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November 4, 2009 Issue
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Earlene Bode was treated to a formal ribbon cutting last week for her Kozy Kottage B&B located at 712 San Antonio St., next door to her salon. She explains that the completely remodeled space provides visitors with a comfortable night, weekend or longer stay, only minutes away from the the courthouse square, and in easy walking distance of Super S grocery, Cooper's BBQ and the Post Office.
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With Friday nights victory over the Junction Eagles, Mason took the undisputed title of District Champion for 2009, and will head into the playoffs in two weeks after an open week to allow for a bit of rest and recuperation. The Eagles came to Mason with an undefeated district record, and their playing showed why they had done so well this season.
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In front of a large purple crowd, the Mason Puncher 3rd and 4th grade football team took their undefeated record into Gordon Wood Stadium in Brownwood Saturday to face the undefeated Brownwood Lions team for the championship of the Texas Youth Football League. As time expired the score remained tied 8 to 8.
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Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, will be celebrated with an American Legion Veterans Day Ceremony and Rifle Salute at the Mason County Veterans Memorial on the Courthouse lawn. The ceremony begins at 11:30 am and includes patriotic songs; recognition of currently serving military personnel and a 21-gun salute. The American Legion Fort Mason Post #285 & the Ladies Auxiliary invite all veterans, military personnel home on leave, family members, and the general public to attend this impor ...
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With Veterans Day falling on a Wednesday this year, the Mason County News had to decide whether to publish early or stay with its original schedule. We have decided that we will remain with our original plan and go to press on Tuesday, November 10. On Wednesday morning, November 11, we will distribute the papers to the convenience stores, and to the secured area of the post office.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 39 members and 6 visitors in attendance. Among the visitors were 2 Mason High School Seniors, Casey Kruse and Zach Hudson. Lion Ron Freytag was responsible for the program and introduced Murray Meyers who spoke about The History of Environmental Thought in America.
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Headache blue. As in, the Autumn sky. Deep as the ocean. Bluer than blue. Mold allergy will give you a headache too. Margaret at The Green House has a good remedy. But a beautiful sky needs no cure. Only appreciation. Maybe play hooky. Take a longer lunch. Or a short nap. Wander around. Dawdle in the sunshine. Breathe the cool air. Feel the warming sun. Stick a fork in it— Summer is done. No more triple-digit days. Adios. Then melancholy arrives. This is the season. When ...
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Wonders Never Cease… The billing that the Panama Canal is the “eighth wonder of the world” has been trumpeted for years, and most folks leave it at that. Generally, we aren’t sure what merits “wonders” designation, or how they should be ranked. My wife and I, embarking recently on a cruise with two thousand other vacationers, didn’t initially fret at the canal’s “number eight” designation. Then, we beheld it.
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Early Times Away From Home In 1928 papa got me a summer job in Eldorado, Texas, skeeting soda in the Hoover Drug Store owned by an old friend. This was quite an experience for me. My second time away from home and making $75 a month!! (Remember? My first trip away from home was in l920, and I made a dime for walking behind a mule on a hay baling rig—and now only 8 years later I am up to $75 a month!
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Learning disorders are the fastest growing childhood disorder in the United States, affecting 9 to10 percent of all school-aged children. ADD and ADHD are disorders of the central nervous system that have documented links to diet. Development of a healthy nervous system depends upon appropriate nutrition. Diet is a great area where parents can take action to help their children.
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The mystery of what happened to my Lady Pearl Dog has been solved. Z. found her dead. No one took her or ran over her. She just died. Z. gave her a proper burial before I got home. There is a Happy Hunting Grounds for all the pets that die.
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These are beautiful Fall days with cool mornings and great afternoons that inspire you to get outside and do something – anything. Take a walk, clean the porch, wash the car, wash the window, etc. Enjoy the week and praise God for all that He has done for you. Wishes for a happy birthday go to Traci Jordan on November 12th and we wish David and Beth Alm a very happy first wedding anniversary on November 8th.
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NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary. MOVIES Mad Men: Season One (DVD TV MAD 1). “In the glamorous and ego-driven world of advertising, everyone is selling something and nothing is ever what it seems. Set in 1960 New York, this series reveals the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue’s “Golden Age,” where key players make an art of the sell while their private world gets sold.” Mad Men: Season Two (DVD TV MAD 2). Monsters VS Aliens (DVD ...
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Apple-Smoked Bacon and Cheese Drop Biscuits These delicious biscuits supposedly beat all the competition at the Texas State Fair. Whether they won that contest or not, they’ve sure won a place in our home and I think they’ll become real popular, real fast in your home as well! Ingredients: 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder ¾ teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 3 teaspoons sugar 6 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch chunks 6 ounces smoked G ...
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A couple of days ago my wife sent me two emails. Her office and mine have an adjoining door, but she still sends me emails. I don’t know if this is because our society has become so technology oriented or because my conversation is not worth walking ten feet and opening a door.
