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April 14, 2010 Issue
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Justin Yonker received the honor of being selected to the All West Texas basketball team by the San Angelo Standard-Times newspaper.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 • Posted April 14, 2010
Update as of April 16, 7:15 a.m.: Due to the heavy rains, the cleanup and recycling programs have been cancelled for Friday and Saturday. They will be rescheduled. The City Landfill will be opened for Spring Clean-up to all city and county residents with no charge, on Thursday, April 15th open during regular hours.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 • Posted April 14, 2010
Many believe the scoping meetings being held by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) regarding LCRA’s proposed CREZ transmission lines are just about endangered species. Nothing could be further from the truth. They are about much more and every citizen needs to know their input is vital if we’re going to stop the line through Mason County. Endangered species is an important argument we’re using to force the federal government to perform their duty, but ...
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April 15th at 6:00 p.m., come join the Chamber of Commerce and Sandstone Cellars Wine Bar for our quarterly celebration to thank all of our members and the community of people who help support the Chamber and our local businesses. Finger foods and beverages will be available. Come mingle, relax and have fun! For more information, please call the Chamber at 325-347-5758. For more information about Sandstone Cellars Winery and Wine bar, please visit their website at www.sandsto ...
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Mark Saturday, April 17th on your calendars as the day for MCRW’s Tour of Homes. The homes will be open for viewing from 10 o’clock to 5 o’clock, and the $10 tickets will be available at any Tour home on that day. Advance tickets can be purchased at Market Square. Last week’s article covered the houses in town, and this week’s will discuss homes in the country.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, April 6th, for its monthly business meeting. There were 41 members and 1 visitor in attendance. "Boss" Lion Chris Dyer was responsible for the program and Sec./Tres. Gene Cammill read the minutes and gave the Financial Report. Lion Gayland Thorn gave a power-point presentation about the future of the 5K-10K Walk/Run the Lions Club Sponsors each year.
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Xenobiotics and Xenoestrogens are chemicals in our environment and in our food supply that have a hormone-like activity. There is mounting evidence that exposure to these chemicals may be a significant cause of breast cancer, the decline in male sperm production, testicular cancer, prostate cancer and other serious health conditions. Nearly all xenobiotics are derived from a petroleum source.
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We are all enjoying the sunshine, wildflowers and warm breezes of spring time, and as Mason tries to do every spring, we are planning a Spring Clean-up and Free Dump at the landfill this week. It is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday and Saturday and we will be accepting refuse at the landfill from all city and county residents.
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Blah blah blah. Yak yak yak. Yada yada yada. Etcetera etcetera. You know what I mean? I mean, you know? And like, it was really like, real. Like, really. Like, you know? And so forth. And so on. Anyway… That’s the way of it. We fill in silence with language. Sounds. Words. Constantly adding and manipulating. Dissing. Chilling. Te ...
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If you were out Sunday afternoon enjoying the great sunshine and the bluebonnets, you missed a great service dedicated to God if you did not stop at The Art UMC at 5:00 p.m. Bill Cotter presented a Southern Gospel Concert. The selections of Gospel songs covered the life of Jesus through His suffering, death and resurrection.
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Strawberries-An Every Day Superfruit Now that strawberries are in season and the prices are getting better, we enjoy a lot of them. I thought I’d share a little information about them, and the recipe for my favorite fruit smoothie. I make this with kids at least once a month, and EVERY kid I’ve made it with loves it!
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I often am asked, "What are you doing, now that you’re retired?" Well, I can wake up at 5-6-7-8-9 or whenever! I can now enjoy my radio with Glenn, then Rush (sometimes I take a nap with Rush) and then I finish off the day with Shan! Of course, the evening brings Bill, Shan and Greta.
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Without question, April 15 is the most stressful day of the year for most Americans. Nothing raises blood pressure more than being forced to give the government your hard-earned money, knowing that government will give a large percentage of it to people whose most strenuous monthly activity is opening the envelope containing their welfare check.
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It’s finally here! The much anticipated annual Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale is being held this week at the library located at 410 Post Hill. Thousands of used fiction and nonfiction hardback and paperback books, audio books, and movies are available at unbelievably low prices. Stock up and add to your collection.
