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October 7, 2009 Issue
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009 • Photos
Somewhere in your attic, do you have a photograph of Mason’s V-Day celebration in 1945? Or maybe a shot of great-grandpa with his wagon near Fredonia in the 1890s? A brush arbor meeting at Art in the early 1900s? Flappers driving around Mason in the 1920s? Your high school gang gathered outside the Kreme Kup in the 1950s? If you have anything along those lines, the Mason County Historical Commission would love to hear from you.
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The fourth annual Starving Artist Show will be held on Saturday, October 24, 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. We are honoring Jennifer Hitzfelder, event founder. The show is to encourage the public to come to the square, visit the artists, and to also visit the shops and restaurants. We are grateful to our merchants for allowing the artists to set up in front of their shops. Over 35 artists will be representing many areas of Texas, from San Antonio to San Angelo, and towns all in between.
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Chairman Carmen Bauer and Linda McFarland co-chairman are finalizing plans of the Methodist Churchwide Spaghetti Luncheon on October 14th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All you can eat for $7, but only one piece of pie. Take out plates will be available by calling the church at 347-5105 after 9 a.m.
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The 2009 Mason County Farm Bureau Annual Convention is scheduled for Tuesday evening, October 13th, at 6:00 p.m. This year's meeting will be held at the Fort Mason Park Community Building. A free barbecue dinner will be served, and door prizes will be awarded to attendees. This year's featured speaker is Texas Farm Bureau president, Kenneth Dierschke.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
Hill Country Telecommunications and the Mason Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to present a Cronin Communications Event. The “Growing Your Business With Broadband” The Role of Broadband in Rural Economic Development Seminar welcomes business, organizations and individuals to attend and learn how to take better advantage of the Internet and Broadband.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, September 29th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 39 members and 1 visitor in attendance. Among the visitors were 2 Mason High School Seniors, Omar Martinez and Jeremi Durante. Lion Brent Drennan was responsible for the program and he introduced Matt Underwood, Superintendent., Mason I.S.D.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
October is here. The very word itself looks like October. With that big round O. Just like a big round pumpkin. October wouldn’t be October without Halloween. And Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without costumes. Hinckley’s has all sorts of things for the occasion. October also means opals. And marigolds. That is, if you’re October born. Opal being the official birthstone. Marigold the official flower. In the U.K.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
Grandparents and Free Speech… Many folks live 50 years or longer without exercising first amendment rights, but when “grandparenting” comes along, they catch up fast. If vocal chords had muscles, they’d be ripped, as they say, by the ongoing blather old-timers trumpet about their grandchildren. They do so without discrimination, typically yapping away to anyone who’ll listen to minute descriptions of intelligence, strength, agility, courage, and all-around comeliness embodied in spec ...
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
09/01/09@1217 - Loose Livestock – Deputy Herrington responded to loose livestock on Old Junction Road. 09/01/09@1259 - Welfare Check – Deputy Herrington responded to a welfare check on Ft. McKavitt. 09/01/09@2038 - Incident – Chief Deputy Carson responded to an incident call. 09/01/09@2347 - Suspicious Vehicle – Deputy Feuerbaucher responded to a suspicious vehicle call on Ft.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
Detoxification is a basic natural health solution. It is particularly important in this day and age when toxic chemicals are in our homes, our food, our air and our water. A toxin is a substance that creates irritating and/or harmful effects to the body. Toxins tend to overwhelm our bodies and undermine our health over time.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
There have been several sightings of “Twitchy Spandexs,” lately! Two were spotted by my Spandex lookout post in Grit, Texas. Heavens to Betsy, Grit? Now, I’ve been told that “Twitchy Spandexers” have as much right to the highways and ranch roads as anyone else. Let’s not get our spandex panties in a knot, but there is a factor of SAFETY.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
Beautiful weather! I looks like Spring and feels like Fall. The rain last week was fine and we are ready for more. Pray for rain. Three people will celebrate birthdays on October 9th: Nancy Jordan, Jeff Kingston and Lizzie Cano. Hazel Martin has her birthday on October 11th and Melissa Toone Kothmann will celebrate on October 14th while Kevin and Melissa Kothmann will celebrate their anniversary on October 4th.
