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March 20, 2013 Issue
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013
DENTON, Texas - The Region 6 office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is joining its federal, state and local partners in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas to commemorate Flood Safety Awareness Week from March 18-22, 2013. The week-long campaign provides an opportunity for emergency management experts to work together in sharing information about the dangers related to flooding, how to prepare for flood events and ways to prevent future damage from floods.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013 • Photos
“Dig deep!” That’s the mantra many coaches shout at their players when it is clutch performance time. One football player took it literally – on and off the field. Alphonse Dotson was the 1964 Grambling State Football All American. He then went on to the National Football League where he retired from the Oakland Raiders as a successful defensive tackle in 1970. From the bright lights of the football field to the Pacific bay lights of Acapulco, Alphonse found himself retiring in t ...
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013
Spring is in the air, and the time is here again for the annual spring Steady Steps fundraiser. Please join us Saturday, March 23rd, at Ft. Mason Community Building for a delicious meal (donation only) catered by Willow Creek, followed by the traditional cake auction and silent auction which always proves to be fun and exciting!  You may view and bid on the silent auction items starting at 4:30 p.m., and the meal will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013 • Photos
Bluebonnet CASA invites everyone down to the courthouse this Palm Sunday, March 24 for the annual Easter egg hunt. Hunt begins at 12:30pm. We will have “Peter Cottontail” there for pictures with the kids and free face painting. This year if you would like to recycle your plastic eggs you can bring them pieced TOGETHER to the CASA office at 205 N.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013 • Photos
Jeanine McGregor (Ms. Mac) will deliver a presentation on CSCOPE at the next Mason Tea Party meeting on Thursday, March 28, 6:30 p.m. at the Richard P. Eckert Civic Center, 1024 McKinley, Mason, Texas. CSCOPE is a progressive online curriculum being used in about 80% of all Texas Schools. Jeanine McGregor has investigated CSCOPE extensively and will discuss the results of her research, how this is adversely affecting our children on several levels, and the negative impact this program is havi ...
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013
Texas Topaz Day is coming. Saturday, March 23, we will celebrate Mason County topaz, the state gem. The town will be full of rock hounders, geologists, gemologists, gem dealers, and gem cutters. A number of ranches are available that day for topaz hunting, with guides to along to help. Rock shops from around the Hill Country will be on the sidewalk on the north side of the square.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013
Mason County Cancer Benefit will be having a team meeting this Thursday, March 21st in the Mason ISD Cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. During this meeting, you will need to turn in your team packets! Look forward to seeing you there!!!
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 21, 2013
This has got to be one of the quickest breads I’ve ever made; total work time of about 10 minutes! The recipe calls for roasted wheat germ, but, darn, I was fresh out of wheat germ so I substituted roasted sesame seeds. This bread has a dense texture, sorta like beer bread, and is great for sopping up juice from your pinto beans or vegetable soup, or even your beef stew.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 21, 2013
March, 2002 – A ten-year-old boy, along with seven friends, was suspended from Dry Creek Elementary School in Centennial, Colorado, for pointing their fingers like guns during a game of ‘Army and Aliens’ on the school playground. – Washington Times February, 2010 – A twelve-year-old girl in Forest Hills, New York wrote ‘I love my friends Abby and Faith.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 21, 2013
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, March 12th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 34 members and three visitors in attendance. Lion Mark Lehmberg was responsible for the program and introduced Laura Keith and Jennifer Moneyhon who spoke about the Mason County Child Welfare Board. They are both volunteers, along with others, that give their service on behalf of abused and neglected children of Mason County.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 21, 2013
In the past weeks, I’ve told you about a loaf of bread from the store that said to use by January 5, 2013. The bread isn’t showing any signs of molding or hardness! Maybe whatever they put in bread now might just be a cure for something? However, I don’t want to partake! Z’s recovery is coming along just fine.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013
Understanding nutrition is difficult at best because there is so much conflicting information. Understanding nutritional supplements is also difficult because one person will get great results using a specific herb or vitamin and the next person will get not results on the same product. There are so many studies that report on a single nutrient – for example, cinnamon seems to be the most popular supplement for controlling blood sugar.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013 • Photos
On Palm Sunday, March 24, on the south side of the Mason Courthouse we will be hosting a Child Safety Seat Check Up Event. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. and should last until at least 1 p.m. Come make sure your child’s safety seat is being used correctly- 3 out of 4 of us do not have them properly installed!
