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July 23, 2008 Issue
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
Just one pint of blood can save up to three lives. Saturday, July 26th, that pint may help someone you know . . . Mason native Michael Rode. Rode is suffering from a condition where he is not able to make his own blood. He is undergoing blood transfusions and chemotherapy.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
The high school football preseason polls were released this month and much to the delight of the Mason faithful, our Punchers are viewed as a preseason favorite. The preseason polls have Region 4 District 29 rolling out in the following order. 1.) Mason 2.) Eldorado 3.) Junction 4.) Christoval 5.) Iraan County 6.) Rocksprings 7.) Menard. The general concensus among sportwriters is that Mason will be a much improved team due to the fact that they are returning 18 starters, including seven salt ...
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
A reminder that Mason County Habitat for Humanity will begin homeowner application workshops this weekend. The next home to be built will be House #7 in the Mason community. Although the actual construction will not begin until next spring, there’s lots to do ahead of time and the partner family who is selected this fall will be able to begin earning sweat equity hours immediately!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
A reminder that the Young at Heart Fundraiser is right around the corner and to those businesses, artisans and craftspersons who intend to donate an article to be included in the Live Auction, please see that your item is delivered to the Senior Center as soon as possible. Late entry will preclude admission in the evening’s program so don’t let the time slip by!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
School will start in a month (August 25th)! Parents may pick up a school supply list from the office if they have not already purchased the PTO- sponsored pre-ordered school supplies. Also, rolling backpacks will NOT be allowed at school. They will not fit in the cubbies and lockers, and other kids tend to trip over them. Thank you so much, Tammy Parrish :)
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
Fat. A four-letter word to some people. Or obesity. Try tossing that around. Pretty heavy. And so are our kids. Obesity’s running rampant among America’s youth. And everyone’s asking why. I’ll tell ya why. Sugar. Kids just aren’t eating enough sugar. You heard me right. Sugar. Real honest-to-goodness natural sugar. As kids, we watched the brown sugar melt on our oatmeal. Loaded Kool-Aid with white sugar. Piled the white stuff on cold Cheerios. Our lemonade stands were ...
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
In the year 27 B.C.E. Octavian became Rome’s emperor. He assumed the title “Augustus”, meaning “exulted, sacred”. He renamed a month for himself and “borrowed” a day from February so that August would have as many days as the month of July, which was named after Julius Caesar. We think we have plenty of TIME to enjoy life’s great pleasures, but so did dear Julius Caesar.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
The weather continues to be hot and dry and there seems to be no end in sight. I want to thank all of our city residents that have voluntarily adopted the alternating days for watering your yards and landscaping. The willingness you have shown has been noticed, and although we continue to monitor and have concerns about the capacity of our local water system, we have not seen the radical demands that can occur when too many people all need water at one time.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
Pray for rain. God knows what we need and He will answer our prayers if we ask for rain. We may not like His answer but we must ask. Pray. Keven Kothmann will celebrate his birthday on July 25th and Megan Ceynowa, Scott’s daughter, has her 5th birthday on July 28th.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
Whether it’s creative cooking in the kitchen, huffing away on a hiking trail, or tackling a food-themed craft project, your entire family will benefit when you practice healthy togetherness. Here are some smart, active ideas to try this summer. Grab some sidewalk chalk and see if you or your kids can draw the world’s longest family hopscotch game down your sidewalk.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
“Getting there is half the fun” was an oft-heard expression over the course of several decades. Sadly, these words rarely come to mind these days; gasoline prices make highway and airway travel “unfunlike” indeed. In fact, it often is downright painful. Airlines are minimizing schedules and hacking away at employment numbers.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
I’ve a new puppy! Her name is Lady Pearl and she’s the niece of Earl! That makes me three little dogs and Z two BIG dogs! Why do folks ask me, “Why did you get “ANOTHER” dog? Well, first of all it’s none of their beeswax! As long as they didn’t have to buy it, feed it or pickup and wipe up after it, then they shouldn’t care.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
What happened was, my brother has to travel a lot for business and such, and he saves up his frequent flier miles. So he told his three boys that, about the time they get out of high school, he would take each of them on a father/son trip, anywhere they wanted to go.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
1st Story: The Folly of Precedent ********** Some weeks ago I told you my “lead goat” story. The story of how mankind just like sheep will follow a “Judas goat”, as some call it, into hell or high water just as it has been doing for thousands of years and will, no doubt, continue to do so into infinity. In my previous story which I called “Precedent, the lead goat of mankind”I told how man in his eagerness to follow a leader oft times establishes.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
Most people associate osteoporosis with calcium deficiency that can be remedied by taking calcium supplements. However, it is not that simple. People in the United States consume more dairy products and other foods high in calcium per capita than the citizens of any other 2 nations on earth. We even have orange juice and antacids that are fortified with calcium.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
During the last month, I've heard the various governmental bodies of Mason County (county, city, school) discussing budget plans. Inevitably during those discussions, when discussing salaries, someone will always drag out a line that is starting to wear very thin: "Salaries here don't have to be as high since our cost of living is lower than in the city." When I hear someone use this line, I know that they probably haven't been shopping lately.
