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July 22, 2009 Issue
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009 • Photos
The Odeon Theater has recently acquired a new digital projection system which will enormously expand its entertainment and educational services to the community. Advertising, movie previews and pre-show announcements have been among the services lacking since the non-profit group Odeon Preservation Association (OPA) took over the theater in 1994; its mission has been to maintain movie operation while also broadening the theater’s role as a performing arts center.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009 • Photos
Mason, July 20, 2009: Hill Country Telecommunications, a subsidiary of Hill Country Telephone Cooperative, announces its plans to build fiber connectivity to the business district around the courthouse square and make state of the art communication services available. With these services, businesses can experience Internet bandwidth up to 1Gb, private network connectivity, on-line data storage, and voice over IP (Internet Protocol) telephone services.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
Lawrence Spell and Michael Shanley appeared before the July 13 meeting of the Mason County Commissioners' Court to request the removal of the current Veterans Service Officer for the county, Mr. Michael Lopez. Mr. Spell and Mr. Shanley explained to the Court that there had been numerous complaints from veterans in Mason County regarding the timeliness and quality of service that had been receiving from Mr.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009 • Photos
Editor's Note: the name of the first place winner was incorrectly reported in last week's paper. We apologize for the error. Sponsors of the winning entries are listing first, followed by the riders. Sponsors 1) Blue Mountian Peak Ranch, Richard Taylor 2) Mason Feeders 3) Bo & Christy Powell 4) Penny & Marnell Ruthven 5) Country Home Health 6) First State Bank of Central Texas 7) Mason National Bank 8) The Commercial Bank Winning Riders 1) James Lee 2) Cody Wolff 3) Mike Wolff Be ...
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009 • Photos
Will Taylor and Strings Attached, performing at the Odeon Theater in Mason, will bring with them a light projection show produced by Austin light master Charles Beard. The light show is choreographed to the musical tribute to the Beatles. Other surprises and announcements will be part of the last concert of the spring/summer concert series.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
The Hilda United Methodist Cemetery Association will meet on Sunday, August 2, 2009, at the Hilda United Methodist Church at 3:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, July 14th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 31 members and 4 visitors in attendance. Lion Chuck Bearden was responsible for the program and introduced Sherry Alm, Director of Swimming Pool Affairs for the City Swimming Pool. Sherry, along with Bob and Martha Vacek, Harold Hoerster, Richelle Joy, and Sherry Jordan made up the initial "Citizens Committee"
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
Change. It’s in the air. Kinda like love. Or pollen. Change is inevitable. Like the weather. A natural phenomenon. A fact of life. And can’t be avoided. Though many of us try. So here we are. In Mason. The vortex of transformation. Maybe it’s the granite colliding with sandstone. Or the prickly pear tangling with wildflowers. Maybe it’s in the water. But it’s something. Something that entices, intrigues, and invites. Then sticks, stings, or bites. Like the very land ...
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
If music that soothes the savage beast is the universal language, rainfall—or lack of it—surely must be the topic that riles up conversationalists around the globe. One of the reasons farmers and ranchers gather at the feed store is to compare rain gauge readings. This sometimes leads to arguments about how much it rained and how fast, followed by allegations about faulty gauges—or failure to empty same. Sometimes conversations swing to complaints about the heat, gulch-dry droughts and o ...
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
FOREWORD: This article was written a long time ago but read it anyway you might like it. ***************** Several months ago I received a small paperback book through the mail. It was written by a doctor who believes that the biggest medical breakthrough since penicillin is on its way and the wonderful thing about this breakthrough is the fact that it has nothing whatsoever to do with drugs. This doctor has come to believe that the medical establishment is totally wrong about heart disease ...
