it the scene working from water trucks driven into the rough terrain. County commissioner Gene Clements was there with a county water truck supplying firemen with water while others gathered on Highway 29 it a Euclid water Wagon taking a break from their duties with sandwiches and canned drinks. Two firemen were injured while battling the flames which originated apparently from a hot Box on a train. Mike Ware and Gary Garrett were Riding on the Beck of a Burnet fire truck when it drove Over a Terrace on the Harris land throwing the two into the air and up among the truck s hardware. Ware received a blow to the Mouth when he struck a shovel handle. Garrett suffered contusions and abrasions. Both were taken to Shepperd memorial Hospital at to p.m., end were released in satisfactory condition later in the night firefighters stayed on the scene until almost Midnight finishing off the last runs of grass fire and Cedar flares. City May Hava Taback Down Burnet the Texas department of health has notified the City of Burnet that the water pressure problems at the p. J. Hitt residence unless rectified May result in the removal of Burnet s Quot state approved Quot water classification. The Hills who have complained to the City Council about the Low water pressure at their Home were mid last month by City manager Jack Tippit that the Council had voted to Price pumping equipment for the residence. But would not help pay for the equipment. The Hills Appeal to the department of health will probably Merit attention at the upcoming Council meeting tuesday. At present. Tippit stands by the aldermen s last vote and will not act otherwise Quot until they have changed that Alderman Bill Wilcox for one seems inclined to Aid the Hills with their pressure problems saying Quot i think it s our responsibility to Correct
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