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April 18, 2012 Issue
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Last week, the funeral procession for Officer Jaime Padron made its way through Mason from Austin, heading to the final services in San Angelo. Mason residents honored the officer as he passed through, and the following thank you was received from his former Austin friends. "On behalf of the Austin Police Department, I would like to thank the city of Mason for what truly was a moving experience.
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Rosemary Poole Carter will be the guest speaker for the Brown Bag Luncheon hosted by the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. The event will begin at 11:00 A.M., Friday, April 20 in the Stribling Room. Ms. Poole-Carter is the author of Women of Magdalene, a haunting suspense novel set in Post-Civil War Louisiana, two other novels, and several dramas.
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Last week’s Mason County News carried an article identifying the two homes in town that will be on the April 21st Mason County Republican Women’s (MCRW) 2012 Home Tour. This week’s article introduces the homes in the county area. Three of the county homes are off Highway 87 South toward Fredericksburg.
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People of Mason, be prepared to be astounded! William Shakespeare, playwright and poet, is a staple of all high school and college English students. But though he’s been dead for over 300 years, recent findings have revealed that not all of his writing was suitable for publishing. In fact, many drafts of plays and sonnets were written and discarded before the famous works reached their final edition. Some of these earlier attempts have been made public for the first time, thanks ...
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Don’t forget!! April the 19th from 5:00-7:30 we are having the Chamber of Commerce SPRING mixer at the Gamel Guest House, 224 San Antonio Street (HWY 87 South). The Bed and Breakfast and Guest House Group of Mason will be hosting the event and they are providing wonderful refreshments for everyone!
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The tenth Habitat for Humanity home built in Mason is completed and will be dedicated at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 20. The house is located at 603 Brazos. This year’s partner family is Julie Garcia and her son Isaac. Once again, the home has been built using the latest energy saving technology and building methods and is “Energy Star” certified.
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Columns
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 • Posted April 18, 2012
Seventy-four million. 74,000,000. That’s a lot. That’s an estimate. Not for how many stars are in the sky. An estimate of pet dogs in this country. And y’all know what dogs do. Each pet poops three-quarters of a pound a day. (Kinda gives “QuarterPounder” a whole new meaning.) That’s an approximate figure. I wonder who had to run that test. Hmmm, let’s see. Watch where ...
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Statisticians whose business it is to know such things insist there are three parking spaces for every automobile in America. Willingness to “die in a minute” is assured if their calculations are wrong. This is small comfort—like tinkling brass in a musical world of crashing cymbals—when there are mass searches for spaces on baseball’s opening day.
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When I stepped outside early Sunday morning I thought to myself, “Hummm, no breeze, kinda humid and warm……didn’t rain like the weatherman said”. Then all of a sudden the wind picked up, the temperture cooled down and the rain came! Naturally I had to say to myself, “O ye of little faith”.
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Be sure to come by the Stribling Room sometime this month—we have something special! Doreen Cardenas has graciously allowed us to display her “Whimsical Bowties’ quilt. The quilt is mostly hand-pieced and entirely hand-quilted, and it is beautiful. Doreen’s is the first in a series of quilts that will be displayed on a rotating basis at the library.
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I’m always amazed at the information that is on most of the hundred channels we get on the television. Get bigger buns? They really aren’t talking of bisques, you know! Get these meals delivered to your door at two dollars a meal and lose weight! However, I don’t think you’re to eat all of what you get in the first week!
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Trace minerals are a category of nutrients that are commonly overlooked but very important to our health. One of most important roles of trace elements is as an electrolyte. Our bodies are bioelectric. Each cell acts as a tiny battery with its own electrical force powered by electrolyte minerals. Trace minerals, along with macro minerals, assist in every aspect of life from the production of hormones and energy, digestion, nerve transmission, and muscle contraction to the regulation ...
, CEA-FCS
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I know I’ve touched on the subject of sports beverages before (not recommended for kids OR adults unless you are exercising over an hour- WATER is your best bet! Try squeezing a little lemon or lime in it if your kids don’t like plain water- or try another fruit or veggie to give it a flavor boost.) Lately I’ve been seeing kids with energy drinks, and hearing them talk about if they are allowed to drink them or not.
