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June 24, 2009 Issue
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
During their June 8, 2009, meeting, the Mason County Commissioners' Court heard an update on the progress for their application for a courthouse restoration grant. The grants, administered by the Texas Historical Commission, were funded at a much lower level during this latest legislative session. The architect for the county, Kim Williams, explained that there were other applicants who would most likely be chosen ahead of Mason County in the grant process.
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The Old Peanut Mill Steakhouse hosted the Chamber's Summer Mixer. Clockwise from top:Dana Phillips, Lynn Farris, Carolyn Phillips, Doris Grote, Oliver Grote.
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Carl Keith, the driving force behind Mason's annual Independence Day fireworks, has notified the News that this year's display will be held on July 4th. Many times, Independence Day falls during the week, and the fireworks have been scheduled for the nearest Saturday or Sunday. This year, July 4 is a Saturday, and Mr.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
During the June 15 meeting of the Mason I.S.D. board of trustees, a new principal was hired for Mason Junior High to replace Pam Kruse. Mrs. Kruse has been hired by the board to replace Casey Callahan as the principal for Mason High School. Clint Askins, who most recently was the Pre K through 5th grade principal in Veribest, was selected as the new Jr.
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Heart of Texas Recording Artist Mona McCall will headline the Mason Country Opry show on Thursday, June 25, at the Odeon Theater in downtown Mason. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets will be on sale at the door the night of the performance. McCall was born in Canada.
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Registration to participate in the Apple Blossom Style Show began 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, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
Come join us to celebrate Independence Day at the City Swimming Pool on Saturday, July 4th from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. Even though this date is a regular day of operations at the pool, there will be nothing normal about it. Although the day will include regular times of “free swim,” the lifeguards have some fun water games planned for kids of all ages.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
In spite of some scattered spring rains, the summer heat is definitely building and a drought continues throughout Central Texas. In order to conserve our precious water resources, Mason residents are reminded to use water wisely. We are asking our citizens to voluntarily comply with our first stages of water conservation and we would appreciate it if you would limit your outdoor sprinkling and watering of lawns and landscapes.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
Seth Thomas. Every Sunday I think of ol’ Seth. Every Sunday I wind him up. The tick-tock pendulum clock that says “Seth Thomas.” Made in the U.S.A. And that’s a good thing. Because Seth Thomas was American. Born in 1785. And a pioneer of mass production. He had his own clock-making company when he was 25. Not much later, he set up his own factory. And started making clocks with metal movements. Up until then, everything was wood. The iconic clock in Grand Central Station is ...
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
When I was young I dreamed dreams. In those moment s of serenity I always visualized animals that were not frightened of me. These dreams pushed on into adulthood and now as a granny I have had these dreams come true! I am Vicki Ritter, 2009 Eckert James River Bat Cave Steward, and I and several others on Sunday night had the exciting drama of living out a dream…my dream.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
It's going to be a long hot summer. We went to San Antonio because Lisa was going home on Tuesday and the concrete there was real hot. Pray for rain. Birthdays this week include John Mutschink on the 28th, Max Jordan on the 30th and Daniel Victor Dursts 6th birthday on July 1st.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
Children at Risk in Hot Cars With the increase in temperatures, the danger of children dying from being left unattended in vehicles increases. This subject hits a little closer to home now that I’m a mommy! Develop a system so that no tragedy like this can ever happen to you. Temperatures in parked vehicles can rise very quickly.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
Keeping the Faith… Column #320 for Release Saturday, June 20, 2009 You remember the sign on the bookstore door when the business went south: “Words Failed Us.” That pretty much describes our reflection on the blurry weeks involving diagnosis/surgery/convalescence faced recently. By way of short review, my wife, Brenda, is ahead of schedule as she works back toward driving a car, lifting more than 20 pounds and resuming every day life following a bilateral mastectomy on June 3. She w ...
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
“Getting back to normal?” How does one constitute, “Normalcy?” Personally, I’ve not a clue as to what would mean “Normal,” in my life. Sometimes, I feel that I’m just about normal, but then again it must have been wishful thinking. Mothers don’t have normal lives. Just when you think things are going smoother, you’re hit with a size 10 magnitude on the Moms Richter Scale.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
For those of you who have been living in your coat closets for the past couple of weeks, the space cadets at peta are at it again. This time they’re attacking president Obama for swatting a fly during a television interview. Said it showed a lack of compassion for our fellow creatures, and he should try to think about that before mindlessly swatting. Now, I believe president Obama has made a great many mistakes lately, but swatting a fly is not one of them.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (F BRA Fla.1). Mystery Fiction. “Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, must exonerate her father of murder. Armed with more than enough knowledge to tie two distant deaths together and examine new suspects, she begins a search that will lead her all the way to the King of England himself.” Knock Out by Catherine Coulter (F COU FBI 13).
