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April 25, 2012 Issue
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012 • Posted April 25, 2012 • Photos
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 tenth Habitat for Humanity home built in Mason was 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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The 2012 Mason County Cancer Benefit will be held this coming Saturday, April 28th at Heritage Park from 10:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m. We appreciate all of the hard work that our teams have done to ensure that this year’s event is a success. Please plan to come out and join us for great food, raffles, games and entertainment.
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The Department of Defense announced Monday the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Staff Sgt. Joseph H. Fankhauser, 30, of Mason, Texas, died April 22 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
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Beginning April 26 the Mason Square Museum in Mason, TX will have on display many of the drawings and sketches by Laverne Lee. Laverne was the fourth generation of her family to be born in Mason County and her life story includes much of the history of Mason County. Mrs.
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We have enjoyed having all of the Bluebonnet hunters, Topaz rock Hounds, Artists, Habitat for Humanity caravan, RVers, and many other visitors to our community. In one month the Chamber passed out 700 free maps to folks from all over the WORLD! This spring has been a blessing to us ALL.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 • Posted April 25, 2012
Worldwide. Then there’s Fourth of July. All American. Let freedom ring. And fireworks explode. We have other holidays such as Thanksgiving and Easter. Mother’s Day and Passover. But their actual dates change every year. Three hundred million Americans and each with our own personal dates. That’s a minimum of 300,000,000. The day we were born. The day we got married. The year we graduated.
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By any measure, it is a relic, and if walls could talk, moans and groans would dominate. If “kin” were called in to witness last rites, there’d be few. Most single-screen movie houses—with names like “Queen, Plaza, Bijou, Tivoli and Palace”—are long since gone. And, without community action, Canyon’s Varsity Theater, a downtown landmark for more than 60 years, faces the same fate. It’s remarkable, really, that this little fi ...
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I had always heard that when you retire, you will be asking yourself how you had time to go to work at your regular job, especially with all the work and activities you’ll have going on. I now ask myself that same question. What a busy week! Thank God for Sunday, the one day we slow down and worship with thankfulness from the bottom of our grateful hearts to our heavenly Father.
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One thing that has impressed me since we’ve moved to Mason is that so many people, either individually or as part of an organization, are willing to volunteer to serve their community. The library benefits tremendously whether it’s having regular volunteers coming in or people or clubs helping with a specific need or project.
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Genetics have lots to do with who we are and what our health is like, particularly as we age. We tend to put up with arthritis, high blood pressure, a little weight around the middle, etc. because we see them as symptoms of age as determined by our genes. Scientists are discovering more and more about our genetic makeup – and more importantly, how to control it, or at least limit the worst aspects of it as it applies to our health.
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Things are going very well around the City recently, with the exception of a water leak Saturday when someone ran over a fire hydrant and broke a six inch water line that was a major link in providing water to many residents on the north side of town. Our water crews worked hard for several hours in waist deep and strong flowing water to clean the break and install a large valve that will prevent the significant water issues if this happens again in that area of town.
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I participated in a great health fair in Mason this week so I took the opportunity to demonstrate some new healthy recipes. They must have been good, as I gave away every single bit of all three dishes! This is a recipe from Extension’s Better Living for Texans program, which provides nutrition education for food stamp recipients.
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The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, April 17th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 36 members in attendance. Lion Mark Lehmberg was responsible for the program and introduced Vondell Jordan and Tammy Parrish who spoke about the "Leader in Me" program. The "Leader in Me" program is a school-wide leadership development process for both students and staff members, of which The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a foundational piece.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 • Posted April 25, 2012
I suppose I could ramble about something or the other. But, don’t feel like rambling, as I do good to wobble! I could talk about the dogs, but then again, they haven’t learned any new tricks. So, in following some advice, I will not just blabber, nor will I ramble! Sometimes you feel like a nut and then sometimes you don’t! Thus, I will make my fingers still and try to remember what I wanted to write about, NEXT WEEK! P.S.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 • Posted April 25, 2012
For the benefit of those who have led such a deprived childhood they never shot turtles, let me just state here that this is a time-honored tradition in Texas and some other enlightened states. It’s also pretty necessary if you want fish to survive in your tanks (what Yankees call ponds). A tank, otherwise known as a stock tank, is a small body of water on a ranch that cattle and other livestock drink from.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 • Posted April 25, 2012
It's that time of year once more. If you don't know what time it is, that probably means you don't know one of the high school seniors! As April winds down and May begins, you can see the change in all the members of the graduating senior class. They start to become disoriented and unfocused.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 • Posted April 25, 2012
Parents, The baseball board is about to start a new project and we are looking for some volunteers. We applied for a grant to fix the broken bleachers at the youth baseball fields. It is important to the board we get this done for the safety of all our fans. We received the grant about two weeks ago and are ready to begin the project. Next Sunday, April 29th, we will begin renovating the bleachers at the youth baseball fields.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012 • Posted April 25, 2012
First Friday Art Walk Mason galleries and studios are inviting the public to come out on Friday, May 4 to see what is new in the local art scene. First Friday Art Walks are becoming popular community traditions through the country with many cities and towns celebrating the elements of area artists and musicians, retailers and galleries.
