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March 25, 2009 Issue
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009 • Photos
Lauren Keith, a 5’6 Senior Point Guard for the Mason Cowgirls has been named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Region Team. Leading the Cowgirls to the Regional Quarterfinals, Lauren was named as the District 13A Defensive Most Valuable Player and to the all-tournament teams in Cross Plains & Comfort.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009 • Photos
Sterling Jordan is shown raising an American flag at the Mason County Courthouse last Thursday morning. The flag has recently flown over the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland, where Mason native, Lieutenant Commander Michael Durst is stationed. After flying over Mason for a few days, the flag will be flown over the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, (Class of ’89), and then returned to the Naval Air Station at Patuxent River where it will be presented to LCDR Durst ...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009 • Photos
AUSTIN (KXAN) - Bill Brollier was given a rare opportunity when he boarded the B-24 Liberator for take off. This time he was on American soil, and the machine guns poking out on all sides were not loaded. Friends surprised the retired rancher from Mason with the 30-minute trip in the World War II vintage bomber during the Wings of Freedom Tour. "I'm going to relive some of the most important parts of my life,"
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
The Rudy Martinez Family Benefit has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 4th. We apologize for the inconvenience of postponing our previous date, but like everyone else, we’re so thankful the reason was IT WAS TOO WET! Our exhibition barrels will begin at 10:30 and the Open 4D Barrel Race will start at 2:00.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009 • Photos
Mason’s mayor Brent Hinkley was on hand with Mason Square Museum president Wibby Shearer and curator John Davis for the opening of the Mason Square Museum’s new exhibit, Mapping Texas and the New World. Mayor Hinckley loaned part of his extensive collection of historical maps to the museum for the exhibition.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
The Mason Tennis Association’s eighth annual Tennis-A-Thon will take place this 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 and 1/2 hours, and by obtaining sponsors who pledge a certain amount of money for each minute the participant’s team plays tennis or just give a flat donation ...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
Our tornado siren will be tested Every Other Friday, beginning March 27th, between 8:30 am- 11:30 am, unless there is threatening weather. The warning is a steady tone which sounds louder at times due to the rotation of the siren. During the test, the siren will sound for 30 seconds, shut off for one minute, and then sound again for 30 seconds.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
Texas redbud. Ringing in Spring. They’re out there. And Spring is officially here. If you ever plan to motor west. Take the highway that’ll show you the best. Take Texas State Highway 29. A glorious one awaits you near the county line. From there to Menard it just gets better and better. They’re mostly on the right. On the north side of the highway. Wonder why that is. You can’t miss ‘em. Profundity of purplish-pink blooms in the midst of cedar green. Or no green. Wild ...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
These days are warm and beautiful, allowing us to get out in the gardens and fields to start spring planting. There is some possibility of more rain this week; keep praying. March ends with the birthday of Sam Hoerster III on March 29th. Have a great family celebration with all of you children and grandchildren Prayers were requested for healing for D’Ann Stahl after her accident with a tractor.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
There are several events going on around the community in the next few weeks, but one I hope you are planning on is the Household Recycling Day and the Free Dump opportunity that is this next weekend. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday there will be extra collections at the Recycling Center on Ave F for such items as batteries, old computer equipment and TVs, and tires as well as free dumping at the city landfill along with a special service of removing Freon from used appliances so that they c ...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
Canned Foods People often ask me if canned foods are as nutritious as fresh or frozen foods. Yes! Canned food can be much more affordable than fresh foods, and it’s very convenient to have them on hand for quick, low cost meals. Research has found that nutritionally speaking, canned food is comparable to its cooked fresh and frozen counterparts.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009 • Photos
Column #308 for Release Saturday, March 21, or Later A decade up the road, citizens of Galveston will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of their island by Spanish Conquistador Juan de Grijalva. A decade ago marks the date it was “discovered” by Carnival Cruise Lines as a viable port for sea-bound vacationers. Now, Carnival has two vessels operating there year-around, and two other cruise lines have been added.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
