Gillespie Life

Wed
18
Dec

Bake sale set Saturday by Friends of Gillespie's country schools

The Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools group will sponsor a bake sale benefit on Saturday, Dec. 21. 

Volunteers will be set up in Fredericksburg from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in front of JEK’s East at 1110 East Main Street, JEK’s West at 528 West Main Street, and Chase Bank at 150 East Main Street. 

Fresh baked items are donated by members of the community clubs and other supporting organizations who meet at the Cave Creek, Cherry Spring, Crabapple, Lower South Grape Creek, Luckenbach, Meusebach Creek, Nebgen, Pecan Creek, Rheingold, Williams Creek (Albert), Willow City and Wrede former school buildings. 

Proceeds from the bake sale will be used for preservation and improvement work projects on these 12 former country schools. 

Memorabilia gift items, including coffee cups, stationery cards with envelopes, and history books and DVD’s will also be available for donation prices. 

Wed
11
Dec

The weather outside was frighful...


Things got very cold over the weekend when Fredericksburg saw temperatures drop to as low as 21 degrees on Saturday with only .08 inches of precipitation recorded at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. Despite the freezing temperatures, this fountain adjacent to Pioneer Memorial Library continued to flow Saturday morning. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward
Wed
11
Dec

Houseal releases 'Playing to a Full House'


AUTHOR, columnist and musician Phil Houseal has written a book featuring 60 stories of Hill Country music and musicians.

From his first trips to the Texas as a professional musician in 1978, to writing columns covering the musicians and music he used to play, Phil Houseal has had a front row seat on the arts and entertainment of the Texas Hill Country.

Houseal has released a book with stories on more than 50 of those artists, “Playing to a Full House.”

“People have been asking me for years to compile my best pieces into a book,” Houseal said. “The challenge was that I still have to turn out seven columns every month along with the work I do for my PR clients. I couldn’t stop writing articles long enough to start writing the book.”

But this year, he decided to step down after 20 years running the popular Club Ed adult education program, giving him more time to work on his own projects, including starting his marketing firm, Full House PR.

The book itself covers a wide range of artists and topics. That was another challenge.

Wed
11
Dec

Church-to-Church Walk planned Tuesday night

The annual Church-to-Church Walk, hosted by the Gillespie County Ministerial Association, is scheduled for 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17 beginning from St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

The long-time Fredericksburg tradition will move from St. Mary’s Catholic Church, to Zion Lutheran Church, to Bethany Lutheran Church, and conclude at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church.

“This year’s theme will be titled, ‘Visits Along the Way,’ as brief scriptures and prayers will be offered at each church stop along the route,” said the Rev. Bobby Vitek, spokesman. “A new feature this year will be the singing of Christmas carols in each church.”

The event is free and the public is invited.

Refreshments and fellowship will be offered at the conclusion of the walk at the Holy Ghost Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall at the corner of South Adams and East San Antonio streets. 

Wed
11
Dec

Good Samaritan Center launches yearly drive

The Good Samaritan Center has launched its annual fund raising campaign for the months of December and January, mailing over 12,000 letters to local residents and supporters asking for help to match two challenge grants.

“We are grateful for the two foundations that gave us challenge grants to help us with our fundraising,” said John Willome, executive director of the center. “First, an anonymous foundation gave us a $50,000 challenge grant that matches any donations that come in December and January. Then the Shield-Ayres Foundation in San Antonio gave us a $15,000 challenge grant for any donations that come in over and above what a given donor gave during last year’s campaign. Basically, these two foundations believe in our work and we thank them for encouraging the public to support us, too.”

Wed
11
Dec

Newspaper announces early publication dates, deadlines

Christmas is just around the corner and, with that in mind, the publication schedules for the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post have been adjusted for the holiday season.

Because Christmas Day itself falls on a Wednesday this year — the first time since 2002 — the newspaper that week will be published on Monday, Dec. 23.

Likewise, the following week’s paper will also be published on Monday, Dec. 30, in order to accommodate New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, which also falls this year on the regular publication date of Wednesday.

 

Deadlines pushed

With the earlier publication schedules in store during the coming weeks, deadlines for submitted news articles and photos, as well as advertisements, have also been moved forward.

Advertising deadline

Wed
11
Dec

FHS Aerospace engineering program seeks alumni feedback

Fredericksburg High School teacher Brett Williams, founder of the SystemsGo aerospace engineering program, is tracking down former students who attended any of his aerospace engineering courses at FHS since 1996.

“In order to evaluate this program for the purposes of sustainment and to acquire funding, we need to capture objective data and results,” Williams said. “We are asking former students to contact us and share ways that being in our program helped them in their education or career.”

Students are asked to send emails to info@systemsgo.org with their current contact information, along with the following:

•           Year of high school graduation;

•           What grade(s) in school did they take FHS aerospace engineering classes;

•           What colleges, universities, tech schools, vocational training schools, attended;

•           What degree(s) and academic honors received;

Wed
04
Dec

City Tree Lighting


ALL SMILES while playing in the “Gingerbread Village” on Friday night on Marktplatz was three-year-old Christopher Pedroza of Arlington. The village was designed by local artist Margaret Hannum. Friday night’s annual lighting of the Community Christmas Tree and German Pyramid were sponsored by the 2013 Mayor’s Christmas Committee. —Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann
Wed
04
Dec

LBJ Christmas Traditions—


KRISTINA VIRO of Missouri City tries her hand at candle making on Saturday afternoon at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site at Stonewall as part of the annual Cookie Decorating and German Traditions program. Helping Viro and others make candles at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm were state park volunteers Terri Debusk, center, and Debbie Dillingham. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann
Wed
04
Dec

Holy Ghost Church to host nativity displays Friday through Sunday, Dec. 6-8

Holy Ghost Lutheran Church will feature its annual nativity display Friday through Sunday, Dec. 6-8.

The nativities will be on display in the Holy Ghost Fellowship Hall at the corner of South Adams and East San Antonio streets on Friday, Dec. 6, from 6-9 p.m.; Saturday Dec. 7, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The event is free with free refreshments being offered.

 “[The display] begins immediately following the Fredericksburg Christmas night parade,” said the Rev. Bobby Vitek. “This new tradition has been going on now for five years and has really caught on. Literally, hundreds of nativities will be set up for all to enjoy. Some are a century old, others come from Europe, some are homemade, and some have been in families for many generations. It’s quite a sight to experience.”

More information is available by calling the church office at 997-2288.

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