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May 21, 2014 Issue
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014
In remembrance of America’s fallen heroes, The American Legion Fort Mason Post #285 invites veterans, families and friends, and the public to attend its Memorial Day Salute, at 11:00 am, on Monday, May 26th, at the Mason County Veterans Memorial on the Courthouse Lawn. The practice of decorating veterans’ graves began shortly after the Civil War and Decoration Day was officially proclaimed by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic on May 5, 1868.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014
James Kelly Schmidt - 184 Chad M. Lemke - 99 Kathryn E. Vinson - 80
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014 • Photos
Martha Kothmann, better known as “Chef Nonnie,” did a magnificent breakfast on May 16 as part of the Makerspaces programming at the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. Participants all pitched in under Nonnie’s guidance to bake three kinds of scones, sour cream muffins, and biscuits as well as a Mexican fruit salad, a French toast casserole, brunch food with Gruyere cheese, and Monterrey huevos rancheros.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014 • Photos
Jackie Drazan (2nd from left) placed 1st in computer applications and Erin Haley (2nd from right) placed 3rd in poetry reading at the regional contest. Both students will compete at the UIL State Meet on Tuesday and Wednesday. Alternates to state are Kyndal Jarl (far right) in feature writing and Cassie Benefield (far left) in prose.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014 • Photos
The Mason County Chamber of Commerce held an official ribbon cutting to welcome the reopening of Benjie's Book & Gift Store under the ownership of Beatrice Ramon. Benjie’s Book & Gift Store is open Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They carry books, greeting cards, jewelry and they have gifts for any occasion.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014
During the May 12 regular session of the Mason County Commissioners' Court, the decision was made to purchase a tractor and reclaimer for the Road & Bridge Department. The Court has been discussing the possible purchase of the equipment since early April. At the end of April, a demonstration was performed on Shep Creek Road using the reclaimer so that the members of the Court, and Road Department Supervisor Squeaky Farmer, could watch the process and make a more informed decision. The process ...
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 25, 2014
Our first news item for today, which is making huge waves and causing angry, spittle-slinging arguments in the ongoing, emotionally-charged debate between the pro-gun and anti-gun camps is – hats. Yes. Hats. You wouldn’t think hats would be a major topic of discussion with this issue, unless we’re talking about a real version of the Roy Rogers Quick Trigger Shooter Hat that was wildly popular among American boys during the 1950s.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 25, 2014
This past Monday evening the City Commission met at the Eckert Civic Center and there were a couple of important pieces of business that I wanted to share with you. The first was to administer the oath of office to three of our City elected officials. Although there have been a number of important elections this spring, in the City there were no candidates other than the incumbents and so we were able to “call” the elections and completed the process Monday to keep Sabin Nelson and John Gam ...
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 25, 2014
I have a bad habit of interrupting a conversation with an entirely different subject. I don’t mean to be rude, but if I don’t get my thoughts out at that very moment I may never remember them again. Too, age has a part of conversations lost and or repeated. I used to recall that older couples didn’t really talk that much.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 25, 2014 • Photos
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, May 6th, for its monthly business meeting. There were 28 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 scholarship applications were submitted and a selection committee was appointed to rank these. A Hamburger Lunch was planned for May 30th. The work on the 501(c)(3) application was discussed and things are moving along.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014
Garbanzo beans are another favorite food of mine. My daughter Brooke and I love hummus, and just the other day I demonstrated these “crunchies” at our Diabetes classes and they were great! Garbanzo beans are actually a legume, and they are rich in fiber, protein, iron and zinc. Canned garbanzos (also called chickpeas) retain their nutrients well and make for a cheap and easy protein choice.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014
Omega 3 Oils are a part of the family of essential fatty acids (EFA) that are collectively called vitamin F. These oils are notoriously absent in the standard American diet, making them an important supplement. Symptoms of omega 3 deficiency include dry skin, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, impaired immune function, decreased learning ability, memory loss, and impaired vision. While there is no shortage of fat in the American diet, there is a strong differentiation between good fats a ...
