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April 23, 2014 Issue
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 23, 2014 • Photos
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. 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.
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The Mason County Cancer Benefit's annual fundraising event will be held on Saturday, April 26th at Heritage Park from 11:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Memory bags in honor of those battling cancer, cancer survivors or those who have lost their battle are currently available by contacting Chuck Bearden at 325.805.1303 or Jayme Silerio at 325.347.4891. Memory bags will be available at the event and MHS's National Honor Society students will be on hand to help decorate them. Cost for each bag is $5.0 ...
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The day is finally here and we are cooking up a good time for all. Please join us Saturday, April 26th, at Ft. Mason Community Building for a delicious meal (donation only) catered by Willow Creek, followed by the traditional cake auction and silent auction, which always proves to be fun and exciting!  You may view and bid on the silent auction items starting at 5:00 p.m., and the meal will begin at 6:00 p.m.
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Grace Christian School hosted the Hill Country Meet on April 9th. One hundred eighty-seven students from surrounding area participated in art, public speaking, academic bowl, track, basketball shoot-off, obstacle course, and writing events. Covenant Academy of Kerrville took home the trophy for most team points followed by Llano Christian academy in second place.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 23, 2014
Plan to attend the Mason HS Regional preparation performance of “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” on Wednesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. at the MHS auditorium. If no audience, what is the point?
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 23, 2014
Ole' Yellow Animal Rescue is sponsoring a rabies clinic on Saturday, May 3rd from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Fort Mason Park Community Building. All animals must be on a leash or in a carrier. Forms to pre-register your animal are available at the City of Mason office., in front of Script Shoppe Pharmacy, or at Mane Attraction.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014
My favorite Christmas movie is ‘A Christmas Story,’ in which little Ralphie wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. It’s a great movie and, of course, a classic piece of Americana. I try to watch it at least once a year. The first time I saw it, though, I was hardly prepared for the horror scene toward the end.
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The Fredericksburg Music Club is pleased to present LoAn Lin in concert on the piano on April 27, 2014. The concert will be held at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 1800 N. Llano St., at 3:00. Seating will open at 2:30. While there is no charge for this concert, donations will be accepted.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014
Since London is a suburb of Erna, I will try to squeeze in a little about London, as it has outlived Erna as a metropolis and is still flourishing with a little activity, especially on Saturday night, as this has always been the trademark of London. When I lived in Houston, one would ask where I was from and I would say London and the reply was “Oh yes, London Hal” a common denominator.
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The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, April 15th, for its regular weekly meeting. There were 32 members and one visitor in attendance. Lion Pat Reardon was responsible for the program and introduced Pam Kruse, Superintendent of Mason I.S.D., who spoke about happenings in the Mason schools. Pam said that Mason Elementary School was one of 25 elementary schools in Texas to be nominated for a National blue Ribbon School.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014
It really hacks me off to hear someone refer to their birthday as, “JUST ANOTHER DAY!” It isn’t just another day, it’s your birthday for Pete’s sake! It was the day that your mother went through the valley of the shadow of death, delivering you into this world. So, celebrate it!
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014
In my last column and at last week’s City Commission meeting there was considerable discussion about the need and possibility of bringing a skilled Nursing Home to Mason. This is an issue that raises a good deal of interest and hope in our local community and I hope that in the future there is a possibility of bringing this “vision” into a reality.
, CEA-FCS
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014
Do you feel like you need to know more about how to take care of your type 2 diabetes? If you were recently diagnosed or you have had diabetes a long time, you can benefit from learning the latest things about taking care of yourself so you can reduce your risks for complications, such as reduced vision or nerve pain.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014
Glycemic Index or GI is a measure of the effect of the carbohydrates in foods on blood-glucose levels. Carbohydrates that break down quickly in the process of digestion have high GI values, while carbohydrates that break down slowly have low GI values. The concept of glycemic index is so important as it is helpful to the many people that struggle with diabetes and metabolic syndrome, also known as pre-diabetes.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014
If you’ve been in the library during the past few days, don’t you think it looks pretty? The colorful and cute Easter bunnies, candy, and bulletin board reflect the season, and Nancy must be a decorator at heart because she does the shopping for the decorations, and, sometimes, like this month, even has to put them up by herself.
, (bits_of_art@hughes.net)
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014
Last week, the Food Bank deliveries started off rather slow. Only 9 families were served by 4 p.m. But I want to thank our regular Art helpers that worked. And especially James, who showed up after school, learned the system and did a great job. We also had a group from 1st UMC that provided some special gifts.
