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August 24, 2011 Issue
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011 • Photos
Hyman and Angel Arredondo are proud to announce the grand opening of Tacos Locos 4 Ever. Their doors opened to the public July 26, 2011. Tacos Locos 4 Ever is a food concession trailer that is stationed at 1017 Ft. Mckavitt (Highway 87 North), just across from Ft. McKavett Inn.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011 • Photos
Last Thursday’s Virtual Dementia Tour presented by the Wesley Nurse Hill Country Team was a success on many planes. Participants were actually able to “walk in the shoes of dementia”. Family members, caregivers, friends & public servants were among those who wanted to experience the tour. Deep emotions were stirred within participants as noted by comments that they felt more compassion, understanding, sympathy & empathy towards those suffering dementia & their c ...
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011 • Photos
The game in Harper on Friday has been moved to 8:00. The Harper folks have notified Mason that they plan on having Parents' Night on Friday, necessitating the later start time.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
Thursday, September 1st 4:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Bloodmobile at the Fire Station Each donor will receive: —FREE scoop of ice cream courtesy of PJ’s Ice Cream Parlor —Snack Size Bag of Julio’s Corn Chips – courtesy of Julio’s —Blue Bell Coupon for a pint of ice cream —points in the Hero in Me Rewards Program —FREE cholesterol check —Entry into the Daily Drawings: < ...
, Edited by Mike Innis
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011 • Photos
COLLEGE STATION – The historic Texas drought has led to a record $5.2 billion in agricultural losses, making it the most costly drought on record, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service economists.“The drought of 2011 will have a lasting impact on Texas agriculture,” said Dr. Travis Miller, AgriLife Extension agronomist and a member of the Governor’s Drought Preparedness Council.“This drought is ongoing,” said Dr.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
As the saying goes:If you don’t like Texas weather…Wait 20 minutes.That’s what they used to say.As in, past tense.Because those days have passed.Now temperatures rise to 100 degrees or higher.Every day.And no change.Not in 20 minutes.Not in 20 hours.Not in 20 days.In fact, it’s more than 70 days now.A record-breaking spell.Seventy-plus days of triple digit temperatures.And little to no rain.Even a jackrabbit carries bottled water.What’s a body to do?Nuthin.&rsq ...
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
Expect cures for the common cold, erasure of national debt, and world peace before recipients of written invitations REALLY KNOW senders’ actual intent.In some cases “deep-down druthers” are really pretty shallow. Take graduation invitations, for example. “Inviters” in four-cornered caps graduating from “this to that” typically are more interested in invitees’ gifts than their attendance.Preferably cash….* * * * * Some invitations ...
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
Now that the kids are back in school, I want to remind you of the important role nutrition plays in assuring kids a successful school year. Nutrition and learning go hand in hand. Kids who are nutritionally fit are more likely to have the energy, stamina and self-esteem that enhance their ability to learn.
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You will never guess WHOOOOO showed up at the early morning return of the bats on Saturday, August 20th. As we started up the trail from the parking lot to the seating area, we heard what was at first believed to be a small animal in great distress. The closer that we got to the seating area, the louder the sound became.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
It is back to school time. Start the day with a good breakfast. Include something with protein – like sausage, egg or even peanut butter. Think about feeding foods that will last your child until lunch time without huge swings in blood sugar. The worst breakfast is one that is too high in sugar and refined grains such as corn or white flour.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
Now that school has started, parents and students may be looking for homework help or information for research papers. If you go to our website, you will see a link to TexShare Databases. Three databases are particularly designed for students: Searchasaurus targets elementary age students; EBSCO Kids Search is specifically for primary and middle school ages; and EBSCO Student Resource Center is geared for grades 6-12 (When I was teaching, my students found EBSCO Student Resource Center extre ...
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
Continue to pray for rain. The drought is becoming a real blessing to us as we increase in faith and prayer. We realize that God has a plan for us and the world. Keep strong in your relationship with God. God is great; God is good. Pray and have faith.People celebrating anniversaries this week are Sam and Maribelle Hoerster on the 19th and John and Susan Ceynowa on the 23rd.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
The “Yellow Limo” made its rounds today. Summer is over. Maybe for vacations and the likes, but not for the weather. I have a problem with stores and their products. You find something that’s really good and/or it really works and they discontinue them!?? If they are good and folks buy them, why discontinue making and selling that product?Cleaning items, they don’t discontinue them, they just water them down.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, August 16th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 37 members and nine visitors in attendance. Lion Gaylon Thorn was responsible for the program, and introduced Lucy Ybarra, Executive Director of the West Texas Lions Eye Bank.The West Texas Lions Eye Bank Alliance, which is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide corneas to surgeons for transplant for those in need of restored sight.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
People used to ask me, when my wife was expecting, whether I wanted a boy or a girl. It was a silly question, as if I had a choice. You take what you get. So I would always say I wanted a baby. I thought it was funny at the time.
