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March 10, 2010 Issue
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Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday morning at 2:00 a.m. You will want to be sure and set your clocks AHEAD by one hour before going to bed on Saturday night so that you are not late to church on Sunday morning.
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Last week, the Mason VFW and the American Legion presented a check to the Mason County Historical Commision to help defray the costs associated with repariing the Veterans' Memorial on the courthouse lawn. Pictured, left to right: Lawrence Spell, Jane Hoerster and Chris Dyer. Front row, left to right: Rae Lehmberg, Roger Luckenbach, Curtis Kuhlmann, Don Bradshaw, Boone Kemp, Roy Lehmberg and Nolan Donop.
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Mendy Lindsay won 2nd place in the Novelty tiered and in Buttercream only categories at "That Takes the Cake Sugar Art Show" in Austin TX. Each entrant is placed in division according to how many years of decorating they have and hour of classes they've taken. This year's cake show had over 300 entrants.
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On Saturday, March 13, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm, Operation Orphans, Inc. will celebrate 50 years of serving less fortunate youth at Camp Gene Ashby. Since 1960, over 17,000 boys and girls from Texas child-care facilities and foster homes have participated in the "Take a Child Hunting" program. The success of the program is due largely to the many caring individuals who have assisted throughout the years. Many Mason county residents have served as directors (past and present), hosted chil ...
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
Pam Kruse will be the guest speaker at the March 17th meeting of the Mason County Republican Women. Mrs. Kruse is the newly appointed superintendent of Mason ISD. While attending Angelo State University on an academic scholarship she met her husband, Randy, after graduation in 1987 they moved to Mason.
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Pysanky means Ukrainian Easter Eggs. This old art form, having been practiced in Ukraine since before the birth of Christ, is a traditional Lenten practice in the Ukraine. Designs are drawn on raw eggs with melted beeswax, then dyed. Successive markings of wax and dye baths, with each successive dye darker than the previous one, follow until the desired design is achieved. The eggs are created during the forty days of Lent and distributed as gifts to friends and families at the first ...
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
Hero status isn’t reserved only for those brave men and women who serve our country on the front lines of war. There is a hero in all of us. Ordinary people are saving lives every day. They do it while they are on their lunch break or while they are running errands.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, March 2nd, for its monthly business meeting. There were 40 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. Denwood Butler finished giving his program on the land owned by the Lions Club.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
DNA is our cellular blueprint. It is part of our genetic makeup that controls how our cells reproduce. I have just come across some fascinating research that references specific nutrients for actually protecting and preserving our DNA so that our genetic tendencies towards developing degenerative diseases are warded off. Much research has gone into proving that so called genetic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and more are actually the result of damage to the cellular D ...
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
In my experience very few people want to hear bad news, and so most of the time when someone asks me how things are going my immediate response is that "things are just fine!"  Of course sometimes that is stretching the facts considerably, but most of the time things are going very well around the City.  The last couple of weeks have been a little less "wonderful"
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
Food. Not so simple anymore. So many questions surround it. Paper or plastic? Sweet or unsweetened? Medium or rare? Hot tea or iced tea? Spicy or mild? Red or green sauce? With or without cheese? Mayonnaise or mustard? Chips or fries? Regular bun or Texas toast? Small, medium, or large? Is that for here or to go? Smoking or non-smoking? How many in your party? ...
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
A light drizzle is about all we got all day Sunday and that is all we probably will get for a few days. Stay dry and warm. David and Carolyn Vater were celebrating their 12th anniversary on Sunday. And Nathaniel and Wanda Jordan will celebrate their anniversary on March 11th. Jill Kettner Cochran celebrates her birthday on March 14th and Jerald Jordan has a birthday coming up on March 18th.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
Corn or Flour? If you are a tortilla lover like I am, you knew right away what this article would be about. I was getting ready for nutrition ed at the school when I started researching this question. I thought I’d share my findings plus the recipes I made with the 3rd graders this week! I love Mexican food, but I’ve often wondered which is the better choice, nutrition-wise: flour or corn tortillas? To be honest, there are so many types of tortill ...
