Red River Radio Local News Feature

Courtesy: LSU AgCenter

CRAWFISH PURGE STUDY -The Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off the summer season as people will be gathering for picnics, BBQ’s and other social gatherings.  And in Louisiana, this is the time of year for Crawfish Boils.    Now if you’ve ever spent any time around those who boil crawfish, you’ve probably heard some debate people about the practice of purging the crustaceans,  the icky part of preparing the mudbugs for cooking.  Some say it’s necessary, others say it doesn’t matter.

Courtesy: Gregg Co. Historical Museum

FORGOTTEN GATEWAY:   Whenever the history of immigration to the United States is discussed, most people immediately think of Ellis Island in New York OR San Francisco as the only gateways to the country.  However Galveston, Texas played an important role to immigration as well.  The Gregg County Historical Museum in Longview, Texas currently has an exhibit called:  “Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America through Galveston Island” on display until June 17th.

Courtesy-Highland Restoration Association

RESTORATION UNIVERSITY - Highland Restoration Association and Norla Preservation Project created Restoration University, a series of presentations on restoration design, techniques and appreciation for living in and among historical homes and communities.Dr. Cheryl White, LSUS Department of History, will launch the series with a presentation titled “Edward Jacobs: Immigrant, Businessman, Builder” at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, in the Highland Center, 520 Olive St. Other speakers, dates and venues will be announced.

Courtesy: NASA

EXPLORING MARS WITH CURIOSITY - Dr. Roger Wiens is the leader of the ChemCam laser instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover which landed on Mars in 2012.  He will present a seminar on his work with NASA and explain the various things discovered with this mission.  The seminar will take place Friday,  March 24 at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas in the Education Building Room 117 at 7pm.  The event is free and open to the public.

Credit Arlene Honza / City of Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau

THEY'RE EARLY! - Thanks to a milder winter,  the famous Texas Bluebonnets have made an early appearance along Texas highways and interstates.   The popular state flower seems to be everywhere and motorists are encouraged to exercise caution when stopping along busy roadways to take in the views.  Also with warmer weather means snakes and fire ants will be showing up too so people are urged to keep an eye out for those too.

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