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June 17, 2009 Issue
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July 11th is the date for the 6th annual Mason Open Car Show, from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Heritage park. Once again it will be a top 20 format, with additional awards for the best of show, and people’s choice. In the past this has been a free event for car owners.
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The Mason County Chamber of Commerce welcomed new lodging member, Walden Plantation, with a ribbon cutting Thursday. The elegant and spacious facility is located on the Llano River, halfway between Castell and Llano.
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Early Friday evening, even though a tornado watch was in effect, residents had started to breathe a sigh of relief when it appeared that the storms would move east of the Mason area. By 8:30 p.m., the line of storms moving south from McCulloch County had begun building back to the west, and by 9:00 p.m., the northern part of the county was hammered with torrential rains, large hail and high winds. That first storm was the precursor for a long night of storms that moved through in multiple wave ...
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Enjoy Great Music and Support the Odeon Theater Eliza Gilkyson will be in concert at the Odeon on Saturday June 20 at 7:00 p.m. Reservations are a $15 per person, donation. Advance reservations are strongly advised. We expect a sell out. Eliza Gilkyson has become one of the most respected musicians in roots, folk and Americana circles.
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The Mason County 4-H Natural Resources Team, Virginia Lemke and Kambrey Hudson, recently competed at State 4-H Roundup June 9-12, 2009. Each year, Texas 4-Hers compete for top honors in their respective category on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. The Natural Resources competition hosted nineteen 4-H teams giving educational presentations for 2009.
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Starting Wednesday, June 17, another new program at the City Swimming Pool will begin…ADULTS ONLY SWIM SESSIONS. (No children, please, during adult swim times.) On Tuesday - Saturday mornings from 10 - 11:00 a.m. and Wednesday nights from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. the City Pool will be open for adult swimming.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, June 9th, for its regular weekly meeting. There were 33 members and 3 visitors in attendance. Lion Charles Reichanau was responsible for the program and introduced Mike Higgins of West Central Wireless who spoke about West Central's services. Mike said he have been in the business for 21 years, for the last 6 years he has been the C.E.O.
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Seems every time I leave on a vacation, it rains! However, it's good to be back home. I truly was on Paradise Island, Hawaii is so pretty. When you're in Hawaii, you do as the Island people do, "SWEAT!" And I'm not just talking "perspiring," I'm talking "sweating like a pig!" They have their bar-b-ques, only their food isn't anywhere near as good as Texas bar-b-que.
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Things are going well, and with the summer heat upon us it is nice to stay inside or go by the city pool to cool off. The city pool has been open for the past ten days, and is crowded every afternoon with kids wanting a place to play and stay wet.
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LOL. For the longest time I thought that stood for “Little Old Lady.” But those in the know know. The email acronym means “Laugh Out Loud.” And that’s what happened when I reread last week’s column. A typo went unnoticed. And I quote myself: “Although the best time to plant [roses] is barefoot in the Fall.” Yep, something about kicking off your shoes and tromping around in the dirt makes those roses grow. Um…bareROOT was the intended word. But barefoot could be good ...
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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. “….W.C. Fields The words above are one of the basic principles of The Nature Conservancy. We are appreciative of all of the wonders that live among us on this beautiful planet.
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Thank God for the rain we got on Friday night. Along with the rain we also got a tornado warning, some unwanted hail and high wind. When we came home after the show, there was a little rain in town. We began to see more rain, much wind, and some hail.
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Put in the Big Rocks First! As summer is heating up, I am getting busier and busier, and this article reminds me that we all need to say no once in a while and just slow down and enjoy this wonderful life we’ve been given. Since the birth of my daughter, life is so much sweeter but so much more demanding!
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A Year Half Gone… Column #320 for Release on Saturday, June 13, 2009, or Later The older we get, the faster life goes, we who are chronologically challenged insist. We tear off a calendar page, and moments later, it seems, another month is gone. Clock gears seem triply greased, and somebody’s been messing with the sundials. They were laughed at, those old-timers of the same notion decades ago.
