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September 12, 2012 Issue
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When Mason plays Goldthwaite, especially on their home turf, there are no certainties, other than that it will be a rough night of football. Last Friday was no exception as the Punchers traveled up Highway 16 to take on the Eagles in their home stadium. During the first quarter, it quickly became apparent that Goldthwaite's loss a week earlier was not going to dampen their enthusiasm for a matchup against the Punchers.
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Comptroller Susan Combs serves as the state’s treasurer, check writer, tax collector and revenue estimator, and also oversees the state purchasing. Combs first served as an Assistant District Attorney in Dallas County where she prosecuted juvenile delinquents and handled child abuse cases. Her next job in public service was four years in the Texas Legislature, where she authored the state’s landmark private property rights legislation. As the first woman elected Te ...
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This spring I had the privilege to hear Bishop Solomon address a group of United Methodist pastors of the San Angelo district on the importance of higher education for our youth. I also finagled an invitation to sit with him at lunch. Bishop Solomon retired from the Episcopacy in 2000, and is currently the President of the United Methodist College Association.
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Austin based artist Liz Murray featured in last Friday’s Art Walk at the Zemis-Morris studio will donate proceeds from the sale of her notecards to benefit Mason’s Odeon theatre. A traveller of the Southwest, Murray favors small towns and is saddened by the loss of iconic structures such as one-screen movie houses once a feature in nearly every town.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 • Posted September 12, 2012
Beef. It’s what’s for dinner. Or supper. Where’s the beef? All over town. Beef. From Old French boef. According to trusty Webster. Beef is a full-grown ox, cow, bull, or steer. Especially one bred and fattened for meat. Which happens a lot around here. The Green House sells locally raised, organic ground beef. One can also beef up a football team. Go Punchers! O ...
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Across the centuries, the name “Rachel” has fared well among favored first names. It currently ranks #79 among the top 4,200 most popular in the U.S., even though its literal meaning is “female sheep.” It dates back to the saintly Old Testament figure. Nowadays, individuals so named risk being besmirched in cataclysmic proportions.
, Mayor
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 • Posted September 12, 2012
The cooler weather, at least in the mornings, has made it seem a bit more like summer is behind us and fall is just ahead. The Puncher football season has gotten off to a great start, and with Friday evening entertainment at the stadium we know fall is coming soon.
, 2012 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 • Posted September 12, 2012
Have you ever, or talked to someone, who had a baby and the next thing you know they are talking about plans for his/her upcoming wedding? Somewhere in the fog that child grew up to become a big human being. There are feelings associated with this...pride, wonderment, and sadness. Most people relate to this.
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GLA stands for gamma-linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid. GLA belongs to the omega 6 category of fats – if you have been reading this column, you already know that Americans get too much omega 6 and not enough omega 3 and omega 9. GLA’s are the exception – we actually consume very little of them and with certain conditions supplementing GLA is extremely beneficial. GLA is an important fatty acid for several reasons.
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NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries) DVDs Hatfields and McCoys The Hunger Games Conagher The Shadow Riders Some Like It Hot Shenandoah Inspector Morse Season 1 How to Marry a Millionaire Red Dog Touchback The Lucky One Safe House Audiobooks: What the (Bleep) Just Happened by Monica Crowley (CD 973.93) Letter From a Stranger by Barbara Taylor Bradf ...
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When I woke up Sunday morning it was 59 degrees! Maybe fall is trying to sneak in early this year. Wouldn’t that be great! Last week Mason was full of people, yet you could barely see some of them because of all the camouflaged clothing they were wearing, even the children.
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I will be conducting a Food Protection Management course on September 27 and 28 in Menard, location to be determined upon class size. This is the food safety course that helps you to pass the test required by the Texas Department of Health. One person per restaurant/establishment must be certified, and it is then your job to teach it to the rest of the employees so we can all stay safe when eating at our local restaurants.
