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October 23, 2013 Issue
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013 • Photos
Crisp fall weather beckons visitors and locals to get out for a leisurely walk around the Historic Square in Mason, Texas on Friday Nov. 1 , 10am-7pm and Saturday Nov,2 10am-5pm to enjoy the charming, friendly atmosphere at the participating locations of Mason ARTWALK. November’s MasonARTWALK offers art enthusiasts the opportunity to spend the weekend in a variety of lovely and historic Bed and Breakfast establishments Mason has to offer or just a lazy Saturday visit to the 15 art galleries, ...
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013 • Photos
Friday night's game against the Ozona Lions saw the Punchers rack up their second district win; but, it was not an easy victory. The first quarter saw the Punchers bolt from the gate, and fans may have mistakenly thought that the Ozona team would go down easily. On the second play of the game, the Punchers' Raul Silguero ran 63 yards for the opening Puncher touchdown.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013 • Photos
On October 29, 2013, noted author John L. Davis, PhD, will be the guest speaker at the Mason County Friends of the Library annual membership meeting. Davis, who has written extensively about Texas history, is the former Executive Director and Director of Research for the Institute of Texan Cultures, the academic museum for The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
The Mason County Pioneers Youth Leadership Program will be holding an informative seminar discussing the effects of the drought on the county, and area's, water supply, the current situation of the Hickory Water Aquifer, and Proposition Six on October 30th at 6:30 p.m. in the Mason High School Auditorium. The Pioneers would like to invite anyone interested in learning more about the water in Central Texas before the important November 5th vote on Proposition Six.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 24, 2013
Challah is a traditional holiday bread in the Jewish community. My entire family was either Methodist or Episcopalian, but we had several Jewish friends and co-workers over the years, and I grew up with Challah as a regular addition to our meals, whether our Jewish friends were with us at the table or not.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 24, 2013
When my wife, Jocelynn, found out that Bob Rich was offering a women’s basic handgun class recently, she told me she was taking it. She has a concealed handgun license, but has never had any real training. I’ve tried to teach her some basic pistol skills, but that’s like learning to run the government by listening to Robert Redford.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013 • Photos
The welcome RAINS came, then stopped. The welcome PEOPLE came, and came, and came, and finally stopped, setting several new records for the Mason County Ministerial Alliance Food Bank. Despite a very leaky roof on the waiting area at the food bank, the October food distribution proceeded on schedule, serving a record 102 families, or 316 individuals.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
I’m going on VACATION! Okay, it’s only one hundred and twenty miles from here, but I do love this vacation. I get to see two grandsons play football and my granddaughter play volleyball. Then I get to see my girls (two doxie’s). I’m not forgetting, that I will get to see how my new girl Lucy, the lab is doing.
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The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, October 15th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. Among the visitors were two Mason High School seniors, Hector Medina and Marcus Martinez. Lion Kirby Groves was responsible for the program and introduced Mason I.S.D. coach, Coby Owens, who spoke about his career in coaching over the past 19 years. He shared his love of teaching and coaching kids; and, his excitement to be in Mason.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
The City of Mason is always looking for ways to improve our community and provide better service to our residents. Some of the projects are never seen by the public but are very important as we work to improve the systems that provide for our town. One of those is the waste water treatment plant which will be seeing a complete reworking during the next year or so as we work through the construction phases of the contract we have just accepted and signed.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
Reducing or losing weight is a topic I get a lot of questions about. Many of you already know that I don’t believe in diet pills or magic solutions that simply melt off excess weight without proper changes in diet and exercise. That being said, let’s talk about weight loss. As we age our metabolism begins to slow and it becomes harder to take off that extra weight.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
When life is rough, PRAY. When life is great, PRAY. Pastor Cliff titled his message “Wonderful Words of Life” with the Gospel lesson from Luke 18:1-8. In Sunday’s reading, Jesus teaches us about prayer. For the folks, during Luke’s time, life was hard, very hard, with dangerous, persecution and martyrs. Jesus has just said, you will long for the day of the 2nd coming, but you won’t see it.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
If somehow Socrates were restored to life for just one day, it could be one of the worst of all Greek tragedies. Optimists, however, might believe his visit could nudge us toward a new day of reason. I dunno. Whichever, he’d likely spend much of the day sputtering, “I did NOT say that!” Much of his work has been plagiarized, purloined or pilfered during the 2,500 years since he pondered and proclaimed in the then-known world. No doubt, he and his philosopher buddies would be overwhelme ...
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
We all love candy, myself included. The trick is to balance out all of that candy with a few healthier treats. Often, if you don’t eat supper before they get started on the Halloween candy, kids can end up with a tummy ache. So try some fun Halloween themed snacks before you hit the streets!
