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March 17, 2010 Issue
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A formal ribbon cutting was held by the Mason County Chamber of Commerce for Mason Artisan Gallery on Thursday, March 11th. This Saturday, March 20th, will be the grand opening of the gallery. The building is a reconstruction of a small house built on the land in the 1880s. Some of the old wood has been recycled, and it is their hope that the gallery will be a fitting showplace for the works of eight Mason-area artists.
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The Mason Tennis Team took the courts last Friday and Saturday in Austin seeking their eighth straight state team championship and 19 Entering the 16 team tournament as the top seeded team, Mason took little time disposing of East Bernard in the first round. Twenty-two different Punchers and Cowgirls played as the team won 19-0 in less than three hours.
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On March 2, 2010, Texas Banking Commissioner Charles G. Cooper ordered that the permit held by Jeffrey Gentry, d.b.a. Gentry Fife Funeral Home, Junction, Texas, be cancelled, and issued an Order to cease and desist all activities relating to the sale of prepaid funeral benefit contracts and seizure of all prepaid funeral contract records and funds. The Order recites that Gentry violated Chapter 154 of the Texas Finance Code by failing to maintain records and properly deposit money co ...
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Ashlyn Brandenberger and Monaco Schmidt recently competed in the 4-H District Consumer Decision Making Contest at the San Angelo Stock Show. Ashlyn was 9th out of 39 kids and Monaco tied for 2nd place, ending up with a 4th place plaque after they broke the 3 way tie. We are proud of both of our competitors for learning how to make wise purchasing decisions!
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The Association mailed out membership renewal and dues forms to all landowners of 40 acres or more in February. All members paying dues by April 1 will be eligible for a drawing for a Judge Pistol. We ask for your continued support to make this a successful joint effort between the Association, property owners, and all who enjoy this beautiful Hill Country refuge that Mason County has to offer. The Association will pay $150 for adult coyotes, $50 for adult bobcats for animals ...
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010 • Posted March 17, 2010
The past week of warm weather and the bluebonnets popping their heads up and starting to bathe the roadsides with color are both a definite sign that spring has come to Central Texas. Some of the changes of Spring are welcome and like the weather we all enjoy them and everyone seems to have a smile on their faces.
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Just the basics of nutrition are a concern to many. I find that some very basic nutritional supplements help almost everybody. A good multivitamin is the first basic. What makes a multivitamin good is the quality of the contents along with the technology used to encapsulate or tablet the contents. The better vitamins do not have pharmaceutical glaze, artificial coloring, several kinds of cellulose, nor do they contain synthetic vitamins such as synthetic E or dl-alpha tocopherol.
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St. Patrick’s Day. Hooray, hooray. Callooh! Callay! They chortle in their joy. And drink green beer. Wear green clothes. Green being associated with St. Patrick due to the shamrock. He supposedly used the three-leaved plant to explain the Holy Trinity to pre-Christian Irish. St. Patrick was actually British. Then kidnapped by invading Irish and kept as a slave. Then escaped back to Britain. Then lat ...
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 • Posted March 17, 2010
We just had a great Sunday; maybe that explains the attendance at church; we had a great sermon and everyone was smiling. The fruit trees are in full bloom; no rain is predicted for a few days; spring break is in full action; have a great week. There are two birthdays this week: Jerald Jordan on the 18th and Brenda Kothmann on the 24th.
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Simple Routines Can Help Young Children Maintain a Healthy Weight This is more research that came from my preparation for the Headstart parent program! Three simple routines can help young children maintain a healthy weight. Recent research published in the March 2010 issue of Pediatrics suggests that preschool children who eat their dinner meal as a family, get at least 10 1/2 hours of sleep each night, and limit screen-time to two hours or less per day were less likely to b ...
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Down the Red Brick Road… In the hubbub of health care issues, high unemployment and a whimpering economy, coffee klatches and water cooler confabs are way too brief for in-depth discussions of multiple brow-creasing problems. For about 750,000 Oncor customers whose kilowatts now are measured by "smart meters," add still another front-burner concern.
