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February 17, 2010 Issue
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You’ve been Flamingo Flocked! Please play along; this is for a great cause that stays local! For $10, the flamingo will be removed! Or.....for $15 it can be placed on a lawn or business of your choice! All proceeds go to the Mason County Cancer Benefit-KAC team (Kids Against Cancer)!! For removal or placement (or more information), call: Pattie Allen 347-4977 or Marissa Carter 347-4587.
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After securing the district title with a win over Menard Tuesday night (2/9), the Cowgirls advanced to 10-0 in district and earned a bye in the first round of the playoffs. They’ll play the Area Round against Italy, Friday night (2/19) at 7:00 p.m. in Hamilton. FR: Margaret Lemke, Star Longoria, Makenzie Mitchell, Courtney Ake; Center: Shayla Estes; BR: Lyndsi Clark, Havana Schmidt, Emily Ellebracht, Jaci Draper, Tantha Lange, Jenny Smith, Amanda Hudson, Kaitlyn Cavness and Ellie Blair.
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Get your tickets now for the Bluebonnet CASA Gala this Saturday, February 20th at the Old Peanut Mill Steakhouse. Social Hour begins at 5:00 p.m., Dinner at 6:00 p.m., Live Auction at 7:00 p.m., and Dance with entertainment by Jody Nix from 8:00 p.m. to Midnight. Tickets are $50/person and are available at the Bluebonnet CASA Office, Mason National Bank and the Chamber Office.
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Where will you find over 20,000 works of art created by high school students from across the state of Texas? The event is called VASE. The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) has sponsored the Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) since 1994. VASE is the only art event of its kind in the nation.
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Farmer’s Almanac. The Old Farmer’s Almanac Don’t leave home without it. A veritable Guidebook to Life. Indispensable. Incomparable. Entertaining too. The front page even says that: "New, Useful, & Entertaining Matter." And what could be more useful than the Old Farmer’s Essential Manure Manual. Especially how to maneuver the manure. How to spread it and ...
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Insulin is the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels within the body. Diabetes is the most well known condition involving insulin; however, insulin resistance is a more common condition affecting 25 to 30 percent of all Americans. Insulin resistance is a precursor to type II diabetes. Normally, insulin facilitates the use of blood sugar by the body.
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We had a great Sunday with almost warm weather. And then a cold front came and nights will be close to freezing all week. The rain was great but a few dry days are even better. Amber Sanders will be nine years old on February 19th and Sam Jordan Hoerster will be three years old on February 22nd.
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Heart-Healthy Cooking Tips In honor of American Heart Health month, it’s a great time to inspire your patients and clients to make heart-healthy diet and lifestyle changes. 1. Go Green. Add about a cup of chopped fresh spinach or kale to any pasta, casserole, stew, soup or side dish. It’s a great way increase the amount of green leafy vegetables in your diet as well as add a source of folate to a meal. 2.
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Uncle Mort and Counting… A few days after the Super Bowl, I bade "so long" to the Interstate, knowing that the sun-splashed highway would be visible only with headlights upon resumption of my travels a few hours later. It was time for my semi-annual visit to the thicket where Uncle Mort and Aunt Maude have been residents for 97 years. I wanted to get Mort’s "take"
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I’m still not happy with the word, "RETIRE-RETIRING-RETIREMENT!" Too, much over being TIRED. Thus after much thought, I like the word, "REDISCOVER!" When you hang up the business first of yourself, you then begin to REDISCOVER all that is really important in life. There were too, many times when I didn’t or couldn’t go see my kids and grandkids because "I WORKED!"
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Until Don Zaidle, my editor at Texas Fish & Game magazine, sent me the email last week, I’d never heard of the CNPSR. And now that I’ve read the email, and know what it is, I wish I still hadn’t heard of it. You will wish the same thing in about two minutes. The members of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees recently sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, whining about Section 512 of ...
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The Man In The Red Hat Some time ago while looking through some old issues of the Brady Standard I ran into a copy of the Brady Herald printed in the early 1950’s. This issue contained an ad for Firestone tires offered by The Man in the Red Hat — Bill Bodenhamer. I forgot about this incident of the past until I ran into an old acquaintance from the Wagon Yard days who asked "Aren’t you The Man in the Red Hat?" "Yes"
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, February 2nd, for its regular monthly business meeting. There were 35 members and 2 visitors in attendance. "Boss" Lion Chris Dyer was responsible for the program and Secretary/Treasurer Gene Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report. New members, Will Slaughter and Ken Cordero were installed into the club.
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Last Saturday, my friend Tom came up from Austin for a brief visit. It's amazing how much you take for granted until you look at it through fresh eyes, and that was the opportunity I had while playing "tour guide" to Tom. He arrived just as I was preparing to put out funeral notices, so he joined me in walking about the square.
