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October 29, 2008 Issue
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The halftime buzzer was already sounding Friday night whe Bobby Buist intercepted a Rocksprings pass and put the Punchers ahead of the Angoras.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
Mason Band Boosters will be hosting the 52nd annual MHS Queen’s Coronation on November 1, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mason Community Building. Tickets will be available at all local banks from through October 31st. Tickets will also be available at The Little Red Shack from October through November 1st.
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Mason County Habitat for Humanity is pleased to welcome Wendy Fisher and three children as the next family to join with the local affiliate in building a Habitat home in the Mason community. Wendy is known to many as one of the friendly gals at Hinckley’s Country Store and the affiliate is excited to be partnering with her as she works toward the dream of homeownership.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
Tickets are going fast for the Wild Game Dinner scheduled for Saturday, November 8th at 6:00 p.m. Be sure to stop today and get yours. Dinner tickets are $15.00 each and include a meal with one door prize drawing. Raffle tickets for guns, hunting & outdoor equipment, gift certificates, and many other prizes are only $1 each.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
What have we done to ourselves? I can well remember that cars at high school were not of the late model types. Mostly old pickups, some with sideboards and ropes tied on the side, along with baling wire. There were gun racks with at lease a .22 in them. No one minded then.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
Since the general deer season has just started, it is once again time for our annual Surgeon General’s WARNING concerning firearm safety. This WARNING has been modified, upgraded, improved, and streamlined during the past several years, to the point where it now contains only one sentence – “No member of the general public, inasmuch as the general public contains goobers such as yourself, should ever, under any circumstances, allow himself or herself to come into physical contact with any ...
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
Somebody shoot me. Please. Preferably with penicillin. That’s how I felt last week anyway. The crud is going around. And I got my share of it. Thanks very much. But after several days it’s on the wane. I hope. Thanks to Sherry Alexander at the Mason Clinic. Rodney and Jaimie at Script Pharmacy. And Margaret Durst at The Green House. And thanks to friends and neighbors who called. Brought food. Medicine. Mail. Such care and concern. Nothing like it to perk you up. Real chic ...
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
Vote on Tuesday, November 4th. It is very important that you vote this year. We have a local contested race for Sheriff and Tax Collector. The outcome could affect all of us in Mason County. Early voting continues through October 31st. You can vote from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
Pancakes can be enjoyed any time of day. Have butter triangles, raisins, or nuts available and let children (or adults) add their own funny faces. 2 cups biscuit mix 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 1/2 cups (12-ounce can) undiluted evaporated milk or evaporated skim milk 1/2 cup solid-pack (canned) pumpkin Vegetable oil 2 large eggs 1/2 stick butter or margarine, for face Honey or syrup In large bowl, combine biscuit mix, sugar, cinnamon, evaporat ...
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
Grandparents’ master plans for their kids’ kids, to be effective, must be “tweaked” regularly, often multiple times between sunrises. Sometimes, it is ours to shield grandchildren from information overload—stuff that falls squarely into the “master unplanned” bin. Usually, it is material grandparents expect to deal with a few years up the road.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary. Dark Summer by Iris Johansen (F JOH). Suspense Fiction. “Working with a makeshift search-and-rescue operation, dedicated veterinarian Devon is thrust into a violent cat-and-mouse game involving a vengeful man of dubious trustworthiness and a wounded black Labrador’s mysterious pack.” Extreme Measures by Vince Flynn (F FLY Rap.9).
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
FOREWORD: Perhaps some of you readers may have noticed that I quite often mention a song at the beginning of many of my articles. The following story is submitted to supply the reason for the appearance of these songs: *** As I lay in bed the other morning the thought came to me that something was wrong.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
It seems like everyone wants to reduce their cholesterol. There are some great natural ways to do this, but everyone is unique – so what works for one, may not work for another. If you read last week’s article, you know that cholesterol is necessary for many body functions, meaning that you don’t want to reduce it completely, but you don’t want unhealthy levels either. If you want to work on the cause, a good place to start is looking at the diet.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
No doubt you’ve seen those cute TV commercials with two people discussing high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). One offers the other a food or beverage that contains HFCS and an exchange follows something like: Second person: “That has high fructose corn syrup in it.” First person: “So?” Second person: “Well, you know what they say about it.” First person: “What?” Second person: “Well you know, uh, that it’s um, well……” First person: “That it’s made from corn, t ...
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
There are some folks in this world that, when they take ill, it's best to simply avoid them. They don't feel well, and they take out their frustration at being sick on everyone around them, wondering why everyone else isn't doing all they can to support the ailing in their time of need. I'm not a big fan of those folks.