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Okay, I didn’t Spring Forward. In fact I didn’t jump forward, either. But, I did change the clocks. I didn’t have to do this. It’s not like they will fine me or put me in jail for not going to the MAN MADE TIME! Actually Men ought to leave some things alone!
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My friend, Bob Terrell, recently brought me an article from the March 10 issue of the San Angelo Standard Times, because it contained an article that is extremely offensive to Americans. But then, those kinds of articles don’t seem to raise a lot of dust these days. Maybe that’s because there are fewer and fewer Americans in America, per capita. This particular piece of trash was written by Dan K.
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Spring is here. You can do spring cleaning and yard work or you can sit in the warm breeze with a good book. No contest. NEW ARRIVALS Last Train From Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back by Charles Pellegrino (940.54 PEL). Nonfiction. "Drawing on the voices of atomic-bomb survivors and the new science of forensic archaeology, Charles Pellegrino describes the events and aftermath of two days in August when nuclear devices detonated over Japan changed life on Earth forever." ...
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An Organ Music Romance My love affair with organ music began, if I remember correctly, at the age of 16. I had accompanied Hugh Cox and his parents to San Antonio and Hugh and I went to a movie at the Texas Theater. At the end of the movie we heard the sound of music coming out of the darkness and much to our surprise there arose from the bowels of the theater basement a well lighted platform with an organ on it and an organist playing wondrous music. After the organ ...
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Cowgirl Bread from "Cowgirl’s Country Life Blog" This is another quick and easy bread recipe that’s worth giving a try. I’ve made it about 3 times, and have experimented with several different aspects of the recipe. As I always do, I remain "true" to the original recipe on the first pass. Then, based upon what I learn from it, I will begin playing games with the original to see if I can produce a better product.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, March 9th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 34 members and 5 visitors in attendance. Lion Bruce Lehmberg was responsible for the program and introduced Paul Smith and Salah Smith who spoke about the Mason High School Tennis Program. Paul talked about the group of students he has in the tennis program and how many other activities that the students are involved in.
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I love having called ID on my phone. When someone calls me at work, or on my cell phone, I know before I answer who is calling and am able to better prepare for the conversation that is about to ensue. On my cell phone, I've taken it several steps further.
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Calling all Steady Steppers! Pictured are some children who attended Steady Steps in the very beginning. On Saturday April 10th, children who have attended Steady Steps over the years will gather for a big group picture celebrating our 10th Anniversary! All Steady Steppers and families, past and present, are invited to join community supporters at 6:00 p.m.
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Fort McKavett State Historic Site will come to life on March 27th, 2010, as Living Historians from around the state gather to portray life as it would have been at the fort in the 1800s. Gates will open at 8:00 a.m. followed by a 10:00 a.m. flag raising ceremony. Throughout the day, activities will include cavalry, artillery and infantry drills, Native Indian demonstrations, Buffalo Soldiers, Buffalo Hunters, Chuck Wagon demonstrations, the Texas Camel Corps, the Texas Longhorn herd, ...
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(Kerrville, TX) – Marvin Hamlisch is one of only ten people in the entire world to win all four major US performing awards: Emmy Award, Grammy Award, the Oscar and Tony Award. He and Richard Rodgers are the only two individuals to have won all four plus a Pulitzer Prize.
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The Weekly Golf Scramble will begin its 2010 season on April 7. Tee off time is 5:30 p.m. Call the club house for more details: 325-347-1020. Please come out and join us, regardless of your golfing ability!
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The Hilda Community Club will hold its trash pick-up this Friday, March 19th. Meet at the clubhouse at 5:00 p.m. to pick up bags and safety vests. Following the trash pick-up on RR783, there will be a meal of barbecued sausage. Please bring a dessert if you can; everything else will be provided. Hosts are Leighton Brown and Jan Appleby.
