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March 16, 2011 Issue
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Scott Gallagher of Mason took the Grand Champion Meat Goat honors at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. His Mason family and friends were all on hand to help him celebrate the honor.
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The Mason High School tennis team ran its string of consecutive state team championships to nine in a row last weekend in Austin. Coming off the closest regional victory in the last 10 years, the team found itself in a very tough draw. Still playing without all its members, the team took its four seniors, six juniors, one sophomore, and eight freshmen on the road to Austin to compete in one of the toughest fields that has competed in several years.
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Here is the second opportunity to see one of the classic, great films at the Odeon Theater on the big screen! Sunday, March 20th, 2 P.M. at the Odeon - Mark your calendars now!! Bring the family for this great musical. By DONATION ONLY - that’s right - there is No Charge for this event - give as much as you can or as little as you want!
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The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club is hosting a 42 tournement on Thursday, March 31 at the Richard P. Eckert Civic Center between the hours of 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Entry is by donation to the club’s scholarship program. All proceeds will be used to assist Mason students attain a college education. To sign up or get more information contact Tonya Lamoreaux at 325-347-5356 or Mary Hemphill at 325-347-5151.
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Take a group of dogs, preferably untrained. Add barking, pulling, jumping up, digging, chewing, and lunging. Bring together once a week for eight weeks, stirring in practice sessions at home daily. Meet in really bad weather, and observe progress. Add more commands, and more practice sessions. Stick to it despite busy schedules and random things life throws at you when you’ve made other plans. The end result?
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Rev. Suzanne Brantley, Associate Pastor at Hilda United Methodist Church, will present a Lenten Bible study, "Pilgrims on the Way" on Wednesday, March 16th and Wednesday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hilda UMC Fellowship Hall. Our Lenten journey begins. We set aside time to worship, to pray and to study, and it is a time to draw near to Christ - to love Him more.
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With osteoporosis and other bone problems on the rise, calcium has become a hot topic. Calcium, the most common mineral in the body, is essential for healthy bones. Not only is calcium stored in our bones, but it also is circulates in the blood to help promote muscle contraction, blood clotting, a healthy nervous system and a strong heartbeat.
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Vision problems occur for various reasons. Many times the problem is due to poor diet. A diet of denatured and preservative laden food leads to the free radical damage that is implicated in many conditions affecting the eyes. A deficiency of just one vitamin can lead to various eye problems that can sometimes be corrected with supplementation of the correct vitamins and minerals.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, March 8th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 36 members and two visitors in attendance. Lion James Kingston was responsible for the program and he introduced Patti Grote, Mason County Librarian, who spoke about the services and opportunities that are available at the M.
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If your children haven’t been to the library in a while, I hope you will bring them soon. We have something for everyone! NEW YOUNG ADULT BOOK ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from the publishers’ summaries) If I Stay by Gayle Forman (YA FOR) "Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices.
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Any camping or backpacking manual, if you were such a total loser that you would read one, would tell you that when you buy a new tent you should set it up for the first time in your backyard on a clear, calm day. The idea there is that sometimes new tents are different from old tents, and they have to be set up a certain way, or else they won’t stand up.
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Okay, they did it to us again! Change the clocks! I didn’t get the clock in my car changed from Daylight Savings Time to Cow Time. I didn’t have any repercussions from not changing it. I’d see that I could subtract an hour and all was well. In fact, I didn’t want to change it this time, but I didn’t want to confuse Z! So, if the clocks had to be changed, then I wanted the "CORRECT TIME!"
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Without Further Adieu… Public speakers who are offended by shoddy introductions, even erroneous ones, must get over it, or find another line of work. In some cases, there are as many errors interspersed into introductory material as there are in the speeches that follows! I committed my first public speech 50 years ago to the three members of the graduating class of London High School.
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Let Color Be Your Guide to Nutritious Meals and Eat Right with Color During National Nutrition Month During the 2011 National Nutrition Month, the American Dietetic Association encourages everyone to add color and nutrients to your meals through this year’s theme: "Eat Right with Color." "Adding a splash of colorful seasonal foods to your plate makes for more than just a festive meal.
