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January 16, 2013 Issue
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013 • Photos
Jane Hoerster, Historian Emeritus of the Mason County Historical Commission, was recently honored with a plaque naming the MCHC room at the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Public Library the “Jane Hoerster Archives Room”. Jane has been a member of and/or Chair of the MCHC for over 30 years. She resigned her chairmanship at the end of 2008, but has continued as a member of the Historical Commission and has “manned” the MCHC room at the library ever since the library was built.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
A men's choir from Teen Challenge of Texas will present a musical program at Grace Christian School on Wednesday, January 23rd, at 11:00 a.m. The group hails from San Antonio and provides a limited number of concerts each year. Following the program, the guests will be provided a lunch and a time of fellowship and visiting.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
TEMPLE, Dec. 7, 2012— USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) District Conservationist Matthew Kast announces applications for funding opportunities with the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) are currently being accepted at the NRCS offices located at 1224 Austin Street in mason. NRCS in Texas has received its initial allocation of EQIP funding in 2013 and will begin ranking and obligating EQIP contracts after February 15.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 20, 2013 • Photos
The Mason Square Museum celebrates the birthday of General Robert E. Lee on Saturday, January 19th. According to Don Daniel, local Lee history buff and Mason Square Museum Board President, two important events that have Mason connections, occurred in January of 1861 for Lee, a Colonel in rank, at the time.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 20, 2013
Ulanda Williams, a 6 foot 5 inch, 400-pound woman who lives in Queens, New York, fell through a wooden sidewalk the other day, according to a Fox News story sent to me by an anonymous alert reader. She had been standing on the sidewalk for about ten seconds when it gave out and dropped her into a vault cellar, whatever that is.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, January 8th, for its monthly business meeting. There were 32 members and no visitors in attendance. "Boss" Lion Pat Reardon was responsible for the program and Secretary/Treasurer Gene Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report. A pancake supper was set for January 25th at the High School Commons area during the basketball games.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
You know it’s going to happen. You prepare yourself for this time, or you try really hard to. However, when it happens all the preparation just doesn’t work. So, you throw a hissy fit. The hissy fit really doesn’t help, but the yelling does. Now, do you have any idea what I’m referring to?
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013 • Photos
In last week’s column I started talking about the many projects and improvements that the City is working on to benefit our town. One I mentioned, and have been working with consultants for a year or more, is to retrofit our street lights to direct the light down and reduce the light glare and “pollution” from too much light aimed upwards.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
The cooler weather sure makes it feel like winter is really here to stay for a while. I love the cool weather, but some of these mornings have been pretty chilly. Luckily for us the sun’s warming rays have drenched us with just enough warmth to make for some beautiful winter days.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
Organic is becoming more popular, but what exactly is it? Organic describes an item grown or made without synthetic chemicals. It applies not only to a method of growing plants and animals, but to fruit, vegetables, grains, packaged food such as cereal and chips, meat, eggs, dairy products, vitamins, herbs, cosmetics, and toiletries as well. The interest in organic is typically for health.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
Where can you get five movies free for a week? Where are copies fifteen cents? Where can you get books, magazines, eBooks, books on CD, and downloadable books for free? The library, of course! If you’re not making use of our many services now, we hope you will soon because you’re missing out—the library is the best bargain in town! Non:Fiction: Lincoln: A President for the Ages Bombing Hitler: The Story of the Man Who Almost Assassinated the Fhrer Collecting Rocks, Gems, and Minerals ...
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
This is a subject that I and most parents struggle with every day. Here is information from the “10 Tips” series on MyPlate.gov, a great site to help you balance your eating habits. As usual, I added my two cents! Limit the amount of foods and beverages with added sugars your kids eat and drink.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013 • Photos
When life’s talkin’ lines up so closely with the walkin’, light sheds on how joy can trump sadness at a funeral. That’s my nutshell description of Dr. Mike Toby’s memorial service, one he largely planned himself. At 80 minutes, it didn’t seem protracted, though he might have disagreed. After all, he had included no allowances for senior staff ad-libbing, or for reflective pauses shared by an overflow crowd of almost 2,000 people at First Woodway Baptist Church, where he had been se ...
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
It was a dark and stormy night. Once. Last week. ‘Twould be nice to have another. As Oliver Twist would say: Could we have some more please? Like an inch or two every other day. For a month. Is that too much to ask? Beggars can’t be choosers. Maybe not. But we can beg all the same. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze. Give us more rain. Please, pretty please? And we can pray. And pray some more. For more. Predictions beg to differ. For several more months. More drought. Or drout ...
