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July 17, 2013 Issue
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The 2013-14 Mason County Round Up Court was announced at the rodeo on Saturday night. They are, front row, left to right: Duchess Heather Shaw, Queen Steeley Smith and Duchess Monaco Schmidt. Back row, left to right: Duchess Felisa Velez and Duchess Cassie Benefield.
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The Jackass Race winner was Errett Edmiston - Sponsored by the Wildlife Ranch.
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The staff of the Community Thrift Store, along with members of the Mason Community Foundation, welcomed the crowd of shoppers and well-wishers for the Grand Re-Opening in their new location at 206 Moody Street on Friday, July 12th. The renovations to the former post office and the new layout were greatly admired.
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As Round Up activities kicked off last week, the finishing touches were still being applied to the new stock pens, announcer's stand, and most notably, the new bucking chutes. The donors were able to gather last week for a photo session so that they could be recognized by the Mason Rodeo Association for their generosity.
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013 • Posted July 17, 2013
During the past several years social media has exploded. It is almost as rare these days to meet someone who has no Facebook page as it is to meet someone who doesn’t own a cell phone. We sometimes interact more with others through social media than we do face to face.
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It most likely is the HEAT, but lately I’ve been cranky! Z’s been grumpy, but then again, he’s always grumpy. But when he’s grumpy I get cranky and that’s no good. It seems that what can go wrong will go wrong and there’s nothing one can do about it, but be CRANKY!
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The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, July 9th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 38 members and sixitors in attendance. Lion Dave Benefield was responsible for the program and introduced Levi Hofmann and Cassie Benefield who spoke about the one-act play presented by Mason High School. Dave told about all the events that happened leading up to the Mason play advancing to state.
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This past weekend was a great time to enjoy the community of Mason and one of the best Round-up activities and events in recent memory. The parade was great as always, the arts and crafts booths were wonderful, the entertainment and games added some fun and the food was as tempting as ever.
, 2013 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
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In the very early hours of Friday, July 12th, my life changed forever. At exactly 1:19 A.M. my mother drew her last breath and fell asleep in death. There was so much about her life that brought tears to my eyes, but one thing that we often talked about made her eyes light up and a smile break out on her face.
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Essiac is an herbal recipe with an interesting history. It is a combination of herbs that includes burdock root, slippery elm, sheep sorrel and rhubarb root. This formula has been used clinically to treat cancer. In the 1890’s, the recipe was given to a Canadian nurse named Rene Caisse by a patient who had gotten it from an Ojibwa medicine man.
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NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries) It seems quieter around the library this week. The summer reading programs ended last Thursday, singer Joe McDermott came, and round-up weekend is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have exciting things still to come. Mark your calendars for August 9th to see Dinosaur George.
, CEA-FCS
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We all know we should use sunscreen to help prevent skin cancer, but we don’t always know how to choose the best one. I saw this information in my Blue Cross Blue Shield e-newsletter and I thought it was important to share. My Dad had a melanoma (the deadliest type of skin cancer) removed probably 25 years ago and has not had a reoccurrence, praise God, so I try to be extra careful since I have a family history of the disease.
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If “getting there is half the fun,” our recent Canada/New England cruise from Quebec City to Boston defies the long-held belief that two halves make a whole. With multiple highlights on board equaling or surpassing the “getting there,” there were several “halves!” It was a “storybook” adventure, book-ended by two of North America’s most historic cities.
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Some things never change. Like death. And taxes. And people looking to trade one thing for another. TRADIO broadcasts that every morning. Monday through Saturday. On KNEL Radio 95.3 FM. Mostly folks want to sell stuff. Or buy stuff. Indicating a strong economy. In the 1930s, the opposite was true. Bartering was big. No one had money. The Great Depression consumed the country. Cash was king. And the king had left the building. One bartered to survive. In Reno, the newspaper r ...
