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August 10, 2011 Issue
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Rev. Cliff Krcha was recently appointed Pastor of Art United Methodist Church and Trinity (Castell) United Methodist Church. Pastor Krcha and his wife, Vicki, are residing in the parsonage at Art. Vicki, a registered nurse, will begin work at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg in September. The Krchas have three children: Kimberly and husband, Pierre, of Ft.
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The annual membership meeting of the Mason County Historical Society will be held Tuesday, August 23, in the high school cafeteria, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting features a talk by Betty Dooley Awbrey, author of Why Stop? A Guide to Texas Historical Roadside Markers. Many of you carry this book with you.
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We are all suffering from the very hot temperatures and the lengthy dry spell, and as I noted last week our residents are responding very positively to conserving water in this drought. However, with the extreme heat during the past couple of weeks and the expectation that it will continue for the next several weeks, we are seeing very high usage of electric power in Mason and the surrounding area.
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With record-setting temperatures blanketing most states every day, electric grids are being pushed up to capacity. ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas is asking consumers and businesses to reduce their electricity use during peak electricity hours from 3 to 7 p.m. every day to avert the need for rotating blackouts.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 • Posted August 10, 2011
Water.Agua.Stream.Creek.River.Rio.Ocean.Sea.Mar.Lake.Pool.Tank.Rain.Lluvia.Precipitation.Shower.Puddle.Fountain.Fuente.Mist.Fog.Bruma.Damp.Moist.Wet.Mojado.Green.Blue.Azul.Cold.Cool.Frio.Bubble.Gurgle.Flow.Flujo.Flood.Crash.Thunder.Tronada.Pound.Storm.Drench.Soak.Empapada.Oh, to be sopping wet.Alas.No matter what language,One can still dream.Sueno de borrasca.That’s Mason. Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square.
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He was, by any measure, the most versatile student whose path I crossed during a 40-year career in higher education.Upon completing high school in Toronto, he was off on his bike to “seek his fortune.” This sounds like a nursery rhyme beginning; for Dan Murray, though, it was the real deal.
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Over forty years ago my sister, Cynthia, would tell me stories on our walk to school. Her stories became the focus of my universe. Each day I wondered what exciting scene would draw me into its vortex of mock realism. Each word was given rapt attention as my sister spun wonderful, dreamlike worlds into my reality.
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G is for gallbladder – a storage organ for the bile produced by the liver. Bile is important because it emulsifies fats that we eat and aids in elimination of cholesterol from the body. Bile increases the normal action of the intestines and helps prevent parasitic infection. Bile also carries the toxins gathered by the liver out of the body.Gallbladder function can become impaired for a variety of reasons.
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I know you all know what the weather forecast is for the week and there is nothing new. Keep praying, and praying.People having birthdays next week are Dorris Ann Pierson on the 11th, John Ceynowa on the 12th and Susan Ceynowa on the 18th. Have a really great special day.Kathy Jordan was in San Diego celebrating Lincoln’s and Josh’s birthdays.
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I like reading about weddings. I’m sure Miss Emily Post would flip out seeing the right protocol going down the drain. Really, some are funny. Some are very long and detailed. While others are bal, bal, bal, bal!Does it really matter what the bridesmaids wore? It’s for sure they’ll never wear them again!
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, August 2nd, for its monthly business meeting. There were 35 members and six visitors in attendance. "Boss" Lion #2, Pat Reardon, was responsible for the program, and Secretary/Treasurer Gene Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report.Jim Heath and Joel Kuykendall were installed as new members.
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Several years ago I went to Alaska with some friends, and one of the things we did while we were there was hike up to the Harding Ice Field near Seward. On the way we saw a bear browsing among some berry bushes beside the trail. It was not a huge bear, maybe 500 pounds.
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In the days prior to organized sports, and long before radio or television, people had to determine valid ways in which to entertain themselves. They enjoyed reading, music, dancing, plays... and, they enjoyed talking.There was the usual chit chat and gossip; but, there was also organized conversation exchanges in which people traded ideas and thoughts.