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There Should Be A Joy In Teaching Years ago I wrote an article in which I stated that to me the life of an after dinner speaker would be a most satisfying one and indicated there was only one other that could be more so. Although I did not say in that article what that other occupation might be the discourse which follows is my attempt at visualizing the contentment and compensations derived from the life of a dedicated school teacher: Through years of readi ...
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03/01/10@0009 - Fight – Sgt. Zapata responded to a fight on Sabine St. 03/01/10@1425 - Medical Emergency – EMS responded to a medical emergency. 03/01/10@1735 - Harassment – Sgt. Zapata responded to a harassment call on Spring St. 03/01/10@1827 - Loose Livestock – Deputy Feuerbacher responded to a loose livestock call on 29 W. 03/01/10@2225 - Medical Emergency – EMS responded to a medical emergency on Rainey St. 03/02/10@0 ...
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Last weekend, I went to Fort Worth for a 50th anniversary party for Steve and Jean Shoemaker. Their kids (Kaylyn, Karen and Kevin) had decided that their mom and dad deserved the full treatment for the big day, and I, along with Sean, Terri and Ken, were fortunate enough to be included. We had great times visiting, eating at The Reata restaurant, stopping by the Stockyards, and just getting away for a few days.
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Wind was first used to generate power in the western world, circa 1200, to grind grain and lift water. Today, wind is being used to enrich big business. The father of today's industrial wind turbine scheme was a guy named Kenneth Lay. As the CEO of Enron, an energy company, he envisioned a method of using government tax relief and subsidies to make industrial wind power work, knowing that without the government's aid, wind power could not sustain itself.
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Editor: On April 10, I read a news brief. The dateline was Chicago and the clip said two men had been arrested on charges of conspiring to rob a suburban Chicago bank. Thirty years ago, Joseph "Jerry" Scalise, now 73, and Arthur Rachel, now 71, had been convicted of London’s $3.6 million Marlborough diamond robbery. They were taken into custody Thursday, along with 69-year-old Robert Pullia after months of FBI surveillance showed they were planning to rob the First Nati ...
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 • Posted April 14, 2010
San Angelo, TX, April 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 ...
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Come take family portraits with Alpha Beta Psi on May 6, 8, and 10. We will be using local photographers Jamie Lee ansd Jenni Shoemaker. The portraits are going to be outdoors at Heritage Park. Please contact any member for more information or Rhona Lemke at 347-0735. Sitting fee is $25.00 and you get a free 5x7.
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Attention Parents: Alpha Beta Psi is offering a scholarship opportunity. The queen will recieve a $1,000 scholarship and four duchesses will each receive a $500 scholarship. If your special young lady will be a freshman, sophmore, junior, or senior during the 2010-2011 school year, she is eligible and will be contacted in May. Please contact any ABP member for questions or if you are interested in participating.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 • Posted April 14, 2010
Update as of April 16th, 9:00 a.m.: The cleanup has been tentatively rescheduled for May 1st due to flooding. Just a Reminder: Saturday, May 17, 2010, is cleanup day at the Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. Please contact Vicki Ritter at 325-347-5169 to volunteer. Thanks for your help and support to make this a spectacular year!!
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Do you have property in the Castell area? Are you interested in improving the quality and quantity of wildlife on your property? If so, please attend the Wildlife Management Association and Co-ops informational meeting in Castell at the Castell Community Center on April 24, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 • Posted April 14, 2010
The Mason ISD Board of Trustees regularly scheduled meeting will abe held on Monday, April 19th at 6:00 p.m. in the Mason Elementary/Jr. High library with the MISD Daycare as one of the items to be discussed. An open discussion will be held regarding the financial status of the daycare and options to be considered.
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The Hilda Community Club will meet this Friday, April 16th at 6:30 p.m. Pat and Marnee Loftin will be the hosts and are providing a brisket and drinks. Please bring a side dish or dessert if you plan to attend. After the business meeting, we’ll play Texas Hold ‘Em (with matchsticks)!
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The Seventh Annual Texas Mesquite Art Festival San Angelo will be returning to San Angelo’s historic Fort Concho April 16 - 18, 2010. Approximately 40 artisans will be showcasing their work using mesquite wood. Creations include furniture, lamps, pen sets, vases, ornaments and many other unique items for sale. Times are Friday from 4 - 9 PM, Saturday from 10 AM - 6 PM, and Sunday from 10 AM - 4 PM.
