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November 2, 2011 Issue
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011 • Photos
The Mason Punchers came one step closer to clinching the district title last Friday night when they scored a decisive 55-21 victory over long-time rival, Goldthwaite.The Eagles played a great game of football against the Punchers, and never backed down from their efforts to stay in the game. During most of the first quarter, Goldthwaite kept control of the ball and kept the Puncher defense performing at their best.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
The Mason County Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for the EVENT of the year!! The date is set for November 12th 2011, at the Community Building on HWY 87, gates open at 5:30, dinner served at 6:00 and the raffle will begin at 7:30. We look forward to seeing all of you there.
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Join the Mason Tea Party at its next general meeting on Thursday, November 10, 6:30 p.m. at the Richard P. Eckert Civic Center, 1024 McKinley. Hear guest speaker Sheriff Richard Mack, former sheriff of Graham County, Arizona and long time crusader for freedom and individual rights speak on “State Sovereignty the Only Real Solutions.” “Right now, it is vital that we restore the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
The Mason Fellowship of Christian Athletes is holding a spaghetti supper on Friday, November 4th, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. The meal will be served in the social hall of the First United Methodist Church, and is by donation offering.The FCA invites Puncher fans to stop by before the Winters football game and enjoy a great meal before heading down to the Puncherdome for a night of football.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
Square.What a word.From Vulgar Latin exquadra (how vulgar indeed).According to trusty Webster.The word evolved to Old French esquarre.Remember Four Square?What a game.The square.What a place.Not every town has one.Nor do they have Square Plate.One of the restaurants in town.You can get a square meal there.And it’s served on square plates.Bratwurst, schnitzel, kraut, cabbage.Sandwiches, burgers, salads.Bread pudding and brownies.Cheesecake, tarts.Cakes and pies.Especially an unforgettab ...
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
When we over-the-hill bunch were in the early stages of the climb, we faced unending barrages of hints, admonishments, suggestions and commands that our folks and teachers drilled into our skulls.They believed their guidance would serve us well in dealing with obstacles along life’s winding roads.We were urged to be deliberate, slow to anger and resolved to stay the course.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
As many of you already know, the library is closed today and tomorrow. We’re sorry for the inconvenience, but we believe it will be worth it. The Tocker Foundation gives grants for refurnishing, expanding, or building public libraries, and we were awarded a grant earlier in the year. We’ve been busy arranging our new furnishings and making some necessary changes in shelving.
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It seems like Fall has decided to show its cool, windy head! These cool, crisp nights and mornings have been wonderful for sleeping. Here’s hoping this Fall will have a lot more days like the last few, but with the addition of much needed rain.I’m “filling in” this week for Kathy Jordan who is under the weather.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
Here are some great recipes from the “Fruit and Veggies- More Matters” website. I think I know some of the recipes we’re making next year for the 4-H Foods projects! Apple Chicken Salad 5 cups mixed salad greens 1 apple, cored and sliced ½ cup EACH dried cranberries AND toasted pecans ¼ cup sliced red onion 1-2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken or sliced grilled chicken Light Dijon or vinaigrette salad d ...
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
Juicing is a great way to get minerals in their natural ionized form. Juicing is used therapeutically in many natural regimens. The thought of juicing conjures up pictures of large quantities of vegetables being ground up for just a little bit of strong tasting juice.Wouldn’t it be better to just eat the vegetables?
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
Not much inspiration last week, but this week I’ve got a good dose of COURAGE. I’m a smoker! I don’t mind if you don’t smoke, it’s your RIGHT! If you have a business establishment that you don’t want smoking in, that’s your RIGHT! However, I don’t have to give such a business my money, that’s my RIGHT!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, October 25th, for it’s regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 32 members and five visitors in attendance. Among the visitors were two Mason High School Seniors, Andy Duarte and Samantha Jordan.Lion Nolan Donop was responsible for the program and introduced Daughter Betty and her husband Brian Garnett and Daughter Rebecca Meyer who lives on five acres with her husband in the Alaskan wilderness.
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On Friday, October 21, the Hilda Community Club met to pick up trash on RR 783. There was good participation and 25 adults and children showed up to work. There were not any treasures found — just lots of paper, trash, and cans. However, one hard worker did find a $1.00 bill.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
Life is a constant progression of firsts, for most of us. There is nothing like the first of something, whether good or bad. And when we flip through the photo album of our memory, the images we find are often related to the first of the good things we’ve experienced in our lives.
