Thursday, July 31, 2008

Dripping Reality Check: Our Sheriff's Department

If you live here, you know that Dripping Springs does not have a police department. Dripping Springs -- home to nearly 20,000 in the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) -- relies solely on the Hays County Sheriff's Department, a force responsible for one of the fast-growing counties in the nation. Currently, Hays stands at a population of around 150,000. But did you know that the deputies in Hays County have started at a lower pay and stayed at a lower salary longer than other Central Texas law enforcement agencies? And did you know that Hays County deputies have had to buy their own uniforms?

Not surprisingly, Hays County has had a pretty tough time filling vacancies in the department.

This past May a reasonable pay raise was granted by the county (which will also now be picking up the tab on the uniforms). The changes will go into effect this fall, but it is shameful that getting to that point was such a struggle. (It's the uniform thing that really gets me).

These are the men and women who protect and serve us in Dripping Springs and they need our support. A way to start is by signing a petition to allow them a representative at the county commissioners court. Someone with the authority to represent their interests.

The Babble has been informed that off-duty officers will be stationed at Wimberley Market Days this weekend (Saturday, August 4th) to get signatures on their petition. I know it's irritating when one of them hides up by Flores (the original, true Flores) to bust us speeding through town, but we shouldn't be speeding, really. If you're at Market Days this weekend, please take a moment and sign the petition.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Dripping Springs Vodka Takes International Spirits Trophy

Speaking of big Drip winners, San Luis Spirits of Dripping Springs, Texas took the "Purity Trophy for Vodka" in the 2008 International Wine & Spirit Competition for its Dripping Springs Vodka.

From the judges tasting notes: "Crystal clear. Piercing nose with no apparent smell yet lively alcoholic sensation in the nose. Full impact on the palate with abundant, mouth filling sensation. Tremendous intensity. Decided grainy note in the super smooth mouth. Finest texture. Fascinating notes in long, well controlled finish. A great sipping vodka."

One Babbler has been known to make DewDriptinis using sweetened dewberry juice made from locally picked dewberries, Dripping Springs Vodka, Paula's Texas Orange Liquer, and a lightly sugared, frozen dewberry.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Drip's Own Pure Luck Wins Big Cheese Award

Dripping Springs' own Pure Luck Dairy took Second Place in the 2008 American Cheese Society Awards for its "Hopelessly Bleu" in the category of Blue-Veined Made from Goat’s Milk. This year 1,149 cheeses from across the country (and Canada) were entered in the competition which was held in Chicago last weekend.

Congratulations to Pure Luck! This Babbler loves your cheese.

Monday, July 28, 2008

DRIP TIP: Onion Creek Farm

Marianne at Onion Creek Farm (1611 Creek Road, Dripping Springs) is having her organic farmstand on Mondays and Fridays from 3-6pm. In addition to seasonal vegetables she also has fresh eggs and grass-fed beef.

Friday, July 25, 2008

DRIP TIP: The Dripping Springs Library

Did you know Dripping Springs has a beautiful public library? Set back in the cool shade of trees at 501 Sportsplex Drive in a lovely stone building, the library provides free services to all residents living within Hays County. The library holds over 31,000 titles including books, audio books on cassette tape and CD, videos and DVD's, magazines, and newspapers. Internet access is also available free of charge. Learn more about what our local library has to offer at their website.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

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QUICK DRIPS: Creek Road Cafe & Las Palmas Taqueria

Signs are up for Creek Road Cafe "Coming Soon" in the former location of Orgeron's and Juniors.

The "Flores" taco trailer by Tractor Supply Company is now called "Las Palmas Taqueria". There is only one true Flores in Dripping Springs and it's green and yellow and makes the best tacos around.

Friday, July 18, 2008

QUICK DRIP: Curves for Sale

The Curves in Dripping Springs is for sale. Reason for sale? "Present owners are settling divorce." More here.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

QUICK DRIP: Good-bye Orgeron's and Junior's

Orgeron's and Junior's appear to be shuttered with new restaurants coming in their place. Details to follow.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Thursday, July 3, 2008

QUICK DRIP: Main Street Market & Deli is open!

Main Stret Market & Deli, located in the former Timpones building, is now open for business. It's not as "organic" as Timpones, but they've managed to pack a lot of product into the space. It has the welcoming look and feel of a small-town grocery store. The lovely wood floors are still in place along with greatly expanded refrigerated sections. A few tables are available for eating from the "deli" section. With Dripping rapidly facing the prospect of becoming another chain-riddled suburb, we need to support independent operations like this one.