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The Mason High School National Honor Society invites the community to the 2010 Induction Ceremony. It will be held Friday, April 16, 2010, 6:00 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. Reception to follow.
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Mason Elementary is having its annual PK/Kinder Roundup (pre-registration) on Thursday, April 22, 2010 in the Elementary/Junior High Library from 2:30—5:30 pm. If your child will be attending Pre-Kindergarten, HeadStart, or Kindergarten NEXT school year (August 2010), please come anytime between 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm to the library to register your child. The following are the guidelines for registering your child for PK/Kinder: Please bring the following with you to regi ...
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 • Posted April 14, 2010
Bluebonnet CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Mason, Menard, McCullough and Kimble Counties will enjoy the 5th Annual Crawfish Boil Fundraiser on Saturday, April 24th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The location is at the Granite Hills Ranch in Roosevelt. There will be a silent auction and a live auction conducted.
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April 23, Friday at 6:00 PM the Fredonia Community Association will have a meeting and a Pot Luck Supper at the center in Fredonia. Agenda for Meeting. 1. Financial Report 2. Reading of the minutes 3. Plan Spring Rummage Sale-food, workers, collecting items 4. Set time for May 8 Rummage Sale 5. Clean-Up time and preparation for Sale We would appreciate cooperation from each member. All interested in Fredonia that would like to d ...
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The Mason Comminuty Foundation recentley awarded the Hilda Community Club a generous grant to help out with building maintenance and repairs at the Hilda facility. Left to right: Connie Witt (of the Hilda Club), Debrah Schovajsa and Susanne Bjork (both with the Mason Community Foundation). Schovajsa and Bjork were pleased to point out that the Foundation serves all of Mason County, not just those groups in Mason County.
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The Mason Community Foundation awarded a grant to the Mason Volunteer Fire Department last week to assist in the purchase of a new truck. Left to right: Mayor Brent Hinckely, Joe Martinez, and Charlie Grosse.
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The newest group of Habitat Care-A Vanners arrived on Easter and were treated to a welcome dinner Wednesday at the home of Paul and Judy Branch in Peter's Prairie.
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The Riata Service Organization also made a donation to the Mason Volunteer Fire Department last week. This money was specifically given with the intent to helping the fire department purchase newer GPS units (global positing satellite) to assist the group when operating in unfamiliar terrain, or when needing to provide precise coordinates to other groups.
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Are you waiting for the right time to volunteer? While you wait, a child is being moved from foster home to foster home and standing by themselves in court in front of the very person that hurt them. Every day, children in the Texas foster care system wait for someone to speak up for them and you can be that person.
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The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club will meet at 2:00 p.m. on April 19 at the Richard P. Eckert Memorial Community Center, located at 1024 McKinley. Margaret Durst, owner of the Green House, will be guest speaker. She will share nutritional facts during her presentation that are very important in living a healthy and vital life. Tommie Luckenbach will be hostess.
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Spring is a time of hope and new beginnings. But for the nearly one million children abused and neglected every year in this country, their worlds remain dark and full of fear. Imagine a little four-year-old boy whose mother has left him. He has no home, no comfort, nothing to call his own.
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The Fine Arts Association of the Hill country will sponsor its 3rd Annual Gala and Art Show on Friday, April 30th, at the Warehouse, located on Hwy. 87, directly in front of the Peanut Mill Restaurant. This elegant evening begins at 6 p.m. You will be treated to the most amazing art from paintings to photography, fibers to sculpture, ceramics to jewelry and a few surprises to boot!! The FAAHC members have been working diligently all year to bring their special talents to this venue.
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Harper, Texas….On April 17, Saturday at the Harper Library Resale Shop they will be holding their first "Tax Free Sale" for that entire day. "At the new building located at 23550 US-290 West (across from the Harper High School campus) there is lots of parking available for our customers" says Glenna Hartman one of the new volunteers.
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Brent and Mitzi Drennan are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kaylee Drennan, to Bobby Halamicek, son of Forrester and Mary Ellen Halamicek of Llano. Kaylee is a 2007 graduate of Angelo State University and is a second grade teacher at Brady Elementary School. Bobby is a 2005 graduate of Texas Tech University and is the band director for Brady Middle School and the head tennis coach at Brady High School.
