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October 21, 2009 Issue
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009 • Photos
Mason defeated Irion County 56-0 last Friday, and they take on Rocksprings this week. Game time is 7:30 p.m., and the Punchers will travel to Rocksprings for the match up.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009 • Photos
On Saturday, October 17th in Brady, the Mason Puncher High School Band celebrated another “Division I” rating at their annual Regional Marching Band Competition. This year’s show features Carl Orff’s most famous composition, which is titled Carmina Burana. Orff’s work features twenty-four poems that are set to music. Composed between 1935-36, the original instrumentation calls for symphony orchestra and a chorus of over 200 voices (!) The poems that Orff used for this musical setting ...
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009 • Photos
Education Foundation Fundraiser Benefits Local Students and Classrooms Registration begins at 3:30 on Saturday, October 24, at the Community Building in Fort Mason Park. The single elimination tournament is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. The cost is $60 for each two-person team with a hefty prize for the winners. Chef Lee McMillan will be grilling barbeque for everyone who wants to join in for the good eats.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009 • Photos
For the October 24th 4th Annual Starving Artists Show, we have a diverse group of artists that everyone should enjoy exploring... we are looking forward to the ‘Ohs and ahs,’ ‘I like that!’ and ‘Beautiful.’ to be heard throughout the day. A little bit of everything for everyone. There will be comments concerning the Odeon Film Festival about how wonderful the short docu-dramas are and everyone remarking they can’t wait till next year to see and experience what we have planned from ...
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009 • Photos
The Story Behind the Red Ribbon By Shanda Schmidt, Mason Elementary/Jr. High Counselor Red Ribbon Week is here, so I wanted to take a moment to talk about what Red Ribbon Week symbolizes. We dress up and do fun activities at school, but I know there must be those out there that wonder what Red Ribbon Week is really all about.
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Columns
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, October 13th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 32 members and 3 visitors in attendance. Among the visitors were 2 Mason High School Seniors, Michael Vargas and Joaquin Mejia. Lion Chris Dyer was responsible for the program and introduced Marshall Twombly of San Angelo, the past District Governor Lions Youth Programs.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
Art. It’s all around us. It’s also down the road apiece. As in the town: Art, Texas. This coming Saturday it’s gonna be all around the square. Art. The 3rd Annual Starving Artist Show. If you like art, don’t miss it. The sidewalks will be crowded with artists selling their work. Oil and watercolor paintings. Sketches and drawings. Photography and ceramics. A little bit of everything. If you don’t like art, come anyway. All the shops will be open. So will the cafes. And we have three o ...
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
How’s That Again?... It is entirely possible—perhaps even likely—that I am too easily “bugged;” it’s heaps worse than being merely bothered. My propensity dates back 65 years to a sleepy afternoon of third-grade spelling. We were jarred awake when our teacher challenged us to spell “milk (sic) cow.” Springing to my feet, with a strong voice that boomed across the room, I belted out my sure-fire response, enunciating each letter: “M-I-L-K C-O-W.” “Wrong, Sherlock,” she ...
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
4-H Recipe This week I wanted to share with you a recipe that we’ve been using at the Mason and Menard 4-H foods and nutrition project meetings. This was a surprisingly easy (and pretty inexpensive) main dish, and the kids loved it! I did too, so it’s not just a kid’s meal. On a side note, I really need to sign up a couple of 4-H food show judges, from either Mason or Menard.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
Do We Really Have Fools In Congress? In the January 8, 1993, Brady Standard I wrote an article under the title of “I’ll Just Quit Reading” which was in reference to a 30 or more year old article in the Readers Digest on the danger of smoking cigarettes. My article stood for the proposition to quit reading rather than quit smoking, for, in so doing one would then not learn of the fallacies of life that are revealed to us through reading. Had I followed my own counsel I would have quit rea ...
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
The adrenal glands are vital to many life processes. They are responsible for making several important hormones that run many significant functions in our bodies. The adrenal glands help us handle stress. Adrenaline is one of the better known adrenal hormones. It is our fight or flight hormone. Adrenaline helps speed up metabolism and helps the body cope with danger.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
The things that come out of our mouths! Too, the things we say and then think to ourselves, “Why did I say that?” “Let it rain.” Okay, to what extent of power does one think that the other has to make it rain? The best I can do is to buy some PJ’s for a friend!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
We have some nice cool nights and great days for being out and about. Maybe we will have some rain because we really need it now. The cows are enjoying the grass and the deer are beginning to hide in the bushes. Are you ready for winter? And hunting season?