It’s official, Spring has Sprung! The buzzards are back, too. And, there’s always an abundance of road kill and buzzards like road kill. However, there is one thing you want not to do, and that’s hit a buzzard. Ask anyone who’s had one hit them about the damage they can cause.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
As the great philosopher Descartes once said, “The longest journey begins with a single flat tire.” That’s also how most of my short and medium journeys start. So when my family decided to go to Big Bend National Park and float part of the Rio Grande River during Spring Break, I expected some car trouble.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009 • Photos
The Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library is fortunate to have supporters who give so much to help achieve its mission of contributing to the educational, cultural, and economic development of Mason County and its citizens. Two groups the library can give thanks to are Pedernales Electric Cooperative who gave a $1,000 donation and the Mason County Library Endowment, Inc., a recently established organization set up to assist the library well into the future. NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are fr ...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
A Life Saving Machine Back in October of 2007 I wrote an article telling how the elderly can have a full and rewarding life provided they have moderate health, a few good friends, a good neighbor on either side and a good horse to ride. However, in this article I failed to give credit to the instrument that makes all this possible for me—it is a very small machine called a Nebulizer.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
Weight loss is a popular topic in America. The nutritional supplement business is notorious for many weight loss products. The most popular products for weight loss today are acai berry combined with a colon cleanse. Acai berry is a chocolaty-tasting berry from the Amazon that is loaded with antioxidants, omega 9 oils, and fiber.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
Last Saturday, I enjoyed my lunch at Zavala's, waiting for my cue to head into the back room to take a photo. Normally, I do not take class reunion photos, relying instead on others in attendance to take care of that task. This one was a bit different, as it was the class of 1946, and my dad, Jerry Gamel, is one of its members. When Wibby Shearer finally stepped into the front room and motioned that they were ready for me, I quickly headed back and began working to find a spot where everyone w ...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
Spring is a time the world is renewed once again. Robins sing while wild flowers display beauty that graces our landscape. Trees bud, awaiting their array of green foliage. Now that Spring has arrived, let us strive to keep Mason a beautiful place to reside. May we all be mindful of the litter along our streets, roads and creek beds.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009 • Photos
90 Million people worldwide have heard this group either live or on television! A multi-platinum selling act with over 1.1 million sales worldwide! Over 1,000 international concerts throughout 5 continents! Their last US tour comprised of 135 shows in 24 weeks across 65 cities. Kicking off their 2009 Spring US Tour…Kerrville, Texas…adding 834 to their compilation of live concert attendees.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
The Mason High School National Honor Society would like to invite you to the NHS Induction Ceremony on Monday, March 30th at 6:00 p.m. at the Mason High School Auditorium. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
YOU CAN RENT SPACE 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.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009 • Photos
Teye and Viva el Flamenco bring to Mason the passionate and seductive art form of Flamenco. The guitar and dance ensemble will be performing on stage April 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Odeon Theater in Mason. The concert is another fundraising event to help restore the old theater. Reservations are a $15 donation per person. Viva el Flamenco is Teye, Jessica Ann Ahr and Karen Vilches.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
River of Life Church is hosting cooking classes once a month with Megan Bierschwale. You can come to the church kitchen on Saturday, March 28th at 10:15 to watch and participate in cooking a healthy and delicious dish. After the food has been prepared all the participants will get to have a taste and decide for themselves.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
The Hilda’s Hope Team will be holding a Mason County Cancer Relay fundraiser on Sunday afternoon, April 5th at the Comanche Creek Golf Course Driving Range. All preceeds will benefit the Cancer Relay. Come help us “drive out” cancer by seeing how far you can hit the ball! Cost is $1.00 per ball and there is no minimum or maximum.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
The KAC Team is having a garage sale March 28th from 8-4 at the Jaquez Residence. 13 families. All proceeds benefit Mason County Cancer Relay. Hilda's Hope 2 team is having a bake sale/garage sale at the American Legion Hall from 8-2 on April 4th. Any donations welcomed. Contact Jerry at 347-5533 or 347-2919.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
