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October 5, 2011 Issue
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
The Mason County Farm Bureau will hold their annual meeting on Tuesday, October 11, 6:00 p.m. at the Fort Mason Park Community Building. A barbecue dinner will be served, and door prizes will be awarded.RSVP by Friday, October 7th by calling 347-6458.This year's guest speaker is Jim Nance, Farm Bureau Field Operations Director.Jim Nance joined Texas Farm Bureau in 1989 as a field representative in south Texas, which included the area south of a line from Maverick County to Nueces County.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011 • Photos
Lighthouse Business Solutions is now open to serve the people of Mason County and surrounding areas. Natalee L. Little is the owner. Natalee has 25+ years of experience in general bookkeeping/accounting and income tax preparation. She has an Associate in Arts in Accounting from the University of Phoenix.General bookkeeping service includes data entry of checks and deposits, bank reconciliation, and the preparation of financial statements, monthly or quarterly.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011 • Photos
The Mason Punchers continued their unbroken winning streak for the season on Friday, defeating Olney 56-6.The Punchers took control of the game early, scoring just 30 seconds of play into the game on a David Mora 13-yard run. Rio Schmidt's kick was good, and the score was 7-0. Just a few minutes later, Rio Schmidt would make his own scoring run on a 12-yard carry, topped off by his own PAT kick to put the score at 14-0.One minute later, quarterback Austin Trip made a 26-yard dash downfield b ...
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The Mason ISD Education Foundation will host a barbecue and washer-pitching tournament as a fun fundraiser on Saturday, October 8th. The event will once again be held at the Community Building at Ft. Mason Park.Registration for the tournament begins at 4:00 PM. The entry fee is $60.00 per 2-person team.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
On Wednesday, October 5th, the Puncher Club is sponsoring a Hayride for Varsity football players and cheerleaders from the High School to the Puncher Dome starting at 6:15 p.m.Come out to the square and cheer the Punchers on. Once the players and cheerleaders reach the field we will kick off a tailgate party (also sponsored by Puncher Club) instead of Bonfire.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
Butterflies are free.And freely flying around.Lots and lots of ‘em.The beautiful monarch.Multitudes of them in a tree by the Courthouse.Right outside Judge Bearden’s window.An early morning burst of color.Flapping, flitting Technicolor.And branches covered with golden leaves.Leaves that leave the tree.Silently.Or hold fast.Open-close, open-close.Without a sound.Hush.Then an effortless lift-off.A kaleidoscope in mid-air.Hundreds and hundreds of them.Floating.So quiet.So brief.Gone ...
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
There is much to justify high-fiving by the “glass half-empty crowd.” The “glass-half-full-optimists” droop, ready to admit that the tiny chip in their glass—like the pebble-pocked windshield blip—is widening.Encroachment is in vogue in our world of distrust, disgust, disharmony, dismay and numerous other “disses.” Now, we are judged guilty until proven innocent—180 degrees askance from what Constitution framers had in mind.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
Well, I should never say “never”! Not too long ago, I stated that I would just never be very interested in Facebook. My friends have complained that I need to get into the 21st century, but I just prefer hearing about things in person or on the phone. However, to stay up with the times, I have created a Facebook page for the library, so check us out on Facebook and see what’s happening!NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries)DVDs:GhostWe Are MarshallD ...
, 2011 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011 • Photos
The bats are still flying at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. With the weather still quite warm, the lady bats are waiting for a cold front to hit so that they can return home to Mexico.Olivia, our resident great horned owl, still visits nightly and makes use of her energy by grabbing a bat at almost every try.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
The process for canning foods in the home depends on the acidity of the food, which is determined by its pH. Low-acid foods have a pH more than 4.6, and high-acid foods have a pH less than 4.6. In general, vegetables and meats are low-acid foods, and fruits are high-acid foods.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
Last week I talked about the Recycling Center and the jump in usage by our residents and the better material handling by our crews. There have been improvements all around with recycling, and this week we start another program that will help clean up our community and provide additional recycling for a very obnoxious type of “trash”.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
There is not a dull minute in this house. Seems I spend a lot of time making lists. To Do lists and grocery lists mostly. Then I forget them or misplace them.I also spend a lot of time hunting for something. While looking for this item, I tend to get distracted and find something that I looked for days before and linger on this item and not the item that caused me to look.Exercise!
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011 • Photos
Isn’t it so great the way the weather is practicing for the real deal? Lots and lots of rain! Beautiful, dark, swirling clouds, lots of thunder and lightning, and even some rain. Measurable wetness. From what I have heard, very scattered amounts over the county but every drop counts. And thank God, Bastrop county received some rain too!
