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August 7, 2013 Issue
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We will be enrolling for the new 4-H year in several different ways: August 13 we will host an event out at the beautiful Honey Creek Ranch. If you are not a current 4-H member but would like information about attending this event, please call the Extension Office at 347-6459 for more information.
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Mason County Historical Society meets Thursday, August 15th, 7:00 p.m. at the Stribling room of the library. Retired General Donald Daniel of Mason speaks on “Fort Mason Generals” based on research of Margaret Bierschwale, Jerry Ponder, and Col. H Simpson. Reports of the County Museum and the fort will be given through power point.
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All members of Central Texas Electric Co-op are encouraged to make plans to attend their annual membership meeting on Tuesday, August 20, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Fredericksburg High School Auditorium located at 1107 Highway 16S in Fredericksburg, Texas. Registration begins at 6:00 p.m. Four Directors will be elected to the Board during the business session.
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The Mason County Commissioners' Court hired David Holt to remove two trees from the Courthouse lawn over the weekend. The tree on the south side of the lawn (pictured) had almost completely died last year; but, was still hanging on a bit this year. The tree on the north side had been struck by lightning several years ago and has been dropping its limbs in a slow decline ever since.
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 • Posted August 8, 2013
This isn’t exactly a “baked” goodie, but right about now (August 1) I’m wondering if we’ll ever get some rain or if the temperature will ever quit running up to 100 degrees during the middle of the day! This recipe is a countermeasure to these long, dry, hot days, and we’ve really enjoyed it.
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At the very end of my column a couple of weeks ago I mentioned Joao Maria de Souza, a 45-year-old man from Caratinga, Brazil, who was killed by a falling cow while in his bed with his wife, Leni. Since then several people have asked me about that incident, particularly how the cow ended up falling on Joao.
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What would folks talk about, if they didn’t talk about the weather? Maybe old women? Maybe old men? It’s August in Texas, for Pete’s sake! It’s going to be HOT! It’s been hot every August, that I can remember. So why should it be any different this August? Maybe, we need to remember January.
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The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, July 30th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 34 members and one visitor in attendance. Lion Chris Dyer was responsible for the program and spoke about his trip to Moore, Oklahoma, to help with the tornado clean up and rebuild. Chris was put in contact with a Lions Club member in Moore, Oklahoma, who in turn got him in contact with a person from "Sheds of Hope."
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Our God is great; listen to His words and understand! The Gospel lesson for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost came from Luke 12:16-21. Jesus had been telling His disciples in Chapter 12:1 to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. They were not pleased with His teachings. Jesus told the parable about a rich man that had a fertile farm that produced fine crops.
, 2013 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
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Memories.....the stuff that life is made of! How often do we really reflect on the goings on of times past? Is there a special memory that you feel the need to share with someone that is in your life right now? These questions were no doubt pondered during the last week by several visitors to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve.
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Next week the City starts one of its major projects for this summer, the paving of the most needy streets around town! I mentioned this in last week’s column, and the City crews have been working for several weeks in preparation, but beginning next Monday, August 12, the actual paving will begin.
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If you signed up for the Microsoft Excel 2010 class, don’t forget that it starts tomorrow night at 6:00 P.M., and remember, Dinosaur George will be here Friday. The program begins at 6:30 P.M. and is FREE! NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries) DVDs: Casino Royale Quantum of Solace The Sweeter Side of Life 42: The Jackie Robinson Story Puppy Love Land Girls: Season 2 The Sopranos: Season 4 007 License to Kill 007 The Living Daylights 007 On Her Majesty’s Sec ...
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 • Posted August 7, 2013
H is for hormones. Hormones are secreted by various endocrine glands at various locations in the body. They run our bodies - this includes sleep, stress, blood sugar, metabolic rate, reproduction, growth, and more. Hormones are produced by endocrine glands - pineal, pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, pancreas, ovaries or testes. Hormones are interrelated - they depend on feedback loops to inform the different glands what levels are needed.
