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March 11, 2009 Issue
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SEGUIN, TEXAS – March 6, 2009 - Texas Lutheran University’s choirs will perform a wide variety of sacred and secular music in a Mason concert during the annual TLU Choir Tour. The TLU Choir, TLU Women’s Choir and TLU Kantorei Chamber Choir, all under the direction of Dr. Douglas R. Boyer, director of the TLU School of Music, will perform at St.
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Toni Anne Dashiell, President of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, will be the guest speaker for the Mason County Republican Women on March 18th. Over the last eight years, she has served TFRW as 1st Vice-President, Vice-President of Campaign Activities, Deputy President of Region IX, and Teenage Republican Liasion.
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Mason County Sheriff Buster Nixon dropped by the News office on Friday carrying several checks for amounts over $4000. They were legitimate looking cashier's checks, made out to local residents, and accompanied by letters explaining that the named individuals had won large cash amounts for various reasons. They are all bogus. The Texas Attorney General's Office has been dealing with these scams for a while now, and have issued repeated warnings to consumers to follow the old adage that, if ...
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Update as of March 12, 2009: Due to the cold weather and rain, the benefit for the Martinez family has been postponed. Information about a rescheduled event will be in forthcoming issues. There will be a benefit for the children of Rudy Martinez on March 13 at the Ft. Mason Park Arena.
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With the help of 24 traveling volunteers, the seventh home of Mason County Habitat for Humanity is quickly taking shape at 1207 Loving Street in the first week of it’s construction. The ‘speed build’, under the direction of Board Member/ Construction Supervisor Keith Kaan, is expected to be near completion in just 6 weeks!
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, March 3rd, for its monthly business meeting. There were 36 members and no visitors in attendance. "Boss Lion" Denwood Butler was responsible for the program and Secretary/Treasurer Gene Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report. Kirby Groves volunteered to be in charge of the Hamburger Lunch on April 3rd.
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Mad as a March hare. Who hasn’t been at one time or another? Hares mate in March. And behave rather madly. Boxing with each other. Jumping straight up in the air for no reason. If it doesn’t rain soon, we might do the same. It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world. And it’s mad March time. Even the clocks sprang forward. Automatically. That’s enough to drive one mad. March is a funny month. Funny odd. A wee bit confused. And confusing. It’s like March has a boxing match wit ...
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Daylight Savings Time has hit us again. Most don’t like it, while some do. I look at the time changes as a “Diet!” Whereas, in the Spring you lose it and in the Fall you gain it back. However, there is little to no difference than any of the Yoyo diets.
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Good-Bye to a National Treasure… Column #306 for Release Saturday, March 7, 2009, or Later Efforts to write a tribute to Paul Harvey, a hero to millions, are akin to firing air rifles at the sun—both will fall miserably short. He was without peers in his field, and we give thanks that his marvelous voice graced radio air waves for more than 75 years. Fascinated by the medium of radio since boyhood, he built his own crystal set receiver as a lad.
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From Washtubs to Bathtubs to Showers Bathing is looked upon by some as a social requirement, by others as an absolute necessity while still others see it as a habit persisted in by those who follow precedent and precedent in my term of reference, as you should well know, is a lead goat.
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Silver was probably the most powerful antibiotic, antifungal substance known prior to World War II. During this time, silver was ground up into small particles and suspended in a fluid known as colloidal silver. This type of silver was very expensive and only wealthy people could afford silver treatments. During World War II, the methodology for making penicillin on a commercial scale was discovered and silver treatments became a thing of the past.
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Good morning God. It’s going to be a beautiful week. Rain is coming and cooler weather will come with it. Be thankful and praise God for His goodness. Jill Cochran will celebrate her birthday on March 14th and Jerald Jordan has his birthday party on March 18th. It’s time to have a great gathering of family. We are thankful, as well as Stephen Mutschink is thankful, that his eye problem is not extremely serious and is expected to heal on its own with time.
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Easy Egg Sandwich Meals Since we’re all trying to save money, I thought I’d bring up an easy mealtime solution: eggs! Bo and I have egg sandwiches quite often. Eggs are cheap and good for you. They are a source of complete protein and are “nutrient-dense,” containing only 75 calories while providing over 20 nutrients.
