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September 24, 2008 Issue
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
Emergency Responder Kaden Baker, of Mason, and member of the Texas Animal Health Commission recently completed Homeland Security training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), located in Anniston, Ala. Baker attended the WMD Basic Agricultural Emergency Response Training (AgERT) course that provides the agricultural and traditional emergency responder with an overview of agro terrorism and CBRNE hazards in the agricultural sector.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
The Mason County Fair will be held on Saturday, September 27th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fort Mason Park Community Building. We will have judged entries of canned foods, fresh veggies, cakes, pies, bread, candy, needlework, photographs, etc. Fifty kids from the Mason School will display interesting projects they have been working on.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
Old Yeller Day will soon be here – Saturday, October 4th on the courthouse square. As most everyone knows, all proceeds from this event benefit the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. This year we are including a silent auction to help raise funds. Items will be on display this week at The Commercial Bank and next week at Mason National Bank.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
As I understand it, pigeon shooting started in England. The Gentry used to go out to pigeon shooting ranges, where they had to stand in designated spots, and then live pigeons were released from cages, one at a time. The bird had to be shot so it fell within a certain area, or else there was no score, in which case the shooter’s teammates frowned seriously at him.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
It’s not every day that one gets to celebrate a child’s 40th surprise birthday party. Of course it’s not easy having everyone tell him he’s, “OVER THE HILL!” Seeing everything in black-with signs that read, “They Shoot Horses Your Age.” My seven year old grandson Cooper asked his mother, “Why is 40 years old over the hill?” Her explanation of this was, “Most people live to be 80 and 40 is half of 80.” Cooper replied, “O’Papa is really almost down at the bottom of th ...
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
Story Time has started again at the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. Last week “Dr. T”, Sherra Theisen, PhD of the Texas Nature Project and her helper Jan Schultz brought interesting nature objects. The children enjoyed seeing a bird nest, turtle shell, seeds, prickley pears, scorpion, and spider.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
‘Z’ is for zinc which is an essential trace mineral. Zinc is the twenty fifth most abundant element in the earth’s crust. It is water soluble and tends to be leached easily from our soils and from our food. Zinc deficiencies are fairly common since much zinc is refined and processed out of grains and other foods. Zinc is needed to make more than 100 different enzymes that control essential processes throughout the body.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
Swine, perhaps since Noah’s Ark, have hogged the lowest tier of barnyard animals, sharing “no respect” status with the late Rodney Dangerfield. We feed cattle, sheep, horses, chickens and turkeys, but—you’ll pardon the expression—we slop the hogs. Word pictures are no better. Some of us eat like hogs; others “pig out.” Still others are as fat as hogs or squeal like hogs.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
Make up. We all use it. One way or another. We make up our face. We make up our minds. Make up the bed. Maybe make up an excuse. Or make up the difference. And sometimes we have to make up for lost time. Some of us make up a story to entertain. Or a story to put the kiddos to sleep. Some of us make up our lives as we go along. We change our hair. Our furniture. Our house. We change jobs. Vehicles. Even partners. Or we kiss and make up. We make up businesses. Creating somethi ...
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
I think that the most asked question that I have had at the cave or from people in general who know me and where I work is: Why? Why do you work at the bat cave? I will tell you so that you will understand why I have a hard time trying not to talk about what I do. My daughter, Melissa, worked at the cave for three years prior to my taking the position.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
I think that the most asked question that I have had at the cave or from people in general who know me and where I work is: Why? Why do you work at the bat cave? I will tell you so that you will understand why I have a hard time trying not to talk about what I do. My daughter, Melissa, worked at the cave for three years prior to my taking the position.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
Fall started on Monday and we are still waiting for rain. Keep praying. This last week of September is filled with birthdays. There are three on September 25th – Brenda Horton, Maribelle Hoerster, and Megan Toone. Then Ken Jordan celebrates on September 28th, and both Samantha Jordan and Treg Hudson will have parties on September 29th and Emily Bibb has her birthday on September 30th.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
WASHINGTON-U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez announced that residents of licensed nursing homes, intermediate care facilities, assisted living facilities and households that use a post office box for mail delivery will be eligible to request coupons from the TV Converter Box Coupon Program. The rule change takes effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
Quite some time ago while reading an old column by Blackie Sherrod, a one time sports writer for the Dallas Morning News, my recall button was hit with his opinion that “You qualify as a graybeard if you remember when the approved child abuse was castor oil.” That statement carried me back to those near “dear dead days beyond recall” when we kids would rather be beaten with a stick than take a dose of castor oil.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
If one charted the heart rates of Wall Street financial workers last week, it would have closely matched the precipitous rises and falls of the market as it followed the news of bankruptcies, possible buyouts, bridge loans and insolvencies. Oil, which had been falling, rose 22% in only days. Gold, already at record highs, rose even higher. Then, over the weekend, the Treasury, the Federal Reserve and the Securities and Exchange Commission met nonstop with lawmakers.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
If you’re a dog owner, like I am, I’m sure you’ve questioned the expression “it’s a dog’s life,” meant to express something bad. That expression usually enters my mind when I’m “scooping” the yard, or perhaps when I trek off to Sam’s while Big and Limo lounge on the couch chewing pig ears.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
