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June 4, 2014 Issue
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Mason High School was well represented at the Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest on Memorial Day in Pflugerville. Competing in piano with memorized solos were Luke Gillespie and Jackson Chapman. Jackson received a 2nd division for his solo. Also competing was Faith Ingracia. Faith did a twirling solo and received a 1st division.
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Mason’s June Art Walk will start Friday June 6th from 2 until 7pm and continue on Saturday June 7th from 10am until 5pm. Mason is home to many talented artists that are either native Masonites or have moved to the Texas Hill Country to enjoy a more scenic, relaxed lifestyle.
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The Mason Artisan Gallery displays the work of a number of local artists. You can find metal sculptures, jewelry, pottery, paintings, and drawings created with a variety of media. All this set in a beautifully reconstructed Sunday House on Live Oak Street, just north of the Square. The Gallery is a work of art in itself, both in its design and its green use of energy. This month the Gallery features the work of Marcy Holmes-Wheeler, an artist who recently retired from teaching.
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On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, we celebrated our mentors with a luncheon held in their honor at the MHS Commons Area. A special meal was prepared by the wonderful cafeteria staff, and a decadent dessert was made by Phyllis Almond (mother of Shanda Schmidt). After lunch and lots of chit chat, the mentors were applauded and commended by Mentor Coordinator-Lisa Heath, Elementary/Jr.
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • Posted June 4, 2014
“Wind. There’s gonna be lots of wind. You’ll need to set up your tent in the lee of your Jeep.” That’s what Shane Townsend told me, when he found out Jocelynn and I were planning to camp on the beach near South Padre last weekend. Shane is an expert on beach camping, at least from my perspective, since he’s done it before.
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My sister, Liz, lives and works in Kansas City (bless her heart!). She entertains her staff of teachers on a fairly regular basis, and recently used this sauce as an ice cream topping at one of their get-togethers. She shared the recipe with me, I want to share it with you, since it’s right down The Practical Baker’s alley: quick, easy and delicious! Ingredients:  3 squares (one ounce each) of unsweetened baking chocolate 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter 1 (5-oz.) can evaporated milk ...
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Reducing or losing weight is a topic I get a lot of questions about. Many of you already know that I don’t believe in diet pills or magic solutions that simply melt off excess weight without proper changes in diet and exercise. That being said, let’s talk about weight loss. As we age our metabolism begins to slow and it becomes harder to take off that extra weight.
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The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, May 27th, for its monthly business meeting. There were 31 members and three visitors in attendance. Lion Larry Spell was responsible for the program and he shared with us some interesting facts from the book, "Knowledge in a Nutshell." Some of the things he shared with us were: the American Creed, the designer of the United States flag, and the writer of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
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Summer Reading began this week, and I hope our students will participate because we have some great prizes. I also hope you’ll mark your calendars for June 12. Dr. Flake-n-stein’s Magic Laboratory will be here at 1:00 P.M. to entertain the kids with a mix of magic and science experiments!
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Last week I received an email from a friend that stated a study that said, women hear better than men and men see better than women. I don’t agree with their findings. Women, especially mothers have eyes in back of their heads! Ask any child and they will concur this.
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I will never know if the student was serious or simply smile-seeking when he scheduled a visit to my office a quarter-century ago. It was early in my Howard Payne University presidency. The student, whose name I don’t recall, presented a gift. It was a colorful poster showing a beautiful mansion, luxury sedan, sports car, decked-out boat and huge motor home.
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Exercise and physical activity are good for just about everyone, including older adults. No matter your health and physical abilities, you can gain a lot by staying active. During our last diabetes class we had a session on fitness taught by Mark Cole, a physical therapist with Country Home Health.
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The widespread rain over Memorial Day weekend and the pleasant temperatures for the past couple of weeks have finally brought Mason a brief taste of spring. It seems that the rains were a little too late to have much of an impact on the bluebonnets earlier, but the vast variety of other wildflowers are putting on a colorful and lovely presentation throughout the County.
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Kenneth and Brenda Kothmann are having a happy anniversary celebration on June 7th and E. Wayne and Kathy Jordan will have their anniversary party on June 11th. A really large celebration is planned for Sterling Jordan’s birthday on June 8th; another party is scheduled for Goldie Lease on June 10th and I am sure that Ron Fritze will be ready to celebrate his birthday on June 11th. Continue to pray for healing and strength for Dick and Dorris Ann Pierson, Etta Marie Mutschink and Pastor Cliff ...
