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July 13, 2011 Issue
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Front row, left to right: Duchess Claudia Canfield; Queen Staci Habecker; Duchess Dakota Lee. Back row, left to right: Duchess Savannah Kast; Duchess Lydia Bierschwale.
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Beginning Wednesday, July 13th and continuing each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout the summer Mason County youth will be able to eat a free lunch at the River of Life Church. Lunches will be served from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. This program is a continuation of the Summer Food Program that was held at First United Methodist Church last summer. It is a great and safe place for the children to eat and enjoy the fellowship of their friends.
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James Lee, at center, repeated his winning form in The Great American Jackass Race on Saturday, once again taking first place. He was congratulated at the finish line by Joe Bob White, winner of the Favorite Jack contest. Joe Bob actually crossed the finish line ahead of James; but, his stuffed grey jackass did not qualify for the trophy.
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In these days of extreme heat and drought, we all seek places of protection and hope! What better place to meet these needs than to be present at the worship services at the church of your choice. In an attempt to let you know opportunities for renewal and blessing, we are offering highlights of worship at St.
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A great crowd was on hand for all the Round Up events this weekend, including Saturday's rodeo, in spite of the high temperatures.
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The 9th Annual Mason Open Car Show was well attended by folks from all over Central Texas. There were approximately 55 antique, custom, and classic vehicles on display at Heritage Park. The car clubs in attendance were the Lakes Area Antiques and Classics and The Mustang owners Club of Austin.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011 • Posted July 13, 2011
Crape myrtles. Giant bouquets stuck in the ground. Decorating Gooch Cemetery. And all around town. Exploding optimistically in deep rose and pink. Glorious color amidst the drouth. And heat. A welcome relief to the eye. Every July. Though every July ain’t this hot. Thankfully. This year breaks the record. Even bamboo is dying. Might as well stay inside and clean out ...
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When Texas Governor Rick Perry signed the noodling bill into law recently, participants could start telling the truth about what they do on weekends. Noodling? You don’t know what that is? Well, talk to "fisherpersons" (they’re mostly men), and they’ll contend that landing flathead catfish by hand is a sport. Others understandably maintain that the word "extreme"
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We’re in the "Dog Days of Summer!" Personally speaking, my dogs won’t leave the air conditioning on the back porch! Nacha prefers going under the bed inside where it’s really cool! However, I’ve noticed that Uncle Archie really gets grumpy, if left outside too, long. I can remember those cold days last February.
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There are many species of barnacles. One of these species, on becoming an adult, will search out a whale, a rock, another barnacle, or any surface that is solid. Once it finds this spot, it secretes a fluid out of its antennae that is adhesive and it will fix itself head first to this chosen area.
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Round-up weekend was a highlight for everyone who was in town this past weekend, and was probably the best it has been in years because of the hard work of the Chamber and the Rodeo Association in organizing all of the activities. The parade was as good as ever and is most people’s idea of a small town parade, and the booths on the square were numerous and well stocked with something for everyone.
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Reducing - the sequel. Last week’s column on losing weight seemed to need a little more information than I could get in one article. Women have a harder time with weight loss than men – it’s just not fair – and mid-life hormonal changes make it even less fair. Part of the challenge with weight loss, particularly for women is keeping muscle mass.
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We begin our week with prayers for Rain. The drouth is continuing to wreak havoc on the land and the critters which live off its bounty. It was sad to see all the trailers lined up with livestock for the sale. But we shall always have hope, for we know it will rain! Celebrating birthdays this week are myself on the 15th, Karen Toone on the 16th, and Caroline Jordan on the 17th.
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Thank you to everyone who worked on or rode on the Library Board’s or Mason Study Club’s floats. You did a wonderful job! I also thank our lovely Queen candidate, Dakota Lee, and the Friends of the Library who paid the sponsorship fee. The members of these three organizations are untiring in their support for the library and promotion of literacy.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, July 5th, for its monthly business meeting. There were 27 members in attendance. New "Boss" Lion, Kirby Groves, was responsible for the program, and Secretary/Treasurer Gene Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report. Lion Fritz Landers gave an interesting talk on the U.S. flag during the Civil War.