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Who knew Mason county was such a potential hotbed of fundamentalist Islamic threat? Reading the recent front page article relating to a visit here by an expert on the subject, one can only assume this must be the case. I smell a witch hunt wrapped in the flag. I expect there might be people here in Mason of German origin that remember feeling a bit uncomfortable during WWII.
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Last week our grandchildren came to visit their grandparents that live ‘in the real country’ and attend Vacation Bible School. We took them to the Bat Cave where they got to drive across a river, see deer, armadillos, zebras and, of course, millions of bats. They even got to see a white racer snake (like the one in the Snake Master movie) eat two bats!
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An article in last week’s News renewed my concern that there is a great deal of misunderstanding over the recently controversial issue of applying Islamic (sharia) law in American courts. I’d appreciate a chance to share some thoughts on that.Under American law, parties to a private contract have a fair amount of freedom to choose which law will govern their agreement.
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During this, National Health Center Week, I am reminded that the survival and success of the Mason Clinic over the past few decades has depended upon federal tax dollars directed at maintaining and improving healthcare services in medically underserved areas such as ours. The Rural Health Services act of 1977 recognized the inadequate supply of physicians in rural areas and established a system to enable and encourage physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners to practice in r ...
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I was quite surprised to see in last week’s paper that the Republican Women and Tea Party have teamed up to present a speaker on Sharia law and the threat of Islam. Do I need to remind readers that there are Americans who are Muslim, some who have fought and died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 • Posted August 10, 2011
“The greatest form of respect we can give is to walk in someone else’s shoes.” PK Belville Who - Everyone in the community, especially if you have a loved one who has suffered from memory loss. When - Thursday, August 18, 2011, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where - The Wildlife Ranch, 101 College Street, Mason How - Call Ann Scarth, Wesley Nurse, at 347-5983 for your free appointment.
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Football season is finally upon us! Two-a-days began August 1, and the first scrimmage in Ozona is on August 13th. It’s a whole new season and expectations are high.Please mark your calendars. Puncher fans will get a chance to meet their Punchers and the coaches on August 18th after the 5:00 PM home scrimmage against Blanco.
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PTO is sponsoring a Mason Elementary “Back To School/Meet the Teacher Night” on Wednesday, August 17th from 5:30-7:00 at the Elementary and cafeteria area. This will give you a chance to meet your child’s teacher, pick up any pre-ordered school supplies (which will be in your child’s classroom), and see your child’s classroom and school.
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The Mason High School's Varsity Cheerleaders will be selling homemade Ice cream for dessert at the ‘MEET THE PUNCHERS’ night, Thursday, August 18th at 5:00 p.m.All proceeds will be going toward replacing the traditional “Cowgirl” uniform for the cheerleaders!! For more information, contact Tiffany Ake 325-456-8810.
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The Hilda Community Club will have their annual Ice Cream Supper on August 19th, at 6:30 p.m. Hosts for the event are Larry and Dian Willmann. Members are asked to bring their favorite ice cream or sweets. We hope you can join us for an evening of good fun and fellowship.
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Even though we are all suffering under the sweltering heat of August and the previous summer months, August brings with it the excitement of new opportunities and change! That's the feeling that is aroused when you look at the August worship opportunities at St. Paul.On the first Sunday of August, we experienced a traditional worship service, with the blessing of Holy Communion.
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On August 18th, be at Sandstone Cellars Winery, where history is made, as well as wine! Great musicians gather on the old front porch of the rustic pioneer-style building and share rapturous Texas music. The hills and the rivers, the granite and clean air- all part of a lovely visit to Mason Texas, the Topaz capital of the USA.
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Live pari-mutuel horse racing returns to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds in Fredericksburg on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13-14.Also taking place that weekend will be several livestock shows as well as a Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday, Aug. 14.The gates open at 11 a.m. and post time is 12 noon on Saturday and 1 p.m.
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In spite of the blistering heat during the 2011 Mason Round-Up Parade, the Mason County SWCD “Billy Bingo Goat” managed to uphold his obligation in record time. Seconds after being released into the gridded area, Mr. Goat paused and did his business in the lucky square belonging to Brenda Kothmann.
