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July 2, 2008 Issue
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Edna Earle Benton and her daughter, Tonya organized a going away luncheon in honor of longtime Bluebonnet Study Club member Helen Olsen on June 27. The party was held at Edna Earle’s historic home and included Helen’s daughter, Janice Gail; neighbors; friends; and club members. A delicious lunch was served buffet style by the hostesses. The group presented Helen with a “Ring of Blessings” bearing personal messages wishing good health and all God’s richest blessings in her new home at ...
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The Great American Jackass Race is coming to town so gear up for one of the biggest attractions in Mason County! The Race immediately follows the Sesquicentennial Parade on Saturday, July 12th during Mason’s 44th Roundup Rodeo Weekend. The parade begins at 10:00 am and the burros will began their trek around the Courthouse Square immediately after.
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The Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country presents their officers for the 2008-2009 year. Pictured left to right are: Dana Butler, Vice President; Judy Uherek, Publicity; Nancy Sterling, Secretary; Carol Kothmann, Treasurer; Martha Kothmann, President and Sue Kaan, the member whose art work won the “People’s Choice Award” at the first ever Annual Art Show held in May. The ladies are introducing the new T-Shirts that are now on sale at The Cat’s Meow.
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My country, ’tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims’ pride, From every mountainside Let freedom ring! Independence Day. Fourth of July. July 4th. Freedom. O beautiful, for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.
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We are enjoying these cooler days after some light showers. Heaver rain is predicted for the early part of the week. Pray for rain. Happy birthday wishes go to John Wayne Sanders on his 6th birthday on July 9th. And, happy anniversary wishes go to Bill and Lois Koock on July 5th and to Terry and Michelle Burdette on July 8th.
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4th of July Eating that Won’t Cause Fireworks in Your Diet Erin Gregory and Neva Cochran, MS, RD, LD If you were one of the 74 million people who took part in a barbeque sometime last year, there is a good chance it was on the 4th of July. It’s that time of year again for barbeques, cooking out and picnicking; but this year, be sure your outdoor meals don’t wreak havoc on your waistline.
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July has just started, and certainly we will have much more hot and dry weather in the next few weeks, and so I would like to remind you that the City has asked our citizens to voluntarily comply with the alternate watering schedule when you are watering your yards and landscape.
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It's that time again in Texas when the temperatures get up to three digit numbers, but it isn't just the heat that is getting to you. The sun also emits UV rays which can be harmful to the skin. Did you know that excessive exposure to the ultraviolet radiation of the sun is the most important preventable cause of all skin cancers?
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It’s enough to make a grown man cry, diets that seem to scream at each other. Mostly, I don’t understand. I recognize, though, that opinions swing widely, depending on who is asked—and when. Supermarket isles are blanketed with ads trumpeting high proteins and low carbohydrates, and shoppers squint at the small print, focusing on fat content, yea, even different kinds of fat.
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The Fourth of July is at hand. This means more barbequing in these parts. Really we have barbeque for just about every occasion. Texas folks don’t really go for the pheasant under glass. They really prefer brisket-chicken-goat and of course pork ribs barbequed. And there’s no four or five string beans with a pimiento across them and a dab of fancy rice.
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Since my wife’s wedding anniversary last year was rather inexpensive, what with staying in a friend’s treehouse and dining on Beanie Weenies, I decided to take her someplace special this year. Which is why we wound up in Dallas, staying at a hotel whose standards were clearly far too high for its management to have allowed us within three blocks of its premises.
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Wagon Yard Days Continued ***** One block northwest of the wagon yard was Wilbanks Blacksmith Shop ( that old corrugated iron building has now been torn down). I used to go in there and watch Mr. Wilbanks working at his forge, and I can still remember the smell of that blacksmith shop caused by that burning forge.
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Natural Health from A to Z Margaret Durst, N.D. D is for density as in bone density – a statistic that many women are concerned with. Bone density is a measure of the quantity of bone, not the quality. I like to make a distinction here, because bone quality is an important concern that is being overlooked by many. Bone quality concerns reduced risk of fracture which should be distinguished from bone quantity as expressed as bone density.
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It's got to be tough being one of my friends or family members. I'm not talking about some of the obvious reasons it would be difficult - I'm more focused on how difficult it is never knowing if your latest conversation is going to be fodder for the next week's column. I've included snippets of conversations I've had over the dinner table.
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To the Editor: I just sent the following to the City of Mason Mayor and City Adminstrator: Dear Mr. Hinckley and Mr. Boudreaux: When you live outside the Mason city limits, in order to get rid of your garbage you can contract with the company who services the area or go to the dump yourself.
