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August 28, 2013 Issue
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 29, 2013
Over 500 Central Texas Electric Co-op customers, members and spouses, gathered in the Fredericksburg High School Auditorium on August 20, as CTEC hosted its 66th Annual Members’ Meeting. CEO Robert A. Loth III welcomed them and introduced Board President Gerald Kaspar and nine other CTEC directors in attendance. Jack Asbill, CTEC Director from Mason, Texas provided an invocation.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 29, 2013 • Photos
Mason County senior 4-Hers attended the District 7 Fall 4-H meeting in Grape Creek on August 17. They enjoyed a day of meetings and workshops with 4-Hers and leaders from the 23 area Counties that make up District 7. Pictured are Price Ruffin, Aaron Alm, Sierra Martin, and Coby Velez.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 29, 2013 • Photos
The Punchers held their final scrimmage last week, hosting Blanco at the Puncherdome. This week, the Junior Varsity welcomes Winters on Thursday at 5:30, the varsity will make the trip up to Winters with game time at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 29, 2013
On October 4th-5th, 2013 Mason ARTWALK starts its fall exhibits and, proudly its 3rd year of offering Hill Country visitors the opportunity to peruse and enjoy the local art of Mason and a variety of showings from Texas artists as well. Since spring several participating locations have moved to new addresses, primarily around Historic Mason Square.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 29, 2013 • Photos
On Saturday, September 28, 2013, Mason will host its 1st Annual Fall Festival of Churches. At 10:00am, Churches throughout Mason will gather around the eastside of the Courthouse lawn to offer crafts, books, and assorted foods. Add the Fall Festival of Churches to the list of that Saturday’s activities which will include the Lions Club’s 7th Annual Gem of the Hill Country 5&10k Run starting at 8:00am, and the Library Association’s Old Yeller Day which also starts at 10:00am.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013 • Photos
On an overnight backpacking trip when I was about fourteen, my dad and I happened upon a fellow standing knee-deep in a stream, whipping the longest fishing rod I had ever seen back and forth, a yellow line singing through the crisp mountain air in slow arcs before him, then behind, seemingly impervious to gravity.
, Courtesy Cook's Country
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013
Why this recipe works: Farm-fresh tomatoes added even better flavor than canned tomatoes did for our quick Tomato Salsa. Using the food processor made this recipe nearly as effortless as opening a jar, but released a lot of excess water from our ingredients. A quick final strain once we combined everything was an essential step. Makes about 3 cups. (If, for any reason, you can’t get fresh tomatoes, use canned, diced tomatoes.) For five-minute fresh tomato salsa, substitute 2 pounds fresh ...
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013
Consumers beware! Yep, I know this, however, it seems I forget! If it sounds too, good? It most likely is! Items seen on Television? Yep, this is one of the biggest rip offs ever. The pans that don’t stick, STICK! The pocket hoses that don’t take up space? Yes, they do, in the trash can that is!
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013 • Photos
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, August 20th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 40 members and five visitors in attendance. Lion Mark Hurta was responsible for the program and talked about his job as a photographer on a cruise line. Mark works for N.C.L., or Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013
The ‘theme” for Luke 13 is “REPENT or PERISH”. Luke 13 is a “part” of a series of parables about the Kingdom of God on earth. God sent His Son, Jesus, in the form of a man to teach us about the Kingdom of God on earth. He wanted to save the whole world and to invite those who are saved to be used by God to help save, heal, and restore others.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013
School began this week, so it is time to mention immune building and my best tips for staying well as cold and flu season approaches. My best strategy is to keep vitamin C and zinc at good levels and to take something that builds immunity and also has anti-viral properties.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013
Well, the kids are back in school, but that doesn’t mean they can’t keep coming to the library! We have added many new selections to our Easy, Junior, and Young Adult collections that they may not have gotten to read during the summer. So whenever they (or you) have time, drop in and pick up some good reads—everyone needs a little down time!
, CEA-FCS
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013
As I took my baby girl to her first day of PreK at “big school” today, it brought to mind all sorts of back to school issues. Bullying is an increasing problem in all schools, and we as parents/grandparents/teachers need to help our kids have some skills to help fight back. Do you remember the school bully who went around teasing and threatening you or your classmates?
