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March 31, 2010 Issue
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Wednesday, March 31, 2010 • Posted March 31, 2010
Don’t forget the 2010 Census Kickoff Party, hosted by the Complete Count Committee, April 1, 2010, Thursday, from 10:00-2:00. The party will be in front of the Chamber of Commerce, Super S Food Store, and Hinckley’s. There will be free giveaways, i.e. cozies, cups, canvas bags, plastic balls, water bottles, and t-shirts, all commemorating the 2010 Census.
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Hill Country Telecommunications hosted a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting with the Mason Chamber of Commerce on March 25 th at their new retail store located at 100 Ft. McKavitt on town square. Hill Country provides state-of-the-art communications services such as Internet bandwidth of up to 1Gb, private network connectivity, on-line data storage and voice over IP (Internet Protocol) using a fiber network that fully integrates with ...
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These little farmers are headed for Barnyard Time at the Steady Steps Spring Fundraiser event on Saturday, April 10. Won’t you join them? Starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Building at Fort Mason Park, we’ll be serving some of the world’s best barbeque, with all the trimmings. The Silent Auction will be full of "must haves"
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Local business owner Joe Keller sees his job as more than just volts and watts-he also enjoys dealing with the diverse customer base he serves every day. Joe is the franchise owner of Mr. Electric®of Mason. He also owns Mr. Electric of Williamson County. "That's one of the great aspects of my job,"
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 • Posted March 31, 2010
In our continuing endeavor to complete improvements and cover operating expenses, the Peter’s Prairie School Community Association is holding a garage sale, bake sale and plant sale. We are seeking donated items for any of these categories. We will accept items at the old schoolhouse. . . . . Saturday, May 1st from 10-noon, Sunday, May 2nd from 2 to 4 or so, Saturday, May 8th from 10-noon, Monday thru Thursday, May 10th, 11th, 12th, & 13th ...
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Wednesday, March 31, 2010 • Posted March 31, 2010
Teen Nutrition Adolescence is... Short ... In the context of the entire lifespan, adolescence covers a short period of time from 13-20. While definitions vary, the preteen or "tween" years occur sometime between ages 9-13. ... Yet Extremely Important In just a few years, tremendous growth and development occurs. Major physical, cognitive, social and emotional changes occur during the teen years.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 • Posted March 31, 2010
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, March 23rd, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 37 members and 3 visitors in attendance. Lion Jack Lee was responsible for the program and introduced Scott Zesch, along with Tom Titus and Tony Plutino who spoke about their trip to Mitua, Kenya, Africa.
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Spring. Sunny and breezy. Then rain. Then blue sky. White clouds. Cold mornings. Warm days. Bluebonnets. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. Spring. Rebirth. Resurrection. All things new. New green on the grass. New leaves on the tree. New life in the pasture. New businesses in town. Such as PJ’s. Fixin’ to open on the square any day now. ...
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 • Posted March 31, 2010
Mental Clarity and Memory are two things that most people assume that they will lose with age. Many people suffer memory loss due to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain. The brain along with every other cell in the body is fed by our blood, the "life" of the body.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 • Posted March 31, 2010
Palm Sunday was a nice warm day with no clouds. But rain is predicted for Easter. Get out in the yard while we have such great days. The hummingbirds are back and demanding food. Caleigh Calhoun will have her third birthday on April 3rd and Kathy Jordan is getting ready to go to California and bring the family back while Josh spends some time at sea.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 • Posted March 31, 2010
The last few weeks were busy around the Square in Mason, with a large number of visitors coming to the Hill Country when they had spring break. At times it was difficult to get across the street because of the traffic, which was a definite surprise from the winter "vacancy"
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 • Posted March 31, 2010
Sure Signs of Spring… This time of year is delicious! The weather warms, Bradford pear trees explode into blossom, NCAA basketball play-offs dominate the month and students push studies aside for week-long spring breaks. (Alas, for some revelers giant waves of reality sweep back at the end of spring break, leaving them "spring broke.") Heart cockles are warmed by accounts of growing numbers of collegians committed to humanitarian causes.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 • Posted March 31, 2010
My solo trip to Fredericksburg to the doctor was made and I got back home before dark. My foot Doc. said that I have graduated to two shoes of the same kind. So, after a pedicure I went to the spots store to get a pair of shoes. Shopping for shoes isn’t all that important to me.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 • Posted March 31, 2010
For the last ten years or so people have been telling me I should put some of my humor columns together and do a book. And for ten years or so I’ve been wondering if anyone would be willing to buy such a book if I did it. And for ten years I’ve decided it wasn’t worth the trouble to find out. But then my brother wrote a book, and I think he did a pretty good job.