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Dear Gerry, I'm hoping that you could start breaking down the yearly rainfall by month. Come July and I see we've had 11.47" of rain on the year, 0.00" for the week and 0.06" for the month, I wonder, with my poor memory, when the rest fell. Thank you, Rollie Morgan
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013 • Posted July 17, 2013
I've carped on many occasions about my disdain for "reality" television. A form of television entertainment that began during a writers' strike, reality television shows have devolved into a reflection of the worst we human beings have to offer, presented as reality; but, actually nothing more than an obvious attempt to grab viewers, ratings and advertisers. The networks quickly discovered that "reality"
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013 • Posted July 17, 2013
Computer Basics I: Tuesday, July 16, 6:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 23, 6:00 P.M. Instructor: Carol Tucker Call 347-5446 to register
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Tickets are now available for limited seating at the Hill Country Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Gala XV Luncheon, to be held Friday, October 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Hoffman Haus in Fredericksburg.
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The Llano County Jr. Livestock Show Association will be holding its’ 4th annual Wild Game Dinner on Saturday, August 31st 2013 at the Llano County Community Center. The event will begin at 8pm. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Llano County 4H and FFA. A variety of sumptuous wild game will be offered on the menu including but not limited to White Tail and Axis deer, Wild hog, Moufalon, Barbado and Aoudad Sheep, as well as other delicacies.
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This is the third of four in the ROOTS Music Series of outdoor, eclectic concerts scheduled for the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas. Concerts feature both emerging and established artists in an informal, family setting. Blues Night has a great lineup: Bobby Mack, Omar and the Howlers and closing out the evening is W.C.
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Please join the Hill Country Chapter of the Tarleton Alumni Association for a reception and Freshman Sendoff Party, Friday, August 2, 2013. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. at Albert Dance Hall with live music by the Rounders Band. A BBQ meal will be served at 7:00 p.m. Cost per person is $15.00, which includes a door prize ticket. Please call Todd Bierschwale at (830) 997-2130 for more information and to RSVP by July 26, 2013.
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Llano, Texas– On Wednesday, July 24th , a member of Congressman Mike Conaway’s (TX-11) staff will be in Mason to visit personally with constituents. This will allow you to share concerns, request help on a federal issue or to ask any questions you may have. What: Constituent Outreach Services Where: County Commissioners Courtroom Mason County Courthouse When: 10 – 11am July 24th, Wednesday
, County Extension Agent-Agriculture, Llano County
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Hunter Education provides instruction on Texas hunting regulations, modern and primitive firearms, safety, ethics and responsible hunting, conservation and wildlife management, wildlife identification, and survival and outdoor skills. This course is particularly suited to novice or young hunters. All materials are provided and subjects are covered in depth to enable the student to successfully complete the Hunter Education certification process.
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Former long-time Mason resident, Felix Haler, will celebrate his 90th birthday at his home in Midland, Texas, on July 23rd. However, his family want to invite all of his all friends from Mason to join Felix and the family in Gardendale, Texas, on Saturday, July 20th for a proper birthday celebration.
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For all athletes in grades 7-12 (boys and girls). There is no cost for the camp. The summer strength and conditioning camp dates and times are as follows: July 22-25 (7-8 p.m.) July 29-1 (7-8 p.m.) This is great opportunity for our Mason athletes to get geared up for the upcoming school year. Last year we had approximately 85 kids per day and we are looking to have even more this year.
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Summer is speeding by and Friday night football is just around the corner! With all the excitement comes high hopes for a successful season of good ole hard hitting Puncher football, but let’s not forget all the hard work that is put in. . . . by the cheerleaders. From attending UCA cheer camp in July to purchasing uniforms and decorations for the upcoming season, expenses can run a little high.
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The Third Thursday of each month is a special treat for the folk of Mason Texas! At Sandstone Cellars Winery where the pecans arch over the grounds and great wine abounds, Texas Songwriters in the Round take up residence each month and showcase Texas songwriters. This is a tradition that has been ongoing since 1999.
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The Painted Tree Studio offers art classes for all ages and we are quite flexible in setting up times. It was Sunday of RoundUp weekend when Deanna Handlin emailed about classes for her two grandkids Kaleb and Brenna. By noon on Monday, I received a call from Lynn Reichenau that her three grandkids Caleb, Grace and Mia would like to come to a future class.
