Artists on display at Gallery 287 in Ennis donated some of their handmade bowls to be used at an “Empty Bowls” fundraiser on Saturday, December 8. Attendees purchased a bowl, which was then filled with homemade soup, salad and bread. Proceeds benefitted the Ennis Meals on Wheels program. (R. Colyer photos)

Empty bowls, full hearts

ENNIS – Artist and Gallery 287 owner Cathy Toot has been familiar with the nationwide “Empty Bowls” fundraiser series for quite a while, and with a selection of local potters’ work on display in her gallery, thought it was time that she brought the movement to Ennis.

Before it became the Madison Meadows golf course and Valley Garden Golf Village, Valley Garden Ranch was a stretch of ranchland with a diverse history, from polo horses to cattle. Toni Bowen, who lives in the golf course development now, decided to research the story earlier this year.

Uncovering history

ENNIS—Earlier this year, Toni Bowen tried to look up the history of the Madison Meadows Golf Course, and by extension, the ranch that had been there for decades before the golf course came to be.

The outline for a new Camp Bullwheel building sits open to visitors at the 2018 Fly Fishing Festival in Ennis. Camp directors Peter Pauwels and Frank Bell hope to raise funds over the next few years to move forward on a new facility. (G. Mooney photos)

River access for everyone

ENNIS—In his nearly three decades working in the rehabilitation engineering lab for Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado, Peter Pauwels saw his fair share of catastrophic injuries.

He also saw just how far human intelligence could go toward remedying those injuries.

Angela Post opened Halo Studio Hair as a hobby, but the salon has snowballed since.

Small town, big-time looks

ENNIS—When Angela Post opened Halo Studio Hair, she intended it to simply be a hobby endeavor. Styling and cutting hair had been her career for nearly three decades, and she and her husband wanted a quieter atmosphere than the busy Lake Tahoe scene they’d lived in.


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