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April 7, 2010 Issue
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The long awaited season, Spring, has arrived with its fresh shades of green and blossoms galore. Another sign of spring happens to be the MCRW Tour of Homes. This 24th annual home tour promises to be a delight to its attendees. The date to remember is Saturday, April 17th, 2010 between 10 o’clock and 5 o’clock.
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County museums in the area have teamed together to open their doors to a museum tour touting the history of our area. This tour provides a unique opportunity for area residents and visitors alike to learn about the area we call home and how we came to be what we are. The tour will run from April 8 through May 20 and will include museums in Mason, Junction, Menard, Ft McKavett, Eden, Brady, San Saba, and Llano according to the schedule below. Travel to and between museums and ...
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will hold five scoping meetings to gather public comment as it prepares a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) that relates to potential impacts to endangered species habitat that may occur in connection with construction and operation of new transmission lines the LCRA Transmission Services Corporation (LCRA TSC) plans to build in parts of West and Central Texas.
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With signs of spring all around, with wildflowers blooming, the warmer weather and the outdoors begging for us to be out and active, now is the time to start thinking about spring cleaning. If you still have bagged leaves and yard debris that needs to be picked up, call the city office at 347-6449 and let them know so that we can send a crew around to pick up your bagged leaves.
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gerInsulin 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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April. Nice word. In other languages, too. Abril. Avril. Aprile. Nice month. Nice flowers. Celestials. Indian Paintbrush. Bluebonnets galore. We knew it would happen. All that rain. We knew the bluebonnets would bloom profusely. Take a drive. Quick. Before they’re gone. Out James River Road. From Highway 87 all the way to the Llano River. ...
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gAs most of the citizens of Mason, Texas knows, The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve will open in just a few more weeks. What most of you also know is that we have had a HUGE amount of rain over the winter. There is something that happens when rain falls to the earth....especially over an area where bats have lived.
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Easter Sunday was a very pleasant day, perfect for getting up early and taking the little ones to hunt Easter eggs and spend some time taking pictures of the family in the Bluebonnets. This week will be great after some light rain on Tuesday. Remember that Leonard Foster’s birthday is on April 10th.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, March 30th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 38 members and 4 visitors in attendance. Among the visitors were 2 Grace Christian School Seniors, Colt Lyons and Ashley Piper. Lion Lee McMillan was responsible for the program and he spoke about the proposed "CREZ"
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Cruise Stats That Impress… Selective statistics are handy for point-proving, even if they are "apples vs. oranges" comparisons. This thought came to mind recently when my wife and I boarded a cruise ship at Port Everglades, FL. We were unwitting participants on an historic day when a record 52,000 guests boarded nine cruise ships on a single day. To gain perspective, consider that in 1930, 42,000 Americans flew internationally during the entire year from all U. ...
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I noted on my Calendar, that it thundered on February 8th! So, when this article comes out on Wednesday the 7th of April, look out for a freeze or at least a frost. You can have all the DABBLER RADAR WEATHER REPORTS, but you can still count on a few old predictions. I didn’t protest the Viet Nam war.
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You’ve probably heard the old saying that ‘for every action there is an equal and opposite government program.’ I have no idea whether that is true. What I do know is that in any given area of life, if a particular good or service can be provided to the people by the private sector, the same good or service can be provided by the government for ten times the cost, at ten percent of the quality. Take, for example, your property.
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Hindsight "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forward."(Danish philosopher) As I glance backward through the years to the bad decisions I have made, I think that perhaps I was blessed with a rare case of hindsight that has allowed me to back through 98 years of life without a disastrous catastrophe.
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I spent the last part of last week, and most of the weekend, finishing up the Spring Visitors' Guide. I would have been happier if the flowers had burst forth just one week earlier for my purposes; but, other than that, I think you'll enjoy seeing the articles and photos we were able to put together. Of course, all that focused activity meant that I didn't even get to start working on stories and articles for this week's paper until Monday morning, and it appears to be a VERY busy we ...
