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August 31, 2011 Issue
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The Mason County Chamber open house will be on Sept. 14th 2011 from 5 p.m.-6 p.m., and they will serve light snacks and drinks. The Chamber wants to give everyone the opportunity to come fellowship and check out the Chamber remodel, all made possible by a grant received by the Mason Community Foundation.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
During their August 22nd meeting, the City Commission acted upon a request by local business, Reigning Cats & Dogs, to change their temporary Conditional Use Permit to a permanent permit.The business had been granted a temporary permit when it first applied just over a year ago. At that time, the Commission decided to wait for a year and review their application.
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The Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country will begin their new year with a member’s potluck luncheon on Wednesday September 7th at the Mason Eckert Civic Center from 12 noon until 1 p.m. This year programs will be held on Wednesdays at the Eckert Civic Center from 12 noon to 1 p.m.
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This Friday will be the first home game for the #4 ranked Punchers. The last time the Punchers played at home in the scrimmage against Blanco, I think they learned that being ranked #4 in the preseason, along with having the Nation’s leading rusher, comes along with a price. Blanco came into the scrimmage as if they were playing in the State Championship game.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
The meetings of the Mason County Commissioners' Court on August 8 and 22 focused almost entirely upon the required budget and tax planning requirements. The Court is on schedule for approval of final documents in September.At their August 8 meeting, the Court approved final plans for redistricting based upon the 2010 census.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
Goodbye, August.Here, we’ll get the door.Hurry up.Get going.But crossing the county line ain’t good enough.Actually, we’d like to drop kick you clean out of Texas.So we’ll drive you to the airport.Send you somewhere up north.Be sure and take the heat with you.And your drouth.Those folks way up yonder could use both.Glad you’re going.Finally.No hard feelings.It’s nothing personal.Even though you did wear out your welcome.Your ceaseless sweltering stay.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
Jokes requiring explanation should be avoided, and so should athletic conferences with numbers in their names. Too many members are here today and someplace else tomorrow.For example, the “Big Ten” now has 12 member schools, and the “Big 12,” ten. Texas A&M University’s continuance in the “Big 12” is tenuous at best.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
Melon can quench your thirst and satisfy your sweet tooth while giving you cancer-fighting benefits. You can find melons most months of the year, but somehow they never taste as delicious and refreshing as they do during the dog days of August.Watermelon. If you’re going to eat watermelon this year, the time is now.
, 2011 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
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Another spectacular week has passed at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. A few visitors braved the heat this week to see the bats leave for the night. There was actually a one hour difference in emergence times just from Thursday to Friday night. The bats are now exiting the cave at about 7:50 P.M.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
Deficiencies of essential vitamins and minerals are the cause of many imbalances in the human body. These deficiencies come from poor dietary habits including too much processed food and not enough high quality fruits and vegetables. What is critical about these deficiencies is that if they are present over the long run, the body will ultimately develop some chronic health problem.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
With the drought have come wildfires all over the state. In light of these conditions, the Texas Forest Service has provided the library with two DVDs about how to protect your home: Wildfire! Preventing Home Ignitions and Protecting Your Home from Wildfire. These DVDs are available for check-out by individuals or organizations.NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries)DVDsSomething BorrowedKung Fu PandaThe SpongeBob SquarePants MovieWall StreetPure CountryAudiobooksA St ...
