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June 3, 2009 Issue
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009
School hasn’t been out very long and already some are afflicted with the “nothing to do” blues. If you don’t have plans for June 6 why not come to the Hill Country? Do you enjoy the water, fresh air and excitement of boat races? Are you less enthused about the noise and stench of motor powered craft?
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The Precious Moments Montessori School had its end of the year program last week. The students entertained family and friends with several musical numbers, and then served cookies for visitors and participants.
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This issue of the News contains the annual graduation supplement honoring the 2009 seniors of Mason High School. The actual graduation ceremony will be held Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. at the R. Clinton Shulze Stadium. And, just in time for this confluence of events, Steady Steps has released its 2009 collectible ornament, and it would make a perfect gift for one of those graduates since it features the might Mason Punchers in purple and white.
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Portions reprinted with permission of author Debbie Cooper Kistler The Mason community is invited to enjoy a live performance on Friday, June 19, of the renowned outrageous, wacky comedy Greater Tuna by the “BackStreet Players” from Junction. It is a delightful show featuring 20 characters played by two area actors, Jeff Gentry and Jimmy Kistler (along with the assistance of an army of folks who try to keep all the costumes, high heels and wigs straight!).
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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.
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On June 6, 1944, one of the largest maritime invasions in history took place on the shores of Normandy, France. On this day, 160,000 Western Allied forces came ashore in a massive effort to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi occupation in World War II. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a fo ...
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San Angelo Standard Times All West Texas Team—Lauren Keith & Madison Stewart Mason Cowgirl Basketball Team Awards Defensive MVP—Lauren Keith Offensive MVP — Madison Stewart Fighting Heart—Paige Blair Teams MVP—Lauren Keith Stats—per game averages Madison Stewart—11 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, & 1 deflection Lauren Keith—5 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assist, 3 steals, & 1 deflection Paige Blair—6 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 deflection
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009
In last week's listing of those receiving the Academic Excellence Awards at Mason High School, freshman Alex Carruth was inadvertently left off the list. We apologize for the oversight.
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, May 26th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 35 members and 2 visitors in attendance. Lion John Copeland was responsible for the program and he spoke about Cope Enforcement of the City of Mason. Mr. Copeland is in charge of Code Enforcement for the City of Mason.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009
The past couple of weeks have been busy around the City office as we have adjusted to the resignation of the City Administrator. The City Commission has discussed the situation and determined not to advertise to fill that vacancy for the next few months, and to allow me the flexibility to provide full leadership for the interim.
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“Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.” So wrote Gertrude Stein. “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet…” So wrote Billy Bob Shakespeare. Yeats wrote: “All things uncomely and broken, all things worn-out and old, The cry of a child by the roadway, the creak of a lumbering cart, The heavy steps of the ploughman, splashing the wintry mould, Are wronging your image that blossoms a rose in the deeps of my heart.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009
A large natural stream of water emptying into an ocean, lake, or other body of water and usually fed along its course by converging tributaries…that is what a dictionary defines as a RIVER. The James River outside of Mason, Texas must be forged in order to get to The Eckert James River Bat Cave. There is probably not a single soul that has visited The Eckert James River Bat Cave who does not remember the famous “crossing” of this body of water.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009
Great weather. Continue to ask God for rain. Birthdays during the first week of June are Wyatt Burdette on June 4th, Bill Cotter on June 5th, Brian Fuqua on June 7th and Sterling Jordan on June 8th. Wedding anniversaries include the 40th anniversary for Kenneth and Brenda Kothmann on June 7th and E.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009
Vacationing on the Cheap Thought this week I’d share some ideas about saving some money on your summer road trip! Plan a Budget- set an amount to spend for each area: motel, snacks, souvenirs, etc. If you have a little money left in one area, then you can have it to spend however you want! Map out your trip- have your itinerary all lined out.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009
What’s in a Name?... What’s in a name? Such a question blows the lid off Pandora’s Box, which turns out to be a “box in a box in a box in a box” kind of deal. The first woman in Greek Mythology went about carrying a huge jar (persnickety historians insist that it was a jar instead of a box, and the “persnickitiest” think it may have been a purse.) Each time she removed the lid, ills such as toils, sickness, and assorted other perils were unleashed on mankind.
