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May 23, 2012 Issue
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012 • Photos
Alberta Birk, President of St. Paul Lutheran Church, hands a check to Charlie Grosse of over $5000 for the Mason County Fire Department. The money was raised for the Fire Department through the Lenten Season offerings from St. Paul.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012
The Scholarship Awards Ceremony honoring the Mason High School Class of 2012 was held in the MHS auditorium on Monday, May 14 at 6:30 in the evening. Graduation ceremonies will be held at the R. Clinton Schulze Stadium this Friday at 8:00 p.m. Coach Habecker opened the program by thanking the organizations and individuals who make the scholarship opportunities available, the students, parents, teachers, and community are forever grateful.
, Adjutant
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was founded as a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. The practice of decorating veterans’ graves began during the Civil War and Decoration Day was officially proclaimed by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic on May 5, 1868.
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Friday was a day Austin Trip will remember forever as Trip threw a no-hitter in Mason’s 5-3 victory over Kenedy. No Kenedy batter was able to locate Trip’s pitches during the game. Trip threw a no-hitter, striking out nine batters and walking four while recording his momentous feat. He got Player B to ground out for the final out of the game. Kolby Yonker did his best to jumpstart the offense for the Punchers, reaching base three times.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012
A tiny egg. Sign of Spring. Life. Hope springing eternal. Newborn birds. In the nest. Out of the nest. Some in their eggs. Some wailing for worms. Like those at the Odeon Theatre. And some who don’t make it. A tiny broken egg. Bird unformed. Too soon. No hope. No wings. No flight. No feathers. And so, Spring passes it by. No second chances. None fo ...
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012
Jesus assures in St. Matthew that the gates of hell will never prevail against the church, but the Good Book is silent on protection from hail damage. Lubbock minister David L. Wilson figures he’s got hail to deal with on this side of the River Jordan. Dr. and Mrs. Wilson built a new home in ’06 and are now on their third new roof.
, 2012 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012
Most people have heard it said that lightning does not strike twice in the same spot. I have never personally been struck by lightning once, much less twice, but I can tell you that this last week’s events had every bit the same results as that ominous bolt of electricity blasting a person from the heavens...twice!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012
NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries) DVDs: Schindler’s List Breaking the Press (Christian) Abduction Frozen Planet Eraser And Then There Were None (Hollywood Classics Collection) M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village AUDIOBOOKS: The Watchman by Robert Crais (CD F CRA) The Shape Shifter by Tony Hillerman (CD F HIL) Live Wire by Harlan Cohen (CD F COH) YOUNG ADULT: < ...
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012
Know your numbers. I talk to many people in the course of business. I find that most don’t know much about their blood work. I commonly hear people say that their blood work is “normal”, but when they actually look at the numbers, there may be several out of range.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012
The sunshine and the higher temperatures, along with the fact that about the time you read this school will be out and the high school seniors will be graduated, mean that summer is just around the corner. Summer in Mason means a couple of special activities for the City workers, and some of them have a direct impact on our residents.
, CEA-FCS
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012
My favorite vegetable has got to be the tomato. Beefsteak, Roma, cherry, you name it and I love it just about any way. I love making a simple “salad” of homegrown tomatoes plus any other veggies I have on hand drizzled with salad dressing. But I get so tired of seeing people put their tomatoes in the refrigerator, so I thought I’d share with you how to get the most flavor from them!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, May 15th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 34 members and two visitors in attendance. Among the visitors was incoming District Governor Tom Blase and his wife, Sherrilyn. Lion John Palacio was responsible for the program and he talked about his duties as the City of Mason Administrator. John also spoke about some of the things that the City had been working on and some things that they had planned for the future.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012
What is in a warranty? Really not much! I've spent one full day on this matter. Angie has a list, so Jane has list, too! Don't buy from "Best Buy!" What's on TV? Not Much! Okay, if you want to home shop! Ordered a blue fry pan - where nothing sticks - for $19.99 Got a slicer, that doesn't work and lid.
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Well. I’m sorry to have to report that, to date, the Colorado Department of Oxygen has failed to follow up on my suggestion to pump some air onto the trails in the mountains up here. As if climbing steep trails along dangerous drop-offs wasn’t enough, you still have to do it without breathing.