, Courtesy of Cook's Illustrated, Nov. 2007
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
This is a great combination of flavors in one pie. And it looks as good as it tastes! Use sweet, crisp apples, such as Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Fuji or Braeburn. You can make up the fillings a couple of days ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator, in separate containers, until baking day. Ingredients: 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries ¼ cup orange juice 1 cup granulated sugar plus 1 tablespoon for top of pie ½ teaspoon ground cin ...
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
It was as difficult as it has always been... putting together a 64-page Fall Hunting Guide. This year, though, it was made even more difficult.2011 has been a difficult year, in so many ways. There is the ongoing drought. There is economic uncertainty. There are changes in our own county that will determine our future and the opportunities we will be able to offer our children and grandchildren.I normally try to drive around the county and get new photos for the guide; but, that didn't happe ...
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, The American Legion
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting was halted seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011 • Photos
Slaid Cleaves, winner of the New Folk competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival and lauded by the New York Times as “one of the finest songwriters from Texas,” will appear in concert at the Odeon Theater in Mason, Texas Saturday November 19. Show time is 7:00 p.m. and reservations are $15 per person.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
The Mason County Cancer Benefit invites everyone to attend our annual Fall bake sale on Friday, November 4th at Weber’s Chevron from 8:00 a.m. until sold out. If you would like to donate baked items, please contact Theresa Weber. The Mason County Cancer Benefit is a non-profit organization that helps all Mason County cancer patients with a wide array of expenses incurred while going through cancer treatments or follow up maintenance.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
St. Joseph’s parishioners invite everyone to come enjoy a delicious Mexican Dinner this Sunday, November 6th. Serving begins at 11 AM in the Mason I.S.D. Cafeteria on College Street.You may “Eat In” at the cafeteria and enjoy visiting with other diners or you may request “Take Out.” Each plate is $8.00 and the meal consists of enchiladas, beans, rice, salad, tea and a dessert.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
The National Honor Society will be hosting a blood drive in the High School Commons area on Friday November, the 11th. More information will be available in a follow-up article. To sign up to donate, call the school office (325)347-1122 ext.3.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
The Fredonia Community Association will be having a bake sale and rummage sale on November 18th and 19th from 8-1 downtown Fredonia in the Community Building, the old Church of Christ building. Fredonia was established in the late 1800’s and is located in northern Mason County and about a mile south of the McCulloch county line.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
Alpha Beta Psi Service Organization will hold a Bake Sale to raise funds for its scholarship program and other community projects. The Alpha Beta Psi members will be selling delicious homemade casseroles, desserts and other baked items on Saturday November 5th, 2011. The girls will set up in front of the Mason Feed Store from 8:00 a.m.
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On Thursday, November 10th, 2011, members of Mason Study Club will hold their “Chili on the Square” fundraiser. The serving area will be on the west side of the courthouse and will begin at 11:00 a.m. continuing till 1:30 p.m. or until sold out. Menu offerings will be a bowl of chili or Frito pie, sodas, water, cookies or brownies.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
On Monday, December 5, 2011, the training necessary to obtain a Private Pesticide Applicators License will be presented by Jamie Osbourn, Llano County Extension Agent. This training will be held at the Llano County Extension Office meeting room, 1447 East State Hwy. 71 - Unit E, Llano, TX, and will begin at 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
The Wesley Nurse at First United Methodist Church invites you to take part in a new, free indoor walking program open to all citizens in the Mason area. The program is ideal for anyone desiring a walk program this is fitting for all ages and specific mobility needs. The goal of the program is to help participants improve and maintain endurance, balance, mobility and strength.Walk 2-B-Fit participants will enjoy activities that promote physical fitness, improved self esteem from achieving you ...
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
Tannenbaum scheduled for November 26th-from 12 pm-7pm - Santa will make his appearance at 6:00 pm!!Tanenbaum Arts and Crafts 2011 On the Square!!The Mason County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Tannenbaum on the SQUARE this year in conjunction with Alpha Beta Psi’s “Light up our town” this will be an amazing evening of ushering in the Christmas spirit, time with family, a visit from Santa, Christmas Shopping on the Square, great food, and entertainment.
