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April 22, 2009 Issue
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, as I hope I have “trained” my avid readers (both of them - thanks, Tommy and Jake) to recognize, is having their Springfest this Sunday, April 26th, from 11 a.m. until all the chicken is cleared from the station (probably 1 p.m.). Our delicious chicken will be cooked to perfection on our brand-new barbeque pits, and served with pinto beans, mac and cheese or potato salad, salad, a homemade dessert and tea or water to “wet your whistle”, all for the low, ...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009 • Photos
Luminary bags are for sale. If you would like to dedicate one, or many, in your loved ones' names contact Chuck Bearden ( Grosse's Lumber Yard) at 347-5350 or 805-1303. Or Jennifer Moneyhon (School Nurse) at 347-9393. Or any team member.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009 • Photos
On Monday, March 30th, the Mason Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed its new inductees at the NHS Induction Ceremony. The Mason Chapter of the National Honor Society would like to thank all who attended. The new inductees are as follows (from left to right): Havana Schmidt, Justin Yonker, Jorge Morales, Joaquin Mejia, Brittany Estes, Rachel Collett, (bottom row): Virginia Lemke, Shayna Myrick, Ellie Blair, Rebekah Caffey, Hillary Bibb, and Madison Burney.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
The American Junior Rodeo Association will be coming back to Mason the last weekend of April.   Last year, the AJRA rodeo had over 200 contestants from all over Texas as well as the surrounding states.  Once again, the Mason Rodeo Association will be hosting a double rodeo where the competitors can travel to one location and accumulate points at two rodeos.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009 • Photos
The Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country represents artists in four counties: Kimble, Mason, McCulloch and Menard. They hosted their First Annual Art Show and Sale in 2008. It was a “winner” not just for the association but, also, for Mason artist, Sue Kaan. Her piece titled Spring Cactus Blooms was selected through a paper ballot vote by the many visitors to the weekend show to win the ‘People’s Choice Award’! Sue says, “Although I have had many business endeavors during my l ...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009 • Photos
“With this year’s Soil Stewardship week theme titled, ‘Dig it! The Secrets of Soil’ the Mason County Soil & Water Conservation District is proud to join with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) to celebrate this historical 53-year observance which will be officially celebrated April 26-May 3, 2009”, said Reuben Geistweidt, chairman of the Mason County SWCD.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
With the rains and the mild spring weather, activities are abounding around Mason. Every weekend there are plenty of planned things to do and the outdoors begs us to be out and active. The City has its own activities that are keeping us busy during the weeks as well. Construction continues on the west side of town with the trenching and piping for the new water main connecting the new water tower with the rest of the water system.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
This little Piggy went to market. This little Piggy went to town. This little Piggy had roast beef. This little Piggy had none. And this little Piggy went weeweeweewee… All the way home. Stranger things have happened. Why, just the other day it was the Three Little Pigs. They went weeweeweewee all over town. Apparently running away from home. Or going home. Not sure which. Two deputies and Barbie, our esteemed ACO, were in hot pursuit. She on foot and them in two pickups. First, ...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
It is a beautiful cool Spring Monday morning and everything is turning green. Thank God for the great rain last week that makes all of this possible. It’s time to get serious about your garden and flowers. I missed David Vater’s birthday on April 20th, sorry about that, but remember Mark Krause’s birthday on April 30th.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
Tips To Make Convenience Foods Healthier “Convenience”, prepackaged foods, like mixes, are becoming the busy family’s version of a home cooked meal. Although this a more costly way to cook, it is also quicker, and it beats going through the drive thru, both costwise and healthwise. So here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension to help you make those convenience foods healthier! For boxed mixes of rice, pasta, or stuffing mix, use only 1/2 (or leave out) the margarine ca ...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
Harmonica-Blowin’ ‘Round Here… For me to feign understanding of harmonica-playing is akin to head-nodding about galaxies when the best I can offer on the topic is a croaky rendition of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” I recall pre-school awe of adults who could produce considerable music from the little instruments we called “French harps” or “mouth organs.” It seems to me that a windbag who knows a little music would have a leg up in harmonica-playing contests.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
From time to time, my mind wonders in the past! I know I shouldn’t let my mind wonder, it’s too little to be out there all alone! I do wonder, why I can remember things from fifty plus years ago and I can’t remember things that just happened this morning?
