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December 19, 2012 Issue
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012 • Photos
Riata Service Organization donated $795 to Mason County to provide new Christmas lights for the trees on the courthouse lawn. Due to the ongoing construction project at the courthouse, no Christmas lights are on the building this year. Thanks to the Riata club's generous donation, the Mason County Chamber of Commerce and the County were able to wrap lights around the trees on the lawn to keep our Mason square beautiful during this Christmas season.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
Don’t forget that, on Christmas day, the biggest family in town is getting together for the 6th annual free Christmas meal with all the trimmings. The family of Mason, Texas! That’ right! We are all a family here in Mason. River of Life Church invites you to celebrate as a family on Christmas day between the hours of 11 a.m.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
This year the annual Puncher Christmas Concert will be held on Thursday, December 20th, at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. Performing this year will be the 6th Grade Band, the Junior High Symphonic Band, and the High School Band. “I’d like to say thank you for all of the support the community has given the band this year and invite you to come listen to some of your favorite Christmas tunes this Thursday.”
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The Mason Volunteer Fire Department can now keep all of its fire trucks indoors with the help of a $25,000 community development grant. The City of Mason and LCRA provided the grant to help construct a 4,365-square-foot metal building and pay for the addition’s slab construction. The all-metal building includes two new bays for fire engines, an extension of the existing four bays, new restrooms and three dorm rooms.
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The Mason County Livestock Show is a deep rooted Mason County tradition as is its ranching heritage. The pictures represent the first two generations of the Fritz Lehmberg family that have enjoyed competing in Mason County Livestock competition. The Fritz Lehmberg family will have members of its fourth generation competing in the 2013 show.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
These yummy, decadent chewies are not typical Practical Baker offerings, since they require a bit of effort and a lot of ingredients. But the results, I think you’ll believe, are worth it. They’re soft and chewy, and we doubled down on the peanut taste, using both crunchy peanut butter and peanut butter chips.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
As Americans, we have some wonderful holiday traditions, such as hiding eggs at Easter, which commemorates the fact that no one can agree whether the chicken or the egg came first. We also have the Ground Hog Day tradition, where a rodent named Unpronouncable Phil, on February 2, predicts whether kids will start pulling their pants all the way up during the next six weeks. These are wonderful traditions, but my favorite is probably Black Friday, in which Americans, many of whom are able to sig ...
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
It’s here, well almost here. This issue has letters to Santa. Some are greedy, while others are so sweet. The ones that ask for Santa to bring gifts to someone other than themselves are the tear jerkers! Not all wants are issued by Santa. But wishes are wishes, some are humanly possible to grant, while others go to the Good Lord's address.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, December 11th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 36 members and two visitors in attendance. Lion Michael Cope was responsible for the program and he gave us some information on how to be a good audience. He said we should be quiet, attentive and polite; and, if questions are asked, they should be to the point, and relative to the subject.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
Christmas is a time of hope, love, sharing and joy with family and friends. Several of our friends and relatives have lost loved ones in the last few weeks and we as a nation mourn the tragic loss of so many lives in Connecticut. Our hearts are saddened and our stomachs knot up at the thought of such an uncomprehensible act of violence.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
At least 12 million Americans take a prescription statin drug. These include Lipitor, Zocor, Mevacor and Pravachol. There is even a natural statin available at health food stores that is very popular now - this is Red Yeast Rice. Before banning cholesterol, consider its beneficial functions in the body. These include production of hormones for balancing blood sugar levels, for regulating mineral levels, and for promoting healing and balancing the tendency towards inflammation.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
If you didn’t make the First Friday Art Walk, don’t despair. You can still see junior high and high school art, the Lavern Lee foyer display, Elizabeth Evans’s quilt, and the Second Chance Rangers’ posters all this month. Take a moment to catch your breath from all that shopping and come on in!
, CEA-FCS
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
This time of year we can often get a good deal on a new or used vehicle. This happens to be on my mind as I just went through purchasing another vehicle myself. These are tips from the FDIC for young people looking for their first car, but I thought they would be helpful for most anyone.
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Mothers intuitively sense potential in their children that may be oblivious to practically everyone else on the planet. When their offspring’s musical talent is validated by Bill Gaither, however, the world quickly falls in line. Such marks the lives of the Martins, a trio of siblings who had little choice but to harmonize, initially from the farthest corners of their 800-square foot home near Hamburg, AR.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
Countdown. Six more days till Christmas. Shop local. And when in doubt, Gift Certificates. Get them for just about anything. Square Plate Restaurant. Massages by Kim. Reigning Cats & Dogs. So much to be had right here. Unique things. The Thing Is Boutique. Cherokee Rose. Mason Feed Store. Market Square. And good prices too. Currey’s Fabrics has 30% off. The Shooting Star has quite an array on display. And Christmas items abound at The Petal Patch. Try dinner for four from Si ...
