Mountain City sightings

Continued from week before last  … Chloe Garza is the 2020 graduate in the Garza household. Going around the block we see two more 2020 Hays High graduate signs next door to one another on Maple, close to Juniper.

A recent banner on Maple read, “Cheers to 40 years.” In that yard, there’s a spectacular red gladiola.

Patricia and Brian Porterfield on Maple were last week’s Yard of the Week honorees. It’s what’s on the other side of the house that makes jaws drop. Patricia tends a spectacular native plant garden in her backyard out of view from the street.

Also on Maple is this week’s Yard of the Week: The Hernandez. Della says her husband has put a lot of work into it.

The city of Mountain City has the highest response rate on 2020 Census in the state of Texas … coming in at 87%! Way to go, Mountain City. Keep it up.

This past week a case of COVID-19 was reported in Mountain City.

Mountain City scheduled Limb Days (the city contracts the removal of tree limbs placed alongside street) for Oct. 17 – 18. Typically, the deadline for limb placement is at dark on the second day. The next morning those on the bid list drive past and submit bids. This is why more limbs cannot be placed after the deadline, even though the limbs have not been picked up.

The October Limb Days are in the budget for next year. Mountain City has a fiscal year of October – September.

Dumpster Days will take place near the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 19 – 20. Those with a Mountain City utility water bill can participate. Drop at dumpster bins placed on city property any large items that do not go into weekly household garbage. The city provides a list of excluded items including tires.

The Loving Mountain City Fourth of July Parade takes place on Independence Day at 9 a.m. The Hays County Fire Department in Mountain City (the truck says “Kyle” but it’s not the city of Kyle) will lead the parade.

This year’s parade will be on wheels rather than on foot. It will follow the Kyle FD Santa Route, meandering along major streets. To participate, email lovingmountaincity@gmail.com. Everyone will meet at city hall July 4th at 8:45 a.m.

Recently we were standing in front yard talking with someone about Cattle Egret. RonTom knew they came from Africa. Sure enough, I checked with Siri, and she confirmed. Last Monday, we saw three Cattle Egret on the ground along Lynn Cobb’s fence line. The large white birds have a long yellow beak and long yellow legs.

AllAboutBirds.org says the Cattle Egret began expanding worldwide in 1800s and reached North America in the 1950s. Cattle Egrets may benefit livestock industry by eating flies and sometimes ticks from bodies of cattle. Mostly they eat grasshoppers and crickets. They will eat songbirds, eggs and nestlings. In Florida, they’ve eaten migrating warblers.

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