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March 26, 2009 Issue
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The Riata Service Organization has focused several of their projects in the last few years in the area around the Historical Building, library and swimming pool, so they were quick to respond when they learned of the tough financial straits the City of Mason faced with keeping the pool open to the public.
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Mason High school One Act play competed in Zone competition on Wednesday, March 25 in Sonora. Mason advanced from a field of six plays. Receiving individual honors were Brittany Estes, hon men All Star Cast, Amanda Henrich, All Star Cast, Matt Banner, Best Actor and Star Longoria, Best Actress. The play is a comedy entitled “Figments.” It is a play within a play and begins with a zany writer who has the inevitable case of “writer’s block” and is trying to overcome a series of pr ...
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The "Country MASH", Mason County Cancer Relay team, is raffling off this set of washer boards, donated by Gonzales Remodeling. The tickets are 1 for $1 or 6 for $5. For more information call Christina Gonzales at 347-2513 or Hope Gomez at 347-9600.
Thursday, March 26, 2009 • Posted March 26, 2009
SAN ANTONIO, APRIL 1, 2009 – Super S Foods, a family owned supermarket business with 48 independent stores located in Central and South Texas, is rapidly leading the way in helping its market communities “Go Green!” From the fresh grocery products and environment –friendly household items it offers, to its own in-store recycling programs, Super S Foods takes its responsibility seriously.
Thursday, March 26, 2009 • Posted March 26, 2009
The Mason Co. Cancer Committee members are having a 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk this coming Saturday, April 4th starting at 9 a.m. at the City Park. The cost is $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for students. We will be having registration the morning before the race begins from 7-9 a.m. at the pavilion by the slab...
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Have questions about the benefits available to veterans from the Veterans Administration? Or, just want more information about benefits? If so, please plan to attend this Veterans Benefits Workshop sponsored by The American Legion, Fort Mason Post 285 & the DAV, on Wed., April 8th at 8:00am. The workshop speaker will be Bill Lopez, Mason County Service Officer & member of the DAV.
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Thursday, March 26, 2009 • Posted March 26, 2009
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, March 24, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 38 members and 2 visitors in attendance. Lion Lee Graham was responsible for the program and introduced Dawn Hahn who coaches the U.I.L. Academics Contests. Brittney Estes read a prose piece, then Madison Burney read a poetry piece and then Amanda Henrich read a poetry piece.
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Members of Mason Bluebonnet Study Club hosted the Spring Convention of Alamo District of Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs on March 27 and 28th. All business of the convention was conducted in the Richard P, Eckert Civic Center which was donated to the community by club member Arriana Eckert in memory of her late husband. The Executive Board of the organization met on March 27 at 4:30 pm to conduct district business and make plans for the next day’s convention.
Thursday, March 26, 2009 • Posted March 26, 2009
Diamonds and daisies. Diamonds and daisies. They kinda go together. Especially in April. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. They are also the official gem for April. According to one source, diamonds stand for love and affection. Long, long ago, diamonds were worn to ensure longevity. And protect against mental illness. April Fools! Apparently it didn’t work. Maybe they didn’t wear enough of them. Too costly, perhaps. Too hard to come by. Hard to say. Diamonds being the har ...
Thursday, March 26, 2009 • Posted March 26, 2009
The American Way of War By Eugene Jarecki Published by Free Press (2008) $26.00 Hardback I’ve always wanted to coin a popular phrase or term. It doesn’t even have to be profound. Something like “a tie game is like kissing your sister” would do. I’ve only been associated with one such piece of grammar that could even be considered for the phraseology hall of fame: “We were responsible idiots.” And I didn’t even come up with that.
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Last Saturday was a very busy day at the city Recycling Center and the Landfill as we collected a vast amount of recyclables and provided free dumping for the accumulation of trash that we all seem to have around. At the Household Recycling event we collected two semi-trailers full of tires, over a hundred gallons of paint, a pallet of old car batteries, four boxes of rechargeable batteries, twelve pallet boxes of old TVs and computer parts as well as some of the regular items we recycle such ...
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It’s a beautiful, warm and windy Sunday afternoon with a forecast for the same thing all week. Have a great week and get your garden going. Caleigh Rene' Calhoun will be two years old on April 3rd and both Lee Jordan and Michael Cope will also have their birthday party on April 3rd.
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Toasting Nuts We all know that nuts are nutrient rich and a source of heart healthy fats. We can’t overdo it since they are high in calories, but they make a great addition to so many dishes and are a wonderful snack. I find they add a lot more flavor if they are toasted, so I thought I’d share some info on how to do just that.
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‘King’s X’ Needed Anew… As kids, a surefire strategy to preserve, extend, prevail—or simply to avoid embarrassment and/or injury in most childhood games—came in a one-two punch. By merely screaming “King’s X!” and crossing our fingers, we halted the games. Yep, there was a time when kids called “time-out” for themselves. Actually, we didn’t know “King’s X!” from a cummerbund.
