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August 18, 2010 Issue
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010 • Photos
The Mason Puncher Varsity and Junior Varsity teams scrimmaged Ozona last Saturday in Mason, and they will continue their season warmup this Thursday with a scrimmage in Blanco. The J.V. will start off the action at 6:00 p.m., followed by the varsity.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010 • Photos
This Lubbock-bred balladeer has often been compared to Bob Dylan but this comparison flatters Dylan. Butch Hancock is as much of a satirist as he is prolific, having written hundreds of songs that deliver a morality tale in a way that both makes listeners laugh and scratch their heads at the same time.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010 • Photos
Heart of Texas Recording Artist Mona McCall will headline the Mason Country Opry show on Tuesday, August 24, at the Odeon Theater in downtown Mason. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets will be on sale at the door the night of the performance. McCall was born in Canada.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010 • Photos
SAN ANGELO - Texas AgriLife Extension Services annual Silver Clover Recognition Banquet celebrated its 43rd year Aug. 12 at the Zentners Daughter Steak House in San Angelo. This year's event recognized 31 individuals who are instrumental to the success of AgriLife Extensions West Central District 4-H youth program. Top volunteers are the backbone of all successful 4-H programs, said Kathy Aycock, AgriLife Extension agent in Tom Green County and the banquet's coordinator.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
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.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 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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Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010 • Photos
Bunnies and butterflies, falcons and bats....these are a few of the things that make this place "ALL THAT"! I am not a poet, but wonderful things happen to the mind and heart when you have experienced an evening at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. On the trail up to the sitting area there are endless possibilities of encountering sights, smells, or sounds that you would never have thought possible.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, August 10th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 35 members and 2 visitors in attendance. Lion Jerry Bearden was responsible for the program and introduced Jan Appleby, who spoke about A Birthday Party for the Courthouse. This year will be the 100th Birthday of the Courthouse.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
Ai-yi-yi. Heib. Caldo. Chaud. Tiempo caliente. Tempo quente. Hot weather. No kidding. 102. 105. 97. 100. 95. 101. 92. Brrrr…almost need a sweater. After triple digits, 92 feels good. A breeze helps too. So does shade. And rain. Wherever that may be. Maybe we’ll get some. This week, if we’re lucky.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
And there was a party, a great celebration, in the Art church. Andrew Kothmann celebrated his 100th birthday with a reception that brought people from far and wide. His children, Kenneth, Sherry and Judy, decorated the church, baked cakes and the women of the church cooked cookies. And speaking of cakes, they made a large representation of his house where he was born and lived all those years.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
Making Your Produce Last Hopefully you are finding enough time and water to keep your gardens going in this awful heat. If you are lucky enough to have an abundance of fresh produce, you might need some of these tips about freezing it to last into the winter! Freezing Onions If you like cooking with fresh onions, but frequently toss an unused portion, try freezing it!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
A Granddaughter in Stitches… It’s an "old shoe" kind of common for grandparents, their "doting" in overdrive, to be proud of their grandchildren. With the fervor of Super Bowl football combatants, they stretch moments into hours, plunging into overtime with painful details about their "grands." Or at least until the senior center manager declares that it’s time to go. One granddad spoke about his rough-and-tough quadruplet grandsons as oft ...