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
Adrift in Editorials As a dedicated reader of editorials and the Viewpoints page I often become quite envious of these more learned writers who always seem to have information available that allows them to come up with new thoughts and ideas that make interesting reading and cause the reader to think. Some time ago a reading of these pages made me aware of the “uninvited guest” who eats every meal in our homes.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
Enzymes are catalysts that run hundreds of thousands of biochemical reactions in our bodies. Also known as “sparks of life”, they are essential for digesting food, stimulating the brain, providing cellular energy and repairing all tissue. There are two major types of enzymes, digestive enzymes that help us utilize the nutrition in our food, and metabolic enzymes that are responsible for the chemical reactions within our cells such as energy production and detoxification. Research has foun ...
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, June 16th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 31 members and 3 visitors in attendance. Lion Glenn Ruthven was responsible for the program and introduced Don Durflinger and Ashley Clements who spoke about the Mason Co. Apple Fest. This function will be held on September 5, 2009 and will benefit the Mason School.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
After the madness of the month of May subsides, I always like to take a look back at the previous year’s successes and failures. Obviously our overriding goal at Mason ISD is to promote and provide student success and to ensure that our students are provided a wide range of services.
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Last Tuesday evening, the Chamber held one of their quarterly mixers out at The Old Peanut Mill. I had already been talking to a couple of my friends, and they indicated they would probably stop by and visit for a while. When I arrived, Chamber president Teresa Walker and I chatted for a few minutes, and I laughed when she told me, "This mixer is in your honor."
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
Dear Mason, I had to write a quick note sharing with you how much Mason has meant to me in the past and during this time of change in my life. I have called Mason home for many years, seeing it through the eyes of student, teacher, community member and most importantly family member.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
On Tuesday, July 21st, Pam Colbert and Lynne Carlson will be available to discuss the many services offered by the Area Agency on Aging for seniors through it various programs to include Care Coordination, Benefits Counseling, Caregiver Support, Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion Services, nursing facility Ombudsman, and The Community Outreach Program for all ages.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
River of Life Church will be hosting a Kid's Cooking Class. Children ages 5-10 years will have their class on Thursday, June 25th at 5:00 p.m. Those kids who are age 11 years and up will meet on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Call Megan Bierschwale at 325-347-7666 for more information.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
"Always Happy, Never Sore, Senior Class of '74!" If you attended school or graduated with the class of 1974, then mark you calendars for Saturday, July 11, 2009 (Round-up week-end). The reunion will be held in the back room of Zavala’s Restaurant after the parade from 11:30 to 3:00. Everyone is welcometo order off the menu.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
The Hilda Community Club will meet this Friday, June 26th at 6:30 p.m. for our monthly meeting and covered-dish supper. Reuben and Doris Geistweidt are hosts. We will be finalizing plans for our German Taco booth at Roundup so please try and attend.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
Girl Scouts of Central Texas Prepare for Race on the River San Angelo, Texas, June 17 – Ditch the same boring summer routine and make some new friends at a fun summer camp. Girl Scouts of Central Texas is encouraging all girls in grade 6 and up to attend a Canoe Training Camp beginning July 20-24 to prepare for the upcoming Girl Scout Race on the River event.
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The Heart of Texas Country Music Association sponsored a tour to Branson, Missouri, on May 16th through the 20th. The association chartered two buses for the trip. Eighty six people enjoyed the five day trip that featured entertainment by Moe Bandy, Yakov Smirknoff, Shoji Tabuchi, Barbara Fairchild, Pretty Miss Norma Jean, Ricky Boen and Texas Mud, Jim Stafford, Allen Edwards and the Dixie Stampede.
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On May 26th Mason Study Club members celebrated their Annual Picnic at the home of Dana and Denwood Butler. Members and guests enjoyed a seated, covered dish dinner with table decorations provided by The Petal Patch. The organization supports the Mason County Library and numerous community activities.
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Adams, Emma; Armstrong, Jesse; Bauer, Walker; Cope, Alexandra; Halliburton, Kayla; Joy, Brianna; Klaerner, Klay; Perlichek, Grace; Reardon, Aaron
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Airheart, Karma; Ake, Kenzie; Bailey, Tristen; Bierschwale, George Whitt; Doss, Kelcey; Fisher, Hannah; Fluhmann, Annissa; Hanscheck, Courtney; Hyatt, Clay; Jordan, Rylan; King, Mitchell; Mendoza, Jessie; Montoya, Kyle; Pinter, Elijah; Shoemaker, Zane; Wartenbach, Jessica; Williams, Clay
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Don and Kathy McKay of Austin announce the engagement and approaching wedding of their daughter Carrie Elizabeth to James Harrison Cole. They will be married August 15, 2009, in Houston, TX. Carrie is the granddaughter of Donald and Patsy Ziriax and Doris and the late Charles McKay.
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Emilie Jordan Bibb, daughter of Justin and Sherryl Bibb and granddaughter of Sam and Maribelle Hoerster III, graduated May 15, 2009, Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Agricultural Science. Emilie has accepted the position of Agricultural teacher for Boerne and Samuel V. Champion High Schools in Boerne, Texas.
