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November 21, 2012 Issue
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012 • Photos
“Light Up Our Town,” the official start to the Mason Christmas season, will be held this Saturday, November 24, on the south side of the courthouse. This year’s festivities will include musical entertainment by some of Mason’s most talented performers along with a special visit from Santa Claus! Make sure to bring your camera for a picture as well as a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the good cheer.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012 • Photos
Ribbon Cutting for the new “Arnold Art Gallery” at 118 Ft. McKavitt (MasonSquare) and the new location of Fort Mason Real Estate office. Pictured are Kristi Nunez-COC, Kim Corbett-Ft. Mason RE, Joyce Arnold-Ft Mason RE and Gallery owner, Tall handsome Pilgrim, Cathie Tyler-Gallery advisor, Larry Brown, Mary Carlman and Samantha Burton COC Directors.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012 • Photos
It's countdown to show time! Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st, are the dates for the annual FINE ARTS ASSOCIATION of the HILL COUNTRY ART SHOW and SALE. It will be held at the Richard P. Eckert Civic Center from 5 PM to 8 PM on Friday, and 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
During a meeting on November 19, the Mason County Commissioners' Court reviewed the results of the November 6 general election and certified those results. Mason County, like most of the state of Texas, voted strongly Republican, endorsing Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan for the presidential race, and Ted Cruz for the Senate seat vacated by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's retirement. 963 Mason County residents voted straight ticket Republican, while 212 voted straight ticket Democrat.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
This week, the Puncher Pep Rally to fire up the team for the playoff game against Three Rivers will be held on the courthouse lawn at 2:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon. Please come in your purple and help cheer the team on to another victory! The game will be in Hondo at 7:30 p.m.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
Thanksgiving. Brought to you in living Technicolor. And bigger than any wide screen TV. Don’t touch that dial. The moment has come. Dinner is served. Thanksgiving—a traditional meal of many colors. Equal to a painter’s palette. Each dish bringing something different to the table. Kinda like people. The golden brown turkey. The golden yellow yams. Turkey dressing colored in camouflage.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012 • Photos
At Thanksgiving time, thoughts turn to friendships. They come like gentle waves kissing parched beaches, each of them welcome. It is a season to value friendships, particularly when death takes a friend away. Such are my memories—sweet as the aroma of holiday foods—of Ann Garms, who died recently at age 95…. ***** Life was not a gallop for her.
, CEA-FCS
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
Give new life to turkey leftovers with these turkey soup recipes shared by UNL Extension. They start with the same basic ingredients of 1 quart (4 cups) low sodium chicken broth and 2 cups of chopped, cooked turkey. Then, they’re modified to reflect different flavor profiles. Each recipe makes about 2 quarts or 4 2-cup servings.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful and an opportunity to thank those people who make our lives easier and happier. So, I want to thank Nancy Scholibo, the library board members, all the Friends of the Library, the Mason Study Club, the Mason Garden Club, Judge Bearden and the county commissioners, Mayor Hinckley and the city commissioners, our guest artists and quilters who allow us to enjoy and display their works, and all of our volunteers for everything they do that makes the library b ...
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
Understanding “natural health” is sometimes confusing because our society likes things fixed with a single pill. A natural approach to health focuses on underlying causes. In other words, a naturopath would not recommend aspirin for a headache, but would try to determine if the headache resulted from mineral deficiencies, food sensitivities, blood sugar imbalances or stress and would make recommendations to restore balance to the person so that the headaches did not occur.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, November 13th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 39 members and three visitors in attendance. Among the visitors were two Mason High School seniors, Mari Marquez and Markelda Martinez. Lion Brad Glass was responsible for the program and talked about security on your computer. He said viruses come mostly off of web pages that have them embedded in their system coding.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
This article most likely will not be read until after Thanksgiving. So Happy Thanksgiving! This is truly one holiday that I truly enjoy. There is only one drawback to Thanksgiving! Turkey!!????!!! Norman, painted a picture of a family at Thanksgiving and every one that saw it decided that we must have Turkey.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
You can hardly pick up a gun magazine anymore without coming across a lot of ads for laser sights, which seem to have become the ubiquitous modification in the firearms world these days. Many of the ads make claims I’ve wondered at, such as the one about criminals wetting their pants when they look down and see a red dot on their chest.