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
I've been watching a PBS "American Experience" series recently about New York City. The program follows the history of the city all the way from its early founding as a Dutch colony (purchased not for $24, but for 120 guilders), on through to just after 9/11. It was interesting to discover that New York, unlike many of the other British, French and Spanish colonies on the American continent at the time, was founded on the doctrine of commerce.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 20, 2013
I predicted that the Bluebonnet Study Club Christmas Party would be great fun, involve some fancy food, and would be entirely enjoyable. I was right. Mary Hemphill was a terrific hostess. The potluck was delicious. To top off the event, the gift exchange was super. So for my next prediction, I see the Bluebonnet Study Club meeting on January 21, 2013, at the Stribling Room of the Mason County Library.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 20, 2013 • Photos
The Heart of Texas Events Center will stage our first event for the 2013 Concert and Dance Series on January 26. The concert will begin at 2:30 PM and the dance will be held from 8:00 PM until Midnight. Admission is $12 per event, or a combo ticket to both shows for $20 each.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
The Hilda Community Club will meet Friday, January 18th at 6:00 p.m. It will be a covered dish supper since we’ve not set up hosts for the year yet. This being the first meeting of the new year, we need to elect one Trustee and a secretary as well as sign up as hosts.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
Mason Rodeo Association will have a 2013 Kick Off Meeting this Sunday, January 20 at 2:00 p.m. We will meet at the Ft. Mason Park Arena. If you are interested in helping promote equine events for our community and outside associations, please join us! The Association can always use help maintaining the arena facilities so we can continue these events as well as our annual Round Up Rodeo.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
The Mason County Youth Rally and Lock-in was created for the area youth to experience fun, games,challenges and fellowship in a Christian environment. We have guest speakers who share their testimonies, and an awesome band who share their love for the Lord through music. The two speakers for this year's rally are Clarence Lee and Keith Davis.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
BASIC COMPUTER I: Jan. 22, 6:00-7:00 P.M. BASIC COMPUTER II: Jan. 29, 6:00-7:00 P.M. CLASSES ARE FREE, BUT YOU MUST REGISTER CALL: 347-5446
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
Dining at the Governor’s Mansion by Carl McQueary sets the stage for the Menard Library Club’s first fundraiser of the year. The event will be held Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 11 am, at the Menard Country Club. Preceding the meal, guests will be treated to a review of the book by the accomplished Laura Austin.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
The Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library will offer two free internet classes this month. Tom Titus will be teaching the classes on Jan. 21 from 6:00-7:00 P.M. and Jan. 28 from 6:00-7:00 P.M. You must register to attend. Call 347-5446 or 347-5232.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
The Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library is forming a new book club. An organizational meeting will be held Thursday, January 24 at 4:30 P.M. in the Stribling Room. Anyone who likes to read may attend.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
Mason County Cancer Benefit will be holding a team meeting on January 24, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. in the Mason ISD Cafeteria. Team packets will be available at this meeting! We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
The Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library and Wesley Nurse Ann Scarth are teaming up for a new service. She will offer the first free blood sugar and blood pressure screenings on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 2:00-4:00 P.M. in the Stribling Room. Thereafter, these screenings will be available on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the same time and location.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
The regular monthly meeting of the Mason VFW Post 8554 will be held on January 21st at 6:30 p.m. Meeting will be at the American Legion Post on Post Hill St. behind the jail. All members and any qualified veterans wishing to join are encouraged to attend. At this time we will have a brief ceremony to remember the Viet Nam Peace accord signing. Questions about the VFW Post can be directed to Lawrence Spell, Post Commander at 325-429-6224.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
Each spring there are servants who descend upon Mason for a number of weeks to assist in the building of the next Habitat for Humanity Home. These wonderful people take time out of their lives to come and help build a house for a complete stranger. The community of Mason gathers together to take care of these servants and treats them like family while they are here.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013 • Photos
Mason Community Kitchen kicked off its second year of operation on Saturday, January 12, when eleven volunteers prepared a hearty turkey and green chile soup under the direction of head cook Cindy Morris. This local hunger relief organization was formed a year ago to provide tasty and nutritious frozen meals free of charge to needy families in Mason.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
The Arculano "Cano" Martinez family home was severely damaged by a fire on Saturday evening, January 6th. The ceiling in the living room, attic, insulation and roof is where most of the damage occurred. The family has no insurance and major health issues. Anyone who would like to help these folks can make contributions to them through the local banks in Mason.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 20, 2013 • Photos
Derek Renfro is the winner! It was the last weekend of September when Mason’s Lion’s Club sponsors their annual Walk/Run. At the end of this event medals and door prizes are presented. Derek, just five years old won, was the youngest participant and the winner of a one night’s stay at the Covered Wagon B&B.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013 • Photos
Dayna Haines, a member of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country, gave a creative program on bookmaking, January 8th, at the Mason Eckert Civic Center. The date of her program happened to be her birthday, which also was the birthday of Elvis! Dayna has been making hand made books for years, incorporating her own artwork, as well as found decorative items to embellish the covers and pages.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013 • Photos
