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Disaster KitAs we head into fall and hurricane season, the potential for a disaster may be more on your mind but it really can happen any time of year. Depending on where you live, the potential for an earthquake, ice storm, blizzard, hurricane, tornado or forest fire is always present and the best thing you can do is take time to be prepared. In the wake of a disaster, the chaos that ensues can make it extremely stressful and next to impossible to assess needs and try to maintain household function and many items may be unavailable or destroyed. Putting together a disaster preparedness kit before-hand is essential, especially prior to seasons when severe weather is more common. It’s better to be safe then sorry so a little time on your part can pay off greatly down

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199 McAllisterEnjoy this exquisite home inside and out. Three bedrooms plus three full baths and one half bath along with 3,846 square feet of space comprise this home on a 1.95 acre lot. From the front entry, the stone exterior and double doors welcomes you inside. Step inside to the entry with tile floors and a pretty chandelier. Continue from the entry to the large living room with a fireplace and built-ins. A wall of windows in the living room overlooks the backyard. The living room continues to a dining area and the large kitchen for an open living space that is perfect for entertaining. The kitchen includes an abundance of knotty alder cabinets, granite countertops and a large island. A quaint study with a wall of built-ins is the perfect place to work.199 McAllister

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Colorado River 100The Colorado River 100 is a unique opportunity to push yourself to new limits in a adventure filled setting. This race consists of a 62-mile paddle along the Colorado River from Bastrop to LeGrange. The event is open to competitive and recreational paddlers with options for single or tandem competitors. Younger paddlers (at least 14 years of age) may register for the parent child division as long as they are participating with another adult that is 18 or older.

This is a unique event designed to bring together a large group of paddlers while promoting awareness of the water and lands of the Colorado River. If this sounds like fun to you but you haven’t paddled much before, start training now to prepare yourself for next year’s event.

When: Saturday,

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Selling Your HomeIf you are ready to sell your Bastrop home, it does require some work on your part to prepare your home to sell and successfully make it through the selling period. Your real estate agent will be a wonderful adviser when it is time to sell your home but it is important to remember that there is only so much your agent can do and they will need your help. Here are three things your agent wants you to know before you list your home.

  1. Declutter Your Home

When buyers come to view your home, they need to be able to picture themselves in your home. This can be really hard if your home is cluttered and full of personal items that distract them from the home. Before you list your home for sale, take time to put away most of your personal items and

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ColoVistaWith summer winding down, this can be a great time to start planning for your future. Take a little time to think about where you want to be in the next year and that includes where you want to live. If you are not happy with your current home, let us help you change that. Currently, we have several available lots in ColoVista Country Club that would allow you to build your dream home and enjoy the wonderful location and amenities found in ColoVista.

ColoVista is full of amenities that will enhance your lifestyle including a professionally managed golf course, The Mansion at ColoVista events venue for weddings and other events and a seasonal pool. The pool is open from May-September each year and overlooks the Colorado River for your pleasure.ColoVista

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Boogie Back to BastropBoogie Back to Bastrop is back! In its fourth year, the festival will bring music, dancing and lots of fun to the Bastrop Convention and Exhibit Center this weekend. Come and enjoy Texas Western swing music and dance on Friday and Saturday. People travel from across Texas and beyond for this two day festival.  

Jeff Woolsey and The Dancehall Kings, The Rocky King Band, Frank Cavitt & The Honky Tonk Doctors, Glen Collins & The Alibis, David Lewis with The Honky Tonk Doctors and the Nathan Colt Young Band will provide two days of musical entertainment for everyone. Get ready to boogie the weekend away at this fun event. Food and alcohol will be available for sell at the event and a large dance floor provides the perfect setting for you to dance the day

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HOAWhether you are buying your first home or your 10th home, if you have never lived in a community with an HOA or homeowner’s association, you need to make sure you understand how the HOA will impact you before you sign the contract. Before you jump in, take time to understand the fees, the rules and what is expected of you if you own property within an HOA.

Fees

Fees are what most people think of first when they hear HOA and they come in many different ranges. Fees may be monthly, quarterly or annual and come in all different sizes depending on what they cover. Some HOAs require you to make a one-time payment into the homeowner’s association when you purchase a property. This money is kept in a reserve for future expenses, such as adding amenities or

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115 LoonMake your home dreams come true with this great lot in ColoVista Country Club. This lot is located in The Meadows Section of ColoVista Country Club, offering wonderful amenities that you will love.

Optional pool and golf memberships are available. The luxurious pool overlooks the Colorado River and is open from May-September each year for you to enjoy. Take advantage of the Mansion at ColoVista, which is a popular venue for weddings, parties and meetings. Start building right away or take up to a year.

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Serving Bastrop, Cedar Creek and Smithville
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Kanoe Klasika Smithville TXLooking for a fun race? Grab your canoe or kayak and a friend and get ready for a fun paddling adventure along the Colorado River. The Kanoe Klasika is a 17-mile race down the Colorado River from Smithville to West Point. The race will begin at Smithville’s Riverbend Park and travel to Plum Park in West Point. Whether you are paddling to win or just for fun, this course will provide a cool experience you will definitely enjoy.

The race will start at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, August 17 at Riverbend Park in Smithville. You can begin signing in at 8:00 a.m. and there will be shuttle service available beginning at 7:00 a.m.

Date: Saturday, August 17 at 9:00 a.m.

Start Location: Riverbend Park, 107 Highway 71, Smithville, TX

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By Roselyn Jenkins

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When it’s time to sell your home, you do everything to make it look good. Staging is a great way to do that. But don’t just focus on the inside. Today’s buyers realize the health benefits of being outdoors, so they’re looking for an outdoor space they can enjoy. Here are six ways to stage your outdoor living space, Texas-style!

1. Declutter and Clean

Want youroutdoor living space to shine? Less is more. Pick everything up! Store toys and pet accessories out of sight. Sprinklers, cutting tools, and other lawn equipment goes in the shed or garage. Leave the outdoor furniture, but pare it down. Too large or too much furniture makes the space look smaller. Consider an outdoor rug under the table and chairs (but

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