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014
Good News! Reading is not dead. Indeed, in many children’s lives, reading is an important element. “According to survey research from a variety of sources, young children read or are read to for an average of somewhere between a half-hour to an hour a day (Common Sense Media, 2011, 2013; Wartella, Rideout, Lauricella, & Connell, 2013; Rideout, 2014), and older children (tweens and teens) read for pleasure for a similar amount of time (an average of 38 minutes a day among 8- to 18-year-olds) ...
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014 • Photos
The dots could have been connected quickly by a two-year-old, during the few weeks or months between pacifier-sucking and iPhone text-messaging. Predictably, my mental connection of the dots stretched over a few hours. We came out at the same place, however—that the upcoming cruise would include an inordinately large number of children.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014
Roadrunner. A funny kinda bird. Resembles a scraggly pheasant or skinny chicken. But more striking with dark streaks and a black topnotch. And red and blue above the eyes. Doesn’t fly either. Except to clear a barb wire fence. Rushes ahead. Headfirst. Outrunning a human. Geococcyx californianus. Now that sounds downright obscene. But there we have it. “A long-tailed, crested, desert cuckoo bird.” So says Trusty Webster. This cuckoo bird (aka “chaparral cock”) measures ...
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 25, 2014
My head is spinning. For the last few weeks, it seems that there isn't even enough time to stop and catch my breath. And I'm just one person. From what I've seen, just about everyone in Mason is moving at a frantic pace, and all its citizens are racing about madly trying as best they can to keep up with the pace. Part of the hectic activity is directly tied to the end of the school year, which is now only ten days away from being done.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 25, 2014 • Photos
Memorial Day at 7 p.m. at the Puncherdome let’s all come together as a community to support the Seniors vs. Juniors Powder Puff game! Friendly competition to kick off a fun week for these great kids. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students. There will be a concession stand of baked goods, drinks and snow cones for $1.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014
Peter’s Prairie School Historical Marker Dedication is this Saturday, May 24th,, at 10 am at Camp Air (just south of the Hwy 87 and FM 1222 intersection). Everyone is welcome to come out and join us for the presentation, which is to honor the former students and their old school.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014
On Monday the 24th of May at 11 a.m., the veterans will have a ceremony to remember our fallen comrades. The ceremony will be held at the veterans memorial on the northeast corner of the square. Questions concerning the Mason VFW can be directed to Lawrence Spell, Post commander at 325 429 6224.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014
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.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 25, 2014 • Photos
Mason Elementary’s First and Second Grades took a tour of the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Library on May 14. They learned about getting a library card, and Patti Grote, Librarian, showed them some of the new books. She also told them about the Summer Reading Programs—Read-to-Swim, Book Hounds Club, and Read With a Dog.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 25, 2014
Mason County's M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library will be closed on Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014
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.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 25, 2014
There were boys on it too but I remember the girls better because, well, they were girls and I only 8 or 9 years old and they teased me. Being an only child, this was about the first time I met the opposite sex en masse. My first reaction was, "They are different, interesting and as I got older, they got very interesting, but there was no contact." At that time, girls wore skirts, no jeans, pants were looked as evil.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 25, 2014 • Photos
The Mason High School class of 1948 celebrated its 66th reunion on April 26, 2014, at the Willow Creek Cafe. Some fun facts about the class: forty eight seniors graduated on May 26, 1948. The story goes that it was the largest graduating class in the history of the school up until that time.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014 • Photos
During the recent Kyle Petty Charity Ride, Hershel Walker visited with fans at Willow Creek Cafe.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014 • Photos
Last Wednesday, May 14th, several members of the Mason Study Club presented a donation to Patti Grote for the Library. This donation represents the proceeds from the Study Club’s recent silent auction that took place during the month of April. Pictured with this article are Barbara Brunken, Diane Evans, Gladys Kaderka, Karen Olson, Patti Grote, and Rosemary Davis. The month of April was very busy for so many of Mason’s organizations.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 25, 2014 • Photos
Mason County Farm Bureau recently conducted an Ag Field Day for the Mason Elementary 3rd and 4th graders. The program is designed to teach the young students about agriculture and how they are exposed to all elements of agriculture and its by-products though out their daily lives. Directors of the Mason County Farm Bureau gave presentations over: Cotton, Beef and Dairy, Wheat and Corn, and Sheep and Goats as well as a Session on Ag Careers to show the many jobs that are related to the Agricultu ...