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Use these preparation and storage "bites" to enjoy the abundant summer produce at its peak of flavor, appearance and safety! Bite 1. Prevent cut fruit from turning brown. Keep cut fruits, such as apples, pears, bananas and peaches, from turning brown by coating them with an acidic juice such as lemon, orange or pineapple juice.
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Walking into a convenience store in Stonewall, Texas, I managed to bang my hand on a display shelf. It was not a big deal, just needed a Band-Aid to keep it from leaking. But as I patched it up, I reflected that it was by far the worst injury I’d had that day.
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I'm the official weather reporter for the City of Mason for the National Weather Service. Every morning, at around 8:00 a.m., I take the high and low temperature readings, rainfall measurements, and the rare snowfall. I record them in logbooks, then I enter them online at the Weather Service website and upload the latest numbers. And that's what drought is really all about, isn't it.
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To the Editor, I’m sure you were as confused as I was after reading Senator Troy Fraser’s column in the July 6 issue of the Mason County News regarding the recently completed legislative session and public school financing. Sen. Fraser stated: "The Texas Legislature increased state funding for public schools by almost $4 billion.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011 • Posted July 13, 2011
Mason , TX—Mason County Extension of the Texas AgriLife Extension, is proud to announce the Friend to Friend: Staying Well Together program on Wednesday, July 20 at 5:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church fellowship hall in Mason.  This free bilingual program’s purpose is to encourage women to get regular mammograms and Pap tests for the early detection of breast and cervical cancer, when the disease is most curable.  For every woman 40 and over, a mammogram is a must!
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Board members of Gooch Cemetery Association invite all interested parties to the annual meeting which will be held at the Fellowship Hall of St. Paul Lutheran Church on July 13th at 9:30 a.m.
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The First Baptist Church of Mason will be holding their vacation bible school July 18th through the 22nd from 9 a.m. until noon eachday. Children from pre-k through 5th grade are welcome to attend. This year’s theme is Beach Blast. We hope to see you there as we plan to have a fabulous time.
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Shores of Grace Ministries coming to River of Life Church on Thursday, July 21st at 7 p.m. Shores of Grace Ministries, led by Nic and Rachael Billman, is a worship and missionary ministry working on the streets of Brazil with the prostitutes, transvestites, homeless and drug addicted. Their message is simple: compassion is the fruit of sonship.
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Former Mason resident Wayne Mikeska, son of Billy Charles and Charlotte Mikeska, recently suffered a major heart attack. He will need a defibrillator within 90 days in order to maintain his life; but, will need a complete heart transplant in order to survive. Friends and family have organized a benefit barbecue to help raise the money needed for these medical procedures.
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Any 7-12th grade boy or girl that is in need of a physical for the 2011-2012 school year may do so again on July 21st at 2:30 pm in the fieldhouse. Dr. Cone will once again be providing these physicals for $5. All incoming 7th/9th/11th boys and girls must have completed a physical prior to participation in practices or contests. Please take advantage of this opportunity if you are in need of one.
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Mason, Texas– On Wednesday, July 20 What: Constituent Outreach Services Where: County Commissioners Courtroom, Mason County Courthouse When: 10 – 11am July 20 th, a member of Congressman Mike Conaway’s (TX-11) staff will be in Mason to visit personally with constituents. This will allow you to share concerns, request help on a federal issue or to ask any questions you may have.
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There will NOT be an American Legion meeting on Thursday, July 14th. For information concerning the programs and/or operation of The American Legion Fort Mason Post #285, please contact Lawrence Spell, Commander, 429-6224, or Mike Shanley, 347-9016. For information on the Ladies Auxiliary, please contact Gail Coldiron, 347-9016.
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The Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Llano County, will be holding a Predator Control Program on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Valley Spring Community Center. A representative from the Texas Department of Agriculture will present a program on disease considerations that predators present to domestic livestock and humans.
