Gillespie Life


Doodling in the margins

PUTTING THE FINAL TOUCHES on a new painting, Fredericksburg native C.J. Latta adds a little bit of detail Saturday afternoon during an art demonstration at the Fredericksburg Art Gallery’s Contemporary Masters Invitational. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Fredericksburg native C.J. Latta draws inspiration from hometown

By Matt Ward— Though her pieces can be seen hanging on the walls of the Fredericksburg Art Gallery, C.J. Latta’s art extends to more unlikely places — the pages of medical textbooks and journals.

A fifth generation Fredericksburg resident, Latta spent 13 years working as award-winning medical illustrator and animator for Dr. Denton Cooley in the Houston medical center, diagramming surgical procedures to accent highly technical documents.

Recently, Latta joined 13 fellow artists to participate in the 16th annual Contemporary Masters Invitational at the Fredericksburg Art Gallery, held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2, in conjunction with the monthly First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration at 11 local galleries.


Garrison Brothers introduce 'single-barrel straight' bourbon whiskey

Bourbon whiskey makers at Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye announce the first single-barrel straight bourbon whiskey ever made in Texas.

Initially, the Garrison Brothers single barrel bottles will not be available at liquor stores, but only for sale at the distillery. Texas Senate Bill 905, recently passed by the Texas legislature, now makes it possible for craft distilleries to sell what they make.

Visitors can now purchase the single barrel and other Garrison Brothers Texas straight bourbon whiskies at the distillery in Hye.

“For years, bourbon drinkers and collectors have been asking us to release a single barrel, and it’s high time we did,” said proprietor and distiller Dan Garrison. “Senate Bill 905 was a great motivator. Now we have something new to offer both old friends and first time distillery visitors alike. We’re extremely proud of our bourbon, we love showing off what we do, and we’re excited to add this to our stable of bourbons.


Veterans Day Closings

Veterans Day is a national observance that gives Americans a chance to honor those men and women who have given a sacrifice of service to the United States.

And on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, governmental offices will be closing their doors along with some Fredericksburg-area businesses.


•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 Monday.

The post office windows will be closed, and no lockbox service will be provided.

Garbage, Recycling

•Trash collection: Regular trash collection schedules will be followed.

•Recycling Center and Landfill: The Recycling Center and Solid Waste Facility will be closed on Monday.


Golden Hub to hose spaghetti dinner Friday

The Golden Hub Community Center’s annual spaghetti dinner will be held Friday, Nov. 8, beginning with a complimentary wine mixer from 5:30-6 p.m.

Dinner will be served from 6-7:30 p.m.

 Tickets are $8 in advance and $9 at the door.

The menu will be spaghetti with Italian meat sauce, garden salad with tomato basil vinaigrette, herbed garlic bread, strawberry cheesecake, tea, water and lemonade.

Proceeds benefit the Golden Hub programs and activities.

More information is available from the Hub at 997-7131.


Cook takes return trip to Utopia

THE AUTHOR David Cook in front of the “Buried Lies Cemetery” in Utopia, a metaphor for reaching one’s full potential whether in sport or in life. Cook said more than 10,000 “lies” have been buried on the plot.

By Ken Esten Cooke —


After the success of his first book, “Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia,” author David Cook could live anywhere. But he prefers the solitude of Fredericksburg.

Now the author, whose first book struck a chord with golfers around the globe, returns his main character to the links in “Johnny's U.S. Open: Golf’s Sacred Journey 2.”

The book, and movie that starred A-lister Robert Duvall, left readers and viewers hanging on whether a championship putt was sunk or missed.

They were directed to a website that gave the answer.


Morales receives DPS Life Saving Award

LIFE SAVERS — Local Texas Department of Public Safety patrolman Corporal T. Coy Morales and Harper residents John and Brenda Brown received Texas Department of Public Safety recognition for their efforts in saving the life of a crash victim on May 17 on Ranch-to-Market Road 783, south of Harper. Front row (from left) Sergeant Todd Jennings, Corporal Morales; Brenda Brown and John Brown, DPS director Steve McCraw; back row, Commissioners Carin Marcie Barth, (chairman); Cynthia Leon and Randy Watson.