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
Signing Off on Late-Night TV… If memory serves, and often it doesn’t, the question was first posed to open TV newscasts. With piercing eyes and a facial expression as serious as a tax audit, the announcer slowly repeated these words: "It’s ten o’clock….Do you know where your children are?" In those days, most parents smiled knowingly, confident that their answer was a no-brainer.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
Life at Z’s wouldn’t be so much fun, if not for our puppy dogs. Uncle Archie will share his bed with the other little ones, but he’s to get on it first! The two Doxie’s must understand Bassett, however the Chihuahua, Nacha, hasn’t mastered Bassett as her second language. Uncle Archie isn’t aggressive and chooses to bark and bark and bark for Nacha to get off his bed.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
Governments are a lot like two-year-olds. They often seem to be trying to push those on whom they depend for support as far as possible without actually going over the line and incurring punishment. A toddler’s reprimand might involve a time out, or whatever new age parents do these days to pretend they’re punishing their children.
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A large part of the money that pays for the library’s new books, audio books, and DVD’s comes from the annual Lone Star Grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. For more information on the Lone Star Libraries visit this website. http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/funding/loanstar/faq.html Story Time will not be held this Friday, March 12 because of Spring Break. NEW ARRIVALS Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (921 LAC).
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
The Colorful Language of Unsophisticated Rural Texas "This old dog won’t hunt," and similar phrases are blended to the cultural language of the rural south and without them our proud Texas dialect would be "as bland as red beans without a chunk of salt pork." The use of these localisms which perhaps astound many of the "cityfied"
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
02/01/10@1210 - Loose Livestock – Deputy Herrington responded to a loose livestock call on Bickenbach St. 02/01/10@1129 - Loose Livestock – Chief Deputy Carson responded to a loose livestock call on Ave. F. 02/02/10@0955 - Arrest – Deputy Herrington made an arrest. 02/02/10@1547 - Loose Livestock – Chief Deputy Carson responded to a loose livestock call on 87 N. 02/02/10@1543 - Traffic – Sheriff Nixon responded to a traffic call o ...
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club will meet on Monday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m. in the Richard P. Eckert Civic Center. The program will be a musical one. Hostess will be Mary Ellen Merkel. During the business meeting following the program, fundraising for scholarships will be discussed. All members are urged to attend.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
During the recent gubernatorial primaries, incumbent Rick Perry enjoyed pointing out the robust economic health of Texas compared to many other states. He also tied Senator Hutchison to the federal bailout programs and our growing debt to distinguish himself from political "insiders." Of course, he might have failed to mention that the only way that the state budget had not yet cratered was because of infusions of federal money.
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Don’t forget to order your beautiful Steady Steps geraniums! Deadline for orders is Monday, March 15. Pick up order forms at local banks, Steady Steps or call us at 347-0043. We will take phone orders, or we can e-mail an order form to you.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
The Heart of Texas Country Music Association will celebrate its 21th Anniversary on Friday and Saturday, March 19th and 20th, and Friday and Saturday, March 26th and 27th at the Ed Davenport Civic Center in Brady. The festivities will include a Welcome Party and Dance on the Friday nights, an afternoon Matinee Concert at 1:00 PM on the Saturdays followed by the Dinner and Dance on Saturday night beginning at 7:00 PM. Only 2,400 tickets will be sold for the festivities.
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Fredericksburg Tea Party will be hosting their annual Tea Party Rally on Thursday, April 15, 2010. The rally is a celebration of our republic and our U.S. Constitution. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Marktplatz, at the corner of Austin Street and Adams Street in Fredericksburg, Texas. The Fredericksburg Tea Party is pleased to facilitate a contest between all high school students attending 9th through 12th grades within a 60 mile radius of Fredericksburg.