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Micheal Hohn, Bruce Williams and Logan Toone (pictured left to right), encountered a rare event, while predator hunting, in he eastern part of Mason County. While calling, this large male Coyote came rushing by with a half eaten baby deer fawn, clutched in its mouth. At this time of year Coyotes are taking fresh meat to their dens.
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They Brady/McCulloh County Chamber of Commerce is accepting bids for goats in preparation for the 35th Annual World Championship Barbeque Goat Cook-Off goats for the event and should include the meat, slaughter and packaging. A total of 125 goats are needed for this year's event. Specifications are as follows: 50 #1 Kid Goats (60+ lb.) For public consumption, bagged as hind legs, loins, necks, ribs and shoulders.
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Help To help families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend. Our program of recovery is adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous and is based upon the Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and Twelve Concepts of Service. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend. Al-Anon is not affiliated with any other organization or outside entity. Mutual Support Whether the alcoholic ...
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Bake Sale! Thursday July 3rd from 10 till 2 in front of Hinckley’s Country Store. Help us raise money to go on an Education First tour of France and Italy. We will have cakes, brownies, breakfast tacos, rolls, items made with Splenda, fudge, divinity, and lots of cookies. We also have strawberry lemonade by the cup for sale.
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The Mason County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a “Billy Bingo” contest during Mason County Roundup. The playing area consists of a fenced-in area large enough to contain 100 two-foot squares. The squares are numbered and sold to contestants for $10.00. Then a goat will be placed inside the arena.
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Trash that is normally picked up on Friday will be picked up on Thursday this week in observance of the July 4th holiday.
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Okay, it took us a while to pull it together, but we will be having a Mason ISD Class of ’78 Reunion. When: Round Up Weekend - July 12, 2008 – 1:30 until ? Where: Reardon Ranch cabin in the country Why: Because it’s time – 30th year! Besides, why not? We will serve hamburgers promptly at 2:00 p.m.
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The Mason High School class of '88 will hold their 20th year reunion on Saturday, July 12th, at the Richard P. Eckert Civic Center on McKinley Street. The reunion will begin at 4:00 p.m. with a fajita supper at 5:00 p.m. For more information, or to RSVP, call Pattie Allen at 347-4977.
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The Heart of Texas Country Music Association is hosting a benefit show and dance for Kelly Spinks and Miles of Texas on Saturday, July 5, at the Ed Davenport Civic Center in Brady. The event will be staged from 4:00 until 10:00 p.m. Admission is a suggested $15.00 donation. All proceeds will be given to Kelly Spinks and the Miles of Texas band to help with expenses while the group recovers from injuries sustained in a recent auto accident.
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The Hilda Community Club will be meeting on Friday, July 11th (one week early) at 5:30 p.m. to work on our float for the Roundup Sesquicentennial Parade on July 12th. We will have a “surprise” supper at 7:00 p.m. by hosts Herbert & Debi Loeffler.
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The Mason Rodeo Association will host its regular business meeting today, Wednesday, July 2nd. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Willow Creek Cafe.
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Vascular surgeons Andrew N. Bowser, M.D., FACS, and Joseph F. Vinas, M.D., FACS, have opened their practice, Texas Hills Vascular Specialists, in the Perry-Feller Professional Building, 205 West Windcrest, Suite 350, in Fredericksburg, and at 251 Cully Drive, Suite B, in Kerrville. They provide the entire spectrum of care for patients with circulatory disease, including medical management and long-term follow-up, minimally invasive angioplasty, stent procedures and stent graft procedures, as w ...
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Alpha Beta Psi Sorority is pleased to announce a new scholarship opportunity for the 2008 Round-Up Queen and her Court. This year’s queen will be awarded a $1000 scholarship donated by Alpha Beta Psi. The duchesses will each receive a $500 scholarship donated by the Mason Chamber of Commerce and Alpha Beta Psi. In order to include more of our young ladies and businesses in the sesquicentenial celebration, this year’s Round-Up Queen Contest is open to all girls of high school age.
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The Mason Square Museum will present 2 programs about Sherr Milligan, the first sheriff, killed by hostile Indians in 1850, just north of town. Ironically his grandson , Sheriff Murray was killed by Boot Leggere in 1929, near the same location. One program will begin immediately after the Jack Ass Race, and the second at 2 p.m.. A highlight will be the first viewing of an exact publication of the spear the killed Milligan.
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When most Americans think of the 4th of July, they think of hot dogs, fireworks, patriotic songs and going to the lake or beach. Few of us, probably, take time to reflect on the sacrifics made over two centuries ago that have enabled us to live our widely-envied “American Way of Life.” The United States of America began as thirteen different English colonies established along the eastern seaboard during the 17th & early 18th centuries.
