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May 14, 2014 Issue
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COLLEGE STATION—This May, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service joins other Cooperative Extension services around the United States in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the signing of the federal Smith-Lever Act on May 8, 1914. This act provides for cooperative agricultural extension work at the nation’s land-grant colleges – and county governments are vital partners in that work.
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Peter's Prairie School opened with in 1921in a masonry block building located approximately eleven miles north of Mason on U.S. Highway 87. The school was built by the local community members using money raised by increasing their own ad valorem tax rate. The school became the center of the community and has remained such through present time.
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During the regular Monday meeting of the Mason County Commissioners' Court, the group voted to hire Cody Bridges as the new County Agent. He was joined at the meeting by his wife, Lauren, and their young son, Tyce. Cody grew up in Menard and Robert Lee, and will continue as the Schleicher County Agent until the end of May.
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This bronze, donated by Gene and Patsy Zesch, will be auctioned at the Habitat for Humanity Benefit on May 17. It still has the original sticker on the bottom of the base showing that it came from Nedra Matteucci Galleries in Santa Fe, known around the world for its collection of historic and contemporary western art.
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Every time someone asks me to speak at a meeting or banquet I’m kind of surprised. I find it odd that people sometimes want to hear anything I have to say, especially at a dinner function, where they’ve just had a meal. But I always say yes, if I can, because you never know when they might offer money, or something. So when I received an email from the folks putting together the annual Outdoor Writers Association of America conference this year, asking me to give a speech to a bunch of wri ...
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Growing up in a large family of 6, with two full time working parents, we all shared many household duties. We children had many chores required of us during the week. A load of wash was done early every morning and one of us was pinning it to a line in the back yard before 7:30 AM.
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It has been said that, “Mans science and technology will destroy him.” I don’t know about this, but a television man can sure cause me to have the hee-bee-gee-bee’s! Life was so much better with only one TV channel. Okay, there was snow. There were the lines. And there was the black and white only.
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Happy birthday to Steve Toone on May 16th and to Dick Pierson on May 17th. Also, both Kelly Kothmann and Caleb Hamilton will celebrate birthdays next Wed., May 21st. Hope you all have a great special day! The San Angelo District caucus preparation for the Annual Conference is this Saturday, May 17th at 1.30 pm in San Angelo.
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Enzymes are catalysts that run hundreds of thousands of biochemical reactions in our bodies. Also known as “sparks of life”, they are essential for digesting food, stimulating the brain, providing cellular energy and repairing all tissue. There are two major types of enzymes, digestive enzymes that help us utilize the nutrition in our food, and metabolic enzymes that are responsible for the chemical reactions within our cells such as energy production and detoxification. Research has foun ...
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THANK YOU, FRIENDS! Nancy and I want to give a huge “thank you” to the Friends of the Library for their very generous donation on May 8 and for their year-round work and support for the Library. They are a tremendous group of people who care about their community and who volunteer many hours to make good things happen.
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It was a source of amusement—for folks outside my family, anyway—when my 27 fellow seniors “honored me” during our final year at Early High School in 1956. I was elected--unanimously, I might add--“most likely to remain left-handed.” I felt a slight sting, my folks frowned and my brother Fred feigned sympathy, laughing about it when out of our hearing. Never nimble or quick, I gave no thought to jumps over candlesticks.
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Spring. Fever. Insidious. Molecular. Cavorts with us. Then casts us off. Adrift. Ambivalent. Drowsy. Ennui. We become the Seven Dwarfs of Spring. Sneezy. Sleepy. Happy. Too much sneezy makes one Grumpy. Or Dopey. Ask Doc. Or maybe we’re too Bashful. Spring does that. All’s a-flutter. And a-twitter. Spring spurges. And splurges. Rendering us useless. It supplants. And supplicates. Spring roils. Burgeoning. Gurgling. Glibly baiting us. We don’t hear. Or see. ...
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This Sunday at First United Methodist Church, we're having our annual Senior Recognition Sunday. This is the day when we honor the graduates in our congregation and wish them well on their future endeavors after they leave Mason. It's always a fun service, filled with poignant recollections and humorous anecdotes about those graduates and their journey at FUMC. The Senior Recognition Sunday for 2014 has a very special and very addition to the normal celebrations.
