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November 19, 2008 Issue
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The Square Plate restaurant on the north side of the square had ist official ribbon cutting last week, joining the business community of Mason just in time for the holidays.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
The Mason Punchers head to Hondo on Friday for their next playoff game against Bruni. On Thursday, there will be a pep rally on the south side of the courthouse to help send off the Punchers and get them ready for this next step toward state. The pep rally will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the entire community is invited to attend.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
That loud whistle that you heard last Friday night was the “Puncher Express” roaring into the town of Fredericksburg to take on the Cowboys of D’Hanis. If the Cowboys had any sense they would have gotten off the tracks long before the Punchers and their traveling circus known as the “Mason Faithful” came rollingin to town, as our Punchers destroyed the Cowboys of D’Hanis 39-0. It was without a doubt one of the Punchers most well rounded efforts all year.
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The last event of the Mason County Sesquicentennial will be held on Saturday, December 6th from 10:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. It is the Sesquicentennial “Heritage of Faith Tour”and will feature eleven historic county churches on the tour. This is the first of three articles and pictures about the churches you can see on the tour.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
Honestly, it looks to me like, if peta wanted people to actually take them seriously, they wouldn’t pull some of the really ridiculous stuff they do. Seems like every time you turn around they’re doing something that makes you wonder where Bill Engvall is when you need him. Here’s your sign. For instance, the University of Memphis school mascot is a tiger.
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‘How do I keep my kids from getting sick?’ is a question I get asked a lot this time of year. I think it is an important question for adults as well as kids – especially as we head into the holidays. It always seems to me that some of the worst cold and flu outbreaks occur right after the holidays.
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Have you ever wondered why there is more packaging than there is product? I go shopping and when all is said and done, there is more paper in the trash than there is food in the refrigerator. Why is it that we order a double meat and cheese burger with fries and a “diet” drink?
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Square. What a word. From Vulgar Latin exquadra (how vulgar indeed). According to trusty Webster. Evolving to Old French esquarre. Four square. What a game. The square. What a place. Not every town has one. Now we have Square Plate. The new café in town. On the square. You can get a square meal there. And they actually serve the food on square plates. Bratwurst, schnitzel, kraut, cabbage. Sandwiches, salads. Bread pudding and brownies. Cheesecake and tarts. And cakes and pie ...
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Kaleidoscope By Darryl Wimberley Published by Toby Press (2008) $24.95 Hardback I don’t remember if I was in high school or college and I don’t remember whom I was with but I sure do remember the movie. It was called Freaks and it was made in 1932. The story centered on a group of side-show entertainers (or “freaks”) whose leader, Hans the “midget,” was infatuated with the circus’s “normal” trapeze artist.
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Continue to pray for the rain we so desperately need. These cool nights and warm days are fine but we need rain. Next Sunday is a busy birthday day. Celebrating on November 23rd are Clara McInnis, Judy Kothmann and Barry Jordan. Roger Jordan will have his party on November 24th and Deborah Baxter celebrates on November 25th.
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Direct from the USDA, here is some information about some different ways you can get that turkey to the table! Just as a detour causes a car to take an alternate route, circumstances can alter the chosen cooking method for a turkey. An oven may fail at an inopportune time, a power outage may occur, and more than one large food item may need cooking.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
It’s a stretch to expect peace on earth any time soon, and it takes more than a Google search engine to ferret out many instances of good will to men. Still, we pray for government leaders in Washington and Austin to reach across the aisles, and for citizens—all of us—to replace arrows in our quivers with olive branches. Ah, but in Blanket, Texas (population about 400), church folks are very much in the reaching business, all around town and to the countryside beyond…. * * * * * We ...
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As you come into the foyer of the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library you’ll notice the foyer has been repainted. This is a generous donation from the Friends of the Library and is much appreciated. The temporary display of Old Yeller memorabilia which has been displayed for the past few weeks is courtesy of Charles Reichenau. Thursday, Friday, Monday, and Tuesday, November 20, 21, 24, and 25, the library will be closed from 12:00-1:00 for lunch. LIBRARY NOTES Story Time is at t ...