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The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, April 10th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 36 members and two visitors in attendance. Lion Bruce Lehmberg was responsible for the program and introduced Tim Lehmberg, Executive Director of the Gillespie County Economic Development Board who spoke about his job as Executive Director. Tim briefly talked about his duties and some of the projects he and the board were working on.
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The City of Mason is looking good as this spring progresses with the grass and trees a wonderful green and the wildflower show slowly changing from blue to yellow and white and all the colors nature can provide. This past week we had a successful spring “Clean-up” and free dump days at the landfill to help reduce the trash around town, and we continue to work on our code enforcement and try to help citizens who are cleaning up some of the overgrown and poorly maintained propertie ...
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Last Tuesday, at the regular, weekly lunch meeting of my local Lion’s Club, which is held in the back room of Zavala’s Mexican Food Restaurant & Mensa Society, Pat Reardon tapped me on the shoulder. Pat is also a Lion, and a fine fellow, when he isn’t interrupting my meal. Pat wanted to know if I was joking in a recent column, when I mentioned that the Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission had made it legal to hunt game animals in Texas with suppressed weapons.
, Editor
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We have satellite television, with hundreds of channels. We have DVD collections of movies and television shows from which to choose for an evening's entertainment. And, we have the internet, full of movies, television shows and specialized entertainment. And our most common refrain when we go to these devices - "There's nothing to watch." When you're flipping through the satellite channels, you're at the mercy of programmers.
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To the voters in Precinct 4 and the residents of Mason County, I am withdrawing as a candidate for Commissioner of Precinct 4. When I decided that I would run for the office, I was unaware that Stephen Mutschink was to be appointed to that office to finish Eldon Kothmann's unexpired term and would himself be a candidate.
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Dear Citizens of Mason, Why does the Odeon Preservation Association (OPA) want Reigning Cats & Dogs to take down their fence? They say they need to use our easement to have “access” to the back of the theater, so artists can enter that way. Well, the City of Mason cut down all the trees, took down a fence, and removed a carport so the OPA had unlimited access to the back of their theater, WHETHER REIGNING CATS & DOGS’ FENCE WAS REMOVED OR NOT!
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Events
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 • Posted April 18, 2012
Dear Fellow Democrats, It is set! The Mason County Democratic Convention will be Saturday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the home of Kay and Dennis Evans, 1410 Ischar. James Morris has agreed to act as Temporary Chair, as I will not be there. Please plan to attend to elect a delegate to the State Convention in Houston, June 7-9, and show your support for our candidates in the Primary Election, May 29th.
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On a chilly Saturday afternoon this past winter, the Fredonia Community Association met and started planning our Fredonia Homecoming Festival. We have alerted all friends, neighbors and former residents about the event and the time has finally arrived. This Saturday April 21, 2012, Fredonia welcomes all of you for a country festival.
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April 28th, 4:00 – 9:00 pm (Meal at 6 pm) Stock Pen Crossing Park, Menard, Texas FMI Menard Chamber of Commerce Tina Hodge, 325.396.2365 www.menardchamber.com Tickets: $15.00 Chuck wagon meal & Entertainment Meal tickets must be purchased by April 23rd Chuck Wagon Meal Cowboy Poetry Live Music Featuring Performances By: the award winning Jill Jones & 3 Hands High and W.C Jameson &a ...
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The Adventure Bound Seniors will be going to Christoval to the Hummer House. The trip is planned for Monday, April 23rd. We will meet at 9:30 at the church parking lot. Transportation will be furnished. Lunch is going to be at Delgado's in Christoval. We would like to invite our friends and neighbors to go with us on this fun trip. The Hummer House is internationally famous for bird watchers.
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The Make-A-Wish Foundation invites Mason residents to join them in a party celebrating local resident, Jacob Bibb. There will be a town rally in support of Bibb on Sunday, April 22nd, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. Jacob will be speaking to everyone about his journey and will be presented with his once-in-a-lifetime wish come true, thanks to Mask-A-Wish North Texas. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served.
