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April 29, 2009 Issue
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009 • Posted April 29, 2009
Hill Country’s Rising Star Contest The second annual Mason Country Music Fest is set for May 23rd during Memorial Day Weekend. Last year the festival was scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, but due to bad weather it was rescheduled and held in October. The event has been moved to Memorial Day Weekend due to conflicts with other regional activities. The Music Fest is presented by KNEL Radio featuring a concert and dance by Mack Abernathy with special guests Casey Kelley and Kenny Zink.
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Two big annual events in Mason will be held on Saturday. Start off the day at the Ft. Mason Golf Association's annual Dr Pepper Tournament. After a full afternoon on the links, it is just a short stroll over to the Community Building for the second event, the annual Mason Volunteer Fire Department barbecue.
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“The Early Bird Gets The Worm” or “First Come – First Served” are two sayings many of us have heard for years. They will also apply to those attending Friday (May 1st) night’s Gala. Friday’s Gala kick-starts this weekend’s art show and sale which is an annual event hosted by the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country.
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It’s 2009 and the kayaks are coming again! Jump in a kayak, dance at the concert or volunteer for The Great Castell Kayak Race June 6th, 2009 to raise money to benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation and (“gicker”) GCKR. This is the seventh year of the race and it has become a hill country tradition.
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Each year in May throughout the U.S.A., veterans organizations like The American Legion Fort Mason Post 285 place flags on the graves of deceased veterans, to honor their memories and the legacy of their brave defense of our beloved country. This tradition of decorating the graves of fallen soldiers began with Southern women who decorated the graves of Confederate soldiers even before the end of the Civil War.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009 • Posted April 29, 2009
Lions and tigers and bears. Oh my. Lions and tigers and bears. Oh my, say goodbye. We aren’t in Kansas anymore, Dorothy. Or Mason. Time to wake up to a new world. Welcome to Oz. One World. One Order. By Ordinance, by golly. No lions, tigers, or bears for us. No sir. We hereby, by formal decree, do decree that common sense is nonsense. We hereby order all citizens to perform the impossible whenever possible. Which brings us to the Cat. License it or lose it. Now stop laughing. ...
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It is cloudy with a little bit of drizzle on this Sunday afternoon but a storm is brewing in West Texas and will be here about midnight. I hope you get a good rain. Wishes for a happy birthday during the first week of May go to Hadden Hudson on the 3rd and to Lois Durst on the 7th.
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Flavor That Food Make foods tasty without using salt. Try these flavorings, spices, and herbs: For Meat, Poultry, and Fish Beef: Bay leaf, marjoram, nutmeg, onion, pepper, sage, thyme Lamb: Curry powder, garlic, rosemary, mint Pork : Garlic, onion, sage, pepper, oregano Veal: Bay leaf, curry powder, ginger, marjoram, oregano Chicken: Ginger, marjoram, oregano, paprika, poultry seasoning, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme Fish: Curry powder, dill, dry mustard, lemon juice, marjoram, papri ...
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Uncle Mort to the Rescue… Aunt Maude, a woman of few words, decided long ago that life is more pleasant if she lets Uncle Mort handle talkin’ for the two of ‘em. Married to Mort for more than 75 years, she understands him to the degree that he can be understood and ignores the rest.
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Earl and Pearl are proud parents of three little puppies. One boy “Cooter” and two girls, “Sadie and Peaches!” Peaches is the runt, and marked like a Holstein cow, while the other two are marked like Mother Pearl. When I let Earl in to see his babies, he sniffed and then walked away.
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We were beset by turkeys. Leret, my 13-year-old son, and I sat in a hunting blind beside a small creek, trying to figure out which direction the closest gobbles were coming from, but we weren’t having much luck. There were at least four gobblers talking to us at once, from all sides.
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NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary. The Girl She Used to Be by David Cristofano (F CRI). Suspense Fiction. “A woman who has lost her identity to the Witness Protection Program flirts with trusting her life to the Mafioso hired to kill her.” Deadlock: A John Hutchinson Novel by Robert Liparulo (F LIP Hut.2).
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High Prices & Tough Packaging I lived my youth during the days when the old saying “You’re as sound as a dollar” generally meant that you were in good health and that the dollar was strong. Those were the days when the words to Eddie Arnold’s old song “I wish I had a nickel” had some real meaning.
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Swine flu pandemic is all over the news, so I thought it would be good to write about prevention. My best tips for prevention involve taking extra vitamin C, zinc and something to prevent infection that also builds the immune system – I recommend either a very high quality olive leaf or a grapefruitseed extract combination called Defense Plus. I also recommend keeping your body on the more alkaline side since viruses such as the flu will thrive in an acid environment.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, April 21, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 22 members and 1 visitor in attendance. Lion John Gammill was responsible for the program and introduced Bonnie Beam and Connie Witt who spoke about the Mason County Cancer Benefit. This benefit raises money to help Mason County Residents who have cancer and need assistance with gas and lodging for trips to other towns for treatments.
