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April 28, 2010 Issue
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010 • Photos
Be sure to check out the Fire Department's annual BBQ Fundraiser on Saturday and pick up this 5.85 carat topaz donated by Country Collectibles.
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The Mason High School One Act Players competed at the Regional Contest in Brenham on Saturday, April 24. Mason’s presentation of Harvey was selected as a winning play and earned them the right to advance to the UIL ONE ACT PLAY STATE COMPETITION. This final competition will be held on Saturday, May 8, at the Hogg Auditorium on the University of Texas Campus.
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The Fine Arts Association of the Hill country invites you to attend their 3RD Annual Gala and Art Show and Sale on Friday, April 30, 2010. This special evening will begin at 6 p.m., The Warehouse in the Peanut Mill compound, Hwy. 87, North, Mason, Texas. There will be over 100 pieces of artwork for your viewing, many available for purchase.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
The heavy rains on April 15 and 16 were welcome throughout Mason, but they also caused us to cancel the Free Dump scheduled that weekend at the City Landfill. The City has now rescheduled the Clean-up initiative and the Free Dump for next week, and the hours and rules will be the same as published before. It is now scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 6 – 8, and we will be accepting refuse at the landfill from all city and county residents.
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On Monday, the Chamber of Commerce held a formal ribbon cutting for it's newest member, Awe Shoot Photography, owned by Bob Etter. Etter has provided numerous photos to the Mason County News over the last two years, and also provides portrait services and special commissions. "I’m Bob Etter. I’ve enjoyed a love of photography and art all of my life. "In 1994 my wife and I moved from the Rio Grande Valley to Mason. "Living and working in the Hill Country re ...
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
The Band Calendar is a great calendar that includes birthdays, anniversaries, organizational meetings, sporting events and of course a picture of the Mason Puncher Band. It runs from August to August. If you purchased a calendar last year, your contact info is in a packet and someone will be contacting you.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, April 20th, for its monthly business meeting. There were 36 members and 2 visitors in attendance. Lion Pat Reardon was responsible for the program and introduced Dr. Robert Lawry who spoke about knives, the Randall Fighting knife, especially. Randall made knives were carried by combat soldiers starting with World War II and are still used by the military.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
Vitamin K is much more than a blood clotting agent. Vitamin K improves bone density, aids in preventing hardening of the arteries, and is a stronger antioxidant than vitamin E or coenzyme Q10. There are 3 known forms of vitamin K. K1 is found in dark green leafy vegetables. K2 is synthesized in the body by the healthy bacteria in the gut and is found in naturally fermented foods.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
The rain seems to be over and the ground is starting to dry out, so we have rescheduled the Spring Clean-up and Free Dump for next week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Because of the heavy rains a couple of weeks ago during the previous scheduled time, the city had to cancel the Free Dump days, but they are now planned for May 6 – 8 with all of the previous times, rules and opportunities to clean up around town without extra costs.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
Go fly a kite. Go jump in the lake. It’s perfect weather for both. Well…maybe the water is a little cold. But it sounds fun just the same. Especially flying a kite. Kite flying is as old as the hills. 3,000 years old, give or take. China invented the kite. They had silk. They had bamboo. So they said, "Let’s make something." And then they flew them as instruments of war.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
Sunday was a beautiful day, and after the rain on Friday, everything was bright and clean. Other flowers are beginning to replace the Bluebonnets and the red and yellow and pink ones are really great. It’s a great time to look around at the world and thank God for this country we live in. Remember Mark Krause’s birthday on April 30th.
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Taxi driver, chef, personal shopper, nurse, housecleaner, therapist… MOM! Mothers wear a variety of hats to fit the family’s many needs, yet rarely ask for any of their own needs to be met in return. Finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift is often a challenge. So this year, instead of the flowers, a card and a meal of high calorie foods, how about giving mom the gift of health? Here are a few simple healthy ideas to add a little spring to her step: · ...
