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June 10, 2009 Issue
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The annual Great Castell Kayak Race on Saturday had over 130 entrants. This unidentified spectator had a great view of the starting line at the Llano RV Park.
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The Class of 2009 held their graduation ceremonies Friday evening at R. Clintion Schulze Stadium. The graduates move their tassles from the left to the right side, signifying their move foward in their educational lives and then toss their mortar boards in the air after completing the evening's formalities. Parents and families of the graduates are reminded that the Mason County News will provide a free CD loaded with photos of the graduates.
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Editor's Note: One of our readers pointed out that last week's article about Havana Schmidt did not clearly indicate her first place win at state UIL competition. We wanted to make sure everyone understood how important such a victory was, so we are giving everyone a second chance to congratulate her on her win. Havana Schmidt Mason High School junior won the gold medal at state competition for ready writing on Monday, May 25th.
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The Mason Clinic is having an Open House on Tues, June 16, from 12-2 p.m., celebrating the clinic’s 60 years of service to Mason County. They will be serving punch and cookies and invite the community to join them in celebrating this milestone event. The clinic first opened in June of 1949.
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Greater Tuna is coming to Mason! The outrageous comedy by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, & Ed Howard and directed by Mrs. Bolt is this years “Young at Heart Fund-raiser” to benefit the Mason Senior Center. We are wanting to take a different approach on fund-raising so we are bringing you this live entertainment featuring 20 different characters aptly performed by two actors on Friday June 19th at 7 pm at the Mason ISD Auditorium.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 • Posted June 10, 2009
Alpha Beta Psi Service Organization will once again be sponsoring this year’s Round-Up Queen Contest. A $1000 scholarship will be awarded to the young lady selected as this year’s queen. Alpha Beta Psi , along with the Mason County Chamber of Commerce, will also award a $500 scholarships to each of the girls selected as duchesses in the Roundup court. Young ladies wishing to participate should be a high school student next year.
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Flag Day, June 14th, commemorates the adoption of the Flag of the United States, on this day in 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14th as Flag Day. And, in August 1949, National Flag Day, June 14th, was established by Act of Congress. So, on Saturday, June 14th, please fly the Stars & Stripes with pride, because it is a symbol recognized the world over as standing for freedom, justice ...
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009 • Posted June 10, 2009
For the past several weeks I have been asking for ideas and suggestions on how to improve Mason, and I believe that a few people have finally come to understand that I really did look forward to your comments and concerns. The City Commission and I are committed to trying to make our town more “customer friendly” but the best way we can do that is to hear from you what problems you are facing and finding ways we can work together to find reasonable solutions.
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Oh, the yellow rose of Texas… And the yellow rose of June. And what more famous rose than our own yeller one. However, the song was written about a woman. Not a flower. Roses (the flower) migrated to Texas. Just like everybody else, originally. Regardless of where it grows, the rose belongs to the month of June. And rose-blooming season is upon us. Get roses at The Green House and Mason Garden Market. Although the best time to plant them is barefoot in the Fall. Take a peek into th ...
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 • Posted June 10, 2009
It all started at 6 p.m. with a 1500 foot hike up a hill. Then there was the two hour and forty minute wait for the emergence. Yes, I gave my presentation…not once, but three times to different groups. Did I mention the flies and various other bugs buzzing around?
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Pray for rain. I think it could rain every day and we would still want more. It would be different to say: “No more rain.” Keep praying. Carlita Jordan will celebrate her birthday on June 17th. June is the month for weddings and Steve and Karen Toone celebrate on June 12th, Scott and Kacie Ceynowa observe their second anniversary on June 17th and Trey and Natalie Hudson’s anniversary is June 18th.
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10 Tips for Canning Foods at Home Safely Hopefully you’re starting to get some goodies from your gardens. Canning foods at home can be a fun way to preserve an abundant harvest from your garden. But if you don’t do it right, home canned foods can cause serious, even fatal, foodborne illness!
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Classics in Cowtown… Column #319 for Release Saturday, June 6, 2009 In recent days, thousands of fans gathered in Fort Worth, eager to be present as some of the most talented players engaged in world-class competition. Onlookers, most of them envious, were in awe of the players in competitions that took on marathon status. Some of the stars challenged the toughest musical compositions in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at Bass Hall, while others pursued a trophy, plaid j ...
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 • Posted June 10, 2009
You’ll most likely find this a very unusually article. I’m leaving for a vacation that has been in the works since January of this year. I’m taking my daughters in law, Shannon and Lacey with me to Hawaii! We’ve been looking forward to this trip for a long time. Z and my sons will have to wing it without us girls.
