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July 15, 2009 Issue
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During Saturday night's rodeo performance, the new Mason County Roundup Court was announced by Alpha Beta Psi Sorority. Left to right: Duchess Nicole Bednarik(sponsored by Mason Feed Store); Duchess Britney Schovajsa(sponsored by Mason National Bank); Queen Havana Schmidt(sponsored by Riata Organization); Duchess Amanda Hudson(sponsored by Market Square); and Duchess Bianca Jaquez(sponsored by The Commercial Bank).
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This years car show had over 65 vehicles in attendance, making this show our best ever. We were able to donate two large boxes of canned goods and dried food to the food bank, as well as $200 in cash donations. Local winners included Bobby Scantlin’s 34 Ford, Charles Garner’s 65 Ford, Karen Scantlin’s 68 Corvette, and Thom Frazier’s 56 Chevrolet.
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Because of the enthusiasm and success of the Spring Clean-up a few months ago, the City of Mason is sponsoring another Free Dump Days on Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18. The landfill will be accepting regular types of residential trash, debris and refuse with no charge, from 8 to 5 on Friday and from 8 to 3 on Saturday, but as always we can not accept any hazardous materials.
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Bluebonnet CASA of Mason, Menard, McCulloch and Kimble counties announces a new license plate that does much more than identify your car — The new design will raise money to recruit volunteers who speak up for foster children in court. “We are very proud of the new license plate, Big Voices for Little Texans.
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L.B. Haines of Mason brought his 4670 carat topaz to the Mason Square Museum in Mason last week for display. The stone, found over 25 years ago, was found in the same general area as the famous McGehee topaz that is on loan to the museum from the Smithsonian Institute.
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Despite the HOT weather, attendance at Roundup was wonderful! It was another good year. We had great food, games and interesting crafts. Thanks to all the craft vendors and those who showed up to work, look and shop. JOHN BEAM and friends put on another great music show. The main band was called “BARDED WIRE”.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009 • Posted July 15, 2009
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, July 7th, for its monthly business meeting. There were 37 members and 6 visitors in attendance. "Boss Lion" Chris Dyer was responsible for the program and Kirby Groves read the minutes and gave the financial report. It was discussed as how to disperse the extra funds from the accounts.
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Mother Nature. What a gal. What a wonderful world she gave us to live in. Just look up at the sky some dark night. Who would’ve guessed what Mira is up to…up there. Mira being a star. Not a movie star. Nope. There’s no comparison to movie stars when it comes to the red giant Mira. She was known to 17th Century astronomers as “a wonderful star whose brightness could change dramatically in the course of about 11 months.” Ah, the fickle world of fame.
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The Roundup Parade, Rodeo and Queen’s Contest are over again for this year, and congratulations to all of the winners. This is the kind of activity and entertainment that makes rural Texas a “hometown” for everyone. It was fun to have all of the visitors in town, and I want to say a special THANK YOU to everyone who worked so hard to make the weekend a success: the Chamber for another great parade, Doreen Cardenas for organizing the courthouse activities, the Rodeo Association for a great ...
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Remembering a Great One… Column #324 for Release Saturday, July 11, 2009 It is a worthwhile activity in which folks of a certain age can and should engage, plucking warm, pleasant and smile-inducing withdrawals from their memory banks. They should be selective, leaving undisturbed the negative thoughts and deeds of yesteryear. Such selectivity is nothing new.
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The Coal Oil Lamp Days Kids of today and many older people who did not live through the kerosene and/or coal oil lamp days have no idea what the days “before electricity” were like. To give them a very small insight into those days I will improvise a scenario that could have happened in nearly every home depending upon the light from kerosene lamps. Scene: It is after dark on this school night - supper has been eaten, the dishes have been washed and now the school children of the family ...
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Earth friendly is an important concept for our own health and well being. It is something that every household needs to consider for the health of its inhabitants, not to mention the beneficial effects on the earth. While the term “earth friendly” conjures up all kinds of visions of recycling, windmills, solar power and hybrid cars, I like to think about the ordinary products I use in and around my house. According to the EPA, indoor air pollution is one of the nation’s most pressing pe ...
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“THEY?” created Day Light Savings Time! Didn’t save me a dime, in fact I lost an hour in the process. “They?” is really putting the sheep on me, too! I only want the Federal Government to do one thing for me and mine and that is to protect our shores and borders.