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Come join us for a fun fashion show featuring the spring clothing line from Cabi! Snacks and mimosas will also be served. The show is Sunday, April 29th, 3:00 p.m. at the Old Peanut Mill Steakhouse. Proceeds from the event will benefit the purchase of playground equipment (pictured) at Mason Elementary School. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Mane Attraction, Geistweidt & Whitworth Law Office, or from any Alpha Beta Psi member. Be sure to purchase your tickets ...
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 • Posted April 25, 2012
The Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library is privileged to begin a rotating exhibit of Mason County Quilts. The first quilt will be on display in the Stribling Room for the month of April. Doreen Cardenas hand-stitched the quilt “Whimsical Bowties,” and its beautiful colors brighten up the whole room.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 • Posted April 25, 2012
The Wesley Nurse at First United Methodist Church invites you to take part in the free caregiver & grief support groups open to all citizens in the Mason area. The focus of the support groups is to offer a time of listening and caring, as well as, practical learning experiences that will improve the quality of life for all participants. Assisting with the groups is Patrick Loring, M.S., L.P.C., the bereavement coordinator for Odyssey Hospice in Kerrville, Texas.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 • Posted April 25, 2012
The Mason County Ministerial Alliance will hold their next Fifth Sunday Community Worship Service on Sunday April 29 at the First United Methodist Church on Bridge Street, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served in the social hall. Music will be offered by choirs, ensembles, soloists, instrumentalists, and other groups from churches from around the Mason area.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 • Posted April 25, 2012
Mason Independent School District is beginning the process of applying for Federal funds for the 2012-2013 school year: Title I, Part A; Title I, Part C Migrant; Title II, Part A; Title III, Part A; and Special Education. These funds supplement the Mason ISD regular education program and ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assess ...
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 • Posted April 25, 2012
The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) of the Concho Valley Council of Governments will be visiting Brady to provide information about benefits that may be available for Medicare recipients and/or 60 years of age or older persons. Jim Bright 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, April 25, 2012 • Posted April 25, 2012
For the past two weeks Mason (and hopefully a wider subscriber base) readers of the Mason County News have been reading about St. Joseph’s Catholic Church’s Springfest, this Sunday, April 29th. We’ve told you all about how a $10 donation gets you half a barbequed chicken, potato salad, pinto beans, pickles/onions/bread, iced tea, and a home-baked dessert.
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At last Thursday's Health Fair, there were around 140 people there. Sara Banta notes that we "Learn something new each time we have it."
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St. Joseph Catholic Church First Communion Sunday for 2012 was observed on April 15, during 8:00 a.m. Mass with Rev. Melvin Dornak, pastor, presiding. Six first communicants had been preparing for this special event in their lives by participating in their regular Sunday morning Religious Education Classes and also in extra classes of intense sacrament preparation.
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Freshman Ashleigh Martin attended the State VASE Art Competition in College Station on Saturday, April 14th. The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) has sponsored the Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) since 1994. VASE is the only art event of its kind in the nation. Students are provided the opportunity to bring artworks created in their art classes to their regional event where they are interviewed by a certified juror who evaluates their work based on a standard based rubric and their ...
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Saturday, March 31st was a very special day at the Library. In addition to the Friends of the Library Book Sale there was STORYTIME in SPANISH and in English for all ages! Kica Berreles and Blanca Torres read to the children in Spanish and English and Katie Smith and Margaret Persky read in English. In addition, three middle schoolers and two high school students shared their University Interscholastic League (UIL) poetry and prose presentations.