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013
There’s a delicious irony, really, that two Junction, TX, historic vignettes bear similarities, despite separation by some six decades. Linked are unprecedented events tying football and Texas A&M University to this hill country community of some 2,500 folks. That’s a mouthful, but there’s more. Two people have “Junction connections”—one a deceased collegiate coaching great, the other very much alive.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013
[It’s tradition to run this column every year] Last week Mason County News published the School Supply List for Mason Elementary and Mason Junior High. You can probably find most of these items at Hinckley’s General Store. Anyway, I was so intrigued I just couldn’t put it down. The list began with Pre-K. And was appropriately short.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013
So the resurfacting of some of our streets is complete. Well, if the job we got on Scheussler St. is any indication of the rest of the job, then the city of Mason got ripped off. This has to be the worst chip and seal job I have ever seen.
, Editor
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013
Monday was so peaceful! Oh, there was lots of activity early in the morning as all the additional vehicles headed over to El Paso Street, Avenue F, and then College Street. By 8:30, all of that flurry of vehicles had died away and there was peace and quiet all about town. For three months, the youth of Mason had roamed the streets and sidewalks of town.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013 • Photos
The Bluebonnet CASA of Mason, Menard, Kimble & McCulloch Counties is working on a Kid Focused Cookbook. Recipes have been collected and local artist Bridget Langdale has been invited to work on the art work which will be reflected on the cover and some of the inside pages. To help her she recruited a few local children.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013
Bill O’Neal, the 2013-2014 State Historian of Texas, will speak in Brady on Sunday, September 15, at 2:00 p.m. O’Neal has appeared in many TV documentaries on TBS, The History Channel, the Learning Channel, CMT and A&E. In 2012, he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Six-Shooter Literary Award by the Wild West History Association.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013
Texas cosmic/outlaw music legend Ray Wylie Hubbard will entertain at the Odeon Theater in Mason, Texas Saturday, September 7 at 7:00 PM. Hubbard first found success after writing “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mothers,” which became a beer-joint anthem some 40 years ago. Hubbard and the Outlaw Movement would eventually shake things up in the Country Music establishment.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013
The deadline to submit applications for funds granted by the Mason Community Foundation is next Tuesday, Sept. 3rd. Applications are available at the Community Thrift Store, which is located on the southwest corner of the square. Hours of operation are M-F 10-5, and Sat 10-4. Please note-the store will be closed on Labor Day.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013 • Photos
Free dog food for a year? Where do I sign up? Who wouldn’t like to have their pets eat a top-notch dog food and not pay a cent for it? Well, thanks to the generosity of Rich Zanetti, area representative for Nutro Pet Foods, entrants to Mason’s Old Yeller Day pet parade will have a chance to win free dog food for a year.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 29, 2013 • Photos
At 8:00am, on Saturday, September 28, 2012, the Mason Lion’s Club’s 7th Annual Gem of the Hill Country 5 & 10k Run/Walk will take place. Starting on the south side of the Mason County Courthouse next to the old Jail, participants will wind through the neighborhoods and onto a perimeter road that passes by historic Fort Mason offering one of the most beautiful scenic views in the hill country.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013
Angelo State University conferred 223 undergraduate and graduate degrees upon 219 summer graduates on Aug. 9 in San Angelo, Texas. 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 Fluency and Security Studies (B.C.F.S.S.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.), Bachelor of Inter ...
