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August 4, 2010 Issue
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July 28, 2010 - LCRA Transmission Services Corporation (LCRA TSC) today filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) an application which would allow it to build a new 345-kilovolt transmission line through the Hill Country. The line would connect the approved McCamey D Station (renamed Big Hill) to be constructed north of Eldorado with stations in Kendall and Gillespie counties, providing more reliability and a new path for wind power to get to market. The application is ...
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
Young ladies of Mason County, from Kindergarten through the third grade, we invite you to participate in the Apple Blossom Style Show, Saturday, September 4, 2010. Registration forms may be picked up and returned to the Chamber of Commerce office. The deadline for registration is August 20 and the fee is $15.00. The theme for the style show is "Everything Apples,"
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Mason, TX. August 5, 2010 – The second Tea Party meeting in Mason will take place on Thursday, August 5, 6:00 p.m. at the Richard P. Eckert Civic Center, 1024 McKinley in Mason.  This month’s guest speaker is Pam Beam, Mason County Clerk who will speaker on the process of voting by mail or in person in the 2010 November General Election.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
We hope everyone has had a wonderful, safe, and fun summer! School is just around the corner, so expect lots of information in the mail soon (after August 9th). For any new students: Your parents may come to the Elementary/Junior High office (911 W. College Street, 2nd set of doors) to register you beginning Monday, August 9, 2010, Monday through Friday anytime between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm (closed 12:00-1:00 for lunch). Please call the office at 347-1122 ext 1 or 2 for any que ...
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KERRVILLE - Four Texas AgriLife Extension Service professionals were honored by the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association during its 95th annual convention in Kerrville earlier this month. Steve Byrns of San Angelo was given the Outstanding News Reporting Award and Dr. Allan McGinty, also from San Angelo, was presented a Special Achievement Award.
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Bats here, bats there, bats ‘purt’ near everywhere! (see attached photo). From the parking area the waterfall sound gave rise to a quick trip up the 1500 foot trail to the seating area. Were we visiting Niagara Falls? No, this sound was coming from the sky at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve on Saturday, July 24th.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, July 27th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 41 members and 2 visitors in attendance. Lion Chuck Bearden was responsible for the program and introduced Will Herron who spoke about the South Texas Buckskin Brigade. Will is the son of Fran (Frey) and Kevin Herron and the grandson of Rita and Will Frey. Will attended the camp at Carrizo Springs.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
Omega 3 Oils are a part of the family of essential fatty acids (EFA) that are collectively called vitamin F. These oils are notoriously absent in the standard American diet, making them an important supplement. Symptoms of omega 3 deficiency include dry skin, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, impaired immune function, decreased learning ability, memory loss, and impaired vision. While there is no shortage of fat in the American diet, there is a strong differentiation between g ...
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
Just before school starts every year things seem to slow down around the City office. Many of our citizens are busy with their last plans for the summer, or are buying school clothes and supplies, and we do not have as many work orders to deal with. The City budget is being finalized and there are just a few more adjustments to make to balance the spending and income for the coming year.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
What goes around comes around. For instance, a poem. Long ago a reader sent it to Dear Abby. The San Antonio Express published Dear Abby’s column. Blan Zesch read that newspaper. She liked it so much she cut it out. No one knows how long ago. Miss Blan recently found it among some old clippings. And since she was in a cleaning state-of-mind, she thoughtfully put it in an envelope and slipped it under my door. So no ...
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Summer is here and the temperature has reached 100 degrees. Thank God for the great days so far and pray that they will continue that pattern. Pray for rain. The birthdays for this week in August are: Sam Jordan on the 6th, Josh Calhoun on the 7th, Michelle Burdette on the 9th, Beth Williams Palmer on the 10th, Dorris Ann Pierson on the 11th, and on the 12th, Andrew Kothmann’s 100th birthday and also John Ceynowa’s special day.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
Get a Good Night's Sleep Like eating well and being physically active, getting a good night's sleep is vital to your well-being. Here are 13 tips to help you: * Stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day-even on the weekends. * Exercise is great but not too late in the day.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
Some Facts About Failure… Who’da thought it? Despite college graduation rates being lower than we’d like, over the long haul, a higher percentage of colleges than students have failed. In Texas for every cornerstone at an institution still functioning, there are at least two gravestones marking others that failed. Churches led the way in establishing colleges.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
Confession time! Yep, I’m one of those silly old ladies with her puppy dogs! There is nothing more loving than puppy dogs and youngsters! In fact, youngsters need puppies and silly old ladies with grown children need puppy dogs. Yesterday, I was brushing Uncle Archie and Cousin Louie. Z asked, "Do you need to brush them?"