Thursday, March 26, 2009 • Posted March 26, 2009
Okay, who was the one that did the rain dance that caught some of us “Hail?” And, what about the wind? When I was coming home Thursday, I saw, what I thought was smoke coming from the Rock House, AKA,”Momma-MeMaw’s!” No smoke, just dirt-sand and Z’s real-estate blowing over to James and Diane’s!
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If you want to float the Rio Grande through Santa Elena Canyon, the place to put in is Lajitas. If you ever saw the movie ‘Lonesome Dove,’ you’ve got a pretty good idea what Lajitas looks like, except without Robert Duval. It’s not a large town, but it does have a really fine hotel called the Lajitas Resort & Spa.
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The library will be having Children’s and Teen’s Summer programs in June. If you are interested in helping with either of these programs, please call the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library at 325-347-5446. Story Time will start again this Friday at 10:00. NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary. Frozen River (DVD MP FRO). The Duchess (DVD MP DUC). Mamma Mia!
Thursday, March 26, 2009 • Posted March 26, 2009
Equal Rights for Women “If all men were born free, how is it that all women were born slaves.” (Jane Astell-1666-1735) ********* Quite sometime ago, on the news, I saw a woman who had been a leading advocate for women’s rights for 50 years say that she was retiring from the fight with this one admonition to women: “stay useful.” I’ll drink to that statement —but— it is my opinion that women can promote the current needs of our country by serving in their homes more so ...
Thursday, March 26, 2009 • Posted March 26, 2009
If you are like the people in the High-Fructose Corn Syrup commercial and are caught speechless when asked why we don’t want to partake of something made with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), then this article is for you. First, let’s talk about what HFCS is. HFCS is a liquid sweetener made from corn – it is over 20 times sweeter and significantly more processed than the corn syrup I know as Karo.
Thursday, March 26, 2009 • Posted March 26, 2009
Last weekend, I had set aside the entire Saturday and Sunday as my time to work on next week's Spring Visitors' Guide. That took an unexpected, and rather dramatic, turn when my computer took a smoking and sparking nose-dive shortly after arriving at the office Saturday morning. I spent the rest of the weekend cobbling together pieces from various computers to create one working unit, then moving data around so that I would be able to put out this week's paper, and later, the Visitors' Guide. ...
Thursday, March 26, 2009 • Posted March 26, 2009
Gerry, It saddens me to think our country allows evolution taught in our schools, yet they don’t want prayer. I can’t understand how people can be so easily swayed. When I open my eyes I see a miracle, not evolution. I don’t know where these people came from but I certainly didn’t come from a rock, a worm, a monkey or a cave person.
Thursday, March 26, 2009 • Posted March 26, 2009
Gerry: This citizen had a chance to participate in, and observe some of the effects of, our ‘Free Dump Day” on March 28th. This event, sponsored by Hill Country Resource Conservation & Development Area, Inc. (RCDA) in cooperation with the City of Mason, involved a tremendous effort by our citizens to bring their recyclables to both the City landfill and the Recycle center.
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Help this guy get a hair cut and help Mason County Cancer Relay. Thom Fraizer will cut his hair after 15 year. Then donate his hair to Lock of Love. Hilda's Hope Two will sell tickets for some one at the Relay, on Saturday April 25th, to cut off his pony tail.
Thursday, March 26, 2009 • Posted March 26, 2009
The Hill Country CattleWomen represent 14 counties: Bandera, Blanco, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Real, Northern Bexar and San Saba will hold their 2009 Style Show and Luncheon on Tuesday, April 21st at Inn of the Hills Resort and Conference Center in Kerrville, Texas. Tickets are $25.00 for individuals and the public is invited.
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Baseball opening day will be this Saturday, preceeded by a parade through town. Stop by and watch Mason's up and coming young stars of the diamonds do their stuff!!
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The Texas Wrangler Jr. High Division Region II Rodeo will be holding their rodeo finals in Mason Easter weekend at the Ft. Mason Park Rodeo Arena. Jr. High and Youth division students have been participating in rodeos since last fall to compete for one of 8 spots in each event for the State Finals.
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Mason County Habitat for Humanity welcomed the third group of traveling volunteers to Mason recently. Board members Rene Schulze and Cynthia Bauer assist the buffet line at the Welcome Dinner held Sunday in the Stribling Room. This third phase will build for two weeks completing construction of house #7. The community is invited to stop by 1207 Loving Street to see the progress on the house and to meet these fine people!
