Gillespie Life


FHS Welding team wins ‘Best of Show’ at state

BEST OF SHOW honors as well as two first-place awards were won by members of the welding team from Fredericksburg High School at the recent State Skills USA Contest, including, from left, Dustin Sweeney, Travis Davis, Rafael Robles and Marcus Robles.

A welding team from Fredericksburg High School won Best of Show Honors at the State Skills USA Contest held recently in Corpus Christi.

Winning honors were Dustin Sweeney, Travis Davis, Rafael Robles and Marcus Robles.

A custom smoker that looked like a little cedar cottage made of steel won Best of Show honors at the state competition.

First-place honors went to a rocking bench with a deer scene and a custom bumper for a Jeep.

The FHS group earned the right to advance to the state contest after winning top honors at the district contest.

This marks the third consecutive year that a Fredericksburg welding team has won Best of Show at the State Skills USA contest, noted Michael Forrester, teacher.

Forrester explained that the students come up with the ideas for their projects at the beginning of the year and then put the ideas on paper and start building.

“I am very proud of these hard-working students,” Forrester said.



City leaf collection to begin April 7

The annual spring leaf collection program by the City of Fredericksburg is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 7

During this program, residents are encouraged to gather leaves from their property and rake them to the street.

According to the city’s street department, the following guidelines will ensure pick up:

• Rake leaves onto the street, 12 inches from the curb;

• Do not rake limbs, twigs, wire, rocks, bricks or other debris along with the leaves for collection. Any items other than leaves that are picked up will damage the leaf collection equipment and will not be picked up for that reason. Residents who are unable to remove the debris from a leaf pile are asked to call the City of Fredericksburg Street Department to make arrangements for a special pick up using a loader and dump truck. There will be a minimum $100 charge for this service;


Windows of color transform sanctuary

IHS STUDIOS owner and operator Dennis Roberts stands in front of a newly-installed panel at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stonewall. His company marked its 1,000th commission in 2013. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Local IHS Studios uses oxide process in stained glass window scenes

By Ken Esten Cooke— New color stained glass windows with intricate scenes depicting the life of Christ now adorn the gothic window arches in the traditional, white-walled sanctuary at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stonewall.

Dennis Roberts’ company, IHS Studios, installed the third window on Friday of what will eventually be eight new windows that will transform the small church.

“I draw the designs on a computer, then print out the pattern, which is called a ‘cartoon’,” Robert said. “Those are either approved or changed by the people we work with.”

Roberts’ company has eight employees, and he and his crews have made stained glass designs featuring religious and patriotic themes for clients all over the nation.

“In fact, we just celebrated our 1,000th commission last year,” he said.


Van der Stucken festival to feature expanded program

Fredericksburg Community Orchestras, Inc., and Friends of Van Der Stucken will host the expanded Van Der Stucken Festival at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at St. Joseph’s Halle.

The Van Der Stucken Festival was established in 1991 by Friends of Van Der Stucken to increase appreciation for the life and work of Fredericksburg native composer Frank Van der Stucken.

One of the original organizers, the late Kenn Knopp, requested last year that the orchestra take on responsibility for hosting and growing the event.

As part of that directive, the first Van Der Stucken Composition Contest has been added. The winner of this nationwide competition will be announced at the festival and the winning composition will be premiered by an ensemble of FCO.

This year’s program features selections by the Fredericksburg Community Orchestra, a German men’s choir, and adult and children’s string ensembles.


'Saturday In The Park' set to benefit Harper Library

“Saturday in the Park” festivities, featuring a barbecue lunch, music, a silent auction and a prize giveaway, are set this Saturday, March 29, to benefit the volunteer-based Harper Library.

The non-profit library’s biggest fundraiser of the year is slated 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Harper Community Park hall.

Entertaining attendees will be the Eklectic Swing Band, while guests will find plenty to bid on or buy in the silent auction and annual book sale, both of which will line tables with items for browsing.

For children, there will be face painting and snow cones. All ages will get a chance to bid on cakes in the cake auction.

A lunch of barbecued chicken and sausage with sides will be available.

A prize giveaway will feature over 25 items donated by local merchants and individuals.


