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Paue4A Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Burnet Bulletin Commen oary Bumet, Texas II I I I I I Highland Lakes Newspapers Savanna Gregg Staff Writer My husband and I recently went on a cruise with two close friends, eager to escape the "real world" for a week of adventure and endless food. We were more than intimidated by the threat of inclement weather, especially the sneaky hurricanes that kept trying to form directly in the path we were about to take. Luckily, we managed to dodge most of the storms that popped up all around us, and the hurricanes graciously gave us a break. It was smooth sailing for the duration of the trip, and we took advantage of the buffets and sunshine, soon making it to dry land where we had the chance to explore Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico. Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin We climbed to the tip-top of the temple at the ruins of the ancient Maysn city of Mayapan by way of the steps on I have always had an interest in the right and looked out over the flat landscape covered in lush green trees, soaking in the beauty of Mexico. I other cultures, so port days are always wish we had had more time to sit up there and watch the world around us, mainly because it was an incredible exciting for me. We went on a day- experience, but also because I was terrified to climb back down! long excursion in Progreso, visiting Mayanhimself, toldus archaeologists honor; it was believed the blood ofwere home to the descendants of the a sacred cenote and the ruins of the have ,discovered over 200 skeletons the winner would soak the ground Mayans that once occupied the land. ancient Mayancity of Mayapan. inith'e depths 0f the pool overtime,and provide the people with an Horses and goats roamed free and The tour guide took us far from Thiit fact ma'y: come off as a little abundance of crops in the future, dogs lay at their owners' doorsteps our ship tfirough the"eityo.:of Nl. rida -creepy to Soi e, BUt many of us were "' I m not the best tour grade, without a care in the world. and other small towns. The lands O} <- ,am zed. We Were swimming in a right?" he jokingly asked us. "I won't It is a very humbling experience was completely fiat, and the wew sacred'p0ol which holds more history be the sacrifice!" to drive through the villages and from our bus window showed nothing I find it so amazing that a people witness families living off of the who lived in such a simpler time lived such complex lives. They had government, conflicts, people starved or thrived, iJfid all glory was given to the gods, to whom the Mayans frequently sacrificed to give thanks and honor them, entrusting these deities to bless them and keep their culture thriving. As we drove through the small bare necessities. They don't know any different - that has been and will continue to be their lifestyle and they are content. They work hard to make their living in these cement houses and while many of us Americans, living in our heated and air conditioned brick homes complete with a bounty of water and cable, respect our towns su~ounding the historical site,-, history and honor it day to day by we gazed out the windows of our bus acknowledging where we come from. at the tiny cinder block houses that the Mayan families in the Yucatan may not look like much to us, but Peninsula are still living their history. but wildemess for the most part of the drive. I found myself wondering if anyone had trekked through the dense trees to see what lies beneath, or if anyone ever will. The cenote, an underground pool formed by a long-ago sinkhole and filled with the coldest, purest water, is known to be a site of Mayan ritual sacrifices and we had the honor of snorkeling through it, pointing out~ artifacts from thousands of years prior. Our tour guide, Jose, who was than I can fathom, an arealfmown as a place of sustenance and" Nor Jl l tO a people long gone. Thoroughly drenched, we then made our way to Mayapan, where we were again surrounded by rich history. We listened to Jose's stories about the sacrifices which took place atop the towering temple and explored the grounds on our own, taking in every bit of the once thriving city. Jose told us ofghe Mesoamerican ball game, the winner of which actually the one to be sacrificed, as he was the most worthy of such an O In September we conducted our first round of drug testing and out of the 69 students tested; there was one positive test for marijuana. The good news is that the number of positive tests has decreased since we first reinstated drug testing approximately five years ago. The other good news is that Bumet CISD, in partnership with Bluebonnet Trails Community Services, provides free drug use counseling in Burnet CISD for students identified through the drug testing program. The bad news is that over the years, some parents have refused the counseling services because they believe their children do not have an issue with drugs. Since the beginning of school, our administrative team at the high school has confiscated approximately 15 vaping devices. It is against state law for anyone under 18 to be able to purchase vaping materials, and it is against state law for vaping materials to be at school. Keith Supet|msndsn| Burner 6b olidaged ISD Unfortunately, we have had examples of parents coming to school to retrieve a confiscated vaping device only to have the student reoffend again at school. guardian for that young person. Two