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July 30, 2008 Issue
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As promised! Last Wednesday, Terri Reardon joined other excited folks in San Antonio to take her oath of American citiczenship. Pictured: Terri, Sean Reardon, Beth Reardon, Connar Reardon (at left) and Aaron Reardon. Tommy and Jean Reardon met the group shortly afterward, and a gathering of family friends enjoyed a celebratory dinner at Macaroni Grill in honor of Mason County's newest citizen and proud American.
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The folks restoring the Peter's Prairie Schoolhouse in Camp Air got a pleasant gift last week when the Mason Community Foundation awarded the group $1,000 to go toward the restoration of the building. Debra Schovajsa of the Mason Community Foundation (at left) is shown presenting the check to Elaine Kruse of the Peter's Prairie group.
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Continuing with Sesquicentennial 2008, a celebration of Mason's two Museums, the Square Museum and the Mason County Museum, will be held August 9 at the regular hours of ten to four. Both Museums will have their special activities. The Mason County Museum located on the upper floor of the Historical Building has been in operation for forty-two years.
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The Young At Heart Fundraiser, to benefit programs of the Mason County Senior Center, will once again have remarkable and unique items to be included in the Live Auction. In addition to the astounding 7.1 carat Mason County topaz, with the distinctive Lone Star cut handcrafted by Wibby Shearer, this year’s event will also feature an out of print, autographed and framed print by Gene Zesch.
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I say “tomato.” You say “toMAHto.” I call it ketchup. You call it catsup. According to trusty Webster, “ketchup” is the correct name. Derived from Malay kechap. A fish sauce. And Chinese ketsiap. A sauce for meat, fish, etc. Especially a thick sauce. Which appeared in Europe in the 1600s when Dutch and British seamen brought some home with them. From there, the Brits added mushrooms. And then it evolved into tomato chutney. Across the pond, an American expatriate in Nov ...
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Dolly came, left some rain, and now our summer heat is back. Continue to pray for rain. August starts the big birthday month. Wishes for a happy birthday go to Kenneth Durst on August 1st, Robert Grant Durst on August 2nd, Jolie Emma Parker (Jean Lyon’s grand daughter) on her first birthday on August 3rd, Jessica Bibb on August 4th, Jean Lyon and Leslie Cope on August 5th, Sam Jordan on August 6th and Josh Calhoun on August 7th.
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Where can you find ¾ of a million young females and not find a single mirror, brush, pair of mega-high heeled shoes, or even a solitary tube of lipstick? Give up? You need to visit the Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. The young bat ladies make a gala emergence each Thursday-Sunday evening from 6-9 P.M.
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Electricity and water bills can add up fast, especially when you’re doing laundry for what feels like an army. Keep reading for 10 great laundry tips that will help you cut your monthly energy bills. 1. Run full loads of laundry. It’s much more cost-effective to wash a full load rather than two smaller loads.
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Anyone who has had a mouth sore knows it can be painful and can interfere with eating. Loose orthodontic wires, dentures that no longer fit or a sharp edge from a broken tooth or filling also can cause a mouth sore. Mouth sores also may be caused by bacterial, viral or fungal infections, which may be a symptom of a systemic disease or disorder.
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When he’s really steamed, my Uncle Mort becomes a different person. His glasses fog over, his voice shakes, and Aunt Maude fears his blow-up might boil into a full-scale smothering spell. During his phone call from the thicket a few nights back, I heard a crackling voice that might have reached 8.5 on the Richter Scale. Why, his voice would have melted butter on a day-old waffle…. * * * * * His shape wasn’t bent out by high gasoline prices.
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It was, “Hello Dolly!” and “Good bye Dolly!” If you only got a spit spat and sput from Dolly, it was better than a dust storm! I was thinking the other day; don’t think every day, as it's way too tiring! Who made the decision that the Democrats would be the donkeys and who made the decision that the Republican Party would be an elephant.
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California is a strange place. After being here a few days, I wonder what the pioneers thought when they finished the long trip across deserts, prairies, rivers, mountains, and all the perils involved and finally got here. I wonder if Ma turned to Pa and said, “I told you we should have stayed in Oklahoma.
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NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary. So Long at the Fair by Christina Schwarz (F SCH). Domestic Fiction. “Thirty years after a vengeful plot destroys a family, the implications of that act continue to reverberate as Jon must decide whether to end his affair or his marriage, and his wife becomes involved with an older man linked to their families’ past.” Tribute by Nora Roberts (F ROB).
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During my high school years, of which very little will be said in these writings, one spot that was a favorite for overnight and week-end trips was the mouth of Lost Creek. We fished with cane poles, trot lines, and bottles. However, the catching of fish was not paramount on these expeditions, it was the thrill of being on our own and away from parental guidance.
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‘C’ is for castor oil packs - an old fashioned remedy made popular by Edgar Cayce in the 1930’s. It was used therapeutically in ancient India, China, Persia, Egypt, Greece, Africa, Italy and Europe. In that time it was so effective that it was known as “the hand of Christ” or “the Palma Christi.” Castor oil packs are used for many conditions.
