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May 5, 2010 Issue
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KERRVILLE— Eighteen high school graduates from the Hill Country have been chosen to receive scholarships from the Floyd A. and Kathleen C. Cailloux Foundation (the Foundation) of Kerrville, Texas. The Foundation established The Cailloux Foundation Scholarship Program in 2000 to benefit graduating seniors from selected Texas Hill Country high schools. The 2010 recipients have been chosen from high schools in Bandera, Comfort, Harper, Ingram, Junction, Kerrville, Mason, Medina, N ...
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Three Mason High School students will be in Austin May 6th through 8th for UIL State academic contests. Sophomore Star Longoria and junior Jenny Smith will compete in Prose Reading while senior Michael McGowan is competing in Literary Criticism. Prose reading will begin with prelims on Friday, May 7th at 8:00 a.m.
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The Odeon Preservation Association (OPA) Board of Directors continues its Mission to provide entertainment at the Odeon Theater in Mason through the performing arts. Musical soul mates Christine Albert and Chris Gage will carry on the mission with the opening show of the 2010 Odeon Theater concert series. Their performance slated for May 8 at 7:00 PM is the first in a number of upcoming events presented by the OPA to raise money for renovating and upgrading the facility to become an unparall ...
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For the first time in many a year the Mason Punchers fielded a team for the Regional Tournament. Needing to improve by 33 shots on the second day of play, the Punchers could only manage 10 strokes. But the bright side was AJ Martinez tied for second medalist with Robert Knobles from Yorktown. It was an exciting playoff with the winner advancing to the State Tournament in Austin and the looser getting an ad-a-boy, good try and I hope to see you here next year.
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I would like to begin this article by saying "thank you." Thank you for the opportunity to serve such a wonderful group of students, staff members, parents and community members. If there ever was a time to celebrate the great things going on at Mason ISD, it’s now. Looking back over this school year (and we can almost say "past"
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"TEN TIPS ON?" Seems lucky 10 is always showing up. There could be Twelve and I know that we don't do Thirteen's! Sometimes I find it hard to only give, "One good reason!" Okay, maybe Five! So, here goes with my, "Reasons For Having Fun with my Z." One thing he's funny and he makes me laugh.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, April 27th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 38 members and no visitors in attendance. Lion Van Rea was responsible for the program and introduced Dr. John Davis who spoke about his book "Exploration in Texas". Dr. Davis told what he called "FACTS", about explorations and documented evidence that there were explorers in what is now North American as early as the 1300's.
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The next few days include several special events, with the rescheduled Spring Clean-up and Free Dump days starting tomorrow, Saturday being Election Day for City Commission and Mayor and School Board, and most especially Sunday being Mother’s Day. Each of these is important in its own special way, and I hope all the women of Mason have a special day and extra recognition on Sunday; however, the other two events are the focus of what I need to say in this article.
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Weight loss is a popular topic in America. The nutritional supplement business is notorious for many weight loss products. The most popular products for weight loss today are acai berry combined with a colon cleanse. Acai berry is a chocolaty-tasting berry from the Amazon that is loaded with antioxidants, omega 9 oils, and fiber.
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Indian Blanket. Coreopsis. Prairie larkspur. Cardinal flower. Wine cups. We’re nowhere near done with wildflowers. We’re nowhere near done with Spring. Not hardly. And nowhere near done with rain. Hopefully. Every shade of green colors the county. Water still runs in the creeks. Tanks full and holding. Wrens feeding their young. Roadrunner with a lizard. Hawk in ...
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I am writing this at 7:02 A.M. on Saturday, May 1, 2010. I was up VERY early preparing to head out to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve for a long workday. I was in and out of the house getting the tools loaded. I had spent quite a while last night packing food, sunscreen, gloves, water and other items to make this morning go smooth. I knew that there was a very small chance for rain but it was so minute that I kept on packing.
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It’s a beautiful day to take a ride through the countryside and see the flowers. The red and yellow flowers are taking over and seem to spread into the fields. The little rain last Friday night has kept everything fresh and these cool nights are so great for sleeping. Enjoy the week. The St.
