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March 19, 2014 Issue
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Operation Orphans, Inc. will have fishing camps for boys April 12th; and, for girls May 3rd. Operation Orphans, Inc. is expecting 60 boys and could use additional areas to fish. If you have a tank or pond and would like to help some underprivileged get "fishy," contact Camp Supervisors Jerry or Lyla Crouch at (325) 347-6745.
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A very special assembly was held at Mason High School on Monday morning in honor of Gay Nesloney. Mrs. Nesloney announced her retirement earlier this year, and the high school student council honored her with a surprise program recognizing her 36 years of dedicated service to the students of Mason High School and UIL academics. The program began with a pictorial slide show of Mrs.
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Like Wine? Come learn to appreciate this nectar of the Gods from the ground up. It’s been the coldest Texas winter since 2009-10 and it’s time to stretch in the sun, head for the country…breath the air and do something different. At the Robert Clay Vineyards, located in Mason County, the nectar is anxious to PUSH onward into making grapes for wine.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 24, 2014
The shooting bench sits on the edge of a cleared, flat pasture, next to a copse of live oaks, so the late evening sun there is filtered and softened. It’s a nice spot, with a good 300 yards of open space in front of it to place targets. If you want to shoot farther than that, the hills around have plenty of clearings where white quartz rocks can be ranged and hulled.
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The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, March 11th, for its regular weekly meeting. There were 35 members and three visitors in attendance. . Lion John Olsen, pictured, was responsible for the program and he gave a brief history of the first settlers and the communities they started in the Mason area. John had researched the Texas Historical Commission website and the Mason County Historical Book to get his information.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 24, 2014
Thursday is the beginning of Spring. However, today it’s Winter. Only in Texas is where you never store Winter or Spring Clothing. I wouldn’t make a good Eskimo! Nor, would I make a good hot weather beach bum. Like the middle of the road. The older I become, the less important little things matter to me.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 19, 2014
We are going to have our grandson, Aiden, with us this summer and I have planned a three-day outing at the mouth of Little Saline Creek on the Llano River with him, Colby Brown and Jay Ahlschwede, all 11 yr. Olds, in June. I remember 70 years ago when we went to the river, it took about 15 minutes to pack up and get gone.
, CEA-FCS
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 19, 2014
Choose recipes that fit with your tastes and time requirements. Whether you’re a 20-something single person or an “empty nester couple” with grown children, you don’t need to throw out your favorite family recipes. You can adapt many of them to fit your current household size. Try these tips to help reduce your recipes: • Choose recipes that are easy to divide mathematically.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 19, 2014
Sport supplements have been something I have left to the GNC’s and bodybuilders of the world.- that is until recently when Jeff did a lot of research into them. For all of us who are aging, but still like to play tennis, run, or exercise, there are some things that help. My favorite is d-ribose – a sugar that occurs naturally in the body for fueling the muscles.
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Spring officially starts this week, and the weather is warming up nicely, but without any rains we may miss out on most of the wild flowers and green landscapes again this year. I keep wondering about some of the pictures that appear in magazines like Texas Highways, and question just how long ago those photos were taken?
, (bits_of_art@hughes.net)
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 19, 2014
Today’s Lenten Lunch, at noon on March 19th, is at First United Methodist Church, hosted by St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. This week’s birthdays are Christian Dyess on Mar. 20th, James Gleghorn on Mar. 21st, Vicki Krcha on Mar. Mar. 22nd and Brenda Kothmann on Mar. 24th.Remember these great people on their birthdays. In this 2nd week of Lent, we will be looking at Genesis 12 and John 3.
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Bitter as the pill may taste, it is one each generation has a hard time swallowing: The piper must be paid. It’s a fundamental truth, muddled, of course, when “layaway plans” were trumped by credit purchases. “Buying now, paying later” is bait easily ingested, sliding down as smoothly as boiled okra in a gullet greased with WD-40. Further, ad people tempt with new pitches to dull our financial senses.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 19, 2014
Some ladies were decorating the Stribling Room for a shower the other weekend and were wondering about getting a TV and DVD player so that they could show a slideshow of photos during the event. I said, “Well, we have a TV right here, and it has a DVD that you can use, too.” They exclaimed, “We didn’t know that!” The TV has a large screen that rises up out of the beautiful wooden console, and it always sits in the same place against the wall near the fireplace.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 19, 2014
Now hear this! KHLB-FM. Lone Star 102.5 on your radio dial. And it’s right here. Right now. On the air. Our very own radio station. Right here. On the square (almost). Just a hop, skip, and a jump around the corner from Sam’s Antiques. We must be living right. Tune in. Turn on. Drop out. Well, at least tune in. There’s “The Voice Morning Show” with co-owner Charley Jordan III. And Larry Appleby (former owner of Coffee Mug N’More). Monday through Friday from 6 a.m.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 24, 2014
In February, a “Rasmussen Reports” national telephone survey found that just eight percent (8%) of likely U.S. voters rated the job Congress was doing as good or excellent. Sixty-six percent (66%) thought Congress was doing a poor job. Yet, incumbents Congressman Mike Conaway and Senator John Cornyn will, more than likely, be handily re-elected.