, Courtesy MP Duffy
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
As “The Practical Baker,” I try to present to you recipes that really are “practical.” Our grocery shopping options are very few, and to give you a recipe that requires you to take a trip to a “big box” grocery store in Fredericksburg, Kerrville, or heaven forbid, Austin or San Antonio, would be unacceptable!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
As of last week, an approaching complication in the lives of folks in the Katemcy area became a reality. Proppant published the first of their notices in the paper announcing their intention to construct a sand mine in the middle of the community.When the initial land purchases were being made almost a year ago, the general assumption was that it might be up to five years before they actually began moving forward with the steps necessary to make the project a reality.
, Graduate Germologist (GIA)
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
I’ve read your letters, and understand there is fear about Sharia law taking over our legal system. You make the argument that there is separation of church and state in our country. That in Muslim countries church and state operate hand in hand, and you don’t want that to happen here.Well, guess what, I have the same fear, but my fear is not about Muslims, it’s about some Christians that are actively trying to push their religion more and more into our government.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
More sand pits are coming to Mason County! This is really exciting. It is expected this will dramatically increase the tourism to our county. A family can now go to one county in the U. S. of A. and gaze on a bountiful supply of beautiful sand piles and cranes.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
Dear Gerry, Last week’s letters on the threat of Sharia Law were real eye-openers. I’m sorry to have missed Ms. O’Brien’s presentation.The most disturbing revelation was that the Muslim Brotherhood is quietly grooming politicians from city council on up for the purpose of making us the 4th Caliphate. Could that happen in Mason?That got me thinking about the city closing the swimming pool early.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
The Mason 4-H Club is reminding all exhibitors that want to show sheep or meat goats in any major show in 2012, to get in the number of validation tags that they will need. We need a count for all exhibits by August 26, 2011. The order for these state tags must be in the State office by September 2, 2011.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
The Texas Trappers and Fur Hunters Association will be hosting a rendezvous in Junction on October 14 and 15, 2011, which the Texas Department of Agriculture is expected to approve for CEU’s for pesticide applicators. We have applied for 4 IPM credits on Friday and 3 IPM credits on Saturday; final determination by the TDA is pending.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
A weekend steeped in tradition and filled with activities for all ages is planned Thursday through Sunday, August 25-28, as part of the 123rd Gillespie County Fair in Fredericksburg.Set for the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, the four-day exposition is sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc. and features live pari-mutuel horse racing, carnival and midway, music and dancing, displays of agricultural and home products, livestock competitions, parade, queen’s ...
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
Are you looking for a safe, fun and enriching afterschool program for your K-8th grade students? The ACE program offers all this and more beginning on August 29th. We meet immediately after school Monday through Thursday (at 3:15 for K-4th and at 3:30 for 5th -8th) and the program ends at 6:15.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
There is mounting interest in opposing the Katemcy Sand Plant. It has been decided it is a good idea to have a meeting to discuss the application for Proppant Specialists’ Air Permit, share information about frac sand plants, and develop a plan of opposition to confront the situation within the time frames laid out by Proppant’s permitting processes.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011 • Photos
L-R: Jan Appleby, Scott Zesch, Linda Laury, & Jane Hoerster, Mason County Historical Commission members, visited the Old Pontotoc Cemetery recently. The cemetery was abandoned in 1888 following a typhoid epidemic which took many lives in the Pontotoc area and filled up the cemetery. It has been neglected for many years and plans are underway by the Historical Commission to clean and restore the cemetery and apply for a Texas Historical Cemetery Designation.
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The ongoing drought has reduced vineyard yields; but, the fruit promises to be some of the finest to come out of Mason County vineyards in years. This harvest at Drew Tallent's fields in Camp Air last week were of the Petit Verdot grapes which Becker Winery uses in its super premium "Raven"
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
Local citizens are collecting funds to help the families of the Navy SEALs that were recently killed in Afghanistant. This elite SEAL community is in much need of funds to assist the 22 families of these fallen heroes.A fund has been established at: First Financial Bank - San Angelo 301 W. Beauregard San Angelo, TX 76903 or, First Financial Bank - San Angelo 3471 Knickerbocker Rd. San Angelo, TX 76904C hecks may be made to: Fund for the ...
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
For the last seven years, Mason ISD has been a recipient of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers federal grant. For the first five years, the program served the elementary and junior high schools. For the last two years, we began including the high school level – but with a twist!
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We had a great time at the 4-H Enrollment Night/Pool Party on August 1. We enjoyed supper, filled out enrollment forms, and had a great time in the city pool. Thanks to everyone who attended!! If you still need to enroll in 4-H (this needs to be done every year) please come by the Extension office at 505 Moody Street (In the Historical Building with the Senior Center) any morning and Martha or Kristy will help you sign up.
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Hello, my name is Spencer Bierschwale. I had the opportunity this summer to be a cadet at the Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade. It was a great experience to learn more about the conservation of the Bobwhite Quail. I would like to share with you in this article more about what I learned.There are four main components needed for the survival of the Bobwhite quail and all species of wildlife: water, food, shelter, and space.