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Dear Editor: The recent newspaper article regarding the Historical Symposium about the Texas Rangers of the Hill Country promises to be a real treat for history buffs and descendents of those early immigrants. Two prominent men who played important roles in the formation of the Rangers were Charles Shriener of Kerrville and Emil Von Kriewitz of Castell.
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Dear Gerry, We at Gems of the Hill Country want to send our thanks to everyone that supported Texas Topaz Day. Missy Gibbs at the Mason Chamber of Commerce did a wonderful job of helping publicize our event. Mason County News and KNEL radio also helped spread the word. We have no idea if this community will ever embrace Texas Topaz Day in a big way, but it was wonderful to feel folks at our backs. People came from as far away as Dallas to help us celebrate our unique event.
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Dear Gerry, My sincere appreciation to Mr. Kemp for fighting for freedom in three wars. So did my father. I think freedom means different things to different fighters. Mr. Kemp is certainly decided in his views and didn’t appear to suffer any dissenting ones. One of my father’s sayings, often repeated, was "It’s difference of opinion that makes horse races."
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Dear Editor: I am the mother of a 15 year old boy and 12 year old girl who attend Mason JR High. My daughter was born with a cleft pallet which caused speech problems. She is constantly aware that people look at her differently and tries not to draw attention to herself.
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Dear Editor, It was with some interest and albeit sadness that I read the advertisement in the paper for a sale of some property. The property was not specifically identified but I believe I know that location, the old nursing home lot. For quite a while I had hoped that some of the varied Mason County interests would manage to get together and form a partnership to gather funding in order for Mason to have its own long-term care facility.
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The Mason High School class of 1965 will be celebrating their forty fifth class reunion on May 22, 2010, at the home of Joan Kettner Lindley. The group will begin gathering at 5:00 p.m. All 1965 graduates are especially invited. This class would like to invite other Mason High School students who are interested in attending the reunion, as well as, any parents of graduates and teachers who taught the class of 1965. For more information contact Dodie Schooley Williams at 512-7 ...
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The Llano Country Opry will be held on Saturday, April 10, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets are now on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers in Kingsland or by calling (325) 247-5354. The Llano Country Opry is very proud to present "Cajun Night At The Opry with Wade Benson Landry"
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For children under 6 years old: Wednesday April 14, 2010 from 8:30 to 11:30 AM and 1:00 to 3:30 PM. For ages 6 to 18 years old: Thursday April 15, 2010 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM DSHS Clinic, 1004 S. Bridge St., Brady, Texas (325)597-0550.
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"Why?" That is the question most often asked, by musicians and laypersons alike, after the concerts of P.D.Q. Bach’s music. Composer Peter Schickele will bring to life his alter ego, P.D.Q. Bach (1807-1742), in an evening of musical hilarity that will bring many a smile, chuckles and laugh-out-loud moments to those attending one of two performances presented by this musical giant as the season closer of the Kerrville Performing Arts Society.
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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, April 8th, at the American Legion Post Hall on Post Hill Road (behind the Jail).
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Trinity United Methodist Church of Castell, Texas is hosting Singing Tree, a family friendly Music Revival event in Castell, Texas on Saturday, April 10th, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The presentation features Christian and Family Oriented Music with some Preaching by Tim Brown of Victory Fellowship in Fredericksburg, Texas. The Event will be held in the Tabernacle building on the Trinity UMC Grounds.
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The Heart of Texas Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) will hold its next meeting on Monday, April 12, in the Striegler Military Complex at the Heart of Texas Historical Museum. The meeting will begin at 3:00 PM and is open to the public. The DRT would like to remind everyone that April 21 will be honored throughout the state as San Jacinto Day.
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A piano trio composed of a mother and her two daughters(The Verniers’) will entertain you with lovely music while you enjoy the artwork of members of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill country. The 3rd Annual Gala and Art Show will be held Friday, April 30th, 2010, at the Warehouse, located in front of the Peanut Mill Restaurant on Hwy.