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 25, 2014 • Photos
Mason Young Life is having its 3rd Annual Car Wash Fundraiser this Saturday, May 24th on the south side of the square from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The Car Wash is by donation only, so please stop by to help send kids to camp this summer. We are taking 20 high school students to camp this June at Crooked Creek Ranch in Colorado.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 25, 2014 • Photos
The weather was perfect, the trainers were ready, and the dogs, miraculously, were paying attention. Or, to put it another way, the dogs were perfect, the trainers were paying attention, and the weather was ready. However way you put it, Saturday, May 17th, four stellar graduates from Reigning Cats & Dogs’ spring obedience class put on an outstanding demonstration of dog training.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 25, 2014
Band calendar renewals are going to be done this week! If you haven’t been contacted yet about your calendar for next year please call the band hall 347-1122 or come by Benjie’s. We are trying to contact everyone who has purchased in years past, but we need some help. If you want to be sure your listings are included and you get a calendar next year please get in touch with us.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 25, 2014
AUSTIN, TEXAS.The Dorbandt House in Marble Falls and the Reynolds-Seaquist House in Mason are among the 12 sites that Preservation Texas, Inc. has named to its eleventh annual list of Texas’ Most Endangered Places. Preservation Texas officials announced the selections outside the Texas State Capitol on May 20. “The 2014 list is a diverse group of sites that reflect the range of preservation issues that historic places throughout the state are confronting,” said Evan Thompson, executive ...
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014
A former 501C3 non-profit organization, the Hill Country Heritage Association, has made the decision to discontinue operations as of March 30 of this year after 20 years on the firing line defending the rights of property owners, primarily due to the fact that our Old Fire in the Guts members have gone on to happier times.
, Executive Director, Mason County Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014
I just received word that The Day Tripper – Mason, Texas is scheduled to air on KLRU this Thursday, May 22nd at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, May 24th at 10:00 a.m, Wednesday, May 28th at 5:00 a.m. and Thursday, July 3rd at 8:30 p.m. Description: Chet Garner heads to Mason: the “Gem of the Hill Country.” As the only place in Texas to find topaz, the state gem, Chet learns about it from some local experts, sees the largest topaz in North America, and then goes hunting for his own treasure.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014
This is just a reminder that early registration for the Washington, DC/Gettysburg trip is coming to an end on June 5, 2014. If you register on or before that date your deposit is only $49 and you will save $125. We will be traveling June 12-15, 2015. The four day trip will include a visit to the Gettysburg Battlefield.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014 • Photos
Cleo Beth Cooper of Llano, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at the age of 69. She was born on June 28, 1944, in Brady, Texas, to Clarence and Mildred (Bankston) Schuessler. Cleo was a resident of Llano since 1962 coming from Mason, Texas. She married Tommy Lee Cooper on December 11, 1961, in Mason, Texas.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 25, 2014
With a much needed rain out Monday week, the Mason Invitational was held on Thursday. In the Cowgirl division, the lady Bulldogs placed first, the lady Bronco’s placed second and third and the lady Warriors swung in to fourth place. In the Puncher division, Brady placed first, Sonora second, Mason third and fourth and Ingram placed fifth.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 25, 2014
The annual spring Puncher Club golf fundraiser was held last Saturday. What a beautiful day the Lord blessed us with. With cool temperatures and a little breeze from time to time it made for a good time with great friends. Competing against many other community events, our turn out was a little low.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014 • Photos
The Mason Puncher Track team finished their season off by placing 11th as a team in the state meet. Our kids competed very well and we were able to finish off by getting a medal in the mile relay. We were one place away from medaling in a few other events as we had two kids that finished in 4th place in the state.