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Jan Appleby and Jane Hoerster recently attended the Wild West History Association’s annual meeting in Cody, WY. They learned all about William Cody, a.k.a. Buffalo Bill, as well as many interesting facts about the town of Cody. There were many excellent speakers at the meeting and Jane and Jan both came back with lots of new history books!
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Folks in water conservation try to avoid using the dreaded D word, instead opting for a gentler term such a rainfall-challenged, moisture-deficient or just plain dry. But the fact is, we are in a drought and it’s a severe one.The driest year on record in this area according to our database was 1954 with a total annual rainfall of 8.67”.
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As a dog trainer, if I had a nickel for every time I heard that comment in the first week of a new obedience class, I’d be, well, let’s put it this way - I wouldn’t be buying lottery tickets anymore! Reigning Cats & Dogs’ newest graduates were no different, except I heard that comment right up until the week before graduation!Patsy Zesch and her boxer, Avery, and Jan Strickland, with her dachschund Tucker, made liars out of themselves as their dogs DID do it - as ...
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Mom’s Day Out, located at the First Baptist Church, is getting ready for Fall registration during the month of August. There will be some changes with extended hours from 8:30-3:30 on Tuesday and Thursday, and new Bible based curriculum. If anyone is interested in enrolling their child/children please call Camilla at FBC mon-thurs 10:00a.m-5:00p.m at 347-5219 for more information.
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The Mason High School class of 1956 celebrated their 55th year class reunion June 4th, 2011, at the old Hill Top Restaurant. A 5:00 o’clock dinner was served to 47 class members and spouses. A good time was had by all. The back row standing are, Margie Wienecke Oehler, Shirley Johnson Simmons, Karl Stengel, Phyllip Schmidt, Tommy Jordan, Rocky Nicholson, Barbara Kothmann Pluenneke, Ray Jordan, Thurman Black, Douglas “Fluggy” Gauntt, Linda Frenzel Dockal, 2nd row standing, Patt ...
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All families are encouraged to complete the application for free or reduced price school meals. Parents may come in at any time the week of August 8 – 12 and August 15-20 between the hours of 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Students who meet the guidelines are eligible for free or reduced price meals may be eligible for other programs for the 2011-12 school year.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 • Posted August 10, 2011
It’s that time again! Parents of Mason High School students will receive a packet in the mail next week, which includes high school registration information and necessary forms which need to be completed and returned to school on the day of registration. If there are any questions, staff members will be available to help you on the day of registration.
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On Wednesday, August 31, 2011, the Mason County Clerk's office will begin the processing of brand renewals.The recording fee will be $15 per brand, per location. Please understand that more than one person can have the same brand, just not in the same location. In the state of Texas, all brands have to be registered every 10 years.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 • Posted August 10, 2011
Stanley Goff, of Mason, passed away on Monday, August 1, at the age of 61. Mr. Goff is survived by his parents Herbert and Juanita Goff, of Mason, a son Jerrod Goff and wife Annie of Frisco, a sister Melinda Hoover and husband David of Colorado City and one grandson Cameron Goff.
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Pre-Season Conditioning workouts continued this week for the Mason Punchers as they prepare for their first scrimmage on Saturday morning. The Puncher Varsity and Junior Varsity will travel to Ozona for a 10:00 a.m. matchup. Fans are encouraged to make the trip and watch the action.
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The Mason High School cross country season will kick off Monday, August 15, 2011. Any athletes interested in running on the 2011 cross country team should report to the track at 7:00 p.m. Monday evening.
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A meeting is scheduled for all 7th and 8th grade athletes that intend to play football this fall. The meeting will be held Tuesday August 16th in the Junior High gym, at 5:30 p.m. Parents are also asked to attend to go over athletic policy, travel, and athletic expectations. Athletes will be assigned lockers, equipment will be issued, and schedules will be distributed.
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The Comanche Creek Ladies Golf Association Championship Tournament was held this past weekend. It was held in conjunction with the Annual Comanche Creek Club Championship Tournament. Despite the hot weather, we had a good turnout and everyone survived!The winnner of the 1st flight was Rita Ash with a gross score of 94 and Cynthia Bauer had a net of 72.Nancy Laycock won the 2nd Flight with a gross of 98 and Sherrie Patrick had a net of 80.