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February 29, 2012 Issue
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
Supper’s ready.Help yourself to some phytonutrients. Polyphenol antioxidants. Including kaempferol, a cardioprotective flavonoid. Syringic acid which inhibits activity of an enzyme called alpha-glucosidase.Betalains. Reddish-purple betacyanin pigments.And yellowish betaxanthin pigments. Nine betacyanin pigments, in fact.Including betanin, isobetanin, betanidin, and isobetanidin. And a staggering nineteen betaxanthin pigments.Including histamine-betaxanthin, alanine-betaxanthin, tyramin ...
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
It’s enough to make a grown man—or woman—cry. And it could induce “sniffle-like symptoms” for discerning teen-agers, albeit the latter a shrinking group. With an “America, love it or leave it” sentiment strong in the land, we yearn for newcomers to learn English. It’s a worthy goal. Trouble is, we natives are having a hard time keeping up with it ourselves, what with new words introduced at a record clip and old words cast aside like old tires ...
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
Yep! I saw them…….I really did! Two small clusters of Indian Paintbrush along the roadside by Cherry Springs. Spring is almost upon us. Let’s enjoy every moment of every day because summer rolls around real quick around here. When we see those wildflowers, perhaps we should stop, smell, admire, take a picture and thank God for the rain that made them bloom!We have many activities and events coming up.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
You really have to love Texas weather! Where else can you see big snow flakes one day and then eighty degree weather the next? You don’t have to put up summer clothing. Your closet will do for summer, fall and winter. If it gets cold just put on a long sleeve shirt over a t-shirt!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
If you need a place to host a reunion, baby or bridal shower, club meeting, family holiday lunch, host a meeting, or even take a test, consider the Stribling room here at the library. We have a multimedia projector, laptop, portable screen, television, a full kitchen, and enough tables and chairs to seat over 80 people.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
Youth is wasted on the young. Adults are the ones who need “youth” and search for things to make them feel and look young again.You probably already know that there is no magical fountain of youth that comes in a pill form. There are some things that are more important than just pills and crèmes to help people feel and look good.One the first is to look at your diet.
, CEA-FCS
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
Sometimes, it can be hard to get motivated when cooking a meal for just one or two people. Here is a checklist to help you get the most value for your time and money if you are cooking for two, or just you! General Tips - Maximize your nutrition! • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables • Make at least half your grains whole grains • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk - Cook once, eat twice • Plan two meals from th ...
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, February 21st, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 42 members and three visitors in attendance. Lion Joel Kuykendall was responsible for the program and introduced Tom Hewitt who spoke about Camp Gene Ashby and Operation Orphans.Tom said that State Game Warden, Gene Ashby, recognized that there was an excess of deer in and around Mason and other Hill Country counties.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
The slight, frail, old man slowly pulled himself to his feet, hooked his cane on the edge of the table, and leaned forward against the podium. His face lined and wrinkled from years of sun and wind, he looked out at his audience through eyes that seemed to gaze back through the years, from a past unfamiliar to those around him.
, Editor
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
There is an old saw that "It takes money to make money." That's a rather pessimistic take on life; but, one that does have some basis in commercial fact.Ask any business owner and they will tell you that operating capital is their most important asset. Inventory, employees, physical structures,,, all are meaningless if the business doesn't have the money to pay its bills.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012 • Photos
Popping the Question is exactly what I did to Gerry Gamel, the editor of our local newspaper, The Mason County News. Four years ago on February 29, 2008, it was mid afternoon and I realized that it was Sadie Hawkins Day, Leap Year, the one day that occurs every 1,461 days when I, a female can officially pop the question of marriage.
