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August 25, 2010 Issue
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010 • Photos
All the discussion about this year's schedule will become a reality Friday night, August 27th, as our Punchers begin a swing of six non-district games. The season opener will be played at the Puncher Dome against the Longhorns of Harper with a kickoff time of 7:30PM. The last time the Longhorns and Punchers met was 2007.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
Public officials from four Hill Country counties participated in the August 19, 2010 Public Utility Commission (PUC) Open Meeting in Austin. Those making comments in the combined Gillespie to Newton (G-N) and McCamey D to Kendall to Gillespie (M-K-G) CREZ transmission line agenda items were Kerr County Judge Wayne Tinley, Mason County Judge Jerry Bearden, Mason Mayor Brent Hinckley, Gillespie County Commissioner Donnie Schuch and Llano County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Linda Ballard.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010 • Photos
There is a new and exciting extra-curricular opportunity coming to the kiddos of Mason. It is the Teams of Tomorrow (TOT) program. TOT is a basketball ball handling and dribbling program that was created by educators to enrich the Pre-K curriculum while building gross and fine motor skills, instilling good character, and building self-confidence.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010 • Photos
Hawks are truly at their absolute best right now at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. With stunning performances, the crowds hold back gasps of disbelief and perhaps a little dismay as they watch these tiny mammals become a meal for these dynamic birds of prey. The bats are heading out for their nightly visitation over the countryside and one of their greatest predators has quickly set up attempts to prevent some of these from reaching their goal. The pups are flying almost like pros n ...
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, August 17th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 30 members and 2 visitors in attendance. Lion Kirby Groves was responsible for the program and introduced Jodell Brooks, Dist Representative for Congressman Michael Conaway who spoke about her duties in the office of Congressman Conaway.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
Flowers. Something special about them. Fresh flowers, that is. Also called cut flowers. Flower bouquet. Flower arrangement. Flower petals. Or a single flower. Like one red rose. Symbol of love. Buy flowers. Bring flowers. Give flowers. Send flowers. No matter how you do it— Say it with flowers. The Petal Patch can help with that. And so can Wild Flower ...
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
There has been a good deal of activity in the City office and for the city crews during the past few weeks, and a number of projects are being dealt with and completed. The Water and Waste Water Department has been busy around town doing annual cleaning of the sewer lines, and has to this point cleaned nearly three miles of line in the past week, and in addition they have been working to install new aerators at the waste water treatment plant that will make a very positive impact on our sewe ...
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
It is hot and no clouds are in sight. Pray for rain. Do your rain dance. Pray for rain. Sit on the porch and wait for some breeze. Greg Jordan and Teresa Koock will celebrate their birthdays on August 27th. Warren Schattenberg will be 84 years old on the 27th. Elisa Cope will be five years old on the 31st.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
Keeping Summer's Bounty Safe to Eat With all the focus in the news on the salmonella scare, I thought I should remind you about something we don’t always think about- that those yummy fresh fruits and vegetables we’re enjoying now need to be handled properly too! Fresh melons and berries fill the aisles of grocery stores and markets.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
Way Back When… Persons of a certain age waxed melancholy recently upon the death of a musical icon, Mitch Miller. He of "follow-the-bouncing-ball" fame, along with his orchestra, was much in the nation’s entertainment spotlight with a weekly TV show on NBC in the 1960s. Miller died a year shy of his 100th birthday. My Uncle Mort, who just turned 98 years of age, remembers a lament associated with the popular musician.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
Tomorrow the yellow limo’s will be picking up the kiddos! Some kiddos will tell you that they don’t want to go back to school, but there is still that excitement of the first day of school. When I was younger (much younger) Aunt Jessie would get me a perm at her beauty shop in Menard and also get me outfits from Skeet’s Dress Shop.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
Not everyone can grow up to be a racecar driver. But this is America and, by George, anyone can grow up stupid enough to be run over and killed by a racecar driver. And I have proof of this, because that’s just what happened at an off-road race in the desert in California about a week and a half ago. What happened was, these people went out to watch this off-road race, and a lot of them were standing along the road, and the racing vehicles were going by about ...