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This weekend you’d find me in Kyle, Texas. Yep, I’m running herd on my grandsons, while their Momma and Papa are out of town. It’s like 25 years ago, with my three boys. I’m not that young anymore, however, it’s nice to go back and pretend. Cooper, the eight year old, asked if I could throw a football.
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As Ron White likes to say, you can’t fix stupid. Jay Leno has proven that for almost twenty years with the ‘Jaywalking’ segment of the Tonight Show. In case you’re not familiar with the Tonight Show, or Jaywalking, or stupid people, I’ll explain. Leno goes out on the streets of Los Angeles, armed with nothing but a cameraman and a list of incredibly easy questions, and causes people to present themselves as absolutely the most ignorant life forms in the universe.
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The Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library has Summer Reading Programs to encourage young readers. Children can Read-To-Swim thanks to the sponsorship of the Mason National Bank. The children read a library book for an hour at the library and get a coupon for one free session at the swimming pool or a free Dairy Queen ice cream cone.
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Before & After Story Author’s note: This is a before and after story but in this case the after comes before and the before comes after. This is the after story: Life is just not the same. *********** After taking The Dallas Morning News for 34 years we were advised in early February that the delivery of that paper to this area of Texas would be discontinued as of March 31, 2006.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009
Fat – that horrible stuff that hangs in all the wrong places on your body. I’m not even sure that there is a “right” place for the stuff. Americans in general have been getting fat for some time and it seems to have gotten worse lately. Why? The function of fat on the body is to protect us.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009
My email addresses (and yes, there are several) are mostly published, and as such, I get LOTS of forwards from friends, relatives and readers. They are composed of jokes, short snippets of information and even the occasional useful bit of information. But, mostly, they are just forwards of something that the sender has gotten from someone else. The ones I find the most amusing, though not in a delightful way, are the ones that have a breathless announcement of some transgression of Congress, t ...
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Letter to the Editor: Last week Mason ISD superintendent, Matt Underwood, reported that our school board had unanimously approved a Daycare Proposal to benefit Mason ISD staff. I appreciate Matt’s explanation; however, I think the public would like more information from him. 1. What is the proposed capital cost to establish such a facility? 2. Can the program be maintained and operated on an on-going basis without utilizing funds from the general operating fund? 3. Would Mr.
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Dear Gerry- As you and many of your readers know already we are pulling the proverbial plug on the Coffee Mug n’ More on Friday, June 5. This decision was not an easy one for us to make. Our reasons for coming to this decision are too numerous to list here but it should be noted that we’ve enjoyed having our store on the Mason square immensely.
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009
Let freedom ring! School’s out for the summer! We’re kicking it off at the Grand Re-Opening of the City Swimming Pool during Splash Day. Bring your family and friends for swimming, hot-dogs, drinks, and lots of fun in the sun. Splash Day takes place on Saturday, June 6th as the official way to say “Good-bye homework & tests and Hello Summer”!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009
On Tuesday, June 16th, Pam Colbert 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, Caregivers Support, Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion Services, nursing facility Ombudsman and The Community Outreach Program for all ages.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009
Just a reminder, mark your calendars for Saturday, July 11th, 2009 for a day of fun. Our annual roundup festival will be full of arts and crafts booths, games and activities for the kids, food vendors and other events around the square. Anyone wanting a vendor or informational space on the courthouse lawn should call the Chamber of Commerce (325) 347-5758 or contact the show chairman, Doreen Cardenas at (325) 265-4302.
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A private applicator training will be held at the Mason County Texas AriLife Extension Office (Historical Building) on Friday, June 12, 2009 beginning at 8:30 a.m. The training course will take 3-4 hours to complete. After the training session a person from the Texas Department of Agriculture will administer the test.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009
Mason Youth Baseball will hold their election for the 2010 Board of Directors on Saturday, June 6, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the baseball fields. Everyone who was nominated and accepted the nomination has their name on the ballot. The ballots will be counted by the present board members and the new officers announced following the voting.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009
1st Sunday Sing will be held at First Baptist Church on Sunday June 7th at 7 p.m. There will be several patriotic numbers with a special patriotic mini-musical by members of the First Baptist and First United Methodist Churches. All are invited. Refreshments and Fellowship to follow!