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
Processed food is everywhere. In some ways, we are fortunate to be living in a time when we can process and preserve our food so that our supermarkets are always full and we always have plenty of choice in what we have to eat; but in other ways, we are deprived of “real” food that is naturally tasty and full of nutrients that are good for us. Food processing is a business that has become more and more sophisticated over time.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
Women have put a while lot of time and money on their faces. However, looking at photos from the past, this stated in the 20s. Looking at photos of grandmothers in the 1890s to the 1920s, one could see that they didn’t do anything for their faces. Seeing a photo of my grandmother Brandenberger, I saw a rather “washed out” face.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
For a while, it looked like it was going to rain. There is thunder and lightening in the area on this Monday afternoon, Pray for rain! Philip Hinckley will celebrate his birthday on July 24th, Keven Kothmann will attend his party on July 25th and Megan Ceynowa, Scott’s daughter, will be six years old on July 28th.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
On the calendar we are only half way through the year, and we all know it is several months until Christmas and the first of next year. However, recently at the City office it feels like the end of one year and the start of something new. We have completed the new water tower and all of the connections and it is now functioning completely.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
My family loves homemade ice cream, and it’s perfect weather for it. I just wanted to give you some tips on keeping it safe for your family! Every year homemade ice cream causes several outbreaks of Salmonella infection with up to several hundred victims at church picnics, family reunions, and other large gatherings.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
The Walden’s Online Dictionary states: “use ‘amount’ with things that cannot be counted but ‘number’ with things that can be counted… ’number’ is regularly used with count nouns, while amount is mainly used with mass nouns: number of mistakes, amount of money. The word number can also be a bunch or aggregate.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
Now it seems silly, but there was a time when people were seriously concerned with some strange designs that showed up in fields in Great Britain and other places, such as England. These designs may have appeared in other places, too, although I don’t recall the particulars. Crops were mashed down in specific and extremely symmetrical patterns, and no one could figure out what exactly had made them. Rumors were rampant that the ‘crop circles’ were made by aliens from outer space.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
Thursday afternoon, I'm headed to Austin to meet up with an old friend who is flying in from Seattle for a few days. We've already got tickets to Esther's Follies for Thursday evening, and Friday is going to be a lazy day of dropping in on some old haunts and seeing just how much the capital city has changed in the dozen years I've been gone. I'm not big on taking off days from work.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
To The Good Mason Samaritan I was privileged to be a judge for the Mason County Round-Up Parade. I was surprised and pleased with the participation in a wonderful parade. The Chamber of Commerce gave each of the 6 judges a voucher for a Tee-shirt and a meal to any restaurant in Mason.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
If you remember this slogan, and chances are you don’t, then you witnessed this country battle foreign enemies during World War II; the slogan was on posters all around the United States. At the beginning of World War II we were forced to dig into storage and use weaponry left over from the First World War.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
Speculation is running rampant! Will the 10,000th visitor to the Mason Square Museum be young or mature, newcomer or native Texan, from Mason County or a neighboring County? What savoring piece of Mason history will attract this unsuspecting honoree to one of the best small town museums in Texas, or in the country for that matter?