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Herman Brune, my friend and fellow Texas Fish & Game magazine columnist, invited me to come to his place in Columbus, Texas recently for the second annual ATF Day. Herman is a cowboy, rancher, rodeo rider, and hunting guide, although, basically, he’s a storyteller. He also ran for the state legislature a couple of years ago.
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With the weather getting warmer outside we are all praying for some rain so that spring can come and the landscape will green-up and bloom. Many of us look around and start thinking about doing some clean-up and spring housekeeping as well. In a couple of weeks the City of Mason will try to help with cleaning up around town with a special free day at the landfill and a special Household Recyclables collection at the Recycle Center on Avenue F.
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Partybrot; German Party Bread This is another one of those breads that, based on the ingredients, could be called just about any nationality’s Party Bread! I can only guess that possibly the baker, Eric Truille, picked up the recipe while he was traveling or living in Germany. But that’s OK; I don’t need to know a bread’s pedigree to like it!
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March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Eat Right.” Following on the heels of February’s American Heart Month, what better time to talk about eating right for your heart. When you think of heart healthy eating chicken breast, salmon, oatmeal and olive oil are probably foods that come to mind.
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Mason County Sheriff's Office Calls for Service 2-1-09 @ 8:44am- Possible fire- Deputy Feuerbacher responded to RR 1723 @ 3:37pm- Domestic disturbance- Sheriff Nixon responded to Hwy 71 E @ 9:14pm- Domestic dispute- Sgt Zapata and Sheriff Nixon responded to Sarla St @ 7:10am- 911- EMS responded to Hwy 29 E @ 9:08am- 911- Fire- Fire Department responded to Hwy 29 E @ 6:00pm- Animal call- Warden Hatfield responded to Bear Springs Rd 2-03-09 @ 6:18pm- Fire- Chief Deputy Carson and ...
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The Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library wishes to thank the Mason Study Club for their generous donation of $2,000 which will allow the library to purchase much needed books. Last year they also gave a large donation toward the establishment of the Cup and Chaucer coffee bar located in the library.
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During Monday night's City meeting, the Commission voted 3-1 to pay almost $40,000 to fix the swimming pool. Mayor Brent Hinckley voted against the motion, after reminding the commissioners that the pool operates in the red, and that it costs every resident of the city $10 in 2007 to keep the pool operating. It wasn't that Brent doesn't like the pool, or that he didn't want to keep it open, he just felt that it was important to remain aware that sometimes, the taxpayers are called upon to pa ...
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009 • Posted March 11, 2009
The members of American Legion Fort Mason Post #285 & Ladies Auxiliary invite other veterans, friends and family, and anyone interested in the American Legion are invited to attend our regular March meeting, to be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 12th, at the American Legion Post Hall on Post Hill Road (behind the Jail).
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Llano, Texas– On Wednesday, March 18th, a member of Congressman Mike Conaway’s (TX-11) staff will be in Mason to visit personally with constituents. This will allow you to share concerns, request help on a federal issue or to ask any questions you may have. What: Constituent Outreach Services Where: Mason County Court House When: 9:00 – 11:00 am Wednesday, 3/18/09
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The Hilda Community Club will hold a Trade Day & Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Hilda clubhouse building. Spaces will be available both inside the clubhouse and outside. The clubhouse is located about 15 miles south of Mason on RR 783. If you would like to rent a space, 8’ x 10’ inside is $15.00 and a 10’ x 20’ outside is also $15.00.
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There will be a Prom Meeting for all juniors and their parents in the auditorium on Wednesday, March 11th from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Anyone not able to attend; but, who would like to help, can contact Sherry Keller.
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On Wednesday, March 11th, Sylvia Nombrano and Lynn 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: Schleicher County Resour ...
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Contributions are now being accepted for the Live and Silent Auctions for the 7th annual Spring Benefit for Mason County Habitat for Humanity to be held Saturday, May 16th. The annual Spring Benefit is the major fundraiser for the local affiliate and the money raised from the event and auctions continues the program of providing decent, affordable homes in the local community for deserving families in need.
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The Mason Tennis Association’s 8th annual Tennis-A-Thon will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, March 29th, at the Mason Tennis Center. This fundraiser helps repay the loans for improving our tennis center. The tennis playing youth of our community are taking part in this event by participating in tennis drills, games and competitions for 1 1/2 hours on March 29th, and by obtaining sponsors who pledge a certain amount of money for each minute the participant’s team plays tennis.
