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May 1, 2013 Issue
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 1, 2013 • Photos
Mason’s First Grade classes completed this year’s ‘Leader in Me’ Community Project by planting a tree on the Elementary School playground. The Monterey Oak was purchased from Debbie Owen with money the students earned with their Readers Cafe fundraiser earlier this year. A plaque is being made by the High School Ag Department with the graduation date for this class.
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The final community performance of Mason High School’s One Act Play, Crimes of the Heart, will be presented on Sunday, May 19 at 4:00 p.m., in the high school auditorium. This performance will be a benefit performance for Zack Koontz. Zack’s mother, father and two sisters were killed on April 14 on their way home from the Area One Act Competition.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 1, 2013
Mason County enjoys its status as the heart of the Hill Country wildflower displays and the Topaz capital of Texas. But our reputation in the city of Mason as an art destination is growing! On Friday and Saturday, May 3rd and 4th we invite everyone to come to town and experience the Mason ART WALK.
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On Saturday, April 20, our one act competition day began early. We arrived at the Blinn College Auditorium that morning for our rehearsal wearing our one act t-shirts and black and gold ribbons (Brackett HS colors). When I got off the bus, the two Leon HS directors were walking towards me.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 1, 2013
Thursday, May 2nd is the National Day of Prayer. In Mason, the Ministerial Alliance will be holding a service of prayer on the South side of the courthouse lawn at 12:00 noon. All are invited to attend and pray for our country. Please bring a lawn chair. In 1775, the Continental Congress called for a time of prayer in forming a new nation.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 2, 2013
The Chinese, I’m told, invented gunpowder sometime during the ninth century, but did very little with it, besides making bombs (to blow one another up) and fireworks (to blow themselves up). They may have used crude ‘guns’ made from bamboo and stuffed with powder and projectiles, but I’d classify those under one of the above uses.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 2, 2013
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, April 23rd, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 35 members in attendance. Lion Glenn Ruthven was responsible for the program and introduced Scott Zesch who spoke about happenings in Mason. Scott first talked about the Mason Community Kitchen, which is a group of volunteers that meet once a month at the school cafeteria to make and freeze casseroles to be distributed at the Food Pantry each month.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 2, 2013
I’ve noticed that Z and I keep repeating the same old stories. I wouldn’t dare tell him he’s told me that before, because every time he tells it, it keeps getting better. Embellishing comes into our family, both old and young! I really have nothing to say this week that I haven’t said before, so I’ll not repeat nor will I embellish!
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 2, 2013
In some of the past articles I spent time talking about “saddlebag” maps that were the early examples of traveler’s or glove box maps that we know from our own recent past. Of course now many travelers, particularly younger adults, rely on GPS and “voices in the dash” for directions and never even have to look at a map.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 2, 2013
The primary thing going on in my office at the current time is Early Voting for our municipal elections. Since we are efficiently using every square foot of the City offices these days, my office seemed to be the only available space to set up the early voting booths, so I am working around some extra activities and space uses.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 1, 2013
After last week’s article on cleansing, I thought it would be a good time to bring up parasites - the thought of which makes most of us queasy. In spite of that, they are an often overlooked cause of certain health problems today. Parasites are actually very common in nature and more common in humans than we would like to think.
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As everyone is probably aware, the Wild Flowers of Mason County were some of the best in our region! Though the bluebonnet crop is smaller compared to previous years, our landscape is still beautiful and filled with Wild Flowers. We have had visitors in Mason from many surrounding counties, 12 other states and five different countries this spring alone.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 1, 2013
If you’re looking for lovely note cards, you should try these on sale here at the library. Second Chance has handmade notecards with the cutest dogs and cats, and the Mason Study Club’s handmade cards feature a variety of Mason County scenes. You can send one-of-a-kind cards unique to Mason, and at the same time help support these two organizations whose members do so much for our community. NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries) Non-fiction: National Geographic’s ...
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 1, 2013
Mason County AgriLife Extension Service and Mason County Chamber of Commerce are offering a Food Handler’s Course on Tuesday, May 21 from 3-5 p.m. in the meeting room at Willow Creek restaurant on the Square. The Course is $20 a person, and each participant will earn a Texas Food Handler card which is good for 2 years.
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Keene, TX, isn’t today—nor was it ever—Mayberry, RFD. With a few decades peeled back, however, history suggests there were some parallels. Keene “town characters” also wound up in unlikely “fixes” of their own making. I’m talking about the kind Andy and Barney faced in weekly TV episodes where the duo usually showed up as “eventual responders.” Earlier arrival might have made a good plot bad.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 1, 2013
And around and around we go again. Still in a spin. Oh what a spin we’re in. Schmidt Dirtwork Construction. Capital Farm Credit. Gonzales Remodeling. We got it all. Texas Department of Transportation Mason County Maintenance. Cross Texas Land Services. Dale Scott Plumbing. Rex Klingelhefer, Boot Maker. A plethora of businesses. And a wide range too. Ince Enterprises. Cat’s Paw. Smith Steel. Carolyn Karner Pet Sitting & House Sitting.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 1, 2013
Gamel. Kothmann. Cavness. Stockbridge. Schulze. Durst. Leifeste. Jordan.... Mason surnames. There are so many more.... Brandenberger, Zesch, Geistweidt, Lehmberg, Schmidt, Toeppich and Reardon. Family names that, for anyone who has lived in the county for even a short time, are all too familiar. In a county the size of Mason, it is almost impossible to live a day to day life, and not run into a Loeffler, a McMillan, a Brown, a Brannies or a Martinez.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 2, 2013 • Photos
For four days the skies over Willow City will be buzzing with up to 60 rockets sent upward for Rockets 13, on May 2-5, 2013. Rockets 13 is the culminating activity for students in the SystemsGo Aeroscience program at 30 Texas high schools. The STEM curriculum--originally developed at Fredericksburg High School--directs first-year students to design and build a launch vehicle that will carry a one-pound payload one mile high.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 2, 2013
The Odeon Theater will be showing another free documentary movie on Wednesday, May 8th at 6 p.m., entitled "Where Did The Horny Toad Go?" This movie examines the curious, prehistoric-like horned lizard and what is behind this once-common reptile’s gradual decline over the last few decades. This is a good one for kids and adults alike.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 1, 2013
Life is full of choices. “The greatest power that a person possesses is the power to choose.”J. Martin Kohe C.H.O.I.C.E camp is designed to help children from 2nd grade level to seniors in high school to effectively deal with life’s disappointments and frustrations they will encounter. Our focus is to help a child understand life and how the choices they make effects their lives, and they alone have the choice to change their own destinations and to own responsibility for their future ...