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NEW ARRIVALS House Rules by Jodi Picoult (F PIC). Psychological Fiction. "A teenager with Asperger’s syndrome—smart, quirky, with a passion for crime scene analysis—winds up on trial for murder." Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier (F CHE). Historical Fiction. "When Mary Anning uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home on the English coast, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to vicious gossip, and the scient ...
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The House By the Side of the Road - Part Two (Concluding the visit with Wayne Spiller) While sitting in Wayne’s study I noticed a picture of a cat, a kitten and a baby skunk. "Is that mama cat nursing that little skunk?" I asked. "It surely is," replied Wayne. "She nursed that one and two more." And from that beginning unfolded the following story: Wayne had found three baby skunks with their eyes not yet opened whose mother had ...
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 • Posted March 31, 2010
I often accuse one of my good friends of having a short attention span, and of being easily distracted. Just as we begin one project, something will catch his attention and we find ourselves doing something wholly unrelated to our first task. Getting back on track can sometimes take a while. And then, I began to look at my own attention to matters at hand and I realized that it might be me that suffers from attention deficit, not he. We've been working on our Spring Visitors' ...
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 • Posted March 31, 2010
Sunday March 21, 2010 the first blow against our individual freedom was blantantly struck against the will of the American People and on Sunday. Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it Holy. A deliberate slap in the face of God, utter disregard for "The American Constitution (an instrument from God)" and against the will of the majority of true Americans.
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Hilda Untited Methodist Church will once again present its annual Easter sunrise service this Sunday.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 • Posted March 31, 2010
The Hill Country CattleWomen want to announce their 26th Annual Style Show and Luncheon to be held on Tuesday, April 13th at the Inn of the Hills Resort and Conference Center in Kerrville. HCCW is a chapter of Texas CattleWomen and represents 14 counties: Bandera, Blanco, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Real, Northern Bexar and San Saba, Members and guests are invited to come and enjoy the latest in summer fashions presented by area boutiques, with ...
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 • Posted March 31, 2010
Mason Band Boosters will be selling Mason Puncher flip flops.AND, they have arrived a few days earlier than expected!!!! They will be black and purple with Mason Punchers and the school logo on them. Each pair will be $15.00. For more info or to place an order, please contact: Debra Schovajsa: daytime: 347.3487 evening: 265.4295 or 347.4383 Jocelynn Hemphill @ 347.6440 or Marla Schooley @ 347.4201.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 • Posted March 31, 2010
The first Bluebonnet Quilt Show to benefit Bluebonnet Casa sponsored by the Voca Quilting Club will be held Saturday, April 17, 2010, in the Voca Schoolhouse & Community Center, County Road 1851, Voca, Texas. The time for the show will be 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is $3.00. Door Prizes will be given to lucky attendees.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 • Posted March 31, 2010
The Fredericksburg Tea Party is encouraging all citizens that have "Had Enough" of an unconstrained federal government to join the Tax Day Tea Party Rally on April 15, 2010. Washington D.C. continues to turn a deaf-ear to its constituents and believes that it can spend its way out of debt.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 • Posted March 31, 2010
The Fredericksburg is gearing up for the "Tax Day Tea Party" on April 15. Fredericksburg will joining hundreds of Tea Party groups across the nation to rally for The Constitution and against big government. 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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A number of well known gemologists and gem faceters were in town Saturday for Texas Topaz Day, such as these folks greeting visitors at Gems of the Hill Country.
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A shift in the load sent this piece of industrial equipment off its trailer just east of the Mason square on Thursday.
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It's back in place! After a great deal of work by many people, the center stone of the Veterans' Monument on the Courthouse lawn has now been replaced. Last week, a crew from Central Texas Electric Cooperative provided the truck, and the skill, to finish up the job.
