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November 11, 2009 Issue
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 • Posted November 11, 2009 • Photos
During the Queen's Coronation on Saturday night, the 2009 Court of Mason High School was presented to the community. Left to right: Duke Estevan Villarreal, Duchess Brittany Schovajsa, Duke Ethan Holland, Duchess Lyndsi Clark, Duke Jayton Henrich, crown bearer Sterling Smith, Queen Virginia Lemke, King Justin Yonker, scepter bearer Ranger Schmidt, Duchess Ellie Blair, Duke Roddy Castillo, Duchess Havana Schmidt, and Duke Joaquin Mejia.
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Mason Elementary First Graders recently visited the Nobles’ Pumpkin Patch in Katemcy. Mr. and Mrs. Nickie Nobles shared lots of great information about pumpkins. They showed the children pumpkins at various stages in the life cycle and the many varieties of pumpkin they grow. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Nobles for the perfect pumpkins and yummy treats!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 • Posted November 11, 2009
Please come to the American Legion Veterans Day Ceremony and Rifle Salute on Wednesday, November 11th, at 11:30 a.m. at the Mason County Veterans Memorial on the Courthouse lawn. 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 important ceremony honoring Mason’s veterans, past and present.
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The road map to the State Football Championship was put in place this past weekend as the UIL released the Texas High School Playoff brackets. The hunt for the elusive 2009 State Title will require a team to win six consecutive games in post season play in order to hoist the championship trophy. Our Punchers who finished the regular season ranked 15th in the State with an overall record of (8-2) will for the second year in a row open up against the Cowboys of D’Hanis.
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A new school year brings about new opportunities. A new season, a new team, and a new dream. The Punchers and Cowgirls competed in the UIL Region IV Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 7th. It was a beautiful day for this time of the year which made for wonderful running conditions.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 • Posted November 11, 2009
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, for its monthly business meeting. There were 33 members and no visitors in attendance. "Boss Lion" Chris Dyer was responsible for the program and Sec./Tres. Gene Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report. The Board voted to have a Hamburger Lunch on Dec.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 • Posted November 11, 2009
Topaz. Now there’s a gem of a gem. November’s birthstone. And Mason’s own indigenous rock. You might find one at Country Collectibles. Or Benjie’s. Maybe in Underwood’s Antique Mall. Or Market Square. Or Whipperwheel. For sure Gems of the Hill Country has some. You can also see a big one on display at Mason Square Museum. And Country Collectibles. Topaz. It’s a beauty. Mum’s the word. As in chrysanthemum Official flower for November. Try saying that three times. ...
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Motivation for the Masses… Few programs are preceded by such anticipatory fanfare. Full-page ads in major newspapers are lobbed repeatedly at readers leading up to the BIG EVENT. The ads are howitzers of heavy hype promoting a line-up of speakers at day-long “Get Motivated!” seminars. Sold-out arenas are common, and it is little wonder that the event’s name is followed by an exclamation point. Attendees of all ages and from all walks of life gather to seek light in an ever-darken ...
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Return To the Summer of '28 Surely one who has written his memoirs and has spent a large portion of his life backtracking to find misplaced possessions should be allowed the privilege of rummaging through his past and reporting on events long forgotten but well remembered when once brought to mind. While the following memories which have suddenly surfaced are taken from a section of the memory lane previously reported in this column, they do belong in this particular time frame. These even ...
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Quercetin is a bioflavonoid, or part of the vitamin C family. Bioflavonoids are coloring pigments that are found throughout the plant kingdom. Bioflavonoids are antioxidants and are known for providing protection from environmental stresses. Quercetin is known for inhibiting allergy and inflammatory responses. Allergy and inflammatory conditions are triggered by contact with allergens that are absorbed into the blood.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 • Posted November 11, 2009
Getting ready to be out of commission was worse than the actual procedure of getting my foot worked on. Gosh, you need to get this one's approval and then you have to go and get another one’s approval. No parts needed to be ordered, so I really don’t understand all the approvals I had to get. I tried to get Z all stocked up with cleaning supplies and dog food.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 • Posted November 11, 2009
Enjoy these beautiful Fall days. The mornings are cool and the afternoons are very pleasant. We had a few scattered rain drops on Sunday and Monday. Get that wood cut and stacked on the porch because the cold stuff is coming soon. There are no birthdays on my calendar until the 23rd.
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Several actions will be taken to reduce the inconvenience library patrons will experience during January, 2010, when the library will be closed for renovations. In January during regular library business hours, a paperback exchange will be set up outside the library kitchen back door so that paperback books may be picked up and returned there.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 • Posted November 11, 2009
Keep That Thanskgiving Turkey Safe! Be prepared! Before purchasing your turkey, make ample space in your refrigerator, moving shelves if necessary. Fresh or frozen? There is no quality difference between a fresh or frozen turkey although fresh turkeys have shorter shelf lives. By purchasing a frozen turkey, you can get the turkey in advance and take advantage of special sales.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 • Posted November 11, 2009
Last week’s column was about a hunter in New Hampshire who managed to shoot himself in the hand while pulling his muzzleloading rifle up a tree with a rope. In that column I indicated that the hunter, one Robert Lapointe, had expired as a result of his wound. I would like to lapointe out here that he did not exactly die so much as survive.
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As I was preparing this week's front page, I was faced with a difficult, but not unpleasant, quandary. I knew that the photo of the 2009 Queen's Court needed to be at the top of the page. This annual event, voted on by the students, allows for the Mason High School to recognize its favorite peer students.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 • Posted November 11, 2009
Gerry, I read the three-column diatribe in “Letters” a few weeks ago, and felt it needed a response... Where was the outrage, for the past 8 years, as the Right’s poster-boy subverted the Bill of Rights, handed out no-bid contracts to his corporate pals, wiretapped all and sundry, etc. etc. etc.? I guess that when a Republican endeavors to destroy the very Foundations of this country, that’s somehow OK?
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 • Posted November 11, 2009
The National Honor Society of Mason High School will be sponsoring a Blood Drive Tuesday, November 17th, from 11:30am to 3:30pm at the High School. On the day of the drive, donors will receive a mini-physical consisting of blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and iron level check. In addition, donors will receive a t-shirt and will be entered into a $500 Visa card drawing.
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The Mason 4-H Club will be canvassing the neighborhoods once again on Sunday, November 15 from 3-5 p.m. The 4-H members will meet at the Extension office (in the Historical Building, behind the City swimming pool) and load up onto flatbed trailers with bales of hay to sit on. If you’re in 4-H or would like to be, please meet us to help out!
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Mason Youth Soccer will have their last games of the season on Saturday, November 14th, starting at 9:00 a.m. There will be a barbecue plate lunch fundraiser held at noon, followed by the awards ceremony at 1:00 p.m. To cap off the end of the season, enjoy the Coaches' game at 1:45 p.m.
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The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16, in the Richard Eckert Civic Center. Mary Carlman will hostess the meeting. Special guest speaker will be Alamo District president Patsy Troell of Pleasanton. The topic that she will address will be pride of membership in the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and the benefits reaped by member clubs through participation in the worldwide effort to make the world a better place with volunteers in local communities ...
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Turkey and riparian habitat will be the timely topic of discussion for the fall program of the South Llano Watershed Alliance. The program will be presented on Thursday, November 19th at 6:30 pm in the dining hall of the Texas Tech Center in Junction. Sky Lewey, Resource Protection and Education Director with the Nueces River Authority will begin the evening by discussing the Nueces Riparian Landowners Network and the River Authority field guide, ‘Your Remarkable Riparian’.
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The Annual Christmas Bazaar returns to the Coke Stevenson Center, one mile north of Junction on Highway 83-377, on Saturday and Sunday, November 14 & 15th. Over 60 vendors will be on hand with guns, knives, hand crafted items, candles, jewelry, and much more. This year event will include for sale items from the Dave Cowsert Estate.
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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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“For the Love of Books”, Mason Study Club will be having their annual “Chili on the Square” Friday, November 13th from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. This year we are adding to the menu fresh hot homemade tamales (while they last)! Look for the ladies in the red aprons. There will be containers with lids “to go” if you are in a hurry, or you may join us for lunch at tables under the trees.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 • Posted November 11, 2009
The current economic problems have affected everyone. Continuing increases in food prices are causing more low income families to live with hunger and food insecurity. Nearly one in five adults and one in four children in Texas are food insecure. Food insecure households are those in which families have decreased the quality and quantity of food they consume because of lack of money - to the point where they are likely to be hungry on a frequent basis.
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(Kerrville, TX) – “Visions of Sugar Plums dancing in their heads” will become a reality for the 50 local students performing in the upcoming 5th Annual Nutcracker in the Hills on November 21st-22nd at the Cailloux Theater. This annual event presented by the Kerrville Performing Arts Society will feature the prestigious San Diego Ballet, returning after two sold-out performances by this company of 25 professional dancers during last season’s holiday presentation of Tchaikovsky’s holida ...
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FORMER MISS MOHAIR QUEENS were honored at the recent Hill Country Chapter, Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers’ Association Auxiliary’s 41st annual fall luncheon and fashion show held in Kerrville. Pictured left to right are Evelyn Stewart Graham, Miss Mohair 1943-44; Nancy Hunt Powell, 1955-56; Gail Nichols, 1958-59; Carlene Brown Brollier, 1961-62; Nancy Friend Wendland, 1962-63; Sandra Dietz Dreyer, 1963-64; Becky Crouch Patterson, 1964-65; Cindy Turner Leonard, 1966-67 and Amanda Spenrath Geis ...
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GOWNS OF FORMER MISS MOHAIR QUEENS were on display and some were modeled during the recent Hill Country Chapter Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers’ Association Auxiliary’s 41st annual fall luncheon and fashion show held in Kerrville. Pictured left to right is Amy Haffner modeling a gown worn by 1960 Miss Mohair, Sunda Callan; Krista Upham, daughter of 1962 Miss Mohair Nancy Friend Wendland, modeling a gown worn by 1966 Miss Mohair Cindy Turner Leonard; the purple mohair cape and crown belonged to ...
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Saturday, the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country presented Victoria Fikes with a gift in appreciation of her letting the organization use the Northside Cafe for the 2009 5X7 Scholarship Show. She kindly invited the artists to leave up the pictures all of this week so that more people will have the opportunity to see them and make a purchase.
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The October meeting of Riata Service Organization was held at the home of Joan Whitaker with Deann Gregg as hostess and Carolyn Toeppich as co-hostess. Mr. John Davis was introduced by Vice President, Joan Whitaker, he gave a interesting program on "Texas Ghosts" President, Pat Tucker and members recited the Women Creed.
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The final fall Mason Playday occurred October 31. We had great costumes for the “trick or trailer” and fun games along with our routine events of barrels, poles, flags, goat tying and breakaway roping. The contestants' skills ranged from beginner to advanced. Winning the leadline/walk-trot class was Makaela Lively followed by Pecos Tatum then Kellen Kimball.
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Gracie and her mom Lisa Calhoun would like to announce the birth of Matthew Noah Calhoun, born Oct. 23, 2009. He weighed seven pounds, seven ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Gracie loves her little brother. They would all like to thank everyone for their visits and gifts.
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Jennifer Rhineheart (pictured left), of Emerson, Arkansas, went on her first whitetail hunt, November 7th, 2009, at The Wildlife Ranch, with Gary Schmidt (pictured center), both Jennifer and her grandfather, Charles Rhineheart (pictured right) each got a Whitetail Buck, on the same hunt, opening morning.
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Rylan Jordan shot his first buck opening youth weekened while hunting with his father. The deer had 10 points and a 16 inch spread. He is 7 years old and the son of Ryan and Kaye Lynne Jordan.
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Everyday at 0700 you can hear the swing of a hammer or the sound of a electric saw blaring as two Soldiers continue to build infrastructure to support Charlie Batter's self sufficient attitude. SGT Borchelt and PFC Black have served in a unique role this deployment as the Battery's "Mr.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 • Posted November 11, 2009
This November, give thanks for the blessings in your life. Give blood to bless the life of others. One in every ten people admitted to the hospital need blood. In the United States, more than 38,000 blood donations are needed each day. United Blood Services is the sole provider of blood to ten hospitals in eleven counties.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 • Posted November 11, 2009
The community is invited to attend an Author Visit, as the Friends of the Library host best selling author Susan Wittig Albert on Sunday, November 15th at 2pm in the Stribling Room of Mason County’s M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. The presentation of “A Writer’s Life in the Texas Hill Country” is based on Ms.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 • Posted November 11, 2009
Statewide last week, voters approved all eleven of the proposed constitutional amendments that were presented on the ballot. In Mason County, voters rejected Propositions 1 and 4, while overwhelmingly approving all nine others. The Propositions, and the vote totals, for Mason County are: Proposition 1: Finance buffer areas ajdacent to military installations For - 254 Against - 259 Proposition 2: Regulate how homestead ad valorem taxes are calculated For - 381 Against - 151 Proposition 3 ...
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Beatles enthusiasts are invited to reminisce about the legendary band Wednesday, Nov. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. at Hill Country Memorial Hospital’s Health, Hope & Healing Cancer Resource Center (CRC). Jim Morris of Fredericksburg will share his collection of Beatles stories and memorabilia, including clips from early Beatles’ recording sessions and movies, in the CRC media room of the Brune Professional Building. “Many people share Jim’s passion for the Beatles, and we’re looking forw ...
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The Mason FFA Ag. Issues Team will be competing at the Area VII FFA Association Leadership Development Events on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 in Blanco, Texas. Members of the team are Kaitlyn Cavness, Kambrey Hudson, Virginia Lemke and Jenny Smith. The Ag Issues competition requires FFA members to research a current topic concerning agriculture.
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Kerrville retiree resumes lifestyle Living in pain and struggling to walk, Will Aymond of Kerrville underwent a critical vascular procedure in the operating room at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg by Joseph Vinas, MD, and he successfully resumed a lifestyle he feared lost.  At his worst, Aymond had pain in his legs that became so severe he couldn’t bear to stand or walk.
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Dorothy Genelle Miller passed away with her family by her side on November 6, 2009, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. She was born July 20, 1924, to Frank William Mueller and Minnie Standke Mueller in Simmonsville, Texas, the first of four children. She graduated from London High School and Draughan’s Business College in San Antonio.
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Leon Dale Atchison was born January 22, 1940, to Roy Thomas and Margaret Chester (Jackson) Atchison in Dickens, Texas. He grew up in Muleshoe, Texas, where his father farmed. He graduated from Muleshoe High School, married Judy Hanks, and worked for the Muleshoe Electric Cooperative. He joined the Department of Public Safety and was a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety for over 28 years; mainly in the License and Weight Division.
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Lorena Poynor, age 102, of Mason, Texas passed away Wednesday, November 4 at Fredericksburg Nursing and Rehab in Fredericksburg, Texas. Lorena was born March 18, 1907, in Llano County, Texas, to Joe Franklin Huffman and Ollie Huffman at their home near Field Creek. She lived out her childhood and was schooled at Field Creek. Marriage to Thomas Clyde Poynor was consummated on October 17, 1923, at Llano, Texas.
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It appears that yet another season has come and gone for the Junior High Football teams. Both teams finished out the year by playing Junction. The 7th grade had a great game. Ed Villareal scored in the first period of play on the power play and Miguel Castillo scored in the second period on the sneak which allowed the Punchers to go into the break leading 12-0.
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The JV Punchers faced a familiar foe in their season finale, taking on the Junction Eagles for the second time in as many weeks. Despite a change in venue, the result of the game was the same, with the Punchers coming out on top 33 – 14. The Punchers wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard in this contest as Austin Trip connected with Zen Steward on a pair of opening quarter touchdown passes that put the Punchers in the lead, 14 – 0.