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
Mason County will test the Emergency Warning Siren Thursday, March 1, 2012, at 10:00 am unless there is inclement weather.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
The Mason County Chamber of commerce is having a ribbon cutting for Topaz Confections, the newest sweet spot in Mason, at 4 p.m. March 1st 2012. You can taste these Sweet Savory treats at 106 S Live Oak St. on the Mason Square. Please come out and join us as we give Nancy Wooldridge and her family a warm Mason welcome.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
There will be a planning meeting for those who wish to help with the 2013 Mason County Youth Rally and Lock-In at the First Baptist Church Fellowship hall at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, March 4th. Hope to see new faces and names, all are welcome to come and help.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012 • Photos
Plans are well underway for the 2012 Mason County Cancer Benefit fundraising event. This year’s event... Peace, Love Cure..will be held at Heritage Park on Saturday, April 28th from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. If you would like to form a team to participate, please contact Janie Jaquez @ 347.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
The annual Riata Rummage sale is Saturday, March 3rd, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the American Legion hall behind the Mason Jail. There will be a large selection of glassware, dishes, decorative items, small appliances, toys, books, clothing, small furniture, etc. Proceeds from the sale will go back into the community in projects such as Heritage Park, the Odeon Theater, Mason Community Kitchen, as well as additional projects that arise.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
The Mason County Ministerial Alliance began hosting Lenten Luncheons for this year at River of Life on Ash Wednesday February 22. The remainder of the Luncheon calendar is listed below: February 29—Art and Castell Methodist will host at River of Life March 7—St. Joseph’s Catholic March 14—Hilda Methodist will host. Place to be determined. March 21—St.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012 • Photos
The Odeon Preservation Association in Mason presents Jazz at the Odeon with Kellye Gray Saturday March 17 at 7:00 PM. Kellye was recognized as one of the Austin Chronicle’s favorite singers and jazz groups. Kellye uses her powerful yet imaginative voice like an instrument within the ensemble. A true jazz vocalist, Kellye has the soul of Aretha, the heart of Ella and the cool of Miles.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
WHEN: 2-25-12 TIME: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. WHERE: The Funky Frog, Depot Square, 415-C Clay Street, Kerrville, Texas 78028 WHAT: Bierschwale, a resident of Harper, TX, will be available to sign copies of her Juvenile Fiction book, Charlie Horse Down by the River. When a young girl and her horse, Charlie Horse, follow a rocky trail along the river they discover the exciting wonders of nature.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012 • Photos
Charles Eckert is shown helping clear brush from our first OPC clean-up a couple of months ago. We’ll be holding our second clean-up day for the Old Pontotoc Cemetery (in Pontotoc across the road from the VFD building) beginning at 9:00 a.m. this Thursday, March 1st. If you’d like to come and help out, be sure and bring work gloves!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012 • Photos
Did you know that the Mason County government has never funded books for the Mason County Library ? The County does support the Library by paying salaries, benefits, utilities, software services, maintenance and more. However, money for books and media comes from local organizations and state grants. This year state grants have been eliminated due to budget cuts.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) of the Concho Valley Council of Governments will be visiting Mason to provide information about benefits that may be available for Medicare recipients and/or 60 years of age or older persons. I will be available to assist with the application process for Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Chip and Medicaid and have general information available regarding state benefits.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
A beginning eclectic hatha yoga class for ladies will meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:15-9:15 in the Stribling room of the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. Patti Grote, certified instructor, will teach the class. Class size will be limited; call 347-5446 to register. The class will begin tomorrow—mats and props can be provided.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
The Hill Country Cattle Women will hold their March 20, 2012, meeting at the beautiful Tres Lunas Resort, Mason, Texas. The meeting is being hosted by our Mason/Llano county members. Social begins at 10:00 a.m., and the meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. Cost of meal will be $16.We will not have a guest speaker as our meeting is dedicated to last minute discussion and planning for our April 17, 2012, Spring Style Show.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 5:00 PM in the Elementary/Jr. High Library 2nd - 4th grade parents are invited to join us for an informational meeting regarding the upcoming STAAR Test. Topics to be covered include: · Expected changes from TAKS to STAAR · Testing format/What test will look like · What Mason Elementary is doing to prepare for STAAR · What parents can do to help their child prepare for STAAR
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
Every year, the alumni of the University of Texas at Austin gather on March 2nd, Texas Independence Day. During that gathering, they honor alumni lost during the past year, and discuss everything that has occurred during that same time.This year, the Texas Exes will hold an informal gathering in Mason at the Sandstone Cellars Winery on the southeast corner of the Mason square.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012 • Photos
Pictured are: sitting – Pat Robar & Linnda Graham; standing – Mary Carlman, Deanna Handlin, Susan Chadwick & Gladys Kaderka. The Mason Study Club fundraising committee met last week to put the final touches on the annual Easter Ham Sale. Each study club member will be taking orders from March 1st through March 21st for boneless peppered and spiral cut bone-in hams.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012 • Photos
