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July 2, 2014 Issue
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014
The Mason County Chamber of Commerce and the Mason Rodeo Association cordially invite you to join us for our 50th Annual Round-up Celebration!  Kick off for this weekend long celebration will begin Thursday, July 10th with the Mason County Team Roping Event sponsored by Karen and Dennis Townsend. For more information, please call Dennis Townsend at 325-456-8635. On Friday July 11th, the Mason Rodeo Association will host a 4-D barrel race beginning at 8:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014
When most Americans think of the 4th of July, they think of hot dogs, fireworks, patriotic songs and going to the lake or beach. Few of us, probably, take time to reflect on the sacrifics made over two centuries ago that have enabled us to live our widely-envied “American Way of Life”. The United States of America began as thirteen different English colonies established along the eastern seaboard during the 17th & early 18th centuries.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 3, 2014 • Photos
The Lions Club District 2-A1 Has for it’s new District Governor; John Gammill of the Mason Lions Club, Gammill is the first Lion from the Mason Lions Club to serve as District Governor. Gammill will be Governor for the 2014-2015 Lions Year. District 2-A1 is an expansive West Texas district that stretches from Kingsland to Midland and Sweetwater to Junction.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 3, 2014
Harold Monk, of Denham Springs, Louisiana, is going to be famous one of these days. Right up there with Nick Tesla and Al Einstein, and that other fellow, the one who invented the whoopie cushion. OK, maybe not him, but at least those other guys. The reason Harold is going to become a household name is because he’s invented a machine that will allow hogs to open a hopper, but not other animals.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 3, 2014
Green Super Foods such as Spirulina, Chlorella, and Blue-Green Algae all contain chlorophyll, protein, vitamin B-12, essential fatty acid GLA, trace minerals and other nutrients in a form that is easily assimilated by the human body. These green foods are one of the four basic supplements that I recommend for health. Green cleans.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 3, 2014
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, June 24th, for its regular weekly meeting. There were 29 members and two visitors in attendance. District Governor John Gammill was responsible for the program and he inducted the new officers for the 2014-2015 year. They are as follows: President - Ken Cordero 1st V.P. - Joel Kuykendall 2nd V.P.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 3, 2014
Spring has sprung and now it’s Summer time. It’s going to be hot, and no, it isn’t global warming. No doubt, there will be grumbles about the hot weather. It’s been this way for a long time. Just can’t please some folks. Just remember that this hot weather is normal and soon you can complain about the cold.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 3, 2014
Welcome Rev. John Alsbrooks and his wife, Sharon, to the Art United Methodist Church! We had a great dinner and time for visiting so we could become acquainted. Happy birthday wishes go to Susie Jordan on July 3rd. And wishes for a happy anniversary go to Robert and Ella Mae Hall and also to Billy Wayne and Lois Koock on July 5th. The UMW meeting will be next Tuesday, July 8th at 2:30 pm at the Trinity Fellowship Hall with the program by Betty Bauer and the Hostess will be the Castell ladies. ...
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 3, 2014
Statistics indicate that foodborne illness continues to be a health issue in the United States. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans will become sick, 128,000 will become hospitalized, and 3,000 will die due to a foodborne illness. If under the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) jurisdiction each food establishment is required to have one certified food manager on site.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 3, 2014
Please, mark your calendars for July 9—United Blood Services will be in the Stribling Room from 2:00-5:00 P.M. There is always more need for blood in the days around a holiday, so please call Ann Scarth at 347-5983. And, remember, the Library will be closed Friday for the July 4th holiday.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 3, 2014
They’re famous for duck calls in Monroe, LA, and a few blocks away lives a Christian entertainer, Dr. Dennis Swanberg. Known as “The Swan,” he has long been known for impersonations that sound every bit as “real” to listeners as the calls do to ducks. What are the odds that such well-known personalities would live a few blocks apart?
