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Helping Your Cat or Dog Prepare for a Move

 The process of moving to a new home can be incredibly stressful for all involved. Your pets may not seem affected by all of your packing and preparation work but they can become easily stressed once they are thrust into a brand new environment. There are several things you should do before you move to prepare your cat or dog for the trip to your new home.

 Moving with Cats

Cats are typically more difficult to move into a new home than any other animal. Cats tend to become very attached to their homes and surroundings and dislike change. Moving your cat without any thought to his feelings can cause drastic changes in behavior, including defecating outside of the litter box and aggressive tendencies.

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(BASTROP) The sounds of blues, country, 60’s retro, Tejano and others will resonate at the Second Annual Bastrop Music Festival May 16-19 on Historic Downtown Main in Bastrop luring plenty of people to a variety of downtown bars and restaurants.

Featuring Bastrop’s own Peterson Brothers, who have recently opened on tour with Gary Clark, Jr. and Kenny Wayne Sheppard, and Chubby Knuckle Choir along with Reckless Kelly and about 40 other acts, the music festival will attract music enthusiasts who can satisfy their hunger with downtown eaters touting seafood, Mexican food, steaks, and Southern home-cooking. But what about those who are looking to cap off their Bastrop Music Festival experience with real Texas barbecue?

Well, don’t fret; no one has to

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Guest blog by Bill Edwards of LawnStarter

When you’re looking to add value to your home, some projects will give you a better return than others. We’ve put together six tips to help you choose the best ways to get the most value.

Replace your front and garage doors

This may seem like a boring way to spend your money, but replacing these doors will instantly update your home’s exterior. Replacing your garage door is a good investment for several reasons. First, you’ll get back more than97 percent of the cost on average when you sell. Second, an insulated garage door can help save you money on heating and cooling costs by regulating the temperature of your garage.

If you replace your wood front door with a steel one, you’ll recoup about 94

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A new study, Atlas-14, has been conducted in Austin by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The study was finalized last fall and increased the number of structures and areas that are/will be affected by flooding. This also means that if you want to build in the newly identified flood zone areas it could be more costly. All new properties in the updated flood zones will have to be raised 2 feet and no new multi-dwelling units can be built. A large factor to the flood zone increase is the amount of impervious coverage experienced over the past 20 years plus. In 1997 impervious coverage was at 18.5% compared to 26.8% in 2015. You can imagine that this percentage has most likely increased by 2019. The water has to go somewhere and the heavy

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If you've spent any time on social media in the last month, you've seen the #trashtag meme pop up all over the internet. The idea appeared in early March as encouragement for "bored teens" to get off their phones and take action by cleaning up a public space while taking before and after photos to post online. Within days, the meme resulted in thousands of posts showing eager trash collectors bagging garbage all over the world, garnering well over 300,000 likes and shares.

 

What started as a simple idea to clean up littered wilderness areas has blossomed into a movement to tackle not only natural spaces but urban centers, also. A quick search on your favorite social media platform will show just how excited folks are about making a difference. In a

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(BASTROP) As drivers travel along Hwy. 71 towards Austin from the Bastrop area, the newly constructed Lee Dildy Complex, CARTS Headquarters, sits on a 14-acre site providing a state-of-the-art facility for this community transit service, one of 37 Rural Transit Districts in the State of Texas.

This campus, dedicated to the memory of long-time board chairman Lee Dildy, houses all of CARTS regional operations including administration, call center, operation, vehicle maintenance and even a rain-water collection center that facilitates bus washing and landscape care. Straddling the Bastrop/Travis County lines, this phase-one construction, begun in 2014, has made it possible for CARTS to move to the Cedar Creek location from their East Austin

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Our favorite local economist, Neil Spelce, is retiring from his post as Austin's premier economic soothsayer after 40 years of weekly newsletters and we are sad to see his tenure come to an end. Starting in 1979, the articles have consisted of a four-page report mailed out to all the subscribers week after week, 50 weeks a year. In 2000 they converted to an email distribution system while still providing printed copies for those who preferred the old way. It's incredible to think that the consistency of delivery could be maintained by one man for so long but his reliably delivered product was matched by its accuracy in detail and prognostication.  

 When the Neal Spelce Austin Letter (NSAL) first began, resources for detailed economic issues were

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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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