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
Sometimes I wonder, while I’m sitting around trying to have insights for something to write about, why we Americans have to be so civilized. There’s really not any good reason for it. The rest of the world often resembles a bunch of preschoolers in a Burger King playground, while America sits nearby on hard, uncomfortable plastic chairs and frowns adultly at them, as if having fun were undignified. When my kids were little and we went to Burger King, I didn’t do that.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009 • Photos
NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary. Nightwalker by Heather Graham (F GRA & CD GRA). Suspense Fiction. “P.I. Dillon Wolf is fascinated by gambler Jessy Spearhawk and by the single word a dying man spoke: Indigo. From the glitz of the Vegas strip to a desert ghost town, the unlikely pair forge ahead with an investigation that will risk both their lives.” Book of Love by Kathleen McGowan (F MCG Mag.2).
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
Instrument of the Devil I bought my first TV set (a Philco) in 1949 and used it until 1964 when I bought another Philco. At the time I made this first purchase the salesman asked if I wanted a remote control with this set. Upon finding out that this gadget cost an extra $100 I said, “Goodness no, my Scottish ancestors would turn over in their graves if they learned I had spent an extra $100 to keep from getting up walking to the TV every time I wanted to change stations.” So for another ...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
L-carnitine is an amino acid that acts like a B vitamin. L-carnitine is made by the body from the amino acid l-lysine along with various vitamins and minerals. Its main function is to provide energy at the cellular level by transporting certain fatty acids to the cells. L-carnitine increases the use of fat for energy.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, April 14th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 36 members and 1 visitor in attendance. In the absence of a program, "Boss Lion" Denwood Butler recited from memory, "Casey at the Bat." He only had to stop and think one them near the end.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
News came last week that Mason Convalescent and Care Center, our only nursing home, will close its doors as of May 15th. By that date, residents will have to find alternate living arrangements. And, there will be 27 fewer jobs in Mason County when they close their doors. About a year ago, a group of investors chose not to move ahead with a plan to build another facility out at the City's industrial park.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
Editor: McDonald’s and Burger King are not the only ads that show disrespect.. Actually I am appalled at a lot of them.. I think they carry the sexuality a bit too far, not in just that one ad but in many of them It’s in most of the car ads as well as clothing, shoes and etc.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
Questions for “Tea Baggers” Dear Editors, What I’d like to know is . . .where were the “Tea Baggers” when the former administration was exploding the national debt from $5.6 trillion to $12 trillion? And why are they protesting for less government regulation when the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999 was the major cause of the present financial collapse? With the Glass-Steagall Act repealed, banks were allowed to merge with securities companies.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
Now is YOUR chance to become a lifeguard for our City Swimming Pool. Your training will be paid for by scholarship donations if you comply with the work requirements. You need the willingness to complete the training to become certified. Keep in mind that the certification you receive will be a life skill that you will possess for your future.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
On May 9th, all three of the government entities in Mason County will be holding elections. For the City and School District, the elections will be between candidates running for seats on those bodies. For the County, it will be to decide whether or not to implement a sales tax increase to help fund the EMS services. Early voting in all three elections begins on Monday, April 27.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
Saturday, April 25th at 9:30 a.m. in the River of Life kitchen. We will be making Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken. Easy and delicious.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
Dave Ramsey offers life-changing financial advice as host of the nationally syndicated radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by nearly 4 million listeners each week on more than 400 radio stations throughout the United States. “The minute you decide to start fixing what isn’t working, your situation gets better. Even if it takes you a while to get the numbers moving, the mere fact that you are taking a different approach is a huge step, “says Ramsey. Ramsey is hosting a nationwi ...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
Members of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country are reminded that this month’s business meeting is this Friday, April 24th, at 10 a.m., in The Back Room of Mason’s Willow Creek Café. The Second Annual Art Show and Sale is in a matter days and items need to be finalized.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
Legendary Texas singer/songwriter Joe Ely is taking a break in the middle of his coast to coast tour with the The Flatlanders to perform in Mason at the Odeon Theater. Ely will perform one night May 9 at 7:00 p.m. Reservations are $20 per person. Advance reservation are strongly encouraged because a sellout is expected.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009 • Photos
The Mason Country Opry will be staged on Thursday, April 23, at the Odeon Theater in downtown Mason. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10.00 per person. Call (325) 597-2119 for more information. Yellow Rose Recording Artist Bobby Flores will headline the monthly Country Music show. Bobby Flores began his career in the music business though the church circuit in the Texas area as gospel duo with his mom, Mary Jane Flores.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
