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May 27, 2009 Issue
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009 • Photos
Bonnie Beam, at center, with scissors, was welcomed by the Chamber of Commerce and a large contingent of friends and customers last week during ribbon cutting for the Hill Top Emporium & Trading Post. The south end of the large building houses vendor booths with all types of crafts, clothing, antiques and collectibles.
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Dr. Jay Stauffer, at left, is welcomed to the Mason Clinic by Dr. David Hoerster. Dr. Stauffer has treated many patients in Mason in the past few years, and is happy to be "returning" to the area. He currently practices in both Fredericksburg (where he also lives) and in Brady, so he is traveling the Highway 87 route on a regular basis.
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Members from the Mason FFA Chapter attended the Area VII FFA Association Convention on Wednesday, May 20, 2009. The convention is held annually on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Mason FFA holds membership in the Hill District of Texas; one of six districts in Area VII. The day’s activities begin with voting delegates from each school electing new Area Officers for the 2009-2010 year.
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On Monday, May 25th, under a clear blue sky and the blessed shade of the venerable pecan trees on the Courthouse Square, more than 100 folks gathered together to honor the memory of America’s military men & women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend this great land. Sterling Jordan, himself a WWII veteran and commander of The American Legion Fort Mason Post 285, officiated, gave both the invocation & benediction, and read the list of those individuals currently serving in the Armed ...
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
On the evening of May 21st, the senior class of Mason High School gathered in the auditorium to learn of the numerous scholarships, grants and awards they had received. Friends and family were on hand to honor those individuals, and counselor Melany Canfield has once again been good enough to share the script from the evening with readers.
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The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club held its last scheduled meeting for the current club year on May 18 at the Mason County Library Stribling Room. County Agent Brent Drennan spoke to the group about water conservation. He addressed ways to have a healthy green lawn with minimum water expenditure. Using 1 1/4 inches of water a week for Bermuda grass or 2 inches a week for St.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, May 19th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 33 members and 3 visitors in attendance. Lion Wilburn Shearer was responsible for the program. He spoke about and showed a power-point presentation of pictures of Early days Mason County deer hunters and their trophies.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
Last Friday I had the opportunity to spend some time with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Ms. Susan Combs, in a small group in Junction. The emphasis of the gathering was to discuss the state of the economy in Texas and the specific impacts we can expect here in the Hill Country and in rural small towns.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
Auf Wiedersehen. So long. Adios. Au revoir. Ciao. We’ll be seeing ya. Goodbye, May. You went by fast. And took so many with you. Mason Funeral Home. Gentry Funeral Home. Striegler’s Flowers. The Petal Patch. All been pretty busy. So has school. Tennis tournaments. And four state championships. UIL Academic State Meet. And six Mason students competing. Local scholarships awarded. Onward and upward…and outward. End of high school for some. And the beginning of adult ...
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This week I got a message on my answering machine from John Berry of Southlake, Texas, near Dallas. John owns land here in Mason and he was seeking a remedy for a problem that he had. He said it all started when he brought eight of his buddies to The Eckert James River Bat Cave a couple of years ago.
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It's great sleeping on these cool nights with a little cover and a warm dog. The afternoons are fine too and the scattered showers have been great. But we can use a good rain. Keep praying. William and Lisa Howard, she's my daughter, were married in the Art UMC 15 years ago on the 28th of May.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
Saving Money on Energy It’s summertime, and that can mean sky high energy bills for us if we’re not careful. Here are some ways to make that energy dollar stretch a little farther! 1. Use a Programmable Thermostat - Cut your energy costs by investing in a programmable thermostat. They allow you to set different temperatures for specific times of the day.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
A Little Bird Told Me… Column #317 for Release Saturday May 23, 2009 It has become predictable. When springtime rolls around, look for the media to roll out bird news. Often it is re-hashed, maybe even contrived. But reading about our feathered friends is a heap better than most of the other stuff in the news. Rarely do bird topics cause us to cringe, tremble, cry, faint or clench fists.
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School is just about out for the summer, which means it’s once again time for our annual Vacation Location column – Standard & Poor’s top pick for guidance on where not to go with your family this summer. We’ll actually get to that story next week. Maybe. But first, we’re going to take a look at an American Tradition so great that our founding fathers mentioned it in the Preamble to our Constitution, when they put that ‘pursuit of happiness’ part in there. I’m talking, of cours ...
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
A Cow But No Cow Shed I have often bragged and fussed about the 16 years of my youth spent milking our cow(s) and now I find, after talking with some of my senior citizen friends who were experienced cow milkers, that I had it easy all those years. For, while I was milking our cow under the shelter of a cowshed some of these old timers had to do their milking out in the open.