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The opening ceremony at Saturday's Ranch Rodeo, photo courtesy of Bob Etter, Awe Shoot Photography.
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The team from The Bird Ranch took first place in Saturday's Ranch Rodeo in Mason, and the crowd enjoyed watching them get to that ranking!Photo courtesy Bob Etter, Awe Shoot Photography.
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The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club sent three delegates to the annual spring convention of Texas Federation of Women;s Clubs Alamo District held in San Antonio on March 27. Tanya Lamoreaux, the local scholarship chair; Betty Meyer, local club reporter and district GFWC Domestic Violence Awareness chair; and Edna Earle Benton, past club president traveled to the San Antonio Woman’s Club mansion on San Pedro very early in the morning to take part in the all day meeting.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 • Posted March 31, 2010
"Former students of Texas A&M University will assemble in Eden on April 21 for the annual Texas Aggie Muster in honor of all Texas Aggies who have passed away within the last year," announced Muster Chair Grover Hall. Various Muster activities, including a meal, prayer and candlelight ceremony, will begin at 6:30 p.m.
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Fay Lakin will be a participant in this year’s March of Dimes walk set for May 8th in Austin, TX. The Auditorium Shores event is one of many walks that will take place nationwide for the cause of babies. Here’s a direct quote from the official website: "The money raised supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.
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Riata Service Organization met March 23rd at the home of Doris Courtright with Kay Evans as co-hostess. 23 members were present. Our guest speaker-cook was Elliot Courtright (a native of Louisiana, but not a Masonite) explained how to make gumbo and the difference between Cajun and Creole gumbo. Cajun gumbo is spicier and made in the bayou, while Creole gumbo has more of a French influence found in places like New Orleans. The three basic gumbo's are chicken, turkey, ...
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Easter is coming and there is nothing like getting a beautiful egg to celebrate the beginning of new life. The Why, When and How of Pysanky (Ukranian Easter Eggs), a workshop by Susan Summers of Brady, was held this past Friday, March 26 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Thanks to The Reverend John Fritts for the use this facility.
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Mr. and Mrs. Joe and Irene Martinez of Mason, TX are proud to announce the engagement of their son, Joe L. Martinez Jr. to Laura Wilder of Houston, TX. Joe is a 1999 graduate from MHS and a 2000 graduate of UTI in Houston, TX. He is now a Firefighter in the San Antonio Fire Department.
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Ruby DeVos celebrated her 90th birthday on Friday, March 19, 2010, at the Knopp Retirement Center, Fredericksburg. Julius DeVos & son, Kenneth, joined her as well as many well wishers from Mason, Fredericksburg & Hilda. Everyone enjoyed visiting and having refreshments of cake, coffee & punch.
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Mason County Soil & Water Conservation District participates each year in the Texas Conservation Awards Program. The poster contest is open to students 12 years old and under. This year’s theme for posters and essays was "Conservation Habits = Healthy Habitats." Over 250 posters were submitted and 43 essays. Prizes were awarded according to age group.
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The Mason High School One Act Players competed at the Zone Contest in Sonora on Wednesday, March 24. Six plays in the zone competed at the contest. Mason’s presentation of the play, Harvey, was selected as a winning play and earned them the right to advance to the next level of competition.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 • Posted March 31, 2010
I would like to correct one item and add another to my article in the March 17 Mason County News concerning the Fort Mason BarBQ Fundraiser held on March 12. In that article I recognized Coopers for their support of the fundraiser. I should have specified Roy and Sheila Cooper from Coopers in Junction.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 • Posted March 31, 2010
Mason Independent School District is in the process of applying for Federal funds: Title I, Part A; Title I, Part C; Title II, Part A; Title II, Part D; Title III, Part A; Title IV, Part A; and Special Education. These funds supplement the Mason ISD regular education program and ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.