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Aunnecy Elliot, Kaeli Hooten, Avery Joy, Allie Guice, Aeron Dayton.
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Bunker, Kolby; Gammill, Julian; George, Billy; George, Preston; Gomez, Vivianna; Gonzales, Isaiah; Gonzales, Meaghan; Haley, Mason; Joy, Avery; Keller, Tristin; Longoria, Michael; Munsell, Kendra; Porter, Michael; Ragsdale, Walker; Silerio, Kaelee; Spencer, Ty; Valdez, Jose; Watson, Gage
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Klay Klaerner-1st grade (digital camera), Brianna Ellebracht-2nd grade (musical recorder), Veronica Olvera-2nd grade (game pen), Harlee Haley-3rd grade (digital camera), Aselynn Montellano-4th grade (game pen), Marisela Palacio-3rd grade (CD player)
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Macie Gibbs
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Prize winners from drawing. If student received attendance or an honor roll award, their name went in the drawing either once or twice. Grand Prize drawing! Hannah Fisher wins an electric keyboard and Lexi Bingham wins a bike and helmet!
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This is the 26 pound yellow catfish that Adam Cortez caught on his fishing trip out Roy Lehmberg's place in April 2009.
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Ty Ellebracht-3rd grade (game pen), Jessica Wartenbach-1st grade (digital camera), Austin Habecker-4th grade (Guitar Hero game), Eli Timms-4th grade (CD player)
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
Nevada, MO-Cottey College announces that Elisha Wawrzyniak, daughter of Renee Berens of Mason, Texas and Nick Wawrzyniak of Skidmore, Missouri, graduated Sunday, May 17, 2009, with an Associate in Arts degree. Elisha was also on the Dean's List for her scholastic performance during the spring 2009 semester. Cottey College is a two-year, independent, liberal arts and sciences college for women located in Nevada, Missouri, 100 miles south of Kansas City.
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May of us in Mason have encountered this personality as he comes by the table with a big smile when we are dining at in a local restaurant. As a matter of fact, FIDENSIO LOPEZ ZAVALA better known as FRED, along with wife, Jane, are owners of that restaurant. He is just checking to see if you are satisfied with your meal.
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Ridin’ For The Brand Ministries once again hosted a playday series at the Fort Mason Park Rodeo Arena. Their first playday was scheduled for May 23rd however it was rained out. The second in the series was scheduled for June 13th however the rains came the day before and the 13th was a beautiful day!
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This young male lab/pit cross was found at the rodeo arena on Monday night. He is well behaved, and appears to have been well cared for. To claim, call 347-2484.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
Washington, D.C. (May 2009)- The Commercial Bank of Mason, TX is among the most recent members to join the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA). Through membership in ICBA, The Commercial Bank joins in strengthening the voice of community banking across the nation, while gaining valuable access to programs and services that help community banks continue to provide superior service to their customers and communities.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
Every American knows that July 4th is Independence Day — a day for celebrating our nation’s independence and the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans. So on July 4th, and throughout the year, it makes sense that independent-minded Americans tend to be do-it-yourselfers. We revel in the freedom to make our own choices and to do things on our own schedule, in our own way. When you’re done grilling those burgers and hotdogs and watching the neighborhood fireworks display, remember that “do- ...
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
David Lewis, an avid mycologist from Newton County in East Texas, will give a presentation on “Mushrooms of Texas” on June 30 at the Gillespie County Historical Society Building, 312 West San Antonio Street in Fredericksburg beginning at 7:00PM. The program will be part of the regular monthly meeting of the Fredericksburg Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.
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The second of six children, Billie Maxine Frenzel came into this world on Thursday, April 11, 1918, born to Flora and Pascal Waddill, Rochelle, Texas, and departed this life for her heavenly home on Monday, June 15, 2009. Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 19, 2009, at First Christian Church with Dennis Glasgow and David Cozart, officiating.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
Elroy Schuessler, of Mason, passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at the age of 76. Elroy was born March 2, 1933, in Mason to Roy Schuessler and Velma Hill Schuessler. He attended school in the Grit community and then at Mason. He married Charlene Bratton on November 12, 1952, at Fredonia and they were blessed with three children.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
Michelle “Missy” Cottle Taylor, beloved daughter and sister, went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 15, at the age of 45. Born June 17, 1963, in Fredericksburg, Texas, Michelle was the eldest of two children born to Inona Kothmann Stringer and Johnnie Cottle. She grew up in Austin and Beeville.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009
Nancy Hatch Miller celebrated life from November 29, 1944, to June 20, 2009. Nancy was born in Seguin, Texas, to James Hatch and Ethel Mae Brannies Hatch. She grew up in Mason and graduated from Mason high School in 1963. She married Freddy Miller and they had twin sons Rance and Reese.
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Oleta Stockbridge Barton, of Mason, passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, which was her 92nd birthday. Oleta Naomi Adams was born June 16, 1917, in the Field Creek Community of Llano County to Clarence Adams and Louella Marshall Adams. She grew up in the Pontotoc area and graduated from Pontotoc High School.