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
A haiku is a non-rhymed verse genre. There are five syllables in the first line, seven in the second and five again in the last line. The word Haiku comes from the Japanese word meaning "Light Verse." (definition from wikihow.com) Heat advisory – Inside reading if you can. When raining, then too. This style of writing suits me fine as for some reason I was shorted when it came to the allotment of a daily words quota.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
At least 12 million Americans take a prescription statin drug. These include Lipitor, Zocor, Mevacor and Pravachol. There is even a natural statin available at health food stores that is very popular now - this is Red Yeast Rice. Before banning cholesterol, consider its beneficial functions in the body. These include production of hormones for balancing blood sugar levels, for regulating mineral levels, and for promoting healing and balancing the tendency towards inflammation.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
During the summer months, especially in the small town of Mason, digging up photos and news stories can be difficult. It's not that we don't have things happening, it's just that we often don't have enough to fill up the paper. And then school starts up again. With school comes football, band, cross country and FFA.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
Dear Editor, A number of people have remarked that the LCRA transmission lines could bring in additional tax revenues. This is correct, but the real cost to Hill Country residents is tremendous. 100% of the cost of the LCRA transmission line is past directly onto everyone with an electricity bill. Additionally, affected property owners are forced to underwrite a public project with their private properties as LCRA will take full advantage of the eminent domain laws whereby pr ...
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
Can Endangered Freshwater Mussels Save the Hill Country? In December, 2009, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department listed fifteen native freshwater mussel species as threatened with extinction. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now considering six freshwater mussel species for federal endangered species status. The ‘Austin American-Statesman’ reports that the USFWS may make a decision on this listing before the end of this year.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
This week Kay Trostle will file the P-Line Intervention Association’s responses to staff’s first request for information and first request for admission. (The 1st step of the intervention process.) Lee Lasater and crew are collating all intervenors information and grouping answers to simplify everything as much as possible for the lawyers. An analysis by ERCOT found that the Gillespie to Newton transmission line wasn’t needed to meet the states current electric need ...
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
We are so excited to be starting another school year! I hope you have all enjoyed reading the wonderful articles that some of our mentors have shared with over the past few weeks. If you are contemplating becoming a mentor this is a TERRIFIC time to get started! Of course, we would be happy to hear from you ANY TIME! All of us at the school are so grateful to every one of our mentors for the important role they play in each of these student’s lives.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
The London School Reunion and Homecoming has been set for Saturday, September 25th. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Community Center. Coffee and cookies will be available for the early birds and a noon meal of fried catfish with all the trimmings by Johnny Jacoby will be served. The cost for the meal will be $8.00 and must be ordered and paid for in advance.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
Are you looking for a safe, fun and enriching afterschool program for your K-8th grade students? The ACE program offers all this and more beginning on August 30th! ACE (Afterschool Centers on Education) is the Texas component of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers federal grant program which provides a FREE afterschool program for grant recipients.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
Tannenbaum is in need of a sponsor. The Mason County Museum will not longer be sponsoring this event. Any Mason County Civic Organization interested in extra income should contact 347-6681, 347-5151 or the Chamber of Commerce for information. It is necessary for the new sponsor to become involved immediately for crafters must be contacted now as well as advertising for the November 27 event.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
The Haven Family Shelter is changing the dates that we are in Mason. Effective September 1st, The Haven will be in Mason every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month. The location is still the Historical Building and time is still 10-2.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
For the last six years, Mason ISD has been a recipient of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers federal grant. For the first five years, the program served the elementary and junior high schools. Last year, we began including the high school level – but with a twist! With so many of our high school students involved in afterschool activities, we decided to have a BEFORE school program for them. Last year, we offered expanded homework assistance and math tutorials ...
