Gillespie Life

Tue
02
Jul

Ready To Land


Poised over the fountain in front of Pioneer Memorial Library, a White-winged Dove hovers above the precious water momentarily before coming in for a two-point landing and a swallow of cool water. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt
Tue
02
Jul

WWII living history shows to return this weekend

While many celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, picnics and parades, there’s at least one way in Fredericksburg this weekend for Americans to better learn just how they were provided with their present-day freedoms.

World War II authentically dressed soldiers will take the stage this Saturday and Sunday, July 6-7, for five separate  “Pacific Combat Zone” living history shows at the National Museum of the Pacific War.

During each 90-minute performance, reenactors will talk about the tactics and strategies and even fire off some of the weapons that gave the allies the advantage in winning World War II.

With plenty of pyrotechnic explosions, a working flamethrower, a rumbling Stewart tank, U.S. Army Jeeps, rifles, bayonets and more, the show’s conclusion — a Hollywood-style battle reenactment — has made the event a popular attraction for visitors on specially-planned weekends throughout the summer.

Tue
02
Jul

Fredericksburg Telephone Company


GAYLE AND NICK LONGLEY’S business, Fredericksburg Telephone Company, could be described as a “mom and pop” operation since they’re the owners and the only employees. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt— Fredericksburg Telephone Company is a different kind of business — it’s not a brick-and-mortar retail store, it’s not a place where you’d go to get a cell phone, it’s not even where you’d go to get hooked up for home phone service.

Instead, it’s a business you’d call on if you’re wanting a multi-phone system and the associated wiring, which includes wiring for computers and other similar services in the interconnect telephone industry.

Nick and Gayle Longley started their business nearly 21 years ago (the anniversary will be in October) at the suggestion of Nick’s father, a retired Southwestern Bell employee at the time.

Since then, Fredericksburg Telephone has been installing and servicing wires in buildings primarily for businesses, as well as taking care of cable and computer hook-up needs. Also, there are residential work needs that come along occasionally.

Tue
02
Jul

Harper Library benefit set Saturday in the park

The “Saturday in the Park” fundraising event to benefit the volunteer-operated Harper Library will be held Saturday, July 6 in the Harper Community Park.

The facility began in 2004 as the idea of a group of citizens which blossomed into 4,000 donated books in a small home.

Since then, the Harper Library has gathered enough grant-funding from several foundations and support from its local land owners and residents through fund-raising and donations to move into a newly remodeled, 3,800-square-foot building at 23247 West U.S. Highway 290 in downtown Harper.

A full facility now, it houses a collection of 12,500 materials, including books, audio books, videos and DVDs, periodicals and newspapers. A public meeting room is available for local organizations to reserve and use. And, computers and WiFi connectivity are available for public use. Recently, ebooks became available.

Tue
02
Jul

Some closing doors on July 4

Gillespie County residents will be joining in the commemoration of America’s birthday on Thursday, July 4.

To celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, city, county, state and federal offices will be closing their doors on Thursday, July 4, along with a large number of businesses.

The Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post will also be closing on Thursday, July 4. And because of the holiday, the newspaper is being published one day this week.

Government

•Federal offices: Closed.

•State offices: Closed.

•County offices: Closed.

•City offices: Closed.

Postal Service

•Closed. There will be no delivery on city, rural or highway contract routes on July 4. The post office windows will be closed and no lockbox service will be provided.

Wed
26
Jun

Newsaper finishes second in state contest sweepstakes

The Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post finished second in the large weekly division of the Texas Press Association’s statewide Better Newspaper Contest.

The contest was held in conjunction with the TPA 2013 Leadership Retreat at the TPA Newspaper Leadership Retreat, held last weekend at the Hyatt Regency in Houston.

The Standard-Radio Post narrowly missed first place with 425 points, placing second to the Port Aransas South Jetty with 450. (This newspaper narrowly placed ahead of the South Jetty at a recent regional contest.)

Wed
26
Jun

Gillespie wineries win big at tasting

Texas wines, including two from Gillespie County establishments, won the top six spots in a blind taste test judged by seven professional sommeliers June 15-16 in Dallas.

Pitting Viognier wines from Texas, California and the modern home of the grape —Condrieu, France — head-to-head in the blind taste test resulted in the first-place being won by the 2012 Pedernales Cellars Reserve.

While the 2011 Brennan Vineyards wine took second, another Gillespie County winery won third place with its 2012 Becker Vineyards wine.

Another 2012 Becker Vineyards wine won sixth place in the contest.

The organizer of the event, Andrew Chalk, editor of “CraveDFW” said, “I put together this tasting because, after four years touring over 80 Texas wineries, I concluded the Viognier was the white grape that was most successful in the state. In fact, I felt it was reaching a level comparable with California Viognier (although maybe not that of France.)”

Wed
26
Jun

City water users still in "Stage 4"

By Matt Ward— As the temperature rises for the summer months, Annette Loth’s job gets tougher.

Despite the City of Fredericksburg’s Stage 4 water restrictions being in place for nearly two full years, the city’s lone code enforcement officer said that many residents still do not know what restrictions are in place.

“Things are not good (with residents following water restrictions) and it’s basically because they thought there weren’t any Stage 4 water restrictions,” Loth said. “We haven’t gone out of it.”

Stage 4 restrictions were implemented July 7, 2011 and have yet to be lifted by the city.

“I’m doing mostly notice of violations, rather than issuing citations to residents,” Loth said. “Code enforcement is more compliance than anything else. (Violators) ask me, ‘Who called me in?’ Nobody called them in. It’s part of my job. I drive all over the city.”

Wed
26
Jun

Patriotic parade, program set July 4

A parade down Main Street and a patriotic program with music are planned in the downtown area here Thursday, July 4, when Fredericksburg dons its best reds, whites and blues in celebration of Independence Day.

July 4th patriotic parade

Main Street’s storefronts are being urged to put out their best patriotic themed decorations in anticipation of the holiday and the parade, which is expected to again draw thousands of spectators to the 10 a.m. event.

Some 90 entries of people, cars, trailers and anything else that can be decorated patriotically will make this year’s parade as big or bigger than ever, said Daryl Whitworth, organizer.

Entries are still be accepted through Tuesday, July 2, for any businesses, organizations or individuals who would like to be in the parade free of charge and who are willing to meet the requirement of decorating their entry in a patriotic theme.

Wed
26
Jun

Fireworks show set

Just after the last measures of patriotic tunes are played, the skies over Fredericksburg will burst into a rainbow of lights as the city hosts its annual fireworks display here Thursday, July 4.

Pre-fireworks concert by USAF’s “Warhawk”

From the well-known United States Air Force Band of the West comes “Warhawk” — a variety music ensemble who will perform a Fourth of July Tribute concert in Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park’s Pioneer Pavilion, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4.

Warhawk is the USAF Band of the West’s response to America’s demand for classic rock ’n roll, traditional country and current pop music heard on the Top 40s stations. They perform a family-friendly show that is open to the public, free of charge and will include songs from artists like Michelle Branch, Brooks & Dunn, Creed and Shania Twain.

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