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September 15, 2010 Issue
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010 • Photos
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan last week recognized 304 schools as 2010 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Secretary Duncan was joined by Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and George Washington University Provost Steven Lerman for the announcement at School Without Walls Senior High School, a 2010 Blue Ribbon School in Washington, D.C. The schools – 254 public and 50 private – will be honored at an awards ceremony Nov ...
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
Much of Monday night's regular meeting of the City of Mason was taken up with discussion of a conditional use permit for Reigning Cats & Dogs, a business owned by Tommy and Lenore Newsom on the west side of the square. The business is a pet goods supply store, a pet grooming business, and a pet boarding facility. It was that final role as a kennel and boarding facility that was the point of contention, as city zoning does not allow such an operation at that location without a con ...
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During the regular meeting of the Mason County Commissioners' Court on September 13, the group found itself having to "referee" a dispute involving construction at the Fort Mason site. The Fort is owned by Mason County; but, its administration is handled by the Mason County Historical Society. The Court had granted permission for the Society to erect retaining walls in order to build a parade ground at the Fort site, which has been done.
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Yes it did, it really did happen just this way....On Thursday evening at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve, my faithful, camera toting volunteer, Jana, and I waited patiently at the seating area for the 3.2 million bats to make their nightly emergence. It was getting dark earlier than last week, and the bats did not compensate by showing up earlier.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, September 7th, for its monthly business meeting. There were 34 members and no visitors in attendance. "Boss Lion" John Gammill was responsible for the program and Sec./Tres. Gene Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report. The report on the Hamburger Lunch was that this was the best one ever.
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Make up. We all use it. One way or another. We make up our face. We make up our minds. Make up the bed. Maybe make up an excuse. Or make up the difference. And sometimes we have to make up for lost time. Some of us make up a story to entertain. Or a story to put the kiddos to sleep. Some of us make up our lives as we go along. We change our hair. Our furniture. Our house. W ...
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
I have been asked several times in the past few weeks about the status of the Reverse Osmosis water station that the City has proposed to build for the citizens. The intent has been to construct a building adjacent to the Richard Eckert Civic Center that would be capable of providing treated water for our residents at any time with no cost.
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We all enjoyed the scattered rains last week and look forward to more rain this week. Pray for rain! The following birthdays are being celebrated during the middle of September: Robert Hall on the 17th, Charlie Thigpen on the 19th. Kim Jordan and Herman Hitzfelder on the 21st and Emeth Bauer on the 23rd.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
Squeezed by Rising Food Prices? Small changes in your shopping habits can mean saving money at the grocery store. Remember that changing habits is hard! Try one or two each week. Soon you’ll see some relief in your grocery bills! Before you go to the store * Make a list. Why? You’ll spend less time in the store.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
An Appointment Kept… I was several degrees shy of "going postal," but with temperature rising, teeth gritting and a "mail must go through" mentality, I skidded to a stop on the parking lot scant seconds before my noon dental appointment. Who could have guessed that a mouse glue trap could cause such a messy scene?
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I’m talking trash this week. Yep, TRASH! Every week I have at least seven tall kitchen bags to be hauled off by the trash man. It has to be in bags that are completely closed with no loose trash in the can. In fact I tie a bow on it!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
So I was sitting in a conference room at the hotel in La Porte, Indiana, listening to a nice lady trying to tell a bunch of writers how to do something better (write, maybe), when this fellow walked in and sat down beside me. We introduced ourselves, shook, and started talking a little bit.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
"The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
Our nails reveal much about our internal health. Abnormalities on either the fingers or the toes can indicate an underlying disorder. For instance, nail fungus is indicative of a systemic problem which allows fungus to thrive. Chances are that if you have it on the outside, you also have it on the inside. Healthy nails are strong, flat and smooth and have pink nail beds.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
Last weekend, some friends from Houston flew in for a weekend "dove hunt." Considering that they remembered their special steaks, spices and libations and forgot most of their hunting equipment, it quickly became apparent that the dove would remain safe for the entire weekend. I stopped by Sean's cabin on Friday night and visited for a while; but, after the Comfort game, had to head home early to get some sleep.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
We need to be intentional about training our children to know God and His Word. One of the ways First Baptist of Mason has chosen to do this is through the AWANA program, which will begin its 4th year in Mason. The name AWANA stands for "A Workman Approved is Not Ashamed"
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
Llano, Texas– On Thursday, September 23rd , 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 Commissioners’ Court Room, Mason, TX When: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 23, 2010
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Gems of the Hill Country is presenting a special gem exhibit from Texas Faceters’ Guild. The collection of gems displayed are replicas of famous historic diamonds recreated in cubic zirconia by members of the Texas Faceters’ Guild. The collection began in 1990 as a guild project, and has grown over the years to include 34 gems.