Corporal T. Coy Morales, a Texas Department of Public Safety patrolman based in Fredericksburg, received a Life Saving Award at the Texas Department of Public Safety Commissioners meeting held Thursday, Oct. 17, in Austin.

Morales was recognized for his actions in helping to save the life of a motor vehicle crash victim late last spring.

On May 17, Morales arrived at a crash scene on Ranch-to-Market Road 783, south of Harper in Gillespie County, to find the driver slumped over the steering wheel.

The driver’s left arm had been severed, and, according to the trooper, was bleeding profusely.

Passersby John Brown, a DPS custodian in Kerrville, and his wife, Brenda, a registered nurse, who are Harper residents, helped Morales administer first aid, apply a tourniquet and keep the driver stable until an ambulance arrived, ultimately saving his life, Morales noted.


French Bulldog 'Tate' wins Sterling Award

DOG WINS AWARD — Tate, a Bright and Beautiful Therapy dog, received the Sterling Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Therapy at the 2013 French Bulldog Club of America National Specialty Awards Banquet in Topeka, Kansas in mid-September. Here, Tate sits with Mary Raleigh. He is the third French Bulldog in the history of the French Bulldog Club of America to be honored with this prestigious award.

A local French bulldog has won an award that has placed him in elite status with other dogs in his breed.

Tate, a Bright and Beautiful Therapy dog owned by Paul and Mary Raleigh of Fredericksburg, received the Sterling Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Therapy at the 2013 French Bulldog Club of America National Specialty Awards Banquet in Topeka, Kansas.

Tate’s AKC registered name is “CH Haloridge I’ve Got It Covered, THD, CGC, ROM Silver”.

The event was held in mid-September.

Of all the dogs in the French Bulldog Club of America, Tate is only the third to receive this award.

In 2010, Tate and Mary became a certified therapy dog team through Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. They visit Hill Country Memorial Hospital, nursing homes, retirement homes, children’s reading programs, Boys and Girls Club programs and participate in various community events, including Wounded Warriors picnic and Relay for Life.


'Red, Red, Red, Red, white, white, white, white...'

Little Billies Cheerleaders Dinora Bosquez, Clara Stehling and Mattie Pehl join varsity Fredericksburg High School cheerleaders Meagan Hellums (left) and Emma Hill (right) on the track in performing a cheer for the crowd at Friday night’s FHS win over Boerne, 60-22. The young girls were given a chance to put to use what they had learned in the FISD Community Ed cheerleading course. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

Whistle Pik Galleries to host annual Fall Show

Three award-winning national artists will be featured in Whistle Pik Galleries’ annual Fall Show in November and December.

Featured will be oil and water color painter Sonya Terpening, oil painter Robert Peters and bronze sculptor Mick Doellinger.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 1, from 6-8 p.m., and all three artists will be in attendance.

The following day, “An Afternoon with the Artists” will be held from 2-4 p.m.

Those attending the afternoon event will get the opportunity to visit individually with the artists in the gallery.

The show will hang in the gallery through December and is available for viewing Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 425 East Main Street.  

The public is invited to all events.

To preview the show, visit the events page at


FTC curtain rises on 'Miracle Worker'

TOUGH LESSON — Teacher Anne Sullivan (Christina Fait) holds Helen Keller (Meredith Harper) physically and emotionally accountable for her ill-mannered actions at the breakfast table in FTC’s production of “Miracle Worker” on stage with weekend performances through Oct. 27.

Performances to run through Oct. 27 at Steve W. Shepherd Theater

The first week of the Fredericksburg Theater Company production of The Miracle Worker is now in the books, as the play began on Friday, Oct. 11.

The play will be performed for two more weeks on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and then Sunday matinee performances at 2 p.m. — all at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater on U.S. Highway 87 South.

The final performance will be Sunday, Oct. 27.

The Tony Award-winning play focuses on Helen Keller, who, though born being able to see and hear, loses both of those senses at an early age due to an illness. Left unable to hear, see or even talk, she then receives guidance from her teacher, Anne Sullivan.

FTC executive director Julie Voorhees said that, contrary to what some think, The Miracle Worker is not a sad story.


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