A $500 first place cash prize goes to the #1 band during the Mason Country Music Fest on May 23rd. A “Battle of the Bands” has been added to the event this year to be held during Memorial Day Weekend at Mason’s City Park. Any band that would like to participate should drop a CD off at the Mason Chamber of Commerce, located on the north side of the Square, no later than May 1st.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
2009 Fall Season Sign-Up Information Mason youth will again have the opportunity to play tackle football this fall via the Texas Youth Football League based in Brownwood, Texas. All boys and girls enrolled in the Mason School System going into the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade for the Fall of 2009 and not turning 13 before September 1st, 2009 are eligible to play. Mason will field two teams, 3rd/4th and 5th/6th provided there are at least 15 team members signed up per team.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009 • Photos
Beth Alm, Tess Geistweidt, Frederica Foster, Mary Carlman, Robert & Jerrie Owens, Jerry Carlman and David Alm met at the National Tax Day Tea Party Event held in Fredericksburg on April 15, 2009. This was peaceful protest held nationwide to show Washington DC Americans are no longer tolerant of wasteful federal spending.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009 • Photos
The Rural County Judges Association presented gavels to former County Judges Fritz Landers of Mason County and Otis Lyckman of Menard County, who organized the group along with Judge Randy Young of McCulloch County. Other Judges present at the presentation were Judge Allen Amos of Concho County, Judge Delbert Roberts of Kimble County, and Judge Jerry Bearden of Mason County, seen here, at right, with Mr.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009 • Photos
Thursday, April 16th was designated as Texas Federated Republican Women Legislative Day. Over 800 Republican Women from all areas of Texas attended. Members toured the Capitol building, met with Republican and Democrat Legislators, then gathered at the Austin Convention Center for a luncheon, silent auction and workshops. Representing Mason were Kim Jackson, Jerrie Owens, Sabin Nelson and Mary Carlman.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
The Mason Tennis Association Tennis-A-Thon fundraiser was a smashing success in raising over $7000. The money will be applied to paying off the loans to our local banks for the money borrowed to improve our tennis center. About 80 of our tennis playing youth, ages 4 to 18, played tennis for 1 and 1/2 hours on March 29th and acquired sponsors who donated money to them for playing. The top fundraiser for this event was Matt Banner who raised $1262.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009 • Photos
Hilda United Methodist Women met Tuesday, April 14. Pat Tucker presented a very interesting program, “Native American Mission Study: The Potluck: Listen and Learn Around the Table” with lively discussions on the subject. Florence Smith read from the Response magazine on current events. Hostesses Jan Appleby and Cindy Powell served a delicious brunch, enjoyed by all.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
Recording artist Trisha Yearwood joins effort to build houses with low-income families during National Women Build Week MASON TEXAS, APRIL 20, 2009 – In the days leading up to Mother’s Day, construction crews of women volunteers, including recording artist Trisha Yearwood, will be pounding nails and raising walls at Habitat for Humanity construction sites across the country in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 2 - 10.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009 • Photos
Once again, urban college students from all over Texas have been visiting our beautiful town of Mason, to learn about Sustainable Leadership: Managing natural, financial, professional and personal resources in such a way that we meet our needs without compromising the ability of those who come after us to meet theirs. Texas Nature Project students connect theoretical education from their majors - business to psychology, literature to theology - to concrete decisions and choices about how they ...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009 • Photos
Dominic Garcia was the winner of the Boy's Bike awarded by Super S Grocery.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
Having grown up and currently raising my family in Mason, I have Mason’s best interest at heart. I have been a member of the Mason Volunteer Fire Department for almost nine years and a member of the Mason County EMS for almost eight years. Also, I have been employed with TxDOT for the last five years.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009 • Photos
Riley Buaker was the winner of the Grill awarded by Super S Grocery.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009 • Photos
This year's Girl Bike winner is Daphne Kast, awarded by Super S Grocery.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009 • Photos
Competing against 15 schools, Mason High captured the District 30-A academic championship. When points from all academic events and the One Act Play were tallied MHS had 266 points well ahead of second place Brackettville with 231 points. 60 students made contributions to the academic program. This year’s academic team was lead by an outstanding senior class.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
After reading the novel Same Kind of Different As Me the junior class of Mason High School will have the opportunity to attend an afternoon with the authors Ron Hall and Denver Moore. The students will be traveling to Center Point to join five other schools on May 6th. The schools will come together for a picnic lunch and book discussion with a presentation by the authors to follow.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
The Central Texas College (CTC) extension campus in Brady, TX recently began testing for admittance to its vocational nursing program. The one-year program involves 12 months of study beginning in late August and consists of 53 credit hours to be completed in three semesters. To be considered for the program, candidates must take the Nursing Entrance Test (NET).