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The Mason High School classes of 1969 and 1970 will hold a joint reunion on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 4:00 P.M. at Roy Lehmberg’s cabin on the Llano River. We’ll have a barbecue dinner at 6:00 P.M. with all the trimmings ($10 per plate). Desserts and tea will be provided.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
It’s time to break out the secret family recipes and tie on the apron because this year’s Old Yeller Day will feature a pie baking contest. Prizes will be awarded in two categories, "fruit filling" and "other". The pie and crust must be homemade. For addtional guidelines and yearlong bragging rights you will need to pick up an entry form at the Mason County Library, Chamber of Commerce or Reigning Cats & Dogs. Join us for Old Yeller Day on Saturday, October 2nd at Her ...
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
The VFW Post 8554 will be changing its regular monthly meeting date from the 1st Monday of each month to the 3rd Monday of each month, starting with the September meeting. The September meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 20th, 6:30 pm, at the American Legion Post Hall, 237 Post Hill Rd (behind the Jail). Also, at this meeting, the Post will be celebrating VFW Day (actually Sept.
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On the third Friday of September each year, Americans pause to remember those valiant servicemen and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great country but who still lie in foreign soil. According to the Department of Defense, more than 81,800 service personnel are still considered M.I.A., Missing in Action.
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Kids Against Cancer "KAC" is a local non-profit organization and is hosting a bake sale where all proceeds will benefit Jacob Bibb. Please come by Donop’s Feed Store, Saturday, September 18th beginning at 9:00 a.m. to support this worthwhile cause. If you are interested in donating a baked good, please drop it off that morning. Thank you in advance for your support!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
Grandparents you are invited to the 29th Grandparents Thank You Luncheon, Saturday, September 25th at 12:00 noon at the Mason School Lunchroom hosted by the Mason Gospel Church Youth. Wear your bright colored clothes for we are taking a trip to Hawaii. Come have fun, visit with your friends and be appreciated for who you are. Call 325-347-5436 or 325-347-5972 to reserve your meal by Wednesday, September 22.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
A Richland Springs coed softball tourney fundraiser will be held Saturday, October 2nd. 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, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
Don’t miss Cherokee’s 3rd annual Super Saturday set for October 23. Arts, crafts, antiques, and collectibles will be sold along Highway 16 in downtown Cherokee from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other booths will sell food and refreshments. Live music and entertainment will be ongoing throughout the day for your enjoyment. If you are interested in having your own booth, or if you need more information, please contact Kaci Morrison at 325-622-4495.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
At 8:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 2, 2010, the Mason Lion’s Club’s 4th Annual Gem of the Hill Country 5 & 10k Run/Walk will take place. Starting on the south side of the Mason County Courthouse next to the old Jail, participants will wend their way through the neighborhoods on a course which includes some hills, a few dales, and one of the most beautiful scenic views in the hill country. The Lions Club is proud of their race and well they should be.
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Llano, Texas, will host the Fifth Annual Gold and Gem Rendezvous and State Gold Panning Championship on September 25 and 26. Metal detecting, flint knapping, and rock hounding will be part of the action too. Visitors can participate in these events. Folks who just want to observe the competitions and demonstrations or enjoy the food and music are welcome too.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
MASON - Mason County's Heart of the Hills Fall Expo will go hog wild when the Texas AgriLife Extension Service conducts a special feral hog information day slated from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Odeon Theater. The theater is located on the west side of the Courthouse Square in Mason. Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered-three general, one integrated pest management and one laws and regulations. Feral hogs have been a cons ...
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
ALPINE - A sense of humor and a keen imagination will be two of the requirements needed to win at this year’s 19th annual 4-H Open Freestyle Reining event at Alpine. The event conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service begins with entry books opening at 8 a.m. Oct. 23 at the Sul Ross S.A.L.E.
