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First Lt. J. Anthony Plattsmier, left, and Cadet Airman 1st Class Cody Beyer walk toward a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 172 for an orientation flight. Visit or for more information. (Maj. Matthew Congrove)

Cadet Airman 1st Class Tyler Hartwick and Lt. Col. Michael Duc discuss protocol during a pre-flight briefing. (Maj. Matthew Congrove)

Cadet Airman 1st Class Tyler Hartwick and Lt. Col. Michael Duc stand in front of a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 172 at San Marcos Regional Airport. (Maj. Matthew Congrove)

Cadets end summer of flight

Seven youth members of the David Lee “Tex” Hill Composite Squadron took to the skies over Hill Country this summer.
The young adults, Civil Air Patrol cadets, were given the opportunity to fly as part of CAP’s orientation flight program.
“O-Flights,” as they’re called, are introductory in nature and teach cadets the basics of flying.
During the rides, a Civil Air Patrol pilot will instruct the cadets on proper techniques and procedures, aircraft instrumentation, radio communication protocols and more.

Answers to go with Susan Smith: The story behind the old cemetery

Each week hundreds of people call or visit the San Marcos Public Library to find information.  “Answers To Go” highlights recent questions. For information, visit the library at 625 East Hopkins, call 393-8200 or email the library though its website,
Q: I heard that the original San Marcos cemetery was actually closer to downtown.  Can you tell me where it was and when it moved to the current site on Old Ranch Road 12?

Exploring Nature with Jerry Hall: Bluebirds call this area home all year

People often try to attract two kinds of birds in our area, hummingbirds and bluebirds.
Since fall migration is under way, most all the hummers will shortly be gone, most headed for points south in Mexico and Central America.
Bluebirds, however, are year-round residents and will be around all winter.  
If you’d like to attract these cavity-nesting thrushes, bear in mind they prefer homes that are close to fields, pastures and open woodlands. They are definitely country and not city birds.


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