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October 8, 2008 Issue
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Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008 • Photos
The Mason County Democrats opened up their 2008 campaign headquarters on Friday morning, next door to Earline Bode's shop on Highway 87 South. They will have signs, bumper stickers and buttons for the public, as well as information on Democrats running for local, state and national office this year. Pictured, left to right: Lynn Reichenau, June Brandenberger, A.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
Dear Mason Community, The Battle of the Bands will once again ring loud and clear in Brady,Tx. On October 18, 2008, The Mason Mighty Puncher Band will be competing at 10:30 a.m. in their first year of Class A Competition. Mason will be the third band to perform that morning. So come to Brady and be part of the most amazing display of music you will find.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008 • Photos
“Middle of Somewhere” is the second in a string of exhibitions by the Texas Cannons of Proportion(TCP), a group of artists from the greater San Antonio area. This show seeks to bring together regional contemporary artwork in an atypical and truly authentic Texas setting. The exhibit will open this Saturday, October 11th at the Old Mason Warehouse from 5:00-9:00.
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Rosemary Davis began her art career in elementary school. Living in San Antonio at the time, she took the bus to the Witte Museum every Saturday morning for art lessons. At the age of eleven years, one of her pieces was displayed in the Museum and then made part of the Museum exhibit on the Riverwalk during Festival. A frequent visitor to Mason during her childhood, Rosemary spent much time at the home of her grandfather, G.T.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
Did you know our schools can earn $20,000 a year? Yes, it’s true and you can help. Through the Box Tops For Education Campaign we can raise money for our students and teachers to use to enhance the learning experience. Box Tops can be located on many grocery items you already purchase everyday, including General Mills and Betty Crocker foods.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
“Two Towns: Mason and Brownwood” is the title of a photography exhibit being hosted by The Commercial Bank. The artwork of Robin E. Clark, a Mason artist and retired university professor, is featured, along with that of her colleague, Julie Mize, of Brownwood. The show is scheduled to run through the end of October and may be seen during regular banking hours, 9:00-3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
The Texas AgriLife Extension Mason County will be sponsoring a Private Pesticide Applicator Training and Testing on October 29, 2008. The training will begin at 8 a.m. at the Extension Office located in the Historical Building. The program consist of 4 hours of DVD viewing and study time. The Texas Department of Agriculture representative will be here at 1 p.m.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
I’ve determined the difference in my STUFF and Z’s STUFF. Whereas, I replace the Stuff that needs replacing and rid myself of the Stuff that doesn’t. Z keeps all his Stuff and keeps adding more Stuff to the pile of Stuff that’s isn’t working and cannot be fixed. He says, “There may be a day that I’ll need that bolt (without nut)."
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
Let’s say you have a friend, someone who works with you and makes a decent income. And let’s say for the sake of argument that your friend decides to invest a large sector of that income on Ding Dongs and Cheez Whiz and uninsured condos in Galveston and New Orleans.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
Fat, particularly the kind you eat, has a big effect on blood sugar levels. The wrong kind of fat actually blocks the messages sent to the pancreas to increase insulin production – meaning that blood sugar stays higher than normal since the message to produce enough insulin to manage blood sugar did not get through.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
Did you happen to notice the article in the news, “Broken Bats Cause Heated Debate?” There can be a whole page of words, but if B A T comes together to make the word bat, then I sit up and take notice. I quickly clicked in for more info to find out that it was talking about wooden bats breaking at baseball games, pieces flying off and causing severe injuries.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
A rage permeates the land at the prospect of crumbling financial institutions' unscrupulous CEOs making off with spoils enfolded in golden parachutes. The most talked-about “winner” of the largesse derby is Alan H. Fishman, whose CEO status spanned 17 days at Washington Mutual. He’s reported to have pocketed some $20 million. No doubt he’ll “cry all the way” to the mattress, the cookie jar or the coffee can—I mean a REALLY big coffee can—buried in his backyard…. * * * * * ...