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Adults were not the only ones that got dressed up in costume for the Centennial celebration in 1958. Here, Nancy Wallace Hurta and sister Cathy Wallace Hurta show off their finery before heading downtown to the celebration.
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The City of Mason and Mason County joined together to purchase a new brush truck for the Mason Volunteer Fire Department, which was delivered on Monday. Showing off the new piece of fire fighting equipment are, left to right: Judge Jerry Bearden, Fire Chief Charlie Grosse and Mayor Brent Hinckley.
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Trent and Anjolyn Parrott, of Flower Mound, TX, are proud to announce the arrival of their son, Trey Alan. He was born at 12:48 p.m., Friday, June 6, 2008, at Las Colinas Medical Center in Irving, TX. He weighed eight pounds, six point seven ounces and measured 19 inches in length.
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Cottey Nevada, MO---Elisha Wawrzyniak, daughter of Renee Berens of Mason, Texas, and Nick Wawrzyniak of Skidmore, Missouri, has been placed on the Dean's List for her scholastic performance at Cottey College during the spring 2008 semester. In order to be on the Dean's List, the student's grade point average must be between a 3.50 and 3.
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Hill Country CattleWomen will award an additional scholarship in memory of Patricia Granberg. Donations to this scholarship fund were made by Texas CattleWomen members all across our state. Patricia was well known not only in the Blanco area, but statewide for her many years of dedication and work for the objectives of Texas CattleWomen....
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Dolores Costello Barrymore, Gretta Garbo, Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Meg Ryan, and the 1.6 million bats at the Eckert James River Bat Cave—What do all of these have in common? You got it…they are all female actresses, movie stars, gals of the bright lights of Hollywood. Our tiny entertainers at the Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve put on quite a performance for the Fox TV crew from Dallas/Fort Worth that came out to film the show last week.
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NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary. The Spiderwick Chronicles (DVD MP SPI). Fantasy Films. So Brave, Young and Handsome by Leif Enger (F ENG). Domestic Fiction. “In 1915 Minnesota, Monte Becket, a novelist, joins Glendon Hale, an outlaw intent on reconciling with his family, whom he had abandoned more than two decades earlier, but on their journey Becket leaves his own family behind and Glendon Hale is pursued by Charles Siringo, a relentless former Pinkerton agent.” The ...
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Emily Gail Jordan, daughter of Max and Jan Jordan and granddaughter of Sterling and Carlita Jordan, graduated from Abilene Christian University May 10th, 2008, with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a concentration in classical guitar. She excelled in her academic studies, graduating with highest honors and a final GPA of 3.98.
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On June 14, 2008, in Fredonia, students that attended the Fredonia School met at the Fredonia Community Center to celebrate Mason County Sesquicentennial celebration of schools. The Fredonia School opened in the early 1900’s. The old school building is located about a mile south of the town on Ranch Road 386 on a hill overlooking the farm and ranching community.
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The Big Country AHEC (Area Health Education Center) conducted the 3rd Annual Health Matters Summer Camp during the week of June 10th – 13th at ACU. The camp hosted 24 high school students from across the Big Country, including one from as far south as Mason, Texas and as far north as South Orange, New Jersey.
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Congratulations to Wendy Nicole Hill, University of North Texas, Honors Graduate, spring 2008, Bachelor of Science – Criminal Justice. Wendy will be attending Oklahoma City University in the fall 2008 semester to continue her graduate education and pursue a Jurist Doctorate degree. Wendy was on the Presidents list for the following semesters: Fall 2007, Spring 2006, Fall 2005.
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The Texas Education Agency has recently released preliminary TAKS scores for the 2007-08 school year. Early indicators show large discrepancies in relationship to regional and state scores. Mason ISD showed an overall improvement of two percentage points over last years scores. The greatest gains over last year were in the core subject of math.
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Greetings from Mason County, where citizens are rallying to give the boot to horse abuse. Since 26 starving horses were confiscated by the local sheriff and animal control officer, Mason has risen to the occasion is caring for these neglected beasts. They have been receiving hay, water, molasses and grass 24/7, and many people have also exhibited an interest in adopting.
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Genevieve Loeffler Bruce passed away Thursday June 12, 2008, at her home in Austin. Genevieve was born June 20, 1925 in Mason, Texas, to Edwin A. and Ida E. Brandenberger Loeffler. She graduated from Mason High School and then moved to San Antonio where she worked. She met and married fighter pilot Forrest D.
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Robert Buchanan "Buck" Harris, age 82, of Nash, Texas, died Monday, June 30, 2008 at his residence. Mr. Harris was born January 3, 1926 in Katemcy, Texas. He was retired from International Paper Mill and a veteran of the Army Air Corp having served in World War II. He flew the last mission over Europe in War World II.