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October 2, 2013 Issue
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 2013 • Photos
Al Dreyer is a native Texas but former employment with the Department of Defense Air Force resulted in frequent assignments within the United States, Panama, and Germany. Always interested in art, he had myriad opportunities to visit museums, private galleries, and showrooms as well as informal “sidewalk” exhibitions. Life activities including a military tour, college, work, and family were priority, but retirement in 1993 allowed time to try painting himself.
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Monday at Mason High school DPS Officer Shawn Baxter from San Angelo spoke with the Senior and Junior class concerning the dangers of Distracted driving. This program was sponsored by the Concho Valley Regional Advisory Council and Mason County EMS. WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING? Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.
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After missing a scheduled game with Christoval on September 20th due to flooding along the South Concho River, the Mason Punchers traveled to San Saba ready to play some football. During the first quarter, both teams showed off strong offenses; but, both were shifting their defensive strategies in an effort to control their opponents. Mason's Raul Silguero scored the first touchdown of the night on a three-yard final run ending a successful drive.
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Over six years ago (April of 2007), the Mason Square Museum had a grand opening on a very cold, rainy, and snowy morning outside on the sidewalk with many local folks and out-of-town visitors. After several years of fund raisers and many, many hours of planning and an equal amount of physical construction hours, the museum had become real.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 3, 2013 • Photos
Cedar arrows are never really, completely, totally, absolutely straight. What they are, all of them, when you get right down to the nitty gritty, honest truth of the matter, is crooked. Some of them are pretty straight, and some are kind of straight, and some are mostly straight. Which means that all of them are, frankly, crooked. Now, I like cedar arrows.
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The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, September 24th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 38 members and three visitors in attendance. Lion John Gammill was responsible for the program and introduced Trish Wilson, Camp Development Director who spoke about the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, Texas. The Texas Lions Camp is a summer camping facility dedicated to serving children from the state of Texas with physical disabilities and type 1 diabetes.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 2013
It has been said that, “there is a fine line between a genius and insanity!” This can also apply to the fine line between being frugal and being stingey! And, an even finer line from being stingy and down right freeloading! Church dinners should serve less sugars and carbohydrates and more “SOUL FOOD!” However, the Methodist Pea Salad is a must!
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 2013
Our God is great; listen to His words and understand! God knows what is in your hearts! The message on Sunday was presented by JW Harle, the leader of the Young Life group that is bringing Christ Jesus to the youth of Mason. The scripture lesson is Luke 4:1-13 and his sermon was titled “Identity Theft”. Who am I?
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 2013
Yeast overgrowth is rampant in America. It begins with an intestinal flora imbalance that results in yeast overgrowth that goes systemic. Please note that this means you do not have to be female to have this - men have it too. Common symptoms of yeast overgrowth include gas and bloating, indigestion or heartburn, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, sugar/carbohydrate cravings, blood sugar swings, food sensitivities, sensitivities to smells, insomnia, prostatitis, PMS, endometriosis, urinary tract ...
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 2013
This is the first of periodical articles which will update you of happenings at the Mason County Ministerial Alliance Food Bank. During the September food distribution, we provided food for approximately 250 individuals, or about 79 Mason County families. Roughly 30 of those receiving food were over the age of 65, the remainder being equally divided between the under-18 age group and the 19-65 age group.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 2013
There are certainly times when you have to switch directions because there are things around you that have changed. For the past several years we have been “preaching” the need for water conservation around the City and thus many of our residents have limited their landscape watering and tolerated the dry and somewhat lifeless grass and yards of this drought.
, 2013 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 2013
It was Saturday, September 28,2013. I had been babysitting seven adorable puppies all morning. My daughter had been fostering these little cuties for the Second Chance Animal Rescue. I was on the courthouse lawn in Mason, Texas for the Old Yeller Days event. I had coffee earlier in the day so things were looking good.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 2013
Nancy and I want to personally thank all of the members of the Friends of the Library for their outstanding support and contributions to the success of the library and its programs. The Wine and Cheese Appreciation event was a resounding hit last Thursday! We appreciate Nan Larrimore and her husband for such a lovely venue.