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The regular monthly meeting of the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club was held on April 20 at the Richard P. Eckert Civic Center. At 2:00 p.m., club president Mary Hemphill called the group to order and asked Tommie Luckenbach to lead the pledges to the flags of the United States of America and to the State of Texas.
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Last weekend was a tough one out in Katemcy. Our little community lost two of our gems. Skip Edmiston and Jo Evans were both sent upon their journeys, and the people of Katemcy said their final farewells. Skip had moved back to Katemcy shortly before I did. It was typical to see him walking the downtown "square"
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009 • Posted April 29, 2009
What better way to end the school year than with a “Splash Day” at the City Swimming Pool? Splash Day is a traditional event to commemorate the beginning of summer. Kids can make a big “splash” into the pool to ring in the freedom of summer. Mason’s City Pool committee have planned a Splash Day for May 30th for our Mason youth and families.
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Mark your calendars today for May 17th. Each year the Mason County Historical Commission sponsors a symposium on some aspect of Texas history. Quite often, the symposium topic emphasizes events which impacted Central Texas in general or the Hill Country in particular. The topic of this year's symposium is "German Immigration into the Texas Hill Country".
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 • Posted April 29, 2009
We are now preparing for the fall 2009 Soccer Season! Last year over 100 Mason Youths were enrolled! Registration information will be sent home with your students at the end of the school year. Please fill out the sign up form and return it to Mason Building Supply or any board member.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 • Posted April 29, 2009
Hill Country CattleWomen will host their May 19 meeting at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park near Stonewall,Tx. Coffee and social is at 10 a.m., the regular business meeting starts promptly at 10:30 a.m., catered lunch at 11:30 in the Showbarn ($16.00), followed by a tour of the former Presidential Office at the Texas White House on the ranch.
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Mason County Habitat for Humanity is looking for local women volunteers to join the affiliate in celebrating National Women Build Week by working one day on the current construction site on Saturday, May 2, 2009. Construction or home improvement experience is not necessary. The event will take place at house #7 at 1207 Loving Street beginning at 8:00 am.
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Shattered Dreams is a two-day, school based program that promotes responsible decision making among high school students regarding underage drinking and impaired driving by illustrating how irresponsible choices can end all dreams. It is a comprehensive prevention program that involves school administration and faculty, students, parents, community members, law enforcement, emergency medical services and area health care workers in the planning and implementation of the activities.
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Growing weekend event set for Luckenbach May 1-2-3 The 13th annual “Hill Country Run” motorcycle rally is in Luckenbach, Texas, May 1-3, 2009. Billed as “More than just a plain ole motorcycle rally,” the Hill Country Run is three days filled with hearty food, live music, friends new and old and miles of riding through the towns and vistas of the scenic Texas Hill Country. The weekend gets an early start on Thursday, April 30, at Hondo’s on Main for a social and welcome.
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INGRAM—The Hill Country Arts Foundation Point Theatre will hold auditions for “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” Saturday, May 2 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, May 3 at 2 p.m. To audition, you need only attend one of these sessions, but are welcome to attend both. The director, Jim Weisman, will be casting approximately 48 principal and ensemble roles for ages 8 to 30 and up.
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To find a confirmation class this size at the little brown church in the wildewood, you would have to go back to 1966. As you may imagine, the congregation was thrilled to see these fine young men and ladies commit their lives to Jesus Christ. Each confirmand was expected to attend weekly classes conducted by Rev.
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Jane Shoemaker once again provided readers with a view from the west bank of the Llano river at White's Crossing, taken on Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. Jane said she and her husband Rich, along with neighbors Denwood and Dana Butler, were having a "snow" day waiting for the river to go down and the debris to be cleared.
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Riata Service Organization returned to their early roots last week with donations of a new wheelchair-accessible scale to the Mason Clinic. During the early years, Riata was the hospital auxilliary before expanding their philanthropy into other areas of the community. Pictured left to right: Cam Kleibrink, Toni Hurlbut, Nonie Stringer and Dr.
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In observance of Earth Day Mrs. Bierschwale’s Pre-K class learned about recycling and helping the environment. The class made little planters from recycled food cans and decorated them. They took a field trip to Mason Garden Market on Friday where Ms. Cristina helped the kids plant flowers in their planters.
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The Mason Head Start students have been busy the last few weeks with a “major” garden project. They all pitched in to sow sample rows of radish, leaf lettuce, and peas. Each student also started two peat pots; one containing cucumber and one containing zucchini seeds. During these past weeks, the class has learned the essentials of seed germination; soil, sunlight, water - and patience - while eagerly waiting for the first sign of green to appear.
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Diane Eames and Brad Hodges wed on Texas Topaz Day, March 26, on the Mason courthouse steps. They plan to live in Mason, continuing to cut gems and make jewelry.
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Eva Beam, a second year member of the McMurry University track team, made All-Conference in the shot put by placing 1st with a distance of 40' on April 24th and 25th. She also placed 3rd in the discus with a distance of 115’10", she also competed in the hammer throw and placed 9th with a distance of 81’04".