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Mason Charity Quilters will meet for a work day, Thursday March 12 at St. Paul Fellowship Hall 9-3. Bring your sewing machine and a sack lunch and join us. For information call Joan Williams at 347-6794.
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It’s All in the Family as three generations serve as Saturday Volunteers at the Mason Community Thrift Store recently. Pictured, right to left are: Linda Tear, her daughter Shelli Ruiz and her daughter Krysten Watson as they assist a customer to check out her purchases. All proceeds of the local re-sale store contribute to local projects of the community, under the direction of the Mason Community Foundation.
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On February 11th, Mason’s Red Hatters congregated at the home of Lenore Newsom. Attendees shared a fabulous potluck luncheon and Valentine stories. We heard excerpts from an 1880’s proposal letter, a successful blind date story and other cupid comments. First row: Lynn Hedges, Cheryl Soderstom, Lenore Newsom. Second row: Joan Williams, Florence Smith, Beverly Fox, Welda Armour, Eva Tannehill, Mary Hemphill, Pam Scott, Tanya Lamoreaux, and Tommie Lou Luckenbach.
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This is a tribute that Rocky Davenport (one of the four faceters for Gems of the Hill Country) has created and donated to the Mason Square Museum in honor of the late Tom Zayko who cut topaz and other stones here in Mason for a number of years.
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During their first regular meeting of March, the Mason County Commissioners' Court tried to look to the future of the county, and to make sure that the residents will have a say in how development occurs within county boundaries. Judge Jerry Bearden explained that pending legislation, HB 2167, would create the authority for counties within a designated portion of the hill country of Texas to have greater control over certain aspects of development within their counties.
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I promised last week to clue you in on the one mistake that victims seem to make over and over that keeps the target on their back and nearly begs the bullies to return for another attack. Unfortunately, it is exacerbated by the two pieces of advice that they are most often given.
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The Mason School PTO set a goal of $500 for the 2008-09 school year and have already raised $700 by collecting Box Tops. The children had a contest during the last six weeks of school to see which class could collect the most Box Tops. Mrs. Toone’s class won first place with Mrs.
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Craig Meador and Gilbert Silva with Pedernales Electric Cooperative present Whitney Bownds, Chamber Treasurer, with a $1,000 donation to the Chamber of Commerce as part of their Light the Way Program.
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This photo is of Rhonda McCollough of Oakdale, La, winner of the "2 Exoctic Does" hunt raffled off by the predator's assoc. With her are the great people of the Behrens Ranch where the hunt was held.
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On January 31, 2009, the marriage of Margaret Sanchez to Aaron Zibbel was celebrated in Bruch, Germany. Margaret is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raul Sanchez; and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Navarro, Sr., Mrs. Dora Ramon and the late Gilberto Ramon, Sr., all of Mason. Aaron is the son of Ms Mayme Zibbel of Largo, Florida and the grandson of Mr.
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Charles and Rita Partin of Mason announce the birth of their granddaughter Jaylee Paige Mease, born Friday, February 13th at 5:59am in Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie, Texas. Proud parents are Justin and Melissa "Missy" Mease of Red Oak, Texas. Also welcoming her are Grandparents Rick and Mary Mease of Calf Creek, Bob and Bev Hanson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Don and Joyce Krause of Coralville, Iowa, Al Mease of Huntsville, Alabama and Great-great Grandmother Annie Vaughn of San Saba.
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Ryan and Lisa Reitz announce the birth of their son, Clay Allen Reitz, born on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg. He weighed ten pounds, eleven ounces and measured twenty and three-fourths inches long. Proud grandparents are Maurice and JoAnn Reitz of Weesatche and Tom and Annette Johnston of Midland.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009 • Posted March 11, 2009
During Monday night's City Commission meeting, the issue of free-roaming dogs and cats dominated most of the public discussion portion of the gathering. Residents along Broad Street, just north of the square, voiced numerous complaints about being overrun with a large number of feral cats, and many speakers from around the town voiced concern over dogs that ran free during the evening and early morning hours. The City's current pet ordinance was adopted in 1979, and upon review by City Admin ...