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
We beseech you Lord for rain. As humans, we know it is going to rain but we are getting a little impatient in its timing. There are many old oak trees showing the stress of the extended lack of moisture. Hopefully, they are going into a kind of hibernation instead of flat out dying.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
Starting in my mid-twenties, I’ve been trying to keep things organized. Organization isn’t a simple task. You have to keep organizing your STUFF. Then in my mid-fifties I learned that I need not only to organize, but to PRIORITIZE!Folks, these two tasks really can keep a person busy. Too, you must keep mentally alert.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
The hot and dry weather continues and most everyone I know around town is praying for rain and looking for cooler temperatures, even if they have to pay the electric costs to keep it cool. Our City wholesale power bill has been going up over 10% each month this summer, and the next set of bills are no exception.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, August 23rd, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 39 members and three visitors in attendance. Lion Jerry Bearden was responsible for the program, and in his absence, Lion Eldon Kothmann introduced Margaret Hoogstra who spoke about the Texas Forts Trail.After U. S.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
Identity theft is the fastest-growing crime in America, affecting half a million new victims each year. Identity theft or identity fraud is the taking of a victim’s identity to obtain credit, credit cards from banks and retailers, steal money from a victim’s existing accounts, apply for loans, establish accounts with utility companies, rent an apartment, file bankruptcy, or obtain a job using the victim’s name.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
When my wife, Jocelynn, and I decided to drive to Ogden, Utah recently to attend the annual conference of the Professional Outdoor Media Association, I did some checking to see what it would cost to fly there. And back. I called a few ticket agencies and it seemed I was being misunderstood.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
In his poem, "Mending Wall," poet Robert Frost noted that "Good fences make good neighbors." In our modern times, it would seem to be sage advice rather than an observation.In one part of the county, people fear another attempt to build power lines to carry wind energy to population centers of the state.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
Dear Editor: Here in West Texas everyone wants to be a cowboy. It's a demanding profession; great cowboys are fiercely independent, hard working individuals. The geat ones are experts. However, a great cowboy will tell you that he is only as good as his horse.There are those who desire to be a cowboy; they wish to be recognized as great cowboys, but they have no horse.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
When anyone starts talking against Christianity and the America I love dearly and helped defend from 1942 (WWII), Korea, Cuban Missile Crisis and Viet Nam you are treading on part of my turf. Being overly tolerant has gotten America into the mess we are in today. My forefathers left England along with many other Christians to escape religious persecution and excessive taxation.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
In Letters to the Editor last week, one of the letters was labeled “Sharia Letters,” to which I will respond. In the context of discussing Sharia Law, D Dianne Eames makes an observation that “there is fear about Sharia Law taking over our legal system.” She speaks of this as though it were some unfounded fear!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
Community members and those persons using the Pontotoc Post office are invited to a meeting at the Pontotoc Community Center, on Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.Please plan to attend to find out how you can participate and support to keep our Pontotoc Post Office open with full services.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 School has started again and hopefully you are settling into the new school year routine! Beginning on Wednesday, September 7, from 5:00- 6:00p.m., First United Methodist Church will host Wonderful Wednesdays for children in grades 1st- 6th.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
Hill Country residents who are living with “low vision,” as well as their caregivers and family members are invited to a free class designed to present practical tools and techniques in meeting the unique challenges of this form of vision impairment.Low vision is defined as a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by medical or surgical intervention and is severe enough to interfere with performance of daily living activities but allows some usable vision.The class will be Tu ...
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
PONTOTOC, TX – The U.S. Postal Service will hold a public meeting to discuss its proposal to make possible changes in the way postal services are provided in Pontotoc. The community meeting will take place at 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Pontotoc Community Center, 17659 College St.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
FREDONIA, TX – The U.S. Postal Service will hold a public meeting to discuss its proposal to make possible changes in the way postal services are provided in Fredonia. The community meeting will take place at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Fredonia Scalehouse Café, 11020 RR 1222.
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Mason’s Cub Scout Pack 281 will hold a Join Scouts Night on Wednesday, September 7, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Mason School Cafeteria. Any boys in grades 1-5 who are interested in joining are invited to come learn more about scouts and sign up for the year. We hope to have a fun-filled year and hope to have you with us!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
Statistics indicated that foodborne illness continues to be a health issue in the United States. Each year, one in four Americans will become sick, one in 1,000 will become hospitalized, and 5,000 will die due to a foodborne illness.Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Gillespie County, is offering a food manager certification training course.
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The Heart of Texas Country Music Museum is hosting an album release party for Texas Country Music Hall of Famer Johnny Bush on Saturday, September 3. The party will be to celebrate the release of his latest CD titled “Who’ll Buy My Memories?” The event is open to the public and will be held from 3:00 PM until 4:00 PM.“Who’ll Buy My Memories?” is a sixteen song project.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
Delta Red Training Group, LLC. announces the opening of its premier defensive and tactical firearms training facility located in the Texas Hill Country near San Saba. Texans have an exciting new opportunity to acquire skills in firearms proficiency, marksmanship and safety.“Record sales in the firearms industry over recent years have resulted in significant growth in gun ownership,” says Bob Rich, co-founder, Delta Red Training Group, LLC.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
The Hill Country CattleWomen will begin their Fall activities with a meeting on September 20th. The meeting will be held at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau Building which is located at 237 Equestrian Drive in Fredericksburg. The Social and Sign In will begin at 10AM and the meeting at 10:30AM with lunch following.