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Chase Cooper, son of Mark and Kim Cooper, was the valedictorian of the Junction High School class of 2011. He is the grandson of Roy and Sheila Cooper, and great-grandson of Clara Velma Starks and Viletha Cooper. Chase has received numerous academic awards during his four years of high school and participated in football, tennis, the Spanish Club and One Act Play.
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James Treg Hudson Jr., son of Treg and Natalie Hudson and grandson of Sam and Maribelle Hoerster 111, Wendy Hudson and Jim and Lise Hudson of Austin graduated from Hardin Simmons University on May 14, 2011 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Spanish. After graduation James traveled to Prague, Czech Republic to complete a program called Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
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K.C. and Yuna Mun proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Michelle Dajung Mun. Michelle was born on Friday, July 29, 2011, in the Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg. She weighed seven pounds, 2.4 ounces, and was 20 inches in length. K.C. has stated that anyone coming in to the Mason Post Office can see even more pictures of his new daughter!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011 • Photos
Three young Mason ladies graduated on Saturday, August 20, 2011, from the Central Texas College Vocational Nursing program in Brady, Texas. Left to right: Nikki Palacio, Hope Gomez and Rheannon Wartenbach.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011 • Photos
A fire at the Blockhouse Ranch in northwest Mason County required responses from fire fighters in almost all neighboring counties. The fire was contained by early Friday morning; but, reflared multiple times. Another fire on Tri-County Road on Saturday also made use of the support of surrounding fire departments.
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Over 500 Hill Country energy consumers gathered in the Fredericksburg High School Auditorium on August 16, as Central Texas Electric Co-op hosted its 64th Annual Members’ Meeting. CEO Robert A. Loth III welcomed them and introduced Board President Michael Randolph and the ten other CTEC directors in attendance. Reverend Bill Treude, retired Methodist pastor, provided an invocation.
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Alma Mae (Loeffler) Powell, age 91, went to be with our Lord on Friday, August 12, 2011. She was born March 22, 1920 to Dan and Meta (Itz) Loeffler in Mason, Texas. She was baptized at Hilda Lutheran Church on May 16, 1920, and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Mason on August 11, 1935.
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Alma Williams passed away on Tuesday, August 16, at the age of 90. She was born in Westhoff on July 28, 1921, to Max Grutzmacher and Meta Roehl Grutzmacher.Alma is survived by a son Gerald Seim and wife Judy of San Marcos, a sister Stella Maddox of Austin, four grandchildren Janet Dudley and husband Matt of San Antonio, Erinn Seim of Eugene, OR, Jessica Davis of Austin, Travis Davis of Austin and four great-grandchildren Madison and Matthew Dudley and Hunter and Cali Davis.
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Milton Samuel Eckert was born May 5, 1925, at Grossville in Mason County to Wesley Louis Eckert and Meta Gross Eckert. He passed away August 14th, 2011, in Fredericksburg, Texas at the age of 86 years.Milton attended Long Mountain Schools at an early age, speaking only German, and then graduated from Mason High School.
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Edna Earle Johnson Benton died on August 16, 2011, at the age of 90 at her home in Mason, Texas. She was the youngest child of Nathaniel (Nace) J. Johnson and Cary Sophie Johnson, born on October 20th, 1920, on the family ranch in Menard County. She graduated from Sul Ross University and always held the area of Alpine, Fort Davis and the Davis Mountains in highest regard and made her latest trip there with her daughters for her 90th birthday in October 2010.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
Virginia Bertha Stucke-Gierisch, age 89, passed away at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, TX, on Monday, August 22nd., 2011. A visitation will be held this Wednesday, August 24th., from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., at Gentry Funeral Home, of Mason. Funeral services will be held this Thursday, August 25th., beginning at 10:00 a.m., in St.
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Ezra Glen Cook of Pontotoc, Texas passed on to be with the Lord on August 17, 2011, at the age of 88. He was born May 18, 1923, in Alpine, Texas, to Lottie (Yeager) Cook and Ezra Cook.He met and married Cliffa Gene Lange, July 31, 1942 while she was attending Sul Ross State Teachers College in Alpine.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
Julius DeVos, of Mason, passed away at the Knopp Nursing Home in Fredericksburg on Sunday, August 21, 2011, at the age of 88. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby. He is survived by a son Kenneth DeVos of Fredericksburg, a daughter Sharon Lake and husband Terry, of Haywood,California, two grandsons Kevin DeVos of Buda and Doug DeVos and wife Jessie of Bay City, and a sister Martha DeVos of Illinois.Julius was a Navy veteran of World War II, a civil engineer, rancher, and author of ten ...
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011
A very kind, sweet, generous and gentle soul joined Jesus in heaven on Saturday, August 20, 2011, after a very long struggle with severe health problems. Winnard was born July 8, 1938 in Mason County, Texas. He passed away peacefully at home with his wife and two sisters by his side.He graduated from Texas Tech University with a Master’s degree in geology.