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On April 19th, 2012, Texas Songwriters in the Round will begin their season’s showcases at Sandstone Cellars Winery in Mason Texas. This year, the songwriter’s group will present all original Texas music once again in Mason Texas, home of the Topaz! The showcase is every third Thursday of each month.
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It’s spring, it’s turkey season and it’s time for the Annual Kimble County Gun & Knife Show and Flea Market. This year show will be held on April 21st and 22nd at the Coke Stevenson center in Junction, Texas. The event will open at 9:00 AM both days and close at 4:00 PM.
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The Wesley Nurse at First United Methodist Church invites you to take part in a free caregiver support group series open to all residents in the Mason area. The series will extend over a six week period and will provide caregiver support sessions, as well as, practical learning experiences that will improve participants’ ability to care for their loved ones.
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Members of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country took their Annual Field Trip to Kerrville, Texas this year on April 7th to view member Robin Clark’s show, “Fragments.” The exhibition will be up until April 29th at the Kerrville Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett Street. Pictured below: Carol Kothmann and Robin Clark.
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The Mason County Cancer Benefit t-shirt design contest winner this year was Abby Nash. She received $50 which was donated by Country Home Health. Pictured aboveare: Tommy Starks, Janie Jaquez, Jamie Silerio, Jaxon Price, Teresa Walker, Abby Nash, Theresa Weber & Cynthia Jaquez. Our event is April 28th at the Heritage Park 10 a.m.
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The Youth Baseball team of 1952 were grand marshals of the opening day parade Saturday, and they also threw out the opening pitch to kick off the festivities.
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The April 20th meeting of the Hilda Community Club has been cancelled due to too many conflicts on that date. Our May meeting will be held on Friday, May 21st.
, Mason County Agent
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There were several area youth from Mason County 4-H that participated at the major livestock shows this year. These shows include Fort Worth, San Antonio, San Angelo, Houston, and Austin. Congratulations to all the 4-H’ers on a great year!! The results from those stock shows are listed below. Fort Worth Sierra Martin-Reserve Champion Hair Sheep Aspen Martin-3rd Hair sheep Baylee Owen-2nd meat goat, 7th medium wool Rylee Owen- 5th Finewool cross, 7th medium w ...
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The Elementary District Academic UIL meet was held in Medina on December 7, 2011. Students in first through fifth grades competed against schools from Center Point, Medina, and Hunt. Mason won the meet with 555 points! Our students were complimented on their academic skills, appearance, and behavior. Students in first through fourth grades received their ribbons and medals at the UIL Award’s Assembly on April 10, 2012.
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With recent news that Mason’s Current Events team qualified as the high point “wild card” team, Mason will have 23 students competing in Brenham on April 20th. MHS senior class has nine students advancing. These outstanding seniors include: Bodie Adams, Kaitlyn Cavness, Andy Duarte, Gideon Gonzales, Dyllan Hofmann, Amanda Hudson, Briggs Jones, Samantha Jordan, and Star Longoria.
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Aida Dominguez and Isidro Ramirez are pround to announce the engagement of Aida’s daughter to Logan Jones of Eldorado, Texas. Chely, also the daughter of the late Henry Dominguez Sr., graduated from Angelo State University and is an Elementary Teacher for San Angelo Independent School District. Logan, the son of Ricky Jones and Lori Stone, attended Angelo State University and is now employed with JET Specialty and Supply in Eldorado, Texas.
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Mason ISD Senior, James Matthew Banner, signed a National Letter of Intent this past week, to play tennis for St Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Present at the signing were Matt’s parents, Jim and Amelia Banner, Paul Smith, head tennis coach at Mason ISD, and Kaysie Smashey, Matt’s personal coach and close friend. Matt will begin playing for St.
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On Wednesday, March 28th eight high school juniors were inducted into the National Honor Society. Membership in NHS is by invitation and these students were chosen based on their high academic achievements as well as exemplifying a high standard of integrity and community service. From left to right: Elena Ramon, Margaret Lemke, Courtney Brown, Rio Schmidt, Chris Gray, Katherine Koock, Abby Nash and Mari Marquez.
