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April 15, 2009 Issue
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Saturday, April 18th marks the 23rd year that the Mason County Republican Women have offered a Home Tour. It continues to fund scholarships for deserving Mason County graduating seniors desiring to further their education. This year five couples will open their homes from ten to five on Saturday. Two address have more than one home available to tour.
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After several months of discussion and revision, the City Commission finally approved their revised Animal Control Ordinance during Monday night's meeting. During public comment preceding the meeting, several audience members voiced concerns they had with some of the proposed details of the ordinance. Two of the common details mentioned concerned restraining animals (fence or chain) and noise/barking definitions. During the meeting, discussion of the ordinance focused on making sure that it w ...
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In any publication, there are going to be some errors and oversights, and our 2009 Spring Visitors' Guide is no exception. In the article on dining, we inadvertently left out Deadwood Barbecue. Edward Velez makes some of the most taste tempting ribs I've ever had, and there were plenty of folks who noticed we had failed to mention his establishment out on Highway 87 North.
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Did you know that there were 16 confirmed cases of child abuse or neglect in Mason County last year? The Members of the Mason County Child Welfare Board are seeking to raise awareness of this issue. The members of the board set up a clothesline on the square where 16 little onesies are clothes pinned, representing the 16 children who were served by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
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First Baptist Church of Mason will be sharing their special Easter cantata, "In the Presence of Jehovah," on Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. This special musical performance is a gift from the church to their family, friends and neighbors in Mason. All are welcome, and their is no charge for admission.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, April 7th, for its monthly business meeting. There were 35 members and 1 visitor in attendance. "Boss Lion" Denwood Butler was responsible for the program and Secretary/Treasure Gene Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report. The Club voted to donate all profits from the Hamburger Lunch held on Friday April 3rd, which amounts to $1,118.19 to the PTO/Elementary Pavilion.
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April 15. The dreaded day. Time for taxes. No one likes them. But they’re a part of life. Like death. Death and taxes. Two things you can count on. Both are inevitable. If one could cancel out the other, I’d pay taxes all day long. And my friend and neighbor would still be alive. Sari Moyer. But it’s selfish of me to wish this. She suffered. Now she doesn’t. All that came to a peaceful close last week. Sari ran the cancer gauntlet unlike anyone I ever knew. And still ...
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Sunday was a beautiful day for Easter Sunday. After some early morning rain of almost half of an inch, the children were ready for some egg hunting and the adults were glad to rest in the shade. I hope that you all had a great Easter and remembered that God provided this occasion for us.
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Strength training I’ve definitely noticed how much harder it is to keep my “figure” the older I get. I know that one reason is that while I like to exercise, what I like to do is mostly cardio. As we age we really need to add in strength training to keep our muscle mass, which helps us burn calories all day long- even when we’re not exercising! As people age, especially after age 40, they lose one-third to one-half of a pound of muscle each year and gain that much in body fat.
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Circus barkers across the years have, well, “barked” about amazing acts in three rings for “children of all ages.” The best of them, however, fade when compared to the colorful, non-stop goings on at professional sports venues. And the “best of the best” may be the American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks, where mastermind team owner Mark Cuban holds forth.
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They say that pets become like their masters. Okay, this could be true. Whereas, Natcha is always a yapping and wanting attention, so I guess that’s me! She likes to eat, so that’s like me, too. She loves to cuddle up and just be still and sleep. Oh, yes, that’s my girl.
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Santa Elena Canyon contains some strange optical illusions you’ll probably never see anywhere else, except maybe in old Star Trek reruns. It also contains very high rock walls, over 1000 feet in places, so if you’re claustrophobic you might want to avoid the area entirely. Plus there is always the chance that illegal aliens will come along and beam you into their flying saucer and make you mop their poopdeck.
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Bones are very important. They hold us up, they protect certain organs, they facilitate movement and they serve as mineral storage. Healthy bones need proper nutrients, a balanced pH and some form of weight bearing exercise. Proper nutrition for bones means a form of calcium that the body can easily assimilate.
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Hog Pens and Politics “Me thinks they oft times smell the same.” People, in a sense, are funny creatures. For instance, things that appear dirty, trashy and offensive to the elderly might have meant little to the same people in their early teens. Let me define that statement in this manner: In driving around town and observing ill kept front yards with untrimmed hedges and trashy back yards I think “what terrible neighbors such people must be.” However, in recalling the days of m ...