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Edna Earle Benton slices her surprise birthday cake while Mason Bluebonnet Study Club members Arriana Eckert, Johnni Rossing, and Tonya Lamoreaux (who baked the cake) look on, following a club meeting held at the Mason County Library on October 20.
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Steeley Smith participated in the Heart of the Hills Barrel Racing Association. At the year end awards banquet she received a buckle for Reserve Champion in the 9 & 10 year old Pole Bending division. She won a saddle in the 9 & 10 year old Barrel division that was donated by Mason Feed Store.
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The Mason County 4-H Food Show was held at the library on Sunday, October 19th. We had a small but dedicated group participate this year. Gerry Daniels and Sheila Durflinger were nice enough to be our volunteer judges, and they gave each 4-H member a thorough interview. Here are the results: Lucchese Gordon, 1st place Intermediate Main Dish Ashlyn Brandenberger, 2nd place Intermediate Main Dish and winner of the Best Beef Dish Cheyenne Gordon, 1st place Intermediate Breads and Cereals Sierra G ...
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
The Mason Community Foundation recently presented a $1,157 grant to the Mason County Chamber of Commerce to be used toward the town Christmas lighting project. In the photo: Chamber members Carolyn Phillips, Bob Landers, and Joyce Arnold, and Foundation board members D’Ann Stahl and Eloise Burges. These funds were made available through the community’s support of the Community Thrift Store.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
The Students of Mason High School are having a bake sale for FCCALA. We will also allow any goods to be donated. All the sales and proceedings will be put forward to a scholarship for the Seniors at MHS. The Bake Sale will be held at Super S Foods on Thursday.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
The Mason High School National Honor Society is sponsoring a blood drive on Monday, November 3, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the MHS commons area. Three Lives are saved for every pint donated. Anyone interested in donating blood may come to the high school during these hours or sign up for a time slot online at www.bloodhero.com by using the sponsor code “masonhs.” Please bring identification containing a legal name and date of birth, social security number, or a United Blood Serv ...
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If you have an obnoxious, out-of-control dog, at some time or another a well-meaning friend has probably said to you, “Have you ever watched The Dog Whisperer?” Shown on Travel Channel on Friday evenings (but of course not watched during football season - Go Punchers!!) it features Cesar Milan, who “trains people and rehabilitates dogs.” He applies a few simple techniques, and presto, you have a new, well-mannered dog. What, you are probably asking at this point, does this have to do w ...
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
The Mason Rodeo Association will be hosting it’s monthly business meeting on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 6 p.m. at Willow Creek Cafe. Please make plans to attend!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
The school’s “Gadgets For Green” project is going well and gadgets are pouring in. We appreciate everyone who has already donated their old gadgets. The PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization) has now set a new “gadget” goal of 200 DVD’s. Gather your old DVD movies that still play and help us reach our goal of 200!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
The importance of making a will and safeguarding one’s final wishes will be presented at an annual wills clinic Thursday, Nov. 13, offered by the Hill Country Memorial Hospital Foundation. There will be two identical sessions, one at 9:30 a.m. and another at 1:30 p.m. The HCMH Foundation offers this public service clinic to the community free of charge, and each session will be about two hours long at the Central Texas Electric Co-op meeting room, 386 Friendship Lane in Fredericksburg. “O ...
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Erin Brown, 16, daughter of David and Janna Brown of Austin and granddaughter of Frank and Margaret Brown of Hilda, is pictured performing in a recent horse show. Erin has been riding for more than six years as a hunter/jumper. She rides her horse, Lil, and recently trained a four-year-old, Mel.
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Fourth row top: Rita King, teacher, Lucille Loeffler Nebgan, Warren Schulze, Bill Loeffler, Jr., Dorothy Lee Loeffler Tartt, Ethyl Lehmberg Eckert, teacher. Third row: Georgianna Brandenberger, Eleane Loeffler, Ruby Eckert De Vos, Marie Schulze, Imogene Brandenberger Loftin, Virginia Brandenberger Tatje. Second Row: Gilbert Loeffler, Clinton Schulze, Alma Loeffler, Julia Nempke, Rueben Froehmer, Roscoe Eckert, Dick Pluenneke, Anita Andregg. First row: Horace Brandenberger, Gordon Geistweidt ...
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Callie Lewis and Dr. P.A. Baze Marriage Photo dated 1896 or 97'. Son- Seth Lewis Baze. Grandson-Billy White Baze. Great grand daughters- Mary Elizabeth Baze Sutton, Matha Baze McLeod, Susy Baze Walker, great great grandsons, Bill Dan Lehmberg, Mark McLeod, David Lehmberg, Clay Walker. Great great great granddaughters Michelle Regan and MyLee McLeod.