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, September 27th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 35 members and three visitors in attendance. Lion Michael Cope was responsible for the program, and spoke about his family's trip to Colorado. They visited the remains of the Alpine tunnel in Pitkin, CO.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
It is time for me to stock my personal flu season arsenal – I was reminded of that by a child who came home early Sunday morning with a sore throat and a very stuffy nose. I like to have certain things at home (even though the store is 3 minutes from my house) because they come in handy in the middle of the night.Every cold and flu season is a little bit different – something that worked really well last year may be just so-so this year.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011 • Photos
The Mason County Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for the EVENT of the year!! The wild game dinner is just around the corner, the date is November 12th 2011n at the Community Building, gates open at 5:30. We wanted to provide the public with the gun list for 2011, a special thank you to Kenneth and Samantha Burton for all of their help with the guns this year!!
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
Several years ago a fellow sent me a newspaper clipping, which he had cut right out of a newspaper somewhere, with scissors or something. It was a story about some guy in Colorado (I think it was Colorado) who had invented what he called a ‘giant gopher sucking vacuum.’ I remember writing a column about it, so I could probably find the details in my computer somewhere.
, from Good Housekeeping Cook Book, modified beyond recognition by the Practical Baker
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
As referenced in the title, I discovered this recipe in a very old Good Housekeeping cook book. I liked the concept of building a “basic” dough and then creating different bread forms from it, but the archaic procedures outlined in the original recipe were not to my liking, so I changed it around, completely!
, Editor
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
Last week, I opined about the high risk of fire danger this fall; and, asked residents to work with their visitors and hunters to stress the need for caution through the upcoming hunting seasons.This tough hunting season is only more element in the tough situations that have already faced Mason County residents.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
Dear Gerry: I must utter a few words related to the opinions held by some/not all that the USA is a “Christian Nation.” Ironic.....I thank “God” that we have separation of church and state! Deeply personal and private is my spiritual life. Lenetta Irine
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
Gerry, Let’s talk about it! Do you believe in that “still small voice”? I have a feeling you do believe.One year ago I found out I had breast cancer. I was struggling with the loss of my husband from his own battle with cancer. I even began to question God. On the road to see a doctor, I heard that “still and small voice”.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
Dear Editors, An editorial in the Texas Co-op Magazine says Texas came close to electrical shutdown on two occasions this year.The first was in February when we had an abnormal cold spell. The second was during the record setting hot spell in August when all air conditioners were running 24/7. The article goes on to say that the drought has made the problem worse causing some plants to be hobbled by lack of water to cool their turbines.Current Texas energy plans call for two new nucle ...
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
There’s been lots of Emails running down the wires from my dining table to the White House- www.whitehouse.gov/contact for all you newcomers to the Internet machine. I’ve been telling Barack (I’ve sent enough Emails that we’re on a first name basis now) how from my house, it isn’t a possible second recession; it’s a damn depression.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011 • Photos
Capital Farm Credit is pleased to be hosting the fall Chamber Mixer. on Thursday, October 6th. The mixer is scheduled from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.The Mason branch of Capital Farm Credit has been servicing the hill country since 1945. A customer-owned cooperative, CFC continues to demonstrate its financial strength and stability and longstanding tradition of sharing earnings with its customers.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
The Fredonia Community Association pot luck supper will be on Saturday, October 8th at 6:00 p.m., immediately following the business meeting. Agenda for meeting: 1. Financial report 2. Reading of minutes 3. Plan rummage sale - food, workers, collection of items and marking 4. Set time for sale 5. Set cleanup for sale 6. Discussion of a spring Fredonia Reunion We need help from all members and interested parties.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
Showtimes: 3:45 P.M. OCT. 17: AN AMERICAN TAIL OCT. 24: BABY: SECRET OF THE LOST LEGEND OCT. 31: CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
Mason High School is implementing their first ever Career Day this year on Friday, October 7th. Many of our presenters are MHS alumni, so we thought it only proper that Career Day coincide with homecoming. We have scheduled 15 speakers who will give short presentations on their career field and will include information on the education required, possibility for advancement, skills needed and expected salary.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011 • Photos
The Mason Ladies Golf Association will hold their annual meeting on Thursday, October 13th. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend. All past, present, and future lady golfers are invited and new members are always welcome! We will have a 9 hole par 3 scramble at the golf course beginning at 9 a.m.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
Come join the Zumba Fitness party! This exciting program is going strong here in Mason, with SIX FREE opportunities a week to get in the groove!The Zumba program is a Latin-inspired, dance-fitness class that incorporates Latin and international music and dance movements, creating a dynamic, exhilarating and effective fitness system.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
The Punchers are off to a great start this year heading in to this week’s Homecoming game against the Johnson City Eagles. This year the Mason Parent Teacher Organization has created a special keepsake Puncher Spirit Ribbon to wear to this week’s Homecoming game. The Large Purple ribbons list all of the Varsity Football Players names and numbers, Cheerleaders, and Coaches.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
The Hill Country Cattle Women held their September meetings in Fredericksburg at the Farm Bureau Building. In lieu of a guest speaker, election of officers were held. The officers for the coming year are: Nelda Sharringhausen, President; Dianne Staudt, 1st Vice-President; Deborah Wardlaw, 2nd Vice-President; Cindy Zenner, 3rd Vice-President; Clarice Stauble, 4th Vice-President; Peggy Matli, Recording Secretary; Mary Jane Morrison, Corresponding Secretary; and, Janis Stiefel and Vicki Miller, ...
