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(Bastrop) After participating in a musical composer’s workshop over the past several months lead by world-renown trumpeter and composer Hannibal Lokumbe, two students for BISD have been randomly chosen to attend the debut of his musical score Healing Tones performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra at Verizon Hall on Broad Street in Philadelphia this month. Haley Stembridge of Bastrop High School and Gwendolyn Ibarra of Cedar Creek High School are the lucky student musicians headed to the performance.

Hannibal, who resides in Bastrop and born in Smithville, was chosen for residency through Music Alive, a national three-year composer orchestra program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA. For more than four decades he has been celebrating

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Ever since Bill Stanberry first opened the doors in 1982, Stanberry Realtors has been a staple of Central Texas real estate. Our commitment to excellence inspires our agents to do more not only for our clients but for our industry. We've had agents lead in just about every aspect of the business and this year's award-winning top agents are no exception. We're incredibly proud of the work they do for our communities and they deserve to be recognized for the time, energy, and enthusiasm they always have for their endeavors.

May we get a drumroll, please? Here are Stanberry's 2018 Top Producing Agents:

Listing Agents of the Year

     

           Bastrop - Randy McDonald                                                     Cedar Park - Paula

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(BASTROP) You may think you’ve walked into an episode of “Forged in Fire” when you head to Community Gardens in Bastrop for the Lost Pines Knife Show Saturday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 24.

Presented by To The Point, this family event will offer safety and educational speakers, cutting competitions, and a shopping experience featuring custom knives from about a dozen Texan knife makers and knife making supplies from well-known suppliers.

“We’re holding the Lost Pines Knife Show as a way to expose our area to the art of knife making and to the knife making community,” Grizz, owner of To The Point Blade Sharpening and Sales in Bastrop, said. “Our goal is to expose the art of knife making, to educate the general public on the importance of a

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(BASTROP) Living in Bastrop proper just blocks away from Historical Downtown Bastrop and Fisherman’s Park has become a reality this new year with the development of Piney Creek Bend in Bastrop.

With an open house scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, Piney Creek Bend, an exclusive KB Home community, features two model homes at 1502 Dragonfly Loop, along Carter and Hawthorn Streets. Upon completion, Piney Creek will offer 170 lots on 38 acres of the 90 acres along Piney Creek with 52 acres dedicated as public parkland and open space.

“Piney Creek Bend was developed to maintain the natural beauty of the native eco-system,” Stan Ramos of KB Home said. “The creek is a tributary to the Colorado River with the native flora and fauna of the basin. Our

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What is Home Staging?

Home Staging is professionally preparing homes for sale so that they appeal to the most amount of buyers and generate the highest price in the least amount of time on market.

Home Staging is detailing, de-cluttering, depersonalizing and preparing a seller's home to give it a "model home" appearance so that the potential buyer can "see" themselves living in the home.

There are 2 types of home staging. Consultations, or occupied staging, is when the sellers are living in the house while it’s on the market. A stager will come to your house and walk around the interior and exterior with the sellers or their agent, to provide feedback on the areas that need improvement. This might involve painting, decluttering and rearranging or

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People, homes, and communities are our business.

Our clients look to us for advice on making smarter decisions for green living, whether it relates to energy efficiency in a new home, greener designs or materials for a remodel, or referrals to appropriate professionals to help them meet their goals.

One of the strongest, most pervasively positive choices you can make as a consumer is the choice to spend your money with local businesses.  Local businesses contribute to the well-being of their communities in so many ways, by keeping a much higher percentage of the money you spend working in the area.  Here’s a list of six ways that spending your money with local businesses helps to build the community where you live:

1)  Economic “Reuse and

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How much trash does your household produce on a regular basis? My own home used to fill the trash bin as well as have an overflowing recycling bin every single week. However, back in June of 2018, Austin Resource Recovery began the Curbside Composting program in select areas and we were shocked to find how much of our regular output could be redirected to the new green compost bin rather than the trashcan bound for the landfill.

Due to the success of the program, Austin Resource Recovery (ARR) plans to expand Curbside Composting to all their customers by 2020, pending future approval by City Council. According to their website, the program is part of ARR’s City of Austin Zero Waste goal to divert 90 percent of materials from landfills by 2040.

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For many years, the VA loan of the past had a reputation for being less desirable in the real estate marketplace, especially in consistently hot markets like we have here in Central Texas. I spoke with Chad Bowman of Veterans United Home Loans in Austin & Killeen to find out how this product has changed and how it has become a strong selling point for your Veteran property buyers.

Chad, a Veteran himself, spent the last several years teaching Veterans, REALTORS®, and the general public about how to successfully navigate the easier-than-ever VA loan. Below is our conversation:

1.  How has the VA loan experience changed over the last decade for the borrower? The Seller?

Since I started as a VA Loan Specialist 14 years ago, the VA loan has only

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(BASTROP) So, whether it’s a “New Year, New Me” resolution, the gotta-keep-a’moving routine, or going-to-tackle-that-marathon goal, the Bastrop area offers a variety of fitness centers and programs to meet the individual’s needs.

Besides losing weight or achieving a personal goal, there are numerous reasons to begin and maintain a fitness program. Stephanie Gordon of Bastrop Jazzercise said that a program helps reduce stress, gives the person some “me” time, introduces friends with similar goals and generally improves overall health.

Let’s compare several Bastrop-area options:

BASTROP JAZZERCISE at 612 Old Austin Hwy.

Bastrop Jazzercise offers one-hour group-class environments lead by 7 certified instructors. The classes are well

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Every family has their own version of holiday cheer, from watching movies, decorating the house, singing songs, or bah hum-bugging the whole thing. Here are some favorite memories and traditions of the holidays from our own dear Stanberry family. May this give you some ideas for your own family or simply bring you a smile this holiday season. 

Randy McDonald- Our family started a family tradition many years ago on Thanksgiving to hold hands in a circle and each individually tell the circle of family one thing they are grateful for. It's a wonderful experience, watching children especially, grow in their year to year thoughts of grace in their lives. Often a tear of happiness is seen rolling down the cheek of those that are listening, along with

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