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August 20, 2014 Issue
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
Mason Elementary and Junior High “Back to School Bash” set for Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 5:30-7:00! We hope everyone has had a fantastic, safe, and fun summer! School is just around the corner, so expect lots of information in the mail soon. We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces at the “Back to School Bash” on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 5:30-7:00 (you may come anytime) where you can meet your teacher(s), sign up for great organizations, see the campus and class ...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014 • Photos
Friday, August 22nd, the Mason High School cheerleaders are requesting your attendance at a new event. They are hosting a pork loin dinner and auction. Dinner will be served from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Mason ISD cafeteria. Tickets are being pre-sold by the high school cheerleaders and can be purchased in the high school office or at the door.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
The drawing for the 2015 Puncher home game box seat tickets will be held on Wednesday,September 3rd at 10:00 a.m. The drawing will be held at the Administration Office on the north side of the square (200 Ft. McKavitt St.). In order to be entered into the drawing, a check for $240 needs to be delivered to the Administrative office prior to the drawing date.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
The Mason ISD Education Foundation will be auctioning off their 50 yard line box seat. The silent auction will begin on Thursday, August 21st at the Meet the Teacher event in the school’s cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. The auction bid sheet will then be moved to the Mason Bank on Friday, August 22nd until Monday, August 25th.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 21, 2014
The Mason Stargazers, MSG, will have their first meeting on Tuesday, August 26, at 6:30 P.M. in the Stribling Room of the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. The next star party and star party etiquette will be discussed. Jarrett Lingle will present a program on the Messier Catalogue, and training on using the Library telescope will be given.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 21, 2014
What do you think would happen, just hypothetically, if all the dairy cows and all the chickens that live on farms in the United States were suddenly kicked out to fend for themselves? I’ll tell you exactly what would happen – most of them would die within a week, and the rest would follow in short order.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 21, 2014 • Photos
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, August 12th, for its regular weekly meeting. There were 37 members and three visitors in attendance. Lion Thom Canfield was responsible for the program and introduced Head Coach Kade Burns who spoke about the high school fall athletics program. Coach Burns said that there were a good number of boys out for football, and they were working hard to get in shape for this season.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 21, 2014
I have a bad habit of eating fast. This comes from a life of “GRAZERS!” These folks are really quick with their forks. They can reach long distance and stab food off your plate. They may make a comment at times while they transfer food from your plate to their mouth, “You won’t eat all that!” Too, I refrain from sitting near anyone that is known to me to be a “GRAZER!” Then, I guard my food with my full body.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 21, 2014
You will notice that the events that are depicted here are not necessarily in chronological order as I have to write as I remember those events, which were important to me but maybe not to others at the time and being a child of the thirties, I did not recognize many events as being very eventful and I am sure that I am not alone in that field, as everyone was involved in making a living and making kids. I am thinking that every kid wondered how he came about in this world at the ancient age o ...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 21, 2014
The hot and dry summer days seem to be back with us and even the start of the new school year will not yet bring us fall weather here in Central Texas. Our big concern in Mason is to strongly encourage everyone to comply with our water restrictions and reduce their landscape watering.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 21, 2014
Sunday’s Sing-A-Long service was a great hit with all of the special music and congregation participation. I will just give you a small idea of the contents of the service. This was a combination service with the Trinity Church people attending. It is always great when we can get together for fellowship. We started with the singing of “Great is Thy Faithfulness”.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 21, 2014
A dear and amazing soul went home to heaven last week, and she will be deeply missed. Jane Hoerster was the local “wise woman” when it came to genealogies and Mason County history. She was a delight to know, and when she could no longer be here in the Archives Room, our days weren’t quite as lively or interesting.
