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April 17, 2013 Issue
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This 2013 MCRW Home Tour is to be held Saturday, April 20th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with tickets available at Market Square for $10 each. On April 20th tickets can be purchased at any place on the tour. Directions are provided with each ticket. A portion of this year’s MCRW Spring Home Tour involves three destination areas well known to local residents.
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It is time once again for the annual St. Joseph Catholic Church Springfest. Each year we look forward to this time of great food and fellowship. Everyone is invited to come and share a meal with us or pick up a “drive thru” plate. The event will be held at the Parish hall on Sunday,April 28th from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM ( or until sold out ) .
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Continual Prayers for peace and comfort for the Brackett community as they grieve over their tragic losses. Mr. and Mrs. Koontz, Madison and Marley Koontz died in a car crash while traveling home after Saturday’s one act play competition. Their youngest family member, Zack, survived. We are so saddened for their loss. This past Saturday, we enjoyed a wonderful day in San Antonio and earned the Alternate play at the Area competition.
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Tickets are now being sold for the Annual Mason County Habitat for Humanity Spring Benefit. This year’s gala will be held on Saturday, May 18th at the Jacques-Hurley Farm at Camp Air. Habitat President Paul Branch noted this year’s location is significant because Don Jacques and his late wife, Wanda, were very instrumental in getting Habitat for Humanity started in Mason eleven years ago. Once again the top Texas wineries have been selected to showcase their finest wines, and attendees wi ...
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Mason Feed Store held a Customer Appreciation Day last Friday and opened their doors to visitors throughout the day. There were door prizes, snacks and lots of fun for the employees and the customers of the establishment.
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The Mason Puncher Alumni football players will face the Brady Bulldogs in Puncher Stadium on Friday June 7th with a 7:30 p.m. start. It will feature two fine teams with most of our great ones coming together again one more time. If you wish to play you must register at gridironglory.com between now and the 1st of June.
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The Commercial Bank welcomed the public into its newly renovated building on the northwest corner of the square last Friday and a constant stream of visitors enjoyed the tour.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013 • Posted April 20, 2013
Putting up bird feeders is a bad idea. Not only does it lead to bird dependence, creating a welfare state of the avian world, and encourage the birds to make a total mess of any lawn furniture in the area, it can also get you killed and eaten by a bear. Now, I’m not saying it’s necessarily common for people who feed birds to become bear doots, but it could definitely happen, based on a story that recently emerged from the foreign country of Massachusetts, and sent to me by several alert re ...
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Habit #5 Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood Mason Elementary is a Leader In Me School. This year the students at Mason Elementary have been learning about the 7 Habits of Happy Kids and how they can be used in our everyday lives. Currently we are learning about Habit 5 Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood.
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The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, April 9th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 35 members and one visitor in attendance. Lion John Palacio was responsible for the program and spoke about happenings at the City of Mason, mainly the wastewater treatment plant. John said the City had gotten the "go ahead"
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“BREAD, the staff of life!” However, this was to have been interpreted, the loaf of bread that is in the bread drawer, still is not molded and not hard. The expiration states to “Use by January 5, 2013.” There is something that I have with bread that doesn’t happen with just anyone.
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A day of fun, fellowship, learning and delicious food was enjoyed (see accompanying photo) by the United Methodist Women of Art, Trinity and Hilda as we gathered for our annual Mission Study. This year’s study was on Immigration, based on the book, Immigration and the Bible-a guide for radical welcome by Joan M.
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“Porous bones” is the literal meaning of the word osteoporosis. In the United States, over 25 million people are affected by osteoporosis. Eighty percent of these are women. As I mentioned in previous articles, osteoporosis is not just a calcium deficiency problem, it occurs when bones are torn down faster than they are rebuilt for various reasons. Osteoporosis is broken down into 3 types.
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Last Monday, April 8, we had a regularly scheduled meeting of the City Commission and I would like to take a few minutes to share a few things that were discussed and decided. As is true of every Commission meeting there were several items of “housekeeping” that we have to deal with to keep things running smoothly and that do not require much thoughtful consideration.
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Our Dinner Tonight! Healthy Cooking School in Brownwood was a success. I got to taste many of the recipes, and here are 2 more of my favorites. This guacamole was SO good, and I could not taste the “secret” ingredients at all! I am going to try it with even more peas- it just made the mixture thicker but didn’t affect the taste one bit.
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Next time you come into the library foyer, take time to look up—up to the south and up to the west—and you’ll see something new and beautiful. On the west side you’ll see Rosemary Davis’s painting. On the south side, you’ll see two paintings by Sheri Wheeler. Placing permanent art in the foyer has been a goal of the Library Board.
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Kinfolks and neighbors threw an 80th anniversary reception for my Uncle Mort and Aunt Maude the other day. It was a sunny afternoon of fretful breath-holding that violent springtime weather predicted would take a different route. And it did. No doubt Mort had a hand in preparing invitations. They stated “no gifts expected, unless from charitable hearts without any reservation.” (Yep, he arranged for these words to be in bold face type.) Gifts and gift cards covered the kitchen table, and ...