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Get More Spring in Your Step with Stronger Bones! Spring is a time when we transition from cold winters to longer, warmer days. This is my absolute favorite time of year, especially here with the beautiful wild flowers in bloom. Spring provides us the opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy such things as walking, biking, and gardening. You can find my daughter Brooke and I out for a walk most evenings with our chiweenie (that’s a dachund/ Chihuahua mix).
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Bluffs, Blusters and Blarney… In a gentler age, when "getting it right" was more important than "getting it first," representatives of both print and electronic media found ways to cooperate. They were good at establishing ground rules to lighten work loads and to simplify the processing of news by readers and listeners. Such agreements would have come in handy when the Icelandic volcano erupted.
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The other day a friend sent me an email containing a video of a commercial for Tracker boats, or Ranger boats, or some other kind of fishing boats. This commercial has been going around lately, and I’m sure I’ll get plenty of emails letting me know what kind of boat was in it, because lots of people have probably seen it.
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NEW ARRIVALS – Quotes are from the publishers summary. Every Last One by Anna Quindlen (F QUI). Psychological Fiction. "Mary Beth Latham is first and foremost a mother, whose three teenaged children come first, before her career as a landscape gardener, or even her life as the wife of a doctor.
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Cinnamon Coffee Scones Recipe from Folgers Starting this weekend I’m going to be offering a few loaves of my homemade bread for sale at Texas Deadwood BBQ place out on the Brady highway. Stop by and grab some of Edward Velez’s delicious pit barbque and pick up a loaf of bread. I’ll have the loaves there by 11:00 on Friday. For those of you who enjoy a bit of sweet and a bit of coffee buzz first thing in the morning, this is a one-st ...
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I am keenly aware of the power words have. Crafted correctly, they can inspire, and they can raise the spirit to heights of achievement. Done incorrectly, they can injure, hurt and destroy. But a picture.... as the advertising adage tells us, is worth 1000 words. We can see the love in the mother's eyes.
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Gerry Once upon a time in Mason, County, Texas, a community social event was held that DIDN’T serve BBQ, and DIDN’T have a country and western band. Anyone who went to the Art Fest Friday evening enjoyed tasty food, prepared by the members of the Assn, and on display were the works of lots of very talented Mason County folk.
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Editor: Camaraderie is defined as "good will and light-hearted rapport among or between friends" This past Friday, the 30th of April, 2010, members of the Mason Lion’s Club gathered on the west side of our town square to provide the public with the benefit of a hamburger lunch. History points out the hamburger was conceived by Genghis Khan around 1215 A.D., Genghis was also famous for uniting the tribes of the Central Asian plateau back then which would further ...
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Dear Gerry: I want to let descendants of Katherine Arhelger (Mrs. Adolph Albert von Reichenau) know there is a great opportunity for us to learn a great deal about their migration from Germany to the Hill Country. Janine Beck Briley has done extensive research over the last ten years of our rich family history which she will be presenting. Time: Saturday, May 8, from 2:00 to 2:45 pm Location: Gillespie County Founders Day The Historical Society Center ...
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Long Mountain Community Club will meet Friday, May 14, at 6:30 P.M. at the school building. At this month's gathering everyone is requested to bring their favorite Mexican food to share. Following the meal, and a time of sharing, there will be a short business meeting after which there will be games of dominoes, forty-two, 80, 88, chickenfoot, or just plain visiting. We welcome all visitors and prospective members. An enthusiastic crowd attended our March 12 meeting.
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Bible Study at First Baptist Church everyone is encouraged to come. May 16th - May 19th. Douglas Ezell from Iowa, LA, will be leading the class. He was a teacher at South Western Seminary for many years. He will deliver the Sermon on Sunday morning and will start the bible study on Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m.
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Mason Elementary/Jr. High School will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair Monday, May 10 to Thursday, May 13 in our Library. We will be open from 8:00-11:00 and 12:30-3:00 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; on Thursday we will close at 11:00. There will also be a special opportunity to select books at our Family Night on Tuesday, May 11 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. We invite the community to participate by visiting us during Book Fair week.
