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April 9, 2014 Issue
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Time is nearing for the westward trek to the three out of town houses included in the 2014 Mason County Republican Women Tour of Homes. Tickets for this 28th annual Tour are on sale at Market Square, and will also be available at each home on the Tour on Saturday, April 12th from 10 A.M.
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The MHS One Act Play cast and crew would like to invite everyone to a public performance of scenes from “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” by Alfred Uhry. They will perform on Wednesday, April 9th, at 8:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. lease come support the students as they prepare for Area competition on Saturday in San Antonio.
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The Mason Study Club started their Silent Auction last week in the lobby of the Mason Bank. Linnda Graham, shown in the photograph attached, started the bidding on the four auction items. These items include a bluebonnet painting by Sue Kaan, a bold colored quilt by Pam Scott, a Christian Fish in Limestone by Penny Ruthven, and a wheelbarrow full of garden necessities.
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Country Home Health annually donates $50 to the winner of the Mason County Cancer Benefit t-shirt design winner. This year the winner is Justyn Tedder. Pictured are Teresa Walker, Misty Criswell, Justyn Tedder, Connie Witt, Deborah Hofmann and Marissa Carter. Country Home Health’s Annual Good Friday Bake Sale is just around the corner so come out and help thm raise some money for the Mason County Cancer Benefit.
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My niece shared this recipe with me, and we have found it to be really great. The original recipe calls for just pears, and for walnuts instead of pecans. I “Texized” it a bit, by adding apples and substituting pecans! This is one of those baked goods that can bake too fast if you’re not vigilant.
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When Europe adopted the Gregorian Christian calendar in 1582, New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1, which, as you can imagine, caused a lot of computer billing errors. After that, anyone who still celebrated the new year on April 1 was mocked, ridiculed, made fun of, and generally debased to the point they pretty much had to just quit.
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When the moon hits your eye like a bit pizza pie! That’s amore!!! Every time I hear these words sung by Dean Martin, it reminds me of our time spent on the East coast in New Jersey. We lived in the tiny town of Fanwood, New Jersey, the train station was just a block from our house and the bus to New York City stopped on the corner of our street.
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When I was a young mother, I did all the fussing at and yelling at the boys. Perhaps, that wasn’t the way Dr. Spock wanted me to do it, but Dr. Spock wasn’t around to help me out! I was the one who stayed up until the boys were all back home and in bed.
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The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, April 1st, for its regular monthly business meeting. There were 33 members and one visitor in attendance. "Boss Lion" Fritz Landers was responsible for the program and Secretary/Treasurer Gene Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report. The Hamburger Lunch made a profit of just less than $980.
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Please join us on April 13, Palm Sunday, for a fun time on the Mason County Courthouse lawn! Come enjoy a hamburger luncheon benefitting the Child Welfare Board ($6: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and have your kids hunt Easter Eggs and take a picture with the Easter Bunny! While you’re there, let the Certified Passenger Safety Technicians from Texans in Motion (pictured here- led by Leslie Stark, pictured first) check to make sure your child’s safety seat is the correct one and let them teach you how t ...
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Herbs have been used for centuries as both food and medicine. They are great natural remedies that help to nourish, cleanse and balance the human body. Herbs tend to be greatly misunderstood. One of the first ways that people think when they want to restore health is allopathically. Allopathic means that a disease or condition is treated with a substance that causes the opposite effect of the symptoms.
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During the past several weeks there has been an excitement in the community that the efforts to establish a skilled nursing home might be a few steps closer to reality. Several individuals had met over the past few months, and the commitment to work toward that end recently evolved with a proposal to change some of the City Sales Taxes to fund an Economic Development Corporation to lead the efforts.
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Please make a special effort to be in church for Palm Sunday on the 13th. Today’s Lenten Lunch is at St Paul Lutheran Church at 12 noon. Art UMC members will be helping the Food Bank distribute hope, love, prayer and food. Please arrive about 2.45 pm so we can review how we pick the boxes, and pray together.
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Personal experiences racked up across three-quarters of a century—including yips and yaps at lecterns spanning five decades—offer positive proof that many times, utter silence is preferable to spoken words. I was reminded of this age-old truth the other day when my Uncle Mort called. Upon his mention of a new-found interest in ornithology, the call—received in the morning hours of April 1--likely meant my 101-year-old relative was up to his old tricks--“spoofing it up” on April Fools ...
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This weekend’s “goings-on” should entice folks to get out and about, and we sure hope you’ll make the library one of your stops. The Friends of the Library are hosting their Annual Book and Bake Sale to benefit the library, and the Stribling Room will be filled to bursting with books, DVDs, and CD books.
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They’re heeeeeeeerrrrre. Lupinus texensis. In all their glory. Bluebonnets. Here, there, and everywhere. Thanks to the rains we had. And the hard freezes. Moisture is moisture. And they’re comin’ on. As is every leafy, green thing. That’s Spring for ya. And there’s lots to do. Much of it you can find in Texas Co-Op Power. That’s the monthly magazine that Central Texas Electric Co-Op publishes. It’s chock full of informative articles, history, recipes, and photos. An ...
