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April 20, 2011 Issue
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011 • Photos
Chance Stockbridge was nominated to the San Angelo Standard Times All West Texas Basketball Team.
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Hilda United Methodist Church will have traditional Easter sunrise service Sunday, and churches around the area will mark the death and resurrection as well.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
During the Monday night meeting of the Mason I.S.D. Board members, Superintendent Pam Kruse discussed in great detail how the state's current budget shortfall may affect the local school district. Her statement follows:As time passes and the Texas legislature struggles to develop a budget for our state it becomes necessary to make some very difficult decisions for Mason ISD.
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Mason, Texas — April 14, 2011 — Cancer survivor and artist Rebecca Tobey will join the Mason County Cancer Benefit on April 30 where she will donate her newest ceramic work “Moonlight at Mason Mountain” with proceeds benefitting area cancer patients. Just one year after being diagnosed with cancer and spending six months in treatment, acclaimed sculptor and former Mason, Texas resident will join dozens of other volunteers for the special one-day event to raise ...
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
The continuing hot weather and strong winds are having a negative effect on much of Texas and a detrimental impact here at home in Mason. Please respect the burn ban throughout the County because we certainly do not want the kind of wildfires that have been causing havoc in other parts of the state.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
Tres Caminos.Tres Caminos.Tres Caminos.There.I said it tres times.Lo siento.Lo siento.Lo siento.There.I’m sorry three times.Silly me.Rollie Morgan of RPM Painting told me I incorrectly referred to the eatery in my column as Tres Amigos.Three Friends.Wrong.It’s Three Roads.Apparently I did this—not once.But dos.So, tres is the charm.Perdoneme!Fortunately my mistake never affected their tasty food.Muy delicioso.Some people can’t live without their breakfast taco ...
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
There was just enough rain last Sunday night to settle the dust, now we’re ready for the REAL rain storm. Bring it on! Celebrating birthdays this week are David Vater on the 20th, Dorothy Asbill on the 21st, Bob Davee and my husband, William Howard on the 22nd. On the 23rd, Kenneth and Virginia Durst will celebrate their anniversary and on the 24th Lee and Amy Jordan will celebrate their anniversary.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
Whoopers and Whoppers… Port Aransas, Texas, known for its Whooping Crane Festival each February, has been cited as “America’s ‘birdiest’ small coastal city.”The celebrated endangered species, down to just 49 whooping cranes in 1975, has grown steadily, and the count reached 574 last year. Laid end to end, these rare North American birds would span almost a half-mile, since some are nearly five feet tall!A colorful Port Aransas printed piece ...
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
I’m still waiting for March to blow on out. How about you? Just thinking of all the folks that were born on April 15th. If their folks got a refund, they’d get a party or if they had to pay, no party? One can’t choose when they are born, but they sure can choose a wedding date.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
A long time ago someone, we’ll call her Bertha, wrote a letter to Abigail van Buren that said she should let her readers know that a gun could still have a chambered round in it after the ‘clip’ was removed. If you missed it, you’ll definitely want to head straight for the attic, or cellar, or wherever you keep your old newspapers, and see if you can find it.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
“Perhaps no other natural resource in Texas has been more coveted, more haggled-over, more central to who we are and who we’ll be, than water.” The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has donated two sets of an award-winning documentary, narrated by Walter Cronkite, about the state of Texas water. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and I hope that community groups, educators, and patrons will consider using these DVDs when considering water issues in our commun ...
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, April 12th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 27 members and two visitors in attendance. Lion Bruce Lehmberg was responsible for the program and he shared some interesting trivia about the U. S. Presidents. This trivia ranged from the tallest and shortest to the ones that were ancestors to earlier presidents, some with kinfolks on both sides of the family.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
Ingredients are important, but many of us are too busy to read the labels. They are important on everything we use from cosmetics, household cleaners, pesticides, drugs, food, water and so on. There are increasing links between the number of toxic chemicals that we take in and the number of health problems we have.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
Last week, the smoke blew into town. Fires burning in Tom Green County and moving to the east produced smoke that darkened the sun, produced a haze that obscured the hills, and caused those with breathing difficulties to experience days of discomfort.The bad news... if rainfall is not received soon, things are only going to get worse all across the state.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
Gerry:As the beauty of spring graces our beautiful landscape, may we be mindful of our responsibility to free our roadsides, streets and creek beds of the debris the winter winds have left behind. Respectfully,Nea Young
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
Dear Lord, As we face this world, every minute of every day, there's a child being abused, hear their cry of desperation of hurt, send an angel from above to protect them from these cruel and evil people who tell these innocent precious children that they love them and all they do is hurt them."Help us see in everyone a precious soul, most dear; and may we lead that child through paths of wonder, not of fear and each time, before we face this world agains child abusers ...