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The lesson, hammered by countless journalism teachers for century(s), was intended to be cattle-branded into minds of aspiring writers who would go forth to inform readers about what’s going on in the world. And it was emphasized that “getting it right” was preferable to “getting it first.” In recent years, of course, so many new ways to “get it first” hog the spotlight, with accuracy often languishing somewhere in the shadows. When our teacher’s voice ramped up to bold face e ...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 23, 2014
Upang humingi ng tulong sa Tagalog, Paki tawagan ang numero na nakasulat sa inyong kard. And hold the mayo. No, not really. It’s instructions about health insurance. In Tagalog. Sounds like a game. Or what a kid does to his older brother. Tagalog. But it’s not. It’s an Austronesian language. Spoken in the Philippines. By Tagalogs, an ethnic group native to Manila. So says Trusty Webster. So what?
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014
Regarding Budget Cuts, a letter to the editor from the April 16, 2014, issue: The letter regarding the budget passed by the US House of Representatives is disturbing. The disturbance arises not from the points made, but the tone used by the writer in making the points. The letter is filled with vitriolic comments from start to finish, directed at the House GOP, and Paul Ryan in particular.
, Editor
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014
Monday evening, for the first time since December, we finally got a respectable measurement of rainfall. Of course, in rather typical springtime fashion, the rainfall was interspersed with hail and high winds. Texas and the midwest are notorious for rough weather during the transition into spring and summer. The warm Gulf moisture streams up to the north and northeast, then collides with cool, dry air moving down from Canada.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014
Plans have been made by the Community of Mason Health Care Servers for the MASON COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR on Wed., April 30, 2014, from 11am to 2pm, at Fellowship Hall of St Paul Lutheran Church. At this time, vendors from San Angelo, Brady, Kerrville, Llano, Fredericksburg, and Mason are planning to be there to do FREE screening, answer questions, and give information “If you are feeling overwhelmed, depressed or unable to do the things you once enjoyed, it may be time to take a moment to asse ...
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The Odeon Preservation Association is looking forward to hosting two 2014 Austin Music Award winners when the Warren Hood Band performs at the Odeon Theater in Mason Saturday May 10 at 7:00 PM. Yes, two for the price of one. Warren Hood won this year’s award for Best Strings player.
, NHS Secretary
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014
On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, the Mason High School Chapter of the National Honor Society will induct five new members at 5:30 p.m. in the Mason High School Gymnasium. The public is invited to attend. The celebration is highlighting the induction of these five students into the 2014-2015 National Honor Society of Mason, Texas: Luis Castillo, Paris Jones, Leah Pearman, James Perlichek, and Katie Smith.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014
The fourth annual Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival will take flight on April 25, 26, and 27 at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park in Fredericksburg, Texas as nature lovers converge to enjoy the great diversity of wildlife found in the Texas Hill Country. In addition to the featured Hill Country’s natural fliers, birds, bats, butterflies, moths and dragonflies, this year’s festival will also include programs on snakes and spiders.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 23, 2014
On Tuesday, April 29, at 6:30 P.M., the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library will host speaker Dr. Kevin Manning at the Odeon Theater. Dr. Manning will present his program, Curiosity: The Mission to Mars and the Deep-Space Search for Another Earth. After the indoor program, weather permitting, he will set up his telescope outside for viewing the moon and various stars and planets.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 23, 2014
It is finally turning Spring, and that means it is time for the Kimble County Gun & Knife Show and Flea Market. This year show will be held on April 26th and 27th, in the Coke Stevenson Center Hwy-83-377 one mile north of Junction, Texas. Doors will open at 9:00 to 6:00 Saturday and 9:00 to 3:00 on Sunday.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014 • Photos
The MacMillan/Cavness family reunion brought together many extended relatives recently, including: Back row: Hebert Cavness, James Bolinger, Gerry & Don Daniel, Linda Bolinger, Dwayne & Martha Leifeste, Nona Evans, Front row: Jim Dott, Melanie & Brandin Bolinger (James' wife & son).
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014
Hill Country Memorial Hospital Foundation is focusing its spring appeal on the goal of raising funds to purchase a digital breast tomosynthesis machine. This new machine uses 3D technology to create a clearer, more precise image of the breast. The 3D tomosynthesis mammogram machine operates like a CT scanner. It captures image “slices” of the breast from different angles and reconstructs them to produce an enhanced, highly accurate picture.
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Congressman K. Michael Conaway stopped by the News office last week. While there he posed with the staff for a quick photo: left to right: Tommy Kent, T.J. Schmidt, Congressman Conaway and Donna Nelson.
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The Mason Community Choir performed an Easter Cantata on Palm Sunday, April 13, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Photo courtesy of James Esquell.
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Slone Stultz had the Champion Light Heavy Weight Division goat at this year's 2014 Houston Livestock Show.