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
It’s official, Camp MeMaw and O’Papa’s Boot Camp, is over for the summer of 2010! The last campers were the youngest in the crew and spent most of their week wanting their Momma’s! Thus a total of two weeks of Boot Camp and five weeks of Camp MeMaw have been had. No broken bones, no bites and no scrapes of knees were had.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
You wouldn’t think a couple from Texas would be all that happy to cross the border into Indiana. Not that Indiana isn’t a fine state, with a lot to offer. It is. But still, it’s not Texas, so there’s not really any reason to be overjoyed about getting there. Unless you’re coming from Illinois. When my wife and I crossed the state line heading out of Chicago into Indiana we breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
The Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library welcomes Nancy Scholibo as the new Librarian Assistant. Because Nancy has been volunteering at the library for several months, she comes to the job already familiar with many of the duties. Her intelligence, organizational and computer skills, and maybe most importantly - her humor - will benefit the library greatly.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
It is back to school time. While parents are rushing around getting school clothes and supplies, it is also a good time to think about supporting our children’s health (and ours too). I get lots of questions on how to keep kids healthy. School seems to be a breeding ground for all kinds of coughs, colds and flus.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
I've often had readers tell me that they aren't interested in reading about my life, and they ask why my opinion on any particular subject should be placed before the public. Obviously, my "fan club" is not composed solely of enthusiasts! Of course, I get the same questions about Jane, Renee', Kendal, Mike and Kristi.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
Whoops, my editor in chief (namely me) did not proof read last weeks tid-bits. The last day for intervenors to file is Aug. 27 , not Aug. 17 as was printed last week. We are still planning on closing the P-Line Intervention Fund down on August 20, 2010. Cowboys should stick to cowboying. Clearview Alliance out of Kimble County organized meetings in San Angelo, Junction, and Harper last week to combine all of the alternative lines and preferred routes into one intervention group.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
Answering the call of God as the pastor for Community Bible Church here in Mason has created a desire within us to become more Texanized. Even though we lived here in Texas for seven years in the mid 80's and early 90's, becoming Texanized is no small matter. There is so much to learn.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
The Mason County Critter Getters and family and friends of Jake Beam will be hosting a fish fry, live auction and dance on Saturday, September 11, 2010, at the slab in the Fairgrounds beginning at 6:30 p.m. At this time, if anyone would like to make an item donation for the live auction or a monetary donation to help with the food costs please contact: Marla Schooley @ 347.4201, Christy Ake @ 347.6324 or 347.0901 or Teresa Walker @ 347.9600 or 347.4761.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
Trinity United Methodist Church in Castell, about fifteen minutes outside of Mason, will hold a worship service Sunday morning, September 22nd at 9:30 a.m. emphasizing God’s blessing on the coming school year. We would like to invite all school children as well as those heading back to college, or off to college for the first time.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
It is with regret that I will be forced to close the City Pool after August 20th. I know that August is usually the hottest month in Mason but the problem is that we are losing all our lifeguards to school. Without lifeguards I cannot open the pool. It's unfortunate since weather permitting, it would otherwise be possible to keep the pool open evenings & weekend afternoons through October. Three of the seven lifeguards will be Seniors at Mason I.S.D.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
We are anxiously awaiting the start of the 10-11 school year at Mason ISD on August 23, 2010. We know this year will be another fabulous year for Mason and we are so excited to see all of our students! As a reflection of our school’s commitment to fostering a safer, more comfortable learning environment for students and faculty, we are proud to introduce a new program called ‘Talk About It’. Developed by AnComm, ‘Talk About It’ is the nation&rsqu ...
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
(AUSTIN) — Texas’ annual Sales Tax Holiday arrives this weekend, just in time for families to save money on clothes and supplies for the new school year. "This is the 12th straight year in which families will take advantage of sales tax savings," Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said. "This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
The Mason County Apple Fest is taking applications for the 2010 Arts & Crafts Show. Last year's Apple Fest brought visitors from all over Texas, one family from 805 miles away! The Apple Fest provides an Apple baking contests, Apple cider demonstrations, food, the Apple Blossom Style Show, Live music, puppet shows, free kids games at Kids Kountry and so much more. So, start making your plans to celebrate in Mason on Saturday September 4, 2010, Labor Day weekend.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
Be a part of the annual Labor of Love Blood Drive and help your family, friends and co-workers by donating blood at the Mason Community Blood Drive! Wednesday, September 1st, Mason Community Labor of Love Blood Drive, 4 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Bus parked in the Fire Department Parking Lot. For an appointment, contact Marissa at 347-4587, or go online to www.bloodhero.com and enter the sponsor code masontx . Each donor will receive: —Labor of Love T-Shirt ...
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
Orthopedic surgeons are teaming up with rehab specialists to offer free orthopedic and physical therapy evaluations to middle and high school athletes on Saturdays beginning August 28. The Saturday clinic takes place in Fredericksburg at Hill Country Memorial (HCM), 1020 S. State Hwy. 16, through the admissions entrance (front-left automated doors), from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. The physicians from Texas Hill Country Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, PA are volunteering their time ...