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
INGRAM—The Hill Country Arts Foundation Point Theatre will hold auditions for “Greater Tuna,” Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m. To audition, you need only attend one of these sessions, but are welcome to attend both. “Greater Tuna,” by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, is the hilarious comedy about Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
INGRAM—2009 Summer Season Passes are now available at The Point Theatre in Ingram. They are only $30 for three admissions to your choice of “Treasure Island,” “Beauty and the Beast,” or “Greater Tuna.” Theatre patrons will save $15 over regular ticket prices with the purchase of Summer Season Passes. Passes may be purchased at The Point box office or at any of these area businesses: Baublit’s Jewelers, 718 Water Street in Kerrville; Bank of the Hills, 1075 Junction Hwy.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
Though Superintendent Matt Underwood had expressed concerns about the school district possibly stepping beyond its primary goal of focusing on the education of Mason County students, the Mason I.S.D. Board of Trustees on Monday voted unanimously to institute an on-site daycare facility to serve faculty and staff children. Several MISD staff members had been pushing the proposal for the last few months, and Tammy Parrish, Brooke Rosberg and Kyla Rausch made the final presentation to the board.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009 • Photos
Whereas, the next Decennial Census will be taken in the year 2010, and political representation to the United States House of Representatives, state legislatures and local governments is determined by the Decennial Census, and the County of Mason recognizes the equal importance of each resident in the 2010 Census count; and, Whereas, the County of Mason has agreed to be one of 39,000 government entities in partnership with the U.S.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009 • Photos
Lonnie was born April 20, 1921, to Bert Holloway and Katie Durst Holloway in Mason County. He married Wanda Chew Holloway June 2, 1944. Together they have two children, Ronnie & Kay Holloway of Pontotoc and Cathy Holloway of Llano; one grandson, Randy Holloway of Brady, and one great granddaughter, Cassie Holloway of Brady.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
Rodrigo Bastidas, of Houston, a gentleman of integrity and honor passed away in Mason on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at the age of 85. He was born July 12, 1923 in Quito, Ecuador to Dr. Antonio Bastidas and Sara Monge. He came to the United States when he was fourteen, attended military boarding school in Lousiana and graduated from LSU in 1947 as a petroleum engineer.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009 • Photos
Sari Lynn Moyer was born to Jack Vernon and Beryl Anne Sharratt on January 7, 1949 in West Yorkshire County, England. Being the youngest of four siblings and the only girl, she was the apple of her parents’ eyes and could definitely hold her own against her three brothers. Sari was raised in Yorkshire until about age 14 when her parents joined the British Foreign Service Department.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009 • Photos
The boy’s JV and Varsity Track teams are pictured with their district championship trophy. L to R starting on the bottom row: Jeremy Duarte, Austin Trip, Jake Newsom, Chance Stockbridge, T.J. Schovajsa, Adam Timms, Emmanuel Segura, Zach Graves, Scott Gallagher, Tanner Geistweidt. 2nd Row: Michael Williams, Winston Trip, Adam Thompson, David Mora, Garrett Rice, Garrett Allen.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
The Mason Cowgirl track teams compete in their District and Area meets the last two weeks in order to earn themselves a spot in the Regional Track Meet. The Cowgirls finished 2nd as a team at the District 30-A meet held in La Pryor on Wednesday, April 8th. The Cowgirls qualified in 9 of the 11 running events as well as three athletes in the pole vault. The morning session began with the 3200m Run and preliminary qualifications in all other running events.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
The Mason Junior High Track teams traveled to Junction last week to compete in the District meet. All of our teams did a great job of competing and many honors were earned by our 7th and 8th Boys and Girls. The 8th Grade Girls and the 7th Grade Boys both won the team honors, and the 7th Girls came in 2nd place.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009
We may be in a new classification, but the results were very similar from recent years as Mason once again dominated the tennis competition at district last week in Uvalde. Mason captured first in every event in both varsity and JV. In girl’s singles, sophomore Makenzie Mitchell captured first place losing only 6 games in the tournament.