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San Angelo, TX, March 12, 2010. The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) of the Concho Valley Council of Governments strives to provide information, assistance, and services to the older citizens of Mason County. Terry Lockhart, Program Specialist for the AAA and Cassandra Moreno, CBO staff, will be available to help seniors on an individual basis on March 18, 2010, from 11:30 a.m.
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Kancer Kickers are selling Bar-B-Que by the pound Sunday March 21, from 11:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. or sold out, on the West side of the square. All proceeds will go to Mason County Cancer Benefit. Thank you for your support.
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gaylMason Youth Baseball/Softball will be kicking off their 2010 season Saturday March 20, 2010. The days activities will include a parade starting at 9:00 from Mason Bottling Company, around the square and finish at the baseball fields. At 10:00 AM there will be the opening ceremonies including Boy Scouts with the Flag Ceremony, announcement of this years sponsors and an opening pitch with our Varsity Senior Boys Justin Yonker and Estevan Villarreall.
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The 2010 Mason High School one act cast and crew will have a public performance of their competition piece, Harvey, on Sunday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium.
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The Purple Hearts will have Saturday March 20 starting at 8:00 a.m. and Sunday March 21 starting at 1:00 p.m. inside the Old Super S Store. Items left from two San Antonio Estate Sales, donated to Mason County Cancer Benefit (The Purple Hearts Team) will be sold: Henrich china, Royalton china, Victorian Festival stoneware and a silver service will all be sold by silent auction. Other items include cut glass, crystal, furniture including couch with a queen size hide-a-bed, pai ...
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Members of the Mason County Historical Commission met to go through over 700 photos that were submitted for publication in the Commission’s latest book, Mason County, Texas, a pictorial history of the county from its earliest photo in 1876 through its Centennial in 1958. This is a very difficult process as the book can have a maximum of 240 photos and the photos that have been turned in are fantastic and most of them have never been published.
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The Mason County Historical Commission would like to thank BOTH the American Legion and the Mason VFW for their contribution of $1000.00 presented to the Commission last week. The American Legion’s name was left out in last week’s paper and we want to be sure that they are thanked also. We so appreciate both these organizations and their donation to help with the veterans’ memorials on the courthouse lawn.
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Members and guests of the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club were beautifully entertained on Monday afternoon, March 15, by four of Mason ISD’s band members. Three handsome young men and a beautiful young lady represented their school and their 214 member band program with dignity and polish as they performed for the group. Director Pat Ruiz introduced each performer.
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When you think about healthy eating, phrases that often come to mind are: "eat locally," "eat your fruits and veggies," "go for the low-fat option," and "think real food," Did the idea of variety ever cross your mind, but you didn’t know how to fit it into your everyday meals? Many of us want to try new foods, but end up with the same old mashed potatoes.
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Over 250 supporters celebrated the Hill Country Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 20th birthday Thursday evening at Lady Bird Johnson Pioneer Pavilion. Sharon Joseph, HCMH Foundation board member, emceed the event. She expressed appreciation and admiration to the foundation founders, contributors and volunteers. She said, "We are here to celebrate you." HCMH Foundation board member Sherry Freeman led the attendees in prayer before dinner.
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COLLEGE STATION What does ad valorem mean? What does a county clerk do? How are county governments in Texas structured, and what services do they offer? These and other questions are answered in a new statewide 4-H curriculum enrichment program developed to increase awareness and understanding of local government among seventh- and 12th-grade students. We were looking into updating the 4-H County Government Guide, which was about 25 years old, but after extensive input the id ...
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The BarBQ fundraiser on March 12 to support restoration activities at Fort Mason was a great success. Lines formed early and local businesses sent runners to collect plates for all the people in their offices. The food was great, the turnout great, and overall support was great! Thanks go out to a number of folks and businesses that contributed supplies, food, and drinks to this effort.