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Essiac is an herbal recipe with an interesting history. It is a combination of herbs that includes burdock root, slippery elm, sheep sorrel and rhubarb root. This formula has been used clinically to treat cancer. In the 1890’s, the recipe was given to a Canadian nurse named Rene Caisse by a patient who had gotten it from an Ojibwa medicine man.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
Larry told me several months ago they were going to sell the building. Obviously, I knew that meant that Coffee Mug n' More would eventually close. In my true avoidance fashion, I felt sure if I pretended it wasn't going to happen, it simply wouldn't. But, it is. This edition of the paper contains their "Going Out of Business"
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
The South Llano Watershed Alliance (SLWA) will hold its quarterly meeting this Saturday, May 30th at the Texas Tech Center Dining Hall in Junction. The meeting, which runs from 9:30 until 12:30, will offer attendees an opportunity to learn more about recent legislative actions and policy issues affecting the Llano and James River. The SLWA is a recently- formed group of local landowners and interested parties whose mission is “to preserve and enhance the South Llano River and adjoining water ...
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
Hill Country CattleWomen will meet June 16 at Ft. McKavett State Historical Site in Fort McKavett, Texas. The cost is $15.00 for the catered lunch and tour of the Fort. Reservations please no later than June 9 to Beverly at (830) 229-5604. For more information you may call the number listed.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
The youth football program is going to have a hamburger lunch fundraiser on the West Side of the Courthouse/Square from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Sunday May 31st. Contact Jayme Silerio for more information… HM 325-429-6371/Cell 325-347-4891.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
The Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library will host an all day Open House Monday, June 8, 2009, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Showcased will be many Junior Classic books purchased with a donation from the City of Mason. Refreshments will be served all day and a drawing will be held for 4 free tickets to Schlitterbahn Water Park.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
Superintendent Matt Underwood reminds parents that all Mason I.S.D. classes will have an early release on Wednesday, June 3rd. School will let out at 12:50 p.m., and buses will run at 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
Registration to participate in the Apple Blossom Style Show will begin on June 1, 2009. Any Mason County young lady who will be in Kindergarten through the third grade during the 2009-2010 school year is eligible to take part in the Style Show. The registration is limited to the first 30 young ladies who register.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
Why do we need hunter education? Hunter education is more than just firearm safety. Hunter education produces responsible, knowledgeable, involved hunters. Ultimately, the mission of a hunter education program is to ensure the continuation of the hunting tradition. If you are looking to get certified in hunter education for some out-of-state hunting this fall or if you are wanting to get certified for the upcoming Texas hunting season, an online study plus a 1-day field course is being offered ...
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
For those of you that enjoyed the weekly event at Marktplatz last summer, you are in for a treat when the market officially opens on May 28th. For those that may have missed the Fredericksburg Farmer’s market last year, you won’t want to miss this year’s line-up of vendors, chef demonstrations, a great array of locally grown, fresh produce, meats, eggs, cheese, flowers and music! On the grow best describes what the Fredericksburg Farmers’ Market has been up to the last several months.
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The Llano Country Opry will celebrate its 10th Anniversary on Saturday, June 6, with two special performances at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano. Grand Ole Opry Star John Conlee will headline the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Llano Country Opry. The afternoon matinee begins at 2:30 p.m. and the evening performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
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Llano Fine Arts Guild will meet on Monday, June 1, at 10 a.m. in the Gallery at 503 Bessemer. One of our Guild members, Sylvia Ewing, has planned an exciting demonstration on the techniques of mosaic glass. Better still, this is a hands on event, as each person in attendance will be able to make their own glass mosaic during the allotted two hours for the program.
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Gerry Gamel was the reader at last Friday's Story Time at the Mason County Library.
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On Tuesday, May19,2009, at 5:30 p.m., the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders, along with teachers Mrs.Harris, and Beth Smith hosted a Science fair in the Cafeteria. The students explained molecules in motion, how a frog gets his spots and oval eyes and how mountains are made, and even demonstrated and made monster snot-wow!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
It is an understatement to say that hiring an employee for your small business is a big investment. Hiring an employee who will remain with the company is paramount to the success of your business. You want employees who exhibit the emotional intelligence to be strong contributors to that which is of most importance to you, your company. The Emotional Competence Framework is a result of the work of Daniel Goleman and presented in his book Working with Emotional Intelligence.
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The following students were voted on by the teachers for the student’s outstanding achievements and contributions to the school. Freshmen: Row 1, Amanda Hudson-female runner-up; Star Longoria – female winner. Row 2, Chance Stockbridge-male runner-up; Matt Banner – male winner; Brodey Taylor-male runner up.
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Johnny Kissko received his Master’s of Education Degree in School Administration from Sul Ross State University, in Alpine, Texas, on May 16, 2009. He graduated from Wall High School in 2002, and from Texas Tech University in 2007. He and his wife, Brenda, live in Lubbock where he teaches Math at Frenship High School.
