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June 1, 2011 Issue
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011 • Photos
It’s June and the kayaks are coming! Every year at this time the Great Castell Kayak Race takes it’s mark.This year the race is on June 4th and starts at the Llano River RV Park at 9AM. Registration is from 7-8:30, after which Jerialice Arsenault will give a short talk about Chemo Sabe, the charity inspired by the death of her sister from cancer.The Expedition School of Austin, Texas will be producing the race and will give a short demo of paddling techniques for the newbies.This ...
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011 • Photos
Whew! Another year has come and gone and I just wanted to give a HUGE THANK YOU to our FABULOUS Mason Mentors! Our Mentors help make Mason schools the best they can be. They offer a caring ear, a smile, and wisdom to our students every time they come visit their students.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011
We are getting ready for the 46th Annual Round-up weekend and we need your HELP to make this year a great success!! The date of this BIG Mason event is July 9th 2011. If you or your organization are interested in having a booth on the Court House Lawn, a float in the Parade, or want to enter the “Great American Burro Race” we need you to come by the Chamber office and pick up an application.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011
Just wanted to remind everyone about the Melvin Burns Scholarship Tournament on June 3rd, 4th, and 5th. The schedule for the tournament is:Friday, June 3 - 6:00 p.m., $20 Shootout, 2 groups (low and high hcp)Saturday, June 4 - 8:00 a.m., two person one low ball; 1:30 p.m., 3 person scrambleSunday, June 5 - 8:00 a.m., 3 person scramble; 1:30 p.m., two person one low ball.There will be cash prizes, hole in one awards ($10,000, Bahamas cruise, golf vacation, golf clubs), skins in low ball and m ...
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011
Join us in the Stribling Room at the library to hear Donna Ingham, a noted Texana author, researcher and teller of tales. Donna was featured on the Exchange Place stage at the National Storytelling Festival in 2003 and appears at every major festival in the Lone Star State. So If you like a good story, and who doesn’t, bring your BROWN BAG LUNCH to the library at 12:00 noon and the library board will treat you to a drink and desert.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011
June’s here.School’s out.Hot town.Summer in the city.103 degrees in May.Whoa.Too hot to talk about.Now what.Read.The Mason County Library awaits thee.It beckons with books.Row after row.Lots and lots of books.Comfortable chairs.And air-conditioning.Or stay outside.Ride.Your horse.Or your bike.Feel that (warm) breeze.Go fish.Or jump in a lake.Frolic in water.Or paddle your way down the Llano River.The Great Castell Kayak Race takes place this coming Saturday, June 4.Don’t fo ...
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011
It is not unlike my Uncle Mort to broach topics from the farthest reaches of his consciousness. Still, this may have been his first commentary on the unpredictable world of finance.His suggestions will go the way of New Year’s resolutions, the Edsel and promises to lose weight. After all, during his 98 years on the planet, Mort has been far more committed to bartering, get-rich-quick scheming and varmint-trapping on his place down in the thicket.Folks who know him best are sure that wh ...
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011 • Photos
While driving out to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve this week I noticed something outstandingly noteworthy!! The road crew for the county has been busy patching areas along the river and low water crossings. This and the other work that has been done to the roads is certainly appreciated!
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011
Skin is the body’s largest organ. The skin has multiple functions – one being that it is an important organ of elimination. The Chinese medical system refers to the skin as the third kidney – meaning that it functions to rid the body of excess moisture and toxins.The health of our skin is reflected by its appearance and texture.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011
Many Thanks to Tad Leifeste-again-for coming to our rescue in order to be able to finish this week’s column! Hope each of you had a nice weekend as we paid our respects to our heroes. May we always honor those who served and died to safeguard this country. There are some holes that are made in our hearts that can not be filled.Whew!
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011
On your next trip to the library, be sure to try the new park benches out by Old Yeller. The Friends of the Library donated the benches, and they not only look great but also sit great! By the way, the older benches have not “expired”—they’ve just been moved to shady new places around the grounds.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011
Ladies, I hope you know that there is a “SKIRT ADVISORY!” However, with the heat, the wind actually helps. But, rain is coming! When? Well, It’s coming. Just have faith.We saw almost five hundred Jack C. Hayes Seniors graduate. They just sort of ran’m through like a cattle auction. Gee, being with that many smart ones was really overwhelming!I hope you remembered that Memorial Day, was not just Mattress Sales!!????
