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June 5, 2013 Issue
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You'll notice that the entire 2013 Graduation Supplement is once again in this week's paper. As proof that many things can go wrong in producing a newspaper, and that my mistakes are very public, the supplement was printed out of sequence, switched the valedictorian/salutatorian labels; and, completely left one graduate out of the issue.
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The Mason Puncher Alumni football players will face the Brady Bulldogs in Puncher Stadium this Friday June 7th with a 7:30 p.m. start. The Bulldogs come into this game with quite a bit more experience of late than we have. They feature running back/wide out Prennis Williams, a 5 foot 9 inch speedster that is very dangerous in the open field.
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It’s difficult to get a “grip” on how the passion for tennis shared by a few cattle and goat ranchers and peanut farmers in Mason County could evolve from a “country” sport into a legacy of Texas athletics. One thing is certain: the pioneers of this hill country community, known for their grit and endurance, could never have imagined that the tennis racquets they carried in their pickups along with their deer rifles and ropes would propel their children and grandchildren all the way i ...
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It’s hard to believe another school year has come and gone! We had our annual mentor appreciation luncheon on May 21st to join in fellowship and to honor our terrific mentors. It’s our occassion to attempt in assembling all 45 mentors and the 50 students currently being mentored together to spend a little time with each other as a group and have some fun. This time also affords me, the counselor, and the principals the opportunity to express our gratitude and celebrate our wonderful mentor ...
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013 • Posted June 5, 2013
The original recipe for these delicious little rolls makes up 18 buns. I found that even if we ate them as fast as we could, with only two of us in the house, we couldn’t get them all eaten before they began to get stale! So, I halved the recipe and made up only 8 of them, and that was just about right.
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As America’s foremost procrastinator, I have once again managed to miss an important holiday. Memorial Day is a time, not to necessarily mourn our lost veterans, but to remember them and express our appreciation for their sacrifices. I apoligize to all U.S. veterans for being so neglectful, but please bear in mind that I often remember my own birthday about halfway through ‘Happy Birthday To You,’ while my wife and kids are walking in with a flaming cake (which lately has to be called in ...
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Our Spanish to English class graduated fourteen students last Thursday night! The Friends of the Library and the library collaborated on this project, and we are just thrilled that the students want to keep going! So a new session will begin on July11, and we will take new students at any time.
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The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, May 28th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 36 members and one visitor in attendance. Lion Gaylon Thorn was responsible for the program and introduced Mark Leatherman of Liberty Hill who spoke about rainwater harvesting. Mark has a business that designs and installs rainwater collection systems.
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I do believe that the summer weather is now upon us! Hope you remember all the fussing about it being cold! Now you’ll have something else to fuss about, right? At least we didn’t have the weather that Oklahoma has been having. Z was praying for rain and then he was wanting hot weather to combine the oats!
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05/01/13@0420 - EMS – EMS and Deputy Miller responded to an inmate having a seizure 05/01/13@0448 - Prowler – Deputy Miller responded to a prowler on E Rainey St 05/01/13@0434 - Break in – Sheriff Nixon, Chief DeputyHerrington, Sgt Zapata, and Deputy Jones responded to a break in on Durst Rd 05/01/13@1140 - Vehicle unlock – Sgt Zapata unlocked a vehicle at the Hill Country Inn 05/01/13@1151 - EMS – EMS transported a prisoner having a seizure 05/01/13@1751 - Loose livestock – De ...
, 2013 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 • Posted June 5, 2013
Many years ago, a little way from the small town of Mason, Texas, a cave was born. It didn’t take long for this cave to become the summer home of millions of female bats ready to give birth. A little bird let out this delightful secret and thousands upon thousands of people have made it their getaway destination. I know that many of you read this column and I honestly appreciate this.
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Summer has surely started now with school out last week and the temperatures in the 90s and approaching 100 most every day. The City swimming pool is full of kids cooling off and is available several times a week for adult swimming as well. If you need to know the hours of operation at the pool check my article last week, or call the City office at 347-6449 for specific information.
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Green Supplements are one of the basic four supplements that I recommend for everyone. (For more on this, see last week’s article.) Now you probably do not want to take another pill, but if you aren’t eating as many servings of fruits and vegetables as you should, then a supplement that makes up for that is a good idea. I like to backtrack a little when I address the need for a supplement.
, CEA-FCS
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With the approach of summer in Texas, the danger of children dying from being left unattended in vehicles increases. I know it can seem like this is not something that could happen to you, but if you don’t have a consistent routine, you have multiple caregivers, or your child is sleeping, it can easily create a recipe for an unthinkable disaster.
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Worthy cause enthusiasts postpone sleep until wee hours—sometimes beyond—trying to come up with names for days, weeks or months that might reap the highest order of recognition. Such names—or slogans—or other IDs—typically result in folks opening checkbooks to extend financial support. One would have a difficult time finding a more successful group than the one for breast cancer research.