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
Most of these recipes can be prepared either immediately after preparing the ground beef crumbles made with chopped onion and then frozen; OR, you can prepare them by using the frozen crumbles directly from the freezer and then eat them. It depends on how much versatility you want. Would you rather make the recipe you want when you want it with crumbles straight from the freezer OR would you like some recipes already prepared and waiting for you in the freezer?
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
In the past couple of weeks the temperature has cooled down quite a bit and it is beginning to feel like fall. During this past summer when the thermometer was regularly heading for 100 degrees we had a problem keeping up with the demands for water here in Mason, and so we requested that you limit your water consumption as much as possible.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
Lightning bug. Firefly. Whatever you wanna call it, they fly a light. And bring magic to warm evenings. Dark sky. Day’s heat hanging on. All’s quiet. Sittin’ on the porch. And then you catch a glimpse. Was that…? Did you see…? And there…another one. And then over there. Tiny twinkling lights. Silent. Gentle. Flickering in the darkness. Somehow it cheers the soul. As if one were witnessing fairies. Or mini-micro-UFOs. Fireflies. From the family Lampyridae. (Acc ...
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
The rain on Monday morning was quite welcome. The area around Art got just over one inch and prediction is for more to come. It is a little bit cooler and that is good. A great happy birthday wish goes to our friend Hazel Martin on October 11th. On October 14th, Melissa Kothmann and John Williams will celebrate their special day and Nathaniel Jordan has a birthday party on October 16th.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (F LAR). Suspense Fiction. “Forty years after the disappearance of Harriet Vanger from the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family, her octogenarian uncle hires journalist Mikael Blomqvist and Lisbeth Salander, an unconventional young hacker, to investigate.” The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran (F MOR).
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
AUTHOR’S NOTE: On July 8, 2008 I published an article about the Mouth of Lost Creek, a favorite spot on the San Saba River for thousands of people seeking the thrill and enjoyment of overnight and weekend camping,fishing and exploring. In this article I told of one such camping trip when two friends and I explored a deep cave in the hills above the mouth of Lost Creek in 1928.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
There isn't a one of us that hasn't been there. A friend has had something terrible happen in their lives, and they begin to cry. You, not sure about the reasons for their sadness, and uncertain what prompted the tears, stand at a distance trying to figure out what to do next.
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Events
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008 • Photos
Mason Study Club Members selling chili-dogs and hotdogs at the “Dog Gone Hot Dog Stand” fundraiser at Old Yeller Days (from left) Rosemary Davis, Cindy Thinnes, Dana Butler, Judy Branch and Linnda Graham.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
There will NOT be an American Legion General Membership meeting on Thursday, Oct. 8th or Nov. 13th. Members, veterans, family & friends, and the general public are invitied to attend The American Legion’s Veterans Day Ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 11th, at 11:30am. The Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at the Mason County Veterans Memorial on the NE corner of the Courthouse lawn.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
The Voca Volunteer Fire Department and Voca Community Association will be holding their annual Fish Fry and Fund-raiser Saturday, October 11, at the Old Voca Schoolhouse. The festivities start at 6 p.m. Along with the traditional fish plate--catfish with all the trimmings--there will also be an auction and drawings for door prizes We will also be drawing for the two raffle prizes.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
Rosemary and John Davis will be participating in Mason's 3rd Annual Starving Artist Show. The show will be the last Saturday in October (October 25) from 10am-5pm. The even takes place on the sidewalks of Mason's downtown square. Please, make plans to spend a relaxing day in Mason enjoying and encouraging the talent of local artists!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
The Mason Community Choir will begin rehearsals for their presentation of the Christmas portion of Handel’s “THE MESSIAH” on Monday, October 13th at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Paul Lutheran Church Sanctuary. All voices are invited. For more info contact Lynn Reichenau, 347-5608. The program will be presented December 14th at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
Come out and support our local Mason County Critter Getters at a bake sale in front of Super S on October 18, 2008. The bake sale will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end when the last baked good is sold! The Mason County Critter Getters is a non-profit organization whose main goal is to raise money for local citizens who may need money for extensive medical bills or tragedy in their lives.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