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
WHEN: September 4, 2010 TIME: 1-3 p.m. WHERE: Benjie’s Books & Gifts, 208 Fort McKavitt St., Mason, TX 76856 Hemphill, a resident of Mason, TX, will be available to sign copies of his book, The Buck Never Got Here. Have you ever wondered how to use a compass? Or build a canoe? Or properly clean a gun, or cast a flyrod, or shoot a muzzle-loading rifle?
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
Richland Springs Coed softball tourney fundraiser will be Saturday, Sept. 4th. 44 core 12 in balls and men use little league bats. All proceeds benefit Shannon Sutherland and family. Contact Sally at 325-642-3612
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010 • Photos
Molly Mooney, a resident of Fredericksburg, is the 2010/2011 Public Relations Chairman for the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country. Her special interest is oil painting landscapes. Her work was represented and sold at this year’s GALA and ART SHOW.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
Creating Community Housing Solutions Why spend $600 & up each month for rent? Buy a 3 bedroom house in Mason! Become a Home Owner! Pay 0% interest on your mortgage! No money down! Help build your family a home! To find out more, attend Mason County Habitat for Humanity’s 1 All applicants are required to attend all 3 workshops on Thursday nights at 6:00 pm on Sept.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010 • Photos
The class of 1948 had a reunion on May 29, 2010, at The Old Peanut Mill Steak House in Mason. The following class members were in attendance. Front row: Etta Fay Caylor (Beam), Lorene Dunlap(Haines), Lila Jo Polk(Chew), Lindy Lange, Oma Bierschwale(Maddox),Dan Geistweidt. Back Row: JoBeth Reid (Comer), Ona Green(Maddox), Kenneth Larimore, Carleton Donop, Pat Eppler, Harold Shearer, Andy Loeffler, Emmit Schmidt.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
The Mason Community Foundation is currently seeking grant applications from Mason non-profit organizations for the current cycle that ends September 1, 2010. The profits from the Community Thrift Store, which is run by the Foundation, have continued to be very strong, and therefore the Board set aside significant funds to provide for these grants.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
The Girl Scouts of Central Texas has opportunities for volunteers who are committed to helping girls develop courage, confidence, and character. Volunteers are the heart and soul of Girl Scouting-whether you have an hour, a day, a weekend, or more, Girl Scouts has an opportunity that’s right for you. Specifically, Mason County Girl Scouts are in need of dedicated adults to take on the role of troop leaders.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
The Peter’s Prairie School Community Association offers a place to hold reunions, parties, showers, meetings and the likes. The nearly 100 year old Peter’s Prairie Schoolhouse is ready for use. It is located 10.5 miles north of Mason - just half a mile south the intersection of US Hwy. 87 and Ranch Road 1222 at Camp Air, Texas. The building has approximately 1725 square feet of space inside and is handicap friendly.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010 • Photos
August 13-15, 2010 Bible Baptist Church of Mason sponsored a daily Church Revival. With special Guest Preacher/Speaker Dr. Lonnie Shipman. Born into a musical family, Lonnie Shipman began piano at age five, studying with his mother, who was head of the Piano Department for Arlington Baptist College and Bible Baptist Seminary. After salvation at age six, Lonnie was raised in a Baptist pastor’s home and studied to be a concert pianist, winning numerous piano competitions and tour ...
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
Yes, Red Delicious, McIntosh, and Melrose apples are in season. They will be available at the Mason County Apple Fest, along with "delicious" events to choose from. The second annual Mason County Apple Fest will be held at the courthouse lawn in the center of historic Downtown Square in Mason, Texas on Saturday September 4th from 10am to 4pm. The Mason County Apple Fest will feature an apple baking contest (last year 4 of the 7 winners were form outside Mason County), a fresh ...