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And around and around we go. Again. In a spin. Oh, what a spin we’re in. Musical buildings. And businesses. The Thing Is moves to the square in June. Where Cocoa Luna used to be. The Thing Is is Mason’s premier boutique, currently located in the Off the Square building just north of the square on Highway 87. Where Off the Square Hair Company operates. Across from Country Collectibles. And Mason Resale Barn.
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I've got my new Blackberry Z10 (and even had time to get the replacement for the first handset when it had problems). Except for the problems that I had with the first phone restarting itself for no discernible reason, I'm really enjoying my new unit and have found it quite capable of living up to the early marketing hype. Shortly after receiving my new smartphone, I found myself sitting at a friend's kitchen counter having a conversation with him.
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The Mason Jr. High Cheerleaders were able to donate $2500.00 to the Mason Athletic Department from the “Puncheropoly” sales! A huge Thank You to the entire community and all of the local businesses that made donations or supported the effort by purchasing the games! Please go by one of your local stores to purchase a game.
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The Thing Is Boutique and Uptown 244 welcome you to join us for the co-sponsored Chamber of Commerce Spring Mixer on April 25th! The event will be held on the square (244 Ft. McKavitt) in Mason from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Come and enjoy great food, fun and community fellowship! Join us and find out the latest buzz about what’s going on around the square!!
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 • Posted April 20, 2013
Castell General Store will be hosting Trade Days every third Saturday beginning April 20. Vendors are welcome to peddle their wares at no charge. Call (325) 247-4100 for more information. The best BBQ will be available. Help restock the Llano River with rainbow trout.
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Seats remaining for the Katie Holmes Project Continental Graffiti. Katie and band bring standard American Swing and Jazz as well as European pop music of all vintages. This is a show for all ages and the Odeon is the perfect venue for the unique Gypsy jazz sound of this group. Come out and support the Odeon and the great music that is presented here.
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The Mason County Cancer Benefit will be held Saturday, April 27th, at the Heritage Park! We hope that you will be able to stop by and show your support to the cancer survivors of Mason County. The event will begin at 11 a.m. sharp with a tribute to our survivors and their caregivers.
, PhD CEO, Texas Nature Project Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, St. Mary’s University
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On Saturday, April 6, Saudi Arabian students under the leadership of their President Amel Alsherie and the support of Abdullah Alhadhrami, Abdullah Kalifa and Othman Alsaeed brought their families and friends to explore West Texas nature and culture. Several of the students had made individual trips to Texas Nature Project and other Mason favorite destinations previously, and decided it was time that the entire group find out more about their host state of Texas, and particularly the traditions ...
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Young Life has been in Mason for over a year now, but what exactly is Young Life? The purpose of this article is to answer questions you may have regarding this new ministry. So, what is Young Life? It may help by stating what we are not. Young Life IS NOT the church, but it is an expression of the church in mission.
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The Mason Study Club recently held their annual Ham Sales fundraiser. The hams were purchased from Miiller’s Smokehouse in Llano, Texas. Miiller’s went above and beyond to deliver the frozen hams to the Mason County Library early in the morning on Saturday, March 23rd. The hams came in sturdy boxes which made them easier to transport.
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Second Chance – Mason Animal Rescue wants to remind everyone about the free spay/neuter program for income eligible residents of Mason County. Dog owners have been busily taking advantage of the program but there have not been many cat owners signing up. So if you have a cat, particularly a female cat that is outdoors, this is a great opportunity to prevent unwanted litters of kittens.
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Courtney Gay Immel and Jacob Tanner Geistweidt were united in marriage May 26, 2012, at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. Tommy LeFan performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of John and Jan Immel of Dallas, granddaughter of Wanda Evans and Charles & Kay Immel. The groom is the son of Dale & Kaylyn Geistweidt, grandson of Mary K.
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Fredericksburg, Texas – April 11, 2013 – For the second consecutive year, Truven Health Analytics selected Hill Country Memorial (HCM) as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals®. Formerly the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters, Truven Health AnalyticsSM analyzed nearly 3,000 hospitals from coast to coast, from large healthcare systems and teaching facilities to small community hospitals, determining the best hospitals based on specific patient care criteria. “This is a tremendous h ...
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Jenn Moran Powerlifter for Texas A&M, Wins Nationals at Killeen, Tx, on April 14th. She is Granddaughter of Harold and Geraldine Geistweidt, & Daughter of Dan & Janet Moran. Gig ‘Em Aggies.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013 • Posted April 20, 2013
It’s time to begin . . . The Big Read! The Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library invites everyone in Mason to read True Grit by Charles Portis and to participate in one Big Read activity. The project has officially begun; Mrs. Glendene Underwood’s Advanced Placement English II classes kicked off this community project by reading and discussing the book in her classes.