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I feel akin to Chicken Little this morning. He ran around telling everyone that the sky was falling. I am sitting here at this typewriter feeling like the sky is falling. I have so much to say and don’t know particularly what is of the utmost importance. I thought about letting everyone know that we did not have many visitors to the cave this week.
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To provide more space and better light, the new books at the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library have been relocated to the Cup & Chaucer area. The paperbacks have found a new home on the back wall. NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (F BRO Lan.3).
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and You I know you all feel like you’ve heard way too much about the swine flu, but this is some information I thought was helpful- it goes into detail with specific symptoms and tells you when to seek immediate medical treatment. My best advice: carry around some alcohol based hand sanitizer and rub it into your hands every chance you get!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
Bowhunting is one of the fastest growing sports in America today. It is also one of the most statistically dangerous hunting methods, coming in third behind 1) hunting Russian boar with a knife and 2) stalking mountain lion with a toothpick. There are several reasons for this, first and foremost being the fact that a higher percentage of archers than rifle hunters climb trees.
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Members and guests of the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club were treated to a brilliant portrait of the past woven in words, photographs, and maps by guest speaker Dolores Keller at the club’s September 21st meeting. As those attending entered the Richard Eckert Civic Center, they were invited to peruse displays of very old documents and photographs on display in the main meeting room.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
In talking to other newspaper folks, one of the things that we often hear, and that baffles us, is, "Why didn't you have (FILL IN THE BLANK) in the paper?" There are times this is legitimate. We didn't know anything about the event because no one got us any information! We don't publish civil trial matters!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
The Future Of Mason County Is Now On The Line After closely examining the originally proposed LCRA/PUC power line routing map for the new 345 kilovolt project, and comparing it to the alternate route through Mason County being promoted by the Clear View lobby, it becomes obvious that their routes are wholly inferior to the original proposal for a number of reasons: 1.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
Editor: Just a few observations and comments regarding a tragic situation at the Pontotoc Volunteer Fireman's Barbecue/Fund-raiser. The situation was that an individual collapsed (an apparent heart attack). Members of the Pontotoc VFD, along with other individuals immediately began CPR, and EMS and Star Flight were notified. From my viewpoint, completely professional and timely actions and attempts to revive and save the victim.
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Friends and Neighbors of Mason and Menard I want you to know the truth about Clear View Alliance (CVA) and share with you some important information regarding the Lower Colorado River Authority / American Electric Power (LCRA / AEP) 345 kV transmission lines. As you know, whether any of us like it or not, the Hill Country is about to be crossed by at least one mega-transmission line carrying wind-generated energy from West Texas to the I-35 corridor.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
Phonemic Awareness: What’s that and how do I help my child? Tuesday, October 13 Time: 5:30 p.m. Where: Room 117 (Vondell Jordan’s Room) This session will explain phonemic awareness activities. A variety of ideas will be demonstrated. Handouts will be given out to assist parents in doing activities with children. Free books will be given to those attending. Intended audience: Parents of PreK-1st Grade
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While Japanese war drums once struck fear in the hearts of ancient soldiers, they are now beating their thunderous sound on the stage and thrilling audiences around the world. This new generation of drummers, all young and energetic, will drum their way into the Texas Hill Country as the Kerrville Performing Arts Society presents the Yamato Drummers in their new show, “Fiesta!” The extravaganza is filled with positive energy and showcases the ten young instrumentalists on over 20 drums rang ...
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
The Fredonia Community Association is having their annual election of directors, meeting, and pot luck supper October 17th, at the community center in Fredonia starting at 6:30. If you have not paid your dues, we will be happy to accept them the night of the election so you can vote.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
The Mason Tennis Association has scheduled an adult Tennis Mixer on Sunday, October 11th at 3:00 p.m. at the Mason School Courts. Tennis players will be placed on a court with other players of equal ability and then play 3 sets, one with each of the other players. There will also be a short business meeting and a chance to join or renew membership in the association.