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
Dear Gerald Your paper provides our community with such a great opportunity to share news and upcoming events! I want to be sure everyone knows about the worship opportunity this Thursday, April 21st at First United Methodist Church, 7:00 pm. This will be a combined service with St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Community Choir, and the Community Handbell Choir.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
Mike, Your Robot called me last night, so I could listen in on your Town Hall. I am all for such efforts, but would like you to add instructions (how to get your attention/enter the “que”). I have many things to say, regarding what I heard last night, and the things that are happening in Texas, the USA and the World.
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The Mason Co. Cancer Benefit is coming up on Saturday, April 30th! Memory bags that surround the track in honor or memory of a loved one (as pictured) are available for $5.00. See Chuck Bearden at the Grosse Lumber Yard (347-5350 or 347-6162) or from Jennifer Moneyhon at MISD (347-2705 or 347-9393).
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
The Hilda United Methodist Church will hold its annual Easter Sunrise Service this Sunday, April 24, 2011, at 7:00 a.m. in front of the John Brandenberger home, just east of RR783 on Loeffler Lane. Everyone is invited to attend. Please bring folding chairs or blankets to sit on. There will also be a continental breakfast following the service across the road at the Hilda Community Clubhouse.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
Mason County Habitat for Humanity will dedicate its ninth home in the community on Thursday, April 21st at 4:30 p.m. This latest house is located at 421 Bridge Street and the board of Habitat, as well as the newest homeowners, invite everyone in the community to attend. We are happy to announce that this is the ninth Mason Habitat home built in nine years and the second certified ‘Green’ house in Mason County!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
The Mason County Cancer Benefit team, Kancer Kickers, wants to remind everyone of the big day, April 30th, for our fundraiser to take place at Heritage park, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.Also, our team will have a huge bake sale, just in time for Easter, Saturday, April 23rd at 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
The Mason County Cancer Benefit is quickly approaching. The Mouthketeer Team is continuing to sell raffle tickets for their two grand prizes: a 42" TV courtesy of Ranchland Western Wear; and, an I-pad tablet computer donated by Robbie Simmons and Garrett Bownds Construction. The winning tickets will be drawn on April 30th at the big benefit.
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On May 7 at 7:00 P.M. the Odeon Preservation Association in Mason, Texas will celebrate the first concert presented by the association at the Odeon Theater with the return of The Studebakers. While others came before them it was the Studebakers who played before a packed house in October of 1996 that kicked off the first fundraising event for the Odeon Preservation Association (OPA).The STUDEBAKERS have been harmonizing since 1993, when Jill Montgomery started the group.
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Artists from the four counties representing the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country – Kimble, Mason, McCulloch and Menard — are busy preparing for their 4th Annual Gala, Art Show and Sale. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 30th, and will again be held in The Warehouse at the Old Peanut Mill Compound on North Highway 87 in Mason, Texas.The evening’s music will be presented by Maggie Meeks, a Celtic harpist from Kerrville.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
The annual range and natural resource educational program will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church on April 29th with registration beginning at 9:30 am. The program is sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Mason County and the Hill Country RC&D. Interested individuals will need to contact the Mason County Extension Office at 347-6459 or the Hill Country RC&D at 347-5005 to rsvp for the noon meal by April 26.
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Friday Night Mason Cancer Team the Wilder Walkers hosted a father/daugher dance to raise money for cancer. A big Thanks to Cocoa Luna, Wildflowers, Petal Patch, Liz Sapien, Victoria Duarte, Dollar General, Mrs Angie Dudney, Belinda Finn, Market Square, Mason Feed Store,Serenity Springs Spa, Mane Attraction, and Hair Care Extraordinaire Toni Hickman.
