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October 14, 2009 Issue
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 14, 2009
The Mason Punchers Band will be one of 24 area bands participation in the annual UIL Region VII Band Marching Competition to be held Saturday, Oct. 17th in Brady. The Punchers Band is scheduled to take the field at 1:25 pm. The entire Band Marching competition will be broadcast live on KNEL radio in Brady at 95.3 FM, and the broadcast will be carried live on the internet through KNEL's website at www.knelradio.com. KNEL radio has been broadcasting the live performances of bands within its cover ...
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Last Friday Mason defeated Christoval 67-7. This week, the Punchers meet up with Irion County at home, game time is 7:30 p.m. at the Puncherdome.
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The Fort Mason Park was the ideal setting on Saturday for the annual Pride of the Hill County Cross County Meet.
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The Starving Artists and The Odeon Film Fest will make a pleasant October 24th Saturday outing for Masonites and visitors from surrounding areas to enjoy short films and all types of art around the Square. You may feast at our restaurants and possibly find a perfect gift at one of our shops; or that wonderful piece of art! Come, everyone enjoy the arts, film, music by Petra and Dale Watson, poetry, paintings, and pottery.
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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: ...
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Popular central Texas author, Susan Wittig Albert will be a guest of the Friends of the Library in an Author Visit to be held on Sunday, November 15th. The event will be held in the Stribling Room of Mason County’s M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library beginning at 2 p.m. The author will present a program entitled “A Writer’s Life in the Texas Hill Country” featuring her non-fiction narrative Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place which describes her experiences of place, marriage ...
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 14, 2009
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, October 6th, for its monthly business meeting. There were 36 members and 3 visitors in attendance. Among the visitors were 2 Mason High School Seniors, Ellie Blair and Hillary Bibb. "Boss Lion" Chris Dyer was responsible for the program. Sec./Tres. Gene Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report.
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Tabula rasa. Beginner’s mind. Blank page. Clean slate. Ah, clarity. Simplicity. Emptiness. The opposite of “horror vacui.” Which means “fear of empty space.” Aristotle thought it up. Believing nature feared emptiness. That empty spaces sucked in gases and liquids to avoid being empty. Whoever heard of nature avoiding anything. Later on Pascal and others proved him wrong. Still, horror vacui remains. Especially as applied to visual art. Where every speck of canvas has an image crammed ...
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Thoughts of Home… It is the place that warms heart cockles at its mention, inspires poets, artists and lyricists, strikes patriotic heart strings and is at the absolute core of who we are. It is the destination toward which country roads take us. It is a place where when we go there, they have to let us in. “Home” is a four-letter word that needs no apology.
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The saddest event in the past 40 years of my life was when I sent the following e-mail to friends and relatives: This is to advise you that my 98 year old sweetheart and wife for 40 years passed away on Sunday night (9/27/09) and left me to spend the rest of my days without her comforting presence.( God, how I miss her.) In searching for solace I found these words in a lovely old song: “What lonely hours the evening shadows bring, What lonely hours with memories lingering, Like faded flowe ...
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Youth is wasted on the young. Adults are the ones who need “youth” and search for things to make them feel and look young again. You probably already know that there is no magical fountain of youth that comes in a pill form. There are some things that are more important than just pills and crèmes to help people feel and look good. One the first is to look at your diet.
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The beautiful rain and cool weather of last week seem to be over and I am ready for some sunshine. We are going to have a lot of birthday celebrations this week of October: Nathaniel Jordan and Jacob Bibb on the 16th, Clinton Durst, Virginia Durst and Franklin Parker on the 17th, Pearl Leifeste on the 18th, Tennile Kothmann and Jared Hudson on the 20th, Heather Yates and Madison Cano’s 5th birthday on the 21st and Laird Palmer on the 22nd.
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I’m the youngest of three sisters and from time to time folks will ask me how those pretty/beautiful sisters of mine are doing? I don’t know who the pretty one was or who the beautiful one was! Some have gone on to say, “You were the cute little one.” There that word goes, “WERE!” Mother used to say, “Guess it’s better to be a has been, than a never was been.” I like perfume, in fact I sometime overdue the FuFu!
