The hot, dry summer season is here and with it North Texans are adjusting to drought conditions as reservoirs in local lakes are running low on drinking water supplies for residents in cities that they feed.

If you haven’t driven over Lake Lavon lately, then you’re not missing much as it’s looking less like a lake daily.

The northern part of the lake is literally drying up, especially north of Highway 380. The boat ramp on the northeastern section of the lake no longer backs up to water. It instead greets green grass and then mud.

It’s hard to cruise around the lake when there is nothing but mud and dead trees sticking up from the ground where water used to be to greet you.

I’m aware of the affect that the drought has had on the lake everyday as I drive to work on Highway 380. Along with trying to conserve water, which isn’t hard to do since my husband and I live in an apartment and have no yard, the recent water conservation has got me thinking about conserving other things. They are electricity and trying not to put so much trash in the trash can by recycling.

Maybe I’m frugal because I’m close to my grandmother, who grew up in the Great Depression, where she and everyone she knew were dirt poor and had to ration everything, or maybe it’s because I just know everything you do affects everything around you.

Yes, all of that junk you throw away has a destination. It’s called a landfill – those things you rarely see that don’t smell too good that do eventually pile up.

The one I’m most familiar with is the McKinney landfill, which didn’t used to look like a huge mountain of garbage.

The property it’s located on backs up to the Heard Natural Wildlife Museum, located in Fairview. The last time I visited the museum I was walking along its many nature trails and I heard this loud, continuous noise of a car or truck nearby.

I looked up, as did a couple who was having a picnic nearby and we saw a large construction vehicle slowly pushing debris atop of a huge hill just over the treetops.

I learned that all the commotion was from an employee moving things around in the McKinney landfill. Yeah, that’s what everyone wants to see and hear when they’re trying to enjoy a nice spring day outside and soak up the scenery and limited wildlife.

Yes, all of that trash does go somewhere. However, you can recycle most of it, such as plastic two liter bottles, aluminum cans, cardboard, paper, plastic milk jugs, and 20 ounce coke bottles to name a few.

If you want to know exactly what you can recycle, call the Royse City City Hall at 972-636-2250.

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The Royse City Herald-Banner is asking its readers, you, to submit pictures to be published in the July 12 issue for a photo contest. Pictures may be in color or black and white and must be no larger than 5 x 7.

The pictures must be taken in Royse City, Fate, Nevada or Josephine. The winning picture will be printed on the front page of the July 12 issue. Runners up will be printed inside the paper. The editorial staff will choose the winners based on composition, creativity, and originality.

The deadline to submit photos is 5 p.m. Friday, July 7. Photos may be mailed to the Royse City Herald-Banner, attention Brandi Hart, 2305 King St., Greenville, TX, 75401 or e-mailed to Please list the photographer’s full name, physical or mailing address, phone number, names of all people in the picture from left to right, and where and when the picture was taken.

As of Monday I had only received one picture. That’s it. One lone soul out there has chosen to send the paper a picture.The pictures can be of family outings, sports, events, nature, children, or anything that you feel is worthy of entering a photo contest and to possibly appear on the front page of the paper.

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