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February 17, 2009 Issue
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 • Posted February 17, 2009
How MHS and the community of Mason are helping their students afford college The faculty and staff of Mason High School are so pleased to be part of a community that recognizes the value of education and supports the students as this community does. The students are direct beneficiaries of the generosity of this community through the many local scholarships.
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Email problems last week prevented including any pictures of the rare maps at the Mason Square Museum but, they are impressive in person, so head on over for a look!
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The well drilling rig in the middle of a neighborhood may have seemed an unusual sight last week; but, it was not actually drilling for water. Instead, owner Frank Glass and his crew from Western Water Wells were drilling 200 foot holes, not wells, for a new geothermal heat pump system that will be part of the newest Habitat home on Loving Street. A geothermal heat pump is much like the typical heat pump one encounters in many homes today.
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Tracy Pitcox will be the guest speaker for this year's Chamber of Commerce banquet on February 19. While he is in Mason at the event, he will be offering copies of his book, "Legendary Conversations: With A Texas Disc Jockey" for sale and autographing. Tickets for Thursday's event are available at the Chamber of Commerce, Ft.
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Mason County Habitat’s Warehouse Sale will be this Saturday from 9am-5pm at 304 Ft McKavitt. The home improvement items include doors of all shapes and sizes, kitchen and bathroom sinks, new faucet sets, hardware and electrical, lighting, ceiling fans, shutters, paints, plumbing, vintage cabinet fronts and much, much more! All proceeds go toward furthering the mission of providing decent, affordable housing in the Mason community.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 • Posted February 17, 2009
We didn’t get to sit at the courts and watch it rain last weekend, but we did get to see some great tennis and the Mason tennis team were playing their share of it. This tournament was started in 2001 and Mason has never won a division let alone placed above 4th place.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, February 10th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 35 members and 0 visitors in attendance. Lion Eldon Kothmann was responsible for the program and introduced Jared Eggemeyer District 2 A-1 Camp Director who spoke about the Texas Lions Camp. The camp is a summer camping facility dedicated to serving children from the state of Texas with physical disabilities and Type I Diabetes.
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We all have our row to hoe. And right now, I wouldn’t want to be an armadillo. He’s got his work cut out for him. This drought. And the hard, dry ground. I watched one getting after it in the middle of the day. Which is the first clue that times are tough. Seeing as how armadillos are nocturnal. Talk about dust up your nose. I wonder if they ever sneeze. His…hers…its…nose was raw from digging into unforgiving soil.
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A Community Transformed… Column #303 for Release Saturday, February 14, 2009 About 80% of the time, it is a community of some 5,000 souls. However, it becomes a “city” on each month’s “First Monday” weekend when as many as 300,000 visitors flock to Canton, TX, for its signature event. (Actually, the “Monday” designation no longer fits.
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Cook It Up the Healthy Way Bake Try this - Winter squash, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with cinnamon. A potato for lunch, top with broccoli and a sprinkle of cheese. An apple for dessert. Fill the core with dried fruit and nuts. Boil Try this - Turnips and potatoes. Mash them together and season with salt and pepper.
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The Christian season of Lent starts next Wednesday, February 25th, with the first Lenten lunch at the River of Life Church. These lunches are sponsored by the Mason County Ministerial Alliance and start at 12:00 p.m. Continue your prayers for Helen Donop, E. Wayne Jordan, Pearl Leifeste, Etta Marie Mutschink and Thomas Taylor.
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Sneezing, is a way of life. Pepper can make one sneeze, so can dust. But, there is one thing about sneezing, it’s going to happen to everyone sometime or the other. Some people sneeze with a little beep. Some sneeze with a bellow that can be heard all over the house.
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My favorite Ace Reid cartoon shows a man in the background, obviously trying to get rid of a snake that’s tangled around his head and arms, which is probably a lot harder to do than it sounds. In the foreground are two cowboys, and one says something like, “That EPA fellow said we shouldn’t kill rattlesnakes, because they’re good for the country.
