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January 21, 2009 Issue
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009 • Photos
Calling all citizens for community support for children. The “Stop Child Abuse”specialty license plate is now available for sale! The plates sell for $30 above the normal registration fee. Of that, $22 is directed to the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards and to the child welfare board in the county of sale.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009 • Photos
The Friends of Mason County’s M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library will hold their annual meeting on Sunday Jan 25th in the Stribling Room of the local library. The business meeting will follow a presentation to the community by Veleda Boyd on the newest publication of her late husband, Jim Boyd, entitled “A Servant Leaders Journey: Lessons from Life” (see book review by the ‘Coffee Guy’ in this issue).
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
A power outage is scheduled to occur in Mason on Saturday morning January 24, 2009 lasting from 12:01 a.m. until approximately 4:00 a.m. The Lower Colorado River Authority must replace a damaged 69kv switch on the LCRA side of the Fort Mason Substation. The electricity to the City of Mason must be disconnected by the LCRA in order to replace the damaged switch.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009 • Photos
The first Texas Water Symposium of the new year will be 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Admiral Nimitz Ballroom in Fredericksburg. The topic under discussion will be “History of the Rule of Capture and its Role and Status in Shaping Water Policy and Planning in Texas.” Gregory M.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
Hill Country Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (HCTC) is currently accepting scholarship applications. Available to graduating high school seniors only, these one-year scholarships of $1,100 each may be applied to any accredited institution of higher learning where the recipient is enrolled as a full-time student (12 hours minimum). To qualify, the student’s parents/legal guardians must be members of the Cooperative (subscribe to telephone service).
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
The Mason County Cancer Relay will hold its preliminary team meetings on Thursday, January 29th at the Coffee Mug at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend this meeting if they would like to have a team at the Cancer Relay, or if they are simply interested in learning more about the organization and the annual event.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
The Mason Lions Club is sponsoring a pancake supper on Friday night, January 23, 2009 from 5:00-7:30pm at the Mason High School in conjunction with the Mason and Menard basketball games. All proceeds will go to scholarships to be awarded to two 2009 graduating seniors who demonstrated outstanding service to their community, church, and school.
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Columns
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
Last week we looked at one of the latest in a string of really stupid ideas for attempting to solve gun crime in America, ‘ammunition serialization.’ Never mind that the number of gun crimes in the country has been dropping steadily for the past decade or more, the space cadets are willing to incorporate any idea they can come up with to help, no matter whether it will work, and no matter how much it costs.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
Readers of this column will recall that in past years I have often referred to the four holer out house we had in our barn. The following article chronicles the story of how this all came about: Having been born in l9ll in a small town in Texas the toilets of my youth were commonly referred to as the “ two holer” or the “ out house”.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
Acidophilus and other probiotics are familiar to many. Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that inhabit our gut. The average healthy person has 4-5 pounds of these critters in their intestinal tract. The word “probiotic” means “for life”. Probiotics have several functions that enhance our lives and are essential to good health.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
I’m one for ordering “STUFF!” Especially, if it’s “ONLY $19.95” and if I order now, they’ll double my order. However, I’ve had to stop watching so much television and thus eliminate the impulse to order! But, I still get a whole lot of catalogues, so I still do my share of ordering.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009 • Photos
NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary. American Thighs by Jill Conner Browne (818 BRO). Humor. “Shares Southern-inspired wisdom for managing society’s obsession with looking young and skinny, in a volume of observations that celebrates the lighter side of cosmetic surgery, carbohydrates, and fashion.” The Messenger by Jan Burke (F BUR).