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Fans of real Texas music will enjoy just that at this weekend’s Roots Music Concert at Fredericksburg’s Pioneer Museum on Saturday, Aug 21. The headliner is the Entertainer of the Year and Western Music Male Performer of the Year Doug Moreland, appearing for the first time in Fredericksburg. Moreland grew up in the Davis Mountains where he picked up a penchant for music, fiddling, storytelling, and chainsaw art.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
The Fredericksburg Theater Company brings exhibit to Hill Country Town Bringing an internationally-renowned exhibit to the Texas Hill Country for the first time, the Fredericksburg Theater Company will host "Anne Frank: A History for Today" in conjunction with their September production of The Diary of Anne Frank. Created by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, this historical yet intimate exhibit consists primarily of narrative text and color photographic reproduction ...
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010 • Photos
Mike Dail and Missy Gibbs held the drawing last week for the Texas Hill Country Heritage Association's saddle raffle, and the lucky winner was Julia Gonzales (not pictured). The Association is using the funds from the raffle in its outgoing struggle to prevent Mason County from being the route for the McCarney to Gillespie CREZ power lines.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
Residents of the Concho Valley can access information about health and human services by dialing these three numbers: 2-1-1. With 2-1-1 Texas, residents from the Concho Valley can find information, free of charge, on utility bill assistance, child care, programs for the elderly, substance abuse intervention, mental health assistance, job training, and disaster preparedness as easily as they can get emergency assistance by calling 9-1-1 or a phone number by dialing 4-1-1. The Area Inf ...
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 16, 2010 – The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that the deadline to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up is quickly approaching. Farmers and ranchers have until close of business on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, to offer eligible land for CRP’s competitive general sign-up.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
The Cen-Texas Collector' Guild The Cen-tex Collectors' Guild is a Hill Country organization with a designated purpose of providing programs to promote learning--learning about collectibles and collecting. Everyone is invited to participate and learn. One does not have to have a sizable collection, or even have a collection, in order to be a participant.
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Being a Queen’s Court member is a great honor, as well as a great responsibility; a responsibility that all five Queen’s Court members are taking very seriously. The float, titled - "Mason County Chamber of Commerce Celebrates a Texas Tennis Legacy" - is finished, thanks to the hard work and generosity of the Queen’s Court members, their parents, Wendy Hudson, Roy Lehmberg, Paul Smith, MTA and Lisa Polk.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
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 ...
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
ABILENE, TX (08/16/2010)(readMedia)— The following students are among approximately 550 freshmen and transfer students who will be starting at Hardin-Simmons University during the Fall 2010 semester. Jordan Washington of Brady, TX. Brittne Friar of Brady, TX. Hillary Bibb of Mason, TX. Admission to Hardin-Simmons University is competitive. The Princeton Review has named HSU as a "Best in the West"
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
Play the piano? Sing? Enjoy games and crafts, have a green thumb or other talents you can share? We are looking for you! Talented volunteers are needed to assist with a new adult day program in Fredericksburg. This program is designed for Hill Country citizens with Early Memory Loss related Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or other conditions that make it unsafe for them to be on their own. Sponsored by the Paige House, a luxury retirement, assisted living facility, the ...
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010 • Photos
Maria Soledad Mora of Mason is proud to announce the engagement of her son, Ubaldo Mora, to Bryanna Gonzalez. Baldo is the son of the late Jamie Mora of Mason and Soledad Mora also of Mason. He was a 2006 graduate of Mason High School and a 2010 graduate of UTSA with a major in Kinesiology.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010 • Photos
Brady West Rehab & Nursing Center is pleased to announce the addition of an Outpatient Therapy program, in addition to their Inpatient and Skilled Nursing Therapy programs. This will be a full-service outpatient therapy program, carefully designed to speed recovery and maximize independence for clients of all ages in Brady, Mason, Eden, Menard, and the surrounding areas. Brady West is a 106-bed Skilled Nursing and Long-Term Care facility owned by Southwest Long-Term Care.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010
The Junior High 7th/8th grade boy athletes and their parents are invited to a brief meeting with Coach Searsy Wednesday August 18th at 6:00 p.m. in the Junior High gym. Schedules, locker assignments, and equipment will be handed out and parents can discuss the up-coming athletic year. Athletes are reminded to report Monday August 23rd with the appropriate hair cut and dress.