Country Home Health is sponsoring two drive-thru flu clinics for the residents of Mason County. The first, on October 15th, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., is for Medicare patients ONLY. It will be held at Country Home Health's offices, behind the Mason Clinic. The second will be held on October 21, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., and is open to the general public. Those who are homebound and need to schedule a home visit for innoculation should call 325-347-9600.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
The Union Band Cemetery Association will have their annual business meeting this Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. in the Pontotoc Community Center. Anyone interested is invited to attend.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008 • Photos
Steady Steps is serving a MEXICAN PILE ON LUNCH at 12:00 Noon on Sunday, October 12 in the Social Hall at First United Methodist Church. This luncheon is provided as a fundraiser for Steady Steps and is offered to all who wish to make a donation. Steady Steps provides quality year-round childcare in a Christian environment and is accessible to all children and their families in the Mason community, regardless of ability to pay.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008 • Photos
Mason County Republicans gathered for the opening of the local capaign headquaters on the west side of the square last week.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
Editor: FYI: In looking through this “Missing Money” site I found the names of many Mason people. Check it out. Maybe you will find your name or the name of your friends or relatives on the list. http://www.missingmoney.com/Main/Search.cfm Good luck, Deloris Lindsay
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
Dear Editor, What we have here, is a failure to communicate. What I am trying to communicate is an expression of support for a particular political candidate. So, please understand that it’s not from a lack of trying to communicate. But, there are thieves out there stealing political yard signs, thus, violating my right to free expression.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
Dear Editors, The Wall Street Rescue bill that passed last week shows that our Congress has nothing against Socialism as long as the money goes to their Wall Street campaign contributors and their wealthy friends. The Democrats and Republicans are working together so well on this criminally incompetent bill that I think it is time for them to merge into one political party.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
Dear Editor, It has been brought to my attention that the Obama signs were stolen from yards this past weekend. I have encouraged anyone who had a sign stolen to notify the sheriff. The signs, are not only costly, but they are a form of “freedom of speech,” part of the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008 • Photos
Granite Rock B&B will again host the watercolor artist, Ginger Test, for a two day Fall workshop on Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1, 2008. Ginger, is an avid photographer and gathers her inspiration from nature. She paints realism with a hint of impressionism. Her unique contemporary style features subjects such as cowboys and life in West Texas, as well as churches, flowers, wildlife and Indian pottery.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
Ever wonder what to do with those old cell phones and gadgets you no longer use? What about used print cartridges? Shouldn’t I recycle them? Gadgets For Green is a program where you can donate these items and many other gadgets to help raise money for our schools. This program is a Win – Win situation because we are also helping the environment. Instead of throwing out old gadgets, place them in a bag and donate them.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
On the evening of September 29, Edna Earle Benton hosted her annual theme party at her home. This year’s theme was Mexican Fiesta. Guests were encouraged to dress the part and bring a favorite Mexican dish for the potluck dinner. Tables were decorated in brightly colored covers and napkins. Each place setting provided a sugary praline and other sweet treats.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
The Mason Lion's Club met Tuesday, September 30, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 44 members and 9 visitors in attendance. Among the visitors were 2 Mason High School Seniors, Madison Stewert and Lauren Keith. Lion Ron Freytag was responsible for the program and introduced Dr. Sherra Theisen and Jan Schultz who spoke about the Texas Nature Project.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
Early Voting Results For – 82 Against – 3 Election Day For - 91 Against – 19 Total For – 173 Against - 22
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008 • Photos
Alicia Ruiz who is presently doing her student teaching with Megan Bierschwale in Mason Elementary School. The School was awarded a scholarship for teaching supplies from the Menard-Kimble-Mason unit of the Texas Retired Teacher Association (TRTA). She is the daughter of Pat and Sara Ruiz and will complete her degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas A&M at Corpus Christi in December.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
BRYAN, Texas — Capital Farm Credit, ACA and First Ag Credit, FCS merged Oct. 1, forming the largest rural financing institution in Texas. The merger of the two rural lending cooperatives was approved by their stockholder-customers in August and by their federal regulator, the Farm Credit Administration. The resulting organization, known as Capital Farm Credit, ACA, has combined assets of more than $5 billion, making it one of the largest lending organizations in the nationwide Farm Credit ...