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At the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Mason Community Foundation on March 16, 2010, several grant applications were discussed and six grants were approved totalling a little more than $30,100. These grants are funded by the profits from the operation of the Mason Thrift Store and go to support local organizations and projects that provide tangible benefits to many people throughout our community.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 • Posted March 31, 2010
With the primary elections over and a clear picture of who will run for public office in November, it is time to lay the groundwork for true eminent domain reform, said Larry Lehmberg, president of the Mason County Farm Bureau. "Proposition 11 brought about beneficial change for property owners by limiting eminent domain powers of government to acquire land for non-public use,"
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Dorothy Elizabeth Kothmann Moody, 86, of Las Vegas, NV, was called home by her Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday, March 6, 2010. She was born on the Premiere Ranch in Mason County, the youngest of six children, to her parents Elgin Otto and Anna Jordan Kothmann. To be close to town during school months, they acquired the Centennial Springs Ranch where she lived and attended Mason schools and the First United Methodist Church.
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Discus Zavala 72’11" 3rd Alvarez 66’8.5" 6th LJ Castillo 14.5 6th TJ Castillo 28.6 4th 2400 Callejas 9.31.52 2nd 400 Relay Chanriang 53.41 3rd Castillo Castillo Villarreal 800 S. Martinez 2.39.8 2nd 800 Relay 1.53.0 2nd 400 Callejas 1.06.5 2nd 1600 Callejas 6.25.0 4th S. Martinez 6.26.3 5th 1600 Relay 4.37.0 4th
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Team Champions Discus Zavala 90’.0" 1st Alvarez 81’.9" 3rd DelToro 67’.2" 5th LJ Castillo 15.1 1st Chanriang 13.4 4th TJ Castillo 30.4. ½ 1st Owen 20.5 5th PV S. Martinez 6.0 2nd HJ M.Castillo 4.4 1st L.Castillo 4.4 3rd Shot Zavala 32.0. ½ 1st Alvarez 30.8 3rd Del Toro 29.8 4th 2400 Callejas 9.13.12 1st 800 Martinez 2.44.60 2nd 400 R ...
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Team Champions Discus D. Martinez 68.5 ½ 5th LJ Silguero 18.3. ½ 1st Berreles 15.6 6th TJ Wood 35.8 2nd Palacio 35.5 3rd Vault Bibb 7.6 2nd Hanscheck 6.6 3rd HJ Palacio 4.8 1st Terry 4.6 2nd Shot Martinez 35.0. ¾ 4th Medina 33.3 5th 2400 P.Segura 9.10.26 2nd Hanscheck 10.47.93 3rd D. Martinez 12.14.14 4th 800 Feregrino 2.42.8 3rd Danz 2.46.15 5t ...
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The Puncher track team traveled to Harper on March 25 to compete in the Longhorn Relays. This competitive meet featured some very impressive runners from our surrounding area. The Punchers competed well and set personal bests in several events. JV Boys Shot Put Garrett Allen 4th 36’ Briggs Jones - 32’ Brodey Taylor - 26’ Albino Cedillo - 25’ 4" Brandon McGowan - 27’ 2 ½" Discus Garrett Allen 4th 99&r ...
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Harper Relays Thursday, March 25, 2010 3200 meter run—Jacie Rychlik 13:35.5 2nd Place 400 meter relay—Miranda Berreles 55.95 Lyndsi Clark Ayla Reyes Amanda Hudson 100 meter hurdles—Britney Schovajsa 17.07 1st Place 100 meter dash—Amanda Hudson 13.69 6th Place Miranda Berreles 14.39 Ayla Reyes 15.26 800 meter relay—Amanda Hudson 1:5 ...
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The Junior High Punchers have been busy in recent weeks traveling first to Grape Creek, for their track meet, followed by the Hill Country Relays here in Mason. Both teams did an outstanding job of competing. The 8th Grade Punchers place 2nd in the Eagle meet, scoring 98 points while the 7th Grade Punchers placed 3rd in Grape Creek, scoring 70 points. Both teams were team champions in the Hill Country Relays, with the 8th scoring 240 points and the 7th grade scoring 212 points. ...
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Last Thursday, the Punchers and Cowgirls participated in the Bandera/Mason Flying "L" golf tournament. Both teams took First Place Honors while the boy’s second team placed third. AJ Martinez received First Place Medalist, Matt Clark Second Place, Jayton Henrich and TJ Schovajsa tie for Third Place and Michael Vargas Place Sixth.