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Mason Mayor Brent Hinkley will be special guest speaker at the first Bluebonnet Study Club meeting after the summer hiatus and will discuss recent developments in the area including the water osmosis system. The meeting will be held at the home of Edna Earle Benton, 311 Austin, at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
The Largest All Sustainable Event in the South Fredericksburg, TX – The Renewable Energy Roundup & Green Living Fair is dedicated to bringing Texans the information they need to make informed decisions, increase sustainability and maintain comfort. The Roundup takes place September 24-26 in Fredericksburg’s Market Square. Tickets are $10 Friday or Sunday, $12 Saturday or $20 for a 3-day pass while children 12 and under are free.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
The Library welcomes children of all ages. A special children’s area, young readers’ book collections, and computers are provided to make the library inviting to children. Children are encouraged to visit the library to develop a love of books, reading, and libraries. Because the library is open to the public, the safety of children who are left unaccompanied in the Library is a concern.
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Austen King and Meagan Denton of Stephenville are happy to announce the birth of their son Anden Rhyder King who was born July 26, 2010. He weighed six pounds, 12 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long. Proud Grandparents are Lisa Goehmann & Ronny Arnold of Mason, Buddy & DeAnn Denton of Aledo, Gary & Lisa King of Fredericksburg and Great Grandparents Larry & Audrey Goehmann of Fredericksburg.
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In October, 2009, easyhome launched the "Be A Contender" program to provide the industry's top operators a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win a franchise financing package. Candidates submitted complete business plans and a rigorous screening process narrowed the field to some of the best operators in the U.S. The finalists were invited to present business plans to the easyhome executive team including David Ingram, President and CEO of easyhome Ltd.
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Miss Katy Juhree Lehmberg and Mr. Zachry Hunt Davis Jr. were united in marriage on Saturday, July 31, 2010, at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Boerne, Texas. Father Tony Cummins officiated at the double ring ceremony and Pastor Gary Davel of Mason served as Lector. Parents of the couple are Mr.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
Steady Steps has openings in our 3 year old pre-k program! We offer a program taught by an experienced, certified teacher in a fun learning environment. Tuition rates are based on a sliding scale, which determines fees based on family income. Come by Steady Steps at 224 Broad Street or call Piper Perlichek, Director, at 347-0043 with any questions.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
Maon, Texas – September 13, 2010 – Dave Campbell’s Texas Football is proud to announce that the Mason High School Punchers football team has been named the Army Strong Team of the Week for Division 1A. The Punchers were chosen for this honor because of their teamwork, dedication, discipline, personal courage and integrity, values shared by U.S.
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Hazel H. Martin, of Mason, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, September 9, 2010, at the age of 88. Mrs. Martin is survived by a son Seth Martin and wife Kathryn and a daughter Beth Martin, two grandchildren Todd Martin and wife Sheri, Glen Martin and wife Rae Ann and six great-grandchildren: Chama, Sierra, Nicholas, Lucas, Aspen and Dakota Martin all of Mason along with a double first cousin Richard "Dick"
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On September 6, 2010, Ferd Taylor Slocum Jr., known to all as "Ferdy," left his earthly home to join his Lord and Savior in Heaven. Ferdy was a beloved husband, father, son, and brother. He will be missed dearly. Ferdy had a passion for the outdoors and loved horses, hunting, and playing golf.
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Theresa Kruse Baker of Gonzales passed away Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, in San Antonio at the age of 82. She was born to the late William and Veda (Butler) Kruse on June 9, 1928, in Mason. Theresa started school at Peters Prairie School at Camp Air, transferred to Mason High School, and graduated in the class of 1945.
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The Mason faithful arrived at the Puncher Dome with a heavy heart last Friday after hearing the sad news about Jacob Bibb. The game which was dedicated to Jacob turned into one of the most unbelievable come from behind victories in recent MHS history, as our Punchers shocked the Bobcats of Comfort 34-33.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 15, 2010
The Mason Punchers traveled to Comfort to take on the Bobcats in their toughest test of the young season. Comfort was supposed to challenge the Punchers with their spread style of offense. The Puncher defense had other plans. For the third straight week, the Mason ‘D’ set the tone for the game and caused turnovers to totally dishearten Comfort.
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Comanche Creek Golf Association held its 24th Club Championship on August 7th and 8th. Thirty four men and women tee it up over the two day heat wave to participate in this annual event. Sheila Innis shot a two day total of 164, taking top honors in the women’s division; Patsy Brandenberger second with a score of 176, Cynthia Bauer third with a score of 188 and Minnie Schmidt fourth with a score of 211. In the Men’s Championship Flight, Larry Smith took the honors with a ...