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May 2, 2012 Issue
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012 • Photos
Bobbie McMillan and Michael Cope check out the Teller Stations being constructed in the “soon to be temporary quarters” for The Commercial Bank. The Commercial Bank is preparing to move its entire operation into their adjacent building, formerly occupied by Whipperwheel, in order to expedite the upcoming remodel process. Mrs.
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One of the unique auction items for this weekend's Volunteer Fire Department auction is this beautiful and unique Glenn Marshall knife. The collector's piece was donated by Frank Habecker, who plans on enjoying some of the great barbecue prior to the auction!
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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.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
The annual meeting of the Gooch Cemetery Association will occur on Friday, May 4th at 6:00 p.m. in the Stribling Room of the Mason County Library. Included on the agenda is an update from Deann Gregg regarding the very interesting and informative books she has compiled which contain history and gravesite identifications of all known burials in both the old and new parts of Gooch Cemetery.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
It’s that time of the year again and the City Pool is scheduled to open on Monday, May 28th 2012 at 10:30am. Our hours of operation have changed slightly, and we wanted everyone to know about them, so a schedule is attached to this article. We will be adding a new Vortex Slide to the pool this year that is scheduled to be here on May 3rd, and we will installed shortly after it arrives.
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Work continues on the northwest room of the Officers' Quarters as a memorial to Wibby Shearer. Gene Zesch and his sister, Peggy Laverty, of Colorado, continue to update the pictures of twenty generals from Fort Mason, plus artifacts discovered around the old fort buildings. Annual School Day at the fort is scheduled for Friday, May 18th, with a Confederate officer, Union officers from Fort Concho, games directed by members of Fort McKavett, a presentation by Tommy Koepke, plus docents ...
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
Twenty-five dollars and twenty-six cents. That’s right. $25.26. For postage and a padded envelope at the Post Office. $48.57. For gas. Regular. At Weber Chevron. $15.84. For several birthday cards at Benjie’s. Which comes to a grand total of $89.74. There went that $100 bill. And that was just yesterday. Today spent $75.78 on wine at Sandstone Cellars Winery. Gifts to go with those b ...
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
His smile said much and his words said even more, but good deeds during his “three score and ten” life trumped them both. Alzheimer’s finally had its way with Hal Rowe recently, but during the seven-year ordeal, he was talked out of little—and had his way with much—in a life that inspired, delighted and encouraged. More than 500 people gathered at his beloved Bacon Heights Baptist Church in Lubbock for a memorial service bathed in rich memories of ...
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Many may be wondering how I can get to the story of Erna when I am going back to the days of the fight for Texas Independence in 1836. I found that I needed to lead into the exploration of the area prior to the settlement, which I will try to do in a couple more articles as I try to bring an end to the Republic of Texas.
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Where did April go and what happened to “April showers bring May flowers”? I was so hopeful that April was going to be really wet. Now they’re saying May could be wet. We shall see. If it doesn’t rain soon, our Wilman Love grass will be dormant for another year.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
\There’s always something to see at the library. This week we’re launching a new partnership with the art teachers and students. We’re so proud to be able to offer a place for students to display their works. We’re starting with the imaginative projects of the Fourth Grade. Please, be sure to come in this month—you’ll be glad you did! NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries) DVDs: The Iron Lady The Girl wi ...
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
DNA is our cellular blueprint. It is part of our genetic makeup that controls how our cells reproduce. Much research has gone into proving that so called genetic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and more are actually the result of damage to the cellular DNA that causes a defective reproduction of cells in the body, which over time leads to degenerative disease.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
There are several signs of Spring in Mason every year, such as the spectacular wildflowers that are now changing from blue to yellow, white and red and the arrival of the many visitors that come to enjoy the country views. One of the more local signs of Spring is the variety of fundraising events that crowd the calendar and beg us to attend and contribute each year.
, CEA-FCS
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
I was told by a 4-H leader recently about his friend that was attacked by bees in the Brady area, and they were thought to be Africanized as they were very aggressive. So we thought this might be a good article topic as lots of you are getting your yards into shape for summer and cutting down the trees that died in the drought.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, April 24th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 29 members in attendance. Lion Roger Luckenbach was responsible for the program and "Boss" Lion Kirby Groves introduced Vicki Ritter with the Eckert-James River Bat Cave, who spoke about the many experiences she has had over the last several years that she has been the bat cave steward. She talked about he many types of wildlife that can be observed at the Bat Cave while she showe ...
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
Every once in a while I’ll have a day that is totally spent on replacement of items. One day last week I woke up and went to the bathroom and only had two squares of toilet paper on the tube. Refilled the toilet paper. Went to the kitchen to pour myself a cup of coffee, only about a fourth of a cup remained.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
Just before my wife and I took our annual fishing trip to Rockport, my friend, Greg Berlocher, sent me an email. Greg is always trying to get me to go wadefishing with him, which I never do because you have to actually get in the water to wade. There are sharks in the water. But Greg always tells me the sharks won’t bite me.
, Editor
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
I've recently begun watching TED Talks on Netflix. TED is a gathering of people from assorted disciplines (originally Technology, Entertainment and Design; but, that has grown since its inception). The speakers at the TED talks gatherings discuss architecture, love, religion, exploration and more. And, the attendees (for which there is a VERY long waiting list) come from business, education, the arts, industry, the military and politics.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
Dear Citizens of Mason, I recently had the privilege of returning to your town to help build my second Habitat home with the the Habitat RV Care-A-Vanners. Last year I came for 3 weeks and loved it so much that I returned for 5 weeks this year. I travel extensively in my trailer but there are few places that compare to Mason.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
The Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Library is partnering with the art teachers and student to exhibit their work at the library. The Fourth Graders’ art is on display for May. Please come see their imaginative interpretations of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.
