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August 6, 2014 Issue
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The annual Mason County Historical Society meeting is Thursday, August14th, 7 p.m. in the Stribling Room at the Library. Speaker for the event is Larry Cissna of Sweeney, Texas, who has visited several times in Mason with his crew who do archaeological digs on civil war sites all over the United States. Larry (center) with his son, Jake, and father-in-law, Oscar, began digging at Fort Mason last December.
, Principal
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 • Posted August 6, 2014
It’s that time again! The first day of school is Monday, August 25th School students should receive a packet in the mail this week, which includes high school registration information and necessary forms to be completed and returned to school on the day of registration. If there are any questions, staff members will be available to help you on the day of registration.
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Several area Mason kids competed this last week at the American Junior Rodeo Association (AJRA) finals in Sweetwater, TX. Chainey Weitz won her first saddle and is the 2014 9-12 Pole Bending World Champion. Chet Weitz won 2014 13-15 year end All Around Cowboy World Champion and Finals All Around Cowboy.
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The Odeon Preservation Association (OPA) will be able to purchase and install LED stage lighting for Mason’s historic Odeon Theater with the help of a $24,000 community development grant. The Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of Mason provided the grant to OPA to help reduce the theater’s energy consumption by upgrading the theater’s stage lighting system from conventional to LED. Built in 1928, the Odeon Theater is the oldest continuously operating movie theater in West Texas ...
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The Mason County Chamber of Commerce would like to invite our businesses and the citizens of Mason County to attend our Summer Mixer scheduled for August 14th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on the East Side of the Courthouse lawn. Live music will be provided during the duration of the event. We encourage each of our members to set up a booth and showcase your business and services.
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 • Posted August 6, 2014
Sitting in my Jeep at the Exxon station at the intersection of highway 80 and highway 42 in White Oak, Texas, I watched the people coming and going, gassing up at the pumps, and waited. I was looking for a fellow named Chad, whom I’d met at the Academy store in Longview the night before.
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This is a great bread that has multiple uses. You can toast it; you can use it to sop up the last little bit of that beef stew you just made; and you can even use it as a shovel to load up the first bites of that big pot of pinto beans.
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The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, July 29th, for its regular weekly meeting. There were 36 members and four visitors in attendance. "#2 Boss Lion" Joel Kuykendal was responsible for the program and Dave Benefield & Friends entertained us again with their special bluegrass music. This week, we had Jerry Carlman on guitar, Chad Barnett on his cigar-box banjo, Daryl Watson was playing his fiddle, and our very own District Governor, John Gammill, was playing the stand-up bass.
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"I have a hard time between deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.” FINE LINES! Personally, I believe all FINE LINES and FINE PRINT should be abolished! It seems rather, deceptive to put something in fine print. We’ve been told to, “Always read the fine print.” First of all, if it’s important should it not be in BOLD PRINT?
, CEA-FCS
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I’ve had a few calls lately about canning so I know some of you lucky people are having bountiful harvests. I came across a great little online how-to about canning basics, very similar to a program I’ve presented to local garden clubs in both Mason and Menard. I often get questions about how long you can keep those home canned foods, so I thought I’d include that information as well.
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It seems as though there is always some utility or construction work going on around town, and in the City office we often get questions about just what is happening. For the past several months, Hill Country Telephone has had a contractor working throughout town to install new fiber optic cables so that every resident and business in Mason can, if they wish, have fast and dependable internet access.
, (bits_of_art@hughes.net)
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Sincerely pray for Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol RN as they are being treated for infection with the Ebola Virus. Pray that a vaccine will soon be available to treat this virus. The Art UMW will meet at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12th in the Fellowship Hall. Joyce Mutschink will give the program and Kathy Jordan will be the hostess. Rev.
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Natural Health is almost anything but natural to most of us. How can taking supplements be natural? And why does is matter what brand you buy? And do I really have to change the way I eat? But, you have to ask yourself – what is natural about our lifestyle today?
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We have a program today at 4:00 P.M. about Medicare. If you’re about to be eligible or if you have questions about Medicare, its parts, and how it works, this is a program you’ll want to hear. NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries) DVDs: Sabotage Magnum P.I. Seasons 1-8 Heaven Is for Real Weeds Seasons 1 and 2 The Lightkeepers Sabotage Lovely, Still Up Orphan Black: Season One The Grove Pretty Little Liars: Season One and Two Nurse Jackie: Seasons One an ...