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Once, when my wife was complaining about something our kids had done, or hadn’t done, I reminded her of a conversation we had had not long after we got married. She had brought up the subject of children, and I had suggested we get some hamsters instead. That idea was about as popular as a butcher at a peta convention. But years later it made more sense to my wife, when she was griping about the boys.
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NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary. The Horse Boy: A Father’s Quest to Heal His Son by Rupert Isaacson (618.92 ISA). Nonfiction. “When his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson was devastated, afraid he might never be able to communicate with his child. But when Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, rode their neighbor’s horse with Rowan, Rowan improved immeasurably.
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Shagnasty vs. Whistlebritches My old friend Bolivar Shagnasty was trying to get me into a political argument and I said “No sir-ree, I’m not tangling with you on anything that has to do with politics or religion. If you want to talk about either of those two subjects you need to talk to my old buddy Elmer Whistlebritches.” “Well, said Shagnasty, “trot him out here because I have a question to ask him.” “He’s listening” I said, “so ask your question”. “Well hi there ...
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Cleansing the body periodically is one of the tenets of natural health. The purpose of cleansing is to assist the body in eliminating harmful toxins which helps the body run more effectively and efficiently which translates to better health. As adults, 80% of our energy goes towards eliminating byproducts of normal metabolism from our bodies.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 • Posted June 10, 2009
Italian Hearth Bread (King Arthur Flour Catalog) First off, I got a couple of calls about my reference to a “cooking crock” in last month’s recipe. A cooking crock is a covered vessel that is generally cast iron, and/or cast iron with a ceramic coating. It will work, regardless of the coating.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, June 2, for its monthly business meeting. There were 31 members and no visitors in attendance. "Boss Lion" Denwood Butler was responsible for the program and Secretary/Treasure Gene Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report for May. The 5K-10K fun and the Mop & Broom Sale were discussed.
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5-1-09 @ 2:20am- Possible fire- Sgt Zapata responded to the Behrens School Rd @ 87 N-No fire @ 2:36am- Suspicious noise- Sgt Zapata responded to the 1700 blk of Schuessler St @ 10:29 am- Disturbance- Sheriff Nixon and Chief Deputy Carson responded to the 300 blk of Cedar St @ 1:52 pm- Wild Animal- Chief Deputy Carson responded to the 3300 blk of Hwy 29 E @ 1:52 pm- 911- EMS responded to the 300 blk of Spruce @ 2:23 pm- Gas drive off- Driver returned @ 3:13 pm- Loose livestock- Ch ...
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The 2009 season of swimming at the City Pool kicked off with a bang at “Splash Day” last Saturday. Over 90 kids enjoyed swimming and hot-dogs throughout the afternoon. Splash Day was funded by free-will donation with approximately $175 collected. Ongoing donations can be dropped off at the swimming pool, City office or in the donations jar at the Chamber of Commerce.
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One of my favorite Rogers & Hammerstein shows is still South Pacific. It's a wonderful story of World War II and the plain and simple people that worked together to win that long battle. It is also a story of people overcoming their own notions of prejudice and bigotry in order to allow themselves to fall in love.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009 • Posted June 10, 2009
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.
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The June mixer will take place at the Old Peanut Mill on the outdoor patio area, June 16, at 6:00 p.m. Please bring a covered dish. Everything else is taken care of. The bar will be open for those who want to purchase drinks.
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The Class of 2004 of Mason High will be having our 5 Year Reunion on July 10, 2009, Round Up Weekend. We will have food and music at the Arteaga residence... $10 a plate ( beef fajitas) and BYOB. There will be a Cory Morrow concert later that night, so that gives you time to eat and visit with old friends.
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Mason Charity Quilters will have a work day June 11, from 9-3 at St. Paul Fellowship Hall. Bring your sewing machine and a sack lunch and join us. For more information call Joan Williams at 347-6974 or Doreen Cardenas at 265-4302.
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The Mason County Apple Fest is now taking applications for the 2009 Arts & Crafts Show. Visitors from all over will enjoy contests, shows, interactive demonstrations, arts and crafts, The Miss Apple Blossom Style Show, a car show, a tractor show, live entertainment, good stuff to eat at the Apple Fest and on the square, and so much more!!!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 • Posted June 10, 2009
New this year at the City Swimming Pool is TEEN NITE on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. This special time is only for 13 - 19 year olds. Registration forms MUST be completed by a guardian for all youth under 18 years of age. Appropriate swimwear is mandatory! All those who do not have a completed emergency registration form on file or have inappropriate swimwear on will be benched or asked to leave.