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
Frittata, anyone? I just gave a food demonstration this week at the Menard Library for a frittata. It didn’t get a very good turn out, and I’m thinking the reason is that a lot of people don’t know what the heck a frittata is, and those who do know what it is know that it’s so easy you don’t need me to help you make it! It is an easy and inexpensive, yet impressive-sounding dish, so I thought I’d share it with you all since you missed out.< ...
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Best Feet Forward?... It was a "God and country" program to commemorate the Fourth of July last year. Colors were posted, prayers invoked, and my introduction made. Citizens from all walks of life in Snyder, Texas, gathered for the patriotic observance. My speaking credentials were greatly exaggerated by pastor Tommy Culwell, who primed the audience for expectations that moments later would be substantially lowered. I adjusted my red, white and blue tie, glad ...
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
Gee, I’ve just spent a "WIENDERFUL" weekend at the Wiener Dog Races! I mostly spoke only the, AHHHHHHHH’S, OHHHHHHH’S, and the "OH MY’S!" This was the 13th Anniversary of the Buda Wiener Dog Races and my first year to get to go to them! I had a BLAST. There were Wiener Dogs everywhere!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
Your basic Rockport, Texas, fishing guide normally comes in two distinct flavors – old and crusty or young and enthusiastic. After fishing with about a dozen different guides around Rockport during the past 13 years or so, I still can’t decide which kind of guide I like better. Age doesn’t have a whole lot to do with which category a certain guide falls into.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
The Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library is searching for a way to furnish free e-books to its patrons that is not cost prohibitive to the library. Until that is possible here are some alternatives. www.projectgutenberg.org offers free access to books that are out of copyright so this is a great place for classics. Reference and nonfiction books can be found through NetLibrary on the Texas State Library and Archives TexShare database website.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
Goodbye to the Weekly Memories Yesterday, April 27th, was my 99th birthday, and today is the last day I will publish my weekly MEMORIES. Why?—Don’t you think it is about time for me to close my book of memories and take a little rest? Of course it doesn’t take much time to copy, paste and forward, for really that is all I have been doing for quite some time.Which, in computer talk means that I copy an article that was written, perhaps, years ago and forward it to Ge ...
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
Last weekend, I got to spend time with friends just enjoying some of the simple pleasures of Mason County life. There were actually lots of things happening; but, when you're having a good time, it doesn't really feel like you're working at it quite as much. Friday night was just an evening with the "gang,"
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
How Being Stuck in the Mud Can Turn into a Wonderful Day! We’ve only owned our property in Mason a short while, and are still learning about our land. After the amount of rain Mason has had over the last few weeks, we learned that driving a truck on our unpaved road, without 4-wheel drive was probably not a good thing. Yes, we were stuck in the mud about 50 yards off of the main road, and were very successful in digging in deeper!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
Gerry, Thanks for your editorial on the deplorable condition of our county roads. It is way past time for something to be done so we can have roads we can be proud of. I agree with you that those roads reflect unfavorably upon us. Our county roads were much better back in the 80s; I’m not sure what happened in those intervening years but they have gotten steadily worse since.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
Dear Editor, In general I do not always agree with our editor—Gerry Gamel's In My Opinion, BUT in last weeks Mason County News, April 21, 2010, he hit the nail on the head. In the editorial, which Gerry had put in the Mason County News, was the same message that I was trying to convey to the voters in Prec.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
We experience our surroundings with multiple senses. That is how we develop such a strong tendency to protect our homes and the positive experiences we enjoy on a daily basis. Concern and anxiety over changes that will have a continued negative affect is a universal phenomenon. Wind turbines are industrial machines.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
Last Thursday, April 22, nearly 50 Mason County residents and landowners attended the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) Scoping meeting at the Stevenson Center in Junction. Organized by the Texas Hill Country Heritage Association, nearly 20 people spoke in a pre-arranged contingency that presented detailed information. Over the next several weeks, the Mason County News has graciously agreed to run the comments presented at the Scoping meeting to help its readers b ...