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Last weekend, in addition to being full of the high holy days of the Christian calendar, was jam packed with activities for those around Mason. There were baseball games, Easter egg hunts, fishing trips, air shows, picnics, suppers, lunches and parties. By the time the weekend wound to a close, I was exhausted.
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Gerry, After 23 years of living in Mason I have seen some changes that make me proud of our small town. As an artist, I am most excited when these changes occur in the arts, something I’m convinced enhances the quality of one’s life like no other endeavor. In its purest sense, nothing else in life elevates the spirit, except faith, like art does.
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As you read this article on Wednesday, April 15th, patriotic Americans like yourself will be gathering around the country, holding tea parties to protest the slipping away of the America that most of us hold dear. At The American Legion Fort Mason Post 285’s meeting last Thursday, Roy and Rae Lehmberg, two Mason County patriots who fought in WWII, gave a talk concerning their participation in attacks against the Japanese in the Philippines, defending the very freedoms that are now under att ...
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Children of All Ages One Day Only Wednesday, April 22, 2009. From 9:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. At the DSHS Clinic, 1004 S. Bridge St. Brady, Tx. 325-597-0550.
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Team- K.A.C. (Kids Against Cancer) will be having a bake sale this Saturday April 18, 2009 beginning at 9 am at Deadwood BBQ located on the Brady Hwy and they will also be selling Luminary bags for $5.00 each and if you would like the KAC kids will decorate your bags for you for a donation.
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The Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association has been helping to represent and protect the interests of rural Texans since 1915. As sheep and goat numbers have declined the focus of the organization has broadened to include issues important to all land owners. In our area, recreational hunting rivals livestock production in economic importance but bother are bound equally to the land.
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The Friends of Mason County’s M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library is celebrating National Library Week, April 12th through April 18th, in a big way! The newest addition to this week’s activities is the FOOD FOR FINES program, where one can of food will count for $1.00 in library fines. All food collected will be donated to Mason’s Food Bank, helping our neighbors continue to feed nutritious meals to their families in these tough economic times.
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On Tuesday, April 21, Mary Ellen 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.
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The Fredonia Community Association is having their spring fund-raiser April 25th from 8-4. We will be down town Fredonia, Texas in the old Church of Christ building which we now are using as our community building. We are having a community wide rummage sale. If you come early we will have breakfast tacos for you to snack ona while your shopping.
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The Hilda Community Club will meet this Friday, April 15th at 6:30 p.m. in the community club building. We will have a hot dog supper. Weiners and buns will be furnished as well as condiments. Just bring some chips and desserts (and if someone wants to bring chili for chili dogs, that would be great!).
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Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s merely smoke, the smoke put forth by hundreds of roasting chickens. Some “holy smoke” will be pouring from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Sunday, April 26th. Well, not exactly from the church, but from the church’s new pit barbeque pits, which will be feeding the multitudes from 11 a.m.
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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 22nd at 8:00 a.m. The workshop speaker will be Bill Lopez, Mason County Service Officer & member of the DAV.
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The Edwards Plateau Historical Association has announced plans to hold it's Spring meeting on Saturday, May 2, at the Women's Club Building in Rocksprings, Texas. The meeting will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m., followed by the program at 10:00 o'clock. Three historical papers pertaining to Edwards County history will be presented and include "Clinton Smith, Boy Captive"; "The Fight at Green Lake"; and "The Devil's Sink Hole".
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April 18th & 19th, 2009 from 9:00-4:00 each day at the Coke Stevenson Center, Junction, Texas. Admission $3.00. Your admission give you one free chance to win a 20 guage over and under shotgun- More chances available for $1.00. Children under 12 with parent free. Adjoining Flea Market FREE. Over 80 tables of guns, knives, ammo, hunting supplies, etc.
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Al Dreyer is a native Texan. He earned his BA degree from Baylor University with German and Spanish majors. Following graduation, he entered the Federal Civil Service system in 1967 with the Department of the Air Force in San Antonio. In the time following, he lived in Panama for five years, returned to the United States and worked in New Mexico, Illinois and Texas at the Installation, Major Command and Air Force levels. On his resume one will, also, find that he managed and directed the Civ ...
