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April 2, 2014 Issue
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
Spring is here once again and that means Mason Art Walk is starting our fourth year on Friday April 4th until 7pm and Saturday April 5th until 5pm. We are honored to have some exciting new venues joining us this year for Art Walk. There will be location maps for the Art Walk at all participants plus the Chamber of Commerce.
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The Mason Study Club is very excited to be offering four items for a silent auction during the month of April. These items are described below. The first photo shows a beautiful quilt donated by Mason resident, Pam Scott. Pam has been a quilter for about 15 years. She is mainly interested in modern quilts using strong colors.
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Spring comes as a welcome change after this unusual winter. It also heralds the 2014 Tour of Homes held by the Mason County Republican Women. Saturday, April 12th brings the opportunity to visit six homes owned by gracious homeowners who will assist the MCRW in raising scholarship funds for some worthy Mason graduates. Tickets will go on sale the week of the Tour at Market Square, and also will be available at each home on April 12th.
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Columns
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
Robert Louis Stevenson woke up one morning (this happened while he was still alive) and realized he had dreamed a book. Not just the title, or the plot, or the main character, or the scene you have to read twice to figure out what it means. A whole book. So he immediately wrote the dream down, and later showed it to his wife. Well, Mrs.
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The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, March 25th, for its regular weekly meeting. There were 35 members and one visitor in attendance. Lion Dane Phillips was responsible for the program and introduced Sergeant Sammy Zapata who spoke about law enforcement in Mason County. Sgt. Zapata said currently there had been some phone scams being directed at the elderly, and some copper thefts being reported.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
We say a lot of things, that just don’t make sense. Like: That scared me half to death! Isn’t that like saying, your half pregnant? While there are a whole bunch of good things that we say to get a point over. Z. says (sometimes) “You smell better than a wet puppy!” While I love the smell of puppy breath, is smelling like a wet puppy like that?
, CEA-FCS
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
I became interested in this topic when I heard about lice outbreaks in both the Mason and Menard schools recently. After consulting Jennifer Moneyhon, the school nurse for Mason ISD, I found out that rumors and panic often cause parents to overreact, and treat their children with harsh chemicals when they may or may not even actually have lice.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
A is for animals. Many of us have one or more pets whether they are cats, dogs, birds, horses, etc. Our pets can have some of the same health problems that we do and for most of the same reasons. The diet for most of our pets is unnatural and without variety.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
The weather has been wonderfully “spring-like” for the past couple of weeks, and all we need now is some good rains to get things really growing and blooming. The last several weeks have also been busy in the City office and the work crews have had plenty to keep them on their toes.
, (bits_of_art@hughes.net)
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
Today’s Lenten Lunch is at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 12 noon. The volunteer “caravaners” will be our guests. Caleigh Calhoun will celebrate her birthday on Thursday Apr. 3rd. Have a great birthday! And next Wed. Apr. 9th, Herman and Jimmie Hitzfelder will celebrate their anniversary. Make it a good one! Next Tuesday, Apr.
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Folks with dim memories of World War II recall the “coming home” of troops, and attendant triumphal celebrations that reverberated around the globe. Believers in democracy-- weary of Movietone newsreels’ gory war scenes at movie theaters, dismal commentaries on radio and troubling newspaper accounts--were ready for news of loved ones returning home—a place, someone said, where when you go there, they have to let you in. In the homeland, folk bought war bonds, accepted rationing and end ...
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I want to express my thanks to the volunteers who came to the rescue last week! Nancy was out most of the week with a pinched nerve in her back, and I was out one afternoon getting procedures done on my back. But never fear, library services were carried out with aplomb and expertise by Bob Laury, Mary Scholibo, and Susan Brunken.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
April Fools! NOT. Post-fool, yes. April 1st was yesterday. In case you were fooling around and missed it. Once a fool always a fool. The Fool plays an important part in tarot cards. According to Wikipedia: “He is the spirit in search of experience. He represents the mystical cleverness bereft of reason within us. He has the childlike ability to tune into the inner workings of the world.” Shakespeare loved The Fool. “In jest, there is truth.” [Shakespeare] Interesting it
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
Gerry, I was puzzled when I read "City Corner" in the March 26, 2014 edition of the Mason County News. It struck me as odd that there are a few people who are pushing various special interests in a village as small as Mason. I contacted Mayor Hinckley and discussed my questions with him. I understand that some people would like to power their homes with solar panels and that others would like to see a nursing home in Mason, as well as more tourism.