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Whitney Bownds, Rosemary Kruckemeyer and D’Ann Stahl on behalf of the Mason Community Foundation present a grant check to the Mason Youth Baseball Board Members, and board president, Homer Sanchez.
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The first grade classes of Mason Elementary spent a day last week visiting various spots in Mason to learn about businesses, banking and county government. Chastika Glentz brought her class by the News office for a quick visit.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 1, 2013
After a very successful Spring Style Show and Luncheon on April 16, the next meeting of the Hill Country Cattle Women will be held on May 21, 2013. The meeting will be hosted by the Blanco/Stonewall/Johnson City members, and will be held at Becker Vineyards, Lavender House. Becker Vineyard is located on Jenschke Lane, off of US Highway 290 between Stonewall and Fredericksburg.
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On April 13, Mason Jr. High student, Jackson Chapman, competed in the TCEA State Robotics Contest in Deer Park. He competed in the intermediate inventions category with his robot the “Apex Adjuster”. He placed 12th overall in the state!!
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Jacob Tanner Geistweidt graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Technology with a Business Administration minor from Texas A&M University in College Station December 16, 2011. Jacob was a member of the Texas A&M Chapter of Sigma Alpha Pi, The National Society of Leadership and Success and also received the Deans Honor Award for Academic Excellence.
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Don and Kathy (Ziriax) McKay received three wonderful blessings in three days—thankfully at the same hospital—when both of their daughters gave birth to the couple’s first grandchildren! Daughter Carrie and her husband, Jim Cole, welcomed Parker Harrison Cole on November 29, 2012, in Houston. Parker weighed seven pounds, five ounces and was 18 3/4 inches long.
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Stanley and Mary Jane Henrich of Mason, along with Ron and Eileen Dungan of Coppell, are proud to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their children, Amanda Rosaleh Henrich and Kyle Matthew Dungan. Amanda is a 2009 graduate of Mason High School and a candidate for graduation from Texas Tech University in May.
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Second Chance – Mason Animal Rescue wants to remind everyone how important it is to ensure that your cats and dogs receive their vaccinations. Many people know how important it is to get a rabies vaccination. But not everyone realizes that other vaccinations, such as parvo and distemper, are just as important. If you have never seen a young cat suffering from feline distemper it might be hard to understand.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 2, 2013
The Area Agency on Aging of the Concho Valley strives to provide information, assistance, and services to the older citizens of Menard County. AAA staff will be presenting over Durable Medical Equipment services and will be available to help seniors on an individual basis on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.
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Mason firefighters honored their fallen brethren in West, Texas, last week with this tribute on the west side of the square.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 2, 2013
On Friday, April 26, the San Gabriel Chaper of Georgetown Questers were guests of Darlene Humphreys. After a wonderful meal at the Old Peanut Mill, the group took a country road tour of Mason in the van of the First Baptist Church driver by Pastor Chad Barnett. Many thanks to the Baptist Church for allowing all 17 members and guests to enjoy the countryside. Questers is a private, non-profit, international organization.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 1, 2013
The Mason County Historical Commission’s symposium “Comanches of the Texas Hill Country” will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at 2:00 P.M. at the Odeon Theater (not at the high school auditorium, as previously announced). The speakers will be Glenn Frankel, Daniel J. Gelo, Esther Lehmann, and Donaly E.
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On Monday, April 22, 2013, Mason High School Senior and former Puncher Pete, Lorri Ann Drazan, was welcomed onto the Texas State Spirit Program Family as their mascot Boko the Bobcat. Lorri Ann tried out for the position via video and was accepted Monday. Texas State University is rich in traditions and school spirit.
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The Arnold Art Gallery in Mason, Texas will feature the work of award winning photographer and teacher Eric Weller from May 3 through May 29. An exhibit of his series Bare Naked Tree, reflecting the artist’s interest in “one of photography’s oldest traditions: landscape photography,” will open during the Mason Art Walk May 3 and 4.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 1, 2013
The 9th Annual Lamplight Designs Art Competition will open as a part of the First Friday Art Walk this week at Topaz Confections Bakery. Mason High School art students will be exhibiting works reflecting a range of medium including painting, drawing, mixed media and block prints. The exhibition will be up for one week with a closing reception on Friday, May 10th.
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Ruth C. Wilson, 88, passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2013. She was born in Mason, Texas on February 13, 1925. She is preceded in death by her husband William A. “Dick” Wilson and daughter Mary Brooker. She is survived by her daughter Jackie and her husband Joe “Steve” Stephens of Winfield, Tennessee and her son William “Larry” Wilson of Harper, Texas.
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John Henry Albers, age 96, passed away on April 22, 2013. Visitation was held on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Tres Hewell Mortuary Chapel from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 2:00 p. m. at Tres Hewell Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Patricia Jentsch officiating.