Agricultural trends in Leander and other articles

Published by Community Impact Newspaper on Aug. 22.

Frank Stiles is a fourth-generation Leander resident and veterinarian at the South San Gabriel Animal Clinic. When he first began his practice in 1986, around half of his patients were horses, cows, goats and sheep, he said. Now, he estimates around 98 percent of his job is serving small animals.

“Most of the farmland [and] most of the cows are gone now,” Stiles said.

In addition to beef cattle and other livestock, he said the Leander area used to see a lot of cotton production with three cotton gins in the area. The gins closed by the 1960s, he said.

“There’s maybe a future for [agriculture in Leander] for small plots for farmers markets, but I believe that’s all,” Stiles said. “It’s changed it in some ways for the better and some ways for the worse.”

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The story behind the story

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I wore this beekeeper shirt/mask (but did no beekeeping) to take photos!

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We’re wrapping up our public education edition now, so stay tuned for more school news!

Firefly Aerospace

Firefly Aerospace in Cedar Park aiming to launch rockets

Published by Community Impact Newspaper on April 21.

A Cedar Park-based business said it plans to launch rockets into space.

Firefly Aerospace is in the process of developing small satellite launch vehicles. Previously called Firefly Space Systems, the company’s assets, intellectual property and patents were purchased by Dr. Max Polyakov in 2017 and rebranded as Firefly Aerospace.


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Texas Museum of Science and Technology to open again after remodel

Published by Community Impact Newspaper on Sept. 20.

“After closing for renovations, the Texas Museum of Science and Technology in Cedar Park will reopen with four new or expanded exhibits in September.

The museum’s two permanent exhibits—the planetarium and “Timewalk”—are joined by the traveling display “Drugs: Costs & Consequences” from the Drug Enforcement Administration and another called “Machines in Motion” about Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions.

‘It’s going to be beautiful, functional and way better than it was,’ said Torvald Hessel, founder and chief strategy officer for TXMoST. ‘It’s day-and-night different.'”

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JetSurf Academy ATX the first of its kind in the US

Published by Community Impact Newspaper on Aug. 20.

“A little over a year ago, Kyle Ray and Jamie Naugle had never heard of JetSurf.

Now they run the first and only certified JetSurf Academy in the U.S.

JetSurf Academy ATX, which opened in May, sells and rents out JetSurf boards—gas-powered personal watercraft that look a bit like a snowboard and give riders an experience similar to surfing. By September the academy will also sell SUPjets, paddleboards powered by electric batteries.”

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The Patriot Printer of Providence

In 2014, an essay of mine was chosen to be included in the fifth annual Johnson & Wales University College of Arts & Sciences Academic Symposium. The event showcases the work of eight students, “recognized for their outstanding achievements in undergraduate scholarship.”

My research, compiled in an essay called “The Patriot Printer of Providence,” focused on the life and work of John Carter. Carter was the printer of Providence’s newspaper during the Revolutionary War, and his contributions to the cause included publishing articles by John Hancock and Samuel Adams, and distributing Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense.”

I derived much of my content from microfilm of Carter’s newspaper. Other information was found in documents written by his descendants and later researchers, but my essay is the most thorough, complete collection of Carter’s life available.

You can read the essay here.