The 2nd annual Mason County Easter Egg hunt will be held on Saturday, April 4th in conjunction with the Mason Child Welfare Hamburger Fundraiser on the courthouse lawn. The Child Welfare Board will have a clown and bounce house for extra entertainment and enjoyment along with a hamburger lunch! Please bring your children and friends and help support a very precious and worthy cause.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
The Kids Against Cancer and the Hilda’s Hope Team will be holding a Mexican Pile-On dinner this coming Sunday, March 29th, following the Hilda UMC worship service. It will be held in the Hilda Fellowship Hall and serving will begin at 12:15; cost is by donation. The community is invited to come have lunch with us and support the Mason County Cancer Relay.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009 • Photos
Spring has sprung, the grass is turning green and it is time to mark your calendars now for the first weekend in May and the FAAHC’s art show and sale! Last year’s event was received so enthusiastically that many are already hard at work to insure that you enjoy this year’s event just as much. The location this year is at the new M~Squared Gallery which is located on the northeast corner of Mason’s historic square.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009 • Photos
On Sunday, March 29th at the 10:45 a.m. worship service, St. Paul Lutheran Church will be honored by the music of Duncan Holmes, the renowned blind pianist. Duncan Holmes' music warms the heart and nourishes the soul. Through his music, he speaks of life as he lives it every day.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
The Harper Library and the Harper News invite all to the Awards Ceremony of the Second Annual “Americans Who Tell the Truth” Contest on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 3:30 p.m. It will be held in the Harper Community Hall in conjunction with the library’s benefit, Saturday in the Park. Junior high and high school students were invited to write an essay about an American who has contributed greatly to our country.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
Llano Memorial Healthcare System (LMHS) and St. James Lutheran Church of Llano have partnered together for a health fair Thursday, April 2nd from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The health fair will be held at Schorlemmer Hall, the corner of Ford Street and College Street in Llano. Screenings for cholesterol, PSA (prostate specific antigen), blood sugar, hemoglobin (anemia screen) blood pressure, oxygen saturation level, and body mass index will be offered.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009 • Photos
Early in January, the Willow Creek Wildlife Management Association, supported by Clarence and Dianna Drake from Carmeuse Industrial Sands of Brady, hosted sixteen handicapped veterans for the fifth annual hunt. The veterans consisted of nine wounded warriors straight from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, and seven members of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (most of whom are permanent retirees of the Iraqi and Afghanistan Wars).
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009 • Photos
Thursday, March 26 is the 40th anniversary of the Texas Legislature designating topaz as the state gem. Diane Eames of Gems of the Hill Country invites everyone to help them celebrate in Mason, home of the Texas topaz. They are celebrating on the north side of the Mason square at Gems of the Hill Country, 126 Ft.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009 • Photos
OnTuesday March 17 Mason Study Club members toured Habitat Green House #7 and listened to a presentation about the project from Keith Kaan. Following the program members served their famous and fabulous homemade chili and cornbread to the Care-vanners. Pictured from left to right: Carol Holmes, Diane Evans, Mary Carlman, Cindy Thinnes, Margaret Brown, Jane Shoemaker, Mary Freytag, Judy Branch, Jean Dudney, Mary Polk, Lynn Hedges and Deanna Handlin.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009 • Photos
Shortly before the recent rain pushed the trees into greening, Author Dee Kothmann stopped by the office and took us to the intersection of Pototoc and Brazos to see what is apparently a favorite nesting tree in the neighborhood.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009 • Photos
Schneider’s 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating was enshrined in the Home Services Hall of Fame at a recent AirTime 500 Expo in Atlanta for winning the Market Dominance Company of the Year award! In receiving this award, Schneider’s 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating distinguished itself as one of the top service companies in all of AirTime and North America.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009 • Photos
Guyanne McCall and Kody Dannheim were united in marriage on February 15, 2009, at 2:00 in the afternoon, at Willie Nelson's frontier town of Luck, Texas, in the Bells of Joy Church. Guyanne is the daughter of Darrell and Mona McCall of Fredonia, Texas, and granddaughter of Monique Proulx of Canada.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009 • Photos