, CEA-FCS
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 • Posted August 7, 2013
Texas AgriLife Extension and your Wesley Nurse, Ann Scarth, are once again hosting a child safety seat check up event with the group Texans in Motion (sponsored by Scott and White and TxDot). This will be in conjunction with the First United Methodist Church’s Back to School clothing distribution. We will be in the FUMC south parking lot from 1-3 p.m.
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My Memories of Uncle Mort go all the way back to the onset of World War II—that’s when my recall served instead of going AWOL like today. Nothing has changed; he’s still in the memory-making business, fully determined to swim against the current of conventional wisdom. His fun-loving spirit still soars. If we had a shoe for every time we waited for another one to drop during one of Mort’s shenanigans, there’d be enough for most third world children to be shod.
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Fly Gap. Black Jack. Hungry Hollow. Sounds like places for a scary movie. Oak Grove. Hickory Grove. Dry Prong. Ten Mile. Eaton Cemetery. Gulp—a scary, deadly movie. House Mountain. Bode Peak. Spiller Mine. Turkey Springs. And a Wild West movie to boot. I can see John Wayne riding in the distance. And yet… And yet, these are names of roads. Mason County roads. Unpaved. Dirt. Gravel. Washboard roads. Narrow. With bar ditches. And dust. They get ya where ya need to ...
, 198th District Judge
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 • Posted August 8, 2013
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your District Judge. This HillCountry District is blessed with your sense of duty and responsibility in executing your constitutional rights to participate in your Justice System. In addition, your elected county officials have fully supported the 198th District Court in a professional and fiscally responsible manner of cooperation.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 • Posted August 8, 2013
Dear Raye, I’m writing you from an apartment in New York City. It’s a tiny studio, where the bed butts up to the couch butts up to the kitchen. Nobody in Texas would call this an apartment, it would just be a room, but it’s on the 11th floor and has a nice view of the Hudson River.
, Editor
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 • Posted August 8, 2013
It has often been said of Mason that one can easily spot and differentiate tourists from locals. Tourists will park their car at one location, disembark, then stroll leisurely around town taking in all the sights. Locals move their vehicle repeatedly from one location to another to complete their business, and will drive around the block till a good parking spot opens. It seems that many of us have forsaken walking in our modern, extremely mobile society.
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Mason County Historical Society meets Thursday, August 15th, 7:00 p.m. at the Stribling room of the Library. Retired General Donald Daniel of Mason speaks on "Fort Mason Generals" based on research of Margaret Bierschwale, Jerry Ponder, and Col. H. Simpson. Reports of the County Museum and the fort will be given through power point.
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This Friday, August 9, “Dinosaur George” Blasing will bring his exhibits to the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. His show will begin at 6:30 P.M. The program is FREE for all ages. “Dinosaur George” has studied paleontology and animal behavior for more than 35 years. He is a public speaker, writer, and television personality who has performed live to over 2 million people and has lectured in over 2,800 museums, schools, and public events.
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Live pari-mutuel horse racing returns to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds in Fredericksburg on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11. Also taking place that weekend in the Show Barn at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds will be three livestock shows. For the races, the gates open at 11 a.m. and post time is 1 p.m.
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Everyone interested in water habitats in Mason County is invited to its monthly meeting on Friday, August 16th in the Hilda Community Building on RR 783 (about 4 mi. south of US Hwy 87). The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with an ice cream social – you can bring a gallon of ice cream (home-made or store bought) or some cookies, etc.
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Grammy nominee James McMurtry brings his music and lyrics to the Odeon theater for one night, Saturday, August 17 at 7:00PM. His album Childish Things and “We Can’t Make it Here” won the Americana Music Awards for Album and Song of the Year, respectively. Author Stephen King says of McMurtry that he “may be the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation...” And, while McMurtry is best known for his powerful, yet poetic lyrics what gets overlooked is that he’s an accomplished roc ...