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
Wildseed Farms announces it’s third annual Gourmet Chili Pepper and Salsa Festival this summer on July 24, 25 & 26. Wildseed Farms, known for its flowers, has planted several fields of peppers: chilis for ristras and drying, specialty and ethnic peppers, sweet and hot peppers, southwestern style chilis, ornamental peppers and more. Some of the great music lined up include The Fabs on Friday at 7:00pm and Rotel & the Hot Tomatoes on Saturday at 8:00pm.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
Show your patriotism and bleed some red to save lives during the month of July. Donate in the month of July and you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing for the chance to win a $1,000 Visa gift card courtesy of Farmer’s Insurance Agent Richard Hartgrove. Donate two red blood cells and you’ll get double the entries.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
Please join us on Wednesday, July 29th at 5:30 p.m. for our annual Fun Day. We have the pool reserved from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. We will meet and enroll at 6:00, eat and play games, and then swim. Also at this time we will have 4-H Officer elections for Senior Club, Junior High Club and Junior Club.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
The Board of Directors of Operation Orphans, Inc. has selected five dates for the doe hunts during the forthcoming whitetail season. They are the following Saturdays: October 31, November 21, December 5, December 12 and January 9. The first date will be an all girl's hunt, while the remaining dates will be all boy's hunts. This is the 50th year of the "
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
There will not be anymore “TEEN NIGHT” swim sessions on Tuesdays for the rest of the season. All of the other swim sessions will remain the same. (Please see the ad in this issue for hours of operation.) If you would like to rent the pool for a private party, call Sherry at 805-1278.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
Have you always wanted to take your family camping, but really weren't sure how to go about it? If so, South Llano River State Park will be hosting a two-day program September 26-27th designed for folks just like you. During the overnight Texas Outdoor Family program, families will spend much of the weekend learning not only how to pitch a tent, cook outdoors and learn nature, but also how to use a global positioning system (GPS) to navigate trails and locate hidden caches.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
Mason non-profits have received over $50,000 over the last two and one half years. This is not money from the Stimulus package! This is money generated by our own Community Thrift Store which is operated by the Mason Community Foundation. Twenty-two projects have been funded in Mason County. These include EMS and fire department equipment, benches and Christmas lights on the square and repairs for the food bank. Mason Community Foundation grants are given to projects that are sponsored by a ...
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
The Texas Education Agency named Mason ISD as a Texas 21st Century Community Learning Center Cycle 6 Grant recipient. The purpose of the 21st CCLC program is to provide extended learning opportunities for grades K-12 outside of the regular school day in the core subjects of math, reading, science, and social studies.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
We are dealing with a cunning, baffling, and powerful disease called alcoholism and one that is progressive and continues to get worse mentally, physically, and spiritually 00 usually on all fronts at once. YOU have the choice to accept the things you cannot change. You must accept that the alcoholic is powerless over the disease.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
Found; Kitten, 10-12 weeks old female with large patches of yellow, gray and white. Very friendly, house trained, and like to settle in your lap. Found stuck in a tree during Monday's rainstorm (7-20-09) on 300 block of Rainey St. Call Mark 830-889-3100.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009 • Photos
Members of the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club gathered at club president Mary Hemphill’s home on July 13 for a planning workshop. Programs for the upcoming club year were outlined and speakers for each were either contacted or one of the attendees took responsibility for doing so at a later time.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009 • Photos
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009 • Photos
On June 23, 2009 Conrado Jaquez graduated from CMSAF Robert D. Gaylor Airman Leadership School. A formal banquet and ceremony was held and Conrado was surprised and honored to receive the prestigious and coveted John Levitow Award. This award is presented to the top student in the class for overall excellence in academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and teamwork.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009 • Photos
Mollie Laqua was recently chosen as an Angelo State University recipient of the 2009 National Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Mollie is pictured here with the president of ASU, Dr. Joseph C. Rallo at the presentation ceremony. She was nominated by Dr. Marilyn Eisenwine from the Teacher Education Department.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009 • Photos
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
During the July 13 regular meeting of the City of Mason commission, the group voted to hire Blackwell Engineering to investigate possible problems at the city's wastewater treatment plant. Mayor Brent Hinckley explained to the Commission that TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) inspections had not cited the city for any problems; but, the inspector had noted that it was unusual to have gone for such a long period of time (two years) with no discharge of treated water into Comanche ...
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009
SAN ANGELO – As the growing season progresses, hot, dry conditions prevail over much of Texas causing crops, pastures and rangeland to wither, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert. “We’re actually experiencing quite a reversal in rainfall patterns in some areas with some rain falling on the normally dry western parts of the state while the traditionally wetter eastern portions are suffering severe drought conditions and prolonged 100-degree heat,” said Dr.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009 • Photos
Over 320 players played in over 500 events last weekend in the Mason Dr Pepper Open Tennis Tournament. Players and fans from all over merged on Mason for this event that has been a Hill Country tradition for over 40 years. We had players from Austin, Abilene, Boerne, Dallas, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, Lampasas, Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, San Antonio, Waco, and Wimberley made their way to our town to play some great competition.