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We should count our blessings daily that Noah herded animals onto the ark. They’ve gotten basically “good press” ever since, even as much of the world crumbles around them. Why? Because they rejoice, thinking every day is created just for them. Even when they foul up, we chalk it up to “cutesiness,” basically laughing their miscues away. Okay, so this is an animal lover’s opinion.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 2013
A century ago, when criminals wanted to steal money, they robbed banks. Today, identity theft is a leading cause of financial theft. There is no need for thieves to use physical violence to obtain money. Rather, a victim’s personal information and is used to commit a fraud that results in financial gain.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 2013
Sufferin’ succotash. As Sylvester the Cat would say. (Only with a lisp.) ‘Tis Autumn. ‘Tis the season when Narragansett Indians boiled whole kernels of corn. And called it “msickquatash.” Later on our creative forefathers (more likely the women) added lima beans with the corn. Calling it succotash. I believe I’ll pass. Although the combination is pretty. And certainly more interesting than plain ol’ boiled corn. But I’m with Sylvester. Thufferin’ thuccotash. Thank ...
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 3, 2013
In the movie, "Network," actor Peter Finch, out of his mind and frustrated, goes on national news and utters a phrase that catches fire with his many viewers. "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" he told them. And they began throwing open their windows and shouting the same words, over and over. The movie viewer knows that the episode was partially fabricated by network executives.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 3, 2013
The Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library is forming the Library Canasta Club. The first game day will be held on Monday, October 21 at 2:00 P.M. in the Stribling Room. Adult men and women are welcome and joining is free! If you don’t know how to play, we’ll teach you.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 3, 2013
Fredonia Community Association would like to invite you to our Pot Luck dinner on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at 6 p.m. The association would like to welcome a new member to the community of Fredonia, Holly Gilmore. Community members, family and friends of Fredonia, you are invited to express a warm welcome to Ms.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 2013
On the 8th of October at 2 p.m., the Mason VFW Post 8554 will hold a ceremony to remember the start of Operation Enduring Freedom. This will be held at the American Legion building on Post Hill Street. The operation kicked of on the 9th of October, but we will celebrate one day early.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 2013
The Mason Rodeo Association will be meeting on October 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the Mason Bank. Volunteers are currently working on several items regarding the Ft. Mason Park Arena renovations including finishing the pens and improving the ground for speed events. Plans are also being started to celebrate the 50th Round Up Weekend in 2014!
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 2013
Carol Tucker will be teaching a four-night Microsoft Excel II class at the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. Class dates are Tuesdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, and 22 at 6:00 P.M. each night. To register, call 325-347-5446.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 3, 2013 • Photos
Elizabeth and Myrrah came to The Painted Tree Studio with their Oma (grandmother). Velada Boyd, even with a brace on her arm, painted with her two granddaughters. At the end of the two hours they each had unique paintings which reflected their personalities. It was a fun experience and everyone learned something about painting.
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The Mason Study Club held their first meeting of the 2013-2014 year on Wednesday, September 23rd in the Stribling Room of the Mason Library. Judy Branch, President, started the meeting with a welcome and a prayer. Lunch was served by the Executive Board. Carol Holmes, Vice President, introduced our guest speakers, Karen Welch and Carol Kothman, both from Second Chance Animal Rescue.
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Riata opened their 63rd Club year with a salad luncheon held in the beautifully fall decorated home of Barbara Young. School personnel Melany Canfield and Pattie Harris, with the help of several students brought the program on the trips they had made this last summer to Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Prague and other countries.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 3, 2013 • Photos
It was 1921 when a group of woman in the community of London Texas came together and formed an organization called the SPC. They prayed together, cried and supported each other through life’s journey of living in a rural area filled with beauty, ruggedness, and distant neighbors. Now 92 years later, London Ladies are still getting together once a month.