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Oh, No! Say it isn’t so. My Uncle Mort, who usually doesn’t stay on a single subject long enough to muster a significant “peeve,” is speaking to me again. He’s mighty disappointed that I didn’t mention--“privately or in print”—his July 4 birthday. “The date has passed and the whole blamed month is gone, too,” he added, whimpering lamely that he’s “trying to get over it.” (I’ve heard he’s been accusing me of “routinely writing of lesser things” than his 102nd ...
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Things are movin’ and a-shakin.’ New eatery in town. On Highway 87 south. The Line Shack. They specialize in beef and seafood. Steaks are cut fresh daily. Hamburger is ground daily. Get yourself a steak sandwich. Or a shrimp Po-Boy. They’re across the street from Coopers Original Pit Bar-B-Que. Which isn’t new. But has new owners. And new offerings such as lamb ribs and goat sausage. Meanwhile, back at the square… There’s a new private club in town. Part of Willow Cre ...
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Dear Joe, We hope that it’s okay to address you by your first name, as, after reading your editorial, you must feel that you know us so well (the “GOPtea” that is). It’s hard to know where to start to disassemble such disjointed misinformation, but we will endeavor to do so. Joe, what happened to the “civility” that was supposed to be the hallmark of the current administration?
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Dear Editor, Let me respond, please, to the July 30, 2014, diatribe against those who oppose President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The writer states that he read the actual law. I congratulate him, but believe he may have wasted his time reading the law passed by Congress. Let’s talk about those who didn’t read the law—most of the Democrat Congress that passed the law, for starters, if we can believe the news reports from that time.
, Editor
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 • Posted August 6, 2014
When any publication begins, the first thing it does it to seek out advertisers. Advertising pays the bills, keeps the lights on and dictates how big a publication will be in number of pages. But then, that publication has to begin adding subscribers. There will be sales at vending machines and convenience stores; but, subscribers are the constant element that allows a publication to tell advertisers how many people, consistently, they are reaching with each edition of the publication. In the ...
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We would like to invite you to Hannah’s Hope for a CURE 5k Walk/Run on October 25, 2014. All donations raised will go to Rettsyndrome.org for Rett Syndrome Research in honor of Hannah Joy Hooks. Hannah Hooks is the daughter of Denay Hooten Hooks and Sam Hooks. She was born on March 30, 2012, and diagnosed with a neurological disorder called Rett Syndome in December of last year. Rett syndrome is a rare genetic postnatal neurological disorder that occurs almost exclusively in girls and leads ...
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School is fast approaching, however, there are a few more weeks to squeeze in some fun activities. The high school cheerleaders are hosting their annual Mini-Cheer Camp Monday, August 11th through Friday, August 15th. It will be held in the high school gym from 9:00 - 12:00. The camp is for kids ranging from 4 years old through 8th grade.
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When August approaches, we all know that change is coming: kids will be going back to school and football season will be upon us. To prepare for these and other changes, St. Paul Lutheran is offering a wonderful event that focuses on spiritual change. Many of you know Shelia Kale as the owner of The Closer Walk Christian Bookstore in Fredericksburg.
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The Castell Community Club will be hosting on Open House at the Castell School honoring John Harold and Dorothy Schuessler and Don and Dodie Vierus for their many years of dedication and service to the Castell School, Community Club and Castell Community. The Open House will be held Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
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Two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing returns to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds in Fredericksburg on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10, as part of the 2014 summer season. Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., the Gillespie County Race Meet weekend will also include three livestock shows taking place in the Show Barn at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. For the races, the gates open at 11 a.m.
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The 2014-2015 Mason County Queen’s Court is having a fundraiser Friday, August 8, 2014, on the west side of the Mason County Courthouse from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For a minimum donation of $7.00, you will get a Pulled Pork Sandwich, Chips, and a Drink. In addition, the Court will also be selling Baked Goods!
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Tim Osburn will speak at the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library today, August 6, at 4:00 P.M. He will be presenting a program about Medicare, its parts, and how it works. The program is free to the public.
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Mason’s Scarlet Punchers, those fun-loving, frivolous “women of a certain age,” who like to don purple attire and red hats, survived “Christmas in July,” our luncheon last month, with “party manners” intact. As you may or may not know, this was more difficult than you’d expect, given that part of Christmas in July was a Chinese Auction, where items were chosen, unwrapped, displayed, coveted, stolen, then stolen again.
