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April 27, 2011 Issue
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The Mason County Cancer Benefit will be held this Saturday at the Heritage Park! We hope that you will be able to stop by and show your support to the cancer survivors of Mason County. The event will begin at 10 a.m. sharp with a tribute to our survivors and their caregivers.
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The Mason High School Puncher Band brought home their second consecutive "Sweepstakes" trophy after competing April 14th at the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Region 7 UIL Concert and Sightreading contest held in the Llano High School auditorium. The Puncher Band received First Division ratings in both Concert and Sightreading from all six judges.  This, is combination with the first division received at UIL Marching contest gave the band the highest UIL award available to ...
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This Saturday, April 30th, is the 4th annual Art Show ‘n Sale and GALA hosted by the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country. The doors are open 6 PM to 9 PM at the Old Peanut Mill WAREHOUSE on N. Hwy 87 in Mason. This year is particularly exciting because in addition to all the wonderful Art, Music, Food and Wine, there will be both a Silent and Live Auction, featuring Conlee and Conlee Auctioneers.
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The Mason County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Spring Mixer on Thursday, April 28th, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Selah Springs Ranch. The entrance to Selah Springs is just a few miles past the Mason/McCulloch County line on Highway 87. The gate will be on your left, just a short distance before the San Saba River.
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Two Mason High School students received medals for their exemplary work at the State Visual Art Scholastic Event held on Saturday, April 8th at Clear Falls High School in League City, Texas. Pictured are freshman Alondra Balderas left and sophomore Abby Nash.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
Each year in May throughout the U.S.A., veterans organizations like The American Legion Fort Mason Post 285 place flags on the graves of deceased veterans, to honor their memories and the legacy of their brave defense of our beloved country. This tradition of decorating the graves of fallen soldiers began with Southern women who decorated the graves of Confederate soldiers even before the end of the Civil War. With the help of its members, the Ladies Auxiliary and volunteers, Fort Ma ...
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
Earth. Wind. Fire. Almost sounds like the name of a rock band. Oh. Right. It is. Earth, Wind & Fire. Also describes life in Texas. West Texas. The Panhandle. Central Texas. Man, it’s hot. And dry. And windy. At this point, rain could sizzle away in a cloud of steam. Whoosh. Gone before it gets here. Unless it takes its time falling.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
My very good friend (she’s really the sister I would have picked if I’d had the choice) Kathy Jordan and I are going to try tag team column writing. It’s an experiment but we’re crazy like that! In a 36 hour time frame, I have been in 7 states, Texas, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island, and only 12 of those were at my home!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
The thought I’m afraid of becoming entangled in the same dream—or nightmare—with my Uncle Mort. Maybe the entry would fit in a sub-group under "phobophobia"—a fear of having a phobia. An apt name might be "Mortophobia."… * * * * * My fear Aunt Maude chuckles about the punctuality bit. "He’s never made it anywhere on time and is from a long line of late-comers.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
Hope all of you had a Blessed Easter. I guess now that Easter has passed the elected law makers in Washington can resume "Fussing with their Newborns, across the aisle!" Really, I think that enough is enough with the, WHO’S TO BLAME?" Just FIX IT OR GO HOME!" I think all of us have had enough of this PILE/A/TICKS!"
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
Most of us who hunt and fish and eat red meat wonder, when we hear of the ridiculous behavior of antis, how anyone could be so clueless. To those with the facts, who understand that hunters and anglers pay the great majority of the cost of preserving wildlife habitat and enforcing game laws, it’s obvious that without us wildlife would suffer, and some species would disappear.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
Good news! You "Kindle-folk" have something to look forward to! Do you want to check out e-Books from the library and read them on your Kindle? Well, Amazon has announced that it will be possible later this year. Amazon has not given a specific launch date, but Jay Marine, Amazon’s director for the Kindle, has stated (in a recent CNN.com article),"We’re excited that millions of Kindle customers will be able to borrow Kindle books from their local libraries."
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, April 19th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 38 members and two visitors in attendance. Lion Mark Lehmberg was responsible for the program and he introduced Ann Scarth, Wesley Nurse of Mason, who spoke about her duties as a Wesley nurse. Ann offices at the First United Methodist Church, but she does most of her work out in the community.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
B is for blood type. There are four basic blood types – O, A, B, and AB. These are determined by chemical markers called antigens. Antigens are in every cell of the body and are a key part of the immune system. When your immune system senses a foreign element, it looks to the blood type antigen to determine if the element is good or bad. Because each blood type has its specific set of antigens, each of has different immune responses to chemicals in our bloodstream.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
Open up a newspaper or magazine. Turn on the radio or the television. You will be bombarded by wars, earthquakes, tsunamis, famine, political unrest, floods and pestilence. Some days, the amount of bad news is almost overwhelming. You can close what you're reading. Turn off the television or computer. Shut out the cacophony of voices proclaiming all the bad in the world, and just pretend it isn't so.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
Dear Editor: Your paper of last week printed an article from the Llano Tea Party praising our state senator Troy Fraser for encouraging voters "to hold their elected officials accountable and remind them that they work for us, not the other way around." Last year, many Mason County residents spent substantial amounts of their time and money fighting the proposed routing of the CREZ transmission lines through the scenic hill country.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
Letter to the editor After reading the letter last week concerning Rep. Mike Conaway and George Bush, I have a Favor to ask from liberal democrats. At what date in the future can we quit blaming George Bush for all the world's problems. Will it be one year, five years or longer?
