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June 6, 2012 Issue
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012 • Photos
Mayor Brent Hinckley couldn't resist trying out the new "vortex slide" at the City pool on Monday. A long line of young swimmers allowed the Mayor to cut in line for the experience, just so they could watch him making a splash!
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The Mason National Bank has always been a steady supporter of the Mason Co. Library, and this summer is no exception. They are donating a Nook Simple Touch GlowLight in addition to the Read to Swim passes that they have provided for several years. Our community is fortunate to have such generous sponsors, and we encourage students in Grades 1-12 to participate.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Mason County will be having a Range & Herd Health Workshop on Thursday June 7th at the Richard Eckert Civic Center in Mason, located at 1024 McKinley Street. Drs. Bob Lyons and Rick Machen of Texas AgriLife Research will be presenting along with Matt Kast with NRCS, Christy Keeler with Merck Animal Health, and Zane Willard with Alligare LLC.
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On Saturday, June 2, three Mason County Texas Rangers were honored with the Texas Ranger Memorial Cross being placed on their gravesite: Ranger P.C. Baird (1862-1928), Ranger John A. Moran (1885-1918), and Ranger George W. Coots (1841-1886). Former Texas Ranger Jim Gant of Georgetown gave a brief history of the Texas Rangers and of the Former Texas Ranger Association who supplied the crosses. During the ceremonies, Jan Appleby read the biography of P.C.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
During early voting and on the actual voting day of May 29th, 729 ballots were cast in Mason County's Democratic and Republican primaries Of those, 671 voted in the Republican primary, while 58 voted in the Democratic primary. Mason County voters overwhelming went went presumptive GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, handing him 72.45% of their votes, with Ron Paul, at 12.38%, a distant second, and Rick Santorum third with 6.66% of the vote. Mason County Democrats gave an over ...
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
The MHS Cheerleaders will be having a Movie Matinee fundraiser on Sunday, June 10th at 3 p.m. For $8 you get amovie ticket, medium drink and a popcorn or candy. Please come join them and see "The Avengers."
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
Coreopsis. Crowding the pasture. Careening through the draws. Crashing through the barbed wire. Advancing into every open space it can find. Celebrating. It’s good to be a wildflower. Especially with rain. Spring weather. Moisture. Heat. Cool mornings. Cool enough for blankets. Indian blankets too. And Gayfeathers. Winecups. White prickly poppy. Yes, it’s good to ...
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
Back in the 1970s, when trails leading to doctoral degrees were longer and more treacherous, candidates danced to the tunes chosen by their dissertation committees. With few exceptions, this tribunal scowled, seemingly in a state of ongoing discontent. (One particularly ornery member bragged that his stern countenance was enhanced by his gray hair and hemorrhoids—the former for the look of distinction and the latter for the look of concern.) We approached them with whimpers, hop ...
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
“My name is Ms. Batty. I am one of over 1,200 species of bats in the world. I am called the Mexican free-tail bat. I live in a cave in central Mexico with many other male and female Mexican free-tail bats. My summer home is in Texas. There, I live in a special place called The Eckert James River Bat Cave.
, Nancy Scholibo
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
Summer is here and so are Movie Tuesdays. We’ll be showing a free movie every Tuesday at 3:30 P.M. Our schedule for the rest of June is posted on Facebook and on the library’s door; our next film will be Treasure Buddies, rated G. Don’t forget to bring the kids in to sign up for summer reading! NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publisher’s summaries) DVDs Murder at 1600 Collateral Children of Men Cellular Matrix Reload ...
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
The end of the Republic of Texas has passed and now the new state becomes federalized in its actions in the defenses of the Frontier and the Rangers now become the mounted Rifle Rangers and are asked to provide scouting and spy activities for the U. S. Army. Capitan Hays has formed the five Ranging Companies early in 1846 and in being asked to parlay with General Z.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
Nutritional Supplements have become a way of life for many. Some use nutritional supplements for their corrective action and even more use them for preventive maintenance. Why are nutritional supplements necessary? The most basic answer is that our diet does not supply the nutrients necessary for good health. Part of the problem lies in our food choices that include sugar, white flour, caffeine, sodas and not enough whole grains and fruits and vegetables.