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For all of you out there that had plans to visit The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve to watch the bats in their graceful and stunning evening emergence, you have waited too long. The lady performers have hit the night skies for the last time this season as they head back to their homes in Mexico.
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Several things are happening around the City that I want you to be aware of. After all the talk over the past several months about “Stimulus” money, the City has been notified about the first portion that we will receive. Through the State Energy Conservation Office we will get $20,000 to spend in some way to save energy and to provide a long-term benefit to our citizens.
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Simple, fast and delicious For those of you who like the texture of English Muffins, here’s a bread that will keep you smiling for days. It can be whipped together quite rapidly, and the results are sure to please. 2 ½ to 3 cups all purpose flour 1 package active dry yeast 1 tablespoon sugar cornmeal (as needed for coating casserole dish) In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of the flour and the yeast.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 14, 2009
A large percentage of our lives seems to involve trying not to irritate the wrong people. For some, this means being careful what they say to their wives or husbands, their bosses, and their mechanics. For adolescents, it’s mostly about being discreet around teachers and parents. Everyone, no matter how old or rich, tries to keep from getting on the wrong side of their plumber and garbage collectors. But there are certain lines of work where not making the wrong people mad is pretty much the ...
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Last week, I made comments about the transitory and artificial nature of being famous. As an example, I referenced Adam Lambert, second place finisher in last year's American Idol, a show I don't actually watch. In our printed edition, I got only a few comments. Once it was posted to our online edition, all of that changed. The first angry response I got was from Finland.
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Dear Editor: The Clear View Alliance (CVA) is a non-profit group created to ensure that the LCRA builds the legislatively mandated CREZ transmission lines in a manner that does the least damage to the Hill Country. Unfortunately, misinformation, such as that included in Don Rutz’s editorial of last week, is being disseminated and it is needlessly pitting neighbor against neighbor. First, CVA did not “draw a transmission line” through Mason County and the city of Mason.
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Dear Editor: We are deeply saddened that the anxiety over the legislatively mandated power lines has degenerated into personal attacks between neighbors. Ultimately, we all seek the same laudable goal of minimizing the overall impact of development so as to our preserve our lands. Bill Nieman and Walter Pfluger are but two landowners out of hundreds that share their point of view.
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To the Editor: In an open letter to the friends and neighbors of Mason and Menard in last week’s Mason County News, the Clear View Alliance (CVA) claimed that when the Kimble County Commissioners Court unanimously adopted resolutions urging the PUC and the LCRA to expand the study area for the CREZ transmission line to include the Menard-Mason route, they failed to also mention the U.S.
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Dear Gerry, We recently passed through Mason. We drove around town and as older people do, we relived some happy memories. Mason was our home 15 years. We drove past our former home where we raised our son B. J. We enjoyed memories of basketball games in our driveway, kids laughing as they slid down our staircase and an endless food supply for B.
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Michael Says, Yumm-O! Michael can’t wait to pile his pile his plate high at the Steady Steps MEXICAN PILE ON LUNCH, 12:00 Noon on Sunday, October 18 in the Social Hall at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is invited to join in supporting this wonderful early childhood program by making a donation and enjoying a terrific meal.
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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.
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The Heart of Texas Country Music Museum is hosting an album release party for Darrell McCall on Saturday, October 17, at 1701 South Bridge in Brady. McCall’s new project, “Keeping With Tradition” has just been released on Heart of Texas Records. The twelve song CD was recorded and produced by Justin Trevino at the Heart of Texas Recording Studio in Brady. McCall recorded some country classics including “Hello Out There” “That’s The Way I Feel” “The Kind of Love” “Most Of A ...
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2nd Annual Fall Watercolor workshop By: Ginger Test Date: Friday, October 23, 2009- Saturday, October 24, 2009 Time: 9am to 4pm Place: Granite rock B&B 7613 Granite Rock Rd. Mason, Texas 76856 Cost: $45 per day Class is limited to 15 participants To register: contact Ginger Test at 325-723-2035 Or Martha Kothmann, 325-258-4624, rimar@ctesc.net Instruction is geared to both beginners and advanced artist!!