ger/mar 25 vase students Six Mason High School students traveled to San Angelo on February 7, 2009 to compete in the Region 15 VASE competition. The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) has sponsored the Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) since 1994. VASE is the only art event of its kind in the nation.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
gLooking for information on nursing homes in your area? Trying to find a good home for a friend or relative? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has just revamped its nursing home quality reporting system to provide additional help. “Last month, CMS took a significant step forward by releasing a new version of the website ‘Nursing Home Compare’,” said Charles Phillips, Ph.D., M.P.H., Regents Professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Healt ...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
Con artists claiming to be relatives using bogus stories to target seniors The Office of the Attorney General is warning retirees and senior citizens to be wary of a grandparent scam. Recent reports indicate that seniors have been receiving telephone calls from a purported grandchild in need of money. Usually, the ruse includes a caller who says something like “Hi, grandma,” or “Hey, it’s your favorite grandson.” The caller’s goal is to learn the name of a recipient’s actu ...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
AUSTIN – The Texas Transportation Commission approved projects for the 2009 Safety Bond Program on Thursday that provide $600 million in funding for highway improvements having the greatest potential for reducing traffic accidents. This is TxDOT’s second safety bond initiative in five years. A 2004 bond issuance provided the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) with $605 million to fund 644 safety projects.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
The Mason Cowgirls were recognized for their Area Championship The board approved the purchase of a portable building to house the expansion of the district’s Pre-K program. The calendar for 2009-2010 school year was adopted. The staff vote was split 50/50. The administration recommended the calendar with the earlier spring break. Lee Graham, Amelia Banner and Larry Appleby spoke in support of continuing the boys cross country team past the phase out period.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
Attention, High School Seniors! A $1,000 scholarship will be presented to a senior student selected from one of the four counties that comprise the membership of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country. These counties are Kimble, Mason, McCulloch and Menard. Seniors (Class of 2009) who wish to apply for this scholarship must have been a student in classes that are in the field of Fine Arts.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009 • Photos
Fritz Ernest Lehmberg, 87, a life-long resident of Mason, went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, March 20, 2009. Fritz was born to Walter Carl and Lydia Jordan Lehmberg on April 22, 1921, the middle child of seven children. On June 20, 1940, Fritz married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Billie Louise Splittgerber.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
Meridel S. Solbrig passed away Saturday, March 21st, at the age of 66. She is survived by one son, Matthew Best and wife Lisa of Houston; Sister Margaret Solbrig of Fredericksburg; granddaughter Amber Best of Houston; and nephew Sean Davis of San Angelo. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 28th, at 10:30 a.m., in Zion Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009 • Photos
Patricia Kay Nelson Moneyhon, 68, of Little Rock, died on Wednesday, March 18, 2009. She was born in Long Beach, California, on December 26, 1940, to Kenneth Nelson and Elizabeth Riddle Nelson, both native of Van Buren County, Arkansas. She was educated in the public schools of California and Texas, then studied nursing at the UALR.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
Irene Metzger, of Mason, passed away on Sunday, March 22, at the age of 91. Mrs. Metzger is survived by her children, Lola Barr of Brownwood, Don and Barbara Metzger of Austin and M. J. and Ella Metzger of Mason, 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and a sister Earlene Davis of San Saba.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 in Brady, Texas Albert Franklin Pearson died at the age of 53. He was born January 13, 1956 in Brady. Parents were Ira Virgil Pearson and Margaret (Sutton) Pearson. He married wife Carrie Faith Patino on February 3, 1979 in San Antonio. Albert was a member of the First Baptist Church in Brady.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009 • Photos
It was "Old School vs. New School" at last weekend's Alumni Baseball Game. The youngsters proved their mettle, while the alumni proved that they can still hang tough. Everyone had a great time, and the money was raised to improve the facilities.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009 • Photos
Though we reported that Mason's Team Tennis won yet another first place at state in last week's paper, we did not have time to get a photo into the paper. Mason's team , at left, is obviously in a better mood than second place, Regan County, at right.