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Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools invite you to tour five of the historic schools April 10, 2010. Open for tour will be Wrede, Pecan Creek, Cherry Mountain, Cherry Spring, and Crabapple schools. Former students, teachers and members of the community will be available to talk about aspect of period school life and after consolidation.
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Hill Country RC&D will sponsor a Spring Expo on April 23 at St. Paul Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in Mason. Registration will be from 9:30-9:45 a.m. with the program starting at 9:45 a.m. A $15.00 registration fee will be charged to cover the cost of handouts and lunch, catered by Zavala’s.
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KAC is having a car wash on the south side of the square on Saturday April 10th. Cost is by donation; we are starting at 10 a.m.; also we are going to offer vacuuming/detailing... this is for the KAC team but all proceeds go to Mason County Cancer Benefit!!
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The Friends of the Library are hosting their Annual Book & Bake Sale during National Library Week. The book sale will begin on Monday, April 12th at 10:00 a.m. The library will be closed Tuesday, April 13th, all day for the Primary Election Runoff. The book sale will continue on Wednesday, April 14th thru Saturday, April 17th.
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Ginger Test of Novice, Texas, will again hold a Wildflower Watercolor Workshop on Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17, 2010. This is the 3rd Annual Spring workshop to be held in Mason, Texas. The workshop runs from 9 to 4 daily, located at the Granite Rock B&B, 12 miles northeast of Mason.
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Long Mt. Community Club will meet this Friday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the school house. Members, prospective members, and visitors are requested to bring a dish of their favorite food, and join us for food, fellowship, and fun.  
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As part of a state-wide program sponsored by Texas Retired Teachers Association to encourage youngsters to read, local representatives of this area's TRTA, Dreu Bearden and Mary Schmidt presented twenty-four children's books to Head Start students Friday morning.
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The wonderful Barnyard Scene shown behind a group of our Steady Steps children is the work of Cindy Morris’ Mason High School art students. Their mural, an adaptation of two children’s books by Richard Scarry and Julie Durrell, will be on display at the Steady Steps Spring Fundraiser. It’s this coming Saturday, April 10th, starting at 6:00 p.m.
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Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. WE are walking in March for Babies because WE want to do something about this. And WE need your help. Please support Us in our 3.1 mile walk on May 8, 2010 in San Antonio, Tx . Making a secure donation is easy: Mail your donation in Check or Money Order to: March of Dimes 7400 Blanco Road Suite 129 San Antonio, Tx 78216 or may be left at Country Home Health office 204 East College Str , Mason Tx ...
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The month of April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. Bonnie Finney lost her grandson to an unthinkable but harsh reality: physical abuse from his parents. An event like this is inexcusable, but it’s prevalent now, right here in Texas. According to childhelp.org, more than 4 children die each day as a result of child abuse in their own home.
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As an investor, you might wonder what the new year has in store for you. While economic and market forces are, as always, somewhat unpredictable, the overall outlook is generally favorable — and by making the right moves, you can further improve your chances of making 2010 a good year for your portfolio. And one of the best moves you can make is to stay invested.
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Teachers and instructional assistants from Mason Elementary presented a workshop called "Prime Time: A Positive Approach to Response to Intervention" on February 6th at the 8th Annual Literacy Conference. The Literacy Conference was held at Angelo State University in San Angelo and was conducted in partnership between Angelo State and ESC Region XV. The workshop described a program started at Mason Elementary last year called "Prime Time."
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Matt and Bridget Fry are pleased to announce the birth of their son Payne Graydon Fry born February 22 2010. He weighed six pounds, 14 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long and was born in San Antonio, Texas. He is welcomed by Grandparents Stephanie Storey and Ray Villarreal, Neely Lyles, Lonna Fry and Tommy Fry, Great grandmothers Shirley Beth Lyles Fran Ball and Mary Jean Fry and uncles and aunt Benjamin Lyles, Luke Fry and Dustin and Tricia Herschap.
