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July 30, 2014 Issue
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 30, 2014 • Photos
Pictured are Lawrence Spell, post comander and Carl Tapp, post quartermaster. Displaying medals and hats received at the VFW State convention in Dallas this past June. The post was awarded the Honor role post award,All-state award and one of 8 supreme post in the state. This is the top post awards that are possible to receive on the state level.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 30, 2014
The Odeon Preservation Association (OPA) will host a free screening of the documentary Tommy Hancock: West Texas Muse Wednesday August 13 beginning at 6:30 at the Odeon Theater in Mason, Texas. The documentary is about the Texas fiddler and songwriter Tommy Hancock. Tommy was originally based in Lubbock as the house band and owner of the famous Cotton Club.
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ANNAPOLIS, MD - The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) invited a select group of approximately 2,250 young men and women from around the nation and internationally to attend the Naval Academy Summer Seminar program this year. Summer Seminar is a fast-paced experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year in high school and are considering applying for admission to USNA after graduation. Miguel Castillo, a student at Mason High School, recently participated in the 2014 U.S.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Updated July 30, 2014 1:25 PM
MASON, TX – The 33rd Annual Country Showdown local competition concluded on July 11, naming 17 year-­old Shelby Comey from Mason, TX, as the winner, who will compete at the state finals on August 22 at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth. America’s largest country music talent search and radio promotion was held at Fort Mason City Park during Mason Chamber of Commerce’s Texas Tune­Up and Mason’s Rodeo Roundup Weekend.
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Terry Hensley and her husband Chuck attended the Mary Kay Seminar in Dallas where Terry represented her unit of 175 consultants in the $450,000 Unit Club. Terry joined Mary Kay in 1981 as a consultant and became a director in 1988. She is currently driving her 10th pink Cadillac. When asked why she and her husband decided to move from San Antonio to Mason three years ago, she responded, "Chuck and I were wanting a small town that had the same values with which we both grew up.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 31, 2014
Glacier National Park is located in Montana (state motto: Up here! Next to Canada!), where there are still wild animals. Really wild animals. You rarely see really wild animals down here in Central Texas anymore, although we do have a few mounatin lions, and some have reported seeing the odd jaguarundi here and there lately.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 31, 2014
There is no such thing as having enough MANNERS! When my boys were young, I would pull on my right earlobe to spur a “THANK YOU!” My right earlobe is still longer than my left one, too! Those sweet three words often get replaced, too! Every mother's head turns with the word “MOMMA!” One time when Happy couldn’t get my attention from the dugout, he yelled, “JANE!” Now, that got my attention!
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The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, July 22nd, for its regular weekly meeting. There were 29 members and ten visitors in attendance. Lion Dave Benefield was responsible for the program and introduced Justin McFarland, Daryl Watson and Chad Barnet. They entertained the club with some bluegrass music to everyone's delight. Dave played the banjo, Justin was on the guitar, Daryl on the mandolin, and Chad on a "cigar box"
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 31, 2014
Vacation Bible School starts on Monday, July 28th and ends on Friday. Tyra Jordan is collecting money to purchase food and snacks for the children and workers. Happy birthday to Keven Kothmann on July 25th, and happy birthday to Jackie Johnson on July 26th, and happy birthday to our dear friend Lynn Sikora on Jul 29th and happy birthday to Julia Jordan on July 30th.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 31, 2014
Natural health is a lifestyle. All too often, I meet someone who just wants a pill to fix this or that. Occasionally there is something that works that way, but usually a diet or lifestyle change is an important part of restoring health. Natural health is about a lifestyle of healthy habits.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 31, 2014
Romance will soon be in the air! August is officially Romance Awareness Month, and we have an intriguing array of romance writers in the library: Jane Austen, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Maeve Binchy, Suzanne Brockman, Nicholas Sparks, Danielle Steel, Luanne Rice, Bram Stoker (yes, he’s on the official list), Stephanie Meyer, Iris Johansen—just to name a few.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 31, 2014
Somewhere between the admonition to avoid looks at gift horse’s mouths and the dangers of Greeks bearing gifts should be warnings about acceptance of gifts from offspring. This is particularly true if they are “far out” presents and/or are received at non-holiday/anniversary/birthday calendar junctures. At such times, offspring—in this case, our youngest of three daughters—flashes her best smile, gurgling something about “just because” at the same time. And just about every time ...
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 31, 2014
Triple digits. They’re heeeeeeeeeere. 100 degrees. Hot town. Summer in the country. Get the hat. Get the water. Get the sunscreen. Get the ice. Get the drinks. Get in the shade. Or get outta town. Like to Ruidoso or Colorado. It’s hot. Almost too hot for chiggers. Almost. And to think— Something so small causes so much discomfort. And it ain’t even a full-fledged bug. So says trusty Webster. It’s the larva of mites. Babies of the Trombiculidae family. Tiny, red, ...
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 31, 2014
I spent 2 days this week teaching about food safety for restaurant managers. Since I have food safety on the brain, I thought I might share some tips for handling those delicious fresh fruits and vegetables that are in abundance right now. Just remember that when you slice into a fruit or veggie, everything that is on the outside of it will be transferred all through the middle by the knife.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 30, 2014
Sadism, as a Political Strategy When Obamacare was being debated, I went on one of my Research Frenzies. I read everything. Delved into Romneycare, the Healthcare Systems of Canada, Britain and France, Hillarycare, the Heritage Plan(circa:1989-91), whence both Romneycare and Obamacare spring...as well as the long and sordid history of Healthcare in America....