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In the old days, railroad agents had the responsibility of buying up land from the Native Americans for rights-of-way upon which they could build their tracks. One story tells of a rather shrewd chief who understood the situation well. This chief was approached by a railroad agent who offered to buy a particularly poor stretch of land. "Buy my land?
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These beautiful geraniums are 3-year old Steady Steps Geraniums and these beautiful children are 3-year old Steady Steps children! We are now taking orders for 2010 Steady Steps geraniums in 6 lovely colors. Contact Lee Anna Cavness at 347-2672, lacavness@yahool.com or drop by Steady Steps to place your order.
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The Mason Country Opry will feature Ron Williams on Tuesday, February 23 at the Odeon Theater in downtown Mason. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets will be on sale at the door the night of the performance. Ron Williams was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and was exposed to Country Music from a very early age.
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The First United Pentecostal Church of Brady will be offering Bible study classes in Mason. The classes will be on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Mason National Bank Community Room. The first class was on February 10th. Classes will be conducted by pastor Joe Shaw. The following class will be on February 24th. To contact Pastor Shaw, call 325-456-2046 (cell) or 325-597-1693 (home).
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San Angelo, TX, February 9, 2010 "Answers on Aging" is designed to provide information about services and programs available to older individuals. Intake Specialists will be available to assist you with any questions you may have. Programs that are housed in the Area Agency on Aging include Advocacy (Texas Silver Haired Legislature), Benefits Counseling (Medicare Part D), Care Coordination (Prescription and Utility Assistance & Homemaker Services), Caregiver Support (Res ...
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The Mason Community Choir will begin rehearsals for the Easter program on Monday, February 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church.
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The Friends of the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library will host their annual Volunteer Appreciation Day and Open House of the Library on Wednesday, February 24th from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. We have extended the hours for the Volunteer Appreciation & Open House for those who have not had an opportunity to come by and see the "facelift"
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The Hilda Community Club will meet this Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Hilda Community Club House. Pat and Weldon are hosts. This is a covered dish supper so please bring a dish to share. Eldon Kothmann will bring information regarding the proposed transmission lines that would cut through much of Mason County. Next month’s meeting (March 19)will be our highway clean-up beginning at 5:00 p.m.
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(Kerrville, TX) – To expand this musical experience into a multi-dimensional production, the American Big Band Show will add singers and dancers to the standard big band format…proving to be a colorful event filled with such favorites as Satin Doll, Stompin’ at the Savoy, In the Mood, and Goody Goody! With bright, colorful costumes, dynamic choreography, dazzling scenery and unbelievable sound, the stage absolutely ignites from the opening downbeat ...
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Llano Fine Arts Guild is delighted to present a demonstration by Carol Light, longtime water-media artist, who specializes in watercolor and collage paintings. Carol Light was born and raised in Austin and grew up with a special love for nature and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Light attended both Tarleton College and the University of Texas, studying art, and has been a poster artist for the Austin Natural Science Center.
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Plans are underway to start a "sister communities" network linking organizations in Mason with those in a rural village in western Kenya. The "Mason-Mitua Connection" will encourage schools, church groups and service organizations in both communities to reach across the globe for the purposes of mutual exchange, education and support. Last month, Mason residents Tom Titus, Scott Zesch and Tony Plutino traveled to Brigadia Village, Mitua Sublocation, to meet with African civic leaders ...
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Texas Tech University at Fredericksburg and the Hill Country University Center will present an information session on navigating the College Financial Aid process on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Fredericksburg High School Library at 5:30 p.m. Financial aid specialists from Texas Tech University and Austin Community College will be the speakers.
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Building upon the nation’s call to return to the principles that our country was founded upon, the Patriots of Gillespie County sponsored two educational events in Fredericksburg which began on Saturday, February 6 when the group hosted approximately 350 guests at the Hangar Hotel Convention Center. Representatives from Patriots of Gillespie County, NRA, TSRA’s President, Oath Keepers’ Founder and the President of the Fredericksburg Tea Party were on hand to meet, greet and ...
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The Mason County Cancer Benefit (MCCB) is an annual fundraiser for residents of Mason County who are actively seeking cancer treatment and their follow-up visits. Monies raised are deposited in the MCCB Fund. The Mason County Cancer Fund is made up by Mason County Cancer Benefit committee members and the Ministerial Alliance.
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Wow! The fall semester flew by! We are almost through our 4th six weeks and I am amazed every day by all the good things that are happening at Mason ISD. I just wanted to write a short note to inform you of a few of the things we have going on in the counseling department at Mason Elementary/ Jr.