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No one lives in deer country very long without hitting one, or seven, with their vehicle. A few years after my wife and I were married, she came home one evening almost in tears, and managed to tell me she had hit a deer. I said, "How bad is it?" She sniffed a little and said, "I think I killed it." I said, "No, not the deer!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
NEW ARRIVALS – Quotes are from the publishers summary. Live to Tell: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel by Lisa Gardner (F GAR War.4) Mystery Fiction. Captive Queen by Alison Weir (F WEI). Historical Fiction. "The author harks back to the twelfth century with a sensuous and tempestuous tale that brings vividly to life England’s most passionate and destructive royal couple: Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II." The Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke (F BUR Rob ...
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
Italian Bread Recipe courtesy Kitchen Supply Yield: Two Loaves I recently had one of those pesky birthdays that seem to come around every couple of months. Sheila gave me a very nice, large baking stone to replace the pitifully small pizza stone I had been using. The little pizza stone was fine for small loaves , but for the larger loaves, and for multiple loaf recipes, it just wasn’t up to the job.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
The death of the postal system has been forecast many times. Though I would agree that it often seems to be on life support, I would also suggest that it is probably too early to start composing the obituary. The U.S. Postal System is a unique creature. Created by the government prior to any other agencies, it is a governmental monopoly.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
Dear Editors, During the presidential election in 2000 the third party candidate, Ralph Nader, said it didn’t matter who won between the Republicans and the Democrats because both parties are the same. I did not agree with him at the time but in the ten years since I have discovered that he knew something that I had not yet learned. Now it is clear to me that Republicans don’t try very hard to conceal the fact that they make decisions based on what their wealthy c ...
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
Great News; the LCRA"s preferred route is not the P-Line that runs through Mason County. We made our opposition known and the LCRA listened. The tough news is that we can still be chosen as the final route. In the history of the CREZ line process the initial preferred route has never been picked. LCRA will now present its case for the preferred route to the Administrative Law Judge in Austin.
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
We are now having our open registration for the fall semester. Our hours of operation are Tuesday and Thursday from 9am - 2pm. The cost is $15.00 dollars a day with a $40.00 registration fee for the fall. We accept children from three months - five years old. Stop by the Baptist Church to pick up a registration package or call Cherie Ake @347-7523 to enroll your child.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
Pastor Suzanne Brantley will lead a study of the Lord’s Prayer, the prayer Jesus gave us. It will be on Wednesday, Aug 11th from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship building. Everyone is invited to attend. Directions to Hilda United Methodist Church from Mason: Take highway 87 South toward Fredericksburg about 10 miles and turn right onto Ranch Road 783.
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A live youth concert and drama will be presented on Saturday, August 7, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Iglesia Bautista "El Divino Salvador." (Hispanic Baptist Church on the hill (Hwy. 87 North) between Zavala’s and Town & Country.) Arthur Nelms, pastor of Hispanic Baptist Church "El Divino Salvador" of Mason, which opened its doors in April, along with Ramiro Cortez, youth minister at Calvario Baptist Church, Menard, invite the Mason community and its youth to come and experience thi ...
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
All members of Central Texas Electric Co-op are encouraged to make plans to attend their annual membership meeting on Tuesday, August 17, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Fredericksburg High School Auditorium located at 1107 Highway 16S in Fredericksburg, Texas. Registration begins at 6:00 p.m. Four Directors will be elected to the Board during the business session.
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It will be a busy weekend at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds in Fredericksburg on Saturday and Sunday, August 14-15, when two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing are combined with a wine tasting event and livestock judging. The gates open at 11 a.m. and post time is 1 p.m. for the live pari-mutuel racing on Saturday and Sunday. "Texas Wines and Texas Winners"
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
Don’t forget this Saturday, July 7 is the date for the semi-annual city wide garage sale sponsored by Llano Main Street and the Llano Chamber of Commerce. The sale is from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the American Legion on the north side of the Llano River Bridge. At this writing there were only a couple of inside spaces left so call the chamber 325-347-5354 to reserve your space.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
Standing in front of the antique curtain in the Long Mountain School House are Jade Bruton and Aiden Sharabba. Long Mountain Community Club will beat the heat with another Ice Cream Supper on Friday night, August 13th at 6:30 p.m. Those whose last names begin with I through Z are to bring a freezer of ice cream.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
Several years ago Texas Monthly magazine rated the Puncher Dome as one of the top ten high school stadiums in Texas. The Puncher Dome is a complete departure from the sterile metal stands that you find at most high schools. "The Old Wooden Girl" is a daily reminder to all that change is not always the best path and there is no better place to be on a cool Autumn Friday night. Each year the Puncher Club has tried to add a little something to our stadium to help ignite the purple natio ...
