New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 4, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 14 — Herald-Zeitung — Wednesday, May 4, 2011
NEWS FROM THE CANYON LAKE AREA
Canyon Lake stages annual barbecue cook-off
By Michael O. Varhola
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Delicious smells of grilled and smoked delicacies filled the air April 30 at the 13th annual Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce BBQ Q>ok-Off, where 42 teams competed to have their food items judged best.
The event waft at Inzy lAL Campground on Hiver Road, along the banks of the Guadalupe River west of New Braunfels, and ran from 10 a.m. until long after dark.
“I think the venue was beautiful and we bad a great turnout with the cook teams," said Chamber of Commerce President Kim Morris. "It turned out well, especially for the first time at a new loca
tion. Hats off to l&U They did a great job putting up with our shenanigans.”
Ibis event is the Chamber's main fundraiser, and Morris said the organization exceeded its goal of netting at least
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More than 500 people turned out for the cook-off, where they were able to buy brisket, ribs, chicken and sausage at the food tent — and participate in live and silent auctions and other activities (e.g., a jail where people could have their friends locked up).
Daytime entertainment included presentations by Elvis impersonator Rob Carter, the Solid Gold Dancers, the Canyon Lake Celtic Dancers, and the Red-Hot Chili Peppers dance group. Then, live “Original Texas Music” by the band 277 South and a dance kicked off at 7 p.m. and went on until nearly midnight, after which parties continued at many of the campsites.
One of the hottest set-ups run by Haulin’ Ash, a team made up of “wounded warriors” from the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They generously provided beer, wine and shots for vis-itors to their Texas-style saloon, as well as chicken, ribs and beans, which they offered to pack up for people in to-go plates.
County Commission«r Donna Ecctarton presented the awards to the winners of the non-sanctioned cook-off, which were:
First Get Ya Some BBQ Second: Creek Side Cookers Third: Texas Country Cookers Chicken
first Sauced *n' Smokin' Second: Black Sheep BBQ Third: Papa Nicks Chefs Choice
First Lazy L&L Cookers Second: Texas Country Cookers
Third: Sauced 'n' Smokin' Brisket
first Alan Cookers Second: Fat Boy Cookers Third: Creekside Cookers Showmanship: Haulin' Ash Showmanship (Booth): Prudential Don Johnson Most Unique Pit Lazy L&L Cookers
Cleanest Ares: Family Tradition Jackpot Beans
first: Outfitters (plus a $545 cash prize)
Second: Lazy L&L Cookers (plus $280)
Photos by Michael 0. Varhola
INSET: Cook-off competitors displayed an impressive array of grills, smokers and other equipment.
ABOVE:The Haulin' Ash cook site won the award for Showmanship.
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TVE PRESTON MEMORIAL
Free access to books now just a tap away
By Linda C. Jacobson
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Not long ago, the idea of using a phone to check out and then read or listen to a book from the library wasn’t even a consideration.
Then along came those smart phones and other devices that end in words like “Pod,” “Pad” and “Reader.” And then came something called apps, short for applications, that you can download and easily access from your mobile device with just a tap on the screen.
This technology has revolutionized the way many of us get our information these days. And now there’s even an app that lets you check out a library book by usingyourTye Preston Memorial Library card.
TPML is one of eight libraries that joined a growing consortium called Lone Star Digital Library about four months ago with the purpose of sharing in the technology to bring library materials, including audiobooks and eBooks, to patron’s smart phones or other mobile devices. More than 700 titles are available.
Other libraries in the consortium include New Braunfels Public Library, Schertz Public Library, and Seguin-Guadalupe County Public Library. Lone Star Digital Library is powered by OverDrive, a full-service distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music and video.
Checking out the materials is free but you will need to download and install software, which is also free, library director Roxanna Deane added. Since the titles are on loan, just like they would be from any library, they wiU expire at the end of the lending period. However, that happens automatically so there are never any late fees.
Different apps are needed for different products. For audiobooks, music, and video, you’ll download the OverDrive Media Console. To read eBooks, users will need AdobeDigital Editions. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod, Sony Reader, and many others. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go.
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