, Editor
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 24, 2014
Last Friday, I headed down to Houston with a couple of the gang for our annual Stock Show & Rodeo visit. For Sean and Ken, it was the 23rd year, for me,,, well, not so much. During their many years of visiting Houston, they've established a rather broad network of friends and connections.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 24, 2014
On Monday March 24th at 6 p.m. at the Post on Post Hill St., we will have a ceremony to remember the Kosovo Campaign. All members and interested individuals are invited to attend.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 24, 2014
The Mason County Republican Party will begin their Republican Party Convention Saturday March 22, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in the District Courtroom at the Mason County Courthouse. Please enter the Courthouse through the south door.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 24, 2014
The predominantly young cast and crew of the 2014 Mason High School One Act Play is led by seniors, Cassie Benefield “Sunny,” Claudia Canfield “Boo,” and Elliot Bibb “Adolph.” Other cast include: Steeley Smith “Lala,” Sara Powell “Reba,” Jackson Chapman, “Sylvan (Peachy) Weil,” James Perlichek “Joe Farkas,” Spencer Bierschwale “Conductor” and Stage Manager.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 24, 2014
The Mason County Democratic Party Convention will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014, 5:30 p.m. at Lynn Reichenau's home, located at 1038 RR 1871.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 24, 2014
The Hilda Community Club annual spring highway clean-up will be held on Friday, March 21 beginning at 5:00 p.m. We will clean up from the Hilda clubhouse on RR 783 to Hwy. 87. Supper will be served around 6:30 p.m. Hosts are Leighton Brown and Jan Appleby. If you live in the Hilda area, please come out and give us a helping hand!
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 24, 2014
Second Chance would also like to announce that we requested at the past City commission meeting (March 10th, 2014) that the City pound develop their own spay / neuter policy. This way no dog or cat that leaves the City pound will go back in to the community without being spayed or neutered.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 24, 2014
The Mason Tennis Association’s 13th annual Tennis-A-Thon will take place this Sunday, March 23rd, at the Mason Tennis Center. The funds raised will be used to improve and maintain our tennis center. The tennis playing youth of our community are taking part in this event by participating in tennis drills, games and competitions for 1 and 1/2 hours, and by obtaining sponsors who pledge money for each participant.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 19, 2014
Cancer Crusaders are busy again. We are making our Casseroles: chicken spaghetti, BEEF OR CHEESE enchiladas, and Smothered AND SWISS steak. Small $10.00 and large $15.00. Please, place your order by March 25th. We are having a Bake Sale April 5th at Lowe's and a Hamburger Lunch on the square on April 6th.
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The Second Annual Darrell McCall and Friends Golf Tournament will be held at the Brady Municipal Golf Course on Friday, March 28. The tournament begins at 9:00 AM at 200 Brady Country Club Road. The event benefits the Heart of Texas Country Music Museum. The golf tournament will consist of a three man team, plus one Traditional Country Music celebrity per team.
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Four local artists and members of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country have been invited to show their art at the Stribling Art Extravaganza for 2014. The Stribling Art Extravaganza to benefit West Texas Rehabilitation Center will be held March 21, 22, and 23 at Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 603 South Oakes Street in San Angelo.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 19, 2014
The 2014 Mason Youth Baseball Little League Board would like to cordially invite our baseball and softball loving community to our Opening Day festivities on March 22, 2014. Youth Baseball and Softball season is officially here! Mason Youth Baseball is pleased to be back in Little League® and to help in celebrating the Diamond Anniversary of the organization this year.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 19, 2014
Mark Your Calendars: Golfers (and non-golfers), mark your calendars for Fort Mason Golf Association’s ANNUAL FUNDRAISER on Saturday, April 5th. 12 p.m.: Lunch (for golf participants); 1:30 p.m.: 9-hole scramble; 5-6 p.m.: Social Hour; 5-7 p.m.: Silent Auction (items include: golf clubs and equipment, golf outings, art, jewelry, custom Wine Rack built by Matt Biggs, and other items); 6-7 p.m.: Dinner (Catered by Boondocks’) and 7 p.m.: Drawing.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 24, 2014 • Photos
The Habitat Care-A-Vanners enjoyed a delicious lunch at the local Nacho's Cafe on March 11th. Thank you to James and Diane Esquell for picking up the tab! Stop by and see their progress on the newest Habitat House. Call Megan Bierschwale (347-7666) if you would like to help feed these builders lunch.