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Serotonin is the brain chemical that makes us feel happy and content. When we eat a wholesome meal, the body is notified through the release of serotonin that we are well fed, helping us feel content and satisfied. A lack of serotonin causes depression, anxiety, and food cravings. From a nutritional standpoint, a lack of serotonin is frequently a result of food reactions.
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A Woman's View of Romance and Sex Why can’t I write something clever like some of these professional writers do — those fellows who make a living as columnists? They are always coming up with episodes taken from everyday life that are interesting and entertaining, nearly all that I seem to come up with are events that have been recorded in my memory.
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When you pull out your property tax statement, you’ll notice a tax for the water district. You might have wondered exactly what the Hickory Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 is. We were created by an order of the Texas Water Commission on June 9, 1982, and organized under the terms and provisions of Article XVI, Section 59 of the Texas Constitution and Chapters 35 and 36 of the Texas Water Code.
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The Melon Patch The Mason-Jackson black families lived across the Comanche Creek in the northwest part of town. Sandy Mason Miller remembers an incident that happened once, long ago, on a hot summer's evening. One of the highlights of a summer afternoon, or possibly evening, was "borrowing" a couple of watermelons from Judge Sam McCollum's watermelon patch.
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Thursday night I'll be at the Chamber's annual Awards Banquet. This will be my 12th or 13th since moving back home, and it's one of the events I try not to miss. When you read about the banquet next week, you might be tempted to think that it is just about who won the awards, and that is important.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 • Posted February 17, 2009
To The Editor To all dog lovers and owners of dogs I’ve addressed this letter as such because owning a dog does not make you a lover of dogs or someone who cares for them or should even own one - It does make you reponsible for them. Our community has a big problem with owners of dogs that do not secure their animals properly or care for them.
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Events
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 • Posted February 17, 2009
We are planning a fundraiser for the Rudy Martinez family and would welcome help from anyone who would like to support Rudy’s children and family.  We’re planning a Barrel Race with a Silent Auction and Bake Sale on March 13, 2009. Our park arena is very busy this spring and this was about the only date we could get for awhile.  This is a Friday evening and the barrel race will start at 7:00.   Cindy Powell (cell 347-2596 and home 347-5070) and Merlina Gamel (cell 347-2141, home 258 ...
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The Fredonia Community Association will have their Pot Luck Supper February 28th. There will also be a business meeting, a full agenda will be in next week's paper.
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The Hilda Community Club will meet this Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. in the club building. Remember to bring a covered dish or dessert. Hosts for the evening are Weldon and Pat Tucker.
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On Saturday, March 7th, Steady Steps will hold an 18 hole A, B, C, D scramble at the Ft. Mason Golf Course. You may sign up as a team or individually by 12:00 noon Saturday. The Entry Fee is $50.00 per person and the tournament will start at 1:30 p.m.
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On Tuesday, February 17, Pamela Colbert and Lynne Carlson will be available to discuss the many services offered by the Area Agency on Aging for seniors through its various programs to include Care Coordination, Benefits Counseling, Caregiver Support, Foster Grandparent , Senior Companion Services, nursing facility Ombudsman, and The Community Outreach Program for all ages. “Answers on Aging and Community Outreach “will be offered at the following locations: Brady Sunset Center 214 Wes ...
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Mark your calendars for the Mason Chamber of Commerce Spring Mixer for Thursday, March 19th. The mixer will be held at the Square Plate and hosted by owners, Barbara & Larry Brown. It is a come-and-go event starting at 5:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!
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Members of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country are reminded that this month’s business meeting is this Friday, February 20th, in The Back Room at Mason’s Willow Creek Café. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and, once adjourned, lunch will follow. The Second Annual Art Show and Sale is scheduled for the first weekend in May.
