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August 11, 2010 Issue
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In last week's paper, it was announced that Mason's own Kristi Powell had been selected as Outstanding County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences. What was overlooked in that announcement was the selection of Mason's Lance Rasch as Ag Teacher of the Year. Both awards were presented by the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association.
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Pediatric dentist, Dr. Ben Taylor of San Antonio is assisted by dental assistant Joy Weatherman from Dr. Susan Delk's office in Brady while they reassure a young "Smiles" patient.
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The Smiles on Wheels even held in Mason on July 31st was ,by all measures, a success. Check out our Letters to the Editor to learn just how many people were served, and how many participants on both sides felt about it. Locally, a number of organizations and volunteers made it works as well as it did, and the Mason Community Foundation’s financial support helped make it a reality.
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Our Punchers will participate in a controlled scrimmage against Ozona on Saturday, August 14th, with the JV playing at 9:00 a.m., followed by the Varsity at 10:30 a.m. The Puncher Club will once again be serving Bar-B-Que and KNEL 95.3FM will be broadcasting live from Puncher Alley which is located next to the concession stand.
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Donna Ingham, noted Texas author, humorist, folklorist and "teller of tales," will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Mason County Historical Society Annual Membership Meeting to be held August 17, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Mason School Cafeteria. She will speak on the topic of "The Lost San Saba Silver Mines,"
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Noted Texana author, Donna Ingham, will be in Mason on Tuesday, August 17. Her newest book, Mysteries and Legends of Texas, has just been released. Published by Globe Piquot Press, this book explores unusual phenomena, strange events, and enigmas in Texas’ history. According to the publisher, "Each episode in the book is a story unto itself and the tone and style of the book is lively and easy to read." You are invited to meet the author at a book signing at The Cat’s Meo ...
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Mark your calendars! The Mason PTO will be hosting our annual Meet the Teacher / Back to School Night on Wednesday, August 18th from 6 pm-7:30 p.m. in the Mason ISD School Cafeteria for grades Pre-K through 4th. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with our Superintendent, Pam Kruse, speaking at our Fall Title 1 meeting.
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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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ATTENTION!!!!! For any of you reading this right now: If you did not join us this week at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve you missed one of the most awesome happenings on this planet! Even though the emergences were later than years prior to this, the creatures inhabiting the Preserve made up for it in the most extraordinary ways!! The picture that is attached to this story is one of our local lizards who made life rather miserable for another Preserve resident, a cricket.
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Last week Mason County News published the School Supply List for Mason Elementary and Mason Junior High. You can probably find most of these items at Hinckley’s General Store. Anyway, I was so intrigued I just couldn’t put it down. The list began with Pre-K. One large box of crayons. One box of Kleenex.
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Pray for rain! It’s hot and very dry out there. Remember Andrew Kothmann’s 100th Birthday Party on Saturday, August 14th, in The Art United Methodist Church. We will party from 1 to 4 PM. Andrew’s real birth date is the 12th and there is much celebration going on early with family members coming from far and wide.
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Rethink Your Drink Choosing healthy beverages is a great first step to an overall healthy diet. Americans are drinking more soft drinks than ever. Per capita soft-drink consumption has increased almost 500 percent over the past 50 years. There is enough regular soda produced to supply every American with more than 14 ounces of soda every day.
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Good News from the Gulf… A cynic whose name "makes no never-mind" predicted one decade ago that this could be "one of those centuries when everything goes wrong." He (or was it she?) has been right far more times than we’d like to admit, but on one issue—whether Texans would support a year-around cruise port in Galveston—"wrong"
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This past week I’ve been making deposits into my "Energy Account!" Afternoon naps and sleeping late! When I’ve had the kiddo’s here, I did overdraw from this account! This week is the final week of Camp MeMaw! This is the week for the six year old and the nine year old to come to camp.
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A few years ago I went to Georgia to cover the annual Yamaha boat motor press conference. Of course, I wasn’t supposed to go to Georgia for that, I was supposed to go to Tennessee. But then, all those southern states look pretty much alike, so it was an easy mistake to make. Actually, the conference was supposed to be held at the Yamaha complex near Chattanooga, Tennessee, but it wasn’t.
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NEW ARRIVALS – Quotes are from the publishers summary. The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman (F GOO). Domestic Fiction. "...a novel about getting and spending, and about the substitutions we make when we can’t find what we’re looking for..." Shadow Zone by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen (F JOH). Suspense Fiction. "A discovery by submersible designer Hannah Bryson suggests a possible cause of mythical Atlantis’s mysterious demise that has potentiall ...
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Water retention bogs down many of us and is often a symptom of other health problems. Water balance within our bodies depends on many factors. Poor kidney function will cause excess fluid to build up in the body. There are many herbs that act as diuretics while also being nutritive to the kidney and strengthening it over time.
