Gillespie Life

Wed
15
Jan

Doss students for first time in recent UIL competition


DOSS STUDENTS who competed in the small school’s first-ever University Interscholastic League (UIL) academic meet outing included: (front row, from left) Michael Cooper, Stephanie Cooper and Clay Ellebracht; (second row) Ava Kruse, Jacob Pacheco, Audrey Herrera, Sierra Carroll, Clark Crenwelge, Ella Wyant and Case Cook, and, (back row) Adam Rodriguez, Riley Ellebracht, John Rodriguez, Riley Cook, Royce Cooper, Savanah Franek and Vanessa Herrera. The Doss youths competed in both the elementary and middle school levels of the scholastic meet in numerous categories, among them number sense, dictionary skills, storytelling, spelling and more.

Doss School students recently won numerous awards and medals in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Class 1A scholastics competition.

The event marked the first time that Doss School has participated in the UIL program and 100 percent of the eligible Doss students (17 youths) competed in at least one category of the contest, according to Terri Criswell, CPS, who serves as the administrative assistant for the Doss Common Consolidated School District (DCCSD.)

Doss students could be spotted among the several hundred students from six Class 1A schools at the meets in which they participated because they sported new electric green t-shirts that read: “There’s Good, There’s Better, and then There’s Doss School, established 1884.”

Traveling to Mason on Dec. 5 for the middle school level of competition was Clay Ellebracht, who won sixth place in seventh grade Listening Skills. He also competed in Dictionary Skills and Number Sense.

Wed
08
Jan

Jeff Jung travels the world

By Yvonne Hartmann

Jeff Jung is living the life that many people only dream about.

He gave up his life in the corporate world, sold his house and things, gave his dog to his cousin, packed his backpack and headed out on the adventure of a lifetime — traveling the world.

When he started his “career break” journey in 2007, “What I had in my backpack is what I took with me,” Jung said.

And now the television host, travel writer, author, blogger and speaker is ready to share his adventures and life lessons in his hometown of Fredericksburg when he hosts “Am I There Yet? The One Man Show: Tall Tales and Life Lessons from a Global Journey” on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18.

Jung will be sharing travel stories and life perspectives “with wit, heart and a touch of self-deprecation” at the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s Steve W. Shepherd Theater, beginning at 7:30 p.m. each night.

Wed
08
Jan

Academic Boosters recognize mentors

Since its inception in 1992, the Fredericksburg Academic Boosters (FAB) has worked to facilitate mentor-student relationships that produce lasting results.

As part of National Mentoring Month, Fredericksburg Academic Boosters is recognizing volunteer mentors who serve students in the Fredericksburg Independent School District.

(See the advertisement in today’s edition of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.) 

The mentoring program has helped hundreds of students during its 20-plus years in operation at Fredericksburg Elementary School, Fredericksburg Middle School, Fredericksburg High School and Stonewall Elementary School. 

FAB and the school mentor coordinators, Elena Howard (FES), Lori McClellan (FMS), Holly Shepard (FHS), and Mike McNeil (Stonewall), express their appreciation to the volunteers who give their time to inspire and motivate the youth of Fredericksburg and Stonewall.

Mon
30
Dec

Year in Review: Youth make news throughout 2013


FHS graduates give a "thumbs up"

The youth of Gillespie County continued to make headlines throughout the year.

Ilsa Marie Doss, daughter of Sandra and Steven Doss of London, was the first baby born at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in 2013. She was born at 4:20 p.m. on Jan. 2, weighing eight pounds, 10 ounces, and was delivered by Dr. Michael Campbell.

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

Mon
30
Dec

Black-eyed pea, cornbread cookoff set

 

Torre di Pietra Vineyards will host the 8th Annual Black-Eyed Pea and Cornbread Cookoff from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 1, at the vineyard.

The vineyard, located on U.S. Highway 290 East outside of Fredericksburg, will also host The Almost Patsy Cline Band for the event. The band will take the stage at 1 p.m. and will continue entertaining until 5 p.m. 