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It is June 1, 2014. It is 11:04 P.M. I just got in a little while ago from The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. We had a total of eight people visiting the Preserve tonight. The Mexican Free-tailed bats did not emerge again this evening. We did get to watch a wonderful emergence of the Cave Myotis bats that emerged at 8:45 P.M..
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Howdy, June. Fare thee well, May. Come again some other day. Or year, rather. And there’s the rub. A year. And another year. And another. Each one racing by. Even if you aren’t having fun. So might as well. April. May. June. They live year round as names for girls. January and July too. Although not so much these days. Names go in and out of style. One thing’s for sure. Females have been creatively named for centuries. Some after flowers, gems, and food. Rose. Iris. ...
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • Updated June 12, 2014 1:15 PM
I have always been an optimistic and happy person. Even when life presented me with trials and tribulations, I was still able to find a reason to smile and to maintain a pleasant disposition. Even when dealing with unpleasant people or events, I tried to keep a smile on my lips and a sparkle in my eye. But, there is the reality of life that eventually begins to intrude.
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • Posted June 5, 2014
The Fredericksburg members of the Hill Country CattleWomen will host the June 17, 2014, meeting. The meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Holy Ghost Lutheran Church. Social will begin at 10:00 a.m., the meeting will begin at 10:30 followed by our speaker and lunch. Cost for the meeting will be $18.00, and reservations should be made to Janis Stiefel at 325-622-4327 or e-mail jsstiefel@gmail.com before June 10, 2014.
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FREE FREE FREE Did you know that Mason ISD offers free breakfast and lunches Monday thru Thursday from June 2-26. Any child 18 years and younger may have a healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch in the school cafeteria absolutely FREE! The child does not have to be a member of the Mason community or enrolled in this school, visitors WELCOME.
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The annual Geistweidt family reunion will be held Saturday, June 14, at the C-I Ranch (the former Edgar Geistweidt ranch in the Salt Branch community), 3648 James River Road, Mason. Hosting the reunion are Kathleen, Dennis and Brenda Crenwelge, Terri and Russell Immel and families. The event begins at 10:30 a.m.
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As we “women of a certain age” know, life is uncertain. Money, men, friends, jobs, and even the weather comes and goes. The Mason Scarlet Punchers, those intrepid women who bear witness to the idea that middle age (and up) is NOT the end of the world, are “shaking it up” at our June luncheon.
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The Painted Tree Studio is offering a creative event on both Friday and Saturday evenings….at the end of each Art Walk day. After visiting all the locations on the Art Walk drive over to The Painted Tree Studio located at 825 Wren (Behind Lowes Groceries) just 2 minutes from the square.
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On D Day, June 7th, at 11 a.m., the Post will host a Bar B Q for all members and their families. This is a recruiting event, so if you know of a veteran that would like to become a member of our post invite them and their family to join us.
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The 5th annual Melvin Burns Memorial golf tournament will be held this weekend, June 6-8. It will begin with a shootout at 6:00 p.m. at the Comanche Creek Golf Course. The shootout will have two divisions – high and low handicaps. The two person/one low ball competition (36 holes) will begin at 8:30 Saturday morning and will conclude on Sunday afternoon.
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Just in time for the hot summer days, the City of Mason swimming pool is now open to the public. These kids were enjoying the final days of school and holding their end of school parties at the pool to escape the heat.
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The Llano Pioneers Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas once again received a Six Star Chapter Award at the 2014 DRT Annual State Convention, and President/Registrar Arlene Garey proudly presented it to the chapter during the awards luncheon on May 27th. The Six Star Chapter Award was established in 2001 and is bestowed to those chapters that meet criteria in the categories of Achievement (membership increase, CRT sponsorship, annual chapter reporting, promotion of Texas history, ...
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The Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library’s BOOK Club has selected Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile for June. Charley Bordelon, the main character, doesn’t know why her late father left her eight hundred sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her eleven-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles.
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This beautiful girl is named Sky because of the color of her eyes. She is a beautiful Siamese mix that is probably a little under a year old. Sky is an absolute sweetheart. Constantly purring and wanting to be loved on. She is quite thin and will need some time to put on weight, but this kitty will make someone a great companion.
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7 WW2 Veterans, including Mason’s Bill Brollier & Marshall Frazier, were treated to a P-51 Mustang ride by Freedom Flyers at the 2014 Fourth Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration & Fly-In held at Curtis Field in Brady on Saturday, May 17, 2014. P-51 ‘Pecos Bill’ Pilot and Freedom Flyers’ founder, Cowden Ward, Jr., enjoys providing the once-in-a-lifetime experience to WW2 Vets to say thank you for their service.