, County Extension Agent
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
Managers of restaurants, bed and breakfast operators, and food service supervisors in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and similar establishments will learn about all phases of food safety by attending a Food Protection Management Course, sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Llano County. The course will be offered November 16-17, 2011, at the Courthouse Annex on Highway 71 East in Llano, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
AnnaGails is proud to announce a great new antique and art event in the heart of Texas. The first AnnaGails Antique and Art Fair will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, November 6, 2011 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the San Saba Civic Center in Mill Pond Park, 1190 S.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
There is going to be a meeting at the old schoolhouse at Camp Air at 2:30 p.m. this Sunday to plan for this year’s Community Christmas Party. There is a list of tasks to be assigned to make the lighting of the schoolhouse and the annual Christmas party happen. We rely on volunteers to make it all come together, so please attend Sunday afternoon, November 6th, to decide the details for the 2011 Christmas happening.At the conclusion of the regular meeting, there will be a directors meeti ...
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Meals on Wheels and Sr. Center would like to say “Thank You” to all of our deliverers and volunteers. We have some who volunteer every week and others who graciously volunteer to help when we call at the last minute. If you would like to deliver meals please call Shanna Price or Jerry Wright at 325 347 6242.
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The above students achieved recognition for the Grace Christian School Honor Roll for the first quarter: Back Row — Randee Renfroe, K.C. Coleman, Gabe Jennings, Bailee Everett, Aaron Alm; Middle Row — Selah Farmer, Catherine Lemke, Caroline Lemke, Rylan Jordan, Kinley Everett, John Earl; Front Row — Riggin Farmer, Derek Renfroe, ShayLeigh Everett-Persall, Sydney Renfroe, Kinsley Jordan.
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The Mason National Bank donated the saddle for the 12 – 14 year old Barrel Division of the Heart of the Hills Barrel Racing Association. Steeley Smith, daughter of Jim Bob and Shayne Smith, won the saddle after several months of competition. The saddle came complete with a Lilac seat for our local cowgirl!
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This month the elementary students of Grace Christian School participated in Fire Safety Month. On October 12, 2011, the Mason County Volunteer Fire Department demonstrated the differences between two fire trucks and the equipment used in fighting fires. Mr. Clyde Martin and Mr. Charlie Grosse along with Jayton Henrich and Thatch Martin in their fire clothing presented an interesting program.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club is 70 years old this year and is having a tea on November 12 at the Mason County Library between the hours of 2:00 and 4:00 pm to celebrate. Everyone in the community is welcome to drop by for refreshments and to see some of the club’s history on display.In the year 1941, a club in neighboring McCulloch County, The Rochelle Study Club, under the direction of its president, K’Nola Burk sponsored and helped organize the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
Anyone wanting to play coed softball, please call 325-347-4166. If we are able to get enough players and use of the little league field, we weill be able to have a few games in November.This will be league play, starting on Tuesday nights at 6:00 p.m., ages 18 years and up.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
About thirty-five descendants of Johann Heinrich Conrad Pluenneke & his wife, Johanna Sophie Woberkind (Leifeste) Pluenneke, got together at Jan Appleby’s Hilda home for a barbecue dinner, visiting, and going through old family photos of the Pluenneke “clan” on Saturday, October 22nd. Folks attending came from the Dallas area, San Antonio, Brownwood, Bangs, Fredericksburg, Round Rock, and the Mason/Hilda area and were either fifth, sixth, or seventh generation descendan ...
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Judge Rob Hofmann, Judge assigned to the Texas Child Protection Court of the Hill Country has been named the 2011 Big Voice for Little Texans Judge of the Year by Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (Texas CASA). Judge Hofmann received his award at the 22nd annual Texas CASA conference. The 2011 conference “Improving Outcomes for Children” was held in San Marcos.
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It’s a fact of life that everyone is busy. Everyone has commitments, be it work, family, volunteering, livestock, or, in most cases, all of the above. So theoretically, everyone with a barking, digging, chewing, spinning-on-the-leash pet sometimes known as “the family dog” has a good excuse why they can’t train their dog.
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The Riata Service Organization Meeting was held at the Eckert Memorial Library on October 25, 2011. The hostesses were Bertha Templeton and Bobbye Frazier.Judy Cordes, Vice President, introduced Ann Scarth, Wesley Nurse from The First United Methodist Church, as our guest speaker.K.K. Brannies, a civic committee member representative, told of the need to preserve the Odeon Theater.
