Art contests end Thursday
Community Treasures photos, paintings must be submitted by 5 p.m. March 31
By DAVID STONE, Our Town Temple
For the past three months, Temple’s historic buildings have been the focus of local photographers and artists. Time is almost up for submitting entries — the deadline is March 31.
The Temple Community Treasures photography and painting contests are held in conjunction with National Preservation Month, which is in May. The contests began Jan. 1.
The winners of both contests will be announced in May.
The purpose of the contests is to attract community attention to the importance of preserving historic buildings and community architectural assets.
The object is simple: Capture an image of a building you consider to be historically significant.
In the past, some of the most photographed buildings have been the Kyle and Hawn hotels, the Arcadia Theater, Jupe Grain Elevator, the First Methodist Church sanctuary and all three railroad depots.
Photos must be printed on 8x10 photo paper and placed in a frame that is no larger than 11x14.
Compromised images created by blending exposures, combining photos, cloning or excessive blurring or contrasting will not be eligible.
In the painting contest, artwork can be created in-studio or at the site. Acceptable mediums are oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, pen and ink, pastel or mixed media.
Entries must not be larger than 16x20 and entrants must place the work in a frame no more than three inches larger than the artwork and make them ready to hang with a wire hanger.
Watercolors, pencil, pen and ink, and pastel works must be framed in glass.
Each contestant may submit up to three photos and/or paintings, and entries must be hand-delivered to the Discover Downtown Temple Office in the Historic Post Office, 101 N. Main Street, by 5 p.m. Thursday.
The back of the artwork should be labeled with the artist’s name, phone number, email address and the address of the building in the photo or painting.
The Photo Contest is sponsored by the Main Street Project and Extreme Clean of Temple. Main Street is sponsoring the Painting Contest along with Sterle Fine Art Studio. Prize money for both contests is being provided by Extreme Clean.
The first-place winners will each receive $300, second-place winners will take home $200 cash and third-place will get $100.
All entries in the Photo Contest and the top 20 entries in the Painting Contest will become part of a traveling exhibit and will be displayed in the Bell County Museum, the Czech Heritage Museum and the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum.
If the artist desires, their entries may be sold following the tour.
Digital photographs also will be accepted, and they will be judged separately from the frame entries. A sole winner will be named from the digital contest and the winner will receive a first-place ribbon.
For additional information, contact Dan Kelleher at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Photo Contest and Susan Sterle at email@example.com.
TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2022
Temple PD using Neighbors app to assist in crime-fighting efforts
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The Temple Police Department is now utilizing the Neighbors app by Ring to assist with its policing efforts and investigations.
“Working with the Neighbors app will give the Department a new tool to bridge the gap between public safety and our Temple residents,” said Temple Police Chief Shawn Reynolds. “I’m excited to see how this partnership will aid in fighting crime and reporting suspicious activity.”
The Neighbors app allows residents to connect and share hyper-local updates and information. Temple Police Department can view posts reporting suspicious activity and other crime, and contact post creators to gather more information or request permission to share the content on other social media outlets.
Additionally, the TPD can post in the app. Posts may include public safety alerts, requests for assistance with identifying a suspect or locating a missing person, and traffic impact notifications.
The app is free to use for both residents and the Temple Police Department.
Residents are not required to own other Ring products or equipment to use the app, and they can upload pictures and videos taken on other devices.
The free app is available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
If residents need to report a crime, criminal activity or need immediate assistance they should still call 911 or (254) 298-5500.
Good Neighbor program begins April 1
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The city of Temple is seeking applicants for the Good Neighbor Program, which matches volunteers with residents who need assistance with lawn care maintenance and minor home improvement projects.
Program participants can apply online.
"Our residents truly care about one another and are willing to help their neighbors, so we are excited to match community members through this program,” said Nancy Glover, director of the Housing and Community Development Department. “By working together, we can continue to enhance the community.”
The program begins April 1 and continues through October 31. Once applications are approved, a Resource Coordinator will assign one weekend each month for the work to be completed.
Based on the scheduled dates and project, program staff will drop-off and pick-up maintenance equipment from the home. The Transform Temple Tool Library will provide the equipment.
Volunteers will receive a Good Neighbor T-shirt and recognition on the Housing and Community Development Department website.
Visit templetx.gov/goodneighbor for more information.
Early Temple did not have concrete sidewalks in the Downtown area (or anywhere else). Instead, there were wooden boardwalks that connected buildings and lined the Downtown streets. Why did the city get rid of the boardwalks?
ANSWER IS AT END OF TODAY’S ISSUE
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On this day in 1813, the battle of Rosillo was fought on a prairie near the confluence of Rosillo and Salado creeks, nine miles southeast of San Antonio. The engagement was between the Republican Army of the North led by José Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara and Samuel Kemper and a Spanish royalist force under Texas governor Manuel María de Salcedo and Nuevo León governor Simón de Herrera. The republican army, variously estimated at 600 to 900 men, was advancing along the road from La Bahía to San Antonio when it was confronted by a royalist force variously reported to be 950 to 1,500 men.The ensuing battle was bloody and brief, lasting no more than an hour but resulting in the complete rout of the royalists and the capture of most of their arms and ammunition, six cannons, and 1,500 horses and mules. Royalist losses were heavy, estimated to be 100 to 330 men, while the republicans lost only six men. The battle of Rosillo resulted in the capture of San Antonio and the establishment of a first "republic of Texas," but the rebellion was eventually crushed at the battle of Medina in August 1813.
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On this day in 1965 the deliberate impoundment of water began at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The reservoir is dammed eighty miles north of Beaumont, is fed by the Angelina River, and covers part of Jasper, Angelina, Sabine, Nacogdoches, and San Augustine counties. Construction began on September 7, 1956. The reservoir's name was changed from McGee Bend to Sam Rayburn, in honor of the congressional leader, in 1963. The dam serves two hydroelectric plants. The lake has a drainage area of 3,449 square miles. It is a favorite resort destination for East Texans.
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On this day in 1840, Anna W. Raguet, who was courted by Sam Houston, married Robert A. Irion instead. The eldest child of Texas pioneer Henry Raguet, Anna was born in Pennsylvania in 1819 and lived in Cincinnati until she was brought to Nacogdoches by her father in the spring of 1833. There she became acquainted with Sam Houston. He evidently contemplated marrying her, for in 1833 he engaged the services of Jonas Harrison to secure a divorce for him from his first wife, Eliza Allen. As divorces were not granted under Mexican law, nothing came of the application, but Houston's courtship continued. Soon after he became president of the Republic of Texas he issued a proclamation giving his authority to Judge Shelby Corzine to try his application for divorce in the district court of San Augustine County, although Congress was supposed to have exclusive jurisdiction of such matters. Houston's attorney, W. G. Anderson, used the same petition that had been drawn up by Jonas Harrison. The divorce was granted on April 8, 1837, but did not satisfy the scruples of Anna Raguet, who apparently abandoned any plans she might have had for marrying Houston. Robert Irion, secretary of state under Houston, bore many messages between Anna and the president. When Irion learned of the final rift between the two, he persuaded her to marry him. The date of their marriage differs in printed sources, one saying March 29, another March 30, and a third April 9. The couple had five children.
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TODAY’S TEMPLE TRIVIA ANSWER: One word: Rats. Temple, once known as Ratsville, had a big rodent problem. The city even paid a bounty for rats at one time. They lived primarily under the boardwalks, and another problem arose after the city stepped up efforts to rid the streets of rats. The vermin took poisoned bait and died under the boards, causing a huge stink.