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Butterflies and bumblebees have been gathering around the blooming peach and pear trees, enjoying the lovely spring weather. Now if we could just get some rain and God's palate of flowers will follow. Pray for rain, it's sure to come. Celebrating birthdays this week are Jerald Jordan and Amanda Adams on the 18th and Christian Dyess on the 20th.
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Bluebonnets. They’re heeeeeerrrre. In front of Mason Health Clinic. Yep. Just as proud as can be. First ones on the block. And first ones in town. More appear every day. Gotta drive around and look. Spring is in the air. So are things to make you sneeze. Especially with this wind. Spring. An onomatopoeia. Everything is springing. Burgeoning. Ready to explode.< ...
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All of us have our pet peeves. Those things that irritate us, even though we try to not let them. I have several, though as I've gotten older, I've been able to get beyond most of them and am not as bothered as I once might have been. Except for shopping carts! Stores provide shopping carts to customers for their convenience.
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Editor: Growing up in San Francisco, I ventured many times across the Golden Gate bridge to Sausalito, then a sleepy little houseboat town with one very long street bordered on one side by the Pacific Ocean and the other by shops much like our town square. The variety of goods sold was as endless as one could imagine and required returning time and time again to see and sample and buy. Among the top enjoyment of this street, the "Boardwalk"
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011 • Posted March 16, 2011
The THC, in conjunction with the Mason Historical Commission, will present a cemetery preservation workshop in Mason at the Mason County Library in the Stribling Room on Saturday, May 26th. Registration is from 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. with refreshments. The workshop begins at 9:00 a.m. with Anne Shelton, the Cemetery Preservation Coordinator of the Texas Historical Commission presenting the program. Anyone interested in historic cemeteries is encouraged to attend.
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A workshop presented by the NRCS and Texas AgriLife Extension Service for landowners will be held at the 1st United Methodist Church on Friday, March 25, 2011. Registration begins at 1:00 p.m., with the program beginning at 1:30 p.m. The cost of the program will be $15.00. A total of 3 CEU’s (General) will be available for those needing education hours for their pesticide licenses. Several topics of interest will be covered.
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Texas Tech University’s (TTU) Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is introducing its program to the Fredericksburg area with an introductory offer to "sample" the innovative non-credit courses designed for adults age 50+. The second class, Economics 2011, will be held at the Hill Country University Center, 2818 E. US Hwy 290 in Fredericksburg on Mondays, March 21 and 28, 3:30-5:00 p.m. Economics 2011 will focus on recent economic developments, statistics on recovery, new t ...
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The Mason Tennis Association’s tenth annual Tennis-A-Thon will take place this Sunday, March 20th, at the Mason Tennis Center. The funds raised will be used to improve and maintain our tennis center. The tennis playing youth of our community are taking part in this event by participating in tennis drills, games and competitions for one and a half hours, and by obtaining sponsors who pledge money for each participant.
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The Association mailed out membership renewal and dues forms to all landowners of 40 acres or more in February. All members paying dues by April 1 will be eligible for a drawing for a Judge Pistol. We ask for your continued support to make this a successful joint effort between the Association, property owners, and all who enjoy this beautiful Hill Country refuge that Mason County has to offer. The Association will pay $150 for adult coyotes, $50 for adult bobcats fo ...
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Florence........... Caroline Hudson Hannibal............. Gideon Gonzales Fairy May................ Myles Banner Jeffrey......................... Zack Graves Mrs. Paddy.......... Katherine Koock Titus...................... Dyllan Hoffman Samuel....................... Brody Taylor Lily Belle............... Claudia Canfield Ethel.......................... Star Longoria Miss Wilhelmina......... Jenny Smith Dr. Emmet ...
