Gillespie Life

Wed
22
Jan

Pacific War museum to unveil statue of Admiral Chester Nimitz

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation and National Museum of the Pacific War will unveil an eight-foot bronze statue of Adm. Chester Nimitz in what will be known as Nimitz Platz on Friday, Feb. 7, at 10:30 a.m.

Nimitz Platz is located between the Nimitz Museum and Command Post, at 340 East Main Street.

The statue was sculpted by Rip Caswell of Troutdale, Ore., and was commissioned by the Navy Order of the United States.

 “I owed my very best to this sculpture after what members of Nimitz’s generation sacrificed for this country,” Caswell said. “I saw it as my way to give back.”

The statue is one of two cast. The other sits on Ford Island, Hawaii overlooking the USS Arizona.

Wed
22
Jan

Harper Library nets grant to help collect rainwater


A GRANT for $7,613 to buy and install a rainwater collec-tion system at the Harper Li-brary was presented last week by the Lower Colorado River Authority and Central Texas Electric Cooperative. On hand for the presentation were, in front from left, Tomi Pugh, president of the board of the Harper Library and li-brary director; Sandra Kibby, LCRA board member; (se-cond row) Steve Dyer, LCRA representative; Barbara Hofmann, CTEC representa-tive; Doylene Bode, CTEC board member; Kathryn Jenschke, Harper Library board vice president; Pau-lette Leyendecker, Harper Library board treasurer; Mary Kampa, library representative; Steve Dodge, Harper Library board member, and (in back) library representatives Tony Winans and Karen Conway.

A community development grant to help the Harper Library install a rainwater collection system on its property was presented last week.

The Lower Colorado River Authority and Central Texas Electric Cooperative provided the $7,613 grant to help the library purchase and install the system’s gutters, rainwater storage tank, pump house, down spouts and jet pumps.

The system will serve as a water conservation model for area residents.

“Our focus is on bettering the community, and we want this rainwater system to serve as an example for people,” said Tomi Pugh, Harper Library board president and library director.

“We think that demonstrating the effective use of rainwater collection and its use fits perfectly with our other projects that benefit the community, such as recycling and participating in the Adopt-a-Highway cleanup program,” Pugh said.

The rainwater collection system is Phase 1 of the library board’s project.

Wed
22
Jan

Becker Vineyards, Hill Top Café uniting for Jan. 26 dinner

Hill Top Café and Becker Vineyards invite the public to join them for another vintner dinner, this one on Sunday, Jan. 26.

The four-course dinner kicks off with a wine reception beginning at 5 p.m. Johnny and Brenda Nicholas, Hill Top Café proprietors, and Nichole Bendele, Becker Vineyards’ public relations coordinator, will be present to meet and greet guests.

Brenda Nicholas (who is also the culinary director) and chef Marvin Hobson created the following menu around the Becker Vineyards wines:

Reception: Becker Vineyards Provencal Tallent Vineyard 2012.

First course: Braised oxtail soup with parsnips, kale and potato dumplings, paired with Becker Vineyards Albarino Peter’s Prairie Vineyard 2012.

Second Course:  Locally-grown roasted rainbow and golden beets with native spiced pecans, Texas chevre and hearts of palm in a prickly pear cactus vinaigrette, paired with Becker Vineyards Prairie Rotie 2012.

Wed
15
Jan

Nolen appointed director at Providence Hall School

Lynn Nolen, M.S., has been appointed as the director of the Providence Hall School by the board of directors.

She will begin her duties July 1.

Leslie Spraggins, the current director, and Elizabeth Beall, co-director, will coninue in positions as development directors for the school.

Spraggins said, “Lynn has the qualities we are looking for in appointing a director for Providence Hall — leadership, integrity, vision and experience with traditional learners and students with learning differences.”

“We are very excited to have someone of this caliber lead our school,” Beall added.

Nolen is currently the director of learning services at The Hockaday School in Dallas, having served in this position for 10 years.