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013
Be sure not to miss our two new exhibits. We have reverse on glass paintings by Johnny Mereno, II inside the library, and we have Libby Hahn’s Attic Babies on display in the foyer. Come on in—they’ll make you smile! Audiobooks: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (CD F HAR) The Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel (F STE) Spanish: La Catedral Del Mar vi Ildefonso Falcones (S F FAL) “En el siglo XIV, la ciudad de Barcelona se encuentra en su momento de mayo prosperidad.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013
Julius Caesar’s assassination marked ‘em, Will Shakespeare wrote about ‘em, and teachers seem destined to perpetuate ‘em. Bad news—like “Ides” of old—blows in each year, “hammerlocked” with destiny on the wings of each windy March. School personnel—lumped together—harbor fear premonitions of the school year’s final lap. They know that lurking on the other side of spring break are unpredictable situations—the kinds that try their souls—to make chopped liver of what ...
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013
Today’s the day. March 20th. This is it. The S word. Yep. SPRING. Spring has sprung. And new is in. New blooms. New growth. New grass. New paint. New house. New love. New babies. New moves. Such as The Shooting Star. Shooting across the square. From east to north. Into the old Hofmann Dry Goods building. The Commercial Bank is fixing to move too. But only a few feet. Soon they’ll return to their newly remodeled building. With its new look. Inside and out. On the ...
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 21, 2013
Winter ends and spring begins today (March 20). Sometimes, here in Texas, we actually need a calendar reminder to determine what season we're in since our weather can fall into rather predictable routines. One thing that we can't ignore is the slow blooming of trees and shrubs around the area.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013
Gerry - The pagan festival of "Easter" originated as worship of a sun idol, the Babylonian so-called "queen" of Heaven, later worshipped under names including Ishtar, Cybele, Idaea Mater, Astarte, and the fertility idol Eostre, from whose name "Easter" is derived. "Easter" is NOT another name for Passover and is NOT celebrated at the Biblically prescribed time for Passover!
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 21, 2013
The Library Book Club will meet on Tuesday, April 2, to discuss The Light Between Oceans.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 21, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) will hold a town hall at the M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library in Mason. The town hall is open to members of the media and the public. WHAT: Town hall in Mason WHO: U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway WHEN: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013 WHERE: M.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 21, 2013
First Baptist Church youth will be going on a mission trip this summer to Rock Hill, South Carolina, and the Catawba Indian Reservation. The trip consists of both construction and evangelism outreach projects. This is wonderful opportunity for the students to meet people from another part of the country, to experience people of another culture and most importantly, spread the Gospel and the good news of Jesus Christ.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 21, 2013
The Mason Tennis Association’s twelfth annual Tennis-A-Thon will take place this Sunday, March 24th, at the Mason Tennis Center. The funds raised will be used to improve and maintain our tennis center. The tennis playing youth of our community are taking part in this event by participating in tennis drills, games and competitions for 1 and 1/2 hours, and by obtaining sponsors who pledge money for each participant.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013
Mason Elementary is having its annual PK/HeadStart/Kinder Roundup (pre-registration) on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in the Elementary/Junior High Library from 3:30—5:30 pm. If your child will be attending Pre-Kindergarten, HeadStart, or Kindergarten NEXT school year (August 2013), please come anytime between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm to the library to register your child. The following are the guidelines for registering your child for PK/Kinder: · Your child must be 3 or 4 years old on or before Sep ...