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The Friends of the Library are sponsoring and essay contest for students in grades Kindergarten through 12th. The premise of the essay contest is to imagine, a la "Night at the Museum," what would happen if they were to spend a night in the library. What things or characters would come alive, and what would they have to say? There are four different age group categories for the essay contest: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade ($35 cash prize) - Draw a picture and write ...
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This years’ new members of the National Honor Society will be inducted next week. The ceremony will start at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 21st. Friends, family, and community are welcome to attend.
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The Hilda Community Club will meet this Friday, March 18th. If you can show up around 5:00, we plan on working on mowing and trimming around the clubhouse (a little spring cleaning!) as well as cleaning out the kitchen area. The covered dish supper and regular meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.
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Texas high school seniors poised to win college cash AUSTIN, Texas — With the March 28 deadline approaching, more than 150 Texas high school seniors have applied for the Don’t Mess with Texas scholarship. With only two weeks left to compete for a win, students are encouraged to apply. The 8th annual scholarship is sponsored by the Dow Chemical Company in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful.
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Date: Saturday, March 19, Time: 6:00 p.m., Mason Community Building, What:Catered Meal, Cake Auction, Silent Auction, Kid’s Corner, What Else: Golf Tournament 1:30 (call 347-5798)
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geAustin’s Clickety Cloggers exhibition team is performing Saturday, 1 p.m., at the Castell General Store during a fundraiser for local riflesmith JohnTally. Donations collected during the event will be used to help defray medical expenses and purchase an iPad for Tally, who recently suffered a stroke. "John Tally has not lived in Castell very long, but you’d think he was a fixture from the past,"
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The Purple Hearts cancer benefit team is having a garage sale on Saturday, March 19th, at Klassic Kuts & Kurls, 712 San Antonio Street. 8:00 a.m. till ????
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Accomplished artist, Dorrett Townsend, teaches a class in "Still Life Sketching" to members of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country at the Eckert Civic Center in Mason, Texas. Members are preparing works of art for the April 30th Show and Gala.
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Mason Study Club members present a $1000 check to Patti Grote, the new Mason County librarian. L-R, Mary Freytag, librarian Patti Grote, Joyce Mutschink, and Margaret Brown.
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Hill Country RSVP Program Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Llano, Mason, Milam, Mills and San Saba Counties – HR 1, the Continuing Resolution for fiscal year 2011 passed by the House of Representatives on February 19, 2011 eliminates funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the programs it administers, including the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, the Foster Grandparent Program, and the Senior Companion Program (collectively t ...
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COLLEGE STATION Ranch Management University, a four-day program targeting novice landowners, is scheduled April 12-15 at Texas A&M University in College Station. This unique new landowner workshop is designed to help new landowners improve their understanding regarding management of the various resources they find on their ranch properties, said Dr. Larry Redmon, workshop coordinator and Texas AgriLife Extension Service state forage specialist.
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William "Bill" Merkel of Kerrville is a busy man who refuses to allow Parkinson’s disease to keep him from his appointed rounds. Merkel is an 85-year-old former U.S. Navy Seabee who was stationed in the South Pacific during World War II and also held post in Korea as a U.S. Air Force officer in 1953.
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Cody and Jessica Simon would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Jolie Nicole Simon. Born on November 30, 2010, at 11:26 a.m., she weighed five pounds, 11 ounces and was 18.25 inches long. She is welcomed by her grandparents, Gary and Jeanne Hahn, and Robby and Kim Simon.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011 • Posted March 16, 2011
AUSTIN – Rep. Harvey Hilderbran (R-Kerrville) filed legislation today that would freeze public university tuition rates at their 2010-11 level, effectively repealing a law that allows public universities to set their own tuition rates. In 2003, the Texas Legislature "deregulated" tuition, giving college governing boards the power to set their own tuition rates.
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Marvin W. Crouch of Mason passed away Saturday, March 12, 2011, in the Brady West Nursing and Rehab Center in Brady at the age of 85. Marvin was born on August 25, 1925, to Earnest and Della Crouch nee Gibbs in Mason County. Marvin married Bonnie Sue Ake and worked as a plumber.