, CEA-FCS
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
Last week, I helped cater an event as a 4-H Fundraiser out in the heat and I ended up getting dehydrated and sick. This was the first time this has ever happened to me, and it brought to mind the importance of avoiding heat exhaustion. Heat stroke is a deadly illness that should be avoided at all costs, and if you take care of yourself it should be easy to avoid.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, May 29th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 30 members and two visitors in attendance. Lion Charles Pluenneke was responsible for the program and introduced Carol Sattler who spoke about her family's experience in Iran leading up to the overthrowing of the Shah, and the events that followed.Carol told of some very interesting situations that her husband, Harold, who was in the Army at the time, got into, and the precautions he had t ...
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
It’s that time of the year again, where Camp MeMaw opens! Seems, my client list keeps getting shorter every year. Kids do grow up and have other things to do, other than have root beer floats and cookies. The older ones have jobs and they have girlfriends and boyfriends! Can’t compete with those.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
When people ask me what I do, I usually make something up. A while back I met a woman and when she asked me what I did for a living, I told her I’m a dolphin waxer. She said she’d never heard of such a thing, which means she must not have read the recent bestseller, ‘Lone Survivor,’ which is where I stole that one. So when someone asks my wife what I do, she usually tells them I’m a professional liar, which is not entirely accurate.
, Editor
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
As summer gas prices fluctuate, the discussion over oil prices heats up faster than the Texas landscape. Energy policy is a topic of debate, as it has been for several decades now, and I began looking for answers to some questions that were rattling around in my head. I wondered how gas prices can go up when oil reserves also go up? I wondered what effect increases in production would have on prices? And, I wondered if one of the elements of the increasing price of oil p ...
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, The American Legion
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
Flag Day, June 14th, commemorates the adoption of the Flag of the United States, on this day in 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14th as Flag Day. Then, in August 1949, June 14th was confirmed by an Act of Congress to be the official day for honoring America’s Old Glory. So, on Tuesday, June 14th, please fly the Stars & Stripes with pride, because it is a symbol re ...
, President, Hext Community Center, Inc.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
What: Annual Hext Homecoming and Reunion When: Sunday, June 10th 10:00 AM until the last person leaves Where: Hext School House Goings On! Registration: 10 AM Visitation: 10 AM until Lunch BBQ Lunch Served $12 per plate $10 child plate (11& under) 12:30 PM Left over brisket will be sold after meal. Please RSVP your lunch attendees to Loma Surber so we will make sure to order enough meals for ALL that attend!
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 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.
, The American Legion Auxillary
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
Veterans, their families and friends, and the general public are invited to join the members of The American Legion Fort Mason Post 285, VFW Post 8554, and the Ladies Auxiliaries for a D-Day Social to commemorate the service and sacrifices of those who participated in this great battle of WWII.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
For the first time in several years, Mason High School will hold a summer school session beginning Monday, June 11th and ending Thursday, July 12th. Beginning in spring 2012, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) for students in grades 3-9.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
We hope you will come to Camp Air in support of our effort to maintain and preserve the near century old schoolhouse. We do need help with our fund raising . . . it is true . . . it does “take a village”. · Lots of treasures and tasty treats!!! · Doors will open each morning at 8:00 AM.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
Bill Hight anounces that Long Mountain Community Club will hold it’s monthly supper on Friday, June 8 at 6:30 PM at the LMCC center. The bill of fare will be BBQ chicken and am asking all who attend to bring a dish to compliment the Burnt Chicken. I like burnt items as it whitens your teeth. We probably will have a game or two of 42 or cards after the tooth whitening event.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
The Puncher Club will be hosting the golf tournament on Saturday June 16th at 1:30. The format will be a 4 person scramble with string to help you shoot your best scores. Chopped BBQ Sandwiches will be served prior to teeing off so make plans to get there around 12:30.
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This group of 17 international scientists were ‘residents’ of Mason for a weekend recently. On a field trip sponsored by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, they were here to view Cambrian Microbialites of the area and to enjoy the guesthouses (provided through A-List Reservations), restaurants and the friendly community of Mason.
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Pet Tip of The Week: It only takes minutes for a pet left in a vehicle on a warm day to succumb to heatstroke and suffocation. Second Chance – Mason Animal Rescue would like to thank Robin Clark for developing our new logo! We would also like to thank Kate Reed out of Austin for her generous donation in memory of Schotzie, Mr.