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
As you follow the events in the nation’s capitol, if you have any concerns, remember that God is always in control. His plan for our country is well documented in the Bible. Have faith that God will provide for Christians as He always has done. Read the first few chapters of Joshua and see how God helped His people as they crossed the River Jordan.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
I want to start out today reminding all of our residents about the power outage that is being scheduled for this week. Our residents should be aware that between Friday night, January 23 and Saturday morning, January 24 the City of Mason will be “turned off” for about four hours.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
Another day in Mason. Another day of life. Here in the Texas Hill Country. One tradition in Mason is a particular piece of white paper. Not just any paper. These get posted outside shops and offices that surround the square. At first glance, they appear to be festive little flags flapping white in the wind.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
A Servant Leader’s Journey: Lessons From Life By Jim Boyd Published by Paulist Press (2008) $18.95 Paperback I did not know Jim Boyd as well as I would have liked to. Jim and his wife, Veleda, returned to the Mason area around the same time my parents began to set up for retirement in Hilda.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
Reader alert: Be advised that this is a “Mother Hubbard” treatise. These random thoughts offered periodically are comparable to preachers’ “Mother Hubbard” sermons. They, in turn, are like “Mother Hubbard” dresses—the ones that “cover everything but touch nothing.” Let the far-afield ramblings begin…. * * * * * Parents and grandparents agree that children’s “terrible two’s” now greatly exceed 12 months. This is a “guesstimate” at best.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, Jan. 13th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 40 members and 1 visitor in attendance. Lion Harold Hoerster was responsible for the program and introduced Nancy Woolridge who spoke about the "Steady Steps" program. Steady Steps is a child-development program that functions as an out-reach ministry as the First United Methodist Church.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
I must begin by admitting that I have no memories of Dwight Eisenhower. I might have liked Ike; but, I was born less than two months before he left office, so my memories are of an old statesman living out his final days, not of an actual seated president. I must also admit that my memories of John F.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
CASA Dear Gerry, Texas lawmakers headed to Austin on January 13, 2009, they will be challenged with many unmet needs raised by the voices of those facing tough economic times.  We hope they don’t let the noise drown out the needs of the smallest, most vulnerable Texans—whose only voice in court is often a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer. At 14, Steven not only had been abused and neglected at home, but after being removed from home, he spent years bouncing between fost ...
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
Gossip Hello Gerry : I am wondering just how self -richous, un-informed and rude some people can be as to stop someone they don’t even know and ask, “ What are you doing roaming the streets after everything you did ? “ This happened here the other day. The person they stopped was not the person they assumed he was.
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Events
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
Mason County Habitat for Humanity is making plans to hold a Warehouse Sale on Saturday, February 21st from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The local affiliate is currently seeking additional donations of good, useable items to offer at this sale. Acceptable items include construction and household tools and building materials of any kind, such as windows, plumbing fittings, electrical fittings and wire, framing materials, hardware and all types of fixtures. “The community has always been great in their s ...
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
Come Saturday, January 24th, Texas Songwriters in the Round meet deep in the Heart of Texas at the Brady Civic Center. There will be be live music starting at noon until 5 PM. This is a nice chance to see all the arts and crafts of the surrounding area while you mosey through the Brady Trade Days presenters.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
TSR hits the open road on Friday, Jan 16th, landing at the Hard 8 BBQ in Brady, Texas! This is the start of the new 2009 Songwriting season and the “8” is a fabulous venue for this event: great food, great music and family fun. It is free to come hear Texas’ most creative and excellent song writers.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009 • Photos
Laisses les bon temps rouler! That’s French for “let the good times roll”, and roll they will at the Mardi Gras Ball scheduled for February 21st at the Oestreich Rose in Llano. Sponsored by Llano Memorial Healthcare System (LMHS) Foundation, the Mardi Gras Ball is sure to be festive and fun, with much of the fanfare that makes Mardi Gras the party of the year. According to Phyllis Alexander, President of the LMHS Foundation, “the sole purpose of the LMHS Foundation is to raise funds ...
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center will offer a two-part cardiac risk assessment screening in February, National Heart Month, and one local expert said results could offer a warning sign to seek greater control of one’s heart health. “If there are any indicators your heart is under stress,” Wellness Center Nurse Lou Dieter, RN, said, “we can either recommend a specific diet and/or an exercise program.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009 • Photos
The first Marble Falls Opry will be held on Saturday, January 24, at the Uptown Theater in downtown Marble Falls. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets are now on sale by calling (830) 693-9996. The show is sponsored by the Heart of Texas Country Music Association.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
Be prepared Mason. Today marks the beginning of 2009’s Girl Scout Cookie Season. Whether you enjoy the tang of Lemonades, chewy goodness of Caramel DeLites, or the minty crunch of the always popular Thin Mints, we’ve got the cookie for you. None of those appeal to you? There are five more to choose from-specifically crunchy, fudge-coated Thanks-A-Lots, creamy Peanut Butter Patties, newly introduced Daisy Go Rounds, classic Peanut Butter Sandwiches, and the original-Shortbread.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
TEMPLE, TEXAS, January 13, 2009 - Acting Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Douglas L. Faulkner announced today that USDA is accepting applications for grants through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program to provide access to education, training and healthcare resources in rural areas. Funding for the program is subject to Congressional appropriations.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
The Mason Community Foundation is recruiting additional Saturday volunteers to serve at the Community Thrift Store! The Foundation was formed in January 2007 to take action when Hill Country Memorial Hospital was to close the Hospice Thrift Shop. The store had been a part of Mason for over 10 years and many people recognized the value and need to keep this re-sale outlet open; 1) to have a place to purchase a wide variety of discounted items and 2) to have a place to donate useable items, kee ...