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Mason County Division of Emergency Management will conduct a test of the siren warning system on the first Thursday of each month weather conditions permitting. The past few months, no siren tests have been conducted because of cloudy skies on the morning of the scheduled test. No test will be done when clouds are present to keep public alarm at a minimum.
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We of the Long Mountain community will gather at the cemetery on Monday, May 26 at 7 PM to honor those who have gone before who were in the service of their country. I will present a program, along with my grandson, Aiden, on the U. S. flag history and the Arlington National Cemetery.
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Our regular monthly meeting will be held on May the19th at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion building on Post Hill St., located behind the jail. Topics for this meeting will Memorial Day celebration, district officer election results, and Post bar-b-q for June. All questions about the Mason VFW can be directed to Lawrence Spell, Post Commander at 325-429-6224.
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Hilda Community Club Meets May 16 Dr. John Davis – speaker – “Fact & Fiction: Real and WILD Stories on the Texas Rangers” The Hilda Community Club will meet Friday, May 16th @ 6:30 p.m. at the Hilda Community Clubhouse on RR 783 (4 miles south of Hwy 87). Hosts are Pat & Marnee Loftin who are serving a meal and suggest that members bring a salad or dessert.
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All incoming 7th, 9th, and 11th grade boys and girls will need physicals before they are allowed to participate in athletics for the 2014-15 school year. Dr. Cohn, orthopedic surgeon in Fredericksburg, will be here to administer physicals on May 20th at 4 p.m. in the high school gym. Dr.
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This year’s Llano County Beef & Range Field Day is set for Tuesday, June 3rd , 2014. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Llano County Community Center at 2249 Ranch Road 152, about 1.7 miles west of Llano. The program will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and there is no charge to the participant.
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The regular meeting of the Mason Garden Club will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the home of Rosemary Davis. The program will be “Making Bread.” Rosemary will be demonstrating several of her homemade bread recipes. For more information, call Joan Lindley at 347-6061.
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The Republican Women of Mason County will hold their bi-monthly meeting at noon on Wednesday May 21st in the Stribling Room of the Mason County Library. This year’s scholarship winners, Caroline Hudson and Elijah Dickinson and their families will be honored. Meet and greet starts at 11:30 with the luncheon at noon.
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The Mason County Friends of the Library (FOL) presented Librarian Patti Grote with a very generous donation on May 8. The FOL has already had a very successful year. Its 118 members, 21 of whom are life members, have actively worked to raise funds and serve as community advocates of the Library.
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Diane Evans has been chosen as the Artist of the Month at the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library for May. She grew up in Kirkwood, Missouri, and moved many times. Diane has lived all over the Hill Country since coming to Texas, and she settled in Mason in 2003.
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We all know someone with a “green thumb”? Have you wondered where that term came from? According to James Underwood Crockett, it comes from the fact that algae growing on the outside of earthenware pots will stain a person’s thumb (and fingers) if he or she handles enough pots. Hence, a person who is always working with flower pots has a green thumb.
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Mrs. Carmen Griffith drives from Voca each Monday to teach Beginning Spanish as a volunteer for the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. Carmen Ana Rojas-Garcia Griffith was born in Huanuco, Peru, and lived much of her life in the capital city of Lima. She graduated from St. Martin de Porres University and went on to obtain her law degree.
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The Wesley Nurse at First United Methodist Church and the County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences invites you to take part in the free program, Do Well Be Well with Diabetes for people with type 2 diabetes. The program will be held on 4 consecutive Wednesday afternoons in May, (May 7, 14, 21, & 28) from 1:30 to 3:30 in the Social Hall at First United Methodist Church.
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KERRVILLE— The Cailloux Foundation (the Foundation) in Kerrville, Texas, is celebrating its twentieth anniversary by awarding 20 college scholarships to area students this month. The Foundation was established by Floyd and Kathleen Cailloux in 1994 to perpetuate their philanthropic vision. Floyd Cailloux was one of the original founders of Keystone International and was instrumental in the company becoming an industry leader in the manufacturing and marketing of flow control products for gene ...
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Winning a national championship at any sport or event is impressive, but for Bradyite Jenn Moran, once just wasn't enough. For the second year in a row, she won the top spot in her weight classification at the Collegiate USA Powerlifting Nationals. With 320 lifters representing 36 universities from across the nation competing in the meet, Moran, a third-year student who is classified as a senior at Texas A&M University in College Station, won the meet with a combined three-lift total of 1,157 ...