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At Sandstones there was an art experience led by Bridget Langdale of THE PAINTED TREE STUDIO at Mason’s 2nd First Friday Art Walk. We had kids, geology engineers from around the world, and locals having fun creating! Some of the pieces of art work went home, others decorated the large rosemary bush.
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Young Life Ministries sent 15 teenagers from Mason to Young Life camp in Buena Vista Colorado for the week of June 2nd-June 9th. These kids were given a priceless opportunity to experience good clean FUN, awesome new adventures, meet new friends, and bring back great testimonies for other kids that will be given this same opportunity next year.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012 • Photos
This group of 17 international scientist were 'residents' of mason for a weekend recently. On a field trip sponsored by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, they were here to view Camrian Microbialites of the area and to en joy the guesthouses (provided though A-list Reservations), restaurants and the friendly community of mason.
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Sixteen students recently completed the Vocational Nursing Program at Austin Community College’s Fredericksburg Center and were recognized during a pinning ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at the Hill Country University Center. Completing the 15 month certificate program were: Brandon Behrends, Madonna Beyer, Bryde Burrer, Sandra Calderon, Cherie Culpepper, Elise Eckert, Kayla Fry, Sydney Goodman, Mina Hogue, Wendy Jordan, Kaitlin Keiger, Brenda Lindo, Haley Pohler, Julie Pur ...
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We are pleased to announce the arrival of Alayna Paige Hyatt. She was born on May 7th, 2012 at 4:40pm weighing eight pounds two ounces and was 19.5 inches long. She is the daughter of Travis & Leigh Hyatt of Mason and the granddaughter of Charles & Susie Loeffler of Mason and Jeff & Ann Smith of Hutto.
, Mentor Coordinator
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On May 16th, our wonderful mentors were celebrated with a luncheon held in their honor at the Elementary/Jr.High library to let them know how much they are loved and appreciated. It is with heartfelt gratitude that I thank all of you for your time and committment to this invaluable program.
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012 • Photos
Work is moving along well on the the construction of the new hangars at the airport. These replace the hangars that blew away in a storm last June. The roof will probably go on Friday, and the doors in about three weeks. The project is being done on a 50% matching grant from TxDOT Aviation.
, President; Hill Country Heritage Assn.; London, Texas
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
In March of 2012, The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality announced to the holders of water permits from several rivers in the central part of the state that it had received request since the drought of 2011, to appoint a Watermaster over the COLORADO BASIN RIVERS. This apparently includes the Colorado from the Buchanan Dam up river to its head.
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The Llano Pioneers Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas received the honor of “Six Star Chapter” at the 121st Annual Convention held May 17-19, 2012 at the Doubletree Hotel in Austin. To receive the award criteria must be met with projects, volunteer hours, programs, observance of Texas Honor Days and distribution of material on the history of Texas prior to 1900 to schools and organizations.
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Second Chance – Mason Animal Rescue would like to announce the start of our 2012 Sponsorship Drive. Our mission is to advocate for the humane treatment of animals and stray animal control, facilitate a spay and neuter program, prevent abandonment of animals, and provide education in animal care, behavior and humane treatment of animals. Second Chance is looking to members and businesses in the community to help us with our mission. If you or a business woul ...
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
At the recent annual meeting of the Gooch Cemetery Association, one of the main topics of discussion was upkeep of the grounds. Because of drought conditions and watering restrictions, this has not been an easy task. In an effort to help maintenance personnel, the following regulations are being published to remind the public of responsibilities they can assume in helping to keep their cemeteries beautiful. FLORAL/GROUNDS REGULATIONS Floral arrangements accompany ...
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • Posted June 6, 2012
Computer Basics II: Thursday, June 21, 6:30-7:30 P.M. Computer Basics III: Thursday, June 28, 6:30-7:30 P.M.
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Grace C. Brys (nee Loeffler), age 89, of Oakwood Village, Ohio. Beloved wife of the late Vincent L. Brys; loving mother of Dian Myers, Gail B. (James L.) Green, and the late Joan Carol Brys; dearest grandmother of Major Daryl Myers, USAF, Gregory (Laura) Myers, Amanda (Matthew) Ruchalski, and Petty Officer First Class Bradley J.