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013
All meals are served at noon Wednesday, March 20 - First United Methodist Church
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a multi-county Hill Country Wildlife Management Field Day beginning with registration at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 4 at the Doss Community Center in Doss on Ranch Road 783. Activities will conclude around 3:15 p.m. Three hours of continuing education units (1 ½ integrated pest management and 1 ½ general ), required for renewal of private pesticide applicator”s license, will be available.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013
Come to the square on Sunday, March 24th and bring your appetite! The Annual Hamburger Picnic will be held on the west side of the square on Palm Sunday from 11-1. In addition to delicious hamburgers hot off the grill, guests will get a bag of chips and an ice cold soda for just $6.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013
BLOOD GLUCOSE AND BLOOD PRESSURE TUESDAY, MARCH 26 2:00-4:00 P.M. STRIBLING ROOM OF COUNTY LIBRARY
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013
On March 25th, 2013 there will be a Private Applicators License training conducted at the McCulloch County Extension Office. Registration will start at 8:00 and the training will begin at 8:30 A.M. At 1:00 P.M. a representative from TDA will be on hand to administer the test. The office is located at 114 W.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 21, 2013 • Photos
The Mason Garden Club adopted the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library’s front flowerbeds last year, and they are making a lovely difference in the appearance of the grounds. On March 14 members prepared the beds near the Old Yeller statue for planting herbs and native grasses. They also weeded the beds by the front walk.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 21, 2013 • Photos
Deanna Handlin and her grand kids Madison and Kaleb came to the Paint & Sip, while they were here in Mason visiting over spring break. Texas was the theme of the painting showing the state in three sections of the Coast, Hill Country and High Plains.... and them of course our sky filled with stars.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 21, 2013 • Photos
Second Chance – Mason Animal Rescue will be having its monthly meeting this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Strategic Oilfield Services Office located next door to Willow Creek Café. All members and interested persons are encouraged to attend. The group will be discussing the ongoing spay/neuter campaign. There will also be a discussion of fundraiser projects for the rest of the year.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 21, 2013 • Photos
Surrounded by descendents, DRT members and friends, Emily Adaline Craig Russell, 1838-1905, received her “Citizen of the Republic of Texas” Grave Marker in Live Oak Cemetery. The marker was unveiled on March 11, 2013, in commemoration of Emily Russell’s 175th birth date. The ceremony included scripture readings and pledges to the U.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 21, 2013 • Photos
March 13th, members of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country met at the Junction City Park for a sack lunch picnic and photo opportunity at Kimble County’s historical First Sawmill. After lunch the group met at the Kimble County Library for an outstanding program by Kim Paxson and Connie Chadwell.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013 • Photos
When I first met Tonya Huston in late 2009 she was just getting ready for a trip to Rwanda to assist with a project called True Vineyard Ministries. She had learned how to shear sheep in Ballinger and was ready to transfer what she knew to a very eager group of men and women in Rwanda who were raising sheep, shearing them and then spinning the wool into yarn for sale.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013 • Photos
On March 2, 2013, Faith Ingracia, Feature Twirler for Mason High School, competed at the Texas Championship Twirling Competition in Corpus Christi. Faith competed in Three rating categories and obtained a 1 in each category, she also competed in Two competitive categories and came in First place in both of those categories, earning Two First place trophies and One rating Super Star Trophy.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013 • Photos
Nancy Dockal brought her 3 children Spencer, Sawyer and Jack to visit her in-laws Bobbie and Lee McMillan over spring break. Looking for something fun to do while grandparents were working, she called the Paint & Sip and arranged for a painting experience for her and the kids. Bridget the instructor always checks in on everyone’s stress level, noting anxiety levels of being in an art class.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 21, 2013 • Photos
Lauren Lusty of Lindale, TX won Reserve Champion, Poland China Breed, at the Houston Stock Show 2013. She is the granddaughter of Barby Brunken of Mason.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 21, 2013
An accident on Highway 377 on March 10th claimed the life of 42 year old Austin resident, Alicia Annette Brothers. Mrs. Brothers was the driver of a 1998 Honda traveling west on Highway 87. About one mile west of Bluff Creek Road, on a sharp turn in the highway, her vehicle crossed the center line of the road and struck a 2002 GMC pickup, pulling a trailer, heading east on Highway 377.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 21, 2013 • Photos