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07/01/10@0102 - Medical Emergency – EMS responded to a medical emergency on Ave F. 07/01/10@1742 - Reckless Driver – Sgt. Zapata responded to a reckless driver call on Forsythia St. 07/02/10@0008 - Accident – Deputy Feuerbacher responded to an accident on 29 W. 07/02/10@1006 - Medical Emergency – EMS responded to a medical emergency. 07/02/10@1857 - Traffic Hazard – Sgt.
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My friends will climb in the truck with me, and I see the look cross their face. They look at the radio to confirm their suspicions, and they roll their eyes. Gerry's listening to the Broadway channel on XM radio again! Maybe it's too easy to dismiss my fondness for musical theater and to decide that my listening choices are as much as part of me as my reading glasses or my sandals.
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Letter to the Editor, I want to offer my personal congratulations to your community for hosting a successful "Smiles on Wheels" dental mission on July 31st at the Lutheran church building in Mason. 149 of your fellow Texas were seen at the event and over $83,000.00 in donated dental care was provided. Thank you for your gracious hospitality which was extended to the out-of-town volunteers.
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Editor, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all the people who participated in making our Smiles on Wheels event such a success. With 57 volunteers from out of town and 91 local volunteers we were able to deliver $82,037 worth of dentistry without cost to 149 patients. Obviously a certain amount of our success was due to the out of town dentist, hygienists, assistants, dental students, the people from the Smiles Foundation and others who traveled at their own ...
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Dear Gerry, I want to thank everyone involved in "The Smiles On Wheels" project. I'm very grateful for your kindness and caring. Not to mention your hard work. I really appreciate the dental work I received. Dr. Cody and Malisa of Goldthwaite, Tx. relieved my pain and lifted my spirit. May God bless each of you. Sincerely, Sharon Sessom P.
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Dear Mason Friends, I had a marvelous experience yesterday that just points out again how wonderful the people are from Mason and the Hill Country. It goes like this: late in the afternoon I got an email from the gallery here in Santa Fe that represents my art saying that they had just gotten a phone call from UPS.
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Save Our Scenic Hill Country Environment, Inc. 10212 Ranch Road 965, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624 August 9, 2010 Chairman Smitherman Commissioner Anderson Commissioner Nelson Public Utility Commission of Texas PO Box 13326 Austin, Texas 78711 (via facsimile) Re: LCRA TSC McCamey D to Kendall to Gillespie Project – Docket 38354 Mr. Chairman and Commissioner ...
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 11, 2010
The City of Mason will host a free workshop for local restaurant owners/or anyone who cooks for the public, about the importance of using a grease trap. The workshop will be on Friday, August 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Richard P. Eckert Civic Center at 1024 McKinley Avenue. Please make plans for yourself, or a member of your staff, to attend this workshop.
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Excitement, fun, and Apple Pie! The baking competition on September 4th will be overflowing with them all. The 2010 Mason County Apple Fest Baking contest judging will begin at 10:00 a.m., with winners announced at 1:00 p.m. Last year's event saw the Grand prize go to Karen Chesky of Kerrville. Now the challenge is on for Mason to reclaim the title. For all you pie lovers, the winning entries will be auctioned at 1:00 p.m.
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Llano Texas-On Tuesday, August 17th , 2010, a member of Congressman Mike Conaway’s (TX-11) staff will be in Mason to visit personally with constituents. This will allow you to share concerns, request help on a federal issue or to ask any questions you may have. What: Constituent Outreach Services Where: Mason County Court House in the Commissioner Court Room, Mason, TX When: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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Hilda Community Club will hold its annual ice cream social on Friday, August 20th at 6:30 p.m. at the clubhouse on RR783. Hosts are Eldon and Carol Kothmann. You can bring homemade or store-bought ice cream – we’ll eat it all!! Following the ice cream, we’ll have a business meeting and then Jan Appleby will present a short program on her recent trip to Lincoln County, NM and tell us about the Lincoln County War and Billy the Kid.
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Old Yeller Day is scheduled this year for Saturday, October 2nd. Continuing with tradition, the Pet Parade will kick off the event at 10:00 a.m. around the Courthouse Square. So get your pooches ready to rub shoulders with other canine friends. Everyone is invited to participate and all dogs must be leashed during the event. Following the parade, everyone will move over to Heritage Park, located behind the Library on Moody Street.
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We are excited to announce that the Mason playday series will begin August 29th. Books will open at 1 p.m. and start at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join and compete. Must attend 3 out of 5 playdays to qualify for series end awards and be a member. Membership is $20 per family and $5 per event or $20 per person for all events that day.
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Jacob Beam and Taylor Slocum were both involved in a fall from a scaffold while painting last week. Slocum was uninjured; but, Beam broke his femur and sustained head trauma. Jacob was airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio where pins were put into his leg, and the staff worked to assure his head injuries were not life-threatening. Jacob is now alert and moving about, within reason, considering he is in a body cast.
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Demetra Wenzel and Dr. Penny Ruthven at the Smiles on Wheels event recently held in Mason.