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Hill Country Memorial Hospital Health, Hope and Healing Cancer Resource Center will host a free support group for caregivers each Wednesday, Feb. 25 through March 25, 2 to 4 p.m. The group is for caregivers who have provided support for cancer patients or patients with other long-term debilitating diseases. Caregivers will learn ways to preserve their own mental and physical health.
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Sheryl’s Shape-Up class is so popular and we are now going to add a new dimension to it. Since so many people are looking for great ways to eat healthy and get plenty of “good for you” foods, we are going to have a Healthy Eating Cooking Class once a month after the weight lifting classes.
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Counselors Jim Spruiell, Ph.D., and Pam Spruiell, Ph.D., will teach self-preservation during a five-week support group for those who care for loved-ones suffering from cancer or other debilitating diseases. The group will meet each Wednesday, March 25 through Feb. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hill Country Memorial Health, Hope and Healing Cancer Resource Center (CRC). “When you’re taking care of a loved-one,” Jim Spruiell said, “you have a tendency to just give up your life.
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February and March of 2009 have something in common. They each sport a Friday the 13th on their calendars. Long considered an unlucky day, one Mason resident proved that it does not have to be catastrophic. The following article appeared in the February 19, 1942, Mason County News. It refers to an incident that occurred the prior Friday, February 13th. Child Escapes Harm From Fall Into Well A near tragedy occurred last Friday afternoon about 5 o'clock when Pat Reardon, two and a half year ...
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Why should I bother to go to Alanon if it won’t make the alcoholic stop drinking? What can I do to make him/her stop? I’m not the problem! The alcoholic is the one with the problem! If they would just do things MY way, everything would be okay! There are some very good reasons “looking after me” could improve the overall situation.
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There was standing room only in the Stribling Room at the annual Friends of the Library meeting held on Sunday, January 25, 2009. Cristy Whitaker, president of Friends, gave a warm welcome to those in attendance and was pleased to present Veleda Boyd as the speaker for the day’s program.
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Hilda United Methodist Women met February 10th. President Linda Kesler presented a very interesting program, “Who Am I at the Table?” with clever handouts for a quiz and beautiful refrigerator magnets as gifts to the group. Hostesses Gerry Daniel and Florence Smith served a wonderful brunch. The next meeting will be held in Llano at the home of JoAnn Coston on March 10.
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Jill and Steve Cochran are proud parents of a baby girl. Clara Marie Cochran was born on January 3, 2009. She weighed seven pounds, ten ounces, and was 19 1/2 inches long. Clara is welcomed by her grandparents Fred and Joan Kettner, and great grandmother Marian Leifeste.
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A quinceanera is a traditional Mexican birthday celebration, as well as, a religious Catholic ceremony. Our Mexican culture celebrates a young girl's fifteenth birthday as she becomes a responsible young lady. The young lady gives thanks to the Lord for helping her get to this special age, and she receives a blessing from our priest at church and then it goes on to a meal and ends with a dance.
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DENVER--Leaders of the National High School Rodeo Association Wrangler Division (NHSRA WD), the newest junior high rodeo program in America, appointed Lydia M. Bierschwale of Mason, Texas to the NHSRA Wrangler Division All Star Rodeo Team, a corporate sponsored youth rodeo team. The NHSRA Wrangler Division All Star Rodeo Team is fashioned after Wrangler's Champion Pro Rodeo Team, which includes superstars like Trevor Brazile, Joe Beaver, Dan Mortensen, Dustin Elliot, Kelly Kaminski, Will Lowe ...
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Ronnie & Lesa Schulze of San Saba are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Corrie, to Shane Dyson, son of Phil & Barbara Dyson of Laredo. Corrie is the granddaughter of local resident Laura Laurson and the late Clinton Schulze. Corrie is a 1994 graduate of San Saba High School; a 1998 graduate of Hardin-Simmons University; and received a Master's Degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Abilene Christian University in 2002.