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Mr. and Mrs. Scott Eaton and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Martin announce the marriage of their children Morgan Michelle Eaton and Thain Adam Martin on March 29, 2014, at Hilda United Methodist Church in Mason County, Texas. Rev. Wade Powell presided over the celebration of Christian marriage. Morgan is program director for Bluebonnet CASA in Mason.
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On May 7th, students from Ms. Ericha Lange’s class attended a field trip to Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio. The weather was perfect and everyone had a great time, including our wonderful student aide, Kyndal Jarl.
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Operation Orphans, Inc. hosted 40 girls from 3 residential children’s homes May 2nd and 3rd. The girls came to Mason county to enjoy a day fishing. Homes participating were Big Springs Children’s Home, Leakey; Presbyterian Children’s Home, Itasca; and Texas Boy’s Ranch, Lubbock. The girls enjoyed fishing at Runge Ranch, Zesch James River, Scott Zesch, Ewing Ranch, Dail Ranch, and Northcutt Ranch.
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The Mason Study Club held its annual end of the year picnic on Tuesday, May 6, at the home of Judy and Paul Branch. The Social Committee did a wonderful job coordinating all of the delicious food and setting the scene on this very breezy evening! The hostesses were Kay Hudler, chairperson, Pam Scott, Nanci Gibbons, Linda Kesler, Maudie Bergmann, Nan Larrimore and Carol Sattler.
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Riata held its annual luncheon in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church. Tables were beautifully decorated with different patterns of china, silver, glassware and fresh flower arrangements to compliment the table settings. Lunch was cooked and served by Riata members. A style show was presented with models showing clothes from our local shops, The Thing is Boutique, with Lisa Polk and Dayna Haines models, Southern Britches, Bretta Kirby model, Lilacs N Calico, Joyce Mutschink, Jennif ...
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Mason’s Scarlet Punchers, as always on the cutting edge of blue-haired ladies everywhere (or is that an oxymoron?) remember Lady Bird Johnson’s motto, “Beautify America.” Although we feel wearing purple outfits and red hats already qualifies us as “beautifying America,” this month the Scarlet Punchers take beautifying even further, with our annual “Tacky Jewelry Exchange.” Monday, May 19th, at 11:30 AM, the Scarlet Punchers will have a pot luck salad lunch at the always-beautif ...
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DALLAS, TEXAS – May 2, 2014 – The Board of Directors of the State Fair of Texas awarded $5,000 college scholarships to 66 high school seniors throughout the state of Texas, who have participated in the State Fair of Texas Youth Livestock competitive events and who are enrolling in an agricultural-related or agricultural-benefiting natural science curriculum at a Texas state college or university.
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The Wesley Nurse at First United Methodist Church invites you to take part in a grief and loss support group open to all citizens in the Mason area. The focus of the support group is to offer a time of listening and caring while participants work through the loss of someone, or something dear to them.
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Twenty members of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country have on display over a 100 pieces of their art work at the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center. The Center is located at 228 Earl Garrett Street in the heart of downtown Kerrville. The show opened May 1st and will close this Sunday, May 18th.
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With the fading flowers, the ripening seed pods and 17 submissions, the very first Mason County White Bluebonnet Hunt has successfully concluded. What started out as a seed of an idea blossomed into a fun little contest enjoyed by locals and visitors, becoming an unexpected big hit! Those entering the contest were asked to submit an image along with date, time and location found and to also submit a short statement about something they love about Mason County.
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Jesse Thomas Hurst Jr., age 73 of Lampasas, TX died Sunday May 4, 2014 at Rollins-Brook Community Hospital. He was born November 11, 1940, in San Diego, CA, the son of Jesse Thomas Hurst Sr. and Eria Maud (Massy) Hurst. Jesse served in the U.S. Navy as well as the Navy Reserve for 30 years before retiring.
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The Jr Punchers and Cowgirls are swinging right along this spring. The Jr. High team is made up of 7th; John Benefield, Tyson Keller, Blake McLaughlin and Rudy Martinez. The 8th grade team; Julie Mae Drazan, Jenna Johnson, Leonel Blas, Jake Comey, Cason Dudney, Xzavier Herrera, Jorge Lopez, Emanuel Martinez, Bode McMillan, Stran Stulz and Fernando Torres.