Wed
15
Jan

Doss students for first time in recent UIL competition


DOSS STUDENTS who competed in the small school’s first-ever University Interscholastic League (UIL) academic meet outing included: (front row, from left) Michael Cooper, Stephanie Cooper and Clay Ellebracht; (second row) Ava Kruse, Jacob Pacheco, Audrey Herrera, Sierra Carroll, Clark Crenwelge, Ella Wyant and Case Cook, and, (back row) Adam Rodriguez, Riley Ellebracht, John Rodriguez, Riley Cook, Royce Cooper, Savanah Franek and Vanessa Herrera. The Doss youths competed in both the elementary and middle school levels of the scholastic meet in numerous categories, among them number sense, dictionary skills, storytelling, spelling and more.

Doss School students recently won numerous awards and medals in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Class 1A scholastics competition.

The event marked the first time that Doss School has participated in the UIL program and 100 percent of the eligible Doss students (17 youths) competed in at least one category of the contest, according to Terri Criswell, CPS, who serves as the administrative assistant for the Doss Common Consolidated School District (DCCSD.)

Doss students could be spotted among the several hundred students from six Class 1A schools at the meets in which they participated because they sported new electric green t-shirts that read: “There’s Good, There’s Better, and then There’s Doss School, established 1884.”

Traveling to Mason on Dec. 5 for the middle school level of competition was Clay Ellebracht, who won sixth place in seventh grade Listening Skills. He also competed in Dictionary Skills and Number Sense.

Wed
08
Jan

Jeff Jung travels the world

By Yvonne Hartmann

Jeff Jung is living the life that many people only dream about.

He gave up his life in the corporate world, sold his house and things, gave his dog to his cousin, packed his backpack and headed out on the adventure of a lifetime — traveling the world.

When he started his “career break” journey in 2007, “What I had in my backpack is what I took with me,” Jung said.

And now the television host, travel writer, author, blogger and speaker is ready to share his adventures and life lessons in his hometown of Fredericksburg when he hosts “Am I There Yet? The One Man Show: Tall Tales and Life Lessons from a Global Journey” on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18.

Jung will be sharing travel stories and life perspectives “with wit, heart and a touch of self-deprecation” at the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s Steve W. Shepherd Theater, beginning at 7:30 p.m. each night.

Wed
08
Jan

Academic Boosters recognize mentors

Since its inception in 1992, the Fredericksburg Academic Boosters (FAB) has worked to facilitate mentor-student relationships that produce lasting results.

As part of National Mentoring Month, Fredericksburg Academic Boosters is recognizing volunteer mentors who serve students in the Fredericksburg Independent School District.

(See the advertisement in today’s edition of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.) 

The mentoring program has helped hundreds of students during its 20-plus years in operation at Fredericksburg Elementary School, Fredericksburg Middle School, Fredericksburg High School and Stonewall Elementary School. 

FAB and the school mentor coordinators, Elena Howard (FES), Lori McClellan (FMS), Holly Shepard (FHS), and Mike McNeil (Stonewall), express their appreciation to the volunteers who give their time to inspire and motivate the youth of Fredericksburg and Stonewall.

Mon
30
Dec

Year in Review: Youth make news throughout 2013


FHS graduates give a "thumbs up"

The youth of Gillespie County continued to make headlines throughout the year.

Ilsa Marie Doss, daughter of Sandra and Steven Doss of London, was the first baby born at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in 2013. She was born at 4:20 p.m. on Jan. 2, weighing eight pounds, 10 ounces, and was delivered by Dr. Michael Campbell.

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

Mon
30
Dec

Black-eyed pea, cornbread cookoff set

 

Torre di Pietra Vineyards will host the 8th Annual Black-Eyed Pea and Cornbread Cookoff from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 1, at the vineyard.

The vineyard, located on U.S. Highway 290 East outside of Fredericksburg, will also host The Almost Patsy Cline Band for the event. The band will take the stage at 1 p.m. and will continue entertaining until 5 p.m. 

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

Mon
30
Dec

Gillespie Livestock Show, Auction slated Jan. 9-11

Gillespie County 4-Hers and Fredericksburg and Harper FFA members are busy putting in extra hours to get ready for the start of a new stock show season.

Kicking off the 2014 season for most exhibitors will be the Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 9-11.

And with the local show coming up in less than two weeks, officials with the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show Association have announced a change for the buyer appreciation barbecue to Sunday, Jan. 5.

While the county show is the only competition for some local exhibitors, a large number will be continuing on to other contests across the state.

Following the Gillespie County show is the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show in Kerrville, Jan. 13-18.

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