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The public is invited to attend the dedication of the eleventh Habitat home on Thursday, April 18th at 10:00AM. The home is located at 605 Brazos Avenue. This year’s new homeowners are Audrey Morqwuecho and her daughter Khrista. Once again the latest Habitat home was built using energy efficient building methods and advanced framing. Habitat Carte-A-Vanners supplied most of the labor, along with the “sweat equity” hours put in by Audrey and Khrista and local volunteers. Mason County Ha ...
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Mason County Judge Jerry Bearden has been honored by the Texas Judicial Academy for going the extra mile to be prepared to handle his duties as county judge. Judge Bearden was inducted as a Fellow in the Texas Judicial Academy March 21, 2013, at a reception in Lubbock, Overton Hotel, during the 2013 Spring Judicial Education Session.
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Kay Hudler is the first honoree to be given the “Champion of Education” award from the Kerrville Families and Literacy, Inc. Kay was psychotherapist in Houston for over 20 years. She also volunteered at the Houston Women’s Home where she helped women learn life skills and get their GED. Kay served on the board of Families and Literacy from 2008-2010 where she literally put the organization back on its financial feet with her tireless fundraising and personal support.
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Mr. George A. Ramos, of Fredericksburg, passed away on Sunday, April 14, at the age of 81. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at 10:00 a.m. at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church with Rev. Danielle Knapp leading services. Burial with military honors will follow in the Bethel Cemetery at Camp Air at 2:00 p.m.
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Jean Halliburton was born May 14, 1934 in Mason County, Texas the daughter of Ben and Angeline Henry Nehr. She passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas. Jean married Morris Halliburton April 21, 1955 in Dallas, Texas. Jean passed away just 7 days before their 58th wedding anniversary. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at Mullican-Little Funeral Chapel in Bells/Savoy, Texas.
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The Mason High School girls track team placed third at the area track meet held in La Pryor, Tx on April 11, 2013. Advancing to regional are Cassie Benefield-100M; Jacie Rychlick-800M; Kelly Kothmann-Triple Jump, 800 Relay; Mari Marquez-800 Relay; Kayla Guice-800 Relay & Mile Relay; Khrista Morquecho-400M, 800 Relay & Mile Relay; Madison Anderson-800 Relay & Mile Relay, & Emily Holland-Mile Relay.
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The Mason High School boys track team placed first at the area track meet held in La Pryor on April 11. Advancing to regional are Pascual Callejas-3200M & 1600M; Hector Medina-Shot & Discus; Go Chanriang-High Jump, 300 Hurdles, Sprint Relay, Mile Relay; Luis Castillo-300 Hurdles, Sprint Relay; Miguel Castillo-800 Relay, Mile Relay; Rio Schmidt-200M, 800 Relay; Cody Wood-Sprint Relay, 800 Relay, Mile Relay; Ramiro Rodriguez-400M, 800 Relay, Mile Relay; Spencer Bierschwale-110 Hurdles.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 • Posted April 20, 2013
On Friday, March 22nd, Mason Junior High kicked off its season with a win over Sonora in the first round of the team tennis tournament. On Saturday, March 23rd, the team faced its toughest challenger, Kerrville in what is always a great match. Mason came out on top with a 10-8 victory.
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Once again the Mason Tennis Team rolled to district championships in both boys and girls divisions. The boy’s team nosed out Sabinal by a 33-25 score while the girls dominated Junction 35-16 in team points. Sabinal had a strong boy’s team as their boys singles player, Vicente Aguilar, defeated Mason’s Kristian Dale 7-5, 6-2 in the finals.
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7th Grade Girls District Champs Field Events: Pole Vault – Sandra Duarte 1st place; Brookelyn Doss 2nd place High Jump – Sandra Duarte 1st place; Grace Chapman 2nd place; Raegan Palacio 3rd place Long Jump – Shay Baker 1st place; Grace Chapman 5th place Triple Jump – Shay Baker 1st place; Raegan Palacio 2nd place; Reagan Gibbs 6th place Shot Put – Jill Donop 3rd place; Aselynn Montellano 4th place Running Events: 400 M Relay – Palacio, Nail, Chapman, Duarte 1st place 100 M ...
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The Mason Tennis Association Tennis-A-Thon fundraiser was a smashing success in raising over $9500. The money will be used to improve our tennis center. Many of our tennis playing youth, ages 3 to 18, played tennis for 1 and 1/2 hours on March 24th and acquired sponsors who donated money to them for playing. The top fundraiser for this event was Lexie Bingham, a 7th grader, who raised $1500.
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Dust off your racquet, grab your shoes and join fellow tennis enthusiasts on Saturday, June 15, at the Mason Tennis Center for a fun-filled day of tennis and socializing with players of all ages! The Mason Tennis Association (MTA) is planning an official dedication of the Tennis Pavilion and a Reunion Tennis Tournament for that day. The dedication ceremony for the Tennis Pavilion is set for 9 a.m.