years ago, I challenged our parents to take action and be partners with us. Today, I am going to make the same challenge. I am asking that every parent/guardian of every young person in Burnet CISD have a conversation with their children about drugs and raping. Not tomorrow, but today. Our young people need to know that they can die if they use drugs, and they need to know the harmful effects of vaping. In addition, I am also asking for people bring them to campus. We do not want drugs or vaping devices on our campuses. If you need help on having the conversation about drugs or vaping, please reach out to the counselor at your child's campus for assistance. If you believe someone in your life is using drugs there is help. You can contact Bluebonnet Trails Community Services at 1-844-309-6385. The Burnet Police Department has been an outstanding partner in helping us address this issue, and parents/guardians to search their they are committed to identifying and children's person, backpacks and arresting people who provide drugs cars before sending them to school, to otherS, but there are only so many Imagine if by this Friday every police officers. There are more of student had been searched to ensure us that act as parents/guardians that the safety of all students on our have direct contact with our young campuses, people every day. Imagine what a powerful message As a dad, I will be having that I share this information withthat would send to our young people conversation tonight and I will go you because, the reality is every that we are all on the same tearn, through my son's backpacks and young person that has been caught pulling in the same direction. The belongings, not because I don't trust with drugs, vaping materials or uses only way drugs and vaping devices him, but because I love him. Will you drugs, has an adult that acts as parent/ are on our campuses is when young join me? The combination of Fort Croghan Day, the Burnet Art Festival and Octoberfest brought lots of visitors to Burnet this past weekend. I spoke with a number of people and not only did the Burnet folks come out to participate, visitors came from across the Hill Country region including Austin, Bertram, Hutto, Georgetown, Leander, Marble Falls and as far away as Holland, Texas. And that didn't include the number of vendors that came for the event who were also from across the state. It's great to see home folks and visitors alike enjoying what Bumet has to offer. Events such as these only happen due to partnerships between public and private entities who work demonstrate skills like ropemaking, many more). Message fromthe Mavor butter chuming, wood carving, The Burnet Chamber of cooking on a wood burning stove and Commerce ( lists Crista :' many others. You canmany oftheSeso claeckeVents as they come up. ! The Art Festival featured Plein al the City's website Air artists from across the state as ( for information Goble Bromley well. The events also featured live on City related activities. music throughout the day ,with the I'd like to take time to personally City of Burnet hard throughout the year to bring them together. Lots of volunteer hours go into make these types of events a success. You might be surprised at just how many it does take. For example, Fort Croghan Day, a project of the Bumet Heritage Society, brings artisans and craft persons from all over the state to Octoberfest activities culminating in thank all a live concert by Flatland Calvary, a popular Texas bluegrass band. Before the year is over, there are more exciting events to come. It's not too early to start making plans to attend Christmas at Fort Croghan, Christmas on the Square, Main Street Bethlehem, and the Burnet Trail of Lights, just to name a few of the holiday season events (there are the employees and volunteers who worked over the weekend to make this weekend's activities successful. I am always appreciative but not surprised that the citizens of Burnet and the surrounding communities come together to make these types of things happen. They have shown over and over again that they have the strength, the initiative and the heart to make things happen. PRESS BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST 2018 I I ! I believe in the importance of our history, and every day make it a point to learn something about myself and the many people who came together to carve the path I have been taking since I was born. The more we understand our history, the better we can shape future generations and create a world based on the values of those that came before us. I encourage everyone to look up their history, even the smallest parts. Where did your grandfather's mother's parents come from? Who did you get your red hair from, or your passion for art? Simple questions like these have the power to lead one on an adventure of self-discovery and make a difference in the documentation of our history. Start taking notice of little things your family members do that may come off as habit but may also be something passed down through many generations as a trademark characteristic. Write things down so future generations will have a grasp on who they are as people. Take an interest and begin preserving traditions and writing down stories your grandfather tells at supper, print your photos from your smartphone and slip them in an album so that one day, when we are all gone, someone may find these mementos in a hand-me-down dresser and leam about who we were. 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