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September 14, 2011 Issue
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This is one of the more difficult and complicated stories I have had to write, for a number of reasons. The first is that I believe it is important to always try and keep some distance between covering a story and being a part of it. In this situation, I did not have that choice.
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Please join us on Wednesday, September 21st, at noon, in the Stribling Room to hear this informed, interesting, and entertaining speaker. Reservations are required call Maribelle Hoerster, 429-6369 or Jerrie Owens 347-5623 by Saturday, September 17th.Borah Van Dormolen is no ordinary person. She is an accomplished soldier, business person, Republican political leader, legislative advocate, athlete, and community leader.
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Artists, musicians, and writers will set up around the square in Mason on Saturday, September 24, to tout their wares, sell their paintings and books, and sing their songs, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Area artists will set up on the sidewalks of Mason Square, in front of the shops.
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Hot.Hot, hot, hot.Like a broken record.Dry.Dry, dry, dry.Like a broken record.No wonder there’s never been peace in the Middle East.Debbie Armstrong pointed that out.Talk about a broken record.Everybody’s hot and cranky.All the time.No greenery.Everything’s brown.Even the architecture.Hot sand.Hot wind.No relief.Ever.And they know it.So they bicker and bully and blow up.Literally.Step aside, Obama.Here’s the solution.Install a Mega-Mister.You know, like they have in o ...
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I love fresh green beans, and since I was able to get some at our local grocery store the other day, I thought I’d tell you what I do with them. Hopefully you are lucky enough to have some fresh from your (or a neighbor’s) garden, but with the drought that may not be very likely.
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Don’t forget, Story Time has resumed on Fridays from 10:00-11:00 A.M. If you missed Mozelle Palmer’s storytelling performance as the Reading Cat last Friday, you missed a real treat—she did a fantastic job! We will also be showing two more movies in September. The Fox and the Hound will show on Monday, September 19 at 3:45 P.M.
, 2011 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
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When my grandson, Jordan, was very young I would read a book to him about a little train that couldn’t get up a hill despite repeated attempts. The little train did not give up trying and finally succeeded at it. This last week at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve I was given inspiration to write a book.
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Mental Clarity and Memory are two things that most people assume that they will lose with age. Many people suffer memory loss due to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain. The brain along with every other cell in the body is fed by our blood, the “life” of the body.
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Whatever it was that Mother Nature interpreted as efforts to fool her, deepest apologies are offered. The topic is broached only at summer’s end, when the torrid heat now is mostly a dismal memory. Most of us have endured more than two months of 100+ temperatures, and only recently have we managed weak smiles when friends pose the tired old “hot enough for you?” question.Truth is, I’ve filed away some “hot” stories, figuring you are “up to here&rdquo ...
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This is the first of what we hope to be a series of monthly articles about the life and times of the Erna/Leon Valley area. Of course, the top of Erna Hill is the vantage point for the SE corner of Menard County and western Mason County and the very tipe of northeast Kimble County.
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The devastation in Bastrop is terrible. My daughter in law's school has fifty present of their students without homes and seventeen teachers who lost their homes. This may not be the final total.On to a more fun note. The Annual Monkey Hunt at the Greater State of Grossville was held and all had fun.
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The weather has cooled off a few degrees and it is finally pleasant to open the windows in the evening again, but the sky is still cloudless and the dry breeze continues to suck the moisture out of the ground. The City of Mason, like virtually all of Central Texas, is suffering through one of the worst drought years in recorded history.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, August 30th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 36 members and two visitors in attendance. Lion Thom Canfield was responsible for the program, and introduced Cam Kleibrink, Executive Director of Frontera Healthcare Network. Also present were Sherry Alexander, P.A., and David Hoerster, M.D.
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Thank you all for your support and all of your donations for the Firefighters and fire victims in Bastrop TX, this has been a very sad and heart breaking event for our great state. We will continue to make trips to Bastrop for as long as those folks are in need.
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Ron White likes to say you can’t fix stupid, and that’s funny, but it’s also pretty deep. It means that no matter how much education people get, if they’re stupid to begin with, they’ll still be stupid when they’re educated. Ignorance can be corrected, but stupidity is forever.There is a big difference between being educated and being smart.