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It’s hot. Keep cool; drink plenty of water; work in the morning and stay out of the sun in the afternoon. Pray for rain. Wishes for a happy birthday go to Caroline Jordan on July 17th, to John D. Fleming on July 20th, to Kaci Lyn Durst Zaleski on July 22 and to Kyle Andrew Kothmann, son of Brad and Brandy, on his 3rd birthday on July 22nd.
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Is there anything bugging you today? Does the heat, loud neighbors, or insensitive relatives push your buttons to the limit? If so, then you need to take a lesson from The Eckert James River Bat Cave ladies. With approximately four million adult females and four million pups (or baby bats) sharing space in this small cave, the heat gets pretty intense.
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Grill It Up: Tips from the Texas Beef Council Choose the right cut: The more tender cuts, Porterhouse/T-Bone, top loin, tenderloin, ribeye, rib, top sirloin, chuck eye and chuck top blade are all ideal candidates for the grill and require only your favorite seasonings, or rubs, to add flavor. Rubs are a blend of seasonings, such as fresh or dried herbs and spices.
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Back in 1997, Bill Clinton tried to get the US Senate to ratify CIFTA. Clinton was president at the time, if you’ll recall, although he had such a hard time keeping his britches up he hardly had time for anything else. Obviously, he didn’t take the time to read CIFTA, or he could not, as an American, have been in favor of it. CIFTA is actually the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and other Related Items.
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I have two aversions that do not mesh well with my profession. I do not like long meetings, which considering I sat through five hours of meetings on Monday, was a tough day for me. And, I am not comfortable in crowds. The Roundup parade is not too difficult for me to navigate, as I tend to be in front of the crowd with my camera.
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RE: July 8, 2009 Issue "Is Bankruptcy the Right Choice?" Dear Gerry, Articles such as "Is Bankruptcy the Right Choice" (7/8/09) are of course by their nature superficial and abbreviated, but as an attorney and C.P.A. who has specialized in the practice of bankruptcy law for almost 30 years, I would like to correct the most glaring misstatement.
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Nancy Hatch Miller was the personification of enthusiasm, laughter and love. She thought and talked in superlatives. She worked and played with gusto. She love whole-heartedly and without reservation. All of us who were cheered up and, counseled and advised, entertained and encouraged, praised and complemented and applauded by her are missing a huge positive force in our lives.
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Gerry, I just wanted to express my sincere appreciation to Carl Keith for the spectacular fireworks display here in Mason on the 4th. It was thoroughly enjoyable and the best part, free. Ed Alford
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The Hilda Community Club will meet this Friday, July 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the community clubhouse. Hosts are Danny and Florence Smith. Bring a covered dish to share. We’ll have a report on Roundup.
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David Hardison, P.T., D.C., will tell his personal story of how a 20-year physical therapy career influenced original skepticism and his eventual convictions in chiropractic care when he speaks to attendees at the Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center, Wednesday, July 21, from 12 to 1 pm. This class is the third in a free series of seven to be offered by the Wellness Center in July and August called, “Demystifying Alternative Health Therapies.” Dr.
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Girl Scout Troop 5240 of Mason is collecting new or gently used clothing for Operation Orphans. This is part of the project for earning their Girl Scout Silver Award. Please look through your and your children’s hunting attire to find things to donate as well. Please drop clothing off at Hair Care Extraordinaire at 802 Post Oak.
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Wednesday, July 15. 8:30 to 11:30 and 1:00 to 3:30 for children under 6 years old. Wednesday, July 22. 8:30 to 11:30 and 1:00 to 3:30 for children 6 to 18 years old. DSHS Clinic in Brady, Texas. 1004 S. Bridge St. 325-597-0550. Don't Forget The New 2009-2010 State Vaccine Requirements For Students.
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The Llano Country Opry will be staged on Saturday, July 18, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $12.00 per person. Tickets are now on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers in Kingsland or by calling (325) 247-5354.
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Weekly attendance is up at the Mason Square Museum! A mystery is unfolding as visitors are greeted with a wonderful overview of the history of Mason and Mason County. Museum docents are watching the guest book very closely as the tally approaches 10,000. By visiting this hall of knowledge, you may learn how Robert E.
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Austin, Texas — Recording artist Kevin Fowler, whose recent project “LIVE from the Party Barn” is a series of songs and videos made available to his fans for free on his website, is to play HarperFest at the Harper Community Park in Harper, TX on Saturday August 1, 2009. Proceeds from the event will go to the Harper Community Park.