, Editor
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
The Young Adult Sunday school class at church has been using a study guide recently called "Hurried Families." Normally, I'm the teacher for the Junior High/High School class and would not have been part of that class; but, last Sunday, all my kids were helping with the pile-on luncheon that was going to served after the 10:50 service, so John Palacio invited me to sit in with the group. I think the study looks to be an interesting and thought provoking look at how we have allowed all of our f ...
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April has arrived and it is time to mark Sunday, April 27th, on your calendars for the annual St. Joseph Catholic Church Springfest and BBQ Chicken Dinner. This is the event that brings many barbecue trailers to the church’s Pavilion to cook up their delicious BBQ chicken. The parishioners appreciate the community’s support for this yearly fundraiser and promise to always serve a plate full of delicious food.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
Board members of Gooch Cemetery Association invite all interested parties to the annual meeting which will be held at Mason Bank, 10:00 a.m., on April 3rd. If you have questions or concerns regarding the cemetery, we welcome your input.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
The Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library’s Canasta Club will have game days on Tuesday, April 1 at 1:30 P.M. and Tuesday April 8, at 1:30 P.M.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
Golfers (and non-golfers) are invited to join us on Saturday, April 5th for the Fort Mason Golf Association’s 2014 Annual Fundraiser at the Fort Mason Park Golf Course and Community Building. Schedule of Events: 12:00 Noon: Lunch for golf participants at Comanche Creek Golf Course; 1:30 p.m.: 9-hole scramble (call clubhouse at 347-5798 by noon to enter as individual or team), followed by brief general membership meeting; 5-6 p.m.: Social Hour; 5-7 p.m.: Silent Auction (items include: ...
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There will be a sold out crowd of 250 bicyclists descending upon Castell April 5, 2014. There will be 50K and a 100K race over county roads in Mason and Llano counties beginning and ending at the Castell General Store. The race starts at 9:00 a.m. with the 50K lasting approximately two to two and a half hours; and, the 100K in about four hours.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
The Menardville Historical Group will have as their meeting, as I was informed by Jake Landers, a visit to the Long Mountain Community on Sunday, April 6 at 3:00 p.m. by visiting the old school which was built in 1915 when the Long Mt. School combined with the Leon School and in 1929, the Haystack School was combined with Long Mt.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
With scams on the rise in the Concho Valley, one cannot be too careful. The Area Agency on Aging will host the annual “Don’t Be Fooled” event on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 8:30am – Noon. Participants will learn about identity theft, reporting fraud, direct deposit scams, alerts, and steps to take if you find yourself a victim of this crime.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
The Hilda Community Club will meet on Friday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. instead of its regular third Friday meeting since that is Good Friday. This is our annual Covered Dish Supper meeting. Reuben and Doris Geistweidt are hosts and will provide drinks and dessert. Fran Hoerster will be our guest speaker and will give a presentation about the Mason County Hoo Doo War.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
Former students of Texas A&M University will assemble in Eden on April 21, 2014 for the annual Texas Aggie Muster to honor all Texas Aggies who have passed away within the last year. 3MC Muster activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 100 Burleson in Eden. All former and current students, their families, and friends of Texas A&M University are invited to attend. The Texas Aggie Muster tradition, which spans more than a century, will be observed in more than 300 location ...
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
AUSTIN — Visitors to the State Capitol in Austin during the month of April will have the opportunity to view a variety of photographs representing the size and diversity of Texas agriculture — each taken by 4-H and Future Farmers of America youth. The exhibit, called “Picturing Texas Agriculture,” will open April 9 and remain on display through April 27 in the Capitol ground floor rotunda.
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Earlier this year, the leaders of Mason Elementary collected treats for soldiers. These goodies were packaged and mailed to soldiers all across the United States and overseas by the students. Mason Elementary Leaders collected enough treats to fill 15 boxes! Mason Elementary students are “Sharpening Their Saws” by giving back to our community and beyond.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
The Hill Country Cattle Women organization consists of women in one of the following counties, McCullouch, San Saba, Menard, Mason, Llano, Kimble, Gillespie, Blanco, Edwards, Kerr, Kendall, Real, Bandera, and Northern Bexar. Our primary objective is to promote and support the production of beef and the beef industry. We do this by awarding scholarships to college students who have 60 college hours and have a grade point of at least 2.8.
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During the opening day celebration for Mason Youth Baseball, Mason's first Little League Team had their own float in the parade. Left to right: Kenneth Durst, Corky Mueller, Charles Kramer, Raymond Brandenberger,George Schoenfield, Bob Al Hofmann and Pat Reardon.