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Pontotoc Vineyard held its annual grape harvest on August 6th and 7th. The vineyard is located in Pontotoc, which coincidentally means “grapes on the vine.” It was a particularily exciting harvest for Pontotoc Vineyard as this is the first year they will make wine rather than sell their tempranillo grapes.
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The members of the MHS class of 1966 attended the 45th year class reunion held July 21st at the Grossville School house. Even with the HOT summer weather everyone enjoyed visiting. The next reunion is planned to take place in three years. Men, from left to right: Paul Toeppich, Allen Eckert, Fred Kettner, Rickey McWilliams, Tommy Durst, Monte Munsell, Brent Lehmberg, Rolly Lumpkins, Duard Dockal, Roger Jordan, and Bob Brandenberger.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
* The board approved Kristy Powell as an adjunct faculty member and recognized 4-H under extra-curricular status. Once new county agent is hired, we will approve that person. * Employee and student handbooks were presented and changes were discussed. * Superintendent’s report—A) Transportation will not be provided to daycare facilities. With reduction in number of bus routes, space must be reserved for students who meet qualifications as route students.B) Enrollment ...
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"On behalf of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc, we are pleased to confirm that Bridget Langdale has won 2 Green SEATED Tickets to the Official Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication Ceremony on Sunday, August 28th, 2011."Wow…an opportunity to be a part of history, I could not wait to go.
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Hospitals have long labored to increase their patient satisfaction scores. And, as hospitals go, the emergency department is one of the toughest areas in which to achieve high rankings.Cara Deike, RN, interim director of Hill Country Memorial’s emergency department (ED), reports that her emergency team is currently in the top one percent of the 1,738 emergency departments across the nation participating in an improvement tracking program run by Press Ganey, a recognized leader in healt ...
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
Help our Mason Elementary School earn credit for free educational equipment by saving your receipts from Super S and turning them into the school and you could win free groceries and an iPod Shuffle. Fill in the entry form below and place it in the collection box in the Elementary School Office or send it to school with your student by January 15 with your receipts for a chance to win a $500 Super S grocery gift certificate and an iPod Shuffle.
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Reid Branson Geistweidt graduated from Fredericksburg High School on June 3, 2011.While at Fredericksburg High School, Reid was active in football and was Academic All District his junior and senior years, and, was Academic All State Football 1st Team his senior year.Reid was also active in basketball and was Academic All District his junior and senior years, and was Academic All State Basketball his senior year.
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Matthew Baze Geistweidt graduated with a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering, specializing in hydraulics and hydrology from Texas A&M University in College Station. Commencement ceremonies were held May 13, 2011.Matt graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M in May, 2009.
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, MCAD Chief Appraiser
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
Beginning next month, individuals seeking to apply for a homestead exemption in Texas will need to comply with a new application process.The recent session of the Texas Legislature imposed regorous new standards of mandatory disclosure for those property owners who apply for any one of several kids of homestead exemptions starting September 1.In order to receive a homestead exemption for property tax purposes, applicants must now provide a copy of their Texas driver's license or Texas state- ...
, Chair, Habitat Selection Committee
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
Mason County Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce that the application process will soon begin for selection of the next local family to partner with Habitat to own their own home. Paul Branch, Habitat President, announced that the Board of Directors has approved construction of the 10th home in Mason County.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
Virginia Bertha Stucke-Gierisch was born May, 23, 1922 to Mr. Robert Benton Stucke and Mrs. Olga Emma Behrens-Stucke. She married Ernest Robert Gierisch, Sr., on January 18, 1941. She passed away on August 22nd., 2011, at the St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, TX. She was preceded in death by: her husband, her three sisters, Joe Vernell Cryer, Ernice Faye Becker, and Fredia Bernice Moore, and one grandson, Darryn Benton Gierisch.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
The fall Puncher Club Golf Scramble took place on Saturday, August 20. Thirty two players teed off the event at 1:00, swinging through the heat of the day. What were we thinking? The Puncher Club raised $2,000 dollars with the help from all our community friends. This year, the golf team is asking for thirteen golf bags and our golfing community took really good care of us.First Place at 14 under; Bob & Carol Dyal, Jenny & Larry Smith and Matt BiggsSecond Place at 13 under; James Toe ...
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011
The Mason Punchers JV opened their 2011 campaign with a victory last Thursday night in the Puncherdome, despite an early defensive setback allowing Harper to score on their first offensive drive. The Punchers responded with a two play drive capped off by a touchdown pass from Miguel Castillo to his brother Luis.