Thursday, March 26, 2009 • Posted March 26, 2009
Mason Elementary is having their annual PK/Kinder Roundup (pre-registration) on Thursday, April 16, 2009 in the Elementary/Junior High Library from 2:00—6:00 pm. If your child will be attending Pre-Kindergarten, HeadStart, or Kindergarten NEXT school year (August 2009), please come anytime between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm to the library to register your child.
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(Kerrville) – The Kerrville Performing Arts Society will present its second special event of their 25th anniversary season…THE TEN TENORS!!! Arriving in Kerrville after a 4-month tour of Europe and the past week in South Africa, these ten world-class tenors will entertain audiences with hit songs from every musical genre. KPAS presents special event programming when a situation arises where a major touring company has an open night in their schedule and the booking will permit a trip to Ke ...
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Ginger Test will conduct the Second Annual Watercolor Workshop on April 17 & 18, 2009, at the Granite Rock B&B, in Mason, Texas. The workshop will begin with a dinner Thursday evening at the B&B. Classes begin Friday and Saturday morning at 9 a.m. til 4 p.m. Cost of the watercolor class is $90.00.
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On Monday, April 6 at 10:00 a.m., the Llano Art Guild is pleased to host a demonstration in oil painting by former member Pat Renick, now of Fredericksburg. Pat Renick grew up living in and loving the Texas Hill Country She and her husband, Jim,recently moved from Llano where they have been in he ranching business for many years, to Fredericksburg.
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Anyone who knows Charlie Reichenau also knows that he is an avid collector of Fred Gibson memorabilia. When he located a 1925 high school photo of Gibson, it came with a few surprises... his Mason High School classmates and team members from the 1925 football team. The back of the photo contained some of the names; but, help is needed in identifying the remaining team members.
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Did you buy Girl Scout cookies to send to the military overseas? Well, here is a follow up of what happened to those cookies. The Girl Scouts of Central Texas held an Operation Cookie Pack at the Mason Program Center on Thursday, March 26. Girls from Mason, Brady and Fredericksburg attended, and girls from Llano and Burnet sent their support with letters to the soldiers.
Thursday, March 26, 2009 • Posted March 26, 2009
One of the most frustrating things for a relative or friend of the alcoholic is trying to deal with blatant denial, especially when it seems so very obvious that there is definitely a problem here! It can drive you crazy, absolutely nuts, when the alcoholic cannot admit that their behavior is causing us a problem……that what they are doing is destroying themselves and damaging others as well.
Thursday, March 26, 2009 • Posted March 26, 2009
The morning sky was pouring rain into the dry Mason county soil that has been experiencing many dry months of drought conditions. I was about to enter the building to meet a gentleman who years earlier had a vision of seeing irrigation as a means to help make production better for local farmers and he became its pioneer in Mason.
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March 11th, 2009, Mason’s Red Hatters gathered at the Northside Café for livations, laughs and lunch. Pictured seating left to right more or less in order: Lucy Tycof, Lynn Hedges, Mary Ellen Merkel. Standing: Mary Carlman, Tommie Lou Luckenbach, Barbara Brakefield, Lenore Newsom, Susan Chadwick, Jan Appleby, Eva Tannehill, Joan Williams, Tanya Lameroux.
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Lyla and Jerry Crouch of Mason are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Kegan Kade to Cassi Richelle Hillin, daughter of Freddy and Cathy Hillin of Eula. Kegan is a 2005 graduate of Mason High School. He graduated from Angelo State University in December 2008 with a Bachelor of Science.
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Solanus Antonio Hinckley, born on March 9, at nine pounds, twelve ounces. He was greeted by his two older brothers, Juan Pablo and Emmanuel, and sister, Maria Victoria. His parents, Daniel and Michelle Hinckley are currently living in Fredericksburg and looking to settle there. Grandparents are Brent & Monica Hinckley of Mason and Mike & Judy Eilers of Fredericksburg.
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Listed below are the results from last weeks Star Of Texas Show in Austin Goats Baylee Owen 2nd Class 1 Ryli Ruffin 4th Class 1 Kirsten Allen 9th Class 2 Zach Hudson 5th Class 6 Price Ruffin 1st Class 6 Grand Champion Goat Sheep Riley Pape 3rd Light Finewool Price Ruffin 9th Light Finewool Sierra Martin 2nd Middle Finewool Gabe Jennings 7th Middle Finewool Garrett Allen 2nd Heavy Finewool, Reserve Champion Finewool Rylee Owen 6th Middle Cross Madison Stewart 7th Middle Cros ...
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Thursday, March 26, 2009 • Posted March 26, 2009
The community is invited to a hamburger picnic lunch on the west side of the square on Palm Sunday, April 5th, from 11-1. In addition to delicious hamburgers hot off the grill, we’ll have face painting and a jumping castle for the kids. The Sheriff’s office will be on hand to do fingerprinting and ID kits for children, as well.
