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March 23, 2011 Issue
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On February 22nd thru 24th, seven students traveled to San Angelo Stockshow to compete at the Ag. Mechanics contest. The contest consisted of over 300 hundred projects from students all over Texas. Austin Trip, Winston Trip, Austin Eckert, Briggs Jones, Tanner Dutton, and Dugan Stem showed a BBQ pit trailer which had 29 entries in its division.
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A display showcasing the message of National Ag Week, which was celebrated March 13-19, 2011, is set up in the Mason County M. Bevan Eckert Memorial Library. The display provided by Hill Country Cattlewomen will remain in the Gipson Room at the library for two weeks. To promote agricultural literacy, the Hill Country Cattlewomen have donated two children’s books to the Mason Library, Armadilly Chili by Helen Ketteman is a retelling of the familiar story of the Little R ...
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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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Very soon, on March 26, Mason is going to have a large number of people visiting to celebrate their craft, and our local topaz, that they use in their craft. Who are these people? They are gem faceters, and they will come from all over Texas. Join the gem faceters of Texas on Saturday afternoon, March 26, at Gems of the Hill Country, on the historic Mason square.
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Mason I.S.D. was once again recognized as an exemplary district, as were two of the three of its campuses for 09-10. This week, the school took possession of plaques honoring those designations. Each campus received its own plaque, and the district received one individually. The plaques are donated by businesses, who were on hand to make the presentation.
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Green tea is a popular beverage. It comes from the same plant that black tea does, it is just less processed so it contains more of the phytochemicals that have health benefits. Green tea is well known for its antioxidant properties that come from a particular polyphenol known as EGCG, or epigallocatechin gallate, which is over 200 times more powerful than vitamin E in neutralizing free radicals.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, March 15th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 35 members and one visitor in attendance. Lion Eldon Kothmann was responsible for the program and he introduced Charles Eckert, who spoke about Fort Mason. Charles gave some insight into where the buildings were located according to some acheaological digs that were done by a group from Fort Concho in San Angelo, and the local school students.
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We’re giving a special "thank you" to two organizations this week that have generously donated books to the library. The members of Hill Country Cattlewomen have donated two children’s books to the library. Armadilly Chili by Helen Ketteman is sure to be a hit with the easy-reader crowd because it gives a "Texas-style spin"
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Just before Christmas break in 1976, when I was a 16-year-old sophomore at Mason High School, my speech class presented a Christmas play. I was cast as a toy soldier, and part of my costume, by necessity, was a rifle. I didn’t have a toy rifle, so I told my teacher I would bring my .22 that day.
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"THE REMOTE CONTROL!" I’ve no idea who ever created the remote control, but they started a war in the living room. Z. holds on to the remote with a death grip. There are times when I want to hide it. Thus making us get up and change the channels on the set. Son, Happy, got us this all in one remote control.
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Our Canopy Was the Sky… If cruise ships were circuses, there’d be no tents large enough for their hundreds of intriguing rings, many of them up and running at all hours of the day. The "big top" for vacations on the high seas is the sky. This analogy came to mind as we sailed toward the Caribbean Sea from Florida’s Port Everglades on Holland America’s Zuiderdam for a 10-day cruise to the Panama Canal.
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Food Safety Mythbusters It's a question more than a few of us have faced. We snag a forgotten container of leftovers from the back of the refrigerator, stick our faces into it, and inhale deeply. "This smells fine, so is it safe to eat?" Myth: Leftovers are safe to eat until they smell bad. Fact: Most people would not choose to eat spoiled, smelly food.
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Do you think some reverse psychology will get us some rain? I want some spring flowers, so at this point, I'll do just about anything for some rain! Maybe we should all gather around the town square and do a rain dance? In the mean time, keep praying because I know when He answers, the rain will wash away the remnants of fall and winter, and spring will burst forth! Birthday wishes this week go out to Brenda Kothmann on the 24th and Sam Hoerster III on the 29th.
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Rats. Literally. Instead of bats in the belfry. It’s rats in the attic. Actually, just one r-e-a-l-l-y big rat. Oh, rats. And Tux the Cat does nothing. Noooooo. Tux never misses a meal. Or a nap. Let’s face it. Animals cost money. No two ways about it. It costs money to keep ‘em. It costs money to get rid of ‘em. And this was one high-dollar rat. ...
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 • Posted March 23, 2011
It looks and feels like spring is trying to come to Mason, but without some rain it may not be as green or as full of wildflowers as we often enjoy. Keep praying for rain, and please remember it is impossible to make up for a dry spring with a yard sprinkler.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 • Posted March 23, 2011
Starting in 2007, then on into 2008, we as a country watched the meltdown of the world economy. Around the world, entire countries teetered on the brink of bankruptcy. Then, our own economy began unraveling. There are many reasons for the economic meltdown that occurred in the United States; but, sadly, greed would still have to be at the top of the list for factors that drove each successive failure and caused bank failures, foreclosures and business shutdowns. During the ma ...
