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July 4, 2012 Issue
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
June 28, 2012, FREDERICKSBURG, TX – Central Texas Electric Cooperative, (CTEC) notified the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) today that CTEC considers LCRA to be in breach of the Wholesale Power Agreement which is the basis for wholesale energy sales from LCRA to CTEC. The CTEC Board authorized a “Breach of Contract Notice” to the LCRA, citing LCRA’s deliberate discrimination related to access to the competitive power market.
, The American Legion
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
When most Americans think of the 4th of July, they think of hot dogs, fireworks, patriotic songs and going to the lake or beach. Few of us, probably, take time to reflect on the sacrifics made over two centuries ago that have enabled us to live our widely-envied “American Way of Life.” The United States of America began as thirteen different English colonies established along the eastern seaboard during the 17th & early 18th centuries.
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AUSTIN, Texas —The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recently recognized Mason County with the 2011 Distinguished Service Award. The honor was presented to The Mason County Historical Commission by Judge Bearden on June 26th. The award recognizes County Historical Commissions (CHCs) that work toward substantial preservation efforts that lead to a greater understanding of state and local history.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
The Lower Colorado River Authority is honoring its wholesale power agreements with all its wholesale power customers and is disappointed that some who chose not to renew their contracts allege that LCRA is in breach of those agreements. LCRA received notice Thursday from seven of its wholesale power customers alleging that LCRA is in breach of its contract with them, claiming LCRA is offering a lower price to its long-term customers.
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From 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 6, Mason Artists will be featuring their monthly First Friday Art Walk, starting in the Alley by KHLB Radio and Lamplight Designs and will continue down the alley where Cocoa Luna will offer the traditional Sangria with Good To Go offering snacks and music, alley artwork will be displayed on the fence from the collection of Red Door Antiques and more artists from Mason and Brady. The walk continues East in the alley to Cindy Morris’s s ...
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
Mason County News. One of the oldest newspapers in Texas. Maybe in the whole country. Comes out on Wednesdays. And it’s Wednesday. July 4, 2012. Fourth of July. Red, white, and blue. Fireworks. Picnics and BBQ. Hot weather and cold water. Swimming and sunburns. Ice tea and beer. Hot dogs and hamburgers. Potato salad and sliced tomatoes. Homemade ice cream. So good to be free. ...
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
Truthfully, It stands to reason that my Uncle Mort, who’ll reach the century mark on July 4, would be busy with final party details. He’s been promising the ultimate in “whoop-te-doing” since last summer. Friends from far and wide are invited, all expecting a unique birthday observance. Oddly, he’s been leaving home early and coming in late during the final days of his 99th year, and now we know why: Mort, long known as a “promise-keeper,” is ...
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
As most of you with children know, we have three summer reading programs going full-speed ahead. Moreover, we have just added the Early Literacy Station to the children’s area. The ELS is a touch-screen computer that comes pre-loaded with games and activities in reading, writing, computing, math, science, art, music, and social studies.
, 2012 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
Hello again dear readers. I promised you a wonderful surprise this week. I wanted to let you know that I have had my pup or baby bat and that she is the cutest little mammal in the world. She is pink and hairless and looks like a tiny, pink jelly bean.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
Coenzyme Q10 provides energy for the body’s cell growth and maintenance. It is a valuable antioxidant that is normally produced by all cells in the body, but is much more abundant in the heart, liver and immune system. As we age, our ability to produce Co Q10 seems to decline. Low levels of Co Q10 have been linked to several chronic diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, congestive heart failure, and cardiovascular disease.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
With Summer officially starting a few days ago and with last week’s series of over 100 degree days, we have all begun to remember the heat and dry conditions of central Texas at this time of year. Last year was definitely worse, and the drought and water conditions were something to really worry about, but now we need to remind our residents of the need for adapting to living through the summer in Mason.
, CEA-FCS
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
Wishing you all a safe and happy Fourth! Here is some information from the SafeKids Coalition that was pretty interesting to me. We celebrate the Fourth of July with community parades, picnics, barbecues, and fireworks - the things of which happy memories are made. But sadly, Independence Day also includes tragic events resulting from fireworks use.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
The ranging companies, under the command of John Coffee Hays, had a number of dedicated souls who provided service to the State of Texas from 1840 thru 1880 for which many of the new counties received their names as well as other memorials around the State, such as the Dawson Memorial located on Monument Hill southwest of La Grange, the San Jacinto Monument and the Alamo dedicated to those who were in the struggle for the Texas Independence. Many counties in the Hill Country of Texas ...
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, June 26th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 32 members and three visitors in attendance. Lion Mark Hurta was responsible for the program and he spoke about his job working on the Holland America Cruise Line as a photographer. Mark showed a PowerPoint presentation of the ships he was aboard, the people he worked with, and the ports they visited.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
I hinted to Mr. Z that I wanted to go to Pontotoc, but he has chosen to completely ignore me! It wasn’t like I was asking him to take me to England! Nor was it to get another dog. Not even to take me to Fredericksburg! Guess, it just depends on “whose bull is getting gored”! Happy 4th of July to all of you.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
If you, like many Americans, sometimes leave the confines of your home, you definitely need to be on the lookout for bears. Matter of fact, even if you don’t leave home, I’d check the broom closet and behind the couch periodically. You never know. There is a very good reason for such precautions.
, Courtesy Texas Rangers' Cookbook, T.H. Dawson
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
As noted, this recipe comes from the Texas Rangers Cookbook, and it’s not hard to close your eyes and see a bunch of steely-eyed Rangers sitting around a campfire outside Ft. Mason, or Ft. Stockton, tearing off pieces of the bread, and then dunking it in the pinto bean pot!