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San Antonio – Grand Champion Angora Doe honors went to Britney Schovajsa of Mason, Texas, Monday morning at the 2009 San Antonio Stock Show Junior Angora Doe Show. The 17-year-old Mason County 4-H member has been showing goats for three years and participated in the show with her doe, Lady. Completely beside herself, Schovajsa was all smiles as she was greeted by family and friends after the announcement.
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DENVER--Stormy Teichelman, Childress, TX, sold a Grand Champion Junior Market Goat of $11,500 at the National Western Stock Show's Auction of Junior Livestock Champions on January 23. The Winning Bidder of the animal was Rocky Mountain Gamma Knife Center, the Silver Spur Club and Chama and Sierra Martin. Ninety-eight animals, steers, lambs, hogs and goats, sold for approximately $407,550 at the 2009 auction.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 • Posted February 17, 2009
NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary. Dark of Night by Suzanne Brockmann (F BRO Tro.14). Suspense Fiction. “Badly shaken after the loss of one of their own, the men and women of Troubleshooters Inc. go up against their most deadly opponents yet—the clandestine organization called The Agency.
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The Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library has recently added two new services. You can now order Audio Books and Movies through Inter-Library Loan. Many of you are already familiar with ordering books through Inter-Library Loan and ordering Audio Books and Movies will work the same way. You pay postage one way with the cost being around $2.50 per item.
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San Angelo, TX---What's a great reward for donating blood? Each donor has a favorite: "Knowing I saved a life." "Enjoying cookies and juice afterward!" "Getting out of class or the office for a bit." "Helping people in my community." "Treating myself to an ice cream on the way home." "Keeping track of my cholesterol level." "Wearing the bandage around my arm when I return to work." Whatever you fell after you donate blood, you can now get more rewards compliments of United Blood Servic ...
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Mark Nickell Hudson of Mason passed away on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at the age of 71. Mr. Hudson was born on September 24, 1937 in Tyler, Texas, to Mark A. Hudson and Helen Nickell Hudson. After a stint in the Air Force, he began working for Western Geophysical and worked for them for over 40 years.
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Fay Bratton Wood died Wednesday, February 11, 2009 in Voca, Texas. Fay was the daughter of the late Jess Morgan Bratton & Lydia Jennie (Williams) Bratton. Fay was born on January 7, 1910 in Katemcy, Texas. She married Everett Richard Wood, January 8, 1932 in Comanche, Texas. Fay was a homemaker and a member of Liberty Baptist Church of Voca, Texas.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 • Posted February 17, 2009
The past couple of weeks have been very eventful. The young Punchers have had some ups and downs starting with the Llano Tournament on January 17, 2009 and ending with a nail-biter in the Junior High Gym on Monday night. In the Llano Tournament, the boys faced a good Llano 7th grade team that just outplayed us on every front.
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ger/feb 18 8th boys By The 8th Grade Basketball team traveled to Menard Monday to face the Jackets for the third time this year. Both teams struggled in the first period, with Menard outscoring the Punchers 4-5. The Punchers bounced back just before half time and held on to a narrow lead of 10-7.
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Opponent: Menard (2/10) 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final Mason 19 10 12 4 - 45 Menard 2 10 8 14 - 34 Statistical Leaders Points Ethan Hudson - 8 Austin Trip - 8 David Mora - 6 Jake Newsom - 6 Team Record: 16 - 3 Next Opponent: Miles (2/13) * This was our 3rd game against Menard also, and we came out strong. Our defensive pressure allowed us to score easy points and jump on them the beginning.
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Opponent: Miles (2/13) 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final Mason 5 9 11 14 - 39 Miles 5 13 5 9 - 33 Statistical Leaders Points Chance Stockbridge – 14 Jacob Bibb – 8 Ethan Hudson – 8 David Mora – 6 Team Record: 17 - 3 Next Opponent: Christoval (2/17) * Miles has a good team, and they matched up with us well. They play hard and fast, and put us in situations that we haven’t faced many times this year.