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At 10 a.m. Good Friday morning, 15-year-old Susan Lohn got a haircut. This wasn’t just an Easter “do,” it was an act of self-giving. Miss Lohn’s shorn tresses will be donated to Locks of Love. This well known organization provides hairpieces to underprivileged children who have lost their hair due to a medical diagnosis. When asked what prompted her to this action, Susan stated simply, “I just like to help people.” Miss Lohn further explained that once she’d decided to donate h ...
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From the earliest Greek amphitheater to the most contemporary venue, misidentity of a character has been the catalyst for humor. This is the premise for “Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.”. The year is 1979 and the setting a bachelor’s apartment occupied by two out of work male musicians. In an effort to save money on their taxes one of the roommates, Jon Trachtman, files their income taxes jointly as a couple.
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Thanks to permission from the First Methodist Church, the grave of Henry Leifeste will be marked to honor him as a Citizen of the Republic of Texas. Connie Stockbridge was instrumental in helping me with the paperwork from the Church. On Wed, Apr 15th at 1:30 myself and my cousin, Helen Kroh, (daughter of Rachel Leifeste Kroh, my mother’s, Helen Leifeste Olsen, sister) will have a short Daughters of the Republic of Texas Ceremony marking the grave and honoring him as a Citizen of the Repub ...
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Jorge and Isabel Rivera are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their son Alex Rivera to Valerie Lynn Cantu, daughter of Juan and Patricia Cantu of Labelle Florida. Valerie is a Labelle High School graduate and is currently employed at Labelle's Public Defenders Office, while attending Addison State College.
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Larry Appleby, Amy Whitaker, and Lydia Bjork all ran in the States-Man Capitol 10,000 on March 29th. Larry finished with a time of 45:10 placing 62nd in his age division. Amy finished with a time of 59:29 placing 28th in her age division, and Lydia ran a time of 44:57 putting her second in her age division.
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Christine and Lubin Hernandez of Killeen, Texas announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica I. Steidl, to Federico B. Medellin. Federico is the son of Mary and Federico Medellin Sr. of Mason, Texas. Jessica I. Steidl is a 2004 graduate of the Texas School for the Deaf. Federico is a Mason High School Graduate.
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The Mason Lions Club raised over $1,100 during their hamburger luncheon on April 3rd, and all the profits were presented to the Mason Parent Teacher Organization this week. Left to right: Elementary principal, Tammy Parrish; Rhona Lemke of the Mason PTO; and Kriby Groves of the Mason Lions Club.
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Ashley Kuhlmann was inducted into the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Tyler Junior College on April 1, 2009. Ashley Kuhlmann is majoring in Accounting and is the daughter of Carl Kuhlmann and Cathy Cantu. Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious honor society serving two-year colleges around the world.
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The faculty and trustees of Southwestern University announce the graduation of Caroline Morris with a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in sociology. Caroline completed her course work in August 2008 and was recognized with other December graduates in a ceremony at Lois Perkins Chapel on December 13, 2008. Caroline is an Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honorary Society Member and a Junior Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS).
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I am pleased to announce as a candidate for City Commissioner, District 1, in the upcoming city elections. During the past several years, I have seen the growth of Mason and where it is going. To touch on just a couple of concerns, adequate supplies of affordable water and electricity are essential for the continued growth, prosperity and quality of life that we all enjoy.
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Gary Hahn president of Texas Equestrain Trail Riders Assoc. presents a sponsorship check in the amount of 300.00 to Beverly Sherwood, treasurer of Texas Four Step Drill Team, formerly known as Mason County drill team. The check will be used to offset the expenses of buying new tack and equipment for the team.
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Have you ever wondered why the grandkids like to come to grandmother's house? It is because we spoil them a little, or is it because at grandmothers there is so much to look at and it stays the same? As I walked into the living room of EDNA EARLE BENTON, I knew I was in a grandmother's house.
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AUSTIN, Texas—Attention landowners: Looking for some extra money and got a weedy field not in production or being rested this fall? Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Public Dove Hunting Program is not only an opportunity for hunters, but it is also an opportunity for landowners to make some extra money by leasing the hunting rights for dove and other small game to TPWD.
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Information Session on April 22nd Hill Country residents who want to complete a college degree can achieve this at Texas Tech University (TTU) at Fredericksburg and Austin Community College (ACC). Two bachelor degree programs are available to meet students’ goals and needs. An information session on the TTU at Fredericksburg degree programs will be held at the Fredericksburg High School Library, 1107 Hwy 16S, on Wednesday, April 22, at 5:30 pm.