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Brady Health Care Services is certainly not new to Mason County as they have served its residents’ home health care needs since 1992 but they are new to the Chamber of Commerce. On Wednesday, July 28th, members of the Brady Health Care Services (BHCS) team joined representatives of the Chamber for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
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Eight members of the Mason FFA Chapter attended the State FFA Convention held in Corpus Christi, Texas, July 12-16, 2010. The annual event gives students the opportunity to represent their school on a state level with leadership skills. Members are also recognized for their achievements in FFA. The Lone Star FFA Degree was presented to three Mason students; Garrett Allen, Zach Graves, and Kambrey Hudson.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
The family of Frances Priess have notified the News that she is rehabilitating at Windcrest Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center in Fredericksburg after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery and valve repair at Heart Hospital of Austin on June 14th. She is progressing in her recovery and is looking forward to returning to her apartment at Mason Housing Authority.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
In April of this year, the doors to what is known as "the little church on the hill" were opened once again to the Hispanic community of Mason. The doors to this church were closed in 2005, but the ministry of God kept on in the houses of its faithful members.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
Becoming a mentor at the school has been one of the most satisfying things we do. When we started, we never imagined how much we would also benefit from the program. How often do you get the opportunity to spend your lunchtime just having pure fun? We get to spend one-on-one time with a great student, eat lunch, talk, read and play games.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
(AUSTIN) — Schoolchildren will soon head back to the classroom; and Texas’ annual Sales Tax Holiday will help outfit kids with tax-free clothes, shoes and school supplies they need for the new school year. "From Aug. 20–22, shoppers will pay no state or local sales tax on many school supplies, school backpacks and most children’s and adults’ clothing and shoes priced at less than $100,"
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Adin David Palacio was born beautifully healthy at Brownwood Regional Hospital in the early morning hour of 12:23 a.m. on July 29, 2010. He weighed eight pounds, 13 ounces, and was 19 1/4 inches in length. Adin is welcomed into this world by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his Parents David and Naomi Palacio of Coleman,Tx, and two big sisters and one big brother, Tiffany Cantu, Andrew Perez, and Kristen Palacio and many aunts , uncles, and cousins who love him dearly.
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Kassie Marie Haines graduated in June from Mid-Western State University with an Applied Associate in Radiologic Science. She received her National Certification from American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. She is the daughter of John and Dayna Haines and the granddaughter of Bruce and Jane Fowler.
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Mason Reichenau-Kuhlmann son of Corky Kuhlmann and Becky Reichenau of San Marcos, Texas and grandson of Curtis and Betty Kuhlmann of Mason attained the rank of Eagle Scout on July 21, 2010.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
Allen tied for the Second Place Championship, in the Reserve Section, of the San Antonio Summer Open held on July 17th and 18th. Allen won two games and tied two games, being one of the few players to go unbeaten in this four round tournament.
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
This past weekend, many volunteers worked together to provide free dental care for many of our local residents that do not have regular access or a way to pay for the dentistry they need. This was a Smiles on Wheels activity of the Texas Dental Association and the Mason Community Foundation helped support this with a generous grant that was matched by the Meadows Foundation.
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Mrs. Dan Geistweidt nee Betty Irene Webster of Fredericksburg, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 in the Knopp Healthcare & Rehab Center in Fredericksburg, at the age of 75 years. Betty was born November 30th, 1934, in Winter Haven, Florida, the daughter of Daniel Webster and Myrtle Boyette Webster.
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Rita L. Grosse passed away at her home in Mason on July 5, at the age of 93. Rita was born on January 3, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, to Emelio Lenzi and Leonetta Pari Lenzi. She was raised in Chicago. She married Vernon Elslager and after his death she married Dick Grosse. Rita spent most of her adult life on military bases where her husbands served.
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010
The Dr Pepper Open Tennis Tournament waited for the hottest weekend of the year to kick-off, but the weather couldn’t deter the great matches that was played at the Helen Tallent Tennis Center and county courts. The annual event that has attracted players from all over the United States was featured in a Sports Illustrated article in 1976. At that time, the Dr Pepper Open was the 3rd largest tournament in the state of Texas with over 1000 entries.