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For the first time, the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory's annual Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza will be virtual, allowing participants to tune in and engage from home. The four-hour event will be streamed live on the organization's Facebook page, and will remain available for viewers to watch again and again.

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Remember when we used to have what we called a “blue norther?” No, me either. Well, I remember calling a cold front that, but we haven’t had one of those in a looong time. I am ready for one, and I’m probably not the only one.

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Shouts of extreme admiration and gratitude to Straight Fence Co., Elite Construction, Cut-Rate Carpet, Image Media, all the many volunteers and coordinators who hosted “Plates for a Purpose.”

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Harold Nicoll has a consulting business, but the one that people like to talk about is his underwear business. Under the trademark SwampButt Underwear, he sells men’s underwear made of Lycra and polyester, meant to wick away sweat. It's “Underwear for Hot People.”

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The topic of discussion for this month was quite easy for the co-founder of S.T.O.P. (Stop-Talk-Overcome-Pain) to choose. This 501(c)3, teen suicide prevention program located in Brazoria County has successfully connected with 20,000 students from May 2018 to March 2020.

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In about 1887, when Brazoria County was still sparsely settled, it was home to a wide variety of wildlife, ranging from turkey and deer to some bears that roamed from the prairies, rivers and bayous to the Oyster Creek bottomlands where the Sloan Jamison family lived.

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In many species of birds, the males are far showier than the females. Males of some species might possess colorful plumage or exaggerated physical features to catch a female’s eye, while males of other species may perform elaborate mating dances to wow potential mates.

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I have almost recovered from the stress of being hacked. There was more than one time I seriously thought about tossing this computer in the pond, but cooler heads prevailed, in the form of Peter. I’m sure there are a lot of you out there who know the feeling.

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I used to be one of those people who argued with the talking heads on television. I was a political junkie from my earliest days, so there I would be on a Saturday morning, thanking Bill Buckley on the other side of the screen for correcting his “Firing Line” guest’s wayward thinking or tell…

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West Columbia natives Zack Walther and Matthew Briggs will play some of the old, some of the new, including the Zack Walther Band's new album "The Westerner," at the Dirty South tonight at 9 p.m.

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Many of the 14 Brazoria County Off-Road Recovery team members have found themselves in situations where their vehicles got stuck and needed rescue, so they believe in paying it forward by doing the same for others in the community — and they love what they do.

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By the start of September, ruby-throated hummingbird migration is well underway and we’ve been seeing them regularly at the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory. It’s time to get those feeders out! These little jeweled warriors will let you know if you are tardy in meeting the demands of their sweet tooth.

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All of my prayers have been going out to everyone who was affected by the ugly Hurricane Laura. I guess it’s the price we pay for living on the Gulf Coast, but it’s still hard to swallow.

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FREEPORT — Hundreds of boats and thousands of participants took part in a Boats ’N Votes boat parade Aug. 29 intended to promote patriotism and show support for President Donald Trump.

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The first Saturday of this month offers not one but two chances to see local musician and Brazosport College faculty member Antonio Zamoralez perform: at the Peach Street Farmers Market in the morning, and at the Fill Station in the evening. Zamoralez performs as Tony Jr. and the Magic Valley, though he will perform a solo acoustic set without the rest of his band.

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Michael McIntosh's first acting role as in a school pageant as Oscar the Grouch. McIntosh brings that experience, as well years of acting in the U.S. and internationally, and directing and teaching experience to his latest role as Brazosport College's new Director of Drama.

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For a far back as I can remember, my mother taught me the lesson of making my bed and how that started the day off right. As an adult I am obsessed with making my bed. It must be made before I leave the house, every day.

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The human brain is correctable. We can do a reset in our minds. Here is a psychology lesson from Saint Paul: “Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:2, New International Version).

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With two possible hurricanes coming into the Gulf of Mexico as I write this, I wonder how the birds will fare. You’d think that because birds can fly, they would head to safety before a storm, but that is not the case for many. Different bird species are affected in different ways depending …

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Charlie Brown, right, and his wife, Isabella, were both former slaves in Brazoria County. Brown went on to be the wealthiest African-American in Texas at the time of his death in 1920.

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Whether or not they are getting food after a walk, Jeanne (pictured right) and Sam Schroll (pictured left) highly recommend bringing water, they both said Tuesday while walking in MacLean Park on Tuesday.