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O beautiful For spacious skies For Mason County land. For coreopsis In the fields And tanks so full Again. For hills of green And coastal tall And rainfall Blessings be. We sow and reap And eat and sleep And give our thanks Deeply. Coreopsis. Or “Golden-wave.” Some call ‘em Black-Eyed Susans. (Actually, we only have Brown-Eyed Susans in the Hill Country.) Some call ‘em “those yeller flowers.” Whatever they are, those golden waves are risin’ and swellin’ th ...
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Community is a powerful and wonderful that I have been lucky enough to discover in Mason since I arrived last July. I was recently hospitalized unexpectedly twice and would like to take the opportunity to thank the people I have come to know in Mason-my community -for all they have so graciously done to help me.
, Editor
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 • Posted June 5, 2013
The late Jerry Lyon had a poster up in the old News Office that I enjoyed so much, we kept it posted for a number of years. In essence, it stated that we at the News make mistakes in the paper just so you, the readers, will have something to hunt for in each edition! Last week, you wouldn't have had to hunt very far! The Graduation Supplement, which we had finished on Thursday prior, could have used another pass from the proofreaders.
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013 • Posted June 5, 2013
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) are accepting applications for the 2013 Grassland Reserve Program (GRP). GRP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to landowners and operators for the restoration and conservation of grasslands through permanent easements or rental contracts.
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The featured work for June includes pen and ink drawings and sculptures by Brian Row from Wimberly, Texas. Row completed his MFA degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder and has taught at several colleges and universities, and been a visiting artist/teacher at the Chicago Art Institute. He has also served as art department chair at two of the institutions.
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The Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library will offer free computer classes in June. Carol Tucker will be the instructor. Classes will be held as listed below: Computer Basics II: Tuesday, June 11 at 6:00 P.M. Tuesday, June 18 at 6:00 P.M. Microsoft Word: Tuesday, June 25 at 6:00 P.M. Tuesday, July2 at 6:00 P.M.
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We invite you to participate in the Mason Roundup Weekend! Thursday July 11th- Mason County Team Roping Event- for more info call Dennis at 325-456-8635-Start time TBD Friday July 12th there will be a 4-D barrel race with added money(call: 325-347-2486) and other rodeo events (for more Rodeo event info contact: Pam at 325-218-2010 ).
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The Library Book Club has chosen And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini for their June book. Mr. Hosseini’s first two books, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, were bestsellers. The monthly meeting to discuss the book will be Tuesday, June 25.
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The Wilhelm and Johann Heinrich Geistweidt reunion will be held Saturday, June 8, at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park in Fredericksburg. The reunion will be held at Pavilion 1 (the first pavilion to the left). Fellowship begins at 4:30 p.m., potluck supper begins at 6 p.m. Bring meat and/or side dish or dessert as well as plates and utensils.
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For the past 12 weeks, volunteers from the Friends of the Library in partnership with the Mason Country Library have worked with a total of 21 adults to improve their English speaking skills. On Thursday evening 14 students received a certificate of completion for having attended a minimum of 10 of the classes, and all class participants received a Spanish to English Dictionary.
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The Burns family would like to extend and inviatation you to play in the 4th annual Melvin Burns Golf tournament this weekend. The format for play is a 2 person low ball teeing off on Saturday 8:30 am and Sunday and 1:30. We also have a 3 person scramble on Saturday teeing off at 1:30.
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The First United Methodist Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, and Art United Methodist Church would like to invite you to join us for Vacation Bible School July 29th-August 1st. We will be meeting at First United Methodist Church, 224 Broad St., Monday through Thursday from 8:30-11:50am. Children who will be four years old as of September 1, 2013 through next year’s 6th graders are invited to attend.
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Whew…it’s Saturday, the week is over, most of the stores are closed, the family is settled into their weekend routine and there is a window of time for YOU! Three ladies called and we got together for a Paint & Sip. This summer is focused on looking at the details of the numerous wildflowers that are still showing up throughout the fields across the county.
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The Mason County Red Hats gathered in May for a pot luck salad luncheon at the home of Lynn Hedges, whose garden and patio were in full bloom. The delightful setting was the perfect place for our usual celebration of life as “women of a certain age.” The highlight of the day was our “tacky jewelry exchange,” where items, some truly hideous and some only mildly unwearable, were unwrapped and modeled for the amusement of all. June 10th’s Red Hat Club meeting is open to all, and will be ...
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On May 4th a group of old friends met for a reunion. In this case, “old friends” refers to the length of the relationships, certainly not to the people. Mainly what these friends have in common is one thing – they each belonged to the Mason High School class of 1959. Jimmie, Gary, and Jim Schmidt hosted the group of 35, of which 24 were classmates, at their Wildlife Ranch facility.