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The MHS student council will begin their annual magazine drive on Monday, Oct. 12th. This year the council will continue to sell magazines and CDs in an effort to raise money for the purchase of new trophy cases. Last year’s drive earned about half the money needed for this purchase so the council’s goal is to raise the remaining amount this year.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
The members of American Legion Fort Mason Post #285 & Ladies Auxiliary invite other veterans, friends and family, and anyone interested in The American Legion are invited to attend our regular October meeting, to be held at 7:00 pm, Thursday, Oct. 8th, at the American Legion Post Hall on Post Hill Road (behind the Jail).
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Rain washed out the earlier date set for the 4th Annual Mason Education Foundation’s Washer Pitchin’ Tournament and Barbeque. To insure against further washouts, the event has been moved to the Community Building at Fort Mason Park, on Saturday, October 24. Registration for the single-elimination tournament begins at 3:30 and closes at 4:15 p.m.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
Tow Community Center—Oct. 10th, 11Am-2PM. All residents of Tow and Bluffton, past and present, are invited to come out and visit. Enjoy barbecue, sausage, fish and beans. Bring a side dish to round out the meal. This year's event will also be celebrating the 100th birthday of Miles B. Bragg.
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Come out and Support your Mason High School Cheerleaders on October 10, 2009.We will be serving dinner in the High School Cafeteria at 5:00 p.m., followed by Bingo at 6:00. Prizes will be distributed to the winners after every game. The cost will be $12 per person; this includes the dinner and 2 cards to play Bingo.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
The sound of oompah, the aroma of sizzling bratwurst, and the cries of Prosit! once again herald the arrival of Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg, Texas, October 2, 3, & 4, 2009. For three full days, the whole world is invited to sing, toast and dance at one of Fredericksburg’s favorite festivals, celebrating its 29th Anniversary!
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Ginger Test of Novice , Texas, is an avid photographer and gathers her inspiration from nature. She has taught full time since 1982. Test’s love of art dates back as far as her memory. Before she started school, she was filling a drawing tablet with her sketches every day. Later an aunt, who was also an artist, encouraged Test by giving her a set of oil paints.
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The Fine Arts Association of the Hill country will host their annual 5X7 Scholarship Show and Sale at the Northside Café on November 7, 2009. All proceeds go towards giving a $1000.00 scholarship in May 2010. The very first scholarship granted by the FAAHC was to recipient, Christan Nichole Powers, a 2009 graduate of Junction High School.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
A harvest of fall fun awaits families at Pioneer Museum on Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visitors to Log Cabin Days will experience frontier activities such as churning butter, braiding rope and washing with a scrub board. Demonstrations of old time crafts will also be held with a blacksmith at the forge and coiled wool baskets will be made in the Fassel-Roeder House.
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Mason Study Club officers for 2009-10 were introduced at the September 22 meeting in the Stribling Room at the Mason County Library. Left to right, Margaret Brown, Parliamentarian, Cindy Thinnes, Treasurer, Judy Branch, Secretary, Diane Evans, Vice President, Jean Dudney, President. Not shown are Dana Butler, Reporter, and Jane Shoemaker, Historian.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
My name is Ken Cordero and I recently moved to Mason from the Sacramento area of California. Some of you may know my Sherrie Cordero. We moved here in August and she teaches part time at Mason High School (go Punchers!). I have nearly 44 years experience in the swimming pool service and repair industry, and after selling my business in California, I hope to do a scaled-down version of what I did in California here in Mason.
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On Saturday, September 26, 165 grandparents and the youth of Mason Gospel Church joined together to celebrate. The grandparents were escorted into the Mason School Lunchroom by the youth. Others met them at the door with greetings and hugs. They were shown to a seat and supplied a cold drink.
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The Hill Country Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and AgriLife Extension Service hosted the Fall Hill Country Expo for over 100 residents in Mason, Texas on October 1. Participants spent the day learning from agency officials on program updates and improvements within the agriculture industry. Topics ranged from animal health, carbon credits, prescribed burning, power line easements and technical/financial assistance available to landow ...