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Our future little cowgirls attended a barrel and pole clinic on April 9 and 10th instructed by author and trainer Janna Bierschwale Townsend hosted by the Mason Playday Group at The Farmer’s arena. The students included Haley Osborn, Millie Marquart, Selah Farmer, Raleigh Hyles, Bria Beach, Sloan Spenrath and Landry Wren.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
This past Saturday, the Llano Tea Party hosted a joint Tax Day Tea Party Rally, attended by nearly 300 patriots, at Llano’s American Legion Hall. Llano Tea Party joined forces with three other Hill Country Tea Party organizations, which included the Highland Lakes Tea Party Collation, Fredericksburg Tea Party and the Mason Tea Party, to continue to bring attention to the many government challenges at all levels - city, county, state and national.
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The Friends of the Library are pleased to announce the results of the Night at the Library essay contest. All of the entries were imaginative and well done. The judges read, reread, and reread some more to decide the winners. We foresee some Mason students following in the footsteps of Mason authors like Fred Gipson, Scott Zesch, Ron Birk and others!
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(Mason, TX) – April 15, 2011 – The Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library has expanded its services with audiobooks, eBooks, music, and video, available to download from the library’s website. Library card holders can check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere by visiting http://bcls.tsl.stat and clicking the Overdrive icon.Users may browse the library’s website, check out with a valid library card, and download to PC, Mac®, and many mob ...
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
For more than three decades, the reconstructed officers’ quarters at the site of Fort Mason has been billed as one of our community’s top tourist attractions. But how many people actually visit it? And where do they come from?One year ago, a guest registry was reinstated at Fort Mason for the first time in many years.
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Everyone around Mason knew that Don and Sheila Durfinger could produce wonderful apples. What they didn’t know was that the owners of Sonlight Orchard could put together a truly superb dinner, served amidst apple trees in full bloom. This marvelous meal, in this unique setting, was catered by Cocoa Luna Chocolates.
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Speedy & Kathi Switzer, of Mountain Home, are pleased to announce the wedding of their son, Kenny Breckenridge, to Carmen Dominguez, both of Mason. Vows will be exchanged on Saturday, April 23, 2011, in Mason.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011 • Photos
Fredericksburg Gastroenterologist Lindy T. Rachal, MD, FACP, cut the ribbon on his practice to help patients with digestive tract ailments. Located in the Perry Feller Professional Building, at 205 W. Windcrest St., Ste. 100, he was welcomed at an open house by (from far left) Heather Fish, Rochelle Aymond, Leland Geistweidt, Will Aymond, Matt Seidenberger, J’Anna Wilson, Heather Heavner, LVN, Michelle Bossert, Champe Jennings, Penny Reeh, Joanne Martin, Bobbie Heller, Ernie Platfoot and ...
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
St. Joseph’s 6th Annual Springfest will not be on the regular schedule this year. Instead of the last Sunday in April, the event has been re-scheduled for May 15th. Since Easter falls on April the 24th, St. Joe’s ‘Chickens’ will step aside for the Easter Bunny this year!The “Take Out” dinners will be operating in a new way this year, also.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
The Mason High School band traveled to Llano last Thursday to compete in concert and sight reading competition. The band performed well and received three first division ratings on stage and three first division ratings in sight reading. Judges were very complimentary, one stated that our band was the best he had heard that day.
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Raymond L. Carroll, 78, passed away Friday afternoon, April 1, 2011, with his wife Helen Keller Carroll and family members by his side. Ray will rest in peace at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, He resided with his wife in Plano, Texas.Ray was born February 23, 1933, in Springfield, Illinois.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011
Once again, Mason’s tennis team dominated District 29A by winning eight of the possible ten championships, five second places, and three third-place finishes. Mason Varsity boys and girls tallied 40 points each with the closest opponents scoring 17 in boys (Sabinal) and 12 in girls (Brackettville). In the JV division Mason scored 39 points in boys and 23 in girls.