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
Members of the FAAHC met on September 19th in The Back Room of Mason’s Willow Creek Café. This was their first business meeting for the 2008/2009 year. It was a very active meeting with many items being discussed that will keep this group busy in the following months. Their special guest was a very inspiring speaker, a teacher and a very talented entrepreneur from Austin.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
The Mason Study Club began the 2008-2009 year with the first meeting on Sept 25 at the home of Jean Dudney, including a luncheon to welcome our newest members. Matt Underwood made a presentation to club members explaining the details of the Mason ISD Rollback Election. The Mason Study Club planned an exciting year with great programs and fundraising events.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008 • Photos
Colonel (Ret.) Frederick Rimmer Fowler has received his final orders. Rimmer died Saturday, 27 September, 2008 while attending the Army vs. Texas A&M football game at Kyle Field. Frederick Rimmer Fowler was born 17 July, 1954. He was named for his great uncle, Dr. C. Frederick Fowler, a founding practitioner of the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic at the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston and for his great-grandfather, Dr.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
Ella Mae Smathers, a lifetime resident of Llano County, passed away October 2, 2008, in Llano, Texas, at the age of 99. She was born on July 24, 1909, to Ella (Grenwelge) and Herman Heven in Llano, Texas. Mrs. Smathers was a member of the Home Demonstration Club and of the Valley Spring Methodist Church where she played the piano for many years.
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Bennie W. Wilde, age 85, of Bethel passed away Tuesday evening, September 30, 2008, at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo. He was born November 3, 1922, in Pony, Texas to William H. and Anna Gully Wilde, a pioneering West Texas farm family. He attended school in Bethel and in Ballinger.
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Edith Dorine Scott, 87, beloved wife, mother (3), grandmother (9) and great grandmother (9), formerly of Glen Rose, TX, born in Mason, passed away on Thursday, the 2nd of October 2008. She passed peacefully to join her beloved husband John Scott both awaiting the Kingdom of God. Funeral: 2:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
The first quarter of last Friday's Puncher/Eagles matchup in Eldorado was exciting. Each team seemed ready to run away with the game, and the scoring just kept going. And then, it got really interesting! Eldorado kicked off the game with a quick drive that took them in the first score of the game after less than 20 seconds of play.
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Fifteen High School and Middle Schools will converge on Mason, Saturday, October 11th to compete in the PRIDE OF THE HILL COUNTRY CROSS COUNTRY MEET. The meet will feature some of the best cross country athletes in the adjoining five county region. All eyes will be on the host school MHS as our Punchers prepare to take on power house programs such as Kileen, Bandera, and Kerrville Tivy. Our Mason Puncher and Cowgirl Cross Country teams have built a reputation over the past several years as a ...
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
In every successful season there is a game that people will point to as the defining moment. That game took place last week as our Punchers defeated the Eagles of Eldorado in overtime. The victory put our Punchers back in control of their own destiny while galvanizing the Mason faithful.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
The Punchers took on the visiting Eldorado Eagles this past Thursday in the Puncher Dome. The Eagles pounded the ball down the field on three different occasions during the 1st half of play but the home boys turned them back time and time again. Great defensive play was noted by: Dale Cunningham, Tanner Dutton, Matt Clark, Eric Martinez, Kolby Yonker, and Austin Eckert.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
The 7th Grade battled hard against the visiting boys from Eldorado this past Thursday evening, but fell short by the score of 0-6. With a slightly different game agenda, the 7th Punchers took on a combined 7th and 8th grade team from Eldorado. Eldorado scored about mid-way through the contest on a 24 yard sweep, but the Punchers held their own during the point after.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008
The Mason Tennis Association has scheduled their annual adult tennis mixer for Sunday, October 12th at 3:00 p.m. at the Mason Tennis Center at the high school . Players will play a fun mixed doubles format, switching partners after every 8 games. Following the playing, an M.T.A. meeting will be held at around 5:00 p.m.