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The Llano Country Opry will be staged on Saturday, June 7, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano. The show will begin at 7:30 PM and admission is $12 per person. Tickets are now on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers or by calling (325) 247-5354. Dion Pride the son of legendary Country Music Hall of Famer, Charley Pride, will headline the monthly show.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • Posted June 5, 2014
Not much is FREE these days. But, River of Life Church has been offering FREE Zumba and Weight lifting classes for the last five years. To celebrate this milestone, River of Life Church will be adding some additional classes to its weekly schedule. Yogalatis is a combination of Yoga and Pilates designed to encourage long, lean muscle growth and overall well-being.
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The staff at the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial want to recognize and thank our local banks for their ongoing support of Summer Reading. The Commercial Bank donated the Kindle Fire HD for the drawing. Mason Bank sponsored Read-to-Swim and provided swim passes and coupons for free Dairy Queen ice cream.
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San Marcos, Texas (Grassroots Newswire) May 28, 2014 -- Texas State University has announced that the following students were among the graduates during 2014 spring commencement ceremonies at the university: Lindsey R. Rutherford of Brady (76825) received a master’s degree in Communication Disorders. Colton B. Fleming of Mason (76856) received a bachelor’s degree in Management. Texas State is an emerging research university located in the Austin-San Antonio corridor on the edge of the Te ...
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(April 28, 2014) MONTCLAIR, NJ - Studio Montclair’s 17th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, “ViewPoints 2014,” features the work of one hundred national and international artists reflecting the diversity of interests and concerns that characterize art and life today. The exhibition will run from June 4 to 28, 2014, at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, the exhibition co-sponsor, located at 591 Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey.
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San Marcos, Texas (Grassroots Newswire) May 28, 2014 - Texas State University has announced that the following students have been named to the dean’s list for the 2014 spring semester: Kelsey Elizabeth McBee of Brady (76825) Travis C. Trimble of Junction (76849) April Michele Craig of Junction (76849) Lorri Ann E. Drazan of Mason (76856) Shayla Estes of Mason (76856) Estrellita Longoria of Mason (76856) To be named to the Dean’s List at Texas State, a student must earn a minimum grade-po ...
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Albert Clark Templeton was born on November 5, 1930, in Austin, Texas to Hiram Templeton and Ila Mae Berryman Templeton. He passed away at his home in Mason on Thursday, May 29, at the age of 83. Clark was raised in the Lone Grove Community of Llano County. He was a graduate of Southwest Texas Teachers College.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • Posted June 4, 2014
Funeral services for Edward Castillo Avalos, Sr., age 55 of Rockdale were scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 2, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rockdale. Burial in the Oak Lawn Cemetery in Rockdale. Deacon Gus Coelho with St. Joseph Catholic Church officiated. Visitation was 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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Eva Lane, of San Antonio, passed away on Sunday, June 1, at the age of 95. She was born on June 20, 1917, in Mason to Milford Nichols and Rosa Kidd Nichols. Eva was raised in Mason and then made San Antonio her home for most of her life. She worked for several companies in aircraft construction including Swearingen and Mooney Aircraft. Survivors include her sister Edna Nitschmann and husband Eugene of San Antonio and a daughter Rosa Harvey of Parker, Colorado Services will be held graveside ...
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Arthur Raymond Dring, 94, passed away on Monday, May 26, 2014. He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Elsie Dring; his loving wife, Ruby Dring; and brother, Gordon Dring. Ray is survived by his daughters, Rae Ann Wilson and husband, Harry; Linda Zeller and husband, Kurt; grandchildren, Todd Miller, Tiffany Yould and husband, Andrew, Amber Hamilton, Stephanie Zeller, Emily Zeller, and Amy Zeller; great grandchildren, Mason, Ella Ann, Marshall, Alyssa, Emma, Jackson, Ava and LilyGra ...
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Passed away at the age of 74 in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 10, 2014. from natural causes. Betty was born October 10, 1939, in Mason, Texas, to Frankli n Manuel Beam and Alma Amanda Meridith Beam. Graveside Services will be held June 7, 2014, at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Cavness Cemetery in Mason County. Betty went Mason High School where she was on the Pep Squad. She was married at the age of 16 in 1955 to Charles Elzie Morris (Boogie) and was married for 24 years.