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June 2010 Letters

TCP Talk

Letters and comments from our readers

Aquarena Memories

Your article “Exploring the Depths” (April 2010, about the former Aquarena Springs theme park and current Aquarena Center) brought back some wonderful childhood memories. Our family vacationed in the Texas Hill Country one summer during the early ’60s and spent a day at Aquarena Springs. We attended the show in the submersible theater and went on the glass-bottom boat. Being a young child, I was amazed at all the fish we could see swimming below and found it incredible that a person could drink soda pop while underwater.

Thanks for renewing a pleasant childhood experience. We always enjoy reading Texas Co-op Power.

Martha E. Gideon, Rhome, CoServ Electric

Editor’s note: Martha was kind enough to send photos from her visit, including one showing an underwater clown (“… can’t recall if the clown was Glurpo, Bublio or Scrublio after 46 years,” she wrote).

Battery Disposal Locations

In reference to the article “Bigger, Better Batteries” (April 2010), where can one dispose of nickel-cadmium batteries? I don’t need companies that sell information on government regulations for disposal, just an approved disposal site in the Wood County vicinity.

Charles H. Price, Winnsboro, Wood County Electric Cooperative

Editor’s note: The Upper Sabine Valley Solid Waste Management District in Quitman will accept nickel cadmium batteries; call (903) 763-2123 for more information. To find a listing of other battery recycle drop-off locations, go to and enter your ZIP code. The free service is offered by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, a nonprofit sponsoring 30,000 drop-off locations to recycle rechargeable batteries and cell phones.

Go Online for Recipe Archives

In the March 2010 issue, a customer requested recipes be printed on one side only. I couldn’t agree more, but I also realize that this is not always possible. Fortunately, the solution is simple: Go to the magazine’s website, For recipes in the current issue, click on “See the Table of Contents” and then “Recipes.” For recipes in previous issues, click on “Visit our Recipes Archive.” Once you have made your selection, find the recipe you would like to keep, then copy and paste into your favorite word processor for printing and saving.

Thank you for a great magazine and keep up the good work.

John C. Simkins, Woodville, Sam Houston Electric Cooperative

Editor’s note: On July 30 we launched a new website that provide easy access to an online database of readers’ tasty (and staff-tested) recipes. Just go to the Recipes section and search by category, ingredient or keyword. Also, register for the site and you can use some of the simple tools to manage your experience. For example: You can rate recipes you’ve tried on a scale of one to five and save your keepers to your very own private “recipe box.” Look for the “favorites” link at the top of any recipe. FYI: While the favorite tool seems most handy for recipes, you can save ANY story found on our site to your favorites.
Charles Boisseau, associate editor

Looking Forward to Next Issue

We really enjoy our publication each month. There is always interesting information on various topics, sights to see and recipes to explore. Thank you for a well-informed magazine, one we look forward to each month.

Kirby and Kaaren Barker, Corpus Christi, Nueces Electric Cooperative


Thank you for the listing you gave our Airing of the Quilts, Antique Car Show and Arts and Crafts Fair held on March 27 in Thorndale. We received calls from people across Texas wanting more information. We appreciate the help to promote our first annual event, and we look forward to next year. The chamber agrees that your notice helped make it a great success!

Thank you for providing this service to our events for both large and small towns in Texas. We hope to see even more people of our great state in 2011 and assure you that we had a “big time in a small town” this year.

Darleen Tucker, Secretary, Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce