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December 2, 2009 Issue
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Everyone has their own unique holiday traditions, and here at the News office, this is one of mine! Its is not truly the Christmas season until I've gotten a photo of Carol and Vivian Landers, with their reindeer antlers in place, into the paper. This will make my tenth year of documenting the girls manning their booth at Tannenbaum, and I am not about to break with tradition at this point!
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Guest speaker Kim Arnold gave an inspirational program, "The Power of a Positive Woman", at the Mason Study Club meeting, on November 24th.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
"Operation Christmas Greeting" is beginning its eighth year as the annual fundraiser for Mason’s EMS Association. The fundraiser’s purpose is to provide funding for the betterment of the association’s equipment. Additionally, it provides an ideal way for everyone to say "Merry Christmas" to all who read this paper! For those who are not familiar with this project, it works like this: Instead of mailing Christmas cards to your local friends and businesses you take th ...
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Ashlyn Brandenberger, Colten Brandenberger, and Jayde Witt competed along with 4-Hers from 23 area counties on November 21 in Abilene. They showed off their food safety and food preparation skills, along with the nutrition knowledge they learned in preparation for their big interviews. The competition was tough, but we are pleased to tell you that Ashlyn placed 4th in her category of Intermediate Main Dish.
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Come help us celebrate the holiday season during the Christmas Chamber Mixer on December 3, 2009, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Mixer will be held at Miss Alma’s Bed and Breakfast located at 505 San Antonio Street in Mason. Miss Alma’s is owned and operated by Joel & Pattie Allen. Miss Alma’s Bed & Breakfast is a beautifully restored large Victorian house that was built in 1877 and the upstairs was added on in 1907.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
In a couple of weeks, friends and neighbors out in the Camp Air, Katemcy and Ranch Branch areas will gather at the newly renovated old Peter’s Prairie Schoolhouse for their first peek at the inside since interior renovations are 99.5% complete. Outside restrooms are under construction, but unfortunately, won’t be completed in time for this event. The Christmas Party’s main menu will consist of Texas Deadwood BBQ (brisket, sausage and chicken), stew, pinto beans, whi ...
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
Last week I mentioned the grants that the City of Mason is working to utilize to improve our community. I just today received the grant contract for the LCRA funding for the Reverse Osmosis water facility for city residents. This project will provide all of our citizens a place to get treated water that is uncontaminated by Radium or any other problem and is available at no cost for you to get drinking water at any time of day.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
All aboard! Last month before 2010. All hands on deck. Stow your carry-on under your seat. Hang on to your hats. Hold tight the reins. We’re off and running. December is our final stop. Destination: the New Year. And December is here. With it comes turquoise. And narcissus. The official birthstone. And flower. So away we go Down the slippery slope. As we slide ...
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
Inexpensive Gift Idea We use bed buddies to keep warm. You can make them yourself. A Bed Buddy is a sewn material bag full of rice that you can heat in the microwave for two or three minutes and use to heat your sheets while you get ready for bed. They’re also great for sore muscles or cramps.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
Uncle Mort on Oxygen… Uncle Mort, "I’ve banked on alibis to wiggle out of predicaments since Hector was a pup," he laughed. "The way I figure it, alibis and fibs are first cousins. Liberal dependence on both keeps us off the slippery slope of outright lies." I felt yawns coming on as Mort rambled.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
I’m half way there in this buggy! Three weeks down and three weeks to go. If the last three weeks goes as fast as the first three weeks went, then it’s not that much longer. As I sat around and rolled around on Thanksgiving Day, my thoughts of Thanksgiving were multiplied ten fold.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
A friend once told me about a funeral he’d attended, where the minister delivering the eulogy talked about the deceased’s dash. He said, "Our friend here has died. And he’s going to be buried. And he’s going to have a tombstone. And on that tombstone there are going to be two dates – the date when he was born, and the date when he died.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
GOING WEST (PART 2) We spent the night in Austin, Nevada............ The following day we traveled on to Ely were we were told that there was no work there. So, here we are sitting in our roadside camp playing cards in Ely, Nevada, where there was no work and we had only one dollar left in our treasure chest.
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GLA GLA is an important fatty acid for several reasons. It is anti-inflammatory; it is a hormone precursor; and it boosts metabolism. Supplemental sources of GLA are evening primrose, borage and black currant seed oil. I take a blend of the three because they each act a little differently in the body. For its anti-inflammatory properties, GLA has been used successfully in rheumatoid arthritis.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, Nov. 24th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 31 members and 6 visitors in attendance. Among the visitors were 2 Mason High School Seniors, Tantha Lange and Lyndsi Clark. Lion Lee Graham was responsible for the program and introduced Jeff Guice, Girls Basketball Coach who spoke about the girl's team, their schedule, strengths and weakness.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
Have you ever watched the British House of Commons during debate? For all the notions we have of English civility, one would be hard pressed to find it as the heated discussions, and pointed accusations, are flying about the chamber. If you've ever watched debate on the House or Senate floor, similar emotional discussions can be observed.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
Dear Gerry, Last week’s letter did show that the Constitution’s preamble by "we, the people," did indeed desire to empower the federal government to concern itself with the health of American citizens when it refers to "welfare." Thank-you to the writer for clearing that up for everyone. I’m not quite sure why socialism keeps being brought up.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
The holiday season is one of the hardest and often loneliest times for those who have experienced the recent death of a loved one. Sometimes it doesn’t even have to be that recent. It is also a time when both friends and family are often confused about how to help their grieving loved ones get through the holidays.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
Please make plans to join us for The Journey to Bethlehem Drive Thru Christmas Luminary on Dec. 6th at Fort Mason City Park, 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Admission is free. We are reserving Dec. 13th as an alternate date. This annual project is sponsored by St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
A Veterans Christmas Party, sponsored by The American Legion Post 285 and the VFW Post 8554, will be held on Thursday, Dec. 10th, at the American Legion Post Hall, 237 Post Hill Rd. The festivities start at 6 p.m., and will include live Christmas music by Daryl & Petra Watson, refreshments and bingo.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
Mason Elementary/Jr. High School will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair Monday, Dec. 7 thru Wednesday, Dec. 9 in our Library. We will be open from 8:00-11:00 and 1:00-3:00 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. There will also be a special opportunity to select books at our Family Night on Wednesday, Dec.
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Marissa and Jared Carter, along with their children, enjoyed Saturday's "Light Up The Town" on the courthouse lawn.
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Riata and Mason County Historical Society shared adjacent spaces at the Tannenbaum Arts & Crafts Fair Saturday. L-R: Doris Courtright, Beth Reardon, Mary Hemphill, Jane Hoerster and Rosemary Davis.
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Santa posed with members of the Mason County Roundup Court during Saturday's "Light Up The Town" festivites, helping to bring in the Christmas season to Mason!
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Mason Study Club members met on Tuesday morning, Nov. 24th, before the business meeting to make more note cards with photographs of Mason County and the hill country. Each card is designed by one of the members and is unique. Hundreds of these cards have been sold at the Mason County Library over the past several years and all proceeds benefit the library.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
Nan Loeffler, a member of the FAAHC, will be one of five featured jewelry artists doing a trunk show at the Fredericksburg Art Walk on Friday, December 4, 2009. She will be demonstrating the Egyptian Coil Chain at Artisans at Rocky Hill, 234 Main Street, Fredericksburg, from noon to 8 p.m. Fredericksburg will have its seasonal Christmas parade, at which time Artisans will close, so everyone can watch it.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
Operation Orphans, Inc. continued the "Take a Child Hunting" program Saturday., November 21st. During the second hunt of this season's program, 33 boys from seven children's homes hunted at twelve area ranches. During the hunt, the boys harvested 25 animals. Animals harvested were nine whitetail does, two spikes, seven management bucks, two feral hogs, two axis, one aoudad, one black buck antelope and one sika.
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Riata Service Organization met Nov. 24, 2009 at the home of C. J. Reardon with Becky Griffith as co-hostess. Joan Whitaker introduced the guest speaker, Joyce Smith who is affiliated with Operation Smile an organization that surgically repairs cleft lips and cleft palates, this work is mostly in third world countries.
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JD Sullivan, grandson of Mike and Sheila Innis, collected his first deer early Friday morning, the day after Thanksgiving. It only took him one shot, and his parents and grandparents were very proud of him!
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On her very first deer hunt, Natalie Hoffman took down a spike this past Saturday. She was very proud of her accomplishment and now likes to be referred to as the deer slayer. Natalie is the 12 year old daughter of Galen and Tina Hoffman. Special thanks to Chris and Madison Jordan for taking her hunting!
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Tyler Chapman, son of Phil and Karen Chapman of San Antonio was recently named Homecoming King for Boerne High School where he is a Senior. Tyler is also the Student Council President, and is on the Varsity Basketball team. He is the Step-grandson of Florence and Danny Smith. He is looking at attending either St.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
Jana McMillan has recently informed her mother, Bobbie, that she has received a promotion. Jana lives in Hudson, New Hampshire, where she has served in the Hudson Police Department as Animal Control Supervisor and Child Passenger Safety Technician. According to Jana, the new position is Deputy Health Officer for the Town of Hudson, effectively serving as the backup for the current Health Officer.
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I am filing as a Republican Candidate for the Commissioner of Precinct 4. In 1981, I had the choice to live anywhere in the Hill Country. I choose Mason. Having worked in various places, it was educational to see how other parts of the State of Texas confronted and handled problems in road construction.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
Over the last three-plus years of my employment at the Small Business Development Center there has never been a more depressing time than the occasions that I have seen someone throw away their money on ‘business’ opportunities that in reality hold very little chance of being successful. Although I have been writing a series about the process of starting your own business in my last few articles, today I have decided to change the subject because I feel so passionately ab ...
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
During Monday night's meeting of the Mason I.S.D. trustees, action was taken to accept the departure of Matt Underwood as superintendent. As reported in last week's edition, Underwood has accepted the position of superintendent of Lago Vista I.S.D., and will begin his duties there on December 8. The trustees went into executive session at 6:29 p.m.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
Shannon AirMed1 was named the 2009 Air Medical Service by the Texas Department of State Health Services at the recent Texas EMS Conference, marking the fourth year for the service to receive the honor. AirMed1 earned the award previously in 2002, 2003 and 2007. They are the only service in Texas to receive the honor four times. "Our crew is honored to receive this prestigious award for the fourth time while also celebrating our 15 The award, announced at the annual EMS confer ...
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
Llano County Sheriff’s Department and Crime Stoppers are asking for the public’s help in the investigation of the 2006 disappearance and murder of Holly Simmons in Buchanan Dam, Texas. Investigators are looking for information on the person who purchased a metal 4ft by 4ft dog house and an aluminum boat from a garage sale in the Golden Beach area of Buchanan Dam in October of 2006.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
In the early years of the 1940s, the U.S.A. was not the sprawling giant that it is today. The country was greatly weakened by the lean years of the Great Depression and President Roosevelt was resisting British pressure to join the fight against Hitler and the German Third Reich. In addition to the rising threat in Europe, the Japanese were waging war against China and threatening to disrupt the entire Southeast Asia area. In 1939, President Roosevelt moved a large portion of the U.S ...
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
I would like to take this opportunity to announce that I will seek re-election to the office of County Treasurer. It has been my pleasure to serve you in this capacity. Duties of my office include disbursing money at the direction of Commissioners Court, receipting all money due to the County, performing payroll duties, investing money at the direction of the Commissioners Court and handling the Ambulance billing and receipts.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
Helen Julia Bauman Kuykendall at the age of 92,  passed away peacefully on November 28 Helen was born in Valley Spring, Texas, on August 12, 1917, to August Julius (A.J.) Bauman and Ella Goodman Bauman. She had one sister, Anna Louise Bauman, and one brother, Douglas Julius Bauman. After graduating from Cherokee High School in 1934, Helen attended the University of Texas in Austin where she studied in business.   She was married on January 6, 1938, to Randall  Gray "S ...
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009
The 8th Boys had their season opener this past Monday against the visiting Cougars of Christoval. Christoval jumped to an early lead and broke at half with a comfortable score of 16-38. The Punchers regrouped and had a good surge in the third and fourth quarters cutting Christoval’s lead to four points with 2:45 remaining in the game.