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AUSTIN (April 13) – Representative Harvey Hilderbran (R-Kerrville) will be awarding two $500 scholarships to District 53 students graduating from an accredited high school in May or June 2009. Students can apply by obtaining an application form from their high school senior counselor, who will forward all entries to Hilderbran’s office for judging.
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(WACO) – Several members of the state’s largest farm organization will assist in the planning of future state highway projects following their selection to serve on the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) segment committees for the I-35 and I-69 highway corridors. “Having a seat at the table of state highway planning projects will carry tremendous importance as our state’s population continues to grow,” said Kenneth Dierschke, a San Angelo cotton farmer and president of the Te ...
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Kim Bacon, an Austin master naturalist, will present a program on “Making a Difference: Native Bees and Bee Gardens” on April 14 at the Gillespie County Agricultural Extension Building, 95 Frederick Road in Fredericksburg, beginning at 7:00PM. This native bee program is sponsored by the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center as part of their nature series programs held monthly during the school year.
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Beginning in late March 2009, the census Bureau will be sending out address canvassers as a part of early operations. This workforce will walk or drive through neighborhoods to check that all addresses are in our database when the questionnaire is delivered in March 2010. This early operation is vital to ensuring a complete and accurate count.
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WB Thomas, 86, died on April 6, 2009. The last surviving son of CH (Charlie) Thomas and Ruby Ellison Thomas. “B” was born in Fredonia, Texas January 16, 1923, where he lived his entire life on the family homestead farming, ranching, hunting and gardening. Some might question how a man can be born, live a full life, and be laid to rest on the same corner of the world; while some might recognize it as an unexpected miracle in this day and time.
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Clyrene Airheart, of Mason, passed away on Sunday, April 12, at the age of 60. Survivors include her husband Boyd Airheart of Mason, two sons Steve Airheart of Mason and Luke Airheart of Indiana, two brothers Tommy Halsel of Wilmington NC and Joel Selvera of Abilene, two sisters Linda Melton of Anchorage, AK and Angie Price of Plano along with six grandchildren.
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Mildred Louise Farmer passed away on Wednesday, April 8, in Llano, Texas. Mildred was born in Mason on December 4, 1920, to Charlie and Cordie Kothmann Leifeste. Mildred married Glen “Preacher” Farmer on September 21, 1941. Mildred attended her early school years at Behren’s School. For 8th grade through high school she attended school in Mason.
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The Lady Cow Girls placed 1st at the District 30-A Golf Tournament last Monday held at the Flying “L” golf course in Bandera. The Cow Girls outpaced the field by 44 shots. They were lead by Shelbie Shaw, who turned in a round of 103 to capture the First Place Medalist honors.
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RUNNING EVENTS Mile ½ Jacie Rychlik 1st place 800 run Khrista Morquecho 2nd place Catherine Bjork 4th place 100 Hurdles Placing Karina Alvarez Breanna Silva Catelyn Felts Ashlyn Brandenberger 100 Dash Placing Mari Marquez 1st place Amber Herrera 3rd place Kisrten Shaw 800 m relay 1st place Lemke, Marquez, Menchaca, Herrera 400 run Placing Carley Chew Emmie Schmidt 300 Hurdles Placing Margaret Lemke 1st place Karina Alvarez Kelly Kothmann Catelyn Fel ...
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The Mason Puncher Golf Team took third and sixth places in the District golf tournament last Monday. The Punchers were 32 shots short from going on to the Regional Tournament. AJ Martinez placed fifth overall and will be an alternate to the Regional Tournament. Other participants from Mason were; Tied for 19th-TJ Schovajsa, Tyler Chew, 21st -Jayton Henrich, 24th -Dyllan Hofmann, 26th -Trey Chavez, 28th -Matt Hyden, 30th -Jorge Morales, 31st -Bobby Buist, 35th -Gerardo Perez, 37th -Vance Lehm ...
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The HS boys track team traveled to La Pryor on April 8 for the District 30-A Track Meet, competing against 12 other schools. The Punchers did extremely well in all events and were able to win the district championship in both the JV and Varsity divisions. The JV boys won several events and won the meet with 192 total points.