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On Monday, the Commissioners' Court met from 9:00 a.m. till 3:45 p.m. The City of Mason met from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Meanwhile, back at the office, the emails were pouring in and the handwritten submissions were piling up on my desk.By the time I got back to the office after the City meeting, I had enough work to take up an entire day.
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Years ago in the TV series - Dragnet - Sgt Friday in his line of work was quoted as saying "Just the facts Masm Just the facts." Nothing added and nothing deleted.When anyone - by their own words - proclaims themselves as the supreme authority to put anything to rest (bed) - we should take that with a grain of salt (no offense intended to the salt).The Scriptures say, "Man or woman say or do what they believe - But, is God convinced."All the signs indicate the day of reckoning gets nearer ea ...
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Rick Perry and the Texas legislature cut state funding for the volunteer fire departments for 2012-2013. Volunteer departments already facing financial strain are now facing their funding being drastically trimmed from $109.2 million to $75.4 million. (These numbers are from the budget for Texas Forest Service appropriations.) To add to this, many are predicting the drought will continue or even worsen next year.
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In response to Helen Liston’s letter in this last week’s Mason County News, I am stunned by any claim she makes that she would “lay to bed” (put to rest), “the annual squabbling about whether or not this is a Christian nation founded by Christians.” By all means, I will suggest to Helen that she give serious consideration to certain matters.
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This letter is in response to the public notification of the request for air quality permit by Proppant Specialists outlining their intention to build an industrial sand plant that is to be located on Ranch Road 1222 near Katemcy, TexasTo the Mason County citizens, business owners, and land owners, please know how opposed our Camp Air/Katemcy/Fredonia/Pontotoc communities are to this plant.
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On Sep. 24, 2011, at 8 a.m., right off the Mason Square, next to the old jail house, the Mason Lions Club will hold their 5 annual 5K/ 10K run/walk, The Gem of the Hill Country. The cost is $20.00 per person and $15.00 for students. Come on out and support them.
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On Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 3:00 p.m., the 61st Annual Llano River Valley German Hymnfest will be held at the Art United Methodist Church, located on Texas Highway 29, 7 miles east of Mason, Texas. The service is held annually to celebrate the faith of the early German settlers in the Llano River Valley, and to preserve the inspiration of German hymns.
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The Mason Education Foundation Washer Pitching Tournament has been scheduled for October 8 (the second Saturday in October).Mark your calendars now to attend this annual fundraiser for the Foundation.
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MON., Sept. 19: The Fox and the Hound 3:45 P.M. Rated “G” Run Time: 83 Min. Mon., Sept. 26: Cats and Dogs 3:45 P.M. Rated “PG” Run Time: 87 Min.
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The Mason County Garden Club will meet on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. in the M. Beven Eckert Room of the Mason County Library.The featured program will be presented by Bill Luedecke, well-known gardening speaker, and author of the monthly Mason County News column, The Hill Country Gardener.The club invites anyone interested in the challenges and joys of gardening in the Texas Hill Country to join us for this informative gathering.Want to share? Gardening tips Leadership skills ...
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The Wesley Nurse is proud to announce another free bilingual community event at First United Methodist Church fellowship hall in Mason, Thursday, September 22 at 5:30 p.m. This program’s purpose is to help the public better understand hospice services. This event will offer participants an opportunity to get the most up-to-date information on the Medicare hospice benefit, the new crisis care program offered by VistaCare, palliative care & eligibility of those seeking hospice.
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A night of professional bull riding is coming to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds in Fredericksburg on Saturday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m. when the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., sponsors the Second Annual Fredericksburg PBR. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the opening ceremonies start at 7:30 p.m.
, The American Legion
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On the third Friday of September each year, Americans pause to remember those valiant servicemen and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great country but who still lie in foreign soil. According to the Department of Defense, more than 81,800 service personnel are still considered M.I.A., Missing in Action.
