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Service of Lessons and Carols Celebrates Season

Service of Lessons and Carols Celebrates Season

The Austin College community opens the holiday season with the annual Service of Lessons and Carols on December 6 at Grand Avenue Presbyterian Church, 901 N. Grand Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will be held at Grand Avenue Presbyterian this year due to continuing renovation work on Wynne Chapel on campus.

The Service of Lessons and Carols will include Hebrew and Christian scriptures, carols, anthems, and a candle-lighting ceremony. The A Cappella Choir and Chamber Orchestra will perform selections from Handel’s “Messiah.”

Faculty and staff participants will include President Steven P. O’Day, David Whelan of the Physics Department, registrar Eugenia Harris, and Madalyn Haines of the Academic Skills Center staff.

Student readers include Lois Bronaugh ’20 of Buda, Texas; Ti’Anna Smith ’22 of Houston, Texas; Harrison Vickmark ’21 of McAllen, Texas; and Dylan Williams ’23 of Garland, Texas. Santos Botella ’20 of League City, Texas, will deliver the invocation.

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change LivesAustin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 50 percent of students identifying as persons of color. The residential student body of approximately 1,300 students and more than 100 expert faculty members allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. This year, the campus recognizes 100 years of co-education and has had several opportunities to recognize the history of women and accomplishments of current alumnae. Austin College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

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Lake Texoma Fishing Report – Following the Birds

Fish caught with Brian Prichard on Lake Texoma

By Brian Prichard – Stripers Inc – Nov 28, 2019

Birds, birds, birds everywhere! It is nice to be able to scan the horizon to utilize the the advantage of a bird’s eye view to search for fish, it certainly makes my job easier. November – December is some of the most consistent fishing of the year, bringing home limits of nice fat stripers caught under feeding seagulls is a common occurrence here on Lake Texoma during this time. It is a magical experience to join the fray of the feeding frenzy between fish, bird, and human, and with the booming population of fish, there are plenty of frenzies to join in on around the lake.

Its peaceful during the fall and winter months, children are in school, the serious hunters are in the woods, the fair weather fishermen stay at home and the fish are biting like crazy, which makes this my favorite time of the year to fish. Many days, especially during the week, there are only a hand full of boats on the water allowing us to relax and leisurely follow along with the schools of fish. With fewer boats, we see a lot more wildlife as well. Often we will see deer along the banks, bald eagles, pelicans, loons, and waterfowl are a common sight, a beaver might show itself from time to time and if we are lucky we might even spot an otter.

Seagulls are working all over the lake from shallow along the banks to the middle of the lake and around the river ledges. The chosen method of enticement seems inconsequential as both lures and bait seem to be working equally well at the moment, though as the water temperatures continue to cool lures will become the most productive means of success. My favorite lure is a sassy shad, 4” glow with a heavy 1 ½ oz head, we use these all through out the year but especially during the cooler months. Here in the past few weeks the sassy shad bite has really been turning on, most days that is all we will use.

With the holiday season upon us this is a great time to get your family and friends out on the water; we also offer gift certificates for a memorable holiday gift. These birds will continue to point us to the fish at least until the end of December. I’ve had some of my most memorable trips during this time, chasing birds in the snow and catching 10lb plus fish one after the other, we could only be so lucky if history repeats itself this year. You can book your trip online at www.stripersinc.com or give me a call at (903)815-1609. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

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TPWD Considering Fishing Regulation Changes for Area Lakes

Catfish

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Inland Fisheries management staff are considering changes to freshwater fishing regulations at water bodies located in Cooke, Tom Green, Grayson, and Williamson counties for 2020-21. Staff previewed the potential changes to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at their meeting this week in Austin.

At Moss Lake near Gainesville in Cooke County, staff are considering modifying the 14-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass to a 16-inch maximum length limit to encourage the harvest of smaller fish. This change would aim to reduce competition for forage and habitat and improve the growth potential of largemouth bass in the lake. Additionally, this change would reduce confusion for anglers with identification of spotted versus largemouth bass in the lake.

At Lake Texoma and the Texas waters of the Red River below the Denison Dam, staff are considering modifying harvest regulations for blue, channel, and flathead catfish to standardize the regulations for these species on both sides of the reservoir and the river. For blue and channel catfish, the potential changes would specify no minimum length limit, a 15-fish daily bag limit, and anglers could harvest only one blue catfish 30 inches or greater. For flathead catfish, the change would specify no minimum length limit and a five-fish daily bag limit. In addition to standardizing regulations with Oklahoma and making harvest limits less complicated for catfish anglers, the potential changes could increase protection of larger blue catfish on the Texas side of the river.

In January, Inland Fisheries staff will present these possible changes to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. If the Commission approves, the proposed changes will be published in the Texas Register, which begins the process of official public comment. Prior to that, anglers wishing to comment on the potential changes can direct them to Ken Kurzawski, TPWD Inland Fisheries Director of Information and Regulations, by email at ken.kurzawski@tpwd.texas.gov or phone at 512-389-4591.

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