, Editor
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012
Editor's Note: I am repeating a column from 2003, updated a bit for 2012, in honor of our graduates. Friday is graduation night for the students at Mason High School. I've talked to several members of the class and they are all more than ready to be done with their high school days.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012
I just had to let yall know that I believe the Puncher baseball team is awesome. I saw a side of the Punchers that I haven’t seen since we played Ganado in football. This past Friday, we played a quarter final game against Kennedy. Our bats came out on fire.
, Graduate Germologist (GIA)
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012
Gerry, There is lots of talking going on as part of the coming elections. A common opinion here is that government is bad and should be made as small as possible. Government entitlement programs should be eliminated, or made much smaller. Don’t raise taxes to deal with the national debt- cut programs.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012
Dear Gerry and the kind people of Mason, We are quickly approaching our last days in Mason as we move out of our home this weekend. We are so grateful to everyone who has welcomed us into this extraordinary community. Over the last seven years, we have befriended you and gotten to know you, as if we had been here all of our lives.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012
Dear Friends of Reigning Cats & Dogs, members of the Odeon Preservation Association (OPA), and Citizens of Mason, When I was a moody teenager, lurking on the bluffs of Lake Champlain and reading poetry, I came upon Mark Antony’s funeral oration from William Shakespeare’s play, “Julius Caesar.” For some reason it spoke to me - maybe it was the irony, as sarcasm was my weapon of choice as a high school student (yes, Jake, I DO know where you get it).
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WAITING FOR WINNERS! Big (left), Lenore Newsom (center), and Limo (right) will be waiting for first and second graders to come read to them at the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. The program begins at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, June 4. Everyone that signs up for the program will receive a book bag and “Reading Rocks” pin, and every time a student reads to a dog, he or she will win a free pass to swim or a coupon for DQ ice cream.
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The Mason Tea Party will meet on Thursday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. at the Richard P. Eckert Civic Center, 1024 McKinley in Mason. Sponsored by the Central Texas Constitution Alliance (CTxCA), the Mason Tea Party will host the dynamic KrisAnne Hall presenting “History of the Constitution - If we are to reclaim our nation, we must reclaim our history!” 56 men, 236 years ago, pledged to each other their Lives, their Fortunes, and their sacred Honor in declaring our independence.
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A vital part of the Former Texas Rangers Association (FTRA) is to preserve the true history of the Texas Rangers and to provide landmarks relating to the Texas Rangers. The marking of the Rangers’ graves with the Texas Rangers’ Memorial Cross is just one activity that fulfills this mission. In commemoration of the service rendered and the sacrifices made by Phillip Cuney (P.C.) Baird of “D” Company, and John A Moran of “” Company, the FTRA has given two sp ...
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012
This weekend, we begin accepting items at the Peter’s Prairie Schoolhouse at Camp Air in preparation for the Garage Sale & Bake Sale scheduled for June 8th & 9th. We ask folks to have a ‘look see’ for things they no longer use or want and would be willing to give to the PPSCA to help with the “labor of love” caring for the communities’ historic rural school.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012
Darden Smith will return to Mason this Saturday May 26 for an encore performance. His dozen critically acclaimed albums weave together rock, pop, country folk and Americana influences with the musical roots of his home state of Texas. Darden’s first album Darden Smith (1988) produced two country chart hit singles, “Little Maggie” and “Day After Tomorrow.” His time with Columbia Records yielded Trouble No More in 1990 featuring “Midnight Train” ...
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012
We will observe Memorial Day at the Long Mountain Cemetery once more this year, Monday, May 28 at 8:00 P. M. Bill Hight will deliver the message and will be assisted by his 9 year old grandson, Aiden Sharabba of Houston and hopefully, we will will have a susprise for you by one playing TAPS on the harmonica.
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Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country members, Nan Loeffler and Marcy Holmes-Wheeler, have been invited to show and sell their art at the Old Chicken Farm Art Center in San Angelo on June 2 for the First Saturday event to kick off the summer. The Chicken Farm is located at 2505 Martin Luther King Blvd.
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On May 13, the following students were confirmed in their faith at the Sunday Morning worship service at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Front row, left to right: Audra Rode, Amber Hengst, Kirsten Allen. Back row, left to right: Dalton Kast, Luke Gillespie, Pastor Tim Scheffel, Levi Hofmann, and Spencer Bierschwale.