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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.
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Linda Kirkpatrick, talented cowboy poet from Leaky, TX will be one of the speakers at the MAY EVENT sponsored by the San Saba Co. Extension Education Clubs. Wednesday, May 12th. Growing up on a large isolated ranch near Leaky, Texas and later managing a 2000 acre cow/calf & white tail deer operation provided Linda with plenty of material for her poetry. She has performed at many Cowboy events across the west including the National Cowboy Gathering at Elko, Nevada and the ...
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Where: Mason Elementary/Jr. High School When: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Schedule: 4:30 – Book Fair will be open in the Library 5:15 – Food will be served in the Cafeteria 5:30-6:30 Family Conversation and Klutz Build-a-Book Activity: During this interactive session, parents and family members talk about how to create literacy-rich home environments, promote the love of books and reading, and use everyday activities to build children’s lit ...
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Hill Country Memorial (HCM) employees will donate personal items to sell in a garage sale, and the items will not be priced—buyers will be asked to simply make a donation for the exchange to benefit the Hill Country Community Needs Council. The event will be Saturday, May 22, from 8 a.m.
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Mary Shearer Eckert of Mason County will be holding a booksigning for the general public on May 14th, starting at 7:00 p.m., at the River of Live Church. Eckert will be speaking about and will be available to sign copies of her biography of Peaches Evans, Where Was God When I Cried? While growing up in the segregated south of the 1950s, Voncil ‘Peaches’ Evans asked herself many times, Where Was God When I Cried?
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The Mason Elementary / Junior High PTO meeting will be held Tuesday, May 11th in the Mason ISD cafeteria in conjunction with the Book fair and Families Together Night! The festivities will be as follows: Book Fair will be open from 4:30 – 7 p.m. Eating in the Cafeteria begins at 5 p.m. Family Conversation - an interactive session talking about creating literacy-rich home environments begins at 5:15 p.m. Build a Book Project at 5:45 p.m. PTO mee ...
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Kids can learn golf as early as age six from a PGA member. Edwin Dickens, Class A member of the Professional Golfers Association of America, will offer golf lessons to children ages six through 15 at the Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center PGA Indoor Golf Studio this summer. In classes limited to 10 student golfers, Dickens will coach golf basics, rules and etiquette.
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Boy Scout Troop 281 and Cub Scout Pac 281 will be scouting for food on Wednesday, May 12. We will be collecting food for the food pantry here in Mason. The Scouts in the Capitol Area Council will be doing the same thing and contributing to their local food pantries.
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These Masonites recently attended the spring Edwards Plateau Historical Association Meeting in Winters, Texas. L-R are Walton Grote, Don and Gerry Daniel, Jane Hoerster, Leola Grote, and Jan Appleby. They are standing in front of the renovated Rock Hotel. The Mason County Historical Commission will be hosting the fall Edwards Plateau Historical Association meeting on Saturday, October 2nd.
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When the Habitat Care-A-Vanners were in town, their meals were not just taken care by the adults of Mason County. Mrs. B's Bunnies (Megan Bierschwale's young students) also got in on the act and provided a noon meal for the hand working groups.
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The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club will meet on May 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the Richard P. Eckert Civic Center. A very special guest speaker will present information on how to landscape with native plants, thereby conserving water while still having an attractive yard. William L. (Bill) Lindemann who now lives in Fredericksburg has traveled the world as an exploration geologist for Exxon.
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The Heart of Texas Chapter of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas were pleased to present a Certificate and monetary award to Sarah Lynn Walston, a seventh grade student at the Brady Middle School. Coach Bean is her seventh grade teacher who encouraged her. Helping to congratulate her, she is shown with Principal Hawkins and Coach Bean of Brady Middle School.
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A dead man’s poker hand, lust for Spanish silver, hard tack and kid’s toys at a military fort established to drive Indians from the land, acequias of beautiful water, a German sundial lost in an attack on a mission, and the fading visions of church men holding crosses aloft in air filled with smoke and blood.