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I was planning to write my annual vacation destination column last week, what with school being out and all. As you may have noticed, that didn’t happen. Due to circumstances totally within my control, I had to write something else instead. Hopefully you haven’t pulled some bonehead stunt and made vacation plans already, because this column contains some information you definitely need to know before you go off and waste your time on some lame, boring trip, like traveling to Taiwan for the ...
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NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary. Brimstone by Robert B. Parker (WF PAR Col.3). Western Fiction. “Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole track down Virgil’s sweetheart Allie and the three head north to start over in the town of Brimstone.” Last Child by John Hart (F HAR). Psychological Fiction.
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Tell Me Your Dream Back on the 29th of November, 2005, I published a column called “Wild Wild Dreams” in which I found Shagnasty and myself dressed in tuxedoes (and me with no shoes on) attending the annual Golden Snore Award where my papa won the award for the best single performance while Shagnasty’s mother-in law and her dog Mable won the duet award.
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Digestion – Our health or lack of health is directly tied to what we eat and how we digest it. Today’s topic, digestion, is the means by which the body transforms food into the energy it needs to build, repair and fuel itself. Most of us assume that whatever we put into our mouths is going to be digested and nourish us.
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Several weeks ago, one of our columnists shared with me some distressing news. Dr. Don Newbury, who writes the "Idle American" feature for our paper and others around the area, emailed me to share that his wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer and would be undergoing surgery in early June. This week, he shares that information with our readers.
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Dear Gerry Gamel, We the undersigned Mason ISD taxpayers, respectfully join with Gary Zesch, in requesting from Superintendent Matt Underwood a complete public financial accounting of the proposed Mason ISD Daycare Facility. Mike Seaquist, D.V.M. Patt Eppler Winfred Bauer Charlie H. Pluenneke Billy Kothmann Glen Martin Hank Kimbriel C. H. Smith Carolyn Smith John Gammill L. H. McMillan Silas Brandenberger Mike Smith Monte Munsell Dewey Eckert Will Frey Gerald Geistweidt Eddie ...
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The regularly scheduled meeting of the Hilda Community Club for this Friday has been postponed to the following Friday, June 26th. The Mason Senior Citizens annual fundraiser (Young at Heart) is on the same night as our regularly scheduled meeting, so in order that our members can support the center, we have postponed our meeting for a week.
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If you attended school or graduated with the class of 1984, then mark your calendars for Saturday July 11, 2009 (Round-up weekend). The reunion will be held in the backroom of Willow Creek Cafe at 12:00 noon. Everyone is welcome to order off of the menu. Chips & Salsa will be provided.
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Greater Tuna is coming to Mason! The outrageous comedy by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard and directed by Mrs. Bolt is this year's “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 p.m.
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With a song in their hearts, Heart of Texas musicians jammed at Brady’s Burgers Friday, June 12. The concert was a fundraiser to benefit the families of Truman Farris and Jerry Thomas. The latter was killed in the mid-May accident which resulted in severe injuries to Farris. A respectable, though less-than-capacity, crowd braved imminent storms to gather around the platform stage in the parking lot.
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After the success of their first free dump day earlier this spring, the City of Mason decided at their June 8 meeting to hold another such event in July. The City Commissioners discussed the comments they had received about the spring event, and decided that residents still wanted one more opportunity to dispose of their trash and other items.
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Friends of the Hospital volunteers know there’s a lot at stake, and they’re not wasting time. Gala XIII will be Oct. 17 at Wildseed Farms to benefit future patients at Hill Country Memorial Hospital (HCMH) who suffer from vein, artery and heart disease. Gala volunteers are poised to make a difference by raising money to upgrade the current hospital catheterization lab and build a second one to diagnose heart complications and treat vascular disorders. Out of the total $3.3 million pri ...
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The St. John Lutheran Community Association of Crabapple, Texas (Gillespie County) will hold its Annual Business Meeting on Sunday, June 28, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. at the Sunday School Building in Crabapple. Discussion of the Annual Homecoming Worship service planned for Sunday, September 27, 2009, will be an agenda item along with any new business that may come before the meeting.