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On April 25th, the class of 49' held their reunion at the Grossville Community Center. Front row: Leola Schuch Grote, Doris Wall Phillips (teacher), Iva Jean Armour Shearer, Lois Jordan, Loma Starks Surber, Pearlene Kruse Segars, Lyndith Leifeste Kuhne, Jimmy Jean McWilliams Nuckle, Gertrude Taxton Morris. 2nd Row: Doris Hardin Geistweidt, Sara Eckert Banta.
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The following students were voted on by the teachers for the student’s outstanding achievements and contributions to the school. Juniors: left to right, Rachel Collett- female runner-up; Joaquin Mejia-male winner; Justin Yonker-male runner-up; Havana Schmidt-female winner.
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The following students were voted on by the teachers for the student’s outstanding achievements and contributions to the school. Sophomores: Row 1, Jenny Smith-female winner; Makenzie Mitchell-female runner-up. Row 2, Tomas Callejas-male runner-up; Garrett Allen-male runner-up; Zach Graves- male winner.
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The gentleman who is personality is a transplanted Yankee from Illinois. He has been on the move a big part of his life. At the age of 86 another move took JULIUS DeVOS to retirement home in Fredericksburg, Texas to support his wife, Ruby, who faces health issues. Of course, following Ruby is nothing new.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
Angelo State University conferred degrees upon 505 students during 2009 Spring commencement exercises May 16, in San Angelo, Texas. The 2009 Spring graduates include the following from the Mason area: Scott E. Henrich, B.B.A. and M.B.A., magna cum ladue, and Mollie A. Laqua, B.S., cum laude.
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Seven Mason High School students received the “Texas Student Achievement Award” from the Texas ACT Council for their performance on the PLAN (the Pre-ACT) Assessment. These students are on target to meet or exceed ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks by graduation. ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks are empirically-based and identify the level of achievement necessary in English, mathematics, reading and science to have a successful college freshman experience.
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The 2009 Texas Wrangler State Finals Rodeo is set for May 31- June 7 in Gonzales, Texas. Students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades from all over the state of Texas and New Mexico have competed in their respective Region rodeos and have placed in the top 8 in their events to be able to move on to the State level of competition.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
Feeling lucky or charitable? Invest $5—or more. Two prizes worth $2,500 each will be given away in the Friends of the Hospital Gala XIII prize drawing. HEB donated $2,500 gift card, and an anonymous donor has contributed a $2,500 debit card to be won. Five-dollar ticket chances at winning one or both of these prizes are being sold at the HCMH Foundation office, at 808 Reuben St.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
Due to numerous obligations this year, I feel that my communication with parents, staff and community has suffered somewhat. Rumors circulating regarding the Mason ISD Daycare could have been better addressed with more timely communication on my part, however I hope this article helps better articulate the needs and process associated with the recent Mason ISD Board decision to move forward with the daycare proposal.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
Children will have more than a place to go this summer, they’ll have a way to be fit and have fun, too. Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center will offer a different activity for kids ages five through 12 each week during the Fit Kids Summer Sports and Fitness Day Camp 2009 at Lady Bird Johnson Park. The camp runs daily from 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
TEMPLE, TX (May 19, 2009)— The Hill Country Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (HCASWCDS) will meet May 28, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Bandera United Methodist Church in Bandera for its annual spring tour and business meeting. The meeting will begin with a 10 a.m. scheduled tour of a new fiber products processing and manufacturing plant in Bandera. Joe Cantu, a partner in the new plant said, “This new business venture will process and market by-products of cedar.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
Jerry Dale Thomas of Brady and San Saba, was killed in an automobile accident on Thursday, May 14, 2009, at the age of 63. Also killed in the accident was his beloved dog, Missy. Jerry Thomas was born June 11, 1945, in Mason County to Carlos and Anna Bess Thomas. He grew up on the family ranch in the Fredonia area and graduated from Mason High School with the class of 1962.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
Patricia Chapman Zella, 63, answered the call from her Lord and Savior on Monday, May 18, 2009. She was born March 22, 1946, in Menard, Texas, to Blanton and Oleta Low Chapman. She graduated from Menard High School in 1964 and graduated from Nixon-Clay Business School in 1966. Patricia married Robert Lee Zella on March 8, 1967, in Gonzales.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
All UIL activities were postponed in late April due to the threat of the Swine Flu. They would not resume until Monday, May 11th. The regional track meets were initially schedule for May 1st and 2nd, however, they would be pushed back several weeks to accommodate college graduations and other UIL events.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009
The Jr. High Golf Teams traveled last Monday to San Saba to compete in the “Dillo” Invitational Golf Tournament. The Jr. Punchers placed 4th and were lead by Woody Watson who placed 8th, Nick Dyer placed 11th and Rio Schmidt who placed 14th. The other fighting Punchers who participated were Colby Valez, Leret Hemphill, Logan Davel and Michael Hanscheck. The Jr.