, The American Legion
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 • Posted August 7, 2013
There will NOT be an American Legion meeting on Thursday, August 8th. The American Legion’s next meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 12th, at 7:00pm, at the American Legion Post Hall, 237 Post Hill St (behind the Jail). For information concerning the programs and/or operation of The American Legion Fort Mason Post #285, please contact Lawrence Spell, Commander, 429-6224, or Mike Shanley, 347-9016.
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Youth ART Camp was held in the afternoon after VBS at The Painted Tree Studio. Jacqueline Groce produced a plethora of work, resulting in nine finished, matted pieces by the end of day four. Ashleigh Odom, granddaughter of Joanna Hoffman created a papier-mâché Unicorn mask and a “Flowers in a Box” painting.
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Monster (Jaxson Reichenau – son of Kassi Reichenau), Butterfly (Emmy Ashby - granddaughter of Tyra & Roger Jordan), Cow (Ashleigh Odom – granddaughter of Johanna Hofmann), and Ninja (Walker Ince – son of Rene and Dave Ince)………all came to The Painted Tree Studio for four days of art. For two days we were up to our elbows in gooey, soupy glue, getting stuck to strips of newspaper, trying to figure out how to cover that slippery, wet rolling balloon.
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Saturday, August 3rd was the culmination of 8 weeks of hard work for three “all-stars”; three owner-dog teams who graduated Reigning Cats & Dogs’ summer obedience class. Husband and wife Mark and Linda Dykstra “tag-teamed” German Shepherd mix sister dogs Digger and Mona, and Kay Hudler added her Shih Tsu mix, Lizzie to round out a stellar class.
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Sheila Browning was the highest bid for the Painted Tree Studio silent auction item for two people to paint at a Paint & Sip class. Sheila brought along her mother, Brenda Rue and her six year old son, Gus. Thanks Sheila for supporting Mason’s Habitat for Humanity. Paint & Sip classes will be scheduled during August around your schedule.
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David Dunn of Comanche, Texas, and Vickie Melot of Coleman, Texas, are delighted to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Krystal Leigh Dunn, to Chad Wesley Eckert, son of Kris and Holly Eckert of Mason, Texas. Krystal graduated from Coleman High School in 2008 and is currently taking courses at ACC.
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Mason Community Foundation has given a grant to 2nd Chance to support their campaign to encourage people to spay and neuter their household pets. David and Andy Rosberg of Hill Country Veterinary Hospital are generously participating by reducing their fees for services scheduled by 2nd Chance. This cooperative effort serves people who are unable to afford to have their pets fixed.
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The Mason County 4-H Club met on July 26 for officer elections and a swim party at the City Pool!
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The Mason County Chapter of the Red Hat Society will have their monthly luncheon (with prizes!) on Monday, August 12th, at the home of Sherrie Clarkson. In a departure from our usual pot luck format, Sherrie has boldly and generously offered to fix brunch for us lucky ladies! So “I don’t know what to fix” will not be an acceptable excuse this Monday at 11:30 a.m.
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The Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library staff would like to congratulate our winners (not all were available for pictures) on their awards. The library staff also want to thank Mason Bank, The Commercial Bank, and First State Bank Central Texas for being our sponsors again this year. Without their support and the help of our volunteers—Susan Brunken, Allison Fogle, Christy Keller, and Theresa Streeter—the library would not be able to continue the summer reading programs.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 • Posted August 7, 2013
The Puncher Club is off to a roaring start for this school year. The first meeting was held last Thursday and much was accomplished. The new board was seated: President - Tommy Bierschwale, Secretary - Diane Aguero, Treasurer - Jay Tedder, Football Chair - Gordon Gipson, Basketball Chair - Tennile Kothmann, Baseball Chair - Tammy Gardner, Golf Chair - Jim Bob Smith and Track Chair - Joe David Yates.
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Fred Otto Ewert, age 75, of Brady, passed away Friday, August 2, 2013, in Brady. He was born May 18, 1938, in San Antonio, TX, to Otto C. Ewert and Bernice Lillyan (Wurzbach) Ewert. He married Joyce Marie Lieck on July 22, 1961 in Helotis. Freddy was a lifelong rancher and member of the Lutheran Church.