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For Children of all Ages: Wednesday March 10, 2010, 8:30 to 11:30 AM and 1:00 to 3:30 PM. DSHS Clinic, 1004 S. Bridge St., Brady, Texas 76825; 325-597-0550.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
So many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they’ve earned. There’s so much to know...and so many changes from one year to the next. That’s why the nonprofit D-A-V offers help. The DAV Mobile Service Office will be at the following locations to personally provide the best counseling and claim filing assistance available.
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(Kerrville, TX) – Kerrville Performing Arts Society is eagerly anticipating the arrival of the most "awarded" artist to appear in their organization’s 26-season history. Mr. Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor, will present his one-man-show depicting the progression of his numerous contributions to Broadway, film, television and music in general. Hamlisch is the composer of more than forty motion picture scores including his Oscar-winning score and song ...
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
Hello teachers and parents! We would like to invite you to attend the next Mason PTO meeting which will be held Tuesday, March 16th at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. During this meeting, we will be holding officer elections. The Mason PTO would like to encourage all teachers, parents, and guardians to join us at the meeting.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
The members of American Legion Fort Mason Post #285 & Ladies Auxiliary invite other veterans, friends and family, and anyone interested in the American Legion are invited to attend our regular March meeting, to be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 12th, at the American Legion Post Hall on Post Hill Road (behind the Jail).
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
ger/mThe Long Mountain Community Club will have the March monthly meeting on Thursday night, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. The regularly scheduled meeting is always on the second Friday of the month; but, due to other events, we had to make the change. Menu for the evening is Irish Stew and scones.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
Mason, Texas celebrates Texas Topaz Day, recognizing our native topaz as the Texas State Gemstone on Saturday, March 27. Come to Gems of the Hill Country, on the historic Mason Square, to see gem faceting demonstrations, meet the folks that create the gems, and have refreshments. Visit the museum next door to see the largest topaz found in North America, as well as other exhibits.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
Texas Tech University at Fredericksburg and the Hill Country University Center have rescheduled an information session (previously canceled due to snow) on navigating the College Financial Aid process for Thursday, March 11, at the Fredericksburg High School Library at 5:30 p.m. Financial aid advisors will give a presentation, answer questions, and assist students with application forms.
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YES, IT WAS COLD! Bob Beaulieu of the Granite Oaks Ranch in Katemcy got this great shot of a buck looking for a bite to eat during some of the Febuary snows at his ranch, using his "critter cam."
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Mason does not have a system of storm drains, so when sudden heavy downpours occur, street flooding can often follow. This shot is looking east down Martin Street at the intersection of Howard Street about thirty minutes after the heaviest rains fell in Mason on Monday.
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Monday's rains, though only very briefly heavy, dropped 0.6 of rain in less than 15 minutes, causing a quick runoff of the rainfall around the area. This shot at Ft. Mason City Park shows the water running down the side of the golf course and across the road leading to the stadium.
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The Cub Scouts held their Pinewood Derby Friday, Feb 26th. There were 12 scouts competing, all with very creative cars. The top three winners, who will be headed to the District Derby in April, are pictured from left to right: Joseph Martinez (tied for 2nd), Nicolas Rodriquez (tied for 2nd), Michael Longoria (1st).
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This photo from 1924 shows a young Wilbur Durst with some of his dogs, and the coon hides he had collected while hunting. We thank the family for sharing this image.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
Three in 100 American adults call themselves vegetarians. Lower in saturated fat and cholesterol and higher in fiber, vitamins and minerals, plant-based diets are linked to a number of health benefits including a lower body weight, lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels and a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
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Jerry Smith (at right) has been acknowledged for "The Best in the East/Northeast, 2009 Outstanding Salesman" for quality work and loyal support to the Decoty Coffee Company.