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Dear Gerry, This morning I was forwarded a letter published in an earlier issue which contains a substantial error. The interconnection proposal that will allow construction to begin on the Mason Mountain Wind Farm is not regulated by the LCRA as was stated. It is being considered by ERCOT, the Electrical Reliability Council of Texas.
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Mason Elementary First Graders will be hosting their Art Auction, in the Elementary Library, on Wednesday, March 30th. They auction will be from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m . The students have created a lot of great art projects. They have worked hard and are excited to raise money for t-shirts for our field trip to Sea World.
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Please play along; this is for a great cause that stays local! For $10, the flamingo will be removed! Or…for $15 it can be placed on a lawn or business of your choice!! All proceeds go to the Mason County Cancer Benefit-KAC team (Kids Against Cancer)!! Flamingo Flocking Insurance is available for $25!
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The 2011 Golf Scramble season will begin Wednesday, March 30th. Sign up by 5:00 p.m.; play begins at 5:30. Club House phone number: 347-5798.
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The Mason County Historical Commission will sponsor a cemetery preservation workshop, including an in-depth Historic Texas Cemetery designation application tutorial and an introduction to the RIP (Record, Investigate, Protect) Guardian statewide network. The workshop is free to the public and anyone interested in historic cemeteries is encouraged to attend. The workshop will take place this coming Saturday, March 26 from 9:00 a.m.
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Wanting to learn how to use a PC? Do you already have a PC; but, still haven’t figured out how to turn it on? Join Gerry Gamel for a short evening class for the computer beginner. No previous experience with a PC is necessary. If you’re getting ready to purchase your first PC, this is also the class for you. Mason ISD Community Education is sponsoring this class in partnership with our local library, where there are several computers available for use by anyone v ...
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The Mason Artisan Gallery is going to give classes in oil reduction. This is an easy basic class that anyone can attend and enjoy! The fee is $10.00 for the class and all necessary supplies will be furnished. The date for the examples, demo, and instruction is March 31 at 11 a.m.
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Mason Independent School District is beginning the process of applying for Federal funds for the 2011-2012 school year: Title I, Part A; Title I, Part C; Title II, Part A; Title II, Part D; Title III, Part A; and Special Education. These funds supplement the Mason ISD regular education program and ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and st ...
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 • Posted March 23, 2011
Members of the Mason Study Club will be selling Easter hams for the love of books, an annual fundraiser for the Eckert Library in Mason. Two selections are available, either a 6-7 lb. boneless, peppered ham for $35 or a 7-8 lb. spiral cut ham for $38. Both selections are smoked hams and come from a well respected smokehouse in Yoakum, Texas. Any member of the club is taking orders until April 13 with delivery of the hams on Saturday, April 16, at the library.
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The Wild Walkers, a Mason County Cancer Benefit team, would like for all fathers and daughters to save the date, Friday, April 15, 2011! The Wild About You, Pink and Black Affair, will be a night to remember! Along with a dance, the night will be filled with good food, a silent auction and tons of raffles.
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The Commercial Bank will continue to host a photography exhibit featuring local artist Willeda Rea throughout the month of March. Willeda has been involved in photography for the last 30 years. Her initial interest developed as a desire to capture the unique facial expressions created by children, particularly those of her grandchildren. Over the years, this gradually evolved into an interest in general portrait photography.
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The Comanche Creek Ladies’ Golf Association recently provided and served lunch to the Habitat for Humanity Care-A-Vanners. Several of the Habitat volunteers said they love to come to Mason because of all the caring people! Carlene and Bill Brollier do a great job to coordinate the meals and provide the ice/tea each day!
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On Thursday, March 3rd, eight members of our Mason County Republican Women club attended the Texas Federated Republican Women’s Legislative Day in Austin. Upon arrival at the Austin Convention Center, members were greeted by Attorney General Greg Abbott who sponsored a light breakfast for the Texas assembly. Members then boarded a bus and spent some time at the Capitol.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 • Posted March 23, 2011
Sheep Monaco Schmidt 8th Light Finewool Gabe Jennings 3rd Middle Finewool Sierra Martin 1st Middle Finewool Baylee Owen 12th Middle Finewool Riley Pape 8th Middle Finewool Kirsten Shaw 16th Middle Finewool Chance Stockbridge 6th Middle Finewool Kirsten Allen 5th Heavy Finewool Scott Gallagher 9th Heavy Finewool Rio Schmidt 6th Light Cross Price Ruffin 2nd Heavy Cross Garrett Allan 12 Heavy Cross
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A woman diagnosed with cancer prepares herself for many changes in life. There is a loss of energy. There is the loss of appetite. And, just when she’s dealing with the physical challenges of her disease, treatment begins and she has to also deal with the emotional aspects brought on by the physical changes caused by radiation and chemotherapy. Some cosmetologists in Mason are now participating in a unique program specifically designed to help women with cancer deal wi ...