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Steve and Molly Potter of San Antonio and Ron and Mary Freytag of Mason announce the engagement of their children, Meghan M. Potter and Eric J. Freytag. The couple met at the University of Texas as undergraduates. Meghan went on to receive a Masters in Speech Pathology She is a speech pathologist in Pflugerville ISD.
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CONWAY, AR (04/16/2012)(readMedia)— Gabe Gonzales, a junior from Mason, was one of 22 Hendrix College students elected to the college’s chapter of Psi Chi during its annual initiation ceremony on Thursday, March 29. Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology.
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News
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As with most cultures, we Americans have a desire and a duty to honor those who have fought for our country’s freedom. Mason County is no different and, as such, erected the veterans’ monument at the northeast corner of the courthouse square honoring Mason County men and women who have served their country in any of the armed forces. When first erected, it had the names of veterans, both deceased and living, from the great World Wars and Korea.
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Mason — As a part of the Mason community for 69 of years, the Mason County SWCD wants to remind you that each of us has a connection to natural resources. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is celebrating the 57th year of Stewardship week April 29 – May 6, 2012.
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The Mason Community Foundation, a non profit organization, awarded a generous grant to the Loyal Valley VFD. These funds will go toward the purchase of much needed radio equipment for our trucks and members. Communication during any event is a key part and we are blessed to have members of the community who believe in us and our department.
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The Mason County Grand Jury met on March 26, 2012. Two true bills (indictments) were returned during that meeting. Jimmie Don Airheart - Unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Ryan Weatheread - Taking wildlife without landowner's consent.
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Too many cooks spoil the soup? Not so when the Mason Community Kitchen chefs prepare one-dish meals to be distributed at the local Food Bank. On March 31, March, Cathy Terrell was the chief chef and oversaw preparation of Italian Sausage and Pasta. Each month, the Kitchen volunteers prepare about 160 containers (each serving about 3 people) of the dish-of-the-month, a tasty, nutritious, and complete meal.
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Imogene Leifeste Lange of Mason, passed away, Sunday, April 15th, 2012, at Shannon Hospital in San Angelo at the age of 82. Funeral Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 17th, at the First Baptist Church in Mason with Pastor David Currie officiating. Burial followed in the Gooch Cemetery under the direction of Mason Funeral Home.
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Sports
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 • Posted April 18, 2012
Mason, April 11, 2012 – For twenty youth sports organizations demonstrating their commitment to responsibility on and off the baseball field, Liberty Mutual will soon make a very memorable contribution, in the amount of a $2,500 Responsible Sports™ Community Grant. Mason Youth Baseball, Inc. is hoping to be one of them. Community Grants are part of Liberty Mutual’s Responsible Sports program, which is an ongoing effort championing and celebrating responsibility in yo ...
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The Punchers pounded Eldorado on Tuesday 16-3 at Mason in six innings. Mason scored five runs in the fourth on an RBI double by Chance Stockbridge, a two-run single by Miguel Castillo, an RBI triple by Austin Trip, and an RBI single by Kolby Yonker. The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to four lead changes in the game.
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With a little class, sophistication, and pure game focus, the Mason Punchers jumped out to an early lead on Medina and captured a 13-2 victory on Saturday at Medina. The game was decided quickly as Mason exerted its will early with seven runs in the first three innings. A two-run double by Austin Trip, an RBI single by Kolby Yonker, and an error during the first inning fueled Mason’s offense early.
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Another Junior High track season has come and gone, and as usual the Punchers did a great job of competing and conducting themselves in a manner everyone would be proud of.In the first outing, we traveled to Sonora for a large 2A meet. In the 7th grade division, the scoring was as follows: 1600 m Relay 6th 5:05.5 TJ Townsend 6th 28’3 1/2 800 m Relay 5th 2:15 HJ Timms 4th 4’8 400 m Relay 6th 59.30 2400 m Run 1st 8.49 The following week the Pun ...