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Library Board President Julie Harrison, Mayor Brent Hickley, and Librarian Carolyn Nixon admire Junior Classic books purchased with money donated by the City of Mason. The books arrived just in time for the Summer Reading Program at the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library.
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Amanda Cruz Martinez graduated from Texas State University - San Marcos with a Bachelors of Science degree in Respiratory Care and completed a Post-Baccalaureate Polysomnography course of studies on May 15, 2009. She is the daughter of Samuel and Griselda Martinez and is a 2003 graduate of Mason High School.
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Cody and Rebecca Meyer of Voss, Texas, are proud to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their son, John Cody Meyer to Kelly Robin Hays, daughter of Jerry Hays and Karla Richardson of Troy, Montana. John Cody is the grandson of Nolan & Helen Donop of Mason and the late John & Jean Meyer of Pontotoc.
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Eleven students from Grace Christian School attended the Christian Schools Finals Competition at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 17th – 23rd. This competition is an Olympics style event in which students participate in academics, drama, art, music, and athletics. Three hundred eighty-one students from schools in the United States, Central and South America worshiped together and competed for top honors.
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Kambrey Hudson, pictured above with Reuben Geistweidt, SWCD Board Chairman, presented her award-winning speech on the SWCD theme, “Dig It-The Secrets of Soil” to the Board on Thursday. She was awarded a $500 scholarship from the Assn. of TX SWCDs. Kambrey will compete at the State FFA Association Convention in Dallas on July 7.
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William Wayne Koock received an award at Thursday’s Soil & Water Conservation District meeting for the 2009 Outstanding Conservation Rancher in Mason County. This award represents his continuing efforts to be a good steward of the land by demonstrating proper grazing use and nutrient and pest management on bermuda grass.
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Shayne Smith with Homestead Real Estate welcomes Jennifer Munsell as a new agent to the company. Jennifer is a long time resident of Mason, Tx, and has been selling and listing properties here and in surrounding counties since October of 2007. She married Levi Munsell who is a third generation “Masonite” as well as heavy equipment operator and owner of Cat Track Construction.
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Mason High School art students were honored with a reception on Wednesday, May 27th at the Coffee Mug ‘n More for the 5th Annual Lamplight Designs Art Competition. Family and friends were on hand to view 51 entries displaying a wide range of medium. First place winner was senior Raegan Stockbridge with her graphite drawing titled, “Nobody’s Girl,” second place went to freshman Kason Wood for his self portrait oil painting titled, “Epidemic”, third place was awarded to sophomore Ben ...
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The Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country is pleased to announce the recipient of their first annual $1,000 scholarship. Christan Nichole Powers of Junction High School was selected for this honor and was surprised with the award during her May 29th graduation ceremony. Miss Powers’ entry showcasing her work stood out above the rest as the selection committee studied the applications.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009 • Posted June 10, 2009
What You Wish Your Constituents Knew When it comes to explaining the property tax, logic may not be the best approach. Consider the seemingly logical questions posed by taxpayers: 1. The name of my appraisal district includes “county” (i.e. Ector County Appraisal District), my tax bill has the word county, so the county must be in charge of my property tax appraisal, right? 2. If my property value decreases, my taxes will automatically go down, right? 3. If the county, schools or ci ...
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 • Posted June 10, 2009
Mason County Habitat for Humanity was pleased to receive a donation of $1000 recently, a gift of employees of the Lower Colorado River Authority. The donation came from LCRA employees through the LCRA Employees’ United Charities program. LCRA employees who participate in United Charities voluntarily donate up to two hours’ pay monthly to support the program and then decide how the funds are spent.
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Rudolph Lane Dudley, 79, of Mason, Texas, died on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at Kerrville Veterans Hospital in Kerrville, Texas. He was born on October 14, 1929, in Ferndale, Michigan, to the late H.K. Dudley and Erma Short Dudley. He was preceded in death by both of his parents, and his Brothers Kenneth Dudley, and Edison Dudley.
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It was a long season track season for many Cowgirl track runners, due to the postponement of all UIL events. However, the two young ladies that represented Mason at the State Meet last weekend (Rebekah Caffey and Hillary Bibb) did not seem to mind. Both were able to compete against the few elite runners that were still remaining in the UIL competition. In the heat of the day, both runners competed well against their respected opponents.
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On Saturday, June 6, 2009, Mason hosted its 2009 All-Star Machine Pitch Tournament. Participating teams included two Mason teams, two Llano teams, Fredericksburg, Comfort, and Johnson City. Mason beat Johnson City in a 17-8 game for the championship. Mason’s Machine Pitch Select Team will participate in tournaments hosted by Johnson City, Fredericksburg, and Llano for the remaining weekends in June.