Country schools to open for tours April 5

The Friends of Gillespie County will host a Country Schools and Texas Vineyards Tour on Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6.

The event is a way of combining “scenic driving” with stops along the way to visit historic country schools and Texas wineries.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, open houses will be held at the Cave Creek, Junction, Nebgen, Rheingold and Willow City schools.

The next day, Sunday, April 5, a barbecue fundraiser will be held at the American Legion Hall on U.S. Highway 87 South where barbecue chicken or pork plates will be sold at $9 per plate.

Drive-through and take-out plate sales begin at 10:30 a.m., while dine-in at the hall begins at 11 a.m.

The Polkamatics will perform live music.

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Heritage School presents donation to Boys, Girls Club of Texas Hill Country

A SUCCESSFUL EISBAHN season led to Heritage School’s recent donation of five percent of its net profits — $4,398.84 — to the Boys and Girls Club of the Texas Hill Country in Fredericksburg. On hand to present the check is Heritage leader Matt Skinner (left) to Linda Watson, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club, and youth members (clockwise from bottom left) kindergartner Hector Munoz, second grader Bryan McLaughlin, third grader Rubi Munoz, third grader Austin Merrill, fourth grader Evans Burkhalter and first grader Hannah Moellendorf. —Standard-Radio Post

The most successful Eisbahn in the event’s nine-year history has led to a $4,398.84 donation from Heritage School to the Boys and Girls Club of the Texas Hill Country.

Making the announcement in person last week was Matt Skinner, head of Heritage School, who presented the funding by way of a ceremonial check to Linda Watson, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club, located in Fredericksburg at 208 East Park Street.

“We are so happy that the community and visitors to Fredericksburg enjoy Eisbahn,” Skinner said, “And we are thrilled that we have been able to reinvest a portion of the proceeds back into the community.”

In celebration of Eisbahn’s increasing success, Heritage School was able to double its previous donations.


Parents invited to observe at FPS, register students during roundup

Fredericksburg Primary School is inviting the parents of four- and five-year-olds to visit the campus to check out its operations and then return later to register their children for next year.

Prospective students’ parents may observe pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes “in action” from 8:30-10 a.m. on April 1-2.

They are then encouraged to return the week of April 21-25 to sign up their children for classes. Registration will take place during school hours (7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.) at the campus, 1110 South Adams Street.

Pre-K is for any child who reaches his or her fourth birthday on or before Sept. 1, 2014, is limited English proficient and/or qualifies for the Free/Reduced Lunch program (based on household income,) economically disadvantaged, homeless, active military families or a child who has been under foster care.

Kindergarten is for any child who reaches his or her fifth birthday on or before Sept. 1, 2014.


Flights in war-time aircraft for sale in 'Wings of Freedom'

Skies above Fredericksburg will turn into a flying museum of sorts next Monday through Wednesday, March 24-26, when the Collings Foundation will offer its “Wings of Freedom Tour.”

Those who have always wanted to take a look up close or even ride in a war-time aircraft will get a chance — for a price — in a B-17, B-24, P-51 and Vietnam-era Huey helicopter.

Walk-through tours of all the planes in the show will cost $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 years and younger at the Gillespie County Airport.

Proceeds raised help preserve the aircraft for the future.

Tour times will be:

• 2-5 p.m. on Monday, March 24;

• 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, and,

• 9 a.m. until noon on Wednesday, March 26.

Flight experience donations are $450 per person aboard the B-17 or B-24.


Ready to do a 'fly-by'? Airport Day to give looks at aircraft here April 5

A chance for the public to get up-close looks at a variety of aircraft will be offered Saturday, April 5, during “Airport Day.”

Hosting the free event, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Gillespie County Airport, will be the local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1088.

Expected to be on hand for the day will be several military-type planes, such as the Bird Dogs, flying in formation. In addition, a recently restored bi-wing Stearman will be on display.

A group of six Bonanzas will fly in formation at the beginning of the event and again around noon. Vintage planes and experimental aircraft will also make fly-overs throughout the day.

All types of general aviation crafts owned by local pilots (including bi-planes, high- and low-wing aircraft, vintage planes and some military vehicles) will available for viewing.

The Civil Air Patrol will have one of its planes on display, as well as provide representatives who will discuss the CAP.


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