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
Beauty, beauty, everywhere. Autumn sees to that. Trees changing color. Leaves beginning to fall. And the sky clear, fresh, pure. Lucky, lucky, lucky to be alive. To see the sun rise. To notice the heron at water’s edge. Or spot a buck running through the brush. To hear cows bellow in the morning. Or an owl late at night. To smell bacon frying. Or the smoke from a neighbor’s fireplace. To yell and scream when the Punchers win. To sing a song. Or hum until Baby goes to slee ...
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
Earl Poston, of Mason, passed away on Monday, October 21, at the age of 81. Funeral services for Mr. Poston will be held on Thursday, October 24, at 2:00 p.m. at the Mason Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the Gooch Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
The ownership and staff at North Side Café would like to thank all who were our patrons for the past year. We enjoyed serving you and getting to know you. Thank you for your business. Mel, Burley and Mary Polk
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
Why You Should Vote No on Prop 6. Texas Proposition 6 which will be on the ballot Nov. 5 proposes using $2 billion from the Texas Rainy Day Fund to fund water projects in Texas. On the surface this may seem like a worthwhile idea. But if you read the provisions of the bill, many of its stated goals are cause for concern for rural communities.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
There is confusion and concern in my head. Watching politics since the last election cycle, I’ve witnessed historic, dangerous behaviors. It appears some Americans want to kill our country. I am a child of the John Birch Society. Raised in the conservative, far right. Hand over the heart, pledge allegiance to the country and protect the Constitution.
, Editor
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
In the dozen-plus years I've been at the newspaper, we have had many changes in how we produce the paper. When I started, we were mixing the new and the old to do our jobs. All of the layout work was done using Adobe PageMaker 6.5. However, the advertising was not digital, so we pasted the ads onto layout sheets, composed the stories and photos in PageMaker, printed out the digital version and combined it with the hard copy ads to produce a final page.
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Events
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 24, 2013
Girl Scouts of Central Texas Hold Exhilarating Race on Concho River as part of River Fest Who: Girl Scouts and Adults What: Canoe Races on the Concho River by Girl Scouts of Central Texas When: Saturday, October 19th, 2013 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Where: River Fest, between Koenigheim and Irving St., San Angelo, TX Opportunities: We expect many unique video and photo ops, as well as the chance to chronicle an exciting race and festival arranged for the community by the City of San Angelo. Bac ...
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 24, 2013
Wesley Nurse Ann Scarth will give free blood pressure and blood glucose screenings on Tuesday, October 29. She will be in the Stribling Room of the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library from 2:00-4:00 P.M.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 24, 2013
Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library TUESDAY, NOV. 5, 6:00 P. M. TUESDAY, NOV. 12, 6:00 P. M. TEACHER: CAROL TUCKER CALL 347-5446 TO REGISTER
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 24, 2013
The Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library Book Club will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 5:00 P.M. to discuss the October selection Mudbound. The group will meet in the Stribling Room, and everyone is welcome.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
Remember The Second Chance FREE NEUTER SPAY CAMPAIGN for our community. If you would like to have your pet neuteredor spayed and help to reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies, please call Karen Welch, 347-6929, or Carol Kothmann, 347-5598 to find out if you are eligible. We will be happy to get your pet taken care of. Remember FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS HAVE LITTERS!! Hope to see you all at the HALLOWEEN SOIREE, October 27th.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
Mason Garden club met at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15th at the Mason County Library, Stribling Room. Fourteen members and six visitors were present. Guest Speaker was Don Durflinger, grower and owner of Sonlight Orchards in Mason. His informative program was “Folk Medicine Remedies for Allergy and Sinus” He shared some interesting ways to relieve or prevent sinus and hay fever discomfort using herbs, honey, or apple cider vinegar.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
The Hext Volunteer Fire Department is holding their 6th annual fish fry, raffle and silent auction fundraiser on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the Hext Community Center (the old school house next to the Fire Station on Highway 29). Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. At 1:00 p.m., the raffle drawings will start. We have "The Judge"
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
The Crosby Cemetery Association has scheduled a fall workday for Saturday, October 26th, 2013. All who have friends or family at Crosby Cemetery are encouraged to come help ‘freshen-up’ our community cemetery. We will work from 9:00 am till 12 noon. Bring your yard tools, chain saws, brush trimming equipment, trash bags, and trailers.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013 • Photos
Heart of Texas Recording Artists Curtis Potter and Tony Booth will headline an afternoon show and the evening dance on Saturday, October 26 at the Heart of Texas Events Center in Brady. Tickets are $12.00 and are now on sale at the Heart of Texas Records office or by calling (325) 597-1895. The show will be held at 2:30 PM and the dance will begin at 8:00 PM.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