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Conley Wayne Bownds is proud to announce the birth her baby sister, Parker Blair Bownds. Born June 8, 2011, weighing seven pounds, 12 ounces, and measuring 21 inches. She is welcomed by her parents, Garrett and Whitney Bownds. Proud grandparents are Johnny and Angie Bownds, Debbie Barker and Ronnie Barker.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011 • Photos
Mary Polk, V.P. of the Library Board smiles upon receipt of a check from Mary Freytag, Friends of the Library Pres. to purchase books (including audio books and DVDs). Previously, half of the Library’s funding for books has come from Loan Star Libraries grants. This program has been cut by the State and this money will not be available to the Library in 2012.
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The First State Bank Central Texas has donated a Nook eReader to the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. Librarian Patti Grote stated, “Patrons will be able to choose two eBooks that we will download to the Nook and then check out the Nook for a ‘test drive’. Having this option will help patrons who are trying to decide whether to purchase an eReader of their own.
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The Board of Directors of the Mason Community Foundation met during September and reviewed a number of grant applications and approved $ 14,742.50 to be given for particular projects around the community. Pictured are members of the Board delivering checks to some of the organizations that were funded, including Bluebonnet CASA represented by Jenna Jacoby for the benefit of children in their program, and the Mason Lions Club represented by Kirby Groves in support of their 5K/10K run that was ...
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
As a reflection of our school’s commitment to fostering a safer, more secure learning environment, we are proud to introduce our new program ‘Talk About It’.Developed by AnComm, ‘Talk About It’ is the nation’s first and only anonymous text, email messaging, and emergency notification service for schools. ‘Talk About It’ is a preventative solution focused on Connecting Students and School Officials to Create Healthy School Climates!
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Sandstone Cellars Winery of Mason will release two new wines this Saturday, November 5th at the 7th Annual Wine Release Party. The event will take place at the winery and adjacent wine bar on the southeast corner of Mason’s town square. The two dry red wines are made from 100% Mason County grapes grown in the Streeter, Camp Air and Pontotoc areas.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
Arlene Cassens, age 66, of Lampasas passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2011, in a Temple Hospital. She was born September 13, 1945, in Brady, Texas, to Arles McWilliams and Lois (Hanson) McWilliams. She graduated from Mason High School in 1963. Then, she attended Business College in Wichita Falls. She married Larry Cassens on August 27, 1966.
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David Ernest Koerner, 87, of Lubbock, TX went to live his “true life with the Lord” on Sunday, October 30, 2011. He was born October 5, 1924, in Mason, TX. David was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in World War II. He received the Purple Heart and an award for expert infantry.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011 • Photos
Mason's 5th and 6th grade Punchers, once again, won the Super Bowl trophy in Brownwood last weekend.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
The Eagles from Goldthwaite paid the Punchers a visit this past evening and they came ready to play some well executed football.The Eagles scored twice in the first period. Once on a 17 yard sweep and then again on a drive that covered 52 yards. Each score resulted in only six points however due to good defense on the point after.Mason had to regroup and reorganized themselves but they put together a good drive in the second period.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
This past Thursday evening the Goldthwaite Eagles came to call but failed to get their helmets buckled securely before the coin flip occurred and the Punchers set the wall on their kick-off return. Seth Hudson got the call and Puncher linemen, Andy Gilley, Jacob Moreno, Luke Gillespie, James Durst and Seth Brewer sliced open a running lane that ended up with a 74 yard touchdown.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
The Mason Jr. Varsity football team fought hard against a very good Goldthwaite Eagle JV team who finished the season off with an impressive 10-0 record. The offense was well executed throughout the game, but Goldthwaite’s strong defense had two key red zone stops against the Punchers. The Punchers also had a long kick return by Louis Castillo deep into Goldthwaite territory.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
The Cowgirls and Punchers traveled to Bandera on Wednesday, October 25, 2011 to compete in the District 29A cross country meet. The boys and girls cross country teams both qualified for the regional cross country meet, placing 2nd and 3rd as a team respectively. Zen Steaward, Pascual Callejas, and Jacie Rychlik qualified as individual runners as well, placing 1st, 4th, and 10th .
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011
Thanks to all who came out last week to our Meet The Cowgirl Night and supported the girls at the Shoot-A-Thon. This past weekend the Cowgirls traveled to Coleman to scrimmage the Bluekats and the Merkel Badgers. Even though we were a little short handed the Cowgirls had a successful outing vs.