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I occasionally get the complaint that my editorials are too serious, or that they take on topics of too great an import for our little local paper. Those same people will also let me know that they think my topics have been too frivolous and silly, and that I need to address the "real issues"
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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY OF MASON, TEXAS On October 28, 2009 our daughter, Bethany, was involved in a one-car rollover accident on Highway 377 while trying to avoid a deer. She was giving her friend, TJ, a ride home from school. From the moment we received that phone call no parent ever wants to receive, God took control to place people of Mason exactly where they needed to be.
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Gerry, Diane Evans and I wanted to thank the Merchants for their co-operation in remaining open for the Starving Artists Show. We hope it was beneficial for them. The artists for the most part did well considering the economy. The weather was wonderful and there was sociable chatter all day. We’ve had constructive feedback and hope to make next year a better year for all.
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Dear Editor, I want to say a few words about the Honorable Judge Karl Prohl. Judge Prohl honorably served the Counties of Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Menard and McCulloch for almost twenty years as District Court Judge for the 198th Judicial District. He recently resigned from that position after a long and distinguished career.
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Events
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The Mason County Cancer Committee and Kids Against Cancer will have a bake sale on Friday, November 6, 2009, at Weber Chevron beginning at 8:00 a.m. until sold out. All proceeds will benefit residents of Mason County who are fighting cancer. If you would like to donate a baked good for the sale, please drop it off, priced and ready to sale on that morning.
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Fall Rummage Sale November 14 the Fredonia Community is having their fall fund raiser down town Fredonia at the community center from 8:00AM until 3:00PM. In addition to the sale we will have home made chili with all the trimmings for a donation. There will be cookies, candy, brownies, and soft drinks for sale too.
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Tannenbaum, Mason's traditional Arts and Crafts sale for fall, will soon be here. Booths will again be open for browsing and buying Thanksgiving weekend. Please do not confuse Mason's Tannenbaum with the Gillespie County Historical Society's Tannenbaum with the Gillespie County Historical Society's Tannenbaum Ball. Application for booths has been brisk.
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Operation Orphans, Inc. kicked off its 50th season of taking less fortunate children deer hunting Friday, October 30th. 25 girls from four Texas children's homes came to Camp Gene Ashby looking forward to their outdoor experience Saturday. Homes represented were Boy's & Girl's Harbor, La Porte; Children's Home of Lubbock; Foster's Home, Stephenville; and Boys & Girls Country, Hockley.
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Tuesday, November 17th 11:30 am – 3:30 pm Commons Area @ High School To make an appointment: www.bloodhero.com and enter sponsor code: masonhs or Call the HS Office/347-1122 ext. 3 All donors get a t-shirt and will be entered into a monthly $500 Visa card drawing. Donate two red blood cells, get a drawstring backpack. 16 year old donors need a parent/guardian to sign a Minor Donor Permit.
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The Masonic Lodge will be selling barbecued chicken in front of Super S Grocery on Saturday, November 7th, from 9:30 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. They encourage everyone to stop by and pick up a few to feed the family or to treat the hunters!
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Back by popular demand and “For the Love of Books”, Mason Study Club will be serving CHILI ON THE SQUARE Friday, November the 13th from 10:30a.m. - 2:00p.m. Chili and beans, corn bread muffins, brownies and drinks will be sold as a fund raiser for the Mason County Library. Also, gently used books will be for sale to support the same cause.
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Members of the American Legion Fort Mason Post 285 Ladies Auxiliary will be distributing memorial poppies on Friday, Nov. 6th and Saturday, Nov. 7th, in observance of Veterans Day. Poppies will also be available at area businesses and at the Veterans Day Ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11th. According to Unit Poppy Chairman, Mrs.
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Dr. Kent Rylander, retired Texas Tech University professor, will speak on “Bird Displays, Bird Song, and Human Speech” on Tuesday, November 10, at the Gillespie County Extension Agrilife Building, 95 Frederick Road in Fredericksburg, beginning at 7:00PM. The presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center as part of their monthly Nature Series programs conducted during the school year. Dr.
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One Size: 5x7. One Price: $20. This Saturday, November 7th, at the North Side Café in Mason, the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country will host their once a year Scholarship Art Sale. The doors open at 11 a.m. and the sale will last until either closing time or the items are sold out.
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Kerrville, TX) - The San Diego Ballet Company will perform the family classic THE NUTCRACKER, composed by Peter Tchaikovsky, choreographed by Robin Sherertz-Morgan & Javier Velasco. THE NUTCRACKER will be performed on Saturday, November 21 at 8:00pm and again on Sunday, November 22 at 2:00pm in Kerrville, Texas, at the Cailloux Theater, presented by the Kerrville Performing Arts Society.
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The Llano Country Opry will be staged on Saturday, November 14, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano. The show begins at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15.00 per person and are available at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers in Kingsland or KNEL radio in Brady. Country Music Superstar Johnny Rodriguez will headline the Llano Country Opry.
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Garett Martin, grandson of Mark and Barbara Martin, was at the River of Life Fall Festival, jamming to the music on Saturday.
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Megan Bierschwale brought around some pint-sized trick or treaters on Friday morning to add some fun to the Halloween activites around the Mason Square.