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Dr. David Rosberg, DVM and Dr. Andy Rosberg, DVM attended the 18th Annual Food Animal Conference held at the College Station, Texas June 5-7, 2009. Drs. Rosberg participated in lectures presented by Texas A&M faculty and certified specialists in the field of veterinary medicine. Topics provided instruction and current practices in estrous cycle and timing of insemination, estrus synchronization, reproductive application of ultrasound, embryo recipient management, evaluating and handling frozen ...
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June 6th, 2009, at the Great Castell Kayak Race, 151 kayakers officially took a number and hit the water—all to race for LiveStrong and Chemo Sabe.’ As a Mason County event, this race has it all: athletics, a great cause, happy campers, music and one of the most beautiful rivers in the USA.
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Members of Central Texas Electric Co-op in Board District Three (Mason, McCulloch, Menard, and northern Kimble County) met to chose their candidate for a seat on the Board of Directors, Monday night, June 8, at the Mason High School Cafeteria. CTEC members were welcomed by the co-op’s Chief Executive Officer, Robert A.
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Earl Koch was honored last week with a party in celebration of his retirement from the City of Mason after 12 years of service. He is pictured with his wife, Judy.
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Mason County Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce that applications will soon be open for another family to partner with the affiliate in owning their own home.  The next build will be the eighth Habitat home to be built in the Mason community, which is considered an exemplary feat, given the size of the community and that the local affiliate has just passed the seventh anniversary of affiliation! The schedule for the application workshops is as follows:                ...
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The Young Philosophers' Summer Academy incorporates both structured and unstructured activities. The program includes both indoor and outdoor activities, weather dependent. The actual participants, their interests and goals, guide the activities as well. We will be doing some serious talking, while engaging in fun activities. The program includes both indoor and outdoor activities, weather dependent.
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During Roadcheck 2009, which ran from June 2 through June 4, DPS troopers inspected 7,316 commercial vehicles, a 25.6 percent increase from Roadcheck 2008. During the three-day campaign, 7,316 commercial vehicles were inspected, and 1,636 of the vehicles (22.3 percent) and 202 of the drivers (2.7 percent) were found to have serious enough safety violations to be removed from service.
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Publications cover nature, wildlife, outdoor recreation and more COLLEGE STATION – Tired of giving Dad a tie or slippers for Father’s Day? If so, the online Texas AgriLife Extension Bookstore may be the place to go for something different. The bookstore, http://agrilifebookstore.org , has a variety of publications for the farmer or rancher, fisherman, birder, naturalist or outdoor-enthusiast father.
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Hill Country CattleWomen announce the recipients of their 2009 Scholarship Fund Awards. The applicants come from 14 counties in the Hill Country area. Money for the scholarships is funded from the Annual Style Show and Luncheon held each year in April. Applicants must be a resident of designated counties in the Hill Country, should have 60 college hours or more and be a college level junior or above.
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Gwendolyn Gardner, of Mason, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2009, at the age of 67. Gwen was born October 31, 1941, in Mason to Maudell Holt McDonald and James Allan (Al) McDonald. She was the oldest of five children and was always the “other mother,” to her younger siblings, serving as the overseer and caregiver of the family.
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Lucille Ledbetter died December 15, 2008, at the age of 98 in Brady, Texas. Lucille was born June 2, 1910, in San Saba County to William Tom and Bennie Mae Wever Latham. She grew up in the Deer Creek Community surrounded by Latham family members and attended schools in the Deer Creek Community, Fredonia, and graduated as valedictorian from Mason High School.
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Johnna Michelle "Missy" Taylor, of Mason, passed away on Monday, June 15, at the age of 45. "Missy" is survived by her parents Noni Kothmann Stringer of Mason and Johnnie and Linda Cottle of Beeville, 2 sisters Tara Fenton of Houston, and Trisha Cottle Zertuche of Beeville, and a brother, Tighe Cottle of Houston.
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Mason Machine Pitch Select Team continued its summer tournament play in Johnson City last weekend. Mason played a five game tournament that included wins against Wimberly, Bulverde, Johnson City and Fredericksburg. Mason won the championship late Saturday night by playing an “errorless” 17- 9 game against Fredericksburg. Mason will participate in tournaments hosted by Fredericksburg and Llano for the remaining weekends in June.