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Katy Armstrong has qualified for the Texas Jr. High State Finals which will be held in Gonzales, TX May 30-June 5, 2010. Katy competes in Region II and ended up 4th for the year in the poles. Katy is the daughter of Robert and Pam Armstrong and the granddaughter of Charlene Schuessler.
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On Tuesday, April 6th, CTEC Managers, Directors, and employees gathered at the Mason CTEC office to honor a recent retiree, Jane Zesch, Branch Office Representative. Jane was hired by Helen Rode as a cashier with Darlene Brandenberger, and started her career on December 10, 1996. Her duties included answering the phones, taking payments and applications for service, issuing service orders, and dispatching crews during business hours. Jane says the biggest change she witnessed ...
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Mason High School is advancing 15 students to Regional in academic competitions to be held in Brenham on April 23rd. MHS students scored 244 point at the district meet held in Center Point on March 27th. Students placing 1st through 3rd will compete at regional and those placing 4th will advance as alternates. MHS Students placing included: Feature Writing-Paden Hemphill-5th Headline Writing-Mackenzie Mitchell 1st and Havana Schmidt 4th Informative Speaking-Je ...
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Program will focus on South Llano River Watershed JUNCTION – A free Texas Watershed Steward training program will be held from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. April 29 at the at the Llano River Field Station, located on the campus of Texas Tech University-Junction. The program is being sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board in coordination with the South Llano Watershed Alliance. "The Texas Watershed Steward program is a g ...
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Alva Lee Cline, of Mason, passed away on Sunday, April 11, at the age of 78. Alva Lee was born on June 17, 1932, in Mason County, to Herbert Chew and Jessie Tuckness Chew. She was raised in Mason and was a 1950 graduate of Mason High School. She attended business school in San Antonio and lived and worked in San Antonio for many years.
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Billie Lehmberg, of Mason, passed away on Tuesday, April 13, at the age of 89. Billie is survived by her sons Larry Lehmberg and wife Ann, Randy Lehmberg and wife Brenda and Brent Lehmberg, a sister Evelyn "Nookie" Welsch and a brother Tommy Splittgerber. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 15, at 10:00 a.m.
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Maria Dominguez of Mason passed away Sunday April 11, 2010 in the University Hospital in San Antonio at the age of 65. She was born to Raymundo and Socorro Martinez Avalos of Mason on June 26, 1944. Maria was a founding member of the Bereavement Committee at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and served with that committee for over 25 years.
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On Sunday, April 11, 2010, Robert Ellis Hooten left his earthly bonds and was called home by his Lord. Robert was born March 26, 1936, in El Paso, Texas, the third child of Elton and Elsa (Sodke) Hooten. Funeral services will be held at the Mason Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, April 15, at 2:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 • Posted April 14, 2010
The Puncher track team participated in the District 30-A track meet in La Pryor last Wednesday, advancing several athletes to the area meet next Thursday in Comfort. All of the Punchers fared well, showing an impressive will to compete and posting several personal bests. The JV boys won the meet handily, while the Varsity boys finished in second place by 12 points. JV BOYS Points: 171 Place: 1st Discus Michael Williams 1st 101’ 10 ½" Kramer Watson — ...
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District 30 A Meet—La Pryor, Texas Wednesday, April 7, 2010 3200 meter run—Jacie Rychlik 13:09.74 2nd Place 400 meter relay—Britney Schovajsa 54.08 3rd Place Lyndsi Clark Havana Schmidt Amanda Hudson 800 meter run—Hillary Bibb 2:31.19 2nd Place 100 meter hurdles—Britney Schovajsa 16.11 2nd Place Myles Banner 17.53 3rd Place 100 meter dash& ...
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Last week both teams played exceptional well with the Cowgirls capturing first place honors and the Punchers placing second and sixth. The Puncher’s edged out Junction by 10 shots to join Brackett in the Regional Finals. The second team, lead by Freshman Matt Clark, preformed quit well. I was very pleased with their scores and saw lots of improvement from the first tournament back in February. Kaitlyn Cavness was the tournament medalist shooting 101.