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Mason, Texas, March 3, 2009- Home Health Services of MKM today announced that it has been named to the 2008 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the most successful Medicare-certified home health care providers in the United States. This annual review identifies the Top 500 of agencies, ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement and financial performance.
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The Gillespie County Republican Women (GCRW) invite all Mason County Republicans to participate in their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 18, 12:00 p.m. at the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center. The speaker will be local resident and active member, Pauline Cusack. Each meeting contains an interesting and informative presentation. Pauline has served in several capacities as a Republican leader for residents of Gillespie County including with the Texas Federation of Republic ...
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A fire in Camp Air last week brought responses from firefighters around the area, as well as from concerned neighbors.
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Grace Cavaness, of Kerrville, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2009, at the age of 84. Grace Irene was born in Bandera County on March 20, 1924, to Robert and Lettie Skurlock. She married Baze Cavaness on May 25, 1939, after a short courtship. They lived most of their married life in Mason, Texas and were blessed with four children.
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David Rode of Mason, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at the age of 83. He was born May 21, 1925, to Regu Albert Emil Peter Rode and Ida Marie Dettmar Rode in Cherry Spring, Texas. He was one of nine children. David was baptized on July 5, 1925, at Zion Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009 • Posted March 11, 2009
The HS boys track team traveled to Junction on Thursday March 5 for the Hubbell Relays. The boys competed against the Junction and Medina boys in their first track meet of the season. The Punchers were successful in several events and were able to win the JV Boys division and place 3rd in the Varsity division with a short-handed squad.
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M.V.P. Logan McSherry, Senior, Menard M.V.P. Offense Rance Cathey, Senior, Eldorado M.V.P. Defense Adrian Padilla, Senior, Miles Newcomer of the Year Ethan Glidewell (Sr. Miles) & Mason Baker (Soph. Eldorado) Coach of the Year Jerry McSherry, Menard 1st Team All District Justin Yonker Jr. Mason Dustin Ramos Jr. Eldorado Garrett Barnett Sr. Irion County Garrett Brandon Soph. Miles Chris Housley Sr.
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The Junior High Punchers traded in their basketball shoes picked up a pair of spikes and hit the road to Christoval for the Invitational Track Meet there this past Thursday. This meet combined both 7th and 8th grades in a two division meet, and with a field of eleven teams. Our guys did a great job overall. Field Events: Brandon McGowan Shot 33’5 ½” 6th Jacoby Patterson HJ 5’ 2nd Cody Wood TJ 33’2 ¾ 2nd Raul Silguero LJ 17’7 1st Running Events: Bibb, Wood, Berreles, Silgue ...
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The Mason J.V. Boys and Girls Tennis Team participated in the 1A State Tennis Championship Tournament on March the 6th and 7th. The event, conveniently located in Menard and Mason, featured the best 1A varsity squads including the three time defending 1A State Champion Menard Yellow Jackets. The other participants were Irion County, Paint Rock, Claude, Leakey, Wink, and Knippa. The format for the tournament was as follows: 2 Boys and Girls Doubles matches 1 Mixed Doubles match 4 Boys and ...
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The varsity tennis team advanced to the state championships in team tennis for the 27th time in the 28 year history of team tennis. Mason will play in Austin Friday and Saturday. Matches will be played at 8:30 and 1:00 on both days, but the playing sites will not be determined until the Thursday night draw meeting. Mason advances to state by means of winning the regional tournament in San Angelo last Saturday.
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The Punchers started last week hot beating the Harper Longhorns 15-5 in 5 innings. The Punchers had a strong offensive showing with Jared Hudson and Matt Harper leading the way with one homerun each. The JV Punchers followed suit with a 16-0 victory over the JV Horns. Chance Stockbridge pitched a 1 hit shutout in the JV game overpowering the Longhorn hitters.
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San Angelo Standard-Times Tuesday, March 3, 2009 http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2009/mar/03/eden-basketball-playing-for-sick-teammate/ The Eden boys basketball team has one of the best records in the state, and John Wesley Gierisch is one of the biggest reasons for that success. But when the Bulldogs put their 27-2 record on the line last week in their first playoff game, Gierisch wasn’t in the starting lineup or even in the arena. The high school junior was lying in a hospital ...