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The Fine Arts Association will have their second workshop for the year on Friday, October 14, 2009 at Rancho Rimar. A welding workshop by Riley Kothmann, beginning at 10 a.m., will include a discussion of the various types of welding and the applications of each, followed by the proper welding equipment and safety equipment used.
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Yes, we want all artists to participate in our upcoming FAAHC Scholarship Show and Sale! The show and sale will be for one day only; Saturday, November 7, 2009, at Northside Café, 510 Broad St., Mason, Texas. The sale begins at 10 a.m. till closing. Thomas and Victoria Fikes, have graciously offered their restaurant for our second annual show and sale.
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Llano Heritage Days will have its annual celebration on Saturday, October 17th, 2009. Located downtown on either side of the river, the event showcases the history, talent, and vision of the early pioneers and modern day “settlers.” On the south side of the river, in front of the newly restored courthouse, Llano Main Street proudly presents a gathering of arts, crafts, food and the best dang music in Texas; the Main St.
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The Hilda Community Club will meet this coming Friday, October 16th at 6:30 p.m. Hosts are John and D’Lynn Brandenberger and Roseline Brandenburger. It will be a pot luck meal, so bring either a dessert or a vegetable or meat dish. Also, remember there is no meeting in November. The Christmas party is scheduled for Friday, December 4th.
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The Heart of Texas Country Music Association will present a special show at the Llano River Chuck Wagon Cookout on Saturday, October 17. The performance will be stage from 10:00 AM until Noon at Badu Park in Llano. It is free to the public. Heart of Texas Recording Artist Justin Trevino will headline the show.
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The rescheduled Education Foundation Washer Pitchin' will be held at the Fort Mason Park Community Building on October 24th. Lots of great items have come in for the auction.
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The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club is sponsoring a shelter shower to benefit The Haven on October 19 at 2:00 p.m. in the Richard Eckert Center. The Haven is a shelter serving victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse in Mason, McCulloch, and Menard Counties. A victim caught in the web of domestic abuse has a way of escaping because places like The Haven exist.
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Bill Brollier, a local World War II Veteran, has returned from a three day trip to Washington, DC where he, along with approximately 75 other WWII veterans visited the WWII Memorial, and many other sites at our Nation’s Capitol. Bill was accompanied on this trip by his daughter, Diana Bartlett. On Day 1, the group visited the WWII Memorial where Bill was selected as part of a group of five or six Veterans to place a Ceremonial wreath at the base of the Atlantic Theater of the Memorial.
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Tina Elaine Simon and Brendon Ray Jordan were joined in matrimony on September 12th, at the wedding venue, Kindred Oaks, in Georgetown with Reverend Bobby Galyon presiding. Parents of the bride are Robby and Kimberly Simon of Mason. Grandparents of the bride are Claude and Doris Simon of Mason and Ernest and Opal Morris of Tow.
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The News' own Gerry Gamel was the winner of the big grand prize drawing held at Hill Top Emporium. The prize, presented by owner Bonnie Beam, included a selection of items from vendors at the Emporium and included jewelry, bedding, decorative items and notions, all of which Gerry has tagged for Christmas gifts.
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Capt. Richard W. Daniel, son of Don and Gerry Daniel of Mason County, took command of Maritime Expeditionary Security Group (MESG)-1, Imperial Beach, Ca at a change of command ceremony at Naval Outlying Landing Field August 21. Rear Adm. Carol Pottenger, Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, was the guest speaker.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 14, 2009
Tickets to Mason High School’s 53rd annual Queen’s Coronation are available through November 6th at the Mason National Bank, the Commercial Bank, First State Bank and the Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $8.00 and will also be available at the door. This year’s Coronation theme is “A Red Carpet Affair.” It is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.
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A 70% chance of rain failed to dent the enthusiasm as 63 participants came from as far as Richmond and Houston to compete in Mason’s 3rd Annual Gem of the Hill country 5&10k. According to racers, the weather was perfect and the course was great although 5k runner, Chris Vaughn, commented that the route was the most difficult he’d confronted in a long while.