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The Mason Study Club President, Linda Kessler, welcomed back all current and new members, Kay Hudler, Alberta Birk, and Kathy Jordan at the regular scheduled meeting on September 28, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. in the Stribling Room of the Mason County Library. An enjoyable meal was served by the 2011-2012 officers.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011 • Photos
Bruce and Kerry Hofmann of Mason are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Kurt Christopher, to Kimberly Robyn Davis, daughter of Avonna and Brad Davis of Denton, Texas. Kurt is the grandson of Raymond and Odessa Kimbriel and the late Herbert, Jr. and Verna Hofmann of Mason. Kurt and Kim are both graduates of Tarleton State University.
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Kayla and Andrew Olson announce the birth of their first child, James Mark Olson. He was born on September 1, 2011, weighing nine poounds, nine ounces. Proud grandparents are Mark and Dawn Hahn from Mason and Vern and Phyllis Olson from Overland Park, Kansas. James’ great-grandparents are Helen Hahn from Mason, and Forrest and Theo Malone from Tyler.
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Randy and Jane Lakin of Mason, Tx, are proud to announce the wedding of their only daughter, Fay Lakin, to Rodney Cater, eldest son of Jerry and Flora Cater of Moscow Tx. Pastor James Cribbs officiated the union on September the 17th of 2011, with family and friends gathered. Those who were not able to attend were present within the hearts of the couple that afternoon.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
Hill Country Memorial’s Wound-healing Clinic will lead a free Good Health School this month centered on foot care for people with diabetes.“How to save your feet” will be dedicated to former patient Diane Shans of Fredericksburg who dealt with diabetes for more than 30 years. According to her husband, Bob, Mrs.
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Dorothy Elizabeth Hartmann Brannies passed away on October 3, 2011, at the age of 88 at her home in Mason, Texas, with her family by her side. Tootsie, as she was known, was born on March 10, 1923, to Rev. A. E. Hartmann and Ella Koch Hartmann in Brenham, Texas.
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Snow Moseley passed away on Saturday, October 1, 2011, in Boerne, TX at the age of 80. She was born Allie Wynona to Jack and Gena Moseley on February 10, 1931, in Mason County, TX. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Daniel Moseley, and her sister Betty Price.As a very young child, Allie had a full head of nearly white hair and was given the nickname of Snow, which became the name she was known by for the rest of her life.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
As we all have had our glorious sunrise with our births, we know that sunset must come to us all eventually. Sue Foster-Taylor’s first sunrise was July 13, 1959, and Sue reached the sunset of her life on Thursday Sept 29, 2011.Her passing is grieved by her husband Michael Taylor of Mason, Mother in law, Joyce Arnold of Mason, daughter Cristin Solito of San Antonio and brother Jeff Foster of Los Angeles, six grandchildren and several nephews.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
Luisa Velasquez Palacio passed away on Tuesday, October 4, at the age of 72. A Vigil Service will be held on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, October 7, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Crosby Cemetery.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
Mrs. Betty Jean Ward of Mason, Texas passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2011, at the age of 86. She was born on September 6, 1925, in San Antonio, Texas, to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gottwald. Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Boardman Gottwald, husband, Dan Ward, sons, Richard Davis, Gary Davis Sr.
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Sports
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
The 7th Grade traveled to Baird this past Thursday, to take on the Cubs from Olney.It seems they grow them rather large north of the interstate but the Punchers didn’t let that bother them. They did exactly what you would hope they would do to bring home a much deserved win.From the first play from scrimmage, Haddon Hudson hit the quick dive and traveled 47 yards before being pulled down on the Cubs 16 yard line.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011
The 8th Grade traveled to Baird this past week to meet the Olney Cubs. With storm clouds threatening, the Cubs did a nice job on their opening drive and scored from the Puncher 4 yard line. The PAT was good and Olney lead 8-0. The Punchers began their drive to try and answer the Cubs but fell short on a 4th and three attempt at the Cub 23 yard line.