, Editor
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
It's the Thanksgiving holiday. This year, the number of events and celebrations over the long weekend just keep piling up. Thursday, naturally enough, is Thanksgiving Day. Though set aside as a time to give thanks for the harvest and bounty of blessings we receive, it's slowly evolved into a day to overeat, watch parades and football, and take long naps on the sofa. Friday has become known as BLACK FRIDAY, the busiest shopping day of the year.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
Dear Community of Mason, Last week my sister and I left my place near Loyal Valley hauling two horses on our way to Palo Duro Canyon for a week of camping and riding. Just outside Mason next to Grit Cemetery, I had a terrible accident with the trailer. My horse fell out of the back of the trailer when she spooked, broke her halter tie, and pushed open the back gate of the trailer.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
Mason High School Auditorium is where you’ll want to be on Sunday, December 2nd, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon! The folks at Art are presenting a Christmas play for your enjoyment! At the start of this Advent and Christmas Season we hope to bring joy and laughter to your hearts – joy that will lift your spirits – laughter that will “lighten your load” throughout the busy-ness of the coming weeks!
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
St. Paul Lutheran Church welcomes everyone to their annual presentation of the Journey to Bethlehem Drive Thru Christmas Luminary. Come and take delight in this majestic event, December 2, 2012, at Fort Mason City Park, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. December 9 is being held as a backup date. Please make plans to join us and feel the warmth of the Christmas holiday season.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
Amanda Brand, niece of Pastor Charles Partin, will be signing copies of her book, "Restoration," from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Cotton Patch on the Mason square on Saturday. Restoration Series title: Hands of Healingby Amanda Brand This was it. Pick up the phone, Julie. She willed herself to rise from the bed and laid a cold, clammy hand on the receiver. ‘Hello.’ Julie’s voice was hesitant and fearful.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
The Crosby Cemetery Association has scheduled a fall workday for Saturday, December 1, 2012. All who have friends or family at Crosby Cemetery are encouraged to come help ‘freshen-up’ our community cemetery. We will work from 8:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. Please bring your yard tools, trimming equipment, trash bags, and trailers.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS: The NAP application deadline date for 2013 NAP coverage on native and improved grasses for all intended uses (grazing, hay, or seed), is December 3, 2012. County Executive Director, Randy Maenius stated the Non-Insured Assistance Program (NAP) is designed to help reduce risk and financial losses to ranchers when natural disasters cause a loss of grazing production.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
The Advent season is just around the corner! First United Methodist Church in Mason will be offering one Advent Lunch this year. It will take place at the church building, located at 224 Broad Street, one block north of the square on 12/05 at 12:05. All are welcome to come!
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012 • Photos
Most of the students are nervous. It is a first for many of them, but they are definitely excited that their works of art are on display at the Mason Square Museum. Over fifty 4th Grade Mason Elementary School art students of teacher, Patrice Searsy have submitted at least one drawing to be exhibited over the next two months at the Mason Square Museum.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
Come to Pat’s Hall in beautiful Fredericksburg, Texas on Thanksgiving Friday night (November 23) to dance off that turkey and dressing and extra helping of Grandma’s pumpkin pie. We’ll have Darrell and Mona McCall and Justin Trevino to keep your feet moving! Heck — bring that whole houseful of company.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
FREDERICKSBURG, TX — Experience the nostalgic beauty of yesteryear this holiday season in Fredericksburg –the Texas Hill Country. Fredericksburg will kick-off the season with the lighting of the community Christmas tree and German Christmas pyramid during the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 23, at 7:00 p.m. at Marktplatz. In a community where the holiday traditions of its German forefathers are evident, the German holiday spirit is most apparent with F ...
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
BROWNWOOD – November 20, 2012 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band and Concert Choir will present a Christmas Celebration concert on Thursday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. in HPU’s Mims Auditorium. There is no charge for admission, but guests are encouraged to bring a canned good or boxed dry good as a donation.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012 • Photos
On November 10, 2012, 9 year old Samuel Willie, son of Wesley & Amanda Willie of Athens, Tx. , & grandson of Eddie & Jennifer Willie of Mason, shot his first deer, a 7 point buck on the L&W Ranch at Streeter.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
MASON – Capital Farm Credit welcomes Chad Schmidt as vice president/ relationship manager. Schmidt will office out of the Mason Credit Office, serving the greater Hill Country area. Chad comes to Capital Farm Credit with 14 years of business management experience. A native of Mason, he remains active in his family’s ranching operations as well.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
I have just returned from two weeks of being away from Mason and enjoying the cool weather and the beautiful fall yellows, reds and oranges of the trees as they changed colors in Arkansas. This was the first time in over a year that I was able to leave town for more than a day, and the rest and relaxation was very needed.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012 • Photos
Arlis’ pick of the week is Placke, a year and a half year old dachshund yorkie mix. He is fixed and up to date on all of his shots, and would look great under someones Christmas tree! Ole’ Yellow will be having a city wide garage sale on December 8th at the community building.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012 • Photos
Mason 4-H members Ty Hocksbergen and Madelyn Heath attended the District 7 4-H Food Show in Abilene on November 17. They competed with 4- Hers from 23 area counties and we are so proud of both of them. Madelyn was second place in her category!