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Less than one day's supply on shelves. The weekend is approaching and there are fewer opportunities to donate blood. Please donate today or Friday at the United Blood Services donation center in San Angleo. There is less than a one day supply on shelves of O Negative blood type. United Blood Services is, once again, continuing the Urgent Need for O negative blood donors.
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Editor's Note: The following article appeared two weeks ago in the Brady Standard-Herald. Mason's own Sandstone Winery, along with Santos Taqueria, traveled to Brady for the "Pigskin Pairing" event where Santos won the People's Choice restaurant award. Folks in and around Central Texas know Alphonse Dotson. But these days, it’s not because he used to play professional football, but rather because he grows quality grapes in his Voca vineyard.
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Artists from across the country will come together for the Lone Star Gourd Festival at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds in Fredericksburg, Texas. This event, by the Texas Gourd Society, will be held Friday, Oct. 16th (1-6pm), Saturday Oct. 17th (9-6pm) and Sunday (10-4pm). What will you see at the Lone Star Gourd Festival?
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Does someone you love suffer from Alzheimer’s disease? Researchers at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are seeking volunteers, age 50 years or older, who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment as well as individuals without memory problems to participate in the Texas Alzheimer’s Research Consortium. The research, which is a part of the Texas Alzheimer’s Research Consortium, is necessary to try to identify genetic and blood markers associated ...
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Carlita Luckenbach Jordan went to be with her Lord and Saviour on October 10, 2009, after a lengthy illness. She was surrounded by her loving family whom she nurtured and cherished for 82 years. Carlita was born on June 17, 1927, to Benjamin Arthur Luckenbach and Myrtle Rogers Luckenbach in Menard, Texas, the fifth of six children. She grew up in Menard and attended Menard schools.
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Eloise A. Kuhlmann passed away on Tuesday October 6, 2009, in the Windcrest Nursing Home in Fredericksburg at the age of 91. Eloise was born Eloise Alpha Farmer to Seth S. Farmer and Alpha O. Farmer nee Daniels in Temple TX. She married Eddie Kuhlmann on August 3, 1940. When Eddie was stationed in La Jolla California Eloise worked in the hospital.
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Sometimes, one team so dominates another on the field of play that commentary does not do the game justice. Such was the matchup Friday evening between the Mason Punchers and the Christoval Cougars. As such, we present the scoring summary and game statistics, which tell the entire story. First Quarter: Ethan Holland scored on a six-yard pass from Justin Yonker and Joaquin Mejia kicked the extra point, 7-0. Garrett Rice scored on a six yard pass from Yonker, Mejia again kicked the extra point, ...
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After exhausting all local possibilities for opponents, the JV Punchers were forced to travel all the way to Stephenville to meet the 3A Glen Rose Tigers in a JV matchup last Thursday night. The Punchers fought valiantly throughout the game, but were unable to capture a victory as they fell 15 – 13. It was the Tigers who got on the board first after a couple of drives by each team stalled out.
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The race for the three playoff spots in District 29 saw a turn of events last week as Eldorado upset Menard. The victory has set the stage for a three way horse race between Rocksprings, Eldorado and Menard for the third playoff spot. The lead dogs in the District and the odds on favorites to win the District are still Mason or Junction.
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The Punchers played host to the visiting Cougars of Christoval this past Thursday evening. The 7th Grade had to play in a scrimmage type setting, as requested by the visitors. In that engagement, the Punchers did a nice job of holding their opponent at bay on defense. The Cougars had a lot of difficulty moving the ball, however, the Punchers put together a nice 70 yard drive that ended in the only score of the two teams. In the 8th Grade game, Christoval found a stiff defense awaited them on th ...
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The annual Pride of the Hill Country cross country meet was held last Saturday at the Mason City Park. Due to many different conflicts, and influenza taking over many schools, the meet was smaller than normal but there were many good runners from the area. Beginning at 9:00 in the morning were the varsity and junior varsity boys’ divisions.