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A mama bird feeds her hungry young in the nest on the front porch of the library. This is the second set of baby birds raised there this year. The children visiting the library enjoy seeing the babies and the library staff does their part by keeping the porch washed off and has even had to replace one fallen baby back in the nest.
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Allene Garrison and Weesie Lange had a great time Wii bowling last Wednesday at the Library Community Room. They ended up in a tie and plan on being back this Wednesday for a showdown! The Wii system will be set up every Wednesday at 10:00 for all Seniors to drop by to play or watch.
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Shanna D’Laine Loeffler & Thomas Zachary Price were united in marriage on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at two o’clock in the afternoon at Trois Estates across from Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg, Texas. Lee Roy Loeffler, the bride’s grandfather performed the small family candle light ceremony in the underground chapel. Hawkins Allen read the scriptures and Chastin Evans lead the Lord’s Prayer.
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Sharon Swafford was recently honored at Angelo State University by the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society for being a Special Educator. Sharon was nominated by Mollie Laqua and was one of three teachers recognized during the banquet held in their honor at the CJ Davidson Conference Center. This was a prestigious and well deserved honor for an awesome teacher who makes a difference in the lives of her students every day at Mason Elementary and Junior High School.
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Ceremony recognizes Texans who have held land in the family for generations AUSTIN – Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and the Texas Department of Agriculture today recognized 78 farms and ranches in 60 Texas counties at the 34th annual Family Land Heritage (FLH) ceremony. The ceremony was held in the House Chamber at the Texas State Capitol.
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On July 4th Ridin’ For the Brand hosted a Mason Playday! Before the event, Cowboy Church was held with Denny Huse from Bloomer, Wisconsin. He ministered to the crowd in music and Word! It was another awesome service! Four saddles were awarded to: 8 & Under Girls: Shanna Marquart; 8 & Under Boys: J.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009 • Posted July 15, 2009
Weatherford, TX- In a project begun last September, recycling was the main reason that Weatherford 9th grader Tucker Morton wanted you to donate your old boots to the Doss Heritage and Culture Center (DHCC) and help raise money for its Schnebly Educational Fund that make scholarships available for student campers and other educational programs.
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Summer is a time to enjoy the outdoors, but fun can quickly turn to tragedy when encountering a poisonous snake. Cindy Loeffler, RN, is the trauma nurse coordinator for Hill Country Memorial Hospital. She said emergency room employees are well aware of poisonous snake dangers. “Medical science has enabled effective treatments depending on the snake and the location of the bite, but much depends on a person’s response after getting bitten,” Ms.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 • Posted July 15, 2009
There’s a lot you can do at Social Security’s website, and it’s easy to locate — just go to www.socialsecurity.gov. You can estimate your retirement benefits, find out what kinds of government benefits you might qualify for and even apply for benefits online. But did you know that you can check the status of your benefit application online — even if you applied the “old fashioned” way, in person at a Social Security office or over the phone? That’s right — you can check the ...
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 • Posted July 15, 2009
(Kerrville) – The Kerrville Performing Arts Society has successfully provided the Kerrville Community world-class professional artists from around the globe. Through the dedication and commitment of an all-volunteer board, KPAS has increased their artistic offerings and raised the “bar” to provide first-class entertainment that is normally only available in the large venues of Houston, Austin, Dallas-Ft.
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Bennett Franklin Martin, of Mason, passed away on Monday, July 6, 2009, at the age of 67. Bennett was born in Oak Cliff, Texas on December 21, 1941, to Linnwood Martin and Bernita Walters Martin. He was a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Bennett served his country in the U.S Army during the Vietnam War.
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Lois Nixon Schreiber, of Mason, passed away on Friday, July 10, at Hill Top Nursing Home in Kerrville, at the age of 94. Lois was born in Gillespie County on July 26, 1914, to A.J. “Jack” Nixon III and Lora Redford Nixon. She was raised in the Fredonia area of Mason County and attended school there before graduating from Mason High School.
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Margaret “Maggie” King, of Corpus Christi, passed away on Monday, July 6, 2009, at the age of 52. Maggie was born August 4, 1956, in Kaplan, Louisiana. She was raised in Fredericksburg and was a graduate of Fredericksburg High School. She was a woman of many talents and many interests.