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
10-01-08- @2:06pm-911 EMS responded to Habecker Rd @ 6:36pm- Grass fire- The Fire Department and Deputy Zapata responded to RR 1222 @ 7:11pm- Loose livestock-Deputy Zapata responded to RR 1222 10-02-08- @ 12:02pm- 911- EMS responded to the 16,000 blk of Church Street @3:52pm- Fire- Fire Department responded to Mill Creek Rd @ 7:54pm- Shots heard- Deputy Zapata responded to Hwy 87N @ 4:04pm- Grass fire- Fire Department and Chief Deputy Carson responded to Hwy 71 E @ 7:12pm- Lo ...
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
I have always heard the old saying that “if you do a thing as many as thirteen times it will become a habit.” I have also heard that “you can get used to anything” and I firmly believe that each of these oldies is true. Listen then to the following story about those statements and become convinced that they are true. ********* Back during World War II we were renting a house in the southern part of San Antonio where the rent had been frozen at $35 a month and the water bill was $1.00 ...
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
This last weekend in Pontotoc, a young San Saba man was shot. At press time, he had undergone at least seven surgeries, and was still listed in critical condition in an Austin hospital. Details are still coming out about how the shooting occurred. Most of those involved are minors, so we will not be reporting details until we truly have FACTS to report, not just rumor and repeated tales. What is indisputable is that guns, when not treated with care and respect, and be deadly.
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Sherre Moon, Assemblies of God Missionary to the Philippines will be the guest speaker Sunday, November 23 at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Lighthouse Assembly of God Church located at 716 Wren Street. As missionary since 1984, Sherre serves the Philippines General council of the Assemblies of God as the missionary coordinator for the Christian Education Department, ministering to the children of the Philippines.
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Daisy Scouts, Troop 5136, collected food recently for the Mason Ministerial Alliance Food Bank. Pictured, Daisy Scouts Allie, Kaelee, Tristin, Viviana, AVery and Marissa.
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Dax and Becky Hooten of Kerrville, Tx announce the birth of their son, Drake Leigh Hooten. He was born September 8th at 7:02 p.m. and was 8lbs. 1oz. and 22 inches long. Proud Grandparents are Deck and Lisa Hooten, Wayne and Kim Lehmberg all of Mason. Jay and Debbie Rhodes of Kerrville and Phyllis Rhodes of Austin, and Great Grandmother Luann Hooten of Mason.
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First grader Tyler Schmidt, son of Jeff and T. J. Schmidt, got his first buck last weekend while hunting on the family ranch in the Camp Air area. He even had his own guide, friend Roddie Stockbridge (pictured), who helped Tyler bring down the first time trophy.
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Mason County 4-H member wins Gold Star Award Garrett Allen was among 29 area 4-H members honored Nov. 10 during the District 7 Annual 4-H Gold Star Banquet in San Angelo's Cactus Hotel. Garrett is the son of Skeet and Lori Allen. The Gold Star Award is Texas AgriLife Extension Service's highest youth award given on the county level.
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The “Rock & Roll” Marathon / Half Marathons are held in 11 locations across the U.S. This year marks San Antonio’s Inaugural event, which was held on Sunday, November 16th. There were 30,000 registered runners. Four Mason residents ran in this historical event. There were 11,389 women and 5,644 men who ran in the half marathon.
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The Mason Elementary/Jr. High PTO has been doing our Gadgets For Green Fundraiser - collecting certain recyclable items that we then turn in to a company for $$$. At the same time trying to raise awareness with the kids about the importance of recycling. The PTO has been working with Brian Boudreaux and Gaylon Thorne at the city, to help us kick off this fundraiser at the school.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
(Mason-Llano Texas) – November 2008 – Farmers and Ranchers in need of coverage for their native or improved grasses and haygrazer for 2009 under the Noninsured Assistance Program (NAP) have until December 1, 2008 to apply for coverage since the regular catastrophic level of insurance is not available, said Randy Maenius, County Director for the Mason-Llano County Farm Service Agency (FSA).
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
Mason High School will again offer the THEA test to anyone who would like to take it. Since 1989, the Texas Higher Education Assessment® (THEA®) has provided Texas students and institutions of higher education with a flexible, fair, and accurate testing and score-reporting system. Its purpose is to assess the reading, mathematics, and writing skills that entering freshman-level students should have if they are to perform effectively in undergraduate certificate or degree programs in Texas pub ...