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 30, 2014
Dear Mason Puncher Fans, 2014 football season is almost upon us! Two-A-Days start soon, back-to-school items are being advertised on TV, and the Mason Punchers have a new, improved tunnel for the players to run through. As the last playoff game of 2013 proved, neither snow, nor sleet, nor hail deters the tunnel crew from showing their school spirit.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 30, 2014
A couple of Sundays ago, I was talking to the kids in my Sunday school class and we were discussing what they had been doing during their summer vacation. I then began to talk about how short a time remained before school would start up once again, and was interrupted by one of the high school girls in the class. "Oh no,"
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Lone Star Swing, from Austin, Texas, will bring their fun, hot Texas swing to the Odeon theater in Mason, Texas Saturday August 23. The band plays an energetic blend of western swing, jazz, and traditional country music that will have you tapping your toes and dancing in the aisles. Lone Star Swing includes an all-star lineup of musicians including Rick McRae, Terry Hale, Paul Glasse, Billy Curtis and Gary Hartman.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 30, 2014
It is that time of the year again when we order state validation tags for sheep, goats and breeding sheep. Please let the Extension Office know how many tags your family will be needing as soon as possible. The tag orders will be mailed in on August 27th. The cost of each tag will be $11.00, so be sure to get an accurate count, as you will be responsible for paying for all tags that you order.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 30, 2014
On Friday, August 15, at 6:30 pm, the Hilda Community Club will host an ice cream social. The guest speaker at the event will be Steve Toone, speaking about the Patriot Warrior Foundation. Steve is an active member of the The Patriot Warrior Foundation which is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization which provides morale boosting events for America’s wounded and injured Veterans and their families.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 30, 2014
A benefit roping to raise money for the Masonic Lodge Scholarship Fund (Masonic Lodge #273) is planned for August 1, 2014. Books open at 6:00 p.m., roping starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Ft. Mason Park Rodeo Arena. Any questions should be directed to Justin Yonker at 325-347-4844.
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The sounds of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Roy Orbison will come alive on Saturday, August 2nd at the Brownwood Coliseum in Brownwood, Texas. The 2014 Remembering When event will feature tribute entertainer Al Nelson performing as the legendary Orbison. Presented by Central Texas Farm Credit, ACA with additional support from Entertainment Sponsor, KTAB NEWS and local sponsor Citizens National Bank of Brownwood as a benefit for West Texas Rehabilitation Center, the evening program offers a ...
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The Gillespie County Fair & Festival Association (GCFFA) invites everyone to two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10. Post time is 1:00 pm each day. Gates open at 11:00 am, and races run until approximately 6:00 pm. General admission for the horse races is $7 for adults; $3 for children ages 6-15; and free for children 5 and under.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 31, 2014 • Photos
Georgie is an adorable 5 lb Chihuahua that was picked up by animal control and no one has come to claim him. He has some super long toenails and A LOT of fleas, but with a day at the doggie spa he will be ready to go! This little guy loves to play.If you are interested in fostering or adopting please contact us.
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The Regional Advisory Committee on Aging (RACOA) provides a valuable service by helping the Area Agency on Aging identify needs, develop accessible services, target resources in your community and others in the Concho Valley Region. They advise and make recommendations to the Area Agency on Aging of the Concho Valley on Aging matters.
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Nancy Sterling is the Artist of the Month at the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. Her work will be exhibited throughout the month of August. Nancy is originally from Ohio, but she has lived in Arizona, California, and Virginia before finally coming to Texas. Nancy stated, “I try to capture beauty in painting using oil, water color, pencil and colored pencil and recently began using acrylic.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 30, 2014
Our Summer Meltdown Challenge is still in full swing. The drawing for the July monthly winners will be this week. The Challenge will wrap up on August 15th with a covered dish luncheon at River of Life Church-more news to come on the luncheon. New monthly activity tracking cards for August will be available from the leaders at the end of this week (they will be blue).
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 30, 2014
We are so excited to announce that we will be starting a Mother’s Day Out program called, Kingdom Kids, at River of Life Church. Our mission is to provide a loving, Christ centered environment where children are nurtured and mothers needs are met. The program will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 30, 2014
The Area Agency on Aging is pleased to provide three remaining opportunities for individuals in our community to come learn more about the Star+Expansion. The first presentation was held at the Concho Valley Council of Governments Training Center on Wednesday, July 23rd at 1:30 pm with 24 people in attendance.
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Dwight Spaeth and Suzi Holubec are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Darci Dae Spaeth, to Michael James McMeekin, son of Liam & Nuala McMeekin of Belfast, Ireland. Darci is the granddaughter of Mrs. Stella Pike, and the late Mr. Robert Pike, Mrs. Ruth Spaeth, and Mrs.
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Marnelle Ruthven, of Mason, passed away Monday, July 22, 2014. Marnelle was born April 20, 1946, in Houston to Dorothy and Elwood Bernhausen. She was a Navy brat and grew up overseas and throughout the United States. After high school she attended classes at The University of Texas in Austin.