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First of all, I’m pleased to report to you that I have had some very favorable feedback from folks who have tried the “Beer Bread” recipe. One of the people uses the “beerless” variation of the recipe, and tells me that it is a favorite for her family. Three other people have used several different kinds of beer and report to me that there are subtle differences in each loaf made with each different beer.
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During Monday's Commissioners' Court meeting, one of the topics discussed by the group was the ongoing problem of sign theft. There are many signs in the county. There are stop signs, yield signs, speed limit signs, and street signs. It seems that all of them hold an attraction for thieves, and the level at which they are disappearing seems to be escalating. County Road Supervisor Squeaky Farmer told the Court that his crews had replaced five signs last Friday; but, by Monday morning, at leas ...
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The Class of 1973 celebrated their 35th reunion on Saturday, July 12th, at the Warren and Susan Grote home. Wayne Carl and Tana Hofmann catered the noon meal for the 17 out of 55 class members who attended. A moment of silence was taken after the meal in memory of any family members who had passed away since the last reunion 5 years ago.
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Ferd & Lori Slocum, of Mason, are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lena, to Jeffrey Walker, son of Priscilla and Clark O’Briant of Fischer, TX, and Randy Walker of Mason. Lena is a graduate of Mason High School and Texas Tech University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, and is currently the Special Projects Manager for Watson Professional Group, INC in Granbury.
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The Mason High School class of 1948 held their 60th reunion on May 31st at the Mason County Library. This was a prelude to their light-hearted participation in the Roundup parade on July 12th, using a motor home as their float. Pictured, left to right, front row: Emmit Schmidt, Dan Geistweidt, Lila Jo Chew Polk, Oma Maddox Bierschwale, Joe Beth Comer Reid, Ona Maddox Green, Andrew Loeffler, Lindy Lange and H.
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Raggedy Cats To Play Free Concert at Marktplatz Kinder Halle on August 2 The Raggedy Cats will be giving a free concert at Marktplatz under the Kinder Halle Pavillion in Fredericksburg on Saturday, August 2, from 5 - 7pm. The public is cordially invited to come bring their lawn chairs, some refreshments, and listen to the music of the good ole days.
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Mason Band Boosters will host a meeting to begin preparation for the 52nd annual Queen’s Coronation on Thursday, August 7th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school band hall. This years’ event is scheduled for November 1, 2008. We encourage anyone to attend who is willing to help with this event, especially if you have a high school student who will be participating. For more info, please contact Marla Schooley @ 347.4201.
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Mason Rodeo Association will hosts its regular business meeting at Zavala’s on Wednesday, August 6th, at 6 p.m.
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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 p.m. Anyone that needs more information, please contact Coach Sherry Keller at 347-0019.
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Floyd and Charvena Brown of Claude, Tx are proud to announce the engagement and wedding of their daughter Karen Grace Brown to Blake A. Campbell. Blake is the son of Rhonda Kilburn and Ben A. Campbell of Burnet and Llano (respectively). Karen is a graduate of West Texas A&M University and is currently completing her Masters of Arts Thesis at Baylor University.
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On Sunday August 10, 2008 the Mason County Queen’s Court will be having their fundraiser. Brisket sandwiches, chips and a drink will be provided for a $5 donation. There will also be a dessert by donation table. The BBQ will be cooked by Mr. Edward Velez. Serving time is from 11-2 or whenever they run out.
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What a whirlwind Sesquicentennial Year this has been for the Mason County Historical Society! The Society has been very busy researching, writing, and participating in the numerous activities associated with this celebration. We are proud of our efforts and endeavors in preserving the past and in establishing a framework for coming generations to understand the heritage of Mason County and its communities.
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Two artists of the northwestern Hill Country have assembled a photography exhibit showcasing the towns in which they live. “Two Towns: Brownwood and Mason” is a collaborative effort by Mason artist Robin E. Clark and artist Julie Mize, of Brownwood. Clark is a member of the Mason-based Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country. The photographic showing has been in development for more than a year.
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1958- Milton, Edua Marie Brandenberger, Clarence and Mary Kothman. Party at Scout Hut.
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All Stars Machine Pitch team for 2008 season.
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All Stars Minors team for 2008 season.
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Blayne Allen Black, graduated the 12th of June 2008, from Company B, 2nd Battalion 10th Infantry Regiment, United States Army Maneuver Support Center, Fort Leonard Wood Missouri. Blaynes Military Occupational Specialty will be 13 Bravo Cannon Crew Member. Upon graduation Blayne was shipped immediately to Fort Sill Oklahoma to continue his training, Advanced Individual Training, he will remain there for approximately 6 weeks.
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Cinco de Mayo Queens Court were in a float in Brady Parade on July 4th. They received a 1st place ribbon. (L-R) Mari Marquez, Karina Alvarez, Michaela Martinez, and Clarissa Orta.
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Eight Mason FFA Chapter members attended the 80th Annual Texas FFA Convention July 13-18, 2008. The convention was held on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock. These students represented Mason as voting delegates to the convention and participated in leadership opportunities during the week. Those attending were (bottom L-R) Tanner Geistweidt, Zack Graves, and Ryan Schuessler (top L-R) Shelbie Shaw, Scott Gallagher, Virginia Lemke, and Kambrey Hudson.
