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Finders Keepers

If you have not been to the McKee ‘dig’  in Seguin, take a trip out there and learn about all of the artifacts that have been (and are being) found on this property.  It is amazing.

Michael Cary wrote about this find in the Seguin Gazette-Enterprise June 17, 2008:

SEGUIN — Local archeologist Robert “Bob” Everett paid a visit Thursday morning to an excavation site where hundreds of arrowheads, spear points and other Native American artifacts were recently uncovered along the banks of the Guadalupe River.

“This is the richest archeological site I’ve seen on the Guadalupe River in 35 years,” said Everett, a steward with the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Archeological Stewardship Network.

Craig Childs writes “with lyrical grace” about searching for relics.  Finders Keepers is a Great Read.

From Child’s book:

“It is a job.  Workers go out and dig.  They pull up every artifact they find.  Perfectly legal and not entirely academic, it is a workingman’s science.  Plats and blueprints tell where to excavate.  Practitioners are known as “salvage” or “rescue” archaeologists.  In information circles, they call themselves “shovel bums,” toiling through cities and along pipelines, where they remove all pertinent archaeology in the way of development.

“There is a growing demand for this particular brand of archaeologist.  Backhoes are digging up slave cemeteries and ancient pagodas, forcing cities to cough up their dead, and somebody has to deal with it.  Roman burials are cropping up in London while archaeologists in downtown Miami ponder a circle of postholes that were cut into bedrock a couple of thousand years ago, doing so on behalf of a frustrated developer who has been planning luxury condominiums for this spot.  After thousands of years of traffic, a marketplace in Cairo recently revealed a temple containing a four-ton statue of Ramses II that had been right under people’s feet.  Even in the slums of Mexico City, pieces of the fallen Aztec Empire keep showing up.  In 2006, construction work exposed a thirteen ton stone carving of an earth goddess, and when salvage archaeologists went in they discovered it was topping the tomb of an Aztec emperor.  This could be the biggest discovery in Mexican history, as they dig through the city’s wet,mucky foundations to find it.”

“. . . In his essay on whether we can actually harm the dead, Geoffrey Scarre of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Durham, England, wrote, ‘Whilst a bone may be no more animate than a stone, it is the relic of a man or woman who once thought and felt, was happy and sad, loved and feared as we do.  To disinter or disturb it, or to subject it to chemical or physical analysis, is to take a liberty–not with the thing itself but with the person to whom it once belonged.’ “

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good things are happening

We love living in Seguin! As my husband remarked when we initially moved here from Denver: “This city fits us like a glove.”

Most recently, each time I drive to the post office (or in that general direction), I am so impressed with the Justice Center on Austin Street with the adjoining parking garage (and walking bridge from the garage to the Justice Center).  What a difference this has made with downtown parking!  The other day, Hubby was in the garage and counted 42 parked cars – which means several downtown parking spots were available for business customers.  How sweet it is!!

The Koehler Company certainly built a handsome Center and parking garage.  A great addition to Seguin.

There is daily progress with the Walnut Branch project and I love walking down there to see what is happening and envision what Will Be!

TXDOT has announced that Seguin’s Walnut Branch Park will be getting nearly 2-million dollars in funds to help build a hike and bike trail for that park. That was part of TXDOT’s announcement this week of 54 transportation-related projects across the state that will be getting a total of 76-million dollars. The 1.9-million going to Seguin represents 80% of the cost of the 2.4-million dollar Walnut Branch Park project, with the City of Seguin providing the other 20% of funds. The hike and bike trail will run from Hwy 78 south along Walnut Branch to Convent Street and will incorporate plans already approved for the park on the north side of Seguin as well as the work currently underway between Court and Nolte Streets. Also included is a 14-foot wide trail, complete with fencing, railing, retaining walls, boardwalks, and a footbridge to be installed at the creek at Convent Street. And TXDOT’s funding is for work that goes beyond the roughly 5-million dollars that the US Army Corp of Engineers has requested for the design and construction of the waterway between Hwy 78 to Starcke Park.

There are many great things happening in Seguin these days and Neice Bell’s article in today’s Seguin Gazette Enterprise says it quite well.

VIVA SEGUIN!!

The Justice Center parking garage is open to the public - and open for business!

honoring those who honor us

The Seguin-Gazette Enterprise Vision Awards and Mary Lee Roberts Citizen of the Year Award always goes to deserving and committed Seguin citizens who do so much for our community – selflessly, quietly, and constantly.  Each time we have attended this Awards Ceremony, every person who has been honored always makes the claim that he/she doesn’t deserve to be singled out and is just doing  what they feel is right.  These folks give of themselves with no thought of themselves.  They have all made significant contributions to our community.

Sheriff Arnold Zwicke is the 2009 Citizen of the Year and Vision winners were Vickie de la Rosa, Tres Hewell, Sandra Moline, and Hope Vasquez.  Each of these individuals are deserving of the awards and Seguin is so proud of them!

Hubby and I were trying to reconstruct the Seguin citizens who have been given these awards throughout the years and, since we can’t remember Squat anymore, couldn’t recall when the newspaper initiated this awards ceremony.

For 2006 –  The Harleys received the Citizen of the Year Award.  This group has played for so many causes in Seguin (donating their talents and their time).  The Harleys who were recognized that year were: John Masterson, Greg Ronning, Mike McGrew, Mike Story, Rick Bowerman, Ron Sozzi and Craig Hayden.  Vision awards were given to Edward Davila, Harold Bogisch and Kay Martin.

For 2007Fanny Harkins was Seguin Citizen of the Year and Vision Award honorees were Mildred Woerndel, James “Tuddy” Dietz and Seguin Police Chief Luis Collazo.

For 2008 Irma Lewis was honored as Citizen of the Year.  Earning Vision awards on the night were Suzanne Sanders, Stanley Naumann, Ernest Leal and John Gesick.

Photo added February 1, 2010:

DeLois Garrett and Mary Lee Mays Roberts

The citizen of the year award is named in honor of longtime former society columnist Mary Lee Roberts (1928-2007) who passed away in 2007 after a lifetime of community service in which her ambition wasn’t only to make Seguin a better place to live but to help other people see just how great this community really is.

DeLois Garrett (1928-2008):

“I have lived a full and wonderful life, blessed with a loving family, good friends and happy memories.”