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Hilda United Methodist Women met Tuesday, March 9, at the Castell Fellowship Hall. Shirley Davis presented the devotional and JoAnn Coston provided the Easter program. Hostesses Shirley Davis and Betty Bauer furnished delicious refreshments to the group. Present at the meeting, in addition to those mentioned above, were Jan Appleby, Rev.
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Stacey and Brandon Asbill of Ozona announce the birth of their daughter Cameron Olivia Asbill. She was born January 26, 2010 in San Angelo. She weighed six lbs. and 13 oz. and was 19 inches long. Her grandparents are Becky Becknell of Sonora and Jack and Dorthy Asbill of Mason.
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010 • Posted March 17, 2010
The March 2nd primary election featured only one contested race in Mason County, that one being for the Precinct 4 Commissioner seat currently held by Eldon Kothmann. He was challenged by Frank Habecker, and was able to hold on to the Republican nomination, winning 151 to 82. He does not have a Democratic opponent for the general election. Mason County voters turned out in large numbers for this primary, with 825 casting ballots in the Republican primary and 91 voting in the Democrat ...
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The Mason County Museum reopened March 1 after a two month winter closing. The museum is now open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. If you haven’t been to the museum (or haven’t been there lately), you’re really missing a special treat.
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(February 25, 2010) – The Hill Country Alliance announces the receipt of a $25,000 grant from the Kirk Mitchell Environmental Law Fund to support the Alliance’s water conservation education advocacy. The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) was created to educate the Hill Country community about strategies for responsible growth to protect our heritage ranchlands, fragile watersheds and the unique economy of this very special region.
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Don’t Mess with Texas Scholarship Program begins March 8 AUSTIN, Texas—Texas high school seniors can earn cash for college by composing a 350-word essay suggesting additional measures to be used in the state’s fight against litter. Dow Chemical Company is partnering with Keep Texas Beautiful to sponsor the 2010 Don’t Mess with Texas Scholarship Program.
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Joe Wayne Bobbitt, of Fredonia, passed away on Wednesday, March 10, at the age of 27. Mr. Bobbitt is survived by his wife Courtney Bobbitt of Fredonia, four sons; Devon, Joe N., Gunner, and Leroy all of Fredonia, his parents Joe C. and Mary Bobbitt of Fredonia, a sister Magen Durham of Fredonia and his grandparents Joe F.
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I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7 On March 8, 2010, our husband, father and grandfather, Edwin Ince, went to be with our Lord. Edwin Clinton Ince was born to Edgar and Lola Ince on May 29, 1937. He was raised in Mason and graduated from Mason High School in 1955. After high school graduation, he and his high school sweetheart, Mary Elizabeth Eppler left Mason to attend college at Southwest Texas Stat ...
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010 • Posted March 17, 2010
The HS boys track team traveled to Junction on March 13 for the Hubbell Relays. Being on the back end of spring break, we had several boys out of town or participating in other events. We still managed to take 10 boys to the meet and walked away with a second place finish thanks to some great individual performances. VARSITY BOYS, Points: 118, Place: 2nd Discus Joaquin Mejia, 3rd, 101’ 1 ½" Jeremey Hamilton, 2nd, 103’ 6" Jacob Bibb, ...
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Hubbell Relays at Junction High School, Saturday, March 13, 2010 Long Jump—Havana Schmidt-14’7, 4th place Triple Jump—Havana Schmidt-30’5, 3rd place Discus—Lyndsi Clark-72’11 ½ , 4th place Pole Vault—Hillary Bibb-8’, 1st place 3200 M Run—Jacie Rychlik-13:24.35, 1st place 800 M Run—Hillary Bibb-2:39.68, 1st place ...
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The Punchers traveled to Bandera last week and broke the 400 scoring barrier for the first time this season. The Punchers were lead by AJ Martinez who finished in 10th place with a round of 87. Jayton Henrich took the 34th spot and Matt Clark finished in the 35th spot.