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March 18, 2009 Issue
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
The Mason Tennis Team last lost a dual match in 2002. They ran their streak up to 49 straight dual match victories as they posted their 7th straight state team championship last weekend in Austin. Despite the rains that postponed play until Saturday, Mason was able to live up to its top seed.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
It does not get any better than this folks! Saturday March 21 at 2:00 the Mason High School Varsity team will be hosting the Mason High School Alumni in the Annual Alumni Game and Fund Raiser at the High School Baseball field. This always has been and always will be a battle for bragging rights.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
The Mason County Chamber of Commerce has planned the next quarterly mixer for Thursday, March 19th. The mixer is come and go, starting at 5:00 p.m. It will be held at the Square Plate located on the north side of the square and hosted by owners, Barbara & Larry Brown.
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The Steady Steps Spring Fundraiser is Saturday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Building at Fort Mason Park. It includes a delicious Barbeque Dinner by donation, a Silent Auction, a live Cake Auction and children’s activities—a puppet show and face painting. The theme for this year’s event is based on Pink Panther 2, so be prepared to see lots of pink, a Smart Car and maybe even Inspector Clouseau himself!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
Often times we forget and take for granted the beautiful little town we live in. Mason people have always shown a tremendous amount of community pride and support. On March 28, 2009, will be another chance for the residents of Mason County to demonstrate their pride a support. With spring officially arriving on March 20th, it’s the perfect time to start doing a little “spring cleaning”!
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Eloise Burges is shown with a floral ‘Thank You’ for her work as a board member of the Mason Community Foundation, as she prepares to relocate to Colorado. A founding member, as vice president she was instrumental in establishing the status of a non-profit corporation for the Foundation and later served as treasurer.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
The first annual “Arts In March” PTO Spring Meeting & Art Show will be held on Tuesday, March 24th. Everyone is invited to attend the show at the Mason I.S.D. Cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. We are honored to present Ms. Searsy and her students’ art show. The elementary and junior-high children have been working hard all semester creating their “Masterpieces”.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, March 10th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 37 members and 1 visitor in attendance. Lion Mark Lehmberg was responsible for the program and introduced Barry Keler AKA "Barry K" or "Boogie Man" who spoke about his life as a Radio Disc Jockey.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
M is for March. A month marching right along. M is for M2 Gallery. A new art gallery on the square. M is for muddy roads. Meaning it rained. Yippee-ai-ay. M is for mockingbird. Have you heard? M is for Mason. M is the thirteenth letter of the English alphabet. From the Greek mu. Derived ultimately from the Phoenician. So says trusty Webster. A capital M is a Roman numeral. Stands for 1,000. Place a bar over that and you get 1,000,000. M is a mighty letter. Its very shape imp ...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
There are a lot of big smiling faces around the country after the great rains last week. Some people got up to seven inches while most of the county was well pleased with around five inches. God has blessed us with a good start for spring and we thank Him with all of our hearts.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month "What is a polyp anyway?" "One of my parents had colon cancer. When should I have a colonoscopy? Am I at increased risk?" "But I don't have any family history of colon cancer" "No thanks - I've had the shorter flexible sigmoidoscopy. I don't want a colonoscopy!" "I've heard bad things about the colonoscopy" "I'm too modest for this procedure" "My stool-cards are negative - so I don't need a colonoscopy, right?" "I'm 75 years old and have neve ...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
A New Season at Hand… Column #307 for Release Saturday, March 14, 2009, or Later Much bluster is made about the coming in and the going out of March. Children learn early on about its strange combination of lion and lamb-like tendencies, and it is the only month typically linked with ides.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
I’m on “Spring Break” with my sister GG, and there has been nonstop talking! However, I’ve made a promise to myself that when I start repeating a story to call it a day and go to bed. That hasn’t happened, and one o’clock in the morning and eleven o’clock in the evening thus far!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
It would be easy to dismiss Rodger Schlickeisen as a deranged nutcase, but that would be a mistake. Rodger Schlickeisen (yes, that is his real name, and yes, he actually admits it) is president of ‘defenders of wildlife action fund,’ a group of chronic bed-wetters whose purpose is, apparently, to separate unsuspecting Americans from their bank accounts.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
The Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library offers free access to over 60 databases which are authoritative, free of advertising, and suitable for children. Subjects covered are science, technology, health, medicine, business, homework, business, history, genealogy, and literature. Come by or call the library to learn how to log on to these TexShare databases sponsored by the Texas State Library.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
Dammit, I'm Hungry I am recalling a telephone conversation I had with my old friend Shagnasty quite some time ago and if I remember correctly it went something like this: You know Bode it’s a hard life living witha a woman who wants to keep you healthy. “How is that” I asked, knowing full well that he would tell me whether or not I asked. “Well hells’fire, you stay hungry all of the time.” “You mean she doesn’t feed you anything?” “Oh no, it isn’t that.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