Johnny Nicholas will perform at The Halloween Soiree to benefit Second Chance-Mason Animal Rescue. Mark your calendars now for October 27th, 7PM…….. until the Ghosts come home. Location: Old Mason Stagecoach Stable (Hwy 29 next to Mason Feed Store). And get your tickets while they are still available at Topaz Confections, Lilacs and Calico, The Thing is, Artisans Gallery, Market Square or call 325-347-6929.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 24, 2013 • Photos
Roy Lehmberg (left) and Clay Lindsay visit during the 50th anniversary celebrations for Community Service & Supply last week. Lehmberg and his family were celebrating fifty years of service to the Mason area.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 24, 2013 • Photos
Thank you to all who participated in the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country Tuscan Picnic, Wine Tasting and CHAIR-ity Auction Saturday evening, October 19th. Even though the event had to be moved from the Robert Clay Vineyards to the Mason Eckert Civic Center, all chairs, decorated by regional artists, sold and the non profit organization raised thousands of dollars for future scholarships to be given to graduating seniors.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013 • Photos
In July, Sawyer Dockal, 10-year old son of Jimmy and Nancy Dockal of Southlake, completed a two week European tour with his soccer club, The Dallas Texans. In Gothenberg, Sweden, Sawyer participated in The Gothia Cup, the largest youth soccer tournament in the world with over 1600 teams from 70 countries.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013 • Photos
Dogs, dogs, dogs, from collies to Chihuahuas, from heelers to bulldogs parade on the shelves at the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. Mason Junior High seventh graders have created sculptures of their favorite dogs and graciously agreed to exhibit them publicly. After researching the development of the dog from prehistoric tribe dog to our present day refined breeds, each student created an example.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
Sierra Martin of Mason has entered two head of Junior Market Lambs in the Sheep division of the 40th annual North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE). The NAILE is recognized as the world's largest purebred livestock show with more than 26,000 entries and nearly $750,000 in prizes and awards. Scheduled for November 9-22, the event takes place at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY. Purebred farms from nearly every state and Canada bring livestock to compete in one of ...
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013 • Photos
Don and Pattie Grote of Mason, Texas, are pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Virginia Marie Grote, to Clifton Douglas Barlow, son of Doug and Connie Barlow, of Beaumont, Texas. Ginny graduated from Mason High School in 1998 and Texas State University in 2002. She went on to obtain a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Donovan and Elisha Vierus are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Darlene Veronica Vierus, at 7:07 in the morning on Sunday, September 22, 2013, weighing eight pounds, eight ounces and measuring 21 inches long. The ecstatic grandparents are Dale Vierus of Fredericksburg, Texas, Stacy Farabee Vierus of Cherokee, Texas, Nick Wawrzyniak of Skidmore, Missouri and Renee Berens of Mason, Texas.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
Lorri Ann Elizabeth Drazan, a graduate of Mason High School, has been awarded a scholarship by the Texas Interscholastic League Foundation. Drazan received the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation Endowment Scholarship in the amount of $12,000, payable $3,000 a year for four years. The King Foundation awarded scholarships to students who have participated in the University Interscholastic League Academic State Meet and who have compiled an outstanding record of academic and extracurricular ...
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013 • Photos
Hunter, Kade, Sheldon and Mary (Hey) McAdams recently returned from a month in Laos and Thailand. The homeschooled twins who just turned 14, had a once in a life time history class adventure they will never forget. The beautiful water fall is in Laos.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 24, 2013 • Photos
Mason Elementary students are participating in a service project to “Treat Our Soldiers”. Each class (PK-4th) will be donating a box of “treats” to ship to soldiers overseas. We will be accepting monetary donations from the community in order to cover the costs of shipping. You may drop your donation off at the Mason Elementary office.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 24, 2013
This past Saturday, the Mason Puncher Band participated in the Region 7 UIL Marching Contest in Early, Texas. The band received a 2nd division for their performance. The judges comments included, “Good Selections, well planned show, an excellent performance, just a few too many mistakes.” “Pitch and intonation were an issue today, marching was okay, I enjoyed your performance.” “It wasn’t our best performance on Saturday, but I was really proud of the kids for how we did this ye ...
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 24, 2013
AUSTIN – Rep. Harvey Hilderbran (R-Kerrville) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2013-2014 High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) project. HAS enables selected Texas high school juniors to explore new frontiers and become a part of NASA’s plan for space exploration. Selected students will apply their math and science skills to complete eight web-based assignments during the school year to be competitively selected to travel to Johnson Space Center in Houston during the summer to put t ...
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 24, 2013 • Photos
The new Frontera Healthcare Network (FHN) Community Clinic is now open in Fredericksburg and accepting clients at 140 Industrial Loop, Suite 2, in the Good Samaritan building. Hours are Monday through Wednesday from 8 to 5, Thursday from 9 to 6, and Friday from 8 to 4. Phone number is 830-992-2005. The Frontera Community Clinic is the place for area rural residents to get access to quality and affordable primary healthcare, according to Nurse Practitioner Carol Freeman, FNP, CNM, MPH. “For ...