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Mason High School Project Graduation 2014 would sincerely like to thank Pedernales Electric of Johnson City and Alpha Beta Psi for their generous donations to our organization. This money will be used towards our beloved Seniors special night where they will have a time to have fun with their classmates and be given prizes that they will need for their next chapters of life.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 23, 2014 • Photos
AUSTIN, Texas—The Independent Bankers Association of Texas is proud to announce that Thom Canfield, president and chief executive officer of Mason Bank in Mason, Texas, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of IBAT Services, Inc. As a member of the IBAT Services Board of Directors, Canfield joins a select group of Texas community bankers charged with recommending products and services for endorsement by IBAT.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 23, 2014 • Photos
Mason Bank donated a new volleyball net for the Comanche Creek Park recently, and representatives of the bank met with City staff to take a look at the new installation. From left to right: Jacob Hernandez, Pete Munoz, Irene Martinez, John Palacio, Connie Stockbridge, Joe Martinez, Belinda Gainer. The bank had donated the first net for the court six years ago, and once again selected a durable net that should again last for a number of years.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014 • Photos
The Mason Community Foundation (MCF) recently presented two more grants. John Palacio, representing the City of Mason, received a check from Board members, Brent Hinckley, Charles Pluennecke, Pat Reardon, Gladys Kaderka, Denise Brandenberger, Mary Freytag, Rosemary Kruckemeyer, Carolyn Phillips, and D’Ann Stahl at the Eckert Civic Center, just prior to their board meeting.
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Mason, TX April 16th, 2014— Mason County SWCD #223 wants to remind you that each of us has a connection to natural resources. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is celebrating the 59th year of Stewardship week April 27 – May 4, 2014. The 2014 Stewardship Week is themed, “DIG DEEPER: Mysteries in the soil”.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014
I am sure that all of you have always known that events happen in threes. Bill and Nita now have proof, as their daughter, Keeta, recently called to tell that our grandson, Aiden, had been accepted into the Westchester Academy, a charter school, beginning his sixth grade. She also states that she has recently received a new role and promotion with her employer, Ryerson Steel, of Houston in sales and quotations in the Fabrication Division.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- April 22, 2014 – The 20th Anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America will soon embark on its first ever coast-to-coast tour, stopping at the Willow Creek Café in Mason, Texas, on Tuesday, May 6, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Led by former NASCAR driver and racing analyst Kyle Petty, more than 200 Charity Ride participants, including several celebrity riders, will travel 2,800 miles to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction – a camp created by the Petty family ...
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On Tuesday, April 15th, seven members of the Mason Garden Club, took a day trip to Austin to tour the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and learn more about the native plants of Texas. After a stop at their Gift Shop, the group traveled on down the road to eat lunch on the lovely patio at Jack Allen’s Kitchen.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014
Llano County will have a Private Applicator License training on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, beginning with registration at 8:00 a.m. and the training starting at 8:15 a.m. The training will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension - Llano County Office meeting room, 1447 East State Hwy. 71-Unit E, in Llano.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014 • Photos
This is the last week for the Mason Study Club Silent Auction! The items included in this silent auction can be viewed at The Commercial Bank. Walk in the Bank and turn left. They are located against the window facing the Courthouse by the vault. There are three original pieces of art offered in this silent auction.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Updated April 24, 2014 4:13 PM • Photos
Alli is an adorable 6-8 month old female Lab/Pit Bull Mix. She is a happy go lucky girl who loves people and loves to play with other dogs! Alli doesn’t look like she is going to be a very big dog. She has beautiful brindle patches all over her body which gives her a really unique look.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 23, 2014 • Photos
The Mason Elementary Leaders at Work raised $654 in their recent “Coins for a Cure” drive. They proudly presented it to Connie Witt as a donation to the Mason County Cancer Benefit that is coming up this weekend. The students were excited that they were able to create this “win - win” for themselves and the community!
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Felix Alvin Haler Jr., of Midland, Texas, died April 2, 2014, at his residence. He was born July 23, 1923, in Wichita Falls, Texas, to parents Felix Alvin Sr. and Blanch Della (Ledbetter) Haler, they preceded him in death. Felix was a retired Railroad Yard Master for the Frisco Railroad for 30 years.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014
Mason advanced 10 players to the state tennis tournament. All the boys and girls doubles teams, as well as the mixed doubles team made it out of the main draw without dropping a set. Along with the doubles teams, Mason advanced two singles players to the quarter-finals, but each lost out to medalist in hard fought battles.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014
On Friday April 11, the Cowgirls took on Medina. The Cowgirls fell to Medina 17-2 but played a good game. The Cowgirls just couldn’t get their bats going in the game. Defensively the Cowgirls played well, just made some mistakes that we couldn’t overcome. Medina’s offense hit a lot of gaps, which made our defense work extra hard.