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
Hello, I write to you today as a mother of a 7 year old Autistic son. My family moved back home to Mason in late June of this year to raise our four children. We loved the school and what the great community of Mason could offer our children. Since the horrible tragedy of the CT school shooting and all the media attention pointing out that the perpetrator was indeed diagnosed with a form of Autism called Asperger’s.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Updated December 19, 2012 11:41 AM
What happened in Newtown was an absolute horror which I feel could have been prevented. I do not have all of the answers, but they are out there. We just have to work to find them. With every right there are limits. As a country we need to have this discussion, and we need to find workable solutions.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
, Librarian
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
Dear Gerry, Public libraries are about literacy, learning, and imagination. They’re the one place in the community where any person can go to use a computer, check out movies, research any topic, hold a meeting, learn a language, or travel to anywhere in the world through reading. Especially during these tough economic times, libraries serve as an important public resource for career and job skills information and training.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
Mason Young First of all, I would like to say how proud I am of our football team and how far they have gone. This kind of success only comes from outstanding adult leadership from their coaches. In general I would like to compliment all the young people in our community. I am the father of 6 boys, 2 girls, several grandchildren and even some great grandchildren and I have never seen young people like we have in our community.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
Dear Mr. Gamel: In this season of giving, I want to give thanks to all members of the Mason County Welfare Board for the Dual Credit Tuition Assistance. I have taken U.S. History and am now taking Anatomy, Government and College Algebra which adds up to 24 credit hours. As a senior preparing for college, every penny saved goes toward college.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
Dear Mr. Gamel: I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone in Mason who donated to the dual credit tuition program. I am currently approaching the second semester of my U.S. History Dual Credit class as a junior, and I have important targets I hope to reach for my future.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
Dear Mr. Gamel: I wanted to take this time out to show my appreciation and thank the members of the Mason County Child Welfare Board for being able to help my family and me with the cost of the Dual Credit classes I’ve taken and are continuing to take my senior year.
, Editor
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Updated December 19, 2012 11:00 AM
At church, we've been moving into Christmas by focusing on the "advent," the coming. So often, when we celebrate Christmas, we focus on the destination, the birth, the "event." We forget that the journey is just as important. The prophets of the Old Testament told of what was coming. They didn't talk of only the Christ child, they also foresaw the coming of John, the one who would lead the way.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
Christmas Eve - Monday, December 24, trash will be picked up on Wednesday, December 26th. Christmas Day - Tuesday, December 25, trash will be picked up on Thursday, December 27th. New Year's Day - Tuesday, January 1, trash will be picked up on Wednesday, January 2nd.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
Join your friends at historic Pat’s Hall in Fredericksburg for New Year’s Eve with Johnny Bush, and dinner by Don Strange of Texas, featuring grilled beef tenderloin, an avocado bar, gorditas, grilled white wings, and much more. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the dance begins at 8 p.m. Of course, Johnny will sing “Whiskey River“ and his other hits, plus “Auld Lang Syne” at midnight, with a champagne toast.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012 • Photos
On Friday, December 7th, the 5th graders of Mason Jr. High, their teachers and many volunteers prepared over 130 loaves of pumpkin bread. The kids worked all morning mixing and baking pumpkin bread to donate to the Mason Food Bank. They also made some loaves to sell to teachers to collect money for ingredients and give back to the food bank.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Updated December 19, 2012 12:45 PM
The Mason Study Club held their Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 11th. Nanci and Tom Gibbons hosted the party in their beautifully decorated home. There was quite a crowd of 40 to 45 people which spilled onto the porch area and the outside building. The members had appetizers, pot roast, various breads, and many desserts.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012 • Photos
Library Story Time Reader Bridget Langdale delighted students in the Head Start Program. Bridget’s animated reading captured the attention at both Head Start and at Little Punchers.
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This week’s pets of the week are five beautiful hound mix puppies. The puppies are about six weeks old and available for immediate adoption. For more information about the individual puppies please contact Casey Clevenger at 347-4521 or visit Second Chance’s website at www.secondchancemason.com. There are also a number of beautiful cats and kittens available for adoption.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012 • Photos
Logun Matthew Holman was born on September 18, 2012, to proud parents, Matthew & Kathy Holman. Brothers Lane and Logun will share a bond of the strongest kind, a love of the present interwoven with memories to come. Matthew is also welcomed by grandparents, Danny & Mary Estes Martinez of Mason, and Becky Bowman of Blanket.
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Roddy Castillo and Macy Briggs are proud to announce the birth of their beautiful daughter, Kinsler Patricia Jayde Castillo. She was born October 19th at Woman's Shannon Hospital in San Angelo, Tx. She weight eight pounds and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are: Rafael and Imelda Castillo of Mason; and John and Robin Briggs of Big Spring, Tx.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
BOERNE, TX – Boerne Champion HS Auditorium will be home to three large stage productions normally experienced only in larger international venues as Boerne Performing Arts presents their second season of bringing the world of performing arts to our community…providing easy ticketing, easy transportation, and easy parking for every event. On-line ticket services for both single events and for the 3-concert series are now available at www.boerneperformingarts.com.