Thursday, March 26, 2009 • Posted March 26, 2009
AUSTIN – Rep. Harvey Hilderbran (R-Kerrville) has filed legislation that encourages the transfer of homes from nonprofit organizations to low-income workers by extending the tax exemption for these groups, which use volunteer labor and sell homes at zero profit. “Organizations such as Habitat for Humanity are leading the way in providing affordable homeownership opportunities to deserving working Texans,” Hilderbran said.
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Clark Gale Smith 72 of Lacy Lakeview passed away Wednesday March 25 at a local hospital. Graveside services were at 11 a.m., Saturday March 28 at Rest Haven Cemetery in Brady, TX. Gale was born June 18, 1936, in Brady, TX. He retired from TDCJ in Huntsville in 1987 and was a truck driver for Bruce Cole and Jimmy Kerr for several years. Survivors include his wife Kathleen and daughter Gail Smith both of Lacy Lakeview; sister Sandra Sue Pilant; niece Peggy Sue Pilant ; and great nieces and n ...
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Lona Irene Metzger, 91, was born in Mason County, Texas on September 10, 1917, and passed from this life March 22, 2009. She will be buried next to her husband, Clarence Metzger, at the Gooch Cemetery in Mason, Texas. Irene was the sixth child born to Ira B. Tuckness and Elsie Wooten Tuckness.
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Louise Katherine Garman, 69, of Mason, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2009. She was born in Chicago, IL, on November 20, 1939, to Rudolph Albert Eller and Emilie Gruber Eller, both natives of Chicago, IL. She was married to John Bernard Garman on December 21, 1971, and lived in Leaf River, IL, and El Paso, TX, before retiring to Ft.
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Mary Pauline Bode, 86, of San Angelo passed away on Monday, March 16, 2009, at a local hospital. Mary was born on September 21, 1922, in Mason County to Arthur and Myrtle Hurley. She married Leon E. Bode in San Angelo on November 29, 1945. She was a bookkeeper. Graveside services were at 2:00 p.m.
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Thursday, March 26, 2009 • Posted March 26, 2009
The HS boys track team traveled to Menard last Thursday afternoon to compete in the Silver Mine Relays. Both Puncher teams competed well and were able to come away with the team championships in each division respectively. The next meet for the boys will be the Hill Country Relays in Mason on April 2. JV BOYS Points: 141 Place: 1st Discus Michael Williams — 76’ 10 ½” Cristian Orta — 77’ 8 ½” Briggs Jones — 75’ 6” Shot Put Michael Williams — 29
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The HS boys track team traveled to Brownwood on the final weekend of Spring Break to compete in the Bluebonnet Relays. This event is a very large meet with teams coming from all over the state to participate. The Punchers ran in both the Varsity and JV divisions and had some nice showings in both despite absences due to the break. JV Boys Bluebonnet Relays Discus Orlando Jaquez — 77’ 10 ½” Cristian Orta — 75’ 5 ½” Briggs Jones — 75’ 7 ¼” Shot Put Mic ...
Thursday, March 26, 2009 • Posted March 26, 2009
The Mason Junior High recently put on their annual Hill Country Relays, inviting a field of seven teams with four divisions. Schools from Goldthwaite, Junction, San Saba, Menard, Cherokee, and Johnson City attended. Mason boys did a fine job of competing and demonstrated a great effort in all events. Standouts in the 8th Grade division were as follows. Rio Schmidt 2nd Triple Jump 32’7 ½” Jacoby Patterson 1st High Jump 5’ 2” Rio Schmidt 4th Long Jump 16’ 8” Zane Graves ...
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8th grade girls Margaret Lemke 1st place triple jump Mari Marquez 2nd place triple jump Margaret Lemke 1st place long jump Amber Herrera 4th place long jump Mile ½ Jacie Rychlik 2nd place 400 m relay 3rd place Alexa Menchaca, Mari Marquez, Courtney Liimatainen, Amber Herrera 100 hurdles Karina Alvarez 6th place 100 m dash Abby Nash 6th place 800 m relay 1st place Mari Marquez, Margaret Lemke, Courtney Liimatainen, Amber Herrera 400 run Alexa Menchaca 5th place ...
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7th grade girls Caroline Hudson 2nd place high jump Traci Jordan 3rd place high jump Claudia Canfield 4th place high jump Mile ½ Catherine Bjork 1st place Khrista Morquecho 2nd place 400 m relay 4th place Alyssa Bertrang Lydia Bierschwale Claudia Canfield Caroline Hudson 800 Run Catherine Bjork 3rd place Dakota Lee 6th place 100 hurdles Kelly Kothmann 4th place Ashlyn Brandenberger 6th place 800 m relay 4th place Alyssa Bertrang, Caroline Hudson, Claudia Canfiel ...