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Monday evening, the sky over Mason County darkened. Lightning flashed, thunder roared, pea size hail rained down, and then the sky cleared once more. Since January 1st, the official rainfall is just over half an inch. That averages out to under 0.20 of rainfall for each of the first few months of the year.
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Mason Elementary is having its annual Pre-K and Headstart Roundup (pre-registration) on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in the Elementary/Junior High Library from 2:30—5:30 pm. If your child will be attending Pre-Kindergarten NEXT school year (August 2014) at Mason Elementary, please come anytime between 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm to the library to register your child. The following are the guidelines for registering your child for Pre-K or Headstart: Your child must be 3 or 4 years old on or before Septe ...
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The Llano Country Opry’s 15th Anniversary Show will be held on Saturday, April 12. Moe Bandy and the Americana Band with special guest Pretty Miss Norma Jean will headline two performances-an afternoon matinee at 2:30 PM and an evening show at 7:30 PM. Admission is $15.00 and tickets are on sale at the Llano National Bank, Llano and Kingsland Chamber of Commerce, Lively Computers, KNEL Radio or by calling (325) 247-5354.
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The Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library is sponsoring a blood drive to be held in the Stribling Room on Monday, April 21, from 2:00-6:00 P.M. This drive is an opportunity for people to give back to the community by giving the gift of life. About 25% of all blood is transfused to save the lives of cancer patients!
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NOTICE OF MEETING American Legion Fort Mason Post #285 237 Post Hill Road, Mason, TX Thursday, April 10th at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Lawrence Spell at 325-429-6224.
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The Hill Country Memorial (HCM) Hospice announces its bereavement support group schedule for April through June. The Living with Loss support group meets weekly on Thursdays from April 17 through June 5. Interested individuals may attend the afternoon meeting at 2 p.m. or the evening meeting at 7 p.m., both in the Cancer Resource Center meeting room on the first floor of the Brune Building at 808 Reuben St.
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River of Life Church would like you to join us for our Easter services, beginning with a Good Friday Remembrance Service at 6 p.m. on April 18th. On Easter Sunday, we will have two worship services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. There will be a River Kids Happy Resurrection Day Celebration for Pre-K through 6th grade during both services.
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Every year, countless children are abused and neglected by the ones they love and trust. It’s time for each of us to speak up for these children so that they may live safe, happy lives. Last year, 156 Texas children died from abuse and neglect. That means an innocent life was taken every 60 hours.
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Stop and reflect on the multitude of ways you use water every day – drinking, cooking, washing, providing water for pets and livestock, watering the lawn, garden or crops. The list goes on and on. Even in the drought conditions we’re experiencing in this area, we are still blessed that the water we use for daily living is clean and available when we turn on the nearest faucet.
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The Mason Garden Club has several events coming up this month. The club will be taking a trip to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the Natural Gardener Nursery in Austin on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. We will be carpooling and need to meet at 7:45 a.m. in the Mason County M.
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Mason’s Scarlet Punchers, those adventurous ladies clad in crimson chapeaux and purple duds, are “going cross-country” for their monthly luncheon. Jan Appleby, a member for many years, has volunteered her home in Hilda for a pot lunch luncheon on Monday, April 14th. Members will meet in the Methodist Church parking lot at 11:00 for a car-pooling caravan to Jan’s house.
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The Mason Community Foundation (MCF) recently granted funds to several local organizations. Pictured are two of these groups. The Mason Community Garden was recently started to supplement the Food Bank, by providing fresh produce to local residents. They received money for a shed to house implements. Pictured, left to right: Whitney Bownds, Brent Hinckley, Carolyn Phillips, Charles Pluenneke, Linda Laury and Bob Laury.
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In January, 1999, with the encouragement and advice of the late Dr. Jackie Hunt, St. Paul Lutheran Wellness Exercise Class was organized. This is the project of the St. Paul Lutheran Parish Nurse. At middle age, there is the beginning of Sarcopenia (muscle loss) and Osteoporosis (bone loss). Each condition may be slowed by exercise and better nutrition. To improve the safety and activity level of our members is the goal of the class. Wellness Exercise Class is held on Monday, Wednesday, and ...
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Mason County Judge Jerry Bearden signed a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month along with members of Bluebonnet CASA and the Mason County Child Welfare Board. Seated left to right are Morgan Martin, Judge Bearden, and Ann Mahnken, Back Row, Lisa Heath, Cheryl Nail, Lisa Goehmann, Karen Olsen and Roxanne Benefield.
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Last Friday, there was a balloon release up at the Mason Elementary School. The groups participating were: Bluebonnet CASA, Mason County Child Welfare Board and the Hill Country Children Advocate Center. Balloons were released at 10:00 a.m. They released 43 blue balloons for the children they have in care at Bluebonnet CASA and 156 white balloons for the number of child fatalities due to child abuse or neglect in the state of Texas this year.
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South Plains College of Levelland, Texas has invited Lydia Bierschwale to receive a full scholarship to be on their rodeo team. Here is Lydia as she signed her Letter of Intent. Lydia has been a State Finals qualifier for 7 years of Junior High and High School rodeo combined. She has also been a National Qualifier one year of Junior High Rodeo.