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These past two weekends have been full of musical events for select Puncher Band members. On Saturday, December 1st, High School Region Band Auditions were held at Hamilton. We sent five of our Punchers to compete against other students from our Music Region. This Region consists of schools classifying in 1A-3A, from Sonora up to the Ft.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012 • Photos
It is a time of preparation. One waits, hopes, stays busy during the days approaching the Day of Christmas. The days grow shorter, darkness gathers and nights lengthen as we anticipate the light of the birth of Jesus. There is no darkness Christ’s light of love cannot illuminate. It is time to create beautiful memories as we share this season with family and friends.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
Mason County Habitat for Humanity invites the public to join in the re-dedication of Habitat home number 5 at 10:00AM thse Friday, December 21st. The house is located at 114 Ave. D. The new homeowners are Isidro and Vanessa Soto and their two small children. Habitat President, Paul Branch, stated that the original family living in the home had an opportunity for better employment in Colorado and deeded the home back to Habitat.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
It has been an eventful year so far for the Mason County Wounded Veteran Hunting Program. The most important action we have taken is to establish ourselves as a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization with tax exempt status. This allows any of you who choose to make donations to our program to claim this as a tax deductable gift just as you would to any other charitable cause.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
Health and Wellness Programs Offered by the Wesley Nurse Health Ministries™ So what is your New Year’s Resolution? In a recent internet article, the top 10 resolutions were listed. Numbers 2 and 3 were about getting fit and taming the bulge. The Wesley Nurse at First United Methodist Church can help you accomplish those resolutions with the Walk2B Fit program held in the Social Hall at the Methodist Church.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
Sara Diane Kothmann was born April 16, 1970, in San Antonio, TX. At two weeks of age, she was adopted through the Methodist Mission Home in San Antonio and joined her new family living in Seymour, TX. The family moved to College Station, TX in June, 1970, where Sara continued to live for the remainder of her life.
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Anna Katherine “Kathy” Bishop was born November 15, 1925, in San Antonio, Texas. She died December 11, 2012, in San Marcos, Texas. Kathy, her grandmother Anna Laura Schuessler Ritter and her mother Ruby Ritter Bynum Hutschenreuter were descendants of Mason County pioneer families, the Ritter, Storch (Starks), Cating and Schuessler families.
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Diana Escobedo, age 57, of Streeter, Texas passed away Friday, December 14, 2012, after a struggle with ALS. Diana was born September 22, 1955, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Luis Escobedo and Azucena “Susie” Escobedo. Diana had a beautiful mind, a compassionate heart, and a generous wit. After graduating from W.B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi, she matriculated to the University of Houston where she studied Political Science and was the Student Director of Women’s Affairs, bringing n ...
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012 • Photos
The 2012 Mason Punchers were treated to a pizza party last week at the Fort Mason Park Community Building. Texas Pizza Wagon provided the pizzas, while cookies, tea and ice were provided by Willow Creek Cafe. Sysco provided the topping for the pizzas, and Lowe's Grocery gave the plates and utensils.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
Mason youth basketball is quick approaching for the 2013 season. Registration is almost over with the drafting of teams to be held on Saturday, December 15th. Anyone enrolled in Kindergarten through 6th grade is eligible to participate. Forms are located at school in the office. Skills Testing will be held in the junior high gym and divided by age groups with the following times: 2nd grade 9:00 – 10:00 AM K – 1st grade 10:00 – 11:00 AM 3rd – 4th grade 1:00 – 2:00 PM 5th – 6th ...
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
7th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th FINAL Purple 8 8 0 0 16 White 13 4 0 0 17 Top Scorers - Purple Jake Comey - 10 Kason Silerio - 3 John Paul Martinez - 3 Scorers - White Emanuel Martinez - 7 T.R. Kerr – 4 Fernando Torres – 2 Bode McMillan – 2 Cal Rasch – 2 8th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th FINAL MASON 6 11 14 11 42 Medina 7 2 2 10 21 Top Scorers Elijah TImms – 11 Slade Townsend – 6 Evan Dayton – 6 Haddon Hudson – 6 Riley Pape – 6 Caleb Hyatt – 4 Grant Sanders – 2 James Schwe ...
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
Tuesday Dec.11 Varsity Cowgirls vs. Menard Mason—21—20—28—12 = 81 Menard—9—16—6—2 = 33 Scorers—Mari’ Marquez—1, Emily Holland—6, Margaret Lemke22, Caroline Hudson—18, Katie Smith—10, Kelly Kothmann—2, Kayla Guice—11, Katy Armstrong—2, Hannah Haley—9. Rebound Leaders—Caroline Hudson—4, Hannah Haley—4. Assist Leaders—Kelly Kothmann—3, Monaco Schmidt—4, Kayla Guice—3. Steal Leaders—Margaret Lemke—6, Emily Holland—4. Friday Dec. ...