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Kody Criswell participated in the Heart of the Hills Barrel Racing Association. For the year end awards she won a saddle in the 8 and under Barrels that was donated by the Mason County Chamber of Commerce. Pictured above, Shane Criswell, director presenting the saddle. Kody also won a saddle in the 8 and under Poles that was donated by Rhodes Construction/Blue Jeans.
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Sterling Smith proudly shows off her first buckle that she won at the Heart of the Hills Barrel Racing Association in the 8 & under Barrel division. Sterling is 4 years old and is in Pre-K.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
Allen placed first at the Texas Midwest Shootout Chess Tournament, held in Abilene on October 18th. Allen was one of the two players who went undefeated in the tournament. Other than Allen, attending this tournament, were players from Abilene, Ranger, Midland, and San Angelo.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008 • Photos
Welcoming another boy to our family! Jonah Augustus Kaderka was born on September 17 (his Papa Gus’ birthday) in Lakewood, Colorado. He is welcomed by his two brothers, Josef and Jakub, and parents Kelly and Christina Kaderka. Others welcoming Jonah are his Mimi, Gladys Kaderka of Mason, grandparents Norma and Bruno Schwertner of Clarendon, TX and great-grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
We are asking for the publics’ assistance with any information on county road signs thefts or criminal mischief that have been occurring in the above counties. The Counties lose any where from $5,000.00 to $30,000.00 a year in replacing signs. The county commissioners and Hill Country Area Crime Stoppers are asking for the public’s assistance for any information on the thefts or criminal mischief to the county signs which occur every year.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
The Texas Department of Public Safety reminds drivers that they must stop for school buses that are loading or unloading. School Bus Safety Week runs Oct. 20 to 24, and this year’s theme—Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm—calls attention to Texas state law, which requires drivers to stop when school buses are stopped and have activated their alternating red flashing lights or stop sign.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
The South Llano River is a true gem of the Texas Hill Country. Its clear waters are legendary among outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Its spring-fed flows provide critical water supplies to landowners and local communities. It provides most of the flow to the Llano River. With such an important resource in our own backyards, it is time to start thinking about how to best preserve and protect the river for the future.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
Operation Orphans, Inc. is enjoying the 49th season of taking less fortunate children from Texas child care facilities hunting in the hill country. During the "Youth Only" weekend of October 25th, Operation Orphans, Inc. hosted 54 girls from nine children facilities. Four additional hunts will follow on November 15, 22, December 6 and December 13.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
Voting in the 2008 General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 4th. Early voting began on October 20th and continues through Friday, October 31st. As of Monday morning, more than 750 voters had already cast their ballots during the early voting. All early voting will be held at the Mason County Courthouse, 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
Operation Orphans, Inc. is enjoying the 49th season of taking less fortunate children from Texas child care facilities hunting in the hill country. During the "Youth Only" weekend of October 25th, Operation Orphans, Inc. hosted 54 girls from nine children facilities. Four additional hunts will follow on November 15, 22, December 6 and December 13.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
Bernice H. Little, 82, passed away peacefully October 22, 2008. She was born January 23, 1926, to the late William and Annie Henneke in Hallettsville, Texas. She was married to O.P. “Port” Little, the love of her life, who preceded her in death in 1990. Bernice was a devout Catholic who led by example in her faith.
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Emily Ellebracht and Kady Castillo are our 208-2009 Junior Varsity Twirlers. They will perform at the JV football game Thursday. They will be competing in the UIL solo and ensemble contest in February. They are both members of the Puncher Band and are sponsored by Belinda Finn.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
Over the past 65 years, Mason vs Junction has become one of the most storied rivalries in all of Texas high school football. For the most part, Mason has gotten the best of Junction, defeating them 19 times over the past 25 years. This year, the Eagles of Junction appear to have the upper hand. The 2008 Junction football team is a far cry from what we have seen over the past 25 years.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
Anyone that missed last Friday night's Puncher game is probably still kicking themselves, as they missed the opportunity to see some of the best football we've seen played in this area. The Angoras came into the game a decided favorite. The only game they had dropped in district play was against the Junction Eagles, so Mason knew they would have their hands full.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
Last week, the cross country teams competed in Bandera. This would be the last practice meet of the season. The conditions were ideal for an afternoon run. Just as the race began, a cold front began to blow through and settle down just as the varsity girls’ division were about to begin.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
The Blanco Panthers traveled to town last Thursday night to take on the JV Punchers in yet another test for an already injury riddled team. The Panthers proved to be too much on this night leaving Mason with a 36-6 victory, keeping their record unblemished. The Punchers battled hard in this physical contest, showing determination in the face of adversity.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008
The 8th Grade Football Team traveled that “long and winding road,” to Rocksprings Thursday to take on the Angoras. The Punchers hoped to continue their winning streak but they knew their work was cut out for them. In the first period both teams knocked heads but neither were able to score.