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The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, September 4th, for its monthly business meeting. There were 39 members and one visitor in attendance. "Boss" Lion Pat Reardon was responsible for the program and Secretary/Treasurer Gene Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report. Two new members were inducted: Dave Benefield and sponsor Will Frey; John Palacio and sponsor Nolan Donop. The Hamburger Lunch was a success and the club wants to thank everyone that helped ...
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You know you’re Blessed, when you have a microwave and don’t have to turn on the oven and heat up the house. You know you’re Blessed, when you have a coffee pot that fixes 12 cups of coffee in 15 minutes, and you don’t have the coffee grounds in the bottom of your cup, or between your front teeth.
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Right about now (September 4th) I’m wondering if we’ll ever get some rain or if the temperature will ever quit running up to 100 degrees during the middle of the day! This recipe is a countermeasure to these long, dry, hot days, and we’ve really enjoyed it. There are also one or two folks here in the Mason area who have sampled this pie, and they agree that it’s winner! Ingredients: 1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk 2 (3.4 oz.) packages of le ...
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“There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy’s life that he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.” ~ Mark Twain, ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ For the past several years I’ve been meaning to write this column but, due to circumstances totally within my control, I keep forgetting about it until it’s too late.
, Editor
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 • Posted September 12, 2012
This week's Letters contains a submission that deals with a topic that might easily be considered "political" and that is and always has been a hot topic. I looked at it carefully to see that it did not endorse or malign one party over another. Meeting those qualifications, I allowed it to run this week. Next week, it would not have run.
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As many of you are aware, our family lost a wonderful man, Walter Hahn on September 1, 2012. On the day of this death that Saturday morning, he was doing what he loved- barbecuing in preparation for a party. While he would probably never verbalize it, he received a lot of satisfaction in cooking for others.
, Mason County Judge
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Editor: My mother can attest to the fact that I hate writing letters but I feel that I need to respond to Chris Keating’s letter concerning the recent propane truck accident. Granted Mr. Keating’s experience and education (Ph.D. in Physics) certainly surpasses my years as an agriculture teacher (M.Ed.) and sheep herder but I would like to clarify a few of the points that he touched upon. Yes and no!
, Librarian
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 • Posted September 12, 2012
Who knew? I’m enjoying being librarian more than any other job I’ve had. Nevertheless, every job has a downside, and the downside of this job has nothing to do with the people I work with, the patrons, or the work itself. It’s the theft and vandalism. Surprised? I sure am, but someone is doing it—stealing DVDs, hoses, soaker hoses, Quick Connects, even Nancy’s little knife that she uses for opening boxes and mail.
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I have been accused of being a ONE ISSUE VOTER which is true to a certain extent. The issue of abortion definitely does tear at my heart strings. I will never understand how a human being can justify snuffing out the life of its own flesh and blood. Oh yeah, of course they try to say it is not a life yet.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 • Posted September 12, 2012
Come and join us at 3:00 P.M., Sunday afternoon, September 16th at Trinity United Methodist Church in Castell, Texas, for the 62nd annual German Hymnfest. Enjoy singing popular hymns in German and English with some special hymns sung by the Men’s Choirs. Coffee, tea and refreshments will be served following the service.
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River of Life Church will be having their Sunday morning service at the beautiful Honey Creek Ranch on the Llano River, Sunday, September 16th at 10:30 a.m. Imagine a Sunday morning service overlooking beautiful turquoise water, worship, testimonies, water baptism and the smell of fish frying nearby. Everyone is welcome to join us!
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The Wesley Nurse at First United Methodist Church invites you to take part in a free Lunch ‘N Learn program open to all citizens in the Mason area. The program is aimed at helping residents live more efficiently in their homes by offering a simple set of steps they can take to save on their energy bills.