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Susan Brunken has been a faithful volunteer at the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library since 2011. Susan works the front desk on most Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, shelves books, helps weed, and even moves books when needed! She also substitutes for the librarian and assistant librarian on occasion.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 2013
The Hill Country CattleWomen started off the Fall going full force. We were 60 strong at our September meeting held at the Welfare Cafe. We all enjoyed reuniting after our summer break. Officers were elected as follows: Karen Schneider———President Dianne Staudt————1st Vice President Deborah Wardlaw———2nd Vice President Jane Bushong Brown———3rd Vice President Carol Freeman———4th Vice President Paulette Keller———Recording Secretary Janice Wahrmund
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 3, 2013 • Photos
Gene and Nan Larrimore hosted the Friends of the Library Wine and Cheese Party last Thursday in honor of the people of Mason who support our library. The home which is the Bierschwale-Larrimore Home has been beautifully restored and is a wonderful example of Mason-living in early 1900s.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 3, 2013 • Photos
Local arts and crafts will be on display around town for the October 4th and 5th Art Walk. The Mason Square Museum displays crafts of beauty and practical use from the first people to live here some ten thousand years ago. The names of these artisans are now lost. But the museum also displays—and sells—works by over two dozen local artists who create in the present day…and their names are well known.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 3, 2013 • Photos
Mason High School Class of 1973 held their 40th reunion on Saturday at the home of Warren and Susan Grote. Left to right: Warren Grote, Armando Martinez, Judy Geistweidt Lehmberg, Bobby Williams, Rudy Avalos ,Kenny Striegler, Rae Leifeste, Kathy Garrett Schulze, Sandra Keyser, Hank Kimbriel, Susan Kimbriel Grote, Mary Munoz Cedillo, Jan Kuykendall Touchtone, Richard Polk, Philip Meyer, Marilyn Metzger Rueffer.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 3, 2013 • Photos
The Mason Study Club participated in Mason’s Old Yeller Days on Saturday, September 28th, by having an activity booth for the children named “Painted Rocks Rock”. Questions asked were, “What does this cost? What is it? What do we do? Do we have to?” This booth was exactly what it said - paint a rock!
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 2013
Runners and walkers from 6 year old Derek Renfroe, to 86 year old Willie Lyle, participated in Mason Lions Club’s 7th Gem of the Hill Country 5 & 10k event, and except for a problem with the timing which has since been corrected, the race went smoothly and successfully. According to Barry Ortner of Copperas Cove, “It was a great and very challenging race.  Your support crew did an excellent job”.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 2013
Go to www.masontexaslibrary.com, and you will see the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library’s official website. To keep up with what’s going on at the library and to see listings of Stribling Room events, go to the left-hand sidebar and click on “Library Calendar.” To see certain event details, click on “News and Events.” Patrons may also log in to their online accounts to renew books, check out eBooks and downloadable audiobooks and music, search the catalog, access the TexSha ...
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 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.
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Saturday was a busy day in Mason with LOTS of activities.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 2013
Johnita Bohmfalk, of Mason, went to her heavenly reward on Sunday, September 29, at the age of 97. She is survived by her children Robert Bohmfalk, of Seguin and Joan Ullrich of Conroe and a brother John Harold Schuessler of Mason, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Johnita Bohmfalk will be held on Saturday, October 5, at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 2013 • Photos
Isaac A Beam, 93, of Barry, Texas, passed away at Twilight Nursing Home surrounded by loving friends and family on Saturday, September 28, 2013. He was born on July 23, 1920, in Mason County, Texas, to Isaac Melvin (Met) Beam and Emma (Chisamore) Beam. Ike was a World War Veteran, serving in the Navy (Seabees Construction Battalion) in the Philippines and New Guinea.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 2013 • Photos
Patsy Brandenberger passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2013, in the same Ranch Branch home where she was born 87 years ago to Leo and Lois Hofmann on February 9, 1926. She and her two sisters attended the Peters Prairie School and Mason High School. She received a degree and a teaching certificate from Texas State College for Women in Denton, and returned to Mason to marry Silas Brandenberger on June 24, 1946, after he returned from WWII.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 3, 2013
With San Saba not having enough players to field two teams, Coach Burns found a 7th grade game with Junction who was suffering from the same problem. Mason once again loaded the bus and hit the road. Mason kicked off to start the game with an opening kickoff by Rudy Martinez that traveled to the endzone.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 3, 2013
On Thursday, the Mason Puncher 8th graders faced off against the San Saba Armadillos, winning by a score of 38-0. From the opening kickoff the end of the 4th quarter, the Punchers established their dominance. The opening kickoff went to the Armadillos who immediately took a hit and fumbled the ball which was recovered by the Punchers. The Punchers forced a total of 4 turnovers, 3 of which led to touchdowns.