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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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(BASTROP) With a 90-day building moratorium in place as of August 14 and the Building Bastrop campaign inception, the City of Bastrop is working with Simple City Design gaining knowledge of Bastrop’s building past, appreciation of its present progress, and anticipation for the city’s future growth.

Realizing that Central Texas is one of the fastest growing regions in the nation, creating substantial opportunities and challenges for cities in the area, the Bastrop City Council approved the building moratorium, using this time to explore responsible growth solutions, focusing on outdated development codes and stormwater management.

After weeks of research and data gathering, Simple City Design presented the Bastrop DNA Analysis report and Powerpoint

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Austin-Round Rock MSA

In the five-county MSA, home sales dollar volume in August 2018 jumped 10.5 percent year over year to $1,208,374,131. This is partially due to continued growth in home prices, as the median price increased 8.2 percent year over year to $322,478. Single-family home sales also set a record in August, rising 3.7 percent to 3,034 sales.

Pending sales growth in August continued to show strong gains throughout the MSA, increasing 12.1 percent year over year to 2,798 pending sales. During the same period, active listings for the five-county MSA increased 4.2 percent to 7,887 listings, while new listings spiked 16 percent to 3,741 listings. Monthly housing inventory remained unchanged from August 2017 at 3.1 months.

“So far, 2018

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(BASTROP) For many, a home is their haven of peace and escape from the world’s extraneous noise, but for some, their home becomes a battleground for domestic violence.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and here in Bastrop, the Family Crisis Center has designated Thursday, Oct. 18 as “Wear Purple Day” and is debuting the Inspire, Empower, and Thrive: Our Stories luncheon at the Bastrop Convention Center that day from 11:30-1:30.

“Family Crisis Center is excited to debut this new event that brings local women together and celebrates the many important roles we play in our community,” Sherry Murphy, Bastrop Family Crisis Center Executive Director, said. “The Center was founded by a very grassroots driven group of women. As such, we want to

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(BASTROP) For sure, the temperatures will get cooler and fall will be upon us. But in the meantime, Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop will tickle families’ fancy for fall at their annual Fall Festival on the weekends and Columbus Day from Sept. 29 through Nov. 4.

It’s this time of year that families gather at The Farm, situated on approximately 181 acres with sprawling Cottonwood Trees along the emerald green Colorado River, on a Saturday or Sunday for live music, yummy treats, and good, old-fashion fun.

Visitors can lose themselves in the main attraction, a corn maze with tricky twists and turns. This year’s maze theme is “Texas State of Mind,” a four-acre tribute to our great state.

For those looking for something less challenging, numerous

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We don’t typically think much about trash removal or hauling junk until something happens and we need to have it handled as quickly as possible. Usually involving a dramatic life change, it could be a divorce, a death in the family, massive spring/fall cleaning or any number of reasons leading to the impersonal collection and the inevitable disposing of our belongings at the dump somewhere outside of town. Not exactly inspiring, right?

Well, Laura Chavez with Junkluggers Junk Removal Service will change the way we think about trash. Junkluggers is relatively new to Austin but we can promise you that you’ll be hearing a lot more about them soon! Originally started in 2004 in Connecticut, the company rapidly outgrew its small hometown and in 2013

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