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Mason County’s Habitat for Humanity submitted an application for Local Community Contributions to Walmart, and they received that award last week. Mason County Habitat for Humanity would like to mention Mr. Bob Smithson as their contact in the process; but, Mr. Smithson asked Terri Pierce to make the presentation for him.
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Front Left- Cierra, Shelby, Margaret Lempke of Mason. Second Row- Paulette, Shayle Estes of Mason, Devon, Chesney, Haley and Kayla. These girls played in tournaments at Frisco, Carollton, College Station, Georgetown, played 20 games and won 14.
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Mason High School 1985 graduates met at Sandstone Cellars Winery on Saturday of Rodeo Round Up weekend. A total of 17 classmates were there to catch up and reminisce over old times. Food from Santos Taqueria located next to the winery was served. Pieces of conversation could be overhead from teasing about expanding waistlines to disbelief some of us are already grandparents.
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August 17th is the last day for landowners to file their case in Austin to stop the construction of the CREZ Power-line on their land. If you received a packet from the LCRA with maps and legal descriptions, they are telling you that they may build the power-line across your land. You can intervene on your own or have a lawyer stay up with the burdensome process that spans 180 days.
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Jeanie Smith, Heather Baker, Shay Lynn Baker and Brody Baker (three generations) attended Christians United for Israel Summit 2010 at Washington, D.C. July 20-22, 2010. The trip was made by car with touring all along the way! The audience at the summit was a cross section of America, including high school students, CUFI on Campus groups, senior citizens moving with the assistance of canes, families with children, African-American ministries, Hispanic Churches, Cowboy Churches, urbani ...
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HUGS gymnastics out of Boerne hosted their annual "Summer Challenge" meet. Hill Country Gymnastics was one of eight teams in the are represented. Other gymnasts were from HUGS-Boerne, Hugs-Helotes, Arial Athletics, Zero Gravity, Sun Burst, Acrotex, and Platinum. Each session during the meet divides the athletes by levels. Gymnasts begin at Level 1 and advance up the ladder to Level 10 one season at a time by learning more advanced skills each year.
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When I was first asked to mentor, I said, "No," thinking I just didn’t have the time. I kept thinking about it, though, and heard how others enjoyed their mentoring experiences. I also heard about the difference it was making in the lives of the children. I finally volunteered to be a mentor several years ago, and I have never regretted it one bit. My first child was an elementary-age boy, and I stayed with him until he went into high school.
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San Antonio, TX – Gabe Jennings and James Perlichek participated in the Texas Brigades summer leadership camps in June and July. They were among one hundred and thirty-five high school students that took part in this award-winning leadership development program. The Texas Brigades’ mission is to empower high school youth with the necessary skills and knowledge in wildlife and fisheries, habitat conservation, land and water stewardship, team building, communication, and le ...
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Glenn and Debbie Nebgen are proud to announce the approaching marriage of their son, Wesley Ray Nebgen to Valerie Rene Drymalla, daughter of Anthony and Carolyn Drymalla of College Station, TX. Mr. Nebgen is a graduate of Texas A&M University at College Station with a Bachelor of Science in Bioenvironmental Sciences.
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Bethany Colleen Snyder of Killeen and James Clifford Stubbs of Spring were united in marriage July 10, 2010, at First Baptist Church in Killeen. Rev. David Barclay, pastor of Live Oak Baptist in Gatesville, officiated at the double-ring ceremony. Alberten Ratliff was the organist. The bride is the daughter of Bob and Catherine Snyder of Killeen.
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Chase Stiles recently completed his K9 certification at the U.S. Tactical Law Enforcement Academy in Abilene. He is a Deputy Sheriff in Hamilton and shown here with his K9 drug dog, Dominion. Dominion is a multi purpose narcotics detector canine unit Level 2 certified. Chase is the son of Theresa and Patrick Weber and Lex Kothman.    
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 11, 2010
September 3, First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail October 4, Last Day to Register to Vote for Nov. 2, 2010, General Election October 15, Last Day the Mason County Clerk can receive a hand delivered Application for Ballot by Mail October 18, First day of Early Voting at the Courthouse October 26, Last day to Apply for ballot by mail October 29, Last Day of Early voting Food for thought: When Early Voting starts, all application ...
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Mason County Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce that applications will soon be open for another family to partner with the affiliate in owning their own home. The next build will be the ninth Habitat home to be built in the Mason community, which is considered an exemplary feat, given the size of the community and that the local affiliate has just passed the eighth anniversary of affiliation! The schedule for the application workshops is as follows: Thursday, Septemb ...
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All families are encouraged to complete the application for free or reduced price school meals. Parents may come in at any time the week of August 9-13 and August 16-21 between the hours of 9am - 2 pm. Students who meet the guidelines are eligible for free or reduced price meals may be eligible for other programs for the 2010-11 school year. Only one application should be completed per family.
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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 William Richard (Billy Dick) Grosse. Rita spent most of her adult life on military bases with her first husband.