Gillespie Life

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04
Jun

Playground naming honors late Quinn Kott

Wed
04
Jun

Gillespie voters mirror statewide results in runoff

Slightly more than 1 in 10 voters took part in the May 27 primary runoff elections in Gillespie County.

Only 11.6 percent of the county’s 17,883 registered voters took part in the primary runoff. That included 1,969 Republican voters and 110 Democratic voters.

Gillespie results mirrored statewide tallies in the GOP primary runoff.

Tea Party favorite Dan Patrick topped incumbent David Dewhurst in the lieutenant governor’s race, 57-43 percent. (Statewide result was 65-35 percent.) Patrick will now face Democrat Leticia Van de Putte in the November general election.

Ken Paxton topped Dan Branch 58 percent to 42 percent in the race for attorney general. (Statewide result was 64-36 percent.)

Sid Miller beat Tommy Merritt for the nomination for commissioner of agriculture, 62-38 percent. (Statewide tally was closer at 53-47 percent.)

Wed
04
Jun

Columnist releases new advice book


"An Interrupted Conversation" is a collection of nearly 100 pieces of advice that Phil Houseal invites readers to help finish.

Local columnist and author Phil Houseal has released his newest book, “An Interrupted Conversation,” a compilation of advice from one of his mentors, released in advance of graduation and wedding season.

Dick Culbertson, a U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, had retired to San Antonio in 1976, but continued to be an active leader in many areas and organizations, including the Texas Community Education Association. That was where he became a friend and mentor to the author.

“Dick first cornered me when I became involved in community education at the state level,” Houseal said. “As I explain in the book’s introduction, he literally grabbed me after a session in Austin and pulled me out in the hallway to talk.”

Wed
04
Jun

A FEAST FOR THE EYES


Drawing viewers’ eyes toward her own during the Studio602 Fredericksburg Middle School Art Show last Tuesday and Wednesday, May 27-28, was eighth grade Art III artist Peyton Cantu (top right.) “Come See What We See” featured numerous pieces in a variety of media in the FMS Gymnasium. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter
Wed
04
Jun

FLYING HIGH


Dean Siracusa of Austin takes a “selfie” thanks to a GoPro camera mounted on the wingtip of his 1966 Myers 200D while flying over the Gillespie County countryside recently. Siracusa and other aviators were in Fredericksburg for the Meyers Aircraft Owners Association Fly-In at the Gillespie County Airport, May 27-31. The event drew approximately 20-25 Meyers aircraft, including the classic 200, rare OTW and super rare 145. Siracusa, who is the president and founder of Summer Hawk Optics, Inc. and Flying Eyes Sunglasses, grew up on the family’s ranch on the Tivydale Road. — Photo courtesy Dean Siracusa
Wed
04
Jun

Carla Gale named SMS 'Teacher of the Year'

Gale

Carla Gale has been selected as the Teacher of the Year at St. Mary’s School.

Gale has been teaching for 30 years, and has spent the last 28 years at St. Mary’s.

She is one of the first grade teachers and is also the after-school teacher for the campus Title 1 program.

In her time at St. Mary’s, Gale has taught first and second grade, and for many years she assisted young Catholic students in preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.

Gale said that she loves teaching first grade and that she really enjoys guiding young students to become independent readers.

“When I started teaching at St. Mary’s, I felt like I had come home,” Gale said. “I had a great peace. I could pray with my students. This joy and peace have been with me all these years.”

Gale was recognized as the school mass on May 29 and was presented an engraved golden apple by Msgr. Enda McKenna and Principal Billy Pahl.

Wed
04
Jun

Rules announced for JAMboree baking contest

With the Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo just around the corner on June 20-21, the rules for the 2014 Baking, Preserves and Salsa Contests have been announced.

Sponsored by the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce, the contest includes peach pies, cobblers, preserves and salsas.

Following are the general rules and information for the contests which will be judged on Saturday, June 21.

•All entries are to be brought to the Stonewall Chamber Building, located at 250 Peach Street, between 8:30-10 a.m. on Saturday, June 21.

Judging begins at 10:45 a.m., and winning entries may be viewed at about 1 p.m. at the Stonewall Chamber Building.

•There is no entry fee.

•No commercial entries will be accepted.

•All entries become the property of the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce.

•The contest deadline is Saturday, June 21, at 10 a.m.

Wed
04
Jun

Brown named 'Teacher of the Year'


Deanne Heinen Brown, a 1980 graduate of Fredericksburg High School, is the “Teacher of the Year” in Texas high school journalism.

For Texas high school journalism

The Interscholastic League Press Conference presented its annual Max R. Haddick Teacher of the Year award to Westlake High School journalism teacher Deanne Heinen Brown.

Brown is a 1980 graduate of Fredericksburg High School. She is also the daughter of Fredericksburg residents Robert and Barbara Heinen.

Westlake’s yearbook adviser Cindy Todd nominated Brown for the award, which she received during the ILPC’s recent spring convention at the University of Texas’ LBJ Auditorium.

The ILPC gives the award every year to the best high school journalism instructor in Texas.

Wed
28
May

Film fest partners with movie theater for free screening

The Hill Country Film Festival (HCFF) has partnered with Fritztown Cinema to promote the art of independent filmmaking through a monthly “indie screening series” in Fredericksburg.

The fifth presentation in this collaborative efforts of HCFF and Fritztown Cinema is “Tu Seras Un Homme,” (d. Benoît Cohen, France, 2013).

The screening will take place at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 4 at Fritztown Cinema, 2254 U.S. Highway 87 South in Fredericksburg. The screening is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Hill Country Film Society, which sponsors the annual festival, and Fritztown Cinema.

The film has been screened at more than 20 film festivals throughout the U.S., winning multiple awards, including Best Feature, Best International Film and Audience Choice. The film was the first feature from France to be featured at the festival, which recently completed its fifth year.

Wed
21
May

Hard work, inspiration from others benefit Martinez


Martinez is thankful for opportunities and a work ethic he inherited from his parents.

After earning bachelor's degree, on path to become a doctor

By Ken Esten Cooke— Daniel Martinez Barrera is living the American dream. But he realizes that even the most singular achievements come with lots of help from others.

Martinez received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences on Saturday from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The 2010 Fredericksburg High School graduate now plans to attend the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.

For a child with humble roots, it has not been an easy path. But good study habits and work-ethic, combined with opportunities and “angels” have set him on the path to medical school.

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