FREDERICKSBURG, TEXAS (SEPT. 26-28, 2008) – Texans are turning “green” over the latest clean, renewable energy solutions provided by local companies. Over its nine year history the Renewable Energy Roundup & Green Living Fair has grown to become an established autumn ritual for numerous people from across Texas. More than 7,500 Texans came to the Texas Hill Country last year to explore products and technology geared to sustainable green-living choices; and larger crowds are expected Sept.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
The Mason Chamber of Commerce welcomes one and all to a "Celebrate the Fall" mixer on Thursday, September 25, hosted by the Commercial Bank on the square. With an outstanding history of banking since 1901, The Commercial Bank presents financial services of every kind to Mason County old-timers and newcomers and preserves the history of Anna Martin, the first female bank president in the United States.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
The Mason Rodeo Association will hold its regular business meeting on Wednesday, October 1, 2008, at the outdoor patio at the Old Peanut Mill Steakhouse at 6 p.m. Please make plans to attend.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
Gerry: We would like to send a sincere thank you to Leslie & Mary Melghem for opening up their lovely home in Mason, TX to their relatives who were forced to evacuate the Texas Gulf Coast due to Hurricane Ike. The Melghem’s welcomed Virginia, Rebecca, Rita, Joanne, Chayo, Catalina, Katy, Miranda and Marissa who are all from Texas City, TX.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
Dear Gerry, I was glad to see Mr. Dreyer urge us all to study political issues before voting from the gut, which is the primary way Americans vote, according to studies. On the other hand, we may now find ourselves in a situation which reminds me of an old saying I just read yesterday: “If you find yourself heading out on the wrong train, it does no good to run down the aisle to the back.” We may be past the point of looking for just the right compartment to ride in; we may need to get off ...
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
Dear Gerry, Just a quick note to let your readers know that the Riata photo caption on pg 4A of last week’s paper was incorrect. The actual location of the Riata Service Organization’s Oct 11th Rummage Sale will be The American Legion Hall at 237 Post Hill Rd., behind the Mason County Jail.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, September 16th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 48 members and 1 visitor in attendance. Lion Brent Drennen was responsible for the program and in his absence Eldon Kothmann introduced Mark Mitchell who spoke about the Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Mark told how the area came about through a gift from a private individual, how the are was setup to be self-sufficient, and how and what the area is used for.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
Looking like she had just stepped off the page of one of her many poetry books on Texas history, Linda Kirkpatrick held her audience’s rapt attention when she appeared before the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club on September 15 at the Mason County Library Stribling Room. With her battered Stetson hat and western cut clothing, she set the scene in the old west so convincingly that one could almost smell the smoke from the campfire and hear the sounds of cattle settling for the night.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
Juan Libar Flores, of Mason, passed away on Sunday, September 21, 2008, at the age of 75. Juan was born on December 17, 1932, to Juan Herrera and Maria Libar Herrera in Runge, Texas. He grew up in Runge and Plains, doing farm and ranch work and taking care of himself from a young age after the death of his mother.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
Each week I try to do my homework and give you a snapshot of our next opponent. As I sit in front of my computer this week I find myself perplexed. I simply do not know what to make of the Menard Yellow Jackets and view them as an enigma.They have been beating up on everybody, but are they for real? The San Angleo Standard Times has Menard ranked third in the West Texas rankings, however, the preseason polls have Menard finishing last in our district.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
Last week, in my personal column, I talked about the respect I had for Coach Russel Joy and the approach he had to playing. I may have failed to mention that his players also have that approach; but, this week, I want to recognize the Mason Punchers for their maturity and professionalism while playing, even under some rather trying conditions. More specifically, when playing in Goldthwaite.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
The 8th grade took on a tough Goldthwaite team this past Thursday in Mason. The Eagles scored three times in the first quarter and held the Punchers on defense time and time again. Mason faced so many 3rd and long situations it was hard to count. ”We simply were not doing what has to be done to move the ball.” After the first quarter scoring frenzy, the Puncher began to regroup and play some pretty good defense.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
After having such a great start to the cross country season at the Llano meet, the Punchers and Cowgirls are eager to continue to move up. However, the meet last weekend in Junction was cancelled due to the fear of Hurricane Ike could take a turn in our direction. A few weeks passed by before the cross country team would get a chance to compete again.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
The Goldthwaite Eagles had their hands full Thursday night when they took on the Punchers. It was a battle royal from start to finish. The Punchers jumped out in front on their second drive. Running backs Emilio Palacio and Raul Silguero along with QB Elliot Bibb picked up valuable yardage behind the blocking of offensive linemen Hector Medina, Odie Ortiz, Drigo Martinez, and Nicholas Dyer.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
The Mason Puncher Club Golf Tournament was held over the weekend and was a huge success. The success was due in large part to MHS golf coach Larry Smith and the Comanchee Creek Golf Club who assisted the MPC and were directly responsible for the large turnout that set a new record with over 45 players participating.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008
Come on out to the Puncher Dome this Saturday, September 27th to watch the first ever games of Puncher Youth Football! This will be your only chance to see these young Mason teams play at home this season. The 3rd/4th grade team is scheduled to play at 10:00 and the 5th/6th grade team will follow at 11:30 against the Brady Bulldogs. These young Mason teams are a part of the Texas Youth Football League, based out of Brownwood.