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
On December 1, 2008, at the Llano County Extension Office, the training necessary to obtain a private applicators license will be presented by Jamie Osbourn, Llano County Extension Agent. This training will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration and include the noon meal. The $60.00 registration fee also includes study materials and reference manuals.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
Members of the Mason FFA Chapter recently competed at the 2008 Hill District FFA Leadership Development Events in Blanco, Texas on Monday, November 10, 2008. These contests are designed to teach youth the importance of leadership, teamwork, public speaking, and technical knowledge in the field of agriculture. The Mason Chapter placed well in all divisions entered.
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The Mason FFA Ag. Issues Team will be competing at the Area VII FFA Association Leadership Development Events on Wednesday, November 19, 2008, in Blanco, Texas. Members of the team are Tabitha Zant, Virginia Lemke, Kambrey Hudson, Shaye Shults, and Garrett Allen. The Ag Issues competition requires FFA members to research a current topic concerning agriculture.
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The deadline for the Gadgets For Green school project is Monday, November 24th. Through this program our school is rewarded monetarily for recycling old gadgets. We are asking for your help in collecting the following used gadgets: DVD’s & video games (in original cases), video game consoles, empty inkjet cartridges, digital cameras, iPods, PDA’s, palm pilots, cellular phones, GPS systems, and laptops.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
KNEL radio will host Tumbleweed Smith’s debut party for his latest CD, TUMBLEWEED’S TOP 40 on Friday, November 21th from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM. The release will be held at the Heart of Texas Country Music Museum at 1701 South Bridge Street in Brady. Tumbleweed’s Top 40 features his favorite program from each year of the 40 years his radio series, THE SOUND OF TEXAS, has been on the air.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Llano County, will sponsor a CEU Conference on Tuesday, December 2, 2008, at the American Legion Hall in Llano. This program will be for individuals who possess a valid private applicators license, a commercial applicators license, or a non-commercial applicators license, and would like continuing education units (CEUs) to help with fulfilling their recertification requirements.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
Mason County native, Alett Rosberg, is once again participating in the "Race for a Cure" fundraiser for cancer research. She has written a personal message to her friends in Mason, which follows. Dear Mason County Friends and Family, I would like to ask for your support once again in my endeavors to help find a cure for breast cancer.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
Members of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country have been extra busy. They have enjoyed a tasty demonstration at the home of Rosemary Davis, hosted a scholarship fundraiser and will meet on Friday, the 21st, for their last meeting of 2008. On November 14th, Rosemary Davis hosted a demonstration and lunch for the group in her Mason home.
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The Mason County Democrats will have an election celebration Friday, November 21 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Richard P. Eckert, Mason Civic Center (formerly Grace Fellowship Church). There will be a light catered meal served. The cost of the evening of fun including the meal is $10.00 per person.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
Llano Memorial Healthcare System is going tobacco-free on Thursday, November 20, 2008, the date designated by the American Cancer Society for their nationwide campaign known as “The Great American Smokeout”. As of that date, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted – inside or outside – on hospital and all related health system property.
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Texas Songwriters in the Round, a Texas non profit original music project, is looking for songwriters to appear in Brady, Texas, on November the 22nd, 2008. The City of Brady is having their Live Oak trade days on Nov. 22 and has asked for TSR group to present live original music for the public.