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On Thursday, May 17th, the Mason Garden Club had a work day planting native plants in the beds at the Mason County Library. Submitted by Sara Banta
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Thanks to everyone who has generously donated to Second Chance. We are currently in need of cat litter and old towels and rags. There is also a continuing need for gently used pet supplies such as leashes, collars, pet beds and litter boxes. All supply donations can be dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce.
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The Ramon Family Foundation is honored to announce the 2012 Gilberto Ramon Memorial Scholarship recipients. They are as pictured Andy Duarte, Bianka Martinez, Star Longoria, Samantha Jordan, and David Mora proudly accompanied by Beatrice and Julio Ramon.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012
San Antonio, TX – Spencer Bierschwale, Dalton Kast and Nick Martin of Mason County will participate in the Texas Brigades program this summer. They were selected based on their academic records, interest in wildlife and natural resources, and leadership activities. The Texas Brigades’ mission is to educate and empower youths with leadership skills and knowledge in wildlife, fisheries, and land stewardship to become conservation ambassadors for a sustained natural resource ...
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=Riata Service Organizations Luncheon was held at The First Baptist Church on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. The Civic committee was in charge of organization and members cooked for the event which is intended to raise funds for our local community. Bobbie McMillan introduced the entertainment, which was music by Karen Mitchell accompanied by Marilyn Kahan on the piano.
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Dorrett Townsend led the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country Creative Session program on Saturday, May 5, using “TWIGS” for inspiration. A variety of sculptural, as well as, two dimensional expressions was made with Dorrett’s creative instructions. Officers of the FAAHC are already planning the programs and Creative Sessions for the new year which begins June 1st.
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Mason High School art students were honored with an opening reception for the 8th Annual Lamplight Designs Art Competition on Friday, May 4th at Topaz Confections. The reception was held in conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk on the Square. A record number of family and friends were on hand to view 37 entries displaying a wide range of medium.
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Benjamin Perry Vines and Heather Nicole Porter Vines graduated on May 20 from the Texas Tech Health Science Center School of Allied Health. Heather received the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and Benjamin received the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science degree, summa cum laude. In recognition of being a Chickasaw graduate, Ben wore the stole presented to honor graduates by the Chickasaw Nation.
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At the close of business on Friday, May 11th, the employees of Central Texas Electric Co-op achieved a milestone rarely seen in the electric utility industry - the completion of one million consecutive hours worked without a lost time accident. For the 137 employees of CTEC, the streak dates back to July 24, 2008.
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Kay Evans and Bobbie McMillan of the Riata Service Organization presented a check in the amount of $3,665.92 to Sherry Alexander, P.A., so that The Mason Clinic can purchase two temporal thermometers for instant temperature readings and a portable monitor on a stand which quickly measures blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturation, and body temperature automatically.
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The ladies of Alpha Beta Psi Service Organization presented a check in the amount of $1,500 to the Mason I.S.D. PTO on May 17, 2012. The money donated will be used toward the purchase of new playground equipment for the children of the Mason Elementary School. Alpha Beta Psi is grateful to the entire Mason community for its generous support at the Alpha Beta Psi fashion show held on April 29, 2012.
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The Mason Volunteer Fire Department took possession of a new set of "Jaws of Life" last week. This updated equipment will improve the department's ability to assist at accident scenes in the rescue of crash victims. Left to right: Clyde Martin, Thain Martin, Rich McKittrick and Charlie Grosse.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012
The Kimble County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for running over approximately 20 mailboxes on Ranch Road 479 on 05/16/12. Call 325-446-TIPS (8477), or the Kimble Country Sheriff's Office at 325-446-2766.
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The Mason Community Foundation (MCF) was established several years ago to help meet needs in Mason County, and support the citizens of our community. The MCF recently awarded grants to several local organizations. One of these grants went to the Mason Parent-Teacher Organization. This money will fund a canopy to be placed over new playground equipment at school.
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The Friends of the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library presented a check to the library, which will go toward the purchase of new books, audio books, and other materials. The Spring Book & Bake Sale held at the end of March and beginning of April, was chaired by Carolyn Phillips and made this check of $3,500 possible. The Friends of the Library gives their hearty thanks to everyone who helped with the sale, to the officers and members of the Friends, and to everyone who ...