Mason Bank announced the winners of its 2012 Bonus Bucks Shop At Home promotion just after the first of the year. The News caught up with Phyllis Estill when she stopped by to pick up her winnings from Thom Canfield and Sheri Simon. Other winners were: Margie Sanchez, Linda Reichenau, Barbara Arteaga, Laura Parson, Trudy Irwin, Piper Perlichek, Dawn Hahn and Sandy Davidson.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013 • Photos
Mr. Trey Curtis, a partner with the Erna Frac Sand plant in Mason County (and the eastern border of Menard County) gave a presentation about the plant to the Menard-Kimble-Mason County unit of the Texas Retired Teacher Association at the Old Peanut Mill Restaurant on January 8th. The sand plant sponsors many activities in Mason, and employs some fifty local and area employees.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013 • Photos
It looks like Second Chance – Mason Animal Rescue is going to have another very busy year. The day after last week’s article came out, seven beautiful and sweet puppies were left at the city pound. Several other animals have also been at the pound in just the first two weeks of this year. Basil and his brothers and sisters are our pets of the week.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013 • Photos
It was cold outside on a quiet overcast day, but it was a ‘great day to paint’ at The Painted Tree Studio. It turned out to be a mother/daughter day of painting. Rachel Yount gave her mother Lisa Polk a Christmas present of a class and Andrea Wilson brought her 4th grader Kyra.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013 • Photos
Bluebonnet CASA encourages everyone to "save the date" for this year's Hearts for Hope Gala on February 9th. The event will be held at the Ft. Mason Park Community Building with a 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. social hour, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. catered dinner, live auction from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., and a dance afterward featuring The Drugstore Cowboys.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 20, 2013 • Photos
Puncher Pete made Mason proud at the Capital One Bowl. As Mason High School mascot, Puncher Pete, Lorri Ann Drazan was one of more than 50 All-American Mascots from across the country who performed in the 2013 Capital One Bowl Pre-Game in Orlando, Florida. The individuals invited to perform were All-American Mascots selected from Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) summer camps across the country.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 20, 2013 • Photos
Work has just been completed at the Odeon Theater to add an extension to the current stage. This extension brings the stage out over eight feet, covering the existing orchestra pit and expanding the performance capabilities of the theater. The historic theater’s orchestra pit remains unaltered and will be preserved for future restoration if needed.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013 • Photos
The Mason Study Club participates in the Book Buddy program at Mason Elementary School. Many of the Club members go to the school on a weekly basis. This program allows the children to read one-on-one to an adult. The children enjoy this time with a Buddy and look forward to having the Buddy come.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013
Feathered Stars in Winter is the gorgeous new quilt that will be on display at the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Library Stribling Room for the next month. The quilt is the creation of Doreen Cardenas. She machine pieced and quilted on her Janome sewing machine, and the quilt contains wool batting.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013 • Photos
Johnnie Lee (Blakeney) Hight, 79, of Bangs, Texas, and longtime Menard resident, passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2013, in Bangs. Visitation was, Thursday, January 10, 2013, at Heritage Funeral Home in Menard. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 11, 2013, at London Baptist Church in London, Texas, with interment at Long Mountain Cemetery. Johnnie was born on October 22, 1933, in San Angelo, Texas, to John Franklin Blakeney and Cora Lee (Miller) Blakeney.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013 • Photos
Wanda Sue Brockman Sinclair went home peacefully on Jan. 4, 2013. Wanda was born Jan. 19, 1946, in De Queen, Arkansas, and raised by her Great Aunt in Mason, TX. Wanda became a nurse and enjoyed her profession for 46 years; the last 27 years were spent as a nurse with Dr.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013 • Photos
Dora Delgado Landeros, of Mason, passed away on Sunday, January 13, at the age of 71. Dora was born in Houston, Texas, on August 16, 1941, to Jose Anguiano Delgado and Geneva Delgado. She lived most of her life in Houston and Mason before moving to Cedar Park a couple of years ago so she could be near her daughter.
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Sports
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 20, 2013
We will be hosting the 1st Annual Lee Graham Relays on Saturday, March 16th at 9 a.m. here in Mason. This is going to be a high school meet that was formerly the “Hill Country Relays.” If you are interested in being a worker for the meet please let me know.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 20, 2013 • Photos
With only one player with an entire varsity basketball season under their belt the 2012-2013 Puncher Basketball team might be considered a young inexperienced team that will need a year to mature. Don’t try to convince them of this especially after the effort and determination that was put in Friday in their loss to a good Medina Bobcat team.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 20, 2013
7th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th FINAL MASON 4 5 6 8 23 Center Point 9 4 4 2 19 Top Scorers Jake Comey - 8 T.R. Kerr – 6 Kason Silerio - 4 Emanuel Martinez - 3 Fernando Torres - 2 8th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th FINAL MASON 4 4 2 2 12 Center Point 4 2 2 5 13 Top Scorers Elijah Timms - 4 Evan Dayton – 3 James Schwertner - 2 Haddon Hudson - 2 Caleb Hyatt - 1
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013 • Photos
Tuesday Jan. 8 Varsity Cowgirls vs. Harper Mason—13—15—15—14 = 57 Harper—4—6—7—8 = 25 Scorers—Mari’ Marquez—3, Emily Holland—7, Kyndal Jarl—4, Margaret Lemke—24, Caroline Hudson—6, Kayla Guice—11, Alexa Menchaca—2. Rebound Leaders—Caroline Hudson—8, Margaret Lemke—7. Assist Leaders—Mari’ Marquez—2, Emily Holland—2, Caroline Hudson—2, Kelly Kothmann—2. Steal Leaders—Margaret Lemke—6, Kayla Guice—5. Blocked Shots—Carol ...