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Friends of the Library @ Texas Mushroom Festival

The Friends of the Madison County Library held our annual Book Sale & Silent Auction on October 23rd, 2010 in conjunction with the Texas Mushroom Festival. We had a great turnout of volunteers and patrons and sold a lot of books! Here’s some video I took between cashier shifts:

The Friends of the Library seek to grow the Madison County Library and encourage its use by local residents. Our Vision for the future includes a new modern library facility to enable more readers to enjoy the thrill of exploring great books. If you would like to join in our efforts or learn more about our bookstore in Madisonville, please contact member Joan Osth at (936)399-3187.

Joan appears in the video wearing our “Book” to promote the $1 bag of books sale that took place on Saturday. She and her husband Johan own the Osth Family Farm in North Zulch, TX, where they and their three children care for an organic garden, goats, cows, chickens, and more! Visit their website to learn more: osthfamilyfarm.com

If you didn’t make it to the Texas Mushroom Festival this year, you’ll have another chance to join the fun in October 2011!


Tour of the Madisonville, TX Courthouse Square

Last week I made a brief video tour of the historic courthouse square here in Madisonville, TX. This square will be the location of the upcoming Texas Mushroom Festival on the weekend of Saturday, October 23rd. If you’re looking for a quiet, rural downtown to visit, please stop by and enjoy the local hospitality!

Business owners in Madison County: You can be featured on my blog! If you would like me to record a video tour of your business and a video interview describing your services, please contact me! I will meet you at your business and take some footage (this part takes about 10 minutes); I’ll then upload the video to YouTube and also share it on my blogs at DavidCRealEstate.com, Trulia.com, and ActiveRain.com. Each place your video appears, I’ll include your business contact information: phone number, website, e-mail, etc. I’d like to use these videos to help introduce the folks in Madisonville to our neighbors online who haven’t yet explored our community.

Paved trail completed around Lake Madison
September 17, 2010, 12:42 pm
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Yesterday I went walking with my dog Patti on the new paved trail around Lake Madison here in Madisonville, and I took a short video while there. The city workers did a great job! The new trail is a vast improvement over the dirt trail that preceded it; the old trail would become muddy and impassable after rain storms, and it was generally an uninviting path to take. If you live nearby, be sure to visit the new trail and enjoy the scenic lake views!

To read more about the new trail, follow this link to the Madisonville Meteor’s “More Life in Madison County” page on their website: Click Here – and then scroll to the bottom of the page.

Howdy!… and what are Feral Hogs?

Hello, folks! I’ve been busy of late. I closed a commercial sale on the town square at the end of July and listed a new rural property a week ago, and I’m working on a pending sale and a few contract offers. These top priorities, along with the day-to-day “maintenance” work required in my business, keep me happily occupied.

I showed a 218 acre property in Leon County yesterday; it’s an office listing. The customer was looking at the place as a prospective investment. The Texas goatweed on the red-dirt entry road into the property was standing higher than the hood of my truck, but I plowed through without any trouble and left a cloud of goatweed “wool” (a hairy growth on the plant) floating in the air. This weed (and it truly is one!) can invade pasture land and choke out weaker grass root systems, resulting in a thick, widespread growth that is inedible to all livestock but goats. In addition to conventional herbicides, goats can be an effective control and eradication tool for goatweed and other unwanted weed species. Unlike horses and cattle, goats are predominately browsers whose diet subsists of 70% non-grassy species, so they don’t significantly compete with the livestock for grass.

After entering through the second gate into the property, I saw a herd of feral hogs run across the road about 10 yards ahead of me; it appeared to be a sow with her several piglets. These wild inhabitants of the rural south are one of the greatest natural threats to farm and ranch land, as well as a popular game sport for Texas hunters. With an estimated 2 million hogs in Texas alone (about 50% of their total US population) and the average sow giving birth twice a year to litters of 4 to 8 piglets, these omnivorous pests are invading rural land in large number to feed on agricultural grains, fruits, crops, grasses, roots, tubers, nuts, and more. Their need for protein also compels them to eat eggs, birds, reptiles, small mammals, and the young of wild mammals and livestock, and they will even cannibalize one of their own if a pig carcass is available! Because many of their food sources require them to root with their tusks and snouts as deep as 3 feet into the ground, they frequently plow up the soil across many acres of land, leaving a costly wreck for an angry farmer to deal with. Here are a few Texas viewpoints on the “pig problem” we face:

While showing the property, I had to cross a few hog-furrowed fields – quite a bumpy ride! They sure do leave their mark on a place. After finishing there, I drove back to Madisonville and stopped at the car wash to clean the goatweed wool out of my radiator… and then it was time to hang up my hat for the day and enjoy dinner with my wife!

To read more about feral hogs, you can view the online pamphlet “Feral Hogs in Texas” provided by the Texas Cooperative Extension, Wildlife Services Dept.

Do you have any feral hog stories or information to share? Please leave a comment on this post!

Twin Rainbows in Madisonville
July 13, 2010, 5:14 pm
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July 7th – A phone call from my sister prompted me to go outside and see this amazing sight above Madisonville. (The rainbow on the right is a bit difficult to see, but it’s there!)