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009 • Photos
The Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library has recently purchased for the patrons’ use, new computers with flat screen monitors. They take up less space so we were able to add an additional workstation and the monitors are much easier to see than the old ones. We hope everyone enjoys using the computers which are available to anyone who comes into the library. NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger (F NIF).
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
School has been back in session for a couple of months, football is half over, and we all tend to forget some of the things that were on our minds at the first of school. For one thing, the signs are out prohibiting the use of cell phones in a school zone, so now the Sheriff’s deputies are stopping drivers violating that rule and can give a ticket for it.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
This past week the world breathed a collective sigh of relief when it learned that Falcon Heene, the 6-year-old boy believed to have been aboard a saucer-shaped helium balloon floating around over Colorado had, in fact, only been abducted by aliens. The bad news is that the world has chronic halitosis. But that odiferous sigh was nothing compared to the sharp intake of breath the world sharply intook when it learned that the boy’s parents orchestrated the entire event to publicize their upcom ...
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
On November 4th, our largest publication of the year will be released, the Fall Hunters' & Visitors' Guide. This is the publication that takes, literally, months to put together. There have to be story ideas bandied about, there need to be photos, we have to start talking to advertisers... every member of the staff gets involved in some way.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
Dear editors, At a town hall meeting in Horseshoe Bay last week, Rep. Mike Conaway was quoted as saying, “How do you pay for it? How do you afford it? I don’t want to burden future generations.” He was referring to our government taking more responsibility for healthcare. Conaway displays the lack of common sense and human compassion that is lacking in most members of Congress.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
Dear Editor, There was recently a letter printed about the incident at the Pontotoc VFD Fundraiser event on September 19th. To address that letter, our Pontotoc VFD has 12 firemen who are CPR Certified and we did have 2 Registered Nurses on the scene, along with our defibrillator which was used on Mr.
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Events
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
The Trinity Methodist church of Castell Texas is hosting Singing Tree, a family friendly music revival event in Castell Texas on Saturday, October 24th. The presentation features Christian and family music in the old tabernacle from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. The church will be providing food and fun as the the music swells from under the old tin roof beneath the oaks. The organizers are pleased to announce the guest performers: Jerialice of Castell, Texas, Daryl and Petra Watson of Mason, Texas, Paul T ...
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009 • Photos
The Mason Country will be staged on Thursday, October 29, at the Odeon Theater in downtown Mason. Heart of Texas Recording Artists Curtis Potter will headline the monthly show. Tickets are $10.00 and will be for sale at the door. Curtis Potter has become a legend in Country Music focusing his career on the great Texas Dance Hall music featuring Honky Tonk standards and Western Swing favorites. Potter was born in Cross Plains, Texas.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
On October 20, employees of Capital Farm Credit (CFC) will be going “Passionately Pink for the Cure” to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. CFC, a borrower-owned cooperative specializing in rural financing, is seeking the support of their community in the fight against breast cancer. According to the Susan G.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
Come join us for a heart pounding night of terror in Llano, Texas at the Old Red Top Jail located at the corner of Haynie Street and Oatman Street. Take a right at the second red light and then a left on Oatman. This event is sponsored by the Llano Volunteer Fire Dept.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
On November 30, 2009, the training necessary to obtain a private applicators license will be presented by Jamie Osbourn, Llano County Extension Agent. This training will be held at the Llano American Legion Hall and will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration and include the noon meal. The $60.00 registration fee also includes study materials and reference manuals.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009 • Photos
Early voting in the November 3rd Constitutional amendment election has already begun, and will continue through October 30th. All precincts will early vote at the Mason County Clerk's Office, from 8:00 a.m. till 4:00p.m., Monday through Friday. A copy of the ballot if provided,above, to assist votes in better understanding what they will see when they enter the voting booth.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
Girl Scouts of Central Texas Welcomes Volunteers to Help Serve Local Girls Austin, Texas, October 13 - The Girl Scouts of Central Texas has opportunities for volunteers who are committed to helping girls develop courage, confidence and character. Volunteers are the heart and soul of Girl Scouting whether you have an hour, a day, a weekend or more, Girl Scouts has an opportunity that’s right for you. As a volunteer, you can choose from several exciting and flexible Girl Scout Pathways-the wa ...
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
Allen tied for the second place championship, losing only to the first place champion, at the October Permian Basin Chess Tournament. The tournament was held in Odessa on October 10th.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009 • Photos
Mason contestants brought home numerous awards from the Heart of the Hills Barrel Racing Association. The finals were held in Harper Texas, on Saturday, October 17, 2009. Contestants attended a total of 12 rodeos all over the Texas Hill Country from March until October. Jesse Armstrong won the Champion 8 & Under Barrel Saddle.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
Mason contestants brought home numerous awards from the Heart of the Hills Barrel Racing Association. The finals were held in Harper Texas, on Saturday, October 17, 2009. Contestants attended a total of 12 rodeos all over the Texas Hill Country from March until October. Jesse Armstrong won the Champion 8 & Under Barrel Saddle.