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Award-winning songwriter Joe McDermott held a workshop for teens on Music Production on the Computer at the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library on July 9th. The workshop was part of his performance package sponsored by the library and the Texas Commission on the Arts. He also gave musical performances at Steady Steps and the library during the day and was a great hit with the children who loved his interactive, funny tunes.
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Eight youth and five adults took part in an amazing week of fellowship, worship, and working as the hands and feet of Christ in Canyon Lake, Texas June 23-29th. U.M. Army, or United Methodist Action Reach-Out Mission by Youth is in it’s 35th year of operation. Members of our group joined other high school students and leaders from Fredericksburg, Gonzales, Liberty Hill, and Pflugerville to tackle yard work, building ramps and porches, painting houses, cleaning houses, rebuilding a kitchen ...
, Food Service Manager, Mason ISD
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To the parents/guardians of Mason I.S.D. students: Children need healthy meals to learn. Mason ISD offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.10; lunch costs PK-4th $2.20; 5-12th $2.40. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. Reduced price is $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch. All families are encouraged to complete the application for free or reduced price school meals.
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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 MIP/LIS ( Low Income Subsidy) services and will be available to help seniors on an individual basis on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.
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Singer and songwriter Joe McDermott from Austin entertained a crowd of forty-six children and adults and had them giggling, jumping, dancing, and singing along during his performance last Thursday, July 9, at the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. Mr. McDermott is an award-winning songwriter who has written songs with Jan and Stan Berenstein (of the Berenstein Bears children’s books) and for a Michael Eisner (ex-CEO of Disney) company.
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The 2013 winners of the Bandera Idol competition in all divisions included, from left, adult, Andrea Saunders from San Antonio; ages 15 to 18 years, Shelby Comey from Mason; and under 14 years, Anna Zavelson and Joey Painter from Austin. At the far right is Ed Hodges of BanderaRadio.com (sponsor of the Bandera Idol event.) .As a three-time Bandera Idol winner, Comey took top place in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
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On Roundup weekend, our class celebrated royally with some of us being in the parade, and then we all met at the River of Life Church social hall for a delicious catered BBQ lunch. After visiting and reminiscing with fellow class members, we all decided to meet again in three years. We toured the church building, which was formerly the high school; we toured the Mason County Museum, which was formerly the elementary school where we attended first grade; and, we had our class picture taken on t ...
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 • Posted July 17, 2013
The Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library’s summer reading programs were a resounding success. Five hundred twenty-three swim passes were given out, and 84 students participated in the Book Hounds Club and Read to a Dog. Congratulation to all the winners: Kindle Fire Teen—Patricia Hollingsworth Kindle Fire K-5—Kimbrea Broyles Book Hounds Teens 1st Katie Ash—$100 2nd Patricia Hollingsworth—$75 3rd Vanessa Rodriquez—$50 4th Grace Perlichek—$25 5th Christy Ash—movie ...
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The Hill Country CattleWomen recently awarded its annual college scholarships to 13 deserving college students from the Hill Country. With over $22,000.00 awarded, several counties in the HCCW's 14 county coverage area were represented. The recipients are as follows: John "Trey" Brooks, Animal Science/Agriculture Economics Major - Llano, Llano County, Ashley Skeels, Agriculture Leadership & Development Major - Boerne, Kendall County, Erik Foster, Engineering Physics Major - Llano, Llano Coun ...
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013 • Posted July 17, 2013
hildren’s category: Tedder Duck Dynasty - winner of "Best Overall" 1st Baptist Church Young Life Business : Sunny Star Kennels Nacho’s Cafe Mason Bank Civic: Riata M Bevan Eckert Library Five years of Fat boys Car or Tractor: Hamrick’s Auto 1928 pick-up 2001 Corvette- MISD mentor program Sr. Class of 67 in a 1947 Jeep Out of Town: Daughters of the Republic Stonewall Chamber of Commerce Blanco Fair and Rodeo
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Two quilts, created by Mason County artist and Artisan Gallery owner, Sue Kaan will be on display and up for silent auction beginning today at the Mason Bank. Sue donated the quilts to raise funds for a new fellowship hall for the Hilda United Methodist Church. The three local banks agreed to display the quilts and provide a locale to place bids.