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012 • Photos
WORR OWEN Tankeray Y79D continues his campaign for Hereford of the Year. He recently took Reserve Grand Champion Hereford bull at the American Royal in Kansas City, MO. Kansas City is the home of the American Hereford Association and hosted its annual meeting during the show. WORR OWEN Tankeray Y79D was raised by Worrell Enterprises and Owen Brothers of Mason, TX.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012 • Photos
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012 • Photos
Members of the VFW Honor Guard and local Veterans joined with many friends of the late Ssgt. Joseph Fankhauser, on Veteran’s Day, to commemorate the setting of a memorial stone in his memory at the Mason County Library. Ssgt. Fankhauser was killed earlier this year in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was a member of the MHS class of 2000, an Eagle Scout, joining the Marine Corp right after graduation.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012 • Photos
Sherrie Patrick and Carol Dyal prepared a wonderful brunch for the Not So Serious Book Club at the lovely home of Carol Dyal. Twenty three members were in attendance Novenber 14, 2012. Pictured left to right: Kay Evans, Judy Cordes, Carol Dyal, Patsy Hotard , Jennifer Brinlee, Doris Courtright, Cathy Terrell, Judy Branch & Willeda Rea (1) Margret Persky, C,J, Reardon, Beverly Baker ,Kathy Bradley, Amelia Banner, Toni Hurlbut, Becky Griffith (2) Trudy Irwin, K.K.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012 • Photos
The FUMC Youth Group is seen helping the FUMC Mission Committee get ready for the turkey distributions for Thanksgiving this year. Left to right: Shay Ragsdale, Jackson Chapman, Jenna Johnson, Grace Chapman, Ryli Ruffin, Reagan Gibbs, Raegan Palacio, and Makenna Palacio. Not pictured are Avery Gibbs and Molly Schwertner.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
The Luke Airheart family lost all of their belongings last week in a car/home fire. Luke, his wife, two little girls and one little boy lost everything and are without a home. Please make all donations to the Luke Airheart Family at the Commercial and National Banks.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012 • Photos
Scott Zesch spoke to a standing room only crowd last week. Sponsored by the Mason Friends of the Library, Zesch talked about what it is like to be an author. Scott shared some of his experiences in writing three books: Alamo Height (1999), a novel based on the dramatic struggle in the early twentieth century to protect the Alamo from demolition; The Captured (2004), relating the experiences of children on the Texas frontier who were abducted by Indians; and The Chinatown War (2012) about the ...
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012 • Photos
On November 13, 2012, The Mason Friends of the Library (FOL) presented the M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library a check for $6,500. The money will be used for purchasing books, DVDs, audiobooks, e-books and other materials in 2013. Pictured below, Mary Fretag and FOL board members give a check to Librarian Patti Grote during a FOL meeting that included author Scott Zesch as the featured speaker. FOL has begun soliciting members for 2013.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012 • Photos
If you have been considering the addition of a pet to your family this year, Second Chance – Mason Animal Rescue says that now is a good time to pick out your cat or dog. The pound is overflowing with cats, kittens, and dogs. We have two pets of the week this week.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
Operation Orphans, Inc. held its second hunt of the season November 17th. 34 boys from 7 foster and children’s homes came to Camp Gene Ashby eager to participate in the “Take a Child Hunting” program. Homes participating were Texas Pythian Home, Weatherford; Boys & Girls Country, Hockley; Central Texas Children’s Home, Buda; Methodist Home, Waco; Presbyterian Children’s Home, Waxahachie; Texas Baptist Children’s Home, Waxahachie; and Hughes Foster Home ...
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
Tuesday Nov. 13 Varsity Cowgirls vs. Fredericksburg Mason—5—16—10—13 = 44 Fredericksburg—4—0—15—13 = 32 Scorers—Mari’ Marquez—2, Emily Holland—5, Margaret Lemke—24, Caroline Hudson—4, Kayla Guice—6, Hannah Haley—3. Rebound Leaders—Hannah Haley—4, Margaret Lemke—6, Emily Holland—6, Kayla Guice—4. Assist Leaders—Mari&rs ...
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 21, 2012
Tuesday Nov. 13 Varsity Cowgirls vs. Fredericksburg Mason—5—16—10—13 = 44 Fredericksburg—4—0—15—13 = 32 Scorers—Mari’ Marquez—2, Emily Holland—5, Margaret Lemke—24, Caroline Hudson—4, Kayla Guice—6, Hannah Haley—3. Rebound Leaders—Hannah Haley—4, Margaret Lemke—6, Emily Holland—6, Kayla Guice—4. Assist Leaders—Mari&rs ...