, CEA-FCS
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 21, 2014
Anything on a stick is fun- so make a cool and refreshing snack this summer with bananas and your favorite toppings. These pops are a great way to use extra bananas and get children helping in the kitchen. Ingredients: 3 large bananas 1 carton low-fat Greek or regular flavored yogurt 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted Popsicle sticks Garnishes: (optional) Dry cereal or granola Crushed graham crackers Toasted shredded coconut Chopped nuts Colored sprinkles Chopped dried or fres ...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 21, 2014
WHAT WITH BACK-TO-SCHOOL bedlam now at full bore, some of us smile at the growing “getting-ready” game plans. In my day, we needed only bits of parchment with one side unused and perhaps a new quill or two—if we could catch a goose. Okay, maybe it wasn’t that far back; Big Chief tablets, inkwells/pen staffs and art gum erasers were big items, though. Ringing in many ears are teachers’ endless admonitions–thundered in September and wheezed in May.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 21, 2014
[It’s tradition to run this column every year before school starts] Last week Mason County News published the School Supply List for Mason Elementary and Mason Junior High. You can probably find most of these items at Hinckley’s General Store. Anyway, I was so intrigued I just couldn’t put it down.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
Gerry, After reading the MC News August 6th article about Willow Creek Cafe, I wanted to expand its more recent history. James and Cindy Morris moved to Mason in 1995 and bought the Schmidt building from the Metzgers, who had operated a computer business there. The Morrises did renovations in January of 1996 and opened Willow Creek Cafe on Round Up weekend of that year to a brisk business.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
Dear Editor: How many cats are too many? While looking out my dining room window, I can frequently count upwards of 25 different cats. And that’s from my dining room window alone. Although I genuinely like cats and as a kid had several of them as pets, I feel that 20+ unvaccinated, feral cats are way too many for one city block, especially for a city block that’s just across the creek bed from the school playground. I’m told by municipal employees as well as other residents that the cit ...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
In the past week, we have heard of the tragic suicide of the incomparable Robin Williams and of the death of Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall. We think fondly of their triumphs on the silver screen, and the news of their passings fill traditional and social media, obscuring other world happenings. Both of these Hollywood giants were greatly involved in the USO tours of their day.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
Dear Gerry, I have been a weekend resident of Masollan for 18 years and have hopes of retiring here someday. But lately my husband has mentioned that he no longer wants to retire here because of the poor condition of Mas-o-llan Road. He says he cannot imagine driving the road on a daily basis and now refuses to come out in his good truck.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
Dear Editor: My wife and I attended the 11 August City Council meeting and heard Tom Tannehill state his reasons for resigning from the Administrative Judge position. He and I had spoken prior to the meeting so I had heard his rationale leading to his resignation. I had also seen the statistics he had gathered.
, Editor
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014 • Photos
Seven and a half years ago, Theresa Walker called to tell me that the puppy she had promised to me would be brought to town by Brooks, and I could come by her office to pick one of the four. We put the four pups out on the grass in front of the office, and the potential owners all sat in a circle around them.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014 • Photos
The Mason County Ministerial Alliance invites you to join us on Thursday, August 21st at 8:00 AM to pray for our children, their teachers, and the Mason ISD administration. We will hold this 15 minute time of prayer at the tennis courts behind the school. There will be prayer, singing, and a short devotional.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014 • Photos
What would make you even consider sending your son or daughter on a dangerous 1,000-mile trek across Central America and Mexico knowing that physical and sexual assault could be a part of the ordeal? Approximately 65,000 Central American children, unaccompanied by any adult, have made this journey in 2014.   Many Americans are puzzled and angry about what is occurring.  At 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
An even numbered year is upon us and the London Community will be sponsoring the London School Re Union, which now is a community affair, the last Saturday of September, which is September 27, with the doors opening at 9 AM with hot coffee and a sweet thing (LIKE ME) to munch on.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014 • Photos
Lifelong Masonite, Jessie Walker, was diagnosed with a benign pituitary gland tumor in July 2014. Due to the size, location and nature of this tumor, multiple approaches are being used by the medical team. Jesse was hospitalized on July 22nd and has endured an emergency craniotomy that removed only 30-40% of the tumor....