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Goats Gabe Jennings 3rd Class 2 Scott Gallagher 1st Class 4 Grand Champion of the Star of Texas Show Aspen Martin 1st Class 5 Kirby O’Connell 4th Class 8 Sheep Gabe Jennings 1st Middle Finewool Champion Finewool Star of Texas Show Sierra Martin 3rd Heavy Finewool Price Ruffin 4th Light Cross Kirsten Allen 4th Middle Cross Baylee Owen 5th Middle Mediumwool
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The Mason Square Museum is proud to announce the installation of its newest exhibit, a map of historic sites in Mason County. The opening of this display will be Saturday, March 26, from 10 A.M. until 4 P.M. During the day, Jane Hoerster, former chair of the Mason County Historical Commission, will be on hand to answer questions about the exhibit. The new map identifies 24 locations where some of Mason County’s most significant historical events occurred.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 • Posted March 23, 2011
We want you!... to Join Friends of the Library. The sole purpose of this organization is to support our Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. This is not a club with regular meetings, but rather an organization that supports the library with our actions and our money. We purchase equipment and books, help organize special programs and projects for adults and children, and we advocate for the library’s needs.
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The members of the Art United Methodist Women met Tuesday, March 8 in the social hall of the Art Methodist Church. The theme for this meeting was Spring Celebration for Spring Break. Guests were the children of the church. Vondell Jordan presented a puppet show titled "A Whale’s Tale", the story of Jonah and the whale, as told by "Dolly"
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Mason County Library Board is pleased to present Diane Eames, gemologist, as our guest speaker for our second in a series of Sack Lunch Lectures. We will gather in the Stribling Room at the library on Thursday, March 24th at 11:30 a.m. Bring your sack lunch and we’ll provide cookies and beverage. Diane will be speaking about her experience as a fine jeweler using Topaz indigenous to the county of Mason within the state of Texas. Come join us for what promises t ...
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Members of the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club met in Brady at Barbara Bolton’s Patio Cafe on March 21 at noon. After enjoying some of Barbara’s unique and delicious cuisine, the group drove a few blocks to the Heart of Texas Country Music Museum and were treated to a special tour conducted by club member and museum volunteer Betty Meyer.
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Susan Airheart and Faith Ingracia attended a spring twirling contest in Corpus Christi. Susan, a sixth grader, came home with a one in solo, a one in fundamentals of twirling, and an outstanding performance ribbon. Faith, a seventh grader, came home with 3 ones for solo baton, modeling and twirling fundamentals.
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The Mason County Cancer Benefit held a t-shirt design contest. Students from the Elementary/Junior High art classes and the ACE program participated. The winner of this year’s t-shirt design contest was Evan Dayton! He will have his design on the Mason County Cancer t-shirts this year and has won $50.00 donated by Country Home Health.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 • Posted March 23, 2011
The Scholarship Committee of the Zonta Club of Fredericksburg continues accepting applications for scholarships. Deadline is April 1, 2011. The Zonta Club was established to assist and encourage women of all ages to further their career goals. The Zonta Club of Fredericksburg is part of a worldwide service organization of executive and professional women working together to advance the status of women.
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Pauline Polk passed away on Friday, March 18, 2011, at the age of 83 in Brady Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Polk was born March 31, 1927, in White Sand, Mississippi, to Otho and Cecile Tynes. Pauline was an outstanding student, graduating from Poplarville High School at the age of 16. She attended Pearl River Jr.
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The Mason Cowgirls continue to receive post-season honors, which are a direct result of all the Cowgirls’ hard work & dedication. The honors are a tribute to all the Cowgirls—JV White, JV Purple & Varsity. The more successful a team is & the more respect a program earns, the more individual honors are received. The Cowgirls finished the season 26-8 and advanced 3 rounds in the state playoffs.
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The Cowgirl Softball team is halfway through their schedule this year and will begin district play on March 22nd. The Cowgirls finish non-district play with a record of 7-4. Their 7 wins came against Ingram, Harper(2), McCamey, Winters, TLCA, and Winters JV. Four of these wins were in the San Angelo Tournament where they went 4-2 and got third in a 12 team pool. The girls have done a great job of working hard and building on the foundation that was built last year as ...