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The Charles Modenhauer family will be hosting this year's annual family reunion, at the all new venue, Golden Hub Center, 1009 N. Lincoln St., Fredericksburg. (From downtown Fredericksburg, take Highway 16 (Llano Highway) north, turn right on Mulberry, then turn right on Lincoln). This year's reunion will be held on July 23rd.
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The Round Up festivities began on Thursday evening with the annual Mason County Team Roping. The group posed for a photo together before beginning their competition.
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STEPHENVILLE, TX — Logan Toone of Mason was recently named to Tarleton State University’s Distinguished Students List for the spring 2011 semester. Toone is enrolled at the university’s Stephenville campus, and is majoring in Exercise and Sport Studies. Students on the list include freshman and sophomore students who have a minimum 3.25 grade point ratio (GPR) and no grade lower than a ‘C,’ and juniors and seniors who have a minimum 3.5 GPR with no grade ...
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Don and Karan Watson of Mason, TX are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Devyn Watson of Mason, to Craig Bauman of Llano, TX, son of Charlie and Ada Jo Bauman of Llano, TX. The bride is the granddaughter of Fae Danz and the late Gordon Danz , Bob and Linda Tear, and the late Gene Watson of Mason.
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The MHS class of 1976 gathered for their 35th reunion on Saturday at the home of Andy and Janna (Capps) McBee. Bottom row: Darrell Jordan, Jean Eckert Lange, Janet Geistweidt Moran, Karen Chapman Scantlin, Fred Estes. Middle row: Daniel Hohn, Larry Tatsch, Alesa Latham Sargent, Mark Kruse, Dora Vasquez, Janna Capps McBee, Mark Hey.
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The Goettlieb and Fritz Brandenberger Reunion was Sunday, July 10 at the Doss Community Center. A devotional including memorials for those who have died since the last reunion in 2009, prayers, and the singing of "Gott Ist Die Liebe" was held. A traditional barbeque meal was enjoyed by 96 decendants, families and friends.
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Sara Brown brought this photo of a 1948 youth football team posing in front of the tree that is now the site of the Mason County Library. She knows that her late husband, Elroy, is one of the football players; but, hopes that readers will be able to help identify some of the other young men.
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The Dean's List for the 2011 spring semester has been announced at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. To be eligible for the Dean's List, students must be enrolled full-time and maintain a 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The honorees include the following from the Mason area: Denay A.
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STEPHENVILLE, TX — Tarleton State University’s fall commencement was held May 14, 2011, at Tarleton’s Memorial Stadium. The following candidates have satisfactorily met the university’s requirements for their individual degree programs and have been awarded their diplomas. Honor designations for undergraduate degrees are: Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors), Magna Cum Laude (High Honors) and Cum Laude (Honors). Joshua Felts of Hext graduated from Tarleton ...
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Darlene Jones Brown of Mason passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at the age of 65. "Deaver" is survived by her husband, Jay Michael Brown, son, Jay Michael Brown II, one sister and her husband, Phyllis and George Weber of San Antonio, and one nephew and his wife, Quinn and Cindy Jones of Mason. Darlene was born April 25, 1946 to Phillip and Myrtle Jones.
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A memorial service for Ima Mahdeen Lange, 82, was held Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Woods Street Church of Christ in Sherman, Texas. Mahdeen passed away on Friday, July 1, 2011, at Medical City Hospital of Dallas. Waldo Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Mahdeen was born on July 22, 1928, in Mason, Texas to Howard and Alma (Cleghorn) Burnett.
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Lori Williams Brewer, 49, beloved wife, mother, daughter and sister, passed away on the 4th of July 2011. Her spirit courageously battled cancer, and her life serves as an inspiration to many. Lori is survived by husband, Larry; her daughter, Anna Claire, age 9; her step daughter, Kortni Taft and her husband, Josh.
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Tracy Lee Turner, age 38, of Maryneal, Texas, and formerly Brady, passed away Friday, July 8, 2011at her residence in Maryneal. She was born on October 31, 1972 in Mason, Texas to Edward Lee Keith and Glenda Beth (Crisp) Keith. She married Charles Patrick Turner on April 15, 2000 in Menard.