Daniel and Michelle Hinckley of Fredricksburg welcomed a new baby boy on January 18th. Grandma came to visit and they took a group photo: (L-R) Juan Pablo, new baby Thomas with Emmanuel, Maria Victoria, Monica Hinckley with Joseph, and Solanus. The family wants to thank you for all your thoughts and prayers; Michelle is doing well, her treatments will continue through May.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 21, 2013 • Photos
Marie Beaver sent this great photo of a late winter rainbow taken from Ranch Road 386.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 21, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 5:00 PM in the Elementary/Jr. High Library 2nd - 4th grade parents are invited to join us for an informational meeting regarding the upcoming STAAR Test. Topics to be covered include: · Changes from TAKS to STAAR · Testing format/What test will look like · What Mason Elementary is doing to prepare for STAAR · What parents can do to help their child prepare for STAAR
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 21, 2013
The Bluebonnet Study Club 42 Tournament was a relaxing and enjoyable event. Bill Placker and Lorine Metz won prizes for high scores. Lorine Metz also won as the oldest player and Mary Jane Henrich took home the prize for the youngest player. Thanks for everyone who came and played. On Monday, March 18, 2013, the Bluebonnet Study Club held their regular monthly meeting and competed in games of Memory Madness and Trivial Pursuit.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 21, 2013
Iglesia Bautista El Divino Salvador is celebrating its three year anniversary on March 23, 2013!!! Come help us kick off our $100,000 fund drive to remodel the beautiful, historic church, located on Highway 87 North between Zavala's and Stripes. We will have special music and we will be selling hot dogs and drinks to do some much needed repairs to the sanctuary.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013 • Photos
The Mason Study Club held a short meeting on Tuesday, March 12th. Two items of business were discussed. The first item regarded the upcoming Ham sale, with the order deadline being Saturday, March 16th, and the delivery date being Saturday, March 23rd. The second order of business concerned the proposed slate of officers for the 2013-2014 year. The nominees recommended by the nominating committee were unanimously approved.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013 • Photos
The Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library has chosen Johnnie Moreno II from Brady, Texas, as the Artist of the Month. Mr. Moreno recently joined the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country. While Moreno can work in many other media, his signature technique is reverse art on glass.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013 • Photos
St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated on Sunday March 17 at Tom Titus’s Flat Tire Ranch, organized by Irishman Tony Platino. This saint’s religious feast day was acknowledged by observing a beautiful sunset and an amazing display of stars. Telescopes, binos, opera glasses, plus apps on iphones were used to see and be amazed at the display of stars, satellites, a comet, shooting stars, a space station….and Jupiter dancing with the moon.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013
Saturday, March 23-Eighth Annual Steady Steps Fundraiser 18 hole A, B, C, D Scramble, 4-person teams, Sign Up individually or as a team by 12:00 Saturday, Tournament starts at 1:30-Entry Fee $50.00 per person. Saturday, April 6-Ft. Mason Golf Association Annual Fundraiser Raffle/Scramble, 9-hole 4 person A, B, C, D scramble-Sign Up Individually or as a team by 12:00 Saturday, Play Begins at 2:00-Entry Fee is the price of a Fundraiser Ticket.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 20, 2013
Amateur Photo Shoot to be held by the Cancer Crusaders this Saturday, March 23rd, beginning at 10 a.m. for $10.00. It will be held at Mason Historical Building; and, if the weather is bad then it will be held at the First Baptist Church. Angie Dudney will be the photographer and Petal Patch will provide the props.
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Melba Rae Sgamba, 73, went home to spend eternity with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 14, 2013. Melba was born in Porterville, California, on August 15, 1939, to Stanley and Lois Sullivan. She was preceded in death by both parents. She is survived by her children: Debra Gayle McNutt, Michael Duane Pitts and wife Sandy, Stacy Lynn Johnson and husband Bob, Joseph Everett Perry, Randall Wayne Perry and Yvette Renee Entracaso.
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William R. “Bill” Finley went to be with the Lord on March 10, 2013. Bill was born May 16, 1930, in Aurora, Colorado.  He attended Colorado A&M where he received a degree in Forestry Entomology.  He then entered flight school at Goodfellow Airforce Base in San Angelo Texas.  There, he met his beautiful wife Patsy Shearer, they were married for 58 years.
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"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing." 2 Timothy 4:7-8 Danna Gnazzo Laverty went to be with the Lord, the One she trusted in so much, March 4th, 2013, peacefully at her home, surrounded by her husband and children.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 21, 2013
On behalf of our coaching staff I would like to thank each and every one of the volunteers who helped work the 1st Annual Lee Graham Relays. We had many volunteers who gave of their time and effort to help make the track meet a huge success. It takes many people that are willing to work events, announce, time, pick, rake, retrieve shot/discus, move hurdles, and work in the concession stand to make a track meet run smoothly.