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News
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
The following are some highlights from this evening’s board meeting. The Campus and District Improvement Plans were approved as presented. Matt Underwood highlighted some changes to this year’s plan that included; CSCOPE, Parental GED Prep through ACE Program, campus visitation for best practices research, technology grants, gifted and talented curriculum changes and Voice Over IP. FIRST Public Hearing – The district’s Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas was reviewed.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009 • Photos
The Texas Hill Country Heritage Association was formed in 2009 in response to the threat of a 345-kilovolt LCRA TSC transmission line through Menard, Mason, and Gillespie Counties. The immediate goal of the organization is to form a response plan to defeat the routing of this line through the region, which would decimate the pristine landscape and disturb ecologically sensitive lands without providing commensurate benefits to the people who live there. The threat of a 345-kilovolt transmission ...
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
Most of the City Commission meeting was fairly routine approvals for items that had already been discussed. Approval of the Resolutions to offer three parcels of land for sealed bid auction, several to establish the compliance with federal HUD regulations related to the grant we have received for the Water Main project on the north side of town, one to accept the stimulus grant funds to be used for an energy efficient solution most likely replacing many of the street lights around Mason with b ...
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
For personal and other reasons, I will not be able to chair the Arts and Crafts portion of Mason’s Roundup event for 2010 with the Mason Quilt Bee. This notice is presented well in advance in hopes that someone else will take the lead. It’s a fun thing to do and the interaction with the community and the vendors will create priceless memories.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
Maria Teresa Esparza, born August 15, 1931, to Matilde Caldera Valdez and Dario Valdez in San Antonio, Texas, passed away at home on October 18, 2009, with her family by her side. She was 78. Teresa was a very strong willed and independent woman. She moved to Mason over 15 years ago to live with her daughter and son-in-law.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
Norma Sagebiel Kothmann of Mason passed away Friday, October 16, 2009, at the age of 87 at Knopp Nursing Center in Fredericksburg, Texas. Funeral services were held graveside at the Gooch Cemetery in Mason on Tuesday, October 20 with Rev. Tim Scheffel officiating. Norma was born August 16, 1922, in Gillespie County.
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Sports
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
Horace Greeley could have been talking to the dedicated parents and players of the 8th Grade Football Team, saying, “go west young man”, because after a long drive into the setting sun, the Punchers were ready to play. For the second time this year the Punchers set a good looking wall on the “Texas Return”, and Raul Silguero took the opening kick-off 66 yards for the first score of the evening.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009 • Photos
Rob Hoffman shared this 1957 photo of the stands at the Puncherdome.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009
The JV Punchers continued to rack up the mileage as they hit the road yet again, this time traveling to Baird last Thursday night to take on the Albany Lions. It was an exciting, hard-hitting affair which was won by the Punchers, 18 – 8. The Puncher defense once again set the tone for the squad early in the game, shutting down the Albany rushing attack.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009 • Photos
Teams from Mason and Brady recently competed in a 54-hole, match play, Ryder-cup format tournament. Members of the Mason team were: Jerry Burleson, James Toeppich, Steve Toone, Larry Smith, Fred Estes, Greg Gardner, John Watson, Brad Lehmberg, Joe D. Langehennig and Chris Habecker. Lowball scores: Mason 4; Brady 0 Alt. Shot: Mason 1; Brady 3 Individual: Mason 7.5; Brady 2.5 Totals: Mason 12.5; Brady 5.5 The Ladies Golf Association provided coffee and doughnuts, and helped serve lunch, as well a ...
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009 • Photos
The Mason Punchers continued their winning streak on Friday night with a shut out over the Irion County Hornets, 56-0. Coach Russell Joy allowed many of his younger players to try their hands at some key positions during the game, and those players gained valuable playing time. As with last week's game, the statistics from Chris Habecker speak volumes about how the game went throughout the night, and we will be using those as the record of the game. First Quarter Zach Hudson scored on a six-yar ...
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009 • Photos
Our Punchers, who have been marching through district play laid down 57 points on Irion County last weekend and barely broke a sweat. More importantly our Punchers are winning with class and keeping it all in perspective. In an era where players often think they are better then they really are, it would have been easy over the past several weeks for our Punchers to become a little full of themselves.