Gillespie Life


Bethany preschool director kisses pig

Stephanie Sanchez puckers up and plants a kiss on the pig’s kisser. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

(To raise funds for St. Jude's Hospital)

Bethany Preschool students must have really wanted director Stephanie Sanchez to kiss a pig.

They had to raise $1,300 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to get Sanchez to pucker up for a porker. In total, they raised $1,863 — $563 more than needed.

Sanchez raised $20, for a total of $1,883.

The male pig, according to Patrick Padgett (who provided it) was a three-week-old crossbreed.

This was Sanchez’ first time kissing a pig, and when she was done, the pig had noticeable lipstick marks on his face.

“It was all for a good cause, so I didn’t mind,” Sanchez said. “Anything to help out St. Jude. I was just glad [the pig] was little. He was very cute and sweet, so it was all right.”

This is the fifth year that Bethany Preschool has raised money for St. Jude. Since 2009, it has raised more than $5,000.


Blankets and Blues at Barons CreekSide slated Sunday

Six blues bands will be taking the stage on Sunday, May 4, at the Blankets and Blues event from 4-11 p.m. at Barons CreekSide.

Daniel Meyer will host his third open-air music festival, and those attending are encouraged to pack their blankets and lawn chairs and bring the entire family.

There will be food at Bejas’ food truck, wine from Santamaria Winery and beer from Pedernales Brewery.

In addition, guests are welcome to pack a picnic and bring their own beverages.

Admission is a voluntary contribution to underwrite the costs of the bands.

Headlining the event will be the Hill Country’s Jay Boy Adams and three-time Grammy Award-winning Zenobia from Albuquerque, N,M.

Jay Boy Adams, Zenobia and their full band will celebrate the release of their new CD titled, “How Long How Long.”


Maifest concerts to be featured at St. Joseph's Halle

A century-long tradition will continue as two area German choirs will lead a celebration of songs during the Maifest Spring Concert at St. Joseph’s Halle on Sunday, May 4.

Admission and refreshments are free, and donations are appreciated.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Gemuetlichkeit, followed by the concert at 7 p.m.

The two choirs are the Arion Men’s Choir and the Hermann Sons Mixed Choir.

The Arion Men’s Choir will sing Kein Feuer, keine Kohle; Nun will der Lenz uns gruessen; Wach auf; Mutter; Steal Away, and Schwarzbraun ist die Haselnuss.

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Willow City VFD benefit slated this Saturday

The Willow City Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department will host its annual benefit, beginning at 3 p.m., on Saturday, May 3 at the Willow City Fire Station.

The station is at 2553 Ranch Road 1323 in Willow City.

The Auxiliary’s Country Store will be open from 3-5 p.m. and will be offering a variety of home-baked goods and copies of the “Willow City Recipes and Remembrances” cookbook.

A silent auction will be from 3-6:30 p.m., while the live auction with auctioneer Dudley Althaus will run from 4-5:30 p.m.


Library book sale set Saturday

Around 10,000 books will be for sale during the Friends of Pioneer Memorial Library’s annual book sale at Marktplatz on Saturday, May 3.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. and is expected to last until 2 p.m.

Money raised by the sale is used to support the library’s mission, especially the summer reading and storytime programs.

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Standard-Radio Post brings home awards from STPA


Paper finishes second in regional ‘large weekly’ contest

The Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post placed second in the South Texas Press Association’s (STPA) annual newspaper contest.

“STPA is the largest regional press association in the nation, and to finish second among the largest weekly papers is an honor,” said Ken Esten Cooke, publisher. “The Standard-Radio Post has always had a great reputation throughout the state of being a solid community paper.”

The awards were given during the STPA’s annual spring convention, held last weekend in Kerrville at the YO Ranch Hotel.

Lisa Treiber-Walter won two individual awards, taking third place in “Journalist of the Year,” and second place in “Photographer of the Year.”

The paper placed first in community service for its examination of a teen drug overdose death and its look at drug use among teens.


Hill Country Wine, Music Fest Saturday at Wildseed Farms

Coming up this Saturday, April 26, is the 5th Annual Hill Country Wine and Music Festival at Wildseed Farms, which plans to spotlight some of the state’s best “libations and vibrations.”

The Almost Patsy Cline Band will be among the live performers entertaining on the outdoor stage as visitors sample products from at least a dozen different wineries all gathered for the fest at Wildseed Farms, located along U.S. Highway 290 (about seven miles east of Fredericksburg.)

Tasting and dancing will start at 11 a.m. and last until 7 p.m. Admission price is $25 per person, plus tax, and includes a souvenir wine glass and seven wine tasting tickets. (Teenager passes are $10 each.)

As visitors arrive to the festival grounds, they will discover artisans, mobile kitchens for cooking demonstrations and wineries pouring samples of their best “vino.”


Two senior 4-H judging teams qualify for state

COMPETING in the senior division at the District 10 Livestock Judging Contest on April 12 at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds were, Gillespie County 4-Hers from left, Hannah Fewox, Mason DeLong, Mills Meier, Braden Bowers, Mackenzie Spisak and Kasie Vestal.

Two senior Gillespie County 4-H teams have qualified for state competition after finishing in the top three at recent district judging contests.

Qualifying for the State 4-H Roundup in June at Texas A&M University was a livestock judging team and a meats judging team.

Only senior-level teams are eligible to advance to state.


Senior meats team

Two Gillespie County 4-H teams participated in the senior division of the District 10 Meats Judging Contest on April 18 in San Angelo.

Placing second overall and qualifying for state was the team of Brant Crenwelge, Amy Heimann, Elaine Lochte and Blake Tatsch.

Tatsch was the high individual overall and Heimann was third overall.

Finishing fifth overall was the team of Mason DeLong, Eric Koennecke and Dylan Sione.


Junior meats team


Dispose of unused prescription and over-the-counter meds safely this Saturday

All unused or expired medications will be collected for safe disposal this Saturday, April 26, at the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center, 1601 East Main Street.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., motorists won’t even have to get out of their vehicles to drop off all medications, which are collected by volunteers and officers and placed into secured sealed boxes inside the Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD) evidence room, where it is later collected for disposal by Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents.

“Last year, we had over 200 pounds of medication that did NOT go into our water system,” said FPD Lt. Linda Lively, reminding citizens that medications should never be flushed or poured down the drain.

“This program is not limited to prescription medication as we collect over-the-counter meds as well,” she said, adding that injectable medications and syringes are placed in bio-hazard containers for safety.


Golden Hub gets fresh look with help from recent grant

PROGRESS AT THE HUB — Golden Hub Foundation President Britt Pounds (center) presents a $27,000 check in grant funding to Golden Hub Senior Center Director Denise Usener (left) and board of directors president Judy Hoopman to cover the cost of a con-struction project to repair and update the front of the community facility, located at 1009 North Lincoln Street.

Work to update the front of the Golden Hub Senior Center, 1009 North Lincoln Street, as well as to correct some of the site’s leaking and sagging areas has been completed.

The cost of construction was covered by $27,000 in grant funds provided by the Golden Hub Foundation, whose purpose is to support and protect the mission of the facility.

Now, work is proceeding on completing improvements to the exterior through a grant from the local Stevens Foundation, which has supported many of the earlier interior improvements to the center.

A Golden Hub spokesman noted that none of the donations made to the Hub by individuals, groups and businesses are used for any of the ongoing physical improvements. It is strict policy, she said, to use grant funding for any such projects so that donated funds go directly to funding Meals on Wheels, the congregate dining and other programs offered there.


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