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At 8:00 a.m., Saturday, September 27, 2014, the Mason Lions Club's 8th Annual Gem of the Hill Country 5 & 10 K Run/Walk will take place. Starting on the south side of the Mason County courthouse next to the old jail, participants will wind through the neighborhoods and onto a perimeter road that passes historic Fort Mason, offering one of the most beautiful scenic views in the hill country. I've said more or less the same thing over the past seven years and still can't think of a better way of ...
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Hundreds of spiritually oriented people from the far reaches of Texas and beyond will converge at the Boerne Civic Center during the weekend of August 8–10 to explore their personal opportunities for greater spiritual growth and service. The occasion? Eckankar’s 2014 Texas regional seminar entitled, Adventures in the Light and Sound of God.
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KERRVILLE – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will co-conduct two “Facing the Quail Decline” workshops in Kerr and Mason counties in September. The programs will have similar formats, but speakers and topics will vary to fit the respective area. Both begin with registration from 7:30-8 a.m.
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Five members of the Mason FFA Chapter recently attended the 86th Annual State FFA Convention held in Ft. Worth, Texas July 14-18, 2014. This event gives students the opportunity to represent their school on a state level with leadership skills. Members are also recognized for their achievements for the year along with scholarship recognition through FFA. Price Ruffin, son of Troy and Cara Ruffin, was presented with an FFA scholarship during the the Fifth General Session of the State Convention ...
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Olive, we think is a Boston Terrier / Jack (Parson) Russell Mix. She is young, probably less than a year old and a total cuddle buddy! Olive does have a spunky side to her, and as soon as she feels comfortable she can become a racing little diva! She was picked up by animal control and no one has come to claim her so she is now available for adoption.
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Havana Schmidt graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned into the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant May 28th, 2014. She received a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy with Honors. Havana was recognized by the Department of English and Philosophy for Outstanding Achievement in Philosophy.
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Mason, Texas in the 1880-1890’s was a bustling Hill Country town with a population that grew from 2644 to over 5000. The Courthouse Square boasted all the trappings of a good ‘Wild West’ town; a hardware store, tin shop, grocery and hardware stores and a saloon just off the corner of Fort McKavitt St.
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The Mason Community Foundation would like to remind local non-profit organizations that the deadline for grant applications is fast approaching! Annually, this round for grant applications is due on September 1st but with the Labor Day holiday, it has been extended to Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014. Non-profit groups and organizations that have projects intended for the betterment of the community are encouraged to submit an application, which can be picked up at the Community Thrift Store at 2 ...
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LCRA is accepting applications through August for membership on its four Regional Councils, groups of volunteers who provide an important link between LCRA and the communities it serves. Regional Council members meet several times a year to discuss regional topics involving LCRA services in their communities. Members pass along information from council meetings to their local communities to provide a clear, accurate understanding of issues related to LCRA. “The Regional Councils help LCRA i ...
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The Llano Country Opry will be staged on Saturday, August 9, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano. The show begins at 7:30 PM and will feature Darrell and Mona McCall. Tickets are now on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers or by calling (325) 247-5354. Darrell McCall grew up listening to the music and guitar picking of Merle Travis.
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Why should you participate in exercise? Exercise helps you improve endurance, strength, flexibility, & balance. Exercise will help you be able to continue to do the things you enjoy & continue to live independently. You will have the energy to enjoy your family. After you’ve increased your physical activity, you will notice you can do things easier & your thinking will improve.
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The St. Paul Lutheran Church Joyful Ringers Handbell Choir will begin fall rehearsals on Thursday, August 28 at 5:00 p.m. in the St. Paul Sunday School Building. The handbell choir is sponsored by the Lutheran Church, but membership is open to community members. We have members from St. Paul’s, as well as both Mason's First United and Art Methodist Churches, and would love to welcome new members from the area.
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(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs reminds shoppers the annual sales tax holiday is scheduled for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8 -10. The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales tax, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend. Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax free can be found on the Comptroller’s website at www.TexasTaxHoliday.org. This year, shoppers ...
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Henry Hohn, age 80, passed away on Monday, August 4, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lola Kruse Hohn, eight children, 20 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mason I.S.D.'s One Act Play, St Joseph Catholic Church, or a Mason charity of your choice.
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Laura Elizabeth Polk Lawson, 91, of San Saba, formally from Mason, went to be with the Lord on August 2, 2014, in San Saba. She was born on April 26, 1923, to her parents Alf Polk and Kate Gamel Polk in San Saba County. Laura was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mason and loved watching and spending quality time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Laura is survived by her three sons: Ronnie Schulze and wife Lesa of San Saba, David Schulze and wife Karen of Llano, a ...