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Angelo State University conferred 728 undergraduate and graduate degrees upon 726 graduates during 2013 spring commencement exercises May 11 in San Angelo, Texas. Degree recipients by hometown were: Mason: Tina S. Blair, M.Ed.; and Kara R. Hollingshead, B.S.N. Areas of undergraduate academic study at ASU lead to the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Bachelor of Cultural Competence and Security Studies (B.C.C.S.S.), Bachelor of Cultural ...
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The M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library has named Kim Paxson Artist of the Month. Two different series of her work will be displayed. Inside the library, three large graphite drawings, inspired by museum displays, capture the stillness of black-and-white photography. A collection of colorful, whimsical acrylic paintings celebrating birds is exhibited in the foyer.
, FAAHC Education Chair, 2013
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The Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country is very happy to make two Scholarship Awards for 2013. A $1000. award goes to K. C. Coleman, a graduating senior from Grace Christian School in Mason. K. C. entered this year’s competition with Photography, Painting, Music/Piano, and Original Monologue Performance, and he plans to attend Oral Roberts University.
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Tyler Beckmann, son of Randy and Amy Beckmann, is graduating from Fredericksburg High School. Tyler attended school in Mason from 2000 through 2006 and has many close friends in Mason. During his time in high school, Tyler was involved in the Junior ROTC Program, was a member of the Golf Team and was an FFA officer and participated on several FFA teams.
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The Mason High School Class of 1956 celebrated their 57th year class reunion Saturday, June 1st, 2013 at the River Of Life Church Social Hall. Meal was served by Willow Creek Restaurant consisting of roast beef, gravy, green beans, buttered potatoes, roll, tea and cake. Everyone seemed to have a great time.
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013 • Posted June 5, 2013
What is County Government? In the State of Texas, county government is a unit of state government often referred to as “an arm of the state.” However, county government also acts as a unit of local government. Consequently, county governments in Texas perform two basic functions: 1. Carry out administrative and judicial responsibilities for the State of Texas. 2. Carry out local government responsibilities for county residents. County governments can only take those actions specifical ...
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Fifth and sixth graders from Mason attended the annual Farm and Ranch Safety Day sponsored by the Mason County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Texas Agrilife Extension Service. Students learned a variety of safety topics including Tractor safety, seatbelt safety, firearm safety, snake safety, electrical safety, ATV safety, animal safety and fire safety.
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Community Thrift Store volunteer Nan Larrimore serves a happy customer. The Community Thrift Store is moving but we are still open for business at 330 Ft. McKavitt. Our hours are 10 AM to 4 PM, Monday to Friday and 10 - 4 on Saturdays.
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The Mason Garden Club will be celebrating National Garden Week, June 2-8, 2013, Garden clubs across the country are celebrating the gardeners who produce our food, preserve our traditional spirit of independence and initiative, promotes a healthy lifestyle and adds beauty, fragrance and nutrition to people’s lives. The Mason Garden Club will be working on the flowerbeds at the Mason County M.
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Rick Tisdale, President of the First State Bank Central Texas, presented a donation for summer reading prizes to County Librarian Patti Grote. The Mason Co. M. Bevan Eckert Memorial Library offers three reading programs each summer: Book Hounds, Read-to-Swim, and Read with a Dog. Mrs. Grote stated, “Local support is vital to our summer reading programs, and we are so thankful that we have that support from our banks.” Summer reading begins on Monday, June 3 and will end on July 12.
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Thom Canfield, President and CEO, of Mason Bank presented the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library with a donation for a Kindle Fire as one of the prizes to be given at the end of the summer reading programs. The library has three summer reading incentive programs for students.
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Pictured: Left—Michael Cope; center—Patti Grote; right—Nancy Scholibo. Michael Cope, Executive Vice-President of the Commercial Bank, presented a donation for a Kindle Fire to Librarian Patti Grote and Assistant Librarian Nancy Scholibo. The donation is for the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert’s summer reading programs. The library counts on such support to be able to continue summer reading each year.
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Gwendolyn Bean Swindall was born November 1, 1939, and passed away on May 30, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rodgers Maxwell “Jelly” and Emma Louise “Dixie” Stengel Bean. Gwen was the descendant of a German pioneering family. Her great grandparents were Peter and Emma Jordan who settled on Upper Willow Creek in Mason County in 1856.
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The 2013 Mason Youth Baseball and Softball (MYB) season came to a close last Thursday, May 30th with baseball and softball kids enjoying “fun” events. Players competed in activities such as a Home Run Derby, a Speedy Gonzalez base running timed event, and the Fastest Strike contest. All coaches, sponsors and teams were recognized followed by the announcement of the All Star Teams.
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Defensive MVP-Miguel Castillo Hunter Kunc- 1St team Pitcher Drigo Martinez- 1st Team Catcher Luis Castillo-1st Team Outfielder Kolby Yonker 1st team Infielder Garret Bibb 2nd Team Outfield Derek Crockett 2nd Team Infield Sammy Martinez 2nd Team Utility