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Riata held its monthly meeting in the home of Jodie Kingston with C.J. Reardon serving as co-hostess. KK Brannies, program chairman and former educator, introduced school superintendent Pam Kruse. Mrs. Kruse talked about what is going on with the school buildings now and what is to come in the future.
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Mason 4-Hers Compete in District Consumer Decision Making Contest - Ty Hoksbergen and Colby Brown competed in a contest at the San Angelo Stock Show where they judged classes of items using their consumer education skills. Ty was the 9th place Intermediate contestant, while Colby was a Junior level participant.
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Home Health Services of MKM hosted a lunch for the habitat of humanity on March 14th. They enjoyed a shrimp & vegetable pasta salad, beans, garlic bread and dessert. Sherry Martin thanked the caravaners for all their hard work in our community. We are grateful to Tommy Bierschwale for allowing us the use of the Mason Housing Authority Facility.
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The Mason Ladies Golf Association played in the annual “Nanny Goat Tournament” at Blue Lake Golf Course. From left to right: Sheila Innis, who won 3rd gross in the first flight; Jamye Graves, who won closest to the pin and longest drive; Cynthia Bauer, Patsy Brandenberger, Sherrie Patrick, Kathy Bradley, Rita Ash and Minnie Schmidt.
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Raymond Uherek got this 5’3” rattlesnake (tip to tip) on Monday. He was just outside their yard fence crossing the road when Raymond arrived in his Jeep. No gun along so he pounded the snake's head with rocks. The second snake is a unique specimen caught by Jeff Grote. The snake has no markings; but, still had a lot of rattler attitude!
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On Friday, March 28th, the Mason Study Club hosted the Care-A-Vanners for lunch at the First United Methodist Church. Doug and Carol Holmes made their famous tomato-basil soup and other Club members contributed a variety of sandwiches and desserts. These seventeen Care-A-Vanners will complete the construction of the 2014 Habitat Home.
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Mason's "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" advances with Nueces Canyon to Area on April 12 in San Antonio. We had 3 judges. Each ranked Mason 1,1,1. Other awards: James Perlichek - Best Actor; Cassie Benefield - Best Actress; All Star Cast - Steeley Smith; All star Crew - Spencer Bierschwale .
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Randy and Debra Newman proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Randa, to Tyler New of Brownwood. Randa is the grand daughter of Donald and Carol Dannheim of Mason and Lewie and the late Peggy Newman of Brownwood. Tyler is the son of Walter New of Brownwood and Katrina and Todd Sims of Alvord.
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Dayton and Pamela Armke are happy and blessed to announce the engagement of their daughter, Koda Armke to Hunter Geistweidt, son of Gene and Linda Geistweidt from Mason Texas. Koda is a 2007 graduate of Texas A&M and Hunter is a 2005 graduate of Texas Tech. The wedding will be held in Sonora, on August 9th, 2014.
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Houston, Texas (March 14, 2014) The Board of Directors of the Ms. Wheelchair Texas Foundation seeks the next spokeswoman of the mobility-impaired community through its annual competition the Ms. Wheelchair Texas Gala. Ten contestants from across the state will compete for the honor of serving as Ms. Wheelchair Texas 2014.
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The County Judges’ Caucus held its bi-monthly meeting in Mason on Friday, March 28th. The meeting was attended by close to 20 county judges, mainly from the western hill county area. Also in attendance were former state representative Bob Turner, former chief of staff for state senator Jeff Whitworth, Joe Morris, retired Washington County Judge Dorothy Morgan, representing LCRA, and Rick Thompson, representative of the Texas Association of Counties.
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The old Puncher field house has been torn down, and the slab was poured on Monday down at the stadium. Construction of the new facility will begin soon.
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On March 25, the Mason Junior High Band went to Llano for UIL Concert and Sight Reading contest. The band received a first division rating from each of the three judges in both areas, also known as a Sweepstakes! A first division is the best rating you can receive from a judge.
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The Mason Artisan Gallery is located in a beautifuly rebuilt Sunday house, part of a row of Sunday houses running north from the Mason House, on Live Oak Street, just north of the square. The Artisan Gallery displays the eclectic work of a group of local artists and artisans. Paintings in oil, watercolor, and acrylic display Hill Country talent, along with jewelry, handcrafted wood items, clocks, painted gourds, mixed media sculptures, and felted wool hangings and handbags.