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 24, 2013
The Mason County Historical Commission is having Mason High School yearbooks digitized. The only one missing is 1941-42. If anyone knows where we might locate this one, please call Margaret Brown (325 347-6472). The book will be returned to you upon completion of the digitizing. This project will be an important part of the Mason County archives for research purposes.
, Manager, Menard County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
For the past couple of months rumors have been floating around that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is planning to re-classify creeks and streams in the western Hill Country as navigable streams. Last week we learned that they have already done so in Kimble County. A rancher on Bear Creek let us know that he had been issued a citation, setting a fine for having a dam on the creek and ordering him to tear it out within days.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
Constitutional Amendment Election - November 5, 2013 Early Voting October 21-November 1 At this election, we will be implementing the new law requiring voters to present photo identification. In addition to your voter’s registration card, acceptable forms of ID include: *Texas Driver’s License *Texas Personal ID Certificate issued by DPS *Texas Election ID Certificate issued by DPS *Texas Concealed Handgun License issued by DPS *United States military ID card containing person’s photo ...
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013 • Photos
Meet Sacha! This beautiful blue eyed girl is about 1-2 years old, and a real sweetie. If you are interested in meeting Sacha please contact us @ 325-347-6929 or email adoptions@secondchancemason.com
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
On September 21st and 22nd, 2013, The Loyal Valley Volunteer Fire Department held their second annual fund raiser in the form of a Gun and Crafts Show at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. As every one knows, it is only through the generous support of the local communities that a volunteer department can financially operate.
, Superintendent, Mason ISD
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
Mason ISD will be conducting an emergency lockdown and evacuation drill in the next two weeks. In order to protect the integrity of the drill we will not announce the exact date. Teachers will be practicing procedures with their students preparing for this drill. During this drill there will be road closures and limited access to and from the school buildings.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
The Crosby Cemetery Association Board is kicking off of the Crosby Cemetery Rock Fence Project this fall and your support is needed. The project will consist of building a natural stone fence running parallel to Hwy 87 on the east side of the cemetery and along the north side. Crosby Cemetery lies along the northern limits of the City of Mason and is one of the most visual sites to travelers and citizens.
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Paul Toeppich passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at the age of 65. He was born to Robert and Ruby (Birk) Toeppich August 4, 1948 in Llano, Texas. Paul was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Llano. He spent most of his life between Mason and Llano Counties.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
Jesse “Jay” Kuhne, 91, of Fort Worth, Texas passed away Saturday, October 12, 2013, at his home. Jay was born September 14, 1922, in Runge, Texas, and served in the Army during World War II. He graduated from Texas A&M at Kingsville with a degree in Engineering and was a retired home builder and businessman, as well as a fine gentleman and active member of the Methodist Church.
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Gai Ann Harper, of Mason, passed away on Thursday, October 10, at the age of 64. Survivors include her husband Sam “Buzzy” Harper, of Mason, her daughter Toy Hardin and husband Cole of San Angelo, two grandchildren Case and Caylee Hardin, both of San Angelo, a sister Holly Golden and husband George of Corpus Christi, sister-in-law Yvonne Eckert and brother-in-law Dayton Harper. Gai Ann was born in San Angelo, the daughter of Holland Smith and Hazel Smallwood Smith.
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Sports
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 24, 2013
The Jr High football teams made the long trip to Ozona last Thursday and swept a pair of games from the Lions. We continue to see improvements every week in both grades as the physicality and execution improves on both sides of the ball. The seventh grade took the field against the Lions hoping to win their second in a row.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 24, 2013
The JH Cross Country girls ran in the Mason Invitational on October 2. The girls ran hard and gave a 100% on the course. The 8th grade placed first as a team and 7th grade placed 7th as a team. These girls have been working really hard and their hard work is paying off.
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Calling all basketball fans! Mark your calendars for Monday, October 28th at 5:30 p.m. to come and Meet the Cowgirls. Each of the Cowgirl teams from the 7th & 8th graders to the Varsity Cowgirls will be introduced. This year’s teams are going to be great and we want you to meet them.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013
The Mason Cowgirls will start the season with a scrimmage Saturday, October 26 in Christoval at 9am. This will be a 4 team scrimmage with Christoval, Coleman, and Odessa New Way. On Monday, October 28 the Mason Puncher Club will host Meet the Cowgirl night beginning at 5:30pm. All junior high and high school team members will be introduced.
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The 2013 Mason Puncher Youth Football teams will be competing in the DII championship games of the Hill Country Youth Football League on Saturday, October 26th in Liberty Hill. Both teams have 6-1 records going into the contests and will be playing San Saba. The 3rd & 4th grade team takes the field at 10:00 AM and the 5th & 6th begin their contest at 1:00 pm.