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Mason County resident, Mary Shearer Eckert, has proudly announced the publication of her book, "Where Was God When I Cried?" The book relates the life story of Pastor Peaches Evans, growing up at a time of racial bigotry, in conditions of abject poverty. Mrs. Eckert held a book signing last weekend in Fredricksburg where she was joined by Pastor Evans.
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Ted Smith and Trish Smith are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Brigett Marie Smith, to Garrett Wayne Mikulik, son of David and Darla Mikulik of Wall, Texas. Brigett is a 2009 cum laude graduate of Angelo State University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a minor in Professional Writing. Garrett is a 2009 cum laude graduate from Angelo State University with a bachelor’s degree in Management.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
Twelve 4-Hers exhibited at the 2010 San Angelo Stock Show. The names and results for each exhibitor follows. Finewool Market Lambs Chama Martin - 2nd Place - Lt. Heavy Weight Gabe Jennings - 6th Place - Lt. Heavy Weight Garrett Allen - 7th Place - Lt. Heavy Weight Cross Market Lambs Rylee Owen - 4th Place - Middle Weight; 12th Place - Middle Weight Price Ruffin - 6th Place - Heavy Weight Sierra Martin - 9th Place Heavy Weight
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
MASON, Texas – The Hill Country Region offices of Capital Farm Credit (CFC) announce their 2010 scholarship program. CFC will award $10,000 in scholarships to students pursuing a degree in education or an agricultural-related field of study. Students from the following counties are eligible: Bandera, Blanco, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Llano and Mason. Capital Farm Credit, Texas’ largest rural cooperative lender, has a tradition of supporting local youth.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
Edwin Dickens of Fredericksburg, an accredited member of the Professional Golfer’s Association of America (PGA), is helping Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center start a PGA-recognized indoor golf training facility. Dawn Bourgeois, Wellness Center director, said Dickens will be a personal trainer specializing in golf. "We are so excited to be able to offer this program and to have Edwin here to help us fold golf into our growing list of services as another option for fitness an ...
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
AgriLife Research ecologist: Careful management is the key Writer: Kay Ledbetter, edited by Mike Innis VERNON – The application of summer patch burning to heal native rangeland may be best accomplished using rotational grazing, according to a Texas AgriLife Research range ecologist. Dr. Richard Teague recently completed a study of native rangeland vegetation and soils subjected to summer patch burns followed by cattle being allowed to graze either cont ...
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
River important for ranching and wildlife (March 5, 2010) The James River is a relatively unknown and unspoiled gem in Central Texas. Environmental Defense Fund’s new report, "The Unknown River of Central Texas," describes the importance of the river’s water resources to local communities, ranchers and wildlife, in an area that would otherwise be void of surface water. "Most people haven’t heard of the James River, but it is a major tributary to the Llano Ri ...
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George Milton Keller joined his parents, Emeth and Susie Donop Keller and his brothers Byron, William, and James in God’s heavenly home on March 02, 2010. He was born May 1,1934, in the north bedroom of the now over 100 year old majestic family home on the "Loma Vista" ranch, 12 miles south of Mason, Texas.
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Loriena Marie Tonn Anderegg, our special aunt, a most gracious and thoughtful lady, went to be with her Heavenly Father on March 7, 2010. Loriena was born on February 20, 1910, to Alwina Braun Tonn and Fred S. Tonn in Weir, but grew up in Walburg, Texas. She was baptized and confirmed at St.
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Lizzie Marie Henrich Priess of Hobbs, New Mexico passed away on February 11, 2010 at Lea Regional Medical Center at the age of 83. She was born October 1, 1926, in Mason to Clarence and Lizzie Henrich. She grew up in Mason, Texas, graduating from High School. She married Robert Priess, Jr.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010
Thirty one players took part in this year’s golf tournament at Comanche Creek Golf Course on March 6th. Teeing off at 1:30 under overcast conditions the temperature was just about perfect for golf. The winds stayed relatively calm for most of the tournament but picked up towards the end of the afternoon with just a bite to make sure you stayed covered.