, Editor
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
236 years old! The United States of America celebrates it's birthday Wednesday, and it's an impressive number. During our recent trip through New England, we had the opportunity to visit some of the historic sites in Boston, and to see the final resting place of many of the early revolutionaries that made our independence possible.
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Events
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
Movie with the MHS Cheerleaders. Please join us for a 2:00 p.m. matinee performance of Madagascar 3 on Sunday, July 8th. The cheerleaders will be selling tickets for $8 which includes movie, drink and either popcorn or candy. Please contact an MHS Cheerleader or the sponsor, Megan Bierschwale, 347.7666 to purchase tickets for a fun time at the movies.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
Persons wanting to attend the activities in the downtown area are encouraged to be parked before 9:45 a.m. Saturday morning. Streets will be closed to traffic!! MASON ROOUND-UP PARADE STREET CLOSURES/HIGH TRAFFIC RE-ROUTING Saturday, July 14, 2012 7:00 a.m. - Street closings for floats/car show entries. Post Hill to Bryan, Bryan to Moody, Moody to Short, Post Hill and Schmidt 9:45 a.m.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
Congratulations on your decision to make physical activity a part of your lifestyle! There are so many advantages of your choice. A free Lunch ‘N Learn program open to all citizens of the Mason area focused on your interest in exercise is offered by the Wesley Nurse at First United Methodist Church.
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The Mason County 4-H had not only a winning Livestock Judging team at the State Roundup, but also a winning contestant in the Photography contest and the San Antonio Livestock “Sale” Rural Youth Award. Sierra Martin entered three photos this year for the State Photography Contest. Sierra won a Blue ribbon for Animals-Domestic, a Red ribbon for Elements of Design, and another Blue ribbon for People.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
As usual, the veterans will have a float in the round-up parade. We invite local veterans to ride if they want. The VFW post is restoring a WW II jeep. It will be in the parade and on display after. After the parade the Post will be selling raffle tickets for a hunting rifle and a hunting knife.
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Abigail Roberts from Katy, Texas took full advantage of the Summer Reading program last week while visiting grandparents, Jerry & Mary Carlman. The program was held at the library in conjunction with Mason National Bank. Students were required to read to a volunteer for at least 30 minutes then receive a coupon for one free swim at City Pool or one free small ice cream cone from Dairy Queen.
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Pet Tip of The Week: Treat your dog with heartworm preventative.Heartworms are caused by bites from infected mosquitoes. Without treatment, heartworms will eventually cause the dog to die from heart failure. Heartworm prevention is easy to administer and can save your pet’s life. Contact your vet for more information. Our rescue group has a great need for Foster Families.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012 • Photos
Ava McLaughlin, along with her parents, David & Kerri McLaughlin, would like to announce the birth of her brother, Kodiak Finn McLaughlin. He was born January 21 weighing two pounds, six ounces, and was in the NICU at St. David’s Hospital in Austin for two months. He now weighs 11.5 pounds and is doing very well!
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Grace Christian School student, KC Coleman, recently attended the Christian School Finals held at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The competition was a week long event that included sports, academics, art, drama, and music. KC placed first in Bible Challange, Origional Monologue, Natural Photography, Seascape Photography, and Essay Writing, second place in oil painting, third in geography challange, fourth in poetry writing, and fifth in piano solo and expressive reading.
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Hannah Kristine Zesch, granddaughter of Jordan and Blan Zesch, is a May 2012 High School graduate of Keystone School, San Antonio. She is the daughter of Hal and Amy Zesch, and granddaughter of David and Claire Daviss, all of San Antonio. She was selected for the National Honor Society, recognized for her science fair awards, her theater casts, and her tennis and basketball.
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Mindy and Steven Weyman are pleased to announce the birth of their newest blessing, Holt Lee Weyman, born April 30, 2012, in Georgetown. Holt weighed eight pounds and was 21 inches long. Holt is welcomed by his proud big brother, Hayes, as well as his grandparents, Kelsey and Franny Behrens, and great grandmother, Ella Mae Behrens.
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
The Mason Community Foundation (MCF) recently awarded a grant to the Mason County Child Welfare Board to be used to offset the cost of dual credit courses for high school juniors and seniors. Many students at Mason High take advantage of this program, and by taking dual credit courses, they receive credit at the high school and college level at a rate lower than traditional college courses.
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Sports
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Mason Minors All-Star Team placed 2nd this past weekend in the Early Baseball Tournament. These boys played outstanding! Bottom Row L-R: Wyatt Tise, J.J. Ake, Jose Valdez, Joseph Hernandez, Tyler Schmidt, and Ty Spencer, Top Row L-R: Coach Jeff Schmidt, Mickey Nail, Jax Tedder, Klay Klaerner, Kyle Montoya, Coach Hoyt Hancock and Coach Jay Tedder.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
Attention Puncher Football Camp: Also, our football camp this year will be on July 23-July 26 at the practice field by our coaching staff. Registration and payment will be done at high school gym on Monday July 23 @ 8:30am. The cost will be $20 and we hope to have many future Punchers there.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012
Comanche Creek Golf Course held its annual two person Shamble/Scramble golf tournament last weekend. Fifteen teams participated in the tournament which was broken down into three flights after the first days play. If you’re not familiar with the shamble format, don’t feel bad. Both partners tee off, choose the best drive, and then play their own ball from that location.