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 3, 2014
My country, ‘tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims’ pride, From every mountainside Let freedom ring! Independence Day. Fourth of July. July 4th. Freedom. O beautiful, for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014
Just a reminder that one never knows who or what may watching you and your actions. I am a veteran and served almost a year in Korea in 52-53 and did earn the Purple Heart for wounds received in hostile actions, but who knows or remembers. Well, recently while we were dining at the Pizza Place in Fredericksburg, I was surprised to find a hand written note at my table upon my return form re-fills which read “Dear Mr.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014
On Friday, the News office, along with just about every other store, business, office or establishment, will be closed in honor of Independence Day. There aren't many holidays during the summer months, and July 4th is a welcome respite from the doldrums and the heat. It's all too easy for us to treat July 4th as just another day off from work, an excuse to splash about in the water, drink too many cold beverages and eat far too many hot dogs.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014
We will start spraying between the hours of 8:30 pm and 11:30 pm. Please stay indoors during these and times. We want to thank everyone for their cooperation in advance in keeping Mason safe!!! Wednesday July 2, 2014 we will be spraying the south side of Mason, streets are: Austin, Fuchsia, Willow, Hackberry, Schuessler, Fir, Oak, Pine, Orange, East Rainey, Post Oak, East Kettner, South Live Oak, Schmidt, Magnolia, Smith, Steapp Ln, Hofman, City park, Landfill road. Thursday 3, 2014 we will ...
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014
Our speaker for this month will be Mr. Ross J. Cox, Sr., of San Saba, who will present a film presentation and lecture concerning the Confederate States Ship Alabama which will include a scale model of the famous ship. During the War for Southern Independence (1861-1865) the Confederate States of America began the conflict with virtually no navy.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014
Mason Division of Emergency Management will have a complete listing of street closures and traffic re-routing due to the Round-up parade activities in the July 9th issue of the Mason County News. ALL parade entries will have to check-in on Post Hill Street by the jail. Entries will be given a number then and will be placed in-line as they arrive.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014
On the 3rd of July, the members of the post will be handing out Flag etiquette booklets at Lowe's market in Mason. These booklets tell everything you need to know about displaying our national colors and when and how to display. We will be there from 9 a.m. until we run out or 3 p.m.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014
Need help getting your G.E.D.? Day or evening test preparation sessions can be arranged at the Mason Co. Library. Call 325-347-5446 for more information.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014
Carol Tucker will be teaching Excel I at the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library in July and August. The class will meet on four consecutive Mondays from 6:00-7:30 P.M. beginning on July 14 and ending on August 4. The class is FREE, and participants will receive a manual.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014
We will have a game day at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8 in the Stribling Room. Everyone is welcome!
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014 • Photos
Steady Steps is selling raffle tickets to help raise funds for our upcoming renovations to the outside play area. The prizes in the raffle include, an autographed Lance Berkman children’s jersey, an Astros cap in a case autographed by Lance Berkman, two Lance Berkman autographed baseballs in cases with baseball cards, and a giftcard basket.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014
Director Lori Najvar brings her film The Grove, Texas to the Odeon Theater in Mason, TX, Wednesday July 16 at 6:30. Najvar’s film tells the story of Moody Anderson who bought a dying town called The Grove, Texas in 1972. Over the next 37 years, Anderson proceeded to create a living museum using The Grove as a backdrop.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014
Night In Old Fredericksburg promises a Texas Hill Country celebration of polka and two-stepping, German games, and pari-mutuel excitement on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Now in its 51st year, this fun summer event moves from downtown Fredericksburg back to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds located just south of town on Hwy 16.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014 • Photos
The Mason Community Thrift Store is planning a Roundup Celebration on Friday, July 11, to coincide with the 1st Anniversary of the new location at 206 Moody Street, on the Courthouse Square. KNEL Radio will again be a part of the Celebration, doing a LIVE broadcast in the store from 10 am to 12 noon in an unofficial ‘Kick Off’ to Roundup Weekend!
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014
The June segment of our Summer Meltdown Challenge is completed & the monthly drawings have been awarded. We still have July through August 15th left of the Challenge. New monthly activity tracking cards for July (they are green) are available from each leader. There’s a free fitness program waiting for you, so what are you waiting for?