Zip, zest, and zeal are signs of health. If you feel that you are lacking these on a regular basis, you may be depressed. Many people do not believe in depression; however, it is one of the most common health problems in the United States affecting an estimated 17 million Americans each year. Depression is a whole-body condition that affects the body, nervous system, moods, thoughts and behavior.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
A few drops here. A few drops there. And then, there was rain everywhere! It came down with a consistency that allowed it to soak into the parched ground, with some left over to provide badly needed runoff for creeks and tanks. Of course, I could have done without the colder weather that arrived at the tail end of the system; but, if I have to put on a coat to get rain, so be it. On Sunday, I spent much of the day driving around the county looking for photo opportunities for our upcoming s ...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
Editor: Well, here we are, nearly a week into daylight saving time and most of us have adjusted about as well as we’re going to. The point is, we shouldn’t have to adjust. Everyone that I’ve heard express an opinion says we (they) should just pick a time and stick with it.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
Dear Gerry, Congratulations to our forward thinking and courageous City Council for voting against the Mayor on the issue of providing a swimming pool for our community’s children. This is a bold and appreciated step in these economic times to spend our hard earned tax and utility dollars on a project that serves our children. I would like to point out to our Mayor that it is NOT the purpose of our pool to “make money”.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
Members of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country are reminded that this month’s business meeting is this Friday, March 20th, at 10 a.m., in The Back Room of Mason’s Willow Creek Café. The Second Annual Art Show and Sale is scheduled for the first weekend in May. The setting will be the new MSquared Gallery on the northeast corner of Mason’s historic square.
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The Steady Steps Fund Raiser Golf Tournament was held last Saturday, March 7th at the Comanche Creek Golf Course. A light turn out did not dampen the spirits, fun time had by all and the good company that was shared with so many friends. This fun does not come close to over shadowing the true spirit and need of so many of our community children who benefit from the care of the Steady Steps program.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
MASON – Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the multi-county Hill Country Wildlife Management Field Day beginning with registration at 8:15 a.m. April 9 at the Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area. The day’s activities will conclude by 3 p.m. To reach the management area, take Ranch Road 386 north from the Mason Courthouse, travel about two and a half miles and turn left on Old Mason Road.
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(Kerrville) – The Kerrville Performing Arts Society is presenting one of the biggest names in their 25-year history…THE TEN TENORS! From unassuming beginnings back in 1995, to a now platinum record-selling and international touring act, the history of The Ten Tenors is anything but standard. When ten young opera students from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane, Australia, banded together to form what was then largely a corporate act, the group’s performances were few and ...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
On Tuesday, March 17, Lindsey Elliott 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 West ...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The members of the Mason County Child Welfare Board are seeking to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and to encourage the people of Mason to support children and families. To that end, we have scheduled several activities, such as “Go Blue Day” on Wednesday, April 8th.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
Saturday, April 4th there will be a 5K/10K Walk/Run Starting at 9:00 am. Cost $25.00/per person $10.00/per student. 100% proceeds benefit cancer victims of Mason County. Pick up registration forms from any committee member or register on April 4th before race begins from 7-9 am.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
The Fredonia Community Association is having their spring fund-raiser April 25th from 8:00am until 4:00pm. In the past we have had wonderful cooperation from the community and the surrounding areas in donating items for our sale. We would appreciate your help again. If you have items you know are too good to throw away but want to get rid of them please think of Fredonia.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
The 13th Annual Susan C. Cranford Memorial Hill Country Community Justice Golf Tournament to benefit Hill Country Area Crime Stoppers has been scheduled for March 27, 2009 12:30 p.m. Friday at Delaware Springs Golf Course. The 33rd and 424th Judicial District CSCD, Intermediate Sanction Facility, the Community Justice Assistance Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and other community corrections agencies are proud to host the Thirteenth annual Susan C.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
Attention Parents, Grandparents and Families who use the City Swimming Pool! A meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, March 26 for any individuals interested in supporting the ongoing success of the City Swimming Pool. The City of Mason made the decision to have the necessary repairs done to open the City Pool for this summer for our community.
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Dana Butler and Cindy Thinnes presented Carolyn Nixon and the library with the Study Club's check for $2000. Much of that came from their Chili on the Square project in February. So, thanks to all those chili afficionadoes, we all get to benefit!