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011
You may have heard about this on the news this week, and this is an update from what I’ve been teaching so I thought I’d share all the details with you about the new recommended cooking temperatures. Remember that this is only for whole pieces of meat, ground meats and poultry are much more dangerous and always need to be cooked to a higher temperature.The U.S.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, May 24th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 27 members and four visitors in attendance. Lion John Palacio was responsible for the program and introduced Brent Hinckley who spoke about his collection of maps and coins.Brent has aquired maps and coins that date back before Columbus discovered America.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011
The couple had not been overly religious, but when their son was about ten years old they decided they should start taking him to church. Their first Sunday morning back, he sat quietly through the sermon in unfamiliar territory, fidgeting only when absolutely necessary.They decided to attend evening worship also, and the boy resigned himself to another long, boring ride in the pew.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011
Are you dreading the long, scorching days of summer? Have you already started slathering on the sunscreen before you leave the house? Not so fast! The sun’s rays provide our bodies with its primary source of vitamin D, a nutrient essential for building and maintaining bones. Studies show that regular exposure to sunlight can increase vitamin D levels.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011 • Photos
Mason’s a great little town. Over the past six years that my wife Eva and I have lived here, we’ve made life-long friendships, and have actively worked with folks whose one goal is to make Mason a better place. When time permits, I enjoy getting involved. In another life, I was a cop and although I’m retired, I’m still accused of thinking like a cop.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011
The Friday morning San Angelo Standard-Times headline captured the mood well, "Mason Football Joyless."Effectively immediately, Head Coach and Athletic Director, Russell Joy, has resigned from his duties in Mason. Superintendent Pam Kruse's comments were direct and terse, acknowledging his resignation; but, failing to add any details or speculate on Joy's future plans.But, this is Mason.When this change began to transpire, I was already hearing rumors.
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Forty years ago, two young Mason men, Gordon Spaulding and Robert McWilliams, were killed in a motorcycle-tractor accident at the intersection of Rainey Street and FM 1871. An Austin songwriter, Harold Hedges, has posted a tribute song to his friend, Spaulding, on YouTube commemorating that anniversary.Hedges was a neighbor of Spaulding in Austin, and often came with his friend to Mason in the late 60s and early 70s.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011
The emergency siren system will be tested on Thursday, June 9 at 10:00 a.m., weather permitting. Anyone having any questions about the test can call the County Judge's office at 347-5556.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011
All descendants of the Frederick and Katherine Schmidt Family are invited to the Schmidt Reunion. The reunion will be June 11 at the home of Richard and Joan Lindley. Arrive between 5-6 p.m. Dinner will be provided and served at 6:00 p.m. The menu consists of barbeque brisket, sausage, and chicken, served with beans and potato salad.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011
The George Bernhardt Eckert reunion will be held on June 5th at Hermannson's Halle, 1102 S. Adams, in Fredericksburg.Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. and a covered dish luncheon will be served at 12:30 p.m. Be sure to bring a covered dish or dessert, and also bring some baked goodies for the silent auction which will follow lunch.Anyone having questions can call Ken Freidrichs at (830)
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011
On June 6, 1944, one of the largest maritime invasions in history took place on the shores of Normandy, France. On this day, 160,000 Western Allied forces came ashore in a massive effort to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi occupation in World War II. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the All ...
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011 • Photos
The VFW Post 8554 will be observing Flag Day at the post, on Post Hill street behind the jail on Saturday, June 14th, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.At this time we will be collecting old flags for decommissioning at a later date. Due to the drought and burn ban, flags will not be decommissioned at this time.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011
Local organizers are excited to present the sixth annual Vernon West Memorial Roping in Mason June 10-12. Action begins on Friday afternoon with barrel racing and continues Saturday morning with calf roping. Dancing to the great music of Mack Abernathy will be featured Saturday evening. Sunday will feature a full day of team roping with a preliminary roping followed by an invitational.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011
Descendents of the Gustave Schulze family gathered at the Hilda Community Club for a reunion on April 30,2011. There were 64 in attendance, three from South Carolina, one from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and others from all corners of Texas. After lots of visiting, reminiscing, and telling stories, they enjoyed a delicious barbecue meal.
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The Mason High School interior design class collaborated with the Mason Study Club on a school project to create possible design solutions to update the entrance (known as the Gipson Hall) to the Mason County M. Beven Memorial Library. On May 23, members of the class presented three plans as possible design solutions.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011 • Photos
The third graders at Mason Elementary had the opportunity to participate in the Mileage Club during their P.E. class this school year. Each student ran or walked laps around the track, and all laps were added up throughout the year. All students worked very hard and earned a certificate and a shoe token for every 5 miles completed.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011
With temperatures in the 90’s, it’s hard to think about making a quilt, but there are those of us who do for more reasons than one. When disasters strike, accidents happen, or a child is put into Child Protective Services, a quilt can mean more than warmth. It can mean comfort and the feeling that someone cares.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011 • Photos
Mason High School art students were honored with a closing reception for the 7th Annual Lamplight Designs Art Competition on Wednesday, May 18th at the Northside Café. Family and friends were on hand to view 49 entries displaying a wide range of medium. First place winner was sophomore Clarissa Orta with her colored pencil drawing titled The Little things In Life, second place went to senior Myles Banner for her watercolor/cut paper piece titled, Portrait Of A Friend, third place was ...
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Alfred ‘Ray’ Carter, was born March 28th., 1930, in Mason, TX, and passed away May 29th, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sophie and Tom Carter, and his brothers, Orville, Aubrey Daniel and Lloyd Carter. Ray is survived by: his brother, Doug Carter, of Harper, TX, his two children, Jamie Carter and Holly Carter-Black, five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews, and a very close friend, Judy Porter.