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The public is invited to join new Habitat partner family Stephanie Sparks and her three children in the dedication of the twelfth home built by Mason County Habitat for Humanity. The dedication will begin at 2PM at the new home located at 1315 Morrow St. Construction of the home began on February 4th with the arrival of the first group of Care-A-Vanners and finishing touches are now being completed. This year’s home is a first for Habitat in that it is totally solar powered.
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The Mason County Cancer Benefit is just around the corner on Saturday April 26th from 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., ending with a memory bag ceremony. These memory bags can be purchased for $5 at Grosse and Sons, the Script Shoppe, or by any of the Cancer benefit teams fundraisers.
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The Mason ISD Education Foundation will host a donkey basketball tournament as a fundraiser on Saturday, April 26th.  The event will be held at the Mason High School Gym. It’s basketball played on real live donkeys with all local riders. Each donkey has a special talent - run, buck, or lay down! The donkey basketball tournament begins at 6:00 PM.  Tickets for adults are $6 pre-purchase or $8 at the gate, and kids 5 and under are free.  Come cheer for your favorite team! Concessions will ...
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Applications for emergency farm loans for damages and losses caused by drought February 4, 2014 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 43 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 February 4, 2014 and continuing.
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AUSTIN – Fifty Rio Grande wild turkeys sporting shiny and colored leg bracelets are roaming the woods this spring in Llano and Mason counties. Some have designer backpacks and state-of-the-art electronics. They are not trying to be fashion statements; they are participants in a high-tech information exchange. Earlier this year, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists working closely with local landowners trapped, tagged and outfitted these birds with GPS tracking devices for Rio Grand ...
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Fredericksburg, TX - April 6, 2014 - Auditions to complete the cast of The Fantasticks will be held on Wednesday, April 23rd at 7pm at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater located at 1668 Hwy 87 South in Fredericksburg. The Fantasticks, a small-cast musical is an allegory tale told in a light, simple, poetic, theatrical style.
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Julie Alford is the Artist of the Month at the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. She is a self-taught artist who works primarily in acrylics. Julie stated, “I have a myriad of interests which manage to find their way into my paintings. Also, my husband Ed (who happens to be my greatest cheerleader) has a love for Western art.
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Charles Ray Gober, 79, of Tye, TX, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014 in an Oklahoma City hospital. He was born on April 22, 1935, in Comanche County, TX to parents James Fishel Gober and Minnie Odessal Jackson Gober. Charles Ray moved to the Abilene area in 1955 and worked 44 years in the Maintenance Department of the Abilene Independent School District.
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Roberta McMillan, of Mason, passed away peacefully at her home in Mason on Sunday, April 6. She was 91. Roberta was born on March 22, 1923, in Childress, Texas, to John Simpson Owen and Marie Feige Owen. She was a 1940 graduate of Mason High School and attended Texas Tech for two years. In 1934, Roberta joined the Methodist Church in Turkey, Texas.
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Charles Ezra Cook of Refugio, Texas passed on to be with the Lord on March 28, 2014 at the age of 69. He was born January 24, 1945 in the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego, California to Cliffa Gene Lange Cook and Ezra Glen Cook. Charlie married Zehra Lale Kuzu on July 12, 1972 in Istanbul, Turkey.
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 9, 2014
Varsity Boys and JV Boys Win District Track Meet The boys track team performed very well and won the overall meet. The top 4 in the Varsity will be advancing to the Area Meet on April 10th in Harper. There was a big crowd of purple in the stands supporting our Punchers and Cowgirls and we appreciate that very much.
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Varsity Girls Track Results @ District 27A Meet in Junction Triple Jump—3rd Kelly Kothmann—32’ 8.75”, 6th Corinne Perlichek— 30’ 9”. Shot Put—5th Kristen Gipson—30’ 4.5”. High Jump—5th Madison Anderson—4’6”. 4 x 100M Relay—2nd Kelly Kothmann, Madison Anderson, Khrista Morquecho, Cassie Benefield—52.74 800M—1st Angelica Ramirez—2:31.68. 100M Hurdles—5th Kelly Kothmann—18.87. 100M—4th Cassie Benefield—14.49. 4 x 200M Relay—4th Kelly Koth ...
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Wednesday the 2nd, both Cowgirls and Punchers took First Place honors at the District 29A golf tournament in Comfort. Both second team Cowgirls and Punchers placed fourth. Leading the Cowgirls was Jackie Drazan. Jackie shot her best round of the year coming in with a score of 98. Jackie also captured the first place medalist honors for the cowgirls.
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On Friday April 4th, the Cowgirls took on Center Point. The Cowgirls played extremely well but came up short for the win. The Cowgirls came out strong in the 1st inning and played with intensity the entire game. The girls held their own against the number 2 team in our District.
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Varsity and JV Cowgirls played Harper on Tuesday the 25th. Both teams came up short but played a good game. The Cowgirls just couldn’t get their bats going against Harper which hurt us. Each team played a good defensive game, just made a couple of errors. We have worked all week on fixing those simple errors and the girls are improving every day.