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New officers for the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country were elected on April 10 during their Annual Meeting held at the Mason Eckert Civic Center. The officers will be installed on May 2 and their duties will begin on June 1.
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Ann Scarth, a member of Wesley Nurse Health Ministries, spoke to Mason Bluebonnet Study Club members on April 16. While she covered a number of health issues, the main focus of her talk was stroke recognition and intervention. Mrs Scarth began by outlining personal risk assessment. Factors considered were blood pressure, cholesterol levels, diabetes, smoking, atrial fibrilation, diet, exercise, and family history.
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Phillip and Janice Fry of Roachdale, Indiana, along with Gary and Karen Jennings of Fredonia are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their children, Jessica Lynn Fry and Michael Aaron Jennings. Aaron is a 2010 graduate of Texas A & M University, and Jessica graduated from Purdue University in W.
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Pictured: Gladys Kaderka (left) and Nancy Scholibo. The Mason Study Club has made a second generous donation to the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. The Study Club’s ongoing efforts for literacy are well-known, and their ongoing support of the library has been vital. This donation is much appreciated and will enable the library to purchase books and other library resources.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 • Posted April 25, 2012
Janet, the beloved wife of Thomas Schmidt, passed away April 4, 2012, at the age of 70 after surgery from complications due to a perforated duodenal ulcer. She was born December 16, 1940, in Springfield, TN, the second daughter of Dr. George Palmer Fowler and Lorene McClure. She was raised in Fort Worth, TX where her father was a professor of religion, Comparative Religions and New Testament Greek at Texas Christian University and Brite Divinity School.
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Marie F. Allen, 86, of Mason, passed away from this life in Windcrest Nursing Home in Fredericksburg on Sunday, April 21, 2012. Born on July 14, 1925 in Mason County. She was the first born child of William and Millie (Wartenbach) Gross. Marie graduated from Mason High School in May of 1942.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012 • Posted April 25, 2012
In just 14 short days the tennis team as managed to win the state team championship (in Abilene), dominate the UIL Individual District Tournament (in Kerrville) and sweep the UIL Regional Championships (in College Station). It seems like we have been on a tennis circuit the last two weeks, but we sure can’t complain about the results.
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Mason jumped out to an early lead on Menard and captured a 15-2 victory on Friday in Mason. Fifteen runs in the first three innings allowed the Punchers to put the game away early. A two-run error, an RBI double by Drigo Martinez, a walk by Elliot Bibb, a walk by Jake Newsom, and a walk by Miguel Castillo during the first inning and an RBI single by Martinez, an RBI single by Newsom, an RBI single by Chance Stockbridge, and an error in the second inning helped Mason put some runs on t ...
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 • Posted April 25, 2012
The Punchers shut the door early on Center Point, capturing a 10-0 victory on Wednesday at Mason. The game was decided quickly as Mason exerted its will early with six runs in the first three innings. An RBI triple by Winston Trip, an RBI double by Austin Trip, a sacrifice fly by Bodie Adams, and a two-run double by Hunter Kunc in the first inning supplied the early offense for Mason.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 • Posted April 25, 2012
Mason Junior High Tennis has been heating up the courts over the last several weeks. After winning 4th place at the Kerrville Team Tournament, Mason traveled to Copperas Cove Saturday March 31st with 30 players. Mason showed up to play with most of our players either advancing to the championship round, playing for third and fourth place, or consolation.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 • Posted April 25, 2012
The Punchers and Cowgirls participated in the Regional golf tournament in Brenham last week. Mondays play was hailed under blustery conditions. Both groups battled the wind while checking over their shoulders for rain and lightning. The rain and lightning did not come but the gnats were looking for cover from the elements which added to frustrations of the day.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 • Posted April 25, 2012
The 7th Grade scored 131 points and placed 3rd in the District Meet recently, held in La Pryor. In the field events Puncher athletes scored in the following: 2nd Dayton LJ 14’ 4” 2nd Townsend Tj 26’ 9” 3rd Hudson TJ 26’ 7 “ 1st Dayton HJ 4’ 6” 3rd Sanders HJ 4’ 2” 6th Segura shot 27’ 9” ¼ 5th Schwertner LJ 12’ 2” 4th Herrera TJ 23’ 3& ...