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009 • Photos
Hill Country Memorial Hospital is welcoming Lance Love, M.D., to its medical staff. Dr. Love, a general surgeon, began practicing in Fredericksburg this week. He specializes in procedures of the chest, lungs, abdomen, abdominal wall, neck, breast and skin. “His expertise, particularly in thoracic surgical procedures, and others, will be beneficial to our patients, because he brings specialization in some areas we have previously had to refer to specialists outside of Fredericksburg,” Mi ...
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009 • Photos
Hilda United Methodist Women met Tuesday, January 13 at 10 a.m. Jan Appleby, outgoing president, presented a very interesting program for the Call to Prayer and Self-Denial: “Creating Communications Through Information Technology”. Several members of the group participated in the presentation. Jan was presented with a gift in appreciation of her service to UMW and the church. Officers for 2009 are: President, Linda Kesler, Vice President, Margaret Brown, Secretary, Leatrice Haley and Treas ...
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009 • Photos
Several members of the FAAHC enjoyed another ‘road trip’ recently. They headed north on January 14th to meet in artist, Sherre Parker’s, lovely Brady home. Enjoying refreshments Sherre had prepared for them, the ladies listened intently as she explained the varied art work that graces the Parker’s home. Mrs. Parker, also, shared and explained the background info on many pieces that were not on display.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009 • Photos
Britny Joy Lehmberg and Kelley Wayne Fowler were joined in marriage on Saturday, September 20th, 2008. It was an afternoon ceremony at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Austin, Texas. Britny is the daughter of Mark and Judy Lehmberg of Mason. Kelley is the son of Don and Barbara Fowler of Richland Springs.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009 • Photos
Fort Worth, Texas December 20, 2008 After a formal hooding ceremony at the Robert Carr Chapel on the TCU campus, Ryne walked across the stage at the Daniel Meyer Coliseum to be presented with his Master of Education Degree. He completed the program with a 4.0 average. Ryne is teaching Advanced Placement U.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009 • Photos
Kyle Eppler has been placed on the President’s List and the Dean’s List for the Fall 2008 Semester at Texas Tech University. Kyle earned this recognition because of his commitment and dedication to excellence in his education. Kyle was also placed on the Dean’s List in three previous semesters. The Dean’s List is accorded to those students who have attained a grade point average of 3.5 or better.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
Crash Buist, a 2008 graduate of Mason High School and a Freshman at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, has been selected to the Dean’s Honor List. Crash is in The College of Visual and Performing Arts and earned a 3.93 grade point average in his first semester. He has been a part of several performances and credits his Mason High School drama teacher Ms.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009 • Photos
Stephen Shaw, son of Chris and April Shaw, brother of Shelbie Kirsten, and Heather; Grandson of Mark and Sande Shaw. Graduated from MCRD San Diego CA. 1st Battalion Charlie, Company Platoon 1045, January 16, 2009. Congratulations to our new Marine, we are all so proud of you.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009 • Photos
Denver (January 2009)- The National High School Rodeo Association- Wrangler Division (NHSRA-WD, the oldest and largest youth rodeo organization in North America, has named Catelyn Felts, a 7th grader at Mason Jr. High as a co-captain of the prestigious Wrangler All-Star Rodeo Team for the Wrangler Division. Felts was selected to the team by a vote of fellow Wrangler Division (WD) Wrangler All-Star Rodeo team members.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Republican Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced that he has named Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11) as Deputy Minority Whip for the 111th Congress. Conaway previously served as an Assistant Whip to former Minority Whip Roy Blunt. The Deputy Whip is responsible for helping the Majority Whip find the votes necessary to pass critical legislation.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009 • Photos
Kimble Schuessler, son of Chapel and Shelly Schuessler, of Llano showed the Grand Champion Steer and Heifer at the Llano County Junior Livestock Show last weekend. He is a first grader at Llano Elementary School and is pictured with his grand champion steer (L-R; Dr. Chris Skaggs, judge, John Schuessler, breeder, and Kimble Schuessler.
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Sports
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009
Opponent: Irion County (1/16) 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final Mason 14 15 13 1 - 43 San Saba 0 4 0 9 - 13 Statistical Leaders Points Jacob Bibb - 12 Chance Stockbridge - 11 Ethan Hudson - 4 David Mora - 4 Austin Trip - 4 Team Record: 10-3 Next Opponent: Eldorado (1/20) * We were anxious to get back on the court after a week off. We played well and had a great start to district competition.