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The annual Art Walk season opens at the Arnold Art Gallery with an exhibition of watercolor and acrylic paintings by Carol H. Fairlie on April 4 with a Friday evening reception from 5-7. The artist will be present to greet visitors and discuss her work. The title of the exhibition is ”Reflections” that includes still life variations of colored light through glass objects as well as memory recollections of visits to grand hotels in Europe.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
Spring is officially here and time is running out to buy your beautiful geraniums from the Steady Steps Ministry. This Friday, May 4th, is the last day to purchase them. Favorite colors are offered, such as blood red, rose, flag red, salmon, orange, lavender, tickled pink, neon purple, watermelon and parfait.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
Applications for emergency farm loans for damages and losses caused by drought November 1, 2013 and continuing are being accepted at the Farm Service Agency (FSA) office located in San Angelo, Randy Dupre said today. Mason County is one of 108 counties in Texas recently designated by the Secretary of Agriculture as eligible for loans to cover part of actual production and/or physical losses resulting from damages caused by drought that occurred from November 1, 2013 and continuing.
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Henry David McCormick, 81, of Amarillo died Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Combination memorial service for David McCormick (died Feb. 14, 2014), 81 years old; and Helen McCormick (died March 1, 2013), 78 years old. Both of them died in Amarillo, Tx where they had lived for two years. Previous to that they had lived in Mason since 1997.
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Martha Caroline Simpson Mayo “Meemaw”, 74, of Abilene went to be with her Lord on Monday, March 24, 2014, after a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. A Funeral Service was held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in North’s Memorial Chapel with J. D. Miller officiating and Beth Reeves assisting.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
John Carlton “Corky” Eckert was born November 14, 1927, in Mason, Texas. He passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, as the result of a fall suffered while playing tennis. His parents, Elgin E. Eckert and Rachel Lemburg Eckert, preceded him in death as well as his brother, John Byron Eckert.
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Sports
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
The Punchers concluded the first half of district play with a record of 3 wins and 2 loses. In the first half the Punchers were victorious over Junction 4-3, Harper 7-4, and Menard 14-3. Defeats came from Eldorado and Ozona. The second half of district starts back up on Friday against Junction.
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100M—3rd Cassie Benefield—13.46 400M—1st Angelica Ramirez—1:03.81 800M—2nd Angelica Ramirez—2:31.72 100M Hurdles—5th Kelly Kothmann—17.77 300M Hurdles—5th Madison Anderson—52.21 4 x 100M Relay—4th Kelly Kothmann, Madison Anderson, Khrista Morquecho, Corinne Perlichek—54.85 4 x 200M Relay—2nd Kelly Kothmann, Kayla Guice, Khrista Morquecho, Cassie Benefield—1:53.64 4 x 400M Relay—2nd—Angelica Ramirez, Khrista Morquecho, Kayla Guice, Madison Anderson—4:23. ...
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The balance of the Mason tennis team was never more evident than this last weekend as they won both A and B divisions of the 31 team Mason Invitational. Fresh off their 12 straight team title, the Punchers and Cowgirls continued excellent play. Many of the players were moved around due to conflicts with track, UIL academics, and baseball, but the players didn’t miss a beat.
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The Mason Puncher Track team competed on March 27 in Cisco placing second in a field with some very solid teams. On March 29 they competed at the San Saba meet and both Varsity and JV won the overall team title. Here are the results from both meets: CISCO: Shot Put: Kyle Zavala 46’11.5” 1st, Hector Medina 46’1” 2nd Discus: Hector Medina 142’9” 3rd, Elliot Bibb 137’ 4th Pole Vault: Leaird McLellan 9’6” 5th Sprint Relay: Jacobo Segura, Go Chanriang, Elijah Timms, Raul Silgu ...
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
7th grade boys Point Totals Junction – 239 Mason – 137 Medina – 102 Harper – 55 Hunt – 50 Center Point – 5 Discus – Lucas Martin – 2nd – 89’6 ¾” Shot Put – Lucas Martin – 3rd – 29’6”; Rudy Martinez – 4th – 29’3 ½” Triple Jump – Tyson Keller – 5th – 29’7 1’4” High Jump – Josh Fluhmann – 1st – 4’6”; Zach Norman – 4th -4’4” Pole Vault – Blake McLaughlin – 1st – 7’6”; Tyson Keller – 6’ 2400m Run – Au ...
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Our boys competed well. 7th grade finished 9th and 8th grade finished 6th out of 18 teams in each division, so there was plenty of competition. This was a good meet for us going into our district meet on March 27th. 8th boys High Jump - Truman Magnus – 4th – 5’2” Triple Jump - Bode McMillan – 5th – 34’5 ½” 2400m Run - Angel Antunez – 5th – 9:11.79 4x100m Relay – Emanuel Martinez, Bode McMillan, Kason Silerio, Americo Alvarez – 3rd – 50.58 4x200m Relay – Cal R ...