, Adjutant
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 • Posted September 12, 2012
As you visit Super S Foods, the Mason Courthouse Square and other locations over the next few weeks, you’ll see representatives of The American Legion Fort Mason Post 285 displaying the Fall Fundraiser prize and taking donations for raffle tickets. This year’s raffle prize is a Savage .270 Bolt Action Rifle with a Bushnell 3x9 – 40mm scope.
, Adjutant
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On Thursday, Sept. 13th, The American Legion Fort Mason Post 285 will have its regular meeting at 7:00pm, at The American Legion Post Hall, 237 Post Hill [behind the Jail]. All members plus friends, family, and other interested parties are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information on The American Legion, call Lawrence Spell, 429-6224, or Mike Shanley, 347-9016.
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The Friends of the Library are once again hosting Old Yeller Days on Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the beautiful grounds of the historical courthouse in Mason. Events during the days will include a Dog Parade and Contest with prizes given in several different categories, donated by Reigning Cats & Dogs, owned by Lenore and Tommy Newsome.
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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.
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There will be a ceremony at the veterans memorial on Sunday the 16th of September to remember our POW/MIAS.This will take place at 1:30 p.m. This will be a brief ceremony and all members are encouraged to attend. The Post's next meeting date will be on the 15th of October at 6:30 p.m.
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The Mason Garden Club will hold the first meeting of the new year on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 2 p.m. in the Stribling Room of the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. Guest speaker will be Margaret Spaeth of Mason, a grower member of the Texas Gourd Society.
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The Mason Punchers will host the Bobcats of Comfort this Friday at home in the Puncher Dome with a 7:30 p.m. start. The showing last week in the decisive, late victory over a fine team from Goldthwaite allowed us, the fans, to get answers to some of the questions that needed to be answered about this team.
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Isabel Rivera has been working for months studying all the materials needed to pass her citizenship exam. Last week, that dream became a reality, and she shared her excitement at the accomplishment with her friends over in the office at First United Methodist Church. That group had worked with Isabel to make her dreams come true, and since she works at the church, it became the natural location for her to do her studies.
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Mason Community Kitchen’s fall season got off to a great start on September 8 with a tasty Chinese sweet-and-sour chicken. The meals were packaged and frozen for distribution to needy families. If you would like to volunteer for this local hunger relief organization, please contact Scott Zesch at szesch@hctc.net or (325) 347-6291.
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We are so excited to be starting another school year! Mason ISD has a flourishing mentor program BUT still has many students that would benefit from the extra attention and companionship offered by a mentor. If you are considering becoming a mentor, this is a perfect time to get started…and it ONLY takes 45 minutes of your time each week! You may be wondering what is involved in becoming a mentor.
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On September 1 a gathering assembled at the home of Rosemary Kruckemeyer to honor her son David whose retirement from the Arlington Police Department after 32 years was effective the preceding day. During those years he received 64 official commendations and a number of departmental awards. David began as a patrol officer in 1980 and later earned his police instructor license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education.
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This summer, Coby Velez attended the LeadAmerica Law & Justice Conference at George Washington University. He completed a challenging academic curriculum, receiving two college credit hours and participated in college and career success workshops. Erna Frac-San was instrumental in helping Coby take advantage of this opportunity. Conference highlights included the following: a law discussion panel with a variety of judicial officials from the E.
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Mason, Texas – The Mason community will have a unique opportunity to get a glimpse at Texas photographer Michael Nye’s striking ‘Children of Children: Portraits and Stories of Teenage Parents’ exhibit beginning September 24h at Mason High School in the commons area. This free, multimedia exhibit is a collection of stunning black and white portraits, accompanied by audio stories as told by the individuals featured in the portraits, about how teen pregnancy affe ...
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Second Chance – Mason Animal Rescue is sponsoring a free spay/neuter of one cat and one dog in the month of September! Stop by the Mason Feed Store or City of Mason office to register for a chance to win. The drawing will be held September 19. Our pet of the week this week is Sheba, a beautiful black and white female cat.