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It’a already time to meet again - Mason’s Red Hatters will meet on Wednesday, October 14th, in the parking lot of the Methodist Church. Once we are all together, we will attend the fundraiser Spaghetti Luncheon prepared by the UMW (United Methodist Women). Proceeds from this luncheon will go towards a special UMW project.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
We owe so much to Hollywood. In the well-organized and massive business of professional filmmaking, millions upon millions are spent for the creation and production of each film that finds its way across America and into the projectors of small theaters like our Odeon. Countless hours are spent in production meetings, on-site scouting, shooting scenes, feeding cast and crew, locating and re-locating massive amounts of equipment and sets, editing, marketing, packaging and delivering.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
Fort Mason Smokehouse is once again coordinating a deer donation program for the 2009/2010 season. They will be accepting donated deer to be processed into ground meat, packaged into two pound packages, then frozen for storage. There will be no charge to any individual or organization making donations of meat. Donations are accepted to help defray the expenses of packaging, freezing, etc. Owner Gerald Davis says that he thinks this could be a record year for need in our county; but, also feels ...
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Sysco is a company familiar to many in the Mason area, particularly those in the food service industries. What many may not be aware of is that Sysco is constantly searching out new producer markets to meet the increasing demand for "fresh, locally-grown produce." They have now partnered with Fort Mason Smokehouse and Hill Country Farms to not only secure such a product; but, they will also be able to provide a market for local growers at which to sell their items. On Thursday, October 15 at 6: ...
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
Andrew and Elizabeth Morquecho are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Zayna Maddyn Morquecho She was born September 22nd at St. David's Hospital in Austin and weighed 7 lbs., 11 ounces and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Micheal and Jennifer Krobot, Mary Lou Morquecho and the late Tony Morquecho.
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Dorman Ray Schmidt was born to August Schmidt and Elsie Neffendorf Schmidt in Mason, Texas, on July 7, 1930. He died September 22, 2009, in Aurora, Colorado, at the age of seventy nine. He spent his early years on a ranch in Mason County and attended school in Grossville and later in Mason where he graduated from Mason High School.
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Dorothy Fickling Schmidt, 96, died September 27, 2009, in Houston, Texas. Ms. Schmidt was born September 29, 1912, in Mason County, the daughter of Steve and Alma Fickling of Pontotoc. She taught school in Mason for approximately seventeen years, and after retiring, worked several years as the Mason County Librarian. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Roberta Schmidt of Drexel Hill, Pa., her daughter, Christy Schmidt Wright of Houston, Texas; four grandchildren, Marissa S ...
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Fanny Emerance Voyer, of Mason, passed away on Saturday, September 26 at the age of 92. A memorial service was held for her on Sunday, October 4 at the Mason Funeral Home Chapel. Fanny was born on September 1, 1917, in Malonne, Belgium, the only child of Emile Hector and Amanda LeConte Jacques.
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The first thing that needs to be said about last Friday's game between Mason and Eldorado is that the score does not reflect the determination of the players from out west. Though Mason won the matchup 48-20, the Eldorado Eagle players never gave up, and their determination provided for a game that kept fans on their feet and cheering till the end. Mason dominated the game.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
Our Punchers, who have played six highly competitive games in a row will finally hit a soft spot on the schedule as they travel to Christoval Friday night. Here is what we know about the Cougars. The drive to Christoval is probably one of the more scenic drives on the schedule.
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The JV Punchers traveled to Eldorado Thursday night to take on the Eagles in what turned out to be a game shortened by storms and frequent lightning in the area. The game was called at the half with the Punchers leading 21 – 0 and controlling much of the action on the field. The Punchers started more slowly in this game than in those previous, but soon hit their stride thanks to great, hard-hitting defensive play that repeatedly made the Eagles struggle to gain positive yardage.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
The 7th Grade Punchers played host to the visiting Fredericksburg Billies this past Tuesday evening. In a, out of regular schedule game, the Punchers picked up a game with Fredericksburg because Eldorado does not have a 7th grade team. We try to pick up games like this because the alternative is our younger guys will miss out of an opportunity to play.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009
The 8th Grade Punchers traveled to Eldorado Thursday for their 5:30 kick-off. The Eagles received the opening kick-off then preceded to march almost 80 yards for a score, until finally the Punchers realize the game had begun and put an end to the drive. Linebackers Emilio Palacio and Raul Silguero did a good job of stopping the Eagles’ tailback at that point.