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The Mason Square Museum honored volunteers on April 29, 2010 at the home of Denwood and Dana Butler. A salute was given to new volunteer coordinator, Gerry Daniel, and last year's coordinator, Sidney Dickson. Don Daniel will be the new chairman for the upcoming year. Dennis Evans steps down as the chairman. And, Kay Evans assumes the roll of gift shop chairman.
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Hill Country Memorial (HCM) prepares to celebrate National Nurses Week, beginning Thursday, May 6 and ending Wednesday, May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. HCM Chief Nursing Officer Robin Duderstadt, RN, said the week provides a special opportunity to recognize nurses for positively influencing the lives they touch and raise awareness among those who feel called to the profession. "Nurses work in many different settings and serve in a variety of roles, but they all ...
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Mason’s Red Hatters met on Wednesday, April 14th at the lovely home of Eva Tannehill. Eva & husband, Tom, are in the process of renovating this wonderful house that Rosie Kruckmeyer’s grandmother once lived in. We enjoyed lunch, a few games and lots of laughs! Most of all, we enjoyed each other’s company. Our next get-together will be Wednesday, May 12th.
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The Riata Service Organization is announcing plans to compile and publish yet another, Number Five, to be exact, cookbook. Cookbook Number Four, Mason County Sampler, is sold out, with the exception of a few copies that are currently on the shelves at a number of retail stores, mainly in the Mason area.
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Dawn Hahn, director of the state-bound one act play, Harvey, has other talents as well. The News has learned that she provided the illustrations for a new book, "ABCs of God's Word." Dawn has a special relationship with the author, as he happens to be her father, Theo Malone. Mr.
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Daniel Gainer competed for his first time in the Hill Country Drag Sand Races in Field Creek on Saturday. He entered in ATV Trophy Class and won First Place.
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Monica Brandenberger of Mason is proud to announce the engagement of her son, Sidney Bergeron to Anna Reilly of Round Rock, Texas. Anna is the daughter of Ed and Mary Reilly of Round Rock, Texas. Sidney is a 2000 graduate of Mason High School. He is currently employed by Discount Tire in Austin, Texas.
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The 6th Grade Beginner Band participated in a Music Festival in San Antonio on Saturday, May 1st at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. They received an award for Best-in-Class for the 6th Grade Beginner Band level. Congratulations to all of the kids! The band staff would also like to thank the chaperones who accompanied the group on Saturday for their time and energy this past weekend.
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This has been a very exciting year for junior high technology, as the school won a $200,000 federal grant, The T3 Grant. This grant made it possible to purchase Mac Book carts for computer use in the classroom as well as related materials and training. This has greatly enhanced student access to all that computers and the Internet has to offer in the learning process.
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The March 29th meeting of the Mason County Grand Jury returned nine indictments. Eight of those indictments are listed below. The ninth is still pending awaiting location of the named defendant. Ty Wayne McBee - Burlary of a Habitation with Intent to Assault Brad Williams - Theft of Livestock Kimberly L. Kring - Possession with Intent to Deliver of a Controlled Substance, more than 4 grams Crystal Haley - Possession with Intent to Deliver of a Controlled Subst ...
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Raymond Jerry Parker, age 85, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 29, 2010. Raymond was born October 19, 1924, in Brock, Oklahoma, to A.G. and Ida (Brawley) Parker. Raymond attended school in Mason and later enlisted in the Army. On April 15, 1946, Raymond married the true love of his life, Ella Ruth (Cavness) Parker, in Abilene, Texas.
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The Lady Cowgirls finished the Region 4 Golf Tournament in 6th place. They had a hard time getting settled and the ball rolling in the right direction. Seventy three players representing 25 school districts made up the participating field. I would like to thank all the girls for their hard work this year, and I’m already looking forward to the fall.
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Mason Punchers and fans rolled into Eldorado Saturday afternoon to partly cloudy skies, wind blowing, and a District Championship on the line. Leaving warm temperatures and sunshine in Mason, lots of folks were surprised with the wind chill in Eldorado. Not the Punchers!!! They came out from the start with bats blazing.