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Grant Mason Smith son of Jerry and Chick Smith graduated from Kingwood High School in May. Grant was a member of the National Honor Society and voted Mr. Kingwood High School and Most Friendly. His grandmother is Patty Moss and the late Billy Lynn Moss. Great grandparents the late Pat and Helen Rogers, Bill and Lon Moss, and great uncle Bill Rogers.
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May 13, 1958 at Scout Hut Pioneer Party. Stella McDougal, Milton, Helen Zesch
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The Friends of the Library hosted an open house to showcase the 70 new books received from the Friends and the Libri Foundation. Judye Oden was the leader of this year’s Summer Activity Program. The children had fun while learning about words and books.
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The Friends of the Library hosted an open house to showcase the 70 new books received from the Friends and the Libri Foundation. Judye Oden was the leader of this year’s Summer Activity Program. The children had fun while learning about words and books.
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This photo isn’t in very good shape, but it’s got some great character faces. It was taken outside the Mason Cotton Gin in the early 1900s. The only person identified is one of the co-owners, Fred Beyer, far left, back row. He was married to Alice Hey, and they built the house on Rainey Street that Keith Higdon now owns.
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U.S. President George W. Bush poses with members of the Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program in the East Room of the White House on Monday. Charla Kothmann Bading, 4-H regional specialist (which includes Mason County), and sister of Merlina Gamel, was part of this group. Charla can be seen just over President Bush's right shoulder.
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With great joy Emily and Federico (Kico) Sapien III of Hill Top Lakes, Texas announce the arrival of Federico Sapien IV (Aka- Eric), Born on June 16, 2008 at 6:51 P.M. at St. Joseph Regional Hospital in Bryan, Texas. Eric weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces and 21 inches long. Eric is welcomed by sisters Emily Marie, Jamie, and big brother Austin.
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School will start in a month (August 25th)! Parents may pick up a school supply list from the Mason Elementary/Junior High School office if they have not already purchased the PTO-sponsored pre-ordered school supplies. Also, a reminder to parents, 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.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008 • Posted July 30, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department finalized the early season migratory game bird regulations, which includes dove and teal seasons for 2008-09. Texas hunters will see a 16-day September teal season and no changes to the South Dove Zone segments. The North Zone runs Sept. 1-Oct. 30, with a 15-bird bag and not more than two white-tipped dove; the Central Zone is Sept.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 • Posted July 30, 2008
The Hill Country RSVP (a volunteer program) is a part of one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation – matching problems that need to be solved with people age 55 and older who are willing to help.  RSVP volunteers choose how and where they want to serve – from a few hours to more than 40 hours a week.  People who have gained a lifetime of experience can now put that time to good use by using their skills and talents to volunteer to help others.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 • Posted July 30, 2008
Hill Country RSVP volunteer statistics for January through June for the RSVP volunteers in Mason County indicated 20,0170 hours of service to the community in the service categories indicated in the accompanying chart. Contributions based on minimum wage scale @ $5.85 an hour, amounted to $117,994.50 in donated revenue for the county.
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Alice Mae Leach, age 59, of Llano passed away July 22, 2008, in Austin. She was born October 28, 1948 in Llano to Norma (Key) Hallmark and Vonnie Hallmark. She was a lifetime resident of Llano. She married William (Bill) Leach on April 6, 1972, in Llano. Mrs. Leach was a member of Pittsburg Ave.
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Barbara Elaine Nobles Wilkinson passed away on July 22, 2008, at her home in Uvalde at the age of 61. She was born November 3, 1946, in Brady, Texas, the first child of Clinton and Jessie Nobles of Camp Air. She grew up at Camp Air and attended Mason schools.
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Lee Roy Eckert of Mason, passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at the age of 94. Lee Roy “Giz” Eckert was born on December 22, 1913, in Mason, Texas, to Lee F. Eckert and Laura Grosse Eckert. He attended school in Mason and graduated from Mason High School. During the summers he worked at R.
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Mary Alice Jordan Craig, of Waco, passed away in her sleep the morning of Wednesday, July 23, at the age of 81. Mary Alice was born on December 4, 1925, in Fredericksburg, Texas, to Walter Fritz Jordan and Lillie Mae Kidd Jordan. She grew up in Mason and graduated from Mason High School.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008 • Posted July 30, 2008
Last week, the Mason Tennis Association hosted its 43rd Annual Dr Pepper Open. This tournament is sponsored by the Mason Bottling Company and the Mason Chamber of Commerce. Players emerged from as far away as North Carolina, Louisiana, New Mexico. They traveled from Texas towns and cities such as Amarillo, Houston, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Midland, Andrews, San Antonio, and Austin; as well as almost every surrounding town within a 120 mile radius.
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TWO A DAYS!!! those three simple words mean only one thing. The 2008 Puncher football season is underway. 30 Varsity players and 30 Junior Varsity players will begin the gruelling task of Two A Day practices next week in preparation for the 2008 campaign. The buzz all over town and in the locker room is the news that the Punchers are the preseason favorite to win district 29.