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
Dear Mr. Pinter, Ditto, Ditto, Ditto. I hope you get your hip. Diane Eames
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
Dear Editor, Your former columnist, Bill Bodenhamer, will have his 100th birthday April 27. As a fan of him and his column, "Mostly Memories," I want other fans to share in wishing him a happy 100 birthday. His address is 1300 S Wall, Brady, TX 76825. Rose Marie Feazell
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
Dear Gerry, Loved Joe Pinter’s letter last week! Laughed all through it, even though the truth hurt. If any readers are interested in learning more about how we common folk are constantly diddled, may I suggest Free Lunch by David Cay Johnston. Mr. Johnston has won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism and in 2004 won the Investigative Book of the Year award for Perfectly Legal.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
I get concerned when politicians want to change laws that don’t need to be changed. SB 332 that Troy Fraser is sponsoring falls into that category. It doesn’t help that Fraser was selected one of Texas’ 10 worst politicians for 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2009 by Texas Monthly magazine. Here’s what the Hill Country Alliance website says about the bill: "What Does SB 332 Change? SB 332s most significant aspect can be summed up in three words: "vested o ...
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
May 6-7, 8:00 a.m. - Noon in downtown Fredonia. Wonderful home-baked items will be for sale, as well as plants, dishes, furniture, toys, clothes, Avon and many other items for sale. If you have good items you still want to donate, call Peggy Lohn at 429-6231, or bring them to Fredonia and the Postmaster will tell you where you may leave your items.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
Llano Fine Arts Guild will present a demonstration by Carol Light, longtime water-media artist,who specializes in watercolor and collage paintings. Carol Light was born and raised in Austin and grew up with a special love for nature and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Light attended both Tarlton College and the University of Texas, studying art, and has been a poster artist for the Austin Natural Science Center.
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Members and guests of the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club were privileged to hear two excellent speakers at their April 18 meeting held at the Richard Eckert Civic Center. The subject being explored was better health through better diet and lifestyle. The first speaker, Margaret Durst of The Greenhouse told the group that she had become involved in natural ways to a healthier body because she had an illness herself.
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Story Time favorite, Ann Mahnken, was the reader for April 15 at the library. Story Time will resume this Friday at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
Army Pvt. Jose E. Dominguez has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics. ...
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Cynthia Bauer, at right, vice president of Mason County Habitat for Humanity presents a Bible to the Javier and Liza Garcia and their family last Thursday during the dedication ceremony for the ninth home in Mason County. Speakers included Mayor Brent Hinckley, Pastor Tim Fahrenthold, and the mentors for the Garcia family, Jerry and Beverly Fox.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
During a special meeting held Monday, the City of Mason listened to voices for and against the planned development of lots on Bridge Street for Habitat future homesites. The public hearing portion of the meeting lasted forty five minutes, during which numerous speakers voiced their support for, or their opposition to the request by Habitat for a variance to lot sizes for the development.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
During their short regular meeting of April 27, the Mason County Commissioners' Court tended to several basic business items. One of those items concerned purchasing additional Burn Ban signs to be placed on smaller feeder roads around the county. Such signs are already in place on the major highways; but, many people entering the county use the Farm to Market and Ranch Roads, and do not see the Burn Ban signs posted at the county line. The County will purchase 10 more signs, ...
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It was an unseasonably warm Friday the 13th, in January 1911, when Bruno Carl Schmidt was born in the Williams Creek School teacherage in Albert, Texas. He was welcomed by older brother Wallace and his parents, Charles and Luella Holze Schmidt. His father was the schoolmaster and his mother was the church organist.
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Scott Merton Pepper was called home to heaven to celebrate his 49th birthday on April 18, 2011, after a battle with cancer. Scott was born April 18, 1962, in Valparaiso, IN, and died peacefully in his sleep in San Angelo, TX. Scott grew up in El Paso, TX. He graduated from the University of Texas-El Paso with a BA degree in Business Management.
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Laura Patricia Castillo of Mason passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2011, in Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital in Brady at the age of 22. Laura was born on June 13, 1988, to Rafael and Imelda Castillo in Santa Clara, CA. Laura graduated from Mason High School in 2006 then attended Howard College in San Angelo.
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A memorial service for John Thomas Shires of Buchanan Dam will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 29 at Highland Lakes United Methodist Church in Buchanan Dam, with the Rev. Grady Roe, pastor, officiating. Shires passed April 21 in Scott & White Medical Center in Temple following a lengthy decline in his health. Known as Tom or Tommy to his closest friends, he was born in Hopkins County Oct.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
Doris Faye Watson Bode passed away in Junction on Sunday, April 24, at the age of 81. Mrs. Bode is survived by two sons Robert Bode of Pontotoc and Donnie Bode of Marble Falls, daughter Sarah Hornsby of Junction, one brother Ealy Stanley Watson of Mason, 11 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 15 step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Mrs.
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Sports
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
The Mason Tennis Team is once again well represented at the state tournament in Austin on May 9-10. Twelve players made their way to College Station last Wednesday and Thursday for the Region IV Tennis tournament. All twelve players medaled, with ten advancing on to state. This was a great showing by all the players.