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Members of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country, Marcy Holmes, Nan Loeffler , and FAAHC director Cindy Morris, along with Dayna Haines will be jurors at VASE for Region 20 on February 20 to select art work to advance to state competition. Texas Art Education Association sponsors the Visual Arts Scholastic Event that will be held at Claudia Taylor "Lady Bird"
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Seventy moms and 75 daughters from around the region converged on Fredericksburg Elementary School Feb. 2 for Hill Country Memorial Hospital’s tenth annual "Girl Talk" seminar led by Jennifer Woerner Dulaney, M.D. The free seminar is designed as an educational session on feminine hygiene to facilitate closer mother/daughter relationships. This year, audience members came from Blanco, Comfort, Cypress Mill, Fredericksburg, Harper, Ingram, Johnson City, Kerrville, Mason, Stonewal ...
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During the last grant cycle Mason Community Foundation awarded a $5,000.00 grant to Mason Historical Society for building security walls at Ft. Mason. The current grant cycle will end March 1, 2010. Forms can be picked up at The Thrift Shop. Pictured: Rosemary Davis - President Historical Society, Tommy Koepe - Ft.
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Kimble Schuessler showed the Grand Champion Steer and Reserve Champion Heifer at the Llano County Junior Livestock Show. Kimble is a second grader at Llano Elementary School. He is the son of Chapel and Shelly Schuessler of Llano. His grand parents are John and Gena Schuessler of Llano, Pam Spiller of Mason and George Spiller of London; great grand parents are John and Dorothy Schuessler of Castell, Faye and Wibby Shearer of Mason and Lee and Annette Usserly of Marble Falls.
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Local Lions Club member, Lawrence Spell, recently learned that he was the winner of a very special Lions vest previously owned by the late Clarence Geistman of San Angelo. Lion Geistwman's vest was adorned with every award, honor and ribbon possible, and it had been offered as part of a fundraising raffle for the San Angelo Lions youth.
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SAN ANTONIO – On February 12th, 2010 San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo hosted the Junior Breeding Hereford Heifer show. Rylee Owen, of Mason County 4-H, was awarded the Grand Champion Honor as well as the overall Supreme Breeding Heifer Championship. Owen is a seventh grader who will use his scholarship money to attend college at either Texas Tech University or Texas A&M University.
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SAN ANTONIO – The Junior Southdown Ewe Sheep show was held on February 10, 2010 at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo. Chris Taveirne received Grand Champion Junior Southdown Ewe sheep honors. Taveirne is a freshman of Spicewood and Travis County 4-H. In his free time, Taveirne enjoys hunting and fishing.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010 • Posted February 17, 2010
A special Mason I.S.D. board meeting was held on the morning of February 10, 2010, regarding the hiring of a superintendent of schools for Mason ISD. The board voted to offer a contract to Pam Kruse as superintendent to replace Matt Underwood who left at the end of 2009. Mrs. Kruse had already been named by the board three weeks ago as the sole candidate. The regular board meeting is scheduled for February 22nd at 6:00 p.m.
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General Michael W. Hagee, USMC (Ret.), president and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, will be the featured guest at the Navy League of the United States Fleet Admiral Nimitz Council’s Distinguished Speakers Dinner March 4 in the Nimitz Museum Ballroom in Fredericksburg beginning at 6 p.m. The topic of General Hagee’s remarks will be "Today’s Navy-Marine Corps Team." General Hagee was the 33 rd Commandant of the ...
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Texas Nature Project recently got news that they had received renewal of an $1,800.00 grant from H-E-B. This is our second year receiving support for our Sustainable Leadership Workshops from H-E-B Environmental Affairs. Susan Ghertner was so impressed with our energetic volunteers and the outreach programming at the Fredericksburg Renewable Energy Roundup in the Fall of 2008, that she invited us to apply for a grant for the spring of 2009.
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Lubbock, TX - Texas Tech’s University College is now accepting scholarship applications from Texas residents wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree online or at an off-campus location in Texas. Beginning in the summer of 2010, students who have earned a minimum cumulative adjusted GPA of 2.0 or higher may apply for a $50-per-credit-hour scholarship for up to four terms.
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Clarence Simon passed from this life on February 11, 2010, at the age of 93, in the Hill Country Healthcare Center of Llano, TX. Clarence lived out his life as a soldier, a rancher, a mechanic, a husband, a father, and a friend. In November of 1941 he was called into service and had to report to San Antonio.
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Wanda Beam White passed away on Wednesday, February 10, at the age of 71. Mrs. White is survived by her children Glowanda Jean White McClaine and husband Billy Wayne of Palestine, Harold Arthur White of Angleton, Charles Edward White Jr. of Troy and Barbara Ann White Spradlin and husband Quentin Joseph of Paintsville, Kentucky.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010 • Posted February 17, 2010
The 2010 tennis season got off to a quick start this past weekend as Mason hosted the Puncher Shootout Tournament. Teams from Midland, Wimberley, Marble Falls, Boerne, Kerrville, and Fredericksburg gathered here to get their first taste of tennis. Mason still had several of its top boys and girls competing in basketball, but was still able to pull off a sixth place finish.