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010 • Photos
Over 500 Hill Country energy consumers gathered in the Fredericksburg High School Auditorium on August 17, as Central Texas Electric Co-op hosted its 63rd Annual Members’ Meeting. CEO Robert A. Loth III welcomed them and introduced Board President Michael Randolph nine other CTEC directors in attendance. Dr. Don Higginbotham, pastor of First Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, provided an invocation. The business of the meeting included the election of four directors.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010 • Photos
The Heart of Texas Country Music Museum will celebrate its 10th Anniversary on Saturday, August 28, at the Ed Davenport Civic Center in Brady. The festivities will include an afternoon Matinee Concert at 2:00 PM followed by the Dance on Saturday night beginning at 8:00 PM. Tickets are on sale by calling (325) 597-1895 or will be available at the door the day of the performances. The entertainment this year will be full of Traditional Country Music legends including Th ...
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010 • Photos
The MHS Cheerleaders would like to thank all the businesses that sponsored our mini cheer camp this year. Mason Garden Market Mason Monograms Bar N Ranch Jimmy Allen Welding Country Home Health Mason Re-Sale Barn Reigning Cats and Dogs Home Health of MKM First State Bank of Central Texas Glen Ruthven D.D.S. Mason National Bank Elite Roofing & Construction MAG Materials Short St ...
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010 • Photos
Four of Mason’s "man’s best friends" and their dedicated owners graduated from Basic obedience class on Saturday, August 21st. Pam Scott and "Lois," (Parson Russell Terrier), Shayne Smith and "Reba" (German Shepherd Dog), Judy Uherek and "George," (Shar-Pei) and Jocelynn Hemphill and "Diva" (German Shepherd Dog) thrilled and amazed onlookers as they completed a challenging graduation test with flying colors.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010 • Photos
Christina A. Gozales graduated August 20, 2010 from Central Texas College, Brady, Tx. Along with her husband Joe Angel, two kids Isaiah and Saydie, Henry and Elva Dominguez, brother, sisters and their family, Grandparents Virginia and Jose Avalos joined the ceremony. We are all very proud of you.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010 • Photos
Olin and Gloria Williams of Mason, Texas, announce the engagement of their son, Greg Williams to Allison Pollock daughter of Albert and Sandy Massey of Nacogdoches, Texas. Greg is a 1999 graduate of Wimberly High School, a 2003 graduate of Texas Lutheran University with a BS in Biology, and a 2007 graduate of Texas A&M with a MS in Wildlife Biology.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010 • Photos
Hill Country Memorial Hospital is welcoming family medicine physician Christa E. O’Leary, DO, to its medical staff. Dr. O’Leary has joined the practice of Jason N. Peet, MD, at 110 E. Live Oak St. In addition to offering full scope family medicine services for all ages, Dr. O’Leary has a clinical emphasis in obesity and women’s health issues.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
The Mason Community Foundation is currently seeking grant applications from Mason non-profit organizations for the current cycle that ends September 1, 2010. The profits from the Community Thrift Store, which is run by the Foundation, have continued to be very strong, and therefore the Board set aside significant funds to provide for these grants.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
During their respective meetings on August 16 and 23, the City of Mason and Mason County both voted to join the P-Line Intervention Association. That is the group of landowners and groups seeking to be heard by the Public Utility Commission during the six month hearing process on the CREZ transmission lines. During each of their meetings, both groups acknowledged that they had earlier pledged to fight the lines; but, not to involve taxpayer money.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 • Posted August 25, 2010
Roberto "Bert" Silerio, of West, passed away on Wednesday, August 18, at the age of 42. Bert is survived by his mother Maria Santos Silerio, of Mason, daughter, Marisa Michelle Lander of West, and the following brothers and sisters: Martha Rodriguez and husband David of Eagle Pass, Fermin Silerio Jr., of San Angelo, Manuel Silerio and Scott Haupert of Mason, GiGi Duarte and husband "Junior"
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