, The American Legion
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On September 17th, Americans celebrate the creation of the US Constitution, which has guided the course of our great nation for more than 220 years. On this day in 1787, the US Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign this document that they had created, based on the rule of law and dedicated to the preservation of personal liberty, political freedom, economic opportunity, and the natural rights with which we are all endowed by our Creator.Unfortunately today, America stands a ...
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Llano, Texas– On Wednesday, September 21, 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. What: Constituent Outreach ServicesWhere: County Commissioners Courtroom Mason County Courthouse When: 10 – 11am September 21st, 2011
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On Saturday, September 24th, the Salvation Army’s new Kroc Center in Kerrville will host “Doing the Right Thing,” a special event via webcast featuring Chuck Colson. The Program will explore the ethical crisis in our nation and how we as a society can do what is right even in the face of powerful temptations and incentives to do what is wrong.Colson will be joined by a panel of distinguished speakers including Dr.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 • Posted September 14, 2011
The Mason County Library's next Brown Bag Lunch has been scheduled for Thursday, September 22nd.The guest speaker will be Catherine Bonner from the Bluebonnet Wellness Center in Valley Spring, Texas. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic, Licensed Acupuncturist, and Applied Clinical Nutritionist. She will speak from 12:00-1:00 in the Stribling Room at the Library.
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Relationships can be the most wonderful gift. Relationships between spouses. Relationships between friends. Relationships within blended families. God has given us the precious gift of relationships that when nurtured in love can be extremely rewarding. However, relationships take effort. Hilda United Methodist Church is offering a free half-day program to help couples better understand how to nurture and care for their relationships.
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Approximately 100 members of the Pontotoc community attended a meeting on Saturday, September 10th to express their strong desire to keep the Pontotoc Post Office from closing. Ernest Jones, Manager Post Office Operations, Area 3 explained that this is just one step in a multi-step process and indicated he would make suggestions favorable to Pontotoc.
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The youth of Iglesia Bautista, El Divino Salvador, enjoyed a fun-filled day Saturday, August 27, at Six Flags, Fiesta Texas in San Antonio. Accompanying the youth on their trip were the pastor of the church, Art Nelms and his wife Vickie. The youth are already planning next year’s trip with much enthusiasm.
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The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club will resume regular monthly meetings after the summer break on September 19 at 2:00 p.m. in the Richard P. Eckert Civic Center. The speaker will be Melanie Canfield who will inform members about the dual credit program at Mason High School and the need for community support.
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Do you want to spend one hour a week to make a difference in the life of a child? Do you want to make a contribution to a child’s life that cannot be measured? The answer for you can be as simple as volunteering to mentor a child.A short and individual training program is given to each mentor.
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Civil Air Patrol, the volunteer civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force, is recruiting members for the Cadet program in Fredericksburg. The Fredericksburg Cadet Squadron started in October 2005, and another Basic Cadet Training class is now forming. Young men and women from the ages of 12 to 18 receive training in leadership, aerospace, emergency services, basic military drill and discipline.
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The Reading Cat visited the M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library on Friday, September 9 and put on quite a performance for our Story Time! Then, she revealed her identity—Mason first-grader Mozelle Palmer! Hopefully, the Reading Cat will make an encore appearance.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 • Posted September 14, 2011
It is that time of the year again for school to start and for us as parents and a community to support our future generation. There are many ways to show support for the youth in our local school. Due to the recent economic situation of our nation, and the recent budget cuts with our education system, our faculty and students are going to need us now more than ever!
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On September 15th, be at Sandstone Cellars Winery, downbeat at 7PM! Gather on the old front porch of the rustic pioneer-style building and share the lovely fall weather with friends near and far! Texas music is on the move. The town of Mason Texas is preparing for the autumn harvest, apples, wine and song.
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We are a people whose days and activities are measured by time. Sometimes we feel like it's hard to make time for everything. In Ecclesiastes, chapter 3, Solomon observed that there is a time for everything. This makes me think of the seasons and how life is always changing. What a sweet blessing the cool breezes we have recently experienced have been!