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013 • Photos
Nora Sheffield and her mother Floraetta Jones, both from Coleman, came to Mason to attend a wedding. Arriving on Friday they asked about The Painted Tree Studio’s art classes that they had read about on the link attached to the Mason Covered Wagon’s B&B website. So the next morning local artist Bridget Langdale had an art class with Floraetta and Nora.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013 • Photos
Marcelino Sebastian is an active 18 month grandson of Yolanda Garza. They came to THE PAINTED TREE STUDIO to create a lasting memory by painting birdhouses together. It was a joyful experience to see Marcelino take the brush and start painting his birdhouse….just like he was seeing his grandmother paint hers.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013 • Photos
Two very active artists, Marcy Holmes-Wheeler of Menard and Nan Loeffler of Junction, won ribbons at the 2013 KACC (Kerrville Arts & Cultural Center) Judged Membership Show. Marcy won third in “Other 2-D” with a piece entitled, “Sticks and Stones”. Nan won second in “Fine Craft” with a necklace entitled, “Melonball Tongs” and third in “Sculpture” with a piece entitled, “Jump Rope”.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013 • Photos
On Wednesday, August 21st, officers of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country met for lunch on the Mason Square. Their mission was to proof the final draft of the 2013-2014 year book, completed by member Denwood Butler and to discuss the Chair-ity Auction that will be held in October at the Robert Clay Vineyards in Streeter, Texas.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 29, 2013 • Photos
Jacque Behrens, the McCulloch County FCS Agent | Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service set up a Painting Experience at The Painted Tree Studio. It was the largest group so far at the studio and twelve easels were set and ready for the artists to arrive. Mason’s Hall of Fame 2013, Doris Grote and her sister Lorine Metz came by to welcome the ladies to Mason.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013 • Photos
Second Chance – Mason Animal Rescue’s pet of the week is River, a beautiful eight month old mixed breed female pup. She is already a big girl and has some growing left to do. River has been living indoors and is housetrained. River is an energetic sweetheart. She would benefit from having another dog or an active family to help her burn all her puppy energy up.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013 • Photos
Erin Brown, a senior at Texas A&M, recently competed in the Austin Summer Circuit horse show competition. She and her horse “Just a Lil Bit” (Lil) won eight champions, two reserves, and was High Point Horse and Combined Jumper Champion for the circuit. Erin is the daughter of David and Janna Brown of Austin and granddaughter of Frank and Margaret Brown of Hilda and Lloyd and Jerry Coats of Dallas.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013 • Photos
High School registration at Mason I.S.D. was followed by "Meet the Teachers" nigh at Mason Elementary/Junior High School (pictured above). Students and parents were able to locate their classrooms, identify their lockers, talk to their teachers, and then made their way into the cafeteria for snacks and visiting. Booths were set up around the area offering students the opportunity to sign up for clubs and organizations, as well as to obtain information about what all they might be able to do in ...
, Superintendent, Mason ISD
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013
It’s official! School is back in session and all is well! The Elementary/Jr. High Back to School Bash was a huge success. Thanks to all the students and parents who attended. At the time of this writing our enrollment was at 722 students. Elementary enrollment is 305, jr. high is 203, and high school is at 214.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013 • Photos
The Mason Garden Club met on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at the Mason Library Stribling Room. This was the annual membership drive and installation of the new officers for 2013-2014. New and returning officers are: Joan Lindley, President; Lynn Hedges, Vice President; Mary Eckert, Secretary; Sara Banta, Treasurer; and Sherie Clarkson, Parliamentarian.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013
The Kerr and Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Areas will be hosting a series of educational events for the public in August, September, and October. These “First Friday Tours” will be held on the first Friday of the month at the Kerr WMA and then repeated on the second Friday at the Mason Mountain WMA.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013 • Photos
The members of the Hilda United Methodist Church in Southern Mason County held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new fellowship hall on August 4th. The historic church that began holding services in 1856 has a beautiful campus that includes two unique “Esshauses” or Sunday Houses, a rock smoke house, a covered, continuously flowing artesian well, the pastor’s milk cow barn, the original parsonage (used as a fellowship hall for the last several years), and the most incredible views of ...
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013
On Friday, the 30 of August, at 3 p.m., the VFW post will hold a brief ceremony to remember Operation Iraqi Freedom. All veterans and interested parties are invited to attend. The ceremony will be held at the Post on Post Hill Street behind the
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013 • Photos
Karlos Bill Kothman, 73, left us Sunday, August 25, 2013. He was born October 18, 1939. He was a graduate of Schreiner Institute in Kerrville, Tx. He married Sheba Kay Morrison, his wife of 52 years on October 22, 1960. KB’s heart was in ranching. He was a man of God.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013 • Photos
The Thursday Junior Varsity game here vs. Winters will start at 5:30...not 5 p.m.