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In an outstanding show of dedication, with only one bad weather day, the winter obedience class of Reigning Cats & Dogs successfully graduated a fantastic four owner-dog pairs on Saturday, March 8th. All four dogs demonstrated an outstanding grasp of the material they learned over the eight week class, as they eagerly responded to their owners’ guidance through a variety of exercises.
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The Not So Serious Book Club met at Nacho’s in Mason on Wednesday March 12. Hostesses were Karen Olson and Allison Fogle. Photo by Willeda Rea.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 24, 2014
The Association grew from KNEL’s Hillbilly Hits Radio show in Brady, to encompass an over 1,000 member organization, the Heart of Texas Country Music Museum, Heart of Texas Records, the Heart of Texas Recording Studio plus regular performances staged in Brady, Llano, Seguin, Mason and Marble Falls throughout the years. The festivities will include a Welcome Party and Dance on the Friday nights, an afternoon Matinee Concert at 2:00 PM on the Saturdays followed by a Dance on Saturday nights at ...
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Thank you to all for stopping by Topaz Confections this past Saturday and showing your support for Second Chance-Mason Animal Rescue! This was a great start to fundraising for the new year, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of Topaz Confections (Nancy Wooldridge & Jim Hoffman) and their staff (Melissa Haley, Vanessa Soto, Rachel Yount, & Nancy Marquez)!
, Chair, Habitat Selection Committee
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 24, 2014
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Mason County Habitat for Humanity, Paul Branch, President, has announced that the Board has authorized construction of the 13th Mason County Habitat home. The partner family selection is scheduled to be made by the Board in June, 2014. Mason Habitat for Humanity builds the home and then sells the home to the selected partner family “at cost” with no or low interest rate loans.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 24, 2014
Mason ISD is currently accepting nominations for the Gifted and Talented Program. Nominations will be accepted until 3:30 p.m. on March 28th. If you would like to nominate your child for the screening process of the Gifted and Talented Program, please go to the Mason Elementary/Junior High Office for the necessary paperwork.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 19, 2014
It’s spring time and once again time to order your beautiful GERANIUMS from the Steady Steps Ministry…….You may place your orders any time between March 17 and April 4th. Favorite colors will be offered, such as blood red, rose, flag red, salmon, orange, lavender, tickled pink, neon purple, watermelon and parfait.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 19, 2014
The 2014 Crosby Association Annual Meeting will be held on March 24. The annual meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Leatherwood Funeral Home, Highway 29 East. Anyone who has family buried at Crosby is considered a member and is encouraged to attend. Guests are certainly welcomed.
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Life is not a journey to the grave in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly screaming "Wow, what a ride!" By H. Thompson James Edward Stark, age 79 of Midland, Texas passed away March 15, 2014 after a 40 year battle with cancer. James was born in Comanche, Texas on September 15, 1934 to the late Edward Fischer Stark and Mary Aubie Love.
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Sports
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 24, 2014
Varsity Girls Track Results @ Lee Graham Relays: Long Jump—4th Whitney Gainer 14’7”, 6th Kelly Kothmann 14’5” Triple Jump—2nd Kelly Kothmann 30’11” Shot Put—3rd Kristen Gipson 31’9” 4 X 100M Relay—1st Kelly Kothmann, Khrista Morquecho, Madison Anderson, Cassie Benefield 53.04 400M—2nd Angelica Ramirez 63.89, 5th Khrista Morquecho 67.24 200M—3rd Cassie Benefield 28.48 800M—1st Angelica Ramirez 2:31 4 X 400M Relay—5th Kayla Guice, Madison Anderson, Khrista ...
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 24, 2014
Puncher Baseball started district last Saturday, due to the game being postponed from Friday, with the first win of the season. The Punchers went up 1-0 in the bottom of the 1st inning and kept that lead until the top of the 3rd when errors forced 3 opponent runs across.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 24, 2014
On March 10, we traveled to Center Point to play our first district game. The Varsity didn’t play like they know how to and they made mistakes that really hurt the team. The girls realize after that loss that they have to step it up in order to compete in our district.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 19, 2014
The Mason tennis team advanced to the state finals last weekend in Austin. The finals match was rained out and postponed until March 22nd. Mason will play Brock in the finals in Lampasas at high noon. Mason advanced to the state tournament after winning the regional championships with wins over Sonora 18-1 and over rival Wall 10-4.