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Please join us June 10th for our next outing. We will venture out to the Walden Plantation located between Mason & Llano for a time of just being together. Call Mary on 347-9605 or Lynn on 347-0152 if you have questions or want to know more.
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Straight from her European tour by way of Los Angeles, California, Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson will perform for one night at the Odeon Theater in Mason, Texas June 20. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:00. Eliza Gilkyson is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter, who has become one of the most respected musicians in roots, folk and Americana circles.
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Young and Summer Scholars is a program designed to provide intense and academically stimulating summer camp programming for children grades 1-6. The goal of the program is to challenge school-age children academically as well as expose them to the Howard Payne University campus, college classroom, and academic environment. Both programs will be held June 15-19, from 9 a.m.
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The 2009-2010 Officers for Mason Study Club met at the home of Jean Dudney on Wednesday 27th to discuss future programs and fund raisers. The club supports the Mason County Library and promotes literary and philanthropic community activities. Pictured from left to right: Judy Branch-Secretary, Cindy Thinnes-Treasurer, Dana Butler-Reporter/Historian, Diane Evans-Vice President, and Jean Dudney-President.
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The Riata Organization presented a check of $1,600 to the Mason County EMS to assist them in purchasing respiratory aids for the ambalances. Pictured above, left to right, Jody Kingston, Linda Williams, Judy Cordes, and Toni Hurlbut.
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Three Mason 5th graders participated in the regional science fair hosted by the Education Service Center in San Angelo, Texas, on May 19th. The students advanced to the regional fair by placing in the top three spots in the local 5th grade science fair held at Mason Jr. High. First place in the local meet was Amber Hengst with a project on how different colors of light effect plant growth.
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The Riata Service Organization met on May 26th at 6:00p.m. at the home of Nomie Stringer, to celebrate another successful year. The Social Committee welcomed members and their husbands. President Judy Cordes presided over a short meeting. The outgoing officers installed the incoming officers. A delicious dinner of Fajitas with all the trimmings, salad and dessert was served.
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The FAAHC membership gathered on Friday, May 29, at the beautiful country home of Dana and Denwood Butler. Members from the Kimble, Mason, Menard and McCulloch area held their final meeting of the year, enjoyed a tasty luncheon and closed with great visitation. New officers beginning their duties for the 2009–2010 year are: Dana Butler, President; Dorrett Townsend, Vice-President; Carol Holmes, Secretary and Judy Uherek, Treasurer. An interesting, lively calendar of events is planned when t ...
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Angela and Chase Smith are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Heidi Jean Smith. Heidi was born on April 21, 2009, at Hill Country Memorial Hospital. She weighed eight pounds, five ounces and was 20 inches long. Heidi’s grandparents are Karen and David Schulze of Llano, Michele and Paul Smith and Brenda and Greg Lange of Mason.
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The following Grace Christian School students made honor roll; Ashlynn Ake J.J. Ake Haylee Burton Josie Clement K.C. Coleman Kinley Everett Bailee Everett Selah Farmer Eva Guerrero Isaiah Guerrero Gabe Jennings Sydney Renfroe Josie Clement received the highest academic achievement award for the elementry and K.C. Coleman received the highest academic achievement award for the secondary.
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Havana Schmidt Mason High School junior won the gold medal for ready writing on Monday, May 25th. Havana is coached by Kelly Guice, MHS English teacher. Ruben Rodriquez state director for the contest sought out Mrs. Guice to offer comments on the superior quality of Havana’s paper. Havana was one of six MHS students who advanced to state competition for UIL academics last week.
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Jessica Linn Lock and Perry Don Allin were married May 22, 2009. Jessica is the daughter of Charles Lock of London, Texas. Perry is the son of Jerry Don and Teresa Allin of Brady, Texas. They were married at the home of her grandmother, Betty Lock.
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Joey and Julie Willie are the proud parents of a beautiful baby boy! Eli Oliver Willie was born on May 15, 2009, at 11:28 p.m. in Waco. He weighed seven pounds twelve ounces and was 20-1/2 inches long. He is welcomed by excited grandparents, Ernest and Carolyn Vybiral of Abbott and Eddie and Jennifer Willie of Mason.