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Amber Airheart and Rusty Tupin are happy to announce their upcoming wedding on June 20, 2009. Amber attended both Early and Mason High School in 2001. Rusty graduated from Goldthwaite High School in 2002 and is currently employed with J.C. Stoddard. Amber is the daughter of Rita & John LeRoy of Pittsburg, TX and Tim & Charla Airheart of Early, TX and the granddaughter of Lloyd & Jean Armstrong of Eastland, TX and Gordan & Carolyn Airheart of Mason, TX.
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TEXAS TOPAZ DAY: Dalan Hargrave with Les Wetherall in the center. Lester is a faceter in the Austin Gem & Mineral Society. Mayor Brent Hinckley is just inside the door.
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Shayne Smith of Mason Texas completed her studies at Texas A&M Commerce, and received her Brokers License from the Texas Real Estate Commission. Shayne has been a licensed Real Estate Agent in Texas since 2001. Over the past 8 years Shayne has represented both buyers and sellers through all aspects of real estate.
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On April 15, 2009, Heinrich “Henry” Leifeste was honored as a Citizen of the Republic of Texas. A Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) marker was placed on his grave at the Lower Willow Creek Cemetery. His great great granddaughters, Janice Olsen and Helen Kroh, both members of the DRT held the ceremony.
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The CTEC Operation Round-Up Board of Directors awarded their 38th and 39th grant at their Board meeting on April 21, 2009. After reviewing the applications, a $2000 grant was awarded and presented to the Ricky Cooper family of Mason, Texas. Their home and contents and vehicles were destroyed by a tragic fire recently.
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The City of Mason recently took delivery of a new compactor for the City landfill. On hand for the delivery were, left to right: Keith Doyle, David Kitchens, Larry Walmer, Mark Lange, JoeBeam and the Caterpillar 816F2.
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AUSTIN, Texas—Governor Rick Perry declared today, April 14, Texas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Day, a day honoring the 5,259 volunteers around the state who stand up for foster children in court. CASA staged a moving display at the Texas Capitol in honor of the proclamation and for Child Abuse Awareness Month. Governor Perry said in the proclamation, “Only by becoming informed, and ideally, involved in working toward a solution can we finally ensure that all children in Texas a ...
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 • Posted April 29, 2009
Hot flashes—they start with a sudden flush, the feeling that your internal thermostat’s been turned up, and spontaneous perspiration. Many women know the sensation all too well. Odds are that most women will have hot flashes during perimenopause or meno-pause. Some lucky women never have a single hot flash, but about 75% of women do.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 • Posted April 29, 2009
Mason Independent School District is in the process of applying for Federal funds: Title I, Part A; Title I, Part C; Title II, Part A; Title II, Part D; Title III, Part A; Title IV, Part A; and Special Education. These funds supplement the Mason ISD regular education program and ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.
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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.
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Mason I.S.D. has been selected to receive two TEA grants. The Investment Capital Fund is a $50,000 one-year grant that will assist Mason Elementary School in implementing practices and procedures to improve student achievement and help schools identify and train parents and community leaders to understand academic standards. Program goals include training school staff, parents, and community leaders to understand academic standards; developing and implementing effective strategies to improve st ...
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 • Posted April 29, 2009
Texas AgriLife Extension Service to Offer Food Manager Certification Training Course Statistics indicate that foodborne illness continues to be a health issue in the United States. Each year, 1 in 4 Americans will become sick, 1 in 1,000 will become hospitalized, and 5,000 will die due to a foodborne illness.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 • Posted April 29, 2009
Jo Wandolyn Evans, of Camp Air, passed away on Friday, April 24, at the age of 76. Jo is survived by her husband, Cotton Evans of Camp Air; three children: Hal Evans and wife Bonnie of London, Paul Evans and wife Sylvia of Dublin and Gayle Evans Smart of Camp Air; four grandchildren: Gary Evans and wife Karol of Camp Air, Justin Burch and wife Bandi of Mason, Zane Smart of Garland and Treva Smart of Camp Air.
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Edgar Lange Edmiston, Jr., of Katemcy, passed away on Friday, April 24, 2009, at the age of 75. He is survived by his sons: Robin Edmiston and wife Gayle of Denver, CO and Glenn Edmiston of Houston; his parents: Edgar L. Edmiston, Sr. and Marie Edmiston of Katemcy; his brother: William Edmiston and wife Tylene of Georgetown, TX and his sister: Marilynn Hood and husband David of College Station along with three grandchildren: Dylan, Bailey and Kendra Edmiston.
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Zella Mae Metzger passed to a greater life on Wednesday, April 15, in the Sid Peterson Hospital in Kerrville at the age of 84. She had resided in the Windcrest Nursing Home in Fredericksburg for the past few years. Zella was born in Mason County on July 17, 1924, to Amos Tuckness and Viola Chew Tuckness.
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On May 3, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. a memorial service will be held in Mason, Texas at Heritage Park just off the southwest side of the downtown square. In case of rain, the service will be held at the First United Methodist Church at 224 Broad Street, Mason, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Texas Riparian Association, 2210 S.
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The Junior High Track Team