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014 • Photos
Debbie Armstrong’s incredible “Crazy Quilt” is now on display in the Stribling Room of the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. Debbie is self-taught and handcrafted the quilt in 1999. This is her first quilt and took about a year to complete. Her process of creating each piece with hand embroidery to depict a certain relevance to her life has resulted in a unique piece of art.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014 • Photos
Michael Hoffman is the eldest son of our local residents George and Judy Schoenfeld and Otto Hoffman from Waller, Tx and the half-brother of Cody Schoenfeld who graduated from Mason High School. Michael lived in Mason and worked at Eckert’s Dealership as a mechanic for a year. Michael was in the Army serving as a Military Police Officer when a car wreck tragedy killed his wife and left him at the age of 21 with a month old daughter.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014
ger/july 2 free masons What is Freemasonry? Free Masonry is a men’s fraternity. It exists to take good men and help them to become better men. Masonry is believed to be the oldest surviving fraternal organization in the world. Freemasonry can be easily traced to sixteenth century Scotland. Masonry teaches the importance of helping the less fortunate.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014
According to City of Mason Ordinance that has been in effect since 1950, firing or exploding fireworks within the City is prohibited. However, this is enforced, for the most part, only when a complain is received. Complaints can be called into the Mason Sheriff Dispatch at 325.347.5252. EXTREME CAUTION should be taken when using fireworks.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014 • Photos
The Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country kicked off its upcoming year with a meeting of new officers on June 12. Held at the Artisans’ Gallery in Mason the tone of the group was upbeat and charged with new ideas for an adventurous season of shows and  art training opportunities for old and new members.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014 • Photos
This past weekend the Mason County Chamber of Commerce held their 1st Annual Softball Classic at the Ft. Mason Park baseball fields. The tournament was a huge success! There were a total of twelve teams entered into the tournament. After approximately 19 hours of games, The Recruits ended up with the 1st place prize.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014
Waco, TX (June 23, 2013) – The Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Companies® announced today they have received the “Highest Customer Satisfaction Among Auto Insurers in Texas” according to the recently released J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Auto Insurance StudySM. This is the third consecutive year Texas Farm Bureau Insurance has received an award from J.D.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014 • Photos
Eric and Kimberlee Silerio of San Angelo, Texas are proud to announce the birth of their first child, a son, born June 13, 2014, at Community Hospital in San Angelo. The baby weighed eight pounds and was 19-3/4 inches long. He was named Kash Michael Silerio. He is welcomed by paternal grandparents: Naomi and Doug Urie of Kerrville, Texas and Fermin and Grace Silerio of San Angelo, Texas; maternal grandparents are Conie and Roy J.
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Josh and Nicole Banks of Canyon, Texas are excited to announce the birth of their son, Hunter Mark Banks. He was born on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 8:28 a.m. at Baptist St. Anthony Hospital in Amarillo. Hunter weighed seven pounds, two ounces and was 19 inches long. Proud grandparents are Lindell L.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014 • Photos
Liberty Hill incoming senior, Jaycie Pluenneke and her teammates brought home the Bronze. As members of the 17 Cedar Park Austin Junior Volleyball team, they participated in the AAU Volleyball National Championships held in Orlando, Florida June 21-24. The Amateur Athletic Union Championships also chooses All Star Athletes during the tournament.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014 • Photos
Mason High School class of 1989 celebrated their 25th class reunion at the home of Toby Gibbs. Seventeen classmates had a ‘totally awesome’ BBQ meal followed by dancing to some ‘radical’ 80’s music provided by DJ Pete! A collection was gathered by the class to donate to the memorial scholarship fund for Lee Graham, their beloved principal.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014 • Photos
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Historical Commission (THC) honored the Mason County Historical Commission (MCHC) with a Distinguished Service Award for the 2013 year of service. The THC issues Distinguished Service Awards each year to CHSs that demonstrate concerted efforts to preserve the history and character of Texas. This award was presented during a meeting of the County Commissioners' Court on June 23, 2014, to acknowledge the MCHC's stewardship of our state's unique cultural and historic site ...
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014 • Photos
Louis Otto Dietrich, Jr. of Harper, Texas passed away at his residence on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014, at the age of 60 years. Louis was born December 17, 1953, in Fredericksburg, Texas to Louis and Marie Klaerner Dietrich Sr. Louis married Debbie Jenschke on March 21, 1986, in Fredericksburg. Louis is survived by the following, His father, Louis Dietrich, Sr.