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 21, 2014 • Photos
Beautiful tortoiseshell kitten. Persy is a three-month old kitten that was rescued off the street and brought to Second Chance - Mason Animal Rescue. This little girl loves to play, loves to be held and pretty much would like your undivided attention! She is very people oriented, and will make a great companion cat.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014 • Photos
Mason County Soil & Water Conservation District had their annual Billy Bingo contest during the 50th Roundup weekend. Michael Cope was the sole winner this year! Chuck Bearden presented Michael with a check on behalf of the Mason County Soil & Water Conservation District.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014 • Photos
Dear Mason Lions, My name is Khristina Sanchez and I’m the daughter of Zelma V. Martinez and the step daughter of Abel Martinez. I would like to thank my Lion sponsors, Mr. Charles Reichenau and John Gammil. This summer was my fourth year attending Texas Lions Camp. I have had type one diabetes since I was 9 years old.
, Mason AgriLife Extension Service
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
In Texas, the Texas Pesticide Law requires you must be licensed or certified by the Texas Department of Agriculture in order to lawfully use a restricted-use pesticide, state-limited-use pesticide or regulated herbicides. To obtain a license, here are some steps in the process. A private pesticide applicator is someone who uses or supervises the use of restricted-use or state-limited-use pesticides or regulated herbicides to produce an agricultural commodity on the following, on personally own ...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
The Library Book Club will meet to discuss the August selection, What Alice Forgot, on Tuesday, August 26, at 5:00 P.M. Everyone is welcome!
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
Ann Scarth will be at the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Library on Tuesday, August 26, from 2:00-4:00 P.M. to give FREE blood pressure and blood glucose screenings.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
Volunteers are needed to train for the front desk at the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. We need volunteers who are available to work on a regular schedule. If you’re interested, please call Patti at 325-347-5446.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
It is that time of year again…back to school! As we start our 28th year here at GCS, we are so excited to see what God has in store for us! Our faithful staff of Fritz Landers, Gay Renfroe, and Ricky and Courtney Newman have spent the summer planning, reorganizing and cleaning for a fresh start this fall.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
Braving the 102 degree heat, 38 golfers participated in the Puncher Club Golf Team Fund Raiser Scramble last Saturday. Using six feet of string as a handicapping neutralizer, the teams were all pretty evenly matched. The string is used as an extension of the hole. Each time a measurement of string is used it is cut off.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 21, 2014 • Photos
Last week, the Mason County Chamber of Commerce held an official ribbon cutting to welcome their newest member business, The Line Shack. The Line Shack is a new café in town specializing in beef and seafood. They’re located at 805 San Antonio St, and they are open Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 21, 2014 • Photos
Chase Stiles and Tara Johnson are so very happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Kenzie Jade Stiles, born July 23, 2014, in Odessa, weighing 6 pounds 14 ounces. Kenzie Jade is welcomed by her big sister, Holley, and by grandparents Theresa and Patrick Weber and Lex Kothman of Mason and Terry and Bonnie Beeler of Big Spring.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
For the past fifteen years, Steady Steps, a non-profit child care center, located at First United Methodist Church has provided nursery and childcare services to the Mason community. Our goal is to provide a program that allows children to develop emotionally, socially and physically. Part of children’s development is through active play time.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014 • Photos
Jane Brandon Hofmann Hoerster, 92, died on August 11th at Hill Country Healthcare Center in Llano, Texas. She was born to Otto Ernest and Della Mae Hofmann in Grit, Texas on June 9, 1922. Jane was the third of four daughters, The Hofmann Girls: Della Louise, Mary Maude, Jane Brandon, and Gloria Faye. On May 11, 1941, Jane married a local rancher, Franklin Roy Hoerster.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014 • Photos
Ervin Edward Eckert of Doss, Texas, went to be with his Lord on Monday, August 11, 2014, at the age of 90 years. He passed away in the Fredericksburg Nursing Home in Fredericksburg, Texas. He was born on July 13, 1924, in the Salt Branch Community of Doss in Mason County at his grandparents’ home. He married Yvonne Harper on December 26, 1954, at First United Methodist Church, Mason, and she survives him.