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Local author Scott Zesch recently celebrated the release of his newest book, “The Chinatown War,” at a small gathering at the home of Debbie Armstrong and Rollie Morgan. The wonderful cake was created by Topaz Confections. Way to go, Scott. Congratulations!
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Rio Schmidt
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Masonites are invited to a Grand Opening and Red Carpet Red Ribbon Cutting for the new UPTOWN 244 Event Center located at 244 Ft. McKavitt on Thursday, September 20 at 5PM. Formerly the space of Cocoa Luna Chocolates, UPTOWN 244 will offer 1,800 sq. ft. of air-conditioned event space that includes tables, chairs, tablecloths and service bar, buffet and prep-kitchen as well as rear courtyard and serving area. The unique setting on the historic square in Mason is perfect for reh ...
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8th grade Kayla Harwell 1st place Angelica Ramirez 5th place 7th grade Ryli Ruffin 1st place Sandra Duarte 2nd place Raegan Palacio 3rd place Reagan Gibbs 6th place Alana Evans 8th place Ella Canfield 9th place Brokke Doss 10th place A great start to the season!
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The Mason Cowgirl and Puncher cross country teams ran in the Bandera Early Season Invitational on Wednesday, September 5th. The times and results were as follows: Cowgirls (4th as a team) Jacie Rychlik-14:41 (21) Kayla Guice-15:13 (27) Khrista Morquecho-15:43 (28) Amber Herrera-16:30 (37) Katie Smith-16:51 (42) Jacqueline Drazan-17:18 (45) Lori Ann Drazan-17:28 (47) Katy Armstrong-17:32 (58) Emily Holland-1 ...
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The Punchers started their season with a victory over the Winters Blizzards. The last time they faced off against the Blizzards, it was a dead lock at the end with a 7-7 tie. The Mason Punchers were sure to finish this game. Offensively we did some great things. We had several players get to step on the field and see what it was like to play Puncher football.
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Coy Lee Mitchell passed away Sunday June 24, 2012 at home in Odessa surrounded by the memories of 68 years of life and love under the dusty skies of West Texas. His wife Dorothy McCollum Mitchell, was with him as he peacefully slipped away from this world after a long health battle. Coy was born in Big Springs in November of 1943.
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Curtis Lynn Clark, 63, of Brady, Texas, passed away Friday, August 17, 2012, in Brady. Visitation was from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 17th at Heritage Funeral Home in Brady. Services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 20, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel. Curtis was born on October 26, 1948, in San Angelo, Texas, to Edwin Clark and Patsy (Jones) Clark.
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Irma Inez Millaire passed away in St. Louis, Missouri, on Thursday, August 30, at the age of 99. Irma was born on November 6, 1912, to Seth “Hub” Farmer and Alfa Omega Daniels Farmer. Irma’s family roots go back to the time of the Texas War of Independence. She grew up helping her family on the farm and even helping her father break horses.
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Patsy Ann McDonald, age 64, born August 4, 1948, passed away Saturday, September 1, 2012, after a battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. John and Era Cleota McDonald. She will be greatly missed by her many friends and her “adopted” Feuge family. Patsy earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mathematics with a minor in Physics at Southwest Texas State University.
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Raymond Kimbriel of Mason passed away on September 10th at the age of 86. Raymond was born on July 27th, 1926, in Van Alstyne, Texas, to Oran G. and Marie Lucus Kimbriel. At an early age, the family moved to San Antonio and established a produce business. He attended school there, and when he was 16, moved to Mason.
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Allen Ray “Tommy” Chew, of Mason, passed away on Thursday, September 6, at the age of 87. Mr. Chew is survived by his wife Beth Chew of Mason, a son Ron Chew and wife Suzann, of Kerrville a daughter Jeanne Chew of Von Ormy and two grandchildren Jaime Chew of Brooklyn, New York and Nicholas Chew of Kerrville.