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The Mason County Historical Commission would like to have as many of these folks identified as possible. If we can identify most of them, we can use this picture in our upcoming pictorial history of Mason County. The picture is of a Sewing Club and we think the picture was taken in the early 1900s, possibly outside the current Sally Capps house or possibly the Seaquist House.
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Mason County Republican Women are honored to have Robert Aguilar, Jr., partnership specialist, of the Dallas Regional Census Center, branch of the US Department of Commerce address the club on November 18, 2009. The 2010 Census will define who we are as a nation, affect political representation and direct the allocation of billions of dollars in government funding.
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On Friday, October 30th, members of the Fine Arts Association met for a “Creative Session” in the studio of Carol Kothmann. Artists use these opportunities to work with their medium and share ideas about art. There is never a dull moment. Some of these Friday workshops meet at the studio of Rosemary Davis.
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The Heart of Texas Country Music Association sponsored “Country Cruisin’ 2009' to Key West Florida, Freeport and Nassau in the Bahamas last month. Three hundred and ten guests from the Brady, Llano, Marble Falls, Mason, San Saba, Austin and San Antonio area along with fifteen other states and Canada participated in the seven day cruise. The association staged four special on board shows with Ferlin Husky, Leona Williams, Tony Booth, Justin Trevino, Darrell & Mona McCall, Jett Williams, A ...
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(14 years old) Elijah Dickinson, of Mason, pictured at The Wildlife Ranch, took this Awesome 11 point Whitetail Buck, on October 31, 2009, opening morning, of the first day, of the Special Youth Only Season, the Buck was taken just west of Mason, in the Streeter area on the Kemp Ranch, the Buck had around a 22 inch spread and a 5 inch drop tine, Elijah used a 243 Rifle.
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Jon & Jancie Hills are proud to annouce the birth of their daughter, Ruby Anna Hills. Ruby was born July 19th in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, and weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces upon arrival. Proud grandparents are Randy & Julie Moore of Fredonia. She is also welcomed by Uncle Rode and “soon-to-be” Aunt Sarita of San Antonio.
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Allen tied for the Second Place Championship at the Octoberfeast Chess tournament, held in San Antonio on Oct. 24th & 25th. Allen played in the Reserve Section and was one of the few players who went undefeated, winning two games and tied two games. One of Allen's tie games was with the first place Champion from San Antonio.
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The Mason 4-H Food Show was held on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at the Mason Library. The results are: Colten Brandenberger, 1st place Junior Main Dish and Best Beef Dish Award Ashlyn Brandenberger, 1st place Intermediate Main Dish Jayde Witt, 1st place Nutritious Snacks and Desserts Kendra Klaerner, 1st place Fruits and Vegetables
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The Die Kuenstler von Fredericksburg (the Artists) will host their 17th Annual Fine Art Show & Sale on November 13 to 15 at St. Joseph’s Halle, 216 W. San Antonio Street. The public is invited to the free event during Art Past Dark Weekend. A Friday night reception with refreshments from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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The 53rd annual Mason Queen’s Coronation is scheduled for Saturday, November 7th at 8:00 p.m. at the Community Building. Just a reminder that Coronation tickets are available from now through Friday, November 6th at all local banks and the Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $8.00 and will also be available at the door. 2009 Queen's Coronation Couples Senior Girls Courtney Ake - Dillon Estes Hillary Bibb - Ethan Holland Ellie Blair - Roddy Castillo Lyndsi Clark - Garrett Rice Rachel ...
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Billie June Cowie died October 31, 2009, in Houston, Texas. Born on November 16, 1927, to Frances Ramey & Eva Grimes in Denver, Colorado, she was 81 years young. She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Cowie, her parents, her brothers Walter and Ed Ramey, and her sister Emma Sowell.
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Longtime educator, Dr. Joe R. Andrews, passed away October 27, 2009, after a brief illness. Joe was born in Junction, on June 30, 1923; the son of Joe and Betty Andrews. He attended Junction schools, graduating in 1942. After serving in World War II, he enrolled in Southwest Texas State College, where he met the love of his life, Jeanette Lyckman, of Brady.
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Sports
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 • Posted November 4, 2009
On Wednesday, October 28th, the Punchers and Cowgirls competed in the District 30-A Cross Country Meet. Both teams were District Champions of the 2008 season and were back to defend their titles. Junction High School hosted the meet at the Texas Tech Campus just south of town. District 30-A consists of twelve schools: Mason, Junction, Menard, Medina, Rocksprings, Sabinal, D’Hanis, La Pryor, Brackett, Stacey, Center Point, and Hunt.
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The Mason JV Punchers made the short trip over to Junction to battle the Eagles in a contest of district unbeatens that would determine the district champion. After overcoming some early miscues, the Punchers were able to pull away from the Eagles and celebrate a 21-6 victory. The Eagles would get on the board first, driving the ball into the end zone after taking advantage of a few Puncher miscues.
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There is an old saying in West Texas regarding high school football, “You do not play a team, you play a town.” That could not have been more the case this past week as our community which prides itself on being the 12th man, packed the Puncherdome and witnessed a hallmark moment in MHS football as our Punchers dismantled Junction 41-28 and laid claim to their second consecutive District Championship.