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Guest speakers at the last meeting of the Mason Study Club were Susan Chadwick and Kathy Harden, who spoke on the Master Gardeners’ program. They are the girls who help landscape the Habitat houses and also around the courthouse. Master Gardeners take a 50 hour course with the Texas A & M and Texas Ag Extension Coop to become certified.
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The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club is hosting the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs Alamo District Spring Convention on March 27 and 28 at the Richard Eckert Memorial Community Center. The theme of the meeting will be “Tipping our hats to Alamo District Volunteers”. Attendees are being encouraged to wear hats representing four categories.
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McKenna Johnson, a student at Grace Christian School, spent her spring break on an eduational tour of Washington, D.C. She visited Mason's representative, Congressman Mike Conaway's office, and was given a tour of the Capitol and White House. She visited numerous monuments, several of the Smithsonian Institutes, and saw the House and Senate in session.
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The Tri-County Retired Teachers Association presented books to Headstart students. Presenting the books to Mason’s Headstart, director Lisa Ramirez and teacher America Delgado was Linnda Graham.
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Special Correspondent Reprinted by permission of The Llano News, October 2008 Owners of Llano’s first assisted living facility – Walden Court – say construction on their new 23,000-plus square foot operation will be completed inside and out by Saturday (Nov. 1). Then, says Linda Theiss (pronounced “Tice”), who owns the new facility with her husband-builder Wayne, “we anticipate that we’ll be fully open and welcoming residents by the end of November.” The actual opening date ...
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Janet Gilray Visits Classrooms to Pilot National “Voices~in Time Program When a singing history teacher, Janet Gilray, arrived with her guitar at Mason Elementary School last week, the hospitality shown by the students and staff caused her to extend her visit an extra day. Before leaving town, she had visited not only Ms.
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Hilda UMW met March 10 in Llano at the beautiful riverside home of member JoAnn Coston. JoAnn presented a very interesting program called “Lent: This is the Fast I Choose.” She was assisted in the presentation by Rev. Suzanne Brantley. Hostesses JoAnn and Shirley Davis served delicious refreshments to the group. Members were reminded to forward any corrections to the Hilda cookbook to Margaret Brown by April 1.
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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 Red Oak, Great grandparents Peggy Turner of San Saba, Jay Partin of Calf Creek, Bob and Bev Hanson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Don and Joyce Krause of Coralville, Iowa, Al Mease of Huntsville, Ala ...
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Freddie and Nikki Gonzales are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter. Grace Addison was born February 12, 2009, at W.J. Mangold Memorial Hospital in Lockney, Texas. She weighed six pounds nine ounces and was 20 inches long. Proud Grandparents include Sue McCully of Mason and Johnny and Corina Gonzales of Lockney.
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The big one didn’t get away! “Team Mason” takes second place at Lake Amistad! The bass fishing duo of Chuck Bradley and Denwood Butler hooked the honors with help from Denwood’s big bass of 10.85 pounds (pictured above). “After nearly 50 years of fishing, I finally got lucky and caught a double-digit bass, but it was a team effort – Chuck selected the cove and said cast over there.” The monster fish was caught in 20 feet of water on a plastic “Tornado, F-5”, watermelon red.
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Tommy and Candy Eckert of Mason are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their son, Kody Kurtis Eckert, to Jaclyn Diane Fogg, daughter of Danny and Diana Fogg of Corpus Christi. Jacki is a graduate of Calallen High School and is employed at Capital Farm Credit in Mason.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
Fourth Six Weeks, 2008 – 2009 School Year First Grade A Honor Roll Adams, Emma Armstrong, Jesse Bauer, Walker Bierschwale, George Whitt Cope, Alexandra Doss, Kelcy Fluhmann, Annissa Halliburton, Kayla Hyatt, Clay Jordan, Rylan Joy, Brianna King, Mitchell Klaerner, Klay Perlichek, Grace Pinter, Elijah Reardon, Aaron Shoemaker, Zane Solomon, Jasmine AB Honor Roll Airheart, Karma Ake, Kenzie Bailey, Tristen Mendoza, Jessie Montoya, Kyle Smedley, Jamie Wartenbach ...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
Fourth Six Weeks, 2008 – 2009 School Year Head Start Valdez, Alfredo Villa, Brianna Pre-Kindergarten Carter, Madison Hofmann, Blixen Kring, Braden Kindergarten Casas, Jesus George, Billy George, Preston Gomez, Vivianna Guerrero, Melissa Keller, Tristin Longoria, Michael Meredith, Abbigail Porter, Michael Pozzi, Samuel Ragsdale, Walker Valdez, Jose First Grade Airheart, Karma Bailey, Tristen Doss, Kelcey Fluhmann, Annissa Hanscheck, Courtney Hyatt, Clay Jo ...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
I began my drive out Mill Creek Road (you may know it by Hwy. 1871). At the first cattle guard to the left, I followed a sandy lane with contented cattle grazing beside it to the house set before me. My knock on the door brought a cheery, "Come on in."