The Cub Scouts held their Pinewood Derby Friday, Feb 24th. There were 16 scouts competing, all with very creative cars. The top three winners, who will be headed to the Hill Country District Derby in April, are pictured from left to right: Joseph Martinez, 1st place, Nick Rodriguez, 2nd place, and Michael Longoria, 3rd place.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012 • Photos
When Jerry Brizzi at the local taxidermy shop called and said he had an "interesting project getting ready to leave his shop, he failed to mention that it was a 12 foot alligator, posed eating a duck! The owners had some problems getting it in the trailer; but, the gator is now gone!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012 • Photos
Since President Lyndon Johnson was in office, each year three lucky essay contest winners whose parents or guardians are CTEC members are awarded a 9-day tour of Washington D.C. They join about 100 other cooperative-sponsored youths from all over Texas to visit our nation’s capital in June to see our government in action.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012 • Photos
The Library Board for the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library met on February 21, and the new officers and members for 2012 were installed by County Judge and Board member Jerry Bearden.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012 • Photos
“Looking back and being aware of where our freedom was born through the actions of the brave men who risked their lives and treasure to sign the Declaration of Independence is an important part of preserving that freedom”, said Kendal Hemphill as he began speaking to the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club on February 20.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
The Artisan Gallery is celebrating its 2nd year during the month of March.Each Saturday there will be an Open House from 11AM to 4PM. Refreshments will be served and you may enter a drawing for a weekly door prize. You need not be present to receive the door prize if you win.There will be music each Saturday, and if you have a favorite, you are welcome to visit and enjoy listening to them.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012 • Photos
Lieutenant Colonel Brown is enthusiastically recommended for the Bronze Star for his meritorious service while serving as the Future Operations Officer (FOPSO) for 2d Marine Aircraft Wing(Forward) (2d MAW(Fwd)), II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)[II MEF(Fwd)], in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) from 10 February 2010 to 09 August 2011.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012 • Photos
Wade Powell, pastor of Hilda United Methodist Church, has released a new book designed to enhance the Lenten journey. In his book, The Way of the Cross: A Companion to Lenten Devotion, he takes us on a journey with Jesus from his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane to being laid in the tomb.The book begins with an introduction to Lent.
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) is an exterior home preservation service that offers painting, landscaping, weather stripping and minor repair services for homeowners in need. ABWK helps low-income homeowners reclaim their homes with pride and dignity. Eligible homeowners may be impacted by age, disability and family circumstances and are struggling to maintain the exterior of their homes.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
The Mason County Grand Jury met on February 22, 2012. During the course of their meeting, they returned five indictments. Ernest Greg Gardner - Evading arrest with vehicle Kristin K. Reilly - Possession of a controlled substance (less than 1 gram of cocaine) Melissa Mae Feagins - Driving while intoxicated, 3rd offense Randy Walker Carraway - Aggravated assault with a dealy weaponSteven Ray Smedley - Forgery
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
The City of Mason will begin accepting applications for early ballot by mail beginning March 13, 2012. Applications for ballot by mail may be made to Pattie Grote, P.O. Box 68, Mason, Texas 76856. The applicant must state in which district he/she resides and at least one of the following reasons: 65 years of age or older, disability, religious belief, confinement in jail or expected absence from the city on Election Day, Saturday, May 12, 2012.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
Wilburn H. “Wibby” Shearer was born in Mason, Texas on July 25, 1928, to J. Hugh and Hulda Willmann Shearer. He entered his heavenly home on February 24, 2012, at the age of 83, where the true “Gem of the Hill Country” will now shine forever.Love of God and family meant more to Wibby than anything else.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
Stanley Bush, of Mason, passed away on Sunday, February 26 at the Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital in Brady, after a lengthy illness. Mr. Bush was 81 years old. He was born in Denton County to Fred & Willie Williams Bush on February 28, 1930. Stanley started out his horse career as a thoroughbred race horse jockey, riding at major race tracks all around the country.
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Patrick “Pat” Randall Keller, born on August 19, 1940 in Mason, Texas, entered the gates of heaven on February 22, 2012, in San Antonio, Texas. Pat was a football player at Mason High School, and in college at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. He attended Alamo Heights Christian Church and Christian Family Church.
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
The Mason Youth Baseball Board has been actively planning and preparing for the 60th year of baseball in Mason. Registration has begun and will continue until March 22. Registration cost is only $35, if completed and paid by March 4. March 4 – March 16, registration will be $45 per child.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012 • Photos
Completing the best run in school history, the Mason Cowgirl basketball team (30-5) competed in the Regional Finals in New Braunfels on Saturday, February 25, falling only one game short of reaching the State Tournament.In order to advance to the Regional Finals, the Cowgirls faced Falls City on Tuesday, February 21st at Boerne High School in a rematch of last year’s Regional Quarterfinal game, but this time the Cowgirls took control, winning the game 68-47.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012
The Mason Punchers started their playoff run with their Bi-District game Friday in Ingram against the D’Hanis Cowboys. The game would start with Mason exploding out to an early lead as they led at the end of the first quarter 14-5. The second quarter pace would change as it became a much more physical game with both teams trying to tighten up on defense.