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Events
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008 • Photos
First Place Team Ranch Rodeo, Combination Ranch: Shane Criswell, Ty McMillan, Denver Blackwell, Bo Powell and Welman Bauer.
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Our 2008 Billy Bingo winners were as follows: Kirsten Allen, $257.55; Virginia Avalos, $136.35; and Patricia Thomas, $30.30, all from Mason. Connie Stockbridge, Myles Banner, Maudie Bergmann, Shelby Johnson of Brownwood, and Randy Maenius all won $15.16, the equivalent of 1 pellet! Pictured above, “Billie” picks her favorite square.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
Rodeo Assoc. Meeting Mason Rodeo Association will hosts its regular business meeting at Zavala’s on Wednesday, August 6th, at 6 pm.
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Second Place Team in Ranch Rodeo, La Leche Bandits: Garret Bounds, Hunter Geistweidt, Reagan Bounds, Jim Bob Smith and Casey Callahan.
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Third place team in Ranch Rodeo - Mason County Feeders Team, with employees from the Mason County Feeders.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
The Mason Country Opry will be staged on Thursday, July 24, at the Odeon Theater in Mason. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $8.00 per person. Tickets will be available at the door. Heart of Texas Recording Artists Rance Norton and Kimberly Murray will headline the monthly show.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
Cross Country training for the high school teams will begin Monday, August 4th. We will meet at the high school track at 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Anyone that needs more information, please contact Coach Sherry Keller at 347-0019. Also, I have attached our schedule for when you need it in the future. Thanks, SKeller
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
Mason High School Cheerleaders will be hosting a cheer camp for future Mason Puncher Cheerleaders. July 31 and August 1st from 9:30-11:30 at the Mason Jr. High gym. Ages 3 years through 4th grade. Registration at the gym is July 31st, 9:00-9:30. Cost: $50 which includes T-Shirt. For more information call Susy Walker 347-5294.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008 • Photos
Books will open at 4:00 p.m., and close at 5:00 p.m. Cowboy church services will begin the event, with the finals to follow. Barbecue meal will be served at $5.00 per plate. Buckles for all around boy and girl in each division to be awarded.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
The Third Annual On the Square Starving Artists Show is again set for the last Saturday in October, which is the 25th. The show takes place on the sidewalks of Mason's downtown square. We are looking for artists, writers and musicians to participate. The applications are available at Lilacs-N-Calico, the Mason Gallery, and the Chamber of Commerce.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008 • Photos
This Friday night, July 25th, there will be a dance at the City Park Slab from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $5.00 per person. DJ Pete will provide the music. This dance is sponsored by the Mason Jr. High cheerleader parents to raise money for cheer camp. During the evening, there will be a raffle of a digital camera and an MP3 player.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008 • Photos
MHS Class of ’88 had their 20 year class reunion on Saturday, July 12 at the new Richard P. Ecker Civic Center after a trip in the parade on the giant Rubik’s Cube float. Those pictured (from left) are: Jim Jordan, Cristina Ramon Algood, Cullen Francis, Megan Brannies Bierschwale, Christy Durst Morley, Bobby Lumpkins, Lanette Matetzschk Murr, Katy Lindemann Clifton, Curtis Wright, Steven Reinhard, Kim Gillespie Schwertner, Clint Reichenau, Lupe Morquecho Ortiz, Rae Ann Zesch Martin, Glen Ma ...
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008 • Photos
Pictured are the 7th generation of the Loeffler/Pluenneke families. They got together for a 4th of July barbecue at Jan Appleby’s in Hilda. They are also the 7th generation on the Geistweidt and Leifeste sides. Top Row: Amanda Brown, and Sweetie Pie the dog. 3rd Row, L-R: Kory Owen, Garrett Ellis.
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The Class of 1953 held their 55th class reunion on July 12, 2008, in conjunction with the Round Up activites. Pictured are class members and two former teachers who enjoyed the reunion: Standing: P.B. Maddox, L.W. (Dub) Schuessler, Truman Henrich, Callie Bell Hughes, Deltha Nehr Gaida, Florence Brandenberger Smith, Goldie Leifeste Lease, Lola Faye Metzger Barr, Jean Nehr Halliburton, Helen Geistweidt Hahn, Linda Zesch Owen, Helen Ruth Kothmann Donop, Carolyn Meyer Loeffler, Kenneth Loeffler.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008 • Photos
The Senior Class of ’68 celebrated their 40th class reunion on July 12, 2008. Twenty-one members rode on their first place float depicting the Round-up Drive-in Theater which was a great source of entertainment in the ‘60’s. There were 27 classmates present at the former Mason High School, now River of Life Church, for a catered fajita meal and a lot of catching up.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008 • Photos
Sabrina Forse and Glenn Tatsch, both of San Angelo, were married June 28, 2008, at Fort Concho with Justice of the Peace Russell Smith officiating. The bride is the daughter of Randall and Karen Forse of Pasadena, Texas. The groom is the son of Teresa Gierisch and Ricky Tatsch of Mason.