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Steady Steps announces the release of its 7th edition collectible Christmas Ornament for 2008, featuring the Old Mason County Courthouse, circa 1900 (as shown above). This year’s ornament, in sepia tones on a champagne beige background, contains a special inscription: “Mason County Sesquicentennial 2008” and is available for a $12.00 donation in support of Steady Steps.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
More eyes needed to tally state birds Ithaca, NY-The diversity of habitats and birds in Texas makes bird watchers in the state the envy of nature lovers elsewhere. Many stunning species readily visit bird feeders, and may be attracted to your own backyard. Scientists are asking Texas bird watchers to report what they see at their feeders through Project FeederWatch.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
Texas Nature Project is hosting its first Holiday Yard Sale on Saturday, December 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. New and slightly used items ranging from DVDs, books, home decorative pieces, Christmas decorations, women’s clothing, T-shirts, and jewelry to household items and a deer blind will be available for sale at extremely discounted prices.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
The Llano Master Gardeners invite the public to join them in welcoming Molly and Don Glentzer for their program on Thursday, November 20, 2008, at 7:00 p.m., at the Llano Library. Molly and Don are authors of “Pink Ladies and Crimson Gents…Portraits and Legends of 50 Roses”. The Glentzers come to us from Houston, where Molly is the lifestyles editor of the Houston Chronicle and Don is a published and well known Texas photographer.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
It is Thanksgiving time! Time to reflect on the many blessings we have. To be thankful for them and to give glory to our creator for all He has done for us and in us. It is high time to look to the One who gave us life and breath, and caused us to come into being.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
The Fredonia Community Association wishes to express their gratitude to all those who worked so hard to make our Rummage Sale and hamburger lunch a great success. Thanks also to all our friends and neighbors who donated items for our sale. Anyone who missed our day but would like to donate money may send it to Fredonia Community Association, Box 3 Fredonia, Tx 76842.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
The Mason National Honor Society would like to thank everyone who participated in the recent blood drive. Forty-three people were interviewed resulting in thirty-eight pints donated while the goal was only 28. The $25 Visa gift card was won by Ariela Degiuli. Such a great success could not have been accomplished without the help and support of the community and the school.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
The Mason Study Club was privileged to have Linda Laury as their guest speaker. Linda gave a demonstration of the classic Art of Chairmaking. Linda makes all of her chairs of hardwoods, by hand and uses no power tools! It was fascinating to see her demonstrate how she creates these beautiful chairs.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
Close your eyes and imagine about 40 fresh-faced Mason ISD third-graders, led by director Dawn Hahn, singing their spirited rendition of Lee Greenwood’s wonderful patriotic song, God Bless the USA. Well, if you attended The American Legion’s 2008 Veterans Day Ceremony, this performance was one of the highlights. America’s future was mirrored in those little faces, and from them will come our nation’s leaders of tomorrow. Sterling Jordan, Commander, The American Legion Fort Mason Post # ...
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
During their first meeting at the newly christened Richard P. Eckert Civic Center, the Mason City Commission tackled a very light agenda before holding a reception to honor the memory of Mr. Eckert, and his widow, Adriana Eckert. The main piece of new business was to consider an ordinance dealing with solid waste collection.
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More than 75 people came from communities up and down the Llano River to attend the South Llano River Workshop last Saturday in Junction. This diverse group, made up landowners, community leaders, and resource agency personnel, met at the Texas Tech Center to discuss the need for community involvement in issues related to the river. In his introductory remarks, Junction Mayor James Murr stressed that we need to be as organized as possible to protect our interest and minimize water supply crise ...
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Posted November 19, 2008
A cold front had moved in and a brisk north wind was blowing in Fredericksburg as the Punchers entered the first round of the playoffs last Friday night. They did not let the weather, or the D'Hanis Cowboys, slow them down, easily shutting out the south Texas team 39-0. Mason took first possession, lost the ball on downs to D'Hanis, and then recovered a Cowboy fumble to make their first score of the night on a short Jarred Hudson run just five minutes into the first quarter.
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Saturday morning in Round Rock, Texas, it was a cold and windy, yet sunshiny day. The Punchers and Cowgirls arrived at the competition course around 8:30 am to prepare for their first ever UIL State Cross Country Meet that began promptly at 10:00 am. Both the Punchers and the Cowgirls were well aware that today would be the toughest competition this year.
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1.) Bosqueville ( 8-3 ) vs #20 Burton ( 8-3 ) Friday 7:30 p.m. @ A&M Consolidated 2.) La Pryor ( 8-3 ) vs #21 Falls City ( 8-3 ) Friday 7:30 p.m. @ San Antonio Mata Stadium 3.) Chilton ( 7-4 ) vs Ganado ( 8-3 ) Saturday 2:00 p.m. @ Navasota 4 ) Bruni ( 9-1) vs #25 Mason ( 8-3 ) Friday 7:30 p.m.
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Monday night, the girls traveled to Miles. The 7th grade girls won 17 to 13. The 8th grade girls won 45 to 38. Mari marquez 17 points Margaret lemke 16 points Alexa Menchaca 4 points Katherine Koock 6 points All the girls did a great job. We look forward to our first home game next week.