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In January, 1999, with the encouragement and advice of the late Dr. Jackie Hunt, St. Paul Lutheran Wellness Exercise Class was organized. This it the project of the St. Paul Lutheran Parish Nurse. At middle age, there is the beginning of Sarcopenia (muscle loss) and Osteoporosis (bone loss). Each condition my be slowed by exercise and better nutrition.
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Lindsi Dutton, daughter of Tori Dutton and Jeff Dutton, was recognized for her accomplishments by being named to the Dean’s List at Texas A&M University. Lindsi is an Agriculture Economics major with a Finance & Real Estate option. She carried a 3.6 GPR this past fall and will be eligible to order her senior ring in May.
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Mason County Soil & Water Conservation District participates each year in the Texas Conservation Awards Program. The poster contest is open to students 12 years old and under. This year’s theme is “Dig It – The Secret of Soils.” All poster winners are fifth grade students: Christina Meija Morales, won first place for her poster; Sam Dyer won second place; and Heather Shaw won third place.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
Angelo State University (ASU), member of the Texas Tech University System (TTU), will sponsor an information session on Tuesday, March 24th at 6:00 p.m. at the TTU classroom at 102 E. San Antonio St., Fredericksburg, TX.  Program advisors will present information and answer questions on three graduate education programs they will offer in Fredericksburg and Marble Falls. ASU currently offers a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling degree for teachers interested in becoming public s ...
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After working several years to start a foundation for the Mason County Public Library, it has finally come to fruition. The new foundation, known as the Mason County Library Endowment, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) tax-deductible organization. It is an organization that has been formed to support the local library through fundraising for the benefit of present and future generations.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
The Problem: Tom was fortunate. He was rescued and lived to tell his tale. But others did not fare as well. A man in Pennsylvania, who refused to abandon his home during an evacuation, was later swept away as he attempted to leave in his automobile. Trying to prove a water crossing was safe enough to drive through, an Arlington, Texas man lost his life as he attempted to wade to the other side.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
This week, March 16-20, 2009 is National Flood Safety Awareness week. The National Weather Service and your local emergency management officials want to remind you of some of the safety issues related to flash flooding. "The Hidden Danger" Low-Water Crossing Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle related! In your automobile look out for...flooding at highway dips, bridges, and low areas.
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Mason County has been chosen to represent the United States in the upcoming school year as high school students on prestigious scholarships from around the world arrive for their academic exchange program.  These scholars will arrive in Mason County to participate in an academic year or semester aimed at promoting peace, understanding and public diplomacy among high school youth. The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program has been operating since the U.S.
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Christeen Eppler 93, born in Rochelle, Texas on December 25, 1915, died at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, March 8, 2009, in Urbana Illinois. There will be a visitation at the First Baptist Church, 325 College Street in Mason, Texas on Saturday, March 21, 2009 from 1:00 to 2 p.m. with a funeral service to follow at 2 p.m.
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Sports
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
The Mason Punchers traveled to Bandera on Thursday, March 5th and competed against some heavy hitters. The Punchers placed 12th out of 20 teams. All but two of the teams was AA to AAA schools. The Punchers fired a round of 405. AJ Martinez place 12th, out of a field of 109 contestants, with a score of 84.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Medina 1 0 0 0 0 - - 1 1 2 Mason 2 5 7 0 - - - 14 11 0 Pitching battery Medina: Baker, Campbell (2), Kennedy (3), and Dabney Mason: Yonker and Timms Yonker had 13 K’s Extra Base Hits: 2B-Timms, Castillo, Rice 3B-Yonker Comments: The Mason Punchers opened up district 29-1A play with a 14-1 victory over the Medina Bobcats. The Punchers had an outstanding pitching effort by Justin Yonker. Offensively the Punchers pounded out 11 hits scoring 14 ru ...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
Mason has been working toward a new softball program for girls for some time. The community showed great interest and support in promoting girls softball by installing a new girls softball field at the baseball complex at Fort Mason City Park. The youth girl’s softball program has had good participation in the past and fielded competitive teams. Now, Mason I.S.D.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009
Spring time is a busy season in Mason. Many of our fine athletes are committed to participating in three or more events during this time of the school year; golf, tennis, track, baseball, One Act Play, UIL Literary, Band and Ag. As a result the Cowgirls were unable to field a full team in the Ingram Invitational last Tuesday.