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

Mon
30
Dec

Gillespie Livestock Show, Auction slated Jan. 9-11

Gillespie County 4-Hers and Fredericksburg and Harper FFA members are busy putting in extra hours to get ready for the start of a new stock show season.

Kicking off the 2014 season for most exhibitors will be the Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 9-11.

And with the local show coming up in less than two weeks, officials with the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show Association have announced a change for the buyer appreciation barbecue to Sunday, Jan. 5.

While the county show is the only competition for some local exhibitors, a large number will be continuing on to other contests across the state.

Following the Gillespie County show is the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show in Kerrville, Jan. 13-18.

Mon
23
Dec

Sentimental Journey to play New Year's eve

The Sentimental Journey Orchestra will turn back the clock this New Year’s Eve to a more elegant era of live big bands and ballroom dancing with an 8 p.m. concert in the grand ballroom of the Inn of the Hills Resort and Conference Center. 

For 17 years, bandleader Ted Conerly and his band of musicians have been transporting New Year’s Eve partygoers to the Golden Age of the Big Bands of the 1940s with the music of stars like Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra and others.

Reservations include light hors d’ouervres, party favors, a champagne toast, a midnight buffet prepared by the Chef of the Inn and cash bars. Coat and tie are requested for gentlemen, and black tie is optional. Seating is limited for the comfort of the dancers and by reservation only. 

For reservations and information, call 830-895-1535. Special rates are also available for overnight guests at the Inn attending the Sentimental Journey New Year’s Eve.  

Mon
23
Dec

Volkssport to offer New Year's walks

New Year’s Eve is a chance to reflect on the year past and to look forward to the upcoming year.

The Texas Volkssport Association will offer two special walks on New Year’s Eve in Fredericksburg.

The first walk, the Memorial Walk, is planned at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31 and is headquartered at St. Joseph’s Halle, located at 212 W. San Antonio St.

The Memorial Walk provides people with a chance to reflect on friends or family who have died during the past year. Anyone can start their journey between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., but everyone must be finished and off the route by 5 p.m.

There are two route options for trekkers. The shortest distance is a 5K, but a 10K is also offered. The routes will take volkssporters through residential paved streets, the old peanut factory and a cemetery.

The fee for all participants is $3. Donations to help defray costs are appreciated. IVV credit is available.

Mon
23
Dec

Hangar Hotel to ring in 2014 with USO dance

To ring in the New Year, the Hangar Hotel and Conference Center will host a 1940s-themed dance on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31.

The dance will feature Bill Smallwood and The Lonestar Swing Orchestra performing Big Band-era music.

A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the United Service Organization at Fort Hood, which delivers programs and services to more than 40,000 service members and their families.

Attendees can participate in swing dance lessons from 8-9 p.m., at which point the band will take the stage for a performance lasting until 12:30 a.m.

Tickets to the event are $50 per person and include a champagne toast, party favors, black-eyed peas and cornbread at midnight.

Those who plan to attend are encouraged to wear their best ’40s attire and participate in the costume contest. Those wearing a military uniform will receive a coupon for a free drink.

Mon
23
Dec

From administration office to grandkids, gardening


RETIREMENT — After 15 years at FISD as the superintendent’s secretary, on Friday, Dec. 20, Deedee Courter put away her keyboard and called it a career. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Longtime FISD secretary Courter retires after 15 years

By Richard Zowie— Someone brought a balloon to Deedee Courter’s office, and for only two words, its sentiment had a mouthful.

“Happy Retirement.”

Courter has spent 15 years working at Fredericksburg Independent School District as the secretary to superintendent Dr. Marc Williamson. She worked her final day on Friday, Dec. 20.

“I decided early on that [working in an office] would be my career,” said Courter.

She is from Durango, Colo., while her husband is from California. Prior to working at FISD, she earned an associate of arts degree in secretarial science and business from Durango’s Fort Lewis College and then also worked for the forest service and for FLC.

What brought them to Fredericksburg? Their daughter and grandkids lived here.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Gillespie Life