, Adjutant
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
This month, the members of American Legion Post 285 along with the help of VFW Post 8554 and volunteers will be placing more than 750 memorial flags on veterans’ graves throughout Mason County. A Memorial Day flag placed on a veteran’s grave honors each veteran’s sacrifice to serve in the Armed Forces that protect and defend our beloved country. On Thursday, May 10th, between 6:30 pm and 8:00pm, individuals who live outside of Mason, and have family cemeteries with v ...
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The Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library is excited to be able to offer computer classes for beginners. Three classes will be offered: Computer Basics I, Computer Basics II, and Using the Internet, Facebook, and email. Computer Basic I will meet Thursday, May 3 from 6:30 P.M.-7:30 P.M. The instructor is Carol Tucker.
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The racers are signing up for this year’s special race jubilee! On June 2nd 10AM boaters and floaters will meet under the Highway 87 bridge over the River Llano. It’s 8 miles south of Mason Texas off the Hwy. 87 South/(or North) right under the bridge! The race is going back to it’s roots of rough and ready riders….. The fee for this year is $20.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
The Eight Annual Lamplight Designs Art Competition exhibition opens Friday, May 4, 2012 at Topaz Confections bakery. Mason High School art students will be exhibiting works reflecting a range of medium including painting, drawing, mixed media and collage. The opening reception will begin at 5:00 with awards presented at 5:30.
, Edited by Mike Innis
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
MENARD – Predator awareness will be the topic of a workshop to be conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service from 8:15 a.m.- 4:45 p.m. May 22 at the Menard County Show Barn located on the A.H. Murchison Complex – Whitehead Youth Center in Menard. Six Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – two laws and regulations, four general – will be available for those with a private applicator license. “With wildlife such an import ...
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
Civil Air Patrol, the volunteer civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force, is recruiting members for the Cadet program in Fredericksburg. The Fredericksburg Cadet Squadron started in October 2005, and another Basic Cadet Training class is now forming. Young men and women from the ages of 12 to 18 receive training in leadership, aerospace, emergency services, basic military drill and discipline.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
The Leader in Me is an innovative, school wide model that emphasizes a culture of student empowerment and helps unleash each child’s full potential. Applying The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®, teachers and students internalize timeless leadership principles that nurture the skills students need for success in the 21st century.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
Mason Elementary/Jr. High School will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair Monday, May 7th to Thursday, May 10th in our Library. We will be open from 8:00-11:00 and 12:30-3:00 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; Thursday we will be open till 11:00. There will also be a special opportunity to select books with your child at our Family Night on Tuesday, May 8th from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
27 enthusiastic Democratic supporters met at the home and Kay and Dennis Evans Saturday, April 21 for the local convention. James Morris served as Chair and Carlene Brollier as Secretary. Robin Lee was selected as Delegate to the State Convention and James as Alternate. A great surprise was the visit by Rachel Barrios – Os, candidate for State Chair. Five resolutions were adopted and forwarded to the State Office: 1. Resolve that Texas repeal law requiring photo I ...
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The Mason Study Club honored the Mason County Librarians, past and present, recently by adding their names to the brick pathway along the sidewalk outside the front of the library. For a minimal price, each brick is inscribed with names and dates of service which began in 1938. The bricks are an on-going project with lots of room left for more honorees.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
The Hill Country CattleWomen will hold their next meeting on May 15, 2012. This meeting will be hosted by the Blanco, Johnson City and Stonewall members. The meeting will be held at the Becker Vineyards, and Lavender Haus located on Jenschke Lane off US Highway 290 East of Fredericksburg. Social begins at 10:00 and the meeting at 10:30.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
Tracing one’s genealogy has become a popular pursuit these days—even Reba McEntire has joined the hunt! But tracing one’s ancestry is not always easy and having the right resources can really make a difference. Who do you think has such resources? The Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library, of course!
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Dana and Pal Newsom of Graham, Texas, are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Hayli LouDana Newsom, to Alejandro Eliseo Castillo, son of Eli and Gigi Castillo of Mason, TX. The bride-elect is a 2007 graduate of Graham High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Midwestern State University in 2009.
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News
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
As cardiac and pulmonary services evolve, Hill Country Memorial aiming to replace key equipment When it comes to the next breath or heartbeat, cardiac patients know not to take anything for granted. Since 1990, Hill Country Memorial has tailored its Cardiac Rehabilitation Program to aid recovery and provide continued support for the diverse patients it serves.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012
Fredericksburg, Texas – April 20, 2012 – Hill Country Memorial was recently named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. “The top 100 hospitals are chosen from nearly 3,000 hospitals nationwide and given that none can apply for this honor, this recognition is the highest award any U.S.
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On April 25, 2012, at home, with her beloved husband Leon at her side, Genevieve peacefully slipped from this life into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Genevieve was born on Jan. 22, 1921 in Santa Barbara, CA. While a nurse, she married Dr. Samuel A. Hoerster, Jr. During World War II Genevieve lived with her in-laws and son, Sam, III, in Art., TX.
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Sports
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012 • Photos
The Mason Tennis Association Tennis-A-Thon fundraiser was a smashing success in raising over $8500. The money will be used to improve our tennis center. Many of our tennis playing youth, ages 4 to 18, played tennis for 1 and 1/2 hours on March 25th and acquired sponsors who donated money to them for playing. The top fundraiser for this event was Lexie Bingham, a 6th grader, who raised $1500.