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Mr. Duke Hooten and Ms. Brenda Hooten are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Ashely Hooten, to Clayton English Smith Jr., son of Mr and Mrs Clayton English Smith Sr. A June wedding is planned in The Colony, Texas. Grandmothers are Lou Ann Hooten and Pat Crouch.
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The students pictured were the Mason Junior High School students who achieved perfect attendence.
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The students pictured were those who made the A-B Honor Roll during the last six weeks of the 2008-2009 term at Mason Junior High.
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The students pictured, above, were the Mason 5th and 6th graders who achieved perfect attendance.
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These are the Mason 6th grade UIL winners.
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These are the Mason 7th grade UIL winners.
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These are the Mason 8th grade UIL winners.
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These Mason 5th grade students participated in UIL scholastic events during the spring term.
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Please help me in congratulating our Texas Association of Secondary School Principals Region XV Principals of the Year. We had a great list of nominees and I feel our Region is well represented. HS Principal Casey Callahan – Mason HS HS Asst. Principal Eric Bierman – Brady HS JH / MS Principal Greg Baucom – Grape Creek MS JH / MS Asst.
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The Hill Country Home Builders Association (HCHBA) recently announced the recipients of three $500 scholarships. This is the inaugural year that the HCHBA has invested scholarships into local high school graduates that are interested in continuing their education in a Building Trades or Construction related field. In October of 2008, Rick Schafer, current President of the HCHBA, shared his intent with the Board of Directors that “somehow, we will raise money for scholarships”.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009
BROWNWOOD – May 2009 – Mason native Lacey Laqua received honors at Howard Payne University for the spring 2009 by being named to the President’s List. Students must earn a 4.0 grade point average to be named to the President’s List, a 3.65-3.99 grade point average to be named to the Dean’s List, and a 3.5-3.64 grade point average to be named to the Honor Roll.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009
The second through fifth grade UIL contestants participated in Medina, Texas for the district contest. The students represented Mason extremely well, and they received numerous compliments on their abilities and behavior. We are very proud of all who participated in each contest. UIL Results 2nd -5th Grades Overall: Second Place with 482.5 Points Second Grade Participants Creative Writing Second Grade – Coached by Amy Brooks, Linda Geistweidt, and Tami Smith Victoria Baltiera 1st Hi ...
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009
Changes to school immunization requirements for five vaccines take five effect August 1 according to Texas Department of State Health Services officials. "The changes were made to update the Texas elementary and secondary school immunization requirements to more closely match recommendations be the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices,"
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009
After considering numerous options, I have decided to move Mrs. Pam Kruse to the position of High School Principal. I have the utmost confidence that this decision is what is best for the future of Mason ISD. The decision to split the grades into a K-6 and 7-12 format looks difficult to achieve.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009
Following the retirement of John Burges, Fritz Landers has assumed the position of Administrator of Grace Christian School. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the school for many years, and has served as part-time tutor and classroom assistant for about ten years. Fritz has a Master Degree in Education Administration.
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Austin — State Senator Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) was sworn in as President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate on Monday June 1, 2009. As President Pro-Tempore, Fraser is third in line for the Governor’s seat and will be given the responsibility over the next 18 months to serve in that capacity in the event that Governor Rick Perry and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst are out of the state. “I am honored to serve as President Pro-Tempore and have the opportunity to serve as Governor w ...
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009
AUSTIN – Representative Harvey Hilderbran (R-Kerrville) announced today that he would award four District 53 graduating seniors with scholarships for the 2009-2010 school year. This year’s winners are Julie England from Winters, Kathryn Keith from Mason, Christina Van Dohlen from Center Point, and Julie Taylor from Ingram. Hilderbran originally planned to award scholarships to two students.
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The 2009 State Track Meet will be held at UT on Friday, June 5th and Saturday, June 6th. The two Mason Cowgirls that will compete, senior Rebekah Caffey and junior Hillary Bibb, will begin running Saturday at noon. The State Meet schedule in its entirety can be found at http://www.uil.utexas.edu/athletics/track_field/state/index.html.
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The Puncher track team traveled to Huntsville May 18 and 19 to compete in the Region IV A track meet at Sam Houston State University. The Punchers ran their best times of the year, but fell short of advancing any competitors to the state meet. The coaching staff would like to congratulate all of our young men for their effort and success during the track season.