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MARBLE FALLS, Texas – (July 12, 2013) The Scott & White Specialty Clinic-Marble Falls will begin offering advanced family care without the need for an appointment beginning Monday, July 15. Scott & White’s board-certified staff which includes Chad Gray, MD, Michael Moore, PA and Jinny Sumrall, PA, will treat both adults and children with minor injuries and non-life threatening illnesses.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 • Posted July 17, 2013
Painted Tree Studio is offering a special opportunity this summer to paint Flowers in a Box. Flowers for that special someone…that won’t wilt in the heat and will last a long time. John came by our booth at RoundUp and painted some flowers. Without any previous artistic experience he listened to his instructions from artist Bridget Langdale and created a nice piece….in about 15 minutes.
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The Hilda Community Club will meet this Friday, July 19, 2013, in the Hilda Community Club building at 6:30 p.m. Hosts are Don & Gerry Daniel and they will provide the main dish of Gerry’s special stew. Please bring a side dish or dessert. Our guest speaker will be John Byerly of the Loyal Valley Volunteer Fire Dept.
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Hill Country Memorial is partnering with Frontera Healthcare Network to expand health services that have been provided through the HCM Community Health Center since the 1990s. This initiative is a response to recent health care reforms, and is designed to bring a broader spectrum of services to the community, according to HCM Executive Director of Integration and Outreach, Emily Padula, RN, MHI. “Due to changes coming with the Affordable Care Act, the state of Texas lost federal funding pre ...
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Mason County 4-Hers attended Multi County 4-H Camp in Brady last week and had a great time!! Pictured from the back row are Lexie Bingham, Annette Ashby, Jaclyne Grosse, Aaron Alm, Zachary Norman and Jay Alschwede. Front row includes Reagan Norman, Brooke Powell, Jade Dospapas and Sara Peyton Dospapas. A special thanks to parents Erika Velez and Alan Alschwede for attending as volunteer chaperones!
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Carrie Woods, of Mason, passed away on Thursday, July 11, at the age of 88. Funeral services were held on Monday, July 15, at 10:30 a.m. at the Mason Funeral Home Chapel with Mark Kirby leading the service and Fred Estes serving as song leader. Interment followed at 3:00 p.m.
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Opal Ruth Eckert was born July 17, 1926 in Rochelle, TX and remained 18 years old until she went to be with her Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ on July 12, 2013, in Fredericksburg, Texas. She is preceded in death by her ex-husband, Tom Haley, and her second husband, Marvin Eckert, Sr.
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013 • Posted July 17, 2013
JULY 22-24 9:00-10:30 3rd thru 5th grade 10:30-12:00 6th thru 8th grade Registration: July 22nd in High School Gym. 8:30 a.m. for Grades 3-5 10:00 a.m. for Grades 6-8
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MONDAY, AUGUST 5th Issue Equipment 7:00 am Team Meeting 7:30 am Weights .. 7:45 – 8:30 am Practice (defense first) 8:45 – 12:15 pm TUESDAY, AUGUST 6th Weights……..7:00 – 7:45 am Workout (offense first) 8:00 – 11:30 am WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7th Workout 7:00 – 8:10 am OL-Weights / Skill-Pass Station ……8:10 – 8:30 am Workout……….9:00 – 10:10 am Skill-Weights / OL-Skull.……10:10 – 11:00 am THURSDAY, AUGUST 8th Film. 7:00 – 7:30 am Workout (offense firs ...
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Rio Schmidt participated on the South All Star Squad in the Big Country FCA Myrle Greathouse All Star Classic Football Game at Abilene’s Shotwell Stadium on June 8th. Although the South lost the contest 27-14, they had pulled within 3 going into the 4th quarter thanks to Rio’s team leading 6 receptions for 51 yards in the 3rd Quarter from his slot back position.