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Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country members began the new year with a pot luck luncheon and a look at their new 2011-2012 yearbook. The next event for the organization will be a Creative Session, “Get Back Into the Art Groove-All Media Welcome” at the Mason Eckert Civic Center from 10 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
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Payne Graydon Fry is pleased to announce the birth of his sister, Piers-Louise Storey Fry, six pounds, eleven ounces, 19 inches long, born July 15, 2011, in San Antonio, Texas. She is welcomed by her parents, Matt and Bridget Fry, grandparents Stephanie Storey and Ray Villarreal, Neely Lyles, Lonna and Billy Trahan and Tommy Fry, great grandmothers Shirley Beth Lyles, Fran Ball and Mary Jean Fry, aunt and uncles, Dustin and Tricia Herschap,Benjamin Lyles and Luke Fry.
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KERRVILLE, Texas—Schreiner University of Kerrville has named Eloy Rico of Mason to its Dean’s List. Rico, son of Eloy Rico Sr., was named to the roster of high-achieving students for the spring 2011 term. To qualify for the Dean’s List, full-time students must earn at least a 3.3 grade point average and have at least 12 hours credit for the term.Schreiner University is an independent coeducational liberal arts university related by choice and covenant to the Presbyterian Ch ...
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Reverend Lamar C. Leifeste, age 93, of Brady, passed away Friday, August 19, 2011 in Brady. He was born on September 9, 1917 in Castell, Texas, to Arthur Frederick Leifeste and Agnes Pthania (Matern) Leifeste. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945. He married Joan Sturman on August 28, 1948, in San Antonio.
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Joan Sturman Leifeste, age 82, of Brady, passed away Thursday, September 1, 2011, at her residence in Brady. She was born on May 20, 1929 in Los Angeles “Hollywood” California to Aaron Austin “Jack” Sturman and Emma Grace (LeFevre) Sturman. She graduated from Alamo Heights High School and attended Southwestern University in Georgetown.
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Al Johnson, of Fredericksburg, passed away on Saturday, August 27, at the age of 80. Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife Nancy Johnson, of Fredericksburg, 2 daughters Alison Jane Johnson Huff of Sugarland and Kimberly McKay Johnson of Fredericksburg. He is also survived by a sister Carolyn Hope Hildebrand and husband Kelly of Kerrville, 2 brothers Rex Johnson and wife Cappy of Rocksprings and Jerry Johnson and wife Judy of London, 2 grandchildren Amanda Kathryn Huff and Dillon Locket Huff.
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The Punchers head into their open week with three notches in the belts after downing the Comfort Bobcats last Friday, 48-24.The Comfort team never backed off from their challenge of the Punchers during Friday's game in Comfort, and their score reflects the talent they brought to the game. Fortunately for Mason fans, the Punchers were up to the challenge and came home victorious.In the first quarter, David Mora scored early on a 45 yard run, then Rio Schmidt added the kick for a score of 7-0. ...
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 • Posted September 14, 2011
When the Mason Punchers rolled into Comfort on Friday of last week, there were a couple of questions on the minds of the Puncher faithful. We knew from last year that Comfort was going to be a good test to see exactly where we stand. We watched in pregame warm-ups and saw the athleticism, size and speed of the Bobcats.
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The Punchers JV collected their third win of the season over the Comfort Bobcats. The Punchers put together a 42-6 victory last Thursday night with an impressive offensive and defensive effort. Some impressive efforts to note were Darron Del Torro on the offensive side of the ball stepping in for the injured Kyle Zavala.
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The 7th and 8th grades played host to the visiting teams from Comfort last Thursday evening. Both games were the season opener for the Junior High.In the 7th Grade game, Comfort started the contest, which was conducted as a scrimmage, by moving down the field with their spread offense. Mason allowed three first downs before slamming on the brakes and forcing Comfort to go three and out.
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The varsity Punchers and Cowgirls competed in the San Saba Invitational cross country meet this past Saturday, September 10. The results are as follows: Varsity Girls Kelly Kothmann-15:38; 16th Katie Smith-15:47; 18th, Jacie Rychlik-15:54; 19th Varsity Boys Zen Steward-18:31; 2nd Pascual Callejas-20:08; 9th