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Proud big sister, Ashten, along with parents, Derrick and Karena Schulze, announce the arrival of, Kenley Peyten. Born February 4, 2010, at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas. She weighed three pounds, 12 ounces and was 15.75 inches long. Kenley is welcomed by grandparents, Leticia Richardson of Llano, Donald and Kathy Schulze of Mason, numerous aunts, uncles, and friends.
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Second place in Mason's Ranch Rodeo two weeks ago went to Havalah Cook Ranch. Photo by Bob Etter, Awe Shoot.
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The engagement and approaching marriage of Eric Fermin Silerio and Kimberlee Jae Eisenbach, both of San Angelo is announced by their parents, Fermin Silerio, Jr. of San Angelo and Naomi Silerio of Mason ; and Roy J. and Conie Eisenbach of Christoval. The wedding ceremony will be held Saturday, June 19, 2010, at Cain’s Cove at 7 o’clock in the evening in San Angelo, followed by a dinner/reception and dance. Grandparents of the groom-to-be are Mr.
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The Mason Rodeo Association sponsored a Barrel Racing Jackpot on Sunday, March 28. The children pictured above showed "em how it’s done" in the 8 & Under barrels! Awards for the competitors were provided by Mason Feed Store and Bar 7 Trailer Sales. Pictured are: L to R: Sterling Smith, Pecos Tatum (Llano), Whitt Bierschwale, Logan Moore (Eldorado), Selah Farmer, Jesse Armstrong, Gracie Weber, Katy Knowels, Saige Sealy and Millie Marquart.
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The team that won first place in the youth team division at the recent Mason Ranch Rodeo was sponsored by Lex Lehmberg Livestock. They won the individual events of the pony express race and the chicken sacking which made them first place overall. Left to right: Jesse Armstrong. She is the 8 year old daughter of Robert and Pam Armstrong and in the 2nd grade.
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Third place in Mason's Ranch Rodeo two weeks ago went to the Llano Cleaners team. Photo by Bob Etter, Awe Shoot.
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010 • Posted April 7, 2010
Prior to the vote on the health care bill on March 21st, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made an inaccurate comment in her closing speech when she implied that the United Methodist Church endorsed the bill that was before the House of Representatives. As district lay leader, I do not speak for the church, but would like to clarify the position of the United Methodist Church on health care. Within the church, health care has been a major topic of conversation for several years.
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The Hill Country CattleWomen would like to announce their annual scholarship program for 2010. Applicants from Bandera, Blanco, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Real, and San Saba are welcome to apply. Each applicant should be college-level juniors and above with 60 hours or more, and a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
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There is still time but hurry! If you haven’t completed & returned your Census forms, please do so as soon as possible. If you have lost or misplaced your Census form or if you never received a Census form, please contact 1-866-872-6868 or you can stop by the M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library, Monday -Friday from 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 • Posted April 7, 2010
Regardless of what LCRA thinks, before they can build their 345 kv transmission line through Mason County, they are going to have to coordinate with the Mason Sub-Regional Planning Commission either through state and/or federal statute and, more importantly, they are going to have to comply with federal environmental laws. On March 19, LCRA sent a letter to Judge Bearden attempting to divert the county’s efforts to stop the transmission line through Mason County.
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The Mason High School One Act Players competed at the District contest in Kerrville on Wednesday, March 31. 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. Cast and Crew members pictured: (top left: clockwise) Matt Banner, Star Longoria, Jacob Bibb, Ellie Blair, Zack Graves, Jenny Smith, Gideon Gonzales, Joaquin Mejia, Dyllan Hofmann, Myles Banner, T.J.
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James William "Jimmie" Dunlap Jr. was born on May 20, 1926, in Austin, Texas to James William Dunlap and Rilla Potter Dunlap. Shortly before finishing high school Jimmie’s mother became ill. He quit school in order to help look after her and help with the medical bills. He joined the Navy and served on an ammunition ship in the South Pacific during World War II.