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Franklin and Jennifer Parker wish to announce the arrival of their new born son, Aiden James, born on June 23, 2008. Grandparents John and Teresa Koock, aunt Katherine Koock and great grandparents Bill and Lois Koock are all very blessed to have him be in their lives.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008 • Photos
Josh and Vanessa Nail are the proud parents of a baby boy, Joshua Nathaniel, born at 12:31 p.m., April 30, 2008, at Hill Country Memorial in Fredericksburg. Nathaniel arrived on dad, Josh's birthday! He weighed six pounds, 14 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Nathaniel was welcomed by maternal grandparents Monty and Amy Carroll of Lampasas; maternal great grandparents Larry and Diane White of Brownwood, and Jack and Sheila Carroll of Brownwood; paternal grandparents Elba and Cheryl Nail; paternal ...
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008 • Photos
Lisa Kay Crenwelge of Mason, Texas is announcing her engagement to Jimroy Leon Atchison also of Mason Texas. Lisa is the Daughter of Connie and Linvill Brenwegle of Fredericksburg, Tx. She is a 2001 graduate of Fredericksburg High School. Lisa is employed by Bierschwale-Rees Insurance and Judy's Liquor both in Fredericksburg.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008 • Photos
Patrick and Teresa Weber of Weber's Chevron sponsored the bicycle and cash giveaways for the calf scramble winners, and they are pictured presenting the bicycle to the lucky winner.
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The Valedictorian of the Junction High School class of 2008 is Amber Cooper, daughter of Mark and Kim Cooper. For the past four years Amber has been involved in Student Council, National Honor Society and Academic UIL competition. Every year she placed in Number Sense and Science District competition, and annually qualified for regional competition in either.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008 • Photos
The top 10 teams from the County Team Roping that participated in the event on July 11th. 10th, Rusty Capps and Bo Powell; 9th, Welman Bauer and Cole Wadsworth; 8th, Clay Armes and Jim Bob Thomas; 7th, Renee Weitz and Sonny Holt; 6th, Ty McMillan and Robert Armstrong; 5th, Dennis Townsend and Sonny Holt; 4th, Shane Criswell and Johnnie Bierschwale; 3rd, Renee Weitz and Garrett Bownds; 2nd, Dennis Townsend and Brooks Walker; 1st, Tommy Bierschwale and Garrett Bownds.
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The winners of Mason Rodeo Association's County Team Roping, held on July 11th were, left to right: Shane Criswell being presented a buckle donated by Commercial Bank by Kim Jordan; and Johnnie Bierschwale being presented a buckle donated by Mason National Bank by George Brannies.
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The winners of the July 10th Mason Rodeo Association Open Barrel Race were, left to right: Lydia Bierschwale, sponsored by Ranchland Western Wear won second; Catelyn Felts, sponsored by Mane Attraction won first; and, Kody Criswell, sponsored by Capital Farm Credit won third.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
A Mason Bluebonnet Study Club delegation lead by club president Mary Hemphill, and including Brinda Pape and Betty Meyer, attended the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs Alamo District Summer Workshop in Jourdanton on Friday, July 18. District president Patsy Troell of Pleasanton presided over the day-long meeting. A traveling team of state officers presented information and encouragement to those attending to enable clubs in the district to have a successful program of events during the next ...
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
As of Monday July 14, 2008 the Brady office will be open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We will also be open on the 3rd and 5th Thursday of each month. The office hours will remain 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-5:00pm. This office may be closed from 1:00-3:00pm for driving tests, oral exams, administrative court or anything that may take me away from the office.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
Once again people crowded the street and cheered the donkeys on during Mason’s Roundup Rodeo Weekend. The first place cash prize of $500 was awarded to Regan Greenhaw, sponsored by Cowboy Cleaners of Llano. The traveling trophy moves to Llano from three-time winner, Charlie Gravell of Bangs. The annual Great American Jackass Race is produced by the Mason County Chamber of Commerce.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
Mason’s Sesquicentennial Parade held on July 12th will not soon be forgotten. A record number of entries participated in the parade this year in celebration of 150 years of Mason County Pride. The Mason County Chamber of Commerce produced the parade totaling 82 participants who dazzled the crowd as they made their way around the Square!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008 • Photos
Dorothy Durst McWilliams went home to be with the Lord on July 13, 2008. Dorothy was born to parents Margaret Loth and George Durst on May 1, 1932, in Mason, Texas. Dorothy was a testimony to her faith, a loving mother, wife and friend to those who knew her. The impact she made while on this earth is immeasurable and she will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
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Sports
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
The inaugural season of the Mason Youth Football program will get underway Monday, August 4th as the next generation of Punchers hits the gridiron for their first practice. For years I have heard that we would have a much better H.S. football team if we had a youth football program to teach our kids the fundamentals of America's greatest game early on.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008
Don't forget to sign up your child for the upcoming soccer season. This will be our last registration. A $10 late fee will be applied for all applicants who are late. Sign-up starts at 5pm at the Odeon Theater, Saturday July 26th.