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
Fredonia Community Association is having a RUMMAGE SALE MAY 8 from 8:00 to 4:00 P.M. We will be accepting donations for a Mexican Pile-On lunch. A variety of sweets will be available to buy as well. Travel to Fredonia and enjoy the beautiful scenic pastures full of wild flowers. While you are out, come by the community center down town Fredonia and find some wonderful treasures to buy.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
This weekend, we begin accepting items at the Peter’s Prairie Schoolhouse at Camp Air in preparation for the Garage, Plant & Bake Sale scheduled for May 14th and May 15th. Individuals are urged to look around and see if there aren’t some things that they no longer use or want. The schoolhouse will be open - - - · Saturday—May 1st, from 10 a.m.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
As many of you already know, Libby Lyles Kissko’s husband ( and Lesli’s dad), Mick, has recently been diagnosed with a rare cancer—squamous cell carcinoma—in the throat area. Mick’s income is based on commission and is voice- related through telephone sales. Due to the harsh side effects of the radiation treatments that he is undergoing, Mick will not be able to work for an indefinite period of time. He and Libby will have to stay in Houston for the next ...
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The Marble Falls Opry will be held at the Uptown Theater in downtown Marble Falls on Saturday, May 1. The show begins at 7:30 PM and tickets are now on sale at the Uptown Theater, Lively Computers in Kingsland or by calling (830) 693-9996 or (325) 388-0939. Georgette Jones, the daughter of George Jones and Tammy Wynette, will make her debut appearance on the Marble Falls Opry.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
The Riata Service Organization is hosting their annual Spring Luncheon, Wednesday, May 5, 2010. This year, the luncheon will be held at the First Baptist Church. Tickets are $25.00, and may be purchased from Riata members. Since 2001, the luncheon has raised funds that support our community in many ways. There are a limited number of tickets, so contact a Riata member soon and join us this year for a special treat! There will also be door prizes and special entertainment.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
The youth at FBC Mason would like to cordially invite other youth, their parents, and anyone in town who loves music, to a night of good music and worship. "High Valley" will be in concert in Mason Wed. 28th @ 7:00. The band is comprised of three brothers from Canada, along with their drummer from Texas.
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At the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library Board meeting held on April 20, 2010, Mason County Judge Jerry Bearden (far right) swore in Library Board 2010 officers and new members. From left to right are Beth Reardon, At Large; Mary Polk, Mason Study Club; Carolyn Phillips, Vice President; Corrine Wright, Secretary; John Gillespie, Precint 4; Julie Harrison, President.
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On April 10, 2010 two Mason High School students, Eloy Rico(left) and Rio Schmidt, competed at the State Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) at the University of Houston Clear Lake. Eloy received a medal for a perfect score. Statewide over 24,000 high school works of art competed with 2080 advancing to the state competition.
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The Mason Community Foundation recently presented a check to Steady Steps Director, Nancy Wooldridge for the purchase of additional learning center furnishings and supplies for the Toddler room. Steady Steps is a community day care providing educational and spiritual educational opportunities for our youngest citizens and has been supported with a previous grant from the Mason Community Foundation as well as a great deal of local support and gifts.
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The picture above was taken in the early thirties, a little piece of Mason History. The station, cafe and garage, were located on the Fredericksburg Highway (Hwy. 87 south), where the Don Lewis Garage was located. Built and owned by Sam and Emma Walker, (deceased parents of Gayle Walker Bartlett).
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Kacy Bartlett is returning to the UIL State Golf Championship Tournament in Austin, May 10th-11th after advancing as an individual at the Region I-1A tournament in Lubbock. Bartlett, who shot a 78 in day one of Regional play and an 80 in day 2 of the 36-hole round will be advancing as a medalist.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
April is a time to stop and remember our children suffering the horrors of child abuse, as we commemorate Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. Take time to think of these innocent children who are desperately looking for some way to escape the harsh reality of an abusive life and begin the path to finding a safe and permanent home. An investment in children is an investment in community and economic development.
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On April 6 the advanced art students of Mason High School were guests of San Angelo Central High School for an informal clay workshop. Joe Morgan, art teacher and ceramic artist, along with his ceramic students demonstrated techniques using the pottery wheel. Mason students worked with the Central High students one on one to gain experience using the "wheel thrown"
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The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club met at the Richard P. Eckert Civic Center on April 19, with club president Mary Hemphill presiding. Following the pledges to the flags of the United States of America and Texas, the group read the club collect in unison. Secretary Julie Harrison read minutes of the March meeting and treasurer Mary Ellen Merkel gave a financial report. Answering roll call were Mary Ellen Merkel, Tonya Lamoreaux, Edna Earle Benton, Brinda Pape, Kristy Powell, Sabin Nelso ...
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
The District 7 4-H Livestock Judging Contest was held in San Angelo on April 21, 2010. The Mason 4-H Club had four teams competing. Mason’s Junior team consisted of Grace Chapman, Jackson Chapman, Ryli Ruffin and Sarah Williams. Their results follows: Grace Chapman - 6th Place Beef/5th Place Sheep Jackson Chapman - 10th Place Overall/10th Place Beef Sarah Williams - 3rd Place Sheep Junior Team results: Out of 19 teams 2nd High Te ...
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Bob and Catherine Snyder of Killeen announce the engagement of their daughter, Bethany Snyder, to JC Stubbs, son of Jim and Barbara Stubbs of West Columbia. The bride-to-be is a 2005 graduate of C.E. Ellison High School and a 2009 honors graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies.
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Mr. and Mrs. Michael Krobot of Mason, Texas, are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Stephanie Marie to Shawn David Huse of Bloomer, Wisconsin. Shawn is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Denny Huse of Bloomer, Wisconsin. Bride-elect is the granddaughter of Marilyn and the late Pat Reagan Sr.
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Hill Country Memorial Hospital Foundation has installed a new "Tree of Life" in the hospital’s main lobby. Like its predecessors, the brass tree offers hundreds of "leaves" that will be engraved with the names of philanthropic supporters. Each leaf indicates an annual cumulative gift between $1,000 and $9,999. Cumulative annual gifts of $10,000 or more are recognized with an engraved "rock"
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
Public Invited to May 11 Presentation with CREZ Transmission Updates The public is invited to attend a presentation to be made by Mr. Judon Fambrough entitled "Negotiating Transmission-line Easements in Lieu of Condemnation". Mr. Fambrough is a senior lecturer and attorney at law with the Texas Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.
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The grand opening of the Hoffpauir Outdoor Super Store on Saturday in San Saba brought together employees of the former Golding Motors, as well as employees of Hoffpauir Motors and those working for the combined entity. Also on hand were representatives from many of the farm and ranch equipment manufacturers who have merchandise in the store.
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Henry Carson passed on to be with Heavenly Father on Wednesday, April 21, at the age of 65. Henry was born on November 25, 1944, in Barnhart, Texas, to J.D. Carson and Myrtle Giles. He grew up in Big Lake and Odessa, Texas. Henry was preceded in death by his father J.D.
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James Hannaford Smith, age 88 of San Antonio, took the final flight of his Grand Adventure on Sunday, April 25, 2010. Jimmy was born in Moscow, Tennessee, on October 17, 1921. His family moved to San Antonio in 1925 where his father started the J. Andrew Smith Office Furniture store on Main Street.
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Sports
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
With only two more district games to go, the Mason Baseball team has clinched a playoff position. The preseason started off a little rocky with some injuries and not much practice time before season started due to the great performance of the basketball team. Since District started, the team has lost only one District game.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 28, 2010
Ten Mason tennis players took the courts in College Station last week at the Region IV tournament and all ten advanced to the state championships to be held May 10-11 in Austin. It was very obvious that District 30 is probably the toughest district in the state as once again of the 15 of the 16 possible players advancing to state came from our district. In boys singles, sophomore defending state champion, Matt Banner once again advanced to state.